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#MakeJapanGreatAgain: Building Missile Bases To Counter China And North Korea



(Via ZeroHedge)

Yesterday, we published a report about an incident involving South Korea, Japan and China that nearly escalated into a full-blown skirmish, as Japan and South Korea were forced to order intercepts of Chinese military aircraft as a squadron of fighters and bombers flew over the waters between South Korea and Japan – an area that has historically been off limits to Chinese aircraft. It wasn’t until after the Chinese aircraft had dispersed that Chinese military commanders disclosed that the intrusion was part of a “military exercise.”

When China’s South Korean counterparts called to ask why they hadn’t been given advanced warning of the drills, the Chinese authority in charge reportedly responded that the element of surprise was part of the drill.

In recent months, Beijing has insisted that it needs to prepare its military in the event of an armed conflict on the Korean peninsula – an excuse for bulking up its military presence at an uncomfortably close proximity to its geopolitical archrival, Japan.

In response, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is accelerating Japan’s militarization as the country inches closer to abandoning its post-WWII policy of pacifism. The latest example of this shift was highlighted by the Wall Street Journal in a report published Wednesday about Japan’s push to build a military installation equipped with antiaircraft and antiship weapons on the island of Ishigaki, a Japanese holding situated near Taiwan, and just miles away from a Chinese waters.

Of course, Japan is facing a more immediate threat in North Korea – which has twice fired intermediate-range ballistic missiles over the Japanese island of Hokkaido. But as both powers pose increasingly immediate threats to Japanese security, Japan is being forced to swiftly build up its military deterrants as the possibiilty of an armed conflict in the region becomes increasingly less remote.

Case in point, Abe is expected later this week to approve another boost in military spending – something that would’ve been unthinkable just a decade ago.

As China becomes more powerful and assertive and North Korea builds up its nuclear arsenal, Japan is rethinking its approach to defense and moving away from the policies of strict pacifism it has followed since its defeat in World War II.

On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet is set to approve an increase of around 2.5% in annual military spending, including funds for the new bases on the southern islands, as well as the country’s first cruise missiles and a new ballistic-missile defense shield.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said the cruise missiles are intended to protect the islands from invasion

Defense budgets have been growing since 2013, with Japan, one of the U.S.’s most important allies, buying advanced fighter jets, boosting surveillance capabilities and training a new amphibious troop unit.

ith explicit support of Washington, Japan has slowly building what WSJ described as “one of the world’s most capable armed forces.” To be sure, the country still spends around half of that spent by China and one-third of the US in terms of GDP.

But the notion that Japan must turn away from post-WWII pacifism is gaining traction as President Trump pursues his “America First” foreign policy. Early this year, Trump famously suggested that Japan and South Korea should obtain nuclear weapons – an extemporaneous statement that was widely criticized by national security hawks. But even before Trump, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been slowly building up Japan’s military as he guided the country away from the pacifist stance it had maintained for more than 60 years.

Per WSJ, Ishigaki and neighboring islands are part of what China’s military calls the “first island chain,” a series of archipelagoes around China’s perimeter stretching from Russia’s Kurils to the South China Sea, where Beijing seeks naval dominance.

Authorities on Ishigaki have jurisdiction over a nearby group of tiny, uninhabited islands that Japan calls the Senkakus. They are also claimed by China and Taiwan.

In recent years China has sent progressively larger coast guard ships, some of them armed, to circle the islands in a display of military dominance as it hopes to assert its control over all contested islands in the South and East China seas. A fleet of 10 Japanese coast guard ships based in Ishigaki regularly plays cat-and-mouse with the Chinese vessels.

Rear Adm. Atsushi Tohyama, commander of the Ishigaki coast guard base, said Japanese ships make contact with Chinese boats by radio to avoid physical clashes. “The Chinese ships are getting bigger and more modern. In that sense, they are escalating the situation,” he said.

A spokesman for the Japanese army said it hopes to deploy 500 to 600 soldiers to Ishigaki to man the new missile installation once its completed.

But now that Chinese Premier Xi Jinping has effectively consolidated his power over the country, expect to see that number rise. Dominion over the Pacific is becoming an increasingly important military priority for the People’s Liberation Army – not to mention a demonstration of intense national pride.

Despite Xi’s cozy public relationship with Trump, many US military commanders agree with the assessment provided by White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon: China is a geopolitical foe of the US.

And no amount of public gladhanding will change that.

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Assange’s Freedom: A Blow to the Neo-Con and Neo-Liberal Elite



In a surprising turn of events, Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, has been freed from prison, sending shockwaves through the political establishment. For years, Assange has been a thorn in the side of the global elite, exposing their secrets and lies to the world. Now, as he walks free, many on the right-wing populist side of the aisle are celebrating, while others, particularly those with skeletons in their closets, are trembling in fear.

The release of Julian Assange is a victory for truth and transparency. For too long, the powers that be have operated in the shadows, manipulating the masses and advancing their own agendas. Assange and WikiLeaks have been instrumental in shining a light on the dark underbelly of global politics, revealing the corruption and deceit that permeates our institutions.

However, not everyone is happy about Assange’s newfound freedom. Neo-cons and neo-liberals, who have long been in cahoots with the global elite, are terrified that their treasonous activities will be exposed. They fear that Assange’s release will lead to a flood of information that will expose their lies and destroy their carefully constructed narratives.

Take, for example, Mike Pence, the former Vice President of the United States. Pence, a known neo-conservative, has been a vocal opponent of Assange and WikiLeaks. Why? Because he knows that his own treasonous actions could be exposed. Pence has been accused of colluding with foreign powers and selling out the American people for his own gain. The release of Assange could be the final nail in the coffin for Pence and his ilk.

The truth is, the opposition to Assange’s release is not about national security or protecting classified information. It’s about protecting the interests of the global elite and their puppets in government. The neo-cons and neo-liberals are terrified of losing their grip on power, and they will do anything to silence those who threaten their reign.

But the people are waking up. They are tired of being lied to and manipulated. They are hungry for the truth, and they will not be silenced. The release of Julian Assange is a step in the right direction, but it is only the beginning. The fight for truth and transparency is far from over.

As a right-wing populist, I believe that the people have a right to know the truth about their leaders and the institutions that govern them. I believe that the global elite and their puppets in government should be held accountable for their actions. I believe that Julian Assange is a hero, and his release is a victory for the people.

So, to Mike Pence and all the other neo-cons and neo-liberals who oppose Assange’s release, I say this: The truth will come out, and you will be exposed for the traitors that you are. The people will not be silenced, and they will not be fooled. The fight for truth and transparency is just beginning, and we will not rest until justice is served.

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Populist Politicians Must Separate From Zionism To Truly Win



In a stunning turn of events, populist parties across Europe have made significant gains in the recent elections. From Italy to France, Germany to the Netherlands, these political outsiders have captured the hearts and minds of millions of disillusioned voters.

In Italy, the right-wing populist Brothers of Italy party secured the highest vote share of any single party in the nation’s recent election, making its leader, Giorgia Meloni, the likely prime minister. Meloni’s party has been riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, promising to put “Italians first” and curb immigration.

In France, the National Rally party, led by Marine Le Pen, made significant gains in the European Parliament elections. Le Pen’s party has been a thorn in the side of the French establishment for years, advocating for stricter immigration controls and a more nationalist agenda.

In Germany, the right-leaning Alternative for Germany (AfD) saw a surge in support, coming in second place in the European Parliament elections. The AfD has been gaining traction with its anti-immigration stance and skepticism towards the European Union.

In the Netherlands, the populist Forum for Democracy party made significant gains in the European Parliament elections, coming in second place. The party has been tapping into Dutch voters’ concerns about immigration and the influence of the European Union.

The rise of populist parties across Europe is a clear sign that many voters are fed up with the traditional political establishment. These parties have been able to tap into a deep well of discontent, promising to shake up the status quo and put the interests of ordinary citizens first.

However, the true success of these populist movements will come when they disassociate Europe from zionism and focus on the European people, their cultures, and their interests. Populism isn’t about being anti-anyone. It’s about being pro-European. It’s about standing up for our people, our culture, and our interests. And as long as populist movements stay true to that mission, they will continue to thrive.

So, to all the populist leaders out there, keep doing what you’re doing. Keep fighting the good fight. And remember, the people are watching. Don’t let them down.

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Mexico to Elect a Jewish President, Creating Concerns of Representation



In a historic turn of events, Mexico is on the verge of electing its first president with a Jewish background, Claudia Sheinbaum. This milestone in the nation’s history has sparked a wide array of reactions, ranging from excitement to skepticism.

The potential election of Sheinbaum, a former mayor of Mexico City, represents a significant shift in the country’s political landscape. If elected, she would join the ranks of the few Jews outside Israel who have been elected to their country’s highest office, including Janet Jagan of Guyana, Ricardo Maduro of Honduras, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru, and Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. This achievement underscores the diversity and inclusivity of Mexican society.

However, this development has also raised questions about representation. Some argue that Mexico, a country with a rich and diverse history, should be led by someone who is “Mexican” in the traditional sense. This argument stems from a desire to see the country’s leadership reflect its population, which is predominantly Catholic and of mixed European and indigenous descent.

The debate over what it means to be “Mexican” is not new. It’s a complex issue that has been debated for centuries, with various groups claiming to represent the true essence of the nation. The potential election of a Jewish president adds another layer to this ongoing conversation.

On one hand, Sheinbaum’s potential election could be seen as a step towards a more inclusive and diverse representation of Mexico. It challenges the traditional notions of what it means to be Mexican and could pave the way for greater acceptance and understanding of different cultures and religions within the country.

On the other hand, some argue that Mexico should be represented by someone who shares the same cultural and religious background as the majority of its population. They believe that a president who understands the unique challenges and experiences of the Mexican people would be better equipped to lead the nation.

The truth is, Mexico is a diverse country with a rich tapestry of cultures, religions, and traditions. The election of a Jewish president would not diminish the country’s Mexican identity, but rather add to it. It would demonstrate that Mexico is a nation that embraces diversity and is open to different perspectives and ideas.

However, there are concerns that Sheinbaum may use her position of power to help Israel or the Jewish community, potentially at the expense of focusing on the issues that directly affect Mexicans. This fear stems from the fact that she is the first Jewish president in a country where the majority of the population is not Jewish.

While it’s important to address these concerns, it’s also crucial to remember that a president’s primary responsibility is to serve the entire nation, not just a particular group. Sheinbaum, if elected, will be the president of all Mexicans, not just the Jewish community.

In the end, the question of whether Mexico should be represented by a Jewish president or not is a complex one. It’s a question that goes beyond the identity of the president and touches upon the very heart of what it means to be Mexican. Regardless of the outcome of the election, one thing is clear: the debate over representation in Mexico is far from over.

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