I have heard these " alliances" against China and Russia, just too many times to think when will they actually go to war ? Even just to stop this refrain ?
I've concluded that these are an Al- Capon-ish saber rattling for the military industrial complex and players to extort more money from taxpayers coffers. We all know an attack on China or Russia will be light years away different from an attack on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and the other rag-tag armies before. The bellowers, I'm sure , know that well. But please, if it pleases them, on behalf of those of us who want no Unneccesary wars, I say " Dozoh " let's get over it already .
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I hope he keeps cruising fast to oblivion.
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When it was issued Assistant Attorney General John Demers called North Korea's operatives "the world's leading bank robbers", adding they were "using keyboards rather than guns, stealing digital wallets of cryptocurrency instead of sacks of cash".
If true, North Koreans will be petty thieves the real robber-barons are in ...you guess that.
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"It's a result that we had been waiting for a long time," said Masahiko Hananoki, 53, the director of a museum on the Oyu Kanjo Resseki site.
Another gulp of manufactured cool-aid for the world. We gotta prove TODAY we are an old civilization.
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Soaring social security spending to cover pensions and medical care for the elderly weighs heavily on the world's third-largest economy's budget.
Yet we'll spend gazzillion $$ to buy arms !!! Indeed, a peaceful neighborhood is a prosperous one too.
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I'm sorry to hear of this loss. I frequently worked, or, almost lived at Mombetsu Lucky and Posful supermarkets. Fishermen were some of my best customers. I can only pray for fortitude to the families and the good people of Mombetsu.
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We usually have decent conversations with wholesome people who capable of focus. I wish Putin the very best for this might be his toughest meeting. I wonder who'll be seating across ?
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Only when a fighter beats another fighter of equal stature does he get to have bragging rights. So far I have only seen infantile bullies.
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Given the choice, I'm sure people would like to go to their jobs, earn a decent salary to take care of their families...and this is UNIVERSAL.
Why do we always have to read about war games and Reaganesque Star-wars programme of exponentially increasing military spending , when lives of ordinary folks is drab and dreary ? The worst is that other Superpowers' militaries are at China's doorstep doing all manners of war games leaving no doubt of their intentions, but, at the same time accuse China of belligerance. Why then don't they practice in their own backyards ? I wonder, Is their intentions just to hype war and evoke fear at home just so they can easily have HIGHER military spending allocations ? As is the case here ?
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Because they, themselves, were incredibly bad custodians of power and responsibility when they had it, they now can't trust anyone else to have it and use it wisely. They see it " in their own image". And this includes the US.
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"The US approved US$ 735 Million NOT Billion to Israel" That's 10% of its own military budget.
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The US has just approved $ 735 B to a Superpower, Israel which is obliterating a defenceless people , Pakestinians, and they are calling for boycott of the winter olympics because of...? The world needs healing.
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It is the Palestinians LEGAL RIGHT to defend themselves, as Israel continues to Occupy their land and STEAL their homes and properties.
Aren't we all tired of hearing this World's super power beating the hell out of a defenceless people while screaming at the top of their lungs about " self defence ". ?
Palestine has been an ongoing land grab and Jerusalem is the icing on the cake. All this executed under the watch of the US.
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China wasn't invited
Neither was Riussia. The two also ARE, in their own rights, the world's most influential countries. One is Christian, European, the other is Asian and the 2nd largest economy....more like Japan, just bigger and in a (few ) decades will be No. 1 it has done well on its own without " prescriptions" from the West, So what gives ? NO " CONTAINMENT" will work.
The fixed eco-system of civilizations is that one will rise and eventually fall....just pass the baton gracefully and better still, working with the rising civilization WILL work best for the receding one. AND the world in general. The US and the West should be gracious ! It is Civilized people who pause to reason, Barbarians don't.
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If one ever wonders where the Fathers of ALL the world's problems are, look no further.
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Japan seems to be frantic in seeking " security " alliances from anybody. They do realize one thing perhaps, they're the ones closest to the potential theater of war among the QUAD countries, with the most to lose. Can you imagine the heat being next to China and Russia ?
