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          Trump will give Kim Jong Un a 'Rocket Man' CD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It didn't take a long, long time for President Donald Trump to start bestowing gifts on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
          North Korea implies Kim Jong Un was at farm during Pompeo's visit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kim Jong Un's 7-day absence from the headlines prompted speculation on his whereabouts among North Korea-watchers

          North Korea: ‘Time to talk human rights’, says UN expert      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday urged North Korea to open a dialogue with him in parallel to the ongoing diplomatic efforts being undertaken on peace and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
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AUDIO + 이번주 뉴스위크 커버스토리는 문재인 대통령입니다. 문대통령에게 싱가포르회담은 승리였으나, 그 이후 전쟁을 끝낼지 또 다른 전쟁으로 이어질지에 대한 책임도 따를 것이라고 지적했습니다. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their meetings in Singapore on June 12. (Susan Walsh/AP) 푸틴 러시아대통령과 김정은위원장이 비교됩니다. 김정은위원장이 트럼프대통령을 스트라디바리어스 바이얼린을 켜듯 하는데, 푸틴과의 정상회담에서도 같은 결과가 나올 수 있다는 우려를 한 칼럼이 눈에 띱니다. 트럼프 대통령이 나토정상회담, 영국방문, 러시아 대통령과의 정상회담을 하기위해 출발했습니다. 나토, 영국 방문은 어려울 것이고 푸틴과의 회담이 아마 가장 쉬울 것이라고 말했습니다. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia last month in Moscow. Mr. Putin will meet with President Trump this month in Helsinki, Finland.CreditPool photo by Alexei Druzhinin 나토회원국이 분담금을 더 내야한다는 트럼프 대통령의 주장은 맞는 논리입니다. 그러나 미국입장에서 돈 보다 더 중요한 나토의 존재이유는 러시아와 연관돼 있다는 전문가 주장에 동의하는 일반인 인식도 강해집니다. 종신직인 연방대법원 판사로 보수 중의 보수인 브렛 케버나우 연방항소법원판사가 지명됐습니다. 이민과 총기소지를 포함한 모든 이슈에서 보수인 지명자는 대법관이 되면 모든 케이스를 오픈 마인드 태도로 판결할 것이라고 말했습니다. 지명자의 입장 가운데 트럼프 대통령과 직접 연관되는 이슈는 대통령의 제직 시 기소에 반대하는 성향입니다. 민주당은 러시아 스켄들과 관련해 이 문제가 중요하다면서 인준 청문회에서 벼르고 있지만, 지명자는 빌 클린턴 전 대통령 탄핵재판에 관여하면서 그런 생각을 갖게됐습니다. 청문회는 순조롭지 않게 진행될 것이 확실하고 소수인종으로서는 또 다른 전형적인 아이비리그 출신의 젊은 백인남성이라는 점이 주목됩니다. 민주당 상원이 중간선거에서 다수당이 되기는 현재 불가능하다는 여론조사가 나왔습니다. China is already Tesla’s second-biggest market after the U.S., selling about 17,000 cars here last year, compared with roughly 50,000 in the U.S. PHOTO: JASON LEE/REUTERS 테슬라도 중국에 공장을 지을 계획입니다. 미국과 중국의 관세전쟁 때문입니다. 12명의 태국 축구소년과 코치는 모두 구조됐습니다. 올림픽 사이즈 수영장 48개 분량의 물을 빼내고 다이버가 왕복 5마일을 다이빙한 구조작전의 성공결과입니다.
          Trump is about to kick the trade war with China into high gear      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • President Donald Trump's administration is nearing the release of a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese exports to the US that could be subject to a new 10% tariffs.
  • The release of the list would trigger the official process to implement the new tariffs.
  • A tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be a massive escalation of Trump's trade war with China.

President Donald Trump is nearing the release of another gargantuan round of tariffs on China according to a new report, kicking a burgeoning trade war into high gear.

According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is set to release a list of Chinese exports to the US worth around $200 billion that could be subject to a new 10% tariff in the coming months. Trump first threatened the round of tariffs last month.

According to Bloomberg, the new list of goods could come as soon as Tuesday and will likely be released by the end of the week.

The tariffs would come in addition to Trump's 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, tariffs on the first $34 billion worth of goods went into place on Friday. The second round, which will apply to around $16 billion worth of Chinese goods, is set to be imposed in the coming weeks. That second round will be derived from a list already released by the US Trade Representative.

The newest list's release would trigger the formal process to implement the tariffs. The next step would be a comment period, during which businesses and consumers can raise issues with the inclusion of certain goods on the list.

If Trump goes through with his latest threat, roughly half of all Chinese imports to the US would be subject to increased duties.

In addition, Trump said that if the Chinese decided to counter the tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods, a fourth round of restrictions would hit another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. In the event all threats are realized, Trump would have hit just over 80% of all Chinese exports to the US with tariffs.

The release of the $200 billion list would likely shift the trade conflict with Chia into an all-out trade war.

So far, Chinese officials have not backed off their promises to retaliate to any Trump tariff move. On Friday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Trump started the "largest trade war in economic history."

Economists warn that the back-and-forth tariffs will increase costs for consumers and discourage investment by businesses into new hiring and equipment. These decisions in turn will slow down the US economy.

Following the release of the news, futures for all three major US stock indexes tumbled into negative territory.

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          An unintended consequence of Trump's trade war is coming for one of the industries that will be hit hardest, and it could give him a big win      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • US soybean farmers are expected to be a major loser in President Donald Trump's trade war with China.
  • US soybean exports surged over the past two months because of distortions from Trump's trade battles with China.
  • This is likely to boost US second-quarter gross domestic product, helping to give Trump a big public-relations win on the economy. 

US soybean farmers are expected to get whacked by President Donald Trump's trade war with China, but not before helping hand the president a potentially significant economic victory.

While many farmers and experts expect the industry to take a significant hit because of the trade war, dramatic changes in soybean shipments ahead of the tariffs could help lift upcoming US gross-domestic-product numbers, giving Trump a big economic talking point.

Soybeans were hit with a new tariff by the Chinese government last week as part of the retaliation for Trump's tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. The decision to apply duties to soybeans was a big one — the crop is the largest US agricultural export, and China was the destination for $14.2 billion worth of US soybeans in 2016.

But the move was a long time coming. China threatened to impose restrictions on soybeans as far back as March. This gave US soybean farmers an opportunity to rush the product out of the country before the trade war kicked off in earnest, but it also seriously shifted trade patterns for the crop.

According to The Wall Street Journal, China began to shift its purchases away from US farmers and toward Brazilian soybeans in the spring. With China soaking up much of the Brazilian supply, other countries like Egypt, Thailand, and the Netherlands increased their purchases of US soybeans. This led to a surge in US exports, but also a steep drop in shipments to China that increased longer-term concerns.

But for 2018's second quarter, the outlook for soybean farmers is solid. Based on data from Ian Shepherdson, the chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, soybean exports will clock their two best months since mid-2016 in May and June.

In turn, the soybean mad dash is likely to provide a huge boost to second-quarter US GDP, Shepherdson said.

"Weekly data show that soybean exports rose again in June, but we're then expecting to see a steep fall in July," Shepherdson wrote in a note to clients. "In the second quarter, though, we estimate that soybean exports will contribute some 0.6 percentage points to GDP growth, at an annualized rate."

The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank's GDP Now, a tracker used to predict quarterly GDP, predicts second-quarter GDP will hit 3.8% annualized growth.

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The sudden uptick in soybean exports mirrors the surge during the summer of 2016, when crop yields from South America — the typical soybean suppliers over those months — fell well short of expectations and allowed US farmers to step in. That quarter, the boosted trade component, mostly due to the soybean surge, added 0.83 percentage points to GDP.

Trump has long set a target of 3% to 4% annual GDP growth for his administration. The soybean exports should provide a boost for one quarter, but the Trump administration hasn't been shy about pointing to single-quarter data to show that the country is meeting Trump's goals.

A boost would come amid significant price pressure for soybean farmers. Soybean futures contracts have fallen to their lowest level since 2009, leaving many farmers scrambling.

And the soybean support in second-quarter GDP data may not last long, according to Shepherdson, who said the economic boost from soybean exports "probably will reverse in full in the third quarter."

The first estimate for third-quarter GDP is scheduled for release on October 26, 11 days before the 2018 midterm elections.

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          Mike Pompeo admits his North Korea meeting was a disaster: It went ‘as badly as it could have gone’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As President Donald Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin approaches, Russia experts are growing increasingly anxious that he’ll blow the opportunity. On Tuesday, CNN reported that Secretary of State Mark Pompeo, who’d helped oversee Donald Trump’s ...

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          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          Letter: Trump deserves our thanks for prospect of Korean peace      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It has taken almost 70 years to heal the breach in the Koreas and the threat it represents. But Donald Trump has succeeded where all the others presidents have failed. Strong sanctions laid the groundwork, but a prospect for peace is almost entirely due to the personal vision of President Trump. Trump’s triumph comes from skilled negotiation. In effect Trump gave North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a choice of isolation and poverty or denuclearization and prosperity. Trump has shown the North Korean leader the economic advantage of ending his isolation. Trump has introduced him to the global world of...
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          North Korea’s Mysterious Magic Industry      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


          Diplo-speak      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Diplo-speak is what diplomats do when they talk to the press or the public…..makes perfect sense to them but after thought tells them to stop speaking. Take North Korea….at one point Pompeo and others said that NK should follow the example of Libya or the “Libya Model”…they meant that the leader gave up his nukes … Continue reading Diplo-speak
          NK vitriol may mean deal on cards      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Korea's vitriolic criticism of the US following a first round of nuclear negotiations went out of its way to spare one person: President Donald Trump.
          Doubts grow over North Korea despite Trump confidence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump said Monday he was confident that North Korea would uphold an agreement to denuclearize, downplaying signs the country is pouring cold water on a deal.Trump also blamed China for statements from North Korea criticizing the United...
          Overnight Defense: Trump downplays North Korea 'gangster' comments, blames China | Pompeo backs Taliban peace talks in surprise visit | Trump swipes at NATO spending ahead of summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Happy Monday and welcome to Overnight Defense. I'm Rebecca Kheel, and here's your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. THE TOPLINE: President Trump on Monday pointed a finger&...
          Donald Trump says he plans to give ‘Rocket Man’ CD to Kim Jong-un after all      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he did, in fact, plan to give North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a CD with the Elton John song “Rocket Man,” as well as another mystery gift “at a certain period”. Trump’s remarks, which he made in a brief exchange with reporters before departing on a week-long trip to Europe, followed a report last week by a South Korean newspaper that Trump had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to deliver a copy of the CD to Kim during a...
          ZTE executives meet with US Commerce Department officials to work out final details of compliance deal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ZTE Corp, the Chinese telecommunications giant accused of violating US sanctions against North Korea and Iran, met with US Commerce Department officials to work out details of a final compliance deal that will help restart its business, according to five people with knowledge of the matter. A group of newly appointed senior ZTE managers – led by chief executive Xu Ziyang, who was named last week – held talks with officials of the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security in...
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          'Not clear' that North Korea will denuclearize, says fmr. ambassador to South Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ambassador Christopher Hill and Gordon Chang join Steve Kornacki to discuss the state of U.S.- North Korea relations before Donald Trump attends the NATO Summit.
          Interesting Recent Links - Matot/Mas'ei 5778 - Day 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours:
Geula-Related
Geulah Perspectives by Ari Goldwag
MBD vs. Yishmael & MBY vs. Edom (part 2)
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
Moses's Rock, Miriam's Well, the 3 Weeks and the Recent Earthquakes
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IDF’s Commando Rabbi Wasn’t Joking about Rebuilding the Temple
Geulah Perspectives by Ari Goldwag
MBD vs. Yishmael & MBY vs. Edom (part 1)



Security Incidents
כיכר השבת על ידי ב. ניסני
חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים



Iran
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Iran Vows to Sell as Much Oil as It Can in Face of US Sanctions
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Iran Trying To Rush 300 Million Euros Out Of Germany Ahead Of US Sanctions
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Liberman: We Won’t Accept Any Iranian Presence in Syria
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
US Envoy Calls for Germany to Block Iran Cash Withdrawal
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran
Hamodia by Hamodia
Iran: U.S. Sanctions to Bite, But Will Sell as Much Oil as Possible
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
האייתולות בלחץ: 20 שנות מאסר לאיראנית שהסירה החיג'אב
Hamodia by Hamodia
U.S. Envoy Calls for Germany to Block Iran Cash Withdrawal
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Iranian Commander Says Awaiting Command to Destroy Israel
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran



African Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Poch854
South Africa Refuses to Reinstate Ambassador to Israel



Asian-Australian Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran
Daily Wire by Hank Berrien
U.S. And Afghani Forces Capture ISIS Capital in Afghanistan
Hamodia by Hamodia
Trump Says He Remains Confident in Kim’s Pledge to Denuclearize
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
North Korea Calls U.S. Attitude Toward Talks ‘Gangster-Like’ And ‘Cancerous’
Hamodia by Zalman Ahnsaf
Former Diplomat Claims North Korea Tried Nuclear Blackmail Against Israel
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Pompeo Pushes Peace Talks On Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Investigation Into Deadly Chemical Agent Widens In England
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Syrian Migrants Suspected of Beating Jewish Man in Berlin
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
British Couple Probably Touched Deadly Nerve Agent’s Container
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Anne Frank’s Family Was Thwarted by U.S. Immigration Rules, New Research Shows
Going Home ... To Yerushalayim by Neshama
Zurich Haredi Jewish School to Close
Daily Wire by Judith Bergman
Bashing Israel Is Big (State-Sponsored) Business
Algemeiner.com by Mordechai Hareli / JNS.org
Poles Carry Their Own Hatred for Jews
Algemeiner.com by Manfred Gerstenfeld
France Keeps Blackening Israel
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Germany: Jewish Man Wearing Star of David Assaulted By Group
Hamodia by Hamodia
Germany: Group Suspected of Assaulting Jewish Syrian Man
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Man With A Knife Targets Jews In Zurich



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Jerold Auerbach
Israel on Fire and the NY Times
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
IDF Pursuing Arabs Who Opened Fire at Beit El
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Syria’s Assad, Aided by Russia, Poised to Snuff Out ‘Cradle’ of Revolt
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
"פרובוקציה של חמאס": כלי שיט הפר את הסגר הימי על עזה - ונעצר
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Liberman: We Won’t Accept Any Iranian Presence in Syria
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Hamas Says Israel’s Shuttering Of Kerem Shalom Crossing ‘A Crime Against Humanity’
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Closed or Open? Debate on Preventing Fire Terror Plays Out at Gaza Crossing
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
בסיור בגולן: ליברמן: "יש מאמץ להקים תשתית טרור ברמת הגולן"
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Israel Designates Palestinian al-Quds TV Station A Terror Organization
כיכר השבת על ידי ב. ניסני
חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Israel Shuts Down Kerem Shalom Crossing In Response To Fire Kites
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Palestinian President Abbas Vows To Keep Paying Families Of Terrorists
Yeshiva World News by Poch854
400 IDF Soldiers Return Medals, Demanding Return of Bodies of Soldiers Killed in Operation Protective Edge
Hamodia by Shmuel Smith
Gaza Terrorists Vow Escalation After Israeli Sanctions
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Syrian TV: Suspected Israeli Airstrike Hits Central Air Base
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Israel Shuts Kerem Shalom Crossing And Ends Extended Fishing Area In Response To Kite Terror From Gaza
Daily Wire by Emily Zanotti
GOOD BOY: British Special Forces Combat Dog Takes Down Three Syrian Jihadis, Saves Fellow Soldiers
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
‘Not Worthy of Being Spat On:’ Veteran Palestinian Authority Figure Nabil Shaath Denounces Australia’s Move Against ‘Pay-For-Slay’ Policy
Algemeiner.com by Barney Breen-Portnoy
Father of American Victim of Palestinian Terror Calls New US, Israeli Laws Penalizing PA ‘a Good Beginning’
Algemeiner.com by Eyal Zisser / Israel Hayom / JNS.org
The End of the Syrian Revolution



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Jerold Auerbach
Israel on Fire and the NY Times
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Muslim Democrat Running for Congress Blames Israel for ‘Evil Doings’ in Gaza
Daily Wire by Paul Miller
South Carolina Becomes First State To Define Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Remaining Wreckage Of Flight 93 Is Buried At Memorial
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Anne Frank’s Family Was Thwarted by U.S. Immigration Rules, New Research Shows
Algemeiner.com by Shiri Moshe
Students for Justice in Palestine Says Progress Impossible ‘So Long as Israel Exists,’ Glorifies Terrorist Leader
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
University of Oregon Hillel Sign Defaced With ‘Free Palestine’ Graffiti



Prayers for Those in Need
Yeshiva World News by ZalmyX
Israeli Couple in Honduras Zip-Lining Accident; Husband Killed, Wife Injured



Deaths
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
חשד לרצח: נמצאה גופת הנעדרת אופירה חיים מתל מונד
Yeshiva World News by ZalmyX
Israeli Couple in Honduras Zip-Lining Accident; Husband Killed, Wife Injured
כיכר השבת על ידי אבי רבינא
ברוך דיין האמת: טרגדיה: הפעוט החרדי שנכווה בשבת - נפטר
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Murderer Of Ronen Lubarsky Charged With Murder; Family Calls For Death Penalty



Great Rabbis
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Interesting Psak: modesty on separate beaches
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
מכתב הבהרה: הרב נבנצאל נגד הסמכת יועצות הלכתיות
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
פסק הלכה: הרב הראשי: אסור לנשים לרחוץ בחוף נפרד עם מציל
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
חשיפת "כיכר השבת": נציג הרבנים תקף: "מתווה הכשרות חמור נגד רבני ישראל כולם"
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן וישי כהן
לצד ראשי המפלגות החרדיות: ראשי ישיבות ספרדיות נגד הטענה שהצבא מגייס ספרדים
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
"יש שם פריצות, ניבול פה": הראשון לציון: גם תלמיד ישיבה שאינו "מתמיד" לא יתגייס
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
"יחליפו כוח": לנדודנו, אוסטריה, שווייץ וצפת | פרויקט מיוחד: יעדי החופשה של האדמו"רים
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סיקור ותיעוד: מסע הגאון רבי שמואל קמינצקי בשיקגו



Miracles
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חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים



Kiddush Hashem
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Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby in Chevron
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Syrians Flee Towards the Hospitals of ‘Enemy’ Israel
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Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Live of Palestinian Baby in Hebron
Hamodia by Dov Banovadia
Border Guards Save Life of Chevron Arab Infant



Judaism
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Arabic May No Longer Share Equal Official Status With Hebrew in Bill Amendment
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Rabbis Weiss and Angel's accusations against the Chief Rabbinate
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After ISIS, Secrets Of Jewish Mosul Emerge From The Rubble
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הפסד לחביליו: ניצחון חרדי בירושלים: בית הספר החילוני יעבור לחרדים
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
FREE AT LAST! Daring Rescue Saves All 12 Boys, Soccer Coach From Thai Cave
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"מי שלומד תורה שלא ישרת": בן ראובן: ללכת למלחמה נגד החרדים בחוק הגיוס - זו טעות
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Interesting Psak: modesty on separate beaches
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The Other Intermarriage Crisis
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Quote of the Day
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מול השופטים: קצין המשטרה הודה כי היכה מפגינים חרדים
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
מכתב הבהרה: הרב נבנצאל נגד הסמכת יועצות הלכתיות
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Rabbi Litzman to Netanyahu: I Will Resign If Draft Bill Isn’t Postponed
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האיום החדש של סגן השר: ליצמן: אם תוך שבוע לא תושג דחייה בחוק הגיוס - אתפטר
TOMER DEVORAH by Devash
HKB"H's Actions Demand a Response From Us
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Women Want More Representation In Electing Chief Rabbinate Of Israel Council
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
חשיפת "כיכר השבת": דרעי הורה לבחון משפטית הדרת החרדים בגבעת שמואל
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פסק הלכה: הרב הראשי: אסור לנשים לרחוץ בחוף נפרד עם מציל
Going Home ... To Yerushalayim by Neshama
Zurich Haredi Jewish School to Close
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
נשיא המדינה מזהיר: "חוק הלאום מאפשר הקמת ישוב ללא חרדים"
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
קרית ארבע: בג"צ חייב שעות מעורבות והבריכה תיסגר



Election Stuff
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New United Religious List For Jerusalem Mayoral Race




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The 4th of July and its Relationship to President Donald Trump



Security Incidents
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Gaza Terror Continues – B’chasdei Hashem, AM Attacks Failed
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Arab Arrested Outside Beit El with Meat Cleaver, Knife
כיכר השבת על ידי יוסי נכטיגל
אנטישמיות בברלין: יהודי ביקש מצית בשבת והותקף בידי גויים
כיכר השבת על ידי אלי רוטמן
סמוך לבית הכנסת: בלון הנפץ מעזה נחת בלב המושב קוממיות



Iran
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Report: Germany Considers Iranian Bid to Withdraw 300 Million Euros Cash
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Rouhani: Iran Has Wonderful Relations With World Jewry
Hamodia by Hamodia
Report: Germany Considers Iranian Bid to Withdraw 300M Euros Cash
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Israel Hits Iranian Forces In Syria
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
VIDEO: Iran’s Growing Presence In Syria Has PM Netanyahu Flying To Moscow
Hamodia by Hamodia
Harbingers of Change in Iran?
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Report: IAF Attacks T4 Base in Syria
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Mossad Chief Secretly Visited Washington To Coordinate On Iran
Algemeiner.com by Ben Cohen
Iranian Dissidents, Former Political Prisoners, Urge Sec of State Pompeo to Sanction Tehran Regime’s Official Broadcaster
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Iran Calls for EU Help as Shipping Giant Pulls Out for Fear of US Sanctions
Algemeiner.com by Elder of Ziyon
Rouhani: Iran Has Wonderful Relations with World Jewry
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Iran Summons Dutch Ambassador, Condemns Deportation of Its Diplomats: IRNA
Algemeiner.com by Ariel Kahana / JNS.org
Gaza and Iran: One and the Same
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
In Vienna, Iran Fails to Get Guarantees on Continued Access to Oil, Financial Markets
Israel Rising by Orit ben Tzvi
Bibi Netanyahu: “We will not tolerate the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies anywhere in Syria”
Hamodia by Hamodia
Plane Built to Rescue Iran Hostages Goes to NY Museum



African Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Jonathan Feldstein / JNS.org
Miracles at Entebbe



Asian-Australian Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Hamodia by Hamodia
Pompeo Pushes Peace Talks on Unannounced Trip to Afghanistan
Hamodia by Hamodia
Pompeo: Return of U.S. War Dead Could Build Trust With N. Korea
Hamodia by Ken Moritsugu
ANALYSIS: Harsh Words May Mean N. Korea Seeks Deal With Trump
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
בתמורה לטילים: צפון קוריאה דרשה מיליארד דולר מישראל
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Australian Glasses Co. Films Ad At Holocaust Death Camp
Hamodia by Nick Wadhams
Inside Pompeo’s Fraught North Korea Trip
Hamodia by Hamodia
Pompeo Sees Hard Road Ahead But Pursues N. Korean Denuclearization Talks



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Ben Cohen
French Court Convicts Antisemitic Gang for Brutal Robbery, Rape of Jewish Couple in 2014
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
VIDEO: Netanyahu Says He Understands Critiscm of Deal On Controversial ‘Polish Holocaust’ Law
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Russia Poison Victim Dies, Investigation Launched
Hamodia by Hamodia
Police Open Murder Probe as 1 of 2 U.K. Nerve-Agent Victims Dies
Shiloh Musings by Batya Medad
"Palestine," sic, is a "Toy!"
Algemeiner.com by Gila and Adam Milstein / JNS.org
Our View from Auschwitz: How Tragedies of the Past Become Lessons for the Future
Algemeiner.com by Ben Cohen / JNS.org
Denmark Confronts Islamism and Integration
Algemeiner.com by Jonathan Feldstein / JNS.org
Miracles at Entebbe
Algemeiner.com by Israel Hayom / JNS.org
Facing Polish Holocaust Law Backlash, PM Vows to ‘Speak Up’
כיכר השבת על ידי יוסי נכטיגל
אנטישמיות בברלין: יהודי ביקש מצית בשבת והותקף בידי גויים
Hamodia by Hamodia
Netanyahu Says Understands Criticism of Poland Holocaust Deal



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Ankara Angry as Israel Charges Turkish Tourist With Aiding Hamas
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Palestinians to Keep Paying Prisoner Stipends Despite Israeli Penalty
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Syrian State Media Claims Air Defenses Hit Israeli Plane, Thwart Missile Strike
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Israel Shuts Down Kerem Shalom Crossing Into Gaza
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Israel Announces Gaza Trade, Fishing Crackdown in Anti-Hamas Move
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
טרור העפיפונים: התיעוד העצוב של טרור העפיפונים • צפו
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Israel Threatens ‘Harsh Response’ to Any Syrian Forces in Demilitarized Golan
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Hamas to Try Another ‘Reverse Flotilla’ Tuesday
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Hamas: No Deal Until Prisoner’s Are Freed
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Israel Hits Iranian Forces In Syria
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
VIDEO: Iran’s Growing Presence In Syria Has PM Netanyahu Flying To Moscow
Hamodia by Hamodia
Ankara Angry as Israel Charges Turkish Tourist With Aiding Hamas
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Report: IAF Attacks T4 Base in Syria
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Arrests Made In Jerusalem Firebomb Attack
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Turkish Aid Agency in Yerushalayim Gets Intel Scrutiny
כיכר השבת על ידי יוחנן בלייך
תקיפה בסוריה: דיווחים: ישראל תקפה בסיס חיל אוויר סורי בסמוך לחומס
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Gaza Terror Continues – B’chasdei Hashem, AM Attacks Failed
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Still Angry Over 1917 Balfour Declaration, Palestinians Bemoan England Advance in FIFA World Cup
Algemeiner.com by Sarah N. Stern / JNS.org
Time to Wake Up to Erdoğan’s Turkey
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
כתב אישום נגד אזרחית טורקיה: סיוע לטרור



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
כיכר השבת על ידי יוחנן בלייך
מחפשים חשודים: שוב ושוב: צלבי קרס במדינת קונטיקט בארה"ב
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Israel Could Soon Be ‘Unblurred’ On Google Earth
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Hitler Speech Transmitted Over Chicago Police Radios



Prayers for Those in Need
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Chasdei Hashem: Chosson Injured In Meah Shearim Crane Accident Is Walking Again
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
בני ברק: בן 12 טיפס על עץ, נפל ונפצע באורח בינוני
Yeshiva World News by Spira
TEHILLIM: Tzefas Father Hits Daughter With Vehicle, Leaving Her Fighting for Her Life R”L
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
התפללו לרפואתה: תאונה בצפת: האב פגע בבתו, הרופאים נלחמים על חייה
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
התפללו לרפואתה: פעוטה ממשפחה חרדית נפגעה בינוני מרכב
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Tefilos Requested For Injured IDF Reservist
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
המתנדב החרדי נפל מאופניו ונפצע קשה
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Wedding Tragedy: One Dead After Israeli Couple Gets Into Zip-Line Accident On Honduran Island
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
העתירו בתפילה: אשדוד: ילד חרדי נפל מעץ גבוה ונפצע בינוני
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
בני ברק: נערה חרדית נפלה מקומה 4 מצבה קשה
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
דרמה בישיבה: עשרות תלמידים חלו; הפנימייה עוברת חיטוי



Deaths
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טרגדיה בשומרון: סלעית: ילד בן שמונה נהרג כשרכב על אופניו
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Wedding Tragedy: One Dead After Israeli Couple Gets Into Zip-Line Accident On Honduran Island
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
PHOTOS: Pedestrian Struck And Killed By A Truck On Jerusalem’s Betzalel Street
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
נין ה'אמרי אמת': נצר לבית גור: הרה"ח רבי אריה אלתר זצ"ל
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
BDE: Harav Aryeh Alter, Z”l



Great Rabbis
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
סיקור ותיעוד: מסע הגאון רבי שמואל קמינצקי בשיקגו
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
שנת תשמ''א: תיעוד חדש: האדמו"ר מבעלזא והרבי מחב"ד
כיכר השבת על ידי kikar.co.il בשיתוף מוסדות דור ודור
לקראת הילולת צדיק המזוזות ב-ה' באב
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
מתקפה חריפה: הראשל"צ הגר"ש עמאר על מצעד התועבה: "חוצפה וביזיון"
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Rav Amar Calls On MK Azoulai To Resign From Knesset Kosel-Planning Committee
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
נין ה'אמרי אמת': נצר לבית גור: הרה"ח רבי אריה אלתר זצ"ל
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
החליף צד: ה'ינוקא' שסיים 8 פעמים ש"ס, בחן את בני גילו
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
BDE: Harav Aryeh Alter, Z”l



Miracles
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Chasdei Hashem: Chosson Injured In Meah Shearim Crane Accident Is Walking Again
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Gaza Terror Continues – B’chasdei Hashem, AM Attacks Failed
Algemeiner.com by Jonathan Feldstein / JNS.org
Miracles at Entebbe



Kiddush Hashem
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
לוחמי משמר הגבול הצילו תינוק פלסטיני
Yeshiva World News by ZalmyX
WATCH: Israeli Technology Helped Locate Trapped Thai Soccer Team



Judaism
Hamodia by Yoni Weiss
Report: El Al Delayed Flight Blamed on Chareidi Passengers – Not True
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
מתקפה חריפה: הראשל"צ הגר"ש עמאר על מצעד התועבה: "חוצפה וביזיון"
כיכר השבת על ידי אלי רוטמן
"לכו לקהל הקדוש": בית הקפה נסגר בשבת ומסע הגידופים החל
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
חוק הגיוס: מקלב: "לימוד התורה הוא ערך, שירות צבאי אינו ערך"
Yeshiva World News by Poch854
Netanyahu and Steinitz To Unilaterally Decide Outcome of Reform Prayer Area At Kosel
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Attorney General Opposes Deri’s Policy Of Denying Adoption To Toeiva Couples
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Minister Deri Seeks To Advance Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrus Reform
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Efforts Continue To Prevent Machlokes Among Chareidi Elected Officials Surrounding New Draft Law
Hamodia by Hamodia
Another NJ Town Sued Over Denial of Religious Group’s Expansion Plans
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Rav Amar Calls On MK Azoulai To Resign From Knesset Kosel-Planning Committee
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Stolen Tallis Bag and Paroches Being Sold At Flea Market
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
אירוויזיון בירושלים?: עיריית ירושלים דרשה: ללא חזרות בשבת
Hamodia by Yisrael Price
Religious Affairs Minister Quits Kosel Committee
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Gov’t Set to Hold Back Northern Shomron Disengagement Walkback – For 13th Time
Going Home ... To Yerushalayim by Neshama
An Isolated Nation Among the World’s Nations – SEE UPDATES
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Nightly Pandemonium in Yerushalayim Market Disturbs Nearby Yeshiva
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Picture of the Day
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
'מתווה הכשרות' אושר: כחלון: "תמיד דרעי מנצח. לא משנה מה יהיה"



Election Stuff
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Former Australian PM Calls For Relocating Its Embassy to Jerusalem




          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


          Source: Trump sent Kim Jong Un 'Rocket Man' CD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CNN's Michelle Kosinski reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea went "as badly as it could have gone," according to a CNN source familiar with the discussions.

          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


          Source: Kim Jong Un snubbed Pompeo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CNN's Michelle Kosinski reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea went "as badly as it could have gone," according to a CNN source familiar with the discussions.

          From North Korea to NATO – Diplomacy… Or More Deception?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Will President Trump tell his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to behave himself better with the North Koreans? Will he tell the Germans we’re no longer spending money defending them? US foreign policy under President Trump is hard to follow, but two opportunities for pro-America diplomacy are presenting themselves. Will he bite? Tune in to … Continue reading "From North Korea to NATO – Diplomacy… Or More Deception?"

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          Crisis in U.S. Nuclear Talks With Pyongyang Not China’s Doing, Experts Say      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Beijing is angry over the U.S. trade war, but Trump’s own mishandling of North Korea talks are the main problem.
          영어작문/영작/영어에세이/영어발표 남북통일의 장단점      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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I guess Trump is too stupid to realize that what Kim Jung-un gave him is the same piece of paper he has been offering everybody for 26 years now. Pompeo just literally got trashed in front of the world. I wonder how long he is going to be willing to take the international humiliation? He's not the sharpest tool in the box.
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"“First of all you’ve got to be honest with yourself. For the president to come home and say ‘the nuclear threat from North Korea is gone, you can sleep safely at night,’ is an element of fantasy. " If you are actually being honest with yourself you would say this conjob piece of shit couldn't tell the truth if his frickin life depended on it.
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《インチキ遺骨ではなくて、拉致被害者を返せ!日・米・韓外相会談、北朝鮮非核化で連携確認 ポンペオ氏、北朝鮮の非難に反論「それを強盗というなら世界中が強盗に」》

河野太郎外相は7月8日、アメリカのマイク・ポンペオ(Mike Pompeo)国務長官と韓国の康京和(カン・ギョンファ)外相と東京都内で会談した。北朝鮮の非核化を巡り6日から7日に訪朝したポンペオ氏から説明を受けるとともに、北朝鮮に核を含む全ての大量破壊兵器と弾道ミサイルの「完全かつ検証可能で不可逆的な廃棄(CVID)」を実現させるため、日・米・韓が綿密に連携していく方針で一致した。また、日・米・韓外相会談に先立ち、ポンペオ氏は安倍晋三首相と首相官邸で面会し、米・朝協議で北朝鮮側に日本人拉致問題を提起したと明らかにした。
3カ国外相会談終了後の共同記者会見で、北朝鮮の非核化に関し、ポンペオ氏は

「北朝鮮は完全な非核化にコミットすると再度約束をした。金正恩(キム・ジョンウン)朝鮮労働党委員長が(6月12日の米・朝首脳会談で)合意した通りだ」

と述べ、北朝鮮の非核化をめぐる考え方で米・朝に齟齬はないと強調した。

「最終的、完全に検証可能な非核化がされるまで制裁は続ける」

とも明言した。
北朝鮮が7日までの米・朝協議について「アメリカ側が一方的非核化だけを要求した」とし、アメリカ側の対応を「強盗的な要求」と非難したことに対し、ポンペオ氏は

「それを強盗(ギャングスター)と言うなら世界中が強盗になる」

と反論した。
拉致問題に関しては、6月12日の米・朝会談に続き、米・朝政府高官の高いレベルで提起されたことを踏まえ、河野氏は

「ポンペオ氏から今回も拉致問題を提起してもらったことに感謝する」

と謝意を示した。
ポンペオ氏は

「毎回の北朝鮮との会合で取り上げることが重要だと思っている」

と話した。
河野氏は

「北朝鮮との関係の新たな出発を開始したいと望んでいる」

と述べ、日・朝交渉の実現に意欲を示した。
河野氏は日・米・韓外相会談に先立ち、ポンペオ氏と8日朝、都内のホテルで朝食をとりながら約1時間会談した。北朝鮮情勢に加え、悪化している米・露関係やアメリカ側のイラン産原油の輸入停止要求について意見交換した。同日午後には康氏とも都内のレストランで昼食をとりながら個別に会談した。
一方、安倍晋三首相はポンペオ氏との会談で、

「北朝鮮との交渉直後に日本を訪問していただいたことは、日・米同盟の絆がかつてないほど強くなっている象徴だ」

と歓迎した。
ポンペオ氏は

「核、拉致問題、そして日・米、その他世界にとって、重要なあらゆる問題と取り上げた。まだまだこれからわれわれが協力してやっていかねばならない問題が山積している」

と応じた。

■政府拉致問題HP
http://www.rachi.go.jp/
■警察庁HP
http://www.npa.go.jp/
■救う会全国協議会HP
http://www.sukuukai.jp/
■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
■ベナTVHP
http://www.benamu.org
■ベナTVブログ
http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
■ベナTVFacebook
http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者トーク番組動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
■ベナTV(日本語版)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
■ベナ救出団:日本語(1)
https://youtu.be/USkALHXYyfI
■ベナ救出団:日本語(2)
https://youtu.be/W9yxZD9sjuM
■ベナ救出団:日本語(3)
https://youtu.be/Mv2kbq4hamU
■ベナ救出団:日本語(4)
https://youtu.be/xpocs10Hx0E
■ベナ救出団:日本語(5)
https://youtu.be/SYT--pNiFqc
■ベナ救出団:日本語(6)
https://youtu.be/p1MN3RHXQBc



◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
元飲食店店員拉致容疑事案
被害者:田中 実さん(拉致被害時28歳)
欧州に向け出国したあと失踪。
平成14年10月にクアラルンプールで行われた日・朝国交正常化交渉第12回本会談及び平成16年に計3回行われた日・朝実務者協議において我が方から北朝鮮側に情報提供を求めたが、第3回協議において北朝鮮側より北朝鮮に入境したことは確認できなかった旨回答があった。
平成17年4月に田中 実さんが拉致認定されて以降、政府は北朝鮮側に対し即時帰国及び事案に関する真相究明を求めてきているが、これまでに回答はない。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

[In or around June 1978: Former restaurant worker abducted]

Abductee: Minoru Tanaka (28, male, Hyogo Prefecture)
Disappeared after departing Japan for Europe.
The GoJ requested that North Korea provide information on this case at the 12th round of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002 and all three Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in 2004. During the third round of consultations, North Korea asserted that there is no evidence that Mr. Tanaka had ever entered North Korean territory.
Since April 2005, when the GoJ officially identified Minoru Tanaka as an abductee, the GoJ has demanded that North Korea immediately allow him to return to Japan and provide a full accounting of his case. North Korea, however, has not responded.

