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Thursday, 03 January

10:11

From Crisis to Crisis: When a Top World Leader is an Arrogant Psychotic "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The picture for the world is grim. An arrogant individual with a proven compulsion to tell monstrous lies is arguably the most powerful person on the planet.

09:43

Trump Slid Down the Chimney Unnoticed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

NEO JOURNAL COLLAGE

Do you still remember the young girl that had a rather unfortunate experience of speaking with Donald Trump on Christmas Eve over the phone? According to a number of Western media sources the conversation went as follows:

Are you still a believer in Santa? he asked.

Yes, sir, she said.

Then the president asked her a puzzling question:

Because at 7, thats marginal, right?

However, Christmas is that time of the year when all kind of things can happen. So if you, just like Collman Lloyd that had a rather disturbing conversation with the US president, would still leave milk and cookies on the coffee table for Santa, there was still a chance that you wouldnt like the gifts you received this time around.

This has been particularly true of the present that Santa-Trump decided to make to the US Armed Forces, as he decided for the first time in his presidency to pay a visit to US servicemen operating in Iraq. Together his wife Melania, Trump sneaked aboard the Air Force One that had all lights turned off and curtains closed until the take off. This flight took them to the Al Asad Airbase some 120 miles from Baghdad, where Trump wanted to wish those sacrificing their lives for Washingtons super profits a Merry Christmas. This trip was mired so hard in secrecy that even the journalists that were accompanying the US president wouldnt be able to report the news two hours after the landing. It goes without saying that all the diplomatic procedures that must be observed when a leader of foreign state visits a country were simply ignored by the White House, which constitutes a serious insult to Iraqi authorities.

Unsurprisingly, local lawmakers and Shia militia leaders would unilaterally condemned this visit of Santa-Trump, while describing it as a blatant violation of Iraqs sovereignty. According to Reuters, the Bina bloc led by a militia leader Hadi al-Amiri would call Trumps surprise trip to Iraq:

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07:11

The Catalan Question (I) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The problem of Catalonia was left to be solved and the leading political forces of Spain were aware that the Catalans are the only organized ethnic group in the country. The Spainish government did not want to lose a region and had to do something special for the Catalans in order not to lose them.

The post The Catalan Question (I) appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

06:35

Syria and Afghanistan: Two Different Realities "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Two terrible wars, two mighty destructions, but two absolutely opposite outcomes.

In Syria, it may be autumn now, but almost the entire country is blossoming again, literally rising from ashes. Two thousand miles east from there, Afghanistan is smashed against its ancient rocks, bleeding and broken. There, it does not really matter what season it is; life is simply dreadful and hope appears to be in permanent exile.

Damascus, the ancient and splendid capital of Syria, now the Syrian Arab Republic, is back to life again. People go out until late at night, there are events; there is music and vibrant social life. Not all, but many are smiling again. Checkpoints are diminishing, and now one does not even have to go through metal detectors in order to enter museums, cafes and some of the international hotels.

The people of Damascus are optimistic, some of them are ecstatic. They fought hard, they lost hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, but they won! They finally won, against all odds, supported by their true friends and comrades. They are proud of what they have achieved, and rightly so!

Humiliated on so many occasions, for so long, the Arab people suddenly rose and demonstrated to the world and to themselves that they can defeat invaders, no matter how powerful they are; no matter how canny and revolting their tactics are. As I wrote on several previous occasions, Aleppo is the Stalingrad of the Middle East. It is a mighty symbol. There, fascism and imperialism were stopped. Unsurprisingly, because of its stamina, courage and aptitude, the center of Pan-Arabism Syria has become, once again, the most important country for the freedom-loving people of the region.

Syria has many friends, among them China, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela. But the most determined of them, the most reliable, remains Russia.

The Russians stood by its historical ally, even when things looked bad, almost hopeless; even when the terrorists trained and implanted into Syria by the West, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, were flattening entire ancient cities, and millions of refugees flowing out of the country, through the all seven gates of Damascus, and from all major cities, as well as towns and villages.

The Russians worked hard, often behind...

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Wednesday, 02 January

14:11

Gaza march leader to conscientious objectors: Turn your words into weapons "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The leader of Gazas Great Return March holds a rare conversation with Israelis who refuse to serve in the army because of the occupation. Those who refuse to take part in the attacks on the demonstrators in Gaza they stand on the right side of history.

By Edo Konrad and Oren Ziv

Israeli activists, including past and soon-to-be conscientious objectors hold a phone conversation with Gaza Return March leader Ahmed Abu Artema at the Hagada Hasmalit political space, Tel Aviv, December 19, 2018. (Oren Ziv)

Israeli activists, including past and soon-to-be conscientious objectors hold a phone conversation with Gaza Return March leader Ahmed Abu Artema at the Hagada Hasmalit, Tel Aviv, December 19, 2018. (Oren Ziv)

It is difficult to imagine today, but meetings between Palestinian and Israeli activists used to be routine. The younger generation of Palestinian and Israelis, however, were born into a world of walls, fences, and segregation, where even a simple conversation can be complicated, and at times, impossible.

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That stark reality was on display two weeks ago when dozens of Israeli activists, including past and soon-to-be conscientious objectors held a rare conversation with Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the main organizers behind Gazas Great Return March. For many of the younger conscientious objectors, the Great Return March served as an inspiration for their personal reasons to refuse enlistment in the Israeli army.

It is very nice to meet people who decided to take a stand, listen to the...

12:25

Is the End of the Brutal War in Yemen Finally at Hand? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The wars swift conclusion appears all but inevitable. While Crown Prince Mohammed may be committed to final victory, the Saudi regime remains heavily dependent on U.S. political-diplomatic cover, as it has since the beginning of the bombing campaign in Yemen. Ironically, that political reality could now tip the balance toward peace.

11:55

Fourth World Under Unprecedented Threat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Never in recent times have the 370 million indigenous peoples who have no states of their own been under assault, as it is now, Wayne Madsen writes.

11:32

Native Americans & The New Confusion in US Politics "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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When it comes to the genocide of Native Americans, the people of the United States seem to face an existential crisis. The cultural clashes and recent diversification of rhetoric around this issue illustrates how deeply confused the people of the United States truly are about their identity and their history.

Ethnic Cleansing, Cultural Genocide and Mass Murder

Long before the creation of the United States, or the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, massacres of Native people by settlers had already begun. Incident such as the Gnadenhutten massacre of 1782, or the Massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890, cannot be described accidental or as outliers.

The forced removal of Native Americans ordered by US President Andrew Jackson in 1838 and carried out against the wishes of the US Supreme Court resulted in at least 10,000 deaths. It is hard to honestly describe the Trail of Tears as anything but ethnic cleansing.

The Native American Schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs conducted a cultural genocide. Children were forcibly removed from their parents and taken to government run facilities in which they were not permitted to speak their own language, and indoctrinated with Christianity. Native American religion was illegal in many parts of the United States until the passage of the Federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act in 1978.

In 2004, the British white supremacist leader John Tyndall told a group of sympathizers in Louisiana: Ive always been greatly interested in America. No one with the least knowledge of history, the history and development of your country could possibly believe in the current madness of racial equality. Here is a great continent of boundless wealth, but it was just a wilderness before the coming of the white man. It was the white man and white women who tamed it, build it and created a civilization here.

Defending Crimes Against Humanity

In 2004 John Tyndall, and former US Congressman David Duke, who sat in the audience as Tyndall spoke, were on the political fringe. These statements glorifying the crimes against Native Americans and justifying them had been marginalized to only the extreme right-wing. In 1980s, 90s, and the...

11:25

On Trump"s Syrian Pullout "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Daniel Falcone: As an expert on American foreign policy what is the true meaning and significance of Trump pulling ground troops out of Syria? Is it this simple and straightforward? What are the implications of Mattis stepping down in your view?

11:00

The WWI Conspiracy - Part One: To Start A War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

What was World War One about? How did it start? Who won? And what did they win? Now, 100 years after those final shots rang out, these questions still puzzle historians and laymen alike. This is the story of WWI that you didn't read in the history books. This is The WWI Conspiracy.

10:55

Trump Learns Markets Don"t Like Uncertainty "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If theres one thing Ive learned in my twenty plus years of market-watching it is that markets hate uncertainty. Uncertainty breeds volatility and volatility usually prefaces a panic.

09:55

Tehran Intends to Outplay Trump in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Reporting about the situation in Afghanistan has revealed that US diplomats are unprepared to begin peace negotiations. Afghanistans leaders are being torn apart by ethnic and political rivalries.

07:50

6242 Philippines Earthquakes in 2018 an Analysis "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

6442 Philippines Earthquakes counted in the Year 2018.

These are about 1500 more quakes than in 2017. Is the underground of the Philippines getting more nervous? Has it become more dangerous to live in the Philippines?

Lets have a look on the comparison table from 2011 to 2018:

Earthquakes in 2018 - an Analysis

Comparing the total numbers of Philippines Earthquakes (rightmost column) one could think that earth is much more often shaking now than 8 years ago. But looking at the Medium and Strong columns you discover that with exception of 2012, all the years the earthquake activity had been similar. In 2012 the Philippine Trench had been very active. But also in 2018 3 out of the 5 strong earthquakes happened in the southern part of the
Philippine Trench.

The increase of the number of weak earthquakes looks rather dramatically :

The increase of the number of weak earthquakes looks rather dramaticallyIncrease of weak earthquakes

The origin of the increase is rather simple. We receive the raw data from Phivolcs,  the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. In the last four years Phivolcs had heavily invested in new observatories and new monitoring stations. Phivolcs had started out with only 12 seismic stations in 1984. Last Occober 4,2018, they established their 100th monitoring station.

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07:25

Iran Challenges Saudi Role In The Afghan Endgame "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is a masterstroke by the Saudi regime to assume the role of peacemaker at a juncture when its international image is severely damaged following the brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Ironically, Saudis are undertaking a rescue act to help the US wriggle out of a 17-year old war.

The post Iran Challenges Saudi Role In The Afghan Endgame appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

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Tuesday, 01 January

23:13

The End is Near When You Cant Even Trust the Real News "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The Brits are gearing up for war. Russia is filling robot suits with humans. And Donald Trump will build the Great Wall of America or bust. No, these are not fake news stories, our world is just this fouled up. Trumps lawyer got three years for paying off the presidents past squeezes, Secretary of State Pompeo is losing his mind because Putin flew some decrepit Russian bombers to Venezuela, and China says theyre sorry they wanted to dominate the world. Good morning from NEO, this is the truth and nothing but the truth. Read on.

Speaking with a British lisp that would make Kaa, the snake from the film The Jungle Book cringe, General Sir Nick Carter told members of the Royal United Services Institute to get ready for all-out war with Russia, China, Iran and a terrorist laundry list of foes. General Carter, whose list of military accomplishments string from invading Afghanistan to helping break up Yugoslavia, is the Chief of the Defence Staff, head of the Queen Mothers armed forces. The general who was condemned by an American counterpart in Afghanistan for gross lack of concern for subordinates throughout his command in Afghanistan, told attendees the UK must prepare for all-out war and shift away from our peacetime mentality because these superstates are a threat to Britains security, stability, and prosperity. Clearly, the good General has little concern for his country as a whole, for the UK could not even substantially beat Argentina during the Falklands affair. Who can forget Hitler nearly brought Britain to her knees with propeller planes and some leaky submarines back in 1940, and now Carter wants to gear up for taking on superpowers! Brits had better start practicing their duck and cover exercises again.

Moving down deeper into the policy rabbit hole we find President Donald Trump warning to shut down the United States government if Congress does not give him the cash to build the Great Wall of America. Sorry to sound curt or cynical, but watching Trump from the Oval Office with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuch Schumer the other day reminded me of schoolyard shenanigans and one-upmanship. Correlative news tells of Trumps former lawyer now disgraced, telling the judge who sentenced him to three years in prison for tax evasion and other crimes, that the presidential hopeful Donald Trump had caused him to follow a path of darkness rather than light. The former Trump aide said he felt it was his duty to cover up Trumps dirty deeds. Also in this vein, former Trump Secr...

15:33

The IDF doesnt investigate Palestinian deaths it whitewashes them "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Israeli army says it would like to conduct thorough investigations of the Palestinians it kills or wounds. The only problem? It is unable to do so honestly.

By Hagai El-Ad

Israeli Border Police officers take positions during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron, July 14, 2018. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Israeli Border Police officers take positions during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron, July 14, 2018. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

A little over a year ago, on the last day of October 2017, Muhammad Musa and his sister Latifah drove to Ramallah to run some errands. Shortly after the two filmed a short selfie video during the ride, soldiers opened fire at their car near Halamish junction. Latifah was wounded, Muhammad was killed. He was 26.

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BTselems investigation into his killing was made public about five weeks later, and included several eye witness accounts as well as testimonies from paramedics who arrived on the scene. One of these eyewitnesses, Muhammad Nafea, is identified by his full name, photo, address, and occupation.

And yet, the Military Police Investigations Unit (MPIU) still somehow wrote to BTselem, almost six months later in May 2018, that it would be grateful to receive Muhammad Nafeas full personal information in order to contact him and arrange to have him give his statement...

12:25

How Israel"s Conscription Law Assaults its Own Ultra-Orthodox Community "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On one side, a fearless community which knows no physical boundaries and is bound by its absolute faith in the Almighty and in the Torah. On the other, the full might of the state of Israel that is determined to undo the Haredi community and turn them into regular Israelis.

11:55

Poland Wants France to Share Nukes and Voting Seat on the UNSC "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Poland and Ukraine cannot stop provoking laughter from international observers. After the idea of resurrecting Ukraines nuclear arsenal, it is now Poland's turn to send shockwaves around Europe.

11:25

Syria, Iraq Respond to US Attempts to Prolong Its Occupation of Region "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Despite the USs ambitions to prolong its presence and influence in shifting from Syrian to Iraqi territory, Syria has taken large strides in stabilizing itself diplomatically after a nearly eight-year-long war. This week, Syria opened up its embassy with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after over 7 years.

11:12

Trumps Pullout in Syria: 2 Steps Forward in US Foreign Policy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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At first impression it would be naive to believe that Donald Trump is keeping his campaign promise to downsize Americas foreign military engagements based on some moral compass, or by realising that America has gotten itself into a bigger quagmire than before, even greater than the one he inherited from Obama with his unexpected decision to withdraw US forces from Syria and downsize in Afghanistan.

But the order to withdraw US has nevertheless been signed. So what does it really mean, whats the motivation for it and what will be the blowback?

It gets complicated and with many layers. Despite what pundits claim, Israel and others are not at all dumfounded by Trumps actions, and it has more to do with moving forward Americas agenda than a ploy to save his presidency. Some even claim that the American withdrawal will have dangerous consequences for Washingtons allies in the Middle East, especially Israel, as recently purported by the Jerusalem Post.

James Mattis, the former US Secretary of Defense, has questioned Trumps right to make such a decision, as he was doing even before his recent resignation. This is a strange step for a US public servant to take however, as the last time I read the US Constitution; the President is still the Commander in Chief.

Much more is involved, and the unexpected announcement took many by surprise, especially those closest to the US president and those who are supposed to be in the know.

The number of US troops in Syria is not the issue. There are currently about 2,600 service members in the country, not the many thousands you would expect, when set against the weight of verbiage which propelled them there. The issue for many, on a superficial level, is that the pullout means that Trump is turning his back on Kurdish fighters who have carried the bu...

11:00

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

25th ANNIVERSARY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERT

10:55

How the Melting Pot of Truth and Disinformation Became One. There Is no Such Thing as Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Clickbait is the new religion in a morally bankrupt newsroom where truth is a parenthesis, sometimes an obstacle, to a great headline.

07:32

2019 Forecast: South, East, and Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The overarching trend is that the actual and aspiring Great Powers of the region with the exception of India and Pakistan seem to have reached an understanding with one another to handle their disputes in a peaceful manner and avoid being used by the US to divide and rule this part of Asia.

The post 2019 Forecast: South, East, and Southeast Asia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

02:30

Happy New Year! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

2019

The year 2018 was marked by a number of important events on the Asian continent, in the Middle East and a number of other regions. Regime changes, armed conflicts, the rapid growth in the number of terrorist attacks  thats the outcome of the short-sighted policies employed by certain countries and Wahhabi states.

The New Eastern Outlook editorial board want to thank our authors and readers for the their contribution to the efforts of the international community, both diplomatic and media ones, made in an attempt to reduce international tension, to minimize regional conflicts, especially the armed ones, to improve the political climate on our planet.

We want to wish each an every one of you family happiness, peaceful sky over your head,  good health and a lot of success in your good deeds and endeavors in the year 2019.

Next year we will strive to strengthen our cooperation even further and to expand the range of our readers and authors.

Happy New Year to you all!

The New Eastern Outlook editorial board.

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Monday, 31 December

21:00

The Deep States Secret War on Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Is Russia targeted by a thousand-year-old criminal conspiracy that, so very long ago, built a system of central banks and set monarch against monarch, century after century? Is this the Deep State Trump tells of, a network of oligarch, central banks and industrial cabals?

Do they now stage terror attacks, down airliners and own the worlds press?

On Christmas Day, 2018, Israeli planes attacked Syria by hiding behind two civilian airliners, one landing in Damascus. The Lebanese government complained vigorously about the violation of its airspace and the insanity of the Israeli action, only days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a no confidence vote that may well remove him from office after charges of broad corruption had been filed against him.

A similar attack was waged on Syrian and Russian forces on September 19, 2018 when Israeli planes following a Russian IL20 military aircraft coming in for a landing, used the Israeli human shield ploy leading to the deaths of 15.

Evidence from sources in Kiev now indicate that the downing of MH17 in 2014 involved Israeli teams operating in Kiev, Israeli pilots flying from bases in Ukraine and Azerbaijan and the use of MH17 as a human shield.

This time, however, there were no ground targets worthy of attack but rather the incident itself, much like the White Helmets fake gas attacks, staged to manipulate opinion and draw NATO and the US into the conflict.

The scenarios go as follows:

  • Israeli pilots flying Ukrainian aircraft, most likely SU27 aircraft with Israeli built radar spoofing to make them seem like SU25 ground attack craft, shadowed the Malaysian Airlines flight.
  • The Mossad had placed air controllers in Kiev that redirected the civilian airliner over a specific spot which should have been a no fly zone because of the history of air combat over that area.
  • Bolstering the capability was an Israeli F15 with powerful radar and a two-man crew, flying out of Azerbaijan. Israel had maintained a capability there since 2010, as reported by defecting Azeri officers who told Iranian officials of the Israeli air presence there, placed there to attack Iran.

At this point, based...

16:00

Happy New Year! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the tumultuous year 2018 is coming to an end, we want to thank you for being with us.

14:23

The grassroots movements in Israel-Palestine that won 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

+972 Magazines story of the year for 2018 is the protest movements that managed to beat the odds by forcing governments to revisit and even change their policies. The story of African refugees stopping their deportation from Israel, and Gazans using popular protests to make sure the world doesnt forget about them.

By Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man

Over 20,000 asylum seekers and Israelis, including residents of south Tel Aviv, protest against Israel's plan to deport African asylum seekers, south Tel Aviv, February 25, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Over 20,000 asylum seekers and Israelis, including residents of south Tel Aviv, protest against Israels plan to deport African asylum seekers, south Tel Aviv, February 25, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The global rise of nationalist and right-wing governments has not been particularly good for progressive movements over the past year. But two grassroots movements in Israel and Palestine, respectively, managed to push back against oppressive policies and, at least temporarily, achieve real victories on the ground. These stories are not only impressive, against-the-odds wins they are also a reminder that the work of organizers and activists on the ground does stand a chance facing down governments, armies, and immensely powerful economic interests.

The first victory took place in Israel, but like most stories these days, it played out in cities, statehouses, and street corners across the globe.

Israel has been trying to quietly deport African refugees for a...

14:06

Germany, France Struggle With Resurgent Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

What are the options available with Paris and Berlin over Ukraine vis--vis Russia? The faultlines in their relations with Trump seriously weaken their capacity to cope with Russian resurgence.

The post Germany, France Struggle With Resurgent Russia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

12:25

Wall Street, Banks and Angry Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet. If the global economy really is booming, why are leaders and their parties around the world continuing to get booted out of office in such a sweeping fashion?

11:55

MH17 Turnabout: Ukraine"s Guilt Now Proven "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Ukraine downed MH17 Malaysian airliner in 2014. Conclusive evidence is suppressed by Western media blatant misrepresentations in sanctions on Russia.

11:25

The US Is on the Side of Terrorists and War Criminals in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The U.S. continues to assist a coalition of governments that includes one that has already committed genocide and also includes several more that are in the process of committing the crime of mass starvation against the people of Yemen.

11:00

UFO - Belladonna - No Heavy Petting (1976) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

UFO - Belladonna - No Heavy Petting (1976)

10:55

Don"t Miss This Year"s Holiday Blockbuster: Russians of the Caribbean! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Why did a couple Russian bombers making a voyage to cash-strapped Venezuela elicit the most bombastic response from the United States?

10:25

Whatever Happened to Peak Oil? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Back during the early days of the Bush-Cheney administration, countless articles and even official statements by the International Energy Agency and various governments proclaimed the onset of what was termed Peak Oil. This was a time when former Halliburton CEO, Vice President Dick Cheney, was named to head the White House Energy Task Force. In the run up to the March 2003 war on Iraq, peak oil or absolute decline in world oil reserves seemed a plausible explanation, if not justification, for the G.W. Bush invasion of Iraq. This author was also for a time persuaded that could explain the oil war. Yet, today we hear little about peak oil. Why, is interesting.

Peak Oil was and is an invention of certain financial circles along with Big Oil to justify among other things ultra-high prices for their oil. The peak oil theory they promoted to justify the high prices, hearkened back to the 1950s and an eccentric oil geologist with Shell Oil in Houston named King Hubbard.

Bell Curves and such

While working for Shell Oil in Texas, Marion King Hubbert, or King, as he preferred to be known, was asked to deliver a paper to the annual meeting of the American Petroleum Institute in 1956, an event that would become one of the most fateful examples of scientific fabrication in the modern era.

