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31-Dec-18 World View -- Burundi's president Nkurunziza says Rwanda is no longer a partner but an enemy Fears

orders the UN to close its human rights office in Burundi Fears

'It is, therefore, very urgent for the East African

Community to focus on the real problem that is jeopardizing peace

and security throughout Burundi.

It is Rwanda, a state party to the treaty establishing the East

African Community, which is not at its first attempt to

destabilize its neighbor, Burundi, in violation of the

fundamental principles of the community.

In short, Rwanda is the only country in the region that is one of

the main destabilisers of my country and, therefore, I no longer

consider it a partner country, but simply as an enemy

Nkurunziza refused to step down after announcing that he would seek

His announcement triggered protests, and the police responded

with bullets and teargas, killing ten people in four days of violence

( "30-Apr-15 World View -- 20,000 refugees flee violence in Burundi, fearing Hutu-Tutsi war") Museveni

among the member nations, and particularly to prevent a repeat

responded with a decree that no outsider should interfere in his

country�s internal matters, and that any such interference 'would be

to overthrow this institution elected by the people [of Burundi].' Museveni

Burundi orders the UN to close its human rights office in Burundi A

were committing crimes against humanity in 2017 and 2018. 'These

crimes include murder, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of

physical liberty, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence of

comparable gravity, and persecution on political grounds,' according

of thousands of refugees, mostly Tutsis, have fled and are staying

secret detention houses to silence dissent.

on social media, showed blood flowing from the drain of a house in

An eyewitness said that the blood was from

Burundi officials reacted by withdrawing from the ICC.

slaughtered close to a million ethnic Tutsis in a period of

president Paul Kagame said a year ago said that Nkurunziza's third

term as president and his refusal to step down threatened a repeat

serving the maximum time permitted by the respective constitutions.

This, of course, is similar to what we've seen in country

still alive who remember the incredible horrors of the last genocide,

and they will prevent their children from letting things get out

Burundi's Hutu 'eternal supreme guide' Nkurunziza to remain in power eternally (19-Mar-2018)

Burundi's Hutu government leaves International Criminal Court to avoid crimes against humanity charges (28-Oct-2017)

20,000 refugees flee violence in Burundi, fearing Hutu-Tutsi war (30-Apr-2015)

Uganda lawmakers throw fists and chairs at each other over Museveni's power grab (28-Sep-2017)

Rwanda's president Kagame becomes another leader refusing to leave office (19-Nov-2015)

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week on December 18, China's president Xi Jinping gave a solemn speech

my opinion, the most important part of that speech was his goal of 'wiping

himself a dictator for life, and modified the consititution to

the March speech, he said 'China has continuously striven for its dream

of realizing great national rejuvenation for over 170 years,' alluding

the past few months, I've been deep into studying China's history, back

to ancient times, but particularly focusing on the time since the 1840s

China and Japan had generational crisis civil wars that climaxed in

countries were devastated by those crisis civil wars, and each had

embraced the West, including culture, government and technology, and

by the early 1900s Japan was considered a 'developed country' and even

a 'Western country,' although the people became imbued with a militaristic

a love-hate relationship with the West), and even declared war on the

was highly competent and driven, China's government was totally

society began adopting anarchism, socialism and communism from Russia's

triggered the May 4th movement (May 4, 1919), a massive anti-government

the government brutally put down, but which turned the people into

a driven population seeking revenge against Japan and the West. (It's

no coincidence that the May 4th movement was repeated exactly 70 years

It's also going to be a big problem next year for the Chinese

leadership that May 4 and June 4, 2019, will be anniversaries of

For three hundred years, from 1640 to 1912, they were governed

easily have overthrown at any time, but never bothered to do so. Then

(the CCP) seens like a child lost in the woods, with no idea

point in China's history, and he lists three major outcomes in the

Xiaoping's 'reform and opening-up' in 1978, including the redefinition

This is the event whose 40th anniversary was being

believe that we can reasonably assume that Xi would identify the fourth

major outcome of the May 4th Movement as his own anointment as dictator

kinds of actions that Japan took in the decades following the Meiji

So one might say that in 1978, China lagged a century

'Socialist modernization requires centralized

leadership and strict implementation of various rules and

regulations and observance of labour discipline.

factionalism and anarchism must be firmly opposed.

concentration of ideas is possible only when there is full

was not carried out in the true sense, centralism being divorced

from democracy and there being too little democracy, it is

necessary to lay particular emphasis on democracy at present, and

on the dialectical relationship between democracy and centralism,

so as to make the mass line the foundation of the Party's

centralized leadership and the effective direction of the

organizations of production.

among the ranks of the people, only democracy is permissible and

not suppression or persecution.

citizens must be resolutely protected and no one has the right to

infringe upon them.

In order to safeguard people's democracy, it is imperative to

strengthen the socialist legal system so that democracy is

systematized and written into law in such a way as to ensure the

stability, continuity and full authority of this democratic system

laws must be observed, their enforcement must be strict and law

breakers must be dealt with.

organizations must maintain their independence as is appropriate;

they must faithfully abide by the laws, rules and regulations,

serve the people's interests, keep to the facts;

equality of all people before the people's laws and deny anyone

the privilege of being above the law.' There

are two important concepts here: 'socialist modernization' was necessary

that the country was centrally controlled, but democratic in the sense

document says: 'The Party members' right to make criticisms within

time of Deng Xiaoping in 1978, but none of this is recognizable in today's

China, where members of the CCP are clearly above the law, and anyone

he is probably leaving out the most important: the June 4, 1989,

May 1989, exactly 70 years after the May 4th movement, millions of young

On June 4, Chinese troops and security police stormed through Tiananmen

Thousands of students were killed, and tens of thousands

the CCP were staring death in the face, as they considered the fact something

whole new and far darker and more sinister meaning.

became increasingly paranoid, and began seeing ghosts. Centralism

and is particularly targeted, after millions of people became practioners

affairs calmly;

maintaining a low profile;

boastful, and militarily threatening to anyone who does not

May 4th Movement led immediately to two disastrous Chinese leaders --

actually a real fear, because the deeply paranoid CCP leaders are actually

have to be insane to believe that this policy would work to convert

in front of a mob, and jailed in what might be called a 'reeducation

However, it's increasingly seen as a policy of building infrastructure

model is to send in thousands of Chinese workers, lend money

to the government and demand that they use the money to pay the salaries

families back home or to purchase Chinese products within their enclave.

The country cannot afford to pay back the loan, and the Chinese

centuries,' and now are adopting policies to exploit and humiliate the

brings us back to understanding how incompetent China is to governing

authoritarian government, led by an incompetent leader Xi Jinping,

who has adopted one insane policy after another, with no idea what

most insane policy of all is its preparation for war.

one nuclear ballistic weapons system after another with no purpose

has become an aggressive, imperial, militaristic nation that will launch

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

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opposition DRC candidate Martin Fayulu - campaign poster showing him buttoning or unbuttoning (I can't tell which) his shirt cuffs (Al-Jazeera) There

2016, but he refused to step down and postponed the presidential

to step down, and postponed the presidential election for a year,

himself will not be running, since the constitution limits him to

Voting will continue as usual in other cities where there is

So there are 1.2 million votes in these three cities,

of the polling stations in the capital city Kinshasa will not be open

However, the election commission says that voters will be directed

cannot afford to simply step down, thanks to rampant, massive corruption.

more than 80 companies and businesses in the country and abroad.

71,000 hectares (175,444 acres) of farmland.

mines, a part of the country's largest mobile phone network, companies

that mine mineral deposits, gold and limestone, a luxury hotel,

stakes in an airline, a share of the country's banks, and a fast-food

atrocities, jailings, torture -- to stay in power.

foreign ministry has unexpectedly announced the expulsion of European

Union ambassador Bart Ouvry, saying he has 48 hours to leave in

retaliation for the EU's decision to renew sanctions against DRC officials,

the attack, shots were fired, some tents were burnt down and tables

About 21 people fled the clinic though most

of December 26, a total of 591 Ebola cases, including 543 confirmed and

48 probable cases, have been reported in the two neighboring provinces

Overall, 357 cases have died (case fatality ratio

health officials might have already ended the Ebola outbreak, but they

are being prevented from doing their work by the civil war in progress,

particular, the teams in Beni are unable to carry out critical field

work, including vaccinations, contact tracing, and following up on

in the local communities, including the local health authorities,

DR Congo's Kabila manipulates election to stay in power as Ebola spreads (20-Dec-2018)

World Health Organization fears 'perfect storm' could spread Ebola rapidly in DR Congo (26-Sep-2018)

DR Congo's Joseph Kabila brings the art of power and corruption to new heights (24-Jul-2017) (Comments:

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Naimi visited the Damascus embassy and watched the flag being raised

'[The reopening of the embassy] reaffirms the keenness

of the UAE to restore relations between the two friendly countries

to their normal course.

It will strengthen and activate the Arab role in supporting the

independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian

Arab Republic and to prevent the dangers of regional interference

'regional interference' being referenced is thought to be interference

may already be too late to 'prevent the dangers of regional interference'

then genocide and ethnic cleansing of vast portions of the Syria's

The army almost collapsed in 2015, until al-Assad

begged for help and was saved by the massive intervention by Russia,

That massive intervention continues until the

present time, in the form of the 'regional interference' that UAE's

for several months, hoping that the carnage would end, but finally

they broke their silence in August, after the Syrian army first

technique being used in each of these cities is that tanks first surround

the city to prevent anyone from fleeing and then, once the city

is sealed, the tanks start flattening residential neighborhoods and

the snipers kill anyone on the street, even children.

issued a statement strongly condemning al-Assad, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE recalled their

ethnic cleansing continued to worsen as he attacked the El-Ramel

Palestinian refugee camp in Latakia killing many women and children

been expelled completely ignores the fury and chaos at the time. The

attack on the Latakia refugee camp also led to the creation of ISIS.

Al-Assad's attacks drew tens of thousands of young Sunni jihadists

ISIL), and took control of a large region of eastern Syria, with the

It took a joint operation by American forces leading the Kurdish Syrian Defense

American withdrawal will create a vacuum in the huge eastern part of

also increasing calls across the Arab world to re-admit Syria into

worse, Idlib province in northwest Syria is currently hosting over

Idlib, which would amount to genocide and ethnic cleansing of the three

An attack by al-Assad could lead to a full war between Syria

Also, it could create a new humanitarian disaster, with

Mideast turmoil increases after Arab League suspends Syria (15-Nov-2011)

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27-Dec-18 World View -- Socialist Venezuela's oil output plummets as refugee outflow surges UN

prepares Venezuelan refugee crisis, the largest in modern Latin American history by John

Venezuela's oil output continues to crash -- except for China joint venture UN

prepares Venezuelan refugee crisis, the largest in modern Latin American history

Socialist Venezuela's oil output continues to crash -- except for China joint venture Venezuelan

migrants travel aboard a truck in Tumbes, Peru, near the Ecuador border, on 1 November (AFP) Venezuela's

economy desperately needs to be able to sell oil in order to

feat -- turned the country with the largest oil reserves in the

world into a country that can't produce oil.

have partially or completely turned to free markets as their economies

(PDVSA) over to army generals and other political cronies to run, lest

July, Quevedo joined his wife, a Catholic priest and a gathering of oil

workers in prayer to ask God to boost oil output.

The collapse has continued, and production has dropped 20% since

replacing him with another army general who has no oil industry expertise.

to make the debt repayments, and so earlier this year China took over

The result is that oil production from Sinovensa increased 46%

UN prepares Venezuelan refugee crisis, the largest in modern Latin American history The

95 organizations in 16 countries to respond to the humanitarian

3.3 million Venezuelans have fled into neighboring countries and

This exodus is already the largest in the modern history of

or 17% of the country's total population, will be living abroad

RMRP organizations are also asking for $738 million in financing in

hopes of providing assistance to 2.2 million Venezuelans and 500,000

and ballistic missiles, and people are permitted to leave the country

Socialist Venezuela oil production in 'free fall' as infrastructure collapses (25-Nov-2018)

Venezuela's refugees crisis soars, as economic disaster reaches new levels (09-Nov-2018)

Socialist Venezuela's state-owned PDVSA oil company near total collapse (21-Apr-2018)

Russia considers taking on a huge financial burden - Venezuela (05-Oct-2017)

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26-Dec-18 World View -- Sudan police crack down violently against anti-government protesters Recent generational history of Sudan by John

police crack down violently against anti-government protesters Recent generational history of Sudan

Sudan police crack down violently against anti-government protesters Anti-government protesters in Atbara, Sudan, on 20-Dec wave their hands at security forces (Sudan Tribune) As

attempting to quash anti-government protests that began in the suburbs

Security forces have been shooting live fire and teargas into

Tuesday, police fired into the air, used teargas and hit demonstrators

with batons to disperse them as they marched to the presidential

protests began last Wednesday, initially over rising prices and shortages

of food and fuel, but later escalated into calls for al-Bashir

the leader who has been in power for decades refuses to step down

and uses the army and security forces to bash, arrest, torture and

war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Darfur

is a country of more than 40 million people, and is a special case

off and became independent in 2011, Sudan lost three-quarters of its

name in Arabic means 'land of the blacks,' which gives an idea

three separate regions, on three separate generational timelines: Northern

region (although many residents are poor and black).

A civil war began in this

It continued until a peace deal was signed in 2005

was supposed to resolve the North-South civil war, but it energized

Darfur conflict began in the 1970s as minor land disagreements between

2003, the Darfur conflict grew into a full-fledged generational crisis

international peacekeeping force in Darfur called UNAMID, but in the

Latest South Sudan peace agreement appears close to collapse (09-Dec-2018)

Darfur genocide overshadows women's empowerment summit in South Africa (15-Jun-2015)

Senator Joe Biden wants to move troops from Iraq to Darfur civil war (29-Apr-2007) (Comments:

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Last year, tensions were high because of repeated

this has been a record setting year in terms of tourism.

million tourists have visited Bethlehem this year, and the city's

hotels hosted an 'astounding' 10,000 tourist overnight on Christmas

the decline continues and becomes 'disorderly,' then that will be an

which means that the stock market is in a huge bubble, and something

to the 5-6 range three times in the last century, the last time in

was a similar stock market bubble in 1929.

the 1929 panic, and to this day nobody knows what triggered it, and

why it happened on August 28 rather than a few months earlier or later.

The same will be true when the new panic occurs this time.

Trump understands that he who lives by the stock market dies by the

Champagne corks pop as a 'Trump rally' sends Wall Street stocks parabolic (04-Mar-2017)

'The Big Short' - an infuriating movie about the financial crisis (26-Dec-2015)

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Trump's announcement of troop withdrawal signals end of 'War on Terror' Generational

Donald Trump's announcement of troop withdrawal signals end of 'War on Terror' James

partial troop withdrawal from Afghanistan signal a major policy change,

announcement is being widely ridiculed by the mainstream press and politicians,

most of whom probably couldn't find Syria on a map if they

'My views on treating allies with respect and also

being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic

competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of

immersion in these issues.

advance an international order that is most conducive to our

security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this

effort by the solidarity of our alliances.

Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose

views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I

believe it is right for me to step down from my

McGurk, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat

this major change of policy occurring right at the end of 2018, an

an in-depth analysis of the announced troop withdrawal from Syria. Military

the last two years, I've seen and heard one hysterical condemnation of

president Trump's policies after another in the mainstream media, mostly

from so-called 'experts' who have no clue what's going on in the

These people have been wrong almost every time, but that never

the other hand, I've written thousands of generational analyses in the

last 15 years, and they've all turned out to be true or are trending

withdrawal from Syria signals a major change in policy that has completely

repeatedly wrong time after time for two years, and I've been repeatedly

right for two years, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to be right

make perfect sense when viewed from the point of view of Generational

written about the reasons for this hundreds of times, and the summary

WW II, and was our bitter enemy after WW II, so you can't judge from

today's political alignments how nations will act when they're facing

an existential crisis in the form of a generational crisis war. So

if you're baffled by Trump's withdrawal policy, just read the above list.

