Archive for June, 2010

China rebuffs criticism over stance on Korean Peninsular situation – Obama insults China over Cheonan sinking hoax [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Black propaganda, Cheonan sinking, China, China-US relations, DPR Korea, Korea, Obama, south Korea, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on June 30, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
Obama dropped two Korea-related stink bombs at the Toronto G20 summit, this was the second  —  affecting righteous indignation towards China’s withholding judgment on the Cheonan sinking when the shabby S. Korean – US led “investigation” has been exposed as a fabrication at best and a cover-up at worst – 左手
 
June 29, 2010
China on Tuesday rejected criticisms over its stance on the Korean Peninsular situation, saying it would never “pour oil on the fire” at a time when calm and restraint were needed.

“China’s stance and efforts are fair and irreproachable.  We will not do things like pouring oil on the fire,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang at a regular news briefing.

Media reports said U.S. President Barack Obama had criticized China’s “willful blindness” to the actions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with regard to the sinking of a Republic of Korea (ROK) warship.

“China borders on the Korean Peninsular, and we have our own feeling on the issue, different from that of the countries tens of thousands miles away.  We have more direct and intense concerns,” said Qin.

On March 26, the 1,200-ton Navy frigate “Cheonan,” with 104 crew members onboard, went down off the ROK island of Baekryeong off the west coast due to an unexplained explosion. Forty-six sailors were killed.

Seoul said after completing an investigation that the warship was torpedoed by the DPRK.  But Pyongyang has denied its involvement in the incident.

China has repeatedly urged all sides to maintain calm and restraint so to avoid an escalation of the situation.

“On the Cheonan issue, we will not be partial to any party, but make objective judgments in line with the facts,” said Qin.

Qin said a turning point needed to be reached urgently, not intensification or confrontation, calling on all sides to deal with the Cheonan incident through dialogue and consultations. Continue reading

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PLA (People’s Liberation Army) set to hold sea drill [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, DPR Korea, PLA, south Korea, USA on June 30, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
 
June 29, 2010
 
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch a six-day, live ammunition drill starting on Wednesday in the East China Sea, a move that analysts said is in response to a joint exercise between the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies in the Yellow Sea.

The PLA decision was issued on June 24 and posted on major Chinese websites on Monday, when the US-ROK drill was scheduled to start.  The US and ROK earlier cited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as the target of their drill.  A US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is also reportedly scheduled to participate in the exercise not far off China’s coast.

But the ROK navy announced on Monday that their joint maneuver has been postponed to July.

According to the PLA announcement, all vessels will be prohibited from entering its designated exercise area from midnight to 6 pm, from June 30 to July 5.

“They must follow orders of the Chinese navy to ensure safety,” it said.

An officer of the Ministry of Defense said on Monday that the PLA’s planned drill is routine.  But the Hong Kong-based Mingpao Daily News called the announcement a “rare move” to publicize a military drill days in advance.

Some analysts said the move is clearly related to the presence of aircraft carrier USS George Washington near China’s shores, which put major cities including Beijing and China’s coastlines under the US carrier’s combat scope.

“Though the Chinese government did not say anything about the drill, anybody with common sense on military strategy will bet that they are related,” said Shi Yinhong, a senior expert on US studies at Beijing-based Renmin University of China.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said earlier this month that Beijing is seriously concerned about the US-ROK joint exercise and is closely following the matter.

“Under current situations, relevant parties should exercise restraint and refrain from doing things that may escalate tensions and harm the interests of the countries in the region,” Qin said.

Ma Xiaotian, the PLA’s deputy chief of staff, said at an annual security conference in Singapore on June 5 that one of the major obstacles in China-US military relations is the “high-intensity surveillance of US warships and planes in the South China Sea and East China Sea”.  US Defense Secretary Robert Gates was also present at the meeting.

The US and ROK said the joint exercise is targeted at the DPRK after the deadly sinking of an ROK warship in March, but it is “still extremely rare for a major power to send an aircraft carrier that close to another major power”, Shi said.

“Any large country has its bottom line for military vigilance and pride.  The US-ROK drill has drawn angry response from the Chinese public and I think that is one reason behind its delay.”

Li Jie, a researcher with the Chinese navy’s military academy, said the US-ROK drill will not help ease tensions over the sinking of the ROK warship.

Pyongyang threatened on Monday to bolster its nuclear capability to cope with what it said is a hostile US policy and military threats.

Still, other analysts said the two latest drills are not related as the Chinese navy carried out a similar move last year.

Chen Hu, editor-in-chief of the World Military magazine affiliated to the Xinhua News Agency, said Beijing does not necessarily see the US-ROK exercise as a provocative act.

“Instead, the PLA can take the presence of the giant aircraft carrier fighting group as a ‘drill target’,” he said.

Source:China Daily

 
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Delay in transfer of wartime command divides S Korea – S Korea regime blatantly lies as US extends military control on Korean peninsula [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-communism, Cheonan sinking, DPR Korea, G20, Korean War, Media cover-up, Neo-colonialism, south Korea, Toronto June 2010, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on June 30, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

This is a seriously under-reported political crotch-kick to progressives and supporters of the movement for Korean autonomy world-wide, courtesy of Obama and ultra-conservative President Lee of S. Korea at the Toronto G20.  It must be noted that the stunningly undemocratic abrogation of the agreement to give S. Korea full military authority on its own territory was leaked several days before its revelation in Toronto and at that time was summarily denied by the Lee regime.  From S. Korean gov’t denies reports on delay of wartime command transfer, June 22 2010 (People’s Daily):

The South Korean government denied Thursday local media reports that Seoul and Washington have virtually agreed to delay transferring wartime operational control from the United States back to South Korea, originally scheduled to take place in 2012.

‘Some media reports that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed (delaying) the transfer at the nuclear summit in Washington are not factually accurate.  The two countries never formally discussed the issue,’ the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said in a statement.

Some South Korean media, including a mass circulation daily Dong-A Ilbo, reported a day ago that Lee and Obama agreed at a recent nuclear summit to delay the planned handover, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.

The decision, according to Dong-A Ilbo, will be announced after a summit in June on the sidelines of the G20 summit among the world’s major economies.

‘Customarily, we do not confirm details of what the heads of the states discussed.  The reports are also factually wrong,’ the foreign ministry in Seoul said in a statement.

 How utterly duplicitous!  This is the true face of Lee’s ultra-right S. Korean regime, that demands the world to accept its bogus and rushed “investigation” of the sinking of the Cheonan, among its other serial “north wind” (anti-North Korea) fabrications and domestic political repressions. 

The Obama administration is currently conducting an aggressive campaign to consolidate the U.S.’s military bases in the key strategic areas of Northeast Asia with the main thrust being future attacks on China; this years’ crushing of both S. Korean and Japanese native political campaigns to move away from US military occupation or control show the oppressive militaristic and anti-popular underpinnings of US foreign policy. 

It also points to the fact that all US military occupations worldwide will continue indefinitely under some pretext or another, draining domestic resources and spreading universal fear and conflict, unless there is mass resistance. 

The article below appears to give the basic news report but is actually a textbook example of the political backwardness of mainstream S. Korean media and is presented with judicious editing.  Particularly absurd is the premise that this delay is at the request of the S. Korean government; President Lee’s ultra-rightist Grand Nationals in S. Korea dance to the US’s tune and not vice versa.  – 左手

June 28, 2010

by Kim Junghyun

SEOUL, June 28 (Xinhua) — A surprising announcement from Canada over the weekend that Seoul’s planned takeover of wartime operational command of its troops has been pushed back by three years and seven months to Dec. 1, 2015…

DELAY OF TRANSFER

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his U.S. counterpart Barak Obama dropped the bomb Saturday and announced a three-year delay of the wartime control at a bilateral summit in Toronto, Canada on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.  The decision was made at the request of the South Korean government [!]…

Seoul’s wartime operational control was given to the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War, which was later transferred to the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC).  Some 28,500 U.S. troops have been stationed here following the deadly civil war…

South Korea regained peacetime control in 1994, and late former President Roh Moo-hyun stuck a contentious deal with Washington in 2007 to take over the wartime command, a move that angered conservatives…

Last week’s news was all the more startling to many, as speculation alleging possible renegotiation of the plan has been repeatedly dismissed by tight-lipped South Korean and U.S. officials, who never gave anything much more than their official stance that the transfer will be carried out as scheduled.  [The writer is dancing around the stark fact that they lied.  –  左手]

Defense Minister Kim Tae-young, among others, once publicly acknowledged that the original plan would create “the worst situation” for South Korean military but still stood by what he called a “political promise” between Seoul and Washington.  Gen. Warter Sharp, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, also reiterated many times that the transition is on the way…

PARTISAN DIVIDE

…[T]he issue of retaking wartime command has been one of the biggest wedge issues in highly divisive South Korean politics.  The Roh Moo-hyun administration requested the transfer under the name of sovereignty and autonomy, which coincided with Pentagon’s interests of realigning its overseas troops under its new military strategy.

Liberals voiced strong doubts.  “There are many unanswered questions as to whether there was some kind of a back-room deal,” Chung Se-kyun, chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party, said Monday during a meeting with senior party officials, referring to suspicions that the delay came at Seoul’s cost of making concessions on the two-way free trade deal with Washington.

The negotiation process was also flawed, Chung said. “It is inappropriate that the government had kept the deal in secret without assessing public opinion and unveiled it all of a sudden.” 

What is not dared to be openly stated by the compromised S. Korean media and politicians is that this wartime command delay was an absolutely undemocratic, dictatorial policy move on the part of the Obama – Lee alliance.  – 左手

DPRK (N. Korea) rejects G8 position on “Cheonan” Case [People’s Daily]

Posted in Cheonan sinking, DPR Korea, France, Japan, Russia, U.K. on June 30, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

The G8 is France, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada.  This story is a little weird and ambiguous, previously Russia has been neutral or skeptical about the DPRK involvement.  – 左手

 

June 29, 2010

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday issued a statement rejecting the Group of 8 (G8)’s position of linking the “Cheonan” case with the DPRK.

The DPRK “vehemently and totally refutes” the position of the recent G8 summit which linked the DPRK with South Korea’s investigation results on the “Cheonan” case, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement, as quoted by the official news agency KCNA.

The 1,200-ton South Korean naval vessel “Cheonan,” with 104 crew members onboard, sank in waters off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula on March 26, leaving 46 sailors dead.

South Korea accused the DPRK of sinking the warship with a torpedo after a multinational investigation, but the DPRK has denied any involvement.

The recent G8 summit in Canada voiced support for the South Korean position on the issue and also criticized the DPRK’s nuclear program.

The DPRK foreign ministry spokesman said the G8 hastily handled the case in a deliberate manner only to show its pursuit for “a sinister political purpose,” adding that the group should “give its way to the G20.”

Source:Xinhua

 
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U.S. Judge Who Overturned Offshore Drilling Ban Has Oil Investments [CNBC]

Posted in BP oil spill, Corrupt judge, Deepwater Horizon, US "War on Terror", USA on June 30, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 23, 2010

By CURT ANDERSON and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
 

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports.  He’s also a new member of a secret national security court.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, reported owning less than $15,000 in stock in 2008 in Transocean Ltd., the company that owned the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig…

…Feldman’s 2008 financial disclosure report — the most recent available — also showed investments in Ocean Energy, a Houston-based company, as well as Quicksilver Resources, Prospect Energy, Peabody Energy, Halliburton, Pengrowth Energy Trust, Atlas Energy Resources, Parker Drilling and others.  Halliburton was also involved in the doomed Deepwater Horizon project…

…Josh Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, said the ruling should be rescinded if Feldman still has investments in companies that could benefit.

“If Judge Feldman has any investments in oil and gas operators in the Gulf, it represents a flagrant conflict of interest,” Reichert said…

…Feldman is a native of St. Louis and former Army captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps who was appointed in May to a seven-year term on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to court records.

The court meets secretly to consider government requests for wiretaps in national security cases, such as those involving foreign terrorist groups.

A graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans with bachelor’s and law degrees, Feldman frequently jokes with lawyers before his court about his friendship with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, known for his strict interpretation of the Constitution as written more than 200 years ago.

Feldman has handled several cases stemming from Hurricane Katrina, among them a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans filed by a retired teacher who sued over his beating by police officers in the French Quarter.  The case was settled.  Feldman also presided over the first trial in a wave of insurance litigation spawned by the storm.

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May Toronto’s G20 be the last – “Now is the time to end the charade of these summits once and for all” [Guardian.co.uk]

Posted in G20, Police, Police brutality, Toronto June 2010 on June 29, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

The G20 summit in Toronto was a social disaster within a global catastrophe, I’m still sifting through the aftermath.  $1+ billion for security, the most money spent for such a confab ever; yet if you were a peaceful protester or even a journalist, then you were most decidedly insecure and at the mercy of intimidating baton-swinging police.  Super-pricey “security” also means obvious police provocations (see below) and police-state stripping of rights…yet I get the feeling only political junk came out of it.  G7, G8, G20:  G-sus Christ,  G-nuff already. – 左手   

It’s not just the $1bn policing; the failure to tackle the financial crisis…exposes a forum without credibility   

by John Hilary   

June 27, 2010   

To a foreigner, the Canadian police are a confusing bunch.  With Toronto locked down for the G20 summit, several of them have been cycling around the deserted streets on mountain bikes presenting what we would see as the very picture of community policing. Yet side by side with this benign image is an intimidating, militarised presence that many Canadians feel has been deliberately cultivated in order to undermine their right to protest against the G20 and its damaging impacts…   

…Many Canadians have become suspicious of police tactics since the Quebec police force admitted that it had disguised three of its own officers as rock-wielding anarchists in an attempt to provoke violence at a peaceful protest in the town of Montebello two years ago.  Somewhat farcically, the three were exposed as agents provocateurs when they were found to be wearing official issue police boots identical to those of the uniformed officers “arresting” them.   

Provocateurs in Montebello wear the same shoes as the Quebec policemen who arrest them! (aka: cops are dressed as demonstrators and try to start up violence in Montebello, Qc 2007-08-20)

 

There are concerns that similar skulduggery may have played a part in Toronto this weekend, where the burning of three police cars quickly became the defining image of Saturday’s otherwise peaceful demonstration.  Questions are being asked as to why the police chose to drive the vehicles into the middle of a group of protesters and then abandon them, and why there was no attempt to put out the flames until the nation’s media had been given time to record the scenes for broadcast around the world.   

The fact that so much attention has been directed towards the policing is largely due to the lack of anything newsworthy coming out of the summit itself.  Even David Cameron, attending for the first time as British prime minister, published his own desperate plea in the Canadian press this week for summits to be turned into something more than the hot air and photo opportunities they have been in the past…   

As an invitation-only club whose membership was literally drawn up on the back of an envelope, the G20 never laid any claim to legitimacy.  Now it is also in danger of losing any credibility as a forum for global economic governance.  Its failure to address any of the structural problems that caused the financial and economic crises of the past three years has certainly not gone unnoticed in Toronto…   

…Unbelievably, the G20 is scheduled to hold its next summit in just a few months [in South Korea…].  If the Canadian experience has taught us anything, it is that such meetings are simply not worth the candle.  There are more than enough forums already available for national leaders to discuss the key issues of our time, and almost every one of them has a greater claim to openness and inclusivity than the G20.  Now is the time to end the charade of these summits once and for all.   

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China not keen on yuan talks at G20 [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, China-US relations, Economy, G20, Toronto June 2010, Yuan appreciation on June 29, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
 
June 25, 2010
 
 
Regarding Washington’s intention of pushing China over the yuan issue during the G20 summit in Toronto, Beijing said Thursday that such a move would not produce any positive results.

We believe the appreciation of the yuan cannot bring balanced trade and cannot help the US solve its problems of unemployment, over-consumption and low savings,” said Qin Gang, spokesman of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “We hope the US can reflect on the problems of its own economic structure instead of playing blame games and imposing pressure on others.”

Qin was responding to questions concerning recent remarks by US Secretary of Commerce Gary Faye Locke, who said that US President Barack Obama would raise the yuan issue with Chinese officials at the G20 summit.

“We hope the US can work with us … to promote our economic relations in a balanced way,” he said. “Monotonously pressuring China or resorting to trade protectionism would be unreasonable and bring benefit to no one.”

Locke’s words came after US lawmakers pushed legislation Wednesday that they said would treat currency manipulation as an illegal subsidy and enable US authorities to impose tariffs on Chinese goods.

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