12.30.17 - Provided by:ARIRANG NEWS >Reported by:Kwon Jang-ho(

Trump replaces National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster with former UN envoy John Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a major White House reshuffle in a tweet on Thursday. Thanking H.R. McMaster for his service as National Security Advisor, Trump announced he was handing the role to former UN ambassador, John Bolton, starting April 9th. The decision was hardly a surprise, as it had been widely known that McMaster did not always see eye-to-eye with the President. But the timing raises concerns as the move comes with only two months to go until the highly anticipated Pyongyang-Washington summit, which McMaster was heavily involved.

Now in comes to Bolton, who has held several senior positions in Republican administrations since the Ronald Reagan era. But he became a household name during the George W. Bush administration as the UN envoy and a vociferous advocate of the Iraq War. His hawkish views have diminished little, as he has repeatedly expressed skepticism over talks with North Korea in recent weeks, and last month wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, offering a legal defense for carrying out a pre-emptive strike on the regime.

Bolton, along with former CIA Director Mike Pompeo who is taking over the post of Secretary of State, has markedly upped the Trump administration's hardline stance, leading to the conclusion that negotiations with Pyongyang are set to become even more difficult than they already were.

"Maybe North Korea would expect some things from the United State, like guarantee of its security and regime, and softening of its economic sanctions. But I think with John Bolton coming in (and Mike Pompeo), I think they would not accept kinds of proposals by North Korea."

Despite Bolton's calls for military action, experts widely agree that any strategy using military power is highly unlikely as of now. However, the fact that Trump chose Bolton to such key post suggests that military options, including preemptiveness, are potentially among the administration's feasible options.

"Bolton has routinely suggested military options as a standard recourse for American diplomacy not just with North Korea, but with a lot of other places, particularly in the Middle East. The president had to know that John Bolton was a pretty controversial character. John Bolton has been around for 20 years and has been saying these sorts of things for a very long time. Yet the president chose him anyway which suggests that he's at least vaguely listening to his advice."

12.30.17 - Provided by:ARIRANG NEWS >Reported by: Lee Ji-won(

The Lighthouse Winmore, the Hong Kong vessel seized in South Korea after it was found to have violated UN sanctions by trading oil with North Korea, was not included on the world body's blacklist, according to sources within the UN on Friday. Last week the U.S. asked the Security Council to blacklist ten vessels,.. including the Lighthouse Winmore for illicit trade with Pyongyang. But due to China's objection, only four were designated on Thursday, and neither the Lighthouse Winmore, nor North Korea's Sam Jong 2 ( 2), that's traded oil with the Hong Kong vessel were added. Ships that are on the blacklist cannot enter ports of UN member states. While a number of major news outlets reported that the Sam Jong 2 was one of the four North Korean ships blacklisted,.. it's been reported that Billions Number 18, registered to Palau,.. was on the list instead.

This comes as the Lighthouse Winmore came into South Korea's Yeosu Port on November 24th, where it was detained and inspected by Seoul's customs officials. The ship is thought to have transferred of some 6-hundred tons of oil to the Sam Jong 2, in international waters a month earlier, on October 19th. All ship-to-ship transfer of any goods for North Korea has been banned by the UN Security Council since September.

Meanwhile, reports of Russian vessels trading oil with North Korean ships in the open seas have emerged citing two western European security sources on Friday,.. Reuters said Russian tankers supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in October to November by transferring cargoes at sea. The sources also reportedly said these ship-to-ship transfers breach UN sanctions and that these Russian vessels are giving "a lifeline" to North Korea. While Russian state involvement in the activities is not evident, Moscow's Foreign Ministry and the Customs Service both declined to comment on whether Russian ships had supplied fuel to North Korean vessels, when asked earlier in the week.

This incident follows on from other reports of Chinese vessels trading oil with North Korean ships in the open seas. The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported that U.S. satellites had spotted 30 such examples in the West Sea since October.

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So the plot thickens in Egypt, it's Government of former Mubarak military leaders refused to allow the Muslim Brotherhood take control, ousting the elected Mursi. After he was deposed he was arrested and is now serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of inciting the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 as well as 25-year sentence for spying for Qatar.

