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New Delhi has been "heard and understood" by the US over its accord to buy the S-400 missile defence system for $5.2 billion, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in an interview this week. She told AFP that Washington has taken on board that India, bordering both Pakistan and China, needed arms from Russia, and others, to remain a "strong partner".
          Russophobia, A WMD (Weapon Of Mass Deception)      Comment   Translate Page      

Authored by Jean Ranc via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Russophobia, as psycho-social-political pathology, is diagnosed as a disorder in The West since before the 1000-year-old Roman-Orthodox religious schism and most recently manifested with a vengeance in the course of the 2013-14 with Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance by the US and its covert activities leading to the Ukraine coup with Russophobia used thereafter as a weapon of mass deception to inflame this latent pathology in the public.

After more than a year since we first heard the BBC “breaking news” about the “Russians Poisoning the Skipals”, all we have are allegations, but there is still no real evidence to present before a judge and jury for a just trial, only media propaganda which has provoked even more fear and hysteria meant to distract people from the government’s bungling and high level of anxiety over Brexit by once again blaming Russia. Never-the-less, it prompted politicians to administer instant sanctions against Russia as punishment. That first day, the "evidence", presented in the usual clipped, "authoritative" British accents, included interviews with a conservative British MP, then the former US Ambassador to Russia, Alexander Vershbow (2001-05), now with the notoriously hawkish US-based think tank, the Atlantic Council. Thus, the three of them: the BBC “journalist” and the two “experts”, colluded to transform false allegations into "facts"... fueled, as always, by their perpetual prejudice, RUSSOPHOBIA, in the course of their propaganda war to force Russia to surrender to American-led Western Domination or else: have their economy destroyed & their people suffer. Indeed, it is a threat to the whole world played to the discord of rattling nuclear swords with a chorus of vindictive Russian oligarchs, whom Putin expelled for robbing the Russian people. So, now living in London as expats, they would seem to be the more likely culprits. All the while elsewhere in London, thanks to our “special US-UK relationship”, Julian Assange has been excommunicated and imprisoned in a tiny “cell” at the Ecuador embassy for revealing embarrassing American secrets via Wikileaks.

There we have it: the poisoning of our minds by the media and politicians which are owned and controlled by the US-UK-EU 1%, who benefit from Western Hegemony. So, these deluded few are now desperately defending it from the rising powers led by Russia and China with India not far behind demanding a multi-polar, democratic world order.

My search for the roots of this particularly vicious and extremely dangerous hate campaign began in a Dartmouth College Russian Foreign Policy course, which led me to the book, “Russophobia: Anti-Russian Lobby and American Foreign Policy” by San Francisco State University Professor Andrei P. Tsygankov (2009). And there, the detoxification of my mind began as I studied his deft, well-documented deconstruction of the political propaganda disseminated “by various think tanks, congressional testimonials, activities of NGOs and the media” (preface p. XIII)

Then in Italy the following winter, I discovered the work of the Swiss journalist, Guy Mettan, in the Italian geopolitical journal, LiMes: an excerpt from his book, “Creating Russophobia: From the Great Religious Schism to Anti-Putin Hysteria” (2017). There, Mettan informs us that this psycho-social pathology in Western Civilization” goes back more than 1000 years: to the division of Christendom between the Orthodox and Roman churches. Indeed, his research into the depths of history confirms the diagnosis by our renowned American psychiatrist, Robert Jay Lifton, in his 2003 book, “Superpower Syndrome: America’s Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World”. Therein, Lifton states: “More than merely dominate, the American superpower now seeks to control history. Such cosmic ambition is accompanied by an equally vast sense of entitlement, of special dispensation to pursue its aims.” (p.3) And Mettan’s analysis of Russophobia also underscores the work of University of Chicago Professor John J. Mearsheimer, our leading international relations “realist” in his three Henry L. Stimson lectures at Yale University November 2017: “The Roots of Liberal Hegemony”, “The False Promises of Liberal Hegemony” and “The Case for Restraint”: with his book, “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams, International Realities” published in 2018.

But what about “Russian Aggression” in Ukraine & Crimea?

In the first place, it was the astute Mearsheimer, who, in the Sept-Oct 2014 Foreign Affairs, informed us “Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin” (pp 77-89), but the American foreign policy establishment, together with ambitious politicians and the me-too media, paid no heed and continues to repeat its fabricated “facts”.

Never-the-less, Mearsheimer is backed up by Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent. In Sakwa’s book, “Russia Against the Rest: The Post-Cold War Crisis of World Order”, 2017, we turn to the section on “Reality Wars and American Power” on p. 217 to read: “It does indeed seem that Russia and Western elites live in totally different worlds, divided by different epistemological understandings of the nature of contemporary reality. The Ukraine crisis crystallized the profound differences between Russian and Atlanticist understandings of the breakdown and its causes.” And he continues on p. 218: “Elite and policy-maker perceptions and attitudes forged in the Cold War years sustain these legacies and frame the discussions of such crucial issues as NATO enlargement, democracy promotion in the post-Soviet area, and strategic arms talks.” Adding that these “are no longer so much legacies as self-regenerating narratives and modes of discourse that preclude a more open-ended understanding of the dynamics and concerns of Russia today.”

Karl Rove: “We’re an empire now; we create our own reality.”

[In 2004, journalist Ron Suskind wrote in The New York Times magazine that a top White House strategist for President George W. Bush—identified later as Karl Rove, Bush’s Deputy White House Chief of Staff—told him, “We’re an empire now, we create our own reality.”]

Thus, we’ve become trapped in a contrived “reality” promulgated by neo-conservative warriors under cover of neo-liberal “democracy-spreading-humanitarian-interventionists” to justify an American Empire promoting itself as the indispensable “Liberal World Order”. However, under that global order, as Sakwa points out on p. 219: “If a foreign power is considered to have violated ‘international order’, then it can be overthrown” as a rationale for American “regime change” anywhere around the world: whether to control the supply of copper in Chile or oil in Iran. And, with its eye on Russia’s vast oil, gas and other natural resources, America claims the right to threaten Russia by ringing it with weapons which we would not abide were the Russians to place missiles in Mexico…as the Soviets did in Cuba to defend it after our “Bay of Pigs” invasion that brought humanity to the brink of nuclear war. Thus, Russia was defending itself in Ukraine against further NATO expansion while Crimean citizens, by majority vote in a democratic referendum, chose to rejoin Russia as they had been one country ever since Catherine the Great…except for an interval in the '50s when Crimea was” gifted” to Ukraine while they were all members of the Soviet Union.

“Ditching Solzhenitsyn, Defender of Russia”

And not to forget that in 1974, after being expelled from the Soviet Union, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and his family fled first to Zurich then to Vermont in 1976 and lived on a farm near Cavendish, where he continued to write and publish his work. Meanwhile, Mettan, as a journalist covering events related to Russia, became quite distressed over "the widespread prejudices, cartloads of clichés and systematic anti-Russian biases of most western media." And he went on to say that “the more I traveled, discussed and read, the wider I perceived, the more the gap of incomprehension and ignorance between Western Europe and Russia became evident. 

"That was why, during the 1990s, I was shocked by the way the West treated Solzhenitsyn. For decades, we had published, celebrated, and acclaimed the great writer as bearing the torch of anti-Soviet dissidence. We had praised Solzhenitsyn to the skies as long as he criticized his native country, communist Russia. But as soon as he emigrated, realizing that he preferred to isolate himself in his Vermont retreat to work rather than attending anticommunist conferences, western media and academics began to distance themselves from the great writer.

"The idol no longer matched the image they had built and was becoming a hindrance to their academic and journalistic career plans. And once Solzhenitsyn had left the United States to go back to Russia and defend his humiliated, demoralized motherland that was being sold at auction, raising his voice against the Russian 'Westernizers' and pluralist liberals who denied the interests of Russia to better revel in the troughs of capitalism, he became a marked man, an outdated, senile writer, even though he himself had not changed in the least, denouncing with the same vigor the defects of market totalitarianism as those of communist totalitarianism.

"He was booed, despised, his name was dragged through the mud for his choices, often by the very people who had praised his first fights. Despite that, against all odds, against the most powerful powers that were trying to dissuade him, Solzhenitsyn defended his one and only cause, that of Russia. He was not forgiven for having turned his pen against that West that had welcomed him and felt it was owed eternal gratitude. A dissident today, a dissident wherever truth compelled, such was his motto. This deserves to be remembered." Mettan, pp. 15-16 in “Creating Russophobia”.

Russophobia: akin to Racism

From another perspective: Mettan’s chapter on "German Russophobia" set me thinking that this "Western Supremacy" political-cultural pathology known as Russophobia is like the racism which I knew growing up in totally segregated Oklahoma. Until in high school, I became so perplexed and appalled by the curtain of hate and “justifications” in which we were smothered: the Negro schools on the other side of town? and why were there separate waiting rooms, drinking fountains & restrooms in bus and train stations?...that I began poking holes in the curtain to see what was outside...and found a book in the library: "South of Freedom" by Carl Rowan, an African-American Minneapolis Star Tribune journalist, describing his journey from South to North. So, thanks to what I learned from Rowan, I began to tear the whole damned curtain least in my mind.

Whom the Gods would destroy, they first drive mad?

So, here’s a Swiss journalist punching a hole in this wall of Russophobic Western Supremacy… and through that gaping hole, we are reminded that the Russians are Europe’s neighbors who sacrificed more than 26 million of their own lives to save Europe, America and Russia from the Nazis. These are not poor "niggers" from the Eurasian ghetto we've been trying to club into submission as second-class citizens of “The Liberal World Order” dominated by US; they're nuclear-armed and no longer willing to sit at a separate, inferior table with no vote and no voice over who makes the rules...nor are China, India and Brazil. And last year, while the wave of Russophobic hysteria over alleged “Russian poisoning” was rolling out of the UK and engulfing the Western world in the latest siege of mass madness…with only Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labor party, having the courage to stand up in Parliament on the Ides of March and demand Evidence! only to be pilloried by the mindless politicians and media…led by the once esteemed BBC. And the week following the August 7, 2018 Trump-Putin Helsinki summit, will surely go down in psychiatric circles as another case of mass media-political delusions led by cheer-leader-in-chief, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.

Meanwhile, not to forget that it was Hearst newspaper propaganda that whipped the American public into a war frenzy to support our first step in empire-building: our 1898 intervention in Cuba’s war for independence from the Spanish Empire which had dominated all of Latin America for 500 years. As the former NYTimes journalist/bureau chief in Istanbul, Berlin & Central America, Stephen Kinzer reminds us in his latest book "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire", Twain, Booker T. Washington and even Andrew Carnegie leading a handful of other anti-imperialists...were not able to prevail against Roosevelt with his Rough Riders and the Hearst newspapers’ war propaganda.

Regime Change Comes Home

Never-the-less, after a very long run of American “regime change” abroad leaving a bloody trail of destruction, dictatorships and chaos from Iran in 1953, when we joined with the British to overthrow the democratically-elected President Mohammad Mossadegh to maintain the Brit-US control of its oil…on through Guatemala, Vietnam and Chile…to name a few of our interventions…we were back for a second round with “coalitions of the willing” or not? in the Middle East where our regime-change machine managed to plow its way through Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya…before breaking down in Syria. Until now it’s been brought home again, renovated and renamed “RussiaGate” for another attempt at removing a President for trying to mend US relations with Russia. Though even after more than a year of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigations accompanied by such cinematic support as the movie, “Felt”, another “Watergate” re-run. Did anyone else notice the resemblance between “Felt” and Mueller? And despite the media’s commemoration of its 44-year-old “moment of courage” with the movie “The Post” to promote Trump’s ouster, our democratically-elected President, as of this writing, remains in power. However, in this rush to “regime change”, didn’t the our “ruling elite” read Jane Mayer’s “The Danger of President Pence” in the 10/23/17 New Yorker? At least the 70s' “ruling class” was smart enough to remove an unqualified Vice President Spiro (who?) Agnew…before “regime changing” Nixon and replacing him with the more or less benign Gerald Ford.

A Florentine Epiphany

But back to last January in Florence, Italy, when I was hiking in the hills beyond the Piazzale Michelangelo, with its spectacular view of that Renaissance city and its centerpiece, the Duomo, I came across the Villa Galileo, which had been his last home after his trial as a “heretic”, during which to save himself from torture and execution, he was forced to deny his helio-centric vision and henceforth lived under “villa arrest”, from 1631 until his natural death in 1642. While pondering his fate, I continued walking along the gently rising, ever-narrowing road between ancient stone walls overlooking villas and olive groves until I reached the peak, where I felt as if I were standing on top of the world as I contemplated both the Arno and Ema river valleys far below and where I swear I heard Galileo declare: “The world does not turn on an American axis!”

The 21st Century Inquisition

So how is it that we now have contemporary Inquisitors persecuting so many truth tellers…such as Edward Snowden, our electronic age “Solzhenitsyn?” in Russian exile; Chelsea Manning, imprisoned some 7 years for revealing US brutality in Iraq; Julian Assange confined to his Ecuadorian Embassy exile in London since August 2012; Katharine Gun, a whistleblower attempting to stop the Iraq invasion, who faced 2 years of British imprisonment before her case was dropped; James Risen, former New York Times journalist who was persecuted by our “justice” system for revealing our government’s surveillance of US!

Any Good Sense Left?

So, do we the people have enough good sense & independent thinking left to follow the advice of Henry David Thoreau?

“Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe, through Paris and London, through New York and Boston and Concord, through church and state, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality.”   

“Walden” 1854

If not, the Doctor prescribes Shock Therapy:

For a week, a month, or however long it takes to cleanse and open the mind, one must adhere to strict abstinence from Mainstream Media propaganda, junk news, pseudo analysis, fake photos, TV & videos including absolutely NO phony “for, by & of the people” NPR, PBS, BBC or other Government-funded Neo or LibCon Imperial tranquilizer.

          Truman Strike Group Ships Conduct Missile Exercise      Comment   Translate Page      
Ships from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) conducted a missile exercise while underway during the strike group's sustainment exercise (SUSTEX), April 11.
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OED Word of the Day: throw-stick, n. A heavy, usually curved, piece of wood used as a missile; an ancient kind of boomerang
          Comment on How Very Shakespearean by John LEON      Comment   Translate Page      
The only thing Assange did was jump bail, not a very serious offence, especially as at the time of the alledged offense, the prosecution service of the U.K. persuaded the Swedish prosecution authorities to drop the trumped up charges against him becase there was no evidence of any wrong doing. Under Internetional law supported by the U.N.,once asylum has been given it is permanent. What the recently elected Equadorian President has done by rescinding Assange’s asylum is not only illegal but sets a very dark precedent for anyone else who publishes information about illegal acts of war and crimes against humanity against civilians by any state, especially those who consider thenselves as the good guys. No one commenting here has privvy to what went on inside the London Equadorian embassy, it is all hearsay. The same with Assange’s behaviour and character. Now I understand from the Skripal case, the missile launch on Syria and many other illegal moves against due process and the presumption of Innocence, that the U.K. is a banana state when it comes to obeying international law. However if it is to try to live up to it’s now badly tarnished reputation as a country where Justice must be seen to be done, it should be trying to protect him from a very vengeful, corrupted foreign legal system politically motivated for revenge. I’d quote Martin Niemoller but I think he’s a bit too profound for most people commenting here.
          Moscow Questions Reasons for US THAAD Deployment to Romania      Comment   Translate Page      
LESNYE DALI, Moscow Region (Sputnik) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Saturday that Moscow is closely monitoring deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system in Romania by the United States and has questions regarding the purpose of this move.
          Stealth Saga #46      Comment   Translate Page      
Sixth Generation Fighters:

The USAF NGAD/PCA has a proposed FY20 budget of $1B.  It had been predicted to be $1.2B.  The AETP engine often associated with the NGAD also received a budget of $870M.  The F-22 and F-35 both funded their engines internally, unlike the NGAD/PCA.  However, Jane's takes the stance the NGAD is being rethought.

The US Navy's Next Generation Fighter program is shifting from $5M in FY19 to a proposed $20M in FY20.

The US Navy will finish its AOA this summer for its 6th gen fighter.

Leonardo wants a role in Britain Tempest.

International interest in the British Tempest is growing.

The Franco-German FCAS may be a bad idea, or so goes one opinion.

FGFA (Pakistan):

Pakistan is outlining its plans for developing a 5th gen fighter.


Putin - goodness me - considers the Su-57 the best plane in the world.

The Russians have already created an export version of the Su-57.  They may be trying to export it to Turkey and China.

?!?!  The Russians are stating the first batch of Su-57s will be delivered to a frontline unit in 2019.

The Russians are refuting the Su-57 has been redeployed to Syria.


Why did the YF-23 lose to the YF-22 in the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition?  The only man to have flown both the F-22 and the YF-23 talks explains.

Model 401:

Scaled Composites' Model 401 is on the east coast at a Navy flight test facility.  Why?


The F-117 has been out flying about (with a plexiglass canopy, btw).

The Drive noted the interesting bit of the choice of emblem on the F-117.


Listen to a B-2 test drop nuclear weapons.


The USAF has selected which airbases will be hosting the B-21.


Rapid Raptor: the program to allow the F-22 to deploy anywhere, well, rapidly.

24 Raptors conducted an elephant walk in Alaska.

Will Langley AFB be the center of F-22 training?


General Fick is the new head of the F-35 program.

The Pentagon is considering selling the F-35 to Poland, Greece and Romania.

A continuous software upgrade program would speed capabilities to the F-35, but delay the purchase of aircraft.

The F-35 is expected to hit an 80% availability rate in Sept 2019.

The F-35 has the capability to deploy towed decoys from under its stealthy skin.

Some are strongly arguing to buy the F-35 instead of the F-15X.

48 F-35As, 10 F-35Bs and 20 F-35Cs are in the FY20 proposal.

The USAF wants 12 more F-35As than the budget provided for.

The USAF has conducted the first fast/hot crew swap exercise for the F-35A.

The IG is slamming the F-35 program office for allowing contractors to manage government assets.

The F-35 will take a starring role in an exercise in Greece.

China claims it is not the reason countries are buying the F-35.  Actually, about that...

The USS Wasp carried at least 10 F-35Bs into the South China Sea.  The USS Wasp has been operating near the disputed Scarborough Shoal.

The USMC may deploy F-35Bs off the deck of the Korean amphibious ships.

The US Navy F-35Cs that achieved IOC are only ready 5% of the time...

The readiness of the F-35C is improving, supposedly.

The British are monitoring the situation about the Japanese F-35 crash.

Italy's Deputy PM  defended the F-35 purchases.

The Italian F-35As in Sardinia get close ups.

Italian F-35As participated in the 'Lightning Thunder over Europe' exercise.

How did Italian F-35 pilots feel about their participation in Red Flag exercise?

Japan just purchased the JSM antiship missile for its F-35s.

Japan declared IOC for its first F-35A unit.

Japan had its first F-35 crash.  The wreckage has been located, but salvage and investigation will be dauntingEfforts are still underway to try to find the pilot.  Japan has grounded its F-35As. The aircraft that crashed was the first F-35A assembled by Japan.  Here's an update.

Poland is considering the F-35 for its Harpia program.  In fact, they want to outright buy 32 of them.

The first two F-35As for South Korea have arrived in country.

Switzerland will evaluate the F-35 for its new fighter requirement this summer.

Turkey's F-35 deliveries may get pausedStrike that: the deliveries have stopped of parts.  The US has stated buying the F-35 and the S-400 missile system are not compatible.  In the mean time, the US military continues to train Turkish F-35 pilots. Congress again has warned Turkey they cannot have the F-35 and the S-400 missile.

If Turkey gets cut, the F-35 program can progress just fine. Or will it?  How problematic is it for Lockheed?  What next?

BAE has begun Meteor and Spear integration on the F-35.

Lockheed received a $264M contract to support South Korea's F-35s.


What aircraft does the USAF need to defeat Russia and China?

          Kim Tightens Leadership Over North Korea In Major Government Reshuffle      Comment   Translate Page      
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has further cemented his grip on power, in a big reshuffle of the country's leadership. However, he didn't signal a retreat, either from negotiations with the U.S. or a self-imposed moratorium on testing of missiles and nuclear bombs, something Pyongyang said he had been considering . Instead, Kim's remarks pointed to economic belt-tightening in an attempt to ride out economic sanctions — and perhaps the Trump administration, too – while hanging on to his country's nuclear arsenal. At a session in Pyongyang of the newly elected parliament — the result of voting last month in which all candidates ran unopposed — Kim was re-elected as Chairman of the State Affairs Commission. That means he retains, as expected, his posts as leader of the ruling party, state and military. He added an extra honorary title though, "Supreme Representative of all the Korean People," apparently for use in ceremonial and diplomatic occasions. Long-serving officials such as 91
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  1. Yellow Vest violence explodes in Toulouse as 2,000 protesters hurl missiles at riot police  Daily Mail
  2. Yellow Vest violence explodes in France as protesters torch cars  Mirror Online
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          Τα πάντα για τους ρωσικούς S-400. Ποιο είναι το σύστημα που θα βάλει σε υπηρεσία η Τουρκία;      Comment   Translate Page      
To ρωσικό αντιαεροπορικό σύστημα αποτελεί για την Τουρκία τον αντικαταστάτη, τουλάχιστον εν μέρει, των οκτώ συστοιχιών MIM-14 Nike-Hercules, οι τελευταίες από τις οποίες αποσύρθηκαν αθόρυβα και χωρίς αντικαταστάτη το 2008, με τις τουρκικές ανάγκες έκτοτε να καλύπτονται από συστήματα Patriot διαφόρων ΝΑΤΟϊκών χωρών.

Στις ρωσικές ένοπλες δυνάμεις το S-400 αποτελεί διάδοχο του S-300 PMU-2, όταν το 1999 ξεκίνησε πρόγραμμα αναβάθμισης και τεχνολογικής επικαιροποίησης του τελευταίου ως S-300PMU-3 με μια δέσμη αντικειμενικών σκοπών:

* Αύξηση του φακέλου εμπλοκής και της φονικής ζώνης για αεροδυναμικούς στόχους και πρόσκτηση αυξημένων δυνατοτήτων κατά βλημάτων TBM, UAV, PGM (Precise Guided Munitions).

* Βελτίωση της αντοχής σε συστήματα/τεχνικές παρεμβολών, αντίμετρα και όπλα καταστολής GBAD.

* Αυξημένη δυνατότητα εντοπισμού και καταστροφής αεροσκαφών τεχνολογίας στελθ, αν και η αποστολή αυτή θα καλυφθεί κυρίως από το καινούργιο σύστημα S-500, η σχεδίαση του οποίου ξεκίνησε από καθαρό χαρτί μία δεκαετία αργότερα. Υπό το σκεπτικό αυτό, ο S-400 ήταν ένας εκσυγχρονισμός του δικτύου αεράμυνας που πρόσφεραν οι S-300, ενώ ο S-500 θα αποτελέσει την αντιαεροπορική/αντιβαλλιστική προστασία νέας γενιάς σε κάθε απειλή των επόμενων δεκαετιών.

* Μείωση του κόστους συντήρησης και λειτουργίας και μεγιστοποίηση της αξιοπιστίας μέσω χρήσης προηγμένων ηλεκτρονικών.

