Jinri Toutiao, one of China’s largest media agencies, has unveiled an article arguing that while the conflict in Syria might seem like a civil war between government and opposition forces, it is in reality “a deadly battle between Russia and NATO countries.”
According to the publication, Syria is of “great strategic importance”, and Russia’s deployment of troops to Syrian territory has thwarted foreign occupation and prevented more drastic bloodshed in Syria and beyond. “Otherwise, Syria would have been immediately occupied by the forces of other states or by anti-government troops. Then several extremist groups would go to the south of Russia,” the article says.
The publication also highlighted the fact that when the Russians became involved in the conflict, the situation turned favorable for Syrian troops.
Further, Jinri Toutiao pointed out that the United States, Britain and France have recently launched aggressive attacks on Syria, and the US aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman has entered the Mediterranean Sea.
“It may seem that the aim of this maneuver is to carry out a new air strike. However, the main goal is to block the way to Syria across the Black Sea: since Russia has no common land border with Syria, through the sea,” the article analyzed.
According to Chinese media, the NATO maneuvers in the Black Sea that took place in May also aimed to “put pressure on Russia.”
In other words, the Chinese media giant has a firm grasp on the geopolitics of the Syrian conflict and Russia-NATO confrontation. This is an important indication of China’s orientation. What’s more, other analysts, in addition to the Chinese agency, have added to the discussion, pointing out that although NATO leaders assure that their actions are not directed against Russia, their operations demonstrate the opposite reality.
In particular, columnist Ted Galen Carpenter of the US magazine The National Interest believes that US and NATO leaders need to “take a more realistic attitude” toward Russia.
“Any nation would find NATO’s behavior decidedly hostile and even threatening if it occurred within its borders,” the American analyst pointed out.
For Carpenter, if the West continues with such activities, this could lead to a failure of understanding and a “catastrophic confrontation.”
Sesame Credit is the all-encompassing technological and authoritarian system now used by China to control its citizenry. China has been emerging as a New World Order model for decades.
Although there is a superficial facing off between the US-led West on one side, and China-Russia on the other side, the NWO plan is to use the friction created in these geopolitical battles to merge all the nations of the world under a One World Government.
Many NWO controllers have long displayed open admiration for the Chinese model of authoritarianism, centralized power and the large amount of control it wields over its massive population.
Recently China introduced a massive society-wide system called Zhima Credit (Sesame Credit), a full-spectrum social credit system that assigns a score to citizens based on how “good” they are.
This system is based on gamification, i.e. the gamifying of virtually every human endeavor, itself based on the exploitation of brain chemistry (dopamine hits) and human psychology.
However, it’s not just a harmless game; it can have serious real-world consequences. Chinese journalist Liu Hu felt the brunt of the Chinese NWO model when he was denied the ability to buy property, take out a loan, buy an airplane ticket or even to travel on a Chinese trains.
Sesame Credit: Denying Dissenters the Right to Financially Transact
For starters, we are told by none less than the Chinese Supreme Court itself that the underlying philosophy of Sesame Credit is once untrustworthy, always restricted.
Now that is a chilling and anti-freedom philosophy if there ever was one. Imagine if this same principle were applied in reverse by citizens towards their governments.
What government on Earth would survive? What authority would not have a sufficient level of corruption to be found “untrustworthy” in some way? Imagine if we lived in a world where the People could could simply apply this to the governments and instantaneously “restrict” them.
In the USA there is a whole system of credit reports and credit scores that allow banks and lenders to rank borrowers based on how creditworthy they are. This has consequences for taking out loans for houses, cars and other reasons, as well as for obtaining credit cards.
However, the system is based purely on your financial history, activity and level of responsibility.
Sesame Credit takes the idea to a whole new level. The algorithm generates a score not just based on your financial history, but numerous other inputs such as your criminal record, whether you pay your taxes, fines and fees, how well you obey traffic rules and other laws, your shopping and lifestyle habits and – here’s the big one – how well you support the government.
For the Chinese, Sesame Credit is now starting to rule their lives. It determines their access to loans, housing, social services, certain types of employment, travel, university and information (internet). It is influencing and determining all sorts of behavior – even who people choose to befriend, since their Sesame Credit score becomes lower or higher depending upon the scores of their friends.
