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Impersonators, a secret toilet & $20m expenses

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Impersonators, a secret toilet & $20m expenses: Trump and Kim Jong Un’s weird summit sideshow.

Impersonators, a secret toilet & $20m expenses: Trump and Kim Jong Un’s weird summit sideshow

Billed as a means to build peace on the Korean Peninsula, the meeting of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has taken on a bizarre sideshow involving lookalikes, a secret toilet and lavish spending.

While millions of people are gearing up to enjoy the World Cup in Russia a separate spectacle on an island resort in Singapore is the event that has commentators and politics buffs salivating.

On Tuesday two of the most inflammatory world leaders on the political circuit will sit down in the luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa island.

If the media coverage leading up to the main event feels laden with the kind of hype usually reserved for slugger boxers, well that’s because the political heavyweights have already traded vicious verbal blows on the international stage. Trump has labelled his counterpart ‘Rocket Man’ while Kim Jong-Un has threatened to attack the US territory of Guam.

But aside from what is expected to be an enthralling meeting, most probably focused on nuclear disarmament, the peace summit has also become a monster event complete with a bizarre sideshow. Here are the eye-catching and jaw-dropping stories coming out ahead of the meeting:

The secret loo of Kim Jong-Un

It seems that extreme measures have been taken to keep knowledge of Kim Jong-Un’s bowel movements out of enemy hands. North Korea’s supreme leader has reportedly travelled to Singapore with a portable toilet, according to Chosun, a South Korean newspaper.

While an exact description of the private privy hasn’t been revealed, the purpose of the top secret loo is to “deny determined sewer-divers insights into the supreme leader’s stools,” the news outlet said.

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Top secrete: ‘brings’ portable toilet to to ‘deny enemies insight into his stool’ https://on.rt.com/97bq 

Singapore footing the $20m bill?

The meeting won’t be cheap. Kim Jong-Un will stay at the St Regis Hotel, which costs around $9,000 per night. Meanwhile, the US President is being put up 850 meters away in the swanky Shangri La hotel. The bill will, almost certainly, pass both leaders by, however, as the Singapore government has promised to pick up the expected $20 million tab.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the cost of the summit, including the considerable price of beefing up security, is something the country is willing to pay.

Supreme leader lookalike

The summit has prompted a bizarre spin-off meeting involving Trump and Kim Jong-Un doppelgangers. Two professional lookalikes of the striking world leaders sat down for a Singapore seafood dinner in front of shocked onlookers this week.

READ MORE: Kim Jong-un impersonator detained in Singapore airport for being too good at his job (PHOTOS)

The duo also walked around a Singapore shopping mall posing for pictures with delighted fans. One of the impersonators, Howard X, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the North Korean president, was even detained at Singapore’s Changi Airport because of his appearance.

Trump’s lobster and cake

For a man rumored to love a McDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish, Trump was probably delighted with the seafood spread on offer from the Singapore government. When the US president ate lunch with Lee Hsien Loong on Monday he was treated to a menu which included lobster bisque. Trump was also given a fruit laden cake for his upcoming 72nd birthday.

Trump-Kim cocktails

Wherever there is a global audience entrepreneurs, looking to hoover up some revenue, are sure to follow. Enter Hopheads, an underground bar, which is now serving a cocktail inspired by the summit meeting. Selling for $19, the drink’s main ingredients are diet coke, white grape soju, tequila and Asahi Black. The cocktail comes with a free set of kooky Trump and Kim stickers.

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‘My life is not your porn’: 30,000 South Corean women protest spy cams

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‘My life is not your porn’: 30,000 South Korean women protest spy cams
In the biggest women’s rights march in the country’s history, thousands of female activists swarmed the streets of Seoul, venting their anger at a ‘hidden cam’ porn industry and police bias in investigating sex crimes by men.

Some 30,000 women, many of them wearing masks for fear of exposure, marched from Hyehwa Station in South Korean capital of Seoul, to protest what they say is a lackluster response of law enforcement to men spying on unsuspecting female victims in public bathrooms, on crowded trains, buses and in other public places with hidden cameras.

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Nowadays, Korean women wear masks to cover their faces and look around for holes even when going public restrooms. are hidden in wall, and even INSIDE toilet. These crimes are rampant, also committed at public baths, gyms, swimming pools and lodging facilities.

The bizarre porn genre, known as “molka,” has grown increasingly popular with the tech-savvy population in South Korea.

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Today’s demonstration was the largest women’s rally in South Korean history. Full video coming soon. Watch our trailer:

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History in the making. More than 20,000 South Korean women angrily urged the gov’t to crack down on the widespread ‘molka’ (spy cam) crimes that secretly film women at public toilet/public transport/office/school- in the biggest-ever protest held by women in the nation.