Σε ρωσική υπηρεσία το σύστημα υπηρετεί σε συντάγματα S-400 (δύο από τα οποία, σύμφωνα με όλες τις ενδείξεις, αφορούν στην τουρκική προμήθεια) απαρτιζόμενα από έξι πυροβολαρχίες με 72 βλήματα άμεσα διαθέσιμα για βολή και ικανότητα ταυτόχρονης εμπλοκής τουλάχιστον 36 στόχων (με βάση τη σοβιετική/ρωσική πρακτική ανάθεσης δύο βλημάτων ανά στόχο). Για τη διεύρυνση των δυνατοτήτων αντιμετώπισης περισσότερων κατηγοριών απειλών έναντι του S-400, η νέα έκδοση διαθέτει πλέον τρία επίπεδα παροχής άμυνας μέσω της χρήσης τριών διαφορετικών βλημάτων, διαφοροποίηση που είναι χαρακτηριστική σε σχέση με τις παλαιότερες εκδόσεις σοβιετικών/ρωσικών συστημάτων. Περιλαμβάνονται:

* Βλήματα πολύ υψηλής ακρίβειας για την επίτευξη άμεσου πλήγματος (hit-to-kill) και υψηλή πιθανότητα καταστροφής του στόχου με μία μόνο βολή (Single Shot-Kill-Probability), με ικανότητες που αγγίζουν τα πρότυπα του PAC3 (0,9) για αεροδυναμικούς στόχους.

* Βλήματα «κλασικής» σχεδίασης όπως και των προηγούμενων εκδόσεων για το S-300 αλλά με επέκταση του φακέλου εμπλοκής.

* Βλήματα πολύ μεγάλης εμβέλειας για την καταστροφή εναέριων στόχων υψηλής αξίας (όπως βομβαρδιστικά, AWACS, άλλες εναέριες πλατφόρμες συλλογής πληροφοριών ELINT/COMINT/SIGINT, ιπτάμενα τάνκερ κ.ά.). Σε αυτά η ανάπτυξη πολύ μεγάλων ταχυτήτων για την κάλυψη των ενδιάμεσων αποστάσεων υπερισχύει έναντι της δυνατότητας εκτέλεσης προσβολής κατά ελισσόμενου στόχου (που δεν υφίσταται σε μεγάλο βαθμό για τη συγκεκριμένη κατηγορία στόχων).

Στην πρώτη κατηγορία εντάσσονται τα βλήματα 9Μ96Ε1/Ε2 με ενεργό ερευνητή για την τερματική φάση και καθοδήγηση με ενδιάμεσες ενημερώσεις (command link), διαμόρφωση που απεμπλέκει πλήρως το ραντάρ ιχνηλάτησης 92N6E από τη διαδικασία της καταύγασης στόχων και συνακόλουθα αυξάνει τον αριθμό των εμπλεκόμενων απειλών και τη δυνατότητα επιβίωσης σε επιθέσεις κορεσμού. Τα μικρού μεγέθους 9Μ96Ε1/Ε2 έχουν μήκος 4,75/5,65 m, βάρος 333/420 kg, ταχύτητα 2,7/2,9 Mach και γόμωση βάρους μόλις 24 kg στη λογική hit-to-kill. Ο φάκελος εμπλοκής κυμαίνεται μεταξύ 1 και 40 km σε εμβέλεια και 5 m έως και 20 km καθ’ ύψος για το βλήμα 9Μ96Ε1 και αντίστοιχα 1-120 km και 5 m-30 km για το βλήμα E2. Κάθε εκτοξευτής S-400 έχει 16 βλήματα των παραπάνω εκδόσεων έτοιμα για βολή, ενώ τα 9Μ96Ε1/Ε2 είχαν παρουσιαστεί και ως πρόταση αναβάθμισης του S-300PMU-2.

Στη δεύτερη κατηγορία εντάσσονται τα βλήματα 48N6E3 που αναβαθμίζουν τον φάκελο εμπλοκής του 48Ν6Ε2 των S-300. Συγκριτικά με το παλαιότερο βλήμα, το «E3» διαθέτει ελαφρώς μεγαλύτερο μέγεθος, που ίσως υποδηλώνει έναν μεγαλύτερο κινητήρα ή αυξημένη ποσότητα καυσίμου. Τα χαρακτηριστικά του είναι: μήκος 7,50 m, βάρος 1.835 kg, ταχύτητα 6,02 Mach και γόμωση 180 kg. Ο φάκελος εμπλοκής κυμαίνεται μεταξύ 3 και 250 km σε εμβέλεια και 10 m-30 km καθ’ ύψος, ενώ για βλήματα TBM οι επιδόσεις είναι 7-60 km. H νέα έκδοση μπορεί να αντιμετωπίσει στόχους που κινούνται με ταχύτητα έως 4.800 m/s έναντι των 2.800 m/s της προηγούμενης. Εκτιμάται ότι το βλήμα χρησιμοποιεί τη μέθοδο καθοδήγησης SAGG (Seeker Aided Ground Guidance) που διαθέτει και το 48N6E2, μια ρωσική εκδοχή της TVM (Track Via Missile).

Στην τρίτη κατηγορία υπάρχει το πιο ενδιαφέρον βλήμα του S-400 που είναι το (πολύ μεγάλου βεληνεκούς) 40Ν6Ε και φέρεται να έχει φάκελο εμπλοκής σε εμβέλεια μεταξύ 3-380 km, χωρίς άλλα γνωστά, αξιόπιστα στοιχεία. Η διαφορά σε σχέση με τις κινηματικές επιδόσεις τού (μέσης εμβέλειας) 48Ν6Ε3 είναι χαώδης και εκτιμάται ότι το 40N6E (με πιθανολογούμενη δυνατότητα εμπλοκής καθ’ ύψος έως 185 km) μπορεί να βάλει κατά εξωατμοσφαιρικών ιχνών/στα όρια του Διαστήματος με τυπικούς στόχους «οχήματα επανεισόδου» (RV, Re-entry Vehicle, κεφαλές) των βλημάτων IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles), ανάλογες επιδόσεις με το αμερικανικό THAAD (εμβέλεια 200 km, εμβέλεια καθ’ ύψος 150 km) αλλά με αισθητά μικρότερο μέγεθος (900 kg). Αν και θα πρέπει να αναμένουμε περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες σχετικά με την τουρκική προμήθεια των S-400, κάποιες πηγές (περιλαμβανομένων και τουρκικών) θεωρούν ότι το αντιβαλλιστικό βλήμα 40Ν6Ε, ίσως να μην περιλαμβάνεται στη συμφωνία.

Η σημαντική αύξηση των επιδόσεων του S-400 έναντι του S-300 βασίζεται τόσο σε βελτιώσεις λογισμικού όσο και στην αναβάθμιση των ραντάρ ιχνηλάτησης και πρόσκτησης στόχων. Έτσι, τόσο το ραντάρ πρόσκτησης στόχων 91N6Ε όσο και το ραντάρ ιχνηλάτησης 92Ν6Ε αναφέρεται ότι είναι πλήρως ψηφιακά με νέους μικροεπεξεργαστές, διαθέτοντας αναβαθμισμένους πομπούς ώστε να επιτευχθούν αυξημένες επιδόσεις εμβέλειας. Για το πρώτο αναφέρεται βελτίωση των επιδόσεων εντοπισμού ΤΒΜ (για στόχο με RCS 0,4 m2, επίτευξη μέγιστης εμβέλειας 230 km) και αεροδυναμικών στόχων (για στόχο μεγέθους B-52H επιτυγχάνεται εμβέλεια 570 km, ενώ για στόχο με RCS 4 m2 η εμβέλεια αναφέρεται στα 390 km) αλλά και δυνατότητα επεξεργασίας 300 ιχνών.

Για το δεύτερο ραντάρ αναφέρεται ότι η επίτευξη μέγιστης εμβέλειας φθάνει τα 400 km, ενώ στη διαμόρφωση TWS (Track-While-Scan) ο αριθμός των υπό διαχείριση ιχνών φθάνει τα 100. Το 92Ν6Ε υποστηρίζει καθοδήγηση μέσω εντολών (Command Link), SARH και TVM. Το 92Ν6Ε περιγράφεται πλέον με αναβαθμισμένο ρόλο ως ένα ραντάρ με δυνατότητες πρόσκτησης και ιχνηλάτησης στόχων τομέα και όχι αποκλειστικά ως ραντάρ ελέγχου πυρός· συνεπώς μπορεί να υποκαταστήσει περιστασιακά και το 91Ν6Ε.

Μία ακόμη σημαντική διαφοροποίηση του S-400 που δεν είχε το S-300 είναι η ολοκληρωμένη διασύνδεση με συστήματα SAM και άλλους αισθητήρες που αναβαθμίζουν σημαντικά τις δυνατότητές του. Έτσι, παρέχεται η δυνατότητα αυτόματης διασύνδεσης μέσω data link με τα S-300PMU-1/2 και άλλα συστήματα όπως τα TOR/TOR M1/TOR M2E (μέσω του ADCP Ranzhir-M), Pantsir S1 (μέσω του ADCP της πυροβολαρχίας ) κ.ά. Στην τουρκική περίπτωση τη θέση των ρωσικών συστημάτων θα μπορούσαν να πάρουν αντίστοιχες τουρκικές σχεδιάσεις όπως τα SHORADS HISAR-A (με αναφερόμενο «φάκελο» εμπλοκής τα 2-15 km σε εμβέλεια και τα 30 m-5 km καθ’ ύψος) και τα MSAM HISAR-O (αντίστοιχων επιδόσεων στα 3-25 km σε εμβέλεια και τα 50 m-10 km καθ’ ύψος) (βλέπε Π&Δ Νο 369, «Νέες απειλές της τουρκικής GBAD για την ΠΑ και την ΑΣ»). Κάτι τέτοιο βέβαια προϋποθέτει τη ρωσική συνεργασία στην αποδέσμευση πηγαίων κωδίκων και άλλη μεταφορά τεχνολογίας.

Σε ρωσική χρήση ακόμη πιο ενδιαφέρουσα είναι η διασύνδεση με τα 3D ραντάρ πρόκτησης στόχων ζώνης συχνοτήτων «L» Gamma DE και Protivnik GE αλλά και το 3D ραντάρ ζώνης «VHF» 1L119 NEBO SVU. Ειδικά τα δύο πρώτα θα μπορούσαν να παρέχουν ενδιάμεση καθοδήγηση στη βολή βλημάτων που χρησιμοποιούν ενεργό ερευνητή χωρίς να απαιτείται η καταύγαση του στόχου από το έδαφος ή εναλλακτικά να υποκαταστήσουν το 91Ν6Ε. Το 67Ν6Ε Gamma DE παρέχει εμβέλεια εντοπισμού 400 km για στόχο με RCS 1 m2 και ευρεία κάλυψη σε ανύψωση -2 έως +60 μοίρες με απώτερο στόχο τον έγκαιρο εντοπισμό των TBM. Το 59Ν6Ε Protivnik GE παρέχει για στόχο με RCS 1,5 m2 που πετά σε ύψος 100 m εμβέλεια εντοπισμού 40 km, που αυξάνεται σε 240 km για στόχο που πετά σε ύψος 5.000 m, και 340 km για στόχο που πετά σε ύψος 12.000 m.

Αξιόλογες είναι και οι επιδόσεις του 1L119 NEBO SVU, που η παρουσία έχει προφανώς να κάνει με τις αυξημένες δυνατότητες εντοπισμού στόχων με χαρακτηριστικά στελθ. Ένας ακόμη νεωτερισμός είναι η δυνατότητα ενσωμάτωσης συστημάτων παθητικού εντοπισμού (PCL-Passive Coherent Location) όπως το VERA-E, το 86V6 VEGA ή το Kolchunga-M για τις περιπτώσεις όπου απαιτείται η εμπλοκή στόχου που εκπέμπει, αλλά τα ραντάρ του συστήματος δεν λειτουργούν λόγω παρεμβολών ή δεν εκπέμπουν. Και στις περιπτώσεις αυτές δεν μπορεί να εκτιμηθεί εάν τέτοια συστήματα θα αποδεσμευτούν από τη Μόσχα στην Άγκυρα.

Το άρθρο έχει δημοσιευτεί στην Π&Δ 381. Αποτελεί μέρος ευρύτερης ανάλυσης Του Βασίλη Παπακώστα. Επιπλέον στοιχεία Φαίδων Γ. Καραϊωσηφίδης και Ηλίας Παπανικολάου

          Hama province Syria: Israeli rocket attack leaves three people injured      Comment   Translate Page      
Syria has shot down several missiles launched by Israel and targeting the city of Masyaf in northwestern Syria, Syrian state media reported. Three people have been wounded and several buildings destroyed in the attack. The rockets were launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace at about 2.30am on Saturday, SANA reported. In response, Syria activated its air defenses and intercepted several missiles, the agency said. The alleged Israeli raid hit a military post in the city and destroyed several buildings. Three people have been reported wounded. Lebanese Al-Masdar News reported, citing a military source on the ground, that Israeli rockets damaged a number of sites near the Masyaf National Hospital. While Israel has not commented on the reported attack, it is presumed that Tel Aviv has made another incursion into Syrian territory to take on alleged Iranian elements there.
          The Media Ignores the Yemen Missile Program. This Infographic Details Everything      Comment   Translate Page      
Randi Nord of Sana’a (GPA) – For the past four years, mainstream media outlets have either twisted or completely ignored the US-backed Saudi-led war against Yemen. Yes, Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. However, the media also tends to ignore another crucial aspect of the war: the ever-advancing Yemen missile and defense program. The […]
          Syrian Air Defenses Intercept Israeli Missiles in Hama      Comment   Translate Page      
13 April، 2019 Hama, SANA The air defenses at the Syrian Arab Army intercepted an Israeli aerial attack that targeted one of the military positions towards Massyaf City in Hama northern countryside. A military source said that at about 02:30 am on Saturday, warplanes of the Israeli enemy conducted an airstrike from the Lebanese airspace...
          Deep learning tests billions of graphene combos in 2 days | Artificial Intelligence - Futurity: Research News      Comment   Translate Page      
Researchers are applying one of the first uses of deep learning to the field of materials science.

Deep learning refers to the technology computers use to intelligently perform tasks such as recognizing language and driving autonomous vehicles, inform Eric Stann, Research News Strategist at News Bureau - University of Missouri.

Photo: Getty Images

Discovering how atoms—such as a single layer of carbon atoms found in graphene, one of the world’s strongest materials—work to create a solid material is currently a major research topic in the field of materials science, or the design and discovery of new materials.

“You can train a computer to do what it would take many years for people to otherwise do,” says lead researcher Yuan Dong, a research assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Missouri. “This is a good starting point.”
Dong worked with Jian Lin, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to determine if there was a way to predict the billions of possibilities of material structures created when non-carbon atoms replace certain carbon atoms in graphene...

Researchers envision future uses of this artificial intelligence assistive technology in designing many different graphene related or other two-dimensional materials. These materials could be applied to the construction of LED televisions, touch screens, smartphones, solar cells, missiles, and explosive devices.

Additional resources
Original Study- DOI: 10.1038/s41524-019-0165-4 

Source: Futurity: Research News

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Moscow Questions Reasons for US THAAD Deployment to Romania | 13 April 2019 | Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Saturday that Moscow is closely monitoring deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system in Romania by the United States and has questions regarding the purpose of this move...Grushko added that Moscow negatively viewed increased NATO activity in the Black Sea region, which hindered the stability in this region.

          Comment on Julian Assange’s Arrest Should Worry Anyone Who Cares About Freedom of the Press by 004780276      Comment   Translate Page      
Philip, So, you opposed Nuland's coup in Ukraine? The regime change in Libya with Barack leading from behind? Hill's sleazy works in Honduras? Warrantless surveillance? Obama placing a missile shield in Romania and his order to modernize our Nukes? Sometimes seeing one's self as "very liberal" is very much like saying "I'm not a racist".
          4/14/2019: India: Minister plays down US sanctions threat      Comment   Translate Page      

India is hopeful it will avoid US sanctions over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said. New Delhi has been “heard and understood” by the US administration over its accord to buy the S-400 missile...
          04/13 Links: Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’; The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn; Ilhan Omar, Con Artist; Elan Carr: Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic; EU's Collusion with Iran      Comment   Translate Page      
From Ian:

The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn
According to polling by The Jewish Chronicle, 85 percent of British Jews now think that Corbyn is anti-Semitic. And that was before this week’s bombshell: documents obtained by The Sunday Times showing that Labour failed to investigate hundreds of anti-Semitism complaints, and let hundreds more slide. The documents show not only that Labour’s procedures for investigating anti-Semitic incidents were—despite public assurances to the contrary—dismally subpar, but also that members of Corbyn’s office directly intervened in more than one in 10 investigations, despite having claimed that they were impartial.

A council candidate who said that Jewish members of Parliament were “Zionist infiltrators” was allowed to continue his campaign. Out of 863 alleged incidents detailed in the files, only 29 resulted in a party member being expelled; 145 resulted in a “formal warning”—which is largely meaningless—and 191 cases were resolved as requiring no action. The rest, the Times reports, are unresolved, including 249 that haven’t even been opened.

A Labour spokesperson said that the report “does not reflect the full details … and is not up to date,” a non-denial that did nothing to stem the bleeding. That evening, the Jewish Labour Movement—one of the party’s oldest affiliates, linked to Labour since 1903—passed a vote of no confidence in Corbyn.

A year earlier, in March 2018, the story broke that Corbyn had been a member of three secret Facebook groups in which virulent anti-Semitic memes were sometimes shared. Understandable, perhaps, in radical campaign circles. My enemy’s enemy is my friend, right? We’re protesting an occupation, not forming a government. There’s nothing anti-Semitic about deploring Israel Defense Forces violence in Gaza, but if Palestine is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Jews—just like if Israel is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Muslims.

In one of the groups, Corbyn wrote supportively to the artist of a mural in London. It wouldn’t have been so bad—just a throwaway comment—except the mural depicted anti-Semitic tropes so blatant you could see them from space, hook noses and all. Corbyn trying to apologize was an agonizing sight. “I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on,” he said. “I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused.” It was as if, in a lifetime of fighting for causes—framing the world as good versus evil—he never really learned how to say sorry.

Abe Greenwald: Ilhan Omar, Con Artist
You see? She’s just an all-loving, rage-filled, anti-Semitic victim of prejudice.

If you set aside the canned baby talk of her speeches and articles, her actions don’t reveal much in the way of understanding and compassion. Or was she “showing up with love” when she claimed that Americans who support Israel are guilty of “allegiance to a foreign country” and that pro-Israel American leaders are somehow being paid off to support the Jewish state, and that—lest we forget—“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel?” Are all these examples of what she sees as a “mission as humans to love one another”?

Whenever Omar gets called out for her anti-Semitism or anti-Americanism, she makes a steady retreat back to the faux-compassion and understanding, simultaneously vowing to “learn” from her actions and claiming innocent victimhood. It’s then that her liberal supporters seize on her sunny rhetoric and denounce all the criticism that’s come her way. That’s precisely what’s been happening since she was caught describing 9/11 as a null event.

The con artist will thrive as long her marks are willing to be conned. Which is to say, Ilhan Omar has a bright future in the Democratic Party.
Seeking Israel From the Left
Israel has always been a Rorschach test for the left, Susie Linfield argues in her new book about intellectuals' writings on the first decades of the Jewish home state. And she's right, if not quite in the way she may have intended the metaphor.

Yes, Israel is like a Rorschach test, in the sense that many people over the 70 years of the country's existence have seen in its abstract representation some strange specificity wrought by their own fervid imagination. But Israel is like a Rorschach test in another and more important way. Something disturbing is revealed when the symmetrical inkblots of a Rorschach test provoke descriptions of violence and hatred. And something just as disturbing is revealed when the image of Israel provokes ferocious anger and unrelenting hostility.

Which it does, for a large percentage of the left these days. In her introduction and conclusion, Linfield points out that Israel was created by people who were often socialists, and it enjoyed considerable support among leftists in the West into the 1960s. But somehow, these days, Israel faces a violent antipathy from the left. An important task for historians lies in exploring how that reversal came about.

Linfield, a journalism professor at NYU, is a self-proclaimed leftist worried about the ways in which anti-Zionism has led to a surge of anti-Semitism. And yet, despite her interest in the question of why the left has rejected Israel, she attempts something different in The Lions' Den. In essence, she attacks the premise. Examining the work of prior generations of prominent intellectuals and journalists, The Lions' Den suggests that Israel has always provoked strange notions in intellectuals.

The figures Linfield takes up are a gallery of prominent Jewish left-leaning thinkers from the 1940s on—especially in her chapters on Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, Isaac Deutscher, Maxime Rodinson, I.F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky. She focuses as well on two further figures: Fred Halliday (the only gentile writer she takes up) and Albert Memmi (the Tunisian writer and only non-Westerner in the book). All of them were sometime Zionists, and all of them indulged anti-Zionism. By describing their intellectual journeys—and their intellectual peculiarities—Linfield hopes to illuminate the left's odd
relation to Israel.

Pompeo says PM’s West Bank sovereignty vow won’t hurt Trump peace plan
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said he did not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk of extending Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements would hurt the Trump administration’s long-gestating peace plan.

His comments would appear to indicate that the US plan does not provide for Palestinian statehood, or even for Palestinian control of substantive contiguous territory in the West Bank.

Asked during a CNN interview by anchor Jake Tapper whether he thought Netanyahu “vowing to annex the West Bank” could hurt the US proposal, Pompeo answered “I don’t.”

“I think that the vision that we’ll lay out is going to represent a significant change from the model that’s been used,” he added.

“We’ve had a lot of ideas for 40 years. They did not deliver peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” he said. “Our idea is to put forward a vision that has ideas that are new, that are different, that are unique, that tries to reframe and reshape what’s been an intractable problem.”

He said the Trump administration wanted “a better life” for both Israelis and Palestinians.

In interviews days before the elections, Netanyahu said he intended to gradually apply Israeli law to all settlements, and that he hoped he could do so with the agreement of the United States.
Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his win in the Israeli election, and said it would improve the chances of success for his administration’s much-anticipated peace plan.

“I think we have a better chance now that Bibi has won,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before heading to Texas, using Netanyahu’s nickname. “The fact that Bibi has won, I think we’ll see some pretty good actions in terms of peace.”

“Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and Palestinians. I think we have a chance and I think we now have a better chance,” the US president added.

The White House has said it would release its peace proposal following the elections in Israel, though a report on Israeli television earlier this week said the exact timing would be dependent on the outcome of the vote.

With over 97 percent of ballots counted, and his Likud party and fellow right-wing and religious parties poised to secure a clear majority of Knesset seats, Netanyahu emerged from Tuesday’s elections in the best position to muster a coalition.

“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu. It looks like that race has been won by him. It may be a little early but I’m hearing he’s won it and won it in good fashion,” Trump said.
Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: Trump Peace Plan Likely to Be Very Different From Previous Initiatives
President Donald Trump’s upcoming peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will likely be very different from previous such attempts, said Algemeiner editor-in-chief Dovid Efune on Thursday.

Speaking to i24 News, Efune said of the Trump plan, “We’ve suspected for a long time that it’s going to be quite different from what people are expecting. When we’ve spoken about peace plans in the past, typically there’s this land-for-peace equation, there’s a two-state solution, there is a framework which we’ve come to expect over decades. I’d be very surprised if its going to be along those lines.”

“I think we’re going to see a regional initiative,” he added. “We’ve had assurances time and time again from different members of the Trump administration that they would not be looking to predetermine the outcome. They won’t be coming to the table and saying, ‘Here’s what the results should be.’”

“It’s about creating a framework,” said Efune. “It’s about empowering, creating incentives, and trying to broaden the issue to regional peace and not just the Israeli-Palestinian discussion.”

Bill Clinton: Netanyahu ‘knows how to hit people where they’re tender’
Former US President Bill Clinton hailed the political prowess of newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the “highly intelligent” Israeli leader should never be underestimated, but adding a back-handed compliment.

“You should never underestimate him, he’s highly intelligent, he understands his electorate,” Clinton said on stage Thursday at an event in New York City, as final vote counts in Israel confirmed that Netanyahu is heading for a fifth term as prime minister.

Then Clinton added: “He’s smart and able and he knows how to hit people where they’re tender.”

Clinton was speaking at an event at the Beacon Theater alongside his wife, former US secretary of state and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“There’s lots of minority parties in Israel, and more of them are aligned with the settler movement or religious fundamentalism than secularism or wanting peace,” he said. “Israel is a vital democracy, and they are having these debates and they will work it out.”