Hubbert posited all of his 1956 conclusions, including that the US would reach oil peak in 1970, on the unproven assumption that oil was a fossil fuel, a biological compound produced from dead dinosaur detritus, algae or other life forms originating some 500 million years back. Hubbert accepted the fossil theory without question, and made no evident attempts to scientifically validate such an essential and fundamental part of his argument. He merely asserted fossil origins of oil as Gospel Truth and began to build a new ideology around it, a neo-Malthusian ideology of austerity in the face of looming oil scarcity. He claimed oil fields obeyed the Gaussian bell curve, itself an arbitrary heurism.

For the giant British and American oil companies and the major banks backing them, the myth of scarcity was necessary if they were to be able to control the availability and price of petrole...

06:59

2019 Forecast: Mideast "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Faced with so much uncertainty, the Mideast might initially come off as the most unstable region in the world today, but the fact of the matter is that Russias balancing strategy has brought a semblance of stability where thered otherwise be none.

The post 2019 Forecast: Mideast appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

06:44

Western Media Takes Aim at China's OBOR "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 31, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - In recent months, American, Commonwealth and European media have taken aim at China. From fabricated stories of interment camps with "1 million" Uyghir Muslims being detained in them to a more recent New York Times article claiming to have "secret plans" revealing the military dimension of its One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR), the barrage has been heavy on innuendo and accusations but lacking concrete evidence.


Considering the scale of each accusation, it would be assumed a huge wealth of evidence existed to accompany them. After all, how would China hide a detention network detaining, torturing and executing a "million" people? Or develop complex defence systems with international partners in complete secret? 

Yet these stories circulating the West's most prominent newspapers, television networks and online portals aren't simply lacking in a wealth of evidence, they lack any evidence at all.

NYT Cites "Secret Plans," Provides no Evidence They Exist 

The New York Times in its article, "Chinas Belt and Road Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn," would claim China is pursing decidedly military objectives as part of its wider OBOR initiative. In the article's subtitle, it mentions a "secret plan to build new fighter jets."

The article itself claims:
Just two weeks later, the Pakistani Air Force and Chinese officials were putting the final touches on a secret proposal to expand Pakistans building of Chinese military jets, weaponry and other hardware. The confidential plan, reviewed by The New York Times, would also deepen the cooperation between China and Pakistan in space, a frontier the Pentagon recently said Beijing was trying to militarize after decades of playing catch-up. 

All those military projects were designated as part of Chinas Belt and Road Initiative, a $1 trillion chain of infrastructure development programs stretching across some 70 countries, built and financed by Beijing.

Yet, upon reading the entire article, no evidence, whatsoeve...

06:43

Western Media Takes Aim at China's OBOR "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 31, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - In recent months, American, Commonwealth and European media have taken aim at China. From fabricated stories of interment camps with "1 million" Uyghir Muslims being detained in them to a more recent New York Times article claiming to have "secret plans" revealing the military dimension of its One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR), the barrage has been heavy on innuendo and accusations but lacking concrete evidence.


Considering the scale of each accusation, it would be assumed a huge wealth of evidence existed to accompany them. After all, how would China hide a detention network detaining, torturing and executing a "million" people? Or develop complex defence systems with international partners in complete secret?

Yet these stories circulating the West's most prominent newspapers, television networks and online portals aren't simply lacking in a wealth of evidence, they lack any evidence at all.

NYT Cites "Secret Plans," Provides no Evidence They Exist 

The New York Times in its article, "Chinas Belt and Road Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn," would claim China is pursing decidedly military objectives as part of its wider OBOR initiative. In the article's subtitle, it mentions a "secret plan to build new fighter jets."

The article itself claims:
Just two weeks later, the Pakistani Air Force and Chinese officials were putting the final touches on a secret proposal to expand Pakistans building of Chinese military jets, weaponry and other hardware. The confidential plan, reviewed by The New York Times, would also deepen the cooperation between China and Pakistan in space, a frontier the Pentagon recently said Beijing was trying to militarize after decades of playing catch-up. 

All those military projects were designated as part of Chinas Belt and Road Initiative, a $1 trillion chain of infrastructure development programs stretching across some 70 countries, built and financed by Beijing.

Yet, upon reading the entire article, no evidence, whatsoever...

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21:14

Western Media Takes Aim at Chinas OBOR "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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In recent months, American, Commonwealth and European media have taken aim at China. From fabricated stories of interment camps with 1 million Uyghir Muslims being detained in them to a more recent New York Times article claiming to have secret plans revealing the military dimension of its One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR), the barrage has been heavy on innuendo and accusations but lacking concrete evidence.

Considering the scale of each accusation, it would be assumed a huge wealth of evidence existed to accompany them. After all, how would China hide a detention network detaining, torturing and executing a million people? Or develop complex defence systems with international partners in complete secret?

Yet these stories circulating the Wests most prominent newspapers, television networks and online portals arent simply lacking in a wealth of evidence, they lack any evidence at all.

NYT Cites Secret Plans, Provides no Evidence They Exist 

The New York Times in its article, Chinas Belt and Road Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn, would claim China is pursing decidedly military objectives as part of its wider OBOR initiative. In the articles subtitle, it mentions a secret plan to build new fighter jets.

The article itself claims:

Just two weeks later, the Pakistani Air Force and Chinese officials were putting the final touches on a secret proposal to expand Pakistans building of Chinese military jets, weaponry and other hardware. The confidential plan, reviewed by The New York Times, would also deepen the cooperation between China and Pakistan in space, a frontier the Pentagon recently said Beijing was trying to militarize after decades of playing catch-up. 

All those military projects were designated as part of Chinas Belt and Road Initiative, a $1 trillion chain of infrastructure development programs stretching across some 70 countries, built and financed by Beijing.

Yet, upon reading the entire article, no evidence, whatsoever, substantiates the claim that the OBOR initiative has taken a military turn....

19:34

Safe from deportations, asylum seekers in Israel still living in fear "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The last year has been a tumultuous one for the 35,000 asylum seekers in Israel, most of whom have come from Sudan or Eritrea over the past decade. The Israeli government started the year with a plan to pay most of the asylum seekers to leave for Rwanda and Uganda, and with a half-cocked plan to forcibly deport the rest of them to those countries. Asylum seekers who refused deportation faced indefinite imprisonment. Meanwhile, the government refused to even examine the vast majority of their asylum requests.

We live in a limbo says Darfuri asylum seeker Jack Tigi-Tigi, 34, who arrived in Israel in 2008. [For] more than 10 years people are waiting for an answer, but the state doesnt want to check our cases to grant us [asylum] status.

Tigi-Tigi says he has friends who managed to make it to Europe or the United States who received refugee status there after only a few months. Israel wants to fight people emotionally and spiritually in order to break us down, he laments. When people are broken, they will leave on their own. They want to deport us indirectly. Tigi-Tigi was for a time jailed in Holot, the desert detention facility Israel built four years ago to temporarily house asylum seekers. Many of his friends made the decision to leave after facing imprisonment.

Eritrean asylum seekers and Israeli activists take part in a performance, acting slaves being traded in Libya, to protest against the planned deportation of asylum seekers by the Israeli government, outside of the Israeli parliament in West Jerusalem, January 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Eritrean asylum seekers and Israeli activists take part in a performance, acting slaves being traded in Libya, to protest...

12:56

US Exit from Syria was Bound to Happen "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The US president Donald Trumps decision to pull the US military forces out of Syria has certainly surprised many in the world, especially those closest to him i.e., James Mattis, the Pentagon and the hawks who wish to continue to use Syria as a proxy battlefield against Iran and Russia. Political pundits in the West have accordingly raised a lot of (pseudo) hue and cry, with many of them expressing fears that the withdrawal would create safe-heavens for the terrorists to re-group, that Iran will have a free-hand to expand as much as it wants and that the US relations with its Western and Eastern allies would be negatively affected. The ground realities of the Syrian war, however, indicate that none of these exaggerated fears have any real substance. On the contrary, these fears rather obfuscate the actual state of affairs in Syria.

For the president Trump, the decision to withdraw from Syria is certainly yet another fulfillment of one of his election-campaign promises. But it wasnt just the urge to fulfill this promise that made Trump withdraw. The US, as it stands, had virtually lost the war in Syria, and its troops were getting dangerously exposed, encircled and were under grave threat as occupants of Syria. Partly, this is because of the inability of the US to prevent Turkey from continuing its offensive against the Kurds. And, once the Turkish military crushes and scatters the Kurdish militia, it would leave the 2,000 US troops trapped inside Syria like sitting ducks. And, where these troops to engage in a conflict, or become subject of attacks and were a great many of them to die, the political backlash at home would be too enormous for Trump to handle; hence, the decision to ignore Mattis, who wouldnt be facing this backlash after all.

And, even if the US wanted to use these troops to bring more of the Syrian territory under their control, the Russian military hardware installed in Syria makes such a venture not only extremely difficult, but also costly. And, things have already moved from S-300 system. Most of all it has to do with the Polyana D4M1 system the state-of-the-art Russian interface system for Syrian Air Force and defense, helped, of course, by information supplied from Russian AWACS (the A-50Us) and Russian satellites. Therefore, if US troops in northeast Syria were attacked by the Syrian Arab Army with aerial support it would be a catastrophe for the US, a situation that could never bode well for Trump, who certainly is seeking a re-election....

12:25

Democrats and Neocons Are the Biggest Losers of Trump"s Syria Withdrawal "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When power is balanced as delicately as it is in the Middle East, minor changes can have major consequences. So while 2,000 troops may not sound like much, Donald Trumps decision to withdraw them from eastern Syria has generated a rich list of winners and losers. Heres a rundown.

11:55

Trump Ran Scared to Iraq, to Avert Coup Against Him "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

By ignoring national security advisors and the generals over his Syria and Afghanistan announcements, Trump had crossed swords with the military-intelligence establishment.

11:25

What Local Orthodox Churches Think about Ukrainian Autocephaly "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The noisings of Filaret Denisenko and President Poroshenko were getting noticed by Constantinople and by the West, who seek to use Ukraine as the next outpost in its proxy battle against Russia. This is not merely an ecclesiastical spat but a major front in the fight between secular or atheist globalism and Christian sovereignty.

11:00

Status Quo - In The Army Now "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

"In The Army Now" by Status Quo, live at the Wacken Open Air 2017, taken from "Down Down & Dirty At Wacken".

10:55

The West Is in Disarray, and It Will Only Get Worse "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The dogma of neoliberalism and brutal imperialism espoused by the foreign-policy establishment is at the heart of the problems between the US and the rest of the world.

08:51

One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church: What Does the Word Church Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In fact the church is not an institution, however many outward similarities to an institution it may possess. The term 'ekklesia' meant a gathering, an assembly. People assembled or gatheredthat is, they left their homes to congregate in a particular place for a particular reason.

The post One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church: What Does the Word Church Mean? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

06:35

Is there an Upside to the US Military Presence in the Southeast Asia? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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As of today the Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific region have found themselves at the center of a complex international process of establishing a new regional architecture. As states carry on fighting for control over strategic sea routes that run across the region, numerous security and transitional threats would appear seemingly out of the blue.

Unsurprisingly, the United States is trying to exercise as much influence over the region as it possibly can, even in spite of the fact that over the past decades the influence that Washington exercises in Southeast Asia has significantly diminished. Speaking about the evolution of the US approach to Southeast Asia in the post-bipolar period of global composition, it should be noted that the initial goal of containing the spread of communism that Washington used to pursue has evolved into attempts of ensuring American military and economic dominance in this part of the world. These days the US couldnt care less about communism, as its dead set on opposing the rise of China and Russia and their regional allies. Washingtons new approach to its global strategy became evident after the release of Americas National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review, in which China and Russia were designated as primary geopolitical opponents of the US.

To achieve these goals, the Trump administration would concentrate its efforts on creating a 400,000 man strong force in the Asia-Pacific region to ensure that at least 50 large military bases across the region remain fully operational at all times. It goes without saying that the absolute majority of those are located in Japan.

Among the tools that allow Washington to advance its agenda in the Asia-Pacific region are large carrier strike groups. For the first time since the days of WWII, the Pentagon keeps a total of two carrier groups stationed in the Western Pacific. Additionally, the US Air Force would use strategic bombers on patrol duty over the Pacific, as Washington believes this practice to be a good demonstration of force.

The Pentagon is also actively deploying its anti-air capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region, thus provoking an arms race across the region. At present, it has 20 ships capable of bringing down both missiles and aircraft, two THAAD batteries, three PAC-3 missile battalions along with five mobile radars stationed in the region.

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21:30

Trumps Syrian Gambit Again Exposes Australian Foreign Policy Bankruptcy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria clearly caught Australian political, military and intelligence leaders by surprise. Despite claims of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australia and the US were joined at the hip the link is clearly metaphorical and does not extend to actual consultation.

Although there are officially no Australian troops in Syria and therefore none to be withdrawn, the Australian Air Force continues to provide air support via refueling aircraft, surveillance aircraft, and according to the Sydney Morning Herald (24 December 2018) fighter aircraft. These are for coalition air operations.

The exact nature of these operations is clouded in secrecy, ostensibly on operational grounds but in reality to conceal Australian participation in US operations. Those operations include tactical support for anti-Assad government forces, or more plainly, terrorist groups. The true nature of US operations in Syria is never discussed in the Australian mainstream media.

Those operations also include perpetrating war crimes, as in the air assault on Raqqa in 2017, which killed thousands of civilians, including women and children. Being joined at the hip carries with it its own consequences, including accountability for the war crimes carried out by Australias allies.

The Australian political response to Trumps announcement has been muted. There have been the usual banal clichs about continuing the mission, support for our allies, and continuing our training mission.

Quite how any of these alleged roles is applicable in the Syrian context remains obscure. Just as obscure is the legal justification for Australia playing any role in Syria at all. The Australian government has at best obfuscated that legal justification. When the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced in August 2015 that no decision to join the Syrian war would be made until they had legal advice, they omitted to tell the Australian public that they had received that legal advice more than a year earlier.

That advice, or even an executive summary indicating the legal basis for intervening in Syria, has never been released. If in fact the advice had said that Australias intervention would be in accordance with international law, then one might have thought the gover...

14:43

What is Left of Saudi Arabias Friendship with the United States? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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If 2018 should have told us anything it is that geopolitical alliances exist to be broken especially when the United States is involved. A fickle mistress, America is not one to be defined by its friendships, or even the treaties it signed, but rather its ambitions. And yet several of its friendships run contrary to its best interests. I am, as the title hints, referring to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the land where all liberties are but mirages in the hands of tyrants.

For great many decades Riyadh has sat an ally to Washington a special friend and a pliable partner in a region fraught with danger and instability in the words of former President George W. Bush: a bulwark against terrorism. Of course the very premise of such a statement flies in the face of logic, and I personally believe, self-preservation.

Saudi Arabia is no more a friend to the US, than it is one to the West or even its neighbours for that matter. The kingdom has no friends only vassals to rule over, and masters to placate with its bounties. And yet, yet we have entertain Riyadhs lunacy on the self-taught belief that the kingdom is a useful nuisance.

Foreign policy experts typically give three main reasons: oil, Iran, and terrorism. If such rationale may have been true several decades ago under the lense of neoconservatism, and the logic that nations sovereignties were of little consequence before western powers hunger for natural resources and access, the world has thankfully moved on for the most part anyway.

While bad habits die hard, political realities are such today that cooperation in between nations has become the only viable way forward. Proxies, mercenaries and other unpalatable agents of Terror have proven too inefficient and dangerous for any one nation to wish to try its hands at ever again one would hope anyway.

In truth Americas alliance to Saudi Arabia makes little to no sense at all today, safe maybe from the millions of dollars its lobby has thrown at politicians and media to say otherwise.

But lets take a closer look shall we.

As far as energy dependency goes the kingdom is more dependent than we care to realise on the United States. For one fracking has meant that the US

has overtaken Russia and Sa...

14:09

2019 Forecast: Europe "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The prevailing trends that will shape European events over the next year are the struggle between the EuroRealists and EuroLiberals in deciding the future of the EU, the rise of the Three Seas Initiative as a US-backed cordon sanitaire between Russia and Germany, and American meddling in the conflict-prone Balkans.

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13:00

Geflschte Nachrichten "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Last week, the German publication Der Spiegel was forced to fire its star performer, when it was revealed he was a fabulist. Claas Relotius had written for the publication for close to a decade. His exposure as a serial fabricator was the result of his piece on the small town of Fergus Falls Minnesota, after the 2016 election.

12:25

As Media Focuses on Syria Withdrawal, Ukraine Preps for War with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While much of the western media is fretting over the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from northern Syria there is another potential conflict brewing. This time, the trouble is, once again, coming from Ukraine, where NATO may end up getting the confrontation with Russia they so desire.

12:20

Lee family feud rekindled in Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his estranged brother Lee Hsien Yang have taken opposite sides in a defamation lawsuit against a local activist


When Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sued a government critic this month for defamation, its unlikely he expected the lawsuit to draw attention to the still lingering enmities of a bitter family feud that pits him against his siblings.

Leong Sze Hian, a financial adviser and rights activist, filed a defense and counterclaim against Lee on December 26, arguing that the premiers libel suit over his Facebook post of a news article alleging Lees complicity in a financial scandal in neighboring Malaysia is an abuse of the process of the court.

Leong launched a crowdfunding campaign in late December aimed at raising S$10,000 (US$7,314) for his legal defense. The first person to donate: Lee Hsien Yang, the prime ministers estranged younger brother.

Lee was quoted in local media saying that he contributed a meaningful sum to Leongs campaign without specifying the amount. When reporters asked him about the move, he merely replied without elaborating, Surely it needs no explanation?

Read the full story at Asia Times.

Nile Bowie is a writer and journalist with the Asia Times covering current affairs in Singapore and Malaysia. He can be reached at nilebowie@gmail.com...

11:58

US Rage for Endless Wars Threatens World Peace in the New Year "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Washingtons hegemonic aims, under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, represent the greatest threat to world peace and humanitys survival. Vladimir Putin warned about possible nuclear war, a growing threat because of Washingtons reckless geopolitical agenda.

11:55

The Return of Louis XVI: Emmanuel Macron, Roi de L"Ancien Regime "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It never occurred to Louis, just as it never occurred to Macron that supporting revolutionary wars thousands of miles away could ever come back to haunt them at home.

11:35

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It is hard to assess exactly how significant the moral/sexual component of undermining Orthodoxy in Ukraine is, but there is no denying it is a factor.

11:00

U.S. Planned Nuclear First Strike to Destroy Soviets and China - Daniel Ellsberg on RAI "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

U.S. cold-war nuclear plan called for all out attack on China, even if it was not involved in the war.

06:55

Be Offensive And Be Damned: The Cases Of Peter Ridd And Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Ridd and Anderson cases, coming from separate parts of the academic spectrum, demonstrate the prevalence of toadyism on the part of those who wish to avoid questioning the rationale of a universitys management process. They also suggest an immemorial tendency of authority to savagely oppress those who ignore it.

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05:44

Todays Arctic is Nothing but the Desired Treasure Land "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Its curious that some people do not fully grasp the fact that the Arctic is so much more than a barren frozen desert or the proverbial homeland of Santa Claus. According to American geological experts, under its impending vastness the Arctic region hides up to 30% of worlds undiscovered gas reserves along with 13% of undiscovered oil reserves. Further still, theres all sorts of treasures to be found underneath the permafrost: gold, zinc, nickel, platinum and all sorts of other minerals the total worth of which is estimated to reach trillions of dollars. In the future, the number of states willing to stake a claim in the Arctic is going to increase steadily, as resources of the continental America and Eurasia will eventually get depleted.

Additionally, we must not forget that over the past three decades global warming has led to the melting of icebergs across the Arctic, as this region heats up twice as fast in comparison to the rest of the world. This, in turn, opens up new opportunities for the establishment of the northern transport route through the Arctic that used to be icebound in the past. This will transform the Northern Sea Route through Russias territorial waters into a viable alternative to the Suez Canal and reduce the total travel time between Europe and Asia by approximately 20 days.

As of now, theres eight major contenders for the Arctic, as all of those have territories north of the Arctic Circle. Those are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

It goes without saying that they have a lot to gain from establishing control over the territories that are twice the size of the US and Canada combined. So is there any wonder that while the rest of the world sees global warming as an encroaching disaster, those eight nations stand to benefit from it, as theres countless potentially lucrative deals in untapped natural resources.

At this day and age this region of the world provides unlimited potential for ensuring steady economic development to any state enga...

04:26

US Has Little to Offer Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 29, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Any productive relationship between two nations must include mutual benefits for both. A proposed alliance that includes no incentive for a partner nation cannot otherwise move forward save for threats and coercion.


The United States and its "pivot toward Asia" is an ongoing demonstration of this simple reality. The US seeks primacy over Asia-Pacific (now often called Indo-Pacific to reflect wider US aspirations) yet offers very little to prospective partners except costly confrontation with China and any other nation in the region or around the globe impeding American hegemony.

Lacking incentives, the US instead pursues coercion through a massive regional network of opposition groups, agitators and even militants seeking to destabilise and piecemeal replace existing political orders with those obedient and dependent on Washington.

Western-leaning online magazine, The Diplomat, in an article written by Prashanth Parameswaran titled, "Strengthening the US-Thailand Alliance for an Indo-Pacific Future," attempts to sell a US-Thai alliance, minus any actual reason for Thailand to take part in it and omitting the very real coercion the US uses to pressure Thailand to reduce partnerships with other nations actually producing tangible benefits. 

Is there really a US-Thailand Alliance Past or Present?

Parameswaran cites the Cold War as the starting point for what he calls the "US-Thailand alliance." However, it was an alliance Thailand was given little choice to join. The alternative was joining instead the list of Southeast Asian states being mercilessly bombed amid Washington's ongoing war with Vietnam.

The article fails to mention any significant, specific examples of US-Thai relations since its hosting of US troops decades ago.

The article notes Thailand's growing ties with China.

These ties include the replacement of Thailand's military inventory of aging US hardware with Chinese main battle tanks, armored personnel c...