Security, thoug, shouldn't necessarily mean antagonism, it could also mean they're ambassadors for securing peace or at least in modulating it...hopefully.
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( Wikipedia) (1850s)
*Returning to Nagasaki, Putyatin found that no progress had been made, *and that the Royal Navy had called on Nagasaki during his absence as part of a manhunt to destroy his vessel. He therefore
Out of sheer serendipity, The Royal Navy got to sign lucrative treaties with Japan. They simply were prowling the seas to destroy Russia's Commodore Putiatin, but the Japanese mistakenly thought the Brits had called in for trade deals.
By hooks or flukes , cheers to many more trade deals but without muster and blaster.
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All these happening in an apparently very rich country, highly educated people and innovators, just exactly why are we, humans, think of ourselves as " advanced" and " civilized " ?.
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Essentially this is what naked capitalism naturally does. It sucks money from the poor at the bottom of the wide pyramid base to the top few.
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This is the truest of the Japanese. All else is phoney.
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The "World Leaders " should lead by not exporting their dirty industries to underdeveloped nations thus exporting their dirty energies. Many countries have exported their manufacturing to China, India, Vietnam, Africa etc and now want them to reduce their carbon emissions, when it's the developed countries who are responsible for the dirt in the first place.
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This is all nice but also lots of BS. Many of these First World nations developed themselves using dirty energy, and now they, themselves, are moving on with the clean 'Green' energy so what are they doing ? They are exporting their dirty energy in form of industries to third world countries as " investments" and job creation.
In a country I'm familiar with, the Isuzu company still produces engines it used in Japan in the 70-80s, and I'll bet it's the same in various countries within the continent and in SE Asia. They are dumping their manufacturing (garbage) in 3rd World countries and then call on them to observe strict emissions, all the while making $$ out of it.
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One would be a total fool not to do what Putin is doing. Putin has mobilised troops NEAR ( not in Ukraine) its border with Ukraine.
The pro- Russian Ukrainian territories of Donbass and Donetsk forming the " salami" (middle) part of the sandwich between powerful Ukraine + NATO and Russian, by themselves CANNOT withstand an onslaught from ukraine+nato. Should UkNato forces invade the renegade province they'll quickly overrun it and at best stop at the Russian border proper or keep going right to Moscow. A threat by defination is something/ someone with intent and Capacity / ability, UkNato has that, therefore Putin, with abundance of caution has put his troops on the ready. Afterall, he's exhausted all diplomacy to keep NATO away from Russia's border.
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There are no codes, no myths, no prevarications but just direct shot of pent-up frustrations to his tormentors.
This man, Putin, has had it, and is now ready to put it all on the line. Will the eagle dare ?
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. Judging from modern historical developments, it may be plausible to claim that the mainland China is a "renegade province" trying to break away from Taiwan.
No. Though, It's true that the KMT party took over after the Xing hai revolution of 1912. Was ousted by the Mao revolution and fled to Formosa/ Taiwan, where they formed a govt under Chiang.
Taiwan's KMT was said to have been the "legitimates without a country", thus, it lost the UN seat in 1971 to PRC.
The Only thing that stopped Mao taking over Taiwan was the US. Pres. Truman threatened to Invade the mainland and nuke it. That consideration stopped Mao.
Isn't it ironic that the party that took over after the Xing hai revolution of 1912, the KMT, is now the one advocating a softer approach to PRC when the DPP of Tsai is the radical one ?
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Murofushi is one of those all round total athletes. Disciplined both in and out of the sports world. With all due respect, I wish him God speed recovery.
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After everything that North Korea has done, they don't even deserve a dialogue until the day they are so starved that they will be on their knees begging.
I wonder how many times I've heard this. From the article above, my understanding is that, it's Japan and Co that regrets the absence of N.Korea as a lost opportunity for holding diplomatic talks. Not the other way round. The guy up north knows his moves.
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