“There has to be some approach to reconciling the security needs of the Israelis with the need for greater autonomy and governance by the Palestinians,” Clinton said.

Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic, Says Newly-Sworn In Envoy Elan Carr
The United States swore in Elan Carr as the new Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism on Thursday after the position had been left vacant since January 20, 2017.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo administered the oath of office. The secretary remarked that Carr, a Jewish-American Army veteran and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, was chosen for the “fierceness and vigor that he’ll bring to combating anti-Semitism.”

The envoy’s position was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. On his first day in the congressionally mandated post, Carr vowed to fight the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and described the organized boycott of Israel as anti-Semitic.

“An individual has a right to buy or not buy what they please. However, if there is an organized movement to economically strangle the state of Israel, that is anti-Semitic,” Carr said. “We are going to focus relentlessly on eradicating this false distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.”

Pete Buttigieg calls Mike Pence a ‘Pharisee.’ Here’s why that angers Jews
Pete Buttigieg has a word he likes to use to describe Vice President Mike Pence: “Pharisee.”

Jewish scholars would like him to stop doing that.

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is running a dark horse campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has advanced the idea of liberal candidates using religious language to express their values.

The flip side of that, Buttigieg says, is that Republican leaders don’t practice the religious values they preach. He takes particular aim at Pence, who often speaks of his own conservative Christian values while serving under President Donald Trump. Buttigieg has criticized Trump for paying off an adult film actress with whom he allegedly had an affair.

Buttigieg believes that reeks of hypocrisy, so he uses an age-old Christian metaphor for hypocrites: the Pharisees.

“There’s an awful lot about Pharisees in there,” Buttigieg told The Washington Post this week, referring to the New Testament while discussing Pence. “And when you see someone, especially somebody who has such a dogmatic take on faith that they bring it into public life, being willing to attach themselves to this administration for the purposes of gaining power, it is alarmingly resonant with some New Testament themes, and not in a good way.”

The Pharisees were one of several Jewish sects during the first century, the time of Jesus. They also included the rabbis of the Talmud and the creators of Rabbinic Judaism, the ideological ancestor of mainstream Jewish practice today.

But in Christian discourse, the Pharisees have taken on the role of “hypocrites, fools and a brood of vipers, full of extortion, greed, and iniquity,” wrote Amy-Jill Levine, a professor at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, in an article in Sojourners magazine. That’s because the New Testament Gospels say Pharisee leaders criticized Jesus and lambaste them for hypocrisy.
Rivlin rebukes Bolsonaro: ‘No one will order forgiveness of the Jewish people’
President Reuven Rivlin on Saturday rebuked his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for saying this week that the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests,” he said.

“What [the Nazis] did to us is etched into our memory, the memory of an ancient people,” Rivlin wrote on Twitter.

“We will never cooperate with those who deny the truth or try to erase it from memory — not by individuals and groups, not by party leaders and not by heads of state,” he wrote, the last being in apparent reference to Bolsonaro.

“We will never forgive and never forget. No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests.”

Rivlin said the Jewish people would “always fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” while calling on politicians not to wade into historically fraught matters. “Political leaders are responsible for shaping the future. Historians describe the past and research what happened. Neither should stray into the territory of the other,” he said.
Yad Vashem slams Bolsonaro after Holocaust comments
President Reuven Rivlin and Yad Vashem took Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to task on Saturday for saying the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“We can forgive, but we cannot forget,” said Bolsonaro – a strong supporter of Israel who has reversed his country’s previously negative positions regarding Israel – at a meeting with Evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
“Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future. We need to act so that the Holocaust will not repeat itself,” the Brazilian leader said.
Iranian forces said killed in reported Israel airstrike on Syria missile factory
A number of Iranian forces were reportedly killed in an airstrike on a Syrian military position near the city of Masyaf in western Hama province overnight Friday-Saturday. Syrian state media said Israeli jets carried out the raid in the middle of the night, firing missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace.

Syria’s official state news agency SANA said Israel targeted a military site in the area, but that Syrian air defenses intercepted the attack, downing some of the missiles fired. The regime mouthpiece said the interception resulted in the destruction of several buildings and the wounding of three “fighters.” The area is known to house Iranian forces and their Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Arabic, Iranian “elements” and pro-Iranian militants were killed in the alleged attack, and 17 people were injured.

Israel does not regularly comment on alleged strikes in Syria, though it has acknowledged some operations.

The Observatory said Saturday that the strike targeted a Syrian military college in the town and two buildings used by Iranian forces in nearby villages — a development center for medium-range missiles in Zawi and a training camp in Sheikh Ghadban.
Abbas swears in new PA government led by his Fatah ally, Mohammad Shtayyeh
A new Palestinian Authority government was sworn in by PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a month after he tapped longtime ally Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of his Fatah party, as the next premier.

The 61-year-old Shtayyeh is replacing Rami Hamdallah, who served as prime minister of the Palestinian government since 2013. He is seen as being critical of the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers, as well as a proponent of continuing peace talks with Israel.

The new 21-member cabinet includes some fresh faces, but senior officials, such as Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, are keeping their positions.

Novelist Atef Abu Seif of Gaza, who was recently badly beaten during Hamas’s crackdown on protesters in the Strip, will become culture minister.

Shtayyeh’s government replaces a technocratic administration, which had the nominal backing of Hamas and all other Palestinian factions.
Thousands protest along Gaza border, 15-year-old shot dead - report
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the stomach during clashes with IDF forces east of the Jabaliya refugee camp, according to the Hamas Health Ministry on Friday.

According to the report, two other people were injured by gunfire in clashes with IDF forces east of Gaza City, when 9,000 demonstrators protested in five locations along the Gaza border.

A Palestinian was arrested after cutting the fence into Israel, waving a Palestinian flag.

The border protests began on March 30th and has seen over half a million people violently demonstrating along the security fence with Israel demanding an end to the 12-year long blockade, congregating at points along the border range between several thousand to 45,000 each day.

The one year anniversary of the border riots last week saw some 40,000 Palestinians demonstrate along the border fence and saw three Palestinians killed by IDF fire.

The cross-border violence immediately played into Israel's election campaign, which concluded earlier this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heading toward a record fifth term in office.

But Egyptian mediators intervened to avoid further escalation by persuading Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza and expand the breadth of Mediterranean waters where Gazans can fish.
EU's Collusion with Iran
The main purpose of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) is to ensure that Europe -- and potentially third countries -- can continue doing business with the mullahs in Iran without risking US penalties for contravening US sanctions.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini seems strongly committed to ensuring that Iran -- and Europe -- continue receiving economic benefits from the illegal, unsigned, and unratified Iran nuclear deal. Mogherini insisted that Iran is complying with the JCPOA. It is not. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, referring to documents seized by Israel, stated that the nuclear deal was "built on lies" .

No amount of human rights abuses, however atrocious -- or terrorism, even against its own citizens; or cheating to acquire deliverable nuclear capability to unleash on Israel, the US and eventually threaten the entire West -- will, it seems, deter the EU from its criminal collusion with Iran. Europe seems determined to wade into its own destruction with its eyes wide open.
The IAEA’s Blind Spots on Iran’s Nuclear Program
On April 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted that “today and throughout the past year, we have launched 114 new technologies via the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. This is the message to the world: You have not succeeded, and you will not succeed in preventing the progress and development of the Iranian people and their nuclear program. If yesterday you feared our IR-1 centrifuges, well, here you go!”

He has reason to boast. The 2015 Iranian nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama was extremely weak, but yet, given its weaknesses, the agency that was expected to monitor Iran’s compliance has been exceedingly lax.

On April 4, The Wall Street Journal reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspected a warehouse in Tehran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year said housed nuclear equipment and materials.

When negotiating the Iranian nuclear deal, President Obama promised “anytime, anywhere inspections.” Yet six months elapsed from Netanyahu’s speech until the inspection. The question is what took the IAEA so long?

WaPo Rushes to Defend Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 Remarks, Fails Spectacularly
The Washington Post, in full white knight mode, rushed to Omar’s defense in publishing a piece in which they claimed context was needed.

After quoting several lines from her speech (which did not change what she said), “fact checker” Glenn Kessler wrote:

We will leave it to readers to determine whether Omar should have referred to “terrorists” or if the context for “some people” is clear from the speech.

When we listened to the whole speech, we were reminded of President George W. Bush’s phrasing in two famous moments after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!” – Bullhorn address to Ground Zero rescue workers, Sept. 14, 2001

The other one was an Islamic Center speech in which President Bush defended Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11.

Kessler suggests that Bush’s bullhorn comments and the ones he made defending Muslims were no different than Omar’s speech.

In reality, the context surrounding Bush’s speeches meant everything after the terrorist attacks. He was by no means downplaying what happened. In the coming weeks and months, his administration would respond forcefully to the attacks.

On the other hand, the context the Post provided for Omar’s speech didn’t do her any justice. In fact, the context provided by the full video made her “some people did something” quote even worse.

Making things worse still is Omar’s widely-known reputation for repeating anti-Semitic tropes, which is a significant context for drawing conclusions about what Omar says all on its own.
Group Planning NY Rally Urging Schumer To Get Ilhan Omar Off Foreign Affairs Committee
A group called The Coalition to Get Ilhan Omar off the Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a rally on May 19 titled “Operation: Schumer’s Doorstep.”

The group states: “The Coalition seeks to mobilize Americans of all political, ethnic and religious backgrounds who are concerned about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s continuing presence on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Coalition’s first goal is to enlist (through all reasonable means of persuasion granted by the Constitution) Senator Schumer in the cause. The event will be part peaceful protest, prayer vigil, and press conference.”

The rally will be held outside Schumer’s building by Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

The group counsels, “We’d like people of faith to lead a prayer calling for Schumer to gain the courage of his convictions so that from this moment on, the senator will fight with every fiber of his being to drive Omar off the committee. We pray for him to become the Shomer he has always said he is.”

Dems to Redefine Hate Crime as ‘Disagreeing with Ilhan Omar About Anything’ (satire)

Claiming that existing language did not go far enough to protect victims of racism and Islamophobia, House Democrats have passed a bill redefining the term “hate crime” to include “any criticism of, or disagreement with, Representative Ilhan Omar.”

The bill comes after Omar’s description of the September 11 attacks as “some people did something” sparked outrage and led to criticism that she showed a lack of sensitivity towards victims of the attacks. Her defenders, however, said these criticisms led to death threats against the Congresswoman.

“Clearly, there could only be one reason that someone would criticize an elected member of Congress, and that is sheer bigotry,” Representative Ro Khanna said on the House floor. “No criticism of Congresswoman Omar’s religious beliefs, her actions, or her political views will be tolerated.”

After initially resisting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to bring the bill to the floor after several progressive party members threatened to lock themselves in their rooms until she agreed to do so. For some freshman lawmakers, however, the bill does not go far enough.
University of North Carolina Condemns ‘Disturbing, Hateful Language’ After Palestinian Rapper Performs Self-Described ‘Antisemitic Song’
The interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has rebuked a recent campus performance by a Palestinian rapper who sang a self-described “antisemitic song” and asked audience members to invoke Mel Gibson when participating.

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar of the hip hop group DAM performed at UNC on the evening of March 22, as part of a 3-day academic conference on the Gaza Strip. The conference was sponsored by the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and co-sponsored by multiple departments.

“This is my antisemitic song,” Nafar was recorded saying in a clip shared by filmmaker Ami Horowitz.

“Let’s try it together,” the rapper said while encouraging audience members to join him. “I need your help, I cannot be antisemitic alone.”

New York Times Suggests “Terrorist” Label for Israel
These contorted paragraphs are a prime example of how the newspaper’s preoccupation with casting Israel in a negative light comes at the expense of a well-informed public. Straightforward coverage of the U.S. decision about the Revolutionary Guard would leave readers with a clear understanding of the American criteria for designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would forthrightly describe the U.S. justification for applying the designation to Iran, and would not mislead about the State Department’s policy direction.

CAMERA’s billboard outside the New York Times building calls out the newspaper’s biased and inflammatory coverage.

What’s the actual criteria for designating a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), if not use of violence by intelligence services? The Foundation for Defense of Democracies explains that
U.S. law defines “terrorism” as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” To be designated as an FTO under U.S. law, a foreign organization must engage in terrorism or terrorist activities that “threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States.”

That’s easy enough. And easy enough for a Times reporter to research. The passages in quotes come directly from the US Code. Similar language appears on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations web page, which notes that in order to be listed, an organization must engage in “terrorist activity or terrorism” and “must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security … of the United States.”

That’s why use of violence by, for example, a French intelligence agency doesn’t put that agency at risk for being designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The U.S. didn’t view their use of force as terrorism, and doesn’t regard their ally’s actions as threatening American security. The same goes for Israeli intelligence — which works closely with American intelligence agencies.
Jewish Canadian mayor: ban on wearing religious symbols 'ethnic cleansing'
The Jewish mayor of a Canadian town compared a proposed bill that would bar religious symbols on some public workers to “ethnic cleansing.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked William Steinberg, mayor since 2005 of the affluent town of Hampstead in Montreal’s west end, to apologize for the remark.

“We shouldn’t use words like that,” Trudeau, who opposes the bill, told reporters in Ottawa last Friday. “We don’t need to go to extremes.”

Steinberg instead defended using the term, saying he meant “ethnic cleansing” only in a “non-violent” sense.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, B’nai Brith and human rights groups have denounced the proposed law as discriminatory and contrary to Canadian human rights charters, but polls consistently show most Quebecers supporting it by a healthy majority.
SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow, we’ll put our flag on the moon’
Following the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s failure to land safely on the moon this week, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn on Saturday announced he was launching project Beresheet 2, effective immediately, adding: “We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

The small spacecraft, the world’s first privately funded moon lander, crashed into the lunar surface Thursday night during an attempted landing, apparently due to a technical glitch that caused its main engine to stop mid-landing.

Appearing on Channel 12’s “Meet the Press,” South African-born billionaire Kahn said work on the successor to Beresheet would start Sunday.

“The response we’ve gotten has been amazing. The amount of thank yous and letters is amazing,” he said. “Over the weekend I’ve had time to think about what happened, and the truth is seeing all the encouragement and support from people all over the world is amazing.

“It gave me time to think and I thought it would be a shame to leave things like that. I’ve come to announce a new project: Beresheet 2. We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

He added that “Project Beresheet 2 begins tomorrow… A mission team will be meeting tomorrow to start work.”

Space Industry Leaders Praise Israel’s SpaceIL for Beresheet Moon Mission
Astronauts and scientists at the US space agency NASA commended the Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL for its efforts after its spacecraft “Beresheet” failed to land safely on the moon on Thursday.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “While NASA regrets the end of the SpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing of the Beresheet lander, we congratulate SpaceIL, the Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the incredible accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit.”

“Every attempt to reach new milestones holds opportunities for us to learn, adjust and progress,” he added. “I have no doubt that Israel and SpaceIL will continue to explore and I look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”

Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, wrote in a Twitter message to SpaceIL, “Never lose hope – your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!” European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake expressed disappointment over Beresheet’s failed moon landing but said SpaceIL has “much to be proud of.”

Beresheet lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Feb. 22 and succeeded in entering the moon’s orbit, a feat only seven countries have accomplished. It is assumed that the aircraft crashed into the surface of the moon.
The forgotten female WWII-era spy who stayed silent under gruesome Nazi torture
Despite unimaginable torture by the Nazis, imprisonment in concentration camps and uncertainty over the fate of her lover and fellow spy, Allied agent Odette Sansom never betrayed the clandestine ring she was part of in occupied France during World War II.

While operating under the code name “Lise,” the French-born, British-residing Sansom helped aid the resistance in her homeland. Her actual name — which changed after the war during her several marriages — would be honored in the annals of espionage when she received the George Cross after the war. She was the first woman who had faced enemy fire to receive the honor, the second-highest award in the UK.

A posthumous UK postage stamp honoring her for her wartime service lists her as Odette Hallowes, the surname of her third husband.

While her exploits made her a celebrity in ensuing years, Sansom has become largely forgotten. A recently published book, “Code Name Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy,” by Larry Loftis, aims to set the record straight.

“It’s a story of a particular heroine whom 99 percent of people — 99 percent of WWII historians — probably don’t know who she is,” Loftis told The Times of Israel. “Her family is thrilled I wrote about her life.”
Scottish Rescuer of Jewish Children From Holocaust to Be Honored in Budapest
A church missionary from Scotland who traveled to Hungary to help Jewish schoolchildren during the Second World War will be commemorated this weekend at a special ceremony in Budapest.

Jane Haining, a native of Dumfriesshire, was captured by the Nazi authorities, who deported her to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland where she later perished.

Haining was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 for harboring more than 400 children, the majority Jewish orphans, at the Scottish Mission School in Budapest.

When WWII began, Haining refused to return home to Scotland, choosing to stay with the children. She wrote: “If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in days of darkness?”

In 2010, she was posthumously awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal by the British government. Photographs, a video, letters, a copy of her handwritten last will and testament and her Hero of the Holocaust Medal are on display at the church in her hometown of Dunscore.

Haining is also the only Scot to be honored as “righteous among the nations” – the term used for non-Jews who risked their lives to protect Jews from extermination – by Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem.

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Syrian media report air defenses activated outside Hama; Syrian opposition claims strikes hit missile development center; Iranians killed, multiple wounded.
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WATCH: After Netanyahu’s victory, will Israel annex towns in Judea and Samaria? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria if he won reelection, but with the elections over, will he be able to fulfill this campaign promise?

Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election may doom the two-state solution Analysis: "Israeli sovereignty over all the Israeli settlements would make it impossible to create a Palestinian state," one expert said.

Pompeo denies Netanyahu's promise to annex West Bank will hurt ‘peace plan’ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he doesn’t think Benjamin Netanyahu's election vow to annex the West Bank will have a negative impact on a two-state peace plan, despite the removal of a large part of one state.

For Palestinians the two-state solution was dead long before Netanyahu win Analysts say the prospect of establishing an independent Palestinian state was consistently frustrated by Israel while the solution failed to address key grievances.

Trump warns Putin of US umbrella over Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria Tehran had no reason to expect Russian Pantsir, S-300 or S-400 air defense missiles to begin knocking out the Israeli aircraft targeting Iranian military sites in Syria.

'Death to Israel' shouted as Iranians protest IRGC blacklist Thousands chant “death to America” and “death to Israel” as they protest US decision to blacklist Revolutionary Guards.

An Arab NATO in the making Saudi Arabia plays host to high-level officials from US, Gulf states and Jordan as it prepares to launch Middle East Strategic Alliance - a new body designed to counter Iran's influence in the region.

What is next for Turkey after the local elections? The economy, the Syrian crisis and air defence will be among the top priorities of the Erdogan administration.

Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament's flaws The hidden flaws in Britain's political system have been laid bare and even televised worldwide since voters chose to leave the European Union three years ago.

How Iran can solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Iran has openly stated its goal of eliminating Israel.

          atari2600land's Blog - Now it's the Odyssey 2's turn      Comment   Translate Page      

I had been meaning to do this for some time. I woke up at 3 a.m. to discover my computer was installing updates. So when that was done, I went back to work on my new Odyssey 2 game I am making. I am porting my MidSpace game I made for Game Boy to the Odyssey 2. I tried it with batariBasic, but it just didn't feel right. That, and I already have a project that uses that I'm working on (White Water Madness). So I thought to myself, "I needed an Odyssey 2 project." And this seems like a perfect fit.
But testing the thing brought up all kinds of hardships. First, I had to go in the garage and get the Odyssey 2. Then I had to find the C7050 cart. Then, the hardest part was finding one of the cords that went from the computer to the cartridge. That took about at least an hour of sifting through cords in my room. While I was doing it though, I discovered I could put away 4 (!) consoles I'm not using at the moment. But I finally found it and tested it.
Then I remembered that characters can't collide. I had put stars in the background as characters, and the missile was also a character. So I had to change the projectile from a character to a sprite. More programming happened, and about a half-hour later, I tried it again on the real console. Success this time! (Although what should be black is dark gray on this particular Odyssey 2.) I now have a working Odyssey 2 and two broken ones. The left joystick on the working one is all screwy though. Perhaps I should take it apart and see if I can fix it.

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Speaking Friday in Chile upon the start of his three-day South American tour, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out China and Russia for spreading "disorder" in Latin America through failing investment projects that only fuel corruption and undermine democracy, especially in places like Venezuela. 

According to Bloomberg, Pompeo specifically listed a failing dam project in Ecuador, police advisory programs in Nicaragua, and Chinese loans to the Maduro government, which goes further back to Chavez. 

Pompeo with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, via Reuters

Pompeo asserted Chinese loans in Latin America “often injects corrosive capital into the economic bloodstream, giving life to corruption, and eroding good governance.” Both Beijing and Moscow have ultimately spread their economic tentacles into the region to “spread disorder,” he added.

In what appears an effort to sustain momentum toward pressuring regime change in Caracas, America's highest diplomat met Chilean President Sebastian Pinera earlier Friday, and will hit Paraguay, Peru next, and finally on Sunday will travel to a Colombian town on the border with Venezuela.

Pompeo and Piñera also generally discussed the U.S.-China trade war and Beijing's “Belt and Road” initiative, with Pompeo suggesting he was optimistic about solving the tariff war with China. But the focus remained finding a US-desired outcome to the Venezuela crisis. 

According to Bloomberg

As part of the broader pressure campaign on Maduro, Pompeo said the U.S. has revoked visas for 718 people and sanctioned over 150 individuals and entities. On Friday, the U.S. sanctioned four companies it says transport much of the 50,000 barrels of oil that Venezuela provides to Cuba each day.

Late last month Pompeo had even more directly addressed Moscow, calling on Russia to “cease its unconstructive behavior” after it deployed a small troop contingency to Caracas to service existing military equipment contracts. Notably, Venezuela also has Russia's S-300 air defense missile system, which over the past month have been reported deployed to a key airbase south of the capital of Caracas. 

And in February Pompeo claimed in an interview with Fox News that "Hezbollah has active cells in Venezuela" — an assertion that has seemed to disappear from the spotlight of late. 

China, for its part, has proactively offered to help Venezuela with its failing power grid, after a series of devastating mass outages over the past month has resulted in "medieval" conditions amidst an already collapsing infrastructure. Beijing also recently denied it has deployed troops to Venezuela after media reports a week ago cited online photos which appeared to show a Chinese military transport plane deployed to Caracas. 

          3 people injured in Israeli rocket attack on Syria’s Hama province – reports      Comment   Translate Page      
RT | April 13, 2019 Syria has shot down several missiles launched by Israel and targeting the city of Masyaf in northwestern Syria, Syrian state media reported. Three people have been wounded and several buildings destroyed in the attack. The rockets were launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace at about 2.30am on Saturday, SANA […]
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Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: It appears that North Korea has started rebuilding the facilities it uses to launch satellites into orbit. A missile engine testing stand in North Korea was dismantled last year. That was back when North Korea was promoting its interest in denuclearization. But last week, a summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un ended with no deal, and days later, satellite imagery is showing that stand has been rebuilt. NPR's Anthony Kuhn is monitoring all of this from Seoul, South Korea. Good morning, Anthony. ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hey. Good morning, David. GREENE: So what's North Korea up to here? KUHN: So this launch site is known as Sohae, also known as Tongchang-ri, and it's near the - it's on the west coast of North Korea. And previously, they had launched what they claimed were satellites from there. The U.S. said they were actually just rocket launch tests. And basically what it is, is you've got buildings where
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With just days to go before his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump seems to have tried to lower public expectations for the meeting set for Feb. 27 to 28 in Hanoi, Vietnam. "I'm in no rush for speed. We just don't want testing," Trump remarked on Friday , suggesting that he might not insist North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons, as long as it stops testing them. North Korea appears to have imposed a moratorium on its testing of missiles and nuclear bombs since late 2017, but experts suspect it continues working on these programs in secret. Trump and Kim made vague, aspirational commitments to denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula at their Singapore summit in June 2018. Now there are rising expectations for the second summit to "include concrete, detailed, actual execution plans," says Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, South Korea. What sort of deliverables North Korea is prepared to bring to the
          THE CHINESE PEARL HARBOR: CIA PLOTTING APRIL 14TH CHINESE ATTACK AND/OR INVASION OF AMERICA AND?OR CANADA POSSIBLY NUCLEAR IN NATURE (APRIL 13, 2019): CIA Headquarters Located Beneath CERN at Lake Geneva in Switzerland Plotting Pearl Harbor-Like Chinese Attack and/or Invasion of America and/or Canada on April 14, 2019, Exactly 2,222-Days After Xi Jinping Became President of China Back on March 14, 2013—Made-For-TV Chinese Aerial, Cyber, Drone, Missile and/or Naval Attack and/or Invasion Expect      Comment   Translate Page      
ISIS ENDGAME: Why the Swiss CIA Created ISIS as Cover for Nuclear and Biological Terror Attacks SHOCK: CERN Identified as Secret Entrance to Subterranean CIA Headquarters Beneath Lake Geneva in Switzerland RED ALERT: 10 Reasons Why Switzerland is Home to the CIA David Chase Taylor April 14, 2019 EARTH, Undisclosed Location — Based on breaking news and events, […]
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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) arrived in Piraeus, Greece, April 13, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Greece relations as the two allies work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous region.
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[PC] Free DRM-Free Download - The Fan + 2 Other Games (IG Account+Login Required) @ Indiegala

For all three games you need to do the following (the freebies are not available as straight download without logging in anymore as they used to be):

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SEVEN Royal Navy sailors have been booted off a nuclear sub over a drugs scandal. The crew members from HMS Talent—a ‘hunter killer’ sub armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles— were caught taking cocaine after a wild party while docked at the Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth. HMS Talent had been due to sail on Friday […]
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          4/14/2019: NEWS: ‘Israel struck Iran missile base in central Syria’      Comment   Translate Page      
An Israeli air strike in central Syria destroyed an Iranian missile facility and a training centre, Syria’s state-run media said yesterday. “Around 2.30am the Israeli air force carried out a strike targeting one of our military positions in the town...
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          Psychic World with John G. Sutton and Co-host Countess Starella: Vanishing People - Do you believe that someone can just simply disappear from the face of planet Earth and totally vanish without trace?      Comment   Translate Page      
GuestImpossible as it may seem we have a very recent example in Flight MH370 that has now been missing without verifiable trace since 8th March 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crew. Theories as to where it may be vary from accidental missile hit to abduction by aliens. Throughout history there have been incidences of people both disappearing and appearing in very mysterious circumstances. One notorious area where many planes and ships have simply vanished without trace is the so called 'Bermuda T ...
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NY-JAMAICA, 91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer’s main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You’ll Learn • E
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PR-MAYAGUEZ, 91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer’s main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You’ll Learn • E
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IA-WATERLOO, 91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer’s main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You’ll Learn • E
          10 Sunday Reads      Comment   Translate Page      

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • How Big Business Is Hedging Against the Apocalypse (New York Times) • Value Investors Are Vexed (Morningstar) • The Life Cycle of Wealth (A Wealth of Common Sense) see also The art of decision making (Abnormal Returns) • These tree-planting drones are firing seed missiles to restore the…

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          U.N. report: North Korea evading sanctions by buying oil, selling coal, hacking banks      Comment   Translate Page      
The U.S. hopes economic pressure will persuade North Korea to give up its nukes and missiles. But a U.N. report shows Pyongyang keeps busting sanctions.
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MA-DORCHESTER, 91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer’s main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You’ll Learn • E
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MA-DORCHESTER, 91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Job Description Soldiers rely on their weapons to reign supreme on the battlefield. Working with everything from handguns and shotguns, to sniper rifles and ballistic missiles, the Small Arms/Artillery Repairer’s main responsibility is to maintain the electronic systems that keep these weapons firing for the Army National Guard. Some of the Skills You’ll Learn • E
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Selon l'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'homme, 17 personnes ont été blessées lors d'un raid aérien près de Masyaf qui visait une usine de missiles et un camp d'entraînement

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My easy like Sunday morning reads: • How Big Business Is Hedging Against the Apocalypse (New York Times) • Value Investors Are Vexed (Morningstar) • The Life Cycle of Wealth (A Wealth of Common Sense) see also The art of decision making (Abnormal Returns) • These tree-planting drones are firing seed missiles to restore the…

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The US will send its THAAD systems to Romania this summer, where another massive missile defense site is undergoing modernization. This is the first time the systems have been deployed so close to Russian borders. Fort Hood-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems will arrive in Romania in the coming months at NATO’s request, […]

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          Bergman Blasts EU's Collusion With Iran      Comment   Translate Page      

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

On January 31, Britain, France and Germany announced a new payment mechanism known as the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX). It was designed to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, after the US left the deal in May 2018 and reinstated -- as well as broadened -- US sanctions on the country in November 2018. The main purpose of INSTEX is to ensure that Europe -- and potentially third countries – can continue doing business with the mullahs in Iran without risking US penalties for contravening US sanctions.

"INSTEX will support legitimate European trade with Iran, focusing initially on the sectors most essential to the Iranian population -- such as pharmaceutical, medical devices and agri-food goods," the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France said in a joint statement. In the longer term, INSTEX aims to be open to other countries wanting to trade with Iran, the statement said. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, said INSTEX was "essential for the continued full implementation of the nuclear deal".

Mogherini seems strongly committed to ensuring that Iran -- and Europe -- continue receiving economic benefits from the illegal, unsigned, and unratifiedIran deal. "Alongside Iran's implementation, the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the deal so we will continue to work to preserve the economic dividends of sanctions lifting," Mogherini said recently. "Our collective security requires a solid multilateral architecture for non-proliferation and disarmament. This is why the European Union will continue to work to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran," added Mogherini who insisted that Iran is complying with the JCPOA.

The European Union insists that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal (JCPOA). It is not. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, referring to documents seized by Israel, stated that the nuclear deal was "built on lies."(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

It is not.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, referring to documents seized by Israel, stated that the nuclear deal was "built on lies." In addition, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, in a recent interview with Iran's state-owned Channel 2, made it clear that the flimsy "nuclear deal", initiated by then-US President Barack Obama, has done nothing to stop Iran from making advances in its nuclear program, according to Iran expert Dr. Majid Rafizadeh. "[T]he latest reports on Iran's nuclear progress," Rafizadeh wrote, "also indicatethat Iran is on the threshold of modernizing its mechanism for producing highly enriched uranium, which can be utilized to build a nuclear weapon".

EU member states such as France, Germany and the UK continue to claim that Iran is complying with its agreements: these countries evidently want to continue doing business with the mullahs. Official figures by Germany's Federal Statistics Office revealed that German exports to Iran grew by 4% to 2.4 billion euros in the first 10 months of 2018, and monthly export volumes are expected to average 200 million to 250 million euros a month in 2019. In October 2018, German goods exported to Iran totaled almost 400 million euros ($455 million), representing a surge of 85% from the previous October and the highest monthly volume since 2009, according to Reuters.

A German intelligence report also noted that, "Iran has continued unchanged the pursuit of its ambitious program to acquire technology for its rocket and missile delivery program." Much of that activity has evidently taken place in Germany: Iran's efforts to develop its nuclear and missile programs resulted in "32 procurement attempts... that definitely or with high likelihood were undertaken for the benefit of proliferation programs," in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Fox News reported in 2017.

Germany is now refusing even to disclose Iranian attempts to obtain nuclear weapons and missile technology, and claiming that it no longer keeps such statistics, Fox News recently reported.

If Iranian attempts to attain nuclear weapons leave major EU powers undeterred from doing business with Iran, what then about Iran's atrocious human rights record? Europe, after all, likes to boast that it is committed to human rights. "The European Union," the EU professes, "is based on a strong commitment to promoting and protecting human rights... Human rights are at the heart of EU relations with other countries... EU policy includes:

  • promoting the rights of women, children, minorities and displaced persons

  • opposing the death penalty, torture, human trafficking and discrimination

  • defending civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights

  • defending human rights through active partnership with partner countries, international and regional organisations, and groups and associations at all levels of society

  • inclusion of human rights clauses in all agreements on trade or cooperation with non-EU countries".

When it comes to Europe's relationship with Iran, none of those lofty principles appears to matter at all. According to Amnesty International's 2017-2018 country report on Iran:

"The [Iranian] authorities heavily suppressed the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as freedom of religion and belief, and imprisoned scores of individuals who voiced dissent. Trials were systematically unfair. Torture and other ill-treatment was widespread and committed with impunity. Floggings, amputations and other cruel punishments were carried out. The authorities endorsed pervasive discrimination and violence based on gender, political opinion, religious belief, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Hundreds of people were executed, some in public, and thousands remained on death row. They included people who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime".

Women, it seems, were especially subjected to abuse. According to the report:

"Women remained subject to entrenched discrimination in law and practice, including in access to divorce, employment, equal inheritance and political office, and in family and criminal law...The authorities failed to criminalize gender-based violence... The legal age of marriage for girls remained at 13, and fathers and grandfathers could obtain permission from courts for their daughters to be married at an even younger age. All 137 women who registered as presidential candidates were disqualified by the Guardian Council. President Rouhani included no woman ministers in his cabinet, despite civil society demands. Compulsory veiling (hijab) allowed police and paramilitary forces to harass and detain women for showing strands of hair under their headscarves or for wearing heavy make-up or tight clothing..."

Evidently none of these facts bothered Mogherini and company.

Then how about the fact of Iran being the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism? After all, Iran plotted four terrorist attacks on European soil since 2015 alone, according to the Dutch government. It alleged that Iran committed two assassinations in the Netherlands, and plotted one attack in Denmark and another in France -- the latter at a rally of dissidents.

In fairness, the EU has produced the tiniest of pathetic gestures to pretend that it cares about Iranian terrorism: It imposed sanctions on Iran's intelligence ministry and two Iranian nationals. But has a little state-sponsored terrorism come between Iran and the EU in doing business -- professedly to preserve an illegal and unsigned Iran deal? Dream on.

No amount of human rights abuses, however atrocious -- or terrorism, even against its own citizens; or cheating to acquire deliverable nuclear capability to unleash on Israel, the US and eventually threaten the entire West -- will, it seems, deter the EU from its criminal collusion with Iran. Europe seems determined to wade into its own destruction with its eyes wide open.

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[Russia], Apr 14 (ANI): Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday (local time) said that Washington's actions with regard to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation show "that supporters of the new arms race have prevailed in the United States."

The Russian minister made these comments at the 27th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy (SWAP) here, according to TASS.

He voiced his concern regarding the collapse of treaties with the United States and said: "Following the collapse of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Short Range Missiles is now next in line. After that, it is possible that there will be problems with the extension of the Treaty on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (SEDD)."

"All this will have disastrous consequences, not only for those areas of international life that were regulated by these treaties but also for the remaining mechanisms in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. If we evaluate Washington's actions in this area, it can be concluded that the supporters of the new arms race have prevailed in the US," he added.

Lavrov warned that "it will be impossible to draw Russia into this costly exercise."

The Foreign Minister's comments come in the wake of both USA and Russia formally suspending their obligations under the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which has led to mounting fears of an arms race between the two nations.

Russia and US relations are strained since last October when US President Donald Trump blamed Moscow of not complying to the INF treaty, threatening to withdraw from the pact which was signed between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. (ANI)

          Tahrir Al-Sham’s Bases, Movements Targeted by Syrian Army in Hama, Idlib      Comment   Translate Page      
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army pounded and destroyed the key positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the al-Nusra Front) in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib in response to the terrorist group’s continued attacks on government forces’ military points over the past 24 hours. The missile and artillery units of...
          To F35A Και η Κατάρρευση του Δυτικού Συστήματος       Comment   Translate Page      
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[Παρά την Αλαμπάμα και το φεγγάρι του παράδοξου τίτλου του, αυτό το δελτίο ελεύθερης ενημέρωσης απολαμβάνει  εκτίμησης, για το εύρος  των πηγών, την ακρίβεια των πληροφοριών, την λιτότητα των κειμένων και την επαγρύπνηση για την προστασία της αξιοπιστίας του. Είναι μια πολύ καλή πηγή πληροφοριών και πάντοτε εύστοχων αναλύσεων και το κατωτέρω άρθρο του αξίζει ιδιαίτερης προσοχής και μελέτης από τους –πάντοτε πρόθυμους και ανοιχτοχέρηδες με τον… πλούτο του δημοσίου- ιθαγενείς αγοραστές «συμμαχικού» εξοπλισμού.]
Μετάφραση: Μιχαήλ Στυλιανού
Ένα  αμερικανικό μαχητικό αεριωθούμενο, που ισχυρίζεται πως δεν το πιάνουν τα ραντάρ και  τελικά . . . τα ραντάρ δεν το βρίσκουν:
Η αεροπορική αυτοάμυνα της Ιαπωνίας ανακοίνωσε ότι ένα  αεριωθούμενο F35A εξαφανίστηκε από τα ραντάρ επάνω από την θάλασσα της Βορείου Ιαπωνίας, γύρω στις 7,30 μμ, ώρα Ιαπωνίας.
Αξιωματούχοι του σώματος δήλωσαν ότι το αεροσκάφος απογειώθηκε από την αεροπορική βάση Μισάουα γύρω στις 7 μμ. και εξαφανίστηκε σε ένα σημείο κάπου 135 χιλιόμετρα ανατολικά της πόλης Μισάουα.
Αυτό αποδεικνύει και πάλι ότι ο Ντόναλντ Τραμπ έχει δίκιο:

«Καταπληκτικό επίτευγμα. . . τόσο καταπληκτικό που παραγγέλνουμε για την Αεροπορία αεροπλάνα εκατοντάδων εκατομμυρίων δολαρίων, ιδίως τα F35A. Σας αρέσουνε τα F35A; Δεν μπορείτε να τα δείτε. Πραγματικά δεν μπορείτε να τα δείτε. Και είναι δύσκολο να πολεμήσεις ένα αεροπλάνο που είναι αόρατο,» δήλωσε ο κ.Τραμπ τον Οκτώβριο.
Αλλά, έχει πράγματι δίκιο;
 Το F35A μπορεί να έχει μερικά καλά ηλεκτρονικά, αλλά δεν είναι ένα καλό αεροπλάνο για να πετάξει εναντίον ενός ικανού αντιπάλου. Ο τύπος του Σώματος Πεζοναυτών, που μπορεί να απογειωθεί κάθετα, είναι αντίγραφο του σοβιετικού Γιάκοβλεφ 141, που πρωτοπέταξε το 1989. Τα παράγωγα έκδοχα της Αεροπορίας και του Ναυτικού δεν διαθέτουν την δυνατότητα κάθετης απογείωσης και προσγείωσης, αλλά κληρονόμησαν τα μειονεκτήματα που συνοδεύουν το βασικό σχέδιο. Η επικάλυψη απόκρυψής του δεν το κάνει «αόρατο» στα σύγχρονα Ραντάρ.

Για την κατάρριψη ενός F35A απαιτούνται δυο διαφορετικές δέσμες ραντάρ, καλοί αλγόριθμοι συνδυασμού αισθητήρων, σωστά πρωτόκολλα επεξεργασίας σημάτων και ιδού: Το S-300 PMU2 Favorit που μπορεί να το κάνει, ασφαλώς το S-400 και οι αναπόφευκτα οι ερχόμενες συνέχειες του, για τις οποίες οι πελάτες κάνουν ουρά κυριολεκτικά. Γενικά, αυτή η όλη μπουρδολογία (BS-BullShit) περί «αόρατου» θα πρέπει να σταματήσει κάποτε –ήταν καλή προπαγάνδα όσο άντεξε. Η πραγματικότητα είναι ότι, με τις σημερινές δυνατότητες επεξεργασίας (δεδομένων) και σχεδιασμού ραντάρ το F-35 δεν επιβιώνει απέναντι στις σύγχρονες  τεχνολογικά ανεπτυγμένες αεροπορικές και δυνάμεις αεράμυνας.
Ο Τούρκος πρόεδρος Ερντογάν το ξέρει. Γι’ αυτό δεν μεταπείθεται με τις απειλές των ΗΠΑ πως δεν θα του πουλήσουν τα F-35 εάν  αγοράσει τα ρωσικά συστήματα αεράμυνας. Προχτές πήγε στην Μόσχα για να συζητήσει και άλλες αγορές, που είναι πιθανό να περιλαμβάνουν ρωσικό μαχητικό αεροπλάνο.
Οι δυο πλευρές πρέπει «να ενισχύσουν την συνεργασία στον στρατιωτικό-τεχνικό τομέα», είπε ο Πούτιν στον Ερντογάν, κατά την συνάντησή τους στο Κρεμλίνο. «Αυτό αφορά πρώτο από όλα την πραγματοποίηση του συμβολαίου εφοδιασμού της Τουρκίας με συστήματα αντιαεροπορικών πυραύλων  S-400,» εδήλωσε. «Υπάρχουν όμως και άλλα ελπιδοφόρα προγράμματα υπό εξέταση, σχετικά με την εξαγωγή εξελιγμένων ρωσικών στρατιωτικών προϊόντων στην Τουρκία,» πρόσθεσε ο Πούτιν.
Οι ΗΠΑ δεν κατασκευάζουν πια αποτελεσματικά όπλα. Όπως έγραφε χθες ο Ian Welsh, με τίτλο «Αμερική: Ένα Αποτυχημένο Κράτος»:

«Τα αμερικανικό στρατιωτικό σύστημα δείχνει σημάδια πως δεν είναι σε θέση να δημιουργήσει αποτελεσματικό προηγμένο στρατιωτικόν εξοπλισμό: Όπως με το F-35, το οποίο βασικά δεν μπορεί να πετάξει. Δείχνει (το στρατιωτικό σύστημα) σημάδια  οξείας ανικανότητας, όπως όταν άφησε να καταστραφούν στο έδαφος πολλά αεροπλάνα από μια θύελλα, αντί να τα στείλει σε απόσταση ασφάλειας,  ή να τα βάλει κάτω από ασφαλή κάλυψη.

΄Αλλα παραδείγματα ανικανότητας  στα αμερικανικά  οπλικά σχέδια είναι τα Σκάφη Παράκτιας Μάχης, που είναι βασικά άοπλα ταχύπλοα πλοιάρια. Τα «αόρατα» αντιτορπιλικά κατηγορίας DDG-1000 Zumwalt  προορίζονταν υποτίθεται για την υποστήριξη χερσαίων δυνάμεων με τα μεγάλου βεληνεκούς πυροβόλα τους.  Κατασκευασμένα με κόστος  τεσσάρων Δισεκατομμυρίων δολαρίων το καθένα, τώρα χάνουν τα πυροβόλα τους επειδή τα πυρομαχικά αποδείχτηκαν πολύ ακριβά για να αγοραστούν. Και πριν από αυτό είχαν χάσει το χάρισμα να είναι αόρατα, επειδή κάποιος απαραίτητος επικοινωνιακός εξοπλισμός είχε μείνει εκτός του αρχικού σχεδιασμού. Η νέα αποστολή αυτών των πλοίων θα είναι να χρησιμεύουν ως βάσεις πυραύλων, μια αποστολή που οποιοδήποτε εμπορικό σκάφος  με ρωσικούς πυραύλους σε κοντέινερ θα μπορούσε θαυμάσια να εκπληρώσει:

Ο Ίαν υπογραμμίζει ότι η έλλειψη στρατιωτικής ικανότητας είναι απλώς ένα σύμπτωμα. Το πραγματικό πρόβλημα είναι πολύ βαθύτερο.
Οι ΗΠΑ είναι ένας χρυσοποίκιλτος σωρός σκουπιδιών που αργοκυλάει προς τον Ωκεανό. Φλεγόμενος.

Υπάρχουν πολλά ερείπια σε ένα έθνος, αλλά επί σχεδόν 40 χρόνια τώρα οι αμερικανικές ελίτ μεταχειρίζονταν τις ΗΠΑ σαν στόχο λεηλασίας και υπέθεταν πως οι καλοί καιροί θα συνεχίσουν να κυλούν. Δεν ενδιαφέρονταν για να κυβερνήσουν πραγματικά την χώρα. ΄Ηταν ευτυχείς να μεταφέρουν την σημαντικότερη  βιομηχανία της Αμερικής στο εξωτερικό, στο πιθανότερο έθνος να αντικαταστήσει την  Αμερική ως  ηγεμόνας, επειδή οι Κινέζοι  ήταν αρκετά ξύπνοι για να κάνουν τους προύχοντες της Αμερικής πλουσίους.

Η Ευρωπαϊκή ΄Ενωση πάσχει από την ίδια πάθηση. Το Brexit είναι μόνο ένα σύμπτωμα της τελευτής της.

Ο Alastair Crooke (σημ: Βρετανός τέως διπλωμάτης  των μυστικών υπηρεσιών, οξυδερκής αναλυτής διεθνολόγος) πιστεύει ότι το «Δυτικό» σύστημα γενικά καταρρέει. Οπουδήποτε και αν κοιτάξει κανείς, είναι φανερό ότι οι ελίτ του μεταπολεμικού Κατεστημένου έχουν χάσει τον μπούσουλα. Διατηρούν  μιαν επιτηδευμένη  κωμική υπεροψία…

Και ακόμη βασικότερο σπάνια τίθεται το ερώτημα: Μπορεί η Αμερική να γίνει Μεγάλη Ξανά,  με τις ένοπλες δυνάμεις της πλήρως ανανεωμένες και την αστική υποδομή της ανασυγκροτημένη, όταν ξεκινά σήμερα από μια κατάσταση όπου το εθνικό της εισόδημα έναντι των δαπανών είναι κατά 30% μικρότερο και όταν το εθνικό της χρέος είναι τόσο μεγάλο ώστε οι ΗΠΑ, για να μπορέσουν να επιζήσουν, θα πρέπει να συμπιέσουν και πάλι τα επιτόκια  σε ένα σχεδόν μηδενικό νεκροφάνειας;

Και ακόμη, είναι αλήθεια εφικτό να επαναπατρίσεις  με το ζόρι βιομηχανικές θέσεις απασχόλησης, πίσω σε μιαν ακριβή Αμερική,από την χαμηλού κόστους νέα έδρα τους στην Ασία, εκτός αν συνθλίψεις την τιμή του δολαρίου για να ξανακάνεις αυτήν την υψηλού κόστους βάση διεθνώς  συναγωνιστική; Είναι η Ξανά Μεγάλη Αμερική μια ρεαλιστική πρόταση; ΄Η η απόπειρα ανάκτησης των θέσεων απασχόλησης, από έναν κόσμο χαμηλού κόστους, θα καταλήξει να πυροδοτήσει αυτήν την οικονομική ύφεση που τόσο τρέμουν οι Κεντρικές Τράπεζες;

Και όσο οι μεταπολεμικές ελίτ στην Αμερική και στην Ευρώπη γίνονται ολοένα πιο μανιακές για να διατηρήσουν την ψευδαίσθηση πως αποτελούν την προφυλακή του παγκόσμιου πολιτισμού, πως θα συμβιβαστούν με την επανεμφάνιση ενός  αυτοδίκαιου «κράτους-πολιτισμού», συγκεκριμένα της Κίνας;

Τελευταία παρακολούθησα ξανά την εξαιρετικής επιτυχίας κινεζική κινηματογραφική σειρά,  « Η Ιστορία του Ανακτόρου Γιανξί.» (Wikipedia). 
Είναι, από κάθε άποψη, καλύτερη από κάθε παραγωγή του Χόλυγουντ. Τέτοια πολιτιστικά προϊόντα είναι το επόμενο πεδίο όπου η Κίνα θα νικήσει την «Δύση» και με μεγάλη απόσταση.

Οι δυτικές « ελίτ» το παρατράβηξαν. Δεν πάει άλλο.

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