Italy cut off from American Marshall Plan funding - In a non-surprising move, President Truman, with a resolution passed on Capitol Hill, ordered the ceasing of all funds to Italy via the Marshall Plan, which was a program of sorts set up and headed by the United States to help defeated nations recover from the damages of World War Two. Although no reason had been officially given by the American government for this move, many experts claim that the cutting off of funds to the Italians, which was projected to total 250 million dollars, was in response to their delivering of food supplies to the inhabitants of Rhodes, where an American blockade is entering it's 5th week.
Food supplies reach people of Rhodes, Amid Rising Italian-American tensions - Today, the first shipment of Italian aid to the citizens of Rhodes had arrived, with cheering crowds of Greek civilians and soldiers alike, in response to the landing of Italian airmen. Although this move had been met with great praise by many members of the international community, the Western bloc, most notably the United States had opposed any humanitarian aid going to those cut off from crucial supplies on the island of Rhodes, which is still under Greek communist control. According to Italian airmen, US naval forces had fired warning shots at Italian aircraft as they approached the heavily fortified island but the planes managed to land safely and it appeared as if the Americans didn't intend to cause harm but rather just wanted to get the Italians to "back off".
Pope Visits Greece, as American Troops Gather in Athens - This morning, Pope Pius XII's plan had landed in Greece, while being heavily protected by American marines and other military personnel in order to deliver a message to the Greek people as most hostilities are coming to a close in this very unstable nation. He was greeted by a few crowds of people at Hellenikon Air Base, but excitement was subdued given the nature of the Greek Orthodox religion, which much of the Greek people follow. The Vatican is expected to establish a humanitarian aid program for those in areas who had suffered from damages from the American offensive into Greece, to unseat the Communist Katsaros government. The Pope himself, has scheduled a meeting with Patriarch Christopher II of Alexandria and other major religious officials in deciding the next course of action for religious organizations in Greece.
Egyptian People Vote Overwhelmingly to Approve New Egyptian Constitutional Amendments - This week, the people of Egypt gathered at their local polling stations to vote on a long-awaited piece of legislation, the Egyptian constitution which had been proposed several weeks before, with the idea first being introduced in 1948. The new constitution would change the flag and implement a ban on all parties or organizations that appear to be against Pan-Arabism as well as recognize Jerusalem as Palestinian territory. Although margins in favor of the new Constitution are high, there have been reports of military intimidation, bribery, and corruption in the polling stations. All polling stations have been closed and votes have been counted, with the results being as follows:
Turnout - 78.2% of Eligible Voters
Results - 80.44% In Favor of the New Egyptian Constitution - 14.77% In Opposition of the New Egyptian Constitution - 4.79% Undecided
Argentinean Government Begins Suppressing the Left-Wing - In recent weeks, in Argentina, the political left-wing and it's followers have been subject to what many of them are calling, "brutal and unfair" treatment, as it appears the nationalistic, right-wing, Peron government is cracking down on political activism that could expose his nation to communism. Leaflets and pamphlets have been given out to the public, denouncing socialist and left-wing ideals. Military forces regularly round up "violent" left-wing activists and there have been many reports of vandalism, extortion, blackmailing, and overall intimidation from various governmental security forces. Although these moves have been met with heavy opposition from the Eastern Bloc and a minority of political organizations within Argentina, most Argentinian political officials and civilians have said these actions are necessary for the safeguarding of their nation from "falling to communism."
Caption: A number of Syrian civilians gather in protest at Damascus, of the leader of Syria
QNN London -QNN can today give further announcement on the current crisis facing Mahmoud Al-Assad, President of Syria. In the latest news, it has been leaked by an unknown source that the Government of Syria has been sending telegrams to the Soviet Union requesting assistance on the crackdown of protesters and Army Generals who no longer wish to serve under Assad. The current position of the military was to show Al-Assad that they don't want closer ties to the Soviet Union but with this leak, many soldiers and commanders have begun loading their armaments and ordering troops to be on high alert and under order of General Abdel Hamid al-Sarraj Syrian troops have begun seizing its borders and some have gone even further by sending a telegram to the Arab League requesting immediate military assistance to prevent any Soviet Intervention in the Arab World. What's surprising a majority of the Syrian populace is that military's decision to not involve the Western Powers in what could have been a retaliatory move against the USSR for its attack on Japan.
The current situation in Syria is deteriorating extremely quickly with many civilians heavily opposing the current status of the government and some even calling for the military to establish a new Pan-Arab government that is what the civilians in Syria most want. In newly released statements from Syria, the said General has now assumed control of Syria after Al-Assad had tried to dismiss him from the armed forces where commanders have refused to recognise the dismissal and have told Assad he should listen to the will of the people and not Stalin.
In what seems to be a rapidly deteriorating situation, one can only wonder how far this will go and how long until Soviet Troops enter the country.
Caption: The President meets with General MacArthur during his tour of American military positions in Japan.
U.S. President Harry Truman made a surprise visit to Tokyo, Japan aboard the presidential aircraft Independence as a sign of support for the Japanese people and to visit with American servicemen. The trip was not announced to the media ahead of the visit for security reasons and the exact itinerary of the trip remained secret. Truman took the time to tour offices of the U.S. Occupation forces and meet with delegates of the Japanese government before meeting with troops. Security was extremely tight during the visit and some reporters complained of having access heavily restricted while outside the United States.
“It is a pleasure to meet so many fine young men who are serving their country.” Truman told reporters following a visit to U.S. servicemen recently arrived from the states. “This is the finest army in the world and I’ll bet you a million bucks these boys will push those Reds right back to Moscow if they have to.” Truman was seen laughing and joking with soldiers during his visit and at one point petting a dog service members had kept as a pet.
At the conclusion of his visit to Japan, Truman met with General of the Army MacArthur and visited with members of the U.S. Army staff. The President was reassured of the safety of the Japanese home islands from further Soviet attack and of the plans for receiving hundreds of thousands of reinforcements from the states. This had come at a time of great tension as the USSR invaded Japan, just two months ago, stoking fears of another major conflict in the pacific, just five years after the end of World War Two.
Buildup on Hokkaido as Americans and Soviets Don't Blink
TOKYO- The whole Japanese crisis began when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics refused to accept the idea of a neutral Japan. This started a series of events, which culminated into large protests within South Korea, and an invasion of Japan by the Soviet Union, from Sakhalin, a long disputed island between Russia and Japan, that was won by the Soviet Union.
Since the island was won, a number of things have happened. The world has been sharply divided into East vs. West on the issue, as American troops and Soviet troops have fired on each other not once, but twice. First, in the initial Battle for Hokkaido, when the 11th Airborne Division was fired upon by advancing numbers of massive Soviet forces, and then Americans attacked with their Naval Forces shortly after, in what seemed to be more of a skirmish.
Now, they stand off, with the world waiting to see who will be the next to pull the trigger. However, the Japanese are stuck in a situation, where they do not actually have a military to protect them, and Japanese people seem to be the epicenter of the Cold War, though it may have moved to Syria.
There has not been many documented cases of Soviet military brutality with the population on Hokkaido. Interestingly enough, the flag of Japan was raised after the battle, to show that this was not a battle of conquest. Like flags in foreign countries, the Soviet flag was raised to the right of Japan, a host nation flag. While Japanese laws are being followed, the island is effectively under Soviet military administration.
In mainland Japan, the Military Governor of the United States has suspended the National Diet, though the Japanese Prime Minister remains. The Japanese Communist Party has held peace rallies, holding that for the Japanese to have the right to self-determination, peace should happen at all costs, and that Japan should not be the focus of a US vs. Soviet War. While they have been vastly criticized across the rest of the political spectrum, they have popularity in cities like Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and also Hokkaido, because those places were utterly destroyed in the Second World War.
QNN will keep you updated
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The Americans and the Greek Free Army have entered into talks with the communist government of General Katsaros, and Yugoslavia. Rhodes, with at least some spotty assistance being delivered by Italian airplanes, has had food taken by communist soldiers, as well as civilians. While this has prevented an American strategy of 'starving out' communist soldiers, civilians manage to have enough to eat and communists eat as well, with a combination of supplies being flown and rationing of food within Rhodes. The peace talks have considered everything from the possible role of the King, as well as a pardon for the Royal Family and American withdrawal. There is high approval ratings in the United States for American withdrawal of soldiers.
Iraqi-British meeting on British Bases
When the Iraqi government completely demanded British base withdrawal, the British refused, as they did not recognize the government of the Democratic Republic of Iraq. Eventually, tensions have risen, and the Iraqi government have attempted a full blockade of supplies to the bases, while the British have attempted an Airlift into Iraq. It seems as if talks in Egypt have de-escalated the situation, where the British and Iraqi governments have tentatively agreed to allow food and water supplies into British bases, though the brutal summer is on its way.
Japanese issues pulls Korean Governments apart
The issue of the Soviet invasion of Japan has not just effected the world's two superpowers. The issue of Soviet invasion has also effect the Korean Peninsula, to the North of Japan. Formerly a Japanese colony, it became independent at the end of World War II, when Japanese forces surrendered to the Americans in 1945. The two Korean governments have been worlds apart on the issue. The North Korean government has used the issue to attack the South Korean government, given high anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea after Japanese colonial rule. The South Korean government had pro-Japanese statements, though there were quick to clarify that South Korea would not provide any physical help, including manpower, for the defense of Japan.
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QNN Europe - QNN Europe has today received news of a referendum in the Yugoslavian held area of Trieste, otherwise known as Zone B. Whilst it is expected that the most Western countries will call the referendum a fallacy and unfair it is widely believed to be a free and fair vote with Yugoslavian forces acting as a police to prevent corruption or bribery. The vote is expected to take place sometime in June. The response is expected to be welcomed by many neutral states whilst it is unknown how the Soviet Union will respond considering the referendum will in someway address the Italian Republic which with a new Socialist Government has shown itself to be critical to both The United States and Soviet Union and it's widely believe Joseph Stalin wants closer relations with Italy.
Whilst campaigning against integration with Yugoslavia began almost immediately in Zone A which is controlled by Italy, people in Zone B are said to be relatively split on the issue as they want to see unification with Zone A and integration with Yugoslavia. It's also unkown on the role the Yugoslavian government is taking in the vote of the referendum and whether they will abide by the referendum results.
QNN London - QNN London is back with an update on the Syrian Crisis and it has definitely been escalated with High Tech supplies coming in from Egypt alongside the Egyptian blockade of Syria in what Egypt calls a protection of all Arabs from the Foreign Enemy. The sudden response from Egypt has just gone to show how far Nasser will go to secure Pan-Arabism and the right for Arabs to be able to determine their own futures without non-arab influence. Whilst it's reported that the Military of Syria would rely mainly on Arab weaponry and financial aid, many generals have come together to say they may need Western Weaponry if the Soviet Union so happens to engage the Syrian Military.
Another issue that has arisen from the current conflict is one which matches the current position of President Truman who the USA don't want involved in 2 wars (Greece and Japan), however Americans are now happy that the Greek war has in effect now ended, however they remain uneasy on the Japanese conflict remain increasingly patriotic to American Soldiers who have been killed or detained by soviet forces in an Act of Aggression and they wish the Truman government to show Stalin that America will not simply sit back. However as the crisis deepens the Arab world becomes extremely unstable with current Iraqi-British relations deteriorating by the second.
One thing is for certain, is that what capability does the USSR have to fight the Arab world with Western Backing as well as the United States in Japan and what will be Stalins next move after the blockade by Egypt leaving him with slightly less actions than he would have had in the first place. We can also confirm a plane has been shot down in Syria which belongs to an unkown country but had around 70 bodies on board.