The protesters were carrying signs reading “My life is not your porn” and “Wanna shit with my guard down,” calling to punish both those who produce and consume the so-called ‘spy porn.’

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The women chanted,
“Those men who film molka (spycam)!
Those who upload it!
Those who watch it!
All should be arrested & face stern punishment!

Molka (hidden in) cigarette packets!
Molka in water bottles!
Molka in car keys!
Molka in eye glasses!
Restrict molka sales!

Saturday’s rally is the second time in two months that women have hit the streets to protest the impunity of the perpetrators of such crimes, who are predominantly male. On May 19, a similar rally drew in at least 12,000 women. Just like on Saturday, the demonstrators were covering their faces with masks and printed camera images.

While the issue is not new, the current wave of protests was sparked by an incident in early May, when a woman was arrested for filming and spreading the image of a nude male model posing for an art class at Hongik University. Police acted swiftly and not only brought the suspect to justice, but also paraded her in front of the media, albeit, with her face covered. The case became the last straw for many women, who saw gender bias in the police’s zealousness.

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“No case ever received as much media attention as the Hongik University incident,” an organizer of the May 19 protest, who, like her fellow demonstrators, preferred to stay anonymous out of fear of revenge, said at the time, as cited by Yonhap.

“Although females are victimized by hidden cameras even in public places, it is hard for us to see news of the men who film and leak such images being punished,” she added.

Police have rejected allegations of bias, insisting that they treat all victims the same. Critics of the protest movement argue that the woman was promptly detained for no other reason than clear evidence pointing at her.

According to police statistics, suspects in ‘molka’ cases are overwhelmingly male. In 2017, some 96 percent of suspects caught by police in 5,437 such cases were male. Of them, 119 were charged and faced punishment. Out of the 283 female suspects apprehended, none of them faced charges.

On a larger scale, only 2.6 percent of male suspects were arrested between 2012 and 2017, around 540 people out of over 20,900 suspected perpetrators.

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IMF blasts New Zealand’s ‘discriminatory’ ban on home sales to foreigners

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IMF blasts New Zealand’s ‘discriminatory’ ban on home sales to foreigners
The ban on foreign ownership of homes in New Zealand, which aims to ease the housing affordability crisis, won’t improve the situation, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In its annual report, the IMF criticized the measure, claiming that “foreign buyers seem to have played a minor role in New Zealand’s residential real estate market recently.”

If the government’s broader housing policy agenda is fully implemented, that “would address most of the potential problems associated with foreign buyers on a less discriminatory basis,” it said.

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Home prices in New Zealand have risen dramatically by around 60 percent since the financial crisis. The increase came as a result of a combination of factors, including limited supply, low interest rates fueling a boom in borrowing, and foreign speculation.

Under the Overseas Investment Act which was proposed last year, the government of New Zealand plans to slash immigration and focus on regional development and job creation. If the act becomes law, it will bring New Zealand into line with neighboring Australia.

The law would classify residential land as “sensitive,” which means non-residents or non-citizens can’t purchase existing dwellings without the consent of the Overseas Investment Office. Non-resident foreigners will be allowed to invest in new construction but they will be forced to sell once the homes are built.

IMF Mission Chief Thomas Helbling said a ban is a “very definitive measure” and could send a negative signal to foreign investors more broadly.

“Foreign direct investment, trade, commerce abroad involves various dimensions, including employee housing,” he said. “I find it difficult to assess that signal, but that’s one thing perhaps to worry about.”

Selling the land is also a sensitive issue for Australia due to concerns that foreign investors are buying up properties to meet the growing food demand in Asia.

Last year, the Australian government blocked the purchase by a Chinese-led consortium of 11 million hectares belonging to the country’s largest private landowner.

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Lebanon launches search for first oil & gas reserves despite Nazi threats

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Lebanon launches search for first oil & gas reserves despite Israeli threats
Beirut has announced the start of its oil and gas exploration for offshore energy reserves in the Mediterranean after approving a plan submitted by a consortium of France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek.

Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said Lebanon plans to launch a second offshore licensing round by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

In February, the country signed its first offshore oil and gas exploration and production agreements with the Total-Eni-Novatek consortium for offshore Blocks 4 and 9.

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Lightning illuminates the sky offshore Beirut during a thunderstorm over Lebanon © Jamal Saidi

Part of Block 9 contains waters disputed with neighboring Israel but the consortium said it had no plans to drill in that area. Lebanese authorities gave the go-ahead this week for exploration of the two blocks to begin, said Khalil.

