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Aircraft wing part found in Tanzania is “highly likely” to be part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

July 29, 2016
Reuters

Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:47am EDT

An aircraft wing part found in Tanzania is “highly likely” to be part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an Australian government minister said on Friday, in what would be the second confirmed piece of the jetliner.

Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off the plane’s transponder before diverting it thousands of miles off course over the Indian Ocean.

The wing part found in Tanzania is being examined in Australia.

“It is highly likely that the latest piece of debris being analyzed is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said in a statement.

“The experts will continue to analyze this piece to assess what information can be determined from it.”

Investigators have confirmed a piece of plane debris found on the French island of Reunion in July 2015 as being part of MH370.

They have said several other pieces of debris found in Mozambique, South Africa and Rodrigues Island, a territory of Mauritius, are likely to be parts of the missing plane.

A search for the Boeing 777 has been going on in the Indian Ocean for more than two years but no sign of the main wreckage has been found.

Malaysia, China and Australia said last week the hunt would be suspended if the aircraft was not found in an area now being searched.

(Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Robert Birsel)

South China Sea: Four Former Philippine President Advise President Duterte To Move With Caution in Talking To China

July 28, 2016

By Alexis Romero
Philippine Star
Friday, July 29, 2016

President Duterte, four former presidents and other members of the National Security Council met on Wednesday to tackle a host of issues, including the West Philippine Sea maritime dispute. PPD/Kiwi Bulaclac
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LUCENA CITY, Philippines – Former presidents have advised the Duterte administration to exercise restraint on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) row following the issuance of an international arbitral court ruling that voided China’s expansive territorial claim.

President Duterte said he would take the advice of his predecessors and be cautious in handling the issue to avoid placing the lives of soldiers at risk.

“President (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) said caution. President (Joseph) Estrada said restraint. President (Benigno) Aquino (III) advised the same,” he told soldiers and policemen in Camp Guillermo Nakar here.

“During my watch, we will take it a bit slowly … Your life is not something I can just throw away,” the President told soldiers.

Earlier, former president Fidel Ramos had agreed to act as special envoy of the Philippines to the Chinese government.

Philippines presidential all stars, July 27, 2016: Former president Joseph Estrada, Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, current President Rodrigo Duterte, Former president Fidel Ramos, and Former president Benigno Aquino III

Duterte, the four former presidents and other members of the National Security Council (NSC) met on Wednesday to tackle a host of issues, including the West Philippine Sea maritime dispute.

During the meeting, he thanked Aquino for initiating the case against China.

“He (Aquino) won for us the case. I told him ‘thank you very much for giving us the ace card,’” Duterte said.

He stressed the need to maintain the territorial integrity of the Philippines despite his administration’s readiness to talk to China about the dispute.

“Let Ramos navigate… maybe (there will be) final talks and we will face them and that’s the time we will be frank with each other,” the President said.

“This is our position. This is what we have, we will not go out of it. We will talk.”

In 2013, the Philippines challenged the legality of China’s territorial claim, calling it excessive and exaggerated. China claims almost 90 percent of the South China Sea but this is being contested by the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.

On July 12, The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China’s claim has no legal basis. China, however, has refused to recognize what it described as an “illegal” ruling.

Malacañang described last Wednesday’s NSC meeting as “an extraordinary show of goodwill and unity to discuss defense and security issues facing the nation.”

“The tone was respectful and consultative,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

Productive meeting

Senators present at the NSC meeting lauded the President for inviting the four former presidents, all of whom provided valuable inputs.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the five-hour meeting was “very productive.”

“The four former presidents, with their experience and with the past inputs that they have accepted or obtained, they have wisdom,” he said.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said the meeting had direction, substance, consensus and unity of purpose.

“The unprecedented presence of four former heads of state added to the luster of the occasion, but not without their own valuable input on what the country needs to do to advance our national interest in regard to the arbitral tribunal ruling on the West Philippine Sea issue, the peace talks and the fight against illegal drugs,” he said.

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said he expects Duterte to convene more meetings like the NSC where he can gather ideas on governance and policy issues. – With Marvin Sy

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/29/1607792/duterte-advised-exercise-restraint-sea-row

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At Wednesday Night’s Democratic National Convention, Chants of “No More War!” (“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”)

July 28, 2016

After two days with nary a mention of the Islamic State at the Democratic National Convention, former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta came forward with terrible news: America is at war — and not a war of our choosing.

Mr. Panetta was interrupted by a flock of Rhodes Scholars chanting of “No More War.”

