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Monday, May 31, 2010

Gold Rises for Seventh Day

Gold climbs on Europe fears, international tensions, as reported here.

Confidential Report: Iran Making Nukes

A confidential IAEA report says Iran has enough nuclear material for two weapons and is working on a warhead. Click here and here for the story.

EXTRA: TALIBAN TRAIN IN IRAN

Art Sleuth Hunts Lost Lindbergh Aeropainting, a Nazi Propaganda Piece Presented by Goering




By Andre Pachter
For China Confidential
Copyright © 2010


An international art investigator is on the trail of an unknown painting with an ugly provenance--and an evil political history.

The pre-World War II painting is believed to be a prime example of aeropittura, or aeropainting, which flourished in Mussolini's Italy. Aeropainting, which celebrated the technology and excitement of flight--and the thrill of aerial combat--was a sub-genre of Futurism, an artistic movement that was identified with Fascism.

The investigator, who has been involved in locating artworks looted from Jews during the Holocaust and in exposing art fraud and forgeries, says the aeropainting he seeks was commissioned as a propaganda ploy by Field Marshall Hermann Goering, at the suggestion of Joseph Goebbels, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Charles A. Lindbergh's historic, 1927 New York-to-Paris flight. Goering was the head of Nazi Germany's air force, the Luftwaffe. Goebbels was the master propagandist and cultural ruler of the Nazi regime. He sponsored an aeropainting exhibit--the last of three such events--in Berlin in 1934.

Lindbergh, who overnight became an American aviation hero for becoming the first person to fly non-stop and alone across the Atlantic Ocean, was a rabid racist and Nazi sympathizer. He was a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot when he flew 3,600 miles--and into the hearts of people the world over-- in the Spirit of St. Louis, a single-seat, single-engine monoplane.

Goering first met Lindbergh in 1936 when he and his wife Anne attended the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin as the Nazi's personal guests.

Lindbergh visited Germany twice during the next two years. In 1937, according to the art sleuth, Goering gave Lindbergh the painting, which is said to depict the Spirit of St. Louis flying over Paris, circling the Eiffel Tower.

One year later, Goering, on behalf of the Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, presented Lindbergh with the Service Cross of the German Eagle for his contributions to aviation.

If not for the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the Lindberghs would have settled in Germany. Instead, they returned to the United States, and Lindbergh devoted himself to the isolationist cause, campaigning to keep the country out of the war.

It is not known if Lindbergh brought the painting back with him when he returned to the U.S. He may have left the gift with a friend in France, Dr. Alexis Carrel, a pro-Nazi, Nobel Prize-winning surgeon and eugenicist, with whom Lindbergh co-authored a book that was published in 1938. Carrel died in Paris in 1944 after a long and profitable association with the Nazi collaborationist Vichy French regime, which funded his research foundation.

The Lindbergh propaganda painting may have been created by Guglielmo Sansoni, who called himself Tato. One of his works, called Aerial Mission, depicts a Luftwaffe bomber in action--most likely over Guernica, the Basque capital. The Nazis and Fascists flew for General Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War; and the aerial bombardment of Guernica in 1937 by German and Italian warplanes killed 1,654 people.

The massacre is immortalized in Pablo Picasso's painting, Guernica.

At Least A Dozen Terrorists On Board Aid Ships

China Confidential intelligence sources say at least a dozen terrorist operatives and agents--individuals strongly suspected of belonging to or having close ties to Hamas and Al Qaeda--were on board the so-called humanitarian aid ships intercepted at sea by the Israeli Navy.

This explains the refusal of the leaders of the flotilla to agree to Israel's perfectly reasonable demand that the ships first dock at an Israeli port instead of heading straight into Hamas-controlled Gaza to allow for security checks and cargo inpections. Israel was ready to facilitate and even expedite transhipment of all legitimate goods to Gaza.

Palestinian informants are believed to have provided Israel with valuable intelligence ahead of the incident--a pre-dawn sea battle in which at least 10 "activists" were killed after attacking Israeli commandos with live fire, steel clubs, and knives.

More information to follow. Israel's enemies will make every effort to exploit the incident and escalate tensions.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Understanting Obama's Doctrine of Defeat

Why does the Obama Administration focus on engaging enemies? Because it is precisely, according to the Obama world view, the "bad boy" powers which must be appeased. After all, since the United States is conceived as weak and overextended, the ones threatening to disrupt everything are too strong to oppose, they must be coopted.

That is why "appeasement" is a correct word here, more than I ever realized before. These countries are being offered partnership from a standpoint of weakness, a situation in which even if their price is very high they must be paid off because there is no alternative. What saves the United States and perhaps the world here is that the real enemies (and neither China nor Russia belong in that category) are so confident and extremist that--as we have seen in Iran's case--they will inevitably set the price too high for even the Obama Administration to meet.

Read the whole essay, by Barry Rubin, here.

Hezbollah Bolstered by South American Ties

Despite President Obama's odious appeasement of radical Islam and relentless squeezing of Israel, Islamist terrorist groups are escalating and intensifying their efforts to attack the United States; and groups like Hezbollah are bolstered by South American links, as this analysis explains.

Thank God for Israel's Nuclear Deterrent

Israeli subs, armed with nuclear-tipped missiles, are ready to to deal with Islamonazi Iran, according to this report.

Notice that Tel Aviv is considered the most threatened city in the world, with more missiles aimed at it than any other.

Tel Aviv is also one of the most liveable and beautiful cities, a commercial, cultural, residential paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

China Backs North Korean Aggression

Seeing China plain....

It supports and sustains North Korean aggression and criminality.

China Confidential has been making this point for five years; and the mainstream press is finally cathing on. Click here and here for examples.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Obama Targeting Israel's Nuclear Deterrent

Alone among pro-Israel blogs and media outlets, China Confidential has repeatedly warned that the Obama administration plans to focus attention on--and ultimately neutralize--Israel's presumed nuclear deterrent. Click here for a recent report.

Sadly, we have been proven right. Click here for the story.

Suddenly, the plot--to weaken and destroy Israel--comes into sharp focus. Iran (the country that invented chess) only needs to keep developing its missiles and chemical warheads, parallel to the stockpiles being built up by Syria and Hezbollah, and to successfully mobilize international pressure to force Israel to scrap its atomic arsenal, in order to set the Jewish State up for annihilation.

Iran can eventually even pretend to halt its nuclear advance, once it becomes nuclear capable or, even, almost nuclear capable, to put Israel in an indefensible position.

Suddenly, it all makes sense ... the appeasement and Grand Bargain ... the obsession with forcing Israel to withdraw to indefensible borders ... the outreach to "the Muslim world" ... the prohibition against use of Islam, Islamism, Islamic ... the nuclear conclave in Washington ... the nuclear-free world nonsense ... the strategic placement of articles alleging Israel-South African nuclear cooperation ... and so on and so forth.

That American Jews overwhelmingly voted for Obama is shameful. That they are still supporting him is mind-boggling.

EXTRA: WHITE HOUSE CHARM OFFENSIVE AIMS TO KEEP JEWISH BACKING
Read all about it here.

And click here to read an update on the utter failure of U.S. foreign policy with regard to Brazil and (steadily Islamizing) Turkey, two important countries increasingly aligned with Iran.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

China Watches as Korean Situation Escalates

The Korean situation is escalating sharply, as predicted.

And China is again disappointing the United States, as predicted.

Click here for the editorial in The New York Times. It reads like a China Confidential comment, which is scary.

This weekend could see new North Korean threats--and provocations.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

US Condemns North Korean Aggression

South Korea is cutting all ties with North Korea; and the United States is condemning the North in stronger terms. Click here for the VOA report.

Bottom line: tensions are rising; a crisis looms; conflict is possible.

Watch for more North Korean provocations, including new nuclear and missile tests.

Obama's Bizarre Russian 'Reset'

Regarding Russia and Iran, the Obama administration has failed to achieve anything of real value. The "reset" diplomacy claim is misleading and "bizarre," as this analysis makes clear.

John Bolton: N. Korea, Iran March On

Click here to read Bolton's essay in The Wall Street Journal on the advancing partners in nuclear/missile crime.

EXTRA: NORTH KOREA ON COMBAT ALERT

Monday, May 24, 2010

All North Korea All the Time

Unfortunately, it may soon be like that--all North Korea all the time--on over-the-air and cable TV news programs.

There is escalation on the divided, war-torn Korean Peninsula; and there could be (more) blood as the United States and South Korea respond to further North Korean provocations and acts of aggression.

Click here for the news.

EXTRA: NORTH KOREA SUBWAY SPY USED SEX TO GET CONFIDENTIAL INFO

Read all about it here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chavez Promises to Boost Oil Output

Venezuela's Communist strongman today announced a planned increase in oil production, hinting he has a way around OPEC quotas. In fact, Venezuela's official output figures are inflated.

Venezuela is also on course to boost heavy oil output from the Orinco River Belt, a region that sits atop truly awesome petroleum resources.

Click here for the story.

Turkey Betrays Obama








Obamappeasement of radical Islam is backfiring to an alarming degree.

Turkey's cypto-Islamist government--the ruling party is rooted in radical Islam--is cooperating closely with nuclear-arming, Islamist Iran, as reported here.

North Korea Dominates US-China Talks

North Korea's torpedoing of a South Korean warship in March, an act of war that killed 46 South Korean sailors, is esclating into a major crisis. As China Confidential predicted, China is refusing to go along with punishment of North Korea.

Pyongyang's threat to start all-out war with South Korea and the United States should not be taken lightly.

Nothing like this has happened in decades.

New North Korean nuclear and missile tests are increasingly likely.

Google North Korea for breaking news.

China Again Disappoints US on N. Korea, Iran

Click here for the story, which confirms China Confidential predictions and analyses of Chinese policy and positions on the interlinked North Korean and Iranian issues.

Rising (or already risen?) China has no intention of meaningfully pressuring its Stalinist vassal and Islamist ally--partners in nuclear/missile crime--in order to help the United States. On the contrary, North Korean and Iranian aggression and provocations serve Chinese interests by keeping Washington preoccupied and off balance and helping to make the U.S.--which Beijing sees as a dying but still dangerous hegemon--seem increasingly weak in the eyes of the world.


Failure and Illusion

Interestingly, China, even in light of its own internal Muslim separatist problem, still believes that it can manipulate fascistic/fundamentalist Islam to China's advantage and America's disadvantage. Similarly, the U.S., nearly nine years after 9/11, has yet to free itself of the illusion that Islam can be used as a sword or bulwark against both China and Russia without further, horrific blowback. Hence, Russia's reluctance to really team with Washington against the common enemy that is radical Islam. In some sense, it is as if the Great Game of the 19th century and the Cold War that consumed the second half of the 20th century never ended. The imperial rivalries have simply morphed into a new and more complex--and, given Iran's atomic advance, potentially catastrophic--contest for power and influence.

The Obama administration's appeasement policy--the President's unprecedented, odious outreach to a religion, organized Islam, and apparent obsession with squeezing Israel and creating a Palestinian state likely to be ruled by Islamists--should be viewed in the above context. Put differently, the administration's politically conservative critics should probably spend as much time and effort exposing and understanding the troubling theories and track record of Zbigniew Brzezinski as they have spent on uncovering and analyzing the ideological biases of Obama's left-wing advisers and friends.

Greedy Fergie Caught in Prince Andrew Access Sting


Following a shameful tradition of deranged, decadent, and corrupt British aristocrats--including World War II-era Nazi sympathizers and traitors--comes Fergie, the Duchess of York, caught on video selling access to Prince Andrew. A priceless piece. Click here to read it and above and below for the video reports.



IDF Ready for Two-Front War


The Northern Commander of the Israel Defense Forces says the IDF could be ready within hours to fight a full-blown, two-front war with Syria and Hezbollah in the North and Hamas in the South, in (the de facto, Palestinian Islamist mini-state called) Gaza. Read the report from Israel here.

Israel and the United States are eager to calm tensions in the region. But Iran is instigating a Middle East conflict, according to China Confidential analysts, in order to divert attention from the monstrous mullahocracy's nuclear arms program.

Analysts add that Islamist/Islamonazi Iran is also pushing--perhaps even paying--its Stalinist/Kimist partner in nuclear and missile proliferation, North Korea, to raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Washington and Jerusalem could be heading into a long, hot summer.

Clinton Tours Shanghai Ahead of Talks in Beijing

Hillary Clinton toured Shanghai ahead of talks in Beijing expected to focus on trade and economic issues and the looming Korean crisis. Click here for the news.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Clinton Seeks Chinese Help on North Korea

As of this writing, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on her way to Beijing. Click here for the story.

China will never turn against its vassal. North Korean aggression and belligerence serves Chinese interests.

Ditto for Iranian aggression....

Communist Crackdown Intensifies in Venezuela


Hugo Chavez, the Communist Crackpot of Venezuela, is escalating his crackdown on financial firms, as reported here.

U.S. President Barack Obama has attempted to engage (appease) Chavez; but the policy has failed to positively influence his behavior (just as engagement has failed to influence Iran, apart from emboldening it).


S. Korea, US Considering Level One Readiness



South Korea and the United States are considering the highest level of readiness--Level One-- since the end of the Korean War. Click here for the story.

China Confidential analysts believe a full-scale war is quite possible. North Korea has no real fear of Washington. Neither does Iran, North Korea's partner in nuclear/missile crime.

Both nations regard the U.S. as a dying hegemon; its president, Barack Obama, as a useful idiot of appeasement.




Nuclear-armed North Korea and nuclear-arming Iran have jointly developed and tested cargo vessel-based ballistic missile launch systems capable of (a) striking U.S. coastal cities and (b) also, perhaps, launching nuclear warheads at altitudes above the U.S. in an EMP attack.


Iran on Phony Nuke Deal: Take It Or Leave It

Iran is more defiant than ever. Click here for the story.

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Appeasement


Obama to West Point cadets: engagement (appeasement) is the way forward.


And click here for a must-read column by Charles Krauthammer.

US Says Kim OKd North Korean Attack

North Korea's deranged Dear Leader must have authorized the torpedoing of the South Korean warship, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Click here for the story.

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Barack Obama’s “Green” Policies Start With Controlling Your Energy…and End With Your Life.

If Obama and his “green” coalition get their way, we’re headed for blackouts, skyrocketing energy prices designed to bankrupt disfavored industries, and even greater government control of our economy. Obama’s green jobs agenda masks a declaration of war against America’s most reliable sources of energy—coal, oil, and natural gas. He seeks to shut them down and convert America to green energy—mostly wind and solar—in an irresponsible experiment that will guarantee an energy crisis and drive America from recession to depression. The Obama administration, working in collusion with green groups allegedly protecting the environment, unions protecting their paychecks, and local elites protecting their ocean views, is putting the special interests ahead of your interests. In Power Grab, best-selling author Christopher C. Horner reveals,

How Obama is obsessed with “climate change” schemes at huge expense to our economy—even as the scientific case for global warming is collapsingHow Obama is counting on the liberal courts to gain greater control over American industryHow Obama’s “green jobs” policies are stripping jobs from America and sending them overseasHow Obama’s policies, if enacted, will dramatically change your life—starting with your confidence that a flipped switch will provide light, that a faucet will flow with water, that your home will stay warm, and there’s gas at the pump
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Click here to read Horner's article about Spain's disastrous green energy boondoggle, which serves as an Obama administration model.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Understanding Asia's Troubled Waters


The U.S. Navy faces new challenges as crisis and conflict loom in the wake of North Korea's unprovoked torpedoing of a South Korean warship. An excerpt from a must-read analysis in The Wall Street Journal:
The longer term currents roiling Asia's waters, however, are coming from recent Chinese PLA Navy expeditions and strategic announcements. In early April, Chinese ships set out south and east to expand China's political claims and operational range. In the South China Sea, two Fisheries Administration patrol vessels were dispatched to accompany Chinese private fishing vessels in the Spratly Islands area. Two weeks earlier, Chinese ships seized a Vietnamese fishing vessel near the more northerly Paracels. Even though Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines all claim sovereignty over parts of the Spratlys, China has now elevated its claims to almost the entire South China Sea to the level of "core interests," according to reports.

By making the South China Sea into a front-line territorial and strategic issue, Beijing is dramatically raising the stakes in any future confrontation, intentional or otherwise. It is also putting the U.S. Navy on notice that it will be far more present and engaged in the Asian maritime region that the U.S. has patrolled without interference for the past six decades.

Iran Uses Brazil as Israel Grows Impatient






Nuclear-arming, Islamist/Islamonazi Iran has accepted a flawed and phony Brazilian proposal to ship low enriched uranium out of Iran in return for fuel rods for its Tehran Research Reactor.

Brazil's role--it has become an exceptionally useful idiot of appeasement--reflects larger ambitions, according to this article.

Israel, in the meantime, is growing impatient with the international community's inability to stop Iran's atomic advance, as reported here.

China Confidential analysts add:
  1. The Brazilian president's hatred of the United States should not be underestimated.
  2. Not only is Obamappeasement failing to prevent war; the perfidious policy is making war inevitable--on Iran's terms.

Iran Again Threatens to Annihilate Isrel


Is Islamonazi Iran begging for an atomic bombing?

It certainly seems so.

Maniac-in-Chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff on Wednesday warned Israel--which Ahmadinejad has repeatedly vowed to destroy--that it will be wiped within a week if the "Zionists" dare to attack Iran over its nuclear program.

Click here for the story. Recall that Iranian regime mouthpieces have also threatened to "burn" Tel Aviv and destroy the "heart" of the Jewish State, and, incredibly, to detonate nuclear weapons in U.S. cities.

Iran has also threatened to strike U.S. targets in response to an Israeli attack on Iran--even if the United States does not join in the military action.

The Obama administration, which has emboldened Iran by attempting to appease and align with the Islamist/Islamonazi nation--under cover of diplomatic engagement--is now trying to stop Iran's menacing nuclear program with a new round of supposedly tough but actually still soft sanctions.

There is no diplomatic solution to the problem of nuclear-arming, imperialist, Islamonazi Iran. Iran intends--for starters--to destroy Israel ("the Little Satan") and drive the U.S. from the Middle East, in order to rule over the region. Iran also aims to dominate Europe and actually destroy the U.S. ("the Great Satan") in order to bring about worldwide Islamic/Islamist rule.

Intentions matter most. Like Neville Chamberlain before him, Barack Obama seems bent on learning this lesson the hard way. His policy of appeasement has given Iran the time and space it needed to prepare for war on its terms.

War of Words Continues: Clinton Condemns N. Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today condemned the North Korean attack on a South Korean ship, as reported here, and emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Tensions are clearly rising on the Korean Peninsula. Crisis ... and conflict ... loom. A dynamic is being set in motion that could easily spin out of control and lead to the full-scale war that the North has threatened to launch.

China's silence is telling; it has no intention of allowing Washington and Seoul to meaningfully retaliate against or punish Pyongyang, even though the torpedoing of the South Korean ship was an act of war. The sneak attack killed 46 South Korean sailors.

The period between now and mid-July is likely to see new North Korean provocations, including further attacks on South Korean military targets.

May 31 and July 4 are especially dangerous times as the North might be tempted to mar the U.S. Memorial Day and Independence Day observances with a new nuclear test and/or test-firing of a long-range rocket.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Did Iran Pay N. Korea to Sink South Korean Ship?


Did oil-rich Iran pay North Korea to torpedo a South Korean warship in order to create a crisis and divert attention from Iran's nuclear program?

Maybe. North Korea has no viable economy. Its only major exports are nuclear materials and dangerous weapons; heroin and other illegal drugs; and counterfeit currency.

North Korea's deranged Dear Leader is perfectly capable of carrying out an act of war and committing mass murder in return for hard cash.

The sinking of the South Korean naval vessel in March killed 46 South Korean sailors.


Iran Threatens to Scrap Phony Turkish-Brazilian Nuclear Deal if Slapped by New Round of Sanctions

Iran is already threatening to scrap the phony nuclear deal, as reported here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Countdown to Crisis on Korean Peninsula




China Confidential expects North Korea to react sharply--with new provocations and threats--to South Korea's formal accusation that the North torpedoed a South Korean ship.

At a minimum, new North Korean nuclear and missile tests are likely.

Iran, Pyongyang's partner in nuclear/missile crime, stands to benefit from a new Korean crisis as it will divert attention from Iran's nuclear program and possibly derail the sanctions drive.


France Frees Iranian Assassin




A convicted, cold blooded killer has returned home to Iran, to a hero's welcome, as reported here. Vakili Rad was convicted in the 1991 assassination of Shapour Bakhtier, who served as Iran's prime minister before the 1979 Islamic revoluion.

The unrepentant murderer joins American-born, Iranian assassin David Belfield, who gunned down Ali Tabatabai, an Iranian diplomat-turned-democracy activist, in the doorway of his suburban, Bethesda, MD home nearly 30 years ago. Belfield, a convert to Islam, was allowed to flee the United States by the craven Carter administration, which was complicit in the overthrow of Iran's Shah, a modernizing monarch and staunch American ally (and friend of Israel).

Click here and here for that story, and here also for a related story about the Obama administration's release of a mass-murdering Palestinian terrorist--who was involved in the forgotten (by the media) bombing of a TWA passenger jet.

Over and again, Islamist and Palestinian terrorists have proven that terrorism does pay--very well, actually. Click here, here, and here for three historic examples.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Iran Sanctions Watered Down Rehash

Clinton's so-called tough new sanctions on nuclear-arming Iran turn out to be anything but tough--merely a watered down rehash of old measures and proposals.

Click here for the news.

Taliban Suicide Bomb Kills 5 Americans, 1 Canadian

A deadly reminder of the destruction that lone suicide bombers--and vehicular bombs--can cause. Click here for the story.

Time and again, across the bloody Middle East, radical Islam has shown that it has the evil expertise to carry out such attacks. It would be dangerously illogical and foolish, to say the least, to count on continued luck and incompetence--e.g. the botched Times Square and Christmas Day underwear bombings--to protect the U.S. homeland against these terrorist atrocities.

India Offers Talks Amid Maoist Shutdown


India's Maoist rebels have shut down five states for 48 hours, as reported here and in the above video clip.

At the same time, India says it is willing to enter into peace talks with the increasingly bold insurgents if they halt attacks for 72 hours. Click here for the story.

The Maoist uprising in India is a big, important story that has largely been ignored or underreported by foreign media (except for China Confidential).

Chinese Tycoon Huang Guangyu Jailed for 14 Years

The rags-to-riches tycoon, once China's richest man, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for stock manipulation, insider trading, and bribery, as reported here.

On the Meaning of the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque

Daniel Greenfield's essay on the Ground Zero monster/mega-mosque is a must-read. Here's an excerpt:
What does building an Islamic "barracks" near Ground Zero really mean? What does taking over a building that was made defunct by the 9/11 attacks, buying up property for a fraction of their real price in a neighborhood whose commercial property values were destroyed by Islamic terrorism... in order to build one of those "barracks" really say? It's the next phase of the invasion. First you bomb and then you occupy.
After Al Queda "cleared the ground" in the attacks of September 11. This not only killed 3,000 people, but it also poisoned large numbers of rescue workers and damaged a number of nearby buildings, such as the Deutsche Bank building and the old Burlington Coat factory building-- which the proposed Mosque is taking over. And thanks to the massacre and devastation staged by their co-religionists, the 18 million dollar building was instead sold to a Muslim company for under 5 million dollars.

Quite a discount, wouldn't you say? Kill 3,000 infidels and you get to buy the building that your co-religionists devalued at less than a third of the price. Now that is what real Sharia economics looks like.

Using Google Earth and NASA Data, Student Spots Illegal North Korean Logging in Protected Forest

It's getting harder and harder for criminals, including criminal regimes, to hide the evidence of their crimes. Click here for the story.

China-Iran Update: Clinton Claims Washington, Beijing, Moscow Reach Agreement on Sanctions





Click here for the breaking news.


China Confidential analysts say the sanctions will not be truly tough and meaningful.

There is no diplomatic solution to the problem of nuclear-arming, Islamist Iran.

The countdown to conflict has begun; and the coming war, unfortunately, will be fought on Iran's terms, for the United States has given Tehran time to prepare for a major conflagration.

Real Press Barred from Chavez 'Press Conference'

State media only....

Venezuela's America-hating, Communist despot, Hugo Chavez, has barred private-sector media from attending his so-called press conference on new currency trading laws, as reported here.

China Backs Iran Move to Check US


China has expressed support for Iran's nuclear deal with Turkey and Brazil--a clever and effective deception and diplomatic and propaganda coup aimed at derailing the US sanctions drive that will fail even if it succeeds, so to speak, because Iran's nuclear program at this stage can only be stopped through military action.

Click here for a Reuters report on China's position and close relationship with Iran, which China Confidential has reported on for five years.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Opinion: Obama No Friend of India

An Indian analyst says Barack Obama "revels in appeasement," and is "no friend." Click here to read the essay.

Iran Prepared to Block Gulf Oil


Iran’s recently-concluded war games concentrated on preparations to block the Persian Gulf and wreck Western economies in the event that the United Nations Security Council tries to place harsh sanctions against it.

Forty percent of the world’s oil and gas sails through the Persian Gulf, and an Iranian blockade would cause an inflationary spike in energy prices and a fuel shortage that could cause catastrophe for the West, which is dependent on Iranian crude to fuel their gas-hungry economies.

Public affairs consultant Lenny Ben-David, a former senior Israeli diplomat in Israel’s embassy in Washington, pointed out on Cutting Edge.com Monday that the Islamic Republic stopped, searched or photographed several Western ships durng the eight-day war games.

The Revolutionary Navy searched a French and an Italian vessel for "environmental" checks, buzzed the U.S. Eisenhower in what American officials called a “close encounter,” and patrolled the Gulf, also known as the Straits of Hormuz, stopping and checking destroyers and cargo ships.

The Iranian Air Force also drove away a U.S. reconnaissance drone that was monitoring Iran's massive Gulf military exercises that concluded last Thursday.

During and after the war games, Tehran issued daily press releases boasting of new and advanced speed boats, an anti-submarine torpedo and advanced arms for attacking ships.

At the same time, U.S. President Barack Obama, who has allowed Iran to come closer than ever to acquiring atomic arms, is reportedly planning a crushing (to Americans), $1 per-gallon, national gasoline/diesel tax. Click here for the previously published report.

Longtime Leftist Ally Turns on Chavez

A setback for the Communist Crackpot of Caracas. Click here for the story.

Retired US General Warns Iran, Syria, Hezbollah Plan Attack on Israel with Chemical Warheads

Click here to watch the PJTV video interview.

Obama Shrinking and Exposing US Nuclear Arsenal

Click here for a frightening piece about America's rapidly shrinking nuclear arsenal and Obama's plan for further nuclear disarmament.

Falling Euro Hurts China

The plummeting euro is making Chinese exports less competitive, as reported here.

Official British Cowards Cave to Radical Islam

The craven British government has all but surrendered to the Islamonazi menace.

Click here for the shocking story--an Atlas Shrugs exclusive.

Winston Churchill must be rolling in his grave. As the heroic wartime prime minister might have put it, his country's cowardly bastards, forced to choose between war and shame, again chose shame. As a result, they will get war--on the enemy's terms.

What Obamappeasement Has Wrought: Israel Plays War Game Assuming Islamist Iran Has Atomic Bomb


Reuters reports:
A nuclear-armed Iran would blunt Israel's military autonomy, a wargame involving former Israeli generals and diplomats has concluded, though some players predicted Tehran would also exercise restraint.

Sunday's event at a campus north of Tel Aviv followed other high-profile Iran simulations in Israel and the United States in recent months. But it broke new ground by assuming the existence of what both countries have pledged to prevent: an Iranian bomb.

This American Jewish reporter is embarrassed and ashamed to add that over 75% of American Jewish voters chose Barack Obama, a mysterious, left-wing Candidate of Change with terrifyingly radical anti-Semitic/anti-American Marxist/Communist/Islamist associations, over John McCain, a trusted, genuine American hero, proven patriot and staunch supporter of Israel and the Jewish people.

Perfidy!

Tolerance for Islamist Terror Runs Amok in US

The ultimate insult to the 9/11 victims: a mega-mosque at ground zero.

Read all about the insanity ... which threatens every decent American ... here and here.


IBD weighs in--over here--on the Ground Zero "monster mosque."

S. Korea to Formally Accuse North of Sinking Ship

The ship was torpedoed, as China Confidential first reported. Click here for the story.

Aided by Turkey and Brazil, Iran Outsmarts Obama


Iran has scored a diplomatic and propaganda victory, with help from Turkey and Brazil. Click here and here also for the story.

Jimmy Carter allowed Iran to go Islamist. Barack Obama is allowing it to become a nuclear weapons state.

The Obama game plan for Iran: a failed sanctions drive followed by a brief period of phony, Cold War-style containment leading to "peaceful coexistence" and, ultimately, a Grand Bargain with an Islamist superpower bristling with nuclear ICBMs.

The Obama plan is a prescription for catastrophe, for Islamist/Islamonazi Iran intends to not only drive the U.S. from the Middle East but to actually dominate the globe and destroy the "Great Satan" via an anonymous atomic or EMP attack on the U.S. by Iran's proxy, Hitlerian Hezbollah, and/or partner in international terrorism, Al Qaeda.




Obama Considering National Gasoline Tax


The screwing of the American middle class continues.

China Confidential has learned that the most progressive--code for left-wing--President in American history is seriously considering imposition of one of the most regressive kinds of taxes to help pay for America's monstrously large federal deficit--namely, a national gasoline (and diesel) tax. A $1 per-gallon tax on the fuels that power American cars and trucks would generate about $300 billion in additional annual tax revenues, experts say, and Barack Obama aims to get his hands on that money.

His argument: higher fuel taxes will spur green energy development.

The reality: a national fuels tax will crush rural America and create a world of pain in the suburbs, pauperizing the middle class and wiping out the working poor.

The Obama alternative: a whopping, European-style, national value added tax, or VAT, which, time and again, has proven to be a sure-fire way of reducing long-run growth and tax revenues.

The taboo topic: slowing government growth. The non-wealth producing octopus will continue to grow until the United States becomes another Greece.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Symbolic Victory for Democracy in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy candidates won the mostly symbolic special election in Hong Kong. But the results are not likely to influence Beijing. Click here for the report.

China Confidential analysts say China's Communist Party rulers have no intention of ever allowing real democracy in Hong Kong.

Crackpot of Caracas Signs New Currency Law

Venezuela's Communist strongman signed a new currency law Sunday, and details are still fuzzy, as reported here.

Cuban Rappers ... Censored and Repressed


Los Aldeanos ... too outspoken for Cuba's Communist regime.

Click here for the story.

S. Korea Fires Warning Shots at N. Korean Boat

South Korean warships fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat this weekend amid rising tensions. Click here for the story.

Gold Advances in Asia

The precious metal continues to climb, as reported here.

Profile in Chaos and Lunacy: Thai General

Click here for the story.

A once-stable, U.S. ally is on the verge of civil war, as reported here.

China Confidential sources in Thailand expect the chaos and violence to spread.

In the meantime, the bloody clashes are affecting Japanese companies, as reported here.

Lula Meets with Ahmadinejad, Defends Iran Nuke Program, Calls Relations with Tehran 'Strategic'






History is repeating itself in so many different ways.


Islamist/Islamonazi Iran's South American strategy is producing tangible results for Tehran's nuclear-arming, turbaned tyranny. The strategy recalls Nazi Germany's prewar penetration of the continent and Hitler's plan to use South American bases to attack the United States.

Brazil is falling into place.

Read all about it here and here.

Aiding the Enemy? The NY Times Exposes Secret US Intelligence Operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan

How far the United States has come, nearly nine years into the long war against Islamist terror, from the patriotic ardor, moral clarity, and sense of unity and purpose that prevailed during the Second World War.

The nation's most influential and leading pro-appeasement newspaper has exposed an apparently crucial intelligence operation. Click here for the story.

For entertainment and historical contrast, click below to screen a vintage public affairs cartoon that used humor to remind wartime, movie-going audiences that loose lips sink ships. The central character, Private SNAFU, while drunk, reveals information to Axis spies that allows the enemy to torpedo his troop ship. [Warning to liberal readers: Private SNAFU would probably be considered politically incorrect by today's CNN/see-no-evil standards of moral equivalence and debilitating self-doubt.]

History of Giant North American Port Explosions Underscores Urgent Need to Shore Up Security


WASHINGTON -- May 13 -- New York lawmakers blasted the Homeland Security Department Wednesday for not reconsidering planned cuts to New York's transit and port security grants despite the May 1 Times Square bomb attempt.

Like other cities, New York City will see its funding cut by about a quarter in grant awards that DHS is to announce Thursday after Congress reduced 2010 appropriations for each program from $400 million last year to $300 million this year.

Nearly nine years after 9/11, the U.S. maritime system, consisting of more than 300 sea and river ports with more than 3,700 cargo and passenger terminals, is still way too vulnerable to terrorist attacks, including, as Iran proceeds to develop nuclear bombs and warheads, the detonation of an atomic device that could be smuggled into a port in a shipping container.

Consider the potential destruction in light of the history of North American port explosions:

  • The Halifax Disaster. On December 6, 1917, an accidental explosion of a French munitions ship flattened two-and-a-half-square kilometers of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The blast killed about 2,000 men, women and children and injured over 9,000.
  • Black Tom. On July 30, 1916, a series of powerful explosions in New York Harbor--an act of terrorism by German agents on American soil--obliterated a munitions depot on a tiny island named Black Tom. The blasts shook the Brooklyn Bridge, killed several people people and destroyed over 1,000 tons of TNT destined for Allied Forces in Europe.
  • Port Chicago Disaster. On July 17, 1944, an accidental munitions explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Port Chicago, California, killed 320 sailors and civilians and injured 390 others. Most of the dead and injured were enlisted African-American sailors.
  • Texas City Disaster. On April 16, 1947, an explosion aboard the French-flagged S.S. Grandcamp, docked at Texas City, triggered fires and explosions throughout the port and the industrial complex. The resulting destruction is considered by many to be the worst industrial tragedy in the history of the United States. The fires caused more than 500 deaths and more than 4,000 injuries.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Forget Starbucks! Bustelo is Best





Bustelo beats Starbucks for taste and value. Bustelo is also truly cool, from the bodegas of the Bronx to Miami's South Beach.

Google Bustelo Cool and Cafe Bustelo to learn more about this amazing brand.

Disclosure: this reporter is obsessed with Bustelo.


Way Off the Beaten Track: 2 Unknown 'Countries'





From Wikipedia....

Bougainville Island is the largest island in the Solomon Islands archipelago and the main island of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The region is also known as Bougainville Province or the North Solomons.

The population of the province is 175,160 (2000 census). It includes the adjacent island of Buka, and assorted outlying islands including the Carterets.

The Solomon Islands is a separate state.

Louis Antoine de Bougainville named the island after himself.

In the 1970s, Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto) began exploiting the island's huge copper reserves. Resentment over the negative effects of the company's activities on the area and the politicized view that there was a lack of any tangible benefit to the islanders erupted into conflict in late 1980s. Attempts at proclaiming the independence of Bougainville (Republic of North Solomons) have occurred twice, once in 1975 and the other in 1990. In the second case the government of Papua New Guinea moved to put down what became a secessionist movement led by Francis Ona, a former surveyor for BCL. The PNG army received military aid from Australia and enlisted the support of Sandline International, a private military company. An embargo was enforced to weaken the people's resistance. However, they proved much more resilient than expected, designing their own weapons and fueling engines with vegetable oil. Peace talks brokered by New Zealand began in 1997, leading to autonomy for the island.

Also from WIkipedia....


Transnistria, also known as Trans-Dniester or Transdniestria (see section "Names" for more) is a breakaway territory located mostly in a strip between the Dniester River and the eastern Moldovan border to Ukraine. It is generally recognised internationally as being de jure in Eastern Moldova as the autonomous region Stînga Nistrului ("Left Dnestr bank"). Since its declaration of independence in 1990, and especially after the War of Transnistria in 1992, it is governed de facto by the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR, also known as "Pridnestrovie"), which claims the east bank of the river Dniester and a small land on the right bank of the Dnestr river (in the historical region of Bessarabia), as the city Bender and its surrounding localities.

The modern Republic of Moldova does not recognize the secession and considers territories controlled by the PMR to be a part of Moldova's sovereign territory. Transnistria's sovereignty is not recognized by any member of the United Nations and it has no official diplomatic relations with any of those states.

After the dissolution of the USSR, tensions between the Moldovan government and the breakaway PMR escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992. As part of that agreement, a three-party (Russia, Moldova, Transnistria) Joint Control Commission supervises the security arrangements in the demilitarized zone, comprising 20 localities on both sides of the river. Although the ceasefire has held, the territory's political status remains unresolved: commonly considered De jure part of Moldova, Transnistria is a de facto independent state. It is organised as a presidential republic, with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system, and currency. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem, and a coat of arms. However, following a 2005 agreement between Moldova and Ukraine, all Transnistrian companies seeking to export goods though the Ukrainian border must be registered with the Moldovan authorities. This agreement was implemented after EUBAM started its activity in 2006. Most Transnistrians are Moldovan citizens,but there are also many Transnistrians with Russian and Ukrainian citizenship.

Transnistria is sometimes compared with other post-Soviet frozen conflict zones such as Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia. The latter two have recognised Transnistria as an independent state and plan to establish "diplomatic relations" in return for Transnistria's recognition of them.

Zimbabwe Dictator Sending Wild Animals, Including Baby Elephants, to Certain Death in North Korea

The monster that rules Zimbabwe is sending wild animals, including baby elephants too young to be separated from their mothers, to certain death in the North Korean hell on earth. The animals are a gift from one dictator to another. Click here for the story.

Video Library: the First Spy Film



From Wikipedia....

In 1928, Fritz Lang made the film Spies which contained many tropes that became popular in later spy dramas, including secret headquarters, an agent known by a number, and the beautiful foreign agent who comes to love the hero. Lang's Dr. Mabuse films from the period also contain elements of spy thrillers, though the central character is a criminal mastermind only interested in espionage for profit. Additionally, several of Lang's American films, such as Hangmen Also Die, deal with spies during World War II.

Spione

Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Fritz Lang
Thea von Harbou
Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Gerda Maurus
Willy Fritsch
Georg John
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Release date(s) March 22, 1928
Running time 178 min. (16 frame/s)
Country Germany
Language Silent film
German intertitles

Spione (English title: Spies, under which title it was released in the United States) is a German silent espionage thriller written and directed by Fritz Lang in 1928. Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, worked as a co-writer. The film was Lang's penultimate silent film, and the first for his own production company; Fritz Lang-film GmbH.[1] As in Lang's Mabuse films, such as Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Rudolf Klein-Rogge plays a master criminal aiming for world domination.

Spione was restored to its original length by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung during 2003 and 2004. No original negatives exist anymore but a high quality nitrate copy is held at the Národni Filmovy Archiv at Prague.


Plot

Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) is the criminal mastermind bent on wreaking havoc on the world for his own mad reasons, subverting rule of law and using his vast network of espionage and financial resources to achieve his own eccentric ends. In this particular case, Haghi is after a crucial Japanese peace treaty. To counter this, the Secret Service assigns their best agent, a handsome and brash young man known only as Number 326, to topple the diabolical king from his throne. Agent 326 is cleverly disguised as a bum, and he believes his foolproof disguise will allow him to bring down Haghi's dangerous criminal enterprise. Unfortunately for 326, Haghi is well aware of him, and he assigns the beautiful Russian agent Sonja to seduce him into his own destruction. What Haghi does not expect is for the couple to fall in love, leading Sonja to expose the plot and give 326 the ability to find Haghi and save the day. The climactic victory occurs when Haghi is finally exposed at a circus, and he commits suicide in public.

Chavez Targets Street Corner Money Changers


Having wrecked his oil-rich country's economy, the Communist Crackpot of Caracas, Hugo Chavez, is taking aim at street corner money changers and foreign exchange websites, as reported here.

The man is a menace to his own people and his neighbors--and to the United States.

One hopes the Obama administration no longer dreams of engaging this Iranian-backed criminal, who has allowed Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah to establish terrorist cells and bases in Venezuela.

Influential Mad Mullah Spills the Beans: Iran Regime Goals are 'Greater Iran' and Global Islamic Rule

Read all about it here.

The clerical fascist is not speaking out of his turban. An important figure, with his own newspaper, he reflects regime thinking.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Why Gold Keeps Climbing

The gold rally explained--5 reasons for record prices--over here.

3-Way Talks Saturday on North Korea

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China, and Japan will meet Saturday to discuss China's nuclear-armed vassal, North Korea. Click here for the story,

Obama's Jewish Supreme Court Nominee Would Weaken Self-Defense Rights for Jews, All Americans


Kagan is bad on guns, Brian Darling reports, over here.

