Following comments by the White House last week that the administration would soon bring more pressure on North Korea, President Donald Trump has confirmed as much to a crowd of reporters, adding that, as of today, that North Korea would once again be designated a terror sponsor. Trump cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport earlier this year, as well as the North’s horrific treatment of Ohio college student Otto Warmbier, as justifications for the sanctions. ‘North Korea has supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil,’ Trump said. ‘As we take this action today we think of Otto Warmbier and the many others affected by north korean opporession.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 20, 2017.
It’s been said that truth is always the first casualty in war. The mystery of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014 continues to be an unresolved international issue. Over three years later, the two countries meant to be leading a ‘neutral’ international investigation, the Netherlands and UK, have repeatedly sidelined important information about the incident.
In the immediate aftermath of the event, 21WIRE was one of the only independent media outlets who piece together a detailed look at the event, highlighting some of the obvious anomalies and misreporting by the western mainstream media, as well as numerous false claims made by US officials. See our initial reports here: July 2014 – Initial Investigative Summary: MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag In our two-year anniversary follow-up report, we demonstrated that not only was MH17 shot down from Ukrainian military-controlled area, but that it wasn’t an accident, in other words, the plane was placed on its said course directly in the line of fire:
“When George Soros comes to this or that country… he looks for religious, ethnic or social contradictions, chooses the model of action for one of these options or their combination and tries to ‘warm them up’,” Egorchenkov explained… *** The ongoing crisis in Myanmar including tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities and the military crackdown by Myanmar Army and police seems to be a multidimensional crisis with major geopolitical players involved according to a report by Sputnik International. As per the report Dmitry Mosyakov, director of the Centre for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RT that the conflict ‘was apparently fanned by external global players’ and ‘has at least three dimensions’. ‘First, this is a game against China, as China has very large investments in Arakan [Rakhine],’ Mosyakov told RT. ‘Second, it is aimed at fuelling Muslim extremism in Southeast Asia…. Third, it’s the attempt to sow discord within ASEAN [between Myanmar and Muslim-dominated Indonesia and Malaysia].’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 11, 2017.
In the first unofficial challenge to Beijing over China’s domination of disputed waters in the South China Sea since President Trump took office, a US navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea according to the WSJ. The navy vessel, the USS Dewey, traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. The “freedom of navigation” operation which in the past has infuriated Beijing, comes as Trump is seeking Beijing’s cooperation to rein in ally North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Territorial waters are generally defined by U. N. convention as extending at most 12 nautical miles from a state’s coastline. China’s claims to the South China Sea, which sees about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade pass every year, are challenged by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as Taiwan.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 25, 2017.
On March 1, the WSJ reported that the options contemplated by the White House in response to recent North Korean acts, include “the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat.” The review came es amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month’s launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia. And, according to a report in Yonhap, said “regime change” may come far sooner than expected: the South Korean website writes that U. S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea “to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict”, a military official said Monday. The U. S. Navy’s Special Warfare Development Group, better known as the SEAL Team 6, will arrive in South Korea for joint military drills and take part in an exercise simulating a precision North Korean incurion and “the removal of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un”, according to the Ministry of National Defense Monday. The U. S. Navy SEAL Team Six will join the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises between the two allies for the first time, along with the Army’s Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 13, 2017.
To back up Defense Secretary ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis’ warning last month, that the U. S. ‘remains steadfast in its commitment’ to its allies, President Donald Trump is sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to Korea. Some 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 U. S. troops have begun their annual Foal Eagle joint war exercises that run through April. ‘The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way,’ says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, ‘Are (they) really ready for a head-on collision?’ So it would seem. It is Kim Jong Un, 33-year-old grandson of that Stalinist state’s founding father, who launched the first Korean War, who brought on this confrontation. In February, Kim’s half-brother was assassinated in Malaysia in a VX nerve agent attack and five of Kim’s security officials were executed with anti-aircraft guns. Monday, Kim launched four missiles toward U. S. bases, with three landing in the Sea of Japan. U. S. response: Begin immediate deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile shield in Korea. This set off alarms in China. For while THAAD cannot shoot down Scuds on the DMZ, its radar can detect missile launches inside China, thereby, says Beijing, imperiling her deterrent. For accepting THAAD, China has imposed sanctions on Seoul, and promised the U. S. a commensurate strategic response. Minister Wang’s proposal for resolving the crisis: The U. S. and Seoul cancel the exercises and North Korea suspends the nuclear and missile tests.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 10, 2017.
