韓国大統領、即位礼見送りへ 李首相の参列で最終調整

この荘厳な儀式、晴れやかな外交の舞台における席次は、派遣される人物の格で決まるので、格下の首相では韓国の順番は最後尾のビリッケツ。首相の分際で、他国の国王、大統領に馴れ馴れしく話しかけるわけにいかず、居場所がなくてテレビ映りが悪いので、いっそのこと来なければいいのに。

文は逃げておしまいだが、恥かかされ役を押しつけられた李首相は胃が痛むだろうな。

今の時期、日本の首相経験者で韓国首相なんかと面会する人って誰だろう。鳩山?(笑)

良い面会相手を見つけられないと、駐日韓国大使が怒られたりするんだよな。「高い給料を支払っているのに、人脈作りが全然できていないじゃないか。お前のせいで俺が恥かかされた」と。韓国人同士でいつまでも内輪もめしてろ(爆)。



韓国大統領、即位礼見送りへ 李首相の参列で最終調整
10/7(月) 19:31配信
共同通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20191007-00000127-kyodonews-pol

 韓国政府は、22日に行われる天皇陛下の「即位礼正殿の儀」に李洛淵首相を派遣する意向を日本側に伝え、両国が最終調整していることが分かった。日韓外交筋が7日、明らかにした。日本外交筋は「文在寅大統領の参列の可能性はなくなった」と明言した。李氏は来日に際し、首相経験者との会談を検討している。

即位パレードのリハーサル 東京都心の本番コースで

 韓国の元徴用工訴訟判決を発端に日韓対立が深まり、首脳会談は昨年9月が最後となっている。日本側は「元徴用工問題で韓国側が努力しないと首脳対話はできない」との立場。文氏が来日しても安倍晋三首相と会談できる可能性は低いと伝えていた。

トランプがクルドと欧州を切り捨て発言(笑) シリア戦について

日本人の大半は、最大限の対米協力をすることで自らの身を守っているつもりでいるが、将来切り捨てられることがないという宗教でも信じているのだろうか。今日のトランプ発言を見よ。あれもこれも全部、米国がやれやれ言ってうるさいから嫌々協力しただけなのに、そうした事実に対し何の配慮もなく切り捨てている。



Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal: "Time For Us To Get Out Of These Endless Wars"
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 07:57
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/major-policy-shift-us-pulls-out-syria-ahead-imminent-turkish-invasion

Update: In a lengthy twitter thread where President Trump tried to explain his decision for allowing Turkey to essentially take over the US security role in northeastern Syria, Trump said on Monday that the US had lingered in Syria far longer than the Obama administration had promised.

He also offered some insight into his thoughts about abandoning the US's chief regional allies, the Kurds, to face the possibility of massacre by the Turkish military. While the Kurds "fought with us" they were also "paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so." Trump said he held off their conflict with Turkey for three years, but "it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home."

"WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN," Trump added.

The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019

....including capturing thousands of ISIS fighters, mostly from Europe. But Europe did not want them back, they said you keep them USA! I said “NO, we did you a great favor and now you want us to hold them in U.S. prisons at tremendous cost. They are yours for trials.” They.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019

.....again said “NO,” thinking, as usual, that the U.S. is always the “sucker,” on NATO, on Trade, on everything. The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019

....almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019

...figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their “neighborhood.” They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019

That's the administration's most comprehensive statement on the decision so far, though we expect many other senior officials will weigh in over the next day.

* * *

In a major policy shift that abandons nearly a decade of American policy in Syria, the White House announced late Sunday night that US forces in northern Syria would step aside to allow a planned Turkish offensive. The decision follows late-night haggling between President Trump and President Erdogan, who had threatened a "land and air" offensive "as soon as today or tomorrow."

In a last-minute phone call yesterday, Erdogan and Trump agreed to meet in Washington next month to discuss Turkey's uneasiness with Washington and its ability to do what is required according to an agreement between the two countries about security in northeastern Syria.

Instead, a few hours later, the Trump administration released the following statement shortly before midnight. The administration reportedly refused to clarify whether the remaining US troops left in Syria would be withdrawn.

Washington said it would also turn over all captured ISIS fighters to Turkey after their home countries refused to take them back.

"Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial "Caliphate," will no longer be in the immediate area.

"The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused. The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer. Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured ove the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial "Caliphate" by the United States."

As of last month, the US still had 1,000 US troops in northeastern Syria, CNN reports.

Turkey already has substantial military assets positioned along the boarder with Syria, and more troops were seen heading toward the border over the weekend, according to reports in Turkish media.

Unfortunately, Turkey's No. 1 target in the region isn't the remnants of ISIS (which Ankara tacitly enabled by turning a blind eye to foreign soldiers crossing into Syria). Instead, the Turkish operation is intended to destroy the Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units - or YPG - or at least move them away from the border with Turkey, where Ankara fears they are offering support to domestic Kurdish groups that Erdogan has labeled "terrorists."

This represents a major foreign-policy win for Erdogan. Washington's support for the Kurds as their closest ally on the ground in Syria was the only thing stopping Turkey from moving against the Kurds. Now, Washington has effectively abandoned its long-time ally.

Turkey's primary justification for moving into the region is that Washington hasn't done enough to establish "safe zones" along the Turkey-Syria border. These were intended to be areas jointly patrolled by the US and Turkey. Now, Washington is apparently leaving the project to Ankara.

For a long time, Washington believed that allowing Turkey to attack the Kurds in the region would undermine the battle against ISIS. But now that the caliphate has been stripped of its territorial possessions, the Trump Administration apparently feels like the Kurds have outlived their usefulness.

Never mind that by abandoning the Kurds, Washington is sending a clear message to North Korea, Iran and anyone else hoping to bargain with the US that Washington cannot be trusted to hold up its end of the bargain.

Remember, former Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned late last year over President Trump's plans to pull troops out of Syria (at Erdogan's behest) partly because he felt it would be tantamount to selling out the Kurds.

イギリス政府が経済制裁の過ちを認め、イランの銀行に損害賠償金を支払い

おいこらイギリス、米国の対イラン制裁に反しているぞ!(笑)

米国の制裁を回避するような送金方法って、ロシアが用意した仕組みでしょ。英仏独は早速入金したと伝えられていた。



UK Dodges US Sanctions to Settle Iranian Bank's $1.6bn Damage Claim – Reports
01:45 06.10.2019
https://sputniknews.com/business/201910061076971697-uk-dodges-us-sanctions-to-settle-iranian-bank/

Britain reportedly used a third country to avoid US sanctions as it settled a £1.25 billion damages claim with Iran’s Bank Mellat.

Bank Mellat, where the Iranian government owns a 17% stake, sued the government over British sanctions imposed in 2009 that prevented it from doing business with the UK’s financial sector, with the settlement reached only in June 2019 after ten years of negotiations. Bank Mellat argued that the UK’s actions “substantially damaged the bank's reputation” and led to the loss of profits, customers and access to international banking services. The bank originally sought £3.2 billion ($3.9 billion) but this fell to £1.25 billion ($1.6 billion) with interest.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the sanctions were illegal and the government’s response was irrational and disproportionate.

The payment was made through a third country to evade US sanctions, which have in effect cut Iran off from the global financial system. The US reimposed sanctions on Bank Mellat along with other Iranian entities in October last year.

Iran's Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad confirmed on Friday that the UK government has made the payment to the Iranian side, describing the procedure as an important legal success for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Brexitを前にロンドンを脱出している金融ビジネスのリスト

Financial services industry slowly abandons Britain ahead of Brexit
TruePublica
October 4, 2019
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/10/04/financial-services-industry-slowly-abandons-britain-ahead-of-brexit/

The EU is London’s biggest customer when it comes to financial services with exports worth £26 billion in profits. As the EU and Britain failed to agree a deal, the industry’s hopes of largely unfettered access to the bloc, banks began moving around a trillion pounds of assets from London to new EU hubs, while trading worth around €240bn a day in eurozone government bonds has moved to Milan and Amsterdam.

The EU’s markets watchdog has ruled that under a no-deal Brexit, euro shares must be traded inside the bloc, a signal that Brussels may want to deepen its own capital markets union by being tougher in granting equivalence (whereby the EU deems Britain’s financial markets rules to be aligned closely enough to its own). The result – three UK-based pan-European platforms in London, Aquis, Turquoise and Cboe have already opened hubs in Amsterdam and Paris for EU customers to trade shares listed on other exchanges.

A report by a London based think tank that focuses on capital markets has published the most comprehensive analysis yet of the impact of Brexit on the banking and finance industry in London. It has determined that more than 250 firms in banking and finance have moved or are moving business, staff, assets or legal entities away from the UK to the EU – and these numbers are likely to increase significantly in the near future. In total, it also agrees that approximately £1 trillion of assets have already been relocated – with more expected.

The list below is not exhaustive by any means and probably only represents about a quarter of 2018 and early 2019 reports of financial services businesses moving their operations out of the UK ahead of Brexit. Banks, insurers, brokers, gold traders, investors, advisors and asset managers have lost faith and made their move as a no-deal Brexit could cause chaos for trading conditions or client defections.

London Stock Exchange is moving its European government bond trading platform (MTS Cash) from London to Italy, effective 1 March 2019. 20% of its 13.4 billion euros worth of daily trade will shift to Milan. (source – Reuters)

Aviva, the huge insurance company, is moving £9 billion in client assets from the UK to Ireland. It gained legal approval for the transfer on 19 February and expects it to be effective on 29 March 2019 (source)

M&G Investments is transferring a number of its investment funds totalling over £30 billion in assets from the UK to Luxembourg, including its £19.4 billion M&G Optimal Income fund (formerly the largest fund in the UK) (source)

Marshall Wace, one of the biggest hedge funds in the UK, has obtained a license to run management companies in Ireland & plans to grow its Dublin presence as a protective measure against Brexit. (source – CityAM)

Legal and General Investment Management has received regulatory approval for a new Dublin-based business unit in readiness for Brexit to manage euro-clients (source)

XL Insurance Company SE (a company writing over £2 billion/year in insurance premiums) is moved from the UK to Ireland in January 2019 due to Brexit (source – companies house)

A major financial firm, CME Group’s BrokerTec, is leaving London for Amsterdam because of Brexit, taking its $240 billion/day repo market with it. (source – Bloomberg)

Nomura is moving about 100 staff to a new Frankfurt office to use as a new trading hub servicing EU clients post-Brexit. They expect the move to be completed in early 2019 (source)

GoldCore opened Ireland’s first institutional-grade gold storage vault in October 2018, anticipating investors will want to move gold bars from London to Dublin. $300 billion of gold bars held in London (source – IrishTimes)

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has obtained approval from the ECB to establish a banking subsidiary in Frankfurt as part of its preparations for a no-deal Brexit. It intends the subsidiary to commence operations in 2019 (source)

Prior to 2016, fewer than 50 solicitors from England and Wales were also registered in the Republic of Ireland. Since the Brexit referendum, the number registered in Ireland has risen to over 2,000 (11% of named solicitors) (source)

Independent insurance firm Robus Group opened a new office in San Gwann in Malta to be able to offer British clients access to the EU27 after Brexit (source)

A.M. Best, the specialist insurance sector rating agency, established a new office in Amsterdam to be able to continue to provide ratings to be used for regulatory purposes post-Brexit (source)

TP ICAP, the world’s biggest interdealer broker, said its full-year earnings would be hurt by additional costs of about £10 million related to Brexit. It has chosen Paris as its EU headquarters post-Brexit (source)

Ferrovial (largest shareholder in Heathrow, owns Aberdeen, Glasgow & Southampton airports) is moving HQ from Oxford to Amsterdam due to Brexit (source – BBC)

Steris PLC, a company with $2.6 billion in annual revenue, has redomiciled its HQ from the UK to Ireland due to Brexit (source)

France’s top banks move 500 jobs out of London due to Brexit. (source – financemagnates)

Liberty Specialty Markets is moves its insurance company from the UK to Luxembourg (source – libertymarkets)

STM Life moves part of its business from Gibraltar to Malta to guard against the effects of Brexit (source – international investment)

AIG operates in Europe through a single legal entity established in the UK (with branches across Europe). They are restructuring their business because of Brexit, and moving all non-UK business to a Luxembourg entity (source)

Credit Suisse is moving 250 jobs to Germany, Madrid and elsewhere in the EU27, including Luxembourg (source)

JPMorgan has secured additional office space in Paris to accommodate up to 200 staff from London due to no-deal Brexit (source – Reuters)

Barclays has moved €190bn (£166bn) of assets to Dublin because it “cannot wait any longer” to implement its Brexit contingency plan (source BBC)

Columbia Threadneedle has transferred the assets of European clients currently in its range of UK domiciled funds into the equivalent Sicav products domiciled in Luxembourg (source –FT)

Lloyd’s, the insurance and reinsurance market, officially opened Lloyd’s Brussels, its post-Brexit headquarters in the European Union (source – Insurancejournal)

Swissquote abandons plans to buy a bank in London and moves to Luxembourg due to Brexit (Source – Reuters)

Bank of America spends £400 million setting up Paris and Dublin units ahead of Brexit (source – RTE -Ireland)

HSBC has – has shifted ownership of its Polish and Irish subsidiaries from its London-based entity to its French unit, and will do so for seven more European branches (source – Reuters)

Deutsche Bank moved about half its new euro swaps business away from LCH (UK-based clearing house) and onto Eurex (based in Germany) (source – risk.net)

Daiwa Capital Markets established a new subsidiary in Frankfurt on 3rd September 2018 “so that Daiwa can continue to provide a full service to its EU-based clients post-Brexit. (source – UKDaiwa)

Tokio Marine Group is using a “Part VII transfer” to redomicile business from two UK-based subsidiaries (Tokio Marine Kiln Insurance Limited, and HCC International Insurance Company Plc) to a Luxembourg entity (source)

サウジ王族の間でMbSの支持率が低下

MbSはイラン、シリア、イエメンと戦線を拡大しすぎた。毎年巨額の予算を割いているのに、世界最大の油田を守ることができなかった。こうした不満が支配層の間に渦巻いている。
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こんな話も。
International Criminal Court To Mull MbS Probe For "Crimes Against Humanity"
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/international-court-petitioned-investigate-mbs-crimes-against-humanity




Saudi Elites Question MbS' Ability To Lead World's Largest Oil Exporter After Aramco Attack
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 10/03/2019 - 04:15
https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/saudi-elites-question-mbs-ability-lead-worlds-largest-oil-exporter-after-aramco-attack

Sources told Reuters that members within Saudi Arabia's ruling family and business elites are increasingly becoming frustrated with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) after the largest-ever attack on Saudi oil facilities on September 14, reported Reuters.

Distinguished members within the ruling Al Saud family have expressed deep concern about MbS' ability to defend and lead the world's largest oil exporter, according to a senior foreign diplomat and five sources with ties to the Al Saud family, all spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters.

Some of the sources said the September 14 attacks fueled unwanted tensions in the Middle East, especially the threat of imminent war with Iran.

"There is a lot of resentment" about the crown prince's ability to lead, said one of the sources, a member of the Saudi elite with royal connections. "How were they not able to detect the attack?"

The source told Reuters that elite circles are now indicating "no confidence" in MbS. Four other sources and a senior diplomat have also confirmed that "no confidence" with the crown prince is building in the kingdom.

Another Saudi source said: "The latest events won't affect him personally as a potential ruler because he is trying to stop the Iranian expansion in the region. This is a patriotic issue, and so he won't be in danger, at least as long as the father lives."

Neil Quilliam, a senior research fellow at Chatham House, told Reuters that, "There's diminishing confidence in his [MbS] ability to secure the country – and that's a consequence of his policies."

The September 14 missile and drone attack set two Saudi Aramco's oil facilities ablaze, paralyzing half of the kingdom's oil production, but has since restored oil output to pre-attack levels.

Asked what #SaudiCrownPrince #MohammedbinSalman thought would motivate Iran to strike the Saudi Aramco plants in the Sept. 14 attack he replied “stupidity” https://t.co/xVvMSGzvYP pic.twitter.com/RRuYcjaY3d
— Arab News (@arabnews) September 30, 2019

"The magnitude of these attacks is not lost on the population, nor is the fact that he [the crown prince] is the minister of defense and his brother is deputy defense minister, and yet arguably the country has suffered its largest attack ever and on the crown jewels," Quilliam said.

The attack has fueled resentment towards the crown prince who obtained power two years ago, arresting rivals to the throne on corruption charges.

Sources said MbS had spread the kingdom's defenses too thin with an aggressive foreign policy towards Iran and the war in Yemen. They were also disappointed that MbS spent hundreds of billions of dollars on defenses that didn't prevent the attack.

Another source said MbS' efforts to centralize power had put the prince's closest allies into government positions that they weren't qualified for.

For instance, MbS removed Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince and interior minister several years ago, who had more than two decades of experience in senior roles in the ministry. MbS replaced Nayef with his 33-year-old cousin, who had no experience whatsoever.

It remains to be seen how frustrated Saudi elites will handle MbS. Indeed, there's a lot of anger about the crown prince's leadership, and if another attack on the kingdom occurs, it's likely that internal turmoil within the House of Saud could mean MbS' days are numbered.

イスラエルがレバノン領内に立てた監視カメラから毒ガス噴射

イスラエル軍がレバノン領内に勝手に監視カメラを設置したので、レバノン軍が除去しようとしたら、カメラから毒ガスが噴射され、兵士が吐き気を催した。



Mysterious Israeli gas attack injures Lebanese soldiers
Unknown gas leaked from Israeli border camera when Lebanese soldiers tried to move it
October 2, 2019
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/mysterious-israeli-gas-attack-injures-lebanese-soldiers-1.918468

The Lebanese army is investigating the poisoning of eight soldiers last week by an unknown gas from a newly installed Israeli security camera on the disputed border, a Lebanese source told The National.

“The army collected samples of the gas and is conducting an investigation into the incident,” the source said.

The soldiers had been trying to turn the camera away from its view of their country because they believed Israel had breached sovereignty by installing it on Lebanese territory.

Eight troops were briefly in hospital after suffering symptoms including vomiting. Israel then removed the camera.

The source said this was the first incident of its kind. It is common for Israel to install cameras to monitor Lebanese territory, but the cameras are usually on its side of the border.

Israeli also monitors Lebanon with surveillance drones that routinely breach Lebanese airspace.

Lebanon, which has no radar system to detect aircraft and no air defence system, can do little apart from complain to the UN.

In late August, a Lebanese soldier opened fire with an M16 assault rifle at three Israeli drones flying over South Lebanon a few days after an Israeli drone exploded in Hezbollah’s stronghold in South Beirut.

The border between Lebanon and Israel, which are still technically at war since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, remains disputed in many areas.

In the absence of an official border, they respect the “Blue Line”, or line of withdrawal of the Israeli army in 2000, when it left South Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.

A spokesman for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, which patrols the border region alongside the Lebanese army to monitor the ceasefire, said an incident occurred involving a camera installed by Israel but did not confirm the gas leak.

The UN force received information on September 25 that the Israeli army had installed a camera at the northern entrance of an unused railway tunnel in Ras Al Naqoura, a Southern Lebanese town near the Blue Line.
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“Unifil immediately activated its liaison channels with both the parties in an effort to mitigate tensions and resolve the issue in a co-ordinated manner,” UN force spokesman Andrea Tenenti told The National.

“The next morning, on September 26, due to Unifil’s urgent intervention, the Israeli Defence Force informed us that the camera would be removed soon. This was done later the same day."

Local daily Al Akhbar reported on Wednesday that “after numerous demands from the Lebanese army for the UN forces to remove the camera', soldiers tried to block its view.

“Pipes near the camera produced smoke of low toxicity that caused eight soldiers to choke and faint,” the paper said.

The incident lead to “tension on both sides of the border”, which lessened after Israel removed the camera.

Weapons’ experts doubted that the camera was booby-trapped but may have contained chemicals to keep away animals.

菓子折りの底に金貨=米ドル、高級スーツも-関電調査報告書

電力業界の代表であるべき東電が、福島原発その他の不祥事で会長職を辞退していて、ずっと関電が代役を務めてきたのだけど、関電も不祥事となると、どこが引き受けるんでしょうか。中電か東北電か??



菓子折りの底に金貨=米ドル、高級スーツも-関電調査報告書
10/3(木) 7:08配信
時事通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20191003-00000009-jij-soci

 関西電力が2日に公表した調査報告書によると、福井県高浜町の森山栄治元助役(故人)は関電幹部に大量の金貨や仕立券付きのスーツ生地、米ドルなどを贈っていた。

 
 森山氏は関電幹部との面談や会食時を利用し、手土産や昇進祝いの名目で金品を贈呈。岩根茂樹社長には就任祝いとして、菓子箱の底に見えないように金貨を入れるなど、時代劇さながらの渡し方をしていた。

 幹部ら20人が受け取った現金は計1億4501万円、商品券は6322万円分に上ったほか、金貨や小判が計368枚、50万円相当のスーツ仕立券も計75着。報告書は「明らかに社会的儀礼の範囲を超えている」と批判した。

 また、多額の金品を渡す意図を「森山氏の自己顕示欲の表れ」と指摘。返そうとすると、「無礼者。ワシを軽く見るなよ」などと激高し、返却は現実的に困難だったとした。

関電が恐怖した 高浜町助役は 地元同和の ドンだった!

関電が恐怖した 高浜町助役は 地元同和の ドンだった!
https://jigensha.info/2019/10/02/kanden/

(2019/10/07追記)同じ筆者による報告2本目
「同和と原発」を喰った元部落解放同盟員・森山栄治の履歴書
https://jigensha.info/2019/10/04/kanden-2/

(2019/10/17追記)
「同和と関電」高浜町ファクトチェックの旅
https://jigensha.info/2019/10/09/kanden-3/

森山栄治が 福井県から受け取ったのは “同和年金”!?
https://jigensha.info/2019/10/14/fukuidowa/

学術・研究:部落探訪(154) 福井県高浜町西三松
https://jigensha.info/2019/10/16/buraku-154/

埼玉の民家で飛翔弾発見 武器庫利用か 中核派拠点を爆取法違反で捜索

山本太郎のコメント求む。



埼玉の民家で飛翔弾発見 武器庫利用か 中核派拠点を爆取法違反で捜索
10/2(水) 8:57配信
産経新聞
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20191002-00000526-san-soci

警視庁が公開した昭和60年4月に中核派が羽田空港に向けて発射した飛翔弾のレプリカ。今年1月に埼玉県加須市内で押収された飛翔弾と同型と確認された=東京都千代田区の警視庁本部

 警視庁と埼玉県警が今年1月、埼玉県加須市内の民家の倉庫で過激派「中核派」が製造したとみられる飛翔(ひしょう)弾計8発を押収していたことが2日、捜査関係者への取材で分かった。両警察は同日午前から爆発物取締罰則違反容疑で、活動拠点の「前進社」(東京都江戸川区)の家宅捜索を開始。活動家らが発見を免れるために、アジト以外の場所にある倉庫を実質的な武器庫として運用していたとみて全容解明を進める。

 捜査関係者によると、民家の住人の男性は両警察に「知人の活動家から頼まれ、自宅の倉庫に保管していた。何なのかは分からなかった」という趣旨の説明をしている。見つかった8発の飛翔弾は段ボール内に入っており、いずれも材質は鉄で、長さ約60センチ、重さは約6キロ。火薬を入れるなどすれば現状も稼働するとみられる。

 1月の押収後、同庁などが部品を詳しく調べた結果、昭和60年4月に中核派が羽田空港に向けて発射した飛翔弾と同型だったことが判明。この飛翔弾は約1キロを飛行し、被弾した車1台が大破した。

 警視庁公安部によると、中核派の関係先から飛翔弾が押収されるのは初めて。今後、飛翔弾の製造者や住人に保管を依頼した人物の特定などを進める。

 中核派は、平成15年8月に千葉県八街(やちまた)市の民家を同県幹部の自宅と誤認して爆破した事件以降、ゲリラ活動を起こしていないが、15年以上が経過した現在も、殺傷能力がある武器を保有していることが明らかになった。

 同庁幹部は「22日には天皇陛下の即位を祝うパレードも控えており、警戒を続けていく」としている。

Huaweiが5G基地局を米国製品なしで構築

米国製ハード、ソフト、その他の技術を一切使わないで構築。

Huaweiは、日本ができないことを達成した。日本はどうすんの?よく知らんけど。



US Blacklist Backfires as Huawei Starts Building 5G Base Stations Without American-Made Parts
15:44 30.09.2019
https://sputniknews.com/business/201909301076925580-us-blacklist-backfires-as-huawei-starts-building-5g-base-stations-without-american-made-parts/

The Chinese tech giant has made strides to replace American-made hardware, software and technology in its 5G internet and smartphone divisions after being placed on a US Commerce Department blacklist earlier this year.

Huawei has begun manufacturing 5G base stations – the towers facilitating wireless communication between mobile devices and internet networks, without the use of parts made in the USA, company founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has announced.

“We carried out the testing in August and September, and from October on we will start scale production,” Ren said, speaking at a forum late last week.

According to the company chief, the initial plan is to build 5,000 ‘US part-free’ 5G base stations per month, with more capacity being introduced as it becomes possible to do so.

5G is a major element of Huawei’s business, with the company expecting its 5G base station production to hit some 1.5 million units by next year, more than doubling the 600,000 units expected to be manufactured in 2019.

Huawei president of corporate strategy Will Zhang told Reuters that the Chinese-made components in the base stations would be “no worse” than their US-made analogues, and said that the company has enjoyed “positive surprises” from its efforts.

