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Hamas Head: “We’ll Bomb Tel Aviv For 6 Mths., Benny Gantz Will Regret The Day He Was Born”

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Hamas Head: “We’ll Bomb Tel Aviv For 6 Mths., Benny Gantz Will Regret The Day He Was Born”

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Monday threatened to relentlessly attack Tel Aviv, turning Israeli cities into “ghost towns” if Israel dares to attack Gaza.

Sinwar continued his threat by warning that “Hamas has enough missiles to launch rockets into Tel Aviv and cause red alert alarms for six months straight.”

Sinwar’s remarks were prompted by Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz’s statements following a barrage of at least 10 rockets from the Gaza Strip on Israel’s south on Friday night, in which a home in Sderot suffered a direct hit.

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Report: Advanced Israeli Missile Falls into Russian Hands

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Report: Advanced Israeli Missile Falls into Russian Hands

News outlets in the Far East were reporting Wednesday morning that a missile from the Israeli David’s Sling interceptor system was discovered in Syria and transferred to the Russian military.

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Electrical Engineer 2 (RF Test)

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FL-Okaloosa County, The successful candidate will assist the 53d Electronic Warfare Group (53 EWG), 53d Wing, at Eglin AFB, Florida. The 53 EWG is the technical focal point for all electronic warfare (EW) support of warfighter systems for the Combat Air Forces (CAF). The mission of the 53 EWG is to develop and test mission data (MD) to defeat enemy radar and infrared guided missile systems, thus enhancing aircrew and
          

Mill Creek residents encouraged to host USS Ralph Johnson crew members for a holiday meal

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This Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, the City of Mill Creek would like to connect Mill Creek families with crew members from the USS Ralph Johnson; an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer stationed at Naval Station Everett.

By Mill Creek Communications and Marketing Coordinator Meredith Cook, November 5, 2019.

This Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, the City of Mill Creek would like to connect Mill Creek families with crew members from the USS Ralph Johnson; an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer stationed at Naval Station Everett.

Local families will have the opportunity to provide homesick crew members with a holiday meal and a family-oriented experience.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to support our local service men and women,” said Gordon Brink, the City’s Interim Director of Communications and Marketing.

He added, “The holidays are meant to be spent in togetherness, so I think hosting crew members for a home cooked meal is a simple act that could mean so much to someone.”

This voluntary act of hospitality is part of the City of Mill Creek’s promise to the crew members; a promise made last March when the Mill Creek City Council adopted the USS Ralph Johnson.

The U.S. Navy’s adopt-a-ship program aims to strengthen ties between the troops assigned to the ship, its home port base and the local community.

At the March 9th city council meeting, the Mill Creek City Council dubbed USS Ralph Johnson crew members honorary Mill Creek residents. Mayor Pam Pruitt voiced a proclamation asking all Mill Creek residents to extend a hand of friendship and sense of home to the crew members. 

If interested in hosting a crew member of the USS Ralph Johnson for the holidays, please reach out to Gordon Brink at (425) 921-5737 or gordonb@cityofmillcreek.com.

This Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, the City of Mill Creek would like to connect Mill Creek families with crew members from the USS Ralph Johnson; an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer stationed at Naval Station Everett.

The USS Ralph Johnson at sea. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

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World News (Nov 6, 2019 EDN): UK’s National Health Service To Deny Treatment To “Racists” And “Sexists” – Watch: Chinese Social Credit Score Publicly Shames ‘Bad Citizen’ For Jaywalking – “The Greatest Fool”: China May Invest Up To $10 Billion In Aramco IPO – US Constructing Two New Bases In Syria’s Oil-Rich Region – Trump OKs Wider Syria Oil Mission, Raising Legal Questions – US ‘pullout’ from Syria looking more like permanent occupation with 800 troops reporte

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AND NOW… UK's National Health Service To Deny Treatment To "Racists" And "Sexists" https://t.co/VzWyvJgRLV — zerohedge (@zerohedge) November 6, 2019 A National Health Service trust in the UK has announced that it will deny treatment to patients it deems are ‘racists’ or ‘sexists’. First it was social media, then it was bank accounts & mortgages. ... Read more
          

Russia ‘given Israel’s top interceptor missile’

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Missile technology could be used to defeat Raytheon’s state-of-the-art defense systems


          

Aric Almirola — a.k.a. ‘The Cuban Missile’ — hopes to finish season strong in #Homestead

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The first stop for Aric Almirola every time he steps off the plane in South Florida ahead of a race weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway is to find somewhere to get Cuban food for lunch. Almirola, ...
          

Boeing спасет космический корабль при аварии: где и когда смотреть трансляцию

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Boeing спасет космический корабль при аварии: где и когда смотреть трансляцию
Boeing спасет космический корабль при аварии: где и когда смотреть трансляцию

4 ноября, в 16:00, Аэрокосмическое управление США вместе с компанией Boeing проведет в штате Нью-Мексико важный тест. Специалисты проверят работу системы аварийного спасения экипажа космического корабля CST-100 Starliner в предстартовые мгновения (с земли).

Испытание проведут на стартовой площадке LC-32 полигона армии США White Sands Missile Range, сообщает Информатор Tech. Площадка находится в 200 км на севере от Эль-Пасо. Трансляция пройдет на официальном YouTube-канале NASA.

На тест беспилотного режима отведут 3 часа. Всего планируется запустить 4 двигателя системы аварийного спасения и двигатели системы ориентации. Специалисты должны обеспечить отвод капсулы от стартовой площадки на 1 600 метров. После этого для ее мягкого спуска специалисты задействуют парашютную систему. Как это может выглядеть:

Чтобы система аварийного спасения прошла сертификацию, все этапы процедуры в самые критические мгновения необходимо соблюсти с точностью до миллисекунды. Также во время теста специалисты будут оценивать возможности многих других компонентов, включая авионику, системы связи и реагирования.

Ранее сообщалось, что NASA перенесло пилотируемые полеты SpaceX и Boeing на 2020 год. Помимо этого, Boeing испытала парашюты многоразового космического корабля Starliner.

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Erdoğan likely to push Trump to reverse ‘double whammy’

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Erdoğan likely to push Trump to reverse ‘double whammy’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly shown the ability to influence and manipulate U.S. President Donald Trump, though two resolutions passed by the U.S. House on Tuesday highlight the Turkish leader’s lesser influence among U.S. lawmakers. 

After a December 2018 phone call between the two presidents, Trump announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria. The move was soon reversed, but it shocked Washington’s foreign policy establishment and led to the resignations of two key U.S. officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis and counter-Islamic State (ISIS) envoy Brett McGurk. 

After the two met during the June G-20 summit in Japan, Trump told reporters that he appreciated Turkey’s position on its purchase of Russian S-400 air defence missiles. In the months since he has refrained from applying the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act against Turkey, which its deal with Russia should have triggered. 

Last month, following another phone talk with Erdoğan, Trump again announced U.S. troops would be leaving Syria, allowing Turkey to go forward with its long-planned offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has led an insurgency in Turkey since 1984 and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, as well as Turkey. 

“Erdoğan has learned to manipulate Trump and Erdoğan has been able to influence Donald Trump’s personal talking points,” said Aaron Stein, director of the Middle East programme at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. 

Stein said Turkish officials identified Trump as their preferred U.S. presidential candidate back in October 2016. “I thought Donald Trump would be an Islamophobe that would work against Turkish interests,” he said. 

“But the Turks rightly concluded that Trump was corruptible and not very smart, and therefore he was manipulable - he could be a transactional partner that would work toward Turkey’s interests,” Stein added. “It took three years, but they ultimately got it.”

The two leaders are set to meet in Washington on Nov. 13, and observers expect Erdoğan to seek to reverse or neutralise two House resolutions passed this week, which the New York Times described as a rebuke to Trump and one analyst described as a “double whammy” against Turkey.  

The first resolution marks an official recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The House move, which came on the anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Turkey, is not unprecedented. In 1975 and in 1984, the House also adopted resolutions acknowledging the Armenian Genocide. And in April 1981, President Ronald Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation on the matter. 

The second House resolution, which like the first must be approved by the Senate to become binding, calls for sanctioning Erdoğan and other Turkish officials involved in the Syria offensive, as well as Turkish banks linked to the defence sector, and penalising Turkey for its purchase of Russian S-400 missiles.

Russian officials told Turkey on Tuesday that Syrian and Russian forces had successfully cleared the YPG from a strip of land along Turkey’s border, as per last week’s agreement between Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that joint Russian-Turkish patrols could begin.

Stein said he expected Russia would soon integrate the YPG into the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which would raise security issues for Turkey and give Assad and Putin some leverage over Erdoğan. 

Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria has thus far displaced some 180,000 people, and many, including former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, have described Turkish actions there as ethnic cleansing, in part because Erdoğan has repeatedly expressed his desire to settle mostly Syrian Arab refugees in the area, much of which has had a Kurdish majority in recent decades. 

“Erdoğan has said he wants to move 2 million people into these areas. I think that would be tantamount to ethnic re-engineering,” said Stein.

Stein does not foresee Ankara being able to implement that plan, nor does he see a coherent Turkish approach in northeast Syria, but rather the significant influence of Russia. Reports this week have said Turkey is also considering buying Russian Su-35 fighter jets. Also this week, Pentagon officials said Turkey’s S-400s are expected to be operational by the end of the year. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has cautioned U.S. officials to think carefully before sanctioning Turkey and pushing Ankara further toward Russia. In the Washington Post last week, Ilhan Omar, a member of the House of Representatives, also argued against sanctioning Turkey, saying that while Turkey’s Syria offensive had been a disaster, sanctions tend to be incoherent and counter-productive. 

“I don’t understand the point of collapsing Turkey’s economy or even threatening to do it for an invasion of Syria,” said Stein, though he did understand punishing Turkey for its S-400 purchase. 

“Turkey has met the threshold for CAATSA sanctions,” said Stein, pointing out that Ankara even aired live video of the arrival of the S-400s, “rubbing the nose of the Americans in the faeces of this deal”.

There have been reports that Trump is negotiating with Turkish officials behind the scenes in an effort to secure the purchase of U.S.-made Patriot missiles to replace the S-400s. Still, most U.S. officials would prefer not to sanction Turkey. 

“People don’t want to alienate a NATO ally,” said Stein, who said it was possible Turkey would buy Patriots at next month’s summit. 

“But a negotiation entails a give and take on both sides, and Turkey never gives, it only takes,” said Stein, who thinks Turkish officials do not realise how few defenders they have left in the White House. 

“Erdoğan played his cards right,” Stein added. “He got another face-to-face meeting with Trump where he can present his case, and when he gets a meeting with Trump, Trump usually capitulates to his point of view.”


          

Reply: Twilight Struggle:: Rules:: Re: Red Scare/Purge + Missile Envy + Quagmire

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by TwilightShackleton

Ethylene Glycol wrote:


4. At the Headline Phase of the next turn the US still has Missile Envy in his hand. Is the US allowed to play Missile Envy in the Headline Phase?


No. See discussion in this thread-- https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1561523/missile-envy-played... and in particular on last page where playdek programmer quotes ruling of the game designers.
          

Reply: Twilight Struggle:: Rules:: Re: Red Scare/Purge + Missile Envy + Quagmire

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Missile Envy must be played for OPs, so it will be played (to Quagmire) in AR1 of the next turn.
          

Thread: Twilight Struggle:: Rules:: Red Scare/Purge + Missile Envy + Quagmire

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by Ethylene Glycol

1. The USSR plays Red Scare/Purge as his headline event.
2. The USSR plays Missile Envy as his first action round. The US hand consists of Quagmire (3 ops, reduced by Red Scare/Purge to 2 ops), some 2 ops cards (reduced by Red Scare/Purge to 1 op) and some 1 op cards. Therefore, the US gives the USSR Quagmire in exchange for Missile Envy. Quagmire is a USSR event so it happens.
3. The US now has no card of 2 or more ops, because of Red Scare/Purge, so he skips every further action round this turn.
4. At the Headline Phase of the next turn the US still has Missile Envy in his hand. Is the US allowed to play Missile Envy in the Headline Phase?
          

Bangladesh Air Force orders KRONOS LAND Radar System From Leonardo

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Bangladesh Air Force ordered undisclosed number of of Kronos Land 3D radar systems from Italian company  Leonardo . The KRONOS land is a Mobile 3D, multifunctional radar system to support air and coastal defense . It detects and tracks any type of air and maritime threat, such as high speed missiles, low level UAVs, hovering …

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Russia may have taken Israel's most advanced missile from Syria — and could figure out how to defeat it

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Russia may have taken Israel's most advanced missile from Syria — and could figure out how to defeat itExperts worry that the Russian military could learn how to defeat the missile system or refine its air defense systems.



          

Serbia To Receive Russian Anti-Aircraft Missiles Despite U.S. Sanctions Risk

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Russia will deliver a sophisticated short-range air-defense missile system to Serbia despite U.S. warnings of possible sanctions against the Balkan country if the transaction goes through.
          

Join the Regiment

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Double the challenge

The added challenge is that by joining the Grenadiers you become one of the elite who combine the duty of The Queen's personal bodyguard with being a professional Infantry soldier employable anywhere in the world.

A Profession

Today's British Army is more than a job. It's a profession. The Grenadiers know that they have to compete with other employers for the best men in the country.

Times have changed. Yes, standards are still high and yes, it can be tough, but today as a Grenadier you have to combine the traditional skills of an Infantry Soldier with the new skills required of many professionals in the 21st century. 

Training to be a Grenadier Guardsman

The training to become a grenadier Guardsman is undertaken in two distinct phases at Catterick in North Yorkshire. All aspects of the training courses are progressive, starting out at a basic level whilst you, as a recruit, will build your confidence, then become more challenged as your skills and knowledge increase:

PHASE ONE TRAINING

The course lasts for 12 weeks, and as a teaching course, means that you are not expected to know everything when you join. The aim of the course is to turn you, a civilian, into a soldier able to protect yourself and carry out all basic military skills.

THE PURSUIT OF FITNESS

The Army places physical fitness high on its list of priorities. Phase One training is progressive and with commitment, you will achieve the level of fitness required to finish the course.

In the first week, you complete a series of physical tests; sit ups, press ups, lifting weights and a mile and a half run.

To give a guide for how fit entrants need to be when starting, the run must be completed in less than eleven and a half minutes.

It is an impressive fact that, at the end of the course, you are able to march six miles carrying 35 pounds and then do a days work!

THE LESSONS AND TRAINING

The Phase One training course consists of indoor and outdoor lessons, each covering a great variety of subjects and skills.

INDOOR LESSONS

During the twelve week course, you will cover a lot of ground in the form of lessons and skills development. These range from survival on the battlefield to how to wear your uniform correctly. The majority of these lessons are taught by the platoon staff. Some of the lessons taught in the classroom include:

 

  • Map Reading
  • Rifle Lesson
  • Nuclear, biological and chemical survival
  • Moral understanding
  • Equal opportunities
  • First Aid
  • Battlefield Skills
  • Health and hygiene

OUTDOOR

Whilst most topics are introduced in the classroom, you are training for the Army and must be able to put what has been taught into practice outside, on training areas, in any weather conditions. For this reason, a large amount of instruction takes place outside. Some of the topics covered in outdoor lessons include:

 
  • Ranges (shooting)
  • Map reading
  • Foot drill and arms drill
  • Fire and movement
  • March and shoot
  • Platoon harbour drills
  • Patrolling skills
  • Movement at night
  • Adventurous training

You are twice the man
in the
Grenadier Guards!

After eight weeks of the Phase One training course, you undertake a week of 'adventurous training'. these activities are varied and may include: canoeing, rock-climbing, abseiling, swimming, mountain biking and quad biking, to name a few.

The adventurous training week is popular with both staff and recruits as it is a lot of fun. Coming almost halfway through the course, it's a welcome change from military training and is challenging, but in a different way. The atmosphere is more relaxed and provides an opportunity to get to know the training staff in a less formal atmosphere.

PHASE TWO TRAINING

Phase Two training will make you, a soldier, into an infantryman.

DISCIPLINE

Self-discipline is vital in the Army. This is certainly a strength that you will need to develop and use in order to complete Phase One training and progress to Phase Two. If you are prepared to put in the effort, the staff will teach you all you need to know to pass the course.

TRANING FOR THE REGIMENT IN CATTERICK

The Combat Infantryman's Course is the framework upon which all Regular Infantry training is based. It equips you with special skills needed to operate in a rifle platoon. Successful completion of the Combat Infantryman's Course marks the end of your initial Army training.

As a qualified combat infantryman you will then possess the fitness, knowledge and skills allowing you to join a battalion ready to deploy on operational tours. You will have gained an excellent foundation upon which to learn other specialist infantry skills such as driver, Milan missile operator, mortar man or radio operator. The training at Catterick also earns credit towards a national vocational qualification, Level 2.

SERVING WITH THE REGIMENT IN NIJMEGAN COMPANY

The Company enjoys the independence of its own transport, physical training instructors, snipers and pioneers. The Company is 108 strong and its role is to assist in ceremonial duties and military training.

THE HISTORY OF NIJMEGAN COMPANY

The Company was formed in 1994, from the Second Battalion Grenadier Guards and is based, at present, in London. It is ready for deployment anywhere in the world and engages in an overseas exercise once or twice a year.

BECOMING A GRENADIER GUARDSMAN

The Grenadier Guards becomes family and friends for all new Guardsmen and this settling in takes time. Guidance is given on the role and conduct of a Guardsman and the encouragement to develop the appropriate manner with which Grenadiers carry out all tasks.

Further training is given in diverse climates from deserts to Artic conditions, to build on the skills and fitness achieved during the first phases of training. Training tests the physical fitness already achieved and extends it to a level that equips a Guardsman to be fit at all times.

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE FOR A GRENADIER GUARDSMAN

Life in the Regiment is taken at a more measured pace than Phase One and Two training and whilst new arrivals are still given a set programme and specific tasks to complete, they usually find that they have a little more time to complete them. The outline below gives an idea of the type of day that a Grenadier Guardsman can expect.

A DAY IN THE LIFE

The day can vary from live firing on Salisbury Plain to learning how to survive in the jungles of Belize. Your day may well include the following:

 
  • Rehearsals for a State Visit
  • Rugby, tennis, volleyball
  • Night attack rehearsals in the Kenyan Bush
  • Priming grenades and loading magazines
  • Nights out in London
 
The over-riding theme of life as a Grenadier Guardsman is variety. An enthusiastic approach and willingness to adapt to change and the unexpected are essential. All in all, life in the Grenadier Guards is never dull and promises a rewarding and stimulating future for all who can meet its challenges.
 

We need the best men available, are you up to it? For more details visit any Army Careers Office or click the hyperlink below:

Army Jobs
Ensure you emphasise that it is the GRENADIER GUARDS that you are interested in joining


          

ELi liikmesriigid püüavad saavutada kokkulepet ühtse patendisüsteemi loomiseks

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Euroopa Liidu Konkurentsivõimenõukogu tänasel istungil Brüsselis oli põletavaimaks teemaks ELi ühtse patendikaitse loomisega seonduv.„Euroopa tänane patendisüsteem on kallis, keeruline ja peletab innovatsiooni Euroopast eemale. Ei saa kuidagi rahul olla olukorraga, kus juba üle 10 aasta kestva aruteluga ei suudeta ELis kokku leppida ühtses patendikaitse süsteemis,“ kommenteeris majandus- ja kommunikatsiooniminister Juhan Parts. „Eesti toetab igati kulusäästliku ja tõhusa Euroopa Liidu patendirežiimi väljatöötamist, see on ka Eesti ettevõtetele võimalus konkurentsivõime tõstmiseks . Loodetavasti on juba nähtavas tulevikus võimalik oluline edasiminek.“Täna on üle-Euroopa Liidulise patendi saamine kulukas ja aeganõudev, sest Euroopa Patendiametis registreeritud patent tuleb veel eraldi kehtestada igas liikmesriigis, kus kaitset taotletakse. Keskmine kehtestamiskulu ühe Euroopa patendi kohta on kuni 12 500 eurot, kui patent on kehtestatud ainult 13 riigis, ja rohkem kui 32 000 eurot, kui see on kehtestatud kogu ELis. Hinnanguliselt moodustavad tegelikud kehtestamiskulud ELis umbes 193 miljonit eurot aastas.Seni, kuni ELi tasemel ei ole jõutud kompromissile, kuidas ühtse patendikaitse probleemi lahendada, tegid 12 riiki, sh Eesti, ettepaneku lubada patendikaitse tõhustatud koostööd nendes riikides, kes seda soovivad. See tähendab, et tõhustatud koostööga liitunud liikmesriigid tunnustavad üksteise patente, kui need on registreeritud ühtses patendikaitse registris. Praeguses arutelu etapis on tõhustatud koostööga patendikaitse vallas liitumiseks avaldanud soovi kõik liikmesriigid, välja arvatud Itaalia ja Hispaania, kuid ka nüüd ei lähe ühtse süsteemi loomine ladusalt. Näiteks leiavad väikeriigid, sh ka Eesti, et patenditasude jagunemine leppega ühinevate liikmesriikide vahel eelistab põhjendamatult suuri liikmesriike. Nimelt võib eelnõu sõnastust mõista nii, nagu võiks patenditasu jagunemine tulevikus hakata sõltuma riigist tulevate patentide arvust, samas kulud ühtse patendikaitsesüsteemi ülalpidamisele, järelevalvele jms on liikmesriikidel sarnased. Ebaõiglane vahendite jaotamine võib Juhan Partsi sõnul viia olukorrani, kus väikeriikidel võib tekkida raskusi Euroopa patendi kõrge kvaliteedi tagamisega.Täna on Euroopa Liidu patendikaitse süsteem väga kulukas ja keeruline ka seetõttu, et iga liikmesriik võib nõuda patendi kogu dokumentatsiooni tõlkimist. Tõhustatud koostööga liitunud riikides patendi registreerimisel ei oleks eelnõu järgi vaja rohkem täiendavaid tõlkeid kui on ette nähtud Euroopa Patendikonventsioonis – inglise, saksa ja prantsuse keelde. Hispaania teatas aga täna, et ta seda ettepanekut ei toeta ja leiab, et ka tõlge hispaania keelde peaks olema kohustuslik. Paralleelselt tegeleb Euroopa Komisjon patendidokumentatsiooni kvaliteetse masintõlke arendamisega.Liikmesriikide ministrid arutlesid täna Konkurentsinõukogus ka ühtse patendivaidluste lahendamise süsteemi loomise üle. Euroopa Komisjon pakkus välja kolm varianti: ainupädevuse andmine Euroopa Liidu kohtule, siseriiklikele kohtutele või sootuks uue üle-Euroopa Liidulise patendikohtu loomine. Arutelud jätkuvad töögruppides ning patendi teemal koguneb Euroopa Liidu Konkurentsivõime nõukogu erakorraliselt uuesti juba 27. juunil. 
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Kaitsealaste vastuostude koostööleping sai allkirja

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Majandus- ja kommunikatsiooniminister Juhan Parts, kaitseminister Jaak Aaviksoo ja Ettevõtluse Arendamise Sihtasutuse (EAS) juhatuse liige Maria Alajõe allkirjastasid koostöölepingu kaitsealaste vastuostude korraldamiseks Eestis.Vastuostu all mõeldakse välisriikidest teostatavate kaitsealaste riigihangete puhul ostja ja müüja täiendavat kokkulepet, mille järgi tuleb müüjal omakorda ostja riigist kaupu või teenuseid osta või mingeid muid hüvesid (näiteks välisinvesteeringuid) pakkuda. Kuna Eesti hangib suure osa kaitsealastest ostudest teistest riikidest, siis liigub igal aastal suur hulk raha Eestist välja. Vastuostu kasutamine aitab Eesti ettevõtetel saada uusi tellimusi ning koostööpartnereid  ja tasakaalustab ka väliskaubandusbilanssi. Vastuostude nõude eesmärk on ühtlasi soodustada kõrgtehnoloogilist tootmise arendamist ning Eestis toodetava lisaväärtuse suurenemist.Esmakordselt rakendati Eestis vastuostunõuet ligi 1 miljardi krooni maksumusega õhutõrjesüsteemi hankelepingus, mille kaitseministeerium sõlmis 2007. aastal firmadega AB SAAB ja MBDA Missile Systems. Praeguseks on õhutõrjesüsteemi hankest lähtuvaid vastuostutehinguid  konkreetsete Eesti ettevõtetega sõlmitud juba umbes 25 miljoni krooni eest ning umbes kümnekordses mahus on tehinguid veel tulemas.EASi ülesanne on Eesti ettevõtjate ja teadusasutuste teavitamine võimalusest vastuostukohuslasega tehinguid teha ja vastuostukohuslaste kokku viimine potentsiaalsete Eesti partneritega, samuti kogu protsessi jälgimine ja kontrollimine. Eelis on ekspordivõimelistel ja aktiivsetel ettevõtetel, sest ka vastuostukohuslased valivad oma partnereid majandusliku tasuvuse järgi.EAS ootab vastuostust huvitatud Eesti ettevõtteid endast aktiivselt märku andma. Eelisseisus on mitmesuguseid tööstus- ja kõrgtehnoloogilisi kaupu tootvad ettevõtted, samuti teadus- ja arendustegevuse alased tellimused.Koostöölepe paneb senisest selgemalt paika Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeeriumi, Kaitseministeeriumi ja EASi vahelise rollijaotuse vastuostude reguleerimisel. Vastuostude hindamiseks tegutseb ühiskomisjon, mida juhib Kaitseministeerium ning komisjoni liikmed on Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium, Rahandusministeerium, Välisministeerium ja EAS. 
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Fire Control Specialist (13J)

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13J Fire Control Specialist Job ID: 1144401 Job Views: 21 Location: HAMPTON, Virginia, United States ZIP Code: 23666 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard. Job Duties * Operate communications systems * Primary tactical data system operations * Database management * Fire mission processing Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Computing target locations * Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems * Artillery tactics Helpful Skills * Interest in cannon and rocket operations * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask * Capable of working as a team member Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in computer programming or telecommunication. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for a Fire Control Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Fire Control Specialist (13J)

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13J Fire Control Specialist Job ID: 1141064 Job Views: 20 Location: HIGH POINT, North Carolina, United States ZIP Code: 27264 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard. Job Duties * Operate communications systems * Primary tactical data system operations * Database management * Fire mission processing Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Computing target locations * Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems * Artillery tactics Helpful Skills * Interest in cannon and rocket operations * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask * Capable of working as a team member Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in computer programming or telecommunication. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for a Fire Control Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Artillery Mechanic (91P)

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91P Artillery Mechanic Job ID: 1141066 Job Views: 20 Location: HIGH POINT, North Carolina, United States ZIP Code: 27260 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description The Army National Guard relies on Soldiers to test and maintain electrical systems for its ground weapons systems. As an Artillery Mechanic in the Army National Guard, you will supervise and perform maintenance on all self-propelled field artillery cannon weapon systems, including automotive, turret, fire control, and chemical protection subsystems. You will learn how to maintain these systems; troubleshoot and diagnose equipment malfunctions; and repair, test, and adjust damaged equipment. Job Duties * Maintain diesel power plants/packs, compression ignition engines and engine fuel systems, air induction systems, exhaust systems, cooling systems, engine starting and charging systems, and track hull electrical * Diagnose malfunctions, troubleshoot and perform other unit maintenance on carriage-mounted armament, associated fire control and related systems, and components on all self-propelled field artillery weapon systems Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts * Use of electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment * Operation, testing, and maintenance of specific types of weapons systems * Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagrams Helpful Skills * Preference for working with electronic or electrical equipment * Ability to do work requiring accuracy and attention to detail * Interest in working with weapons Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an electronic mechanic, an avionics technician, or a missile facility system mechanic with civilian firms that design, build, and test weapons for the military. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for an Artillery Mechanic consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Fire Control Specialist (13J)

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13J Fire Control Specialist Job ID: 1137964 Job Views: 21 Location: OCALA, Florida, United States ZIP Code: 34471 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard. Job Duties * Operate communications systems * Primary tactical data system operations * Database management * Fire mission processing Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Computing target locations * Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems * Artillery tactics Helpful Skills * Interest in cannon and rocket operations * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask * Capable of working as a team member Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in computer programming or telecommunication. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for a Fire Control Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Avenger System Repairer (94T)

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94T Avenger System Repairer Job ID: 1137977 Job Views: 23 Location: PALM COAST, Florida, United States ZIP Code: 32164 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description The Avenger is the Army National Guard's premier on-the-move defense turret that provides short-range air defense protection against air and land attacks. Lightweight, easily transportable, and equipped with eight powerful Stinger missiles, it's up to the Avenger System Repairer to maintain the automated systems that keep the Avenger battle-ready. Job Duties * Determine malfunctions in electronics, electrical, and cryogenic assemblies; module and circuit elements * Maintain gyroscopes, sights, and other electro-optical fire control components * Repair and maintain missile mounts, platforms, and launch mechanisms * Test and adjust weapons firing, guidance, and launch systems * Inspect, test, and adjust components * Remove and replace defective line units Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Use of electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment * Understanding of schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagrams * How to operate, test, and maintain weapons systems Helpful Skills * Strong attention to detail * Interest in working with weapons Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in firms that design, build, and test weapons systems for the military. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Avenger System Repairers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 18 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Training consists of both classroom and field work. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Fire Control Specialist (13J)

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13J Fire Control Specialist Job ID: 1139655 Job Views: 21 Location: FALL RIVER, Massachusetts, United States ZIP Code: 02724 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard. Job Duties * Operate communications systems * Primary tactical data system operations * Database management * Fire mission processing Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Computing target locations * Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems * Artillery tactics Helpful Skills * Interest in cannon and rocket operations * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask * Capable of working as a team member Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in computer programming or telecommunication. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for a Fire Control Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Ammunition Specialist (89B)

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89B Ammunition Specialist Job ID: 1138007 Job Views: 28 Location: PINELLAS PARK, Florida, United States ZIP Code: 33782 Job Category: Munitions Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Firearms and other projectile weapons are only as good as the ammunition that goes in them. That makes the storage and distribution of ammunition - all ammunition - an undertaking of paramount importance. As the Ammunition Specialist, you'll ensure this vital job is done correctly through precise handling, storage, and documentation of ordnance. The primary responsibility of an Army National Guard Ammunition Specialist is to ensure the proper receipt, storage, documentation, and issuance of conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, and related items. These duties may include the inspection, modification, and demilitarization of various munitions. You will also learn how to maintain nuclear weapons, and how to handle, test, and maintain missiles and rockets. Job Duties * Operate computer hardware and software/utilities or keep manual records in order to perform stock control and accounting procedures * Perform ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using both automated and manual procedures * Inspect weapon systems to determine need for repair or destruction Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Ammunition identification and ammunition-related publications * Explosives demolition operations * Operation of automated and manual ammunition management systems Helpful Skills * Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry * Ability to communicate effectively * Interest in planning and organizing * Work calmly under stress Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with government agencies and private industries performing ordnance research and development. You might also consider a future as a bomb-disposal expert, gunsmith, or munitions manufacturer. Earn While You Learn Get paid to learn! In the Army National Guard, you will learn valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for an Ammunition Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, as well as seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Small Arms/Artillery Repairer (91F)

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91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job ID: 1139175 Job Views: 20 Location: MANHATTAN, Kansas, United States ZIP Code: 66502 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer's main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts * Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagrams * Operating electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment Helpful Skills * Preference for work requiring accuracy and attention to detail * Interest in working with weapons Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an electronic mechanic, an avionics technician, or a missile facilities repairer with firms that design, build, and test weapons for the military. Earn While You Lean Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Small Arms/Artillery Repairers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 7 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Avenger System Repairer (94T)

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94T Avenger System Repairer Job ID: 1141306 Job Views: 20 Location: GRAND FORKS, North Dakota, United States ZIP Code: 58201 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description The Avenger is the Army National Guard's premier on-the-move defense turret that provides short-range air defense protection against air and land attacks. Lightweight, easily transportable, and equipped with eight powerful Stinger missiles, it's up to the Avenger System Repairer to maintain the automated systems that keep the Avenger battle-ready. Job Duties * Determine malfunctions in electronics, electrical, and cryogenic assemblies; module and circuit elements * Maintain gyroscopes, sights, and other electro-optical fire control components * Repair and maintain missile mounts, platforms, and launch mechanisms * Test and adjust weapons firing, guidance, and launch systems * Inspect, test, and adjust components * Remove and replace defective line units Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Use of electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment * Understanding of schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagrams * How to operate, test, and maintain weapons systems Helpful Skills * Strong attention to detail * Interest in working with weapons Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in firms that design, build, and test weapons systems for the military. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Avenger System Repairers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 18 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Training consists of both classroom and field work. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Small Arms/Artillery Repairer (91F)

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91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job ID: 1144030 Job Views: 19 Location: LUBBOCK, Texas, United States ZIP Code: 79403 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer's main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts * Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagrams * Operating electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment Helpful Skills * Preference for work requiring accuracy and attention to detail * Interest in working with weapons Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an electronic mechanic, an avionics technician, or a missile facilities repairer with firms that design, build, and test weapons for the military. Earn While You Lean Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Small Arms/Artillery Repairers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 7 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer (94A)

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94A Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer Job ID: 1144014 Job Views: 23 Location: KILLEEN, Texas, United States ZIP Code: 76542 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Highly-mobile missile launchers give the Army National Guard a powerful edge on the battlefield. As the Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer, it's your responsibility to keep these launchers in top fighting shape by testing and repairing missile electronic assemblies and tracking systems. In this role, you will work primarily on the TOW antimissile system, the DRAGON antitank guided missile systems, and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle systems. Other duties include testing instruments and navigational controls, reading technical diagrams and manuals to locate and repair instrument parts, and replacing equipment parts. You will also perform quality control, inspect and maintain units, and repair unserviceable items. As your skills increase, so will your responsibilities. Advanced Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairers take on more challenging projects, including training and supervising other Soldiers, providing technical assistance, installing equipment modifications, and performing quality control measures. Job Duties * Determine shortcomings and malfunctions in electronic, electrical, mechanical, and circuit elements * Repair unserviceable optical and infrared components * Inspect, test, and adjust components to specific tolerances * Perform quality control measures Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Principles of electronics * Use and maintenance of electrical and electronic test equipment * Equipment repair Helpful Skills * Strong attention to detail Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in manufacturing, medical research, satellite communications, or in the commercial airline industry. You may also consider a career with the federal government. Through extensive Army National Guard training, experience, and some additional study, you may be eligible for Electronics Technician Association (ETA) certification. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. After 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you will learn fundamental Soldiering skills, you will attend approximately 22 weeks of classroom instruction, including practice in repairing and replacing equipment parts. You will learn the principles of electronics, how to use and maintain electrical and electronic test equipment, and equipment repair. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

M1 ABRAMS Tank System Maintainer (91A)

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91A M1 ABRAMS Tank System Maintainer Job ID: 1140686 Job Views: 19 Location: HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, United States ZIP Code: 39401 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description The M1 Abrams Tank is the backbone of the armored forces. With the ability to engage enemies anytime, anywhere, it takes a highly detailed and skilled individual to ensure these vehicles keep pushing forward. As the M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer in the Army National Guard, you will be responsible for supervising and performing maintenance on these tanks. Your duties will include: diagnosing and troubleshooting malfunctions; performing organizational maintenance and on-board direct support tasks on the suspension systems, steering systems, hydraulic systems, auxiliary power units, fire extinguisher/suppression systems, and gas particulate systems; and performing organizational maintenance on vehicular mounted armament, gun turret drive system, and fire control system. Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts * Use of electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment * Use of schematics, drawings, and wiring diagrams Helpful Skills * Strong attention to detail * Interest in working with diesel and turbine engines Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an electronics mechanic, an avionics technician, or a missile facilities repairer with civilian firms that design, build, and test weapons for the military. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for an M1 Abrams Tank Systems Maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 24 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Radar Repairer (94M)

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94M Radar Repairer Job ID: 1140693 Job Views: 26 Location: HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, United States ZIP Code: 39401 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Radar is the Army National Guard's eyes and ears, providing critical information officers need to make decisions that affect everyone in the field. The Radar Repairer is essential to communication operations, ensuring these messages are heard loud and clear. Being a vital asset to the communications maintenance team, you will develop a working knowledge of how to operate military radar equipment and how to install, maintain, and repair it. Your duties will include troubleshooting and testing radar systems using electronic and electrical test equipment; understanding air traffic control, missile tracking, air defense, and other radar systems, as well as the ability to repair them; installing receivers, transmitters, and other components; and preparing and maintaining equipment logs. Job Duties * Inspect, test, and adjust system components, and test equipment to specific tolerances * Perform initial, in-process, on-site technical, and quality control inspections Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Application of electronic principles and concepts * Inspection techniques and procedures Helpful Skills * Interest in working with electronic equipment and radar communication Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as a communications technician with engineering firms, the federal government, or aircraft and military hardware manufacturers. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Radar Repairer consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 45 weeks of classroom instruction in two phases, which include practice in repairing and replacing equipment parts. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

AVENGERS Crewmember (14S)

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14S AVENGERS Crewmember Job ID: 1138028 Job Views: 24 Location: SARASOTA, Florida, United States ZIP Code: 34237 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Lightweight and highly mobile, the AVENGER is the Army National Guard's premier shoot-on-the-move air defense weapon. An AVENGER Crewmember operates and maintains this surface-to-air missile system, designed to identify, track, and engage enemy targets like cruise missiles, and low-flying aircraft. The crewmember is responsible for operating and maintaining the AVENGER system, which consists of eight STINGER missiles enclosed inside two missile pods. It is also combined with a remotely fired .50 cal machine gun that is mounted to a Humvee. You will learn how to prepare, operate, and fire weapons systems, and establish and maintain radio communications. Other duties include driving, vehicle maintenance, and securing battle positions. Job Duties * Movement and placement of the AVENGER weapons system in various locations and environments * Operate AVENGER electronic, hydraulic, radar, and mechanical components * Perform target engagement evaluations; operate "friend-or foe" identification equipment, and engage targets * Transport, prepare, reload, and resupply missiles and ammunition Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Navigate terrain using maps, compass, and GPS devices * Utilize digital communications equipment to identify and receive target information and engagement orders * Ammunition handling procedures * Air defense artillery tactics, techniques, procedures, and air battle strategy Helpful Skills * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask and remain calm in stressful situations Your training will instill discipline, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. These are the qualities all employers look for because people who possess them think clearly, remain calm under pressure, and push an organization forward. By joining the Army National Guard, you will be preparing yourself for a rewarding civilian career. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for AVENGER Crewmembers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Radar Repairer (94M)

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94M Radar Repairer Job ID: 1137859 Job Views: 24 Location: BRADENTON, Florida, United States ZIP Code: 34208 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Radar is the Army National Guard's eyes and ears, providing critical information officers need to make decisions that affect everyone in the field. The Radar Repairer is essential to communication operations, ensuring these messages are heard loud and clear. Being a vital asset to the communications maintenance team, you will develop a working knowledge of how to operate military radar equipment and how to install, maintain, and repair it. Your duties will include troubleshooting and testing radar systems using electronic and electrical test equipment; understanding air traffic control, missile tracking, air defense, and other radar systems, as well as the ability to repair them; installing receivers, transmitters, and other components; and preparing and maintaining equipment logs. Job Duties * Inspect, test, and adjust system components, and test equipment to specific tolerances * Perform initial, in-process, on-site technical, and quality control inspections Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Application of electronic principles and concepts * Inspection techniques and procedures Helpful Skills * Interest in working with electronic equipment and radar communication Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as a communications technician with engineering firms, the federal government, or aircraft and military hardware manufacturers. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Radar Repairer consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 45 weeks of classroom instruction in two phases, which include practice in repairing and replacing equipment parts. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Fire Control Specialist (13J)

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13J Fire Control Specialist Job ID: 1145226 Job Views: 19 Location: CHEYENNE, Wyoming, United States ZIP Code: 82009 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard. Job Duties * Operate communications systems * Primary tactical data system operations * Database management * Fire mission processing Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Computing target locations * Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems * Artillery tactics Helpful Skills * Interest in cannon and rocket operations * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask * Capable of working as a team member Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in computer programming or telecommunication. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for a Fire Control Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Over 100 Missiles against Syria: US, UK and France Committed an International War Crime Against Syria on 14 April 2018

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It is now clear that on 14 April 2018, the three Governments of U.S., UK, and France, fired over a hundred missiles against Syria, on no more ‘justification’ than staged videos that had been done by those regimes’ own proxy

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The New Cold War: Russia’s “Stealth Capable” 955 Borei-class Submarines. US-NATO’s Aegis Ashore Missile Defense

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On October 29th, the Norwegian news-outlet NRK broke the story that between 8 and 10 Russian submarines, including Sierra II class submarines, had begun naval exercises in the North Atlantic. This is one of the largest Russian naval exercises focused

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35G Imagery Analyst

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AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and as an Imagery Analyst for the Army National Guard, those words could protect the lives of U.S. personnel in the field.

National Guard Imagery Analysts examine and interpret imagery information about enemy forces, and provide commanders with accurate battlefield data. This information is absolutely necessary to plan for our national defense. In this role, you will work with other intelligence specialists to gather and study images and information required for designing defense plans and tactics; analyze aerial and ground photographs, as well as electronic imagery of foreign ships, bases, missile sites, and industrial facilities; identify enemy weapons and equipment defenses; and study land and sea areas that could become battlegrounds in time of war.

Job Duties
• Produce intelligence by analyzing images, fixed/moving targets, and geospatial data
• Identify military installations, facilities, weapon systems, military equipment, and defenses
• Determine the location and dimensions of objects
• Conduct Battle Damage Assessment

Some of the Skills You'll Learn
• Planning overhead and aerial imagery collection
• Preparing maps, charts, reports, and Geospatial-Intelligence
• Using computer systems and imagery exploitation software
• Analyzing fixed/moving target indicators, geospatial data, and overhead/aerial images

Helpful Skills
• Interest in reading maps and charts
• Gather and analyze information
• Ability to think, speak, and write clearly

Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, and construction companies.

Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.

Job training for an Imagery Analyst requires 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 22 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and on-the-job instruction, including practice in intelligence gathering. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Benefits/Requirements
Benefits
  • Paid training
  • A monthly paycheck
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Federal and State tuition assistance
  • Retirement benefits for part-time service
  • Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
  • 401(k)-type savings plan
  • Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
  • Health care benefits available
  • VA home loans
  • Bonuses, if applicable
  • Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
    Requirements
    • Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
    • Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
    • Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
    • Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
    • Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)

      Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.

      This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.


          

DEATH RAY US Army to test 50-kilowatt laser weapon that incinerates drones, helicopters, planes and missiles

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Harry Pettit | UK Sun | Source URL HEAVILY-ARMOURED vehicles loaded with laser cannons will be deployed by the US Army within the next three years. The upcoming weapon systems each chew through enough energy to power several homes and can take down drones, helicopters and incoming missiles. Officially known as “directed energy lasers”, they’ll […]

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Parade of Ships [Image 2 of 2]

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Participants at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y., render honors while the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) passes under the Verrazano Bridge during Parade of Ships. Fleet Week New York, now in its 26th year, is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea service. The Week-long celebration is an opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsman, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of the maritime service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julio Rivera/Released)
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AVENGERS Crewmember

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- Company Army National Guard - Location Sarasota, FL - Job Type Part-time Description Lightweight and highly mobile, the AVENGER is the Army National Guard's premier shoot-on-the-move air defense weapon. An AVENGER Crewmember operates and maintains this surface-to-air missile system, designed to identify, track, and engage enemy targets like cruise missiles, and low-flying aircraft. The crewmember is responsible for operating and maintaining the AVENGER system, which consists of eight STINGER missiles enclosed inside two missile pods. It is also combined with a remotely fired .50 cal machine gun that is mounted to a Humvee. [.] Your training will instill discipline, as well as leadership... Yesterday from: *****************
          

Investigation Launched As 15 Arrested Over Disorder, Harehills Road, Leeds

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Police have launched a comprehensive investigation following incidents of disorder involving groups of youths in the Harehills area of Leeds last night.

A total of 15 local males, aged 11 to 23, have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following the incidents in the Harehills Road area. They remain in custody.

Four officers received injuries during the incidents, in which police were targeted with fireworks and other missiles. Two were treated at hospital but none were seriously injured.

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91A M1 ABRAMS Tank System Maintainer

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AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35

The M1 Abrams Tank is the backbone of the armored forces. With the ability to engage enemies anytime, anywhere, it takes a highly detailed and skilled individual to ensure these vehicles keep pushing forward.

As the M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer in the Army National Guard, you will be responsible for supervising and performing maintenance on these tanks. Your duties will include: diagnosing and troubleshooting malfunctions; performing organizational maintenance and on-board direct support tasks on the suspension systems, steering systems, hydraulic systems, auxiliary power units, fire extinguisher/suppression systems, and gas particulate systems; and performing organizational maintenance on vehicular mounted armament, gun turret drive system, and fire control system.

Some of the Skills You'll Learn
• Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts
• Use of electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment
• Use of schematics, drawings, and wiring diagrams

Helpful Skills
• Strong attention to detail
• Interest in working with diesel and turbine engines

Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an electronics mechanic, an avionics technician, or a missile facilities repairer with civilian firms that design, build, and test weapons for the military.

Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.

Job training for an M1 Abrams Tank Systems Maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 24 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Benefits/Requirements
Benefits
  • Paid training
  • A monthly paycheck
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Federal and State tuition assistance
  • Retirement benefits for part-time service
  • Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
  • 401(k)-type savings plan
  • Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
  • Health care benefits available
  • VA home loans
  • Bonuses, if applicable
  • Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
    Requirements
    • Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
    • Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
    • Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
    • Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
    • Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)

      Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.

      This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.


