World Watching Geo-Politics #26

 

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – An Iranian military commander warned on Sunday that any conflict with Iran would have uncontrollable consequences across the region and endanger the lives of U.S. forces, as tensions between Washington and Tehran have flared after the downing of an Americansurveillance drone.

Maj. Gen. Gholamali

The U.S. administration should behave in a responsible way to protect the lives of American forces,



LIVE UPDATES: Civil Human Rights Front to Hold G20 Rally Against Hong Kong Extradition Bill

June 21, 2019

UPDATE: June 21, 8:31 p.m. HKT

Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), an umbrella body of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy groups, has announced a G20 rally against a controversial new extradition bill.

The rally will be held at the Edinburgh Place on June 26, according to the event’s Facebook page. The rally is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. local time and end one hour later. 

G20 is an international forum of cooperation attended by government representatives and central bank governors from the European Union and 19 countries, including China and the United States. It has become an annual event since 2001. This year, the forum will be held in Osaka, Japan, for two days beginning on June 28. 

The Hong Kong government first proposed the controversial extradition bill in February. If passed, the legislation would allow the chief executive—the city’s top official—to sign off on extradition requests, including from mainland China, without approval from the city’s legislature. 




In the age of POTUS Donald Trump, the garbage establishment media will pull out all stops, including starting World War III if necessary, just to ‘get’ him.

Case in point: Trump lashed out The New York Times on Saturday over a story claiming his administration has been ramping up cyberattacks against Russian power infrastructure, calling the report untrue and labeling it a “virtual act of treason.”

The paper reported that the U.S. is increasingly targeting the Russian electric power grid, including the insertion of code designed to debilitate it on command: 

The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said.

In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections.

The Times noted further that the operation is the first time the U.S. has targeted the electric grid of a foreign power. The paper also cited a pair of administration officials who said that the president was allegedly never briefed about the operation.

Trump lashed out at the Times report on Twitter, writing, “Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country,” The Hill reported.



Chinese Regime Issues Blanket Media, Internet Censorship on Hong Kong Protests

After nearly two million Hongkongers took to the streets to call for a controversial extradition bill to be …



Forced Organ Harvesting in China Has Taken Place ‘On Significant Scale,’ Independent Tribunal Finds

An independent people’s tribunal has unanimously concluded that prisoners of conscience have been—and continue to be—killed in China for their organs “on a significant scale,” after a year-long investigation.





JUDICIAL WATCH DROPS A BOMBSHELL: GUESS WHO’S AT THE CENTER OF TRUMP’S COUP CABAL?

Judicial Watch Drops a BOMBSHELL: Guess Who’s At The Center of Trump’s Coup Cabal?

By Lisa Haven   

Judicial Watch, an American conservative activist group that files Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to investigate claimed misconduct by government official, has just dropped a bombshell about a coup attempt on the President of the United States. Not only do they prove, via documented emails, but they also reveal who may have spearheaded the coup attack against the President. All that and more below…

 



Egypt TV Says Ousted President Morsi Dies in Court

June 17, 2019

CAIRO—Egypt’s state TV says the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi has collapsed during a court session and died.



South America Blackout Leaves Tens of Millions Without Power

June 16, 2019 Update

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday, June 16, after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries’ interconnected power grid. Authorities were working frantically to restore power, but by mid-afternoon about half of Argentina’s 40 million people were still in the dark.



LIVE UPDATES: Thousands Gather Near Hong Kong Leader’s Office Demanding to Meet with Carrie Lam

June 17, 2019

UPDATE: June 17

Thousands of protesters gathered near the Hong Konggovernment headquarters and the Legislative Council (LegCo) in the evening of June 17, Hong Kong media RTHKreported, demanding to meet with leader Carrie Lam. 

These same protesters were initially at Harcourt Road in the morning of June 17, before moving to areas near LegCo and Tamar Park, which is right next to the council building. 

Later, they marched to the Office of the Chief Executive, which is located at Tim Wa Avenue. 

According to RTHK, they demanded that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam meet with them personally. They also chanted slogans calling for the resignation of security minister John Lee and police chief Stephen Lo. 

In a separate RTHK report, the protesters were led by pan-democratic lawmakers Au Nok-hin and Eddie Chu. They demanded that Lam withdraw the extradition bill and take back her previous remarks how the protests on June 12 were “organized riots.” 