《特定失踪者・金田竜光さんについて》
◆氏名:金田 竜光
(かねだたつみつ)
◆失踪年月日:昭和54(1979)年ごろ
◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:26歳
◆当時の住所:兵庫県神戸市東灘区青木
◆当時の身分:ラーメン店店員
◆身長:180cm
◆失踪場所:神戸市東灘区

【失踪状況】
金田さんは韓国籍。
田中 実さん(昭和53年に拉致)と同じ施設で育った。
昭和52年ごろ、田中 実さん拉致実行犯・韓竜大(ハン・ヨンデ)が経営するラーメン店「来大」に就職。昭和53年に田中 実さんを「来大」に紹介し、ともに働く。同年、韓竜大の誘いにより、田中 実さんがオーストリア・ウィーンに出国。
半年ほどして、田中 実さんが差出人になっているオーストリアからの国際郵便を受け取る。その内容は「オーストリアはいいところであり、仕事もあるのでこちらに来ないか」との誘いであった。
田中さんの誘いを受け、打ちあわせと言って東京に向かったが、以後一切連絡がなく、行方不明となる。
連絡がないことを不思議に思った友人が、この間の事情を知る韓竜大に再三説明を求めたが、「知らない」と繰り返す。
その後失踪した2人を知る友人たちの間で「2人は北朝鮮にいる」との噂が広まり、韓竜大に近づく者がいなかった。
「救う会兵庫」は平成14年10月に韓竜大、15年7月にその共犯である曹廷楽(チョ・ジョンガリ)についての告発状を兵庫県警に提出している。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

《救う会認定拉致被害者・福留貴美子さんについて》
◆氏名:福留 貴美子
(ふくとめきみこ)
◆失踪年月日:1976(昭和51)年7月18日または19日
◆生年月日:1952(昭和27)年1月1日
◆当時の住所:東京都渋谷区恵比寿
◆当時の身分:アルバイト
◆最終失踪関連地点:海外

【失踪状況】
1976(昭和51)年7月中旬、同居していた友人に「モンゴルに行く」と言い残して出国後、行方不明となる。
1980(昭和55)年3月、突然同居していた渋谷区恵比寿の友人宅に現れた後、横浜市の友人宅に2泊した後、「大阪に行く」と言い残して再び行方不明となるが、後に北朝鮮に渡ったよど号犯の岡本 武と結婚し2児をもうけていたことが明らかになる。
1996(平成8)年夏によど号犯グループの小西隆裕から実家に「1988(昭和63)年夏に土砂崩れで死亡したと北朝鮮側から知らせを受けた」旨の手紙が送られてきたが、真相は不明のままである。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■神奈川県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/
■大阪府警HP
http://www.police.pref.osaka.jp/
■高知県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kochi.lg.jp/

《新潟県警・愛知県警公開特定失踪者・渡邉浩成さんについて》
◆氏名:渡邉 浩成
(わたなべひろまさ)
◆当時の年齢:23歳(昭和60年当時)
◆当時の住所:愛知県名古屋市中区
◆新潟県三条市出身
◆当時の職業:郵便局員
◆身長:170cmくらい

【失踪状況】
昭和60年12月、岐阜県岐阜市の職場を出た後、行方不明になっています。
■新潟県警HP
http://www.police.pref.niigata.jp/
■愛知県警HP
http://www.pref.aichi.jp/police/
■岐阜県警HP
http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/police/



【拉致事件、捜査の現状】
北朝鮮による拉致事件を巡り、日本の警察はこれまで実行犯や指示役として北朝鮮の元工作員たち合わせて11人を国際手配しています。
拉致には金正日(キム・ジョンイル)総書記が掌握していた対外情報調査部と呼ばれる工作機関が組織的に関わっていた疑いが強いと見て捜査を続けています。
このうち、福井県の地村保志さん・富貴恵さん夫妻を拉致した実行犯として元工作員の辛光洙(シン・グァンス)容疑者が手配されています。
また、大阪府の原 敕晁さんが拉致された事件では、辛容疑者とともに金吉旭(キム・キルウク)容疑者も共犯者として手配されています。
この他、東京都の久米 裕さん拉致事件では金世鎬(キム・セホ)容疑者が、新潟県の曽我ひとみさん拉致事件にはキム・ミョンスク容疑者がそれぞれ関わったとして手配されています。
北海道出身の渡辺秀子さんの子供2人の拉致事件では、工作員グループのリーダー格で北朝鮮にいると見られる洪寿恵(ホン・スヘ)こと木下陽子容疑者が手配されています。
新潟県の蓮池 薫さん・祐木子さん夫妻の拉致事件ではチェ・スンチョル容疑者が実行犯として手配されている他、金総書記が掌握していた対外報調査部と呼ばれる北朝鮮の工作機関の幹部であるハン・クムニョン容疑者とキム・ナンジン容疑者が拉致の実行を指示したとして手配されています。
ハン容疑者たちは工作機関で「指導員」と呼ばれる立場で、辛光洙容疑者たちもこの組織の一員だったことがわかっており、警察は北朝鮮が組織的に拉致を実行した疑いが強いと見て捜査を続けています。
よど号ハイジャック事件のメンバーたちも1980年代にヨーロッパで相次いだ3人の日本人拉致に関わった疑いで国際手配されています。
このうち、有本恵子さん拉致事件では魚本公博(安部公博)容疑者が、石岡 亨さんと松木 薫さん拉致事件ではよど号メンバーの妻の森 順子・若林佐喜子両容疑者がそれぞれ手配されています。
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《インチキ遺骨ではなくて、拉致被害者を返せ!ポンペオ国務長官、北朝鮮との協議で「拉致問題取り上げた」安倍晋三首相と会談》

安倍晋三首相は7月8日、アメリカのマイク・ポンペオ(Mike Pompeo)国務長官と首相官邸で会談し、6、7両日に北朝鮮を訪問していたポンペオ氏から北朝鮮の非核化に向けた米・朝の交渉状況などについて説明を受けた。
ポンペオ氏は

「核、拉致問題、そして日米そのほか世界にとって、重要なあらゆる問題と取り上げた」

と述べた。
首相は

「北朝鮮の核・ミサイル、拉致問題を解決することは日本にとっても、地域の平和と安定のためにも極めて重要だ」

と強調した。

■政府拉致問題HP
http://www.rachi.go.jp/
■警察庁HP
http://www.npa.go.jp/
■救う会全国協議会HP
http://www.sukuukai.jp/
■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
■ベナTVHP
http://www.benamu.org
■ベナTVブログ
http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
■ベナTVFacebook
http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者トーク番組動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
■ベナTV(日本語版)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
■ベナ救出団:日本語(1)
https://youtu.be/USkALHXYyfI
■ベナ救出団:日本語(2)
https://youtu.be/W9yxZD9sjuM
■ベナ救出団:日本語(3)
https://youtu.be/Mv2kbq4hamU
■ベナ救出団:日本語(4)
https://youtu.be/xpocs10Hx0E
■ベナ救出団:日本語(5)
https://youtu.be/SYT--pNiFqc
■ベナ救出団:日本語(6)
https://youtu.be/p1MN3RHXQBc



◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
元飲食店店員拉致容疑事案
被害者:田中 実さん(拉致被害時28歳)
欧州に向け出国したあと失踪。
平成14年10月にクアラルンプールで行われた日・朝国交正常化交渉第12回本会談及び平成16年に計3回行われた日・朝実務者協議において我が方から北朝鮮側に情報提供を求めたが、第3回協議において北朝鮮側より北朝鮮に入境したことは確認できなかった旨回答があった。
平成17年4月に田中 実さんが拉致認定されて以降、政府は北朝鮮側に対し即時帰国及び事案に関する真相究明を求めてきているが、これまでに回答はない。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

[In or around June 1978: Former restaurant worker abducted]

Abductee: Minoru Tanaka (28, male, Hyogo Prefecture)
Disappeared after departing Japan for Europe.
The GoJ requested that North Korea provide information on this case at the 12th round of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002 and all three Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in 2004. During the third round of consultations, North Korea asserted that there is no evidence that Mr. Tanaka had ever entered North Korean territory.
Since April 2005, when the GoJ officially identified Minoru Tanaka as an abductee, the GoJ has demanded that North Korea immediately allow him to return to Japan and provide a full accounting of his case. North Korea, however, has not responded.

《特定失踪者・金田竜光さんについて》
◆氏名:金田 竜光
(かねだたつみつ)
◆失踪年月日:昭和54(1979)年ごろ
◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:26歳
◆当時の住所:兵庫県神戸市東灘区青木
◆当時の身分:ラーメン店店員
◆身長:180cm
◆失踪場所:神戸市東灘区

【失踪状況】
金田さんは韓国籍。
田中 実さん(昭和53年に拉致)と同じ施設で育った。
昭和52年ごろ、田中 実さん拉致実行犯・韓竜大(ハン・ヨンデ)が経営するラーメン店「来大」に就職。昭和53年に田中 実さんを「来大」に紹介し、ともに働く。同年、韓竜大の誘いにより、田中 実さんがオーストリア・ウィーンに出国。
半年ほどして、田中 実さんが差出人になっているオーストリアからの国際郵便を受け取る。その内容は「オーストリアはいいところであり、仕事もあるのでこちらに来ないか」との誘いであった。
田中さんの誘いを受け、打ちあわせと言って東京に向かったが、以後一切連絡がなく、行方不明となる。
連絡がないことを不思議に思った友人が、この間の事情を知る韓竜大に再三説明を求めたが、「知らない」と繰り返す。
その後失踪した2人を知る友人たちの間で「2人は北朝鮮にいる」との噂が広まり、韓竜大に近づく者がいなかった。
「救う会兵庫」は平成14年10月に韓竜大、15年7月にその共犯である曹廷楽(チョ・ジョンガリ)についての告発状を兵庫県警に提出している。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

《救う会認定拉致被害者・福留貴美子さんについて》
◆氏名:福留 貴美子
(ふくとめきみこ)
◆失踪年月日:1976(昭和51)年7月18日または19日
◆生年月日:1952(昭和27)年1月1日
◆当時の住所:東京都渋谷区恵比寿
◆当時の身分:アルバイト
◆最終失踪関連地点:海外

【失踪状況】
1976(昭和51)年7月中旬、同居していた友人に「モンゴルに行く」と言い残して出国後、行方不明となる。
1980(昭和55)年3月、突然同居していた渋谷区恵比寿の友人宅に現れた後、横浜市の友人宅に2泊した後、「大阪に行く」と言い残して再び行方不明となるが、後に北朝鮮に渡ったよど号犯の岡本 武と結婚し2児をもうけていたことが明らかになる。
1996(平成8)年夏によど号犯グループの小西隆裕から実家に「1988(昭和63)年夏に土砂崩れで死亡したと北朝鮮側から知らせを受けた」旨の手紙が送られてきたが、真相は不明のままである。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■神奈川県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/
■大阪府警HP
http://www.police.pref.osaka.jp/
■高知県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kochi.lg.jp/

《新潟県警・愛知県警公開特定失踪者・渡邉浩成さんについて》
◆氏名:渡邉 浩成
(わたなべひろまさ)
◆当時の年齢:23歳(昭和60年当時)
◆当時の住所:愛知県名古屋市中区
◆新潟県三条市出身
◆当時の職業:郵便局員
◆身長:170cmくらい

【失踪状況】
昭和60年12月、岐阜県岐阜市の職場を出た後、行方不明になっています。
■新潟県警HP
http://www.police.pref.niigata.jp/
■愛知県警HP
http://www.pref.aichi.jp/police/
■岐阜県警HP
http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/police/



【拉致事件、捜査の現状】
北朝鮮による拉致事件を巡り、日本の警察はこれまで実行犯や指示役として北朝鮮の元工作員たち合わせて11人を国際手配しています。
拉致には金正日(キム・ジョンイル)総書記が掌握していた対外情報調査部と呼ばれる工作機関が組織的に関わっていた疑いが強いと見て捜査を続けています。
このうち、福井県の地村保志さん・富貴恵さん夫妻を拉致した実行犯として元工作員の辛光洙(シン・グァンス)容疑者が手配されています。
また、大阪府の原 敕晁さんが拉致された事件では、辛容疑者とともに金吉旭(キム・キルウク)容疑者も共犯者として手配されています。
この他、東京都の久米 裕さん拉致事件では金世鎬(キム・セホ)容疑者が、新潟県の曽我ひとみさん拉致事件にはキム・ミョンスク容疑者がそれぞれ関わったとして手配されています。
北海道出身の渡辺秀子さんの子供2人の拉致事件では、工作員グループのリーダー格で北朝鮮にいると見られる洪寿恵(ホン・スヘ)こと木下陽子容疑者が手配されています。
新潟県の蓮池 薫さん・祐木子さん夫妻の拉致事件ではチェ・スンチョル容疑者が実行犯として手配されている他、金総書記が掌握していた対外報調査部と呼ばれる北朝鮮の工作機関の幹部であるハン・クムニョン容疑者とキム・ナンジン容疑者が拉致の実行を指示したとして手配されています。
ハン容疑者たちは工作機関で「指導員」と呼ばれる立場で、辛光洙容疑者たちもこの組織の一員だったことがわかっており、警察は北朝鮮が組織的に拉致を実行した疑いが強いと見て捜査を続けています。
よど号ハイジャック事件のメンバーたちも1980年代にヨーロッパで相次いだ3人の日本人拉致に関わった疑いで国際手配されています。
このうち、有本恵子さん拉致事件では魚本公博(安部公博)容疑者が、石岡 亨さんと松木 薫さん拉致事件ではよど号メンバーの妻の森 順子・若林佐喜子両容疑者がそれぞれ手配されています。
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《インチキ遺骨ではなくて、拉致被害者を返せ!拉致問題解決へ「改めて関心を」 仙台で増元さん講演》

北朝鮮による日本人の拉致問題早期解決に向けた機運を高めるために7月7日、「拉致問題の行方」と題した講演会が仙台市内で開かれた。
講演会では増元るみ子さん(64歳。拉致当時24歳)の弟で拉致被害者家族連絡会の元事務局長・増元照明さん(62歳)が講演。

「この問題に関して無関心になってはいけない」

と訴えた。
同会は拉致問題の解決に取り組む「救う会宮城」の主催。
講演で増元さんは

「拉致問題がなぜ起きたか、なぜ解決しないかを考えなければならない」

と述べた。
また6月にシンガポールで開催された史上初の米・朝首脳会談に触れ、

「拉致問題解決への機運が高まっている今年だからこそ改めてこの問題に関心を持ってほしい」

と呼びかけた。
講演会に参加した女性(60歳)は

「拉致問題は風化させてはいけない。学校教育の場でもこの問題について伝えていくべきだと思った」

と話した。

■増元るみ子さんのご家族のメッセージ
http://www.rachi.go.jp/jp/message/movie_6.html
■増元るみ子さんのご家族のメッセージ(英語版)
http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/shisei/keihatsu/videomessage_6en.html
■市川修一さんのご家族のメッセージ
http://www.rachi.go.jp/jp/message/movie_5.html
■市川修一さんのご家族のメッセージ(英語版)
http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/shisei/keihatsu/videomessage_5en.html
■政府拉致問題HP
http://www.rachi.go.jp/
■警察庁HP
http://www.npa.go.jp/
■宮城県警HP
http://www.police.pref.miyagi.jp/
■救う会宮城facebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/sukuukai.miyagi
■救う会全国協議会HP
http://www.sukuukai.jp/
■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
■ベナTVHP
http://www.benamu.org
■ベナTVブログ
http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
■ベナTVFacebook
http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者トーク番組動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
■ベナTV(日本語版)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
■ベナ救出団:日本語(1)
https://youtu.be/USkALHXYyfI
■ベナ救出団:日本語(2)
https://youtu.be/W9yxZD9sjuM
■ベナ救出団:日本語(3)
https://youtu.be/Mv2kbq4hamU
■ベナ救出団:日本語(4)
https://youtu.be/xpocs10Hx0E
■ベナ救出団:日本語(5)
https://youtu.be/SYT--pNiFqc
■ベナ救出団:日本語(6)
https://youtu.be/p1MN3RHXQBc



◆昭和53(1978)年8月12日
アベック拉致容疑事案
被害者:増元るみ子さん(拉致被害時24歳)
被害者:市川修一さん(拉致被害時23歳)
「浜に夕日を見に行く」と言って出かけたまま失踪。
北朝鮮側は、1979(昭和54)年7月に2人は結婚し、市川修一さんは同年9月に心臓麻痺で死亡し、増元るみ子さんは1981(昭和56)年に心臓麻痺で死亡したとしているが、これを裏付ける資料等の提供はなされていない。
■鹿児島県警HP
http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/police/

[August 12, 1978: Couple abducted]

Abductees: Shuichi Ichikawa (23, male, Kagoshima Prefecture), Rumiko Masumoto (24, female, Kagoshima Prefecture)
Disappeared after saying they were going to watch the sunset at the beach.
North Korea asserts that the two married in July 1979, that Mr. Ichikawa died of a heart attack in September the same year, and that Ms. Masumoto died of a heart attack in 1981. North Korea has, however, provided no documents or evidence to support these claims.

《特定失踪者・岩佐寅雄さんについて》
◆氏名:岩佐 寅雄
(いわさとらお)
◆失踪年月日:昭和36(1961)年12月20日
◆生年月日:大正15(1926)年12月8日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:35歳
◆当時の住所:神奈川県鎌倉市
◆当時の身分:魚屋の店員(板前も出来た)
◆身長:170cm
◆失踪場所:神奈川県鎌倉市の魚屋から

【失踪状況】
勤めていた店の人に黙っていなくなった。
その後、横須賀のいとこが四方八方探し回ったが消息はつかめず。
■神奈川県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/

《特定失踪者・早坂勝男さんについて》
◆氏名:早坂 勝男
(はやさかかつお)
◆失踪年月日:昭和43(1968)年4月頃
◆生年月日:昭和19(1944)年1月22日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:24歳
◆当時の住所:東京都墨田区石原
◆当時の身分:印刷会社社員
◆宮城県加美町出身
◆身長:156cm
◆体重:55kg
◆血液型:A型かO型
◆特徴:印刷の仕事で指を怪我し、親指と人さし指がやや変形している
◆失踪場所:東京都墨田区

【失踪状況】
墨田区の下宿先から失踪。正月に兄弟とその家族7人で過ごしている。
別の兄の話によると2月か3月にケガで入院した。
失踪後数ヶ月して、会社から本人の友人に荷物を引き取ってくれと電話ある。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp

《特定失踪者・日高信男さんについて》
◆氏名:日高 信夫
(ひだかのぶお)
◆失踪年月日:昭和41(1966)年9月29日
◆生年月日:昭和19(1944)年11月27日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:21歳
◆当時の住所:東京都新宿区
◆当時の身分:印刷工
◆身長:155cm
◆体重:50kg
◆特徴:印刷機による事故のため、右手人指し指第2関節と右手中指第1関節欠損
◆失踪場所:東京都台東区上野駅

【失踪状況】
勤務していた東京都新宿区の印刷会社を9月25日退職し、29日に大阪に向かったまま失踪。
実家には『大阪で新しい職場が決まった』と手紙を出しているが、実際に大阪で就職したことは現時点で確認されていない。
平成18年11月6日、警視庁に告発状を提出。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp

《特定失踪者・吉田賢光さんについて》
◆氏名:吉田 賢光
(よしだけんこう)
◆失踪年月日:昭和52(1977)年3月12日
◆生年月日:昭和15(1940)年5月2日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:36歳
◆当時の住所:神奈川県川崎市
◆当時の身分:無職(前年11月まで団体職員)
◆特徴:小柄で細身
◆特技:
1)特別上手ではないが、スポーツは何でもこなす
2)登山も少しはする
◆失踪場所:東北本線白石駅

【失踪状況】
体調不良のため次の転居予定地である大阪へ向かう前に約3ヶ月間、宮城県にある伯父の寺へ居候。
実家である岩手へ墓参りがてら帰って来いといっても来ず、居候先の伯父の話では何か連絡を待っている様子だったと話したと聞いている。
失踪前の住所は神奈川県川崎市。
■宮城県警HP
http://www.police.pref.miyagi.jp/
■神奈川県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/
■大阪府警HP
http://www.police.pref.osaka.jp/

【荒木和博・特定失踪者問題調査会代表による早坂勝男さん・日高信男さん・吉田賢光さん失踪事件の解説】
◆共通項は「大阪へ行く」
早坂勝男さんと日高信男さんに共通しているキーワードの一つに「大阪」がありました。
早坂勝男さんはお兄さんに「大阪に行って印刷の勉強をしてみたい」とも話していたことがあり、アルバムの中からも大阪市の住之江公園で写した写真が出てきました。
日高信男さんは失踪直前鹿児島の実家に「印刷会社を退職し、大阪で働く会社が決まった」旨の手紙を送付していました。一方会社の同僚には「大阪で仕事を探す」と伝えていました。
また、吉田賢光さんは昭和52年(1977)3月12日、「大阪に行く」と言って東北本線白石駅で妹さんが見送ったのを最後に行方不明になっています。ご本人は町役場の職員から社団法人の職員になり、失踪前年退職していましたが曹洞宗の僧籍を持っていました。

《特定失踪者・河合美智愛さんについて》
◆氏名:河合 美智愛
(かわいみちえ)
◆失踪年月日:昭和59(1984)年4月2日
◆生年月日:昭和38(1963)年12月18日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:20歳
◆当時の住所:福井県越前市
◆当時の身分:会社員
◆身長:169cm
◆特徴:
1)おでこが広い
2)口元に小さなホクロ
3)右膝外側に10cm程度のあざ
◆失踪場所:福井県武生市(現・越前市)

【失踪状況】
失踪前日から地元の繊維会社に勤め始めていた。
昼食のために会社から一旦帰宅して昼食を取った後、会社に向かったが会社には着かずそのまま行方不明となった。
乗っていた自家用車(カローラ)も見つかっていない。
失踪後、1~2回、実家に無言電話がかかってきたが、名前を呼びかけると直ぐに切れた。
平成6年頃、宮城県内で目撃情報があります。
■福井県警HP
http://www.pref.fukui.jp/kenkei/

◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
元飲食店店員拉致容疑事案
被害者:田中 実さん(拉致被害時28歳)
欧州に向け出国したあと失踪。
平成14年10月にクアラルンプールで行われた日・朝国交正常化交渉第12回本会談及び平成16年に計3回行われた日・朝実務者協議において我が方から北朝鮮側に情報提供を求めたが、第3回協議において北朝鮮側より北朝鮮に入境したことは確認できなかった旨回答があった。
平成17年4月に田中 実さんが拉致認定されて以降、政府は北朝鮮側に対し即時帰国及び事案に関する真相究明を求めてきているが、これまでに回答はない。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

[In or around June 1978: Former restaurant worker abducted]

Abductee: Minoru Tanaka (28, male, Hyogo Prefecture)
Disappeared after departing Japan for Europe.
The GoJ requested that North Korea provide information on this case at the 12th round of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002 and all three Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in 2004. During the third round of consultations, North Korea asserted that there is no evidence that Mr. Tanaka had ever entered North Korean territory.
Since April 2005, when the GoJ officially identified Minoru Tanaka as an abductee, the GoJ has demanded that North Korea immediately allow him to return to Japan and provide a full accounting of his case. North Korea, however, has not responded.

《特定失踪者・金田竜光さんについて》
◆氏名:金田 竜光
(かねだたつみつ)
◆失踪年月日:昭和54(1979)年ごろ
◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:26歳
◆当時の住所:兵庫県神戸市東灘区青木
◆当時の身分:ラーメン店店員
◆身長:180cm
◆失踪場所:神戸市東灘区

【失踪状況】
金田さんは韓国籍。
田中 実さん(昭和53年に拉致)と同じ施設で育った。
昭和52年ごろ、田中 実さん拉致実行犯・韓竜大(ハン・ヨンデ)が経営するラーメン店「来大」に就職。昭和53年に田中 実さんを「来大」に紹介し、ともに働く。同年、韓竜大の誘いにより、田中 実さんがオーストリア・ウィーンに出国。
半年ほどして、田中 実さんが差出人になっているオーストリアからの国際郵便を受け取る。その内容は「オーストリアはいいところであり、仕事もあるのでこちらに来ないか」との誘いであった。
田中さんの誘いを受け、打ちあわせと言って東京に向かったが、以後一切連絡がなく、行方不明となる。
連絡がないことを不思議に思った友人が、この間の事情を知る韓竜大に再三説明を求めたが、「知らない」と繰り返す。
その後失踪した2人を知る友人たちの間で「2人は北朝鮮にいる」との噂が広まり、韓竜大に近づく者がいなかった。
「救う会兵庫」は平成14年10月に韓竜大、15年7月にその共犯である曹廷楽(チョ・ジョンガリ)についての告発状を兵庫県警に提出している。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

《救う会認定拉致被害者・福留貴美子さんについて》
◆氏名:福留 貴美子
(ふくとめきみこ)
◆失踪年月日:1976(昭和51)年7月18日または19日
◆生年月日:1952(昭和27)年1月1日
◆当時の住所:東京都渋谷区恵比寿
◆当時の身分:アルバイト
◆最終失踪関連地点:海外

【失踪状況】
1976(昭和51)年7月中旬、同居していた友人に「モンゴルに行く」と言い残して出国後、行方不明となる。
1980(昭和55)年3月、突然同居していた渋谷区恵比寿の友人宅に現れた後、横浜市の友人宅に2泊した後、「大阪に行く」と言い残して再び行方不明となるが、後に北朝鮮に渡ったよど号犯の岡本 武と結婚し2児をもうけていたことが明らかになる。
1996(平成8)年夏によど号犯グループの小西隆裕から実家に「1988(昭和63)年夏に土砂崩れで死亡したと北朝鮮側から知らせを受けた」旨の手紙が送られてきたが、真相は不明のままである。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■神奈川県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/
■大阪府警HP
http://www.police.pref.osaka.jp/
■高知県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kochi.lg.jp/

《新潟県警・愛知県警公開特定失踪者・渡邉浩成さんについて》
◆氏名:渡邉 浩成
(わたなべひろまさ)
◆当時の年齢:23歳(昭和60年当時)
◆当時の住所:愛知県名古屋市中区
◆新潟県三条市出身
◆当時の職業:郵便局員
◆身長:170cmくらい

【失踪状況】
昭和60年12月、岐阜県岐阜市の職場を出た後、行方不明になっています。
■新潟県警HP
http://www.police.pref.niigata.jp/
■愛知県警HP
http://www.pref.aichi.jp/police/
■岐阜県警HP
http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/police/



【拉致事件、捜査の現状】
北朝鮮による拉致事件を巡り、日本の警察はこれまで実行犯や指示役として北朝鮮の元工作員たち合わせて11人を国際手配しています。
拉致には金正日(キム・ジョンイル)総書記が掌握していた対外情報調査部と呼ばれる工作機関が組織的に関わっていた疑いが強いと見て捜査を続けています。
このうち、福井県の地村保志さん・富貴恵さん夫妻を拉致した実行犯として元工作員の辛光洙(シン・グァンス)容疑者が手配されています。
また、大阪府の原 敕晁さんが拉致された事件では、辛容疑者とともに金吉旭(キム・キルウク)容疑者も共犯者として手配されています。
この他、東京都の久米 裕さん拉致事件では金世鎬(キム・セホ)容疑者が、新潟県の曽我ひとみさん拉致事件にはキム・ミョンスク容疑者がそれぞれ関わったとして手配されています。
北海道出身の渡辺秀子さんの子供2人の拉致事件では、工作員グループのリーダー格で北朝鮮にいると見られる洪寿恵(ホン・スヘ)こと木下陽子容疑者が手配されています。
新潟県の蓮池 薫さん・祐木子さん夫妻の拉致事件ではチェ・スンチョル容疑者が実行犯として手配されている他、金総書記が掌握していた対外報調査部と呼ばれる北朝鮮の工作機関の幹部であるハン・クムニョン容疑者とキム・ナンジン容疑者が拉致の実行を指示したとして手配されています。
ハン容疑者たちは工作機関で「指導員」と呼ばれる立場で、辛光洙容疑者たちもこの組織の一員だったことがわかっており、警察は北朝鮮が組織的に拉致を実行した疑いが強いと見て捜査を続けています。
よど号ハイジャック事件のメンバーたちも1980年代にヨーロッパで相次いだ3人の日本人拉致に関わった疑いで国際手配されています。
このうち、有本恵子さん拉致事件では魚本公博(安部公博)容疑者が、石岡 亨さんと松木 薫さん拉致事件ではよど号メンバーの妻の森 順子・若林佐喜子両容疑者がそれぞれ手配されています。
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-その命、見捨てますか?-
《インチキ遺骨ではなくて、拉致被害者を返せ!拉致解決は「日・朝会談で」 首相、曽我さんらと面会》

北朝鮮による拉致被害者で平成14年に帰国した曽我ひとみさん(59歳)が7月5日、安倍晋三首相と官邸で面会し、被害者全員の即時一括帰国に向けて、金正恩(キム・ジョンウン)朝鮮労働党委員長との日・朝首脳会談の実現を訴えた。
曽我さんは冒頭で

「安倍総理は長い間、拉致問題に尽力いただいている。一日も早い帰国へ今まで以上に力をお貸しください」

と語った。
これを受け、安倍首相は

「日本が主体的に対応することが求められる。金委員長と向き合い、日・朝首脳会談を行い、拉致問題を解決しなければならないと決意している」

と応えた。
昭和53年8月に新潟県佐渡市で母のミヨシさん(86歳。拉致当時46歳)と拉致された曽我さんは平成14年に帰国したがミヨシさんは行方不明のままだ。
曽我さんは来月で拉致から40年となることを念頭に

「被害者も家族も年を取り時間がない。世界で一人の大事な母ちゃんをもう一度抱きしめたい」

と力を込めた。
面会には佐渡市に加え、蓮池 薫さん(60歳)、祐木子さん(62歳)夫妻が住む同県柏崎市、地村保志さん(63歳)、富貴恵さん(63歳)夫妻が住む福井県小浜市の3市長が同行。北朝鮮との直接交渉で全面解決を迫るよう求める要望書を安倍首相に手渡した。

■曽我ミヨシさんのご家族のメッセージ
http://www.rachi.go.jp/jp/message/movie_3.html
■曽我ミヨシさんのご家族のメッセージ(英語版)
http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/shisei/keihatsu/videomessage_3en.html
■政府拉致問題HP
http://www.rachi.go.jp/
■警察庁HP
http://www.npa.go.jp/
■救う会全国協議会HP
http://www.sukuukai.jp/
■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
■ベナTVHP
http://www.benamu.org
■ベナTVブログ
http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
■ベナTVFacebook
http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者トーク番組動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
■ベナTV(日本語版)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
■ベナ救出団:日本語(1)
https://youtu.be/USkALHXYyfI
■ベナ救出団:日本語(2)
https://youtu.be/W9yxZD9sjuM
■ベナ救出団:日本語(3)
https://youtu.be/Mv2kbq4hamU
■ベナ救出団:日本語(4)
https://youtu.be/xpocs10Hx0E
■ベナ救出団:日本語(5)
https://youtu.be/SYT--pNiFqc
■ベナ救出団:日本語(6)
https://youtu.be/p1MN3RHXQBc



◆昭和53(1978)年8月12日
母娘拉致容疑事案
被害者:曽我ひとみさん(拉致被害時19歳)
被害者:曽我ミヨシさん(拉致被害時46歳)
「2人で買い物に行く」と言って出かけて以来失踪。
ひとみさんは平成14年10月日本に帰国。
ひとみさんの夫(ジェンキンス氏=アメリカ人)と2人の娘も平成16年7月に渡日・帰国。
北朝鮮側は、曽我ミヨシさんは北朝鮮に入境していないとしている。
捜査当局は、拉致実行犯である北朝鮮工作員・通称キム・ミョンスクについて、平成18年11月に逮捕状の発付を得て国際手配するとともに、政府として北朝鮮側に身柄の引渡しを要求している。
■新潟県警HP
http://www.police.pref.niigata.jp/

[August 12, 1978: Mother and daughter abducted]

Abductees: Hitomi Soga (19, female, Niigata Prefecture), Miyoshi Soga (46, female, Niigata Prefecture)
Disappeared after saying they were going shopping.
Hitomi Soga returned to Japan in October 2002. Her husband (Charles Robert Jenkins, a US citizen) and two daughters arrived in Japan in July 2004.
North Korea asserts that Miyoshi Soga never entered North Korean territory. The Japanese authorities issued an arrest warrant in November 2006 for a person known as Kim Myong-Suk, a North Korean agent believed to be responsible for the abductions, and listed her with Interpol. The GoJ demands that North Korea extradite her to Japan.

◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
元飲食店店員拉致容疑事案
被害者:田中 実さん(拉致被害時28歳)
欧州に向け出国したあと失踪。
平成14年10月にクアラルンプールで行われた日・朝国交正常化交渉第12回本会談及び平成16年に計3回行われた日・朝実務者協議において我が方から北朝鮮側に情報提供を求めたが、第3回協議において北朝鮮側より北朝鮮に入境したことは確認できなかった旨回答があった。
平成17年4月に田中 実さんが拉致認定されて以降、政府は北朝鮮側に対し即時帰国及び事案に関する真相究明を求めてきているが、これまでに回答はない。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

[In or around June 1978: Former restaurant worker abducted]

Abductee: Minoru Tanaka (28, male, Hyogo Prefecture)
Disappeared after departing Japan for Europe.
The GoJ requested that North Korea provide information on this case at the 12th round of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002 and all three Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in 2004. During the third round of consultations, North Korea asserted that there is no evidence that Mr. Tanaka had ever entered North Korean territory.
Since April 2005, when the GoJ officially identified Minoru Tanaka as an abductee, the GoJ has demanded that North Korea immediately allow him to return to Japan and provide a full accounting of his case. North Korea, however, has not responded.

《特定失踪者・金田竜光さんについて》
◆氏名:金田 竜光
(かねだたつみつ)
◆失踪年月日:昭和54(1979)年ごろ
◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:26歳
◆当時の住所:兵庫県神戸市東灘区青木
◆当時の身分:ラーメン店店員
◆身長:180cm
◆失踪場所:神戸市東灘区

【失踪状況】
金田さんは韓国籍。
田中 実さん(昭和53年に拉致)と同じ施設で育った。
昭和52年ごろ、田中 実さん拉致実行犯・韓竜大(ハン・ヨンデ)が経営するラーメン店「来大」に就職。昭和53年に田中 実さんを「来大」に紹介し、ともに働く。同年、韓竜大の誘いにより、田中 実さんがオーストリア・ウィーンに出国。
半年ほどして、田中 実さんが差出人になっているオーストリアからの国際郵便を受け取る。その内容は「オーストリアはいいところであり、仕事もあるのでこちらに来ないか」との誘いであった。
田中さんの誘いを受け、打ちあわせと言って東京に向かったが、以後一切連絡がなく、行方不明となる。
連絡がないことを不思議に思った友人が、この間の事情を知る韓竜大に再三説明を求めたが、「知らない」と繰り返す。
その後失踪した2人を知る友人たちの間で「2人は北朝鮮にいる」との噂が広まり、韓竜大に近づく者がいなかった。
「救う会兵庫」は平成14年10月に韓竜大、15年7月にその共犯である曹廷楽(チョ・ジョンガリ)についての告発状を兵庫県警に提出している。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

《救う会認定拉致被害者・福留貴美子さんについて》
◆氏名:福留 貴美子
(ふくとめきみこ)
◆失踪年月日:1976(昭和51)年7月18日または19日
◆生年月日:1952(昭和27)年1月1日
◆当時の住所:東京都渋谷区恵比寿
◆当時の身分:アルバイト
◆最終失踪関連地点:海外

【失踪状況】
1976(昭和51)年7月中旬、同居していた友人に「モンゴルに行く」と言い残して出国後、行方不明となる。
1980(昭和55)年3月、突然同居していた渋谷区恵比寿の友人宅に現れた後、横浜市の友人宅に2泊した後、「大阪に行く」と言い残して再び行方不明となるが、後に北朝鮮に渡ったよど号犯の岡本 武と結婚し2児をもうけていたことが明らかになる。
1996(平成8)年夏によど号犯グループの小西隆裕から実家に「1988(昭和63)年夏に土砂崩れで死亡したと北朝鮮側から知らせを受けた」旨の手紙が送られてきたが、真相は不明のままである。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■神奈川県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/
■大阪府警HP
http://www.police.pref.osaka.jp/
■高知県警HP
http://www.police.pref.kochi.lg.jp/

《新潟県警・愛知県警公開特定失踪者・渡邉浩成さんについて》
◆氏名:渡邉 浩成
(わたなべひろまさ)
◆当時の年齢:23歳(昭和60年当時)
◆当時の住所:愛知県名古屋市中区
◆新潟県三条市出身
◆当時の職業:郵便局員
◆身長:170cmくらい

【失踪状況】
昭和60年12月、岐阜県岐阜市の職場を出た後、行方不明になっています。
■新潟県警HP
http://www.police.pref.niigata.jp/
■愛知県警HP
http://www.pref.aichi.jp/police/
■岐阜県警HP
http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/police/



【拉致事件、捜査の現状】
北朝鮮による拉致事件を巡り、日本の警察はこれまで実行犯や指示役として北朝鮮の元工作員たち合わせて11人を国際手配しています。
拉致には金正日(キム・ジョンイル)総書記が掌握していた対外情報調査部と呼ばれる工作機関が組織的に関わっていた疑いが強いと見て捜査を続けています。
このうち、福井県の地村保志さん・富貴恵さん夫妻を拉致した実行犯として元工作員の辛光洙(シン・グァンス)容疑者が手配されています。
また、大阪府の原 敕晁さんが拉致された事件では、辛容疑者とともに金吉旭(キム・キルウク)容疑者も共犯者として手配されています。
この他、東京都の久米 裕さん拉致事件では金世鎬(キム・セホ)容疑者が、新潟県の曽我ひとみさん拉致事件にはキム・ミョンスク容疑者がそれぞれ関わったとして手配されています。
北海道出身の渡辺秀子さんの子供2人の拉致事件では、工作員グループのリーダー格で北朝鮮にいると見られる洪寿恵(ホン・スヘ)こと木下陽子容疑者が手配されています。
新潟県の蓮池 薫さん・祐木子さん夫妻の拉致事件ではチェ・スンチョル容疑者が実行犯として手配されている他、金総書記が掌握していた対外報調査部と呼ばれる北朝鮮の工作機関の幹部であるハン・クムニョン容疑者とキム・ナンジン容疑者が拉致の実行を指示したとして手配されています。
ハン容疑者たちは工作機関で「指導員」と呼ばれる立場で、辛光洙容疑者たちもこの組織の一員だったことがわかっており、警察は北朝鮮が組織的に拉致を実行した疑いが強いと見て捜査を続けています。
よど号ハイジャック事件のメンバーたちも1980年代にヨーロッパで相次いだ3人の日本人拉致に関わった疑いで国際手配されています。
このうち、有本恵子さん拉致事件では魚本公博(安部公博)容疑者が、石岡 亨さんと松木 薫さん拉致事件ではよど号メンバーの妻の森 順子・若林佐喜子両容疑者がそれぞれ手配されています。
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


          "The BookBrowse Review: The Best of Armchair Travel"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Looking for a bit of armchair travel? You've come to the right place. The books in this issue will take you far and wide. Feel like trekking 3,000 miles all the way to Alaska? Then Tip of the Iceberg is just what you're looking for. Looking for a thriller set in North Korea? Star of the North is your getaway ticket. Or make Ireland your destination with the new paperback, Grace. If staycation is your game plan, you can still go places with books. Dive in!
          Trump just kicked the trade war with China into high gear      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • President Donald Trump's administration has released a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese exports to the US that could be subject to a new 10% tariffs.
  • A tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be a massive escalation of Trump's trade war with China.

The Trump administration has released a gargantuan list of Chinese goods that will be subject to tariffs, kicking a burgeoning trade war into high gear.

The new 10% tariffs will apply to a huge amount of items including seafood and other fresh goods, according to the list released by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

NOW WATCH: Why the North Korea summit mattered even if it was 'mostly a photo op'

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          The Trump administration might have separated a child and parent who are both US citizens      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico Border on June 12, 2018 near Mission, Texas.John Moore/Getty Images

  • The Trump administration may have separated a parent and child who were both US citizens, the government said in a court filing on Tuesday.
  • The administration is reuniting some three dozen young immigrant children it separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, but missed Tuesday's deadline to reunite the full 102 children under the age of 5.
  • One of those children can't be reunited because the parent's location has been unknown for more than a year — and they may both be US citizens, Tuesday's court filing said.

The Trump administration said in a court filing Tuesday that it was on track to reunite 38 young immigrant children who were forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border — though dozens more would need more time.

A federal judge had set Tuesday as the deadline for the government to reunite 102 children in its custody under the age of five, but the Trump administration provided a list of reasons that the remaining 64 children wouldn't be reunited on time.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

NOW WATCH: North Korean defector: Kim Jong Un 'is a terrorist'

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SEE ALSO: The Trump administration is reuniting just 38 of the 102 youngest immigrant children by a judge's deadline

DON'T MISS: The Trump administration has no idea how to reunite dozens of immigrant children under the age of 5 with their parents


          Trump says he still has ‘Rocket Man’ CD for Kim      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Evan Vucci/AP<br/>First lady Melania Trump looks on as President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Washington.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn’t deliver Trump’s gift of an autographed Elton John CD to North Korean leader ...

          America’s Supreme Court circus is in session      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Allen Abel in Washington: As if trade wars, the Russians and North Korea were not enough to juggle, a torn America begins another battle

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          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


          Nancy Review: More Frustrating Than Mysterious      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A movie in which very little actually happens. by Ciara Dolan

It’s impossible to describe the titular character in Nancy, writer/director Christina Choe’s feature debut, with any degree of certainty. Everything about her life is shapeless and fluid, filling whatever void it’s invited into: The 35-year-old Nancy (Andrea Riseborough) works as a temp and still lives at home in small-town New Jersey with her ailing, overly critical mother (Ann Dowd). She spends the rest of her time and energy maintaining several different online identities and telling lies about vacationing in North Korea and being pregnant.


Both Nancy the person and Nancy the film live in a vacuum where it doesn’t actually matter what’s true and what isn’t.


Nancy’s elaborate lies make her seem untrustworthy, but never malicious—maybe she thinks her stories are true, or maybe they’re embroidered half-truths. But the stakes are raised shortly after the death of her mother, when Nancy sees a news segment on TV about an older couple—professor Ellen (J. Smith-Cameron) and psychologist Leo (Steve Buscemi)—whose daughter disappeared 30 years ago. Nancy does the math, compares her own features to the artist’s rendering of the missing girl (she’s got Buscemi eyes!), and becomes convinced that she was kidnapped as a child and these are her real parents.

Nancy is being sold as a psychological thriller, and while there’s some extremely subtle suspense, and while Nancy’s meeting with Ellen and Leo certainly breeds some uncomfortable tension, the plot is really fueled by all three characters’ desperation for and fear of the truth. But they’re reluctant detectives: At one point Ellen explains, “People get taken from you, just like that. We have to appreciate what we have now. It’s the only thing that’s real.”

So instead of searching for concrete answers, both Nancy the person and Nancy the film live in a vacuum where it doesn’t actually matter what’s true and what isn’t. The focus is more on the sadness that inspires people to lie, both to each other and to themselves. It’s obvious that something traumatic happened in Nancy’s childhood, and though she’s a frustrating protagonist, her willingness to shapeshift and become whatever other people want her to be is relatable—she just wants to make sense of her existence.

Yet while Nancy’s drama can feel real and intense, the film’s ultimately more frustrating than mysterious. Very little actually happens! Sure, each scene is saturated with nebulous subtext, and yes, the truth might be irrelevant—but it’s still unsatisfying for a story to reveal so little.

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           Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson Wants to Open Up Business in North Korea       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Sheldon Adelson is looking to expand his business to North Korea, the casino mogul himself said during a recent event in Jerusalem. Mr. Adelson, whose net worth is believed to total $43.4 billion as of June 2018, is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. The company operates multiple integrated resort properties in Las Vegas, Macau, and Singapore, and is eyeing expansion across new markets.  


