Saturday, June 29, 2024

Hezbollah Seeing Israeli Influence on Cyprus

Why did Hezbollah threaten to attack Cyprus ?

On 19 June, Hezbollah's leader warned Cyprus that it would become a target if it assisted Israel in attacking Lebanon. Causing Cyprus’ government spokesman to stress that ‘Cyprus has never, and will never, facilitate or support any aggressive actions against any country.’

So where have these accusations come from?

Cyprus was under British colonial rule until it won its independence in 1960 but the UK still has two military bases in Akrotiri and Dhekelia which have seen a lot of activity over the past eight months.

It is not clear if the Cypriot government is told what the bases are used for or what they’re transporting and the UK is not required to give them that information.

[Middle East Eye on June 29. Middle East Eye is a UK-based news website that covers the Middle East and North Africa. It is reportedly funded by the government of Qatar.]


Israeli PM Netanyahu and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (center)

عن قبرص الغارقة تحت الهيمنة الإسرائيلية
المصارف الإسرائيلية باتت تهيمن على القطاع المصرفي في قبرص، ناهيك بسيطرة شركات الأمن الإسرائيلية وشركات الذكاء الاصطناعي الإسرائيلية على كل مرافق الأمن السيبراني وكاميرات المراقبة

About Cyprus under Israeli domination
Israeli banks now dominate the banking sector in Cyprus, not to mention the control of all cybersecurity facilities and surveillance cameras by Israeli security companies and artificial intelligence companies.

In a speech during the memorial service for the martyr Taleb Sami Abdullah, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah issued a stern warning to Cyprus, warning it against opening its territory, airspace and airports to Israeli forces from where they launched hostilities against Lebanon in the event of an expansion of the confrontation between the Israeli occupation forces and the Lebanese resistance.

The extent of Israeli penetration

Sayyid Nasrallah revealed that the resistance has information that the Israeli enemy is conducting maneuvers in Cyprus in Cypriot areas and airports, and that it intends to use these airports in its aggression against Lebanon, in the event that its airports and facilities in occupied Palestine are targeted.

Accordingly, Nasrallah sent a strongly worded message to the Cypriot government, saying: "The Cypriot government must know that when Cypriot airports and bases are opened for the war on Lebanon, we will treat Cyprus as if it were a party to the war. Whoever should be afraid in light of the current situation is the enemy, but we will continue to support Gaza and at the same time we are ready for all possibilities. "

This prompted Cypriot President Nicos Christodoulides to declar, stressing that "the Republic of Cyprus is in no way involved in war conflicts, it is not part of the problem, it is part of the solution. "

"This rhetoric is not pleasant, does not in any way correspond to reality, and presents Cyprus as involved in war activities. This is completely contrary to reality," stressing that "the Republic of Cyprus is not involved in any way in the war on Gaza," stressing that his country is "part of the solution and not the problem," and stressing that Cyprus has played a role "recognized by the Arab world and the entire international community" in opening a sea corridor that allows the delivery of humanitarian aid from Cyprus to Gaza, from the port of Larnaca.

This presents the reality of the port of Larnaca and covers the fact that this port is under Israeli administration, knowing that there are complex relations between the Zionist entity and Cyprus, especially at the level of security, military and investment coordination.

Port of Larnaca. . . Cypriot or Israeli?

One of the most prominent examples of Israeli domination of the island is the domination of the port of Larnaca, from which aid will be transported by sea to the Gaza Strip, by an Israeli capital company.

Managed by Kition Ocean Holding, which was created by Prosperity Group Ltd. and Reem International, Mirfa has the exclusive long-term right to design, build and finance development, manage, operate and maintain the port and marina in Larnaca, and market real estate in the region. BCS revealed details of the ownership structure of the controlled entity and signed the concession agreement with Kition Holding, which operates a special purpose vehicle for the conclusion of the concession agreement with the Republic of Cyprus.

Prosperity Group is a company registered in Cyprus and belongs to Alexandru Kuroporit Services, a company licensed by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, which was established for the purpose of performing "administrative services".

Reem International is a company duly registered in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Cyprus, and the purposes for which it is incorporated are to operate as a holding company. As such, it has 50 percent partial ownership of its parent company, Eldman.

Eldman was founded to manage, operate and promote businesses and companies, and to participate in investments, including land development, as well as investments and development of large-scale mixed-use properties.

The objective of this merger is to manage the port of Larnaca. The port is versatile and serves all types of cargo, with the provision of related port services including maintaining safe maritime access to the port, navigation, navigational aids, provision of cargo handling services and transit trade management, facilitation of the provision of essential port ship services by third parties, and other sea-related services.

The company owns Prospirite Group, a real estate investment and development company, with offices in the UK and Cyprus. The company was founded in 2006 by Panos Alexandru, who in 2006 began buying 3 and 4-bedroom townhouses in Guildford for rental to students studying at the University of Surrey. Since then, the group has become a mixed-use organisation, aiming to invest in real estate in the UK, Cyprus and Croatia, and then move to investing across Europe, with a focus on the UK, Cyprus, Croatia and the Netherlands.

Who is Yakir Gabbay?!

So far, things seem unsuspected, until the name of Israeli businessman Yakir Gabbay, a Cypriot citizen who invests billions of dollars on the island, appears as the founder, vice chairman and major shareholder of RoundTown, a global real estate giant with a $30 billion real estate portfolio.

Roundtown acquired a stake in Kition Ocean, giving it control of the management of the port of Larnaca. Yakir Gabbay's name also comes to light when talking about a huge investment of €856 million in the Aya Villa project, which includes the construction of a private school, a medical institution and a research and innovation center.

Yakir Gabbay is listed on Forbes magazine's list of real estate entrepreneurs, with an estimated net worth of $3. 4 billion, and he owns 40 percent of the shares of Grand City Properties, a subsidiary of Roundtown, which owns about 65,000 apartments in Germany and London.

Roundtown is a real estate company duly registered under the laws of Luxembourg and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and was founded by Yakir Gabbay in 2004 and currently serves as Vice Chairman. The company has investments in Central European cities, with most of them in Germany, the Netherlands and London.

In the summer of 2021, Yakir Gabbay began acquiring large areas of real estate land near Limassol in Cyprus, amounting to 949,916 square meters, for an estimated amount of 28 million euros. These lands are located in the Ayia Villa area, 250 meters east of the Limassol-Platrice road, specifically on the eastern side of the highway under construction, which will connect Limassol to Moniatis.

Yakir Gabbay plans to develop a residential complex on the plot, through Rufino Real Estate Ltd. The proposed project will include a private school, a rehabilitation centre for a European-branded medical institution, which will support subsidized living units, a research and innovation centre, a business park, a multi-activity sports centre, a green area for the business park, and an individual and structured residential project with a structure.

The proposed project is expected to be built gradually, with construction to be completed by 2030.

Born in 1966 in occupied Jerusalem, Yakir Gabbay is the son of Meir Gabbay, the former director general of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, who also served as Israel's civil service commissioner. His father was elected President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal while his mother was a senior official in the Israeli Attorney General's Office and Director of the Amnesty Department at the Israeli Ministry of Justice.

Yakir Gabbay holds a degree in economics and accounting, as well as an MBA from the Hebrew University. He began his life in the Israeli public sector and later became involved in investment banking.

Among other things, he served as CEO of the investment banking division of Bank Leumi, one of Israel's largest banks, and as chairman of the Israeli company Gamol Investment, which manages a pension fund and real estate and securities investments, with a total value of $30 billion.

The aforementioned is only the tip of the iceberg of the extent to which the Israelis have penetrated the island of Cyprus in various fields. Information indicates that Israeli companies have made extensive purchases of real estate in southern and northern Cyprus.

