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Showing posts with label WW2. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WW2. Show all posts

Monday 15 August 2016

Yasukuni Shrine : Abe sends ritual offering, 2 Cabinet ministers visit war-linked shrine

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Monday to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo while two Cabinet ministers visited there on the 71st anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, immediately drawing criticism from South Korea, one of the Asian neighbors that suffered from Japanese wartime aggression.

Saturday 14 November 2015

Hollande says Paris attacks an ‘act of war’ by IS group

Speaking in a televised address to the nation on Saturday, French President François Hollande accused the Islamic State (IS) group of conducting a series of attacks in and around Paris late Friday that left at least 127 people dead.

Thursday 6 August 2015

Hiroshima marks bombing anniversary

Tens of thousands gathered in Hiroshima Thursday to mark 70 years since the dropping of the first atomic bomb, with opinion still divided over whether its deadly destruction was justified.

Friday 24 July 2015

Japan urges Russian prime minister not to visit disputed isles

Japan has urged Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev not to visit Japan-claimed islands off Hokkaido, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday, calling the planned trip to the isles at the center of a long-standing bilateral dispute “unacceptable.”

Friday 5 December 2014

France, US strike deal to pay $60 mln for Holocaust victims deported by SNCF

France said today it had agreed to put $60 million into a fund managed by the United States to compensate Holocaust victims deported by French state rail firm SNCF to Nazi death camps, a deal that protects it from future US litigation.
About 76,000 Jews were arrested in France during World War Two and transported in appalling conditions in railway boxcars to concentration camps such as Auschwitz, where most died.

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Obama makes defiant defense of US restraint. Terrorism remains biggest threat to US

US President Barack Obama mounted a defiant defense of his global leadership Wednesday, rebuking critics who see him as weak but warning that not every global threat justifies a US military response.

In a major speech at the West Point military academy, Obama denied US power had ebbed under his watch, after he withdrew troops from Iraq and is doing the same in Afghanistan.

He also pledged to ramp up support for Syrian rebels, vowed to stand up to Russia over Ukraine and promised to make drone strikes against terror suspects more transparent.

Saturday 26 April 2014

Timoshenko says Ukraine should join NATO

Former Prime Minister and Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party leader Yulia Timoshenko said Ukraine “must be a member of NATO” even though a large part of people has many times spoken against this.

In an interview with The Associated Press, excerpts from which were published on Saturday, April 26, Timoshenko, who is running for presidency in Ukraine, spoke of a “fundamental change” in public thinking following the latest events in the east of the country and Russia’s actions.

She believes that the mentality of Ukrainians has changed as has the strategic course of the country. “NATO is the best choice for Ukraine,” she said.

Wednesday 12 March 2014

History repeats itself: Russia faces off with Nazis in Ukraine

With ultra-nationalism and anti-Jewish sentiment rife in Western Ukraine, it looks like history is repeating itself, this time with the West trying to pit Ukraine against Russia, just like it did back in the days when Nazism was on the rise in Germany.

In the 1930s, Third Reich was all the rage in Europe and overseas in the United States, with Anglo-American elites pinning their hopes on Hitler who they believed could end the Soviet menace. Russia was reviled and the Nazi Germany was not. In fact, US corporations and banks supported and financed the Nazis, while their officials and businesses respected the Nazi regime. Mackenzie King, the union-busting advisor of the Rockefeller family and tenth prime minister of Canada, even admired Hitler openly, as did Edward VIII, who abdicated from the British throne in favor of his brother.

Wednesday 8 January 2014

German charged over infamous French WWII massacre

An 88-year-old German former soldier was charged Wednesday for his part in the infamous 1944 Oradour-sur-Glane massacre - one of the worst Nazi atrocities to take place on French soil during the Second World War.

The former member of a Nazi armored division was charged with 25 counts of murder for his role in the slaughter, in which 642 men, women and children were killed in reprisal for the French Resistance's kidnapping of a German soldier.

Cologne’s state court said that Werner C, whose last name was not given in accordance with German privacy laws, was also charged with hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the massacre.

Monday 7 October 2013

Poutine-Abe: le Traité de paix russo-japonais au menu d'entretiens.

Le Traité de paix et les relations bilatérales russo-japonaises a été lundi au centre d'une rencontre du président russe Vladimir Poutine avec le premier ministre nippon Shinzo Abe à Bali, en Indonésie, a annoncé le porte-parole du président russe Dmitri Peskov.
"La formule japonaise "pas de vainqueur, pas de vaincu" serait la meilleure base philosophique  pour régler le problème du Traité de paix, les deux pays l'ont déjà reconnu au forum de Saint-Pétersbourg. Cette fois, les parties ont de nouveau confirmé que c'était la meilleure approche du problème. A présent, il faut trouver le moyen de l'appliquer", a indiqué le porte-parole devant les journalistes.
"La rencontre s'est déroulée dans une ambiance très positive, elle a permis d'évoquer un large éventail de questions bilatérales", a-t-il ajouté.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Osaka mayor sparks anger over comfort women comment....

The mayor of Osaka in Japan has sparked outrage by saying that the Japanese military’s forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War Two was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the army.

