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  • Kazakhstan becomes toxic graveyard for US diplomacy ---- As political winds shift, a US-funded biosecurity lab in Almaty could become a major embarrassment for Washington

    01/12/2022 7:18:07 PM PST · by elpadre · 32 replies
    asiatimes.com ^ | January 12, 2022 | MK Bhadrakumar
    The Kazakh Ministry of Health has issued an innocuous disclaimer, denying social media reports about the seizure of a “military biological lab near Almaty by unidentified people.” According to Russia’s Tass news agency, social media had speculated that specialists in chemical protection suits were working near the lab as “a leak of dangerous pathogens” occurred. The carefully worded press release by the Kazakh ministry clarifies: “This is not true. The facility is being protected.” Period. The intriguing report highlights the tip of an iceberg that has implications for public health and holds serious geopolitical ramifications. Since the late 1990s, when...
  • BREAKING: The Taliban has invited 6 countries to take part in the formal announcement of their new government: Turkey, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and Qatar

    09/06/2021 9:09:45 PM PDT · by White Lives Matter · 30 replies
    Jack Posobiec on Twitter ^ | September 6, 2021 | Jack Posobiec
    Jack Posobiec Flag of United States @JackPosobiec · 1h BREAKING: The Taliban has invited 6 countries to take part in the formal announcement of their new government: Turkey, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and Qatar Are you paying attention yet? 9:15PM • Sep 6, 2021
  • ISRAEL BRACING FOR IRAN TO POSSIBLY STRIKE FROM THEIR OWN TERRITORY

    04/09/2021 2:56:39 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    israel365 ^ | 4/8/21 | David Sidman
    In response to their recent exchange of naval attacks, which reached its height on Tuesday with a strike on an Iranian spy ship in the Red Sea, Israel is readying for a potential assault on its own assets inside Israel from Iran’s territory reports Israel Hayom. The Saviz ship which featured an Iranian flag was hit with water mines attached to its hull on Wednesday. Israel did not claim responsibility for the attack, however, foreign media outlets are reporting that the IDF’s Shayetet 13 naval commandos executed the hit, which was the most recent in a slew of operations against...
  • Why is the US ‘removing’ military assets from the Gulf?

    04/03/2021 1:17:06 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 79 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 04/03/2021 | Staff
    President Joe Biden is reportedly pulling troops and equipment out of the Gulf region.President Biden has ordered the Pentagon to remove some United States military assets and forces from the Gulf, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.At least three Patriot anti-missile batteries have reportedly been withdrawn, including one from a base in Saudi Arabia.Biden has pledged to recalibrate US-Saudi ties since taking office in January, including freezing the sale of some weapons used by the kingdom in the war in Yemen. But his administration also says it does not want to destroy the relationship. It says it...
  • Trump Administration to Designate Cuba a State Sponsor of Terror

    01/11/2021 8:36:11 AM PST · by Navy Patriot
    Newssmacks ^ | January 11, 2021
    The Trump administration will place Cuba back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday, according to two senior State Department officials, reversing an Obama-era decision and making it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to quickly revive diplomatic ties with Havana.Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is expected to indicate he’s designating Cuba because the country continues to harbor American fugitives including Joanne Chesimard, convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, and refuses a Colombian extradition request for National Liberation Army members linked to a 2019 bombing that killed 22.Cuba joins only Syria, Iran and North...
  • White House Siege Organizers Release New Tactical Briefings with Image of White House in Flames

    09/15/2020 8:27:53 AM PDT · by bitt · 29 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 9/13/2020 | Christina Laila
    White House siege organizers on Thursday released new tactical briefings with an image of the White House in flames. Marxist operatives, with the support of the Democrat party are burning and pillaging cities across the country. Stores are looted and government buildings are attacked on a weekly basis by far left terrorists. A couple weeks ago, Marxist operatives announced a “50 day siege” on the White House. Twitter is allowing this group to organize and openly call for the overthrow of the government on its platform. They plan on starting the siege on September 17th, to continue for 50 days,...
  • Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership

    07/12/2020 7:04:28 PM PDT · by mikeIII · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 12, 2020 | Farnaz Fassihi and Steven Lee Myers
    The investment and security pact would vastly extend China’s influence in the Middle East, throwing Iran an economic lifeline and creating new flash points with the United States. Iran and China have quietly drafted a sweeping economic and security partnership that would clear the way for billions of dollars of Chinese investments in energy and other sectors, undercutting the Trump administration’s efforts to isolate the Iranian government because of its nuclear and military ambitions.
  • Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for 'poorer, more dangerous' world and rise of China

    06/30/2020 7:24:20 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 12 replies
    https://www.abc.net.au ^ | 6/30/2020 | By political reporter Jade Macmillan and defence correspondent Andrew Greene
    Australia will build a larger and more aggressive military focused on its immediate backyard, including new long-range missiles, signalling a major shift in the nation's defence strategy. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled a greater focus on the Indo-Pacific region, warning Australia needs to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is "poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly". Mr Morrison also announced a commitment to spend $270 billion over the next decade on defence capabilities, including more potent strike weapons, cyber capabilities and a high-tech underwater surveillance system. Over the next decade the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is expected to...
  • As UN panel examines 'systemic racism' in US, some countries say America is an unfair playing field

    06/17/2020 9:03:27 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2020 | Frank Miles
    As the top human rights body of the United Nations seeks international scrutiny of systemic racism in response to the recent killings of African Americans by police, some countries are wondering if there is a double standard at play for America rather than the ways other countries are targeted for human rights violations because of dehumanizing their people. A draft resolution, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, singles out the United States and could become the centerpiece of a hastily scheduled debate by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. The text calls for a...
  • Planeloads of Cash From Russia Have Been Shipped to Venezuela

    11/01/2019 11:55:28 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 1, 2019 | Patricia Laya
    Hundreds of millions of dollars in cash has been shipped from Russia to Venezuela, providing a lifeline to the South American country as U.S. sanctions limit its access to the global financial system. A total of $315 million of U.S. dollar and euro notes were sent in six separate shipments from Moscow to Caracas from May 2018 to April 2019, according to data reviewed by Bloomberg from ImportGenius, which compiled Russian customs records it obtains through private sources. ...As a consequence of the scrutiny, the central bank is conducting more transactions in cash, sometimes offering local clients access to euro...
  • Signs From North Korea Only Raise More Questions About Absent Kim Jong Un

    04/29/2020 1:56:52 PM PDT · by Bon mots · 7 replies
    US News ^ | April 29, 2020, at 8:09 a.m. | Paul D. Shinkman
    President Donald Trump has said he knows something of the North Korean leader’s condition – but he won’t disclose it. NORTH KOREA THIS WEEK provided halting signs that leader Kim Jong Un remains in power and control as sensational reports circulated unabated across the world claiming he is grievously ill or perhaps even dead. Though their significance is disputed, a series of dispatches were reportedly issued in Kim's name to Syria, Cuba and South Africa as well as a letter of praise for local workers. But, as is historically the case when issues arise about its leader's fitness, signals from...
  • Iran summons Swiss ambassador amid warnings it will destroy US warships

    04/23/2020 5:59:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    France24 ^ | April 23, 2020
    Iran has summoned the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, who represents US interests in the country, over recent Gulf tensions, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday, according to the IRIB news agency. The ambassador was given a message to pass on to the United States that Iran will strongly defend its maritime rights in the Gulf and respond to any threats. Iran warned it will destroy US warships if its security is threatened in the Gulf, the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards told state TV on Thursday, a day after US President Donald Trump warned Tehran over...
  • US Flies Spy Plane over Korean Peninsula Following N.K.'s Missile Launch

    03/31/2020 6:55:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | Apr 1, 2020 | Yonhap
    A US surveillance aircraft has flown over South Korea, an aviation tracker said Wednesday, on an apparent mission to monitor North Korea just days after the communist nation fired what are believed to be two short-range ballistic missiles. The US Navy's EP-3E was spotted in skies above South Korea on Tuesday, Aircraft Spots tweeted. The operation came two days after North Korea fired two projectiles from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan toward the East Sea, marking the fourth major weapons test the North has conducted this year. The United States flew the same type of plane over the peninsula...
  • North Korea leader Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in new letter: report