When you look at that list, it makes perfect sense to withdraw some

Sunday morning I listened to the news shows, and heard one 'expert' after

I think that most people are viscerally aware that we're

headed for war with China, and they can't stand to think about it,

so they become hysterical and displace their hysteria from China to

There was a similar level of hysteria in the late 1930s directed

big picture is that it makes sense to withdraw forces from Syria in

(Many other people claim that we never had any

argument that I heard several times in the mainstream media is: 'Trump

argument was put forth by several 'experts' -- college professors,

dumb that it serves as a good example of brainless idiocy we're seeing

an up-and-coming brand name, and it allows Amaq, the ISIS public relations

agency, to put out press releases about the group.

change their allegiance back to al-Qaeda, though they'll look like complete

is really basic, obvious stuff, that any so-called 'expert' should

on map if they had to, are wrong time after time, and yet continue

It's sheer ignorance and stupidity, by people who babble

ISIS mainly consists of jihadists who came to Syria to fight against

Bashar al-Assad after he began genocidal attacks and ethnic cleansing

targeting Arab Sunnis, particularly after his massive attack on

innocent women and children in a Palestinian refugee camp near Latakia.

( "1-Dec-18 World View -- Evidence grows of Assad's 'final solution', extermination of Arab Sunnis in Syria") In

( "7-Nov-16 World View -- US-backed Kurdish militias in Syria make surprise announcement of Raqqa operation") That

The Kurds are better off today than they were when the joint operation

discussed some of these issues in yesterday's article on al-Shabaab in Somalia.

yet, after 17 years, the war on terror has been increasingly a failure.

As I've written many times, the current violence in the Arab/Muslim

world can be dated to three epochal events that occurred in 1979.

to the growth of modern terrorism, including the 9/11 attacks, and there

1979, they go on tv and make one dumb statement after another, they always

particularly laughable 'expert' interview occurred on Sunday on the

these groups, does we really want the American military to be involved

a larger regional Mideast war that is coming with 100% certainty, pitting

Arabs vs Jews, Sunnis vs Shias, and various ethnic groups against

America is in no position to fight ISIS forever, or to protect

the extremely bloody Afghan civil war from 1991-96.

events of the last ten years have shown that this war cannot be won,

and the situation is actually getting worse each year.

military bases in Afghanistan, including two air bases in Bagram

removing 7,000 troops will probably not affect it.

my age, I'm unable to get employment as a journalist, analyst, or a senior

software engineer, because no one wants to hire an older person.

(Actually, age discrimination in the computer industry is so great

that no one over age 45 or so can get a job anymore.) This means

that my only income source is social security, and I'm going to run

valuable, then any help that anyone can provide to resolve this situation

Al-Shabaab double bombing kills 16 people in Mogadishu, Somalia (23-Dec-2018)

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23-Dec-18 World View -- Al-Shabaab double bombing kills 16 people in Mogadishu, Somalia Somalia's

double bombing kills 16 people in Mogadishu, Somalia Somalia's

Al-Shabaab double bombing kills 16 people in Mogadishu, Somalia Site

massive car bomb detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential

The bombings appeared to target people heading

an al-Qaeda linked terror group, took responsibility for the

attack comes a week after six airstrikes from US warplanes killed 62

US has a huge military base in neighboring Djibouti, from which the

US has launched 40 air strikes so far this year, compared to 35 in 2017.

It's estimated that at least 400 people have been killed in air strikes

airstrikes have forced al-Shabaab to change its tactics.

targeting Somali government with mass attacks and assassinations, which

expose its fighters to airstrikes, they've instead increase urban

(AS) is an indigenous jihadist terror group which has pledged

groups have been increasingly demanding that businesses pay them taxes,

1988, a full-scale generational crisis civil war began in Somalia which,

combined with a growing famine, was killing tens of thousands of

ordered more than 20,000 troops into Somalia to calm the situation

always happens in a generational crisis war, the situation deteriorated,

and in October 1993, elite American troops launched a disastrous

helicopters were shot down using rocket-propelled grenades.

the survivors were rescued, but two pilots were attacked by a mob of

thousands of Somalis who hacked them to death with machetes and dragged

was a 15-hour battle that killed hundreds of Somalis, as well as

example, the US stayed out of the massive Rwanda massacre in 1994, which

American military's hasty retreat was viewed by many as a sign of weakness

40 American soldiers were sent to Somalia in March 2017, the largest

17 years after 9/11, it seems clear that the 'war on terror' is not

New Somalia terror bombings again raise question of US military strategy in Africa (29-Oct-2017)

Minnesota link to Kenya shopping mall attack raises U.S. fears (23-Sep-2013)

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Balochistan province in the southwest occupies 44% of the land area, but is being marginalized by CPEC.

22, 2013, both the Chinese and Pakistan government promised that the

project would bring wealth to Balochistan province, home of Pakistan's

assumed to be 'debt traps' for the countries involved, ensnaring a country

in debt to China that can't be paid back, giving China leverage

the secrecy was pulled back in a briefing, revealing the following: Of

the $62 billion CPEC project, only a minuscule $5.6 billion is

the allocated $5.6 billion, less than $1 billion has been spent in

the roads that are part of the so-called �western alignment� have seen

to allow China, to transfer commercial and military goods and

in fact has caused a severe drinking-water shortage that was

supposed to be fixed with desalination plants, but the desalinization

government officials claim that the lack of funding to Balochistan

explosive report showed that the most extreme claims of Baloch activists

a separatist terror group, have opposed the project since its inception,

( "6-Nov-18 World View -- Pakistan's Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claims credit for killing CPEC workers") Insurgents

Pakistan faces imminent financial crisis threatening China's CPEC (07-Aug-2018)

kept top secret, and a recent report has revealed one of the

BRI is supposed to be building roads and bridges

plan to create a special economic zone under CPEC in Pakistan to

produce a new generation of fighter jets, navigation systems, radar systems,

has already signed an agreement with Pakistan to build a network of

at about $300 million and gradually increasing to reach about $3.2

demanded that CPEC deals be kept secret and promised to loan more

friendship is 'higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, stronger

military relationship brings the two countries ever closer together.

Pakistan's 'desperate' Imran Khan attends Saudi investment summit amid Khashoggi crisis (25-Oct-2018)

Pakistan faces imminent financial crisis threatening China's CPEC (07-Aug-2018)

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21-Dec-18 World View -- China hackers collect data on hundreds of millions of Americans and Westerners Steve

hackers collect data on hundreds of millions of Americans and Westerners China

extends its 'social credit score' system to Americans and Westerners Steve

chairman challenges US to prove they're a security risk

China hackers collect data on hundreds of millions of Americans and Westerners Poster

hacking scheme that penetrated commercial and military systems

with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit

which began in or about 2006, Zhu, Zhang, and their coconspirators

in the APT10 Group successfully obtained unauthorized access to

the computers of more than 45 technology companies and

U.S. Government agencies based in at least 12 states, including

APT10 Group stole hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive data and

information from the victims� computer systems, including from at

least the following victims: seven companies involved in aviation,

space and/or satellite technology;

communications technology;

manufacturing advanced electronic systems and/or laboratory

analytical instruments;

a company involved in oil and gas drilling, production, and

stolen, Zhu, Zhang, and their co-conspirators successfully

obtained unauthorized access to computers belonging to more than

25 other technology-related companies involved in, among other

things, industrial factory automation, radar technology, oil

exploration, information technology services, pharmaceutical

manufacturing, and computer processor technology, as well as the

Finally, the APT10 Group compromised more than 40 computers in

order to steal sensitive data belonging to the Navy, including the

names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, salary

information, personal phone numbers, and email addresses of more

of the news coverage has focused on the theft of commercial and military

as they build weapons systems and prepare to launch a war on the

for this article, I want to focus on the theft of personal data on Americans

indictment says that a hack of navy computers stole names, Social Security

numbers, dates of birth, salary information, personal phone numbers,

recently described the Marriott hotel data breach by China's spy agency, the Ministry of State Security (MSS) which stole names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit

card numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, passport photos, hotel

arrival and departure dates, and information on where people traveled

data breaches attributed to China's MSS include a 2017 Equifax hack

that collected detailed credit information on 145 million people, a

2013 Target breach that exposed payment card and contact information for

60 million customers, and a 2015 hack of the Office of Personnel Management

(OPM) that collected detailed personal information on more than

20 million government employees, family members and applicants. There

military is creating a huge database of hundreds of millions of

government has complete control over databases and servers in China,

But social media platforms outside of China, such as Twitter

Many of these tweets were written years ago.

was done very rapidly, in order to maintain the element of surprise

thugs simply arrested him, brought him into a police station, and

demanded that he access his Twitter account immediately and delete all

most online systems, you can change or reset your password automatically,

and then the system sends you an e-mail message where you

service will ring your telephone, using a phone number for you that

it has on file, and then the recorded voice says, 'press 1 to confirm

as in the case of e-mail, the military can take control of your phone

phones have back doors that the Chinese military can use to access

steal information, and they're willing to try everything, no matter how

containing personal information of hundreds of millions of Americans. Last

are companies being hacked successfully every day, sometimes by kids

Chinese in particular are using every technique available to them to

get as much data on ordinary Americans as they can, and merge it into

a database that they can access at any time they want to track someone.

China extends its 'social credit score' system to Americans and Westerners There

system that has been rumored for a long time and was officially announced

China is creating a large 'big data' database of

all of its 1.3 billion people, accumulating data from a variety of departments

and agencies, combining the data in individual data agency databases

into a large database, and using it to crease a credit score for

system will reward 'pro-social behaviors,' such as volunteer work and

business regulators and transit authorities are supposed to work

These agencies will provide data on private citizens to

the central system, and will then use the credit score to reward or punish

In fact, the system is already partially in place, in

that people with unacceptable credit scores have already been blocked

from booking more than 11 million flights and 4 million high-speed

slower internet speeds, reducing access to good schools for individuals

or their children, banning people from certain jobs, preventing

booking at certain hotels and losing the right to own pets. Many

increasingly clear that the Chinese military is going a lot farther,

and creating databases of hundreds of millions of people in other

citizens is not readily available to the military in the way that

methods to collect this data on foreign citizens, whether

hacking Western commercial or government databases, or using its

vast population studying and working overseas to collect data and information

has a massive population of 1.3 billion people and, as I've written

several times in the past, China considers these people to be 'magic

organizations as well as to collect information about them to be sent

million Uighurs in re-education camps, the human rights abuses in China

says that Chinese students study in colleges to get access to the

latest scientific research to be passed back to the CCP.

and our weapons labs shows extensive infiltration:

'I don't think people understand these reports.

reports are essentially declassified reports that showed that the

300,000 students are here on student visas and the 10,000

contractors that we have the weapons labs -- I think that up to

2/3 of them could be intelligence assets, intelligence officers or

This is political correctness and greed and avarice writ large.

How did contractors-- and let's call them out-- Booz Allen and all

these contractors-- how do these contractors and these big

government programs get so many Chinese nationals working into our

weapons labs?

Our weapons labs are at the cutting edge of national

The political correctness of it all-- the Financial Times of

London leaked the other day that my colleague, Stephen Miller,

who's a terrific young man, actually had the plan in place to get

all 300,000 Chinese students out of the country with a way to cut

the visas off right away.

And obviously, it got leaked.

State Department, et cetera.

I take great pride that someone like Susan Thornton now owns

a farm up in Maine because she was part of this kind of rational

accommodationist, this softness in the Defense Department, in the

State Department, in our intelligence services that basically went

along with what China wanted to do and looked the other

or library in Australia and find a dozen books that accused the

( "26-Feb-18 World View -- New book documents extensive Chinese infiltration into Australia's organizations") The

book was finally published in February, thanks to pressure from alarmed

His research revealed evidence of CCP influence and infiltration

in politics, culture, real estate, agriculture, universities,

40 former and sitting Australian politicians allegedly doing the work

( "16-Feb-18 World View -- Concerns grow over China's covert infiltration into New Zealand's government") There

working and studing in the West, can provide a great deal more

information to add to the data collected by hacks of hotel databases

New book documents extensive Chinese infiltration into Australia's organizations (26-Feb-2018)

Huawei chairman challenges US to prove they're a security risk Several

largest global maker of network gear, because it's feared that these

products contain 'back doors' that allow them to be secretly accessed

I've said in the past, I've spent a part of my career as a senior software

engineer developing chip-level operating system software for embedded

systems, so I know exactly how any chip or any electronic device

He complains that the accusations stem from �ideology and

'There has never been any evidence that our equipment

poses a security threat.

any government to damage the networks or business of any of our

problem is that Huawei could develop a chipset that works exactly as

the chip receives, say, a secret 1024-bit code, then it will execute

as everyone knows, I'm a very helpful kind of guy, and I want to be

And I offer this advice in the spirit of peace, cooperation and

These people will be hired to do real work, and participate fully

Western engineers must have full 100% access to all software and

firmware source code, so that they can verify that the code contains

In addition, they should have full access to the

Western engineers must have full access to the entire release cycle,

so that they can reliably verify that all the executable code going

into the devices is exactly the code that was compiled from the source

have full access to the internet so that they can communicate with

the American government, and let them know immediately if they find

will permit Ken Hu to prove that Huawei's products pose no security

Canada arrests the chief financial officer of China powerhouse Huawei (07-Dec-2018)

Mike Pence's China 'containment' speech signals more contentious US-China relations (26-Oct-2018)

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018) (Comments:

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walk past a campaign poster of Joseph Kabila�s chosen successor as president of DRC, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, in Kinshasa on Dec 18 (AFP) The

Putin admitted that the whole thing was a scam in order to keep himself

Kabila became president in 2001 after his father, Laurent Kabila,

He ran for reelection in 2006, and did the same

When his mandate ran out in December, 2016, he refused to

Instead, he pulled a breathtaking stunt by doing everything

possible to prevent new elections from taking place, and then

country was close to civil war, but the Catholic Church intervened and

choose Kabila's successor, and this time Kabila would really step down.

However, the agreement was a farce: It was signed by members of Kabila's

pulled the same stunt in December, 2017, by doing nothing to prepare

Ramazani Shadary, a former interior minister, to run for president.

Shadary was responsible for a violent, deadly crackdown on anti-Kabila

or wholly, more than 80 companies and businesses in the country and abroad.

family owns diamond mines, a part of the country's largest mobile phone

network, companies that mine mineral deposits, gold and limestone,

a luxury hotel, stakes in an airline, a share of the country's

any method -- massacres, atrocities, jailings, torture -- to stay in

people doubt Kabila's plan -- that Shadary become president for a term,

so that Kabila can run again after Shadary's term ends, acting as

because there are two major candidates running against him, and over

a dozen minor candidates, and they're expected to split the opposition

DR Congo's Joseph Kabila brings the art of power and corruption to new heights (24-Jul-2017)

Russia's Putin confirms that he'll appoint Medvedev to be prime minister (16-Dec-2011)

Over the last 21 days (25 November to 16 December 2018), 120

confirmed and probable cases were reported from 14 health zones, the

majority of which were reported from the major urban centres and towns

is a major ethnic war in progress, and Ebola is now spreading in the

densely populated city of Beni, which became the epicenter of the pandemic.

However, the number of cases in Beni seems to have peaked, while

entire region is a war zone, and over one million people have been driven

fighting is preventing doctors and experts from reaching infected people,

contact tracing, there is no way to stop or slow the spread of the

World Health Organization fears 'perfect storm' could spread Ebola rapidly in DR Congo (26-Sep-2018)

In dreaded scenario, Ebola spreads to densely populated war zone in Congo (25-Aug-2018) (Comments:

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war agreed to a ceasefire to begin on Tuesday, December 18, and after

follows months of heavy fighting in Yemen's seaport city of Hodeidah,

ceasefire agreement was reached last week at UN-brokered talks in Stockhold,

war began in 2015, when Houthi rebels from northwest Yemen took control

In response, warplanes from a mostly Arab coalition led by Saudi

launched a ballistic missile, undoubtedly supplied by Iran, that

Houthis increased their missile attacks on Saudi cities, and then in

June of this year, Saudi Arabia and UAE launched a 'catastrophic' assault on Port Hodeidah in Yemen.

The objective was to cut off supplies of Iranian weapons to the

Hodeidah deep sea port on the Red Sea has become a crucial asset to

NGOs use the port to import badly need humanitarian

aid, including food, water and medicines, for 8 million Yeminis.

