Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Now that people are aware of Russia operatives, the fake news is taking on a character. When there is a major incident that can be used for political purposes such as the school shootings in Florida and Texas, there are new websites opened on and off social media. It is somewhat identifiable now.

One other thing about Flint, Michigan.

Lead exposure. There are federal and state laws, possibly local laws, in EDUCATING people exposed to lead poisoning. Got that? The Emergency Manager and certainly Governor Snyder are and were required by law to provide publications about lead poisoning. These laws are well established. There is NO CHOICE in this matter. The public, when exposed to lead-contaminated water or environment of any kind, MUST receive information in a pamphlet/multiple page handout (like up to 21 pages or so) that describes where lead can be found, what to do about it and the symptoms of any lead poisoning.

It is my opinion if lawyers for the people haven't brought this up, they should. To a judge. There are criminal penalties for neglecting to educate the public.

These official documents do not call such danger an EXPOSURE. The language of these publications calls it lead poisoning. Get old pamphlets and educational materials, so Snyder or anyone else, like Trump, can't produce corrupt information. Try Library of Congress if all else fails. State libraries probably have these documents from decades past.

Ukraine is drowning by cyber attacks. It is believed ot be Russia.

Russia is trying to shut down the Ukraine infrastructure. It may be a prelude to an invasion.

May 23, 2018
By Kris Holt

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.


Cisco says hackers (click here) have infected more than 500,000 routers and other devices with malware to prepare for a cyberattack, and Ukraine could be the target. The country's SBU security service claims the malware is evidence Russia is preparing for a major attack "aimed at destabilising the situation" during the Champions League soccer final in Kiev Saturday, Reuters reported. Ukraine's annual Constitution Day celebrations may also be a target, according to the AP.


Researchers at Cisco have been tracking the malware for months and suspect Russia is responsible -- the company alerted US and Ukraine authorities to its findings, though is not aware what the hackers are planning. US Homeland Security agents are investigating the malware, which has similar code to malware the government claims Russia used in prior attacks....


There may be real reasons cyber attacks are so concentrated. There may be a congregation of satellites over Ukraine that is acting illegally in assaulting Ukraine.


May 23, 2018
By John Haltiwanger

The Ukrainian military (click here) for the first time on Tuesday tested anti-tank missiles made in the US and supplied by the Trump administration.


The US government approved the sale of the Javelin anti-tank missiles in March at an estimated cost of roughly $47 million and they arrived in Ukraine in late April.


Ukraine had long been seeking these missiles to gain an advantage in the ongoing conflict with Russia-backed rebels in the eastern part of the country, known as the Donbas. Accordingly, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko celebrated the first test of the missile on Twitter, stating, "Finally this day has come! Today, for the first time in Ukraine, the launch of Javelin missile complexes took place.".


"This is a very effective defensive weaponry, which is used in the event of Russian offensive on the positions of Ukrainian troops," Poroshenko added....


I would think the World Bank is very interested in this. It isn't like Ukraine is ATT or any of the other million-billionaires Trump is used to when it comes to "Pay to Play."


President Poroshenko needs the USA. Ukraine needs NATO. If the Ukraine President felt as though his country was going to be put on a blacklist for military hardware and/or financing, he would be willing to pay any requirement to achieve a national goal.


The monies paid to President Trump's lawyer for Pay to Play belong to the Ukraine people. These dollars are precious. Ukraine had staggering economic dynamics when the Maidan occurred, including the national debt. It would be very criminal to extort a foreign government with former ties to Russia.


I can't say for sure, but, if the monies weren't paid, President Trump could force Ukraine into an adverse national security status. That reality, of course, would play into the hands of Russia. President Trump would be operating as an agent to Russia if Ukraine were adversely effected by not paying monies.


I can't hardly recognize the USA under this administration. President Obama created excellent sanctions to Russia to protect Ukraine and maintain it's love of freedom. I don't see Trump as a president interested in any dynamics of freedom or not unless the proper monies were paid. I am shaking my head in disbelief as I write this. OMG!


This level of corruption is very dangerous, to the USA and in this case Ukraine. What next? Selling the USA to China or Russia and then what happens to NATO? What other countries have been held hostage for payments to Trump's lawyers


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21 May 2018

By Paul Wood

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, (click here) Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.


Mr Cohen denies the allegation.