Clearly, this is a far-reaching and dangerous kind of technological social engineering which reduces the value of a human being to a number, and essentially forces them to respect authority in order to maintain their standard of living.
Limiting the Purchasing Power of Dissidents
A few brave Chinese have found out the hard way what can happen if you rock the boat. According to this Globe and Mail article, accomplished journalist Liu Hu spent 20 years pushing back against censorship in China. He used his blog to expose the corruption of high-level officials.
In 2013 he was accused and arrested for “crimes” such as “fabricating and spreading rumours” and in 2016 in a separate case a court found him guilty of defamation.
Then in 2017, Liu suddenly felt the impact of getting on the wrong side of authorities in modern-day China:
“… he discovered that his life had abruptly changed: Without any notice, he had been caught up in the early reaches of a social-credit system that China is developing as a pervasive new tool for social control – one expected to one day tighten the state’s grip on its citizens. Critics have called it an Orwellian creation – a new kind of “thought police.”
“What it meant for Mr. Liu is that when he tried to buy a plane ticket, the booking system refused his purchase, saying he was “not qualified.” Other restrictions soon became apparent: He has been barred from buying property, taking out a loan or travelling on the country’s top-tier trains.
“There was no file, no police warrant, no official advance notification. They just cut me off from the things I was once entitled to,” he said. “What’s really scary is there’s nothing you can do about it. You can report to no one. You are stuck in the middle of nowhere.” “
The article, published in January this year (2018), states that the blacklist had swelled to 7.49 million names as of last summer (June-August 2017 presumably).
China: The Dreamed NWO Model of the Globalists
The NWO globalists have a declared and obvious admiration for China. The now deceased David Rockefeller wrote this in the New York Times in 1973 – only around a decade after Mao Tse-Tung’s disastrous Great Leap Forward which took the lives of an estimated 18-55 million people:
“Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded, not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering a high morale and community propose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.”
To give Western readers an idea of just how authoritarian China has become, consider this: a lawyer named Li Xiaolin discovered he couldn’t buy a plane ticket because of an “insincere apology.”
Yes, you read that right. The Chinese Government not only has the power to order someone to apologize, but also to determine whether their apology is sincere … eerily reminiscent of the Party’s purpose in 1984 to ensure that all citizens not only obeyed Big Brother but loved Big Brother.
This incident had nothing to do with Sesame Credit per se, however the insincere apology meant he’d failed to comply with a court order, which landed him on a government blacklist.
China is a big player in the technological and IT fields. The Sesame Credit system is being fueled by technological advances to grab data from all aspects of a citizen’s existence – commercial, social, emotional, political and moral – and distill this data into a single score, which becomes the basis of a hierarchical or tiered society.
However, in comparison to the historical caste system of India (where you were born into a particular class and stuck there for life), Sesame Credit encourages you to actively change your behavior via gamification to become more compliant, self-censoring, obedient and deferential – all in the hope of getting a better score.
In this way, Sesame Credit is even more insidious than the caste system. It’s no wonder that control freaks would love to roll out such a system worldwide under the auspices of a Global Government.
Is China Becoming A Black Mirror Episode (Social Credit)?
Here are some of the noteworthy YouTube comments to the above video:
1. “What an Orwellian nightmare. Advertisers and marketing companies are going to make millions from extracting their personal data and many of these interviewees seem to be content with having their lives manipulated.”
2. “This technology scares me because it can go so wrong; I hope that the beta version of this technology shows all the downsides too. Also, Chinese people’s trust on their Government shocks me. In my country, politicians do not have much credibility in terms of making the best decisions for citizens but for companies.”
3. “What would happen if someone wanted to deviate from social norms, or start a political movement that oppposes the government’s main ideologies? Wouldn’t this social system also prevent social change and arguably be a form of oppression if abused?”
4. “With this system, how can a poor person with their cheap items and low-rank family ever escape poverty? And how about people who make mistakes as kids or teens – will that follow them forever? How can a former convict rehabilitate themselves when their punishment continues outside jail after they’ve served their time? What about the victims of social media smear campaigns? There are SO many ways of unintentionally and permanently ending up on the wrong side of this system. It’s basically extrajudicial punishment where an algorithm is your judge, jury, and executioner. All these interviewees cheering for vigilante justice because “I never did anything wrong”, but what they don’t realize is they won’t be the ones to define what’s wrong…”
5. “If the app creators have an agenda against certain belief systems or people groups, some of these good citizens could find themselves victims of sabotage, regardless of good behavior. History repeats itself unless its lessons are learned and passed on.”
6. “What amazes and frightens me most is the way these people completely ignore the danger of the government abusing this this type of system against political dissidents or rivals. The ultimate way to control and punish Wrong Think !!!”
It is no exaggeration to label Sesame Credit as the most ambitious attempt by any government in modern history to control their citizenry via technology, psychology and gamification. It is indeed a new kind of authoritarianism that mines a person’s online identity, combines it with their offline identity, and assesses them based on anything they’ve ever said, wrote or done.
From a pop culture perspective, it’s similar to the Netflix series Black Mirror where a virtual digital score is attached to everyone in society.
If we’re not aware, this exact kind of system will be rolled out in Western nations – and everywhere.
At the current state of consciousness, it would not be surprising if many sleepwalking people lost sight of the aim of the “game” and jumped gleefully onto the hamster wheel in pursuit of the latest project of getting a high score – forgetting how the whole point is to gamify them and mold them into exactly the kind of docile citizens the State wants.
Long before Donald Trump had declared himself a candidate for president, there was a “Deep State” which operated far outside the mainstream of America, in the shadows.
Members of the Deep State include the Pravda media, U.S. intelligence agencies, and federal law enforcement, all of which sort of lay down the law to Congress and incoming presidents that things are done a certain way in Washington, D.C., and the world, and anyone who tries to stray outside of established parameters gets crushed.
Few Americans were previously aware of such an entity, and with good reason: No one attempted to cross the Deep State, leaving its members free to continue operating in the shadows, pulling strings behind the scenes and calling the shots.
That was before Trump came on the scene.
Right away the Deep State saw him as different. Uncontrollable. Outside the mainstream.
He was self-funding his own candidacy. He wasn’t beholden to anyone. He wasn’t a ‘regular’ candidate, which means he was never the “establishment’s choice.”
Fearful of what he might do if he actually won, the Deep State launched an operation to derail his candidacy so that they could ‘anoint’ Hillary Clinton, a card-carrying member of the establishment “club” who knew the Deep State’s rules.
Shocked by her inability to defeat him, the Deep State then launched an “insurance policy” — an operation aimed at undermining POTUS Trump’s administration by taking away as much of his ability to govern the country as possible. The objectives were to sow division among the people by casting as much doubt as possible about the legitimacy of his victory. That effort continues today in the form of special counsel Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” investigation and efforts by former Deep State operatives to continue spreading false narratives.
Now, Trump finds himself in the middle of a ‘war,’ so to speak, with a Deep State that abhors him — and fears him — as he works to dismantle their grip on power.
He knows he has to win this battle
In an interview with Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy last week, Trump made it clear exactly who and what he is up against.
“I beat Clinton dynasty. I beat Bush dynasty, and now, I guess, hopefully I’m in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence,” he said.
While he’s never going to be portrayed fairly by the Pravda media, in his interview Trump opined that he is very popular among rank-and-file FBI personnel, and by extension, rank-and-file intelligence community personnel, all of whom he has praised effusively.
The biggest problem has been with ranking members of the intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies — careerists who had hitched their wagon to Hillary Clinton because they’ve lived in the D.C. Swamp for so long they don’t know any other way. (Related: CONFIRMED: Barack Obama was running the entire Spygate operation that violated federal law to spy on Trump campaign officials.)
“[W]hat they did was incredible and a real insult to millions of people that voted in that election on both sides,” Trump said of the Deep State plot to undermine him, as Breitbart News reported.
In discussing the conclusion reached by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his report last week, which found fault with the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s email scandal — that there was “no political bias” — the president was incredulous. It was obvious from texts exchanged between ranking agents and others working on the case that they were in it to clear Clinton so that she would be free to ‘beat Trump.’
But overall the discussion made it clear that Trump realizes fully he’s in a battle to save his presidency from forces in the media and the federal government who don’t accept his victory and will never accept his presidency.
It’s a ‘war’ he knows he has to win.
Read more about President Trump at Trump.news.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.
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Can the global financial system handle a full-blown trade war between the two largest economies on the entire planet? We have never seen anything like this happen in the modern age, and this is creating a tremendous amount of uncertainty for the financial markets. Yes, something had to be done, and I have been writing about this for years. China has been stealing our intellectual property, manipulating currency rates and slapping high tariffs on American goods. We simply could not allow China to continue to take advantage of us, but now we are so dependent on the Chinese that a trade war with them is going to inevitably produce a great deal of pain. We are all going to wish that another way could have been found to resolve this crisis, because in the short-term this is definitely going to hurt the U.S. economy. And if President Trump chooses to press forward with trade wars against Europe, Canada and Mexico at the same time as well, the pain for our economy is going to be off the charts.
Most Americans didn’t even notice, but Donald Trump fired a shot that was very clearly heard all the way over in China on Friday when he slapped a tariff of 25 percent on 50 billion dollars worth of Chinese products…
China accused the United States of firing the first shot on Friday when the White House said that it would impose tariffs of 25% on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods.
The announcement confirms a threat first made by President Donald Trump in March and follows months of trade talks between the two sides. A truce was announced in May, but it proved short-lived.
“The United States has kept changing its mind and now launched a trade war,” China’s Commerce Ministry said in a statement.
The Chinese retaliated almost immediately by slapping a 25 percent tariff on 50 billion dollars worth of our goods…
China will slap hefty tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation for President Trump’s decision to levy duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports.
Beijing will impose an additional 25 percent tariff on a total of 659 U.S. imports worth about $50 billion, according to a statement on the country’s Ministry of Finance website.
The first batch of tariffs will hit 545 U.S. products worth about $34 billion, including agricultural products, such as soybeans, corn and wheat, automobiles, beef, pork and seafood, and will start July 6.
President Trump took the weekend to think about it, and on Monday he decided to raised the stakes much higher.
If the Chinese really do go ahead with their tariffs, the Trump administration is going to hit them with a 10 percent tariff on another 200 billion dollars worth of their goods. The following is from Trump’s official statement…
This latest action by China clearly indicates its determination to keep the United States at a permanent and unfair disadvantage, which is reflected in our massive $376 billion trade imbalance in goods. This is unacceptable. Further action must be taken to encourage China to change its unfair practices, open its market to United States goods, and accept a more balanced trade relationship with the United States.
Therefore, today, I directed the United States Trade Representative to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10 percent. After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced. If China increases its tariffs yet again, we will meet that action by pursuing additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods. The trade relationship between the United States and China must be much more equitable.
If China does not match each round of tariffs they will look weak, and if Trump does not keep raising the ante every time China matches him then he will look weak.
So where will this end?
Ultimately the goal is more balanced trade with China, which would mean more jobs and more factories here in the United States.
But in the short-term we won’t see any of that.
Instead, all we are going to see is tremendous pain.
First of all, you should expect to see higher prices on any products that are made in China. This is going to hit consumers that shop at Wal-Mart and the dollar stores particularly hard.
Secondly, any companies that sell products in China are going to be hurting. It is inevitable that some will start laying off workers, and that means that there will be job losses here in the United States.
And even the expectation of lower profits will send stock prices tumbling. In fact, we already started to see this happen on Monday…
Major American companies that generate a significant chunk of their sales from China, such as Boeing (BA), Caterpillar (CAT), Intel (INTC) and 3M (MMM), were among the losers on the Dow on Monday.
The Dow has fallen nearly 1.5% in the past week and is close to erasing its gains for the year. If a global trade war breaks out and slows economies around the world, it could bring an end to the bull market that has raged for more than nine years.
In the short-term, nothing good is going to come out of this trade war.
And even in the mid-term, the pain is going to far, far outweigh any benefits.
This is why a trade war should always be a last resort. As much as possible should be accomplished through negotiations, and it is unclear if negotiations were utilized as extensively as they could have in this case.
If China wants to play hardball, they could start dumping U.S. Treasuries or cut off our access to rare earth elements. If they pulled either trigger, our level of pain would instantly be multiplied.
We can definitely hurt China too, but we do not have any magic bullets that will force them to yield.
Once a trade war begins, it can potentially last for many years, and let us not forget that history has shown us that trade wars can often lead to shooting wars.
I believe that a tragic strategic mistake has been made, and this is not going to end well.
An 800-year-old piece of pottery has helped archaeologists put together fascinating new details about a medieval ship that sank off the coast of Indonesia.
The wooden hull of the ship, which sank in the Java Sea, has long since disintegrated, but its cargo offers vital clues about the vessel.
Fishermen discovered the wreck site in the 1980s and archaeologists have spent decades analyzing objects found on the seabed. Salvage company Pacific Sea Resources recovered the artifacts in the 1990s and donated them to Chicago’s Field Museum.
The ship, which was transporting ceramics and luxury goods, is now revealing its secrets thanks to new analysis of the cargo. Experts published their findings in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
“Initial investigations in the 1990s dated the shipwreck to the mid- to late 13th century, but we’ve found evidence that it’s probably a century older than that,” said Lisa Niziolek, an archaeologist at the Field Museum in Chicago and the study’s lead author, in a statement. “Eight hundred years ago, someone put a label on these ceramics that essentially says ‘Made in China’ — because of the particular place mentioned, we’re able to date this shipwreck better.”
The ship’s cargo included ceramics marked with an inscription that may indicate they are from Jianning Fu, a district in China. Experts, however, note that after Mongol invasion of China around 1278, the area was reclassified as Jianning Lu.
“The slight change in the name tipped Niziolek and her colleagues off that the shipwreck may have occurred earlier than the late 1200s, as early as 1162,” they said, in the statement.
The likelihood of a ship from the Jianning Lu era carrying old pottery is slim, according to Niziolek. “There were probably about 100,000 pieces of ceramics onboard. It seems unlikely a merchant would have paid to store those for long prior to shipment — they were probably made not long before the ship sank,” she explained.
In addition to ceramics, the ship was also carrying elephant tusks, possibly for use in medicine or art. Sweet-smelling resin, which could have been used for incense or for caulking ships, was also found.
Previous carbon dating of the tusks and resin had dated the wreck to between 700 and 750 years ago. However, improved carbon dating techniques tell a different story.
“When we got the results back and learned that the resin and tusk samples were older than previously thought, we were excited,” said Niziolek. “We had suspected that based on inscriptions on the ceramics and conversations with colleagues in China and Japan and it was great to have all these different types of data coming together to support it.”
Dating the shipwreck to 800, rather than 700 years ago is significant, according to the archaeologist. “This was a time when Chinese merchants became more active in maritime trade, more reliant upon oversea routes than on the overland Silk Road,” she said. “The shipwreck occurred at a time of important transition.”
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They will be looking to import more US crude oil in order to reduce OPEC’s sway, both over the global oil market and over prices, India’s Petroleum Ministry said on Wednesday.
“With oil producers’ cartel OPEC playing havoc with prices, India discussed with China the possibility of forming an ‘oil buyers club’ that can negotiate better terms with sellers as well as getting more US crude oil to cut dominance of the oil block,” a tweet from the Petroleum Ministry’s Twitter account reads.
India has been saying for months that oil prices have risen too much to be sustainable for many oil-importing countries.
Last month, as Brent Crude prices briefly broke above $80 a barrel—the highest since late 2014—gasoline and diesel prices in India surged to a five-year-high, also due to a weakening rupee against the US dollar.
India is concerned that the rallying oil prices are hurting its economy, and its Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan reiterated the need for “stable and moderate” prices in a phone conversation with Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih in the middle of May.
On Thursday, Pradhan met with ambassadors of OPEC countries to India and “discussed India’s growing position in the world energy demand & the need for responsible pricing which balances the interests of both the producer & consumer countries,” the Indian minister tweeted today, adding that he had also suggested creating transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas.
“Further also raised the issue of discriminatory pricing in global oil & gas trade through measures such as Asian Premium. Urged the OPEC Ambassadors to reconsider these discriminatory measures in the overall interest of all the countries & work together for a sustainable future,” Pradhan added.
The Indian oil minister plans to visit Vienna next week to take part in the 7th OPEC International Seminar to further discuss the oil market and pricing issues with OPEC’s Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo and with ministers from OPEC countries, the Indian government said in a statement today.