The Houthis control these imports, and charge duties that fund

humanitarian disaster in the world today, since food, water and medicines

both sides have agreed to so that humanitarian aid -- food, water and

There are international efforts to extend the ceasefire

into a complete peace deal but, assuming that can't be done, the

we read about slaughter, torture, rapes, jailings and atrocities being

a pait hit man to shoot him dead in the street outside the embassy,

arranged for something out of a horror movie -- kill him, dismember

him, dissolve the pieces in acid, ship what's left out of the

are two reasons why both sides in the Yemen war agreed to the ceasefire

of Yemen, it seems that people on both sides do care -- enough to permit

a few days of ceasefire and opening of the Hodeidah port to relieve

I can't prove this, but reading and listening to news reports has

given me the impression that the two sides fighting the Yemen war do

that this war has been extremely bloody, but there seems to be

in Washington to pass a resolution directing president Trump to end

Yemen's Houthi missile attack on Riyadh called a 'dangerous escalation' (06-Nov-2017)

Saudis target women and children in Yemen to make them 'shiver' for generations (28-Aug-2018)

Iranian advisors are 'on the ground' with Houthis in Yemen, supplying weapons and intelligence (06-Jan-2018)

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18-Dec-18 World View -- Kashmir locked down after Indian security forces kill seven civilians India's

locked down after Indian security forces kill seven civilians India's

'Operation all-out' to continue as more young Kashmiris become militants

Kashmir locked down after Indian security forces kill seven civilians Kashmiris

a third day on Monday, after seven civilians were killed during a shootout

police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the

region in anticipation of further anti-India protests and clashes.

Authorities stopped train services and cut cellphone internet

civilians were killed and at least 36 injured in clashes that erupted

after three militants were shot dead in a gunfight in the village

Two soldiers were critically injured in the encounter, and

three slain militants were identified as being associated with Hizbul

generations of violence according to a fairly standard template.

the 20th century, pitting Hindus versus Muslims, following the partitioning

leaving behind younger generations with no fear of repeating past disasters,

Kashmir is repeating the violence of 1857 and 1947.

is returning to full-scale war, re-fighting the extremely bloody

now seeing the next step in this standard template, as generations

major change occurred after the July 8 2016 death of HM leader Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the Indian army.

or both eyes by pellet guns used by Indian security forces, and thousands

Indian security forces is providing the motivation for young people

are forced to search jihadist social media sites to search for

Wani himself had joined HM after his brother Khalid was beaten up

politicians and security forces, who have no understanding of generational

for a way to return to the 'normalcy' of twenty years ago. This

is impossible, since 20 years ago there were still survivors of the

this plan, the army identified 258 specific militants the would be

specifically targeted and captured, thus delivering 'a lethal blow to

Operation All-Out was announced last year, the 258 militants were almost

militants have been identified, and this time they're indigenous youths joining Hizbul Mujahideen

Indian security forces are spotted traveling to the home of

a suspected militant, the people pour out of their homes and

three HM militants, when local youths thronged the forces and began hurling stones.

the deaths of the civilians on Saturday on the local youths who threw

'Civilian killings are unfortunate, but when people

interfere in operations and try to divert the attention of the

forces, mishaps are bound to happen.

to let the forces do their job in eliminating terrorists and not

indulge in activities like stone-throwing or cause obstruction in

We had come to power in the state with an agenda of peace and

development, but had to back out when things started going

will reach its logical end.' Khanna

assumes that the 'normalcy' of twenty years ago can return, but Generational

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17-Dec-18 World View -- North Korea threatens US with 'exchanges of fire' over new human rights sanctions Japan-Korea

issues new sanctions on North Korea over human rights abuses North

relations worsen over 'comfort women' issue

US issues new sanctions on North Korea over human rights abuses Japanese

surveillance aircraft spots a Dominican-flagged Yuk Tung oil tanker after it transferred fuel to the North Korean-registered Rye Song tanker in the open South China Sea, in violation of sanctions.

Monday, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against three

senior North Korean officials for for human rights abuses and censorship

'Treasury is sanctioning senior North Korean officials

who direct departments that perpetrate the regime�s brutal

state-sponsored censorship activities, human rights violations and

abuses, and other abuses in order to suppress and control the

ongoing support for freedom of expression, and opposition to

endemic censorship and human rights abuses.

consistently condemned the North Korean regime for its flagrant

and egregious abuses of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and

this Administration will continue to take action against human

rights abusers around the globe.' The

media or content, inspect and confiscate computer content, including

external storage devices, and even kidnap defectors or foreign

Korea on Sunday harshly condemned the U.S. administration for stepping

'Now, the international society is unanimous in

welcoming the proactive denuclearization steps taken by the DPRK

[North Korea] and urging the U.S. to respond to these steps in a

corresponding manner.

possible occasion to state his willingness to improve

Far from the statements of the president, the State Department is

instead bent on bringing the DPRK-U.S.

status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire.

cannot help but throw doubt on the ulterior motive of the State

If they are a sort of diplomats of 'only superpower', they should

at least realize from the past record of the DPRK-U.S.

that sanctions and pressure would not work against the DPRK.

The United States will not be unaware of the self-evident fact

that its threat, blackmail and pressure against the other side

cannot be a solution under the relations of pent-up confrontation,

mistrust and hostility between the DPRK and the U.S. and

deterioration of the situation that might be incurred by these

hostile actions would not be beneficial for peace and security of

the Korean peninsula and beyond.

Since we know too well that the deep-rooted hostility between the

DPRK and the U.S. cannot be redressed overnight, we have been

step-by-step approach of resolving what is feasible one by one, by

giving priority to confidence building.

If the high-ranking politicians within the U.S. administration

including the State Department had calculated that they could

drive us into giving up nuclear weapons by way of increasing the

anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure and human rights racket to an

unprecedented level, which has nothing to do with confidence

building, it will count as greatest miscalculation, and it will

block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever

- a result desired by no one.

The U.S. should realize before it is too late that 'maximum

pressure' would not work against us and take a sincere approach to

Korea gave this statement a great deal of publicity, and so they wanted

And indeed, the international networks all carried

statement refers to 'the proactive denuclearization steps taken by the

The one big 'step' was blowing up the Punggye-ri nuclear test

site, but recent satellite imagery indicates that the site is still

Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles development sites,

US has also taken a reversible 'proactive step' -- namely canceling

in no hurry to conclude a deal, knowing that the sanctions remain on

North Korea, and hoping that the sanctions might pressure them to agree

worth pointing out that North Korea has been evading sanctions by transferring

oil at sea, despite active surveillance and enforcement by

before, it's pretty clear to everyone (except the news media and the

general public) that the charm offensive was all a show -- that North

immediate political problems by 'kicking the can down the road' --

that is, masking and hiding problems and postponing them until later. In

the meantime, North Korea now has completed a year more nuclear and missile

that they haven't been able to publicly test their latest weapons.

US and South Korea resume some military marine drills, despite North's objections (05-Nov-2018)

US imposes new North Korea sanctions on Chinese and Russian shipping companies (17-Aug-2018)

October 30, South Korea's supreme court awarded compensation to four

The Japanese claim that all such awards were already paid in a settlement

Korean concluded a bilateral agrfeement which was intended at the time

as the �final and irreversible� resolution of the comfort women issue.

have witnessed an extremely vitriolic disagreement between two

people who, fortunately, were disagreeing online and were not

China funds unauthorized anti-Japan comfort woman statue in Manila, Philippines (28-Dec-2017)

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16-Dec-18 World View -- Cambodia denies major China-funded seaport project is a military base Cambodia

denies major China-funded seaport project is a military base Cambodia

Cambodia denies major China-funded seaport project is a military base China

is building a massive deep-water seaport project in Cambodia's Koh Kong province along the Gulf of Thailand Cambodia's

deny that China was building a military naval base in Koh Kong province

give China commanding control of the southern part of the

years, there has been a Chinese-built $3.8 billion land project in Koh

was begun a decade ago, operating under a 99-year lease granted

The land project contains a deep-water port which is

said to be deep enough to potentially accommodate not just container

report last month in Asia Times said that the naval base was already under

'I also received a letter from U.S. Vice President

Mike Pence raising concerns of the possible presence of a Chinese

naval base in Cambodia in the future.

�I want to make clear to our compatriots and foreign friends that

Cambodia will not violate its own constitution.

Constitution prohibits the presence of foreign armies or military

bases inside the country ...

military base for a navy, army or air force. That

Earlier this year, his party won a national parliamentary

election, taking all 125 parliamentary seats that were

He accomplished that amazing feat by jailing

or assassinating political opponents, taking control of

all of the media, closed all radio stations critical of the

government, and ordered the complete dissolution of the opposition

size of land granted to China under the 99 year lease is reported to

of Koh Kong province, used to be a premier seaside resort and tourist

base, there's little doubt of China's increasing military presence

China has pledged $100 million in military grants for training

About half of Cambodia's $6 in foreign debt is owed to China,

a military naval base whether doing so violates Cambodia's constitution

China-Cambodia grow closer militarily, as Hun Sen steals parliamentary election (16-Aug-2018)

Cambodia's China-backed dictator Hun Sen expected to win fraudulent election on Sunday (29-Jul-2018)

Cambodia dissolves the opposition political party so that Hun Sen can be reelected unopposed (17-Nov-2017)

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border guards prevent Russian men, aged 16-60, from entering Ukraine.

Sign says: 'Do not stop between the striped columns.' (RFE/RL) Patriarch

number of other world leaders urging them to protect bishops and clergy

'Recently, the intervention of the leaders of the

secular Ukrainian state in church affairs has acquired the

character of gross pressure on the episcopate and clergy of the

Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which allows us to speak about the

beginning of full-scale persecutions.' Kirill

'The state-run media continues a massive company to

privacy and the prohibition of the use of personal data, personal

information about the bishops and clergymen of the Ukrainian

Orthodox Church, available to the state, is published.

particular, the personal data of a significant part of the

episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church were published on the

Peacemaker website along with comments that incited religious

[The Peacemaker website exists with the direct support of the

become notorious for publishing information about Ukrainian,

American and European journalists, after which they were

threatened, beaten and even deprived of life.' Kirill's

plea was sent to numerous world leaders, including Pope Francis,

appealed to religious and state leaders, leaders of intergovernmental

freedom of conscience and religion enshrined in international law. Moscow

after Russians shot down a passenger plane with a Buk missile, lying

Russians in east Ukraine are organizing church marches in numerous

cities across Ukraine on Sunday, in order to disrupt a meeting

see if these church marches actually take place tomorrow (Sunday).

may launch more serious military actions this weekend with the same

is apparent is that military tensions are purposely increasing on both

The original Ukraine war that started four years ago has not

November 25, Russia conducted an act of war by firing on Ukrainian navy

ships in the Black Sea, boarding and seizing the ships, and blockading

of 24, and apparently tortured some of them in order to create a video

and forcing them to confess to crimes they didn't commit. Russia

continues to hold and bury the 24 Ukrainian sailors, possibly in

investigation revealed massive bank fraud by Huawei in order

30 days, in preparation for a possible new invasion by Russia. Then,

was to prevent Russia from sending in troops to form private armies,

but the restriction played havoc with men who cross the border every

short-term, 15-day training courses for reservists and members

Constantinople grants Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence, causing historic split with Russia (12-Oct-2018)

Russia attacks Ukraine's navy and blockades Ukraine's ports at Kerch Strait (26-Nov-2018)

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14-Dec-18 World View -- Cuba eases economic restrictions, continuing on path from Socialism to free markets The

eases economic restrictions, continuing on path from Socialism to free markets The

Cuba eases economic restrictions, continuing on path from Socialism to free markets Shoes

for sale displayed on a shelf inside the home of a small business owner in Havana, Cuba, in 2013.

the face of popular demand from artists and entrepreneurs, the government

of Cuba has backed down on plans to implement harsh new restrictions

July, Cuba announced the harsh controls on private businesses, to take

effect on December 7, claiming that the opening up of some free markets

has fueled wealth inequality, tax evasion and the black market. Since

2010, when it became legal to run certain small businesses, life has

the rapid growth of small businesses was apparently threatening

to Cuba, and in 2017, it began freezing issuing licenses for

appears that Cuba's government is struggling to avoid a total economic

wants people to earn money self-employed in private businesses,

but the government wants to forbid a person from making money

for example, a person renting out a room in his home while driving a

private taxi during the day would be making too much money, and would

be forced, under the new regulations, to give up one source of income

it was a shock that, after years of unyielding authoritarian government

suddenly reversed some of the worst rules on December 6, just

abolished rule had set a limit of 50 seats for private bars, restaurants

A law requiring many businesses to maintain

bank accounts with a minimum deposit of three months taxes, a requirement

are applauding the delay in implementing another new law.

announced in July, requires prior government approval for artists,

musicians, writers and performers who want to present their work

in any spaces open to the public, including private homes and businesses.

and social media campaigns by many Cuban artists that it was another

a certain amusing irony that Xinhua, the official news service the

sector: 'Cuba's government has taken new regulations that will spur

the island's fledgling private sector to ensure it continues to expand

and create jobs, local media said on Thursday.' Indeed

to capitalistic free markets, just as China did decades ago, and

years, in order to avoid catastrophic economic meltdowns.

generational Unraveling era, when the harsh rules set up after the last

generational crisis war, in this case the 1960 Cuban Revolution, unravel

America's last generational Unraveling era occurred in the 1990s,

the last ten years, Cuba's entire Socialist economy has been unraveling,

to abilities, to each according to needs') was abandoned at the

the availability of internet access to mobile phones across the country.

will offer packages of data data ranging from 600 MB for 7 convertible

Cuban pesos ($7) to 4 GB for 30 Cuban pesos ($30).

monthly salary for a Cuban is $30 per month, meaning that few Cubans

Cuba's new president Miguel D�az-Canel makes delusional promise to continue Socialist revolution (20-Apr-2018)

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blames China for Marriot data breach in plan to create massive database of American citizens Google

camps' where they can be beaten, tortured, raped or killed

government no longer cares how bad it looks, and is losing control

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

US blames China for Marriot data breach in plan to create massive database of American citizens US

government investigators blame hackers working for China's spy agency,

Hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million

stolen data contains names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card

numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, passport photos, hotel arrival

that collected detailed credit information on 145 million people, a

2013 Target breach that exposed payment card and contact information for

20 million government employees, family members and applicants. There

This data can be used for spying, extortion, identity theft, and

by China's military, as I described in detail last week, with the result that numerous Western

phones, like all smartphones, keep track of locations and calling

merged with the master data base described above to accumulate detailed

collects massive amounts of data on online activities and uses

street cameras and facial recognition algorithms to track the locations

massive project to use search engine technology in China to collect

data about search requests and add it to China's huge database of

New report reveals massive cyber war attack by China's army (20-Feb-2013)

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that Meng conducted massive counts of bank fraud in order to violate

second difference is the Meng was immediately given access to her family

Meng was tried in a real court, where her lawyer could defend her.

If Kovrig's case is typical, he'll be thrown into jail, tortured,

China's incredible actions sending a million Uighurs to 're-education

camps' where they can be beaten, tortured, raped or killed

'Chinese authorities have the broad ability to

prohibit travelers from leaving China (also known as �exit bans�);

exit bans have been imposed to compel U.S. citizens to resolve

business disputes, force settlement of court orders, or facilitate

proceedings or suspected of wrongdoing have also be subjected to

lengthy exit bans in order to compel their family members or

colleagues to cooperate with Chinese courts or investigators.

U.S. citizens visiting or residing in China have been arbitrarily

interrogated or detained for reasons related to �state security.�

Security personnel have detained and/or deported U.S. citizens for

sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese

I found his most recent article on the ICG web site, 'China Expands

Union (AU) [came] to Beijing for meetings that culminated in a

resolution to continue strengthening ties and a renewed pledge of

billions of dollars in Chinese loans, grants and investments.

the past decade China�s role in peace and security has also grown

rapidly through arms sales, military cooperation and peacekeeping

A more controversial sign of China�s military footprint is the

36-hectare Djibouti facility that the PLA established in 2017 with

a ten-year lease at $20 million annually.

a support base for naval anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of

Aden, peacekeeping in South Sudan and humanitarian and other

cooperation in the Horn of Africa, but has also used it to conduct

live-fire military exercises.

Less noticeable to outsiders but broader in impact is China�s

direct defence and security cooperation with African

exercises, naval patrols and exchanges.

alone, the PLA Navy�s 27th and 28th anti-piracy escort task forces

reportedly visited ports in Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana and Nigeria,

while PLA units conducted drills in the same countries, and its

medical teams did work in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sudan and

diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, the PLA is already

working to develop military ties that will likely emphasize

The political and defence relationships fostered by these programs

grease the wheels for weapons sales.

that China has become the top supplier of arms to sub-Saharan

Africa, accounting for 27 per cent of the region�s imports over

the four year period from 2013-2017, an increase of 55 per cent

major arms from Chinese suppliers in recent years, key among them

Defence reported that Beijing now has defence industry, science

and technology ties with 45 African countries.

China�s own expanding economic interests are a further driver.

Africa�s largest trading partner since 2009, China increasingly

counts on the continent for natural resources and markets to

maintain its own growth and social stability.

Moreover, roughly a million Chinese are estimated to live and work

in Africa, and China�s leaders have a domestic political

imperative to ensure their safety.

of violence and property damage elsewhere.

blockbuster action movie Wolf Warrior II brought home a

Rambo-esque fantasy version of these concerns.

African country that descends into chaos, it closes with the

hubristic message that China�s government will protect its

citizens wherever they go.' China's

time a hearing will be held to determine whether Meng should be extradited

$15 million � including the value of two Vancouver homes and $7 million

in cash � and live with her to ensure she obeys court conditions.

Meng must also report to a bail supervisor, maintain good behavior,

live at a house owned by her husband, and stay in that house between

the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. She must also surrender her passports,

wear an electronic monitoring bracelet on her ankle and live

up at the February 6 court hearing, and investigation shows that she

eluded the police by wearing a turban, a long fake beard, and a Sikh

he believed 'the risk of her non-attendance in court can be reduced

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

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on August 1, has 471 identified cases, of which 423 are confirmed,

big difference between the current outbreak and the 2014 outbreak is

case is suspected, health workers identify the patient's contacts

to do the contact tracing necessary to stop the progress of the

Furthermore, new cases are increasing quickly in the

Public and private health centers with inadequate infection prevention

and control (IPC) practices continue to be major source of amplification

greatest concern now is that it will spread further south to the city

of Goma, a major population center and regional hub for transportation

takes about a year, start to finish, to produce a batch of the vaccine.

and tens of thousands of people cross these borders in both directions

last month announced plans to roll out vaccinations to 3,000 frontline

country is on high alert and no confirmed case has been detected as

In dreaded scenario, Ebola spreads to densely populated war zone in Congo (25-Aug-2018)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 11-Dec-18 World View -- Ebola in DR Congo spreads southward to large cities thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

that will permit 345,000 low-skilled foreign workers to receive

labor shortages, especially in such areas as farming, nursing care

April 1, a new residency permit category will allow foreigners who

a low birth rate and an aging population, and needs workers who can

leaders object to a program that brings in low-wage workers that will

with its unique shared customs and shared culture, and foreign workers

that reason, the new legislation is including a package of measures

to provide skills training, language training, and to ensure decent

insular, isolated culture of Japan has presented unique problems in

sudden influx of foreign people, ideas, and money severely disrupted

insularity by adopting a constitution that permits military action only

use up land and water resources, and after a few decades there isn't

put it another way, let's assume that Japan had crisis wars in the 1600-1868

skin color, appearance, language, geography and religion, things that

historians write about wars during a period, how do they describe the

demand for food, land, water and other resources, but how these wars

Japan finds 'semi-infinite supply' of rare earth minerals in its territorial waters (13-Apr-2018)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 10-Dec-18 World View -- Japan invites hundreds of thousands of foreigners to work in Japan thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

an old saying, 'Peace is that brief, glorious moment in history

sacking led to extremely bloody and violent clashes between Dinka and

The conflict killed hundreds of thousands of civilians,

was the second or third peace agreement signed since 2013.

soldiers on both sides, it calls for an end to the trafficking of young

( "29-Dec-2013 World View -- Conflicts grow in South Sudan and Central African Republic") There followed 21 months of atrocities,

until they were supposedly ended by a peace treaty that was

news emerging that in the last ten days of November, 150 girls and

Over the next three months, 2,000 civilians were killed,

followed the massacre, as looters burnt villages and raided cattle,

nightmare scenario is that the new clashes will spiral into a repeat

a historic massacre of this type will not occur, despite the enormous

Fears that renewed South Sudan tribal fighting could spiral into larger war (11-Jul-2016)

Japan's troops in South Sudan become first test of new 'collective self-defense' policy (19-Nov-2016) (Comments:

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 9-Dec-18 World View -- Latest South Sudan peace agreement appears close to collapse thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

( "7-Dec-18 World View -- Canada arrests the chief financial officer of China powerhouse Huawei") Meng

committed fraud in 2013 by telling banks and financial institutions

convicted on all these charges, Meng faces up to 30 years in jail in

because she would not risk embarrassing her father or her country by

reasons that I described in detail in yesterday's article, we have to assume that it is absolutely

June 4, 1989, with a bloody massacre that killed thousands of students. Hu

2010, Hu and three other Rio Tinto executives were given hefty jail sentences

order to avoid risking the current 'ceasefire' in the trade war between

set up a complex international system, defrauding banks in several countries,

to follow a hard line in the case of Meng, including giving her a jail

( "21-Mar-18 World View -- Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation'") Some

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war (02-Dec-2018)

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 8-Dec-18 World View -- Arrest of Meng Wanzhou of China's Huawei has increasingly serious implications thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.

publication ban in effect, we cannot provide any further detail at

In 2012, HSBC paid a $1.92 billion fine for violating

the arrest occurred shortly before the dinner meeting, there is speculation

However, the dinner meeting was planned well in advance of the arrest,

months ago, but the fact that she happened to change planes in

the case of the 'trade war' policy, Trump has described its purpose as

that reason, the happenstance arrest of Meng is actually a risk to the

and earnestly protect the legal and legitimate rights and interests

'At the request of the US side, the Canadian side

arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian

The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over

such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of

the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct

the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms.

take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and

they consider themselves superior to everyone else.

ethnic Uighurs locked up in forced reeducation prisons, where they

I've said in the past, I've spent a part of my career as a senior software

engineer developing chip-level operating system software for embedded

could develop a chipset that works exactly as described in the public

the chip receives, say, a secret 1024-bit code, then it will execute

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war (02-Dec-2018)

APEC meeting ends in disarray after harsh US-China disagreements (19-Nov-2018)

China's spy chip attacks shock the computer industry (06-Oct-2018)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 7-Dec-18 World View -- Canada arrests the chief financial officer of China powerhouse Huawei thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

Afghan command and a US Special Forces soldier scan the horizon for enemy movement in Afghanistan, on May 24, 2018.

He said he doesn�t know how long it will take

right now, they would not be able to successfully defend their

their losses are not going to be sustainable unless we correct

Also, he said he doesn't know know how long it will take

Afghan crisis civil war, 1991-96, which mostly pitted the ethnic

of age, raised on stories their parents told them about the atrocities

an extremely bloody, violent civil war in 1991-96, pitting the Pashtuns

need to keep helping the Afghans recruit and train forces to fight

'We�ve been at it 17 years, 17 years is a long time.

forces that we haven�t done for 17 years while being focused on

numerous attempts at peace talks in the past, all of which have

'I don�t know how long it will take.

we�re working it very hard.

them to survive without our and our coalition partners�

'Sometimes there is an uptick, an increase in violence

because different parties try to gain the best possible position

this obscure statement apparently means is that the 'uptick' in violence

media and most politicians, but as a I keep pointing out, everything

Afghan Taliban launches multiple terror attacks, then declares farcical ceasefire (10-Jun-2018)

people are like the person whose tweet is shown above who lost his

own life savings, but also the life savings of his parents in a single

It may happen this week, next month, next year, or thereafter,

S&P 500 price/earnings ratio is around 20, down from 25 a year ago.

The historical average for the P/E ratio is 14, meaning that the stock

market is in a huge bubble, and this huge bubble will have to pop.

The P/E ratio fell to the range of 5-6 three times in the last century,

Wells Fargo receives laughable 'punishment' for massive criminal fraud (29-Sep-2016)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 6-Dec-18 World View -- New head of US Central Command says Afghanistan war is unsustainable thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

rammed, fired on, boarded and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels,

accusing them of traveling through territorial waters of occupied

live fire was aimed to injure or kill the Ukrainian sailors, rather

seized 24 crew members in the incident, and charged them with illegal

military sphere, including joint development of weapons systems. The

UK honors the journalist who documented Stalin's man-made 1932-33 Holodomor famine in Ukraine (22-Nov-2009) (Comments:

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 5-Dec-18 World View -- Ukraine and Turkey develop closer relationship amid Russia's aggression thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

at gas stations, and a surge in gas prices from about 30 cents per

In fact, the cartel has evolved over the years, to the point

'The withdrawal decision reflects Qatar's desire to

focus its efforts on plans to develop and increase its natural gas

production from 77 million tonnes per year to 110 million tonnes

We are a small player in OPEC, and I'm a businessman, it doesn't

make sense for me to focus on things that are not our strength,

and gas is our strength so that is why we've made this

Qatar and imposed an air, sea and land blockade on Qatar.

after imposing the blockade, Saudi Arabia produced a list of 13 demands that would have

international news organizations have reduced their coverage of the

country, we have lots of differences and foreign policies with

those countries, our brothers, blocked everything.

medicine, blocked food, the only way for us to provide food and

However those three countries are strange bedfellows, with not

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 4-Dec-18 World View -- Qatar withdraws from Saudi Arabia-led OPEC thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

global surge in measles cases blamed on 'anti-vax' movement

period after exposure, and a person is contagious four days before

New global surge in measles cases blamed on 'anti-vax' movement The

number of measles-related deaths fell 80% between 2000 and 2017, and

the number of reported cases of measles surged by more than 30% from

risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities

'Despite this progress, however, the 2015 global

coverage has stagnated for nearly a decade;

coverage is only at 67% despite steady increases;

[supplementary immunization activities] quality was inadequate to

achieve >=95% coverage in several countries.

incidence has increased globally and in five of the six WHO

reestablished in Venezuela because of the sustained transmission

of measles virus for >12 months;

America] countries continue to maintain their measles elimination

status, but the ongoing outbreak in Venezuela has led to measles

virus importations and outbreaks in bordering AMR countries.

addition, the measles resurgence in Europe has likely led to

reestablished endemic measles in some EUR countries.

outbreaks highlight the fragility of gains made toward global and

regional measles elimination goals.' The

one million percent, many people are no longer able to get food,

medicines or medical services, allowing contagious diseases like measles

surge in measles is being caused by a stalled rate of vaccination in

health officials are blaming the surge in measles cases on complacency,

months old and the second at three years and four months to five years

Health workers boycott Pakistan's polio vaccination campaign after shooting (27-Nov-2014)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 3-Dec-18 World View -- Measles outbreaks in New York, Israel blamed on 'anti-vax' movement thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war

G-20 is a group of member nations that represent two-thirds of the world's

It seeks to shape the global economic agenda, by combining

bank governors of the G-20 countries meet twice a year.

big part of the meeting was to avoid being seen with someone that you

them to admit to crimes they did not commit, and then sending them

Trump opposed the views of the other 19 countries, so no

night Friday night, sometimes spending an hour on the wording of one

engines of growth, productivity, innovation, job creation and

trading system has made to that end.

falling short of its objectives and there is room for

other major problem area is the Paris climate change treaty.

other 19 countries supported the treaty and wanted to say so in the

is irreversible and commit to its full implementation, reflecting

common but differentiated responsibilities and respective

capabilities, in light of different national circumstances.

will continue to tackle climate change, while promoting

sustainable development and economic growth.

Paris Agreement, and affirms its strong commitment to economic

growth and energy access and security, utilizing all energy

sources and technologies, while protecting the

already imposed 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, and threatened

practices: intellectual property theft, non-tariff barriers and cyber

trade conflict, which has rattled financial markets and upended global

supply chains, began this year when Trump imposed tariffs on a total

of $253 billion of imported Chinese steel, industrial products and

China, facing Trump's trade challenge, appears to mend ties with Japan (27-Oct-2018) (Comments:

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 2-Dec-18 World View -- Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

written thousands of articles on Syria since the war began in 2011.

There were little bits and pieces of the story that didn't always

make sense, but now they're all beginning to fit together, like a

collection of jigsaw puzzle pieces fitting together to form a big picture. The

by bombing peaceful protesters, particularly women and children.

As soon as someone become violent in revenge, he declares the

whole community or ethnic group to be 'terrorists,' and uses that as

is performed with missiles, barrel bombs, chlorine gas and Sarin

gas, all particularly targeting women and children, as well as schools,

ethnic cleansing policy as applied locally to different regions

Syria's government passed 'Law #10', which makes it almost impossible for refugees to return to their

be able to return home, and are effectively stranded in the country

#10,' a complex new property law that requires property holders in

Syria to produce documentation to formally prove ownership of their private

property within a period of 30 days, or face confiscation. Since

have proof of ownership are beaten and tortured when they apply to Syrian

senior leader in Lebanon said, 'Iran and the regime don�t want any Sunnis

this year, Syria announced a plan to issue new ID cards to Syrian

recent months, several web sites, mostly opposed to the al-Assad regime,

web site posted a Syrian government document granting citizenship to

'These official documents indicate that the Syrian

regime is systematically settling Iranians in different parts of

Syria in order to change the demographics [of these areas] by

granting citizenship to Shi'ite Iranians and settling them in

Sunni areas whose original inhabitants have been expelled...

document presented [here] is not the only one;

thousands [of Shi'ite] have been granted [Syrian] citizenship and

settled in various areas, most of them members and operatives in

citizenship, as preparation for bringing in their families and

settling in the areas to which they have been

I said earlier, the little bits and pieces of the war in Syria are beginning

to fit together, like a collection of jigsaw puzzle pieces fitting

will be forced to remain in refugee camps, and they and their children

'Assad's forces have avoided the neighborhoods of

Assad's Alawite sect, and instead have been targeting Sunni Muslim

neighborhoods, including a large Palestinian refugee camp in

forced to flee, and their whereabouts are unknown, according to

states' failure to respond to events in Syria.

Another report indicates that Assad's security forces began

ordering residents of the Ramleh region, which includes a refugee

camp housing more than 10,000 Palestinians, to go to a soccer

stadium ahead of what they described as a huge military operation.

After the people were herded into the stadium, security forces

took away their identification cards and cellphones.

five people were confirmed dead, according to the LA Times' We

used an ethnic cleansing / genocide methodology that he's repeated

extermination, using missile barrages, barrel bombs, chlorine

an entire population of blacks, using missiles, bombs and

refinement developed by al-Assad's forces is to drop barrel bombs filled

barrel bombs and missiles or Sarin gas could kill the women and

conducted ethnic cleansing and genocide in one region after another,

requested by a series of credulous United Nations envoys, who were all useful idiots.

are three million people in Idlib, and half of them are displaced

al-Assad is a psychopathic monster, the worst war criminal so far

is headed for a major regional war refighting the 1948 war between

by an ancient generation of hardliners whose policies are strongly

Syria peace summit issues delusional call for political solution in Idlib (28-Oct-2018)

As October 25 deadline approaches, Syria's Idlib is set up for a classic Greek tragedy (05-Oct-2018)

US increasingly expresses total disgust with Syria regime for Bashar al-Assad's atrocities (21-Sep-2016)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 1-Dec-18 World View -- Evidence grows of Assad's 'final solution', extermination of Arab Sunnis in Syria thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

Community to focus on the real problem that is jeopardizing peace

It is Rwanda, a state party to the treaty establishing the East

destabilize its neighbor, Burundi, in violation of the

fundamental principles of the community.

In short, Rwanda is the only country in the region that is one of

the main destabilisers of my country and, therefore, I no longer

consider it a partner country, but simply as an enemy

with bullets and teargas, killing ten people in four days of violence

( "30-Apr-15 World View -- 20,000 refugees flee violence in Burundi, fearing Hutu-Tutsi war") Museveni

crimes include murder, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of

physical liberty, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence of

on social media, showed blood flowing from the drain of a house in

term as president and his refusal to step down threatened a repeat

Burundi's Hutu 'eternal supreme guide' Nkurunziza to remain in power eternally (19-Mar-2018)

Burundi's Hutu government leaves International Criminal Court to avoid crimes against humanity charges (28-Oct-2017)

20,000 refugees flee violence in Burundi, fearing Hutu-Tutsi war (30-Apr-2015)

Uganda lawmakers throw fists and chairs at each other over Museveni's power grab (28-Sep-2017)

Rwanda's president Kagame becomes another leader refusing to leave office (19-Nov-2015)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 31-Dec-18 World View -- Burundi's president Nkurunziza says Rwanda is no longer a partner but an enemy thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

Community to focus on the real problem that is jeopardizing peace

It is Rwanda, a state party to the treaty establishing the East

destabilize its neighbor, Burundi, in violation of the

fundamental principles of the community.

