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HELSINKI (AP) - Estonia's defense minister has ordered a halt to NATO air exercises in Estonia pending an investigation after a missile was accidentally fired over the Baltic country's airspace by a Spanish fighter jet on a military exercise this week.
          USAF invests in M-Code receiver development | Lockheed lands two hypersonic missile contracts | Oops – Eurofighter accidentally launches AMRAAM      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Americas The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is procuring support equipment for its fleet of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Northrop Grumman will supply the Navy with 45 end items of Peculiar Support Equipment (PSE) at a cost of $29.9 million. The firm-fixed-price order includes the delivery of updated software sets, system specification documents and […]
          Re: Israel And Hamas Are On The Verge Of WAR As More Than 150 Rockets Rain Down On The Holy Land Overnight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hezbollah in Lebanon is a much worse threat to Israel; more rockets, more missiles, more fighters and they're dug in deep. Neither are they surrounded like Hamas in Gaza. Lots of money and support from Iran, including Iranian fighters inside Hezbollah.
Lebanon is a state held hostage by Hezbollah, and the Lebanese Army is as useless as the UN soldiers on the border; they're all afraid of Hezbollah, plus the population of south Lebanon is very supportive of Hezbollah.
There may be a combined attack on Israel from both Hamas and Hezbollah. I'd be watching my northern border and calling up reserves If I were Prime Minister. Israel will have to crush both of them militarily for good, and it will be a bloody and costly business. There is no negotiating with them, they're fanatics, a death cult. Prosperity for their people is not a priority. Revenge, murder and genocide is their agenda, just like ISIL. Ask them, they'll tell you.
Better for this to remain a frozen conflict, because if they keep shooting, it's going to all out war, and I'm a bit nervous as to what the Russians might do, especially their air power in Syria.


          Re: Israel And Hamas Are On The Verge Of WAR As More Than 150 Rockets Rain Down On The Holy Land Overnight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Every action has an immediate and opposite reaction.
While this is a law of motion in physics, it also applies to human relationships like going aggressively to war and hurting people.
Instead of killing these murderous people, capture them. Find out who put them up to doing this and go after those people as well.
God had a terrible answer in ancient times to people in the "promised land" and it was terrible because he said to destroy them all in the old testament. Otherwise they would arise again to destroy you.
I have never seen an instance where God was wrong. People are often wrong.
So where does it all end? Do the Israel people need to follow this ancient command or can they find a way to live in peace with liars, thieves, and murderers.
What happened in the time of Moses may happen again. That is a warning.
Moses put together a tabernacle from which a very enormous God came out of that tabernacle to destroy Israel's enemies under Joshua after Moses died.
Back to the current times. We as a world are now dealing with weapons so terrible that it could bring on the events described in Revelations in the Bible.
It is no longer about Jews and Arabs. It is about all of us.
Be careful what we pray for. That same God killed a lot of Jews for disobeying his rules and laws including two of Aaron's sons.
I do not judge God, way beyond my pay grade. What I am saying is that either these Hamas learn to live in peace or they will be destroyed totally in the years to come. The key here is lying, theft, murder, and destroying people's homes and their children. If they are willing to do all of these things then it is very possible that Israel will go after all of them and solve the problem once and for all.
I think that is a terrible solution. If they were bombing my home, I pretty much know what would happen to them.
Every action has an immediate and opposite reaction. So before you push that trigger or button on a missile, remember that reaction to what you are about to do. Hate does breed more hate, and murder of one's family may breed destruction for your own family.
IF and WHEN the God of Abraham comes back all of this will end and it will end very badly for all concerned.
Anyone disobeying the commandments laid out in the Bible will die. The alternative is to come to the table and negotiate an agreement that everyone can live with. One in which Jews and Arabs alike can prosper.
As long as one side is unwilling, there will never be peace in the middle east.


          A Sanaa i responsabili dello stupro e dell'assassinio di un ragazzino di 12 anni sono giustiziati in pubblico!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Questa storia é leggermente diversa da quelle che vi presentiamo normalmente dal Paese una volta noto come "Arabia Felix" (che di solito hanno a che fare con l'invasione da parte delle corrotte petromonarchie saudita ed emiratina e con la gagliarda resistenza yemenita).

Tuttavia ci sembra importante e vogliamo segnalarvela.

E' la storia di uno sfortunatissimo ragazzino, che vedete in foto e del quale non conosciamo nemmeno nome e cognome visto che non erano citati nello stringatissimo trafiletto che accompagnava le immagini riportateci da un nostro contatto.

Costui come il suo quasi coetaneo Riad Zahrawi ha avuto la sfortuna di cadere in mano a degli efebofili, ma purtroppo non é riuscito a fuggire come l'altro ragazzo; é stato ripetutamente violentato e quindi ucciso.

Tuttavia, il crimine orrendo ha scosso le coscienze, pur nella più vasta tragedia della guerra, e i Comitati Popolari che governano la capitale hanno mobilitato tutte le loro risorse per trovare i responsabili.

Ci sono riusciti.

La punizione inflitta loro é stata esemplare.
Non sono un esperto del Codice Penale Yemenita, quindi non so dirvi se l'esecuzione pubblica faccia parte di esso; può darsi che, col paese in stato di guerra, viga una specie di stato di emergenza.
          Remember The Pentagon Plane Attack Impossibilities      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I always thought the Pentagon Plane was really a missile story was a fake or government spinned lie to discredit the 9.11 Truth movement. If the witnesses at the WTC, thousands who saw a plane or two hit the Twin Towers then why shouldnt the witnesses
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           Hawaii Democratic governor race revives false missile...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige wants voters to look at his four years of accomplishments, including his handling of the Big Island's erupting volcano,...
          Summer is a time for Jewish unity and saving Jewish lives By Karna Feinstein-Cohen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
http://washingtonjewishweek.com/47645/summer-is-a-time-for-jewish-unity-and-savi Working for Jewish unity should have been an imperative for Jews the world over this summer. All summer long Islamic terrorists in Gaza have been sending incendiary kites in order to set fire to Israeli farmland and forests. The terrorists have also been launching barrages of missiles aimed at Israeli civilian neighborhoods. One firebomb balloon landed in the yard of a kindergarten in the southern Israeli moshav of Tkuma. All of this while the Jewish people were in the midst of the very season when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple. To make matters worse, there were reports of Jews in the United States and in Britain seemingly showing more concern for our adversaries than our fellow Jews. News headlines about Kaddish being recited for Hamas terrorists, Birthright participants being led off of tours to learn about “the occupation,” and Jewish summer camp counselors conspiring to teach their campers the Palestinian narrative seemed all too frequent this summer. That is why the news that a Magen David Adom ambulance was donated by a coalition of synagogues in suburban Philadelphia was especially encouraging and heartwarming to hear just before Tisha B’Av. Unfortunately, at this time, Israelis need to know that Red Magen David Adom ambulances must be depended upon once again to save the lives of Jews. The Talmud Bavli in Sanhedrin 37a states: “Anyone who saves the life of one of the children of Israel, the verse ascribes him credit as if he saved an entire world.”
          8/10/2018: Puzzles And Horoscopes: Quick crossword      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ACROSS 7. Hidden store of valuables (8,5) 8. Massive (8) 9. Grain or missile store (4) 10. Bicycle for two (6) 12. Purchasing (6) 14. Sicken (3) 15. Flavour (6) 17. Obtain money through threats (6) 19. Type of bean (4) 21. Catholic churchman (8)...
          94M Radar Repairer - Army National Guard - Powell, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Understanding air traffic control, missile tracking, air defense, and other radar systems, as well as the ability to repair them; 94M Radar Repairer....
From National Guard - Sun, 05 Aug 2018 06:55:12 GMT - View all Powell, WY jobs
          Trump(ed) up deal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The announcement of president Trump last week expressing his willingness to hold a summit with Iran with ‘no preconditions’, after a chain of threatening exchanges between him and president Rouhani, for a new model of US-Iran Nuclear deal indicates yet another flip flop in US policies. It is unlikely to be taken seriously so easily, after witnessing US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) of 2015 with Iran (Commonly known as Iran Nuclear Deal) even at the cost of differing with its allies and strategic partners, who have critical trade relations with Iran.

Can any future US – Iran nuclear deal succeed?

The intent of JCPoA in 2015 in which the United States and allies agreed to reduce sanctions on Iran, was that it will give up the means to make nuclear weapons. This remains unchanged, when president Trump says that Iran cannot be allowed to go nuclear. The Republicans were not too happy with its clauses at that time and made it an election issue, which president Trump delivered by walking out of it. I do not think that the intent of US has changed even now. President Trump duly supported by Israel has managed to raise the temperatures by rhetoric, provocative speeches, renewed sanctions on Iran, and tried to curtail their oil exports, but it has not worked. US knows that it cannot up the ante beyond economic, diplomatic and information warfare domain, because further pressure is likely to push Iran towards nuclear bomb even faster than what US expects. While US may be ready for summit, it will have to struggle very hard to find a workable replacement deal to the existing deal, which can be devoid of risks of failure, with no change of intention expressed in JCPoA, 2015, and may eventually find that the previous deal was not too bad to meet their strategic interests.

Additional complexities, but compromise is possible

The situation is much more complex in this case because none of its allies, who were part of JCPoA, 2015, have walked out of it so far. This has also raised doubts over the reliability, credibility and stability of policies of US to continue with a signed commitment, which can have repercussions on complete denuclearisation of North Korea, which may think twice before complete verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation. The emergence of a pro-Iran lobby to include Russia, Turkey, Qatar and China to oppose anti-Iran lobby including USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia and some other neighbours, is another major change in international environment, which can speed up nuclear ambition of Iran, if pushed to wall. It is not easy to pressurise Iran which has great strategic significance due to its location as well as oil export, which concerns US allies, strategic partners and China. If Iran sustains sanctions and goes nuclear, it will encourage others like Saudi Arabia also to go nuclear creating further instability in the region.  An ill-defined meeting with Iran is not likely to yield much, in such an environment. I sincerely feel that compromises are possible; because of some of US allies are still honouring JCPoA, 2015, so far, and the inclination of president Trump to talk to Iran. In case US tries to strike a US centric deal with Iran in isolation, its acceptability by others may be doubtful. Having two concurrent deals (JCPoA, 2015 with EU and new arrangement with US) will cause utter confusion, and may not be to lead to any workable solution.

Impact on India: is CAATSA waiver on Iran possible after S-400?

As a strategic partner of India, US is aware that India has historic, cultural, and oil centric relations with Iran, which are deep rooted. Iran has jumped one notch up by becoming the second largest crude oil supplier to India and energy security is core interest for India. Connectivity with CAR and Chabahar port is another strategic compulsion of India.  US has understood the need of S-400 missiles for India, based on Indian threat perception, and have agreed to give a waiver on CAATSA for its purchase from Russia. A similar waiver/understanding with US on the critical strategic issues of India with Iran including energy security is a fair expectation/ possibility. 

I visualise that US sanctions on Iran may continue, but US may have to rethink about CAATSA, or modify it to suit fast changing strategic and economic global dynamics to make it more flexible.  On the issue of Iran and Russia, it cannot afford to put EU, China, Russia and other strategic partners on sanctions together, and expect to make ‘America Great’. A rigid CAATSA may lead ‘America First’ to ‘America Alone’ hence it needs modifications to suit changing geopolitical environment.

 (The writer is chief instructor, USI of India)

Trump(ed) up deal

          After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national system      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national systemIn California last month, two young children and their great-grandmother died in a wildfire that family members say they never saw coming. In January, thousands of people were panic-stricken in Hawaii by a false alarm that a ballistic missile was about to strike the islands. "For all practical purposes we don't really have a national warning system," Dennis Mileti, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told Reuters.



          Estonia: stop a esercitazioni aeree Nato      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dopo lancio missile per errore nel Paese baltico
          08/09 Links Pt2: A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again; Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing and Linda Sarsour, Ran Jihad Camp, Allegedly Trained Children to Shoot Up Schools      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
From Ian:

A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again
The culture of suspicion against Jews circulates now in a country that had not participated in the Holocaust, , which did not have ghettos, but where today for a mixture of Thirdworldism, consistent Islamic electoral interests, anti-colonial madness out of maximum time and anti-Zionism practiced by the progressive elites, the English citizens of Jewish origin today no longer feel at ease.

The previous day there was the indictment of an imam of Copenhagen who in a sermon invited the faithful to kill the Jews. The day before there was the reconstruction of the history of the Imam of the Great Mosque in Toulouse, also guilty of having invited the faithful to get rid of the Jews.

Previously, there was a pan-European flotilla of solidarity to Hamas and Gaza which stopped in many Italian ports. Also a law in the Senate of Ireland which sanctions with prison those who import post-1967 Israeli goods.

And then the launch of hundreds of missiles on the Israeli houses in the south. And then the threats of elimination of the Jewish people coming from the spiritual father of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

And we do not stop here, since the last few weeks have seen nothing short of attacks on Jews in the cities of Germany and France.
Watchdog Group Sues US Government to Obtain Records of BDS Groups Under Obama Administration
A conservative watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense over Obama-era records pertaining to anti-Israel BDS groups.

Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in order to obtain records from 2015 of groups affiliated with BDS movement, which lobbied “the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel,” the group said in a statement.

The lawsuit occurred “after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests,” the organization explained.

“Americans deserve to know if the Obama-era agenda of supporting anti-Israel radicals in subverting US law is ongoing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These entrenched bureaucrats of the Deep State clearly require lawsuits to compel observance of FOIA law.”

The lawsuit states, despite Obama signing the 2015 Trade Enforcement Act, “the Customs and Border Protection Bureau restated the West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirement rules requiring labeling of goods as being from the ‘West Bank,’ despite the fact that it is not a sovereign country,” reported Judicial Watch.

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) applauded the move by Judicial Watch.
Israeli Air Force Gets First-Ever Female Squadron Commander
The Israeli Air Force has appointed the first female squadron commander in its 70-year history.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, the commander, who for security reasons is referred to only as “G.,” will be promoted to lieutenant colonel and put charge of the 122nd Squadron, known as “Nachshon.” The squadron is composed of planes specifically geared toward intelligence gathering.

The 34-year-old G. has been active in the Air Force since 2003, and has served in several command positions, including deputy commander of the “Nachshon” Squadron itself.

G. — currently a major — said that she was “happy with the appointment,” which she called “a great privilege alongside a great responsibility.”

“The real work is ahead of me,” she added. “I’m proud to serve in the Air Force.”



Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing Kept Children in 'Filthy' Compound, Allegedly Trained Them to Shoot Up Schools
Horrifying details emerged on Wednesday in the case of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of an imam linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who was arrested in New Mexico on charges of keeping 11 starving children in a filthy compound. According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Wahhaj was training the children to carry out school shootings.

Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Wahhaj without bond for felony child abuse. He is also the subject of an extradition warrant from Georgia on charges of kidnapping his own son from the state in December. His son was not among the starving children rescued from the compound. There are fears the remains of an as-yet unidentified child found at the compound could be Wahhaj’s son.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Wahhaj and four accomplices possessed an AR-15 rifle and four pistols with ample ammunition and were training the children to commit school shootings.

Wahhaj’s father, who was born under the name Jeffrey Kearse but now also uses the name “Siraj Wahhaj,” is an imam in New York who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He served as a character witness in the trial of mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh.”

The New York Post reported on Monday that the elder Wahhaj is currently the head of the Majid at-Taqwa mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The other defendants in the compound case are the younger Siraj Wahhaj’s wife, his two sisters, and his brother-in-law.








Palestinians celebrate relative's victory in U.S. Congressional race
Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the US Congress, celebrated her election victory in the courtyard of their West Bank house on Wednesday.

The oldest of 14 children born to a family of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is a Detroit native. Her father worked at a Ford Motor Company plant in the city, home of the US car industry, and she became the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature.

On Tuesday, she won her district's Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th Congressional district, encompassing parts of Detroit and surrounding suburbs and home to one of the largest Muslim and Arab-American populations in the United States.

Since no one ran in the Republican primary, Tlaib is poised to win the seat.
Nick Cohen: The old left and the new anti-Semitism
Only the handful of Jews who have stuck with the far left believe that now. There are abundent examples of Labour members endorsing racism. The supernatural Jew of Nazi Europe has been reinvented by the left. The Jew is now ‘the Zionist’: the sinister force behind 9/11, the Iraq War, the banking crisis and attacks on the beloved leader.

This sounds like fascism. The convergence between the extremes should not hide the fact that the disgrace of the British Labour party flows from distinctly left-wing sources that threaten the German and wider European left.

The first is failure to come to terms with the crimes of communism. Corbyn was a regular writer for Britain’s communist newspaper, the Morning Star. His chief adviser, the upper-class socialist Seumas Milne, defended the old GDR. The racism on the British left, in its content and tone, dates back to Stalin’s almost forgotten ‘anti-Zionist campaigns,’ at the time of the Slansky trial and ‘doctors’ plot’. I have no doubt that if Corbyn and his allies were Germans, they would be in Die Linke.

There is a second factor. After the fall of communism, the dominant section of the British far left preferred to make common cause with radical Islam or the secular Middle Eastern dictatorships of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad than to make their peace with liberal democracy. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories did them no harm for decades. In Britain, as in Germany, Jews are a tiny minority. The far larger Muslim minority is a key part of Labour’s base now. Although it is a libel to say that all British Muslims are anti-Semitic, it is a statement of fact that the Islamist groups who back Corbyn are reactionary on all questions including Judaism. In any case, because Britain never experienced communism or fascism there is little understanding here about what anti-Semitism is and how dictatorial movements from the Tsarists to Islamic State have used it to attack liberal values.

Let me end with a warning. Labour under Corbyn has avoided the collapse in support that has afflicted social democratic parties across Europe. Corbyn’s acolytes are now telling German social democrats to follow his example. Let the shameful state of the once proudly anti-fascist Labour party stand as a warning to them. They may win more votes. But they will never produce a centre-left politics worth having.
Britain’s Labor Party Is Now the Party of Anti-Semitism
Since the hard-left parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, the UK’s Labor party has seen near-continuous anti-Semitic outbursts by its members and revelations of Corbyn’s own association with vicious Israel-haters, coupled with several ostensible attempts to set things right which proved to be shams. Most recently, the party has disciplined two MPs for complaining about anti-Semitism. Tamara Berens concludes that this is far more than a passing problem:

Many focus on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite himself. He may or may not be. However, his deliberate actions to reject the Jewish community’s concerns, silence his moderate Labor detractors, and pedal anti-Zionism as central to his political image show that he is more than happy to utilize anti-Semitism for political purposes.

Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to anti-Semites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian ayatollahs, and the Venezuela of Nicolas Maduro [and Hugo Chavez]. After becoming Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same: rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.

Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: according to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of anti-Semitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labor leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to . . . distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in the Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing anti-Semitism in the party. The piece came out at 5:00pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.


Jeremy Corbyn and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories of a “Very Honoured Citizen”
In one of his bids to escape the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party, last Friday Jeremy Corbyn offered this line in The Guardian:

Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

Mr Corbyn should know all about 9/11 conspiracy bunkum. He has been an enthusiastic champion of Raed Salah, one of the notable peddlers.

Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is close to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Salah visited the UK in 2011, planning to speak alongside MPs as part of his tour, including Mr Corbyn.
UK Labour MP under fire for accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ in Gaza in 2012
A senior lawmaker in the British Labour party has come under fire after a 2012 video surfaced that saw him claiming Israel was attempting to commit “genocide” against the Palestinians.

The opposition party, which has been mired in an ongoing anti-Semitism scandal, defended John McDonnell after the clip was published by the Daily Telegraph.

McDonnell is the UK’s shadow chancellor of the exchequer, having been appointed to the post in 2015 by Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been repeatedly been accused of being soft on anti-Semitism among his party members.

In the video, taken in November 2012 during a round of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip known as Operation Pillar of Defense, McDonnell said: “Nobody can speak without expressing some form of solidarity with the people of Gaza … as the children are murdered and the bombs are flying from Israel.”

“I think it’s absolutely critical now that we use every platform we can to expose what’s going on, which is effectively an attempt at genocide against the Palestinians,” he charged at a far-left rally organized by the Unite the Resistance organization.
Extremist-Linked Assad Fan Lord Sheikh and His Zionist-Bashing Group
Sheikh is on the record publicly praising the controversial group the Al Muntada Trust. The group faced scrutiny after fears were raised that its funds had ended up with Boko Haram extremists. It has been linked to a series of anti-Semitic, homophobic and extremist preachers. In the video above, Lord Sheikh calls the group “marvellous”…

Then there is Lord Sheikh’s praise for the East London Mosque. Sheikh said:

“I would certainly commend the Mosque and Centre: not only do you provide a place of worship, but you provide a holistic service and more importantly the empowerment for women.”

Once again, the East London Mosque has well-known and established links to a series of misogynistic and homophobic speakers.

It gets worse. Lord Sheikh has links to the hugely controversial Interal charity, which was investigated by the Charity Commission over its links to Hamas.
Birthright co-founder: Don't criticize Israel on our nickel
Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said on Wednesday that young Jews are free to criticize Israel, but not while enjoying a free trip, JTA reported.

“If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they don’t have the right to do it on our nickel,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz in an interview.

His comments came after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip left the tour to join leftists groups on visits to Palestinian Arabs. The walk-offs reportedly were encouraged by the leftist American-Jewish group IfNotNow.

The young Jews who walked off the trip and some others who remain on them are critical of what they say is Birthright’s failure to deal with Israel’s alleged “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. Some have complained that maps handed out to participants do not draw a proper distinction between Israel and Judea and Samaria.

Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

“If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz.

“What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just don’t think that is fair to their fellow participants,” added Bronfman.
Another Jump the Shark Moment from JVP
The latest email from Jewish Voice for Peace's Deputy Directory Stefanie Fox may be a jump the shark moment for the anti-Israel group. The subject line reads "Why is the ADL training ICE in Israel?" Maybe Stefanie is secretly hoping you don't bother to read the rest of her offering. (Spoiler alert: they aren't)

Stephanie claims ICE has been learning techniques and tools from the Israeli military. She doesn't care if Peter Edge was in Israel studying cyber-security or attempting to learn from Israel's remarkable sucess at curtailing human trafficking. If it involves Israel, it must be made to be nefarious. Stefanie Fox spews typical JVP vitriole: "The real-world results of these trips have been Israeli & US officials sharing “worst practices” -- deportation and detention, shoot-to-kill policies, massive spying and surveillance -- that have become the go-to policies of agencies like ICE."

Why the hyperbole? Because 3 years ago, during the Obama administration the Deputy Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations, one man, Peter Edge joined a delegation to Israel sponsored by the ADL.
American Association of University Professors: Don’t boycott the anti-Israel academic boycotters
But if you uphold the right to boycott, you necessarily need to uphold the right to counter-boycott.

The problem with this is that AAUP upholds the right to boycott, but only on one side. Substantively it opposes both the boycott and counter-boycott, but procedurally it upholds only the right of the boycotters.

AAUP also sent a letter to Israel regarding Israel’s denial of entry to Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, an academic boycott supporter.

Additionally, AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure sent a letter to the Israeli government in regard to the interrogation, subsequent expulsion, and apparent banning from Israel of Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke over her supporter of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement in April. The letter urges the government of Israel to “reconsider your immigration officer’s decision and to revoke any further ban on Professor Franke’s entry for purposes of collaborative academic and scholarly work in Israel.”

Again, AAUP upholds Professor Franke’s right to boycott Israel and Israelis, but does not uphold the reverse. It does not matter that it is the Israeli government boycotting Professor Franke, since the BDS movement regularly seeks to impose government boycotts of Israel. So governmental power is used by both sides.

By turning academia into war by other means, the anti-Israel academic boycotters invited relatiatory boycotts. By affirming the rights of the boycotters to boycott Israel, but rejecting the right of Israel and supporters of Israel to counter-boycott, AAUP is not consistent or principled.
Legal action taken against first BDS motion by Latin American municipality
An organization of Chilean-Israelis has filed a legal action against the municipal council of the Chilean city of Valdivia and its mayor, which recently approved the first municipal BDS motion in Latin America. BDS refers to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

The Chilean Community of Israel (CCHIL) organization sent a letter on July 30 to the Chilean state comptroller arguing that the motion contravenes Chilean law, that a municipal council has no jurisdiction to take such actions and that the mayor has overstepped his legal authority by advancing and signing the motion.

In Spain, dozens of municipal authorities have adopted BDS motions against Israel prompted by the pro-Palestinian advocacy of the left-wing populist Podemos Party.

Anti-BDS activists are now concerned that this phenomenon could spread to Latin America, and the legal motion to the Chilean state comptroller is an effort to try and stop it in its tracks.

The ACOM organization in Spain has successfully sued 33 local municipal authorities out of at least 100 that approved BDS motions. It is hoped that the widespread adoption of such measures can be avoided in Chile and the broader region.

Indeed, the Valdivia municipal decree itself, passed in June, references the BDS motions in Spanish cities, saying that its own measure was following in those footsteps.
Anti-Semitism Soars on U.S. College Campuses
Anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses have continued to grow in 2018, with at least 384 recorded incidents in the first half of this year, according to a new report showing the number of genocidal expressions towards Jewish hit new highs on campuses across the United States.

A new report by released Wednesday by pro-Israel organization the AMCHA Initiative, a group that tracks anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses, shows that much of the anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses is the result of activity by anti-Israel activists who promote imagery such as swastikas and tropes calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, according to the report.

Genocidal expression, such as images and language promoting the killing of Jews and destruction of Israel, "rose dramatically" over the past years, with at least 75 percent of such incidents "involving classic anti-Semitism" and "genocidal expression," according to the report. The number of such incidents appear to have dropped slightly from 2017 to the first part of 2018, the report notes.

Most notably, according to the report, "Israel-related incidents were significantly more likely to contribute to a hostile campus," the report found.

The AMCHA report puts figures to a range of anecdotal and reported conflicts on college campuses across the United States, where anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity continues to flourish. Pro-Palestinian campus activists continue to aggressively silence those in the Jewish community and foster an unsafe environment for many Jewish students.
Christian Science Monitor Highlights Benefits of Jewish Sovereignty
One underlying message that modern mass media offers about Israel is that Jewish power and sovereignty in the land of Israel is a threat or obstacle to the welfare of people living in the Middle East. This dishonest narrative, which fits the agenda of authoritarian regimes and de-stabilizing political movements that use anti-Zionism as a unifying political agenda, infects much, if not most of the media coverage of the Jewish state. This “blame-Israel” narrative is so ubiquitous that it comes as a shock when a news outlet gets it right and portrays Israel as a force for good in the Middle East. But it does happen.

It happened in an article published on July 11, 2018 in the online edition of The Christian Science Monitor and reprised in the July 30, 2018 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.

The article, titled “Syrian war comes to Israel’s doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes,” was written by Dina Kraft. In the article, Kraft recounts how 10,000 people fleeing from Syrian Civil War have come to rely on Israel for their welfare and safety. They have gathered near Syria’s border with Israel because of the protection the Jewish state affords them under “Operation Good Neighbor.” The program provides food, fuel, medical supplies and in some instances medical treatment to people living in villages near Israel. As a result of the program, “[s]ome 5,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals,” Kraft reported.

These acts of kindness have changed how many Syrians view the Jewish state, the article indicates.
BBC double standards in reporting social media incitement evident again
In April of this year the BBC News website’s domestic pages reported the sentencing of a Salford man previously found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism”.

“Muslim convert Adam Wyatt, 48, admitted disseminating a terrorist publication that said “Britain must atone for its sins in Palestine” and posting on social media that jihad was an obligation for all Muslims.”

The following month the website reported the sentencing of a man from Sunderland who had previously pleaded guilty to similar offences.

“A shopkeeper who tweeted support for Islamic State (IS) and called for “death to Shias” has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Mohammed Zahir Khan, of Nora Street, Sunderland, had admitted encouraging terrorism, dissemination of a terror publication and stirring up religious hatred.”


Unsurprisingly, the BBC did not send a reporter to interview either of those men before they were sentenced. Neither did it promote the notion that they were put on trial because of their identity to millions of audience members or portray either of their cases as being about “free speech”.

However, when an Israeli-Arab woman was sentenced to five months in prison after having been convicted of incitement to violence in her poems and social media posts, the BBC News website amplified her claims of political persecution in a July 31st report titled “Dareen Tatour: Israeli Arab poet sentenced for incitement“.
Shocking documentary shows how Sweden’s ruling leftist party ‘helped’ Nazi Germany
A shocking documentary about Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party, shows how the leftist party ‘inspired and helped’ Nazi Germany.

The documentary, produced by the party’s right-wing opponent, the Sweden Democrats, was removed by YouTube yesterday in an act of censorship.

But after a backlash it is now visible again on the social media channel of broadcaster Samtiden Dokumentär.

Ironically the documentary starts with the leader of the leftist Social Democratic Party, Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, telling how the right-wing Social Democrats historically have Nazi roots.

But now the Sweden Democrats are hitting back and have produced this documentary to tell the truth about their leftist opponents.

And it is revealing as it shows that the Swedish Social Democrats inspired Nazi Germany on the issue of Eugenics or “ethnic cleansing”.
Jewish couple in Belgium targeted with death threats
A Jewish woman living in Belgium said her family has been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse since one of their neighbors discovered they were Jews.

The woman, identified only as Nicole, 43, in an article published last month by the La Meuse regional daily about her ordeal, had been living for over two years in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi 30 miles south of Brussels, without incident, according to the report.

But this summer, the report said, she and her family have been targeted in a campaign of harassment that has featured written death threats stuffed into their mailbox and the scrawling of anti-Semitic graffiti on their front door.

“We are too afraid to leave our home since this started,” Nicole, a Chile native, was quoted as telling the newspaper. “Several people discovered we’re Jewish and ever since we’ve been getting death threats.” One letter addressed to Nicole called her a “dirty whore” and other insults.

The couple have filed several complaints with police but no suspects have been brought in.
Mayoral candidate: Questioning Holocaust isn't anti-Semitism
A self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist is planning a run for mayor of Hilton Head, South Carolina, but says his beliefs will not impact his local anti-development platform.

Michael Santomauro, 59, filed papers to enter the race on Monday, according to the Island Packet.

Santomauro, who founded a roommate-matching service, made headlines in New York City in 2003 when subscribers to his service received a stream of emails spreading his beliefs denying historical accounts of the Holocaust.

In 2004, protesters surrounded his home and chanted “evict the Nazi.” He told the New York Post then that the Nazi label is “totally inaccurate.” He told the Island Packet this week that the protesters were “part of a domestic terrorism group.”

In 2011, Santomauro urged his child’s school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to acquire the book “Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides.” The book collects essays denying key aspects of Holocaust history, including the death toll, the accounts of survivors, the physical evidence found at death camps and the feasibility of the methods the Nazis used to carry out mass murder. Santomauro runs American operations for a publisher of e-books dedicated to Holocaust denial.
Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in video games
Computer and video games can include swastikas and other Nazi symbols, a German industry body said Thursday, after a heated debate over the “Wolfenstein” franchise in which gamers battle Third Reich forces.

The game was previously deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called “anti-constitutional” symbols, including Nazi swastikas.

Accordingly in “Wolfenstein II,” images of Adolf Hitler were doctored to remove his mustache and the swastika in the Nazi flag was replaced with a triangular symbol.

This sparked an uproar in the gaming community, prompting calls for games to be treated like films.

Because movies are deemed works of art, they are exempt from the ban, similar to material used in research, historical or scientific purposes.

Films set in the World War II-era, for instance, are allowed to be screened in Germany with Nazi symbols.
Curator of Elie Wiesel Museum Welcomes Global Outpouring of Support, as Romanian Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect
In the wake of this past weekend’s vandalism incident at the childhood home of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in Romania, there has been an outpouring of solidarity from across the globe, the curator of the museum at the site told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Alina Marincean said the incident — in which antisemitic graffiti was scrawled on the home — came as a surprise to both museum staff members and local residents in the city of Sighetu Marmatiei, located in northwestern Romania near the border with Ukraine.

“Nothing of this sort ever happened to us and we are organizing yearly public events with a great impact on the local and regional community,” she noted.

Following the discovery of the graffiti on Saturday, Marincean recalled, “I spent the whole next day responding to emails and answering calls from friends, visitors, people I know from around the world from Finland to South America, Israel and the US, people who expressed their concern and also support.”

“There were also visits at the museum from politicians and intellectuals from Romania who wanted to point out the importance of this place that keeps Elie Wiesel’s work and memory alive, as well as the memory of all those 38,000 Jews who never returned to their homes after May 1944,” she added.
Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World
Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change.

It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods.

Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye.

When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF).
Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel
Following Swedish pro-Hamas operatives’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht.

Stefan Abrahamsson today announced on Facebook that his yacht, Elida, will set sail from Sweden on Aug. 25 to Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish State and Middle East Christians.

“We want to break the silence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region,” he wrote. “As the only democracy in the Middle East amid ​​dictatorships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values ​​that Israel stands for.”

Abrahamsson wrote that on Aug. 24 he will organize a sendoff party at the Gothenburg marina from which his yacht, carrying about 40 activists, will set sail for Herzliya, Israel. The Elida is expected to reach Israel in October and dock there for several weeks. The sendoff will feature a discussion on “precisely these important issues,” he wrote. Lars Adaktusson, a lawmaker from Sweden in the European Parliament, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter wins gold at European Championships
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin Wednesday, completing the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds.

Israeli-Kenyan Salpeter came 9 full seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands, winning the gold medal. Sweden’s Meraf Bahta came third.

The 29-year-old became the first Israeli to be crowned European champion.

“I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened.”

Salpeter will receive a grant of NIS 40,000 (some $11,000) from Israeli sports authorities for her win.

Born in Kenya, she first came to Israel in 2008, working as a caretaker at Kenya’s embassy in Tel Aviv. While running at a Herzliya park, she was noticed by running coach Moti Mizrahi, who suggested she train professionally.
2.4 million tourists came to Israel so far in 2018, ministry says
Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that 2.4 million tourists have visited Israel since the beginning of 2018, a 17% increase in tourists for the same period in 2017.

Citing findings from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the ministry said in a statement that the number of tourists is 46 percent more than in 2016, almost double the number of tourists that entered during the same period that year.

According to the ministry, 293,400 tourists entered Israel during July 2018 alone, which is around eight percent more tourists than in July 2017.

Over 250,000 tourists came by air, the release said, an 8.8% increase compared to July 2017. 26,200 of them came through land crossings into Israel, a 3.1% increase compared to that month the year before. (Israel only has land border crossings with Egypt and Jordan.)

“Month after month, we are witnessing new achievements and record highs in incoming tourism,” Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Likud) said in a statement. “I am pleased that, in the last month, we have also seen an impressive rise in incoming tourism... the tourism industry continues to be a significant factor in making exceptional impact and contributions to the Israeli economy and workforce.”

Levin also praised the ministry’s marketing initiatives and “innovative activities… Together with the incentives for airlines and investments in infrastructure,” for contributing to the rise in tourism.
2,200-Year-Old Earring Found in Jerusalem Excavation Sheds Light on Hellenistic Period in Judea
A 2,200-year-old golden earring was discovered at the City of David’s archaeological excavation just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, shedding light on life in the city after it was conquered by the Greeks.

The rare artifact depicts a finely-crafted head of a horned animal and delicate filigree work, and is believed to date back to the second or third century BCE, a period during which the Temple was the center of Jewish life, but the region was controlled by the Greeks and a significant percentage of the Jewish populace was influenced by Greek culture and beliefs.

During the time period the earring is believed to be connected to, Judea was a semi-autonomous Hellenistic vassal first under the rule of Ptolemaic Egypt from 301 to 198 BCE, and then under the Seleucid Empire, after Antiochus III conquered Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, Jews who were not Hellenized ultimately took part in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BCE, which is commemorated in the Hanukkah story.

According to Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, co-director of the Givati Parking Lot excavation, the find is the first earring discovered in Jerusalem from the Hellenistic period, found in an early-Hellenistic period building deep inside the dig.



