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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • When Islamic militants move in, sometimes you have to grab a shotgun

    03/23/2018 8:29:43 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 10 replies ^ | 03/23/18 | Chris Egar
    From the West African country of Mali comes a story of an isolated village where the locals have banded together to fight off terrorists with whatever they have. Mali has been in the midst of a low-key war since 2012 that started off with Tuareg rebels fighting the government and transitioned to an international effort led by a 4,000-strong French military force (the country was a French colony until 1960) squaring off with a trio of wannabe Al-Qaeda jihadist groups in an ongoing asymmetric war pitting Western airpower against increasingly aggressive militants. However, according to the above report from France24,...
  • Vanity - POTUS, Veto that 1.3 Trillion Dollar Budget..right now!!! Then fire Ryan/McConnell.

    03/23/2018 8:25:22 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 66 replies
    It's either Yes or No, Mr. POTUS, Donald J. Trump. Sir, you are the human being in this God's world put there by the American people to save this once magnificent Nation Republic. A profile in courage awaits your pen killing this monster of destruction of the American closed!!! Veto that bill!!!
  • Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

    03/23/2018 8:03:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 3/23/2018 | Alister Doyle
    Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday. Pollution, climate change and forest clearances to make way for farmland were among the worsening threats to nature, according to more than 550 experts in a set of reports approved by 129 governments after talks in Colombia. “Biodiversity, the essential variety of life-forms on earth, continues to decline in every region of the world,” the authors wrote. “This alarming trend endangers the quality of life of people...
  • Erdogan to inaugurate nuclear power plant with 'friend' Putin

    03/23/2018 7:23:49 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 9 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | March 20-2018 | Art Khalidi
    RBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced that the construction of his country’s first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean province of Mersin would begin this year. “We are planning to lay the foundation for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant with my dear friend Mister Putin,” Erdogan told an audience during an energy conference at his Ankara palace. “In fact, I had the chance yesterday to talk with him on this issue over the phone,” the Turkish President said, highlighting a blossoming friendship with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin whom he called to congratulate...
  • [OPINION] UAE sweep exposes Turkish intelligence links to jihadists in Syria

    03/23/2018 7:10:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | March 3, 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which has aided, funded and armed jihadist groups in Syria for years, is troubled by the detention of a key operative in Dubai by United Arab Emirates security, most likely in cooperation with the Americans. The man who was picked from a Grand Sheraton Hotel in Dubai while having breakfast with his wife on Feb. 20, 2018 is Mehmet Ali Öztürk. He has been running logistical lines for jihadist groups, especially Turkmens and Chechens, in Syria, since 2011, when the Syrian crisis began. Öztürk is linked to Turkish spy agency the National Intelligence...
  • Out-of-control Chinese space station 'will crash into Earth over weekend'

    03/23/2018 6:44:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 91 replies ^ | Updated11:05, 23 MAR 2018 | ByJeff ParsonsTech/Science reporter
    The European Space Agency has revised its prediction for when free-falling Tiangong-1 will crash into Earth. The out-of-control Chinese space station will crash down back to Earth over Easter weekend, experts have said. According to the European Space Agency's Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany, debris from Tiangong-1 will splash down between March 30 and April 2 across the northern hemisphere. The space agency said these dates were "highly variable" and that it would be offering revised forecasts every couple of days. "At no time will a precise time/location prediction from ESA be possible," it explained in a statement ....
  • Russia 'arming the Afghan Taliban', says US

    03/23/2018 6:20:46 AM PDT · by tlozo · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2018 | Justin Rowlatt
    Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. In an exclusive interview, Gen John Nicholson said he'd seen "destabilising activity by the Russians." He said Russian weapons were smuggled across the Tajik border to the Taliban, but could not say in what quantity. Russia has denied such US allegations in the past, citing a lack of evidence... "We see a narrative that's being used that grossly exaggerates the number of Isis [Islamic State group] fighters here," Gen Nicholson told BBC News. "This narrative then is used as...
  • French police surround Trèbes supermarket amid hostage reports

    03/23/2018 5:08:46 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 23, 2018 | Angelique Chrisafis
    Security officials are carrying out a counter-terrorism operation at a supermarket in Trèbes, southern France, amid an ongoing hostage situation. The UNSA police union said on Twitter that a police operation was under way in the town after an individual had earlier shot at four officers in the town of Carcassone, a 15-minute drive away from Trèbes, injuring one of them. Citing sources, Europe 1 radio said the same individual was now holding up to eight hostages at the supermarket. The man had declared allegiance to Islamic State, according to the local state prosecutor.
  • Travis Air Force Base Gate Crash Investigated As Terror Attack; Driver Killed

    03/23/2018 4:42:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 37 replies
    KPIX ^ | 22 March 2018 | Staff
    <p>TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE (CBS SF & AP) — A driver breached the main security gate at Travis Air Force base Wednesday evening and then crashed and died when his vehicle exploded into a massive fireball. Investigators are treating the incident as an act of terrorism.</p>
  • McMaster Worked For Foreign Think Tank Funded By China, Russia

    03/23/2018 4:32:14 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 29 replies ^ | 3/23/18 | Richard Pollock
    • Outgoing National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster worked for a foreign-based think tank for 11 years before assuming his post • The think tank has ties to Russia, China, the Uranium One deal and Bahrain • Career armed forces officers spoke out against the arrangement Outgoing National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster served for more than a decade as a consultant to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, a foreign-based think-tank that has received funding from hostile foreign governments to include Russia and China, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. The career soldier ended his employment...
  • Outgoing NSA McMaster Worked For Foreign Think Tank Funded By China, Russia

    03/23/2018 4:28:44 AM PDT · by Freedomlibertyjustice · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 22, 2018 | Richard Pollock
    Outgoing National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster served for more than a decade as a consultant to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, a foreign-based think-tank that has received funding from hostile foreign governments to include Russia and China, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.
  • CAIR Condemns Naming of Islamophobe John Bolton as White House National Security Adviser

    03/23/2018 3:59:41 AM PDT · by smileyface · 49 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | Mar 22 | Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight condemned President Trump's move to replace White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, a notorious Islamophobe who as a history of ties to anti-Muslim extremists and organizations. "We urge Americans across the political spectrum to speak out against the appointment of John Bolton as White House National Security Adviser because of his ties to anti-Muslim bigots and his promotion of extremist views that will inevitably harm our nation and that could lead to unnecessary and...
  • Saudi prince denies Kushner is ‘in his pocket’

    03/23/2018 1:07:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 23 Mar 2018 | Karen D. Young
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Thursday it would be ‘‘really insane’’ for him to trade classified information with presidential son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, or try to use Kushner to promote Saudi aims within the Trump administration. Having that kind of relationship ‘‘will not help us’’ and does not exist, he said. Speaking in a meeting with Washington Post editors and reporters, Mohammed denied U.S. media reports that he had claimed Kushner was ‘‘in his pocket,’’ or that he had sought or received a green light from Kushner, when the two met in Riyadh in October,...
  • Palestinian Arabs: Remove the Americans from Ramallah

    03/23/2018 1:05:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/18 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Arabs demonstrated in Ramallah on Thursday, demanding the closure of the America House which, is operated by the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem and located in the city of Ramallah. The role of the America House, which is established in 2010, is to disseminate American culture. The protesters demanded the removal of American workers and the closure of their offices, in protest of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and its intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by mid-May, in time for Israel’s 70th Independence Day....
  • U.S. lawmakers want China's Confucius Institutes to register as foreign agents

    03/22/2018 11:37:35 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they wanted China’s Confucius Institute cultural centers in the United States to register as foreign agents, and to require all U.S. universities to disclose major gifts from foreign sources. Run by the Chinese government, the Confucius Institutes offer language and cultural programs at more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities. They have been criticized as an attempt by Beijing to influence U.S. higher education. Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton, and Representative Joe Wilson introduced the “Foreign Influence Transparency Act,” which would require the institutes to register under the Foreign...
  • Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

    03/22/2018 11:01:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Staff
    HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its “Red Emperor” project off the country’s southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday. {snip} The block lies near the U-shaped “nine-dash line” that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions. The field can produce 25,000-30,000 barrels of oil and 60 million cubic meters of gas a day, Vietnamese news provider reported last month. Repsol spent around 33 million euros ($41 million) on exploration in Vietnam...
  • Nobody Knows Anything About China: Including the Chinese Government

    03/22/2018 10:52:54 PM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 50 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 21, 2018 | James Palmer
    As a foreigner in China, you get used to hearing the retort “You don’t know China!” spat at you by locals. It’s usually a knee-jerk reaction to some uncomfortable modern issue or in defense of one of the many historical myths children in the mainland are taught as unshakeable facts about the world. But it’s also true. We don’t know China. Nor, however, do the Chinese — not even the government. We don’t know China because, in ways that have generally not been acknowledged, virtually every piece of information issued from or about the country is unreliable, partial, or distorted....
  • Preparing For The Worst: Poland’s Military Modernization – Analysis

    03/22/2018 10:13:44 PM PDT · by tlozo · 6 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | March 23, 2018 | Felix K. Chang
    No one needs to remind Poland of the strategic dangers arising from its geography...During World War II, its mostly flat and open terrain made it particularly vulnerable to the mechanized armies of Germany and the Soviet Union. Today, Poland’s position is less tenuous, but still fraught. While its western and southern borders are anchored by friendly NATO countries, its eastern border abuts Russia’s military stronghold of Kaliningrad, Belarus (a close Russian ally), and Ukraine (a country riven by Russia). ...the last decade has seen the emergence of a militarily stronger and more aggressive Russia...reforms sought to streamline Russian combat units,...
  • Cambridge Analytica Played Roles in Multiple African Elections

    03/22/2018 9:53:48 PM PDT · by · 15 replies
    voice of america/ Africa Division ^ | March 22, 2018 | Salem Solomon
    People walk past the building that houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, March 20, 2018. Share WASHINGTON — Long before its controversial roles in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. presidential election, Cambridge Analytica influenced elections in Africa. The data mining company, under fire for its alleged use of 50 million Facebook accounts to shape campaign messages for then-candidate Donald Trump, also played a role in elections in Kenya and Nigeria, according to new reports. The company's first involvement in Africa dates to the general election in South Africa in 1994. That election marked the end of...
  • Tariffs Were Killing New Zealand’s Economy. Free Trade Turned It Around.

    03/22/2018 9:08:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 16, 2018 | Patrick Tyrrell and Caleb Pascoe
    The new tariffs announced by President Donald Trump have generated intense controversy. With the debate ongoing, it might be useful to examine how other countries have dealt with similar policy debates in the past. New Zealand now ranks third in The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom and is one of the champions of economic freedom around the world. But it wasn’t always so. In the mid-1980s, New Zealand was facing an economic crisis, with its domestic market and international trade both heavily regulated. Unemployment had reached 11 percent, and inflation was a sky-high 15 percent. In response, the government...