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  • They Adopted Refugee Families for 12 Months. Then Came ‘Month 13.’

    03/25/2017 5:52:28 AM PDT · by Johnny Diamond · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 25, 2017 | Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn
    One year after Canada embraced Syrian refugees like no other country, a reckoning was underway. Ordinary Canadians had essentially adopted thousands of Syrian families, donating a year of their time and money to guide them into new lives just as many other countries shunned them. Some citizens already considered the project a humanitarian triumph; others believed the Syrians would end up isolated and adrift, stuck on welfare or worse. As 2016 turned to 2017 and the yearlong commitments began to expire, the question of how the newcomers would fare acquired a national nickname: Month 13, when the Syrians would try...
  • How Alibaba’s Jack Ma Is Building a Truly Global Retail Empire

    03/24/2017 10:24:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 24, 2017 | Adam Lashinsky
    Jack Ma is one of China’s richest men, with a fortune valued at nearly $30 billion. As executive chairman of Alibaba Group, he leads the dominant force in Chinese e-commerce, a company with a market value of $264 billion and some 450 million customers. A global ambassador for Chinese business, he spent 800 hours aloft last year—­visiting princes, Presidents, and Prime Ministers and lots of mere businesspeople too. “A professional pilot cannot travel that much, or so I’m told,” he boasts. Even so, the rich and powerful people who meet with Ma tend to come away from the experience with...
  • Juncker to US: If the EU collapses, there will be war in Balkans

    03/24/2017 9:41:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Mar 24, 2017 | Georgi Gotev
    Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned US Vice President Mike Pence of another war in the Western Balkans if the EU collapses, including as a result of Donald Trump encouraging member states to leave after Brexit. Mike Pence was in Brussels on 20 February, but details of what was discussed were only disclosed by Juncker, who spoke to the Financial Times in an exclusive interview published today (24 March). “I told the vice-president, ‘Do not say that. Do not invite others to leave, because if the European Union collapses, you will have a new war in the Western Balkans’,” Juncker said....
  • US tells Turkey and EU to ‘tone down rhetoric’

    03/24/2017 9:31:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    KOM News ^ | 24 March 2017 13:24 CET | none stated
    US State Department Acting Spokesman Mark Toner The United States State Department’s Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner called on European and Turkish government representatives to “tone down the rhetoric” in a press conference in Washington D.C. on Thursday.Answering a journalist’s question on whether he “agrees with the behaviour of the president of Turkey (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) who threatens Europeans every day,” Toner said “I think what we have said about some of the back and forth we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks [is] that we want to see everyone get along and tone down the rhetoric.”“Look Turkey is an...
  • ‘No peace for hundred years if Erdogan is harmed’ president’s senior advisor threatens

    03/24/2017 9:19:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    KOM News ^ | 23 March 2017 16:52 CET | none stated
    A senior advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has threatened the world saying, “No one in America, Europe or anywhere else in the world can even have breakfast comfortably if a hair on his [Erdogan’s] head is harmed.” Yigit Bulut, an outspoken figure and senior advisor to the president was responding to questions on Turkish state television TRT on Wednesday, when he made the comments. Answering a question about the latest restrictions from Europe and the United States, such as the prohibition of carrying electronic devices on flights from Istanbul to the UK and US or several European states’...
  • New fleet of £8bn Royal Navy warships to be fitted with launchers that CANNOT fire British missiles

    03/24/2017 8:50:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Sun ^ | 27th February 2017 | CHRIS POLLARD
    WARSHIPS MISFIRE New fleet of £8bn Royal Navy warships to be fitted with launchers that CANNOT fire British missiles A FLEET of new Royal Navy warships costing £8billion is being fitted with missile launchers that cannot fire British missiles, it emerged yesterday. The Type 26 Global Combat frigates have been designed with an American missile system for which the navy has no ammo. Critics say it will cost a fortune to buy new Tomahawk missiles which can be used with the MK-41 silos – and cast doubt on whether it will happen at all. The Ministry of Defence’s £178billion ten-year...
  • UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul

    03/24/2017 8:16:52 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 March 2017 | Staffer
    The United Nations has raised grave concerns about reports of high civilian casualties in the Iraqi city of Mosul. A senior UN official in Iraq said she was stunned by accounts of "terrible loss of life", after claims that at least 200 people had been killed in an air strike by the US-led coalition. US warplanes are supporting the Iraqi Army's mission to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS). US media reports say an investigation is under way. It is not known exactly when the deaths are alleged to have happened. However, reporters in western Mosul's Jadideh neighbourhood said...
  • Team Trump is already kicking butt at the United Nations

    03/24/2017 6:42:33 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/24/2017 | Benny Avni VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE FOLLOW ON TWITTER GET AUTHOR RSS FEED March 20, 2017 | 7:45pm | Updat
    Want to rein in the bureaucratic bees at the United Nations? Forget honey; grab the vinegar. America is boycotting a weeklong session at the UN Human Rights Council that started Monday, and is pressuring others to oppose five related resolutions expected to be raised on Friday, at the end of that session. As US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley pointed out Monday, only one country is subjected to regular scrutiny and condemnation in each of the three annual sessions of the 47-member Geneva-based human rights body. Guess which one. “It’s not Syria, where the regime has systematically slaughtered and...
  • Dozens of ISIS jihadis killed by SDF fire east Raqqa

    03/24/2017 6:25:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 25, 2017 | Hozan Mamo
    Dozens of Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadist fighters were killed in a renewed offensive by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Friday.The US-backed SDF troops hit ISIS headquarters in the Jadidat Makhit town in the eastern countryside of Raqqa. “The SDF shelled ISIS security centres in the town with heavy artillery and mortar fire,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.Over 45 ISIS militants were killed in the attack.“The terror group was forced to withdraw from the town after suffering heavy losses in manpower and equipment,” the official confirmed.The Syrian Democratic Forces seized...
  • Illegal Guns in Russia Traced Back To U.S., Including AR-15 Rifles Shipped in Mail

    03/24/2017 5:50:50 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    Newsweak ^ | March 23, 2017 | Tom O'Connor
    Russian authorities busted an international arms operation Thursday as police staged raids across the nation, finding a number of firearms allegedly smuggled from the U.S. Russia's federal police agency released a video showing what appeared to be numerous arrests of men and women allegedly involved in the arms-dealing ring. According to RT, raids were staged in the cities of Yoshkar-Ola, Irkuts, Ulan-Ude and Moscow, resulting in the seizure of 19 firearms and an assortment of matching components, magazines and ammunition. Weapons including AR-15 rifles and pistols manufactured by Glock and Colt were among those found that were manufactured in the...
  • Serbia says no to NATO on alliance's airstrikes anniversary

    03/24/2017 3:49:18 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    Yahoo Via AP ^ | March 24, 2017 | DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    Serbia's prime minister pledged on Friday that the Balkan country will never join NATO or any other military alliance as Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of the start of NATO airstrikes that stopped its crackdown in Kosovo. Aleksandar Vucic spoke at a ceremony near a railway bridge in southern Serbia where the Western military alliance's missiles struck a passenger train, killing at least 28 people and injuring dozens. "We will never be part of the alliance which killed our children, nor of any other alliance," Vucic said. "They wanted to destroy and humiliate small Serbia and kill its children."
  • French probe reveals 'no history of radicalization' in Antwerp driver

    03/24/2017 3:28:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies ^ | 24 March 2017 09:13 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A Tunisian man resident in France who was arrested for driving a car at a crowd of people in Belgium on Thursday had not been previously flagged up as radicalized, a French investigation source said. The incident in the port city of Antwerp came less than 24 hours after a man killed three people in London outside parliament, hitting two pedestrians with a car and then stabbing to death a policeman. The man in Antwerp, identified only as Mohamed R., 39, lives in the northern French city of Lens, not far from the Belgian border. He had a criminal record...
  • ‘Without Schengen we would be less protected from terror’ [Switzerland’s justice minister]

    03/24/2017 3:07:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 24 March 2017 10:09 CET+01:00
    Justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga has said Switzerland’s membership of Schengen is vital in the fight against international terrorism and that those who seek to end the Schengen agreement are “irresponsible”. Sommaruga was speaking in an interview with Blick following the terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. […] Though Switzerland is not in the European Union, since 2008 it has been a member of the Schengen zone, which allows people to move freely between its 26 member countries without a passport. […] “Without Schengen, we would be less protected from terror. We would not get any...
  • UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime

    03/24/2017 2:25:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 24, 2017 3:05 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes. The resolution approved by the U.N.’s most powerful body expands previous measures which were limited to the illicit trafficking in looted cultural items to fund terrorism, and focused on Iraq and Syria where Islamic State extremists have destroyed ancient sites including Palmyra. The newly adopted measure targets not only IS, al-Qaida and its affiliates but all parties to conflicts. It condemns and urges prosecution of those...
  • Syria's Ja'afari says U.S. action on Raqqa would be illegitimate

    03/24/2017 12:58:57 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    Rooters World News ^ | March 24, 2017
    A U.S.- or Turkish-backed attack on Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa would be illegitimate unless coordinated with President Bashar al-Assad's government, the Syrian chief negotiator at peace talks in Geneva said on Friday. "Any military presence on our territory without the approval of the Syrian government is an illegitimate presence," Bashar al-Ja'afari told reporters after meeting U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday the battle to recapture Raqqa would restart in the coming days. Ja'afari said nobody could claim to be fighting Islamic State without coordinating with Iraq and Syria.
  • Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

    03/24/2017 11:00:43 AM PDT · by freebirth · 10 replies
    SFGate ^ | 03/24/2017 | Josef Federman
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States.
  • New York reacts to London attack: NYPD brings in 'heavy weapons' to UK-related locations

    03/24/2017 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
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  • Russia, Trump, and a New Détente

    03/24/2017 10:25:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 10 March 2017 | Robert David English
    In his first press conference as president of the United States, Donald Trump said no fewer than seven times that it would be “positive,” “good,” even “great” if “we could get along with Russia.” In fact, for all the confusion of his policies toward China, Europe, and the Middle East, Trump has enunciated a clear three-part position on Russia, which contrasts strongly with that of most of the U.S. political elite. First, Trump seeks Moscow’s cooperation on global issues; second, he believes that Washington shares the blame for soured relations; and third, he acknowledges “the right of all nations to...
  • ‘Russia May Be Supplying the Taliban’ as They Fight US, NATO

    03/24/2017 10:15:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 24 March 2017
    Friday, 24 March 2017 Text size A A A Russia is “perhaps” supplying the Taliban as they fight US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top US general said Thursday. General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander who also heads the US military’s European Command, told lawmakers he had seen Russian influence expand in multiple regions, including in Afghanistan. “I have seen the influence of Russia of late – an increased influence – in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban,” Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee, without elaborating. NATO troops have been fighting in Afghanistan...
  • War Against ISIS: US Troops In Iraq Should Stay After Islamic State Is Defeated, Mattis Says

    03/24/2017 10:12:49 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 23 March 2017 | Greg Price
    As the fight against the Islamic State group has progressed, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that he believed it was in the country’s best interest to keep American forces in Iraq for well after the defeat of ISIS, Military Times reported. Mattis, joined by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and Gen. Joseph Dunford, was outlining his request for an additional $30 billion in funding for the military in the 2017 fiscal year budget. Mattis, a former Marine, detailed a three-phase, three-year plan to prepare and refurbish the military with new equipment and more training. “Phase one...
  • Portland says more than 100 asylum seekers may be cut off from General Assistance

    03/24/2017 9:54:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Press Herald (Maine) ^ | March 24, 2017 | Staff
    Portland officials estimate that more than 100 asylum seekers may be cut off from the state’s General Assistance program after July 1 and question whether the city can step in to help without violating federal law. Immigrants who have come to the United States legally to seek asylum from persecution have long received General Assistance in Portland. But it wasn’t until 2015 that assistance was solidified in Maine law. However, under the new law, asylum seekers can only receive benefits for 24 months. That means some asylum seekers will become ineligible for state assistance during the fiscal year that begins...
  • Federal Law Enforcement Resources Overwhelmingly Spent on Immigration Crime

    Half of federal law enforcement arrests in 2014 were immigration-related crimes Immigration-related crimes made up half of all federal law enforcement arrests in 2014, according to a new Department of Justice report released Thursday. Immigration offenses accounted for more than 81,000 of the 165,256 arrests made by federal authorities in 2014, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found in its study. Nearly two-thirds of the total number of federal arrests occurred in the five jurisdictions that sit along the U.S.-Mexican border. The report further found those arrested along the U.S. southern border to be more likely than those arrested in any...
  • Former campaign chair Manafort to testify before Congress

    03/24/2017 9:15:40 AM PDT · by amorphous · 8 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 24 March 2017 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., revealed Friday morning. Nunes, the committee chairman, also said he has asked FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers to testify in a closed session on Tuesday. They are likely to be presented with information that contradicts their testimony before the committee on Monday that they had no information to support President Trump’s claims that President Obama spied on him. While the NSA has agreed to turn over more reports on the apparent spying...
  • McCain: Congress doesn't have 'credibility' to handle Russia probes

    03/24/2017 8:08:00 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 84 replies
    Congress no longer has the credibility to independently tackle a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump and his associates' ties to Moscow, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday. "It's a bizarre situation, and what I think, the reason why I'm calling for this select committee or a special committee, is I think that this back-and-forth and what the American people have found out so far that no longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone," McCain told MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren. "And I don't say that lightly." McCain's comments come amid an...
  • EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Been Target Of Russian ‘Influence Campaign’

    03/24/2017 7:27:22 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 23 2017 | Richard Pollock
    John Podesta, national chairman of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, may have opened himself up to a Russian “influence campaign” designed to temper his views of the Kremlin, the Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF) Investigative Group has learned. Influence campaigns are conducted by many governments — including the United States — with the aim of influencing decision makers in other countries to realign their geopolitical worldviews more closely to the influencing country. Some national security experts interviewed by TheDCNF wonder if Podesta may still be membership, in which one-third of the board were top Russian businessmen...
  • EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Been Target Of Russian ‘Influence Campaign’

    03/24/2017 7:19:07 AM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 23, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    John Podesta, national chairman of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, may have opened himself up to a Russian “influence campaign” designed to temper his views of the Kremlin, The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF) Investigative Group has learned. Influence campaigns are conducted by many governments — including the United States — with the aim of influencing decision makers in other countries to realign their geopolitical worldviews more closely to the influencing country. Some national security experts interviewed by TheDCNF wonder if Podesta may still be a target of Russian influence. They trace the campaign back to...
  • Next, American movies – made in China

    03/24/2017 7:05:48 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 25 replies
    Christian index ^ | 2017 | Gerald Harris
    Hollywood produces movies that must be designed to brainwash the American people. If the production and distribution of movies got into the hands of anyone worse than most current Hollywood producers, we would be in for an alarming reality. John W. Cones, in his book A Study in Motion Picture Propaganda, explains, “The Hollywood-based U.S. motion picture industry is controlled by a single very narrowly defined interest group. It further concludes that it is inappropriate for any such group to control a significant medium for the communication of ideas in a society that is as diverse as that in the...
  • North Korea will launch another nuclear test in next few days, officials say

    03/24/2017 6:50:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    FOX ^ | March 23, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    North Korea will launch another nuclear test in next few days, officials say By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin Published March 23, 2017 U.S. defense officials have seen evidence that North Korea has completed digging new tunnels around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, but it still has to move more equipment into the area for a possible test, the official added. The Pentagon is keeping a close eye on these looming developments. NORTH KOREA MISSILE TESTS FAIL SECONDS AFTER LAUNCH, US OFFICIALS SAY North Korea’s nuclear preparations prompted the U.S. military in recent days to move a surveillance aircraft used...
  • Suicide Drones Have Migrated To The Conflict In Yemen

    03/24/2017 6:32:13 AM PDT · by Freeport · 7 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 24, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    Iran has been smuggling suicidal drones, similar to models developed by Israel, to Houthi rebels in Yemen. The drones are outfitted for attacks on UAE and Saudi Patriot missile batteries. The news comes via examination of seven Qasef-1 drones that were interdicted or captured in Yemen. Iran runs a fairly elaborate smuggling operation that furnishes weapons and other material to Houthi rebels in western Yemen. According to a report by Conflict Armament Research, six of the drones were captured last October along a known smuggling route that runs through Oman. Another was recovered following a February attack by Houthi...
  • Watch Ukraine's Largest Munitions Depot Transformed Into Massive Fireball

