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    08/16/2019 6:21:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 16, 2019 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The British Museum tries to counter an ugly truth long captured in Western art. ... Objectively speaking, the “Slave Market” painting in question portrays a reality that has played out countless times over the centuries: African and Middle Eastern Muslims have long targeted European women—so much so as to have enslaved millions of them over the centuries. The Muslim demand for, in the words of one historian, “white-complexioned blondes, with straight hair and blue eyes,” traces back to the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, who enticed his followers to wage jihad against neighboring Byzantium by citing its blonde (“yellow”) women awaiting...
  • Six New Icebreakers To Be Built For Canadian Coast Guard

    08/14/2019 6:01:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 13, 2019 10:54 AM | Xavier Vavasseur
    Six New Icebreakers To Be Built For Canadian Coast Guard By: Xavier Vavasseur August 13, 2019 10:54 AM The Canadian Coast Guard will be procuring six new program icebreakers to replace its current aging fleet of icebreakers. The announcement was made on Aug. 2 by Canada’s Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson. Minister Wilkinson also announced that the Government of Canada is officially launching a competitive process, through an Invitation to Qualify, to add a third Canadian shipyard as a strategic partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). This new shipyard will build the new...
  • Number of Injured in Blasts at Ammo Depot in Russia's Achinsk Rises to 40

    08/14/2019 11:34:29 AM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 09:43 14.08.2019 | Olga Halmanova
    Blast at Ammo Depot in Achinsk, Russia Number of Injured in Blasts at Ammo Depot in Russia's Achinsk Rises to 40 - Medics © Sputnik / Olga Halmanova 09:43 14.08.2019 KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Sputnik) - The number of people injured in a series of explosions at an ammunition depot near the town of Achinsk in Russia's Krasnoyarsk Territory has increased to 40, a spokeswoman to the local healthcare authorities told Sputnik on Wednesday. "According to the latest information, there are 40 injured ... Eight people remain in hospitals," Zoya Melnikova said. The health authorities earlier said one person was killed and...
  • Hypersonic, Dual-Capable Missiles Pose Huge Global Threat

    08/14/2019 11:15:03 AM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    VOA News via Global Security ^ | August 13, 2019 | Henry Ridgwell
    Report: Hypersonic, Dual-Capable Missiles Pose Huge Global Threat By Henry Ridgwell August 13, 2019 New missile technologies, including so-called hypersonic systems capable of traveling at more than 25 times the speed of sound, are fueling a new global arms race, according to a new report from analyst group the European Leadership Network. The research warns that the collapse this month of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia is just the latest example of the growing pressure on the global security architecture. The researchers say new treaties are urgently needed to counter the threat...
  • Russian Nuclear Accident Highlights New Cruise Missile

    08/14/2019 10:51:15 AM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | AUGUST 14, 2019 5:00 AM | Bill Gertz -
    Russian Nuclear Accident Highlights New Cruise Missile Moscow silent on radiation spike in northern Europe Bill Gertz - AUGUST 14, 2019 5:00 AM An explosion in northern Russia last week highlights Moscow's continued work on a new strategic cruise missile powered by a nuclear reactor. The blast took place off the coast of Nenoksa, a naval missile test site, on Aug. 8 and killed five people while briefly spreading radiation in the region. The site of the accident is near the port of Severodvinsk where Russian nuclear submarines are serviced. President Trump said Monday the United States is "learning much...
  • Russia warns Google not to interfere in its upcoming elections

    08/13/2019 5:48:53 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Aug 12, 2019 | Brian Niemietz
    State communications regulators in Russia sent a letter to Google Sunday warning that election “interference” would not be tolerated. The missive seeks to discourage the ubiquitous search engine from disseminating information about “mass events, including those aimed at disrupting elections of federal and regional significance.” Among the government’s concerns are “push notices” that might help protesters and opposition parties organize rallies and political events. The country’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media warned there would be consequences for “interference” on Google’s behalf.
  • Russia Vows To Make New Weapons Amid U.S. Suspicion Of Blast That Killed Five Scientists

    08/13/2019 3:08:22 AM PDT · by robowombat · 16 replies
    RFE ^ | August 13, 2019 01:53 GMT
    Russia Vows To Make New Weapons Amid U.S. Suspicion Of Blast That Killed Five Scientists August 12, 2019 15:41 GMT UPDATED August 13, 2019 01:53 GMT By RFE/RL's Russian Service Former Rosatom head Sergei Kiriyenko said at the funeral that the victims were aware of the danger, but "took the risk, realizing that no one else would do the job better than them." Former Rosatom head Sergei Kiriyenko said at the funeral that the victims were aware of the danger, but "took the risk, realizing that no one else would do the job better than them." Russia's chief nuclear official...
  • August 12, 2019: Palestinians say West Bank not theirs?