By B.N. Frank In February, telecom industry representatives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they could provide no scientific evidence that 5G technology is safe.  Plenty…



Facebook’s Secret “Hate Agent” Formula Leaked by Insider

By Tyler Durden

An internal Facebook document reveals that the social media giant monitors its users’ offline behavior as part of how the company determines whether a person should be classified as a “Hate Agent,” according to Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari who has reviewed the document.

Titled “Hate Agent Policy Review,” the document reveals that Facebook employs a series of “signals” which include a person’s behavior both on and off the platform. Once determined to be a “hate agent,” a person is banned from the platform.

If you praise the wrong individual, interview them, or appear at events alongside them, Facebook may categorize you as a “hate agent.”

Facebook may also categorize you as a hate agent if you self-identify with or advocate for a “Designated Hateful Ideology,” if you associate with a “Designated Hate Entity” (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a “hate entity” includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson), or if you have “tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.” (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and “anti-racism” advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as “hate symbols,” including a cartoon frog and the “OK” hand sign.)

Facebook will also categorize you as a hate agent for possession of “hate paraphernalia,” although the document provides no examples of what falls into this category. –Breitbart



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BAD  ADVICE

The globalists continue to push for war.



BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iran‘s president on Friday that China will promote steady development of ties with Iran no matter how the situation changes, Chinese state media said.

The official Xinhua news agency said Xi made the comment in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of



DUBAI: The US military on Friday released a video it said shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the Strait of Hormuz, suggesting the Islamic Republic sought to remove evidence of its involvement from the scene. Iran denies being involved, accusing the US





Mexico announces National Guard deployment to southern border

The deployment is part of a migration control deal Mexico signed with the US last week

Mexican officials said Tuesday they were beginning deployment of the country's National Guard for immigration enforcement, but on Wednesday morning, commuters, merchandise and occasional groups of migrants continued to flow freely across Mexico's porous southern border. AP

Mexican officials said Tuesday they were beginning deployment of the country’s National Guard for immigration enforcement, but on Wednesday morning, commuters, merchandise and occasional groups of migrants continued to flow freely across Mexico’s porous southern border. AP

Deployment of National Guard forces to Mexico’s southern border will advance quickly under a migration control deal signed last week with the United States, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday, although there were no visible signs on the ground late in the day.

Under the deal signed on Friday, Mexico agreed to take steps to control the flow of people from Central America, including deploying 6,000 members of the country’s National Guard across its border with Guatemala.

“Starting from today, and in the coming days, the deployment is going to progress rapidly,” Mr Ebrard said during President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s regular morning news conference.

However, a Reuters photographer in Southern Mexico showed no signs of National Guard forces being deployed late on Wednesday – only regular checkpoints by the army, marines and the Federal Police.

Friday’s deal averted a 5 per cent import tariff on Mexican goods, which President Donald Trump had vowed to impose unless Mexico did more to curb illegal migration into the US. Mexico also agreed to a 45-day timeline to show that increased enforcement efforts were effective.

“A lot of things have to happen in 45 days,” Mr Ebrard said. “We are going to do what we said we are going to do.”

Details of how much Mexico will spend on the border security measures will be made public on Friday, he said.

Mr Lopez Obrador said some of the money needed to pay for the beefed-up migration program will come from selling the former presidential plane, at a minimum price of $150 million (Dh550m), and from the sale of other aircraft used in the prior administration.

Mr Ebrard said Mexico implemented a working group with Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to coordinate efforts to stem the tide of people fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

Mexico will meet on Friday with US immigration officials to hammer out details of the new plan, he added, aiming to secure a commitment to faster asylum proceedings.

United Nations child relief agency UNICEF will be invited to provide assistance on the southern border, focusing on unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America, Mr Ebrard said.



Ignore the scorn, Trump has been proved right on North Korea

One year on, the Singapore summit is still a diplomatic success

June 12, 2019

Don’t believe the Trump-haters when they trash the Singapore summitbetween America and North Korea, which we mark the first anniversary of today. This was a win for everyone who wants to see a stable peace on the Korean Peninsula. And the alternative remains too horrific to imagine.

Some will say the summit accomplished nothing but a vague statement of goals and principles, with nothing delivered and no schedule for future deliveries. The pundits will pontificate that Trump was duped, that he shied from going toe-to-toe with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – and that Washington has done the worst thing possible, and legitimized a state whose human rights record is surely the worst of any on the planet.

That’s just wrong. I should know: I was one of these critics around this time last year. It’s embarrassing for me to admit my mistake, but it’s the truth. I bear no love for Kim’s regime or the way his family has ruled the North Koreans. But I believe that America’s interests and those of our allies are best served by doing all we can to try and convince Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. That means both parties offering matched concessions to each other over time to build trust. If that isn’t possible, our next best goal – and it’s not my preferred outcome – should be to try and establish some sort of arms control agreement that caps Kim’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, ensuring the threat does not get any worse.

You can call such talk appeasement, but current American policy will never work. Kim’s nuclear weapons are his only guarantee against invasion and overthrow. Expecting him to give them up for a promise of sanctions relief is a joke. It will only guarantee that Kim develops enough nuclear firepower to kill millions of people in mere minutes, right here in the American homeland.

That’s why Singapore was a victory for diplomacy and common sense. The US-NK declaration signed a year ago should be thought of as a roadmap, an essential guide to what needs to happen for Washington and Pyongyang to build trust and end decades of hostility, and for the Trump administration to see if either real denuclearization or at least arms control is possible. Seen in this long view, Singapore is the first step in a 1,000-mile journey.   Read the rest of the story



LIVE UPDATES: 72 Injured After Police Clash with Protesters in Hong Kong

BY CATHY HE, EPOCH TIMES

June 12, 2019

Hong Kong police said 72 people were injured, with two in critical condition, after local protests escalated on June 12, according to local media.

Tens of thousands had gathered peacefully outside the city’s legislature in protest of a controversial extradition bill that would allow mainland China to seek extradition of suspects wanted by the Chinese regime.

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Thousands took to the streets of to protest an extradition bill that would allow the regime to extract wanted suspects.

Local police used pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets, and bean bags in an attempt to remove protestors from the streets.

Police officer fires tear gas at protesters during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China June 12, 2019. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

The proposed amendments have drawn opposition from across all sectors of Hong Kong society. Opponents say the bill could allow the Chinese Communist Party to charge and extradite within impunity, jeopardizing the city’s autonomy.

Around 3 p.m. local time, the scene descended into chaos after some protesters attempted to break the police line. Local police used pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets, and bean bags in an attempt to remove protestors from the streets.

The Hong Kong government said debate on the bill that was due to take place at the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo) on June 12 would be delayed until further notice. The LegCo is controlled by a pro-Beijing majority; the bill is thus likely to pass if it proceeds. LegCo head Andrew Leung has vowed to fast-track the bill and bring it to a vote on June 20.

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Thousands took to the streets of to protest the proposed extradition bill that would allow mainland to extract suspects wanted by the Chinese regime.

Local police used pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to remove protestors from the streets.

Hong Kong police fired off tear gas at the protesters on June 12. (The Epoch Times)

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Protesters retreated to the street near the Far East Finance Centre in Hong Kong after police fired off tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd. (Dennis Law/The Epoch Times)

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Protesters retreated to the street near the Far East Finance Centre in Hong Kong after police fired off tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd. (Dennis Law/The Epoch Times)

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Police fired off tear gas on Tim Mei Avenue in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. (Li Yi/The Epoch Times)

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Police fired tear gas toward the protesters over 10 times near the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, on June 12, 2019. (Song Bilong/The Epoch Times)

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Police fired tear gas toward the protesters over 10 times near the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, on June 12, 2019. (Song Bilong/The Epoch Times)

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Police fired tear gas toward the protesters at the Admiralty Centre in Hong Kong, on June 12, 2019. (Li Yi/The Epoch Times)

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At least 22 protesters were injured after Hong Kong police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and bean bags to clear the crowd, on June 12, 2019.



PATRICK LAWRENCE: Regrouping the Nuclear Dealmakers

There are three good reasons for Iran to go back to the table, says Patrick Lawrence.

By Patrick Lawrence
Special to Consortium News

Does the Trump administration want to negotiate peaceably with Iran, or is it intent on bringing the Islamic Republic to its knees while setting the stage for a military confrontation? After a week of intensifying diplomacy — and with more to come in days ahead — the White House will soon have to show its hand. One way or another, Washington’s schizophrenic conduct toward Iran in recent months is about to become more legible.