In short, Rwanda is the only country in the region that is one of

the main destabilisers of my country and, therefore, I no longer

consider it a partner country, but simply as an enemy

It is Rwanda, a state party to the treaty establishing the East

destabilize its neighbor, Burundi, in violation of the

fundamental principles of the community.

with bullets and teargas, killing ten people in four days of violence

( "30-Apr-15 World View -- 20,000 refugees flee violence in Burundi, fearing Hutu-Tutsi war")

Burundi orders the UN to close its human rights office in Burundi

were committing crimes against humanity in 2017 and 2018.

'These crimes include murder, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of

physical liberty, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence of

on social media, showed blood flowing from the drain of a house in

term as president and his refusal to step down threatened a repeat

Burundi's Hutu 'eternal supreme guide' Nkurunziza to remain in power eternally (19-Mar-2018)

Burundi's Hutu government leaves International Criminal Court to avoid crimes against humanity charges (28-Oct-2017)

20,000 refugees flee violence in Burundi, fearing Hutu-Tutsi war (30-Apr-2015)

Uganda lawmakers throw fists and chairs at each other over Museveni's power grab (28-Sep-2017)

Rwanda's president Kagame becomes another leader refusing to leave office (19-Nov-2015)

In my opinion, the most important part of that speech was his goal of 'wiping

of realizing great national rejuvenation for over 170 years,' alluding

to ancient times, but particularly focusing on the time since the 1840s

countries were devastated by those crisis civil wars, and each had

by the early 1900s Japan was considered a 'developed country' and even

a 'Western country,' although the people became imbued with a militaristic

society began adopting anarchism, socialism and communism from Russia's

That triggered the May 4th movement (May 4, 1919), a massive anti-government

(It's no coincidence that the May 4th movement was repeated exactly 70 years

For three hundred years, from 1640 to 1912, they were governed

point in China's history, and he lists three major outcomes in the

This is the event whose 40th anniversary was being

'Socialist modernization requires centralized

leadership and strict implementation of various rules and

regulations and observance of labour discipline.

factionalism and anarchism must be firmly opposed.

concentration of ideas is possible only when there is full

was not carried out in the true sense, centralism being divorced

from democracy and there being too little democracy, it is

necessary to lay particular emphasis on democracy at present, and

on the dialectical relationship between democracy and centralism,

so as to make the mass line the foundation of the Party's

centralized leadership and the effective direction of the

among the ranks of the people, only democracy is permissible and

citizens must be resolutely protected and no one has the right to

In order to safeguard people's democracy, it is imperative to

strengthen the socialist legal system so that democracy is

systematized and written into law in such a way as to ensure the

stability, continuity and full authority of this democratic system

laws must be observed, their enforcement must be strict and law

organizations must maintain their independence as is appropriate;

they must faithfully abide by the laws, rules and regulations,

serve the people's interests, keep to the facts;

equality of all people before the people's laws and deny anyone

the privilege of being above the law.'

There are two important concepts here: 'socialist modernization' was necessary

In May 1989, exactly 70 years after the May 4th movement, millions of young

On June 4, Chinese troops and security police stormed through Tiananmen

the CCP were staring death in the face, as they considered the fact something

whole new and far darker and more sinister meaning.

and is particularly targeted, after millions of people became practioners

maintaining a low profile;

actually a real fear, because the deeply paranoid CCP leaders are actually

to the government and demand that they use the money to pay the salaries

families back home or to purchase Chinese products within their enclave.

The country cannot afford to pay back the loan, and the Chinese

one nuclear ballistic weapons system after another with no purpose

has become an aggressive, imperial, militaristic nation that will launch

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

opposition DRC candidate Martin Fayulu - campaign poster showing him buttoning or unbuttoning (I can't tell which) his shirt cuffs (Al-Jazeera) There

However, the election commission says that voters will be directed

cannot afford to simply step down, thanks to rampant, massive corruption.

mines, a part of the country's largest mobile phone network, companies

that mine mineral deposits, gold and limestone, a luxury hotel,

stakes in an airline, a share of the country's banks, and a fast-food

the attack, shots were fired, some tents were burnt down and tables

About 21 people fled the clinic though most

of December 26, a total of 591 Ebola cases, including 543 confirmed and

health officials might have already ended the Ebola outbreak, but they

are being prevented from doing their work by the civil war in progress,

work, including vaccinations, contact tracing, and following up on

DR Congo's Joseph Kabila brings the art of power and corruption to new heights (24-Jul-2017) (Comments:

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 29-Dec-18 World View -- DR Congo in election chaos, as Ebola continues to spread thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

Leading opposition DRC candidate Martin Fayulu - campaign poster showing him buttoning or unbuttoning (I can't tell which) his shirt cuffs (Al-Jazeera)

However, the election commission says that voters will be directed

Kabila cannot afford to simply step down, thanks to rampant, massive corruption.

mines, a part of the country's largest mobile phone network, companies

that mine mineral deposits, gold and limestone, a luxury hotel,

stakes in an airline, a share of the country's banks, and a fast-food

the attack, shots were fired, some tents were burnt down and tables

About 21 people fled the clinic though most

As of December 26, a total of 591 Ebola cases, including 543 confirmed and

WHO health officials might have already ended the Ebola outbreak, but they

are being prevented from doing their work by the civil war in progress,

work, including vaccinations, contact tracing, and following up on

DR Congo's Joseph Kabila brings the art of power and corruption to new heights (24-Jul-2017)

'[The reopening of the embassy] reaffirms the keenness

of the UAE to restore relations between the two friendly countries

It will strengthen and activate the Arab role in supporting the

independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian

Arab Republic and to prevent the dangers of regional interference

is sealed, the tanks start flattening residential neighborhoods and

issued a statement strongly condemning al-Assad, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE recalled their

been expelled completely ignores the fury and chaos at the time.

Al-Assad's attacks drew tens of thousands of young Sunni jihadists

ISIL), and took control of a large region of eastern Syria, with the

It took a joint operation by American forces leading the Kurdish Syrian Defense

American withdrawal will create a vacuum in the huge eastern part of

prepares Venezuelan refugee crisis, the largest in modern Latin American history

migrants travel aboard a truck in Tumbes, Peru, near the Ecuador border, on 1 November (AFP) Venezuela's

economy desperately needs to be able to sell oil in order to

feat -- turned the country with the largest oil reserves in the

have partially or completely turned to free markets as their economies

workers in prayer to ask God to boost oil output.

The collapse has continued, and production has dropped 20% since

95 organizations in 16 countries to respond to the humanitarian

This exodus is already the largest in the modern history of

hopes of providing assistance to 2.2 million Venezuelans and 500,000

and ballistic missiles, and people are permitted to leave the country

Socialist Venezuela oil production in 'free fall' as infrastructure collapses (25-Nov-2018)

Venezuela's refugees crisis soars, as economic disaster reaches new levels (09-Nov-2018)

Russia considers taking on a huge financial burden - Venezuela (05-Oct-2017)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 27-Dec-18 World View -- Socialist Venezuela's oil output plummets as refugee outflow surges thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

prepares Venezuelan refugee crisis, the largest in modern Latin American history

Socialist Venezuela's oil output continues to crash -- except for China joint venture

Venezuelan migrants travel aboard a truck in Tumbes, Peru, near the Ecuador border, on 1 November (AFP)

Venezuela's economy desperately needs to be able to sell oil in order to

feat -- turned the country with the largest oil reserves in the

have partially or completely turned to free markets as their economies

workers in prayer to ask God to boost oil output.

The collapse has continued, and production has dropped 20% since

UN prepares Venezuelan refugee crisis, the largest in modern Latin American history

95 organizations in 16 countries to respond to the humanitarian

This exodus is already the largest in the modern history of

hopes of providing assistance to 2.2 million Venezuelans and 500,000

and ballistic missiles, and people are permitted to leave the country

Socialist Venezuela oil production in 'free fall' as infrastructure collapses (25-Nov-2018)

Venezuela's refugees crisis soars, as economic disaster reaches new levels (09-Nov-2018)

Russia considers taking on a huge financial burden - Venezuela (05-Oct-2017)

Sudan police crack down violently against anti-government protesters Recent generational history of Sudan

Sudan police crack down violently against anti-government protesters

attempting to quash anti-government protests that began in the suburbs

Security forces have been shooting live fire and teargas into

On Tuesday, police fired into the air, used teargas and hit demonstrators

with batons to disperse them as they marched to the presidential

The protests began last Wednesday, initially over rising prices and shortages

and uses the army and security forces to bash, arrest, torture and

war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Darfur

off and became independent in 2011, Sudan lost three-quarters of its

Sudan's name in Arabic means 'land of the blacks,' which gives an idea

three separate regions, on three separate generational timelines:

It continued until a peace deal was signed in 2005

The Darfur conflict began in the 1970s as minor land disagreements between

hotels hosted an 'astounding' 10,000 tourist overnight on Christmas

which means that the stock market is in a huge bubble, and something

to the 5-6 range three times in the last century, the last time in

the 1929 panic, and to this day nobody knows what triggered it, and

The same will be true when the new panic occurs this time.

Trump understands that he who lives by the stock market dies by the

Champagne corks pop as a 'Trump rally' sends Wall Street stocks parabolic (04-Mar-2017)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 25-Dec-18 World View -- Christmas in Bethlehem is the biggest in years thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

hotels hosted an 'astounding' 10,000 tourist overnight on Christmas

which means that the stock market is in a huge bubble, and something

to the 5-6 range three times in the last century, the last time in

the 1929 panic, and to this day nobody knows what triggered it, and

The same will be true when the new panic occurs this time.

Trump understands that he who lives by the stock market dies by the

Champagne corks pop as a 'Trump rally' sends Wall Street stocks parabolic (04-Mar-2017)

Donald Trump's announcement of troop withdrawal signals end of 'War on Terror'

partial troop withdrawal from Afghanistan signal a major policy change,

The announcement is being widely ridiculed by the mainstream press and politicians,

'My views on treating allies with respect and also

being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic

competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of

advance an international order that is most conducive to our

security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this

effort by the solidarity of our alliances.

views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I

believe it is right for me to step down from my

Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat

With this major change of policy occurring right at the end of 2018, an

On the other hand, I've written thousands of generational analyses in the

last 15 years, and they've all turned out to be true or are trending

The withdrawal from Syria signals a major change in policy that has completely

repeatedly wrong time after time for two years, and I've been repeatedly

right for two years, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to be right

today's political alignments how nations will act when they're facing

an existential crisis in the form of a generational crisis war.

When you look at that list, it makes perfect sense to withdraw some

On Sunday morning I listened to the news shows, and heard one 'expert' after

I think that most people are viscerally aware that we're

headed for war with China, and they can't stand to think about it,

There was a similar level of hysteria in the late 1930s directed

dumb that it serves as a good example of brainless idiocy we're seeing

change their allegiance back to al-Qaeda, though they'll look like complete

on map if they had to, are wrong time after time, and yet continue

It's sheer ignorance and stupidity, by people who babble

( "7-Nov-16 World View -- US-backed Kurdish militias in Syria make surprise announcement of Raqqa operation")

yet, after 17 years, the war on terror has been increasingly a failure.

world can be dated to three epochal events that occurred in 1979.

to the growth of modern terrorism, including the 9/11 attacks, and there

1979, they go on tv and make one dumb statement after another, they always

One particularly laughable 'expert' interview occurred on Sunday on the

The events of the last ten years have shown that this war cannot be won,

At my age, I'm unable to get employment as a journalist, analyst, or a senior

(Actually, age discrimination in the computer industry is so great

that my only income source is social security, and I'm going to run

valuable, then any help that anyone can provide to resolve this situation

massive car bomb detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential

an al-Qaeda linked terror group, took responsibility for the

attack comes a week after six airstrikes from US warplanes killed 62

US has launched 40 air strikes so far this year, compared to 35 in 2017.

It's estimated that at least 400 people have been killed in air strikes

expose its fighters to airstrikes, they've instead increase urban

groups have been increasingly demanding that businesses pay them taxes,

1988, a full-scale generational crisis civil war began in Somalia which,

combined with a growing famine, was killing tens of thousands of

thousands of Somalis who hacked them to death with machetes and dragged

American military's hasty retreat was viewed by many as a sign of weakness

17 years after 9/11, it seems clear that the 'war on terror' is not

New Somalia terror bombings again raise question of US military strategy in Africa (29-Oct-2017)

Minnesota link to Kenya shopping mall attack raises U.S. fears (23-Sep-2013)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 23-Dec-18 World View -- Al-Shabaab double bombing kills 16 people in Mogadishu, Somalia thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

Al-Shabaab double bombing kills 16 people in Mogadishu, Somalia

A massive car bomb detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential

Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda linked terror group, took responsibility for the

The attack comes a week after six airstrikes from US warplanes killed 62

US has launched 40 air strikes so far this year, compared to 35 in 2017.

It's estimated that at least 400 people have been killed in air strikes

expose its fighters to airstrikes, they've instead increase urban

Both groups have been increasingly demanding that businesses pay them taxes,

In 1988, a full-scale generational crisis civil war began in Somalia which,

combined with a growing famine, was killing tens of thousands of

thousands of Somalis who hacked them to death with machetes and dragged

The American military's hasty retreat was viewed by many as a sign of weakness

Today, 17 years after 9/11, it seems clear that the 'war on terror' is not

New Somalia terror bombings again raise question of US military strategy in Africa (29-Oct-2017)

Minnesota link to Kenya shopping mall attack raises U.S. fears (23-Sep-2013)

Balochistan province in the southwest occupies 44% of the land area, but is being marginalized by CPEC.

assumed to be 'debt traps' for the countries involved, ensnaring a country

the secrecy was pulled back in a briefing, revealing the following:

Of the $62 billion CPEC project, only a minuscule $5.6 billion is

the allocated $5.6 billion, less than $1 billion has been spent in

the roads that are part of the so-called �western alignment� have seen

in fact has caused a severe drinking-water shortage that was

The explosive report showed that the most extreme claims of Baloch activists

a separatist terror group, have opposed the project since its inception,

( "6-Nov-18 World View -- Pakistan's Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claims credit for killing CPEC workers")

kept top secret, and a recent report has revealed one of the

produce a new generation of fighter jets, navigation systems, radar systems,

at about $300 million and gradually increasing to reach about $3.2

demanded that CPEC deals be kept secret and promised to loan more

military relationship brings the two countries ever closer together.

Pakistan's 'desperate' Imran Khan attends Saudi investment summit amid Khashoggi crisis (25-Oct-2018)

chairman challenges US to prove they're a security risk

with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit

which began in or about 2006, Zhu, Zhang, and their coconspirators

in the APT10 Group successfully obtained unauthorized access to

the computers of more than 45 technology companies and

U.S. Government agencies based in at least 12 states, including

APT10 Group stole hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive data and

information from the victims� computer systems, including from at

least the following victims: seven companies involved in aviation,

space and/or satellite technology;

manufacturing advanced electronic systems and/or laboratory

a company involved in oil and gas drilling, production, and

stolen, Zhu, Zhang, and their co-conspirators successfully

obtained unauthorized access to computers belonging to more than

25 other technology-related companies involved in, among other

things, industrial factory automation, radar technology, oil

exploration, information technology services, pharmaceutical

manufacturing, and computer processor technology, as well as the

Finally, the APT10 Group compromised more than 40 computers in

order to steal sensitive data belonging to the Navy, including the

names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, salary

information, personal phone numbers, and email addresses of more

of the news coverage has focused on the theft of commercial and military

as they build weapons systems and prepare to launch a war on the

for this article, I want to focus on the theft of personal data on Americans

indictment says that a hack of navy computers stole names, Social Security

numbers, dates of birth, salary information, personal phone numbers,

recently described the Marriott hotel data breach by China's spy agency, the Ministry of State Security (MSS) which stole names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit

card numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, passport photos, hotel

that collected detailed credit information on 145 million people, a

2013 Target breach that exposed payment card and contact information for

20 million government employees, family members and applicants. There

military is creating a huge database of hundreds of millions of

thugs simply arrested him, brought him into a police station, and

most online systems, you can change or reset your password automatically,

service will ring your telephone, using a phone number for you that

it has on file, and then the recorded voice says, 'press 1 to confirm

as in the case of e-mail, the military can take control of your phone

are companies being hacked successfully every day, sometimes by kids

a database that they can access at any time they want to track someone.

China is creating a large 'big data' database of

all of its 1.3 billion people, accumulating data from a variety of departments

and agencies, combining the data in individual data agency databases

into a large database, and using it to crease a credit score for

system will reward 'pro-social behaviors,' such as volunteer work and

business regulators and transit authorities are supposed to work

These agencies will provide data on private citizens to

the central system, and will then use the credit score to reward or punish

In fact, the system is already partially in place, in

that people with unacceptable credit scores have already been blocked

from booking more than 11 million flights and 4 million high-speed

slower internet speeds, reducing access to good schools for individuals

and creating databases of hundreds of millions of people in other

vast population studying and working overseas to collect data and information

million Uighurs in re-education camps, the human rights abuses in China

says that Chinese students study in colleges to get access to the

'I don't think people understand these reports.

reports are essentially declassified reports that showed that the

300,000 students are here on student visas and the 10,000

contractors that we have the weapons labs -- I think that up to

2/3 of them could be intelligence assets, intelligence officers or

This is political correctness and greed and avarice writ large.

How did contractors-- and let's call them out-- Booz Allen and all

these contractors-- how do these contractors and these big

government programs get so many Chinese nationals working into our

The political correctness of it all-- the Financial Times of

London leaked the other day that my colleague, Stephen Miller,

who's a terrific young man, actually had the plan in place to get

all 300,000 Chinese students out of the country with a way to cut

the visas off right away.

a farm up in Maine because she was part of this kind of rational

accommodationist, this softness in the Defense Department, in the

State Department, in our intelligence services that basically went

along with what China wanted to do and looked the other

( "26-Feb-18 World View -- New book documents extensive Chinese infiltration into Australia's organizations") The

His research revealed evidence of CCP influence and infiltration

40 former and sitting Australian politicians allegedly doing the work

information to add to the data collected by hacks of hotel databases

largest global maker of network gear, because it's feared that these

products contain 'back doors' that allow them to be secretly accessed

I've said in the past, I've spent a part of my career as a senior software

engineer developing chip-level operating system software for embedded

'There has never been any evidence that our equipment

poses a security threat.

any government to damage the networks or business of any of our

the chip receives, say, a secret 1024-bit code, then it will execute

as everyone knows, I'm a very helpful kind of guy, and I want to be

And I offer this advice in the spirit of peace, cooperation and

These people will be hired to do real work, and participate fully

firmware source code, so that they can verify that the code contains

In addition, they should have full access to the

the American government, and let them know immediately if they find

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018) (Comments:

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 21-Dec-18 World View -- China hackers collect data on hundreds of millions of Americans and Westerners thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

chairman challenges US to prove they're a security risk

China hackers collect data on hundreds of millions of Americans and Westerners

with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit

which began in or about 2006, Zhu, Zhang, and their coconspirators

in the APT10 Group successfully obtained unauthorized access to

the computers of more than 45 technology companies and

U.S. Government agencies based in at least 12 states, including

APT10 Group stole hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive data and

information from the victims� computer systems, including from at

least the following victims: seven companies involved in aviation,

space and/or satellite technology;

manufacturing advanced electronic systems and/or laboratory

a company involved in oil and gas drilling, production, and

stolen, Zhu, Zhang, and their co-conspirators successfully

obtained unauthorized access to computers belonging to more than

25 other technology-related companies involved in, among other

things, industrial factory automation, radar technology, oil

exploration, information technology services, pharmaceutical

manufacturing, and computer processor technology, as well as the

Finally, the APT10 Group compromised more than 40 computers in

order to steal sensitive data belonging to the Navy, including the

names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, salary

information, personal phone numbers, and email addresses of more

Most of the news coverage has focused on the theft of commercial and military

as they build weapons systems and prepare to launch a war on the

But for this article, I want to focus on the theft of personal data on Americans

This indictment says that a hack of navy computers stole names, Social Security

numbers, dates of birth, salary information, personal phone numbers,

I recently described the Marriott hotel data breach by China's spy agency, the Ministry of State Security (MSS) which stole names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit

card numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, passport photos, hotel

that collected detailed credit information on 145 million people, a

2013 Target breach that exposed payment card and contact information for

20 million government employees, family members and applicants. There

China's military is creating a huge database of hundreds of millions of

thugs simply arrested him, brought him into a police station, and

In most online systems, you can change or reset your password automatically,

service will ring your telephone, using a phone number for you that

it has on file, and then the recorded voice says, 'press 1 to confirm

as in the case of e-mail, the military can take control of your phone

are companies being hacked successfully every day, sometimes by kids

a database that they can access at any time they want to track someone.

China extends its 'social credit score' system to Americans and Westerners

China is creating a large 'big data' database of

all of its 1.3 billion people, accumulating data from a variety of departments

and agencies, combining the data in individual data agency databases

into a large database, and using it to crease a credit score for

The system will reward 'pro-social behaviors,' such as volunteer work and

business regulators and transit authorities are supposed to work

These agencies will provide data on private citizens to

the central system, and will then use the credit score to reward or punish

In fact, the system is already partially in place, in

that people with unacceptable credit scores have already been blocked

from booking more than 11 million flights and 4 million high-speed

slower internet speeds, reducing access to good schools for individuals

booking at certain hotels and losing the right to own pets.

and creating databases of hundreds of millions of people in other

vast population studying and working overseas to collect data and information

million Uighurs in re-education camps, the human rights abuses in China

Bannon says that Chinese students study in colleges to get access to the

'I don't think people understand these reports.

reports are essentially declassified reports that showed that the

300,000 students are here on student visas and the 10,000

contractors that we have the weapons labs -- I think that up to

2/3 of them could be intelligence assets, intelligence officers or

This is political correctness and greed and avarice writ large.

How did contractors-- and let's call them out-- Booz Allen and all

these contractors-- how do these contractors and these big

government programs get so many Chinese nationals working into our

The political correctness of it all-- the Financial Times of

London leaked the other day that my colleague, Stephen Miller,

who's a terrific young man, actually had the plan in place to get

all 300,000 Chinese students out of the country with a way to cut

the visas off right away.

a farm up in Maine because she was part of this kind of rational

accommodationist, this softness in the Defense Department, in the

State Department, in our intelligence services that basically went

along with what China wanted to do and looked the other

This is political correctness and greed and avarice writ large.

How did contractors-- and let's call them out-- Booz Allen and all

these contractors-- how do these contractors and these big

government programs get so many Chinese nationals working into our

The political correctness of it all-- the Financial Times of

London leaked the other day that my colleague, Stephen Miller,

who's a terrific young man, actually had the plan in place to get

all 300,000 Chinese students out of the country with a way to cut

the visas off right away.

( "26-Feb-18 World View -- New book documents extensive Chinese infiltration into Australia's organizations")

His research revealed evidence of CCP influence and infiltration

40 former and sitting Australian politicians allegedly doing the work

( "16-Feb-18 World View -- Concerns grow over China's covert infiltration into New Zealand's government")

information to add to the data collected by hacks of hotel databases

Huawei chairman challenges US to prove they're a security risk

largest global maker of network gear, because it's feared that these

products contain 'back doors' that allow them to be secretly accessed

As I've said in the past, I've spent a part of my career as a senior software

engineer developing chip-level operating system software for embedded

'There has never been any evidence that our equipment

poses a security threat.

any government to damage the networks or business of any of our

the chip receives, say, a secret 1024-bit code, then it will execute

Now, as everyone knows, I'm a very helpful kind of guy, and I want to be

And I offer this advice in the spirit of peace, cooperation and

These people will be hired to do real work, and participate fully

firmware source code, so that they can verify that the code contains

In addition, they should have full access to the

the American government, and let them know immediately if they find

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

Women walk past a campaign poster of Joseph Kabila�s chosen successor as president of DRC, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, in Kinshasa on Dec 18 (AFP)

possible to prevent new elections from taking place, and then

or wholly, more than 80 companies and businesses in the country and abroad.

family owns diamond mines, a part of the country's largest mobile phone

network, companies that mine mineral deposits, gold and limestone,

a luxury hotel, stakes in an airline, a share of the country's

any method -- massacres, atrocities, jailings, torture -- to stay in

Few people doubt Kabila's plan -- that Shadary become president for a term,

a dozen minor candidates, and they're expected to split the opposition

DR Congo's Joseph Kabila brings the art of power and corruption to new heights (24-Jul-2017)

confirmed and probable cases were reported from 14 health zones, the

majority of which were reported from the major urban centres and towns

is a major ethnic war in progress, and Ebola is now spreading in the

densely populated city of Beni, which became the epicenter of the pandemic.

The entire region is a war zone, and over one million people have been driven

fighting is preventing doctors and experts from reaching infected people,

contact tracing, there is no way to stop or slow the spread of the

In dreaded scenario, Ebola spreads to densely populated war zone in Congo (25-Aug-2018)

war agreed to a ceasefire to begin on Tuesday, December 18, and after

follows months of heavy fighting in Yemen's seaport city of Hodeidah,

war began in 2015, when Houthi rebels from northwest Yemen took control

In response, warplanes from a mostly Arab coalition led by Saudi

Hodeidah deep sea port on the Red Sea has become a crucial asset to

aid, including food, water and medicines, for 8 million Yeminis.

The Houthis control these imports, and charge duties that fund

humanitarian disaster in the world today, since food, water and medicines

both sides have agreed to so that humanitarian aid -- food, water and

into a complete peace deal but, assuming that can't be done, the

we read about slaughter, torture, rapes, jailings and atrocities being

a pait hit man to shoot him dead in the street outside the embassy,

him, dissolve the pieces in acid, ship what's left out of the

I can't prove this, but reading and listening to news reports has

Saudis target women and children in Yemen to make them 'shiver' for generations (28-Aug-2018)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 19-Dec-18 World View -- Ceasefire in Hodeidah seaport in Yemen war holds on the first day thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

war agreed to a ceasefire to begin on Tuesday, December 18, and after

This follows months of heavy fighting in Yemen's seaport city of Hodeidah,

The war began in 2015, when Houthi rebels from northwest Yemen took control

In response, warplanes from a mostly Arab coalition led by Saudi

The Hodeidah deep sea port on the Red Sea has become a crucial asset to

aid, including food, water and medicines, for 8 million Yeminis.

The Houthis control these imports, and charge duties that fund

humanitarian disaster in the world today, since food, water and medicines

both sides have agreed to so that humanitarian aid -- food, water and

into a complete peace deal but, assuming that can't be done, the

Every we read about slaughter, torture, rapes, jailings and atrocities being

a pait hit man to shoot him dead in the street outside the embassy,

him, dissolve the pieces in acid, ship what's left out of the

Also, I can't prove this, but reading and listening to news reports has

Saudis target women and children in Yemen to make them 'shiver' for generations (28-Aug-2018)

Kashmir locked down after Indian security forces kill seven civilians India's

Kashmir locked down after Indian security forces kill seven civilians

a third day on Monday, after seven civilians were killed during a shootout

police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the

Authorities stopped train services and cut cellphone internet

Seven civilians were killed and at least 36 injured in clashes that erupted

after three militants were shot dead in a gunfight in the village

India's 'Operation all-out' to continue as more young Kashmiris become militants

the 20th century, pitting Hindus versus Muslims, following the partitioning

leaving behind younger generations with no fear of repeating past disasters,

A major change occurred after the July 8 2016 death of HM leader Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the Indian army.

or both eyes by pellet guns used by Indian security forces, and thousands

are forced to search jihadist social media sites to search for

is impossible, since 20 years ago there were still survivors of the

this plan, the army identified 258 specific militants the would be

specifically targeted and captured, thus delivering 'a lethal blow to

militants have been identified, and this time they're indigenous youths joining Hizbul Mujahideen

three HM militants, when local youths thronged the forces and began hurling stones.

'Civilian killings are unfortunate, but when people

interfere in operations and try to divert the attention of the

forces, mishaps are bound to happen.

to let the forces do their job in eliminating terrorists and not

indulge in activities like stone-throwing or cause obstruction in

We had come to power in the state with an agenda of peace and

development, but had to back out when things started going

will reach its logical end.'

Khanna assumes that the 'normalcy' of twenty years ago can return, but Generational

India's Kashmir locked down after 3 civilians killed by police (09-Jul-2018)

17-Dec-18 World View -- North Korea threatens US with 'exchanges of fire' over new human rights sanctions Japan-Korea

surveillance aircraft spots a Dominican-flagged Yuk Tung oil tanker after it transferred fuel to the North Korean-registered Rye Song tanker in the open South China Sea, in violation of sanctions.

senior North Korean officials for for human rights abuses and censorship

'Treasury is sanctioning senior North Korean officials

who direct departments that perpetrate the regime�s brutal

state-sponsored censorship activities, human rights violations and

abuses, and other abuses in order to suppress and control the

ongoing support for freedom of expression, and opposition to

endemic censorship and human rights abuses.

consistently condemned the North Korean regime for its flagrant

and egregious abuses of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and

this Administration will continue to take action against human

media or content, inspect and confiscate computer content, including

external storage devices, and even kidnap defectors or foreign

'Now, the international society is unanimous in

welcoming the proactive denuclearization steps taken by the DPRK

[North Korea] and urging the U.S. to respond to these steps in a

possible occasion to state his willingness to improve

Far from the statements of the president, the State Department is

instead bent on bringing the DPRK-U.S.

status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire.

cannot help but throw doubt on the ulterior motive of the State

If they are a sort of diplomats of 'only superpower', they should

at least realize from the past record of the DPRK-U.S.

that sanctions and pressure would not work against the DPRK.

The United States will not be unaware of the self-evident fact

that its threat, blackmail and pressure against the other side

cannot be a solution under the relations of pent-up confrontation,

mistrust and hostility between the DPRK and the U.S. and

deterioration of the situation that might be incurred by these

hostile actions would not be beneficial for peace and security of

Since we know too well that the deep-rooted hostility between the

DPRK and the U.S. cannot be redressed overnight, we have been

step-by-step approach of resolving what is feasible one by one, by

giving priority to confidence building.

If the high-ranking politicians within the U.S. administration

including the State Department had calculated that they could

drive us into giving up nuclear weapons by way of increasing the

anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure and human rights racket to an

unprecedented level, which has nothing to do with confidence

building, it will count as greatest miscalculation, and it will

block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever

- a result desired by no one.

The U.S. should realize before it is too late that 'maximum

pressure' would not work against us and take a sincere approach to

Korea gave this statement a great deal of publicity, and so they wanted

statement refers to 'the proactive denuclearization steps taken by the

site, but recent satellite imagery indicates that the site is still

in no hurry to conclude a deal, knowing that the sanctions remain on

oil at sea, despite active surveillance and enforcement by

before, it's pretty clear to everyone (except the news media and the

US and South Korea resume some military marine drills, despite North's objections (05-Nov-2018)

October 30, South Korea's supreme court awarded compensation to four

The Japanese claim that all such awards were already paid in a settlement

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 17-Dec-18 World View -- North Korea threatens US with 'exchanges of fire' over new human rights sanctions thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

US issues new sanctions on North Korea over human rights abuses

Japanese surveillance aircraft spots a Dominican-flagged Yuk Tung oil tanker after it transferred fuel to the North Korean-registered Rye Song tanker in the open South China Sea, in violation of sanctions.

senior North Korean officials for for human rights abuses and censorship

'Treasury is sanctioning senior North Korean officials

who direct departments that perpetrate the regime�s brutal

state-sponsored censorship activities, human rights violations and

abuses, and other abuses in order to suppress and control the

ongoing support for freedom of expression, and opposition to

endemic censorship and human rights abuses.

consistently condemned the North Korean regime for its flagrant

and egregious abuses of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and

this Administration will continue to take action against human

rights abusers around the globe.'

media or content, inspect and confiscate computer content, including

external storage devices, and even kidnap defectors or foreign

'Now, the international society is unanimous in

welcoming the proactive denuclearization steps taken by the DPRK

[North Korea] and urging the U.S. to respond to these steps in a

possible occasion to state his willingness to improve

Far from the statements of the president, the State Department is

instead bent on bringing the DPRK-U.S.

status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire.

cannot help but throw doubt on the ulterior motive of the State

If they are a sort of diplomats of 'only superpower', they should

at least realize from the past record of the DPRK-U.S.

that sanctions and pressure would not work against the DPRK.

The United States will not be unaware of the self-evident fact

that its threat, blackmail and pressure against the other side

cannot be a solution under the relations of pent-up confrontation,

mistrust and hostility between the DPRK and the U.S. and

deterioration of the situation that might be incurred by these

hostile actions would not be beneficial for peace and security of

Since we know too well that the deep-rooted hostility between the

DPRK and the U.S. cannot be redressed overnight, we have been

step-by-step approach of resolving what is feasible one by one, by

giving priority to confidence building.

If the high-ranking politicians within the U.S. administration

including the State Department had calculated that they could

drive us into giving up nuclear weapons by way of increasing the

anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure and human rights racket to an

unprecedented level, which has nothing to do with confidence

building, it will count as greatest miscalculation, and it will

block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever

- a result desired by no one.

The U.S. should realize before it is too late that 'maximum

pressure' would not work against us and take a sincere approach to

Far from the statements of the president, the State Department is

instead bent on bringing the DPRK-U.S.

status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire.

cannot help but throw doubt on the ulterior motive of the State

If they are a sort of diplomats of 'only superpower', they should

at least realize from the past record of the DPRK-U.S.

that sanctions and pressure would not work against the DPRK.

The United States will not be unaware of the self-evident fact

that its threat, blackmail and pressure against the other side

cannot be a solution under the relations of pent-up confrontation,

mistrust and hostility between the DPRK and the U.S. and

deterioration of the situation that might be incurred by these

hostile actions would not be beneficial for peace and security of

Since we know too well that the deep-rooted hostility between the

DPRK and the U.S. cannot be redressed overnight, we have been

step-by-step approach of resolving what is feasible one by one, by

giving priority to confidence building.

If the high-ranking politicians within the U.S. administration

including the State Department had calculated that they could

drive us into giving up nuclear weapons by way of increasing the

anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure and human rights racket to an

unprecedented level, which has nothing to do with confidence

building, it will count as greatest miscalculation, and it will

block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever

- a result desired by no one.

North Korea gave this statement a great deal of publicity, and so they wanted

The statement refers to 'the proactive denuclearization steps taken by the

site, but recent satellite imagery indicates that the site is still

in no hurry to conclude a deal, knowing that the sanctions remain on

oil at sea, despite active surveillance and enforcement by

As before, it's pretty clear to everyone (except the news media and the

that is, masking and hiding problems and postponing them until later.

US and South Korea resume some military marine drills, despite North's objections (05-Nov-2018)

Japan-Korea relations worsen over 'comfort women' issue

On October 30, South Korea's supreme court awarded compensation to four

The Japanese claim that all such awards were already paid in a settlement

Cambodia denies major China-funded seaport project is a military base

China is building a massive deep-water seaport project in Cambodia's Koh Kong province along the Gulf of Thailand

give China commanding control of the southern part of the

was begun a decade ago, operating under a 99-year lease granted

The land project contains a deep-water port which is

A report last month in Asia Times said that the naval base was already under

Mike Pence raising concerns of the possible presence of a Chinese

naval base in Cambodia in the future.

�I want to make clear to our compatriots and foreign friends that

Constitution prohibits the presence of foreign armies or military

bases inside the country ...

military base for a navy, army or air force.

election, taking all 125 parliamentary seats that were

all of the media, closed all radio stations critical of the

The size of land granted to China under the 99 year lease is reported to

of Koh Kong province, used to be a premier seaside resort and tourist

China has pledged $100 million in military grants for training

About half of Cambodia's $6 in foreign debt is owed to China,

a military naval base whether doing so violates Cambodia's constitution

China-Cambodia grow closer militarily, as Hun Sen steals parliamentary election (16-Aug-2018)

Cambodia dissolves the opposition political party so that Hun Sen can be reelected unopposed (17-Nov-2017)

border guards prevent Russian men, aged 16-60, from entering Ukraine.

number of other world leaders urging them to protect bishops and clergy

'Recently, the intervention of the leaders of the

secular Ukrainian state in church affairs has acquired the

character of gross pressure on the episcopate and clergy of the

Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which allows us to speak about the

'The state-run media continues a massive company to

privacy and the prohibition of the use of personal data, personal

information about the bishops and clergymen of the Ukrainian

Orthodox Church, available to the state, is published.

particular, the personal data of a significant part of the

episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church were published on the

Peacemaker website along with comments that incited religious

[The Peacemaker website exists with the direct support of the

become notorious for publishing information about Ukrainian,

American and European journalists, after which they were

threatened, beaten and even deprived of life.' Kirill's

plea was sent to numerous world leaders, including Pope Francis,

appealed to religious and state leaders, leaders of intergovernmental

may launch more serious military actions this weekend with the same

is apparent is that military tensions are purposely increasing on both

The original Ukraine war that started four years ago has not

of 24, and apparently tortured some of them in order to create a video

continues to hold and bury the 24 Ukrainian sailors, possibly in

investigation revealed massive bank fraud by Huawei in order

30 days, in preparation for a possible new invasion by Russia. Then,

but the restriction played havoc with men who cross the border every

short-term, 15-day training courses for reservists and members

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 15-Dec-18 World View -- Russian Orthodox Church asks world leaders to protect it from Ukrainian persecution thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

Russian Orthodox Church asks world leaders to protect it from Ukrainian persecution

Ukrainian border guards prevent Russian men, aged 16-60, from entering Ukraine.

number of other world leaders urging them to protect bishops and clergy

'Recently, the intervention of the leaders of the

secular Ukrainian state in church affairs has acquired the

character of gross pressure on the episcopate and clergy of the

Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which allows us to speak about the

beginning of full-scale persecutions.'

'The state-run media continues a massive company to

privacy and the prohibition of the use of personal data, personal

information about the bishops and clergymen of the Ukrainian

Orthodox Church, available to the state, is published.

particular, the personal data of a significant part of the

episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church were published on the

Peacemaker website along with comments that incited religious

[The Peacemaker website exists with the direct support of the

become notorious for publishing information about Ukrainian,

American and European journalists, after which they were

threatened, beaten and even deprived of life.'

Kirill's plea was sent to numerous world leaders, including Pope Francis,

Kirill appealed to religious and state leaders, leaders of intergovernmental

may launch more serious military actions this weekend with the same

What is apparent is that military tensions are purposely increasing on both

The original Ukraine war that started four years ago has not

of 24, and apparently tortured some of them in order to create a video

and forcing them to confess to crimes they didn't commit.

Russia continues to hold and bury the 24 Ukrainian sailors, possibly in

investigation revealed massive bank fraud by Huawei in order

30 days, in preparation for a possible new invasion by Russia.

but the restriction played havoc with men who cross the border every

short-term, 15-day training courses for reservists and members

Cuba eases economic restrictions, continuing on path from Socialism to free markets The

Cuba eases economic restrictions, continuing on path from Socialism to free markets

Shoes for sale displayed on a shelf inside the home of a small business owner in Havana, Cuba, in 2013.

In the face of popular demand from artists and entrepreneurs, the government

In July, Cuba announced the harsh controls on private businesses, to take

has fueled wealth inequality, tax evasion and the black market.

Since 2010, when it became legal to run certain small businesses, life has

wants people to earn money self-employed in private businesses,

So for example, a person renting out a room in his home while driving a

be forced, under the new regulations, to give up one source of income

Another abolished rule had set a limit of 50 seats for private bars, restaurants

bank accounts with a minimum deposit of three months taxes, a requirement

announced in July, requires prior government approval for artists,

musicians, writers and performers who want to present their work

in any spaces open to the public, including private homes and businesses.

There's a certain amusing irony that Xinhua, the official news service the

sector: 'Cuba's government has taken new regulations that will spur

the island's fledgling private sector to ensure it continues to expand

years, in order to avoid catastrophic economic meltdowns.

generational Unraveling era, when the harsh rules set up after the last

the availability of internet access to mobile phones across the country.

Cuba will offer packages of data data ranging from 600 MB for 7 convertible

Cuban pesos ($7) to 4 GB for 30 Cuban pesos ($30).

monthly salary for a Cuban is $30 per month, meaning that few Cubans

Cuba's new president Miguel D�az-Canel makes delusional promise to continue Socialist revolution (20-Apr-2018)

blames China for Marriot data breach in plan to create massive database of American citizens Google

camps' where they can be beaten, tortured, raped or killed

government no longer cares how bad it looks, and is losing control

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

US blames China for Marriot data breach in plan to create massive database of American citizens US

government investigators blame hackers working for China's spy agency,

Hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million

stolen data contains names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card

numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, passport photos, hotel arrival

that collected detailed credit information on 145 million people, a

2013 Target breach that exposed payment card and contact information for

20 million government employees, family members and applicants. There

This data can be used for spying, extortion, identity theft, and

by China's military, as I described in detail last week, with the result that numerous Western

phones, like all smartphones, keep track of locations and calling

merged with the master data base described above to accumulate detailed

collects massive amounts of data on online activities and uses

street cameras and facial recognition algorithms to track the locations

massive project to use search engine technology in China to collect

data about search requests and add it to China's huge database of

New report reveals massive cyber war attack by China's army (20-Feb-2013)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 13-Dec-18 World View -- China recklessly arrests a second Canadian without justification thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

blames China for Marriot data breach in plan to create massive database of American citizens Google

camps' where they can be beaten, tortured, raped or killed

government no longer cares how bad it looks, and is losing control

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

US blames China for Marriot data breach in plan to create massive database of American citizens

US government investigators blame hackers working for China's spy agency,

Hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million

The stolen data contains names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card

numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, passport photos, hotel arrival

that collected detailed credit information on 145 million people, a

2013 Target breach that exposed payment card and contact information for

20 million government employees, family members and applicants. There

This data can be used for spying, extortion, identity theft, and

by China's military, as I described in detail last week, with the result that numerous Western

Huawei phones, like all smartphones, keep track of locations and calling

merged with the master data base described above to accumulate detailed

collects massive amounts of data on online activities and uses

street cameras and facial recognition algorithms to track the locations

massive project to use search engine technology in China to collect

data about search requests and add it to China's huge database of

New report reveals massive cyber war attack by China's army (20-Feb-2013)

China jails Canadian journalist Michael Kovrig in apparent retaliation for Canada arrest of Meng Wanzhou

that Meng conducted massive counts of bank fraud in order to violate

A second difference is the Meng was immediately given access to her family

Third, Meng was tried in a real court, where her lawyer could defend her.

If Kovrig's case is typical, he'll be thrown into jail, tortured,

China's incredible actions sending a million Uighurs to 're-education

camps' where they can be beaten, tortured, raped or killed

'Chinese authorities have the broad ability to

prohibit travelers from leaving China (also known as �exit bans�);

exit bans have been imposed to compel U.S. citizens to resolve

business disputes, force settlement of court orders, or facilitate

proceedings or suspected of wrongdoing have also be subjected to

lengthy exit bans in order to compel their family members or

colleagues to cooperate with Chinese courts or investigators.

U.S. citizens visiting or residing in China have been arbitrarily

interrogated or detained for reasons related to �state security.�

Security personnel have detained and/or deported U.S. citizens for

sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese

I found his most recent article on the ICG web site, 'China Expands

Union (AU) [came] to Beijing for meetings that culminated in a

resolution to continue strengthening ties and a renewed pledge of

billions of dollars in Chinese loans, grants and investments.

the past decade China�s role in peace and security has also grown

rapidly through arms sales, military cooperation and peacekeeping

A more controversial sign of China�s military footprint is the

36-hectare Djibouti facility that the PLA established in 2017 with

a ten-year lease at $20 million annually.

a support base for naval anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of

Aden, peacekeeping in South Sudan and humanitarian and other

cooperation in the Horn of Africa, but has also used it to conduct

live-fire military exercises.

Less noticeable to outsiders but broader in impact is China�s

direct defence and security cooperation with African

exercises, naval patrols and exchanges.

alone, the PLA Navy�s 27th and 28th anti-piracy escort task forces

reportedly visited ports in Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana and Nigeria,

while PLA units conducted drills in the same countries, and its

medical teams did work in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sudan and

diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, the PLA is already

working to develop military ties that will likely emphasize

The political and defence relationships fostered by these programs

grease the wheels for weapons sales.

that China has become the top supplier of arms to sub-Saharan

Africa, accounting for 27 per cent of the region�s imports over

the four year period from 2013-2017, an increase of 55 per cent

major arms from Chinese suppliers in recent years, key among them

Defence reported that Beijing now has defence industry, science

and technology ties with 45 African countries.

China�s own expanding economic interests are a further driver.

Africa�s largest trading partner since 2009, China increasingly

counts on the continent for natural resources and markets to

maintain its own growth and social stability.

Moreover, roughly a million Chinese are estimated to live and work

in Africa, and China�s leaders have a domestic political

imperative to ensure their safety.

of violence and property damage elsewhere.

blockbuster action movie Wolf Warrior II brought home a

Rambo-esque fantasy version of these concerns.

African country that descends into chaos, it closes with the

hubristic message that China�s government will protect its

citizens wherever they go.'

A more controversial sign of China�s military footprint is the

36-hectare Djibouti facility that the PLA established in 2017 with

a ten-year lease at $20 million annually.

a support base for naval anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of

Aden, peacekeeping in South Sudan and humanitarian and other

cooperation in the Horn of Africa, but has also used it to conduct

live-fire military exercises.

Less noticeable to outsiders but broader in impact is China�s

direct defence and security cooperation with African

exercises, naval patrols and exchanges.

alone, the PLA Navy�s 27th and 28th anti-piracy escort task forces

reportedly visited ports in Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana and Nigeria,

while PLA units conducted drills in the same countries, and its

medical teams did work in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sudan and

diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, the PLA is already

working to develop military ties that will likely emphasize

The political and defence relationships fostered by these programs

grease the wheels for weapons sales.

that China has become the top supplier of arms to sub-Saharan

Africa, accounting for 27 per cent of the region�s imports over

the four year period from 2013-2017, an increase of 55 per cent

major arms from Chinese suppliers in recent years, key among them

Defence reported that Beijing now has defence industry, science

and technology ties with 45 African countries.

China�s own expanding economic interests are a further driver.

Africa�s largest trading partner since 2009, China increasingly

counts on the continent for natural resources and markets to

maintain its own growth and social stability.

time a hearing will be held to determine whether Meng should be extradited

$15 million � including the value of two Vancouver homes and $7 million

in cash � and live with her to ensure she obeys court conditions.

Meng must also report to a bail supervisor, maintain good behavior,

live at a house owned by her husband, and stay in that house between

the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. She must also surrender her passports,

wear an electronic monitoring bracelet on her ankle and live

up at the February 6 court hearing, and investigation shows that she

eluded the police by wearing a turban, a long fake beard, and a Sikh

he believed 'the risk of her non-attendance in court can be reduced

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

on August 1, has 471 identified cases, of which 423 are confirmed,

big difference between the current outbreak and the 2014 outbreak is

case is suspected, health workers identify the patient's contacts

to do the contact tracing necessary to stop the progress of the

Furthermore, new cases are increasing quickly in the

Public and private health centers with inadequate infection prevention

and control (IPC) practices continue to be major source of amplification

greatest concern now is that it will spread further south to the city

of Goma, a major population center and regional hub for transportation

takes about a year, start to finish, to produce a batch of the vaccine.

and tens of thousands of people cross these borders in both directions

last month announced plans to roll out vaccinations to 3,000 frontline

country is on high alert and no confirmed case has been detected as

In dreaded scenario, Ebola spreads to densely populated war zone in Congo (25-Aug-2018)

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 11-Dec-18 World View -- Ebola in DR Congo spreads southward to large cities thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

on August 1, has 471 identified cases, of which 423 are confirmed,

The big difference between the current outbreak and the 2014 outbreak is

case is suspected, health workers identify the patient's contacts

to do the contact tracing necessary to stop the progress of the

Furthermore, new cases are increasing quickly in the

Public and private health centers with inadequate infection prevention

and control (IPC) practices continue to be major source of amplification

The greatest concern now is that it will spread further south to the city

of Goma, a major population center and regional hub for transportation

takes about a year, start to finish, to produce a batch of the vaccine.

and tens of thousands of people cross these borders in both directions

Uganda last month announced plans to roll out vaccinations to 3,000 frontline

country is on high alert and no confirmed case has been detected as

In dreaded scenario, Ebola spreads to densely populated war zone in Congo (25-Aug-2018)

Japan invites hundreds of thousands of foreigners to work in Japan

that will permit 345,000 low-skilled foreign workers to receive

labor shortages, especially in such areas as farming, nursing care

From April 1, a new residency permit category will allow foreigners who

a low birth rate and an aging population, and needs workers who can

build build buildings, and support the elderly and the factories.