The meeting at the White House was last June. Shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country's anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.


A high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer in Mr Poroshenko's administration described what happened before the visit to the White House....


...A high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer in Mr Poroshenko's administration described what happened before the visit to the White House.

Mr Cohen was brought in, he said, because Ukraine's registered lobbyists and embassy in Washington DC could get Mr Poroshenko little more than a brief photo-op with Mr Trump. Mr Poroshenko needed something that could be portrayed as "talks".
This senior official's account is as follows - Mr Poroshenko decided to establish a back channel to Mr Trump. The task was given to a former aide, who asked a loyal Ukrainian MP for help.
He in turn used personal contacts who attended a Jewish charity in New York state, Chabad of Port Washington. (A spokeman for the Chabad has asked us to make clear that officials there were not involved.
This eventually led to Michael Cohen, the president's lawyer and trusted fixer. Mr Cohen was paid $400,000.
There is no suggestion that Mr Trump knew about the payment.
That is horse hockey. President Trump is responsible for the activities of his staff, private, family and otherwise. There is no innocent understanding in this paradigm. This is Trump's private lawyer HANDLING the President of Ukraine. There is no protocol for this level of corruption. This is corruption and it can't be called anything else. If I received a visit from a foreign power and my private lawyer arranged it, there should be all kinds of alarm bells going off.
This is extortion. The State Department should have been handling all these approaches by any country. Where is the Exxon guy? Tillerson? Don't tell me he didn't know there was pay to play occurring. I don't buy that for a minute.
THIS IS NOT HOW ARM PURCHASES AND SHIPMENTS OCCUR!

Michael Cohen had no national security clearance and this was not a cocktail party!

Trump's Russia lawyer never sought national security and states he won't seek it. Where is he getting his information, Russia?

June 11, 2017
By Justin Elliot and Jessee Eisenger

...“No question in my mind (click here) — in order to represent President Trump in this matter you would have to get a very high level of clearance because of the allegations involving Russia,” said Robert Bennett, who served as President Bill Clinton’s personal lawyer. Like many Washington lawyers, Bennett has held security clearances throughout his career....

These guys are a piece of work.

I tell you what, Don, take a lesson from terrorists.

They change out their phones every day.

You know, throwaways.

It will keep Putin under wraps.

Guaranteed it will keep away all those citizens that say you are the absolute worst president in the modern era. Who wants to read that, especially being as sensitive as the president appears to be.

May 23, 2018

In a decision in a federal court in New York, (click here) U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that President Trump may not block critics on Twitter for not sharing his political views. Doing so violates the First Amendment, the judge ruled.

“While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him,” the judge said. The lawsuit was filed by Columbia University’s Knight Amendment Institute and seven Twitter users whom Trump blocked.

Very proud day for Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Baywa.

It is a proud day for India as well. Very nice.

May 10, 2018

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa (click here) has been ranked 68 on Forbes‘ 2018 list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’. (click here)

According to the magazine, four factors were taken into account to select each individual: how many people over whom they have power; the financial resources they control; if they have influence in more than one sphere; and how actively they wield their power to change the world.

75 people “who make the world turn” are featured in the 2018 list. General Bajwa is a newcomer to the list along with Saudia Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salmanm who ranks at number 8, and France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who ranks number 12.

According to Forbes, General Bajwa, once served in Congo under the ex-chief of the Indian army, who praised the army chief’s professionalism....                  

This is the style of Pompous Pompeo.

Pompeo actually believes countries are interested in his point of view enough that they would tune into another hate driven think tank in the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage never puts forward peace initiatives. They pump out Republican rhetoric and they call themselves a think tank. NOT!


Here is a take away form Pompy; Iran doesn't care what you think. You have to get their attention and then build a relationship that actually moves the Iranian people into a better place.

Dropping bombs is not a method to get anyone's attention. If diplomacy is engaged in a military solution, it is called war. W. A. R. That is when bombs take over diplomacy.

May 23, 2018
By Amir Tibon and Noa Landau



U.S. Secretary of State (click here) Mike Pompeo demanded Iran withdraw its forces from Syria and end its support for Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in his first major address as the top U.S. diplomat on Monday.

"Today, we ask the Iranian people - is this what you want your country to be known for? The United States believes you deserve better," Pompeo said.

Pompeo said that the U.S. is prepared to re-establish relations with the regime and "happily" support it when they see "tangible and sustained shifts" in Iranian policy.

The U.S. expects "major changes" in any new deal – with stipulations listed to ensure that "Iran never acquires a nuclear bomb."...

They are preparing for you, Pompy. What are you going to do about it, give another speech at the Heritage Foundation?

Iran is of little consequence to the USA. It has oil and that is probably not needed by the USA. The USA imports oil from the Middle East, but, if Iran deprived the USA of it's oil, it will be gotten elsewhere.

So, if one takes the premise that Iran is of little consequence to the USA, our interest falls to Israel. That is our only real interest in Iran, EXCEPT, Iran is awfully good to go to war so that Israel can take land as part of the plunder of war. Right? What better excuse? Iraq was "W"'s and that won't fly well this time. So, what does the Heritage Foundation have to say about peace in the Middle East. War, go for it?

Missed opportunity there with Iraq, huh? If only "W" did it right, Israel would have far better borders.

May 9, 2018
By Ty Joplin

Trump has announced the U.S. (click here) will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

His decision was condemned by all parties involved in the deal, but celebrated by Saudi and Israel.

He appears to be ruling out the possibility of diplomacy with Iran

Trump may accelerate a military showdown with Iran....

...The day before, on April 7th, Israel sent armored cars armed with missile launchers to the Golan Heights.

Nah, there is no chance of war. The missile launchers are a deterent, right?

Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran deal has caused shockwaves throughout the world; oil prices are increasing, European and American companies are scrambling to salvage lucrative deals with Iran and analysts are struggling to predict what will happen next.

The U.S. has signalled to its European allies and to Russia, China and Iran that it has lost faith in the diplomatic approach to curtailing Iranian power. And in this shift, the U.S. is siding more closely with Israel and Saudi Arabia, who both have long abandoned diplomacy in favor of armed conflict.

Trump’s decision may be the final capitulation to the Israeli and Saudi strategy, one that has adapted a war posture....

Years ago, the omnipotent Trump knew about Schneiderman.

May 11, 2018

Washington — Donald Trump (click here) learned years ago of then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's alleged abuse of two women, a New York lawyer said Friday in a court filing.

In a letter to the federal judge overseeing the handling of evidence seized from Trump attorney Michael Cohen, lawyer Peter Gleason said two women approached Gleason a year apart,  saying they were "sexually victimized" by Schneiderman.

After talking with the one of the women in 2013, Gleason said he discussed the matter with retired tabloid newspaper and TV journalist Stephen Dunleavy who "offered to discuss the matter with Donald Trump," then a New York businessman.

"Mr. Dunleavy did indeed discuss this very matter with Mr. Trump, as evidenced by a phone call I received from attorney Michael Cohen," Gleason said in his letter to U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood.

Gleason said he then shared with Cohen "certain details of Schneiderman's vile attacks on these two women."

Schneiderman, who has battled repeatedly with President Trump, resigned his post this week, after The New Yorker reported that four women accused him of physical abuse....

So, Donald Trump, in all his insight tried to leverage power over AG Schneiderman. Yes, he did. Trump never went forward with information he knew. He even brags about knowing about the abuse of two women. Why? Why would Donald Trump not come forward to end the nightmare for these women?

BECAUSE, BACAUSE, Trump found an opportunity to leverage power over Schneiderman that might be handy in the future.

I want to know when Donald Trump knew Schneiderman was abusing two woman AND why he did nothing?

I want to know if AG Schneiderman favored Trump at any point in time that Trump held secrets of him?

Israel needs to stop fomenting hate and war.

U.S. Ambassador David Friedman standing next to the controversial photo, May 22, 2018.

When Israel states they want to build the "Third Temple" it does not mean there are three temples that exist in Jerusalem.

The ideological Third Temple has nothing to do with handicapped children. The US Ambassador does not have a place in this outrageous display of power.


Israel has lost the First and Second Temple located in the spot they covet for the Third Temple.


(The First Temple)...The site chosen by King David (click here) was the top of Mount Moriah, where Abraham had once proved his readiness to offer up his dearly beloved son in obedience to G‑d's command....

Mount Moriah, Site of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (click here)

Jared Kushner has security clearance because of Isarel.

“Second Temple Judaism” (click here) is a common designation for the Jewish traditions that flourished between the return of exiles from Babylon and the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple under Persian patronage from 538 to 515 BCE, and the destruction of the Temple by Roman forces in 70 CE. In practice, research on the period often focuses on the 4th century BCE and following, and stretches into the 2nd century CE. Sometimes referred to erroneously as “intertestamental,” Second Temple Judaism has attracted sustained attention since the late 19th century as a transitional age between the ancient Israelite religion reflected in the early strata of the Hebrew Bible and the emergence of Christianity and classical rabbinic Judaism in their characteristically postsacrificial forms in late Antiquity....


Judaism holds the First and Second Temple as among the core of their religion. Both temples were lost because of war. The Second Temple was destroyed by Romans, the same people that crucified Jesus Christ.

I would never expect Israel, the Jews/Hebrews to give up the history of Judaism. It is profoundly important to every religion to hold dear it's origins and those that found god. I am confident every diplomat involved with a peace for the Middle East knows the dearly important place a Third Temple brings. Unfortunately, Trump and his son-in-law are toying with war when planning to build the Third Temple.

These lands are sacred lands. They are sacred to Israel, but, they are also sacred to the other Abrahamic religions of Christianity and Muslim. There are very strong reasons each religion holds these lands dear. Israel is completely wrong to bring plans for a Third Temple forward and in the same breath in order to build the Third Temple destroy every other sacred buildings where the First Temple stood.

To begin with, every inch of soil on these lands are archeological treasures, that includes the Dome of the Rock. That stated, these lands, including every grain of soil, is a treasure to the Abrahamic religions, it is not exclusive to Israel. If Israel is going to destroy archaeological buildings, they are no better than terrorists that have destroyed dearly important statues to the Buddist religion, specifically Buddhas of Bamiyan (click here). The world still doesn't know the extent Daesh destroyed valuable and dear artifacts.

So, when will the Third Temple be built? When there is peace and the region has settled the placement of the Jewish Third Temple. I cannot think of one Israeli neighbor that would see Israel act unilaterally. That is not anti-semitic. Absolutely is not. It is a statement about the impatience Israel has demonstrated regarding the Palestinian people and the region. Israel is acting alone in many measures and the region is not happy. That is not good for Israel or it's diaspore.

I know all the arguments. My favorite is that after 20 years the land should have rightfully passed to Israel. That is not a valid point of view. Somewhere along the way the extremists of Israel decided the rest of the world takes ownership of land after 20 years of occupation (otherwise called squatting). There is nothing in any international accord that states if Israel moves onto land traditionally held by Arabs they can make a claim to it in 20 years.

Jarhead Kushner wants the USA military to back Israel when it gets in over it's head by declaring war and moving onto land currently the home of Arabs, including Palestine. I believe Kushner is no different than any other extremist within the Jewish religion that demands any one other than Hebrews to be removed from the land so destruction of religious artifacts and buildings can be leveled and the Third Temple built. Additionally, the settlers need more land and the diaspora needs to be able to come home.

Enough. This is not reasonable of civilization. There needs to be a peace process that provides for a Palestinian homeland and a Jerusalem secure for every religion to set their feet upon.

May 23, 2014

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (click here) was photographed Tuesday receiving an aerial image of Jerusalem bearing a simulation of the Third Temple instead of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

First reported on the ultra-Orthodox news site Kikar Hashabat, the photo of Friedman receiving the poster was taken during a tour of Bnei Brak held by the Achiya organization, which aids children who suffer from learning disabilities....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bad news for President Trump's tax law. Mnuchin must feel betrayed. Wall Street is calling him out.

May 22, 2018
By Josh Delk

Someone needs to complete and update this graph.

Leading investment banking group Goldman Sachs (click here) says the fiscal outlook for the U.S. "is not good," with new economic forecasts predicting massive increases to the federal deficit. 

"An expanding deficit and debt level is likely to put upward pressure on interest rates, expanding the deficit further," wrote the firm's chief economist, Jan Hatzius, on Sunday, according to CNBC.

The economist notes that the ballooning deficit could spike interest rates, which would expand the deficit, and he predicted lawmakers, as a result, "might hesitate" in approving a high-dollar stimulus package to help with a future economic recession....

