NEWS BRIEFS: Of course China is ever-busy, meeting with Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Tajikistan, Czech and Brazil this week, with a few others left sitting in the waiting room.
Chinese former "Comfort Women" enslaved by Japanese military during WWII, still ask for justice, for their dignity, as time is running out for them, as the years pass by. But as of yet, no response to their cries over the injustices done to them and those who never survived the barbarism.
Mainland China's stock market declined for a 5th straight day- that was the 28th.
Minister of Luxembourg announces his country to become a major trading hub for China's new 2nd currency- renminbi.
Hungary: Thousands protest in Budapest to demostrate against the government's plan for an Internet Tax.
Cambodian and U.S. Navy jointly conduct 5-day naval exercise. Aiming to enhance maritime security skills and cooperation. (Odd- Cambodia and China doing the same thing.)
Russian ruble continues to drop in value, now down to .02% for 42.02 rubles to the American dollar. Also 0.5% weaker at 53.3 versus the Euro. Oil at $86 a barrel, which also puts renewed pressure on the ruble.
Israel's Prime Minister approves over 1,000 new housing units for East Jerusalem. With his approval has come massive hate mail from all over. Secretary of State Kerry not very happy either and wants him to reverse his course.
On the 27th, an although an agreement was reportedly already made for Turkey to allow Kurdish fighters in Turkey to cross the Border of Syria and enter into battle for City of Kobane against Islamic State. Turkey refused to open its border. With pressure being bared by International Fronts, Turkey finally relented and the Kurdish fighters, with support of Anti-IS Coalition Air Forces, was able to hold the city. BUT, Turkey has ordered that Kobane have its name changed to the Muslim name and no longer be known under its Kurdish name, so once again Turkey has thrown a fly into their Muslim butter milk.
An Intelligence Report recently was released, which revealed "alarming information" about how our military involved with Nazis at the end of World War II. However, the report was somewhat late. Said information was already pretty well-known by a lot of people in the intelligence network and literary world and the United States spy agencies: such as the old Office of Special Services, which eventually became the Central Intelligence Agency, the FBI and all too many acronyms to spend my time typing out, all USED 1,000 or a few more NAZIS in their intelligence gathering networks. We wanted to know who the Russian spies were, who they had spying on us and other countries. In trade, the Nazis were granted freedom for them and their families. The U.S. military needed these people to help them in the initial stages of fighting the upcoming Cold War against Russia and its rise to the becoming the nefarious Soviet Union. Unconfirmed for the moment, but reports came out that General Eisenhower was responsible for making the deal, as a way to keep the White House out of it. Supposedly due to so many political figures close to President Roosevelt (just prior to his death) were to close to the REDS. Now I've read numerous spy/military novels and series over the last 30-years, (when I left my DC comics behind), and this information was used back then, even. In the majority of cases the Germans intelligence people turned over to the Russians were killed on sight, without trials. Possibly the Russian troops on the front line to get the word to keep the guys in intelligence services alive. But their Families were sent to Siberia as slaves, or worse. Still, putting aside this need of the country, there is the concern of justice. Too many of these upper echelon Nazis were part of the Final Resolution bunch involved in the Holocaust experience for 6 million Jewish people and 4 million gypsies and political prisoners. Not to mention what Russia accomplished to match or even beat Hitler at his...I was going to say game, but this was no game. This was Hell for over 20 million people and we gave some of these violators free tickets into our country and safe travel to Argentina. This is sickening. We already had the bomb and maybe our guys would've had to work a bit harder to find the bad guys and I feel for the families. But free passes this these creeps....President Eisenhower, your point value really dropped some with me.
Quakes- Nothing big. (2) 5 pointers in Philippines. (2) 4 pointers in Japan. BUT- Yellowstone had a small 3.1 quake, which is the first one I've seen since monitoring these things. For those of you who are not aware, Yellowstone is one massive...massive super volcano. If it ever went....watch 2012- the movie. It erupts. So, I'm sure the geologists in Yellowstone are keeping an eye on all their geysers to see if one is plugged up.
India and China to sign agreement for oil exploration in disputed South China Sea, dispute strong protests from China. Then India made it worse by selling Vietnam a shipment of patrol vessels. But don't worry, India called China and told them they were still tight with China, though they are still both arguing over that position of the highway India wants to build and those Chinese troops sitting somewhere inside India. Seems like some lines a little blurred over there, but Vietnam happy with the new boats.
The al-Qaeda calls for a Caliphate in China's Xinjiang Province. Now those militant Muslims want to go and anger 2 billion Chinese. Bad timing and that province a strong Buddhist population, I believe.
Communist Party in China and President Xi are promising the People of China a better legislation to deal with judicial injustice in a document published yesterday. ( But people showing growing signs of unhappiness with constant promises and little-back-up. Communist PArty losing its national support from under the 50 year old crowd, while older ones walking the hard line. Gangs of thugs being paid by military and communist party to disrupt anti-communist party protests, or pro-democracy events. A New China is wanting what the U.S., Europe, British and other parts of the world has, as they see their economy crash, their human rights contained and the chance of war ever present and hanging over them like a dark cloud.)
China plans first Antarctic airfield to aid in exploration and to advance scientific research on the southern most continent. ( This may be a violation of United Nations International Law to build an active runway there, as per UN agreement, no nation may lay claim to the Antarctic, but all may use it for science. Countries share in the active runways already built, the science facilities and vehicles. I've watched the science fiction movies, where these guys keep finding some frozen critter they release to destroy the world- but Japan usually wins. Except with Godzilla, the cat is indestructible- latest movie. )
Oh, yeah, China now pledges support to Afghanistan as we begin leaving the place. Russia wasn't going back, they had their Vietnam, there. But now China wants its chance.
President Putin's rating has fallen for the first time this year in Moscow with substantial drop in those who say they are ready to re-elect him- poll by Levada Center.
Slumping oil prices are causing a lot of harm to Russian sanctions-struck oil industry, (1) International banks are calling in multibillion dollar loans and refusing new ones due to sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine Crisis. (2) Western oil companies are barred from handing over advanced drilling technology , also due to sanctions. (3) Unexpectedly, the oil price has slumped from a high of $115 a barrel in July to around $85 a barrel this week.
According to their own English speaking magazine, "Resurgence", a 117-page publication, Al-Quada is urging Jihadists to conduct attacks on U.S. and foreign oil tankers and strategic
sea lanes in a new global campaign. "Even if a single supertanker (or even ordinary westbound cargo vessel) were to be attacked or hijacked and scuttled in one of the narrow sea lanes, the consequences would be phenomenal," wrote Al-Quada member Hamza Khalid. Magazine apparently shows maps of strategic sea lanes and key choke points. He called for attacks on both military facilities near choke points and energy supply lines. (Even such a threat will call for extra naval support to be needed to patrol, drawing forces away from other fronts.
Jeffrey Goldberg, Diplomatic Correspondent for the The Atlantic, reported he recently spoke with two senior Obama Administration officials, (who ironically, based on their statements,) wished to remain anonymous, accused Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be a "chickens**t", "The good thing about Natanyahu is that he's scared to launch a war," the official said. He went on to accuse the Prime Minister at being at fault for the Palestine problem by not reaching an accommodation with them or the Sunni Arab States. He also called the Prime Minsister a "coward" on the the Iranian Nuclear Threat Issue. A second official reportedly told Goldberg that, "Obama Administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.", adding, "The feeling now is that Bibi's bluffing." Israel heard of all this and call for the U.S. to reject these gross remarks are being presented by as the feelings of President Obama. ( No repose from the White House as of Yet, but imagine a disclaimer is going to be issued along with a memo to all administration employees to knock off their drinking.)