Huawei's domestically-manufactured 5G base stations are the latest technological breakthrough announced by the company following the introduction of US restrictions meant to limit US companies’ ability to do business with Huawei this past May. Earlier this month, the company suggested that its newest smartphone, shipped without popular Google apps, would be able to compete directly with the latest Apple iPhone, which also launched this month (and doesn't feature 5G).

Huawei unveiled its very own operating system – the HarmonyOS, in August, rolling out the new domestically-developed firmware package after spending years working on the project as a contingency.

Last week, Chinese media reported that every component of its new Mate 30 series of phones could be sourced from two Chinese-based suppliers if necessary.

Earlier this month, Ren Zhengfei boasted that the US Department of Commerce blacklisting of Huawei has not only failed to pay off, but prompted the company to trim the fat and focus resources on its most important divisions, which will leave the company better off in the long run.

“When the entity list came out, they hoped Huawei would die,” Ren said. “Not only did Huawei not die, it is doing even better,” he noted. According to Ren, Huawei has invested some $4 billion into research and development on 5G technologies over the past decade.

Founded in 1987, Huawei has grown over the past decade to become the world’s second-largest smartphone brand, while close to 90 percent of the world’s major phone carriers now use the Chinese company’s telecommunications equipment for their networks. Recently, the US has attempted to pressure its European allies to break their contracts with the company to develop 5G infrastructure, but has enjoyed limited success to date.

After placing Huawei on its entity list in May, the Department of Commerce was forced to give the company two 90-day extensions, exempting US tech companies from the ban after major companies including Intel and Microsoft warned that they would stand to lose billions of dollars if their right to sell processors, software and other equipment to Huawei was cut. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that US companies could face between $14-$56 billion in financial losses and 18,000-74,000 lost tech jobs as Huawei works to grow its ecosystem of compatible technologies.

イランとの新金融決済システムINSTEXにEU8ヶ国が加入決定

SWIFTを通さずにイランとの金融決済を可能にするためロシアが構築したシステムINSTEXには、既に英独仏が参加を決めているが、EUから他の8ヶ国が参加を決めたと報じられた。具体的な国名は明らかにされていないが、ある報道ではスウェーデンとベルギーの名前が挙がった。

日本もいつかは入るんでしょ?どうするの?



Eight More Countries Decide to Join INSTEX Mechanism for Trade with Iran – Mogherini Aide
16:45 30.09.2019
https://sputniknews.com/world/201909301076926231-eight-more-countries-decide-to-join-instex-mechanism-for-trade-with-iran--mogherini-aide-/

The INSTEX trade mechanism was set up by France, Germany and the UK in January to continue trade with Iran, bypassing US sanctions. It became operational and available to all EU member states in June.

Eight more countries have decided to join the Instex mechanism for trade with Iran, in addition to the states that have been part of the mechanism, said Nathalie Tocci, an aide to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

"Apart from the three countries that initiated the creation of the mechanism - France, Germany and Great Britain - eight more EU member states have decided to join. Two more countries are expected to follow in their footsteps", Tocci said on the sidelines of the XVI annual Valdai club meeting.

She did not specify what countries she was talking about. Earlier, it was reported that Sweden and Belgium were going to join the INSTEX mechanism.

Earlier this month, a senior Iranian lawmaker said that the EU had agreed to allocate $15 billion to the INSTEX trade mechanism.

The INSTEX mechanism was set up in January by France, Germany and the UK in an attempt to continue trade relations with Iran, bypassing the US sanctions. After a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Iranian nuclear deal took place in June, INSTEX became operational and available to all EU members.

The US unilaterally quit the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as JCPOA, in 2018 and reimposed economic sanctions on Iran. The move was not supported by other signatories to the deal, and the EU announced that it would do everything possible to save the JCPOA. A year after the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Tehran said it would begin partially suspending its commitments under the agreement unless Europe provides guarantees that Iran's interests are protected under the JCPOA.

日本国債が暴落

9月30日(月)、日銀が長期国債の購入を止めることを示唆。価格が急落、利率は急騰。もうお腹いっぱいで買えないという識者コメントも流れた。



"It’s Almost Impossible To Buy": Japanese Bond Crash, Margin Call Send Shockwaves Around The Globe
by Tyler Durden
Tue, 10/01/2019 - 07:33
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/japanese-bond-crash-margin-call-sends-shockwaves-around-globe


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英エジンバラ大学で人種差別反対の集会 白人に質問権なし 白人禁止の休憩室

有色人種の声を増幅して聞かせる目的で開くイベントなので、イベント中は白人からの質問を禁止し、白人と混じる休憩室と白人排除の休憩室の2種類を用意した。なお、イベント終了後であれば、白人は運営者に対し質問することは可能。

油断していると、日本もすぐこうなりますよ。少数の外国人+外国系日本人(帰化人)が、大多数の生粋の日本人だけを排除する社会に。現にヘイトスピーチ規制法で「生粋の日本人排除」が実現している。関連記事



UK school under fire for hosting ‘Resisting Whiteness’ event with rules discriminating against white people
30 Sep, 2019 04:13
https://www.rt.com/uk/469896-resisting-whiteness-racism-edinburgh/

The University of Edinburgh has allowed a ‘Resisting Whiteness 2019’ event to proceed at its venue, even though there was outrage over organizers' rules, which limited white people's access to a microphone and to certain rooms.

The conference, aimed at raising awareness about “the importance of anti-racist action in the UK” took place at Pleasance Theater, owned by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, on Saturday.

It was organized by a group tellingly named ‘The Resisting Whiteness Collective,’ which describes itself as a “not-for-profit grassroots organization of QTPOC [Queer and Trans People of Color] activists.” While touting the event, the group said that it wants to make it “as accessible as possible and therefore have free tickets available for those who would like to attend.”

However, it seems not everybody was welcome. The rules published on the conference’s official website state that if an attendee is white, they will have no right to ask questions, at least publicly. The rule, introduced to “amplify the voices of people of color” said that “priority will be given to questions from people of color in the audience.”

“If you are a white person in the audience and you still have a question after the panel has ended, please feel free to share your questions with a member of the committee or our speakers then”

While some argued that the attempt to muffle voices of a particular group, in this case white people, is tantamount to the racism that the "collective" so fervently opposes, another controversial rule sparked comparisons with segregation practices.

The "safe spaces" rule states that one of the two rooms “available to anyone who needs to remove themselves from the conference” due to anxiety issues or just to take a break is off-limits to white people.
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“The Braid room is a safe space for only people of color, and the Cheviot room is available for anyone who needs it,” the rule states.

The controversial event was thrust into the national media spotlight earlier this week after outspoken media personality Katie Hopkins denounced the university’s decision to host the gathering on Twitter.

University of Edinburgh @EdinburghUni hosting / supporting event “Resisting whiteness” where white people wil not be permitted to speak and segregated from certain rooms.

Try exchanging the word white for blank. pic.twitter.com/4uablyfh4F
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) September 28, 2019

Her tweet has opened the floodgates to similar accusations against the university, with many arguing that by throwing its weight behind the event, the school is endorsing racism.

“You're hosting 'Resisting Whiteness,' is that not similar to 'resisting blackness?'" one commenter asked.

@EdinburghUni I’d like to object to the racist, anti white,, so-called anti racism conference yesterday. Resisting whiteness? Seriously? You guys think that’s okay in a majority white country? Is allowing hatred of and racism against whites going to work out well for anyone?
— RussianBot.exe (@daFrogDude) September 29, 2019

@EdinburghUni has given a group named 'Resisting Whiteness' a platform in their university. They have blocked white people from entering one of the events and from asking questions.

Peak clown world? Not yet.
— Left-wing Hatewatch (@LWhatewatch) September 28, 2019

@EdinburghUni why do you think it’s acceptable to host an event called “resisting whiteness”? This is blatantly a racist event and you wouldn’t do one called “resisting blackness” that banned POC speakers #racist
— siholden96 (@siholden96) September 28, 2019

Another Twitter user suggested that the group has “a hidden agenda... [to] stoke race wars.”

The worst thing about this. I believe there is a hidden agenda here and it not about Resisting Whiteness. It’s about causing divisions to stoke up race wars. It’s an excuse for them.
— Jane Ginger (@JaneGinger50) September 29, 2019

Responding to the backlash, the university said that the organizers had agreed to revise the “safe spaces” policy to “ensure [the] event is compliant with our values.”

They did appear to have watered-down the wording of the mic-access rule that had originally stated: "We will not be giving the microphone to white people during the Q&As.” However, if there were changes to the "safe spaces" rule, they are not reflected on the event's official webpage.

While many chided the organizers, others sided with the "collective," arguing that “reverse racism” does not exist.

Perhaps the saddest thing about folks crying over #Resistingwhiteness2019 is how many of them are unable to grasp that they themselves are simultaneously beneficiaries and victims of whiteness as a construct. They're barking at folks fighting their corner.
— Thomas D (@VideoPheasant) September 29, 2019

A bookshop that helped to arrange the event took a swipe at the critics, saying that they had “willfully misunderstood” the group’s intentions.

“Resisting whiteness is not about white individuals, it is about whiteness as a pervasive system of oppression – both social & political – a system that needs resisting & dismantling,” it wrote.

英軍の世論操作担当官がツイッターの編集権を握っている

特定の情報を削除したり、検索でヒットしやすくなるよう裏で操作しているのがイギリス軍の情報部隊であることが明らかになった。



Twitter editorial executive is British Army ‘psyops’ soldier – report
30 Sep, 2019 11:45
https://www.rt.com/uk/469915-twitter-executive-psyops-army/

A high-level Twitter executive with editorial responsibility for the Middle East is also a part-time British Army officer in their psychological warfare unit, according to a report.

The Middle East Eye (MEE) claim that Gordon MacMillan, head of editorial for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), also serves with the 77th Brigade, a unit set up in 2015 in order to find “non-lethal” ways of waging war.

The 77th Brigade is an ‘information warfare’ operation that utilizes social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to develop “behavioral change” projects in regions such as the Middle East.

It brings together a variety of military units such as Media Operations and the 15 Psychological Operations Group. The group, before it was absorbed into the 77th Brigade, deployed commanders in the provision of psychological operations in operational and tactical environments.

Detailing his army background on LinkedIn, MacMillan wrote that he had trained at Sandhurst, the prestigious British military academy and that he is “a reserve officer in the British Army serving in 77th Brigade, which specializes in non-lethal engagement.”

The MEE report that his page has recently been edited and that all references to MacMillan’s service with the 77th Brigade have been deleted.

At its launch in front of the UK media four years ago, the new Brigade was billed as a unit of 1,500 “Facebook warriors,” consisting of both regular soldiers and reservists. According to the Middle East Eye, in recent months the army has approached British journalists to join the unit as reservists.

Twitter has responded by insisting that they “encourage all our employees to pursue external interests.” The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) claim that the 77th Brigade has no relationship with Twitter, other than using it for communication, according to the MEE.

多発する”仏像盗難” その「転売の手口」と背景 犯人は在日の古美術商

やっぱり。



多発する”仏像盗難” その「転売の手口」と背景 盗品発見しても…新たな問題が
9/29(日) 12:01配信
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https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190929-00010003-fnnprimev-soci

和歌山県田辺市の人里離れた集落にある「華蔵寺」。この日、本堂に地元の人たち約40人が集まった。

和歌山県警の捜査員が4人がかりで運んできたのは、 寺から盗まれていた「釈迦如来坐像」だ。

寺では今年2月ごろ5体の仏像が盗まれたが、8月、この仏像だけが見つかり、約半年ぶりに寺に返還されたのだ。

地元住民:
良かったありがたいです。
地元住民:
よりどころだと思いますね。あって当たり前の存在だと思うので。

人々の心の拠り所である仏像を狙う盗難事件。その背景には何があったのか。
費用面から警備が手薄…狙われた「無住寺」

仏像はどのように盗まれたのか、取材班が被害の実態を尋ねると…

華蔵寺・九鬼聖城 住職:
持ち上げたらガタッと外れる状態だった。(建物の)雨戸を外して入ってった。盗られたのはここの仏さん。黒く跡形ありますが。脇の3体が並んでたんです。位牌もきれいにどけてました。倒すことなく。あっけにとられるしかなかったですよね。あるものがない、あぁと…

寺は50年ほど前から無人で管理しているいわゆる「無住寺」。

集落の過疎化や檀家の減少のほか、費用面で防犯カメラの設置もできず、管理が難しくなっている。

和歌山県の南部や隣接する三重県では「無住寺」を狙った仏像盗難が多発。地元関係者などによると、おととしから今年まで十件以上発生している。

4月に取材した和歌山県白浜町の「梵音寺」でも、町の指定文化財の仏像が被害に遭った。

梵音寺・小松原昭太総代長:
大切な物は大切な物だが、高価な物という意識はあまりなかった。

仏像はその後、国道沿いの脇に 無残に捨てられていた。
この2つの事件は8月、急展開を迎えることとなる。

「華蔵寺」と「梵音寺」の仏像あわせて6体を盗んだとして、古美術商で韓国籍の山口諭こと崔諭容疑者(45)と、知人の木田秀孝容疑者(43)が逮捕されたのだ。

捜査関係者への取材で、主犯格の崔容疑者は転売する目的で、東京の買取業者に出向いたが、盗品だと怪しまれたため、放置したり、関係先で保管していたことが明らかに。

崔容疑者の店を訪ねると…

記者リポート:
古美術商の男が経営していた店です。現在閉店しているんですが、中を見ると、皿などの骨とう品はあるんですが、仏像はありません。

盗んだ仏像を…ネットオークションに出品

盗んだ物をどのように転売していたのか。
店の常連客で、古美術に精通する男性に話を聞くことができた。

古美術関係者:
(店内に)仏像は一点もなかったです。足のつくものと混ぜて足のつかないものの区別はついたみたい。100万、200万円と盗品でも値が付くので、そういうのは置いてなかった。