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17:00

Resignation an Inch Short of Mutiny "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Ive been predicting for months that Trump would resign, but today something happened that can only be called mutiny: the presidents secretary of defense has resigned over military policy, in the traditional form of mutiny. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who, like Robert Mueller (head of the Russia investigation) and many other present or former high ranking military in Trumps cabinet, enjoys a stellar reputation. He quietly ignored the Presidents ban on trans-gender military, but neglect hardly suffices when ordered to pull troops out of a theatre of operations.

One day after President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from Syria, handing the field to Russia, Iran and Turkey, Mattis resigned. However, in a model of double-speak, he spelled out the rationale for Americas intrusive foreign policy using hackneyed assurances that it is motivated by the desire to defend the world from malevolent actors:

Dear Mr. President:

Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence.

Our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances.

Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a...

14:11

The UN Does Kosovo And The Azov Sea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the UN Security Council discussed Kosovo, the UN General Assembly voted in favor of a non-binding pro-Kiev regime resolution on the Azov Sea. Notwithstanding, most of the UN member states didn't vote for that resolution, with numerous abstentions and some no shows.

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13:51

Seven hospitalized in settler attack on Hebron activists "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Israeli soldiers reportedly stand by during attack on the Youth Against Settlements community center in the occupied city.

Israeli soldiers escort and protect Israeli settlers who attacked Palestinian activists in Hebron, occupied West Bank, December 24, 2018. (Issa Amro)

Israeli soldiers escort and protect Israeli settlers who attacked Palestinian activists in Hebron, occupied West Bank, December 24, 2018. (Issa Amro)

Israeli settlers attacked a group of Palestinians who were attempting to rebuild part of a local youth center in the occupied city of Hebron over the weekend, sending seven of them to the hospital with minor injuries.

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On Saturday, according to eye witnesses, the settlers had demolished parts of a storage room being constructed at the home of local Palestinian activist Issa Amro, which also serves as a community center run by Youth Against Settlements. Amro filed a complaint with Israeli police against the settlers, who he says also tore off a metal gate from his neighbors house.

Hebron is home to around 500 radical Jewish settlers, living in the heart of a city that is home to over 160,000 Palestinians. Israeli soldiers are permanently stationed inside the city, implementing a system of segregated roads and creating daily friction with the Palestinian population.

On Monday night...

12:25

German Military Could Recruit EU Residents to Meet NATO Commitments "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Germany is hoping to have roughly 70% of its military ready for combat at any given time due to the perceived threat from Russia in the Baltics, which recently provoked the largest NATO exercise since the Cold War. Meanwhile, some academics see a 70% chance of a "hot war" erupting between NATO and Russia.

11:59

This Years Major Shock Waves that Rippled the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The departing year has not been easy for the Middle East. Devastating conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen have resulted in multiple causalities, destruction and a new flood of refugees.

Mostly these events are linked to the policies of the West that, while sanctimoniously preaching against extremism, in reality, uses radical Islamic organizations to achieve its mercenary aims in order to boost its influence. The previously mentioned conflicts offer quite a few examples of such policies in action. Despite vigorous efforts by Russia, Turkey and Iran to resolve the conflict in Syria, this process is not moving forward as quickly as it should and we would like. The situation is quite similar in other conflict zones.

Unfortunately, based on the current state of affairs, we can hardly hope that next year will be more successful.

The recent speech, given by the Egyptian President, is notable in this regard. In it, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi talked about the fact that the Arab Spring had been full of good intentions, but in the end hindered the development of the country. An enormous feat accomplished by the Egyptian Army was the decisive defeat of the pro-Islamic forces in the nation, but still terror attacks have continued up to date. And, in the meantime, Egyptian political scientists have been discussing, with a great deal of concern, the unrelenting level of radicalism in the country. According to their research, there are more and more supporters of the ideology to protect Islam worldwide.

Until recently, another North African country, Tunisia, had been portrayed as one of the most striking examples of its victorious democratic reforms. Nowadays, at a time when the ruling secularist party Nidaa Tounes has practically splintered, Tunisians have been increasingly voicing their concern about the future of their nation, especially considering the fact that the terrorist organization Daesh (banned in Russia) ranks included several thousands of inhabitants of Tunisian cities. The economic situation in Tunisia also leaves much to be desired, as the unemployment rate exceeds 15%, inflation is at 8%, and labor unions have recently staged one of their biggest general strikes and are threatening to organize new labor protests.

Not much optimism can be expressed about the current situation in Saudi Arabia. The US media outlets, at the behest of the Turkish government, have be...

11:55

Trump Extricates Himself from the Trap in Syria, Abandoning the Kurds "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

What awaits Rojava? The only thing that can save it would be the recognition of the sovereignty of Damascus within its borders.

11:25

Jonathan Cook: Inside Banksy"s The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In Bethlehem, he said it was obvious hed take the photo in front of Banksys art on the wall, rather than the Church of the Nativity. You see the wall on TV and forget about it. You get on with your life. But when you stand here, you realise Palestinians dont have a choice. They simply cant ignore it.

11:00

Trump"s Troop Pullout Not Peace, More Imperialist Reconfiguration "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump is not signaling peace. More, he is giving notice of a different piece of the criminal American imperialist action that has so defiled and debauched the Middle East.

10:23

Today, as 200 Years Ago, C"est Toujours la Mme Chose "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Today, like two centuries ago, anyone who deviated from the received wisdom must be echoing Russian falsehood!

06:50

Brexit: Stage One In Europes Slow-Burn Energy Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The crisis of Brexit and the eruption of the riots in France are symptoms of a great unfolding civilizational transition, in which an old reductionist paradigm of materialist self-maximation is dying. Citizens and policymakers, activists and business leaders, need to wake up to what is actually happening.

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06:10

Is there a Way Out of the Afghan Deadlock? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Afghanistan has always been of particular interest to world powers and they would most certainly try to conquer it. But not for the sake of earning bragging rights, but to secure control over a bridgehead connecting the countries of Central and South Asia. It is for this reason that over the past few decades, Afghanistan has been the scene of bitter hostilities between major Western powers and local resistance groups unwilling to surrender their sovereignty so that Washington could pursue its own national interests. But this rivalry did nothing to improve living conditions of the local population or ensure peace and security in Afghanistan, instead we witness this proud country being transformed into a brewing pot for instability and chaos. Almost two decades after the initial invasion of this country American servicemen are almost universally perceived as an illegal occupation force here.

As its been pointed out by the Stars and Stripes with a special reference to the US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) special report, between the start of the year and the end of October, US dropped 5,982 munitions on Afghanistan. Even though this report doesnt study the whole year, the number stated surpasses the previous annual record of about 5,400 recorded in 2011 at the height of the US troop surge.

Unsurprisingly, the same AFCENT report states that the number of civilian casualties over the same period of time reached an all time high. This results in the Taliban increasing the number of its operations, inflicting one crushing blow on pro-Western security forces after another. So its only logical that we see reports stating that Afghan ground forces have suffered heavy casualties in recent months. This brings the total of Afghan soldiers and local policemen who perished since 2015, when local troops took over combat operations from the US and NATO, to a rather grave death toll of 30,000 men.

Just recently, the Brown University released its own evaluation of the Afghan war casualties, stating that at least 140 thousand men lost their lives in direct hostilities. Over the period of seventeen years, at least 6 thousand American servicemen sacrificed their lives defending Washingtons grand designs in Afgh...

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Thursday, 27 December

23:15

From Gaza to Bethlehem: Celebrating Christmas under occupation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Photos and text by Samar Hazboun

Nisreen Antone takes a selfie with her sister whom she hadn't seen for three years, during their Christmas lunch in Bethlehem on December 25, 2018.

Nisreen Antone takes a selfie with her sister whom she hadnt seen for three years, during their Christmas lunch in Bethlehem on December 25, 2018.

Nisreen Antone (right) lives in Gaza. She celebrated Christmas in Bethlehem this year, with her sister, whom she hadnt seen for three years.

Nisreen and her family are among 590 Palestinians from Gaza who were issued permits to travel to east Jerusalem and the West Bank by COGAT, the branch of the Israeli military that administers the occupation. (Last year, the permit quota announced for Christmas was 700.)

There are an estimated 400,000 Palestinian Christians worldwide: most live outside Palestine and Israel, around 123,000 are citizens of Israel, and about 50,000 live in the occupied Pa...

21:50

The Plight of Children in a Neoliberal World "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The NYT wrote yesterday, Christmas Day, that an 8-year old Guatemalan boy died in US Border Control custody. The circumstances are not clear, or are simply not reported. A month earlier, a 7-year old girl, also from Guatemala, died also in US Border Control custody. Here too, the circumstances are not revealed. How many more children, not mentioned by any media, or any statistics have already perished, trying to make their way to a better future? A better future, because their real and beloved future in their own countries has been miserably destroyed by the US empires imposed corporate abuse and fascist-like dictatorships. But who cares, they are just children of illegal immigrants; children separated from their parents to dissuade parents to migrate to the US of A. Welcome to paradise of hell!

Currently a large portion of the US Government is shut down, due to a budget dispute between President Trump and the ultra-rightwing of the Republican Party breathing down his neck and the Democrats. At stake are US$5 billion for a Border Wall Trump requests as part of the general budget, and the Democrats refuse to sign-off on it. The Border Wall would have countless nefarious and more serious killer effects. More kids in border custody, some dehydrated, some simply exhausted from the long journey, some sick all separated from their parents, maybe for good, and neglected by US Authorities and most of them just simply left to their plight which in many cases may be death.

Welcome to the Land of the Free, the land of exemplary democracy!

Are Trump and his handlers murderers? Yes, they are. There is absolutely no doubt. Not just for the abject, inhuman abuse of migrants and migrant children but for killing children and adults in the ever-increasing number of wars and conflicts around the globe, waged and initiated by the US, NATO and the European puppets armies. He Trump, could stop them at once. He may risk his life, but somebody who aspires to such high office must take risks. Besides, his life may be at stake for many more reasons. Enemies abound. A life is just a life highly precious, though, to be saved by all means but killing wantonly millions of children the future of civilization what is that, if not a crime of the very, very highest degree, a crime of unfathomable dimensions, a crime that should be punishable by well, lets just call it by a war crimes court la Nuremberg.

If someone would te...

17:13

Indonesian Tsunami Thievery, Ineptness and Presidential Elections "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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How low can a country governed by an unbridled greed, a notorious lack of morals and ubiquitous servility to its neo-colonialist masters, really sink?

And how can people tolerate lies, the naked cynicism and fanatical incompetence of the rulers? Can the regime in Indonesia, which was created in 1965, and then nurtured by the West, really get away with absolutely everything, even, literally, murder?

As I write this report, it has been confirmed that the tsunami which struck West Java on the 22nd of December, 2018, killed hundreds of people. It is almost certain that the death toll will soon climb to thousands.

Yesterday, I drove to West coast of Java. I witnessed devastation, but I also observed, as on so many previous occasions, absolute collapse of the state functions, its phlegmatic unwillingness to mobilize, as well as absolutely shocking helplessness of the victims.

During an entire day, along the entire coast, I did not encounter one single foreign journalist, while the local press, corrupt and unprofessional, kept reporting only what it was paid and ordered to report, even arranging positive shots, instead of exposing harsh reality.

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I gave myself 3 hours to write this report; only 3 hours, and not a minute more. That is how long my late evening flight from Jakarta to Bangkok will last. There is no time to delay what has to be urgently said. No time for flowery reporting. People are dying. Now it is December 25. The day before yesterday it was announced that at least 222 human lives were terminated. Yesterday the count stood at 370. Now, before my plane takes off, it is close to 500. What should we expect tomorrow; a thousand? Are we going to be informed in one week that several thousand men, women and children were swept away, crashed, torn apart, drowned, and starved to death?

As in 2004 when a quarter of million people, mostly in Aceh, vanished after a devastating tidal wave, I have to repeat now what I declared then: in Indonesia, it is not a tsunami that murders; it is not at all. The regime imposed on this miserably poor country by the West, in 1965, reduced the entire archipelago to a monolithic, unproductive, resigned, awfully religious cluster of islands stripped off almost all of its natural resources as well as original fauna and flora...

15:18

Dont believe the hype: The Israeli right is weaker than it seems "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The right had a decade to annex the West Bank, quash Palestinian aspirations, and thwart Hamas in Gaza. Yet today, more than ever, its invincibility is anything but certain.

By Meron Rapoport

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, MK David Bitan, Culture Minister Miri Regev and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a Knesset plenum session, December 5, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, MK David Bitan, Culture Minister Miri Regev and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a Knesset plenum session, December 5, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The past decade belonged to the Israeli right. Since 2009, the right-wing bloc easily defeated its opponents and won elections, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became its undisputed leader and the most important political figure in Israel. In the past six years, the Jewish Home party the rightmost mainstream political party has held key posts in the government.

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Political commentators are in near-total agreement that a solidly right-wing government will be formed after the upcoming elections, set to take place in early April. Even commentators identified with the liberal left say they have no doubt Netanyahu and the right will win. I doubt they are genuinely convinced of these predictions; rather, there are trying to avoid being seen as esoteric and out of touch with the people, as those who forecast a defeat for the right usually are.

It is true that the current polls show a clear advantage for the right. The ruling Likud party and Jewish Home win...

14:09

The United States Refuse To Fight For The Transnational Financiers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The US withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan, as well as the resignation of General Mattis, attest to the upheaval that is shaking the current world order. The United States are no longer the leaders, either on the economic or the military stage. They refuse to keep fighting for the sole interests of the transnational financiers.

The post The United States Refuse To Fight For The Transnational Financiers appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

12:45

Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama "False Flag Operation" "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A group of Democratic Party operatives with close ties to the national security state waged a cynical campaign of online deception against the American public, while marketing themselves as the guardians against from foreign interference.

12:25

Bring the Troops Home, but Also Stop the Bombing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

After U.S.-led bombing, artillery and rocket fire destroyed two major cities in 2017, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the U.S. and its allies conducted fewer airstrikes in 2018, but actually increased the number of strikes in Afghanistan.

11:55

Wag the Dog... British Media Watchdog Accuses Russia of Bias "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Free speech in Britain? Yes, as long as you freely speak in the service of British state propaganda.

11:25

Spanish Elections a Lesson for the Left "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The center-left and the left are still formidable forces in Europe, and their programs do address the crisis of unemployment, growing economic disparity, and weakening social safety nets. But the path to success will requiring re-thinking the strategy of the past 30 years and fighting for programs like those the British Labour Party adopted under Jeremy Corbyn.

11:21

Looking To 2019 At The Ron Paul Liberty Report "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

What does the Ron Paul Liberty Report and the Ron Paul Institute have in store for 2019? What have we accomplished in 2018? What are our plans to keep spreading the peace and prosperity message and how can you be a part of it? Tune in to this special episode of the Liberty Report.

10:39

Honeymoon wanes on Mahathirs New Malaysia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Opinion polls show premier's popularity is falling fast as supporters begin to sense his newly elected government won't be able to keep all its campaign vows


From the political earthquake of Mays general election that toppled long-serving prime minister Najib Razak, to the wheels of justice turning on a globe-spanning corruption scandal, 2018 has been momentous a year for Malaysia. Few have been as directly affected by fast-moving events than veteran politician Anwar Ibrahim, who was only months ago languishing in a jail cell on a politicized sodomy conviction.

He is now prime-minister-in-waiting and expected to take the reins of power when incumbent leader Mahathir Mohamad steps down within the next two years. In a recent article, Anwar was quoted referring to Malaysias expectation-defying election and political transition as an example of democratic disruption and a hopeful outlier to a global trend towards populist nationalism.

Supporters have heralded the downfall of the once-dominant United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition it led as the beginning of a New Malaysia. But while the ending of an decades-long era initially brought euphoria, disillusionment is already on the rise as cracks begin to show within the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Public approval of Mahathirs performance has plunged nearly 20% since June, according to Invoke Malaysia, a non-profit pollster founded by Rafizi Ramli, vice president of Anwars party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Support from respondents across all ethnic groups has fallen, leaving the premier with a 53% approval rating, down from a 72% high.

Read the full story at Asia Times.
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10:04

Perfect Storm is Brewing in Georgia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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It takes little imagination to understand that a perfect storm must be brewing when a shift in US foreign policy and a contested presidential election in another country occur at the same time. Add to the mix a dispute over who will be accepted as the next ambassador to that country and you have a geopolitical accident waiting to happen.

John Bolton, the US National Security, or better said, Insecurity Advisor to Donald Trump visited Georgia in late October, having also made quick visits to Armenia and Azerbaijan. He admitted that the purpose of this visit was to understand the very significant geographical role the countries of the region have in dealing with Iran, dealing with Russia and in dealing with Turkey.

John Boltons language does not speak of diplomacy but of engagement, provocation and closing ranks. Diplomacy has never been his calling card. He is perhaps one of the most unsavory characters ever to serve in a diplomatic role, even in the history of the US, and his reputation so far precedes him that even Time Magazine has rumbled him.

The visit should be seen within the context of the recent Georgian presidential election runoff, which produced an outcome which was not the most conducive to US foreign policy, and also something of a shock as it potentially upsets the greater scheme of things concerning Iran, Russia and Turkey.

It also came in the midst of a quiet but public debate over who will be the next US Ambassador to Georgia, with the most likely candidate already having her own basket of dirty laundry. Foreign Policy, a US based magazine, has already published an article which claims that Georgia will not accept the nomination of Bridget Brink, a career foreign service officer with extensive experience in Europe and two past tours in Georgia, because of her alleged predisposition toward former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and her warmongering tendencies.

The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the above mentioned a...

06:51

Why Mattis Exit Is A Defining Moment In US Foreign Policy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Mattis played a stellar role by systematically undermining the Trump agenda. Mattis is a skilled operator in the military bureaucracy and his departure leaves a void for the Swamp. But his exit is not going to be the end of the vicious struggle going on in American politics.

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21:33

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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All through the last year weve witnessed continuous attempts made by certain international players to prevent peace and stability from coming to those states that need it the most. It goes without saying, that NEOs been covering these issues daily due to the valiant effort of all of our authors. The rapid growth in the number of terrorist attacks and the ongoing armed conflicts  that is nothing but the direct result of the ill-advised and short-sighted policies employed by certain countries and Wahhabi states.

The New Eastern Outlook editorial board want to thank our authors and readers for the their contribution to the efforts of the international community, both diplomatic and media ones, made in an attempt to reduce international tension, to minimize regional conflicts, especially the armed ones, and to improve the political climate on our planet.

In Christmas time and during New Year holidays, we want to wish you and those who are dear to your heart peaceful sky over your head, good health and a fair margin of success in your good deeds and endeavors.

Next year we will strive to strengthen our cooperation and expand the range of our readers and authors.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

The New Eastern Outlook editorial board

19:09

Jordan Petersons Anti-Totalitarianism & Confusion on the American Right "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Jordan Peterson is not a political scientist or an ideologue and does not purport to be. The wildly popular clinical and academic psychologist packages his lectures as self-help. His best-selling book 8 Rules for Life is not by any means a political tirade or manifesto. However, regardless of his wishes or intent, the Canadian Professor has become a key face of American conservatism.

But this points to the bigger question: what does it mean to be a conservative in the United States in 2018?

Donald Trump, the Republican President, is hardly a right-wing architype. Trump is a wealthy real-estate tycoon known for his foul mouth and sexual promiscuity. Trump has been known to insult his opponents in ways that would cause conservatives of previous eras to vomit. Trump insulted John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War. Trump boasted about his own lack of military service, and referred to his struggles with venereal disease during his youth as his own personal Vietnam.

Trumps Vice President, Mike Pence, is a highly masculine evangelical Christian who grabbed national headlines as Governor of Indiana. Trumps policies have certainly involved de-regulation and privatization. But overall, anyone who is familiar with the Post-World War Two American right-wing from William F. Buckley to Ann Coulter must look at Trump and wonder What has happened?

The Decline of Cold War Liberalism

In order to understand the Neoconservative American right that seemed so powerful in the age of Reagan, it is first necessary to understand Cold War Liberalism. By the mid-1950s the civil defense drills and Congressional witch-hunts left the American public weary, and soon a new brand, loved by Hollywood and TV producers, stepped up to dominate American politics.

Rod Serlings television program The Twilight Zone, the novels of George Orwell, and the eventual rise of John F. Kennedy pointed toward a new interpretation of the geopolitical confrontation with the Soviet Union. The way to beat the Soviets was to be true to the American ideals of democracy and freedom.

The widely celebrated Science Fiction film The Manchurian Candidate portrayed a right-wing, extremist politician who was mind controlled by Chinese Communists. The intent of the Communists was to push these extreme right...

19:00

+972 Magazines 25 most-read posts of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

From Google Maps erasure of Palestine, to Israels Eurovision win, to the new Jewish-Arab movement that plans to save the Israeli left, here are the most popular articles we published this past year.

By +972 Magazine Staff

25. Well ensure it doesnt escalate to violence on our end

Its hard to believe now, but 2018 began with a glimmer of hope for the residents of the Gaza Strip, as nonviolent activists planned mass demonstrations at the Israel-Gaza fence demanding freedom and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the organizers of the Great Return March spoke at the time to +972s Rami Younis about why he believed hundreds of thousands of people would show up, and what message hed like to send to Israelis. Read the interview here.

Palestinians demonstrate near Khan Yunis by the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on March 09, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90

Palestinians demonstrate near Khan Yunis by the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on March 09, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90

24. In memory of the first lawyer to bring the occupation to court

Felicia Langer was a Holocaust survivor, a communist, and one of the first Israeli lawyers to defend the Palestinian residents of the oc...

14:01

The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies And Australias Anti-Encryption Law "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Australian technology companies are set to be designated appropriate pariahs, as are other technology companies willing to conduct transactions in Australia. All consumers are being treated as potential criminals, an attitude that does not sit well with entities attempting to make a buck or two.

The post The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies And Australias Anti-Encryption Law appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

11:54

Slovakia: Locked and Loaded for the Putin Invasion "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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In news from Slovakia, the countrys defense ministry will soon be prepared to swat the Russian or Iranian hordes from the skies over Lake Bled. Slovakias Prime Minister proudly announced the $1.8 billion-dollar purchase of U.S. made F 16 Fighting Falcons to deter any Putin led aerial assault of his country.

When Slovakia Defense Minister Peter Gajdos signed the contract with Lockheed Martin in Bratislava the other day, I am sure his counterpart, Russias Sergey Shoygu must have raised his fists in rage over the daunting prospect of 1970s vintage airpower thwarting his plans for air superiority of vital Slovakia. I hope the reader will excuse my chagrin here, but NATO filling the skies with aircraft nicknamed after the TV show Battlestar Galactica is just funny. The U.S. Air Force having just ceased purchasing the aging airframe, this news bears the mark of some Donald Trump General Dynamics NATO must pay deal.

First, let me address the innate stupidity of the Slovak fighter deal from a technical standpoint. Bottom line, the F-16 is no match for the aircraft that lost out in this fighter deal. The Vipers in all their variants are inferior to the newer, more capable Swedish J-39E, which Slovakia had intended to gear up with. Here, you dont have to take my word for it. When legendary F-16 pilot and SkunkWorks test pilot Nate Buster Jaros was cited by Fighter Sweep in August of 2016, he had given the proven combat capabilities of the Viper the nod. However, he added that the Swedish fighter getting the kinks out would prove and render the Saab jet superior. His exact words were:

However, (as a former F-16 operator, this part pains me to say) that if the J-39E becomes a reality, and all the discussed items become real too, IT will be the clear winner. The lower RCS design, the IRSTS, and the higher thrust-to-weight ratio give the J-39E the edge for the top spot on the fourth-generation multi-role fighter podium. It will be one highly capable and extremely difficult unicorn to defeat by any capable adversary!

The new variant, or Gripen E/F, is being touted as more capable and cheaper than the U.S. F-35 albatrosses, even if the latter does take off and fly eventually. But lets get past man-stuff military hardware comparisons. I only wanted to show how NATO buggers all its mem...

07:45

Chinese anti-foreign Christmas memes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Spring Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and the National Day Golden Week are the biggest holidays in China by far. But Christmas (Holy Birth Festival), Christmas Eve (Peaceful Night), and Valentines Day (Lovers Festival) are increasingly mainstream, especially for middle-aged urbanites with little kids, and unmarried or childless adults.

Many Chinese see foreign holidays (festivals) as time for fun, in contrast to the traditional festivals where suffocating relational obligations come first while personal enjoyment comes in a distant second place.

Christmas Eve especially gets celebrated as a date night/shopping/carnival-type affair. It might be nearly unrecognizable to a lot of Euro-Americans, and a lot of Mainlanders might wonder if Jesus and Santa are actually the same person, but Peaceful Night is big and inescapable nonetheless.

Its even developed its own apple tradition. Apple sounds similar to peace in Mandarin, so people give fancy apples as presents, and theyre a standard feature of Chinese Christmas imagery.

My WeChat feed is flooded with Christmas stuff this year: the church people all share pictures and video from the church events theyre attending (churches are overflowing all weekend), but the regular people also share commercial Christmas stuff and apple images. I spammed my 893 WeChat contacts with an apple-themed Chinese Christmas greeting (spamming all your social media contacts is an ancient Chinese holiday tradition), and got over 300 positive responses. Last year I had one negative reply from a cop Chinese people dont celebrate foreign holidays but this year no one gave me any direct negative feedback.

However, with very little effort, you can find anti-foreign Christmas images and text forwards on peoples WeChat walls and in group chats. They tend to play off the apple/peace theme (Peace comes from the army/authorities/Party!) and the birth of a saviour theme (Our real saviour Chairman Mao was born on Dec 26!). That same cop had this image up on Christmas Eve:

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The...

06:59

Latest Political Goings-on in Japan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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In recent months, Japan has borne witness to a series of various important events occurring with a greater frequency. And as they become increasingly staggered, processes within the nations political life begin to speed up as a result.

We could refer, for instance, to the issue (discussed on numerous occasions in the New Eastern Outlook) of relocating the US base, Futenma, in Okinawa. This situation has not been diffused, and instead it will, in all likelihood, transform from a relatively local conflict between the central government and the prefectures administration into one of national importance.

The problem of increasing labor shortages (stemming from long-standing issues of lower birth rates and an ageing population) also seems significant, and the government plans on resolving it by using migrant workers.

These and other issues have become subjects of lively debates at political forums, in administrative bodies and the National Diet. This war of words among supporters of various political factions will probably only intensify as the date, scheduled for July 2019, to re-elect half the members of the upper house in the House of Councillors approaches.

Since the last time we broached the topic of moving the Futenma base, several events have transpired that demonstrate the situation is really not ready for a resolution. And this, seemingly, is what the Japanese Central Government as well as the US military command (for now in the observers role) had been hoping for.

The new Governor of Okinawa, Denny Tamaki, supported by the Prefectural Assembly, has been increasingly active in trying to resolve this issue. Once his invitation, extended to US senators, to visit Okinawa was declined, he then went to the United States in the middle of December.

In the USA., Denny Tamaki proposed an initiative to stage three-way negotiations (i.e. in the format the US administration Japanese government Governor of Okinawa Prefecture) on revising the plans to relocate the Futenma base from Ginowan to the scarcely populated Henoko Bay area, also located on the Okinawa Island. Second-tier officials from the US Department of State met with the Governor and informed him that Washington was inclined to honor the agreements, reached...

06:49

Time To Get Out Of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trumps abrupt pullout from Syria has shocked and mortified Washingtons war party and neocon fifth column. It was amusing to watch the anguish of such noted warlike chickenhawks as Sen. Lindsay Graham and the fanatical national security advisor John Bolton as their hopes for a US war against Syria diminished.

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22:42

US Withdrawal From Syria Paves Way for Israeli Strikes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Editor's Note: This article was written just before Israel carried out attacks on Syria on Christmas day. 

December 25, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The US suddenly and unexpectedly announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria after years of illegally occupying the country. The US presence aimed at ousting the Syrian government, boosting militant groups the US and its partners have armed and backed since the 2011 conflict started, and denying Damascus access to its own resources, particularly oil concentrated east of the Euphrates River.


The US occupation of Syria is only one part of a much larger, decades-long campaign of achieving, maintaining, and expanding US hegemony across North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia - as well as the ultimate goal of encircling and containing both Russia and China.

A genuine withdrawal from the Syrian conflict would signal a seismic shift in US foreign policy and mark an irreversible decline in American hegemony.

It is difficult to believe such a seismic shift could happen, and so suddenly.

It is also a shift not founded in US foreign policy or fact.

There are several key possibilities to consider:
  • A US withdrawal paves way for unilateral Israeli strikes;
  • It also paves the way for an expanded Turkish incursion; 
  • US troops won't be on the ground as targets in the immediate aftermath of any wider conflict Israel or Turkey provokes;
  • US troops can re-enter theater with renewed pretext to fight Damascus directly in defense of allies Israel or Turkey and;
  • US troops can re-enter theater along the better formed and protected front Turkey seeks to create. 
The above possibilities are drawn not from speculation, but from multiple US policy papers spanning decades.


US Withdrawal From Syria Removes Obstructions to Escalation, Not Peace 

US policymakers have drawn up plans for years regarding US primacy in the Middle East. In the 2009 policy paper published by corporate-financier funded think tan...

20:59

Obama, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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There is a great uproar over the recent decision by US President Trump to pull US troops out of Syria, announcing his reason for doing so is that ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, has largely been defeated. What lies behind the decision and more important, what was behind the surprise emergence of ISIS across Syria in 2014 brings the spotlight to yet-classified documents of the Obama term. If the reorganized Justice Department is compelled to make these documents public in lawsuits or Freedom of Information requests, it could rock organizations such as the CIA and many in the Obama camp.

In 2010 the US Administration under President Barack Obama developed a top secret blueprint for the most ambitious and far-ranging series of US-backed regime change across the Islamic Middle East since World War I and the Anglo-French Sykes-Picot agreement. It was to set off a wave of wars and chaos, of failed states and floods of war refugees unimaginable to the most cynical veteran diplomat, and beyond the belief of most lay persons in the world.

In August, 2010, six months before Tunisias Jasmine Revolution was launched by the Washington NGOs including the NED, the Soros Foundations, Freedom House and others, President Obama signed Presidential Study Directive-11 (PDS-11), ordering Washington government agencies to prepare for change.  The change was to be a radical policy calling for Washingtons backing for the secret fundamentalist Islamic Muslim Brotherhood sect across the Middle East Muslim world, and with it, the unleashing of a reign of terror that would change the entire world.

According to US Congressional testimony of Peter Hoekstra, former Chairman of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Obama Administration PSD-11 directiveas of March 2017 still classified Top Secretordered a government-wide reassessment of prospects for political reform in the Middle East and of the Muslim Brotherhoods role in the process.

A Grandiose Task Force

To draft the contents of PSD-11, a top secret task force was established within the Obama National Security Council (NSC), headed by Dennis Ross, Samantha Power, Gayle Smith, Ben Rh...

16:31

Mahmoud Abbas and the veneer of democracy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Abbas decision to dissolve the parliament and hold elections within half a year is an attempt to present a friendlier, more democratic face to Palestinians in the West Bank, many of whom lost faith in their leader long ago.

By Menachem Klein

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech after visiting the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Arafat's death, November 11, 2018, Ramallah. (Flash90)

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech after visiting the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Arafats death, November 11, 2018, Ramallah. (Flash90)

Mahmoud Abbas decision last week to dissolve the Palestinian parliament and hold elections within half a year are meant to give the Palestinian president a veneer of democracy and the rule of law. Abbas decision appears to be a response to a ruling handed down by the Palestinian Constitutional Court, yet it is clear to all that the decision to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council was his and his alone.

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The Constitutional Court, which began operating two years ago, does not have the authority to judicially review the president. Abbas appointed and defined the authority of all 18 judges, all of them members or supporters of his Fatah party. In accordance with the presidents request, the court overturned Abbas rival Muhammad Dahlans parliamentary immunity and ruled that Legislative Council Speak...

16:21

Israels upcoming elections will have plenty of surprises in store "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Israeli voters will head to the polls in three-and-a-half months to elect a new government. Heres what that means, and where the elections may go.

The ministers of the thirty-fourth government of Israel, alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)

The ministers of the thirty-fourth government of Israel, alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)

After weeks of feverish speculation, the Israeli governing coalition voted unanimously on Monday to disband the Knesset and call early elections in April 2019.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu had kept the country on its toes since November when some Israeli news outlets irresponsibly reported that Israel was headed for elections following the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Instead Netanyahu wriggled out of a tight spot and convinced his remaining coalition partners to stay for a spell. But with just 61 seats out of 120, the slim government was precarious from the start and the announcement was hardly a surprise.

How should we understand what these elections mean, what will they be about, and what might they bring?

One thing should be clear: these elections should not be considered early. It is true that they will be held before the regularly scheduled date, which would have been in November 2019. But any meaningful consequence of the date is overshadowed by the fact that by April, four full years will have passed since the previous elections in March 2015. This reasonable length is rare in a country best known for...

14:08

Trump And Global Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A misdemeanor is considered a crime of low seriousness, and a felony one of high seriousness and treason the highest seriousness. All three are considered crimes and their punishments are different. In the case of a high misdemeanor, a president can be simply removed from his position with the seat vacating to the VP.

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11:45

US Withdrawal From Syria Paves Way for Israeli Strikes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The US suddenly and unexpectedly announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria after years of illegally occupying the country. The US presence aimed at ousting the Syrian government, boosting militant groups the US and its partners have armed and backed since the 2011 conflict started, and denying Damascus access to its own resources, particularly oil concentrated east of the Euphrates River.

The US occupation of Syria is only one part of a much larger, decades-long campaign of achieving, maintaining, and expanding US hegemony across North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia as well as the ultimate goal of encircling and containing both Russia and China.

A genuine withdrawal from the Syrian conflict would signal a seismic shift in US foreign policy and mark an irreversible decline in American hegemony.

It is difficult to believe such a seismic shift could happen, and so suddenly.

It is also a shift not founded in US foreign policy or fact.

There are several key possibilities to consider:

  • A US withdrawal paves way for unilateral Israeli strikes;
  • It also paves the way for an expanded Turkish incursion;
  • US troops wont be on the ground as targets in the immediate aftermath of any wider conflict Israel or Turkey provokes;
  • US troops can re-enter theater with renewed pretext to fight Damascus directly in defense of allies Israel or Turkey and;
  • US troops can re-enter theater along the better formed and protected front Turkey seeks to create.
The above possibilities are drawn not from speculation, but from multiple US policy papers spanning decades.

US Withdrawal From Syria Removes Obstructions to Escalation, Not Peace 

US policymakers have drawn up plans for years regarding US primacy in the Middle East. In the 2009 policy paper published by corporate-financier funded think tank the Brookings Institution the use of US proxies like Israel to carry out major attacks on Iran were given its own chapter.

However, the only obstruction to this option was the necessity of Israeli warpla...

07:09

Trumps Syrian Pullout Is A Game Changer "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Paradoxically, the decision to pull out from Syria and the rebooting of the Turkish-American alliance can only improve the US capacity to influence the Syrian peace process, and regional politics in general.

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19:42

The most critical issues Israelis wont be voting on in the next election "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Israelis will head to the polls next April to elect a new government. But none of the major parties are offering any real change when it comes to the occupation or social justice issues. This is where the left has a role to play. 

A Palestinian woman seen after after crossing the a fence that had been damaged by demonstrators during the protest near the Gaza-Israel border fence, Gaza Strip, September 28, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian woman seen after after crossing the a fence that had been damaged by demonstrators during the protest near the Gaza-Israel border fence, Gaza Strip, September 28, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/Activestills.org)

Amid a number of coalition crises and the possibility of an indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leaders of the Israeli government announced Monday that they would be dissolving the Knesset and holding elections on April 9th.

The elections will put an end to the most right-wing government in Israeli history, and if the last few years have taught us anything, election season will inevitably be rife with racist incitement against Palestinians and other minorities.

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But what will the next elections be about? Whats on the agenda beyond the publics love or disdain for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his multiple corruption scandals, or competition among cadres of elites? What isnt on the agenda? And most importantly: what can the left offer?

The vast majority of political parties running in the upcoming elect...

14:38

Conscientious objector freed after 107 days in military prison "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Hillel Garmi, who was inspired by one of the leaders of Gazas Great Return March, served seven prison terms for his refusal to join the Israeli army.

By +972 Magazine Staff

Israeli conscientious objector Hilel Garmi. (Yoav Eshel)

Israeli conscientious objector Hilel Garmi. (Yoav Eshel)

The Israeli army discharged conscientious objector Hillel Garmi on Sunday after imprisoning him for a total of 107 days. Israel has compulsory military service, and Garmi refused to be drafted due to his opposition to the occupation.

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Garmi, 19, from Yodfat in northern Israel, is one of the initiators and signatories of the Shministim letter, published earlier this year by dozens of Israeli high school seniors who declared their refusal to serve in the Israeli army. He served seven successive prison terms since July.

Upon leaving military prison on Monday, Garmi said: The five months I spent in prison were dedicated to the struggle against the occupation and the siege, for the sake of the five million Palestinians who actually live under the rule of the Israeli government, but do not enjoy the right to elect it.

In all the days and nights I spent in prison, I tried to keep in mind the Palestinians suffering from the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, which includes a shortage of drinking water, food, and medicine, or Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank, which includes land grabs, arrests and random searches, Garmi said.

There were people who told me that I was shirking my responsibility [to ensure] the security of the citi...

07:46

The Balkans And American Gangsters "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As a matter of fact, Yugoslavia was very well positioned at the end of the Cold War (in 1989) for the successful transition to political democracy, market economy, and westernization. However, primarily due to the American policy of gangsterism, Yugoslavia had ceased to exist and went down to the bloody ethnic wars.

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23:33

Merry Christmas. Help me choose your favourite reports! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It's that time of year again, so I'm going to be busy with my family during the Christmas break. In the meantime, please help me choose your favourite Corbett Report videos from 2018 and I'll feature a different one on the home page of corbettreport.com every day from Boxing Day until I return in early January. Corbett Report members are encouraged to log in to corbettreport.com and leave your suggestions in the comments there.

17:28

Palestinian Authority losing millions annually due to Israeli restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Palestinian Authority loses $350 million every year due to Israels violations of various agreements. Its time to pay up.

By Sam Bahour

Palestinians cross the Bethlehem checkpoint as they head to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to attend the third Friday prayers of Ramadan on June 1, 2018. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Palestinians cross the Bethlehem checkpoint as they head to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalems Old City to attend the third Friday prayers of Ramadan on June 1, 2018. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

The Palestinian government loses around $350 million a year due to Israels restrictions and violations of signed agreements, according to a recent report published by the Palestinian Authority. The estimated sum amounts to almost 30 percent of Palestines expected budget deficit in 2018.

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That means taxpayers around the world are footing the bill for Israels wrongdoings. Now its time for Israel to pay up.

The latest report, titled Stopping Fiscal Leakages, was submitted in September to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), a 15-member group chaired by Norway and co-sponsored by the European Union and United States, which serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinian people. Without their foreign donor support, there would be no...

16:10

Activists discover right-wing mole during Gaza solidarity protest "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Left-wing Israeli activists expose far-right activist who infiltrated a solidarity demonstration at the Israel-Gaza border.

Right-wing mole 'Emanuel Brosh' (left) seen alongside Im Tirzu activist Tom Nissan during a confrontation with left-wing activists following a solidarity protest at the Gaza-Israel fence. Activists exposed Brosh as a mole after the demonstration, December 21, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Right-wing mole Emanuel Brosh (left) seen alongside Im Tirzu activist Tom Nissani following a solidarity protest at the Gaza-Israel fence. Activists discovered Brosh was a mole after the demonstration, December 21, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli left-wing activists discovered a right-wing mole who had joined them in a solidarity protest at the Gaza fence last Friday. The protests, in solidarity with Palestinian Great Return March protests on the Gaza side of the fence, have been taking place for several months now.

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The mole, who has been posing as an anti-occupation activist both online and offline, turned out to be a member of the far-right nationalist group Im Tirzu. In addition to joining the demonstration under false pretenses, the man transmitted information about its timing and location to other Im Tirzu members.

He asked a lot of questions on the ride [from Jerusalem to the Gaza fence], said one activist who asked not to be named. He wanted to know what we do at protests, whether well encounter soldiers, where we are going, and when well get there.

The mole, who falsely identified himself as Emanuel Brosh,...

11:13

Chiba Mayors Request Radioactive Waste Storage 8th Time "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Mayors from five cities in Chiba prefecture requested for an 8th time that the central government deal with high level

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08:24

Faith, Doubt, Theology And Suspicion "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Human beings seem to be created with a longing for meaning. We not only experience the world, but want to make sense of it as well. That sense-making is a thread of continuity that joins every religious tradition in history.

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Saturday, 22 December

16:08

Washington's Russiagate Conspiracy Theory on Life Support "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 22, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The latest bid to keep Washington's desperate Russiagate conspiracy theory alive has energized distilled segments of the public still convinced of Moscow's global omniscience and its role in manipulating and undermining virtually every aspect of their daily lives.


But recent "revelations" are simply the same accusations made against a Russian-based click-bait farm, repackaged and respun.

The Washington Post's article, "New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operations scale and sweep," would in fact present no new report. Instead, it would present repackaged narratives involving "Russias disinformation campaign around the 2016 election." 

The Washington Post would claim:
The report, obtained by The Washington Post before its official release Monday, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), its chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), its ranking Democrat. The bipartisan panel also released a second independent report studying the 2016 election Monday. Lawmakers said the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the panel or its members.
The two reports were put out by Oxford Universitys Computational Propaganda Project and New Knowledge. No information is provided by the Washington Post as to what either of these organizations are, who runs them, or who funds them.

Both reports rehash allegations claiming the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) conducted an extensive influence campaign through social media during the 2016 US elections.

The total amount of money spent on such operations amounted to approximately $100,000 in Facebook ads. To put this amount in context, the very same Washington Post would report in April...

13:54

An American Tragedy-Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

One doesnt have to be an expert in Shakespeare to see Donald Trump as a tragedy in motion. I was the only one in HH that liked Hillary over Donald before the election. I thought Hillary will manage the decline of American Empire in a more orderly way and Donald will be chaos causing unpredictable disasters for all, but the rapidity of the decline astonish all including myself. Certainly hes causing pain for China with his tariff war and possible technology embargo, which I think most Americans dont disagree with him at present. But now he has singlehandedly stirred the hornets nest , aka swamp in Washington DC establishment to a boil. It remains to be seen whether the swamp will swamp him with Muellers report and impeachment.
I dislike Trump intensely. For he represents the antithesis of Chinese traditional values. Honor, honesty, loyalty, and empathy. The lack of those values not only reflect from his behavior, but also reflect from his associates and fellow criminals, Cohen, Flynn, and Manafort. His slogan MAGA hides his real aim of trying to maintain and return America as a WASP country in imaginary Ayn Rand novels. Yet, I cant really oppose his policies of dismantling the empire by withdrawing from Syria and Afghanistan which I agree. Even his immigration policy while lacking in empathy I agree to a certain extent. I do think any country need to maintain border security and citizenship by birth is an anachronism.
The one positive outcome is Trump has managed to torn open the curtain of illusion which blinded those Chinese liberals of Western superiority, of sweet and clean air as spoken by that Maryland graduate rather than ashes from California fire or coal, the human rights as a shield against the inequality behind the curtain, or even the illusion the liberals in the West clothed on themselves about the ossified U.S. Constitution being real democracy. I do hope they can see behind the curtain of gerrymandering with 37% Republican voter control more than 50% of Wisconsin state legislature, or as Michael Moore call on people to rise up against electoral college, that if Trump got more than 3 million votes and lost by electoral college he would have call the people to the ramparts.

07:58

The Bomb That Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort And The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Fraud might run through Manaforts blood (convictions on eight counts of bank-and tax-fraud is fairly convincing proof of that), but the case assembled against Assange seems very much one of enthusiastic botch-up masquerading as a stitch-up.