At the moment, what starts to resemble a kind of strategic confusion is all the administration seems to have on offer. During a one-day visit to France last week, President Donald Trump once more reiterated that he was open to negotiations with Tehran. “I understand they want to talk,” he said at a press conference near the D–Day landing beaches in Normandy Thursday. “And if they want to talk, that’s fine. We’ll talk.”

Trump in Normandy for D-Day observances. (White House/Shealah Craighead)

The following day the Treasury Department announced new sanctions on the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co., Iran’s largest producer of petroleum byproducts. PGPIC accounts for 40 percent of the nation’s petrochemical output and 60 percent of its exports. Treasury alleges that its profits support Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the U.S. designated a terrorist organization last April.

Contradictions between what the Trump administration says and does have been evident since John Bolton, the president’s national security adviser, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began to fashion a newly confrontational Iran policy earlier this spring. But Washington appears to have taken a step too far when Bolton announced last month that the Pentagon would send a carrier group, bombers, and a missile system to the Persian Gulf, while Pompeo traveled to allied capitals to warn of imminent threats from Iran he never substantiated and few believed were authentic.

Allied Powers Intervening

Alarmed by the swift escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran, allied powers are now actively intervening in behalf of negotiations to settle a crisis the U.S. has singlehandedly precipitated. Russia has also stepped up its diplomatic efforts. In effect, these nations are challenging Washington to declare its objective: Is it diplomacy, or another dangerous “regime change” operation with the threat of military conflict?

Emmanuel Macron made this clear during Trump’s visit to the Normandy beaches last week. While supporting Trump’s stated intent to reopen the nuclear accord he abandoned last year, the French president also listed “a regional situation as peaceful and secure as possible” among the goals he purports to share with Trump. Macron’s challenge to the Bolton–Pompeo axis could hardly be plainer.

While Trump and Macron marked D–Day’s 75thanniversary, Tokyo announced that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to travel to Tehran this week for talks with President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. There is an even-or-better chancethis will prove crucial to growing international efforts to defuse the Iran crisis.

The Japanese premier secured Trump’s approval for his diplomatic demarche when he offered to mediate between the U.S. and Iran during Trump’s four-day state visit to Japan late last month. Jiji, a Japanese wire service, reported Sunday that Abe intends to propose a Trump–Rouhani summit while in Tehran. If he does, the Japanese leader will effectively confront Trump head on: What will it be, Mr. President, war or peace?

Trump and Abe, May 27, 2019, Akasaka Palace in Tokyo. (White House/Shealah Craighead)

Last Tuesday the Tehran Times reported that Sergei Rybakov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, proposed new talks — a joint commission, as he called it — convened by the signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the 2015 pact governing Iran’s nuclear programs is known. These are seven: the “P5+1” group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — plus Iran. While France and the other European signatories were prepared to renegotiate the accord as soon as the U.S. withdrew from it last year, Russia and China initially supported Iran’s resolute refusal to refashion a hard-won agreement whose terms it has rigorously observed.

Questions arise. Should Iran now capitulate? Should it assent to new talks on the nuclear deal and related issues in response to Washington’s abrogation of the accord? Reversing his earlier position, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s gifted foreign minister, now signals that Tehran is open to renewed negotiations provided they are based on parity and mutual respect — conditions that, it must be said, may prove beyond the Trump administration’s capacities to meet.

There are three reasons Zarif is right to alter course.

US Actions Require a Response

Tehran skyline at night. (Mehrad Watson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

First, the layers of sanctions the Trump administration continues to impose — and now its threatening displays of military power in the Persian Gulf — are highly volatile “facts on the ground” that take the Iran crisis well beyond the nuclear accord alone. These require a response, as the French, the Japanese and the Russians now acknowledge. “Convening a joint commission would be a right step to take,” Rybakov explained last week, “because we need to look into all aspects of the current, I would say, crisis situation around the JCPOA.”

Airing of Tehran’s Perspective

Second, new talks would allow Tehran to air its perspectives on the questions the U.S., with the acquiescence of its European allies, wants in a rewritten accord. Chief among these are Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support for the Assad government in Syria and for militias active in Iraq. The U.S. has relentlessly distorted Iran’s positions on these issues. Assuming renewed negotiations would be multi-sided, this could now be corrected in an international context.