Now back in court a Cairo criminal court sentenced Mursi and 19 others to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds (€93,880) on charges of "insulting" the judiciary. Seems like there are signs of why Qatar is being hit by an economic blockade by its neighbors, more to all of this story than has been reported.

11.24.17 - Provided by:Webmaster
Zimbabwe finally seems to have a new leader, a man with a history, now President Emmerson Mnangagwa. After being fired a month previous from the position of Vice-President, Within the country there for a peiod, fears that Muagabe's wife may try to seize power after R. Mugabe's death. After new Pres. Mnangagwa was greeted so openly by a stadium with capacity suspected in the tens-of-thousands, it seems the new leader had been annointed in a bloodless coup.

As it must be identified Mnangagwa, has said he warns against any, "vengeful retribution", such as people with close ties to Mugabe. Mnangagwa is suspected in being a key figure in the orchestrated put down of a rebellion that was put down in the 1980's, leaving a suspected 20,000 dead, but it hasn't shown signs of being a hindrance. As most Zimbabweans look at the conflict as a provocation from apartheid South Africa as they were giving the opposition arms and tactical training. So because the action happened due to giving support by apartheid South Africa, it seems the politics here is that it is the blame of the then government of South Africa as to what happened in the 1980's.

7/16/17 - Provided by:Webmaster
The people elected who they elected, now with the new roll out of the GOP healthcare bill, the increased taxes on the rich that President Obama enforced to pay for the expanse in healthcare is back in jeopardy. If the Republicans pass their healthcare bill then it is said 20 some odd million will be without healthcare, and the rich get their tax breaks. I really don't understand people that don't believe healthcare should be universal or atleast subsidized for all.

For anyone going through it, keep your head up, remember life is precious, and good things are always around the corner.

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Socialist French Minister Slammed By Politicians For His Call To Legalize Cannabis In France13/4/16

French politicians across the board on Tuesday slammed a Socialist minister's call to legalise marijuana, re-igniting the debate in a country where cannabis use is common.
A day after minister for parliamentary relations Jean-Marie Le Guen said prohibition had not caused drug use to fall, his own party called decriminalisation a bad idea.
Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said a softer approach to marijuana would show "we have let our guard down in the fight against drugs."
Former right-wing prime minister Francois Fillon added his voice, saying "legalisation of cannabis would be an extremely permissive signal to send to young people."
Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said there was no "no work, nor consideration" of a possible legalisation of cannabis.
Le Guen, who is also a doctor and public health expert, stressed Monday that "cannabis is a very bad thing for public health, in particular for young people."
But he said: "prohibition has not led to a decrease in consumption."
He called for "a selective lifting of prohibition for adults, although certainly not for young people below 21 years of age."
Read full article here: France24

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Identification, and Connections11/4/16

  • Mohamed Abrini, 31, on April 8th, he was arrested and admitting to being the third man seen on CCTV footage. Not clear yet why he did not detonate the suicide bomb in his possession, like the two other suspects.
  • KTLA5 report is here.
2016 Instanbul Bombing
  • 12th of Jan. a suicide bomb in historic Sultanahmet Square district murdered 13, another 14 injured. Nabil Fadli was the planner.

Raids Across Europe17/3/16

  • Raid of Belgian building, suspects tied to Paris attacks end with one dead.
  • French Police arrest four people suspected of planning terror attacks.
2016 Instanbul Bombing
  • 12th of Jan. a suicide bomb in historic Sultanahmet Square district murdered 13, another 14 injured. Nabil Fadli was the planner.

Provided by:John von Radowitz, AAP
Alzheimer's drug halves nursing home risk28.10.2015