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06:14

New World Next Year 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

So what's the story of the year? And what's in the cards for next year? Join James and James for the annual New World Next Year look back and look forward.

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13:56

March, 2014 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for irreversible collapse?
A new study sponsored by Nasas Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Noting that warnings of collapse are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history. Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to precipitous collapse often lasting centuries have been quite

of the study: A Minimal Model for Human and Nature Interaction, authored by Safa Motesharrei, Jorge Rivas and Eugenia Kalnay.
From The Guardian

 Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels
If anyone had hoped that the Arab Spring and Occupy protests a few years back were one-off episodes that would soon give way to more stability, they have another thing coming. The hope was that ongoing economic recovery would return to pre-crash levels of growth, alleviating the grievances fueling the fires of civil unrest, stoked by years of recession. But this hasnt happened. And it wont. Instead the post-2008 crash era, including 2013 and early 2014, has seen a persistence and proliferation of civil unrest on a scale that has never been seen before in human history.
From The Guardian

Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the worlds largest general scientific society, has released a stark report on global warming. The report warns that the effects of human emissions of heat-trapping gases are already being felt, that the ultimate consequences could be dire, and that the window to do something about it is closing.
From the New York Times

Warm, too warm, and warmer still: The climate movement must face up to its colossal failure
There is no disputing the climate movements breadth, depth, diligence, passion or commitment. Crucially, its also right, fighting for nothing less than the future of our civilisation. But playing out in slow motion in front of our eyes, we are witnessing its complete collapse. Sustainability conferences hijacked by oil officials and sponsored by Big Oil are but symptoms of a deeper malaise.

 

Where Does the Flatness of Oil Production Come From?
For CONVENTIONAL oil,...

13:50

August, 2014 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, Were Fucked: Climatologist
From Vice.com
Recently, scientists have made a disturbing discovery in the Arctic Ocean: They saw vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor, as the Stockholm University put it in a release disclosing the observations. The plume of methanea potent greenhouse gas that traps heat more powerfully than carbon dioxide, the chief driver of climate changewas unsettling to the scientists.

Heading Toward The Sidewalk
By John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report
The author, a well-known writer on peak Oil and related topics, argues that another economic crash is imminent in the U.S., this time because the fracking/shale gas bubble is about to burst.

Blame the Environmentalists
By Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute
CEOs of companies engaged in shale gas and tight oil drilling are undoubtedly aware of whats going on in their own balance sheets, hype is an essential part of their business model.

Why doesnt the long emergency feel like an emergency?
By Kurt Cobb, Resourceinsights.blogspot.in
In 2006 when James Howard Kunstler published his breakthrough book The Long Emergency, the next two years seemed to vindicate his warning that the oil age was coming to an end with perilous consequences. By autumn the stock market had collapsed and with it the world economy. Oil, too, then collapsed, trading in the mid-$30 range by December as demand for oil fell off a cliff with the economy. It seemed for months that the world was headed for an economic depression.

Transformative Common Sense in Vermont
By Eric Zencey, Steadystate.org
Because GDP-based economic development is so wrong-headed, the state of Vermonts commitment to use Genuine Progress Indicator as a yardstick is a matter of common sense; and yet, because GDP-based economic development is so deeply woven into the substance and texture of our political economy, using basic common sense here is a powerfully transformative act.

GDP: The Infinite Planet Indicator
By Eric Zencey, Steadystate.org
If economists know GDP is not a measurement of economic well-being, why have they continued using it as a proxy for this?

Some Thoughts On Resilience and Transition
By Saral Sarkar, www.eco-socialist.blogspot.in

Just How...

13:48

December, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Richard Martin, Technology Review

An old man wakes on the floor of a hut in a village in southern India. He is wrapped in a thin cotton blanket. Beside him, music wails softly on a transistor radio. A small wood fire smolders on the floor, filling the space with a light haze; above it,the bamboo timbers of the huts roof are charred to a glossy black.

More articles on Global Peak Oil right here.

The mans name is Mallaiah Tokala, and he is the headman of Appapur village, in the Amrabad Tiger Reserve in Telangana state. On his forehead he wears the vibhuti, the sacred daub of white ash. He is uncertain of his exact age, but he is well into his 10th decade. He has lived in this village his whole life, a period that encompasses the tumultuous 20th-century history of India: the rise of Gandhi, the Salt March, the end of the Raj and the coming of independence, Partition and the bloodshed that followed, the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and the dawning of a new era of sectarian violence and terrorism. And now he has lived long enough to witness the coming of electricity to Appapur, in the form of solar-powered lights and TVs and radios.

 

 

 

13:47

November, 2013 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Six Key Trends Shaping the Energy Future
The Paris-based International Energy Agency was established after the oil crisis of the early 1970s in a move by oil-consuming nations to keep better track of trends and improve energy security. Its annual World Energy Outlook, with hundreds of pages of analysis and charts, is considered the industry bible. Heres a rundown of key trends IEA identified as shaping the world outlook this year.
From National Geographic

Western Voters Say No to Fracking and Coal
Fossil fuels took a licking in local elections in Colorado and Washington on Tuesday, as voters resoundingly said no to oil and gas fracking and coal exports.
From Alternet.org

How Americas Energy Appetite Has Changed (Interactive Graph)
The energy industry has undergone seismic changes in technology and outlook over the past 40 years, but that turmoil is only just beginning to produce an impact on the sources of American energy consumption. The following interactive graph allows you to compare the source of energy consumed in the U.S. between any two years over the last four decades.
From Time.com

Energy Sustainability Dilemma A talk by J. David Hughes (Video & slides)
A fascinating talk by J. David Hughes, a research fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, given at Cornell-5-2-12, Energy Sustainability Dilemma : Powering the Future in a Finite World Most of the easy energy is gone. This was from oil which was plentiful, and easy to get, with a very high net Energy Return on Investment (EROI). Now we are pursuing Deep Ocean Drilling, Tar Sands, Fracked Shale Gas, etc. Are we heading for a dead end? What about Wind and Solar? Can they make up the difference? This talk is somewhat technical, but essential if we are to understand our energy options as our society pushes for more energy.
From Post Carbon Institute

Make no mistake, this is an energy civil war
Jeremy Leggetts new book The Energy of Nations: risk blindness and the road to renaissance is an inspirational, page-turning telling of the evolving tale of peak oil, climate change, and economic crisis, and how the three issues intertwine and interweave. Rob Hopkins, one of the founders of the Transition Towns movement, interviews the author.
From Transition Network

The Last of Eden
On one of the last islands of intact rain forest in Brazils eastern Amazon, the Aw Indians face the seemingly inexorable eradication of their home. Even the legal victory that deeded them the land hasnt stopped...

06:55

The United States Are Preparing A War Between Latin-American States "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The partisans of the Cebrowski doctrine are advancing their pawns. If they cease creating wars in the Greater Middle East, theyll inflame the Caribbean Basin. The Pentagon is planning to assassinate an elected head of state, ruin his country, and undermine the unity of Latin-America.

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Thursday, 20 December

16:38

IDF edited out key footage of deadly Gaza missile strike, researchers say "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Israeli military published drone footage of its air force bombing a seemingly empty building in Gaza. It left out the part where one of its missiles killed two teens sitting on the roof, independent investigators find.

Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinian teens Luai Kahil and Amir al-Nimra, during their funeral in Gaza City on July 15, 2018. (Wissam Nassar/Flash90)

Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinian teens Luai Kahil and Amir al-Nimra, during their funeral in Gaza City on July 15, 2018. (Wissam Nassar/Flash90)

The Israeli army edited out key footage of a missile strike that killed two Palestinian teenagers sitting on a Gaza rooftop earlier this year, according to an investigation by the UK-based Forensic Architecture institute and Israeli human rights group BTselem that was published this week.

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In the late afternoon hours of June 14, 2018, two Palestinian teens, Luai Kahil and Amir al-Nimra, climbed to the rooftop of al-Katiba building in Gaza City. The selfie they took on the rooftop that day would be the last photo of the teens.

The Israeli air force launched four warning missiles toward the building, which it said was a Hamas training facility. The warning missiles, low-explosive missiles Israeli army calls roof knocking, are meant to warn civilians to leave the targeted building before larger bombs are dropped, according to the army.

Following the warning missiles, four larger missiles leveled the building. Kahil and al-Nimra,...

16:00

Interview 1408 New World Next Year 2019 with James Evan Pilato "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-11-29%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]So what's the story of the year? And what's in the cards for next year? Join James and James for the annual New World Next Year look back and look forward.

14:07

Theres No Quick Fix To US-Turkish Tensions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On the diplomatic front, it is obvious that Washingtons efforts have run aground to drive a wedge between Turkey on one side and its Russian and Iranian allies on the other by luring Erdogan to reach an understanding regarding the US long-term presence in Syria.

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12:53

+972 photographer Oren Ziv wins prize for Khan al-Ahmar coverage "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Ziv spent countless days and nights in the village this year, documenting the nonviolent struggle against the Israel armys planned demolition and forcible displacement.

Residents of the Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar look on as a bulldozer paves an access road to be used by Israeli forces in the imminent demolition of the West Bank hamlet, July 4, 2018. (Oren Ziv) One of the winning photos: Children from the Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar look on as an Israeli army bulldozer paves an access road to be used in the demolition of the West Bank village, July 4, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

One of the winning photos: Children from the Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar look on as an Israeli army bulldozer paves an access road to be used in the demolition of the West Bank village, July 4, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

+972 Magazine and Local Call* correspondent Oren Ziv won a prize for his photography of the struggle against the demolition and forcible displacement of Khan al-Ahmar this week. Ziv won first prize for a series of photographs in the Society and Community category of the Local Testimony photography exhibition, which opens Thursday in Tel Aviv.

Photo of the year was awarded to Haaretz photographer Olivier Fitoussi for his photograph of Prime Minister Netanyahu and members of his Likud party taking a selfie to celebrate the passage of the Jewish Nation-State Law. The photo was widely circulated, and a long-time Jerusalem Post cartoonist was...

06:59

Russias Arms Sale Success Is Proof That Its Military Diplomacy Works "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

By having its comparatively cheaper but highly effective arms compete with the US much more expensive and sometimes less effective ones, Russia is able to reduce the chances that Americas plans will succeed while simultaneously positioning itself as a neutral mediator for facilitating talks between rival parties.

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Wednesday, 19 December

18:57

Blocking Nord Stream 2: To Fight "Russian Dictatorship," US Dictates to Europe "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 20, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Rarely is irony and hypocrisy so thoroughly combined as it was when the US House of Representatives passed resolution 1035 - "Expressing opposition to the completion of Nord Stream II" (.pdf).


Bloomberg in its article, "U.S. House Passes Resolution Opposing Russian Gas Pipeline," would report:
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a largely symbolic resolution expressing opposition to Gazprom PJSCs $11 billion Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, on concerns that the project will boost the Kremlins control over Europes energy supplies.
 Bloomberg would also report (emphasis added):
While the resolution is non-binding, it highlights growing Congressional opposition to the Russian project. The Trump administration is reviewing potential sanctions against the European companies involved. The pipeline, which would send Russian gas to Germany, has financing agreements with Engie SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, among others.
By passing this resolution, the United States presumes to dictate to all of Europe who they can and cannot do business with.

And while the resolution itself is "non-binding," the resolution itself admits it:
...supports the imposition of sanctions with respect to Nord Stream II under section 232 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (22 U.S.C. 9526).

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline circumvents Ukraine through which Russia had previously shipped natural gas to the rest of Europe. The Russian Federation, and before that, the Soviet Union had for decades reliably supplied Europe with natural gas through Ukraine.

It was not until an openly US-backed putsch swept the elected government of Ukraine from power in 2014 and transformed Ukrainian foreign policy into being openly hostile toward Moscow, that gas flow was jeopardized, prompting Russi...

14:10

The Great War In 1914 And The Balkans (II) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Yugoslav program, as the maximal war aim of Serbias government, was recognized as a legitimate and official one on the session of the Peoples Assembly of Serbia (the Parliament) in the city of Ni on December 7th, 1914.

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13:30

Mark Skidmore on the Pentagons Missing Trillions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Dr. Mark Skidmore of Michigan State University joins us to discuss his research with Catherine Austin Fitts into the $21 trillion in unaccounted transactions on the books of the US Department of Defence and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. We discuss what we know and don't know about the subject, the Pentagon's nonsensical and inadequate excuses for the debacle, the new accounting guideline that legally allows every department of the federal government to create fake and altered books for public consumption, the recent failed Pentagon audit, the government's refusal to provide any information about the problem, the failure of congress to pursue the issue, and the failure of the press to report on it.

13:20

Israeli authorities treat gun violence in our community as an Arab problem "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Israeli police estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of illegal guns among Palestinian citizens of Israel, a community suffering from under-policing and high levels of violence. Are the guns the problem? And what can be done about it?

Illustrative photo of Israeli police at a murder scene, October 10, 2018. (Flash90)

Illustrative photo of Israeli police at a murder scene, October 10, 2018. (Flash90)

The Palestinian community in Israel has been experiencing an ongoing wave of violence for some years now. In the past week alone, seven people were killed in Kafr Qasim, Acre, Jaffa, and Lyd. The killings tend to rob Palestinians in Israel their sense of personal security, and guns have become so pervasive, that at times it feels like anyone could be the next victim.

When you see that 70 Arabs get killed every year on average, of which 15-20 are women, you cant help but feel depressed, said Meissa Irshaid, an attorney with the Gun-Free Kitchen Tables Campaign, a coalition of womens organizations working to eliminate gun violence.

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The organization has been researching the sources of guns in the Palestinian community in Israel. What they found is that most illegal firearms in Israel are actually registered to the army. According to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, 90 percent of illegal firearms in the north of Israel can be traced back to the military.

Gun Free Kitchen Tables start...

13:03

Malaysia puts Goldman Sachs in the dock "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Wall Street investment bank says it will 'vigorously contest' criminal charges brought by Malaysia over bond offerings for scandal-plagued 1MDB fund


Malaysian authorities filed criminal charges against three subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs this week in connection with the US investment banks involvement in a sprawling scandal that saw billions embezzled from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The move has shaken confidence in the Wall Street firm.

While past controversies have seen the bank pay hefty legal settlements when its employees became subject to criminal charges and investigation, the charges filed by Malaysias Attorney General Tommy Thomas on December 17 are believed to represent the first time the New York bank has been directly blamed for wrongdoing.

Tim Leissner, an ex-managing director at Goldman who was once the banks Southeast Asia chairman, and Ng Chong Hwa, a former bank employee, were also charged alongside 1MDBs former general counsel Jasmine Loo Ai Swan and fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, who authorities regard as a central player in the scandal.

In a media statement, Thomas accused bank employees of conspiring with Low to bribe Malaysian state officials and claimed Goldman made false and misleading statements in order to dishonestly misappropriate US$2.7 billion from the proceeds of three bond issuances in 2012 and 2013 that raised $6.5 billion for 1MDB.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

Nile Bowie is a writer and journalist with the Asia Times covering current affairs in...

06:54

Putins Geopolitical Judo Triggered Pompeo To Rant About Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was so incensed by what happened that he took to Twitter to hypocritically attack Russia for sending bombers halfway around the world, totally forgetting to mention that his country has much more than two nuclear-capable bombers on the other side of the planet.

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Tuesday, 18 December

20:46

U.S. puts sanctions on Israeli ex-general over South Sudan arms sales "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Israel Ziv, a former head of operations for the Israeli army, is accused by the Treasury Department of selling weapons to both sides of the civil war in South Sudan, on which there is an arms embargo.

By +972 Magazine Staff

Israeli businessman and former IDF major general Israel Ziv. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israeli businessman and retired IDF general Israel Ziv. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The U.S. Treasury Department placed sanctions last week on Israeli businessman and retired IDF major-general Israel Ziv for his role in the civil war in South Sudan.

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According to the Treasury Department, Ziv had used an agricultural company as a cover for the sale of approximately $150 million worth of weapons including rifles, shoulder-fired missiles, and grenade launchers to both government forces as well as opposition fighters.

While Ziv maintained the loyalty of senior government of South Sudan officials through bribery and promises of security support, he has also reportedly planned to organize attacks by mercenaries on South Sudanese oil fields and infrastructure, in an effort to create a problem that only his company and affiliates could solve, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

The U.S. has designated Global N.T.M. Ltd., Global Law Enforcement and Security Ltd., and Global IZ Group Ltd., all three entities in Israel that according to the Treasury are owned or controlled by Ziv, for sanctions. The U.S. also placed sanctions on f...

15:06

Interview 1407 Mark Skidmore on the Pentagons Missing Trillions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-12-18%20Mark%20Skidmore.mp3"][/audio]Dr. Mark Skimore of Michigan State University joins us to discuss his research with Catherine Austin Fitts into the $21 trillion in unaccounted transactions on the books of the US Department of Defence and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. We discuss what we know and don't know about the subject, the Pentagon's nonsensical and inadequate excuses for the debacle, the new accounting guideline that legally allows every department of the federal government to create fake and altered books for public consumption, the recent failed Pentagon audit, the government's refusal to provide any information about the problem, the failure of congress to pursue the issue, and the failure of the press to report on it.

13:45

Khan al-Ahmar: Setting the record straight "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The story of Khan al-Ahmar has been told countless times in the media in recent months. The way it is being told, however, is chock full of misconceptions. Heres the real story behind the embattled village.

By Angela Godfrey-Goldstein

A structure used to house a family in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, West Bank, February 23, 2017. (Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills.org)

A structure used to house a family in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, West Bank, February 23, 2017. (Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills.org)

The village of Khan al-Ahmar, home to 193 Palestinian Bedouins and a school, is under the very real and imminent threat of demolition and forcible displacement by Israeli authorities. Israel wants to remove Khan al-Ahmar to facilitate its E-1 development plan, which envisions 3,910 housing units for Israelis and over 2,000 hotel rooms, and which would connect the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim to East Jerusalem. The separation wall would then be built around that bloc, with Greater Jerusalem Judaized and the viability of a Palestinian state jeopardized.

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The story of Khan al-Ahmar has been told countless times in the media in recent months as the Israeli High Court gave a green light to the demolition. The following months saw activists prepare for...

03:50

TEPCO To Poke Fukushima Unit 2 Fuel With A Stick "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

TEPCO announced at a meeting with Japans NRA that they will conduct a new investigation inside unit 2 around February

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Monday, 17 December

16:53

How did revenge become a military objective? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When Israeli military commanders call bereaved families from the field to confirm theyve gunned down their childs accused killer, security considerations are not at play thats just an army exacting revenge.

Israeli soldiers near the house of Baraa Ibrahim Sale after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank village of Deir Abu Mashal, near Ramallah, August 10, 2017. Baraa Ibrahim Sale carried out a terror attack with two other Palestinians, killing Border Police officer Hadas Malkam. (Flash90)

Israeli soldiers near the house of Baraa Ibrahim Sale after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank village of Deir Abu Mashal, near Ramallah, August 10, 2017. Baraa Ibrahim Sale carried out a terror attack with two other Palestinians, killing Border Police officer Hadas Malkam. (Flash90)

There is something almost spellbinding about the speed with which the Israeli government is tearing off the masks that once afforded its policies a veneer of decency. From the Jewish Nation-State Law to the cultural loyalty law to the law to legalize settlement outposts, from Prime Minister Netanyahus anti-Semitic friends to the blatant racism of his son who publicly yearns for a country cleansed of Palestinians official Israel is not even pretending anymore. Everything is out in the open now.

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This trend is also being reflected in the operations and policies of the Israeli army. Without any way of providing Israeli citizens with security and quiet in a reality of endless military occupat...

16:45

Large Scale Fisheries Operations Proposed for Marianas "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Pacific Islands News Association is one of the best resources for tuna news in the Pacific.  This week they are reporting from Honolulu for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and have filed several reports about the politics surrounding the tuna industry.

A story about the Marianas caught my eye, from the story:
Meanwhile, Northern Marianas Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres called on the WCPFC for financial assistance to develop their fisheries.

We have fisheries resources in our waters but lack access to capital needed to institute large scale fisheries operations (emphasis mine). In this regard CNMI Is interested in how the commission can insist some members and territories to obtain increased benefits and capacity derived from tuna Fisheries in the region," said Torres.
I know Governor Torres.  He is my second cousin.  Like all Pacific Island men, he considers himself a fishermen.  He's also a jobs guy.  He prides himself in bringing the casino to Saipan and all that has resulted from that.  I assume he sees fishing as an additional economic activity that could buoy up the economy.  That is a valid point of view, and is in line with the Trump Administration priorities to exploit American natural resources.  And the governor is very much a Trump guy.  But I don't think Saipan will have any industrial fisheries anytime soon for the following reasons:

1. Tan Holdings owns one of the largest fishing companies in the world.  If fishing was profitable in the Marianas, they would already be fishing there.  Just ask Jerry Tan.

2. There have been several heavily subsidized attempts to start industrial fishing in the Marianas, and they have all gone belly up.  The Lady Carolina, the longline vessel wrecked in our lagoon, made more money taking tourists to look at fish than it ever did trying to catch fish.

3. There are no local people who will want to work on a fishing boat for weeks at a time.

So not only do I think it won't happen, but I think it is a bad idea for the following reasons:

1. The fishing fleet based out of Hawaii has been exposed using slave labor.  Saipan has enough human trafficking problems with the casino.  A fishing fleet would invite more abuse.

2. If Saipan wants commercial fishing, we should be talking to Palau, Micronesia, the Marshalls, and the other members of the PNA, rather than taking our cues from...

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Sunday, 16 December

16:40

Settlers attack Palestinian civilians following deadly shootings "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

After a string of shootings left three Israelis dead, hundreds of settlers block roads across the West Bank, harassing Palestinian drivers and damaging their vehicles.

By Meron Rapoport

Israeli settlers threw stones at and blocked Palestinian vehicles late last week, hours after a Palestinian gunman killed two soldiers outside a settlement outpost near Ramallah.

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Hundreds of settlers blocked roads across the West Bank, harassing Palestinian drivers and damaging their vehicles. According to Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, settler attacks took place in 28 locations across the West Bank. Meanwhile, two Israeli soldiers were suspended over the weekend after they tried to release settlers who had been arrested on Saturday for throwing stones at Palestinian homes.