QNN Asia - QNN can confirm today that the US Navy has officially destroyed 3 assets of the Soviet Pacific Fleet who'd came too close to American ships close to Yagishiri Island. Whilst it is becoming increasingly worrying throughout the world that another war could erupt Japan was not expected to be the start of it and many in Japan are rallying behind their American defence as it is becoming increasingly obvious in Japanese eyes that this is just Soviet Expansionism and an excuse for the Soviet Union to annex more territory as is being claimed by Japanese politicians who use the fact that the Soviet Union has stopped any further advances on Japan to instead cement it's position on Hokkaido. The 3 ships in question include 1 Destroyer and 2 Cruisers as part of the Pacific Fleet who we belief misnavigated into direct confrontation with the clearly superior U.S Navy who took no chances as they immediately viewed the Soviet Ships as a threat and fired sinking the vessels immediately.
The Soviet Vessels, widely believed they were still in a Soviet Controlled zone but found themselves surrounded by only American vessels commanding them to surrender or be sunk...They refused to surrender and immediately American submarines torpedoed the vessels sinking them extremely quickly. The current crisis unfolded when the Soviet Union claimed Japan was rebuilding its military and mobilizing to attack the Soviet Union, a move the West calls a fallacy made up by the Soviet Union to give reason for a pre-emptive attack on Japan which led to an American counter-attack and a Soviet halt on the island of Hokkaido. With both sides continuing to say they want negotiations but then attacking each other...the reality that war is in action has become clear and Americans have begun questioning what they believe is right and what they believe should happen, both of which at this time show small support for Japan, but even smaller support for the Stalin regime and it's way of demanding the US president do as he say or face military action.
QNN Asia - Reports are coming in that skirmishes have occured between armed forces loyal to the Northern government and those loyal to the Southern government during talks to unify the country once again after the release from Japanese colonization. The current talks taking place between the two "Governments" come at an uneasy time as Japan is embroiled in a war which has split the main backers of both sides where the Communist government in the north supports Joseph Stalin and the USSR, the Government and people in the South support Capitalist ideologies and the United States...this support has however faultered due to the American defence of Japan in the name of freedom, it is understood however that the majority of the population remain unhappy with the United States but still support the South Korean government.
With that being said it remains highly criticised how either side can come to an agreement on reunification when neither side support the opposite sides government/ideology. It is widely believed that no agreement will come of the talks due to both sides citizens having a high disregard for the government/military of the other side...something neither side has commented on yet. The difference in sides is that the 'North' Koreans are highly patriotic to the Communist Regime whilst the citizens in the South do not want further oppression from the Communist agenda of the current government as well as the Soviet Union.
The skirmish mentioned previously is believed to be at the fault of Communist Soldiers from the North of the country who are unhappy with the current position of the Southern government regarding the war in Japan as the South Korean government does not believe that Japan should not go through further war simply because Stalin wants what Stalin wants whilst those in the North think Japan should be punished for its colonial history and treatment of Foreign Citizens under its rule.
Protests in Britain! Protests have occured in Britain as the government remains highly relaxed on both domestic and foreign policy as colonies continue to press for independence and the economy is certainly not getting any better all the while it pressed for military action in Greece and then conducted no operations alongside the United States who the British are extremely friendly too. Some believe that Channon doesn't have the capability to lead as he continues to allow other countries to do his work for him or he simply will not answer the crisis/situation at hand.
Greek Rebuilding Begins! The Greek Free Army which has been running Greece ever since the revolution against the Communist Dictatorship of General Katsaros has begun deploying troops to help rebuild the towns that were badly affected by the American/Greek assault with funding believed to be originating from Western Countries. The General in charge of the Greek Free Army has requested that the United States end it's blockade of Rhodes in the name of peace and to allow all Rhode Communists a pardon and representation in government if they denounce the communist oppressors who previously lead Greece.
Yugoslav Military Mobilization! The Yugoslav Army has begun mobilizing on the border of Albania in numbers believed to be in the tens of thousands in what the Military is naming a "Military Exercise" however it is widely believed Lord Marshal Tito is unhappy with the Soviet influence in the Balkans and is going to try and rid this influence within Romania and Albania.
Americans Report Loud Noises from USAF Base! American Citizens have been complaining to a Governor over an extremely loud noise coming from the base throughout the night. The complaints led to the Governor arranging a meeting with the Secretary of Defence and the USAF has guarenteed the noise will not be heard until an agreement is met.
That is all from QNN World News, We return on May 1st!