A COMMON Alzheimer's drug that is often withdrawn in later stages of the disease can halve the risk of severely ill patients being moved into nursing homes, research has shown.
ARICEPT, the brand name of the drug donepezil, is frequently used to reduce to manage symptoms in cases of mild to moderate Alzheimer's. However, it is typically not given to people with advanced Alzheimer's disease because of a perceived lack of benefit.
A new study may force a re-think of the policy of not giving the worst affected patients access to the drug.
The Domino trial showed that withdrawing Aricept doubled the chances of an Alzheimer's patient being moved into a nursing home after a year.
On average, the annual cost of residential care for people with dementia ranges between STG30,732 ($A65,000) and STG34,424 ($A72,900).
In comparison, a year's supply of Aricept can cost as little as STG22 ($A46).
"Our previous work showed that, even when patients had progressed to the moderate or severe stages of their dementia, continuing with donepezil treatment provided modest benefits in cognitive function and in how well people could perform their daily activities," lead researcher Professor Robert Howard, from University College London, said.
"Our new results show that these benefits translate into a delay in becoming dependent on residential care, an event that many people dread.
"We are all impatient for the advent of true disease-modifying drugs that can slow or halt the Alzheimer process, but donepezil is available right now and at modest cost."
The scientists, whose findings are reported in the The Lancet Neurology journal, followed the progress of 295 people with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease.
Participants were randomly selected either to continue taking Aricept, or to have the drug replaced by an inactive placebo.
Another drug, memantine, had no effect on the risk of moving into a nursing home.
"With no new treatments for Alzheimer's disease in over a decade, it is absolutely crucial that we make the most of the drugs we have available," Dr Doug Brown, director of research and development at the Alzheimer's Society, which co-funded the trial together with the Medical Research Council (MRC), said.
"Residential care can be the best option for someone whose care needs are complex, but it is important that we continue to find better ways to support people with dementia to remain in their own homes for longer.
"These robust findings are of real significance to people with dementia and their families who want to continue living at home for as long as possible.
"We urge clinicians to consider the implications of this research and adjust their prescribing patterns accordingly."

Provided by: Arirang News/Mark Broome
U.S. defense secretary Ashton Carter to visit S. Korea next week24.10.2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will visit South Korea next week for talks on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. Speaking at the Pentagon on Friday, local time,. Carter said he would be discussing the ability of the South Korea-U.S. alliance to respond to North Korean provocations. He said there was a constant potential for provocations of all kinds. Carter added that he will visit the Demilitarized Zone during his trip, but didn't offer any details. A South Korean source says Carter will be here for the annual security talks, known as the Security Consultative Meeting, with his South Korean counterpart, Han Min-koo.
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With clerk jailed, gay Kentucky couple gets marriage license1st September, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A gay couple emerged from a Kentucky county clerk's office with a marriage license in hand Friday morning, embracing and crying as the defiant clerk who runs the office remained jailed for her refusal to issue the licenses because she opposed same-sex marriage. William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first to receive a marriage license Friday morning in Rowan County. Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license, congratulating the couple and shaking their hands as he smiled. After the couple paid the license fee of $35.50, James Yates rushed across the steps of the courthouse to hug his mom as both cried. "This means at least for this area that civil rights are civil rights and they are not subject to belief," said Yates, who had been denied a license five times previously. He said he and Smith were optimistic they would get a license when they arrived, in part because the deputy clerk, Mason, had always been respectful when they came previously. A crowd of supporters cheered outside as the couple left, while a street preacher rained down words of condemnation. Yates and Smith said they are trying to choose between two wedding dates and plan a small ceremony at the home of Yates' parents. The licenses were issued only after five of Kim Davis' deputy clerks agreed to issue the licenses, the lone holdout from the office being her son, Nathan Davis. Her office was dark Friday morning as the license was issued to Yates and Smith, with a sheriff's deputy standing guard in front of it. "I just want the licenses given out. I don't want her in jail. No one wanted her in jail," Yates said. During a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning had offered to release Davis if she promised not to interfere with her employees issuing licenses, but she refused, citing her Christian beliefs. Speaking to reporters Friday morning, Davis' husband, Joe Davis, held a sign saying "Welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah" and said his wife was in good spirits after her first night in jail. When asked if she would resign, he said, "Oh, God no. She's not going to resign at all. It's a matter of telling Bunning he ain't the boss." Kim Davis and Joe Davis still support her employees, who he called "good people" and "good workers." He said he ate with the other deputy clerks on Thursday at an Applebee's restaurant and told them "I loved them and I was proud of them." Davis' son supported his mother and was warned by the judge Thursday not to interfere with his fellow employees. The judge said he did not want "any shenanigans," like the staff closing the office for computer upgrades as they did briefly last week. "That would show a level of disrespect for the court's order," Bunning said. He added: "I'm hoping that cooler heads will prevail." Davis' son sat stoically as the judge questioned the clerks Thursday, some of whom were reluctant. "I don't really want to, but I will comply with the law," deputy clerk Melissa Thompson said, weeping while she stood before the packed courtroom. "I'm a preacher's daughter and this is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life." "I don't hate anybody," she added. "None of us do." Bunning indicated Kim Davis would remain in jail at least a week, saying he would revisit his decision after the deputy clerks have had time to comply with his order. Davis said she hopes the Legislature will change Kentucky laws to find some way for her to keep her job while following her conscience. But Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear again refused to call a special session of the legislature on Thursday. State lawmakers will not meet until January. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, wept during her testimony in federal court Thursday, telling the judge she was "always a good person" but that she gave her heart to the Lord in 2011 and "promised to love Him with all my heart, mind and soul because I wanted to make heaven my home." "God's moral law conflicts with my job duties," Davis told the judge before she was taken away by a U.S. marshal. "You can't be separated from something that's in your heart and in your soul." ___ Associated Press writer Claire Galofaro in Louisville, Kentucky, contributed to this report.