Toru Hashimoto, Mayor of Osaka, said, "Wartime sex slaves were a necessity to maintain discipline in the Japanese military during those times. If you want soldiers at war to get some rest, a comfort women system was necessary. The Abe cabinet, as well as past cabinets, share the same sentiments."

Toru Hashimoto’s comment triggered anger in Asian countries that suffered from Japan’s wartime aggression. it comes amid mounting criticism at the prospect of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative government revising Japan’s past apologies for wartime atrocities.

Thursday 18 April 2013

Προς νέο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο

Κίνδυνος έκρηξης ενός ακόμη παγκοσμίου πολέμου, υπάρχει μέσα στα επόμενα 10 χρόνια. Η αυξανόμενη στρατιωτική επιθετικότητα, το κλείσιμο μεγάλων οικονομικών κύκλων, και οι θεαματικές εξελίξεις στον τομέα της τεχνολογίας, ενισχύουν τέτοιου είδους εκτιμήσεις. 
Ο επόμενος παγκόσμιος πόλεμος θα μπορούσε να αρχίσει μέσα στα επόμενα 10 χρόνια. Όμως, τι είδους σύγκρουση θα είναι; Ένας «ψυχρός» πόλεμος ή μια «θερμή» σύρραξη; Ο,τι και να’ ναι, δεν μπορεί να προβλεφθεί, λέει ο καθηγητής του Κρατικού Πανεπιστημίου της Μόσχας, μέλος του φορέα, «Ακαδημία Στρατιωτικών Επιστημών», Σεργκέι Μάλκοφ.
«Τα επόμενα 10 χρόνια αναμένουμε μια ισχυρή πολιτική και τεχνολογική αστάθεια», σημείωσε, μιλώντας σε μια συνεδρίαση της ομάδας εργασίας για θέματα επιμόρφωσης προσωπικού του στρατιωτικού-βιομηχανικού συμπλέγματος, που έχει συσταθεί στο Προεδρικό Συμβούλιο για την Επιστήμη και την Εκπαίδευση.

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Ten years since the signature of the Treaty of Athens

Ten years ago, on April 16, 2003, the Treaty of Accession to the European Union of 10 European countries – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia – was signed in Athens. This historical event took place during the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union and is enshrined forever as one of the most important documents of the reunited Europe. Later, on May 1, 2004, all our countries became fully fledged members of the reunified European family comprising 25 member states at that time. It was the largest single expansion since the Paris Treaty of 1951, the forerunner of the EU, in terms of population, number of states and territory.
Moreover, it was the symbolic completion of the vital strategic goal of all the acceding member states to finally put an end to the post-World War II period by returning to the common space of freedom and stability, democracy and prosperity. The signature of the Treaty of Athens opened a new era for the acceding countries, for their citizens and ultimately for the whole of Europe.

Wednesday 20 February 2013

German industry, government planning for resource wars

By Peter Schwarz
20 February 2013
A year ago, leading German industrial companies launched the Resource Alliance (Rohstoffallianz) for the purpose of securing the supply of selected raw materials for its shareholders and corporate members. To achieve this goal, it is calling for the use of military assets.
In an interview with Reuters on Monday, the manager of the Resource Alliance, Dierk Paskert, called for “a strategically oriented foreign economic and security policy” to ensure the supply of raw materials for German business.
Although this policy should be guided by the “objective of free and transparent commodity markets,” Paskert said, “it would be naive to take this for granted in the near future.” Developments had moved in “exactly the opposite direction, unfortunately.” Therefore, Paskert concluded, “we [Germany], together with our partners in the EU and NATO, must take on more responsibility in foreign economic and security matters.”

Friday 4 January 2013

Chinese protest Aso's visit to cemetery

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has visited the Japanese War Cemetery in Yangon during a three-day visit to Myanmar.
Friday’s visit raised protests from some Chinese war veterans living in the country, who were in Myanmar fighting the Japanese invaders during the Second World War.
Aso’s visit lasted only 15 minutes because of the protest. Chinese veterans accused Aso of trying to cover up Japanese crimes during the war and attempting to portray its aggression as reasonable.

Friday 21 December 2012

Chinese ships seen in disputed waters for first time since LDP's win (Senkaku/Diaoyu issue)

China has sent ships into the islands’ waters 19 times since Tokyo nationalised the chain in September.
Abe has pushed an agenda that includes upgrading the country’s Self Defense Forces to make them a full-scale military, and has spoken of wanting to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution.
China sent its ships into territorial waters around disputed islands Friday, in the first incursion since Japan elected a new government.
The move is a setback to hopes in Tokyo that Beijing might use the poll as a chance for a fresh start after months of bitter wrangling and rhetoric over an issue that neither side is prepared to budge on.

Monday 17 December 2012

Japan’s next PM: No quarter for China, reach out to Russia

(Senkaku/Diaoyu issue)
As Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda steps down after exit polls reveal a complete defeat of his party in parliamentary elections, the winner of the race Shinzo Abe states that Tokyo won’t concede China "one millimeter" of “Japan’s islands.”
"China is challenging the fact that (the islands) are Japan's inherent territory. Our objective is to stop the challenge," Shinzo Abe, leader of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), declared Sunday.

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