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Heather Nauert
Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
August 9, 2018



Index for Today's Briefing
  • INDONESIA
  • DEPARTMENT
  • ZIMBABWE
  • YEMEN
  • IRAQ
  • TURKEY
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS
  • RUSSIA
  • NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA
  • CHINA

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    MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. How are you today? And why are so many of you showing up on an August afternoon? You’re supposed to all be on vacation or something, but I notice a few empty seats. But Gardiner’s back from vacation. Gardiner, welcome.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Thank you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: How’ve you been?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I’ve been good.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Good. A couple announcements to start before we get started with your questions today.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    First, I would like to express our condolences to the victims of the recent earthquakes and also the aftershocks in Indonesia. The United States has experts and partner organizations on the ground. We’re consulting with the Government of Indonesia at this time. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and we stand ready to provide additional aid to the Government of Indonesia. Our U.S. consulate personnel are assisting affected U.S. citizens. At this time, we do not have any reports of U.S. citizen casualties associated with the earthquakes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Indonesian people. As many of you know, we were recently on the ground in Indonesia and had some terrific meetings with government officials there.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next, I have some staffing news to bring you now. And I’m really excited about this one, because it affects our Bureau of Public Affairs and specifically the folks that you will working with. Today I’d like to announce that Robert Palladino will be joining our press team as the State Department’s deputy spokesperson. Robert is a career Foreign Service officer and I believe known well to some of you or perhaps many of you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Over the past year, Robert has served as director of press and acting National Security Council spokesperson. In that role he’s helped to prepare Sarah Sanders for her briefings at the White House. He was also a spokesperson to the White House press corps and worked as NSC communications lead for both Asia and Europe. Robert’s Foreign Service career has included postings in Washington, where he worked for our Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and also on Capitol Hill. Overseas, he’s worked in Milan, Italy; Guangzhou, China; and also Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Prior to joining the State Department, he practiced law in Asia and Europe in the Army JAG Corps. His service included deployment to Rwanda. He is a graduate of Notre Dame University, Washington and Lee School of Law, the U.S. Army War College, and he also speaks Chinese and Italian. Pretty impressive.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We are delighted that he is coming back to the State Department from the White House. I know you will enjoy working with him. For those of you who have not met him, he is a terrific guy. We’ve worked closely together for the past year or so. I asked him what his children thought, because he has two young girls – I asked him what they thought of his job, and I love these quotes. His youngest daughter said, “I’m proud of America and I’m proud of you, Dad, but it sounds really boring.” And then his older daughter said this – and you’ll appreciate it – “But wait a minute, everybody yells questions and they’re angry. That’s the worst job in the world.” That actually might be the White House press corps, not you all. But we look forward to welcoming Robert when he joins us on the 20th of August. But try not to bug him between now and then; he’s on vacation with his family. So another addition to our press family.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And that’s it. With that, I’d be happy to take your questions.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, thanks. We’ll try not to be so angry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I said not you all.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Let’s – me, yes me. I just wanted to ask you briefly before I ask you about Yemen. I noticed the statement that you guys put out about Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe elections and the Zambian decision to deport the opposition leader.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Right.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And in that statement it said that you are reviewing certain aspects of your cooperation with the Zambian Government. Can you be a little bit more specific? What aspects of --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Some of those will be conversations that will be had privately with both governments. But my understanding is that there are certain agreements in which that government was taking steps that the Zimbabweans weren’t completely familiar with and weren’t supportive of, and there were some concerns related to that. But let’s just --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: No, I understand, but I was just --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: But let’s just back up a couple steps for folks who’ve not been following this perhaps as closely as you have. Elections on July the 30th – those were promising, very promising. We thought it was a historic chance to sort of move beyond the political and economic crises of the past and toward a more democratic change and better dialogue in that country. People turned out massively in those elections. We put out a statement just after those elections complimenting them on those elections.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    However, the success in delivering an election day that was peaceful and open to international observers was then marred by violence, which we’ve been seeing and has been heavily reported, at least in the international press, over the past about week and a half. We’ve seen a disproportionate use of deadly force against protestors by the security forces, which is a great concern of ours. We’re concerned by those numerous reports of human rights violations since the elections had taken place about a week and a half or two ago. We have received credible allegations of detentions, of beatings, and other abuses of the people of Zimbabwe, particularly targeting opposition activists.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Now, the latest news today is the foreign – excuse me, the former minister of finance had left to go to Zambia. Zambia returned him to Zimbabwe, we understand. And some of this is still fresh so we don’t have all the details at this point. But I understand he was detained and possibly let go.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    So I’m going to pause there because some of this is still unfolding, and I don’t want to give you any inaccurate information since it’s still developing.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I get that. I just wanted to know is this a threat to withhold or suspend some aid to Zambia when you say you’re reviewing certain aspects of our cooperation?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get into that at this point, but we’re watching the situation carefully.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right. Let me ask you about this airstrike in Yemen, which appears to have killed dozens of children. The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: How can something like that report happen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think we would start by saying --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: It’s more than a report. I mean, it’s – they admitted that it happened.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. How can situations like this happen? We don’t have the full details about what happened on the ground. We’ve certainly seen the news reports of what has been reported happened, okay? I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We can say that we’re certainly concerned about these reports that resulted – that there was an attack that resulted in the deaths of civilians. We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident. We take all credible accounts of civilian casualties very seriously. We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians in accordance with international law and urge all parties to investigate all reported incidents of civilian casualties.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay. Well, they say – already the coalition says that they acted in accordance with international law. But if you look at the photographs, the video that come from the scene, it doesn’t look like that’s a really – that that’s a credible answer. So are you okay with the coalition on its own doing an investigation, or would you like to see some kind of an international component to it or an international investigation?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think I just answered that and we said that we would call upon the Saudi Government --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you’re --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- to do a full and thorough investigation, as we always do. And we call upon all parties in any kind of situation like this to take appropriate measures to try to mitigate the risk of civilian casualties.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you don’t think --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: DOD and other entities put out reports on this after the fact as they all start to investigate, and so we will look forward to any information on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right. But my question is you don’t see a need for there to be something other than a coalition investigation, you don’t see a need for an independent --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get – this is something that is fresh, that just happened, so I’m not going to get ahead of any kind of investigation that may take place. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: It’s only the latest in a huge number of civilians killed during these operations though.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would encourage you to take a look – and that is we regret any loss of civilian life. That is something that the United States Government – in particular, any time you talk to the Department of Defense about civilian casualties, they will say the same thing --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- that – I’m not finished, okay? And they will say the exact same thing, that all parties take very strong responsibility and measures to try to protect against the loss of civilian life. As we have seen – and you all very rarely ask about the issue that has been unfolding and the devastation that has taken place in Yemen – let’s look at some of the things that have been happening in Yemen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You have the Houthi rebels who continue to attack Saudi Arabia. They continue to do that with Iranian weapons, missiles, and rockets. They continue to try to attack civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, for example, and that is part of the reason why these actions are being taken.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Let me go back and remind you what I just said a moment ago, and that is we call for an investigation and we anticipate that a thorough investigation will be done. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: The Secretary isn’t planning on having a conversation with --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hi, Nick.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Is this – hey, Heather. Is this latest incident or the previous incidents causing the U.S. to re-evaluate in any way the role that it’s playing in the situation, in terms of its relationship with Saudi Arabia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we provide a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance in Yemen to try to support civilians in Yemen and try to mitigate against the devastation that’s taken place there in that country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But you also supply a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, then – sorry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right? No?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: No.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Am I wrong? Is that wrong?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: That’s not wrong.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sorry, these ladies over here are laughing. On that I would refer you to the Department of Defense that is involved with that, but as you know, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Okay. Hi, Gardiner.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Just a follow-up on that. Hey. So obviously, there’s growing concerns in Congress about the toll this war is taking within Yemen. It’s the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet. Aren’t you concerned that incidents like this will further erode congressional support and lead to further support for legislation that could cut off Saudi Arabia from arms sales and the rest?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I mean, I think that is an entirely hypothetical question and we don’t comment on congressional proposals in any event, but I would ask – all of you have been very silent on the issue of Yemen, and times --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Although Said has asked. You’ve been the one reporter who’s asked a lot about Yemen and the situation there.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well I would suggest that if you had more than two briefings a week and they lasted for longer than a half an hour or 40 minutes that you might get questions about something other than the actual main topic of the day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I think you and I talk every single day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yes, we do.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: You have my phone number. You have all my numbers, and anytime you want to talk about Yemen, I’d be more than happy to answer your questions and provide you additional expert briefings --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- on Yemen anytime anyone is interested, but I have not seen a major level of interest on the part of our press corps, with the exception of Said, on the issue of Yemen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Why does that matter, though? There’s news today, so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you request an expert on Yemen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, certainly, I’d be happy to. Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Wait, so first of all, I think that when there have been attacks against Saudi installations or missiles and stuff, I think you’ve seen that there have been just as vigorous of reporting.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t – I disagree, but --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well, I mean, that’s – it’s not our job to, like, sit here and go back and forth on that. We’re asking today. The U.S. has tried to increase its target training with – to try and improve the targeting of the Saudi coalition. Is that still continuing?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Elise, I think that would be a DOD issue, so I’d encourage you to talk with my --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But these are foreign – okay, but these are foreign military financing.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Which is out of the State Department.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And I would encourage you to talk to DOD about that. So some --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well, maybe --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Some of this – some of this is a State Department equity, but much of this is Department of Defense, so I’d encourage you to talk with them about it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hey, Laurie.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Hi. On Iraq, the road between Erbil and Kirkuk, which was cut as a result of fighting last October, is being rebuilt, but Baghdad has said that it will establish a customs border on that road and collect revenues. Is that consistent, a customs border in the middle of the Erbil-Baghdad road, in which one party, the Iraqi Government, is going to collect revenues? Is that consistent with your view of a unified Iraq?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would – there are other countries that have done this in the past, including our own country years ago in which this type of thing has been done. I think this is largely an internal matter for the Government of Iraq, between Iraq and Erbil, to try to work out. We do encourage them to resolve any remaining issues between Baghdad and Erbil.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: You don’t have a position beyond that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we believe that a strong KRG government within a unified and federal Iraq is something that’s essential to Iraq’s long-term stability and the enduring defeat overall of ISIS.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, if I could ask you about Turkey. So the deputy foreign minister was here; it seemed there was no progress. Is that the case? And was pastor – were the American hostages the only issues that were discussed or were there other questions like the Turkish purchase of the S-400 discussed as well?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, obviously you all know that we have a very broad relationship with Turkey and a host of issues that we talk about with the Turkish Government whenever we do meet. Yesterday we had a wide-ranging conversation with Turkish Government officials. We made it clear that Pastor Brunson needs to be returned home. Much of this, though, we’re not going to negotiate in public.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you tell us --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Go ahead. Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you tell us if you made any progress about the situation of Pastor Brunson?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I would say we would define progress as Pastor Brunson being brought home.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So in other words, no.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And so progress is --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Until he – until he’s --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Progress is Pastor Brunson being brought home to the United --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So until he’s home there is no progress?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- to the United States.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Did you give any --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Did you give any deadline? Did you give Turkish officials any deadline?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks. Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I think progress is kind of coming closer towards an agreement, like you’re not – you don’t have full North Korean denuclearization but you say that there is progress in working towards that goal. So is there progress in coming to some kind of deal with the Turks or are you still as far apart as you were the day that he was being hospitalized?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I’m not going to characterize it that way. As you know, we had – we met yesterday. They had wide-ranging meetings at the State Department and with other departments here in Washington. I’d refer you to those other departments that met with the Turkish Government. The progress that we want to be made is to have Pastor Brunson return home. And I’ll leave it at that. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So is that saying you will not engage with the Turks anymore on this issue until Pastor Brunson comes home?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to speculate on that, and I’m not going to get ahead of the administration on that issue. Hey, Said.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Hi. Thank you, Heather. Could we move – could you comment on the escalation in Gaza? There has been escalation in Israeli bombardment of Gaza as we speak.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry, start that over again.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: There is an escalation as we speak of Israeli bombardment of Gaza. They said that they killed a 23-year-old woman, pregnant, with her toddler. Do you have any comments on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, overall we’ve been watching this as it has been unfolding, and it’s a very concerning situation that has taken place in Gaza. Overall, we condemn the launching of missile attacks into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence. We’ve seen reports that 180 or so rocket attacks have taken place, shot from Gaza into Israel, and we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocations of that nature.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But this last round of bombardment, Israeli bombardment, actually began by the Israelis. It was not Hamas that started this latest round.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, I’m not going to get into how this thing started. Let’s not forget that Hamas bears ultimate responsibility for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. It’s a tremendous concern of ours.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay. Let me ask you about the peace efforts that are taking place. Now, there are reports that the unveiling of the plan, the deal of the century, has been pushed back. Can – do you have any comment on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would object to the premise of the question, your statement in that question. We have not unveiled the peace plan at this time. That will be unveiled by Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt when it is ready. And when it’s ready to be unveiled, they will unveil it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And lastly, last week you guys released some funds or some aid to the Palestinian Authority. I believe it was sent to the security forces. Can you share with us the amount of that aid? Is that a one-time thing, or is it part of the sort of unfreezing of the funds to the Palestinian Authority?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m going to have to get back to you on that issue. I don’t have any information for you on that today. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Russia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Russia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, two quick questions. First of all, on the sanctions that were announced yesterday, one of the requirements for Russia to avoid further sanctions is to allow inspections to make sure that they’re not using chemical weapons. Does the State Department have any reason to think that Russia is going to allow that? And is the U.S. expecting Russia to allow that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I mean, that’s asking us to look into the future, and we don’t know what the future holds. I think that’s a hypothetical question, so I don’t have an answer for you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But the U.S. is fully expecting to have some kind of inspections take place, then, according to this law?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that today, and I’m not going to get ahead of anything that happens in the near future. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, well, that’s what the law says.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yep.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But my other question is on the – is the U.S. then currently preparing for this next round of sanctions, then?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: As you well know, we don’t forecast sanctions. We have complied with the law in announcing those sanctions just yesterday, and we will comply with the law going forward, of course, as we always would. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Heather, just to get a follow-on on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, sure. Hi, Gardiner.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you – in the case of Iran, you have this 12-point plan of what behavior you want the government to implement in order to lift sanctions. You have a whole series of sanctions that are now revolving around Russia having to do with CAATSA, Magnitsky, now weapons. Can you give us some global sense of what these sanctions are trying to achieve from an American foreign policy perspective? What are you looking for from Russia? Why do we have sanctions on them? What’s your goal? And when’s the – when’s the periodicity of these things?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sure. I think I would start by answering that question with this: That we approach every country very differently. Every country that we have a relationship or even countries that we don’t have relationships with are viewed through a separate lens. So what may be appropriate for one country is maybe not necessarily appropriate for another country.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The United States Government has determined that sanctions can be a very effective tool in trying to bring various governments to the table to negotiate with us or try to encourage countries to comply or to return to a better set of behaviors. So this is one tool that we have in a very big toolkit. The State Department works closely with Treasury and OFAC and other entities to implement, study, and enforce sanctions, and that is part of what you’ve seen yesterday. Let’s remember that one of the things that has brought North Korea to the table is sanctions. And we have found sanctions to be very effective in many cases around the world. So the U.S. Government looks at that as an overall tool.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right, so North Korea is a great example. Sanctions – as a result, you want to get rid of their nuclear program. Again, Iran, you’ve got a list of 12 things. Venezuela, you’ve got sort of a clear list. I’m trying to understand what your policy is with Russia. You’ve got a variety – myriad now of sanctions. What’s your goal?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the President has addressed this and so has Secretary Pompeo. We’d like to have a better relationship with the Russian Government, recognizing that we have a lot of areas of mutual concern. It is a major country; we are a major country as well. And so when you have that, you are forced to have to have conversations with other governments. And sanctions is a way that we can try to encourage better behavior on the part of government. Now, I’m speaking in a broad-based sense, but that’s one way that we can encourage better behavior. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Same topic?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Could I ask a follow-up on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sure. What is your name, miss?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: My name’s Emily, I’m from Buzzfeed News.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Emily, hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So if these sanctions are in part meant to encourage better behavior with Russia, Russia today came out and said that these sanctions – sort of as was expected – that these sanctions are not in keeping with the spirit of Helsinki. So – and I understand these sanctions were – they’re in keeping with the law, et cetera, but does this – or to put it a different way, is the cooperation that was sort of established at Helsinki – is the U.S. Government still planning on having that with Russia after yesterday’s sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: We tend to believe that dialogue is always an important issue. I think I had just addressed this with Gardiner, and that is trying to build a better relationship with countries that we need to cooperate with or we need to be able to have relations with, and that would be one example.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And then just on the other point on the second tranche, and I don’t mean to get you into hypotheticals, but yesterday at the briefing they did say that if Russia doesn’t do certain things, including sort of admit wrongdoing and say that they weren’t going to do it again, that there would be second tranche. And today, Russia said this is ridiculous, we didn’t do that. So if they keep that position for the next 90 days, won’t there – won’t there, under the law, have to be a second tranche?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And that’s why I would go back and say that we will comply with the law. We are well aware of what the law contains; we will comply with the law. But I’m not going to get ahead of what could happen 90 days from now. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: The same topic – same topic?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Janne, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Thank you, thank you, Heather. On North Korean and South Korean issues.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And – recently, South Korea imported North Korean coal. What is the U.S. position on the smuggling of North Korean coal into South Korea? Is that – do you think this is the – South Korea has violated sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I think – we’d say this: that we have a great relationship with the Government of South Korea. My understanding is that they are looking into reports of this. We encourage all countries to maintain sanctions, and to not skirt sanctions and make sure that sanctions are adhered to.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But two days ago, John Bolton, national security advisor, and South Korean national security advisor Chung Eui-yong, they had telephone conversation and John Bolton said that he trust or believe in the South Korean Government. What does it mean that you trust the South Korean Government, so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, the Government of the Republic of Korea is an ally and longstanding partner of ours, and we closely coordinate with that government.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But allies – but they do something behind the United States is smuggling something else, so how you going to trust them?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we trust when they say that they will investigate that they will investigate. We closely coordinate with them. They’ve been longstanding allies and partners, and we have a strong relationship with them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Are you still investigations or waiting --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that, okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right, thank you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Thanks.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Kylie, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So there’s been discussion of potentially having another meeting with North Korea. Has there been any progress on that that --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: We have no meetings, no travel plans to announce today, and by the way, we just got back from a long flight, which I will remind you was a very long flight. Headed over to Asia, a long flight back. We’re okay with being here for a while.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Hi. Go ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well wait, can I just follow up real quick on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Just hold on, hold on, hold on. He asked first. Go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Oh, I’m sorry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yes. So about the North Korean coal, yeah. And South Korean Government is going to announce the result of investigation about North Korean coal smuggling maybe later today. So now the issue is that – whether the United States is going to apply the second boycott to the Korean companies, which it appears to be violated the sanctions. So I just wonder whether you are going to apply the secondary boycott to the companies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I think I just answered that, that the investigation was initiated by the Government of South Korea, and we will wait to hear from them on any announcements with regard to that, okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And we’re going to have to wrap it up in just a minute. Elise, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Just on the – you said there’s nothing new to announce. Are the delegations trying to get another negotiating session? Like your team in Asia, are they trying to get another negotiating session together with the North Koreans?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, I mean, I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: With the North Koreans?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- with the North Koreans, and when I say “conversations,” that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email. Those are – they take different forms, those conversations do. So we continue to have conversations with the government. When – if and when we have travel announcements to make, I will certainly let you know, but we have nothing yet.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But I mean, obviously that you’ll make those announcements, but I’m just wondering if like – if there is efforts being made to put together another negotiating session.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that right now.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can I have one question on the sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay? Okay. Sir, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yeah. Just to follow up, you said you have nothing planned, but Mr. Bolton mentioned that in the letter that Secretary Pompeo gave to Foreign Minister Ri, there was an offer to meet. Has North Korea responded to that offer yet?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. This was a letter from the President to Chairman Kim, so I don’t have any visibility on what was actually in that letter or what conversations the White House may or may not be having. I’d have to refer you to the White House for anything on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you can confirm that there was an offer?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm there was a letter. Anything that the White House has said about that or Ambassador Bolton has said about that, I’d refer you back to them on those matters. When I have something to let you know, I certainly would be happy to.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Okay, last question.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Two days ago, President Trump claimed most Chinese students in the United States are spies. I’m not asking you to comment on what he said, but State Department as a agency to issue visa to Chinese students, do you share the view – do you think most Chinese students in the United States are spies?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I don’t have the President’s comments in front of me. I have not seen those comments, so I would hesitate to comment on his comments without having read it and had the full context. As you are well aware, we have many Chinese students studying in the United States. We have strong people-to-people ties with the Government of China, but of course there are concerns with some who might come into the United States and try to pick up some of our technology and other information and bring it back home for reasons that the United States Government would be concerned about. But we have a strong relationship with China and we enjoy having students studying in the United States from China, and I’ll just leave it at that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Okay, thanks. We’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you soon.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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An attack on a bus at a market in rebel-held northern Yemen killed at least 29 children Thursday, the Red Cross said, as the Saudi-led coalition faced a growing outcry over the strike.   The coalition said it had carried out a “legitimate military action”, targeting a bus in response to a deadly missile attack …

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Fort heureusement l’incident n’a pas occasionné de blessure ou de décès. L’incident s’est déroulé ce mardi 7 août 2018 dans le ciel estonien. Un avion de combat Eurofighter Typhoon appartenant à l’Ejército del Aire et assurant une mission de police du ciel pour le compte de l’OTAN a tiré par mégarde un missile air-air moyenne […]

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The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen yesterday carried out an air strike in the northern Yemen province of Sa’ada that targeted the Iranian-backed Al Houthi militants responsible for launching missile attack on a Saudi town a day earlier. Fragments from...
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The Force would protect satellites and require an annual budget of around eight billion dollars. Also, a deadly missile attack kills and wounds dozens of children in Yemen, and why an arrest in Slovakia is music to the ears of some unhappy neighbours.
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Well I disagree But I’ll say this: If BW ever gets it together as a passer, he’d be a top 5 pick I’m watching that punk Mayfield play now vs. NYG He’s half the athlete BW is And he has a pop gun to BW’s shoulder fired missile
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Week by week, Donald Trump’s gargantuan dishonesty is growing. He’s gone from being the LeBron of lying to a one-man Hall of Fame, setting records in June only to break them in July:

Before last week, Trump’s record for lies and false claims in a single week was 103, set in June. Last week, he soared past 103 all the way to 132. Before last month, Trump’s record was 268 lies and other false claims in June. In July, he bumped that up to 280.

No subject is too big or too small for Trump to lie about:

Among the whoppers: he claimed that Americans need photo identification to “buy groceries” or to “buy anything” (obviously not), that car plants are opening in Pennsylvania (none are), that Justice Neil Gorsuch was number one in his class at Harvard Law School (Gorsuch wasn’t close), that the European Union refused to talk trade with Barack Obama (the EU engaged in three years of trade negotiations with Obama), that he is surrounding the U.S. with missile defence systems (U.S-based interceptor missiles are located only in California and Alaska) ...

How many lies can one person tell in a week? Don’t bet on 132 being Trump’s ceiling. And those are just his public lies—it’s impossible how many more he told in private settings.


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43, mostly children killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen

DF-Xinhua Report

At least 43 civilians, mostly children, were killed on Thursday when Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit buses in Yemen's northern province of Saada, the head of Saada Health Office Yahya Shayem told Xinhua.

   "A total of 43 people, mostly pupils under the age of 10, were killed and 64 were injured when two Saudi-led airstrikes hit passenger buses in Dhahyan popular market," Shayem said, adding that "the victims were mostly pupils who were on their way to attend a summer school in Dhahyan."

   Meanwhile, head of delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, said on a twitter that "scores killed, even more injured, mostly under the age of 10" after the attack targeted a bus that carries children in the Dhahyan market.

   The organization stressed that "civilians must be protected during conflict under international humanitarian law."

   However, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television quoted a statement by the Saudi-led coalition as saying that "Thursday's airstrikes targeted Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday at the Saudi commercial city in border Jazan region."

   In response, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam mocked the coalition statement as "absolutely ridiculous."

   "They killed pupils driving to school ... this is a war crime," Abdulsalam tweeted.

   The Houthi spokesman's comments came at the same time the coalition warplanes hit the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa 11 times, with no reports of casualties yet. The airstrikes targeted Sabeen Square and two military camps in Sanaa.

   The Saada attack was the latest in a series of recent airstrikes against civilians launched by the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen.

   Last week, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes struck the gate of al-Thawra hospital and adjacent fish market in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, killing 52 civilians and wounding 102 others.

   The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war since the Houthi rebels overran much of Yemen militarily and seized all northern provinces in 2014, including the capital Sanaa.

   Saudi Arabia leads an Arab military coalition that has intervened in the Yemen war since 2015 to support the government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

   More than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war, and about 3 million have been displaced.

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The Context of White Supremacy hosts our monthly Global Sunday Talk On Racism. This program is specifically designed to encourage participation from Victims of Racism outside the United States and/or non-white people who are unable to join us during our normall broadcast time. Gloobal attention is focused on London, where an explosive device was detonated on a subway. It reported that more than two dozen people were injured. ISIS has allegedly claimed responsibility for the bombing. We'll get our British listeners thoughts on how this event will impact non-whites across Europe and how this will alter English politics. We'll also discuss how Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean islands. Many of our Black Britons have familial ties to the region. We'll also discuss the reported North Korean missile launch. We've had discussions about how whites in the US propagandize North Korea as a clear and present danger, while European countries discuss them as a joke. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
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KissellMissile wrote:

rickert wrote:

BC Indy wrote:

rickert wrote:

tribefan07 wrote:

Seems like a gimmicky mechanic disguising an average game.

Not a chance this is right.
I like the game - it is a fun engine building game. When I look at the marble dispenser I wonder about the assembling and disassembling of it (will it hold up, will it be a pain, etc) to get it in and out of the box. I think there are a number of ways they could have accomplished this game mechanic - which may or may not be as fun.


You should ask questions before jumping to such suspicions. The dispenser tears down in 2 seconds. Only the top of it comes out of the slots in the bottom and folds away. The bottom stores intact.


I took it out of the box and put it away about 4 times. It is pretty easy, and feels very sturdy. Sure, you could do it with cards, but I like the "gizmo" quite a bit. I found the game pretty engaging overall for what it is (a 45 minute engine building game).
Good to know. I do like the game (hence I gave it 4 out 5 stars).
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rickert wrote:

BC Indy wrote:

rickert wrote:

tribefan07 wrote:

Seems like a gimmicky mechanic disguising an average game.

Not a chance this is right.
I like the game - it is a fun engine building game. When I look at the marble dispenser I wonder about the assembling and disassembling of it (will it hold up, will it be a pain, etc) to get it in and out of the box. I think there are a number of ways they could have accomplished this game mechanic - which may or may not be as fun.


You should ask questions before jumping to such suspicions. The dispenser tears down in 2 seconds. Only the top of it comes out of the slots in the bottom and folds away. The bottom stores intact.


I took it out of the box and put it away about 4 times. It is pretty easy, and feels very sturdy. Sure, you could do it with cards, but I like the "gizmo" quite a bit. I found the game pretty engaging overall for what it is (a 45 minute engine building game).
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It reminds me a lot of TTA the card game. I like Innovation better, but I still enjoy the game.
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On August 7, a Spanish Eurofighter on NATO Baltic Air Policing duty accidentally fired an air-to-air missile in Estonian airspace
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Thursday yowls and roars, good Kittens All...the crucial war for our FREEDOM OF SPEECH goes into superdrive, and will continue to relentlessly firestorm across our beloved country, and yes, across the entire world... 1776 FREEDOM WORLDWIDE, baby...
Oh, and believe this Big Cat, the people of China want their FREEDOM too-- from commie tyranny... okay, as Drudge exposed, now the Red Chinese tyranny is threatening to close down their Apple factories because of tariffs... well, to be honest, the Kougar says PLEASE SHUT THOSE SLAVE FACTORIES DOWN!!! NOW!
Okay, this Big Cat has no apple device, relies on no apple device, thus in her case, big effing deal ... now those of you do use apple devices might care a lot ... yeah, who gives a damn about the horrors of working in a China slave factory ... you think the Kougar is lying? Just do the research for yourself ... why are WE THE PEOPLE?  from the land of FREEDOM? buying slave-produced products??? Not to mention every last iota of your personal info, your login info, etc. is on the apple cloud, which is now OWNED by the Chinese Despot government ... isn't that fun, kiddos? Or, as the late great George Carlin might say, THE COMMIES GOT YOU BY THE BALLS.
And who has been warning you about this Chinese Cyber takeover for the last five years, at least? This Big Cat, and those like her, who can actually foresee this obvious developing future. Really, who couldn't have foreseen something like this happening? Given what was has happened in our world?

Rogue message in Chinese broadcast over intercom at National Weather Service...

Phone lines overtaken...


DRUDGE REPORT on Twitter: "APPLE Set for China Data Handover ...

https://twitter.com/drudge_report/status/951050356112306177
Jan 10, 2018 - DRUDGE REPORT · @DRUDGE_REPORT. The DRUDGE REPORT is a U.S. based news aggregation website run by Matt ...

DRUDGE REPORT on Twitter: "CHINA USES APPLE AS BAIT! https://t ...

https://twitter.com/DRUDGE_REPORT/status/1026841403672817664
2 days ago - Good response would be tell China that Taiwan is willing to take over their role and by the way we are building capacity in the United States as ...

Previous Set - Drudge Report Archives

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From the July 25, 2018 11:16:27 GMT edition of the Drudge Report. Under pressure ... Drudge ReportAPPLE iCloud data in China now stored by state-run firm.

Okay, how many otherworld aliens is the Earth *Space Force* at war with... that is the real question... or how many otherworld aliens are deliberately attacking Earth? Check out the very fascinating article below: "Russian Fleet Rushes To Arctic Over Fears US May Have Started War With Unknown Alien Species" 

THIS IS JUST FUN... 

VIDEO: WATCH WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ALEX JONES FOUND OUT HE WAS CENSORED

No globalist is safe


Infowars has obtained exclusive footage of founder Alex Jones reacting to being banned off social media.




Yep... they are that stupidly arrogant... and dangerous as a rabid junkyard dog... 

COMMUNITY STANDARDS = TECH GIANT COMMIE CENSORSHIP 

THEY DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' REASON FOR MASS MURDERING INFOWARS ON THEIR TAXPAYER FUNDED SPY PLATFORMS 


OKAY, IT'S ON, EARTHERS, AND MORE SUCH ATTACKS WILL BE HAPPENING... GOOD LUCK ON KNOWING ABOUT IT, THOUGH ... 

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2625.htm

August 8, 2018
Russian Fleet Rushes To Arctic Over Fears US May Have Started War With Unknown Alien Species
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
At the same time the highly influential Veteran Intelligent Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) organization is warning President Trump that the “Deep State” intelligence on Iran he is receiving could be catastrophic, a new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today suggests that the United States, if not the entire world, may have even bigger things to worry about—and is due to a believed to be shootdown by the US Air Force of a known and accepted “interstellar-interdimensional device” (most commonly referred as a UFO) within the Arctic Circle on 25 July, whose explosive force was registered at 2.1 kilotons—and has now seen this “devices” suspected “pair-mate”, on 4 Augustenter our Earth’s atmosphere in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region-Yugra in West Siberia from where it began transversing the globe—until yesterday, 7 August,when it hovered in the skies over the Philippines, then raced towards the Arctic Circle where it plunged into the Greenland Sea with enough force to cause a 5.8 magnitude earthquake—and in response to President Putin, just hours ago, ordered the immediate deployment of the entire Russian Northern Fleet to Arctic waters.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

Massive “interstellar-interdimensinal” device (above) makes rare appearance over Philippines before racing to, and then plunging into, the Greenland Sea on 7 August 2018

According to this report, throughout the entirety of recorded human history, one of our planet’s most enduring mysteries has been the sudden and unexplained appearance of massive “interstellar-interdimensional” devices in our skies—and who, in the concealing of their presence, use unknown technology to envelope themselves in massive cloud formations—so gigantic, in fact, the late American physicist William Corliss Ph.D., in his 1983 scientific research paper titled “Tornadoes, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and Related Weather Phenomena”, documented them being able to cover entire regions, resulting in what he called “Dark Days”, as the Sunwould be completely obliterated from the sky.
One of the most written about “Dark Days” associated with these “interstellar-interdimensinal” devices in near historic times, this report details, occurred on 19 May 1780 throughout the entire region of the United Statesknown as New England—and where, shortly before Noon on that day, the sky turned yellowish, then went completely black.  


Shortly before Noon, on Friday, 20 July 2018, this report notes, another of these “Dark Days” occurred that covered the entire Eveno-Bytantaisky and Zhigansky districts of Russia’s coldest region Yakutia—and whose residents of refused to accept official explanations, with many of them stating it was, indeed, caused by what they called a massive UFO.
Though not having the technology to fully track these “interstellar-interdimensional” devices when they enter our Earth’s atmosphere, this report says, this particular “Dark Day” cause, five days later, on 25 July, was determined by the MoD to be operating within the Arctic Circle—with it then being observed that a missile had fired by the US Air Force from their Arctic Circle air base, and that was immediately followed with the registering of a 2.1 kiloton explosion—but that the Americans claimed was due to a crashed meteorite.   

US Air Force fighter pilots admit their being ordered to fire on UFO’s

Near simultaneously with this 2.1 kiloton explosion occurring in the Arctic, this report continues, and also on 25 July, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) sent out an urgent astrogram (astronomer’s telegram) notifying the world that they had just detected a mysterious fast radio burst (FRB) they designated FRB 180725—and whose frequency of 580 MHz is nearly 200 megahertz lower than any other radio burst ever detected in history.
MoD analysts, this report concludes, have formed a hypothesis that this mysterious never seen before FRB was directed to the “interstellar-interdimensional” device fired on by the US Air Force—and that caused its “pair mate” device to come to its rescue as it may be lying disabled on the seafloor within the Arctic Circle—but whose full consequences of, should the worst have happened, and the Americans, indeed, fired upon an alien craft, are contained in the most highly classified section of this MoD report we’re not allowed to mention—other then to note its containing the full details of the most infamous “Dark Day” event occurring in recorded human history on 14 April 1561—and was when the inhabitants of the German city of Nuremberg witnessed a massive aerial battle involving hundreds of UFO’s in the skies above them—but whose cause of has never been known.  

UFO battle over the German city of Nuremberg on 14 April 1561 as printed in an illustrated news notice in the same month

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ANCIENT ET SPACESHIP, OR LOST TECHNOLOGY ON EARTH? 

WHEN RON PAUL GETS SERIOUSLY CENSORED, YOU KNOW THE FALSE FLAGS ARE ON THE DRAWING BOARD... BIGTIME... 

‘TRUTH IS TREASON IN EMPIRE OF LIES’: RON PAUL ON BIG TECH CENSORSHIP

“Challenging the status quo is what they can’t stand and it unnerves them, so they have to silence people.”

‘Truth is treason in empire of lies’: Ron Paul on Big Tech censorship


After the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute got suspended on Twitter, the former congressman from Texas told RT that social media crackdowns are part of a broader effort to silence dissent in the US.
While social media could be a “real delight” and very informative, the biggest role social networks are playing is “working with the government,” Ron Paul told RT on Tuesday. The government is indirectly regulating speech through companies like Twitter and Facebook, he added.
“You get accused of treasonous activity and treasonous speech because in an empire of lies the truth is treason,” Paul said. “Challenging the status quo is what they can’t stand and it unnerves them, so they have to silence people.”

Paul served in the House of Representatives for over 25 years before retiring in 2013 and setting up the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. The institute’s executive director, Daniel McAdams, found himself suspended from Twitter on Monday, apparently for retweeting a comment by radio show host Scott Horton.
Horton, who is also the editorial director of Antiwar.com, was suspended for criticizing journalist Jonathan M. Katz, after Katz complained to Twitter and got former former State Department employee and author Peter Van Buren banned from the platform.
“I’m just hoping that technology can stay ahead of it all and that we can have real alternatives to the dependency on Twitter and other companies that have been working hand in glove with the government,”Paul told RT.
“And if we, some of us, tell the truth about our government, they call us treasonous and say we’re speaking out of line and they’d like to punish us, and I think that’s part of what’s happening with social media,” he added.

https://www.infowars.com/forbidden-information-infowars-launches-grassroots-guerrilla-campaign 

INFOWARS IS FORBIDDEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD 

‘FORBIDDEN INFORMATION’: ALEX JONES LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

Red pill your town or neighborhood in this fight for free speech


‘Forbidden Information’: Alex Jones Launches Nationwide Grassroots Campaign
As the past days have made clear, Infowars is the forbidden information the globalists don’t want you to have.
Youtube, Facebook, Apple, Google and others have declared war on free thought, and they’re determined to use their algorithms to censor other conservative voices.
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As always, we here at Infowars salute you, our humble audience, and are deeply grateful for your continued support.

BANNING THE FIRST AMENDMENT COULD LEAD TO A SHOOTING WAR... AND WHY NOT? FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A FOUNDATION FOR 1776  ... HOWEVER, THOSE EVIL GLOBALISTS ORCHESTRATING A VIOLENT UPRISING SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE REAL JUSTICE... 

August 8, 2018

As Globalists And Big Tech 'Identify, Vilify, Nullify And Destroy', Totalitarian Attempts To Ban The 1st Amendment Could Lead To Rivers Of Blood Flowing Through The Streets Of America

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By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

With 'big tech' and the globalists having launched an all-out war upon the 1st Amendment with Alex Jones and Infowars clearly the 'canary in the coal mine' of tyranny, Steve Quayle recently warned while linking to this story over at Intellihub about the fiasco: "when there is no 'alt news', murder and death will rule the day". 


With Senate Democrats now actually floating plans that would see the US government taking over the internet according to a leaked memo circulating among them that details a plethora of authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms such as Infowars and ANP, allegedly to "get tough on Russian bots and fake news", the fact that one Democratic senator recently said "the survival of our democracy depends on banning sites like InfoWars" tells us everything that we need to know going forward in 2018. (REMINDER TO CONGRESS: Your job approval rating SUCKS at 18%!)

As Quayle also mentioned while linking to this story over at Zero Hedge which reports that the censorship crackdown continues with twitter suspending several accounts of prominent libertarians, including the account of the Director of the Ron Paul Institute, "the first victim in any war is truth - 'propaganda is the execution squad' to all truth - the full-scale NWO pogrom begins!

http://allnewspipeline.com/With_The_Purge_Having_Begun_Is_Civil_War_Next.php


HOW MANY ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS ON OUR PRESIDENT TRUMP? LIKELY, IT SURPASSES THIRTEEN IN NUMBER, IN THE KOUGAR'S OPINION 

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2622.htm

August 5, 2018
Trump Taunts “Deep State” Daring Them To Assassinate Him As Historic US-Russia Alliance To Save World Gains Speed
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
An astonishing historically centered new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that 48-hours after a suspected to be CIA assassination plot failed to kill their nations leader in Wilkes-BarrePennsylvania, an appearing to be fearless President Donald Trump appeared openly again before a cheering crowd of his supporters in Lewis CenterOhio where he actually taunted his “Deep State” demonic anti-Christ globalist enemies daring them to try to assassinate him again—and that he did so by his unmistakably declaring his allegiance to the 25th President of the United States William McKinley—and afterwards Trump’s allegiance to McKinley spreading like wildfire across the globe spurring comments like “Did you pick it up? CONFIRMED!  The Trump US government will begin to fund itself by everything else EXCEPT INCOME TAXES.  That's the future economic plan and I'm so jealous I'm not an American!!!”—with the true significant origins of what Trump is doing being able to be traced back to “The Two Liberators”, Tsar Alexander II and President Abraham Lincoln.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

President Donald Trump not so subtly taunts the “Deep State” to try to assassinate him again during rally in Lewis CenterOhio, on 4 August 2018

According to this report, having been expunged from their history books in order to keep the American people from knowing the true history of their past, the greatest enemy of both the United Statesand Russia has always been the 

Many are concerned at China's more assertive military posture - whether it be outrageous territorial claims in the South China Sea, or incessant "salami slicing" of Indian territory along the Himalayan border - but there is one country above all others most at risk of Chinese military adventurism.

That country is Taiwan, even though Beijing would furiously reject the appellation of "country" being given to what it terms a"renegade province" of the People's Republic of China. China has two options - either to give up on reunifying Taiwan, or to make even more concrete plans to invade and conquer it. The brand of nationalism espoused by Xi makes the former virtually impossible.

In 1995-96, China launched missiles into waters off Taiwanese harbors in a mark of its displeasure, but there is a growing chance things will go much further next time. China officially spends twelve times more on its military than does Taiwan. Thisbalance of military power, which continues to tilt more heavily in Beijing's favor, is enough to make military action even more viable in Beijing's eyes.

Rapprochement with Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou'sadministration (2008-16) went as far as it could. At that point the 23 million populace voted for the opposition party of Tsai Ing-wen, and that led to an immediate reversal of cordial relations. Nevertheless, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has declared, "We will not succumb to pressure from China...Taiwan is a sovereign, independent country."

Ian Easton, a research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, a Virginia-based think tank, told ANI that Taiwan has always been central in People's Liberation Army (PLA) doctrine. "Xi Jinping has been much more focused on preparing to one day occupy the island. It's always been the party's and the PLA's main strategic direction ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union.It is the main war plan scenario. This is the main justification for the military build-up. This is the thing they train for, that they teach officers about in military academies and command schools."

ANI was very interested in Easton's thoughts on the most likely method China could use to attack Taiwan. He respondedhonestly, "I don't know that I have an answer to it, but it's something we have to ask ourselves. What's the most likely course of action and what are some of the black swans [the term "black swan" refers to an unpredictable event that deviates beyond what is normally expected] - the sort of things they could do but we would not anticipate for the element of surprise?"

Last year Easton published a thoroughly researched book called The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan's Defense and American Strategy in Asia. In it he highlighted five possible scenarios that could lead to an invasion, although he warned the number of scenarios depended only on one's imagination.

He expressed, "My personal view, at least right now, is that the most likely course of action.is to seize Taiwanese-controlled islands. Taiwan controls over 100 islands - tiny islands in most cases. China could attempt to seize Itu Aba [Taiping Island] in the South China Sea. It's already surrounded on three sides by massive military or civil-military facilities constructed on the many islands."

Taiping is the largest natural island in the South China Sea, yet Taipei guards it with only coastguardsmen in an effort to avoid escalating militarism in the maritime region.

Easton continued, "Slightly more difficult but strategically tempting from China's side, I'd think, are the Pratas Islands [just 310km southeast of Hong Kong]." Another inviting target would be Taiwanese-controlled islands just off the coast of the mainland, such as Kinmen, which is just 2km from the Chinese coast, or Matsu. "There are a lot out there that China could look to pick off. In terms of an actual kinetic low-scale conflict scenario, I could certainly imagine them doing so." Easton said he could imagine China deliberately creating a crisis in the next few years in order to give an excuse to capture such islands.

Easton described yet another possible method of military coercion, that of a blockade. "China could do many things short of a massive international incident. They could start gradually and ramp it up, or they could go back and forth with different periods of intensity that are generally not lethal. They could use everything from naval capabilities to threats of naval capabilities.to cyberattacks and psychological warfare attacks. They can run the gamut and, then, if they want to, they can escalate. I think it should be an appealing option for the Chinese because they could have massive political effects on Taiwan,and they could potentially undermine the US position in the region without really doing anything that starts a conflict."

Indeed, this is precisely the methodology China has used in the South China Sea. It reclaimed reefs and built military bases togive de facto control over vast swathes of maritime region. The PLA Navy follows foreign warships traversing these waters and it interdicts fishermen from other countries. It has acted in small ways that have gradually built up into a major military presence, even though each individual step was rather innocuous at the time.

Therefore, the greatest danger is such "gray zone" operations,where China can use some ambiguous degree of force and hope to get away with it.

Easton suggested that in some respects an international "blockade" of Taiwan has already begun. Examples include ostracizing Taiwan within international organizations or pressuring foreign firms to list Taiwan as part of China on their websites. "It's really, really intensified in the past six months,"Easton observed.

Is it conceivable that China and the PLA would contemplate a full-blown invasion of Taiwan? It would be a formidable military task and the operation would be fraught with risk. For example, Easton lists only 14 possible landing beaches on the Taiwan coast and perhaps four weeks of permissive weather conditions in the notoriously rough Taiwan Strait. And these are just the geographic and climatic challenges, let alone a fairly well-equipped military who would be expected to put up stiff resistance.

The fact remains that, if China wants to control Taiwan, it mustput boots ashore in a huge amphibious operation. And yet to achieve a successful landing, the attack would have to be all-encompassing and massive. Such an invasion would thus represent the most serious scenario Taiwan could face against the PLA. Ironically, however, this would require morepreparations by the PLA, thus giving more warning to Taiwan's defenders.

Roger Cliff, a senior researcher at the Center for Naval Analyses, a US non-profit research organization, spoke recently at a meeting organized by the Global Taiwan Institute think tank, Cliff listed four scenarios in which Beijing could ostensibly use force against Taiwan. One is if Beijing thinks the USA will not intervene or it can be kept at arm's length until Taiwan collapses. Second is apathy or a lack of resolve on Taipei's part to resist China. Another is if China's leaders reach the conclusion that the USA will not intervene. A fourth scenario is if domestic pressure or internal crisis pushes Beijing into action, even at the cost of failure.

This all means that Taiwan must have the wherewithal and the determination to defend itself and hold out until the US war machine spools up and gets into action. It also requires the USA to make clear its intentions and obligations to military assist Taiwan, rather than hiding behind ambiguous or vague promises.

Yet, are some hyping up the possibility of a full Chinese invasion? Easton's considered opinion is, "No, it's not scaremongering - it's definitely possible. The question is, is it probable? And I think the answer is, no, it's not probable. Look at it and it would be so incredibly dangerous to everyone concerned, so that any logical or rational leader in China is going to say, 'We could do that, we could attempt it, but I'm not sure that we're going to succeed and it would be so dangerous that it isn't worth the risk.' That's how a rational leader or politburo could view it."

However, Easton pointed out problems relying on this line of thinking. The American warned, "There are two things that make a full-scale war much more likely over the coming ten years or so."

"One is that China's leadership may not be rational. "We don't know. If there was a crisis in China that we may or may not know about, like a coup attempt or some kind of disaster.Most authoritarian governments, especially communist-Leninist political organizations like theirs, sooner or later do things that we'd consider irrational."

The other problem is that Xi Jinping may not receive sageadvice from his inner circle. "The reason that he might not get good information is that he's become a dictator. He's purged so many of his top political rivals and so many of his top military generals, and in that kind of environment when there's purging going on, it's very, very brutal. There's an incredible amount of fear."

Regarding the Taiwan situation, for example, "If Xi asks the right questions about Taiwan, people could tell him what they think he wants to hear. He could then come to what he thinks are rational conclusions, and then make terrifying decisions based on that information." Easton is of the opinion that war becomes more likely the longer that Xi remains in power too.

Easton gave the example of the restructuring into theater commands as evidence that Taiwan is the number one priority. "The whole military reform program that we've seen since 2016, the public rhetoric, is that it's to build up a joint-capable PLA who wants to be able to conduct joint operations. But if you look at China's war plans, there's only one that requires joint operations - the invasion of Taiwan."

Operations along the mountainous Indian border, for example, would be firmly army-centric. "The point is, if you look at China's doctrinal writings, their military textbooks and theoretical writings, there's only one scenario where they envision they need a truly joint-capable military. So that suggests, at least to me, that now they're doing the military reform program to get ready for an invasion of Taiwan."

Significantly, the PLA's Eastern Theater Command, which faces Taiwan, was the only one not to have group armies cut during the reorganization. That particular command is also listed first in protocol order. In a rigid communist system where everything is linear and ordered, this is hugely symbolic. Previously, under the old Military Region structure, units in the north protectingagainst a potential Soviet land invasion were the most important. Now, units in the Eastern Theater Command get all the best equipment first since they have priority.

New weapons for the PLA are also determined by the Taiwan situation, and the need to fend off its US ally. It is precisely why such weapons as the DF-21D ballistic anti-ship missile were developed.

To date, China has failed to convince the Taiwanese people as a whole that joining the ranks of communist-led China will be good for them. Additionally, Taiwan has been able to witness Beijing's heavy-handed tactics in Hong Kong, where freedom of expression and political liberties are now being smothered.

Unable to make progress ideologically, China has resorted to heavy-handed measures in a wide-ranging campaign of coercion. However, its absurd bullying, which is ramping up to unprecedented levels, is backfiring even further. People in Taiwan and all around the world have had ample opportunity to see just how an authoritarian state truly behaves.(ANI)


          THE MURDER OF MARY MEYER      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On a chilly October 12, 1964 Monday morning, Mary Pinchot Meyer, a high-society socialite, (and also discovered paramour of the late assassinated President John F. Kennedy) became an assassination victim herself during her customary early morning walk to her art studio. 

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Author Peter Janney knew the Meyer family personally, as Janney’s father, Wistar Janney, was a career CIA operative and close friends with CIA chieftains Richard Helms, James Angleton, and Cord Meyer (Mary’s husband).  

“There was nothing pretty or easy about waking up early one morning in 2006 and finally realizing that my own father---Wistar Janney, a career high-level CIA officer---had been involved in the ‘termination’ of Mary Pinchot Meyer, someone I had grown to love and care about,” says Peter Janney.  “Yet there is another horror in the death of Mary Meyer, a horror that reaches far beyond the personal.  It is the intimate and undeniable connection between her murder and that of her lover, President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.”  

(Mary’s Mosaic, Peter Janney, Skyhorse Publishing, 307 West36th Street, 11th floor, New York, N.Y. 10018 
info@skyhorsepublishing.com, www.skyhorsepublishing.com, 2012, 548 pages, $26.95.)

For more information or to purchase this book from AMAZON.COM simply click on its title:  Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace
 

MISSING LINKS

Janney begins an excursion through the arrest and trial of a young twenty-five-year-old Raymond Crump, Jr., the accused murderer of Mary Meyer.  Under the skillful counsel of defense attorney Dovey Roundtree, Crump’s attorney was able to disintegrate the accusations and charges brought against her client.  Despite prosecution’s determined “declaration of war” on Ray Crump, Roundtree meticulously dodged and rebuffed the prosecution’s manipulations of justice.  On Friday, July 30, 1965, the jury found Raymond Crump, Jr., not guilty of the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer.  Yet, Roundtree had discovered a deeper mystery in the forensic history.

Janney explains: “Dovey Roundtree never abandoned her belief that Ray had been a scapegoat, a ‘patsy,’ who had been set up to take the fall. ‘So far as I am concerned,’ wrote Roundtree in 2009, ‘there is in the complex and tangled web of certain truth and unconfirmed rumor, of the inference and speculation and intrigue that surrounds the life and death of Mary Pinchot Meyer a single critical fact: Raymond Crump’s innocence in her murder.’” 

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Raymond Crump Jr., being arrested 

http://www.ctka.net/reviews/DiEugenio_Janney_Mary's_Mosaic.html.


Joseph W. Shimon floated in the highest of government circles.  He was a special White House Aide, Washington Police Inspector, liaison to the CIA, U.S Attorney’s office, U.S Secret Service, the Mob, and an official assassin:

“People are eliminated,” said Shimon to his daughter in the spring of 1965.  “Honey, you don’t know how many people are just eliminated, just on the operating table alone.  They just need to be disposed of.   And don’t ever believe what you read in the newspapers. It’s all made up…among my many jobs, I used to kill people.  The government hired me to kill people. It’s a job…you have to, if that’s what you’re told to do.”  (Shimon, interviewed by Peter Janney, February 15, 2007.)   


Roundtree further pondered the mysterious phone calls she received, the disappearance of a stalled Nash Rambler and an accompanying “repair order,” as well as the mention of “Mary’s diary having been sequestered by the CIA all these years,” linking Mary’s affair with the assassinated president.   

“Who, then, was the man that Henry Wiggins had seen standing over Mary’s corpse less than fifteen seconds after the fatal second shot was fired?” asks Janney.  “His pristine, unstained clothes appeared to match the clothes worn by Ray Crump that morning.”

NEW LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING

Janney says that achieving a “new level of understanding in the case” would include a look at “a number of heretofore unseen details, events, experiences, and people.”  (p. 144.)

Author Peter Janney

“Another author, Leo Damore, met with Janney in 1992 while working on his own Meyer project.  Damore had written a bestseller about Senator Edward Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, and he was hot on the trail of Meyer’s killer, or so he confided to Janney.  Damore never finished his book, however.  In 1995 he committed suicide.  Years later, Janney bought Damore’s research files, using them as the basis for ‘Mary’s Mosaic.’

“James H. Smith, a Falmouth lawyer, was among those encouraging Janney to keep digging.  Smith worked for the Kennedy family years ago and knew Damore well. Now 82, he never believed the Warren Commission’s version of JFK’s murder, says Smith today, and finds nothing outlandish in Janney’s the-CIA-did-it scenario.

‘I think Peter’s hit a home run,’ Smith said.’”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2012/05/25/janney/St45JbWsY5VXTVbPKzAG7M/story.html.

 

Mary had several suitors before her death.  One such admirer was Robert (“Bob”) L. Schwartz who was a young naval officer and a journalist who came to know Mary as a very idealistic woman and a pacifist, but ultimately called her “a prima ballerina assoluta.”  “She was what women were meant to be,” said Schwartz.

Cord Meyer, “a charismatic war veteran,” Yale graduate, congressman, dated and eventually married Mary Pinchot.  Cord decided to work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Directorate of Plans in 1951, “the CIA’s most secretarial division dedicated to the manipulation of world order.”

Janney says:  “Somewhere in the bowels of the Washington E Street offices of the newly formed CIA, Cord Meyer transformed all his poetic, insightful visionary wisdom into perfecting schemes and strategies for America’s greater power and control, the often subtle but effective attempts at world domination---no matter what the cost.”

Mary felt a disdain for the CIA and its “mission.”  Janney quotes an anonymous source:  “Mary absolutely detested Allen Dulles and everything he stood for.  She compared him to Machiavelli, only worse.”  (p. 184.)

Cord and Mary grew apart, possibly due to Cord’s alcoholism, possibly due to Cord’s obsessive life in the CIA, but also due to Mary’s affair with (in his appearance only) “Italian noble” Jean Pierre.  The Meyers were divorced.  Shortly following these events, Michael Pinchot Meyer (the son) was hit and killed by an automobile driver.  During these sordid circumstances, Cord  became director of the CIA’s black project: Operation Mockingbird.

“Having infiltrated more than twenty-five newspapers and wire agencies, Operation Mockingbird had successfully manipulated the American media to promote the CIA viewpoint…an estimated three thousand salaried and contract CIA employees were engaged in propaganda efforts.”

October 12, 1964 - Mary Pinchot Meyer is murdered in broad daylight on the C & O Canal towpath in Georgetown, three weeks after the release of the Warren Report.

The CIA did not take kindly to an expose’ of their media control operation in Ramparts Magazine.  “CIA operative Edgar Applewhite was ordered to operate a campaign to smear the publication and then tender it financially bankrupt,” says Janney.  (p. 192.) 

Further CIA conquests included the CIA surveillance of Alfred McCoy’s The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia.  The book revealed that American intelligence had collaborated with the drug trade dating back as far as World War II.  CIA involvement extended about the globe resulting in the “death squads” in Central America (p. 195).  Janney talks about a “CIA-led assassination campaign throughout Southeast Asia, Operation Phoenix, (which) made matters even worse.”

THE LSD PARLANCE

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Mary’s friends Anne and Jim Truitt began an interest in psychedelic states of consciousness and, according to Jim Truitt, Mary first experimented with psychedelics in 1958, but Janney says a legendary Alfred M. Hubbard (a former World War II OSS agents, uranium entrepreneur) “first introduced her to such exploration.”  Dr. Oscar Janiger, a Los Angeles Psychiatrist, was also a member to Hubbard’s visits.  Hubbard was very distrustful of the CIA’s exploration of LSD.  “The CIA work stinks,” said Hubbard, “they were misusing it…when they were killing people, you couldn’t tell them a goddamn thing.”

Janney says:  “In addition to the CIA, the U.S Army, and Britain’s M16 all had a keen interest in using LSD and other hallucinogens for chemical warfare, in what they hoped would be ‘mind control.’”  In one incident, in 1951, the CIA’s Fort Detrick, Maryland had used a crop-duster airplane to cover the town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in Southern France with an aerosol of LSD.  “Four people committed suicide before the trauma subsided.”

Frank Olson, a CIA chemical warfare expert, became, in the eyes of his peers, a “security risk” and was supposedly thrown out of his tenth-floor hotel window.  It was in his world of high-society intrigue, that Mary’s drug interest expanded.

It was suspected that Mary visited Timothy Leary, the LSD guru, during the early 1960s.  That interest would become entwined with her friendship with Jack Kennedy. 

JACK KENNEDY AND MARY MEYER     

Mary became Friends with her neighbor Jack Kennedy starting somewhere about 1957.  Over a number of years, that friendship turned into a closer attraction.

“Mary’s primary attraction for Jack may have ultimately been trust---in the end,” says Janney, “love’s most powerful aphrodisiac."

Richard Helms: The man who kept the JFK secrets

Mary contacted Doctor Timothy Leary about his research and connection to the Harvard Psilocybin Project.  “Leary depicted Mary Meyer,” says Janney, “as a kind of missionary for the ascension of world peace through the sagacious use of hallucinogens…an opportune mind-altering experience in the lives of powerful political figures, specifically the leader of the free world…”

Leary’s harassment by the government and his eventual arrest and imprisonment only temporarily stifled his investigation of the murder of his Friend, Mary Meyer.   

“Upon his release from prison in 1976, having read the National Enquirer expose’ about Mary’s affair with Jack published earlier that year, Leary would attempt a second investigation of Mary’s murder,” says Janney, “after coming across a copy of Deborah Davis’ book Katharine the Great  at the home of his friends Jon and Carolyn Bradshaw.”

EVOLVING TRAJECTORY  

According to Janney, the Meyer-Kennedy affair began around January, 1962 and perhaps earlier. Both Meyer and the Kennedys, Jack and Bobby, had a growing distrust of Allen Dulles and his increasing exploits, including the Cuban Bay of Pigs, Operation Northwoods, and other nefarious CIA shenanigans.

“Mary’s longtime commitment to world peace, coupled with Jack’s broadening insight that peace, not armed conflict,” says Janney, “was the right path forward, inevitably made an important asset. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the President’s evolving political trajectory would increasingly isolate him from his own National Security Apparatus.” 

During the Cuban missile crisis, both the U.S military and the CIA, says Janney, were secretly operating unilaterally doing whatever they could to intensify tensions that could ignite a war.

“But in the shadows, evil was very much alive, stalking not only the republic but the president,” says Janney.  “Not only were the Joint Chiefs of Staff enraged that Cuba had been attacked, but were also indignant that Kennedy had made concessions to Khrushchev.”    

Author and researcher Leo Damor told Janney about a confidential source who revealed that Mary and Jack Kennedy had taken “a mild LSD trip” in the summer of 1959. Following this episode, Kennedy pushed for a Nuclear Arms Treaty.

SECURITY OF THE SLAVE 

Mary Meyer and Jack Kennedy’s new found philosophy of world peace could be seen in his address at American University, dubbed his “peace speech”:  “Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.  Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave.  I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, that kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children---not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”

THE OSWALD SYNCHRONISM  

An assassination attempt on Jack Kennedy was planned for November 2, 1963.  The plot would entail multiple gunmen, and a designated patsy, ex-marine Thomas Arthur Vallee.  Like Oswald, Thomas Vallee had also served at a U-2 base in Japan under the Joint Technical Advisory Group (JTAG), the CIA’s code name for its U-2 spy plane surveillance unit.  Like Lee Harvey Oswald, Vallee “found work” in the fall of November, 1963 in a building next to a L-shaped turn on  the route of the Presidential motorcade.  The plot, however, was foiled.

For more information or to purchase this book from AMAZON.COM simply click on its title:  Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace

PART II will be published tomorrow June 23, 2015  http://ufodigest.com/article/mary-meyer-0623

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Pyongyang accuses Trump administration of following ‘outdated acting script’ as denuclearisation deal shows few signs of progress

North Korea has denounced US calls for international sanctions to be enforced despite Pyongyang’s goodwill moves, saying progress on denuclearisation cannot be expected if Washington follows an “outdated acting script”.

North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that Pyongyang had stopped nuclear and missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test ground and returned the remains of US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean war. Yet Washington was still insisting on “denuclearisation first” and had “responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure”.

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Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike on bus kills 29 children

A Yemeni man holds a boy injured in an air strike in Saada (9 August 2018)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received dozens of casualties
At least 29 children have been killed and 30 wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.
The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada. 
The health ministry run by the rebel Houthi movement said put the death toll at 43, and said 61 people were wounded.
The coalition, which is backing Yemen's government in a war with the Houthis, said its actions were "legitimate".
It insists it never deliberately targets civilians, but human rights groups have accused it of bombing markets, schools, hospitals and residential areas.

What happened in Saada?

Yemeni tribal elders told the Associated Press that the bus was hit as it passed through Dahyan market and that it was transporting local civilians, including many school children.
The vehicle was stationary when the attack happened, it added.
A doctor treats children injured by an air strike in Saada, Yemen (9 August 2018)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe ICRC said it was sending extra supplies to help hospitals deal with the influx
The ICRC said a hospital it supported in Saada had received the bodies of 29 children, all of them under the age of 15, and 48 injured people, among them 30 children.
It sent additional supplies to the hospital to cope with the influx of patients.
Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported that 47 people were killed and 77 wounded, and broadcast graphic pictures showing the bodies of several young children, some of them wearing school uniform.

What has been the reaction?

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam accused the coalition of showing "clear disregard for civilian life" by targeting a crowded public place.
The ICRC stressed that "under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict", while the secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland called it a "grotesque, shameful" attack that showed "blatant disregard for rules of war".
Save the Children described the incident as "horrific", and called for a full, immediate and independent investigation into recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure.
It was not immediately clear whether the bus was the target of the air strike, but coalition spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said the attack was "a legitimate military action, conducted in conformity with international humanitarian law". 
Smoke rises after a reported air strike in Sanaa, Yemen (9 August 2018)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionAir strikes were reported in the rebel-held capital of Sanaa later on Thursday
He said it had hit "militants responsible for planning and targeting civilians" in the southern Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday night, where one Yemeni resident was killed and 11 others were injured by fragments from an intercepted ballistic missile that was launched by the Houthis from neighbouring Amran province. 
He accused the rebels of using children as "tools and covers for their terrorist acts".
Map of Yemen showing location of Dahyan, Saada province
Later, air strikes were reported in the rebel-held Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
A week ago, at least 55 civilians were killed and 170 others wounded in a series of attacks on the rebel-held Red Sea port city of Hudaydah. The coalition denied that it had carried out air strikes in the area, and blamed the deaths on rebel mortar fire.

Why is there a war in Yemen?

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in early 2015, when the Houthis seized control of much of the west of the country and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad.
Media captionThe conflict in Yemen has been raging for years - but what is it all about?
Alarmed by the rise of a group they saw as an Iranian proxy, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and seven other Arab states intervened in an attempt to restore the government.
Almost 10,000 people - two-thirds of them civilians - have been killed and 55,000 others injured in the fighting, according to the United Nations.
The fighting and a partial blockade by the coalition has also left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have affected a million people.

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Israel slams BBC headline on Gaza flare-up as ‘misrepresentation of reality'

Israel issued a formal complaint over a BBC headline which referenced Gazans killed in an Israeli airstrike but omitted mention of a barrage of rocket fire on Israeli communities
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Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman issued a scathing complaint against BBC news on Thursday over an article headline that referenced the deaths of a pregnant Gazan and her toddler daughter in an Israeli airstrike but which omitted mention the more than 180 rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the enclave preceding the retaliatory airstrikes.
The article posted to BBC World news service Twitter feed was titled “Israeli air strikes ‘kill pregnant woman and baby’”, referencing the deaths of Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan in an Israeli airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza overnight Thursday.
The headline gave no indication that the airstrike came in response to a barrage of some 180 rockets fired at Israeli communities, which injured at least 11 Israeli civilians including one woman who suffered “grave injuries”.
“@BBCWorld this is a formal complaint by @IsraelMFA. This title is a deliberate misrepresentation of reality ( that’s the polite equivalent of “ this is a LIE” if you don’t get it).” Emmanuel Nahshon wrote on twitter, with a screen capture of the article posted to the BBC World twitter feed.
“Israelis were targeted by Hamas and IDF acts to protect them. Change it IMMEDIATELY!!!”, Nahshon demanded.
Nahshon said he asked Israel’s embassy in London to file a written complaint against the broadcaster in response to the headline.
The original headline remained visible on BBC World’s Twitter feed, but the expanded version of the article posted on the news service’s website was titled “Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel”.
It was not clear whether the article had been re-titled in response to Nahshon’s complaint.
Following the retitling, spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in the UK delivered further criticism in a letter addressed to "Angus" at the BBC. "I appreciate that BBC News has changed its online headline," Yehuda Aviv wrote, "however the headline is back-to-front."
"Hamas rockets struck Israel before Israel responded with air strikes. Therefore, I would ask for the headline to be corrected according to the order in which the events occurred," he added.
Furthermore, referencing the BBC World's Twitter account @BBCWorld, Avivi continued that the tweet "Israeli air strikes kill pregnant woman and baby" did not include any details about Hamas' terrorism at all.
"Disappointingly, none of these facts are deemed relevant for BBC World on Twitter. I would appreciate if you amend this error," he concluded in his letter.
Rocket attacks aimed at Israeli communities along the Gaza border continued into Thursday morning after a relentless overnight bombardment that carried the threat of a full-scale war erupting.
Residents in the region were instructed by the military to remain within 15-seconds of bomb sheltersand to limit the size of public gatherings.
All trains between the border town of Sderot and the coastal city of Ashkelon were cancelled, as were all children's summer camps and educational activities. Farmers were also forbidden from tending to their fields.
A senior Israeli military official said Thursday that the army is “nearing war with Gaza” and would evacuate Israelis living in communities adjacent to the border if necessary.
"We don't see the end of the escalation. We are closing in on operation in Gaza," the senior IDF official told Israeli media outlets.
The IDF said 30 of the approximately 180 rockets fired into Israel were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, which is activated only against those projected to hit populated areas. Several rockets fell in the southern Israeli city of Sderot and border-adjacent Eshkol Regional Council.
Israel responded to the rocket barrage by striking more than 150 Hamas "military sites" overnight Thursday, including military compounds and weapons manufacturing sites for the Islamist movement.
Those killed in the Gaza Strip included Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave.
MAHMUD HAMS (AFP)An explosion rocks Gaza following an Israeli air strike on August 8, 2018
MAHMUD HAMS (AFP)
They were killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, the ministry said, while her husband was injured. The ministry said Khammash was also pregnant.
A Hamas militant was also killed in the strikes and at least 12 others injured, the health ministry said.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket barrage, saying it came in response to the IDF’s killing of two of its fighters on Tuesday. The two militants were killed after an Israeli tank fired on a Hamas observation post, responding to what it initially identified as gunfire against Israeli troops but was apparently part of a Hamas commando exercise.
“In response to Israel aggression, the Palestinian resistance has launched a large number of rockets in recent hours at the enemy,” a statement by the group said. “There was a promise [to respond] and now it has been fulfilled.”
The IDF said it was "determined to secure the safety of the citizens of Israel and is on high alert and prepared for a wide variety of scenarios."
The conflagration came as Egypt and UN-led efforts had been underway to reach a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas to bring to an end months of violence along the border and ease tensions in the impoverished Palestinian enclave.
Israel and Hamas were brought to the brink of a full-scale war in two separate military flare-ups in July as Israel struck targets in response to a wave of devastating cross-border arson attacks, prompting several barrages of Hamas rocket fire and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes that marked some of the fiercest clashes since 2014.

          1959年に考えられていた、街ごと護る“対ミサイル・バリア”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Image: Novak Archive 光子線によるウォール・マリアです。宇宙でのミサイル防衛と聞くと、ロナルド・レーガン元大統領が考えた戦略防衛構想「スターウォーズ計画」が頭をよぎるかもしれません。これは1980年代に核兵器の先をゆくべく、人工衛星からミサイルやレーザーで敵ミサイルを迎撃するというものでした。ですが1959年の日曜新聞に載った、一コマ漫画『Closer Than We Think』ではもっと壮大な対空バリアが予言されていました。12月6日号 全文
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          Saudi-led Coalition Strikes School Bus In Yemen, Killing At Least 29 Children       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province. It was there, as the students sat waiting to resume their journey home on Thursday, that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their school bus.

Hours later, well after the blast's violent rumble gave way to sirens and the victim's screams, a clearer sense of the human cost has emerged: At least 29 children under the age of 15, some as young as 6 years old, were killed in the attack, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Citing "local officials," the head of the international aid group's delegation in Yemen says that in total at least 50 people died and dozens more were injured.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in a statement released by his spokesperson, saying he "expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims."

"The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the fundamental rules of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack," his spokesperson, Farhan Haq, said Thursday. "The Secretary-General emphasizes that all parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects in the conduct of military operations."

And Guterres called for a prompt independent investigation into the incident.

Saudi Arabia, the driving force behind a coalition of its Arab neighbors, saw no reason to apologize, however. In a statement released through the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Riyadh called the airstrike a "legitimate military action" conducted in accordance with international law.

The coalition's spokesperson said the operation sought to target the militants responsible for a missile intercepted over Saudi civilian territory on Wednesday. Upon interception, Saudis say the missile exploded into fragments that killed one Yemeni civilian and injured 11 other people.

"The Coalition will take all necessary measures against the terrorist, criminal acts of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia, such as recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools and covers to their terrorist acts," coalition spokesperson Col. Turki al-Malki said in a statement.

The Iran-backed Shiite militia has controlled Yemen's northwest, including Saada, since ousting the country's internationally recognized government from the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

It is with the stated aim of dislodging the Houthis, and restoring the previous government, that the Sunni coalition has waged a years-long airstrike campaign in the country with the support of the U.S. Since large-scale fighting erupted in 2015, the ensuing violence has left more than 10,000 people killed and the country's health infrastructure so badly battered, nearly 18 million Yemenis lack reliable access to food.

Norway Refugee Council Secretary-General Jan Egeland described Thursday's airstrike differently: "grotesque, shameful, indignant." He asserted that it evinces a "blatant disregard for rules of war when [a] bus carrying innocent school children is fair game for attack."

Houthi media broadcast what appears to be graphic scenes of the aftermath, depicting children drenched in blood and burned black by the blast. They wail in pain as medics attempt to treat them, standing beside boys missing limbs and gazing on with shell-shocked stares.

The frame then hovers over what appears to be a pile of bloodied bodies, unmoving.

Asked about the airstrike by the U.S.-backed coalition, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters "we are certainly concerned."

"We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident," she said.

Thursday's attack marks a grim milestone in a war that lately has seen yet another escalation, as coalition-backed Yemeni government forces have made a recent push to reclaim the key port city of Hodeidah from rebels. Just last week at least 55 people died in the city during a particularly bloody exchange of fire in residential areas and outside a hospital.

"How many more children will suffer or die before those who can act, do by putting a stop to this scourge?" UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore asked.

"It's hard to believe we live in a world where children should live in fear of such attacks, yet here we are," she added. "This doesn't have to be their reality though. Parties to the conflict and those who have influence over them, including Security Council members, can and should choose to end this catastrophe for the sake of Yemen's children."

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Ballistic missile falls inside Yemen after Houthi militia attempted to launch it towards Najran.