          US Secretary Of State decided against giving Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ CD to Kim Jong-Un      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The CD came autographed by the US President

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Elton John, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un

The US Secretary Of State declined to give Kim Jong-Un the ‘Rocket Man’ CD Donald Trump wanted to gift him, it has been revealed. Mike Pompeo visited North Korea last week to continue talks about the denuclearisation of the country. Trump sent with him a CD containing Elton John‘s classic song as a present for […]

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          America’s Moment of Truth With North Korea Is Coming      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mike Pompeo’s visit wasn’t it. But the visit hinted at what it might look like. One eight-word assumption underlies American and South Korean negotiations with Kim Jong Un: “North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons.” That’s what the analyst Cheon Seong Whun told me ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang this past weekend. For his part, Cheon, a security adviser in the conservative administration of former South Korean President Park Geun Hye, sees not a “scintilla of hint” that the North Korean leader is prepared to do so, despite Kim’s vague promise to Donald Trump...
          Two North Korean restaurant workers denied entry to Nepal: local media      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pair were reportedly working illegally in a local Pyongyang-run restaurant
          The View from Jingshan: China bets on North Korea’s economy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Beijing is attempting to capitalize on Pyongyang's renewed interest in reform
          ROK government grants film festival permission to screen North Korean movies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Government will give green light to "academic and artistic activities," culture ministry says
          Bypassing information control in North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep.27      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nat Kretchun discusses how people in the DPRK get around the state's rigid censorship
          Trump says he still has ‘Rocket Man’ CD — and another mystery gift — for North Korea’s Kim      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn’t deliver the president’s gift of an Elton John CD featuring the hit ...

          South Korea approves rare screening of North Korean films      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Korea approved a rare screening of North Korean movies at a local film festival on Tuesday, as a diplomatic thaw gains pace following two ...

          Korean War Memorials - Msgt Merritt Truman Lilley - Coldspring, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

MSGT MERRITT TRUMAN LILLEY
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          Scamatology Reps Visit North Korea to Study Their Labor Camps      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our correspondent has learned that the Church of Scamatology has sent representatives to North Korea to study their labor camp system. Scamatology has been known to throw wayward "Clams," as they like to be called, into either the RPF, which is where...
          #45: North Korea / US summit is canceled      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Lets talk about why China and the rest of the World is screwed. America is the true World Leader.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
An ANON puts it all in perspective: Follow me back to 1946. Europe is ruined, China is still a backwater. The USA puts together an alliance that allows everyone within it to trade goods into the US without significant trade barriers. This allows for Europe to export their way back to prosperity after WWII. It gives them room to grow their economies beyond what their somewhat depleted populations will allow. In addition to allowing the free flow of goods, the USA becomes the security guarantor of the free world by using our navy to police the world's oceans and enable low risk (and hence low cost) global trade. But there was a condition. In order to deal with the US, you had to be on our side in helping to combat and contain the Soviet Union. Essentially the US traded some of its economic/manufacturing capacity for increased security and strategic assets to assist in the cold war. Only one problem: We won. The Soviet flag went down in 1991, and we didn't really make any changes to the world order. George H. W. Bush tried to reinvent the system, and we booted him out of office after a single term. Since then, the people of the US have voted overwhelmingly for candidates who focus on domestic rather than foreign issues. The system limped along for another few decades, primarily because of the USA's massive demand for oil and energy resources. Enter discovered shale. The US has a lot of Shale and Natural Gas.... So much so that the US has become the world's largest exporter of oil in the World. Meaning we no longer give a fuck what's going on in the middle east. Meaning we can bring our troops back (Noticed the institutional outrage over Trump pulling troops out of Syria? This is why. They're terrified of the current world order collapsing.) To drive the point home, for the past half century or so, the USA has kept a naval carrier group in the gulf sea at all times in order to protect Saudi oil supplies. But more recently, the past few years, it's only been there about 6 months out of the year. We're done protecting the world and getting nothing in return, as you can see by the foreign heads of state visiting Trump. Shinzo Abe knows he needs America's help, so he brings a five hundred-billion-dollar investment for US infrastructure and manufacturing with him. Good play. Theresa May knows she needs America's help. so she offers to sail the Royal Navy's two brand new super-carriers with US fleets, and offers to share Intel from Britain"s Intelligence services, who recently had their budgets doubled. Good play. Xi Jinpeng ... knows America is not going to help him. So he put everything on the table, from IP law to the trade deficit to product dumping to North Korean denuclearization, all so we wouldn't go in for the kill right then and there. Best play he had. Angela Merkel doesn't know or doesn't think she needs America's help, so she shows up telling Trump "If you do this, it will be the end of the of Europe." And he hands her a three hundred-billion-dollar bill for services rendered. She didn't bring anything to the table. Bad play. So where are we now? As previously mentioned, the US is the least globally integrated economy by percentage of GDP. We're evolving into a global superpower with no global interests. It's not a Trump thing. It's a geographic thing. It would have happened no matter who won the office. But with President Trump it's happening a lot faster. When we leave the world stage, the world will go back to doing what it did before we showed up to save them in the war. Namely, fighting over breadcrumbs. No other navy on the planet has the ability to protect the world's shipping lanes, much less the motivation to do so. At current build out rates, the rest of the world's naval forces combined won't catch up with the US until 2263. China doesn't even have a blue water navy. meaning they can't operate long term outside of China's sphere of influence. If we stop protecting the ships that China relies on for food, and for oil, and for sending us trillions of dollars worth of dildos and $30 microwaves that break two months after purchase, their economy, government, and nation collapses. This is even assuming the Iranians don't initiate a war with the Saudis over control of the oil production infrastructure. Which they will if we aren't there to intervene. What's more: The US is the largest and wealthiest consumer import market on the planet, and since the Europeans forgot how to have babies back in the 70s, we'll remain so for decades to come. China NEEDS us to buy whatever they can sell, because they simply don't have any other customers who can buy as much as we do. And the money they do get from us is leveraged into shadow loans handed out by the Chinese banks to anyone who can promise employment. Not profit. and not a working product. Employment. Because if people have jobs, they're less likely to march into the capital and hang their politicians. Remember the Obama stimulus package? Eight hundred billion dollars, and all the corruption and wasteful spending that goes along with that kind of top down spending? The Chinese government loans out that much money every 17 days. And even that doesn't work anymore. The average hourly wage in China has octupled in the past decade. They're two times as expensive as Mexico now. It's no wonder factories are re-shoring to the US and Mexico. They know the end is coming. The smart money is already out of the country. They're just trying to make it end in a way that their country doesn't implode. They only beat us on trade the past few decades because we let them. We're not letting them any more. Globalization is over. Free trade is over. The rest of the world riding on America's back is over. Atlas is shrugging. And to any Europeans here, I'm not trying to be mean. I don't have anything against you silly people. But you can't expect a free ride to last forever. And you guys really. really shouldn't have stopped having kids. Once your boomer equivalents retire and you don't have the tax base to pay for their benefits or the young consumers to drive the economy, you're looking at decades of stagnation, spending cuts, and tax increases. Incidentally, this is why the EU is importing migrants as fast as they possibly can. Gotta have someone to put on the bottom to keep the pyramid scheme gong just a little while longer. Liberals are fucked..... Democrats are fucked.... Globalists are Fucked. It's MAGA time and its time for the USA to win. .... Forever!
          Trump Says He Still Has “Rocket Man” CD for Kim Jong Un, Along With “A Little Gift”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump today confirmed reports that he intends to give his new buddy Kim Jong Un a signed (by Trump, not by Elton John) "Rocket Man" CD, a cute little in-joke harkening back to "Little Rocket Man," the insulting nickname Trump bestowed on the North Korean dictator back when the two men were threatening to drop bombs on each other. He'd…
          Winston Would Find Money If War Was Declared      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If America declared war on Russia, North Korea, or Iran and called on New Zealand to assist, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters’ government would immediately find the money necessary to provide the resources our armed forces required.
          Comment on Who’s Afraid of a Trump-Putin Summit? by 88062000158      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There WAS no "breakthrough" in the Korean summit. None. Trump made concessions that weren&apos;t reciprocated, and in fact North Korea is accelerating its weapons program. The Senate Intelligence Committee, headed by a Republican, has confirmed the judgment of so many others: Putin deliberately interfered with the U.S. election to help Trump. Trump&apos;s campaign manager for six months, Paul Manafort, has multiple connections to Russian organized crime and Putin. The Russian cyberwar on Trump&apos;s behalf has been DOCUMENTED by people who actually know what they&apos;re talking about in this matter. There is much, much more, but you get the point. This article is utter gibberish.
          Michele Flournoy on Major U.S. Foreign Policy Crises      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In this special episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy about the future of the U.S. military, the Iran nuclear deal, the North Korea crisis, Russian election interference and the U.S. falling into the shadow of China's economic dominance. However, Flournoy does not only weigh in on the headlines, but offers advice to young women interested in a national security career field. When her nomination was confirmed by the Senate in 2009, Flournoy became the highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon in the department's history.
          Ambassador Joseph DeTrani talks about the Escalating Crisis with North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This week we have a special episode of Intelligence Matters with Michael Morell, in which, The Cipher Brief expert Ambassador Joseph DeTrani weighs in on mounting tensions between the United States and North Korea. The exchange of fiery rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and members of the North Korean regime raises the question, is this war of words a precursor to armed conflict, escalating the crisis to a tipping point. Trump has publicly rebuked his predecessors for leaving him what he described "a mess," and intensified warnings to North Korea making clear that a military option would be 'devastating' to them. Kim Jong-Un's regime have said that Trump's continued statements amount to a "declaration of war" and threaten to shoot down U.S. warplanes in international airspace. Ambassador DeTrani, who is one of our nation's leading experts on issues related to North Korea, China and nuclear nonproliferation talks to former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell about what drove North Korea to develop a nuclear program, how we got to where we are today, the alarming advancements the North Korean regime has made in creating miniaturized nuclear warheads and offers thoughts on what the best path forward is for the United States. Ambassador DeTrani was President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, a professional Think Tank. Previously, he was the Special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea and the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO). He was an Associate Director of National Intelligence and Mission Manager for North Korea and the Director of National Counter Proliferation Center, while serving as a Special Adviser to the Director of National Intelligence. He served over two decades with the Central Intelligence Agency as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. He is currently on the Board of Managers at Sandia National Laboratories.
          Secretary Leon Panetta      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In the premiere episode of Intelligence Matters, former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell puts his analyst hat on for a wide-ranging conversation with former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Morell succeeded Panetta as Acting Director of the Agency in 2011 when Panetta left to take on the role of Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama. While the two men worked together, and both currently serve as Senior Counselors at Beacon Global Strategies, a geopolitical consulting firm based in Washington, the two have never had a conversation quite like this before. Morell talks to the Secretary about the spread of extremism, North Korea, and the importance of U.S. leadership in the world. They also get personal in this hour-long chat covering Panetta's humble beginnings as the son of Italian immigrants, his inspired passion for public service, and candid advice for President Trump.
          ‘That is absurd’: CNN’s Erin Burnett destroys Trump apologist after he claims North Korea is not a threat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Republican strategist Steve Cortes told CNN’s Erin Burnett that North Korea was not a threat to the United States. In 2017, the country has threatened to bomb the U.S. mainland with it’s largest hydrogen bomb test ever. The test alone caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake felt as far away as...

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          QAnon, the Craziest Theory of the Trump Era, Explained      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
From celebrities to the grassroots, the right is obsessed with the idea there is a secret conspiracy where Hillary is headed for Gitmo. Here's everything you need to know. Plotters in the deep state tried to shoot down Air Force One and foil President Trump's North Korea summit. A cabal of global elites, including top figures in Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the intelligence agencies, are responsible for nearly all the evil in the world. And now Trump is going to fix it all with thousands of sealed indictments, sending the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama straight to Guantanamo Bay. Or at least that's how the world is going for the believers of QAnon, the complex pro-Trump conspiracy theory that's starting to having unpredictable effects in real life. The real news can be bad for Trump, but in QAnon-world, the president and his supporters really are getting sick of winning.
          FROM THE SEA v1.2.7      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The best 3D action shooting game ever!Participate in Freedom of Navigation at Spratly Islands!
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【 Introduction 】
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- Use the terrain and altitude to outsmart your opponent!

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- A-4, A-6, SU-25, A-7, AV-8B, S-3B, A-10D
- F-8, F-4, RAFALE, F-14, MIG-29K, F/A-18, F-35C, T-50, f-22
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- A realistic portrayal of aircraft carriers, warplanes, warships, etc.
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          It’s clear China is behind North Korea’s latest flip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Confused by North Korea’s sudden hard line? Look to China for answers. Last week Pyongyang reverted to taunts, calling Mike Pompeo’s trip there “regrettable,” saying America has a “gangster-like mindset” and denying the secretary of state a meeting with Dear Leader, who apparently was obliged to inspect a potato farm instead. Why? As Sen. Lindsey...
          Trump Says He’s Giving Kim Jong-un a Signed CD With “Rocket Man” on It      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump comes from a generation reared on vinyl—but he may be among those who still value compact discs and the custom of exchanging them as tokens of affection.

To wit: CNN reported Tuesday that Trump plans to give the man he dubbed “Little Rocket Man” a copy of a CD containing Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” complete with the president’s autograph.

The news broke after Trump confirmed to reporters that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had taken a Trump-signed copy of the British crooner’s Honky Château CD with him on a recent trip to North Korea. Pompeo had gone to negotiate the recently signed nuclear agreement between the two leaders. But Pompeo did not meet with Kim, who was reportedly at a potato farm during the secretary of state’s visit. So Pompeo returned the CD to the president.

When asked about the CD outside the White House on Tuesday, Trump told reporters, “They didn’t give it; I have it for him. But it will be given in a certain period.”

He also said he plans to give the North Korean dictator “another little gift,” but declined to mention details. “You’ll find out what that gift is when I give it,” he said.

Trump and Kim Jong-un have had a rocky relationship. The leaders met last month for the summit in Singapore on denuclearization, just months after lobbing insults at each other that included Trump calling Kim “short and fat” and Kim calling Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.” The two also warned each other about the respective “nuclear buttons” on their desks.

But since the runup to their meeting, that rhetoric has changed. In April, Trump called Kim “very honorable.”

At the Singapore summit, Trump and Kim reportedly discussed “Rocket Man” during lunch; according to South Korean newspaper the Chosun Ilbo, Trump asked Kim if he knew the song. Kim said he didn’t.

Apparently, that could change.


           Gulf remains in North Korean goals: Labor       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is a "gulf" between what North Korea is willing to deliver and what the world is demanding of the rogue regime, Labor warns.Labor's foreign affairs...
          General Polls : If the Presidential Election was held tomorrow?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Author: Barbu
Subject: If the Presidential Election was held tomorrow?
Posted: July 10 2018 at 18:58

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          NY Times Pours Linguistic Gasoline on North Korea-US Negotiations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By K.J. Noh | Dissident Voice | July 10, 2018 On the heels of the historic June 12 Trump-Kim Singapore Summit that de-escalated tensions between North Korea and the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his third visit to NK to move the negotiations for denuclearization and security on the peninsula forward. He met […]
          Kim Jong Un chooses potato over Pompeo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kim was busy with some super important, top secret potato work while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea.
          'Not clear' that North Korea will denuclearize, says fmr. ambassador to South Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ambassador Christopher Hill and Gordon Chang join Steve Kornacki to discuss the state of U.S.- North Korea relations before Donald Trump attends the NATO Summit.
          Kim Jong Un snubbed top US diplomat, source says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CNN's Michelle Kosinski reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea went "as badly as it could have gone," according to a CNN source familiar with the discussions.
          SN 671: STARTTLS Everywhere      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          UCC Show 5.21 - The Religion Of Politics      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
How to get politically minded folk angry in 0.2 seconds: Say that There Is A God Of Politics. Politics in the United States (and other places around the world) has historically been heavily influenced by religion. Today we see a religious system within politics: Society sets the tone for right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable, and who is "excommunicated" for sins against the social conscience. Join the UCC Team as they look at the founding of the United States and North Korea as examples, then weigh in on the discussion! When light is shed on the unmentionable double-standard aspects of culture, you can bet it's going to get interesting! We hope you can join us! You can send us feedback and or questions at uccshow@uncommonchristianity.org, call in at 347.989.8865, tweet us @UCC_Show, send us a message via facebook.com/uccministries or join us in the live chatroom! Join us once a week as we review current events, answer questions, provide commentary on social happenings, and more. This may be one of the most informational, fun, and thought-provoking two hours of your day- Join us and participate! Check out UnCommonChristianity.org, and join us here weekly (11pm EST/8pm PST) for a show you definitely won't want to miss!
          Kim Jong Un chooses potato over Pompeo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kim was busy with some super important, top secret potato work while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea.
          Rocket Man: Trump autographs Elton John CD for Kim Jong-un      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Mike Pompeo took disc to Pyongyang but did not get a chance to give it to North Korean leader

Donald Trump has confirmed he has prepared and autographed a CD of Elton John’s Honky Chateau album, featuring the song Rocket Man, to be given as a gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump derided Kim as “little rocket man” during their 2017 war of words in which Trump also threatened North Korea with “fire and fury”.

Continue reading...
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed - Los Angeles Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Los Angeles Times

After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed
Los Angeles Times
Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the ...
Trump says he plans to give 'Rocket Man' CD to Kim Jong Un after allWashington Post
North Korea implies Kim Jong Un was at potato farm during Mike Pompeo's visitCBS News
North Korea state media release photos of Kim at potato farm after Pompeo visitThe Hill
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          Trump confirms he plans to give Kim Jong Un a copy of 'Rocket Man' CD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It didn't take a long, long time for President Donald Trump to start bestowing gifts on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
          Rocket Man: Trump autographs Elton John CD for Kim Jong-un      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Donald Trump has confirmed he has prepared and autographed a CD of Elton John’s Honky Chateau album, featuring the song Rocket Man, to be given as a gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump derided Kim as “little rocket man” during their...
          Giuliani maintains tangle of foreign clients, including one central to Manafort's conspiracy case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

While Rudy Giuliani is working overtime flooding the media zone as Donald Trump's counsel, he continues to hustle foreign clients on the side that have a vested interest in U.S. policy. The Washington Post reports that Uncle Rudy still consults for clients in Brazil, Columbia, and Ukraine as well as foreign groups such as MEK, an Iranian resistance group tagged by the State Department as a terrorist organization as recently as 2012. 

Still, Giuliani's never registered as a lobbyist with the U.S. government and believes he isn't required to since he's working pro bono for Trump. In other words, since he's not getting paid by Trump, conflicts of interest don't apply in his view.

Among the clients represented by Giuliani’s consulting firm is the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, whose mayor was a leading figure in Party of Regions, the Russia-friendly political party at the center of the federal conspiracy prosecution of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. His firm worked for the mayor in 2018 and is expected to work for him again later this year, Giuliani said in an interview.

Oh my, what are the chances? High, apparently, because everyone who's close to Trump has no more than one degree of separation from Russia. It's basically a rule. If you're not in with Russia, Trump isn't interested. Giuliani visited Ukraine last November in order to meet with representatives of Kharkiv and subsequently met with them again when a delegation traveled to New York in March. Within a month of that visit, Trump added Giuliani to his team of lawyers.

In the meantime, Uncle Rudy is sort of a jack of all trades for Trump, counseling him on personnel and routinely weighing in publicly on issues related to Iran, North Korea, and others that have nothing to do with the Russia probe. In other words, there’s no reason for him to be commenting on those things as Trump’s lawyer—unless there is, of course.

Reporters should simply make a list of high-level Trump associates who aren't enmeshed with Russia—it would be shorter and easier to remember than the list of those who are.


          Comment on Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson Wants to Open Up Business in North Korea by NC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hope when Adelson gets there and forgets to bow to Lil Kim statue, that Lil Kim will send his ass to the firing squad. He better make sure he has a picture of LiL Kim in every casino room or his business may not get very far. After all, it’s a Communist country which means Regulations, Regulations, REGULATIONS!!!
          Comment on Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson Wants to Open Up Business in North Korea by flee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I told jew niggars that the price of kim chee was going down. But don't listen to me. I'm just black hillbilly white trailer park trash.
          Pompeo: Denuclearization of North Korea ‘Is a Decades-Long Challenge’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/07/10/pompeo-says-denuclearization-north-korea-decades-long-challenge/ ---Quote--- “Look, this is a decades-long challenge, getting the North Koreans to make a fundamental strategic decision, which is that the nuclear weapons that they possess...
          Are Nuclear Talks With North Korea in Serious Trouble?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Uri Friedman, The Atlantic
One eight-word assumption underlies American and South Korean negotiations with Kim Jong Un: North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons. That's what the analyst Cheon Seong Whun told me ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang this past weekend. For his part, Cheon, a security adviser in the conservative administration of former South Korean President Park Geun Hye, sees not a scintilla of hint that the North Korean leader is prepared to do so, despite Kim's vague promise to Donald Trump in Singapore to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean...
          What the North Koreans Really Said      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Robert Carlin, 38 North
The July 7 DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman's statement appears to be a warning message to the US, carefully tinged with a tone more in sorrow than in anger. Overall, the key formulations are carefully balanced (e.g., frequently noting the task or dangers ahead for both sides) and buffered to leave the way open for further engagement. Most important, instead of any hint of criticism of President Trump, the statement ends on a positive note: We still cherish our good faith in President Trump, underlining that the problem is not the President but rather headwind against the wills...
          Report: North Korea Asked Israel For $1 BILLION In Cash To Halt Missile Sales To Iran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Report: North Korea Asked Israel For $1 BILLION In Cash To Halt Missile Sales To Iran

North Korea made an offer to Israel in 1999 to scrap its agreements to provide missile technology to its chief enemies – if Israel paid $1 billion in cash, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

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          Friend or foe? Who knows with Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
When Donald Trump walks into a NATO summit Wednesday, international politics are bound to become intensely personal — again. Since moving into the White House almost 18 months ago, the U.S. president has been as abrasive with some of America’s most trusted allies as he has been warm toward traditional adversaries like North Korea and […]
          While We Were Out: Record Heat, Pruitt Dumped, and Things Get Still Worse: 'BradCast' 7/9/2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Also: Plastic straws, straw polls, final straws, some actual good voting news, RIP Ed Schultz, and a bunch of listener calls...

A whole lotta stuff happened over the long holiday weekend, much of which the Trump Administration hopes you don't notice at all. We try help you notice them on today's BradCast. [Audio link to full show is posted below.]

But we start with some of the very few bits of good news we could find, as November's elections -- and our only hope -- loom large. First up: A petition drive in Michigan to place a host of election reforms on the ballot appears to have been successful. With 430,000 signatures submitted (far more than the 316,000 required), it looks like Michiganders will be able to vote for automatic voter registration, same-day registration, no-fault absentee voting and much more this Fall.

In Kansas, following a trial and federal court order, Kris Kobach, the state's embarrassing Sec. of State, has finally added some 25,000 voters to the rolls who had been denied access for lack of "Proof of Citizenship" documents. The court struck down the state law requiring the documentation as unconstitutional after Kobach monumentally failed in his defense of the law during the recent trial on behalf of voters who had challenged it. That hasn't stopped the GOP's top "voter fraud" fraudster, however, from claiming -- you guessed it -- fraud during a recent GOP straw poll in advance of the August primary in the state, where Kobach hopes to win the Republican nomination for Governor. (He lost the straw poll to Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer...by a lot.)

In other (largely) good news, Starbucks says they plan to do away with plastic straws to help save the planet (and comply with local governments who are banning them.)

Then, to the much less good news, as all-time heat records were shattered, by double-digits, here in Southern California over the holiday. Though the wildly corrupt fossil-fueled tool Scott Pruitt was finally forced to resign over the holiday weekend as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (his resignation letter is amazingly creepy!), his second-in-command, Andrew Wheeler, an actual coal industry lobbyist, will now take over the EPA.

Also in recent days, two issues that Trump claims to have fixed (which he broke in the first place), have proven not to have been fixed at all. Despite Sec. of State Mike Pompeo describing recent "denuclearization" talks with North Korea as "productive", the North's Foreign Ministry characterized the U.S. attitude at negotiations as "gangster-like" and "cancerous" just after he left. That, after Donald Trump recently declared: "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

And, the chaos continues as the Administration is reportedly nowhere near being able to reunite some 3,000 children with their parents, as required by a federal court order and deadlines, after they were separated at the southern border by Trump's immigration goons.  That, after identification documents for many of the children were reportedly lost or destroyed, and despite Trump signing an Executive Order two weeks ago which he said would solve the tragic separations that he caused in the first place.

Finally today -- along with a ton of phone calls from listeners on all of the above and much more throughout today's show -- a few words, and some personal remembrances, on the sad passing last week of progressive radio and television broadcaster, and workers' champion, Ed Schultz...

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          Eight Books To Read Before The Alt-Right Apocalypse      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Laugh it up, smartphone gazers. It’s getting frantic out here in the real world, and you're not protesting anything just by sharing Wayne Dyer memes and text-shaming your racist Facebook friends.

Ask Google this: "Does America have another Civil War coming?" The answer: “You tell Google.”

What?

If Facebook has anything to say about it – is it Russia, the CIA or both running that place these days? – expect Freedom in this corner, Equality in the other, with never the 'tween shall meet, for as long as foreseeable.

But outright war between neighbors again? Oligarchy unfettered? Alternative facts on faces as straight as the bottom line?

Ignore (if you can tune out your eyes, ears and the persistent smell of bullshit) Trump’s round-the-clock assault on commies, immigrants, the gays, the blacks and the facts. Consider just this one recent quote:

“He speaks and his people sit up at attention,” everyone heard Trump say of Kim Jong-un to Fox and Friends. “I want my people to do the same.”

Did you shiver? You should have.

I recently published a novel called Freeburg, about a beleaguered city in Florida that becomes the first in America to demand to be made to vote. Worry over fascist-style totalitarianism was one of the driving forces behind my desire to write it.

I am in good company. I have been blessed with enough forward-thinking mentors to have been turned on to a wealth of cautionary tales about how close the bottom 98 percent really is to becoming the sheep that the top 2 percent has been treating them like for … well … ever.

Read them and weep (then stop being a sheep).

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1984

Things are starting to feel a little too much like this dystopian society created by George Orwell, a world so far-fetched as to be branded satire mere generations ago.

Is Big Brother from the Ministry of Truth really watching you? Does two plus two equal five? Is freedom really slavery and war really peace?

You’ll want to learn the answers. New York Times mega-critic Michiko Kakutani observed just a year ago that 1984 became a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon when Trump fluffer Kellyanne Conway floated the idea of “alternative facts” being available whenever Trump does things like claim record-breaking inauguration turnout. Kakutani wrote:

“In this world … the acceptance of bad arithmetic simply becomes a testament to the power of rulers to define reality and the terms of debate."

Of course, let’s not forget Orwell’s convenient “doublethink,” which is to accept two contradictory beliefs concurrently.

Like: You are free. You are not free.

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The People’s History of the United States

War after war, the winners keep churning out the history books. You’re made to read them in public school. You should read this one, too.

Howard Zinn, who taught primarily at Boston University, died at 87 in 2010. Fortunately, his 1980 book, which won a National Book Award for History, lives on.

According to publisher HarperCollins, we could go so far as to throw out “the official version of history taught in schools – with its emphasis on great men in high places – to focus on the street, the home and the workplace.”

More to the point, it’s Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” in book form.

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The Disinformation Series…

Fine: You troll the trendy blogs, listen to NPR, watch Meet the Press.

But what about the news that even those institutions didn’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole? You won’t find it at the water cooler.

Lucky for you, Russ Kick has been collating, reporting on and editing all these alternative facts for your convenience.

Abuse Your Illusions and read this. Then you’ll be ready for the two disinformation guides that precede it or maybe the sequel and then the sequel’s sequel et al.

Seems there’s no end to all the stuff we just keep stuffing away. But why?

As Kick says in Abuse Your Illusions: “Don’t get me started about the supposed liberal bias in the media; if there actually were one, then we wouldn’t be hearing about it (emphasis his). This is the “big lie” the Republicans would have you believe, but look at who owns the newspapers and television networks in this country! Repeat something loud enough and long enough, and it becomes true. But it’s 180 degrees out of what with reality, as you know and I know and they know it, too.”

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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley died a hero of the Everyman in 1963, right at the beginning of a much-needed cultural revolution in America. His work still speaks volumes, when it seems another cultural revolution would do wonders.

This is his opus, in which a World State creates its own constituents to spec. Does North Korea come to mind?

Even America the Beautiful could stand to heed some of Huxley’s wisest words, though: “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

Hello? Eyes front, people.

Charles McGrath, writing for the New York Times, asserted that Huxley did a much better job than Orwell did in 1984, not only in predicting the future from way back in 1932, but also in his “depiction of a culture preoccupied with sex and mindless pop entertainment.”

See if McGrath’s description of Huxley’s utopia sounds familiar: “Totalitarian rulers in Huxley’s book do this not by oppressing their citizens but by giving them exactly what they want, or what they think they want — which is basically sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll — and lulling them into complacency.”

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Seems everyone is at the keys nowadays, exposing this or that malfeasance one meme at a time. No doubt we need a refresher course on what meaningful – and hip – journalism is supposed to look like.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test has been heralded as one of the seminal works of New Journalism, right up there with the “gonzo” of late-great Hunter S. Thompson.

Wolfe distinguishes himself by becoming virtually invisible while tagging along with the Grateful Dead and author Ken Kesey on their cross-country bus trip to visit Tim Leary on the East Coast. Wolfe shows and doesn’t tell how all that contemplation was a lot more peaceable than all that killing and dying going on overseas. And for that, Wolfe too should have been thanked for his service.

“You stay with people for extended periods the way I did with Kesey and the Pranksters,” Wolfe told Rolling Stone just before he died last month at 88, “when you’re done … it makes you feel like a decorated veteran of the war.”

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Understanding Power

“In terms of the power, range, novelty and influence of his thought,” 89-year-old Noam Chomsky is “arguably the most important intellectual alive today.”

That’s how a New York Times reviewer fashioned the thinker in 1979. Well, he’s still alive.

Are you, America? Or are you too divided and conquered?

Sadly, Chomsky would likely suspect the latter nowadays. Didn’t he say, “the more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people”?

But with more than 100 books to his name, how is one to “Chomsky out” without breaking the bank or the brain?

In Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, you can work the buffet.

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Slaughterhouse Five

When the late-hero Kurt Vonnegut published this anti-war book in 1969, the nation was aflame with fascist-bashing angst.

It could find no better witness. Vonnegut had been on the front lines in World War II, an Army engineer who was captured during the infamous Battle of the Bulge and given a front-row seat as a prisoner of war for an Allied bombing that claimed 130,000 lives.

It took him a quarter-century to be able to write about Dresden. In the Introduction to Slaughterhouse Five, he sets a good tone by noting how “there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre.”

’Nuff said.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

You’ve seen the Jack Nicholson flick. As is often the case, this book, which came out in 1962, is even better.

Kesey, who died at 66 in 2001, didn’t just take clean shots at the many macabre ways we treated the mentally ill back then; he also took aim at a population that would just do what it was told, even if it was told to do something wrong or morally corrupt. It ends, you’ll remember, with Chief, the Native American who never uttered a word, breaking down the wall and just running.

But maybe he wasn’t running away. Perhaps he was running toward a world where people finally can say they’re free.

After four years in military intelligence with the 82nd Airborne Division during the first Gulf War and another four years earning a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida, Dan Harkins spent the last two decades writing stories for a variety of publications, from the "St. Petersburg Times" to the alt-weeklies "Cleveland Free Times" and "Cleveland Scene." Freeburg is his first novel.


          Comment on Fort Holabird or the Twilight Zone? by Bill Yantis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Several months ago I was half watching TV which was discussing some of the goings-on of that little creep who runs North Korea. A that moment an image came up and I told my wife that the fellow looked like one of my three carpool mates at Holabird. Darned if the name of the fellow came up and it was, indeed, my good and great carpool pal Nick Hanson. Remarkably I found is name on line complete with e-mail addy. I sent him a note and we have reconnected after fifty years. Sounds like some of the things he did in INTC stayed with him for a career. A very good man as were so many of the people we trained with at Holabird. Just a comment about an old friend and how nice it is to re-connect. Bill Yantis
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Ted Galen Carpenter

The United States has enjoyed many advantages over the decades because of its superpower status. As the principal architect of the post-World War II liberal international order, Washington has secured disproportionate security and economic benefits for itself. America’s overwhelming military capabilities have magnified that clout in global affairs. Allies and adversaries alike might grumble at Washington’s preeminence, but they have been prudent enough to avoid direct challenges whenever possible. Even the Soviet Union confined itself (with the notable exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis) to probes in marginal, mostly Third World, arenas.

However, Washington’s dominant position has also led to some foreign policy bad habits. Because U.S. leaders have not had to deal with serious peer competitors in a long time, they appear to have lost the art of skillful, nuanced diplomacy. Even before the arrival of the Trump administration, U.S. policy exhibited a growing arrogance and lack of realism about diplomatic objectives. The upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin affords an opportunity to relearn the requirements of effective diplomacy. If handled poorly, though, it will underscore the adverse consequences of Washington’s rigid approach to world affairs.

Too many American politicians, pundits, and foreign policy operatives seem to believe that when dealing with an adversary, diplomacy should consist of issuing a laundry list of demands, including manifestly unrealistic ones, without offering even a hint of meaningful concessions. Critics of Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un epitomized that attitude. Some of them excoriated the president just for his willingness to accord Kim implicit equal status by approving a bilateral meeting. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi groused that President Trump “elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo.”

Others grudgingly conceded that the summit theoretically might have been an appropriate move, but argued that Washington should have demanded major substantive and irreversible North Korean steps toward denuclearization in exchange for such a prestigious meeting. In other words, they wanted North Korea’s capitulation on the central issue before Trump even agreed to a summit. Critics were furious that such a capitulation was not at least enshrined in the joint statement emerging from the meeting. And if that hardline stance was not enough, they insisted that Trump should have made North Korea’s human rights record a feature of the negotiations. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne asserted that “our wrongful indifference to human rights in the past should not be used as an excuse to justify apologias for dictatorships in our time.”

The lack of realism such positions exhibit is breathtaking. If the hardliners had prevailed, no summit would have taken place. Their demands were multiple poison pills to any feasible negotiations. And the consequences flowing from the course they favored would have been the perpetuation, if not escalation, of alarming tensions on the Korean Peninsula. By spurning their advice, Trump secured a worthwhile change in the dynamics of the U.S.-North Korean relationship. The rapprochement may yet falter, since there are still extremely serious disagreements between the two countries, but the summit was a beneficial reset that has reduced the danger of a catastrophic military confrontation. Because he focused on the achievable, Trump secured a modest, but constructive, gain both for the United States and the East Asian region.

The president has an opportunity for an even more important success in his upcoming summit with Putin. But even more than he did with North Korea, he needs to make major changes in current U.S. policy toward Russia and reject the advice and demands that Russophobic hardliners are pushing. Once again, the president must distinguish between achievable and unachievable goals. And he must be willing to make meaningful concessions to the Russian leader to secure the former.

Some of Washington’s existing demands are manifestly unrealistic. Russia is not going to reverse its annexation of Crimea and return that territory to Ukraine. The Kremlin’s move was at least partly a response to the clumsy and provocative actionsthat the United States and key European Union powers took to support demonstrators who unseated Ukraine’s elected, pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, before the expiration of his term. Moscow was not about to accept that Western power play and watch the region containing Russia’s main naval base come under the control of a manifestly hostile Ukrainian regime. Given the stakes involved, Russia is no more likely to withdraw from Crimea than Israel is likely to return the Golan Heights to Syria or Turkey return occupied northern Cyprus to the Republic of Cyprus. Persisting in an utterly unattainable demand regarding Crimea before U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia will be lifted is pointless.

Inducing the Kremlin to reduce and phase out its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine is more achievable. Indeed, despite the hysterical allegations that appear periodically in the Western press, Russia’s backing of the insurgents has been quite limited and is far less than constituting an “invasion.” Putin shows little stomach for making Ukraine an arena for a full-fledged confrontation with the West.

A similar situation exists with respect to Syria. The Kremlin clearly wishes to see Bashar al-Assad remain in power, and given the extreme Islamist orientation of many of Assad’s opponents, that is not an outrageous position. Nevertheless, Putin has avoided establishing a large-scale Russian military, especially ground force, presence in that country. He apparently wishes to confine Moscow’s role to protecting its naval base at Tartus and assisting Assad’s military efforts with Russian air power. There appears to be an opportunity for Washington to gain assurances from the Kremlin that its involvement in Syria will not escalate and might even recede gradually.

To secure such goals, though, the U.S. would need to offer some appealing concessions to Putin. In exchange for ending Russian support of Ukrainian secessionists and confirming Moscow’s toleration of the anti-Russian regime in Kiev, Trump should be willing to sign an agreement pledging that the United States will neither propose not endorse NATO membership for Ukraine or Georgia. NATO’s previous waves of enlargement right up to Russia’s border were a key factor in the deterioration of the West’s relations with Moscow. It is time to end that provocation. In addition to that concession, Trump should pledge that NATO military exercises (war games) in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea will come to an end. In exchange, the United States ought to insist that Russian forces end their provocative deployments in Kaliningrad and along Russia’s frontier with NATO members.

With regard to Syria, Trump should inform Putin that the United States is ceasing its efforts to unseat Assad—a venture that has been a disaster, in any case. To reinforce that pledge, the United States should offer to withdraw all of its forces over the next year. Those moves would tacitly accept Russia as the leading foreign power in terms of influence in Syria. Such a concession is a simple recognition of reality. Syria is barely 600 miles from Russia’s border; it is 6,000 miles from the American homeland. Moscow’s interests are understandably more central than America’s, given that geographic factor alone.

In conducting serious negotiations with Putin, President Trump has an opportunity for a diplomatic (and public relations) success that would exceed his achievement with the Kim summit. To do so, however, he must make a major course correction in how the United States handles delicate and dangerous situations with adversaries. Indeed, he must take an important step in America’s willingness to relearn the techniques of achievable diplomacy.

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow in defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at The American Conservative, is the author of 10 books, the contributing editor of 10 books, and the author of more than 700 articles on international affairs.
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There are more imminent foreign policy problems for Donald Trump than North Korea this particular week, but I'm sure we'll have plenty of time to talk about NATO, Trump's visit with the Queen of England, and the summit between Trump and Vladimir Putin in the days to come. For now, I think it's worth turning our attention to the apparent deterioration of the comity between America and North Korea. Trump, a master blusterer if ever there was one, has been overselling what happened between him and Kim Jong Un pretty much since the two men parted in Singapore. He sees the meeting and the agreement as a great achievement, thus he has his own political reasons for praising Kim and the North Koreans. However, the North Koreans are no slouch in the blustering game themselves, as they proved this week by hurling insults and mockery at Mike Pompeo after the first high-level meeting since the Trump-Kim summit. Pompeo appeared blindsided by this bluster, after already having publicly said that it was a productive meeting. So far, Trump has been too busy with other matters (foreign and domestic), and has not really responded to the deterioration in relations. But sooner or later, he's going to have to address it in one way or another. We've seen some potshots, but the full-on battle of the bluster has not yet been truly joined, to extend the metaphor.


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(Yürüyüş magazine No. 72, June 24, 2018)

RESISTANCE IS CONSTANT IN A COUNTRY WITH CONSTANT FASCISM BUT FRONT REVOLUTIONARIES CAN BRING IT TO LIFE

ONLY THE REVOLUTIONARIES HAVE THE HONOUR OF RESISTING IMPERIALISM AND FASCISM!

Every passing day, imperialism in the world and in Turkey, the collaborationist oligarchy and AKP fascism ruling the country in its name step up their attacks on the people and on different sections of the people. At first glance the increase in the attacks is founded on imperialism and fascism being powerful, but on the contrary it is based on them being helpless and lacking a way out. Because the crisis of the system has been deep in a way it had not been for a long time. Moreover every day its dimensions grow with every passing day.

Imperialism is a system in which a handful of imperialist-capitalist countries, by means of monopolies in the more backward countries of the world, engage in secret or open occupation of these countries, using many different methods to exploit them and hold them under imperialist domination. Exploitation is the essence of this system. There is no murder that cannot be committed in order to keep the wheel of exploitation turning.


Recent history is full of examples of this. In the first and second imperialist wars, millions were slaughtered for the sake of the interests of imperialism. From Korea to Vietnam, from Algeria to Latin America, in many places the peoples were slaughtered so that imperialism’s wheel of exploitation could continue to turn and to make the peoples accept imperialism’s ideological and physical domination. Certainly US imperialism was the chief force carrying out these attacks.

From the second imperialist war to today, a number of events taking place all over the world were characteristic of US imperialism which heads the imperialist camp and done for the sake of its interests, and this is proved by a number of concrete examples. In particular in 1991, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, imperialism announced its “certain” victory and there were developments in line with a process called “a unipolar world”, for example in the Gulf War waged against Iraq, meant to show how “determined” the USA was to dominate the world.

According to a report in the economic magazine Forbes, just the 400 wealthiest US monopolies, headed by Bill Gates who has a fortune of 86 billion dollars, possess more wealth than the GDP of 140 countries of the world, countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Bolivia and Uruguay. A US citizen consumes 600 times more than an average Ethiopian… This exploitation is one of the real reasons for the USA’s attacks left and right which do not cease, and for the extraordinary development of its armed forces.

