Sunday, April 8, 2018

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1--In Korea War, US killed leftists by the thousands, imposed brutal dictatorship, and annihilated the North


The conflict could indeed be said to have begun.... in 1932 when Kim Il-sung began the Korean armed resistance against the brutal Japanese occupation of Manchuria and Korea....
after WWII was over and fascist Japan defeated, the Koreans reasonably believed that all of this would end and that Korea. would proceed as an independent and unified country as it had been for centuries before. 

However, the US had other plans, as it had for Vietnam which had aspirations quite similar to that of Korea.  Thus, as Gowans explains, the US, in the interest of blocking Soviet expansion and preventing countries like Japan and Korea from voluntarily turning to communism or socialism, decided that it was critical to help Japan maintain its economic dominance over parts of Asia, including Korea, or at least the Southern half.....

the US turned to traitorous Koreans who collaborated with Japan during WWII to lead South Korea.

The South Korean military, which the US helped to construct and which it trained, armed and led, was in fact “dominated at its highest levels by Koreans who had served in the Japanese Army, some of whom had even served in units tasked with hunting down Kim Il-sung” who was unquestionably a principled Korean nationalist and patriot with much popular support.   So thoroughly bankrupt and corrupt was the South Korean military that — with the acquiescence of the US which ultimately commanded the South Korean military and does so even to this day — it even resurrected the practice of sexual slavery which Japan practiced during the occupation....

these forces jailed tens of thousands of leftists and nationalists in severely overcrowded prisons and killed between 100,000 to 200,000 “southern patriots,” as Gowans refers to them, by 1950.  Gowans quotes Roger Baldwin, famed head of the ACLU, who visited South Korea in 1947 and reported that “[t]he country is literally in the grip of a police regime and private terror.” 

Without the US intervention, there would have been no stopping Kim’s patriotic forces. ... when it was clear that the war was ultimately deadlocked at the 38thparallel, the US decided to do what it would later do in Vietnam when it became apparent that victory was impossible – it bombed North Korea back to the Stone Age, leaving at least 3 million dead and nearly no building standing. For good measure, the US bombed all of the irrigation dams — dams which the North Koreans depended upon to sustain food production.


The gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 has already recieved all the necessary permits in Germany, however, not all European countries welcome the construction of the pipeline.
"We believe that the Nord Stream 2 does not encourage the diversification of gas supply. That is why if the pipeline is built it will not be supported by the EU and the European Commission, in particular," Dominik Ristori, head of the European Commission's energy department said, adding that nevertheless the bloc is not mulling sanctions.
The EU attaches great significance to the gas pipelines going through the Ukrainian territory in context of diversification of supply routes, according to Ristori.
(The two main arteries that keep blood pumping to the economic heart of the EU)
The Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture between Russia’s Gazprom, France's Engie, Austria’s OMV AG, the Anglo-Dutch company Royal Dutch Shell, and Uniper and Wintershall, both German. The project involves the construction of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, running from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The total cost is estimated at 9.5 billion euros

3--Terrorirts making chemical weapons in Syria: The media has also reported Syrian army had discovered earlier a clandestine plant in Eastern Ghouta that was used by the terrorists to produce military-grade agents. Prior to the discovery, Syrian authorities had sent more than 100 letters to the UN Security Council confirming that terrorist groups own chemical substances that they use against civilians.


The ministry went on to say that it had repeatedly warned about possible provocations involving the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Their major aim is to accuse Syrian government forces of chemical weapons use and justify possible military intervention in Syria from abroad, according to the ministry's statement.
"It is necessary to warn once again that military intervention under far-fetched and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where the Russian servicemen are deployed at the request of the legitimate government, is absolutely unacceptable and might lead to very severe consequences," the statement said.

4--Same Old, same old: More allegations of chemical weapons in Syria

The Syrian government has denied all the allegations that it has used chemical weapons in Douma.
“The chemical fabrications, which did not serve the terrorists and their sponsors in Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta, will not serve them today either, as the Syrian state is determined to end terrorism in every square inch of Syrian territory,” the government said in a statement.
The Russian Defense Ministry has also rejected the reports adding that Western states and  NGOs like the White Helmets have supported such claims in order to undermine the anti-terrorist operation in the area.
“We strongly deny these claims and announce our readiness to send Russian experts in radiation, chemical and biological defense to Douma after its liberation from terrorists to gather evidence, which would prove that the allegations on the chemical weapons use were staged,” said Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, commander of the Russian Center for Syria reconciliation.


Dominik Ristori, head of the European Commission’s energy department said…
“We believe that the Nord Stream 2 does not encourage the diversification of gas supply. That is why if the pipeline is built it will not be supported by the EU and the European Commission, in particular.”