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ed note–2 ways to read this– 1. Someone wants to convey to Trump the message that ‘accidents’ happen and therefore he better cool his jets with all his talk of scrubbing US membership in NATO and of any ‘peace deal’ with the Palestinians, or 2. Trump’s people want to convey the message that ‘accidents’ happen and […]
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The proposed robust nonlinear disturbance observer based adaptive guidance method considers the nonlinear coupled missile dynamics and rapidly maneuvering target. It also includes unavailable information such as high-order line-of-sight rates and target acceleration as time-varying parametric uncertainties and nonparametric disturbances. An integrated guidance and control model, a robust nonlinear disturbance observer, a nonlinear missile jerk observer, and a robust nonlinear guidance law are proposed, the validity of which is demonstrated by stability analysis and simulations.
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This paper proposes a novel approach for guidance law design to satisfy the impact-time constraints for a certain class of homing missiles. The proposed guidance law provides proper lateral acceleration commands that make the impact time error converge to zero by the time of impact. This scheme can be applied to any existing guidance law for which a formula of predicted time to go is available. Convergence of time-to-go errors is supported by Lyapunov stability. The optimal guidance law and the impact angle control guidance law are extended by the proposed method for impact-time-control guidance and impact-time-and-angle-control guidance, respectively. The performance of the extended guidance laws is demonstrated by numerical simulation.
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China successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft on Friday (Aug. 3), one that could one day be capable of firing nuclear missiles around the planet at up to six times the speed of sound, according to China's state-run news site China Daily.
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From Comments to yesterday's essay, this on the topic from frequent contributor LL:

"The Central Intelligence Agency - in its entirety - is the national political warfare center, looking out from the US on the world. When you look inward, it clearly WAS the FBI, working hard to make a king/queen that would be satisfactory to the swamp. The Agency had a very small hand in the more recent attempt at a coup against President Trump."
Au contraire, mon ami.

Christians In Action gathers intelligence on other countries, sometimes which is even both accurate and timely(!) - excepting things like the invasion of South Korea, the Suez Crisis, any of a dozen Middle Eastern wars, Soviet missiles in Cuba, Soviet troops in Cuba, the erection of the Berlin Wall, the falling of the Berlin Wall, the fall of the Soviet Union, or any baker's dozen of terroristic acts from 1968-present, inclusive, but other than those petty failings, almost never takes a hand in doing everything outside of espionage or actual direct action. They generally suck at the things they're supposed to do, let alone the things we wish they'd do.

The other eleventy venues of operations, the ones described by Culper in his post, and those actively practiced by, for instance, the Chicoms, in every venue besides open warfare, are precisely what neither the Agency, the State Department, nor any other cabinet agency do, even though such is exactly their mission, either directly or in ancillary ways.

There is, as the referenced RAND study notes, no coordinated propaganda messaging, cyber warfare (offensive nor defensive, although Far Beyond Insanity likes to think they've "got that", they're mainly only concerned with government systems, not the other 98% of the economy, nor anything remotely offensive), no economically coherent outlook, and so on, ad infinitum.

And plainly, even the DoD is more concerned with internecine turf wars than a coherent defense strategy, or they wouldn't continue pursuing SJW nonsense and the jackassical continued deployment of the terminally flawed Thunderjug (which our allies with options are dropping like a hot iron ingot) in preference to three more carrier groups and ancillary surface ships, a strategic sealift capability, and doubling or tripling our SSNs and increasing our SSBNs, let alone halting the criminal hollowing of the current Army into little more than twice the size of the USMC any time since 1946. And they couldn't even had they the will and foresight to address all that, because the entitlement beast has eaten the meat, the potatoes, the seed corn, and left them nothing but gnawed bones to work with, in perpetuity.

And they've been abetted in this by 40 years of the most worthless congresses in US history (and historically, that's saying something).

We're on our way to becoming Britistan 2.0 at light speed, when what we really need, soon in a critical way, is for someone to institute our own version of Churchill's Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare (a great backpacking read, and enthusiastically and unhesitatingly recommended to the readership, btw, as both germane and informative in current times), on steroids, and with the brief of kicking everyone's @$$ who would challenge our survival, our supremacy, and our ability to prosper in any or all of the realms outlined in Culper's post.

That's not only something the CIA cannot do, it's something they actively suck at, any time they've been so tasked.

They should be folded wholesale, the dregs and dross winnowed for any actual talent coupled with the blazing desire to serve America and not the bureaucracy, and the dross flushed out of the pipes once and for all. Doing the same thing to the Feebies, as recent events have demonstrated, is about twenty to forty years overdue as well.

The blood from Langley and the Hoover building should be running waist deep coming down the steps of both agencies, and for the next several years. Anybody employed or hired by the current regime should be considered inherently suspect until proctologically proven innocent, by which I mean a full grand jury background investigation and zero tolerance for anything less than political virginity, and the entire house cleaned out and re-stocked with actual Americans, not agency hacks and bureaucrats, and the slightest degree of wavering afterwards should be dealt with in the most draconian manners imaginable. Permanent assignment to duties at McMurdo Station, including being given a parka and binoculars and told to keep all-directional watch on the horizon in 12 hour shifts, should be the kindest form of in-house punishment contemplated for any future failings, going forward for the next decade.

The mere existence of cesspit lizards like Brennan, McCabe, Strzok, and Page proves that the gentlest instrument used to clean house at the FBI and CIA ought to be actual M1A1 flamethrowers, used in platoon strength, from the roof to the basement, and all the nooks and crannies in between.

Starting today would not be too soon.
          Israel And Hamas Are On The Verge Of WAR As More Than 150 Rockets Rain Down On The Holy Land Overnight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Michael Snyder | According to the IDF, over 150 projectiles were launched from the Hamas-run enclave as of early Thursday morning; 25 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
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USA har forhåndsgodkendt en ordre på knap 50 missiler til de danske fregatter. Prisen er en milliard kroner, men de er godt givet ud, vurderer militærforsker.
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Week by week, Donald Trump’s gargantuan dishonesty is growing. He’s gone from being the LeBron of lying to a one-man Hall of Fame, setting records in June only to break them in July:

  • Before last week, Trump’s record for lies and false claims in a single week was 103, set in June. Last week, he soared past 103 all the way to 132.
  • Before last month, Trump’s record was 268 lies and other false claims in June. In July, he bumped that up to 280.

No subject is too big or too small for Trump to lie about:

Among the whoppers: he claimed that Americans need photo identification to “buy groceries” or to “buy anything” (obviously not), that car plants are opening in Pennsylvania (none are), that Justice Neil Gorsuch was number one in his class at Harvard Law School (Gorsuch wasn’t close), that the European Union refused to talk trade with Barack Obama (the EU engaged in three years of trade negotiations with Obama), that he is surrounding the U.S. with missile defence systems (U.S-based interceptor missiles are located only in California and Alaska) ...

How many lies can one person tell in a week? Don’t bet on 132 being Trump’s ceiling. And those are just his public lies—it’s impossible how many more he told in private settings.


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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s warm relationship with and advocacy for Communist China go back decades and involve millions, if not billions, of dollars.



By Ben Weingarten
August 8, 2018

“I sometimes say that in my last life maybe I was Chinese.”—Sen. Dianne Feinstein

As media, intelligence agency, and political scrutiny of foreign meddling is seemingly at its apex, a story with big national security implications involving a high-ranking senator with access to America’s most sensitive intelligence information has been hiding in plain sight.

The story involves China and the senior U.S. senator from California, and former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Democrat Dianne Feinstein. It was buried eight paragraphs into a recent Politico exposé on foreign efforts to infiltrate Silicon Valley, as a passing example of political espionage:

Former intelligence officials…[said] Chinese intelligence once recruited a staff member at a California office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the source reported back to China about local politics. (A spokesperson for Feinstein said the office doesn’t comment on personnel matters or investigations, but noted that no Feinstein staffer in California has ever had a security clearance.)

Later comes additional detail:

According to four former intelligence officials, in the 2000s, a staffer in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco field office was reporting back to the MSS [ China’s Ministry of State Security, its intelligence and security apparatus]. While this person, who was a liaison to the local Chinese community, was fired, charges were never filed against him. (One former official reasoned this was because the staffer was providing political intelligence and not classified information—making prosecution far more difficult.) The suspected informant was ‘run’ by officials based at China’s San Francisco Consulate, said another former intelligence official. The spy’s handler ‘probably got an award back in China’ for his work, noted this former official, dryly.

This anecdote provides significantly more questions than answers. For starters: Who was the spy? For how long was the spy under surveillance? What information about “local politics” was the spy passing back to China? Just how close was the spy to the senator? Did law enforcement officials sweep vehicles and other areas for listening devices? Was there an investigation into whether others in the senator’s circle may have been coordinating with Beijing?

Did the senator expose herself to potential blackmail, or the public to danger through leakage of sensitive, highly classified information? Is firing really the proper punishment for providing political intelligence to a foreign power?

The Details Right Now Are Few and Blurry We now know only the most basic of additional details about what occurred in Feinstein’s office. Five years ago, the FBI approached the senator to apprise her that a San Francisco-based staffer was being investigated under suspicion of spying for China. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Feinstein’s hometown paper, this staffer, who had worked with Feinstein for almost 20 years, drove her around in San Francisco and “served as gofer in her San Francisco office and as a liaison to the Asian American community, even attending Chinese Consulate functions for the senator.”

An unnamed source added that a Chinese MSS official first approached the staffer during a visit to Asia several years prior. Given his proximity to Feinstein, we have no idea what information he could have gleaned in her employ. We do have a presumed identity. The Daily Caller discovered that a Feinstein staffer named Russell Lowe, listed on the senator’s payroll as an “office director” as of 2013 before he was let go, matches the description of the Chinese asset.

It appears Lowe continues to operate freely in the United States. A year after he was removed from Feinstein’s staff, Lowe spoke at a conference on Chinese investment in California. In October 2017 he visited a South Korean publication’s office with former Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), indicating he still had access to political figures.

Lowe presently serves as secretary general of the Education for Social Justice Foundation, which seeks to “educate the public on unresolved historical conflicts, human rights, and crimes against humanity.” The Chinese government likely views its present focus favorably: Japanese abuses during the World War II era via its “comfort women” system whereby 200,000 girls from 13 or more Asian countries were forced into sexual slavery. Lowe discusses the nonprofit’s work here.

It took a tweet from President Trump implying hypocrisy, given Feinstein’s role investigating “Russian collusion” as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while a Chinese spy had infiltrated her own office, to force the senator to address the issue.

(1/2) The FBI told me 5 years ago it had concerns that China was seeking to recruit an administrative member of my Calif staff (despite no access to sensitive information). I took those concerns seriously, learned the facts and made sure the employee left my office immediately. pic.twitter.com/qpVyPanpJk

— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) August 4, 2018

Feinstein’s account conflicts with what has been reported regarding the recruitment and activities of the Chinese spy. She conveniently omits that her office employed this individual for almost 20 years in a close capacity, while he represented the senator in interactions with Chinese officials.

A Short History of Dianne Feinstein’s Love for China For the last 40 years, no politician in America has arguably maintained a deeper, more longstanding and friendlier relationship with China, at the highest levels of its ruling Communist Party, than Feinstein. It dates back to the opening of U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations in 1979.

Shortly thereafter, Feinstein, then mayor of San Francisco, established a “sister city” relationship with Shanghai, one of the earliest and most robust such relationships in U.S.-China history. Soon after, Feinstein led a mayoral delegation to China joined by her husband, investor Richard Blum, a trip they took together many times over the ensuing years as the relationship between both Feinsteins and China grew.

During the 1980s, as mayor of San Francisco, Feinstein developed a close friendship with Shanghai Mayor Jiang Zemin. This substantially enhanced Feinstein’s foreign policy profile, and created an important linkage to the U.S. government for China’s Communist Party (CCP).

Just as Feinstein rose to a prominent position in foreign affairs and national security in the U.S. Senate, first on the Foreign Relations Committee and later as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Jiang rose to the top of Chinese leadership, serving as chairman of the Central Military Commission, general secretary of the CCP, and president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Under Jiang’s leadership, the PRC initiated a brutal crackdown against practitioners of Falun Gong, including mass imprisonments, beatings, torture, rape, organ harvesting, and murder, and engaging in alleged human rights atrocities against Tibetans. Feinstein never renounced her friendship with Jiang, in spite of these acts.

Feinstein and Jiang reportedly visited each other regularly in the 1980s, with Jiang once spending Thanksgiving in San Francisco with Feinstein and her husband. Jiang supposedly danced with Feinstein during one such visit, which surely must have been a propaganda coup for the CCP a la Ted Kennedy and the Soviets.

It Turned Out to Be a Lucrative Relationship In 1986, Feinstein and Jiang designated several corporate entities for fostering commercial relations, one named Shanghai Pacific Partners. Feinstein’s husband served as a director. His financial position was relatively small, less than $500,000 on one project, the only such position in China the Feinstein family held when Feinstein entered the Senate in 1992.


‘They said that Feinstein’s consistent support for China’s interests cannot help but benefit her husband’s efforts to earn profits there.’
That project, however, which Blum’s firm participated in alongside PRC state-run Shanghai Investment Trust Corp., was one of the first joint ventures between San Francisco and Chinese investors, reportedly “cited by Chinese officials as a testament to the friendly business ties between Shanghai and San Francisco that Feinstein had initiated.” Subsequently Blum’s investments in the Middle Kingdom mushroomed.

In May 1993, Feinstein expressed her strong support on the Senate floor for continued trading with China. Contemporaneously, her husband was seeking to raise up to $150 million from investors, including himself, for a variety of Chinese enterprises.

In August 1993, Feinstein and her husband visited Beijing for extensive meetings with Chinese leaders at President Jiang’s invitation. As the Los Angeles Times reported in a 1994 exposé on Feinstein’s husband’s business ties and the potential conflict of interests they presented: “Such encounters are fondly remembered when deals are clinched back in China, according to American experts in Chinese business practices. They said that Feinstein’s consistent support for China’s interests cannot help but benefit her husband’s efforts to earn profits there.”

The historical record suggests these American experts were right. Blum successfully raised $160 million for the aforementioned Asia fund under his Newbridge Capital investment company, including investing $1-2 million himself. The fund invested in several state-owned and Chinese government-linked businesses.

Why, We Love Trading with China Blum’s firm’s largest holding—at the time his China investments began to draw scrutiny in 1997—was its stake in Northwest Airlines. The then-estimated $300 million position was poised to significantly appreciate in value, as Northwest happened to be the sole airline operator providing nonstop service from the United States to any city in China.


On one such visit in January 1996, Feinstein and Blum enjoyed a meal with President Jiang.
When questioned on his China investments, Blum pledged to donate future profits from the holdings to his nonprofit foundation to help Tibetan refugees, thereby “remov[ing] any perception that I, in any way, shape or form benefit from or influence my wife’s position on China as a U.S. senator.” But these conflict of interest issues persisted.

In January 1995, Feinstein was appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Subsequently, she made several visits to China, accompanied by her husband, where she met with senior government officials.

During these trips it the couple was wined and dined. On one such visit in January 1996, Feinstein and Blum enjoyed a meal with President Jiang in Zhongnanhai, the exclusive leadership compound for China’s Communist Party, where according to Feinstein they ate in Mao Zedong’s residence in the room where he died.

Feinstein kept up her dogged support for increased trade with China. In May 1996, she penned an editorial in the Los Angeles Times calling for the United States to grant most-favored-nation trading status to China “on a permanent basis and get past the annual dance that is proving to be extraordinarily divisive and not at all helpful toward reaching the oft-stated goal: improvement in human rights.”

Campaign Contributions from Foreign Sources While Feinstein maintained her pro-China positions, in March 1997, the senator revealed that the FBI had warned her the Chinese government might seek to funnel illegal contributions to her campaign fund. She was one of only six members of Congress to receive such a warning. As the New York Times noted at the time, Feinstein had returned $12,000 in 1994 contributions from people with connections to Lippo Bank, an arm of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate owned by the Riady family, with investments and operations throughout Asia. It employed a senior American executive named John Huang.


At the time Feinstein disclosed returning the Lippo-tied contributions, Huang was under Justice Department investigation.
The Riadys had been friends and supporters of the Clintons since Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas. Clinton named Huang, a top fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), his deputy assistant secretary of commerce.

At the time Feinstein disclosed returning the Lippo-tied contributions, Huang was under Justice Department investigation for making potentially illegal contributions to the Democratic Party from foreign sources. He later pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws as part of the investigation into Chinese attempts to influence U.S. policy through illegal campaign contributions stemming from the 1996 election.

It was later revealed that Huang may have had a direct financial relationship with the Chinese government. The DNC returned more than half of the $3 million he had collected for the party. In 1998, an unclassified report from the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs stated that the Riadys—Huang’s former employer, the leader of which had also pled guilty to campaign finance violations—“had a long-term relationship with a Chinese intelligence agency.”

What is the connection to Feinstein? In June 1996, the senator held a fundraiser at her home attended by President Clinton, Huang, and Xiaoming Dia, chairman of a Hong Kong-based investment company in which Lippo Group had owned a controlling stake until 1994.

The Chinese Get Feinstein’s Lucrative Political Support In May 2000, Feinstein lobbied for making permanent normal trading relations with China, a measure that ultimately passed, and helped pave the way for its entrance into the World Trade Organization, which Feinstein also supported. At the time, a spokesperson for Feinstein indicated that her husband had divested of his last holdings in mainland China in 1999. But Blum’s stake in another Newbridge Capital Asia fund, which contained investments in China, belied that assertion.

Meanwhile, in the years leading to the passage of that legislation, Blum’s Newbridge Capital reportedly invested more than $400 million into East Asian businesses, at least $90 million of which was “invested in companies whose profits are pegged to the burgeoning mainland China market, according to the companies themselves,” and several of which were partly owned or founded by the Chinese government. If nothing else, Blum still stood to profit handsomely from management fees for these portfolios.


Defense companies in which Blum’s firms were invested signed billions of dollars in military contracts approved by Feinstein’s committee.
Such investments in Chinese assets continued. In 2004, Newbridge Capital purchased an 18 percent stake in Shenzhen Development Bank, the first time a foreign company took effective control of a Chinese lender. From 2001 to 2005, Feinstein served as chair of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Committee. During this time, defense companies in which Blum’s firms were invested signed billions of dollars in military contracts approved by Feinstein’s committee.

This suggests a parallel pattern in the Feinstein family’s political and business dealings that adversaries like China surely could have sought to exploit. When pressed on conflicts of interest, however, on multiple occasions Feinstein has flippantly responded by rhetorically asking what she could do to satisfy those raising the issue, short of getting divorced.

Feinstein’s husband has stressed that his ties to the Dalai Lama and criticism of Chinese human rights violations would never have helped him curry favor with the Chinese, and maintained no conflict of interest between his wife’s position and his investments.

The senator recently co-sponsored the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), incorporated into the pending National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which gives the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States greater oversight over foreign transactions, geared in part towards China’s malign efforts to gain valuable technology and steal intellectual property. But provisions penalizing sanctions-violating Chinese telecommunications company ZTE were stripped from the NDAA at the Trump administration’s urging.

Interestingly, perhaps anticipating future troubles (the House Intelligence Committee would first warn that ZTE posed national security risks in 2012), in October 2011, ZTE hired its first in-house lobbyist: None other than former Feinstein aide Peter Ruffo, a position it appears he still holds today.

Feinstein’s Related Apologism for the Chinese Government Feinstein’s economic positions frequently downplayed the PRC’s rampant human rights violations. The senator has fashioned herself a peacemaker, often urging appeasement of the Chinese regime in both apologism for such abuses and urging restraint.


Feinstein also argued against tying China’s most-favored-nation trading status to human rights improvements.
These efforts date back to the early 1980s. Until that time, participants in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade displayed the flag of the Nationalist Chinese government, which had ruled in exile on Taiwan after 1949. According to San Francisco Gate, then-mayor Feinstein “asked organizers to stop the partisan practice because she wanted to encourage trade with China.”

Feinstein also argued against tying China’s most-favored-nation trading status to human rights improvements. In an argument that reads as not only beyond naïve, but demonstrates an offensive moral equivalency, Feinstein added: “Chinese society continues to open up with looser ideological controls, freer access to outside sources of information and increased media reporting. More people in China vote for their leadership on the local level than do Americans. Economic liberalization is introducing market forces into the economy. Educational levels are up, along with wages and the standard of living” (emphasis mine).

In March 1996, Feinstein sought to ease tensions between China and Taiwan, arranging discussions with high-level Chinese dignitaries on Capitol Hill, at China’s behest. During this period, Feinstein took an uncharacteristically aggressive stance towards China’s hostile actions, conducting missile tests near Taiwan, presumably in line with the Clinton administration: “We view the missile exercises…as provocative and unnecessary.”

She took an arguably harsher line towards then-Taiwanese President Lee Teng-Hui, stating: “What is really necessary is for [the leaders of] Taiwan to make a statement in word and in deed that they will adhere to a one-China policy.”

In February 1997, Feinstein against sought to draw an offensive moral equivalence between America and Communist China in calling for a joint U.S.-China commission to examine “the evolution of human rights in both countries over the last 20 or 30 years,” that would “point out the success and failures–both Tiananmen Square and Kent State.”

In a June 2010 interview with the Wall Street Journal covering a trip to China in which she met with old pals Jiang and former premier Zhu Rongji, Feinstein seemed to further downplay and even alibi the Tiananmen Square massacre:

I think that was a great setback for China in the view of the world. And I think China has also – as we would – learned lessons from it.

It just so happens I was here after that and talked to Jiang Zemin and learned that at the time China had no local police. It was just the PLA [People’s Liberation Army]. And no local police that had crowd control. So, hence the tanks.

Clearly none of that made good sense. But that’s the past. One learns from the past. You don’t repeat it. I think China has learned a lesson.

That year, Feinstein also challenged the Obama administration’s $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan, calling it a “substantial irritant” to U.S.-China relations.

Similarly, in late 2015, Feinstein effectively sought to defend the CCP from criticism, on a purportedly pragmatic basis, in fighting legislation from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have named the street running in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC “Liu Xiaobo Plaza.” Xiaobo, a Nobel Prize-winning anti-Communist writer and human rights activist, had at the time been held in jail for seven years by the Chinese government for criticizing the regime.

When Cruz sought unanimous consent for the bill on the occasion of President Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit, Feinstein blocked it. A month later, when Cruz reintroduced the measure, citing a statement co-authored by Feinstein and her Democrat colleague Pat Leahy calling for Xiaobo’s release, Feinstein again blocked the legislation.

Finally, in February 2016, the bill cleared the Senate in a unanimous voice vote, though it died in the House amid a veto threat from the Obama administration. Later, Feinstein did co-sponsor a resolution honoring Xiaobo’s freedom-fighting efforts—shortly after his death, in state custody, in July 2017.

This Is About Much More than a Chinese Spy Let us review the facts here.

  • China has for almost 40 years cultivated warm relations with Feinstein.
  • Feinstein has uniformly taken political positions supporting greater ties with China while taking a relatively dovish and strictly apologist line on its human rights atrocities.
  • Feinstein’s husband has profited handsomely during Feinstein’s career from the greatly expanded China trade she supported. It is of course possible that the Feinstein family’s privileged position with the Chinese regime improved his investment opportunities.
  • Feinstein has served as a key intermediary between China and the U.S. government, while serving on committees whose work would be of keen interest to the PRC.
  • A staffer of almost two decades in close proximity to Feinstein was allegedly successfully recruited by China’s MSS and fed China “political intelligence.”
Imagine for a second how a motivated and empowered prosecutor would operate in this situation if tasked with exploring “any links and/or coordination” between the Chinese government, Feinstein, and individuals associated with her office.

Few American officials could have been as potentially exposed to the PRC’s skilled intelligence service as Feinstein. Here we have not only proof of a spy, but real evidence of consistently pro-Chinese policy that at very best created the appearance of a financial conflict of interest.

Recall that the Chinese regime conducted the cataclysmic U.S. Office of Personnel Management hack, arming it with the most compromising possible information on 21 million government employees and applicants. Then the PRC liquidated America’s entire informant network on the Chinese mainland. So why isn’t this a major national story drawing hysterical cries of treason and calls for impeachment?

Feinstein’s dealings with the Chinese must be investigated. But so too ought the links between federal officials and all of our adversaries, be it the Chinese and Russians, the Pakistanis and Iranians, or the Muslim Brotherhood and its state supporters. Feinstein is only one politician. How many other relationships with American politicians have the Chinese and our other adversaries fostered? How many spies might they have recruited?

We need a top-to-bottom reform of our government’s vetting efforts, and enhancement of our counterintelligence capabilities. Attempts by foreign countries to infiltrate our political offices pose a grave national security threat, as Feinstein’s record clearly shows. With people like her on pertinent congressional committees, however, how many foxes have been elected to guard the henhouse? Representatives’ responses to reform measures will help us find out.


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China claims to have successfully tested a new hypersonic missile that would be capable of penetrating any missile defense system in the world. The Starry Sky-2, which is an experimental design known as “waverider,” rides the shock waves generated during flight. The missile could one day carry conventional and or nuclear warheads undetected through US missile defense shields.


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North Korea threatened to end the “hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula” on Thursday, in response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s efforts to enforce economic sanctions against the regime. The North Korean foreign ministry warned there is no guarantee stability will continue in a message carried by state-run KCNA. Pompeo and other U.S. officials don’t want any international sanctions eased until North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un takes substantial steps to roll back his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. Kim’s diplomats have taken offense at this position, which the Trump administration believes is necessary to prevent...
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          Yémen: au moins 29 enfants tués dans une attaque, l'ONU veut une enquête "indépendante"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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<p>Sanaa (AFP) - Au moins 29 enfants ont été tués dans une attaque ayant frappé jeudi leur bus sur un marché dans le nord du Yémen, a annoncé le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), suscitant une vague de réprobations et une demande de l'ONU d'enquête "indépendante".</p><p>Un hôpital de la province de Saada soutenu par le CICR "a reçu les corps de 29 enfants âgés de moins de 15 ans et 48 blessés, dont 30 enfants", a annoncé l'organisation sur son compte Twitter, sans donner de détails sur la nature de l'attaque ayant touché le marché de Dahyan.</p><p>La coalition a reconnu avoir mené une frappe aérienne qui a touché un bus mais soutient que celui-ci ne transportait pas des enfants mais des "combattants Houthis", a déclaré à l'AFP son porte-parole, Turki al-Maliki.Sous commandement saoudien, la coalition a affirmé avoir mené une opération militaire "légitime" dans ce secteur rebelle.</p><p>Un photographe collaborant avec l'AFP dans la province a vu des enfants blessés pris en charge dans un centre de secours, pour la plupart ensanglantés.L'un d'eux était perfusé, recouvert d'une couverture de survie, avec un large bandage à la tête.</p><p>Le secrétaire général de l'ONU Antonio Guterres a appelé à une enquête "indépendante", tandis que Washington a demandé à la coalition dirigée par l'Arabie saoudite une investigation "approfondie". </p><p>La région de Saada est le fief des rebelles Houthis, combattus par la coalition dirigée par l'Arabie saoudite en soutien aux forces du président Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.</p><p>Un porte-parole du CICR dans la capitale Sanaa, également sous contrôle des Houthis, a averti que le bilan n'était pas définitif puisque les victimes ont été transportées dans des hôpitaux différents. </p><p>Les médias des rebelles Houthis ont pour leur part donné un bilan de 50 morts et 77 blessés, qui n'a pas pu être confirmé de source indépendante dans l'immédiat.</p><p>Cité par la chaîne de télévision rebelle Al-Massirah, un porte-parole du ministère de la Santé des Houthis a confirmé que le bilan était particulièrement lourd parce que l'attaque avait touché un marché fréquenté.</p><p></p><p>- "Enfants innocents tués" -</p><p></p><p>Selon l'ONG Save The Children, qui a condamné une "horrible attaque" et réclamé une enquête indépendante, les enfants ont été touchés alors qu'ils se trouvaient dans ce bus les ramenant à l'école après un pique-nique.</p><p>"De nouveau, de nombreux enfants auraient été tués ou blessés lorsqu'un bus scolaire a été attaqué dans le nord du Yémen.(...) Est-ce que le monde a vraiment besoin de voir davantage d'enfants innocents tués pour arrêter la guerre cruelle au Yémen?", a réagi le directeur du Fonds des Nations unies pour l'enfance (Unicef) pour le Moyen-Orient, Geert Cappelaere.</p><p>La coalition a qualifié l'attaque qu'elle a menée d'"opération militaire légitime". </p><p>"L'attaque qui s'est produite aujourd'hui dans la province de Saada est une opération militaire légitime contre des éléments qui ont (...) tiré la nuit dernière un missile contre la ville (saoudienne) de Jizane, faisant un mort et des blessés parmi les civils", a indiqué la coalition dans un communiqué.</p><p>Cette dernière avait annoncé mercredi que la défense anti-aérienne saoudienne avait intercepté dans le sud du royaume un missile tiré par les rebelles Houthis dont les débris ont tué un Yéménite et blessé onze personnes.</p><p>Sur Twitter, l'organisation Médecins sans frontières (MSF) s'est dite "profondément attristée" par l'attaque de jeudi, soulignant que cette zone --où elle fournit un soutien médical-- est inaccessible depuis un mois pour des raisons de sécurité.</p><p>"Les civils continuent de payer le prix le plus élevé après trois ans de guerre au Yémen, des milliers d'entre eux ont été tués, blessés ou amputés", a déploré l'ONG.</p><p></p><p>- "Horrible attaque" -</p><p></p><p>Il y a une semaine, la coalition avait nié avoir lancé des attaques qui ont fait, selon le CICR, 55 morts et 170 blessés à Hodeida, dans l'ouest du Yémen.</p><p>Cette ville stratégique est contrôlée par les Houthis qui ont également attribué à la coalition la responsabilité de ces attaques.Mais celle-ci a démenti et accusé à son tour les rebelles de les avoir menées.</p><p>La coalition a été accusée à plusieurs reprises de bavures ayant coûté la vie à des centaines de civils.</p><p>Elle a admis sa responsabilité dans certains raids ayant tué des civils mais accusé les Houthis de se mêler aux civils ou de les utiliser comme boucliers humains.</p><p>Un argument répété jeudi après avoir affirmé dans un premier temps avoir visé des responsables de tirs de missiles sur l'Arabie saoudite.</p><p>"Cette opération a été menée dans le respect du droit humanitaire international", a-t-elle assuré, accusant les Houthis de recruter des enfants.</p><p>Les rebelles Houthis, issus de la minorité zaïdite (une branche du chiisme) qui s'estime marginalisée dans un pays majoritairement sunnite, sont soutenus par l'Iran mais Téhéran conteste leur fournir un appui militaire.</p><p>La guerre au Yémen a fait plus de 10.000 morts depuis le lancement de l'intervention de la coalition en mars 2015 et provoqué "la pire crise humanitaire" au monde, selon l'ONU.</p><p></p>

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          The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker's Dream      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

At this point, it seems like every so-called consumer smart device―fromrouters andbaby monitors to connected thermostats andgarage door openers―has been shown to have vulnerabilities . But that same security crisis has also played out on a macro scale, exposing municipal works and public safety sensors to manipulation that could destabilize traffic lights, undermine radiation sensors, or even create a calamity like causing a dam to overflow because of tainted water level data.

Researchers from IBM Security and data security firm Threatcare looked at sensor hubs from three companies―Libelium, Echelon, and Battelle―that sell systems to underpin smart city schemes. Smart city spending worldwide is estimated to reach about $81 billion globally in 2018, and the three companies all have different areas of influence. Echelon, for example, is one of the top suppliers of smart street lighting deployments in the world.

Fundamentally, though, the systems the researchers analyzed are similar. By setting up an array of sensors and integrating their data, a municipality can get more nuanced insight into how to solve interconnected problems. These sensors monitor things like weather, air quality, traffic, radiation, and water levels, and can be used to automatically inform fundamental services like traffic and street lights, security systems, and emergency alerts.

'When they fail, it could cause damage to life and livelihood.'

Daniel Crowley, IBM X-Force Red

That last one might sound familiar; an accidental missile alert in January sent Hawaii's residents scrambling, while a hack set off Dallas's tornado sirens last year. In fact, those incidents and others like it inspired Daniel Crowley of IBM X-Force Red and Jennifer Savage of Threatcare to investigate these systems in the first place. What they found dismayed them. In just their initial survey, the researchers found a total of 17 new vulnerabilities in products from the three companies, including eight critical flaws.

“The reason we wanted to focus on hubs was that if you control the central authority that runs the whole show then you can manipulate a lot of information that’s being passed around,” Crowley says. “It appears to be a huge area of vulnerability, and the stakes are high when we’re talking about putting computers in everything and giving them important jobs like public safety and management of industrial control systems. When they fail, it could cause damage to life and livelihood and when we’re not putting the proper security and privacy measures in place bad things can happen, especially with a motivated and resourced attackers.”

The researchers found basic vulnerabilities, like guessable default passwords that would make it easy for an attacker to access a device, along with bugs that could allow an attacker to inject malicious software commands, and others that would allow an attacker to sidestep authentication checks.

Many smart city schemes also use the open internet, rather than an internal city network, to connect sensors or relay data to the cloud, potentially leaving devices exposed publicly for anyone to find. Simple checks on IoT crawlers like Shodan and Censys yielded thousands of vulnerable smart city products deployed in the wild. The researchers contacted officials from a major US city that they found using vulnerable devices to monitor traffic, and a European country with at-risk radiation detectors.

"I live in a city that’s starting to implement smart city devices," Threatcare's Savage says. "We bought a house here and we can choose not to have IoT devices in our home, we can go out of our way to buy a dumb TV not a smart TV. But I can’t control if there are street lights with cameras baked into them right outside my house and I have no control over the vehicle hub that my city might be using. It gets to me as a security researcher that a city might be making these types of decisions for me."

The three companies have made patches available for all 17 bugs. Echelon, whose smart city offerings include not just lighting but also building automation and transportation, says it collaborated with IBM to resolve its issues. "Echelon confirmed the vulnerability, developed mitigation solutions, notified customers, and informed DHS ICS-CERT," spokesperson Thomas Cook told WIRED, referring to the Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which tracks vulnerabilities.

Battelle spokesperson Katy Delaney noted that the group is a technology development nonprofit, and that the vulnerability IBM researchers found was in an open source smart city hub collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration that hasn't yet been deployed. "We appreciate IBM bringing their considerable resources to bear in finding these potential security issues," Delaney told WIRED. "We wanted feedback and we appreciate the scrutiny, improvement, and help." Libelium, a Spanish company with extensive smart city offerings, could not be reached for comment.

'It gets to me as a security researcher that a city might be making these types of decisions for me.'

Jennifer Savage, Threatcare

While having patches available for all the flaws is a crucial step, the researchers note the importance of raising awareness about these problems to make sure that municipalities are prioritizing patching, which organizations so often don’t . The smart city hubs the researchers looked at don’t have automatic update capabilities, a common setup on industrial control devices since a buggy update could destabilize vital infrastructure . But the downside is that every entity using these products will need to proactively apply the patches, or devices in the wild will continue to be vulnerable.

And while the researchers emphasize that they don't have evidence of any of the bugs they found being abused, they did discover that someone posted an exploit for one of the flaws on a hacker forum in August 2015. "There are people out there who aren’t white hat hackers who have had at least one of these exploits for ages and who knows what they’ve done with it," Savage says. "This is something that people have been looking into."

Industrial control hacking has recently become a major focus of nation state attackers, for instance, with Russia taking the most prolific known interest. State-sponsored Russian hackers haveprobed US grid and election infrastructure and have wreaked havoc overseas, causing two blackouts in Ukraine and compromising payment systems in the country with malware campaigns. As the risk grows worldwide, US officials have increasingly acknowledged the vulnerability of US infrastructure, and agencies like the Department of Homeland Security are scrambling to implement systemic safeguards.

Cities will continue to invest in smart technology. Hopefully as they do, they'll appreciate that more data will often mean more risks―and that those vulnerabilities aren't always easy to fix.

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Palestinian officials said Thursday that Hamas, the militant group that governs Gaza, had reached a truce with Israel as both sides appeared to be on the edge of another war. The Palestinians and Hamas TV said a deal was reached after mediation by Egypt and other regional players. "Palestinian factions will respect calm as long as Israel does," an official told Reuters. Israel has not confirmed that it reached a truce with Hamas, but one official who asked to remain anonymous denied it a deal had been struck. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his security cabinet Thursday after the Israelis and Palestinians spent much of the night exchanging rocket fire. He ordered the army to keep taking "strong action" against the militants and also bolstered the military presence along the Israeli-Gaza border. Rockets, airstrikes Hamas militants fired nearly 200 rockets into Israel overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Israel answered with a similar number of airstrikes. Palestinian health officials said a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter were killed. Seven Israelis were reported wounded. "Overall, we condemn the launching of missile strikes into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday. "We fully support Israel's right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocation of that nature." Palestinians have held weekly protests along the Israeli-Gaza border since March, when Israel began preparations for marking its 70th anniversary as a state. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 158 demonstrators, many of whom were militants that Israel said were trying to sneak across the border. Israel has accused Hamas of organizing the protests as a cover for terrorism, a charge Hamas denies. The Palestinians want Israel and Egypt to lift their decade-old blockade of Gaza, which the U.N. and Palestinians say has created a humanitarian crisis. Israel says the blockade is necessary for its security. But some reports say Israel may be willing to ease the blockade. 
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          "War In Front Of Me" - New Chinese Military Video Shows Off Range Of Advanced Weaponry      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new video produced by China's military that features the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) showing off a wide range of the country's latest military technology has gone viral after its publication to social media on August 1st, the day China commemorated 'Army Day'.

The just over two-minute video, called "I am a Chinese soldier" is an over the top patriotic tribute emphasizing a combination of personal sacrifice, loyalty, and a sense of esprit de corps in belonging to an elite, modernized military. 

The National Interest has provided a translation of the popular Chinese language footage, which is described as follows:

The video is brimful with the grandiosity that is now associated with the military under Xi Jinping: a lot of ammunition is fired, and the very latest in China’s military technology — combat aircraft, a carrier battle group, long-range ballistic missiles, submarines and armored vehicles — is on full, proud, active display.

The video further appeals to a masculine sense of duty and sacrificial hardship as the there's a series of scenes in the first half depicting men saying tearful goodbyes to their children and spouses, after which infantry soldiers give fierce battle cries while waving the communist national flag, interspersed with overhead shots of huge intercontinental ballistic missiles a silo and an aircraft carrier battle group

The narration includes the lines: "Peace behind me, war in front of me. Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children."

The National Interest notes the masculine and patriotic appeal of the video

As some watchers have observed, the world depicted in this video is very much a man’s world — there isn’t a single female soldier; the few women who appear are mothers and spouses, tearfully enduring, no doubt with the full patriotism that is expected of them by the Chinese Communist Party, the absences and heart-rending departures of sons and husbands. At times serene and towards the end bombastic, the accompanying soundtrack could have been written by Hans Zimmer (think his majestic score for Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line ).

China has increasingly over the past year attempted to promote an image of itself to international foes and rivals as on a path of overtaking the United States and other world powers in the area of defense technology. 

Screengrab from the Chinese military produced "I am a Chinese soldier"

Meanwhile America's top nuclear commander warned this week that both China and Russia's development of hyperonic weapons constitute a threat that the US deterrent arsenal currently cannot defend against

Air Force Gen. John Hyten warned the two countries are not America's "friends" and that the new military technology threat should be taken with urgency and seriousness. 

Screengrab from the Chinese military produced "I am a Chinese soldier" showing off ICBMs

"You can't call them [Russia and China] our friends if they're building weapons that can destroy the United States of America," Gen. Hyten said.

Below is an English translation of the new video, "I am a Chinese Soldier" via J. Michael Cole for the The National Interest

* * *

The narration (translated from Chinese):

Who am I?

I am the one the mother cannot reach at the door.

I am the wife who is reluctant to hang up the phone.

I am a stranger who dares not approach in the eyes of my son.

I am the concern and pride of my loved ones.

Peace behind me, war in front of me.

Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children.

Put on the military uniform, we must give up comfort and ease.

Fighting the battlefield, the character of the man.

From the military to the country, there is no regret in this life.

I am a Chinese soldier.

I am a soldier of the people.

I am the guardian of a good life.


          "War In Front Of Me" - New Chinese Military Video Shows Off Range Of Advanced Weaponry      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new video produced by China's military that features the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) showing off a wide range of the country's latest military technology has gone viral after its publication to social media on August 1st, the day China commemorated 'Army Day'.

The just over two-minute video, called "I am a Chinese soldier" is an over the top patriotic tribute emphasizing a combination of personal sacrifice, loyalty, and a sense of esprit de corps in belonging to an elite, modernized military. 

The National Interest has provided a translation of the popular Chinese language footage, which is described as follows:

The video is brimful with the grandiosity that is now associated with the military under Xi Jinping: a lot of ammunition is fired, and the very latest in China’s military technology — combat aircraft, a carrier battle group, long-range ballistic missiles, submarines and armored vehicles — is on full, proud, active display.

The video further appeals to a masculine sense of duty and sacrificial hardship as the there's a series of scenes in the first half depicting men saying tearful goodbyes to their children and spouses, after which infantry soldiers give fierce battle cries while waving the communist national flag, interspersed with overhead shots of huge intercontinental ballistic missiles a silo and an aircraft carrier battle group

The narration includes the lines: "Peace behind me, war in front of me. Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children."

The National Interest notes the masculine and patriotic appeal of the video

As some watchers have observed, the world depicted in this video is very much a man’s world — there isn’t a single female soldier; the few women who appear are mothers and spouses, tearfully enduring, no doubt with the full patriotism that is expected of them by the Chinese Communist Party, the absences and heart-rending departures of sons and husbands. At times serene and towards the end bombastic, the accompanying soundtrack could have been written by Hans Zimmer (think his majestic score for Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line ).

China has increasingly over the past year attempted to promote an image of itself to international foes and rivals as on a path of overtaking the United States and other world powers in the area of defense technology. 

Screengrab from the Chinese military produced "I am a Chinese soldier"

Meanwhile America's top nuclear commander warned this week that both China and Russia's development of hyperonic weapons constitute a threat that the US deterrent arsenal currently cannot defend against

Air Force Gen. John Hyten warned the two countries are not America's "friends" and that the new military technology threat should be taken with urgency and seriousness. 

Screengrab from the Chinese military produced "I am a Chinese soldier" showing off ICBMs

"You can't call them [Russia and China] our friends if they're building weapons that can destroy the United States of America," Gen. Hyten said.

Below is an English translation of the new video, "I am a Chinese Soldier" via J. Michael Cole for the The National Interest

* * *

The narration (translated from Chinese):

Who am I?

I am the one the mother cannot reach at the door.

I am the wife who is reluctant to hang up the phone.

I am a stranger who dares not approach in the eyes of my son.

I am the concern and pride of my loved ones.

Peace behind me, war in front of me.

Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children.

Put on the military uniform, we must give up comfort and ease.

Fighting the battlefield, the character of the man.

From the military to the country, there is no regret in this life.

I am a Chinese soldier.

I am a soldier of the people.

I am the guardian of a good life.


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HONOLULU (AP) " Hawaii Gov. David Ige wants voters to look at his four years of accomplishments, including his handling of the Big Island's erupting volcano, as reasons to give him a second term.But U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, his main opponent in Saturday's Democratic primary in the heavily blue state, wants voters to look at 38 minutes in January as reason enough to send Ige packing.That's how long panicking Hawaii residents waited to learn that a warning about an incoming [...]
          "War In Front Of Me" - New Chinese Military Video Shows Off Range Of Advanced Weaponry      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new video produced by China's military that features the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) showing off a wide range of the country's latest military technology has gone viral after its publication to social media on August 1st, the day China commemorated 'Army Day'.

The just over two-minute video, called "I am a Chinese soldier" is an over the top patriotic tribute emphasizing a combination of personal sacrifice, loyalty, and a sense of esprit de corps in belonging to an elite, modernized military. 

The National Interest has provided a translation of the popular Chinese language footage, which is described as follows:

The video is brimful with the grandiosity that is now associated with the military under Xi Jinping: a lot of ammunition is fired, and the very latest in China’s military technology — combat aircraft, a carrier battle group, long-range ballistic missiles, submarines and armored vehicles — is on full, proud, active display.

The video further appeals to a masculine sense of duty and sacrificial hardship as the there's a series of scenes in the first half depicting men saying tearful goodbyes to their children and spouses, after which infantry soldiers give fierce battle cries while waving the communist national flag, interspersed with overhead shots of huge intercontinental ballistic missiles a silo and an aircraft carrier battle group

The narration includes the lines: "Peace behind me, war in front of me. Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children."

The National Interest notes the masculine and patriotic appeal of the video

As some watchers have observed, the world depicted in this video is very much a man’s world — there isn’t a single female soldier; the few women who appear are mothers and spouses, tearfully enduring, no doubt with the full patriotism that is expected of them by the Chinese Communist Party, the absences and heart-rending departures of sons and husbands. At times serene and towards the end bombastic, the accompanying soundtrack could have been written by Hans Zimmer (think his majestic score for Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line ).

China has increasingly over the past year attempted to promote an image of itself to international foes and rivals as on a path of overtaking the United States and other world powers in the area of defense technology. 

Screengrab from the Chinese military produced "I am a Chinese soldier"

Meanwhile America's top nuclear commander warned this week that both China and Russia's development of hyperonic weapons constitute a threat that the US deterrent arsenal currently cannot defend against

Air Force Gen. John Hyten warned the two countries are not America's "friends" and that the new military technology threat should be taken with urgency and seriousness. 

Screengrab from the Chinese military produced "I am a Chinese soldier" showing off ICBMs

"You can't call them [Russia and China] our friends if they're building weapons that can destroy the United States of America," Gen. Hyten said.

Below is an English translation of the new video, "I am a Chinese Soldier" via J. Michael Cole for the The National Interest

* * *

The narration (translated from Chinese):

Who am I?

I am the one the mother cannot reach at the door.

I am the wife who is reluctant to hang up the phone.

I am a stranger who dares not approach in the eyes of my son.

I am the concern and pride of my loved ones.

Peace behind me, war in front of me.

Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children.

Put on the military uniform, we must give up comfort and ease.

Fighting the battlefield, the character of the man.

From the military to the country, there is no regret in this life.

I am a Chinese soldier.

I am a soldier of the people.

I am the guardian of a good life.


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North Korea on Thursday threatened to stall the denuclearization of its missile program if the U.S. continues to abide by an "outdated acting script" amid Washington's calls to enforce sanctions against the regime.
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A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman accused the US on pressing for international sanctions on the North, in a statement on state-run KCNA late-Thursday, Reuters reports.

The spokesman said that the progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington continues to follow an “outdated acting script.”

North Korea was still willing to implement a broad agreement made at the landmark June 12 summit in Singapore between the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he added.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry noted: it had stopped testing missiles, conducted nuclear tests and dismantled “the nuclear test ground,” yet the United States still insisted on “denuclearisation first.” “However, the U.S. responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure against the DPRK.”


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UN Chief Condemns Saudi Attack on Yemeni Children, Calls for Independent Probe
Thu Aug 9, 2018 11:33PM
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Yemeni children receive treatment at a hospital after being wounded in a Saudi airstrike on Yemen on August 9, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

UN Secretary General António Guterres has condemned a recent deadly airstrike by Saudi warplanes on a bus carrying Yemeni school children, calling for an independent investigation into the case.

"The secretary general condemns the airstrike today by the coalition forces in Sa’ada, which hit a busy market area in Majz district and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp," Farhan Haq, the UN chief's deputy spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday.

He added that Guterres has urged an “independent and prompt” probe into the attack that killed at least 50 civilians, mainly children, and wounded 77 others at a market in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada.

According to the spokesman, Guterres has stressed that “all parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects in the conduct of military operations.”

The bus targeted by the coalition forces was carrying a group of young school children attending summer classes of the Holy Qur'an, Yemen's al-Masirah television network reported.

Johannes Bruwer, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation to Yemen, said in a tweet that most of those killed by the airstrike were children less than 10 years of age.

The Saudi-led coalition, in a defiant statement, has described the massacre as a “legitimate action” to target missile launchers used by Houthi Ansarullah fighters to target the southern Saudi city of Jizan.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki even claimed that the strikes "conformed to international and humanitarian laws.”

The Al Saud regime along with some of its allies, particularly the UAE, has been waging a deadly war against impoverished Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the popular Ansarullah movement.

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Iran Decries Fatal Saudi Air Raid on Yemeni Student Bus, Urges Pressure on Invaders
Thu Aug 9, 2018 02:15PM
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Iran has sharply condemned a Saudi-led airstrike that killed dozens of Yemeni civilians, mostly children on a school bus, calling on the world community to put pressure on the Riyadh regime and its allies to stop perpetrating more crimes in the impoverished country.

In a statement on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, expressed sympathy with the families of those killed and injured in the latest Saudi airstrike, which hit the bus at a market in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada earlier in the day.

Yemen's al-Masirah television network said those on the bus were a group of young students attending summer classes of the Holy Qur'an.

The Yemeni Health Ministry said at least 50 civilians, mostly children, lost their lives and around 77 others were wounded in the attack, which Qassemi described as a "war crime."

The Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen remained brazenly defiant on its new crime, calling the massacre a "legitimate action." It claimed the airstrikes were aimed at missile launchers used by Yemeni armed forces.

The Iranian official further called on the United Nations, human rights groups and other influential players to double their efforts and help bring a swift halt to such acts of aggression.

Qassemi added that the hike in the "bombardments of residential areas and non-military targets was indicative of coalition forces' consecutive defeats on the battlefield" against Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters and allied forces -- who have been defending the nation against the Riyadh-led campaign of aggression since its onset in 2015.

The Iranian official further blasted certain states for failing to end their military support for the Saudi regime and its vassal states despite the bloodletting in the poorest Arabian Peninsula state.

The countries providing the Saudi regime and its allies with military equipment "are complicit in their crimes and should be answerable."

The Saudi-led military campaign was launched in support of Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly government and against its popular Houthi movement.

The US, the UK and other Western powers have been providing arms and intelligence to the alliance in the course of the war, which has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen, according to the UN.

'Saudis influencing OIC against Iran'

In a separate statement, Qassemi rejected an anti-Iran statement issued by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) "under Saudi influence" following a meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah, which took place in the absence of Tehran's representatives.

He criticized Riyadh for denying Iranian delegates entry visas for OIC summits, saying such statements "are compiled and released unilaterally and unjustly under pressure from Saudi Arabia."

Article 7 of the OIC communiqué, which was issued on Wednesday, repeats the baseless allegation that Iran provides Yemen's Houthi movement with missiles -- a claim strongly rejected by both Tehran and Sana'a.

Qassemi further said the countries involved in acts of aggression against Yemeni people resort to such statements in an attempt to cover up their criminal acts and divert world public opinion from the realities on the ground in the war-ravaged country.

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Phalanx, firing (click to view full) The radar-guided, rapid-firing MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS, pron. “see-whiz”) can fire between 3,000-4,500 20mm cannon rounds per minute, either autonomously or under manual command, as a last-ditch defense against incoming missiles and other targets. Phalanx uses closed-loop spotting with advanced radar and computer technology to locate, […]
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Το ποδόσφαιρο τελικά δεν επέστρεψε σπίτι του αυτό το καλοκαίρι…

Αυτό το καλοκαίρι το ποδόσφαιρο υποχρέωσε άπαντες να στρέψουν την προσοχή τους στη Γαλλία για την παγκόσμια πρωταθλήτρια του Ντιντιέ Ντεσάν…


Πλέον την προσοχή μαγνητίζει η έναρξη της Ligue 1. Ενός πρωταθλήματος που κάθε χρόνο διογκώνει τη φήμη του και φέτος την κοσμεί επιπλέον με τη λάμψη του θριάμβου της εθνικής ομάδας. 
Κι όχι - είναι αλήθεια - μόνο με αυτή. Υπάρχουν νέα ονόματα υπερβολικά βαριά, θρυλικά στον πλανήτη του ποδοσφαίρου που τροφοδοτούν σενάρια κι επικίνδυνες αποστολές. Και μπορεί η προσπάθεια κατάκτησης του τίτλου από την ΠΣΖ να μην είναι «mission impossible», όμως οι ελεύσεις στο Παρίσι του Τόμας Τούχελ στον πάγκο και του Τζίτζι Μπουφόν στην εστία σε ό, τι μέχρι σήμερα έχει εξελιχθεί ως τέτοια αποσκοπούν. Στην κατάκτηση δηλαδή του Champions League. 

Οι Παριζιάνοι, οι οποίοι ήδη «έδειξαν τα δόντια τους» στον τελικό του Σούπερ Καπ με τη Μονακό, είναι το ακλόνητο φαβορί και φέτος.


Μονακό, Μαρσέιγ
και Λιόν διαθέτουν το όνομα για να κυνηγήσουν την έκπληξη. Έχουν και τη χάρη να το κάνουν πράξη…; 

Η Μονακό έβαλε στα ταμεία της 180 εκατομμύρια ευρώ, όμως έχασε τρεις πολύ σημαντικούς ποδοσφαιριστές της. Οι αποχωρήσεις των Λεμάρ, Μουτίνιο, Φαμπίνιο υποχρεώνουν το Ζαρντίμ να ξαναχτίσει τη Μονακό. Ο Αλεξάντρ Γκολοβίν που ήταν η πιο ακριβή μεταγραφή του καλοκαιριού στη Γαλλία έναντι 30 εκατομμυρίων ευρώ, ο Ζαν Έντ  Αολού (14 εκατομμύρια ευρώ) από το Στρασβούργο και ο Πελέ (10 εκατομμύρια ευρώ) από τη Ρίο Άβε αναμένουν την ανάθεση των ρόλων τους από τον Πορτογάλο.

Την ίδια ώρα ο Ρούντι Γκαρσιά στη Μαρσέιγ έχει να λύσει τον γρίφο στην επίθεση καθώς Ζερμέν και Μήτρογλου δεν έδωσαν πέρυσι το εύκολο γκολ στην ομάδα του. Για να κυνηγήσει την έκπληξη και την ευρωπαϊκή διάκριση ψάχνει στράικερ. Η περίπτωση Μπαλοτέλι ναυάγησε, η περίπτωση Ολιβιέ Ζιρού δείχνει δύσκολη. Αν δεν ευδοκιμήσει κι αυτή ο Γκαρσιά πρέπει να βγάλει «λαγό από το καπέλο».

Η Λιόν πέρυσι τερμάτισε τρίτη, αλλά με εντυπωσιακές επιδόσεις στο σκοράρισμα. Μόνο η ΠΣΖ σημείωσε περισσότερα. Ήταν όμως εύθραυστη αμυντικά  και η απόκτηση του Λεό Ντιμπουά για το δεξί άκρο δε μπορεί να αποδειχθεί αρκετή. Ο Μπρούνο Ζενεσιό παραμένει σε αναζήτηση κεντρικού αμυντικού (έχασε τον Γέρι Μίνα από την Έβερτον) για να μην μοιάζει και φέτος η προσπάθεια της ομάδας του, παρά τον οίστρο στο σκοράρισμα, με «τον πίθο των Δαναΐδων». 

Οι Γάλλοι «βάφτισαν» το Σαμπιονά ως Πρωτάθλημα των Ταλέντων (Ligue des Talents). Αναμένονται και φέτος σπουδαίες παραστάσεις από αμούστακους έφηβους αλλά και προσμονή για την αναγέννηση εκείνων που η καριέρα τους πήρε την κατιούσα, αλλά το γνήσιο ταλέντο τους είναι πάντα εκεί. Όπως στην περίπτωση του Γιοάν Γκουρκίφ, που αποκτήθηκε από τη Ντιζόν γιατί όπως δηλώνει ο τεχνικός της Ολιβιέ νταλ Όλιο παραμένει ένας «μάγος» με τη μπάλα στα πόδια . 


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Εκεί που πρωταγωνιστούν οι Παγκόσμιοι Πρωταθλητές, οι αστέρες, οι μάγοι, τα ταλέντα της γαλλικής ποδοσφαιρικής σκηνής…


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1/48 USAF YF-23This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

The Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-23 was a prototype fighter aircraft designed for the United States Air Force. The YF-23 was a finalist in the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Tactical Fighter competition. The YF-23 lost the contest to the Lockheed YF-22, which entered production as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.

The YF-23 was designed to meet USAF requirements for survivability, supersonic cruise (supercruise), stealth, and ease of maintenance. Designed with all-aspect stealth as a high priority. The YF-23 was an unconventional-looking aircraft with trapezoidal wings, substantial area-ruling, and a V-tail. Similar to the B-2, the exhaust from the YF-23's engines flows through troughs lined with heat ablating tiles, which shields the exhaust from infrared (IR) missile detection from below. The wing flaps and ailerons deflect inversely on either side to provide roll. Pitch was provided by movement of both V-tails, and yaw was supplied by opposite movement. Deflecting the wing flaps down and ailerons up on both sides simultaneously provided for aerodynamic braking.

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1/48 Grumman F-14D Super TomcatThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

The final variant of the F-14 was the F-14D Super Tomcat. The F-14D variant was first delivered in 1991. The original TF-30 engines were replaced with GE F110-400 engines, similar to the F-14B. The F-14D also included newer digital avionics systems including a glass cockpit and replaced the AWG-9 with the newer AN/APG-71 radar. Other systems included SJU-17 Naval Aircrew Common Ejection Seats (NACES) and Infra-red search and track (IRST).
Although the F-14D was to be the definitive version of the Tomcat, not all fleet units received the D variant. Congress decided not to shut production down and funded 55 aircraft as part of a compromise. A total of 37 new aircraft were completed, and 18 F-14A models were upgraded to D-models, designated F-14D for rebuild. An upgrade to the F-14D's computer software to allow AIM-120 AMRAAM missile capability was planned but was later terminated.

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1/350 Russian Navy SSN Akula Class Attack SubmarineThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

Project 971 Shchuka-B ('Shchuka' meaning pike, NATO reporting name "Akula"), is a nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) first deployed by the Soviet Navy in 1986. The class is sometimes erroneously called the "Bars" class, after one of its members. Note that Akula ("shark") is the Soviet designation of the ballistic missile submarine class designated by NATO as the Typhoon class submarine.

There are three sub-classes or flights of Shchuka, consisting of the original seven "Akula I" submarines which were built between 1982 and 1986, five "Improved Akula" submarines were built between 1986 and 1991, and four "Akula II" submarines were built from 1991. This information is disputed, however, as the distinction between the Improved Akula and the Akula II class is debated by authoritative sources. The Russians simply call all of the submarines Schuka-B, regardless of modifications, and it is rumoured that no two are alike.

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Iran and North Korea are growing their stockpile of ballistic missiles, including long-range missiles capable of striking U.S. assets, American allies, and even the continental United States, according to new congressional reports that shine a light on efforts by these rogue nations to advance their military capabilities.

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Αγιορείτης Μοναχός το 1998 έλαβε καθ ύπαρ (στον ξύπνιο του) ένα παράξενο μήνυμα από ΑΓΙΟ που τον προειδοποιούσε:

«τη Μακεδονία οι Τούρκοι πριν διαλυθούν θα την κτυπήσουν με μπόρες- μπόρες»

Γράφει ο Δρ. Κωνσταντίνος Βαρδάκας

Τότε δεν μπορούσε ο Αγιορείτης να καταλάβει τίποτε και δικαιολογημένα.

Με ρωτούσε τι μπορεί να σημαίνει αυτό και εγώ με την σειρά μου απευθύνθηκα σε εκκλησιαστικούς και στρατιωτικούς παράγοντες και φυσικό ήταν τότε όλοι να χαμογελούν στις ερωτήσεις μου.

Μόνο ένας επιχώριος μητροπολίτης φωτισμένος μας υπέδειξε ότι αυτό μπορεί να γίνει με πυραυλικές επιθέσεις.

Για τα στρατιωτικά μεγέθη τότε της Τουρκίας αυτό ήταν αδιανόητο.

Σήμερα όμως;

«Η γνωστή τουρκική ιστοσελίδα Savunma Sanayi St ξαναχτύπησε με νέα προκλητική ανάρτηση της στο Twitter. Αυτή τη φορά, επιχειρεί να προπαγανδίσει το αυξημένο βεληνεκές του συστήματος βαλλιστικών πυραύλων Bora.

Στο συγκεκριμένο tweet, η ιστοσελίδα έχει εμφανίσει χάρτη του Αιγαίου, ο οποίος απεικονίζει ποιες αεροπορικές βάσεις και στρατιωτικές εγκαταστάσεις στην Ελληνική Επικράτεια της Ελλάδας βρίσκονται εντός βεληνεκούς του συστήματος και το ακριβές βεληνεκές του όταν τοποθετηθεί σε διαφορετικά σημεία της τουρκικής επικράτειας.


Φαίνεται πως η ιστοσελίδα - η οποία απηχεί τις θέσεις του υφυπουργείου αμυντικής βιομηχανίας της Τουρκίας - προσπαθεί με κάθε τρόπο να επιδείξει την ισχύ των «εθνικών» οπλικών συστημάτων της Τουρκίας και παράλληλα να καταδείξει το πόσο ευάλωτη είναι η πατρίδα μας σε πιθανή επίθεση.» Πηγή: Military Today

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«Η προκλητικότητα της Τουρκίας βαίνει ολοένα και μεγαλύτερη με τους ιθύνοντες στην Αθήνα να παρακολουθούν στενά κάθε κίνηση της Άγκυρας την στιγμή που οι τουρκικές Ένοπλες Δυνάμεις απέκτησαν όπλα ικανά για ένα πρώτο αιφθνιδιαστικό πλήγμα θέτοντας σε υπηρεσία το βαλλιστικό σύστημα Bora των 280 χλμ. όπως αναφέρουν τουρκικά ΜΜΕ.

Με τοποθετημένα τα συστήματα στην ανατολική Θράκη η ακτίνα δράσης τους μπορεί να πλήξει το σύνολο της ανατολικής Μακεδονίας και της Θράκης, όλα τα νησιά του Βορείου Αιγαίου ενώ ακόμα και εάν τοποθετηθεί σε βάθος 50 χλμ. από τα τουρκικά παράλια μπορεί να πλήξει όλα τα νησιά του ανατολικού Αιγαίου και των Δωδεκανήσων, τις Σποράδες (Σκύρος, Σκόπελο, κτλ.) και περιοχές της ανατολικής Κρήτης. Όπως γίνεται αντιληπτό πρόκειται ουσιαστικά για την μισή Ελλάδα.​

Εντάχθηκε άρον-άρον στο οπλοστάσιο των τουρκικών ενόπλων δυνάμεων το τακτικό πυραυλικό συγκρότημα BORA με βεληνεκές μάχης 280χλμ ενώ οι Τούρκοι κινούνται για το BORA-2 με μεγαλύτερη ακτίνα δράσης.

«Από τη Σμύρνη στην Αθήνα η απόσταση είναι περίπου 230 χιλιόμετρα και η εμβέλεια του πυραύλου BORA-1 (KAAN-1) είναι 280 χιλιόμετρα» λένε οι Τούρκοι και πλέον απειλούν ανοιχτά. Για την Θεσσαλονίκη η απόσταση αυτή είναι 270 χλμ..

Ο Τούρκος υπουργός Άμυνας Κανίκλι ανακοίνωσε ότι ο τακτικός βαλλιστικός πύραυλος Bora που ανέπτυξε η τουρκική εταιρεία ROKETSAN, εντάχθηκε στην δύναμη του τουρκικού Στρατού.

Η Τουρκία πλέον έγινε «βαλλιστική δύναμη».

Ολα δείχνουν ότι μετά τον BORA ακολουθούν και τα υπόλοιπα βαλλιστικά συστήματα.

Σύμφωνα με τον υπουργό Άμυνας της Τουρκίας, η ROKETSAN ξεκίνησε την ανάπτυξη μιας έκδοσης …με μεγαλύτερη φονική εμβέλεια.

Πρόκειται για το γνωστό σύστημα που μας «απειλούσε» ο τουρκικός τύπος πριν καιρό το οποίο φτάνει στην Αθήνα απειλώντας την χώρα μας ξεκάθαρα εφόσον συστοιχίες αυτού του συστήματος τοποθετηθούν στα μικρασιατικά παράλια.

Και τι κάναμε ως χώρα; Τίποτα απολύτως.

Τεχνικές προδιαγραφές πυραύλου Bora

Διάμετρος 610 mm

Βάρος 2.500 kg

Κατευθυνόμενο σύστημα παγκόσμιου εντοπισμού θέσης (KCS) με υποβοηθούμενη αδράνεια

Σύστημα πλοήγησης (ANS)

Αεροδυναμικός έλεγχος με σύστημα ελέγχου ηλεκτρομηχανικής κίνησης

Τύπος καυσίμου: Σύνθετο στερεό καύσιμο

Βάρος κεφαλής 470 kg

Ο τουρκικός βαλλιστικός πύραυλος Bora με εμβέλεια 280 χλμ. (γνωστός στην εξαγωγική του έκδοση ως Khan), είναι το τελευταίο επίτευγμα της τουρκικής αμυντικής βιομηχανίας.

Πρόκειται για μια ποιοτική αναβάθμιση των τουρκικών πυραυλικών δυνάμεων , μετά τους πυραύλους J-600Yildirim, οι οποίοι μαζί με το BORA αποτελούν « στρατηγικό όπλο» στα «χέρια» του σουλτάνου Ερντογάν…στην μάχη για την διεκδίκηση του μισού Αιγαίου πελάγους και των τεράστιων κοιτασμάτων που ευρίσκονται κάτω από την θάλασσα.

Πρόκειται για το μεγαλύτερης εμβέλειας βαλλιστικό σύστημα που εντάσσει σε υπηρεσία ο τουρκικός Στρατός και αναμφισβήτητα συνιστά κύρια απειλή όχι μόνο για τον Έβρο αλλά και για τα νησιά του Αιγαίου.» https://hellas-now.com/i-misi-ellada-entos-tis-aktinas-drasis-toy-toyrkikoy-vallistikoy-pyrayloy-bora-eisilthe-se-epicheirisiaki-etoimotita/

1998- 2018 μεσολάβησαν δυο δεκαετίες και το μυστήριο – προειδοποίηση στον μοναχό κατά κάποιο τρόπο λύθηκε .

Οι Τούρκοι ανέπτυξαν το πυραυλικό σύστημα BORA- BORA

και το τοποθέτησαν απέναντι μας για να μας κτυπήσουν με ΜΠΟΡΕΣ- ΜΠΟΡΕΣ.

Φυσικά δεν πρόκειται να κτυπήσουν κοινωνικό ιστό όπου διαβιεί μουσουλμανικό στοιχείο βλ. Δυτική Θράκη αλλά βέβαιον είναι ότι η ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΑ θα είναι πρώτη επιλογή τους σε περίπτωση εμπλοκής.

Εδώ και καιρό που εμφανίστηκε ο συγκεκριμένος τύπος – ονομασία του πυραυλικού συστήματος είχαμε ερμηνεύσει το γεγονός – προειδοποίηση στον μοναχό και όποτε μας δινόταν η ευκαιρία επισημάναμε την επικινδυνότητα των γειτόνων μας αλλά φυσικά δεχόμασταν την χλεύη των τουρκολάγνων.

Σήμερα όμως;

ΣΤΩΜΕΝ καλώς

Δρ. Κωνσταντίνος Βαρδάκας

          Fakta: Danmark køber amerikanske missiler for millioner      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
50 missiler til de danske fregatter kan komme til at koste en milliard kroner at anskaffe.
          Efter otte år med tomme missilrør: Nu får Danmarks krigsskibe missiler for 1 mia. kr.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
USA har forhåndsgodkendt en ordre på knap 50 missiler til de danske fregatter. Prisen er en milliard kroner, men de er godt givet ud, vurderer militærforsker.
          Et si le missile de l’Otan tiré par accident en Estonie avait atteint la Russie?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
L'information sur un tir accidentel de missile par un chasseur espagnol Eurofighter dans l'espace aérien de l'Estonie s'est rapidement propagée dans les médias. Avec partout la même question: que serait-il arrivé si ce missile était parti en direction de la Russie?
          Le missile tiré par erreur en Estonie aurait déclenché l’incendie d’une tourbière      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Un incendie a éclaté sur les lieux de la chute du missile qui avait été tiré par erreur mardi par un chasseur espagnol et qui est retombé en Estonie, a annoncé Aivo Vahemets, porte-parole des Forces de défense estoniennes, ajoutant que les recherches de preuves matérielles reprendraient après que feu aura été complètement éteint.
          Tir de missile en Estonie : Moscou qualifie l’Otan de bloc «inutile»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le ministère russe des Affaires étrangères a commenté l’incident survenu en Estonie au cours duquel un chasseur espagnol de l’Otan a tiré par négligence un missile de combat.
          Taïwan déploierait un missile de croisière en direction de la Chine continentale (image)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
D’après des images satellites, Taïwan aurait déployé un missile de croisière d’attaque terrestre en direction de la Chine continentale. En réaction à la publication des images par des médias, le ministère taïwanais de la Défense les a qualifiées «spéculations».
          (USA-CO-Schriever AFB) Satellite Systems Engineer / Mission Planner 4 (Schriever AFB, CO)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is seeking an experienced Mission Planner familiar with Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) operations and Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft in support of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) mission. Located at Schriever AFB, CO, the selected candidate will be part of the STSS on-orbit operations group. Primary mission planning duties will consist of: * Support on-orbit operations throughout the flight demonstration phase * Coordinate mission requirements with 22 SOPS/Range Scheduling to ensure all program commanding and telemetry requirements are met * Brief management and the customer on AFSCN and other related mission planning issues * Perform short and medium term mission planning and participate in long term planning * Identify, select, and schedule spacecraft and payload mission operations and maintenance tasks * Define weekly task plan input for entry into Mission Management (MM)/Chronos planning tool * Generate task schedule and submit the Program Action Plan (PAP) to 22 SOPS * Coordinate and approve the 24-hour AFSCN deconfliction schedule to 22 SOPS * Coordinate with operations engineering to plan/schedule spacecraft and payload operations and maintenance tasks * Coordinate with orbit analyst to validate mission planning requirements/requests against orbital geometry and anomaly planning * Reschedule missed or failed AFSCN contacts * Coordinate mission planning activities between Schriever AFB, CO and the factory support facility (CA) * Generate and maintain the operations support schedule to include the 24-hour acquisition schedule and creation of daily pass plans * Ensure spacecraft commanding/ground perform files, procedures, memograms, and operations alerts are incorporated into the daily schedule * Participate in all operational rehearsals/exercises/operations supplying mission planning products as required * Conduct mission planning tasks in support of MDA test events This position is primarily day shift but requires on-call support of 24/7 flight operations. **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) with 9 years related experience in a space operations field; Master's Degree with 7 years related experience in a space operations field + Satellite flight operations command and control experience + Interim Top Secret security clearance is required to start + Ability and willingness to provide on-call support of 24/7 flight operations as needed **Preferred Qualifications:** + Knowledge and experience in satellite operations engineering disciplines to include attitude control, power management, thermal control, propulsion, IR payloads, command and data handling, flight and ground software, and anomaly determination and resolution + 10 years of experience in Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) operations and Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft + Understanding of AFSCN operations, specifically in the area of mission planning, and possess general understanding of satellite operations Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CO-Schriever AFB) Satellite Systems Engineer / Satellite Operations Crew 3 (Schriever AFB, CO)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is seeking an experienced Satellite Systems Engineer familiar with Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) mission requirements. Located at Schriever AFB, CO, the selected candidate will be part of the STSS on-orbit operations crew. Primary duties as a member of the operations crew will consist of: + Participate in the technical direction, coordination and management of spacecraft, payload, and ground systems support to STSS flight operations + Provide day-to-day expertise monitoring spacecraft bus health and ground system status + Execute spacecraft commanding/ground perform files, procedures, memograms, and operations alerts + Coordinate with Test Conductor for payload and spacecraft subsystem related activities + Review, incorporate, and execute AFSCN (Air Force Satellite Control Network) contacts for mission flight operations + Review pass plans for accuracy + Perform schedule change actions as necessary + Perform validation checks prior to command execution + Perform pre-pass checks using AFSCN Remote Tracking Stations (RTS) + Ensure successful transmission of commands and receipt of telemetry + Assess system state of health and trending of satellite parameters + Implement satellite safing procedures, as required + Coordinate activities with mission planners and system test team + Participate in operations test activities and MDA test events + Perform post-pass data archival + Troubleshoot satellite and ground system anomalies and recommend recovery actions This position requires working a rotating shift schedule in support of 24/7 flight operations. **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's degree in a STEM field (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) with 5 years related experience in satellite operations with a background in AFSCN/RTS on-orbit satellite system command and control operations; or Master's Degree with 3 years related experience in satellite operations with a background in AFSCN/RTS on-orbit satellite system command and control operations + The selected applicant must successfully complete the STSS crew operations course and pass a series of tests, including a final certification scenario prior to assuming crew operations duties + Interim Top Secret security clearance is required + Ability and willingness to work a rotating shift schedule in support of 24/7 flight operations **Preferred Qualifications:** + Knowledge and experience with all satellite operations disciplines including attitude control, power management, thermal control, propulsion, payloads, command and data handling, flight and ground operations, and anomaly determination and resolution + Seven years of satellite operations experience using AFSCN /RTS resources, flight operations experience, and familiarity with spacecraft bus and payload systems and OS/Comet Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-Azusa) Systems Engineer 4      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to key decision makers. The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield. The SBIRS architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO), hosted payloads in HEO orbit, and ground hardware and software. The integrated system provides robust performance with global, persistent coverage. Northrop Grumman in Azusa needs qualified system engineers with an emphasis in IR radiometry, calibration, and simulation modelling to fill system performance analyst needs on the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program. SBIRS has several Payloads on orbit and others scheduled to build, test, and launch over the next several years. Radiometric analysts will support sensor calibration and trending, ground and orbital system test data analysis, test design, anomaly resolution support, tool development, simulation modelling, and requirements/performance capability sell-off for the SBIRS GEO and HEO payloads. Work may include payload and space vehicle integration and test, analyzing radiometric calibration system performance for on-orbit SBIRS payloads as well as in support of SBIRS flight readiness test activities for payload and ground systems. Ideal candidate will have a technical understanding of radiometric calibration and simulation modelling techniques in a space environment. **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) + 9 years of engineering experience with a minimum of 5 years of engineering experience in the design and testing of EO/IR payload systems + Active DoD Secret Clearance must be held and maintained. U.S. Citizenship is required. **Preferred Qualifications:** + Master's degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) + Familiarity with commonly used tools in both MS Windows & Unix environments + Proficiency in MATLAB + Active Top Secret clearanceor SCI program access is desired Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-Azusa) Engineer Systems 3      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to key decision makers. The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield. The SBIRS architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO), hosted payloads in HEO orbit, and ground hardware and software. The integrated system provides robust performance with global, persistent coverage. Northrop Grumman in Azusa needs qualified system engineers with an emphasis in IR radiometry, calibration, and simulation modelling to fill system performance analyst needs on the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program. SBIRS has several Payloads on orbit and others scheduled to build, test, and launch over the next several years. Radiometric analysts will support sensor calibration and trending, ground and orbital system test data analysis, test design, anomaly resolution support, tool development, simulation modelling, and requirements/performance capability sell-off for the SBIRS GEO and HEO payloads. Work may include payload and space vehicle integration and test, analyzing radiometric calibration system performance for on-orbit SBIRS payloads as well as in support of SBIRS flight readiness test activities for payload and ground systems. Ideal candidate will have a technical understanding of radiometric calibration and simulation modelling techniques in a space environment. **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) + 5 or more years of engineering experience in the design and testing of EO/IR payload systems + Active DoD Secret Clearance must be held and maintained. U.S. Citizenship is required. **Preferred Qualifications:** + Master's degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) + Knowledge of and experience with the SBIRS Program + Familiarity with commonly used tools in both MS Windows & Unix environments + Proficiency in MATLAB + Active DoD Top Secret Clearance and/orSCI Program Access is desired Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-VA-McLean) Intl Trade Compliance Analyst 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, **Missile Defense and Protective Systems Division** is seeking an **International Trade Compliance Analyst 2** to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. The position may be located in **McLean, VA** or **Huntsville, AL** . The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman's Export/Import Management organization, working to ensure compliance with export laws that enhance foreign policy and protect national security. + Manages comprehensive internal export controls to ensure compliance with US and foreign regulations (ITAR and EAR) in the conduct of international marketing, sales, supply chain and other business activities. + Establishes and implements business plans for submitting to and obtaining from the US government all necessary export and import authorizations, permits, and certifications. + Assures that transactions comply with government regulations and internal procedures by conducting gate reviews for technical data, foreign travel, foreign visits and export and import shipments. + Conducts commodity jurisdiction and classification determination and analyzes technology/technical data. + Liases with program and capture teams to ensure proper export compliance strategies are implemented. + Participates in training and audit assessment programs to ensure implementation and effectiveness of internal controls. + Exercises good judgment to seek management support and guidance as needed. + Develops and delivers presentations, including program/capture specific export compliance training, and general export awareness training. **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. + Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills + Attention to detail + US citizen with ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense (DOD) Secret Security Clearance **Preferred Qualifications:** + Experience applying export regulations to software products + Knowledge of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) + Experience managing export authorizations + Experience with making Jurisdiction and Classification determinations + Experience providing training in person or via virtual methods (e.g., LiveMeeting)Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-San Bernardino) Engineer Modeling (MBSE) Systems , Secret Clearance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
**Northrop Grumman is in need of a Modeling (MBSE) Systems Engineer GBSD, Ground Based Strategic Deterrent** Location San Bernardino CA Northrop Grumman is seeking a Model Based Systems Engineer 2(3) to support the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) weapon system development. This position will be with our Technology Services sector located at San Bernardino, California. The successful candidate will perform Model Based Systems Engineering and modeling and simulation of the command and launch portion of the missile system. This includes the following: * Support System Architecture Modeling activities for the GBSD Command and Launch IPT * Develop System Architecture Models in UPDM and SysML through the integration of inputs across sub-systems and the full weapon system * Support System Engineering baseline design and related artifact development * Develop reports of analyses that document the work performed * Interface with internal and external customers **Basic Qualifications:** * Minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Electrical, or Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics with2 yrs of related experience or 1+ with a Masters * *Minimum 1 year of experience in one or more Model Based Engineering tools (Cameo, Rhapsody, Sparx EA, etc.) * Must have an active DoD Secret Clearance or higher with security investigation completed within the last 5 years * **Preferred Qualifications:** * Master's Degree in a technical discipline * Holds a current DoD Top Secret Clearance * Experience with any of the following tools and languages: CORE, DOORS, Rhapsody, Cameo, ModelCenter, MagicDraw, Easy Power, Prima Vera, UML, SysML, UPDM, OOSEM, Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Methodology / Method (or just Object- Oriented Systems Engineering), PTC Integrity Modeler, Artisan Studio * Experience with ICBM Weapon Systems, missile systems, or launch vehicles * Self-directed and able to work independently and with a team Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-AL-Huntsville) Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman's Technology Services team on the Ground Based Mid-Course Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract (DSC) in support of the Missile Defense Agency. The GMD element is a critical part of our nation's layered Ballistic Missile Defense System providing the U.S. with the capability to engage and intercept long range ballistic missiles during midcourse flight. This position reports to the NG Systems Engineering Manager for the Boeing Ground Based Mid-Course Defense (GMD) SEIT Integrated Product Team. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: + The review and tailoring of EMI/EMC requirements to meet specified product performance for all aspects of Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) compliance, including EMI/EMC/EME/ESD/EMP and lightning. + Developing models for interference coupling mechanisms, shielding integrity, and circuit/cable interface isolation to mitigate and control conducted/radiated emissions and susceptibility stimuli. + Performing Electromagnetic Environmental Effects and Survivability site testing including but not limited to test planning, scheduling and test performance in compliance with standards MIL-STD-188-125, MIL-STD-461, and MIL-STD-464 + Creation of test reports, procedures, and control plans and guidelines. + Development, maintain and deliver a GMD E3 Program Plan + Development and execution of the GMD Survivability and Hardness Assurance Program IAW MDA-STD-001A and the GMD High Altitude Exo-Atmospheric Nuclear Survivability (HAENS) Program Plan + Provide technical expertise to perform, document, and assess HAENS Raid analysis using the Survivability Planning and Intercept Evaluation Tool + Assess salvo logic impacts and suggest improvements to the existing Nuclear Weapons Effects Battle Management algorithms The individual should be a self-starter, versatile, problem solver, and have a willingness to work as part of a team. Individual must be willing to travel to site locations in order to perform environmental testing, attend design review meetings, and work off-shift hours if necessary **Basic Qualifications:** + Experience: 9+ Years with a STEM Bachelor's Degree/ 7+ Years with Masters/ 4+ Years with PhD + Current DOD Secret security clearance able to obtain Top secret clearance + Experience in systems engineering, requirements, and product development processes and application to complex weapon or space systems + Experience in complex weapon or space systems requirements verification and validation + CBRN mitigation experience + LabVIEW Experience + Must be able to travel **Preferred Qualifications:** + 5 years of missile systems or space launch systems engineering experience + Nuclear effects (including EMP) modeling experience. + LabVIEW CLAD or higher certification + Current DOD Top Secret security clearance + DOORS experience + Network configuration development and maintenance + SIPRNet experience + GMD or other missile defense experience Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-AL-Anniston Army Depot) Machine Tool Operator      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
* Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary **About the Position:** The Anniston Army Depot is located in Anniston, Alabama in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain chain halfway between Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL just off Interstate 20. The Depot is the largest employer in Calhoun County with approximately 4000 employees. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities * The incumbent will set up and operate machines to rebuild major parts for the reciprocating engines. * Inspects and repairs component parts for reciprocating engines. * Make adjustments to machine to ensure dimensional accuracy. * Correct machine feed to produce quality products. ### Travel Required Not required ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 9 * #### Job family (Series) 3414 Machining * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation. * This position requires the completion of a pre-employment Physical Examination and an annual examination thereafter to ensure the continued, required level of physical health and ability or fitness to perform the duties of the position. * This position requires a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation. * This position requires shift work to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays, or special situations. ### Qualifications **THIS IS A DIRECT HIRE SOLICITATION - These positions are being advertised through the Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for Domestic Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Facilities. Under this authority, competitive rating/ranking and veterans' preference procedures do not apply.** * **This position is a TERM position, Not-To-Exceed one (1) year and one (1) day.** * **Position is temporary and may be extended up to a maximum of six (6) years.** * **This position may be converted to permanent career or career-conditional appointment without further competition as long as all requirements are met.** * **Requirements to be eligible for conversion, employee must complete at least two (2) years of current continuous service under a term appointment in the competitive service AND employee must have a current performance rating under such term appointment of at least fully successful or equivalent.** **Who May Apply: US Citizens** Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision. Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) Machine Tool Operator~ without more than normal supervision. Operate various machines such as milling machines, lathes, planers, grinders, drill presses, power saws, metalizing equipment in the fabrication of parts and components for a variety of equipment such as various types of vehicles, artillery and small arms weapons, fire control instruments or missile components. - Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating. * Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision * **Physical Effort:**Work requires standing, stooping, bending, sitting, and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. There is frequent moving and lifting of parts and materials from 10 to 40 pounds and occasionally items weighing in excess of 45 pounds * **Working Conditions:**Work is performed in shop that has adequate lighting, heating, and ventilation. There is some danger to skin and eyes from flying chips, abrasive particles, etc.; also to hands, fingers, and other parts of the body from cutting tools, grinding wheels, rotating work pieces and moving parts of machines. Ensures that hazardous materials/waste within work area are handled/processed within operating guidelines. The guidance for proper handling of hazardous materials/waste is obtained through formal training efforts and specific guidance issued by the supervisor. Ensures that storage drums and other containers housing hazardous materials/waste are properly labeled and secured at all times. Reports any deficiencies to the supervisor. Properly disposes of hazardous materials/waste used/generated at work site. Immediately notifies supervisor of any accident or spill and initiates response actions as directed by supervisor. Since exposure to hazardous materials/waste is possible, wears protective clothing and equipment (e.g., rubber boots, coveralls, goggles, aprons, gloves, respirator, etc.) as situations warrant ### Education ### Additional information * Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. * You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. * Two year trial/probationary period may be required. * Direct Deposit of Pay is required. * Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. * If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. * This is a Career Program (CP) 17 position. * You may claim military spouse preference. * Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. * Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement. * Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation. **Basis for Rating:**Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. * Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position. * Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position. * Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position. Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Not Applicable ##### Drug test required No * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External). As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.** If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.** **1. Your resume:** * Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement. * If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy. * For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position. * For additional information see: What to include in your resume. **2. Other supporting documents:** * Cover Letter, optional NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the **Required Documents** section above. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/15/2018 to receive consideration * To begin, click **Apply**to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10277114). * Follow the prompts to **select your résumé and/or other supporting documents** to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. * After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and **click to continue with the application process**. * You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. **You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.** * It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. * Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center. To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. **If you submit an inquiry to the e-mail address listed in the Agency Contact Information below please identify the announcement number of the position in the subject line of the e-mail. This will expedite a response to your inquiry.** Read more ### Agency contact information ### Army Applicant Help Desk ##### Phone (000)000-0000 ##### Email USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL ##### Address AH-APF-W0LXAA USA DEPOT ANNISTON DO NOT MAIL Anniston, AL 36201 US Learn more about this agency ### Next steps If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. 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Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507365900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/15/2018 *Service:* Competitive *Pay scale & grade:* WG 9 *Salary:* $21.01 to $25.66 per hour *Appointment type:* Term - 1 Year 1 Day *Work schedule:* Full-Time
          NATO's misfired weaponry or airstrikes on the Baltic countries      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 launched an AMRAAM-type air-to-air missile over Estonian territory Tuesday afternoon. All the Estonians are very shocked. The incident occurred on Aug. 7, 2018 at around 3:44 PM local time in the Pangodi area of Estonia's Tartu County, which is situated less than 50 miles west to the country's border with Russia. The rocket is being searched by helicopters. The Estonian army has started a large-scale search. The flight path, location and status of the missile are currently under investigation. The last assumed location of the missile is roughly 40 km to the north of the city of Tartu. The AMRAAM type missile's firing range is 100 km, it is 3.7 m long, 18 cm in diameter, and carries a live warhead. The missile carried explosives of up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds). It has a built-in self-destruct for such incidents, but may have landed on the ground.Spain is forced to explain why one of its jets fired a missile during a drill in the airspace of the Baltic country and NATO ally. "A Spanish Eurofighter based in Lithuania accidentally fired a missile without causing any harm," Spain's defence ministry said in a statement, adding that the incident happened "in an area of southwest Estonia authorised for this type of exercise". "The air-to-air missile did not hit any aircraft. The defence ministry has opened investigation to clarify the exact cause of the incident," it continued. There are no known human casualties. Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Facebook "thank God no human casualties," calling the incident "extremely regrettable." After the incident, the Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000, from that country's Ala 11, or 11th Wing, based at Mor'on Air Base, safely landed at its base in Siauliai in Lithuania. So far there is no word on whether the launch was the result of any fault with the aircraft or pilot error. Whatever the case turns out to be, it's definitely embarrassing for Spain, which is among the NATO members that spends the least on defense. It's also not a great look for the Alliance as a whole, which has been under increasing pressure, especially from the United States, to reinvigorate its military capabilities after years of increasing neglect in many cases since the end of the Cold War. The Spanish jet is part of NATO's Baltic air-policing mission. Neighbouring to Russia and NATO countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania do not have their own fighter aircraft. Therefore the allies in the margin of the Baltic Air Policing mission since 2004 protect the Baltic airspace for their own account. Spanish Eurofighters have suffered a number of accidents dating back all the way back to 2002, when the crew of a two-seat variant ejected safely after suffering a dual engine flameout. Additional crashes occurred in 2010 and 2017, killing the pilots in both cases, but there have been no other reports of misfired weaponry. It is worth recalling the incidents caused by the errors of NATO, which led to human casualties. "MISTAKES HAPPEN" https://balticword.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1.3.png On February 22, 2010 NATO fired on a convoy of three vehicles in Gujran district of the province of Daykundi, killing at least 33 civilians including four women and one child and injuring 12 others while they were on their way to Kandahar. On April 7, 2011 A NATO airstrike hit a Libyan rebel position near the contested oil town of Brega on Thursday killing up to five people, rebel fighters and a hospital nurse said. It was the second time in less than a week that rebels said NATO had bombed their comrades by mistake. Thirteen were killed in an air strike not far from the same spot. On May 29, 2011 Afghan authorities said Sunday NATO had killed 52 people, mostly civilians, in airstrikes. In the southern province of Helmand at least 14 civilians, including women and children, were killed and six injured in an air raid. The dead included five girls, seven boys and two women. On February 13, 2013 A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 civilians, five of them children, and wounded five other children. On July 20, 2015 At least seven Afghan soldiers were killed by a NATO air strike that mistakenly hit their post in a province south of Kabul in the midst of a battle against Taliban militants. The mistake was likely the result of poor coordination between Afghan forces and the international coalition. On July 12, 2016 A U.S. airstrike killed nearly 60 civilians, including children, in Syria after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters. On April 12, 2017 An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria mistakenly killed 18 soldiers from a U.S. The incident was the fourth time since early March that American-led airstrikes may have killed noncombatants. According to some estimates, up to 200 people died during a March 17 airstrike in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. It was potentially the largest single loss of innocent lives to U.S.-led coalition strikes since the fight against the Islamic State began in 2014. A U.S. airstrike in a rural area of Raqqa province killed more than 20 noncombatants in a school in March. Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said 42 people, most of whom were civilians, died in a U.S. bombing in the town of Al Jinah.
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Somewhat better. I did my two circuits of Drummond Place Gardens. I finished Archie’s socks and in the afternoon Archie himself came to put the recycling out. It goes out fortnightly, and I have missed two: one for Wimbledon, one for Kirkmichael, so there's lots:



It looks a bit long in the foot. That’s easily corrected, in a top-down sock. I'll see what he thinks, after a bit. And I don’t know how that hole came about. I have fixed it. The yarn was broken. Moth? Cat? A snag?

Tomorrow Archie and his brothers and I will have a mid-afternoon lunch at Dishoom, when Archie finishes work, and then, I hope, a bit of a rest before taking a taxi to Godot. A busy day. And getting up Dublin Street to Dishoom is a strenuous walk – it will be good for me, but...

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Interesting about weather, Chris. European weather often follows on behind American, but, clearly, not always. '62-63 was a savage winter here  -- the pregnancy that produced Helen gives me several secure points to remember it by. The last severe winter we had here was ’10-11 when my husband’s sister was dying.

Janet, my guess is that hiding under the desks to avoid nuclear annihilation during the Cuban Missile Crisis was a technique left over from WWII because they couldn’t think of anything else to do.

My mother was in Dallas that week, where her own mother was seriously ill. She didn’t notice what was happening, and in a few conversations on the subject subsequently, confused the Missile Crisis with the Bay of Pigs. And I will never know whether family anxieties obscured all else for her that week, or whether Texas is so far away and so big that they weren’t terrified the way we were in the centres of civilisation.

I can remember waking up and hearing the milkman’s horse in the street and thinking, well, it hasn’t happened yet.


          S. Korean Firms Imported N. Korean Coal in Sanctions Breach      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of U.N. resolutions in a fresh sign of loosening sanctions, South Korea’s customs agency said Friday. Seoul has been examining nine cases of potential imports of North Korean coal, which would breach a resolution passed last August by the U.N. Security Council to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The customs service did not identify the companies...
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          Red Cross calls for combatants to spare children in Yemen conflict      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Following the killing of 29 children in a missile attack on a marketplace in Yemen, the Red Cross has called on combatants in the civil conflict to do more to avoid civilian casualties. The ICRC said a strike hit the bus driving children in Dahyan market, in northern Saada. Spokesperson Mirella Hodeib spoke to from Sanaa on Good Morning Europe.
          Mexico - Evolved Seasparrow Missiles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of six (6) Evolved Seasparrow tactical missiles (ESSM) and two (2) Evolved Seasparrow telemetry missiles for an estimated cost of $41 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 8, 2018. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy six (6) Evolved Seasparrow tactical missiles (ESSM) and two (2)
          8/10/2018: REGIONAL NEWS: United States cannot be trusted, Iran’s Rouhani tells North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SEOUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea’s foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran’s state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile...
          Strage di bambini in Yemen, almeno 39 morti      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Strage di bambini in Yemen: almeno 39 sono morti e altre 50 persone sono rimaste ferite nel nord del Paese in una serie di raid aerei che hanno colpito uno scuolabus e un affollato mercato nella provincia di Saada. Secondo Al Jazeera il bombardamento è stato sferrato dalla coalizione a guida saudita che appoggia il governo dell’ex presidente yemenita Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi, nemico dei ribelli houthi e che rivendica: "Un'operazione legittima contro i ribelli che ieri hanno lanciato un missile uccidendo una persona a Jazan, al confine con lo Yemen".
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De amerikanske myndigheder har forhåndsgodkendt et salg af op til 50 luftværnsmissiler til det danske forsvar. Prisen er 152 millioner dollar svarende til en milliard danske kroner, oplyser det amerik…
          So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria. It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others: Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014? Will Russian armed forces enter Kharkiv, Ukraine, by May 10? Rich's answers to these questions would eventually be evaluated by the intelligence community, but she didn't feel much pressure because this wasn't her full-time gig. "I'm just a pharmacist," she said. "Nobody cares about me, nobody knows my name, I don't have a professional reputation at stake. And it's this anonymity which actually gives me freedom to make true forecasts." Rich does make true forecasts; she is curiously good at predicting future world events. Better Than The Pros For the past three years, Rich and 3,000 other average people have been quietly making probability estimates about everything from Venezuelan gas subsidies to
          US mulls missile defense interceptors in space      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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The US has unveiled plans for a space-based missile defense network less than a month after the July 16 US-Russia summit in Helsinki, where President Vladimir Putin presented his American counterpart Donald Trump with a series of concrete initiatives on disarmament, nuclear arms control and a proposed ban on weapons in space. US military strategists believe that a space-based sensor layer'
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Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
The Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Program marked a significant occasion, June 22 when members of the leadership team at the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Aerospace Corporation and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company all gathered to place their signatures on a thermal space blanket that will travel in space inside the AEHF-4 satellite this coming October. "We have an op
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          Iran Says U.S. Can't Be Trusted      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to Reuters, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea’s foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile programs. Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from Washington for talks this week, ...
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Earlier, the UN released a report, claiming that Pyongyang has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs.
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China has conducted a flight test of a new hypersonic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead against advanced missile defenses, according to U.S. officials.

The post China Reveals Test of New Hypersonic Missile appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.


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          North Korea revives 'axis of evil' ties with Iran as denuclearisation talks falter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

North Korea revives 'axis of evil' ties with Iran as denuclearisation talks falterThe arrival of North Korea's foreign minister in Tehran just hours after Donald Trump had reinstated sanctions against Iran was “no coincidence”, analysts believe, and is designed to send the message that Pyongyang is reinforcing its alliances as denuclearisation talks with the US stall. Ri Yong-ho held talks with Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, on Tuesday, the same day that economic sanctions went back into force against Tehran. The meeting was held at North Korea’s request, Iranian media reported, and the two officials used the two-day visit to express their “satisfaction” with existing bilateral relations and seek better ties in the future.  “The fact that they are meeting at all comes as no surprise, and of course the timing of these talks is no coincidence”, said Rah Jong-il, a former diplomat who previously served as South Korea’s ambassador to London and Tokyo.  The relationship between the two nations - described in January 2002 by President George W. Bush as two of the three states that made up the “axis of evil” - goes back to the Iran-Iraq war, when Pyongyang sided with Tehran and provided its forces with weapons. That subsequently grew into exchanges of increasingly more sophisticated weapons systems, including missiles, and nuclear technology, Mr Rah said.  Hidden trillions: What if North Korea’s economy opened up? And with talks with the US apparently deadlocked, Pyongyang looks to be returning to its historical allies to underline that it still has friends and will not be bullied, Mr Rah added, pointing out that the North’s foreign minister has also recently visited China, Russia and Cuba.  “The North Koreans were quite optimistic after Mr Kim [Jong-un] met Mr Trump in Singapore because they believed that he would be manageable and that they would be able to get what they wanted from him”, Mr Rah told The Telegraph.  That included rewards for phased denuclearisation and the lifting of sanctions, although the US has since stiffened its position and is demanding that the North completes the abolition of its atomic arsenal before sanctions are removed. “Now Mr Trump has put the sanctions back on Iran, the two countries find themselves in the same situation, so Mr Ri’s visit is likely to be an opportunity to coordinate on policies and emphasise their joint front against Washington”, Mr Rah said.  “It may also be an opportunity to exchange information on military hardware and technology,” he added. At a glance | US sanctions against Iran Kim Hyun-wook, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, agreed with that assessment, telling The Korea Herald that, “As North Korea does not hold many cards in negotiations with the US, it appears to be diversifying its diplomatic partners and strengthening its alli2ances with them to increase its leverage”.  The timing and content of Mr Ri’s visit to Tehran will not go overlooked in the US, however, and could serve to further stiffen Washington’s resolve to bring Mr Kim’s regime to heel. That, in turn, could provoke a backlash that negates any progress on the future of the Korean Peninsula made to date.  Yet Mr Rah believes that North Korea still sees Mr Trump as its best hope of being accepted as an equal by the international community and even, potentially, retainings its nuclear weapons.  “Mr Trump is the most favourable opponent they have faced in the White House”, he said. “They still believe they can make progress with him and even though Washington has been firmer recently, the North will be working out ways that they can manipulate him for their own purposes”. 



          Yemen, raid colpisce uno scuolabus: 39 bambini morti      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Yemen, raid colpisce uno scuolabus: 39 bambini mortiYEMEN, 10 LUGLIO - 39 bambini morti, 50 feriti: è questo il bilancio dei raid aerei che ieri hanno colpito la provincia di Sa'ada, in Yemen. L'attacco è opera della coalizione guidata dall'Arabia saudita. L'attacco è avvenuto come risposta al missile lanciato dai ribelli sciiti mercoledì a Jizan, che aveva ucciso un civile e ferito altre 11 persone.
          Philippine Navy, ‘bull’s eye’ sa bagong missile test      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  Manila, Philippines – Naging matagumpay ang isinagawang mga bagong missile test ng Philippine Navy gamit ang MPAC o Multi-Purpose Assault Craft. Ipinagmalaki ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza ang mga bagong Spike-ER missiles na binili […]
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          'Nuclear deal with US finest example of India's foreign policy success'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) India and the US have not done much nuclear business even a decade after the 2008 civil atomic deal was signed. Yet, the real foreign policy goals, including India getting a global nuclear waiver and leveraging a great power to get ahead, have been achieved, say former foreign secretaries Shyam Saran and S. Jaishankar who played pivotal roles in negotiating the historic agreement.

The two ex-diplomats were speaking at an IIC-SPS seminar "India and the World: Ten years after Lifting of Nuclear Strictures" as they walked down memory lane to look back 10 years after the Indo-US nuclear deal and India getting an exceptional waiver for nuclear trade by the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) that had a significant impact on New Delhi's international relations and global status as well.

Saran, who later became Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's special envoy and Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board, while recognising the advantages of the the watershed moment in the diplomatic history of the two democracies, also admitted that no new nuclear power plants could be established in India post the signing of the agreement. He attributed it mostly to the problems of the liability insurance and the change in public perception after Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

"There are many reasons for that. One was the nuclear liability entanglement which we should not have got into and then Fukushima which changed from states wanting nuclear plants to saying they didn't want them.

"But we were able to bring in fuel and our existing power plants moved from a plat load factor of around 30 per cent to over 90 per cent. Today, we have long-term agreements for fuel with at least a dozen countries," Saran said.

"From being a target of technology denial regimes, and also testing, we are now not a target. No one now objects when India conducts a missile test," he said, dismissing scepticism that the benefits of the nuclear deal have been oversold.

He said a partnership with the US was "very important" for India's economic and security policies. And the nuclear deal accelerated the transformation of the relationship between the two countries.

Nuclear power plants, which were earlier running at one-third capacity, were now operating at twice that operating capacity. He said India was no more a "target" of the non-proliferation lobby and "there is a stake in India's strength and success which was previously too ambiguous."

Jaishankar, who is now on the board of Tata Sons, said there cannot be a sharper example of radical initiative in foreign policy than India's nuclear deal with the US that involved overcoming several layers and hurdles in the US bureaucracy and legislative circles.

He said that the signing of the nuclear deal, a process and not an event, was to reverse the effects of "three strategic errors" of the past - the 1947 partition, delay in liberalization of economy and the nuclear diffidence.

"There was the error of partition, where we lost our territory and reach; the error of economics where many of the reforms that came in the 1990s should have come earlier, and on the nuclear side, had we pushed our nuclear programme as consistently as China did in the 1950s, we could have made the Non Proliferation Treaty deadline."

Dwelling on the implications of the atomic agreement, Jaishankar said the deal had opened up opportunities of defence cooperation with the US like never before.

"It changed the character of India-US relationship. Importantly, it differentiated India from Pakistan in the eyes of the world and it has helped change India's image in the world and added to its credibility as a responsible power. It branded the two countries very differently, and helped to change our relationships in the world."

And it also, he said, opened up doors in dogmatic countries who were almost theologically opposed previously to dealing with India on this issue unless it signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) which India had consistently refused to sign because it was seen by New Delhi as an unequal treaty that perpetuated "nuclear apartheid".

He said nuclear power was a way out for the future and hoped that US companies like Westinghouse would soon be able to "put their house in order" and be able to fulfilt their commercial commitments to India.

C. Uday Bhaskar, Director, Society for Policy Studies (SPS), who chaired the session, pointed out that there is a consensus that the world does not want another Hiroshima-Nagasaki or another Fukushima.

"India was the outsider, even outlier, till the 1998 nuclear tests were carried out," he said, reminding a packed hall at India International Centre that India and the US were long seen as "estranged democracies" and the situation changed only after the 2008 nuclear deal.

--IANS

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          Russia, China block US bid to slap North Korea sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Russia, China block US bid to slap North Korea sanctions
Russia and China on Thursday blocked a US request to add a Russian bank to a UN sanctions blacklist along with a North Korean official and two entities, diplomats said.
The United States last week asked a UN sanctions committee to slap an assets freeze on Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank for allegedly helping North Korea evade UN-imposed restrictions on financial transactions.
The request also targeted Ri Jong Won, the deputy representative of North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank and two North Korean front companies.
In a response to the council, Russia raised doubts about the allegations while China told the council that it objected to the proposed sanctions designations put forward by the United States.
“We would like to underline that designation requests submitted to the committee should be adequately substantiated by sufficient information,” said the Russian mission to the United Nations in a message to the council seen by AFP.
The request followed a US Treasury Department decision to impose unilateral sanctions on the Russian bank, the North Korean official and the two entities.
The two companies were named as the Dandong Zhongsheng Industry & Trade Company and the Korea Ungum Corporation.
Russia and China have called on the Security Council to consider easing sanctions to reward North Korea for opening up dialogue with the United States and halting missile tests.
But the United States has called for maintaining “maximum pressure” from sanctions until North Korea has fully dismantled its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Earlier Thursday, the North Korean foreign ministry issued an angry statement, denouncing the United States for responding to its overtures by “inciting international sanctions and pressure.”
The council last year adopted three rafts of sanctions targeting North Korea’s economy through export and import bans, as well as restrictions on banking.
It was the second time in three weeks that Russia and China have objected to a US request to tighten sanctions on North Korea.
On July 19, the two countries put a six-month hold on a US request to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea.
The United States had made the request to the sanctions committee after finding that North Korea had exceeded the cap on fuel imports though illegal ship-to-ship transfers at sea.
UN sanctions resolutions place a ceiling for North Korea of 500,000 barrels of refined oil products per year and four million barrels of crude.
A cut-off of oil and fuel would have to be enforced primarily by China, which supplies most of North Korea’s energy needs, but also by Russia, which delivers some oil to Pyongyang.
           Plane Missiles (Games)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Plane Missiles 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: Free, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

How to play?

1) Control the plane with your finger
2) Protect the plane from missiles
3) Collect coins to unlock more planes

Enjoy!!!

Plane Missiles


          North Korea heat wave "potentially catastrophic", charities warn as rice and crops wither in fields      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The world's largest disaster relief network warned of a risk of a "full-blown food security crisis" in the isolated country, saying that the worrying situation had been exacerbated by international sanctions imposed due to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes
          Zombie game with superpowers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Had an idea the other day, and after checking I've found no one has done it yet which actually surprised me.

A zombie apocalypse game with Super Powers!

Now I initially thought how best it would be to portray the game, There are a lot of zombie games of varying degree but for this it's best not make it too serious, since it includes super powers.
I came up with a combination of Sunset Overdrive (**** the laws of physics, crazy jumps, weird weapons, entire city to travel through in various ways) with Left 4 Dead 1&2 (endless hordes of zombies, special zombies you've got to be careful of, great fun character dialogue).

It takes place in a city in a world where people can get superpowers, so a person can become a HERO or VILLAIN
So you get to make moral choices through the game, and be a douchebag if you want to (I'm talking Fallout 3 and New Vegas dialogue lines)

You can choose your super power at the beginning; one for combat one for travel.
Super Strength [I haven't done... You Know What... since I got this power. I'm too afraid I'll hurt myself"

Fire Power

Lightning Power

Shadow Power

Tech Suit

Magic {Time to show what Real power is]

more to added later

for Travel
Flight (if you fly too high you'll be shot down with by an anti-air missile and take damage) (fly through zombies, or make an superhero landing for AoE damage)
Super Speed (run though zombies and make them explode)
Custom Vehicle (drive through zombies with added weapons on vehicle)
teleportation (grab and drop zombies from height, drop cars and other things on the zombies)

more to be added later


There are zombies with super powers, they'll be bigger than normal zombies and tougher, different types stick to different areas of the city

There are other survivors in the city, a few with powers that you could help, hinder or recruit.

End goal is either help the city, get the zombies out of the city or rule the city.

You can gather supplies, tech, items etc to trade with the survivors, improve your tech suit, gather/make more magical items etc.


That's all I've really got right now, I'll keep thinking and developing the game including full story, survivors names etc.
If you got any Good suggestions put them in the comments, I'll read them and see if I can put them in the game
          Trump’s Talk of Isolating Iran Speaks More to US Global Isolation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Trump’s Talk of Isolating Iran Speaks More to US Global Isolation

Trump’s Talk of Isolating Iran Speaks More to US Global Isolation


The Trump administration re-imposed tough sanctions on Iran this week, but the move risks further isolating Washington, not Tehran, in the eyes of the world.
President Donald Trump issued a statement to accompany the sweeping sanctions reinstated by Washington. “The Iranian regime faces a choice,” he said. “Either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.”
Ironically, the same words uttered by Trump could apply more so to the United States.
This increasingly unhinged US regime needs to back off its “threatening, destabilizing behavior” and begin to respect multilateral rules like other nations. Otherwise, the US and its unilateral bullying is leading to its “continuing down the path of economic isolation”.
Trump also warned this week that, “Anybody doing business with Iran won’t be doing business with the US”. Careful what you wish for Donald! That very warning over Iran could end up much worse for your country.
The American president is in danger of recklessly overplaying his hand. His truculent demands that the rest of the world join in US efforts to isolate Iran economically are likely to backfire badly.
In particular, Trump is reinforcing the historic direction underway by Russia, China and others to shift their international trading relations away from relying on the US dollar as reserve currency. Without that privileged status as reserve currency, the US dollar would tank, and so would the entire American economy, based as it is on endless, unaccountable printing of greenbacks.
Russia, China and India are understood to be not willing to comply with Washington’s high-handed demands that they cut business ties with Iran.
Both China and India – Iran’s biggest export markets for its oil industry – have said they are not going to defer to Trump’s sanctions.
The resistance to American diktat is inevitably leading to the rest of the world coming up with new financing mechanisms for conducting trade. That, in turn, is hastening the demise of the US dollar’s international status.
Even the European Union this week pushed back against Trump’s policy to unduly antagonize Iran by trashing the international nuclear accord.
“We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran,” said the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, in a statement co-signed by the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.
The 28-member EU is introducing a Blocking Statute which will afford legal protection to its commercial ties with Iran from so-called “secondary sanctions” planned by the Trump administration to hit nations continuing to do business with Tehran.
Washington’s sanctions reimposed this week are aimed at cutting off Iran’s ability to conduct international trade using US dollar payments. But if other nations hold firm to commercial ties with Iran, they will circumvent the American restrictions by necessarily using bilateral currency deals transacted with euro, renminbi, rupee or ruble.
This is a transition already underway due to several overlapping factors, including the growing strategic importance of Russia-China bilateral relations, China’s global economic vision of its One Belt One Road initiative, Eurasian economic integration, and the increasing importance of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) in shaping a multipolar world.
The BRICS represent some 40 per cent of the world economy, and the grouping is signing up new associate nations, such as Turkey and Iran.
That inevitably means the once mighty dominance of the US dollar governing international trade is waning. Its days are numbered. Trump’s bullying towards Iran, and towards others through unilateral wielding of sanctions, is only hastening the global direction of dropping the American dollar as the world reserve currency.
A nation’s currency is all about its ability to command respect or trust from other nations. Washington, under Trump, is fast squandering those values.
President Trump’s policy towards Iran has no legitimate foundation. It is a blatant attempt to destabilize that nation for regime change in contravention of international law and the UN Charter. The rest of the world can see through Washington’s vile mask and its pompous rhetoric. What they see is a thuggish regime that selfishly and arbitrarily makes up its own rules as it goes along.
American power is as unscrupulous as it is riven with hypocrisy. Accusing Iran of “malign behavior” in the Middle East makes Washington sound ridiculous given its record in recent years of destroying whole nations and millions of innocent lives from illegal wars. As well as sponsoring terrorist jihadists to do its dirty work.
Trump’s walking away from the UN-backed international nuclear accord with Iran back in May, which has paved the way for the reimposition of US sanctions, is typical of Washington’s repudiation of multilateral norms for its own unilateral gratification. All signatories to the 2015 nuclear accord, including the EU, Russia and China, have expressed their support for the deal.
UN monitors have confirmed in nearly a dozen reports that Iran has complied fully with the terms of the agreement to restrict its development of nuclear weapons. Honoring its side of the bargain, Iran is fully entitled to sanctions relief mandated by the nuclear accord.
American dishonoring of the deal is solely based on its baseless and pejorative claims alleging Iranian “malign activity”. This is the same faulty American propagandistic mentality that accuses Russia of “election meddling” or China of “military expansionism”.
But what’s even more contemptible is the utter lack of principle even in the Trump administration’s own flawed claims about Iran. While denouncing Iran as an international pariah, Trump has also incongruously offered to negotiate with the Iranian leadership.
Speaking just as the renewed sanctions were coming into force, Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton, told Fox News: “They [Iran’s leaders] could take up the president’s offer to negotiate with them, to give up their ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs fully and really verifiably.”
Where’s the principle in Trump’s logic? If the “Iranian regime” is the “world biggest sponsor of terrorism”, as the Trump administration dubiously claims, thereby justifying its abrogation of the nuclear accord, then how is it ethically acceptable to offer talks to such a supposed pariah?
Clearly, the Trump administration has no principled objection to talking with the Iranians. Just like it has no principled objection to the nuclear agreement itself. Bolton’s assertion that Iran must “give up its ballistic missile program” is an add-on demand that was never covered by the original nuclear negotiations. Bolton’s second claim that Iran “must give up its nuclear weapons program fully and verifiably” is simply a baseless assertion, that is, American propaganda.
Every other party to the nuclear accord, and the competent UN technical monitors, have confirmed that Iran has been in full compliance for the past three years.
Trump’s evident bad faith and lies towards Iran and his outrageous dictate to the international community on how it conducts sovereign business are ensuring that Washington will become further isolated as a rogue state, which is viewed as being beyond the pale of international norms and diplomacy. US global standing is in free fall, soon to be followed by the status of the dollar.
The Trump administration’s attempt at playing hardball over Iran is like the spoilt brat picking up the ball, stomping his feet and threatening the others that he is going away. In the case of the US, the others are saying, “Go ahead, good riddance.”

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          Three Palestinians, including pregnant mother and toddler, killed in israeli (apartheid state) strikes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

At least three Palestinian people have been killed and several others injured in Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip.
Smoke plumes could be seen rising from Gaza City following the Israeli raids that began on Wednesday night and continued into Thursday morning.
Gaza’s Health Ministry announced that a Palestinian was killed in northern Gaza, while at least six others were injured in airstrikes across the coastal sliver.
It added that Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month daughter Bayan were also killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, while her husband was injured. The ministry said Enas was also pregnant.

Israeli media claimed the airstrikes were a response to a barrage of rockets that had hit various parts of the occupied Palestinian lands earlier on Wednesday.
According to reports, an Israeli man was slightly injured when two rockets from Gaza landed in the southern town of Sderot.
Rocket alert sirens went off in other parts of the occupied territories on Wednesday as at least six more rockets hit various targets. Israeli officials said they had been able to shoot down two of the rockets using the Iron Dome missile system.
Israeli tanks fired shells at Palestinian resistance movement Hamas’ posts in northern Gaza after shots were reportedly fired from the other sides of the border.
Meanwhile, Palestinian incendiary balloons caused at least 11 blaze near Israeli facilities.
On Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes killed two Hamas members in Gaza.
Israel carries out regular attacks on Palestinians in Gaza under the pretext of hitting Hamas targets.
The Gaza Strip has been under an inhumane Israeli siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008.
Tensions have been running high near the Gaza border since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests, dubbed “The Great March of Return,” demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
Nearly 160 Palestinians have been killed and some 17,500 others wounded in the fresh wave of violence, according to the latest figures released by the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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          Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon accidentally fires live air-to-air missile over Estonia!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The live AIM-120 AMRAAM missile still missing with search underway, 25 miles west of the Russian border…


          Skull Session: Tressel's Punting Tendencies vs Meyer's, Another Shot at Clemson and Mickey Marotti Role With Urban Meyer on Leave      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Let us begin today with this glory:

My favorite part of this is the absolutely immediate backpedal from the return man, like a centerfielder knowing damn well he's not getting to it.

Jim Tressel can be heard weeping in the background if you turn the sound loud enough.

ICYMI:

Word of the Day: Intransigent.

 TO PUNT, OR NOT TO PUNT. We all know there's a drastic difference in Jim Tressel's fourth down calls and Urban Meyer's. But now, thanks to a handy tool, we can see it!

A hero by the name of Zane Murfitt put together this handy tool, which can be found at FootballScoop.com, that graphically shows how often teams went for it on fourth down in a given year.

Here's a look at Ohio State's.

Tressel Ball to Meyer Ball

The immediate takeaway is how much more often Ohio State punted under Tressel than it has under Meyer, but that enormous jump isn't quite where you'd expect it to be – it happens between Meyer's first season and his second.

In fact, Meyer went for it on fourth down fewer times in 2012 than either Tressel in 2010 and Luke Fickell in 2011. I'm not sure I have an answer for why, other than it was a new team without a ton of offensive firepower but a strong defense.

That jump was welcomed though. I love punts, and am a huge fan of punters, but electing to punt while you're on the opponent's side of the field in short yardage is always hailed as "conservative," but it's not. It's analytically reckless. You're giving away free yards and taking points off the board.

Now, if you're inside your own 20 and need a big leg to flip field position, fire away.

 THIRD TIME'S A CHARM? I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is, CBS Sports' Jerry Palm has Ohio State in the College Football Playoff. The bad news is, he has the Buckeyes playing Clemson in the semifinal.

From Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com

Dabo Swinney has built a relatively new powerhouse at Clemson, one that is now beginning to rival the one Nick Saban has built at Alabama.  Clemson, my pick for the No. 2 seed in the CFP, figures to be a strong favorite again in the ACC and will be trying to make its fourth consecutive playoff.  The Tigers have finished the regular season at No. 1 two of the last three years only to lose in the CFP to the Tide.  Clemson is also trying to decide on a quarterback with senior returning starter Kelly Bryant trying to hold off five-star freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Ohio State has the talent to make another run through the Big Ten, but the question surrounding the Buckeyes is whether Urban Meyer will be there to guide them?  We will not have the answer to that question for another week or so as Ohio State evaluates Meyer's status with the team.  He is on paid administrative leave while the school investigates what he knew about former assistant coach Zach Smith's domestic violence issues.  On the field, all eyes will be on Dwayne Haskins as he replaces four-year starter JT Barrett at quarterback.  The Buckeyes just missed out on last year's CFP because of a 31-point loss at Iowa.

Maybe it will be fine this time. Kelly Bryant is definitely not Deshaun Watson or Tajh Boyd and there's nobody quite like Sammy Watkins or Mike Williams. But my lord, that defense line.

I vividly remember reading Kyle Jones' piece about the best defensive line Ohio State has seen in years. I also vividly remember what said defensive line did to the Buckeyes that game.

And here's the thing: three of the four guys Kyle highlighted in the piece are still there, and have only gotten better.

But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it!

 COACH MICK HOLDING DOWN THE FORT. We've talked a lot about how experienced assistants and coordinators with head coaching experience will be vital to Ohio State with Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave.

But we neglected to mention the man who all the players know, who essentially controls the team all through the summer, and has been one of Meyer's closest companions long before he was ever a head coach.

We forgot about Mickey Marotti.

From Bill Landis of Cleveland.com:

Strength coach probably doesn't adequately describe Marotti's role. Officially, he's the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance. Strength coach just rolls off the tongue better. But Marotti is a coach in every sense other than helping design game plans and making decisions on Saturdays. Otherwise he's heavily involved in the operation, and has a greater influence on the totality of the roster than any other person in the football building.

"Coach Mick is the guy who keeps that team together," former OSU center Billy Price told cleveland.com on Wednesday. "He's with us more than any other coach."

...

"Coach Mick is basically the head coach when Coach Meyer is on vacation or on the road recruiting," former linebacker Joshua Perry told cleveland.com this week. "He works with everyone. He has a united front with coach Meyer as well, so there is a sense of continuity."

That's why it makes complete sense that Marotti – not interim head coach Ryan Day, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, or offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson – addressed the team before their practice on Tuesday. Not all the players are close with each of those coaches, but I assure you they all know Marotti.

 DOLO AND GENO KEEP IT FRIENDLY. Cardale Jones is no stranger to quarterback competitions. And based on his relationship with J.T. Barrett – his best friend who he says will one day be in his wedding – he knows the key is to keep things friendly. So that's what he's doing at the next level, too.

From LATimes.com:

“Clearly, we understand it's a battle, but we both want what's best for the team,” Jones said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think not having a decent enough relationship to have a decent conversation with one another — that's not going to get us closer to our goals.”

...

Smith and Jones are ready to keep fighting — even if the battle is friendly.

“I wouldn't want it any other way. I wouldn't want anything given to me,” Jones said. “I’m pretty sure he feels the same way. It’s great to have competition with an experienced guy. I’m trying to take advantage of some of the mistakes or things he does well and try to put it in my game.

“It’s a huge advantage and he feels the same way to just not be thrown into the position of, ‘Hey, you’re our guy. You’re our backup and we’re sticking with you.’

“So, it’s kind of a position where we both need to prove our worth.”

If Dolo can prove himself consistent this preseason, I don't know how you could pick against a Mack Truck with a missile launcher attachment.

 WORLD'S CRISPIEST THROWBACK JERSEY. Andre Wesson decided to walk around Spain with perhaps Ohio's greatest throwback hoops jersey – his father's from 1987.

I personally love those uniforms and think they should be Ohio State's regulars from now on.

 THOSE WMDs. New study reveals just how much people like to be thanked... The baseball stars who ignore MLB to stay loyal to Cuba, and Canada... Pablo Escobar's Mexican hideaway is now a luxury resort... Anheuser-Busch on its way to becoming king of craft beer too...


          Trump is pushing the military to get ready to fight in space, but the US Army is worried about fighting underground      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Space military

  • The Trump administration wants to move ahead with its plans to create a Space Force.
  • The ultimate structure of that force, and what it will do, remains unclear.
  • Elsewhere in the Pentagon, military planners are focused on another facet of warfare that's much closer to home.

The Trump administration wants to have a force ready to fight in the heavens by 2020, but the US Army is already spending a half-billion dollars to prepare for fighting underground.

In a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence described a US Space Force as "an idea whose time as come."

"Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020," Pence added.

Critics have said a new Space Force is unnecessary, while an argument for it is that rival powers like Russia and China are growing more able to strike at US assets in space and at US assets from space, missions whose importance necessitate its own dedicated command and even military force.

Mike Pence

The ultimate structure of the Space Force remains unclear, as does what its responsibilities and resources will be.

Elsewhere in the Pentagon, however, officials are looking in the opposite direction to prepare for the future of warfare.

US Army leaders have said that next war will be fought in mega-cities, and the service has started an effort to train troops to fight not just in but also beneath those environments.

An accelerated effort started in late 2017 will devote about $572 million to train and outfit 26 of the Army's 31 active combat brigades for operations in large-scale subterranean facilities, according to a Military.com report in June.

Teams have been activated to train leaders from each of those brigades to operate in large-scale underground facilities. As of June, five BCTs had been trained, and the trainers had a January deadline to finish training the other 21.

US Army soldiers subterranean tunnel air assault

Underground combat will require Army infantry to navigate, communicate, overcome heavy obstacles, and engage enemy forces in facilities that range in size and complexity from relatively small corridors to sprawling subterranean compounds.

"We did recognize, in a megacity that has underground facilities — sewers and subways and some of the things we would encounter ... we have to look at ourselves and say 'OK, how does our current set of equipment and our tactics stack up?'" Col. Townley Hedrick, commandant of the infantry school at the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, told Military.com.

"What are the aspects of megacities that we have paid the least attention to lately?" Hedrick said. "And every megacity has got sewers and subways and stuff that you can encounter, so let's brush it up a little bit."

The Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, which is often asked to assess future threats, has been tasked with developing a training course for underground fighting, relying on modular facilities to simulate such combat.

A portion of the money assigned to the effort will go to acquiring specialized equipment, like radios, breathing systems, or night-vision goggles. An Army source told Military.com that the tactics and techniques of underground fighting are similar to those used to clear buildings, with complicating factors like a lack of light or air.

ISIS tunnel

Underground warfare is nothing new. Special units of US troops, usually engineers, were tasked with exploring tunnels found during the Vietnam War. More recently, US and partner forces have dealt with ISIS fighters operating in underground tunnels in Iraq and Syria.

Villages around Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, were found to have extensive tunnel networks that were likely used as meeting places and escape routes. In early 2017, the US used its largest nonnuclear bomb, nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs" against what was said to be a complex of tunnels and caves used by ISIS.

Prior to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dealing with underground structures was largely the responsibility of special-operations units like the Army's Delta Force or Rangers or the Navy's SEAL Team Six.

But Army researchers have said that special-operations forces alone will not be able to deal with the scale of underground combat in a future conflict with a peer or near-peer adversary. One Army source told Military.com that an estimate made in 2017 found about 10,000 large-scale military facilities that could serve as underground cities.

US Army soldiers subterranean tunnel

More than 4,800 of those underground facilities are in North Korea, which has used such subterranean structures to house nuclear-weapons facilities and, in case of war, could use them to funnel thousands of troops into South Korea.

Moscow and other major Russian cities are replete with undergound bunkers, tunnels, subway lines, and other facilities, many of which were built during the Cold War.

China, home to dozens of densely populated cities, has a vast network of tunnels and underground facilities used to house its missiles and nuclear arsenal. Iran, too, has used underground complexes for its nuclear program.

"I think that modern warfare and modern combat, [it will] occur mainly in urban areas, and urban areas are a place that tunnels and underground facilities can be used, mainly by asymmetric opponents, as something that changes the equation," Brig. Gen. Nechemya Sokal, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces IDF Technology and Logistics Branch, said on the Modern War Institute podcast in early 2017.

Sokal said that Hamas' use of tunnels for variety of operations, including infiltrating Israeli territory, created a number of challenges that required new technology and different tactics to address.

"We have to change our doctrine and the way we do things, because underground facilities are not so intuitive as buildings and places we are using to being," Sokal said.

SEE ALSO: The Navy is moving its aircraft carriers to ready them for a potential fight with China and Russia — here's where they're headed

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          Zombie Gunship Revenant AR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ZOMBIE GUNSHIP REVENANT is the ultimate augmented reality zombie shooter where you take control of a heavily-armed helicopter gunship and obliterate zombies from the sky.

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          US unknowingly revealed submarine tech to Russia when illegally bombing Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A Russian warship in the Mediterranean Sea reportedly tracked down a US nuclear-powered submarine this spring. The incident took place in April, the month the US, UK, and France launched airstrikes against Syria. The frigate Admiral Essen of the Russian Black Sea Fleet managed to track down one of the Ohio-class submarines currently in service with the US Navy, Izvestia newspaper revealed on Friday, citing a source in the Russian Navy. The Russian ship left Sevastopol, a major Black Sea port located on the Crimean Peninsula, on March 13 and returned on June 30. The frigate was deployed most of the time in the Mediterranean Sea. The pursuit lasted more than two hours, during which the Russian ship recorded the basic parameters of the American submarine, which will be deciphered and added to the acoustic characteristics of the submarine. Izvestia said the USS Georgia, a cruise missile submarine, was the one that might have been tracked by the Russian Navy.
          How to build a Russian Bogeyman: Washington intentionally 'overcharged' relations with Moscow for strategic advantage      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Last week, we considered how the Bush and Obama administrations worked in tandem - wittingly or unwittingly, but I'm betting on the former - to move forward with the construction of a US missile defense system smack on Russia's border following the attacks of 9/11 and Bush's decision to scrap the ABM Treaty with Moscow. That aggressive move will go down in the (non-American) history books as the primary reason for the return of Cold War-era atmosphere between Washington and Moscow. Currently, with the mainstream news cycle top-heavy with 24/7 'Russiagate' baloney, many people have understandably forgotten that it was during the Obama administration when US-Russia relations really hit rock bottom. And it had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton's home computer getting allegedly compromised by some Russia hackers.
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Fifty people died in a bus attack in Yemen and 77 were injured, most of whom were children, the International Committee of the Red Cross stated, citing officials. The Saudi-led coalition has called the attack "legitimate." The attack took place in Dahyan Market in northern Saada, a Houthi rebel stronghold, on Thursday morning. The Saudi-led coalition later said the airstrikes were aimed at missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi city of Jiza, claiming its strike constituted a "legitimate action." It went on to accuse Houthi rebels of using children as human shields.
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Developing now, Friday, August 10, 2018
  • North Korea has threatened to halt the denuclearization of its missile program over the United States' continued encouragement of international sanctions
  • Missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts was likely not kidnapped, but went off with someone she knew the night she disappeared, a profiler tells FOX News
  • NFL player protests during the national anthem resumed, amid unresolved league policies, as the 2018 preseason’s first full week kicked off Thursday night
  • House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is reportedly preparing to subpoena those linked to the controversial - and discredited - Steele Dossier that was allegedly used to justify government surveillance of Trump's campaign team
  • A judge threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court Thursday over the attempted deportation of a migrant mother and daughter
THE LEAD STORY - NORTH KOREA GRUMBLES ABOUT SANCTIONS - North Korea has threatened to stall the denuclearization of its missile program if the U.S. continues to abide by an "outdated acting script" amid Washington's calls to enforce sanctions against the regime ... A statement from the nation's Foreign Ministry said that following President Trump's June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North has worked to improve relations between the two countries and "make active contributions to peace, security, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and over the world." The foreign ministry said that despite its efforts to work with the U.S. — by stopping missile launches and nuclear tests — America continues to insist on "denuclearization first," and continues to encourage international sanctions against the North.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO MOLLIE? - The night Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts went missing, she likely left her boyfriend’s home with someone she knew ... That’s one leading theory posited by a former FBI profiler, who reviewed the previous reporting on the case at the request of FOX News. “To have a complete stranger to come into a small town like this, someone would have come forward and mentioned that they’ve seen this person,” Mary Ellen O’Toole, a former FBI profiler and director of the forensic sciences program at George Mason University told Fox News. “She was likely not kidnapped. She either got into the car of someone she knew or had a relationship with, or it was someone who had a non-threatening demeanor.”
O’Toole said it was also unlikely that Tibbetts ran away from home. “She doesn’t sound like the type of girl who would run away and start a new life,” the former FBI agent said. “If she is as close to her mom and dad and others, she wouldn’t have just run off. It’s just not seen as something that happens.”
Tibbetts, 20, went missing July 18 from Brooklyn, Iowa, about 70 miles east of Des Moines. She was last seen jogging about 7:30 p.m. in a place where, as one community watch organizer said, “not a lot of big things happen.”
NEW SEASON OF ANTHEM PROTESTS KICK OFF: NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began the first full week of its 2018 preseason ... Some players held their fists in the air, while others decided to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action. Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner," ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported. Robert Quinn, a defensive end for the Dolphins, raised his fist. Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De'Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
STEELE DOSSIER SUBPOENAS COMING? - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is preparing to subpoena those connected to the infamous Steele Dossier, according to a report ...  Sources told the Hill that Goodlatte is ready to subpoena Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. The House Judiciary Committee also wants testimony from former FBI and DOJ officials Jim Baker, Sally Moyer, Jonathan Moffa and George Toscas, the Hill reported.
SESSIONS THREATENED WITH CONTEMPT: A federal judge in Washington threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court Thursday after halting the deportation of a mother and daughter who were sent home in the middle of appealing their removal ... U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan learned Thursday that the two were on a plane headed to Central America after the Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union agreed Wednesday to delay their deportation until 11:59 p.m. the following day, the Washington Post reported. The woman — identified in court as Carmen — is a plaintiff in an ACLU lawsuit filed this week over efforts to prevent immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries.

AS SEEN ON FOX NEWS
DEMOCRATIC BETRAYAL: "President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are traitors to Hispanics." – Maria Elvira Salazar, journalist-turned-Florida congressional candidate, on "Tucker Carlson Tonight, arguing that former President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dithered on immigration when Democrats controlled the presidency and both chambers of CongressWATCH
NOT PUTIN'S PUPPET: "I wish the president got more credit for what he has done to punish Russia because he's certainly been virtually brutal to them and anything but a puppet of them." – Mike Huckabee, on "Outnumbered," saying that President Trump doesn't get enough credit for his tough stance toward Russia. WATCH

TRENDING
Pence calls for Space Force to be established by 2020.
Ocasio-Cortez refuses conservative Ben Shapiro's $10,000 invitation to debate, compares offer to catcalling.
Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti: 'I'm exploring a run for the presidency of the United States.'
Kansas City man told he couldn't vote while wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat.

THE SWAMP
Kobach says he'll recuse himself from Kansas vote-counting process.
Kavanaugh docs from Bush administration highlight post-9/11 legal challenges.
Former Ohio State wrestler - and UFC legend - backs off claim Jim Jordan knew of sex abuse.
EXCLUSIVE: Nikki Haley blames Venezuelan crisis on leftist president: 'It's time for Maduro to go.'

ACROSS THE NATION
Trump says Chicago shootings are 'absolute and total disaster.'
'Cal 3' proposal to divide California being pulled, billionaire backer says.
New photos show larger cracks in Miami bridge before deadly collapse.
Atlanta school backtracks after dropping Pledge of Allegiance, adding 'Wolf Pack Chant.'

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Trump's Space Force may protect assets worth billions of dollars: Neil deGrasse Tyson.
USPS blames financial instability on government.
PGA Championship servers hacked, Bitcoin ransom included: Report.
Millennials ‘destroying’ core beer brands: ‘Bar Rescue’s’ Jon Taffer.
Is the heyday of ride-hailing companies over?
Buffalo Wild Wings could add sports betting to menu.

FOX NEWS OPINION
Marc Thiessen: Democrats have their own foreign espionage problem.
Hannah Scherlacher: Ocasio-Cortez's vision to turn Uncle Sam into Santa Claus poses a threat we can't ignore.
Harry J. Kazianis: Trump's sanctions on Russia show his strategic kindness isn't sign of weakness.

HOLLYWOOD SQUARED
Kanye West defends his support for Trump: 'Liberals can't bully me.'
Several fake Trump stars reportedly appear on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Casey Affleck addresses sexual misconduct claims: I was 'really unprofessional' and 'I'm sorry.'
'Slender Man' movie will not be shown in Milwaukee-area theaters due to stabbing.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?
Archaeologists fear biblical artifacts, monuments won't survive Yemen war.
Video shows camel trapped inside car after collision.
Engagement cookies are the new bridal trend.

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North Korea is renewing its harsh criticism of the United States for failing to live up to the spirit of the Singapore summit, but Pyongyang is sparing President Trump as it blames "some high-level officials" within the administration. The foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the U.S. should not expect North Korea to follow through on promises to denuclearize as long as Washington adheres to "old scenarios" that have failed in the past. The comments come less than two months after Trump met in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after which the president proclaimed a historic breakthrough in relations. Since then, Pyongyang had taken "such practical denuclearization steps" as discontinuing nuclear and ballistic missile tests as well as "broadminded measures" such as returning the remains of Korean War dead, North Korean foreign ministry said. Even so, the U.S. has responded, "by inciting international sanctions and pressure," the statement, carried by the
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North Korea is renewing its harsh criticism of the United States for failing to live up to the spirit of the Singapore summit, but Pyongyang is sparing President Trump as it blames "some high-level officials" within the administration.

The foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the U.S. should not expect North Korea to follow through on promises to denuclearize as long as Washington adheres to "old scenarios" that have failed in the past.

The comments come less than two months after Trump met in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after which the president proclaimed a historic breakthrough in relations.

Since then, Pyongyang had taken "such practical denuclearization steps" as discontinuing nuclear and ballistic missile tests as well as "broadminded measures" such as returning the remains of Korean War dead, North Korean foreign ministry said.

Even so, the U.S. has responded, "by inciting international sanctions and pressure," the statement, carried by the official KCNA news agency, said.

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one cannot expect any progress in the implementation of the [North Korea]-US joint statement including the denuclearization," the ministry said.

It blamed "some high-level officials within the U.S. administration," who were "going against the intention of President Trump."

While the statement did not mention anyone besides the president by name, it is likely at least partially a reference to national security adviser John Bolton, a long-time North Korea hawk.

In an interview Tuesday on Fox News, Bolton said that the U.S. had held up its end of the Singapore declaration, while North Korea had failed to take "the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearization."

"The idea that we're going to relax the sanctions just on North Korea's say-so, I think, is something that just isn't under consideration," he said. "We're going to continue to apply maximum pressure to North Korea until they denuclearize, just as we are to Iran."

Bolton's remarks come amid growing evidence that Pyongyang is moving ahead on its ballistic missile program even as it seeks broader engagement with the U.S.

In the weeks after the Singapore summit — after which the president announced that North Korea no longer posed "a nuclear threat" – Pyongyang reportedly set about an expansion of a ballistic missile production facility and then began building new liquid-fuel ICBMs.

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          North Korea Lashes Out At Administration Officials 'Going Against' President Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Korea is renewing its harsh criticism of the United States for failing to live up to the spirit of the Singapore summit, but Pyongyang is sparing President Trump as it blames "some high-level officials" within the administration. The foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the U.S. should not expect North Korea to follow through on promises to denuclearize as long as Washington adheres to "old scenarios" that have failed in the past. The comments come less than two months after Trump met in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after which the president proclaimed a historic breakthrough in relations. Since then, Pyongyang had taken "such practical denuclearization steps" as discontinuing nuclear and ballistic missile tests as well as "broadminded measures" such as returning the remains of Korean War dead, North Korean foreign ministry said. Even so, the U.S. has responded, "by inciting international sanctions and pressure," the statement, carried by the
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's leader said the command's strength lies in the agile, adaptive and ready space and missile defense workforce - consisting of about 3,000 Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians who pull watch 24/7/365 around the globe - executing the mission daily with passion and dedication.
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IA-KNOXVILLE, 91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job Description If you have an interest in maintaining and repairing precision electronics, then put it to good use in the Army National Guard as a Small Arms/Artillery Repairer. Army National Guard forces use an array of weapons, from small field artillery to large ballistic missiles. These generally use electronic firing, guidance, and launch systems that help l
          U.S. Condemns Hamas Rocket Attacks, "Supports Israel's Right to Self-Defense"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(U.S. State Department) State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday: "We condemn the launching of missile attacks into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence. We've seen reports that 180 or so rocket attacks have taken place, shot from Gaza into Israel, and we fully support Israel's right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocations of that nature....Let's not forget that Hamas bears ultimate responsibility for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza."
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(Washington Free Beacon) Adam Kredo - North Korea continues to aid Iran with its advanced ballistic missile program in defiance of international regulations, according to a Congressional Research Service report. "Iran relies to some extent on others, particularly North Korea, for certain key missile components and materials in its MRBM [medium-range ballistic missile] program," the report states. "Export controls and sanctions have made it increasingly difficult, but not impossible, for Iran to acquire the best of such items, causing Iran to try to exploit weaknesses in existing export and nonproliferation regimes, or to try to find foreign sellers willing to circumvent those laws." "Some have long believed Iran's space launch program could mask the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with ranges in excess of 5,500 km. that could threaten targets throughout Europe, and even the United States (at least 10,000 km.)," according to the report.
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(Times of Israel-Jerusalem Post) Judah Ari Gross and Adam Rasgon - The Israeli Air Force on Thursday destroyed a Hamas headquarters in Gaza, hours after a Grad rocket fired from Gaza struck just outside the city of Beersheba. Beersheba is located 40 km. (25 miles) from Gaza. The rocket launch came three hours after Hamas declared the current round of violence to be over. The five-story Said al-Mishal Cultural Center in Shati had been the headquarters for Hamas' internal security forces. Palestinian media reported that nearly the entire structure was destroyed as Israeli aircraft fired multiple missiles. Video footage from the scene posted to social media by Palestinians in Gaza indicated that the Israeli military used its "roof-knocking" technique, in which planes first drop a low-powered bomb on a building as a warning to those nearby of an impending strike. So far, the IDF has focused on targeting Hamas infrastructure while largely avoiding casualties in an effort to prevent a further escalation.
          There Are No Pacifists in a Bomb Shelter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Times of Israel) Mark Werner - Most Americans have never had the experience of being wakened in the middle of the night by a Code Red siren, rushing to the closest bomb shelter, and hiding in the shelter while listening for the explosion of a Palestinian missile. I recently had this experience and am writing to share it. Together with nine other Sar-el volunteers, for three weeks this summer I was stationed on an IDF base in fairly close proximity to Gaza. On our second day on the base, the soldier (Danielle) in charge of our team of volunteers showed us the closest bomb shelter. That evening the sirens jolted us awake. Danielle ran down our corridor, banging on our doors: "Code Red Alert! Missile attack! Get to the bomb shelter fast!" We could tell by the urgency of her tone that this was not a drill. And so we all jumped out of our beds and ran to the bomb shelter. What did I think about in the bomb shelter while we waited to hear whether a missile would explode nearby? My first thought was a feeling of anger, directed at the Palestinians who were firing missiles at us. I knew that, if we were in a bomb shelter, so were tens of thousands of Israeli civilians who lived between our base and Gaza. I was angry that mothers and fathers had to scoop up their terrified children and hide in bomb shelters because the Palestinians seek to terrorize the Israeli population. As I stood in the shelter feeling helpless, my anger morphed into a second thought. None of this proportionate response stuff! For every missile fired into Israel, I wanted Israel to retaliate with 100 missiles. I knew that Israel's response, unlike the Palestinians who target Israeli civilians, would be directed towards military targets and would strive to minimize civilian casualties. Certainly, if North Korea fired missiles at the U.S., the U.S. response would be massive, not proportionate. And no one would expect less. There are no pacifists in a bomb shelter. The urge to strike back at your attacker is instinctive. No one should have to live like that. And so peace can only be possible once the Palestinians cease their violence towards Israel. No one should expect more of a people forced to live in bomb shelters. The writer is a retired lawyer in Raleigh, North Carolina, who has just returned from his 17th volunteer stint on an IDF base.
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Pakistan Successfully Test Fires Shaheen 3 Ballistic Missile Ispr


          Red Cross warns of food crisis in North Korea as crops fail in heat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, with potentially catastrophic effects, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.The worlds largest disaster relief network warned of a risk of a full-blown food security crisis in the isolated country, where a famine in the mid-1990s killed up to three million people. It said the worrying situation had been exacerbated by international sanctions imposed due to North Koreas nuclear and missile programmes.In a statement issued in Geneva, the IFRC said there had been no rainfall since early July as temperatures soared to an average 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) across the country, whose official name is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). The next rain was expected in mid-August.The population of 25 million is already stressed and vulnerable with malnutrition among children that could worsen, stunting their growth, it said.This is not yet classified as a drought, but rice, maize and other crops are already withering in the fields, with potentially catastrophic effects for the people of DPRK, said Joseph Muyamboit, the IFRCs programme manager in Pyongyang.We cannot and must not let this situation become a full-blown food security crisis. We know that previous serious dry spells have disrupted the food supply to a point where it has caused serious health problems and malnutrition across the country.North Korea called last week for an all-out battle against the record temperatures threatening crops, referring to an unprecedented natural disaster.Drought and floods have long been a seasonal threat in North Korea, which lacks irrigation systems and other infrastructure to ward off natural disasters.In Seoul, South Koreas Unification Ministry said it had no specific information on the situation in the north, but that the Red Cross had notified them of the heat wave last week.The IFRC was helping the national Red Cross to support 13,700 of the most vulnerable people at risk, in South Hamgyong and South Pyongan provinces. It had deployed emergency response teams and 20 water pumps to irrigate fields in the hardest-hit areas, it said.David Beasley, the head of the U.N.s World Food Programme (WFP), visited North Korea in May to look into boosting food distributions to hungry women and children, in the latest sign of an opening.About 70 percent of North Koreans are food insecure, meaning they struggle to avoid hunger, and one in four children under five is stunted from chronic malnutrition, the WFP said at the time. A 2015 drought worsened the situation, it said. REUTERS RHK PS 1630
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The Danish Navy will shortly be receiving a welcome gift that will enable it to protect both Danish ships and the coastline better
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During his speech at the Pentagon, Vice President Pence explains why it is important for America to re-enter the space race. He also talks about China and how they have announced a hypersonic missile that can travel through certain altitudes undetected.
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The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas authorities which stepped into force on Thursday after 24 hours of intense fighting along Israel's southern border with Gaza seems to have had no effect on an escalating war online.
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MADRID (Sputnik) – The Spanish Defense Ministry will not change its pilots serving in the NATO mission in Lithuania over the recent incident in Estonian airspace involving an accidental launch of a missile, a spokesperson for the ministry told Sputnik on Friday.
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda.
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CSスカパーの「BBT,ch」にて「超ソロ社会・ニッポンの未来」という番組をやっております。その3回目です。「モノ・コト消費から消費は次なる段階へ」というテーマで、カギを握る「コミュニティの考え方」についてお話しています。
Sky… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 荒川和久@「超ソロ社会」著者 (@wildriverpeace) 2018年8月7日 - 23:30

最悪。ブライダル業界が絡んでるのか。:小学生ら対象に「婚育」 生涯未婚率が過去最高 5.tvasahi.jp/000133445?a=ne…

— 千葉雅也『思弁的実在論と現代について』刊行 (@masayachiba) 2018年8月8日 - 00:05

家を出たとたん帰りたくなっちゃう子がいるんで、せいぜい応援くらいしないとなw

— 大江昇 (@TKDOMO) 2018年8月8日 - 00:41

【放送ご覧いただきありがとうございます!】来週14日は生放送。そこで、番組の最後に発表した企画は「これからフォロワーが1万増えるごとに放送時間を1分延長(最大15分)」とします。生放送開始直前までの数で決定!まずは6万で1分延長か… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— ねるねちけいONLINE! (@nhk_neruhk) 2018年8月8日 - 00:26

(フランス革命につき)いまではわれわれは知っている。この理性の国とはブルジョアジーの国の理想化にほかならなかったのだということを。永遠の正義はブルジョア的司法として実現されたということを。平等はけっきょく法律上のブルジョア的平等になってしまったということを。(空想から科学へ)

