US tells world to steer clear of Iranian oil tankers

•November 15, 2018 • 1 Comment

https://www.rt.com/business/443446-us-warns-world-iranian-tankers/

The US State Department has warned nations, allowing Iran’s shipping vessels into their territorial waters and ports, of potential risks connected to insurance liabilities amid the recently introduced sanctions.

“If Iranian tankers make calls to your ports or transit through your waterways, this comes at great risk,” Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative on Iran policy told journalists.

After global insurers withdrew coverage from Iranian vessels, the Islamic Republic will have to turn to domestic insurance corporations, which in turn won’t be able to meet the expense in case of maritime accidents that could run into billions of dollars, according to the top official.

Oil spills and accidents involving tankers are extremely costly. From the Suez Canal to the Strait of Malacca — and all chokepoints in between — Iranian tankers are now a floating liability,” Hook said.

“Countries, ports, and canal operators, and private firms should know they will be likely responsible for the cost of an accident involving a self-insured Iranian tanker,” he added.

The top official recalled a fatal accident with an Iranian-owned oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea in January, which resulted in 32 deaths, a massive oil spill and loss of the vessel. At the same time, Hook expressed hope that there will be no accidents.

The envoy also accused the Islamic Republic of trying to evade US sanctions by turning off their satellite transponders attached to vessels to prevent collisions.

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threats?

“After global insurers withdrew coverage from Iranian vessels, the Islamic Republic will have to turn to domestic insurance corporations, which in turn won’t be able to meet the expense in case of maritime accidents that could run into billions of dollars, according to the top official.”

this is called being “wedged”..

“The envoy also accused the Islamic Republic of trying to evade US sanctions by turning off their satellite transponders attached to vessels to prevent collisions.”

well duh..

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Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty International’s top human rights award

•November 15, 2018 • 7 Comments

Iconic prisoner of conscience Aung San Suu Kyi collectsÊthe Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience award at the Electric Burma Concert held her in honour in Dublin, Ireland.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-13/amnesty-international-strips-aung-suu-kyi-of-human-rights-award/10490944

Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, Ms Suu Kyi has been stripped of a series of international honours over a Rohingya exodus that began in August 2017.

More than 700,000 members of the mostly stateless group fled across Myanmar’s western border into Bangladesh after the Myanmar military launched a crackdown in response to Rohingya insurgent attacks on the security forces.

UN-mandated investigators have accused the military of unleashing a campaign of killings, rape and arson with “genocidal intent”.

Ms Suu Kyi’s administration rejected the findings as one-sided, and said the military was engaged in a legitimate counterinsurgency operation.

The international human rights group named Ms Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award recipient when she was still under house arrest for her opposition to Myanmar’s oppressive military junta.

In the eight years since she was released, Ms Suu Kyi led her party to election victory in 2015 and set up a government the following year, but she has to share power with generals and has no oversight over the security forces.

Amnesty International said in a statement on Tuesday she had failed to speak out and had “shielded the security forces from accountability” for the violence against the Rohingya, calling it a “shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for”.

The global advocacy organisation’s secretary-general, Kumi Naidoo, wrote to Ms Suu Kyi on Sunday saying the group was withdrawing the award because it was, “profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights”.

In March, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum rescinded its top award from Ms Suu Kyi and she has had other honours withdrawn, including the freedom of the cities of Dublin and Oxford, England, over the Rohingya crisis.

In September, Canada’s Parliament voted to strip Ms Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship.

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about time..ive been calling for some international outrage at aung san..she has turned a blind eye to the killing..and its really just pure ethnic cleansing..

“Amnesty International said in a statement on Tuesday she had failed to speak out and had “shielded the security forces from accountability” for the violence against the Rohingya, calling it a “shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for”.”

p.s. look at fucking bono.. *smh

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Britain and European Union at last reach draft Brexit deal

•November 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/14/05/14/brexit-divorce-deal-britain-european-union-theresa-may-northern-ireland

Negotiators from Britain and the European Union have struck a proposed divorce deal that will be presented to politicians on both sides for approval.

After a year and a half of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators agreed on proposals to resolve the main outstanding issue: the Irish border.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said the Cabinet would hold a special meeting tomorrow to consider the proposal.