    09/15/2019 6:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WTVB-FM ^ | September 15, 2019 | Jack Kim, Reuters
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. The letter, the second Trump received from Kim last month amid stalled denuclearization talks between the two countries, pre-dated North Korea's latest launch of short-range projectiles a week ago. In the second letter, which was passed to Trump in the third week of August, Kim spoke of his willingness to meet Trump for another summit, one source reportedly told the Joongang Ilbo newspaper. The White House, the U.S. State Department...
  • North Korean leader in grave danger after surgery

    04/20/2020 6:51:52 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 193 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/20/20 | Jim Sciutto
    The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after a surgery, according to a US official with direct knowledge.
  • Foreign powers test US defenses amid coronavirus pandemic

    04/19/2020 10:05:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/19/20 08:00 AM EDT | ELLEN MITCHELL
    Foreign powers test US defenses amid coronavirus pandemic BY ELLEN MITCHELL - 04/19/20 08:00 AM EDT U.S. adversaries are probing America's defenses as the world is preoccupied with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In the past two weeks, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea have all moved to test Washington in the sea, in the air and on land as U.S. forces have become more restricted in movement amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. “Exactly how distracted is the U.S. military? They want to know,” said Susanna Blume, the director of the defense program at the Center for...
  • China's first bio-safety level 4 lab put into operation [From Jan 2018]

    01/30/2020 9:02:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | January 4, 2018 | Editor: Xiang Bo
    BEIJING -- China has opened its first bio-safety level four laboratory, capable of conducting experiments with highly pathogenic microorganisms, according to the national health authority on Thursday. Wuhan national bio-safety level four lab of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Wuhan P4 lab) is part of Sino-French cooperation in prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, said the Department of Health Science, Technology and Education with the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Level four is the highest bio-safety level, used for diagnostic work and research on easily transmitted pathogens which can cause fatal disease, including Ebola virus. The Wuhan P4...
  • Report Claims China Knew About Coronavirus a Full Month Before They Admitted It

    03/16/2020 5:38:24 PM PDT · by Steve1999 · 17 replies
    NewsPushed ^ | 03-16-20 | David Lindfield
    A new report claims that the first people infected with the virus took sick more than a month before China ever admitted the virus existed, according to The Western Journal. Based on Chinese government documents to which it had access, the South China Morning Post reported that a 55-year-old in the Hubei province, which contains the city of Wuhan, contracted the disease on Nov. 17.
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Surge' of coronavirus lies from adversaries seeking to blame U.S. floods web

    03/15/2020 7:12:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Updated: 9:07 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020 | Guy Taylor
    China, Russia and Iran are flooding the global information space with false claims about the new coronavirus, according to U.S. officials, who say one of the biggest lies — that the virus that causes COVID-19 is a U.S. bioweapon and was brought to China by U.S. Army personnel — is just the latest in a “surge of propaganda” aimed at undermining America’s image on the world stage. Beijing, Moscow and Tehran are using a vast web of social media accounts, fake news outlets and state-controlled global satellite media to promote false claims by academics and, at times, government officials to...
  • Witness In Iran Sanctions Case Says Turkey's Erdogan Aided Evasion Scheme

    12/13/2017 2:35:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | December 12, 2017 | With reporting by Bloomberg, Newsday, and Reuters
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the targets of an investigation in Turkey into suspected bribery and money laundering in connection with a scheme to help Iran evade sanctions, a former Istanbul police officer has testified. The officer, Huseyin Korkmaz, told a New York court on December 11 that the Turkish investigation that he led in 2012-2013 initially focused on Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who U.S. prosecutors have said was the mastermind behind the Iran sanctions evasion scheme, but later grew to include dozens of others. He called Erdogan the "No. 1" target in a group that also included...