Washington’s complaints about Iran’s missile tests do not stand up to scrutiny on any number of grounds. Iran is not developing missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads, as Washington contends, and in any case the U.S. argument is circular: Iran has no fissile material to make warheads by virtue of the JCPOA. It is active in Syria and Iraq at the invitation of both governments and to combat Sunni extremism — the very terrorism the U.S. accuses it of backing.

Not to be missed in this latter connection, Zarif has long called for a regional security mechanism through which diplomatic solutions to conflicts of all varieties can be negotiated. In its latest iteration, announced two weeks ago, he proposed a non-aggression pact to be signed by Iran “and its neighbors in the Gulf,” as Zarif put it. Is this the thought of a “terrorist” state intent on destabilizing the region?

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said four days after Zarif’s announcement that Moscow was prepared to facilitate such an accord. As Rybakov put it, making a delicately veiled reference to the U.S. and its Sunni-nationalist allies, “You have a positive political alternative to a very destructive course that unfortunately prevails in some places.”

Effective Multi-Sided Format

Finally, new talks convening the JPCOA’s signatories would amount to a variant of the six-party talks on North Korea that began in 2003. While those talks were discontinued early in the Obama administration, the multi-sided format proved an effective mechanism in the intervening years. The advantage is that all issues can be negotiated among the nations with a direct interest in them. In this case, this would include Iran, the P5+1 group, and possibly Japan, given its close relations with Tehran and Premier Abe’s surprising diplomatic initiative this week.



Russian Volcano Has Woken up and Could Erupt ‘At Any Moment,’ Scientists Say

June 10, 2019

A once considered extinct volcano in Russia’s far eastern corner may have woken up, and scientists are now warning of a potentially catastrophic eruption.

The Bolshaya Udina volcano—part of a complex of volcanoes on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula—had been dismissed as inactive until late 2017, when scientists detected increasing seismic activity beneath it, according to recent research, reported CNN.

study conducted by a team of researchers from Russia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, examined the seismic activity of the volcano between May and June last year, and the findings were published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.



Vietnam to Crack Down on Chinese Goods Relabeled to Beat US Tariff

June 10, 2019

HANOI–Vietnam has said it will crack down on goods of Chinese origin illegally relabeled “Made in Vietnam” by exporters seeking to avoid President Donald Trump’s tariffson Chinese imports.

Vietnamese customs have found scores of such cases amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute, the department said in a statement posted to a government website on June 9.

“The faking of origin and the illegal transshipment of goods happens most often in the sectors of textiles, seafood, agricultural products, tiles, honey, steel and iron, aluminum and timber products,” the department said in the statement.

Some importers had been illegally re-packing goods from China in “Made in Vietnam” packaging and then applying for a Vietnamese certificate of origin with which to export to the United States, Europe and Japan, Vietnam customs said.

In one such example, which the statement said was uncovered by U.S. customs, a Vietnam-based manufacturer of timber products was found to have been importing Chinese timber which it then relabeled and exported to the United States.



Report: Planned Parenthood Int’l Hired Prostitutes for Staff, Donors, Guests at Official Functions

Dr. Erin Berry, Washington State Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, holds a folder as she listens at a news conference announcing a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's Title X "gag rule" Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Seattle. The rule issued last Friday …

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) allegedly hired prostitutes for staff, donors, and guests at official functions, states a report by the Daily Mail that has received little attention by most media.



Cowboys for Trump Make Second Ride into D.C. to Push for End to Illegal Immigration



 



 



Russia and the United States blamed each other for a near collision between their warships in the East China Sea on Friday with both countries accusing one another of dangerous and unprofessional behavior, the South China Morning Post reported.

Russia’s Pacific Fleet said the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, had come within just 50 meters (165 feet) of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, which had been forced to take emergency action to avoid a collision, Russian news agencies reported.

They cited a Russian Pacific Fleet statement as saying the incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning in the eastern part of the East China Sea at a time when a group of Russian warships was on a parallel course with a U.S. naval strike group.

“The U.S. guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed course and cut across the path of the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov coming within 50 meters of the ship.” – Russian Pacific Fleet statement



Canadian Prof Accused of Stealing Technology for China Had Funding From Ottawa in Same Period: Report

BY OMID GHOREISHI, EPOCH TIMES

June 8, 2019

A McGill University professor accused of involvement in a years-long scheme to steal U.S. technology for China’s military received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding from Ottawa during the same period, a report by La Presse says.

Last year, the FBI arrested American citizens Yi-Chi Shih and Kiet Ahn Mai on charges of scheming to steal military technology from an American company to export to China. Yi-Chi Shih’s brother, Ishiang Shih, a Canadian professor teaching electrical engineering at McGill University, is also suspected of helping in the scheme.

La Presse says a PowerPoint presentation filed in a Los Angeles court, which was seized by the FBI as part of their investigation into the case, shows details on latest models of Japanese and American missiles, as well as the latest fighter jets and combat systems used by the United States and its allies.

The presentation, which includes the names of the Shih brothers on the bottom, also includes plans for a large factory in China to produce microchips capable of competing with the presented technology from other countries.

According to the French-language publication, the FBI alleges that the ultimate goal of the technology theft—which the brothers began plotting in 2006—was to build a high-tech factory in China to produce microchips for use in business and military applications




 

US and Russian Warships Nearly Collide in the Pacific

June 7, 2019

Russia and the United States blamed each other for a near collision between their warships in the East China Sea on June 7 with both countries accusing one another of dangerous and unprofessional behavior.

Russia’s Pacific Fleet said that the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, had come within just 50 meters (165 feet) of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov which had been forced to take emergency action to avoid a collision, Russian news agencies reported.

They cited a Russian Pacific Fleet statement as saying the incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning in the eastern part of the East China Sea at a time when a group of Russian warships was on a parallel course with a U.S. naval strike group.

“The U.S guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed course and cut across the path of the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov coming within 50 meters of the ship,” the statement said.

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BREAKING: has released video of being forced to maneuver to avoid collision, after destroyer Udaloy I made an unsafe and unprofessional approach in the Phillippine Sea, June 7th. (2/2)



 



 

The Chinese Regime Stands No Chance in US Trade War

BY JOSHUA PHILIPP, THE EPOCH TIMES
May 27, 2019

News Analysis

The real “trade war” between the United States and the Chinese regime is just starting. Right now, the playing field is merely being laid out in a way that allows companies to compete on fairer grounds, with honest businesses able to win through rule of law.

The United States has begun to fight back against the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) decades-old trade war of currency manipulation, intellectual property theft, and policies that made it nearly impossible for foreign companies to compete with Chinese companies. In 2018, the U.S. trade deficit with China was $419 billion, and until recently, it didn’t appear this would change.

For the Chinese regime, trade policy is war. Trade has been regarded even publicly as a method to occupy and overtake the United States through nonmilitary means. According to the CCP’s “Unrestricted Warfare” doctrine, which uses financial warfare, trade warfare, and other nonmilitary systems to achieve dominance, “There is now no domain which warfare cannot use, and there is almost no domain which does not have warfare’s offensive pattern.”

Previously, U.S. companies were frequently under attack from Chinese military hackers, who stole U.S. intellectual property for the benefit of Chinese companies. The CCP used tools such as currency manipulation to make more profits from trade, at the expense of foreign countries. State subsidies made it impossible for foreign companies to compete with Chinese companies on pricing, since the Chinese companies could bid below cost. Various other unfair systems also were at play.

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Mexico Claims Some Migrant Caravan Funding Came from U.S., England



Armed Mexican Troops Block Migrants At Southern Border After Tariff Talks Tank

One day after US and Mexican negotiators failed to reach a deal to prevent punitive US tariffs from going into effect over border security, Mexican soldiers, armed police and migration officials blocked hundreds of migrants after they crossed into Mexico from Guatemala in a caravan on Wednesday.

A migrant argues with a federal police officer during a joint operation by the Mexican government to stop a caravan of Central American migrants on their way to the U.S., at Metapa de Dominguez, in Chiapas state, Mexico June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Torres

According to Reuters, the response from Mexico marks a major step in compliance with President Trump’s demands that the country halt the flow of illegal immigration, primarily from Central America, in order to avoid 5% tariffs which are set to begin on Monday. According to the report, and INM officials told Reuters that migrants were being asked to show papers to show their status in Mexico.

The operation in Chiapas coincided with a meeting of Mexican and U.S. officials at the White House on Wednesday to thrash out a deal that would avoid blanket tariffs on Mexico threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump last week. –Reuters

Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day. Progress is being made, but not nearly enough! Border arrests for May are at 133,000 because of Mexico & the Democrats in Congress refusing to budge on immigration reform. Further…

….talks with Mexico will resume tomorrow with the understanding that, if no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5% level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule. The higher the Tariffs go, the higher the number of companies that will move back to the USA!

That many sailors and military police, yes, it’s new” – said Salva Cruz, a coordinator with Fray Matias de Cordova located in the southern border town of Metapa in the state of Chiapas, where most of the Central Americans have been crossing into Mexico.

Migration officials detained 350 to 400 people, the official said, noting that federal police and agents from the National Guard were present. Mexico’s government recently created a militarized police force called the National Guard made up of soldiers and federal police.

Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) said in a statement that a group of about 300 people entered Mexico by a border bridge Wednesday morning, and another 120 people joined the group as they walked to the city of Tapachula.

The migrants later agreed to be taken by bus to a migration office to be processed, the INM said. –Reuters

In May, US border patrol officers arrested over 132,000 people crossing into the country from Mexico, which is 1/3 more than in April, and the highest monthly figure since 2006 in what US officials have repeatedly said are “crisis” levels.

Meanwhile, Mexico is also cracking down on groups which help to facilitate illegal migration.

On Wednesday afternoon in Mexico City, police detained Irineo Mujica, director of the U.S.-Mexico migrant aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, and Cristobal Sanchez, a migrant rights activist, according to Alex Mensing, a coordinator with the group.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras has for several years guided annual caravans through Mexico, seeking to protect migrants and to advocate for their rights along a 2,000-mile trail ridden with criminals and corrupt officials who prey on lone travelers through kidnapping, extortion and other forms of assault. –Reuters

After Wednesday’s talks failed to result in headway, Fitch downgraded Mexico’s credit from BBB+ to BBB, while Moody’s lowered Mexico’s outlook from stable to negative.



 

Trump Reaffirms US-UK Relationship During State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

June 2019

President Donald Trump exchanged formal toasts with Queen Elizabeth II during an elaborate State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, ending the first day of his state visit to the UK.

Trump is spending three days in the UK during his weeklong European trip, which is both ceremonial and official. The centerpiece of the president’s visit will be two days to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, likely the last significant commemoration most veterans of the 1944 battle will see.

Apart from visiting the queen and attending D-Day commemoration ceremonies on both sides of the English Channel, he will also make his first presidential visit to Ireland.

With around 170 guests, the state banquet began with Queen Elizabeth’s remarks, where she said, “visits by American presidents always remind us of the close and longstanding friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States.”

President Donald Trump, left and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool





 



30 Years After Tiananmen: Is Communist China Crushing the Effort to Secure America’s Electric Grid?

June 4, 2019

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Chinese regime’s massacre of student-led, peaceful protesters who called for democracy and open government. In 2019, the hand of the Chinese Communist Party reaches into America, where it supports a lobbying organization that downplays threats to America’s electric grid and opposes stronger security standards.

Retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Michael Mabee, a member of the Secure the Grid Coalitiontoday revealed that the mammoth trade association representing nearly all investor-owned U.S. electric utilities—The Edison Electric Institute (EEI)—includes members that are Chinese state-owned companies. These EEI members have an obligation under Chinese National Intelligence Law to “support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence work.”

Yesterday, some of the Free World’s foremost experts on the threat of Communist China came together in Washington for a meeting of the “Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC)” on the topic “Tiananmen Plus Thirty: The Chinese Communist Party’s Unrestricted Warfare Against Freedom.”

One after another, the CDPC presenters exposed methods by which Communist China is executing the warfighting concept conceived in the late 1990s by two People’s Liberation Army Colonels and published in their book “Unrestricted Warfare.” China expert Roger Robinson referenced a specific passage (p. 191) of the book that postulated a number of critical questions, two of which are immediately applicable to electric grid security:



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BBC’s Live 5G Broadcast Fails After Using Huawei Equipment

New media report also reveals China is rigging UK security tests in favor of Huawei

June 3, 2019 Updated: June 3, 2019

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The United Kingdom launched its first 5G network on May 30. Britain’s public broadcaster BBC, did two live TV broadcasts using Huawei’s equipment that day. The first one was delayed by 15 minutes, while the second one was cut short after the image stopped displaying due to poor signals.