Sixty-five years after the Holocaust, when the world turned its back on defenseless European Jews as they were slaughtered by the millions, an inexperienced, left-wing, anti-self-defense, American Jewish lawyer is likely to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. She is hostile to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which, in the opinion of this politically conservative New York Jew (and lifelong NRA member and supporter of Israel), every American Jew, every minority group member--and every American--should not only support but memorize. The amendment reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Jews should be especially sensitive to threats to the Constitutionally protected, sacred right of self-defense, as the Website of this pro-gun rights Jewish advocacy group makes clear.

Unfortunately, more than 75% of the American Jewish electorate voted for Barack Obama for President in spite of his strong anti-gun rights position, promise to engage (appease) the Holocaust-denying, nuclear-arming, Islamist/Islamonazi Iranian regime and deeply disturbing ties to a whole host of Islamists, anti-Semites, anti-Israel activists, and America-hating Communists.

Obama would ban guns if he could, according to Sarah Palin.

Palin is a patriot, and a great friend of the Jewish people and Israel. Below, a photo of a Hasidic Jewish NRA member, who applauded Palin's address to the group's above-referenced, annual convention.



Extra: Caroline Glick analyzes the role that left-wing, increasingly anti-Zionist Jews are playing in the Obama administration's efforts to undermine Israeli sovereignty. An except:

The Obama administration’s attempt to weaken Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem is part of a larger move by the international Left to support the Islamic campaign to eject Israel from Jerusalem by denying Jewish rights to the city. The EU is so committed to subverting Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem that even in the midst of its financial crisis, with EU economies seemingly collapsing like dominoes, sources say that the EU mission to Israel has just pledged at least €1 million to Ir Amim. Ir Amim is an NGO whose mission is to undermine Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. According to NGO Monitor, two-thirds of Ir Amim’s budget comes from the EU and from the Norwegian, Swedish and Czech governments.

In their bid to undermine Israel’s sovereignty, US President Barak Obama and the Europeans are assisted by leftist, increasingly anti-Zionist Jews. Following the lead of the US pro-Palestinian lobby J Street, earlier this month, prominent French Jewish intellectuals Bernard Henri-Levy and Alain Finkielkraut published a manifesto signed by hundreds of their cohorts attacking Israel for the absence of peace in the region and calling on the EU and the US to pressure Israel to surrender Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians.

On US campuses, far-left Jewish students have taken a prominent role in undermining recognition of Israel’s right to exist. At the University of California, Berkeley, and on other campuses, Jewish students have collaborated with Muslim groups in their campaign to divest the universities’ holdings in companies that invest in Israel.

At Brandeis, Jewish students organized a campaign to disinvite Ambassador Michael Oren from this year’s commencement ceremony.

Not surprisingly, like other Jewish anti-Israel initiatives before, these moves in France and in the US have garnered significant media coverage and support. What received less coverage is the popular backlash in the European and Jewish communities against these initiatives.

Read the entire essay here.

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Indonesian Islamists Targeted Nation's President, Planned Mumbai-Style Massacre of Foreigners

The terrorists also planned to attack U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Indonesia. Click here for the story.

Iran Plans Proxy Missile War on Israel


Alex Fishman's analysis is a must-read. Reporting from Israel on the ominous rearmament of Iran's Islamist Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, Fishman writes:

Nobody knows whether a war will break out in Lebanon this summer. Yet what is completely clear is that a war in the north – if and when such war breaks out – will not be like the war that took place there in 2006. Hezbollah is growing stronger every day, in terms of the number of fighters, quantity of missiles, and capabilities. And what’s even more significant: The way this military power will be utilized will be vitally different.

Continue reading here.

The missile buildup, aimed at terrorizing and ultimately slaughtering large segments of Israel's civilian population, should be seen in the context of Iran's interlinked nuclear and missile development programs. The monstrous mullahocracy, which has repeatedly vowed to annihilate Israel, is clearly seeking to create a nuclear shield for both Hezbollah and Syria in order to deter Israel from using its presumed nuclear weapons against its implacable neighboring foes in an all-out conflict.

For more insight into Iran's nuclear shield, or "defensive"--for Iran's allies bent on destroying Israel--nuclear umbrella, click here to read Barry Rubin's analysis.

Rubin's recent piece on the Obama administration's appeasement (engagement) of Syria is illuminating, too.

For historical background, read Hitler to Hussein to Hezbollah.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rich Chinese Flocking to Hong Kong

RIch Chinese businessmen want Hong Kong homes, as reported here. The mainland influx is making Hong Kong residential real estate prices soar.

Does Communist Cuba Control Venezuela?


The Miami Herald's Andres Oppenheimer reports:

When Venezuela's former ambassador to the United Nations, Diego Arria, learned that President Hugo Chávez had expropriated his ranch, his first reaction was to announce that he would submit a complaint to the Cuban Embassy. That's where the real power in Venezuela lies, he said.

Arria said he would deliver to the Cuban Embassy his farm's property deeds showing that he is the legitimate owner of the 840-acre ranch in the state of Yaracuy.

"I'm going straight to those who run this country, the Cubans,'' Arria told me earlier this week. ``Because it's the Cubans who make the key decisions here, and because they are much better organized than the Venezuelan government.''

Continue here.

EXTRA: 'THE WRECKING OF VENEZUELA'

Colombians Face Phony Trial in Venezuela

Five Colombians, charged with spying and sabotage, face a phony military trial in Venezuela, as reported here.

US Still Believes in Iran Engagement, Sanctions


Believe it or not, the Obama administration still believes in Iran engagement and sanctions as a way of stopping the monstrous, missile-mad mullahocracy from acquiring atomic arms. Click here for the story, and here for Christian Whiton's must-read analysis.

And click below for a video clip of the U.S. Attorney General refusing to say "radical Islam." The story over here.

CIA Tracks Iran-Qaeda Connection

Confirming the view that Iran and Al Qaeda have cooperated closely and bridged their theological differences in order to fight their common enemy, the United States, comes this exclusive AP report.

As one expert says, movement of Al Qaeda operatives from Iran "doesn't augur well."

FBI and CIA Should be Glamour Jobs







Memo to the White House--and Hollywood


If ever there was a time to encourage qualified young people to consider federal law enforcement and intelligence careers, this is it.

From American cities and rural areas to countless overseas locations, there is an urgent need for better educated, talented, smart, capable men and women who are ready, willing and able to serve their country.

Not since World War II and the Cold War have the challenges been so great.

Iran Test-Fires Missiles for Hezbollah

The version fired can hit Tel Aviv suburbs. Click here for the report from Israel.

Europe Officially Joins 'Moral Hazard Club'

No real world leaders ... the euro going to parity with the dollar ... while gold becomes the global currency.

Read all about it here.

S. Korea Close to Blaming North for Ship Sinking

Click here for the news and analysis--explaining South Korea's options.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ahmadinejad Advises US to Leave Middle East


As if to confirm the China Confidential analysis--that Iran intends to drive the United States from the Middle East--Iranian maniac-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today advised Washington to leave the region and to withdraw to U.S. borders. Click here for the story.