男性によると、仏像は素材などに特性があり、古美術に詳しい人が直接見れば、盗品だとわかるという。そのため、崔容疑者は写真でしか見ることができないインターネットオークションで多数出品していたとみられるのだ。

古美術関係者:
ここら(南紀)では買い叩かれる。オークションならもう少しいけるわけです。全国ネットやから、買う人の財布の厚みがある。

さらに、男性は崔容疑者から美術品の盗みを打ち明けられたことも…

古美術関係者:
軸盗んで骨董屋に持っていったと。お前盗んできたんか?っ言ったら『うん』と、買ってくれたというから。買う方も10分の1の値段で買えるからそういう商いの連続だったと思う。

崔容疑者らの関係先からは仏像以外に大量の美術品が見つかり、盗難品が多数含まれている疑いがあるという。

逮捕された容疑について「そんなに多くの仏像は盗んでない」と供述している崔容疑者。

返還された仏像を買取業者が怪しんでいなければ、警察も関係先から押収できていなかったかもしれない。
仏像を取り返せても…「残る課題」

一方、専門家は窃盗犯を検挙し仏像を取り返せたとしても、深刻な課題があると指摘する。

和歌山県立博物館・大河内智之学芸員:
これが9年前に盗難にあって、幸い転売前に古美術商から取り戻せたんですけど、どこにまつられていたかわからない仏像なんですね。所有者が被害届等で判明するものは返したが、被害届は出ていても写真1枚出ていないというところも多かった結局返すことができない。

仏像の写真がない場合や、学術的な調査がされていないと、どこから盗まれた物なのか「窃盗犯の供述」でしかわからないのだ。

和歌山県立博物館・大河内智之学芸員:
信仰の対象を奪われるのは一番大切な心のよりどころをうしなってしまうということ。絶対盗まれないように、どうするか地域の人で共有して強く考えていく必要がある。

住民の信仰を踏みにじる仏像の盗難。
華蔵寺から盗まれた仏像のうち4体はまだ戻ってきていない。

地域の宝を取り戻せるのは、ほんのひとにぎりなのだ 。

(関西テレビ)

‘US Does Not Want to Completely Lose Turkey Over F-35 Issue’ – Turkish Analysts

‘US Does Not Want to Completely Lose Turkey Over F-35 Issue’ – Turkish Analysts
Rick Bowmer
Opinion
07:43 26.09.2019
https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201909261076890050-us-does-not-want-to-completely-lose-turkey-over-f-35-issue--turkish-analysts/

The United States is seeking to improve relations with Turkey despite Ankara's insistence on securing its southern borders and taking an independent line on defence procurement.

US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the US hopes to bring Turkey back into a joint production programme for F-35 jet fighters.

“I hope that we will be able to establish more strategic relations with Turkey, try to return them to the F-35 programme, maybe we will talk about the free trade programme,” said Graham.

He noted that Turkey is "a very important ally, not only when it comes to Syria, but for the entire region”. At the same time, the American ambassador to Ankara, David Satterfield, announced the US plans to submit a proposal to reduce customs duties on aluminium and steel to Turkey. The move could increase the volume of trade between the two countries to $100 billion.

Retired Turkish Air Force Lieutenant-General Erdogan Karakus and political analyst Ceyhun Bozkurt commented on the American statement.

According to Karakus, the reason why Washington backtracked on the issue of the F-35 programme is that the United States fears finally losing such an important strategic ally as Turkey.

“Turkey is demonstrating a firm resolve on the issue of creating a security zone in the territories east of the Euphrates. Moreover, the Americans are well aware that Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 will not lead to a data breach on the F-35. Therefore, they took this step to smooth out tensions in relations with Ankara. There are several levels of interest. Thus, America wants to bring trade with Turkey to the level of $100 billion. Furthermore, the US does not want to completely lose such an important strategic ally as Turkey due to F-35. By preserving Turkey in the framework of the F-35 programme and selling it Patriot systems, Washington hopes to keep it within a certain framework concerning further actions east of the Euphrates,” Karakus explained.

Pointing to the US desire to maintain good relations with Turkey for its interests in the Middle East, Karakus concluded:

“Since America has failed to talk Turkey out of operations in the area east of the Euphrates, it is at least trying to convince the latter of the need to implement a limited plan to creating a five-mile security zone.”

Turkish political analyst Ceyhun Bozkurt also believes that such actions by America are connected with the desire to prevent Turkey’s active actions on Syrian territory. Meanwhile, according to him, even the possible warming of relations between Ankara and Washington will not be able to change the position of Turkey regarding the territories east of the Euphrates and the security zone.

“If you look at the big picture, the United States is fast approaching to lose Turkey as its ally. It is increasingly moving away from the US and is moving closer to Russia and the Asian world. The price of completely losing such an important geostrategic player in the Eurasian region as Turkey is incredibly high for the US. In this case, the balance of power will change in favour of the Asian world. Therefore, the United States was forced to back down to prevent such a scenario. Another question is what exactly is behind the statements of the American side. This question can be answered after the details become clear,” said Bozkurt.

Determining the focal point of the current situation, Bozkurt believes that Turkey will take a balanced approach in any case:

“The important point is that even if Turkey goes to strengthen relations with the United States in this context, it will not spoil relations with the Eurasian countries but will continue its policy of maintaining balance based on its experience. This situation will not change Ankara’s position regarding the territories east of the Euphrates and the creation of a security zone. Washington is also aware of this determination by the Turkish side. In general, it can be assumed that new processes will begin to occur in the region in late September or early October. This is indicated by the increased F-16 flights and increased activity at the border,” he concluded.

関西電力社長ら20人が計3.2億円を受領 原発自治体の元助役から

電力会社の人って立派に見えるんだよね、表面は。原発で迷惑をかける側の人が交付金を受け取るとか、国民を愚弄するのもいい加減にしろっ。



関西電社長:20人が計3億2000万円を受領、18年までの7年間で
9/27(金) 14:11配信
Bloomberg
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190927-61104696-bloom_st-bus_all

(ブルームバーグ): 関西電力の岩根茂樹社長は27日に大阪市内で会見し、同氏や八木誠会長を含む経営幹部や社員20人が、2018年までの7年間で金額に換算して計3億2000万円の金品を高浜原子力発電所が立地する福井県高浜町の元助役から受け取っていたことを明らかにした。会見の様子はNHKがウェブサイト上で中継した。

岩根氏によると、20人が中元や歳暮、就任祝いなどさまざまな名目で金品を受け取り、社会通念上の範囲を超えるものについてはすでに返却したという。「会社として対応すべきところを個人が管理し、すぐに返却しなかったのは不適切だった」とし謝罪した。

同社は18年7-9月に実施した社内調査を踏まえ、関係者を処分。岩根氏や八木氏などが報酬減の処分を受けたという。岩根氏と八木氏以外の幹部の社員の名前や所属部門、処分を受けた人数や内容などの詳細については明らかにしなかった。

今後は再発防止策を行っていくことで経営責任を果たしたいとし、辞任の意向については否定。違法性はないものの税務当局からは一部所得税の対象に該当するものがあるとの指摘を受け、修正申告を済ませたとしている。

受け取った金品をすぐに返却しなかった背景について、岩根氏は「返却を申し出たものの強く拒絶されたため保管した」と説明。原発が立地する地元との関係悪化を恐れ、返却のタイミングを計っていたとも述べた。また、社内調査では、原発関連工事の発注は社内規定に沿って適切に実施されており、見返りとなるような行為はなかったと話した。

菅原一秀経済産業相は27日の閣議後会見で、報道通りだとすれば「極めて言語道断、極めて由々しき事態」と発言。原子力発電所の立地地域の信頼に関わることを考えると「極めて重要な事案と捉えている」とし、事実関係を解明した上で「厳正に処す考えを持っている」と述べた。

報道を受けて27日の関西電の株価は続落。前日終値比では一時8.1%安、配当の権利落ちを反映した取引所の基準価格に比べると一時6.4%安となった。



関電原発問題で高浜町は「調査する考え無い」金銭授受は元助役が一個人として…
9/27(金) 17:00配信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190927-00029768-mbsnewsv-bus_all

 関西電力の八木誠会長や岩根茂樹社長ら20人が、2018年までの7年間に、原発がある福井県高浜町の元助役から合わせて3億2000万円を受け取っていた問題。高浜原発が立地する福井県高浜町では、この問題をどう受け止めれているのか取材しました。

 国や県から交付されている原発関連の補助金7億円が使われ2年前に建てられた高浜町立中央体育館。町の予算は約125億円、そのうち3割にあたる約38億円が原発に関連する交付金で、まさに原発と一体となって発展してきたと言っても過言ではありません。

 元助役による関電への不透明な送金について高浜町民は?

 「森山さんのことやね。(Qご存知ですか?)はい、でかでかと出とったね。大したもんだね、あんまり良くないと思う。」(高浜町民)
 「そういう人じゃなかった。いつも一緒に将棋したりしてた。どっからそんな金があるんやろ。」(高浜町民)

 9月27日午後2時、高浜町の現在の副町長が取材に応じました。

 「ただただ驚きでした。退職されて33年経った方が…。『行政の現役時に何か行政の仕事の延長で』とは受け取っていませんので、一個人になられてからのことだと思っていますので。」(高浜町 岡本恭典副町長)

 こう述べた上で“高浜町として調査する考えはない”ということです。

韓経:ハンファケミカル、200億円のサムライ債発行断念

韓経:ハンファケミカル、200億円のサムライ債発行断念
9/26(木) 9:58配信
韓国経済新聞社
(中央日報日本語版)
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190926-00000018-cnippou-kr

韓国化学業界の看板企業であるハンファケミカルが日本でサムライ債(外国企業が日本で発行する円建て債券)の発行を断念した。韓日対立の余波により両国間の金融取引も冷え込む兆しを見せている。

25日の投資銀行業界によると、ハンファケミカルは来月末を目標に準備してきた200億円規模のサムライ債発行計画を白紙化した。7月に日本の輸出規制で韓日貿易紛争が触発されてから韓国企業が日本で資金調達に失敗した初めての事例だ。この会社は11月末に満期到来予定の200億円相当のサムライ債を償還するため今年初めから円建て債券の発行を準備してきた。

ハンファケミカル関係者は「長く発行を準備してきたが韓日間の緊張がますます高まり日本で投資需要を確保するのは難しいと判断した」と話した。同関係者は「満期となるサムライ債の償還資金はドル建て債券を発行するなど他の方式で調達するだろう」と説明した。

ハンファケミカルがサムライ債発行を断念し、韓国企業の円資金調達が難しくなるのではないかとの懸念が大きくなっている。来年末まで新韓銀行、KTなど6社がサムライ債の満期を迎える。これらの償還規模は総額1725億円に達する。輸出入銀行は12月末に750億円分の満期を迎える。サムライ債はドル建て債券の金利が上昇するなどドル調達費用が上昇する際に韓国企業の代替資金調達手段として活用されてきた。

◇韓日貿易対立、企業資金調達市場にも「飛び火」か

ハンファケミカルがサムライ債発行を断念し韓日貿易紛争の余波が金融取引の冷え込みに広がるのではないかとの懸念が大きくなっている。日系銀行ソウル支店など日本の金融機関全般の投資回避に広がれば韓国企業の資金調達だけでなく金融システムまで揺さぶりかねないためだ。

◇企業の円資金調達ふさがるか

サムライ債は韓国企業がドルを安く手に入れることができる補完材の役割をしてきた。米国の金利引き上げでドル建て債券金利とドル相場が同時に沸き上がった昨年下半期が代表的だ。昨年6月から産業銀行、輸出入銀行、現代キャピタル、KTの4社が合計2420億円分のサムライ債を発行した。韓国石油公社(700億円)と大韓航空(300億円)も加わり今年1~2月に大規模資金調達に成功した。

専門家らは韓日関係悪化によりサムライ債発行市場の雰囲気が沈めば企業がこうした利子費用削減効果を享受するのが難しくなるとみている。今年末までに償還するサムライ債規模は950億円だ。国際金融センター関係者は「企業がドルをはじめとしてユーロ建て、スイスフラン建て債券に路線を変えて外貨流動性を確保できる」としながらも「市場環境によりさらに多くの利子費用を負担しなければならないだろう」と話した。