The following video was published by X22Report on Mar 7, 2017 Trump unveiled his new health care law, doesn’t look good. Wikileaks releases Vault 7 and shows the CIA has developed cyber attack systems that mimic other countries. It also shows the CIA spy on everyone via their electronic devices. NYTimes reported that there were wire taps that were monitoring Trump. Trump now has proof. Valeria Jarrett might have orchestrated the entire operation and not the DOJ. CNN show how they are using a spy camera to spy on the President. You might think you are free but the government is really controlling you. NK and Malaysia expel their ambassadors. The THAAD system is being installed in SK. Deep State pushing propaganda that NK was practicing hitting US bases in Japan. NK says the US and Japanese drills could lead to a heated escalation. Libya elected government has taken control of the oil ports. The Deep State is now pushing Phase IV, conflict with NK, civil unrest, economic collapse.
The following video was published by X22Report on Mar 6, 2017 . Trump reissues the temporary travel ban, this time removing Iraq. More and more evidence is being produced that Obama did in fact bug the office of Trump. Trump is bringing the spying on people and politician out into the open and wants it investigated in public, something the deep state does not want. Judicial Watch sues and wants documents on the Flynn conversation. British University creates list of words that are acceptable. Hollande says its his mission to stop Le Pen from winning. North Korea tells the Malaysian ambassador to leave. NK fires test missile and Iran does the same. US clients are stealing 60% of Yemen’s oil. The Syrian arm forces take back more areas in Syria. Parts of Manbij were given to the Syrian Government under the agreement with Russia. US builds a base in Raqqa.
The following video was published by X22Report on Feb 24, 2017 Corporate media tries again with a poll to show people love Obamacare, but they over-sample it once again. The leaks out of the White House are increasing and the FBI is completely clueless, or they are apart of the problem. Arizone wants seize the assets of protestors. George Soros linked to town hall meetings. Petition filed with the White House about censorship. Malaysia says the found the poison used. Russia wants western countries to pay for the damage in Syria. Saudi shift the narrative and says Assad created ISIS.
The following video was published by X22Report on Feb 23, 2017 Mexico prepares to ditch US corn imports. DHS begins deportation but they are not using an army. Infowars and NaturalNews have been hit by Google, the deep state is slowly getting rid of the alternative media. Other reports show views on YouTube have been slowly removed. NK wants the body but Malaysia wants a DNA test first. Trump orders CIA to stop funding the moderate rebels. McCain makes a secret visit to Syria, to get everything ready for the next big event. The deep state is preparing to make their move, they all ready started, this is going to escalate as we move into spring.
As of this writing a tremendous number of things are happening in North Korea and Russia. Although these are not events that seem momentous, they are quite profound when taken into consideration with the grand scheme: the worldwide plot to form a state of global governance. These behind-the-scenes maneuverings are not in the forefront of the news; however, they are having effects within the nations mentioned and influencing their current actions. Almost a month ago, it was reported that one of the foremost militia commanders in the separatist-controlled Donbass area of Eastern Ukraine was assassinated via car bomb. Then almost immediately afterward, just a few weeks later, the Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Army of the Kiev government mysteriously died on duty of a ‘heart condition’ although he was in his early fifties. These ‘tit for tat’ actions stimulated a new wave of fighting in the Eastern Provinces. The truce between the separatists and Kiev government has been violated without ceasing, primarily by the Ukrainian military under the direction of the US-sponsored president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. At this time, there is an uneasy ‘stalemate’ between the U. S. and Russia in a proxy war between the U. S-backed Kiev government and the Eastern Ukrainian separatists supported by Russia. Next, we have North Korea, where Kim Jong Un is ramping up the bellicose rhetoric against the U. S. Yes, we have heard it before, but this time it is a little different. On Monday, 45-year-old Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il was assassinated in Malaysia. Here is an excerpt of a report on it:
This post was published at shtfplan on February 23rd, 2017.
Chilling closed-circuit security footage has emerged of the killing of Kim Jong Nam last week, showing two attackers took less than three seconds to carry out the assault on the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. As the WSJ first reported, the video clips from security cameras were obtained by a Japanese media outlet and posted by a third party on YouTube. The clip shot inside Kuala Lumpur International Airport shows Kim arriving alone at a busy, well-lit departures hall shortly before 9 a.m. on Feb. 13. Police said he had been in Malaysia about a week, and intended to take a 10:50 a.m. AirAsia flight back to his home in Macau. From an airport mall area, Kim, wearing loafers, light-blue jeans, a sport coat and a flat cap, and with a black backpack slung over his right shoulder, strides past three police officers into a crowded departures hall. Once he arrives at the entrance of the departure lobby, he stops momentarily to look up at the flight schedules. After checking the flight schedules, he then moves to a nearby self-check-in kiosk. In a flash, the next scene shows two women approaching Kim, one in a whitetop appearing to lunge as she places her hand over Kim’s face. There is a flurry of movement, then after a matter of two or three seconds, the three break apart. The woman in white – whose hair and dress resembles a woman dressed in a top with an ‘LOL’ slogan who Malaysian police said was connected to the killing – walks briskly away.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 20, 2017.
Back to work ‘deep state’, neocons, and Clinton apologists, because America is not buying the narrative that Russia is their greatest enemy. Americans have consistently identified ISIS as the biggest threat to their nation across multiple polls. Traditional foes, such as the countries making up George W. Bush’s infamous “Axis Of Evil”, have been pushed into the background by the rise of non-state actors like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. In recent years however, Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes that the threat presented by some of America’s traditional enemies has started to manifest itself once again. Russia’s annexation of Crimea came as a reality check to the Obama administration while as recently as last Saturday, North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test. YouGov conducted a poll to find out which countries Americans perceive as their nation’s biggest enemies. North Korea has continued to make headlines even after that missile launch with news emerging earlier this week that Kim-Jong-un’s half brother was allegedly poisoned in an airport in Malaysia. Both incidents have illustrated the unpredictability of the nuclear-armed regime in Pyongyang and it comes as little surprise that 57 percent of Americans consider North Korea their enemy. Some of the entries on the upper portion of the infographic below are surprising. Iraq and Afghanistan were considered U. S. enemies by 29 and 23 percent of respondents respectively, despite their governments being key U. S. allies in the fight against Islamic extremism. Iran was labelled an enemy by 41 percent of Americans, even though a deal was signed last year to prevent Tehran developing nuclear weapons. This chart shows the percentage of American adults considering these countries an enemy of the U. S.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 18, 2017.
Following yesterday’s shocking news that the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was assassinated, Malaysian authorities said on Wednesday that they detained a suspect in the apparent murder and are looking for a “few” other foreign suspects, as they zeroed in on the two women who police said fatally attacked him. The detained woman was carrying a passport from Vietnam and was alone at the time of the arrest at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the local police said as they pieced together a timelime of the assault. ‘We believe she has a strong connection with the murder,’ said Malaysia Deputy Inspector General of Police, Noor Rashid Ibrahim. ‘We are still looking for a few suspects, they are all still in Malaysia.’ Lawmakers in South Korea had earlier cited their spy agency as saying it suspected two female North Korean agents had murdered Kim Jong Nam, and U. S. government sources also told Reuters they believed North Korean assassins were responsible. According to the WSJ, Kim Jong Nam, the brother, arrived early for a 10:50 a.m. AirAsia flight to Macau on Monday after more than a week in Malaysia, police said. He was in a well-lit, spacious departures hall lined with cafes like Starbucks, near a popular photo spot of a Chinese New Year exhibit featuring a giant, yellow chick. There, Mr. Kim was approached from opposite sides by two fair-skinned women who didn’t appear to be Malaysian, said police who viewed CCTV footage. One of the women touched Mr. Kim’s face with a cloth that contained an unidentified liquid before both departed in separate directions, police said.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 15, 2017.
From the Bab al-Mandab to the strait of Malacca, from the strait of Hormuz to the strait of Lombok, all the way to the key logistical hub of Diego Garcia 2,500 miles southeast of Hormuz, the question pops up: How will the unpredictable new normal in Washington – which is not exactly China-friendly – affect the wider Indian Ocean? At play are way more than key chokepoints in an area that straddles naval supply chains and through which also flows almost 40% of the oil that powers Asian-Pacific economies. This is about the future of the Maritime Silk Road, a key component of the Chinese One Belt, One Road (OBOR), and thus about how Big Power politics will unfold in a key realm of the Rimland. India imports almost 80% of its energy from the Middle East via the Indian Ocean. Thus, for Delhi, protection of supply chains must be the norm, as in the current drive to develop three carrier battle groups and at least 160 naval vessels, including submarines, before 2022. That also implies boosting a cooperation agreement with the nations bordering the strait of Malacca – Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia – and developing military infrastructure in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. China for its part advances a relentless economic / infrastructural drive from Myanmar to Pakistan, from Bangladesh to the Maldives, from Sri Lanka to Djibouti – a counterbalance to the impossibility of fully implementing ‘escape from Malacca’, the complex, multi-pronged Beijing strategy for diversifying energy supplies. The privileged infrastructure connectivity hub remains the megaport of Gwadar in the Arabian Sea – which will be controlled for the next 40 years by a Chinese company. Gwadar is the naval destination of the US$46 billion (and counting) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) originating in Xinjiang, which will be the economic New Silk Roads game-changer in South Asia.