At the same time, Israeli banks have come to dominate the island's banking sector, not to mention that Israeli security companies and artificial intelligence companies control all cybersecurity facilities and surveillance cameras on the island.

[Al-Mayadeen on June 23. Al Mayadeen is an Iran-aligned Lebanese pan-Arabist satellite TV channel based in Beirut.]


Will Israel launch a full-scale attack on Lebanon’s Hezbollah? - Analysis

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Tensions between Israel and Lebanon Reaching a Climax

غالانت: إسرائيل قادرة على إعادة لبنان إلى العصر الحجري
وزير الدفاع الإسرائيلي يوآف غالانت حذر خلال زيارته لواشنطن من أن الجيش الإسرائيلي قادر على إعادة لبنان “إلى العصر الحجري” لكننا “لا نريد أن نفعل ذلك

Gallant: Israel is capable of returning Lebanon to the "Stone Age"

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant warned during a visit to Washington that the IDF [Israeli Defense Force] could return Lebanon "to the Stone Age" but "we don't want to do that."

[Cedar News, Lebanon on June 27]

土耳其总统与黎巴嫩总理通电话 讨论地区


The Turkish president had a telephone conversation
with Lebanese Prime Minister to discuss the region

The Information Bureau of the Turkish Presidential Office issued a statement on June 26 local time, saying that Turkish President Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Mikati of the Lebanese caretaker government on the same day. During the call, the two sides discussed Israeli attacks on Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, as well as the resulting growing tensions in the region. In the call, Erdogan said that the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip must be stopped as soon as possible. Erdogan called on the international community to take measures as soon as possible to stop the threat posed by Israel to regional and global peace. (CCTV News)

[CCTV, China Central TV quoted by SINA on June 27]

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Free Again

Assange is set to be released to Australia, his country of citizenship, after a Tuesday court proceeding is over, according to federal records. Assange agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to unlawfully obtain and disseminate classified information relating to the national defense of the United States, according to a letter accompanying charging documents filed in US District Court in the Northern Mariana Islands, a US territory in the Pacific.
[USA Today on June 25, 2024]

Today, I would like to remember how the Wikileaks story began in 2010. Even though external media links and videos are no longer available, some basic information could still be saved !

For the leaked reports on alleged war crimes of US troops in the War on Iraq, take a look at
=> the published list of subjects <= covered by Assange's underground platform Wikileaks.

Furthermore, I would like to mention my Chinese language blogspot posted in October 2010:
=> 伊拉克—杀害平民和拷打俘虏 Iraq – Killing civilians and torturing prisoners <=

Screenshot of my Experimental Blog in Chinese

阿拉伯电视台 Al-Jazeera 与美国电视台 ABC-TV 与西半球的日报 Times, Guardian 密谋的是把 Wikileaks 秘密文件给同时的出版了。文件的内容是美军的杀害681个平民也是伊拉克的公安人员拷打他们的俘虏和美军人的认可拷打。

Al-Jazeera conspired with America's 'ABC-TV' together with 'The Times' and 'Guardian', daily newspapers in the Western Hemisphere, to publish the secret Wikileaks documents at the same time. The contents of the documents are including the killings of 681 civilians by US military, the torture of their captives by Iraqi public security officers, and the approved torture by US military personnel.

[Editor: Direct links from my Chinese site are no longer working because the connected external websites, dating back to 2010, were removed long ago.]

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Chinese-French Astronomical Satellite Launched:
Gamma-Ray Bursts, Dark Energy, Cosmic Evolution

(西昌综合讯)中国和法国联合研制的空间科学卫星成功发射,该卫星将探测经过数十亿光年才到达地球的伽马射线暴,有助人们更好地了解宇宙。这也是中法两国具有里程碑意义的合作。 [阅读全文]

[Xichang Comprehensive News] The successful launch of a space science satellite jointly developed by China and France will detect gamma-ray bursts that take billions of light-years to reach Earth, helping people better understand the universe. This is also a landmark cooperation between the two countries.