◇両国間の投資もオールストップ

日本の経済報復以降2国間の投資もふさがった。代替投資を専門にするある資産運用会社は最近東京都心の不動産買収を断念した。現地に専従スタッフまで置きながら発掘したマルチファミリー(高級賃貸住宅)売り物だった。主要出資者である年金基金が投資に否定的な意見を出し買収は失敗に終わった。

教職員共済会は日本の総合商社丸紅が設立したグローバルインフラファンドに対する80億円規模の出資計画を保留した。投資適格性を検討する投資審議委員会まで通過したが最終意志決定段階である役員会議で保留判定を受けた。

活発に日本への投資を続けていた金融機関は韓日対立が起きてから追加投資を引っ込めた状態だ。上半期に日本国内の住宅施設に投資したある共済会は追加投資計画を先送りした。日本の中小企業私募貸付ファンドに資金を出資したある保険会社もやはり後続投資をしないことにした。証券会社も投資家募集とセルダウン(再売却)にリスクが高いと判断してほとんどの投資を保留した。

◇金融市場への拡散に緊張

韓国企業はサムライ債市場に現れた韓国投資忌避の兆候が日系金融機関全体に拡散することを懸念している。みずほ銀行など韓国国内で活発に活動する日系銀行ソウル支店が企業与信を縮小する場合、衝撃は避けられないためだ。安い利子で円を調達してウォン資産に投資する日系銀行ソウル支店は韓国の大企業にウォン建て融資を供給すると同時に社債需要予測にも積極的に参加している。

金融監督院によると、韓国系銀行の日系外貨借入金は6月末現在92億6000万ドルに達する。全外貨借入金の6.6%水準だ。株式市場に入ってきた日系資金は全外国人資金560兆ウォンの2.3%に当たる13兆ウォン、債券市場は1.3%の1兆6000億ウォンだ。

全国銀行連合会によると、日系銀行韓国支店のウォン建て貸付資産は減少傾向を示している。三菱UFJ銀行ソウル支店の総与信は6月末現在6兆3919億ウォンと集計された。1年前の7兆162億ウォンに比べ6000億ウォンほど減った。みずほ銀行の与信は同じ期間に9兆981億ウォンから8兆3120億ウォンに減少した。

ある証券会社の企業金融総括役員は「これまでと同じように社債需要予測に参加するなどまだ日系銀行の異常兆候は現れていない」と話した。彼は「日本資金が急激に手を引こうとする動きが始まれば国内資金と社債市場に及ぼす影響が大きくなるほかなく、状況を鋭意注視している」とした。

ロッキード社がトランプに反旗 F-16製造工程の一部をインドへ移転

ロッキード・マーティン社は、F-16戦闘機の対インド売却契約を取りたいがために、米国内にある工場の一部をインドに移転する。軍産が大統領の政策に逆らい、工場が米国から出て行き、米国人の雇用が失われる(笑)。

人口の少ない国が人口の多い国に抵抗してみたところで、無理があるんだよね。



"Make India Great Again:" Lockheed Martin Offshores F-16 Production From US To India
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 09/26/2019 - 18:10

A breaking report from Reuters indicates that Lockheed Martin is offshoring part of its F-16 combat jet production from the US to India. This completely goes against President Trump's 'America First' policy.

It's unclear how much of the F-16 production plant in Greenville, South Carolina, will be transferred to India, nevertheless, how many jobs will be lost, in Lockheed Martin's apparent betrayal of "Making America Great Again."

A senior executive told Reuters on Thursday that F-16 wing production will begin in 2020 at a facility in southern India.

Lockheed sold out American workers and the great people of South Carolina so that it could win a contract, worth more than $15 billion to supply the Indian Air Force with 114 combat planes. To sweeten the deal, Lockheed offered to shift production to India, which would only enrich shareholders.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make-in-India" program -- is the attempt to diversify its manufacturing sector away from automobiles to bolster its aerospace and defense sectors.

Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said the wing production of the F-16 would allow the company to sell the fighter jets worldwide. Lockheed entered into a joint venture with India's Tata Advanced Systems in the southern city of Hyderabad to make the wings.

"The first wing prototype is being built now. The expectation is we will begin supplying by next year sometime, this will be the sole facility for future F-16 wing production," Lall told Reuters.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is entering a period of significant modernization, that means hundreds of MiG fighters will be replaced with new aircraft, likely the F-16 in the next decade.

Modi has insisted that if Lockheed wants to supply planes to the IAF, production would have to be moved to India.

Lall told Reuters that the Lockheed C-130J four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft is already being produced at the Hyderabad facility.

"We have been doing make-in-India for years now," he said, adding that, "It is a huge potential business, India will be plugging into the world's largest fighter jet ecosystem."

As for the F-16 plant in South Carolina, there's no word yet on what will be shut down and or how many people will be laid off.

Lockheed has chosen, in terms of the F-16 jet, to "Make India Great Again," over "Make America Great Again."

President Trump needs to have a stern talk with management.

イエメン・フーシーが示した対サウジ攻撃能力の先にあるもの

サウジは残骸を公開したが、イラン発の攻撃であることを示す証拠は示されなかった。英仏独3ヶ国の声明も言葉が勇ましいだけで、イラン犯行説の証拠は何一つ示さなかった。



How Yemen's Houthis Are Bringing Down A Goliath
By Pepe Escobar from Beirut
http://thesaker.is/how-yemens-houthis-are-bringing-down-a-goliath/

'From a military perspective, nobody ever took our forces in Yemen seriously,’ scholar says

An image taken from a video made available on July 7, 2019 by the press office of the Yemeni Shiite Houthi group shows ballistic missiles, labeled ‘Made in Yemen,’ at a recent exhibition of missiles and drones at an undisclosed location in Yemen. Footage showed models of at least 15 unmanned drones and missiles of different sizes and ranges. Photo: AFP/ Al-Houthi Group Media Office

“It is clear to us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation. We support ongoing investigations to establish further details.”

The statement above was not written by Franz Kafka. In fact, it was written by a Kafka derivative: Brussels-based European bureaucracy. The Merkel-Macron-Johnson trio, representing Germany, France and the UK, seems to know what no “ongoing investigation” has unearthed: that Tehran was definitively responsible for the twin aerial strikes on Saudi oil installations.

“There is no other plausible explanation” translates as the occultation of Yemen. Yemen only features as the pounding ground of a vicious Saudi war, de facto supported by Washington and London and conducted with US and UK weapons, which has generated a horrendous humanitarian crisis.

So Iran is the culprit, no evidence provided, end of story, even if the “investigation continues.”

Hassan Ali Al-Emad, Yemeni scholar and the son of a prominent tribal leader with ascendance over ten clans, begs to differ. “From a military perspective, nobody ever took our forces in Yemen seriously. Perhaps they started understanding it when our missiles hit Aramco.”
A satellite image from the US government shows damage to oil and gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaig on September 15.

Al-Emad said: “Yemeni people have been encircled by an embargo. Why are Yemeni airports still closed? Children are dying without treatment. In this current war, the first door [to be closed against enemies] was Damascus. The second door is Yemen.” Al-Emad considers that Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayed Nasrallah and the Houthis are involved in the same struggle.

Al-Emad was born in Sana’a in a Zaydi family influenced by Wahhabi practices. Yet when he was 20, in 1997, he converted to Ahlulbayat after comparative studies between Sunni, Zaydi and the Imamiyyah – the branch of Shi’ite Islam that believes in 12 imams. He abandoned Zaydi in what could be considered a Voltairean act: because the sect cannot withstand critical analysis.

I talked and broke bread – and hummus – with Al-Emad, in Beirut, during the New Horizon conference among scholars from Lebanon, Iran, Italy, Canada, Russia and Germany. Although he says he cannot get into detail about military secrets, he confirmed: “Past Yemeni governments had missiles, but after 9/11 Yemen was banned from buying weapons from Russia. But we still had 400 missiles in warehouses in South Yemen. We used 200 Scuds – the rest is still there [laughs].”

Al-Emad breaks down Houthi weaponry into three categories: the old missile stock; cannibalized missiles using different spare parts (“transformation made in Yemen”); and those with new technology that use reverse engineering. He stressed: “We accept help from everybody,” which suggests that not only Tehran and Hezbollah are pitching in.
Smoke billows from the Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province after the Sept 14 attacks. Photo: AFP

Al-Emad’s key demand is actually humanitarian: “We request that Sana’a airport be reopened for help to the Yemeni people.” And he has a message for global public opinion that the EU-3 are obviously not aware of: “Saudi is collapsing and America is embracing it in its fall.”
The real danger

On the energy front, Persian Gulf energy traders that I have relied upon as trustworthy sources for two decades confirm that, contrary to Saudi Oil Minister Abdulazziz bin Salman’s spin, the damage from the Houthi attack on Abqaiq could last not only “months” but even years.

As a Dubai-based trader put it: “When an Iraqi pipeline was damaged in the mid-2000s the pumps were destroyed. It takes two years to replace a pump as the backlogs are long. The Saudis, to secure their pipelines, acquired spare pumps for this reason. But they did not dream that Abqaiq could be damaged. If you build a refinery it can take three to five years if not more. It could be done in a month if all the components and parts were available at once, as then it would be merely a task of assembling the components and parts.”

On top of this, the Saudis are now only offering heavier crudes to their customers in Asia. “Then,” adds a trader, “We heard that the Saudis were buying 20,000,000 barrels of heavier crudes from Iraq. Now, the Saudis were supposed to have as much as 160 million barrels a day of stored crude. So what does this mean? Either there was no stored crude or that crude had to go through Abqaiq in order to be sold.”

Al-Emad explicitly told me that Houthi attacks are not over, and further drone swarms are inevitable.

Now compare it with analysis by one trader: “If in the next wave of drone attacks 18 million barrels a day of Saudi crude are knocked out, it would represent a catastrophe of epic proportions. The US does not want the Houthi to believe that they have such power through such fourth generational warfare as drones that cannot be defended against. But they do. Here is where a tiny country can bring down not only a Goliath such as the US, but also the whole world.”

Asked about the consequences of a possible US attack against Iran – picking up on Robert Gates’ famous 2010 remark that “Saudis want to fight Iran to the last American” – the consensus among traders is that it would be another disaster.

“It would not be possible to bring Iranian crude on line for the world to replace the rest of what was destroyed,” said one.

He noted that Senator Lindsey Graham had said he “wanted to destroy the Iranian refineries but not the oil wells”. This is a very important point. The horror of horrors would be an oil war where everyone is destroying each others’ wells until there was nothing left.”

While the “horror of horrors” hangs by a thread, the blind leading the blind stick to the script: Blame Iran and ignore Yemen.

米海軍特殊部隊が中国製ドローンを好んで使用中

他国に対しては付き合わないよう強要しておきながら、自分だけこっそり付き合うのは、米国がよく使う手。
だったらHuaweiも安全じゃね?



US Special Forces Still Deploying Banned Chinese-Made Drones In 'Sensitive' Operations
Tue, 09/24/2019 - 22:05
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/us-special-forces-still-deploying-banned-chinese-made-drones-sensitive-operations

A searing report in the major US government-funded Voice of America has spotlighted that despite growing controversy over Chinese tech and communications products used in American government, especially in light of the recent Huawei affair, the Air Force and Navy have continued to rely on Chinese-manufactured drones for elite forces even months following a prior DoD ban on their use.

Despite a May 2018 formal Pentagon order which prohibits "all commercial off-the-shelf drones," by US armed forces, which cited "cybersecurity vulnerabilities," it appears some of the military's most elite squads are still relying on them.

Apparently a 'special exemption' is required for special forces to continue using Chinese drones "on a case by case basis, to support urgent needs," according to a Pentagon spokesman cited by VOA.

But the report finds alarmingly, that the exception increasingly looks to be the "norm" even when it comes to the most sensitive operations by such elite teams as the Navy SEALS.

According to documents examined by VOA:

...purchase orders completed in August and November 2018 show that the Navy spent nearly $190,000 and the Air Force spent nearly $50,000 on drones made by DJI.

The Air Force bought 35 DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drones, and the Navy bought an undisclosed number of drones from DJI's "Inspire" series.

The 2018 drone purchase orders obtained by VOA via public records appear to be for some of the military's most sensitive and secretive operators, including the Air Force's only special tactics wing and Navy Sea Air Land (SEAL) teams.

DJI, it must be remembered, is China's drone-market-leader Da Jiang Innovations, which Washington officials eyed closely in 2017 on suspicion the company was assisting Beijing in spying efforts abroad, and specifically on the United States government.

Speaking of DJI drones, Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, admitted to reporters last month, "We know that a lot of the information is sent back to China from those, so it is not something that we can use."

So it appears the potential for China's military to gain a peak into US elite forces' most sensitive operations has been acknowledged by US officials as a distinct possibility, even likely, yet the military has said it is developing 'software fixes' to thwart equipment being used as a Chinese spying 'back door'.

The VOA report continues:

Partially-redacted copies of documents justifying the purchase of DJI drone kits for the 24th Special Operations Wing confirmed that 15 Chinese-made drones were already being fielded by eight Air Force Special Tactics Squadrons and warned that tactics, "software, and optical system development would be negatively impacted if this system was abandoned."

One document acknowledged the security concerns raised over the Chinese-made technology and claimed the military had developed a fix.

Specifically, it said that "software has been developed (specific to this model) and implemented to eliminate the cyber security concerns that are inherent to the DJI Mavic Pro."

Currently, a there's a bipartisan Congressional effort to further investigate the military's continued use of the security-vulnerable drones, given the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee put a provision into the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) effecting a blanket ban on their use by the armed forces.

The bill delineating the DoD budget for the upcoming year is expected up for debate in the coming weeks.

「日本人はサル」はOK 「韓国人はゴキブリ」は不可 ヘイトスピーチ規制法

「韓国人はゴキブリ」はヘイトスピーチで違法だが、「日本人はサル」はヘイトスピーチに分類されず合法です。

日本のヘイトスピーチ規制法の保護対象は外国人や外国にルーツを持つ人に限定されます。生粋の日本人は保護の対象外です。

日本の法務省は、「(3)特定の国や地域の出身である人を,著しく見下すような内容のもの(特定の国の出身者を,差別的な意味合いで昆虫や動物に例えるものなど) 」と動物になぞらえる行為を明示的に禁止していますが、この規則は「生粋の日本人だけには適用されない」のです。

法務省に苦情を申し入れたい方は、こちらへ
法律を作ったのは自民党(の特に安倍さん)ですから、こちらもお忘れなく。



こじつけ? 韓国人が日本人を「サル」と呼ぶ理由
2013.3.19 11:30
AERA
https://dot.asahi.com/aera/2013031900001.html?page=1

 実は今、韓国で日本人は「サル」と暗に、時に公然と揶揄されている。

 2011年、サッカーのアジアカップ準決勝の日韓戦でゴールを決めた韓国の奇誠庸(キ・ソンヨン)選手がカメラの前で左手で顔をかく「サルのまね」をしたのは記憶に新しい。

 非難された彼は、「(所属するスコットランドのチームで試合中)相手チームのファンからサルの鳴き声で馬鹿にされたことがある。その連中に向けてやったことだ」と弁明したが、翌年になると「旭日旗を見て思わず(カッとなって)やった」と発言を翻した(「スタンドに旭日旗はなかった」との指摘も多い)。

 この1月4日、朴槿恵(パク・クネ)氏の大統領当選を受け首相特使として派遣された額賀福志郎元財務相への抗議で、ソウルの金浦(キムポ)空港に押し掛けた右翼活動家らが掲げたのが、日の丸とサルを描いた布だった。

 それにしても、なぜ「サル」なのか?ある韓国人女性の話はこうだ。

「韓国にはサルが生息しておらず、動物園で見るくらい。でも日本にはニホンザルが昔からいて、温泉につかった面白い映像は韓国でもよく知られている。ニホンザルは体が小さく、日本人も体格が全体的に韓国人より小さい。だから日本人イコール、サルとなったみたい」

 実は、日本人がサル呼ばわりされ始めたのは最近のことではない。少なくとも05年にはネット上で相当にあげつらわれていたようだ。05年8月の韓国大手紙にはすでに「なぜ日本人をサルと呼ぶのか?」と題した記事が掲載されている。

 記事によると、ある韓国人ネットユーザーが、なぜ日本人をサルと呼ぶのか、ネットで質問をしてみた。返ってきた回答のうち、サルそのものと直接結びつけたものでは、

「サルは尻が赤いだろ。尻の赤い様子が日本の国旗と似ているからじゃないの?」
「日本の奴らはひっきりなしにサルみたいに騒ぎ、調子に乗るので、そう呼ばれているんじゃないか?」
「日本人は顔がサルに似ているから」(注・日本芸能界で活躍する美人タレントの多くがコリア系と韓国人は思っているフシもある)

 とても愉快とは言えない、相当なこじつけが目立つ。

※AERA 2013年3月25日号

愛知トリエンナーレ

津田大介・あいちトリエンナーレに「愛」も「知」もなかった①
https://jigensha.info/2019/08/30/tsuda-1/

津田大介・あいちトリエンナーレに「愛」も「知」もなかった②
https://jigensha.info/2019/09/20/tsuda-2/

「あいトレ炎上」との報に接した時の津田監督について(実行委員会委員長である)岡本氏はこう明かした。

「驚くべき言葉を言われてびっくりした。津田さんは、これだけの騒ぎになってトレンドになって全国ニュースに流れている。議論を喚起する(不自由展の)目的はある程度達した、として私たちに伝えた。私たちは表現者と鑑賞者の交流を作ることを目指してきました。話題になったから目的を達したと言われた時はメモをとる手も震えるほどショックだった。そして津田さんがフェイスブックで“ みんな表現の自由の話をしている。こんなことは初めてだ。映画の中にいるみたい ”と言ったこともショックでした」

サウジ石油施設爆破事件その後

ドローンであれ巡航ミサイルであれ、もしイラン発の攻撃だとすれば、高価な米国製装備がそれを全く探知できず、大きな被害を出したことは、米国製兵器に対する信用が地に落ちることを意味する。平時にこれだけの被害を出すのだから、もし本当の戦争が勃発して相互に撃ち合いをしたら、どれほど甚大な被害をもたらすことになるのか。

サウジの防空システムは対イランを想定して設計されているので、イエメン方向からの探知能力は低い。しかし、サウジがそのように発表したら、サウジが主導してきた対イエメン戦の戦果が芳しくない事実も合わせ、サウジ外交が破綻したことを世界に認めることになる。

サウジ奥深くを攻撃できる能力を備えたイエメンのフーシーは、サウジ東部の油田地帯に多いシーア派住民の自然な同盟相手になる。その先に見えるものはサウジ解体である。
・・・などなど。
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Accepting Houthi Responsibility for Saudi Oil Attack Means Admitting Riyadh’s War in Yemen Failed
Opinion
01:33 20.09.2019
https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201909201076843679-accepting-houthi-responsibility-for-saudi-oil-attack-means-admitting-riyadhs-war-in-yemen-failed/

The US and Saudis are so intent on pointing the finger at Iran for the oil facility strikes because admitting the Houthis could hurt the kingdom so badly after five years of war in Yemen means facing the war’s complete failure, an expert told Sputnik. However, if they do attack Iran, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has promised it’ll be “all-out war.”

Saudi intelligence claimed on Wednesday to present proof that Tehran was behind the Saturday air attack that damaged two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Eastern Province and halved the country’s oil production temporarily. However, the proof was little more than burned drone frames, and Tehran demanded firmer evidence. That hasn’t stopped Washington diplomats like US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been adamant it was Tehran’s doing and that the US would respond in kind.

In an interview with CNN’s Nick Patton Walsh on Thursday, Zarif said Iran’s response to an attack now wouldn’t be half-hearted.

Clip from my interview with @CNN: pic.twitter.com/VEWXRlV8m9
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 19, 2019

​“I make a very serious statement about defending our country,” the foreign minister said. “I’m making a very serious statement that we don’t want war, we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation. We believe that a military confrontation based on deception is awful. We’ll have a lot of casualties, but we won’t blink to defend our territory.”

“They want to put the blame on Iran for something, and that is why I’m saying this is agitation for war,” Zarif continued, noting the Yemeni Houthis had claimed responsibility for the attack despite US insistence it was Iran’s doing.

“You believe that the United States is omnipotent and the United States’ military equipment are flawless, and that is why a bunch of people with no access to anything cannot defeat that. Well I’m going to tell you: it’s going to be news for you, and it’s going to continue to be news for you that people can do a lot of things when they are desperate … that gives you a lot of creativity, a lot of tenacity,” Zarif said, defending the ability of the Houthis to carry out the attack. However, he noted he had no proof the Houthis were responsible aside from their statement, merely that he was sure Iran wasn’t.

Massoud Shadjareh, founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear Thursday that the US and Saudi Arabia have been “in a corner” for a long time as a result of the unwinnability of the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen.
https://www.spreaker.com/user/radiosputnik/iranian-foreign-minister-u-s-is-pushing-

“There is really no military solution” to the war in Yemen, which has raged since March 2015, when ousted Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi fled the country to Riyadh and requested Saudi assistance in kicking out the Houthi government that had come to power the previous September.

“They throw everything at it for the last four-and-a-half years, and the result has been further death, further destruction, further ordinary, innocent lives being … destroyed, and not moving forward even an inch,” Shadjareh told hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. “Therefore, it’s really obvious to everyone that the only solution is a political solution, and they’re not willing to have a political solution.”

“What has resulted, when we saw this attack on Saturday, there was only one way that the US and Saudi Arabia could go, is to blame Iran, there is no other alternatives for that. No matter who did it they would have blamed Iran, because they need to get out of this hellhole they have created for themselves,” Shadjareh said. “But I think by blaming Iran, they’re not really finding a way out, they’re actually digging themselves further into a hellhole.”

“If we don’t find a solution to this, if we don’t find a way to resolve not just this rhetoric that has been going on for the last few days in media … then we are going to, by default, come closer to a horrible war that, by its definition, cannot be limited to anything. It’s going to be all-out,” Shadjareh warned.

“The calculation is, doesn’t matter who’s done it, the Saudis have shown that they are not capable of defending themselves and they’re not immune from a limited, an extremely limited, attack. This extremely limited attack has actually affected their output in a way that never happened before in their whole history,” Shadjareh said. “What would happen if there is a real war?”

“I think the international community, and indeed, the United States, both of the houses [of Congress], need to get involved, because Trump’s policy is totally bankrupt. Trump’s policy will not only destroy people in the Middle East and bring more death and destruction, but it will actually bring suffering to people in the United States,” Shadjareh told Sputnik. “From what I’m seeing, it really is a fool trying to play a game which already is seen to be totally bankrupt, and it will not get anywhere.”



How The Houthis Overturned The Chessboard
September 18, 2019
Pepe Escobar
http://thesaker.is/how-the-houthis-overturned-the-chessboard/

The Yemeni Shiite group’s spectacular attack on Abqaiq raises the distinct possibility of a push to drive the House of Saud from power

We are the Houthis and we’re coming to town. With the spectacular attack on Abqaiq, Yemen’s Houthis have overturned the geopolitical chessboard in Southwest Asia – going as far as introducing a whole new dimension: the distinct possibility of investing in a push to drive the House of Saud out of power.

Blowback is a bitch. Houthis – Zaidi Shiites from northern Yemen – and Wahhabis have been at each other’s throats for ages. This book is absolutely essential to understand the mind-boggling complexity of Houthi tribes; as a bonus, it places the turmoil in southern Arabian lands way beyond a mere Iran-Saudi proxy war.

Still, it’s always important to consider that Arab Shiites in the Eastern province – working in Saudi oil installations – have got to be natural allies of the Houthis fighting against Riyadh.

Houthi striking capability – from drone swarms to ballistic missile attacks – has been improving remarkably for the past year or so. It’s not by accident that the UAE saw which way the geopolitical and geoeconomic winds were blowing: Abu Dhabi withdrew from Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s vicious war against Yemen and now is engaged in what it describes as a “peace-first” strategy.

Even before Abqaiq, the Houthis had already engineered quite a few attacks against Saudi oil installations as well as Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports. In early July, Yemen’s Operations Command Center staged an exhibition in full regalia in Sana’a featuring their whole range of ballistic and winged missiles and drones.

The Saudi Ministry of Defense displays drones and parts from missiles used in the refinery attack.

The situation has now reached a point where there’s plenty of chatter across the Persian Gulf about a spectacular scenario: the Houthis investing in a mad dash across the Arabian desert to capture Mecca and Medina in conjunction with a mass Shiite uprising in the Eastern oil belt. That’s not far-fetched anymore. Stranger things have happened in the Middle East. After all, the Saudis can’t even win a bar brawl – that’s why they rely on mercenaries.

Orientalism strikes again

The US intel refrain that the Houthis are incapable of such a sophisticated attack betrays the worst strands of orientalism and white man’s burden/superiority complex.

The only missile parts shown by the Saudis so far come from a Yemeni Quds 1 cruise missile. According to Brigadier General Yahya Saree, spokesman for the Sana’a-based Yemeni Armed Forces, “the Quds system proved its great ability to hit its targets and to bypass enemy interceptor systems.”

This satellite overview handout image from the US government shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaiq.

Houthi armed forces duly claimed responsibility for Abqaiq: “This operation is one of the largest operations carried out by our forces in the depth of Saudi Arabia, and came after an accurate intelligence operation and advance monitoring and cooperation of honorable and free men within the Kingdom.”

Notice the key concept: “cooperation” from inside Saudi Arabia – which could include the whole spectrum from Yemenis to that Eastern province Shiites.