— Engels_bot (@Engels_bot) 2018年8月8日 - 00:36

正直ピザ切りをバカにしてました。
イタリア人は全く同じ形でピザを等分する方法を開発してた・・・ pic.twitter.com/qtwRR5F63K

— 隊長@りっぴーたー○┴┐ (@frecce) 2018年8月7日 - 10:10

??バカバカしいがとおってしまう。やり切れんなあ。 twitter.com/yunishio/statu…

— きょう今 (@kimcohsky) 2018年8月7日 - 17:54

文壇のセクハラ体質の起源が花袋の蒲団にあるみたいな話はよく聞くけど、あれは花袋かわいそうだと思ったぞ。というか、そもそもこの小説、普通に見て中年キモエロ妄想への自己ツッコミが主眼だと思うけどな。

— 東浩紀@ゲンロン8ゲーム特集 (@hazuma) 2018年8月8日 - 00:22

イギリスの日本食のチェーンレストランでラーメンを食べたらちょっと泣きそうになっちゃった時の話を描きました pic.twitter.com/siuULAPxcw

— ちゃんあず (@azucocco) 2018年8月6日 - 18:47

自分が正直でいれば、相手のことを100パーセント信じることができます。相手に対してもポジティブに考えられるのです。これは宗教を信仰しているかどうかではなく、現実の世の中を見たときに、私たちが信じなければならないことだと思います。

— ダライ・ラマ14世bot (@DalaiLama14jp) 2018年8月8日 - 00:38

長野オリンピックは失敗だった。成功なら記録を燃やすわけがない
yassy.system-a.org/keiei/kouhout/… twitter.com/ShinyaMatsuura…

— Dan Kogai (@dankogai) 2018年8月7日 - 12:45

日本睡眠学会が声を大にして伝えたいこと

〈日本睡眠学会が声を大にしてお伝えしたいのは、サマータイムがもたらす健康障害の可能性についてです〉

オリンピックというスポーツイベントで、国民の健康を損なう本末転倒

日本睡眠学会『サ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— つしまようへい (@yohei_tsushima) 2018年8月7日 - 12:06

おはようございます,8月8日(水)日経サイエンスの下っ端一号です(・ω・)きょうは「世界猫の日」。ということで全世界おネコ様ファン必読のこの記事をご紹介。
【別冊日経サイエンス209 犬と猫のサイエンス】より
\知りたい!ネコのす… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 日経サイエンス (@NikkeiScience) 2018年8月8日 - 10:11

#世界猫の日

ネコはその昔、エジプトの王だったと聖書に書いてあります。

エジプトの王ネコが、ユーフラテス河畔のカルケミシュで戦うために上って来た。II歴代35:20

・・・もちろん、ファラオの名前がたまたま「ネコ」だっただけ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 上馬キリスト教会 (@kamiumach) 2018年8月8日 - 07:30

(シモーヌ・ヴェーユは)「戦争は革命を起こす絶好の好機である」なんていってるうちはダメだ。左翼のこれまでの戦争観は、全部ダメだっていったんです。…(続きはWEBで)
(吉本隆明)
meigennavi.net/word/278/27894…

— 吉本隆明の名言@名言ナビ (@yoshimoto__bot) 2018年8月8日 - 08:53

オリンピックは決まったんだからもうがんばってやるしかないんだと言われようが文句を言う。文句を言っても意味がなかろうが文句を言う。

— 千葉雅也『思弁的実在論と現代について』刊行 (@masayachiba) 2018年8月8日 - 01:49

めちゃくちゃ簡単な「聖書入門セミナー」とかやろうかな

ガチ勢は一切お断り、まじでゆるーーーーーーいやつ🤔

— 上馬キリスト教会 (@kamiumach) 2018年8月8日 - 08:25

左派的態度がユーモアもアイロニーも失い、普通の感覚で考えろ、世の中をまともに、というノリになり、「普通ファシズム」のようになってきたから、僕は左派にわかりやすく協力することはしないことにしている。

— 千葉雅也『思弁的実在論と現代について』刊行 (@masayachiba) 2018年8月8日 - 08:56

再開発が続く東京。あちこちにタワークレーンが見えます。 pic.twitter.com/xnq5amR2P1

— 中谷幸司 (@bluestylecom) 2018年8月8日 - 07:09

1908年の今日は日本の評論家、植草甚一が生まれた日です。映画、ジャズ、探偵小説などの評論の他、後に宝島に発展する雑誌ワンダーランドの責任編集をつとめました。 pic.twitter.com/AXDP4TM1HG

— 愛書家日誌 (@aishokyo) 2018年8月8日 - 08:10

フランス革命の「自由・平等・博愛」を理想とした文化圏で育ち、最後の親鸞に救済の意味を教えられた身としては「リベラル保守」や「親鸞と日本主義」は重い課題を投げかけられた。中島岳志がどの深さから言葉を発するのか楽しみ。 pic.twitter.com/E3nN2woQC5

— takeshi KIMURA (@papi4man) 2018年8月8日 - 09:59

実際はその逆である以上、ITエンジニアががんばるべきは、やらない理由を、ITエンジニアでない人々に、彼らがわかる言葉で説明すること。言われたことを言われたままに実装するのはプロとしての倫理に悖る twitter.com/kazuho/status/…

— Dan Kogai (@dankogai) 2018年8月8日 - 08:12

「窮すれば通ず」と言うが、切羽詰まれば必ずいい解決策が出てくる。日本は、まだこの段階まで追いつめられていないようだ。

— 野口悠紀雄 (@yukionoguchi10) 2018年8月8日 - 08:55

今、他の女優が真似しようとしても無理。それは『#この世界の片隅に』の吹き替えの存在感が証明していると思う。いわば、#出たとこ勝負の存在感。 twitter.com/ld_blogos/stat…

— 志村俊朗@iPad読本出版中、次は下巻PDF編。 (@toshiro) 2018年8月8日 - 11:37

匿名掲示板2ちゃんねるの管理人ひろゆき氏がブラック企業とは何かについて独自の考え方で鋭く切り込んでいます。ブラック企業ってそもそも何?って思っているのならオススメの動画です。→bit.ly/2cYyEtN pic.twitter.com/KwEV6co8dg

— ブラック企業ニュース速報 (@sokuhou_black) 2018年8月8日 - 11:36

みんな、会社なんか辞めちゃえば? twitter.com/mu0283/status/…

— KIMURA Rin (@rinsstudio) 2018年8月8日 - 10:23

研究室の地下から40年くらい前のPCが発掘された。MZ-80っていうらしい。カードリーダーとか初めて見た pic.twitter.com/Hi22QL9AAD

— みさいる (@missile_39) 2018年8月7日 - 21:27

植草甚一の書斎です。この写真、どうやって撮ったんでしょうね? #あの人の書斎 pic.twitter.com/kSElPQ9GPN

— 愛書家日誌 (@aishokyo) 2018年8月8日 - 11:50

新たに南の海上には台風のたまご @tenkijp tenki.jp/forecaster/des…

— Maya❀ (@maya0520) 2018年8月8日 - 11:53

1964年 オリンピックと同じタイミングが常識的。
アメリカのテレビ放送のタイミングに合わせるのがプライオリティーの第一っていうのは何?
オリンピックを何のためにやるのか、基本的なことが問われてる。 twitter.com/kei_nakazawa/s…

— DADA21C (@DADA21C) 2018年8月8日 - 11:46
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1977 un c130 cade sul Monte Serra Pisa , muoiono equipaggio e cadetti. Ciancarella sostiene che pilotava Murri senza abilitazione sbaglia punti a terra , rotta e si schianta sul Serra.

L'aeronautica dice che pilotava il primo pilota e che è un incidente dovuto a nebbia e errore probabile umano.

Murri pochi minuti dopo il decollo chiama la torre di Pisa, chiedendo autorizzazione a tornare indietro , il velivolo si trova proprio su Pontedera. Pilotava Murri. Allora perchè mentire?

Dalle strip si evince che il velivolo al momento dell'incidente era a una quota e su un punto non previsto fuori rotta dove per il piano di volo non avrebbe mai dovuto trovarsi. Chiaramente il Murri che pilotava ha sbagliato a riconoscere i punti a terra e invece di rientrare sìè schiantato su Monte Serra. AM Italia mente perchè il Murri non aveva abilitazione al volo.

 

Emergono due figure dei servizi al funerale dei morti del Serra Umberto Nobili e Michele Marcucci , il generale Tascio dice Nobili lo ha incaricato fin dal 1977 di sorvegliare i sottufficiali sediziosi che si riuniscono per il tascio illegalmente alla chiesa San Zeno sconsacrata di Pisa e perseguirli tutti. con loro due Ufficiali altrettanto sediziosi Sandro Marcucci e Mario Ciancarella da perseguire con i sottufficiali.

 

1978 Michele Marcucci e Umberto Nobili entrano in casa di Sandro Marcucci. La moglie del Marcucci prende la sua auto. Ha un incidente che il Marcucci Sandro sostiene sia un tentato omicidio dei superiori. Di ritorno da una riunione con i sottufficiali sardi a Grosseto Ferro' e Totaro vengono bollati come pazzi da Tascio e fatti buttare fuori dall'aeronautica.

 

1979 Sandro Marcucci per punizione viene trasferito all'Ufficio operazioni e esercitazioni dello Sma AM italia, comincia il caso Ciancarella con il botta e risposta sull'Unità tra Ciancarella e il generale Nardi Catullo e Ciancarella che chiede l'ordine scritto per allontanarsi quando si fa eseguire lo sfratto illegale del Cral della 46a aerobrigata

 

1980 il 25 maggio il ministro della difesa Lagorio entra in Gladio. Di Gladio fa parte Cossiga e anche le aquile Naldini e Nutarelli.

 

Dal 1980 al 1992 Sandro Marcucci e Mario Ciancarella cercano la verità sulla strage di Ustica sulla base delle telefonate di Dettori a Ciancarella nelle quali il dettori dice che ad abbattere il dc9 è stato un caccia italiano di Grosseto con un missile a guida radar e a testata inerte.

 

1980 settembre Ciancarella viene arrestato. E' accusato di insubordinazione con ingiuria dai superiori che a processo dicono che Ciancarella non ha mai proferito ingiuria e che ha chiesto solo un'ordine scritto per allontanarsi eseguendo avutolo l'ordine dato. Il generale Nardi Catullo accusa Ciancarella di diffamazione ma poi si dimentica di fare appello.

 

1981 Marcucci viene arrestato con l'accusa di truffa e altri reati. Marcucci sapendo del cattivo tempo fa foto il giorno prima di quando gli era stato comandato. Non ha nessun dovere di informare il superiore in quanto è comandante al gruppo di volo autonomo. Lascia l'aereo due giorni a Pisa perchè per il maltempo non puo' volare ed egli è chiamato dall'allora capo di stato maggiore Bartolucci per spiegare Marcucci i gravi motivi privati e complessi motivi di servizio che lo tormentavano.

 

Marcucci e Ciancarella si devono fermare nella ricerca di Ustica entrambi , al 1981 sanno di un caccia rientrato a Grosseto 22 minuti dopo la strage e di un Mig decollato da Pratica di Mare.

 

1983 Ciancarella viene informato che è in corso di perfezionamento la sua radiazione

 

1985 Ciancarella viene prosciolto dall'accusa di calunnia per la difesa in consiglio di disciplina che si concluse è impossibile pentirsi. Ciancarella su invito di Marcucci si rimette a cercare con lui la verità su Ustica

 

1987 viene trovato impiccato il maresciallo Dettori che doveva andare a prendere l'acqua a pochi minuti di macchina dove abitava un uomo del Sios Grosseto. caso archiviato in 24 ore come suicidio

 

1988 muoiono a Ramstein le aquile di Gladio Naldini e Nutarelli

 

1992 muore Sandro Marcucci in un volo antincendio con Silvio Lorenzini

 

1993 caso Marcucci e Lorenzini archiviato

 

1994 nasce l'Associazione Antimafie Rita Atria a Milazzo per volonta' di Santina Latella e Nadia Furnari

 

1992-1999 Ciancarella è ascoltato quattro volte da Priore sulla strage di Ustica che lo definisce inconsapevole apportatore di elementi inquinanti

 

1999 muore il para' della Folgore Emanuele Scieri. Ciancarella lascia il suo numero di telefono ai commilitoni di Scieri e uno di loro in anonimo dice che Scieri si era ribellato ai nonni sull'autobus che dal car lo portava alla Folgore dove le reclute furono sottoposte a nonnismo, Scieri aveva detto denunciava i nonni, i quali lo pestarono, lo costrinsero a salire sulla torretta di asciugamento dei paracaduti e poi con un pestone sulla mano lo fecero precitare. I nonni si consigliarono con superiori e fu deciso di non soccorrere Scieri, fu lasciato morire per omicidio volontario. 

Scieri fu detto che si era suicidato. Ciancarella viene arrestato davanti agli occhi della figlia minorenne che rimarrà fortemente scossa e traumatizzata. Ciancarella nei processi a suo carico per calunnia sarà sempre assolto.

 

2009 l'associazione antimafie rita atria e laura picchi s'incontrano. il lavoro comune presto porterà i suoi frutti

 

Sulla strage di Ustica si arriva al lavoro di Laura Picchi su one drive associazione rita atria

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtmwvN6pl0PhgS6zv-yGW4isVLcw

 

2013-2018 tramite esposti e accurate indagini con il supporto legale dell'avv. Goffredo D'Antona si riaprono i casi Dettori e Marcucci e Lorenzini con ipotesi di omicidio volontario

 

Il 9 maggio 2017 Ciancarella viene sentito dalla Commissione Parlamentare d'inchiesta. A seguito delle conclusioni della Commissione Parlamentare d'inchiesta la Procura di Pisa di Pisa riapre il caso Scieri e nell'estate 2018 si procede a un arresto e altri due indagati per omicidio volontario. Le prove riassunte sul quotidiano il Tirreno danno ragione a Ciancarella e all'associazione antimafie rita atria. La documentazione a sostegno di quanto si scrive si trova sul sito di laura picchi nella sezione dedicata all'omicidio Scieri

http://www.strageustica.altervista.org/caso-omicidio-emanuele-scieri.html

 

Conclusioni Questa è la verità storica che c'è già e che rende Ciancarella piu' pericoloso oggi di quanto lo sia mai stato nei precenti 38 anni e noi associazione antimafie rita atria e laura picchi scomodissimi insieme a Ciancarella. Come finisce non lo sappiamo, ma una cosa è certa PER TUTTI E TUTTE E' DIVENTATO IMPOSSIBILE PENTIRSI. LAURA PICCHI

 

 

 

 


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The diplomatic feud between Saudi Arabia and Canada shows no signs of slowing down

Pretty-boy Trudeau may not be aware of it but the Saudis are right in international law.  After the devastating religious wars in Europe, the Peace of Westphalia was drawn up and agreed to  -- in 1648.  It provides that countries will not involve themselves in the internal affairs of other countries.  That has been respected ever since and has served to avoid a lot of international conflict. Good ol' law-abiding Canada is for once outside the law -- in order to serve typically Leftist virtue claims


IT ALL started with a single tweet. Now Saudi Arabia’s bitter feud with Canada has been escalated to a new level.

Last Friday, Canada said it was “gravely concerned” by the arrest of women’s rights campaigners in Saudi Arabia, including award-winning activist Samar Badawi.

Since then, relations between the two countries have only plunged further and further.

First, the Middle Eastern giant expelled the Canadian ambassador from Riyadh and recalled his Saudi counterpart in Ottawa.

Then it suspended all Saudi state airline flights to Toronto, ended thousands of scholarship programs for Saudi students in Canada, and froze “all new business” with Ottawa.

Now, Saudi authorities have announced they will halt all medical treatments in Canada, and transfer Saudi patients to hospitals outside the country.

They’ve also moved to withdraw 800 Saudi medical students working around the country.

It’s yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh’s newly assertive foreign policy.

Asked if the Canadian government would consider apologising, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told journalists: “Canadians have always expected our government to speak strongly, firmly, clearly and politely about the need to respect human rights at home and around the world. We will continue to do that.”

Meanwhile in Riyadh, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters Canada needed to “fix its big mistake.  There is nothing to mediate. A mistake has been made and a mistake should be corrected,” he said. “The ball is in Canada’s court.”

He also noted the kingdom was considering taking “additional measures” against Canada, without going into detail.

Analysts say Saudi Arabia is using Canada to send a message to the world: don’t criticise our kingdom or our human rights record.

It reflects Riyadh’s newly assertive foreign policy under Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud.

“It’s pretty clear that he’s using Canada to send a message to the rest of the world that if you want to trade with Saudi Arabia, then you need to shut up on human rights,” Nader Hashemi, director of the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, told Al Jazeera.

He said the prince is “drunk on power”, “arrogant” and “believes that he has Donald Trump in his back pocket and can do whatever he wants”.

The United States, which has strong ties with both Saudi Arabia and Canada, has taken a neutral stance in the feud. “Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. “We can’t do it for them. They need to resolve it together.”

President Donald Trump has been reluctant to criticise Saudi Arabia for its human rights record

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How Donald Trump just keeps winning

Here's an amazing stat: In the last 14 contested Republican primaries where President Donald Trump has endorsed a candidate, his pick has won -- or is leading -- all 14 times.

That's remarkable.  And it speaks to the fact that despite Trump's weak numbers among the general populace, he remains a massively powerful force within the GOP -- someone who can make and break candidacies with a single tweet.

Take Tuesday night. Trump endorsed John James in Michigan's Republican Senate primary, Bill Schuette in the Michigan governor's race and Kris Kobach in the Kansas gubernatorial primary.

James, who had been considered an underdog prior to the Trump endorsement, won the right to face Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Schuette, the sitting attorney general, crushed the state's lieutenant governor and several other challengers for the right to take on Democratic former state Senate Majority Leader Gretchen Whitmer in the fall.

But Trump's biggest coup appears to be his endorsement of Kobach, the controversial secretary of state who currently holds a lead of fewer than 200 votes over appointed Gov. Jeff Colyer. Kobach, who led Trump's short-lived commission to investigate electoral fraud, is a favorite of the state's Trump conservatives but viewed very, very suspiciously by the party's establishment. His victory, if it holds, would make the Kansas governor's race competitive.

Trump, never one to avoid the tooting of his own horn, tweeted this out on Wednesday morning: "5 for 5!" Presumably, that's a reference to Trump's endorsement record on Tuesday -- counting Troy Balderson's apparent win in the Ohio congressional special election and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's easy win in the state's Senate primary race alongside Kobach, Schuette and James.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump offered his conclusion based on Tuesday's results: "As long as I campaign and/or support Senate and House candidates (within reason), they will win! I LOVE the people, & they certainly seem to like the job I'm doing. If I find the time, in between China, Iran, the Economy and much more, which I must, we will have a giant Red Wave!"

What Tuesday (re)proved is that Trump has tremendous power to move Republican voters behind his preferred candidate. Without the Trump endorsement, there is no way James is the Senate nominee in Michigan. And Kobach almost certainly comes up short without Trump. (Schuette and Hawley likely win without Trump, although perhaps not by the same wide margins.)

This should not be surprising -- as poll after poll has shown that Trump is among the most popular Republican presidents ever among Republicans. The latest Gallup weekly tracking poll showed that 89% of Republicans approved of the job he is doing. And that's in a poll in which Trump's overall approval among the broader electorate is just 41%!

Trump's takeover of the party is total. The Republican base is almost entirely aligned with him; those who cross Trump -- especially people in the GOP -- are made to feel the pain. (See: John McCain, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker.)

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Most Of The Candidates Dimwit Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Endorsed In Yesterday's Primaries Lost

She’s not even in Congress yet, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Party’s rising star and unapologetic socialist, endorsed a slate of candidates in last night’s primaries. While all eyes were on Ohio’s 12th congressional district, Missouri, Michigan, Kansas, and Washington also had primaries.

Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Cori Bush running in Missouri’s first congressional district and Abdul El-Sayed and Fayrouz Saad in Michigan. El-Sayed and Saad were running for governor and Congress respectively; Saad was running in the Mitten State’s 11th congressional district.

 Well, it seems the seeds of a left wing revolution won’t be taking root. All of the candidates she backed for August 7th lost—all of them. It wasn’t just by a little. All of them lost quite handily—some of them by a lot

Ocasio-Cortez became a household name among left wingers for booting Rep. Jim Crowley in an upset primary win that mirrored the GOP’s ouster of then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014 by conservative insurgent Dave Brat.

She’s anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement, pro-Medicare-for-All, housing for all, etc. all of the left wing goodies you can think of; Ocasio-Cortez is for it and with it absolute economic catastrophe.

She’s proven to be clueless on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and seems to know next to nothing about the budget. She said that the military had undergone a $700 billion increase. No, not true. So, at least her left wing seeds of revolution got drowned out.

The last thing we need on the Hill are more of these clowns. I say that in general. Politically, Democrats--these are your crazed spawn. We're just here to watch the show, and see winnable races get torpedoed because these comrades are totally out of step with normal Americans.

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EU Unable to Neutralize US Sanctions against Iran

The European Union has announced a new regulation aimed at shielding European companies from the impact of US sanctions on Iran. The measure, which has been greeted with skepticism by the European business media, is unlikely to succeed: it expects European companies to risk their business interests in the US market for interests in the much smaller Iranian market.

The so-called "Blocking Statute" entered into effect on August 7, the same day that the first round of US sanctions on Iran officially snapped back into place. Those sanctions target Iran's purchases of US dollars — the main currency for international financial transactions and oil purchases — as well as the auto, civil aviation, coal, industrial software and metals sectors. A second, much stronger round of sanctions targeting Iran's oil exports, takes effect on November 5.

The action follows up on President Donald J. Trump's decision on May 8 to withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal) negotiated by the Obama administration, which lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for a freeze on its nuclear program.

The Trump administration said that the deal negotiated by the Obama administration did not go far enough to curtail Iran's nuclear weapons program, or its ballistic missile program, or its malign behavior in the Middle East and elsewhere.

The reimposed US sanctions apply not only to American citizens and companies, but also to non-American individuals and companies. In a legal concept known as extraterritoriality, any company based outside of the United States must comply with American sanctions if it uses dollars for its transactions, has a subsidiary in America or is controlled by Americans.

In an August 6 statement, Trump said:

"The United States is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, and we will work closely with nations conducting business with Iran to ensure complete compliance. Individuals or entities that fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences."

In an August 7 tweet, Trump repeated that threat:

"The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States."

In a joint statement, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK openly admitted that for the EU the Iran deal is all about money and vowed to protect European companies from US penalties:

"We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law and with UN Security Council resolution 2231. This is why the European Union's updated Blocking Statute enters into force on 7 August to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran from the impact of US extra-territorial sanctions.

"The remaining parties to the JCPOA have committed to work on, inter alia, the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran's export of oil and gas. On these, as on other topics, our work continues, including with third countries [China and Russia] interested in supporting the JCPOA and maintaining economic relations with Iran."

In a joint statement, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (pictured) and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK openly admitted that for the EU the Iran nuclear deal is all about money and vowed to protect European companies from US penalties. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The Blocking Statute, originally adopted by the EU in 1996 to help European companies avoid US sanctions on Cuba, was updated in June 2018 to include sanctions the US is re-imposing on Iran. The document, riddled with EU jargon, states:

"The Blocking Statute allows EU [economic] operators to recover damages arising from the extra-territorial sanctions within its scope from the persons causing them and nullifies the effect in the EU of any foreign court rulings based on them. It also forbids EU persons from complying with those sanctions, unless exceptionally authorized to do so by the [European] Commission in case non-compliance seriously damages their interests or the interests of the Union."

In other words, the EU is prohibiting EU citizens and companies from complying with US sanctions and is authorizing EU companies hit by US sanctions to sue the US government for compensation in European courts.

In addition, European companies that do pull out of Iran without approval from the European Commission face the threat of being sued by EU member states.

Many European commentators said the EU scheme would be unworkable, especially for European multinational corporations with business interests in the United States.

The London-based Financial Times wrote:

"Diplomats and lawyers have raised serious doubts about the EU's ability to protect European businesses operating in Iran from the US measures.

"The blocking statute, first drawn up in 1996, has rarely been tested. One senior EU official said there was little legal precedent for judges in EU member states to reclaim damages from third countries like the US if sued by companies."

In France, Le Figaro wrote that European Commission's response to US sanctions was "hasty" and amounted to a "political gesture."

Le Monde described the EU's measure as a "political signal for the Iranian regime, which demanded signs of European commitment to defend the JCPOA."

"Total, Maersk and Peugeot have already decided to leave Iran. Moreover, companies investing in Iran do not seem to believe much in the effectiveness of the regulation. The oil group Total, the ship-owner Maersk or the automaker Peugeot have already decided to leave. German group Daimler announced its withdrawal from Iran yesterday. These groups are more afraid of the US's ability to implement sanctions than the EU's wrath."

In Germany, the public broadcaster ARD published an opinion article by Brussels correspondent Samuel Jackisch titled, "Well Roared, Paper Tiger — EU Defenseless against US Sanctions." He said that the EU's new policy was "logical, but largely meaningless," and an attempt by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to "defend her political legacy." He added:

"The EU can try to turn the tables on transatlantic relations, but in the end the US still comes out on top.

"The German export industry's business with Iran may not be small at around three billion euros. However, the bottom line is that the same companies export 35 times as much to the USA. The EU is demanding that its largest corporations risk the entire cake for a few more crumbs."

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Will The Impending U.S. Economic Collapse Usher In Socialism?

by: Avi Gilburt


Summary
 
- The US market still has a few good years left.

- When this rally completes in mid-2020s, we will begin a major bear market.

- The major bear market can usher in further socialistic policies.

   
This idea was discussed in more depth with members of my private investing community, The Market Pinball Wizard
    
Benjamin Franklin was purported to have said “that which hurts, also instructs.” Yet, society, as a whole, has a very short memory. Thus, lessons learned through the pain of generations gone by often are quickly forgotten.
 
We have very few people left worldwide who actually lived through the Great Depression.
 
While I have been told many stories by my grandparents of what it was like to live through the 1930s and 1940s, I clearly do not have first-hand experience. Yet, I would assume that I still have a better understanding of that time period than most of the people reading my words today.
 
To add to Franklin’s wisdom, George Santayana was quoted as saying that “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
 
So, if we were to synthesize Franklin’s and Santayana’s wisdom, it would suggest that when society, as a whole, no longer remembers the pain experienced during the times of the Great Depression, it certainly opens the door to repeating it. And, I think we are approaching such a period of time in the coming decade.
 
As an Elliottician, I understand that financial markets provide us with a representation of the overall mood or psychology of the masses. Moreover, we also understand that markets are fractal in nature. That means they are variably self-similar at different degrees of trend. For those that want a more detailed explanation of what this means, I suggest you read this article written by Robert Prechter, who is today’s foremost expert on this topic: [Article] Science is Validating the Concept of the Wave Principle
 
But, I would imagine that the simplest way to explain this concept is by saying that while history may not repeat in the exact same fashion, it will certainly rhyme.
 
What I intend to focus upon in this article is R. N. Elliott’s concept of a 5-wave structure, which provides guidance as to the ebb and flow of our markets, thereby providing insight into the ebb and flow of society as a whole. This also provides insight into what the future may hold.

Most specifically, I want to focus upon waves 2 and 4 within the 5-wave structure, which are the corrective and regressive segments of the 5-wave structure.
 
Based upon my analysis (along with Elliott’s himself), the market seems to be on a path of completing a multi-generational 3rd wave some time in the mid-2020s. This wave began at the conclusion of wave II in 1932, and has progressed for almost 90 years. But, take note that wave II ushered in the Great Depression.
 
Currently, 90 years later, we are approaching the completion of wave III of that same wave degree.
 
That means that the impending wave IV regressive structure, which seems to be scheduled to begin in the mid-2020s, will likely usher in an economic period of the same degree as the Great Depression. Clearly, that will not likely bode well for our economy.
 
 

To put this type of predictive analysis into historical perspective, allow me to present you with the following prediction made by Ralph Nelson Elliott in August of 1941:
[1941] should mark the final correction of the 13 year pattern of defeatism. This termination will also mark the beginning of a new Supercylce wave (V), comparable in many respects with the long [advance] from 1857 to 1929. Supercycle (V) is not expected to culminate until about 2012.

For those of you that do not understand this quote, Elliott was predicting the start of a 70-year bull market in the face of World War II raging around him. Quite an amazing prediction, no?
 
While it seems Elliott may have been off by about a decade, this still stands as the most amazing market prediction in modern history.
 
Elliott presented us with an understanding of financials markets which is not linear in nature.
 
This allows us to understand that once this long-term bull market runs its course in the mid-2020s, it will usher in a regressive period which will likely destroy much of the wealth that was accumulated during the preceding bull market.

History has shown that when the economy moves into extremes, so does society. We have seen how the extreme conditions in Europe after the Great Depression led to Nazism and Fascism.
 
More recently, during the Great Recession and for several years thereafter, we have seen governments worldwide (even those based upon capitalism) willing to adopt socialistic policies during periods of great economic risk.
 
My personal expectation, based upon many of the charts I analyze and based upon the modern political trend, is that this regressive period will mirror what was experienced by Europe during the Greek debt cycle, but to a much more extreme degree. Therefore, my expectation is that even more extreme socialistic policies will likely be adopted, wherein the government will seem to have no choice other than to take over various segments of private industry. We have seen the initial stages of this potential during the Great Recession, and the economic downturn I expect in the future will be of one degree greater than the Great Recession.
 
Moreover, I am expecting a rising yield deflation, again, similar to what we experienced during the Greek debt cycle, which is not likely what most expect. But, how often do markets telegraph their next major cycle to the great majority of investors? Rather, markets often provide the masses with what is least expected. But, this is simply my opinion based upon my current readings of the charts I analyze.
 
Yet, what I also see quite interestingly is that the metals complex seems to be setting up in a similar manner to what Elliott saw in the DOW back in 1941. In fact, my read on the metals complex is that it is about to enter a 50+ year bull market.
 
Before you present me with a personalized tin-foil hat, those that have read my analysis over the years would know that I am often a very measured and realistic analyst. So, I am not known as the traditional “doomsday” type.
 
In fact, I have been quite bullish the stock market for years, despite many taking me to task for remaining steadfastly bullish in the face of negative fundamentals such as Brexit, Frexit, Grexit, rise in interest rates, cessation of QE, terrorist attacks, Crimea, Trump, Syrian missile attack, North Korea, record hurricane damage in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, quantitative tightening, trade wars, etc. And, as many were looking for a crash back in 2016, we were pounding the table that the market was setting up to run strongly to 2,600+, with potential to exceed 3,000 before this long-term bull market beginning in 2009 would conclude, no matter who won the election in 2016.

Back in 2011, when I called for the top in the gold market within $6 of the high struck at the time, many thought me to be quite crazy, with some even suggesting that I am throwing away my career as an analyst with such a market call. I also called for a multi-year rally in the DXY back in 2011 when the Fed was throwing many rounds of QE at it, and many simply wrote me off as someone who really does not understand the market. And, when I suggested investors get back into the gold market at the end of 2015, most again wrote me off as they were certain that gold was about to break down hard below $1,000.
 
So, let me reiterate that I am neither bull nor bear. Rather, I am most interested in viewing our financial markets through an honest and objective lens in order to be able to maintain on the correct side of the market the great majority of the time.
 
While you may read this article as being in the same vein as all the doomsday predictions that are paraded before you on an almost daily basis, I can assure you that this is not akin to those perspectives. So, unlike those who try to scare you into buying something, my goal is to prepare you for what I honestly believe is “something wicked this way comes.”

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Fifty people died in a bus attack in Yemen and 77 were injured, most of whom were children, the International Committee of the Red Cross stated, citing officials. The Saudi-led coalition has called the attack "legitimate.

The attack took place in Dahyan Market in northern Saada, a Houthi rebel stronghold, on Thursday morning.

The Saudi-led coalition later said the airstrikes were aimed at missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi city of Jiza, claiming its strike constituted a "legitimate action." It went on to accuse Houthi rebels of using children as human shields

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"We are not the people who choose to weaponize space, but if we are challenged we will respond," Dr. Michael Griffin said Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Ala.
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h/t CL BBC Radio 4’s ‘Midnight News’ on August 9th included an item (from 18:09 here) concerning events in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip which had begun several hours beforehand. The BBC’s newsreader refrained from informing listeners who carried out the missile fire mentioned in his chronologically reversed portrayal…
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Saudi Arabia intercepted two missiles on Friday fired by Yemen's Houthi group on its southern Jizan province, al-Arabiya TV reported.

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Another week, another string of humiliations for America’s top diplomats.

On Wednesday, Vox reported (and a knowledgeable source confirmed to me on Thursday) that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has, on several occasions, given his North Korean counterparts eight months to turn over 60 or 70 percent of their nuclear weapons—but the North Koreans have simply ignored him.

This should be no surprise. First, Pompeo offered nothing in return for the rather significant act of disarmament he demanded. Second, it was a meaningless proposal to begin with, since the North Koreans haven’t yet given the Trump administration a list of the weapons they possess. (If the North Koreans wanted to be particularly mischievous, they could have shaken hands on the deal, dismantled three of their bombs, and said, “We did have five, so this is 60 percent of them.” U.S. intelligence agencies estimate they actually have as many as 60 bombs.)

Above all else, this is slipshod diplomatic practice. No competent negotiator comes out of the pen with such a specific demand, and such a specific timetable, without having a Plan B for what to do—how to turn up the pressure—if the other side does what the North Koreans have done: basically, given him the finger.

It is unclear whether Pompeo, a former West Point valedictorian and Tea Party congressman who served as Trump’s CIA director before taking his current job, is in way over his head—or whether he’s just carrying the president’s bucket of turbid water. Trump believes that the vaguely worded one-page “joint statement” that he and Kim signed at their June summit in Singapore was an agreement—at one point, he called it a “contract.” He also came away from the summit hailing Kim as an honorable man (“I trust him, and he trusts me”) who would start to “de-nuclearize” immediately upon returning home. (In fact, construction continues on two new ICBMs.) It is, therefore, doubtful that Trump will turn up the heat and prod Kim’s negotiators into action; that would constitute an admission that he’d misjudged the funny little man who’d shaken his hand and smiled and treated him with such respect. Even if he suddenly realizes he’s been had, it’s unclear what kind of pressure he would apply: After the bonhomie of Singapore, Russia and China have resumed trading with North Korea; South Korean President Moon Jae-in would loudly oppose a renewal of U.S. military threats. Trump has fumbled away whatever leverage he once had.

It’s also possible that Pompeo is following instructions drafted by national security adviser John Bolton, who took office in April, full of zesty hopes that the hard lines he’d long been advocating against Russia, North Korea, and Iran would finally become U.S. policy—only to see Trump turn to mush on the first two of those targets. In the case of North Korea, all it seemed to take was a “very nice note” from the tyrant that Trump had previously trashed as “Little Rocket Man” and threatened with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” I suspect that Bolton is lying in wait for Trump’s illusions to dissolve—and meanwhile, doing all he can to ensure that the talks with Kim’s officials go nowhere (which they were likely to do anyway).

In the week’s other diplomatic disgrace, which also occurred on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul—a periodic Trump critic who has found common ground with him as a Putin-admirer—traveled to Moscow, carrying a handwritten letter from the U.S. president proposing resumption of talks on arms control, counterterrorism, and cultural exchanges.

If this is what the letter really says (we have only Paul’s tweet to go by), it isn’t a bad thing; Moscow and Washington cooperated on issues of converging interests through the darkest years of the Cold War, when tensions were much sharper than those of today.

But here’s the thing: Delivering messages of this sort, from the American president to the Russian president, is properly the job of the U.S. ambassador. Trump’s ambassador, Jon Huntsman, is a true professional—a former governor of Utah who has served under every president since Ronald Reagan, including as Barack Obama’s ambassador to China.

Yet Huntsman must be wondering what the hell he’s doing at this job. Even before this week, he’d had to juggle two conflicting U.S. policies toward Russia: on the one hand, the more traditional views of the State Department and every other relevant Cabinet officer (sanctions and containment in response to Russia’s violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and to the nerve-gas poisonings of former spies now living in England, combined with pragmatic coop