          

Software Development Lead

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Location: Colorado Springs Job type: Permanent Sector: IT & Communications Category: Office Jobs The Boeing Company is currently seeking Development Spiral Lead for C2BMC 8.2-1, 8.2-3, and 8.2-5 spirals working in either Colorado Springs, Colorado or Huntsville, Alabama. The selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating and leading the efforts of a multi-faceted team developing a complex missile defense command and control system. Position Responsibilities: Monitor and coordinate all DEV activities for multiple Task Orders Develop and execute schedules Assess progress and report status to DEV and TO Leadership Act as the technical interface with the Government Work issues that arise within the Development organization Work with other Functional Areas to plan and execute C2BMC releases Interface with the Dev Architects, Domain Engineers, and communicate DEV priorities to the Development Technical Area Leads Work with the Technical Area Leads to resolve resource and/or schedule conflicts between the spirals Support preparation and presentation of briefings and demonstrations to customer. The candidate is required to support the accomplishment of Earned Value Management, by working closely with the CAMs providing the supporting information to assess EV performance, and prepare variances and ETCs. Basic (Required) Experience: A current United States Secret Clearance is required for this position. Experience leading and managing cross functional teams in the development and integration of distributed, real-time software systems. Demonstrated experience in performing development management in a large, complex Development program. Proven leadership experience with full life cycle development on large, integrated DoD systems, including requirements development and interpretation, design, implementation and test, fielding and maintenance. Candidate is required to have extensive development experience. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience in leading a large (50+ person) organization. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience using metrics to manage a large development organization. Desired Experience: Working knowledge of Ballistic Missile Defense concepts, Battle Management and Command and Control (BM/C2) systems, defense communications systems, and the BMDS is highly desired. Typical Education/Experience: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's 14 or more years' experience, Master's with 12 or more years' experience or PhD with 9 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Relocation assistance is not available for this position and it is not a negotiable benefit. At Boeing, we are all innovators on a mission to connect, protect, explore and inspire. From the seabed to outer space, you'll learn and grow, contributing to work that shapes the world. Find your future with us. Basic (Required) Experience: A current United States Secret Clearance is required for this position. Experience leading and managing cross functional teams in the development and integration of distributed, real-time software systems. Demonstrated experience in performing development management in a large, complex Development program. Proven leadership experience with full life cycle development on large, integrated DoD systems, including requirements development and interpretation, design, implementation and test, fielding and maintenance. Candidate is required to have extensive development experience. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience in leading a large (50+ person) organization. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience using metrics to manage a large development organization. Desired Experience: Working knowledge of Ballistic Missile Defense concepts, Battle Management and Command and Control (BM/C2) systems, defense communications systems, and the BMDS is highly desired. Typical Education/Experience: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's 14 or more years' experience, Master's with 12 or more years' experience or PhD with 9 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Experience Level Individual Contributor Contingent Upon Program Award No, this position is not contingent upon program award Schedule Full time Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. The Boeing Company is currently seeking Development Spiral Lead for C2BMC 8.2-1, 8.2-3, and 8.2-5 spirals working in either Colorado Springs, Colorado or Huntsville, Alabama. The selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating and leading the efforts of a multi-faceted team developing a complex missile defense command and control system. Position Responsibilities: Monitor and coordinate all DEV activities for multiple Task Orders Develop and execute schedules Assess progress and report status to DEV and TO Leadership Act as the technical interface with the Government Work issues that arise within the Development organization Work with other Functional Areas to plan and execute C2BMC releases Interface with the Dev Architects, Domain Engineers, and communicate DEV priorities to the Development Technical Area Leads Work with the Technical Area Leads to resolve resource and/or schedule conflicts between the spirals Support preparation and presentation of briefings and demonstrations to customer. The candidate is required to support the accomplishment of Earned Value Management, by working closely with the CAMs providing the supporting information to assess EV performance, and prepare variances and ETCs. Basic (Required) Experience: A current United States Secret Clearance is required for this position. Experience leading and managing cross functional teams in the development and integration of distributed, real-time software systems. Demonstrated experience in performing development management in a large, complex Development program. Proven leadership experience with full life cycle development on large, integrated DoD systems, including requirements development and interpretation, design, implementation and test, fielding and maintenance. Candidate is required to have extensive development experience. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience in leading a large (50+ person) organization. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience using metrics to manage a large development organization. Desired Experience: Working knowledge of Ballistic Missile Defense concepts, Battle Management and Command and Control (BM/C2) systems, defense communications systems, and the BMDS is highly desired. Typical Education/Experience: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's 14 or more years' experience, Master's with 12 or more years' experience or PhD with 9 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Relocation assistance is not available for this position and it is not a negotiable benefit. At Boeing, we are all innovators on a mission to connect, protect, explore and inspire. From the seabed to outer space, you'll learn and grow, contributing to work that shapes the world. Find your future with us. Basic (Required) Experience: A current United States Secret Clearance is required for this position. Experience leading and managing cross functional teams in the development and integration of distributed, real-time software systems. Demonstrated experience in performing development management in a large, complex Development program. Proven leadership experience with full life cycle development on large, integrated DoD systems, including requirements development and interpretation, design, implementation and test, fielding and maintenance. Candidate is required to have extensive development experience. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience in leading a large (50+ person) organization. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience using metrics to manage a large development organization. Desired Experience: Working knowledge of Ballistic Missile Defense concepts, Battle Management and Command and Control (BM/C2) systems, defense communications systems, and the BMDS is highly desired. Typical Education/Experience: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's 14 or more years' experience, Master's with 12 or more years' experience or PhD with 9 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Experience Level Individual Contributor Contingent Upon Program Award No, this position is not contingent upon program award Schedule Full time Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
          

The View from Riyhadh

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Surely, the story is monumentally important. It’s so important that our news media have largely ignored it. 

Happily, Karen Elliott House has traveled to Saudi Arabia to witness the cultural transformation taking place in the kingdom. We recall the bright eyed New York Times columnists who camped out in Tahrir Square to welcome democracy to Egypt—how did that one work out?—so we ought at least to give passing mention to the one place where Islam is being modernized, rapidly.

Considering how many of the world’s problems derive from the fact that one of its major religions has failed to modernize, we ought to pay some attention to what is happening in Saudi Arabia. Surely, we prefer the course taken by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to that proposed by the reactionary forces running the Islamic Republic of Iran.

And yes, I know, Jamal Khashoggi was most likely murdered by people who are very close to the crown prince. Unfortunately, we do not choose our allies on the basis of a moral purity test. How does it happen that everyone is up in arms about Khashoggi and no one cares about the thousands of people who have been executed in Iran for crimes like…homosexual behavior.

As for life on the ground, House offers this sense of the public mood:

During a three-week visit, the public delight is visible everywhere from the capital city to remote rural provinces like Jizan in the south and Tabuk in the north. Teenage Saudi girls scream hysterically at a performance here by the Korean boy band BTS. Young Saudi women with bared faces run a 5K through city streets clad only in short-sleeved T-shirts and tight leggings. Groups of young men and women relax together in Starbucks. Hotels are no longer permitted to ask Saudi couples for proof of marriage at check-in. All this change and more in a society where until very recently women, uniformly clad in floor-length abayas, couldn’t exercise, drive or appear in public with men other than close relatives.

House believes that the nation is anticipating the day when it will no longer be able to rely on oil revenue. She suggests that it is modernizing in order to attract tourism and investments, but I suspect that there is a larger and more profound reason. The crown prince, whatever his faults, has correctly decided that Islam needs to be part of the modern world. It cannot stand apart and watch other cultures surpass it.

House continues:

This most puritanical of Islamic societies is increasingly mirroring Western mores as the government seeks to attract foreign tourists and investors whose money is needed to diversify the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy.

The regime no longer worries about the erosion of the kingdom’s distinctive culture. Its view is that in a world of ubiquitous social media all cultures are destined to blend and it is no longer feasible, let alone desirable, for Saudi Arabia to shut itself off from inexorable global trends.

As it happens, the kingdom does not allow dissenting opinions. It does not have first amendment rights to free speech and free expression. Naturally, this offends us to the marrow. And yet, do you believe that change would have been possible if the religious police had been allowed to constitute a countervailing faction:

There is no doubt that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 34, effective ruler of the kingdom, has decided to press ahead full speed with economic and social change (the former much tougher than the latter). Nothing will deter him. The crown prince, those close to him say, is absolutely convinced his reforms are essential and urgent. So in his view, debate is pointless. There is no possibility of reversing course—and no apparent concern about a conservative backlash. The once-powerful religious authorities have been reduced to mouthpieces for the regime and are widely ignored by the public. Even immediate foreign threats are more distraction than deterrent to Crown Prince Mohammed’s domestic agenda.

To be clear, such rapid change is difficult to impose, even when one can exercise authoritarian control over the culture. Attitudes and social habits change more slowly:

The government is spending billions on bringing entertainment—wrestling, tennis, car racing, expensive restaurants, musical performers—to the kingdom to jump-start tourism. Joining a Saudi family for dinner, I am driven by golf cart through a park to the restaurant by a young Saudi woman with a bare face, cropped hair and no abaya. Such dress or employment for a Saudi woman was unthinkable even a few months ago. “I feel out of place in my own country,” says one Saudi woman in shock at seeing a Lebanese singer entering a Riyadh hotel in a sleeveless midthigh dress. Such “indecency,” unlike dissent, runs no risk these days.

Given its neighborhood the Saudi government requires American assistance. It needs a reliable ally in Washington, especially since Western European nations want to align themselves with Iran. Some say that we should completely withdraw from the region, but we are also part of the world oil market. It’s nice to be self-sufficient energy wise, but what happens if our vendors, suppliers and customers run out of fuel.

Meantime, the Saudi government is putting maximum pressure on the U.S. to provide additional military support to the regime. Failure to stand visibly with Saudi Arabia, say officials here, could encourage Iran to strike again and lead to higher oil prices for the U.S. and world-wide. Or the Saudis could opt to price oil in a currency other than the dollar, with severe ramifications for the U.S. and the global economy.

Crown Prince Mohammed is said to have been livid about the slow U.S. reaction but mollified by the Trump administration’s recent decision to dispatch 2,000 additional American troops to Saudi Arabia along with two Patriot missile batteries and a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or Thaad. The American buildup looks intended to deter future Iranian aggression, but whether the Trump administration would engage or duck is anyone’s guess given the lack of a formal U.S.-Saudi mutual-security treaty. The Saudis are understandably nervous after President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” in Syria and President Trump made no response to Iran’s downing of an American drone in June or its attack on Aramco six weeks ago.

The Trump administration seems to have come to this understanding. If it does not support the Saudi reform effort, the chances for backsliding will increase exponentially.


          

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If the nation were not riveted to President Trump, and if President Trump did not have to spend half his time dodging and deflecting incoming verbal attack missiles, we might have been paying attention to our philosopher kings, our intellectual and political elites, people who have been running the country... into the ground. By their lights Trump can do no right. By logical extension, they can do no wrong.

Victor Davis Hanson calls them our nomenklatura. (via Maggie’s Farm) They are a guardian class of philosopher kings who have taken control of the government and who will brook no dissent. You might think that they are running on fumes, but it would be more accurate, Hanson suggests, that they are running on credentials.

In that he is echoing a thought often expressed by David Foster of the Chicago Boyz blog, namely that America’s ruling class is defined by credentials, not by achievement or merit. Besides, in a world where diversity has overtaken merit, these credentials are no longer signs of real worth.

Hanson trots out the usual suspects and exposes a gang that cannot think straight. For all of the vitriol routinely tossed at Donald Trump, Americans intellectual leaders has failed to notice that their heroes have feet of clay.

You recall, Hanson reminds us, that serious psychiatrists have accused Trump of being mentally ill. And yet, how often does Joe Biden resemble a man who is suffering some level of dementia. One might even say the same about the hapless and helpless Robert Mueller, a man whose Congressional testimony showed that he was not in charge of much of anything.

As for Biden, Hanson remarks what we all know:

At times, former Vice President Joe Biden is unaware of which town, indeed which state, he is in. He slurs his words often. Biden strings together unconnected thoughts that result in utter incoherence—not alleviated by his near shouting emphatics or fits of pique at reporters.

Sometimes, Biden forgets names, and referents, and appears befuddled generally. His biography is mythical. He cannot address Ukraine and the role of his son, Hunter Biden, because, after all, what would a truthful person say? That the vice president of the United States allowed his wastrel son to become a multimillionaire by leveraging his father’s office with foreign corrupt governments? 

And yet, media enablers continue to claim that Biden merely makes gaffes. If Trump had done as much, they would have been crying out for involuntary commitment... even though they oppose involuntary commitment.

As for Hillary Clinton, she refuses to accept that she lost an election and has descended to trafficking conspiracy theories… the kind that would normally label you paranoid. Of course, she and her minions have been accusing Trump of having done what she and her minions were actually doing. When it comes to corruption, to emoluments, no one beats the Clintons:

And all this from Hillary Clinton, who inaugurated the 2009 disastrous Russian appeasement scheme known as “reset” by pushing a red plastic Jacuzzi button in Geneva, and who was instrumental in green-lighting North American uranium sales to Russian interests, which interests through third parties had donated to her foundation and indirectly paid Russians to interfere in the 2016 election to destroy her opponent?

And the sainted Mitt Romney, a man whose good moral character does not include loyalty, refused to take the gloves off when running against Barack Obama. Now he has made himself a Republican scold, a party of one.

But after the implosion of the once impressive 2016 Republican primary field, Romney assumed the mantle of senior establishment Trump foe. If he played by the Marquess of Queensberry Rules with Barack Obama, he certainly did not with Donald Trump, blasting him frequently as a fraud, con, dishonest, a bully, and greedy—clueless that instead Trump served as some sort of sharp planer that ripped off the thin, shiny mahogany veneer pasted over our particle-board establishment.

And, let’s not forget:

Romney seems to have entered Hillary/Biden fantasyland by admitting to being a “lurker” on social media—one who adopts an anonymous and secret Twitter account (in Romney’s case under the nom de guerre “Pierre Delecto”), to channel and encourage nice stories about himself, and to attack vicariously those who do not share his views or self-admiration.

And, we can examine the records of former Obama administration officials James Clapper and John Brennan. Somehow or other the great minds of the media have not figured out that these holier-than-thou warriors are really trying to stay out of jail.

As it happens, no one much cares about holding them to account:

Before Trump, both John Brennan and James Clapper, respectively CIA director and director of national intelligence, lied under oath to Congress—and paid nothing for doing so. Or rather their past prevarications became good CV items for the new fake news industry. From them, we respectively once learned that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was largely secular and that jihad was a mostly a non-violent expression of personal growth and discovery. In their world, drones never hit bystanders, the intelligence agencies never spy on Americans, and the two of them never lied under oath. Both leveraged their past service and security clearances into lucrative cable TV analyst contracts—and often editorialized about ongoing investigations in which they were either knee-deep or of which they later became targets.

How did we go wrong? Hanson offers this explanation:

We have confused credentials with merit—as we learned when Hollywood stars and rich people tried to bribe and buy their mostly lackadaisical children into named schools, eager for the cattle brand BAs and without a care whether their offspring would be well educated. 

Graduating from today’s Yale or Harvard law school is not necessarily a sign of achievement, much less legal expertise. Mostly, entrance into heralded schools is a reminder of past good prep school grades and test scores winning admittance—or using some sort of old-boy, networking, athletic, or affirmative action pull.

Being a “senior” official at some alphabet government agency also means little any more outside of the nomenklatura. Academia, the media, and entertainment industries are likewise supposedly meritocratic without being based on demonstrable worth. Otherwise, why would college graduates know so little, the media so often report fantasies as truth, and Hollywood focus on poor remakes? Take all the signature brand names that the Baby Boomers inherited from prior generations—Harvard, Yale, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the Oscars, the NFL, the NBA, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and a host of others. And then ask whether they enhanced or diminished such inheritances?

A country over $22 trillion in debt, with an open border, an existential conflict with China, and a West in cultural and demographic decline, for two years was told falsely that Donald Trump supposedly knew of a meeting in advance at Trump Tower, that James Comey would supposedly testify that he never told Trump he was not under investigation, and that Trump would soon be indicted, resign, or impeached. The amount of elite energy spent replaying the embarrassing progressive 2016 loss and trying to abort the Trump presidency before the 2020 election, remember, was the product of our best and brightest, the top echelon of our law enforcement and intelligence communities, and our most esteemed political and media elite.

They are defending their turf, their territories, their reputations and their livelihood. The one thing that they can never accept is that the curtain will be drawn back, revealing them to be impostors. They will never forgive Donald Trump for refusing to pay them proper obeisance.

          

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In a better world the news would have emphasized the fact that the United States had murdered the leader of the Islamic State, the world’s most important terrorist, a mass murderer and torturer. And yet, to do so would have required the media and the Obamaphile left to praise President Trump. And we can’t have that.

It has been a thoroughly astonishing spectacle. From Saturday Night Live running a skit showing how Trump was coddling ISIS at the precise moment that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was blowing himself and three of his children up to the Washington Post being incapable of writing a correct headline.

The Post, the paper of record in Washington D. C. first headlined the story by calling al-Baghdadi a “terrorist in chief.” Then, someone decided that that would give Trump too much credit, so it changed the description to “an austere religious scholar.” Considering that the man was responsible for mass murder, mayhem, gang rape and sex trafficking, it seemed a bit too weak, even for the Post. It immediately provoked an outcry from Post readers. The paper changed the headline to “extremist leader.”

At the least, it does not inspire confidence in their journalism.

And then, at the World Series game last night in Washington, President Trump was roundly booed by Nationals fans. Obviously, these fans live in a deep blue city. Even the Washington suburbs are deeply blue… meaning that they are inhabited by government employees, thus, the kind of people that Trump has been attacking and that have, truth be told, been attacking Trump.

It is a pathetic spectacle, not a sign of patriotism. When you boo the president you boo the presidency. And it does not spell patriotism.

So, leftist politicians and media mavens started spinning as fast as they could. They said it was no big deal. ISIS is not defeated. Trump’s press conference was largely inferior to that of Obama when Osama bin Laden was killed. Trump lied about al Baghdadi’s whimpering. And besides, the credit all belongs to Barack Obama, who began the fight against the Islamic State.

You need to wonder how people are stupid enough to believe any of this, but apparently they are. Otherwise why would anyone overlook the obvious fact that the Islamic State was part of the Obama legacy?

Before Obama there was no caliphate. During the Obama years a caliphate grew and became more powerful. Its ability to show itself powerful in the face of the weak Obama policy attracted adherents from around the world. When Obama left office there was still a functioning caliphate. President Trump defeated the caliphate, captured large numbers of ISIS fighters, and ultimately, as of yesterday, eliminated the organization’s chief.

If you put that together and decide that Obama deserves credit for the death of al-Baghdadi you should go back on your meds.

And yet, James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence said this on CNN:

What is going to be interesting is to the extent to which this negatively affects ISIS or does it galvanize ISIS, the remnants of ISIS, which still survives as an ideology and has franchises in other places besides Syria.

Since Trump might be credited with launching the raid, we are now told that ISIS is really an idea, that it exists elsewhere and that the death of its leader will embolden it. Was this what they said when the Obama administration killed bin Laden?

Or else, read Matt Stieb, in New York Magazine. He first needs to attack Trump, with mockery and ridicule:

The president, who appears to relish violet rhetoric, personal boasting, the defeat of his enemies, and the simplicity of a good vs. evil narrative, announced on Sunday morning that U.S. special forces had killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in northwestern Syria on Saturday. With such a natural lining up of his interests, Trump turned the event into a spectacle, even promoting the press conference on Twitter the night before.

Anytime President Trump speaks for 48 minutes straight, you can expect some pretty unhinged remarks; on Sunday, things started to get weird just 90 seconds in, when Trump described the ISIS leader “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to the back of a tunnel in his compound, where he detonated a suicide vest as he was surrounded by three of his children. The president, who did little to hide his enjoyment in the moment, said that “it was just like a movie.”

For those who have no faith in CNN, I will add that a commentator on that network, someone whose name escapes me, explained that Trump had done a great job detailing the raid to the public. The unnamed commentator thanked Trump for describing what happened so well that he and journalists would not need to spend weeks figuring itout for themselves.

Anyway, Stieb seems vaguely offended that Trump was dehumanizing al-Baghdadi:

Trump aim seemed to be dehumanizing al-Baghdadi, the terrorist responsible for the Yazidi genocide, systemized sex slavery within ISIS-controlled territory, and the deaths of thousands in the region. “He was a gutless animal,” Trump said, later adding that “he died in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.” He employed one of his frequent, if incoherent, jabs at al-Baghdadi, claiming that he “died like a dog.” In a bizarre piece of symmetry, as Trump degraded the terrorist, he elevated a military canine involved in the raid: “Our K-9, as they call it — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back, but we had no soldier injured … We had nobody even hurt. That’s why the dog was so great.”

Tell me that that is not one of the most bizarre paragraphs you have ever had the misfortune to read. Stieb seems to suggest that there is something wrong with dehumanizing a mass murderer, a genocidal maniac, an inveterate homophobe and promoter of gang rapes and sex trafficking. Does he not understand that the propaganda war against ISIS is best advanced by showing its leader to be a sniveling coward? Apparently not.

The raid was named in honor of one Kayla Mueller, a young American woman who was captured by ISIS and who was raped repeatedly by al-Baghdadi himself for months on end… before being killed by an American missile. (via Maggie's Farm) Mueller’s parents did not have as many reservations as the American leftist media.

And then Thomas Friedman, in a column praising Trump, tries to argue that Obama got it right, that ISIS was produced by the Bush administration—you know, after Obama abandoned Iraq and Syria. And then, he dives into the moral equivalence trap and compares al-Baghdadi to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi:

Trump has never met a dictator he did not like. He is blind to the fact that the next al-Baghdadi is being incubated today in some prison in Egypt, where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, whom Trump once actually called “my favorite dictator,’’ is not only rounding up violent Jihadists but liberal nonviolent journalists, activists and politicians. Their only crime is that they want to have a say in their country’s future and help to create an environment where they can realize their full potential — so they will not have to look for dignity, power, a job or a girl’s hand from extremist groups like ISIS.

True enough, el Sissi has been cracking down on dissent. You will recall that Egyptian dissidents are most often members of the Muslim Brotherhood or other terrorist organizations.  These have done their best to produce mayhem in the country. The Brotherhood is the godfather of Islamist terrorist organizations. If you know the difference between the Brothers and supposedly liberal journalists I will agree that we should distinguish the one from the other.

We might add that when a Brotherhood leader named Mohamed Morsi won the presidency of Egypt—before being overthrown by a coup lead by el-Sissi— the first  foreign leader to bless his victory with her presence was no less than America’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. 

No one likes to mention it, but Brotherhood voter outreach contained active support for female genital mutilation. Before the election it was sending mobile infirmary vans into the poor neighborhoods of Cairo, the better to allow families to have their daughters mutilated without needing to undergo the indignity of having to go to a clinic or hospital.

Friedman neglects this point. He argues that pro-Iran militias and Syria conspired to help Trump to eliminate al-Baghdadi because they wanted to rid their nation of Sunni influence. He might have added that Sunni Turkey contributed too.

Friedman is sorely offended by the Trump administration’s wish to protect the oil wells, instead of protecting what he called “islands of decency.” A noble thought, offered by a man of surpassing virtue. And yet, where was he when Obama was selling out to Iran and to Islamist terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas? Was the Iran nuclear deal a way to foster decency? And where was Friedman and where was the Obama administration when the Iranian regime was shooting protesters in the streets during the Green revolution of 2009?

          

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Software Engineer

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Description:Do you have a commitment to success, proven interpersonal skills, a positive outlook? Are you a creative thinker and problem solver? Are you looking for a meaningful career?

If so, then we would love to speak with you! The Engineering & Technology organization is a highly dynamic and growing organization that plays a vital role in providing mission-critical intelligence solutions by optimizing satellite constellations, processing data through its entire life cycle and developing reliable cutting-edge infrastructure for information dissemination across a global network and to a variety of programs.

You'll have an opportunity to work on world-class programs such as Orion, SBIRS, GPS-III, Commercial Vehicles, Deep Space Exploration, Classified Special Programs.

Within these Programs, you will participate in the design, development, verification and deployment of complex new software. You will utilize your previous software experience, and/or skills, to develop and maintain software using the following languages and technologies; C++, Java, Python, Big Data, Data Science, Cyber Security, and Embedded systems

Typically has 5 - 10 years of professional experience.

TS/SCI Clearance required prior to starting.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company seeks a Software Engineer who will participate in the following for a SPP Program who will participate in design engineering, integration, and test lifecycle of the software deliverable. The candidate will be responsible for software development, unit test, integration and software test and supporting the software test team to ensure adherence to software requirements.

To promote the sharing of ideas, Lockheed Martin fosters an inclusive work environment that encourages differences and big-picture thinking. Our employees play an active role in strengthening the quality of life where we live and work by volunteering more than 850,000 hours annually. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy:

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Learn more about Lockheed Martins competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

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Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. Theyre dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martins vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.

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89B Ammunition Specialist

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Firearms and other projectile weapons are only as good as the ammunition that goes in them. That makes the storage and distribution of ammunition - all ammunition - an undertaking of paramount importance. As the Ammunition Specialist, you'll ensure this vital job is done correctly through precise handling, storage, and documentation of ordnance.

The primary responsibility of an Army National Guard Ammunition Specialist is to ensure the proper receipt, storage, documentation, and issuance of conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, and related items. These duties may include the inspection, modification, and demilitarization of various munitions. You will also learn how to maintain nuclear weapons, and how to handle, test, and maintain missiles and rockets.

Job Duties
• Operate computer hardware and software/utilities or keep manual records in order to perform stock control and accounting procedures
• Perform ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using both automated and manual procedures
• Inspect weapon systems to determine need for repair or destruction

Some of the Skills You'll Learn
• Ammunition identification and ammunition-related publications
• Explosives demolition operations
• Operation of automated and manual ammunition management systems

Helpful Skills
• Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Interest in planning and organizing
• Work calmly under stress

Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with government agencies and private industries performing ordnance research and development. You might also consider a future as a bomb-disposal expert, gunsmith, or munitions manufacturer.

Earn While You Learn
Get paid to learn! In the Army National Guard, you will learn valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.

Job training for an Ammunition Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, as well as seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Benefits/Requirements
Benefits
  • Paid training
  • A monthly paycheck
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Federal and State tuition assistance
  • Retirement benefits for part-time service
  • Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
  • 401(k)-type savings plan
  • Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
  • Health care benefits available
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  • Bonuses, if applicable
  • Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
    Requirements
    • Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
    • Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
    • Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
    • Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
    • Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)

      Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.

      This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.


          

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Piraté ! Décryptualité du 28 octobre 2019

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Piratage

Titre : Décryptualité du 28 octobre 2019 - Piraté !
Intervenant·e·s : Nolwenn - Nicolas - Manu - Luc
Lieu : April - Studio d'enregistrement
Date : 28 octobre 2019
Durée : 15 min
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Revue de presse pour la semaine 43 de l'année 2019
Licence de la transcription : Verbatim
Illustration : Le comptoir du hardware, piratage - Licence Creative Commons BY-ND.
NB : transcription réalisée par nos soins, fidèle aux propos des intervenant·e·s mais rendant le discours fluide.
Les positions exprimées sont celles des personnes qui interviennent et ne rejoignent pas nécessairement celles de l'April, qui ne sera en aucun cas tenue responsable de leurs propos.

Description

Se faire pirater, est-ce vraiment si grave ?

Transcription

Luc : Décryptualité.

Voix off de Nico : Le podcast qui décrypte l’actualité des libertés numériques.

Luc : Semaine 43. Salut Manu.

Manu : Salut Nico.

Nico : Salut Nolwenn.

Nolwenn : Salut Luc.

Luc : Sommaire ?

Manu : On a un joli sommaire avec des sujets un peu variés.

Nico : Siècle Digital, « Royaume-Uni : les données biométriques d'un million de personnes ont été exposées », un article de Valentin Cimino.

Manu : Ça ne touche pas tout à fait au logiciel libre, il faut bien le dire, je pense que je ne vais plus mettre ce genre d’articles, ça arrive trop souvent.

Luc : C’est dommage, c’est rigolo quand même !

Manu : Oui, ça reste rigolo, surtout qu’on a parlé de reconnaissance faciale, de données qui étaient utilisées par l’État français ou qui allaient être utilisées par l’État français et on faisait remarquer à chaque fois « attention, si ces données sont volées » et généralement les institutions nous disent : « Ne craignez rien, elles ne seront jamais volées ! »

Luc : Elles sont sécurisées !

Manu : Carrément ! Eh bien là, non, elles n’étaient pas bien sécurisées, donc il y a un million de données biométriques en Angleterre qui étaient exposées sur Internet. On ne sait pas qui en a fait quoi, en tout cas elles étaient accessibles à différents hackers et c’est gênant parce qu’on ne peut pas changer facilement ses données biométriques.

Nico : Numerama, « Un ordinateur par classe, logiciels obsolètes : l'école est-elle à la traîne en matière de numérique ? », un article de Perrine Signoret.

Manu : L’école et les moyens de l’école, on se doute bien que c’est déjà un sujet compliqué, mais, en plus, quand on commence à parler d’informatique, de logiciels et de matériel, eh bien là c’est encore plus mal barré techniquement. Il y a eu des plans qui ont été lancés par les différents gouvernements et généralement ça se révèle infructueux.

Luc : Microsoft ira bien aller faire un petit cadeau à la France ? Non ?

Manu : Oui, puisque c’était ce qui s’était passé pour leur permettre de rentrer dans le ministère de l’Éducation et ils ont des accords avec différentes branches des administrations. C’est très embêtant, mais on ne peut pas y faire grand-choses, sinon constater que ça ne marche pas.

Luc : Rappelons que l’Éducation c’est toujours un champ de bataille énorme parce que tous les éditeurs ont envie de refourguer leur camelote aux enfants pour qu’ils prennent des habitudes au plus tôt.

Nico : Sciencepost, « Voici Collapse OS, le système d'exploitation de la fin du monde ! », un article de Yohan Demeure.

Manu : C’est un super sujet qui est vraiment génial. La collapsologie qui veut dire ?

Nolwenn : C’est l’étude de l’effondrement de la société. Comment on pourrait, justement, réussir à survivre si demain tout s’arrête.

Manu : Il y a plein de manières de voir ces effondrements possibles et il y a aussi plein de manières d’essayer de les contrecarrer. D’un point de vue informatique c’est compliqué parce que si la civilisation s’écroule qu’est-ce qui reste ? Eh bien il y a des gens qui creusent ce sujet-là dans l’optique d’essayer de conserver un peu d’informatique, notamment en essayant de réutiliser des vieux microprocesseurs qui sont en très grand nombre un peu partout dans le monde, qui pourraient être utilisés pour être la base d’un système d’exploitation conçu pour eux.

Luc : Vivement la fin du monde qu’on essaye tout ça !

Nico : ZDNet France, « Justice : GNOME envoie un missile aux patent trolls », un article de Campbell Kwan.

Manu : Les patent trolls ce sont des gens qui essayent de mettre des brevets sur les idées de logiciels.

Luc : Ils le font !

Manu : Surtout aux États-Unis parce qu’en Europe ça reste interdit, mais ils le font aussi. GNOME est une fondation de logiciel libre. Ils ont été embêtés par un troll des brevets et ils ont répliqué en allant en justice pour essayer de lui créer des problèmes à leur tour. On suppose que ça devrait fonctionner parce le gars en face n’a vraiment aucune base pour se défendre.

Nico : Du coup la fondation GNOME a besoin d’argent parce que, malheureusement, ça coûte cher et il y a beaucoup de procès pour essayer de se sortir de là, donc ils ont fait une levée de fonds. Si vous voulez contribuer à aller atomiser un patent troll, eh bien n’hésitez pas, c’est le moment.
Les Echos, « Le Sénat veut faire de l'Arcep le gendarme des smartphones », un article de Raphaël Balenieri.

Manu : Là aussi ce sont des choses un peu compliquées. On connaît l’HADOPI [Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet]. On sait qu’il y a pas mal d’institutions, d’administrations qui sont là pour essayer de contrôler des fréquences, pour essayer de contrôler les médias. Là il est question de centraliser un petit peu tout ça dans une nouvelle institution, l’Arcep [Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des Postes], qui récupérerait différents pouvoirs à droite et à gauche et il serait question que, dans leurs pouvoirs, ils aient des choses qui leur permettent de contrôler les téléphones portables.

Luc : Les contrôler sur quels points ?

Nico : J’ai été auditionné par l’Arcep justement sur leur nouveau mandat et l’exemple c’était sur les banques et les téléphones mobiles. Aujourd’hui on est obligé d’utiliser un téléphone Android sous telle version verrouillée par les constructeurs et l’Arcep a dit : « Ce n’est pas normal. La liberté c’est aussi de mettre ce qu’on veut », donc ils veulent aussi légiférer éventuellement là-dessus.
Le Monde Informatique, « Pierre Baudracco devient co-président du CNLL », un article de Véronique Arène.

Manu : CNLL c’est une association d’éditeurs de logiciels libres.

Luc : Oui, ça fait très longtemps qu’on n’en avait pas parlé.

Manu : Oui. Là ils reviennent un petit peu sur le devant de la scène. Pierre Baudracco est quelqu’un qui a travaillé sur BlueMind, une solution de messagerie qui avait fait jaser ; il y avait eu des problématiques judiciaires. C’est intéressant de voir qu’il est sorti de tous ces problèmes par le haut. J’espère qu’on va entendre encore parler de lui dans les mois qui viennent.

Luc : Et du CNLL qui est, en gros, un syndicat d’entreprises du logiciel libre.

Nico : francetv info, « L'article à lire pour comprendre Alicem, l'application d'identité numérique par reconnaissance faciale qui fait polémique », un article de Alice Galopin.

Manu : La reconnaissance faciale, ça me plaisait bien comme sujet, on va arrêter d’en parler autant, ça n’empêche que c’est intéressant. Allez jeter un œil sur cet article-là parce qu’il y a plein de choses qui tournent sur cette nouvelle application qu’on va probablement tous devoir installer à un moment ou un autre sur nos téléphones. C’est embêtant, il y a notamment des problèmes de biométrie, de vie privée en général et puis d’accès aux institutions, aux administrations de l’État. C’est un petit gênant !

Luc : Notre sujet du jour c’est quoi ?

Nolwenn : C’est le mot de passe ça ? C’est « admin » d’admin ! Je prends le contrôle de l’émission !

Luc : Quoi ! Comment tu as trouvé ? Ce n’est pas possible ! Malheureusement le podcast est maintenant piraté par Nolwenn. On va parler piratage, c’est un sujet qui revient assez fréquemment et on peut peut-être déjà dire ce qu’est le piratage, en vrai, enfin en informatique.

Manu : Il y a la piraterie

Luc : Oui, la piraterie.

Manu : Effectivement, qui n’existe plus dans cette forme-là dans nos contextes. La piraterie c’est un autre problème.

Luc : La piraterie existe ailleurs sur terre mais pas juste à côté de chez nous.

Manu : Pas sur Internet. Le piratage c’est une manière de dire « les gens qui agressent nos systèmes avec leur informatique. »

Nico : Ça recouvre plein de choses. Ça va être les gens qui vont effectivement essayer d’aller voler les données dans un but vraiment crapuleux, se faire de l’argent derrière. Ça va être aussi toutes les nouvelles méthodes, les rançongiciels – « on a chiffré vos données et vous allez tout perdre si vous ne payez pas » –, le phishing. Ça couvre vraiment beaucoup de choses.

Luc : J’ai un souvenir lointain de Sony – à l’époque on gravait encore des CD audio, souvenez-vous, c’était il y a longtemps – qui avait mis ce qu’on appelle un rootkit dans un CD audio et avait mis des mouchards sur les ordinateurs de tous les gens qui mettaient le CD original, donc légalement acheté, dans le lecteur de leur ordinateur Windows et qui, ensuite, envoyait des informations. À l’époque j’avais lu partout que c’était, selon des définitions officielles, du piratage. Il n’y a pas que les délinquants qui sont pirates !

Nico : Ah non ! Sony était un délinquant dans ce cas-là. Il s’était fait taper dessus.

Luc : Oui, c’est vrai il n’y a pas que les malfrats ; ça ne marche pas non plus. OK ! Donc pirater en informatique c’est s’introduire sur un système quelconque où on n’est pas invité, où on n’est pas censé être ?

Nico : C’est ça, voilà.

Manu : Et dans ce sens-là, on peut tout être pirates.

Nico : On l’a tous été plus ou moins un jour !

Luc : Ah bon !

Nico : Essayer de casser le mot de passe d’un PC.

Luc : Moi je n’ai jamais fait ça !

Nico : Essayer de s’introduire sur la boîte mail du voisin !

Manu : Accéder à un site web sans y avoir été invité et y rester.

Luc : Il y a plein de sites web où tu n’es pas invité ! Quand je vais sur le site de n’importe quel journal, je suis sur leur site web et ils ne m’ont pas invité. C’est un site public.

Manu : C’est un site public justement.

Luc : C’est dans la partie qui va être privée. On a en tête une histoire de quelqu’un d’assez connu dans le milieu.

Nico : Bluetouff1, qui avait trouvé un document de l’ANSES, l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail, qui avait fait un article sur les nanotechnologies et qui avait mis en ligne un document qui était supposé être confidentiel. Il avait été récupéré par Google et des journalistes étaient tombés dessus sans forcément se rendre compte de ce qu’ils avaient dans les mains. Et l’ANSES les avait poursuivis en justice, « les grands méchants pirates, vous nous avez piqué des données ». Ça avait été un gros bordel : comment quelqu’un qui va sur Google peut se retrouver à faire du piratage involontairement ? Ça avait été le grand débat devant les juges. C’est vrai que c’est parfois un énorme bordel de savoir quelle est la limite entre ce qu’est du piratage et ce qui n’en est pas, ce qui est de la malveillance.

Luc : Là il était dans un espace où les portes étaient ouvertes.

Nico : Oui, c’est ça.

Manu : C’était l’image d’un juge qui avait été donnée : si vous laissez les portes de votre maison ouverte et que quelqu’un rentre dedans, il n’a pas le droit de rentrer dedans même s’il peut le faire.

Luc : C’est ce qu’on lui avait reproché : de savoir qu’il était dans un espace qui aurait dû être fermé et pourtant de continuer à tout explorer.

Nolwenn : Oui, si au début il ne le savait pas forcément, il y a quand même eu un moment où il s’est rendu compte que ça n’allait pas.

Luc : Oui. Il y a quelques semaines, quand je n’étais pas là, vous avez parlé des moteurs de recherche, or les moteurs de recherche c’est bien ce qu’ils font : ils vont partout où ils peuvent, ils suivent les liens et ils indexent tout ça. Et c’était le cas puisque Bluetouff avait trouvé ce lien sur Google, pourquoi lui est condamné alors que finalement il y a un machin industriel automatisé qui est là pour aller dans toute l’arborescence ? On aurait dû condamner Google aussi !

Nolwenn : Oui, mais lui c’est pratique !

Manu : Et lui il le fait de manière automatique. On suppose qu’il n’a pas des intentions derrière. Avec le pirate on va vouloir faire un exemple et montrer aux autres humains qu’il ne faut pas faire la même chose. L’exemple est important !

Luc : Ce qui veut dire que dès lors que c’est automatique ce n’est pas grave. C’est l’intention qui compte, c’est ça ?

Manu : Voilà ! Tu viens de lever le loup. Effectivement, dans le piratage on peut supposer que l’intention est importante. Les accidents ou les résultats de techniques non désirés ne seraient pas forcément considérés comme du piratage.

Luc : Quand Facebook perd des millions et des centaines de millions de données personnelles, enfin les distribue abondamment à n’importe qui…

Nico : Ça c’est de la débilité, ce n’est pas du piratage.

Manu : De l’incompétence.

Nico : De l’incompétence.

Luc : L’intention ne compte pas ?

Nico : L’intention c’était de protéger les données à la base. C’est juste qu’ils ont mal fait ce qu’il fallait.

Luc : Ils les ont filées à tout le monde.

Nico : Ils les ont filées à tout le monde. C’était plus des bourdes ou des erreurs, ce n’était pas volontaire ; en tout cas, à priori, ce n’était pas volontaire.

Luc : Je pense qu’ils n’en ont rien à foutre.

Nico : La justice tranchera mais, effectivement, ils n’en avaient rien à foutre. Le piratage c’est une vraie volonté d’aller nuire à la personne, d’aller l’escroquer, d’aller généralement lui soutirer de l’argent.

Manu : Et de profiter d’elle.

Nico : Et de profiter.

Luc : Bluetouff ne voulait que explorer le truc pour voir. Après il a publié un truc où il disait, si ma mémoire est bonne, « regardez comme ce n’est pas bien sécurisé ».

Nico : Il avait un peu merdé en garde à vue, des choses comme ça. C’est compliqué quand même comme sujet.

Manu : À priori on peut supposer que le juge va chercher quel est le profit qui en a été retiré et, potentiellement, Bluetouff en avait retiré une certaine notoriété et il s’était fait reconnaître parce qu’il avait publié sur le sujet.

Luc : C’est un petit peu ambigu puisqu’on peut considérer que ce n’est pas vraiment nuire, mais bref ! N’importe qui peut se faire pirater. Toi, Nolwenn, tu as une expérience récente avec le piratage.

Nolwenn : Oui. C’était un piratage sans vraiment être un piratage. Tout d’un coup l’adresse mail d’une utilisatrice s’est mise à envoyer plein de mails d’une adresse e-mail inconnue, mais c’était elle qui en était à l’origine. Du coup on s’est retrouvé avec le serveur mail qui a été blacklisté partout.

Manu : Il a été mis sur liste ?

Nolwenn : Sur une liste noire.

Luc : Plus personne ne pouvait parler avec lui.

Nolwenn : On ne pouvait plus communiquer avec l’extérieur. Du coup on a bloqué le compte, on a fait ce qu’il fallait. On a fini par avoir le fin mot de l’histoire. En fait, c’est une personne qui avait mis du code sur GiHub et il se trouve que dans ce code sur GitHub il y avait des mots de passe. En dix minutes, elle s’est fait « pirater », entre guillemets, tout simplement parce que les mots de passe étaient accessibles en ligne.

Luc : Du coup les pirates aussi font des moteurs de recherche comme Google et c’est automatique, donc leur intention n’est pas mauvaise puis que c’est automatique !

Manu : Effectivement ! Maintenant tu pourrais indiquer qu’ils l’ont fait de manière automatique mais l’intention derrière était bien de profiter, d’aller envoyer du spam. Ils auraient pu aussi installer des troyens, d’ailleurs c’est peut-être le cas, ils auraient pu installer des mineurs pour générer des bitcoins en profitant de la machine et ils auraient volé quoi dans ce cas-là ? De l’électricité.

Luc : C’est effectivement ce qu’on risque quand on se fait pirater. Souvent, eh bien les gens s’en foutent un petit peu. On dit « oui, sur une grosse structure comme un hôpital par exemple ». En tout cas tout le monde peut se faire pirater, mais il y a plein de gens qui s’en foutent un petit peu. Qu’est-ce qu’on risque quand on se fait pirater en tant qu’individu ? On peut avoir le rançon…

Nico : Rançongiciel.

Luc : Rançon… Je n’y arrive pas !

Nico : Ransomware.

Nolwenn : On peut se faire rançonner.

Luc : Rançonner. Si on paye pas qu’est-ce qui se passe ?

Nico : Rien en fait. C’est tout le problème. Si on ne paye pas, rien. Il y a deux types de rançons, il y a les ransomwares où, effectivement, les données vont être chiffrées sur le disque dur, donc on a tout perdu si on ne paye pas et, si on paye, on peut potentiellement récupérer ses données. Généralement on les récupère parce que les pirates ont tout intérêt à ce que ça fonctionne, donc à savoir que si on paye on les récupère, plutôt que de savoir que si on paye on ne récupère rien. Mais tout le monde dit de ne surtout pas payer parce que ça incite ces gens-là à continuer.

Luc : Pour plein de gens sur leur ordinateur il n’y a rien de critique, leurs photos de vacances sont sur Facebook et ils se disent « ce n’est pas grave, j’achète un autre ordinateur », alors qu’ils pourraient réinstaller le système.

Nico : C’est ça. C’est vrai que pour les rares personnes qui ont des données vraiment critiques – on a eu des cas de thèses ou autres ou même d’entreprises qui ont eu, par exemple, toute leur comptabilité paralysée –, quand on n’a pas de backup, de sauvegarde, on va peut-être vouloir payer quelques milliers d’euros pour récupérer tout ça plutôt que de tout perdre.

Luc : Qu’est-ce qu’on risque d’autre quand on se fait pirater ?

Nico : Aujourd’hui, bizarrement, on ne risque plus grand-chose. Il y a quelques années, les machines étaient vraiment détournées pour y mettre du spam, ou on essayait de récupérer des données, vos codes de carte bancaire ; maintenant c’est plus des rançons, on va vous prendre votre disque dur.

Luc : Manifestement ça envoie quand même du spam. Dans l’exemple de Nolwenn, il y a ça.

Nico : Ça envoie du spam. Il y a toujours les vieux robots tournent pour envoyer du spam.

Luc : C’est ce qu’on appelle les botnets ?

Nico : Les botnets. Mais le gros, aujourd’hui, c’est surtout du phishing et du ransomware : vous faire acheter des produits qui ne servent à rien, vous dire que soi-disant vous avez été surpris sur webcam donc vous faire chanter : si vous ne payez pas on divulgue à tous vos contacts des vidéos compromettantes

Luc : Quoi ! Tu veux dire que j’ai payé pour rien !

[Rires]

Nico : C’est vrai qu’au-delà de ça, aujourd’hui les données sont beaucoup moins utilisées et exfiltrées qu’il y a quelque temps. Le risque est quand même minime.

Luc : La partie botnet ça veut dire qu’il y a quelqu’un, un pirate, qui va faire des trucs plus ou moins légaux comme envoyer du spam, miner des bitcoins où il a besoin de puissance de calcul, qui va s’installer sur un maximum de machines et, en fait, qui a une stratégie du parasite, c’est-à-dire qu’il va l’utiliser notamment quand l’utilisateur ne l’utilise pas, donc en gros la machine va pédaler, donc consommer plus d’électricité. J’ai déjà rencontré des gens qui disent « je m’en fous ». En gros leur machine est parasitée, mais tant qu’elle marche ça ne leur pose pas de problème.

Manu : Tu as utilisé le bon concept : parasitage. Ça veut dire qu’on peut supporter un parasite. C’est le cas de plein d’organismes dans la nature, ils supportent des parasites et ils arrivent à vivre, à survivre avec, parfois même de manière tout à fait acceptable. En fait, c’est juste la quantité de parasitage qui peu être gênante.

Luc : Oui, surtout que les GAFAM c’est aussi du parasitage d’une certaine façon, quand on met de la pub de partout !

Nico : Après c’est aussi des effets de bord. J’en ai fait les frais, même si je n’ai pas été piraté directement. Votre machine va aussi être infectée, va servir justement à relayer du spam ou à attaquer des services en face et, du coup, vous pouvez voir les flics débarquer chez vous et saisir votre matériel parce que dans la tête de celui qui se sera fait attaquer, c’est vous l’attaquant, ce n’est pas celui qui vous a utilisé comme relais. Du coup c’est vous qui avez des emmerdes à avoir véhiculé de la pédopornographie, à avoir consulté du terrorisme ou autre et là les conséquences peuvent être un peu plus chiantes.

Luc : Tu es en train de dire que, finalement, on ne peut pas jeter aux orties la question de la sécurité informatique et se dire qu’on s’en fout de se faire pirater.

Nico : Non ! Ça c’est sûr.

Nolwenn : Donc la conclusion ?

Luc : La conclusion c’est que la sécurité informatique c’est quand même important. Se faire pirater ce n’est pas bien, ne serait-ce que parce que ça peut servir à des gens vraiment pas recommandables et que, derrière, il peut y avoir des vrais drames humains.

Nico : Et faire gaffe à vos données ! Le jour où vous avez tout perdu vous serez dans la merde !

Nolwenn : Pensez aux sauvegardes !

Luc : Oui, c’est encore la meilleure précaution !

Manu : À la semaine prochaine !

Nico : Salut.

Nolwenn : Salut.