Meanwhile, more than 100 computer experts are currently doing security tests on 5G equipment from Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, and other telecom firms operating in the UK. The Sunday Telegraph quoted government and industry sources on June 1 saying that Chinese state hackers were purposely attacking the systems of Huawei rivals, so that the Chinese regime could report the “vulnerabilities” to the 5G testers and rig the competition in Huawei’s favor.

First Live Broadcast

5G is the latest mobile telecommunication technology, with speeds 10 to 100 times faster than 4G. 5G networks can connect 100 times the number of devices that 4G can, and supply 100 percent of coverage.

BBC tried its first 5G live broadcast during the morning of May 30. Rory Cellan-Jones, a BBC technology correspondent, reported from Covent Garden in London, but could not broadcast on schedule after “the whole system went down.”



Queen Beams!

PHOTOS: Trump at Buckingham Palace…

…Meets Royal Family, Inspects Guard

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the …

Queen Elizabeth II has welcomed U.S. President Donald J Trump to Buckingham Palace to inspect the royal guards.



Pompeo Says US Ready to Talk to Iran With ‘No Preconditions’

June 2, 2019

BELLINZONA, Switzerland—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration is ready for unconditional discussions with Iran in an effort to ease rising tensions that have sparked fears of conflict.

But the United States won’t relent in trying to pressure the Islamic Republic to change its behavior in the Middle East, America’s top diplomat said on June 2.

Pompeo repeated long-standing U.S. accusations that Iran is bent on destabilizing the region, but he also held out the possibility of talks as President Donald Trump has suggested. Trump himself had raised the idea of talks “without preconditions” in July 2018, although that was well before tensions had reached their current point.

In the 11 months since then, the U.S. has imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, first in November and then again last month, targeting the most lucrative sectors of its economy.

While the latest offer may not pan out, Pompeo made it during a visit to Switzerland, the country that long has represented American interests in Iran, as part of a European trip aimed at assuring wary leaders that the U.S. isn’t eager for war.

“We’re prepared to engage in a conversation with no preconditions,” Pompeo told reporters at a news conference with his Swiss counterpart. “We’re ready to sit down with them, but the American effort to fundamentally reverse the malign activity of this Islamic Republic, this revolutionary force, is going to continue.”




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“Trump’s Chile Pepper Recipe”


Now it’s Mexico’s turn. Also for far too long, the corrupt, quasi-narco state of Mexico has allowed a free flow of drugs across our southern border along with tens of millions of illegal aliens–Mexican and otherwise.  Congress has been complicit and possibly bribed to allow this.
President Trump’s campaign cornerstone was the wall. Very little of it has been built because Congress (including some Republicans) just won’t go along.
The stock market looks crashy as a result of Trump’s tactic, but that’s just too bad. Avocados may become pricier. Also boo hoo, too bad. Nobody said there wouldn’t be pain involved.It’s necessary to stop the Republic’s downfall, which will be a lot more painful.Becoming an American citizen should not be as easy as stepping over a border illegally.



President Trump Terminates India’s Preferential Trade Status



US Will No Longer ‘Tiptoe’ Around Chinese Regime’s Behavior in Asia, Acting Defense Chief Says

BY CATHY HE, EPOCH TIMES

June 2, 2019

The United States will no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese regime’s behavior in Asia that has threatened stability in the region, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on June 1.

In his first major speech on the world stage, Shanahan did not directly name China when referring to “actors” destabilizing the region, but later said the United States would not ignore China’s behavior.

“Perhaps the greatest long-term threat to the vital interests of states across this region comes from actors who seek to undermine, rather than uphold, the rules-based international order,” Shanahan said at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Asia’s biggest security gathering.

“If the trends in these behaviors continue, artificial features in the global commons could become tollbooths, sovereignty could become the purview of the powerful.”

Shanahan’s reference to artificial features was alluding to the military installations built by the Chinese regime on artificial islands and reefs in the South China Sea. The resource-rich waters are contested by several countries and is home to one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.



 



‘Historic Moment’

Brexit Party Tops Parliament Polls for First Time

Farage on Fire

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader, Brexit campaigner and member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage speaks at a pro-Brexit rally in central London on March 29, 2019, organised by Leave Means Leave. - British MPs on Friday rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's EU divorce deal for a third time, …

Nigel Farage’s newly-formed Brexit Party have sensationally topped the opinion polls in national elections for the first time, with Nigel Farage hailing it as a “historic moment”.







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