Tuesday, May 16, 2017

US - Trump Sacking FBI Director

Here are the latest news on another breathtaking chapter of Trump's presidential rule.

USA Today Headline:
Trump's contacts with FBI Director James Comey break longstanding precedent.

[Read the complete article: "USA Today" on May 15, 2017
and/or listen to their Podcast: Trump fires Comey; chaos ensues. Now what?]

Express (UK) Headline:
White House will NOT reveal if secret FBI Comey tapes exist after Donald Trump's tweet.

The Trump administration has refused to reveal if secret recordings of conversations between the President and former FBI director James Comey exist after US lawmakers threatened to force their release.

[Read the complete article: "Express (UK)" on May 16, 2017]

A visit to "blueprint news" from FBI Criminal Justice Information Systems was detected on
September 10, 2013. It came from Clarksburg, West Virginia, where the FBI is using an
extended area for the installation of its state-of-the-art high-tech information system:

Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree

Mysterious tune related to a scene from George Orwell's "1984",
a dark perception of some totalitarian state exerting total control
over its citizens, its adage being: "Big Brother is watching you!"

By the way, the location of Chestnut Street where all the trators should be lying is a reminder of an old blogspot of mine that is dealing with U.S. spying on its allies. Some visitor to "blueprint news" and who came from Toledo, Spain, brought it to my attention again.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

North Korea - New Missile Launch


Latest News: North Korea again carried out a missile test !

According to official South Korean sources, North Korea should have launched a ballistic missile this morning at 05:27 local time from its North Pyongan Province 평안북도 / 平安北道龟城. The missile should have followed a 700 km trajectory.

S Korean president Moon Jae immediately summoned officials from the relevant departments for a meeting of the National Security Council.

[搜狐, China, on May 14, 2017, 02:26 local time]


South Korea's Joint Staffs are warning the North from provoking a disastrous
and forceful reply by South Korea and the U.S. in case it provokes again.

[Yonhap, Chinese language site of the S Korean
news agency on May 14, 2017, 11:31 local time]

战争近在眼前? 美情报机构称朝鲜年内试射洲际导弹

War soon under our eyes ? U.S. intelligence community says that
North Korea will test an intercontinental missile within a year.

[Anti-Communist NTD TV quoting the New York Times on May 12, 2017]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Syria - US Arming Kurdish Units

Only some hours ago, the Trump administration declared its intention to arm Kurdish units in their efforts to reconquer the Syrian town of ar-Raqqa from ISIL (Daesh) which is their most important stronghold after the Iraqi army earlier regained essential parts of Mosul.

This is going to provoke a harsh Turkish reaction as Turkey's president Erdogan already warned the U.S. to support Kurdish fighters. It should be noted that ar-Raqqa is located far away from traditional Kurdish territory.

أميركا تسلح "الوحدات الكردية" بسوريا لاستعادة الرقة

The U.S. are arming "Kurdish units" in Syria to reconquer ar-Raqqa.

قالت وزارة الدفاع الأميركية (البنتاغون)، اليوم الثلاثاء، إن الرئيس دونالد ترمب أجاز تسليح المقاتلين الأكراد في سوريا "كإجراء ضروري لضمان تحقيق نصر واضح"، في هجوم مقرر لاستعادة مدينة الرقة من تنظيم داعش.ـ

On Tuesday [May 09] the U.S. department of defense (Pentagon) said that president Donald Trump authorized the arming of Kurdish fighters in Syria "as a measure necessary to ensure a clear victory" in the attack intended to reconquer the town of ar-Raqqa from ISIL organization.

[Al-Arabiya العربية on May 09, 2017. Same news are available from Al-Hayat الحياة.]

أردوغان: على أميركا وقف دعم "حماية الشعب الكردية"ـ

Erdogan to America: Stop supporting the "garde of the Kurdish people".

[Al-Arabiya on April 30, 2017]

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

N Korean Threats - Chinese Fears

From the regular press conference
summoned by China's ministry of
foreign affairs on 2nd May 2017:


North Korea installs new base for submarines able to launch ballistic missiles.

[Editor's Note: This is referring to a location at the N Korean coastline of the Yellow
or Western Sea 西海 which stretches between the Korean peninsula and China]


Question: Today the U.S. declared the antimissile system THAAD which is deployed in South Korea as being already fully operational. What is China's answer to that ?

答:在“萨德”反导系统问题上,中方的立场是非常明确的,也是坚定的。我们反对美国在韩国部署“萨德”反导系统,敦促有关方面立即停止部署进程。 同时,我们将坚决采取必要措施,捍卫自身利益。

Answer: As to the question of the THAAD antimissile system, China's position is unusually clear-cut and firm. We are opposing the U.S. deployment of a THAAD antimissile system in South Korea, and we urge the concerned sides to immediately stop the deploying process. At the same time we firmly take the necessary steps to defend our interests.

[Source: SINA 新浪 on 2nd May 2017]

Editor's Note:

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is a United States Army anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach. The missile carries no warhead, but relies on the kinetic energy of impact to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic energy hit minimizes the risk of exploding conventional warhead ballistic missiles, and nuclear tipped ballistic missiles will not detonate upon a kinetic energy hit.

The Chinese reaction comes shortly after western sources reported the missile-defense system had gone into operation in South Korea last week as a protection against North Korean short and long range missiles. More on NY Times: U.S. Antimissile System Goes Live in South Korea.

Among all that stuff that has been written on North Korea, here's an interesting article on North Korea's economy and its manifold links with China to open your eyes:

How we’ll know when China really is working with the US on North Korea

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hot Spot North Korea

Important Update added on 2nd May 2017

特朗普:朝鲜若再核试我会不开心 不排除军事反应

Trump: If North Korea resumes its nuclear tests, I cannot
be pleased and cannot rule out a military response.

[Source: Global Network 环球网 on April 30, 2017]

North Korea claims the buildup of US troops in Darwin, Australia, is proof America is getting ready for nuclear war.

Its main newspaper is accusing the US of trying to optimise its nuclear readiness in the region, noting it's the largest US military presence in Australia since World War II.

The leader of the Darwin based air-strike force says it's in a strategic location and the US 'stands ready to fight'.

The US deployment to Darwin has been conducted since 2012 and at around 1250 Marines and naval personnel is half the 2500 originally proposed under an agreement between the US and Australia.

Former US Ambassador to Australia John Berry said the situation in North Korea would likely head discussions between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull next week.

[Source: Skynews Australia on April 26, 2017]

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Saturday, April 29, kicked off a joint drill with the South Korean navy, officials said, as tensions rose over North Korea's latest test-fire of a ballistic missile.

"Immediately after the aircraft carrier arrived in the Sea of Japan, South Korea and the US strike forces launched a drill from 6:00 pm (0900 GMT) Saturday", a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

The drill came hours after the North launched a ballistic missile in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions.

[Source: SBS News, Australia, on April 30, 2017]

Late Evening News on April 30:

[Source: Al-Jazeera - Photo provided by U.S. Navy via AP]

Don't miss Al-Jazeera's related English website
N Korea warns of 'catastrophic consequences'
that is providing further background information.

朝鲜:我们军队不可战胜 美航母和潜艇将变废铁

North Korea: Our troops cannot be defeated. - America's aircraft
carrier and submarines will be turned into scrap iron.

[Chinese Source SINA on 1st May 2017]

Late Evening News on 1st May:


North Korea says the peninsula's current situation
is getting the most critical one in 50 years.

[Source: Global Network / Xinhua 环球网 / 新华社 on 1st May 2017
are quoting a spokesman for the North Korean ministry of foreign affairs:
…… 朝鲜外务省发言人当天发表谈话,

特朗普:若条件合适 将会晤金正恩

Trump: If the conditions are suitable, I will meet with Kim Jong-Un.

[Source: SINA 新浪网 on 2nd May 2017 local date]

Other Regional News:

On Sunday, April 30, three Chinese Navy vessels arrived on a three-days surprise visit in Davao / Mindanao, hometown of the Philippines' President Duterte who then boarded China's missile destroyer Chang Chun. Earlier tensions about territorial disputes in the South China Sea are seemingly forgotten, while Duterte recently concentrated on North Korea which he said was willing to "end the world".


Inside Japan's naval base - Row upon row of warships


Sasebo naval base is among the most important military seaports for Japan's maritime self-defence. Inside that naval base are stationed the 5th, 6th, 8th and 13th guard units. It hosts 15 main force warships of different types.

Editor's Note:
"U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo" is a United States Navy base in Sasebo, Japan, on the island of Kyūshū. It makes part of the Japanese Sasebo naval base in Nagasaki Prefecture. The U.S. base provides facilities for the logistic support of forward-deployed units and visiting operating forces of the United States Pacific Fleet and designated tenant activities.

[Source: Global Network 环球网 on 2nd May 2017]

Thursday, April 27, 2017

China's Navy - 2nd Aircraft Carrier Launched


Yesterday, April 26, at 9 am local time and on the 68th birthday of China's navy PLAN, China's 2nd aircraft carrier of the Liaoning-class has been floated off its dry dock at Dalian. The ceremony was attended by members of the Central Committee of China's Communist Party and many high-ranking military leaders.

While the first carrier "Liaoning" was based on the semi-finished Soviet-era vessel "Varyag" which belonged to the Kuznetsov-class, China's second carrier has been completely home-built. Its name is still unknown, but rumours are saying it might probably be named "Shandong" on a later occasion.

A Chinese language news portal quoted by western sources had previously reported that the ship will have an aircraft capacity of 28-36 aircraft split between Chinese Shenyang J-15 fighters and helicopters, which is the same as that of the Liaoning. According to the new vessel's outward apperance, the most significant change from the "Liaoning" seems to be a reconfiguration of the phased array radar panels, with those on the new ship facing diagonally outward on both sides of bridge fore and aft.


The new 50.000 tons aircraft carrier like the fully-operational "Liaoning" might still be able to use heavy SS-N-19 anti-ship guided missiles but which has never been confirmed. 12 SS-N-19 missiles of Soviet-era origin once belonged to the armament of a Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier and might present a serious danger to western ship units if still available, especially when used with a nuclear warhead.