France has extradited to Belgium one of the two suspects that were detained there on suspicion of involvement in the Verviers terrorist group. On his arrival in Belgium an examining magistrate immediately detained him on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist group.
News of the terror suspect’s extradition was given by the Federal Judicial authorities on Friday evening.
The 32-year-old fled with his brother to France on the evening of Thursday 15 January. It was then that police raided a house in Verviers (Liège province) where three suspected terrorists were staying.
The two brothers were detained by French police the same night in Modane (Savoie). Belgium had issued a European warrant for their arrest.
The man that has been extradited agreed to be sent back to Belgium. However, his brother did not and an appeal against the extradition will be heard on at the Court of Appeal in Paris on 4 February.


Kurdish forces were in complete control of the Syrian town of Kobane near the Turkish border on Monday after months of fighting with the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group has said. The Syrian Kurdish forces have been backed by near daily U.S.-led airstrikes around the town, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, and supported by Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces. But the Pentagon declined to declare the battle for Kobane was over or declare that ISIS forces had been entirely pushed out after a four-month battle that became a focal point in the international fight against the group. “I am not prepared to say the battle there is won. The battle continues. But as of now, friendly forces ... I believe, have the momentum,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren. U.S. and coalition forces launched 17 air strikes near Kobane since Sunday, the military said earlier. The Pentagon last Friday said about 70 percent of the city was in control of Kurdish forces. Warren did not provide an updated figure on Monday, even as the monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian Kurdish YPG forces had retaken the town, close to the Turkish border.


At least 12 civilians were killed in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday, according to the city's pro-Russia administration. Donetsk city hall said five were killed when a mortar shell hit nearby as they stood in line waiting for humanitarian aid near a community center. Another two died when a shell landed near a trolleybus, while another five died after being hit by artillery fire. Militia leaders gave a slightly different account, saying that five were killed in the mortar that hit near the bus. Meanwhile, a fresh round of peace talks that were meant to be held in the Belarusian capital, Minsk on Friday, were called off amid the ongoing bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. The rebels were the first to announce their cancellation. "The foreign ministry of Belarus confirmed today that Kyiv (representatives) won't come, the talks have been cancelled," the AFP news agency cited separatist envoy Denis Pushilin as telling reporters in Minsk. "We are leaving Minsk today," he added. However, a spokesman for the Belarusian foreign ministry declined to confirm his. The ongoing fighting - and cancellation of the latest planned peace talks, have caused fresh alarm in the West. A day after European Union foreign ministers agreed to extend sanctions against Russia over its alleged support of the rebels, French President Francois Hollande and Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz called on the Kremlin to cut off support to the separatists. AFP quoted a joint statement released by the two leaders following a meeting in Paris, in which they called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. "We call on Russia to immediately contribute to a political solution by ceasing all forms of support to the separatists in eastern Ukraine," the statement said. Hollande also pledged to send French tanks and armored vehicles to bolster forces from the Western military alliance NATO stationed in Poland. Since last April, NATO allies have been rotating forces and military equipment through Poland and other member states in eastern Europe in a bid to increase security.


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