Its support isn’t guaranteed: Ms May is under pressure from pro-Brexit ministers not to make further concessions to the EU.

Ambassadors from the 27 other EU countries are also due to hold a meeting in Brussels tomorrow.

Ms May told the Cabinet earlier Tuesday (local time) that “a small number” of issues remain to be resolved in divorce negotiations with the European Union, while her deputy, David Lidington, said the two sides are “almost within touching distance” of a Brexit deal.

Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the UK leaves the bloc on March 29.

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now it goes to the parliament..she aint out of the woods yet by a long shot..

that want it through by xmas..

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RUSSIA IS GOING TO BUILD A MOON BASE MANNED BY AVATAR ROBOTS..NO HUMANS??

•November 14, 2018 • 2 Comments

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-going-build-moon-base-manned-avatar-robots-report-1203865

The Russian space agency Roscosmos plans to have a technological system that sounds as if it’s straight from a sci-fi film manage its recently announced lunar base.

Roscosmos revealed plans last week to establish the lunar base, with Russia aiming to land on the moon’s surface within the next two decades. Now, agency administrator Dimitry Rogozin has explained that the system used to manage the long-term base will involve humans on Earth operating robot avatars on the moon.

“We’re talking about creating a long-term base, not constantly manned, but visitable,” Rogozin told state-run news agency RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

He added that the project will be larger than the U.S. Apollo program, Russian news channel RT reported. The Apollo program landed astronauts on the moon in the 1960s and early ’70s across a series of missions.

While Rogozin didn’t share any details of how the robotics system will work, the plans bring to mind James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar, which is set on Pandora—a lush, habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system populated by a humanoid race known as the Na’vi. To explore Pandora, scientists in the film use Na’vi-human hybrids known as “avatars,” which are operated remotely.

Russia is aiming to land a cosmonaut on the lunar surface by 2030, but Rogozin didn’t specify how much time it would be between the start of manned flights to the moon and the creation of a fully fledged base.

Rogozin told RIA Novosti that Roscosmos would explore the possibility of using lunar soil as a resource that could help 3D-print new parts and repair equipment, negating the need for costly resupplies from Earth.

Roscosmos has outlined a multistep plan toward landing cosmonauts on the moon. Its final stage envisages humans using local resources to set up the infrastructure of a moon base.

Leading up to the manned moon landing, the Russian space agency will conduct a series of missions preparing for the return of humans to the lunar surface.

One of these missions, called Luna 27, is being developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). It will aim to send a lander to an unexplored area of the moon’s South Pole.

NASA also has its sights set on the moon. The U.S. space agency is developing a plan for Americans to orbit the moon starting in 2023 and land astronauts on the surface no later than the late 2020s.

According to NASA, a key component of establishing the first permanent American presence and infrastructure on and around the moon is the Gateway, a lunar orbiting platform designed to host astronauts farther from Earth than ever before. This will be developed in collaboration with Roscosmos, alongside the ESA and the Japanese and Canadian space agencies.

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“He added that the project will be larger than the U.S. Apollo program, Russian news channel RT reported. The Apollo program landed astronauts on the moon in the 1960s and early ’70s across a series of missions.”

surely if you can put robots up there you can put humans there as well??..i mean we did it over 45 years ago! 🙂

“Russia is aiming to land a cosmonaut on the lunar surface by 2030, but Rogozin didn’t specify how much time it would be between the start of manned flights to the moon and the creation of a fully fledged base.”

2030..significantly far enough in the future to never be questioned..

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Has war commenced again in Israel?

•November 14, 2018 • 1 Comment

https://www.rt.com/news/443764-israeli-fighter-jets-strike-gaza/

Israel has struck over 70 targets in the Gaza Strip, following a massive volley of 300 rockets from the Palestinian enclave. While dozens of projectiles were intercepted, others hit the Israeli settlements, causing fires.

Two Palestinians have been killed, Gaza’s health ministry confirmed.

An Israeli soldier was seriously injured when a military transport bus was hit by a guided anti-tank missile close to the Gaza border. The bus had carried troops to the location, who disembarked just before the hit. The vehicle was completely destroyed.

Video from the scene showed Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepting some of the incoming projectiles.