Imperialist plunder – in a world with a population of seven billion, over 70%, that is, more than five billion people, 1.5 billion live on the threshold of hunger and every five seconds a child does of hunger or of hunger-related illnesses.

Every day, 25,000 people die of hunger, 17,000 of them children. Every year 18 million people die of hunger directly, 70 million from causes connected to it According to the UN, this hunger could be eliminated totally by spending 50 billion dollars! That is, an amount not even the profit of one of the world’s monopolies!

In brief, this is what the world we live in looks like. And the most striking aspects of this tableau are imperialist occupation, exploitation, hunger, poverty, injustice, blood and tears. Imperialism can give the world’s peoples nothing more than that.

Imperialism’s Ideological And Physical Attacks Started Accompanied by Its Shouts That “Socialism Is Dead” And The Only M-L Organisation that Did Not Surrender Is The Front!

Imperialism wants the surrender of all who are an obstacle to its policies and when it cannot practise its economic policies as it desires it tries every path to get countries, organisations and peoples to surrender.

Countries, organisations and individuals that are seen as enemies are pressured to surrender; its aim is to delete thoughts like independence, democracy and socialism from minds, liquidate socialist beliefs and impose the definite supremacy of its own ideology and politics.

This ideological, psychological attack takes a parallel form to the military attack, from literature to cinema, from music to TV series and advertisements, to the big media companies, every means, every method is used…

The imperialist bloc, principally the USA, started to use the “socialism is finished” propaganda since the Soviet Union was torn down. This process ran at the same time as the “New World Order” establishment.

In this process countries had no interiors any more, it was said – “the world is a global village”, “no more borders”. This ideological propaganda was so powerful that it was said “national borders will no longer prevent humanitarian intervention” and this created an ideological basis for the occupation of countries, massacres, and every kind of military and political intervention. The impression was created that “imperialism defends peace and freedom”. Deception achieved through this propaganda and with the help of “independent international civil society foundations” succeeded in making them into reserve forces of other states and international institutions.

At the start of the 1990s the imperialists like a chorus proclaimed the end of the class war, the definite victory of capitalism, that imperialism had changed and was no longer the old aggressive imperialism, and it had brought democracy and human rights to the world. However actual developments were not like that, and the words saying imperialism had changed were one by one composed of lies and deceit, it was clear and continues to be clear that imperialism is the same parasitical, exploitative, blood-sucking and aggressive that it ever was.

Statements that imperialism had changed and capitalism had won definite victory, that imperialism had won definite hegemony over the world and the world’s peoples contained a major attempt to intimidate Marxist-Leninist organisations and organisations waging the national liberation war.

Together with announcing the “new world order”, the USA started the process wrapping itself in phrases like “national security”, “the fight against international terrorism”, “protecting democracy and freedoms” and “defending peace”. A product of this period was that imperialist attacks came on the agenda. Occupations and neo-colonialism continued and even became more intense. At the same time from Latin America to the Middle East to our country, everywhere the peoples had “peace” foisted on them but in fact it was surrender they were continuing to encourage.

A lot of ostensibly left-wing petty bourgeois intellectuals joined in imperialism’s lying chorus, bringing left-wing grist to imperialism’s mill. The aim was clear: peoples and organisations waging the national liberation struggle against imperialism were to be made to believe the lie that imperialism had changed and so they would be brought to surrender ideologically as well as physically. Because imperialism knew very well that physical defat was inevitable after minds had first been made to surrender.

Imperialism scored important successes with such policies, it succeeded in getting many organisations to surrender and liquidate themselves. Imperialism launched ideological attacks in th past and continues them today but especially since the start of the 1990sit has got organisations with thousands of fighters like the FARC, ETA and PKK, some Marxist-Leninist, some petit bourgeois national liberation movements, to seek negotiation with imperialism and its collaborators and abandon weapons.

Previously ETA announced a cease-fire, afterwards it announced it had abandoned weapons and buried them in concrete. Finally last May it announced that it had liquidated itself in a letter distributed on the Internet. The Spanish government stated that this did not mean that ETA had liquidated itself, and declared that “a reckoning would be demanded of all ETA members for their crimes”.

FARC sat down at the negotiating table with the collaborationist oligarchy of Colombia and signed an agreement, shaking hands with the murderers of thousands of its comrades and hundreds of thousands of Colombians. It took a decision to have its weapons melted down and turned into monuments. In return for what? For nothing, other than saving their own lives… This is called surrender, for liberation it is not.

In our country the PKK has experienced a parallel process to that of ETA and FARC, and it is continuing to do so. The PKK gives ground every day in the face of imperialism’s ideological attacks, it gave up the aim of an independent Kurdistan a long time ago and it has got to the point of having the USA establish 11 bases and becoming the paid soldiers of collaboration.

As Imperialism’s Crisis Deepens, It Steps Up Its Attacks

Today, from Yemen to Nicaragua, from North Korea to Iran, this is the sole reason for its attacks and threats. As under the name of the “Arab spring”, starting in 2011 attempts have been made to bring countries of the Middle East and North Africa into line, Yemen did not surrender to policies aimed at creating collaborationist governments, and is one of several countries that rendered these politics ineffective.

It is possible to add to the list. And this shows how imperialism’s crisis deepens. It fears that the “21st century will be the century of uprisings”. This is the basic reason for the attacks and threats by imperialism, large and small, direct and indirect. Because of this fear it makes attacks and threats.

US imperialism’s economic and political crisis is based on being bogged down in the swamp of the Middle East, it gets weaker as it steps up its attacks, most importantly it tries to continue its ideological domination. On the one hand it tries to draw forces like the PKK/PYD-YPG that are becoming collaborationist into its swamp, on the other it attacks countries like Iran, North Korea and Palestine as well as peoples that the potential to resist US domination, or else it openly threatens them.

BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS THAT WHERE THERE IS REPRESSION AND EXPLOITATION THERE IS ALSO RESISTANCE!

The only Marxist-Leninist organisation resisting conciliation with imperialism and the liquidationist attacks is the Front. Just one front resisting on the surface of the earth, in which USA imperialism wants to establish its empire.

FARC, ETA, PKK… giving up weapons, having them melted down to be turned into monuments, or having them buried in concrete and signing surrender documents to that effect; whereas we have commanders like Leyla who dug up buried weapons after a bombardment in which many of our friends were incinerated, and used those weapons to demand a reckoning. And this is the great ideological and moral strength we have.

With this strength we are building up our resistance, in the countryside, cities, prisons and both in our country and in Europe.

We Are The Only Ones Resisting Fascism, There Is The Front!

The political, economic and social picture of our country we have described is not different in general from the world as a whole. On the one hand an economy designed so collaborationist monopolies can grow, on the other hand greater hunger, poverty and misery for the poor…

This is the barest statement of the situation in our country. Hunger, poverty, exploitation and unemployment in our country, growing worse with every passing day, ours is a country in which the imperialists confiscate its natural wealth. The result of this is that every day a parasitical collaborationist bourgeoisie grows wealthier and builds up its profits, while on the other we confront the reality of Turkey in which millions are submerged by hunger and poverty.

In our country 16 MILLION people go to bed hungry. Naturally this image goes together with constant fascism. Because Turkey is a neo-colonial country. There is to be no possibility of transmitting the crisis to the imperialist-capitalist countries responsible, so for this reason Turkey is ruled by permanent fascism.

On July 15, 2016, the oligarchy’s internal dogfight came to a head with a failed coup attempt. The AKP continued in government and took the opportunity to declare OHAL (state of emergency) targeting our peoples and revolutionaries, above all the Front supporters. In this period they have even trampled on their own laws, adopted from the September 12 (1980) junta. The AKP has used all possibilities institutionalised by the September 12 pro-American junta, and has caused state terror to proliferate. This terror continues today without any let-up.

AKP fascism behind the mask of OHAL has carried out attacks on every section of the people, from public workers and peasants to intellectuals and artists, from the Kurdish people to revolutionaries and socialists, and it continues to carry out these attacks. The focal point of these attacks is the PEOPLE’S FRONT which does not give in to any repression or massacres.

Almost every month our democratic associations are raided. Our magazine offices, culture centres, associations and neighbourhoods are blockaded. Our associations are sealed but we break them open. We do not recognise bans, nor will we ever!

Without even stopping for breath our people are abducted and subjected to severe torture, even greeting someone is almost enough to be imprisoned. Our events and concerts are banned, our holiday events and iftars are held under police blockade.

They want our people’s artists, people’s lawyers, people’s engineers and architects to be rendered unable to function.

The justice schools for people’s lawyers are among the institutions that have been closed. In Ankara twice, in Istanbul three times they raided justice schools and put seals on the doors. The lawyers and students resisted and put up barricades.

This is what it is to be a revolutionary lawyer, revolutionary artist, revolutionary engineer or architect, which they want to erode and destroy.

We Will Erode OHAL Bans And AKP Fascism And Pass Over Them!

In its 16 years in power, the AKP has banned dozens of strikes. A high proportion of them have been under OHAL. OHAL has been the main excuse for the bans. That is, while the AKP is claiming to oppose “FETO”, it has used OHAL to favour the interests of bosses and as a weapon against the resistance of the workers.

And this is only natural because the AKP is the representative of the oligarchy, in particular the interests of the bosses. They have used OHAL as an excuse to ban strikes and have not drawn back from defending it and stating that they will do everything to defend the interests of bosses. Tayyip Erdogan has given voice to this reality on several occasions. It was Erdogan himself who told (employers’ federation) TUSIAD, “You say we did not give what you wanted. We declared OHAL for you, we banned strikes. Without OHAL could we have done this?”

Certainly they did not limit themselves to strike bans. A great many workers’ actions were not carried out, banned or attacked by police using the same excuse, that “there is OHAL”.

The AKP did not just use OHAL as a weapon against workers but also against public employees, and sought to use it to legitimise their attacks. In the period immediately after July 15, and continuing to today, 150,000 public workers have been suspended.

In the OHAL period from July 15 to today;

Thousands of people have been detained, tortured and imprisoned, prisons and police stations have been turned into torture centres;

Hundreds of associations, foundations, culture centres and democratic institutions have been closed and their doors sealed up;

Hundreds of newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, television and radio stations and agencies have had to cease functioning;

Nearly 150,000 civil servants have been suspended, thousands fired and they are attempting to use hunger as a means of discipline. Two public workers they have tried to disciple through hunger are Nuriye GULMEN and Semih OZAKCA. They resisted on hunger strike for 326 DAYS and turned this weapon on the AKP.

Journalists, lawyers, mayors, trade unionists, intellectuals and artists included, every section of the people has had some share in being attacked as they try to silence all opposition, be it revolutionary or reformist.

In Kurdistan, curfews continue to be turned into massacres.

In the four corners of Turkey, dozens of people have been deliberately murdered at home or on the street on the pretext that “they did not heed the call to stop” or there was a “clash”, and “people run over by armoured cars” are presented as road accidents.

In short, AKP fascism tramples on its own laws and since July 15 it has ruled the country through KHK (legal decrees under the state of emergency). In this process all masks of fascism have fallen, together with the open fascism institutionalised by September 12 this is what we confront in the most basic and deeply-embedded fashion.

Constant Resistance To Constant Fascism

Everywhere It Is Only The Front That Resists

Alev Sahin for 317 Days In Duzce,

Yuksel resistance For 593 Days,

We Continue To Resist For Two Years Without Interruption As The Free Prisoners, 400 People Have Been Sent To Prisons To Be Tortured, We Have Set Fire To 30 Prison Cells!

The ideological and physical attacks of imperialism have affected a good many sections in our country, quite a few organisations that defended armed struggle in the past have drifted into the swamp of legalism and have gradually taken their place inside the system, losing their claims to revolution and socialism. Leave aside claims to revolution and socialism, we confront a left that cannot defend the most ordinary democratic demands and its own institutions against fascist attacks.

In our country there is a conciliatory and obedient left reality that cannot even call imperialism imperialism, or fascism fascism. During the election it has been seen that they did not simply tail the Kurdish nationalists, since in the name of being against the AKP they even presented Muharrem Ince and Meral Aksener as legitimate. From trade unions to democratic mass organisations, from legal and illegal parties and organisations to petit bourgeois intellectuals, all sections distanced themselves from a line of struggle in favour of obedience and conciliation.

And certainly despite all the ideological and physical attacks by imperialism and the collaborationist oligarchy, there is a Front reality which at great cost continues to hold with pride the red flag of Marxism-Leninism and socialism. And we say with pride: the only Marxist-Leninist organisation that resists imperialism, continues armed warfare and lays claim to revolution is the Front.

There are supporters of the Front, we are also alone in resisting fascist attacks. At the start of July 2016 (immediately before July 15) Front prisoners in the jails began General Resistance to rights being taken away and attacks.

Prison uniforms, exile transports, restrictions on books, bans on visits, roll call while having to stand, bans on using telephones, cameras, visits to the doctor while handcuffed, obstruction of treatment for ill prisoners, denial of communication as a punishment, sponge rooms, wires pulling into exercise areas… Every kind of dishonour and attack has been resisted by Free Prisoners.

In two years of the General Resistance, no less than 30 cells have been set on fire! 

To try and make our prisoners surrender, there have been no less than 400 times people were sent on exile transports, involving the use of torture. They still did not get revolutionary willpower to surrender. Resistance continues with all its warmth and enthusiasm. These are FREE PRISONERS…

While the prisoners resist inside the jails, their families resist outside and are their breath and voice. Despite attacks and arrests involving the use of torture, the TAYAD Families continue to campaign against prison uniform attacks, denial of treatment to ill prisoners and isolation, and they continue to resist.

AKP fascism does not limit its attacks to the prisons. We have described attacks on all the people’s forces, on workers, labourers, revolutionaries. Look at all these attacks – has there been consistent resistance other than from us?

For example, what have KESK, with 250,000 members, done? A section of the 150,000 public workers suspended have been KESK members. What has been the behaviour of KESK? Did it organise a single act of resistance? Apart from a few written statements, what did it do?

Among hundreds of thousands of public workers, only the KEC (Public Workers’ Front) took a decision to resist. In the middle of Ankara Nuriye Gulmen wrote resistance into history, Semih Ozakca took part in the resistance and every day arrests under torture took place with ever greater attacks. The response by the resistance was to escalate into an Indefinite Hunger Strike.

Despite being in prison and subjected to isolation, the threat of force-feeding and even though their needs were not met, they continued their resistance for 324 days even after being released. During this period, the resistance in Ankara Yuksel also continued. The KEC’s Nazife Onay, Akman Simsek and Celal Akgun were imprisoned.
With the new resisters, the Yuksel resistance continuing in new forms is not only present in our country, but worldwide it has created solidarity and sympathy. Never mind KESK organising the resistance, it actually took a hostile attitude to the resistance of Nuriye and Semih that had set the world aflame. They ignored the resistance and they closed the gates of union buildings to it. KESK actually threatened to call the police when the KEC organised a sit-down action in their building.

What did DISK do in relation to OHAL, and in relation to the increasing attacks against workers by means of OHAL? The attitude of DISK was not different from KESK. They organised attacks on resisting workers, and the DISK gang even organised lynching attacks but the president Kani Beko did not organise any resistance against fascism.
"We will use our power from production" he said in a masterful way and and finally "I will carry the voice of the workers into parliament," he said, announcing his candidacy. Of course this not only the situation with Kani Beko. We are up against trade unionism without any content, a race to get into parliament, a corrupt trade unionism, a boss trade unionism.
Arzu Cerkezoglu, who is replacing Kani Beko as DISK chair  made a visit to the Flormar workers in struggle and she said, "No power can stand in the way of a woman who is resisting," she says.
Naturally, you would expect someone who said that to resist or be on the side of resistance but this is not the case.
Arzu Cerkezoglu was one of those DISK managers who organised an attack on Oya Baydak, a woman who actually resists. Yes, the truth is that there is no power that can stop a woman who resists. Resistance that they started on their own - Turkan Albayrak, Cansel Malatyali, Oya Baydak. And from Nuriye Gulmen we know this is the case.
Where are Arzu Cerkezoglu and DISK managers during these acts of resistance? The answer is clear... Arzu Cerkezoglu and the DISK leadership are against them. Nuriye Gulmen went to Izmir to support the worker Mahir Kilic and one of DISK’s central managers was shameless enough to say to Nuriye Gulmen, "What happened to your resistance?"
Has there been a single resistance that results in victory? The answer to  the question is also clear: No, there is none.
Of course this conciliationist attitude is not limited to DISK and KESK. The most "communist" in the OHAL process and the most reformist all adopted a “wait-and-see” policy against attacks by fascism. They calculated on how to survive with minimal damage. There were no programmes or goals for the future.
As if they were waiting for someone with a magic wand expecting everything to change, they put their hopes in the ballot box.
Hundreds of associations, cultural centres, publications and publishing houses were closed, seals
put on their doors.
We are the only one that resist the arbitrariness. We dismantled the seals, set up barricades when they came to re-install them. We resisted. Outside the institutions where the Front is present, there was no resistance anywhere. Fascist attacks grow every day. Who else has resisted them?
The situation of TMMOB is no different. 550,000 engineers and architects are registered, only the people’s architect Alev Sahin resists. Not only to get back work and bread but so people are not killed by new earthquakes or suspended.
 Just look at the weekly resistance calendar of Alev Sahin! Both in the square of resistance in Duzce
And in front of Duzce AKP’s Office and in a sit-down action at TMMOB.
Yes, she resists against the victimisation of members of your own professional organisation, and the TMMOB management is against her.
Nuriye, Semih, Alev, Mehmet, Acun, Nazife, Nazan, Engin ... they persist for months, they resist.
They resist despite systematic and heavy torture.
Mehmet's foot, Acun Hoca's heart, the hair of Gulnaz, the bruised face of Perihan who is in her 70s, Nazan's broken cheekbone, twice in a day the police drag them along the ground... in Duzce there are lynch attempts, AKP provocations, detention, torture ... None of them had their resistance broken…
The police often do not allow a statement to be read for even a minute before attacking. The resistance, as of 24 June 2018, has continued for 593 days, organising itself even in the midst of torture.

REVOLUTIONISM IS NOT A CRIME IT IS A DUTY
Europe Too Will Not Get Revolutionaries To Surrender!
Oue tradition of resistance in Europe is not new, it is rooted in tradition. Wherever in the world there is a Front prisoner, there is absolutely resistance. No imposition, for Free Prisoners do not submit to dishonour.
Free Prisoners in Greece, Erdal in Poland, Musa Asoglu in Germany, Erdogan Cakir in France – all won victories by hunger strikes.
Not many years ago, in German prisons the Free Prisoner Sadi OZPOLAT many times resisted the isolation by the German state,  the imposition of prison uniform, going on hunger strike for months, and every time German imperialism gave in.
Musa Asoglu, in the courtrooms of German imperialism, is turning it into an arena of ideological struggle. The legitimacy of revolution is shouted out in courtrooms, the two ideologies clash there.
Yusuf Tas, Ozgur Aslan, Ozkan Guzel, Erdal Gokoglu are continuing the Free Prisoner tradition in Europe's isolation cells, including hunger strikes. Finally last week, the prisoner of French imperialism, Erdogan CAKIR, won a victory with a hunger strike against the attempts to extradite him to Turkey.
Not only in prisons but in European city squares there have been many acts of resistance. From England to Greece, from Austria to the Netherlands, from Germany to Belgium; long marchs to support freedom for prisoners, sit-down actions, tent resistance, bicycle rides in supporting Grup Yorum against bans, and various forms of action and resistance are carried out by the People’s Front.

Erdem VARAN, father of Grup Yorum member Betul and also Bergun Varan's father. He lives in Holland and has two daughters unlawfully imprisoned by fascism in Turkey. For months he has resisted in a square in the Netherlands demanding “Freedom For Grup Yorum”.

Despite living in Belgium for 17 years, Cahit ZOREL has had his right to remain taken away because of his beliefs, and has been protesting in front of the court building since April 17.
On the 50th day of the resistance, he was subjected to a fascist knife attack but Cahit stressed that he would not give up.

Gulaferit had all her rights taken away after being released from prison, and she resists for her rights in Berlin.
Ozgur Aslan was released and did not accept the impositions of German imperialism, he said revolutionism is not a crime, it’s a mission.
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You can carry out actions, participate in them, make a phone call in support, spread the news. They have won political victory already by deciding to resist, it is our responsibility to turn it into material gains.
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          Immigrant families were told they must to pay for DNA tests the US government is demanding they take before they can be reunited with their children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Immigrant families have been told to pay the costs of a DNA test before they can be reunited with the children they were separated from.
  • Four women being held in a shelter in Texas were asked to pay the cost of a test done by an independent contractor, though the government said it foots the bill for those tests.
  • Parents are being asked to pay hundreds of dollars for DNA tests as well as return flights for their children who had been shuttled to different shelters around the country.


Immigrant parents whose children had been shuttled to various shelters around the country as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy at have reportedly been told they must pay for DNA tests in order to be reunited.

Three mothers and an older sister were told by a government contractor that they must foot the bill for a DNA test, the director of immigrant shelter Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. One of the young children is just three-and-a-half years old.

Immigration attorney Iliana Holguin, who works with the shelter, said some of her clients have been ordered to pay $700 to $800 to prove their relationship to the government. That is likely a sum far larger many asylum seekers have at their disposal.

"The government wants the parents to foot the bill for the DNA testing when they’re the ones that caused the need for DNA testing," Holguin told The Daily Beast. "It’s incredible."

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement coordinates the housing of migrant children and denied claims that parents were being asked to pay for the tests. But the use of a private, unidentified contractor that therefore cannot respond to these claims raises questions about the transparency of the current process.

Business Insider has contacted the Annunciation House and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. We will update this post when we hear back.

The Trump administration began widely administering DNA tests to children in its care after its "zero tolerance" policy saw more than 2,000 children separated from their parents, and in the process lost many of the crucial paperwork needed to identify and track them as they were moved to shelters around the country.

It also follows news that the government requires parents and other family members to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for airfares to reunite the children from these shelters.

On Tuesday, a government lawyer said that 16 children under the age of 5 have yet to be reunited with their families because the results of their DNA tests are still pending.

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  • Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin slammed comedian Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday, claiming she was "duped" into giving him an interview for his upcoming show on Showtime, "Who is America."
  • Showtime and Cohen allegedly lured Palin "to honor American Vets" for a "legit Showtime historical documentary."
  • Palin said she and her daughter flew across the country to meet Cohen, who she says disguised himself as a disabled veteran in a wheelchair.
  • Palin also claimed Cohen and his network "purposefully dropped my daughter and me off at the wrong Washington, DC airport ... knowing we'd miss all flights back home to Alaska."

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin slammed comedian Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday, claming she was "duped" into giving him an interview for his upcoming Showtime program, "Who is America?"

"Ya' got me, Sacha," Palin said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. "Feel better now?"

Showtime and Cohen, an English comedian known for his over-the-top impersonations and hyperbolic interviews, allegedly lured Palin "to honor American Vets" for what was supposed to have been a "legit Showtime historical documentary,'" according to Palin.

Palin said she and her daughter flew across the country to meet Cohen, who she says disguised himself as a disabled veteran in a wheelchair. The purported interview soon went off the rails as Cohen's "disrespect and sarcasm" became clear, according to Palin.

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"I sat through a long 'interview' full of Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm - but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen's chagrin," Palin claimed. "The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen's foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse."

It wasn't immediately clear how Cohen's humor was derisive toward middle-class Americans as Palin claimed.

Cohen's previous roles have landed him in hot water.

In "Borat," Cohen played the role of Borat Sagdiyev, a fictitious journalist from Kazakhstan unaccustomed to Western society. Following the release of the movie in 2006, some Kazakhs felt exploited and accused the movie of portraying them in a negative light — Cohen's website was also reportedly blocked in Kazakhstan.

But Palin claims that Cohen's latest antics went too far. In addition to what Palin described as Cohen's "truly sick" humor, Palin claimed the network "purposefully dropped my daughter and me off at the wrong Washington, DC airport ... knowing we'd miss all flights back home to Alaska."

"Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country," Palin added.

"Who is America" bills itself as a satirical take on political and cultural icons, such as former vice president Dick Cheney. The show premieres on Showtime, July 15.

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  • President Donald Trump's administration has released a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese exports to the US that could be subject to a new 10% tariffs.
  • A tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be a massive escalation of Trump's trade war with China.

The Trump administration has released a gargantuan list of Chinese goods that will be subject to tariffs, kicking a burgeoning trade war into high gear.

The new 10% tariffs will apply to a huge amount of items including seafood and other fresh goods, according to the list released by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

"As a result of China’s retaliation [the introduction of tariffs on $34 billion worth of US imports] and failure to change its practices, the President has ordered the US Trade Representative (USTR) to begin the process of imposing tariffs of 10% on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports," Lighthizer said.

The tariffs are in addition to Trump’s 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. Tariffs on the first $34 billion worth of goods went into place on Friday. The second round, which will apply to around $16 billion worth of Chinese goods, is set to be imposed in the coming weeks. That second round will be derived from a list already released by the US Trade Representative.

The release of the $200 billion list is perhaps the most concrete step yet toward an all-out trade war with China and triggers a formal process to implement the tariffs. The next step will be a comment period, during which businesses and consumers can raise issues with the inclusion of certain goods on the list.

"This is an appropriate response under the authority of Section 301 to obtain the elimination of China’s harmful industrial policies," Lighthizer said in his statement. "USTR will proceed with a transparent and comprehensive public notice and comment process prior to the imposition of final tariffs, as we have for previous tariffs."

The developments mean roughly half of all Chinese imports to the US will be subject to increased duties.

The move was immediately attacked by industry groups and trade experts who warned that the back-and-forth tariffs will increase costs for consumers and discourage investment by businesses into new hiring and equipment. These decisions in turn will slow down the US economy.

David French, the senior vice president for government relations at the National Retail Federation, said that the majority of the pain from the new tariffs would fall on US consumers and families.

"The latest list of $200 billion of products to be subject to tariffs against China doubles down on a reckless strategy that will boomerang back to harm US families and workers," French said. "The threat to the U.S. economy is less about a question of 'if' and more about 'when' and 'how bad.'"

Jay Timmons, the president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), also expressed displeasure with Trump's announcement.

"The last thing America’s manufacturing workers need is an escalating trade war," Timmons said in a statement. "America has China’s attention, so instead of more tariffs, the US and China should immediately begin working toward a fair, bilateral, enforceable, rules-based trade agreement to end China’s market-distorting activities."

Even members of Trump's own party slammed the administration's announcement.

"Although I have supported the administration’s targeted efforts to combat China’s technology transfer regime, tonight’s announcement appears reckless and is not a targeted approach," GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, chair of the Senate Finance Committee said in a statement. "We cannot turn a blind eye to China’s mercantilist trade practices, but this action falls short of a strategy that will give the administration negotiating leverage with China while maintaining the long-term health and prosperity of the American economy."

Trump has warned that if the Chinese decide to counter the tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods, a fourth round of restrictions will hit another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. In the event all threats are realised, Trump will have hit just over 80% of all Chinese exports to the US with tariffs.

Analysts from UBS said that a response from China is likely, which means the possibility that US tariffs could extend into the hundreds of billions is now firmly in play.

“Once the administration implements the additional $200 billion in tariffs, the Chinese government will almost surely retaliate,” UBS said.

“On this path, the US government would then almost surely retaliate in response, raising the stakes immediately to $450 billion in imports of Chinese goods under tariff.” UBS said that at that point, a damaging economic fallout would be almost inevitable.

The analysts said a positive outcome is still possible, but it will rely on both sides coming to an agreement over the US complaint about China’s intellectual property practices — a dispute which forms the basis of the current US tariffs that are in place.

So far, Chinese officials have not backed off their promises to retaliate to any Trump tariff move. On Friday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Trump started the “largest trade war in economic history.”

Following the release of the news, markets around the world were in flux. US stock futures tanked, while the Chinese yuan also weakened against the US dollar.

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  • President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
  • Experts and politicians are questioning how Kavanaugh could rule on cases involving Obamacare.
  • Some conservatives say Kavanaugh will not go far enough to dismantle Obamacare, citing a dissent from 2011, while other conservatives believe the judge would rule against the law.
  • Democrats and liberals are almost all fearful of Kavanaugh's possible rulings on Obamacare.

President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court has legal scholars and politicians carefully parsing the judge's previous decisions for clues about the future of US policy.

One of the biggest issues on which Kavanaugh is expected to have a say is the future of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The landmark healthcare law has been the subject of a series of intense legal battles, and many observers expect more decisions on the ACA's future to make it to the Supreme Court during Kavanaugh's tenure.

Given Kavanaugh's conservative bent, many Democrats are up in arms about the future of Obamacare should the judge be confirmed. But conservatives are also concerned about the future of the law under Kavanaugh.

Conservative concerns

The crux of the conservative disagreement over Kavanaugh's Obamacare record comes from a single decision in 2011.

When ruling on Seven-Sky v. Holder, Kavanaugh dissented from the majority opinion that the law's individual mandate — which compelled every American to have health insurance or face a fine — was constitutional.

According to conservative healthcare expert Chris Jacobs and other conservative writers, the reason behind Kavanaugh's dissent opened the door to solidifying the ACA's legal footing.

"Even as he avoided a definitive ruling on the merits of the case, Kavanaugh revealed himself as favorably disposed to the mandate," Jacobs wrote at The Federalist. "Worst of all, in so doing, he cultivated a theory that ultimately led Chief Justice John Roberts to uphold the mandate."

In essence, Kavanaugh argued that he could not rule on the case because the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 did not allow judges to rule on the legality of a tax before it was imposed. Since the mandate did not kick in until 2014, he wrote, the court could not render an opinion.

Brett Kavanaugh TrumpJacobs wrote that Kavanaugh's use of the century-and-a-half-old law validated the Obama administration's argument before the Supreme Court that the mandate was legal since it was a tax. 

Combined with other sections of the dissent, Jacobs said Kavanaugh gave the "road map" for the Obama administration's legality argument and Roberts's decision.

But other conservatives reject Jacobs's suggestion that Kavanaugh's dissent presented a legal basis to uphold the ACA by pointing to other sections of his argument.

In the dissent, Kavanaugh said the mandate was "a law that is unprecedented on the federal level in American history" and called the penalty for people not buying insurance "jarring."

Justin Walker, a law professor at Louisville University and a former clerk for both Kavanaugh and Kennedy, wrote that the dissent was ultimately more an argument against the mandate than in favor.

"Kavanaugh’s thorough and principled takedown of the mandate was indeed a roadmap for the Supreme Court — the Supreme Court dissenters, justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, who explained that the mandate violated the Constitution," Walker said.

Liberals worry Kavanaugh puts 'healthcare protections in jeopardy'

While conservatives debated the semantics of Kavanaugh's decision, Democrats and liberal activists were overwhelmingly alarmed by the nomination.

"Judge Kavanaugh should not be allowed anywhere near our nation’s highest bench," a post on the Democratic Party's official blog said. "Let’s be clear: a vote for Kavanaugh would be a vote to rip health care from American families and deny women their constitutional right to make their own health care decisions."

Democrats and pro-ACA activists are worried Kavanaugh could weaken key tenants of the ACA, given new legal challenges to the underlying thesis of the law.

While experts are dubious the new challenges have standing, in no small part because Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal members of the court in 2012 to uphold the law, Democratic senators have hinted healthcare will be a core piece of their opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination.

"He’s demonstrated a hostility to the Affordable Care Act that the Trump administration is continually working to undermine," Democratic Sen. Booker said in a statement following the nomination announcement.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday that Kavanaugh's selection would put healthcare protections in the ACA, such as protections for people with preexisting conditions, "at grave, grave risk" and said people should demand a justice to "protect our healthcare, not strike it down."

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  • European Union President Donald Tusk on Tuesday delivered a strongly worded statement directed at President Donald Trump amid his ongoing criticism of NATO: "Appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many."
  • Tusk's remarks come after sustained criticism of NATO by Trump in relation to how it's funded. 
  • "Money is important, but genuine solidarity is even more important," Tusk said. 

European Union President Donald Tusk on Tuesday delivered a strongly worded statement directed at President Donald Trump amid his ongoing criticism of NATO: "Appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many."

As Trump was set to travel to Brussels for a NATO summit, Tusk said, "I would like to address President Trump directly, who for a long time now has been criticizing Europe almost daily for, in his view, insufficient contributions to the common defence capabilities, and for living off the US." 

"Dear President Trump: America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe," Tusk added. "Money is important, but genuine solidarity is even more important."

Tusk outlined the ways in which Europe has stood by the US in recent years, including after the 9/11 terror attacks. He also noted that Europeans spend about as much on defense as China and more than Russia.

The EU president said he hoped Trump would remember Europe's strong relationship with the US as he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in the coming days. 

Tusk's remarks come after sustained criticism of NATO by Trump. 

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the US taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!"

Trump's statements on the way NATO operates and is funded have often been misleading.

Trump's suggestion the US provides protection for other NATO member states glosses over the founding premise of the alliance: collective defense. In this sense, all of the member states provide protection for one another. Furthermore, all member states contribute to NATO's overall budget based on their national income, with the US providing about 22% of the budget.

In other words, the US government's contribution to NATO is proportional, and many have criticized Trump for claiming Europe is taking advantage of the US in this regard.

Trump's attacks on NATO come as many European countries express concern about Russia's aggression in the region, especially in the wake of the annexation of Crimea in 2014. In this context, Tusk and others seem concerned Putin will take advantage of the fact that Trump is not standing by key US allies. 

Referencing Trump's impending summit with Putin, Tusk on Tuesday said, "It is always worth knowing: who is your strategic friend? And who is your strategic problem?"

Meanwhile, as Trump spoke with reporters before heading off to Europe, he said his meeting with Putin could be the "easiest" aspect of his trip. 

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  • President Donald Trump named judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday night, and the Senate is gearing up for his confirmation. 
  • Troy Covington, counsel at Bloom Parham and a legal expert, spoke to Business Insider about what issues will come up in Kavanaugh's confirmation and how the judge could influence the court.
  • Covington said Kavanaugh's previous writings on indictments of sitting presidents will be of particular interest to lawmakers.

On Monday night, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of current federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement — and Kavanaugh's appointment could be one of the most influential in recent history. 

Troy Covington, counsel at the Bloom Parham firm in Atlanta and a legal expert with experience in Supreme Court issues, spoke to Business Insider on Tuesday about what Senators will likely focus on during Kavanaugh's confirmation process and the long-term influence Kavanaugh could exert on the court. 

"I think it will be a very noisy confirmation process," he said. "I think we've already seen people on both sides lining to start putting pressure on Senators to vote one way or another. But from a process standpoint ... there really is not much the Democrats as the minority party can do to get in the way of that other than to make as much noise as possible."

Both Democrats and Republicans are seizing on Kavanaugh's confirmation as the midterms approach, with both sides galvanizing their respective bases around the issue.

One issue that will be of particular interest to both Democratic and Republican senators is an opinion expressed in some of Kavanaugh's previous writings, particularly in a 2009 article published in the Minnesota Law Review, that the president should be exempted from criminal prosecution, indictment, and being civilly sued while in office to prevent distraction and harms to the federal government's function. 

Questions of this nature could end up being decided by the court in the coming months, as Trump is a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible role in it. He is also the main defendant in at least two high-profile lawsuits, one filed by porn star Stormy Daniels and another defamation suit by former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos.

"I think Judge Kavanaugh has a record of being in favor of a strong executive. He will get a lot of questions from senators of both parties that reach into his background, and then they'll delve into the Minnesota Law Review article and try to figure out how this will play out going forward," Covington said.

Covington said that depending on if these issues reached the court, Kavanaugh and possibly Justice Neil Gorsuch might even be expected to recuse themselves from such a case due to them being nominated by Trump.

"He was nominated by President Trump, he owes his nomination to President Trump, and with an issue of this magnitude regarding President Trump, will he be able to be independent and evaluate the arguments on both sides with no feeling of obligation or being beholden to the person who put him in the job in the first place?" Covington wondered.

Leaving the Russia issue aside, Covington predicted that a Justice Kavanaugh would be more solidly conservative than Justice Kennedy, putting Chief Justice John Roberts in the position of the swing vote.

"Justice Roberts is a slightly different position as chief Justice. He has to care more about the court's legacy," Covington explained. 

While the Democrats are framing a vote to confirm Kavanaugh as "a vote to rip health care from American families and deny women their right to make their own health care choices," Covington doesn't believe his presence on the court would dramatically swing it's decisions one way or another.

'It's relatively safe to assume that you would see some incremental movement to the right'

"I don’t think that if he were to be confirmed, we would see large and sudden shifts in the way the court goes about its business," Covington said, adding that "It's relatively safe to assume that you would see some incremental movement to the right, simply because he will be more conservative, in some ways, that Justice Kennedy was.”

While Kavanaugh has an impressive and lengthy resume in government and federal judicial service, he is just 53 years old, meaning that if he's confirmed, he could influence the court's direction for decades to come.

"I don't think it's an overblown statement to say it's one of the most important nominations for the court in a very long time," Covington concluded. 

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  • President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not joining a new lobbying firm after all, according to his lawyers, who released a statement on the matter Tuesday evening.
  • The lobbying firm, Stonington Global LLC, announced earlier Tuesday that Flynn, who pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, and was also under a separate FBI investigation for his lobbying work for the Turkish government, would join the new firm.
  • Flynn's attorneys blamed the mix-up on a "misunderstanding." 

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Michael Flynn's attorneys say the former national security adviser will not be joining a new lobbying firm, as was reported earlier Tuesday.

Citing a "misunderstanding," Flynns lawyers told The Wall Street Journal a statement the lobbying firm, Stonington Global LLC released on Tuesday was premature.

"General Flynn has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement," Flynn lawyers, Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony said Tuesday night, according to The Journal.

Kelner and Anthony continued: "He was aware a statement was being drafted, but did not intend that it be issued at this time."

Flynn is awaiting sentencing in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Mueller is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether members of President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor. Flynn pleaded guilty in December to one count of lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador during the transition period.

Earlier, The Journal reported that both Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., would join Stonington Global LLC, saying they would work with two other lobbyists: Nick Muzin and Joey Allaham, both of whom previously worked together on an influence campaign in Qatar.

They stopped their work for Qatar last month after helping the royal family connect with Jewish leaders in the US and Trump associates, the report said. Stonington will work with both domestic and foreign clients.

The two men told The Journal they did not know Flynn but that Allaham approached him because "his experience speaks for itself."

Flynn said in a separate statement that he will "work every day to put my 33 years of experience in the military and serving Presidents of both parties in the White House to good use in helping companies and governments enhance the goals of freedom and liberty."

The report came after Flynn appeared in federal court this morning as his attorneys and federal prosecutors gave US District Judge Emmet Sullivan an update on where they stand on his sentencing. Sullivan did not set a sentencing date. He will get another update from lawyers representing the two parties on August 24.

What Flynn is under investigation for

Donald Trump Mike FlynnIn addition to drawing scrutiny over his Russia ties, Flynn was also under a separate FBI investigation for privately working as a paid lobbyist for the Turkish government during the election.

Flynn reportedly informed the Trump transition team that he was being investigated before being brought on board as national security adviser.

Flynn received $530,000 in 2016 from the businessman Ekim Alptekin, who is a member of a Turkish economic-relations board run by an appointee of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Alptekin is also the head of Inovo, a consulting firm.

Flynn's now-defunct lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group, was tasked with fomenting dissent inside Turkey. It also lobbied the US government to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania who Erdogan believes is responsible for planning 2016's attempted coup.

Flynn Intel Group was required, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, to register as a foreign agent as soon as it secured the contract with Inovo, but it did not do so until months later. It acknowledged in a filing that its work could have "principally benefited" Turkey.

Flynn was forced to resign from the Trump administration in February 2017 when it emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador to the US, during the transition period. Three weeks earlier, Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail over his conversations with Kislyak.

During the transition period, Trump also ignored former President Barack Obama's advice to steer clear of Flynn. Obama had fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump introduces U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is retiring after 30 years of service on the high court. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Some Senate Democrats say Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's past writings about how presidents should not be subject to "distracting" lawsuits is problematic as it relates to what might come out of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
  • Kavanaugh previously wrote in a law review that President Bill Clinton would have been better served not having deal with the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.

WASHINGTON — A group of Senate Democrats want to know more about President Donald Trump's new Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, particularly regarding his previous writings on what types of legal scrutiny the commander in chief should be subject to as it relates to anything that might arise from the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller.

In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote an article for the Minnesota Law Review describing his belief that US presidents should not be subject to certain probes and lawsuits.

"Having seen first-hand how complex and difficult that job is, I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible," he wrote. "The country wants the President to be 'one of us' who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share. But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office."

Kavanaugh mentioned that former President Bill Clinton would have had more free time to hunt down terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden if he had not been "distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots."

Kavanaugh also wrote that Congress should pass laws for safeguards against the distractions he previously mentioned.