    03/24/2017 6:07:15 AM PDT · by Freeport · 42 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 24, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    Ukraine's largest munitions depot literally blew up yesterday, sending mushroom clouds rising and rockets flying in every direction. Most the city of Balakliya, around 20,000 people, were told to evacuate following the initial blasts, causing a chaotic exodus including gridlock traffic as secondary explosions continued to erupt at the nearby depot. At this time, no deaths have been attributed to the ongoing incident. There has been a six mile exclusion zone established around the depot and a 31-mile radius no fly zone above it. Ukraine has called on NATO to help them deal with the runaway disaster. The government...
  • Brussels Mayor: All of our Mosques are controlled by radical Islamists

    03/24/2017 5:58:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Westmonster ^ | 3.24.17
    In an admission that demonstrate the scale of the problem now posed in Europe by radical Islam, the Mayor of Brussels has admitted that all of the mosques controlled in the Belgian capital are controlled by Salafists, who believe in a radical interpretation of Islam.Mayeur admits that: “Everyone knows that all mosques in Brussels are in the hands of Salafists,” adding that: “We need to change this, we need new mosques that follow our democratic rules and that are being controlled by the government.”Salafism is a a form of religious fundamentalism, with supporters believing in a return to the ‘original...
  • - The goal is to humanise the terrorist, so to speak [Swedish play currently running in Stockholm]

    03/24/2017 5:57:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Speisa ^ | 3/23/17
    UNREAL SWEDEN: Gothenburg City Theatre is now performing the play "Jihadisten" (the jihadist) - to better understand ISIS terrorists. With the play "Jihadisten," visitors to the Gothenburg City Theatre may now get a more nuanced picture of the Swedish IS terrorists who are traveling to Iraq and Syria to participate in the ongoing war. During Wednesday night, the theatrical play "Jihadisten" (the jihadist) premiered at the Gothenburg City Theatre. The play is about what happens to young people in Sweden when they are radicalized and eventually decide to become part of the terrorist group IS. But the play is...
  • Swedes Begin Construction Of Police Fortress In "Little Mogadishu"

    03/24/2017 5:51:36 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Mar 24, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Rinkeby is a suburban housing estate near Stockholm, where the Swedish welfare state keeps a large number of unassimilated migrants. 90% of the population is non-Swedish and many of these are Somalians given to crime and rioting. *snip* The police station will feature bullet proof windows, walls reinforced with sheet metal, and fencing around it, possibly with electrified barbed wire. So it will look more like a military installation than anything.
  • Vietnam Eyes Israel's Delilah Standoff Missile, and F-16s Could Be Next

    03/24/2017 5:38:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 10, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    China's militarization of its man-made islands in the South China Sea and the resulting anti-access/area-denial bubbles that will cover massive swaths of that body of water in the not-so-distant future, has Vietnam shopping for weaponry that can counter Beijing's grand plans. Hanoi has already forward-deployed Israeli-built GPS-guided Extra multiple launch rocket systems to their own islands in the South China Sea—a weapon system that could rain down rockets on China's outposts with little warning. Now, Vietnam is looking towards Israel once again for its weapons needs, this time to provide an standoff multi-role cruise missile that can strike targets over...
  • Trump’s Next Challenge: Russia Returns to Afghanistan

    03/24/2017 2:34:44 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 40 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 24 Mar 17 | Patrick Smith
    America’s 16-years in Afghanistan has so far resulted in 2,216 dead soldiers, 20,049 casualties, and an estimated $800 billion in direct war costs -- not including veterans’ health and pension payments that could reach $400 billion before it’s all over. Add another $100 billion of USAID reconstruction costs, which is more than the cost of the Marshall Plan to rebuild western Europe, adjusted for inflation, and you’re well over a trillion dollars. The Pentagon still has 8,400 troops in place, a figure Defense Secretary James Mattis may alter, which is why it’s especially troubling that Russia has decided to flex...
  • Maersk summoned by US fair trade authorities

    03/23/2017 10:22:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 22 March 2017 10:36 CET+01:00
    Danish conglomerate A. P. Møller-Mærsk’s shipping arm, Maersk Line, has been issued with a summons by antitrust authorities in the US. The company is subject of an investigation into suspected price fixing along with a number of other large container shipping companies, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The summons were handed out during a raid on a San Francisco meeting attended by 20 bosses of the industry’s biggest companies, says the report. …
  • Islamic centre donates Anzac cash after Sydney Council denied $5000 grant for Dawn Service