There has also been a violent string shootings by Palestinians against Israeli settlers in the West Bank over the past week. On December 9th, a Palestinian gunmen opened fire at settlers near the Ofra settlement, wounding seven, including a 21-year-old pregnant woman. Doctors prematurely delivered her infant in an emergency C-section hours later; the baby died in a Jerusalem hospital on Wednesday.

Within 24 hours of the attack, we received dozens if not hundreds of reports of Israeli citizens throwing stones at [Palestinian] homes and cars, including a number of injuries, said Yesh Din Executive Director Lior Amihai.

The attacks on Palestinian civilians elicited a rare condemnation from Jason Greenblatt, President Trumps envoy to the Middle East. Throwing rocks at vehicles who have nothing to do with these attacks is NOT a legitimate response. Innocent people could be killed.

Settler violence against Palestinians is a frequent occurrence in the occupied territories, and is often fatal. In October, a Palestinian woman was killed when Israeli settlers threw stones at her vehicle near Nablus. Settlers routinely refer to attacks against Palestinian civilians as price tag attacks, w...

13:01

Israeli army shatters the illusion of normalcy in Ramallah "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Leading a normal, safe life is a juggling act for any Palestinian family. Even the prospect of enjoying a Christmas dinner with your loved ones and neighbors must take into account the risk of an Israeli army raid, invasion, or closure.

By Dalal Erakat

Israeli soldiers marching through the streets of Ramallah, occupied West Bank, December 15, 2018. (Flash90)

Israeli soldiers marching through the streets of Ramallah, occupied West Bank, December 15, 2018. (Flash90)

Living in Ramallah is thought of as trendy these days, and to a certain extent, represents a relatively luxurious life. Restaurants and cafes are packed, there are clubs and parties on weekends, there are sports and cultural activities, art galleries, and concerts.

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Yet that assumption, that life is good as long as you are inside Ramallah, is not always reflective of reality. Israeli forces raid the city regularly, entering a neighborhood in the dead of night, taking over an entire home or building, and leaving at dawn with whomever they came to capture.

This week, with Christmas approaching, Israel didnt just invade one neighbor...

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Saturday, 15 December

21:59

What an Israeli army closure on Ramallah looks like "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the Israeli army invades Ramallah, fear and anxiety deepen among many Palestinians but so does solidarity.

By Zena Tahhan

Israeli soldiers conduct a search for Palestinian suspects of a drive-by shooting attack in the West Bank City of Ramallah, December 10, 2018. (Flash90)

Israeli soldiers conduct a search for Palestinian suspects of a drive-by shooting attack in the West Bank City of Ramallah, December 10, 2018. (Flash90)

The past few days in the occupied West Bank have been particularly difficult. Violence, killings, and military raids are common here, but Palestinian cities are now facing even deeper uncertainty and instability.

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The Israeli army imposed a military closure on the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, and closed major checkpoints between cities.

The closure, raids, and restrictions on movement followed two drive-by shootings carried out by Palestinians this week near illegal settlements. Two Israeli soldiers were killed in one of the shootings, and in the other, several Israeli settlers were wounded, including a pregnant woman whose baby was delivered prematurely and later died.

As events began to unfold on Wednesday, the Israeli army raided Ramallah and stationed soldiers at Al-Irsal Street, a main street in the city. Within minutes, Israeli soldiers invaded the area, parading their presence very close to the Palestinian Authoritys...

16:26

History Is Written By The Winners "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Who gets to write the history textbooks? Where do the history teachers learn about history? What documents are allowed into the historical record, and what documents are excluded? These are not merely academic questions, they go right to the heart of the question of history itself. Join James Corbett for todays edition of The Corbett Report and an in-depth exploration of the formation of the historical record about World War One.

06:50

WaPo Claims American "Tortured Then Executed" in Syria - Admits No Evidence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 15, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - A particularly scurrilous op-ed appeared in the pages of the Washington Post accusing the Syrian government of detaining, torturing, then executing an American citizen, Layla Shweikani.  


Considering US attempts to establish various pretexts to justify its ongoing military occupation of Syria and its attacks on Syrian forces - such an accusation could dangerously escalate the conflict if not checked and exposed.

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Friday, 14 December

20:11

Israelis dont want to hear what I have to say "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

What does it feel like to be a target? Jewish-Israeli dissidents and anti-occupation activists have, for the most part, been lucky enough to avoid that question over the years. While Israeli authorities have had few qualms clamping down on Palestinians who openly challenge Israels military dictatorship in the occupied territories, Israeli Jews have largely been spared their wrath.

Thats beginning to change. From Shin Bet interrogations at the border to coordinated attacks on prominent anti-occupation activists to the delegitimization of left-wing NGOs, authorities have been making life increasingly difficult for outspoken Jewish Israelis. For more well-known activists, the ad hominem attacks are worn like a badge of honor: proof that laying bare the cruelties of occupation is actually doing something.

Then there are activists like Guy Hirschfeld, who stand little to gain from becoming a target. Over the past few months, it has felt at times like Hirschfeld, 49, is Public Enemy No. 1 for Israeli authorities in the West Bank and particularly the settlers. A long-time member of Taayush an Israeli-Palestinian volunteer grassroots group founded during the Second Intifada, and one of the few groups of Israelis that regularly puts their bodies on the line in solidarity with Palestinians Hirschfeld spends most of his days accompanying Palestinian shepherds in the Jordan Valley, where they regularly come under attack by settlers or the army.

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15:59

Episode 350 History Is Written By The Winners "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="https://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/episode350-lq.mp3"][/audio]Who gets to write the history textbooks? Where do the history teachers learn about history? What documents are allowed into the historical record, and what documents are excluded? These are not merely academic questions, they go right to the heart of the question of history itself. Join James Corbett for today's edition of The Corbett Report and an in-depth exploration of the formation of the historical record about World War One.

14:06

RoboChicken, Brexicide, Anti-Vax Italy New World Next Week "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This week on the New World Next Week: more robot propaganda rolls out with chicken dispensers in Japan; Brexit poses pesticide problems for the UK; and the MSM freaks out about Italy's sacking of the health board.

12:41

BBC Claims Chemical Weapons Helped Assad But Fails to Explain How "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 14, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The BBC published an article in October titled, "How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory" in which it claims chemical weapons have been "crucial" to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's "war-winning strategy."


Superficially - the article appears impressive - loaded from top to bottom with colorful charts, graphs, and photographs of supposed victims in gas masks, expended munitions, and craters.

However, never once does the BBC provide an actual explanation as to how chemical weapons brought Damascus closer to victory. Even at face value, the article's entire premise is challenged in each paragraph by the statistics and events the article itself presents.

Alleged Chemical Weapon Casualties are a Drop in the Ocean 

The article begins by claiming (emphasis added):
After seven devastating years of civil war in Syria, which have left more than 350,000 people dead, President Bashar al-Assad appears close to victory against the forces trying to overthrow him.
Yet further down in the article under a graph titled, "Estimated number of casualties in the 106 attacks by location 2014-18," the BBC admits that only 55 of the supposed 106 attacks the BBC accuses Syria's government of carrying out even resulted in any casualties at all, and admits that "it was not possible to verify that the casualties reported were the result of exposure to chemicals."

The BBC would also admit that:

Although chemical weapons are deadly, UN human rights experts have noted that most incidents in which civilians are killed and maimed have involved the unlawful use of conventional weapons, such as cluster munitions and explosive weapons in civilian populated areas.
Thus, the BBC itself is undermining the entire premise of its own article - admitting that conventional weapons - not chemical weapons - are by far more effective and that its investigation makes it impossible to even determine if chemical weapons claimed any casualties at all.
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09:33

1MDB dragnet closes in on Najib, Goldman Sachs "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Legal wheels are turning fast in Malaysia and US to jail the ex-premier and hold the American investment bank responsible for money laundering and fraud worth billions of dollars


Prosecutors in Malaysia filed yet another round of new graft charges against disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak this week after investigators questioned him and Arul Kanda Kandasamy, a former chief executive at 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), over allegations of tampering with a 2016 government audit of the graft-linked state fund.

Malaysian officials say Najib ordered amendments to the audit report that removed a mention of fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jhos presence at a 1MDB board meeting, a figure both Malaysian and US authorities regard as a central player in the alleged theft of an estimated US$4.5 billion dollars from 1MDB between 2009 and 2014.

By amending the audit report before it was finalized, Najib had secured protection from disciplinary, civil or criminal action related to 1MDB, according to the charge-sheet read in court on December 12. He pled not guilty to an abuse of power charge, while Arul pled not guilty to abetting and engaging in a criminal conspiracy with the former premier.

Najib, 66, who was ousted in May after a coalition led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad clinched a shock election victory, faces charges of graft, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust related to 1MDB. He has consistently denied wrongdoing and could spend the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty in a trial due to begin next year.

Read the full story at Asia Times.
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Thursday, 13 December

14:39

Interview 1406 New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-12-06%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: more robot propaganda rolls out with chicken dispensers in Japan; Brexit poses pesticide problems for the UK; and the MSM freaks out about Italy's sacking of the health board.

13:45

Gerry Docherty on the Hidden History of WWI "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Gerry Docherty, co-author with Jim MacGregor of Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War, joins us for an in-depth discussion about the real origins of WWI. In this wide-ranging discussion, Docherty reveals the machinations of the Secret Elite that ensnared Europe, and, ultimately, the world, in war. We also talk about the teaching of history and who controls the historical narrative on key global events.

07:29

Why the sun never sets over- the Dubai Mall "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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By Taazakhabar News Bureau

The 20-billion-dollar Dubai Mall complex located in the heart of Downtown Dubai with close to 1,200 shops is the second-largest mall in terms of total land area in the whole world after the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada. It is a 21st-largest shopping mall in the world in terms of gross leasable areaway behind the worlds largest New South China Mall and others big malls like Golden Resources Mall, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.

One of the most-visited shopping and leisure destination on planet earth surpassing visitor arrivals at world-famous landmarks and tourist destinations like Times Square (39.2 million), Central Park (38 million), and Niagara Falls (22.5 million), The Dubai Mall in United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers fascinating view of Burj Khalifa, Souk Al Bahar and The Dubai Fountain. The mall is only 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport and attracts over 54 million visitors each year.

The Mall built over an area of 13 million square feetequal to more than 50 football fields, accommodates over 250-room luxury hotels, 22 cinema screens besides 120 restaurants and cafes. It also has a parking space for over 14,000 vehicles in 3 car parks with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.

For lovers of high fashion, The Dubai Mall offers over 70 signature outlets from the world-renowned designers and brands such as Bloomingdales to Cartier, Fashion Avenue, Versace, Burberry, Gold Souk and Galeries Lafayette, the first in the Middle East.

Apart from all these, it has the Worlds largest acrylic panel Aquarium and Underwater Zoo accommodating over 300 varieties of aquatic animals, including sharks and rays.

An Olympic-sized Ice Rink, childrens edutainment concept Kidzania, one of the largest open-air lap pools and exotic pool-side restaurant, Cabana are- some of the ways to keep everyone busy.

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Karat, the lobby lounge, serves contemporary and modern Arabic culinary delights.

One of the star attractions of the Dubai Mall is Bridal Sales Centre one of Dubais most attractive wedding hot-spots. The Bridal Sales Centre, offer...

02:37

Rollins College Undersea Overseer "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Earlier this year my alma mater Rollins College recognized my career with an alumni achievement award. I received the award back in April and at the ceremony I got to meet the mayor of Oakland and the US Secretary of the Navy, who were also award recipients. A few months later they published a story about my career in our alumni magazine (and dubbed me the Undersea Overseer) which made me sound way cooler than I actually am. And since all things college confer privileges and responsibilities (otherwise known as kuleana), I was asked to give a talk at an Alumni gathering in Washington, DC in November.

The text of that talk (with a few of the photos I used in my powerpoint presentation) is pasted below. It's kind of long and a bit rambling because it was supposed to be a 25 minute talk and also I ramble a lot.

I've never written about The Pew Charitable Trusts Boonie Dog Show and the gentle ribbing I get for it at work, so if you only want to read one part, I suggest skipping to that.  Enjoy!


Thank you, please, hold the applause.  My name is Angelo Villagomez, I work for The Pew Charitable Trusts on the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy. This is a partnership with Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation to create large marine protected areas in our worlds ocean. If Twitter or Instagram are your thing, you can follow me at TaoTaoTasi which means people of the ocean in the Chamorro language. Alright, lets get started.


Megalodon, the largest shark to ever live, has been spotted in the Mariana Trench. No, Im just kidding.

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Wednesday, 12 December

09:49

Malaysia opens old and new wounds with Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Air and sea disputes have stoked new tensions between the causeway neighbors, revisiting an earlier era of testy bilateral relations


Air and sea disputes have stoked new tensions between Malaysia and Singapore, driving ties between the neighbors to their lowest point since Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad notched a shock election victory in May this year.

Earlier this month, Singapore lodged a strong protest over Malaysias plans to extend the limits of a port in its southernmost state, Johor, claiming its territorial waters would be encroached upon. The wealthy city-state also accused Malaysian vessels of repeated intrusions, claims that Malaysias Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook has contested.

Loke has maintained that the altered ports limits are in Malaysias territorial sea and do not encroach on any part of Singapore. The maritime boundary tiff comes as the two countries wrangle over another dispute involving control of a flight path that passes over Malaysian airspace to a small secondary airport in Singapore.

Malaysia informed its southern neighbor that it intends to take back control of the airspace, which Singapore has managed since 1974. Malaysia made the announcement after the city-state issued a new instrument landing system at its Seletar Airport without Malaysias consent, which Loke said would lead to height limits on building developments and affect shipping operations in Johor.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

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09:20

Interview 1405 Gerry Docherty on the Hidden History of WWI "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-12-12%20Gerry%20Docherty.mp3"][/audio]Gerry Docherty, co-author with Jim MacGregor of Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War, joins us for an in-depth discussion about the real origins of WWI. In this wide-ranging discussion, Docherty reveals the machinations of the Secret Elite that ensnared Europe, and, ultimately, the world, in war. We also talk about the teaching of history and who controls the historical narrative on key global events.

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Tuesday, 11 December

23:53

Local Government Elections; Sarawak can show the way "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Bersih Sarawak views with great concern the hasty announcement by Tun Dr Mahathir yesterday stating that the Federal Government does not intend to implement local council elections despite earlier the Minister in Charge of Housing and Local Government YB Zuraida Kamarudin stating that her ministry is currently conducting a study on the proposal to bring []

17:36

Why did Google take over Where is my Train app "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Google is once again in the news this time for taking over Where is my Train an app which is improving the lives of millions of Indian passengers by providing real-time information on the status of trainsfrom Sigmoid Labs a Bengaluru-based startup, which developed the app. As of now some 10 million people in India have downloaded Where Is My Train the highest rated travel app in India, which also provides seat availability and PNR status.

TIndian_Railway.svghe beauty behind the Where is my Train a unique train app is that it displays live train status and up-to-date schedules. The app can function offline without needing Internet or GPS. It is packed with useful features such as destination alarms and speedometer. It needs cell tower information to search for the trains location.

According to speculation in the market, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi too wanted to invest in Sigmoid, while Google had initially offered to buy Sigmoid for around $30-40 million.

Sigmoid Labs, the company which developed the Where Is My Train was founded by four former TiVo executives in 2013 and now has around 10 staff members. The app compares favorably with RailYatri and iXigo.

While the exact nature of the Google-Sigmoid Labs deal is a closely guarded secret, it is understood that as part of the deal the Sigmoid Labs team behind the Where is my train app, would join Google to be able to use better technology and help more people.

Googles recent strategy has been to target users in India, Indonesia and Brazil, through selective bets and strategic investments in promising start-ups. Googles first direct investment in India was in Bengaluru-based personal concierge app Dunzo for a sum of $12.3 million. Last year Google acquired Halli Labs a Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence startup.

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05:36

Arya Samaj has a great future ahead "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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President of Delhi Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Dharampal Arya belongs to a generation which has a great responsibility on its shoulders. The generation before him was totally committed to Arya Samaj the Hindu reformist movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati. The greatest challenge before Arya and others in his age group is to ensure that the values, beliefs and principles mentioned in the Vedas reach the Generation X (influenced by MTV, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp) so that they too abstain from idol worship and remain committed to the values promoted by Swami Dayanand in the holy book Satyarth Prakash (the light of truth). Excerpts from an interview with Neeraj Mahajan

At the time when it started, the people who initially joined the Arya Samaj maybe in the generation before you were quite committed. Is the generation after you as committed or is their commitment getting diluted?

I would like to emphasize that the future of Arya Samaj is very bright. Do you know why? Well, thats because the computer savvy new generation is not ready to say or accept anything that is not logical. You may try to pressurize them to whatever level; they will not accept something that does not satisfy their quest or hunger for the reason and at the same time seem rational or logical. For a brief moment, this might give the impression of dilution of values but because the founding principles behind Arya Samaj are deeply rooted in reason, logic and fulfilment of the quest for knowledge, I strongly believe that Arya Samaj has a great future.

Another point that I wish to make in this context, is that our youth today is totally disillusioned by the inappropriate behaviour and misdemeanour of the religious leaders or Godmen that have been reported in the media including those which havent been exposed yet in the last 5-10 years. This has hurt the youth very badly. That is why I can categorically say the Arya Samaj has a great future ahead.

I would like to make a clear-cut distinction between Arya Samaj as an institute and Arya Samaj as a thought. If you compare the two, you may say that Arya Samaj as an institute is not what it used to be and is weaker than what it used to be earlier. I am prepared to accept this but this does not mean that Arya Samaj is getting extinct. Todays youth may vary of the term Arya Samaj but is definitely not averse to the Arya...

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Monday, 10 December

07:05

Race, religion still rallying cries in New Malaysia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Ethno-nationalist opposition forces have pressed PM Mahathir Mohamad to backtrack on a commitment to end all forms of racial discrimination as the nation's ethnic politics intensify


Tens of thousands of Malay Muslims took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on December 8 to oppose Malaysias adoption of a United Nations (UN) convention against racial discrimination amid fears that privileges enjoyed by the Malay majority and Islams status as the countrys official religion would be threatened.

When Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addressed the UN General Assembly in September, he pledged that Malaysia would ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights, including the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Although the nonagenarian premier admitted that ratification would not be easy owing to acute sensitives around race and religion in Muslim-majority Malaysia, the pledge was hailed both at home and abroad as an indication of the new Pakatan Harapan governments commitment to human rights, reform and democratization.

Conservative ethno-nationalist and Islamist opposition parties, however, furiously took aim at the treaty and alleged, contrary to the facts, that it would threaten the special position of Malay Muslims, who account for around 60% of the population and are granted special status as bumiputera, or sons of the soil, in Article 153 of the countrys constitution.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

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04:31

Freedom Fries and Liberty Cabbage #PropagandaWatch "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Remember "freedom fries" and "freedom toast"? Well, it turns out that the Iraq War wasn't the first time such propaganda nonsense was forced down the throat of the American public. Join James Corbett for this week's edition of #PropagandaWatch where we learn all about "liberty cabbage" and the other war hysteria that swept the world during WWI...and how it's still with us today.

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Sunday, 09 December

18:36

Uighur, View from a Han Chinese. "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When I was growing up in Shanghai in 1950s, I like most young Chinese, have a somewhat romantic view of Uighurs. They dance and sing during holiday celebrations. The girls and women are beautiful, wearing colorful costumes and seem exotic and unapproachable. The limited exchanges with wandering Uighur merchants selling candies and warnings that any disputes with them will be ruled in their favor by authorities as they want to avoid any friction with national minorities. There was an unofficial policy to discourage any interaction or intermarriage with Uighurs. Unlike in Southern U.S. which consider intermarriage with blacks as miscegenation but more as to avoid friction with Uighur community. Today Western press seem obsessed with Uighur on whether China is on a path of genocide or concentration camp in Xinjiang. For someone like me in U.S. the question is laughable given the history of U.S. on extermination of Native Americans and slavery, not to mention Muslim ban of Trumps policy on immigrants. For most Han Chinese, the change of policy from indulgence to more strict enforcement is way overdue. Due to sensitivity of Russia border area, Uighurs were left alone which turn out to be to their detriment as China has grown tremendously in economic, educational, and global commerce. It damages Uighur children for failure to learn Mandarin as much as fail to teach English language to immigrant children in U.S.. Due to the growth of internet it was inevitable extremist Islamic theology spread to Uighurs given the lack of economic development and corrective actions need to be taken. Economic forces with education and migration will eventually resolve it. I suggest the liberals would to better to expire their guilt by working in native American communities or soup kitchens.

02:24

Fukushima Food Fight Continues "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Concerns and disputes over the safety of food from Fukushima and other nearby prefectures subject to fallout from the nuclear

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Friday, 07 December

15:29

Editing Babies, DNA Registry, DNA Shaming New World Next Week "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This week on the New World Next Week: China's baby gene-editing scientist goes missing; scientists call for national DNA registry to increase privacy; and company helps apartment owner find naughty dogs via DNA.

14:32

NATO's Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 7, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward.


The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating protocol for passing through the Strait - protocol previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels.

The extent to which Ukraine was aware of these protocols and the 2003 agreement that put them in place includes entire events organized in Ukraine by NATO-sponsored "think tanks" discussing the necessity to "rip them up" and attempt to assert greater control over the current joint-use of the Sea of Azov.

In the wake of this incident - predictable calls are being made to use it as a pretext to expand NATO even further east, with senior American Foreign Policy Council fellow and former professor at the US Army War College Stephen Blank declaring the need for the US to "lease" Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov, patrol the sea with US warships,  all while committing to the "full-fledged" arming of Ukrainian forces.

Blank's commentary - published in The Hill in a piece titled, "Russias attack on Ukraine is an act of war," predicates an anti-Russian narrative and NATO's eastward expansion into Ukraine upon a number of blatant falsehoods.

He mentions Russia's "seizure" of Crimea, its "claiming that Crimea, the Sea of Azov, and the Kerch Strait are exclusively Russian waters," and the building of the Crimean Bridge which Blank claims is impeding Ukrainian commerce in the Sea of Azov - all as Russian provocations.