"With that in mind, it would be appropriate for Congress to enact a statute providing that any personal civil suits against presidents, like certain members of the military, be deferred while the President is in office," he wrote.

Democrats think Kavanaugh's theory could be an obstacle in the Mueller investigation

Those writings from earlier in Kavanaugh's career have irked a handful of Senate Democrats tasked with evaluating his qualifications for the Supreme Court.

"Five years ago, if you went back in time and gave this fact pattern to anybody: the president under investigation, over 70 charges, over 20-plus entities or individuals charged, you have five people plead guilty," New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker told Business Insider. "All this swirl going on, should a president be allowed to appoint somebody who's already made it clear that he would give immunity to him should anything come before the Supreme Court. So this is a stunning thing to me that is so shocking that we’re going to have to allow this to happen."

Others suggested Kavanaugh's writings paired with Trump's desire could be transactional in nature, despite any evidence.

"It's especially a level of concern when he's going to have a feeling of debt and gratitude to the president that just nominated him," Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy told Business Insider. "Given how quick a case may come to the court regarding the Mueller investigation and the consequences of it, I'm very concerned about what he's written."

Even Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, mused about the idea that Trump could have chosen Kavanaugh because of his past remarks about presidents and lawsuits.

"I think a thing that concerns me from some of his writings that the president shouldn't be distracted by criminal law or investigations of the president," Leahy said. "If that's the reason he was picked, that's worrisome."

Nevertheless, Republicans will trudge forward with Kavanaugh's nomination. Republicans involved in the process do not see the 2009 article being an issue as top GOP brass galvanize support for his confirmation. But other obstacles, like how Kavanaugh might rule on certain social issues, will be a primary focus.

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          The US embassy in London is warning Americans to 'keep a low profile' during Trump's UK visit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • The US embassy in London warned Americans in the UK to keep a "low profile" and be aware of their surroundings as President Donald Trump visits in the coming days.
  • Trump is set to visit the UK later this week after he attends a NATO summit in Brussels and before a highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

  • The "demonstration alert" issued by the embassy also tells Americans to "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent."
  • The president is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth during his visit. 

The US embassy in London warned Americans in the UK to keep a "low profile" and be aware of their surroundings as President Donald Trump visits in the coming days. 

"Numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, 2018, surrounding the visit of the President of the United States to the United Kingdom," the embassy's website states. "The majority of the demonstrations will be focused in central London on July 13, with other events planned for July 12 and 14."

The embassy said these demonstrations were expected to attract large crowds and cause road closures. 

The "Demonstration Alert" issued by the embassy also tells Americans to "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent."

Trump is set to visit the UK later this week after he attends a NATO summit in Brussels and before a highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The president is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth during his visit. 

But the president will avoid London almost entirely during his trip, which has been characterized as an attempt to avoid humiliation over the planned protests surrounding his visit. 

One such demonstration, which has generated a particular amount of attention, involves a giant "Baby Trump" balloon that's set to fly over the UK capital.  

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          An unintended consequence of Trump's trade war is coming for one of the industries that will be hit hardest, and it could give him a big win      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • US soybean farmers are expected to be a major loser in President Donald Trump's trade war with China.
  • US soybean exports surged over the past two months because of distortions from Trump's trade battles with China.
  • This is likely to boost US second-quarter gross domestic product, helping to give Trump a big public-relations win on the economy. 

US soybean farmers are expected to get whacked by President Donald Trump's trade war with China, but not before helping hand the president a potentially significant economic victory.

While many farmers and experts expect the industry to take a significant hit because of the trade war, dramatic changes in soybean shipments ahead of the tariffs could help lift upcoming US gross-domestic-product numbers, giving Trump a big economic talking point.

Soybeans were hit with a new tariff by the Chinese government last week as part of the retaliation for Trump's tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. The decision to apply duties to soybeans was a big one — the crop is the largest US agricultural export, and China was the destination for $14.2 billion worth of US soybeans in 2016.

But the move was a long time coming. China threatened to impose restrictions on soybeans as far back as March. This gave US soybean farmers an opportunity to rush the product out of the country before the trade war kicked off in earnest, but it also seriously shifted trade patterns for the crop.

According to The Wall Street Journal, China began to shift its purchases away from US farmers and toward Brazilian soybeans in the spring. With China soaking up much of the Brazilian supply, other countries like Egypt, Thailand, and the Netherlands increased their purchases of US soybeans. This led to a surge in US exports, but also a steep drop in shipments to China that increased longer-term concerns.

But for 2018's second quarter, the outlook for soybean farmers is solid. Based on data from Ian Shepherdson, the chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, soybean exports will clock their two best months since mid-2016 in May and June.

In turn, the soybean mad dash is likely to provide a huge boost to second-quarter US GDP, Shepherdson said.

"Weekly data show that soybean exports rose again in June, but we're then expecting to see a steep fall in July," Shepherdson wrote in a note to clients. "In the second quarter, though, we estimate that soybean exports will contribute some 0.6 percentage points to GDP growth, at an annualized rate."

The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank's GDP Now, a tracker used to predict quarterly GDP, predicts second-quarter GDP will hit 3.8% annualized growth.

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The sudden uptick in soybean exports mirrors the surge during the summer of 2016, when crop yields from South America — the typical soybean suppliers over those months — fell well short of expectations and allowed US farmers to step in. That quarter, the boosted trade component, mostly due to the soybean surge, added 0.83 percentage points to GDP.

Trump has long set a target of 3% to 4% annual GDP growth for his administration. The soybean exports should provide a boost for one quarter, but the Trump administration hasn't been shy about pointing to single-quarter data to show that the country is meeting Trump's goals.

A boost would come amid significant price pressure for soybean farmers. Soybean futures contracts have fallen to their lowest level since 2009, leaving many farmers scrambling.

And the soybean support in second-quarter GDP data may not last long, according to Shepherdson, who said the economic boost from soybean exports "probably will reverse in full in the third quarter."

The first estimate for third-quarter GDP is scheduled for release on October 26, 11 days before the 2018 midterm elections.

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          Trump's private meeting with Anthony Kennedy reportedly helped him focus on Brett Kavanaugh as a replacement      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • On Monday night, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
  • After meeting with Kennedy to discuss his retirement, Trump reportedly focused the search to replace Kennedy on the 53-year-old Kavanaugh.

After meeting with retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to discuss his retirement from the highest court in the US, Trump came out of it focused on replacing him with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, according to Politico.

Even though he was considering other judges such as Thomas Hardiman, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge for the nomination, Trump was zeroed in on Kavanaugh, who was Kennedy's former law clerk.

Trump has credited Kennedy for giving him the opportunity to transform the Supreme Court and give it more of a conservative bend, according to Politico. That will now happen if the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who once clerked for Kennedy, is confirmed. 

Despite being criticized for being too close to the Bush administration, Kavanaugh's judicial credentials and record were what attracted Trump to Kavanaugh, the report said. Already impressed with Kavanaugh's judicial background, Trump was all but convinced that the DC Circuit Court judge was the best person for the job after his conversation with Kennedy.

The report said that Trump all but reached his decision on Kavanaugh this past Friday, despite not making it official until Monday night in the East Room of the White House.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving," Trump said of Kavanaugh on Monday night.

In remarks he gave after his nomination was announced, Kavanaugh offered a nod to the Supreme Court justice he's expected to replace, saying "The framers established that the Constitution is designed to secure the blessings of liberty. Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty."

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          Conservative Party vice chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield resign over Brexit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Another two Conservative MPs have just resigned from their roles over Theresa May's plans for Brexit.
  • Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield, formerly Conservative Party vice chairs, quit their roles in protest on Tuesday afternoon.
  • On Friday, May's Cabienet agreed to a collective proposal for a soft Brexit, which has since prompted a slew of high-profile resignations.

LONDON — Conservative Party vice chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield resigned on Tuesday afternoon — joining the growing list of Conservative MPs rebelling over Theresa May's plans for Brexit.

In a letter to the prime minister, Caulfield warned that the results of the Brexit proposal agreed by the Cabinet on Friday would be a loss of support for the Conservative Party and "Prime Minister Corbyn [Labour Party leader.]"

Bradley echoed these remarks: "If we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name, then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10."

Bradley and Caulfield follow David Davis and Boris Johnson, who quit their roles as Brexit secretary and foreign secretary within the space of 24 hours. Steve Baker also resigned as a junior Brexit minister.

In his resignation letter, Johnson said that Britain is "truly headed for the status of [EU] colony" under the prime minister's proposed post-Brexit relationship with the European Union.

Under May's proposal, the UK would stay wedded to the EU standards for the trade and goods and collect EU tariffs on the bloc's behalf, in order to preserve frictionless trade and the open Irish border.

However, it would make new free trade deals with certain countries, like the USA, much less likely, and would leave the UK under some influence of the European Court of Justice.

Here's Ben Bradley MP's full resignation letter:

 

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          Is Peace On The Horizon With Trump, China and Russia?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In this video, Luke Rudkowski is joined by Jason Bermas to discuss the latest breaking news on relations with China, North Korea and Russia.

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          North Korea Reportedly Asked Israel for $1 Billion in Cash to Halt Missile Sale to Iran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Does Iran really want to nuke Israel? Is Israel stronger than Iran? A top security expert explains Israel ranked eighth most powerful country in the world North Korea expanded missile facility during talks with Trump, analysts say Pompeo downplays North Korea's rebuke of 'gangster-like' denuclearization demands North Korea reportedly extended an offer to Israel in 1999 to nix its agreements to sell missile technology to Iran and other enemy states that posed a threat to the Jewish state at the time - if Israel paid Pyongyang $1 billion in cash. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal published...
          America’s Moment of Truth With North Korea Is Coming      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mike Pompeo’s visit wasn’t it. But the visit hinted at what it might look like. One eight-word assumption underlies American and South Korean negotiations with Kim Jong Un: “North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons.” That’s what the analyst Cheon Seong Whun told me ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang this past weekend. For his part, Cheon, a security adviser in the conservative administration of former South Korean President Park Geun Hye, sees not a “scintilla of hint” that the North Korean leader is prepared to do so, despite Kim’s vague promise to Donald Trump...
          What to expect from Trump’s Supreme Court pick announcement      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump is expected to announce his pick for Supreme Court Justice on Monday. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd joins Sunday TODAY's Willie Geist about what to expect as speculation swirls about his shortlist. Todd also discuss the latest tensions with North Korea.
          Senior North Korean party official visits Moscow — media      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nippon TV suggested the visit could be related to consultations to prepare Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia
          Media, Hardliners Play Up North Korean Nuclear ‘Deception’ Claim      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was about to leave for denuclearization negotiations in Pyongyang, a spate of media stories reported that North Korea is deceiving the Trump administration by seeking to hide some of its nuclear facilities. Those stories suggest an effort by some Trump administration officials, led by National Security Adviser John … Continue reading "Media, Hardliners Play Up North Korean Nuclear ‘Deception’ Claim"

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          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          Trump suggests China interfering in US-North Korea talks amid trade war      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Delhi, Jul 10 (ANI): The United States President Donald Trump suggested that China may be 'exerting negative pressure' on North Korea on the denuclearization deal, due to the recent tiff between Washington and Beijing over the trade tariffs. Trump took to his social media handle and even expressed confidence that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will stand by his commitment of denuclearization, made on June 12 in Singapore summit. Recently, the Trump administration imposed tariffs of USD 34 billion on Chinese imports, escalating a fight that could hurt companies and consumers in both the countries. Chinese goods being hit by US levies include cars, computer disk drives, pump and valve parts and LEDs. This prompted Beijing to respond with levies on US imports.
          As Donald Trumps North Korea Deal Collapses, Vladimir Putin Awaits      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          U.N. Official Seeks Inquiry Into Defection of North Korean Waitresses      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A U.N. official called for an investigation into the 2016 defection of restaurant workers to the South, saying at least some of them appeared to have been deceived into leaving and hinting that Seoul officials were responsible. Their fate has become a source of tension between North and South Korea, threatening to strain a blossoming…

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          U.N. aid chief says "clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is "very clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea, the top U.N. aid official has said during the first visit of its kind to the isolated country since 2011.

          Immigrant families were told they must to pay for DNA tests the US government is demanding they take before they can be reunited with their children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Immigrant families have been told to pay the costs of a DNA test before they can be reunited with the children they were separated from.
  • Four women being held in a shelter in Texas were asked to pay the cost of a test done by an independent contractor, though the government said it foots the bill for those tests.
  • Parents are being asked to pay hundreds of dollars for DNA tests as well as return flights for their children who had been shuttled to different shelters around the country.


Immigrant parents whose children had been shuttled to various shelters around the country as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy at have reportedly been told they must pay for DNA tests in order to be reunited.

Three mothers and an older sister were told by a government contractor that they must foot the bill for a DNA test, the director of immigrant shelter Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. One of the young children is just three-and-a-half years old.

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          U.N. aid chief says 'clear evidence of humanitarian need' in North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is "very clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea, the top U.N. aid official has said during the first visit of its kind to the isolated country since 2011.

          Trump to give Kim Jong Un 'Rocket Man' CD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The President of the United States confirmed on Tuesday morning that he plans to give a copy of the Elton John hit song "Rocket Man" to the dictator of North Korea.


          Trump to give Kim Jong Un 'Rocket Man' CD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It didn't take a long, long time for President Donald Trump to start bestowing gifts on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


          UN aid chief says "clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is "very clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea, the top U.N. aid official has said during the first visit of its kind to the isolated country since 2011.
          UN aid chief says 'clear evidence of humanitarian need' in North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is "very clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea, the top U.N. aid official has said during the first visit of its kind to the isolated country since 2011.
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On 23 December 2016, United Nations Conference decided to adopt a resolution (the A / RES / 71/258) to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. However, not all the countries adopted unanimously the General Assembly proposal: among the countries that voted against that you proceed or who abstained many of those in possession of nuclear weapons, from China to emerging nuclear powers such as India, Russia and Pakistan, but also (and this should have surprised) countries such as France, UK, USA, Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea and many other European countries.

“The existence of nuclear weapons is still a threat to humanity. The need for a breakthrough in disarmament has never been so urgent as it is today “- said Kim Won-Soo, General Secretary of the United Nations.


The reason of this decision was the letter signed by Christina Cheshier representative of the United States to NATO, dated October 17, 2016, with which the Americans “strongly encouraged” the allies to “vote NO to any vote at the UN Committee for the Prohibition of nuclear weapons “. An invitation that many countries, in December and even in recent days, confirmed they accepted.


Despite the boycott of many important countries, the motion was approved. Few days ago were held the first meeting to define the contents of the Treaty. Surprisingly, the session was held in an auditorium virtually desert: tens of nations, including all those mentioned above, decided not to take part and work for the Treaty considering nuclear disarmament as unrealistic scenario. In the speech given by Elayne Whyte Gómez, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, who chaired the session was heard only by very few people (and even these seemingly disinterested). The same official website of the UN officially speak of “the absence of concrete results after two decades of negotiations for multilateral nuclear disarmament.” An absence that threatens to perpetuate itself in what is (or rather was) “the first real debate on nuclear disarmament in twenty years.”


The UN experts referred of a “growing frustration in recent years” due to the fact that many countries continue “to rely on nuclear weapons in security doctrines and to fund programs to modernize and reinforce nuclear weapons” available. There are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons (data NU), stored in the arsenals of many countries and many of these have not signed either the NPT: US, Russia, Britain, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea.


Nowadays nuclear weapons remain the only mass destruction weapon that has not yet declared globally outlawed (such as biological weapons, chemical weapons, landmines and cluster bombs, and other). And this despite the nuclear disarmament was a priority of the United Nations since its birth in 1945.


The decision expressed by the majority of the countries of the UN in December is likely to be a flop. This confirms that the situation is much more serious than anyone can imagine: all countries that have nuclear weapons have no intention to deprive themselves of what experts consider “only a deterrent in case of war”: for the country that decides to use them would be enormous risk of being itself a victim of the radiation produced by these weapons. What makes these virtually unusable weapons are the consequences of what happens in a country almost always have uncontrollable effects on the entire planet (think of what happened in Fukushima and before Chernobyl ).


Persisting to renounce using or even having nuclear weapons it’s just a power game where few states are trying and demonstrate to the rest of the world they are the ones in charge.

The latest demonstration, if ever it necessary, that in recent years the actual weight of the United Nations on international policy decisions has fallen. To the point where, year after year, to be perhaps inadequate when it comes to making important decisions.



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U.N. aid chief says 'clear evidence of humanitarian need' in North KoreaThere is "very clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea, the top U.N. aid official has said during the first visit of its kind to the isolated country since 2011. U.N. Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock arrived in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on Monday, and posted a video online late on Tuesday outlining his observations after traveling to several areas in the southwest of the country. "One of the things we've seen is very clear evidence of humanitarian need here," he said in the video, posted to his official Twitter account and the U.N. website.



          Interview reveals some North Korean defectors didn’t know where they were going      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
After interviewing North Korean waitresses who worked at the North Korean Ryugyong restaurant in the Chinese city of Ningbo until they defected to South Korea in Apr. 2016, the United Nations special ..
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          North Korean Waitresses’ Defection May Have Been Forced, U.N. Official Says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The defection occurred during the presidency of Mr. Moon’s predecessor, Park Geun-hye, a conservative who was much more confrontational toward North Korea. Ms. Park was later impeached, removed from office and jailed over a corruption scandal. Her government said the group defection indicated that North Korea’s elite — which includes those citizens trusted to work […]

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North Korea seems to want to extend the “negotiations” on denuclearization.  Earnings season is about to get underway as the major banks are set to report later this week. Interesting news on the share buyback front, Brexit negotiations are in disarray, tariffs have been imposed on China – and the stock market is just fine. […]
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UN. 북한 여종업원 ‘탈북사건’ 조사 촉구  – 매니저 허씨, 폭로 통해 국정원에 의해 포섭 밝혀 – 퀸타나 보고관, ‘희생자들’의 원하는 바 존중돼야 채널뉴스아시아가 UN urges probe into North Korea waitress ‘defectors’ (UN, 북한 여종업원 “탈북자들”에 대해 조사 촉구) 라는 제목의 기사를 게재했다. 그 동안 이 사건에 대해 북한은 납치되었다고 주장하는 반면 박근혜 정권은 이들이 자유의지로 탈출했다고 ...

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          CIA says North Korea won't give up nukes, but might open a burger joint      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump continues to pursue a summit with Kim Jong Un even though the CIA casts doubt on his stated goal for the meeting, eliminating North Korea's nukes.
          "Clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea - U.N. aid chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is "very clear evidence of humanitarian need" in North Korea, the top U.N. aid official has said during the first visit of its kind to the isolated country since 2011.

          Comment on ACLU Sues Over Alleged Abuse of Immigrant Women During Transport by Ruiz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Don't worry about us "boys" since our humble opinions won't change the misguided US foreign policy that seems intent on making things worse off in those third world countries. Because this influx of illegal migrants is nothing short of blow back, the unintended consequences of US secret and overt operations. You know what we now refer to as "banana republics"? Well, hence the results and they'll keep on coming because we keep messing up with those third world countries. Heck, we've at it for a little over 100 years, so expect lots and lots of blow back. And I'm only talking about within this American continent, but we might experience worse things from our military excursions in the Middle East. Nothing happens in a vacuum, except for certain human mentalities that seem to get stuck there. But do worry about the "juvenile" who is so desperately trying to emulate that dude from North Korea and the one from the Philippines.
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You boys make this country sound just awful. Best get those Latinx women back together with those kids they crossed the border with and get them back to those diverse vibrant countries they originally came from. If they need asylum we can send them to one of ruiz’s socialist workers paradises like Cuba or North Korea.
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JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

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30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

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12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Israel shutters Gaza crossings to pressure Hamas over border violence-Netanyahu says move to be coupled with other unspecified measures, as government comes under criticism for failing to tackle scourge of blazes caused by kites and balloons-By Raoul Wootliff and Judah Ari Gross-TOI-JUL 10,18

Amid criticism over his government’s response to ongoing violence on the Gaza border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that Israel will close the Kerem Shalom border crossing that serves as the main entry point for commercial goods and humanitarian aid into the coastal enclave.“We will double our efforts against Hamas,” Netanyahu told his Likud faction meeting in the Knesset to the applause of party activists.The prime minister said that the Kerem Shalom closure will be coupled with “other measures that I won’t go into.”Speaking at his own Yisrael Beytenu party’s faction meeting, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that he had instructed the IDF “to take a number of steps” to respond to “Hamas provocations” on the border.“They will start to understand that it doesn’t work in just one direction,” he said.“We are not looking for a confrontation or for a military venture but in the way Hamas operates, the [situation] deteriorates and [Hamas] is liable to pay the full price, a much heavier price than Operation Protective Edge,” Liberman added, referring to the 2014 war with the terror organization.On Sunday it was reported that Hamas had begun returning its security forces to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, the first time the terror organization has done so since the start of deadly clashes in late March.Over the past three months, weekly clashes have taken place on the Gaza border, with Israel accusing Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks and attempt to breach the security fence. The “March of Return” protests have also seen Palestinians fly airborne incendiary devices toward Israeli territory, sparking hundreds of fires in southern Israel and causing millions of shekels in estimated damages.Immediately after Netanyahu spoke, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that Kerem Shalom wold be closed to all commercial goods into and out of the Gaza Strip.The army said humanitarian aid, notably food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza, but would require special permission from the military liaison to the Palestinians, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon.According to IDF, the idea of closing Kerem Shalom was proposed by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and was approved by Netanyahu and Liberman.The military said the closure would continue so long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.“In light of this situation in which the Hamas terror group is taking advantage of the residents of the Strip and launching incendiary and explosive kites and balloons at the communities in the Gaza periphery… these steps are being taken,” the army said.“If this phenomenon continues, these steps will continue and even get worse,” the IDF added.The only cargo crossing between Gaza and Israel has been subject to a strict blockade by both Israel and Egypt for the past 11 years, meant to prevent terrorist groups from bringing weapons into the Strip.The crossing has been closed a number of times in the past three months after sustaining damage from fires set by Palestinian protesters.Rioters first attacked the crossing on May 4. They broke through the gates and, apparently believing they were in Israeli territory, set fire to the fuel lines, according to Israeli officials. In actuality, they were on the Palestinian side of the crossing.A week later, following a violent demonstration along the border, vandals entered Kerem Shalom and significantly damaged the fuel terminal, as well as a conveyor belt used to bring raw construction materials into Gaza and two other belts used to transport animal feed.In addition to closing the crossing, the army said it was prematurely ending the temporary extension to the permitted Gaza fishing zone, which had allowed fisherman to sail up to nine miles from the coast in order to take advantage of the summer fishing season.“The fishing zone will return to a range of six miles,” the army said.The Israeli military accused the Hamas terrorist group of encouraging Palestinians to launch incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza into Israel.“The Hamas terrorist group is response for everything done in the Gaza Strip and for all the consequences of it. Hamas is dragging the residents of the Strip into the abyss,” the army said. “The IDF will continue to act as necessary to preserve the security interests of the State of Israel.Netanyahu’s announcement came after opposition leaders slammed him for what they described as a lackluster response to the border violence and kite fires.Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid told reporters earlier Monday that the prime minister wasn’t doing enough to counter airborne arson attacks.“The prime minister has a new reason why he is doing nothing in Gaza — because he is waiting for the Americans,” Lapid said at his party’s weekly faction meeting in the Knesset.“For four years he has done nothing regarding Gaza,” he continued. “He knew, we all knew that there would be a new round of violence, but he did nothing. And now the round of violence has come. Our fields are being burned.“The army needs to be given a bigger toolbox to deal with this,” Lapid said.He claimed that Netanyahu is waiting for the Trump administration to present its peace plan and has therefore not acted to stem the arson attacks from Gaza.“One who care about security does not wait for the Americans,” Lapid charged. “He acts on his own. We cannot allow them to decide for us. We need to present our own plan.”Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay told his faction meeting that in the four years that have passed since Operation Defensive Edge, Netanyahu has “failed to provide security to the people of Israel.”Speaking a day after the anniversary of the 2014 war, Gabbay said that the government’s efforts regarding Gaza since then have amounted to “nada and nothing.”“It’s clear that Netanyahu is no longer Mr. Security,” he said, referring to a nickname given to the prime minister. “Mr Security would have used the opportunity presented after the war to create a plan, to bring security, to provide us with some forward thinking. Instead: Nothing.”Gabbay also said that the fact that Netanyahu has only visited the Gaza border communities once since the recent outbreak of violence proves that he has lost touch with the needs of residents of the area.“Only someone who doesn’t see his citizens can allow himself not to care for them,” he said.

Gazans say closing crossing a ‘crime against humanity,’ vow response-After Israel announces move in response to border violence, Hamas demands international community step in, Islamic Jihad calls move 'declaration of war,'-By Adam Rasgon and TOI staff-JUL 10,18

The Hamas terror organization called Israel’s decision to close the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza a “crime against humanity” on Monday, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the move to respond to cross border violence.“Netanyahu’s approval of additional measures to intensify the siege and prevent the entry of materials and goods to Gaza is a new crime against humanity,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.Barhoum also accused the international community of being silent on “the crime of the suffocating siege on the Gaza Strip,” and called on it to take “immediate action” to end the blockade of the Strip.Kerem Shalom, the only cargo crossing between Gaza and Israel, has been subject to a strict blockade by Israel for the past 11 years that is meant to prevent terrorist groups from bringing weapons into the Strip. Egypt also tightly controls the nearby Rafah border crossing into the Sinai.The Islamic Jihad terror group said the step was a “new declaration of war” and vowed to respond.“Once again, the government of Zionist terror announces a war on the Palestinian people by intensifying its oppressive siege that has multiplied the suffering of the Palestinian people for more than 11 years,” it said in a statement.“We are coordinating with the factions and forces to evaluate all developments, including the occupation’s most recent measures, which we are dealing with as a new declaration of war on the Palestinian people,” Islamic Jihad added.Earlier, Netanyahu said Israel will be undertaking measures to pressure Hamas, including closing Kerem Shalom, the main commercial passageway between Israel and the coastal enclave.Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he had instructed the military “to take a number of steps” to respond to “Hamas provocations” on the border.“We are not looking for a confrontation or for a military venture, but in the way Hamas operates, the [situation] deteriorates and [Hamas] is liable to pay the full price, a much heavier price than Operation Protective Edge,” Liberman added, referring to the 2014 war with the terror organization.Over the past three months, weekly clashes have taken place on the Gaza border, with Israel accusing Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks and attempt to breach the security fence. The “March of Return” protests have also seen Palestinians fly airborne incendiary devices toward Israeli territory, sparking hundreds of fires in southern Israel and causing millions of shekels in estimated damages.Immediately after Netanyahu spoke, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that Kerem Shalom would be closed to all commercial goods into and out of the Gaza Strip.The army said humanitarian aid, notably food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza, but would require special permission from the military liaison to the Palestinians, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon.According to the IDF, the idea of closing Kerem Shalom was proposed by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and was approved by Netanyahu and Liberman.The military said the closure would continue as long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.The crossing has been closed a number of times in the past three months, after sustaining damage from fires set by Palestinian protesters.In addition to closing the crossing, the army said it was prematurely ending the temporary extension to the permitted Gaza fishing zone, which had allowed fisherman to sail up to nine miles from the coast in order to take advantage of the summer fishing season.Netanyahu’s announcement came after opposition leaders slammed him for what they described as a lackluster response to the border violence and kite fires.Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid told reporters earlier Monday that the prime minister was not doing enough to counter airborne arson attacks.“For four years, he has done nothing regarding Gaza,” he said. “He knew, we all knew that there would be a new round of violence, but he did nothing. And now the round of violence has come. Our fields are being burned.”He claimed that Netanyahu is waiting for the Trump administration to present its peace plan and has therefore not acted to stem the arson attacks from Gaza.Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay told his faction meeting that in the four years that have passed since the 2014 Gaza war, Netanyahu has “failed to provide security to the people of Israel.”“It’s clear that Netanyahu is no longer Mr. Security,” he said, referring to a nickname given to the prime minister. “Mr Security would have used the opportunity presented after the war to create a plan, to bring security, to provide us with some forward thinking. Instead: Nothing.”Raoul Wootliff and Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

Israel puts Palestinian TV station on terror blacklist-Hamas says designation of al-Quds channel is itself 'terror'; Arab MKs condemn move as violating freedom of speech-By Judah Ari Gross and Alexander Fulbright-TOI-JUL 10,18

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman officially designated the al-Quds television network a terrorist organization, his office said Monday, accusing the Lebanon-based outlet of being an arm of Hamas.“According to up-to-date, reliable, cross-checked and diverse intelligence, the al-Quds station is a propaganda wing of Hamas, representing a central platform for distributing the terrorist organization’s messages,” the defense minister’s office said in a statement.The idea to declare the outlet a terrorist organization was proposed by the Shin Bet security service and the Defense Ministry’s department for fighting terrorist with economic tools, Liberman’s office said.Coinciding with the move, reporters and cameramen from the channel based in Israel, as well as employees of a local production company that works with the network, were questioned by police on Monday and told to cease operations, according to the Haaretz daily.The terror designation was slammed by Hamas an act of “terror.”“The decision on the al-Quds channel is another step of terror that joins the other violent decisions Israel has taken against the Palestinian people,” a spokesperson for the group was quoted as saying by Haaretz.In a statement, the channel accused Israel of clamping down on freedom of speech and called on the Palestinian Authority to pressure Jerusalem to rescind the move. It said it would continue to work to “expose the occupation’s crimes.”A number of Arab Israeli lawmakers also condemned the blacklisting.“There is a strong betrayal here of freedom of expression. The defense minister likely wants the media to glorify the occupation and not expose its misdeeds,” Joint (Arab) List MK Ahmad Tibi said at the Knesset.The Israeli military in recent years has shuttered a number of television and radio stations operating in the West Bank over suspected incitement and ties to terror groups.Israeli leaders have spoken out repeatedly about the threat of incitement in Palestinian media, while Palestinian television programs are cited in Shin Bet interrogations of terrorists as sources of inspiration.Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.

Liberman vows ‘strong response’ if Syrian military enters Golan DMZ-Defense chief says Israel will push for 'every tiny detail' of 1974 disengagement agreement to be upheld as Syria regime marches toward border area-By TOI staff-JUL 10,18

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman threatened Syria Monday with a “strong response” should it violate a delicate decades-old ceasefire agreement on the Golan heights as it looks to reclaim pockets of rebel-held territory.Pro-regime Syrian forces have advanced toward the Israeli border in recent weeks, and Israel has called for the 1974 separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria to be upheld and the demilitarized buffer zone on the border respected.“We’ll respect the disengagement agreement from ’74 and insist on every tiny detail,” said Liberman at the start of his Yisrael Beytenu party’s weekly faction meeting. “Any violations will be met with a harsh response from the State of Israel.”Liberman also reiterated that Israel would not allow Iran to use Syria as a beachhead from which to launch attacks on Israeli territory. “Nothing has changed and nothing is new,” he said.The warning came hours after Israeli planes reportedly bombed an air base in central Syria used by Iranian militia fighters in the latest confrontation between the countries.On Friday, the Israeli military attacked a Syrian position after a mortar shell exploded in the buffer zone between the two countries, in what the military said was a violation of the 1974 agreement that ended the Yom Kippur War.The military said the mortar shell was fired during ongoing battles between Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s forces and opposition groups in the area. The army would not say if it believed the shelling from Syria was intentionally directed at the buffer zone or if it was a stray shot from nearby fighting.The Israel Defense Forces said it would continue to hold Assad’s regime responsible for upholding the 1974 ceasefire agreement between the two countries.“The IDF is not involved in the internal fighting in Syria. At the same time, it will continue to demand the implementation of the ceasefire agreements from 1974, including the preservation of the buffer zone,” the army said.Under the armistice, a demilitarized zone was established between Israel and Syria.The area’s status as a demilitarized zone has made it a de facto safe haven for residents of southern Syria. As a result, tens of thousands of Syrians began fleeing toward this buffer zone to escape a renewed offensive by Assad’s forces, with help from Russia and Iran-backed Shiite militias.Bombing raids by the Russian and Syrian air forces starting last week, along with a ground offensive, have resulted in dozens of deaths and the displacement of more than 300,000 Syrians, according to UN assessments.The tens of thousands of displaced Syrians who have made their way toward the Israeli Golan Heights have settled in overflowing, under-resourced tent cities near the border. In some cases, the displaced person camps are located a few hundred meters from the security fence, clearly visible from Israel.IDF officials have said they do not expect masses of Syrians to attempt to breach the security fence in search of refuge. Syrians in the area have called for both Israel and Jordan to open their borders or to establish safe zones where they can remain without fear of bombings by Syria or Russia.Israel, which has technically been at war with Syria since 1948, has offered humanitarian assistance to residents of the country’s southwest in the past two weeks, including taking in dozens of injured Syrians for medical treatment, but has repeatedly stated that it will not allow refugees to cross the border.Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

Egypt denies French conclusion that fire likely caused 2016 plane crash-Top prosecutor claims published report is baseless, says Egyptian investigation found traces of explosives on passengers of EgyptAir flight-By Agencies-TOI-JUL 10,18

CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt on Monday denied a report by French aviation investigators saying that a cockpit fire likely caused the crash of an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo in 2016.Egypt’s top prosecutor said in a statement Monday that the Egyptian investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 is still underway. It said the French report is “baseless,” adding that “traces of explosives were found on the remains of passengers and parts of the plane.”The French investigation agency BEA said Friday that the “most likely hypothesis” is that a fire broke out in the cockpit and “spread rapidly, resulting in loss of control.”The Airbus A320 was flying from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016, when it crashed into the southeastern Mediterranean, killing 66 people, including 40 Egyptians and 15 French citizens.French investigators had always leaned towards a mechanical fault as the cause of the crash, saying they suspected that a mobile phone or tablet had caught fire.An official Egyptian investigation suggested the plane had been bombed, claiming traces of explosives had been found on the victims’ remains. But a source close to the French investigation previously said no such traces were found by the team.The BEA said the crew could be heard discussing a fire on the cockpit voice recorder and that the plane’s automatic ACARS messaging system had flagged up smoke on board.It said it was waiting for Egypt to publish its final report into the crash to understand how the two countries arrived at a different conclusion.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Top UK diplomat Boris Johnson quits as Brexit tensions jolt government-Foreign secretary becomes the second British minister to quit in past day amid criticism from Brexiteers of May's plan for EU divorce-By Jill Lawless-TOI-JUL 10,18

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned Monday, adding to divisions over the country’s exit from the European Union that threaten to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.May’s office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson’s resignation and would name a replacement soon.Johnson, one of the best-known and most flamboyant members of the government, quit just hours after the resignation late Sunday of Brexit Secretary David Davis, the government’s top official dealing with the divorce from the EU.Davis said he could not support May’s plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the EU, which he said gave “too much away, too easily.”There was no immediate statement from Johnson, another loud pro-Brexit voice within May’s divided government.If Davis’s resignation rattled May, Johnson’s shook the foundations of her government.The resignations came just days after May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind her plan for a divorce deal with the EU.Less than nine months remain until Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019, and the EU has warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a divorce deal.Britain and the EU hope to reach broad agreement by October so that EU national parliaments can ratify a deal before Britain leaves. That timetable looks increasingly optimistic, but European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU was available “available 24/7.”Schinas said the bloc “will continue to negotiate in good will, bona fide, with Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK government negotiators in order to reach a deal.”Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister also resigned. May appointed staunchly pro-Brexit lawmaker Dominic Raab as the country’s new Brexit secretary.Before Johnson quit, May’s official spokesman, James Slack, said Britain wanted to “move forward at pace” in the negotiations.“There is now a new secretary of state and we look forward to moving on,” he said.During a 12-hour meeting on Friday, May’s fractious Cabinet — including Davis — finally agreed on a plan for future trade ties with the EU.The plan seeks to keep the UK and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.Some Brexit-supporting lawmakers are angry at the proposals, saying they will keep Britain tethered to the bloc and unable to change its rules to strike new trade deals around the world.In a resignation letter, Davis said the “‘common rule book’ policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense.”Davis also said that May’s plan “would be a risk at least of delivering a poor outcome.”His departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU. They believe the proposals breach several of the “red lines” the government has set out, including a commitment to leave the bloc’s tariff-free customs union.Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer, such as Johnson, who in the past has disagreed publicly with his boss.Davis said he did not want his resignation to become a rallying cry for May’s ouster.“I like Theresa May, I think she’s a good prime minister,” Davis said.Davis did not urge other ministers to resign, saying he was in a unique position because the Brexit secretary’s job is to sell the government’s policy.“I’d have to deliver this. I’d have to do something I didn’t believe in,” he told the BBC. “That’s not a tenable position. … Others don’t have that same responsibility.”Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers request one.But leading pro-Brexit legislator Jacob Rees-Mogg said “I don’t think a no-confidence vote is immediately in the offing.” He urged May to abandon her plans and take a tougher line with Brussels.“Friday’s announcement was turning red lines into a white flag, and David Davis has made that so clear in his resignation letter,” Rees-Mogg said.

Hooyah’ — Jubilation as boys confirmed rescued from flooded Thai cave-General in charge of rescue effort says extracting 4 remaining boys and their soccer coach could take multiple operations-By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA and STEPHEN WRIGHT-TOI-JUL 10,18

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Eight of the 12 boys trapped in a flooded and labyrinth cave system in far northern Thailand are safe and recuperating in a hospital, after another four were brought out by divers on the second day of a high-stakes rescue operation, a top official said.The boys brought out of the dark, winding cave on Monday are “safe and conscious,” said Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue effort. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting all eight in the nearby hospital that they were helicoptered to, he said.Monday’s operation began at 11 a.m. and took nine hours, two fewer than Sunday, with rescuers helped by the experience they have accumulated, Narongsak told a news conference punctuated with rounds of applause.“We have more operating personnel. And we have more expertise than yesterday,” he said.But rescuing the remaining five people, who include the boys’ 25-year-old soccer coach, could take more than one operation, Narongsak said.The urgent and dangerous effort has involved the boys diving through the cave’s tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers.The Facebook page of the Thai Navy SEALs, who have been central to the rescue operation, was updated Monday night to say “two days, eight boars” — a reference to the Wild Boars, the name of the boys’ soccer team. The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the US Navy: Hooyah.Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach from the cave as the annual monsoon bears down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province. Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits.“This morning, they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao,” he said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil, and served over rice.Still, the four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in Chiang Rai city, the provincial capital, and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives, due to fear of infections. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, Narongsak said.The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave. A massive international search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope, deep in the complex.The search and rescue operation has riveted people in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but two straight days of success raised hopes that it could be done faster.Monday’s mission involved 18 divers from Thailand and abroad.Narongsak said rescuers would meet Monday evening to plan for the next operation. “We believe that we can do even better and it will be a 100 percent success,” he said.“The divers that were assembled from many countries are proud to have conducted this operation until its success,” Narongsak said. “Some of them had gone to rest, some others are preparing for the next operation.”The perilous rescues have involved two divers accompanying each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them.Cave rescue experts have said they consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving.The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place air canisters along the passage to where the boys are, necessary for divers to safely travel the five- to six-hour route.There were several concerns that prompted authorities to move forward with the plan to dive the boys out. One was that it was unknown how safe and dry the area where they had taken shelter would stay, as Thailand’s rainy season, which lasts until at least late October, picks up pace.Another and perhaps more worrying concern was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to dangerous levels.

Meet the Regina woman about to be ordained as bishop of a church that defies Catholic doctrine-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 10, 2018

The pain from a lifetime of being told a path to priesthood didn't exist for women is the driving force behind a Regina woman's journey to becoming the Canadian bishop of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP).Jane Kryzanowski is past retirement age, and has long been inspired by the RCWP's acceptance of women in roles that the traditional Roman Catholic church doctrine rejects, and which Pope Francis has upheld.RCWP Canada is a grassroots women's ministry that ordains women priests on the basis that the Roman Catholic church currently discriminates against women."The whole thing of oppression, suppression, repression of the call of God to women in the Roman Catholic church is very, very painful," Kryzanowski told CBC's Saskatchewan Weekend.The first time she saw women priests get ordained into the RCWP was an ground-shaking moment for Kryzanowski. But up until 2012 she left it to the RCWP to lead the charge in changing women's roles in the Catholic church.That year, Kryzanowski attended a speech by Marie Bouclin, the only Canadian bishop of the RCWP. Bouclin's story felt much the same as Kryzanowski's, and led her to weep when the two talked."It was like this call I had known was there for so many years, was finally exposed again, finally broken open. But also the pain of this never having been a dream that could have been fulfilled," Kryzanowski said..Kryzanowski will take over from Bouclin when she retires later this month. But her path to becoming the new Canadian bishop has been a long and emotional one because, for decades, she bottled up what she describes as a "calling by God" to become a priest.'Who of you wants to be a priest?'Kryzanowski was in elementary school the first time she discovered that the priesthood she coveted was unattainable to women within the traditional Roman Catholic church. A priest had come into her class and asked, "Who of you wants to be a priest?"Kryzanowski's hand shot up, only for the priest to quickly say that only men become priests and that women instead become nuns.So, instead she became a nun.Kryzanowski ended up leaving the convent after eight years, then trying to reassess what her calling.She stayed on working with the Catholic church despite struggling with how it restricts the role of women."That was my spiritual home. That was where I grew up; that was what I knew," she said.In the early 2000s, Kryzanowski worked in a Regina Catholic church. She was doing almost all tasks that a priest would do — except for administering sacraments. It stung for her to not be able to do it all."The question was always, why is this?" she asked."That was very painful for me. There just was no solid theological argument that ever satisfied me when people tried to say this is why you can't be a priest."But a pivotal moment came in 2002, when she saw seven women ordained as Roman Catholic Womenpriests in Germany along the Danube River."It felt that, 'wow, the time has come for this,'" Kryzanowski said.It took another decade, and her emotional moment with Bouclin before Kryzanowski sought priesthood herself and was ordained as a priest within the RCWP.She was priest at a home church in Regina that's one of nine Catholic churches in Canada presided over by RCWPs, according to the group's website.From priest to bishop-Kryzanowski is now taking over the role of the woman who initially inspired her to take that leap of faith.The RCWP community has chosen Kryzanowski has Bouclin's replacement.Kryzanowski said her new job is to "be the pastor to the pastors." She will be a point of contact for them and their communities and support the pastors in whatever way they need.Further to that, Kryzanowski will be a voice to make the concerns of marginalized people known to a wider audience.She is already passionate about justice for women in the church, addressing abuse of women and children by clergy, and wants to make connections with the LGBTQ and Indigenous communities."People on the margins are the people where we really do reach out," Kryzanowski said, noting one of the RCWP priests serves in Vancouver's downtown East Side.Kryzanowski said she has strong women from the Bible to guide her in the pursuit of justice."This is where I am called. This is who I am and what I am to do even in my dying days," she said.

EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

DEUTORONOMY 28:22-24
22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Seismologists should watch words when talking earthquakes, paper argues-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 9, 2018

A Canadian seismologist is urging his colleagues to be more careful with their word choices when talking about earthquakes.That message is the focus of a new paper by Geological Survey of Canada seismologist Maurice Lamontagne and his co-author Christine Goulet, aptly titled: Not Everyone Likes to Hear You Say, 'Earthquakes Are Fun.'In the paper, Lamontagne and Goulet note that major seismic events can be exciting to scientists, but that they should be mindful when speaking to the public about them, because such events can often be devastating for the people experiencing them.If they don't, Lamontagne said, scientists risk hurting their credibility and alienating people."We have to show people that we care about them so that they will start listening to what we have to say about aspects like earthquake preparedness, for example," Lamontagne said."We have to remain frank, but also people can connect to you if you show empathy, not only your scientific knowledge."A world away-In the world of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, Lamontagne says earth scientists are often asked to comment about seismic events happening on the other side of the world, which can get them into trouble if they're not careful.In the paper, Lamontagne and Goulet cite such an example involving a foreign geologist who made comments on a major 2011 earthquake in New Zealand."What you say locally is communicated worldwide," Lamontagne said.But it's not just their own credibility scientists should be worried about, Lamontage says; they can combine scientific knowledge with empathy to provide not just information but emotional relief to people who have experienced trauma.Lamontagne first realized this in 1988 after an earthquake in the Saguenay region of Quebec, where he found himself attending post-earthquake meetings in person."After that I realized that, yes, we can talk about scientific aspects, but we can adapt our messages to be of greater use to the people," he said.Focus on the positives-In practical terms, Lamontange says this means verbally acknowledging the trauma of people who have experienced the earthquake in question, and reminding them of resources like counselling.In the paper, Lamontange and Goulet cite research on communicating with people under high stress.For example, people under high stress tend to remember less of what they are told, and tend to focus more on negative messages than positive ones. They recommend bearing this in mind when commenting publicly on major earthquakes."Our credibility will not be based only on the number of diplomas we have," Lamontagne said. "It will be dependent on how we can relate to how people are feeling."With files from CBC Radio One's On the Island.

Forest fire puts northeastern Ontario community under state of emergency-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 10, 2018

A forest fire has put people around the northeastern Ontario community of Temagami on evacuation alert, with residents being told to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.The fire that was sparked by a lightning strike Sunday southwest of the town has already seen the forced evacuation of 20 homes in Temagami Shores, about 100 kilometres north of North Bay. An evacuation of nearby provincial parks, including of Finlayson Point and Marten River, has also occurred.Dan O'Mara, acting mayor of Temagami, said the town has declared a state of emergency and has opened the arena in Temagami North for anyone who needs a place to stay.People don't know what to expect, he said Monday morning."I think one of the issues last night was there was a fair amount of kind of a white, smoky haze in the community," he said. "And some of the seniors, we were concerned about. And we had people out just checking in and making sure that everybody was fine."Kim Krech, co-owner of Temagami Marine on Inlet Bay, said a fire broke out Sunday about two kilometres from the business."Right now we are in an evacuation. We are not supposed to be here but I have to look out for my livelihood."She said the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry set up sprinklers on all their buildings and fire crews from Temagami and Cobalt were wetting the property around it."I'm very scared by I'm trying to stay calm," says Krech. "Not just our livelihood but those who work for us. It is a big part of  Temagami."Daniel Thompson, who owns Gramp's Place, a bait and tackle shop along Highway 11 south of Temagami, said "most people booted it for home yesterday.""Since they were camping in the area, a lot of people left."Marten River and Finlayson Point provincial parks were both evacuated Sunday.'So smoky in front of my house'-Smoke from the fire is visible at Mowatt Landing Cottages, north of Temagami.Owner Trevor Graydon has offered his cottages to people leaving from any active fires in the area."It is so smoky in front of my house, and I'm 30 kilometres from the fire," he said.​The OPP and nearby local fire departments have been working with the ministry to beat back the fire."The situation with the fire itself looked good [Sunday] night," said O'Mara. "The concern this morning is the wind and to try and maintain that. I guess there is a concern that depending on which was the wind's blowing [it] could add other issues this morning."Residents of Temagami could be asked to leave if conditions worsen, the OPP said.The ministry says the fire, started by a lightning strike, is now approximately 25 hectares in size.Highway 11 is open, but provincial police are asking people to avoid the area because of smoke.They say the highway could close at any point if visibility becomes an issue.

Torrential rains kill at least 88 in western Japan-[Reuters]-By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Issei Kato-YAHOONEWS-July 9, 2018

KURASHIKI, Japan (Reuters) - The death toll from torrential rain and landslides in western Japan rose to 88 people early on Monday, with dozens still missing after the rescue of more than 2,000 stranded in the city of Kurashiki.Evacuation orders were in place for nearly 2 million people and landslide warnings were issued in many prefectures.In hard-hit western Japan, emergency services and military personnel used helicopters and boats to rescue people from swollen rivers and buildings, including a hospital.Scores of staff and patients, some still in their pajamas, were rescued from the isolated Mabi Memorial Hospital in boats rowed by members of Japan's Self Defence Forces.A city official said late on Sunday that 170 patients and staff had been evacuated, while public broadcaster NHK later said about 80 people were still stranded."I'm most grateful to the rescuers," said Shigeyuki Asano, a 79-year-old patient who spent a night without electricity or water. "I feel so relieved that I am now liberated from such a bad-smelling, dark place."Kurashiki, with a population of just under 500,000, was among the hardest hit by rains that pounded many parts of western Japan, with the death toll exceeding the 77 killed in heavy rains and landslides in 2014 and the highest since a typhoon that killed 98 people in 2004.Television footage showed a massive rescue operation, with 2,310 rescued in the city by evening, according to NHK, while search-and-rescue teams looked for others.LANDSLIDES-The overall death toll from the rains in Japan rose to at least 88 after floodwaters forced several million people from their homes, NHK reported early on Monday.An additional 58 were missing, NHK said, and more rain was set to hit some areas for at least another day.The rain set off landslides and flooded rivers, trapping many people in their houses or on rooftops."This is a situation of extreme danger," an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), told a news conference.A 3-year-old girl whose home was hit by a landslide in Hiroshima prefecture was found dead by a search team."It's very painful," said one elderly man watching nearby. "I have a granddaughter the same age. If it were her, I wouldn't be able to stop crying."Japan's government set up an emergency management center at the prime minister's office and some 54,000 rescuers from the military, police and fire departments were dispatched across a wide swath of western and southwestern Japan.-'SUDDEN DISASTER'-"There are still many people missing and others in need of help, we are working against time," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday morning.Two sisters from an elementary school of just six pupils on the small island of Nuwa in Ehime prefecture were among the dead. The younger, a first-grader, was a star and the hope of the depopulated island, the principal told NHK."It was such a sudden disaster, I just cannot come to grips with it," the principal said.Emergency warnings for severe rain in 11 prefectures - the most since a new warning system was introduced in 2013 - had been lifted by evening, but advisories for heavy rain and landslides remained in effect in many areas.TV footage showed convenience stores with shelves mostly bare while elsewhere, residents lined up to receive water. Some 276,000 households were without water supply, Kyodo said.Roads were closed and train services suspended in parts of western Japan, while Shinkansen bullet-train services resumed on a limited schedule after being suspended on Friday.The rain began late last week as the remnants of a typhoon fed into a seasonal rainy front.Automakers including Mazda Motor Corp <7261 .t="#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000"> and Daihatsu Motor Co suspended operations at several plants on Saturday and had yet to decide on plans for the coming week.Electronics maker Panasonic Corp <6752 .t="#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000"> said one plant in Okayama, western Japan, could not be reached because of road closures, although it had been closed for the weekend anyway. A decision about next week would be made on Monday, it said.(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka and Issei Kato; Additional reporting by Junko Fujita, Makiko Yamazaki, Maki Shiraki and William Mallard; Writing by Elaine Lies and Linda Sieg; Editing by Darren Schuettler, Jason Neely and Peter Cooney)

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Turkey’s Erdogan begins new term with enhanced powers-Turkish president to be feted at his palace by leaders of Venezuela, Sudan and Qatar a day after mass purge of state employees-By Raziye AKKOC and Stuart Williams-TOI-JUL 10,18

ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for his second term as head of state on Monday, taking on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades under a new system condemned by opponents as a one-man regime.Erdogan, who has transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule by allowing Islam a greater role in public life and boosting its international stature, took his oath in parliament for a five-year term after his June election victory.“I swear upon my honor before the great Turkish nation that I will work impartially to fulfill the duty I have taken on,” Erdogan said in his oath.The inauguration was to be followed by a lavish ceremony at his palace on Monday evening attended by dozens of world leaders marking the transition to the new executive presidency system.Erdogan will face immediate challenges posed by an imbalanced if fast-growing economy and foreign policy tensions between the West and Turkey, a NATO member.He has also pledged to end the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed July 2016 coup and which has seen the biggest purge in the history of modern Turkey.In what appeared to be the final emergency decree issued just one day before the inauguration, 18,632 public sector employees were ordered dismissed including thousands of soldiers and police officers.Erdogan will this week immediately turn to foreign policy, visiting northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan followed by more challenging encounters at a NATO summit in Brussels where he will meet his US counterpart Donald Trump and other leaders.One-man regime’-The new system, which dispenses with the office of prime minister, was agreed in a bitterly fought 2017 referendum narrowly won by the “Yes” camp. The issue is still polarizing in Turkey.“A partisan one-man regime starts officially today,” said the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.Its commentator Asli Aydintasbas wrote: “I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that we entered a ‘second republic’ era,” after the republic set up by Turkey’s secular founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.But the pro-government daily Yeni Safak wrote under the headline “historic day”: “One page is closing in Turkish history and a new page is opening.”The president now sits at the top of a vertical power structure marked by a slimmed-down government with 16 ministries instead of 26 and multiple bodies reporting to him.In one of the most significant changes, the EU affairs ministry, set up in 2011 to oversee Turkey’s faltering bid to join the bloc, is being subsumed into the foreign ministry.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now goes down in history as the 27th and final holder of the post in Turkey. He is expected to become speaker of the new parliament.-‘Leader of multi-polar world’-The transition ceremony later Monday, to be attended by some 10,000 guests and marked by dozens of gun salutes, has been overshadowed by a deadly train derailment in northwest Turkey on Sunday that left 24 dead.Those attending will include Ankara’s top allies from Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union but relatively few European figures.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will attend, in a new sign of the warm ties between Ankara and Moscow, as will Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, regarded with disdain by Washington but an ally of Erdogan.Tweeting a video apparently showing himself driving to the airport, Maduro hailed Erdogan as a “friend of Venezuela and leader of the new multi-polar world.”Tenemos las mejores relaciones de cooperación diplomática y económica con el hermano pueblo de Turquía para el bienestar de nuestros pueblos. https://t.co/SeDDvikBk2 pic.twitter.com/RwYWYzI4Tf— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) July 9, 2018-Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is on the guest list as is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar, Turkey’s closest ally in the Middle East. The only EU leaders are set to be Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Hungary’s strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban.-‘Surprise cabinet’-The new cabinet, due to be announced Monday evening, is expected to have a different look, with pro-government Hurriyet daily columnist Abdulkadir Selvi saying that it was set to “surprise” with figures from outside the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).Current Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu could in theory continue in his job but reports have said Erdogan may choose his spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, or even spy chief Hakan Fidan to succeed him.The markets will keep a close eye on economic appointments, keen to see a steady hand at the helm in a fast-growing economy dogged by double-digit inflation and a widening current account deficit.Erdogan, who first came to power as premier in 2003, won an outright victory in June 24 polls, defeating his closest rival, Muharrem Ince of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) which is now locked in internal battles over its future direction.The AKP failed to win a majority in legislative elections and will need support from its allies in the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) who could push it into more hardline policies.

Harsh words may mean North Korea seeking deal with Trump-US officials were surprised at fiery statement from Pyongyang following bilateral talks, but many see it as a negotiating tactic-By KEN MORITSUGU-TOI-JUL 10,18

TOKYO, Japan (AP) — North Korea’s vitriolic criticism of the United States following a first round of nuclear negotiations went out of its way to spare one person: US President Donald Trump.In a statement issued just hours after the two-day talks finished on Saturday, North Korea accused the US side of a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,” then added, “We still cherish our good faith in President Trump.”On one level, the sheen of last month’s Singapore summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with broad smiles and handshakes, has yet to wear off. But on another, North Korea may be betting that Trump, the real estate developer-turned-president, will be more willing than his negotiators to ease off his administration’s hard-line positions to make a deal.It fell to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to get the talks going last week. The mood appeared cordial, even jovial, during his two days in Pyongyang. He and the head of the North Korean negotiating team, Kim Yong Chol, cracked jokes during a working dinner, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. On the airport tarmac Saturday before he left, Pompeo sounded positive, saying “we made progress on almost all of the central issues.”So it came as some surprise when North Korea’s state news agency fired out a late-night missive blasting the talks, warning that “we may be shaken in our unshakeable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust.”The statement was widely seen as a negotiating tactic to put the US on the back foot as talks get underway. It also underscores crucial gaps in how the US and North Korea define denuclearization and see the path forward. Unless they can close those gaps, the whole effort may be doomed.The 1,200-word statement, attributed to an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman, outlined North Korean thinking at length.It said North Korea put forth several constructive proposals, including a declaration formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War, which it called “the first process of defusing tension.” The statement called for a series of simultaneous actions from both sides, including exchanges to improve relations, the dismantling of a North Korean missile-engine testing ground and talks to return the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War.Pompeo acknowledged at a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday that a peace treaty, security assurances for North Korea and denuclearization should be pursued in parallel, but it’s the last item that has been the clear focus of US efforts and its overriding goal: The elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons in a way that can be verified by outside experts.North Korea hasn’t said publicly what security assurances it would need to get rid of its nuclear weapons, but in the past they have included the withdrawal of the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea and an end to US-South Korean military drills.Trump suspended some upcoming joint drills in a goodwill gesture after his summit with Kim, causing some consternation among experts about the impact on both countries’ military readiness. North Korea, in its post-Pompeo talks statement, played down the importance of the move, describing it as a “highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact in its previously held positions.”Suspending the drills cannot be compared, the statement said, with North Korea’s irreversible destruction of an underground nuclear testing site — though some US analysts have questioned the importance of that move, which was more symbolic than anything else given the relative ease with which new tunnels could be dug and the progress North Korea has already made in developing explosive nuclear devices.Perception gaps? Negotiating points? The larger question is whether North Korea really intends to surrender its nuclear weapons entirely. Some analysts think North Korea is trying to drag out talks in hopes that the US will come around to accepting it as a nuclear weapons state, perhaps in a limited form that couldn’t threaten the US mainland directly.That’s where Trump comes in. Pompeo said in Tokyo that the US and its allies remain committed to the goal of a fully verified, final denuclearization of North Korea. But for political considerations, including the fight for control of Congress in November elections, would Trump make a deal? If not, his high-stakes North Korea gambit could join a long list of failed nuclear deals with Pyongyang.

Kremlin says ‘absurd’ to link it to UK woman’s death from nerve agent-Presidential spokesman dismisses suggestion by Russian envoy to OPCW that poisoning meant to derail Trump-Putin summit-By AFP-TOI-JUL 10,18

MOSCOW, Russia — The Kremlin on Monday said it would be “absurd” to suggest Russia was involved in the death of a British woman exposed to the Novichok nerve agent.“We don’t know that Russia has been mentioned or associated with this,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “We consider that in any case it would be quite absurd.”It was the Kremlin’s first reaction to the poisoning of two British citizens exposed to Novichok near Salisbury in England, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in March.That poisoning sparked a tense diplomatic row between London and Moscow.Peskov added that “we of course very much regret the death of the British citizen.”Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were taken to hospital last weekend from a house in the town of Amesbury, around 12 kilometers (eight miles) from Salisbury, and were found to have been exposed to Novichok.Police announced Sturgess’s death on Sunday.Russia is “deeply concerned by the continuing appearance of these poisonous substances on British territory,” which “present a danger not just for the British but for all Europeans,” Peskov said.Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent that was developed in the Soviet Union.Both the Skripals have now been released from hospital and are living in a secret location.Putin has said that if a military-grade nerve agent had been used against them, the victims would have died.Peskov on Monday denied a suggestion by Russia’s representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin that the incident appeared to be designed to damage preparations for a meeting between Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki this mont
          ABBAS ADVISER COMPARES ISRAELI SECURITY AT TEMPLE MOUNT TO NAZISM-INQUISITION.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Large fire caused by kite sent from Gaza rages outside Israeli kibbutz-Nine firefighting teams, 4 planes said participating in efforts to douse flames; second fire reported in area-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

Two fires blazed near Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip Saturday afternoon, caused by incendiary kites flown into Israel from the territory.A large fire was raging near Kibbutz Or Haner, Channel 10 news reported. Nine firefighting teams were at the scene, with the support of four firefighting aircraft.A second fire was reported near Kibbutz Nir Am.Officials said there was no current danger to the communities themselves.Recent months have seen an uptick in violence at the Gaza border, with weekly violent Palestinian protests, ongoing rocket attacks, and the new phenomenon of incendiary kites and balloons flown over the border, sometimes at a rate of several dozen each day.The incendiary devices have sparked near-daily fires that have burned thousands of acres of farmland, parks, and forests. Some have been found connected to explosive devices.On Friday police launched a campaign urging children to stay away from any unknown kites, balloons, or drones they may find on the ground this summer.On Friday thousands of Israelis took part in a rally near Gaza calling for the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers held by Hamas.Some 4,000 people took part in the Israeli event, waving Israeli flags and flying blue kites in a peaceful counter to the flaming airborne devices launched at Israel in recent months from Gaza.Separately Friday, a few thousand Palestinians participated in the weekly “March of Return” protests on the Gaza border. One was reported killed when a device he was holding exploded.

Abbas adviser compares Israeli security at Temple Mount to Nazism, Inquisition-Mahmoud Habbash laments restrictions on Muslim access to Al-Aqsa Mosque: 'Are they trying to do to others what was done to them?'-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

A religious affairs adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas compared Israel’s security measures for Muslims at the Temple Mount compound to those employed against Jews during the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust.In remarks last week on Palestine TV, Mahmoud Habbash lamented restrictions on access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits on the holy site known in Arabic as Haram al-Sharif.“There are roadblocks, restrictions, closure of the gates, road closures, and age restrictions… People who are under 40 years of age are not allowed to pray,” Habbash said, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.“Dear God! What is this? What historical age are we living in?” said Habbash, also the PA’s supreme Sharia judge. “In the days of the Inquisition? Are they trying to do to others what was done to them in the ghettos, in the Inquisition courts, or in the Nazi courts? Is this or is this not the Inquisition?”“It is an Israeli Zionist Inquisition, which is trying to violate one’s human dignity, and the dignity of religious belief and of human faith in God,” the PA official concluded.The Temple Mount houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, and is considered Islam’s third holiest site. It is the holiest place in Judaism, revered by Jews as the location of the Jewish Temples.Under the present arrangement instituted by Israel after it captured Jerusalem’s Old City in 1967, the site remains under Jordan’s religious custodianship. Jews are allowed to visit the compound under the existing arrangements but are barred from religious worship or prayer.Israel does not restrict access for Muslims in Israel, including East Jerusalem, to the site. It has sometimes closed the area to men under 40 at times of high security alert, but has not done so recently. It does routinely maintain restrictions on West Bank Palestinians entering the country, amid its overall security procedures.Israel and Jordan signed a peace accord in 1994, but relations have long been cold.Last July the holy site became the focus of a major crisis between Israeli authorities, Palestinians, and Jordan over security measures taken at the entrances to the compound. Metal detectors and cameras were installed following a deadly attack in which three Arab Israelis emerged from the site and shot dead two Israeli police officers using weapons that had been smuggled onto the Temple Mount. The upgraded security measures were all ultimately removed.Early last year Habbash warned that the Trump administration’s plans — since realized — to move the US embassy to Jerusalem were “a declaration of war on all Muslims.”

Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists in a selfie-Days after calling God 'stupid,' controversial Philippine president implores heavily Catholic nation to produce photographic evidence of the divine-By AP-JUL 9,18-TOI

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists.President Rodrigo Duterte, who has had a thorny relationship with the church, questioned anew in a speech late Friday some of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which he said taints even innocent infants and can only be removed through baptism in a church for a fee.“Where is the logic of God there?” Duterte asked in a speech at the opening of a science and technology event in southern Davao city.The 73-year-old leader said that if there’s “one single witness” who can prove, perhaps with a picture or a selfie that a human was “able to talk [with] and to see God,” he will immediately resign.Duterte, however, suggested that there must be a God or a supreme being that prevents billions of stars and celestial bodies from colliding in a frequency that could have long threatened the human race.Last week, he was slammed, including by some of his political allies, for calling God “stupid” in another speech, with one Catholic bishop calling him a “psychopath.”Duterte lamented in that speech that Adam and Eve’s sin in Christian theology resulted in all the faithful falling from divine grace.“Who is this stupid God? This son of a bitch is then really stupid,” he said last week. “You were not involved but now you’re stained with an original sin … What kind of a religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept, very stupid proposition.”Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV shot back at Duterte by describing him as “one evil man” and his remarks as “very much consistent with the deceitfulness, heartlessness, and ruthlessness of his policies.Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has defended his remarks, saying Duterte has the right to express his opinion on religion and cited the president’s previous disclosure that he was once sexually abused by a priest.Duterte on Friday recalled that experience, when he said he and other students were fondled by a foreign Jesuit priest, who has since died.Amid the criticisms, officials have arranged a meeting between Duterte and the head of the largest association of Catholic bishops on Monday. Filipino bishops opened an annual conference in Manila Saturday and were expected to address Duterte’s tirades when they conclude their meeting on Monday.Some Catholic bishops have been critical of Duterte’s brutal crackdown against illegal drugs, which have left thousands of suspects dead in reported clashes with the police, along with his vulgar and expletive-laden speeches. He once called Pope Francis a “son of a bitch” for sparking a monstrous traffic jam during a 2015 visit in Manila that trapped Duterte for hours.

Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash, French investigators say-Information acquired from flight recorders suggests blaze broke out and spread rapidly, 'causing the loss of control of the aircraft'; officials suspect phone or tablet to blame-By AFP-TOI-JUL 9,18

French investigators said Friday a cockpit fire likely caused the 2016 EgyptAir MS804 crash that claimed the lives of 66 passengers and crew, contradicting Egyptian authorities who said explosives traces were found on the victims’ remains.France’s civil aviation accident bureau, known by its French acronym BEA, said that information gleaned from the flight recorders suggested that “a fire broke out in the cockpit while the plane was at cruising altitude and the fire spread rapidly, causing the loss of control of the aircraft.”The Airbus A320 was flying from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016 when it crashed into the southeastern Mediterranean, killing 66 people, including 40 Egyptians and 15 French citizens.French investigators had always leaned towards a mechanical fault as the cause of the crash, saying they suspected that a mobile phone or tablet had caught fire.An official Egyptian investigation suggested the plane had been bombed, claiming traces of explosives had been found on the victims’ remains. But a source close to the French investigation previously said no such traces were found by the team.The BEA said the crew could be heard discussing a fire on the cockpit voice recorder and that the plane’s automatic ACARS messaging system had flagged up smoke on board.It said it was waiting for Egypt to publish its final report into the crash to understand how the two countries arrived at a different conclusion.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Pope denounces ‘complicit silence’ on Mideast attacks against Christians-Francis and Orthodox patriarchs pray for peace in region 'covered by dark clouds of war, violence and destruction'-By Trisha Thomas and Nicole Winfield-TOI-JUL 9,18

BARI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the “complicit silence” that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, during a remarkable gathering Saturday of Orthodox patriarchs and Catholic leaders united in praying for peace in the region.Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the symbolically rich Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a bridge between East and West and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox world.Francis greeted the patriarchs outside the Basilica of St. Nicholas and together they descended to the crypt to pray before the relics and light a flame for peace symbolizing the unity of Christians.For years, the Vatican has voiced concern about the plight of Christians driven from Mideast communities that date to the time of Christ. Just last week, Francis decried intensified attacks in southern Syria that killed scores of people and forced tens of thousands to flee.In his opening prayer, Francis said the Middle East represented the source of Christianity, where ancient Christian rites and heritage are preserved and where “our very souls are rooted.”And yet, in recent years the region has been “covered by dark clouds of war, violence and destruction, instances of occupation and varieties of fundamentalism, forced migration and neglect,” he said.“All this has taken place amid the complicit silence of many,” he lamented. “The Middle East has become a land of people who leave their own lands behind.”In a prayer service punctuated by haunting Arabic chant and Catholic hymn, Francis said the Orthodox and Catholic leaders wanted to give voice to those who have none.“Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,” he said. “For the Middle East today is weeping, suffering and silent as others trample upon those lands in search of power or riches.”Among the patriarchs on hand was the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, as well as patriarchs from ancient churches of Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem. Notably absent from the gathering was Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has been a strong supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria. Kirill sent his deputy, Metropolitan Hilarion.

Spain emerges as EU's new weak link for Africa migration-[Reuters]-By Sonya Dowsett, Ahmed Eljechtimi and Gabriela Baczynska-YAHOONEWS-July 9, 2018

TARIFA, Spain/RABAT/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa, an influx that European Union officials fear could exacerbate political tensions across the region over migration.Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Spain in the first five months of this year, almost as many as arrived there in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to Italy.The surge has intensified in recent weeks as Italy's new government shut its ports to most asylum-seekers, rescue officials say.With the EU struggling to contain dissent over migration policy, some officials in Brussels say they worry that Spain could become a new flash-point, even as overall numbers of arrivals into Europe from Africa are in sharp decline."We must not let it blow up," an EU diplomat said.He said the Morocco-Spain route had been kept under control for years. "It's not dramatic for now, but we are keeping an eye on this one."Spain's new socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, has been welcoming, and accepted two boat-loads of asylum-seekers denied port entry by Italy even as the number of boats from Morocco also rose.The asylum-seekers are arriving in mostly inflatable boats each week, often without enough fuel for the crossing, straining Spain's coastguard. Madrid is training more lifeguards to deal with the rising numbers, coastguard union officials say.People-smugglers in Morocco use a rights activist to contact the coastguard, advising it when boats set off for Spain, said coastguard official Oriol Estrada."The people traffickers know that the lifeguards are going to come for them," said Estrada, whose vessel has rescued around 1,200 people so far this year, more than 80 percent of its total for 2017."They call to say that a certain boat has left such-and-such a coast at a certain time with however many people. They even give the names of those aboard."A similar situation developed off Libya before Rome's recent crackdown, prompting Italy's ruling League party to accuse rescue ships of running a "taxi service".-'I WANT TO GO TO EUROPE'-Rescue officials working in the Strait of Gibraltar say more Asian migrants from countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also crossing, another sign that smuggling networks are focusing more of their efforts on Spain.Morocco is a destination in itself for those fleeing poverty and violence in sub-Saharan Africa, but it has become more of a stepping stone as people determined to reach Europe realize the Libya-Italy route may be worse than futile, refugees say."In Libya I saw migrants being fired at with live ammunition. A friend of mine was killed in front of my eyes by a Libyan teenager," said Guinea migrant Oumar Dialo, who tried and failed to reach Europe via Libya before ending up in Morocco."I would never recommend Libya even to my enemy."Speaking in Rabat, Dialo said he had tried to reach Spain by crossing a fence on the border of Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta, but fell and broke his leg. He said he would try to reach Spain again when the time was right, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional roller-skater."I want to go to Europe because I want to help my family and become a professional roller," he said.Morocco said it was boosting efforts to counter illegal immigration this summer, the busiest time for sea crossings."Morocco is committed to cooperating with its partners in the fight against illegal migration," government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said.EU officials in Brussels are struggling to agree on a joint response to migration to calm tensions in Italy and Germany. Leaders signaled their concerns over Spain last week when they reached a new accord on the issue, pledging to support Madrid and Morocco to stem the tide.A Spanish government spokesman told Reuters the arrivals trend started more than a year ago and was not a result of any one factor. He added Spain is pushing for policy in Europe to be harmonized, however.There are early signs that Sanchez might feel political pressure to toughen his approach if the influx continues to pick up speed.Fernando Maura, foreign policy spokesman for the center-right opposition Ciudadanos party, said the prime minister's current approach risked creating a "pull factor"."When you send out a signal of this kind, it could well be received by those who want to come to Europe," he said.(This story was corrected to delete reference to record year in paragraph two.)(Additional reporting by Steve Scherer in ROME; Editing by Mark Bendeich and Sonya Hepinstall)

EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

DEUTORONOMY 28:22-24
22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

38 dead, nearly 50 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan-People flee to rooftops and balconies, waving furiously at hovering rescue helicopters-By YURI KAGEYAMA-TOI-JUL 9,18

TOKYO (AP) — Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, with local media casualty reports climbing quickly. Public broadcaster NHK said 38 people were dead, four were injured seriously, and 47 were missing.Television footage showed a residential area in Okayama prefecture seeped in brown water spreading like a huge lake. Some people fled to rooftops and balconies and waved furiously at hovering rescue helicopters.Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide died, and six others were missing. Evacuation orders had been issued to more than 360,000 people, the prefecture said in a statement.Throughout the affected areas, parked cars sat in pools of water. NHK TV said water had reached as high as 5 meters (16 feet) in the worst-hit areas.Kyodo news service, which put the death tally at 34 people, said one death was in a landslide in Hiroshima, which had set off a fire, while the body of a child was found in another area. NHK said a woman died in her home in Hiroshima when it got buried in a mudslide.Assessing overall casualties was a challenge because of the widespread damage. NHK repeatedly urged those awaiting rescue to not lose hope.In Ehime prefecture, a woman was found dead on the second floor of a home hit by a landslide, Kyodo said. Also in Ehime, two elementary-school girls and their mother, who got sucked into a mudslide, were rescued but their hearts weren’t beating, it said.Kyoto prefecture said it was working to control flooding at several dams and identified one fatality as a 52-year-old woman.Military water trucks were rushing to areas where water systems were no longer working, Okayama prefecture said. Troops in camouflage outfits helped people and pets reach dry land on small military boats.Evacuation orders or advisories were sent for 4.72 million people, and 48,000 members of the Self-Defense Forces, police, and firefighters were mobilized for search missions, according to Kyodo.

Recovery divers in Thai boat disaster confronted by underwater tomb-Volunteers leading grim task of retrieving bodies of 41 Chinese tourists from sunken vessel, including mothers still clutching their infants-By Elizabeth Law-TOI-JUL 9,18

PHUKET, Thailand (AFP) — A scene of horror in the hull of a sunken boat: mothers still holding babies, their bodies suspended in water as the lower lounge of the Phoenix became a tomb in one of Thailand’s worst ever sea disasters.At least 41 people died — all Chinese tourists — when the Phoenix went down in rough seas on Thursday.Fifteen people are still missing but two days later flickers of hope for miracle survivals are all but extinguished.While some 48 passengers and crew managed to flee the sinking vessel by jumping into the sea or mounting life rafts, many were trapped in the main lounge as the pleasure boat plummeted 40 meters into the Andaman Sea.“It’s difficult… it’s traumatic… as you can imagine when you find dead bodies, children, kids, in the arms of the mother in the wreck,” said Philippe Entremont, the manager of a Phuket dive shop who was helping coordinate the underwater search.“But now the best thing to do for us, our job is to find the bodies and bring them back to the families,” the Frenchman added.Dozens of rescuers — including volunteers and recreational divers — have scoured the waters for two days, in an area known for its reefs.Most of Thailand’s diving experts have been diverted to the north to a rescue operation at a flooded cave where 12 schoolboys have been trapped for two weeks.That left volunteers in Phuket leading the grim task of trying to retrieve bodies from the sunken vessel.Entremont said those going down are specially trained to dive at depth — the boat has sunk to about 47 meters.South African Dominic Robnik, who has been involved in the search on both days, called the scenes “very, very sad.”“There was a lot of debris, shoes, glass, and even personal belongings, so we had to navigate through all that,” he said.Divers were positioned every five meters so recovered bodies were slowly passed up to the surface, Robnik said, adding that he had helped move at least six bodies.One body has been particularly hard to retrieve after it was trapped by the sunken boat, the divers said, adding that they were ready to bring in specialized equipment.But late Saturday afternoon, the underwater search was stopped with the Thai navy taking over the operation.The bodies would “surface naturally” according to Rear Admiral Charoenphone Khumrasee.It is the grim reality of boat disasters, said Entremont.“Maybe in a few days’ time we’ll find them on a beach somewhere drifting away.”

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

North Korea says talks with Pompeo were ‘regrettable’-Pyongyang accuses Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure it into abandoning its nukes even as the US describes the meetings as 'productive'-By ANDREW HARNIK and Matthew Lee-TOI-JUL 9,18

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that high-level talks with a US delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were “regrettable” and accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes.The North’s statement came hours after Pompeo wrapped up two days of talks with senior North Korean officials without meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but with commitments for new discussions on denuclearization and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.Before departing Pyongyang, Pompeo told reporters that his conversations with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol had been “productive,” conducted “in good faith,” and that “a great deal of progress” had been made in some areas. He stressed that “there’s still more work to be done” in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides have set up to deal with specific issues.The North provided a much harsher assessment of the talks, saying that the United States betrayed the spirit of last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim by making “one-sided and robber-like” demands on “CVID,” or the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.It said the outcome of the follow-up talks was “very concerning” because it has led to a “dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm.”“We had expected that the US side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders’ summit … we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures,” an unnamed spokesman of Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.“However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting [between the countries] was no doubt regrettable,” the spokesman said.Pompeo said that a Pentagon team would be meeting with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working level talks would be held soon on the destruction of North Korea’s missile engine testing facility.In the days following his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, President Donald Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress.Pompeo, however, said that more talks were needed on both.“We now have a meeting set up for July 12 — it could move by one day or two — where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains. [It] will take place at the border and that process will begin to develop over the days that follow,” he said as he boarded his plane for Tokyo.On the destruction of the missile engine plant, Pompeo said, “We talked about what the modalities would look like for the destruction of that facility as well, and some progress there as well, and then we have laid out a path for further negotiation at the working level so the two teams can get together and continue these discussions.”Earlier, Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol both said they needed clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula that Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to in Singapore. The trip was Pompeo’s third to Pyongyang since April and his first since the summit.Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs during which he has met with Kim Jong Un, Pompeo spent the night at a government guesthouse in Pyongyang and did not see the North Korean leader, although US officials had suggested such a meeting was expected. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said no meeting with Kim Jong Un had been planned.As they began their talks on Saturday, Kim Yong Chol alluded to the fact that Pompeo and his delegation had stayed overnight in Pyongyang.“We did have very serious discussions on very important matters yesterday,” Kim said. “So, thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well last night.”Pompeo, who spoke with Trump, national security adviser John Bolton, and White House chief of staff John Kelly by secure phone before starting Saturday’s session, replied that he “slept just fine.” He added that the Trump administration was committed to reaching a deal under which North Korea would denuclearize and realize economic benefits in return.Kim later said that “there are things that I have to clarify” to which Pompeo responded that “there are things that I have to clarify as well.”There was no immediate explanation of what needed to be clarified, but the two sides have been struggling to specify what exactly “denuclearization” would entail and how it could be verified to the satisfaction of the United States.Pompeo and Kim met for nearly three hours Friday and then had dinner amid growing skepticism over how serious Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translating the upbeat rhetoric following his summit with Trump into concrete action.On his flight to Pyongyang, Pompeo said both sides made commitments at the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearization of North Korea and on what a transformed relationship between their two countries might look like.One hoped-for breakthrough on this trip would have been the return of the remains of US troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korea committed at last month’s summit to the “immediate repatriation” of remains already identified, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal, monitor says-Calm reported in Daraa region Saturday as sides finalize truce; regime troops celebrate recapture of border crossing with Jordan-By Agencies-TOI-JUL 9,18

Thousands of displaced Syrians were heading home Saturday after rebels and the government reached a ceasefire deal in the south following more than two weeks of deadly bombardment, a monitor said.Under the agreement announced Friday after talks between rebels and regime ally Moscow, opposition fighters will hand over territory and heavy weapons in Daraa province near the Jordanian border.The Russia-backed regime offensive has displaced around 320,000 people since June 19, the United Nations says, including tens of thousands who fled south to the sealed border with Jordan.Calm reigned over the region on Saturday as the two sides finalized the ceasefire deal, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.“People have started to return to their homes since yesterday, taking advantage of the calm,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.“More than 20,000 people have set off for home so far, heading to areas for which an accord has been reached in the southeastern Daraa countryside,” he said.But others “are scared to return to regime-controlled areas, fearing their children will be arrested,” Abdel Rahman said.The accord follows a string of similar deals with rebels for other areas of Syria, which have seen the regime retake more than 60 percent of the country, according to the Observatory.A government takeover of Daraa would be a symbolic victory for President Bashar Assad as the province was the cradle of the uprising against him seven years ago that led to civil war.More than 150 civilians have been killed in the regime bombing campaign on Daraa since June 19, the Observatory says.Under Friday’s deal, rebels are expected to hand over their heavy weapons, while those who reject the agreement will be bused with their families to the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, state media has said.Government forces will also take over “all observation posts along the Syrian-Jordanian border,” it said Friday, hours after the regime regained control of the vital Nassib border crossing with Jordan.Syrian soldiers celebrated the recapture of the main border crossing with Jordan Saturday, raising portraits of Assad and tearing down rebel flags.Troops captured the Naseeb border crossing a day earlier. State-run Ikhbariya TV showed troops at the crossing, some flashing victory signs and pumping fists in the air as they shouted pro-Assad slogans. A soldier could be seen hoisting the Syrian flag on top of a watchtower. Another tore down the rebel flag from a building.One officer told the TV outlet that troops have taken up positions along the border with Jordan and are removing illegal crossing points.“We have ended their existence,” he said of the rebels. “They have no future anymore, God willing.”State-run news agency SANA said the army deployed at the crossing after combing and clearing it of the remnants of “terrorist groups.” It said Syrian army units have also established control over the town of Nuaima in the past 24 hours.The rebels seized control of the crossing in 2015, severing a lifeline for Syrian exports and disrupting a trade route between Syria and Jordan, Lebanon and the oil-rich Gulf countries.The rebels in southern Syria once received significant backing and support from the US that has receded and all but dried up over the past few years. Although the US government negotiated a deescalation agreement for southern Syria last year, it has remained silent as Assad’s forces marched onto Daraa in the past two weeks.The government’s offensive near the Israeli border began on June 19, and is now expected to turn more forcefully toward retaking Quneitra, potentially setting up a clash between Israel and Hezbollah and Iran unless they agree to stay away from the area as Israel demands.