Comprehensively China CCTV News, AFP and the South China Morning Post reported that the Long March II C carrier rocket of the China-French Astronomical Satellite (SVOM) was launched Saturday afternoon at China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

The SVOM weighs 930 kg and is equipped with four advanced instruments, two made in France and two from China.

SVOM is the world’s most powerful satellite to date for multiband integrated observations of gamma-ray bursts. It will detect and quickly locate various types of gamma-ray bursts through advanced instrumentation, and comprehensively measure their electromagnetic radiation properties.

Gamma-ray bursts, produced during extremely energetic events in the distant Universe, provide unique information about major cosmic phenomena, but are difficult to capture and easily absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere.

According to Francois Gonzalez, project manager at the French National Centre for Space Research, the SVOM can make observations at different wavelengths and obtain “the most complete dataset” showing how explosions occur and evolve over time.

Ore Gottlieb, an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics at the Iron Institute in New York, believes SVOM has the potential to unravel several mysteries in the field of gamma-ray bursts, including detecting the most distant gamma-ray bursts in the universe.

Frederic Daigne, an astrophysicist at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics, pointed out that gamma-ray bursts could give people a better understanding of the death of certain stars. Analyzing this data could help us better understand the composition of space, gas clouds, or the dynamics of other galaxies.

This level of space cooperation between China and Western powers is rare, especially after the United States banned all cooperation between its space agency and China in 2011. However, space cooperation has been the focus of Sino-French scientific cooperation. In 2018, the two countries jointly launched a marine satellite primarily for marine weather. This year, Chang’e-6 also landed on the far side of the moon with a French radon detector.

[联合早报, Singapore on June 22]

Annoucement by CCTV 13 of the projected launch of a jointly developed Chinese-French satellite for the research of spontaneous gamma ray outbursts in the universe related to the death of stars. The launch has been successfully achieved today, 22 June 2024, as reported in the article above. [CCTV 13, Beijing on January 28]

The French-Chinese space mission SVOM is dedicated to locating and studying the most distant explosions of stars, gamma-ray bursts. These cataclysms, which are signalled by a brief flash of gamma rays, the most energetic form of light, accompany the disintegration of the largest stars. Visible to the far reaches of the Universe, these explosions offer the only way to observe the fate of the very first stars in the Universe and to probe the far reaches of the cosmos. Seeing a star explode is a rare event. And yet the first traces of observation are ancient and begin in China, more than a millennium ago. Discover the history of these first observations. An exciting dive into the beginnings of the Universe.
[CEA - The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, or CEA, is a French public government-funded research organisation in the areas of energy, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies.]


Thursday, June 20, 2024

خبر عاجل Breaking News:
- Israel's Army Contradicts Netanyahu's Goal of War -

Last Update on June 21

في تصريح لافت، اعتبر المتحدث باسم الجيش الإسرائيلي دانيل هغاري أنه "سيكون من غير الممكن القضاء على حركة حماس"، وذلك بعد أكثر من 8 أشهر من الحرب على قطاع غزة

وفي مقابلة مع القناة 13 الإسرائيلية، الأربعاء، انتقد هغاري الساسة الإسرائيليين لأنهم "لم يطرحوا بديلاً للحركة" في غزة

وقال المتحدث إن "الحديث عن القضاء على حماس ذر للرماد في عيون الشارع الإسرائيلي"، مضيفًا: "ما دام المستوى السياسي لا يطرح بديلاً لحماس فإن حماس باقية"، موضحًا أن حماس فكرة، ومن يظن أنه من الممكن أن تختفي فهو مخطئ

Video from Al-Jazeera on June 20 in Arabic and Hebrew

In a remarkable statement, Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari considered that "it will not be possible to eliminate Hamas," after more than 8 months of war on the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with Israel's Channel 13 on Wednesday, Hagari criticized Israeli politicians for "not offering an alternative to the movement" in Gaza.