          

Mechanic Crane and Rigging Craft Supervisor

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Job Description BAE Systems Hawaii Shipyards is hiring a Craft Supervisor in the Crane/Rigging/Machinist Department. The Craft Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the crane/rigging/machinist workforce (regular and temporary employees), assigning work on multiple assignments during a workday and monitoring progress onboard vessels. Reports directly to the Craft Manager. This position interacts with various departments and with our customers. Responsible for department procedures, training, budget and the completion of assigned tasks. Oversees all phases of project performance, personnel related functions including the hiring and supervision of union employees, force reductions, promotions and demotions and also responsible for approving employees times. Ensure compliance/enforcement of company policies, procedures and the requirements of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Ensures the workforce operates in accordance with OSHA and Company Mandated Safety, Quality, and Environmental policies. Responsible for attending regular safety meetings, participating in incident investigations and completing root cause analysis. Oversee and monitor schedule performance including review of ongoing and upcoming projects, investigate late activities, and assist project supervision in development of practical solutions. Monitor and evaluate project budget performance including review of ongoing and upcoming projects, develop productivity enhancements and investigate over-budget items Monitor productivity across all shifts including the amount and type of work assigned as well as the quality and quantity of work accomplished. Review project schedules and budgets during the planning phase. Ensures that Company policies are adhered to and the policies are clearly understood by subordinates (ISO, Environmental and Safety). Trains and motivates employees in the areas of technical knowledge, safety, environmental and communication. Maintains inter-departmental relations. Additional duties as assigned Typical Education & Experience Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience Required Skills and Education - Bachelor degree with 4 years experience in the crane/rigging/and/or machinist trade or a minimum of 11 years experience in the crane/rigging/and/or machinist trade with a High School diploma/GED and/or graduate from an apprenticeship school - Must have a minimum of 3 years supervisory experience in the maritime industry - Must be able to obtain DBIDS Preferred Skills and Education - Previous shipyard or navy experience - Apprentice program graduate - Knowledge of effective supervisory methods and techniques - Ability to plan, layout schedules, and supervise the work in an effective and cost efficient manner - Considerable knowledge of the policies and procedures that is relevant to the Crane/Rigging/Machinist Shop About BAE Systems Platforms & Services The Platforms & Services (P & S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repairjust to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P & S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too. We celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We re laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues. Mechanic Crane and Rigging Craft Supervisor 53221BR EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          

Surface Warfare Officer

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America's Navy has the most modern, advanced fleet of ships in the entire world. Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) are trained extensively to maintain and operate these ships, their crews and their systems. Providing direction. Leading by example.#GDJULY

Surface Warfare Officers form the backbone of Fleet leadership. In this role, you will have the opportunity to excel as a leader. You could serve as Commanding Officer over an elite crew and be an authority in every aspect of your Navy assignments. Doing any or all of the following:

  • Directing personnel operations aboard Navy vessels, such as aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, amphibious warfare ships, mine warfare ships and frigates
  • Managing shipboard vertical launch systems
  • Using computer displays and advanced technology in battle and ship defense
  • Providing support to Navy expeditionary forces, Theater Air Missile operations, anti-submarine warfare, surface-to-air warfare, and support and supply missions

    Surface Warfare Officers are involved in virtually every aspect of Navy missions. As a SWO, you may be in charge of any number of shipboard operations and activities while at sea, working with or within any of these specialized forces:
    Aircraft Carrier Forces: Provide and coordinate air, submarine and surface ship defense for aircraft carriers
    Cruiser-Destroyer Forces: Provide ship attack and defensive measures with a wide array of missile and fire power capabilities, providing anti-air, -submarine and -surface warfare support
    Amphibious Forces: Embark and transport vehicles, equipment and personnel for amphibious assault operations
    Combat-Logistics Forces: Provide combatant ships with fuel, ammunition, food and supplies, and provide repair, maintenance and rescue capabilities through Fleet Support Ships
    Mine Warfare Forces: Detect, identify and neutralize threats from hostile use of maritime mines
    You may also be interested in becoming a Surface Warfare Officer within the prestigious Navy Nuclear community, where you will have the opportunity to work on some of the world's most powerful nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers.

    A four-year degree from an accredited U.S. college or university is required to become a Surface Warfare Officer. There are different ways to become a SWO. If you're a high school student or an undergraduate, you can enter through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) or through the U.S. Naval Academy. Those already having a degree attend Officer Candidate School (OCS), a 12-week Navy school in Newport, R.I.
    To be an eligible candidate, you must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Be at least 19 years of age and no older than 29 at the time of commissioning
    • Meet the Navy's physical standards

      General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've never served before
          

IT Project Management and Operations Manager / Grand Prairie, TX or

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Description:Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) is seeking an experienced leader with strong project management and finance background for the MFC Information Technology (IT) organization.

This individual will lead a team responsible for establishing business cases, cost analysis, planning and execution of IT Projects.

This individual will manage annual expense and capital budgets, perform financial performance tracking and reporting, and manage procurements for MFC IT infrastructure projects.

This role requires a managers level understanding of IT infrastructure technology for purposes of project management and business case analysis.

Basic Qualifications:

Professional project management or finance experience in a large corporate setting

Experience with creation of business cases, project planning, cost analysis

Experience with presentations to Sr. Mgmt. and voting experience in corporate councils

Experience with IT finance which includes topics such as departmental budgeting, hardware procurement, software program amortization, etc

Understanding of IT infrastructure technology for purposes of project management and business case analysis

Experience working with external vendors

Experience with MS Project to track and report on project status

Self-motivated, customer focused and proactive leader

Proven management or team leadership experience

Experience and ability to create documentation, processes and procedures to ensure risk reduction

Capable of supporting multiple tasks and customers with competing deadlines concurrently

Desired Skills:

Experience with Lockheed Martin and Missiles and Fire Control financial applications, finance processes and policies

Experience working across organizational boundaries such as business area and enterprise IT

Experience developing multi-year IT business plans

Familiarity with the MFC Rate structures to include IT Systems Rate

Business acumen, and the ability to communicate effectively to executives, business domain stakeholders and technical staff

Demonstrated influence, communication, presentation and facilitation skills

Management experience of large, distributed, teams of employees.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

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Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. Theyre dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martins vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.

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A History of Homeworld Part 5: The Homeworld War

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In this series celebrating the franchise's twentieth anniversary (and the recent announcement of Homeworld 3), I look at the background lore of the critically-acclaimed Homeworld series of video games.

Following the defeat of the Hiigarans and the driving of their people into exile in a remote corner of the galaxy, the Taiidan emerged as the strongest and most powerful of the galactic empires. The strongest race on the Galactic Council – bar only the now avowedly non-interventionist Bentusi – the Taiidan expanded their empire far and wide. They established their new seat of government on Hiigara, although Taiidan remained their most populous world.

Emperor Riesstiu was hungry for more power and influence, but also cautious. He knew that the Bentusi, should they be provoked out of their neutral stance, could destroy the Taiidan with the very same technology the Hiigarans had used to lay them low, so adopted a cautious path of expansion mixed with consolidation and aggression tempered by compromise. For three millennia, the Taiidan ruled as the pre-eminent galactic power, but its rulers always restrained their worst instincts.

During this time period the galaxy entered a period of stagnation; technological development proceeded extremely slowly and, with almost the entire galactic disc mapped and explored, there was a lack of brave new frontiers to explore. Various expeditions to the neighbouring satellite galaxy and even other galaxies altogether were proposed, using the Bentusi’s Far Jump capabilities, but nothing came of them. For three millennia, as the Exiles on Kharak collapsed to a medieval level of technology and then rose again, the galaxy spun in peace, but an uneasy peace punctuated by the slowly growing brutality of the Taiidan.
In 9035 GSY, whilst the Heresy Wars still raged on Kharak, the long peace was interrupted by the arrival of the Turanic Raiders. A race of space pirates, the Raiders waged unceasing war on the Outer Rim Trade Routes, stealing vast quantities of cargo. The Raiders soon learned not to test the might of the Bentusi, but had no fear of the ships of other races and became a serious menace. In 9410 GSY (four years after the Second Core was found in the ruins of Khar-Toba) Emperor Riesstiu IV the Second made an alliance with the Turanic Raiders, giving them free reign to attack other races as long as they steered clear of Taiidan ship sand worlds.

Emperor Riesstiu IV had already been among the bloodiest and most unhinged of the Taiidan Emperors, but his clone-successor was possibly deranged, soon becoming known as the Mad Emperor. Riesstiu IV 2nd was so bold as to be reckless, constantly baiting and testing the patience of the Galactic Council and even the Bentusi. In 9503 GSY, the Bentusi broke their long neutrality to censure the Taiidan and suspended all trade contact with the Empire. The Frerrn Aggregate, a powerful Council race along the Far Rim, found itself in almost a state of war with the Taiidan due to a series of border conflicts.

At the same time, Riesstiu IV 2nd was cracking down hard on dissidents within the Empire, including a nascent democratic movement which was demanding the replacing of the monarchy with a republic, restored to Taiidan rather than captured Hiigara. The Mad Emperor’s brutal measures brought several Taiidan worlds and naval fleet elements to the edge of outright rebellion.
If there was one weakness in the Mad Emperor’s armour it was the fate of the Exiles. His predecessors had sent ships to the edge of the Kharak system to monitor their fate, with orders to sterilise the planet completely should the Exiles show even the vaguest signs of developing hyperspace technology. Instead, many of the Taiidan ships simply vanished and failed to return. 
Taiidan forces eventually discovered the presence of a massive hyperspace interdiction field surrounding the Kharak system, presumably the result of Bentusi intervention (the possibility that the Second Core had survived the destruction of Sajuuk’s Wrath and been taken to Kharak seems to have been discounted). An experimental drive managed to briefly penetrate the field and allowed a weapons platform to be deployed in Kharak orbit, but the ship carrying out the work was then pulled down to the planet’s surface and the platform never activated (until, ironically, its discovery by the Kushan themselves).

A prophecy had been uttered at one point that the Exiles would escape from their prison and return to Hiigara, toppling the Taiidan Empire along the way. Despite their best efforts to stamp out the superstition, it continued to be repeated and Riesstiu IV 2nd became convinced that if the Exiles ever did escape their planet in his lifetime, he would need to take swift action. He had a Taiidan fleet positioned as close to the field as possible with orders to completely annihilate all life in the system should it fail. He also granted the Turanic Raiders the right to strip the system of anything of value afterwards.

In the year 9510 GSY, 1216 by the Kharakian Dating System, the inhibitor field shut down and the Taiidan guard fleet immediately responded.

The Kharakian Genocide.

The Kharakian Genocide

It was only a matter of hours after the Mothership departed to the outer edge of the Kharak system that a fleet of alien warships appeared in the skies above Kharak. The planet’s missile defence system immediately responded, destroying several of the Taiidan warships out of sheer surprise, before the Taiidan responded, obliterating first the Scaffold and then the orbital fighter squadrons and missile launch platforms. The space around the planet secured, the Taiidan then dropped several atmosphere-deprivation bombs on the planet.

These weapons of mass destruction, whose use was prohibited by the Galactic Council, detonated with tremendous force across Kharak’s northern hemisphere. The multi-gigaton blasts annihilated vast swathes of the planet, its cities and people by themselves. The blasts then ignited the atmosphere, burning the planet’s biosphere from the ground up. Nothing could survive. Approximately 300 million people were killed.

Satisfied that the job was done, the Taiidan fleet withdrew, aside from several frigates left behind to mop up any remaining orbital assets.

The Kushan Mothership had jumped to the outer edge of the Kharak system to rendezvous with the Khar-Selim, only to find the ship already a wreck. Turanic Raiders were already swarming through the outer system, seizing resources. The Mothership fought off the Raider forces that had eliminated the Khar-Selim and jumped back to Kharak, only to find their planet burning in space. They also found the Taiidan assault frigates commencing an attack on the cryo-trays which had been left behind in orbit. The Mothership’s own fighter and corvette squadrons were able to destroy the Taiidan ships and capture one intact. The cryo-trays were recovered. The Kushan race was now reduced to just 650,000 survivors.

The Mothership in the Great Nebula.

The Journey

The crew of the Mothership had to overcome immense shock and grief to ensure the survival of their race. With Kharak rendered completely uninhabitable, they now had no choice but to follow the path laid out by the Guidestone, to Hiigara. The odds seemed ridiculous, especially once the interrogation of the Taiidan crew was completed. The Taiidan Empire was vast, spanning a considerable portion of the total width of the galaxy, with a population of billions spread across dozens of planets and their capital standard planted firmly on Hiigara itself. The Taiidan navy consisted of thousands of ships, compare to the single Mothership. The chances of victory seemed slim.

However, the Kushan possessed several advantages. The first was surprise: the Taiidan did not know that the Mothership even existed, let alone had survived. The Mothership’s Hyperspace Core was also capable of jumps dozens of times greater than those of the Taiidan. The Mothership could jump past Taiidan fleet lines and make its way to Hiigara in a few months, whilst it would take the Taiidan years to recall their entire fleet to defend Hiigara. The Mothership’s ability to harvest resources and build new ships in deep space also allowed it to rapidly expand itself from a single vessel to the flagship of a substantial fleet of vessels consisting of fighters, corvettes, frigates, destroyers, heavy cruisers and carriers. The Kushan also had remarkable salvaging abilities, boarding and seizing control of enemy ships under heavy fire, allowing them to swell their fleet further. Although the Kushan were ludicrously outnumbered, they were still able to bring their entire firepower to bear in a single engagement, whilst the Taiidan were scattered in an attempt to find them.

In this manner, the Kushan undertook one of the boldest and most impressive military campaigns in galactic history. From Kharak they travelled into the Great Wastelands and destroyed the Taiidan fleet that had attacked Kharak. They then reached the outskirts of the Great Nebula. There, for the first time in three millennia, they were confronted by a Bentusi trade ship. The news of the Exiles’ return was greeted with cautious optimism by the Bentusi, but some trepidation for the behaviour of the ancestors. But the Kushan proved surprisingly merciful for a race which had lost so much, accepting the surrender of enemy forces where it took place and accepting diplomatic mediation with the Bentusi.

The Exile fleet passed through the Great Nebula, coming under attack by the Kadeshi, an off-shoot of their own race who had abandoned the flight to Kharak three millennia earlier. The Exiles defeated the Kadeshi and seized some of their ships to add to their fleet. Beyond the Great Nebula, in the Sea of Lost Souls, they neutralised an ancient alien vessel which had been seizing control of passing ships for centuries. Even the Bentusi had been unable to subdue it.

The Exiles entered Taiidan imperial space by destroying a guard post near an active supernova, then closed in on the Galactic Core. By this time news of the great “victory” at Kharak had reached Hiigara and the Emperor loudly proclaimed the achievement, but the result was not what he expected.

The final battle over Hiigara.

The Galactic Council censured the Taiidan for their use of a forbidden weapon and the Bentusi petitioned the Council to restore Hiigara to the Exiles. The Emperor, furious, launched a concerted attack on the Bentusi. The Bentusi refused to respond with their full force, but defended themselves. One trade ship was actually in danger of being overcome by a large Taiidan fleet until it was rescued by the Exiles themselves. The Emperor’s obvious insanity now split the Taiidan Empire, with a new, free republic being declared on Taiidan itself. Dozens of Taiidan worlds fell into civil war.

The final act began when the Taiidan Republican Navy made contact with the Exiles and formally allied with them. Fleet Captain Elson guided the Mothership fleet to the vast starship graveyard at Karos, from where vital intelligence was extracted showing a way into the Hiigaran system, bypassing most of the Taiidan defences. The Emperor, now aware of the growing precariousness of his situation, had called as many ships in as possible to defend Hiigara, but found this was much less than expected; the allied Kushan and Taiidan rebels were able to smash his fleet in a final pitched battle over Hiigara. They then fired on and destroyed the Emperor’s flagship.

As fire reigned down on Hiigara, the Taiidan forces on the planet surrendered and agreed to withdraw. The Taiidan Empire fell, almost half of the member worlds joining the new Taiidan Republic, the rest becoming independent worlds, or falling to various warlords styling themselves the new Emperor.

It had taken the Exiles – Kushan no more, now once again Hiigarans – six months and thousands of lives to reclaim their homeworld. Hiigara was again theirs, a planet they could barely have dreamed of in the burning sands of Kharak. A world of vast blue oceans, bright blue skies and cool breezes, teeming with animal life.

The Mothership took up station in orbit as a defensive redoubt and then a shipyard. The fleet it had accumulated became the core of an even larger navy dedicated to defending the planet and the system. The slow process of unloading the cryo-trays and thawing out the half million survivors of Kharak could now begin, but not before all of those who had fought their way to Hiigara were allowed to stand on the surface and breathe its air. The last to do so was Karan S’jet, who had guided the fleet more than 35,000 light-years through war and fire. She survived extraction from the Mothership core and became the figurehead of the new era.

The Exiles had returned to their Homeworld. But their struggle was not yet over.

The fall of the Taiidan Empire.


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Iran begins mass production of submarine-missiles: Khanzadi

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“A year ago, Iran launched its first submarine-missile and now we are manufacturing it in large numbers,” Commander of Iranian Army Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said on Sunday.
          

The Soner Euro Cup

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Mike Iaconelli

After some street fishing in Paris late this summer, we moved on to Spain. We — Becky, myself and the youngest kids — spent a couple of days in Madrid before I fished the Soner Euro Cup on Lake Cigara near Madrid. My partner and I won it! How cool is that?

The Euro Cup was a really exciting experience for me. There were something like 125-130 boats with two man teams in them. As best I can remember there were something like 25 or 30 countries represented, some of them from thousands of miles away.

And, as you might expect, all of those teams were made up of high-quality bass anglers. They knew what they were doing. The competition was as good and as fierce as in any tournament I’ve ever fished.

The whole thing was a really big deal. It was like all the excitement and big-time doings that surround a Bassmaster Classic. The crowds were huge and enthusiastic. The rules were pretty much the same, too. There was a five fish limit for each of the two days of the event with the most weight winning. It goes without saying that we were all looking for the biggest bass we could find.

Lake Cigara
Lake Cigara

Lake Cigara is an interesting body of water, not at all what I expected. The best way I know how to describe it is to call it a desert-type lake. It looks like Lake Meade or Lake Havasu here in the United States. There were flooded canyons everywhere, sheer bluff walls, a ton of rock of every size imaginable and very little wood. I’m not sure how big it is but I’d guess it’s in the 30,000 to 40,000 acre range.

The biggest thing for us was that the water was super clear. You could see the details on the bottom at 10 feet or more. We wanted to find bass that were shallow and feeding. To do that we knew we needed to find stained water.

We found that up in the river that feeds Lake Cigara, but we could only fish about a 2 mile stretch of it. After a day of prefishing — that’s all we were allowed — we found a pretty good bite in that stretch of stained water anywhere the river channel swept up against the bank where there was rock. Big or little rock didn’t matter. It just had to be rock.

Once they moved into those areas the fish were really picky about chasing lures. The lure had to be on the bottom, grinding right into the rock. Running anything close to the bottom or even a little bit above it was a waste of time. The other fish in the river would come up and eat it, and the bass wouldn’t touch it.

There were only six or seven channel swings that met our criteria so we had to use a first bait and then a follow-up bait on the next pass over the swings. We made pass after pass all day long on both days.

Missile Jigs Ike's Mini Flip Flipping Jig
Missile Jigs Ike’s Mini Flip Flipping Jig

Our first rig consisted of a 1/2-ounce Missile Jigs Ike’s Mini Flip Flipping Jig in black-and-blue, actually I think it’s called Bruiser. It falls fast but it’s more compact than other 1/2-ounce jigs so it worked perfectly up in the river. And, just as important, it has a 60 degree line tie so you can keep it down in the rock without it hanging up all the time.

Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw

We used a trailer on the jig. It was a 4-inch, Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw in black-and-blue. We cut it off at the third segment so that it would fit on the jig and we removed the crazy legs. Basically, it ended up being a chunk with some small appendages.

Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rod and Abu Garcia REVO IKE Casting Reel
Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rod and Abu Garcia REVO IKE Casting Reel

We used the European version of my Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rod in the 6 foot, 6 inch medium heavy model. My reel was an Abu Garcia Ike REVO with an 8.0:1 gear ratio. My line was 15-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. The high-speed gear ratio was critical. When the bass picked up the Mini Flip they’d run right at our boat most of the time. A quick line pickup helped get a solid hookset.

Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Line, Green
Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Line, Green

After we made a pass over the swings the bass started getting used to seeing what we were throwing and so we switched to a followup bait. It was more of a finesse-type presentation.

Berkley Powerbait The General Worm
Berkley Powerbait The General Worm

For starters we Texas-rigged a 5-inch Berkley Powerbait – The General Worm — a soft plastic stickbait — on a 3/16-ounce VMC Ike Approved Finesse Rugby Jig. We used a color called Ike’s Magic. It’s real dark on top, almost black, and has a bluish pearlescent bottom. Just like before, we wanted a dark presentation because the water was stained. That helps the bass find what they’re looking for when they’re feeding.

VMC Ike Approved Finesse Rugby Jig
VMC Ike Approved Finesse Rugby Jig

Because this was more of a finesse presentation we used spinning tackle. We used an Abu Garcia Ike Finesse Spinning Rod. It was 7 foot, 4 inches long with a medium action. My reel was an Abu Garcia REVO Ike model in the 20 size.

Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series Spinning Rod & Abu Garcia REVO IKE Spinning Reel
Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series Spinning Rod & Abu Garcia REVO IKE Spinning Reel

I spooled my reel with 10-pound-test Berkley X9 Braided Line as my main line and a long leader made with 10-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon.

Berkley X9 Braided Line
Berkley X9 Braided Line

That’s what we did and how we did it! The lesson here is that quality fishing techniques will work all over the world. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.


          

The defense secretary begged Trump not to pardon accused and convicted war criminals

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  • Pentagon officials were reportedly shocked by a "Fox & Friends" report Monday that President Donald Trump planned to intervene in three war crimes cases by Veteran's Day.
  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged Trump Tuesday not to intervene.
  • Included in the information packet will be the details of each case, as well as arguments that in none of the cases were the accused troops acting out of patriotism, as Trump suggested.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters he has urged President Donald Trump not to intervene in the cases of three members of the military accused or convicted of war crimes.

"I had a robust discussion with the president yesterday and I offered — as I do in all matters — the facts, the options, my advice, the recommendations and we'll see how things play out," Esper told press Wednesday.

Three defense officials told CNN that the Pentagon would send an information package to the president explaining why he should not intervene in the cases of former Army Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, a Green Beret, and Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher. The officials told CNN that the information would be delivered as soon as possible; administration officials had told CNN that Esper planned to discuss his concerns with Trump before Veterans' Day on Nov. 11. 

Pentagon officials were reportedly shocked by a "Fox & Friends" report Monday that Trump planned to intervene in the cases. He has tweeted about the war crimes allegations, saying, "We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!" Gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder charges, but found guilty of taking a photo with a slain ISIS fighter; Lorance is currently a 19-year sentence for murder; and Golsteyn is awaiting court-martial on murder charges.

Pentagon officials are concerned that Trump doesn't understand the gravity of the crimes Gallagher, Lorance, and Golsteyn were convicted or accused of, or the potential effects his intervention could have on military justice. 

Included in the information packet were the details of each case, as well as arguments that in none of the cases were the troops acting out of patriotism, as Trump appears to believe, and recommendations that Trump should follow the recommendations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice — with the acknowledgement that the final decision is up to the president. Esper also told reporters on Wednesday that he has "full confidence in the military justice system."

'Undermining the authority of command'

Trump has been heavily involved in the case of  Gallagher, who was accused of killing a teenage ISIS captive, as well as shooting at Iraqi civilians, both war crimes. He was acquitted of those charges in a military court, after the prosecution impugned its own witness and surveilled the defense without a warrant. Another SEAL testified to killing the young ISIS fighter; Gallagher was found guilty of posing for a photo with his body and demoted. 

Trump has also gotten involved in the cases of Lorance and Golsteyn. He has ordered that charges against both be reviewed; Lorance is serving a 19-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas for ordering an enlisted soldier in his platoon to fire at three Afghans on a motorcycle in 2012. Two of the men died, and Lorance was charged with murder, the Army Times reports. Lorance and his attorneys have maintained his innocence, arguing in an appeal that at least some of the men on the motorcycle had been linked to insurgent activity. 

Golsteyn's case has not yet gone to trial. He is accused of murdering an alleged Afghan bombmaker in 2010, and the Army maintains that, during a CIA polygraph test, he admitted to shooting the man, burying him, and later returning to burn the body. Golsteyn and his attorneys maintain his innocence, with one of his attorneys calling the alleged confession of Golsteyn killing an unarmed man "a fantasy." However, the Army Times reports Golsteyn did admit to a version of the events he allegedly told CIA interviewers during a Fox News interview. 

Golsteyn has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, has said that the death occurred during a mission that Golsteyn's superiors ordered. 

Should Trump intervene in the cases, the integrity of the UCMJ would be called into question, as well as the leadership of military authorities. Countries that host US troops could become more wary about the behavior of those troops, and of the military's ability to prosecute crimes, according to the officials CNN interviewed. 

"We all view this possibility as undermining the authority of command," one official told CNN.

Insider reached out to the White House and the Pentagon for comment, but did not receive a response from either by press time. 

SEE ALSO: Putin says the Russian Navy's newest ship will soon carry a new hypersonic missile that may be unstoppable

SEE ALSO: Mattis’s aide says the general ‘did not want me to write’ the memoir about his tense relationship with Trump

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Other: Ammunition Specialist - Houston, Texas

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Firearms and other projectile weapons are only as good as the ammunition that goes in them. That makes the storage and distribution of ammunition - all ammunition - an undertaking of paramount importance. As the Ammunition Specialist, you'll ensure this vital job is done correctly through precise handling, storage, and documentation of ordnance. The primary responsibility of an Army National Guard Ammunition Specialist is to ensure the proper receipt, storage, documentation, and issuance of conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, and related items. These duties may include the inspection, modification, and demilitarization of various munitions. You will also learn how to maintain nuclear weapons, and how to handle, test, and maintain missiles and rockets. Job Duties - Operate computer hardware and software/utilities or keep manual records in order to perform stock control and accounting procedures - Perform ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using both automated and manual procedures - Inspect weapon systems to determine need for repair or destruction Some of the Skills You'll Learn - Ammunition identification and ammunition-related publications - Explosives demolition operations - Operation of automated and manual ammunition management systems Helpful Skills - Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry - Ability to communicate effectively - Interest in planning and organizing - Work calmly under stress Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with government agencies and private industries performing ordnance research and development. You might also consider a future as a bomb-disposal expert, gunsmith, or munitions manufacturer. Earn While You Learn Get paid to learn! In the Army National Guard, you will learn valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for an Ammunition Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, as well as seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Benefits - Paid training - A monthly paycheck - Montgomery GI Bill - Federal and State tuition assistance - Retirement benefits for part-time service - Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) - 401(k)-type savings plan - Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) - Health care benefits available - VA home loans - Bonuses, if applicable - Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements - Military enlistment in the Army National Guard - Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate - Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 - Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards - Must meet citizenship requirements (see ***************** for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. ()
          

Site Manager on Wake Island

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HI-Wake Island, Bring your one-of-a-kind skills to a one-of-a-kind place Chugach is seeking candidates for full-time employment at Wake Island National Wildlife Refuge. Located in the Pacific, approximately 2,300 miles west of Honolulu, HI, Wake Island is home to the United States Air Force Wake Island Airfield, a critical component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Apply today for the unique opportunity to
          

IT / Software / Systems: Embedded Software Engineer - Grand Prairie, Texas

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Description:Are you seeking a technically challenging and innovative work environment? Do want to work with an internationally recognized staff of PhDs, scientists and engineers? If so, heres your chance to put your career on the right track by joining Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) in Dallas, Texas. We are currently seeking a Software Engineer experienced in the design, development, integration and test of real-time Operational Flight Software (OFS) embedded on a tactical missile. The successful candidate will be responsible for porting, designing and developing guidance algorithms, aircraft interface management, sensor interface management, navigation data processing and power management for a hypersonic missile. Come to work for Lockheed Martin and help to keep our military strong and our country safe. Basic Qualifications: Advanced skills in C/C++ coding languages in a real-time embedded environment Proficient in software development lifecycle from requirements through formal qualification Experience in the VxWorks RTOS and the use of BSPs (Board Support Packages) for COTS hardware Desired Skills: Above average communication skills both written and verbally BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: job.Qualifications Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. Theyre dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about. As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martins vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories. EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Experienced Professional ()
          

Other: Ammunition Specialist - Houston, Texas

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Firearms and other projectile weapons are only as good as the ammunition that goes in them. That makes the storage and distribution of ammunition - all ammunition - an undertaking of paramount importance. As the Ammunition Specialist, you'll ensure this vital job is done correctly through precise handling, storage, and documentation of ordnance. The primary responsibility of an Army National Guard Ammunition Specialist is to ensure the proper receipt, storage, documentation, and issuance of conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, and related items. These duties may include the inspection, modification, and demilitarization of various munitions. You will also learn how to maintain nuclear weapons, and how to handle, test, and maintain missiles and rockets. Job Duties - Operate computer hardware and software/utilities or keep manual records in order to perform stock control and accounting procedures - Perform ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using both automated and manual procedures - Inspect weapon systems to determine need for repair or destruction Some of the Skills You'll Learn - Ammunition identification and ammunition-related publications - Explosives demolition operations - Operation of automated and manual ammunition management systems Helpful Skills - Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry - Ability to communicate effectively - Interest in planning and organizing - Work calmly under stress Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with government agencies and private industries performing ordnance research and development. You might also consider a future as a bomb-disposal expert, gunsmith, or munitions manufacturer. Earn While You Learn Get paid to learn! In the Army National Guard, you will learn valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for an Ammunition Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, as well as seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Benefits - Paid training - A monthly paycheck - Montgomery GI Bill - Federal and State tuition assistance - Retirement benefits for part-time service - Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) - 401(k)-type savings plan - Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) - Health care benefits available - VA home loans - Bonuses, if applicable - Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements - Military enlistment in the Army National Guard - Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate - Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 - Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards - Must meet citizenship requirements (see ***************** for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. ()
          

Other: Fire Control Specialist (13J) - Chattanooga, Tennessee

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13J Fire Control Specialist Job ID: 1143557 Job Views: 28 Location: CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, United States ZIP Code: 37404 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard. Job Duties * Operate communications systems * Primary tactical data system operations * Database management * Fire mission processing Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Computing target locations * Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems * Artillery tactics Helpful Skills * Interest in cannon and rocket operations * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask * Capable of working as a team member Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in computer programming or telecommunication. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for a Fire Control Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. ()
          

Ransomware in Spain. Pegasus in India. TikTok on the Huawei highway? Booz Allen predicts! And good dogs sniff out bad data.

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Ransomware hits Spanish companies. Pegasus continues to excite controversy in India. TikTok applies for Big Tech’s good-citizen club, but has apparently so far been blackballed. Booz Allen offers nine predictions for 2020: balkanization, supply chain threats, automotive data theft, war-droning, satellite hacks, tougher attribution, election interference, missiles against malware, and Olympic interference. And good dogs go after bad guys’ data storage devices. Ben Yelin from UMD CHHS on AT&T’s claims that they cannot be sued for selling location data to bounty hunters.

For links to all of today's stories check our our CyberWire daily news brief:

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2019/November/CyberWire_2019_11_05.html 

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Weapons Aircraft Integration Engineer (Associate)

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Job ID *********** Date posted 10/28/2019 Location Saint Charles, Missouri Company The Boeing Company Job Description At Boeing, we are all innovators on a mission to connect, protect, explore and inspire. From the seabed to outer space, you'll learn and grow, contributing to work that shapes the world. Find your future with us. This position will be on the Boeing Weapons and Missile Systems (WMS) Aircraft Platform Integration Team in St. Charles, Missouri. The purpose of the WMS Aircraft Platform Integration team is to ensure successful integration of Weapons (B61-12 Tail Kit, Harpoon, High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Capability (HAAWC), Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kit, Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), Massive Ordinance Penetrator (MOP), and Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER)) on various Military Aircraft Platforms. The Weapons-Aircraft Platform Integration team is a Customer facing team and is directly responsible for Weapon System Integration support and leadership from design through test and fielding. This position interfaces with multiple stakeholders including United States Air Force, United States Navy, multiple aircraft platform government and contractors (e.g. F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, B-1, B-2), International Customers, and multiple weapons simulation teams and laboratories. Up to -25% travel including both domestic and international locations. A Weapons-Aircraft Platform Integration Engineer supports many areas related to weapons-aircraft integration from electrical/mechanical design, software requirements, software/hardware integration testing, and flight testing activities. Integration Engineers will be expected to coordinate, update, and author Statements of Work (SOWs), Integrated Master Plans (IMPs)/Integrated Master Schedules (IMSs), Interface Control Documents (ICDs), Interface Change Notices (ICNs), and Interface Control Memorandums (IFMs), System Integration Lab (SIL) Test plans, and Reports for labs, ground tests, and flight test events.The Integration Engineer will integrate weapon systems on air launch platforms, support SIL testing by utilizing weapon system simulators and test equipment, and perform integration and test event data analysis to assist in final weapon system performance evaluation and specification verification.Integration Engineers will provide weapons-aircraft integration flight test support to the flight test team by attending test planning and coordination events, pre-flight and post-flight briefings, on-site test support, and support of post test data analysis.The Integration Engineer will also coordinate efforts between functions within Boeing to ensure successful integration of the weapon on the aircraft platform. Position Responsibilities: Ensure that the weapons meet their installed performance requirements on air-launch platforms. Manage the Platform to Weapon Interface Documents and Requirements for duration of program. Act as primary point of contact for Weapon Customers with regards to Weapon Integration issues/concerns. Ensure new weapon upgrades/features and software block updates successfully integrate with Aircraft Platforms through lab testing, on-aircraft ground testing, and flight testing events and post-test analysis. The WMS organization's culture values engineers that eagerly take responsibility for solving problems (their own and others'), have an inherent bias towards taking action, set very high standards for themselves and for those with whom they work, passionately honor and achieve commitments and are able to deliver valuable results, strive to be the best and to develop the best, and definitely think big and long term. Additionally, we are looking for someone who is looking to learn, stretch, grow, and have fun while doing it. This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship. Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience): Prior aircraft platform integration experience, knowledge of MIL-STD-1760, MIL-STD-1553, Miniature Munitions Standard Interface (MMSI) and Systems Integration Lab (SIL) experience are a plus. Experience with integration, lab testing, and flight testing. Typical Education/Experience: Education/experience typically acquired through advanced technical education from an accredited course of study in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry (e.g. Bachelor) and typically 2 or more years' related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g. Master). In the USA, ABET accreditation is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Relocation: Relocation assistance is provided for qualified candidates. Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies. All information provided will be checked and may be verified. Experience Level Individual Contributor Contingent Upon Program Award No, this position is not contingent upon program award Schedule Full time Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
          

Six sub officers snagged in Seattle area drug cases

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The Navy recently prosecuted or administratively punished six submarine officers at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor for narcotics offenses, officials confirmed this week. Two of those officers — Lt. j.g. Riley W. Hoffmann and Lt. Alexander J. Egber — served on the Blue Crew of the ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania, one of the Navy’s “boomers” that carry nuclear weapons. https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/11/06/six-sub-officers-snagged-in-seattle-area-drug-cases/
          

Fire Control Specialist (13J)

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13J Fire Control Specialist Job ID: 1141219 Job Views: 28 Location: WINSTON SALEM, North Carolina, United States ZIP Code: 27103 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard. Job Duties * Operate communications systems * Primary tactical data system operations * Database management * Fire mission processing Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Computing target locations * Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems * Artillery tactics Helpful Skills * Interest in cannon and rocket operations * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask * Capable of working as a team member Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in computer programming or telecommunication. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for a Fire Control Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Small Arms/Artillery Repairer (91F)

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91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job ID: 1137424 Job Views: 35 Location: STOCKTON, California, United States ZIP Code: 95206 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer's main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts * Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagrams * Operating electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment Helpful Skills * Preference for work requiring accuracy and attention to detail * Interest in working with weapons Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an electronic mechanic, an avionics technician, or a missile facilities repairer with firms that design, build, and test weapons for the military. Earn While You Lean Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Small Arms/Artillery Repairers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 7 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Fire Control Specialist (13J)

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13J Fire Control Specialist Job ID: 1139655 Job Views: 30 Location: FALL RIVER, Massachusetts, United States ZIP Code: 02724 Job Category: Heavy Weapons Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard. Job Duties * Operate communications systems * Primary tactical data system operations * Database management * Fire mission processing Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Computing target locations * Operating gun, missile, and rocket systems * Artillery tactics Helpful Skills * Interest in cannon and rocket operations * Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure * Ability to multitask * Capable of working as a team member Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in computer programming or telecommunication. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for a Fire Control Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Small Arms/Artillery Repairer (91F)

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91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job ID: 1139175 Job Views: 27 Location: MANHATTAN, Kansas, United States ZIP Code: 66502 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer's main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts * Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagrams * Operating electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment Helpful Skills * Preference for work requiring accuracy and attention to detail * Interest in working with weapons Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an electronic mechanic, an avionics technician, or a missile facilities repairer with firms that design, build, and test weapons for the military. Earn While You Lean Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Small Arms/Artillery Repairers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 7 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Small Arms/Artillery Repairer (91F)

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91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job ID: 1144030 Job Views: 24 Location: LUBBOCK, Texas, United States ZIP Code: 79403 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer's main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts * Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagrams * Operating electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment Helpful Skills * Preference for work requiring accuracy and attention to detail * Interest in working with weapons Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an electronic mechanic, an avionics technician, or a missile facilities repairer with firms that design, build, and test weapons for the military. Earn While You Lean Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for Small Arms/Artillery Repairers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 7 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Ammunition Specialist (89B)

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89B Ammunition Specialist Job ID: 1137392 Job Views: 40 Location: SAN LUIS OBISPO, California, United States ZIP Code: 93405 Job Category: Munitions Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Firearms and other projectile weapons are only as good as the ammunition that goes in them. That makes the storage and distribution of ammunition - all ammunition - an undertaking of paramount importance. As the Ammunition Specialist, you'll ensure this vital job is done correctly through precise handling, storage, and documentation of ordnance. The primary responsibility of an Army National Guard Ammunition Specialist is to ensure the proper receipt, storage, documentation, and issuance of conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, and related items. These duties may include the inspection, modification, and demilitarization of various munitions. You will also learn how to maintain nuclear weapons, and how to handle, test, and maintain missiles and rockets. Job Duties * Operate computer hardware and software/utilities or keep manual records in order to perform stock control and accounting procedures * Perform ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using both automated and manual procedures * Inspect weapon systems to determine need for repair or destruction Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Ammunition identification and ammunition-related publications * Explosives demolition operations * Operation of automated and manual ammunition management systems Helpful Skills * Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry * Ability to communicate effectively * Interest in planning and organizing * Work calmly under stress Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with government agencies and private industries performing ordnance research and development. You might also consider a future as a bomb-disposal expert, gunsmith, or munitions manufacturer. Earn While You Learn Get paid to learn! In the Army National Guard, you will learn valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. Job training for an Ammunition Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, as well as seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer (94A)

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94A Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer Job ID: 1138730 Job Views: 32 Location: CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, United States ZIP Code: 61820 Job Category: Mechanic and Maintenance Posted: 11.02.2019 Age Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 Job Description Highly-mobile missile launchers give the Army National Guard a powerful edge on the battlefield. As the Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer, it's your responsibility to keep these launchers in top fighting shape by testing and repairing missile electronic assemblies and tracking systems. In this role, you will work primarily on the TOW antimissile system, the DRAGON antitank guided missile systems, and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle systems. Other duties include testing instruments and navigational controls, reading technical diagrams and manuals to locate and repair instrument parts, and replacing equipment parts. You will also perform quality control, inspect and maintain units, and repair unserviceable items. As your skills increase, so will your responsibilities. Advanced Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairers take on more challenging projects, including training and supervising other Soldiers, providing technical assistance, installing equipment modifications, and performing quality control measures. Job Duties * Determine shortcomings and malfunctions in electronic, electrical, mechanical, and circuit elements * Repair unserviceable optical and infrared components * Inspect, test, and adjust components to specific tolerances * Perform quality control measures Some of the Skills You'll Learn * Principles of electronics * Use and maintenance of electrical and electronic test equipment * Equipment repair Helpful Skills * Strong attention to detail Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in manufacturing, medical research, satellite communications, or in the commercial airline industry. You may also consider a career with the federal government. Through extensive Army National Guard training, experience, and some additional study, you may be eligible for Electronics Technician Association (ETA) certification. Earn While You Learn Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance. After 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you will learn fundamental Soldiering skills, you will attend approximately 22 weeks of classroom instruction, including practice in repairing and replacing equipment parts. You will learn the principles of electronics, how to use and maintain electrical and electronic test equipment, and equipment repair. Benefits/Requirements Benefits * Paid training * A monthly paycheck * Montgomery GI Bill * Federal and State tuition assistance * Retirement benefits for part-time service * Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage) * 401(k)-type savings plan * Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans) * Health care benefits available * VA home loans * Bonuses, if applicable * Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change Requirements * Military enlistment in the Army National Guard * Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate * Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 * Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards * Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details) Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability. This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.
          

Yemeni officials: Rebels missile, drone attack kills 8

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Yemeni officials say the Houthi rebels have staged missile and drone attacks on forces allied with the country's internationally recognized government in a Red Sea town, killing at least eight people, including three civilians, and causing large fires
          

Norea Korea Fires 2 Missiles in the Sea Amid Stalled Talks

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The launches followed statements of displeasure by top North Korean officials over the slow pace of nuclear negotiations with the United States.
          

Global Positioning System (GPS) Subject Matter Expert (SME)*

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Title*: Global Positioning System (GPS) Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Job Location: Peterson AFB - Colorado Springs, CO

Odyssey Systems has an exciting new opportunity for a Subject Matter Expert (SME) supporting Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Enterprise which consists of satellite vehicles, ground command & control sites, and user equipment receivers. Their mission is to provide 24/7/365 space-based Positioning, Navigation, & Timing (PNT) as charged by the President in National Security Policy Directive 39 (NSPD-39) to maintain GPS as the international gold standard for satellite navigation systems for 6+ billion military and civilian worldwide users. This position will interface with other Headquarters AFSPC directorates, 14th Air Force (14 AF), 50th Space Wing (50 SW), US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), US Space Command (USSPACECOM), HQ Air Force (HAF), Space and Missile Center (SMC), military Services, intelligence and civil agencies, and other organizations is necessary for the completion of the PNT-GPS tasks described below.

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd. is an innovative small business committed to providing world class technical, management, and training support services to government and public sector clients. We focus on people, processes, and performance to deliver superior results. Since our inception in 1997, our commitment to mission success and customer satisfaction has been recognized with exponential growth and exceptional past performance ratings. We accept challenging assignments and drive projects from the planning stages, through implementation, and into operations and support.

Job Responsibilities:

Duties include, but are not limited to:

* Technical evaluation and course of action development for current and future solutions to GPS User Equipment (UE) receivers in operational environments.

* Author Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) documents for GPS UE operational capability requirements; support all process functions to reach Air Force Requirements Oversight Council (AFROC)/Joint Requirement Oversight Council (JROC) approval, including internal AFSPC Corporate Process coordination and release.

* Evaluate programmatic information regarding on-going and future GPS UE near-simultaneous acquisitions for delivery of warfighter capability. Develop technical analyses and solutions for closure of validated operational requirements within cost/schedule/performance limitations, including evaluation of engineering changes, technical proposals, and system specification updates through the Configuration Control Board (CCB) process.

* Develop operational transition, joint tasking, and capability plans for GPS UE fielding within established US warfighting doctrinal constructs. Support capability alignment for combatant command operational use.

* Support the GPS Enterprise Program Element Monitor (PEM) throughout the current year execution, budget year planning, Program Objective Memorandum (POM) generation and future budget programming

Minimum Qualifications:

* 5 or more years in AF-related functions, with at least 3 years recent AFSPC unit experience.

* Recent experience with GPS current and future operations.

* Knowledge of the JCIDS requirements development process.

* Knowledge of the acquisition and fielding processes for space programs.

* Bachelor's degree or higher in a technical discipline.

* Current TS/SCI security background investigation.

* Good communication skills, particularly technical writing and briefing.

* Microsoft product proficiency (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).

Preferred Qualifications:

* Recent experience with the GPS Enterprise (space, ground control, and user equipment).

* Recent AFSPC Headquarters and/or SMC experience.

* Space operations field experience.

* Defense acquisition education courses.

* Current TS/SCI with SAP/SAR eligibility.

Additional Information:

* Work location is Peterson Air Force Base CO.

* US Citizenship required.

* Requires up to approximately 20% out-of-area travel per year.

The Contractor Will Not Discharge Or In Any Other Manner Discriminate Against Employees Or Applicants Because They Have Inquired About, Discussed, Or Disclosed Their Own Pay Or The Pay Of Another Employee Or Applicant.
Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, LTD. Is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All Qualified Applicants Will Receive Consideration For Employment Without Regard To Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Pregnancy, National Origin, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Or Expression, Marital Status, Genetic Information, Protected Veteran Status, Or Other Factors Protected By Federal, State, And/or Local Law. This Policy Applies To All Terms And Conditions Of Employment

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EDIS COMSEC Manager/Engineer

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Job Description BAE Systems is seeking a satellite ground systems Communications Security (COMSEC) account Manager to support multi-functional teams under the Space and Missile Systems Center Innovation and Prototyping Directorate s (SMC/DCIO) Engineering, Development, Integration and Sustainment (EDIS) contract in Albuquerque, NM. The successful candidate will manage COMSEC accounts and perform all associated activities and reports to develop and maintain sponsor key management policies and procedures, including maintaining inventory of all customer/sponsor COMSEC accountable equipment and providing recommendations for procurement of COMSEC accountable products, and installation of software and hardware upgrades as required for all COMSEC equipment used by sponsor. Duties include providing desk-side assistance and on-site troubleshooting of equipment issues including space/ground COMSEC devices. Travel and attendance may be required for specialized COMSEC training and conferences. Experience preferred in auditing/inspecting contractor facilities for COMSEC compliance. As a Hardware Engineer 3, the successful candidate will manage a wide variety of Hardware Engineering-related tasks and activities as part of contributing to the overall success of the team. Frequent application of technical standards, theories and processes will be required to support daily ground support center operations. Regular coordination will be required with security, configuration management, and logistics for government furnished property management. Candidate will assist Systems Administration team with integration of hardware, software, servers, and networking equipment. Travel 10%. Typical Education & Experience Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience Required Skills and Education - Bachelor s degree in science and technology related disciplines such as Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, or Computer Engineering plus five years of related experience in leadership role with related technical expertise - Active Top Secret clearance with eligibility to obtain and maintain SCI - Demonstrated success as a COMSEC responsible officer - Knowledgeable of all National COMSEC policies and procedures - Hands-on experience with manual and electronic keying, configuration, upgrade, and installation of a variety of cryptographic equipment/systems Preferred Skills and Education - Advanced degree (Master s) in science and technology related disciplines such as Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, and Computer Engineering - Termination of network cabling, copper and fiber optics - Seasoned communicator with demonstrated success in leadership, followership in working with contract representatives and government sponsors About BAE Systems Intelligence & Security BAE Systems Intelligence & Security, based in McLean, Virginia, designs and delivers advanced defense, intelligence, and security solutions that support the important missions of our customers. Our pride and dedication shows in everything we dofrom intelligence analysis, cyber operations and IT expertise to systems development, systems integration, and operations and maintenance services. Knowing that our work enables the U.S. military and government to recognize, manage and defeat threats inspires us to push ourselves and our technologies to new levels. That s BAE Systems. That s Inspired Work. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression. To see Inspired Work in action, visit ****************** and follow us on Facebook: ********************************* EDIS COMSEC Manager/Engineer 55347BR EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          

Discrimination Systems Analyst

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Description:Make a lasting impact! Be part of a team that brings together leading missile defense industry experts to help guide the future of the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) ballistic and hypersonic Missile Defense System (MDS). National Team-Engineering (NT-E) is MDA's one-stop shop for systems engineering reach-back into the major companies that build the essential elements of the MDS. Systems engineers on the National Team are helping to drive the future systems that will protect the United States, its friends and allies for generations to come.

