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  • The Democrats Don’t Have a Foreign Policy, They Have A Trump Policy

    05/10/2018 6:30:32 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 22 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 5/10/18 | Greenfield
    The Democrats Don’t Have a Foreign Policy, They Have A Trump Policy Not just treasonous, stupid. May 10, 2018 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. Quick, what’s the Dem position on Syria? What about China? Don’t bother. There was once a time when Democrats could discuss Syria, North Korea, the South China Sea, economic tensions in the European Union and the future of Africa. But that was before Trump. Democrats don’t have a foreign policy anymore. They have a Trump...
  • Communist China Lobby Buys U.S. Influence With Clintons, Bushes

    08/07/2018 2:54:08 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 07 August 2018 | Alex Newman
    The most murderous dictatorship in all of human history is assembling a massive battery of U.S. lobbyists and propagandists in and around Washington, D.C., sparking growing concerns across the political spectrum about its intentions and the effect this lobbying Leviathan will have on the federal government. That dictatorship, of course, is the Communist Party regime enslaving mainland China. And among the growing roster of political hacks on its payroll are top former officials including ex-House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who played a key role in transferring America's productive capacity to Communist China in the late 1990s. Unsurprisingly, the Clintons...
  • Bolton: North Korea not taking steps to denuclearise

    08/07/2018 1:37:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 7, 2018 | Agencies
    US President Donald Trump's top national security adviser has said the relaxation of any sanctions against North Korea was not under consideration as Pyongyang has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearise. In an interview with US cable channel, Fox News, John Bolton said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is prepared to return to North Korea for another meeting with its leader, Kim Jong-un. "What we really need is not more rhetoric," he said. "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearisation." Bolton said the United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration...
  • REPORT: Israeli Intelligence Assassinates Syrian Rocket Scientist

    08/07/2018 10:12:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/07/2018 | Jack Crowe
    The Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, assassinated a top Syrian rocket scientist on Saturday using a car bomb, the New York Times first reported Tuesday. The scientist, Aziz Asbar, led a confidential unit known as “Sector 4” at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center developing cutting edge missile technology designed to further Syria’s efforts to initiate the long range bombing of Israeli cities. Asbar was killed along with his driver near the research center, which lies in the town of Masyaf and has long been believed to host chemical weapons development. The center has twice been the target of Israeli...
  • North Korea hopeful for 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: source

    08/06/2018 9:27:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | August 6, 2018 | Will Ripley and Bard Wilkinson
    North Korea believes there is a "strong possibility" of a second summit between the country's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, according to an official with close knowledge of Pyongyang's position on the matter. The official pointed to a recent exchange of letters between Trump and Kim as a positive sign, adding that although the date and location of the summit have yet to be determined, it would take place "sometime later this year." The news came as doubts mounted over whether Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June would deliver its...
  • China Dethroned by Japan as World's Second-Biggest Stock Market.......

    08/04/2018 8:02:45 AM PDT · by caww · 18 replies
    FocusWorld. ^ | 8/4/2018 | Focus World
    China just lost its ranking as the world’s number two stock market. After a Thursday slump, Chinese equities were worth $6.09 trillion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That compares with $6.17 trillion in Japan. The US has the world’s largest stock market at just over $31 trillion. China’s stock market overtook Japan’s in late 2014, then soared to an all-time high of more than $10 trillion in June 2015. Chinese equities and the nation’s currency have taken a beating this year amid a trade spat with the US, a government-led campaign to cut debt and a slowing economy. “Losing...
  • North Korea gets illegal oil, enlists Syria arms broker: UN report

    08/04/2018 12:06:03 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | August 3, 2018 | AFP
    North Korea has resorted to a "massive increase" of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products at sea to evade UN sanctions and enlisted a Syrian arms broker to sell weapons to Yemen and Libya, a UN report said Friday. In a 62-page report sent to the Security Council, the UN panel of experts also listed violations of a ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron, seafood and other products that generate millions of dollars in revenue to Kim Jong Un's regime. North Korea also "attempted to supply small arms and light weapons (SALW) and other military equipment via foreign...
  • Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

    08/02/2018 3:53:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 27, 2018 06:27 PM | Christoph Schult
    On the day European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reached a surprise deal on trade with Donald Trump, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was standing in front of a wood-paneled government building 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles) to the east. Maas was in Japan on his first trip to Asia as foreign minister, and expectations were high. “We share the same values,” said Maas, who is a member of the center-left Social Democrats, as his host, Japanese President Shinzo Abe, nodded. “In the current geopolitical situation, it is good to clearly emphasize this once again.” But the guest from Germany brought more...
  • Japans asks Russia to stop militarization of disputed islands

    08/01/2018 1:53:57 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Aug 1, 2018 | Reuters
    Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Tuesday that Tokyo had asked Russia to reduce its military activity on a disputed island chain in the Pacific after Moscow beefed up its forces there in response to what it sees as a potential threat. The territorial dispute over the islands, known as the Kuril Islands in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan, is so acrimonious that Moscow and Tokyo have not yet signed a peace treaty to mark the end of World War II. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved the deployment of Russian warplanes on one of the disputed islands...
  • Andrea Mitchell Rushes to Defend Obama’s Handling of North Korea

    06/16/2017 3:23:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | June 16, 2017 | Kyle Drennen
    After the network evening newscasts downplayed or ignored the father of freed North Korea hostage Otto Warmbier criticizing the Obama administration’s failure to bring his severely injured son home, on Friday’s NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell actually devoted a full report to the topic. However, her focus was on parroting excuses from former Obama officials. Mitchell began the segment at the top of the morning show’s 8 a.m. ET hour by lamenting: “The tragic return of college student Otto Warmbier, now released from North Korea, but in an unexplained comatose state, is now becoming a political issue...” The headline on...
  • New Memo Reveals Japanese Leaders' Thoughts on Eve of Pearl Harbor

    07/31/2018 11:28:01 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 78 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 30, 2018 | Mari Yamaguchi
    A used bookshop owner in Japan found the memo tucked away in a journal. The document gives the first glimpse into conversation between Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo on the eve of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Tokyo –– A newly released memo by a wartime Japanese official provides what a historian says is the first look at the thinking of Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo on the eve of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the United States into World War II. While far from conclusive, the five-page document lends credence...
  • Pence Denounces Nicaragua, China, North Korea, Russia and Iran For Brutalizing People Of Faith

    07/28/2018 9:48:37 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jul 26, 2018 | Joshua Gill
    Vice President Mike Pence lambasted China, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia and Iran Thursday for their systemic persecution of various faith groups. "Those nations that reject religious freedom breed radicalism and resentment in citizens. They sowed the seeds of violence within their borders. Violence that often spills over into their neighbors and across the world, and as history has shown too many times those who deny religious freedom for their own people have no qualms trampling upon the rights of other people undermining security and peace across the wide and world,” Pence said. Pence then called for an end to the...
  • Advice from a shark: Ignore the Trump circus, focus on Trump policy (on Tariffs)

    07/24/2018 7:57:13 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/24/18 01:30 PM EDT | KEVIN O'LEARY
    The U.S. is likely to maintain a trade deficit with China even if all tariffs are removed. Why? The U.S. is the largest economy in the world, and the American consumer has a ferocious appetite for goods and services. The U.S. economy simply consumes more than it exports. This is not going to change anytime soon. Tariffs are a different deal. They are imbalances. Take the automotive industry, for example. The Chinese and Europeans charge higher tariffs on U.S. cars coming into their markets than corresponding Asian and European automobiles entering the U.S. markets. This has been going on...
  • John Brennan Bashes Trump Again: We Should Be ’More Sophisticated’ with Iran and China

    07/24/2018 1:15:42 PM PDT · by detective · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    Former CIA director John Brennan continued to criticize President Donald Trump, demanding a “smarter” and “more sophisticated” approach to Iran and China. “Using tariffs as a blunt force instrument against allies and partners is not only short-sighted but also plays into the hands of Russia and China,” Brennan wrote on Twitter. “Same is true with bombastic rhetoric against Iran. We need to be smarter, more sophisticated, more strategic.”
  • North Korea Begins Dismantling Key Facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

    07/23/2018 4:33:09 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 7 replies
    38 North ^ | 23 Jul 2018
    In an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment made by Kim Jong Un at the June 12 Singapore Summit, new commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (North Korea’s main satellite launch facility since 2012) indicates that the North has begun dismantling key facilities. Most notably, these include the rail-mounted processing building—where space launch vehicles are assembled before moving them to the launch pad—and the nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles. Since these facilities are believed to have played an important role in the development of...
  • The EU and Japan Just Made a Trade Agreement without Us

    07/23/2018 9:38:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/23/2018 | Matthew Rooney
    The EU and Japan just signed a trade agreement, while the U.S. sat on the sidelines. This was a bad move on America’s part, because latecomers will ultimately find themselves with no option but to accept the terms of the deal. How do we know this? It was America’s own strategy with the postwar General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) itself. With those agreements, the United States set parameters and precedents that have become the backbone of the global...
  • Richard Clarke Hopes “the System Will Resist” to Stop Trump from Launching Attack

    07/23/2018 7:34:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Next time someone spots Richard Clarke’s car, check to see if he’s sporting a “Resist” bumper sticker . . . On CNN today, former Madeleine Albright adviser Clarke expressed the hope that “the system” would “resist” President Trump should he order an attack on North Korea or Iran. Clarke said “we have to worry” that President Trump would try, for personal reasons, to launch an attack against North Korea or Iran. Continued Clarke: “We do have Secretary Mattis standing between him and our forces. So if the President wakes up in the middle of the night and is mad at...
  • Soaring land prices could prevent possible South Korea troop withdrawal from Demilitarised Zone

    07/22/2018 10:08:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | July 23, 2018
    SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The two Koreas' efforts to ease military tension along the border may be hampered by unexpected obstacles - including the vicissitudes of the real estate market. At the April 27 inter-Korean summit, the leaders of the two Koreas pledged to ease tensions, feeding speculations that South Korea's military is preparing to reduce its presence across the border. Among possibilities being raised is the pulling back of forward-deployed troops near the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), particularly the Marine Corps' 2nd Division and Army's 7th Mechanized Corps. However, even if related plans are approved by...
  • China first half total trade with North Korea slumps 56 percent year-on-year in dollar terms

    07/22/2018 8:39:22 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    Reuters) - The value of China's trade with North Korea in the first half of 2018 tumbled 56.1 percent from a year earlier to $1.1 billion, customs data showed on Monday. In the same period, imports from North Korea dropped sharply by 87.9 percent on-year to $107.3 million, while exports were down 38.8 percent to $997.3 million. China's June total trade with North Korea was valued at $217.16 million, down from $230.87 million in the previous month.
  • Prosecutors target bosses, not company, in Thai bribery case

    07/21/2018 7:25:46 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat
    TOKYO -- Tokyo prosecutors on Friday charged three former executives of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems with bribery in Japan's first plea bargain deal, but the company itself was able to avoid prosecution. Tokyo prosecutors allege that the trio offered a bribe in connection with a power plant construction project in Thailand. They are believed to have paid 11 million baht ($329,000 at current rates) to a Thai port official in February 2015 for allowing them to unload plant equipment which did not meet the conditions to do so. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power became aware of the bribe through a whistleblower the...