Israeli spy firm targeted NGOs tied to Soros before Hungary election — report-Agents for secretive intel company obtained recordings later used by PM Viktor Orban to claim Jewish billionaire is trying to take control of the country, POLITICO reports-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

Secretive Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube was hired to engage in a campaign to discredit local NGOs, along with individuals connected to Jewish billionaire George Soros, ahead of Hungary’s presidential election earlier this year, POLITICO reported Friday.Recordings made by operatives of the Tel Aviv-based company were then used by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to attack rights groups and Soros himself in the days leading up to his landslide election victory in April, the report said.The magazine cited a former employee of the firm as well as an individual with knowledge of the organization who both confirmed the details. It provided numerous pieces of evidence backing up its claim, including addresses and names of fake individuals and companies used in the operation which Black Cube has used in the past.Politico said operatives for the company met with officials from local civil rights groups under false pretenses and identities, and made compromising recordings of those officials.Recordings included statements on efforts to lobby foreign governments to pressure Hungary against legislation cracking down on those NGOs. These were leaked to The Jerusalem Post and the state newspaper Magyar Idok, which both published stories on the issues.Orban himself used them in claiming enemies inside and outside Hungary were attempting to gain control of the country.“Soros’s people will be installed in government — this is what the ‘Soros Leaks’ recordings tell us,” Orban said in one interview before the election, in quotes provided by POLITICO.“If Soros’s people have influence in government, they will occupy the Hungarian energy sector and the banking system. And the Hungarian people will pay the price for that.”It is not known who hired Black Cube to allegedly conduct the operation. The report’s two sources were unable to confirm whether the money the Israeli firm was given for its work came from the Hungarian government, and a spokesman for the latter declined to comment on the claims.A spokesperson for Black Cube told the news magazine that the company’s policy is to not confirm or deny such claims made regarding its operations.Since 1979, the Hungarian-born Soros has funneled tens of billions of dollars into his Open Society Foundations (OSF), which in turn fund civil society groups around the world.Orban, who based his campaign on demonizing migrants, accuses Soros and organizations supported by his Open Society Foundations of seeking to allow thousands of immigrants into Hungary.In the lead up to the campaign, Orban’s Fidesz party plastered the country with billboards “warning” about Soros.One of them depicted the philanthropist and opposition candidates holding wire-cutters to destroy the razor-wire fence that Orban erected on the Serbian border in 2015 to keep out migrants.Orban and his government repeatedly attacked Soros using language that some critics have said has anti-Semitic undertones.While Black Cube has been accused of involvement in controversial dealings in the past, the POLITICO report claims the Hungarian presidential campaign would be the first time the private intelligence firm’s work has been allegedly used in an election campaign.As part of the operation, Black Cube agents met with the NGO staffers and Soros allies in various cities across Europe and the US pretending to be supporters. They used fake aliases, but two of them had “discernible Israeli accents,” those who met with them told POLITICO.After meetings with the intelligence firm’s targets were completed, information on the fabricated companies the agents had pretended to represent was deleted from the internet and telephone numbers were disconnected.-Black Cube logo-According to POLITICO, one of the fake email addresses given by Black Cube agents had been used in another operation launched by the private intelligence firm targeting actress Rose McGowan, after she accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.A Black Cube board member later apologized for his firm’s work on behalf of Weinstein, and said it would not have assisted the disgraced producer had it had known it was helping suppress sexual assault allegations against him.Black Cube’s name has come up in a number of other high-profile intelligence gathering operations.In May, the New Yorker magazine reported that the firm was allegedly hired by aids to US President Donald Trump to dig up dirt on Obama officials in order to discredit the Iran nuclear deal.The operation in 2017 reportedly targeted Ann Norris, a former US State Department official who is married to Ben Rhodes, a foreign-policy adviser to former president Barack Obama and a prominent advocate of the Iran nuclear deal. It also targeted Rebecca Kahl, a former program officer at the National Democratic Institute and the wife of the former Obama administration foreign-policy adviser Colin Kahl.And Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who revealed that data analysts Cambridge Analytica had harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in Trump’s election campaign, also told the British parliament that Black Cube was involved in a hacking scheme targeting the president of Nigeria.Black Cube denied involvement in both operations, in apparent deviations from its aforementioned policy of not confirming or denying reports on its work.Along with a second private intelligence company, Psy-Group, it is being sued for alleged defamation in a Canadian lawsuit by hedge fund West Face Capital Inc., for $500 million in damages. In one instance cited in that case, a Black Cube operative is alleged to have tried to entrap a retired Canadian judge into making anti-Semitic comments.In response to a Times of Israel request for comment on that case, Black Cube said last month: “It is Black Cube’s policy to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any speculation made with regard to the company’s work. Referencing Black Cube has become an international sport during 2018. It is important to note that Black Cube always operates in full compliance of the law in every jurisdiction in which it conducts its work, following legal advice from the world’s leading law firms.”

Iran executes 8 over 2017 Islamic State attack on Tehran-Mass hangings take place over a year after assault on parliament and shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini that killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50-By Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell-TOI-JUL 9,18

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.The June 7, 2017 attack has so far been the only assault by the Sunni extremists inside of Shiite Iran, which has been deeply involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria where the militants once held vast territory.The judiciary’s official Mizan news agency and semi-official news agencies in Iran acknowledged the executions Saturday, but did not say when they took place. Executions in Iran are carried out by hangings.While Iran is one of the world’s top enforcers of the death penalty, such mass executions are rare. In August 2016, human rights activists criticized Iran for carrying out the mass execution of 20 Sunni militants from a group identified as Jihad and Tawhid after a six-year trial. In August 2007, Iran hanged seven men convicted of rape in Mashhad at the same time.Mizan noted in its report that the executions came after the eight men had been tried and convicted in a trial that included both eyewitness testimony and video footage showing their involvement.“These eight worked directly … in martyring and wounding a number of innocent compatriots,” Mizan said.The news agencies on Saturday named those executed as Soleiman Mozafari, Esmail Sufi, Rahman Behrouz, Majed Mortezai, Sirous Azizi, Ayoub Esmaili, Khosro Ramezani and Osman Behrouz.The Islamic State attack killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50. It saw gunmen carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosives storm the parliament complex where a legislative session had been in progress, starting an hours-long siege.Meanwhile, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini’s mausoleum on Tehran’s southern outskirts. Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran’s first supreme leader until his death in 1989.The assault shocked Tehran, which largely has avoided militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.Over a dozen others remain on trial over the attack. Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard responded to the attack by launching six missiles into eastern Syria targeting IS militants.Iran was second only to China in 2017 in the number of known executions carried out, according to Amnesty International. Iran executed over 500 people last year, according to the group.The IS executions come as controversy still swirls in Iran surrounding the country’s mass executions of 1988 near the end of the Iran-Iraq War. Activists at the time said Iran executed as many as 5,000 people after sham trials of Communists, Kurdish separatists, political prisoners and members of an Iranian exile group known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.The executions represent one of the darkest moments of Iran’s post-revolution history and are still not recognized by its government.

Two US destroyers sail into Taiwan Strait: Taiwan gov't-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-July 7, 2018

Taipei (AFP) - Two United States warships entered the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, the Taiwanese government said, at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.The destroyers USS Mustin and USS Benfold sailed into the narrow waterway separating Taiwan and China on Saturday morning and were expected to continue on a northeast course, Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement."The military is monitoring the situation in neighbouring areas, and has the confidence and abilities to maintain regional stability and defend national security," the statement added.A defence ministry official told AFP the ships were still in the strait on Saturday night, sailing in what he described as international waters.The warships’ entry into the strait comes as Washington and Beijing are locked in a trade war and as tensions escalate between Beijing and Taipei.China sees self-ruling democratic Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, but the island sees itself as a sovereign country.Although the US does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it is its most powerful ally and biggest arms supplier.China has stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took office two years ago as her government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of "one China."Relations between the US and Taiwan have warmed recently as President Donald Trump signed legislation paving the way for mutual visits by top officials and the US government approved a licence required to sell submarine technology to Taiwan.

          China Rebuffs Trump’s Blame in North Korea Denuclearization Fallout      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China refused to take the blame for a setback in North Korea’s path toward denuclearization as bilateral talks between Washington and Pyongyang went sour during U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit there over the weekend. Beijing on Tuesday insisted its position on the Korean peninsula issue is consistent and responsible — a rebuttal to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweeted accusation that China “may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese trade.” Trump’s comments echoed the stance of Republican senator Lindsey Graham, who said Pyongyang’s latest condemnation of the U.S. has “China’s hands all over” it. “If I were President Trump, I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute,” Graham told the U.S cable news network program Fox News Sunday after North Korean officials called their talks with Pompeo “regrettable” and accused the U.S. of making “gangster-like demands” on denuclearization. Beijing’s Rebuttal “This is totally baseless. China's position on the Korean peninsula is consistent and clear. We will steadfastly play a positive role and make constructive contributions towards pushing for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and peace and stability in the region,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told press briefings repeatedly.   Wang Dong, a professor of international studies at Peking University, said China is being scapegoated.   “China can’t afford to be the scapegoat. What happened was the Trump administration is divided on its approach toward the procedures of denuclearization. [Pompeo] proposed a hawkish approach [during negotiations], which Pyongyang will never accept. North Korea has made it clear that its principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action has to be abided by,” Wang said, adding that both Washington and Pyongyang need to make compromises to narrow their gaps.   The professor urged Trump not to offset his diplomatic efforts after the Singapore summit, saying he should next persuade his hawkish aides to come up with a feasible approach on “full denuclearization” — one that differs from the past complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of North Korea’s nuclear programs.   Mixed online reactions   Accusations from U.S. politicians, however, have triggered nationalistic sentiment among Chinese netizens.   An online reader, who responded to the foreign ministry’s rebuttal, wrote that the United States “has measured the stature of great men by the yardstick of small men” while another reader called the United States “paranoid.” But one day earlier, the majority of the Chinese audience actually sided with Pompeo and responded negatively to Pyongyang’s reluctance to pick up its pace of denuclearization.   On Weibo, China’s twitter-like microblogging platform, one user asked “why is the US — a country so far away — keeping an eye on the North Korea’s denuclearization progress? Where is that responsible nation?”   Another Weibo user wrote “decapitation operations should be next carried out. Simple and effective.”   Economic gains   While China may be genuinely committed to pushing Pyongyang to denuclearize, it’ll inevitably bear the brunt of any back-and-forth from North Korea’s delivery, according to Tsai Tung-Chieh, a professor of international politics at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, central Taiwan.   That’s because Pyongyang can only look to China, currently its major trade partner, for economic gains in exchange for any progress of its denuclearization, the professor said.   North Korea leader Kim Jung Un has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Pyongyang in September for National Day celebrations in a bid to strengthen economic ties. Kim has met Xi twice in the lead-up to his June summit with Trump and the third to brief Xi on the outcome of the talks.   “Denuclearization will be next used as a bargaining chip and guarantee for North Korea to negotiate for [future] economic incomes. That is, the North won’t terminate nuclear programs without any economic gains,” Tsai said.   After the Singapore summit, Trump may have eroded China’s leverage by directly engaging with Pyongyang, but that doesn’t mean China will be left completely out of the equation, the professor said. He added that Trump has won the “face” as the peacemaker, but will require China to deliver the “lining” on denuclearization as Beijing has a bigger say in awarding Pyongyang economic gains.   And the U.S.-North Korea denuclear dealings will be decoupled from the Sino-U.S. trade fight, according to professor Wang.   The Trump administration’s latest announcement to slap tariffs on an extra $200 billion of Chinese imports has sparked an outcry from China, whose commerce ministry said on Wednesday the U.S. move is “unacceptable” and hurts America’s own interests, China and the rest of the world. A four-party meeting? Wang, in addition, disagreed that Kim is planning on a second summit with Trump in Switzerland as he said such a summit isn’t in the interests of either country.   What Pyongyang really wants is a four-party meeting with South Korea, China and the United States, the professor said.   “Pyongyang has more faith in South Korea and China. It remains skeptical of the U.S. To Kim, he will be under a lot of pressure shall he next meet one-on-one with Trump. Instead, he will feel more eased sided by South Korea and China and can certainly leverage the three-to-one advantage to constrain the U.S.” Tsai said.
          Kanye West Names Dennis Rodman One of His "Biggest Inspirations"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Kanye West has described former basketball player Dennis Rodman has one of his "biggest inspirations" after he received a signed jersey. Sharing a photo of Rodman's 91 jersey from his days at Chicago Bulls, West thanked him for the gift and paid tribute to him for "always breaking barriers with independent thought." It isn't clear what "independent thought" West is referencing, but Rodman has become known for his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un since retiring from basketball, as well as publicly endorsing Donald Trump -- saying "Donald Trump has been a great friend for many years" in his statement about his decision. If you want more Kanye West tweets, you can now buy framed versions of his famous outbursts. ??????????????????????? Thank to one of my biggest inspirations … always breaking barriers with independent thought pic.twitter.com/WQLKCG7tXM — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 10, 2018

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          Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As Trump and Putin prepare to sit down for a summit next week, the “progress” made at the North Korea summit appears to be unraveling further. Meanwhile, the resignations of more top officials in England over Brexit are putting the nation into chaos. Plus, as Trump heads to the NATO summit, he has criticized other nations and argues that they should pay back the US. Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic Steve Clemons joins me on the show to talk all about these and more of the latest global headlines.

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          Trump Administration Readies Tariffs On $200 Billion Of Chinese Imports       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Containers are transferred at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on July 6, 2018. The Trump administration announced plans to levy tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods as trade tensions escalate.

Containers are transferred at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on July 6, 2018. The Trump administration announced plans to levy tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods as trade tensions escalate.; Credit: -/AFP/Getty Images

Asma Khalid and Scott Horsley | NPR

The Trump administration has published a preliminary list of additional Chinese products that could be targeted with tariffs in the escalating trade war between the world's two biggest economies. The list covers some $200 billion in Chinese exports that could be hit by a 10 percent tariff. It's an extensive list of over 6,000 goods that include seafood, propane and toilet paper, among many other things.

These new suggested levies won't take effect until after a public comment period which runs through August.

This most recent maneuver follows a threat President Trump made last month, and comes days after the U.S. and China imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on more than $30 billion in goods. The administration says its tariffs are designed to punish China for what it calls unfair trade practices, theft of intellectual property, and "forced technology transfers." U.S. officials insist China's retaliatory tariffs are unjustified.

In a statement U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer said these new additional tariffs are a result of "China's retaliation and failure to change its practices" after the first round of tariffs.

Chinese tariffs have already taken a toll on U.S. exports such as soybeans, which raises questions about the possible political repercussions President Trump could face from farmers who supported him in the 2016 election. The trade war could also jeopardize China's help in confronting North Korea's nuclear program.

Congressional Republicans were quick to register their disapproval with the proposed tariffs.

"Although I have supported the administration's targeted efforts to combat China's technology transfer regime, tonight's announcement appears reckless and is not a targeted approach," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chair of the Senate Finance committee. "This action falls short of a strategy that will give the administration negotiating leverage with China while maintaining the long-term health and prosperity of the American economy."

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          Hunt for U.S. Korean War dead will take months to resume, search chief says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Korea may allow the United States to resume a search for thousands of American war dead from the 1950-53 Korean War, but it will be months before excavations can begin and years until bone fragments are identified, a senior US official said.

          President Trump Has The Perfect Gift For NK Leader Kim Jong-Un      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Is this outrageous or the greatest troll ever? There was a meeting, handshake and agreement: North Korean dictator that Kim Jong-Un would both return the remains of POWs from the Korean war and begin the denuclearization process. Neither of those things has come to pass yet, so President Donald Trump is upping the ante with…

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          NY Times Pours Linguistic Gasoline on North Korea-US Negotiations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On the heels of the historic June 12 Trump-Kim Singapore Summit that de-escalated tensions between North Korea and the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his third visit to NK to move the negotiations for denuclearization and security on the peninsula forward. He met with his North Korean counterpart, Vice Chair of the Party […]
          It's Clear China Is Behind North Korea's Latest Flip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Benny Avni, New York Post
Confused by North Korea's sudden hard line? Look to China for answers.Last week Pyongyang reverted to taunts, calling Mike Pompeo's trip there regrettable, saying America has a gangster-like mindset and denying the secretary of state a meeting with Dear Leader, who apparently was obliged to inspect a potato farm instead.
          North Korea Remains Defiant in Nuclear Talks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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One can almost hear the chortling of past administrations from George H.W. Bush through that of Barack Obama. The media says it appears Donald Trump’s peace initiative with North Korea’s dictator is falling apart. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left North Korea on Saturday after two days of nuclear talks. The question now is whether […]

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          “Gangsterism” or “Progress”? Examining North Korea’s Latest Statement on Denuclearization      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Most US news reports are suggesting that the North Koreans may be backtracking on their commitment to denuclearization, calling the US position “gangster-like” following the visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang. What the North Korean foreign ministry actually saidin its statement of July 7 is far more nuanced, and speaks directly to More
          Hunt for US Korean War dead will take months to resume, search chief says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

North Korea may allow the United States to resume a search for thousands of American war dead from the 1950-53 Korean War, but it will be months before excavations can begin and years until bone fragments are identified, a senior US official said. “It takes anywhere from a few months to, in many cas...

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          SOTT FOCUS: Hardcore Hitler on Hitler in Helsinki      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Here it comes, the moment we've been waiting for, when Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki to officially launch the Destruction of Democracy, and very possibly the Apocalypse itself. That's right, folks, once again, it appears we're looking at the end of everything, because according to the corporate media, on July 16, 2018, Trump is probably going to disband NATO so that Putin can invade the Baltic states, then Germany, then the rest of Europe, and then presumably order an all-out thermonuclear strike on the United States, which will pretty much end civilization as we know it. Or perhaps the plan is to do away with NATO, withdraw all American troops from Poland, let Putin rape and pillage Western Europe, and then have North Korea nuke both coasts of the US mainland (and Canada, of course) so that a Putin-Nazified Middle Amerika will have carte blanche to exterminate the Mexicans and make women wear those "Handmaid" costumes, or some other ridiculously paranoid scenario, possibly involving Susan Sarandon as some kind of Putin-Nazi triple agent.
          DHUnplugged #415: Gangsta Style      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Korea seems to want to extend the “negotiations” on denuclearization.  Earnings season is about to get underway as the major banks are set to report later this week. Interesting news on the share buyback front, Brexit negotiations are in disarray, tariffs have been imposed on China – and the stock market is just fine. […]
          RP46 Variations: Russian, North Korean, and US Reproduction      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
FYI, the Russian RP46 parts kit shown in this video is currently selling on GunBroker, with no reserve and a penny start: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/778500561 The RP-46 was the final iteration of the Degtyarev DP27/DPM light machine gun, [...]
          Most people think world is more dangerous than two years ago - survey      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Most people think the world is more dangerous today than it was two years ago as concerns rise over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction, according to a survey released on Tuesday. Six out of 10 respondents to the survey, commissioned by the Global Challenges Foundation, said the dangers had increased, with conflict and nuclear or chemical weapons seen as more pressing risks than population growth or climate change. The results come as NATO leaders prepare to meet in Brussels on Wednesday amid growing tensions between the United States and fellow members over defence spending, which some fear could damage morale and play into the hands of Russia. "It's clear that our current systems of global cooperation are no longer making people feel safe," said Mats Andersson, vice chairman of the Global Challenges Foundation, in a statement. Andersson said turbulence between NATO powers and Russia, ongoing conflict in Syria, Yemen and Ukraine and nuclear tensions with North Korea and Iran were making people feel unsafe. A separate survey commissioned by the Global Challenges Foundation after North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un met US President Donald Trump found...
          UN. 북한 여종업원 ‘탈북사건’ 조사 촉구       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

UN. 북한 여종업원 ‘탈북사건’ 조사 촉구  – 매니저 허씨, 폭로 통해 국정원에 의해 포섭 밝혀 – 퀸타나 보고관, ‘희생자들’의 원하는 바 존중돼야 채널뉴스아시아가 UN urges probe into North Korea waitress ‘defectors’ (UN, 북한 여종업원 “탈북자들”에 대해 조사 촉구) 라는 제목의 기사를 게재했다. 그 동안 이 사건에 대해 북한은 납치되었다고 주장하는 반면 박근혜 정권은 이들이 자유의지로 탈출했다고 ...

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          U.N. Official Seeks Inquiry Into Defection of North Korean Waitresses      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A U.N. official called for an investigation into the 2016 defection of restaurant workers to the South, saying at least some of them appeared to have been deceived into leaving and hinting that Seoul officials were responsible. Their fate has become a source of tension between North and South Korea, threatening to strain a blossoming cross-border detente.
          North Korea's Ri Su Yong visits Moscow      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A top North Korean official visited Moscow on Tuesday, raising the possibility of a future summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.
          Pompeo’s North Korea Meeting Went ‘as Badly as It Could Have Gone’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD. It ended with a scuttled rendezvous, statements declaring disappointment and stalemate. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s overnight visit to Pyongyang last week failed to demonstrate any progress on denuclearization talks, leading one source with knowledge of the discussions to say the White House felt it went “as badly as it could have gone.” “The North Koreans were just messing around, not […]
          Stephan Haggard Q and A on the Singapore Summit and Aftermath      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I recently did a short video Q and A on the Singapore summit for the East Asia Institute. I also reflected on the challenges ahead in my column at Joongang Ilbo . The main message: The summit itself produced little, and in fact the joint statement was dominated by North Korean views. President...
          'Clear evidence of need' in North Korea: UN aid chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SEOUL: The United Nations' humanitarian chief said on Wednesday (Jul 11) he had seen "clear evidence" of need in North Korea - where one-fifth of children are malnourished - during a rare trip. Mark Lowcock's visit to the impoverished, isolated country this week is the first such trip by a UN ...
          Hunt for US Korean War dead will take months to resume, search chief says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Korea may allow the United States to resume a search for thousands of American war dead from the 1950-53 Korean War, but it will be months before excavations can begin and years until bone fragments are identified, a senior US official said.
          India's Role for the Koreas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What is the issue?
  • The South Korean President, Moon Jae-in's visit to Delhi is of significance to India.
  • It offers scope for India's role in reconciliation between the North and the South Koreas.
What are the recent developments?
  • Talks between US Secretary of State and his hosts in North Korea ended in accusations.
  • This has impacted the American diplomacy on denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.
  • America demands for a quick and comprehensive denuclearisation of North Korea.
  • However, North Korea's agenda on political and military trust building is a challenge.
  • On the other hand, South Korean President is particular of reconciliation between the two Koreas.
  • Amidst this, Moon's visit to Delhi offers possibility for strengthening India’s role in the Korean Peninsula.
How did India become a part of this?
  • War - Independent India played a significant role in the Korean Peninsula.
  • This was especially in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.
  • India also maintained diplomatic relations with the North and South during the Cold War.
  • Economy - With 1991 economic reforms, South Korea became an important participant in India’s economy.
  • Russia and China also increased their collaboration with South Korea for economic gains.
  • North Korea - Resultantly, the socialist North Korea was increasingly isolated.
  • It looked for making up for the loss of its old communist allies.
  • It thus started focussing on developing nuclear capability.
  • Pakistan - Eventually, the Indian Subcontinent became a part of North Korea's strategy.
  • North Korea’s atomic quest found convergences with that of Pakistan.
  • North Korea and Pakistan thus stepped up their nuclear and missile cooperation.
  • Certainly, this strained the India’s relationship with North Korea.
What could India's role now be?
  • India is now in a position to develop a more strategic view of the Korean Peninsula.
  • For,
  1. South Korean President is increasingly seeking reconciliation with the North
  2. there is much international scepticism about the prospects for this peace
  • Given this, Indian support for reconciliation would be of great political value to South Korea.
  • Importantly, it will align Delhi with the long-term interests of the Korean people.
  • For, they had been the victims of troubles in the divided peninsula over the last 7 decades.
What are the possible challenges?
  • The post-Cold War Asian landscape is shifting.
  • The relations between major powers - US, Russia, China and Japan - are strained.
  • This is a new challenge that Asia had not to deal with in decades.
  • Meanwhile, prosperity brought by globalisation to Asia over the recent decades is under stress.
  • Measures against free trade and open borders, by the Western leaders are contributing to this.
What lies ahead?
  • South Korea has announced a “New Southern Policy”.
  • This looks beyond Northeast Asia to focus on Southeast Asia, Australia and India.
  • Likewise, India's Act East policy now has a much wider coverage, the Indo-Pacific.
  • These strategies should be taken forward, to reap the benefits of geopolitical developments.
  • With global trade war unfolding, Delhi and Seoul have an urgent need to liberalise the bilateral trade relations.
  • The two sides also need to focus on expanding bilateral security and defence cooperation.
  • They should work with other countries to promote a stable Asian balance of power system.

Source: Indian Express

          Hunt for U.S. Korean War dead will take months to resume, search chief says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Korea may allow the United States to resume a search for thousands of American war dead from the 1950-53 Korean War, but it will be months before excavations can begin and years until bone fragments are identified, a senior US official said.

          Comment on Open Thread – 7/10/2018 by Lona Goudswaard      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
<p>RWW: Every time we look at a clip of those raving lunatics their counters go up and they, and the little real support they have, believe they're very popular. They help Drumpf manipulate his base, but we aid them too by giving them our attention. For the time being I'm no longer going to waste my precious time on them; reading your comment is information, and revulsion, enough for me right now, TomCat.</p> <p>MSNBC: The administration is sticking its middle finger up to both the courts, all those protesters out there and to the Democratic part of Congress and the handful of Republicans who demand oversight now. It can't be a coincidence that the Drumpf administration had the United States joins Iran, North Korea and Eritrea as the only countries that <strong>refuse to participate in the world’s most important human rights body</strong> last month.<br />America on the sliding slope to dictatorship and fascism? No, America hit the bottom of that slope right then.</p> <p>DK: I'm tired of all this, I can't afford the time and energy to witness America's downfall, but I'm too scared of the implications it has for the rest of the world to stop following it. But I'm running out of fresh comment, not knowing how to clad the repeats in different words. And now Drumpf is coming to Europe again...have mercy.</p> <p><img src="http://www.politicsplus.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Resist_19.jpg" /></p> <p></p>
          Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kim Jong Un snubbed Mike Pompeo for potato farm visit, state media suggests
North Korea accused the US of having a "gangster-like mindset" after a visit to the isolated country.
21:55, UK,
Tuesday 10 July 2018


Kim was conspicuously absent from the meetings in Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday, with no explanation given at the time.

But photos from state news agency KCNA showed the leader inspecting crops and getting advice to farmers.



Pompeo's trip "went as badly as it could have gone", a White House source told CNN.


In the meantime, satellite images of a missile-manufacturing facility in the city of Hamhung showed North Korea is expanding its ballistic weapons program.


A Washington Post editorial was not kind to Trump.

"Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius. He has gotten everything he wanted — sanctions relaxation, international legitimation — without giving up anything in return," columnist Max Boot wrote.


金正恩はポンペオとは合わなかった。ポンペオよりも芋を優先して、芋畑の視察に行っていたのだ。

ホワイトハウス筋からは、ポンペオの朝鮮訪問は最悪だった、と。

北朝鮮の核開発は拡張し、なんの譲歩することもなしに、制裁緩和やら、国際的な正当性を得られるわ、で、金正恩のトランプの操り方ときたら、バイオリンの名器ストラディヴァリウスを奏でるが如しであった、と。

ーーーこんな奴ら、外国の指導者に、日本の命運を委ねていいのだろうか?








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S. Korea reiterates North Korean restaurant workers defected voluntarily
2018/07/11 11:34


In April 2016, 12 North Korean women working at a restaurant in China defected to the South. Seoul has claimed that all of them came here voluntarily but Pyongyang has demanded their return, saying they were abducted by South Korean intelligence.

中国のレストランで働いていた北朝鮮人女性が亡命した件について、韓国のスパイが誘拐したのだから、返せ、と、北朝鮮。


ーー因縁をつけることに関しては天才的だね。
          「マイナスの力」って何?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2018年7月9日




「中国がマイナスの力行使かも」トランプ氏投稿

2018年07月10日 21時55分
特集 トランプ大統領
 【ワシントン=海谷道隆】トランプ米大統領は9日、北朝鮮との非核化協議を巡り、ツイッターに「我々の貿易に対する姿勢を理由に、中国が(米朝の)交渉にマイナスの力を行使しているのかもしれない。そうではないと願うが」と書き込み、中国をけん制した



ここらへんは英語力というより、日本語力で、おれも偉そうなことは全然言えない。しかし、日本語を商売にする記者さんから、「マイナスの力」と書かれると、それ、なんやねん?ダースベイダーのなにかか?といったところ。

negative pressureだと「陰圧」とかでているが、文脈にそわない。

negativeだと、「否定的」というのがある。こっちのほうがまだいい。

「悪い、嫌な、良くない」という訳もでている。これでもいい。

あるいは、例えば、「金正恩氏が我々が署名した文書を尊重し、なによりも、われわれのした握手に敬意を払ってくれる、と確信しているーーわれわれは、非核化の約束をしたのだ。他方、中国は、アメリカが対中貿易で厳しい姿勢をとったために、正反対の圧力をかけているのかもしれない」くらいでいいのではないか?

もちろん、もっとうまい訳があるかもしれんが、「マイナスの力」って何?と見出しを読んでいておもったのちょっと口出ししてしまった。
          Thanks to Trump, DPRK’s nuclear technology and know-how will proliferate in Tehran, Damascus....      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"We must ensure that N. Korea’s nuclear and other military technology and know-how do not proliferate in Tehran, Damascus, or any other state or non-state actors."@FDDhttps://t.co/qY2PAuC8sL

— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) 2018年7月10日



US negotiators with North Korea must heed the lessons of Obama's failed deal with Iran
Jacob Nagel By Jacob Nagel, Jonathan Schanzer | Fox News





シンガポール首脳会談の前に書かれた記事かと思ったら、なんと2日前に書かれた記事。

ボケとるのおお。


          “The only thing after a summit is a cliff.”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
put (someone or something) on ice
1. Literally, to put something in a cold place to preserve it, as of food or drink. If you don't put that shrimp on ice, we won't be able to eat it later. You made sure to put the champagne on ice, right?
2. To postpone or delay acting on or interacting with a person. I know that journalist has been persistent in getting a comment from us for his story, but we'll just have to put him on ice until the trial is over.



When Trump Realizes Kim Isn’t Giving Up His Nukes It Won’t Be Pretty by Ankit Panda https://t.co/zyhBufryKt @thedailybeastさんから

— mozu (@mozumozumozu) 2018年7月10日


First, Trump could simply choose to shrug, continue to tweet that the North Korean threat has evaporated, and direct Pompeo to secure concessions in any way possible. This would be a likely path to appeasing Pyongyang, resulting in the United States giving up valuable leverage for virtually cosmetic North Korean concessions like the reversible dismantlement of tunnel entrances at the Punggye-ri nuclear site. North Korea has plenty of old and now out-of-use nuclear and missile sites it could happily detonate before the international press.

Second, Trump could simply allow the North Korea process that began on June 12 to quietly collapse and put the issue of its nuclear program and disarmament on ice—call it a return to “strategic patience.”

The problem here is that the administration's “maximum pressure” campaign is all but dead after the Singapore summit and it's more likely than not that China, along with Russia, will ease up on the implementation of existing sanctions and perhaps even call for a removal of United Nations sanctions applied in 2017 on North Korean exports.

In this scenario, the U.S. loses interest and North Korea benefits economically while continuing to build out its nuclear program without constraints. This would be the equivalent of a continuation of the muddling-through approach that three consecutive U.S. administrations found themselves resigned to with North Korea, updated for the era of a considerably more capable North Korea.

Third, Trump could find himself left with nothing but the literal nuclear option. Feeling spurned and humiliated by Kim, Trump may find that the only way to move forward is to let John Bolton's March 2017 prophecy come true.

Weeks before entering the White House as Trump's advisor on national security affairs, Bolton, as a private citizen, had remarked on Trump's acceptance of Kim's invitation that “[The purpose of this process is to] foreshorten the amount of time that we’re going to waste in negotiations that will never produce the result we want, which is Kim giving up his nuclear program.”

Gone would be the days of “all options” being on the table. Trump might conclude then that the only path to denuclearization is an all-out military strike on North Korea—a trigger to a nuclear war that would engulf Northeast Asia in tremendous destruction and likely parts of the U.S. homeland, given North Korea's intercontinental-range ballistic missile capability.

None of these scenarios are appealing, though the third is quite clearly the worst. Trump’s Monday tweet offers the clearest glimpse of why diplomacy-for-diplomacy's-sake with North Korea can be dangerous—even if it pulled us back from the brink of “fire and fury.”

The process with North Korea isn't over yet, though. If the administration recognized that the “denuclearization of North Korea” isn't on the table and readied itself to discuss a fundamental transformation in the nature of the relationship between the United States and North Korea, it may find that Pyongyang would be more willing to discuss arms control and risk management measures—including a production cap on ballistic missiles and fissile material.

In April, Victor Cha offered the ominous prediction that “the only thing after a summit is a cliff.” Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang may have kickstarted a slow lurch for the United States and North Korea toward the precipice.


金正恩が核兵器を放棄する気がない、とトランプが悟った後のシナリオ

1)北朝鮮の脅威は消えた、とすっとぼける。北朝鮮は、どうでもいい核施設を破壊する猿芝居をする。

2)圧力をかけ続ける
しかし、中露は圧力を緩み、北朝鮮は、さらに核ミサイル開発を継続

3)ボルトン登場 北朝鮮との全面戦争 北東アジアさらには、アメリカをも巻き込んだ核戦争にもなりかねない。


(木村、三浦)



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It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD.

          Teardown Of USB Fan Reveals Journalists’ Lack Of Opsec      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Last month, Singapore hosted a summit between the leaders of North Korea and the United States. Accredited journalists invited to the event were given a press kit containing a bottle of water, various paper goods, and a fan that plugs into a USB port.

Understandably, the computer security crowd on Twitter had a great laugh. You shouldn’t plug random USB devices into a computer, especially if you’re a journalist, especially if you’re in a foreign country, and especially if you’re reporting on the highest profile international summit in recent memory. Doing so is just foolhardy.

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          CNN: Pompeo North Korea Visit Went 'As Badly as It Could Have Gone'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A source told CNN the White House felt that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit last week to Pyongyang, North Korea went poorly.
          North Korea calls Abe ‘kingpin of corruption,’ blasts leader for denuclearization push      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party lambasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday as a “kingpin of corruption” over his alleged roles in two ...

          How One Woman Rebuilt Her Life After Escaping North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Very few people escape North Korea once—let alone twice. But Jiyhun Park, a survivor of sex trafficking and forced labor camps, is determined to shed light on the regime's human rights abuses.
          Kim Jong-un Blew Off Mike Pompeo to Visit a Potato Farm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Korea - 10 Jul 2018
The North Korean leader was too busy looking over spuds and counting tractors to meet with Pompeo last weekend.
          Wednesday Morning Politics, Abortion Rights in New York, International Politics, From El Salvador to Oakland       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Coming up on today's show:

  • Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, and the Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School, follows up on President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, plus other legal and national news.
  • Liz Krueger, New York State Senator (D-Manhattan, 28th district) talks about the renewed energy behind The Reproductive Health Act which she sponsored in the Republican-controlled New York State Senate.
  • Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and Gzero Media, host of the new public television weekly show “Gzero World,” and the author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, 2018), talks about the latest international news, including tariffs, the NATO summit, North Korea denuclearization, and the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting.
  • Lauren Markham, journalist and the author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life (Broadway Books, 2017), tells the story of identical twins Ernesto and Raul Flores who fled El Salvador for Oakland, California, and talks about what motivates migration and what happens next.

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          7/11/2018: MARKETSWORLD: UN urges probe into N Korea waitress ‘defectors’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A DOZEN North Korean waitresses involved in a “defection” case two years ago did not know where they were going, the top UN human rights official on North Korea said on Tuesday. The issue has long been controversial, with Pyongyang saying the women...
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The newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party lambasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday as a “kingpin of corruption” over his alleged roles in two ...
          Overnight Defense: Trump suggests NATO allies should reimburse US | Doubts grow over North Korea | Embassy in Haiti requests more Marines amid violence | VA pick headed to Senate floor vote      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Happy Tuesday and welcome to Overnight Defense. I'm Ellen Mitchell, and here's your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. THE TOPLINE: On the cusp of the NATO summit...
          One amazing photo with Trump and NATO leaders says it all      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NATO leaders family photo

  • A "family photo" from the NATO summit in Brussels perfectly captures the awkwardness and tensions overshadowing this year's gathering.
  • President Donald Trump has consistently attacked his NATO allies for their spending levels and trade practices on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the summit.
  • European Union President Donald Tusk told Trump: "Appreciate your allies, after all, you don't have that many."

World leaders are currently gathered in Brussels, Belgium for the 2018 NATO summit, and after last month's rocky G7 summit, there are no shortage of tensions to be resolved.

This "family photo" of NATO members looking uncomfortable and askance in different directions seem to perfectly capture the significant differences in opinion and conflicts overshadowing the summit.

While the United States and Europe have historically been close military and economic allies, President Donald Trump has upended that order by repeatedly taking Europe to task over defense spending and trade while pursuing a closer US relationship with adversary Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the photo were: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

While on his way to the summit, Trump fired off a series of confrontational tweets accusing his NATO allies of stiffing the US by not paying their fair share to contribute to NATO's budget, and lamenting the trade imbalance between the US and the European Union.

"NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the US," Trump wrote. "By some accounts, the US is paying for 90% of NATO, with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment. On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the US, with big Trade Barriers on US goods. NO!"

Currently, NATO members are encouraged to put a target of 2% of their economic output to the Organization's budget, but the 2% figure is only a guideline. There isn't a penalty for not meeting it, but Trump has repeatedly castigated Germany in particular for not spending enough, in his view, on defense.

Before the summit, European Union President Donald Tusk hit back at Trump for his "daily" criticisms of Europe, pointing out that the EU spends more on defense than Russia and almost as much as China, and telling him to "appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many."

Tusk and other NATO members are also concerned about the security implications of Trump's friendly relationship with Putin, who he publicly praises more than his European partners. Trump and Putin are set to meet on July 16 in Finland.

SEE ALSO: Trump and Merkel are headed for a one-on-one showdown after Trump said Germany was Russia's puppet

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Jamie Tarabay / CNN:
Pompeo's North Korea meeting went ‘as badly as it could have gone’  —  Kim Jong Un snubbed Mike Pompeo, source says  —  (CNN)It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD.


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I spend way too much time dealing with eye drops, but the surgery was apparently successful as I now see much better without glasses than I have for years with glasses. Unfortunately what I’m reading is that Trump still refusing to admit that he didn’t get a deal with North Korea, all he got was […]
          NATO allies vow to meet spending targets after Trump criticism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NATO leaders declared their "unwavering commitment" to agreed defense spending targets at a summit on Wednesday and stressed concerns over threats posed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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by CGMoubray

Can Russia reconstitute its artillery? I know North Korea can't in NWK but haven't seen it specified in NWP.
          Iowa soldier’s remains may return after lost in Korean War      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DES MOINES (AP) — The call came on the old crank phone in the Kreider family dining room.

It was a Wednesday in February 1951. The family had just returned to their 100-acre Iowa farm after a trip into town.

The phone rang, but there was no one to answer it. Dad was outside, probably milking the cows. And mom was nowhere to be found in the family’s two-bedroom farmhouse.

Back then, kids didn’t talk on the phone. But 15-year-old Harlan Kreider picked up the handle anyway.

It was the Floyd County sheriff. He had received a telegram. And the news was devastating.

Harlan’s older brother, Leighton, had gone missing a world away, fighting in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

It took the boy three tries to build up the courage to give the news to his father outside.

“I couldn’t tell him,” he recently recalled from his home in Plover, Wis.

The Des Moines Register reports that Leighton Kreider is one of the 7,800 American service members who still have not come home after losing their lives in the Korean War.

But last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un has sparked new hope that more soldiers’ remains will be repatriated.

That includes 133 soldiers missing from Iowa.

For Harlan Kreider, hope has come and gone too many times to count. But even at 83 years old, he hasn’t given up looking for his big brother.

While Trump and Kim discussed denuclearization and a path toward normalizing relations between Washington and Pyongyang, their summit produced another fruit: Kim agreed to return the remains of some 200 American servicemen who died in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea during the war.

There is no word yet about which soldiers may come home. And it’s unclear how long the testing and identification process will persist.

But Kreider is hoping his brother is among those returning to the United States.“He deserves to come home,” he said.

If North Korea honors its commitment and returns the remains, the gesture would go a long way in galvanizing a relationship with the United States.

“Of all the things North Koreans could do, this is one that is meaningful and will show some goodwill, if they follow through,” said Mark Tokola, vice president of the Korea Economic Institute of America. “If they can’t even do that much, it would be disappointing.”

Tokola, a retired U.S. diplomat who served at several embassies, including in Seoul, South Korea, was surprised to see Kim agree to return the remains so quickly.

But he said it was one of few tangible commitments to come out of the June 12 summit in Singapore.

“It might show they’ll be cooperative with other things as well,” he said. “So in a way, it’s a test, but it’s significant in its own right.”

It might open the door for Americans to enter North Korea to excavate in areas believed to hold the dead. North Korea has allowed that in the past, but at a high price. No searches are allowed now.

Korean War veteran Ed Wittig is skeptical that anything will happen with Trump and Kim at the table.

“It’s one liar talking to the other liar,” he said. “I don’t trust them.”

Wittig, who served in the Air Force in 1952 and 1953 in Korea, tries to attend all funerals of Korean-era vets near his home in Cedar Rapids.

He and two other Korean War veterans made a point to attend the homecoming of Army Sgt. Donald Baker on June 19, a Korean War veteran who had been missing since 1950.While he remains doubtful, he hopes to attend more of these ceremonies in the future.

“Nobody wants to be buried in somebody else’s soil,” he said. “Bring ‘em home.”

Baker was only 20 years old when he went missing in Korea. His parents and siblings all died without knowing what really happened to him and feared he had been tortured at war.

As he manned the pulpit in a funeral home chapel, the Rev. Wendell Beets recognized the oddity of eulogizing a man entirely unknown by all the living.

“We don’t know a lot about Sgt. Baker,” he said. “We know he lived and existed.”

But his family still had cause for celebration.

What was lost had been found. And distant relatives learned he had not been tortured, but died in battle. A mystery that haunted their parents and grandparents was finally solved.

A white-gloved honor guard carried Baker’s casket through Oak Hill Cemetery. They performed a 21-gun salute, and a member of the Iowa National Guard knelt and offered a perfectly folded flag on behalf of a grateful nation.

It’s the same graveside ceremony the military would offer to any of its own. But the routine service brought with it a basic dignity that fate had denied Baker.

“It made me feel patriotic,” said Candace Trent, Baker’s great-niece. “He’s part of our family and it felt like no one really cared, but they do care. He was a soldier just like any other soldier and they cared.”

Until then, Baker had been a ghost in family lore. Relatives didn’t even have pictures of him until this year.

But now, with a memorial and answers to decades of questions, he is a family legend. Trent said she can now tell her children a complete story about his sacrifice.

“I can take them to the place of his burial and say here lies your great uncle. He was an American hero, he gave his life for this country,” she said. “What an amazing thing to be able to pass on.”

But she can’t help but think of all the other families out there who haven’t been gifted that closure.

“Unfortunately, it is 68 years later, but he came back to us,” she said. “There’s still hope out there.”

To hear his Harlan Kreider tell it, his brother Leighton was a stubborn child. He tested his parents’ direction and squabbled with them often.

“He wasn’t really bad,” Harlan Kreider said. “He just had his own mind.”

Tensions at home grew so much that his mother gave him an ultimatum: if you can’t get along here, then go ahead and move out. So he did.

But even after leaving the farm near Rockford, Iowa, he stayed close with the family.

And when he enlisted, first in the National Guard and then in the U.S. Army, there were few concerns. He had two uncles who served in the Army Air Force in World War II and returned home safely.

From the war front, he wrote home weekly, mentioning the battles but never giving his family much to worry about.

A couple of years after learning of his brother’s disappearance in Korea, Harlan Kredier decided to join the armed forces himself. He didn’t tell anyone at the time, but he had quietly determined to find Leighton in Korea on his own.

It didn’t take him to long to realize the folly of that plan: the Navy sent him in the opposite direction.

Ever since, Harlan has spent countless hours tracking down old Army comrades, researching online the men who filled prisoner-of-war camps and writing to the Department of Defense in search of answers.

“I’m probably closer to him now than I ever was,” he said through tears.

Sometimes, he wonders how his brother would have aged. What would he be like now? How would he look?

But Leighton remains frozen in time, forever a 20-year-old Iowa farm boy in a world that faded away long ago.

“Most of the people who really knew him don’t exist anymore,” Harlan Kreider said.

On Feb. 5, 1951, Allied forces launched an offensive attack against North Korean and Chinese Communist forces north of Wonju, Korea.

The group’s northward drive met light resistance at first, but opposition forces launched an aggressive counter strike that pushed soldiers from the United States and the Republic of Korea south.

A series of Chinese-erected roadblocks caused the allies to split apart, according to military records. And the 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division split up to make their way on foot on Feb. 12.

Somewhere along the way, Leighton Kreider was captured.

The enemy marched him and other prisoners to the Suan Bean Camp in North Korea.Using interviews with other soldiers, the Army determined Leighton Kreider died of starvation in May 1951 inside North Korea’s Mining Camp near Pyongyang.

Other prisoners buried his body there.

In 1954, the family held a memorial service in Iowa.

Harlan Kreider remembers the Army asking his mother at the time if she wanted her son’s remains unearthed and brought home or left in North Korea. But she was horrified at the thought of splitting up his remains.

“She had no qualms with bringing him back if she knew she could have all of him,” he said.He now doubts whether the Army even knew where his body was at the time. The military now says it has not been allowed to search in the former POW camp.

He’s grown frustrated with the government’s inability to bring Leighton home. Annual updates for families of the missing in Washington, D.C., have become a familiar disappointment.

“You hope and do a lot of work and get nothing back,” he said.

He had grown so hopeless that he initially decided to skip this year’s trip to Washington. But now, the with the news of North Korea agreeing to repatriate dozens of sets of remains, he’s determined to go see what comes next.

Kreider is 83 and has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His mind is sharp, but he struggles to focus on reading or watching television. He said people sometimes struggle to understand his words.

The search for his brother is more urgent now.

He’s been unable to interest his younger brother in the effort. And he’s unsure whether any of his three faraway children would pick up the cause in his absence.

His wife, Connie, said the group that travels to Washington each year looking for answers has grown into a family. But each year, the people there grow grayer and frailer.

“All of the people who have been going to these meetings all these years are all getting up in age,” she said. “We don’t have that many years to chase after this.”

In the basement of his Wisconsin duplex, Harlan Kreider has erected a small shrine to his brother.

The back wall contains a pair of matching shadowboxes. One documents his own service memorabilia. And the other contains Leighton’s Purple Heart, Prisoner of War medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

There’s a framed photo of Leighton in his full dress uniform that the South Korean government gifted Harlan on a recent trip for relatives of the American war dead. Inscribed in the corner, it reads: “In honor and memory of our Korean War hero. He will never be forgotten.”

Harlan hasn’t lived in Iowa for years. He moved around the country, spending many years in California, and has now settled in a part of Wisconsin surrounded by timber farms and cranberry bogs.

Even after all the effort of his search, he’s unsure what he would do with his brother’s remains if they were brought home.

He might find a place to bury them in Wisconsin near his home.

Or it might be best fitting to honor Leighton with one of the white marble headstones that fill Arlington National Cemetery.

But it’s more likely that Leighton will come home to Iowa.

A plot has memorialized him at Mason City’s Memorial Park Cemetery for more than 60 years.

His bronze headstone lies inches away from one that marks the graves of the mother and father who survived him.

They had a service here, a full 21-gun salute and everything, back in the 1950s. But the headstone is only ceremonial.

In the cemetery’s front office, Leighton’s name isn’t listed in the giant spiral notebook that organizes the names of all the buried dead.

Harlan Kreider hopes he lives to see this patch of earth disturbed.

But for now, as ever, the grave remains empty.


          Pompeo’s North Korea Meeting Went ‘As Badly As It Could Have Gone’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD. It ended with a scuttled rendezvous, statements declaring disappointment and stalemate.
          Comment on The Battle Of The Bluster by Michale      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Clinton actually got an extensive SIGNED agreement with North Korea in 1994 that went FAR BEYOND the vague statement Trump got. Of course you would say that.. Clinton has a -D after his name, right? :D But I have to ask. Was that BEFORE Clinton raped and sexually harassed a multitude of women or after??
          Comment on The Battle Of The Bluster by Don Harris      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CW- "...I'm sure we'll have plenty of time to talk about NATO, Trump's visit with the queen of England and the summit between Trump and Vladimir Putin in the days to come." So since there is plenty of time to cover these and other issues there should be plenty of time to spend one day exploring One Demand and the current opportunity to mobilize some of the 20-30% of citizens that vote in presidential elections but do not vote in off year to participate in One Demand instead of not voting in 2018. After all, if there is time to write about the bluster of North Korea getting rid of their nuclear weapons, which is unlikely to EVER HAPPEN, then there should be time to write about this current opportunity in the 2018 elections which has a much better chance of happening. You have hid behind the bluster of your excuses long enough. It's time to step up and address this reality.
          Comment on The Battle Of The Bluster by John M      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[4] Michale "President Trump has gotten farther with the North than ANY POTUS before him," NO, HE HASN'T. I am simply not sure if that is a DELIBERATE LIE on your part, or pathetic FANTASY on your part. President Clinton actually got an extensive SIGNED agreement with North Korea in 1994 that went FAR BEYOND the vague statement Trump got. It only failed because the North Koreans ended up getting caught cheating on the agreement.
          Meanwhile, in North Korea...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
So, last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to North Korea, where he was supposed to meet with Kim Jong Un and ostensibly make headway on the great relationship that Donald Trump was forging with the rogue state.

That's not exactly what happened. Instead, Pompeo's visit is being declared a disaster — even by those increasingly familiar anonymous sources close to the White House.

For example, Jamie Tarabay at CNN: Pompeo's North Korea Meeting Went 'as Badly as It Could Have Gone'.
It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD.

It ended with a scuttled rendezvous, statements declaring disappointment and stalemate.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's overnight visit to Pyongyang last week failed to demonstrate any progress on denuclearization talks, leading one source with knowledge of the discussions to say the White House felt it went "as badly as it could have gone."

"The North Koreans were just messing around, not serious about moving forward," the source told CNN's Michelle Kosinski, adding that Pompeo had been promised a meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and so not getting that meeting sent a big message.
Naturally, the conventional wisdom is, as usual, that the Trump Regime is just a bunch of bumbling dum-dums who couldn't see it coming that Kim was never going to denuclearize.

Funny, isn't it, how we keep hearing what incompetent bozos the Trump Regime is, and yet they have managed to consolidate power almost entirely and turn the world's most prominent democracy into an authoritarian state in less than two years.

It's almost like it serves the Trump Regime for everyone to keep believing their fools who are incapable of strategy.

Huh.

In May, ahead of Trump's summit with Kim, I noted that neither party was actually interested in the ostensible goal of the summit: "Kim wants legitimacy — an objective to which he's gotten closer care of Trump even agreeing to the summit, irrespective of whether it now happens. Trump and Bolton want an excuse to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea — as does Mike Pence."

If one understands that the point is not actually detente at all, but a power struggle for dominance masquerading as diplomacy, then it's clear that Pompeo didn't fail. Not when the Trump Regime's agenda is to provoke Kim into looking unreasonable.

It's not a good strategy; it's not a safe or a decent one, either. But it's clear. And we should understand that, even if our political press refuses to, in order to serve up rank propaganda on behalf of the Trump Regime.
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          7月10日(火)のつぶやき その4      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

暑い日に見る猫の画像はまた格別(笑)by mini #猫 #おにく pic.twitter.com/dIaZzlb2Zt

— 今日の猫。ー 外猫写真で呟きます ー (@kyonoSatoru) 2018年7月10日 - 13:57

学校のおわりは卒業式ということになっている。しかし、それで本当に卒業した人が何人いるでしょうか?
本当の卒業とは、「学校時代の私は頭がヘンだったんだ」と気がつくことです。

三島由紀夫 pic.twitter.com/G9BRTOE5AV

— history image ヒストリーイメージ (@historyimg) 2018年7月10日 - 10:16

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been too busy visiting a potato farm to meet US Secretary of State Mike Po… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— AFP news agency (@AFP) 2018年7月10日 - 14:00

金正恩、ポンペオと会わずにジャガイモ農場視察。
ま、要するに、なるべく米国と交渉進めたくないだけ twitter.com/afp/status/101…

— 黒井文太郎 (@BUNKUROI) 2018年7月10日 - 14:08

・修行すると放射能の被害が軽くなる
・阪神大震災は地震兵器による奇襲攻撃だ

若い子は知らんだろうけどこんな事をマジに語ってたのがオウム真理教。 pic.twitter.com/f9B7ETAQac

— 心の銃 (@bike_buell) 2018年7月7日 - 05:48

なあ、オウムと反原発ほぼ同じというのようわかるやろ。
twitter.com/i/status/10153…

— dada (@yuuraku) 2018年7月10日 - 14:33

しかし、ちまたにはびこっているトランスジェンダーというのも「男として生きる」だの「女として生きる」だのと固定的な性別意識にとらわれてる人ばかりなのですがね。それをジェンダーの枠にとらわれてることがスタンダードだと思っている人たちが… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 波多野・靖之・カナエ (@EdLCtoPsb8ce5kv) 2018年7月10日 - 14:38

温度1度下げた。

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 14:45

更新が長い

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 14:54

ほんま車のクーラー効かんね💦

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 15:48

@chaluma0714 乙です!姫路やったんですね(*^_^*)

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 16:36

@chaluma0714 南条のとこですね。行ったことないけどw

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 16:39

Twitterやってて一番ストレスというか気持ち悪いなーと思うのは、アホなネトウヨを見つけた時ではなく、こうして、自分の思いつきや陰謀論の開陳のために他人のIDを含めてメンションにしてくる奴と出くわした時。
自説の開陳なら自分でや… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 菅野完事務所 (@officeSugano) 2018年7月10日 - 10:24

はっはは。あたなが言いますかねww

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 16:46

【twitterで話題】『死刑のことになると一方的に人権を蹂躙された被害者を無視して、死刑やめろという左翼の考えがまるで理解できない。』
snjpn.net/archives/58479

— Share News Japan (@sharenewsjapan) 2018年7月9日 - 22:34

「千羽鶴を送る」「メルカリでも売れないような古着を被災地に送る」「食材や服などを混載させて腐らせる」
この辺は新潟や東日本大震災などでも報告のあった困った救助物資の代表例なので、物流が回復していない段階では義援金以外にほぼ支援する手段は無いと思ったほうが良い。

— ǝunsʇo ıɯnɟɐsɐɯ (@otsune) 2018年7月10日 - 12:26

馬のリーフが見つかりました

介護老人保健施設、ライフタウンまびで、地域住民のみなさんとのふれあいや、お年寄りのアニマルセラピーのためにつくられた、まびファームで飼育されていた馬のリーフが無事にみつかりました。
なんと、こんな所に… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Yosida Sigeru (@sigekyun) 2018年7月10日 - 09:47

麻原が死んでから「サリン事件はテロだったのか? 内乱ではないのか」みたいなことを言うやつ、なんで今まで黙ってたの?
裁判の傍聴はした?
遺族の前でそんなこと言えるか?
どっから沸いて来た?
金の匂いは好きか?

— 松本ミゾレ (@mizorematsumoto) 2018年7月10日 - 16:16

先程ネコちゃんに出会い写真を撮ろうとすると足元にルアー。置いてあるのかと思いきや、足に刺さってました。できたら取ってあげたかったですが逃げられてしまいました…。お願いだから針のついた釣具を捨てないでください。ついでに、僕の足(靴)… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— ナポすけ@静岡大学生アングラー (@naposuke0820) 2018年7月8日 - 16:03

“施設のアイドル馬、屋根の上で3日耐える 冠水の真備町:朝日新聞デジタル” htn.to/QNWnbt

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 17:01

7月10日 15時00分現在の梅雨前線の影響による大雨に伴う被害等(第11報)を掲載しました。
city.himeji.lg.jp/s30/2239593/sa…
姫路市の災害情報のページにつながります。

#姫路市災害

— 姫路市危機管理室 (@Himeji_city) 2018年7月10日 - 17:01

なんでお前らは、ほんの20年ちょい前の無差別テロ事件のことを忘れていられるんだ。
無辜の民が容赦なく殺されたんだぞ。
そしてそのテロ集団の残党がまだ生きてるんだぞ。

— 松本ミゾレ (@mizorematsumoto) 2018年7月10日 - 13:34

千羽鶴問題って、東日本大震災と大津波に極限まで苦しんだ被災地の負の記憶。ひとの善意に苦しめられた被災者の苦悩の記憶なんだと思います。

— nobuko m kosuge (@nobuko_kosuge) 2018年7月10日 - 00:17

あのときは「がれき処理問題」が起こりましたし。いずれにせよ、被災地にごみになりそうなものは持ち込まないということで。 twitter.com/nobuko_kosuge/…

— nobuko m kosuge (@nobuko_kosuge) 2018年7月10日 - 00:23

みなさんのおかげで1万人の似顔絵を描く伝説が10年かかりましたが達成することができました!本当にありがとうございます!感謝の意味をこめて姫路で個展を開催いします。が、あと2日にもら関わらず、予算がたりていません。みなさんご支援の協… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— ブドウちゃん (@budou_chan) 2018年7月10日 - 17:08

拙著『放射能とナショナリズム』で、それなりオウム真理教の事件について書きました。なにかを神聖視したり聖化するのは大変危険。奇跡は起こらない。人間を救うのは人間。

— nobuko m kosuge (@nobuko_kosuge) 2018年7月6日 - 21:43

小菅 信子 の 放射能とナショナリズム (フィギュール彩) amzn.to/2L3Ief3

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 17:40

一緒に洪水にのまれたおじいさんが飼っていたワンちゃんです。
おじいさんの行方が分かりません。
もしこのワンちゃんからおじいさんの事少しでも分かるようなら連絡ください。
出来るだけこのツイート拡散して下さい。御協力お願いします! pic.twitter.com/a05raQILRt

— 神田耕平 (@kouhei417lbj6) 2018年7月9日 - 10:23

結局ねえ、オウムも反原発も「隙あらば反科学」ってオカルト主義者の群れですよ。

— dada (@yuuraku) 2018年7月10日 - 17:35

@harusame642666 美味しそ~😋

— まいどくん (@maido3) 2018年7月10日 - 17:47
          South Korea suspends civil defense drills in nod to warming ties with North      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

South Korean officials have canceled annual civil defense drills designed to prepare the population for a potential North Korean attack, the first time the drills will not be conducted in nearly three decades.

The move, reported by the Korean Chosun Ilbo newspaper Wednesday, is a sign that Seoul is pressing ...

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It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD.
          Get This: Trump says he still has ‘Rocket Man’ CD for Kim      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn’t deliver Trump’s gift of an autographed Elton John CD to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on his trip this week. Pompeo didn’t get to meet with Kim. Trump signed a copy of the British singer’s “Honky Chateau” album, which includes his […]

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          Trump and Putin's honest contempt for human rights      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump and Putin's honest contempt for human rights

by digby



My Salon column today:

Before President Trump took off for the NATO summit yesterday, he stopped on the White House lawn and took some questions from reporters. In light of the failure of the government to meet a court imposed deadline to return all the little children under the age of five who were cruelly separated from their parents during the draconian "zero-tolerance" policy, a reporter asked the president:
Q: Reaction to latest deadline missed on child reunions?

Trump: “Well, I have a solution. Tell people not to come to our country illegally. That’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally.


Q: “Is that what you’re saying? you’re punishing the children?”

Trump: “I’m saying this: We have laws. We have borders. Don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing.”
Evidently, the age of those being punished is irrelevant in his mind as is the fact that applying for refugee status is perfectly legal. Perhaps these children should have "chosen" different parents? This issue has become more and more surreal as time goes on.

The AP reported earlier this week on a case in which the judge hearing a deportation case was faced with something so absurd that it's a wonder everyone in the courtroom didn't get up and run from the room screaming:
The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for “agua.”

Then it was the child’s turn for his court appearance before a Phoenix immigration judge, who could hardly contain his unease with the situation during the portion of the hearing where he asks immigrant defendants whether they understand the proceedings.

“I’m embarrassed to ask it, because I don’t know who you would explain it to, unless you think that a 1-year-old could learn immigration law,” Judge John W. Richardson told the lawyer representing the 1-year-old boy.
The separation of toddlers who can't even speak yet from their parents makes this particularly ludicrous and bizarre, but this same absurdist process happens to 7  to 10 year olds as well, none of whom are in a position to understand. But according to our president, that's the point. He clearly sees this policy as a tool for deterrence which has been deemed illegal by the courts.

But then he has said many times that he believes in using cruelty and violence against innocents to send a message. Most famously during the campaign he said this:
When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.
He's also claimed that "the wives know" and even conjured up some fantasy during one of the debates in which he claimed that the wives of the 9/11 hijackers all knew what was going to happen and flew out out of the country ahead of time. (They weren't married. There was no flight. But you knew that.) As president he's questioned why drone strikes should try to avoid civilian casualties.

The upshot is that he believes that families of people who have broken the law are automatically complicit. Evidently that includes even babies. And he says it right out loud.

It's not that American presidents haven't killed innocents or supported despots when it pleased them. The US government going back to the beginning has been hypocritical on human rights, starting with slavery and native American genocide. For years, the US defended some tyrants as "allies" while condemning others. During the Obama administration the press secretary even grotesquely quipped that a 15 year old victim of a drone strike "should have had a more responsible father" which is worthy of Trump himself. Nobody is saying that the US has ever been above reproach on the human rights scale.

But in the context of his aggressive hostility toward American allies and his courting of autocrats, Donald Trump's open contempt for human rights and the institutions that promote them is taking the US to a place it has not been for a century or more. He doesn't even deploy the old "hypocrisy as the tribute vice pays to virtue" by at least rhetorically promoting the ideals and values that most Americans used to teach their kids. He's blatantly selling a crude authoritarianism and millions of citizens are buying into it.

He has made it clear for some time that tyranny and state violence are simple facts of life with which he doesn't have a problem. Even as he disrespects America's traditional allies, he extols the virtues of leaders like North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Russia's Vladimir Putin. Take his comments after the Singapore Summit when he described Kim as a talented young man who took over a "very tough" country from his father. When Kim's abominable human rights record came up he replied:
Yeah, but so have a lot of other people done some really bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done. 
It is the most repressive, totalitarian, dystopia on earth, its excesses beyond Orwellian.

But that's not the first time he's rationalized the tyrannical regime of an authoritarian  leader he admires. During the 2016 campaign MSNBC's Joe Scarborough asked about  Russian president Vladimir Putin's unfortunate habit of killing critical journalists and he said “I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe."

Putin's human rights record isn't quite as heinous as Kim Jong Un's but it is very bad. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists Russia is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, many of them critics of government policies and corruption.

Trump has defended Putin from these charges even as he has (sort of) assured his ecstatic crowd that he wouldn't kill journalists himself even though he hates them.



Trump said on his way out of town that of the meetings he's having with NATO, the British government and Vladimir Putin, Putin was  going to be "the easiest." That isn't surprising. The two leaders are philosophically a match made in heaven. Neither of them even pretends to care about human rights, and they are happy to say so right up front.

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          NATO allies vow to meet spending targets after Trump criticism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NATO leaders declared their "unwavering commitment" to agreed defence spending targets at a summit on Wednesday and stressed concerns over threats posed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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Donald Trump said yesterday he was confident North Korean leader Kim Jongun would “honour the contract” the two leaders signed last month in Singapore, while suggesting that China was “exerting negative pressure” on the agreement amid its trade fight...
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Update: One look at the 'family' photo and it's clear there are a lot of 'gaps' between these alliance leaders...

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President Trump is, rightly, stirring the pot in Europe today, reportedly demanding that NATO leaders increase their defense spending targets from 2 to 4%, according to the Bulgarian president.

“President Trump, who spoke, raised the question not just to reach 2%, today, but set a new target – 4%,” Bulgarian president Rumen Radev told reporters, according to Reuters, citing BNR public radio.

“NATO is not a bourse a which one can buy security. But yes, on the other hand, President Trump is right, as each country should build its effective capabilities, and the unwillingness with which Bulgaria spends money on defense is obvious.”

As a reminder, US only spends 3.57% of GDP (which is the most), and as one French official noted, "it wasn’t a demand, rather just a mention.".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed that:

"During the president's remarks today at the NATO summit, he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2 per cent of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it to 4 per cent," Sanders said after the closed-door meeting of NATO leaders.  

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was reluctant to endorse such a move.

“I will focus on what we have agreed and we have agreed that we committed to the pledge increasing defense spending to 2 percent,” he told reporters. “And let’s start with that. We have a way to go.”

"We do have disagreements, but most importantly, we have decisions that are pushing this alliance forward and making us stronger," Stoltenberg said.

"At the end of the day, we all agree that North America and Europe are safer together."

And then President Trump doubled-down on his earlier shot at Germany:

"Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russia because it's getting so much of its energy from Russia," Trump told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a fiery on-camera exchange that was among the harshest in the history of the post-World War II alliance.

"We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country we're supposed to be protecting you against," Trump said, referring to European purchases of Russian natural gas.

Blasting "What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?"

Trump then returned to the broader NATO membership, asking "Why are their only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade." 

Trump ended with ALL CAPS: "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025."

As a reminder, NATO members agreed in 2014 to spend at least 2 percent of their respective GDP on defense by 2024. The goals are also for each country's own defense budget, not payments into the alliance.

One glance at the current spending levels and it is clear that Trump is right.

Infographic: Expenditure Of Nato Countries In 2016 | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

As we noted previously, Trump is quite right that America’s NATO allies, particularly Germany and Canada, don’t spend enough on defense.  Germany is reported to have less than twenty operational tanks. Canada’s armed forces appear to be smaller than the New York City police department.

But the Europeans ask, ‘defense against whom?’   The Soviet Union was a huge threat back in the Cold War when the mighty Red Army had 55,000 tanks pointed West.  Today, Russia’s land and naval power has evaporated.  Russia has perhaps 5,500 main battle tanks in active service and a similar number in storage, a far cry from its armored juggernaut of the Cold War. 

More important, Russia’s military budget for 2018 was only $61 billion, actually down 17% from last year.  That’s 4.3% of GDP.  Russia is facing hard economic times.  Russia has slipped to third place in military spending after the US, China and Saudi Arabia.   The US and its wealthy allies account for two thirds of world military spending.  In fact, the US total military budget (including for nuclear weapons and foreign wars) is about $1 trillion, 50% of total US government discretionary spending.

In addition, Russia must defend a vast territory from the Baltic to the Pacific.  The US is fortunate in having Mexico and Canada as neighbors.  Russia has North Korea, China, India, the Mideast and NATO to watch.  As with its naval forces, Russia’s armies are too far apart to lend one another mutual support. Two vulnerable rail lines are Russia’s main land link between European Russia and its Pacific Far East.

Infographic: The U.S. Is Pouring Money Into Air Bases Flanking Russia  | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

Trump’s supplemental military budget boost this year of $54 billion is almost as large as Russia’s entire 2018 military budget.  As for Trump’s claim that Europe is not paying its fair share of NATO expenses, note that that Britain and France combined together spend more on their military forces than Russia.

In Europe, it’s hard to find many people who still consider Russia a serious threat except for some tipsy Danes, right wing Swedes, and assorted Russophobic East Europeans.  The main fear of Russia seems concentrated in the minds of American neoconservatives, media, and rural Trump supporters, all victims of the bizarre anti-Russian hysteria that has gripped the US.

Still, it all seems smiles in Brussels for now...


          We Resist: Day 538      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about) is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Earlier today by me: Trump Opens NATO Summit by Blasting Germany and Meanwhile, in North Korea... and Trump's War on Immigrants: The Latest.

Here are some more things in the news today...

[Content Note: Nativism; child abuse] Esmeralda Bermudez at the LA Times: 'You Don't Love Me Anymore?': A Son Is Separated from His Father at the Border, Then Comes a Wrenching Call.
For 25 days, [Hermelindo Che Coc, who came from Guatemala in late May seeking asylum] had no news about his son. He was given a phone number to call, but the calls wouldn't go through.

He finally connected with Jefferson once he reached Los Angeles by bus in late June.

He learned his son was in New York City at Cayuga Centers, an agency that has housed several hundred kids separated from parents in foster care.

That first phone call quickly went from joyful to unbearable.

"Papa, I thought they killed you," Jefferson told his father, crying. "You separated from me. You don't love me anymore?"

"No, my son," Che Coc told him. "I'm crying for you. I promise, soon you will be with me."

Each day since, Che Coc waits anxiously to hear from two caseworkers, a woman and a man he knows simply as Nancy and Guario.

They tell him that Jefferson is in school, that he's clothed, fed, and cared for.

This brings the father little comfort. He worries he won't be with his boy for his birthday, which is next Friday. He also worries his son may feel even more isolated than other children because he mostly speaks Mayan Q'eqchi'.

The last time Che Coc spoke to Jefferson, about a week ago, he saw his son's face via video. There was a prominent bruise on his forehead.

"I fell off the bed," the boy said, crying.
This is not fucking okay. None of this is fucking okay. This is intolerable. I am so angry and so heartsick and so ashamed of my country. People wonder how things like the Holocaust could have happened. This is how. A government treats a population with systemic bigotry and institutional dehumanization and eventually eliminationism, and the majority of the population doesn't fucking care.


Editors of the Salt Lake Tribune: Our Treatment of Refugee Children Is a National Disgrace. "If you want to make people believe a lie, the experts taught us, make it big. And, apparently, if you want to make people sit still for an atrocity, make it just big enough to have no personality, no individual human face. And, of course, prepare the ground by spending years telling lies about how many people are crossing the border illegally, how many of them are gang members and drug dealers and rapists, basically dehumanizing them in the eyes of many Americans so we don't become concerned with those victimized in our name and with our money."

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Luke Barnes at ThinkProgress: Anti-Antifa Bill Would Punish Masked Protesters with up to 15 Years in Prison. "Republican Congressmen have introduced legislation that would make it a crime, punishable by more than a decade in prison, for protesters to cover their faces during demonstrations. The 'Unmasking Antifa Act,' introduced in June by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) and co-sponsored by Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Ted Budd (R-NC), states anyone who 'while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person' could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison." ...What makes this latest piece of legislation so troubling is that it specifically targets the constitutionally protected rights of leftist counter-protestors to free assembly rather than, say, the neo-Nazi who killed one and injured dozens more during last year's Unite the Right white supremacist rally. The legislation also ignores the massive disparity in violence between Antifa and far-right groups."

Caroline O. has an important Twitter thread on the Unmasking Antifa Act beginning here:


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Jessica Mason Pieklo at Rewire.News: There Is No Liberal Case for Brett Kavanaugh. "Donald Trump had barely left the White House Monday night with his pick to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, before the 'liberal's case for Brett Kavanaugh' pieces started to run, including assurances that he was the greatest carpool dad in town. Let me be blunt: There is no liberal case for Brett Kavanaugh. None. So let's stop this nonsense right now. I don't care how good the man is at managing a carpool; his beliefs are dangerous. And he is about to be handed the keys to the most powerful Court in the land."


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Graeme Wearden and Nick Fletcher at the Guardian: Markets Rattled as Trump Escalates China Trade War with Tariffs on $200bn of Imports. "Global markets are rattled this morning after America escalated the deepening trade war between the two countries. Overnight, Donald Trump began the process of slapping 10% tariffs on a further $200bn of imports from China, on top of the $34bn (soon to be $50bn) imposed last week. The move is a significant escalation of the trade war between Washington and Beijing, further raising the dangers of a major economic shock."

As I noted in comments earlier: "Anyone who believes that Trump is truly trying to build a bridge with North Korea while simultaneously slapping $200 billion worth of tariffs on China is living in a fantasyland. You don't provoke the country best placed to work with you to put diplomatic pressure on North Korea if you're really interested in effective diplomacy."

Meanwhile, in Russia...


And Russia is just making announcements about U.S. policy now cool cool cool everything is fine:


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Natasha Korecki at Politico: Pence Launches Midwest Damage Control Mission. "Vice President Mike Pence begins a campaign swing through the Midwest on Wednesday designed to fire up the base in three battleground House districts. But there’s also a secondary mission: damage control. In the face of a trade war that intensified just four days ago, Pence is quietly setting up one-on-one meetings with major Midwestern donors where he is prepared to blunt concerns over an escalating situation that's beginning to wreak havoc on markets, farmers, and employers across the region."

Kate Riga at TPM: Flynn's New Consulting Gig Turns into Circus Hours After Announcement. "Mere hours after the announcement was published introducing former national security adviser Michael Flynn as the global strategies director of new consulting firm Stonington Global LLC, Flynn's lawyers swooped, insisting that the announcement was a product of a 'misunderstanding' and that Flynn was not a part of the new firm — at least not yet."

[CN: Racism] Nicole Hensley at the New York Daily News: Woman Calls Cops on Black 12-Year-Old Boy Delivering Newspapers in Ohio Neighborhood. "A fledgling paperboy working alongside his mother in suburban Columbus, Ohio, came face-to-face with a cop after a neighbor thought he was up to no good. The nosy neighbor spied the 12-year-old boy, who is Black, hop out of a van and walk up to a handful of Upper Arlington homes Friday. She initially assumed he was delivering newspapers, she told authorities, but soon thought otherwise. 'I noticed they were walking up to houses with nothing in hand and one of them came back with something,' the 911 caller said, according to WSYX-TV. 'It seemed kind of suspicious.' The mother explained to the officer dispatched that her youngest son, Uriah Sharp, had delivered his papers to the wrong home and was picking them up. The cop 'quickly determined' that's exactly what the Sharps were doing, according to police." STOP CALLING THE POLICE ON BLACK PEOPLE FOR LIVING THEIR LIVES.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
          Pompeo's North Korea meeting went 'as badly as it could have gone' - CNN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Pompeo's North Korea meeting went 'as badly as it could have gone'
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(CNN) It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD. It ended with a scuttled rendezvous, statements declaring disappointment and stalemate. Secretary of State ...
Pentagon Puts a Price Tag on Military ExercisesWall Street Journal
After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeedLos Angeles Times
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          NATO leaders urge continuation of 'decisive pressure' on North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NATO leaders on Wednesday called on all nations to maintain "decisive pressure" on North Korea, including by fully implementing United Nations sanctions, to persuade it to give up it nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

          RT — Czech PM signs power-sharing deal with Communist Party ahead of key vote      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Thought it was over?
Cooperation with the communists has sparked outrage from many Czechs and prompted thousands of people to come out and protest against the move in June. The Czech Communist Party has maintained hardline views, unlike many other European communist parties, who have moved into the mainstream left-wing in recent years.
The party is anti-NATO and totally opposed to any deployment of Czech troops abroad, including to the Baltic countries and Poland as part of NATO missions. It also maintains close relations with communist parties in Cuba, North Korea and China.
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Czech PM signs power-sharing deal with Communist Party ahead of key vote

          GEORGE D. O’NEILL JR. - For Peace With Putin, End America’s Pointless Wars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Ignore the establishment: Trump has a huge opportunity at his upcoming summit.



Another excellent article from the American Conservative, this is about half of it. KV.

The upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is an overdue opportunity for the American president’s next bold peace initiative. It is time for the U.S. to stop its wasteful wars, and Russia can be a constructive partner to this end.
The mainstream press on both sides of the Atlantic will howl against any agreement between Trump and Putin—no matter what’s in it. So why not take steps that the American public will instinctively understand and that will provide the support for Trump to end America’s failed interventions? Besides what are his opponents going to do? Vilify him for seeking peace and starting the process of healing the many wounds of the wars? The American people are not fooled by false claims that Trump is soft on terrorism; they are aware that U.S. military interventions oftentimes can—and do—fuel terrorism.
President Trump should propose a drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan in exchange for a drawdown of Russian troops in Syria (along with a pledge that America has no interest in reengaging in the Syrian Civil War). This would be consistent with Trump’s oft-stated observation that America’s wars (declared and undeclared) in the Middle East have been a waste.
Trump need not “recognize” the Russian annexation of Crimea but he should assert that a resolution to the situation on the ground in Ukraine is a European matter—to be settled by bilateral negotiations between Russia and Europe.
The American public is not interested in diplomatic and media theater. They know two things to be true: the failing “Trump-Russia collusion” hysteria is proving baseless (and distracting from concerns over economic growth and jobs); and whatever America’s international security interests are in the Middle East, we are all better protected with allies that face similar threats.
Russia has more reason to be concerned over Islamic terrorism than America. Their southern border touches on several Islamic countries: Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. The instability created by America’s misguided military adventures has, for years, been unsettling to Russia. According to a friend who has long studied Russia, America’s post-Cold War military aggression, starting in the Balkans, began the ascension to power of Russian military hardliners who were skeptical of America’s intentions for peace.
Russia has a significantly better understanding of and influence over most of those countries, including Iran. America’s relationship with Iran has long been hostile due to years of interference and mistreatment. The relationship was seriously complicated in 1953 when our CIA and British intelligence overthrew their democratically elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh, and placed the brutal Shah in power. The Washington keyboard warriors never mention this sad chapter in our history. Imagine how we would feel towards a country that interfered with us to that extent.
How much smarter would it be for Russia to work with its neighbor Iran to limit the civil war in Yemen, than for America to continue to provide military support to Saudi Arabia to perpetuate a colossal human tragedy?
The naysayers ridiculed Trump’s peace initiative with North Korea, and yet his denuclearization and pacification of the Korean Peninsula advances (in contrast to the efforts of four previous American presidential administrations). Given that Trump and Kim could sit together, what stands in the way of progress with Putin?


GEORGE D. O’NEILL JR. - For Peace With Putin, End America’s Pointless

          NATO leaders urge continuation of 'decisive pressure' on North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NATO leaders on Wednesday called on all nations to maintain "decisive pressure" on North Korea, including by fully implementing United Nations sanctions, to persuade it to give up it nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

          Paul Manafort is receiving all kinds of special VIP perks in prison, including his own private living space and bathroom      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is receiving VIP treatment in jail, according to a new court filing.
  • He reportedly has his own private living space, bathroom, and workspace to prepare for his July 25 trial — and doesn't even have to wear a prison uniform.
  • Manafort is the defendant in two separate criminal trials prosecuted by the special counsel Robert Mueller. He faces over 20 charges related to bank and tax fraud, among others.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is getting the luxury treatment in jail while awaiting trial, according to a Wednesday court filing from the office of the special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller is currently prosecuting Manafort in two separate criminal cases in Virginia and Washington, DC on a dozen criminal charges including tax and bank fraud, conspiracy, lying to investigators, and obstruction of justice.

The filing from prosecutors counters Manafort's request to delay his Virginia trial by months. Manafort claims he is getting inadequate time and resources to prepare for his July 25 trial, but details revealed in the documents argue otherwise.

Citing prison visitor logs, Mueller's office says Manafort is getting plenty of time to meet with his lawyers, and is benefiting from the "VIP" treatment at Northern Neck Jail in Virginia.

"Among the unique privileges Manafort enjoys at the jail are a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units, his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial," a footnote in the filing reads. "Manafort is also not required to wear a prison uniform. On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a 'VIP.'"

Manafort was previously out on bond and under house arrest after being charged, but a federal judge revoked his bail and ordered that he go to jail after prosecutors accused him and an associate of witness tampering.

This isn't the first time Manafort has received special privileges while under law enforcement supervision. Prior to being moved into his own private living space, Manafort reportedly lived in a "VIP cell" once occupied by former NFL player Michael Vick.

And in December 2017, Judge Amy Berman Jackson allowed him to temporarily leave house arrest to spend Christmas with his extended family in the Hamptons.

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          Kim Jong Un may have purposefully clowned the Trump administration by ditching his Secretary of State for a potato farm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks to have ditched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a trip to a potato farm during his latest trip to the country.
  • Pompeo was reportedly supposed to meet Kim, but only met his underlings in the latest in a long string of embarrassing failures of US diplomacy. 
  • Trump said North Korea is working toward denuclearization and has made a number of concessions to them, but no evidence backs this claim.
  • Instead, North Korea looks like it's continuing work on nuclear weapons while stringing along and clowning the Trump administration.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks to have ditched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a trip to a potato farm in the latest in a long string of embarrassing failures in President Donald Trump's push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. 

Pompeo traveled to North Korea to follow up on the vaunted Singapore summit between Kim and Trump, where the two shook hands and posed for pictures while securing little in terms of concrete steps toward denuclearization.

Pompeo was reportedly promised a meeting with Kim, but Kim appears to have toured a potato farm instead, according to pictures released by North Korean media.

Meanwhile, Pompeo failed to nail down a framework agreement for disarming North Korea, and he was swiftly badmouthed by Pyongyang. 

North Korean media called the US's negotiating stance "regrettable," "gangster-like," and said the "results of the talks are extremely worrisome" just after Pompeo's visit

North Korea said Pompeo's trip went "as badly as it could have gone," CNN's Will Ripley quoted a source as saying.  The North Koreans "were just messing around, not serious about moving forward."

North Korea is straight up clowning the Trump administration

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So far, North Korea has gained international standing and de facto sanctions relief by engaging in diplomacy with the US and South Korea. Kim meeting Trump fulfilled an important foreign policy goal for North Korea, and China, its main trading partner, has been observed resuming trade with Pyongyang. 

Trump unilaterally decided to suspend military drills with South Korea, which could potentially wither and undermine the rationale behind an important US foothold in Asia. Trump hasn't secured any verifiable steps towards denuclearization from North Korea, or even got them to commit to any. 

Since the summit, Trump has taken to praising Kim. Trump said he got Kim to agree to destroy a missile testing site, but that has yet to happen.

Instead, North Korea appears as though it's conducting business as usual. NBC reported in June that US intelligence agencies found North Korea continuing to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

Satellite imagery of North Korea reviewed by ArmsControlWonk.com found North Korea actually expanding missile testing sites.

On July 6, when Pompeo was in North Korea, The Wall Street Journal reported that ev