The spokesman said that "talk about the elimination of Hamas is a smokescreen in the eyes of the Israeli street," adding: "As long as the political level does not offer an alternative to Hamas, Hamas remains," explaining that "Hamas is an idea, and whoever thinks it could disappear is wrong. "

[TV Channel 13, Israel on June 20, quoted by German national TV
Editor: Daniel Hagari is an Israeli Defense Forces Rear Admiral
who currently serves as the head of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.]

Putin in North Korea and Vietnam


克里姆林宫新闻局此前曾表示,普京此次访问是应越南共产党中央委员会总书记阮富仲的邀请。访问期间,普京将与越共中央总书记阮富仲、国家主席苏林等举行会见。双方将就俄越两国在经贸、科技和人文等领域进一步发展全面战略伙伴关系的现状和前景,以及国际和地区热点问题进行讨论并交换意见。会谈后将就成果发布联合声明并签署一系列双边合作文件。 在此前一天,普京曾到访朝鲜。值得注意的是,自俄乌冲突升级后,普京很少访问除独联体地区以外的国家。有分析认为,普京此访体现俄方对朝鲜、越南的高度重视,将助推双边关系向更高水平发展。



路透社20日报道称,在普京抵达越南前,他在当地媒体上撰文,赞扬越南在俄乌冲突上采取务实的解决方式。越南采取“竹子外交”(Bamboo diplomacy)政策,并没有谴责俄罗斯出兵乌克兰,因此被西方国家视为与俄罗斯关系太接近。 此次是普京自2017年以来再次访问越南,也是上任以来的第五次。预计他会与越南领导层举行会谈,以及到胡志明纪念堂献花等。

In the early morning of June 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and began his state visit to Vietnam. Vietnam Communist Party’s Foreign Minister [Le Huizhou] and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister [Chen Hongkawa] arrived at the airport.

The Kremlin Palace Press Bureau has previously stated that Putin’s visit was due to the invitation of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen [Tujan]. During the visit, President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen [Tujan]. The two sides discussed and exchanged views on further development of the two countries in the fields of economy, trade, science and technology, and humanities, the current status and prospects of the overall strategic partnership, and international and regional hot spots. After the meeting, a joint statement was issued and a series of bilateral cooperation documents were signed.

The day before, Putin had visited North-Korea. It is worth noting that since the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Putin rarely visited countries outside the CIS region. Analysts believe that Putin’s visit reflects the high importance Russia attaches to North Korea and Vietnam, and will promote the development of bilateral relations towards a higher level.

Russian international affairs expert Grigori Trofim Chukou believes,Putin's visit to Vietnam coincides with the signing of the Treaty on the Basic Principles of Friendship Relations between Vietnam and Russia on the occasion of the 30th anniversary,is symbolic,“Vietnam has never joined the anti-Russian forces and groups,nor does not support any aimed at isolatingFor Russia, this is a particularly valuable geopolitical capital. "

The Vietnamese media 《People》published on June 19 that Putin will receive special attention during this visit from Vietnamese leaders and diplomatic experts. Many sides believe that this visit will inject new impetus for the development of bilateral relations and further consolidate the friendship between the two peoples. Three highlights of the article explain the significance of Putin's visit to bilateral relations.

Reuters reported on the 20th that before Putin arrived in Vietnam, he wrote in the local media, praising Vietnam for taking a pragmatic solution to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Vietnam adopted “Bamboo diplomacy” policy, and did not condemn Russia sending troops to Ukraine, so Western countries considered [Vietnamese] relations to Russia being too close.

This is Putin’s fifth visit to Vietnam since 2017. Meetings with the Vietnamese leadership are expected to be held, as well as flowers to the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Hall.

[腾讯网, Shenzhen / Guangdong on June 20. Please note: The writing of Vietnamese names
has been adopted from the Chinese text without countercheck with their Vietnamese writing.]