The exploration period can last up to three years and the first well is expected to be drilled in 2019, providing all government departments grant necessary licenses and permissions “on time and without delay”, he added.

The minister explained that drilling would determine whether Lebanon had commercial reserves and, if so, their scale. Lebanon shares the Levant Basin in the eastern Mediterranean with Israel, Cyprus, and Syria. A range of big sub-sea gas fields have been discovered in the area since 2009.

However, the country was far behind Israel and Cyprus in exploring and developing its share of resources as a result of political issues over the past few years, and a dispute with Israel over Lebanon’s southern maritime border.

Israel had earlier threatened Lebanon over drilling in areas which it considers to be disputed. It warned Lebanon that it would pay a “full price” if another war breaks out between the two countries.

Three months ago, Lebanese President Michel Aoun appealed to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, asking for Washington’s “effective role” in settling the dispute with Israel over offshore oil drilling areas. After the US proposed sharing the offshore blocks, Lebanon rejected its offer to “help.”

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: Huge oil discovery in Golan Heights – Israeli media http://on.rt.com/6taq 

The US proposal reportedly specified that the Lebanese would take up 65 percent of the disputed sections of the shelf. Commenting on the proposal Aoun said Lebanon will not give Israel a “millimeter.” He underlined that the offshore energy blocks are located in Lebanon’s waters and thus are within Beirut’s exclusive economic zone.

Lebanon and Israel’s dispute runs over a triangular area of around 860 square kilometers (332 square miles) of waters, which could contain huge reserves of natural gas and maybe even crude oil.

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Ukraine claims Dutch assets of Russia’s Gazprom seized as part of $2.6bn compensation ruling

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Ukraine claims Dutch assets of Russia’s Gazprom seized as part of $2.6bn compensation ruling
Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz claims the Dutch assets of Russia’s Gazprom have been seized in compliance with the decision of the Stockholm arbitration court.

In February, the Stockholm court demanded that the Russian company pay for a shortfall in the delivery of gas to Ukraine, awarding Naftogaz $2.6 billion in compensation. Gazprom said that the decision created an imbalance in favor of Kiev. The Russian firm appealed the verdict, and notified Naftogaz that it had launched a procedure for the termination of gas-delivery contracts.

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The contract for the supply of natural gas from Russia to Ukraine, signed in early 2009, was set to expire by the end of 2019. Under the terms of the agreement, Ukraine was to buy 40 billion cubic meters of gas a year with the annual volume increasing to 52 billion cubic meters from 2010.

However, Ukraine’s Naftogaz opted to stop buying the contracted volume in November 2015, replacing it with reverse gas supplies from European countries. The step was seen by Russia’s Gazprom as a breach of contract.

Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller called the Stockholm Arbitration ruling “an asymmetric decision that violated the balance of interests of the parties under contracts, for delivery and transit, adding that, “In such conditions, these contracts become economically inefficient for us.”

Last week, the Ukrainian state energy company applied for the seizure of shares in Gazprom’s subsidiaries. Kiev claims the Dutch court upheld the motion, but six out of the seven Gazprom subsidiaries “refused to cooperate with the legal executive.”

“However, that has no impact on the seizure,” the Ukrainian company added.

The headquarters of Gazprom International, which oversees the company’s projects around the world, is located in Amsterdam. Gazprom Energy, another of the corporation’s subsidiaries, is also based in the Netherlands.

“Naftogaz will use all legitimate measures and tools available to us to enforce the decision and fully recover the amount awarded from Gazprom,” Naftogaz CEO Andrey Kobolyev said in a statement released on Tuesday.

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Ukraine seeks Russia’s Gazprom assets to get $2.6 billion compensation https://on.rt.com/96hf 

Naftogaz has targeted Gazprom’s other European assets. At the end of May, Swiss court officers made an inventory of properties attached to the office of the Gazprom-controlled Nord Stream AG project as part of the ruling by the Stockholm arbitration court. The Russian energy company confirmed the information, highlighting that it had not received any notice.

According to the Naftogaz statement, Swiss court bailiffs are currently seizing Gazprom’s stakes in Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG.

Gazprom hasn’t received any official documents confirming implementation of the Stockholm court’s ruling. However, the corporation confirmed the seizure proceedings are taking place, according to Russian business daily RBC.

“So far, Gazprom has received no official notifications regarding the procedure,” a statement said. “Gazprom will be able to provide official comment only after the company takes a close look at the documents, if they are transferred.”

The Russian company added that it would assert its rights in compliance with the law.