Even more relevant is the fact that massive American hardware deployed in Saudi Arabia inside out and outside in – satellites, AWACS, Patriot missiles, drones, battleships, jet fighters – didn’t see a thing, or certainly not in time. The sighting of three “loitering” drones by a Kuwaiti bird hunter arguably heading towards Saudi Arabia is being invoked as “evidence”. Cue to the embarrassing picture of a drone swarm – wherever it came from – flying undisturbed for hours over Saudi territory.

UN officials openly admit that now everything that matters is within the 1,500 km range of the Houthis’ new UAV-X drone: oil fields in Saudi Arabia, a still-under-construction nuclear power plant in the Emirates and Dubai’s mega-airport.

My conversations with sources in Tehran over the past two years have ascertained that the Houthis’ new drones and missiles are essentially copies of Iranian designs assembled in Yemen itself with crucial help from Hezbollah engineers.

US intel insists that 17 drones and cruise missiles were launched in combination from southern Iran. In theory, Patriot radar would have picked that up and knocked the drones/missiles from the sky. So far, absolutely no record of this trajectory has been revealed. Military experts generally agree that the radar on the Patriot missile is good, but its success rate is “disputed” – to say the least. What’s important, once again, is that the Houthis do have advanced offensive missiles. And their pinpoint accuracy at Abqaiq was uncanny.

This satellite overview handout image shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia. Courtesy of Planet Labs Inc

For now, it appears that the winner of the US/UK-supported House of One Saudi war on the civilian Yemeni population, which started in March 2015 and generated a humanitarian crisis the UN regards as having been of biblical proportions, is certainly not the crown prince, widely known as MBS.

Listen to the general

Crude oil stabilization towers – several of them – at Abqaiq were specifically targeted, along with natural gas storage tanks. Persian Gulf energy sources have been telling me repairs and/or rebuilding could last months. Even Riyadh admitted as much.

Blindly blaming Iran, with no evidence, does not cut it. Tehran can count on swarms of top strategic thinkers. They do not need or want to blow up Southwest Asia, which is something they could do, by the way: Revolutionary Guards generals have already said many times on the record that they are ready for war.

Professor Mohammad Marandi from the University of Tehran, who has very close relations with the Foreign Ministry, is adamant: “It didn’t come from Iran. If it did, it would be very embarrassing for the Americans, showing they are unable to detect a large number of Iranian drones and missiles. That doesn’t make sense.”

Marandi additionally stresses, “Saudi air defenses are not equipped to defend the country from Yemen but from Iran. The Yemenis have been striking against the Saudis, they are getting better and better, developing drone and missile technology for four and a half years, and this was a very soft target.”

A soft – and unprotected – target: the US PAC-2 and PAC-3 systems in place are all oriented towards the east, in the direction of Iran. Neither Washington nor Riyadh knows for sure where the drone swarm/missiles really came from.

Readers should pay close attention to this groundbreaking interview with General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force. The interview, in Farsi (with English subtitles), was conducted by US-sanctioned Iranian intellectual Nader Talebzadeh and includes questions forwarded by my US analyst friends Phil Giraldi and Michael Maloof and myself.

Explaining Iranian self-sufficiency in its defense capabilities, Hajizadeh sounds like a very rational actor. The bottom line:

“Our view is that neither American politicians nor our officials want a war. If an incident like the one with the drone [the RQ-4N shot down by Iran in June] happens or a misunderstanding happens, and that develops into a larger war, that’s a different matter. Therefore we are always ready for a big war.”

In response to one of my questions, on what message the Revolutionary Guards want to convey, especially to the US, Hajizadeh does not mince his words: “In addition to the US bases in various regions like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Emirates and Qatar, we have targeted all naval vessels up to a distance of 2,000 kilometers and we are constantly monitoring them. They think that if they go to a distance of 400 km, they are out of our firing range. Wherever they are, it only takes one spark, we hit their vessels, their airbases, their troops.”

Get your S-400s or else

On the energy front, Tehran has been playing a very precise game under pressure – selling loads of oil by turning off the transponders of their tankers as they leave Iran and transferring the oil at sea, tanker to tanker, at night, and relabeling their cargo as originating at other producers for a price. I have been checking this for weeks with my trusted Persian Gulf traders – and they all confirm it. Iran could go on doing it forever.

Of course, the Trump administration knows it. But the fact is they are looking the other way. To state it as concisely as possible: they are caught in a trap by the absolute folly of ditching the JCPOA, and they are looking for a face-saving way out. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the administration in so many words: the US should return to the agreement it reneged on before it’s too late.

And now for the really hair-raising part.

The strike at Abqaiq shows that the entire Middle East production of over 18 million barrels of oil a day – including Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – can be easily knocked out. There is zero adequate defense against these drones and missiles.

Well, there’s always Russia.

Here’s what happened at the press conference after the Ankara summit this week on Syria, uniting Presidents Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan.

Question: Will Russia provide Saudi Arabia with any help or support in restoring its infrastructure?

President Putin: As for assisting Saudi Arabia, it is also written in the Quran that violence of any kind is illegitimate except when protecting one’s people. In order to protect them and the country, we are ready to provide the necessary assistance to Saudi Arabia. All the political leaders of Saudi Arabia have to do is take a wise decision, as Iran did by buying the S-300 missile system, and as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did when he bought Russia’s latest S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft system. They would offer reliable protection for any Saudi infrastructure facilities.

President Hassan Rouhani: So do they need to buy the S-300 or the S-400?

President Vladimir Putin: It is up to them to decide [laughs].

In The Transformation of War, Martin van Creveld actually predicted that the whole industrial-military-security complex would come crumbling down when it was exposed that most of its weapons are useless against fourth-generation asymmetrical opponents. There’s no question the whole Global South is watching – and will have gotten the message.

Hybrid war, reloaded

Now we are entering a whole new dimension in asymmetric hybrid war.

In the – horrendous – event that Washington would decide to attack Iran, egged on by the usual neocon suspects, the Pentagon could never hope to hit and disable all the Iranian and/or Yemeni drones. The US could expect, for sure, all-out war. And then no ships would sail through the Strait of Hormuz. We all know the consequences of that.

Which brings us to The Big Surprise. The real reason there would be no ships traversing the Strait of Hormuz is that there would be no oil in the Gulf left to pump. The oil fields, having been bombed, would be burning.

So we’re back to the realistic bottom line, which has been stressed by not only Moscow and Beijing but also Paris and Berlin: US President Donald Trump gambled big time, and he lost. Now he must find a face-saving way out. If the War Party allows it.

「年間予算86億円の使えない防空装備に意味あんの?」記者が米国防相に質問(爆)

記者「毎年86億円もの予算を割いてきたのに、サウジがミサイルを追跡することができないとはどういうことなのか?」

ポンペイオ「防空システムというものの成功率はまちまちで、世界最高性能であっても常に追跡できるわけではない。サウジは、このような攻撃を防ぐのに十分なインフラを有していないのかもしれず、この点で米国はサウジを支援することができる」。

えっ!?米国は、成功率まちまちの不良品を、サウジに追加で買わせるつもりですよ。

石油なんて濡れ手で粟のビジネスで、その潤沢な資金を背景に、ありとあらゆる防御システムを24時間体制で稼働させているのに、その実戦結果があのザマ。あの燃え上がる映像は「大変な事件」ではなく、「恥ずかしい兵器性能」を映している。腹立たしいと怒る対象はイランではなく、米国です。なんだ、使えねーじゃねーか、と。

こんな風だから、米国とお付き合いを続けたい日本政府は、国民から消費税を25%徴収しなければ、国庫の帳尻が合わなくなる。
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New sales pitch? US makes the world’s ‘finest’ anti-air systems, but sometimes they just don’t work, Pompeo explains
Published time: 19 Sep, 2019 11:52
https://www.rt.com/news/469162-pompeo-patriot-missiles-fail-defense/

New sales pitch? US makes the world’s ‘finest’ anti-air systems, but sometimes they just don’t work, Pompeo explainsNew sales pitch? US makes the world’s ‘finest’ anti-air systems, but sometimes they just don’t work, Pompeo explains

Patriot missiles failed to protect Saudi Arabia from attack because even the world’s best anti-air systems sometimes don’t work, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, expertly rebuking critics of the US defense industry.

Washington was left red in the face after missiles and armed drones successfully penetrated Saudi airspace – which is guarded by an arsenal of fancy US-made Patriot systems – hitting a major oil facility in the country.

Perhaps fearing that Riyadh might give the US defense system a 1-star review on Yelp, Pompeo used his master statesmanship to reassure loyal customers around the world that they didn’t spend billions of dollars on something that doesn’t actually work.

How is it that, after spending “$80 million a year” on air defense, the Saudis weren’t able to track “missiles that are crossing the Persian Gulf?” a journalist traveling with the secretary of state rudely asked on Wednesday.

“We’ve seen air defense systems all around the world have mixed success. Some of the finest in the world don’t always pick things up,” Pompeo replied, dunking on all of the haters with facts and logic.

He went on to suggest that Saudi Arabia simply doesn’t have enough (US-made) “infrastructure” to stop such an attack, and that Washington will work with the Kingdom to alleviate this problem. Sounds expensive.

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the precision strike, and warned that more attacks could come at any moment. Washington and Riyadh, however, have blamed Iran for the incident – an accusation that Tehran fiercely denies.

安部首相が自民党のトラストミーになる(笑)

安倍「君と僕は同じ未来を見ている。ゴールまで2人の力で駆け抜けよう」。
プーチン「きもっ」。

領土を他国に割譲したら死刑にすることを憲法レベルで定めている国すらあるというのに、経済協力さえすれば領土が手に入るみたいな感じで気軽に片付けようとする日本の外交は、一体誰が設計しているのか。安倍さんの個性も影響しているだろうが、それを積極的に後押ししている官僚がいるでしょ。日本の外国研究を統括しているやつは表に出てこいと言いたい。一度顔を見てみたい。

萩生田だったか安倍の側近が少し前に口を滑らしたばかりに、ロシア側が警戒心を一気に高め、進展は望めなくなったというのに、いまだに若気の至りで結婚に突っ走る若いカップルのような言葉を外交交渉の場で使って、日本が馬鹿面を世界に晒したも同然。



【ロシアを読む】安倍首相の「信じて」に“アル・カポネの名言”でプーチン氏が反論
2019.9.18 07:00国際欧州・ロシア
産経
https://www.sankei.com/world/news/190918/wor1909180001-n1.html

 ロシア極東地域の発展をテーマに、極東ウラジオストクで開催された露主催の国際会議「東方経済フォーラム」。5日に行われた参加各国の首脳らによる全体会合では、安倍晋三首相が有名なロシアの詩を引用しつつ、「日本を信じてほしい」とプーチン露大統領に日露平和条約締結を呼びかけた。しかしプーチン氏は著名な米国のギャング、アル・カポネの“名言”を引用して反論。平和条約に対する両首脳の温度差を際立たせた。ロシアの国内事情やプーチン氏の発言を通じ、ロシアにいま何が起きているのかを分析した。(モスクワ 小野田雄一)

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 全体会合で安倍首相は「今から引用するのは皆さんが良くご存じの四行詩です」と前置きした上で、19世紀のロシアの詩人、チュッチェフの有名な詩を読み上げた。

 〈ロシアは、頭ではわからない〉〈並の尺度では測れない〉〈何しろいろいろ、特別ゆえ〉〈ただ信じる。それがロシアとの付き合い方だ〉

 安倍首相はその後、「詩のロシアを日本に置き換えてほしい」と述べ、日本は信頼に足りる国だと訴えた。「経済・福祉・環境・雇用拡大などの各分野で日本はロシアに協力できる」との考えも示し、平和条約締結に伴う日本との関係強化のメリットを強調した。

 演説後半で安倍首相は「ウラジーミル(プーチン氏の名)。君と僕は同じ未来を見ている」「ゴールまで2人の力で駆け抜けよう」とも訴えかけた。演説には、停滞した平和条約締結条約交渉を何とか前進させたいという安倍首相の思いが強くにじんでいた。

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 しかし美辞麗句を重ねた安倍首相とプーチン氏の間には、冷たいすきま風が吹いているようにも感じられた。というのも、安倍首相に先立って演説したプーチン氏は、平和条約締結問題には一言も触れず、開発が遅れている極東地域への投資の成果や、今後の極東の発展計画への言及に終始したためだ。安倍首相の演説中も、プーチン氏は厳しい表情を崩さなかった。

 その理由として推察されるのは、ロシアの内政だ。フォーラム直後の8日には極東サハリン州で知事選が予定されており、プーチン政権に近いリマレンコ知事代行の苦戦が伝えられていた(結果は勝利)。同時にロシア国民の多くは、平和条約締結に伴う日本への領土引き渡しに反対している。プーチン氏には、低下傾向の続く自身や政権の支持率を浮揚させると同時にリマレンコ氏を勝利に導くためにも、国民の反発を招きかねない敏感な領土問題には触れずに、極東の明るい未来だけを述べる十分な動機があった。

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 両者の温度差は、全体会合が司会者との質疑に移った段階でさらに際立った。

 議題が平和条約締結交渉になると、プーチン氏は20世紀初頭の米国のギャング、アル・カポネが発したとされる「優しい言葉にピストルを添えれば、優しい言葉だけの場合よりもっと多くを得られる」との言葉を引用。同時に「平和条約締結問題は日本とロシアの関係だけにとどまらない。軍事や安全保障の問題がある。(日米安全保障条約に基づく)米国に対する日本の義務を考慮する必要がある」と述べ、日米安保条約の存在が平和条約交渉の障害になっているとの認識を示した。

 ロシア側はこれまでも、仮に北方領土を一部でも日本にも返還した場合、米国が島に戦力を配備し、ロシアの安全保障が脅かされる-とのシナリオへの懸念を示唆してきた。「日本は米国の意向に逆らえないだろう」との認識を示したこともあった。

 プーチン氏がアル・カポネの言葉を引用したのは、「国際社会は、安倍首相が述べたような“優しい言葉”だけを信じて相手と向かい合えるような甘いものではない」という意思表示だったとみて間違いない。

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 全体会合で改めて示された平和条約に対するプーチン氏の消極的ともいえる姿勢には、伏線もあった。プーチン氏は日露首脳会談を控えた5日未明、北方領土・色丹(しこたん)島に建設された水産物加工場など極東の複数事業の操業開始式典にビデオ中継を通じてウラジオストクから参加し、祝辞を述べたのだ。

 これまでロシアによる北方領土開発では、経済を主に担当するメドベージェフ首相や、露極東・北極圏発展省など経済関連省庁が前面に立つことが多かった。

 メドベージェフ氏が8月に択捉島を訪問した際も、日露外交当局者の間では「外交を取り仕切るプーチン氏や露外務省ではなく、経済系省庁が主導したものだろう。日本への挑発というよりも、極東の発展のアピールや、北方領土を事実上管轄するサハリン州知事選へのテコ入れが主眼のはずだ」「プーチン氏が北方領土開発の直接的関与を示していないのは、日本への配慮の表れだ」との見方が出ていた。そのため、日露会談直前にプーチン氏が北方領土開発事業に関与する姿を示したことは、日本側を戸惑わせた。

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 このプーチン氏の行動にも、サハリン州知事選に向けた選挙対策の側面があったとの推察は成り立つ。操業開始式典を取り仕切った地方政府側にも、極東を訪れたプーチン氏に自らの仕事ぶりを伝えたいとの思惑があったとみられる。それでも、日本の反発を予期していたはずのプーチン氏があえて式典に参加した事実は、プーチン氏の平和条約締結への意欲の減退を示している可能性が高い。

 プーチン氏の意欲の減退を事実だと仮定した場合、その背景には、経済低迷や言論統制の強化などでプーチン政権への国民の不満が強まっている中、国内世論を無視して日露平和条約を締結し、北方領土の日本への引き渡しが現実味を帯びれば、政権運営に大きなリスクになるとの危惧があるみられる。日米安保条約への言及も、半分は本心としても、残る半分は交渉を引き延ばすための口実に過ぎないとの見方も出ている。

 いずれにせよ確実なのは、日露平和条約交渉に目立った進展が見られないのは、米国との激しい対立や国内の政治基盤の弱体化など、プーチン氏の置かれた環境が大きく作用しているということだ。こうした状況が変わらない限り、日本がどれほど美辞麗句を重ね、日露関係正常化の魅力をアピールしたとしても、平和条約が実現する可能性は低いと言わざるを得ないだろう。

【新刊紹介】最強在日ヤクザの生涯:竹中明洋著『殺しの柳川ー日韓戦後秘史』

「朴大統領が暗殺された後、日本は韓国の新軍部実権派と親しいルートを失う。」

日本の外交って、こういうの多いね。一人死んだだけでコンタクト先がゼロになってしまうというお粗末人脈の話。中東でも。外務省の予算は世界でもトップクラスなのに、毎日何やって過ごしているんだか。



【新刊紹介】最強在日ヤクザの生涯:竹中明洋著『殺しの柳川ー日韓戦後秘史』
9/17(火) 16:31配信
nippon.com
斉藤 勝久
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20190917-00010005-nipponcom-soci

悪化する日韓関係だが、1970~80年代には「日韓両国は運命共同体」と信じ、橋渡し役を務めた「在日」がいた。武闘派の暴力団組長が、組を解散してヤクザの世界から足を洗ってからの後半生は、闇に埋もれた日韓戦後秘史だった。

日本名、柳川次郎は1923年に釜山で生まれ、7歳で海峡を渡り、大阪で在日韓国人として生きた。最盛期には1700人の組員を抱え、全国広域5大暴力団に指定された「柳川組」の組長となり、「殺しの柳川」という異名で恐れられた。

警察の集中取り締まりで69年、組は解散に追い込まれる。この本は、元NHK、週刊紙記者の著者が、45歳で堅気になってから91年に亡くなるまでの柳川の生涯を追いかけている。柳川の関係者から丹念に証言を集め、日韓の政治家が次々と実名で登場してくるのは、実に興味深い。

柳川が組の解散を決意したのは、在日の少女の新聞投書だと言っていた。「あなたのおかげで日本にいる韓国人の中には、はずかしい思いをしている人がいっぱいいる」とあったという。しかし、著者は「美談に過ぎる」と断じ、「韓国への強制送還を(警察などから)ちらつかされたため」という説を挙げている。

金大中事件で日韓関係に亀裂が入った翌年の74年に「日韓親善友愛会」を設立。半年後に、韓国政府の招待で44年ぶりに祖国を訪れた。無類のプロレス好きだった朴正煕大統領から直々に依頼を受けると、アントニオ猪木対金一(大木金太郎)の「因縁の韓日対決」を韓国で実現。テレビ視聴率はなんと90%を上回り、各地を回った韓国興行は大成功だった。柳川は猪木、金一とともに青瓦台に招かれ、大統領は柳川をハグして感謝の気持ちを伝えたという。

朴大統領が暗殺された後、日本は韓国の新軍部実権派と親しいルートを失う。柳川は両国を頻繁に行き来して、祖国との太いパイプを築き、韓国軍の情報機関と深く関わった。特に全斗煥大統領時代には、政権中枢にまで影響力が及ぶようになる

柳川はこれまで暴力的なイメージが強いので、日本人社会だけでなく在日社会からも白眼視されてきた。しかし、「日韓関係が柳川のような人物たちによって、水面下で支えられてきたことは事実である」と著者は最終章で記している。
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斉藤 勝久 SAITO Katsuhisa
ジャーナリスト。1951年東京生まれ。早稲田大学政治経済学部卒業。読売新聞社の社会部で司法を担当したほか、86年から89年まで宮内庁担当として「昭和の最後の日」や平成への代替わりを取材。2016年夏からフリーに。ニッポンドットコムで18年5月から「スパイ・ゾルゲ」の連載6回。同年9月から皇室の「2回のお代替わりを見つめて」を長期連載。主に近現代史の取材・執筆を続けている。

米国の対イラン包囲網構築に誰も協力せず サウジ油田爆撃の発信源が180度変わる不始末

対イランを念頭に置いた米国の有志連合結成提案に参加表明したのはオーストラリアとバハレーンだけ。バハレーンにできることは何もなく、実質的な意味はない。ドイツは既に「断る」と回答。日本は、イランを刺激せずにできることを連日会議を開いて検討中。

日本がもしペルシャ湾で何かするとしたら、米軍は撤退するし、EUの対ペルシャ湾依存度は低いのだから、中国と協力してやるしかないんじゃないの?マイナー・パートナーとして中国にアゴで使われる立場で。

イギリスが(ペルシャ湾を含む)スエズ以東から撤退したとき、イギリスから米国にスムーズに覇権が移行したみたいに考えている人が多いと思うが、実際には二国間の事前協議は世間が思っているほど丁寧に調整されておらず、撤退期日が到来した途端、イギリス軍は「私たちの任務は今日までです。では皆さん、ごきげんよう」と出て行った。空っぽになったペルシャ湾を見た米軍は、「えらいこっちゃ」とドタバタして穴埋めしたというのが実態である。時代の転換点とはそういうもの。

サウジ油田爆撃の発信源は早ければ瞬時に、かかっても数時間で計算できることであり、特定するのに何日も要しない。それなのにイエメンから来た、西北西(イスラエル)から来た、イランから来たと、180度も違う方向になった。こんな馬鹿な話に付き合う必要はない。

米軍のレーダーは性能が悪いから、日本は買うのを止めた方がいいよ。高価格低品質の極み。しかも日本は定価で買っている。イスラエルは世界一の割引価格で買ってるのに。



サウジ攻撃「背後にイランか」=戦争は望まず-米大統領
9/17(火) 5:38配信
時事通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190917-00000010-jij-n_ame

 【ワシントン、カイロ時事】トランプ米大統領は16日、サウジアラビア東部の石油関連施設に対する攻撃の背後にイランがいるとみられると指摘した。

【図解】米イラン対立と日本の相関図

 一方で「戦争は望んでいない」とも述べ、イランに対する軍事行動には慎重な姿勢を示した。ホワイトハウスで記者団に語った。

 また、ポンペオ国務長官らをサウジに派遣するほか、イラン核合意の維持に向けてイラン側と対話を続ける欧州諸国とも協議を行う意向を明らかにした。トランプ氏は「多くの選択肢があるが、誰がやったのかを断定したい」と述べ、対応決定までになお確認が必要という認識を示した。

 米紙ウォール・ストリート・ジャーナル(電子版)は16日、米当局者は機密情報に基づきサウジ施設への攻撃はイラン国内から行われたと分析していると報じた。消息筋が明らかにしたという。 

米国「韓国、中東に原発40基を一緒に作ろう」 破格の提案

米国が対韓制裁を発動できない理由が明らかになった。日本企業は原子力から手を引いているので、米国の目で見れば「では韓国と一緒に」ということになる。

アラブ産油国が出すカネを米韓で山分けし、汚染される土地は遠い中東。事故があったって知らん顔できる。こんな良い話は他にない。
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米国「韓国、中東に原発40基を一緒に作ろう」 破格の提案
[ⓒ 中央日報/中央日報日本語版] 2019年09月17日 06時57分
https://s.japanese.joins.com/article/j_article.php?aid=257653&servcode=300

米国が原子力発電所(原発)40基を建設する中東版「マーシャルプラン」市場を一緒に攻略しようと韓国に提案した。中東でロシア・中国を牽制(けんせい)しようとする米国の戦略と韓国の優れた原発技術力が複合的に影響を及ぼした。

中央日報は11日(現地時間)、アラブ首長国連邦(UAE)アブダビで開かれた第24回世界エネルギー総会で、エネルギー業界の複数の有力な高位関係者と会合した。この関係者によると、米国ワシントン近東政策研究所諮問委員で世界安保分析研究所会長のロバート・マクファーレン氏をはじめ、5人の米国関係者が、6月中旬に訪韓して韓国の原発産業高位関係者と接触した。

当時、マクファーレン氏らが訪韓した理由は、米国政府が推進中の「中東版マーシャルプラン」ためだというのがアブダビで会ったエネルギー業界関係者の説明だ。中東版マーシャルプランは中東地域に40基余りの原子力発電所を建設して経済復興を導くという米国のプロジェクトだ。特に消息筋は「米国ホワイトハウスのトップレベルのシグナルによってマクファーレン氏が訪韓したと承知している」とし「この時点を前後して韓国政府関係者もワシントンでコンソーシアム構成問題を議論した」と話した。

UAEで原発4基を作るのに主契約規模(整備事業など除外)が244億ドル(約28兆ウォン、約2億6400万円)であったため、同じような建設費用が投じられると仮定すると、40基なら2440億ドルに達するものと予想される。

米国が原発輸出市場で韓国に手を差し出したのは、最近のサウジアラビア商用原発受注戦で入手した情報が影響を及ぼしたとみられる。サウジアラビアは2.8ギガワット級の原発2基の建設を推進中だ。サウジアラビアが5社の予備事業者(韓国・米国・フランス・中国・ロシア)を対象に実施した「技術評価」部門で、米国が相対的に低い評価を受けたという機密情報を入手し、相対的に高い評価を受けた韓国に手を差し出したというのがこの消息筋の説明だ。

国際情勢の変化とも密接な関連がある。現在のところ、複数の原発建設プロジェクトを一斉に推進できる技術を備えた国家は世界で5カ国だけだ。このうち米国と経済・軍事的に密接な関係があり米国が信頼できる原発技術を備えているのは韓国だけだ。

匿名を求めたエネルギー業界の最高経営責任者(CEO)は「国際力学関係を考慮する時、韓国と米国が今手を握れば世界の原発輸出市場を事実上寡占できる機会が開かれる」とし「たとえ韓国政府が脱原発政策を推進中だとしても、理念のために消極的に検討するには大きすぎる資金が動くという点で、両国が積極的にこの機会を生かすほうが賢明だ」と助言した。