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  • Ankara must go through US, Russia to get to YPG

    09/08/2017 11:18:50 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 6, 2017 | Semih Idiz
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is keeping on the table the topic of a military operation against US- and Russian-allied Syrian Kurds operating under the banner of the People's Protection Units (YPG).“Despite the problems we are having with our allies, we are not stepping back from our plans or operations,” Erdogan told his guests during the Victory Day reception Aug. 30.  “They have to know that we are preparing to do whatever we did with [Operation] Euphrates Shield,” he added, referring to the 216-day military incursion Turkey launched into northern Syria a little over a year ago. Ankara said at the...
  • South Korea, U.S. to scrap warhead weight limit on South Korean missiles: Blue House

    09/04/2017 12:15:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 46 replies ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 | Christine Kim
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump agreed on Monday to scrap a warhead weight limit on South Korea’s missiles in the wake of North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, South Korea’s presidential office said. In a separate phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin also on Monday, Moon said the U.N. Security Council should seek ways to sever North Korea’s foreign currency income, including from its workers employed abroad and oil shipments. Under the existing missile pact between the United States and South Korea, Seoul’s warheads currently face a cap of 500 kg...
  • Did China Hack The 7Th Fleet?

    08/21/2017 8:25:04 AM PDT · by Djl3668 · 106 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | Faiysir | Omaid
    Today the USS McCain collided a merchant vessel, marking the 4th incident in the past year at the Navy. The timeline is as follows: 8/19/2016 — USS Louisiana 5/09/2017 — USS Lake Champlain 6/17/2017 — USS Fitzgerald 8/21/2017 — USS McCain These ships share similarities, they are all based in Yokosuka Naval Base, and the USS McCain & USS Fitzgerald are both part of Destroyer Squadron 15 and the Seventh Fleet. While accidents and mistakes do happen, the number of collisions in the past year is extremely rare, and it is now within the realm of possibility that these accidents were not accidents. Both China and Russia have...
  • A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

    08/03/2017 10:13:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 88 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 2, 2017 | Jason Horowitz
    Two close associates of Pope Francis have accused American Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump, further alienating a group already out of the Vatican’s good graces. The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.” The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed dangerously into the deepening political polarization in the United States. The writers...
  • Almost ALL Developed Nations Require Voter ID – Why Not the US?

    07/31/2017 6:05:53 PM PDT · by davikkm · 36 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    The idea that to ask voters to provide photographic identification to either register to vote or to actually vote is neither uncommon, nor new. It is a process used in most of the world’s developed nation. And the reason they do it is…To prevent Voter Fraud. If a nation does not take its elections seriously, then it does not take the rights of its citizens seriously; consider that the UN actually has “vote checking” teams who oversee elections and electoral processes around the world because of the prevalence of attempted voter fraud and voter intimidation. Why then, does the US...
  • US Condemns Elections in Venezuela – Promises Strong and Swift Action Against Regime

    07/30/2017 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/30/17 | Jim Hoft
    The Trump Administration released a statement tonight condemning the illegitimate elections. The US promised “strong and swift” action against the architects of the authoritarianism.
  • US orders relatives of embassy staff to leave Venezuela

    07/28/2017 7:10:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | July 28, 2017 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The US State Department on Thursday ordered the family members of its embassy staff in Caracas to leave Venezuela and authorized the voluntary departure of its employees as a political crisis appeared headed for a dangerous showdown. Its advisory also warned citizens against traveling to the South American country "due to social unrest, violent crime, and pervasive food and medicine shortages." The move came as the embattled government of President Nicolas Maduro was on a deadly collision course with the opposition, which defied a government ban to hold a nationwide strike ahead of a controversial weekend vote.
  • China's Strategy and US Nuclear Weapons

    07/27/2017 2:02:29 PM PDT · by Sawdring
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ^ | Jul 26, 2017 | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has some interesting videos on a range of topics but some of their videos on nuclear deterrence and war fighting are good. Enjoy watching China's Strategy and US Nuclear Weapons.
  • Can the US get a foot in Vietnam’s door?

    07/25/2017 9:57:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 25th July 2017 | Wendell Minnick
    The China-Vietnam relationship might be less complicated than Washington would wish, despite BeijingÂ’s recent threat to use force against Hanoi to stop drilling in the South China Sea. Interestingly, there was nothing in the 31 May joint statement issued by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc that would commit the US to assisting Hanoi in its current dealings with Chinese threats. Those in Washington who see Vietnam as a potential ally against China have quite possibly ignored the powerful and corrupting influence of cross-border trade between China and Vietnam. While attending IMDEX in Singapore in May, a...
  • A partisan vision at the Vatican? Further thoughts on that Civilta Cattolica essay

    07/21/2017 7:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholiic Culture ^ | July 19, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    A week after the appearance of the Spadaro-Figueroa rant against American conservatives, I am still shaking my head with disbelief, wondering how a semi-official Vatican journal could have published such a harshly partisan and grossly misinformed analysis of American politics. I am not alone. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia was characteristically polite but firm in his critique, describing the already infamous Civilta Cattolica essay as “an exercise in dumbing down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/evangelical cooperation on religious freedom and other key issues.” Archbishop Chaput—who has been a prime mover in Catholic-Evangelical cooperation, and thus implicitly a target...
  • Shariah Patrols are a Reality in European Nations – The US is Next

    07/14/2017 3:38:29 PM PDT · by davikkm · 35 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Unless you have been living in a vacuum these past few years, it can’t have escaped your attention that in heavily Muslim populated areas (especially in Europe), there are “Shariah Patrols” wandering the streets enforcing the Tenets of Shariah and Islam on the non-Muslim population. This is happening in Germany, in Denmark, in Belgium, and the UK. It is getting more and more prevalent, and the European governments will do nothing to stop it. A prominent case in Germany of seven men wearing Hi-Res Vests with “Shariah Police” printed o them took to the streets to stop people drinking, playing...
  • U.S. Tells North Korea It Is Prepared to Go to War

    07/05/2017 11:37:10 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07/05/17 | Jonathan Cheng
    Pyongyang claims a further breakthrough toward a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach American cities SEOUL—The U.S. warned North Korea that it is ready to fight if provoked, as Pyongyang claimed another weapons-development breakthrough following its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile a day earlier. The regime, having demonstrated its capacity to reach the U.S. with a missile, on Wednesday touted another achievement of the test launch: It claimed that its missile warhead—the forward section, which carries the explosive—can withstand the extreme heat and pressure of re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. If true—the claim couldn’t be independently verified—that would clear another hurdle...
  • The Little Known Story of the Declaration of Independence

    07/03/2017 8:52:33 AM PDT · by V K Lee · 16 replies ^ | 7/3/17 | Scott S. Powell
    July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is a much more lighthearted and festive American holiday -- with cookouts, parades, beach and boating parties and fireworks -- than other patriotic holidays such Memorial Day or Veterans Day. Most people forget that when the 56 members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, they were in fact signing their death warrants. At the time, Great Britain was the most powerful nation on earth, while the thirteen American colonies were poor and disunited. The British Crown deemed the issuance of a declaration of independence an act of treason,...
  • UN Warns Trump – US Can Be Replaced, Cough Up The Cash

    07/02/2017 7:01:16 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 86 replies
    Rick ^ | 6/22/2017 | Rick Wells
    Warnings to the United States are being issued by the globalist leech in charge at the UN, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. On Tuesday, the open borders communist operative cautioned President Trump that we could be replaced. We should be so fortunate and ought to, in fact, work to help guarantee that happens. There must be plenty of countries around the world ready to take on the “developing nations” as national dependents, though they may have to “sweeten the deal” with a little slave labor or territory, something that isn’t presently required. Guterres told reporters at his first press conference since taking...
  • Erdogan accuses opposition Republican Party of being affiliated with ‘terrorists’

    07/02/2017 11:16:47 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    KOM News ^ | 2 July 2017 09:33 CEST | none stated
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the country’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) over the march to protest against sentencing the party’s deputy leader to 25 years and accused the party of being affiliated with terrorists.“If you are launching a march for terrorists and for their supporters, something which you have never thought about doing against terrorist groups, you can convince no one that your aim is justice,” Erdogan said, as quoted by the state-run Anadolu Agency.On 14 June, a court sentenced CHP’s Enis Berberoglu to 25 years in jail citing his role in leaking classified documents to...
  • Turkish Onslaught on Kurdish SDF Dies Down Without the US Lifting a Finger >more

    06/29/2017 7:08:41 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Russian Insider ^ | 6-29-17 | RI staff
    The massive Turkish bombardment of Kurdish-held north-western Syria we reported yesterday has died down now. How did that happen? The Turkish and American defense ministers met in Brussels ahead of a scheduled NATO meeting, but there was no indication this had anything to do with it. Perhaps it was the other way around and the Turks scheduled the bombardment ahead of the meeting precisely to keep their grievances on the agenda in Brussels. In any case, it was also reported yesterday that Russians had evacuated their base in Kurdish-held Afrin enclave, perhaps to give the Turks a free hand against...
  • Kurds reaching critical juncture in US partnership

    06/22/2017 9:44:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    al-Monitor ^ | June 22, 2017 | Fehim Tastekin
    US President Donald Trump is wavering between members of his team who want to expand the war in Syria by also targeting Iranian-linked elements and those who say such a step would mean endless conflict in the region. This internal US disarray further complicates already-complex field developments in the Syrian civil war and the battle against the Islamic State (IS). Whichever way US policy in Syria moves, it's clear there will be no changes in its position on the Kurds. Beyond driving IS out of Raqqa, the United States appears to have long-range plans for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in which the Kurdish People’s Protection...
  • Armed Russian Jet Comes Within 5 Feet Of US Recon Jet

    06/20/2017 5:57:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/20/17
    An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.
  • Russia Warns It Will Treat US-Led Coalition Jets In Syria As Targets

    06/19/2017 6:24:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | 06/19/17 | Luis Martinez
    The Russian Defense Ministry blasted the U.S.' shooting down of a Syrian regime fighter jet as a "massive violation of international law" and said it will begin treating U.S.-led coalition jets flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as targets. The ministry's comments Monday came after a U.S. Navy fighter jet on Sunday shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces who are fighting ISIS in the country. It was the first time the U.S. has engaged in air-to-air combat in Syria and signaled an escalation of the conflict. The incident is also...
  • U.S. says it downed Syrian warplane that attacked U.S.-backed fighters

    06/18/2017 2:22:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-18-17 | Matt Spetalnick
    A U.S. warplane on Sunday shot down a Syrian military aircraft that dropped bombs near U.S.-backed fighters in Syria, the U.S. military said. The U.S. Central Command issued a statement saying the plane was downed "in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces," identified as fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqah.