Twenty ships loaded with 1.2 million tons of Sorghum are changing course after China implemented anti-dumping measures targeting the grain (archived). Chinese imports of US sorghum began only five years ago and China swiftly began purchasing nearly all US exportable sorghum as livestock fodder. These boats are in the unfortunate position of requiring an entirely new market for their product while at the same time burning precious fuel in the Pacific.
Reports are emerging that Chinese customs agents are actively refusing US garbage exports entrance to the country (archived). With China buying Brasilero soy to the exclusion of US beans, enforcement of the ban on garbage imports leaves even less goods to justify US to China cargo service.
Pinoy President Rodrigo Duterte has praised Russia and China for providing arms for his forces to use in their struggle against Islamist rebels in the south of the Phillipines (archived). The Phillipines has until recently aligned itself strongly with the US, but relations have soured as the Great Again free USG State Department has worked to thwart Duterte's efforts to try making the Pinoys great. Duterte further aired his concerns that the USG.CIA with its own anti-Great faction may move to assassinate him.
After their announcement earlier this week, the Chicoms have expanded their planned tariffs to include soybeans.
On Friday, March 23, USG once more indulged its recently-acquired taste for indicting in absentia loyal soldiers of a sovereign nation — this time, nine signals-intelligence professionals residing in, and lawful citizens of, Iran. For carrying out their duties in service to their sovereign, USG saw it fit to charge (archived OCR) them in USG kangaroo court with the USG.crime of "Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusions".
For the role of "victims" of this "crime", USG chief prosecutor Rosenstein cast:
"… 144 U.S. universities, 176 universities across 21 foreign countries, 47 domestic and foreign private sector companies, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the State of Hawaii, the State of Indiana, the United Nations, and the United Nations Children’s Fund",
from whom the "criminals" have "stolen" "…more than 31 terabytes of academic data and intellectual property".
Interestingly, the most unforgivable USG.crime committed by the accused appears to have been a successful attempt to… re-create, in-house, "SciHub":
"The members of the conspiracy used stolen account credentials to obtain unauthorized access to victim professor accounts, which they used to steal research, and other academic data and documents, including, among other things, academic journals, theses, dissertations, and electronic books. The defendants targeted data across all fields of research and academic disciplines, including science and technology, engineering, social sciences, medical, and other professional fields. The defendants stole at least approximately 31.5 terabytes of academic data and intellectual property, which they exfiltrated to servers outside the United States that were under the control of members of the conspiracy… …Megapaper sold stolen academic resources to customers within Iran, including Iran-based public universities and institutions, and Gigapaper sold a service to customers within Iran whereby purchasing customers could use compromised university professor accounts to directly access the online library systems of particular U.S.-based and foreign universities."
I.e. roughly the same act of "terrorism" for which Aaron Swartz was hanged in New York in 2013.
It is worth noting that, while USG at one time, not so long ago, had "long hands" in Iran, these hands have recently acquired a tendency to get abruptly shortened — Iranian-style. Therefore it remains unclear how, if at all, USG intends to bring the nine "criminals" to "justice". And one may safely suppose that the only people likely to hang in connection to this "conspiracy"… are the remaining USG moles in Iran, who supplied Rosenstein and his assistant Freislers with their "evidence".
"31337 w4r3z" in our time.
In recent weeks, the seven year old proxy war sustained through the pantsuit "regime change" corruption racket has shifted further from being a proxy conflict into a direct conflict occurring in a proxy location (archived). Western Pantsuits are less rigorously adhering to their usual euphemisms like "trainers" in describing special operations forces on the ground. Meanwhile Turkish forces captured the Syrian city of Afrin from US backed Kurds (archived).
Months after the US backed Iraqi occupation authority declared "victory" in Mosul:
- ISIS/ISIL/Daesh militants continue to persist in the remains of the city.
- Bodies continue littering the streets (archived)
- Like Raqqa, where victory was also declared, the former city to the extent it still exists is as a collection of post-modern ruins (archived).
- Cleaning up the rubble requires navigating tons of ordinance that failed to detonate as intended (archived).
Whether qualify of life in the city with ISIS "removed" is higher than it was under caliphate rule remains an open question.
Caving to religious groups and civil organizations, the government and mobile network operators on the island of Bali have decided to shut down connectivity to celebrate their local new year holiday. They insist wifi will be maintained for "strategic" services (archived).
Numerous outlets are reporting that arrangements are being made for Best Korean Leaders Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet.
Argentina announced that last week it had fired at a Chinese flagged fishing vessel, Jing Yuan 626 and failed to capture the vessel after an 8 hour pursuit. (archived)