Russian President Vladimir Putin made a state visit to North Korea from June 18 to 19, and a state visit to Vietnam from June 19 to 20. This is the second visit to Korea since Putin was the Russian head of state, and the last visit was in 2000, and this is the first state visit by Putin to Vietnam since 2017. Prior to the event, Putin signed a treaty order on the conclusion of a comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and North Korea.

Putin’s visit to Asia attracted high international attention. The United States, NATO and Japan and South Korea closely monitor Putin's visit itinerary,concerned Russia-Korean military cooperationAnd for General Putin's visit to Vietnam, the U. S. Embassy in Vietnam accused unnamed, "No country should provide a platform for Putin to propagate its 'war of aggression'. "

Analysts believe that at the time of NATO strengthening sanctions against Russia and confrontation, Putin's next trip to Asia obviously continues to deepen Russia's "looking east" strategy. On the 18th, Putin published a signed article in Korea's Labor News, saying that the United States imposed on the world the so-called "rules-based order", essentially speaking of global neocolonialism based on "double standards". Those who disagree with U. S. practices while pursuing an independent policy face increasingly severe external pressure. Putin said that through joint efforts between Russia and Korea, “the bilateral cooperation will be raised to a higher level. ”



On the 18th, Putin published an article titled “Russia and Korea: A Tradition of Friendship and Cooperation Across Ages” in the newspaper Labor News in North-Korea. Russia and Korea have maintained the principles of equality, mutual respect and trust, friendship and good-neighbourly relations for more than 70 years. This article was published on the Kremlin Palace website on the day. Putin said, “Pyongyang was in the past, and now we are still firmly like-minded and supporters, ready to resolutely resist the West and prevent the establishment of a multi-polar world order." He said, “We will develop non-Western controlled alternative trade settlement mechanism, jointly boycott illegal unilateral restrictions.”

[網易, Beijing on June 19]

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Amazing Hezbollah Video:
Showing Military and Industrial Sites in the Haifa Area

نشر حزب الله مشاهد استطلاع جوي لمناطق في شمال إسرائيل وميناء حيفا عادت بها طائراته دون أن يرصدها الاحتلال الإسرائيلي

Hezbollah published aerial reconnaissance footage of areas in northern Israel and the port of Haifa in which its planes returned without being detected by the Israeli occupation.

[Al-Jazeera Arabic on June 18]

The above video is generally interpreted as a statement by Hezbollah that they are ready for a full-fledged war against Israel.

The video's appearance coincides with the visit of US envoy Amos Hochstein in Beirut where he met with Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, a key Hezbollah ally.

"Speaker Berri and I had a good discussion," Hochstein said, and: "The conflict ... between Israel and Hezbollah has gone on for long enough". Adding "It's in everyone's interest to resolve it quickly and diplomatically - that is both achievable, and it is urgent."

[Al-Jazeera / RFI Radio France on June 18]

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Israeli - Palestinian Conflict:
French President's Approach Rebuffed by Israel
Israel's Gallant Declares 'No Palestinian State'

Above video: In a leaked audio recording obtained by Israeli news channel Kan 11, Israel's Defence Minister Yoav Gallant is heard rejecting the idea of the establishment of a Palestinian state and urging people to "​​ignore" statements made by the US on the matter. Along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Gallant is one of the two Israeli officials included in the ICC prosecutor’s arrest warrant applications over alleged war crimes committed in Palestine’s Gaza.

[TRT World, Turkey, and other sources on May 22]

Israeli paper HAARETZ on X (Twitter):
Comment on Netanyahu's war cabinet
by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak:
Israel must oust its failed government
before it sinks into the moral abyss.

This year, Eid al-Adha holiday goes
uncelebrated as hunger grips Gaza.

The United States, France and other mediators have sought for months to find a way to stop the tit-for-tat strikes between Israel and Hezbollah, a powerful militia and political faction backed by Iran, which has been launching rockets and drones into northern Israel from southern Lebanon.

More than 150,000 people on both sides of the border have been displaced by the fighting. And Israel has warned that it is prepared to take stronger action to dislodge Hezbollah militants from southern Lebanon.

This week, both sides ramped up their attacks, raising fears of another front in the war as Israel presses ahead with its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said France and the United States had agreed in principle to establish a trilateral group with Israel to “make progress” on a French proposal to end the violence.

But Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, who has called for Israel to take a harsher tack against Hezbollah, rebuffed Mr. Macron’s overture on Friday. It was not clear if Mr. Gallant was speaking for the Israeli government.

“As we fight a just war, defending our people, France has adopted hostile policies against Israel,” Mr. Gallant wrote on social media. “Israel will not be a party to the trilateral framework proposed by France.”

[New York Times on June 14]

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

- Breaking -
UN Security Council Passed Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

Added on June 12:
The US Pew Research Center on International Acceptance of
President Biden's Handling of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

[أخبار الآن on June 10 local time. 'News Now' is focused on Arab youth.]

[星岛 on June 11 local time]

The UN Security Council passed the => Biden proposal <= on a ceasefire agreement (earlier said to be an "Israeli proposal"). The resolution was pushed forward by => Security Council member Algeria <=. Tonight, it was finally accepted by 14 members of the council. Russia abstained from vote and, therefore, helped the resolution pass.








Regarding the views on the Israeli-Palestinian war, among the 34 countries surveyed, the median proportion of respondents supported the way it was handled was 31%, while 57% opposed it.

The Biden administration has played a major role in the war so far, including providing military aid to Israel but also humanitarian aid to the battleground Gaza Strip while pushing for ceasefire talks.

In almost all countries surveyed, less than half approved of the way it was being handled. Majorities in many countries say they disapprove of Biden's handling of the war, including 60% in Israel.

The report notes that some Muslim-majority countries, notably Malaysia, Tunisia and Turkey, have particularly high rates of disapproval. In Malaysia, 84% disagreed and only 15% agreed; in Turkey, 85% disagreed and only 8% agreed; in Tunisia, 93% disagreed and only 5% of the respondents agreed.


The Pew Research Center survey was conducted from January 5 to May 21 this year, interviewing 40,566 adults in 34 countries.

[东方 Orientaldaily, Malaysia on June 12, quoting the US Pew Center Report]
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world.

Sunday, June 09, 2024

IDF rescued 4 festival goers
- Left almost 1000 dead or wounded -

[星岛 published outside of China Mainland on June 10]

(Gaza, Tel Aviv, 9th) The Israeli military said on Saturday that it had rescued four kidnapped hostages from the Nuserat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip and that they were in good health. However, Gaza hospital officials said that the operation killed 236 Palestinians and injured more than 400 people.


Since Palestinian militants attacked and kidnapped 251 hostages in October last year, the Israeli military has rescued seven hostages. There are currently 116 hostages in Gaza, 41 of whom the Israeli military says are dead.

[诗华日报, Malaysia on June 9]

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Delivery of Weapons to Russia and Israel

Here are quotations from Chinese language sources from Singapore dealing with alleged and real weapons delivery from North Korea to Russia:

Foreign ministers from 10 countries, including the G7, condemned North Korea's transfer of arms to Russia, saying the weapons were being used to attack Ukraine.

Reuters reported that the foreign ministers of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the European Union, issued a statement on Friday (May 31) urging North Korea to stop arms exports and end its nuclear weapons program.

[联合早报 on May 31]


South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said that the friendly relations between Russia and North Korea are further sublimating, and North Korea has shipped a total of more than 7,000 containers of weapons to Russia.

According to reports from Yonhap News Agency and Agence France-Presse, Shin Won-sik said at a media briefing on Monday (March 18) that North Korea has shipped about 7,000 containers of weapons to Russia, 300 more than previously expected; due to some Sea shipping routes are now suspended and some containers are being shipped to Russia by rail.