Labor leaders object to a program that brings in low-wage workers that will

with its unique shared customs and shared culture, and foreign workers

For that reason, the new legislation is including a package of measures

to provide skills training, language training, and to ensure decent

The insular, isolated culture of Japan has presented unique problems in

sudden influx of foreign people, ideas, and money severely disrupted

insularity by adopting a constitution that permits military action only

use up land and water resources, and after a few decades there isn't

To put it another way, let's assume that Japan had crisis wars in the 1600-1868

skin color, appearance, language, geography and religion, things that

When historians write about wars during a period, how do they describe the

demand for food, land, water and other resources, but how these wars

Japan finds 'semi-infinite supply' of rare earth minerals in its territorial waters (13-Apr-2018)

an old saying, 'Peace is that brief, glorious moment in history

sacking led to extremely bloody and violent clashes between Dinka and

The conflict killed hundreds of thousands of civilians,

was the second or third peace agreement signed since 2013.

soldiers on both sides, it calls for an end to the trafficking of young

( "29-Dec-2013 World View -- Conflicts grow in South Sudan and Central African Republic") There followed 21 months of atrocities,

until they were supposedly ended by a peace treaty that was

news emerging that in the last ten days of November, 150 girls and

Over the next three months, 2,000 civilians were killed,

followed the massacre, as looters burnt villages and raided cattle,

nightmare scenario is that the new clashes will spiral into a repeat

a historic massacre of this type will not occur, despite the enormous

Fears that renewed South Sudan tribal fighting could spiral into larger war (11-Jul-2016)

Japan's troops in South Sudan become first test of new 'collective self-defense' policy (19-Nov-2016) (Comments:

For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 9-Dec-18 World View -- Latest South Sudan peace agreement appears close to collapse thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.

Latest South Sudan peace agreement appears close to collapse

There's an old saying, 'Peace is that brief, glorious moment in history

The sacking led to extremely bloody and violent clashes between Dinka and

The conflict killed hundreds of thousands of civilians,

and ruined the economy, which depends heavily on crude oil production.

This was the second or third peace agreement signed since 2013.

soldiers on both sides, it calls for an end to the trafficking of young

( "29-Dec-2013 World View -- Conflicts grow in South Sudan and Central African Republic") There followed 21 months of atrocities,

until they were supposedly ended by a peace treaty that was

There's news emerging that in the last ten days of November, 150 girls and

Over the next three months, 2,000 civilians were killed,

followed the massacre, as looters burnt villages and raided cattle,

The nightmare scenario is that the new clashes will spiral into a repeat

a historic massacre of this type will not occur, despite the enormous

Fears that renewed South Sudan tribal fighting could spiral into larger war (11-Jul-2016)

Japan's troops in South Sudan become first test of new 'collective self-defense' policy (19-Nov-2016)

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou faces possible 30 year jail term

( "7-Dec-18 World View -- Canada arrests the chief financial officer of China powerhouse Huawei")

committed fraud in 2013 by telling banks and financial institutions

If convicted on all these charges, Meng faces up to 30 years in jail in

arresting her violates her 'human rights.'

because she would not risk embarrassing her father or her country by

Japan blocks Huawei products from public infrastructure projects

For reasons that I described in detail in yesterday's article, we have to assume that it is absolutely

June 4, 1989, with a bloody massacre that killed thousands of students.

In 2010, Hu and three other Rio Tinto executives were given hefty jail sentences

order to avoid risking the current 'ceasefire' in the trade war between

set up a complex international system, defrauding banks in several countries,

to follow a hard line in the case of Meng, including giving her a jail

( "21-Mar-18 World View -- Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation'")

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war (02-Dec-2018)

Xi Jinping invokes the 1840s Opium Wars to justify military action for China's 'rejuvenation' (21-Mar-2018)

and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.

publication ban in effect, we cannot provide any further detail at

In 2012, HSBC paid a $1.92 billion fine for violating

the arrest occurred shortly before the dinner meeting, there is speculation

However, the dinner meeting was planned well in advance of the arrest,

months ago, but the fact that she happened to change planes in

the case of the 'trade war' policy, Trump has described its purpose as

that reason, the happenstance arrest of Meng is actually a risk to the

and earnestly protect the legal and legitimate rights and interests

'At the request of the US side, the Canadian side

arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian

The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over

such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of

the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct

the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms.

take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and

they consider themselves superior to everyone else.

ethnic Uighurs locked up in forced reeducation prisons, where they

I've said in the past, I've spent a part of my career as a senior software

engineer developing chip-level operating system software for embedded

could develop a chipset that works exactly as described in the public

the chip receives, say, a secret 1024-bit code, then it will execute

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war (02-Dec-2018)

APEC meeting ends in disarray after harsh US-China disagreements (19-Nov-2018)

China's spy chip attacks shock the computer industry (06-Oct-2018)

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Canada arrests the chief financial officer of China powerhouse Huawei

and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.

publication ban in effect, we cannot provide any further detail at

In 2012, HSBC paid a $1.92 billion fine for violating

Since the arrest occurred shortly before the dinner meeting, there is speculation

However, the dinner meeting was planned well in advance of the arrest,

months ago, but the fact that she happened to change planes in

In the case of the 'trade war' policy, Trump has described its purpose as

For that reason, the happenstance arrest of Meng is actually a risk to the

and earnestly protect the legal and legitimate rights and interests

'At the request of the US side, the Canadian side

arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian

The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over

such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of

the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct

the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms.

take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and

they consider themselves superior to everyone else.

ethnic Uighurs locked up in forced reeducation prisons, where they

As I've said in the past, I've spent a part of my career as a senior software

engineer developing chip-level operating system software for embedded

Huawei could develop a chipset that works exactly as described in the public

the chip receives, say, a secret 1024-bit code, then it will execute

ways to prepare for war, so there's no doubt that they've done it.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war (02-Dec-2018)

APEC meeting ends in disarray after harsh US-China disagreements (19-Nov-2018)

China's spy chip attacks shock the computer industry (06-Oct-2018)

An Afghan command and a US Special Forces soldier scan the horizon for enemy movement in Afghanistan, on May 24, 2018.

He said he doesn�t know how long it will take

right now, they would not be able to successfully defend their

their losses are not going to be sustainable unless we correct

Also, he said he doesn't know know how long it will take

Afghan crisis civil war, 1991-96, which mostly pitted the ethnic

of age, raised on stories their parents told them about the atrocities

an extremely bloody, violent civil war in 1991-96, pitting the Pashtuns

need to keep helping the Afghans recruit and train forces to fight

'We�ve been at it 17 years, 17 years is a long time.

forces that we haven�t done for 17 years while being focused on

numerous attempts at peace talks in the past, all of which have

'I don�t know how long it will take.

we�re working it very hard.

them to survive without our and our coalition partners�

'Sometimes there is an uptick, an increase in violence

because different parties try to gain the best possible position

What this obscure statement apparently means is that the 'uptick' in violence

media and most politicians, but as a I keep pointing out, everything

Afghan Taliban launches multiple terror attacks, then declares farcical ceasefire (10-Jun-2018)

people are like the person whose tweet is shown above who lost his

own life savings, but also the life savings of his parents in a single

It may happen this week, next month, next year, or thereafter,

The S&P 500 price/earnings ratio is around 20, down from 25 a year ago.

The historical average for the P/E ratio is 14, meaning that the stock

market is in a huge bubble, and this huge bubble will have to pop.

The P/E ratio fell to the range of 5-6 three times in the last century,

Wells Fargo receives laughable 'punishment' for massive criminal fraud (29-Sep-2016)

rammed, fired on, boarded and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels,

accusing them of traveling through territorial waters of occupied

live fire was aimed to injure or kill the Ukrainian sailors, rather

seized 24 crew members in the incident, and charged them with illegal

military sphere, including joint development of weapons systems. The

UK honors the journalist who documented Stalin's man-made 1932-33 Holodomor famine in Ukraine (22-Nov-2009) (Comments:

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rammed, fired on, boarded and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels,

accusing them of traveling through territorial waters of occupied

live fire was aimed to injure or kill the Ukrainian sailors, rather

Russia seized 24 crew members in the incident, and charged them with illegal

Turkey and Ukraine may establish strategic military partnership against Russia

military sphere, including joint development of weapons systems.

UK honors the journalist who documented Stalin's man-made 1932-33 Holodomor famine in Ukraine (22-Nov-2009)

at gas stations, and a surge in gas prices from about 30 cents per

In fact, the cartel has evolved over the years, to the point

has for years been flooding the market with oil obtained from fracking.

'The withdrawal decision reflects Qatar's desire to

focus its efforts on plans to develop and increase its natural gas

production from 77 million tonnes per year to 110 million tonnes

We are a small player in OPEC, and I'm a businessman, it doesn't

make sense for me to focus on things that are not our strength,

and gas is our strength so that is why we've made this

Qatar and imposed an air, sea and land blockade on Qatar.

Shortly after imposing the blockade, Saudi Arabia produced a list of 13 demands that would have

international news organizations have reduced their coverage of the

country, we have lots of differences and foreign policies with

those countries, our brothers, blocked everything.

medicine, blocked food, the only way for us to provide food and

However those three countries are strange bedfellows, with not

global surge in measles cases blamed on 'anti-vax' movement

period after exposure, and a person is contagious four days before

New global surge in measles cases blamed on 'anti-vax' movement The

number of measles-related deaths fell 80% between 2000 and 2017, and

the number of reported cases of measles surged by more than 30% from

risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities

'Despite this progress, however, the 2015 global

coverage has stagnated for nearly a decade;

coverage is only at 67% despite steady increases;

[supplementary immunization activities] quality was inadequate to

achieve >=95% coverage in several countries.

incidence has increased globally and in five of the six WHO

reestablished in Venezuela because of the sustained transmission

of measles virus for >12 months;

America] countries continue to maintain their measles elimination

status, but the ongoing outbreak in Venezuela has led to measles

virus importations and outbreaks in bordering AMR countries.

addition, the measles resurgence in Europe has likely led to

reestablished endemic measles in some EUR countries.

outbreaks highlight the fragility of gains made toward global and

regional measles elimination goals.' The

one million percent, many people are no longer able to get food,

medicines or medical services, allowing contagious diseases like measles

surge in measles is being caused by a stalled rate of vaccination in

health officials are blaming the surge in measles cases on complacency,

months old and the second at three years and four months to five years

Health workers boycott Pakistan's polio vaccination campaign after shooting (27-Nov-2014)

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global surge in measles cases blamed on 'anti-vax' movement

Dozens of reported measles cases in Israel, New York and New Jersey, as disease spreads

period after exposure, and a person is contagious four days before

and four days after showing signs of a rash.

New global surge in measles cases blamed on 'anti-vax' movement

The number of measles-related deaths fell 80% between 2000 and 2017, and

But the number of reported cases of measles surged by more than 30% from

risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities

'Despite this progress, however, the 2015 global

coverage has stagnated for nearly a decade;

coverage is only at 67% despite steady increases;

[supplementary immunization activities] quality was inadequate to

achieve >=95% coverage in several countries.

incidence has increased globally and in five of the six WHO

reestablished in Venezuela because of the sustained transmission

of measles virus for >12 months;

America] countries continue to maintain their measles elimination

status, but the ongoing outbreak in Venezuela has led to measles

virus importations and outbreaks in bordering AMR countries.

addition, the measles resurgence in Europe has likely led to

reestablished endemic measles in some EUR countries.

outbreaks highlight the fragility of gains made toward global and

regional measles elimination goals.'

one million percent, many people are no longer able to get food,

medicines or medical services, allowing contagious diseases like measles

The surge in measles is being caused by a stalled rate of vaccination in

World health officials are blaming the surge in measles cases on complacency,

months old and the second at three years and four months to five years

Health workers boycott Pakistan's polio vaccination campaign after shooting (27-Nov-2014)

Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war

The G-20 is a group of member nations that represent two-thirds of the world's

It seeks to shape the global economic agenda, by combining

bank governors of the G-20 countries meet twice a year.

designed to keep the summit meeting from blowing up.

A big part of the meeting was to avoid being seen with someone that you

them to admit to crimes they did not commit, and then sending them

Trump opposed the views of the other 19 countries, so no

night Friday night, sometimes spending an hour on the wording of one

engines of growth, productivity, innovation, job creation and

trading system has made to that end.

falling short of its objectives and there is room for

would not agree to continue trade rules as they have been.

The other major problem area is the Paris climate change treaty.

other 19 countries supported the treaty and wanted to say so in the

is irreversible and commit to its full implementation, reflecting

common but differentiated responsibilities and respective

capabilities, in light of different national circumstances.

will continue to tackle climate change, while promoting

sustainable development and economic growth.

Paris Agreement, and affirms its strong commitment to economic

growth and energy access and security, utilizing all energy

sources and technologies, while protecting the

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agree to a 90 day moratorium in trade war

already imposed 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, and threatened

practices: intellectual property theft, non-tariff barriers and cyber

The trade conflict, which has rattled financial markets and upended global

supply chains, began this year when Trump imposed tariffs on a total

of $253 billion of imported Chinese steel, industrial products and

China, facing Trump's trade challenge, appears to mend ties with Japan (27-Oct-2018)

I've written thousands of articles on Syria since the war began in 2011.

There were little bits and pieces of the story that didn't always

make sense, but now they're all beginning to fit together, like a

collection of jigsaw puzzle pieces fitting together to form a big picture.

by bombing peaceful protesters, particularly women and children.

As soon as someone become violent in revenge, he declares the

whole community or ethnic group to be 'terrorists,' and uses that as

is performed with missiles, barrel bombs, chlorine gas and Sarin

gas, all particularly targeting women and children, as well as schools,

Al-Assad's ethnic cleansing policy as applied locally to different regions

Syria's government passed 'Law #10', which makes it almost impossible for refugees to return to their

be able to return home, and are effectively stranded in the country

#10,' a complex new property law that requires property holders in

Syria to produce documentation to formally prove ownership of their private

property within a period of 30 days, or face confiscation. Since

have proof of ownership are beaten and tortured when they apply to Syrian

senior leader in Lebanon said, 'Iran and the regime don�t want any Sunnis

Early this year, Syria announced a plan to issue new ID cards to Syrian

In recent months, several web sites, mostly opposed to the al-Assad regime,

One web site posted a Syrian government document granting citizenship to

'These official documents indicate that the Syrian

regime is systematically settling Iranians in different parts of

Syria in order to change the demographics [of these areas] by

granting citizenship to Shi'ite Iranians and settling them in

Sunni areas whose original inhabitants have been expelled...

document presented [here] is not the only one;

thousands [of Shi'ite] have been granted [Syrian] citizenship and

settled in various areas, most of them members and operatives in

citizenship, as preparation for bringing in their families and

settling in the areas to which they have been

As I said earlier, the little bits and pieces of the war in Syria are beginning

to fit together, like a collection of jigsaw puzzle pieces fitting

will be forced to remain in refugee camps, and they and their children

'Assad's forces have avoided the neighborhoods of

Assad's Alawite sect, and instead have been targeting Sunni Muslim

neighborhoods, including a large Palestinian refugee camp in

forced to flee, and their whereabouts are unknown, according to

states' failure to respond to events in Syria.

Another report indicates that Assad's security forces began

ordering residents of the Ramleh region, which includes a refugee

camp housing more than 10,000 Palestinians, to go to a soccer

stadium ahead of what they described as a huge military operation.

After the people were herded into the stadium, security forces

took away their identification cards and cellphones.

five people were confirmed dead, according to the LA Times'

Al-Assad used an ethnic cleansing / genocide methodology that he's repeated

extermination, using missile barrages, barrel bombs, chlorine

an entire population of blacks, using missiles, bombs and

refinement developed by al-Assad's forces is to drop barrel bombs filled

barrel bombs and missiles or Sarin gas could kill the women and

conducted ethnic cleansing and genocide in one region after another,

requested by a series of credulous United Nations envoys, who were all useful idiots.

There are three million people in Idlib, and half of them are displaced

Bashar al-Assad is a psychopathic monster, the worst war criminal so far

is headed for a major regional war refighting the 1948 war between

by an ancient generation of hardliners whose policies are strongly

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