China Completes Construction Of New Missile Shelters On Disputed South China Sea Islands   

Trump's "up and down" relationship with China may be on the precipice of taking a sharp dive into the proverbial abyss.  After frequently threatening to label China a "currency manipulator" on the campaign trail last year, Trump's relationship with China's President Xi Jinping took a decided turn for the better after a meeting at Mar-a-Lago in which China vowed to help address the "menace of North Korea" .

But apparently those efforts have officially failed:


And, shortly after those efforts were declared dead, the Trump administration signed a $1.3 billion arms deal with Taiwan, a deal which China has "demanded" be cancelled immediately.

Meanwhile, as the Financial Times points out today, in the midst of all the international crises, China has made great strides building out and further militarizing their disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Over the past three months, China has built four new missile shelters on Fiery Cross, boosting the number of installations on the reef to 12, according to satellite images provided to the Financial Times by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


China has also expanded radar facilities on Fiery Cross and two other disputed reefs — Subi and Mischief — in the Spratly Island chain, and started building underground structures that Greg Poling, director of CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, assesses will be used to store munitions.


“We haven’t seen any slowdown in construction, including since the Mar-a-Lago summit,” said Mr Poling. “The islands are built and they are clearly militarised, which means they already got over the hard part. Now every time they put in a new radar or new missile shelter, it is harder for the world to get angry. They are building a gun, they are just not putting the bullets in yet.”


The advances underscore how much progress China has made towards militarizing the man-made islands in ways that significantly enhance its ability to both monitor activity in the South China Sea and to project power in the western Pacific where the US has been the dominant power in the seven decades since the second world war.

Euan Graham, an Asia expert at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, said it was “not quite game over in the South China Sea” but that China had fundamentally altered the status quo over the islands that would be hard to change barring war or natural disasters.


“They already exert a strategic effect by projecting China’s presence much further out,” said Mr Graham. “They will not prevent the US Navy from operating in their vicinity, but they will complicate the threat environment for US ships and aircraft — by extending the [Chinese navy’s] surveillance and targeting net, as well as the envelope of power projection.”


Of course, these latest provocations come despite a promise made to Obama in 2015 that "China would not militarize the man-made islands"...a promise which the Obama administration apparently took at face value and proceeded to bury their heads in the sand.

During a visit to Washington, Mr Xi told Barack Obama in 2015 that China would not militarise the man-made islands, but in the intervening 20 months Beijing has stepped up construction, and now has runways that can accommodate Chinese fighter jets.


China’s legal claim to the seas around the maritime features is legally controversial since many were dredged out of coral and sand and thus not entitled to status as islands. But Vasily Kashin, an expert on the Chinese military at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said the goal was never legal sovereignty but to give China forward bases from which it could patrol and exercise control in their vicinity.


“If you have this infrastructure in the Spratlys, it allows China to constantly monitor aircraft and ships in the South China Sea. The point is that no one will be able to do anything in the area without them seeing.”


Ely Ratner, an Asia expert who served in the Obama administration, said Washington had failed to craft a strategy to convince China to halt militarisation of the man-made islands. “Until China believes that there will be significant costs . . . I don’t think they have any reason to slow down,” said Mr Ratner. “They have been pushing on an open door and have been surprised at how little resistance they have faced.”


Critics say the Obama administration took too cautious an approach to avoid creating tensions that would hurt the ability for co-operation on other issues. Meanwhile, some experts say the Trump team has given China a relatively free pass to maximise the chances it will boost pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.

Somehow we suspect the Trump administration will end up being slightly less "accommodating" over the long term...

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          Russia Deploys More Modern Weapons Systems in Syria as US Raises Rhetoric   

Photos and images of the recent visit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Russia-administered Humeimim airbase in Lattakia province show that the Russian Air Force has deployed more modern warplanes and missiles in Syria recently.

          China sanguine as Trump-Xi 'bromance' sours over North Korea, Taiwan   

China sanguine as Trump-Xi 'bromance' sours over North Korea, TaiwanBy Ben Blanchard and Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - China reacted relatively calmly on Friday after a series of diplomatic broadsides by the United States, expressing anger over new arms sales by Washington to Taiwan but hoping ties could soon be brought back on track. U.S. officials have said President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inability to restrain North Korea's arms and missile programs. This week, the United States imposed sanctions on two Chinese citizens and a shipping company for helping North Korea's weapons programs, announced a $1.4 billion arms sale for Taiwan, and said it would like sick Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo to be treated "elsewhere".

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          A growing rift among the “Fatimists”   
A growing rift among the “Fatimists”
As Cornelia Ferreira mentioned in her inaugural post here at akaCatholic, Fatima Through the Lens of Vatican II: As Illustrated by Raymond Cardinal Burke:
The WAF/Blue Army has long broadcast the Vatican’s Party Line on Fatima. Now an International Public Association of Pontifical Right, it claims it’s “the only Fatima organization in the world which speaks ‘in the name of the Church’ and ‘with the authority of the Church on Fatima.”
Its “charisma” is “the New Evangelization of the world through the authentic Message of Fatima.” Its “responsibility” is to “guard the purity of the message.”

In this, so-called “Fatimists” can find nothing controversial. Indeed, all concerned have long since recognized the formerly named Blue Army, now World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF), as the very definition of a “false friend” of the effort to spread Our Lady’s authentic message.
Where some apparently did find cause for offense was in Mrs. Ferreira’s suggestion that Cardinal Raymond Burke is allied to considerable extent with these enemies of Fatima as reflected in the “distortions and doubletalk” put forth in his recent presentation given at the Roman Life Forum.
She even went so far as to say that “Cardinal Burke’s favored source of information” is none other than the WAF, which, as she pointed out, “was very pleased with his speech.”
In this, she was referring in part to the reaction of David Carollo, Executive Director of WAF USA as given in a blog post on the group’s website under the title:
Call for consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart is hopeful sign of the times
The simple fact that the WAF applauded Cardinal Burke’s speech is enough to suggest that His Eminence’s words may not represent a “vindication” of Fr. Nicholas Gruner as some claimed.
In any case, it will be informative to take a closer look at what Mr. Carollo had to say. He begins:
A few days ago at the Rome Life Forum, Cardinal Raymond Burke gave a compelling address on “The Secret of Fatima and a New Evangelization,” calling for a consecration of Russia in “recognition of the importance which Russia continues to have in God’s plan for peace and a sign of profound love for our brothers and sisters in Russia.”
Notice the wording, “calling for a consecration of Russia…”
Is this simply Carollo’s attempt at damage control after effectively having been called out by a member of the College of Cardinals for falsely claiming that the consecration was already done, or does it reflect an accurate reading of His Eminence’s words?
Clearly, in my view, it is the latter. Carollo goes on:
While acknowledging his certitude that St. John Paul II carried out the collegial consecration of the world, including Russia, on May 25, 1984, Cardinal Burke said, “Today, once again, we hear the call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, in accord with her explicit instruction.”
In reference to the “pressure” placed on John Paul II to refrain from making an “explicit reference to Russia” during his 1984 consecration of the world, Carollo wrote:
These pressures should not be the case today and to make the consecration again with explicit mention of Russia is nothing more than following what John Paul II himself said of his consecration…
NB: …to make the consecration again.
At this, Carollo, just as Cardinal Burke had in his speech, quoted John Paul II – the man who bears more responsibility than any other for the massive Vatican cover-up of the Fatima message for which the WAF exists to continue:
“Mary’s appeal is not for just once. Her appeal must be taken up by generation after generation, in accordance with the ever new ‘signs of the times.” It must be unceasingly returned to. It must ever be taken up anew.”
Carollo went on to reiterate in the plainest terms possible one of the central positions held by the WAF; one that also forms a fundamental part the official Vatican deception:
After the 1984 consecration was done, Sister Lucia confirmed that it was “accepted by Heaven.”
Get that?
Those who, after the example Fr. Nicholas Gruner, are laboring even now for the consecration of Russia as if it has yet to be done; all in anticipation of the promised fruits that Our Lady attached to her request, are wasting their time.
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
As for how one might be assured that the consecration was in fact done to Our Lady’s satisfaction, Carollo pointed to the following events that unfolded in the Soviet Union thereafter as a sort of proof that it resulted in peace:
– On May 13, 1984 (feast of Our Lady of Fatima) an explosion destroys 80 percent of the Soviet Union’s main munitions storage depot for its largest fleet; two-thirds of its missiles are destroyed
– On Dec. 13, 1984, an explosion in Siberia destroys the Soviet Union’s largest ammunition base
– On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident occurs and we now know it staved off a planned nuclear strike on Europe in retaliation for the arrival of U.S. Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe.
– May 12, 1988, an explosion wrecks the Soviet factory that made rocket motors for its deadly long-range missiles.
Get that?
Three explosions and a nuclear disaster is what passes for the promised period of peace according to the enemies of Fatima.
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
About the conversion of Russia that was also promised, Carollo suggested that there is evidence that it is indeed taking place as a direct result of the 1984 consecration:
People are converting back to God … Young people, having grown up in atheistic families, are drawn to the beauty, truth and rich culture that the Catholic, Russian Orthodox and other Christian religions provide. I have been to Russia a number of times and can affirm, the Faith is on the rise there.
Get that?
The “conversion” being peddled by the WAF isn’t a conversion to the one true Faith, but rather one that includes persons entering both the schismatic and the heretic communities!
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
I trust at this you get the point.
It has become ever more clear in recent days, in ways both public and private, that a “rift” has arisen between persons once united in the effort to promote the authentic message of Fatima.
This division didn’t begin with Cardinal Burke’s speech. His presentation did, however, manage to magnify it.
At this, it would seem beneficial for  all concerned to return to some of the common ground that we share as a launching point for future discussions:
We know very well that the mission of the World Apostolate of Fatima is to distort the true message of Fatima in order to give it the appearance of compatibility with the aims of the “conciliar Church” – the church-of-man that emerged following Vatican II; the very “suicide of altering the faith” that Our Lady wished to preempt.
As such, anyone who actively collaborates with the WAF in its mission of deception, even if unwittingly and with every good intention, is no friend of Fatima.
Surely, all who wish to promote Our Lady’s authentic message after the example of Fr. Nicholas Gruner can agree on at least this much.
Might I suggest that keeping this in mind moving forward will prove useful.
          After Sy Hersh's Bombshell Investigation, Why Won't Media Tell the Real Story of Trump's Military Strike in Syria?   
Western media are continuing to do their part in the propaganda war on Syria.

If you wish to understand the degree to which the supposedly free western media are constructing a world of half-truths and deceptions to manipulate their audiences, keeping us uninformed and pliant, there could hardly be a better case study than their treatment of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.

All of these highly competitive, for-profit, scoop-seeking media outlets separately took identical decisions: first to reject Hersh’s latest investigative report, and then to studiously ignore it once it was published in Germany last Sunday. They have continued to maintain an absolute radio silence on his revelations, even as over the past few days they have given a great deal of attention to two stories on the very issue Hersh’s investigation addresses.

These two stories, given such prominence in the western media, are clearly intended to serve as “spoilers” to his revelations, even though none of these publications has actually informed their readers of his original investigation. We are firmly in looking-glass territory.

So what did Hersh’s investigation reveal? His sources in the U.S. intelligence establishment told him the official narrative that Syria’s Bashar Assad had dropped deadly sarin gas on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 was incorrect. Instead, they said, a Syrian plane dropped a bomb on a meeting of jihadi fighters that triggered secondary explosions in a storage depot, releasing a toxic cloud of chemicals that killed civilians nearby.

One might assume that an alternative narrative of the events would be of great interest to the media, given that Donald Trump approved a military strike on Syria based on the official narrative. Hersh’s version suggests that Trump acted against the intelligence advice he received from his own officials, in a highly dangerous move that not only grossly violated international law but might have dragged Assad’s main ally, Russia, into the fray. The Syrian arena has the potential to trigger a serious confrontation between the world’s two major nuclear powers.

But in fact, the western media were supremely uninterested in the story. Hersh, once considered the journalist’s journalist, went hawking his investigation around the U.S. and UK media to no avail. In the end, he could find a home for his revelations only in Germany, in the publication Welt am Sonntag.

There are a couple of possible, though unlikely, reasons all English-language publications ignored Hersh’s story. Maybe they had evidence his inside intelligence was wrong. If so, they have yet to provide it. A rebuttal would require acknowledging Hersh’s story, and none seems willing to do that.

Or maybe the media thought it was old news and would no longer interest their readers. It would be difficult to sustain such an interpretation, but at least it has an air of plausibility—except for everything that has happened since Hersh published last Sunday. His story has spawned two clear “spoiler” responses from those desperate to uphold the official narrative. Hersh’s revelations may have been entirely uninteresting to the western media, but strangely they have sent Washington into crisis mode.

Of course, no U.S. official has addressed Hersh’s investigation directly, which might have drawn attention to it and forced western media to reference it. Instead, Washington has sought to deflect attention from Hersh’s alternative narrative and shore up the official one through misdirection. That alone should raise the alarm that we are being manipulated, not informed.

The first spoiler, made in the immediate wake of Hersh’s story, was statements from the Pentagon and White House warning that the U.S. had evidence Assad was planning yet another chemical attack on his people and that Washington would respond harshly if he did so.

Here is how the Guardian reported the U.S. threats:

The U.S. said on Tuesday that it had observed preparations for a possible chemical weapons attack at a Syrian air base allegedly involved in a sarin attack in April following a warning from the White House that the Syrian regime would ‘pay a heavy price’ for further use of the weapons.

On Friday, the second spoiler emerged. Two unnamed diplomats “confirmed” that a report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had found that some of the victims from Khan Sheikhoun showed signs of poisoning by sarin or sarin-like substances.

There are obvious reasons to be mighty suspicious of these stories. The findings of OPCW were already known and had been discussed for some time. There was absolutely nothing newsworthy about them.

There are also well-known problems with the findings. There was no “chain of custody”—neutral oversight—of the bodies that were presented to the organization in Turkey, as Scott Ritter, a former weapons inspector in Iraq, has noted. Any number of interested parties could have contaminated the bodies before they reached OPCW. For that reason, OPCW has not concluded that the Assad regime was responsible for the traces of sarin. In the world of real news, only such a finding—that Assad was responsible—should have made the OPCW report interesting again to the media.

Similarly, by going public with their threats against Assad, the Pentagon and White House did not increase the deterrence on Assad, making it less likely he would use gas in the future. That could have been achieved much more effectively with private warnings to the Russians, who have massive leverage over Assad. These new warnings were meant not for Assad but for western publics, to bolster the official narrative that Hersh’s investigation had thrown into doubt.

In fact, the U.S. threats increase, rather than reduce, the chances of a new chemical weapons attack. Other anti-Assad actors now have a strong incentive to use chemical weapons in false-flag operation to implicate Assad, knowing that the U.S. has committed itself to intervention. On any reading, the U.S. statements were reckless—or malicious—in the extreme and likely to bring about the exact opposite of what they were supposed to achieve.

But beyond this, there was something even more troubling about these two stories. That these official claims were published so unthinkingly in major outlets is bad enough. But what is unconscionable is the media’s continuing blackout of Hersh’s investigation when it speaks directly to the two latest news reports.

No serious journalist could write up either story, according to any accepted norms of journalistic practice, and not make reference to Hersh’s claims. They are absolutely relevant to these stories. In fact, more than that, the intelligence sources he cites are not only relevant but are the reason these two stories have been suddenly propelled to the top of the news agenda.

Any publication that has covered either the White House-Pentagon threats or the rehashing of the OPCW report and has not mentioned Hersh’s revelations is writing nothing less than propaganda in service of a western foreign policy agenda trying to bring about the illegal overthrow of the Syrian government. And so far that appears to include every single U.S. and UK mainstream newspaper and TV station.



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          Emerging Markets: What has Changed   
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  • Chinese President Xi visited Hong Kong for the first time.
  • The US has proposed $1.3 bln of arms sales to Taiwan.
  • The Egyptian government raised fuel and cooking gas prices. significantly as part of the IMF program.
  • South Africa’s parliament has scheduled the no confidence vote on President Zuma.
  • Brazil’s central bank lowered its inflation target.
  • Brazil after President Temer was charged with corruption.

In the EM equity space as measured by MSCI, Brazil (+2.9%), Russia (+1.5%), and Turkey (+0.9%) have outperformed this week, while Czech Republic (-3.0%), Hungary (-1.2%), and Chile (-0.9%) have underperformed.  To put this in better context, MSCI EM fell -0.1% this week while MSCI DM fell -0.3%.

In the EM local currency bond space, Brazil (10-year yield -13 bp), Colombia (-6 bp), and China (-5 bp) have outperformed this week, while South Africa (10-year yield +27 bp), Philippines (+17 bp), and Hungary (+17 bp) have underperformed.  To put this in better context, the 10-year UST yield rose 14 bp to 2.28%. 

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Chinese President Xi visited Hong Kong for the first time.  The visit commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover. Xi stressed that the “one country, two systems” framework remains successful.  USD/HKD traded at its highest level since January 2016.

The US has proposed $1.3 bln of arms sales to Taiwan.  The package would reportedly contain early warning radar, anti-radar missiles, and naval torpedoes.  It was approved by the Defense Department and will move forward unless Congress blocks it within 30 days.  Of course, Chinese officials objected.

The Egyptian government raised fuel and cooking gas prices significantly as part of the IMF program.  Prime Minister Ismail said inflation (29.7% y/y in May) was likely to accelerate 4-5 percentage points as a result of the price hikes.  After a 300 bp hike in conjunction with the EGP float, the central bank remained on hold until it hiked 200 bp more to 16.75% in May.  

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          The Curious, Stressful Life of a US Military Drone Pilot   
By Jason Keobler for Motherboard
In a hangar at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, a 23-year-old soldier named Matthew stands in front of a plane he’s flown dozens, perhaps hundreds of times over Afghanistan, Iraq, perhaps Yemen or the Philippines, even parts of Europe. Except, he’s never physically been over any of those places, and he’s never been inside the plane.
Matthew, a drone pilot, has been on the front lines for the last three years without traveling more than 20 minutes from the nearest Walmart. His drone, the Global Hawk, is a surveillance and support plane—it isn’t armed, but it’s flying over many of the same places Predator drones are, and then, really, a few more.
“You can’t find a conflict where there’s not a Global Hawk nearby,” Paul Bauman, commander of Matthew's squad, told me.
That means there’s plenty of work for Matthew and his fellow pilots, and it also means that on Monday, he could be flying in Iraq near an Islamic State hotspot, Tuesday he could be playing basketball with his friends, and Wednesday he might be in Afghanistan. Thursday, he could be in Syria or Somalia or anywhere, really.
In most cases, Matthew or someone else takes control of a Global Hawk that is stationed halfway across the world. In others, he flies the ones located on base—they can fly from here to near the southern tip of South America and back without refueling.
Earlier this week, the USAF allowed me to talk to Bauman and several other soldiers involved in the United States' drone support program. Though the interviews were spontaneous and not pre-vetted, my tour of the base was tightly scheduled and tightly controlled.
I agreed to use the pilots' first names only in exchange for a look at what is, probably, the world's most extreme office job.
“They leave their house, drive three minutes, and walk into a metal box and it’s like walking into central command or Pacific command or another theatre,” Bauman said. “You fly your mission and walk out of the box, and you’re back in North Dakota.”
In other words, Matthew and his fellow pilots have no idea what conflict they're going to be involved in, or where that conflict is going to be, until hours before they're scheduled to fly. They are briefed, obviously, and Matthew told me that he "absolutely" knows what country he's flying in at any given moment, but noted that he could work with one team one day and not work with them again for months.
“It takes a certain kind of person to say ‘I just had dinner, but I’m ready to go,’” Matthew told me. “I’m in a position where I could do harm to someone on the ground or not provide that support someone needs. Their life is on the line. We take it very seriously, and we come in with our game face on.”
Maybe a small part of that seriousness comes from standing next to the Global Hawk, which is far larger and flies at far higher altitudes than the Predator. Though it has no pilot, if you hollowed out the inside, you could throw plenty of people in there; it’s nearly as large as a Boeing 747, and it’s far larger than I had imagined. It’s black and sleek and it can fly halfway around the world on one trip.
And most of those missions are flown out of here, in North Dakota. The base, in fact, doesn’t fly any manned missions and hasn’t since 2010. Bauman says that when it became clear drones were the future of the Air Force, the base wanted to stay on the cutting edge and transitioned to flying drones exclusively.
At the moment, it’s the only place in the United States where the classic Predator drone, the newer MQ-9 Predator (or “Reaper” drone), and the Global Hawk are all flown.
So now, the front lines of the various wars the United States has found itself engaged in extends out to Grand Forks, mentally, at least. What does that mean for people like Matthew and two other drone pilots I spoke to, Ryan and Brad? Both of them said that, well, it's kinda weird that they don't know what conflict they're going to be involved in until just hours beforehand.
You come home and have dinner with your wife and family and, well, you can't tell them anything about what happened. 
Well, who the hell knows. Just as the military has experimented with the mental health of thousands of troops overseas, it’s now experimenting with the mental health of soldiers on its domestic bases, ones who might be with their spouses and children during the day and engaged in war at night.
In fact, a study published last year by the Department of Defense suggested that drone pilots suffer from post traumatic stress disorder in much the same way as soldiers on the ground. An Air Force survey initially found that they experience anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and nine other psychiatric disorders at rates higher than those with other Air Force support roles, but once adjusted for age and other factors, the rates were similar. Other studies are ongoing.
“In some ways it’s harder. If you have a tough day—for whatever reason—all that stuff, the mission, is classified,” one former Air National Guard soldier, who helped command a Predator squadron, told me. “So, you come home and have dinner with your wife and family and, well, you can’t tell them anything about what happened.”
Ryan said that he’s a “step back” from the front lines because he’s not actually pushing the button to fire a missile. The Predator commander told me that many of those pilots take solace in the fact that they’re merely following flight orders, not making the call to pull the trigger, a decision made overseas.
But what if he were? There are hundreds of other pilots who do, in fact, discharge weapons and then return home to their families, day after day, year after year.
Bauman says that all drone pilots are given the same access to counseling and mental health support as all other soldiers, but aren't given any sort of specific, specialized support.
Talking to Matthew, it seems as though he understands the gravity of the work that he's doing.
"It’s very stressful. You can have a 90 percent slow-paced, average mission. Then, if something goes wrong, it's game on," he said. "I’m in charge of a very expensive aircraft over a bunch of people who could die. It’s in no way as trivial as a video game."

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          UWFi 'MOVING ON VI' - SAPPORO (9/26/91)   
This feels like the biggest show they've ran so far. The building, the fancy ring mat, the video opening, the buzz around Bob Backlund being in town. Takada even busted out the lilac ring attire!

Kiyoshi Tamura v Tatsuo Nakano

I was hoping this would be fun and I was not disappointed. Young and eager Tamura with a point to prove is the best. Maybe somebody in his life told him he wouldn't amount to much and this is him out to prove that that person was a fucking idiot. Maybe it was Nakano who told him because Tamura is even more hot-headed than normal. Usually he has a chip on his shoulder, but this time he had the whole bag of McCoy's. He refuses to shake Nakano's hand at the start and once again comes out with the double quick matwork, everything carrying a real sense of urgency. Nakano can't hang on the mat like that, but I thought it was pretty cool for the NARRATIVE~ how he just used his size advantage to wear Tamura down. At times it amounted to him rolling on top of Tamura and slowly working for position - which wasn't all that interesting, it must be said - but it worked for him because he started to open up a points lead. It also pissed off Tamura and young, pissed off Tamura is a blast. The more he struggles with Nakano's little medicine ball body the harder he works, and that leads to an awesome spot where he shoots in for a takedown and gets absolutely wiped with a knee to the face. Tamura's KO sell was wonderful, as was Nakano casually walking away like it wasn't even a thing. This of course only extends the points gap - Nakano hasn't dropped a single point yet while Tamura has lost half a dozen - and it makes Tamura even MORE annoyed. He starts shit talking and slapping Nakano and they both throw nasty little pot shots, because Nakano won't take that guff from anyone. At some point Nakano's nose starts bleeding (I mean, of course it does) and Tamura slaps him across the face, so Nakano throws a kind of downward palm thrust like he's trying to mash Tamura's head into the canvas. His flurry of palms strikes that dropped Tamura a second time was another really great spot. This all builds to the finish where Tamura basically shit talks Nakano into throwing one too many high kicks and Tamura catches him with an ankle lock. I liked this a bunch.

Gary Albright v Yuko Miyato

This went about how you thought it would. Albright looked far more like a killer in this than he did in the Anjoh fight. He threw a couple huge suplexes and smashed Miyato in the face with a nasty forearm. Miyato catches him in the stomach with a spin kick and the crowd reacts like that might somehow be the opening for the upset, but then he goes to follow up and Gary catches him and drills him with a scoop slam. Crowd were like "oh shit he might actually be able to winaaaaand never mind he's fucked." If I'm gonna watch Albright then I want him to launch dudes like they're bags of wheat, so I can't complain about this two and a half minutes.

Kazuo Yamazaki v Yoji Anjoh

Man this was good, which shouldn't really be a shock considering these are two of the three best workers in the company. Some of the stand up in particular was excellent, though maybe surprisingly it was Anjoh who was throwing the bombs. He reeled off a couple outstanding combos that ended with brutal kicks to the body. Yamazaki got the better of the ground game and had Anjoh frantically struggling for the ropes a few times. Anjoh was also really fun trying to avoid Yamazaki's kicks. There was one point where they were sprawling and countering, both of them looking for openings, and as Anjoh got to his knees he had to throw himself out the way of a Yamazaki missile. They never did it like one of your pre-rehearsed indy sequences. It wasn't telegraphed; it felt organic, like Yamazaki got to his feet first, spotted a chance to go for the knockout and Anjoh was able to move just in time.

Nobuhiko Takada v Bob Backlund

I'm assuming they made an arse of this and it wasn't Takada being a carny and booking himself to win in seventy seconds. Match had gone a little over a minute when Takada caught Backlund in the ribs with a kick, and Bob never got up after that. Similar deal to Takada/Fujiwara from the '96 show. It's a shame, because I remember liking their '88 match a ton and the crowd were pretty amped for Bob getting a run out. Takada also looked to be willing to sell Bob's suplexes like death (he stayed down for a 9 count off a back suplex inside forty five seconds), and it's always fun getting to see Bob work some amateur wrestling.

Post-match pockets of the audience start throwing garbage in the ring, presumably because they're pissed about the main event. Yamazaki comes out like the elder statesman and tells them to calm down or something and they actually seem to listen. I bet Yamazaki would be the best uncle. I liked this show even if nothing on it went beyond twelve minutes. Maybe that was welcome after the last two shows had thirty minute tags.
          Iranian Missile Launch Shows Israeli Deterrence Is Working   
Source: Iranian Missile Launch Shows Israeli Deterrence Is Working « LobeLog Published on July 1st, 2017 | by Guest by Shemuel Meir An extraordinary strategic event took place last week in the Middle East, when Iran launched surface-to-surface missiles against targets in Syria. This was the first-ever missile strike directed by Iran at a country bordering […]
          1/72 Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (Case X)   
1/72 Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (Case X)This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

F-102A Delta Dagger, designed and manufactured by Convair, was the first supersonic all-weather interceptor and also the world's first aircraft applied the 'Area Rule'. There were two different wings for the F-102As: the 'Case X' and 'Case XX' wings. The F-102As were mainly deployed in North American, while a small number of them were deployed in overseas bases during its service. F-102As also served in Vietnam War. After being retired from USAF, a part of F-102 aircrafts were transferred to the United States Air National Guard, others were sold to Greece and Turkey.

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1/72 scale plastic model kit of F-102A Delta Dagger is 289mm in total length and 161mm in width. It offers several strictly verified painting options, the best assembly and precise fit. The weapons bay can be built either open or closed. Built-in missile pylons are retractable. The cockpit is detailed and its canopy can also be built either open or closed. The exhaust nozzle is precise. Accurate model lines completely reproduce the perfect shape of the Area-ruled F-102A aircraft. Besides, the landing gears and airbrakes can be built either open or closed as well.

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          1/48 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A+/B/CF-188 with RAAF Decals   
1/48 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A+/B/CF-188 with RAAF DecalsThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations and, since 1986, by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft or 12,190 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio. The F/A-18 has excellent aerodynamic characteristics, primarily attributed to its leading edge extensions (LEX). The fighter's primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, Suppression of Enemy Air Defences (SEAD), air interdiction, close air support and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the Grumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.


- Royal Canadian Air Force 409SQ, 410SQ & 425SQ.
- Royal Australian Air Force No. 75SQ, No. 77SQ & No. 3SQ.
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- Decal designed by Cross Delta

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- Positional flaps, slat
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- CF-188 landing gear

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- Fuel tank
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          UPDATE 5-U.S. targets Chinese bank, company, two individuals over North Korea   
WASHINGTON, June 30- The United States imposed sanctions on two Chinese citizens and a shipping company on Thursday for helping North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and accused a Chinese bank of laundering money for Pyongyang. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the actions were designed to cut off funds that North Korea uses to build its weapons...
          UPDATE 4-Trump to press South Korea leader on trade as North Korea looms   
President Donald Trump will press South Korean President Moon Jae- in to solve trade differences over cars and steel in meetings in Washington focusing on the nuclear threat from North Korea. Concerns about the U.S. military's THAAD missile defense system and China's role in the region also are likely to come up in talks between Trump and Moon at the White House.
          UPDATE 3-Trump to press South Korea leader on trade as North Korea looms   
President Donald Trump will press South Korean President Moon Jae- in to solve trade differences over cars and steel in meetings in Washington focusing on the nuclear threat from North Korea. Concerns about the U.S. military's THAAD missile defense system and China's role in the region also are likely to come up in talks between Trump and Moon at the White House.
          UPDATE 2-Trump to press South Korea leader on trade as North Korea looms   
Concerns about the U.S. military's THAAD missile defense system and China's role in the region also are likely to come up during two days of talks at the White House. Moon has taken a wary stance on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system that the United States deployed in South Korea in March. "I think theyll have a friendly and frank discussion about the...
          Missile Dodge   
screenshotMissiles Again is een leuk vliegspelletje! Het doel is eenvoudig: verzamel zo veel mogelijk sterren voordat je geraakt wordt. Duik en wijk uit om de projectielen te ontwijken. Er komt van alles op je af!

          Syrian Government Rejects Report Saying Sarin Was Used in Attack   
The Syrian government on Saturday dismissed a report by the international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack in northern Syria, saying it lacked "any credibility." Western governments including the United States have said the Syrian government carried out the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which killed dozens of people. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons. The attack prompted a U.S. missile strike against a Syrian air base that Washington said was used to launch the strike. The report into the attack was circulated to members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, but was not made public. In a statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the fact-finding team had based its report on "the testimonies offered by terrorists in Turkey." Turkey is a major backer of the Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. After interviewing witnesses and examining samples, the fact-finding mission of the OPCW concluded that "a large number of people, some of whom died, were exposed to sarin or a sarin-like substance." Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, has described the report as biased. The April 4 attack on in northern Idlib province was the most deadly in Syria's civil war in more than three years. Western intelligence agencies had also blamed the Assad government. Syrian officials have repeatedly denied using banned toxins in the conflict. Chlorine gas A joint U.N. and OPCW investigation has found Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks in 2014 and 2015 and that Islamic State militants used mustard gas. Syria joined the chemical weapons convention in 2013 under a Russian-U.S. agreement, averting military intervention under then U.S. President Barack Obama. The United States said Wednesday that the Syrian government appeared to have heeded a warning this week from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack. Russia warned it would respond proportionately if the United States took pre-emptive measures against Syrian forces after Washington said on Monday that it appeared the Syrian military was preparing to conduct a chemical weapons attack.
          For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow - The New York Times   
TIRANA, Albania, June 8 — The highlight of President Bush’s European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight.

Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time.

“Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even in Michigan, he wouldn’t be as welcome.”

Thousands of young Albanians have been named Bill or Hillary thanks to the Clinton administration’s role in rescuing ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo war. After the visit on Sunday, some people expect to see a rash of babies named George.

So eager is the country to accommodate Mr. Bush that Parliament unanimously approved a bill last month allowing “American forces to engage in any kind of operation, including the use of force, in order to provide security for the president.” One newspaper, reporting on the effusive mood, published a headline that read, “Please Occupy Us!”

There are, to be sure, signs that the rest of Europe is tilting a bit more in America’s direction, narrowing the gap between “old” and “new” Europe that opened with disagreements over the Iraq war.

France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to forget the acrimony that marked his predecessor’s relations with the United States, even appointing a pro-American foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who supported the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

Shortly after taking office, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany did “not have as many values in common with Russia as it does with America.” She has since proposed a new trans-Atlantic economic partnership that would get rid of many non-tariff barriers to trade.

And Gordon Brown, who will succeed Tony Blair as Britain’s prime minister this month, has vacationed several times on Cape Cod and befriended a succession of Treasury officials. He is expected to maintain what Britons call the country’s “special relationship” with the United States, ahead of other American allies.

So “old Europe” has warmed toward the United States, although there has been no fundamental shift toward more American-friendly policies. But even in “new Europe,” as the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have been called, Albania is special.

Much of Eastern Europe has grown more critical of Mr. Bush, worried that the antimissile defense shield he is pushing will antagonize Russia and lead to another cold war. Many Eastern Europeans, Czechs and Poles among them, are also angry that the United States has maintained cumbersome visa requirements even though their countries are now members of the European Union.

But here in Albania, which has not wavered in its unblinking support for American policies since the end of the cold war, Mr. Bush can do no wrong. While much of the world berates Mr. Bush for warmongering, unilateralism, trampling civil liberties and even turning a blind eye to torture, Albania still loves him without restraint.

Mr. Bush will be the first sitting American president to visit the country, and his arrival could not come on a more auspicious day: the eighth anniversary of the start of Serbian troop withdrawals from Kosovo and ratification by the United Nations Security Council of the American-brokered peace accord that ended the fighting. Mr. Bush is pushing the Security Council to approve a plan that would lead to qualified Kosovo independence.

Albanians are pouring into the capital from across the region. Hotel rooms are as scarce as anti-American feelings.

Albanians’ support for the war in Iraq is nearly unanimous, and any perceived failings of American foreign policy are studiously ignored. A two-day effort to find anyone of prominence who might offer some criticism of the United States turned up just one name, and that person was out of the country.

Every school child in Albania can tell you that President Woodrow Wilson saved Albania from being split up among its neighbors after World War I, and nearly every adult repeats the story when asked why Albanians are so infatuated with the United States.

James A. Baker III was mobbed when he visited the country as secretary of state in 1991. There was even a move to hold a referendum declaring the country America’s 51st state around that time.

“The excitement among Albanians over this visit is immeasurable, beyond words,” said Albania’s new foreign minister, Lulzim Basha, during an interview in his office, decorated with an elegant portrait of Faik Konica, who became the first Albanian ambassador to the United States in 1926. “We truly believe that this is a historic moment that people will look back on decades later and talk about what it meant for the country.”

Mr. Bush’s visit is a reward for Albania’s unflinching performance as an unquestioning ally. The country was among the first American allies to support Washington’s refusal to submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. It was one of the first countries to send troops to Afghanistan and one of the first to join the forces in Iraq. It has soldiers in both places.

“They will continue to be deployed as long as the Americans are there,” Albania’s president, Alfred Moisiu, said proudly in an interview.

Most recently, the country has quietly taken several former detainees from the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, off the Bush administration’s hands when sending them to their home countries was out of the question. There are eight so far, and Mr. Moisiu said he is open to accepting more.

Mr. Rama, Tirana’s mayor, says he is offended when Albania’s pro-Americanism is cast as an expression of “provincial submission.”

“It’s not about being blind,” he said, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States. “The U.S. is something that is really crucial for the destiny of the world.”

The pro-American feeling has strayed into government-commercial relations. The Albanian government has hired former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as a consultant on a range of issues, including the implementation of a national identity card.

Many people questioned the procedures under which a joint venture led by Bechtel won Albania’s largest public spending project ever, a contract to build a highway linking Albania and Kosovo. President Moisiu said state prosecutors were now looking at the deal.

In preparation for Mr. Bush’s six-hour visit, Tirana has been draped in American flags and banners that proclaim, “Proud to be Partners.” A portrait of Mr. Bush hangs on the “Pyramid,” a cultural center in the middle of town that was built as a monument to Albania’s Communist strongman, Enver Hoxha. State television is repeatedly playing a slickly produced spot in which Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomes Mr. Bush in English.

What Mr. Bush will get in return from the visit is the sight of cheering crowds in a predominantly Muslim nation. When asked by an Albanian reporter before leaving Washington what came to mind when he thought of Albania, Mr. Bush replied, “Muslim people who can live at peace.”

Albania is about 70 percent Muslim, with large Orthodox and Catholic populations. To underscore the country’s history of tolerance, President Moisiu will present Mr. Bush with the reproduction of an 18th-century Orthodox icon depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus flanked by two mosques.

“President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.

Tim Golden contributed reporting from Tirana, and Alan Cowell from London.
          Advanced Missile Defense Systems Engineer / Orlando, Florida - Lockheed Martin - Tampa, FL   
Louis, Sunnyvale, Tampa, Tucson, West Palm Beach, White Sands Missile Range. Lockheed Martin is looking for experienced systems engineers with a minimum of an...
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          Joel Simpson on deep state issues, Barrie Zwicker on false flags, "immigrant invasions," and MSM censorship   
This show broadcasts LIVE 8 to 10 pm Eastern Friday, June 30th at - click on Studio B - then gets archived about 24 hours later.  For only $4 a month you can listen to shows on-demand before they are broadcast - and also get free downloads. Help Kevin keep these shows on the air – Click HERE!  

Joel Simpson
First hour: Joel Simpson has "had careers in college teaching, jazz piano and music software" but is happiest now as a professional photographer. He also has a good eye for truth (as opposed to "public myth.") Tonight we will discuss election integrity, deep state issues, 9/11 and false flag "terrorist" operations.
     Joel wrote a terrific report on the Left Forum (and its "banned" co-event, the Left Out Forum). In it, he writes: "Growing up, as I did, in the traumatic shadow of the Holocaust, I embraced Zionism as a young person—it was the dominant ideology of my Jewish education—insensitive to its implicit racism, and only came to realize its truly oppressive dimensions in the early 1980s." Since then he seems to have fully recovered, as evidenced by these excerpts from an emailed defense of the Left Out Forum: 

"I have learned a lot observing this mostly covert conflict (over holocaust revisionism). On one hand, there are legitimate historical researchers who are questioning some of the long-accepted beliefs about the Holocaust, which is perfectly legitimate. Historians change perspective on major events from generation to generation. It's happened to slavery and the Civil War, the two World Wars, the British Empire, and many other historical subjects, whose massive existence was never denied. However, the Holocaust has become sacrosanct as part of the justification for Israeli ethnic cleansing and subsequent oppression, hence Norman Finkelstein's book The Holocaust Industry, which sounded pretty outrageous when it came out, I admit. The almost inconceivable horror of the Holocaust was being treated as a commercial product—and I was brought up immersed in Holocaust history—and yet, this is what the Israelis seemed prepared to do and have done. Because of the Holocaust's special status, anyone whose research conflicts with any part of the official story is branded as a H. denier! This is simply ridiculous, as any serious student of history knows...
     "So 'Holocaust denier' has become like 'conspiracy theorist': a term that stifles debate and automatically discredits anyone who questions official policies in a particular domain. This doesn't mean that there aren't real nuts who try to deny the historicity of the Holocaust, but these are fringe elements, not respectable and credentialed academics who are honestly questioning Israel's neo-colonialist oppression, or taking a second look at the horrors of the Holocaust. History, as you of all people know, is immensely complex and can never be exhaustively accounted for. We can only take pieces of it and try to make sense of it, and so it is rewritten every generation or so. 
     "As for 'conspiracy theorist,' you probably know that the CIA invented this term around 1967 to silence critics of the JFK Assassination investigation, which was a sham, as is well known today. I avoid the term because of this origin, and as Lance deHaven Smith points out in his brilliant book Conspiracy Theory in America, the term is used to discredit people who simply connect the dots and come to conclusions other than those of the power structure—as was done in the Declaration of Independence itself. 
    "Having said that, I refuse to condemn by association, especially when I have direct experience of a person. I have read a lot of what Kevin Barrett has written, and there isn't a shred of anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial in it. In fact, he's quite ecumenical. Same for Prof. Anthony Hall, who was crassly smeared on his Facebook page, then suspended without pay, but ultimately exonerated."

Second hour: Leading Canadian media critic Barrie Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11, recently submitted an op-ed to the Toronto Star, Canada's largest circulation newspaper. It begins:

"The June 5 headline in The Star reads: 'Public safety minister reassures Canadians ahead of Canada Day celebrations.' The story quotes Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale as saying the RCMP and other security agencies are taking 'necessary and appropriate steps' to protect people at Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations this summer. This Canadian would be more reassured if the minister declared there will be no more unnecessary and inappropriate police-manufactured fake 'terror plots'—such as the one on Canada Day 2013 in Victoria, B.C. perpetrated by the RCMP."

Barrie has not heard back from the Star, so he suspects they have deemed his article other articles he has submitted touching on false flag terror, 9/11 truth, and related subjects. So much for media criticism in Canada!

We will also discuss:

*Weaponized migration (the topic of Mike Springmann's book, reviewed by Barry here.)

*The Sanders/Corbyn phenomenon. Barrie opines: "Certainly the left ain’t dead, especially among younger voters."

 *Sy Hersh’s fascinating article about how Trump’s decision to launch cruise missiles against the Syrian air base was arrived at.
          Trump is taking the wrong approach to China on tech, says ex-Reagan official who helped beat Soviets   

Trump is taking the wrong approach to China on tech, says ex-Reagan official who helped beat SovietsThe guy who ran a Reagan-era program that helped the U.S. leapfrog the Soviet Union on missile defense wants President Trump to mimic its success.

          Comment on What Trump Can Expect from Putin by Patrick   
Shooting war between the West and Russia using missiles? Don't think that it will happen as it would be suicide for both parties. If there would be winning parties, it would be the Chinese who will, after a nuclear attack, occupy all of Russia and annex it to China. And Latin America & Mexico who will take back North-America. The dominant languages will then be Chinese and Spanish. Neither party will start this. So as the EU citizens are not willing to risk their comfortable lives for a geopolitical local warzone in Donbas, the only thing what will happen is for the etnic slavic nationals to kill themselves. Ukrainian slavs versus Russian slavs. Or Baltic slavs versus Russian slavs. And the west just stirs the pot and critizes Putin for his international policy. So either way, the Russian speaking persons will die, if not on short-term by a bullit then on long-term by the reduced birthrate. This should change ASAP!
          Comment on Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/06/28 … Open Thread by Bro 93   
July 1, 2017 there is fantastic Opportunity for a most lovely human future, with a firm foundation laid this week! In less than one week, despite desperate satanic maneuverings of demonic forces (transparent to more millions of awakened persons that has ever existed in the past record of human existence......) ever since November 9, 2017............... it is possible that in Hamburg July 7, 8.....?...Trump and Putin will bury the danger of our species sacrificing itself to the Fear and Loathing paradigm of the occult master magicians of Empire who yet seek to bedevil Humanity. There is also a sobering Danger: Despite 16 years of investigations by scores of highly qualified independent investigators, the perpetrators of 911 still go free. What happens to these demons if Trump, Putin and Xi agree that the New Terrific Trio (tenors, most likely.....) are calling the tune and not the Occult Conductor of Satan's Chorus of Demonic Minions of Empire???? What are they REALLY capable of to majorly mess up the next 6-7 days???? I submit: <b> Almost ANYTHING you can imagine!</b> Therefore, the absolute highest state of alert and heightened consciousness is called for, right now! I'm optimistic but realistic: relax our guard and we are likely to be snuck up on and either blown up or strangled, and robbed of the Historic Opportunity. Now, on 911. That's the wake up call that has over 50% of formerly dead asleep Americans rubbing the sleep out of their eyes and wondering what kind of a bad dream they've been unconsciously living. I've read several books on the subject. I still maintain that the deepest vein of gold (truth metaphor, not $) is the spiritual insight inherent in the ritualistic aspects of the crime: A kabbalistic/freemasonic "manifestation " ritual intended to drive "spirit" of the USA (and human consciousness, in general......) below the foundations of WTC and bury it there, for the unfettered reign of Fear and Evil Control Through Fear and Unconsciousness. At the same time, I have tried to keep up with new developments and insights. For example, Saker's comment the other day that we was "100% certain" that the Russian leadership has been fully aware of the essentials, for a long, long time. I haven't had time to read Judy Wood's work or <b> everything written on the technical aspects of the crime </b>. Collateral Damage I and II were fantastic, on the finaincial/strategic (the attempt to "buy up" Russia's oil and gas giants with half a trillion of criminally created and hidden liquidity, courtesy of the Magnificent Masonic Magic Stunt nearly 16 years ago. However my uneasiness and vigilance regarding what the demons will pull THIS WEEK led me, this very morning, to an article that ties up more of the loose ends <b> on the technical means by which the crime was conducted </b> than anything I have seen so far. So let me share that with you, Guardian Angels: <b>"Yes, Virginia, there really were hijackers on the 9/11 planes—but not the ones we were told."</b> ESPECIALLY answers the question: What happened to the planes and passengers of 11, 175 and 77??? that I have never yet, until this morning seen addressed by those that insist only a missile could have hit the Pentagon (and I now think....same thing was done with WTC 1 and WTC 2 cloaked in holographic images of planes...) but mostly avoid even raising the question: Where did Flight 77 and its passengers go??? I would only go a little farther: The hijackers (I can fully handle <b> length....</b>without either naive belief or rigid brainwashed scepticism) most likely were Mossad, as Perloff amply lays out not just the possibility, but the high probability. But the agency is older than Israel, and Israelis also need and deserve to be freed of it as much OR MORE than Americans need and deserve to be freed of that evil. IF they continue waking up, are increasingly vigilant, and do not succumb to fatigue or fear.
          Relations entre Syrie et Israël   
Israël bombarde à nouveau la Syrie (30/06/2017)
Une roquette en provenance de Syrie tombe dans le Golan (30/06/2017)
L'aviation israélienne visée par l'armée syrienne (17/03/2017)

Israël bombarde à nouveau la Syrie (30/06/2017)

Le avec AFP | 30.06.2017 à 16h37 • Mis à jour le 30.06.2017 à 17h02

La tension monte sur le plateau du Golan. L’aviation israélienne a de nouveau bombardé, vendredi 30 juin, une position de l’armée syrienne, quelques heures après qu’une roquette tirée depuis la Syrie a frappé cette région occupée par l’Etat hébreu, a annoncé l’armée israélienne.

Selon elle, une roquette a été « tirée de Syrie dans une zone inhabitée dans le nord du plateau du Golan », sans faire de dégâts ni de blessé. Elle a précisé que ce projectile résultait de « combats internes en Syrie ».

C’est la quatrième fois en une semaine que des roquettes et projectiles atterrissent dans la partie du Golan occupée par Israël. La région est également connue pour être le lieu d’affrontements entre les forces du régime de Bachar Al-Assad et des groupes rebelles.

En état de guerre

Lors d’un discours tenu mercredi, le premier ministre israélien Benyamin Nétanyahou a assuré qu’Israël ne tolérerait aucun tir contre son territoire et répliquerait en cas d’attaque. « Quiconque nous attaque, nous l’attaquerons. Telle est notre politique et nous la poursuivrons », a-t-il lancé.

L’armée israélienne a mené plusieurs frappes aériennes en Syrie depuis 2011, date du début de la guerre, la plupart visant, selon elle, des convois ou entrepôts d’armes destinées au Hezbollah, mouvement chiite libanais, allié du régime syrien.

Israël occupe depuis 1967 et la guerre de Six-Jours quelque 1 200 km2 du plateau du Golan. Cette annexion n’a jamais été reconnue par la communauté internationale. Environ 510 km2 restent sous contrôle syrien.

Les deux pays sont officiellement toujours en état de guerre.

Une roquette en provenance de Syrie tombe dans le Golan (30/06/2017)
Par Le avec AFPMis à jour le 30/06/2017 à 13:51 Publié le 30/06/2017 à 13:44

L'armée israélienne a annoncé aujourd'hui que des projectiles en provenance de Syrie avaient atterri dans la partie du Golan occupée par l'Etat hébreu, sans faire de dégâts ni blessé. "Une roquette a été tirée de Syrie dans une zone inhabitée dans le nord du plateau du Golan", affirme l'armée israélienne dans un communiqué.

C'est la quatrième fois en une semaine que des roquettes et projectiles atterrissent dans la partie du Golan occupée par Israël depuis 1967. L'armée a indiqué que les tirs de projectiles résultaient de "combats internes en Syrie", autrement dit qu'ils ne visaient pas ce secteur du Golan.

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Des tirs de roquettes ou de projectiles en provenance de Syrie ont régulièrement lieu dans cette région à la suite d'affrontements entre les forces du régime de Bachar al-Assad et des groupes rebelles. L'armée israélienne a mené plusieurs frappes aériennes en Syrie depuis 2011, date du début de la guerre civile, la plupart visant selon elle des convois ou entrepôts d'armes destinées au mouvement chiite libanais Hezbollah, allié du régime syrien.

Israël occupe depuis 1967 quelque 1.200 km2 du plateau du Golan, qu'il a annexés, une décision que n'a jamais reconnue la communauté internationale. Environ 510 km2 restent sous contrôle syrien. Israël et la Syrie sont techniquement toujours en état de guerre.

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Il y a qques instants, un projectile perdu en provenance de Syrie a explosé dans une aire ouverte du nord du plateau du Golan. Pas de blessé
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L'aviation israélienne visée par l'armée syrienne (17/03/2017)

Un F-16 de l'armée israélienne. Photo d'illustration.
Un F-16 de l'armée israélienne. Photo d'illustration.

Damas affirme avoir «abattu un appareil» qui venait d'effectuer une mission dans la région de Palmyre. Tsahal dément, expliquant avoir intercepté un projectile. Les décombres d'un missile antiaérien ont été retrouvés.

Les habitants de plusieurs localités situés au nord de la vallée du Jourdain ont été réveillés dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi par le son des sirènes suivi d'au moins deux puissantes explosions. Selon le porte-parole de Tsahal, il était environ 2h30 quand le système de défense antimissile Arrow a intercepté un projectile tiré contre un avion israélien qui rentrait de mission.

Un communiqué diffusé à l'aube précise que l'armée de l'air israélienne venait de frapper «plusieurs cibles» sur le territoire syrien lorsque des missiles antiaériens ont été tirés dans leur direction, vraisemblablement par l'armée de Bachar el-Assad. «À aucun moment la sécurité des civils israéliens ou des appareils l'armée de l'air n'a été menacée», assure le porte-parole. L'armée syrienne affirme de son côté qu'elle «a abattu un appareil, en a touché un second et a forcé les autres à fuir».

Cette passe d'armes, dont les détails restent à préciser, est décrite par les médias israéliens comme l'incident le plus sérieux entre les deux pays depuis le début de la guerre au printemps 2011. L'armée syrienne indique que les appareils israéliens arrivaient de l'espace aérien libanais lorsqu'ils ont visé «une cible militaire» dans la région de Palmyre. Le porte-parole de l'armée israélienne, le lieutenant-colonel Peter Lerner, affirme que le raid «visait des composants stratégiques destinés au Hezbollah». Selon les médias jordaniens, les décombres d'un missile antiaérien ont été retrouvés dans la région d'Irbid, près de la frontière entre le Royaume hachémite et la Syrie.

Un semblant de dissuasion

L'armée israélienne, si elle a jusqu'à présent refusé d'intervenir dans le conflit, n'en a pas moins mené plusieurs dizaines de frappes aériennes contre des dépôts ou des convois d'armes sophistiquées - notamment des missiles sol-air et sol-mer fabriqués par la Russie - afin d'empêcher leur transfert au Hezbollah. Les stratèges israéliens refusent que la milice chiite profite du chaos syrien pour se doter d'équipements qui lui permettrait de modifier le rapport de force.

Le gouvernement de Benyamin Nétanyahou a longtemps privilégié une certaine discrétion pour permettre à Bachar el-Assad de ne pas répliquer sans perdre la face. Il a cependant fini par reconnaître il y a quelques mois son implication dans des raids de ce type. Mais la revendication par l'armée des frappes conduites dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi constitue une première, sans doute destinée à faire comprendre que l'irruption de l'armée russe dans le conflit syrien n'a pas dissuadé Israël de faire respecter ses lignes rouges.

Le régime de Bachar el-Assad, manifestement regonflé par la reconquête d'Alep et le recul militaire de l'opposition, semble de son côté vouloir rétablir un semblant de dissuasion face à l'aviation israélienne. Il a menacé vendredi matin de répondre au raid israélien «directement et par tous les moyens à [sa] disposition».

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          Comment on Extended Discussion – Group 3 by Charlie Wemyss-Dunn   
I agree with Otis's argument of the need to be specific with the terms we use and believe that his point agrees with the point that I made at the end of discussion today about how we can only combat terrorism in the Middle East by making it appear unappealing, and indeed, unjust. Demonstrating to the civilian populace how misguided and needless acts of terror are by appealing to their hearts and minds would have the effect of destroying the terrorist support base and recruitment drive. This demonstration can only come about through acts that gain the trust of civilians like building of infrastructure or the creation of schools but most importantly it would come about through US forces keeping the promises they make to local people and protecting rather than abandoning secured territory (this is especially the case in Afghanistan where after making false promises to civilians of protection in return for information/leads, the army will just evacuate the area leaving the civilians prone to reprisal.) The most important thing not to do is to fight fire with fire and destroy the homes and infrastructure of the people you are trying to win over and not to alienate. Now I understand that it is a very fragile and tricky situation since any person could be a possible terrorist threat, but this is the only way to appeal to people in a way that they can understand and that is local to them. In this sense I believe that all individuals have the same value system but are simply pushed to acts of an extreme nature due to their house being bombed or an innocent relative being needlessly shot. I don't want to criticize the US army because I know the Brits have been equally guilty of this in the past, but I feel that they need to stop relying on high-tech impersonal drones and destructive missiles and actually get to some effective counter-insurgency work! In this way not everyone will be or will want to be a 'terrorist' and support for terror tactics will fall.
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"I Saw Pieces of Bodies": Afghan Civilians Describe Terrorization by US Drones

Saturday, July 01, 2017 By Alex Edney-Browne, Truthout | News Analysis 
Predator drone with Hellfire missiles on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Credit: Alex Edney-BrownePredator drone with Hellfire missiles on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Edney-Browne)
The Trump administration's "drone policy," though early to characterize, is shaping up to be even more aggressive than the Obama administration's. There has been a significant increase in the number of drone attacks since Trump assumed office. In March 2017 parts of Yemen and Somalia -- where the United States is not formally at war -- were changed to "areas of active hostilities," making it easier for the US to launch drone attacks.

Many more civilians are dying than the US government publicly admits.

Through the Obama years and continuing with Trump, opponents of drone warfare have tended to highlight civilian casualties from drone attacks. They rightly argue that many more civilians are dying than the US government publicly admits. Another frequently raised concern is the secrecy of (and dubious legal basis for) the CIA's drone operations in "non-traditional battlefields" like Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. These are all pressing issues and will continue to serve an important role in ethical debates about drone warfare.
What is often neglected in these debates, however, is the use of drones by the US Air Force (not the CIA) in countries that the US is known to be active in: Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The Trump administration is deepening its military engagement in these conflicts, and has committed to the deployment of nearly 4,000 soldiers to Afghanistan. This troop surge is going ahead even though a corresponding long-term strategy for the war in Afghanistan is not yet decided. It is important to consider how the use of drones is affecting civilians' lives and livelihoods in these countries, how those effects will manifest in the future, and the long-term implications of this for diplomacy and security.
More Than Numbers: Afghan Civilians
"Bongak" and "Bnngina" are the terms used to describe military drones in different regions of Afghanistan: Dari/Pashto onomatopoeias because of the "bnng" sound they make as they hover above. Afghanistan is the world's most drone-bombed country, yet is commonly forgotten about in drone criticism and monitoring efforts. Drone surveillance and attacks began in Afghanistan in 2001, yet the civilian casualty toll has only been monitored since 2015. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the organization conducting this monitoring, reports that accurate figures are almost impossible to obtain because of the insecurity and inaccessibility of attack locations.

Quantitative data is not the best tool to convey how it feels to hear drones, to think about being spied on in your home or to fear a possible attack.

This means there are limitations to relying on civilian casualty figures when discussing the ethics of drone warfare in Afghanistan. More importantly, and this applies to all areas attacked and surveilled by drones, the effects of drones are much more profound and wide-ranging than a focus on casualty numbers invites the public to consider. Casualty figures can even work to dehumanize victims: Quantitative data is not the best tool to convey how it feels to hear drones, to think about being spied on in your home or to fear a possible attack. Despite the obvious challenges, it is important that researchers and journalists attempt to uncover and communicate the emotional and psycho-social harms of drone warfare. The recent documentary National Bird, which interviews Afghan drone victims, is one such example of the brave journalism needed.
Afghan Victims Detail Psycho-Social Harms
As a Ph.D. researcher based in Australia, going to Afghanistan to speak with drone victims seemed impossible for myriad reasons, including the rigorous ethics approval and "high-risk travel destination" application my university required. Persistence paid off, however, and I had the (difficult, heart-wrenching, yet moving) experience of meeting with more than 20 Afghans who live in provinces surveilled by drones, were injured in drone attacks or have lost loved ones to drone attacks. It is their stories that I share here, though I have changed their names to protect their privacy.
Despite researching drone warfare for almost four years, it was still surprising to learn about the extent of the effect on Afghan people's lives and livelihoods. From the psychological distress of living under drone surveillance, to the economic impact of a disability, to the sadness and stress experienced by the family of an injured person, the Bongak/Bnngina has damaged so many aspects of Afghan lives.
Saifullah, a 39-year-old, was injured in a co-joint helicopter and drone attack on February 21, 2010. The attack -- reported in the media as "Uruzgan helicopter attack," though victims say they also saw the drone launch missiles -- took place in Kijran District, Daikundi Province (not Uruzgan). According to these civilians, Daikundi was (and still is) a safe, government-controlled province of Afghanistan. The attack killed 21 civilians and injured 14. Saifullah's younger brother, a 23-year-old, was killed from metal shrapnel piercing his head. Saifullah needed a below-knee amputation on his left leg and now lives with a prosthetic. The "Uruzgan Attack" is unique for a US air attack in Afghanistan because it received Western media attention (many don't), and the transcript of the drone crew was successfully obtained by the LA Times through a Freedom of Information Act request. It is the only publicly available drone transcript. Media reporting of the event reveals the civilian casualty count. Saifullah's testimony is much more horrifying:
I heard everybody shouting and crying…. I saw pieces of bodies, even pieces like the size of this cup [points]. I lost my brother. My leg was broken and it was very painful. It is very difficult to see that situation with your own eyes, even for me to say it now. I hope that God does not show that kind of scene to anyone.
Seven years after that dreadful day, Saifullah is still feeling the impact. He has nightmares that wake him in a sweat, he discontinued his university education because his memory and concentration have since weakened, and he sometimes avoids seeing his nephew because it is too upsetting to be reminded of his dead brother.
Saifullah, a drone attack victim, lost his leg and the trauma to his head stopped him from concentrating at university. Credit: Alex Edney-BrowneSaifullah, a drone attack victim, lost his leg and the trauma to his head stopped him from concentrating at university. (Photo: Alex Edney-Browne)Thankfully drones rarely fly over Daikundi province, so Saifullah only sees and/or hears them once or twice a year when he travels to other provinces. This is a relief, as he finds the sound "very disturbing," and fears there will be "another attack on me or some other innocent civilians."
Meanwhile Abdul Qodus, a 45-year-old from Wardak Province, cannot escape being transported back to the day of the attack that killed his brother. The Bnngina (the name given to drones in Wardak) flies over regularly. "All day and all night it is there," he laments. "It is nonstop in our village." This did not seem to be an exaggeration: Abdul had even heard a drone the evening prior to our meeting. "All night I did not sleep more than two hours," he told me. Abdul's brother, a farmer, was killed in 2014. He was working alone -- taking goats up to the mountain -- when he was hit by a drone missile.

"I heard the drone attack and I ran to the mountain. The first thing I saw was the pieces of my brother's body."

"I heard the drone attack and I got out of the house, because I knew my brother had taken goats to the mountain and I thought maybe he has been attacked, and I ran to the mountain," he added. "The first thing I saw was the pieces of my brother's body."
Abdul and his family's lives have changed drastically since the death of his brother. They are now scared of taking their animals to the mountain. "This affects our financial situation. Because we don't have much land, we need to use the grass at the mountain. Our lives are connected to our animals."
Abdul described how the lives of the whole community had been disrupted by drone attacks on the mountain. Before Abdul's brother's death, four other civilians had also been killed on the mountain in a separate drone attack.
"We are a mountain village," he told me. "We go to the mountain to collect wood for fuel, for fires. We need it for our cooking and to make bread. We collect mushrooms and mountain leeks. We get water from the mountain, too, because there is a spring there. We use it to irrigate our farms."

Villagers are worried that the drones' surveillance cameras will mistake their innocent behavior for something nefarious.

Many other rural Afghans echoed that the ill effects of drones were felt not just at the individual and familial level, but also by the wider community. Villagers are worried that the drones' surveillance cameras will mistake their innocent behavior for something nefarious. "When there is a jirga [local meeting] in the village and a drone goes around, we are afraid because we think the meeting will be attacked," Shanaky Gul, a 25-year-old from Wardak Province, said.  Congregations of Afghan civilians have been targeted in the past. A study by Stanford Law School/NYU Legal Clinic, "Living Under Drones," likewise found that civilians in Waziristan, Pakistan, had stopped participating in communal and social activities because they feared gathering in groups.
Long-Term Strategy?
It is hard to fathom the long-term effects of drone-induced fear on the psycho-social health of Afghan people and their communities. It is clear, however, that the task of diplomacy and improving security is made more difficult as a result. An overwhelming majority of the Afghan drone victims interviewed voiced unfavorable views about the United States and its allies. How will Afghanistan's next generation of community leaders and politicians, who have grown up living under the buzz of drones, feel towards the nations responsible for operating them? A troop surge will not improve this diplomatic impasse. Ahmad, a 21-year-old elementary school teacher from Wardak Province, put it this way: "We don't want to have relations with the militaries of foreign countries. We don't want it and we don't like them. The ordinary people like you -- we like them and we want to have connections with them."   
Meanwhile, President Trump has repeatedly declared that he will "destroy radical Islamic terrorism," but has consistently shown that he does not understand the conditions in which terrorism thrives, overlooking the fact that  the Taliban has capitalized on anger caused by drones in its propaganda material and the madrassas (schools) it funds in Eastern Afghanistan.

"We cannot care as well for our farms as before," Abdul told me. "When we go, we go with fear, we go quickly."

The psycho-social toll of drone warfare and its knock-on effects for cross-cultural relations and security are missed by most drone warfare criticism. As I witnessed in Afghanistan, the wide-ranging and long-term negative impact of drone warfare go far beyond the civilian casualty statistics most often cited, affecting the lives of all who live in the areas patrolled by drones.
"We cannot care as well for our farms as before," Abdul told me. "When we go, we go with fear, we go quickly." 
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Alex Edney-Browne is a Ph.D. researcher in international relations at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her thesis investigates people's lived experiences of drone warfare, both Afghan civilians and US Air Force drone personnel. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexEdneyBrowne.

              Comment on Lynchings and Witch-Trials, Technology-Enhanced by Jonathan   
    <i>What the devil was the point of that cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield?</i> The point was to make clear that he is willing to do such things, and by implication worse, in his country's interest without hesitating, agonizing, running polls, triangulating, prevaricating about red lines, etc. This makes it less likely that he will have to do such things on a bigger scale in the future.
              Comment on Lynchings and Witch-Trials, Technology-Enhanced by dearieme   
    @CapitalistRoader: a cheering thought. But I fear that his campaign promise to stop fighting stupid wars that involve no vital American interest (I paraphrase) is looking shakier and shakier. What the devil was the point of that cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield? Am I really supposed to believe it was because he and his daughter blubbed over some photographs? Mind you, if he gets Hillary locked up I'd forgive him a great deal.

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    Cameron buries hatchet with Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell - and offers him £250,000 EU job
    Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction
    EU banker pay cap 'threatens thousands of British jobs'
    Revealed: One in four of UK's top companies pay no tax
    Banker Andrei Borodin granted asylum in Britain after fleeing Russia
    UK Explorer: Green Campaigning Has Failed
    UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'
    Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal
    Cameron vows to defend UK banks

    European Union
    Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
    Italy paralysed as Grillo plots exit route from euro
    Italian newcomer Grillo predicts collapse in six months
    Italy President Napolitano calls for realism after vote
    Greek military prepares for mass repression
    1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Greece
    At least 22 people hurt in Macedonia ethnic protests over new defense minister
    Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium
    Dark Rumblings Of A Coup D'État In Spain
    Spain Delays Catalunya Banc Auction
    Spain overturns Islamic face veil ban
    Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity

    Germany Blasted for Role in Europe's Crisis
    German states rail against 'stupid' wealth transfers
    Italian president says Germany must give EU recovery a boost
    Germany Debates Fracking as Energy Costs Rise
    Bitter feud divides family of Germany's reunification leader
    Racism in German military mirrors society
    Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder
    Angela Merkel Wishes Bulgaria's Borissov Quick Recovery
    Merkel cabinet lowers bars to German labor market
    Kerry praises Germany's 'exemplary leadership' in Europe
    Italian president scraps meeting with German opposition leader over "clown" remarks

    Hollande leads tributes to 'a great figure' and resistance fighter
    As France's Mali mission grows, so does terror threat from homegrown militants inside France
    France considers marijuana-based drug
    France will not reach 2015 disabled access target
    Paris seeks alternative to 75% tax
    France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia
    Hollande juggles trade, human rights in Moscow
    Hollande to Talk Syria Settlement With Putin
    Kerry holds talks on Mali with French leadership
    War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
    Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali
    US Seeks to Confirm Report of Terror Leader's Death
    Syria: Fierce Clashes in Provincial Capital Raqqa
    Assad Forces Take Aleppo Village, Reopening Supply Line
    Syrian President Assad Blasts British Government
    Iran Says Syria’s Assad to Run for 2014 Election
    How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?
    Syrian Rebels Angry Over US Aid: ‘Only Thing We Want Is Weapons’

    Insight Into Today’s News
    Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
    G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
    Norway Enters The Currency Wars
    The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
    The Last Liberal Branch of Government
    US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
    Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
    US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
    Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
    US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

    Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan to discuss peace with Palestinians
    Netanyahu gets two more weeks to form Israel coalition
    3 Syrian Mortars Land in Southern Golan Heights
    Gaza Border: Senior Officer's Vehicle Hit by Gunshots
    New coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs
    Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross border
    Palestinian PM evacuated from West Bank after Israeli soldiers fire teargas at protesters
    Sequestration: Israel Could ‘Gradually’ Lose $500 Million in US Aid
    Netanyahu blasts Erdogan's 'dark and libelous' criticism of Zionism

    Scud Missile Fired in Syria Lands Near Iraqi Village
    Bombs Kill at Least 22 in Iraqi Capital
    Erdoğan: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism same
    Turkey's Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
    Erdogan Calls for More Support for Syrian Opposition
    Kurdish leader 'outlines' Turkey peace plan
    More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'
    Turkey Provides Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
    Iraq budget stalemate deepens over Kurd oil payments
    Iraq continues to allow Iranian overflights to Syria

    John Kerry visits Egypt as dozens injured in violent protests
    Kerry urges Egypt to take difficult economic steps; opposition figures skip meetings
    Protesters Demand Armed Forces Intervention in Cairo
    Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.
    Bahrain Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail
    176 Protesters Held in Saudi Arabia
    Qatar's Influence in Egypt Runs Deeper Than Its Pockets
    Morsi criticized for reaction to tragedy
    Parties who boycotted Morsi's national dialogue invited to send suggestions
    Opposition refuse to stand in Egypt's parliamentary elections

    Ahmadinejad: National dialogue only way to end Syria crisis
    Ahmadinejad: West's war against Iran media doomed to failure  
    Ahmadinejad to Visit Pakistan This Month to Inaugurate IP Gas Pipeline Construction
    Threatening Iran Won't Help in Nuclear Talks, Envoy Says
    Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
    Head Of Iran's Qods Force Suggests Assad Is Vulnerable
    Sanction-Hit Iran Fears Unrest as New Elections Near
    Khamenei tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
    Ahmadinejad Aide’s Candidacy a Challenge to Iran’s Theocratic Status Quo
    Ahmadinejad, Zardari Stress Expansion of Iran-Pakistan Ties

    Hugo Chavez undergoing chemotherapy
    VP Maduro: Capriles Seeks Destabilization in Venezuela
    Venezuela decries "absurd" rumors over Chavez death
    Maduro: Chavez ‘battling’ for his life
    Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight
    Former envoy claims Venezuela's Chavez is dead
    Venezuela government denies rumours about Chavez
    Venezuelans hold demo in support of Chavez
    Student demonstration dispersed by authorities in Venezuela
    FARC: Colombia government to blame for coffee strike

    Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
    Rousseff Meets Nigerian Leader for Trade Talks
    Brazil's Unemployment Rises More Than Forecast in January
    Prosecutors investigate spying charges against consortium building dam in Brazil
    Brazil turns to Catholic Church to quash crack epidemic
    Brazil Wind Developers May Be Required to Build New Power Lines
    No one is safe from Argentina's drug war
    Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile
    Chilean Navy Saves 25 Stranded Whales, 20 Die
    Peru says American couple found; family wants 'proof of life'

    Nieto Says Justice Will Be Done in Union Boss’s Case
    Six Bodies Found in Mexico, Including Teenage Boy Earlier Arrested for Murder
    Mexican Daily Hit by Third Attack This Week
    Army Kills 4 Gunmen in Northern Mexico
    Two Police Gunned Down in Guatemala
    Fire hits big Mexico City marketplace
    Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
    Powerful head of Mexico teachers union is arrested
    Mexico to Launch New Police Force Later This Year

    Cuba Dissident’s Daughter Says Dad’s Death Was No Accident
    Cuban Dissidents Hope to Build Mass Organization
    A post-Castro Cuba
    Chavez Congratulates Raul Castro on Re-Election
    Castro Retirement News Prompts Tepid Response In Miami
    Transition now seen as underway in Cuba
    Cooperatives Could Save Cuban Socialism
    South African medical students in Cuba may be deported
    No ease for Cuba from US state sponsor of terrorism list

    United Nations
    U.N. Security Council asks for report on possible Mali peacekeepers
    Ban Tones Down Criticism of Rwanda Over Congo Claims
    UN chief says Iran should gain world confidence over its disputed atomic plan
    Libya to ask U.N. to lift arms embargo
    UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
    Emir of Ansar Dine added to US, UN

    Top World News Now                 
    February 26, 2013

    United States
    Obama To Tell Israelis of Plan for Iran War
    Obama's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'
    White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k
    Pentagon to Keep Gen. Allen Probe a Secret
    Kerry: US to Hasten Syria Government Change
    Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start
    Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
    Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?
    Listen up ladies! Next time there's a draft, Uncle Sam might want you too
    Homeland Security Chief Threatens Long TSA Lines From Sequester
    TB outbreak: LAPD urges officers to wear masks
    US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
    Billions at stake: US and BP clash in court over Gulf oil spill
    Nation of Islam asks for gang protection
    New York City homelessness continues to set new records
    Canadian Asteroid-Hunting Satellite Launched into Space

    Putin's KGB/FSB Converging with New IMF Banking FSB
    Putin signs radical anti-tobacco bill into law
    In Putin's Russia, Shooting the Messenger
    Medvedev: No Grounds for New ‘Cold War’
    Deputy FM Ryabkov: Iran sanctions may be lifted
    Zyuganov reelected Communist chief, vows reset in left-wing politics
    China, Russia ink major energy deal
    Moscow 'regrets' treatment of Russians abroad
    Moscow Welcomes Release of 15 Russian Sailors in Nigeria
    1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered
    Moscow Police Seize Large Cache of ‘Black Market’ Weapons
    At Least 17 Amur Tigers Dead in Russia's Far East in 2012
    Protests in Ukraine as EU gives May ultimatum
    Ukraine wields natural gas trump card in Brussels
    As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent
    State Duma Backs Putin's Foreign Assets Bill

    Xi vows peaceful path on Taiwan
    Xi calls for cross-Strait cooperation in realizing "Chinese dream"
    Xi rewards Chinese missile brigade for launching 100 missiles
    Hu Jintao meets KMT honorary chairman
    State councilor meets South Korea's new president
    South Korea's Park Warns North Against Nuclear Pursuits
    Foreign Ministry: All Japanese activities regarding Diaoyu Islands illegal
    Min of Environmental Protection refuses to release data from soil contamination investigation
    China to halt approvals for small coal mines
    2 Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate as Anti-China Protests Continue
    Tibet's Growing Tragedy: Self-Immolation Protests Reach 105
    5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet
    BBC World Service Shortwave Radio Blocked in China
    Chinese transport "workhorses" extending military's reach

    United Kingdom
    David Cameron: I'll stop migrant benefits
    John Kerry: US Won't Back UK on the Falklands
    Britain's top cardinal resigns over allegations 'he behaved inappropriately with priests'
    Family Targeted in North Belfast Blast Bomb Attack
    Cameron to hold talks with Kerry
    Head of Cameron's local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage
    Clegg denies cover up of associate's misconduct
    Tory threat to rival parties over libel law
    UK Ratings Cut Puts Spotlight on Budget
    Will Litvinenko-MI6 links be revealed?
    UK onshore wind farms to create more carbon dioxide than they save
    Tax Breaks Spur Record UK Offshore Oil & Gas Spend

    European Union
    Berlusconi revives political career in chaotic Italian election
    Italian markets celebrate Berlusconi’s poor performance in election
    Italy's center-left to win lower house, leads in Senate race
    Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election
    Angry Italians deliver austerity warning
    EU ministers discuss horse meat crisis
    EU holds breath over crucial Italy election
    Topless Femen protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election
    Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election
    Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected of Spying for Iran
    Spain police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest

    Merkel holds talks with Turkish leaders frustrated by slow-moving EU talks
    Germany presses Turkey for progress in lifting embargo on Cyprus
    German government backs ban on far-right party
    German Intel Paid Neo-Nazi Informer $240,000
    Bare-chested protesters take on Berlin
    Merkel: China, Russia seeing Syrian president's time is up
    Merkel Raises Turks' Hope Of European Union Entry
    Merkel kicks off sensitive visit to Turkey
    Merkel inspects German Patriot missiles in Turkey
    Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies
    Germany patient with France on deficit

    Hollande's Sarkozy joke riles French opposition
    Ayrault: Boko Haram Claiming to Hold French Family
    France blasts 'cruelty' as Boko Haram displays kidnapped family
    France to pause austerity, cut spending next year instead: Hollande
    Hollande urges compulsory labeling amid horsemeat scandal
    France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'
    France warns of kidnappings, attack risk in Benin
    France is euro 'problem child', frets Angela Merkel's party official
    War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
    Syrian Opposition Pledges to Attend Rome Summit
    Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition
    Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels 'Dangling in the Wind'
    Car blast rocks central Damascus, casualties reported
    Assad's Army Has Fled Entire Area Bordering Israel
    Syrian Refugees Riot in Jordan Camp; 3 Hurt
    Nearly 100 Rebels Are Reported Killed in Mali Battle
    No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali
    West African Mali forces to cost €715m

    Insight Into Today’s News
    Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
    G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
    Norway Enters The Currency Wars
    The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
    The Last Liberal Branch of Government
    US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
    Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
    US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
    Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
    US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

    Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
    Netanyahu urges the PA to calm rioters and stone throwers
    West Bank Streets 'Boiling' as Abbas Accuses Israel of Stoking Unrest
    IDF and Palestinians clash following prisoner's funeral
    West Bank Protests Grow, Fears of New Intifada
    Israel, US successfully test anti-missile system
    Palestinian officials accuse Israel of torturing inmate to death
    Palestinian Detainee’s Death in Israel Sparks Unrest
    Thousands of jailed Palestinians stage 1-day hunger strike

    Erdogan holds joint press conference with Merkel
    Kurdish Peace Process to Start After PKK Leave Turkey
    Erdoğan: Assad a ‘mute devil’ for not defying Israel
    Defense Minister Says 965 Suicides Among Soldiers in 10 Years
    Turkey in Key Stage to Address Kurdish Issue
    Turkey lists requests from Germany's Merkel
    Turkey eyes Karabakh step from Armenia to open ways
    Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession
    Turkey says aid pledges for Syrian refugees 'unfulfilled'
    Iraq shuts down 3 illegal tunnels to Syria

    Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks
    ElBaradei Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Parliamentary Election
    Egyptian Brotherhood Hits Back at Opposition Leader
    Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
    Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister
    Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call
    Morsi calls parliamentary elections in April
    Thousands hold anti-government protests in Egypt
    New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

    World Powers May Offer Iran Sanctions Relief at Nuclear Talks
    UK claims General Shateri actually died in January bombing of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy
    World Powers Seek Compromise in Iranian Nuclear Talks
    Ahmadinejad Admits to Economic Pain
    Iran tests suicide drones in ongoing military drill
    Iran denies downing foreign drone
    Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise
    Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
    Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants
    Iran sentences 4 to death in biggest bank fraud case
    Envoy: Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program

    Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions
    Indigenous Venezuelans Hold Ritual for Chavez
    Colombian Rebels Call on Santos to Save Peace Talks
    Villegas: Condition of cancer-stricken Chavez not "favorable"
    Prosecutor Accuses Former Colombian Governor of 2000 Massacre
    Bolivia's Morales says was unable to see Chavez in Venezuela
    Questions about political succession whirl in Venezuela after Chavez comes home
    Poll: Maduro would win vote if Chavez goes
    Chávez's return is obstacle for Venezuela's embattled opposition
    Bolivia's Morales arrives in Venezuela to visit President Chávez

    Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty
    Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated
    PM Medvedev begins visit to Brazil
    Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident's Brazil Event
    After Being Hounded by Protesters, Cuban Dissident Praises Brazil's Freedom of Expression
    Brazil dockers end China ship protest; port strike threat
    Argentina to renovate railways with Chinese trains in 2014
    Union Leader Protests by Bringing Trucks to Argentine Labor Ministry
    New tobacco law ignites controversy in Chile
    Ex-leaders of German sect in Chile enter prison to begin sentences for sexual abuse of minors

    Official Accuses CIA of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' the Drug Trade
    Nieto Meets with San Antonio Mayor
    Government Says Over 27,000 People Missing in Mexico
    Mexico Slaughters Nearly 500,000 Birds Infected with Avian Flu
    Guatemala Moves Up Ex-Dictator’s Genocide Trial
    Police Chief in Mexican Border City on Nuevo Laredo Missing
    Suspect in General’s Murder Arrives in Mexico
    Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
    Vigilantes reportedly release captives in southern Mexico

    Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
    Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba's President Will Be His Last
    Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance amid leadership speculation
    Cuban parliament gathers, president to be selected
    Esteban Lazo Elected New President of the Cuban Parliament
    Haitians Rage as UN Rejects Payout for Cholera Victims
    Yoani Sanchez May Be Top Dissident in Cuba, but She Agrees US Embargo Must Go
    Medvedev Discusses Meteorite Strike with Fidel Castro
    Raul Castro Mentions Possible Retirement

    United Nations
    UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
    Tunisia Arrests Suspect in Killing That Sparked Unrest
    African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal
    At least 53 killed in rival Arab militia clashes in North Darfur
    Tunisia's New Premier Promises Inclusive Government
    US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings
    Tunisia: Party Names Premier Candidate
    Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination
    Unesco agrees 5.6 million-euro plan to save Mali's cultural treasures
    Top World News Now                 
    February 21, 2013


     Heads up from AntiMullah. Separate vacations and Obambi brings Reggie Love back with  him. If you do  not know what this is, you need to visit/view more often to keep up with latest developments.

