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  • Pope Francis Demands Britain Hand Back Chagos Islands

    09/13/2019 6:23:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 94 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/11/19 | Adrian Blomfield
    Pope Francis has accused Britain of placing greed over humanity by refusing to hand over a disputed island archipelago in the Indian Ocean to Mauritius. In an unusually muscular foreign policy intervention, the pope suggested that Britain’s failure to heed a United Nations vote calling on it relinquish sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory was uncivilised. “Not all things that are right for humanity are right for our pocket, but international institutions must be obeyed,” the pope told journalists as he left Mauritius at the end of a three-nation tour of Africa. “If there is an internal dispute or...
  • Exiled islanders win 40-year battle to return home as judges accuse UK of abuse of power

    05/24/2007 3:19:09 PM PDT · by Androcles · 5 replies · 438+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday May 24, 2007 | Julian Borger
    Hundreds of Indian Ocean islanders who were forcibly deported from their homeland by Britain 40 years ago won a battle yesterday which could see them set sail for an emotional return within days. The court of appeal in London found the British government guilty of "abuse of power" for attempting to prevent the Chagos Islanders from reclaiming land leased from under their feet by Britain to the US in the 1960s. Three judges upheld a ruling in the islanders' favour last year, ordered the government to pay their legal costs and withheld support for an appeal to the House of...
  • Five Things They Don’t Tell You about Slavery

    09/05/2019 12:12:35 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | September 4, 2019 | Rich Lowry
    A sign commemorating the arrival of the first Africans is displayed at Chesapeake Bay, in Hampton, Va., August 24, 2019. (Michael A. McCoy/Reuters) It didn’t begin or end in the United States. The same people most obsessed with slavery seem to have little interest in the full scope of its history. There has been an effort for decades now — although with new momentum lately, as exemplified by the New York Times’ 1619 project — to identify the United States and its founding with slavery. To the extent that this campaign excavates uncomfortable truths about our history and underlines...
  • Chinese military taking 'irresponsible actions' toward U.S. forces in Djibouti, intel chief says

    06/16/2019 2:00:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2019 | Geoff Hill
    The Chinese military is guilty of “irresponsible actions” toward American forces stationed at Djibouti’s Camp Lemonnier on the Horn of Africa, a senior U.S. military intelligence officer said. The home of U.S. military operations in the region and the biggest U.S. base on the continent, Camp Lemonnier is near the People’s Liberation Army’s first overseas military base, and the proximity has been a continuing source of tension. Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, director of intelligence at the U.S. Africa Command, told a small group of African-based journalists in a telephone media roundtable that China tried to “constrain international airspace” by barring...
  • Fewer Chinese submarines in Indian Ocean since October (trunc)

    04/24/2019 9:10:15 PM PDT · by libh8er · 17 replies
    India Times ^ | 4.25.2019 | Manu Pubby
    New Delhi: Chinese submarine movements in the Indian Ocean Region have reduced significantly, with no detected presence since October last year when a deployment had to be aborted midway due to a suspected technical fault, government sources have told ET. While the Chinese 32nd escort task force is replacing the 31st in the Gulf of Aden on anti-piracy duties, military watchers have been keeping a sharp eye on its submarines deployments, which had intensified starting 2013 with a nuclear submarine being spotted in the region. Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has been maintaining operational deployment in the Arabian Sea since the...
  • Strange waves rippled around the world, and nobody knows why

    11/29/2018 4:08:29 PM PST · by ETL · 70 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Nov 28, 2018 | Maya Wei-Haas
    On the morning of November 11, just before 9:30 UT, a mysterious rumble rolled around the world. The seismic waves began roughly 15 miles off the shores of Mayotte, a French island sandwiched between Africa and the northern tip of Madagascar. The waves buzzed across Africa, ringing sensors in Zambia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. They traversed vast oceans, humming across Chile, New Zealand, Canada, and even Hawaii nearly 11,000 miles away. These waves didn't just zip by; they rang for more than 20 minutes. And yet, it seems, no human felt them. Only one person noticed the odd signal on the...
  • The mystery of the 'rumble in the Indian Ocean': Strange seismic waves that shook the world...

    11/29/2018 3:05:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/29/2018 | CHeyenn Macdonald and Harry Pettitt
    Full Title: "The mystery of the 'rumble in the Indian Ocean': Strange seismic waves that shook the world on November 11 baffle researchers" Mysterious seismic waves in the Indian Ocean that were picked up by monitoring stations from Madagascar to Canada three weeks ago have baffled scientists. Researchers and earthquake enthusiasts who spotted the signals have narrowed down the origin to a region just off the coast of the island Mayotte. The slow waves detected on November 11 rumbled for more than 20 minutes, unbeknownst to most people. They are similar to those typically seen after large earthquakes, which are...
  • Malaysian Airlines MH370: Huge 50 foot waves cripple salvage op -- plane may never be found

    04/29/2018 1:08:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Express UK ^ | Friday, April 27, 2018 | Latifa Yedroudj
    The search consists of a 65-man vessel Seabed Constructor equipped geared to scouring the depths of the Indian Ocean for any sight of plane debris from the MH370 aircraft. But, four years after the plane went missing, the latest searches through the Indian Ocean has revealed nothing -- after 16,000sq km of the planned 25,000sq km area was combed through. The search location was pinpointed by an Australian Oceanographer as the most likely spot the plane would be. The Malaysian government paid Ocean Infinity $20 million for 5,000 square km of a successful search, $30 million for 15,000 square km,...
  • Macron and Modi sign key security deal with an eye on China

    03/10/2018 11:55:00 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    thelocal.fr ^ | March 10, 2018 | AFP,franceisback
    French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said defence ties with India had reached a new high after the two nations signed a key security accord for the Indian Ocean to counter China's growing influence in the region. "Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance," Macron said as a gushing Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood by his side. Under the deal, India and France will open their naval bases to warships from each other, a move seen as an attempt to undermine China's territorial ambitions. "A strong part of our security and the world's stability is at...
  • Rift Between China, International Community Over Maldives Growing (VOA News)

    02/09/2018 6:23:13 PM PST · by cba123 · 11 replies
    VOA News ^ | February 09, 2018 9:13 AM | Bill Ide, Saibal Dasgupta
    BEIJING — China has waded into a growing political crisis involving the small island nation of Maldives, urging the international community to play what it calls a "constructive role" in the ongoing dispute, putting itself at odds with the United Nations on the issue. The Maldives, which is known more for its luxury resorts, has become an increasingly important part of China's global trade and infrastructure project, the "Belt and Road" initiative. It is also seen by analysts as a key strategic outpost in the Indian Ocean, despite its close proximity to India. Earlier this month, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen...
  • US company resumes search for missing MH370 airliner

    01/06/2018 11:06:28 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    US-based company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel this past week to look in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from the plane. "The basis of the offer from Ocean Infinity is based on 'no cure, no fee,'" Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Saturday, meaning payment will be made only if the company finds the wreckage. "That means they are willing to search the area of 25,000 square kilometres pointed out by the expert group near the Australian waters. I don't want to give too much hope ... to the [next of kin]," he added. Ocean Infinity...
  • Tidalgate: Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise

    12/07/2017 3:00:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/6/17 | James Delingpole
    Alarmist scientists have been caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.The raw (unadjusted) data from three Indian Ocean gauges – Aden, Karachi and Mumbai – showed that local sea level trends in the last 140 years had been very gently rising, neutral or negative (ie sea levels had fallen). But after the evidence had been adjusted by tidal records gatekeepers at the global databank Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) it suddenly showed a sharp and dramatic rise.The whistle was blown by two Australian scientists Dr. Albert Parker and Dr. Clifford Ollier in a paper for Earth Systems and Environment.
  • Doklam standoff: Countering China in the backyard, Indian Navy silently tightens grip over...

    08/24/2017 7:22:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    India Today ^ | August 24, 2017 | Sudhi Ranjan Sen
    Doklam standoff: Countering China in the backyard, Indian Navy silently tightens grip over Indian Ocean New Delhi has tasked the Indian Navy to silently spread its influence and further strengthen its grip over the Indian Ocean Region. Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Posted by Bijin Jose New Delhi, August 24, 2017 | UPDATED 15:11 IST As countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand keenly watch the outcome of the standoff at the Doklam in Bhutan between the Indian and Chinese armies; New Delhi has tasked the Indian Navy to silently spread its influence and further strengthen its grip over the Indian...
  • Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel (WP = BS)

    04/03/2017 3:04:10 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 45 replies
    Wash Post via MSN.com ^ | 4/3/2017 | Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff, Karen DeYoung
    he United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with...
  • The Search for MH370 Revealed Secrets of the Deep Ocean

    03/12/2017 9:24:01 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10 Mar, 2017 | SARAH ZHANG
    A remote part of the Indian Ocean has become, by chance, one of the best-mapped parts of the underwater world. The ocean is vast, deep, and unexplored. When Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared three years ago this week, the search brought the ocean’s vastness into sharp relief. This is how deep and dark it is three miles down. This is how unlikely you are to spot a downed airliner in 120,000 square nautical miles of open ocean. This is how much we know about the ocean floor—less than we know about the surface of Mars. As the search dragged on...
  • China military to set up first overseas base in Horn of Africa

    03/31/2016 6:44:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3/31/2016 | Katrina Manson
    <p>China is set to install "a few thousand" troops and staff at its first ever overseas military base, the first permanent overseas deployment by Chinese armed forces.</p> <p>The new naval facility will sit in the same city as America's own sprawling African military headquarters in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa country where the US has a 4,500-strong base running counter-terrorism operations across the region. Japan, which also has its only overseas military base in Djibouti, already faces a tense stand-off with China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.</p>
  • Egyptian paper: Israel-India nuke test caused tsunami

    01/06/2005 11:19:20 AM PST · by Lori675 · 51 replies · 3,473+ views
    The earthquake that struck the Indian Ocean on December 26, triggering a series of huge waves called tsunami, "was possibly" caused by an Indian nuclear experiment in which "Israeli and American nuclear experts participated," an Egyptian weekly magazine reported Thursday. According to Al-Osboa', India, in its heated nuclear race with Pakistan, has lately received sophisticated nuclear know-how from the United States and Israel, both of which "showed readiness to cooperate with India in experiments to exterminate humankind." Since 1992, the magazine argued, leading geological centers in Britain, Turkey and other countries, warned of the need "not to hold nuclear experiments...
  • Satellite Detects About 300 Objects ... ‘Highly Likely That It Is Trash’

    03/27/2014 4:47:36 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 54 replies
    PERTH, Australia (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — A Thai satellite has detected about 300 objects near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, officials in Bangkok said Thursday, but there was little chance of getting human eyes across those items in the near term as weather again forced officials to halt the search for debris by air. Anond Snidvongs, director of Thailand’s space technology development agency, said Thursday the images showed “300 objects of various sizes” in the southern Indian Ocean about 1,675 miles southwest of Perth. He said the images were taken by the Thaichote satellite on Monday, took...
  • Third Fugro Vessel Joins Search for MH370

    12/03/2015 1:43:29 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 12 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | 12/02/15 | gcaptain
    Fugro will be providing an additional vessel in the search for missing flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
  • Is this MH370? US pilot believes he's found wreckage of missing airliner

    05/09/2014 11:26:33 AM PDT · by Renfield · 51 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4-28-2014 | Lydia Warren
    (Poster's note: I searched by title and keyword and didn't find this already on FR) A pilot from New York believes he has found the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 off the coast of Thailand after searching thousands of satellite images online. Michael Hoebel, 60, spent hours trawling through the images made available to the public on a crowd-sourcing website, TomNod.com, before coming across what he believes is the doomed plane. The recreational pilot from Tonawanda said he was shocked to discover that the aircraft, which vanished two months ago, appeared to be in one piece beneath...