[联合早报 on March 18]


The Malaysian company Jatronics was accused of supplying key electronic components for fighter aircraft to Russia, and was sanctioned by the United States.

In response, the Malaysian government stressed that the Malaysian side will only comply with the sanctions list issued by the United Nations Security Council, and that it does not recognize the sanctions. Malaysia also claims that Russia is not on the Security Council sanctions list.

[联合早报 on June 5]


Further News from Malaysia Customs and semi-official entities:

Malaysia has been among the most vocal supporters of the Palestinian cause since the onset of the war in the blockaded enclave last October, which has so far killed nearly 36,000 people, mostly civilians, according to the latest figures from Gaza's Hamas-run health authorities.

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has frequently criticised Israel's bombardments of the territory and the United States' continued diplomatic and military support of its Middle Eastern ally.


Earlier in May, the Spanish government refused to allow a cargo ship "carrying 27 tons of explosives" bound for Israel to dock at the country's port. Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported on May 31 that the cargo ship departed from the port of Chennai in India, thus raising questions from the outside world that "India is providing weapons to Israel." However, some analysts countered that India's weapons technology is relatively immature and the explosives may have come from a third party.

The cargo ship is the Marianne Danica and flies the Danish flag. [凤凰 on June 1st]

Background Info:

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) and the Israeli national carrier, Zim Israel Navigation Co. Ltd., have agreed to cooperate in providing a joint container service to the Indian foreign trade.

While the details, such as ports of call, frequency, and other factors have yet to be worked out and will be announced at a later time, the arrangement envisages the development of cooperation in stages.

Zim Israel will gradually introduce vessels with the aim of upgrading the present SCI container service between India and the U.K. to eventually reach a weekly frequency. The joint service will enable the companies, through hubs in Colombo and Barcelona, to transship containers through connecting services to the Far East, the U.S., and South America.

The first stage of the service was slated to begin at the beginning of this year, and the companies have also agreed to cooperate in other transport-related areas.

[Marine Link on June 6]


Tuesday, June 04, 2024

ICJ Lawsuit - Palestine Applies for Influence

Palestine applies to join ICJ lawsuit
Israeli army confirms death of 4 hostages
巴勒斯坦申请加入国际法院诉讼 以军确认4名人质死亡




The International Court of Justice issued two statements on the 3rd. One of the statements stated that Palestine formally recognized on May 31 that the International Court of Justice has jurisdiction over "all disputes that may arise or have arisen" covered by Article 9 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Another statement said Palestine formally applied to join South Africa's lawsuit against Israel on May 31.

Palestine became a signatory to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 2014 after gaining observer state status at the United Nations.

Reuters agency said: If the request is approved, Palestine will have the right to add an ad hoc judge of its own choice to the panel that currently consists of 16 judges, including 15 permanent judges of the court and one Israeli ad hoc judge.

[中国新闻网 on June 4]

Sunday, June 02, 2024

Chinese Robot landed on the Backside of the Moon

Update on June 4

China Youth News client Beijing, June 2: Reporter Chuang Qiu Chenhui from the National Space Agency informed that on June 2 at 6:23 pm Chang'e 6 lander and ascender assembly with support of the Qian Bridge 2 relay successfully landed in the pre-selected landing area of the Antarctic-Eitken Basin on the backside of the moon.

Since its launch on May 3rd, the Chang'e 6 spacecraft has undergone various operations such as Earth-moon transfer, recent moon braking, orbiting the moon, and landing descent. The Chang'e 6 probe consists of an orbiter, a return vehicle, a lander, and an ascender. May 30 lander-lift combination and orbiter-return combination achieved separation in orbit and, now, successfully landed on the far side of the moon.

Chang'e 嫦娥 = Mythical goddess of the Moon who is said to have stolen the potion of immortality from her husband, then fled to the moon where she was transformed into a toad.

Chang'e 6 taking samples from the moon's surface