"Leave the region. Leave Afghanistan, leave Iraq, withdraw to your borders and mind your own business," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

So much for engagement--code for appeasement. U.S. President Barack Obama's perfidious policy is an utter failure. He has emboldened Iran while allowing it to acquire atomic arms. When he entered the White House, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, Obama had to choose between dishonor and war with Iran. He chose dishonor, and, as a result, he/we will get war--on Iran's terms.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

IAEA Escalates Campaign Against Israel

As China Confidential predicted, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency is stepping up pressure on Israel to sign the NPT. Click here for the story.

N. Korea Claims Nuclear Fusion Success

North Korea's deranged regime claims it has achieved a breakthrough in nuclear fusion, as reported here.

French Parliament Paves the Way for Burqa Ban

Vive la France!

Resisting the Islamist onslaught and interference from the Obama administration in France's internal affairs--President Obama intervened on the side of those who back barbaric burqas--the French parliament on Tuesday struck a blow for freedom. Click here for the story.

Found on Wikipedia: Project K and Starfish Prime




Introduction to the Wikipedia Article Excerpts

China Confidential analysts believe Islamist Iran is working towards an EMP attack on the United States, with the assistance of Stalinist/Kimist North Korea, and, possibly, also the Chavez government in Venezuela and the Castro regime in Cuba.

An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on the U.S. homeland could cripple the country by wiping out nearly all electronic and communication systems--plunging the world's greatest democracy back into the 19th century. Experts estimate that 90% of the population would perish from the resulting lack of food and drinking water, heat and medicine, mass chaos and violence.

China and Russia have EMP attack capabilities; and Iran and North Korea are close behind, as an attack of this kind could be launched from a cargo ship or a barge off the U.S. coast. Not for nothing have the two rogues--partners in nuclear/missile proliferation--test-fired missiles from freighters. Thousands of such vessels, most flying flags of convenience, approach the U.S. every day.

There is no known defense against a sea-launched EMP attack; yet the Obama administration seems oblivious to the danger.

Click here for in-depth background information.


Project K

The K Project, or also Operation K, was a series of five high altitude nuclear explosions, nuclear tests performed by the Soviet Union during the years 1961 and 1962. Their purpose was to test the performance of anti-ballistic missiles of the ABM System A and their resistance against nuclear blasts in their vicinity. Artificial radiation belts were created and their effect was measured.

Each test involved pair of R-12 missiles launched from the Kapustin Yar test complex, to high altitude above the Sary Shagan anti-ballistic missile testing range in Kazakhstan. The first missile carried a nuclear warhead. The second one carried sensors to evaluate the effects of the first missile's blast and to act as a target for the anti-ballistic missile being tested.

The Soviet tests were meant to demonstrate their anti-ballistic missile defenses which would supposedly protect their major cities in the event of a nuclear war. The worst effects of a Russian high altitude test occurred on 22 October 1962 (during the Cuban missile crisis), in Operation K when a 300 kiloton missile-warhead detonated west of Dzhezkazgan (also called Zhezqazghan) at an altitude of 290 km (180 miles). The Soviet scientists instrumented a 570 kilometer (353 mile) section of telephone line in the area affected by the detonation in order to measure electromagnetic pulse effects.

The EMP fused all of the 570-kilometer monitored overhead telephone line with measured currents of 1500 to 3400 amperes during the 22 October 1962 test. The monitored telephone line was divided into sub-lines of 40 to 80 kilometers (about 25 to 50 miles) in length, separated by repeaters. Each sub-line was protected by fuses and by gas-filled overvoltage protectors. The EMP from the 22 October (K-3) nuclear test caused all of the fuses to blow and all of the overvoltage protectors to fire in all of the sub-lines of the 570 km telephone line.[2] The EMP from the same test started a fire that burned down the Karaganda power plant, and shut down 1000 km (620 miles) of shallow-buried power cables between Astana (then called Aqmola) and Almaty.

The Partial Test Ban Treaty was passed the following year, ending atmospheric and exoatmospheric nuclear tests.

Although the weapons used in the K Project were much smaller (up to 300 kilotons) than the United States Starfish Prime test of 1962, since the K Project tests were done over a populated large land mass (and also at a location where the Earth's magnetic field was greater), the damage caused by the resulting EMP was much greater. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the level of this damage was communicated informally to scientists in the United States. Formal scientific documentation of some of the EMP damage in Kazakhstan exists, but is still sparse in the open scientific literature.

The 1998 IEEE article], however, does contain a number of details about the measurements of EMP effects on the instrumented 570 km telephone line, including details about the fuses that were used and also about the gas-filled overvoltage protectors that were used on that communications line. According to that paper, the gas-filled overvoltage protectors fired as a result of the voltages induced by the fast E1 component of the EMP, and the fuses were blown as the result of the slow E3 component of the EMP, which caused geomagnetically induced currents in all of the sub-lines.

The Aqmola (Astana) to Almaty buried power cable was also shut down by the slow E3 component of the EMP.


The Starfish Prime Explosion

On 9 July 1962, at nine seconds after midnight, Johnston Island local time (which was 8 July, Honolulu time, at nine seconds after 11 p.m.), the Starfish Prime test was successfully detonated at an altitude of 400 kilometres (250 mi). The coordinates of the detonation were 16 degrees, 28 minutes North latitude, 169 degrees, 38 minutes West longitude. The actual weapon yield was very close to the design yield, which has been described by various sources at different values in the very narrow range of 1.4 to 1.45 megatons (6.0 PJ).

The Thor missile carrying the Starfish Prime warhead actually reached a maximum height of about 1100 km (just over 680 miles), and the warhead was detonated on its downward trajectory when it had fallen to the programmed altitude of 400 kilometres (250 mi). The nuclear warhead detonated at 13 minutes and 41 seconds after liftoff of the Thor missile from Johnston Island.

Starfish Prime caused an electromagnetic pulse which was far larger than expected, so much larger that it drove much of the instrumentation off scale, causing great difficulty in getting accurate measurements. The Starfish Prime electromagnetic pulse also made those effects known to the public by causing electrical damage in Hawaii, about 1,445 kilometres (898 mi) away from the detonation point, knocking out about 300 streetlights, setting off numerous burglar alarms and damaging a telephone company microwave link. The EMP-damaged microwave link shut down telephone calls from Kauai to the other Hawaiian islands.

While some of the energetic beta particles followed the Earth's magnetic field and illuminated the sky, other high-energy electrons became trapped and formed radiation belts around the earth. There was much uncertainty and debate about the composition, magnitude and potential adverse effects from this trapped radiation after the detonation. The weaponeers became quite worried when three satellites in low earth orbit were disabled. These man-made radiation belts eventually crippled one-third of all satellites in low earth orbit. Seven satellites were destroyed as radiation knocked out their solar arrays or electronics, including the first commercial relay communication satellite ever, Telstar.