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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 09:03:34 PM EST
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae arrested
colluding with Japanese corps to evade WWII war crime trials

US demands cash for US occupation services
"The US is asking for US$1.2 billion (1.35 trillion won), which appears to reflect Trump's wishes". yathink?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 09:25:34 PM EST
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Japan Court Upholds Sterilization to Register Gender Change
The court said the law is constitutional because it was meant to reduce confusion in families and society.
fascinating logic
The 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs, including testes or ovaries, removed and have a body that "appears to have parts that resemble the genital organs" of the gender they want to register.

archived nekkid humanity
I'm confident we're on the same page here.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 25th, 2019 at 06:40:17 PM EST
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one cylinder, two stories
The British Museum (custodian NGO, allegedly) description with "new translation by Irving Finkel, Curator of Cuneiform Collections at the British Museum"
The text is incomplete. [...] the document is written as if Cyrus himself is speaking: 'I, Cyrus, king of the world ...'. [...] The text ends with a note of additional food offerings in the temples of Babylon and an account of the rebuilding of Imgur-Enlil, the city wall of Babylon, during the course of which an earlier building inscription of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria (668-627 BC), was found.
Iran Chamber Society (NGO, allegedly) description with translation "adapted from Robert W. Rogers, Cuneiform Parallels to the Old Testament, 1912: 380-84" and K.C. Hanson's Collection of Mesopotamian Documents)
he Cyrus the Great Cylinder is the first charter of right of nations in the world. It is a baked-clay cyliner in Akkadian language with cuneiform script. This cylinder was excavated in 1879 by the Assyro-British archaeologist Hormuzd Rassam in the foundations of the Esagila (the Marduk temple of Babylon) and is kept today in the British Museum in London. [...] In 1971, the Cyrus Cylinder was described as the world's first charter of human rights,[1, 2, 3, 4] and it was translated into all six official U.N. languages.[4] A replica of the cylinder is kept at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in the second floor hallway, between the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council chambers.[5]
Translations don't write themselves, yo.

archived Persians
Geheimdienste Amyntor - Victor In Chains

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 04:32:11 PM EST
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This week PR units seem half-heartedly to be recycling news about détente in "liberating" Afghanistan, most recently from the summer of '18. Propitious announcements were expected this weekend.

US-Taliban talks offer glimmer of hope on path to Afghan peace: "[Afghanistan President Ashraf] Ghani admitted on Friday that 45,000 members of Afghanistan's security forces had been killed since he took power in 2014, and the UN has warned fighting is taking a record toll on civilians."

NATO mandate to support Afhanistan's security forces appears ... counter-productive. [Former Afghanistan President] Karzai reminds US to stop bombing Afghan homes

The Taliban delegation to ceasefire "talks" in Doha with US front-man Khalilzad have not met with President Ghani. Al Jazeera summarizes contradictory statements to "progress" broadcast by US-funded (in whole or in part) media, such as VOA: 'Significant progress' made in US-Taliban talks in Qatar. South China Morning Post offers sarcastic remarks, too: Taliban ceasefire talks: Trump's need to `bring boys home' risks wasting lives already lost.

Neither The Hill nor Roll Call have speculated about the purpose of the cunning Miss Nancy's aborted trip to Afghanistan with a bus load of Democratic Party congressional representatives, allegedly.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 06:12:12 PM EST
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More than 25,000 workers strike at Mexican border factories
The labor strife comes on the heels of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's promise to double the minimum wage in [MEXICO] to 176.2 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.28 at current exchange rates.

However, workers who were making more than minimum wage in Matamoros factories would not have benefited from the hike in the minimum wage, sparking discontent.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 09:46:31 PM EST
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US states USFK not part of agenda of 2nd N. Korea-US summit
In a speech titled, 'The implications of a new geopolitical era on the Korean Peninsula' delivered at a forum held in the Woodrow Wilson [!] Center in Washington, DC, on Jan. 30, [US Department of State's acting deputy assistant attorney general for East Asia and the Pacific Mark] Lippert said "The USFK issue has never been on the negotiating table with North Korea. The USFK issue is a matter between the US and South Korea, and both nations will closely monitor this issue in line with progress made on the North Korean issue."
On this point, The Hill reported on the same day that a bipartisan group of eight lawmakers, including second generation Korean American congressman Andy Kim (Democrat), had introduced a bill that would restrict the government from withdrawing troops from South Korea. The bill, called the "United States and Republic of Korea Alliance Support Act," would prohibit the use of Department of Defense funds from the 2019 fiscal year budget to reduce the total number of Armed Forces serving on active duty in Korea below 22,000. In order to reduce the stationed forces below that number, the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would have to prove that "the Republic of Korea is fully capable of defending itself and deterring a conflict on the Korean Peninsula that would threaten United States interests following such a reduction."
Goodbye 'Freedom and Democracy' - Hello 'Rules-based International Order'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 2nd, 2019 at 10:02:20 PM EST
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Venezuela's Guaido considering request for funds from IMF -sources

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 10:17:45 PM EST
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Torygraph | Bank of England pleaded with not to give Nicolas Maduro $1.3 billion in gold  
"I am writing to ask you to stop this illegitimate transaction," the 35-year-old opposition leader wrote.

"If the money is transferred it will be used by the illegitimate and kleptocratic regime of Nicolas Maduro to repress and brutalise the Venezuelan people."

Dude. Dude!

You all you done is show your ass, as ancient afro-mericans were wont to say.

You, you? think yo' ass is worth $1.3B? Think again, chump. Only Nancy Pelosi is "good at what" she does.

That train left the station in '11 (99 tons). Everyone who could pulled physical gold from US, UK, Swiss, Canada, "European" banks did.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 06:31:20 PM EST
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Trump's Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony
about that gold ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 at 07:51:29 PM EST
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by generic on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 07:41:27 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 09:39:11 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 09:40:42 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 08:10:33 AM EST
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that just lacked the internal element.
by generic on Mon Jan 28th, 2019 at 11:34:31 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Jan 28th, 2019 at 11:37:25 PM EST
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Venezuela opposition asks U.N. not to send observers to May vote | Reuters
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition alliance called on the United Nations on Monday not to send observers to the presidential election on May 20 to avoid legitimizing a poll it says is rigged in favor of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
by generic on Mon Jan 28th, 2019 at 11:52:53 PM EST
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AP Exclusive: Anti-Maduro coalition grew from secret talks

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The coalition of Latin American governments that joined the U.S. in quickly recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president came together over weeks of secret diplomacy that included whispered messages to activists under constant surveillance and a high-risk foreign trip by the opposition leader challenging President Nicolas Maduro for power, those involved in the talks said.

If Nixon had the wits about him to not act guilty and just give interviews boasting about all his crimes in the NYT he'd have been elected president for live.

by generic on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 12:17:01 AM EST
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In Detail: The Deaths So Far | Venezuelanalysis.com
Despite the heavy press coverage, there is significant confusion over how these deaths occurred and at the hands of whom. In a bid for clarity, Venezuelanalysis provides readers with an in-depth and a complete account of the deaths so far below.

(Sorry for the spam/any repeats, I'm just catching up now.)

by generic on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 12:49:31 AM EST
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by generic on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 01:19:59 AM EST
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US unveils sweeping fraud, tech theft charges against China's Huawei
The [DOJ] unveiled 13 charges against Huawei Technologies, its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou -- the daughter of the company's founder who is currently out on bail in Canada -- and two affiliates related to violating US sanctions on Iran.
In addition, 10 US federal charges were filed against two Huawei affiliates for stealing robot technology from T-Mobile.
"Both sets of charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions, and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace," said FBI Director Christopher ["Battery Warden"] Wray.
v1. Canada PM fires ambassador to China after remarks on Huawei casts doubt on extradition
v2. Canada fires ambassador to China after multiple comments on Huawei CFO case
v3. Canada's Prime Minister fires ambassador to China in Huawei row
v4. John McCallum fired as ambassador to China amid diplomatic crisis
On Tuesday McCallum, a longtime Liberal, was quoted telling a gathering of Chinese-language journalists in Toronto that he thought she had a strong case to fight extradition to the U.S. and listed several arguments he thought could help her with her case.

Canada Takes A Hostage: Free Meng Wanzhou
"The pretext for her arrest is that Huawei has violated US sanctions against Iran. ..."
Trump totally punked Canada.
""Our extradition partners should not seek to politicize the extradition process ..."
Chinese National Accused of Stealing Battery Secrets

"China's goal, simply put, is to replace the U.S. as the world's leading superpower and they're using illegal methods to get there," FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a Thursday morning press conference.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 08:35:41 PM EST
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The Internet and its infrastructure is owned by Uncle Sam ... protected by the extended reach of the arm of US Justice [think blindfold]. The dollar .. sanctions regime ... modern technological colonialism ... suppression took a major step forward after the attacks of 9/11 ... Patriots Act! All in the preliminary fase of AmericaFirst!

UKUSA Espionage For Decades

Sometimes ownership of DNS can be somewhat problematic ...

DHS: Multiple US gov domains hit in serious DNS hijacking wave

After the success of a no-deal Brexit, the AngloSaxon twins can do it all alone with no eyes from Brussels witnessing their shady dealings - black ops et all.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 09:43:33 PM EST
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Chinese National Sentenced For Stealing Medical Device Plans
"Wenfeng Lu, 46, worked as an engineer at research facilities belonging to Southern California-based companies ev3 and Edwards Lifesciences Corporation from January 2009 until November 2012 when he was arrested before he could board a plane to China."

Running through the H1-B list kind of quickly.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 01:19:58 AM EST
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[BOLSONARO] Issues 5 Arrest Warrants in Deadly Mine Dam Collapse
A German company that has inspected the dam said two of its employees had been arrested. The Munich-based TUEV company Sued declined to specify whether the arrested staff were from its German headquarters or its Brazilian branch.
Brazil mining dam collapse death toll rises with hundreds still missing
Israel was sending a mission to help with rescue operations and provide aid, according to a statement Saturday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office. Netanyahu made the help offer during a call with President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been an enthusiastic ally of Israel. Bolsonaro, who assumed office Jan. 1, did a flyover Saturday of the area affected by the dam collapse.
[BOLSONARO] prosecutor says Vale dam burst may scramble Samarco talks

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 01:40:42 AM EST
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15 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in northern Gaza
"shot and wounded on Tuesday afternoon by Israeli soldiers' gunfire during clashes that broke out in northern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel"
Death toll rises to 117 in Mexico pipeline explosion
Jan. 18 in the central state of Hidalgo: "600 and 800 people gathered at the site to collect leaked fuel with containers when the explosion took place. Authorities are investigating whether the illegal tapping of the pipeline was the result of fuel theft, a crime that cost the country some 3 billion U.S. dollars in 2018."
Death toll from Brazil dam disaster climbs to 84
"The dam held at least 13 million cubic meters of industrial waste that is estimated to have spread over an area of 125 hectares."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 01:59:26 AM EST
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homicidal maniacs saving and creating jobs
U.S. says to withdraw from arms control treaty in six months
"get everybody in a big and beautiful room and do a new treaty that would be much better"
Germany pronounces INF missile treaty dead
"We must note that the INF treaty has been violated by the Russian side and that the appeals of the last 60 days for more transparency and more information have come to nothing"
Majority Leader, US House of Representatives, Statement on President Trump's Decision to Withdraw the U.S. From the INF Treaty
"President Vladimir Putin would like nothing more than for our country to scrap the treaty altogether, giving him cover to pursue even more aggressive development of nuclear-armed missile systems"
Russia Joins US, Will Suspend INF Nuclear Treaty
"The Russian move follows a similar action Friday by the U.S."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 2nd, 2019 at 09:38:30 PM EST
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