Review of Greg Poulgrain’s book “The Incubus of Intervention: Conflicting Indonesian Strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dulles” Would Allen Dulles have resorted to assassinating the President of the United States to ensure the achievement of his ‘Indonesian strategy’? This is the central question addressed by Greg Poulgrain in his extraordinarily important book, The Incubus of Intervention: Conflicting Indonesian Strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dulles. Two days before President John Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, he had accepted an invitation from Indonesian President Sukarno to visit that country the following spring. The aim of the visit was to end the conflict (Konfrontasi) between Indonesia and Malaysia and to continue Kennedy’s efforts to support post-colonial Indonesia with economic and developmental aid, not military. It was part of his larger strategy of ending conflict throughout Southeast Asia and assisting the growth of democracy in newly liberated post-colonial countries worldwide. He had forecast his position in a dramatic speech in 1957 when, as a Massachusetts Senator, he told the Senate that he supported the Algerian liberation movement and opposed colonial imperialism worldwide. The speech caused an international uproar and Kennedy was harshly attacked by Eisenhower, Nixon, John Foster Dulles, and even liberals such as Adlai Stevenson. But he was praised throughout the third world. Of course, JFK never went to Indonesia in 1964, and his peaceful strategy to bring Indonesia to America’s side and to ease tensions in the Cold War was never realized, thanks to Allen Dulles. And Kennedy’s proposed withdrawal from Vietnam, which was premised on success in Indonesia, was quickly reversed by Lyndon Johnson after JFK’s murder. Soon both countries would experience mass slaughter engineered by Kennedy’s opponents in the CIA and Pentagon. Millions would die. Subsequently, starting in December 1975, American installed Indonesian dictator, Suharto, would slaughter hundreds of thousands East-Timorese with American weapons after meeting with Henry Kissinger and President Ford and receiving their approval.
This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 24, 2016.
Having largely lost long-time ally Philippines as an anchor to US foreign policy in the Pacific rim, a loss which comes at a critical time for the US just as China is aggressively expanding its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea, Washington is set to lose another key ally, and a critical one at that: as Reuters reports, in a “blow to the US“, Malaysia’s corrupt Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose involvement in the 1MBD scandal has been extensively reported by the WSJ for over a year now, will sign a contract to purchase Littoral Mission Ships from China when he visits Beijing next week, according to a Facebook posting by the country’s Ministry of Defense. The text of a speech to be delivered by Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein appears to have been accidentally posted on Facebook on Tuesday, but was later removed after Reuters asked a defence ministry spokesman for comment. The purchase of the patrol vessels, if it proceeds, would be Malaysia’s first significant defence deal with China and comes amid rising tensions in the South China Sea and as the United States and China compete for influence in the region. It would also be the latest, if far more nuanced, pivot away from a US sphere of inluence in the region since Philippines’ Duterte said he was severing ties with the US last week. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Friday he was “unclear on the specifics of the situation”. But responding to a Reuters question at the daily ministry briefing he noted China and Malaysia “continue to cooperate and communicate regularly across all spheres”. Why the diplomatic fallout between the US and Malaysia?
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 28, 2016.
September 2016 – BEIJING – A flurry of fresh military exercises is highlighting rising tensions in the Asia Pacific, with China and Russia today joining forces to practice seizing islands and hunting submarines. But Beijing also took the opportunity to send a message to the United States: It’s mid-Pacific island fortress of Guam is now also within the reach of Chinese forces. A ‘rapid deployment’ exercise yesterday saw bombers, fighters and supporting aircraft surge past the Philippines and Taiwan and deep into the west Pacific. China’s military has stated such ‘blue water’ exercises will ‘be normalized’ as part of future weapons testing and training programs. But the United States appears to be responding in kind: News reports out of India state Washington and New Delhi will soon be engaging in joint army exercises barely 100km from India’s border with China. Beijing has laid claim to the bulk of the South China Sea, despite competing claims from adjoining nations including Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. It has also been aggressively promoting a ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative which essentially sees the restoration of ancient ‘Silk Road’ trade routes with the Middle East via Pakistan and the Indian Ocean.
Via Strategic-Culture.org, The following text is a point by point thematic summary of Prof. Michel Chossudovsky’s presentation at the Science for Peace Conference, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, 15-16 August 2016 Introduction Historically, science has supported the development of the weapons industry and the war economy. ‘Science for Peace’ indelibly requires reversing the logic whereby commissioned scientific endeavors are directed towards supporting what President Eisenhower called ‘The Military Industrial Complex’. What is consequently required is a massive redirection of science and technology towards the pursuit of broad societal objectives. In turn, this requires a major shift in what is euphemistically called ‘US Foreign Policy’, namely America’s global military agenda. Military Affairs: The Current Global Context The world is at a dangerous crossroads. The United States and its allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 20, 2016.
For years China has laid claim to large swaths of the South China Sea. That may sound intuitive since that sea is named after China, but countries like Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines all have their own claims to the region. And ever since an international tribunal determined last month that China does not own disputed watersin the South China sea, Beijing has been making provocative statements and has been stepping up its military presence all along their coastline. In the East China Sea, where Beijing has been in a long running dispute with Japan over the oil rich Senkaku islands, live fire naval drills are currently being held. According to China’s Defense Ministry, they’re preparing for a very different kind of war in the Pacific.