[Source: People's Network and other Chinese and western military sources on April 26/27, 2017]

Related Military News:

On today's press conference, summoned by China's Ministry of Defence, navy officer Zhang Zheng was specially praised for his outstanding abilities. Zhang Zheng served as the commander of China's first aircraft carrier "Liaoning" from September 2012 until May 2016 and was later promoted to the position of a Deputy Chief of Staff of the People's Liberation Army Navy PLAN. [People's Network on April 27, 2017]

美国若军事打击朝鲜 中国会介入吗?

In case of a U.S. military attack on North Korea,
will China know how to interfere ?


A few days ago, China's official paper "Global Times" said in its editorial: " If North Korea continues its activity of developing serious nuclear missiles, the U.S. will carry out an attack against its related facilities in some kind of a surgical operation. Beijing would then react with diplomatic resistance, however not feel obliged to interfere. "

[Quotation of Chinese source by DW 多维新闻 on April 26, 2017]

Crocodile Camp


Trump: Enjoying unusual fine relations with Xi JinPing.

Xi JinPing's U.S. visit on April 6 / 7, 2017
[Singapore Morning Post 新加坡早报]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

N Korea - Culmination of Tensions Preparing US Strike ?

The following text is a summary from Australian and other western sources on a recent culmination of tensions between North Korea and the U.S. administration of Donald Trump:

North Korea threatens ‘merciless military strikes’ against US, as U.S. vice president Mike Pence visits the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

The isolated nation has trotted out three of its most senior officials to amp up its war rhetoric against the US.

North Korea’s deputy foreign minister, Sin Hong-chol, has told Al Jazeera that its army is on “maximum alert” after US Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas on Monday.

“The time of dictating orders by brandishing the US military might has gone,” Mr Sin told the Arabic broadcaster. The official made a passing swipe at Mr Trump and his administration, referring to him not as the President but as a “businessman”.

“If those businessmen in power in the US thought of intimidating us by any military or sanction threats — as the [Barack] Obama administration used to do and failed — they will soon find out such threats are useless,” Mr Sin said.

“If we notice any sign of assault on our sovereignty, our army will launch merciless military strikes against the US aggressors, wherever they may exist, from the remote US lands to the American military bases on the Korean Peninsula, such as those of Japan and elsewhere.”

"Mr Trump has tried to use trade incentives to pressure China into doing more to stop North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons", but Mr Sin implied this tactic would not work.

“The nuclear weapon in our possession is not illusion; it is not a commodity that may be traded for American dollars, nor is it for sale. So it cannot be put on the negotiating table with the aim to rip it off,” he said.

The country’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, has called the US a “gangster” hellbent on “disturbing peace and stability”. He accused the Trump administration of turning the Korean peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment”.

“If the United States dares opt for a military action … the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the Americans,” Mr Kim told a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York. “We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs.” He said North Korea was acting in self defence and would respond to any threat of nuclear weapons or intercontinental ballistic missiles “in kind”.

North Korea’s vice foreign minister has also maintained the threatening language, telling the BBC there would be “all-out war” if the US took military action. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Han Song-Ryol said. Mr Trump’s remark that North Korea has “gotta behave” was made off the cuff on Monday when he was asked whether he had any message for North Korea or its leader, Kim Jong-un. His comment comes after a tense weekend on the Korean Peninsula where the North celebrated the 105th birthday of its founding father, Kim Il-sung, with an elaborate military parade on Saturday that showed off its growing missile arsenal. The triumphant procession, intended to show off the nation’s military might, was followed by a major embarrassment for the current leader. A ballistic missile test launched near a submarine base on the country’s east coast failed seconds after lift-off Sunday morning.

The US provoked North Korea’s ire when it sent a naval strike group, including aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and three guided-missile destroyers, to the region ahead of the anniversary, which is one of the biggest days on the country’s calendar.

US vice president Mike Pence visited the South Korean capital Seoul on Monday as part of a tour of Asia, where he warned the North not to test the resolve of the US President on military matters. “The world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” the US Vice President said. “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in the region.” He said “all options are on the table” in response to North Korea and that the “era of strategic patience is over”. Two North Korean soldiers watched Mr Pence closely as he visited the demilitarised zone on Monday, with one taking photographs of the visiting leader.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Mr Trump would not draw “red lines” over North Korea and he would continue to play his cards “close to his vest” in terms of his military strategy. “The action that he took in Syria showed, when appropriate, this President will take decisive action,” Mr Spicer said, in reference to Mr Trump’s missile attack in April in retaliation to the Middle Eastern nation’s use of chemical weapons against its own people. Mr Spicer also praised China for its “historic” decision to take a “much more active role” against North Korea through economic actions. “I don’t think there’s anybody in the world who would not believe that North Korea’s actions are both provocative and a concern,” Mr Spicer told reporters Monday afternoon.

One security expert told The New York Times, the tension between the US and North Korea looks like “the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion".