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  • Brazilian Navy interested in Russian corvettes

    06/27/2017 4:27:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Tass ^ | June 27, 2017
    ST. PETERSBURG, June 27. /TASS/. Brazil’s Navy has shown interest in the construction of Russian-project corvettes, the Northern Shipyard’s press service reported after a visit by Brazil’s Naval delegation. "The Brazilian delegation was invited to the Northern Shipyard on a fact-finding visit by Rosoboronexport. The Latin American state’s military is interested in the construction of corvette-type ships," the shipyard’s press service said. The enterprise’s management displayed the corvette construction capacities and showcased the Project 2032 Tiger corvette designed for export to the guests in cooperation with the United Shipbuilding Corporation and the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau and under the...
  • Heroic Iraqi officer selflessly hugs suicide bomber to save countless lives in Babel

    06/27/2017 3:20:44 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – A heroic Iraqi police officer saved dozens of lives in the Babel Governorate, today, after a would-be suicide bomber attempted to enter a mosque in the Musayeb District. According to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, the unnamed police officer hugged the suicide bomber before he could enter the mosque in the Al-Musayeb; this would obstruct the terrorist’s path. The Ministry of Defense added that the police officer was killed after the suicide bomber detonated his belt – no other casualties were reported.
  • BREAKING: EU antitrust regulators fine Alphabet's Google $2.7 billion [tr]

    06/27/2017 3:01:36 AM PDT · by Enchante · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 217 | Staff
    BREAKING: EU antitrust regulators fine Alphabet's Google $2.7 billion for anti-competitive practices at comparison-shopping service
  • Poll: Only Israel and Russia prefer Trump to Obama

    06/27/2017 12:31:42 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 55 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 06-27-2017 | Eric Cortellessa
    Israel is one of just two countries that prefer US President Donald Trump to his predecessor, Barack Obama, according to new research by the Pew Research Center. The poll — which looked at 37 countries — found that Trump was not only deeply unpopular in much of the world, but not trusted to manage America’s foreign policy. In Russia, Trump is more popular now than either of his two immediate predecessors ever were, the survey found. In Israel, 81 percent of respondents said they currently had a “positive view” of American leadership.
  • Modi-Trump meet was a success: Key takeaways

    06/26/2017 11:52:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily O ^ | June 27, 2017
    Forget handshakes, count the bear hugs. For one, it was not Prime Minister Narendra Modi but President of the United States Donald J Trump who was responsible for that. The first official White House state guest was here and POTUS Trump couldn’t get excited enough. India-US ties never looked so overtly expressive and gushing. All the hype aside, both in the Indian and American media, there were concerns and justified caution over the meeting, even though chatter in the diplomatic and consular circles kept assuring journalists that “red carpet” would be rolled out for PM Modi at the White House....
  • Did the FBI retaliate against Michael Flynn by launching Russia probe?

    06/26/2017 11:41:23 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 13 replies
    CIRCA ^ | June 26, 2017 | John Solomon and Sara Carter
    WATCH| Secret memos show Trump adviser roiled bureau by intervening in agent’s discrimination case before he was targeted in Russia case. The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews. Flynn’s intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in...
  • Sikh Referendum Campaigners Detained & Tortured In Punjab

    06/26/2017 9:49:19 PM PDT · by TBP
    Victims are a group of Sikh individuals from Punjab, India who were actively and peacefully advocating the call given by SFJ to hold referendum for Sikhs' right to self determination and to liberate Indian Occupied Punjab. The demand for referendum is based on the right to self determination guaranteed by the UN Charter and International Convent on Civil and Political Rights on the basis that Sikhs are indigenous people of Punjab, with a separate and distinct religious, cultural and linguistic identity. Sikh Referendum Campaigners were actively involved in "Referendum 2020" campaign by coordinating, participating and holding gatherings in the villages...
  • Icon of Khalistan Movement Dr Gurmit Singh Aulakh Passes Away

    06/26/2017 9:44:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 4 replies
    Sikh24 ^ | June 21, 2017 | Sikh24 Editors
    WASHINGTON DC, USA—Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh breathed his last earlier today. He struggled with the effects of old age over the last few years and had been bed ridden. Once a research scientist at Boston Medical School ,Dr. Aulakh was known for raising the issues of Sikh Human Rights and the community’s struggle for freedom on an international scale. He was renowned for his relations with US elected Government officials. For quite some time, Dr. Aulakh had become less active due to his old age and ailing health, however, he continued to strive to politically propagate an independent Sikh State....
  • US warns Syria over 'potential' plan for chemical attack (Sean Spicer from White House)

    06/26/2017 9:26:16 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/27/2017 | BBC
    The US says it has identified 'potential preparations' for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government. The White House said the activities were similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April. Dozens died in that attack and prompted President Donald Trump to order a strike against a Syrian air base. The US statement warned President Bashar al-Assad of "a heavy price" if another strike occurred. It said "another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime" was likely to result "in the mass murder of civilians." The statement added: "As we...
  • English Sikh community has awakened

    06/26/2017 8:38:41 PM PDT · by freedomjusticeruleoflaw · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/26/17 | Mohan Singh
    10,000's of people unite in London against Islamic terrorism, Britain is awake. This is the start of something huge. For too long the British working class have been ignored, we will be ignored no more. Skip to 8:00 form Mohan Singh main speech Mohan Singh deserves so much respect.
  • How did a 30 year-old Su-22 defeat a modern AIM-9X?

    06/26/2017 8:17:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    COMBAT AIRCRAFT ^ | JUNE 23, 2017
    At approximately 18.43hrs local time on June 18, a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet operating over Syria shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) Su-22M4 ‘Fitter’ fighter-bomber near Tabqah, Syria. The F/A-18E (reported as BuNo 168914/AJ304) was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 ‘Golden Warriors’ (also known as ‘War Party’), which is assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8. Its pilot engaged the ‘Fitter’ and initially fired an AIM-9X Sidewinder close-range heat-seeking missile from a range of about half a mile, which was defeated by flares launched by the Su-22 pilot. The Super Hornet then re-engaged and fired...
  • Cyber attack fears against Britain's newest warship ... (still using Windows XP)

    06/26/2017 8:09:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 27 June 2017 | Larisa Brown
    Fears were raised last night that Britain's new aircraft carrier could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack after it emerged the ship was still using the outdated computer software used by the NHS. Navy chiefs boasted the defence system on the UK's biggest ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be NASA standard - rather than like the NHS system that was hacked into several months ago. But computers in the flying control room on the £3.1billion state-of-the-art carrier showed the system was still running on Windows XP. The vast majority of NHS computers hit by a global cyber-attack in May...

    06/26/2017 8:02:53 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 52 replies
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  • Paving the path to U.S. energy dominance

    06/26/2017 7:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2017 | Rick Perry and Ryan Zinke and Scott Pruitt
    ‘Energy Week’ highlights the role of American resources in securing prosperity This week, the Trump administration is hosting “Energy Week” to discuss with state, tribal, business and labor leaders how we can pave the path forward toward U.S. energy dominance. This is a truly amazing moment in the energy sector, and President Trump is seeking to capitalize on the opportunity for the betterment of the American economy and our citizens. For the first time in four decades, the energy story in the United States is about becoming an energy exporter and no longer about peak resources or being beholden to...
  • Trump urges India PM Modi to ease barriers for US exports, lauds strong ties

    06/26/2017 6:37:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 26, 2017 | Reuters
    U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship. At a closely watched first meeting between the two, Trump and Modi appeared to get along well. Modi pulled in Trump for a bear hug on the stage as the cameras rolled in the Rose Garden. "I deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations," Modi told him. "I am sure that under your leadership a mutually beneficial...
  • House committee eyes $18.5 billion increase to Trump defense budget

    06/26/2017 5:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 26, 2017 | Mike Stone
    U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they wanted another $18.5 billion added to President Donald Trump's proposed defense budget of $603 billion to hire more troops and buy more aircraft and ships in fiscal 2018. Republican House of Representatives Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry released a proposed defense policy bill intended to address military readiness and the Department of Defense's unfunded requirements list, which is hovering at $33 billion, House staff told reporters on Monday. The $621.5 billion proposed base spending plan for the Pentagon and defense related expenses at the U.S. Department of Energy was more than 13 percent...
  • Stalin is named 'the most outstanding person' in history pushing Putin into second place...

    06/26/2017 4:17:23 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 26 Jun 2017 | By Gareth Davies
    Soviet leader Josef Stalin has been named the most outstanding person in history in a Russian poll despite executing more than a million people in political purges. The survey by the Levada Center in Moscow released Monday showed 38 percent of those two took part chose Stalin. (...)
  • For the New York Times Some Cultures Are More Equal Than Others

    06/26/2017 3:50:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    American Spectator, the ^ | 25 June 2017 | Stuart Browning
    ront page of the New York Times, top of the app screen “Wednesday Briefing” under the rubric of “Here’s what you need to know to start your day”: New York Today: Advice for Fasting Ramadan advice. Of course. Do you suppose next spring the Times will do Christians a solid by running an article about what to give up for Lent? Ha ha. Rhetorical question. Anyway, Muslims comprise only 3% of the New York City population. But what better way to begin preparing for European-style dhimmitude than to begin to voluntarily and proactively reorient ourselves culturally towards the strictures of...
  • Birth of a New Persian Empire

    06/26/2017 3:44:09 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | June 26, 2017 | Jed Babbins
    The United States is gradually being drawn into the war in Syria. That war began as a conflict in which we had no national security interest. That changed because two of our principal adversaries, Russia and Iran, took over that war, making the conflict much larger than just a civil war against the terrorist regime of Bashar Assad. Syria still isn’t worth — in Bismarckian terms — the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier, far less an American soldier, sailor, airman or Marine. Three have died there, so far. One was the victim of an improvised explosive device, one was...
  • Diaspora optimistic about Indo-US ties under Modi and Trump

    06/26/2017 3:43:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | June 26, 2017 | The Press Trust of India
    The enthusiastic Indian diaspora gathered in Virginia to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address voiced optimism about the future of India-US ties under the leadership of Modi and President Donald Trump. . . Dressed in their traditional finery, the nearly 600 Indian-Americans said they believe that the millions-strong Indian diaspora in the US can make a big difference in the bilateral ties. . . Though the event was attended by more than 600 community members, it was much less compared to Modi's 2014 Madison Square Garden reception attended by over 18,000 people. . . The prime minister spoke for...