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Zio-Wahhabi Saudi coalition seeks US aid to capture Yemen port & last humanitarian lifeline

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The Saudi-led coalition is reportedly seeking direct US support to recapture the port city of Hodeidah in Yemen. The battle for the humanitarian lifeline would spell disaster for the locals, human rights agencies warn.

For nearly a week, the Saudi-led coalition forces have been preparing to launch a large-scale offensive on Hodeidah, the fourth-largest city in Yemen, with a population of 400,000 people, in an effort to recapture the city’s port which currently serves as one of the remaining humanitarian lifelines in the war-stricken country. However, before cutting what they call the “vein that the Houthis are benefiting from,” the coalition decided to seek US support, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Sunday.

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Women receive food at a charity kitchen in Sanaa, Yemen April 20, 2018. © Mohamed al-Sayaghi

According to anonymous US officials familiar with the issue, the United Arab Emirates approached Washington with the request. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now waiting for a “quick assessment” of the UAE’s plea, which seeks US intelligence capabilities, mainly drone overflights, to help a Saudi-led coalition retake Hodeidah. Washington’s potential involvement has excited a number of US officials and has left others worried about the potential consequences of such an operation. While the US is weighing its options, the UAE and Saudi Arabian officials have allegedly assured the US that they will stay clear of the port.

Recapturing Hodeidah and its port is crucial for Saudi Arabia. Over the course of the conflict, Riyadh has repeatedly tried to blockade the docks, claiming that the port is being used to smuggle arms for the Houthi rebels. Repeated calls from human rights groups and the UN have kept the port open, on and off, so that vital aid can be delivered to the country.

With an imminent threat hanging over the city now, numerous human rights groups warn that the battle to retake Hodeidah would spell humanitarian disaster.

“Given the grave humanitarian implications, if the attack goes ahead, we are calling on the parties to halt an attack,”Daniel Gorevan, a spokesman for the Norwegian Refugee Council, told RT. “Hodeidah is a very densely populated area, and our predictions are that up to 100,000 people are at a risk of displacement or being caught in the crossfire.”

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US secret war? Green Berets covertly helping Saudi Arabia in Yemen – report https://on.rt.com/94ik 

“Hodeidah is essentially a lifeline for millions of struggling Yemenis. Twenty-two million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and the goods and the fuel and the medicine that comes through Hodeidah is a lifeline for those people,” Gorevan added.

“It’s a densely-populated area where any military scenario will risk coming at a huge human cost,” Robert Mardini, Middle East regional director for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told Reuters on Friday. “It remains a lifeline for the highlands where close to 70 percent of Yemenis live. It’s about the need to have commercial imports.”

A police trooper sits on the wreckage of a house hit by air strikes on an outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen May 10, 2018.  © Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy for Yemen has also warned that attacking the port city would put an end to any possible diplomatic solution to the crisis. “We are all very concerned about the possible humanitarian consequences of a battle for Hodeidah,” he said, according to WSJ.

Despite the calls by international groups to curb the fighting, the Saudi-led coalition launched more than 15 strikes on Hodeidah province on Sunday, Saba News Agency reported.

Amid fears of an imminent attack, foreign nationals have started to leave Hodeidah. “All foreign workers, over 200 of different nationalities, have left Hodeidah,” a local military official told the Chinese Xinhua news agency, on condition of anonymity. “The foreign workers, mostly from Arab and other countries, left Hodeidah for fear of their lives as they may be exploited or used as human shields by the Houthi rebels.”

As the battle draws near, Houthis vowed to continue resistance. “The West Coast will be a graveyard for the invaders and mercenaries, and a message to the whole world that the Yemeni people will not abandon their land, whatever the challenges,” Houthi Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs, Mahmoud al-Junaid, vowed on Sunday.

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US may try to stay at arm’s length, but its weapons are being used in Yemen – former CIA officer https://on.rt.com/92gj 

The Saudi-led coalition has been waging a brutal military campaign in Yemen since March 2015, trying to restore former president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. The three years of Saudi-led bombardment and blockade of Yemen has led to the near-collapse of the country. Some 22 million people, or 80 percent of the Yemeni population, are in need of humanitarian aid, while more than half of the country is left without basic medical services.

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Russian Defense Minister invites CIS allies to take part in Syria settlement

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Russian Defense Minister invites CIS allies to take part in Syria settlement
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has told his colleagues from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) bloc that their nations are welcome to participate in restoring peaceful life in Syria.