Another 19 quakes today with a 5.4 in the Indian Ocean. (6) small ones in Alaska, (2) small ones in Oklahoma, (1) in Kansas, (4) small ones at Mammoth Lake, California, (2) in Indonesia and a 4.9 in Iran. I think they were out testing their nuke again. I can only guess what all those nukes are doing to the Iranian underground. They'll now have 1,000 square miles of unlivable territory. Come visit Iran and glow in the dark, never need a flashlight again. Wha a selling point. Sorry.
Lloyds of London modernize and go digital. Must be great for those 200 branch offices being closed and 9,000 people being laid off. Sign of the future. Man will be replaced. I saw it on the 1950's episode of Twilight Zone until the machine designer finds himself replaced and his smile is now gone.
November 2nd Elections to be held in pro-Russian rebel held Ukraine areas, will be recognized by Russia. Moscow announced this, attracting sharp condemnation from the Ukraine Government. Ukrainian Official says Moscow violating the peace deal it sponsored in Minsk in September. Cease-fire violations reportedly have increased with artillery exchanges. Looks like we might be getting ready for Round Two.
A catholic woman condemned to death in Pakistan for allegedly violating the country's Blasphemy Law, has asked Pope Francis for his prayers, saying she trusts in God's plan for her life. "Pope Francis, I am your daughter, Asia Bibi, I implore you: pray for me, for my salvation and for my freedom. At this point I can only entrust (myself) to God Almighty who can do anything for me." This letter was made public by a Vatican insider. The lady's crime was the alleged use of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's name in a blasphemous way or series of comments, while arguing with a Muslim woman. The case is now going through a 30-day process. Sadly such cases are not unfamiliar as many people will throw up such a charge against someone for any number of reasons. In this case it may have been this girls turning from Islam to become a Catholic. But it has been used over property one person wants. Blasphemy of the Prophet Muhammad brings a death sentence, as many of the Laws of Sharia do. And so many people who feel Sharia Law may be just what we need in the United States have not looked into what it all entails. I myself have not studied it, but I do know you don't mess with their prophet. But it is okay in our society to sit around a bar or wherever and insult the name of my Lord without worry. Except I may come over and have a word with you after the third or fourth time. I seem to recall some of my police choke holds....Peace, brother.
Lastly, a surprising number of European diplomats and leftists activists fear the west is facing a humiliating geopolitical defeat because it failed to stand up to the Russian Tiger- Putin and his move on the Ukraine. ( From a LIGNET Intel Report. But maybe our second chance is coming up.
Now I'm not the President, or have the day-to-day pressures this man is under. His wife never lets him eat a doughnut. But he is the Man who appoints his crew and he really messed up with # 2. He's hamstrung his generals and admirals, spent more money than our presses can produce, and still promise more away. But most importantly, and I'm not laying this just down on him, but Washington has got to quit lying to us...over and over. Great, you've given all these new- anti-identity theft cards, which the truth be known makes you a partner to our bank accounts. Through all this anti-theft jazz, you have full access to our money and no longer need a search warrant to access it. You can even stop a purchase, not yet, but very soon- within the next year. You'll be the ultimate hacker and just like Obama care, we're supposed to say thank you. Now you may not believe me on the money issue, maybe I wouldn't either if I hadn't dived into this for the last couple of years. But when you go to a store and try to buy that certain item and your bank card says no, but you have the money. Then maybe then you'll agree with me. In the event of national emergency, all accounts under this same system can be frozen. Are we having fun yet. Whats worse, this may not be just the government. This may be something bigger. Remember, and you can verify this yourself, the Federal Reserve is not a US Bank or US Agency or even connected with the US Treasury, accept for being printed on our currency. The Federal Reserve was created by a select group of American families, the richest in the country, who Uncle Sam went to and yelled help to when the country was forming. They stepped in and used that name, feeling the government now had the money to get the country going. Oh, they have profited a hundred-fold off their deal with Uncle Sam. Yup.
God Bless, BILL