    Tone and content reflects information not normally provided by Lame Stream Media's love fest with Obambi. And worldwide events that discredit his claims and motives for anti-American, pro-Moslem Brotherhood policies and actions.
    Read and become knowledgeable and stop believing the incredible lies Obama feeds us at every opportunity. Lies his own Democrats increasingly have a problem swallowing and are intentionally leading our nation into certain fiscal and political destruction.

    United States
    GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
    Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
    Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
    White House announces online espionage response policy
    US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
    Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
    Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
    In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
    US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
    Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
    Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
    Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
    Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
    Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights

    Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
    Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
    Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
    Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
    IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
    Russia's missing billions revealed
    Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
    Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
    Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
    MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
    Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
    ‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
    French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
    Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
    Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars

    Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
    Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
    China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
    Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
    Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
    Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
    Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
    North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
    N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
    US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
    Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
    After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
    Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
    Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock

    Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
    Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
    Sars-like virus death reported in UK
    New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
    Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
    Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
    Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
    Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
    Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
    Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
    Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
    One in four Africans attacked in Ireland

    Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
    After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
    Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
    Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
    Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
    Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
    Iceland considers dropping its currency
    Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
    EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
    To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
    Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
    Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll

    Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
    Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
    German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
    Germany Sends Troops to Mali
    German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
    Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
    Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
    NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
    Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
    Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
    Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
    Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies

    Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
    Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
    Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
    Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
    French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
    France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
    Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
    France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
    France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
    War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
    Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
    Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
    US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
    Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
    Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
    Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
    Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
    Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
    Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
    Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
    Insight Into Today’s News
    Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
    G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
    Norway Enters The Currency Wars
    The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
    The Last Liberal Branch of Government
    US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
    Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
    US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
    Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
    US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

    Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
    Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
    Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
    Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
    Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
    West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
    Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
    Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
    'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
    Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania


    Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
    Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
    Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
    Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
    Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
    Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
    Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
    Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
    2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
    A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base

    Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
    Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
    Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
    Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
    Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
    Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
    MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
    Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
    Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
    Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
    Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'

    Top World News Now                 
    February 15, 2013

    United States
    Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
    NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
    Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
    Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
    Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
    Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
    Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
    High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
    600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
    Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
    Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
    Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
    CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea

    Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
    Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
    Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
    Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
    Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
    Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
    Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
    Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
    Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
    Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
    Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
    Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
    Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die

    Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
    Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
    Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
    China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
    China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
    Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
    S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
    South Korea flexes missile power after North test
    The Real Japan-China Conflict
    7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
    Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
    Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
    Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal

    Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
    EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
    UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
    Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
    British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
    UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
    Another policeman held in UK graft probe
    New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
    Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
    UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
    Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
    UK soap opera star faces child sex charges

    Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
    Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
    Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
    Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
    Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
    Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
    Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
    Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
    Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
    King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
    Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
    Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One

    Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
    Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
    German airports security staff strike continues Friday
    Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
    Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
    Barbarians at the Gate
    Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
    Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
    Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
    Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
    Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
    Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone

    Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
    Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
    Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
    Tunisians denounce France interference
    The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
    French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
    France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
    French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
    France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
    War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
    Libya Braces for Unrest on Anniversary of Qaddafi Revolt
    Syrian rebels down 2 government planes
    Syria rebels capture oil field and military base
    Saudis say Syria death toll may be 90000
    As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school
    Armenia tries to help as Christian Armenians flee Syria
    In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
    French incursion frees few slaves in Mali
    Official Details French Role in Mali
    US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
    Insight Into Today’s News
    US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
    Now We Know: War Is Murder
    It Can't Happen Here?
    The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
    Remember 1994
    Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
    Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
    CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
    Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills

    Netanyahu threatened media over Prisoner X
    'Prisoner X' took part in Mossad operation of killing Hamas operative in Dubai?
    Lawyer: ‘Prisoner X’ negotiated plea bargain before suicide
    Israeli Security Delegation Arrives for Talks in Cairo
    Border area on alert as Israel carries out drills
    Israel shells out almost a fifth of national budget on defense
    Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index
    Leading Rabbi Says Let Haredim Guard Their Own West Bank Cities
    Israeli Siege Snuffing Out Gaza's Camel Industry


    Morsi's Egypt Poised to Criminalize Protest
    Morsi's graduate son snares plum Egypt job at 66 times lowest salary
    Salafis open fire on Morsi
    Ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament
    Egypt political forces call for symbolic funeral of slain boy potato seller
    Egypt Military Offers Rare Apology for Child Death
    Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary
    Saudi Minister Puts Young Royals in Succession Spotlight
    Bahrain condemns Iran's statements

    Ahmadinejad bluffed that Iran is now a 'nuclear state'
    IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal
    Kerry urges Iran to make "real offers" in nuclear talks
    Gulf states reject Iranian suggestion that Syria, Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks
    Iran denies transferring arms to Somali militants
    Iran Using China To Smuggle Nuclear Material? ISIS Report Raises Concerns
    Iran Mourns Senior Commander Killed in Syria
    Iran Begins Its Election-Season Web Crackdown a Few Months Early
    Pak-Iran pipeline deal likely to be inked today

    Venezuelan students protest outside Cuban Embassy as Chavez remains out of sight in Havana
    Venezuela to Limit Medicine Prices After Chavez Devaluation
    Maduro: Chavez Undergoing “Very Complex and Tough” Treatment
    Venezuela's move to devalue is desperate
    Chavez Devaluation Puts Venezuelans to Queue Before Price Raise
    Capriles: Venezuela needs no devaluation, but stop handouts
    US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Cavim Arms Company
    Farc rebels kill seven Colombian soldiers in blow to peace process
    Eastern Colombia locked into neo-paramilitary war

    Witnesses of Argentina major train accident fear for their lives
    Woman in Argentina marries twin sister's convicted killer
    Rousseff Stumbles on Energy
    Brazil's Hydroelectric Dam Boom is Bringing Tensions
    Brazil Papal Contender: Place of Birth Irrelevant
    Argentina confirms quizzing of Iran suspects
    Epic Glacier Collapse In Argentina: Ice Bridge Connected To Perito Moreno Thunders Into Lake
    Argentina Continues Its Defiance of Ghana in the Courts
    Chile's Mapuche Indians clash with police in Collipulli

    A glimpse of Nieto's new crime fighting strategy
    Mexico arrests six suspects for rape of Spanish tourists

    The sophisticated underground rocket launcher system in Gaza has been exposed by the terrorist organization in a video it released Saturday.


    In Burma, he called the country by what the generals used to call it, he badly mauled and miss-pronounced the name of leader of their democracy movement. Add to that, he kissed this single woman, which in their culture is an insult.....He gave credit to himself for the democracy movement there (the credit should go to the Bush administration and Laura Bush in particular ) and some are praising him, and fawning over this trip ! Oh , please...


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    Explanation: A dark Sun hung over Queensland, Australia on Wednesday morning during a much anticipated total solar eclipse. Storm clouds threatened to spoil the view along the northern coast, but minutes before totality the clouds parted. Streaming past the Moon's edge, the last direct rays of sunlight produced a gorgeous diamond ring effect in this scene from Ellis Beach between Cairns and Port Douglas. Winking out in a moment, the diamond didn't last forever though. The area was plunged into darkness for nearly 2 minutes as the Moon's shadow swept off shore toward Australia's Great Barrier Reef and out into the southern Pacific. Ranging from 1/4000 to 1/15 seconds long, five separate exposures were blended in the image to create a presentation similar to the breathtaking visual experience of the eclipse.

    How dumb do they think you are?


    A picture you will never see…

    Found on the IDF Twitter feed, the video below depicts life in southern Israel under fire of the rockets that have rained down from Gaza: “Over the past 12 years, the residents of southern Israel have suffered over 12,000 rockets fired at them from the Gaza Strip. This is what their life has looked like over the years.” I think it’s safe to say you won’t be seeing this brief video compilation on the BCC or CNN either.

    Iran must be President Obama’s immediate priority

    By Henry A. Kissinger, Published: November 16

    Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.
    In the aftermath of an exhausting reelection campaign, the most urgent decision facing the president is how to stop Iran from pursuing a military nuclear program. Presidents of both parties have long declared that “no option is off the table” in securing this goal. In the third presidential debate, the candidates agreed that this was a matter of the American national interest, even as they described the objective alternately as preventing an Iranian “nuclear weapon” or “breakout capacity” (President Obama), or a “nuclear-capable Iran” (Mitt Romney). As Iran continues to elaborate its enrichment capacity and move it underground, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a spring deadline for counteraction. In this fraught environment, what operational meaning should be given to America’s declared objectives?

    The United States and Iran are apparently conducting bilateral negotiations through official or semiofficial emissaries — a departure from the previous procedure of multilateral talks. Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program do not have an encouraging record. For more than a decade, Iran has stalled, first with the “EU-3” (France, Germany and Britain) and then with the “P5+1” (the members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany). It has alternated hints of flexibility with periods of intransigence, all while expanding, concealing and dispersing its nuclear facilities. If no limit is placed on this process, Iran’s tech­no­logical progress will dominate events. But at what stage, and in what manner, should Iran be deprived of a military nuclear capability? This has been the essence of the argument over “red lines.”

    Three stages are involved in the evolution of a military nuclear capability: a delivery system, a capacity to enrich uranium and the production of nuclear warheads. Iran has been augmenting the range and number of its missile systems since at least 2006. Its enrichment capacity — long underreported to the International Atomic Energy Agency — has been expanded to thousands of centrifuges (the instruments that enrich uranium to bomb-grade material). The level exceeds any reasonable definition of peaceful uses authorized by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The inevitable culmination is a nuclear weapon.

    To draw the line at proscribing an Iranian nuclear weapon — as some argue — would prove unmanageable. Once the requisite amount of fissile material has been produced, constructing and equipping a warhead is a relatively short and technologically straightforward process, almost certainly impossible to detect in a timely fashion.

    If so ineffectual a red line were to emerge from a decade of diplomacy by the permanent members of the Security Council, the result would be an essentially uncontrollable military nuclear proliferation throughout a region roiled by revolution and sectarian blood-feuds. Iran would thereby achieve the status of North Korea, with a military nuclear program at the very edge of going operational. Each nation that has a nuclear option would compete to minimize the time to its own full military nuclear capability. 

    Meanwhile, countries within the reach of Iran’s military but lacking a nuclear option would be driven to reorient their political alignment toward Tehran. The reformist tendencies in the Arab Spring — already under severe pressure — would be submerged by this process. The president’s vision of progress toward a global reduction of nuclear weapons would suffer a blow, perhaps a fatal one.
    Some have argued that even in the worst-case scenario, a nuclear Iran could be deterred. Yet this ignores the immensely costly, complex and tension-ridden realities of Cold War-era deterrence, the apocalyptic strain in the Iranian theocracy and the near-certainty that several regional powers will go nuclear if Iran does. Once nuclear balances are forged in conditions where tensions are no longer purely bilateral, as in the Cold War, and in still-developing countries whose technology to prevent accidents is rudimentary, the likelihood of some nuclear exchange will mount dramatically.

    This is why the United States has insisted on limits on Iranian enrichment — that is, curtailing access to a weapon’s precursor elements. Abandoning the original demand to ban all enrichment, the P5+1 has explored what levels of production of fissile material are compatible with the peaceful uses authorized by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The higher the level of enrichment, the shorter the time needed to bring about militarily applicable results. Conventional wisdom holds that the highest practically enforceable limit is 5 percent enrichment, and then only if all fissile material beyond an agreed amount is safeguarded outside Iran.

    The time available for a diplomatic outcome shrinks in direct proportion as the Iranian enrichment capacity grows and a military nuclear capacity approaches. The diplomatic process must therefore be brought to a point of decision. The P5+1 or the United States unilaterally must put forward a precise program to curtail Iranian enrichment with specific time limits.

    This does not imply a red line authorizing any country to go to war. However respectfully the views of friends are considered, the ultimate decision over peace or war must remain in the hands of the president. Why negotiate with a country of such demonstrated hostility and evasiveness? Precisely because the situation is so fraught. Diplomacy may reach an acceptable agreed outcome. Or its failure will mobilize the American people and the world. It will clarify either the causes of an escalating crisis, up to the level of military pressure, or ultimate acquiescence in an Iranian nuclear program. Either outcome will require a willingness to see it through to its ultimate implications. We cannot afford another strategic disaster.

    To the extent that Iran shows willingness to conduct itself as a nation-state, rather than a revolutionary religious cause, and accepts enforceable verification, elements of Iranian security concerns should be taken seriously, including gradual easing of sanctions as strict limits on enrichment are implemented and enforced. But time will be urgent. Tehran must be made to understand that the alternative to an agreement is not simply a further period of negotiation and that using negotiations to gain time will have grave consequences. A creative diplomacy, allied to a determined strategy, may still be able to prevent a crisis provided the United States plays a decisive role in defining permissible outcomes.

    2012 Tribune Media Services

    More on this topic: A video interview with Henry Kissinger Henry A. Kissinger: Meshing realism and idealism in the Middle East David Ignatius: An interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Charles Krauthammer: Collapse of the Cairo Doctrine

    American media yawns, and some of our own friends fawn over him about his insulting kiss.....

    Insult: A photograph in June 2011 shows Broadwell watching as Petraeus and his wife Holly arrive for a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Petraeus' nomination to be director of the CIA


    60 Second Refutation of Socialism, While Sitting at the Beach

    Last week, there were several comments in Carnival of the Capitalists that people would like to see more articles highlighting the benefits of capitalism. This got me thinking about a conversation I had years ago at the beach:
    Hanging out at the beach one day with a distant family member, we got into a discussion about capitalism and socialism. In particular, we were arguing about whether brute labor, as socialism teaches, is the source of all wealth (which, socialism further argues, is in turn stolen by the capitalist masters). The young woman, as were most people her age, was taught mainly by the socialists who dominate college academia nowadays. I was trying to find a way to connect with her, to get her to question her assumptions, but was struggling because she really had not been taught many of the fundamental building blocks of either philosophy or economics, but rather a mish-mash of politically correct points of view that seem to substitute nowadays for both.
    One of the reasons I took up writing a blog is that I have never been as snappy or witty in real-time discussions as I would like to be, and I generally think of the perfect comeback or argument minutes or hours too late. I have always done better with writing, where I have time to think. However, on this day, I had inspiration from a half-remembered story I had heard before. I am sure I stole the following argument from someone, but to this day I still can't remember from whom.
    I picked up a handful of sand, and said "this is almost pure silicon, virtually identical to what powers a computer. Take as much labor as you want, and build me a computer with it -- the only limitation is you can only have true manual laborers - no engineers or managers or other capitalist lackeys".
    Yeah, I know what you're thinking - beach sand is not pure silicon - it is actually silicon dioxide, SiO2, but if she didn't take any economics she certainly didn't take any chemistry or geology.
    She replied that my request was BS, that it took a lot of money to build an electronics plant, and her group of laborers didn't have any and bankers would never lend them any.
    All too many defenders of capitalism would have stopped here, and said aha! So you admit you need more than labor - you need capital too. But Marx would not have disagreed - he would have said it was the separation of labor and capital that was bad - only when laborers owned the capital, rather than being slaves to the ruling class that now controls the capital, would the world reach nirvana. So I offered her just that:
    I told her - assume for our discussion that I have tons of money, and I will give you and your laborers as much as you need. The only restriction I put on it is that you may only buy raw materials - steel, land, silicon - in their crudest forms. It is up to you to assemble these raw materials, with your laborers, to build the factory and make me my computer.
    She thought for a few seconds, and responded "but I can't - I don't know how. I need someone to tell me how to do it"
    And that is the heart of socialism's failure. For the true source of wealth is not brute labor, or even what you might call brute capital, but the mind. The mind creates new technologies, new products, new business models, new productivity enhancements, in short, everything that creates wealth. Labor or capital without a mind behind it is useless.

    Since 1700, the GDP per capita in places like the US has risen, in real terms, over 40 fold. This is a real increase in total wealth - it is not money stolen or looted or exploited. Wealthy nations like the US didn't "take" the wealth from somewhere else - it never even existed before. It was created by the minds of human beings.
    How? What changed? Historians who really study this stuff would probably point to a jillion things, but in my mind two are important:
    1. There was a philosophical and intellectual change where questioning established beliefs and social patterns went from being heresy and unthinkable to being acceptable, and even in vogue. In other words, men, at first just the elite but soon everyone, were urged to use their mind rather than just relying on established beliefs
    2. There were social and political changes that greatly increased the number of people capable of entrepreneurship. Before this time, the vast vast majority of people were locked into social positions that allowed them no flexibility to act on a good idea, even if they had one. By starting to create a large and free middle class, first in the Netherlands and England and then in the US, more people had the ability to use their mind to create new wealth. Whereas before, perhaps 1% or less of any population really had the freedom to truly act on their ideas, after 1700 many more people began to have this freedom.
    So today's wealth, and everything that goes with it (from shorter work hours to longer life spans) is the result of more people using their minds more freely.
    Look around the world - for any country, ask yourself if the average person in that country has the open intellectual climate that encourages people to think for themselves, and the open political and economic climate that allows people to act on the insights their minds provide and to keep the fruits of their effort. Where you can answer yes to both, you will find wealth and growth. Where you answer no to both, you will find poverty and misery.

    It says it in the Bible:
    It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day!

    Leviticus 20:13 - "if a man lays with another man, he should be stoned."

    We've just been interpreting it wrong all these years!!!


    Ugly uniform of the Steelers ! WASPS?

    Ross Mirkarimi Dresses Like General Eisenhower

    Luke Thomas
    A sharp-dressed man...
    Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and District Attorney George Gascón aren't exactly seeing eye to eye these days. But if a common bond could be forged, perhaps the first step to take would be uniting the warring city officials over their shared sartorial senses.

    As police chief, Gascón was far more likely than not to wander into police headquarters dressed like a lawyer. Gascón is a lawyer, and Mirkarimi is not -- but, in the limited amount of time the sheriff has been permitted to do the job he was elected to do, he's often outfitted like one.

    So, it was a bit jarring to see Mirkarimi clothed in full sheriff's dress regalia during the weekend's Veteran's Day March. Decked out in a forest green uniform complete with gold-starred epaulets and gold bands on an Eisenhower jacket, the progressive sheriff looks like he ought to be leaping off a Jeep and warning us about the perils of the Military-Industrial Complex.

    Yet while this uniform might be a head-turner, it's actually something of a California template.

    Sheriff's department spokeswoman Susan Fahey said the "Class A uniform" -- worn to inaugurations, funerals, and other high-level events -- is essentially "standardized" throughout the state.

    Even the longest-serving sheriffs couldn't remember wearing anything much different, other than a sea change in 1999 or 2000 when the department pulled the trigger and made the shift from British green to forest green. Those were heady times.

    Calls to the California State Sheriffs' Association querying why sheriffs' duds look like a cross between military officers and park rangers have not yet been answered.

    A quick glance at the association's board of directors, however, reveals that Fahey is right -- there is a fairly standard template of sheriff's dress uniforms.

    More when we know more about this most pressing situation.

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    "A Chinese firm has stopped verifying safety and environmental standards for Iranian ships, becoming the last top certification provider to end marine work there as the trade noose on Tehran tightens. The China Classification Society (CCS) is the last of the world's top 13 such companies, all members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), to confirm it has ended Iran-related certification work, key to insurance and ports access for ships... A letter seen by Reuters dated November 15 showed Beijing-headquartered CCS had not provided certification services to Iranian ships since June 28. It had been urged to pull out by U.S. pressure group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) and clarify its position. 'Currently there is not any ship flying an Iranian flag or owned by an Iranian ship owner in our fleet, and we have not conducted any statutory survey for any Iranian ship,' CCS chairman and president Sun Licheng said in the letter to UANI dated November 15... A targeted campaign by UANI, which includes former U.S. ambassadors as well as former CIA and British intelligence chiefs on its board and is funded by private donations, has already led to other top classification societies exiting Iran. Without certification from classification societies, vessels are unable to secure insurance cover or call at most international ports. UANI's Wallace on Wednesday welcomed the move by CCS, but sought harsher measures being imposed on Iran's fleet. 'All of the world's major shipping certifiers have now ended their certification of Iranian vessels,' said Wallace, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. 'We call for even tougher sanctions: any vessel that docks in Iran or transports Iranian cargo should be barred from accessing ports in the U.S., EU, or elsewhere.'"

    Reuters: "Hong Kong has deregistered five Iranian cargo ships and a further 14 are likely to follow after their classification society quit Iran due to sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States over its nuclear programme... Hong Kong's marine department has asked the owners of 19 dry bulk carriers, managed by an Iranian firm, to register their ships elsewhere after the Korean Register of Shipping said earlier this year it would not provide the ships safety auditing... Hong Kong had been urged by U.S. pressure group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) to deflag the 19 dry bulk ships, which the group said were owned, managed or operated by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and its associated companies. In a reply to UANI dated November 9 Wong said it was of paramount importance to Hong Kong's marine department in safeguarding the quality of Hong Kong ships."

    Reuters: "Six world powers agreed on Wednesday to seek renewed talks with Iran as fast as possible, reflecting a heightened sense of urgency to resolve a long rift over Tehran's disputed nuclear activity and avert the threat of war. Their call coincided with growing evidence of Iran expanding nuclear capacity in an underground bunker virtually impervious to attack and follows the November 6 re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama, which has cleared the way for new contacts. Senior diplomats from the six countries - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - met in Brussels on Wednesday to consider new negotiating tactics despite abiding skepticism that a deal with Tehran can be reached. It was not clear after the meeting what options, if any, were agreed. But the six said 'necessary contact' with the Iranians would be made 'in the coming days'. 'The (six powers) are committed to having another round of talks with Iran as soon as possible,' said a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the six countries in dealings with Iran."

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    Reuters: "Iran has been hauling dirt to a military site U.N. nuclear inspectors want to visit, Western diplomats said on Wednesday, saying the findings were based on satellite images and they reinforced suspicions of a clean-up. They said the pictures, presented during a closed-door briefing for member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), suggested Iran was continuing to try to hide incriminating traces of any illicit nuclear-related activity. The allegations come a few days after the IAEA said in a report on Iran that 'extensive activities' undertaken at the Parchin site since early this year would seriously undermine its inquiry, if and when inspectors were allowed access. Iran has so far denied the agency's request for a visit. The U.N. agency believes Iran may have conducted explosives tests that could help develop nuclear weapons at Parchin and wants immediate access to investigate the facility. Iran denies this, saying Parchin is a conventional military complex."

    NYT: "The conflict that ended, for now, in a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel seemed like the latest episode in a periodic showdown. But there was a second, strategic agenda unfolding, according to American and Israeli officials: The exchange was something of a practice run for any future armed confrontation with Iran, featuring improved rockets that can reach Jerusalem and new antimissile systems to counter them. It is Iran, of course, that most preoccupies Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama. While disagreeing on tactics, both have made it clear that time is short, probably measured in months, to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program. And one key to their war-gaming has been cutting off Iran's ability to slip next-generation missiles into the Gaza Strip or Lebanon, where they could be launched by Iran's surrogates, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, during any crisis over sanctions or an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Michael B. Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States and a military historian, likened the insertion of Iranian missiles into Gaza to the Cuban missile crisis. 'In the Cuban missile crisis, the U.S. was not confronting Cuba, but rather the Soviet Union,' Mr. Oren said Wednesday, as the cease-fire was declared. 'In Operation Pillar of Defense,' the name the Israel Defense Force gave the Gaza operation, 'Israel was not confronting Gaza, but Iran.'"

    Reuters: "Israel has a 'childish' desire to attack Iran and Tehran is capable of defending itself, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday. 'They wish to hurt the Iranian nation. They are waiting for the chance. They known that Iran does not attack anybody and they know that Iran knows how to defend itself,' he told a news conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. 'We don't accept the hegemony of Israel. They wish to attack Iran but it is like a childish desire.' He was speaking after attending a summit of developing nations."


    In Auto News:
    "After giant international automaker left Iran due to the sanctions on the nuclear programme, the country now relies on Peugeot to revive the auto industry here. Iran currently has to deal with increasing production costs and lack of technology on how to manufacture vehicles, after the world's most important automakers, such as Toyota, GM, Fiat, Hyundai and PSA Peugeot Citroen, were forced to leave the country due to the disputed nuclear programme. In September auto production in Iran dropped 66% from September 2011, and during the first half of the Iranian solar year, which began on March 19th, auto production fell 42%... On November 18th, the Iranian Industry Committee announced that Peugeot might return to the Iranian market, which would mean an increase in the country's car input. Although Peugeot has not yet officially confirmed this plan, its situation in Europe might force the automaker to make this step, also taking into consideration that Iran was its second major market."

    Platts: "China's imports of crude oil from Iran in October fell 23.2% year on year to 1.94 million mt (458,716 b/d), but were up 23.3% on month, according to data from the General Administration of Customs received by Platts late Thursday. Iran remained China's fifth largest supplier of crude in October, similar to September. That is down from being the third largest supplier in August. In the first 10 months of the year, total Iranian crude imports were 17.73 million mt, down 22.2% from the same period a year ago. On June 28, China received a US exemption from sanctions levied against countries who trade with Iran for 180 days, with Washington saying China had significantly reduced its crude purchases from Iran. A renewal of the waiver is due December 25 and the US State Department said previously it would be dependent on further significant reductions of crude imports from Iran. China's total crude oil imports in October rose 13.8% year on year to 23.68 million mt (5.6 million b/d), the third highest level this year on a b/d basis, following the record 6.02 million b/d seen in May and 5.98 million b/d in February."

    WashPost: "Iran is facing a possible crisis in its health-care system as a result of economic sanctions and alleged government mismanagement of diminishing state funds, according to officials here. The lack of money is already being felt in hospitals throughout Iran, where medical staffs have been told that they are working in 'war-time conditions' and should prescribe drugs sparingly - or in many cases, not all - in an effort to save resources... The scarcity derives from a complicated set of circumstances that includes both a heavy dose of Western sanctions, which are aimed at forcing Iran's leaders to halt their uranium-enrichment program, as well as what critics here say are missteps by the government. While some of the anger over the shortages has been directed at the United States and other global powers, there has also been an internal backlash. Hosseinali Shahriari, the head of parliament's health committee, said this month that 'the government is playing with our people's health and is not assigning the approved finances.'"

    AFP: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday vowed to complete a mutli-billion dollar gas pipeline to Pakistan on time, downplaying financial woes and US pressure on Islamabad to scrap the project. Pakistan and Iran signed a deal in 2010 under which Tehran would supply gas to its eastern neighbour from 2014, with sales to reach up to one billion cubic feet (28 million cubic metres) per day by mid-2015. The project envisaged a pipeline, 900 kilometres (560 miles) in length built from Assaluyeh in southern Iran to the border with Pakistan. Another 800 kilometres pipeline was also needed inside Pakistan to receive gas from Iran's South Pars field in the Gulf. 'We want to complete this project by 2014,' Ahmadinejad told a press conference in Islamabad."

    The Nation (Pakistan): "Pakistan Credit Rating Agency (PACRA) and the Securities and Exchange Organization (SEO) - Iran entered into MoU in Tehran on Thursday wherein PACRA will provide technical assistance in establishing a credit rating regime in Iran. Under the MoU, PACRA shall prepare regulatory framework for regulating the credit rating business in Iran and in establishing rating agencies in Iran. PACRA is one of the two Pakistani CRAs that provides credit rating services in various countries. In order to enhance cooperation and assistance to each other in the areas of interest, SECP and SEO-Iran had constituted a Liaison Committee that is entrusted with the task of exploring areas of assistance to each other. During a meeting in October 2011, SECP arranged a meeting of both the domestic CRAs with an Iranian delegation visiting Pakistan and the Iranian delegation desired to seek assistance of SECP for the development of regulatory framework for regulating the credit rating business in Iran."


    NYT: "Above the bustling Niayesh highway in the western part of the Iranian capital, a huge billboard hangs on an overpass to remind drivers of Iran's missile abilities. Cars zip underneath the image of a green missile on a launcher and text in Persian saying 'Destination Tel Aviv.' Few here take note of the sign, as average Iranians are too busy trying to cope with rising prices and occasional shortages brought about by a faltering economy. But Iran's missiles and weapons technology are getting plenty of attention hundreds of miles away in Gaza, giving the country's ruling clerics a rare bit of good news in what has otherwise been a long, dismal year... Throughout the battle, Iranian-designed missiles, the Fajr-3 and the Fajr-5 that allowed Hamas and another Gaza-based movement, Islamic Jihad, to hit Israel's heartland, sent Israelis fleeing to bomb shelters. While political support and money helps, Palestinian leaders said, Iran's weapons technology is a far greater help."

    AFP: "Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said on Wednesday that Israel had 'failed in all its goals' after a Gaza truce deal came into effect, while thanking Egypt and Iran for their support during the conflict. 'After eight days, God stayed their hand from the people of Gaza, and they were compelled to submit to the conditions of the resistance,' Meshaal said. 'Israel has failed in all its goals,' he told reporters in a Cairo hotel. Meshaal also thanked ceasefire mediator Egypt, as well as Iran, which he said 'had a role in arming' his Islamist movement during the conflict."

    AFP: "Israel and the United States have agreed to work together to prevent the smuggling of weapons from Iran to militant groups in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday. 'Israel cannot sit idly by as its enemies strengthen themselves with weapons of terror so I agreed with President (Barack) Obama that we will work together -- Israel and the United States -- against the smuggling of weapons to terror organisations, most of which comes from Iran,' he said in a televised address."

    LAT: "Iran for years has supplied Hamas with weapons as part of its own struggle against Israel, but the conflict in the Gaza Strip reveals a shift in regional dynamics that may diminish Tehran's influence with Palestinian militant groups and strengthen the hand of Egypt. The longer-range missiles fired by Hamas over the last week - believed to be modifications of Iran's Fajr 5 missiles - startled Israel by landing near Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. A front-page story in Iran's conservative daily, Kayhan, boasted: 'The missiles of resistance worked.' Tehran would not confirm the weapons' origin, except to say it sent rocket 'technology' to Hamas... But the Gaza fighting erupted during a new era in the Middle East brought about by the rise of Islamist governments, notably in Egypt, that have replaced pro-Western autocrats. The political catharsis has spurred anti-Americanism, which Iran relishes, but it also has upset Tehran's regional designs."

    Reuters: "Iran reacted angrily to assertions by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and accused him of not understanding the realities in the region after the diplomat accused Tehran of being responsible for the Gaza conflict. On Wednesday Fabius accused Iran of negative intentions in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Gaza and that it bore a 'heavy responsibility' for the fighting for providing long-range weapons."

    NYT: "Eighteen years have passed since a suicide bomber drove a Renault van loaded with explosives into the headquarters of the Jewish community center here, killing 85 people. Since then, investigations have meandered. Interpol arrest warrants have led nowhere. Aging suspects connected to the attack have begun to die. But in the elusive quest for justice in the bombing, which ranks among the deadliest anti-Semitic attacks anywhere since World War II, few developments have riled Argentina's Jewish leaders as much as the government's move in recent weeks to improve relations with Iran, the nation shielding in the high echelons of its political establishment various people accused by Argentine prosecutors of having authorized the attack... 'We cannot comprehend this,' said Guillermo Borger, the president of the Argentine Mutual Aid Association, the center that was bombed in 1994. 'The world is shutting its doors to Iran, and we're giving Iran a chance to say that Argentina is somehow now its friend. The Iranians have not budged in their assertion that their people are innocent, so why should Argentina be in dialogue with them?'"

    Human Rights

    Guardian: "The mother of an Iranian blogger who died in custody has accused the authorities of killing her son and launching an intimidation campaign against her family. Sattar Beheshti was a 35-year-old blogger from the city of Robat-Karim who lost his life while being interrogated by Iran's cyberpolice, accused of acting against the national security because of what he had posted on Facebook. Iran's opposition activists have accused the regime of torturing Beheshti to death. In jail, Beheshti had no access to his family nor to a lawyer. Beheshti's mother, who has not been named but is pictured with him in one of the only images available of him online, has for the first time spoken out against the state pressure on her family not to speak to the press. 'I have no fears. I can't accept that my son has died by natural causes,' she told Sahamnews, a news website close to an Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, who is under house arrest. 'My son has been killed. He went to jail standing on his own legs and they gave us his dead body.'"

    Reuters: "Iran said on Thursday a blogger who died while in police custody may have lost his life as a result of a form of shock, the official IRNA news agency reported, adding that investigations were not yet concluded. In a case that has sparked international outrage, 35-year-old Sattar Beheshti who wrote a blog critical of the government was arrested on October 30 after receiving death threats and died some days later, having complained of being tortured. Under increasing pressure at home and abroad for an investigation, Iran's parliament said it had formed a committee to examine the case and the judiciary said it would deal 'quickly and decisively' with those responsible. 'In its latest report, the seven-member medical committee says ... it is not possible to determine the exact cause of death,' IRNA quoted Tehran prosecutor's office as saying in a statement. 'But the most likely cause leading to death may be shock,' the statement said, adding that excessive psychological stress could have caused the shock."

    AP: "In his last blog entry, activist Sattar Beheshti wrote that Iranian authorities had given him an ultimatum: Either stop posting his 'big mouth' attacks against the ruling system or tell his mother that she will soon be in mourning. 'We will tear down your cruel cage,' Beheshti typed on Oct. 29 before signing off... But while the specific circumstances of Beheshti's death may be given a public reckoning, the more far-reaching aspect of the case - Iran's rapidly growing corps of Web watchers - may remain in the shadows, as well as their motives in targeting an obscure blogger whose site was actively followed by more than a few dozen viewers. The 35-year-old Beheshti apparently fell under the custody of Iran's cyber police, created last year with a wide mandate to crush Web dissent. The powers displayed in the case - including questioning Beheshti outside the regular justice system - suggests a level of autonomy and authority that could bring far more aggressive measures against Web activists."

    Opinion & Analysis

    Kristen McTighe in IHT: "Houshang Asadi was a Communist journalist thrown into the cold confines of Moshtarek prison in Iran when he found an unlikely friend in the tall, slender Muslim cleric who greeted him with a smile. Imprisoned together in 1974, under the rule of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, they found common ground in their passion for literature. They shared jokes, spoke of where they came from, their families and falling in love. Mr. Asadi, who did not smoke, would give cigarettes to his cellmate who, uncharacteristic of a cleric, did. On days when Mr. Asadi felt broken, he said, the cleric would invite him to take a walk in their cell to brighten his spirits. So, when his release came six months later and the cleric stood cold and trembling, Mr. Asadi gave him his jacket. 'At first he refused it, but I told him I was going to be released,' Mr. Asadi recalled. 'Then we hugged each other and he had tears coming down his face. He whispered in my ear, Houshang, when Islam comes to power, not a single tear will be shed from an innocent person.' What Mr. Asadi found unimaginable was that the cleric would become president of the Islamic Republic that later imprisoned him again, sentenced him to death and brutally tortured him for six years in the same prison. Today that same cleric is the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mr. Asadi's account of torture and imprisonment has offered a rare glimpse into what activists say was a decade of grave human rights violations in Iran. And at a time when international attention has shifted to the nuclear issue and sanctions, they say a campaign to bring justice and accountability through a symbolic tribunal has helped unite a once fractured opposition. 'I never expected he would get power, never,' said Mr. Asadi in an interview in Paris, where he lives in exile. Mr. Asadi, a 63-year-old writer, journalist and former member of the Tudeh party, was routinely arrested and tortured under the shah. He had supported the revolution, so when he was arrested again in 1982 and accused of being a spy for the Russians and the British, he was convinced that it was a mistake. In a plea for help, his wife wrote to Mr. Khamenei, who had risen to power as president after the Islamic revolution, but two weeks later the letter was returned with a note in the margin saying only that he had been aware of the journalist's political beliefs. Mr. Asadi's death sentence was reduced to 15 years in prison. During his time in prison, he again developed a relationship with the only person he had contact with - as he had done with Mr. Khamenei. This time it was with his torturer, a man he knew only as 'Brother Hamid.' 'He is your torturer and he thinks he is your god, he thinks he is religious, he is pure, and you are evil, you are the enemy,' Mr. Asadi said. 'So he can do anything to you.' Mr. Asadi said he was called a 'useless wimp' and hung by a chain attached to his arms twisted behind his back while the soles of his feet were whipped until he was unable to walk. Brother Hamid forced him to bark like a dog to speak or when the pain was too much and he was ready to make confessions. His ears were hit and his teeth were broken. Mr. Asadi said he had even been forced to eat his own excrement and the excrement of fellow prisoners. Beyond physical pain, he endured psychological torture. He was shown coffins and told his comrades had been killed. He would hear screams and was made to believe his wife was being tortured in the cell next to him... The torture continued daily for six years, until he was abruptly pulled out of his cell in 1988 when the supreme leader at the time, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, ordered the mass killing of thousands of political prisoners. Prisoners were asked three questions concerning their religious faith and loyalty to the regime. 'If you answered no to any question, they killed you,' Mr. Asadi said. 'I lied to save my life.'"

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              Trump ups trade tensions with SKorea in welcoming new leader   

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and South Korea's new leader showed joint resolve on North Korea on Friday despite their divergent philosophies for addressing the nuclear threat, yet the U.S. opened up a new front of discord by demanding a renegotiation of a landmark 2012 trade pact between the two countries.

    Concluding two days of meetings at the White House, Trump and President Moon Jae-in each delivered tough talk opposing North Korea's development of atomic weapons that could soon threaten both allies.

    The "reckless and brutal regime" requires a determined reply, Trump said. And Moon, who has long advocated outreach to Pyongyang, vowed a "stern response" to provocation, promising to coordinate closely with Trump as he looks to intensify economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea.

    While they avoided a potential conflict on the most burning national security crisis facing each country, they showed little harmony on trade.

    Summoning the economic nationalism that has marked much of his international agenda, Trump highlighted America's trade imbalance with South Korea. Two-way trade in goods and services was $144 billion last year, with the U.S. running a $17 billion deficit.

    "The fact is that the United States has trade deficits with many, many countries, and we cannot allow that to continue," Trump said. "And we'll start with South Korea right now."

    Ahead of their first face-to-face discussions, South Korean companies announced plans to invest US$12.8 billion in the U.S. over the next half-decade. Nevertheless, Trump wasn't placated. He said the two sides would renegotiate a 2012 free trade agreement, calling it a "rough deal" for America, echoing the sentiments he has voiced about the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. The White House later confirmed Trump has asked his trade representative to begin the process of renegotiation.

    Trump accused Seoul of helping steel reach the U.S. at unfairly low prices. It was an apparently reference to Chinese steel. Trump also demanded that market barriers to U.S. auto makers be lifted to give them "a fair shake at dealing with South Korea."

    To rub it in, Trump called on his top economic officials to address their grievances to Moon in front of journalists.

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the trade imbalance had grown sharply since the trade deal took effect due to unfair "rulemaking" governing U.S. industrial products entering South Korea, particularly autos.

    It all amounted to an unusual display of one-upmanship in a meeting between close allies. After the talks, Moon largely skirted the differences on trade, calling the U.S.-South Korean economic partnership an "essential pillar" of the alliance. Such language is traditionally reserved for their joint effort in the 1950-53 Korean War and the ongoing presence of 28,000 U.S. forces in South Korea.

    After the flood of accusations of South Korean wrongdoing, Moon said through an interpreter: "Economic growth and job creation will be promoted to ensure our peoples enjoy greater mutual benefits."

    South Korea is America's seventh largest market for exported goods such as U.S. electrical machinery, aircraft, medical instruments and beef. It is also the sixth largest supplier of U.S. imported goods, benefiting Korean makers of cars, phones and pharmaceuticals.

    Since the deal went into effect, American goods exports to South Korea have slipped 2.8 percent, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. At the same time, South Korean goods exports to the U.S. have boomed by 23.4 percent. U.S. services providers have fared better, with their exports climbing 29.3 percent in the last five years.

    Earlier this week, Myron Brilliant, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, warned that reopening the agreement "could lead to its unraveling," benefiting only U.S. trade competitors.

    Despite the trade tensions, Trump and Moon sought to establish a personal bond.

    Moon praised the American as a man of "determination and pragmatism," and said Trump had accepted an invitation to visit South Korea with first lady Melania Trump later this year. Trump declared their relationship "very, very good."

    And they revealed no disagreement on North Korea, though Trump harkened back to an election campaign demand for "fair burden-sharing," with South Korea paying more for the U.S. military presence in its territory.

    Trump urged all nations to join the U.S. in imposing sanctions to starve North Korea of resources for its nuclear and missile programs. He demanded North Korea "choose a better path and do it quickly, and a different future for its long-suffering people."

    "Our goal is peace, stability and prosperity for the region — but the United States will defend itself, always will defend itself — always," Trump said. "And we will always defend our allies."

    Moon said the leaders agreed to strengthen their deterrence and coordinate on North Korea policy, employing both sanctions and dialogue "in a phased and comprehensive approach." He urged Pyongyang to return to negotiations on ending its nuclear program, something it shows no sign of doing.

    Speaking later at a Washington think tank, Moon suggested that if North Korea released three Americans it is currently holding, it could spur talks, as could a freeze on missile and nuclear tests. But he ruled out the possibility of stopping U.S.-South Korean military drills in exchange for the freeze.


    Associated Press writers Josh Boak, Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.



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              Syria Cruise Missile Strike: Nwo Globalists And Msm Pwnd !!!! Maga !!!   
    I have to admit that it was with a good deal of despair that I listened, read and watched this seeming nightmare unfold over the course of yesterday's...

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              7/1/2017: GET OVER IT, CANADA: Brain drain   

    It was faster than any jet in its class. It was armed with nuclear missiles. It was intended to defend us from Soviet attacks. It was going to make Canada great. But on Feb. 20, 1959, John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservative Party government dashed...
              Kommentarer till Opinion i USA:s UD för bombanfall mot Syrien. av Korp   
    CNN rapporterar att amerikanska fartyg och flygplan har förflyttats på plats och är redo att slå Syrien i händelse av att den syriska regeringen gör "ytterligare en kemiska vapenattack. På onsdagen citerar CNN anonyma amerikanska försvarstjänstemän som rapporterade att "den amerikanska militären har fartyg och flygplan på plats för att attackera Syrien om de uppmanas till detta av president Donald Trump, men hittills ser det inte ut som om den syriska regeringen har gjort någon kemisk vapenattack." Rapporten följer kravet i Vita huset att USA påstås "observerat potentiella förberedelser för en kemiska vapen attack av Assad regimen. För nu återstår Syriens Shayrat flygbas under ständig overhead övervakning av USA för ytterligare tecken på huruvida en kemisk attack kan vara på gång. USA observerade rörelsen av ett flygplan och kemiska medel på en bas med möjliga förberedelse för en attack, vilket leder Vita huset att utfärda en offentlig varning. USA:s försvarsminister James Mattis säger att "han tror Syrien har backat. Det verkar som om de tog varningen på allvar". Nikki Haley, USA: s ambassadör till FN, sade också i kongressen att "Trump varning stoppade Assad regimen." I detta sammanhang minns man den amerikanska missilattacken den 7 april, då den avfyrade Tomahawk missiler på Shayrat flygbas efter påståenden om att president Assad påstås lanserat en kemisk attack på Syriens Khan Sheikhoun. Damaskus avvisade alla anklagelser. Det var helt klart, även för amerikaner att president Assad inte hade använt kemiska vapen. Det var en klar provokation. I detta fall kan den amerikanska också gå längden på exempellösa åtgärder som ett svar på de obekräftade påståenden och eld Tomahawks på Shayrat flygbas. Och det kan leda till mycket allvarliga upptrappning av den syriska konflikten.
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              Re: Here’s The Video Of The First Aerobatic Flight Demo Of The F-35: Does It Showcase Exceptional Maneuverability Or Quite The Opposite?   

    It would operate in passive mode - emitters locked down or in jamming mode, when on a bombing / stealth mission in enemy territory. Can bomb most tgts via passive techniques or brief non triangulate-able radar pulses or missile radar

    How stealthy (or not) it is with emitters off is another Q..

              Re: US military has launched 59 cruise missiles at airbase in Syria. Here’s what we know so far.   

    In various stories about how to combat the S400 missiles reference is made to use of decoys and "active jammer's" in the mix.. very well could be that some of the TLAM's were not armed but sent along with the others to make detection difficult and confuse the ground defense radars.

              Re: Here’s The Video Of The First Aerobatic Flight Demo Of The F-35: Does It Showcase Exceptional Maneuverability Or Quite The Opposite?   

    Wow, was it the best it can do in air combat? how unimpressive. You have a point about afterburners not being normally used for attack missions, but you are forgetting that the F-35 will struggle to carry its max payload, as it is primarily designed for very limited payload in its internal bays. But your are quite wrong about the Rafale being in trouble flying low or slow: it actually does this sometimes, when launching cruise missiles (that is, while remaining far from the target).
    However it normally flies slow and real fast: its Spectra system can analyse relief and navigate in autopilot at high speed and low altitude, as to remain invisible from radars, while the pilot takes care of targeting and firing.
    Could the F-35 do that? Doubtful: did you hear about the POGO report? It makes one most intersting point clear: as it stands, the F-35's sensors do not allow it to target from the normal shooting range of its guided bombs. Therefore, it must fly close to the target to mark it, and then turn around to get back to the proper bomb launch distance, then turn around again to drop its ordnance. Which means that before it can drop a bomb, it needs to show its engine flare to enymy IR detection systems. How cute...

              Re: Here’s The Video Of The First Aerobatic Flight Demo Of The F-35: Does It Showcase Exceptional Maneuverability Or Quite The Opposite?   

    Full internal payload is not full payload. It is 4 miserable missiles or bombs... They shouldn't even dare advertise a max speed with such a tiny payload.

              Re: Here’s The Video Of The First Aerobatic Flight Demo Of The F-35: Does It Showcase Exceptional Maneuverability Or Quite The Opposite?   

    Mach 1.8 is (advertised) max speed, which is meant to save engines (in fact it can go faster, and if someday it needs to save itself from a missile, it will go faster, up to Macjh 2). Mach 1.6 is supercruise at max load. I corrected myself.

              Re: Here’s The Video Of The First Aerobatic Flight Demo Of The F-35: Does It Showcase Exceptional Maneuverability Or Quite The Opposite?   

    Not wvr, at least until aerodinamic modification kit in tranche 3 is operative; just in bvr at supersonic speed: typhhon has bste contonous trun rate in supersonic envelope, beeing able to sustain G6,4 continous turn rate at mach 1,6; that is useful if you have very long range exceptional bvr missiles, such as meteor, very high ceiling quote, and nad radr with huge radian (new aesa ha repositiong antenna granting 200 degress coverage), expecially vs large rcs fighters such as russia planes: you fire and turn back

              Trump is taking the wrong approach to China on tech, says ex-Reagan official who helped beat Soviets   
    The guy who ran a Reagan-era program for missile defense wants President Trump to mimic its success.
              Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (Kink) [SD 540p]   
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    The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

    In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject.  By the time I revisited “Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect Grandeur” and expanded it from eight to 11 double features, it seemed to me that we as a nation were more than ever living in a country poised at the edge of some sort of transition, with all the attendant tension and conflict and intense conviction that can be expected on either side of the chasm that prevents us from a true state of national togetherness.

    When the 2015 version of the article was posted, we had just one week earlier celebrated a Supreme Court decision that finally offered legality (and legal protection) to the notion of same-sex couples living together in marriage, a prospect many might have thought impossible only 10 years before. And on the very same day that life suddenly seemed opened up to so many people for whom repression and legal denial had always been a way of life, the nation mourned the deaths of American citizens gunned down in a house of worship, the victims of a lone murderer warped by fear, paranoia and racism, the beneficiary of a culture which, in the face of increasingly bloody reason, maddeningly refuses to adjust its addiction to guns.

    In 2015 I wrote this:

    “The emerging tolerance and new understanding has its dark underbelly. Those threatened by progress, by a lack of understanding of the fullness of love, by the exercise of intellect and articulate reason, by the looming Other, are already shoring up for battle, now ever further entrenched against the forces they see chipping away at American values. And there can be no darker underbelly than the taught and perpetuated rage still felt against African-Americans and other people of color who, 60 years after the first sparks of the Civil Rights Movement, still must fight against marginalization, against physical threat, even as they make inroads into American popular and political culture that prove that in many ways this country is not the same as it was even just a generation ago.”

    And now, only two years later, the United States seems like a different place, not in that the landscape of violence and hostility and fear of the Other has changed so much as it has been cynically amplified and exploited and allowed to fester rather than heal. Meanwhile, the American political arena has shed much of its pretense to service of the people and exposed itself as a true political circus, owned and operated by the scariest collection of evil clowns ever assembled, and dedicated to ensuring the well-being and enrichment of the already well and rich to the exclusion of just about everything else. The ringmaster of said circus is someone who, through an escalating farce involving underestimation of the public’s capacity to be mesmerized and outright fleeced by naked charlatanism, has the power of the Oval Office at his disposal and has proved, on almost a daily basis, his unwillingness or incapacity to understand what to do with it or even how to behave in a manner befitting the ostensible Leader of the Free World. The grimmest joke is, of course, that in a matter of months this ringmaster has denigrated his office to such a degree that he can’t even be considered a leader in his own country, let alone the free world.

    Yet even with all the increased tension and misunderstanding and violence, the intolerance of a racist travel ban and fear of immigrants, “the Russia thing,” the co-opting of the Supreme Court through Congressional stalemating, the tragedy of our national health care system and the presence of a president in waters way over his head, relentlessly tweeting lies and outright refusal of reality with the bellicose temperament of a bitter 10-year-old, I still love this country.  I still hold out hope for its future, for its sustained positive influence, even when the moments I despair for all that it has lost in the past couple of years alone tend toward the overwhelming, even the spirit-crushing.

    And I love looking at it with a quizzical eye and a sense of challenge. I believe that patriotism entails honesty, a willingness to celebrate not only the energy and enthusiasm of living in a society like ours, but also confronting the enduring implications of its wildness, its inequities, its self-delusions, its diversity, its restlessness, its brutality, its paranoia,  its political and social mythologies, and the dark current of fear and anger that seem to be the most prevalent elements fueling our government’s current relentless pursuit of regression toward a mythical state of purity that we as a nation never possessed in the first place. I believe all that now more than perhaps I ever have.

    And movies are now, as they always have been, excellent prisms through which to judge the progress of our nation, its self-image, its myths. So as “go-to” as a movie like Yankee Doodle Dandy might seem on July 4, my cinematic tendencies on this holiday run more toward films that look to examine the quality of a land that is more than ever bursting at the seams, in both the positive and negative, movies that attempt to grapple with America and all the shades of its messy, imperfect grandeur. I want to see movies that shed light on the dark corners which might somehow reflect a heightened clarity about how we got to this point in our history, where increasing understanding of people who have been oppressed in this country for centuries still coexists with alarming, religious-based bigotry, intolerance and fear, and where belief in hard work and dreams of prosperity are continually dampened and smothered by economic hardship and unparalleled greed.

    I love movies about America that deal with its blissful possibilities, the transcendent and potentially dangerous fireworks of its culture, the slumbering animal located under the surface of the country’s self-image that occasionally awakens and wreaks political and social havoc. And most of all, I love movies about America that celebrate its orneriness, its blue-collar professionalism, its pugnacious worship at the altar of an ever-shifting notion of togetherness, movies that recognize the cheerful comedy of our self-aggrandizement, that suggest the greatest myth about this country might be that of our collective loss of innocence, landmarked by whatever chosen, significant social event, as if there was ever any innocence to lose.

    The first version of this essay was written in 2012, in a mood of celebration, I guess, a way of thinking about our country in a way that tried to be as far-reaching as possible within the format, gathering eight perhaps unlikely double features that could converse with each other and in some way illuminate some aspect of the American experience, maybe spark thought and encourage active contemplation about what it means to be an American. In 2015 I revisited the piece, expanding the list to 11 double features which begin to encompass, for me, the vast wonder and folly of life in America over the past 239 years, the movies that make me grateful for the freedoms of artists who aren’t afraid (occasionally, anyway) to see America for what it is, and also what it isn’t. 

    Today, in 2017, on the eve of our nation’s 241st anniversary, the United States feels anything but united. So, I thought it might be worth coming back to this piece and expanding it even further, to reflect on what this country was, what it is now and some of the things that got us here, in the hopes that we might more quickly be able to consider ways of cleaning up the mess we’ve all made in the name of patriotism and love of country. As I see it, “My country, right or wrong” is a statement not of blind fealty, but instead of the acceptance of responsibility and the conviction implied within that acceptance of a commitment to right the wrongs within our cherished, wounded system. I think that’s exactly what these films, in their own very specific ways, are up to by examining the concept of America through the coexisting prisms of satire, tragedy, social commentary, farce, celebration and outrage. All those perspectives are part of everyday life in America v. 2017. 

    So It seems only fitting that on her birthday we should look to the films that have over the last 80 or so years most vividly reflected what American life is, in all its scrappy, contradictory, ragged glory, or lack of glory, and hope that there will be a similar spirit still in existence to be celebrated and examined in the films which will come from the next 80 years. Here then are seven more double features, added to the 11 already collected, which I believe reflect some aspects of America in all its wild, dangerous, imperfect, and now wounded grandeur, in the spirit of a happy and vigilant birthday for all of us.

    Ace in the Hole (1951; Billy Wilder)
    Used Cars (1980; Robert Zemeckis)

    Two masterpieces on the dissection of American hucksterism. Wilder’s brutal drama blisters upon first touch, an examination of the extremes (which if anything have become even more extreme) of our culture of rubbernecking and appropriation of tragedy as journalistic entertainment. Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale perhaps don’t cut as deep as Wilder does, but their vision of the gleefully pervasive nature of corruption in small-time American business and politics (which is, of course, a reflection of the big time) is just as cynical and difficult to refute. The added bonus comes in the release of all those toxins in the form of the bitterest of belly laughs.

    American Graffiti (1973; George Lucas)
    Dazed and Confused (1993; Richard Linklater)

    Traditionally, movies with the word “American” in their title tend to wield their makers’ statement of intent like a blunt instrument. But George Lucas’s paean to his Modesto youth circa 1962 seems at times almost as blissfully unaware as his characters are, perched on the precipice of college life and the abrupt end of the Kennedy era, which is to the movie’s benefit as well as the audience’s. Twenty years later, Richard Linklater looked back on his own generation (and mine), on the last day of high school for a collection of small-town Texans in 1976, and without aping Lucas’s movie he acknowledges its influence—DAC’s soundtrack is truer to its period than Graffiti’s was to 1962 charts-- and locates the sweet spot of future anxiety that coexisted, as it did for Lucas, while kids partied their last nights as kids away.

    Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976; Robert Altman) 
    Once Upon a Time in the West (1969; Sergio Leone)

    A great American iconoclast examines the legacy of a great blowhard of the American west, locating the nexus of personal celebrity and national self-delusion, while a great Italian iconoclast tempers his romantic vision of that same West with an unblinking nihilism and digs deep into the iconography of a nation’s self-created mythological underpinnings. It’s amusing to remember that Altman’s film, one of the bitterest comedies about America, was his bicentennial gift to the nation. America thanked him by largely ignoring it and heading out to a big summer picnic. And Leone’s movie didn’t do too well over here either. Pass the hot dogs and sparklers!

    The Candidate (1972; Michael Ritchie) 
    They Live (1988; John Carpenter)

    Michael Ritchie’s political satire, from Jeremy Larner’s script, could simply exist as a nostalgic artifact of Watergate-era disillusionment, from the good old days when corrupt politicians could still at least muster the courage of their convictions, were it not for its prescience. Robert Redford is a liberal U.S. senator who, convinced he has no chance to actually win, cynically plays the system and ends up facing a rapt constituency who now actually expect him to do something. Flash-forward to a society posited in Carpenter’s post-Reagan-era They Live, in which the “politicians” have done something, all right. They’re aliens who have surreptitiously invaded the American social and political structure and saturated the cityscapes with subliminal platitudes and sloganeering clearly visible only to those who have been sublimated to the alien consciousness, leaving the evil undercurrent of their effects to corrupt the rest of us. Could this be the result of handing a country over to self-aggrandizing politicians, like Redford’s senator, who were elected despite having no clear plan other than the undermining of what has come before? Only your brainwasher knows for sure.

    The General (1925; Buster Keaton) 
    The Right Stuff (1983; Philip Kaufman) 

    Technological progress in American history, courtesy of Keaton, in which he tours the landscape of the Civil War (and the first hints of the industrial revolution) while on a great locomotive chase that keeps him in dire straits and treacherous contortions for the entire hilarious ride. Likewise, Philip Kaufman’s treatment of Tom Wolfe’s brief history of the space program finds satirical purpose in sending western-infused American can-do integrity up against the well-oiled machine of patriotic promotion in contrasting flight pioneer Chuck Yeager with the Mercury astronauts. The two movies reflect ideas about the purpose of and control over the machines that helped make this country with brashly distributed energy and vision and not just a little insouciant charm. 

    The Godfather (I & II) (1972, 1974; Francis Ford Coppola) 
    Nixon(1995; Oliver Stone)

    American history writ large, through the fictionalized saga of the Corleones’ rise to and fall from power, and the factually based, but also intensely speculative history of one of the country’s most reviled political figures. (Who knew RMN would have, less than 30 years later, such vigorous competition for that standing?) The tangled, bitter roots of the American dream have rarely been traced with the emotional gravitas that Coppola brings to his film, and Stone’s patented political hysteria (and surprising empathy) has never resonated more deeply or as sharply as it does here.

    The Last Picture Show (1971; Peter Bogdanovich) 
    Matinee (1993; Joe Dante)

    Two rich, mournful paeans to the specifically American experience of going to the movies. Bogdanovich’s Oscar-winner utilizes the structure of Larry McMurtry’s mournful novel to illuminate the lives of people in a rural Texas town in 1951, all of which in one way or another flitter about in the fading glow of the local movie theater’s carbon-arc projector lamps. If Bogdanovich’s Royal showcased dreams of escape from a dreary reality, the Strand of Joe Dante’s picture is a venue dedicated to a more celebratory tone. But it houses its own nightmares too—the nuclear sort, which are hooted and howled at by the rowdy kids attending a William Castle-esque atomic age thriller while the escalating tensions of the Cuban Missile Crisis continue to develop beyond the lobby. Both pictures end on bittersweet chords, and modern audiences of a certain age will respond to an extra element of loss for a way of seeing movies communally that seems in more danger than ever in an age of cineplexes, cell phone addiction and home theater streaming, even as the love for the movies themselves expressed by these pictures continues to resonate.

    Mandingo (1975; Richard Fleischer) 
    Fall from Grace (2007; K. Ryan Jones) 

    Fleischer’s lurid adaptation of Kyle Onstott’s lurid novel of degradation in the 19th-century American slave trade remains the great, underappreciated movie on the subject. (I wrote about it here in 2008.) And Jones’ searing documentary about Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church is all the evidence you’ll ever need that hatred and intolerance are alive and well and just as inexplicable in the 21st century. Seen together, in a semblance of art and reportage, the two comprise a despairing vision of a country that can claim some progress on the (overt) racism front but which remains hard-pressed in some quarters to remember that Phelps’ hysterical bile is precisely the sort of religious justification once used to prop up slavery and segregation, bile which is just as easily co-opted to justify the jingoistic fear and intolerance that are hallmarks of Donald’s Trump’s America.

    Meek’s Cutoff (2010; Kelly Reichardt) 
    Ravenous (1999; Antonia Bird)

    Perhaps the two most tonally dissimilar pictures of any of these double features, the harsh, desperate clarity of Reichardt clashes with Bird’s blood-drenched, near exuberant hysteria, and together they form a weirdly resonant assessment of the undeniable trajectory of manifest destiny. What more bitter metaphor could there be for a nation that, despite an insistent march westward, has already begun to lose its sense of purpose and vision, than a wagon party lost somewhere on the Oregon frontier, unwilling to trust their hired guide and unsure of the motivations of a captured Native American who seems willing to help them find their way? Maybe only that of Ravenous, which manages a rickety but entertaining equation between the doctrine of inevitable and justifiable American expansion with unapologetic cannibalism. Both visions offer little in the way of faith in the American dream to survive either nature or the rapaciousness of its own beginnings, instead suggesting that, given the reality of the cultures crushed in its pursuit, hope in that destiny might itself be a manifest illusion.

    Nashville (1975; Robert Altman) 
    1941 (1978; Steven Spielberg) 

    The damnedest things I ever saw. Altman’s movie is a snapshot mosaic of a country in crisis that recognizes just how often joyous release and crippling despair go hand in hand. (The freeway accident that turns into a tailgate party is one of the movie’s great metaphors.) And Spielberg’s great, graceful mastodon (directed from another Zemeckis/Gale script) glories in how pop culture patriotism is often a disguise for every form of socially acceptable and unacceptable insanity. The two movies, in their form and attack, might seem quite dissimilar, but I think they’re united by a musically informed vision of America as a land where only the slimmest lines of red, white and blue separate exuberance from hysteria, and paranoia from indifference. 

    Network (1976; Sidney Lumet) 
    Idiocracy(2006; Mike Judge)

    When it was released in 1976, Network was already being praised by audiences for a satirical vision of corporate American broadcasting that still seemed to benefit from its willingness to traffic in exaggeration to make its points. Well, to paraphrase Al Jolson and Randy Bachman, they hadn’t heard/seen nothin’ yet. Not only did the reality of reality TV and corporate greed at the network level catch up with Paddy Chayefsky’s scathing vision, it passed it. And 40 years after Howard Beale, Mike Judge had posited his own logically acidic extension, the notion of an idiocracy of American politics and culture so familiar with the scrapings of the barrel bottom that a self-professed dunce could become the smartest man alive and “Ow! My Balls!” might be the clarion cry of an entire nation. But now Judge, like Chayefsky, is in jeopardy of being eclipsed by reality— the nightly news now seems an endless source of mind-boggling nonsense that could have only been parody a mere decade ago. The through line from The Howard Beale Show to The Real Housewives of Atlanta to Ow! My Balls! provides a sturdy argument for both Network and Idiocracy’s status as the most prescient satires since 1984. (I wrote about Idiocracy when it trickled into theaters in 2006.)

    Night of the Living Dead (1968; George A. Romero) 
    No Country for Old Men (2007; Joel and Ethan Coen)
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              Session: Hastings 1066AD:: Some musings on a first play   

    by Chrysm

    I had a very enjoyable first game of Hastings 1066AD yesterday.

    I took the Normans, who have fewer but stronger units, and my opponent the Anglo-Saxons with greater numbers but weaker stats.

    The Anglo-Saxons start off in Shield Wall formation which absorbs the first point of damage, but can't move except to be forced back. The Normans set up with knights, which have a hefty combat modifier for charging, and foot soldiers. Norman missile fire is abstracted as a die roll - a 6 causes a hit.

    In our game, the Normans rolled well and quickly broke the shield wall all along the line, killing one of the three Anglo Saxon leaders on the first turn.

    By turn 4, the Anglo Saxons had suffered losses at about a 5:1 ratio and things were looking dire. Harold survived on his sole remaining 2-unit stack, on the hill summit against the edge of the map. William had captured the Saxon standard and with Harold surrounded was poised to administer the coup de grace on the next turn, but then...

    On the final activation of the turn, Harold was able to rout one of the Norman units, and while fleeing this unit infected two other units with panic and they also routed. Initiative for each round is determined by a dice roll at the start and a modifier heavily favours William, but each routed unit counts against the Norman roll.

    The three routed units were enough of a penalty to give Harold the initiative for the first time in the game, and the Anglo-Saxons put it to good advantage. William, in his bloodlust to finish Harold off, had left himself supported by only a single other unit in his hex.

    The Anglo Saxons roused themselves for a final attack, overwhelmed William's protecting unit and killed the Norman leader for a very much against the odds victory.

    Thoughts in the aftermath -

    During the game, I wondered out loud how much fun it was to play the Anglo-Saxons. With weaker units, many attacks had no effect which became frustrating. For the Normans, anything other than a 6 had some effect, and of course the more powerful Norman units inflicted heavier damage. To win the game, the Saxons need to keep Harold and 1 unit alive to end of turn 10, so other than winning through Norman carelessness as in this case it'd be a long grind I imagine.
    Playing the seemingly near-invincible Normans was great right up until the final "oh" moment - of course, in hindsight it's clear that each army's first priority must be to keep their leader alive (oops).

    One combat result is a pushback, forcing the defending unit to retreat one hex. If the defenders are Norman knights, this is actually a good thing, as it allows them to charge on their next activation with a -2 modifier (lower is better for combat results) assuming they don't start adjacent to an enemy unit. Maybe to avoid this the Anglo-Saxons need to advance into the vacated hex but that seems to be asking to get hacked up in the next attack.

    Anyway, overall I found a lot to like in this game. The randomness of the dice should allow for unexpected victories or defeats, and the ruleset is light enough not to cause a headache or require too much rules parsing midgame.

    The way our game played out was almost cinematic, with an early tragedy for the Anglo-Saxons followed by ever-increasing losses, then some minor heroics resulting in the death of a subordinate Norman leader and finally Harold snatching victory from the gaping jaws of defeat in single combat(in my imagination)against an overconfident William surrounded by the bodies of the fallen.

              Advanced Missile Defense Systems Engineer / Orlando, Florida - Lockheed Martin - Tampa, FL   
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              Tap To Play Free Game App For iPhone and iPad : Review   

    Description Challenge your friends and other players, or go solo in 11 addicting games! Tap To Play is a social gaming platform where you can challenge other players to 11 different games. You can also chat with your opponents, and follow your friends in your feed. All games can also be played in single player mode – for fun, for practice, or to compete in the Leaderboards. Earn medals and xp, reach a higher level, and earn coins to unlock new games. FEATURES : # 11 games (with more coming soon!) # Chat with your opponents # Find and add friends # Random opponents # Compete in leaderboards # Follow your friends’ activity in the feed # Beautiful artwork and animations # Connect with Facebook and play against your friends GAMES : # Bird Down The early bird catches the worm – but not if he gets shot down by a missile! Keep flapping to help Twitch stay in the air. # Birds On A Pole Twitch and Twinkle are just chilling on a telephone pole, but someone is attacking them – and they brought out the big guns! Help our lovebirds avoid the missiles, or they will be as dead as a dodo. # Deck Attack Time to lay all your cards on the table. This reaction-based card game is spades of fun! # Dragon Fish It’s a fish-eat-fish world out there. Help Olaf the dragonfish hunt for food – but make sure he doesn’t eat himself! # Friggin’ Frog Get that frog out of your throat, and help our ex-tadpole Francis reach soaring new heights. # Jungle Glide Join our mascotte Otto in his quest to satisfy his hunger. Glide through the jungle and collect those tasty potassium-filled bananas! # Ribbit Rush This game covers the entire spectrum of being a frog – jumping, eating flies, and saying ‘ribbit’. Help Francis the frog eat as many flies as possible, while avoiding the numerous obstacles. # Seashell Shore It’s time to come out of your shell in this color-matching game. # Splosh Priscilla the fish just loves to eat those yummy flies. The only problem is that they don’t live in the sea, so she has to jump out of the water to catch them. # Squeaky Wheels Drift your way across three different race tracks in this top-down racing game. # Tap To Run Hazel the Ostrich loves to run. Help her avoid the obstacles, or her luck will run out! Download Now on  (Free)

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              Daily GK Update 15th June 2017, Important Current Affairs   
    1. Leo Varadkar, a 38-year-old Indian-origin doctor, scripted history by becoming Ireland’s youngest and the first openly gay Prime Minister of the Catholic-majority country.Varadkar, the country’s first Indian-origin premier, officially took over from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, as the Irish prime ministerial title is known, after a parliamentary vote in Dublin confirmed him as the leader by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions.

    Daily GK Update 15th June 2017, Important Current Affairs

    2. Minister of Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal addressed a Joint Press Conference with the organizers of ANUGA - an international business platform for Food Industry to be held in Cologne, Germany.

    3. To enhance the passenger's experience by upgrading existing fleet of coaches with better furnishing, aesthetics & amenities and better safety features with a view to provide a safe and comfortable travel, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu has launched MISSION RETRO-FITMENT in Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.

    4. The World Bank has approved financing worth more than 500 million dollars for Afghanistan to support a string of projects to boost the economy, help improve service delivery in five cities and support Afghan refugees sent back from Pakistan.

    5. According to the Code Compliance Rating of banks done by the Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) 2017, only one (IDBI Bank) out of 26 public sector banks and eight out of 17 private sector banks got ‘high’ rating for their adherence to code compliance.

    6. Indian warships began a week-long naval exercise off the coast of Western Australia. The second AUSINDEX exercises are aimed at increasing interoperability between Australian and Indian naval forces, executing complex naval manoeuvres.

    7. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired the anti-tank missile “Nag” in a desert in Rajasthan’s western sector.

    8. State-owned oil firms IOC, BPCL and HPCL on signed an agreement to jointly set up world's biggest refinery at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

    9. The Telangana government launched the website 'PashuBazar' to facilitate online sale or purchase of cattle.

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              Yemen's cholera death toll rises to 1,500, says World Health Organisation   

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              Comment on Is Trump Making Up Syria-Sarin Claims? by Abe   
    On 25 June 2017, the day the article by Hersh appeared in Die Welt an Sonntag (the Sunday edition of the daily Die Welt), an article about Hersh's investigation of the Khan Shaykhun incident titled "The Fog of War" appeared in both Welt am Sonntag and Bild am Sonntag (the Sunday edition of Bild and the largest-selling German national Sunday newspaper published in Berlin, Germany). "It is in fact quite difficult to ascertain at first glance whether sarin, another toxic gas or a chemical agent was used. The first reporter from a Western newspaper to reach the town worked for the British Guardian. His article included several quotes from people who claimed to be eyewitnesses: 'We could smell it from 500 meters away,' one said, referring to the gas. Yet sarin is odorless. "To clear up the contradictions and questions, an independent investigation on site is needed. Were that to happen, it would be quite possible to determine if sarin was used, but such a process takes time in an active war zone like Idlib. Yet on April 6, when the American military launched cruise missiles at the Syrian airport, the process of initiating an independent investigation hadn't even been started." The article quoted Hersh concerning the Trump administration's military actions against Syria: "We have a President in America today who lies repeatedly about the most meaningless of information, but he must learn that he cannot lie about the intelligence relied upon before authorizing an act of war. There are those in the Trump administration that understand this, which is why I learned the information I did.“ The Fog of War By Dirk Laabs
              Comment on What Trump Can Expect from Putin by Sandra Villarreal   
    “In our country there is no large and small partners, any country is a value as such, with each we are ready to build an equal dialogue, to cooperate in a constructive and mutually respectful manner.” Vladimir Putin - while Trump uses bullets, bombs, tomahawk missiles and the MOAB over a known staged, false flag gas attack in Syria. Somebody please tell me what's wrong with this picture. And Nikki Haley should be deemed an American 'terrorist' for blatantly lying to the United Nations. She's not only dangerous for America, but all mankind. I voted for Donald Trump, but he sure is making it difficult to like him. As an American citizen, I'm not going to apologize for my support, admiration and respect of Vladimir Putin, and I'm praying to God somewhere, that Trump can find a way to stop demonizing Russia as our fake corporate media does daily and Nikki Haley repeatedly does. America is going to hell fast after eight years under the Obama regime, and we need help. And we need it now. There is nothing wrong with getting along with the great country of Russia. They are not the enemy here. If America wants to see who the 'real' enemy is here, all they have to do is take a good hard look in the mirror.
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              US Jets Armed With Missiles to Punch Nuke Sites   

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              90th Missile Wing at FE Warren has new commander Monday, June 26   

    Col. Stacy Huser assumed command of the "Mighty Ninety" following a ceremony Friday. She was most recently the commander of the 91st Operations Group at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

              Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (SD/540p/562 MB) Kink   
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              Syria harshly criticizes Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons report on Khan Sheikhun gas attack   
    A Syrian man collects and bags the body of a dead bird, reportedly killed by a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, April 5, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
    Damascus has censured the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for issuing a “false” report on a chemical weapons attack in the province of Idlib two months ago, saying it has been based on testimonies provided by terrorists.
    In a statement released on Saturday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the OPCW had better avoid using biased and flawed information in preparing its reports on Syria, saying findings of the organization on the April 4 attack in Khan Sheikhun were in fact "the creation of a sick mind."
    It called on the OPCW to prepare “impartial and credible reports that have not been subjected to extortions by countries and parties that prevent it from reaching the truth.”
    The OPCW report, issued on Friday, said that sarin nerve gas was used in the controversial attack in Khan Sheikhun that left over 90 people killed. The organization, however, did not blame any party to the conflict for the attack.
    The United States and allies in the Middle East swiftly accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of having ordered the attack, saying Russian fighter jets also contributed to the bombardment. Syria and Russia denied any involvement. Moscow said at the time that militants supported by the West could have stored chemicals in a depot that was targeted by Russian and Syrian planes.
    The incident, not a first of its kind in Syria’s six-year conflict, sparked fresh concerns of a Western military intervention in Syria and even a full-scale confrontation between the United States and Russia. In an apparent response to the Idlib attack, the US military even fired missiles from a warship in the Mediterranean on an airfield in western Syria, killing several Syrian troops. 

              Yemeni forces kill 6 of Saudi's mercenaries in Jawf, Ta'izz   
    A pro-Saudi militant stands next to a pickup truck as it lies in a hole on a road near Mukha, Yemen, April 15, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
    Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, have killed half a dozen of Saudi Arabia's mercenaries in Yemen's Jawf and Ta'izz provinces.
    According to Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, Yemeni forces on Saturday managed to kill at least four mercenaries in Salah district of the southwestern province of Ta'izz, where seven more mercenaries were killed in a fight with the Yemeni troops a day before.
    The Yemenis also killed two other mercenaries in Khanjar area in the northern province of Jawf.
    Meanwhile, the Yemeni forces inflicted heavy damage on mercenaries' hardware and military equipment in Midi Desert in the northwestern province of Hajjah. They also managed to seize several military vehicles and some quantities of weapons and ammunition from the defeated forces, two days after they launched an attack against the mercenaries' gatherings in the north of Midi.
    On Friday, the Yemeni army hit a military base in the vicinity of Rahah village in Saudi Arabia's southwestern region of Jizan with a Zelzal-2 (Earthquake-2) missile. Citing an unnamed military official, Yemen's official Saba news agency further reported that the missile also inflicted damage on Saudi military equipment and vehicles.
    Yemeni forces carry out these attacks as part of retaliatory assaults against the Saudi regime’s campaign against the improvised country.
    A Yemeni man reacts on the rubble of houses destroyed in a Saudi airstrike in the capital Sana'a, June 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
    Saudi warplanes on Saturday conducted a number of airstrikes on different parts of Ta'izz and the northwestern province of Sa'ada, killing at least a woman in Ta'izz and another civilian in Sa'ada. Saba also reported that a child sustained critical injuries in an airstrike in Ta'izz.
    Since March 2015, Yemen has been heavily bombarded by Saudi warplanes as part of a brutal campaign against the Arabian Peninsula country in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi movement and reinstall the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
    Nearly 3.3 million Yemeni people, including 2.1 million children, are currently suffering from acute malnutrition. Latest tallies show that the war has so far killed over 12,000 Yemenis and wounded thousands more. The Saudi aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

              The American People Are The Number One Target: "They Are Tightening The Screws"   

    Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces ) via,

    A little more than a week ago it was announced that Whole Foods was bought by for just under $14 billion.  One of the major problems with this is that Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon has deep ties with the CIA and the Federal government.

    Wal-Mart being fully in the government’s pocket and now Whole Foods brought under thumb as well, how much longer before Kissinger’s “Food as a Weapon” principle is brought to bear?  A good article was just released by Jon Rappaport entitled Buy your food from the CIA: Amazon buys Whole Foods, that is worth reading.

    As if that connection is not nefarious enough, there is more: it appears a new cloud technology is being produced for the CIA from…you guessed it…none other than the CIA, as is excerpted here:

    The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


    “The Details About the CIA’s Deal with Amazon,” -    6/17/17

    Guess the data center that ran taxpayers billions that is in Utah is not enough, nor the fusion centers in every state.  Did you like “…a new era of cooperation and coordination…” between the friendly agencies?  And all to “avoid intelligence gaps,” just for your protection, right?


    They are tightening the screws, little by little, while they refine all the control mechanisms and place that security web over their number one target: the American people. 

    They are taking control of the food supply incrementally.  Water?  Yes, here in Montana, the state just sent out a form for property owners to declare their water rights…as the CKST (Confederated Kootenai &Salish Tribes) Water Compact was passed into law in Montana in 2014.  Actions will be taken within the next two years.

    As enumerated in other articles, Montana kicked in $3 million after the liberals in the state House and Senate, as well as the liberal governor, Bullock (D, MT) signed the water compact into law.  The shortfall is $8 million, as the total state commitment was $11 million.  They are just waiting for the Senate to ratify this as a Federal treaty, and then they can (ostensibly on “behalf” of the Indian Tribes) place meters on everyone’s wells…off of the reservation…and “manage” the water on behalf of the Indian Tribes…enforced by DHS.

    This is a small slice of the country as a whole.  They are following full speed ahead with the Agenda 21 Directive to take over everyone’s food, water, land…everything.  A war will surely enable them to throw the Executive Order 13603 into action to confiscate and control every resource in the United States, including human labor…slave labor, to be precise.  Incrementally they place these laws into effect, and the stultified public, thinking only of the next barbeque and fireworks party is dumbed down into inactivity.

    There’s enough going on in the international arena that is capturing everyone’s attention, such as North Korea’s missile tests and threats, China’s aggressive South China Sea/Senkaku islands maneuvering, and the Syrian debacle unfolding with the U.S. ratcheting up the tough-talk of blaming Russia and Iran for any “Syrian chemical attack” that comes along.  Russia also just deployed a new satellite, and there is the possibility that in a televised broadcast, he sent out a message to “sleeper” agent in the West.  See the article by Stefan Stanford entitled Vladimir Putin sends message to ‘Russian Sleeper Agents’ in West as Russia Launches Top Secret Military Satellite.

    “Hammer and Anvil” usually refers to a military maneuver to crush an enemy force between two friendly elements.  This maneuver is being employed here and now, as well: either crush the United States and enslave its people domestically, with an economic collapse or civil war, or just initiate a war with another country and enslave the citizenry afterward.  Either way, they are pushing their agenda forward each day.  It is just a matter of time to find out which of the two vehicles…international war or domestic tyranny…that they will employ to obtain their globalist and totalitarian objectives.

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    This position can be either a Financial Analyst II (G07) or Senior Financial Analyst (G08) based on the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to the skills, experience and responsibility requirements for the position. To run a world-changing business, it takes a world-class team. At RMS, the finance team is truly world-class. Finance serves as a critical business partner by providing the analysis, insight and guidance to enable strategic decision making and achieve bottom-line results. The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) business office has an immediate opportunity for a Financial Analyst II/ Senior Financial Analyst . ESSM is a dynamic and growing program with both production and development efforts. The role will support the ESSM Block 1 International Consortium Production contracts. Primary responsibilities include: Estimate at Complete (EAC) preparation for assigned contracts Reporting and analyzing weekly cost actuals and manpower charging details (name runs) Frequent interaction with various program managers, functional leaders, and multiple layers of the organization will be required, so the successful candidate must possess strong presentation, communication and professional skills Minimum Required Skills : 2 years finance/accounting experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business related field or 0 years finance/accounting experience with a related Master’s degree Experience interfacing with and conducting business with various functional disciplines (Engineering, Supply Chain, Contracts, Operations, etc.) Experience with Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Powerpoint, Word) Demonstrated Excel Proficiency Demonstrated experience in developing EAC’s, budgets and forecasts including variance analysis Able to meet critical deadlines and develop and apply solutions and process improvements Must be able to obtain a secret clearance Highly Desired Skills: SAP Earned Value Demonstrated experience with SAP Business Systems including Business Warehouse (BW), or other major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software Earned value execution experience including preparation of IPMR Formats 1-5 and BCR preparation Advanced Excel Proficiency (VLOOKUP, Pivot Tables, graphing) Ability to communicate effectively with peers and leadership Exceptional analytical ability Good organizational skills and energetic self-starter Program Management Excellence (PMX) Tool Suite Minimum Required Education (Including Major): 2 years’ experience with related Bachelors’ degree, OR 0 years’ experience with related Master’s degree This position can be either a Financial Analyst II (G07) or Senior Financial Analyst (G08) based on the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to the skills, experience and responsibility requirements for the position. 99691
              (USA-AZ-Tucson) Manager II Brand Comms   
    This is a multi-level position that can be a salary grade G10 (CO16 Manager II Brand Comms) or G11 (CO17 Manager III Brand Communications) based on the candidate's qualifications as they relate to the skills, experience and responsibilities required for the position. Job Description Raytheon Missile Systems seeks a Brand Communications Manager II that will be responsible for guiding others in the organization to deliver a consistent brand voice and imagery. Reporting to the director of Global Branding, responsibilities will include utilizing communication tools and tactics, digital/social, multimedia while leading the advertising function for the business. Working closely with other communications functions, including PR, Community Relations and Internal Communications, this individual will develop clear, concise and differentiated messaging, leveraging data to evaluate the effectiveness of communications programs in order to course correct, report and improve brand. This role requires a self-directed, strategic thinker who is comfortable serving in an advisory role to executives while executing a wide range of communication deliverables. The primary responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to: · Execution of enterprise-wide external communications programs and projects to enhance the Raytheon Brand in U.S. and international markets · Developing core marketing messages that contribute to comprehensive communications strategies · Leveraging digital and social media channels as well as traditional media · Managing external marketing agencies Required Experience& Skills: · 8 years professional experience within a communications related field · Ability to translate complex material in to insight driven strategies · Ability to design and analyze customer and market competitive research · Ability to lead, manage and participate on teams · A proven ability to communicate and influence internal and external stakeholders · Strong writing and editing skills · Project management skills and experience · Working k nowledge of all communication disciplines including social media and community relations Desired Skills · Knowledge of Raytheon Company and the global market · Experience supporting defense programs · Excellent reasoning and decision-making skills · A high energy, commitment and passion to achieve results and the ability to work with urgent deadlines · Self-motivated with the ability to work without oversight · Ability to work under pressure and with many styles of executives, program managers and subject matter experts Education: · Bachelors or equivalent degree in business, marketing, communications, public relations or related field required. MBA preferred 99451
              (USA-TX-McKinney) Senior Mission Systems Architect   
    Job Description: Senior Mission Systems Architect to conduct and provide technical leadership for open architecture efforts supporting multiple programs. Responsible for shaping and developing innovative concepts, architecture products, interface and component performance requirements, executable architecture models and development of prototype mission systems architecture software components. Brief senior Raytheon and Customer leadership on the status and results of the concepts, design, models and documentation. Required Skills: Minimum of 10 Years systems engineering experience in fire control and surveillance mission systems concepts, architecture development and/or associated integration and test Experience with System of Systems architecture definition, data architecture, processing architecture and/or software architecture for complex mission systems and BMC2 implementations Working Experience with US Department of Defense OMS, UCI and/or associated DoD Architecture Framework methodologies Experience in proposal preparation, program planning, scheduling, earned value management and integrated product teams for contracted and internal research and development efforts Experience in technology road-mapping, risk analysis and reduction planning Experience mentoring and/or leading a team of senior and junior analysts and engineers Must either possess or be able to obtain a U.S. Top Secret clearance and Special Access U.S. Citizenship status Desired Skills: In depth domain knowledge in Sensors (Radars, EO/IR, EW, etc.), Data Architecture, Network Communications, Datalinks, Platform Integration, Weapons/Effects (Missiles, Projectiles), Command & Control for Fire Control and Surveillance applications, and/or Resource Management is highly desirable. Domain knowledge in Information Assurance and Cyber Protection Demonstrated understating of F-22 and/or F-35 mission system architectures. Experience with Multi-Domain Integration (e.g., air and space) and System of Systems architecture for distributed Command & Control Proficiency with scientific computing environments, models, and/or simulations such as the following: Matlab, MathCAD, Rhapsody/UML or similar tools Able to perform in complex teaming environments with multiple customers Experience in proposal preparation, program planning, scheduling, earned value management and integrated product teams for contracted and internal research and development efforts Experience working across all organizational levels Active U.S. Top Secret clearance and Special Access Required Education: MS Degree in Science, Math, Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical field Desired Education: PhD Degree in Science, Math, Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical field This position requires a U.S. person or the ability to obtain an Export Authorization from the appropriate government agency for non-U.S. persons. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position will need a U.S. Security Clearance within 1 year of start date. 99643
              (USA-NM-Farmington) Sr Electrical Engineer I   
    The Raytheon Diné Facility (RDF) is a remote location factory structured under the Missile Systems business unit of Raytheon Company. RDF manufactures a wide variety of electro mechanical devices and end products. The successful RDF Sr. Electrical Engineer I candidate will work under minimal supervision to manage the production test process as a Production Test Engineer (PTE) through one or more phases of the product life cycle, including product development, transition to production, sustained production and depot activities. Position is initially for second/third shift; however, the manufacturing environment can operate multiple shifts including some weekend work so candidate must be capable of supporting a varying schedule. This position is a dual grade requisition; Salary Grade G08, Sr. Electrical Engineer I or Salary Grade G09, Sr. Electrical Engineer II based on the applicant's qualifications as they relate to the skills, experience, and responsibility requirements for the position. Responsibilities: RDF Production Test Engineers (PTEs) are responsible for designing, controlling and improving the manufacturing test process and system design, through a collaborative effort with the program product team and the factory process team. This includes assisting in the development of test equipment and establishment of test requirements and procedures. Senior PTEs must lead the effort to ensure the functionality of test equipment and associated work instructions are accurate. Included is the development of test flow charts and test capacity analysis. PTEs must then maintain changes to the test equipment technical data package which includes drawings, test instructions, test position manuals, and system software. Finally, this successful PTE candidate must provide technical training in both product and test equipment to production test specialists, metrology personnel and other PTEs. Required Skills: · 4 or more years of experience in specialized production within a manufacturing environment focused on safety, quality, schedule and cost · Verifiable experience in providing technical leadership to multi-disciplined teams associated with specific assemblies to ensure safety, quality, schedule, and cost objectives are met · Experience working complex production test systems including full knowledge of electronics, electrical circuits, and fault isolation · Experience working closely with production test equipment operators, line leads, supervisors, and other technical disciplines (quality and tooling engineers, facilities maintenance personnel, etc.) to support operations in maintaining the effectiveness and reliability of the production test flow. · Experience with diagnosing problem root cause with limited upfront information · Working knowledge of lean manufacturing and statistical process control to monitor and improve the test process through analysis of predictive metrics of trends, failure modes, and test yields · Demonstrated ability to respond quickly when production or test issues arise. Experience in accurately diagnosing problems and implementing solutions to restore production and test functionality · Demonstrated skills in working with manufacturers’ technical support or other outside experts to solve complex problems · Experience in reading, understanding, and using schematics, blueprints, and operating manuals to solve production and test equipment problems. Ensure test equipment and software meet the test requirements specified for the product being built · Experience and knowledge in maintaining test equipment technical data packages including drawings, test instructions, test position manuals, and system software · Experience in working with vendors to procure replacement parts for equipment · Experience in leading and directing hourly personnel in non-routine fault isolation, diagnose, and repair of the product or test equipment · Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The position requires a candidate who can write technical process documents, write production test instructions and communicate production needs / status to all levels of the organization in a professional and thorough manner. The individual must communicate effectively with production operators, supervisors, managers and plant management along with program technical experts · Able to climb ladders, bend, reach, stoop, as well as lift/pull/push up to 50 pounds · Demonstrated ability to be organized, self-motivated, dependable, and work well with others in a multi-tasking environment · Demonstrated ability to follow rules and regulations. Proven willingness to comply with all pertinent Raytheon Environmental, Health, & Safety Organizational Directives and Instructions and other applicable Program and Site Directives and Raytheon Company Policies · Testable computer skills in equipment operating systems, control systems, and MS Office administrate systems. Required Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Optical Engineering or related field. Thisposition requires the eligibility to obtain a security clearance. Non-UScitizens may not be eligible to obtain a securityclearance. Security clearance factors include, but are not limitedto, allegiance to the US, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminalconduct, security violations and drug involvement. Employment iscontingent on other factors, including, but not limited to, background checksand drug screens This position is located at the Raytheon Diné Facility in Farmington, NM. RMS- Diné Facility adheres to the Navajo Nation Preference in Employment Act in areas of recruitment and hiring practices 98556
              (USA-MA-Andover) Sr Systems Engineer I   
    Sr Systems Engineer I (CE07/G08) or Sr Systems Engineer II (CE08/G09) Systems Validation, Test and Analysis Directorate (SVTAD) is the central focus for all integration, verification, and validation (IV&V) activities within IDS. Over 700 employees of SVTAD provide their expertise to ensure customer success through the development and execution of innovative and comprehensive IV&V strategies, processes, tools and techniques. SVTAD employees are involved in all aspects of IV&V including: design-for-test, integration, subsystem and component level testing through sell-off of IDS ’ most sophisticated systems and technologies. Opportunities currently exist within SVTAD's Air Defense Systems (ADS) department in Andover, Massachusetts. ADS is a community of engineers that provides skills and knowledge in the IV&V of various air and missile defense systems within IDS. ADS engineers integrate component items together into complex systems; verify system requirements to ensure our products are built to specification; and validate that the systems meet our customers’ needs. Most system IV&V test activities will be conducted in the ADS department’s Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) facilities. These facilities include integrated tactical, simulated, and emulated hardware and software used to verify system capabilities and to support sell off of the systems. ADS supports the Patriot and NASAMS family of programs. Join this motivated team and perform technically engaging assignments that will contribute to protecting our nation, allies, and warfighters. Job Description: The Engineer will perform tasking on the Patriot Integration, Verification, and Validation team as follows: Perform Patriot Radar, Missile, Command and Control, or system level integration, verification, and validation. Collaborate with engineering team to plan the technical strategy of Patriot integration, verification, and validation activities; determine verification methods or simulation test cases. Develop and author formal technical documents, integration and test plans, procedures, and reports. Conduct sub-system and system tests and demonstrations using digital simulations, HWIL simulations, and tactical systems in a live environment. Perform functional and performance analysis on collected data; document, root cause and resolve observed issues, anomalies, and trouble reports. Prepare and present technical briefs to task leads, program managers, and customers as required. Assess task schedule and budget using various processes, metrics, and techniques Note: This position can be a Salary Grade G08 or Salary Grade G09 based on the candidate's qualifications as they relate to the skills, experience and responsibility requirements for the position. Required Skills: Four (4)+ Years of experience in an engineering role with programming in MATLAB, C, or C++ Experience working with integration or test activities for hardware or software products Experience with Systems Engineering Product Development Cycle Active DoD Secret security clearance. Desired Skills: Experience with Systems Integration, Verification, and Validation processes and/or techniques Experience working on a DoD program and with Patriot Air and Missile Defense System Experience in development of test scripts and performance analysis Strong organizational and cross-functional collaboration skills to execute and meet challenging schedules Excellent oral and written communication and presentation, problem solving and analytical skills. Detail oriented and work well independently or within multifaceted teams Master’s Degree in Engineering, Science, Math or related discipline Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science, Math or related discipline 99622
              Samvad 1 November 2014   

    Samvad Kartik Shukla 9, Vik. Samvat 2071. Yugabda 5116: November 1, 2014

    1. FESTIVALS: Dhanu Sankranti 



















    20.  SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas; Visitors



    1. FESTIVALS: Dhanu Sankranti is the sankranti (transmigration of sun from one rashi – constellation to another) related to Dhanu rashi and occurs on 16th December.

    It is celebrated as Dhanu Yatra - a colourful festival related to Bhagwan Krishna's visit to Mathura,  at Bargarh, Odisha. Different acts of puranic descriptions are performed at specific locations and the spectators move from place to place with the action to follow the performance. During this festival the Bhagwan Krishna is offered sweetened rice flakes which are specially prepared in a Conical shape.

    Dhanu is also name of the month in the Malayalam Calendar. Women celebrate Thiruvathira in this month. Thiruvathira is supposed to be the birthday of Bhagwan Shiva. Married women and girls do 'upavasa' (fasting) on that day, and sing and dance. Girls pray to Lord Shiva to get a good husband while married women pray for the longevity of their husbands. -- Go Top


    2.  1.6 LAKH SEVA PROJECTS RUN BY RSS: "Seva – Service is an integral part of sangh work and it was natural that sangh workers came forward to help fllod affected people in Jammu and Kasmir" said RSS sarkaryavaha Bhayya ji Joshi at the press meet on 20th October at Lucknow where a 3-day meeting of its Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari mandal was held. He added that over 1.6 lakh service projects are being run by swayamsevaks all over the country in rural, tribal and urban slum areas. Replying to a question on the issue of Ram mandir, he said, "Ram Temple exists in Ayodhya and people worship there daily. The only issue is to make it a grand temple. As the matter is in the Supreme Court, hence, the Centre should try to remove the hurdle and fulfil the promise made to the people during the elections," He claimed that more than 1.25 lakh youth have joined the organisation last year.  -- Go Top


    3. BHARAT LAUNCHES THIRD NAVIGATION SATELLITE: Bharat's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C26) lifted off with aplomb from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota at 1.32 a.m. on 16th October and precisely put the Bharatiya navigation satellite, IRNSS-1C into its perfect, pre-designated orbit. This was the 28th successful launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation.

    The IRNSS-1C, the third of the seven navigation satellites in the Indian Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), has wide-ranging applications in terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation. From vehicle tracking to fleet management and from disaster management to mapping, the satellite extends services to its clients.

    The IRNSS-C1 carried two types of payloads, one for transmitting navigation service signals to the users and another consisting of a C-band transponder to facilitate Cube Retro Reflectors for laser ranging.

    The first two satellites in the series, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched from Sriharikota on July 1 2013 and April 4 this year respectively.  -- Go Top


    4. NANAJI BROUGHT INTEGRAL HUMANISM IN ACTION:  "Nanaji's thinking was out of box, he always tried to do something extra, beyond his given responsibility. Whatever he did he did with some value addition. He always insisted on 'self-sufficiency' approach. Optimum utilisation of local resources was the basis of his vision. He perfectly blended universal science with local technologies," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while releasing a book on Nanaji Deshmukh in New Delhi on October 11, the 98th birth anniversary of Nanaji.

    RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale, veteran Sangh Pracharak Shri Madan Das, DRI president Shri Virendrajeet Singh and general secretary of DRI Shri Bharat Pathak also shared the dais. Many distinguished personalities including RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi, former deputy Prime Minister Shri LK Advani, Governor of Guajrat Prof. Omprakash Kohli, etc were present at the jam-packed Vigyan Bhavan.

    Speaking on the occasion Dattatreya Hosabale said, Nanaji brought 'Integral Humanism' propounded by Deendayalji in action. "When people are looking for models of development on Bharatiya values the one created by Nanaji are the living examples.   -- Go Top


    5. BHARATIYAS CELEBRATE DESI FESTIVALS IN DENMARK: Vijayadashmi was celebrated by Bharatiyas in Copenhagen on September 28 in a traditional way, thanks to the efforts put in by members of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS)-Denmark. The most interesting part of these celebrations was the play: Ramleela. Done with very few props, the characters were able to convey Lord Rama's story to the audience.

    "The programme was designed for all age groups and involved a drawing contest based on Ramayana characters and a discussion on the main characters of Ramayana. There were 15 people in the play and we spent more than four weekends preparing for it," said Hemant Dubey, one of the active members of HSS-Denmark.

    Dattatreya Hosabale, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's joint general secretary, had travelled to Copenhagen from Bharat to attend the Vijayadashmi celebrations. "He spoke on the significance of Vijayadashmi as well as key learnings from Ramayana for an hour, before ending it with a moral for the children. 

    Apart from this event, many other events were also organized by different Bharatiya communities. Bharatiya Mandir in Copenhagen organised Ravana Dahan, where a small effigy of Ravana was burnt to ashes. The Gujarati community played Garba at another event on September 27. The Bengalis organised Durga Puja on a grand scale. On October 4, the newly formed Telangana Association of Denmark also celebrated Dasara and Telangana state's biggest festival, Bathukamma.   -- Go Top 



    The 1000th year of coronation of renowned King Rajendra I of the famous Chola Dynasty of Bharat is a matter of great pride and inspiration to all of us. Crowned in 10I4 CE, King Rajendra I had his rule extending not only from the banks of river Ganga to the whole of Southern Bharat but also up-to Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep, Maldives, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. By virtue of his well managed administration and a well organized military, trade, commerce, art, culture, architecture and sculpture flourished under his reign in this entire region.

    Literature and pursuit of knowledge also flourished in his times and several books and volumes were written, both in Sanskrit and Tamil. During his rule, several grand temples and Stupas were constructed in Bharat, Sri Lanka and South East Asia which stand testimony to our living cultural heritage. It is testified from his Charter comprising 21 Copper Inscriptions with his royal insignia written in both Sanskrit and Tamil and paying obeisance at the very beginning to Lord Vishnu which are kept by Leiden University of Netherlands.

    At the time of Mahmud Ghazni's attack on our north-western frontier and the turmoil of Euro-Arab conflict, King Rajendra I provided stable rule to ensure peace, prosperity and unhindered trade in the entire South East Asian Region to Bharatiyas, especially Tamil traders and their trade associations. He also established diplomatic Mission in China to promote trade.

    He also set up a University for study of Vedas and other disciplines at Ennayirum. Besides ensuring political stability, in order to promote cultural unity and emotional integrity he sent his General Aryan Rajrajan to bring holy water of Ganga, ceremonially received it, mixed it with Kaveri waters and built a grand lake due to which he came to be known as  Gangai Konda Cholan  [i.e. Chola who brought Ganga].

    Remembering such glorious period of our history will be inspirational to the people in the work for national resurgence. All the people of Bharat including Swyamasevaks are called upon to remind Bharat and the world about the achievement of the Chola king Rajendra for providing benign rule with all round progress in such a vast area and to ensure their support as well as participation in all the events related to this incidence.

    (Statement by RSS sarkaryavaha Bhayya ji Joshi on the eve of meeting of  ABKM at Lucknow )  -- Go Top


    7. DUBAI-BASED BHARATIYA-ORIGIN EYE SURGEON HONOURED IN LONDON: Dr. Vinod Gauba, Dubai-based Bharatiya-origin doctor has been conferred the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman for his contributions to healthcare. Dr. Gauba, 36, who has worked with the less fortunate and visually impaired, was presented with the award earlier this month by Baroness Verma at the House of Lords in London. He was awarded for his pioneering role in the field of ophthalmology.

     'Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman' is presented to 20 recipients selected from over 30 million Non-Resident Indians or people of Indian origin for exceptional achievements in various fields.

    "With Dubai fast becoming the Middle Eastern healthcare hub, we are proud to possess a premier level of expertise and technology in the UAE, attracting patients not only from the region but from all across the globe," Gauba said. He is based at Dubai Healthcare City, a multi-specialty surgery centre for providing specialized eye care.  -- Go Top


    8. STATE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES DIWALI AS GLOBAL AFFAIR: Bharatiya tapestries, silver lamps, and traditional delicacies adorned the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room as Secretary John Kerry inaugurated the U.S. Department of State's annual Diwali celebration. He lit a diya while a Hindu priest from the Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple (SSVT) of Maryland sang Vedic hymns amidst hundreds of well-wishers, including senior administration officials, Ambassadors, and community leaders. "As we celebrate Diwali this evening, we also hail the accomplishments of the many hundreds of thousands of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jain Americans who live now all across our country in every community," said Secretary Kerry. "And we honor their faith and their traditions, and the indispensable contributions that they make every single day to our prosperity, to our freedom, and to our culture - to this new chapter of American history that they are helping to write." Kerry was joined on stage by Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ambassador of Bharat, who highlighted the joyous festivities taking place around the world.

    On 20th October 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron warmly welcomed British Hindu community leaders and sevaks to his residence at 10 Downing Street, with the blessing "Shubh Diwali".  At the annual Downing Street Diwali celebration, he spoke of the valuable contribution of the British Hindu community to British life, in terms of the four purusharthas (human purposes) and he spoke of the vital contribution that the Hindu philosophy of reverence for Light, encapsulated in the Diwali celebrations, had for all people of all faiths and he wished the British Hindu community prosperity and happiness.  -- Go Top


    9.  BHARAT TO BUILD 1800-KM HIGHWAY ALONG CHINA BORDER IN ARUNACHAL: To counter China, Bharat is all set to embark on an ambitious road project along the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh. The proposed Indo-China frontier highway  will run parallel along the China border and will be 1,800 km long.

    The proposed highway will pass through Tawang, East Kameng, Upper Subansiri, West Siang, Upper Siang, Dibang Valley, Hawai and Vijaynagar in the bordering areas. The Government has already relaxed environmental clearances for border area projects. " The construction of the road will be a huge challenge considering the rough and hostile terrain, mostly snow-fed, through which it would pass, and will be the biggest single infrastructure project in the history of Bharat with an estimated cost of over Rs 40,000 crore," Rijiju said in Itanagar.  -- Go Top


    10.  BHARAT IGNORES CHINA'S FROWN, OFFERS DEFENCE BOOST TO VIETNAM: Bharat took a decisive step towards countering China's assertive poweron 28th October by committing to help Vietnam's defence modernization, a move that will resonate unpleasantly in Beijing.

    After his meeting with visiting Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Bharatiya PM Narendra Modi said , "Our defence cooperation with Vietnam is among our most important ones. India  remains committed to the modernization of Vietnam's defence and security forces. This will include expansion of our training programme, which is already very substantial, joint-exercises and cooperation in defence equipment. We will quickly operationalise the $100 million line of credit that will enable Vietnam acquire new naval vessels from India."

    For the first time, Bharat sent clear signals that it may be willing to sell the Brahmos short range cruise missiles to Vietnam, a long-standing demand by Hanoi. The previous Bharatiya government was a little hesitant, citing reservations by Russia (which is a co-developer).  -- Go Top


    11. MASSIVE RELIEF AND RESCUE OPERATION BY SWAYAMSEVAKS IN CYCLONE HIT AP: The cyclone Hudhud severely hit three districts of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. Although, the north-east monsoon affects every year the coastal areas of Bay of Bengal during October-November, this year the devastation is huge. Visakhapatnam is the worst hit city.

    RSS swayamsevaks started relief and rescue operation on October 12 itself by cutting the trees fallen across the streets and clearing the garbage to facilitate the movement of people and the vehicles. RSS with its several associated organisations like Jana Samkshema Samithi, Sewa Bharati, ABVP, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharatiya Vidya Kendram Educational institutions, etc, plunged into service activities from the moment they could came out of their houses.

    BVK College became the centre of activity for receiving the material and disbursing to several destinations. Nearly 1,000 volunteers were engaged in the 24 hours run activity. More than one lakh water packets, 25,000 milk packets, several packets of food, bread and biscuits had been distributed in nearly 50 localities far and near in the city. Similar supplies were sent to villages of the district including the coastal fishermen villages. Several dignitaries like Minister Shri Ravella Kishore Babu, Shri Manikyala Rao, Sri Vishnu Kumar Raju MLA, Dr K Hari Babu MP, RDO and others visited the affected areas.   -- Go Top     


    12.  RSS VOLUNTEERS CLEAN MOSQUE IN CYCLONE AFFECTED VISAKHAPATNAM: Volunteers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cleaned mosques in Visakhapatnam, after cyclone Hudhud left behind a trail of destruction when it hit the region last week.

    Coordinator of Visakhapatnam region of RSS, Ram Bahadur, said that the political leaders in the country had created a wrong perception that RSS is against Muslims and Christians.

    The volunteers were seen using electric saws to cut trees that were fallen inside the mosque complex. They were also cleaning the floors and removing broken glasses that were scattered everywhere. A volunteer of RSS, Kurmit Kaur, said they were merely being human.  -- Go Top


    13.  WIDOWS PERFORM LAKSHMI PUJA AT KUDROLI TEMPLE: A large number of widows were allowed on 22nd October to perform Lakshmi Pooja (workship) on the occasion of Deepavali in the Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple – established in the city by social reformer Narayana Guru and renovated by Senior Congress Leader B. Janardhana Poojary. Allowing widows to do the pooja is among a string of measures taken by the temple aimed at social reformation. The temple has, earlier appointed widows, a couple of them from Dalit communities, as priests.

    Around 2,000 widows from Mangalore and other parts of the state participated in the programme. They were brought into the temple in a procession accompanied by beating of drums and other musical instruments.

    Indira, Lakshmi and Chandravati, the three priests at the temple, performed Lakshmi Pooja that was witnessed by the large number of widows gathered in the temple. After the pooja, widows were allowed to perform 'Aarati'. The women priests sat along with idols of presiding deity on the silver chariot that was taken around sanctum sactorum by these women three times.

    This is not the first time widows have been involved in the rituals. The temple believes in "One caste one religion one god" philosophy advocated by Narayana Guru. Three years ago a large number of widows performed Chandika Homa and poojas of Nava Durga idols during the Navaratri.  -- Go Top


    14. BHAGINI NIVEDITA SEWA NYAS DONATES RICKSHAWS TO PAK HINDUS: Bhagini Nivedita Sewa Nyas Delhi, on 11th October provided cycle rickshaws and other basic necessary things to the Hindus who came from Pakistan. Apart from it, 25 families who came recently from Pakistan were provided with various household things like clothes, mattress, etc. Speaking on the occasion, general secretary of the Nyas Shri Mahavir Prasad Gupta assured the Hindus coming from Pakistan every possible help till they are granted citizenship in Bharat. He also applauded the support of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharat Vikas Parishad and many other organisations which have been helping the Nyas in this endeavour.  -- Go Top


    15.   MALAYSIAN HINDUS CALL TO SAVE CENTURY-OLD VIVEKANANDA ASHRAM: An organization of Hindus in Malaysia Hindraf recently urged the National Heritage Department of Malaysian Government to take immediate steps to protect the Swami Vivekananda Ashram at Jalan Tun Sambanthan, in Brickfields.

    The century-old ashram has been earmarked for major redevelopment that will see a 23-storey residential tower with 264 units and an eight-storey car park built at the site. "Hindraf strongly urge the National Heritage Department steps in to object on the proposed development to protect and preserve this cultural heritage as part of the rich Malaysian heritage," said its chief P. Waytha Moorthy.

    The statue and the ashram were built by the Jaffna Tamil immigrants in 1904 in honour of Swami Vivekananda, who visited Malaya in 1893.  -- Go Top


    16. BHARATIYA ARMY'S EASTERN COMMAND TURNS 94: Army's biggest operational command - the Eastern Command - responsible for military operations along the international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Nepal, turned 94 on 31st Oct.

    The Eastern Command will continue to strive for "unparalleled professional competence to ensure the highest standards of operational readiness", Lt. Gen. M.M.S. Rai, general officer commanding-in-chief, said on the occasion at its headquarters at Fort William Kolkata.

    The Eastern Command was formed Nov 1, 1920, with its summer headquarters in Nainital and winter headquarters in Lucknow. The command was designated as Eastern Army in April 1942, and its headquarters moved to Barrackpore. The Eastern Command theatre consists of three distinct geographical regions - the mountainous sectors of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the north, the jungle-clad hill tracts of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya in the east and the south, and the plains of Assam and Bengal.

    Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw, who led the Bharatiya Army to victory in 1971 was one of Eastern Command's illustrious commanders. Besides the current army chief, Gen. Dalbir Singh and his predecessors Gen. Bikram Singh and Gen. V.K. Singh, others who have headed the Eastern Command are Gen. P.P. Kumaramanglam, Gen. A.S. Vaidya Gen. V.N. Sharma, all of whom rose to army chief.  -- Go Top


    17. NATIONWIDE BLOOD DONATION CAMP OF VHP: 1 LAKH UNITS COLLECTED: In an overwhelming response to nationwide blood donation camp of VHP on 2nd November , thousands of youth donated blood across Bharat, crossing a collection of a total of 100,000 units of blood across the nation. The blood donation drive was organised by VHP and its youth wing Bajarangadal to commemorate the Golden Jubilee year of Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

    VHP Chief Dr Pravin Togadia inaugurated VHP blood donation drive at Karolbagh of New Delhi. 'In Karnataka 62 blood donation camps were held in which nearly 6000 units of blood collected', said VHP leader Gopal Nagarakatte.  -- Go Top


    18. BHARATIYA COP WINS UN'S   FEMALE PEACEKEEPER AWARD: A Bharatiya police inspector has been named recipient of a prestigious international female peacekeeper award by the UN's police division for her "exceptional achievements" in her duty with the UN mission in Afghanistan.  

    Inspector Shakti Devi of the Jammu & Kashmir Police, currently deployed in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has been awarded the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014. 

    Devi has been honoured for her "exceptional achievements" in leading the establishment of Women Police Councils in several parts of Afghanistan. She has also contributed to the improvement of the status of female police and has effectively helped the police of Afghanistan move towards achieving their goals of fully adopting democratic principles of policing. 

    The award was delivered during the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) conference held earlier this month in Winnipeg, Canada.  -- Go Top


    19.  BHARAT - BORN SCIENTIST AWARDED WORLD FOOD PRIZE:  Bharat -born Mexican scientist Sanjaya Rajaram has been presented with the prestigious World Food Prize 2014 for his agricultural research that led to a remarkable increase in world wheat production building on the successes of the Green Revolution. "It is a collective achievement, rather than that of a single person," Rajaram told while accepting the award at the Iowa State University in USA. The award "honours the innovative spirit of farmers", he said adding that "without their contributions, my research wouldn't have been possible".

    By crossing winter and spring wheat varieties -- which were distinct gene pools that had been isolated from one another for hundreds of years -- he created wheat varieties that are disease- and stress-resistant and adaptable to diverse geographical regions and climates. In 2007, Norman Borlaug called Rajaram "the greatest present-day wheat scientist in the world". Borlaug is known as the father of the Green Revolution.  -- Go Top


    20.  SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Ravikumar, sah samyojak Vishwa Vibhag, is on a tour to Australia. Shyam Parande, secretary Sewa International is on a short tour to Mauritius. Shri Saumitra Gokhale, samyojak Vishwa Vibhag, Dr. Ram Vaidya, sah samyojak & Ravikumar would reach Bharat on the occasion of World Hindu Congress in November. Visitors: Vikram Sharma – USANicola Brown – UK  -- Go Top


    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sandalwood perfumes even the axe that hurls it down! The more we rub sandalwood against a stone, the more its fragrance spreads. Burn it, and it wafts its glory through the entire neighbourhood. Such is the enchanting beauty of forgiveness in life. – Swami Chinmayananda  -- Go Top




    Asim Kumar Mitra

    I just cannot remember the day. But I can definitely recall that on that day Eknathji (Shri Eknath Ranade) was coming to Kolkata from Chennai by a morning flight. I went to the airport to receive him. We were heading towards Vivekananda Kendra Karyalaya. All of a sudden Eknathji asked me, "What do you think? What should I do now?"

    So sudden was the question, I was taken aback. If a giant personality like Eknathji asks such a question to a most junior worker like me what should I say? I had no answer for a moment. Then I thought when Eknathji was assigned the work of Vivekananda Memorial, he was Sarkaryavah of RSS and as a Sangh swayamsevak we have been missing him. So much so, the time before the country (1971 or 1972) was also bad so I said we hardly can afford to miss you any more from the Sangh work.

    It was my honest and spontaneous reply. As a seasoned 'karyakarta', Eknathji immediately read my mind and started explaining the situation. By that time the first phase of the work of Vivekananda Memorial work was over and the then President of India VV Giri had inaugurated the grand memorial of Swami Vivekananda. In a way, the job assigned by Shri Guruji to Eknathi was successfully done. Now, puting forward a question to one and all of his acquaintances was obvious. What is the purpose of setting up of a temple? Should it not become a centre of activities to fulfill the ideal of 'Serve people, serve God'?

    Answer was there in the question itself. But a junior person like me failed to understand that. Because my mind was swayed by the idea that RSS is doing this job. The idea of comprehensive upliftment of the society is

              U.S. plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42-billion in arms   
    U.S. State Department said the package included technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components
              North Korea, trade on agenda for U.S.-South Korea talks   
    The two countries want to show they’re on the same page as concern deepens over North Korea’s technological progress toward a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental U.S.
              US, Japan, South Korea call 'urgent' UN Security Council meet to discuss North Korea's missile test   

    United Nations: The US, Japan and South Korea have called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting -- to be held on Tuesday -- to discuss North Korea's missile test on Sunday, diplomatic officials said.

    The new missile test by Pyongyang comes just a week after the pariah nation fired a medium-range rocket on a high trajectory, ultimately landing in the ocean near Russia, and is the eighth missile test by the reclusive communist regime so far this year.

    The North Korean army launched the missile in an easterly direction from a site near Pukchang at 4:59 pm local time, Efe quoted the North Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.

    The missile reached "a maximum altitude of 560 kilometers (347 miles) and traveled a distance of 500 km (310 mi.)," according to a statement by Pyongyang. The rocket appeared to have the characteristics of a Pukguksong 2, a medium-range ballistic missile fired for the first time by North Korea on Feberuary 12.

    The US Pacific Command said that the missile fell into the Sea of Japan and that all indications are that it was a medium-range missile.

    The repeated tests of weapons of mass destruction by Pyongyang have caused Washington to toughen its rhetoric since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, whose administration has suggested the possibility of staging a preemptive attack on North Korea, substantially increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

    Diplomatic officials did not say what the agenda was for the Tuesday Security Council meeting, but on earlier such occasions the body has ended its deliberations with a unanimous condemnation of Pyongyang's challenges to the international community.

    Meanwhile, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said that the latest missile test was a "success," adding that Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong-un, observed the test.

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              North Korea missile test a 'threat to international peace': European Union   

    Brussels: North Korea's test-firing of a ballistic missile constitutes a "threat to international peace and security" as Pyongyang ratchets up tensions in the region, an EU spokesperson said on Sunday.

    "This and previous launches constitute a threat to international peace and security and further aggravate tensions in the region at a time when de-escalation is instead needed," the spokesperson said in a statement.

    The missile was launched early today and flew more than 700 kilometres (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

    Several analysts saw the launch as a test for South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In, a liberal who has said he wants to ease tensions with the North.

    "The DPRK is expected to comply with its international obligations: it must halt these launches and abandon its ballistic missiles programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner," the EU spokesperson said.

    The statement also said the EU was ready to support "a credible and meaningful dialogue" between Pyongyang and international leaders.

    But multiple sets of UN and US sanctions against North Korea have done little to deter its pursuit of its nuclear and missile ambitions.

    The latest test was the North's first launch since a US missile defence system that has been deployed in the South became operational on May 2, and comes shortly after a failed ballistic missile test on April 29.

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              Days after South Korea's new President took office, North Korea fires ballistic missile   

    Seoul: North Korea on Sunday launched a ballistic missile which flew around 700 km into the East Sea, the South Korean Joints Chief of Staff (JCS) said.

    This is the first provocative move from North Korea since South Korea appointed Moon Jae-in as the country's new President on Wednesday. 

    "North Korea fired an unidentified missile at around 5.27 a.m. today (Sunday) from an area in the vicinity of Kusong, North Pyongan province," Yonhap News Agency quoted the JCS as saying in a statement.

    In response, President Moon has strongly condemned North Korea for the launch, describing it as a grave threat to regional security and a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

    He also called on Pyongyang to reverse its course of provocations for the resumption of dialogue while warning that his administration would deal resolutely in order to ensure it would not "miscalculate" the situation.

    "Even if dialogue is possible, (we) should show (to North Korea) that it's possible only in case of North Korea changing its attitude," Moon said, presiding over a session of the National Security Council.

    The US Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, also announced that it detected and tracked the launch of the missile, which landed in the East Sea.

    "The type of missile is being assessed, and the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile," it said. 

    "The US Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security."

    The Japanese government said the North's missile flew for half an hour. 

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slammed Pyongyang for again violating the UN Security Council resolutions.

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              North Korea 'disrespected the wishes' of Chinese President: Donald Trump   

    Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that North Korea has "disrespected the wishes of China" by carrying out another missile test, as Pentagon confirmed it was a failed attempt by Pyongyang.

    "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China and its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!" Trump said in a tweet last night, hours after North Korea carried out yet another failed missile test.

    The North Korea missile test came a day after the Trump Administration praised China and its President Xi Jinping for having prevailed over Pyongyang in not carrying either nuclear test or missile test.

    "The US Pacific Command detected what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 10:33 am Hawaii time APR 28. The ballistic missile launch occurred near the Pukchang airfield," Dave Benham, PACOM spokesman said in a statement.

    "The missile did not leave North Korean territory," Benham said.

    The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, he said.

    "US Pacific Command stands behind our steadfast commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan," Benham said.

    According to reports, the missile was likely a medium- range KN-17 ballistic missile.

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              North Korean missile test fails, say US and South Korea   

    Washington: An attempted missile launch by North Korea on Sunday failed, US and South Korean defence officials said.

    The attempted launch occurred a day after the regime of Kim Jong Un showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at a large-scale military parade on its most important holiday, CNN reported. 

    A South Korean defence official said the action took place in Sinpo, a port city in eastern North Korea. That was the site of a ballistic missile test earlier this month in which the projectile fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

    The US Pacific Command said it tracked a missile launch on Sunday night and said the missile blew up almost immediately.

    South Korean and US intelligence officials were trying to determine what type of missile was used.

    There has been no confirmation as yet of the launch attempt from North Korea, according to CNN.

    In the midst of increasing tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, President Donald Trump this past week deployed the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, along with its associated strike group of vessels, to the waters near North Korea.

    US Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to travel to Asia on the weekend, making stops in Seoul, Jakarta, Indonesia Tokyo and Sidney.

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              North Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul   

    Seoul: A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South`s defence ministry said, two weeks after Pyongyang launched four rockets in what it called a drill for an attack on US bases in Japan.

    "South Korea and the United States are aware of the North Korean missile launch," said a spokesman for Seoul`s defence ministry, adding they "suspect it was a failure".

    The ministry did not identify the type of missile used in the test.

    Japanese Kyodo news service, citing an unidentified government source, said the North might have launched several missiles Wednesday morning.

    The missiles were possibly launched from North Korea`s east, Kyodo`s source said, adding that there was information that the launches were a failure.

    Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles earlier this month, with three landing provocatively close to America`s ally Japan.

    The launches come as Seoul and Washington hold large-scale annual joint military exercises that always infuriate Pyongyang, which sees them as a rehearsal for invasion.

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              UN Security Council to hold urgent talks on Iran missile test   

    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold urgent talks Tuesday on Iran`s test-firing of a medium-range missile, diplomats said.

    The United States requested the emergency consultations after the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations called for council action.

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              North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un says missile test 'greatest success'   

    Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a submarine-launched missile test the "greatest success", state media said today, as the UN weighed a condemnation of the launch which appears to advance Pyongyang's nuclear strike capability.

    The US mainland and the Pacific are now "within the striking range" of the North's army, the official KCNA news agency reported Kim as saying after Wednesday's launch.

    The missile was fired from a submarine submerged off the northeastern port of Sinpo on Wednesday, according to South Korea's military. It flew 500 kilometres towards Japan, far exceeding any previous sub-launched tests.

    The UN Security Council met for two hours yesterday to discuss North Korea's latest provocative move and agreed to consider a statement condemning the launch.

    "There was a general sense of condemnation by most members of the council and therefore we will have to see how we would then be phrasing the press statement," said Ramlan bin Ibrahim from Malaysia, which currently holds the council's presidency.

    However diplomats expected further haggling with China, Pyongyang's main ally, over the wording.

    Earlier this month, North Korea fired a land-launched ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, drawing an outraged response from Tokyo.

    But the Security Council failed to condemn the move after China sought to include language in a statement opposing the THAAD missile defence system that the United States plans to deploy in South Korea.

    Kim said the latest launch proved the North had joined the "front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capability".

    Pyongyang's top newspaper Rodong Sinmun carried 24 photos of him observing the launch, including one with his hands on his hips roaring with laughter at an observation post, and other watching through a pair of binoculars.

    "He appreciated the test-fire as the greatest success and victory," it said.

    Kim called for his nation's scientists to work towards mounting nuclear warheads on all types of ballistic missiles and to be able to deliver them in order "to cope with the unpredicted total war and nuclear war with the US imperialists."

    "I do not guess what ridiculous remarks the US and its followers will make about this test-fire, but I can say their rash acts will only precipitate their self-destruction," he was quoted as saying.

    A proven submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) system would take its nuclear strike threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a "second-strike" capability in the event of an attack on its military bases.

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              Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing to discuss North Korean missile test   

    Tokyo: The Foreign Ministers of Japan, South Korea and China began a trilateral summit in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss the launch of a ballistic missile by a North Korean submarine hours earlier that fell into the sea, off the Japanese coast.

    Japanese Foreign minister Fumio Kishida, and his counterparts -- Yun Byung-se and Wang Yi, the South Korean and Chinese Foreign Ministers, respectively -- are attending the meeting, Efe news reported.

    The missile launched by a North Korean submarine from the country's eastern coast around 5.00 a.m. on Wednesday, flew around 500 km (311 miles) before falling into the sea, 500 km from the Japanese coast, making it Pyongyang's most successful ballistic missile test till date.

    The latest launch that underlines the progress in North Korea's weapons development programme will take priority in the agenda of the meeting, ahead of discussions on economic cooperation, disaster management as also a possible trilateral summit between the leaders.

    Japan is also expected to convey its displeasure to China over Beijing's actions around the disputed Senkaku islands in recent months.

    Since 2012, the dispute between the two, over the sovereignty of these Tokyo-administered islands, has worsened and played a significant role in stalling the trilateral meets.

    Meanwhile, Tokyo and Seoul are also locked in a dispute over the ownership of the Dokdo islands, and also over the role of the Japanese imperial forces during their occupation of the Korean peninsula before and during the Second World War.

    The summit is also expected to pave the way for a meeting between the Japanese Prime Minister and the Chinese president on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, between the 4th and 5th of September. 

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              US prepared to `defend ourselves, allies` following N. Korea missile test: State Dept   

    Columbia: The United States on Tuesday warned it was prepared to defend "ourselves and our allies" after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan.

    "We are aware of reports that the DPRK fired ballistic missiles," said State Department spokeswoman Anna Richey-Allen, noting that Washington strongly condemned this and other recent tests.

    "We remain prepared to work with our allies and partners around the world to respond to further DPRK provocations, as well as to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation."

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              Aircraft Carriers Are Obsolete   
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    Millennium Challenge 2002

    In simple terms, it was a vast war simulation which was used to simulate what tactics would be used against the navy, and how to prevent it.

    The 'blue team' (American Navy) 350 navy men against the 'Red team' (OPFOR) 90 men

    "At the start of MC ’02, to fulfill the forced-entry requirement, blue issued red an eight-point ultimatum, of which the final point was surrender. Red team leader Van Riper knew his country’s political leadership could not accept this, which he believed would lead the blue forces to directly intervene. Since the George W. Bush administration had recently announced the “preemption doctrine,” Van Riper decided that as soon as a U.S. Navy carrier battle group steamed into the Gulf, he would “preempt the preemptors” and strike first. Once U.S. forces were within range, Van Riper’s forces unleashed a barrage of missiles from ground-based launchers, commercial ships, and planes flying low and without radio communications to reduce their radar signature. Simultaneously, swarms of speedboats loaded with explosives launched kamikaze attacks. The carrier battle group’s Aegis radar system — which tracks and attempts to intercept incoming missiles — was quickly overwhelmed, and 19 U.S. ships were sunk, including the carrier, several cruisers, and five amphibious ships. “The whole thing was over in five, maybe ten minutes,” Van Riper said."

    You might also enjoy a video by 'Black Pigeon' who explains the folly of aircraft carriers very well.

              The Abuse of a Word   
    Using innocuous words to describe firing missiles at Israel is unacceptable.
              Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass [SD 540p]   
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              The American People Are The Number One Target: "They Are Tightening The Screws"   

    Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces ) via,

    A little more than a week ago it was announced that Whole Foods was bought by for just under $14 billion.  One of the major problems with this is that Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon has deep ties with the CIA and the Federal government.

    Wal-Mart being fully in the government’s pocket and now Whole Foods brought under thumb as well, how much longer before Kissinger’s “Food as a Weapon” principle is brought to bear?  A good article was just released by Jon Rappaport entitled Buy your food from the CIA: Amazon buys Whole Foods, that is worth reading.

    As if that connection is not nefarious enough, there is more: it appears a new cloud technology is being produced for the CIA from…you guessed it…none other than the CIA, as is excerpted here:

    The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


    “The Details About the CIA’s Deal with Amazon,” -    6/17/17

    Guess the data center that ran taxpayers billions that is in Utah is not enough, nor the fusion centers in every state.  Did you like “…a new era of cooperation and coordination…” between the friendly agencies?  And all to “avoid intelligence gaps,” just for your protection, right?


    They are tightening the screws, little by little, while they refine all the control mechanisms and place that security web over their number one target: the American people. 

    They are taking control of the food supply incrementally.  Water?  Yes, here in Montana, the state just sent out a form for property owners to declare their water rights…as the CKST (Confederated Kootenai &Salish Tribes) Water Compact was passed into law in Montana in 2014.  Actions will be taken within the next two years.

    As enumerated in other articles, Montana kicked in $3 million after the liberals in the state House and Senate, as well as the liberal governor, Bullock (D, MT) signed the water compact into law.  The shortfall is $8 million, as the total state commitment was $11 million.  They are just waiting for the Senate to ratify this as a Federal treaty, and then they can (ostensibly on “behalf” of the Indian Tribes) place meters on everyone’s wells…off of the reservation…and “manage” the water on behalf of the Indian Tribes…enforced by DHS.

    This is a small slice of the country as a whole.  They are following full speed ahead with the Agenda 21 Directive to take over everyone’s food, water, land…everything.  A war will surely enable them to throw the Executive Order 13603 into action to confiscate and control every resource in the United States, including human labor…slave labor, to be precise.  Incrementally they place these laws into effect, and the stultified public, thinking only of the next barbeque and fireworks party is dumbed down into inactivity.

    There’s enough going on in the international arena that is capturing everyone’s attention, such as North Korea’s missile tests and threats, China’s aggressive South China Sea/Senkaku islands maneuvering, and the Syrian debacle unfolding with the U.S. ratcheting up the tough-talk of blaming Russia and Iran for any “Syrian chemical attack” that comes along.  Russia also just deployed a new satellite, and there is the possibility that in a televised broadcast, he sent out a message to “sleeper” agent in the West.  See the article by Stefan Stanford entitled Vladimir Putin sends message to ‘Russian Sleeper Agents’ in West as Russia Launches Top Secret Military Satellite.

    “Hammer and Anvil” usually refers to a military maneuver to crush an enemy force between two friendly elements.  This maneuver is being employed here and now, as well: either crush the United States and enslave its people domestically, with an economic collapse or civil war, or just initiate a war with another country and enslave the citizenry afterward.  Either way, they are pushing their agenda forward each day.  It is just a matter of time to find out which of the two vehicles…international war or domestic tyranny…that they will employ to obtain their globalist and totalitarian objectives.

              Trump's budget cuts to domestic, aid programs draw Republican scorn   
    Washington: President Donald Trump's first budget outline, calling for a security-heavy realignment of federal spending, drew resistance on Thursday from his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Congress as many balked at proposed deep cuts to diplomatic and foreign aid programs.

    Conservatives have plenty to like in the White House plan, with its 10 percent increase in military spending next year and beefed-up funding to help deport more illegal immigrants and build a wall on the border with Mexico.

    It also takes steps to downsize government, a central goal of conservatives.

    But the gaze into Trump's priorities for the next four years proved too savage for many Republicans' taste, foreshadowing an intense battle between Congress and the White House over spending in coming months.

    Although Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives, Congress holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves presidents' budget plans.

    The administration asked Congress for a 28 percent, or $10.9 billion, cut in State Department funding and other international programs to help pay for a 10 percent, $54 billion hike in military spending next year.

    "These increases in defence come at the expense of national security," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has not hesitated to take on Trump. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who like Graham ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016, levelled similar sentiments, as did some prominent Republicans in the House of Representatives.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan sidestepped reporters' questions about whether he supported State Department cuts, saying the White House blueprint was just the start of the budget process.

    The budget also drew criticism internationally. The French ambassador to the United Nations, Francois Delattre, warned that cutting funding of global programs could fuel instability.


    The White House shrugged off concerns about the impact, saying Trump was making good on election promises.

    "The president said, specifically, hundreds of times - you covered him - 'I'm going to spend less money on people overseas and more money on people back home' and that's exactly what we're doing with this budget," Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters.

    Democrats, whose votes would be needed later this year to sign off on the spending bills that implement any budget blueprint given the slim Republican hold on the Senate, attacked the proposed reductions to the Environmental Protection Agency and programs that benefit the poor.

    The White House proposal would inflict a 31 percent, or $2.6 billion, cut on the EPA.

    Some veteran Republicans, including Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, a White House budget chief during the administration of President George W. Bush, vowed to preserve the EPA's Great Lakes restoration program that Trump wants to eliminate.

    Moderate Republicans expressed unease with potential cuts to popular domestic programs.

    Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attacked plans to cut or eliminate programs that help the poor pay heating bills, provide aid for localities to deal with wastewater and subsidize air travel in rural areas like her home state of Alaska.

    "We need to remember that these programs are not the primary drivers of our debt," Murkowski said.

    In fact, those "discretionary" programs that must be renewed annually by Congress, account for about $1.2 trillion out of a $3.9 trillion federal budget.

    The biggest portion of the budget - about $2.4 trillion - is for "mandatory entitlement" programs that provide Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare and Medicaid healthcare for the elderly, poor and disabled.

    Conservatives have been clamouring for years for reforms to those programs to save money. Trump vowed, however, to protect them as he campaigned for president last year.

    Trump was silent on those programs in the plan released on Thursday, but they will be included in a fuller fiscal blueprint due out in mid-May that will project spending and revenues over 10 years. It is unclear if any reforms for those programs will be part of that budget.

    Other discretionary cuts proposed by Trump included community development grants at the Housing Department and more than 20 Education Department programs. Funding would disappear for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional programs.

    "Throwing billions at defence while ransacking America’s investments in jobs, education, clean energy and lifesaving medical research will leave our nation weakened," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.


    Trump also asked for $25 billion more for core Defense Department programs for the current fiscal year, as well as $5 billion more for combat operations. A detailed copy of that request seen by Reuters showed some of the funds would be for procurement of technology such as F-35 fighter aircraft and drone systems.

    About $13.5 billion of the supplemental request was earmarked for aircraft, missiles and ships. It included THAAD missiles, Blackhawk helicopters and F-35s made by Lockheed Martin Corp , as well as F/A-18 warplanes and Apache helicopters manufactured by Boeing Co .

    Also for this fiscal year, Trump requested $3 billion more for the Department of Homeland Security, with some of that money intended for planning and construction of the border wall that he made a major part of his 2016 election campaign.

    Congress will likely consider the supplemental request by April 28, when regular funding expires for most federal agencies.

    The budget outline also does not incorporate Trump's plan for sparking $1 trillion in investments to build roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure projects. The White House has said the infrastructure plan is still to come.

    The planned defence increases are mainly matched by cuts to other programs so as to not increase the $488 billion federal deficit.

    Despite the proposed big cuts to the EPA and the State Department, Mulvaney said their "core functions" would be preserved.

    Reflecting Trump's repeated election campaign pledge to reduce illegal immigration, the Department of Homeland Security would get a 6.8 percent increase, with more money for extra staff needed to catch, detain and deport illegal immigrants.

    Trump wants Congress to approve $1.5 billion for the border wall in the current fiscal year - enough for pilot projects to determine the best way to build it - and a further $2.6 billion in fiscal 2018, Mulvaney said.

    The estimate for the total cost of the wall will be included in the upcoming full budget.

    Trump has repeatedly said that Mexico will pay for the wall. Mexico has adamantly said it will not. Since Trump took office in January, the White House has said funding would be kick-started in the United States.

              Congressional Liaison SME - Prevailance, Inc. - Force, PA   
    Missile defense policy. Arms control activities, national security policy (to include space, nuclear and missile defense)....
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              Starship Seven   
    Fly around your UFO in this cave like cavern shoot missiles and destroy enemies
              Comment on Trump is Going Crazy on Twitter Again; Democrats Angling to Remove President for Being Mentally Unstable by traderconfessions   
    Commie libtards... Ha Ha Ha.. your Oranged Savior is so flummoxed that he's resorting to insulting a cable TV spokesmodel. Turns out that he was so infatuated with her neck plastic surgery he demanded the name of her surgeon on New Year's Eve. Things have gotten so bad at 1600 they are trotting out Melania, who hates the old bastard, to defend his tweets. Next he'll launch a missile at North Korea for the 4th. The only stupid guy is the one in your mirror. Kaboom!!
              Comment on Iranian Missile Launch Shows Israeli Deterrence Is Working by John   
    It might also be the case that the firing of Iranian missiles was a comment on Trump's illegal firing of missiles into Syrian territory as an alleged response to an alleged chemical attack by Syrian forces - which most informed observers know is not true. Why do you insist on bringing Israel into the situation? They are irrelevant in this particular scenario. That is why they have nothing to say.
              Kink: Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass [540p]   
    Kink: Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass [540p]

              Who is the Thing aka Ben Grimm?   


    Who is the Thing aka Ben Grimm?

    The Thing is a Marvel super hero and a well known member of the super human team the Fantastic Four.  The Thing was for a time the most popular super hero character at Marvel and in all of comics.   The Thing was played by Michael Chiklis in the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four Films.  He will played by Jamie Bell in the Fantastic Four 2015 film.  He was ranked the 18th greatest super hero of all time by IGN in 2011.

    First Appearance:  Fantastic Four #1

    Real Name: Benjamin J. Grimm

    Species:  Human Mutate

    Catch Phrases:  "Its Clobberin' Time" is one of the most well known catch phrases in comics.  The Thing often utters it before engaging in battle.

     The Thing in News:
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    The Thing in Multimedia:

    Early Years:
    Ben Grimm grew up in a Jewish home in Yancy street in the lower East Side of Manhattan.  He was a scrappy, streetwise youth in a poor neighborhood.  When Ben was 8 years old his idolized older brother was killed in a gang fight.  His parents are later killed and Ben goes to be raised by his Uncle Jake and Aunt Petunia.  Ben is a tough kid and as a teen becomes the leader of the Yancy Street Gang.

    Ben leaves the gang as he begins to go straight and excels at football in High School.  Due to his football prowess he receives a full ride scholarship to Empire University.  At Empire University he meets his life long friend the prodigal genius, Reed Richards.  Ben hears Reed's dream of exploring the universe on a rocket and Ben jokingly exclaims that he would pilot the mission.

    Ben goes on graduate with numerous engineering degrees and joins the Marines.  In the Marines he is a test pilot for the Navy.  He also flew missions directly under the the orders of Nick Fury.  He would then go on to join NASA as an astronaut.

    Fantastic Four:
    Ben is contacted by his old college friend Reed Richards.  Reed has built the space craft that he said he would during college and asks Ben to pilot it.  Ben agrees.  The project was nearly mothballed but the four crew members find a way to access the craft and take off.    Ben is initially reluctant to break into the ship but is convinced by Sue Storm whom he respects.

    During the voyage the four are bombarded by cosmic rays and mutate.  Each member gains special powers.  Ben's powers and changes are the most pronounced of the group.  He gains massive strength, and rock hard durability but his appearance is monstrous. Ben has to deal with the changes, and his appearance.  Of all the members he is the most inclined to want to give up his powers.  Much of the early period of the Fantastic Four is spent with Ben trying to find a cure to is powers.  He also spends a great deal of time being angry at Reed for his mutation and feeling envy that the others maintained a normal appearance.  Eventually, Ben realizes he can do great good with his powers and reluctantly accepts them.  Once Ben was cured of his condition but then purposefully changed back to battle Doctor Doom.

    He is known as the Fantastic Four's hot head, and is easily the most temperamental member of the team and but is also the teams best fighter.

    As a super hero the Thing has battled many heavy hitters (Hulk, Namor, Doctor Doom) and is considered one of the best fighters in the Marvel Universe.  He is generally considered one of the most reliable members of the Fantastic Four but has gotten in trouble with his temper.  When gone from the team others have filled in for his role.  Those that have filled include Luke Cage/Power Man and She-Hulk

    The Thing spends money earned from the Fantastic Four to build a youth center in his old neighborhood on Yancey Street.  His old Yancey Street gang plans to attack the place as they dislike Ben for leaving and are angered that he named the institution after himself.  When the gang learns that the Youth Center was named after Ben's brother Daniel Grimm who died in the gang they respectfully leave the structure alone.

    The Thing's skin is made of a flexible orange rock that gives him a variety of powers:
    • Super Durability - He is rock hard
    • Super Strength - From his hardened musculature
    • Super Stamina - Does not tire like a normal human
    • Super Breathing - Can hold his breath far longer time than a normal human in space or underwater.
    • Immortality - The Thing does not age so long as he is in his rock form

    The Things skins has withstood powerful blows from heavy hitters like the Hulk.  He can also withstand gunfire.  The skin can be pierced though.  Wolverine was able to slice through his skin with his admantium claws and make him bleed.  The Rock hard skin does heal once pierced.

    The Thing has three fingers and a thumb and these large rocky fingers can make it difficult for him to use fine tools, like dialing a phone, pushing buttons, or tying his shoes.

    The Thing is a master of a variety of fighting styles that come from both his street fighting days as well as martial training from the US military.

    Highly skilled pilot and engineer - Though often portrayed as brutish the Thing is very intelligent with a high level of engineering background. 

    Fantastic Four Films:

    The Thing was played by Michael Chiklis in the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four Films.  He will played by Jamie Bell in the Fantastic Four 2015 film.

    Fantastic Four (2005, 2007)
    Michael Chiklis as the Thing (2005 and 2007):

    Fantastic Four (2015)
    The Thing will be nude, and without well you can see ....

    Jamie Bell as the Thing in Fantastic Four (2015)

     This Thing will not wear clothes he will walk around in the nude.  He also does not appear to be anatomically correct.

    The film did very poorly in part due to a lack of action.

    Interestingly a large action sequence that was hinted in previews of the Thing dropping from a plane then smashing a military force was cut from the film.  Entertainment Weekly found the scene description for the cut scene.

    A Chechen rebel camp in the wee hours of the night. There’s no explanation for where we are, but there are soldiers speaking a foreign language, and they are loading up some heavy-duty weaponry. Crews are filling truck beds with the gear, preparing to mobilize – then a siren goes off. Everyone freezes, and one by one they turn their faces to the sky. A stealth bomber whispers by overhead, and a large object falls from it, streaking through the air at great speed. The object – a bomb, a missile? – collides with the earth in the center of the camp, sending debris is all directions. The soldiers take cover, then tentatively emerge and walk toward the crater, where there is a giant pile of orange boulders. Slowly, the rocks begin to move on their own, becoming arms, legs, a torso, a head …
    This rock-figure lumbers out of the smoke, and the soldiers level their weapons – then open fire. As The Thing lurches into view, bullets spark and ping off his impenetrable exterior. Rather than some elegant, balletic action sequence, The Thing moves slowly and deliberately. He’s in no hurry. The storytelling goal was to show the futility of firepower against him as he casually demolishes the terrorists. It’s a blue-collar kind of heroism. When it becomes clear this rock-beast cannot be stopped, the surviving Chechen rebels make a run for it – and that’s when a hail of gunfire finishes them off. From the shadows of the surrounding forest, a team of Navy SEALS emerge with their guns drawn and smoking. The cavalry has arrived, but the enemy has already been subdued. The film would then have shifted to a bird’s-eye view of the camp, an aerial shot showing waves of American soldiers flooding in to secure the base. Just when it appears the American soldiers may be ready to clash with the rock monster, The Thing gives them a solemn nod, and they clear a path. He lumbers past them, almost sadly, a heartsick warrior. Then he boards a large helicopter and is lifted away.
    Only then does the movie cut to that conference room, where Tim Blake Nelson’s Dr. Allen is crowing to his military overlords about how this mutated team of scientists is helping do the heavy lifting for America’s rank-and-file soldiers.

    Interestingly, the cut scene may have also helped with the break in the film where it shifts to one year forward.  The break in the final cut felt jarringly abrupt.  Entertainment Weekly's source was  unclear whether the scene was not included due to decisions by Josh Trank or by Fox.  It has been suggested that it was filmed with a documentary camera style that may have clashed with the rest of the film.  It is also possible that Fox already knew the film was going to be a bust and did not want to pay for the special effects to finish the scene.

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              More PROOF that Israel was Behind the Cowardly 9/11 False Flag   
    "Mazel Tov from our ally Israel"
    1994 Iron Man Series Predicts 9/11, produced and directed by the Jews Avi Arad, Ron Friedman and Stan Lee, born Stanley Lieber.

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    The Iron Man program was produced by the Israeli producer Avi ARAD, who happens to be a business partner with both Arnon Milchan and Rupert Murdoch. Milchan produced a film, The Medusa Touch, in 1978, in which a Boeing 747 crashes into the Pan Am Building in New York City. Milchan and Murdoch had a TV film company that made a film, The Lone Gunmen, in 2000, in which a passenger airliner is remotely hijacked and flown into the Twin Towers. The fact that this small group of Israelis and Zionists made films depicting the events of 9/11 years before the attacks suggests prescience based on PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of the Israeli plan to carry out the false-flag atrocity of 9/11.

    Israeli Producers with Prior Knowledge of 9/11

    Of the media products that suggest prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, the Iron Man cartoon that aired on October 22, 1994, must be at the top of the list because the 17-minute television cartoon depicts a plane and missiles hitting the Twin Towers and a plane smashing into the Pentagon in the first minute. The 52-second video clip (above) from the episode entitled “The Grim Reaper Wears a Teflon Coat” shows these depictions.
    Because this program clearly suggests prior knowledge of the 9/11 plot to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the first question to be asked is, who produced this program.

    The producers of “The Grim Reaper Wears a Teflon Coat” episode in which the Twin Towers and Pentagon are attacked are the Israeli Avi Arad and Stan Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City.
    Avi Arad is an Israeli producer who has worked closely with Arnon Milchan, the senior Israeli agent in Hollywood who smuggled nuclear triggers for Israel’s nuclear arsenal in the 1980s. Here Arad and Milchan are seen at the premiere of their film Daredevil in February 2003. Milchan also made a film depicting an airplane attack on a high-rise tower in New York.
    When agents of a foreign government, like the criminal Arnon Milchan and Avi Arad, produce films and television programs that clearly indicate prescience of an attack that later occurs, why are they not arrested and interrogated on suspicion of having prior knowledge of the attacks? The fact that these Israelis made films depicting the 9/11 attacks years before they actually occurred shows that the planning by Israeli military intelligence of the 9/11 attacks goes back to the 1970s, when the Likud party of Menachem Begin came to power. The planning for the 9/11 attacks in the late 1970s coincides with the planning, by Israeli military intelligence, for the War on Terror to deceive the U.S. military into waging war against Israel’s enemies on behalf of the Zionist state. The Israeli-designed terrorism of 9/11 was carried out to kick-start their long-planned War on Terror.
    An endless War of Terror which is only enriching Wall Street banksters and stealing more land for Apartheid Israel.
    Aided and abetted by a quisling Congress that gets on its knees and worships the parasitic criminal state of Hate, Israel, while simultaneously destroying the USA, thru our broken economy and busted infrastructure, since so much wealth is going to support these illegal and immoral 'Wars for Wall Street and Israel.'

    Then there's the tens of thousands dead US military personnel, and the millions of Iraqi's, Syrians, Libyans, Yemenis and others butchered on the Altar of Zionism.

              Syraq SITREP 19: #RussianNavy Launches More #Kalibr Cruise Missiles at #ISIS   
    One week after a U.S. Navy F/18E shot down a Syrian Air Force SU-22 bomber, leading Moscow to declare that American-led Coalition aircraft could be tracked as hostiles via air or surface to air missile radars, the Russians struck Islamic State terrorists with a barrage of Kalibr missiles. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, six low flying cruise missiles were fired from the Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich frigates in the eastern Mediterranean. The missile strikes came one day after rumors circulated online that a U.S. RQ4 Global Hawk long range drone, which was reported crashed in northern California, was actually shot down over the Mediterranean by Russian air defense systems based in the Latakia coastal region of Syria.
              Traitors Push Both Economic and Military Operations To Stop Trump’s Effort to Build Relations with Russia and China   
    Such actions, threatening war between the world's two leading nuclear powers, are militarily insane. Recall that the U.S. missile attack on the Syrian airbase in April was predicated on the false intelligence reports that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, for no military or strategic purpose, on its own citizens. The color revolution now in play against President Trump, involving fake British intelligence channeled through British assets in the U.S. intelligence services, Congress, the mass media, and elements of the U.S. military, must be stopped. Otherwise, the world will be thrown back into the economic chaos and strategic disaster being orchestrated under Presidents Bush and Obama.
              Weapon of the Future: Russian-Indian BrahMos Missile to Change Arms Market   
    A scale model of the supersonic Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missile is currently on display at the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg. While visiting this defense exhibition earlier in the week, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin specifically pointed to the Russian government's constant attention to this joint project.
              Raytheon Gets $25Mln Award to Modernize AEGIS Air, Missile Defense Systems   
    The Department of Defense said that Raytheon will provide electronic upgrades to the AEGIS air and missile defense systems on board Arleigh Burke destroyers and Ticonderoga cruisers.
              Damaged USS Fitzgerald Destroyer Will Soon Leave Japan for US   
    The USS Fitzgerald is heading back to the US following a deadly collision the caused major damage to the guided missile cruiser.
              China Moves Toward Military Hegemony in South China Sea (PHOTOS)   
    China is expanding and enhancing its military presence in the South China Sea, seeding the Spratly Islands with air bases for fighter jets, radars and missile posts with retractable roofs able to fire long-range surface-to-air missiles.
              News Wrap: UK police confirm fatalities after explosion at Ariana Grande concert   

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    JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news, there are reports of a large explosion at a music venue in Manchester, England, tonight, that police say there has led to a number of confirmed fatalities and injuries. It was a concert by US pop artist Ariana Grande. Witnesses reported that the explosion happened as people were leaving the event. Emergency services are on the scene. We’ll be tracking this developing story online at

    Back in this country, President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his right against self-incrimination, and refused to give documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    It involves potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. But Flynn’s lawyers cited a — quote — “escalating public frenzy” and they said that any testimony he provides could be used against him.

    It’s reported that two other former Trump associates, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, have turned over documents to the committee.

    Meanwhile, Democrat Elijah Cummings, on the House Oversight Committee, says that government documents suggest that Flynn misled Pentagon investigators about his income from Russian sources.

    North Korea says it’s ready to start mass-producing new medium-range missiles. State media today called it an answer to the Trump administration. On Sunday, the North test-fired a missile capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there. The U.N. Security Council condemned the launch as — quote — “highly destabilizing.”

    Iran’s newly reelected President Hassan Rouhani is calling for better relations with the United States. But he says first the Trump administration has to get its bearings. He spoke in Tehran, three days after he easily defeated a conservative challenger backed by hard-liners.

    PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI, Iran (through interpreter): Iran and America, over the last almost 40 years, have traveled a curvy road together. We are waiting for the U.S. government to become stable intellectually.

    I hope it can settle down so that we can more accurately pass judgments on their leaders in Washington.

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Also today, Iranian reports said that reformist supporters of Rouhani swept all the local offices in Tehran and did well in other cities as well.

    Back in this country, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down two North Carolina congressional districts over racial gerrymandering. The ruling upheld a lower court finding that Republican state lawmakers lumped black voters into the districts to weaken their clout elsewhere. The districts have already been redrawn.

    The state legislature in Texas is nearing approval of a transgender bathroom bill similar to North Carolina’s measure that sparked national outrage. The Texas bill limits children in public and charter schools to bathrooms that correspond with their official gender at birth. In last night’s debate, Statehouse members argued over whether the bill amounts to discrimination.

    CHRIS PADDIE, (R), Texas State Representative: There is absolutely no intent, and I would argue nothing in this language, that discriminates against anyone. In fact, it makes sure that there are reasonable accommodations for all children.

    SENFRONIA THOMPSON, (D), Texas State Representative: Bathrooms, white, colored. I was living through that era of not only America, but Texas history as well. Bathrooms divided us then, and it divides us now.

    JUDY WOODRUFF: The bill cleared the Statehouse today and went to the Senate for final approval.

    Meanwhile, the Texas legislature also voted to let publicly funded foster care and adoption groups refuse to place adopted children with parents who are gay, unmarried or non-Christian.

    An elite New Hampshire prep school has acknowledged sexual abuse of students by 13 former teachers and staff dating back decades. St. Paul’s School in Concord today released results of an independent investigation. It comes amid reports of similar scandals at several other private boarding schools across New England and the Northeast.

    In economic news, Ford Motor Company replaced Mark Fields as CEO after just two years, amid doubts about the automaker’s direction. The new CEO is Jim Hackett, a former office furniture executive.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 90 points to close near 20895. The Nasdaq rose almost 50, and the S&P 500 added 12.

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               Syria government airstrikes spill over into Jordan    
    In recent weeks, the Syrian government has intensified its campaign against the opposition in the area, with reports of daily fighting in Daraa province, and along the Jordanian border. On Saturday, Jordan's military said three missiles fell inside its territories during Syrian government airstrikes against Syrian opposition near the border, causing a small fire.
              Massive military parade for Xi as Hong Kong activists freed   
    Hong Kong (AFP) June 30, 2017
    Tanks, missile launchers and chanting troops greeted President Xi Jinping in a potent display of Chinese military might Friday as part of his landmark visit to politically divided Hong Kong. The show of force came hours after activists were released from police custody following their arrest over a protest. Xi arrived in the city on Thursday to mark 20 years since Hong Kong was returned
              Beijing's South China Sea outposts nearly set for missile deployment   
    Washington (AFP) June 29, 2017
    Three of Beijing's outposts on contested South China Sea reefs are close to being ready for the deployment of military assets including mobile missile launchers, a US think tank reported Thursday. Analysing satellite photographs, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said Beijing's Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now has 12 hardened shelters, four more than seen in February,
              China new destroyer US Navys anti ship missile failure

    China unveiled its Type 055 naval destroyer on June 28, the latest step in its decade and a half of military buildup. The new Chinese destroyer outcompetes U.S. destroyers and cruisers, highlighting a major failure in U.S. Navy planning that stretches back to the 1990s. Given the 055’s long-range supersonic YJ-18 and YJ-12 over the horizon (OTH) anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), the Chinese destroyer currently outcompetes U.S. Arleigh Burke class destroyers and bigger Ticonderoga class cruisers. Both ships rely on fewer and shorter-range Harpoon anti-ship missiles (ASMs) and aircraft carriers that are themselves vulnerable to China’s ballistic missiles. The U.S. Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), under development since 2009, would right the balance, but not for years to come, and meanwhile we must assume China will continue improving its capabilities. Reaction times to the latest supersonic and hypersonic anti-ship weapons can be as short as 15-30 seconds. The YJ-18 and YJ-12 are inspired by Russian design, and the threat environment is complicated by unconventional technologies such as Russian-made anti-ship missiles camouflaged as commercial shipping containers. The U.S. Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) ASCM variant, which may be deployed before 2020, has less range than its Chinese counterparts. China’s military development cooperation with Russia, and fielding of the 055 destroyer, will fuel already-existing incentives for conventional first strike options, political tension and an arms race with the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and India. The arms race and tensions will hurt each country’s economic growth and international trade, as well as increase the risk of military conflict.

    Chinese officers from the 24th Chinese navy are seen onboard a Harbin Type 052 destroyer, which arrived as part of the Chinese fleet at Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait City, on February 1, 2017. The visit is the first to Kuwait in 5 years, and comes after finishing a watch mission at the Gulf of Aden and the Somali waters. Credit: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images

    As military technology gets more sophisticated, a naval arms race in Asia will lead to military systems on hair-trigger alerts. The danger is that, as in World War II with Japan, China could one day calculate a military advantage to striking first with an array of air, sea, and rocket-delivered conventional weapons that could debilitate U.S. Navy vessels in the Pacific, as well as other regional U.S. bases. China is prepared to do so, at least in the South China Sea. According to Captain James Fanell (USN ret), former Director of Intelligence for U.S. Pacific Fleet, China has since 2015 adopted a man-to-man, rather than zonal, defense against U.S. Navy ships that traverse those international waters. China’s trend towards shadowing U.S. ships in the East China Sea is the same, according to Fanell, so we should assume that U.S. destroyers and cruisers there have been highly vulnerable over the past two years, and until at least 2021 when a subsonic U.S. ship-based ASCM will be fielded.

    A Chinese conventional first strike against U.S. military forces in Asia is now technically plausible, and backed by China’s consistently preemptive naval, missile and cyber doctrines. This gives an incentive to the U.S. to itself strike first, especially if Chinese nuclear retaliation is calculated as unlikely. Such preemptive strikes, by either side, would lead to major power military conflict that would start with multiple nuclear powers, rather than end with one nuclear power as did World War II. It would be the most destructive war in world history, and so military technologies such as China’s 055 destroyer armed with YJ-18 ASCM that upset the balance of power in Asia are profoundly destabilizing and contrary to what one should expect from a status quo power. Such technologies are therefore ultimately counter to China’s broader commercial and security interests.


    According to Fanell, U.S. Navy warship anti-ship cruise missile programs are just now being developed. Fanell said, "And how long will [it be before] LRASM or SM-6 numbers reach the numbers the PRC already has with the YJ-18? We appear to be behind the power curve for what could be a rather long time just as the PRC begins to consolidate its territorial claims in the maritime domain of the South and East China Seas over the next decade." Fanell has long argued for increased U.S. naval spending.

    China’s 055 destroyer is for the first time among Chinese surface combatants capable of land attack missions. Just as U.S. and Russian destroyers have attacked land targets in Syria, we will likely see the advent of a more territorially aggressive Chinese navy in the next decade. Last month, China’s state-run media, the Global Times, quoted military expert Song Zhongping as saying, "The 052D, a 7,000-ton-destroyer with 64 launch units, is designed for tasks including anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-warship defense, while it does not and should not be required to have ground attack capability, which should be carried out by bigger destroyers, the coming 055." The 055 modular weapons system includes the capability to launch the nuclear capable CJ-10 land-attack cruise missile.

    The 055 is a 10,000-tondestroyer, but under a full load it displaces 12,000 to 14,000 tons of water. It could as easily be classed as a cruiser. There are 3 more under construction, and 4 on order, for a total of 8 “Renhai” 055 destroyers. The 055 has stealth features and up to 128 Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes for missiles capable of hitting air, land, and sea targets. The VLS can also launch anti-satellite and anti-ballistic missiles currently under development by China. The stern of the ship has a hangar to accommodate two Z-18 anti-submarine warfare helicopters and vertical-launch unmanned aerial vehicles. The sophisticated 055 bow-mounted and variable depth sonars and dual x- and s-band radar systems can see hostile air, surface, and underwater objects up to 600 km away, as well as track smaller nearby projectiles. The 055 fuses this data with other Chinese ship, air, and satellite sensors for a global view of the battlespace.

    The 052 destroyers can also launch nuclear-capable missiles, and each has 64 VLS tubes. There are 4 operational 052-class destroyers, and 8 more under construction. This makes 20 total 052 and 055 Chinese destroyers capable of blue water operations far from shore. The relative lack of Chinese rearmament ships will not heavily affect Chinese destroyer operations in the South and East China seas, on which China appears to be focusing its maritime territorial growth.

    Singapore Navy's RSS Independence sails past China's class 054 navy frigate Huangshan (R) and French navy vessel Frigate FS Prairial (C) during the inaugural maritime review along the strait near Changi Naval Base in Singapore on May 15, 2017. Twenty-eight foreign warships from 20 navies participated in the inaugural review, which is part of Singapore Navy's 50th anniversary celebration. Credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

    Another 25 smaller 056-class Chinese frigatesare operational, with 60 likely to be constructed in the coming years. These are also optimal for operations closer to China, for example in the South and East China Seas, or against Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan.

    The 055 competes directly with the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke class destroyers and Ticonderoga cruisers, which are the main delivery system for naval surface combatant firepower globally. The Ticonderoga class cruisers currently have 16 operational ships and 6 undergoing refurbishment at any given time.


    There are 62 Arleigh Burke’s worldwide, and the U.S. Navy is building 14 more. They are smaller and carry less firepower than the 055’s. The Arleigh Burke destroyers displace 8,000 to 10,000 tons and have up to 96 VLS launch tubes each. That is a lot of potential firepower. But what debilitates the Arleigh Burke destroyers is their reliance on 8 Harpoon ASM tubes each, the range of which is limited to only 67 nautical miles compared with the YJ-18’s 290 nm range. Harpoon missiles do not fit into VLS tubes.


    According to naval analysts, some of the U.S. destroyers in Asia do not even carry their full complement of Harpoon ASMs, and since 1999, the Arleigh Burkes have not had any Harpoon launchers installed. Most U.S. destroyers, therefore, have only token anti-ship capabilities, making them vulnerable to a debilitating first strike in case of war. As Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments Bryan Clark noted in testimony to Congress in 2015,


    “So if I want to shoot another ship and I am a surface ship, I have to wait until I am within Harpoon range if I have Harpoons even onboard, which means I am probably half of the distance that he can reach me. So he can — I am well within his weapons envelope when I do that.”

    Professor of Strategy James Holmes at the U.S. Naval War College has some harsh words for the lack of a long-range ASM capability on U.S. cruisers and destroyers.

    “The originators of this mismatch were the service chiefs back in 1992, who in a directive called From the Sea declared that there was no one left to fight after the Cold War and thus that our navy should reinvent itself as a "fundamentally different" naval force, [i.e.], a force that didn't have to fight to control the sea, and thus could concentrate on noncombat missions. When you get a signal like that from top leadership, what do you do? You stop training and equipping to fight rival navies, and you stop upgrading your armaments. After that it was inertia. No one corrected the mistake, and no one really started trying until CNO Greenert.”


    Admiral Jonathan Greenert served as Chief of Naval Operations from 2011 to 2015. Bryan McGrath, who commanded an Arleigh Burke class destroyer from 2004 to 2006, toldCongress in 2015 that because of the lack of an effective anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capability on the surface fleet, it has to rely for defense on air and submarine-delivered capabilities.

    “That decision and decisions about how to allocate missions within the portfolio — surface, subsurface and aviation — has led to a situation in which ... the Navy looks at the surface force, as something that needs to be protected by the air wing. I think that needs to be questioned…. As part of the peace dividend and in recognition of the lack of a blue water threat, the Harpoon missile system was removed from the Flight IIA Arleigh Burke Destroyers as a corporate Navy decision was made to rely on the carrier air wing and the submarine force to perform the ASuW mission.”

    The Republic of Korea destroyers Sejong the Great (DDG 991) and Yang Manchun (DDH 973), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Stethem (DDG 63), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) patrol May 3, 2017 in the western Pacific Ocean. Credit: Z.A. Landers/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

    Reliance on submarines and the carrier air wing limits the ability of surface combatants to execute missions individually, and entails risk from destruction of a single component in the system, effectively making the entire highly complex network as vulnerable as its weakest link. Fanell says, "We have this belief that Carrier air cover will always be there to protect our fleet and sink enemy ships … but what happens when a DF-21D or DF-26 sinks or seriously damages our aircraft carriers? Or when one of the PLAN Song, Yuan, or Shang submarines attacks our carriers with supersonic YJ-18 ASCMs … or PLAAF/PLANAF fighter bombers attack with air launched ASCMs? It seems to me that prudent military planning would take this into account and adjust our acquisition strategy accordingly … meaning the USN would have a surface fleet that could survive on its own by having the capability to fight other PLAN combatants mano-e-mano."

    The U.S. Navy has made efforts at improving its ship-based ASuW capabilities. The SM-6 was recently converted for use as an ASM, but its range is only 250 nm compared to the 290 nm range of China’s YJ-18. The Navy has not even fielded the ASM variant of the SM-6. According to Fanell, “the SM-6 ASM variant that was successfully tested in Hawaii last year ...may be fielded sooner than 2020 … but again, it is a piecemeal approach that is behind the timeline of PLAN production and fielding.”


    The Next Generation Land Attack Weapon (NGLAW), which also has an anti-ship function, will not enter U.S. Navy service until 2028 or 2030. Tomahawk cruise missiles, with a range of 1,000 nm, are also undergoing modification for an ASCM capability, but are subsonic and therefore more easily targeted. They will not be fielded until 2021, and will likely go out of service in 2040. Until then, and if China’s surface fleet has an anti-missile system capable of downing the slow Tomahawk, Navy destroyers and cruisers are uniquely vulnerable to China’s 052 and 055, armed with the long-range YJ-12 and YJ-18 ASMs. This vulnerability is a major mistake in naval planning that has led to the dangerous reliance of destroyers and cruisers on deterrence from aircraft carriers, submarines, and strategic escalation.


    China’s new destroyer will fuel already-existing plans in the U.S. for increased naval spending, which will in turn lead to more naval spending in China. This is a costly arms race fueled by a security dilemma on the U.S. side, and territorial aggression on the Chinese side. China knows it has nothing to worry about in terms of U.S. initiating conflict were China a status quo power. But China is courting major power war through new military technologies that alter the status quo, at the same time as it initiates zero-sum territorial conflicts with multiple U.S. allies, including Japan in the East China Sea, the Philippines in the South China Sea, Taiwan (for its sovereignty), India in the Himalayas, and South Korea through China’s proxy North Korea.

    The ground attack capability of the 055 should be of especial concern to Taiwan, whose territory is already under threat by ground-based missiles across the strait in mainland China. Because of China’s military buildup and territorial aggression, even during President Obama’s 8 years of relative pacifism toward China, it appears that China does not seek to be a responsible member of the international system. It seeks regional hegemony, even at the expense of strong U.S. allies like Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the Philippines. It seeks increased global influence and power projection capabilities, including through a string of naval ports reaching to Africa, and blue water naval vessels such as the 055 destroyer.


    According to Fanell, the 055 launch “should be another wake-up call for the USN. This is a formidable combatant...that again out-guns/out-sticks its rivals in the USN.  Watch for this to be mass produced over the next 5 years [with] numbers approaching a dozen at least.” Professor James Holmes, Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College, has made a similar argument regarding China’s coming superiority in submarine deployments.

    With the Chinese Navy gaining in absolute numbers of naval combatants over the U.S., Fanell said, “a 350 ship navy that cannot engage and sink other nation’s warships is not acceptable.” The current USN of 276 ships is projected by President Trump to grow to 355. If achieved by 2035, 355 ships would cost $107 billion per year, every year, until 2047. According to Holmes, “We'll be lucky to break 300 ships by 2020, no matter what Congress does…. We have some old stuff we could recommission, but (unlike the Iowa class battleships in the 1980s) those ships already have an awful lot of mileage on the odometer.”


    Type 001A, China's second aircraft carrier, is seen during a launch ceremony at Dalian shipyard in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, April 26, 2017. China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said on April 26, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images

    China has plans to reach 351 ships by 2020, almost all of which will be concentrated in Asia. The U.S. will only devote about 60% of its Navy to the Pacific. That gives China the advantage in an Asian naval contest in 2020, with 351 Chinese ships against about 180 U.S. ships. Holmes points out that,

    “Absolute numbers aren't everything. The Soviet Navy outnumbered us throughout the Cold War and we got by. We were better on a ship-for-ship basis than they were. Still, numbers are important. Plus, this isn't just a fleet-on-fleet competition. We're talking about a fraction of the U.S. Navy matching up against the whole of the PLA Navy backed by the PLA Air Force and the PLA Rocket Force -- i.e., the PLA Navy backed up by a large arsenal of land-based planes, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. That's a lot of firepower to supplement the PLA Navy fleet. That could be China's great equalizer even if we remain stronger on the whole.”

    The next four years are a critical period of vulnerability for the U.S. Navy. China will have a bigger and more concentrated surface fleet in Asia than will the U.S., and it will be better armed. It is no surprise that China, which cares little for international law or the status quo, is risk-acceptant, and subscribes to the principle that might makes right, is taking advantage of its regional naval superiority to take territory in the South and East China seas with impunity. It is no surprise that our allies have cold feet and are hedging towards China with economic and security agreements. It is an avoidable tragedy of our own making. We have watched since the early 1990s while China made great economic and military strides, often with our stolen technology. Yet we have not sanctioned it for its failure to make progress on international common values, such as democracy and human rights, that would make it a responsible international partner in terms of peace and stability.


    Now we are paying the price, starting in the South and East China seas. According to Holmes, China’s regional strength “probably does help explain their confidence in the China seas.” If the U.S. cannot convince China to back away from its militarization and territorial revanchism in Asia, we will be forced into a dangerous and costly arms race, Cold War brinkmanship, or even conventional preemptive strike, to stop China’s expansion. The only other option will be conceding more territory and relative military power that will eventually lose us any vestiges of global moral, military, and economic leadership that remain after failing and debilitating wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and our general weakness against Russia and China’s territorial expansion. That will also lose us allies. It arguably already has.

    China has given the U.S. a moment of truth. Will we take a stand, or continue our slide towards irrelevance? The U.S. is not the only country that needs to wake up. China is taking catastrophic risk with its growing militarism.

              Trump to get China, Japan leaders on the phone   

    US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House announced Saturday night.

    Trump and Abe will speak at 8 p.m. ET. Trump's call with Xi will come 45 minutes later, according to a White House statement.

    No information was provided as to what subjects the calls would cover, but they come after an eventful week in East Asia politics.

    On Friday, Trump met in Washington with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and speaking alongside Moon at the White House declared that US patience with the North Korean regime "is over."

    The remarks were the latest sign that Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in curbing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

    The programs are considered a grave threat to South Korea, Japan and the United States, which has thousands of troops stationed at bases in its two Asian allies. US officials are also worried that the US Pacific territory of Guam may also face a North Korean missile threat.

    Trump has been seeking more pressure from China to curb the threats from North Korea, which has its biggest trading relationship with Beijing.

    But the Trump administration last week sent signals that the US patience on Beijing's efforts was shrinking.

    The Treasury Department on Thursday imposed new sanctions on a Chinese bank and several Chinese nationals while the State Department approved a $1 billion arms deal with Taiwan. Both moves appeared aimed at unsettling China.

    The Taiwan arms sale, in particular, drew a strong response from Beijing.

    China's ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, furiously denounced the sale in Chinese state media People's Daily, saying it violated the agreed upon "one China" policy.

    "China has made strong protests to the US and will reserve the right to take further measures," state media quoted him as saying.

    The announcement of the Taiwan arms deal came while Xi was in Hong Kong commemorating the 20th anniversary of the city's return to China from the United Kingdom.

    In a statement marking that anniversary, the US State Department issued a statement saying the US was "concerned about any infringements on civil liberties" in Hong Kong.

    In a speech in Hong Kong on Saturday, Xi warned against any challenges to Beijing's authority in the territory, a special administrative region of China.

    "Any attempt to endanger China's sovereignty and security ... or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses a red line," Xi said.

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              "If there is anything I admire more than a devoted friend, it's a dedicated enemy."   
    That line is from one of my favorite movies of all time, The Big Country. It's one of my favorites because it's one of my mom's favorites. She would play the soundtrack on the turntable while cleaning the house when I was a kid. The score is wonderful with its soaring themes and dynamic tension. Like I said, it's a great movie.

    The line is delivered by one of the two main antagonists in the movie, Maj. Henry Terrill. His old nemesis Rufus Hannassey, has just crashed his daughter's formal engagement party to protest a raid on his home by Terrill's men earlier that day. He says about twenty year's worth of built up animosity towards Terrill in front of his invited guests before throwing his shotgun down at Terrill's feet and walking out daring him to shoot him in the back.

    Terrill is taken aback, and a bit embarrassed, but apologizes for Hannassey's behavior and delivers that classic line.

    Now, I am not one to hold a grudge (see my last post) for the most part. I can't think of a single person who I am holding any ill feelings toward.

    Now, animals? Well, that's a different story.

    There are a few animals who I have hardened my heart towards, to steal a biblical metaphor.

    The mule who ran away with me at full speed for two very interesting, if not terrifying, minutes would be on the list.

    I'm not sure why I even threw a leg over that beast, but I must have had a reason.

    I could not find a headstall that would fit that suitcase of a head he had, so I rigged up a draft horse bridle for him and that was too big. He just put his head straight up so I couldn't get any leverage on him and decided to launch himself down between the pastures at the ranch. The barbed wire fences on either side of us seemed to blur by as he ran with the reckless abandon of a escaped maximum security convict. At the end of the road we made a very nifty sliding stop and turn back, worthy of finished reining horse, and we ran the gauntlet once again.

    As we were coming back to the barn area, where all the people, cars and kids were, I decided to take one for the team and muscle that not-so-guided missile into the side of the plywood covered round pen. Again, with much more grace than I would have thought possible, he came to a sliding stop as he smacked his nose against the round pen wall. I stepped off and led him back to the hitching rail. He followed behind me like milk pen calf.

    My wife took that mule to the auction before I could have my rematch. I will never know what great catastrophe would have befallen me if I were to have climbed aboard that long eared rocket again, but I'm sure it would have made for a great story; or my death.

    Then, there was Sharky.

    Sharky was my real nemesis. That horse had it in for me. Luckily he was not my horse, or one of us would have killed the other in short order. He was our friend Kristen, or KK's horse. KK was a teenager at the time and Sharky was a big 16+ hand appendix quarter horse. He was a two year old, the same age as my new horse Dash, who was similarly built and only slightly less crazy. Dash was a dark bay and Shark was a dappled gray at the time. Big, dumb teenagers is what they were. Doing big, dumb teenage stuff.

    Shark claim to fame was as an escape artist. He would chew and play with every latch, snap, lock, and knob within his reach. He could get out of anything. If he had opposable thumbs, he may have taken over and become the dictator of a small Central American country. He was diabolical.

    Much like many psychopaths, Sharky could lull you into a false sense of security with his playfulness and seemingly kind disposition. This was all a ruse. He was just waiting for the right time to strike. He wanted no witnesses or physical evidence. He just wanted them to find you dead in a field with him in the next pasture happily eating grass, looking innocent. He almost got away with it too.

    One night, I heard the unmistakable sound of horse hooves on the pavement out in front of the house. It must have been about 3AM. I put on my pants and slippers and headed outside to find Sharkey. He was in the barn with his head stuck in a garbage can full of oats. I muddled under breath something about finding him a nice home in France where they eat ill-behaved horses, and took off my belt to use as a lead rope. I wrapped it around his neck and started to lead him back to his stall. As we turned the corner, he bolted straight ahead and fired both back feet at me as he sped off into the night. I could feel the air from those hooves as they skimmed past my head.

    Once I was able to stand up without my limbs shaking uncontrollably, I found a halter and lead rope and headed out to find Sharky. He was running all over the park, having a grand time. When I was close enough to swing that rope around his neck, he would bolt off kicking up his heels, and if horses could laugh, I'm pretty sure he would have.

    The only way I was able to catch him was when he ran into a cable stretched around the parking area. It hit him about the knees while he was in a full run. He turned a complete somersault and landed on his belly. I thought to myself, I hope you broke all four legs you blankety blank, blankety blanking blank. (I am not proud of this behavior, I am just being honest)

    So when Shark made it to his feet with just a minor case of road rash, he must have thought it was time to quit all his shenanigans. I walked up, put his halter on him, walked him back to his stall, put him inside and double locked both doors.

    When I came back to the house, my wife rolled over in bed and asked, "Who got out?" I said, "It was Sharky and I'll tell you the whole story in the morning."

    Shark mellowed with age. While most people loved the big gray who would eat from your hand, rub his head on you, and enjoyed a good petting, I was not buying his 'reformed' act. I knew in his heart he was still out to get me. I could have been wrong, maybe he had changed, maybe he had turned into a 1,200 pound Labrador retriever. Maybe.

    Twenty some-odd years later, my wife sent me a text today saying they had to put Sharky down. He had a bad colic.

    I feel bad for Kristen and her mom Sandy. They loved that big lug his whole life and would scoff at my proclamations of his malice towards me.

    Goodbye Sharky, my dedicated enemy, I will in fact, miss you.

              Trump calls for firm response to North Korea, targets Seoul on trade   

    Trump calls for firm response to North Korea, targets Seoul on tradeBy David Brunnstrom and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump called for a determined response to North Korea after talks with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Friday where he stressed the importance of their alliance but took aim at Seoul over trade and sharing the cost of defense. Trump said the United States was renegotiating what he characterized as a "rough" trade deal with South Korea agreed to five years ago by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and reiterated that an era of "strategic patience" over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs had ended. "Together we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea," Trump said as he stood alongside Moon in the White House Rose Garden.

              7/1/2017: GET OVER IT, CANADA: Brain drain   

    It was faster than any jet in its class. It was armed with nuclear missiles. It was intended to defend us from Soviet attacks. It was going to make Canada great. But on Feb. 20, 1959, John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservative Party government dashed...
              Prepping for WAR? China builds missile shelters on disputed islands despite promise to US   
    CHINA has built new military facilities on disputed islands in the South China Sea – despite a promise its President made to the US government in 2015.
              Trump is taking the wrong approach to China on tech, says ex-Reagan official who helped beat Soviets   
    The guy who ran a Reagan-era program for missile defense wants President Trump to mimic its success.
              Iran to give 'harshest response' to enemy threats: Defense minister   
    (MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has hailed the country's defensive and missile achievements, saying the Islamic Republic wil...
              Trump is taking the wrong approach to China on tech, says ex-Reagan official who helped beat Soviets   
    The guy who ran a Reagan-era program for missile defense wants President Trump to mimic its success.
              Layers of deception: The alleged sarin gas attack   
    Seymour Hersh, America's most famous investigative reporter, has become persona non grata in the American Propaganda Ministry that poses as a news media but only serves to protect the US government's war lies. Among his many triumphs Hersh exposed the American My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Abu Ghraib torture prison run by the Americans in Iraq. Today his investigative reports have to be published in the London Review of Books or in the German Media. From Hersh's latest investigative report, we learn that President Trump makes war decisions by watching staged propaganda on TV. The White Helmets, a propaganda organization for jihadists and the "Syrian opposition," found a gullible reception from the Western media for photographs and videos of alleged victims of a Syrian Army sarin gas attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun. Trump saw the photos on TV and despite being assured by US intelligence that there was no Syrian sarin gas attack, ordered the US military to strike a Syrian base with Tomahawk missiles. Under international law this strike was a war crime, and it was the first direct aggression against Syria by the US which previously committed aggression via proxies called "the Syrian opposition."
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              Poland to transfer Soviet relics to nuclear weapons bunker   
    Warsaw (AFP) June 29, 2017
    Poland will take down monuments to the Soviet Red Army and stock them in a bunker where Soviet-era nuclear missiles were stored, the state Institute for National Remembrance (INR) said Thursday. Warsaw has a troubled history with the Soviet Union and the rightwing government pledged a year ago to erase all symbols of Moscow's domination. There is little nostalgia for the years that Polan
              At UN, US accuses Iran of flouting resolution   
    United Nations, United States (AFP) June 29, 2017
    The United States on Thursday accused Iran of "repeatedly and deliberately" violating a UN resolution that endorsed the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and said the Security Council had failed to respond. US Ambassador Nikki Haley pointed to "repeated ballistic missile launches, proven arms smuggling", purchases of missile technology and a violations of a travel ban on Iranian military officials
              Trump is taking the wrong approach to China on tech, says ex-Reagan official who helped beat Soviets   
    The guy who ran a Reagan-era program for missile defense wants President Trump to mimic its success.
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    It was faster than any jet in its class. It was armed with nuclear missiles. It was intended to defend us from Soviet attacks. It was going to make Canada great. But on Feb. 20, 1959, John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservative Party government dashed...
              Trump urges more sanctions against North Korea   
    Jim W. Dean - The North Korean story is beginning to show signs of the classic exploited event. Trump is hyping the threat about a nuclear missile strike on the US, which is ludicrous.
              Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews has a team to take on 'Manx Missile' Mark Cavendish   
    For the first time Canberra's Michael Matthews can set his sights on gunning down the "Manx Missile".
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              South Korea Tests Missile As President Speaks Of Need To 'Dominate' North South Korean President Moon Jae-in watched his military test-fire a ballistic missile on Friday, after a string of North Korean missile tests were blamed for raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The military said the missile, a Hyunmoo-2 with a range of up to 800 kilometers (nearly 500 miles), hit its target accurately. When Moon won South Korea's presidency last month, he was seen as likely to return to the "Sunshine Policy" of engaging with North Korea through dialogue and economic aid. But today he said "dialogue is only possible when we have a strong military, and engagement policies are only possible when we have the security capability to dominate North Korea," according to the Associated Press . The president's remarks were relayed by Blue House spokesperson Park Soo-hyun. Saying that he wanted to evaluate South Korea's missile capability for himself, Moon added that he is now reassured. Friday's missile test is the fourth of six
              North Korea says 'time for nuclear war is HERE' as Donald Trump meets Moon in Washington | Daily Star   
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              Trump to Telephone Leaders of Japan and China    
    President Donald Trump will hold separate telephone conversations Sunday with the leaders of Japan and China. A White House announcement did not say what Trump would discuss with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The talks, however, are likely to be about Trump’s growing frustration with North Korea and its series of recent missile tests. “The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed, many years it has failed,” Trump said recently. “Frankly, that patience is over.” The telephone conversations come ahead of a meeting of G20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany, later in the week, where Trump is slated to hold bilateral meetings with Abe, Xi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The U.S. president met with Moon Friday at the White House.
              7/1/2017: GET OVER IT, CANADA: Brain drain   

    It was faster than any jet in its class. It was armed with nuclear missiles. It was intended to defend us from Soviet attacks. It was going to make Canada great. But on Feb. 20, 1959, John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservative Party government dashed...

    MARCH 6, 2017 ISSUE

    What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?

    By Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa



    The D.N.C. hacks, many analysts believe, were just a skirmish in a larger war against Western institutions and alliances.ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTOPH NIEMANN


    On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures”—aktivniye meropriyatiya—against the reëlection campaign of President Ronald Reagan. Unlike classic espionage, which involves the collection of foreign secrets, active measures aim at influencing events—at undermining a rival power with forgeries, front groups, and countless other techniques honed during the Cold War. The Soviet leadership considered Reagan an implacable militarist. According to extensive notes made by Vasili Mitrokhin, a high-ranking K.G.B. officer and archivist who later defected to Great Britain, Soviet intelligence tried to infiltrate the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic National Committees, popularize the slogan “Reagan Means War!,” and discredit the President as a corrupt servant of the military-industrial complex. The effort had no evident effect. Reagan won forty-nine of fifty states.

    Active measures were used by both sides throughout the Cold War. In the nineteen-sixties, Soviet intelligence officers spread a rumor that the U.S. government was involved in the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the eighties, they spread the rumor that American intelligence had “created” the aids virus, at Fort Detrick, Maryland. They regularly lent support to leftist parties and insurgencies. The C.I.A., for its part, worked to overthrow regimes in Iran, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Chile, and Panama. It used cash payments, propaganda, and sometimes violent measures to sway elections away from leftist parties in Italy, Guatemala, Indonesia, South Vietnam, and Nicaragua. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, in the early nineties, the C.I.A. asked Russia to abandon active measures to spread disinformation that could harm the U.S. Russia promised to do so. But when Sergey Tretyakov, the station chief for Russian intelligence in New York, defected, in 2000, he revealed that Moscow’s active measures had never subsided. “Nothing has changed,” he wrote, in 2008. “Russia is doing everything it can today to embarrass the U.S.”

    Vladimir Putin, who is quick to accuse the West of hypocrisy, frequently points to this history. He sees a straight line from the West’s support of the anti-Moscow “color revolutions,” in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine, which deposed corrupt, Soviet-era leaders, to its endorsement of the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Five years ago, he blamed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square. “She set the tone for some of our actors in the country and gave the signal,” Putin said. “They heard this and, with the support of the U.S. State Department, began active work.” (No evidence was provided for the accusation.) He considers nongovernmental agencies and civil-society groups like the National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the election-monitoring group Golos to be barely disguised instruments of regime change.


    The U.S. officials who administer the system that Putin sees as such an existential danger to his own reject his rhetoric as “whataboutism,” a strategy of false moral equivalences. Benjamin Rhodes, a deputy national-security adviser under President Obama, is among those who reject Putin’s logic, but he said, “Putin is not entirely wrong,” adding that, in the past, “we engaged in regime change around the world. There is just enough rope for him to hang us.”*

    The 2016 Presidential campaign in the United States was of keen interest to Putin. He loathed Obama, who had applied economic sanctions against Putin’s cronies after the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of eastern Ukraine. (Russian state television derided Obama as “weak,” “uncivilized,” and a “eunuch.”) Clinton, in Putin’s view, was worse—the embodiment of the liberal interventionist strain of U.S. foreign policy, more hawkish than Obama, and an obstacle to ending sanctions and reëstablishing Russian geopolitical influence. At the same time, Putin deftly flattered Trump, who was uncommonly positive in his statements about Putin’s strength and effectiveness as a leader. As early as 2007, Trump declared that Putin was “doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.” In 2013, before visiting Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, Trump wondered, in a tweet, if he would meet Putin, and, “if so, will he become my new best friend?” During the Presidential campaign, Trump delighted in saying that Putin was a superior leader who had turned the Obama Administration into a “laughingstock.”

    For those interested in active measures, the digital age presented opportunities far more alluring than anything available in the era of Andropov. The Democratic and Republican National Committees offered what cybersecurity experts call a large “attack surface.” Tied into politics at the highest level, they were nonetheless unprotected by the defenses afforded to sensitive government institutions. John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and a former chief of staff of Bill Clinton’s, had every reason to be aware of the fragile nature of modern communications. As a senior counsellor in the Obama White House, he was involved in digital policy. Yet even he had not bothered to use the most elementary sort of defense, two-step verification, for his e-mail account.

    “The honest answer is that my team and I were over-reliant on the fact that we were pretty careful about what we click on,” Podesta said. In this instance, he received a phishing e-mail, ostensibly from “the Gmail team,” that urged him to “change your password immediately.” An I.T. person who was asked to verify it mistakenly replied that it was “a legitimate e-mail.”

    The American political landscape also offered a particularly soft target for dezinformatsiya, false information intended to discredit the official version of events, or the very notion of reliable truth. Americans were more divided along ideological lines than at any point in two decades, according to the Pew Research Center. American trust in the mainstream media had fallen to a historic low. The fractured media environment seemed to spawn conspiracy theories about everything from Barack Obama’s place of birth (supposedly Kenya) to the origins of climate change (a Chinese hoax). Trump, in building his political identity, promoted such theories.

    “Free societies are often split because people have their own views, and that’s what former Soviet and current Russian intelligence tries to take advantage of,” Oleg Kalugin, a former K.G.B. general, who has lived in the United States since 1995, said. “The goal is to deepen the splits.” Such a strategy is especially valuable when a country like Russia, which is considerably weaker than it was at the height of the Soviet era, is waging a geopolitical struggle with a stronger entity.

    In early January, two weeks before the Inauguration, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, released a declassified report concluding that Putin had ordered an influence campaign to harm Clinton’s election prospects, fortify Donald Trump’s, and “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process.” The declassified report provides more assertion than evidence. Intelligence officers say that this was necessary to protect their information-gathering methods.

    Critics of the report have repeatedly noted that intelligence agencies, in the months before the Iraq War, endorsed faulty assessments concerning weapons of mass destruction. But the intelligence community was deeply divided over the actual extent of Iraq’s weapons development; the question of Russia’s responsibility for cyberattacks in the 2016 election has produced no such tumult. Seventeen federal intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia was responsible for the hacking.

    In testimony before the Senate, Clapper described an unprecedented Russian effort to interfere in the U.S. electoral process. The operation involved hacking Democrats’ e-mails, publicizing the stolen contents through WikiLeaks, and manipulating social media to spread “fake news” and pro-Trump messages.

    At first, Trump derided the scrutiny of the hacking as a “witch hunt,” and said that the attacks could have been from anyone—the Russians, the Chinese, or “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs four hundred pounds.” In the end, he grudgingly accepted the finding, but insisted that Russian interference had had “absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.” Yevgenia Albats, the author of “The State Within a State,” a book about the K.G.B., said that Putin probably didn’t believe he could alter the results of the election, but, because of his antipathy toward Obama and Clinton, he did what he could to boost Trump’s cause and undermine America’s confidence in its political system. Putin was not interested in keeping the operation covert, Albats said. “He wanted to make it as public as possible. He wanted his presence to be known,” and to “show that, no matter what, we can enter your house and do what we want.”


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    Remarkably, the Obama Administration learned of the hacking operation only in early summer—nine months after the F.B.I. first contacted the D.N.C. about the intrusion—and then was reluctant to act too strongly, for fear of being seen as partisan. Leaders of the Pentagon, the State Department, and the intelligence agencies met during the summer, but their focus was on how to safeguard state election commissions and electoral systems against a hack on Election Day.

    That caution has embittered Clinton’s inner circle. “We understand the bind they were in,” one of Clinton’s senior advisers said. “But what if Barack Obama had gone to the Oval Office, or the East Room of the White House, and said, ‘I’m speaking to you tonight to inform you that the United States is under attack. The Russian government at the highest levels is trying to influence our most precious asset, our democracy, and I’m not going to let it happen.’ A large majority of Americans would have sat up and taken notice. My attitude is that we don’t have the right to lay blame for the results of this election at anybody’s feet, but, to me, it is bewildering—it is baffling—it is hard to make sense of why this was not a five-alarm fire in the White House.”

    The Obama circle, which criticizes Clinton’s team for failing to lock down seemingly solid states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, insists that the White House acted appropriately. “What could we have done?” Benjamin Rhodes said. “We said they were doing it, so everybody had the basis to know that all the WikiLeaks material and the fake news were tied to Russia. There was no action we could have taken to stop the e-mails or the fake news from being propagated. . . . All we could do was expose it.”

    Last September, at a G-20 summit, in China, Obama confronted Putin about the hacking, telling him to “cut it out,” and, above all, to keep away from the balloting in November, or there would be “serious consequences.” Putin neither denied nor confirmed the hacking efforts, but replied that the United States has long funded media outlets and civil-society groups that meddle in Russian affairs.


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    In October, as evidence of Russian meddling mounted, senior national-security officials met to consider a plan of response; proposals included releasing damaging information about Russian officials, including their bank accounts, or a cyber operation directed at Moscow. Secretary of State John Kerry was concerned that such plans might undercut diplomatic efforts to get Russia to coöperate with the West in Syria—efforts that eventually failed. In the end, security officials unanimously agreed to take a measured approach: the Administration issued a statement, on October 7th, declaring it was confident that the Russians had hacked the D.N.C. The Administration did not want to overreact in a way that could seem political and amplify Trump’s message that the vote was rigged.

    The White House watched for signs that Russian intelligence was crossing what a senior national-security official called “the line between covert influence and adversely affecting the vote count”—and found no evidence that it had done so. At the time, Clinton was leading in the race, which, the official said, reinforced Obama’s decision not to respond more aggressively. “If we have a very forceful response, it actually helps delegitimize the election.”

    That sense of caution continued during the transition, when Obama was intent on an orderly transfer of power. Secretary of State Kerry proposed the creation of an independent bipartisan group to investigate Russian interference in the election. It would have been modelled on the 9/11 Commission, a body consisting of five Republicans and five Democrats who interviewed more than twelve hundred people. According to two senior officials, Obama reviewed Kerry’s proposal but ultimately rejected it, in part because he was convinced that Republicans in Congress would regard it as a partisan exercise. One aide who favored the idea says, “It would have gotten the ball rolling, making it difficult for Trump to shut it down. Now it’s a lot harder to make it happen.”

    During the transition, officials in the Obama Administration were hearing that Trump was somehow compromised or beholden to Russian interests. “The Russians make investments in people not knowing the exact outcome,” one senior Administration official said. “They obtain leverage on those people, too.” No conclusive evidence has yet emerged for such suspicions about Trump. Another Administration official said that, during the transfer of power, classified intelligence had shown multiple contacts between Trump associates and Russian representatives, but nothing that rose to the level of aiding or coördinating the interference with the election. “We had no clear information—that I was aware of—of collusion,” the official said. That question, however, persists, and will likely be a central focus for congressional investigators.

    By Inauguration Day, January 20th, the evidence of a wide-scale Russian operation had prompted the formation of a joint task force, including the C.I.A., the F.B.I., the N.S.A., and the financial-crimes unit of the Treasury Department. Three Senate committees, including the Intelligence Committee, have launched inquiries; some Democrats worry that the Trump Administration will try to stifle these investigations. Although senators on the Intelligence Committee cannot reveal classified information, they have ways of signalling concern. Three weeks after the election, Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and six other members of the committee sent a public letter to Obama, declaring, “We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public.” At a hearing in January, Wyden pushed further. While questioning James Comey, the director of the F.B.I., Wyden cited media reports that some Trump associates had links to Russians who are close to Putin. Wyden asked if Comey would declassify information on that subject and “release it to the American people.” Comey said, “I can’t talk about it.” Wyden’s questioning had served its purpose.

    Later, in an interview, Wyden said, “My increasing concern is that classification now is being used much more for political security than for national security. We wanted to get that out before a new Administration took place. I can’t remember seven senators joining a declassification request.” Asked if he suspects that there has been improper contact between the Trump campaign and Russian interests, Wyden said, “I can’t get into that”—without revealing classified information. “But what I can tell you is, I continue to believe, as I have for many months, that there is more that could be declassified.” He added, “When a foreign power interferes with American institutions, you don’t just say, ‘Oh, that’s business as usual,’ and leave it at that. There’s a historical imperative here, too.” After viewing the classified materials, Mark Warner, of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said of the Russia investigation, “This may very well be the most important thing I do in my public life.”

    Two weeks before the Inauguration, intelligence officers briefed both Obama and Trump about a dossier of unverified allegations compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer. The thirty-five-page dossier, which included claims about Trump’s behavior during a 2013 trip to Moscow, had been shopped around to various media outlets by researchers opposed to Trump’s candidacy. The dossier concluded that Russia had personal and financial material on Trump that could be used as blackmail. It said that the Russians had been “cultivating, supporting, and assisting” Trump for years. According to current and former government officials, prurient details in the dossier generated skepticism among some members of the intelligence community, who, as one put it, regarded it as a “nutty” product to present to a President. But, in the weeks that followed, they confirmed some of its less explosive claims, relating to conversations with foreign nationals. “They are continuing to chase down stuff from the dossier, and, at its core, a lot of it is bearing out,” an intelligence official said. Some officials believe that one reason the Russians compiled information on Trump during his 2013 trip was that he was meeting with Russian oligarchs who might be stashing money abroad—a sign of disloyalty, in Putin’s eyes.