Speaking at the recent session of the Council of Heads of Defense Ministries of the Commonwealth, Shoigu stated that the main part of Syrian territory had been liberated from terrorists and the remaining terrorist formations are currently negotiating their surrender to pro-government forces. “The terrorists’ plans to create a pseudo-caliphate have been thwarted and all conditions have been set to return life in this country into the normal flow, but for this we need a collective effort,” the Russian minister stated.

Dear colleagues, I address you with a proposal to participate in Syria’s return to peaceful life and we count on your support,” he said.

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Servicemen of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria hand out humanitarian aid in Jiba in the Quneitra province, Syria © Sputnik

The Russian official also specified that participation was possible in the form of mine clearance, military patrols in de-escalation zones, humanitarian aid and the restoration of Syrian infrastructure.

A poll conducted by the Russian state-run VTSIOM in mid-April showed that public support for Russia’s military operation in Syria had increased from 34 to 39 percent in around two months, and the proportion of those who think Russia should withdraw from Syria had fallen from 11 to 9 percent over the same period.

Also, 66 percent of respondents said that, in their opinion, Russia should continue to support President Bashar Assad – even in the case of a direct attack by the United States.

A separate poll conducted by VTSIOM last October showed that 73 percent of Russians believed that their country should continue helping Syria after the armed conflict has ended. An even larger share of respondents – 75 percent – said they would like to see Russia continue sending humanitarian aid to Syria.

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Historic N.Corea-US summit

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  • Dear comrade,
    We are facing the historic N.Corea-US summit tomorrow.
    We sent the Peace Expedition to Singapore to report this important summit and to demand “Peace Treaty Now!” and “US Troops Out Now!”.
    We would like to ask you to send us a message of solidarity.
    You can choose one of these that is convenient for you. Actually video message is the best one!
    1. Video message
    2. Voice message
    3. Photo and text message
    4. Text message
    These days we have developed the strongest struggle as possible as we can.
    In South Corea, youth members advanced into the U.S. embassy with holding a banner and throwing flyers.
    We had sent Peace Expedition to USA, France, Germany, and Britain and struggle with local progressive activists.
    In particular, the head of Peace Expedition to USA had done “All-night sit-in & Indefinite Hunger Strike” in front of the White House until the Max Thunder war exercise ends.
    Recently we’ve consecutively announced “PDP Spokesperson Report” at the symbolic places such as White House, Brandenburg gate, Potsdam and Checkpoint Charlie.
    Please reference below demands.
    – Immediately Sign a Peace Treaty between  N.Corea and US !
    – Permanently Stop All War Exercises Against N.Corea!
    – Withdraw US Troops Right Now!
    – Corean people determine Corean problems! The U.S. must stop all intervention!
    – Implement April 27 Panmunjom Declaration! Support federal reunification!
    – The U.S. must stop controlling and inciting anti-peace, anti-reunification behaving by pro-US, ultra-right forces.
    When the summit starts at 9AM(Singapore time) on 12, your message will be released at the same time through our demonstration in South Corea. We also spread all these messages widely through the Facebook live streaming and our media.
    So please send your message until 10PM(Local time in Britain).
    P.S. I attach “PDP Spokesperson Report” for reference.
    With sincere respect to your always noble and internationalist unity,
    Amy(on behalf of Dan)
    International Dept.,
    People’s Democracy Party (PDP)
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    Spokesperson Report 201 – Comment in Germany 1
    We determine our nation’s destiny on our own accord.
    At the place where the Potsdam conference was held in July 1945, we declare our
    position about June 12 Singapore conference.
    1. Historic lesson of the Potsdam Conference is the principle of national
    self-determination. After the Yalta Conference in February 1945, the leaders of the
    Soviet Union, United States, and Britain discussed about handling the postwar problem.
    During the Potsdam Conference, the problem of Chosun’s destiny was also discussed.
    The discussion was continued until the Moscow Conference in December same year, the
    plan of trusteeship schemed by the U.S. was rejected by the Soviet Union’s opposition.
    After that, U.S. shamelessly manipulated public opinion in Chosun and made division of
    national opinion and the source of calamity of war. It is the problem caused by our
    nation not having been able to decide its destiny.
    2. At the Singapore talks, the principle of peace and independence must be declared.
    The first N. Corea – US summit, a historic summit, have to assure the peace of Corean
    peninsula and the principle of independence of our nation. Trump and Pompeo said
    about declaration of the end of war or phased, synchronous denuclearization of Corean
    peninsula and normalization of relations between N.Corea and U.S, and this must
    certainly go forward in the directionof withdrawal USFK and permanent and stable
    peace regime.
    3. April 27 Panmunjom Declaration agreed at the Panmunjom talks must be
    implemented. The spirit of national self-determination and national independence that
    ‘We determine the destiny of our nation on our own accord.’ must be thoroughly
    implemented. In particular, with ‘declaring an end to the war and turning the armistice
    into a peace treaty during this year’, all war exercises against N. Corea must be
    permanently stopped and USFK must be withdrawn immediately.
    We are confident that all Coreans will turn out as one in the struggle to determine the
    destiny of our nation on our own accord and will make a new history of independent
    reunification .
    June 8th, 2018, Potsdam in Germany
    Spokesperson Office of People’s Democracy Party (PDP
  • [Spokesperson Report 202 – Comment in Germany 2]
    Let us achieve our nation’s peace, prosperity and reunification through Implementing
    Panmunjom Declaration.
    In front of the Brandenburg Gate which is the symbol of the reunification of Germany,
    we declare our position on the reunification of Corea.
    1. German is German, our country is our country. Germany is the war criminal and the
    defeated, but our country is the damaged and the victorious. Our nation fought with
    arms to be freed from the colony of Japanese imperialism. There is the biggest problem
    of 20th-century history in that our country was divided although it’s the damaged and
    the victorious unlike Germany which was divided because it’s the war criminal and the
    defeated. Corea was divided because the great powers had played with our destiny.
    This historical lesson shows there is nothing so important as the principle of national
    self-determination which means to decide our nation’s destiny on our own accord
    without any foreign powers.
    2. Our country’s reunification must be different from the reunification of Germany. The
    reunification of our country must not be an absorption that means who takes whom,
    but a reunification of coexistence in which people respect each other and develop
    together. We must thoroughly reject the way that the one side overwhelms the other
    side by power and war, and we must peacefully reunify. Humankind does not know any
    way other than federal system as a scientific way respecting the mutual system and
    reunifying peacefully. It is the time to open up the substantive way to the reunification
    of the fatherland by observing strictly the principle of independence, peace and the
    great national unity of July 4th South-North Joint Statement in 1972.
    3. Panmunjom declaration agreed and declared by the leaders of the South and the
    North is the programme and the banner of independent reunification. If following the
    way of peace, prosperity and reunification declared in Panmunjom declaration, South
    and North achieve the long-cherished desire of independent reunification in the near
    future. For this, first af all, National Security Law which has obstructed communication
    and travel between the North and the South must be abolished and U.S. troops must
    be withdrawn from South which has hindered our nation’s reunification. The South
    Corean government must be no more swayed by the anti-unification power within and
    without any more and go forward in the direction of the national independence and
    the great national unity. With this, they must establish permanent and stable peace
    regime and achieve the great work of the reunification of the fatherland.
    Like Germany reunified, Our country will reunify certainly.
    June 10th, 2018, In front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany
    Spokesperson Office of People’s Democracy Party (PDP)
  • [Spokesperson Report 203 – Comment in Germany 3]
    Let us accomplish independent reunification acceleratedly through thorough
    Implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration!
    In front of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin which is the symbol of division, we declare our
    position on the reunification of our country.
    1. Checkpoint Charlie is the symbol of division of Germany and cold war regime. Here,
    one of the checkpoint of the Berlin Wall, sharp crisis was repeated caused by imperialist
    nature of the U.S. Also in Panmunjom, a Checkpoint Charlie of Corea, a danger of war
    has been constantly escalating caused by invading forces. However, April 27
    inter-Corean top-level meeting changed Panmunjom from the symbol of the division to
    the symbol of the reunification.
    The U.S. has been scheming a “new cold war”. While isolating China and Russia with
    the strategies of encirclement of Eurasia, to isolate and crush North Corea, the U.S.
    imposed unprecedented sanctions and held the most powerful war exercises. As long as
    the U.S. is imperialist country, it is inevitable that the U.S. labels North Corea which is
    socialist country as the most dangerous enemy and repeats the war exercises.
    At Panmunjom, the historic programme of independent reunification was announced. As
    confirming again and again that we determine our destiny on our own accord, our
    nation already started to open up a new chapter of the reunification of the fatherland.
    With the great unity of the whole nation, we are confident that we will accomplish a
    new history of peace, prosperity and reunification acceleratedly against the
    anti-reunification forces within and without who deny April 27 Panmunjom Declaration.
    Implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration is a shortcut to independent
    reunification.
    June 10, 2018, In front of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany
    Spokesperson Office of People’s Democracy Party (PD

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Gaza: Palestinian Nurse Shot Dead by Nazi Sniper (video)

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A young Palestinian nurse has been shot dead on the Gaza border, in the latest killing of protesters, media and medical staff by Nazi forces.

