cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


this is what you can look forward to

1. China, US issue joint statement full of wiggle room and weasel words

President Hu to visit US next year

talk is cheap: hoping, welcoming, raising, furthering, enhancing, dialoguing, vowing...

US supports one-China policy, welcomes peaceful development of cross-straits ties
to raise cooperation level in science, innovation
to further collaborate in health, disease control
hope six-party talks to resume at early date
to enhance security in outer space
agree to hold new round of human rights dialogue
vow deeper cooperation on counter-terrorism

here's the beef, the NWO agenda: agreeing on green agenda, economic rebalance, military cooperation, immigration, pressure on Iran

agree transition to green, low-carbon economy essential
agree on economic rebalance, pursuit of forward looking monetary policies
to advance military relations
to exchange more students
call on Iran to "engage constructively" with P5+1

more talk is cheap: underlining, welcoming, working for, supporting

underline commitment to realization of nuke-free world
welcome efforts for peace in South Asia
to work for successful outcome at Copenhagen summit
China seeks US support to prevent separatism against China

read details @ chinaview

2. mafia's expose China's legal woes

The ongoing campaign against triads, or Chinese-style mafias, in the western China metropolis of Chongqing is the largest such operation since 1949. Yet what renders this so-called "anti-triad tornado" (fanhei fengbao) so disturbing is not simply that close to 3,000 big-time criminals have been nabbed by authorities, but that the Chongqing disaster has laid bare the full extent of the collusion between organized crime on the one hand, and senior officers in the police and judiciary on the other.

Even more shocking is the fact that what the local media calls "dark and evil forces" have become so entrenched and prevalent in this megacity of 34 million people that it required a directive from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) politburo standing committee - the highest level decision-making body in the state - before sufficient law-enforcement resources could be mobilized to combat the well-heeled - and well-connected - syndicates.

...These billionaire thugs include Li Qiang, a well-known business tycoon in transportation and real estate who had been repeatedly appointed a delegate to the Chongqing People's Congress. Another criminal, Xie Caiping, ran underground casinos - a few of them in five-star downtown hotels - in Chongqing for years. Since Chongqing gained the status of a municipality (with the same "administrative ranking" as Beijing and Shanghai) in 1997, its party secretaries have included such luminaries as He Guoqiang (now a member of the politburo standing committee in charge of fighting corruption) and Wang Yang (politburo member and party secretary of Guangdong).

read more @ asia times

3. in Thailand, fierce nationalism on display as dispute with Cambodia brings out the long knives


Prasert Lertyaso called for the beheading of Hun Sen, General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, and Thaksin Shinawatra, alluding to an old Thai saying of shedding blood to wash royal feet. He banished Thaksin’s supporters to Phnom Penh and Dubai.

Saken Sutthiwong said that Cambodia was afraid that [Thai] F16 fighter jets would miss their targets and bomb Angkor Wat and Prear Vihear instead, because they earn their living from those ‘old stones’. Afterwards he sang ‘Ayutthaya’ and ‘Bang Rajan War’ songs which are about defending the country from its enemies, the Burmese in this case. He said he wanted Cambodia to get rich, so it could take its tens of thousands of beggars back home. Cambodian people are poor, as can be seen on TV when they storm through the border checkpoint like hell breaking loose. Thailand is not like that, because the Thai people have the King and Queen, he said.

Then some students came up to condemn Hun Sen and Thaksin, the traitor. They vowed to fight to the death to protect the Nation, Religion and King. A group of artists also read a statement, referring to both men as ‘non-human’.

read more @ prachatai

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