Protesters shouting “NO MORE WAR!” at the Democratic National Convention, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

This seemed totally appropriate to us at Peace and Freedom, since the current president, Barack Obama, now has the distinction of being the longest serving President of the United States in time of war in the more than 200 year history of the United States of America.

When President Obama entered the White House, he almost immediately stared to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan — with out consulting with the bad guys, who were delighted by that move. Barack Obama, by his own hubris and missteps, made the world situation much more dangerous than it was seven and a half years ago.

It would be nice, of course, if the United States could just unilaterally bring all it troops and diplomats home. The problem with that “No More War” approach now is that the Islamic State is in the middle of a global jihad, whether we like it or not.

If the jihadists are not defeated, they’ll continue to kill priests in their churches, murder school children in McDonalds, hack tourists from Hong Kong up with an ax on a train, and blow up themselves at a rock concert — all seemingly far-fetched ideas that all came true in Europe during the last few weeks.

What the longest serving President of the United States during war failed to mention last night is this: he started off determined to ignore, then denigrate “the J.V. team” until those evil bastards just wouldn’t go away.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama enjoy themselves at the Democratic National Convention, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Now the next President of the United States faces a much more difficult world after the Obama years than anyone thought possible. Syria has become a festering hell hole of war and death. Bombs are going off in many parts of Iraq and Afghanistan almost every day, Israel is surrounded even more than  ever before by angry Islamist maniacs hell bent to “wipe the Zionists from the face of the earth.”

Before President Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry made the “Iran nuclear deal,” Iran was listed as a state sponsor of international terrorism by the U.S. State Department. After the Iran nuclear deal, Iran is still listed as a state sponsor of terrorism and Iranian troops are fighting in Syria, Yemen, and only God knows where else.

Frankly, it seems appalling to us that President Obama has already started to gloat about his many accomplishments as President of the United States while many bills will come due during the next president’s tenure.

China and Russia have made an alliance in order to disrupt or destroy any good work the united States, the European Union and our many allies should want to attempt. Turkey is on a much more dangerous path. Vladimir Putin in Russia is gloating because the UK is pulling out of the EU — which makes the alliance arrayed against any Russian military moves just a bit less capable. In Asia, it seems that China has taken the South China Sea for itself, despite claims of ownership from Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei.  It looks like China, if it wants to, can net all the seafood in the South China Sea for itself, extract all the oil and natural gas for itself, and even shut down all commercial ship and aircraft transits of the vast South China Sea area to choke off any trade or commerce of anybody not on China’s good side: like Japan, if it wants.

So to those young men and women who were chanting “No More War” last night, we at Peace and Freedom recommend either Chinese language lessons or a crash course in the Islam before its too late.

It’s too late to stick flowers into gun barrels my friends.

Of course, you could invest in life insurance. Your Obamacare coverage will be worthless if the jihad gets you.

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“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” Is a proverb dating from the 16th century.

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Below From Today’s Washington Post:

July 27 at 10:06 PM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/chants-of-no-more-war-interrupt-former-cia-director-leon-panetta/2016/07/27/7d267fac-546c-11e6-b652-315ae5d4d4dd_video.html

As former CIA director Leon Panetta mounted an attack against Donald Trump’s national security credentials, anti-war protesters chanted him down. (The Washington Post)

Chanting is so hot right now at the Democratic National Convention, but the media is unimpressed.

This is partly because the rhythmic phrases disrupting speeches Wednesday night have been hard to understand, at times — and what’s the point of chanting, if not to deliver a message? This is also because journalists watching the proceedings consider the timing of these outbursts to be terrible.

The chanters are mostly Bernie Sanders supporters, according to reporters inside the convention hall in Philadelphia. They’ve been vocal about their continued opposition to Hillary Clinton all week.

But what Clinton and (most) Sanders backers agree on is that electing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would be a mistake. So you might think chants would not break out at moment when convention speakers are mounting rhetorical takedowns of the business mogul.

Wrong. Former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta and retired Rear Adm. John Hutson both faced interruptions — “no more wars!” and “U-S-A!” among the decipherable ones — as they tried to make national security cases against Trump.

Good to know the GOP doesn’t have a monopoly on stupidity. The fact many tried to shout down Leon Panetta while he challenged Trump is mad.

An unapologetic gun control push in 2016 is 1 thing, but the former CIA chief being nearly shouted down when making case against terror?

Panetta making mainstream case to kill terrorists and that HRC is the best to do that and is shouted down by “No more war” chants

The “no more war” chants began just before Panetta was about to criticize Trump on Russia, taking a little sting out the moment.

Calif. Bernie delegates try to interrupt Ret. Adm. John Hutson as he effectively eviscerates Trump on nat. security. Really?

Sanders supporters won’t be surprised by the media’s reaction. They believe the press has been unfair to them and their candidate throughout the election. That’s one reason why they staged a sit-in at the media tent on Tuesday night.

But in this case, the criticism isn’t about substance; it’s about strategy. The analysis isn’t about the point pro-Sanders delegates were making. It’s that they picked a lousy time to make it.

 

Vietnam Threatens to Expel Chinese Tourists After A Banana Vendor Gets Abused — Chinese Thuggery

July 28, 2016

A few unruly Chinese tourists may have ruined it for the rest of China that wants to travel and perhaps visit Vietnam one day.

A video of a few Chinese tourists behaving rudely towards a Vietnamese banana vendor has made its way online. The incident, which happened earlier this month in Da Nang, has provoked outrage.

Source: http://nextshark.com/banana-vendor-vietnam-china-tourist/

Nguyen Duy Khoai, a musician based in Da Nang, shared the footage on his Facebook page. According to Tuoi Tre News, the tourists grabbed some bananas from the vendor, ate them and then threw the peels back into her bamboo basket.

The vendor asked her customers to pay for the bananas they had already eaten. They insisted on paying her in Chinese currency, which is illegal, and then attempted to bargain with her. After they heckled her and took her hat, the vendor caved in and took their money so that they would leave her alone.The Vietnamese government announced that they would not tolerate unruly Chinese tourists in Vietnam.


“[We have noticed that] some tourists behave badly, like talking loudly in public,” said Ngo Quang Vinh, head of the city’s Tourism Department, according to VnExpress.

“Whoever comes here must follow Vietnamese law,” Nguyen Xuan Anh, a top official warned. The Vietnamese government will “not refrain from expelling people who behave badly.”

h/t: Shanghaiist

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Source: http://nextshark.com/banana-vendor-vietnam-china-tourist/

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Giant clam at Hundred Islands National Park — a national park in the Philippines. These giant clams are now endangered. Photo by Ed Gomez

Reef debris after destruction by a Chinese super dredge in the South China Sea

David and Goliath ? A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off as the Philippine boat attempts to reach the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. The Philippines was resupplying Filipino marines on BRP Sierra Madre. (AFP Photo/Jay Directo)

In this photo released by the Office of the City Mayor of Davao City, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, right, receives a copy of the book on Chinese President Xi Jinping from Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during a courtesy call in Davao City in the southern Philippines, Monday, May 16, 2016. Office of the City Mayor Davao City via AP, file
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Mr. Duterte should be saying, “Show me the money.” China owes the Philippinines hundreds of billions of dollars. They should be made to pay in gold since they manipulate their currency.

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Most Asean countries ‘want to stay out of Beijing’s South China Sea dispute with the Philippines’ — “There is great anxiety about angering the dragon.”

July 28, 2016

Southeast Asian bloc left out mention of international court ruling as Manila was the sole party who wanted it included, says diplomat

By Liu Zhen and Catherine Wong
South China Morning Post

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 4:18pm
 

Most Asean countries want to stay out of the South China Sea dispute between China and the Philippines, says a diplomat with inside knowledge about the negotiations that went on before the bloc issued a joint statement on the matter this week.

The Philippines had pushed to include this month’s international court ruling on the South China Sea in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ joint statement, the diplomat said, but the communique released on Monday left it out in the end.

No one but the Philippines insisted that the arbitral ruling be included, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

He said most countries in the bloc, especially those who had no claims in the South China Sea, wished to stay out of the dispute.

The Asean statement carried a section on the contested waters, expressing serious concern over land reclamations and “escalations of activities” in the region, but did not directly challenge China nor mention the ruling.

The bloc had, during a meeting in Laos, been deadlocked over the language of the initial statement and whether to mention the ruling handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague on July 12. The court had ruled in the Philippines’ favour, declaring China’s claims to the contested South China Sea invalid.

 
ASEAN Flags sometimes have trouble hanging together….

“The arbitration was never intended to be included in the statement,” the diplomat said on the sidelines of the Laos meeting on Tuesday.

He added that the impression that China had emerged as the winner and Asean the loser after the statement’s release had caused pressure on the bloc.

“For some small countries, if they think Asean cannot be relied on, they will go to the big powers,” the diplomat said.

 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, center, and Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., prepare for a photo, during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Monday, July 25, 2016. AP/Sakchai Lalit

On Tuesday, Vice-President Li Yuanchao thanked Cambodia’s visiting National Assembly President Samdech Heng Samrin in Beijing for his country’s “impartial stance” and for “speaking out for justice on the South China Sea issue”.

Earlier reports said that according to Asean diplomats, Cambodia had spoken out in opposition to the inclusion of the ruling in the bloc’s statement.

In 2012, the Asean summit held in Cambodia for the first time failed to issue a joint statement because its members could not agree over the South China Sea disputes with China.

If anyone or anything had divided the Asean, it was the ruling itself, because it wiped out any possible grey areas in the disputes … and made it impossible for the Asean to take a position in such a take-it-or-leave-it situation
HUANG JING, ANALYST

In June, the Asean foreign ministers retracted a joint statement expressing concern over the South China Sea situation, after a special Asean-China foreign ministers’ meeting held in Yunnan province.

Philippines foreign minister Perfecto Yasay said that the issuance of the joint communique this time was a victory for Asean.

The bloc had initially been divided but eventually showed its united stance on the need to abide by international law and ensure peace, Yasay said.

“I am just saying this to dispel the reports that have been said that China came out victorious in the Asean meeting because we precisely agreed not to mention the arbitral award,” Yasay told a news conference on Wednesday.

He said the arbitration was a matter between China and the Philippines and that his country did not want to gloat over the win or rock the boat with Asean.

It is no surprise that the Asean omitted the arbitration ruling in their joint statement as the countries each hold very different opinions on the issue, analysts say

Among the Asean’s 10 members, Cambodia and Laos have sided with China since 2012, while the Philippines and Vietnam have been pushing for a more hardline approach, said Oh Ei-sun, senior fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. The remaining nations are somewhere in between.

“The Asean way is if there is no consensus among all members, the Asean will not make a statement on it,” he said.

There has been speculation that China, the United States or Japan have been trying to influence the smaller Asean nations and are dividing the 49-year-old bloc from the inside.

But Xue Li, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the Asean countries – just like the European Union – had the right to balance their own national interests and the unity of the regional group.

“The policy choices of the Asean countries on the South China Sea issue is fundamentally based on their own interest needs, not outside pressure,” Xue said.

Huang Jing, a professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said individual Asean countries were reluctant to back the one-sided ruling on the South China Sea as it would mean that they wholly supported the Philippines. Some of these countries were themselves also locked in maritime disputes with the Philippines, he said.

“If anyone or anything had divided the Asean, it was the ruling itself, because it wiped out any possible grey areas in the disputes, which are necessary for negotiation towards a compromise, and made it impossible for the Asean to take a position in such a take-it-or-leave-it situation,” Huang said.

A strong, powerful Asean would benefit regional peace and stability, which was also in China’s interest, said Xu Liping, an expert in Southeast Asian affairs from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Meanwhile, former Philippine president Fidel V. Ramos has accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to serve as a special envoy to restart talks with China.

Yasay said he hoped dialogue could be arranged, but did not say whether the Philippines would insist on discussing the arbitration ruling.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1995991/most-asean-countries-want-stay-out-beijings-south-china

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China Does An About face On Uber

July 28, 2016

AP

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Cabinet issued its first rules for ride-hailing and told local officials Thursday to promote the booming industry, confirming the legal status of Uber Technologies Inc. and local competitors following run-ins with regulators.

The Cabinet document sets guidelines for registration, fares, employment of drivers and payments. It said details for each city will be decided by local authorities but told them to “encourage, support and guide” the industry.

China is one of a series of markets where Uber and competitors have grown fast but faced legal challenges to their business model, which lets customers summon a car using a smartphone app.

Uber’s offices in several Chinese cities were raided last year by police who accused it of operating unlicensed taxi services. Taxi drivers have protested over competition from such services.

Regulators last year banned Uber and Chinese competitors led by Didi Chuxing from using drivers without taxi licenses. The services adapted by working through vehicle-rental companies.

On Thursday, Uber and Didi Chuxing said they welcomed the rules and the official endorsement of the industry.

“The rules legalized online car-booking services at the national level for the first time, marking a milestone in China’s endeavor toward steady and healthy development of the rideshare industry,” Didi Chuxing said in a statement. “We believe the rules will usher in a new stage of growth for China’s online ride-booking ecosystem.”

The rules were less restrictive in some ways than a proposed draft that was issued in October.

The document issued Thursday said authorities would consider different types of labor agreements with drivers, while the earlier proposal would have required companies to sign contracts with them as fully-fledged employees. The latest version also dropped a proposal to limit drivers to working for no more than two ride-hailing companies.

Uber, headquartered in San Francisco, operates in more than 60 Chinese cities and plans to increase to more than 100 by the end of 2016.

“We look forward to working with national and local governments to put these regulatory guidelines into practice,” said a company statement.

Didi Chuxing, previously Didi Kuaidi, operates in some 400 Chinese cities. It said the company completed 1.4 billion rides in 2015.

The company said in June it raised $7.3 billion from investors in what it described as one of the world’s largest private equity funding rounds.

That included $1 billion from Apple Inc., which became a strategic investor alongside Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings Ltd., an online games and entertainment service. Other investors included China Life Insurance Co.

Last September, the company and Lyft of the United States agreed to link their services to allow travelers to use them in each other’s markets. In December, their alliance added India’s Ola and Southeast Asia’s GrabTaxi.

China, Russia Plan Naval Drills in South China Sea

July 28, 2016

Joint exercises follow international tribunal’s rejection of China’s claims

The Chinese destroyer DDG-112 Harbin fires its gun during joint drills with Russia in the Yellow Sea in 2012. The two countries plan drills in the South China Sea in September.
The Chinese destroyer DDG-112 Harbin fires its gun during joint drills with Russia in the Yellow Sea in 2012. The two countries plan drills in the South China Sea in September. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
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July 28, 2016 8:07 a.m. ET

BEIJING—China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, the Chinese Defense Ministry said, amid heightened regional tension following an international tribunal’s rejection of Beijing’s maritime claims there.

China’s defense-ministry spokesman, Senior Col. Yang Yujun, gave few details at a monthly news conference on Thursday but said the drills were “routine” and not directed at any other countries.

However, they are the first joint exercises in the South China Sea between China and Russia, which have been strengthening defense ties in recent years in part due to a shared interest in countering pressure over their military activities from the U.S. and its allies.

They will also be the first joint drills scheduled by any countries in the South China Sea since the tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled overwhelmingly against China on July 12 in a case brought by the Philippines over Beijing’s sweeping maritime claims.

“This is a routine exercise between the two armed forces, aimed at strengthening the developing China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership,” Col Yang said. “The exercise is not directed against third parties.”
Moscow and Beijing were once rivals for leadership of the Communist world, and fought a brief border conflict in 1969. Suspicions between them endure, especially over Beijing’s growing influence in Central Asia, and a much-vaunted energy partnership has largely stalled.

But they have often found common cause in blocking initiatives from the U.S. and its allies on the U.N. Security Council, where they are both among the five veto-wielding permanent members. In the past few years, they have also forged closer defense ties as both have come under pressure from the U.S. and its allies over their military activities around their own borders.

In 2014, Russia and China held joint naval exercises in the East China Sea for the first time, a few months after a flare-up there in a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo over a small cluster of islands.

In May last year, China and Russia held drills in European waters for the first time—in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea—in what many Western officials saw as a show of solidarity following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Those were followed by more drills in the Sea of Japan in August.

The U.S. and some of its allies have urged China to abide by the tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea and accused Beijing of trying to assert its claims by force, including by building seven fortified artificial islands in disputed waters.

China calls the ruling invalid, claiming the tribunal had no jurisdiction in the case. It counts Russia among dozens of countries that it says have backed its position. Moscow has been more circumspect in its public position, however, saying that claimants should seek a diplomatic settlement based on international law.

Russia also has close defense ties with Vietnam, another country whose claims overlap with Beijing’s in the South China Sea.

Write to Jeremy Page at jeremy.page@wsj.com

http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-russia-plan-naval-drills-in-south-china-sea-1469707620

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Netanyahu: Iran Nuclear Deal Makes World Much More Dangerous, Israel Not Bound by It

July 28, 2016

This report is just about one year old but our sources in Israel say Mr. Netanyahu has not changed his opinion on the Obama Administration’s Iran Nuclear Deal. Polling shows most israelis are with Netanyahu in his estimation of President Obama and the Obama Administration.

Iran remains a designated “State Sponsor of Terrorism” by the U.S. State Department.

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In press conference in Jerusalem, prime minister says world powers are gambling with ‘our collective future.’

Barak Ravid Jul 14, 2015 6:03 PM

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said the Iran Nuclear Deal is bad for Israel, and bad for world peace. He said the deal contains nothing to deter Iran from its current behaviour.  July 14, 2015. Reuters photo

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fiercely criticized Tuesday the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and world powers, calling it “a stunning historic mistake.”

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“The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday,” he said in a press conference in Jerusalem before the inner security cabinet convened to discuss the nuclear agreement.

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The prime minister said the six world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – poorly “bet our collective future,” and added that Israel was not bound by the agreement, “because Iran continues to seek our destruction.”

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“Amazingly,” said Netanyahu, “this bad deal does not require Iran to cease its aggressive behavior in any way… While the negotiators were closing the deal in Vienna, Iran’s supposedly moderate president chose to go to a rally in Tehran, and at this rally a frenzied mob burned American and Israeli flags and chanted ‘Death to America,’ ‘Death to Israel.'”

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“Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said on March 21st that the deal does not limit Iran’s aggression in any way,” Netanyahu continued, “he said, ‘Negotiations with the United States [are] on the nuclear issue – and nothing else,’ and three days ago he made that clear again. The United States, he said, embodies global arrogance and the battle against it will continue unabated, even after the nuclear agreement is concluded.”
The prime minister added: “Here’s what Hassan Nasrallah, head of Iran’s terrorist proxy Hezbollah, said about sanctions relief, which is a key component of the deal. He said, ‘A rich and strong Iran will be able to stand by its allies and friends in the region more than at any time in the past.’ Translation: Iran’s support for terrorism and subversion will actually increase after the deal.”

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Netanyahu said the deal with Iran “repeats the mistakes made with North Korea, where “we were assured that inspections and verifications would prevent a rogue regime from developing nuclear weapons. And we all know how that ended.”

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“The bottom line of this very bad deal is exactly what Iran’s President Rohani said today. The international community is removing the sanctions, and Iran is keeping its nuclear program.”

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The deal will give the Iranian regime “the capacity to produce many nuclear bombs, in fact an entire nuclear arsenal, with the means to deliver it. What a stunning, historic mistake,” Netanyahu said, sterssing that “Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran, because Iran continues to seek our destruction. We will always defend ourselves.”

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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to call Netanyahu, as well as the Saudi king and European allies about the deal, a U.S. official said.

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Israel has received an official copy of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers, a senior official in Jerusalem said Tuesday afternoon, prior to the sides’ formal announcement that the agreement had been reached.

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Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry immediately began studying the material, ahead of consultations with Netanyahu scheduled for later in the day.
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Earlier, Netanyahu said that the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers was “a bad mistake of historic proportions,” issuing yet another attack on the agreement less than an hour before the two sides were to formally announce the deal.

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Netanyahu also sent a message to the political opposition, calling for unity. “I say to all the leaders in Israel – now is the time to put aside petty politics and unite for the sake the most crucial issue of the State of Israel’s future and security,” he said.

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The prime minister said the nuclear deal is further evidence of the world powers’ willingness to make a deal at any price.

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“Far-reaching concessions were made in areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars, with which it can fuel its terror machine, and pursue its aggression and terror in the region and the world.”

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Netanyahu defended himself against criticism leveled at him in recent days, particularly by Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid, saying that it was impossible to prevent a deal since negotiators from the world powers were willing to make more and more concessions.

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“We understand that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything – therefore we have committed ourselves to prevent an agreement,” Netanyahu said. “We have pledged to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons – and this commitment remains.”

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Iranian and Western diplomats confirmed Tuesday morning that a formal agreement had been reached. At 11:30 A.M. Israel time, the foreign ministers of Iran, the European Union, United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany convened for a concluding session at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, after which they announced that an agreement had been reached.

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On Monday, Netanyahu also slammed the concessions that the world powers had offered Iran, saying they had shown that they will accept a nuclear deal at any price.

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“If the concessions continue even after ‘death to America’ chants in Tehran, then it is clear that some are willing to make a deal at any price,” Netanyahu said at a Likud faction meeting.

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“Were it not for our efforts over the years, Iran would have accumulated nuclear weapons already. Our commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon still stands today.”

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Netanyahu launched an official account in Farsi Monday night ahead of the Iran deal, intending to integrate the move into the framework of hasbara efforts against the emerging nuclear deal.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama enjoy themselves at the Democart National Convention, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

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(R L) Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani attend Supreme Leader’s meeting with authorities of the country and ambassadors of Islamic countries, in Tehran, Iran July 6, 2016. Reuters photo

Filipino fishermen caught in the middle of China-Philippines territorial dispute (Also Vietnamese fishermen)

July 28, 2016

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HOW TERRITORIAL DISPUTE GOT HEATED

Located 120 nautical miles from the shore of Masinloc, Scarborough Shoal was once populated with fishermen from across Asia. Filipino fishermen tell stories of days when they would trade fresh water for petrol with Vietnamese fishermen, or offer their freshly-caught fish for water with the Chinese.

A three-day fishing trip to the shoal would bring back a haul of around 30 tonnes of seafood, earning them 40,000 pesos a trip and they could rest for the remainder of the week before making the trip out there.

This all changed as the territorial dispute became heated. Tensions between the Philippines and China over Scarborough Shoal can be traced to 2012, when the Philippine Navy nabbed eight Chinese fishing vessels for poaching there, which led to a standoff. Since then, Filipino fishermen have been routinely chased away by Chinese coast guard vessels.

Now, a Chinese flag has been planted on Scarborough and only Chinese fishing vessels can be seen plying the waters.

Chinese coast guard boats guard Scarborough Shoal. (Photo: Aya Lowe)

Meanwhile, Filipino fishermen have been forced to find new fishing grounds, most of which have been irreversibly damaged from the effects of dynamite fishing. According to Tabat Snr, a fisherman based in the town of Santa Cruz, Masinloc, he can go for days without catching anything.

Captain Bari, who has been a captain for 25 years, said his trips have become much less frequent since 2012, and he will only go with a small boat so he can sneak in under the radar.

Fishermen Silver Lopez and Raymart de Claro, Filipinos that own the fishing boat Marvin-I told Peace and Freedom its has grown too dangerous to fish in the South China Sea “Because China is always there and they chase us home.”

“DAVID AND GOLIATH” BATTLE

It has also been touted as a “David and Goliath” battle as China has one of the biggest fishing fleets in the world. Following the ruling from the UN court, it was a fight the fishermen had thought they had won.

Celebrations were held in Manila and in fishing communities across the country. Fishermen thought their years of suffering, during which they were barely able to make ends meet, were over. They excitedly prepared to go back to their old fishing grounds, but it was revealed on their first trip that nothing has changed.

Children play among the bangkas (boats) when their fathers get back from a fishing trip. (Photo: Aya Lowe)

 

ADJUSTING TO LIFE WITHOUT SCARBOROUGH SHOAL

Life has been very hard for Filipino fishermen, as many have been forced to try and find different jobs to complement their meagre fishing earnings. Jeffery Escape, from the bureau of agriculture, has said many fishermen have opted to take up some of the programmes they offer, including seaweed or shellfish cultivation, or even take up jobs such as tricycle drivers.

Many Filipino fishermen now just catch fish suitable for an aquarium to be sold in Manila to survive. (Photo: Aya Lowe)

 

Others have just moved away and relocated to coastal towns further north where there is more chance of catching fish. Only a few brave fishermen dare sneak into Scarborough Shoal, avoiding the watchful eye of the Chinese.

Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea. WILLIE LOMIBAO, INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

When asked whether China is currently allowing Philippine fishermen to fish around Scarborough Shoal, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the decision of the court would have no effect on China’s South China Sea policy.

Following the ruling, Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay asked those involved in the territorial dispute to exercise restraint. Local government officials, including the mayor of Zambales, have cautioned the 3,000-strong fishing community from going back to the area.

Captain Bari communicates with other Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal who give him the location of the coast guards. (Photo: Aya Lowe)

However, there is hope. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said the government is now planning course of actions to ensure the safety of Filipino fishermen planning to venture off Scarborough Shoal. Until then, for the fishermen of Masinloc, it is a cat-and-mouse game in the waters off Scarborough Shoal or a daily struggle to catch enough fish to feed their families.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/filipino-fishermen-caught/2987730.html

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Vietnamese fishermen July 11 2016 — Like the Filipino fishermen, the Vietnamese believe they could lose access to the sea if China maintains its position
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Australia convicts Vietnamese nationals for illegal fishing — International agreement on illegal fishing gets started; U.S., Japan and China are signatories

July 28, 2016

Australia convicted 26 Vietnamese fishermen for illegal fishing in its waters.

The crew and masters of the vessels received suspended jail sentences ranging between two to six months for each offence and good behavior bonds of between two to three years.

Australia’s minister for immigration, Peter Dutton, said the sentencing sends a strong message to those seeking to do the wrong thing and plunder Australian resources.

Australia destroys a Vietnamese fishing boat that was caught fishing illegally near Australia. Credit Jesse Dorsett

“These sentences demonstrate the Australian Government’s commitment to prosecuting those who seek to exploit Australia’s maritime resources,” Dutton said, in a release.

The fishermen pled guilty after being caught illegally fishing in waters off North Queensland on June 21 2016.

During the inspection, officers found diving gear to support multiple teams of divers, approximately 8.7 metric tons of sea cucumbers and a quantity of turtle meat, coral and reef fish.

This latest conviction follows the recent conviction of thirty Vietnamese foreign fishermen in June for illegally fishing in the Coral Sea. Masters and crew received suspended sentences and good behavior bonds and their boats were destroyed.

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Foreign fishing boats seized by Indonesian authorities for illegal fishing are blown up by Indonesian Navy personnel at sea off Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, located in Borneo island. (Photo: AFP/Rudi Hartono)

A new international agreement should help strip illegal fishers’ access to the market.

Published July 28, 2016

One out of every four fish sold in the United States is illegally caught, but a new and surprisingly simple international accord could help turn the tide in an unprecedented way.

On June 5, the world’s first legally binding treaty on illegal fishing, the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, came into force. The bill was spearheaded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which approved the treaty in 2009. A one-month countdown was triggered May 6, when 29 countries signed the accord—surpassing the minimum number of 25.

Chinese fishing boat of the Fu Yuan Yu type was caught fishing illegally inside South African waters

Each year, illegal or unreported catches account for as much as 11 to 26 million tonnes of fish, with an estimated value of US $10- to $23.5-billion.

“Illegal fishing is an enormous problem, bigger than most people would ever imagine,” says Per Erik Berg, a coordinator with Stop Illegal Fishing, an advocacy organization based in Gaborone, Botswana.

Illegal fishing boats are frequently flagged by international agencies such as Interpol, whose Project Scale task force identifies criminal boats and reports them to local authorities, but capturing, charging, and prosecuting crews and shipowners is difficult. Patrolling huge expanses of ocean is a logistical nightmare, and the ease with which boats are able to change names and flags makes tracking them difficult.

But with 35 participating countries, plus the European Union, the UN’s new agreement will be effective in deterring illegal fishing, says Berg—if it’s actually enforced.

Indonesian Navy Ship KRI Imam Bonjol-363 arrests a Chinese fishing boat in Natuna water on June 21, 2016. The fishermen were charged with illegal fishing. AFP Photo

Police in Indonesia tie up a fishing boat confiscated from a Vietnamese crew that had been fishing illegally. Photo by Pacific Press/Alamy Stock Photo

At its core, the agreement is quite simple: participating countries are asked to prevent illegal fishing vessels from docking in their ports, says Lori Curtis, a fisheries officer with the FAO. If they can’t dock, illegal fishers will have difficulty offloading and selling their ill-gotten hauls, she says.

When a foreign ship approaches a participating country, it will be directed to dock at a port with the capacity to inspect cargo. The ship will also have to disclose detailed information about its identity, activities, and the fish that are on board. At many international ports, which earn large amounts of money from docking vessels, the current status quo of inspection and record-checking is often piecemeal, a loophole frequently exploited by vessels with illegal cargo.

Port authorities will be required to report and share information about illegal vessels with neighboring countries—“preferably coordinated by FAO,” according to the agreement—in addition to the country where the vessel is registered. This will target the use of “flags of convenience,” vessels registered in countries known to have lower taxes or less restrictive law enforcement.

“If one has a lot of red flags and [the port state doesn’t] have the capacity to inspect it, they can choose to deny it entry because they know it’s a high-risk vessel,” says Curtis.

So far, the agreement has the support of most Caribbean nations, a handful of Nordic, African, and Southeast Asian countries, plus the United States, Uruguay, and the EU. Notable exceptions to the list of signatories are Japan and China. But the treaty covers enough of the world that it should make life for illegal fishing vessels significantly more difficult, says Berg.

Fish economist Rashid Sumaila agrees: “Even if it’s easy to fish in Namibian waters or Mozambican waters—and it’s hard to stop illegal fishing—whoever is catching the fish will have to try to sell it in a market.”

“If you cannot sell your illegally caught fish, if you cannot get them into the market, then that big incentive is automatically taken away,” he says.

Sumaila is optimistic the agreement will make a difference, but he does have two primary concerns: one, that developing states won’t have the expertise or technical equipment needed to enforce the agreement; and two, that countries will drag their heels on implementing the agreement.

On that first point, Curtis says there’s a provision that requires developed countries to help developing nations with technology, infrastructure, and training. On the second, she says the FAO expects the group of signatories to meet “as soon as possible.”

Since the treaty came into force, five additional countries have joined, says Curtis, and they’re currently fielding interest from non-signatory countries that are getting a sense for how they can put measures in place before they join. That is a hopeful sign governments are genuinely interested in enforcing the agreement, says Curtis, rather than just signing an empty treaty.

Sumaila certainly hopes so. “For it to be effective, citizens, civil society, journalists, scientists, we need to keep pushing our governments to do something,” he says. “People have to take this initiative and bring it to life, make it happen.”

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/closing-port-illegal-fishers

Chinese fishermen caught by Vietnam fishing illegally in Vietnamese waters, early June 2016

Vietnamese fishermen arrested by Thai Navy forces on March 25, 2016. These men were charged with illegal fishing. Photo credit Thai Navy

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