The National Team has an immediate need for an experienced senior staff-level systems analyst to perform the following tasks:
--- Perform simulation based end-to-end functional and performance analysis of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) utilizing large-scale complex BMDS Modeling and Simulation (M&S) tools
--- Develop modeling and simulation tools in support of system engineering discrimination products for the MDA
--- Support end-to-end analysis on discrimination products for the BMDS
--- Perform development, updates, and benchmarking/anchoring of BMDS M&S tools to support system level analysis and discrimination tasks
--- Document analysis results in reports and briefings to be presented to the Missile Defense National Team (MDNT) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) representatives
--- Perform as a systems investigator as part of a larger team
--- This position is in Huntsville, AL.
Basic Qualifications:
--- Demonstrated capability to perform systems analysis and performance analysis tasks
--- Demonstrated numerical modeling and simulation capability using a high-level programming language (e.g. MATLAB, Python, Java, FORTRAN) or experience analyzing output
--- Demonstrated experience in any of the following domains: system concept trade studies, operational analysis, requirements analysis, feasibility analysis, system performance measures of effectiveness analysis (incl. technical performance measures), discrimination methods and techniques definition, EO/IR sensors, RF/Radar sensors, missiles/interceptors, ICBM / hypersonic / MRM / SRM threats, discrimination analysis, detection/tracking, or Command and Control (e.g., C3I, C4I, etc.)
--- Must have analysis experience in aspects of the Ballistic missile defense system (e.g., Aegis Weapons Systems, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), Fire Control (FOM, GFC), C2BMC, BMDS sensors (EO/IR/RF), kill vehicles, interceptors, countermeasures, counter-countermeasures, or threat systems
--- Must be able to effectively communicate orally and written with a diverse group of individuals.
--- Must be comfortable of working both independently and in a team environment
--- Must have an active Top-Secret clearance
Desired Skills:
National Team employees may have the opportunity to work on a variety of specialized projects based on their backgrounds. The following skills are desirable, but not required to be considered a strong candidate for this position. If you have experience in one or more of the topics listed below, please note it on your resume:

--- Demonstrated experience modeling or simulating missile defense applications or similar domains (air combat, air defense, intercept of ballistic targets, intercept of non-ballistic targets, space vehicles, sub-orbital mechanics, etc.)
--- Element-level experience with Analysis, Assessment, or Verification and familiarity with BMDS Performance Tier 1 Metrics (PES, DA, LAD, RSC, etc)
--- Knowledge of ballistic and advanced threat systems (e.g., aero-maneuvering, hypersonic, hyper-glide, countermeasures, etc.)
--- Modeling and analysis experience in aspects of the Ballistic missile defense system (e.g., LRDR, AN/TPY-2, SBX, UEWR, Aegis Weapons Systems, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), Fire Control, C2BMC, THAAD, etc.)
--- Systems engineering experience with large, complex systems
--- Experience with data analytics and machine learning principles
--- Demonstrated team leadership experience
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
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Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They're dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin's vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers' toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.
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Aid group says hospital hit during Houthi attack in Yemen

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An international medical relief agency said Thursday that a hospital it runs in western Yemen was damaged by a recent attack. Yemeni military officials blamed the Houthi rebels for the drone and missile attack that targeted buildings near the hospital, causing huge explosions that killed at least eight people. In a […]
          

Senior Manager, Quality and Mission Assurance

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AR-Camden, Overview Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Addition
          

A Kingdom Connection Special From Eshkol

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Thousands of missiles each year, sometimes hundreds per day, are fired into Israel. The Eshkol Regional Council lies in southern Israel, bordering the infamous Gaza strip. Over 3,500 children live in this region and 97% of them suffer from PTSD, only they are not post trauma at all—they’re right in the middle of it. In this message we hear from residents, survivors, and their Head of Security to better understand why they stay, what they’re standing for, and how we can help bring comfort and relief.


          

System Cybersecurity Engineer II - SEWS Program*

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Title: System Cybersecurity II

Location: Peterson Air Force Base (PAFB)

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd. is an innovative small business committed to providing world class technical, management, and training support services to government and public sector clients. We focus on people, processes, and performance to deliver superior results. Since our inception in 1997, our commitment to mission success and customer satisfaction has been recognized with exponential growth and exceptional past performance ratings. We accept challenging assignments and drive projects from the planning stages, through implementation, and into operations and support.

Program:Shared Early Warning System (SEWS/HBQS): The SEWS Program Office supports partner nations, but providing capabilities for timely and accurate Theater and Strategic space-based Ballistic Missile Early Warning Information. The SEWS Program enhances the United States' strategic and regional stability objectives. Combatant Commands and Foreign Military Sales Customer Nations receive real-time situational awareness of missile launch information, projected impact information, and general missile-type.

Job Responsibilities:

Duties include, but not limited to:

* Ensure that, as a minimum, 50% of the total labor provided to deliver cybersecurity services are certified in accordance with DoD 8570.01-M standards. (CDRL A001)

* Ensure that all system deliverables comply with DoD and Air Force cybersecurity policy, specifically DoDI 8500.01, Cybersecurity, and AFI 33-200, Air Force Cybersecurity Program Management.

* Ensure that cybersecurity policy is implemented correctly on systems

* Ensure compliance with DoD and Air Force Certification and Accreditation policies, specifically Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 8510.01, Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology, and AFI 33-210, The Risk Management Framework (RMF) for Air Force Information Technology.

* Support activities and meet the requirements of DoDI 8520.02, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Public Key (PK) Enabling, in order to achieve standardized, PKI-supported capabilities for biometrics, digital signatures, encryption, identification and authentication.

Qualifications:

* Valid DOD Top Secret clearance

* US Citizenship

* Has the knowledge, experience and demonstrated the ability to perform tasks related to the technical/professional discipline they are performing.

* Has the ability to work independently and apply the proper procedures and process related to their area of expertise.

* Shall also have the ability to problem solve and troubleshoot various situations to develop successful outcomes within established program/project guidelines. (Program Office and Staff Level Support interface)

Education and Experience:

* BA/BS, 10 years of experience in the respective technical/professional discipline being performed, 3 of which must be in the DoD OR, 15 years of directly related experience with proper certifications as described in the Functionally Aligned Job Descriptions, 5 of which must be in the DoD

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, LTD. Is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All Qualified Applicants Will Receive Consideration For Employment Without Regard To Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Pregnancy, National Origin, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Or Expression, Marital Status, Genetic Information, Protected Veteran Status, Or Other Factors Protected By Federal, State, And/or Local Law. This Policy Applies To All Terms And Conditions Of Employment, including recruiting; Hiring; Placement; Promotion; Termination; Layoff; Recall; Transfer; Leaves Of Absence; Compensation; And Training.

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

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Application Attachments: Please include your resume and up to two additional documents. Add File The application opened in a new tab. By using this feature you agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.DetailsPosted: October 18, 2019 Location:Huntsville, Alabama Show MapType:Full Time - Experienced Categories:Civil - Structural, Civil Engineering JOB DESCRIPTION/REQUIREMENTS: The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of structural engineering starting in Fall 2020. Applicants must have an earned doctoral degree from an accredited civil engineering program or a closely related field before Fall 2020 to be considered. Preference will be given to applicants in one or more of the following research areas: resilient infrastructure systems, structural reliability, risk and vulnerability modeling, multi-hazard engineering, and structural health monitoring. Applicants with background in geomaterials, waste remediation, and soil-structures interaction are also encouraged to apply. We seek candidates who can inspire and lead funded research and scholarship, enable student success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels through teaching and mentoring, and contribute proactively to university and professional service while contributing to the diversity of the UAH academic community. ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), classified as a High Research Active institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, offers academic and research programs in the Colleges of Engineering, Nursing, Education, Science, Business, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Professional and Continuing Studies. Huntsville maintains one of the highest per capita incomes and standards of living in the Southeast and is home to many aerospace and high technology research corporations. Huntsville and surrounding communities present many opportunities for healthcare research and professional practice. The Huntsville area is also home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, and several federal research facilities, including NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Materiel Command, Aviation and Missile Command, and Space and Missile Defense Command. ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The College of Engineering currently has a research focus that addresses three National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge problems: secure cyberspace; restore and improve urban infrastructure; and engineer tools of scientific discovery. The College enrolls nearly 35% of UAH's undergraduates in ABET-accredited programs in aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and systems, mechanical, and optical engineering. The College has made recent investments in materials engineering, energy storage, cybersecurity, and systems engineering. ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The CEE Department is a relatively small department with growth potential. It has four tenured and tenure track faculty, and two clinical faculty/lecturers. UAH CEE research strengths include: transportation, traffic modeling, urban planning, structural engineering and hazard mitigation, steel and self-centering structures, advanced infrastructure materials, advanced water/wastewater treatment, water reuse, decentralized treatment, and nonpoint source pollution control. The department possesses laboratories and combined research/instructional facilities in the areas of transportation, structures, and water treatment, which includes - 6000 square feet of high bay space housing CE materials, structural hazard mitigation, and hydraulics laboratories? four environmental and water quality laboratories, one transportation and GIS laboratory, and one geotechnical laboratory? and a Real Time Instruction for Driver Education (RIDE) facility. The CEE Department offers BS and MSE degree programs in Civil Engineering, and participates in a joint PhD degree program in Civil Engineering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Nine UAB members of the civil engineering faculty serve as adjunct faculty at UAH and serve on Civil Engineering PhD dissertation committees. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please submit applications electronically to *****************. Complete applications should include a current curriculum vita, a statement of teaching and research interest, and a list of at least three professional references. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled. Consistent with our core values of integrity, respect, diligence, excellence, inclusiveness and diversity, the University strongly encourages applications from members of all under-represented groups. An offer of employment at the University is contingent upon the results of a criminal background check. Contact: Amanda Hancock Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Alabama in Huntsville 301 Sparkman Dr Olin B. 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The Huntsville area is also home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, and several federal research facilities, including NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Materiel Command, Aviation and Missile Command, and Space and Missile Defense Command. More Jobs Like This Professor of the Practice Ithaca, New York Mechanical & Aerospace Eng, Cornell 1 Week Ago Faculty Positions in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Reno, Nevada University of Nevada, Reno 1 Week Ago Tenure Track Position with Emphasis on Multifunctional Materials, Structures, and Systems Knoxville, Tennessee University of Tennessee 1 Week Ago BACK TO TOP
          

Colorado Springs Enterprise Software Startup, Bluestaq, Lands $37M GSA Contract to Extend Unified Data Library

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Colorado Springs Enterprise Software Startup, Bluestaq, Lands $37M GSA Contract to Extend Unified Data Library

Posted: Oct. 29, 2019

Unified Data Library will expand to integrate additional space, air, ground and intelligence data sources.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co., October 29, 2019 – Bluestaq LLC announced it had been awarded a three-year, $37M Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program contract by the General Services Administration (GSA) to expand the Advanced Command and Control Enterprise Systems and Software (ACCESS) project for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Data Program Management Office and the Directorate of Special Programs, Space Situational Awareness Division. Under the Phase III SBIR, the Data Management Platform, the Unified Data Library, will expand to integrate data supporting Space and Air and Multi-domain operations. Data will be integrated from a wide range of sources spanning commercial, foreign, Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC).

The Unified Data Library consumes, processes, and distributes millions of unique data products daily originating from dozens of commercial, academic, and government organizations across the world to a diverse user base spanning 25 countries. The Unified Data Library storefront provides a robust interactive online API to assist users or developers with education and discovery of available dashboards, data streams, services, structures, and formats. The Air Force plans to expand the Unified Data Library to allow different security classification user access levels and fuse data from all types of sensors to provide command and control for most Air Force missions.

Work will take place in the Colorado Springs, Co., at the Bluestaq headquarters.

“Bluestaq is thrilled to continue supporting SMC’s Special Programs Division and the Data Program Management Office on the Unified Data Library”, said Andy Hofle, Bluestaq Chief Engineer and Co-Founder. “It has been exciting to see the growing community interest in the data management platform over the last 18 months, and our team has had a tremendous amount of fun playing a role in the development of the project.”

To learn more about the Unified Data Library or to get an account visit, click here

About Bluestaq

Launched in 2018, Colorado Springs-based Bluestaq is a technology company developing transformative enterprise systems, securing disparate data using state-of-the-art practices and the latest technologies, enabling streamlined global operations and modern Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning based analytics. Learn more at www.bluestaq.com.


          

Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer, System Integrator / Conf

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SunIRef:Manu:title Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer, System Integrator / Configurator LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION 7,539 reviews - Littleton, CO 80125 LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION 7,539 reviews Read what people are saying about working here. Do you enjoy complex problem solving without a defined roadmap? The coolest jobs on this planet. or any other. are with Lockheed Martin Space. At the dawn of a new space age, Lockheed Martin is a pioneer, partner, innovator and builder. Do you want to be part of a culture that inspires employees to envision the impossible, perform with perfection and build incredible products? We provide the resources, inspiration and focusif you have the passion and courage to dream big, then we want to build a better tomorrow with you. We are looking for a Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer in the Military Space Advanced Programs Development (APD) mission area. You will have an opportunity to influence and shape the next generation of the US space security enterprise. We develop solutions for spacecraft systems and missions to address our customer's most critical problems. This fast-paced business area deals primarily with pre-Phase A studies, mission capability analysis, and architecture trades allowing you to apply your talents to influence the design of future missions of national importance. The team environment is essential, and your ability to stretch yourself into new areas and contribute as a valued team member will be key to the success of this dynamic and growing business area. The Military Space APD Mission Analysis team consists of a diverse group of analysts and systems engineers with a wide range of engineering related expertise. Together, the team models spacecraft and payload capabilities in order to perform trade studies, aide requirement definition, predict mission performance, and contribute to technical proposals. You'll be a part of one of the largest aerospace companies in the world working on Commercial, NASA and Military programs. If you are looking for an opportunity to build premier space-based systems that solve our nation's most critical needs, this is the place for you to make a difference. As a Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer - System Integrator/Configurator, you will: Contribute to proposals and pre-Phase A studies with design concepts that are feasible and realistic Have responsibility for spacecraft hardware configuration and interfaces across the bus, payload, and/or vehicle Control the project CAD model, provide interface control between modules, subsystems and components, and perform compatibility and verification analyses Control and maintain the project baseline for size/volume, mass, and inertia of all components and assemblies Establish and maintain a project design baseline and provide drawings and layouts Perform mechanical compatibility analysis and serve as the project point of contact and interface to external support for stress, dynamics, and other special engineering disciplines Assist other systems engineers with the decomposition and derivation of requirements Maintain producibility and human interface requirements Typically has 5 - 10 years of professional experience. To promote the sharing of ideas, Lockheed Martin cultivates an inclusive work environment that inspires differences and big-picture thinking. Our employees play an active role in strengthening the quality of life where we live and work by volunteering more than 850,000 hours annually. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy: Medical Dental 401k Paid time off Work/life balance Career development Mentorship opportunities Rewards & recognition Learn more about Lockheed Martin's comprehensive benefits package. 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Yémen: Attaque présumée des Houthis contre le port de Mokha

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Les rebelles chiites Houthis ont tiré des missiles et mené des attaques aux drones mercredi contre le port yéménite d'al Mokha, où se trouve une base navale de la coalition sous commandement saoudien, faisant plusieurs morts, a-t-on appris de sources militaires au sein de la coalition. Aucune confirmation de cette attaque inhabituelle n'a été donnée par les organes de presse officiels des Houthis, ni par le porte-parole de la coalition militaire qui lutte depuis plus de quatre ans au Yémen contre le mouvement chiite soutenu par l'Iran. Le port d'al Mokha, qui fut autrefois un important pôle d'exportation de café, a servi de base militaire pour les forces des Emirats arabes unis engagées au côté de l'Arabie saoudite dans le conflit yéménite.
          

Why No Country Wants to Face a B-2 Bomber Attack

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Kris Osborn

Security, Americas

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Key Point: The B-2's capabilities are worth the price tag.

The B-2 Spirit is perhaps the most expensive bomber ever built, costing over $1 billion per aircraft (when all the R&D costs are factored in). For that money, though, there is a lot of capability this plane brings.

For instance, the B-2 is capable of dropping precision-guided weapons, namely the Joint Direct Attack Munition.

The GBU-31 is a 2,000-pound bomb, with the smaller GBU-38 packing a 500-pound warhead. Either can use Global Positioning System guidance to hit within about 35 feet of a target. Let’s just say your day won’t go well after that, nor will you have any chance of future improvement.

Its stealth technology also means that the only warning someone has that a B-2 is overhead with hostile intentions will be when the bombs hit.

A B-2 Spirit soars after a refueling mission over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, May 30, 2006. The B-2, from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., is part of a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

A few years ago, the Air Force ran one test of the B-2 with the 500-pound JDAMs. The plane was loaded with 80 inert versions of the GBU-38 and was sent to hit a simulated airfield in Utah. In addition to two runways, there were other targets simulated, including a SA-6 “Gainful” missile site, a SS-1 Scud launch site, an aircraft revetment, a hangar, and the other accoutrements that one finds around an airfield.

Think of it as a stealthy version of an Arc Light.

A video of the test not only shows the number of bombs a B-2 can carry, but it also shows just how accurate JDAMs are. Note, the runways are also thoroughly cratered, meaning any planes that survived the pass of the first B-2, will be kept at the field until the next strike arrives.

Of course, America only has 20 B-2 Spirit bombers available, per an Air Force fact sheet. You can see the video of the strike below.

This first appeared in Scout Warrior hereThis was first published in June 2019 and is being republished due to reader's interest.

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Would This Tiny U.S. Warship Be the First to Fight Iran in a War?

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David Axe

Security, Middle East

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How might they fare?

Key point: These ships are small, but can go into vital coastal waterways that most other ships would run aground in.

If the United States and Iran go to war in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy’s smallest warships could be the first to see combat.

The Navy’s 13 Cyclone-class patrol boats -- also known as “PCs” for “patrol, coastal” -- each displace just 330 tons of water. An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, by contrast, displaces more than 9,000 tons of water. A standard crew aboard a Cyclone includes just 28 officers and sailors.

Ten Cyclones, operating from a base in Bahrain, comprise America’s naval vanguard in the Persian Gulf. They are the only U.S. warships that permanently operate off the Iranian coast. Other, larger vessels periodically deploy to the region.

The Cyclones are not widely known. Even the Navy in the past has failed to appreciate the 180-foot-long vessels, despite the extreme danger they could encounter during wartime. Congress in 2015 struck the Cyclones from the official tally of around 280 “battle force ships” that the Navy expects to play a major role in a large-scale conflict.

Each packing two 25-millimeter cannons plus machine guns, grenade-launchers and two quadruple mounts for short-range Griffin anti-ship missiles, the Cyclones arguably are the most heavily-armed American warships relative to their size.

Since acquiring the patrol boats in the mid-1990s until recently, the Navy struggled to find a place for the diminutive vessels in a fleet dominated by much larger, ocean-going aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers. The patrol boats lack the range and seakeeping to deploy on their own, so the fleet must hire heavy-lift vessels to haul the tiny warships across oceans.

The Cyclones spent a decade in a kind of planning limbo. But then in 2003, the United States invaded Iraq. The patrol boats suddenly found their calling.

The waters of the Persian Gulf around Iraq’s sole oil terminal, where tanker ships hook up to load the precious crude, are too shallow for destroyers and cruisers. So to protect the strategic oil facility, the Navy deployed Cyclones.

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Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighters Have One Big Advantage the F-35

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Mark Episkopos

Security, Europe

It's time to discuss the Kinzhal missile.

Key point: A costly, yet powerful capability.

In the prior months, The National Interest discussed the possibility of Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter being outfitted with hypersonic Kinzhal missiles. Russian state news reported Kinzhal integration on the Su-57 earlier this week: "In accordance with Russia's State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles. The jet fighters will receive missiles with characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missiles, but with inter-body placement and smaller size," says a defense industry insider.

The prospect of hypersonic missiles on the Su-57 was previously teased by Boris Obnosov, general director of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV): “In perspective, we can certainly anticipate this [hypersonic] weaponry over the following decade. Everything will come in due time for the Su-57, likely including hypersonic weapons.”

The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal is a nuclear-capable, hypersonic missile unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a high-profile speech in early 2018: “The missile flying at a hypersonic speed, 10 times faster than the speed of sound, can also maneuver at all phases of its flight trajectory, which also allows it to overcome all existing and, I think, prospective anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems, delivering nuclear and conventional warheads in a range of over 2,000 kilometers.”

Prior speculation on this topic centered around the difficulties of fitting KInzhal missiles onto the Su-57, and doing so without compromising its stealth capabilities. The Russian Ministry of Defense has not issued an official confirmation at the time of writing, leaving a host of open questions about what could prove to be a major development for Russian threat projection.

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Will Russia's New S-500 Air Defense System End The F-35's Air Dominance?

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Mark Episkopos

Security, Europe

What happens when top-of-the-line platforms go head-to-head?

Key point: The Kremlin has been uncharacteristically quiet on the S-500.

2019 is on track to be a big year for Russian surface-to-air missile systems. From the new S-350 “Vityaz” to additional S-300V4 brigades, scores of modernized Russian artillery systems are poised to enter into military service over the coming months.

But the elephant in the room, Russia’s upcoming S-500 “Triumfator-M” missile system, remains conspicuously absent.

The much-vaunted next generation of Russian missile defense, the S-500 boasts a host of best-in-class performance features. The Triumfator is purportedly able to engage anti-ballistic missiles at six hundred kilometers, an improvement of two hundred km over the already-formidable S-400. The S-500’s range is matched by its no less impressive ability to track and intercept up to ten missile warheads flying at a speed of over 4 miles a second, as previously outlines by a National Interest report citing Russian state news.

Considerably less concrete information is available on the S-500’s armaments suite. Initial leaks suggested modified NPO 9M82MD anti-aircraft missiles, but later reports have settled on the S-400’s 48N6 line as the likelier prospect. As for anti-missile options, the S-500 is widely believed to feature specially designed 77N6 and 77N6-N1 missiles.

Russian media and military experts believe that the S-500 will be the first missile defense system able to reliably target and neutralize fifth-generation stealth fighters like the F-35, a claim too early to meaningfully evaluate at this stage in the S-500’s development cycle.

“The S-500 is a blow against American prestige,” Almaz-Antey head engineer Pavel Sozinov told Russian media. “Our system neutralizes American offensive weapons, and surpasses all of America’s much-hyped anti-air and anti-missile systems.”

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The Reason Russia Wants Its Own Scary “Spookovik” Gunship

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Michael Peck

Technology, Europe

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Could it be as spooky as America's AC-130?

Key point: Moscow has seen what America's AC-130 gunships can do and they want to replicate the Air Force's success.

Call it the “Spookovik.”

Russia wants to make its own version of America’s legendary AC-130 “Spooky” gunship.

“An analogue of American AC-130 aircraft directly supporting ground forces on the AC-130 battlefield is being developed in Russia,” according to Russian news agency TASS. “An advance design has already been developed on the basis of the An-12 transport with 57-millimeter guns.”

“The OCD [experimental design work] is to develop a flying battery -- an aircraft directly supporting troops on the battlefield, similar to the American AC-130 gunships,” a Russian defense source told TASS during a recent defense trade show. “The An-12 military transport aircraft with two 57-mm guns will be used as a flying laboratory.”

While the U.S. Air Force has favored the 105-millimeter cannon as the big gun on the AC-130, Russia favors the smaller 57-millimeter for the Spookovik, as well as its newer armored troop carriers and self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery. However, the Russian gunship would be armed with smaller-caliber guns and automatic grenade launchers.

That’s more or less comparable to the Lockheed Martin AC-130, a gun-toting C-130 Hercules transport that combines a cargo plane’s lift capacity and long-range with artillery too heavy to be carried by a fighter. Its combat debut dates back to the late 1960s, when the legendary AC-130A appeared out of the dark skies to hose down the Viet Cong with 40- and 20-millimeter cannon, and 7.62-millimeter miniguns. The AC-130H Spectre and its 105-millimeter cannon appeared in 1972, followed by the current AC-130U Spooky, armed with a 105-millimeter, a 40-millimeter, and a 25-millimeter cannon—not much less than the gun armament of a U.S. Navy destroyer. The newest AC-130J Ghostrider has 105- and 30-millimeter cannon, plus smart weapons such as the Small Diameter Bomb and the Griffin mini-missile.

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Why Are We Rebuilding the ‘Nuclear Sponge’?

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Tom Z. Collina, Akshai Vikram

Security, Americas

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Welcome to the “nuclear sponge.” A bizarre idea that has outlived its questionable Cold War-era usefulness, the nuclear sponge is the United States’ collection of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles intended to “soak up” a nuclear attack.

The media is abuzz about the epic battle between corporate titans Northrop Grumman and Boeing over who will win the $100 billion contract to build a new nuclear-armed ballistic missile. For those who are keeping score, it looks like Northrop will win a sole-source contract, which would be a disaster for taxpayers. 

But media coverage of the Clash of the Titans is missing the real story. This is not about contractor wars or sweet-heart deals. This is about the integrity of our government: why, thirty years after the end of the Cold War, are we rebuilding nuclear weapons that we do not need? Why are we spending national treasure to buy weapons that make us less safe?

What if we told you that residents of Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming are being used as bait in a nuclear war with Russia? Surely, no sane person would accept or offer such terms. However, if you live anywhere near these states, you already have a nuclear target on your back.

Welcome to the “nuclear sponge.” A bizarre idea that has outlived its questionable Cold War-era usefulness, the nuclear sponge is the United States’ collection of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) intended to “soak up” a nuclear attack. Before the development of nuclear-armed submarines that can hide their locations at sea, ICBMs were the crux of American nuclear strategy. Today, however, their only purpose is to draw fire away from other targets (like New York and San Francisco) in the (suicidal and thus highly unlikely) event of a first strike by Russia. The Air Force does not plan to launch the missiles in a war, but to have them draw a nuclear attack to the Upper Midwest.

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America vs. China vs. Russia: Who Should You Buy Your Fighter Jets From?

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Michael Peck

Security,

The U.S. government has a message for those nations that would buy Russian and Chines weapons: buyer beware.

The U.S. government has a message for those nations that would buy Russian and Chines weapons: buyer beware.

“We have come a long way since the AK-47 became the ubiquitous symbol of Soviet-backed insurgencies from Southeast Asia to Africa,” R. Clarke Cooper, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, said during a speech at the Meridian International Center.  “Today, Russia is working hard to foist variants of its S-400 air defense system around the world, while China is supplying everything from armored personnel carriers to armed drones.  To quote another Latin phrase – caveat emptor! – Buyer, beware.  We have seen countries around the world leap at the chance to obtain high-tech, low cost defensive capabilities, only to see their significant investments crumble and rust in their hands.”

Cooper cited examples where Chinese weapons haven’t lived up their sales pitches. “In Africa, Cameroon procured four Harbin Z-9 attack helicopters in 2015: one crashed shortly after being handed over.  Kenya invested in Norinco VN4 armored personnel carriers – vehicles that China’s own sales representative declined to sit inside during a test firing.”

“And similarly, amongst our partners in the Middle East, we’ve seen instances in which countries that have procured Chinese CH-4 armed drones have found them to be inoperable within months, and are now turning around to get rid of them,” he added. “Caveat emptor!”

Cooper’s sales pitch for U.S. weapons comes as U.S. weapons have taken a bit of a black eye. The recent drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabian oilfields, launched by Iran or its Houthi allies, led to criticisms that Saudi Arabia’s array of American-made Patriot air defense missiles had failed to detect and destroy the hostile munitions. Naturally, Russia hasn’t missed the opportunity to tout its S-400 air defense system as the better option.

Significantly, Cooper mentioned the S-400 twice in his speech.

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“The Chinese notion of brinksmanship is central” — Christopher Sharman @HooverInst

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Image: The Five Eyes at work: An aerial view of the second HMAS Australia – a heavy cruiser – passing through the Panama Canal in March 1935. Australia saw extensive combat in World War II.  Public domain.         (Official U.S. Navy photo NH 63062 (https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-63000/NH-63062.html) from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command (http://www.history.navy.mil/) . Transferred from en.wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/) to Commons. Original uploader was Grant65 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Grant65) at en.wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/) 2007-06-20 [original upload date]) . Christopher Sharman, Captain, USN, & Hoover National Security Affairs Fellow (“This is an active Captain in the US Seventh Fleet — same as Magnum.”)  @HooverInst Dining with a high Japanese official in Tokyo: “When the US is weak, China doesn't respect the US or Japan; when the US is strong, China respects the US and us [Japan].” The Chinese notion of brinksmanship is central.  South China Sea, “the Great Wall of Sand,” where China has built fictitious islands out of sand and dumped soil and garbage to create seven features, not islands. China now has installed missiles there, all entirely illegally under international law. The US Navy will go anywhere international law allows; we’ll challenge according the Freedom of Navigation under Law of the Sea.  The constant going and coming of DPRK and China: the USN is the front line out there. Does the Navy have all that it needs in the coming decade or two? We’re in an era of Great Power competition. We’ve called out China and other bad actors, such as North Korea. This is where partnerships come in: they’re critical enablers to anything we do in the region. US is building partnerships with countries like Vietnam; all will help us in the future.   
          

India planning to test nuclear missiles

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India planning to test nuclear missiles India is planning to test a 3,500 kilometer strike-range K-4 nuclear missile from a submarine off the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Friday (November 8). The missile system is under development by the DRDO (Defence Rese
          

International: 'Armada' Trump claimed was heading to North Korea was actually heading to Australia

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 07:45

Four warships Donald Trump claimed were being sent to North Korea last week, were in fact steaming in the opposite direction to take part in military exercises with the Australian Navy over 3,500 miles away.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and three other ships in its fleet, which Mr Trump described as an “armada”, were said to have been deployed to the Sea of Japan as a “show of force” in response to North Korea’s missile tests, military officials said on April 8.

“We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network.
White House press Secretary Sean Spicer explained that having the flotilla in the Sea of Japan within striking distance of Pyongyang gave President Trump “options in the region.” 

But it later emerged that at the time the statement was made, the ships were not steaming towards North Korea, but to a scheduled exercise in the Indian Ocean.

At the time, the comments from the US government heightened tensions with Pyongyang, with North Korea’s state news agency describing the supposed deployment as “nothing but a reckless action of aggression to aggravate the tensions in the region”.

On Tuesday, White House officials said the statements had been based on information from the Defence Department, The New York Times reports.

But officials in the Defence Department then described a confused sequence of events leading up to the announcement of the direction of the “armada”.

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General Dynamics: Submarine unit’s revenue to double

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General Dynamics expects revenue at its Electric Boat unit to double over the next decade as the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine programme shifts from development to production, according to the head of the US defence contractor. “So that is significant growth,” said Phebe
          

A London Journey Through the World of Codebreaking, Ciphers and Secret Communications

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Editor's Note: Before reading about London's Science Museum, you might take a stroll online at the National Security Agency's National Cryptologic Museum here in the United States - below: World War 2: U.S. Navy Cryptanalytic BombeNational Cryptologic Museum image

London's Science Museum launched a major new exhibition exploring communications intelligence and cyber security over the course of 100 years.  Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security marks the centenary of GCHQ, the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency which was first acknowledged in law in 1994. Through never-before-seen objects, interactive puzzles and first-person interviews, the exhibition explores the challenges of maintaining digital security in the 21st century and the unique technologies used throughout the history of one of the UK’s intelligence agencies. 
 
Among over 100 objects in the exhibition that reveal fascinating stories of communications intelligence and cyber security from the last century are cipher machines used during the Second World War, secure telephones of the type used by British Prime Ministers, and an encryption key used by Her Majesty The Queen.

Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group, said: ‘With the help of GCHQ, our expert advisors on the exhibition, we are privileged to reveal some of the previously hidden histories of the UK’s intelligence community. By exhibiting over 100 remarkable objects, we aim to engage visitors with the people and technologies that keep us safe, at a time when cyber security has never been more important to people’s everyday lives.’ 

The exhibition also explores the work of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which works to defend against cyberattacks. Visitors will be able to see a computer infected with the WannaCry ransomware which, in 2017, affected thousands of people and organisations including the NHS. 

Jeremy Fleming, Director GCHQ said‘This unique collaboration between GCHQ and the Science Museum is a great way to mark our Centenary and give visitors previously-unseen insights into how GCHQ has helped protect the UK over the past 100 years. For the first time the public will be given a glimpse into our secret history of amazing intelligence, world-leading innovation, and most of all brilliant people. And — as the threats to the UK become more diverse and more complex - it’s a chance to encourage the next generation of recruits. Because at GCHQ we believe that with the right mix of minds anything is possible.’Enigma machine

The exhibition includes the story of the encryption technology used by the Krogers who, until their arrest in the 1960s, were part of the most successful Soviet spy ring in Cold War Britain. Visitors will also be able to see the remains of the crushed hard drive alleged to contain top secret information which was given by Edward Snowden to The Guardian in 2013.Pickwick phone

Exhibited for the first time in public is the 5-UCO, one of the first electronic and fully unbreakable cipher machines. It was developed to handle the most secret messages during the Second World War, including sending Bletchley Park’s decrypted Enigma messages to the British military in the field and was in use into the 1950s. This ultra-secret machine was previously believed to have been destroyed. Visitors to the exhibition will also discover the story of the Lorenz machine. Mistakes made by a German radio operator while using a Lorenz machine enabled workers at Bletchley Park to break the Enigma code, bringing the Allies one step closer to winning the war.   Right, Enigma Machine M1070, on loan from GCHQ

Secure telephones that were at the cutting-edge of innovation played a crucial role for Britain during the Cold War. The Pickwick telephone was developed to keep transatlantic communication secure between John F. Kennedy and Harold Macmillan during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. By the 1980s secure telephone systems were portable, and visitors will be able to see Margaret Thatcher’s secure briefcase telephone, which was used to communicate the course of action to the British Ministry of Defence during the Falklands War in 1982.  Right, Pickwick secure telephone system used by President John Kennedy and PM Harold MacMillan during Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962

An interactive puzzle zone within the exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to test their own codebreaking skills and explore first-hand the skills required to succeed in the world of GCHQ.

The exhibition is supported by Principal Funder DCMS, Principal Sponsors Raytheon, Avast and DXC Technology, Major Sponsor QinetiQ, Associate Funder The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation, and supported by Keith Thrower, with special thanks to Michael Spencer and NEX Group. The exhibition’s Media Partner is The Telegraph.
 
Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security runs at the Science Museum until 23 February 2020. Tickets are free and can be booked online or in the museum. 

Editor's NoteTo mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Imperial War Museum has released concept sketches of the new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries which will open at IWM London in 2021. Hopefully, we could go!


          

US Army to test 50-kilowatt laser weapon that incinerates drones, helicopters, planes and missiles - The Sun

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Russia reportedly in possession of advanced Israeli interceptor missile

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Russia is in possession of an advanced Israeli interceptor missile that was launched last year in response to Syrian rocket fire, according to a Chinese news site.

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Déclarations du G7 2019 sur la non-prolifération et le désarmement et sur la lutte contre les activités illicites et/ou déstabilisatrices liées aux missiles (6.04.19)

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Dans le cadre de la présidence française, le groupe des directeurs du G7 sur la non-prolifération a adopté le 6 avril 2019 une déclaration du G7 sur la non-prolifération et le désarmement, ainsi qu'une déclaration du G7 NPDG sur la lutte contre les activités illicites et/ou déstabilisatrices liées aux missiles.
          

Traité sur les forces nucléaires intermédiaires (01.02.19)

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Avec ses partenaires et alliés, la France est parvenue à la conclusion que la Russie a développé un système de missile, le 9M729, qui viole le traité sur les forces nucléaires intermédiaires (FNI). La Russie n'a pas répondu aux demandes d'explications ni aux appels à une application conforme du traité formulés de façon répétée ces derniers mois. Avec ses partenaires et alliés, la France est parvenue à la conclusion que la Russie a développé un système de missile, le 9M729, qui viole le traité sur les forces (…)
          

Traité FNI - Q&R - Extrait du point de presse (24.01.19)

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Q – Selon le ministère de la défense russe, l'attaché militaire français (parmi ses collègues américain, britannique et allemand) n'est pas venu le 23 janvier au briefing sur le missile 9M729, qui selon les États-Unis entrave le FNI. Pouvez-vous commenter cette situation ? R – Nous considérons que des mesures de vérification doivent avoir lieu dans le cadre du traité FNI entre la Russie et les États-Unis, permettant un accès direct au missile et un examen précis par des experts. Nos préoccupations sont (…)
          

Army Technical Manual Tm 55 4935 552 15 1 Transportability Guidance For Land Combat Support System Lcss Station Guided Missile System Antsm 93 Cargo 5 Ton

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Manual On International Law Applicable To Air And Missile Warfare Program On Humanitarian Policy And Conflict Research At Harvard

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Russia Captured Advanced Israeli-US Missile

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An advanced Israeli surface-to-air missile that was fired from the 's Sling (formerly known as the Magic Wand) missile system was given to Russia by Syria, when it was found intact after the rocket did not explode on contact, according to Russian media sources. The rocket was reportedly fired on July 23, 2018, and Syrian forces that were dispatched to the scene found the missile intact after it sustained minor damage from impact. The missile was then taken to a Syrian-Russian base where it was transferred to Moscow for further research. 's Sling was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon. The system is designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles and the newest generation of tactical ballistic missiles at low altitude. The system forms the middle layer of air defense systems between the Iron Dome and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 missile defense systems. Russian media reports quoted Chinese news agency Sina saying that the missile was taken by Russia for "reverse engineering." source: https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syria-hands-Russia-an-advanced-Israeli-missile-starts-researching-it-607009 .
          

Aid group says hospital hit during Houthi attack in Yemen

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An international medical relief agency said Thursday that a hospital it runs in western Yemen was damaged by a recent attack. Yemeni military officials blamed the Houthi rebels for the drone and missile attack that targeted buildings near the hospital, causing huge explosions that killed at least eight people.

In a statement, Doctors Without Borders said they closed the hospital because of the attack, but said there were no reports of deaths or injuries among its patients. They were transferred to other health facilities in the Red Sea city of Mocha.

Wadah Dobish, a spokesman for Yemen's internationally recognized government, said the Houthi attack struck warehouses used by a government-allied force late Wednesday, causing a huge fire.

Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, says its hospital opened in August last year, offering free services to war-wounded people and surgeries.

Abdel-Rahman Ahmed, a general doctor at the hospital, told The Associated Press that: "The patients fled after a huge explosion from the missile attacks on a weapons warehouse shook the area."

After five years of conflict, Yemen remains a divided country. The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have controlled the capital Sanaa and much of the north since 2014. A Saudi-led, U.S.-backed military coalition backs the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Saudi-led coalition began its destructive air campaign in 2015. Airstrikes and ground combat have killed 100,000 people, including fighters and civilians, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, which tracks violence reports in Yemen. The war has also caused near-famine conditions in some areas.

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Yemeni officials: Rebels missile, drone attack kills 8

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's rebels staged missile and drone attacks Wednesday on forces allied with the country's internationally recognized government in a Red Sea town, killing at least eight people, including three civilians, and causing large fires, military officials said.

Wadah Dobish, a spokesman for government forces on Yemen's western coast, told The Associated Press at least four missiles fired by the Iran-backed rebels struck warehouses used by the allied force known as the Giants Bridges in the port town of Mocha. He said their defenses intercepted at least three other missiles.

Dobish said at least three Houthi drones also took part in the attack, which caused huge explosions and fires that spread to residential areas. The media arm of the Giants Bridges force posted footage online showing flames and explosions were heard apparently from the warehouses.

Officials said at least 12 people, mostly fighters, were wounded in the attacks.

A statement from the government forces on the western coast said the attacks also targeted a refugee camp and a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the town.

The medical aid group did not immediately respond to an AP request seeking a comment.

Houthi officials, meanwhile, said Giant Bridges fighters fired dozens of shells at the rebel-held town of Durayhimi, just south of the Hodeida port city.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The escalation could jeopardize a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in Hodeida. The port city is the main entry point for humanitarian aid to Yemen, where more than five years of war have spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis , with near-famine conditions in some areas.

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Air Force welcomes small businesses to pitch their "BIG" ideas

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With up to $50 million in contracts on the line, non-traditional and small businesses are gathering in the "City by the Bay" to attend the Air Force Space Pitch Day event, hosted by the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Nov. 5-6. in San Francisco, Calif. The two-day event will feature esteemed keynotes, expert panels, innovative startup pitches, a dynamic expo floor of more than 60 b
          

USS John S. McCain makes return to sea following 2017 collision

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The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain returned to sea after upgrades and repairs following a 2017 collision that resulted in the deaths of 10 sailors. The ship, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, completed its in-port phase of testing at Yokosuka, Japan, the Navy said on Sunday, and headed out to open sea for tests of its onboard systems. "This whole crew is eager to get
          

Report: Turkey nearing purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter planes

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Turkey is nearing the purchase of between 36 and 48 Su-35 fighter planes from Russia, Turkish government sources confirmed. The figure of 48 planes would comprise two squadrons of the plane, and would complement the S-400 missile defense system that Turkey, a NATO member, purchased from Russia earlier this year and delivered in August. The plane and missile system are part of a c
          

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Rotors technical area provides expertise for future Army decisions

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FILE – A High Speed Rotor Technology Testing model is set up for a test at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California, in January 2016. The test, a collaboration between U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Aviation Development Directorate, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Sikorsky, was part of the CCDC AvMC ADD rotors technical area’s investigation of ways to allow for higher flight speeds.
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AvMC quality assurance specialists honored as best of the best in defense acquisition

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It began with a question – “Is there a smarter way to do it?” – and ended not only with cost-savings for the Army, but with one U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center engineer taking center stage for his efforts. Greg Clark, product quality management division section chief for the CCDC AvMC Engineering Directorate, is the recipient of the 2019 Defense Acquisition Workforce Award for Production, Quality and Manufacturing. He received his award from Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord Oct. 29 at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in Arlington, Virginia. He is the first representative from the Army, Army Futures Command and CCDC to win in the category.
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Greg Clark, product quality management division section chief for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center's Engineering Directorate, is the recipient of the 2019 Defense Acquisition Workforce Award for Production, Quality and Manufacturing. He received his award from Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord Oct. 29 at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in Arlington, Va.
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Destroyers return to Norfolk from deployment, aircraft carrier Lincoln remains at sea

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Picture Of The Day

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

* A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
* That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
* Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
* Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

"It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

* The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
* The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

"He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

"After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

ASIA

China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

AFRICA

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

EUROPE

Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

AMERICAS

Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

Ali Hashisho / Reuters

Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

* A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
* The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
* He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
* He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
* As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
* Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
* The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

"An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

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WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

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WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

          

Индия внесла аванс $850 млн и попросила РФ ускорить поставки С-400

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Индия уже сделала первый взнос в размере $850 млн за комплексы С-400 "Триумф" и хочет, чтобы Россия ускорила график их поставок, сообщила в среду газета The Economic Times, ссылаясь на источники.

Ускоренная поставка пяти полковых комплектов С-400 по соглашению на общую сумму в $5,43 млрд, подписанному в октябре 2018 года, должна была обсуждаться в ходе 19-й российско-индийской межправительственной комиссии по военному и военно-техническому сотрудничеству, которая проходила в среду под сопредседательством министра обороны Индии Раджнатх Сингха и его российского коллеги Сергея Шойгу, сообщили источники.

По их данным, Сингх даже может посетить в четверг предприятие в Санкт-Петербурге, производящее С-400. Дели решил ускорить график поставок после того, как Индия и Россия недавно разработали платежный механизм, чтобы обойти режим санкций США против приобретения российских систем вооружения, говорят источники.

"Первый взнос в размере 15% по сделке на приобретение С-400 был отложен на несколько месяцев. Но теперь он уже оплачен, а остальные платежи связаны с поставками. Россия заверила Индию, что будет придерживаться первоначального графика поставок. Индия, тем не менее, пытается ускорить его", - сказал источник.

Как сообщалось, в начале октября 2018 года "на полях" российско-индийских переговоров на высшем уровне был подписан контракт на поставку Индии систем ПВО С-400 "Триумф". Индия получит пять полковых комплектов С-400.

В июне официальный представитель ФСВТС Мария Воробьёва сообщила "Интерфаксу", что поставки С-400 в Индию начнутся после 2020 года.

ЗРС С-400 "Триумф" (АО "Концерн ВКО "Алмаз-Антей") предназначена для поражения самолетов стратегической и тактической авиации, баллистических ракет, гиперзвуковых целей и других средств воздушного нападения в условиях радиоэлектронного и других видов противодействия. Система способна на дальности до 400 км поражать аэродинамические цели, а также на дальности до 60 км - баллистические цели, летящие со скоростями до 4,8 км/с на высотах от нескольких метров до нескольких десятков километров.

 

 

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Les fines gaules du Cher ou la pêche au burlesque !

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À côté des concours de pêche traditionnels et sérieux, il existe des pêcheurs du dimanche pas toujours chanceux. Le cinéaste amateur, André Tinat, vous propose une fiction, mettant en scène deux fines gaules !

"Les fines gaules" est le titre de cette fiction tournée en 1978 dans le Cher à Saint-Doulchard et ses environs, par André Tinat. Une gaule, désigne au XIVe siècle une longue perche ayant divers usages, mais dont on pouvait se servir de canne à pêche. Ce terme s'est ensuite élargi, pour créer l'expression "plier les gaules", ranger son matériel quand son travail est terminé.

Tout commence au son des cloches de l'église de Saint-Doulchard, avec comme toute bonne comédie, une première scène dans l'épicerie bistrot rue de Veauce, transformée depuis en boulangerie pâtisserie. Les deux acteurs principaux rivalisent d'exagérations sur leurs derniers exploits de pêcheurs, sous les regards narquois des clients. Rendez-vous est pris dès potron-minet pour une partie de pêche dans l'étang de la Mouline à St Eloy-de-Gy, qui leur réserve moultes péripéties.

S'en suit une série de gags et blagues comme l'accident de 2CV en pleine campagne, les chutes à répétition d'un des pêcheurs dans l'étang, qui finit nu se couvrant le corps de branchages, suivi de près par son ami légèrement alcoolisé ... Nous vous laissons découvrir comment nos deux compères ont réussi à sauver l'honneur des pêcheurs face aux remarques narquoises de leurs amis du bistrot l'Espérance !

Le film sonorisé en postsynchronisation avec dialogues pimentés, bruits d'ambiance et musiques d'époque, comme le fameux Pop Corn du groupe Hot Butter, rajoute à l'ensemble une vraie connotation 1970 !

André Tinat est né en 1934 à Bourges et vit toujours à Saint-Doulchard. Il travaille à l’Aérospatiale de Bourges en tant qu'agent de maîtrise pour la fabrication des missiles, de 1957 jusqu'à sa retraite en 1992. Très jeune, il se passionne pour la photographie et la prise de vue et en apprend les rudiments au Photo-club du Berry rue Joyeuse à Bourges. Il commence à filmer avec une caméra Bauer super 8 puis avec une double super 8 la Royal Bauer. Il s’équipe ensuite de tout le matériel nécessaire au tournage, montage et à la projection. Il fait parti du club cinéma de l’Aérospatiale créé en 1962 par un certain monsieur Claireau qui tournait en 9.5mm. Chaque année le club organise une projection des films de ses membres et dont il finance la réalisation. André Tinat imagine de petites fictions, qu'il tourne dans son quartier, voir à son domicile, avec ses collègues de travail ou sa famille, comme le film Meurtre, ou ce joli portait d'automne avec un gros plan de début et de fin sur l'éclosion d'un nénuphar dans Automne 


          

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Russia has acquired an advanced Israeli air-defense missile that failed to detonate

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Syria's Assad regime turned over a missile that missed its mark in June 2018, according to a Chinese news website.

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Other: Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer, System Integrator / Conf - Littleton, Colorado

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SunIRef:Manu:title Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer, System Integrator / Configurator LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION 7,539 reviews - Littleton, CO 80125 LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION 7,539 reviews Read what people are saying about working here. Do you enjoy complex problem solving without a defined roadmap? The coolest jobs on this planet. or any other. are with Lockheed Martin Space. At the dawn of a new space age, Lockheed Martin is a pioneer, partner, innovator and builder. Do you want to be part of a culture that inspires employees to envision the impossible, perform with perfection and build incredible products? We provide the resources, inspiration and focusif you have the passion and courage to dream big, then we want to build a better tomorrow with you. We are looking for a Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer in the Military Space Advanced Programs Development (APD) mission area. 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Samsung's quest to reinvent the TV in the age of convergence

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2.jpgSamsung's Park with the latest QLED TV model. The company believes rivals in the so-called OLED camp will eventually follow their technology.

Eleven years ago, a year before Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, Samsung Electronics swept past then arch-rival Sony to become number one in liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs. At the time, the company was known more in the business world as an enterprise memory chip supplier, an underappreciated commodity both then and now. In the mass market, it was making its name known to consumers with its slider feature phones, challenging the hegemonies of Nokia and Motorola.
It was a symbolic and energizing moment for the South Korean tech giant. It spurred its growth and gave the company the confidence that is now integral to its DNA. Today, Samsung is the only rival to Apple in smartphones and its memory chip unit has grown to a massive cash generator.
In TVs it still holds the world's top position. Samsung LCD TVs, according to Statista, had a market share of 21.6 percent in 2016, near double that of LG Electronics' 11.9 percent. Samsung is also the largest vendor of smart TVs. Samsung's Visual Display (VD) business, the company's own TV unit, is proud of that achievement even today, despite being overshadowed by the higher margins of Samsung phones and semiconductors. But in contrast to Sony's 35-year reign in CRT TVs, arguably a lot more has happened in the past decade in technology and society.
Of course, there is the smartphone, which changed the way content is consumed content and shifted consumer expectations; the continuing evolution of flat-panel displays, with Samsung's move to QLED and the formation of the B2B Display unit; artificial intelligence (AI); big data and the cloud; and new services emerging from the "abundance of data" that are changing what devices can do when grouped together. For Samsung, global leadership brought with it new objectives and new anxieties.
Today, Samsung believes that with changing consumer expectations, crisper image-rendering displays, and new data-intensive services, we are at the dawn of a paradigm shift in the definition of a TV. The company's VD executives shared with ZDNet the challenges they face as the world's largest innovation vendor.

'OLED is a dead-end; QLED is the future'

Like the insatiable desire for faster connectivity and more storage, the desire for life-like TV images will never change. Samsung's introduction of quantum-dot (QD) LCD TVs in 2015 -- branded SUHD then but now QLED -- was a statement of where the future lay, said Changbae Park, senior manager at product strategy team of the VD business.
Just a few years ago, the South Korean tech giant was heavily promoting OLED (organic light-emitting diode), butting heads with compatriot LG Electronics. It seemed OLED would be the next fight between the Koreans in their half-century-long rivalry in TVs.

Until Samsung introduced QD LCD TVs, that is. Put simply, a QD film is layered on the LCD that enhances the colour accuracy and range. Samsung began researching the core technology of QD materials 10 years ago with display applications in mind. But while Sony gave up on QD LCD in 2013 due to the need to use cadmium, which is harmful to humans, Samsung managed to overcome this. (Sony also gave up on OLED in 2010 after being the first to introduce an OLED TV in 2007.)
"We concluded that OLED was a dead-end," said Park. "There were a lot of fundamental problems with OLED, such as the burn-in, especially for over 65-inch large size TVs, which is difficult to overcome, and a limited brightness that's inadequate for HDR (high dynamic range).
"The choice was neither easy nor difficult. It was just an inevitable, logical choice on our part, if you consider what the consumers would want," the senior manager said. "I can categorically say that we do not plan to shift back to OLED. As a leader, it is not a responsible choice. Not now or in the future."
OLED uses organic materials that fundamentally limit the display's lifespan and causes burn-in, Park said. "Ask any retailers about burn-ins, and they will know."
Conversely, QLED uses inorganic materials that are more stable, meaning it doesn't have this problem. "We believe, ultimately, that the so-called OLED camp will, in the end, move towards QLED, and follow our lead," Park added.

qe65q8c006dynamic1silver.jpgThe latest curved QLED TV. Flat-panel display technology has done wonders for TV designs.

"Internally, we have a roadmap. I don't want to say when, but we are heading towards an even more sophisticated technology with self-light-emitting quantum-dot diode. It will most likely be faster than people think it will be." Backlight will be removed and the QD material will emit light on its own.
Brightness matters
One of the key advantages that OLED does have over QLED is the black levels. Park admitted that OLED has better black than QLED in pitch-darkness, but do the majority of consumers really watch their TVs in the dark?
Samsung surveyed TV owners in five countries -- South Korea, the US, Germany, Mexico and Vietnam. It asked those who bought a TV within three months which of three statements best describes how they watch their most recently purchased TV: In a bright environment with lights on; in a dimly-lit environment with adjusted lighting; or in a dark environment with all lights turned off.
In South Korea, 46.8 percent said they watch in a bright environment, while 32 percent said they dim the lights, and 21.2 percent said they turn off the lights. In the US, this was 16.4 percent, 49.6 percent, and 34 percent, respectively. In Germany, it was 17.2 percent, 56.8 percent, and 26 percent; in Mexico it was 16.8 percent, 41.6 percent, and 41.6 percent; and in Vietnam, it was 46 percent, 46.8 percent, and 7.2 percent.
Overall, Samsung found that more than two-thirds of regular consumers globally watch with the lights on or dimmed, but never completely off.

201707311402076pymc4cbb.gifSamsung claims TV's brightness is the most important for the best picture in real use environment.

Only when the lights are completely off does OLED's black standout, and therefore, the company argues, the advantage is really minimal. The US' IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) and Germany's DIN (German Institute of Standardization) recommend living-room lighting of between 50 to 100 lux. Korea Standards Association suggests 150 to 300 lux.
Park hit out at the current procedure for of TV testing, where new releases are tested in dark rooms, close to a theatre setting. "When the majority of consumers watch TV at bright settings, shouldn't the way experts measure TV change?" Park is among several figures in support of the need for this change, arguing that display measurement must be considered in use case environments.
Samsung is now keen to expand HDR availability. Earlier this year, it partnered with Amazon in HDR10, and is working with Hollywood to make it the de factor standard in film making.
"HDR is of keen interest in the display, broadcasting, content, and film industries," Park said. "Life-like picture quality is the key to maximizing the potential of HDR. You need wide colour gamut and colour volume. The bar for brightness and width of colour gamut will get higher and higher, and QLED [which Samsung claims to have brightness up to 2000 nit] is the only one that can deliver. QLED also reduces the light reflect to extremely low levels, thereby producing an optimized black fit for bright settings."
QLED TVs accounted for 6 percent of Samsung's total shipments in 2016. In revenue it accounted for 16 percent, while in profits, it contributed 27 percent. This has near doubled this year -- accounting for 10 percent of Samsung's total shipment as of June, 23 percent of revenue, and 38 percent of profits. The total contribution for 2017 may decline overall but it will still be a strong growth from last year, Samsung believes.
"Our yield rate for quantum dot materials has increased drastically since 2015," Park added. "Like LED TVs before it, as we become more cost-effective and receive positive reception from consumers, QLED TVs will become a mass market product, eventually."
"We believe that QLED will be the future of TVs. The industry will follow," said Kim Hyun-suk, president of the VD business -- the top boss of TVs at Samsung. "By strengthening this momentum, we will stay committed to maintaining our status as the top global TV manufacturer."
Trial and error
Samsung first put the app store in its convergence TVs in 2010, and the following year, it renamed them smart TVs. "It worked for phones, so we thought, 'why can't there be a smart TV," said Sangsook Han, vice president of Service Business team under the VD unit. "In the beginning, we did think of it more in terms of a 'TV version' of the smartphone.
"We didn't think seriously enough that those who use TVs had different expectations to those who use a smartphone," the VP said. "It was a learning experience. Looking back, I think it was a worthwhile attempt. It didn't increase our profits, but it shows our commitment to try something new as the leader."

1.jpgSamsung's Han and the service team at the VD unit started to focus on the smart TV as a content hub. ReLim Studio 1

The initial reaction to smart TVs was tepid globally. It was deemed too gimmicky, with rudimentary features that didn't suit how consumers interacted with the TV. And the demand was relatively small compared to today.
"There was a demand from consumers to have internet or internet-streaming services on the TV," Han said. "People knew they wanted water. But the question is whether they want their water hot or cold, or in a bottle or a cup? So what [we found] is important is 'how'?"
So the experiment continued. Moving from basically putting smartphone features into TVs, the company made new services with TV hardware specifically in mind. It added Family Story, a photo app for sharing among family members. In 2012, it added cameras that allowed users to see their fitness moves on screen (since removed due to privacy issues). In 2013, Samsung launched HiTV, which allowed simple conversations with the TV -- "ahead of its time," Han said with a chuckle. These services didn't last long, however.
"What we realized is that consumers didn't really want something new, really," said Han. "And we realized that TV was a medium that you watched, not a medium you use. Like the phone, more passive than active. It seems obvious in hindsight, but there was demand for, say, 'we wish there was calendar' or this or that. We only realized that it didn't work after we applied it.
"Our core lessons were, first, not to forget the main function of the TV -- something that is watched. [Consumers] want media content, more than anything else. And second, you couldn't change the way consumers watch TV, which is more or less on the sofa, leaned back. Many found the features hard to use. And you can't call it smart TV when you are asking consumers to become smarter. You had to allow them to stay the way they are and facilitate their use and their demands. We wanted effortless engagement," she said.

kfione-remote-control.jpgSamsung has improved UI for content viewing and simplified control for consumers, such as with the One Remote control. Image: Samsung

At the same time though, the demand for internet services continued to rise. According to Samsung's surveys, in 2012, demand for internet services was ranked 10th out of all consumer demands. In 2014, it jumped to sixth and in 2016 it reached fourth. In 2017, the demand for internet services, primarily internet-streaming, is ranked between second or third. "The goal was to give consumers what they want. We cannot turn back from smart TVs now."
Content hub
After the experiments of 2012 and 2013, Samsung pressed the reset button in 2014. After conducting research, the company found consumers judged a TV as smart based on the whole experience -- from when it is turned on to when it is turned off -- rather than individual services. So the focus was now on user experience, from start to finish. Services, meanwhile, were focused on media content. Simply put, the goal was -- and still is -- to become an easy-to-use content hub.
The company applied Tizen to all its TVs that year in preparation, and in the following year launched the One Remote and Smart Hub -- as well as a simplified UI that aggregates all content into an easy-to-view menu with previews. The goal was to make the smart TV experience smarter without taxing the consumer. Voice commands and smartphone control were also added to help consumers reach media content faster. Today, users can control their TVs via the Galaxy S8 or newly-launched Galaxy Note 8 through the Smart Hub app.
Previews are now decided by the content partners themselves, such as Netflix and Amazon. "So instead of making new services, we invited content vendors to use our smart TVs as their hub to deploy their content. We don't want to force our services on the consumer anymore," said the VP. "This kind of collaboration was unimaginable when we started. Apple's set-top box is available too now."
"Smart TV is an eco; what I mean is that it can only be done through collaboration and communication with departments," said Han. "Inside the company, the hardware, software, UX, UI, and service team, and other businesses besides VD [are] working together. Starting in 2014, we have extended this cooperation with our outside partners. Our fundamental attitude changed. And [since] 2016, the reception for our smart TVs has been very warm."
Samsung launched the TV Plus this year, which aggregates 4K and HDR content. "We have UHD resolution, and we have committed our partners on 4K (UHD) and HDR. We want to keep that promise and become their hub as well," Han added.
OTT content partners, film studios and gaming firms are reevaluating the TV as a content hub, said Han. "Facebook now has a TV app exclusively for us. This was unimaginable only a few years back. Content makers are seeing the value of the new smart TV and how it can help them reach a wider consumer base."
Internet of Screens: From picture frames to trucks
11 years as the top vendor drastically changed internal processes. As well as picture quality and smart convergence, design and form factor became more and more important.
"When we were the fast follower, it was easier," said Park of the Product Strategy team. "We saw everything logically. All we needed to worry about was the step-by-step evolution of picture quality. Now everything starts with imagination.
"What we do in Product Strategy is basically come up with a concept from scratch. We try to look beyond the conventions of TV. We look at new values that the TV can create in the consumers' lives. Therefore, we look at their lifestyle and we think a lot about design and form factor that will ultimately become a part of their lifestyle. It's not just about picture quality anymore. It's about the form and what the TV can do."

the-frame-0031.jpgFrame TVs double up as decoration when not being used to watch content. Image: Samsung

The South Korean tech giant's technological sophistication wasn't always taken for granted. The firm's Bordeaux TV, its 2006 hit that helped it surpass Sony, was more known for its crystal wine glass-inspired frame design. The design focus that started then has now moved on to form factor.
The first major tweak in form came with the Curved TV, featuring a curved screen for the first time in a flagship product. This year, the company launched the Frame TV, a picture frame-shaped TV that can be put on a stand or mounted on a wall.
"It's not just the form factor," said Han. "Our Frame TV has a picture store, where users can decorate their houses by using it as an art gallery, which is possible from our crisp picture quality and smart features."
The VD unit kicked off its B2B display business unit in 2015, and is now deploying QLED signage, such as screens that are used as mirrors in barbers. Samsung has also put screens at the back of trucks for the Safety Truck concept, allowing cars behind to see the view ahead. Huge LED screens are being installed on stadiums and movie theaters, while the flexible screen has been applied to prototypes, although yield rate is preventing commercialization.
"These projects are not about profit. It is about leadership. We have to imagine things, apply them, and see if they work."
"Samsung has been the leader of the TV industry for 11 consecutive years," added Park. "Part of it stems from our continued effort to discover new usage cases. Technology and innovation are very important. These projects are not gimmicks. They are our experiments. Many experiments fail. That is not the point. The point is that we continue to try and find what the consumers want."
So what is a TV?

q9flifestyle-05.jpgSamsung believes boundaries between devices are blurring and that the TV will be integrated into our lives in ways previously unimaginable. Image: Samsung

It can be argued that, besides picture quality, the fundamental function of the TV has never changed from its inception up until the 1990s. From JFK's address during the Cuban Missile Crisis to OJ Simpson's trial, the TV was the king of the home -- where families gathered to learn the latest goings-on in the world.
Today, however, people have their smartphone for content consumption. Samsung seems to be moving away from the TV-centric Internet of Things strategy to one more balanced between devices, with TVs, home appliances, and smartphones considered equally. To illustrate this, the conglomerate announced it will apply more AI and voice recognition features to home appliances, seemingly to compartmentalize "command points" in the home. So where is the TV headed in the next five years?
"The TV today is not the TV of old. In the CRT age, people watched three to four hours of it, and it was off," said Han. "Do consumers really buy one TV today? TV comes in so many different sizes now, from 20 inches to 70 inches. Do people enjoy the same family time of old? Are the houses we live in the same? Do people use TVs the way did before? These are all questions to consider when you look at the fast-changing market.
"What we think about is the role of the TV in those remaining 20 hours, besides the four-hour average when it is being watched. We imagine it to be a screen that gives new functions. It won't just be in the living room. It will be in places we haven't thought of ... as windows, picture frames, and music players. And outside the home.
"In five years, we think TVs won't be called TVs. They will be a smart device. Don't get me wrong, there will always be demand for the best picture viewed on a large screen. That interest won't fade. But today, near 60 percent of all TVs are smart TVs. Monitors and tablets do what TVs do. There is a convergence unlike anything we've seen before," she said.
"The point is that any service, technology, or platform we have will in the end serve our greater purpose of giving consumers a better experience."
She declined to comment on whether Bixby was coming to TVs next year. However, Injong Rhee, Samsung mobile CTO, has said that the firm's Bixby AI platform will be coming to devices outside of smartphones. Samsung Mobile boss DJ Koh said the firm will introduce a Bixby service that connects the Note 8 with TVs in China, though he didn't provide details.
The way departments communicate has also changed, Han added, both pro-actively and in reaction to changes. Frame TVs, for instance, sport a sensor made by the semiconductor business.
"Inter-business communication has improved remarkably. We are following consumer demand for convergence," Han said. "The VD unit no longer thinks in terms of 'we have to sell TVs', but more in terms of 'how this helps the combined experience of the consumer'."

2017073114020934d4tew9b.gifSamsung's SCM protects its bottom line.

Samsung is near obsessive about consumer feedback. In the first half of this year, VD conducted over 80 consumer survey projects in North America, Europe, the Middle East, CIS nations, Southeast Asia, South Korea, China, and India. These surveyed consumer living and viewing environments, spatial roles, and how people watch TV depending on where they are in the house. The firm also does a lot of focus group interviews and home visits.
"We try to find unmet consumer needs and pain-points, and these are our concept seeds that we develop into a prototype. These prototypes are lent to consumers for us to review and make assessments of what makes the most sense in their lives."
Then there is the conglomerate's long experience in supply chain management (SCM). Samsung's system for managing inventory makes it well-known in South Korea as a "well-oiled machine". It has a strict protocol for checking healthiness of remaining stocks, and TVs are delivered by a total of 13 transportation methods.
"Consumer behavior is changing rapidly, so I can't say our TVs will always be a content hub. Those trial services in the early days of smart TV might come back, but in an evolved way that reflects the changes," said president Kim.
"We have been leading the TV industry for 11 years and will continue to be at the forefront of bringing about meaningful changes."
"For 2018, one of our keywords will be personalization," Han added. "We are also planning a big announcement, which will be a result of collaboration among the businesses. TV is no longer king. A paradigm shift is imminent, and there will be an important role that the TV plays."


          

Open Skies, New START Pacts With Russia Face Bleak Outlook

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Having already axed the INF missile control treaty with Russia, the Trump administration now has two more defense pacts in its sights: the Open Skies and New START treaties.
          

Indian DRDO To Test 3500 Km Range Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

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Indian DRDO plans to test a 3500-kilometre range submarine-launched ballistic missile from the coast of Andhra Pradesh, according to reports in India Today. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing two missile systems to be used from the nuclear powered Arihant class of nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBN). Operation Cactus: Maldives Celebrates Victory Day; […]

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Israel, US Request Russia To Return David’s Sling Anti-Missile System Seized In Syria

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David’s Sling anti-missile system – an advanced Israeli interceptor missile that was launched last year in response to Syrian rocket fire is in the possession of Russia and the Syrian defence Forces according to a Chinese news site. David’s Sling anti-missile system was declared operational in April 2017, was developed in a joint project by the […]

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11/06 Links Pt2: US Jewish umbrella group slams Democratic hopefuls’ calls to leverage Israel aid; Jews lobby non-Jews to browbeat Jews – what do you call that?

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From Ian:

Noah Pollak: Leading Democrats Call for Conditioning Military Aid to Israel
The United States could have responded to Arab antagonism by following the European playbook and squeezed Israel for concessions. But American strategists realized the best way to stop the wars wasn't to make Israel feel less secure, but rather to make Israel less defeatable.

The U.S. military aid that started in earnest in the form of an emergency arms resupply during the 1973 war has been perhaps the single-most effective U.S. policy toward the Middle East in the past half-century. With America now in Israel's corner, the Arab states were compelled to abandon the fantasy of wiping the Jewish State off the map. That led to what had previously been unthinkable: Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, and Jordan followed in 1994.

Other benefits to the United States flowed from military aid to Israel: With the Jewish state now fielding advanced U.S. weaponry against Arab states, which were armed with inferior Soviet weapons, regional skirmishes were turned into devastating morale-killers for Moscow. In one air campaign in June 1982, Israeli-piloted F-15s and F-16s shot down 88 Syrian-piloted Soviet MiGs. Israel lost a single F-16. Battles like this clarified for the world which side was likely to prevail in the Cold War.

Today, Gulf Arab states are drawing closer to an increasingly powerful Israel, seeking protection from Iran—another way in which U.S. military aid, which maintains Israel's "qualitative military edge" in the region, is promoting American interests and decreasing the likelihood that the United States will be called upon to directly protect regional allies.

Warren, Sanders, and Buttigieg did not acknowledge this history, or these strategic benefits. Since the progressive activists of the Democratic Party view Israel largely through the lens of the Palestinians, it was only a matter of time before they began to demand that all aspects of the U.S.-Israel relationship be subordinated to the politics of that issue.
US Jewish umbrella group slams Democratic hopefuls’ calls to leverage Israel aid
An umbrella group of more than 50 Jewish organizations from across the ideological spectrum condemned calls by Democratic presidential candidates to condition military aid to Israel on its approach to making peace with the Palestinians.

“We are deeply troubled by recent statements that would place conditions, limitations, or restrictions on the US security assistance provided to Israel, so vital for the defense and security of the country, the protection of essential US interests, and stability in the region,” Arthur Stark, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman/CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said in a statement issued Friday.

“This approach would harm American objectives in the Middle East and would undermine the ability of our key ally to defend itself against the threats it faces on all its borders.”

Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, recently have indicated a willingness to use American aid to force policy changes by Israel regarding the Palestinian conflict, including halting settlement construction.
U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation Is A Win-Win
Not a single American serviceperson needs to be stationed in Israel. Aside from training missions, there have been American soldiers stationed in Israel since 2009, only working with the American/Israeli co-designed X-band radar system — a deployment that helps the U.S. and Israel monitor threats from the east.

Israel’s missile defense capabilities — developed and produced in conjunction with American industry — not only protect Israel from Hamas and Hezbollah missiles, but protect the United States from emerging threats from North Korea and Iran. Various branches of the U.S. military have purchased a variety of Israeli-developed systems and participated in joint development of anti-tunnel defenses, the Arrow Missile Program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Plane, THEL Laser Program, the Advanced Urban Combat Training Facility, as well as Iron Dome.

Israel has been a partner in U.S. and multi-lateral military exercises for years; interestingly, Israel and the United Arab Emirates flew together in one. Combined exercises have taken place on NATO territory, in the U.S., in Israel (where the Luftwaffe flew above Israeli territory, making a few people blink), and the Pacific Ocean. Not a single country has opted out due to Israel having opted in.

The two countries are drawn together by common values and common threats. The bipartisan support of our ally Israel has been a testament to those values, as well as to the practical recognition that the threats require cooperation in intelligence, technology, and security policy.

The volatility of the Middle East is unlikely to be constrained. The United States, desirous of removing its soldiers from the region even as it understands the risk attendant to a resurgent Russia and increasingly desperate Iran, is as much in need of capable allies now as it ever was. It would be a shame if rampant J Street politicization of the relationship were allowed to do damage.



MEMRI: Article On Muslim Brotherhood Website: Election Of A Gay U.S. President Will Lead To Pressure On Arab Countries To Permit Homosexuality; The Prophet Muhammad Ordered The Killing Of Homosexuals
In an October 7, 2019 article on the website of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, Egyptian journalist and Muslim Brotherhood (MB) member Amer Shamakh wrote about the growing support for the LGBTQ community and same-sex marriage in the West, and in the U.S. in particular. Calling them "perversion" that is contrary to human nature and the monotheistic religions, he warned that if potential Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg became president, this would lead to a campaign of pressure on Arab countries to accept the LGBTQ community as normal, as it is perceived today in the West. Expressing concern that Arab leaders would capitulate to such pressure, he underlined that Islam views homosexuality as "one of the most loathsome deeds," that "Islamic law instructs that those who carry it out be killed by burning, being thrown from a high place, or stoning," and that the Prophet Muhammad himself even ordered that this be done.

Below are excerpts from Shamakh's article:
"After the world has experienced an extremist U.S. president who alarmed the world, especially the Muslims, with his madness and his strange decisions, it may in the future experience another [kind of] U.S. president: a gay one... The official U.S. candidate [sic] for the 2020 presidential election is 37-year-old Pete Buttigieg, a Democrat, who is currently mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He has been married for a year to his partner Justin, and the two have now declared that they want to start a family!

"This pervert wishes to gain the votes of his fellow [LGBTQ] Americans, whose number has increased many times over in [the past] 25 years. Surveys indicate that during this period the number of Americans who support homosexuality increased fivefold, the number of homosexuals in U.S. society rose from 3% in 1990 to 20% in 2014, and the number of those favoring marriage among these perverts rose from 11% in 1990 to 49% in 2014. This means that 20% of Americans are gay, and that 50% of Americans support the gay 20% and recognize them [as legitimate], in spite of their crime that contravenes human nature... and does not exist even among animals.
Tony Blair says Labour antisemitism is “killing the Party” but stops short of saying he won’t vote for Corbyn
Tony Blair has said that Labour’s antisemitism scandal is “absolutely killing the Party”, but stopped short of declaring that he would not vote for the Party in the coming election.

The former Prime Minister made the remarks at a dinner at the Board of Deputies, and said that he anticipates a “complete battle” in Labour between its moderate and radical wings.

Although Mr Blair expressed confidence that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would not win the election, when asked if he himself would vote tactically he replied: “I can’t”.

Mr Blair insisted that “there are really good Labour MPs that are standing in this election. People I know, people I’ve worked with. People who have stood up very strongly on antisemitism in the Labour Party and I want to see them supported.”

Left-wing antisemitism, Mr Blair explained, is “not limited to a few bad apples” but rather is a “phenomenon”, and complained about those who are “obsessed with a hatred of Israel”, noting that he is “having more reasonable conversations about Israel with some of the Arab states than I am back home with parts of the Left.”


Disgraced MP Chris Williamson barred from standing as a candidate in forthcoming general election
It understood that the disgraced MP, Chris Williamson, will not be permitted to stand as a candidate for the Labour Party in the coming general election in Derby North.

Mr Williamson is best known for baiting Jews by dismissing allegations of antisemitism as “proxy wars and bulls***” whilst supporting Labour activists like Marc Wadsworth and Jackie Walker who were expelled from the Party over their comments. He has been suspended by Labour three times (although the second suspension was overturned by the High Court).

He has been on suspension while his case is reviewed yet again by the Party, and it has now emerged that the Labour Party has barred him from standing in the general election as a candidate for the Party. Suspended members are usually unable to stand as candidates.

In an interview yesterday on LBC, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, refused to distance himself from Mr Williamson. When asked by host Iain Dale whether he wants Mr Williamson to be a candidate in the general election, Mr McDonnelll said that Mr Williamson’s case is currently under consideration and therefore he would not wish to say anything that might prejudice the case. To this Mr Dale responded: “the right answer to that question was ‘no’.”
Diane Abbott: Not all Jews think Corbyn is an anti-Semite
Boris Johnson’s election campaign has got off to a dismal start but it seems Labour is determined to catch up. Diane Abbott appeared on the Today programme this morning to discuss her party’s anti-Semitism problem. But Mr S isn’t convinced her defence will convince many voters that things are all OK:

Nick Robinson: Do you accept you haven’t done enough (to resolve the problem of anti-Semitism)?

Diane Abbott: ‘…it’s not every element of the Jewish community that believes Jeremy is an anti-Semite.’

NR: ‘Well every major Jewish newspaper says it, every major Jewish representative body says it.’

DA: ‘Yeah, well, the Hasidic community in Stamford Hill doesn’t say that…’

Hardly a vote-winning pitch to worried Jewish voters…
Gil Troy: Jews lobby non-Jews to browbeat Jews – what do you call that?
Thank you, Jeremy Ben-Ami, Bernie Sanders and J Street’s conventioneers. At J Street’s recent conference, they ended their charade. J Street is not the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” movement it long pretended to be; it’s the anti-occupation lobby, lacking nuance, balance and any ability to criticize Palestinians.

Sanders’ words brought a different clarity: Any Jew who donates to this bash-Israel-firster has no heart; any American who donates to this socialist-for-thee-but-not-for-me has no brain.

I’m responding to Sanders “as a Jew,” because he tried insulating himself from criticism by playing what the British novelist Howard Jacobson calls the “asaJew” card. “It’s going to be very hard for anybody to call me – whose father’s family was wiped out by Hitler, who spent time in Israel – an antisemite,” Sanders said. Don’t call him an antisemite, just a disloyal fool. He thrills antisemites like Ilhan Omar, who endorsed him, while emboldening murderous anti-Zionists leading Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

This American Jewish Corbynite is spearheading J Street’s campaign to browbeat Democratic candidates, demanding they use American aid to Israel as a battering ram, blackmailing Israel into making policy moves most Israelis have learned would harm them, their country and their region.

That follows the policy Ben-Ami championed at the conference: bullying candidates to buy into J Street’s occupation preoccupation of bullying Israel. Reducing the complicated, multidimensional Israel-Palestinian conflict to this simplistic “end the occupation” slogan makes as much sense as Republicans yelling “cut taxes” as an economic and social cure-all. Life is messier.

I know that doubting someone’s loyalty risks discouraging debate, but what else do you call it? Isn’t it disloyal for a Jew to emphasize his Jewishness as he urges non-Jews to blackmail the Jewish state to do things that would embolden Jew-haters and get many Jews killed?


Jewish Orgs Claim ‘Trump Endangers Jews,’ Despite Synagogue Shooters Hating His Jewish Ties
On Wednesday, activists from two left-wing Jewish organizations, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and IfNotNow, interrupted a speech by President Trump in Pittsburgh to blame him for the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue.

In a video posted by IfNotNow, a group primarily known for its boycott of Birthright trips, activists can be heard screaming, “Trump endangers Jews!” According to IfNotNow’s Facebook post, the activists disrupted Trump’s speech “one year after he incited the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.”

Tree of Life synagogue shooter Robert Bowers actually hated Trump because of his Jewish family and his perceived fondness for Jews. By blaming Trump for the attack on Jews, left-wing Jewish activists are actually—if one uses their logic—blaming the victim.

Social media posts by Bowers reveal that he despised Trump. His social media posts include deeply offensive slurs in reference to Jews, comments about how he has never voted for Trump nor owned “a maga hat,” and posts depicting Trump as being supposedly controlled by Jews:


These social media posts have been referenced by mainstream news outlets, although they have not prevented Jewish activists (and even Linda Sarsour) from blaming Trump for the shooting in their social media commentary. (h/t Comrade FAILexa, Communistan)

Jewish, Pro-Israel Groups Raise Alarm Over Upcoming Anti-Israel Event at University of Massachusetts
Eighty-four Jewish and pro-Israel groups signed an open letter to Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Kumble Subbaswamy raising alarm over an upcoming anti-Israel event that the letter charges will be a purely political and extremist gathering that should not have UMass sponsorship.

The missive addresses an event called “Criminalizing Dissent: The Attack on BDS & American Democracy.” The organizers say it will “address accelerating efforts by US political leaders, pro-Israel lobbying groups, and college and university administrators to silence, smear, and criminalize supporters of BDS, a nonviolent movement that aims to hold Israel accountable for its ongoing human rights abuses and its illegal 50-year occupation of Palestinian land.”

Among the slated speakers are political activist Linda Sarsour, academic Cornel West and BDS movement leader Omar Barghouti, all known for their vehement anti-Israel views.

The letter notes that a previous such petition was sent to Chancellor Subbaswamy regarding a similar event in May called, “Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, & the Battle for Palestinian Rights,” to which the upcoming event bills itself as a “follow up.”

The May event featured Sarsour, along with other prominent anti-Israel figures Roger Waters and Marc Lamont Hill.

The letter said that past statements of these activists “draw on classic antisemitic tropes.”


An Open Letter to UMass Professors Who Support BDS
Below is an open letter to the faculty members who signed a pro-BDS letter to University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy:

We do not know whether you signed the letter because you are knowledgeable on the issue, or you are just trusting the colleague who encouraged you to “be one of the good guys” and sign. If you are of the latter, allow us to address you.

This is indeed about freedom of speech, and about both sides speaking. It is just the opposite of what the document you signed claims. It is not the Jews who are trying to shut down criticism of Israel. Only someone who knows nothing about Israel or is a dedicated enemy can say such a thing with a straight face. No country on the planet has so high a level of internal public critical discussion. Everyone criticizes Israel, including Israelis and Jews. What the Jews who support Israel find really offensive is the moral sadism of calling them Nazis or having people from far more prejudiced, if not racist, cultures call this astoundingly tolerant polity “racist.”

It is not the Jews who support Israel who are preventing discussions on what is going on in the Middle East or shutting down criticism of Israel; it is those who support the BDS movement, for whom any exchange with an Israel-supporter is considered unacceptable. It is not pro-Israel Jews who are pushing “cancel culture” with shouting and violence; it is BDS promoters. According to the BDS narrative, Israel is an irredeemable evil — like the Nazis or white supremacists — with whom no compromise can be made. As runs their chant: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

Do you really think that Palestinian sovereignty over “every inch of the land” will bring freedom? For anyone? Even Muslims?
Ecstatic Ariel Gold Announces Acceptance into ISIS (satire)
Days after returning from Iran, Code Pink national co-director Ariel Gold announced on Twitter that she has also been accepted into the Islamic State to lead the country’s Jewish outreach program.

“I spoke to ISIS President Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi, and it turns out he has the exact same opinion about Jews and Israel as I do!” Gold tweeted. “And to think that some people call him anti-Semitic.”

Gold promised to “keep an open mind” as she met with ISIS leaders and toured the scattered remains of the once-vast caliphate. She even agreed to participate in the execution of a young Yazidi woman.

“This girl claims that she’s being executed because her burka didn’t cover her ankles, but al-Hashimi told me she’s, like, totally a Zionist,” Gold said.

Along with her excitement at the prospect of meeting ISIS leaders, Gold said that she is hopeful that her trip may lead to new opportunities.

“If ISIS really likes me, maybe I can also be a Bernie Sanders surrogate,” she said.
German journalist to be awarded prize for combating antisemitism
The European Janusz Korczak Academy will present Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Berlin-based media group Axel Springer SE and president of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers, with a prestigious award on Thursday to recognize his efforts to combat antisemitism and preserve human dignity.

The Korczak Prize for Humanism is awarded biannually to individuals by the academy, founded by the Jewish Agency, for their outstanding contributions to advancing tolerance, human rights and the fight against racism and hatred.

Döpfner, the head of Germany’s largest publishing house, has been hailed for his vocal opposition to antisemitism in Germany and abroad, and his efforts to boost ties between Germany and the State of Israel.

In May, leading German daily newspaper Bild – the largest brand published by Axel Springer – printed a cut-out kippah on its front page. The move followed comments made by Germany’s government commissioner on antisemitism that Jews should sometimes remove their kippah in order to avoid racist attacks.

The ceremony in Berlin will be attended by Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog, who is visiting Germany almost one month after an armed attack at a synagogue in Halle on Yom Kippur and ahead of the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Herzog’s visit also follows the approval earlier this week of a decade-long strategic plan by the Jewish Agency to address rising antisemitism across the globe.
BBC’s UK reporting hindered by its own record on Gaza casualties
That will of course come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the BBC’s own track record on the subject. Over five years after that conflict there is still no evidence of the BBC having ever independently verified the civilian/combatant casualty ratios which it continues to promote.

Instead, as noted here in the past, the BBC quotes figures attributed to “the UN” which are in fact sourced from the controversial report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council more than a month before the conflict ended (originally headed by William Schabas) that was published in June 2015.

A close look at that report’s methodology shows that the Hamas-run “Ministry of Health in Gaza” is one source of the report’s data, together with the UNOCHA “Protection Cluster”. As has been noted here previously, that “Protection Cluster” includes political NGOs, some of which also have a financial relationship with UNOCHA.

And so, with the BBC having spent over five years amplifying casualty figures and debatable civilian/combatant casualty ratios supplied by Hamas and NGOs involved in ‘lawfare’ campaigning against Israel that were funnelled through a UN agency and subsequently promoted in a controversial and biased UNHRC report, it is hardly surprising that the corporation’s journalists are incapable of informing their domestic audiences that according to studies, a significant proportion of the Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge were terrorist operatives.

Also notable is the fact that although this BBC report is based on an article published by the Jewish Chronicle which notes Ms Sultana’s prior connections to the controversial advocacy group MEND (see p21 – 30 here), the BBC apparently did not consider it necessary to communicate that information to its ‘Coventry & Warwickshire’ audiences.
Haaretz Vs. Haaretz Are Reasons for Khalida Jarrar’s 2017 Arrest Classified
In recent articles, Haaretz has alleged that the reasons for the 2017 arrest of Khalida Jarrar, a former Palestinian lawmaker who was arrested again last week, are “still classified” despite the fact that Haaretz itself reported those very reasons at the time of the arrest. Most recently, a Nov. 4 page 2 print edition story by Jack Khoury entitled “Israel arrests PA J’lem Affairs minister for third time,” erred:

In February, Jarrar was released after 20 months of administrative detention without trial. The reasons for her previous arrest are still classified.

The identical error appeared in the Oct. 31 digital article entitled “Israel Arrests Ex-Palestinian Lawmaker, Only Eight Months After Her Release From Prison“.

In fact, the reasons for her previous 20 months of administrative detention, which lasted from July 2017 until February 2019, are not classified, and Haaretz itself has reported them.
Reuters Errs on Administrative Detention For 'Anti-Israel Activity'
A Reuters article today egregiously misrepresents administrative detention, erroneously asserting that it is mainly applied to "Palestinians suspected of anti-Israeli activities," when in fact the Israeli practice applies in cases of suspected security offenses. The Nov 4. article ("Jordan says two citizens held in Israel to return 'before the end of the week'") errs:
Israel mainly uses “administrative detention”, or imprisonment without trial, against Palestinians suspected of anti-Israeli activities.

The identical error also appears in this earlier Oct. 29 article.

Israel does not mainly use administrative detention against Palestinians suspected of "anti-Israeli activities" generally. Rather, the measure may only be applied in cases of suspicion regarding security-related offenses.

Thus, B'Tselem, an NGO highly critical of Israeli government policies and activity in the West Bank, explains:
In the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem), administrative detention is carried out under the Order regarding Security Provisions. The order empowers the military commander of the West Bank, or another commander to whom the power has been delegated, to place individuals in administrative detention for up to six months at a time, if the commander has “reasonable grounds to believe that reasons of regional security or public security require that a certain person be held in detention”.
Latest Antisemitic Attacks in Borough Park Underline Grim Challenges Facing Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
As the New York City Police Department announced on Tuesday that its hate crimes unit was investigating a series of attacks last Friday night against Orthodox Jews in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, a prominent leader of the community warned that the ongoing threat of antisemitic violence meant that “people in some neighborhoods are scared to leave their houses.”

Speaking to The Algemeiner on Tuesday, Rabbi Yaacov Behrman — the founder of the Brooklyn-based Jewish Future Alliance — said that the spate of attacks over the last two years against Orthodox Jews in the Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park neighborhoods were overwhelmingly perceived within the community as being spurred by antisemitic malice.

“People’s feelings are important, and the community sees this as antisemitic,” Berhman said. “There are these constant attacks on Jewish individuals in which no money is stolen, and where there seems to be no motivation other than to attack Jews.”

The latest incidents were registered last Friday night, with three separate attacks in Borough Park that involved the same passenger car over a five-block radius. Security cameras captured each incident, in which several men jumped out of the car to chase Jewish men and boys. In one incident, a Jewish man was punched and beaten after the group pinned him against another vehicle with their car.

More than half of the hate crimes reported in New York City this year have been antisemitic in nature, with over 150 incidents targeting Jews — a rise of 63 percent in the previous year, according to figures released by the NYPD in September.
Synagogue President: Gun-Free Zones Are 'Asinine'




German Far-Right Leader Stirs Controversy With Antisemitic ‘Judas’ Tweet Aimed at Popular Musician
A leading parliamentarian with the far-right “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) party faced heavy criticism on Monday after he deployed a notorious antisemitic trope in a social media attack on one of Germany’s top recording artists.

Several politicians are demanding the resignation of AfD representative Stephan Brandner from his role as chair of the Legal Committee of the Bundestag, Germany’s federal parliament, following a tweet last Thursday in which he invoked the Biblical figure of Judas Iscariot — according to Christian tradition, the disciple who betrayed Jesus to the Roman authorities in exchange for financial gain, while remaining a devout Jew. The representation of Judas as emblematic of inherent Jewish deceitfulness became popular in Europe during the Middle Ages.

Brandner’s tweet was aimed at one of Germany’s most popular musicians, Udo Lindenberg, who was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Oct. 2 by the German government. Known for his opposition to the former Soviet satellite regime in East Germany, Lindenberg has more recently voiced concerns about the growing appeal of the far right.

In a Facebook post commenting on the surge in support for the AfD in regional elections last month, Lindenberg wrote, “Do you not see the same old-new slogans on the walls of the houses?” In the same post, he described Björn Höcke — one of the AfD’s most influential regional leaders — as “a real fascist, resurrected from the ruins and facing towards the Nazis.”

In his condemnation of Lindenberg, Brandner asserted that the medal presented to the singer was reminiscent of Judas’s financial gains from his betrayal of Jesus.
Antisemitic hate crimes in Sweden rise by 53% to all-time record high
The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes recorded in Sweden rose to a record high last year, jumping 53 percent over the 2016 figures, government statistics show.

The 2018 report, which the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention published Thursday, listed 280 anti-Semitic hate crimes that year compared to 182 in 2016. The latest numbers are the highest on record since at least 2006, when the Council began collecting aggregated data.

Overall, the number of hate crimes with a racist or xenophobic motive rose by 69 percent over 2016 in Sweden to 4,865 cases last year, the report stated.

The council decided not to publish hate crime figures for 2017 without explaining the decision. In one attack from 2017, the Jewish assembly synagogue in Gothenburg was firebombed by approximately 10 men protesting Israel’s policies.

Anti-Semitic motives represented the largest increase from 2016 in hate crimes and was the largest hike in anti-Semitic crimes on record, the report said.

Anti-Semitic attacks accounted for 4 percent of all hate crimes in 2018. The Jewish population of 20,000 comprises approximately 0.2 percent of Sweden’s population.
Anti-fraud unicorn: Israel's Riskified raises $165m. in funding round
Tel Aviv-based fraud prevention start-up Riskified became the latest Israeli “unicorn” on Tuesday, raising $165 million in funding at a valuation exceeding $1 billion.

A “unicorn” refers to start-ups reaching or exceeding a $1b. market valuation.

Led by global growth equity firm General Atlantic, Riskified says the Series E funding round will enable the company to scale business domestically and internationally, in addition to expanding its range of products.

Other investors included Fidelity Management & Research Company, Winslow Capital Management and previous backers of the company.

Founded by Eido Gal and Assaf Feldman in 2012, Riskified is described as the pioneer of chargeback-guarantee fraud prevention – a solution in which every transaction approved by Riskified carries a full, money-back guarantee for the merchant in case of a fraud-related charge-back.

By precisely distinguishing legitimate purchases from fraud based on machine-learning from 500,000 daily transactions, Riskified protects merchants and ensures that customers do not see their payments incorrectly rejected at the online checkout.
UAE said readying to open doors to Israeli tourists, starting with 2020 Expo
The United Arab Emirates intends to allow Israeli tourists to freely visit the country and is engaged in high-level talks with Israeli authorities to put the policy into practice, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper reported Wednesday.

Israelis will initially be allowed to enter the UAE so that they can attend the Expo 2020 world fair in Dubai, which will include an Israeli pavilion. However, Expo and UAE sources confirmed to the paper that the intention is to leave the door open to Israeli visitors even after the exhibition closes.

Israel has no diplomatic ties with the UAE, though relations between the countries have quietly warmed over shared concerns about Iranian aggression in the region. Senior Israeli ministers have openly visited the country and in 2018, Israel’s national anthem was played at a judo tournament in Abu Dhabi when its team member won a gold medal.

Mohamed Khater, assistant director for tourism development in Ras Al Khaimah, a UAE emirate, confirmed that Israelis will be allowed to visit the Expo.

“I believe, God willing, they will come to visit also after the exhibition,” he said. “Already now hundreds of Israelis trickle into the country and we will be glad to host all of them.”

Israelis can currently visit the UAE if they have a foreign passport or with Israeli travel papers after getting a special entry permit.
US gives large grant to Jerusalem soccer program for Israeli, Palestinian kids
More than a year after the US administration announced drastic funding cuts to programs benefiting Palestinians, the US Embassy in Jerusalem gave a handsome grant for a project bringing Jewish and Arab children living in the capital together to play soccer.

The Hapoel Katamon Neighborhood League, in which kids from both the western and eastern part of the city participate, is “in harmony” with Washington’s vision for peace, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told The Times of Israel.

It will receive a one-time payment of $200,000, according to embassy officials.

“This year, 51 teams from 25 different schools will take part in the project, involving more than 750 boys and girls and 26 coaches from all sectors of society — religious and secular Jews, Muslims and Christians, representing the diversity of Jerusalem,” the US embassy said in a statement.

“The US Embassy views sports and educational activities as vital tools for building bridges between different communities and promoting a just, equal and shared society.”
Israeli tourism rises 10% compared to 2018
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 447,100 tourist entries were recorded in October 2019, (the month when most of Jewish holidays fell in 2019) 7.9% less than October 2018 and 4.9% more than October 2017.

In the period of January – October 2019, 3.7 million tourist entries were recorded, compared to 3.4 million recorded in the same period last year, an increase of 10%.

In September, there was an increase of 44% in tourist entries on September 2018 (when most of the Jewish holidays fell in 2018). Therefore, in order to take into account, the period of the Jewish holidays, the two-month period should be calculated together.

In September-October 2019, 852,100 tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 767,200 in the same period last year, an increase of 11%.

Revenue from incoming tourism in October stood at $643 million (about NIS 2.3 billion) and, since the beginning of the year, at $5.371 billion (about NIS 19.3 billion).

According to the Israeli Tourism Ministry, there has been a 10% increase in tourist entries to Israel since the start of the year compared to the same period last year.
George Clooney Set to Narrate New Documentary on the Late Israeli President Shimon Peres
Los Angeles film director Richard Trank has released a new film that chronicles the life and legacy of Israel's former president and prime minister Shimon Peres. Trank's film "Never Stop Dreaming", narrated by George Clooney, tells the life story of Shimon Peres from his childhood in Poland to becoming a key figure in Israel's establishment. The film focuses on his milestone achievements that include helping build up Israel's military and nuclear program, his entry into parliament, and his leadership role in the Labor Party through his election as prime minister in 1984.


Yad Vashem receives Torah scroll saved during Kristallnacht
A family Torah scroll that was saved from destruction in Ansbach, Germany during Kristallnacht was handed over to the Yad Vashem memorial and museum by the granddaughter of its owner.

The Torah scroll belonged to Dr. Ludwig Dietenhofer, "an industrialist who was active in Ansbach community life," according to Yad Vashem. Dietenhofer, who lived alone at the time because his children had all moved out of Germany, "held several public positions in the city, including as a member of the city council and head of the Jewish Community Committee."