Something else about Goldman-Sachs that may be somewhat obscure from view; it started a consumer credit arm called "Marcus." Interestingly, it caters to the less optimal borrowers.

Some in the financial sector are still shaking their heads in disillusion since trading and investment banking has been the 'gig' at Goldman. But, in taking a good look at their target consumer, it is more or less aligned with JP Morgan, except, Goldman is providing a platform for CREDIT SCORES traditionally less attractive.

I have to wonder if Goldman is developing a heart for the consumers the 2008 global financial collapse left behind. Is this financial company experiencing remorse or more like hope for revitalizing an economy for the underserved? I welcome financial institutions that demonstrate a conscience to bringing those left behind up to speed.

Maybe Henry Paulson finally figured out what the USA Treasury is really about.

September 26, 2017
By Frank Chaparro

...Its new lending platform, (click here) Marcus, which targets prime borrowers with credit scores above 660 is issuing out loans at a fast clip, according to a new report by CB Insights.

Marcus, launched in October 2016, is the firm's first consumer lending platform. It offers no-fee personal loans of up to $30,000 for two- to six-year periods....

...In the presentation, delivered at the Barclays Financial Services Conference earlier in September, the firm outlined how it will "prudently grow" its lending business. Marcus is part of a broader strategy shift by the investment bank, which is best known for trading and investment banking.

It has been expanding its retail footprint, launching GSBank.com in April 2016. GSBank.com offers customers a 1.20% interest rate on their deposits, which can be as low as $1, as well as 12 month- and 5 year-term CDs. The retail platform has $15 billion in deposits, according to the presentation.

ZTE is a Chinese corporation.

This website is listed under ZTEUSA. (click here)

They may or may not have unique products to the market, but, the stocks are listed as a Chinese company.

ZTE (click here)

China
(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization of issuer)

It's executive offices are registered as New York City.

The Equitable Building (click here) is located on 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10005 at the corner of Pine Street and Broadway. 

The registered website is:

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/about/investor_relations/.

Page 21 under the registration: 

ZTE Corporation, a company organized under the laws of China. The Registration Statement is being filed for the purpose of registering Five Million (5,000,000) ADSs under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “ Securities Act ”).

It is a multinational corporation. There is more to ZTE than meets the eye,

April 17, 2018

The U.S. government (click here) said Chinese telecommunications-gear maker ZTE (ZTCOY, -15.37%) violated the terms of a sanctions settlement and imposed a seven-year ban on purchases of crucial American technology needed to keep it competitive.

The Commerce Department determined ZTE, which was previously fined for shipping telecommunication equipment to Iran and North Korea, subsequently paid full bonuses to employees who engaged in the illegal conduct, failed to issue letters of reprimand and lied about the practices to U.S. authorities, the department said.

“Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in the statement. “This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.”....

And, of course, the US government got a cut of the action. It would seem as though ZTE has very high hopes. (click here)

ZTE USA, headquartered in Richardson, Texas, is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a global provider of mobile devices, telecommunication systems, and enterprise solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communication technology accessible to all. ZTE is ranked by independent industry analysts as the fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices in the U.S. overall, and second-largest supplier of prepaid devices. 


March 7, 2017

HONG KONG — As one of China’s (click here) few truly international technology companies, ZTE is often held up by Beijing as part of a new generation of firms that is able to compete beyond Chinese borders.

On Tuesday, the United States government made an example of ZTE in a different way.

As part of a settlement for breaking sanctions and selling electronics to Iran and North Korea, ZTE agreed to plead guilty and pay $1.19 billion in fines, the United States Department of Commerce said in an announcement. The penalty is the largest criminal fine in a United States sanctions case.

The action is the latest in a series of skirmishes between the United States and China over technology policy. It also offered a chance for President Trump’s young administration to make a statement about the seriousness of United States sanctions. In addition to ZTE, the Commerce Department is also investigating the company’s larger Chinese rival, Huawei, for violating United States sanctions....


Store Locator: (click here)

Amazing. It would seem as though there is a ZTE store in every neighborhood in the country. Why aren't these phones selling in China?

How far did the Iranians have to walk to find a phone store, West Africa?

This is the problem with countries that covet the USA for it's corporate profitability. This is the problem with Goldman Sachs coveting the USA for it's profitability. Enough!

The rest of the world needs to work on it's GHG emissions and securing their OWN middle class and phone companies.

It is called quality of life and every person in every country should be working to achieve it. This is a shame. It is really a shame. Wall Street needs to hang it's head in shame to look for cheap labor while the people live in substandard conditions.

I am kind of curious as to the design and technology of the phones and how much they may match USA technology produced by cheap Chinese labor? There probably aren't any patents filed to protect the rights of the ZTE phones.
I was impressed by the news conference with President Moon Jae-in and President Trump. We have a great alliance and it appears to be unchallenged. I appreciated President Trump giving every courtesy to President Moon Jae-in. That was a very friendly and thoughtful expression of our alliance.

It was more than obvious, there was a 2nd meeting with China that President Trump believed changed the tone by North Korea. That is both curious and worrisome. I think it is up to Kim Jong Un to validate or dismiss.

This news conference was very upbeat. It is very hopeful. President Moon Jae-in appears confident about his relationship with Kim Jong Un.

I look forward to more movement in reuniting the North and South, albeit an extended timeline.

May 22, 2018

US President Donald Trump (click here) has said there is a "substantial chance" a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un next month may be delayed.
He was speaking as he received South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the White House to discuss the summit.
Mr Moon is "likely tell President Trump what to expect and what not to expect from Kim", South Korean media report.

Last week the North said it might cancel if the US insisted on it giving up nuclear weapons unilaterally....

I don't think the Secretary of State is making in roads.

I know Trump wants to appear to be a tough guy, but, his methods are really not working. Iran is finished with negotiations. They aren't really interested in promoting more talks. So, the unilateral sanctions is simply putting the USA outside the sphere of influence.

The same seems true in regard to North Korea. Granted Russia and China came to the UN Security Council to join a singular voice to Kim Jung Un. That was an accomplishment and provided greater potential to promote peace in the Korean region.

President Moon Jae-in realized North Korea was making a new assessment of it's future considering the UN Security Council was united in demanding peace. In that was the real opportunity to end the old tensions and invited the North Korean athletes to participate in the Olympics as South Korean guests. That genuine expression of collective interest was welcome and a really great movement toward peace was taken seriously by the North.

I think it was wrong for the Trump administration to classify the talks with North Korea as a model to the initiative with Libya. Libya is not a good model. Libya ended in tragedy and not a success. It is the past policies of The West that produce concern by Kim Jung Un. He does not want a Libya like outcome for his people.

The initiative to peace for the Korean Peninsula and the region should not be squandered. I believe the UN Security Council did the right thing. The UN Security Council can ask President Moon Jae-in to speak and provide insight to the best direction for continued movement toward peace for the Korean people. He obviously has the trust of Kim Jung Un.

Achieving the peace in the two Koreas can include a safe path for the North Korean people as well as their current leader. Mistreating Kim Jong Un will not win the hearts of the North Korean people.

I believe the path forward for North and South Korea lies in the hands of their leaders and the common ground they stand on. This effort to end decades of very hostile tensions must not fail. The people of the Koreas have a right to their dream to end hatred and nurture improvements to potentially uniting families.

I believe the Koreas' peace will last. As trust builds and both Koreas find economic health by engaging each other, the potential to removing any nuclear threat from the region has great promise. I do believe North Korea will disarm, but, it won't happen through threats, but, trust.

I also believe the USA's nuclear capacity in the region is a real threat that will cause hesitation to any peace movement. The USA is an ally to South Korea, but, with real peace there won't be a need to bring nuclear weapons into the region. That is not a position of a whim, it is a position of peace with confidence in the future.

Libya never was never so stable as the Korean potential post nuclear weapon removal. One looks to Ukraine and it's peril after relinquishing of nuclear weapons. This is the reality the leaders of North Korea, Pakistan and Iran have as examples of very poor policy that destroyed countries and not stabilized them through peace.

I think the removal of any nuclear potential in the region where North Korea and South Korea seek peace and reunification is a reasonable demand. That would mean as North Korea is denuclearized, China, Russia and the USA have to provide assurances there will be no nuclear potential into the Korean peninsula.

That paradigm will be new to all countries involved, but, it would be a chance to test the strength of the hope for the peace process. In the case of South Korea, there has to be a corresponding participation of Japan. The USA cannot just park it's nuclear missiles offshore of Japan or other Pacific islands. It is unreasonable to ask a country to denuclearize while the five permanent members of the UN are static in the region. That paradigm encourages destabilization of governments.

I do not anticipate easy progress to these talks, but, they have to be conducted and resolves met to the satisfaction of all. It is hideous to think peace in this world is nothing more than ideology. I sincerely believe most if not all leaders in the world want a denuclearized world for their children. North Korea is the test.

There is a way forward and I trust President Moon Jae-in to make it so.

May 22, 2018

General Ismail Kowsari, (click here) Deputy Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Tharallah base, seen on Al-Alam TV on September 27, 2017. 


Iran has responded to US warnings of tighter sanctions by threatening to “punch Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth."

Mr Pompeo (click here) said Washington would impose new penalties if Tehran did not agree to make sweeping changes, including dropping its nuclear programme and pulling out of the Syrian civil war.
The threat comes two weeks after Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran despite appeals from other signatories including Britain, France and Germany.
The White House has warned it is ready to impose "the strongest sanctions in history", setting Washington and Tehran further on a course of confrontation.

But Ismail Kowsari, the deputy commander of the Sarollah Revolutionary Guards base in Tehran, has poured scorn on the latest sanctions threat.
He said: ”The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American Secretary of State and anyone who backs them.
"Who are you and America to tell us to limit the range of ballistic missiles?
"History has shown that with the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, America is the top criminal with regard to missiles.”...

Being a woman is not a disability, but, returning to her sport, Sarena Williams should take her doctors advice.

Serena Williams experienced a pulmonary blood clot after giving birth. It happens sometimes. The practice in treating blood clots is usually an anticoagulant (blood thinner) is administered for the rest of a person's life. It really is up to Serena's physicians to inform authorities to her fitness to return to the sport she loves. If her doctors are in agreement about her health, she should not be handicapped by a length of time for her return.

Once her wellness and fitness is determined there can be an opinion included in any appeal as to the rigors of returning to her previous rank and tournament routine as opposed to repeated trials to achieve the same goal.

In recent tournaments, she had varied results. The WTA may want to review those tournaments to decide if the rigors of returning are unfairly leveraged. Her health, well being and continued success should be at the core of any decision of the WTA.


21 May 2018

...The WTA is considering a rule change (click here) to add protected seedings for highly ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year.

Several of Williams’ biggest rivals believe she deserves a seeding. “I would like to see that [rule] change,” Maria Sharapova said at the Italian Open last week. “It’s such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally. ... There’s just another whole dimension to the travel, to the experiences, to the emotions to the physicality of every single day.”

Williams returned to the tour briefly in March after a 14-month absence. She was not seeded at tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, and compiled two wins and two losses.

Williams has recounted the difficulties she faced in childbirth, and a pulmonary embolism made it hard for her to breathe shortly after her daughter was born. But after a period of training, coach Patrick Mouratoglou last week told the WTA tour website that “Serena will play the French Open to win it.”...              

Monday, May 21, 2018

Iran's President Rohani needs to meet with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghanit.

The Taliban are using the Iranian border to strengthen and attack innocent Afghan districts. I would hope President Rohani would find a common and stabilized border with Afghanistan better policy than an unstable border potentially used for drug and arms smuggling.

I sincerely doubt the Iranian government wants to bring suffering to the people of Afghanistan by further violence by the Taliban.

PHOTO COURTESY: NPRMay 21, 2018

Taliban fighters (click here) closed in on another district in Afghanistan on Sunday as officials sought to reassure an increasingly angry public that security would improve.


On Sunday, the insurgents were besieging the governor’s compound in Ajrestan district in Ghazni, south of the capital Kabul, although officials said reinforcements had arrived and were relieving police defending the town.


The fighting in Ghazni, which has long had a heavy Taliban presence, follows several days of fighting in Farah province, on the other side of Afghanistan on the border with Iran where the insurgents came close to overrunning the provincial capital.


General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan visited Farah on Saturday with the ministers of the interior and defense and the head of the NDS intelligence service.

“Farah did not fall and Farah will never fall,” he said, calling on the Taliban to accept President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace talks.

“We will stay with you until we bring this war to a peaceful conclusion,” he said.

He met local officials in the governor’s compound and heard a bitter litany of complaints about the failure of the government to protect the city and the province, where the Taliban control many areas....