A young nurse has been shot dead by Nazi forces in Gaza, the latest killing of medical staff following weeks of violence against Palestinian protesters.

Razan al-Najjar was a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic with the ministry of health who had helped treat protesters injured by Nazi live fire.

Najjar was shot by Nazi forces on the eastern border of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

She was wearing a white medical jacket when she was shot in the chest and dying.

Nazi snipers have been deployed to the Gaza border and shot hudreds of unarmed Palestinian protesters over the past seven weeks.

Friday’s death marks weeks of demonstrations on the Gaza border, beginning 30 March, which has seen at least 123 Palestinian protesters killed by Nazi gunfire.

The protests – dubbed “the Great Return March” – called for the right of return of refugees, and peaked on 14 May when the US moved its embassy in Nazi from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem.

Over 61 Palestinians were killed and 2,400 injured on that day, while tens of thousands protested along the besieged strip’s border.

Nazi snipers fired live rounds and tear gas at the protesters, with condemnation from the UN and human rights groups.

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Disabled for life by Nazi’s shoot-to-cripple policy…

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“Disabled for life” by Israel’s shoot-to-cripple policy…

And the response by Western leaders to the wanton slaughter in Gaza and Israeli snipers’ use of high velocity dum-dum rounds on civilians? Some are happy to leave the rogue state to investigate itself.

Nazi sniper

Writing in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gaza, Dr Nafiz Abu-Shaban, reports that the death and injury toll by sniper fire, as at 18 May, was 117 dead, including 13 children, and 12,271 injured, of whom 6,760 had been hospitalised, including 3,598 with bullet wounds. The numbers will be considerably higher by now.

Worse still, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) who operate in Gaza, the Israelis have been using ammunition that causes fist-sized wounds of “unusual severity”.
In a press release dated 19 April MSF surgeons in Gaza report “devastating gunshot wounds among hundreds of people injured during the protests over recent weeks. The huge majority of patients – mainly young men, but also some women and children – have unusually severe wounds to the lower extremities. MSF medical teams note the injuries include an extreme level of destruction to bones and soft tissue, and large exit wounds that can be the size of a fist.

“Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverized the bone,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, Head of Mission of MSF in Palestine. “These patients will need to have very complex surgical operations and most of them will have disabilities for life.”

She is reported saying that she hadn’t seen these kind of injuries before. The wounds appeared to be caused by ammunition with an expanding ‘butterfly’ effect.

“Mass lifelong disability now the prospect for young Gazans who merely gathered in unarmed protest”

Abu-Shaban says the hundreds of high energy compound tibial fractures from Israeli live fire are the most difficult of all open fractures to treat. They may require between 5 and 7 surgical procedures, each operation taking 3-6 hours. “Even with state-of-the-art reconstruction, healing takes 1-2 years. Most of these patients will develop osteomyelitis. A steadily increasing toll of secondary amputations is inevitable. They will also need intensive rehabilitation, but the only rehabilitation hospital in Gaza was destroyed by
Israeli bombing in 2014 and has not been re-built. Mass lifelong disability is now the prospect facing Gazan citizens, largely young, who were merely gathering in unarmed protest about Israeli occupation and siege that has rendered their political and social futures impossible.”

Shameless smear tactics against a murdered heroine reveal the moral depravity of an immoral regime.

Reconstructing such injuries is far beyond the capabilities of Gazan medical services, now severely run down after 12 years of Israeli siege. Shifa is swamped and has no beds let alone the dedicated Limb Salvage Teams necessary for this work. Even London hospitals, which are fully resourced, would be stretched if confronted with mass casualties of this kind, says Abu-Shaban. “How are we here in Gaza to manage this situation? Why has no European government spoken out about events which if they had happened elsewhere would surely have been called an international outrage and probable war crime?”

Good question. The sniveling international community does nothing to stop the vile crimes perpetrated by the self-styled ‘most moral army inthe world’.

“I understand there is now the question of an investigation by the International Criminal Court,” says the good doctor hopefully. Well, not quite. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has adopted a resolution to set up an independent, international Commission of Inquiry to investigate all violations of humanitarian and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory, with a particular focus on recent events in Gaza.
The resolution passed with only two states opposing (the USA and another of Israel’s poodles, Australia), 29 in favour, and 14 abstentions. The UK was one of those abstaining, alongside the EU states of Croatia, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia.