That attack was itself a response to an Israeli special forces raid in the Gaza strip on Sunday night that saw at least two Hamas commanders and four other Palestinians killed. One Israeli soldier was also killed, and another wounded. Israeli warplanes reportedly lobbed missiles at the area after the raid, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut his visit to Paris short to return, in light of the “security incidents.”

The IDF claims 80 projectiles were fired into Israel in less than 40 minutes on Monday, while Hamas claims to have launched 100. Sirens wailed across southern Israel as the Iron Dome struggled to intercept the incoming firestorm.

Israel later updated the number of Palestinian projectiles to 300, adding that “dozens” of them were shot down.

Residents of Israel’s border towns described the attacks to Haaretz as sounding “almost like a war,” while former IDF spokesman Avi Meyer said that he “can’t remember the last time southern Israel came under such a heavy attack from Gaza.

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its stopped again..for now..460 rockets launched..

the agitator: “That attack was itself a response to an Israeli special forces raid in the Gaza strip on Sunday night that saw at least two Hamas commanders and four other Palestinians killed. One Israeli soldier was also killed, and another wounded. Israeli warplanes reportedly lobbed missiles at the area after the raid”

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Laurence Gardner..NEXUS conference 2003

•November 13, 2018 • 2 Comments

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thanks to maria for the link..

watch..listen..think..awaken..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Gardner

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=laurence+gardner+books&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONgFuLUz9U3MCq0LMlVQjC1pLKTrfST8vOz9RNLSzLyi6xA7GKF_LycSgA-jU0ANAAAAA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj31dmd88_eAhWHfn0KHfvRCUsQzTooATAgegQICRAC

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China unveils new “Heavenly Palace” space station as ISS days numbered

•November 13, 2018 • 1 Comment

https://www.france24.com/en/20181106-china-unveils-new-heavenly-palace-space-station-iss-days-numbered-0

China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community’s orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country’s major ambitions beyond Earth.

The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country’s main aerospace industry exhibition.

Outside, China’s J-10 fighter jet and J-20 stealth fighter wowed spectators as they zoomed across Zhuhai’s sky. Back inside, the country displayed its fleet of drones and other military hardware.

Crowds gathered around the cylindrical space station module representing the living and working quarters of the Tiangong — or “Heavenly Palace” — which will also have two other modules for scientific experiments and will be equipped with solar panels.

Three astronauts will be permanently stationed in the 60-tonne orbiting lab, which will enable the crew to conduct biological and microgravity research.

Assembly is expected to be completed around 2022 and the station would have a lifespan of around 10 years.

The International Space Station — a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan — has been in operation since 1998 but is due to be retired in 2024.

China will then have the only space station in orbit, though it will be much smaller than the ISS which weighs 400 tonnes and is as large as a football pitch.

The country announced in May that the lab would be open to “all countries” to conduct science experiments.

“There is no doubt that China will use its station in a similar way as the ISS partners are using their outpost: research, technology and as a stepping-stone for deep-space exploration,” said Chen Lan, analyst at GoTaikonauts.com, a website specialised in the Chinese space programme.

Research institutes, universities, and public and private companies have been invited to propose projects. Some 40 plans from 27 countries and regions have been received, according to state media.

The European Space Agency has sent astronauts to China to receive training in order to be ready to work inside the Chinese space station once it is launched.

“I’m sure over time China will be successful developing partnerships,” said Bill Ostrove, space analyst with US-based Forecast International consultancy.

“Many countries, and increasingly private companies and universities, have space programmes, but cannot afford to build their own space station,” he said.

“The ability to put payloads and experiments on a human spaceflight platform is extremely valuable.”

Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with plans to send humans to the Moon in the near future.

Citing China as a threat, US President Donald Trump has launched plans to create a new “Space Force” to give his country dominance over rivals in space.

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heavenly palace indeed..

“The International Space Station — a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan — has been in operation since 1998 but is due to be retired in 2024. China will then have the only space station in orbit, though it will be much smaller than the ISS which weighs 400 tonnes and is as large as a football pitch.”

china ftw?

“The European Space Agency has sent astronauts to China to receive training in order to be ready to work inside the Chinese space station once it is launched.”

west to east..

“Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with plans to send humans to the Moon in the near future.”

any volunteers?

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