    03/23/2017 10:01:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 24th March 2017 | Miles Godfrey
    AN Islamic community centre is generously giving $5000 for this year’s CBD Anzac Dawn Service after Sydney’s arty-farty Lord Mayor Clover Moore refused a grant for our brave Diggers. Ms Moore’s City of Sydney council has a whopping $574.3 million in the bank but has rejected an application­ from the Anzac Dawn Service Trust for a measly $5000 for next month’s commemorations. At the same time the Lord Mayor has been splashing the cash among her arts mates, including a recent $14,000 grant for a weird exhibition of crochet headwear. After The Daily Telegraph highlighted the issue, Imam Hasan Centre...
  • Next-Gen. Rafale F4 to Fly in 2023 (French fighter)

    03/23/2017 7:45:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    Addressing the growing domestic and international demand for the French fighter aircraft, Dassault and the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) will soon begin a six-year development phase of the next-generation Rafale F4. The French Minister of Defense, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, authorized the start of development of the next generation variant of the Rafale. The aircraft will introduce new capacities empowered by the modern missile and engine technologies. The new variant will follow the Rafale F3-R currently in development and scheduled to complete the qualification testing next year. Dassault now produces Rafales to fulfill French orders for 180 aircraft, along...
  • As overseas ambitions expand, China plans 400 per cent increase to marine corps numbers, sources say

    03/23/2017 7:06:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | March 13, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China plans to increase the size of its marine corps from about 20,000 to 100,000 personnel to protect the nation’s maritime lifelines and its growing interests overseas, military insiders and experts have said. Some members would be stationed at ports China operates in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan, they said. The expanded corps is part of a wider push to refocus the world’s largest army away from winning a land war based on sheer numbers and towards meeting a range of security scenarios using highly specialised units. Towards that end, Chinese President Xi Jinping...
  • Japan is Asia's naval powerhouse with two aircraft carrier-sized warships

    03/23/2017 6:49:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    Business Standard ^ | March 24, 2017 | Ajai Shukla
    Japan now has Asia’s only navy with two aircraft carrier-sized warships — the Kaga (pictured) The state-controlled Chinese media has sharply criticised the commissioning of Japan’s powerful new warship, which has the same name --- Kaga --- as one of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s aircraft carriers in World War II. The original Kaga, which Beijing’s English language daily, Global Times, terms a “notorious warship”, was sunk by the US Navy in the Battle of Midway in 1942. With Japanese Ship (JS) Kaga’s rebirth on Wednesday as a “helicopter destroyer”, Japan now has Asia’s only navy with two aircraft carrier-sized warships...
  • The real reason China won’t exert economic pressure on North Korea

    03/23/2017 6:45:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | 19 Mar 2017 | Tom Holland
    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thinks that if only he can enlist Beijing’s support, sanctions will compel Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear arsenal – here’s why he’s wrong ****************************************** Speaking on Thursday ahead of his first trip to Beijing, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged that Washington’s policy towards North Korea had failed.That’s putting it mildly. After more than 20 years of US efforts aimed at halting Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme, the North Korean regime is closer than ever to developing a credible strike capability. This month, it fired four medium-range missiles into the Sea...
  • Adam Schiff says there's "more than circumstantial evidence" of Trump-Russia collusion

    03/23/2017 6:35:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 100 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 23rd, 2017 | By Rebecca Shabad
    The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that there is now “more than circumstantial evidence” that Trump’s associates colluded with the Russians to interfere in the U.S. election. In an interview on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily,” host Chuck Todd asked if Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, currently has a circumstantial case. “Actually, no, Chuck. I can tell you that the case is more than that. And I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now,” Schiff said. Asked if he’s seen direct evidence of collusion, Schiff said, “I don’t to want go...
  • Zimbabwe Hopes Tobacco Will Revive Battered Economy

    03/23/2017 5:25:56 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 16, 2017 | Sebastian Mhofu
    HARARE — Zimbabwe has opened its 2017 tobacco-selling season with hopes the “golden leaf” will change the economic fortunes of the southern African nation. Officials say the tobacco yield has been increasing after a downward turn in 2000 when the government chased white commercial farmers off their land. Zimbabwean farmers applauded after the 2017 tobacco selling season began Wednesday in Harare at the country’s biggest auction floor. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya saluted the farmers. “Producers of tobacco are indeed our heroes. You are important to this economy. The foreign currency you produce is above $800 million a...
  • How Trump Can Put the Necessary Travel Ban in Place

    03/23/2017 5:14:00 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 11 replies
    Vanity | March 23, 2017 | Vanity
    Now that a couple of left-wing ideologues on the bench have ruled against President Trump's second, “bullet-proof” immigration order, it is time to put into force a law which is on the books and which will have practically the same effect. Several commentators have pointed out the the U.S. is not enforcing the law under which the U.S. can stop issuing visas to citizens of countries which refuse to take back their deportable aliens. “All [President] Trump would have to do is have his Homeland Security Department secretary issue an official notification about those countries, and the State Department would...
  • Pay us £50bn or we'll cause air traffic chaos and stop goods at the border, warns the EU: Chief…[tr]

    03/23/2017 4:05:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:03 EDT, 23 March 2017 | Jason Groves
    Brussels last night made an extraordinary threat to disrupt flights to Europe and hold British goods at the border if the UK refuses to pay a £50 billion Brexit divorce bill. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK would pay a heavy price if it tried to walk away from the EU without paying for its “responsibilities”. In a mocking speech, he quoted Winston Churchill, saying: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Government lawyers have told Theresa May that the UK has no duty to pay a penny towards the EU’s ongoing costs after leaving. A report by...
  • Intelligence Reports Reveal Improper Political Surveillance of Trump, Transition Team

    03/23/2017 3:38:01 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 24 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 23, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    A House intelligence committee investigation took a dramatic shift this week after newly disclosed intelligence reports suggested the Obama administration improperly gathered and disseminated secret electronic communications from President Trump and his transition team prior to inauguration. Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, indicated that the administration used its foreign intelligence gathering authority to spy on the discussions of Trump and his transition team by improperly unmasking the identity of Americans who were swept up in foreign electronic spying. "What I've read seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps...
  • Staffer Who Helped Broker Iran Nuclear Deal Still Working at Trump State Department

    03/23/2017 3:08:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 23 Mar 2017 | Penny Starr
    A holdover from the Obama administration who helped broker the Iran nuclear deal continues to work in the Trump State Department as a member of the “policy planning staff,” according to her biography on the agency website. “Prior to joining the Policy Planning Staff, she served as a Director for Iran and Iran Nuclear Implementation on the National Security Council Staff from 2014-2016,” Sahar Nowrouzzadeh’s bio states. “Sahar also previously served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State and a Team Chief and Senior Analyst at the Department of Defense.” In an October 2016, Nowrouzzadeh was...
  • Reports: Israeli-American Teen Arrested for Antisemitic Hate Crime Hoax Spree

    03/23/2017 2:27:46 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    Israeli authorities have arrested a 19-year-old suspect in connection with dozens of hoax bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States and around the world. ABC News reports that the unnamed suspect is a dual U.S.-Israel citizen. Other reports indicate that the suspect is Jewish. The arrest was “part of an ongoing international investigation that has been taking place for several months with other police and security agencies in America and Europe,” Arutz Sheva reports.
  • Bergdahl lawyers appeal Trump motion to top military court

    03/23/2017 2:16:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl fulfilled a promise Thursday to appeal to the top military court to toss out their client’s case over disparaging comments made by President Trump on the campaign trail. In a 314-page motion filed Thursday with the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, defense lawyers said the “unprecedented circumstances” of Trump repeatedly calling Bergdahl a traitor who should be executed constitute apparent unlawful command influence (UCI). “To describe President Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bergdahl as merely ‘troubling,’ ‘made without consideration of their possible impact on the trial of the accused,’ ‘disturbing and disappointing,’...
  • Michigan man's obit says he was 'unable to live in a world' with Trump as president

    03/23/2017 2:14:36 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 87 replies
    MLive ^ | 3-23-2017 | Lenna Smith
    "Unable to live in a world with Donald J. Trump as president, Timothy Jay Curtis succumbed to cancer on Dec. 22, 2016," the first line reads. Curtis was gay and in an 18-year relationship with Pierre de Prez, who became his spouse two years ago.