Read more at http://theduran.com/eu-puppets-move-to-block-nord-stream-2-for-not-encouraging-diversification-of-gas-supply/#bPGZJJSMw8Jy54iU.99

Nord Stream 2 has received all the necessary permits in Germany to move forward, but that has not stopped some European countries from moving to block the construction of the pipeline.
Read more at http://theduran.com/eu-puppets-move-to-block-nord-stream-2-for-not-encouraging-diversification-of-gas-supply/#bPGZJJSMw8Jy54iU.99
Nord Stream 2 has received all the necessary permits in Germany to move forward, but that has not stopped some European countries from moving to block the construction of the pipeline.
Read more at http://theduran.com/eu-puppets-move-to-block-nord-stream-2-for-not-encouraging-diversification-of-gas-supply/#bPGZJJSMw8Jy54iU.99
Nord Stream 2 has received all the necessary permits in Germany to move forward, but that has not stopped some European countries from moving to block the construction of the pipeline.
Read more at http://theduran.com/eu-puppets-move-to-block-nord-stream-2-for-not-encouraging-diversification-of-gas-supply/#bPGZJJSMw8Jy54iU.99
Dominik Ristori, head of the European Commission’s energy department said…
“We believe that the Nord Stream 2 does not encourage the diversification of gas supply. That is why if the pipeline is built it will not be supported by the EU and the European Commission, in particular.”

Read more at http://theduran.com/eu-puppets-move-to-block-nord-stream-2-for-not-encouraging-diversification-of-gas-supply/#bPGZJJSMw8Jy54iU.99


an accusation for which there is no evidence has been used to manufacture support for new escalations against Russia, a longtime rival of the western empire. We have been given ample evidence that the Skripal poisoning is being used to advance a preexisting agenda, and no evidence at all to the contrary. It is a verdict in search of a crime. A war in search of an excuse....
“Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views former intelligence officers as targets.
“It is our assessment that Russia was responsible for this brazen and reckless act and, as the international community agrees, there is no other plausible explanation.”


...the narrative about the Skripal poisoning has been in a constant state of change, with the means by which the nerve agent was administered shifting from Yulia Skripal’s suitcase tothe air vents in their car to weaponized miniature drone to  the family’s car door handle to the front door of the house to Sergei Skripal’s favorite Russian cereal. Since the forensics of the case are clearly all over the map, and despite this glaring fact the UK government still insists that the poisoning was most certainly inflicted by Russia, the only remaining forensics which could possibly implicate the Kremlin to such a high degree of confidence would necessarily have to be evidence found within the nerve agent itself....

Gary Aitkenhead, the chief executive of the aforementioned Porton Down Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, has told Sky News in a scandalous new report that while his laboratory has been able to learn the chemical composition of the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals, none of the work they have done has succeeded in identifying its source.


There is nothing defensive about these war games. They are premised on OPLAN 5015, agreed by the US and South Korea in 2015, that involves pre-emptive strikes on North Korea and “decapitation raids” to kill its top leaders....

North Korea’s response to the joint war games has been muted, despite protests against the recent sale of hi-tech weapons to South Korea. After South Korean officials took delivery of the first of 46 F-35A fighters in late March, the North Korean state media declared that the purchase “gets in the way of the ongoing peace momentum” and “dialogue and confrontation can never co-exist at the same time.”...

North and South Korean officials last week agreed that the summit between Kim and Moon would take place on April 27 in the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula. It is only the third summit between top Korean leaders—the others were held in 2000 and 2007. A further meeting of officials from the two Koreas on Thursday finalised protocols and security arrangements.



In announcing the latest measures against Russia, the US government made no mention of the Skripal case, instead claiming the new sanctions were retaliation for alleged Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election.
The US has good reason to be circumspect in this regard. In recent days, the US and British narrative of the alleged poisoning by Russia has fallen apart...

The Washington Post said a continued US presence in Syria would be necessary to prevent “Russia from entrenching in the country at the expense of US allies including Israel and Jordan.”
Both newspapers warned that Trump’s policy was creating the conditions for the consolidation of an alliance between Turkey, Iran and Russia, which held a high-profile meeting to discuss Syria this week. On Thursday, Turkey, a NATO member, reported that it would purchase an advanced Russian missile defense system, reportedly capable of shooting down any US aircraft.

9--US building bases in E Syria

"Yes, the international coalition is building new bases in Manbij, and it is connected with military plans. … Be it US bases or French ones, we are interacting with it [the coalition] rather than the countries. In general, the construction of bases is underway in northern Syria, especially in the east of the Euphrates," Gilo said....



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