Dietenhofer, a Zionist, planned to move to British-held Palestine and help build an independent Jewish state, and ultimately made it there shortly after Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass," when Nazis terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria.
Ludwig Dietenhofer and his wife / Credit: Yad Vashem Archives

During the fateful night on Nov. 9-10, 1938, Nazis killed at least 91 people, burned down hundreds of synagogues, vandalized and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses and arrested up to 30,000 Jewish men, many of whom were taken away to concentration camps.

Dietenhofer, who realized even before that night that Nazi persecution of the Jews was escalating, made sure that the Torah scroll would be spared and taken to a safe place several days in advance.

"On 27 October 1938, a tear gas bomb was thrown into the synagogue in Ansbach during prayer time, and the congregants were forced to stop praying," Yad Vashem noted on its website. "In November 1938, shortly before Kristallnacht, Ludwig was summoned to an urgent meeting with the Ansbach Chief of Police. The police chief, a friend of Ludwig's, warned him about the approaching riots, the anticipated synagogue conflagrations and physical violence, and urged him to leave the country as soon as possible."

Dietenhofer accepted that advice and took the Torah scroll, which had been donated to the synagogue by his family and used for multiple generations.



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11/06 Links Pt1: PA: Dead ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi was a US “pawn” and Israel and ISIS are “twins”; Israel says UNRWA chief’s stepping aside shows ‘deep’ change needed; Arab Spring 2.0

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David Singer: Rabin’s Policies Can Help Break Gantz-Netanyahu Deadlock
The prospect of a third election in Israel within twelve months looms large – should Blue and White leader Benny Gantz be unable to form a Government of National Unity within the next two weeks.

To break the current deadlock Gantz needs at least nine members to defect from the voting bloc of 55 seats led by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Gantz’s cause could be considerably advanced were he to publicly endorse the policies pursued by the late Prime Minister – Yitzchak Rabin – who was assassinated on 4 November 1995.

Rabin made his intentions very clear in his last speech to the Knesset on 5 October 1995 when presenting the 300 page “Israeli - Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip” (Oslo Accords) for approval:

“Members of Knesset,

“We are striving for a permanent solution to the unending bloody conflict between us and the Palestinians and the Arab states." In the framework of the permanent solution, we aspire to reach, first and foremost, the State of Israel as a Jewish state, at least 80% of whose citizens will be, and are, Jews.

"At the same time, we also promise that the non-Jewish citizens of Israel – Muslim, Christian, Druze and others – will enjoy full personal, religious and civil rights, like those of any Israeli citizen. Judaism and racism are diametrically opposed.

"We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

"We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority. The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.

...
Rabin – then Defence Minister – had stated on May 27, 1985:

“The Palestinians should have a sovereign State which includes most of the Palestinians. It should be Jordan with a considerable part of the West Bank and Gaza. East of the Jordan River there is enough room to settle the Palestinian refugees. One tiny State between Israel and Jordan will solve nothing. It will be a time bomb.”

Supporting Rabin’s policies would stand Gantz in good stead as he seeks to form a Government of National Unity and – failing that – in any upcoming election that would hopefully end Israel’s current precarious political situation.


PMW: Dead ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi was a US “pawn” and Israel and ISIS are “twins” - according to the PA
While most of western society saw the death of ISIS leader and arch-terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as a positive development in the war on terrorism, the Palestinian Authority chose to outrageously claim that Al-Baghdadi was a US "pawn" and ISIS a US creation - a terror organization only paralleled by Israel.

Muwaffaq Matar, a Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily, presented a venomous PA manifest against the US:
"They [the US] killed their pawn, who they planted in the open borderless territories of Iraq and Syria after they created an organization-state of barbarity, terror, and racism, for which they chose the name 'the Islamic State.'" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2019]

But dealing with ISIS is not enough as it only amounts to "cutting off the tail of the monster," Matar stated, arguing that the monster's head - Israel - is yet to be fought:
"[The elimination of Al-Baghdadi] was tantamount to a strong blow that has cut off the tail of the monster of terror. However, this monster has a head, and in it is a brain that is capable of growing a different tail and wings... The occupation, settlement, terror, racism, crimes against humanity, and rebellion against UN laws and conventions have a state. They named it 'Israel' and established it on the land of Palestine, which is the Palestinian people's historical and natural right."

Comparing Israel to ISIS, Matar stated that in practice ISIS and Israel are identical:
"This [ISIS] is an organization that, in regard to its crimes, there is nothing similar to it in the modern history of the region except for a defective, colonialist, settling, occupying, and racist state for which they chose the name 'the State of Israel.' The heads of large states in the world have said that the elimination of Al-Baghdadi is not the end of ISIS' terror - and this is correct! - but not one of them referred to their responsibility and their state's responsibility to drain the greatest, deepest, and most dangerous swamp of terror for the region and the world: the defective and racist State of Israel. We know... that the Muslim Brotherhood organization... is essentially a twin of the Zionist movement."
MEMRI: Chicago Islamic Scholar Omar Baloch: Israel Arms And Trains ISIS, Uses It To Destabilize The Region, Advance Its Plans For 'Greater Israel,' Alienate Muslims From Concepts Of Jihad, Islamic State
Chicago Islamic Scholar Omar Baloch said in a video he uploaded to his YouTube channel on September 11, 2019 that Islamic State (ISIS) is now fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan because "you will always find ISIS in places that are running a Zionist agenda [for] Greater Israel." He said that Israel created ISIS in order to weaken Muslims by alienating them from ideas like an Islamic state, Jihad, and Muslim unity, without which he said Islam would not be the same. Showing pictures of ISIS fighters, Baloch said that the weaponry, uniforms, and training that ISIS has are evidence that it is trained and armed by Israel, and he predicted that Israel will use ISIS to destabilize Pakistan and Kashmir. He added that Israel is "working on Kashmir" by means of India's actions in the region and that Israel intends to do to the Kashmiris what it did do to the Palestinians.

According to the Facebook page of the Furqaan Institute of Quranic Education (FIQE), Sheikh Omar Baloch was born in Chicago and is the scholar in residence at the Al-Furqaan Foundation, of which FIQE is a division. The Facebook page also says that Baloch studied at Georgetown University, at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, at Jamia Thul Ahlul Hadith in Pakistan. For more about Sheikh Omar Baloch, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 7053 Illinois-Based Sheikh Omar Baloch: Islamic Relief Organizations Should Promote the Caliphate as the Long-Term Solution to Humanitarian Problems.

"You Will Always Find ISIS In Places That Are Running A Zionist Agenda, The Agenda For Greater Israel"

Sheikh Omar Baloch: "All of a sudden, guess what? ISIS is in Afghanistan and ISIS is killing Taliban.
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"You will always find ISIS in places that are running a Zionist agenda, the agenda for Greater Israel."



NGO Monitor: Key Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s Omar Shakir (HRW) Decision
Like the lower court, the Supreme Court paints a clear picture of Shakir’s BDS activism, from when he founded a pro-BDS student group in 2006 through his present employment at HRW. During this time, he has been a consistent and ardent supporter of BDS (see NGO Monitor’s extensive material submitted in its filings and which was cited in the courts’ decisions). In the words of Justice Yael Wilner (in a short addendum to the main decision), “The statements [made by Omar Shakir and presented] above are definitely calls to boycott entities that operate in Israel and Judea and Samaria, only because of their connection to Israel or an area under its control — each one (statement) individually, all the more so when taken together. It seems to me that there cannot be a substantive argument about this.”

Pro-BDS activists often use the rhetoric of “human rights” and “international law” to justify their discriminatory campaigns, but such rhetoric does not legitimize the boycotts. The Entry into Israel Law, Amendment 28 (2017) applies specifically to boycott calls that are based on a company’s connections to Israel or an area under its control, not to circumstances when the company in question has undertaken problematic activities.

Even though the judges recognize there can be gray areas, Shakir’s activity unquestionably falls within the criteria of the law. Shakir rejects in total the presence of Israeli entities in the West Bank, and his calls for BDS are in opposition to their identity as Israelis, not because of any specific human rights violation.

Contrary to claims from Shakir’s lawyers and Amnesty International (which joined the case in an amicus capacity), denying Shakir’s work visa will not adversely affect human rights NGOs that want to send representatives to Israel to criticize Israel’s policies. This is because Shakir’s involvement in BDS is so egregious.

The Court firmly rejected a key argument from Shakir’s lawyers. They tried to argue that Shakir’s personal BDS activity ended upon his employment at HRW, at which point all his expressions should be attributed to HRW as an organization. Since HRW is not on the Israeli government’s list of “BDS organizations,” Shakir’s activity as an HRW employee should be granted “immunity” from the Entry into Israel Law. In sharp contradiction, the Court determined that he is responsible for his public statements, especially those on his private Twitter account.
Shakir’s BDS is insufficient to trigger a listing of HRW as a “BDS organization” because HRW is a large international NGO with myriad activities having nothing to do with Israel. This is not a reflection on Shakir’s status as a BDS activist or HRW’s anti-Israel advocacy.
Honest Reporting: No Room For BDS Within Human Rights
Omar Shakir is Human Right's Watch (HRW) representative for Israel and Palestine. HRW is notorious for appointing anti-Israel staff and after a long investigation, Israel's Supreme Court have denied Shakir's visa extension. They have asked him to leave the country due to his clear involvement with Boycott movement against Israel.

Israel's law of denying entry to those that are involved with the hateful BDS movement is controversial, but the one thing that everyone is certain of: there is no room for BDS within human rights.




UK Paper Fails to Challenge the Lies of HRW’s Omar Shakir
The Guardian is adept at amplifying, and failing to critically scrutinize, the unsubstantiated claims and accusations of anti-Israel NGOs, and its recent article about the Israeli Supreme Court decision on Human Right Watch (HRW)’s regional director Omar Shakir — a longtime BDS activist — follows this pattern.

First, as we predicted in a tweet before the article by Oliver Holmes (“Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules,” Nov. 5) was published, the piece uncritically cites Shakir’s unhinged response to the court’s decision:
Shakir wrote on Twitter that if he was kicked out, Israel would join the ranks of Iran, North Korea, and Egypt in blocking access to Human Rights Watch staff. “We won’t stop. And we won’t be the last,” he said.

The truth is that democracies all over the world reserve the right to deny entry to those seen as intent on harming the state. Moreover, there are in excess of 350 NGOs (such as HRW) operating freely in Israel, even those who continually delegitimize the country, support BDS, and even reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

The denial of a work visa to one employee of one of these NGOs — after careful consideration by the country’s internationally respected Supreme Court — wouldn’t even minimally change the democratic nature of Israel. The human rights organization Freedom House continually ranks Israel as the only truly free and democratic country in the region, and the suggestion that this status will change due merely to the Supreme Court’s decision on Shakir’s work visa is risible.

In a subsequent paragraph in the article, Holmes makes the following claim about the broader effort by Israel to fight BDS — a movement, let’s remember, whose leaders oppose the continued existence of a Jewish state:
BBC News report uncritically amplifies political NGO’s talking points
On the afternoon of November 5th the BBC News website published a report on its ‘Middle East’ page which was presented to audiences with a ‘halo effect’ reference to a “rights activist”.

The report itself (tagged, inter alia, ‘human rights’) is headlined “Israel court rejects Human Rights Watch activist’s deportation appeal” and the caption under the photograph at the top of the article reads:
“Omar Shakir said he had not called for a boycott of Israel during his time at Human Rights Watch”

Obviously the BBC did not fact-check that claim from the person it had already flagged up as a “rights activist” (i.e. good) before amplifying it.

Had it done so, it would know that analysis of Tweets sent from Shakir’s personal Twitter account between June 2018 and February 2019 by NGO Monitor shows that 16% of those Tweets focused on BDS campaigns against Booking.com and TripAdvisor and additional Tweets supported a UN “blacklist” of businesses operating in Judea & Samaria.

45% of the BBC article’s word count is devoted to uncritical amplification of talking points from Omar Shakir (including a link to a Tweet) and his employer ‘Human Rights Watch’, including the following claim:
Updated Reuters Falsely Reports That Israel Has Criminalized BDS
In an article yesterday about the ruling by Israel's High Court to uphold the government's decision not to renew the visa of Human Rights Watch's Omar Shakir on account of his ongoing anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions) activity, Reuters incorrectly reports that Israel has "criminalized" BDS.
In "Israel's top court upholds deportation of Human Rights Watch official," Jeffrey Heller erroneously reports:
Israel says [Shakir] supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which it has criminalized.

It has lobbied Western powers to follow suit, and Shakir’s case was a test for its anti-boycott legislation.


Israel's anti-BDS legislation treats calls for BDS as a civil, not criminal offense. Specifically, the 2011 "Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel Through Boycott," as amended by the Supreme Court, allows businesses that have suffered economic harm as a result of such boycotts to sue for civil damages. There is no criminal component.

UPDATE, 8 am EST, Nov. 6: Reuters Corrects
In response to communication from CAMERA, Reuters commendably corrected the article to make clear that promotion of BDS in Israel is a civil matter, not criminal.
INSS: Russia in the Middle East: A Higher Gear or Media Buzz?
Recent weeks have featured Russia's expanded diplomatic activity in the Middle East following its longstanding involvement in the Syrian civil war. With the reduced U.S. military presence in northern Syria, the image of Russia as the leading power in the region was strengthened.

To what extent does this image of Russia reflect reality? Russia's intensive diplomatic activity in the region reflects Moscow's desire to fill the breach left by the U.S, but it does not represent a change in the balance of power between the global powers in the region. The U.S., should it choose to do so, still has the ability to challenge Moscow and upset Russia's achievements in almost every part of the region.

Russian analyst Fyodor Lukyanov, echoing the official position, stressed that Russia does not view the situation in Syria as a zero sum game with the U.S.

The political process to resolve the conflict in Syria, which was resumed on Oct. 30 in Geneva, is not under Moscow's control. The Russian attempt (2017-2019) to promote a resolution in cooperation with Turkey and Iran through the Astana Process did not succeed, and Moscow is now forced to return to the Geneva track, which is under UN control, and over which the West has veto power.

The U.S. still holds very strong cards in Syria - territorial (most of the Kurdish zone and the al-Tanf region); political (veto rights over the Geneva process); military deterrence; and economic (sanctions and preventing aid for rebuilding Syria). Beyond Syria, Russia at this stage has limited influence on regional states. U.S. allies in the Middle East are not rushing to the Russian side.
Russia captures advanced Israeli missile interceptor in Syria - report
An advanced Israeli surface-to-air missile that was fired from the David's Sling (formerly known as the Magic Wand) missile system was given to Russia by Syria, when it was found intact after the rocket did not explode on contact, according to Russian media sources.

The rocket was reportedly fired on July 23, 2018, and Syrian forces that were dispatched to the scene found the missile intact after it sustained minor damage from impact. The missile was then taken to a Syrian-Russian base where it was transferred to Moscow for further research.

David’s Sling was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon. The system is designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles and the newest generation of tactical ballistic missiles at low altitude.

The system forms the middle layer of air defense systems between the Iron Dome and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 missile defense systems.

Russian media reports quoted Chinese news agency Sina saying that the missile was taken by Russia for “reverse engineering.”
Israeli Deputy FM: We have sent humanitarian aid to Kurds
Israel will help the Kurds in any way it can, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said in the Knesset on Wednesday.

The deputy foreign minister added that she cannot go into detail about how Israel aids the Kurds, because doing so can hurt their cause.

“Israel has received many requests for aid in diplomatic and humanitarian matters. We are aiding them in various channels,” Hotovely said, in response to a motion to the Knesset’s agenda on the situation of the Kurds in Syria.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry has helped non-governmental organizations send humanitarian aid to the Kurds.

Hotovely recounted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “condemned the Turkish invasion of northern Syria and warned against ethnic cleansing of the Kurds,” and that Israel conveyed “our truth about the Kurds in a continuing dialogue with the US.”

Israel’s support for the Kurds is based on “historic ties… [and] shared and varied interests,” she added. “There are many Kurdish Jews in Israel who maintained ties with their place of origin. Kurds are a moderate and pro-Western factor in the Middle East.”
Israel says UNRWA chief’s stepping aside shows ‘deep’ change needed
Israel called on the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees to release in full its findings of alleged mismanagement at the organization, following an announcement that its leader was taking an indefinite leave of absence.

The agency, known as UNRWA, said Wednesday the findings of a probe into alleged abuses of power among top management “relate specifically to the commissioner general” Pierre Krahenbuhl.

The Foreign Ministry said reports on alleged mismanagement at UNRWA lend credence to its criticism of the agency and called for a full release of the probe’s findings.

“The reports reinforce Israel’s claims that a deep and fundamental change is needed in the agency’s operating model,” it said in a statement.

The ministry charged that under Krahenbuhl, UNWRA has become more politicized, “the deficit has ballooned” and the agency’s model was increasingly unsustainable.

“The suspension of Krahenbuhl is a first step in a long process needed to eliminate corruption, increase transparency and prevent politicization in the agency,” it said.

It also called on donor states to consider a new operating model for UNRWA and said recent events showed the agency’s mandate should not be automatically renewed three years from now.




Two Jordanians Detained by Israel Return Home After Handover Deal
Two Jordanians, whose detention without charge by Israel led Jordan to recall its ambassador, returned home on Wednesday in a handover deal that defused a diplomatic crisis, officials said.

Hiba Labadi, 24, was arrested in August after crossing into the West Bank to attend a family wedding. She subsequently went on a hunger strike and was hospitalized after her health deteriorated.

Separately, Abdul Rahman Miri, 29, was arrested in September after he also entered the West Bank to visit relatives.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Monday the two would return to Jordan “before the end of the week” without saying how their release had been secured.

Safadi however said King Abdullah had ordered the government to do everything necessary to bring them back “whatever that may cost.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the handover was agreed after talks between Israeli and Jordanian security chiefs. It said Jordan’s ambassador would return to his post “in the coming days.”
The Coming Collapse of Lebanon Is a Crisis for Israel
It is imperative that the United States and Israel’s other allies ensure that Lebanon does not become another Afghanistan — a terror group masquerading as a state. This is a real danger now, and Israel is gravely imperiled by it. America — and all well-meaning peoples — must continue to isolate Hezbollah and its slave government in Lebanon until sanity and civilization return to “the Paris of the Middle East.”

The government and infrastructure of Lebanon are dominated by the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah, which has already dispatched gangs of thugs to drive masses of demonstrators from the streets of major cities like Beirut and Tyre. The government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has resigned due to enormous street protests over his utter mismanagement and corruption.

Israel should be worried, because Hezbollah, with its economic and political power threatened, could lash out at its neighbor to the south as a unifying distraction for its outraged citizenry. A repeat of Hezbollah’s terror-missile war of 2006 would be a far more lethal version of that earlier conflict, which aimed to eradicate the “Zionist entity” on Lebanon’s southern frontier.

Since Hezbollah is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iran and Iran’s terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran can be expected to play a key role in Lebanese affairs at this critical juncture. And where Iran gets involved, Israel becomes the ultimate target.
Israeli and Palestinian firefighters practice saving lives together
Israeli and Palestinian firefighters took part in a joint fire-fighting exercise in Rishon Lezion on Tuesday, according to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

The exercise, held at the Rishon Lezion Firefighting and Rescue School and led by the head of the facility, trained the visiting Palestinian firefighters to handle a number of various real-life situations using a simulator. The Israeli firefighters were trained to speak Arabic throughout these life-threatening situations.

Within the scenarios practiced, the joint exercise included real-life situations such as dealing with fires inside buildings and vehicles, as well as efficient ways to rescue casualties or those in need from blocked or closed off areas.

In part of the blossoming professional relationship between the Palestinian and Israeli commissions, the commander of the Palestinian Civil Defense met with the commissioner of the Israeli Fire and Rescue Authority in the commissioner’s office to discuss firefighting innovations, future collaborations and the importance of the joint work between the two governments.

“The close cooperation between Israeli firefighters and Palestinian firefighters is of great importance in the field,” civilian officer Lt.-Col. Samir said. “Thanks to the combination of forces, we have the ability to work together to improve the skills and the proficiency of both Israeli and Palestinian firefighters alike. This collaboration has yielded fruit in the past and continues to bring positive results every time. Therefore, we will continue to work in order to strengthen and improve it, with a clear purpose – to save human lives together.”
Fatah Official Says PA Chief Abbas, Soon to Turn 85, Won’t Run for Re-Election
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will not run for re-election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told Palestine TV on Monday.

Rajoub’s announcement contradicted Hussein al-Sheikh, who recently said that Abbas is Fatah’s only candidate in the next presidential election.

“President Abbas is the only candidate of Fatah and honorable Palestinians,” stated Sheikh.

“Let us make him the sheikh of the tribe and the spiritual father of the democratic process,” said Rajoub. “In two months, President Abbas will celebrate his 85th birthday.”

In a speech in September at the annual UN General Assembly, Abbas said he will call for “general elections” in the West Bank, Gaza and eastern Jerusalem.

Abbas is currently in the 14th year of a four-year term.

A date for the Palestinian elections has yet to be determined.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad reject Abbas’s terms for Palestinian elections
Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) have rejected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s terms for holding elections for the PA's parliament and president, Ynet reported on Wednesday.

The chairman of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC), Hanna Nasir, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday for talks with leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian factions on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s plans to hold parliamentary elections in the coastal enclave, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to Ynet, Hamas and PIJ, which are not members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, rejected the clause stating that the elections must be held in accordance with the Election Basic Law, which requires recognizing the agreements signed by the PLO to be able to run.

The organizations require a meeting between the factions to define the terms for new elections; only after a consensus is reached, a presidential order for elections would be issued.

A Palestinian parliamentary election was last held in 2006. The following year, Hamas carried out a violent takeover in the Gaza Strip and has been in power in the coastal enclave ever since.
Abbas bans child marriage, with some legal exemptions
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has issued a decision barring Palestinian teenagers from marrying before they turn 18 years old, unless they receive an exemption from a religious court and a top legal official.

The official PA news site Wafa reported earlier this week that Abbas made the decision, but did not say when.

In the West Bank, Palestinian law previously mandated that a female must be 15 years old and a male 16 years old to be eligible to marry, according to Suna Nassar, the PA Women’s Affairs Ministry’s legal adviser. Comparatively, in the Gaza Strip, it had held that a female must be 17 years old and a male 18, she said in a phone call.

The PA controls the West Bank, whereas Hamas rules Gaza. Hamas has not said publicly whether it will enforce Abbas’s decision.

A 2018 PA Central Bureau of Statistics report found that 10.8 percent of women in 2017 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip aged 20-24 had married before turning 18.

In contrast, the report determined that in 1997, 30.3% of women in the West Bank and Gaza who were then between 20 and 24 married before reaching 18.


Hamas Relying on Qatari Funds in Gaza Strip
Qatar warned Hamas, the Palestinian militant group running the Gaza Strip, that it could cease providing funds and aid to the area in 2020. This warning, as Middle East Monitor reports citing Hezbollah-linked Al Akhbar newspaper, came from Qatari envoy Mohammed El-Emadi. El-Emadi reportedly told Hamas and other Gaza factions that Doha had complications with renewing the funding.


Arab Spring 2.0
Moreover, what makes the demonstrations in Lebanon and Iraq unique and gives them historical dimension is that they cross the sectarian, religious and party lines, and demand a change in the structure of government, which currently perpetuates these divisions and prevents unity.

This is unheard of for Lebanon, where political power is divided according to the prominence of the various sectors in society, or for Iraq, where the majority of the population is Shiite. In both countries, protesters have made it clear that they would not settle for the mere resignation of the prime minister (Lebanese Prime Minister Said Hariri has already resigned), nor with reforms that would preserve the current and corrupt system of power.

Although economic hardship and the desire to eradicate corruption are the main issues driving the demonstrations in Lebanon and Iraq, Tehran is up in arms over them. Both countries are of paramount importance in the process of "exporting" the Iranian revolution, both play a key role in repelling external attacks on Iran, and both are used as the base of operations from which Iran can use proxies to attack potential enemies.

In Lebanon, this task falls to Hezbollah and in Iraq, it is the work of pro-Iranian militias. Therefore, any threat to the internal stability in Iraq and Lebanon could undermine Iran's security and military strategy.

Tehran is also concerned that the Iranian people may catch the protest "bug," as they did in 2009 and in 2017.

The prospect of the second round of the Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq being more successful than its predecessor is unclear. Replacing the political system in Arab countries is no simple matter, and rulers do not give up their seats easily. But the Iranians already feel threatened by this – just as much as they feel threatened by the devastating economic sanctions the US has imposed on them.

It may very well be that Tehran's decision to renew uranium enrichment sought to distract from the internal problems of the protests in Iraq and Lebanon are creating for it. The ayatollahs much prefer the Iranian people focus on the "real" enemy that on their own plights.
FIFA: Iraq 'unsafe' to host World Cup qualifying matches
FIFA says Iraq is not safe enough to host World Cup qualifying games against Iran and Bahrain.

FIFA says it asked the Iraq soccer federation "to nominate a neutral venue" for the matches on Nov. 14 and 19.

The games were to be played in Basra, the southern city which hosted Iraq's return last month to playing competitive games at home.

Iraq has rarely staged home games since the 1980s because of security concerns.

Turmoil in Iraq in recent weeks has been fueled by economic problems and dissatisfaction with Iran's political influence on its neighbor.
Iran shaves weeks off breakout time, but isn’t tearing up nuclear pact yet
The ongoing game of brinkmanship between Tehran and Washington has entered a new, potentially dangerous level, with Iran restarting uranium enrichment at its Fordo nuclear facility and also announcing it was raising the level of this enrichment, up to five percent.

These two decisions represent a distinctly shocking and provocative move by the Islamic Republic, but they also remain easily reversible, experts say, as Iran attempts to bully its way toward financial relief while keeping just shy of prompting European countries to call for a so-called snapback of broader international sanctions.

The transformation of the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant, which is buried deep under a mountain in Iran’s Qom district, from a uranium enrichment facility to one used for other, non-nuclear purposes was a key provision of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The heavily fortified Fordo was originally built and operated in secret by Iran, until it was exposed by Western intelligence services, including Israel’s, and ultimately acknowledged by Tehran in 2009 to great international criticism. The facility is widely regarded as having been built for the explicit purpose of producing highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons far enough underground that it couldn’t be destroyed in a military strike.
US accuses Iran of ‘nuclear extortion’ as Tehran expands enrichment at key plant
The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of “nuclear extortion” and vowed no let-up in pressure after the clerical regime said it would resume uranium enrichment at the key Fordo plant.

“Iran has no credible reason to expand its uranium enrichment program, at the Fordo facility or elsewhere, other than a clear attempt at nuclear extortion that will only deepen its political and economic isolation,” a State Department spokesperson said.

“We will continue to impose maximum pressure on the regime until it abandons its destabilizing behavior, including proliferation-sensitive work.”

The comments came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “never let Iran develop nuclear weapons.”

”Iran expands its aggression everywhere. It seeks to envelop Israel. It seeks to threaten Israel. It seeks to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said at an event in Jerusalem.

Iran has regularly threatened to destroy Israel, and has developed ballistic missiles believed in the West to be intended to carry nuclear warheads in the future.
Macron: With new centrifuge operation, Iran is withdrawing from nuclear deal
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said Iran’s decision to resume enrichment activity at a nuclear facility meant it had withdrawn from the troubled 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers.

Iran on Wednesday said it had begun inserting uranium gas into over 1,000 centrifuges at the Fordo nuclear facility, which under the JCPOA pact had turned into a research facility with no active enrichment.

“I think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner to leave the JCPOA (nuclear) agreement, which marks a profound shift,” Macron said at a news conference during a trip to Beijing, according to a Reuters report.

Macron called the developments a “profound change” from Tehran’s previous position and a “grave” move.

“I will have discussions in the coming days, including with the Iranians, and we must collectively draw the consequences,” Macron said.
Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats
Iran briefly held an inspector working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog in the Islamic Republic and seized her travel documents, diplomats familiar with the agency’s work said on Wednesday, with some describing it as harassment.

The incident appears to be the first of its kind since Tehran’s landmark deal with major powers was struck in 2015, imposing restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Hours after Reuters reported the incident, Iran confirmed that it had prevented an inspector from accessing its Natanz site - the heart of its uranium enrichment program - last week, because of a concern that she might be carrying “suspicious material”, according to the Fars news agency.

The episode comes at a time of heightened friction between Iran and the West, with Tehran breaching the deal’s restrictions step-by-step in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the deal and renewed sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency is also in transition, with a new chief taking over next month.

The incident is due to be reported on at a meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors on Thursday convened at short notice to discuss “two safeguards matters” not specified in the agenda, which was circulated on Monday.
How Tehran Is Surviving U.S. Sanctions
A year ago, the U.S. kicked off a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. After withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, in November it reimposed a raft of economic sanctions squeezing Iranian oil exports and curtailing the country's access to the international financial system.

Iran expected that other parties to the nuclear deal would help shore up its economy. But European governments could not force private companies to defy U.S. sanctions. Nor did other friendly governments - China, Russia, and India - pick up the slack. They face little pressure from the oil market to go out on a limb for Iran. Global demand is slowing, supply is abundant, and prices are low - so why risk U.S. sanctions to buy Iranian oil?

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank predict that Iran's economy will rebound from a recession to near zero percent growth in 2020. Iran's fluctuating currency, the rial, has stabilized. The Iranian economy stays afloat in part because it is diversified. In 2017, crude oil accounted for 43% of Iranian exports, so Iran's service, agricultural, and non-oil industrial sectors were able to cushion the blow from the collapse of oil revenues under sanctions.

Moreover, the government can draw upon its $100 billion of reserves to cover any gaps and to ensure the continued strong social spending that Iranians expect.
2 Iranians accused of spying on Jewish, Israeli targets in US plead guilty
Two Iranians who were charged with collecting information on Israeli and Jewish targets in the US and on opponents of the Iranian regime have pleaded guilty to acting on behalf of Tehran, the US Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 39, a dual US-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 60, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, were arrested last year.

“The Iranian government thought it could get away with conducting surveillance on individuals in the United States by sending one of its agents here to task a permanent resident with conducting and collecting that surveillance,” said Jessie K. Liu, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Doostdar is scheduled to be sentenced on December 17 and Ghorbani will receive his sentence on January 15.

As part of his plea, Doostdar admitted he traveled to the United States from Iran on three occasions to meet with Ghorbani and to convey directions for Ghorbani’s activities on behalf of Iran.
BBC News mantra on ‘peaceful’ Iranian nuclear programme returns
Iran’s latest breach of the 2015 JCPOA was portrayed by the BBC as “rolling back another commitment” in the opening line of an article headlined “Iran nuclear deal: Uranium enrichment to resume at underground facility” which appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page on November 5th.

As is inevitably the case in BBC reporting on that deal and Iran’s nuclear programme, audiences were told that:

“Iran has insisted that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.”

The BBC knows that in December 2015 (after the JCPOA had already been agreed) the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA – produced a report which stated that:

“…the agency “assesses that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place” up to 2009.”

The BBC also knows that in April 2018 Israel revealed documents from Iran’s nuclear archive which raised new issues. Nevertheless, it once again chose to amplify Iranian propaganda but not to inform readers of those relevant parts of the story.
PreOccupiedTerritory: Iran Defends Imperialism As Bulwark Against Imperialism (satire)
Officials in the Islamic Republic of Iran explain the country’s virtual takeover of Iraq and Lebanon, as well as its use of puppet militias and proxy forces in Syria and Yemen, among others, as a defense against Western efforts to take over Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and other Middle East states, regime sources reported today.

Representatives of various government ministries and the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told journalists Wednesday that the territorial integrity and political independence of countries in the region are sacrosanct, and require Iran’s protection from what they characterized as a US-led effort to exert effective control over them, protection that Iran provides in the form of taking them over and exerting effective control.

“Satanic Western imperialism will not succeed,” warned Deputy Minister of Defense Mohtin Yorai. “To counter the threat of the evil machinations of the Great Satan and its minions we have already assumed de facto control of the governments of Iraq and Lebanon, and are working to establish similar arrangements elsewhere. In the same vein we offer material and financial support to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other groups waging a similar fight. The Zionists and their allies will fail in their campaign to subjugate and rule the region because we will do so first.”




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11/05 Links Pt1: ‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'; It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA; Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS

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From Ian:

‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'
Elizabeth Warren nodded along with an attendee at her town hall event while he claimed the American military supported genocide.

The Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential hopeful took questions from the crowd in Grinnell, Iowa, on Monday, with one attendee saying, “Right now, the United States is bombing at least seven countries. We support genocides in Palestine and in Yemen. The U.S. military is actually the biggest polluter of any organization in the world.”

He continued, “United States sanctions on Venezuela caused over 40,000 deaths, and we also have sanctions on many other countries like Iran, North Korea, and you can name many more.”

The attendee asked Warren, “I’m wondering, as president, will you stop U.S.-supported murder, whether it’s through sanctions, arms support, or boots on the ground?”

Warren responded, “I like your frame on this.”


Republican Jewish group’s campaign slams Democrats as a ‘disgrace’ — in Yiddish
The Republican Jewish Coalition on Sunday launched a $10 million campaign — an unprecedented amount in partisan Jewish advertising — with online ads depicting 2020 Democratic US presidential candidates as a “disgrace.”

Videos titled “Shanda,” Yiddish for “disgrace,” blast the Democrats for saying they would consider reducing aid to Israel.

“The radical Left has taken the reins of the Democratic Party, and their policy proposals will devastate our national security, our alliance with Israel, our economy, and our health care system,” Matt Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, said in a statement announcing the release of the 15- to 30-second ads.

The placement of the videos on Facebook, YouTube and other media will cost $50,000. Brooks confirmed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a report in Axios that the RJC had budgeted $10 million for its 2020 efforts.

In the spots, “leading Democrats” are accused of “turning their back” on Israel. They show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish.





It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA
UNRWA’s top official, Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, was accused of appointing as an adviser a woman with whom he was romantically involved. The pair traveled on business class flights across the globe. Deputy Commissioner-General Sandra Mitchell was accused of bullying and of manipulating the system to find a well-paid job for her spouse, Robert Langridge, who was promoted. Chief of Staff Hakam Shahwan was accused of behaving like a thug, placing people loyal to him in positions of power, and lobbying to take over UNRWA operations in Jerusalem.

Perhaps not surprisingly in view of the above, the agency has adopted a culture of secrecy about itself. It employs about 30,000 people (compared to the UNHCR’s 11,000 for the rest of the world’s 17 million refugees and displaced persons). Most of its staff are Palestinians and many are known members of Hamas (indeed, Hamas membership helps one get a UN job). Peter Hansen, UNRWA’s former Commissioner-General (1996–2005), admitted in an interview with CBS that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll. For example, the chairman of UNRWA’s Palestinian workers’ union, Suhail al-Hindi, is a member of Hamas’ new political leadership.

Retired IDF Col. Yoni Fighel, a former military governor in the territories, notes that as long as UNRWA employees are members of Hamas, they are going to pursue the interests of that organization within the framework of their job.

The agency was threatened with closure after the Trump administration implemented severe cuts following reports that proved rockets had been hidden inside UNRWA schools. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who sat on the ethics findings for months, claims he is “committed to acting swiftly on the corruption allegations.”

The UN originally made clear that UNRWA’s mandate would be short-term, indicating that the refugee issue should be solved expeditiously through repatriation or resettlement. In the words of former UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie, “The refugees will lead an independent life in countries that have sheltered them. Except for the ‘hardcore’ cases, the refugees will no longer be maintained by an international organization as they are at present. They will be integrated into the economic system of the countries of asylum and will themselves provide for their own needs and those of their families.”

Palestinian residents of Arab states — all of whom are considered refugees by UNRWA — should become citizens of those states, as they are in Jordan.


Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS
In a landmark anti-BDS ruling the High Court of Justice has paved the way for Israel to deport Human Rights Watch’s local director Omar Shakir for his support of boycott activity against Israel.

Human Rights Watch is weighing an appeal to a larger judicial panel of the verdict by a three judges. If not appeal is lodged, Shakir could be asked to leave the country within 20-day.

The ruling is a victory for those who hold that advocates of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement are acting against the state and are not engaged in legitimate criticism of Israel. Opponents view it as part of a movement to suppress human rights advocacy in Israel.

Shakir, who is a US citizen, immediately tweeted that if the HCJ decision is upheld, Israel will “join ranks of Iran, N Korea & Egypt in blocking access for @hrw official. We wont stop. And we wont be the last.”

Minister for Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan [Likud] expressed his satisfaction over the verdict.

"I applaud the decision of the Supreme Court that accepted my Ministry and the Interior Minister's position that a work visa should not be given to a foreign boycott activist who wants to harm Israel and its citizens," he said in a statement.

"Omar Shakir is a BDS activist who took advantage of his stay in Israel to harm it, something no sane country would allow. Israel sees great importance in the activities of real human rights organizations, granting hundreds of visas every year to human rights activists. HRW is welcome to appoint another representative in Israel in place of Shakir if it chooses to do so," he added.
NGO Monitor: Resource Page on Omar Shakir (HRW) Court Case
On November 5, 2019, the Supreme Court rejected Shakir’s appeal and upheld the ruling of the Lower Court that his work visa will not be renewed.

In October 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) hired Omar Shakir to serve as its “Israel and Palestine Country Director.” Shakir has been a consistent supporter of a one-state framework and advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions) campaigns, fitting the longstanding HRW practice of hiring anti-Israel activists to serve in key positions relating to Israel.

In May 2018, due to Shakir’s BDS ties, the Israeli Ministry of Interior chose not to renew his work visa. HRW and Shakir have been challenging this decision in Israeli courts. In April 2019, he lost his case in the Jerusalem District Court and immediately appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court. The hearing took place on September 24, 2019. While Shakir regularly assails Israel for its “lack of democracy,” in fact, the Israeli courts allowed him to remain in the country during his appeal process despite having no obligation to do so.

Omar Shakir’s background and history of anti-Israel activity exemplifies the organization’s troubling ideological approach to Israel and retreat from the universal principles of human rights.1


Guardian fails to challenge the lies of HRW’s Omar Shakir
The Guardian is adept at amplifying, and failing to critically scrutinise, the unsubstantiated claims and accusations of anti-Israel NGOs, and today’s article about the Israeli Supreme Court decision on Human Right Watch’s regional director Omar Shakir – a long time BDS activist – follows this pattern.

First, as we predicted in a tweet before the article by Oliver Holmes (“Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules”, Nov. 5th) was published, the piece uncritically cites Shakir’s simply unhinged response to the court’s decision:
Shakir wrote on Twitter that if he was kicked out, Israel would join the ranks of Iran, North Korea and Egypt in blocking access to Human Rights Watch staff. “We won’t stop. And we won’t be the last,” he said.

The truth is that democracies all over the world reserve the right to deny entry to those seen as intent on harming the state. Moreover, there are in excess of 350 NGOs (such as HRW) operating freely in Israel, even those who continually deligitimise the state, support BDS and even reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

The denial of a work visa to one employee of one of these NGOs – after careful consideration by the country’s internationally respected supreme court – wouldn’t even minimally change the democratic nature of Israel. The human rights organisation Freedom House continually ranks Israel as the only truly free and democratic country in the region, and the suggestion that this status will change due merely to the supreme court’s decision on Shakir’s work visa is risible.

In a subsequent paragraph in the article, Holmes makes the following claim about the broader effort by Israel to fight BDS – a movement, let’s remember, whose leaders oppose the continued existence of a Jewish state.
'A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a 3rd election'
There is virtually no chance, and if there is no dramatic breakthrough in negotiations, Israel will be facing its third general election in a year, senior political officials from the Likud, Blue and White, Yisrael Beytenu, and the New Right were saying Monday.

According to one official, the two sides are farther apart than ever, particularly since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokespeople were questioned by police last week.

The same official said that Blue and White was waiting for Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to decide whether or not to indict Netanyahu. Mendelblit is expected to make his decision in early December. For Blue and White, even if Mendelblit were to drop the count of bribery, any indictment would be the final nail in the coffin of any possibility of forming a government with Netanyahu, he explained.

On the other hand, the official said, Netanyahu wants to remain prime minister, even if he is indicted. Therefore, he will not step down, and will apparently retain the support of the Likud and the smaller right-wing parties when and if he is under indictment.

The official said that as of Monday night, it was clear that neither the Likud nor the right-wing bloc would oust Netanyahu and would prefer to hold a third election, even at their detriment.

He also said that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz's position was shaky and even if he wanted to adopt the compromise put forth by President Reuven Rivlin, he would not be able to negotiate it.

"A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a third election," the official said.
Sderot youth challenge MKs to take up their cause
In the middle of Sderot, near the Gaza border, 120 chairs sat empty on a lawn on Sunday, waiting for MKs to fill them.

The chairs were set up by young residents of Sderot to represent the 120 MKs who they say they feel abandoned them as rockets continue to be fired at them from Gaza on a regular basis, including on Friday.

“Elections are important and coalition negotiations are important,” organizers wrote. “Even investigations are important, recordings are important, indictments are important. And also a memorial ceremony [for former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin] is important.”

“Hey, how did we forget?” they continued. “A plane for the prime minister is important and so are demonstrations outside the attorney-general’s house, but wait, rockets on the residents of the South are not a little important.”

The residents said they’re sick of promises that are not being fulfilled.

“After a Shabbat full of fireworks in the sky, after the horror show organized by terrorists on the other side of the fence, we decided to stop being quiet.”

Dvir Sasi, a spokesman for the protest, said: “We welcome all the MKs to come to us and explain the situation to us, and listen to us, and tell us their solution.”

What does conviction of IDF soldier mean for ICC war crimes battle?
Twenty months into the Gaza border conflict, the IDF courts issued their first conviction of a soldier for shooting one of the approximately 350 Palestinians who have been killed.

At the same time, the sentence was a mere one month of community service since the conviction was not for a more serious charge, like manslaughter, but essentially for the low-grade offense of violating the rules of engagement for opening fire.

Why was this the result, and what does all of this mean for the broader big battle before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over whether Israel’s legal system complies with international law or whether it has committed war crimes?

Official and unofficial statements from the IDF were short on details, leaving some critics to speculate about potential improper intentions.

Essentially, they said that the unnamed IDF soldier had violated open fire regulations in shooting toward the 15-year-old Palestinian Othman Helles as he was climbing the Gaza security fence, but that IDF investigators could not establish for sure one way or another whether that soldier’s bullet was the one that killed him.

What does this mean? How can the IDF know the soldier fired illegally toward Helles without knowing whether his bullet was the “kill-shot”?
JPost Editorial: Recognize the Armenian genocide
About 105 years ago, the Armenian genocide began. Members of the Armenian community living in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated at the orders of the governing authorities. As many as 1.5 million Armenians, an ethnic minority, were rounded up and murdered or deported to the deserts of Syria to die.

The Armenian genocide was well known in its time. The German military attaché to the Ottoman Empire described it as “total extermination” and other accounts provided graphic details of the horrors the survivors went through. Women were sold into slavery and raped, children were left to starve. In a prelude to the Holocaust and the crimes of ISIS, the slaughter of Armenians was an opening to a hundred years of similar mass murder events.

As a state founded in the wake of genocide, Israel knows too well what it means to be a small minority subjected to massacre and the systematic murder by a government. Like Armenians, Jews had to live as minorities under regimes such as the Germans or the Poles, enjoying “protection” so long as they did not get in the way of the state’s interests.

In late October, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide. It overwhelmingly passed with 405 votes and affirms that the US will record the genocide and provide “solemn remembrance of one of the great atrocities of the 20th century.” The US was moved to act because of recent tensions with Turkey.


Turkey protected Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Turkey protected ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – and Trump should have known.

In his national address announcing that US Special Forces had killed Baghdadi, President Donald Trump commended Turkey while turning a blind eye to Turkey’s collusion with ISIS. While Trump thanked “the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us,” he downplayed the importance of intelligence provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was critical to the mission.

We know that Turkey institutionalized support for jihadis after Syria’s President Bashar Assad attacked Syrian rebels in Ghouta using chemical weapons in September 2013, and that Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) provided weapons, money and logistical support to jihadi groups that evolved into ISIS. Wounded ISIS warriors regularly showed up at Turkish hospitals in Gaziantep to receive medical care.

Baghdadi founded ISIS in the spring of 2014. ISIS attacked Mosul and Sinjar in June, terrorizing Yazidis and Kurds. Over five years, the so-called ISIS caliphate grew to the size of Great Britain, with eight million people under its control.

According to the SDF, “Turkey provides all kinds of support to the terrorist groups. These forces, trained and funded by Turkey, are engaged in a planned ethnic cleansing against our people.” Turkish-backed jihadis in the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) commit crimes on a daily basis in Turkish-occupied areas of Syria such as Afrin, Azaz, Bab, Jarablus and Idlib.
MEMRI: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad: It Is Possible That Al-Baghdadi Has Been Kidnapped, Hidden, Or Had His Appearance Surgically Altered; Israel Has Been Behind The Scenes Throughout The War; Erdoğan Is Our Enemy
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was interviewed on Syria TV on October 31, 2019. He said that the extremist Wahhabi doctrine represented by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and ISIS will continue to exist even after ISIS is gone and that Al-Baghdadi had been released from American prisons in Syria in order to lead ISIS. Questioning whether Al-Baghdadi was really killed by the Americans, President Al-Assad suggested that he may have already been dead or that he may have been kidnapped, hidden, or had his appearance surgically altered. He said that the American operation to kill Al-Baghdadi was a trick and that American politics rely on imagination and resemble Hollywood. Later in the interview, President Al-Assad said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is Syria's enemy and that U.S President Donald Trump is the best president America has ever had because he is transparent about American policy and America's interest in Middle Eastern oil.

In addition, President Al-Assad said that even though Turkey is occupying parts of Syria, negotiating with it would not suggest that Syria could also negotiate with Israel, because Syria does not recognize Israel as a state or the Israelis as a people the way it does Turkey and the Turks. He also said that Syria wants to gradually regain sovereignty in Kurdistan. Furthermore, President Al-Assad said that Israel's influence is ever present in Syria, that Israel's involvement in the Syrian civil war is a given even though it is not openly apparent, and that everything that has taken place in Syria has served the interests of Israel through proxies, agents, flunkies, or the United States. The English-subtitled version of the interview was uploaded to the Syrian Presidency's YouTube channel.
Halkbank Says It Will Seek Dismissal of US Indictment, Judge’s Recusal
A lawyer for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, which has been criminally charged by US prosecutors with helping Iran evade sanctions, said in a letter on Monday that it would seek to dismiss the case and have the judge assigned to it recuse himself.

In a letter to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, Andrew Hruska, a lawyer for Halkbank, said the bank was not agreeing to appear in court on the charges. He asked that he be allowed to represent the bank for the limited purpose of arguing the dismissal and recusal motions.

A hearing is scheduled in the case on Tuesday, and prosecutors have said they may seek a fine against Halkbank if it refuses to appear.

A spokesman for the office of Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. Hruska did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan brought the criminal charges against Halkbank on Oct. 16. The bank called the charges an escalation of Washington’s sanctions on Ankara over its military incursion in Syria, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called them an “unlawful, ugly” step.

Hruska said in Monday’s letter that the bank’s “incidental contacts with the US are insufficient to establish… jurisdiction” in the New York federal court.
Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah official: Abbas won't seek reelection
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not planning to run in the next presidential election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said in an interview with Palestine TV on Monday.

Rajoub’s announcement contradicts a statement by another senior Fatah official, Hussein al-Sheikh, who recently said that the only candidate of Fatah in the presidential election will be the 84-year-old Abbas.

“President Abbas is the only candidate of Fatah and honorable Palestinians,” Sheikh said.

Rajoub, who also heads the Palestinian Football Association, described Abbas as a “national treasure.” Abbas, he revealed, does not want to run in the election, and he won’t agree to be a candidate.

“Let us make him the sheikh of the tribe and the spiritual father of the democratic process,” Rajoub said. “In two months, President Abbas will celebrate his 85th birthday.”

In September, Abbas announced in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly that he intends to call for “general elections” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Rajoub, a former head of the PA’s Preventive Security Force in the West Bank, is seen by some Palestinians as a potential successor to Abbas. However, Rajoub did not say in the interview whether he intends to present his candidacy in the presidential election.

Rajoub’s announcement that Abbas won’t seek another term in office is likely to trigger a “war of succession” between several veteran PLO and Fatah officials who see themselves as suitable candidates to succeed the PA president.

Abbas himself has not said whether he intends to contest the next election. Moreover, he still hasn’t announced a date for holding new presidential and parliamentary elections.

The last Palestinian presidential election was held in 2005, when Abbas was elected for a four-year term. The last parliamentary election, held in 2006, resulted in a Hamas victory.

Rajoub expressed hope that Abbas would set a date for the new elections before the end of this year.
PMW: “The most despicable plot” – Palestinian reactions to the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Zionist leader Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Every year, PA officials condemn the Balfour Declaration and seem to compete in calling it names, denying its legitimacy, and refuting the validity of Jews’ right to a national home in “Palestine” as Palestinian Media Watch has reported. This year is no exception. Here are some examples of statements by PA officials and others about Balfour’s “ominous promise”:

PA Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif stated that the Balfour Declaration is an “invalid promise” that Britain had no right to give, and that the Jews had no right to receive. He called it “a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity” and a “historic mistake,” and predicted that Israel/the Jews will disappear like previous “invaders”:
Minister Abu Saif: “Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, and the invaders will go away as those who preceded them went away...

He added: ‘The ominous promise, in which the one giving the promise permitted giving what is not his to one who has no right, was a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity. The historic mistake will only be corrected when the right returns to its owners.’”

[Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 2, 2019]


The PA claims of the illegitimacy of Britain’s actions and Israel's creation is illustrated by this image printed by the official PA daily, which shows the British and the Israeli flags in a no entry sign on the Balfour Declaration together with an image of Balfour and “Palestine”:

The PLO factions issued a joint statement on the anniversary that named the Balfour Declaration “the most despicable plot in the history of the peoples.” The PLO claimed that the “ominous promise” was the result of the convergence of interests of the “colonialist states” Britain and the US and the Zionist movement. The PLO repeated the PA claim that the colonial powers used the Jewish people as a pawn in the Middle East to gain control in the region, steal its resources, and prevent the Arab countries from developing:
Fatah: “We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” “Jerusalem is ours”
Text: “The deal of the century will never pass. We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is not allowed. This cannot happen. This is a decisive moment, a dangerous moment for us. Our entire future is at stake. If Jerusalem is lost, what will you say afterwards?" Text: “Jerusalem is ours and you will never have a place in it” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is a crucial moment that demands that every Palestinian present themselves immediately to quickly discuss the fate of the eternal capital [Jerusalem]. In politics: It’s the capital. In religion: It’s the capital. In geography: It’s the capital." Text: “The shining rage will uproot the tyranny from our land” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Here we are sitting, here we are remaining. We will never repeat the mistakes of the past. We will not repeat the mistakes of 1948 or the mistakes of 1967. We are remaining here – occupation, settlements, whatever – We are remaining here!" Song lyrics: "The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours" Text: “The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours. And with our hands we will liberate it, Allah willing” Text: “Fatah Al-Asifa” (The Fatah logo includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.) [Official Fatah Facebook page, July 28, 2019]


Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas Joins Iranian Plan to Foil Arabs' Anti-Corruption Protests
Alnehaiwi added that the "popular revolutions against the [Iranian] occupiers and [Arab] executioners are a luminous point and milestone that will serve the interest of the Palestinian issue." Noting that Hamas did the right thing when it sided with the Syrian people in their uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad, the political analyst said:
"Hamas may regret its support for Iran. Hamas will lose a great deal if it continues to side with Iran and stands against the people who have revolted against [Iranian] occupation and the executioners."

Such criticism, however, is unlikely to deter Hamas from pursuing its agenda of promoting Iran's interests in the region. The Arabs who are risking their lives to demand good governance and an end to corruption are now being targeted by Iran and its puppets in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Iraq.

It now remains to be seen whether the Arabs who have finally woken up to realize that Iran -- and not Israel -- is the real threat to their well-being will be able to keep up the momentum and continue their uprising against corruption and Iranian dominance over their countries.

By continuing to align itself with Iran, Hamas is leading its people straight toward even greater suffering. The only way for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to alleviate their misery is by revolting against their "leaders" in Hamas. Instead of firing rockets at Israel and demonstrating at the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinians ought to learn from their brothers in Lebanon and Iraq who their real enemies are: Iranian-backed dictators and fake Palestinian leaders, who only know how to lead their people towards further suffering.
Hamas Encouraging Youth Drug Use as Qatar Support Comes to an End
As the year comes to an end, the Gaza Strip is preparing to return to the familiar, suffocating financial crises that is sure to result from Qatar’s ending its grant to poor families. Qatari envoy in the Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, has informed Hamas and other terror factions there that his government is having difficulties renewing the grant, Al-Akhbar reported Tuesday.

These funds did not cover all of Gaza’s poor families, and the most each lucky family received was $100 each month, but it was a reliable stopgap measure to stave off the explosion that’s sure to come without this charity. There will be two more payments until the end of 2019, Al Emadi told the local leaders, after which they are on their own.

Over the weekend, Hamas made it clear that it was blocking the security escalation with Israel and is not interested in keeping it up. But then, on Monday, Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in Gaza, bragged that he had been the one to determine in recent years whether or not there would be war.

Kan 11 TV on Monday night provided a glimpse into the other wars Hamas has been waging: internal leadership wars, a cruel, Darwinian effort to literally “thin the herd” with violent border fence riots, and an unofficial operation to induce as many as 200,000 Gazan youths to using drugs, mostly hashish and opiates – to help them forget the hardships of their daily lives.
Hamas official: Egypt has barred Haniyeh from traveling abroad for past 3 years
Egyptian authorities have barred Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh from traveling outside the Gaza Strip and Egypt for almost three years to prevent him from meeting with their political rivals, a senior official in the terror group said in an interview published Tuesday.

The last time Haniyeh traveled beyond Gaza and Egypt was in late 2016 and early 2017 before he was elected Hamas head.

“The Egyptians are not permitting the head of the politburo to travel abroad because they do no want him to meet their political rivals,” Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior official in the terror group, told Dar al-Hayat, an Arabic-language news site. “This ban [has been in place] for about the last three years.”

Hamas, which frequently meets with Egyptian intelligence officials mediating between the terror group that rules the Strip and Israel, also maintains close ties with countries that Cairo views as foes such as Qatar and Turkey.




In chilling detail, ex-envoy to US Oren warns of Israel-Iran ‘conflagration’
Former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren has described in chilling detail how a conflict between Israel and Iran could easily be sparked and descend into a massive conflagration, devastating Israel and other countries in the region.

Israel is already girding for a war with the Islamic Republic, and has carried out hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked targets in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. A single miscalculation during one of those airstrikes could draw retaliation by Iran, Oren wrote in a column published in The Atlantic on Monday.

“The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran,” he began. “Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time. And it’s not hard to imagine how it might arrive. The conflagration, like so many in the Middle East, could be ignited by a single spark.”

An Israel Defense Forces bombing run could inadvertently hit a sensitive target, or an Israeli official could step out of line and say something to embarrass Iran following an attack, Oren wrote.

“The result could be a counterstrike by Iran, using cruise missiles that penetrate Israel’s air defenses and smash into targets like the Kiryah, Tel Aviv’s equivalent of the Pentagon. Israel would retaliate massively against Hezbollah’s headquarters in Beirut as well as dozens of its emplacements along the Lebanese border. And then, after a day of large-scale exchanges, the real war would begin,” he continued.
The Revolt Against Iran
Unsurprisingly, Iran and its allies in Iraq and Lebanon are blaming recent unrest on the usual suspects: a conspiracy of foreign actors that includes the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the Zionists.

How will this end? In 2008, civil unrest led to Hezbollah’s armed seizure of Beirut. Hezbollah and Iran have poured thousands of fighters and billions of dollars into neighboring Syria to help crush the rebellion against their Syrian ally. In 2009, Iran’s green movement protests over stolen elections finally ebbed in the face of torture, beatings, and detentions meted out by the regime. “We in Iran know how to deal with protests,” Iran’s second-most powerful man assured Iraqi officials this month. “This happened in Iran and we got it under control.”

Ten years ago, when Iran saw its largest uprising since the 1979 revolution, Obama was not only reluctant to express solidarity with Iranians, he also refused to acknowledge the rigged elections, dismissed advisers who urged active assistance, and blocked CIA resources earmarked for supporting democratic uprisings. In The Iran Wars, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon reveals how Obama’s peculiar reticence was largely motivated by his worry that American involvement would ruin his secret overtures to Tehran in hopes of brokering an agreement. While President Trump has also expressed a desire to strike a deal with Iran, he has already retweeted two videos of Iraqi demonstrators storming the Iranian consulate in Karbala. Whether this administration is able to leverage these protests into successful policy beyond tweets remains to be seen. And perhaps more importantly, it is too early to tell whether the nascent political revolts in Lebanon and Iraq can survive the backlash from Iranian-backed militias and snipers long enough to evolve into a meaningful, organized political opposition.
Rep. Cheney to Introduce Legislation Mandating Full Dismantling of Iran Nuclear Deal
Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) will soon introduce new legislation that would compel the Trump administration to eradicate the remaining vestiges of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the lawmaker told the Washington Free Beacon.

Cheney's legislative effort comes as GOP hawks in Congress have launched an offensive against the Trump administration's decision to again grant Iran sanctions waivers that permit it to conduct sensitive nuclear work, including at an underground bunker site that once housed the regime's atomic weapons program.

The legislation is yet another sign of mounting frustration among hawkish Republicans over the Trump administration's mixed signals on Iran. Critics allege the administration is backtracking on its own "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran in order to preserve possible diplomacy with Tehran down the road.

The Free Beacon reported last week that the Trump administration's State Department had signed off on the nuclear waivers, despite public and private pressure from anti-Iran voices on Capitol Hill. The debate marks one of the clearest divides yet between typically faithful Trump administration supporters in Congress and those inside the administration.

Cheney told the Free Beacon that the waivers have helped legitimize Iran's nuclear infrastructure and paved a way for it to continue working on sensitive nuclear issues with help from countries such as China and Russia.
The Islamic Zealots Who Seized U.S. Embassy 40 Years Ago Today Weren't 'Students'
These were first and foremost religious zealots blindly following the will of clerics (Ali Khamenei and Mousavi Khoeini among them) who often visited the hostages, too. Many attended Amir Kabir University, "strictly allied with Khomeini and the new Mullah establishment," according to Mark Bowden in Guests of the Ayatollah (2006). As Bowden puts it, they "were all committed to a formal Islamic state and were allied, some of them by family, with the clerical power structure around Khomeini."

Bruce Laingen, who was the chargé d'affaires at the embassy, wrote in his journal that Khoeni was "the clerical link with the 'students' at the embassy since the day of the seizure and . . . the link before that, too, in the planning for the seizure." On July 21, 1980, he wrote with certainty that Khoeni was Khomeini's "liaison with the 'students' of the embassy" and that there "can be no question of the extent to which the clerical forces are solidly in control."

The term "students" was inaccurate and misleading in 1979, and it is all the more so now. After four decades, the time has come finally to get it right.


40 Years On: How US-Iran Hostility Affects the World Today
With anti-American slogans and effigies mocking President Donald Trump, thousands rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. Amid renewed tensions with Washington, state television showed rallies taking place in several other cities, including Mashhad, Shiraz and Esfahan, four decades after revolutionary students stormed the diplomatic mission. "They will continue their enmity against us. They are like a lethal scorpion whose nature is to have a poisonous sting," the head of the army, General Abdolrahim Mousavi, said in a speech at Tehran. "We are ready to crush this scorpion and will also pay the price."






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11/04 Links Pt2: Poll: Almost 50% of UK Jews will 'seriously consider' leaving if Corbyn wins elections; Historian: New evidence shows FDR’s bigotry derailed many Holocaust rescue plans; Ray Charles in Israel

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Poll: Almost 50% of UK Jews will 'seriously consider' leaving if Corbyn wins elections
Britain's Jewish community so deeply concerned by the prospect of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn winning the next general election that community leaders have launched a campaign to undermine his premiership candidacy.

A recent poll by the Jewish Leadership Council, a British-Jewish advocacy group, found that 47% of British Jews would "seriously consider" emigrating if Corbyn is elected prime minister.

Some 87% of British Jews believed Corbyn to be anti-Semitic, and 90% said they will not vote for Labour, the poll found.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the general elections, set for Dec. 12, following his failure to push the Brexit deal through Parliament. Johnson's promise to have the UK leave the European Union by Oct. 31 had been a key element in the Conservatives' leadership bid, which brought him to power in July.

Corbyn has been repeatedly lambasted for his failure to tackle anti-Semitism within Labour. In 2018, the party received 863 complaints of anti-Semitism but took action in only 101 of those cases. Worse, Labour members who have publicly made statements such as "Jews are the problem" have remained in the party despite complaints against them.


According to the Jewish Chronicle, prominent British Rabbi Jonathan Romain has even taken the unprecedented step of urging congregants to vote against Labour, warning that a Corbyn-led government "would pose a danger to Jewish life as we know it."

"I should stress that the problem is not the Labour Party itself, which has a long record of fighting discrimination and prejudice, but the problem is Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn-led Labour, has at best, let antisemitism arise within its ranks, or at worst, has encouraged it," Romain wrote in a letter to the 823 families who are members of his Berkshire shul.

"This has never happened under any previous Labour leader … so the finger of responsibility really does seem to point to Jeremy Corbyn. I am therefore suggesting we should each put aside all other considerations and vote for whichever party is most likely to defeat Labour in whatever constituency we are in – even if we would never normally vote for that party."

Israel Advocacy Movement: Why vote Labour?
In the upcoming election, a vote for Labour is a vote for:
☠️ Terrorism supporters
🇻🇪 An economy like Venezuela
🚫 Racism
A vote for Labour is a vote for insanity… watch the election video Labour don't want you to see.


Jewish Caller Tells Maajid Nawaz He Would Emigrate If Corbyn Elected
A Jewish caller told Maajid Nawaz that he would close his business and leave the UK if Jeremy Corbyn were to become Prime Minister because of anti-Semitism.

David, from Hendon, said: "I will leave the country as soon as Corbyn comes in, God forbid that he should.

"I will not stay in a country where anti-Semitism is now accepted because I think, brilliantly, he and his PR people just didn't answer really, just deflected old accusations.

Now people are fed up with hearing the word so it's almost as if it's accepted and whether that's the case or people are actually anti-Semitic in this country... I hope not but I'm beginning to have my doubts."

He also explained that he would shut down his business of 53 people.

He said: "I will leave, I will close down all of my businesses which I can. I've been nervous of this, I'm in the position where I'll be able to close them down.

"These people won't be employed anymore and that's fine. I'm looking after myself and I'm sure people, some of your viewers or listeners will be saying 'good riddance, let's get rid of the guy'.

But there are hundreds of people like me, and not all of them are Jewish, there are hundreds of wealthy people who have built up businesses who know that in the end Mr. Corbyn will take it all away from us because he doesn't appreciate people who work hard."




Historian: New evidence shows FDR’s bigotry derailed many Holocaust rescue plans
Not only was US president Franklin Roosevelt perfunctory about rescuing Jews from the Nazis, but he obstructed rescue opportunities that would have cost him little or nothing, according to Holocaust historian Rafael Medoff.

FDR’s role in preventing the rescue of European Jewry is detailed in a new book called, “The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust.”

Published in September, Medoff’s book includes new archival materials about the relationship between Roosevelt and Rabbi Stephen Wise, who the author sees as a sycophantic Jewish leader used by Roosevelt to “keep the Jews quiet.”

Wrote Medoff, “Franklin Roosevelt took advantage of Wise’s adoration of his policies and leadership to manipulate Wise through flattery and intermittent access to the White House.” In return for visits to the White House and Roosevelt calling him by his first name, Wise undermined Jewish activists who demanded the administration let more Jewish refugees into the US.

According to Medoff, Roosevelt’s policies toward European Jews were motivated by sentiments similar to those that spurred him to intern 120,000 Japanese Americans in detention camps as potential spies.

“Roosevelt used almost identical language in recommending that the Jews and the Japanese be forcibly ‘spread thin’ around the country,” Medoff told The Times of Israel. “I was struck by the similarity between the language FDR used regarding the Japanese, and that which he used in private concerning Jews — that they can’t be trusted, they won’t ever become fully loyal Americans, they’ll try to dominate wherever they go.”
Gil Troy: Mark Twain’s ‘Innocents Abroad’ explains our Israel obsession
Twain offered his pragmatic American explanation for Palestine’s desolation: “Palestine is no more of this work-day world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition – it is dream-land.” Twain feared that Palestine induced so much stargazing no one ever rolled up their sleeves to produce anything there.

Fortunately, the Zionist movement was starting to tap into old-new Jewish dreams to motivate hardy, hardscrabble, hardworking pioneers – much as the American dream drove Twain’s fellow Americans. This pre-Zionist book offers a core Zionist message. The Palestine Twain saw highlights the modern miracles Zionism created that we take for granted.

STILL, IF dreams can motivate or paralyze, mythmaking can inspire – or disappoint. Sarna has long shown how Palestine as dreamland boosted modern Israel in American and Jewish eyes. Many Americans, especially American Jews, echo the pilgrims’ naivete. They romanticize Israel, falling in love with what Sarna calls a “mythical Israel,” more indicative of “American Jewish ideals” than “Israeli realities.” The Zionist dream, American-style, long celebrated an Israel that was even more progressive than America – defined by kibbutz workers, not Wall Street investors; built by new brawny Jews, not traditionally brainy Jews.

Beware: too much mythmaking about any country – especially the world’s only Jewish state trying to survive in a Middle East hostile to Jews and democracies – is risky. As with any romance, some idealization during courtship greases the wheels of love. And Israel’s “dreamland” still dazzles most Americans. But, today, with Israel in middle age, the toxicity of faded romance often triggers an overly harsh counterreaction. Somehow, many of Israel’s jilted leftist lovers still love America while hating Donald Trump. Yet when they detest an Israeli policy or prime minister, they give up on Israel and Zionism.

Mark Twain’s memories of being a Missouri non-Yankee in King Solomon’s court helps explain our modern obsession with Israel, too. Twain emphasizes how foundational Palestine is to the West. “Crowded with historical interest,” filled with “elegant fragments,” it still dominates our collective imaginations.

But heed Twain’s warning. Those who believe Israel can do no right – along with those who believe Israel can do no wrong – are often telling us more about the “verdicts they brought with them” rather than their fair assessments of this rich, complex, modern democracy.

Clearly, we have some Mark Twain-like “unlearning” to do, especially about Israel.
Revisionist Author Tries to Distort the Record of David Ben-Gurion
Tom Segev’s well-written biography of Israel’s first prime minister, A State At Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion, is undercut by the author’s biases and penchant for narrative.

It would be hard to imagine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publishing an op-ed in The New York Times on Buddhism. But back in April 1962, the first Israeli premier, David Ben-Gurion, did precisely that — but only after spending weeks studying with religious scholars as a personal guest of the prime minister of Burma, today’s Myanmar. Ben-Gurion even insisted, much to the consternation of his teachers, “that he had discovered a self-contradiction in the Buddha’s doctrine that no one else had ever noticed.” It turned out that he was wrong; it was a translation error.

As Segev makes clear, Israel’s founding father was both exceptional and eccentric. And nearly five decades after his passing, Ben-Gurion remains iconic, with a legacy and career that are arguably unmatched in the small nation’s modern history.

As his private secretary, Yitzhak Navon, once observed, “Without Ben-Gurion, the State of Israel would not be in existence — and this I can say about nobody.” Indeed, long before he was making history, Ben-Gurion was its avid student.

As Segev notes: “He saw himself, and was seen by others, as an incarnation of history.” To a great extent, this was the result of the tremendous willpower that he displayed throughout his life.
New Book Tells a Holocaust Family Mystery
I just finished reading an extraordinary new book, House on Endless Waters by author Emuna Elon.

From start to finish, I found it to be well-written, touching, and chock-full of character development; there were so many stories I could relate to.

The book is a family mystery ripe with great plot twists. It explores one man’s quest — a renowned Israeli author — to visit his birthplace in Amsterdam, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. And during a visit to that city’s Jewish museum, he sees a picture of his mother, pre-war, holding a child he doesn’t recognize. The book explores his adventures through Amsterdam — past, present, and future — replete with dreams, visions, and more, all in beautifully written prose.

Throughout the book, I had memories of growing up in a home where my grandparents were Holocaust survivors, and my mom (z”l) spent so much time researching, reading, and studying about the history of our many family members who were murdered by the Nazis. She attended conferences, discovered obscure files, and spent days at Yad Vashem. In the last few months of her life, my mother learned that her father, Morris Waga, had been married with a family before he married my grandmother. He lost that wife and a three-year old daughter in the camps to the Nazis. Yet, throughout his entire life, he never told my mother or her younger brother.

The book discusses underground networks that hid Jewish children during the war, and the burdens faced by those who survived. The scars of the Holocaust haunt families and people for generations.
Jonathan Tobin: Can Joe Biden save the day for pro-Israel Democrats?
The problem here for pro-Israel Democrats is that, out of necessity, they’ve hitched the fate of their cause to what right now looks like a fading star. Biden, who hasn’t won a competitive race on his own (being Barack Obama’s running mate doesn’t count) since Richard Nixon was president, has so far been a disappointment to his backers. With a focus on the effort to impeach Trump dominating the headlines this winter, it may also remind voters of his son’s questionable behavior further dragging him down.

Nor, it should be added, is Biden coming to the issue with entirely clean hands. He was part of Obama’s eight-year-long pressure campaign against the Israeli government, as well as an ardent supporter of the disastrous 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he still defends.

Biden may be instinctively supportive of the Jewish state in ways that eclipse those of Warren, Sanders and Buttigieg; however, the tenor of his dialogue with Israel has always been that of an American who thinks he knows the Middle East better than Israelis. Biden received a devastating – and completely deserved – tongue-lashing from former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at a Senate hearing in June 1982. In response to Biden’s threats of aid cuts that were hardly different from the statements of the primary opponents he now considers “outrageous,” Begin slapped him down by telling him that he was “not a Jew with trembling knees,” and that Israel would defend its principles, “and, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid.”

In a competition with far more extreme critics of Israel than he ever was, Biden is the best that pro-Israel Democrats, who once dominated their party yet now seem unable to muster sufficient support for censoring or shunning anti-Semites like Omar and Tlaib, can muster. It is on his aging and uncertain shoulders that the fate of the Democrats as a pro-Israel party rests. That’s a prospect that should scare friends of the Jewish state, no matter which party they support.
Michael Lumish: Are Arabs indigenous to Judea?
Of course, Arabs are not indigenous to Judea / Israel. Arabs are conquerers indigenous to the Arabian peninsula. If one cares about "the conflict" -- or what I call The Long Arab / Muslim War against the Jews of the Middle East -- then one must recognize the Jews as indigenous and the Arabs and Muslims as imperialists and colonialists.

And, yet, the progressive-left and the Democratic Party honestly believe that the Jewish defenders of Jewish children and Jewish land are the aggressors. They honestly believe that Arabs have every right to kill Jews as a matter of "resistance." It is an intelligent rhetorical strategy on par with the propaganda skill of the National Socialists.

The brilliance behind Arab and Muslim imperialism is that they actually managed to convince the arrogant and ignorant Euros that they are the indigenous population in the lands that they conquered.
Corbyn, a cause for concern
Meanwhile, Johnson's main rival, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, also isn't assured of restoring his party to power for the first time since 2010. Corbyn's ideological extremism is attractive to certain strata of British society but is also a deterrent to others. Some polls find Corbyn to be the "least popular Opposition leader of the past 45 years." Even if he doesn't win, it's still theoretically possible for him to establish a "resistance coalition" against Johnson and Brexit, which would include the Liberal Democrats and Scottish separatists who oppose leaving the EU.

Even if Labour is weakened in the upcoming election, in such a manner that Corbyn is forced to resign, he will have left behind a party that is fundamentally different than the one he inherited four years ago. Labour's far-left faction has effectively consummated its takeover of Britain's main Opposition party, essentially ridding it of all internal dissent. Under the guise of its anti-Israel and anti-Zionist worldview, Labour has normalized anti-Semitism as part of the British political landscape. Even if Corbyn goes, the devastation he leaves in his wake will be absolute.

All efforts by the country's Jewish community and Labour's own Jewish MPs to foster dialogue with Corbyn's circle about banishing anti-Semitic activists within its ranks have floundered amid their refusal to recognize the importance of the matter. There have been cosmetic initiatives, mostly for public relations purposes, but little else. Labour under Corbyn's leadership has legitimized anti-Semitism and shown Jews that the party that first welcomed them to Great Britain – no longer cares for them.

With a sense of humor that under the current circumstances has taken a darker turn, British Jews have altered Labour's slogan from "For the many, not for the few," to "For the many, not for the Jew." If Labour rises to power, this joke could have serious implications for all of Britain.




Also in October: A selection of other antisemitic Incidents that we did not cover
A swastika was spray-painted on a sign near a Jewish school in Gateshead. The graffiti appeared on the corner of High West Street and Gladstone Terrace on 7th October.

A swastika and the words “Lewis is a Jew” were carved into the glass panel of a bus stop in East Leeds. Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 referencing log number 243.

On Shabbat, 19th October at the Clapton Common and Oldhill Street junction in Stamford Hill, three males accosted Orthodox Jews walking home from synagogue with antisemitic slurs including “Heil Hitler”.
Alison Chabloz fails to overturn conviction over Holocaust denial at High Court, leaving no further avenue of appeal
Moments ago, notorious antisemite and Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz has had her application for a judicial review denied by the High Court following her landmark conviction on three charges of sending grossly offensive communications via a public communications network.

Ms Chabloz had sought to overturn her conviction on technicalities relating to the meaning of what constituted sending communications online, but the High Court denied her appeal and upheld the earlier judgment. There was confusion over the way that the case had proceeded to court as Ms Chabloz’s case was brought before judges by her barrister, Adrian Davies, who maintains his record of losing cases for neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers.

Ms Chabloz had sought to overturn her conviction on technicalities relating to the case began as a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism, which was then continued by the Crown Prosecution Service. The charges related to three self-penned songs in which Ms Chabloz denounced a supposed Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world and attacked the Holocaust as a fraud perpetrated by Jews for financial gain.

The conviction set a new precedent in British law, effectively delivering a landmark precedent verdict on incitement on social media and on whether the law considers Holocaust denial to be “grossly offensive” and therefore illegal when used as a means by which to hound Jews.
Boston University set to hire anti-Israel professor
Sarah Ihmoud, a postdoctoral associate at Boston University, is currently under consideration for a teaching position at the university, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) reported.

According to APT, the university has not yet made an offer to Ihmoud, but the offer is "imminent."

Education Without Indoctrination (EWI) called for action to prevent Boston University from becoming "a platform for Jew-hate."

Ihmoud, co-author of Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism, presented the paper to BU. In it, she claims that "rape and killing of Palestinian women was a central aspect of Israeli troops' systematic massacres and evictions during the destruction of Palestinian villages in 1948" and describes Nazi-like actions, including the shooting of pregnant women and the murder of children.

The paper also claims that that both brutality and sexual violence against Palestinian Authority women is an ongoing tactic of the IDF.
Major Jewish Groups Applaud Twitter for ‘Belated’ Shut Down of Hamas, Hezbollah Accounts
Major Jewish groups applauded the micro-blogging website Twitter on Sunday for suspending a series of accounts affiliated with the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

“Thank you @Twitter for suspending the accounts of Hamas and Hezbollah,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted.

Referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Greenblatt added, “US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations do not belong on the platform. Let’s hope all platforms follow @jack’s lead.”

The American Jewish Committee also weighed in, pointing out that while Twitter has accepted that there is no difference between the “military” and political wings of terrorist groups, the European Union continues to separate the two.


The Simon Wiesenthal Center responded by tweeting, “Belated but welcome anti-terrorist moves by @Twitter — hope others will follow.”
BBC ignores Twitter’s terror groups suspensions
To date, those searching for coverage of that story under the BBC News website’s ‘social media’ and ‘Twitter’ tags will find nothing.

Perhaps the BBC is having difficulty working out how to square that quote from Twitter with its own euphemistic portrayals of Hamas as a ‘militant Islamist group’ and Hizballah as a ‘political, military and social organisation’.
Indy egregiously misleads on Gaza power shortages
A Nov. 3rd article in the Independent on the use of solar power in Gaza grossly misled readers as to the extent and origin of the strip’s electricity shortages.

The article, “Meet the Gazan woman turning rubble into building blocks and sunlight into power”, by their deputy international editor Gemma Fox, begins thusly:

For Samar, Gaza’s crippling blackouts used to mean a daily, panicked rush to take her son to the nearest hospital so that his lungs wouldn’t fail.

He suffers from a lung disease that has left him dependent on a machine to breathe. But the machine depends on electricity – something in critically short supply in Gaza.

Samar’s story is far from unique, with the enclave’s two million residents forced to try to survive on roughly three hours of electricity since Israel imposed a blockade in 2016.

Hospitals and other buildings rely on generators to keep the power on during the cuts, but they are expensive, and until recently, a luxury that Samar was unable to afford.


First, Israel imposed their blockades of Gaza, due to Hamas’s takeover of the strip, in 2007, not 2016.

Also, it was both Egypt and Israel who imposed a blockade. In Israel’s case, the only items that have generally been restricted are military related (or dual-use) goods.

Additionally, the Indy gets their figures on the daily availability of electricity in Gaza wildly wrong. Palestinians in the strip get around twelve hours a day, not three, as a detailed report and graph by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) makes clear.
BBC WS radio amplifies claim that a country called Palestine “existed”
Despite the claims from Hills and Lefrak, as we noted when BBC World Service radio previously promoted the museum and its founder back in June, it is essentially the continuation of a project that is very much political – even if Lefrak fails to identify it as such.

Lefrak: “Museum founder Bshara Nassar says his goal is to create a space that’s more personal than political.”
Nassar: “We want to really transform the story and put Palestinians in the light that we’re human beings, right? We’re artists, we’re entrepreneurs, we’re in politics and we contributing a lot to the US as immigrants as well.”
Lefrak: “Nassar immigrated to the US from the West Bank in 2011. When he came to Washington he saw a city full of museums but he didn’t see one that reflected him.”
Nassar: “Really I could not see a place where the Palestinian story can be told.”
Lefrak: “So he decided to open a travelling exhibition that would eventually become the museum. One of the objects in the collection is a 1946 passport for the Palestine Mandate. It was rendered useless the following year after the United Nations voted to establish the State of Israel. Curator Nada Odeh wants visitors to understand that history.”


That passport was of course in fact “rendered useless” in May 1948 when the British terminated their administration of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine – the purpose of which was to create a Jewish national home. In 1947 the UNGA passed a resolution (181) recommending that the area then still under British administration should be partitioned between Jewish and Arab states – a recommendation accepted by the Jews but rejected out of hand by the Arabs and hence never implemented. BBC world Service listeners heard nothing of that history – or the Arab attacks which followed that UN vote – but they did hear the ‘non-political’ museum’s Syrian-born head curator promote the falsehood that a country “called Palestine” used to exist.


German Cardinal: Antisemitism is an attack on us all
A prominent German cardinal of the Catholic Church has pledged that Jews and Christians will stand together in the fight against rising antisemitism in the country.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference and serves as the archbishop of Munich and Freising, said on Sunday night that “Christians and Jews will never separate again,” in the face of new antisemitism.

He made the comments during a panel discussion on antisemitism at the Catholic Academy in Berlin hosted by the German Bishops’ Conference and the Orthodox Rabbinical Conference of Germany.

Among prominent figures who attended were Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission coordinator on combating antisemitism; Armin Laschet, prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia; and Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

A statement released by the German Bishops’ Conference quoted Marx as calling for stronger social commitment and better cohesion in society “in the face of resurgent antisemitism in Germany and Europe.”

He stressed that he was “very worried” about the direction society is heading because there are “more and more blogs and ideologies from people that cannot be taught, who indulge in conspiracy theories and soon unite as a sounding board for... slogans of antisemitism.”
Outrage in Germany over neo-Nazis’ political ‘kill list’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Monday strongly condemned death threats against two leading Green party politicians by a neo-Nazi group, as concern mounts over a rise in right-wing extremism.

Greens lawmaker Cem Ozdemir, who has Turkish roots, revealed at the weekend that police were investigating an email he had received from a neo-Nazi group saying he was at the top of their kill list.

“We are currently planning how and when to execute you. At the next rally? Or will we get you outside your home?” the email read, according to the Funke newspaper group.

Fellow Greens MP Claudia Roth received a message saying she was second in line to be killed.

Both emails were sent on October 27 and signed with “Nuclear Weapons Division Germany” (AWD), apparently a German offshoot of a notorious US-based neo-Nazi group.

“The German government clearly condemns any kind of threats or violence against politicians,” Merkel’s spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters.

“We cannot and will not accept these attacks on our free democratic system,” she said, vowing to use the full force of the law against the perpetrators.
White supremacist charged with planning to blow up Colorado synagogue
US authorities have arrested a known white supremacist on suspicion that he planned to blow up a synagogue in Colorado, local media reported Monday.

The suspect, named as Richard Holzer, 27, reportedly met an undercover FBI agent on Friday at a motel with explosives that he allegedly intended to use to attack Temple Emanuel in the city of Pueblo.

Holzer told an undercover FBI agent that he had previously been a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and had become a skinhead, according to the Denver Post.

Holzer said he was preparing a “holy war” and claimed to have poisoned the water at the synagogue with arsenic and was planning to do so again, The Denver Post reported, citing an affidavit filed on Saturday at the US District Court in Colorado.

According to the affidavit, when asked what if people were in the building when the bomb exploded, “Holzer stated that he did not think anyone would be there, but that if they were, Holzer would not care because they would be Jews.”
Men dressed as Jews hand out Holocaust denial fliers at Colorado mall
A group of men wearing large white yarmulkes and fringed prayer shawls handed out fliers promoting Holocaust denial and hung up cards bearing anti-Semitic canards on a pedestrian mall in Boulder, Colorado.

The fliers handed out at Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall by the men who appeared to be posing as Jews claimed the Holocaust was “impossible.”

The men also hung notes on index cards around the mall that claimed “Academia is dominated by Marxist Jews,” Jews run the porn industry,” and “Jews ran the Atlantic slave trade,” the Daily Camera newspaper reported.

The men livestreamed their actions, according to the report.

As of Sunday morning, no reports were filed with police about the fliers, Boulder police told the newspaper.


City of Poway, CA, set to rename street after Chabad shooting victim
The city council in Poway, Calif., will consider a proposal on Nov. 5 to change the name of a short street in memory of Lori Lynn Gilbert-Kaye, the only fatality in the shooting earlier this year at Chabad of Poway.

Under the proposal, Eva Drive would become Lori Lynn Lane. It is located near where the 60-year-old congregant lived with her husband, Dr. Howard Kaye, about a mile from the synagogue.

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said that people associated with Chabad approached the city to propose the street-name change.

“They did all the groundwork, and our team got the obstacles out of the way,” he said. “It should have unanimous and enthusiastic support.”

Three people, including senior Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, were wounded on April 27 when lone gunman John Earnest shot at worshippers during Shabbat-morning services.

Earnest has pleaded not guilty to state and federal charges, including 113 federal hate crime-related counts.
Karish natural gas field off Israel’s shore found to be much bigger than thought
Energean Oil and Gas plc, a Greek gas producer focused on the Mediterranean, said Monday that its appraisal of the Karish North discovery offshore Israel has revealed 0.9 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable natural gas resources plus 34 million barrels of light oil or condensate.

The appraisal “significantly” increases the resource volumes discovered by Energean at the Karish and Tanin leases off Israel’s shore, the statement said.

The firm had already discovered 2.4 tcf of natural gas at the Karish and Tanin fields, along with 33 million barrels of light oil. Energean has already signed accords to sell 4.7 billion cubic meters a year of the fuel to Israeli customers.

Light crude oil is a liquid petroleum that has a low density and low viscosity than heavy crude oil. Natural gas condensate is a mixture of hydrocarbon liquids that are present in the raw natural gas produced at gas fields.

Israel, a nation traditionally starved of natural resources, believes the discovery of natural gas reserved off its shores in the Mediterranean will lead it to energy independence and make it an exporter of gas. The Karish and Tanin natural gas fields sit alongside the larger Tamar and Leviathan deposits in Israel’s economic waters in the Mediterranean.
Israel-Egypt gas pipeline deal expected in coming days
A deal that would transfer control of a natural gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt is expected to be closed in the next few days, the companies said on Sunday.

Texas-based Noble Energy (NBL.N), Israel’s Delek Drilling (DEDRp.TA) and Egyptian East Gas Co have partnered in a venture called EMED, which last year agreed to buy a 39% stake in the subsea EMG pipeline for $518 million that will carry Israeli gas exports to Egypt.

In a regulatory filing in Tel Aviv, Delek said the shares have already been transferred to the buyers while the funds are currently being held in a trust. It noted that no closing conditions remained.

“Upon the transfer of the full amount of the consideration to the sellers, which is expected to be performed in the coming days, the EMG transaction will be closed in practice,” Delek said.

Partners in Israel’s Leviathan and Tamar offshore gas fields had agreed to sell $15 billion worth of gas to a customer in Egypt — Dolphinus Holdings — but last month the deal was amended to boost supply by 34% to about 85 billion cubic meters, or an estimated $20 billion.
Elbit Systems Lands 5-Year, $50 Million Portuguese Defense Ministry Contract
Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems announced over the weekend that it has been awarded a $50 million contract to supply the Portuguese Air Force with a complete electronic warfare suite and customer logistics support for the new KC-390 multi-mission aircraft. The contract is to be completed over a five-year period.

Under the contract, Elbit will supply the Portuguese Air Force’s KC-390s with Radar and Laser Warning Systems, an IR Missile Warning System, Countermeasures Dispensing System, a Directional IR Countermeasures system and Active ECM (AECM) POD system.

“The Portuguese Air Force is a long-standing strategic partner of Elbit Systems and we are proud of this contract award to provide enhanced survivability for their new fleet of KC-390 aircraft,” said Edgar Maimon, executive vice president and general manager of Elbit Systems’ Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence Unit.

Last week, Elbit announced that it had been selected by the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport to provide the Swiss Armed Forces with an army-wide tactical Software Defined Radio (SDR) solution under the Telecommunications Armed Forces (TK A) program.
Ray Charles in Israel
“I had always heard that I was popular in Israel, but I didn’t get over there until the early seventies,” the soul genius Ray Charles recalled. “Some people asked me to do a documentary. I liked the idea. I’d never done anything like that before. The film people knew I wasn’t a scholar or a theologian, but they had heard that I had a decent working knowledge of the Bible. They had also heard that the Israelis liked me, and they hoped the two things would blend.”

Ray Charles, accompanied by his five backup singers, the Raelettes, arrived in Israel in early December 1972. In the first two weeks of that month they performed at five wildly successful concerts. Israeli fans of the “Genius of Soul” thronged the concert halls of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. Fans cheered the musicians in the streets and the press gave their concert tour wide coverage.

The musicians spent two weeks performing and touring in the country. It was, Charles remembered, an opportunity to “look around and learn. … It was all so old, so incredibly old, that I couldn’t help but shake my head in wonder. I could smell history in the streets.”

By the early 1970s, Ray Charles and the Raelettes had given concerts all over the world. In Japan, they had encountered particularly enthusiastic audiences. But in terms of enthusiasm none of these concerts prepared Charles and his ensemble for the reception they received in Israel.

That many Israelis liked Ray Charles and his music was an understatement. I was living in Jerusalem at the time and I remember vividly the excitement that his visit generated. I also remember that by the time I made it to the concert hall box office the two Jerusalem shows were completely sold out. I never got to hear him on that tour, but news of it was in all of the Israel newspapers. It seemed that by missing that concert I had missed more than the music.

The riveting story of the Jerusalem concert is best told by the genius himself: In his autobiography, Brother Ray, (co-written with David Ritz) Charles wrote that, “In thirty years on the road, I had never experienced anything like this. We were supposed to do two shows, but the first one had the crowd so crazy and happy that they wouldn’t leave. The second crowd was due any minute, but the first crowd wasn’t about to move.”


The Jewish roots of French icon Asterix the Gaul
The iconic adventures of Asterix the Gaul may be most famous in the French-speaking world, but their inspiration is decidedly Jewish.

One of the most famous characters in French comics, and considered by many to be a French national hero, the adventures of Asterix and his sidekick Obelix are popular all over the world. The comics were translated to over 100 languages, including Latin, Welsh and Hebrew. It has inspired 10 movies, the most recent one the 2018 Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion.

But could Asterix be Jewish? While the answer is obviously no – Asterix is literally a Gaul, after all – Ateret Yerushalayim rosh yeshiva Rabbi Shlomo Aviner argues that the Jewish inspiration is clearly there.

It is important to note that the original writer behind Asterix, René Goscinny, was undoubtedly Jewish, having been born in Paris in 1926 to two Jewish immigrants from Poland. His father accepted a job in Argentina after he was born, unknowingly ensuring their family won't be harmed by the Nazi occupation of France, to which he returned in 1946.

Speaking in an interview reported by Srugim, Rabbi Aviner, who is French himself – after mentioning that this isn't as important as studying Rashi, a medieval Jewish scholar who was also French – reaffirmed Goscinny's Jewishness.

"His father was born in Warsaw, and his grandfather was a rabbi," he explained. "His Jewish identity was strong."
Jewish astronaut snaps space pics of Israel, salutes late father
Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir, who made history last month as one half of the first all-female spacewalking team, on Friday posted pictures of Israel snapped from space with a caption saying the country was part of her father’s journey.

“My father’s globe spanning journey as a surgeon from the Middle East, to Europe, and eventually to the U.S. was an inspiration to many in my immediate and extended family. #TheJourney,” Meir wrote.

Meir’s late father was born in 1925 in Baghdad, and in 1931 the whole family left Iraq as a result of anti-Semitism and settled in pre-state Israel.

He was in medical school at the American University of Beirut when the 1948 War of Independence broke out and returned to Israel, where he drove an ambulance during the war. He then went to Geneva to finish medical school before taking a job in Sweden, where he met Meir’s mother, a nurse who was raised in a Christian Swedish family.

Her parents then moved to the US.




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11/04 Links Pt1: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority; The delusional one-state solution; Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran

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From Ian:

PMW: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority
Since its creation, the Palestinian Authority has received tens of billions of dollars of international aid. Just since 2011, the European Union, the United States, and other countries have provided the PA with hundreds of millions of dollars and euros of aid.

While the PA has constantly complained about its financial difficulties, scrutiny of the PA’s own financial records for the years 2011 - 2018, shows that the PA transferred from its coffers over 7 billion shekels to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), some of which was then given to terrorist organizations. In that same period, the PA also spent over 440 million shekels to fund its non-functioning institutions.

Funding to the PLO and internationally designated terrorist organizations

The PLO, which is also headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is an umbrella organization for several Palestinian groups. The largest and most dominant member is Abbas’ Fatah party. Other members include groups designated as terror organizations by the US and the EU such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian Liberation Front. PLO members are entitled to and receive funding from the PLO.

While international donors have demanded that the PA show financial transparency, the PLO is not subject to any financial regulation or demands of transparency. Accordingly, it is impossible to know what happens with billions of dollars of donor money the PA has given and continues to give today to the PLO.

Only on sporadic occasions are the financial workings of the PLO exposed. In June 2018, a senior PFLP official, Maher Mazhar, complained that the PFLP was not getting its monthly allocations from the PLO.

Denying the claim of the PFLP, PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad confirmed that Abbas and the Palestinian National Fund - the financial branch of the PLO - are responsible for funding the PFLP, and stressed that the allocations had not been stopped:

“PLO Executive Committee member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Azzam Al-Ahmad denied that the allocation from the Palestinian National Fund to any Palestinian organization, including the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (PFLP), has been stopped. In a telephone conversation with Al-Ahmad from Amman, he said: ‘There is no truth to the rumors that [PA] President Abbas or any other party has stopped the allocation to the PFLP.” [Ma’an, (Independent Palestinian news agency), June 17, 2018]
The delusional one-state solution
Events like the Jaffa Riots of 1921 (95 dead) and the Riots of 1929 (249 dead) were a common fixture. When all out war inevitably emerged in 1948 due to Arab rejection of a Jewish state, it ended with the permanent exile of up to 90% of Palestinians from Israeli-controlled territory. Nothing unusual here. Population transfers are a common result of intrastate ethnic conflict. Those wishing to alleviate Palestinian hardship should consider this when contemplating a situation that would result in a power struggle similar to what emerged following the British Mandate.

And a power struggle it will be. One-staters envision shared governance between Jews and Arabs, who will work together under a liberal democratic framework, but the Palestinians have proven unable to do this even amongst themselves. Two years after Israel withdrew from Gaza, Hamas overthrew the PLO and instituted a totalitarian Islamist regime.

Things are not much better in the West Bank, where President Mahmoud Abbas is now in his 15th year of a four-year term. The “occupation” cannot be blamed. After all, pre-state Israel somehow managed to uphold democratic norms under the brutality of the British Mandate. Democracy is simply not presently part of the Palestinian lexicon.

The same goes for the “liberal” part of “liberal democracy.” Polls by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center show that the Palestinians hold beliefs vehemently at odds with an inclusive society. A majority support honor killings, and 93% of the population harbors antisemitic views, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Before the one-state solution as envisioned by Palestinian advocates is even discussed, Palestinians have a very long way to go. Looking at examples from the broader region, there’s good reason to believe that an Israeli-Palestinian utopia will forever remain a pipe dream.

Understandably, as US President Donald Trump continues to delay his vision for resolving the conflict, ideas counter to the mainstream two-state solution will be discussed. Some are worse than others, but few are as bad as the one-state solution.
Trump’s Middle East shake-up led to killing of al-Baghdadi
As it turns out, the killing of both Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his heir apparent, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, was a direct result of Trump’s shake-up of the pre-existing order in northern Syria and northern Iraq. While it should be obvious, it bears repeating: the media and the American people are not privy to the vast trove of intelligence the commander in chief has at his fingertips. This is particularly important in the complex and multidimensional Middle East, where alliances and verbal agreements are the rule, rather than the exception.

We think in black-and-white terms, but the truth is often closer to gray and white, or black and gray. I have many theories as to just how our US special forces pulled off this miraculous assault against the No. 1 terrorist in the world, but overall, I would venture that what it boils down to is that the president caught al-Baghdadi off-guard.