    08/12/2019 6:17:38 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-10-19 | EZEQUIEL DOINY
    Regarding “Land for Peace” (August 11), in December 2016, the lame duck Obama administration allowed UNSC 2334 to pass, claiming that all of Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem (including the Old City, the Jewish Quarter, Temple Mount and Western Wall) are “occupied Palestinian territories.” Yet the Palestinian National Charter of 1964 defined Palestine as the pre-1967 territory of the State of Israel – specifically excluding the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, claiming they belonged to Jordan. When the area was part of Jordan, the Palestinians affirmed they did not want that land. In 1967, Israel ended the Jordanian occupation of...
  • Palestinian education needs transformation now

    08/12/2019 6:20:41 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 12, 2019 | REBECCA LANGFELDER, MALI MENDLOVIC, SIMONE STOYEN
    “Building peaceful societies” is a major goal of this year’s theme, and one which we wholeheartedly condone. This past summer we traveled all across the country as interns of the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel, and met a diverse group of people. In many of our conversations, we noticed one recurring issue when discussing any hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians: youth education. As International Youth Day is being celebrated today with “Transforming Education” as its theme, and a new school year is rapidly approaching, we find it appropriate to call for a reform of the Palestinian educational system. “Building...
  • Trump wants South Korea to pay more to keep U.S. troops there

    08/12/2019 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 31 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | 8/12/19 | Jesse Johnson
    In a move likely to have implications for Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that discussions have begun with South Korea to get the Asian ally to pay more for the cost of maintaining U.S. troops there. “South Korea has agreed to pay substantially more money to the United States in order to defend itself from North Korea,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post, saying that Seoul had paid the U.S. “very little” over the “past many decades.” “Talks have begun to further increase payments to the United States,” he wrote. “South Korea is a very wealthy nation that...
  • Russia indicates rocket engine exploded in test of mini nuclear reactor

    08/12/2019 5:59:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | August 12, 2019 | Andrew Roth and Dan Sabbagh
    Russian scientists have indicated that they were working on miniaturised sources of nuclear energy when a rocket engine exploded last week, increasing scrutiny of the possibility that the accident occurred while testing an experimental cruise missile powered by a small reactor. The explosion last Thursday at a military testing ground in Russia’s Arkhangelsk region killed at least five people and caused radiation readings in neighbouring cities to spike to 20 times their normal level for half an hour. Russia’s defence ministry said the explosion had taken place during testing of a rocket engine, but the country’s nuclear agency, Rosatom, later...
  • Moscow Antigovernment Protest Draws Tens of Thousands

    08/12/2019 2:59:05 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Aug 12, 2019 | Thomas Grove
    The biggest protest movement in Moscow in years has gripped the capital in recent weeks as loyalty to Mr. Putin has been waning among Russians who have seen their living standards slip under the weight of chronic economic problems and Western sanctions...approximately 50,000 people had joined the authorized march that took place behind police cordons with hundreds of armored riot police looking on. Demonstrations have been held weekly since July... “For a long time I’ve watched the situation in this country get worse and worse,” said Sergei Pushkaryov, 58, a businessman, who said he had protested against Mr. Putin’s re-election...
  • Harris: Russian election interference exposed race as nation's 'Achilles heel'

    08/11/2019 4:13:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/11/19 | Zack Budryk
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a presidential candidate, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election made clear that race is the “Achilles heel” of the U.S. “[T]hey decide to attack what is the strongest pillar of a democracy, which is free and open elections … And they tried out a bunch of different things. And you know what caught heat? The issue of race. So Russia exposed America's Achilles heel,” Harris said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And all of a sudden then, guess what? For those who want to marginalize the conversation about...
  • Trump: Kim wants to meet again, apologized for missile tests

    08/10/2019 12:18:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    WHAM-TV ^ | August 10, 2019 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to meet once again to "start negotiations" after joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises end. He also said Kim apologized for the flurry of recent short-range missile tests that has rattled U.S. allies in the region. Trump is tweeting more details from the "beautiful" three-page letter he told reporters on Friday that he'd received from Kim. Trump, who is on vacation at his golf club in New Jersey, said Kim spent much of his letter complaining about "the ridiculous and expensive exercises," which North...
  • Nearly 50,000 Protest for Free Elections in Moscow

    08/10/2019 7:12:08 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 27 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Aug 10 2019 | Reuters
    Nearly 50,000 Russian opposition activists and their supporters have taken to Moscow’s streets for a fifth consecutive weekend in spite of a government crackdown as support from citizens and celebrities grows across the county. The protests, which demand that Moscow authorities allow independent candidates to appear on the ballot in the city’s upcoming elections, have been the largest wave of demonstrations in Russia since 2011-2012. Independent polling this week said that Moscow residents are more likely to support the protests than oppose them. Moscow police have detained more than 2,300 people at rallies this summer protesting the candidates' exclusion. While...
  • Russian nuclear agency says five killed in accident at test site

    08/10/2019 5:55:51 AM PDT · by John W · 31 replies
    Reuters via NBC News ^ | August 10, 2019 | Reuters
    MOSCOW — Russia's state nuclear agency Rosatom said on Saturday that five of its staff members were killed in an accident during tests on a military site in northern Russia. The accident occurred during the engineering and technical support of isotope power sources on a liquid propulsion system, Rosatom said in a statement. The statement did not give details of the isotope power sources. A further three staff members suffered injuries, including burns, and were receiving medical treatment in specialized facilities, it said.
  • Russian Missile Test Site Explosion Kills 2, Injures 8.

    08/09/2019 4:14:27 PM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 8, 2019 12:49 PM | Ben Werner
    Russian Missile Test Site Explosion Kills 2, Injures 8. By: Ben Werner August 8, 2019 12:49 PM An explosion at a Russian Arctic missile test site killed two and injured at least six others Thursday, according to Russian government officials. The first reports of an incident which occurred at a base in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region started appearing on the Russian news service Interfax just before noon local time. Initial reports were sketchy, but the incident reportedly occurred during the test of a liquid jet engine typically used on rockets, according to an account posted by the BBC. TASS news...
  • (DOD IG) Report Slams US Troop Pullout from Syria

    08/07/2019 11:08:37 AM PDT · by robowombat · 27 replies
    Global Security ^ | August 6, 2019 | Jeff Seldin
    Report Slams US Troop Pullout from Syria By Jeff Seldin August 6, 2019 U.S. plans to keep just a residual force in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State may be on the verge of backfiring, with some military officials warning the strategy is giving the terror group new life. The doubts, raised in a Defense Department Inspector General report released Tuesday, come as Washington has struggled to secure additional on-the-ground help in Syria from allies and amid renewed warnings that while IS may have lost control of its self-declared caliphate, the group's fighters are far from...
  • EXCLUSIVE-Saudi boosts Russia ties with welcome for Black Sea wheat

    08/08/2019 10:20:22 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 3 replies
    Reuters by Yahoo ^ | August 8, 2019 | By Maha El Dahan and Polina Devitt
    Saudi Arabia will relax its bug-damage specifications for wheat imports from its next tender onwards, it told Reuters on Thursday, opening the door to Black Sea imports and strengthening ties with Russia beyond energy cooperation. Russia has long sought access to Saudi Arabia's wheat market as Moscow tries to take further market share in Middle Eastern and North African wheat markets from the European Union and United . Wheat from the Black Sea did not previously meet Saudi specifications for zero-pest damage, but the governor of state grain buyer SAGO, Ahmad al-Fares, told Reuters that the specifications will be relaxed...
  • North Korean leader says missile launches were 'warning' against allies' joint exercise

    08/07/2019 12:03:49 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies
    Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | 7 August 2019 | Korea Times (via Yonhap News Agency)
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this week's missile launches were an "adequate warning" against the joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States that kicked off earlier this week, state media reported Wednesday. On Tuesday, North Korea fired two projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, the fourth such launch in less than two weeks. They flew about 450 kilometers across the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). "Two tactical guided missiles launched at the operational airfield in the western area of the country flew...