    Trump denounced the dossier as a fake. Putin’s spokesman called it “pulp fiction.” But, before the dossier became public, Senator John McCain passed it along to the F.B.I.; later, some of his colleagues said that it should be part of an investigation of Trump. Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, vowed to investigate “everywhere the intelligence tells us to go.”

    For many national-security officials, the e-mail hacks were part of a larger, and deeply troubling, picture: Putin’s desire to damage American confidence and to undermine the Western alliances—diplomatic, financial, and military—that have shaped the postwar world.

    Not long before leaving the White House, Benjamin Rhodes said that the Obama Administration was convinced that Putin had gone into an “offensive mode beyond what he sees as his sphere of influence,” setting out to encourage the “breakup” of the European Union, destabilize nato, and unnerve the object of his keenest resentment—the United States. Rhodes said, “The new phase we’re in is that the Russians have moved into an offensive posture that threatens the very international order.” Samantha Power offered a similar warning, shortly before leaving her post as United Nations Ambassador. Russia, she said, was “taking steps that are weakening the rules-based order that we have benefitted from for seven decades.”

    For nearly two decades, U.S.-Russian relations have ranged between strained and miserable. Although the two countries have come to agreements on various issues, including trade and arms control, the general picture is grim. Many Russian and American policy experts no longer hesitate to use phrases like “the second Cold War.”

    The level of tension has alarmed experienced hands on both sides. “What we have is a situation in which the strong leader of a relatively weak state is acting in opposition to weak leaders of relatively strong states,” General Sir Richard Shirreff, the former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of nato, said. “And that strong leader is Putin. He is calling the shots at the moment.” Shirreff observes that nato’s withdrawal of military forces from Europe has been answered with incidents of Russian aggression, and with a sizable buildup of forces in the vicinity of the Baltic states, including an aircraft-carrier group dispatched to the North Sea, an expanded deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander-M ballistic missiles, and anti-ship missiles. The Kremlin, for its part, views the expansion of nato to Russia’s borders as itself a provocation, and points to such U.S. measures as the placement of a new ground-based missile-defense system in Deveselu, Romania.

    Robert Gates, who was Secretary of Defense under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, describes relations between Obama and Putin as having been “poisonous” and casts at least some of the blame on Obama; referring to Russia as a “regional power,” as Obama did, was “the equivalent of referring to isis as a J.V. team,” in his view. “I think the new Administration has a big challenge in front of it in terms of stopping the downward spiral in the U.S.-Russia relationship while pushing back against Putin’s aggression and general thuggery,” Gates said. “Every time nato makes a move or Russia makes a move near its border, there is a response. Where does that all stop? So there is a need to stop that downward spiral. The dilemma is how do you do that without handing Putin a victory of huge proportions?”

    Some in Moscow are alarmed, too. Dmitry Trenin, a well-connected political and military analyst for the Carnegie Moscow Center, said that in early fall, before Trump’s victory, “we were on a course for a ‘kinetic’ collision in Syria.” He said that the Kremlin expected that, if Clinton won, she would take military action in Syria, perhaps establishing no-fly zones, provoking the rebels to shoot down Russian aircraft, “and getting the Russians to feel it was Afghanistan revisited.” He added, “Then my imagination just left me.”

    Not in a generation has the enmity run this deep, according to Sergey Rogov, the academic director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, in Moscow. “I spent many years in the trenches of the first Cold War, and I don’t want to die in the trenches of the second,” Rogov said. “We are back to 1983, and I don’t enjoy being thirty-four years younger in this way. It’s frightening.”


    Putin’s resentment of the West, and his corresponding ambition to establish an anti-Western conservatism, is rooted in his experience of decline and fall—not of Communist ideology, which was never a central concern of his generation, but, rather, of Russian power and pride. Putin, who was born in 1952, grew up in Leningrad, where, during the Second World War, Nazi troops imposed a nine-hundred-day siege that starved the city. His father was badly wounded in the war. Putin joined the K.G.B. in 1975, when he was twenty-three, and was eventually sent to East Germany.

    Posted in one of the grayest of the Soviet satellites, Putin entirely missed the sense of awakening and opportunity that accompanied perestroika, and experienced only the state’s growing fecklessness. At the very moment the Berlin Wall was breached, in November, 1989, he was in the basement of a Soviet diplomatic compound in Dresden feeding top-secret documents into a furnace. As crowds of Germans threatened to break into the building, officers called Moscow for assistance, but, in Putin’s words, “Moscow was silent.”

    Putin returned to Russia, where the sense of post-imperial decline persisted. The West no longer feared Soviet power; Eastern and Central Europe were beyond Moscow’s control; and the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union were all going their own way. An empire shaped by Catherine the Great and Joseph Stalin was dissolving.


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    In Moscow, Western reporters could arrange visits to crumbling nuclear-weapons sites, once secret underground bunkers, and half-empty prison camps. The most forbidding commissars of the Soviet Union—leaders of the K.G.B., the Army, and the Communist Party—failed in an attempt to pull off a counter-revolutionary coup d’état, in August, 1991, and were locked away in a notorious prison called the Sailor’s Rest. Other high-ranking loyalists, refusing the judgment of the new order, administered justice for themselves. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, knowing that he was about to be arrested, wrote a note (“I lived honestly all my life”), shot his wife, shoved the barrel of a revolver into his mouth, and pulled the trigger.

    For Westerners caught up in post-Cold War triumphalism, it was easier to take note of the new liberties than of the new anxieties, which were profound for millions of Russians. The fall of the imperial state meant the loss of two million square miles of territory, a parcel larger than India. Tens of millions of ethnic Russians now found themselves “abroad.” Amid newfound freedoms of expression, travel, religion, and association, there was also a palpable sense of disorientation, humiliation, and drift.

    In speeches and interviews, Putin rarely mentions any sense of liberation after the fall of Communism and the Soviet Union; he recalls the nineteen-nineties as a period of unremitting chaos, in which Western partners tried to force their advantages, demanding that Russia swallow everything from the eastward expansion of nato to the invasion of its Slavic allies in the former Yugoslavia. This is a common narrative, but it ignores some stubborn facts. The West welcomed Russia into the G-8 economic alliance. The violence in the Balkans was the worst in Europe since the end of the Second World War and without intervention would likely have dragged on. And Russian security concerns were hardly the only issue at stake with respect to the expansion of nato; Poland, Czechoslovakia, and other countries in the region were now sovereign and wanted protection.

    “It just felt to me grotesquely unfair, if that word can be used in geopolitics, that yet again the Central Europeans were going to be screwed,” Strobe Talbott, Bill Clinton’s leading adviser on Russia and the region, said. “To tell them they had to live in a security limbo because the Russians would have hurt feelings and be frightened just didn’t hold water.” Nevertheless, American politicians did worry about how reordering the economic and security arrangements of Europe would affect a fallen power and would-be partner. Clinton and his advisers were aware that reactionary political forces in Russia—the so-called “red-brown coalition” of diehard Communists and resurgent nationalists—viewed the United States as exploitative and triumphalist and hoped to gain control of the state.

    In 1996, during a summit meeting in Moscow, Clinton went for an early-morning run with Talbott in the Sparrow Hills, near Moscow State University. Clinton had known Talbott since they were students at Oxford, and confided his anxiety. He did not regret the expansion of nato or the decision, at last, to battle Serbian forces in Bosnia. But he knew that he was making Yeltsin’s political life excruciatingly difficult.

    “We keep telling ol’ Boris, ‘O.K., now, here’s what you’ve got to do next—here’s some more shit for your face,’ ” Clinton told Talbott as they ran. “And that makes it real hard for him, given what he’s up against and who he’s dealing with.”

    Earlier that year, Yeltsin had summoned Talbott. “I don’t like it when the U.S. flaunts its superiority,” he told him. “Russia’s difficulties are only temporary, and not only because we have nuclear weapons but also because of our economy, our culture, our spiritual strength. All that amounts to a legitimate, undeniable basis for equal treatment. Russia will rise again! I repeat: Russia will rise again.”

    When the 1996 election season began, Yeltsin was polling in the single digits. Much of the country held him responsible for economic measures that seemed to help only those close to Kremlin power. For millions, reform—including the “shock therapy” pushed by Western advisers and politicians—meant a collapse in basic services, hyperinflation, corruption, kleptocratic privatization, and an economic downturn as severe as the Great Depression. Most Russians blamed not the corrosion of the old system but, rather, the corruptions of the new. Demokratiya (democracy) was popularly referred to as dermokratiya (shit-ocracy). Yeltsin, benefitting from the support of both the oligarchs and the International Monetary Fund, managed to eke out a victory against his Communist opponent, but he continued to drink heavily, despite a history of heart attacks, and, in his final years in power, was often a sorry, inebriated spectacle.

    On New Year’s Eve, 1999, Yeltsin appeared on national television sitting in front of a Christmas tree. Looking blocky and moribund, he said that he was resigning. “I am sorry that many of our dreams failed to come true,” he said. “I am sorry that I did not live up to the hopes of people who believed that we could, with a single effort, a single strong push, jump out of the gray, stagnant, totalitarian past and into a bright, wealthy, civilized future. I used to believe that myself.”

    A man who had resisted a coup eight years earlier no longer had the endurance for office or the political imagination to advance the cause. “I have done all I could,” he said. “A new generation is coming.” With that, he appointed as his successor Vladimir Putin, a relatively obscure intelligence agent who had been accelerated through the ranks because he had proved himself disciplined, shrewd, and, above all, loyal to his bosses.

    One of Putin’s first decrees was to protect Yeltsin from future prosecution. Then he set out to stabilize the country and put it on a course of traditional Russian autocracy. “As Yeltsin started to withdraw, the old system reconsolidated, and Putin finalized this regression,” Andrei Kozyrev, the foreign minister between 1990 and 1996, said. “The fundamental problem was an inability to complete the economic and political reforms, and so we slipped back into confrontation with the West and nato.”

    Putin revealed his distrust for an open system almost immediately. He saw a state that had become barely functional, and he set about restoring its authority the only way he knew how: manually, and from the top. He replaced the freewheeling anarchy of Yeltsin’s rule with something more systematized, casting aside or coöpting the oligarchs of the nineteen-nineties and elevating a cast of corrupt satraps loyal to him—an arrangement that became known as Kremlin, Inc. Every aspect of the country’s political life, including the media, was brought under the “vertical of power” that he constructed. When Yeltsin held office, privately owned television stations, such as NTV, reported on the horrific war in Chechnya and even satirized Yeltsin and other Kremlin leaders on a puppet show called “Kukly.” NTV, which was owned by an oligarch named Vladimir Gusinsky, seemed to test Putin in the beginning, airing discussions about corruption and human-rights abuses; “Kukly” added a puppet depicting the new President. Putin was not amused. Within five months of taking power, he dispatched armed Interior Ministry troops to raid Gusinsky’s headquarters; by 2001, Gusinsky had been forced to give up NTV to more obedient owners and had fled the country. Ever since, television has been under strict federal control.

    Putin, in his first few years in office, was relatively solicitous of the West. He was the first foreign leader to call George W. Bush after the destruction of the World Trade Center towers. When he spoke at the Bundestag, later that month, he addressed its members in German, the language that he had spoken as a K.G.B. agent in Dresden. He even entertained the notion of Russian membership in nato.

    America’s invasion of Iraq, which Putin opposed, marked a change in his thinking. Bush had made some progress with him on bilateral issues such as nuclear-arms proliferation, but by 2007 Putin had grown deeply disenchanted and came to feel that the West was treating Russia as a “vassal.” Robert Gates recalls a security conference, in Munich, in 2007, at which Putin angrily charged that the United States had “overstepped its national borders in every area” and that the expansion of nato was directed against Russian interests. “People were inclined to pass it off as a one-off,” Gates said. “But it was a harbinger.”

    For Putin, it was a story of misplaced hopes and rejection: he became convinced that, no matter how accommodating he might try to be, Western powers—the United States, above all—had an innate disinclination to treat Russia as a full partner and a respected member of the international order. At home, Putin was increasingly drawn to an authoritarian, nationalist conception of the Russian state. He knew that the fall of Communism and Soviet power had left a vacuum—the lack of a “national idea” to replace Marxism-Leninism. When Putin returned to the Presidency for a third term, in 2012, he felt the need to develop a Russian ideology of his own, and called on currents that run deep in Russian political culture: nationalism, xenophobia, and social conservatism. When, four years ago, Putin endorsed anti-gay legislation, for instance, he was playing to entrenched conservative prejudices that predate Soviet Communism—perhaps not for Western-oriented intellectuals and the urban middle class but for many millions of others.

    Putin was hardly surprised by the liberal umbrage voiced by the Obama Administration and other Western governments. That confrontation was the point, a means of cementing his authority at home by playing up the notion of an encircled, perpetually menaced Russian state. Although Putin grew up under Soviet atheism, he nonetheless decried secular Americans and Europeans for “rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilization.” His conservatism, he insisted, “prevents movement backward and downward, into chaotic darkness and a return to a primitive state.”

    He was alarmed by the Obama Administration’s embrace of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. And he was infuriated by the U.S.-led assault on Muammar Qaddafi’s regime. In early 2011, as Libyans challenged Qaddafi, Putin was ostensibly offstage, serving as Prime Minister; his protégé Dmitry Medvedev was President, and made a crucial decision not to veto an American-backed U.N. Security Council resolution in favor of military action in Libya. In a rare public split, Putin condemned the decision, comparing the resolution to a “medieval call to the crusades.” In October, 2011, a crowd of Libyans found Qaddafi hiding in a culvert with a gold-plated 9-mm. pistol, dragged him out, and killed him—a gruesome event that was broadcast worldwide. From Putin’s perspective, this was a case study in Western intervention: stir up protests, give them rhetorical support and diplomatic cover, and, if that doesn’t work, send in the fighter jets. The epilogue comes in the form of uncontrollable violence and an inglorious end for the country’s leader. According to Mikhail Zygar, the former editor-in-chief of the independent Internet station TV Rain and the author of “All the Kremlin’s Men,” Putin absorbed the death of Qaddafi as an object lesson: weakness and compromise were impermissible. “When he was a pariah, no one touched him,” Zygar wrote. “But as soon as he opened up he was not only overthrown but killed in the street like a mangy old cur.”


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    Putin also regarded the anti-Kremlin, pro-democracy demonstrations in Moscow, which started in 2011, as a rehearsal for an uprising that had to be thwarted. Together with the upheavals abroad, they compounded his grievances against the West. Obama’s national-security adviser at the time, Tom Donilon, observed that Putin’s concerns were then focussed on domestic political stability and perceived foreign threats to it. He was convinced that “there were efforts under way to undermine his regime,” Donilon said. “From the outset of his second run as President, in my judgment, he was bringing Russia to a posture of pretty active hostility toward the United States and the West.” In September, 2013, after Putin declined requests to turn over Edward Snowden, Obama cancelled a planned summit in Moscow. “The communication really broke after that,” Donilon said. He saw Putin steadily remove non-intelligence personnel from his orbit. “In sharp contrast to the Chinese situation, there’s not a Russian national-security ‘system,’ ” he said. “He works with a very small group of individuals, namely, former K.G.B. and F.S.B. people.”

    Dissent has now been effectively marginalized. Opposition candidates are frequently kept off the ballot on legal technicalities, and, when they do make it on, they are denied media coverage, let alone the “administrative resources” enjoyed by pro-Kremlin politicians. Some thirty journalists have been murdered in Russia in the past decade and a half; human-rights groups that receive funding from abroad are registered in Moscow as “foreign agents.” And contemporary Russian television is not only compliant but celebratory. “Imagine you have two dozen TV channels and it is all Fox News,” Vladimir Milov, a former deputy energy minister under Putin and now a critic, said.

    Yet those channels bear little resemblance to the dreary Soviet broadcasts with their stilted language and shabby production values. Just as Putin no longer fills prison camps with countless “enemies of the people,” as Stalin did, but, rather, makes a chilling example of a famous few, like the businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky or the group Pussy Riot, his propagandists have taken their cue from foreign forms: magazine shows, shout-fests, game shows, and reality shows. There are many figures in public life who are not permitted to appear on any talk show or news program. Russians can still find independent information on Facebook and various Web sites; critical books and magazines are available in stores and online; Echo of Moscow, a liberal radio station, hangs on. But, even in the Internet era, more than eighty per cent of Russians get their news from television. Manipulation of TV coverage is a crucial factor in Putin’s extraordinarily high popularity ratings, typically in excess of eighty per cent—ratings that Donald Trump both admires and envies.

    In October, 2012, on the occasion of Putin’s sixtieth birthday, Dmitry Kiselyov, the host of “News of the Week,” a favorite TV show of Putin’s, delivered a long encomium to the President: “In terms of the scope of his activities, Putin can be compared to only one of his predecessors in the twentieth century—Stalin.” NTV aired a documentary, “Visiting Putin,” that sent a broadcaster to his office and his house on the outskirts of Moscow. Although well-informed critics have said that Putin is worth tens of billions of dollars and has twenty residences at his disposal, the program portrayed him as a near-ascetic, who wakes at eight-thirty, lifts weights, swims long distances, eats a modest breakfast (beet juice, porridge, raw quail eggs), and works deep into the night.

    “All these TV genres emphasize the stature of Putin, as being above everybody and everything—not just the ultimate boss but the embodiment of Russian statehood,” Masha Lipman, the editor of the journal Counterpoint, said. The most important political space is not the grounds of the Kremlin. It is the space within the President’s skull.

    “A well-known person once said, ‘You can get much farther with a kind word and a Smith & Wesson than you can with just a kind word,’ ” Putin says in “President,” a long documentary that aired on state television in 2015. “Unfortunately, he was right.” Later in the documentary, the host asks Putin if he thinks that the West fears Russia, because a “once failing state” is now “suddenly a powerful political player.” He calls Putin “the leader, if I may say, of the conservative part of both European and American society.”

    Putin accepts both premises. “The so-called establishment, the political and economic élites of these countries, they like us only when we are poor and standing there with a beggar’s bowl,” he says. “As soon as we start talking about our interests and they start feeling some element of geopolitical competition, well, they don’t like that.”

    In February, 2014, hours after President Victor Yanukovych of Ukraine, weakened by months of protests, fled Kiev, Putin made the decision to invade Crimea. He feared that Ukraine would turn its back on Russia and gravitate toward Europe. It was a way for Putin to signal, loudly and rudely, that he was finished going along with the Western-led order. It was personal as well. Michael Morell, a former deputy director of the C.I.A., said that the fall of Yanukovych led Putin to worry about his own power and well-being. “It happened in the heart of the Slavic world, and he could not allow it to become a precedent for a similar movement in Russia against him,” Morell said. “He had to crush it.”

    Putin and members of his circle also saw the Syrian civil war as an opportunity to halt a trend that had started with the invasion of Iraq and continued through the downfall of dictators in Egypt and Libya. A former senior U.S. official who has interacted with Russians said, “There was this period of time when the United States, in Putin’s view, was able to use international institutions to take on regimes that we found offensive, right through Libya, and Putin was determined to put a stake in the ground in Syria, to have Russia be at the table, and be able to resist the international community’s efforts to continue this pattern of conduct.” As Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, remarked last month, Russia’s intervention in Syria “helped solve the geopolitical task of breaking the chain of ‘color revolutions.’ ” Russian television, of course, covered the siege of Aleppo as an enlightened act of liberation, free of any brutality or abuses.

    In the United States, the issue of what to do about Russia was a growing point of contention between the Pentagon and the White House. Ukraine’s government wanted advanced weaponry to help battle Russian-backed rebels. Evelyn Farkas, the Pentagon’s most senior policy officer for Russia, strongly supported the request; Obama and others on his national-security team turned it down. Instead, the U.S. provided “nonlethal” aid, including vehicles, radar, and body armor. In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in 2014, Farkas argued for greater American force, calling Russia’s actions “an affront to the international order that we and our allies have worked to build since the end of the Cold War.”

    The Administration believed, with considerable justification, that escalating the conflict would provoke retaliation from Russia, push Putin into a corner, and—since Putin would never let the rebels suffer a battlefield defeat—prove costly for Ukraine. But Farkas disagreed: “We just ignore everything the Russians do in Ukraine because, well, that’s Ukraine and the stakes are so high for Russia there. They wouldn’t risk it in the U.S.” Finally, she gave up trying to convince Obama. “I was so done,” she said. “I was so tired of fighting.” She resigned in October, 2015, and eventually became a foreign-policy adviser to Hillary Clinton, who had sometimes favored the use of military force when Obama did not. “The crazy thing was, when I joined the Clinton campaign, I was, like, Great, I’m not going to have to fight anymore, because she got it on Russia,” Farkas said. “Then it just got worse.”

    General Valery Gerasimov was an exponent of Moscow’s “hybrid war” strategy.


    Putin rarely uses a computer, but he has moved his country into the digital age. Russia was once a technological laggard: the Soviets did not connect to the global Internet until 1990, and the state security services were so befuddled by the technology that, according to “The Red Web,” by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, agents demanded that Relcom, Russia’s first commercial Internet Service Provider, print out every communication that crossed its network. (Engineers rebelled, and the order was abandoned.) By 1996, however, a new generation of hackers in Russia had achieved the first state-directed penetration of America’s military network, pilfering tens of thousands of files, including military-hardware designs, maps of military installations, and troop configurations. In 2008, according to “Dark Territory,” a history of cyberwar by Fred Kaplan, Russian hackers accomplished a feat that Pentagon officials considered almost impossible: breaching a classified network that wasn’t even connected to the public Internet. Apparently, Russian spies had supplied cheap thumb drives, stocked with viruses, to retail kiosks near natoheadquarters in Kabul, betting, correctly, that a U.S. serviceman or woman would buy one and insert it into a secure computer. In the past decade, cyber tactics have become an essential component of Russia’s efforts to exert influence over its neighbors.

    Late one evening in the spring of 2007, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia was at home using his laptop computer. He had trouble getting online. The news sites were down. The banks were down. Government sites were down. The President figured that it must be some kind of technical glitch. “The first reaction is not ‘We’re under attack,’ ” he said recently. But, after a few calls, he realized that someone was attacking one of Estonia’s core assets.

    The birthplace of Skype and the home of other tech firms, Estonia is known in technology circles as “eStonia”; it is one of the most wired countries in the world. But Estonia was involved in a conflict with Russia over plans to move a Second World War-era statue of a Soviet soldier out of the center of Tallinn, the capital. Estonians regarded it as a symbol of occupation. The Russian government had warned publicly that moving it would be a grave offense to history and “disastrous for Estonians.”

    On April 27th, the statue was moved. Almost immediately, commentators in Russian-language chat rooms posted instructions on how to become a “script kiddie,” an amateur hacker. The attackers did not need to “hack” Estonia’s sites, exactly; they simply swamped them with a “distributed denial of service”—DDoS—assault, which continued for two weeks. Investigators never pinpointed the source of the attack, but Ilves, who left the Presidency in October, 2016, believes that it was an alliance between members of the Russian government and organized crime. “I call it a public-private partnership,” he said wryly. “It was a state actor that paid mafiosos.”

    Although the incident barely registered in international headlines, it was a landmark event: a state-backed cyberattack for political purposes. “What Estonia showed was that Russia was going to react in a new but aggressive way to perceived political slights,” Michael Sulmeyer, a senior Pentagon official in charge of cyber policy under Obama, said. “What was the offending act? The Estonians moved a statue.”

    Russia was acquiring a reputation, in defense circles, for ambition, technical acumen, and speed. Barely a year after the Estonia attack, during a conflict with Georgia over the territory of South Ossetia, Russian tanks and planes crossed into the disputed territory at the same moment that hackers broke into fifty-four Web sites serving the government, media, and banks. They stole military information and immobilized the nation’s Internet. Georgian officers struggled to send orders to troops, and bewildered citizens had no way to find out what was happening.

    The Georgia campaign was “one of the first times you’ve seen conventional ground operations married with cyber activity,” Sulmeyer said. “It showed not just an understanding that these techniques could be useful in combined ops but that the Russians were willing to do them. These guys implemented.”

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    And yet Russian military planners and officials in the Kremlin regarded Georgia as a failure in the realm of international propaganda. Although Russia prevailed militarily, its narrative was overshadowed by the Georgian one from the first minutes of the campaign. For Russia, the five-day conflict represented a “total defeat in the information space,” said Pavel Zolotarev, a retired major general in the Russian Army, who is now a professor at the Academy of Military Sciences. “Our television showed how the shelling started, the incursion of Georgian forces, and so on,” Zolotarev, who helped draft Russia’s national-security doctrine in the nineteen-nineties, said. “These pictures were shown in the West two days later—but as if Russia were doing the shelling, attacking Georgia.” Russian generals took this lesson to heart, and began to study how to use the media and other instruments to wage “information war,” later putting what they learned into practice in Ukraine and then Syria.

    The United States, meanwhile, had its own notable cyberwar success. In 2008, in tandem with Israeli intelligence, the U.S. launched the first digital attack on another country’s critical infrastructure, deploying a “worm,” known as Stuxnet, that was designed to cause centrifuges in Iran to spin out of control and thereby delay its nuclear development.

    Yet diplomatic concerns inhibited some of the United States’ active measures. The Obama Administration had a “reset” policy with Russia, forging agreements and coöperating on select issues, despite an over-all increase in tension. “Cyber was an area where we were trying to work with Russia,” Evelyn Farkas, the Pentagon official, said. “That’s the irony. We were meeting with their big spies, trying to develop some kind of arms control for cyber.”

    When Robert Knake arrived as the director of cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council, in 2011, the White House had a formal initiative to combat Chinese hacking, known as the Counter-China strategy. Knake recalled, “The question was: ‘O.K., now, what’s the counter-Russia plan? And the counter-Iran plan?’ ” The difficulty was that, in the aftermath of Stuxnet, the U.S. needed Iran’s coöperation on diplomatic priorities. From 2011 to 2013, Iranian-backed hackers waged a sustained DDoS attack on dozens of American banks and financial-services companies, but the U.S. didn’t respond in kind, partly because the Administration was negotiating with Iran to curb its nuclear program. “If we had unleashed the fury in response to that DDoS attack, I don’t know if we would have gotten an Iran deal,” Knake said. In other cases, the Administration declined to respond forcefully so that it could retain the option of deploying similar means on other countries. “As long as we think we’re getting more value from this set of rules than we’re losing, then this is the set of rules we want to promote,” Knake said.

    A new doctrine was taking shape, under which Russia sought to study the nefarious tools of the West, as it understood them, so as to counteract them at home and put them into practice abroad. One indication of what that might look like came in February, 2013, when, in the pages of the Military-Industrial Courier—a journal with a tiny yet influential readership of Russian military strategists—Valery Gerasimov, the Russian chief of general staff, published an article with the anodyne title “The Value of Science in Prediction.” The article identified and urged the adoption of a Western strategy that involved military, technological, media, political, and intelligence tactics that would destabilize an enemy at minimal cost. The strategy, which came to be known as “hybrid war,” was an amalgam that states have used for generations, but the text took on the status of a legend, and is now known in international military circles as the Gerasimov doctrine.

    Gerasimov is sixty-one years old, and is always photographed in a stiff, forest-green military uniform and with a perpetually sagging frown. He trained as a tank commander, and then climbed the military hierarchy; he led the Fifty-eighth Army during the Second Chechen War. In the article for Military-Industrial Courier, Gerasimov suggested that, in the future, wars will be fought with a four-to-one ratio of nonmilitary to military measures. The former, he wrote, should include efforts to shape the political and social landscape of the adversary through subversion, espionage, propaganda, and cyberattacks. His essay, written in the shadow of the Arab Spring, cited the anarchy and violence that erupted in Libya and Syria as proof that, when faced with the combination of pressure and interference, a “perfectly thriving state can, in a matter of months, and even days, be transformed into an arena of fierce armed conflict, become a victim of foreign intervention, and sink into a web of chaos, humanitarian catastrophe, and civil war.”

    Such events were “typical of warfare in the twenty-first century,” he wrote. “The role of nonmilitary means of achieving political and strategic goals has grown, and, in many cases, they have exceeded the power of force of weapons in their effectiveness.”

    Pavel Zolotarev, the retired Russian general, explained that, when Gerasimov’s essay was published, “we had come to the conclusion, having analyzed the actions of Western countries in the post-Soviet space—first of all the United States—that manipulation in the information sphere is a very effective tool.” Previously, one had to use “grandfather-style methods: scatter leaflets, throw around some printed materials, manipulate the radio or television,” Zolotarev said. “But, all of a sudden, new means have appeared.”

    Gerasimov’s prescriptions began to look prophetic a year later, when Russia annexed Crimea in a quick operation that caught U.S. officials by surprise and contravened international law. Russian-made propaganda whipped up pro-Moscow sentiment in a population that was already wary of Ukrainian political leaders in Kiev and had deep, historical ties with Russia. Unidentified soldiers (the so-called “little green men”) surrounded Ukrainian bases in Crimea, and within days Russia had pulled off a hastily organized, stage-managed referendum.

    Even with the rise of new technologies, the underlying truth about such operations hasn’t changed. They are less a way to conjure up something out of nothing than to stir a pot that is already bubbling. In the U.S., a strategy like the alleged hacking of the Democrats was merely an effort to deepen an existing state of disarray and distrust. “For something to happen, many factors have to come together at once,” said Alexander Sharavin, the head of a military research institute and a member of the Academy of Military Sciences, in Moscow, where Gerasimov often speaks. “If you go to Great Britain, for example, and tell them the Queen is bad, nothing will happen, there will be no revolution, because the necessary conditions are absent—there is no existing background for this operation.” But, Sharavin said, “in America those preconditions existed.”

    As tensions with Russia rose over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, in early 2014, the U.S. was stung by a tactic common in Moscow politics: the weaponized leak. While the U.S. and the European Union discussed the details of a potential transitional government in Ukraine, an aide to the Russian deputy prime minister tweeted a reference to part of a wiretapped conversation, posted soon afterward to YouTube, between Victoria Nuland, a U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, and her colleague Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine. Nuland is heard saying “Fuck the E.U.”—a line that the Russians knew would cause difficulties between the Americans and their E.U. counterparts. The State Department called the leak “a new low in Russian tradecraft.” Asked what form of penalty was extracted from Russia, Michael McFaul, the Ambassador to Moscow during the Obama Administration, said, “To the best of my knowledge, there was none. I think that was a mistake.”

    Obama’s adviser Benjamin Rhodes said that Russia’s aggressiveness had accelerated since the first demonstrations on Maidan Square, in Kiev. “When the history books are written, it will be said that a couple of weeks on the Maidan is where this went from being a Cold War-style competition to a much bigger deal,” he said. “Putin’s unwillingness to abide by any norms began at that point. It went from provocative to disrespectful of any international boundary.”

    In the fall of 2014, a hacking group known as the Dukes entered an unclassified computer system at the U.S. State Department and gained enough control so that, as one official put it, they “owned” the system. In security circles, the Dukes—also referred to as Cozy Bear—were believed to be directed by the Russian government. Very little is known about the size and composition of Russia’s team of state cyberwarriors. In 2013, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it was forming “scientific” and “information operations” battalions. A defense official later explained their purpose as “disrupting the information networks of the probable enemy.” Oleg Demidov, an expert on information security and cybercrime, and a consultant at the PIR-Center, a research institute in Moscow, said, “At the time, this idea was met with laughter. But this was something real, these units were indeed formed, and staffed by graduates of the country’s leading technical universities.” The next year, the Russian military expanded its public recruitment of young programmers; social-media ads for the “Research Squadron of the Russian Federation” depicted a soldier putting down a rifle and turning to a keyboard, accompanied by a heavy-metal soundtrack.

    A retired K.G.B. colonel recently told the magazine Ogonyok that Russia had about a thousand people working in military and security operations online. According to a detailed report that appeared last November in the well-regarded online publication Meduza, several hundred technical specialists have left commercial firms to work for state-run cyber teams. A Defense Ministry spokesperson refused to confirm any details, telling a Meduza correspondent that the topic is secret, “so no one can see how we might apply these methods,” and warning against publication: “Don’t risk doing anything further—don’t put yourself in the crosshairs.”

    After penetrating the State Department, the Dukes moved on to the unclassified computer network that serves the executive office of the President. (The network manages, for instance, details of his movements.) By February, 2015, the increasing intensity of Russian intrusions into sensitive political targets had raised alarms in Washington, and Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told a Senate hearing that the “Russian cyberthreat is more severe than we have previously assessed.”

    European officials voice similar concerns. The Directorate-General for External Security, the French spy agency, is reportedly worried that Russian spies, hackers, and others are working to help Marine Le Pen, the Presidential candidate of the far-right National Front Party. Russian state media have suggested that one of her opponents, Emmanuel Macron, is a tool of American banks and has a secret gay

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    A stunning move this week by a House panel to force a debate on new presidential war powers revealed mounting frustration that Congress has for too long dodged one of its most important responsibilities: to decide whether to send American fighting forces into harm’s way. The measure crafted by Rep. Barbara Lee of California, an anti-war Democrat and the only member of Congress to oppose the post-Sept. 11, 2001, authorization, demands a debate on new war powers to reflect how the dynamics of the battlefield have shifted. For example, American troops are battling an enemy —Islamic State militants — that didn’t exist 16 years ago in a country — Syria — that the U.S. didn’t expect to be fighting in. And there are concerns the U.S. is being tugged more deeply into Syria. President Donald Trump warned Monday that Syria will pay a “heavy price” if it carries out another chemical weapons attack. In April, Trump ordered the firing of dozens of Tomahawk missiles at an air base in central Syria, marking the first time the U.S. has directly struck President Bashar Assad’s forces during the country’s six-year civil war. The U.S. military earlier this month shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet, and the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has hit pro-government forces in Syria with airstrikes. The Trump administration also is sending close to 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, America’s longest war. Members of the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee voted overwhelmingly Thursday to add Lee’s amendment to its version of the 2018 military spending bill. Her measure would repeal the 2001 authorization — it has been broadly interpreted by President Donald Trump and his predecessors to permit military operations beyond those envisioned at the time — 240 days after the spending bill is enacted. Lee said the eight months “would allow plenty of time for Congress to finally live up to its constitutional obligation to debate and vote on any new AUMF,” using the acronym for authorization for the use of military force. To underscore how the 2001 authority has been stretched beyond its intended limits, she said the authorization has been invoked to deploy troops to eight different countries, including Yemen and Syria. “Any administration can rely on this blank check to wage war,” Lee said. Lee won the vocal backing of several conservative lawmakers, highlighting the breadth of support for debating new war powers. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said Congress has avoided its war-making responsibilities for years. “We’ve had leadership honestly on both sides that have put off this debate again and again and again,” Cole said. “If we’re going to send people to war, we owe them the support of the Congress of the United States.” Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, and Lee are about as far apart on the political spectrum as two people could be. But Stewart, a former Air Force B-1B bomber pilot, voted for her amendment. He said U.S. service members are watching Congress. “They notice that Congress doesn’t have the guts to stand up and have this debate,” Stewart said. Yet if history is a guide, the amendment to cut off the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against the terrorist groups who carried out the 9/11 attacks will be scratched from a Pentagon spending bill […]

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    A little more than a week ago it was announced that Whole Foods was bought by for just under $14 billion.  One of the major problems with this is that Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon has deep ties with the CIA and the Federal government.

    Wal-Mart being fully in the government’s pocket and now Whole Foods brought under thumb as well, how much longer before Kissinger’s “Food as a Weapon” principle is brought to bear?  A good article was just released by Jon Rappaport entitled Buy your food from the CIA: Amazon buys Whole Foods, that is worth reading.

    As if that connection is not nefarious enough, there is more: it appears a new cloud technology is being produced for the CIA from…you guessed it…none other than the CIA, as is excerpted here:

    The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


    “The Details About the CIA’s Deal with Amazon,” -    6/17/17

    Guess the data center that ran taxpayers billions that is in Utah is not enough, nor the fusion centers in every state.  Did you like “…a new era of cooperation and coordination…” between the friendly agencies?  And all to “avoid intelligence gaps,” just for your protection, right?


    They are tightening the screws, little by little, while they refine all the control mechanisms and place that security web over their number one target: the American people. 

    They are taking control of the food supply incrementally.  Water?  Yes, here in Montana, the state just sent out a form for property owners to declare their water rights…as the CKST (Confederated Kootenai &Salish Tribes) Water Compact was passed into law in Montana in 2014.  Actions will be taken within the next two years.

    As enumerated in other articles, Montana kicked in $3 million after the liberals in the state House and Senate, as well as the liberal governor, Bullock (D, MT) signed the water compact into law.  The shortfall is $8 million, as the total state commitment was $11 million.  They are just waiting for the Senate to ratify this as a Federal treaty, and then they can (ostensibly on “behalf” of the Indian Tribes) place meters on everyone’s wells…off of the reservation…and “manage” the water on behalf of the Indian Tribes…enforced by DHS.

    This is a small slice of the country as a whole.  They are following full speed ahead with the Agenda 21 Directive to take over everyone’s food, water, land…everything.  A war will surely enable them to throw the Executive Order 13603 into action to confiscate and control every resource in the United States, including human labor…slave labor, to be precise.  Incrementally they place these laws into effect, and the stultified public, thinking only of the next barbeque and fireworks party is dumbed down into inactivity.

    There’s enough going on in the international arena that is capturing everyone’s attention, such as North Korea’s missile tests and threats, China’s aggressive South China Sea/Senkaku islands maneuvering, and the Syrian debacle unfolding with the U.S. ratcheting up the tough-talk of blaming Russia and Iran for any “Syrian chemical attack” that comes along.  Russia also just deployed a new satellite, and there is the possibility that in a televised broadcast, he sent out a message to “sleeper” agent in the West.  See the article by Stefan Stanford entitled Vladimir Putin sends message to ‘Russian Sleeper Agents’ in West as Russia Launches Top Secret Military Satellite.

    “Hammer and Anvil” usually refers to a military maneuver to crush an enemy force between two friendly elements.  This maneuver is being employed here and now, as well: either crush the United States and enslave its people domestically, with an economic collapse or civil war, or just initiate a war with another country and enslave the citizenry afterward.  Either way, they are pushing their agenda forward each day.  It is just a matter of time to find out which of the two vehicles…international war or domestic tyranny…that they will employ to obtain their globalist and totalitarian objectives.

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    Even Obama’s Democrat supporters are now acknowledging he knew about Russia’s hacking of the DNC and Podesta emails. They are acknowledging that he did nothing but are not acknowledging the reason why – that he thought Hillary Clinton was going to succeed him and he wanted to do nothing to offend the Russians to whom he had once famously promised