Al-Baghdadi was no doubt celebrating America’s pullout from the region and got careless. Essentially, it flushed him out into the open. He was planning a new barrage of terror, especially against the Kurds and Yazidis. What he was not prepared for was the determination and steadfastness of Trump. He miscalculated regarding our president and suffered the consequences.

By taking out al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir, Trump has now sent the clearest message yet to all of our enemies, including Iran and North Korea, that he means business. This was and is a major turning point in his presidency, and it is a crying shame that he can’t seem to get one iota of credit for it from his political opponents.

In the final analysis, the American people will ultimately decide how much credit to give him. I am a firm believer they will be much kinder and wiser judging his record in hindsight.




Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran
The Arab world’s perception of Israel is undergoing a seismic shift, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Addressing a 200-strong crowd in Jerusalem at the kick-off event of the Christian Media Summit and inauguration of the Friends of Zion Museum’s new media center, Netanyahu said Israel has gone from being perceived as an enemy in the region to being seen as an “indispensable ally.”

“Something very big is happening: the transformation of Israel in the minds of many in the Middle East. It’s no longer being perceived as an enemy. We’ve become an indispensable ally against the enemy of militant Islam,” he said.

As evidence, Netanyahu cited the lack of violence following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then later of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“People said there would be a tremendous convulsion. But what happened? Nothing,” said Netanyahu.

The Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem is an interactive facility that harnesses Christian support to combat BDS and antisemitism.

The impetus behind the Arab world beginning to band together with Israel, said Netanyahu, was Iran. Israel’s goal, he said, was “to make sure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and that its march toward an empire and conquest has stopped.”

Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose hefty economic sanctions on Iran to curb its nuclear program, but said that “if Israel was not here, Iran would already have nuclear weapons.”


Thanks to the Likud, Israeli Arabs Are Flourishing
During Benjamin Netanyahu’s long tenure in office, and contrary to widespread perceptions that he is anti-Arab, the Jewish state’s Arab citizens have seen major social and economic improvements. Netanyahu himself displayed his characteristic savvy and tenacity in pushing through an important 2015 measure to increase government investment in Arab communities. Drawing on an interview with Ron Gerlitz—a staunchly leftist activist who advised the government in devising and implementing these policies—Netta Ahituv explains what they have accomplished. (Free registration required.)

Over the past seven years, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Arab students enrolled in universities and colleges in Israel has risen by 80 percent. Over five years the number of Arabs studying computer sciences, and the number of Arab students pursuing master’s degrees in all fields have both jumped 50 percent, while the number studying for a PhD has soared 60 percent.

In the last decade, the number of Arabs working in high-tech has increased eighteenfold, and one-quarter of them are women. . . . The proportion of Arab doctors in Israel has climbed from 10 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2018, and 21 percent of all male doctors are Arab, according to the Health Ministry. Educational institutions in Arab locales are receiving unprecedented levels of funding—including 130 million shekels ($37 million) for informal-education programs. Moreover, public transportation is finally making inroads into the smaller Arab towns, to the point where the Bank of Israel recently declared that the gap in access to such transport between Jewish and Arab locales with fewer than 20,000 residents has shrunk considerably.


In the interview, Gerlitz notes that some of the ministries that have contributed the most to these improvements have done so under the direction of right-swing politicians, such as Likud’s Yisrael Katz and the Orthodox Shas party’s Aryeh Deri. And he notes other kinds of good news as well, including major changes in the labor market:

Government investment, on the one hand, and a new spirit in Israeli Arab society, on the other, has led to Arabs enrolling in higher education and working in both the public and private sectors; [in fact], the proportion of Arab civil servants rose from 5.7 percent in 2007 to 11.3 percent in 2017.
Arabs and Jews speak up for Israel and foster coexistence
Israel is often accused by her enemies of being an apartheid state. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As one who grew up under the apartheid system in South Africa, I can attest to this. Arab citizens of Israel are accorded the same rights as any other citizen. They travel on our public transportation in safety without the fear of being attacked. They walk freely around our neighborhood streets, play with their children in the local parks, attend the local movie theaters, eat in Israeli restaurants, and are treated in all Israeli hospitals.

Until not long ago, some of the Hamas terrorist officials were sending their relatives to be treated in Israeli hospitals. The practice was stopped at the behest of the Hamas leadership, who forbade their citizens from seeking treatment in Israel – despite medical services in Gaza being woefully inadequate.

In Jerusalem, many of the main pharmacies are staffed and managed by Arab citizens. Arab women wear the Hijab and are often seen shopping in Israeli shopping malls and supermarkets with their husbands and families. Many of the doctors and specialists in Jerusalem are from the Arab sector. A friend’s daughter gave birth to her child at Hadassah-University Medical Center, on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus. She shared a ward with another expectant mother who also happened to be Arab. The obstetrician was a Muslim Arab from East Jerusalem.

“He was outstanding,” our friend told us. “Apart from being an excellent doctor, he was also so kind and considerate. In fact, my daughter was so impressed with him that she asked if she could come and see him at his consulting rooms in East Jerusalem. Unsurprisingly, he advised against it. He told her that it would not be safe for her to come to the neighborhood where he worked.”

Many years ago, a few years after the Six Day War, I lived in Jerusalem for a short while. In those days relations between Jewish and Arab citizens were particularly cordial to the extent that we young people would patronize some of the Arab discotheques. This was before the days of fundamentalism (on both sides). We spent many Saturday nights learning the moves of the exotic oriental disco music. Both Arabs and Jews mingled on the dance floor and had a great time. We shopped in the Arab shuk, and would regularly visit the souvenir stores of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.

Despite the feeling of gloom and hopelessness, there are chinks of light. One of my first voluntary activities was to coach young Israelis. I ended up coaching two remarkable young people. One was an Israeli Arab from a virulently ant-Israeli town in the north, where “A” was brought up to hate Israelis and Jews. When the IDF offered young Arab youths the opportunity to attend an engineering course for free, A decided to sign up.

“After all,” he told me, “anything we could take from the Israelis for free was almost considered an obligation.”

A recounted his first encounter with Israelis. He was surprised and almost shocked to discover how friendly and “nice” the personnel were.
JPost Editorial: Gaza policy
Ten rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the South on Friday night. Although they were fired after a month of relative calm, it’s hard to say they came out of the blue. Israelis, and particularly residents of the western Negev, are aware that rocket attacks from Gaza can happen at almost any time.

The main difference with the rockets this weekend was that they did not seem to be fired for any particular reason. There had been no Israeli operation in the area and no casualties in the ongoing “March of Return” border protests. The rockets, one of which scored a direct hit on a home in Sderot, were reportedly fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and not Hamas, which controls the Strip.

Although this is not the first time, this should be of concern because the large number of rockets launched indicates that Hamas might be losing its grip to more radical terrorist organizations, and that an internal struggle among these terrorist groups could result in them trying to gain points by attacking Israel or even trying to drag Israel into an escalated conflict.

Until now, Israel has seen Hamas as in control and responsible for what happens in Gaza. But it should be kept in mind that PIJ is affiliated with Iran and relies on the Islamic Republic for funds and weapons. In this sense, the events in the South cannot be seen in isolation from the tension with Iranian-proxy Hezbollah on the northern border.

The general opinion seems to be that Hamas is not interested in another mini-war with Israel – what would be the fourth serious conflict since 2008 – and Israel does not want another war on its southern border.

The fact that there is not a fully functional government following two rounds of elections – and a serious possibility now of a third round – might act as an encouragement to the terrorists in Gaza. It will be clear to the Palestinian extremists that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want to face a third election in a state of war on the southern border.
Only Decisive Action on the Ground, Not Precision Firepower from Afar, Can Defeat Israel’s Enemies
In its conflicts fought in the past two decades with Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon, the IDF has a used a strategy based on the combination of precision weapons with detailed intelligence. David M. Weinberg, basing himself on a recent, extensive report, argues that this doctrine has proved to be a failure, and calls for a return to the military principles that served the Jewish state so well in the first three decades of its existence:

In most clashes, a deleterious dynamic has repeated itself. At first, Israel successfully launches a salvo of firepower based on accurate intelligence gathered over a long period of time. Then follows a decline in the quality of targeting intelligence with an attendant reduction in the number of targets that justify a strike, and a recovery by the enemy and a continuation of its attacks against Israel.

Subsequent Israeli frustration leads to attacks on targets with high collateral damage or on useless targets, alongside an immense effort to acquire new quality targets, which can lead to an occasional success but does not alter the general picture. What follows is a prolonged campaign—leading to public anger and frustration—and a maneuver by ground forces that is not sufficiently effective to bring the enemy to the point of collapse.

Consequently, a return to combat along more traditional lines is inevitable in many cases. This means maneuvering into enemy territory, locating and destroying enemy forces (or capturing them, thus undermining the myth of the self-sacrificing jihadist “resistance”). Only this will break the spirit of the enemy.

Consider this, too: while no large conventional armies today threaten Israel, the situation could change. If a radical Muslim Brotherhood regime should rise in a country like Egypt, or if the Syrian army is rebuilt after that country’s civil war, the IDF must be ready. Bear in mind that building ground forces is a complex process that takes time. Neglecting IDF ground-maneuver capabilities is therefore a dangerous gamble.
Caroline Glick “The Joint Arab List is Unified to Wipe Israel Off the Map”
The Joint Arab List is a political party in Israel’s parliament. It currently has 13 seats.

The only way the Anti-Bibi Netanyahu forces can form a government without Netanyahu is if it has the support of this Joint Arab List party. Yet how can any Israeli, or Israel supporter, support having this list or these politicians in an Israeli government or even in Israel’s parliament?

Nobody else is saying the truth about this party like Caroline.

Israeli Transportation Ministry Pushing ‘Sovereignty Through Transportation’
Israel’s Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich is pursuing a policy that would bolster the road and rail infrastructure in Judea and Samaria with the goal of creating de facto annexation of the territories, according to a report by Israel Hayom.

The program, described by the ministry as “sovereignty through transportation,” would see the road connecting Jerusalem to Gush Etzion expanded at a cost of about NIS 1 billion ($283 million). A major new road from Gush Etzion southward would be built at a similar cost under the plan.

According to Smotrich’s office, this new policy, which includes additional projects, is designed to “end the current isolation of Judea and Samaria when it comes to transportation planning, so that the area is just like any other region in Israel.”

To promote this agenda, Smotrich has also created a special bureau for Judea and Samaria planning in his ministry. He has also had Judea and Samaria transportation projects integrated with national projects so that the residents of those areas can have their concerns addressed over the long term.

This means that a variety of issues that have previously been ignored by state agencies will have proper oversight, including road safety. It would also allow residents of Judea and Samaria to use the same general monthly or daily public transportation passes used all over Israel, known as the Rav Kav.
EU slams Israel for okaying 2,342 settler homes, road that ‘fragments’ West Bank
The European Union on Monday condemned Israel after construction plans for 2,342 settlement homes were green-lighted last month.

The bloc said its position on Israel building in the West Bank remains unchanged: “All settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.”

The EU also criticized the decision to approve the expansion of a road that connects settlements to Jerusalem while bypassing Bethlehem, referred to by locals as the tunnel road, saying it is “entrenching the fragmentation of the West Bank.”

The Peace Now settlement watchdog has speculated that the project would “dramatically increase the number of settlers in the Bethlehem area.”

The bloc made its statement after the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee — the Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction — published on Thursday the protocol from a meeting it held earlier this month when it made the approvals, capping off a record year for such plans since US President Donald Trump took office.

The quarterly session was the last held during the 2019 calendar year, during which plans for 8,337 homes were advanced — the most since 2013. Each of Trump’s nearly three years in office saw an increase in settlement approvals, with 6,742 green-lit in 2017 and 5,618 advanced in 2018.
This Ongoing War: In Washington, a step towards bringing the Sbarro bomber to justice
So did the legislators ask King Abdullah II to extradite Tamimi so she can be put on trial for the terrorism charges she faces in Washington? We still don't know and it's not for lack of trying. But at least we know now this isn't because Jordan is free of the obligation to hand her over. We know the State Department has an actual view on this. That view is the Jordanians surely are obliged and that justice demands it.

Jordan's government tracks what was published in yesterday's Country Report about Jordan and Ahlam Tamimi. We know because it's a front page item in today's Jordan Times, the English-language newspaper said to be controlled by the government (and which blocks us on Twitter):

The US Department of State has hailed Jordan as a “committed partner” in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). In its Country Reports on Terrorism 2018, the Department of State commended Jordan’s “leading role” in the global coalition to defeat the Daesh terror group...

Hailed and commended, yes. As for the State Department report saying the US regards the extradition treaty as valid, that part the authoritative Jordanian daily's editors simply ignore. They just choose not to report it. And for those laboring under the illusion of a free, liberal and fair-minded Hashemite Kingdom, you might want to glance at "20-Jan-18: Shutting down media critics in Jordan isn't quite the challenge it might seem to be". According to Freedom House, Jordan has one of the world's most unfree news industries, media and human rights environments.

Nonetheless, what's just happened amounts in our eyes to a welcome step in the direction of overdue justice.
Jordanians held in Israel to be sent home, Amman set to return envoy after row
Two Jordanian nationals who were recently detained by Israel will return to the Hashemite Kingdom in the coming days, authorities in both countries said Monday.

Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s foreign minister, made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon. It was later confirmed by Israeli authorities, who pointed to the importance of Jerusalem’s ties with Amman.

Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri were detained several months ago over suspicions of ties to terror groups and held without charge, sparking a diplomatic row between Jerusalem and Amman.

Jordan recalled ambassador to Israel Ghassan Majali last week to protest the pair’s detention.

“Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri will return home before the end of the week,” Safadi tweeted.

“The government has worked to secure their release since the first day [they were arrested] in accordance with strict instructions from his Majesty King Abdullah II to take all measures necessary to bring them back safely,” he added.

Israel detained Labadi, 32, and Miri, 29, at the Allenby crossing in the Jordan Valley on August 20 and September 2, respectively. The Palestinian Authority Prisoners Affairs Commission has said that both of them were held under administrative detention orders.

Administrative detention is a measure that allows Israel to detain certain suspects for months at a time without indicting them or presenting details of the accusations against them.
'We'll turn Israeli cities into ghost towns,' Hamas leader warns
If Blue and White leader Benny Gantz "dares" to order a "foolish operation" against the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip, he will "rue the day he was born," leader of the Hamas in Gaza Yahya Sinwar declared on Monday.

Sinwar was speaking in response to remarks Gantz made about a possible military response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.

In a meeting at which Hamas' politburo leader Ismail Haniyeh and UN Special Coordinator for the Gaza Strip Sergey Mladenov were also present, Sinwar called Gantz "the next leader of the occupation."

According to a report on the Al Ghad TV station, at a separate meeting with young people in Gaza, Sinwar said, "If Israel continues to tighten the siege on Gaza, we'll shoot rockets at Tel Aviv for six months straight. We'll turn the cities of Israel into ghost towns."

Over the past few days, Sinwar had made a number of stringent anti-Israeli declarations. In an interview Sunday, he said that a prisoner exchange deal was not currently possible because of the political situation in Israel and the "leadership vacuum it has created."

Sinwar also said that "They don't even have a government that can agree on a budget, or a limited government to discuss security issues such as the Iranian threat, for example."
How Hezbollah Recruits Palestinian Terrorists
A lot of attention has been devoted to the Islamic State’s use of the Internet to inspire or direct international terrorist attacks. But little has been written about how Hezbollah uses similar approaches to recruit and execute attacks. A new study published this month in the CTC Sentinel explores this development by analyzing several cases of Hezbollah’s alleged social media efforts to recruit Israeli Arabs and Palestinians to kill Israelis.

From the end of 2015 through 2017, both the Islamic State and Hezbollah recruited terrorists outside their base countries using social media and encrypted communications platforms to help people form cells and conduct terrorist attacks abroad. Several high-profile Islamic State virtual plots were carried out successfully, killing people in Europe and beyond during this period. Hezbollah, on the other hand, has thus far failed to execute an attack using Palestinians recruited online. But foiled, covert plots still point to a major, yet poorly understood, terrorist threat to Israel. By hiding behind anti-Israel Facebook groups, Hezbollah can oversee plots from afar, at a limited cost to the organization.

The latest study compares and contrasts six publicly available cases of Palestinians recruited by Hezbollah handlers online. In each case, Hezbollah operatives develop ties with individual Palestinians through anti-Israel Facebook groups. After establishing a relationship, the Palestinian recruit is instructed to continue discussions over encrypted email and other communications platforms. The recruit is then asked to form cells with other trusted people in the West Bank. According to the analysis, all of the recruits and cell members were young men from across the West Bank between the ages of 18-32. The sole exception was 49-year-old Mustafa Ali Mahmoud Basharat — who did not make it very far in the planning process before Israel foiled that plot.

In most cases, Hezbollah used secure platforms to send instructions on how to build explosive devices. Palestinian recruits usually conducted surveillance of Israeli military targets, unless Israeli authorities disrupted the cell early on the planning process. Hezbollah’s instructions ranged from kidnapping Israelis, carrying out bombings, and conducting shooting attacks against Israeli military targets. In one case, a Hezbollah-led cell started to build explosives to use in a suicide bombing targeting an Israeli bus.
It’s Time for the US and NATO to Give Turkey the Boot
No wonder. Despite a long, friendly relationship with Turkey, Ankara under Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become increasingly belligerent towards the United States and our allies, especially Israel, and, most recently, the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey’s invasion of Syria this month to subdue US Kurdish allies has generated condemnations from Western European and Arab nations, as well as from Russia, India, China, and, surprisingly, even Iran

But this is only the latest dust-up: Erdogan’s Turkey is guilty of a string of international offenses.
In 2015, Turkey, unprovoked, shot down a Russian fighter jet.
To Egypt’s annoyance, Turkey supports its enemy, the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
Erdogan frequently issues antisemitic calumnies, is a reliable foe of Israel, and in 2010 attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, which ended in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists.
Turkey deployed a team of thugs to the streets of Washington, DC to abduct anti-Erdogan Turkish activists.
Turkey illegally occupies most of Cyprus.
After buying American F-35 fighter jets, Erdogan contracted with Russia to purchase anti-aircraft batteries against stern US objections.
Erdogan runs Turkish politics with an authoritarian fist, just a short step from totalitarianism

To make matters worse, Turkey is a member of NATO, and the alliance’s only Eurasian member; all others are North American or European, but Turkey has been in the group since 1952. Under Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has moved further from the goals and policies of other NATO members, often standing in stark opposition to the body’s will, as it is currently doing in Syria.

US Vice President Mike Pence insisted that “the United States of America is not going to tolerate Turkey’s invasion of Syria any further.” Defense Secretary Mark Esper is encouraging NATO members to take “diplomatic and economic” measures against Turkey. President Donald Trump threatened Erdogan with devastating economic sanctions, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that “military action” may be needed.
Turkey’s Erdogan May Call Off US Trip After Congress Votes: Officials
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest at votes in the House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek sanctions on Turkey, three Turkish officials said.

Erdogan is due in Washington on Nov. 13 at President Donald Trump’s invitation, but said last week that the votes put a “question mark” over the plans.

“These steps seriously overshadow ties between the two countries. Due to these decisions, Erdogan’s visit has been put on hold,” a senior Turkish official said, adding that a final decision had not been taken.

Turkish sources say Trump and Erdogan have a strong bond despite anger in Congress over Turkey’s Syria offensive and its purchase of Russian air defenses, and despite what Ankara sees as Trump’s own erratic pronouncements.

Those personal ties could be crucial given NATO member Turkey’s purchase of Moscow’s S-400 missile defense system, which under US law should trigger sanctions.

Turkey is already suspended from the F-35 fighter jet program in which it was both joint producer and customer, and the offensive it launched against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria on Oct. 9 set the stage for further US retaliation.
Turkish pro-gov media orders Qatar to 'weed out' critical journalists
In a withering attack on Al Jazeera and Qatar, the pro-government Daily Sabah slammed Al Jazeera English for being critical of Turkey’s foreign policy and demanded that it “weed out” journalists.

Turkey, which Amnesty International calls “the world’s largest prison for journalists,” appears to be using its far-right nationalist media to try to order Qatar to muzzle Al Jazeera in English. The lead editorial at Daily Sabah calls the network a “threat against the Turkey-Qatar alliance.”

The editorial begins by noting that Turkey and Qatar are “strategic partners” and accuses Israel and other countries of “ganging up” on Qatar. But the Turkish newspaper accuses Al Jazeera English, “Qatar’s flagship news channel,” of “spreading anti-Turkey propaganda under the pretext of independent and objective journalism.” Turkey’s pro-government media now accuses Qatar’s media of “jumping on the Western media’s Turkey-bashing bandwagon” and “smearing last month’s Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

The US State Department slammed Turkey on Saturday as one of the “worst offenders” in crimes against journalists. Amnesty International says Turkey has arrested hundreds of people for being critical of Turkey’s invasion of Syria. The Daily Sabah article now reflects Turkey’s demands that regional media of other authoritarian states abide by Turkey’s demands and control critical journalists. There can be no critique of Turkey’s military operation, either in Turkish media or abroad.
Turkey vows to return jihadists to countries that revoked their citizenship
Turkey said Monday it would send jihadist prisoners back to their countries of origin, regardless of whether they had been stripped of citizenship.

Interior Minister Soleyman Soylu said Turkey had nearly 1,200 foreign members of the Islamic State terror group (IS) in custody, and had captured 287 during its recent operation in northern Syria.

“Of course, those that are in our hands, we will send them back to their countries,” he said, state news agency Anadolu reported.

“However, the world has devised a new method. They say ‘Let’s strip them of their citizenship… Let them be tried where they are.’

“It is impossible for us to accept this view… We will send Daesh (IS) members to their countries whether they strip them of their citizenship or not,” he added.

It remains unclear whether Turkey will be able to do so in practice.

Western countries have often refused to accept the repatriation of citizens who left to join IS in Syria, and have stripped many of their citizenship.

Although under the New York Convention of 1961, it is illegal to leave someone stateless, several countries, including Britain and France, have not ratified it, and recent cases have triggered prolonged legal battles.
JCPA: The Mystery Successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
U.S. intelligence officials told the New York Times that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi paid sums of money to the “Hurras al-Din“ (Guardians of Religion Organization) which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, to provide protection for ISIS members and their families, who fled Deir ez-Zor and Mosul.

The main difference between ISIS and al-Qaeda was that ISIS initiated the establishment of the Caliphate through the occupation of huge territories in Iraq and Syria and founded the “Islamic State,” whose capital was Raqqa. Al-Qaeda, meanwhile concentrated on establishing its affiliates in various parts of the world.

As a result of ISIS’s success, terrorist branches in various parts of the world such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries, such as the Philippines and Myanmar abandoned al-Qaeda and swore allegiance to ISIS instead.

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a severe blow to the morale of ISIS, but ISIS has already lost leaders such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, so the death of the latest leader may be a temporary blow from which the organization can recover.

The new leader of ISIS will find it very difficult to re-take control of the vast territories the “Islamic State” lost in Syria and Iraq and will have to devise a new strategy.

The dream of the Islamic Caliphate ended even before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.

ISIS’s new leader is now expected to become the number one target of U.S. intelligence, who the U.S. will also seek to assassinate because ISIS and its new leader pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Protests in Iraq Have Turned against Iran
At the beginning of last month, anti-corruption demonstrations spread through Iraq. They were put down, violently, by the government, sometimes with the help of the Iran-backed militias that have come to exert increasing influence in the country. The deaths of protestors at the hands of these militias have, however, only stoked popular anger and diverted much of it toward the Islamic Republic itself. David Adesnik and Nicholas Wernert write:

From the onset of the unrest, Tehran has played an integral role in shaping Baghdad’s response. After the first protests, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, the organization’s expeditionary branch, flew to Baghdad and—in place of the prime minister—chaired a meeting of Iraq’s top security officials.

The U.S. has supported the elected Iraqi government’s efforts to assert the rule of law over the militias, yet their parliamentary factions serve as key power brokers in Baghdad. The current protests also demonstrate Iraqi voters’ complete loss of confidence in their prime minister, in part because of his failure to resist Tehran.

Until now, the U.S. government has been extremely hesitant to designate Iraq’s Iran-backed militias as terrorist organizations, fearing a potential popular backlash. Yet Iraqis’ own resentment of Iran’s proxy forces is now obvious. Washington therefore should designate these groups [as terrorists] under human-rights as well as counterterrorism authorities in order to highlight their atrocities and demonstrate that America stands with the Iraqi people.
Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters, killing 5
At least five people were killed as Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as thousands continued to gather in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades.

A Reuters witness saw one man shot dead, his body carried away by fellow protesters, when security forces opened fire with live rounds on demonstrators near Baghdad's Ahrar bridge.

A Reuters cameraman saw at least four others get killed.

However, security and medical sources put the toll at one dead and 22 wounded, adding that rubber bullets and tear gas, not live ammunition, were used. The Interior Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

More than 250 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.
‘Death to America! Death to Israel!’ Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy
Reviving decades-old cries of “Death to America,” Iran on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed as tensions remain high over the country’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the former US Embassy in downtown Tehran as state television aired footage from other cities across the country.

“Thanks to God, today the revolution’s seedlings have evolved into a fruitful and huge tree that its shadow has covered the entire” Middle East, said Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi, the commander of the Iranian army.

However, this year’s commemoration of the embassy seizure comes as Iran’s regional allies in Iraq and Lebanon face widespread protests. The Iranian Consulate in Karbala, Iraq, a holy city for Shiites, saw a mob attack it overnight. Three protesters were killed during the attack and 19 were wounded, along with seven policemen, Iraqi officials said.

Associated Press video showed a fire burned the consulate’s gate as demonstrators threw gasoline bombs and climbed its walls, some waving an Iraqi flag. Iranian media only reported a “protest outside” of the diplomatic post, adding that things had returned to normal.
Iran announces fresh violations of nuclear deal with extra, advanced centrifuges
Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it’s doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement — which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal — came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis.

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon — if it chose to pursue one. Iran long has insisted its program is for peaceful purposes, though Western fears about its work led to the 2015 agreement that saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Tehran has gone from producing some 450 grams (1 pound) of low-enriched uranium a day to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), said Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Salehi dramatically pushed a button on a keyboard to start a chain of 30 IR-6 centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, where he was being filmed, increasing the number of working centrifuges to 60.
Iran remains worst state-sponsor of terror, works with al-Qaeda
The US State Department’s new report on terrorism lists the Islamic Republic of Iran as the top international state-sponsor of terrorism and cites Tehran’s work with facilitating the activities of Sunni terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

“Iran remains the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” noted the document titled, “Country Reports on Terrorism 2018” that was released on Friday. “The regime has spent nearly one billion dollars per year to support terrorist groups that serve as its proxies and expand its malign influence across the globe. Tehran has funded international terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It also has engaged in its own terrorist plotting around the world, particularly in Europe.”

The report said that “Tehran continued to allow an AQ [al-Qaeda] facilitation network to operate in Iran, which sends fighters and money to conflict zones in Afghanistan and Syria, and it has extended sanctuary to AQ members residing in the country.”

“At the same time, the United States and its partners continued to pursue al-Qa’ida (AQ) globally, and the United States applied maximum pressure on Iran-backed terrorism, significantly expanding sanctions on Iranian state actors and proxies and building stronger international political will to counter those threats,” the State Department said.

Germany and the EU have refused to designate Hezbollah’s entire organization a terrorist group. According to German intelligence reports reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, 1,050 Hezbollah members and supporters operate in Germany. The Hezbollah operatives raise funds for Hezbollah in Lebanon, recruit new members and spread antisemitic and jihadi ideologies in Europe. The Netherlands, Canada, the US, Israel, Britain and the Arab League proscribed Hezbollah’s entire entity a terrorist organization.

“Hezbollah remained Iran’s most powerful terrorist partner and the most capable terrorist organization in Lebanon, controlling areas across the country,” wrote the State Department’s counterterrorism experts. “Iran’s annual financial backing to Hezbollah – an estimated US $700 million per year – accounts for the overwhelming majority of the group’s annual budget. Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and Syria continued to pose a threat to Israel.”
European Union warns Iran over nuclear deal after uranium claims
The European Union on Monday warned that it could back away from supporting the Iran nuclear deal, after Tehran announced a major increase in enriched uranium production.

Following a series of steps away from its commitments under the 2015 accord, the head of the Iranian atomic energy agency said Monday that production of enriched uranium had reached five kilos a day and two new advanced centrifuges had been developed.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, said that the EU’s backing for the deal depends on Tehran keeping up its end of the pact.

She said the bloc “took note” of the announcement but would wait for confirmation by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency before responding.

“We have continued to urge Iran to reverse such steps without delay and to refrain from other measures that would undermine the nuclear deal,” Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels, saying the EU “remained committed” to the nuclear deal.

“But we have also been consistent in saying that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends on full compliance by Iran.”
Iran's decision to speed up uranium enrichment 'unacceptable,' says German FM
Iran's announcement that it has developed advanced machines to speed up its uranium enrichment jeopardizes an agreement with world powers, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday, urging Tehran to return to the original accord.

"Iran has built very advanced centrifuges, which do not comply with the agreement," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told a news conference in response to a question about the announcement.

"They have announced in early September that they would not comply with the nuclear accord and we think this is unacceptable," he said through an interpreter.

On Monday, Iran broke further away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it was doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement – which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal – came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon – if it chose to pursue one.






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La Marina Militare Iraniana sta ricevendo grandi quantità di missili sottomarini!

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La scelta della "Jihad di Autosufficienza Militare" continua a dare grandi risultati.
Mentre il regime di israhell deve letteralmente mendicare agli Usa i denari con cui sostenere le proprie forze armate e l'intera flotta sottomarina di Tel Aviv é composta di vascelli grassati ai Tedeschi, gli Iraniani non devono chiedere nulla a nessuno per potenziare il loro già formidabile arsenale difensivo.

“Un anno fa, la Repubblica Islamica dell'Iran ha presentato il suo primo missile sottomarino e ora lo sta fabbricando in serie, producendolo in gran numero”, ha dichiarato ieri il comandante della Marina iraniana (IRIN), ammiraglio Hossein Khanzadi.



“Oggi abbiamo raggiunto la tecnologia per lanciare missili dalla profondità del mare e le attrezzature che ne derivano, inclusi il missile, la sua capsula, il sottomarino oltre alla forza lavoro sono totalmente iraniani”.

L’ammiraglio iraniano ha aggiunto che la più grande nave di supporto logistico in Medio Oriente appartiene all’Iran e può viaggiare intorno alla Terra con un solo rifornimento. “Delegazioni delle forze navali cinesi e russe sono qui in Iran per svolgere esercitazioni militari congiunte che mostreranno il potere della Repubblica Islamica“, ha riferito Khanzadi.

Il 24 febbraio scorso, il sottomarino della classe Ghadir ha lanciato con successo un missile da crociera durante le esercitazioni “Velayat-97” nel Mare dell’Oman. Questa è stata la prima volta che l’Iran ha raggiunto il know-how per lanciare missili dalla profondità del mare verso obiettivi di superficie. Secondo i rapporti, anche altri sottomarini iraniani come Tareq e Fateh sono in grado di lanciare tali missili da crociera.

Lo scorso mese, la Repubblica Islamica dell’Iran ha presentato il caccia addestratore da combattimento “Yasin“, completamente progettato e prodotto da esperti militari nazionali. L’aeromobile è stato svelato durante una cerimonia nella base aerea di Shahid Noje nella provincia occidentale di Hamedan.
          

‘Monster Matador #11:’ Comic Book Review

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‘Monster Matador #11:’ Comic Book Review

Monster Matador #11 departs from the gritty, monster-of-the-week (or issue) format and focuses on the danger of humans in a post-apocalyptic society.  Ramon and Adelita attempt to get home (somewhere in Mexico) with the help of their Han Solo and Chewey-esque pilot and furry copilot only to be shot down by members of the Guapo Cartel. (Is guapo ever used as a name, or is this literally the “handsome cartel?”)  Ramon’s fame as a matador works both as a blessing and a curse with the cartel’s leader, since he isn’t condemned to immediate death or imprisonment. He’ll get a chance to fight something… even if El Chango feels sure that our hero will die after a final fight in the ring.

All Ramon wants in this installment of Monster Matador is to get Adelita home; he’s tired of fighting monsters and needs some time with the people who love them most.  The universe (and a well-targeted air craft missile) has other ideas, though, and the group faces a realistic danger: a cartel based in the Mexican desert. Instead of relaxing, the matador must reach into his core for strength, cunning, and resolve, so everyone can find their roads home.    

Cartels have been a real fear for people along the Texas/Mexico border for much of my adult life, so I easily felt the stress when the helicopter was shot down (even if I still find the group’s name humorous). Simultaneously, the dialogue is snappy and cheeky, so I laughed out loud while wondering how Ramon would save the day.  The reappearance of the redneck cannibals from the US-Mexico border entertained me, as well, and they frequently provided some of the most over-the-top lines.

Creator Steven Prince didn’t get to highlight monsters in issue #11, but the task of drawing an entire cartel of new characters and making them distinct enough to tell apart (The Guapo Cartel adds several more primary focus characters.) is no easy one.  He also brought back several characters from previous issues, so maintaining a consistent look for each was important.  The Aztec pyramid setting in the jungle was rendered simply, but I found it identifiable and iconic.

Monster Matador #11 ends on a cliffhanger with Ramon facing a new foe in The Arena De Sangre and Carniceria (the Arena of Blood and Butchery).  Can the matador prevail yet again armed with his strong faith and desire to protect his daughter and their companions? Will the American cannibals get to suck Billy Dee’s bone marrow? How long will Adelita and George have to play dress up for the cartel?  You (and I) can only find out by picking up the next issue as soon as it goes live!


4.5 Surprising Reunions out of 5


Creative Team:  Steven Prince (Story and art), Hallie Prince (editor)
Publisher: 2510 Press
Click here to purchase.




          

India to Test Fire Intermediate-Range, Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

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The missile test launch from a submerged platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh is slated to take place this Friday.
          

Russia’s newest warship will carry ‘unstoppable’ missile

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Putin ups the nuclear ante as he tours the corvette Gremyashchi on a visit to the northwestern Russian city of Kaliningrad


          

AmorePacific, South Korea's biggest beauty firm, is struggling

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AmorePacific, South Korea's biggest beauty firm, is struggling

I street in a glitzy part of Seoul’s Gangnam district sits a sleek building covered in a shimmering grid of gold-effect metal. Inside the flagship store for Sulwhasoo, a luxury skincare line, looks less like a shop and more like a museum. Tiny $150 jars of face cream are backlit for effect; metal plaques next to miniature bowls of green tea and ginseng extol the wondrous properties of the ingredients. Upstairs, customers can book an eye-wateringly expensive facial or sip coffee on the roof terrace. A few streets away Dr. Jart, a brand aimed at younger women, woos them with talk of high-tech lotions. Monthly redecorations in line with themes like “sleep” or “staying cool in the heat”, and face masks in bright-coloured milkshake cups, with straws for home-mixing and lids depicting baby faces, are the main draw.

Welcome to the world of cosmetics as entertainment, which has attracted women (and a few men) around the globe to Korean beauty trends. “The element of fun distinguishes -beauty from more traditional European brands,” says Son Sung-min of the Korea Cosmetic Industry Institute, a government-sponsored body that aims to improve the industry’s global competitiveness. People started noticing that Korean celebrities appear to have good skin (never mind that most have also had plastic surgery). Aided by influencers on YouTube and Instagram, where young women in Europe and America look for trends, -beauty’s ten-step cleansing programmes, snail-slime facials and panda face masks are following in the footsteps of -pop and Korean barbecue as a global phenomenon. South Korean cosmetics exports quadrupled from $1.6bn to $6.3bn between 2014 and 2018.

You would, then, expect the country’s biggest cosmetics firm to be thriving. Yet AmorePacific Group (which owns Sulwhasoo and other brands) has struggled. Its sales, two-thirds of which are generated at home, with most of the rest from China, have not recovered since a Chinese boycott following the installation of an American missile-defence system in South Korea two years ago. Profitability has plunged, giving investors a black eye that even a panda mask cannot conceal (see chart).

Although the missile spat did not help AmorePacific, its other problems are self-inflicted. Most important, it was late to a shift in the market. South Korea’s cosmetics business, once dominated by own-brand shops and department stores, is increasingly about online sales and shops selling multiple brands. This benefits smaller, nimbler companies. Unlike , a sprawling conglomerate best known for electronics that is its main domestic competitor, AmorePacific may have relied too heavily on its mass-market products at the expense of the luxury segment, where margins are plusher.

Timothy Park, AmorePacific’s chief strategist, thinks it can catch up. Rather than -beauty, a term he dislikes partly owing to its pop associations, “the focus now is more on organic ingredients and -beauty,” he says, where the stands for Asian. Accordingly, the Sulwhasoo website is liberally slathered with mentions of “Asian wisdom” and “natural harmony”. The company has poured vast amounts of money into luxury-segment marketing in Asia, in the hope of improving competitiveness at home and in China. It is also hoping to expand farther afield; it recently opened Sulwhasoo outlets in Galeries Lafayette, a famed Parisian department store, and plans to establish a presence in 20 new countries over the next five years.

The dominance of local conglomerates will be hard to break in Europe and America, says Kim Ju-Duck of Sungshin Women’s University. Consumers there are familiar with -beauty trends but not yet its brands. In the short run success will hinge on Mr Park’s ability to convince Chinese consumers to pick his brands over those of or Japanese and European competitors like Shiseido or Estée Lauder, which have long dominated luxury cosmetics. Home-grown Chinese firms look set to hang on to the lower end of the market.

At home, meanwhile, a new challenger is emerging not in the form of upstart producers but the year-old “corset-free movement”. These women spurn make-up, long hair and tight clothes, and post pictures of crushed cosmetics and shorn locks on social media. AmorePacific will be hoping that this salvo against the prevailing ideal of Korean beauty will inflict less damage than the missile dispute. ■


          

Turkey receives first S-400 missile delivery from Russia

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Russia has started delivery of its advanced aerial defense system S-400 to NATO member Turkey with a Russian military cargo plane landing to the Murted Air Base outside Ankara on Friday. “The delivery of parts belonging to the system will continue in the coming days,” Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate said. “Once the system is completely […]
          

LADAR (Laser Radar Systems) for 3-D Active Detection

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The first radar systems were developed in 1935 by the German military. The term RADAR (Radio Detection And Ranging) was coined in 1940 by the U.S. navy. It was used during WWII to detect missiles, ships, aircraft, and terrain. Since then, more advanced technologies have emerge such as LiDAR and LADAR. LiDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging, while LADAR stands […]

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Comment on Wednesday What We’re Reading (Oct. 30, 2019) by Fishbreath

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The trouble with simulating it in Armored Brigade is that modern protection and missiles throw the game's calculated point values a bit out of whack—a troop of Challenger 2 Streetfighters comes in at about the same point cost as a T-80B company, which means that the artillery etc. the opposing side can throw at you in addition to its cheap tanks makes for a difficult fight. Parvusimperator and I are working on some 90s-00s vehicles to go along with the Chally 2, so we'll see how it fares against more modern competition.
          

Comment on Wednesday What We’re Reading (Oct. 30, 2019) by Fishbreath

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If your tank needs more punch, just add more missiles! A little preview for this Wednesday: we were incorrect on the Brimstone launcher being on another vehicle. New pictures have come to our attention, which show that the Streetfighter prototype does indeed have a two-missile pod on the turret roof. Tomorrow's article is a review of Armored Brigade, now that it's released on Steam, so after finishing that, I went and added a Challenger 2 with Brimstone launcher to the DB, and a squadron of those, backed up by some artillery and air support, stopped a motor rifle regiment cold, with a little better than a 9-1 exchange ratio. It seems like a pretty good idea.
          

Comment on Wednesday What We’re Reading (Oct. 30, 2019) by Fishbreath

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I think even Californians would agree with that remark. We put the Challenger 2 picture in this week just for you. I confess, I like the idea of a tank with a missile launcher on top, even if it's only an illusion right now.
          

Transformers: War For Cybertron: Deluxe Action Figure: Mirage

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Build the ultimate battlefield with Siege figures. Siege plunges fans into the epic fight to survive on the final day of the Autobot and Decepticon battle to control Cybertron.

The Decepticon resistance army and the Autobot counter-resistance fighters gear up with the C.O.M.B.A.T. (Cybertronian Omnifuctional Modular Battlefield Assault Tech) System, the universe’s most advanced modular weaponry – including the diplomatic Autobot army sergeant and spy, Mirage.

The Deluxe Class Autobot Mirage figure comes with C-20 Electro-Disruptor Cannon, W-15 Armor-Piercing Rocket-Dart Launcher, and Distortion Missile weapon accessories. Figure features multiple C.O.M.B.A.T. System weapon ports to attach weapons, enabling custom configurations in bot and vehicle modes.

Includes Transformers Generations War for Cybertron: Siege Deluxe Class WFC-S43 Autobot Mirage figure, 3 weapon accessories, and instructions.

Autobot Mirage figure comes with 3 weapon accessories. Multiple C.O.M.B.A.T. weapon ports on figure enable weapon accessories to attach in custom configurations in bot and vehicle modes.

Fans can build bigger mission loadouts by compiling an arsenal of additional weapon accessories from other Siege figures. (Each sold separately. Subject to availability).

Deluxe Class WFC-S43 Autobot Mirage toy features classic conversion between robot and Cybertronian vehicle modes in 19 steps.

Attach Fire Blasts accessories (not included. Included with Battle Masters figures. Each sold separately. Subject to availability) to the ends of weapon accessories to simulate blasterfire coming from weapons.

Figure scale: 5.5 inches

Ages 8 and up


          

China’s 70th National Day Parade

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Everybody loves a parade, especially one with missiles and drones.   Superproducer Scott joins Jeffrey and Anne to discuss the new hardware displayed in early October, and how great it is to watch the PRC’s flag-raising ceremony. Scott has waited seven years for this parade, so that he can finally get a legitimate high-resolution shot of …
          

Controversy regarding N. Korea’s ability to launch an ICBM from a TEL

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Is North Korea capable of launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a transporter erector launcher (TEL)? Attention is focusing...
          

Prince Sultan Air Base Patriot Missile Systems

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U.S. Army Soldiers from the 4-5 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, and U.S. Airmen from the 378th Aerial Expeditionary Squadron offload two Patriot Missile systems on Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Oct. 23, 2019. The U.S. is partnering with the KSA in PSAB to enhance operational flexibility while maintaining security and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force video by Senior Airman Matthew Zakrzewski)
Prince Sultan Air Base Patriot Missile Systems
          

Pakistan Navy tests Zarb coastal defence system

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The Pakistan Navy (PN) announced on 5 November that it conducted a test-firing of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) during a training exercise. “The [Zarb] missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately
          

65 - America's Drug War, Part 3: Laws Made for Breaking

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CONTENT WARNING - The following episode discusses mature themes, including illicit drug use and political assassinations. Listener discretion is advised.

In the third installment of America's War on Drugs, Richard Nixon makes good on his second chance at becoming president of the United States in 1968, instituting his "law and order" policies during his president, chief among them sweeping anti-drug policy. These policies concentrated mostly on cannabis and opiates such as heroin, but also overhauled the way the federal government addressed drugs. Jaye provides context to the America of the 1960s, and discusses Nixon's War on Drugs as key to his crusade to end the social and political change the 1960s represented.

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India to Test Fire Intermediate-Range, Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

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The missile check launch from a submerged platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh is slated to happen this Friday.
          

Missing pin blamed for Boeing pad abort parachute anomaly

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Space News: WASHINGTON — Boeing said Nov. 7 that a misplaced pin prevented a parachute from deploying during a pad abort test of its CST-100 Starliner vehicle three days earlier, the only flaw in a key test of that commercial crew vehicle. In a call with reporters, John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for commercial crew at Boeing, said an investigation after the Nov. 4 test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico led the company to conclude that a “lack of secure connection” between a pilot parachute and the main parachute prevented that main parachute, one of three, from deploying. The pilot parachute is designed to deploy first, and pull out the main parachute. However, Mulholland said that hardware inspections and photographs taken during “closeout” of the vehicle prior to the test showed that a pin that links the pilot and main parachutes was not inserted properly. “It’s very difficult, when you’re connecting that, to verify visually that it’s secured properly,” he said, in part because that portion of the parachute system is enclosed in a “protective sheath” intended to limit abrasion but which also makes it difficult to visually confirm the pin is in place. “In this particular ...
          

Boeing traces problem with Starliner parachute system to an unsecured pin

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Geekwire: Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space taxi descends on the end of two parachutes during this week’s pad abort test. The Starliner’s heat shield can be seen falling away beneath the craft. (Boeing Photo) For want of a pin, the use of a spaceship’s parachute was lost. That may be a simplistic way to explain why one of the three parachutes on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space taxi failed to open. It does, however, serve as a cautionary tale about the one obvious glitch in Monday’s pad abort test of the Starliner, a craft that’s due to start transporting NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station next year. Overall, the test was judged a success: The uncrewed Starliner fired the rocket engines on its launch abort system, slowed its descent with the aid of the two parachutes that did open, and deployed its airbags to make a perfectly acceptable landing at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. If there had been crew aboard, and if an emergency involving the Starliner’s Atlas 5 rocket were to come up on the Florida launch pad, the astronauts would have made a safe escape and landing — as a splashdown in ...
          

Defense intelligence chief paints bleak picture of the space battlefield

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Space News: RESTON, Va. — The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said it’s not a matter of if, but when anti-satellite weapons developed by China and Russia take aim at U.S. spacecraft. “These capabilities exist now,” Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said Nov. 7 at the CyberSat 2019 conference. In a keynote speech to a large crowd of space industry executives, Ashley ran through a list of capabilities — including surface-to-air missiles, lasers, electronic jammers, co-orbital maneuvering satellites and malware — that Russia and China have developed and continue to advance in order to target U.S. satellites and ground control systems in a future conflict. China and Russia are also working on more complex “counter-space” capabilities designed to deny the U.S. military access to its satellites, said Ashley. “I painted a rather negative picture,” he said, but insisted this is an issue that the space industry and the public at large cannot ignore. Ashley noted that the Defense Department had been reluctant to discuss this issue publicly until former secretary Jim Mattis pushed for a more open conversation on the challenges the U.S. is likely to encounter in space. The DIA was directed to write ...
          

IT Program Manager

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CA-Port Hueneme, Job Requisition Number:20181008J Job Title: IT Program Manager Salary Range: Negotiable Work Location: Port Hueneme, CA 4363 Missile Way, Building 1387, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Relocation Assistance: None Employment Type: Full-Time Security Clearance: Secret Posted Date: 03 October 2018 Closing Date: When Filled Mandatory Skill Requirements (must have): Maintains information technology
          

The United Arab Emirates (UAE): Issues for U.S. Policy

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been a significant U.S. partner in Gulf security, helping to address multiple regional threats by hosting U.S. military personnel at UAE military facilities and buying sophisticated U.S. military equipment, including missile defenses and combat aircraft. The alliance with the United States is expected to continue after UAE President Shaykh Khalifa bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan, who suffered an incapacitating stroke in January 2014, is succeeded by his younger brother and de-facto UAE leader Shaykh Muhammad bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan. With ample financial resources and a


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