However, Blank conveniently omits the US-NATO backed putsch that seized power in Ukraine in 2013 - setting off Ukrainian-Russian tensions in the first place. Nowhere in Blank's commentary does he mention the promine......

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Thursday, 06 December

09:11

Interview 1404 New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-12-06%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: China's baby gene-editing scientist goes missing; scientists call for national DNA registry to increase privacy; and company helps apartment owner find naughty dogs via DNA.

07:05

Derrick Broze on Jeffrey Epstein and The Finders "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Derrick Broze of The Conscious Resistance joins us once again. This time we talk about the latest developments in the Jeffrey Epstein case, as well as Brozes investigation into the decades-old story of The Finders and their links to child trafficking.

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Wednesday, 05 December

10:01

Interview 1403 Derrick Broze on Jeffrey Epstein and The Finders "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-12-05%20Derrick%20Broze.mp3"][/audio]Derrick Broze of The Conscious Resistance joins us once again. This time we talk about the latest developments in the Jeffrey Epstein case, as well as Broze's investigation into the decades-old story of The Finders and their links to child trafficking.

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Tuesday, 04 December

15:08

The War Propaganda Bureau #PropagandaWatch "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The British government soon recognized that control of the economy was not enough; the war at home meant control of information itself. At the outbreak of war, they set up the War Propaganda Bureau at Wellington House. The bureaus initial purpose was to persuade America to enter the war, but that mandate soon expanded to shape and mold public opinion in favour of the war effort and of the government itself...

14:23

Richard Grove on the Rothschilds and WWI "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Richard Grove of TragedyAndHope.com joins The Corbett Report to discuss his research into the Rothschild dynasty and how it intersects with the story of WWI.

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Sunday, 02 December

09:00

Who is Winning the US-Chinese AI Arms Race? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 2, 2018 (Gunnar Ulson - NEO) - Information technology has already transformed virtually every aspect of modern civilization. The rise of artificial intelligence and the ability of systems to train themselves rather than be programmed, allowing them to perform tasks no human could, is expected to have as much, if not more an impact than the proliferation of computers and the Internet.


The Wall Street Journal recently published an interview with Kai-Fu Lee, former head of Google in China and current CEO of Sinovation Ventures in Beijing, comparing US-Chinese strategies regarding the research, development and deployment of AI.

China's lack of regulatory obstacles and deeply entrenched corporate monopolies is giving China an advantage over the US. While US higher education is producing more, and better computer scientists specializing in AI at the moment, China is catching up.

Ultimately, for AI, the nation with the most data to train systems is the nation that will eventually dominate the field. Here, China has a clear and uncontested advantage. As tech companies across China work on AI and roll out applications for public consumption, the sensors, input and overall data accumulated across China's 1.3 billion people will far exceed that accessible to US companies.

Lee would explain, regarding whether the US or China was in the lead regarding AI:
In internet AI, which is algorithms making profitable recommendations for people based on their Web browsing history, China and the U.S. are about equal. China will probably get ahead because it has more user data. In business AI, where companies mine their customer data to come up with new product ideas and improve service, or use it to monitor systems to make them more efficient or lucrative, the U.S. is ahead, and will probably stay ahead because its enterprise data is properly archived and more usable for AI. In perception AI, or things like facial recognition and other biometric interfaces, China is ahead because it is building more sensors chea...

00:10

TEPCO To Test Halt Of Water Injection At Fukushima Daiichi "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Since the initial disaster TEPCO has been injecting water into the damaged reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Questions around the long

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Saturday, 01 December

11:59

NAIA Terminal 3 still messy ten years after official inauguration "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

NAIA Terminal 3 ten years after official inauguration.

Ten years ago, on August 1, 2008, Cebu Pacific Air moved its operation from the Domestic Terminal to NAIA Terminal 3. Cebu Pacific Air had been the first airline to operate out of this terminal. Construction had started in 1997. Since construction, the terminal had been in the centre of legal battles, red tape, and arbitration cases in both the United States and Singapore. Financial, technical and safety concerns had delayed its opening for many years.
NAIA- 3 has a theoretical capacity to handle 13 million domestic and international passengers annually. It has 24 gates and 140 check-in desks.

Arrival in NAIA Terminal 3

You are looking forward to arriving in a tropical vacation destination. Its true, its often very hot and very humid inside NAIA-3. But thats all. You walk hundreds of meters in grey and rather narrow corridors. Why did they never think to bring in colours, plants and maybe photos of beaches?

You may also want to read our NAIA-3 Arrival page.

NAIA Terminal 3 Arrival

When you wait for your luggage then you find another eternal problem. There is on carousel assigned per company. Looking at the landing intervals of Cebu Pacific Air, then you may find your baggage among those of another 500 passengers. Once you are out of the terminal, you will wait up to an hour until you get a taxi bringing you downtown Manila.

Departure from NAIA Terminal 3

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Friday, 30 November

17:34

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The about quoted article from guancha.cn talked about a movie crew wanted to shoot a historical drama of Yellow River loess plateau and unable to find location of arid scenery described of Chinas upper Yellow River from the 1930s. They were forced to use CGI as background scenery. I visited Yenan 3 weeks ago and can sympathize with the movie crew as greenery covered all the hollows and hilltops as we traveled on highway from Xian to Yenan. Even Yellow River no longer is as muddy and yellow, and the cave dwellings that Mao and his comrades lived are green even when temperature hover around freezing. Local markets teem with fruits like persimmons, pomegranates, and dates. The deserts which encroach Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi are being pushed back. We did want to visit those areas in the forefront of pushback against desert farther north, but have to forego due to scheduling conflict. Still we can see with our own eyes the changes. Premier Zhou would be very pleased as he look down from heaven at the changes in China.

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Thursday, 29 November

10:42

Bohol-Panglao International Airport now operational "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Bohol-Panglao International Airport has started operation yesterday.

All operations have been transferred from the old Tagbilaran Airport to the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport at 6 am on Wednesday, November 28. The old airport in Tagbilaran is now closed.  This means that the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport will be the sole commercial airport that will serve the province. The new airport is 40 minutes away from Tagbilaran City. The new Bohol airport, which can accommodate up to two million passengers yearly, is described as a total upgrade from the Tagbilaran Airport.

We have already updated our Philippines Airports Database. But many other services are not yet up to date. Google maps shows flat terrain and on Flightradar24 the planes land in the pampa.

Bohol-Panglao International Airport

This had been Cebu Pacific Flight 5J621 this afternoon just at the moment it touched down.

Fortunately the aerial image on Google-Earth is much newer. This picture had been taken on August 13, 2018.

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09:47

Singapore shakes as Lee looks to retire "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The long-ruling People's Action Party's planned transition to a fourth generation of leaders has revealed top-level misgivings and shaky confidence in the pending succession


When Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that he intended to retire to make way for a younger generation executive from his ruling Peoples Action Party (PAP), speculation ran rampant over who would be tapped to succeed the long-time leader.

That question was answered with last weeks appointment of Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat as the PAPs first assistant secretary-general, putting him on course to become the island republics fourth prime minister. The long-dominant PAP currently holds 82 of 89 elected seats in Singapores Parliament.

The 66-year-old Lee announced after the 2015 election that he will step down before he turns 70, though some think it could happen sooner with rising anticipation of a snap poll in 2019. Lee is expected to assume an overarching senior role as either mentor minister or senior minister when he eventually steps down from the premiership.

Underscoring the sensitivity of the transition and certain misgivings over the drawn-out selection process, Goh Chok Tong Lees still influential predecessor described the transition as an urgent challenge in a Facebook post last December and called on the partys fourth generation or 4G leadership to select a successor within six to nine months.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

Nile Bowie is a writer and journalist with the Asia Times covering current affairs in Singapore and Malaysia. He can...

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Wednesday, 28 November

18:24

Syria: Alleged Chemical Attack Elicits 180 Degree Response from West "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 29, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) -  On the heels of another alleged chemical attack in Syria  - the Western media has responded with skepticism - even silence. This acutely different response to its regular "chemical weapons" hysteria is because unlike previous incidents, it appears this most recent attack was blatantly carried out by Western-backed militants operating in Idlib, Syria. 


While evidence of this most recent alleged attack must still be collected and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has yet to arrive and carry out its investigation, it should be remembered that none of this was previously required by either the Western media to create a storm of hysteria accusing perpetrators - mainly Damascus - and demanding a Western military response, or by Western leaders who would promptly carry out such military responses. 

Compare and Contrast

With no actual evidence in hand, the United States along with the UK and France would carry out military strikes on Syria in April of this year after an alleged chemical attack the West claimed was carried out by Syrian forces in Douma, just six miles northeast of Damascus. 

British state media - the BBC - would unquestioningly repeat claims by dubious organizations like the "White Helmets"  that chemical weapons were used and killed scores of civilians. In one BBC article titled, "Syria war: At least 70 killed in suspected chemical attack in Douma," it was claimed:
The pro-opposition Ghouta Media Center tweeted that more than 75 people had "suffocated", while a further 1,000 people had suffered the effects of the alleged attack.

It blamed a barrel bomb allegedly dropped by a helicopter which it said contained Sarin, a toxic nerve agent.

The Union of Medical Relief Organizations, a US-based charit...

01:18

Food Not Bombs Solidarity Action "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

pagkain para sa lahat

 

November 17, 2018 at Welcome Rotonda Quezon City, Philippines around 70 people from different parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces gathered to share food, conduct art workshop, provide free hair cut for the homeless and share information to the public.

Autonomous activists, anarchists and peace warriors conducted a program to condemn state sponsored killings of the Duterte administration through Tokhang a war on drugs campaign the killed thousands of people mostly from poor communities.  The creative and non-violent resistance was also set to attack inequality which resulted to poverty and hunger.

Local autonomous activists adopted Food Not Bombs (FNB) tactic due to its applicability in terms of action and propaganda. over 10 million people in the archipelago go hungry every year. The latest record puts the number unemployed and underemployed people at about 4.5 million. Every year, almost one million women and men want to leave the country to seek job opportunities. The country has one of the largest numbers of malnourished children in the world. In 2000, the country ranked 77 out of more than 150 countries with poverty incidence of 34%. The human development index (HDI) figure was 0.656

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Tuesday, 27 November

09:42

Final Reflection (5) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As I read the 5 parts NYT stories and reactions I cant help but say Americans still dont understand China. China maybe still a long way to go to be in parity or pass U.S. in per capital basis, but in many ways she is already way ahead and pulling farther away. On our way to visit Maos family home we were in a taxi equipped with Chinas own GPS system BeiDou combined with AI that obeys voice command for the song we wish to hear, but periodically interrupted with advices that we are in a accident prone zone, so drive carefully, that 700 meters ahead is a traffic camera and we are 20% over speed limit. That bus fares are 2 yuans (less than 30 cents), major cities all have subway systems costing about $1 to travel more than 30 miles to the center of the city. The subway trains are crowded but arriving in constant streams in intervals of less than 5 minutes. Consumer prices are from 10 to 30% of here except with luxury goods like cars and I-phones. In high speed trains you are startled with vibrations when opposing trains pass which are gone when you turn your head toward the noise in 1 second, and it occurs in intervals or less than 10 minutes. We visited my wifes uncle and aunt in their 80s in a nursing home which cost 14,000 yuans per month, but with their combine retirement income of 10,000 plus the apartment which they sold for millions they can afford it easily. Of course they belong to elites as they worked for Chinas NASA and their apartment was giving to them. My wifes father was in nursing home here for 2 years before we pull him out for home care because of bad care and it costs bundles for Medicaid. We have a cousin who lived in the center of Shanghai told us her apartment will never be demolished as it will cost developer millions to relocate her and her government owned apartment cost her less than $10 rent. We did talk to a street cleaner in Hangchow who is making less than $400/month of income inequality and nostalgic of Mao when everybody was poor but equal.
So I will not be nave and proclaim as Sinclair Lewis did that I have saw the future and it works. But I have lived in China in 1950s and knew of rationing and shortages, and coming back to NY I have to adjust to countercultural shock when I have left only a month ago. I went to Manhattan yesterday and returned on subway to Queens. While drowsing on the train I was awakened 4 times with people begging for food or playing music asking for donations. While I hate Trump I can still sympathize with him on the decline of American Empire. He can shut the border and with charity starts at home slogan. The liberal Americans want to save all the refugees yet their policies are the ones generating all the chaos and refugees like Iraq and Libya, while China is raising the standard of living for people in Africa which NYT deplores as new colonialism.

07:46

Incredible News from Cebu Pacific Air more baggage! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

News from Cebu Pacific Air you can travel with more luggage!

Today Cebu Pacific Air released their new policies on check-in baggage. The past luggage limitations had always been painful for intercontinental travellers. On the internet one could only book a maximum of 20 kg checked luggage  plus 7 kg of hand carry. The only solution had been to pay excess luggage fee at check-in. On some flights (the ATR-72 flights) checked luggage limit has been 10 kg per passenger. Read also here. The new rules change this!

News from Cebu Pacific Air more baggage!

Effective November 27, 2018, passengers booked on any Cebgo flight will be able to purchase a limited number of large (32 kilograms) and extra-large (40 kilograms) check-in baggage. The opening of higher baggage allowance for Cebgo flights will also be made available for passengers with connecting international flights on Cebu Pacific.

However, each passenger can only purchase one (1) 32 or 40 kilogram baggage.

In line with continued efforts to streamline operations and provide a more efficient check-in experience at the airport, Cebu Pacific will also be strictly monitoring the number of pieces of checked-in baggage, based on the weight allowance purchased, as follows:

  • Standard (20 kg) up to two (2) pieces of baggage
  • Large (32 kg) up to three (3) pieces of baggage
  • Extra-Large (40 kg) up to four (4) pieces of baggage.

Passengers can now pre-purchase baggage allowance depending on the weight and pieces they need. Note that the maximum weight for each piece of baggage is 32 kg.

On connecting flights on the same booking reference, baggage allowance will be charged only once.

Guests travelling with infants and small children can still check-in strollers for free. The same goes for mobility-assistive devices (such as wheelchairs).

On top of pre-paid check-in baggage, all Cebu Pacific and Cebgo passengers may bring one (1) carry-on or hand-carry baggage inside the cabin with a MAXIMUM weight of seven (7) kilograms and fits inside the overhead bins; and one (1) small bag that can fit...

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Monday, 26 November

23:43

Ukraine Provokes Russia to What End? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 27, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) -  Russia has seized three Ukrainian military vessels violating its territory near Russia's newly completed Crimean Bridge. The incident is a clear provocation carried out by Kiev and possibly engineered by Kiev's Western sponsors - particularly those in Washington and London.


Ukrainian military vessels are in fact permitted to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov provided they notify Russian authorities beforehand. The Sea of Azov - according to a joint agreement signed by Kiev and Moscow in 2003 - is considered internal waters of both Ukraine and Russia.

With the completion of the Crimean Bridge connecting Russian Crimea to the rest of Russian territory across the Strait of Kerch, security measures have understandably increased.

According to Russian state media, Ukrainian military vessels have previously observed agreed upon protocol when transiting the Strait of Kerch with military vessels. For the sake of provocation, they chose not to this time.

TASS would explain in its article titled, "All three Ukrainian Navy vessels that violated Russias border detained in Black Sea," that:
The FSB [Russian Federal Security Service] stressed that Ukraine was aware of the procedure for warships passage through Russias territorial sea and Kerch-Yenikale Canal. "They have already used that procedure for innocent passage," it said.  

This incident is just the latest amid growing tensions in the Sea of Azov.

Tensions in the Sea of Azov are not New 

Tensions have been brewing since Ukraine's NATO-backed regime seized power in 2014. Articles across the Western media and NATO-sponsored conferences predating the most recent clash near the Strait of Kerch have obsessed over shredding past treaties signed by both Kiev and Moscow regarding the use of the Sea of Azov - as well as Ukraine's militarization of the Sea particularly in regards to reasserting some illusion of control over Russian Crimea.

In August of this year, US State Department's Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in an article titled, "...

11:58

As US-China tussle and joust, Russia moves on SEAsia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

From trade deals to arms sales to nuclear cooperation, Moscow is making its case as a third force competitor in the strategic region


When Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first-ever state visit to Singapore this month for the East Asia Summit (EAS) a regional gathering never before attended by the Russian leader observers saw the move as a signal of Moscows bid to play a larger role in regional affairs.

Despite a stronger emphasis on developing political and commercial ties with Asia-Pacific nations in recent years, Russia has largely focused on alignment with China and deepening relations with Japan, South Korea and India. The Kremlin has paid comparatively less attention on Southeast Asia, but there are signs that is now changing.

From new trade opportunities to arms purchases and diplomatic protection, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) appear to broadly welcome greater political, economic and defense cooperation with Russia and its moves to step up participation in the regions multilateral institutions.

Moscow, for its part, aims to win new markets for its defense industries and vast energy sector amid tightening sanctions leveled by the United States against individuals, entities and third parties for their dealings with the Russian military and targeted defense companies. US attempts to limit Russias arms exports could, however, meet resistance from regional buyers.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

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Sunday, 25 November

21:55

EU Event Chastises China-Pakistan Economic Corridor "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 26, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) put together a day-long seminar chastising the ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Organised by Jonathan Bullock, a UK Independence Party (UKIP) Member of the European Parliament (MEP), it gathered European critics of China's rise upon the global stage along with US and European-funded agitators active in undermining Chinese-Pakistani relations.


The CPEC is a keystone project amid Chinese-Pakistani ties and an integral part of Beijing's One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR). It includes energy and transportation projects developing and connecting Pakistan's Baluchistan province along the Arabian Sea with Chinese territory along Pakistan and China's border.

When completed, the projects will increase both Pakistan's prospects and China's influence not only in Pakistan, but across the wider region. Together with other OBOR projects, CPEC will be yet another step toward the rise of Eurasia out from under centuries of European domination.

For MEP Jonathan Bullock of UKIP, it is somewhat perplexing to see a politician supposedly concerned with British independence so eager to interfere in the sovereignty of Pakistan and China, thousands of kilometers from British or indeed, all of Europe's shores.

The EFSAS website included a summary of the CPEC-oriented event:

A high level panel consisting of Members European Parliament (MEPs), Scholars and Academicians spoke at the event and discussed the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its interrelated legal, geo-strategic, economic and environmental issues, which directly impact the stability of South Asia. 
Participants claimed that China would assume unwarranted influence over Pakistan over the course of the projects' construction. Concerns related to Pakistan's Kashmir region and Baluchistan were also brought up by representatives of separatist groups, many of which are funded by th.....

21:54

EU Event Chastises China-Pakistan Economic Corridor "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 26, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) put together a day-long seminar chastising the ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Organised by Jonathan Bullock, a UK Independence Party (UKIP) Member of the European Parliament (MEP), it gathered European critics of China's rise upon the global stage along with US and European-funded agitators active in undermining Chinese-Pakistani relations.


The CPEC is a keystone project amid Chinese-Pakistani ties and an integral part of Beijing's One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR). It includes energy and transportation projects developing and connecting Pakistan's Baluchistan province along the Arabian Sea with Chinese territory along Pakistan and China's border.

When completed, the projects will increase both Pakistan's prospects and China's influence not only in Pakistan, but across the wider region. Together with other OBOR projects, CPEC will be yet another step toward the rise of Eurasia out from under centuries of European domination.

For MEP Jonathan Bullock of UKIP, it is somewhat perplexing to see a politician supposedly concerned with British independence so eager to interfere in the sovereignty of Pakistan and China, thousands of kilometers from British or indeed, all of Europe's shores.

The EFSAS website included a summary of the CPEC-oriented event:

A high level panel consisting of Members European Parliament (MEPs), Scholars and Academicians spoke at the event and discussed the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its interrelated legal, geo-strategic, economic and environmental issues, which directly impact the stability of South Asia. 
Participants claimed that China would assume unwarranted influence over Pakistan over the course of the projects' construction. Concerns related to Pakistan's Kashmir region and Baluchistan were also brought up by representatives of separatist groups, many of wh...

14:34

Reflections (4) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

One thing you need when entering China is you need to immediately get to a major China Mobile Office to obtain a temporary SIM card for your smart phone. There is no such thing as disposable phones you can purchase. You need identification to purchase SIM card and start communicating with others in China or internet. The temporary SIM card cost less then $5 for 2 months normal usage, but it is a must. I noticed that even with the temporary SIM card there is limitations. I attempted to use WiFi in a Starbuck coffee shop with my I-Pad and unable to sign on because Starbuck sent you a code to verify your identity, and the temporary number will not do. Once I used my relatives phone number I immediately received the code and able to surf the net. Of course you can use WiFi in any hotel with their code. The implication on reflection was obvious. You are responsible for your communications on phone and internet. It would be impossible to spread rumors on line or influence elections like Russia did in U.S. without alerting security apparatus. There are constant reports of punishments of 5-15 days detentions for spreading unfounded rumors or disturbing social harmony.
I remember reading from news that CIA searches for a mole that resulting dozens of agents disappearing in China a few years ago. They surveilled a suspected former agent for years without getting any evidence, and finally decide to arrest him for keeping secret from previous employment as a scapegoat. I suspect they could charge any former agent with that but he satisfy the criteria of being a Chinese-American, as were many false arrests by FBI of Chines-American scientists doing normal scientific exchanges. I suddenly have an epiphany that instead of spending millions of dollars searching for a mole, I could have give them a plausible answer. Remember China started to build supercomputers a few years ago as did U.S. IBM used it to demolish chess grandmasters and Google used it to defeat world champions in Go. Meanwhile China was probably perfecting the AI for large data and cloud computing to search abnormalities any spy will generate no matter how careful they pretended. China built the Great Firewall that allow some hackers to claim success in penetrating with VPNs, not realizing it was intentional and they can crack down any time they wish. I guess the joke is on us.

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Friday, 23 November

16:05

Reflections (3) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

One thing when we look out the window from the high speed trains is the ubiquitous cranes from the top of unfinished 30+ stories of buildings sprouting like bamboo shots when we approach any city in China. I remember the same feeling 3 years ago when I visited China after reading about the ghost cities from the Western presses. Yet now all those ghost cities are teeming with people and the constructions of buildings, highways, subways, and rail tracks remain unabated. NYC with her skyscrapers is dwarfed by all those megacities or even provincial ones. Another thing I notice is the electric transmission lines crisscross any landscape interspersed with towers for mobile communications. The efficiency which China moves her people, be that be in airports, train stations, or subways astonish me. I knew about the smart phones used for payments in everyday transactions, but with trains schedule to move in the same tracks every 10-15 minutes, any deviation from schedule will be disastrous. It does required AI to route the trains accurately, and people disciplined enough to not cause delays unnecessarily, and thats when we traveled not on the busy season of summer or national holidays.
Another thing I noticed is the new trees and older trees planted alongside any highway and train tracks. Xis slogan that Green mountains and clean waters are the gold and silver treasures are becoming the realities in China. China plans to plant trees about the size of Ireland this year alone. Even in the headwaters of Yellow River and loess plateau, new fruit trees generate incomes for the poor areas, as we bought fruits by baskets very cheaply. Since the revision to 1 child policy, we saw young children age under 3 with their parents ride in trains with their healthy and cue demeanor contrast with the pictures we saw of refugees in Middle East or Africa. Internal tourism is booming in China. It fills us with optimism and hope for the future.

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Thursday, 22 November

06:25

Reflections (2) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On my first day returning to New York, NYT started to run articles about China and I have a sense of dissonance after away from U.S. for a month and away from Trump and American politics. After reading some comments I find Americans still do not get China and still live in a dream world. So Ill start right on the question the liberals here will harp on, the question of surveillance and privacy. Its true once we left the plane, we got to passport control, we have our pictures taken for facial recognition and electronic fingerprints taken. The photographing will continue in every hotel front desk. There are as many cameras everywhere as in Times Square though not as well concealed as in U.S.. Yet we do not feel any privacy were violated. We did not have any contact with security personnel and walked everywhere at any time. We feel complete safety in cities as well as rural areas in day time and midnight, which is impossible in U.S.. We were informed by our relatives that pickpockets in Shanghai are vanishing as the police is very efficient in arresting them. Our personal spaces were well protected from any crime until we returned to U.S. and watched TV news with a sense of vulnerability returning. I myself very much prefer Google over Baidu because their search engine is so much better with less advertising. Google and NYT probably regret their exit from China and opportunities lost with their arrogant stance of superiority. I read Washington Post on WIFI there with 2 articles criticizing China on her Xinjiang policy toward Uighurs within a week. I am sure there are people who prefer no camera on them and free from dystopia like in Blade Runner, but for average citizen its a bargain well worthwhile.

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Wednesday, 21 November

21:00

Washington's Dirty Fight Against China's OBOR "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 21, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Five years into China's ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative sees analysts and political circles around the globe taking stock of Beijing's progress.


This includes the Wall Street Journal in its article, "U.S. Fights China for Influence, One Project at a Time: Washington prods private sector and focuses on financing as Beijings Belt and Road hits obstacles."

What the article reveals and what the article omits, speaks volumes of America's response, or lack thereof. 

The article claims:
The U.S. has launched a new strategy aimed at ramping up investment in Asia to vie with Chinese President Xi Jinpings overseas infrastructure-building spree, as Beijing grapples with setbacks to its sprawling program.
The WSJ would explain:
In October, President Trump signed into law the Build Act, which creates a new development finance agency that offers loans, loan guarantees and political-risk insurance to private companies.
And that:
The Build Act allows for $60 billion in U.S. development financing around the world under the new agency, the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. The IDFC merges existing programs, doubles the current agencys spending cap and has the authority to own equity stakes in projects, giving it more flexibility to choose and guide them.
Yet what development this scheme will fund was curiously absent from both the WSJ's article, and has been consistently absent from statements being made by Washington. While the article claims China has a "head start," the reality is that Washington has had a head start of about half a century in the realm of both primacy over Asia and in spurring development.

For a variety of reasons, Washington failed to exploit either advantage.

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20:59

Washington's Dirty Fight Against China's OBOR "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 21, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Five years into China's ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative sees analysts and political circles around the globe taking stock of Beijing's progress.


This includes the Wall Street Journal in its article, "U.S. Fights China for Influence, One Project at a Time: Washington prods private sector and focuses on financing as Beijings Belt and Road hits obstacles."

What the article reveals and what the article omits, speaks volumes of America's response, or lack thereof.

The article claims:
The U.S. has launched a new strategy aimed at ramping up investment in Asia to vie with Chinese President Xi Jinpings overseas infrastructure-building spree, as Beijing grapples with setbacks to its sprawling program.
The WSJ would explain:
In October, President Trump signed into law the Build Act, which creates a new development finance agency that offers loans, loan guarantees and political-risk insurance to private companies.
And that:
The Build Act allows for $60 billion in U.S. development financing around the world under the new agency, the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. The IDFC merges existing programs, doubles the current agencys spending cap and has the authority to own equity stakes in projects, giving it more flexibility to choose and guide them.
Yet what development this scheme will fund was curiously absent from both the WSJ's article, and has been consistently absent from statements being made by Washington. While the article claims China has a "head start," the reality is that Washington has had a head start of about half a century in the realm of both primacy over Asia and in spurring development.

For a variety of reasons, Washington failed to exploit either advantage.

America's gutting of its own industrial ca...

13:21

Little Brunei welcomes Chinas big helping hand "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to the oil-rich sultanate highlighted Beijing's assistance to the nation's economic diversification plan to reduce reliance on hydrocarbons


Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first official visit to Brunei this week, a diplomatic tour that underscored blossoming bilateral ties as the oil-rich sultanate pursues economic diversification plans to reduce its oil dependency. The tiny Muslim majority nation has been a key recipient of multi-billion dollar investments for China-backed projects in recent years. 

Xis visit represented the first by a Chinese leader to the country in 13 years. Chinas big-ticket investments have recently become a source of controversy elsewhere in Southeast Asia, with rising complaints Beijings checkbook diplomacy ultimately aims to ensnare strategically important regional countries into sovereignty-eroding debt traps through lop-sided and often opaque financing deals.

With a heavy reliance on the energy sector and a population of just 420,000 situated on two territorial enclaves in Malaysian Borneo, some view Brunei as especially susceptible to a so-called Chinese debt trap. Yet there are few outward signs of unease or compelling indications to suggest the sultanate is being strong-armed into unfavorable deals.

Even as Brunei moves to strategically orientate itself as an important link in Chinas US$1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), it has simultaneously deepened its robust and long-standing defense ties with the United States, seen in recent joint naval drills in the South China Sea where Brunei and China have competing claims to islets and atolls.

Read the full story at Asia Times.
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13:17

Combustion of available fossil fuel resources sufficient to eliminate the Antarctic Ice Sheet "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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By Ricarda Winkelmann, Anders Levermann, Andy Ridgwell and Ken Caldeira

If We Burned All the Fossil Fuel in the World
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

What would happen if we burned through all of the fossil-fuel resources known to exist? In a paper published today in the journal Science Advances, a quartet of German, American, and British researchers take on this question. The answer, not surprisingly, is grim. If mankind managed to combust the worlds known conventional deposits of coal, gas, and oil, and then went on to consume all of its unconventional ones, like tar-sands oil and shale gas, the result would be emissions on the order of ten trillion tons of carbon. Average global temperatures would soar, and the world would remain steamy for millennia. After ten thousand years, the planet would still be something like fourteen degrees Fahrenheit hotter than it is today. All of the worlds mountain glaciers and the Greenland ice sheet would melt away; Antarctica, too, would eventually become pretty much ice free. Sea levels would rise by hundreds of feet. Read more

 

00:37

Reflections on My Month Long Visit to China (1) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

I just returned from a month long visit to China which is both exhilarating and exhausting. I last visited China about 3 years previously, but decided this time to visit areas I long wanted to see and managed to see all except Beijing and Tsinghua University which require applying to the university ahead of schedule. 3 years may not be a long time, yet China is always changing and surprising.
I, my wife, and her brother together traveled through China by the high speed trains, joining local tour groups which comprise Chinese from many different parts of China, from Xinjiang, to Northeast, from Honan to Hunan, from Sichuan to Shanghai, with the exception of us from U.S.. We started from Shanghai to Changsha and visited Maos family home in Shaoshan, then traveled to Guiyang to see FAST radio telescope, then traveled to Chengdu to visit Dujiangyan, where the irrigation system made Qin the empire she was. Onward to Xian and Terracotta Army, with a trip to Yanan where the Red Army managed to hold off both the Japanese and KMT armies. In Beijing we visited Yuanmingyuan (Summer Palace) where relics of ruins from the Second Opium War where the finest cultural relics were looted and destroyed. Back to Shanghai to tour the house where the first Chinese Communist Party were formed and hold their first Congress there.
Its a trip with memories and histories from the past. The Qin dynasty which unified China with a common language, Mao with his revolutionary bands against all odds succeeding in building a new China, the humiliation of the Second Opium War, and now the megacities of Beijing and Shanghai facing the future, with new technologies and sciences reaching out to the universe.
It will take more than a few days for me to gather my impressions. Yet the high speed rail systems are definitely more than a transport system. it is binding all China together whatever dialect they speak into a coherent whole. People travel all over China for better understanding of each other. I think it will act for China what Continental Rail and Interstate Highway System did for U.S.. It will act as an accelerator for modernity and minor problems like Uighur or Tibetan will fade away in a short time. I will try to give more context and details later.

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Tuesday, 20 November

08:23

Advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy. Is renewable energy really environmentally friendly? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the energy supply of the company, it is essential to balance three factors:

  • competitiveness,
  • security of supply,
  • the environment and the climate.

No single energy source is perfect according to these three angles. Below the advantages and disadvantages of specific energy sources.

Wind

Benefits

  • Wind energy releases no during its life cycle carbon dioxide.
  • There is no need for fuel.

Disadvantages

  • Affects the surrounding landscape and because of the noise
  • Dependent on the wind
  • Huge investment costs

Hydraulics

Benefits

  • Hydroelectric energy is usually no climate or environmental impact.
  • Provides a stable electricity and large scale generation.
  • Works as a power of regulation.
  • There is no need for fuel.
  • Hydropower plants have a long economic life.

Disadvantages

  • The hydroelectric plants involve a major interference in the landscape and affect ecosystems.
  • Large investments are required to build a hydroelectric plant.

The solar

Benefits

  • Solar energy has decreased its costs, thanks to his high public support and its low-emissions.
  • Combined with energy storage and smart software solutions, solar energy becomes a reliable and cheaper energy source.
  • An unlimited resource, unlike fossil fuels.
  • Solar systems are easy to install and require very little maintenance.
  • Systems of solar cells have a long service life about 25 years.

Disadvantages

  • Solar energy is a battle of intermittent power electricity production depends on the brilliant Sun.
  • Still expensive, despite a decrease in its cost his last years
  • The light of the Sun varies depending on the location and the season. The forecasts are more uncertain than fuels fossil (but better than the wind).
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Monday, 19 November

12:32

Americas Indo-Pacific lacks currency and resonance "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US Vice President Mike Pence outlined at Asian summits a private sector-led counter to China's Belt and Road Initiative, but it's not clear yet the vision will have many takers


When regional leaders gathered in Singapore and Papua New Guinea for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summits, many expected the United States to elaborate upon its new Indo-Pacific development strategy for the region.

But what began as an opportunity for the US and China to advance their competing visions for the regions future development and economic integration ended in acrimony, with officials of the 21-member Apec grouping unable to agree for the first time on a joint communiqu as Washington and Beijing clashed over the statements language.

While fissures over trade, investment and maritime security between the worlds two largest economies appear no closer to resolution after the summits, speeches by US Vice President Mike Pence provided more clarity into the US Indo-Pacific gambit, which was unveiled in August but has so far failed to gain traction with regional leaders.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo initially announced the strategy to include a US$113 million investment package for technology, energy and infrastructure that he called a down-payment on a new era of US economic commitment to the region. That new commitment was unveiled alongside US$300 million in new funding for security cooperation.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

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Sunday, 18 November

18:27

NATOs Greatest Enemy is Itself "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 19, 2018 (Gunnar Ulson - NEO) - Accidents happen. For Norway at the conclusion of NATOs Trident Juncture 2018 military exercises, such an accident occurred with its Lockheed Martin Aegis-equipped frigate, HNoMS Helge Ingstad.


After a collision with an oil tanker, the frigates captain ordered the ship aground to prevent a total loss. The quick thinking may have saved the lives of Norwegian sailors and made salvaging operations easier. Thankfully no lives were lost and only eight injuries are being reported by the Western media.


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Thursday, 15 November

09:57

Singapores ASEAN tenure marked by crises and disputes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Regional grouping made certain cooperative strides under the city-state's revolving leadership, but its trade-promoting tenure was hobbled by a US move away from multilateralism


When Singapore took the reins last year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) rotating leadership, the regional groupings credibility and relevance was at stake.

Amid rising geopolitical tensions, maritime disputes in the South China Sea and abuses in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslim minority that the United Nations has said constitute crimes against humanity, consensus has been elusive on issues that are dividing the region.

One year on, despite progress in enhancing certain areas of cooperation, the question of how the 10-member grouping intends to foster greater unity, coherence and relevance is no less pertinent now than when the city-state formally took over the revolving chair from the Philippines last November.

The groupings member states along with top officials from China, Russia, South Korea, Japan and the United States convened in Singapore this week for the 33rd Asean Summit, where Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave perhaps his most frank assessment to date of US policy and the fractured state of multilateral cooperation.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

Nile Bowie is a writer and journalist with the Asia Times covering current affairs in Singapore and Malaysia. He can be reached at ...

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Wednesday, 14 November

16:49

Washington's Weak Hand in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 15, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria's largest cities and the vast majority of Syrian territory west of the Euphrates - not only has the US-led proxy war against the nation failed - with Russian and Iranian forces involved indefinitely - the return of additional territory under Damascus' control seems all but inevitable.


However, the US still holds territory east of the Euphrates, and - as American policymakers like to gloat - much of Syria's oil wealth falls within this territory illegally occupied by US troops.

There is also the northern city of Idlib and surrounding countryside - the future of which is still nebulous due to the presence of Turkish forces and Ankara's ever-shifting agenda and alliances.

Each side involved in the proxy war has pursued a number of policies - diplomatic, political, and military in nature - to strengthen their positions before the war finally concludes.

For Damascus, Russia, and Iran - decisive military victories across western Syria have served as the central pillar of Syria's victory over the foreign-backed militancy. Diplomatic efforts both within Syrian borders and beyond them continue and also play a significant role in ending the war in all of Syria's favor - even including many groups involved in opposing the government now being offered amnesty and reconciliation.

The United States - stretched by global wars of aggression, decades-long military occupations, and significantly diminished geopolitical clout - finds itself depending more on political ploys than producing any meaningful military or diplomatic leverage.

Staged chemical weapon attacks and increasingly absurd and equally baseless accusations of human rights violations now stand in where American military might once stood.

The repetitive nature of such ploys feeds into a circular process that both exposes Washington's impotence and serves to exasperate it. Despite this - Washington and its many functionaries across political, diplomatic, and information spheres - continue feeding into this process. Thus, while the US still has forces in Syria, and...

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Sunday, 11 November

21:07

Western Media "Discovers" Saudi Atrocities in Wake of Khashoggi Fallout "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 12, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Nothing illustrates the cynical and deceitful nature of Western "journalism" better than the recent, apparent US-Saudi fallout in the wake of the alleged death of Washington Post Saudi correspondent, Jamal Khashoggi.


Khashoggi allegedly disappeared and has been reported killed at the hands of Saudi consulate staff in Istanbul, Turkey. Of course, the US, UK, EU, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia are among the most dubious actors in modern geopolitics. Ascertaining the truth regarding the events surrounding Khashoggi may ultimately turn out to be an insurmountable task.

But the various narratives and reactions of Western political and media circles still provides us insight into the true character of Western international relations including extreme hypocrisy regarding human rights, the use and abuse of Western media platforms to selectively cover events around the globe to favor Western interests, and the ultimate fate that awaits other US "allies."

The New York Times Suddenly Notices "Overlooked" Yemen War

The New York Times in a series of social media posts and articles seems to suddenly notice the long list of atrocities Saudi Arabia is responsible for - including the ongoing war in Yemen. In a social media post published on Twitter, the New York Times would claim:
The Khashoggi crisis has called attention to a largely overlooked Saudi-led war in Yemen. On a rare trip to the front line, New York Times journalists found Yemenis fighting and dying in a war that has gone nowhere.
Of course, it is impossible that a newspaper as large, as prominent, as well-known and well-funded as the New York Times simply "overlooked" the "Saudi-led war in Yemen."

It was the systematic and concerted cover up by the Western media regarding the war - which began in 2015 - that provided Saudi Arabia the impunity with which it executed the war.

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Saturday, 10 November

07:52

El Nio 2018/19 developing? Will there be a drought in the Philippines? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Is El Nio 2018/19 developing?

The rather rainy days here in the south for now almost two weeks made me check our El Nio / La Nia page. Usually the lousy 8 winter weeks start in December. When I saw the animated maps from NOAA, I wondered about the current ENSO status. The ENSO status is another name for the El Nio / La Nia effects. ENSO means El Nio/Southern Oscillation. All the maps are property of NOAA.

Here they are:

El Nio 2018/19
This is the absolute surface temperature map

El Nio 2018/19
This is the anomalies map

This second map clearly shows that the equatorial waters are too warm.

Is El Nio 2018/19 developing?

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center writes:

El Nio is expected to form and continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19 (~80% chance) and into spring (55-60% chance).

ENSO-neutral continued during October, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean [Fig. 1]. All four Nio regions showed increased SST anomalies in October, with the latest weekly values near +1.0C in the Nio-4, Nio-3.4 and Nio3 regions, and +0.2C in the Nio-1+2 region [Fig. 2]. Positive subsurface temperature anomalies (averaged across 180-100W) also continued [Fig. 3], due to the persistence of above-average temperatures at depth across the eastern half of the equatorial Pacific Ocean...

01:04

Ten years after the Penan Rape inquiry when will impunity end? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On 5 October, the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 was announced. The recipients were laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Denis Mukwege is a gynecologist specialising in the treatment of women victimised by sexual violence in the []

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Thursday, 08 November

10:58

Mahathir leans to Japan and away from China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Malaysian leader has visited Tokyo thrice since winning power in May, a concentrated policy to reverse his predecessor government's perceived over-reliance on Beijing


Malaysia is waiting to be your profit center, declared Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during his November 7 address to corporate figures and captains of industry at the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association forum in Tokyo.

Investors can expect Mahathirs Pakatan Harapan government to uphold the rule of law in resolving disputes, said the 93-year-old premier, who also promised to remove obstacles to foreign investment in high technology and information technology-based industries in his country.

Economic ties arent the only area of cooperation tipped to expand as Malaysia-Japan relations blossom. Tokyo hopes Mahathirs government will help persuade Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) members to support its push for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, a key transport artery for oil and freight bound to and from Japan.

For Malaysia whose scandal-plagued former premier Najib Razak controversially sought robust economic and security ties with China deeper relations with Japan under a revitalized Look East policy are seen as a strategic hedge against Najib-era over-reliance on Beijing and its ambitious global development financing.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

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09:07

Fukushima Frozen Wall Proves Partially Effective "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

TEPCO has reported on the frozen wall nine months after Japans nuclear regulator expressed skepticism about the walls effectiveness. Japans

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Monday, 05 November

22:41

TEPCO Releases Fukushima Waste Stream Data "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

TEPCO released a report in July on various waste streams at Fukushima Daiichi. This rather dry sounding report contains some

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20:25

Were not compatible in Chinese (Jurassic Park style) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

We noticed a curious translation in the Jurassic World 2 Chinese subtitles the other night, when the macho man dinosaur wrangler meets the nervous, airplane-phobic tech whiz:

Owen, the dinosaur whisperer: You a nervous flyer?


Franklin, the systems analyst: Would you ride a thousand-pound horse thats been abused all its life?!


Owen: I road my motorcycle through the jungle with a pack of raptors.


Franklin: Were not compatible.

They translated, Were not compatible as Im not suited to your eight characters. I wouldnt have had a clue what that was about, except that our neighbourhood has a fortune teller in it, and Id seen eight character divination ( ascertain the eight characters) in their list of services:

Handed down from the I Ching in the Li Dynasty

I Ching eight trigram divination, fortune telling (ascertain the eight characters), feng shui, naming, fixing auspicious dates for business, government, finance, and marriage.

The eight characters mark the date and hour of ones birth, and are used in fortune telling and match making Im not suited to your eight characters is like saying we have poor marriage potential. So Franklins English and Chinese lines both manage the same gag contrasting two characters personalities in terms of romantic/marital incompatibility despite divergent literal renderings. Its just a little example of how literal translation isnt always best; in this case, preserving the integrity of the spirit of the original English required a non-literal Chinese translation.

11:02

Confidence test for Malaysias topsy-turvy finances "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told investors to expect 'pain and sacrifice' in the 2019 budget but a lack of actual belt-tightening will put pressure on the ringgit


Saddled with debt and liabilities exceeding 1 trillion ringgit (US$240.3 billion) and the risk of a credit rating downgrade, Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had forewarned investors to expect pain and sacrifice upon the release of the new Pakatan Harapan governments inaugural budget.

Amid expectations of new taxes and austerity spending cuts, Lim quipped that he could end up as the most unpopular finance minister in the nations history. But when Malaysias six-month-old government announced its 2019 budget on November 2, there were no substantial spending cuts to be found.

Observers of Southeast Asias third-largest economy, who for months have waited for signs of fiscal clarity from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamads freshly installed government, now have a clearer picture after the unveiling of an expansionary budget that prioritizes institutional reform and will raise the national deficit to its highest level in five years.

All eyes were on Lim, a trained accountant and former chief minister of the state of Penang, as he stood to table the high-stakes budget in a closely-watched parliamentary address, a make or break opportunity for the newly minted finance minister to prove his mettle as detractors and naysayers have already started to question his management.

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