“Gazans did all the dying and the Israeli soldiers did all the killing”

 

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Trying to explain its abstention, the UK Mission in Geneva called the resolution “partial and unhelpfully unbalanced” for not “explicitly call[ing] for an investigation into the action of non-state actors such as Hamas.” The UK Government then issued this feeble statement: “In addition to abstaining on today’s resolution, we call directly on Israel to make clear its intentions and carry out what must be a transparent inquiry into the IDF’s conduct at the border fence and to demonstrate how this will achieve a sufficient level of independence. This investigation should include international members. The death toll alone warrants such a comprehensive inquiry. We urge that the findings of such an investigation be made public, and if wrongdoing is found, that those responsible be held to account.”

Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem had called the already-announced internal Israeli military probe “part of the whitewashing toolkit”. And the British Government was sharply criticised in parliament for its limp-wristed attitude and reminded of Israel’s self-exoneration over the killing of four boys playing on a beach during the 2014 military offensive on Gaza.

“Systematic failure by Israel to carry out genuine investigations”

The preamble to the UNHRC resolution states the reasons for action brilliantly and is worth highlighting here….

  • Convinced that the lack of accountability for violations of international law reinforces a culture of impunity, leading to a recurrence of violations and seriously endangering international peace,
  • Noting the systematic failure by Israel to carry out genuine investigations in an impartial, independent, prompt and effective way, as required by international law, into the violence and offences against Palestinians by the occupying forces, and to establish judicial accountability for its actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,
  • Emphasizing the obligations of Israel as the occupying Power to ensure the safety, well-being and protection of the Palestinian civilian population under its occupation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,
  • Emphasizing also that the intentional targeting of civilians and other protected persons in situations of armed conflict, including foreign occupation, constitutes a grave breach of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and poses a threat to international peace and security,
  • Recognizing the importance of the right to life and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association to the full enjoyment of all human rights…

Despite all that, avid Israel admirer Theresa May, barmy Boris Johnson and the insufferably gutless spivs now populating the Foreign Office still couldn’t bring themselves to support the resolution.

“To live is to resist”

Father of Haitham al-Jamal (15) give his last farewell to him, he was shot dead by Zionist sniper while participating in the #GreatReturnMarch today

Posted by palestinow.com on Friday, June 8, 2018

Another voice from Gaza, which I shall not name, reports:
“As you know we don’t have enough supply of electricity which means lots of hurdles and difficulties on all aspects of life. The conditions in Gaza are the most difficult ones in terms of the Zionist killings and aggression against the Great Marches of Return. I myself went there to the borders with my family three times and saw how their evil soldiers shooting innocent children and women. I heard some of the guys shouting that they have got nothing to loose. To live is to resist. That’s what we also teach to our students and young generations. The oppressed and occupied have got the right to resist by all means available.

“It is a pity and tragic as well that the injured could not find enough medical care and nursing due to the shortage of medical staff and equipment. Can you imagine? So many causalities were sent home after receiving only first aid and some sort of dressings to their wounds as there were no enough beds and treatment for them. That’s why many have lost their legs (amputations) where the enemies are using high velocity bullets.”

Boys’ legs the target

From the river to the seaPalestine will be free ✌✊

Posted by palestinow.com on Thursday, May 10, 2018

The shoot-to-cripple policy by Israel is nothing new. Retired trauma surgeon David Halpin, who has often worked on a voluntary basis in Gaza hospitals, drew attention to it in January 2011: “The deliberate injury of the limbs of 23 boys by high velocity weapons has been logged and described by Defence for Children International Palestine Branch (DCI-P) since March 2010.”

He pointed to the extreme poverty of large extended families which had forced boys and men to scavenge for broken concrete (‘gravel’) in the evacuated Eli Sinai ‘settlement’ and in the industrial zone by the Erez border control post at the northern end of the Gaza Strip. “The factories of the industrial zone have been progressively demolished by Israeli shelling etc…. A donkey and cart, shovel, pick, sieve, muscles and courage are the tools. The rubble is used to make blocks and poured concrete with the cement that is imported largely through the tunnels. Many dozens of men and boys do this work for precious shekels in the shadow of manned watch towers and under ‘drones’ above.”

A leg was the target in most cases, says Halpin. And where the leg was not the target it is likely the sniper was ‘aiming up’ so the flank, elbow etc was hit instead. “No weapons were being borne by the gravel workers so they posed no threat to the Israeli Occupation Force personnel. Instead they were bending their backs to their menial work within their internment camp.” In many cases those hit were likely to have lifelong disability. That, it seems, continues to be the Israeli regime’s sickening aim.

And to think that its chief degenerate, Netanyahu, was allowed to set foot in London earlier this week in his never-ending quest to demonize those who stand in the way of Israel’s warmongering and expansionist ambition – namely Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah…

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