Monthly Archives: April 2017

EU File: Albanian PM Edi Rama says union between his country and quasi-state Kosovo “a possible alternative to the closed door of the European Union,” alludes to Kremlin influence in Balkans: “How can the European Union allow at its own heart a gray zone where other actors can have a larger influence than the EU itself”; Kosovo’s so-called President Hashim Thaci chimes in: “If Brussels closes the door on Kosovo, all Albanians in the region will live in one unified state”; Serbia’s pro-EU PM Aleksandar Vucic reacts to Rama’s comments with threat to form all-Serbian state, including Bosnia’s Serb Republic: “If I said that all Serbs should live in one state, I would be hanged from a flagpole in Brussels”; Russian Foreign Ministry puts its foot down on irredentist musings: “We believe that the international community should jointly show Tirana and Albanian politicians in other Balkan states that it is unacceptable to advance territorial claims and to discuss the revision of borders”; Albania grants citizenship to Kosovo ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj as ethnic Albanian mayor in S. Serbia declares: “According to the Constitution of Albania, Edi Rama is the leader of all Albanians, regardless of where they live”; Moscow, Belgrade vow to deepen military cooperation after last fall’s Slavic Brotherhood exercise with Belarus

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WW4 File: North Korea deploys 300 to 400 pieces of long-range artillery for live-fire drill on E. coast, near Wonsan; rocket-assisted shells from communist regime’s 170 mm Koksan self-propelled gun can potentially strike Seoul from positions close to DMZ, but South Korean military’s new mobile counter-artillery radar can detect DPRK’s big guns within 100 km radius; Kim Jong-un’s firepower display coincides with joint maneuvers by US, SK navies in Yellow Sea, joint army exercises NE of Seoul, arrival of guided-missile sub USS Michigan at SK port of Busan; Red China denies US media reports it has placed PLAAF H-6 strategic bombers on “high alert” amid tensions over Korean Peninsula; President Xi Jinping inspects Southern Theater Command of PLA on Apr. 21, stresses importance of “building a strong army,” urges all military personnel to “resolutely safeguard the authority of CPC Central Committee and unswervingly follow the Party’s leadership”; Russian strategic bombers, maritime recon planes skim Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone 4 times in as many days, spotted off N., S. coasts of state, prompt intercepts by US, Canadian fighter jets; Pentagon official: There is “no other way to interpret this other than as strategic messaging”

EU File: Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron advance to May 7 run-off vote after France’s Apr. 23 presidential election, National Front chief senses victory, resigns party leadership to appeal to moderates; BNP Paribas stocks surge as ex-Rothschild banker holds slight lead in tally, but Le Pen’s anti-immigrant campaign buoyed by fatal ISIS shooting on Champs-Élysées on Apr. 20; Le Pen lashes “bankers’ candidate” Macron: “He is a hysterical, radical ‘Europeanist.’ He is for total open borders. He says there is no such thing as French culture. There is not one domain that he shows one ounce of patriotism”; failed Republican, Socialist candidates throw support behind Macron, while FN woos working-class followers of far-left firebrand; FN deputy chief Steeve Briois: “The voters who voted for Mr. [Jean-Luc] Melenchon are angry voters. . . . They express a choice outside the system”; Le Pen made “private” trip to Trump Tower on Jan. 12, but apparently did not meet US president-elect; then made high-profile visit to Kremlin on Mar. 24 for tête-à-tête with Putin; Le Pen advocates “strong security ties” between Paris, Moscow, abolishing EU sanctions against Russia, recognizing annexation of Crimea

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European civilization deserves to perish if French voters can’t scrape up enough patriotism to defeat the globalists’ candidate.

WW4 File: North Korea’s most advanced missiles apparently on display during Apr. 15 Pyongyang parade, Western analysts identify KN-11 SLBM, Pukguksong-2, Musudan IRBM, but puzzled by Musudan-like missile only longer, unknown Scud-like missile on tracked transporter; Russian social media shows transportation of S-400 missiles toward Vladivostok, 8 miles from Russia’s tiny border with DPRK, port city home to Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet; Moscow monitoring US response to Korean tensions, 3,500 troops, MiG-31s hold week-long army, navy drills in E. Military District beginning Apr. 4; US Air Force intercepts 2 Russian Tu-95 bombers 100 miles from Alaska’s Kodiak Island on Apr. 17, first such provocation since Trump inaugurated; follows Russian Air Force intrusions near Japan 5 days earlier, Tokyo scrambles 14 fighter jets to meet 3 Russian Bears, 1 Il-20 spy plane; freelance journalist in NE China films “endless convoy” of missile-carrying trucks near Shenyang city, follows reports of PLA deploying 150,000 troops near NK border; USS Carl Vinson spotted in Indonesian waters, 3,500 miles from Korean Peninsula, one week after MSM reported CSG “bearing down on Kim Jong-un,” 4 to 5 days needed to reach Korean waters at maximum speed; Russia, Red China dispatch spy ships to shadow US carrier; 1,250 US Marines, 13 combat aircraft arrive in Australia’s Northern Territory, CO queried on Korean situation: “We stand ready to fight”

WW4 File: North Korea’s Stalinist regime launches yet another missile from Sinpo on Apr. 16, projectile promptly blows up even as US vice-president flies to South Korea via Anchorage, Mike Pence makes surprise visit to DMZ, announces “the era of strategic patience is over,” reconfirms shipment of THAAD anti-missile systems to SK; President Trump sends another message to DPRK dictator Kim Jong-un after US military deploys first-ever Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on Apr. 13, 95 ISIS militants reportedly killed in cave-tunnel complex; Spicer refuses to confirm whether Trump specifically ordered use of MOAB, but president admits: “We have given them [US military] total authorization, and that’s what they’re doing. Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately”; follows firing of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syrian air base on Apr. 7 in response to Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians at Khan Shaykhun; former Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemns use of world’s 2nd-most powerful conventional bomb as “an immense atrocity against the Afghan people”; Red China defends sale of trucks to DPRK, flouting international sanctions after vehicles spotted in Pyongyang military parade pulling ballistic missiles; Mexican leftist leader Alberto Anaya Gutierrez leads Labor Party (PT) delegation to Pyongyang, signs “agreement of exchange and cooperation” with ruling Workers’ Party of Korea; PT affiliated with Sao Paulo Forum

WW4 File: PM Shinzo Abe warns North Korea could lob sarin-tipped missiles at Japan, reminds Japanese lawmakers of Tokyo subway terror attack in which doomsday cult used sarin to kill 12, sicken thousands of commuters in 1995; Aum Shinrikyo never admitted crime, still active in Japan, classified as terror org by Russia in 2016; destroyers, helos from Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct joint drills with USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, Japan’s National Security Council to organize evacuation of 57,000 citizens from South Korea in event of war with North; US-Korea Institute: NK’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site “primed and ready”; NK dictator Kim Jong-un unveils “big and important event” announced Apr. 12, presides over opening of luxury residential skyscrapers (with no hot water) in downtown Pyongyang; US Sec. of State meets Putin, counterpart Lavrov in Moscow, talk Syria and NK, Tillerson: “There is a low level of trust between our two countries”; meanwhile US Justice Dept. arrests State Dept. employee for hiding contacts with Chinese communist agents, Candace Marie Claiborne “charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided”

WW4 File: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un orders “immediate” evacuation of 600,000 residents from Pyongyang, or about 25% of capital’s population, NO WESTERN MEDIA CONFIRMATION YET; NK officials inform 200 foreign journalists present for 105th anniversary of birth of communist state’s founder Kim Il-sung to expect “big and important event” on Apr. 13, 2 days before national holiday; referring to redeploy- ment of USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to region, Korean Central News Agency fulminates: “If the U.S. dares opt for a military action, crying out for ‘pre- emptive attack’ and ‘removal of headquarters,’ [North Korea] is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”; Moscow, Beijing apparently alarmed by NK missile tests, US President Donald Trump’s “message” to DPRK dictator via missile attack against Syrian air base on Apr. 6, follows Assad’s alleged use of sarin gas on civilians; PRC President Xi Jinping in Apr. 12 phone call to Trump “advocates resolving the issue through peaceful means,” while Russian missile cruiser Varyag makes “friendly” port of call at South Korea’s Busan; Red China’s defense ministry denies Yonhap News Agency report PLA deploying 150,000 troops to NK border, communist-run Global Times retracts statement: “Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own”

Latin America/Asia Files: Cold War-era communist insurgencies winding down – NOT: Dissident rebels reject Nov. 2016 peace deal with Colombian government, target army convoy with IED, kill soldier, wound 4 others, military suspects FARC’s 7th Front responsible, 1 of 6 FARC units still active; National Liberation Army still fighting in NE part of Colombia; Shining Path “still strong” in Peru, insurgent snipers attack police convoy on Mar. 18, killing 3 agents of Special Anti-Drug Ops Division; government of Philippines Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, New People’s Army agree to temporary cease-fire, Maoists demand army withdraw from Mindanao in exchange for release of police officer, 3 soldiers; meanwhile, Communist Party of Philippines holds congress, reaffirms “necessity of waging armed revolution in order to counter the armed violence employed by the U.S. imperialists and the local reactionary ruling classes”; Indian police in Chhattisgarh state arrest 2 female Naxalites, follows late-night Mar. 30 attack on Dahikhal railway station in Odisha state, 20 armed Naxalites storm facility, detonate 2 explosive devices, seize station master, porter, demand staff denounce PM Narendra Modi; Nepal’s Maoist regime lifts script from Deng Xiaoping’s “Socialism with Chinese characteristics” (1978 – ), guerrilla commander-turned-PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal rolls out red carpet for Chinese, Japanese, Indian investors, World Economic Forum: “Nepal boasts the best macroeconomic environment in S. Asia”

WW4/Cyber-Leninism Files: US Pacific Command verifies North Korea’s latest missile test was medium-range KN-15 (Pukguksong-2), projectile launched from coastal city of Sinpo, flew 40 miles over Sea of Japan before crashing; Sinpo home port of NK’s sole ballistic missile sub, potential threat even if US, SK wipe out communist regime’s land-based arsenal; Pyongyang’s latest provocation comes 1 day before US president slated to host Red Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, “Winter White House” site of Feb. meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe; PLA troops hold little-reported drill in Jilin province, near NK border on Mar. 24, while Japanese schoolchildren practice first-ever evacuation drills in event of NK missile attack; NK hackers may have stolen elements of US-SK war plan under cover of Sept. 2016 malware attack, 2,500 computers in SK Defense Ministry infected, including DM Han Min-goo’s, SK military officials downplayed network breach; NK hacking group “Lazarus” also raiding banks worldwide, ripped off US$81 million from state-owned Bangladesh Bank in Feb. 2016 cyber-heist

Red Terror File: Kyrgyz-born suicide bomber reportedly behind Apr. 3 blast in St. Petersburg metro, 14 officially confirmed deaths, 49 commuters hospitalized, Kremlin Investigative Committee suspects 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security (GKNB) confirms identity; first major terror attack in St. Petersburg since Soviet collapse, follows anti-regime protests, mass arrests in Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan; Kyrgyz police used stun grenades to disperse 500 protesters who rallied outside GKNB HQ in Bishkek in support of Sadyr Zhaparov, nationalist leader returned to homeland on Mar. 25 after three years of self-imposed exile, promptly detained by KGB successor org, plans to run in Nov. presidential election, faces charges of hostage taking; PM Dmitry Medvedev rejects allegations of corruption, which sparked demos across Russia on Mar. 26, 2-week imprisonment of anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny; Communist Party plans Apr. 8 protest against United Russia’s economic policies, Chairman Zyuganov yet to announce candidacy for 2018 presidential bid

EU File: Hungary’s nationalist government enacts law closing down Soros-founded Central European University (CEU), Human Affairs Minister: “The organizations of George Soros operating in Hungary and around the world are just such pseudo-civilian agents, and we are committed to stamping out such activity”; Hungary to detain asylum seekers in camps consisting of shipping containers, “transit zones” part of border wall with Serbia; PM Viktor Orban seeks consultation with citizens on EU policies inimical to Hungary, esp. mass immigration, distributes popular survey titled “Let’s Stop Brussels”; Jobbik chief Gabor Vona eyes spring 2018 parliamentary vote, takes cue from France’s Marine Le Pen, moderates party’s far-right origins, softens rhetoric against Roma, Jews, homosexuals: “There is now very little difference between Jobbik’s policies and the [Orban] government on migration”; bankrupt ex-Marxist-Leninist Socialist Party launches campaign for next year’s vote, vows to implement luxury tax, higher taxes on income, real estate; MSZP lawmaker sides with Soros, opposes CEU closure: “This (bill) has zero professional justification”

Red Terror File/Red Dawn Alert: Bomb damages subway car between two St. Petersburg metro stations, 10 morning commuters killed, up to 50 injured; Russian prosecutor general denounces “terrorist act”; Putin in Russia’s second-largest city early Monday for face-to-face with Belarusian counterpart Lukashenko, responds to carnage: “I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause”; follows large anti-regime protests across Russia, Belarus on Mar. 25-26, 2,000 arrested in both countries; Russian ambassador to Belarus blames Western governments, NGOs for unrest: “We are looking at this closely, but understand that for now, the West does not have the strength to tear Belarus away from Russia”; analysis: Putin may be intimidating opposition ahead of 2018 presidential bid, evidence implicates FSB/KGB behind many “Islamic/ Chechen” terror attacks in Russia since 1999 apartment bombings propelled career Chekist to power; meanwhile Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) travel to Managua for six-day consultation with Nicaraguan military, plan joint exercise to take place in C. American country; Moscow closed ranks with neo-Sandinista regime when long-time KGB agent Daniel Ortega returned to presidency in 2007, Russian Tu-160 supersonic bombers touched down in Nicaragua in provocative 2013 flights