Friday, January 03, 2020

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UN Peacekeepers Fathered Hundreds of Babies With Girls in Haiti as Young as Eleven

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 11 hours ago
United Nations (UN) peacekeepers charged with protecting disaster-struck Haiti have fathered hundreds of babies with local women and girls before leaving them behind in poverty, according to a new study. A paper published by the University of Birmingham’s Sabine Lee and Queen’s University’s Susan Bartels describes the experience of those people living under the protection […] The post UN Peacekeepers Fathered Hundreds of Babies With Girls in Haiti as Young as Eleven appeared first on Health Nut News.

McConnell defends the actions taken in Iraq yesterday

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 11 hours ago
AMERICA FIRST: Mitch McConnell DEFENDS President Trump News Now January 3, 20120 Happening on the Senate floor as everyone arrives back to start the new year. . . Right behind this address on the Senate floor, Schumer took to the stage and also attempted to convince those in the Senate that the impeachment and emails found have opened up more need for people to be called before the senators and be grilled. With all that is going on in the Middle East at the moment, Schumer needs to sit down and shut up. Pelosi has as yet not relented and … Continue reading →

Burlington, VT — Open Borders Strikes Again

Uriel at 'Nox & Friends - 11 hours ago
NWO/SOCIALIST/OPEN BORDERS ADVOCATES JUST NULLIFIED LOCAL CITIZENS VOTES IN BURLINGTON ,VT — PATRIOTS — WHY ARE WE LETTING THIS HAPPEN ACROSS THE USA WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A WHIMPER? –##– Burlington, Vermont City Council Approves Non Citizens Voting The Patriot Hill Elaine Williams January 2, 2020 Last month, Burlington City Council passed a resolution to allow noncitizens to vote in the city’s elections. Burlington City Councilor Adam Roof proposed the resolution arguing that because noncitizens made contributions to the city’s base tax and are affected by local government decisions, ... more »

Why the Swamp Must Be Drained

GunnyG at 'Nox & Friends - 11 hours ago
and damn soon. EXCERPT: “The Epoch Times examined the FEC data from between 2015-2019, which found that the Department of Justice’s employees have about as much political diversity as Hollywood. DOJ employees had little enthusiasm for Trump who received only 3.4% of all political donations. Trump received $15,000 in donations from only 43 DOJ employees, while Hillary Clinton received $494,081 from 414 of them. Hillary had ten times the number of donors, and thirty-three times the financial backing.“ and EXCERPT: “A total of 1,252 unique donors made 17,103 itemized contributions duri... more »

China's Type 81 Rifle: It Can Fire 15,000 Rounds Without a Problem

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Asia* The Type 81 was reliable, able to shoot around 15,000 rounds on average without parts breaking or needing replacement. *Key point: *It was meant to be a test of the Chinese ability to develop small arms on its own. In the 1980s, China’s small arms were largely inferior to the United States and Russia. The PLA was mostly armed with the Type 56 assault rifle, a clone of the original AK-47, and the Type 56 carbine, a clone of the Soviet SKS. There was an abortive attempt to combine the characteristics of these rifles in the 1960s which culminated in t... more »

Has North Korea Given Up on a Deal with Donald Trump?

Ramon Pacheco Pardo at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Ramon Pacheco Pardo* *Security, * Even though North Korea might not conduct an ICBM test in the near future, never mind a nuclear test, it has put Trump on alert. Without a deal, Pyongyang does not feel bound by previous promises. If China, and Russia, signal that an ICBM test will not result in a new round of UNSC sanctions, North Korea might feel emboldened to go ahead. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s message at the Korea Workers’ Party plenum included a welcome memo for President Donald Trump: Pyongyang has not given up on diplomacy and a deal is still on the table. The end... more »

The Real Start Of “Maximum Pressure” Against Iran

Ilan Berman at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Ilan Berman* *Security, Middle East* The targeting of Soleimani – which followed on the heels of U.S. military strikes on multiple facilities in Iraq operated by Kataib Hezbollah, a key Iranian regional proxy – has ushered in a qualitatively new phase in the Trump administration’s confrontation with Iran. Chances are, it will be one punctuated by heightened hostilities. The U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad overnight is a major milestone in the “war on terror,” at least on a par with the Obama administration’s 2011 killing of al-Qaeda chief O... more »

Is Kim Jong-un Feeling Insecure?

Bruce W. Bennett at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Bruce W. Bennett* *Security, Asia* Why did Kim allow the party plenary report to replace his traditional New Year’s Address? As with many things in North Korea, we do not know, forcing us to speculate. At least one possibility is that Kim Jong-un fears that his pattern of failures in 2019 has significantly undermined his position as the god of North Korea. Korea watchers have been surprised that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un failed to provide a 2020 New Year’s address, as he has done in the past. Instead, he has apparently substituted, without explanation, a report of the Nor... more »

This Means War? U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Warns Americans to Evacuate the Country

Mary Margaret Olohan at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Mary Margaret Olohan* *Security, Middle East* [image: A U.S. Army Soldier from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Task Force-Iraq, mans an observation post at Forward Operating Base Union III, Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2019. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Charlie Dietz, Task Force-Iraq Public Affairs)] Killing an Iranian general didn't help... The State Department urged Americans to leave Iraq due to “heightened tensions” following the death of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that President Donald Trump’s Defense Department ordered a U.S. military ... more »

No, Iran Isn't Building An F-35 Anytime Soon

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* [image: <p style=][image: Lockheed Martin F-22A Block 35 Raptor][image: Lockheed Martin F-22A Block 35 Raptor] It'd give them nothing but problems. *Key Point:* While Iran might like a stealth fighter, they don't have the money or the know-how to develop one. There can be such a thing as posturing too hard. Iran’s aviation industry has accomplishments to boast about despite operating under heavy sanctions for nearly forty years. It has managed to keep once state-of-the-art U.S.-built F-4 Phantom and F-14 Tomcat fighters in operational ... more »

Biden Attacks Trump For Killing Iranian General Soleimani

Chris White at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Chris White* *Politics, Americas* [image: Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a town hall hosted by the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 33 in Des Moines, Iowa.] Biden said that Trump 'just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox.' Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday night that the Trump administration’s airstrike against one of Iran’s top military lieutenants was a rash action that could potentially backfire on the U.S. President Donald Trump “just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tind... more »

How Did Bernie React to Killing Iranian General Soleimani?

Chris White at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Chris White* *Politics, Americas* [image: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.] Biden and Warren said that 'no American will mourn Soleimani's death.' Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration’s airstrike on Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, but said nobody will mourn his death. Sen. Bernie Sanders took a different route. Biden panned President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday night, calling the airstri... more »

President Trump Should Worry About Iran's Military

Jonathan Ruhe at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Jonathan Ruhe* *Security, Middle East* Killing General Soleimani pushes the United States toward the verge of major conflict with Iran. But in escalation toward war, and in any war itself, Tehran may already hold the upper hand. Killing General Soleimani pushes the United States toward the verge of major conflict with Iran. But in escalation toward war, and in any war itself, Tehran may already hold the upper hand. To understand how, look at the last major provocation in the Middle East: Iran’s September surprise attack on the Saudi oil facility at Abqaiq. Unlike the glaring la... more »

More Than Mines: Iran Is Ready To Harass And Destroy The U.S. Navy

David Axe at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* Iran has been preparing for this. *Key point:* War with Iran could require an intensive demining effort. In the event of war with Iran, the U.S. Navy’s small, aging force of Persian Gulf-based minesweepers would struggle to locate and disarm Iran’s underwater mines. The consequences for U.S. military operations, not to mention world trade, could be severe. Four of the Navy’s 11 1980s-vintage *Avenger*-class minesweepers sail from Bahrain and, if war broke out, would be responsible for clearing the strategic Strait of Hormuz and other importan... more »

Iran’s Year of Living Dangerously is Just Beginning

James Jay Carafano at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*James Jay Carafano* *Security, Middle East* The U.S. needs to be constantly thinking about what Tehran might try next—and preempt it if possible, or respond and mitigate it if we can’t prevent the Iranian provocation. The president’s critics are so desperate to pin a foreign policy failure on the White House that they jump on every news cycle like a starving man watching a Wendy’s commercial. So when news came of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad this week, they were off the races. Commentator Joy Reid on MSNBC called the incident Trump’s “Benghazi moment.” Having spent... more »

Revealed: Iran Secretly Built A New Corvette Loaded With Missiles

David Axe at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, Middle East* The two-year effort underscores Iran’s effort to build up its ship-construction capabilities -- and could weigh on Tehran’s ambitious plan to develop a new class of destroyer. *Key point: *Iranian navy commander Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi claimed the new *Damavand *would feature a vertical-launch system for anti-air and anti-ship missiles, potentially increasing the vessel’s magazine capacity and making it easier for the navy to add new types of weapons as they become available. The Iranian navy, in essence, built a brand-new corvette, one ost... more »

Australian magpies have learned to sound like sirens

Erica Butler at Halifax Examiner - 11 hours ago
News 1. George Elliot Clarke apologizes, but will go ahead with lecture Renowned poet George Elliot Clarke is at the centre of a controversy based out of the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, where he was slated to give the Woodrow Lloyd annual lecture, which he had titled, “‘Truth and Reconciliation’ versus ‘the Murdered and […]

Iran’s Popular Gen. Soleimani Became an Icon by Targeting US

AP News at - 11 hours ago
Relatively unknown in Iran until the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s popularity and mystique grew after American officials called for his killing.

Calls to Loved Ones Reveal Rough Conditions Before Sinking

AP News at - 11 hours ago
A survivor of fatal Alaska crab boat tragedy said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming in about 10 minutes” as rough seas and icing threatened to sink their boat.

Is Minecraft Shutting Down?

Dan Evon at - 11 hours ago
Internet pranks are not confined to April Fools' Day.

3 Crashes, 3 Deaths Raise Questions About Tesla’s Autopilot

AP News at - 11 hours ago
The company contends that Teslas with Autopilot are safer than vehicles without it, but cautions that the system does not prevent all crashes.

Gun Sales, Cash Purchases Increase in VA as Democrats Pursue Anti-Second Amendment Agenda

Raven Clabough at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: gun-sales-cash-purchases-increase-in-va-as-democrats-pursue-anti-second-amendment-agenda] Gun retailers in Virginia are reporting a significant uptick in gun sales as the Commonwealth’s new Democratic legislature moves toward advancing its anti-Second Amendment agenda.

Candidate Bloomberg Says He Wants to Take Away Americans' Guns

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: candidate-bloomberg-says-he-wants-to-take-away-americans-guns] At a campaign stop in Montgomery, Alabama, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg told the crowd that he did not want the average person in America owning and using weapons.

Sanders Ahead of Biden, but Not Trump, in Money Race. Still Trails in RCP National Average

R. Cort Kirkwood at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: sanders-ahead-of-biden-but-not-trump-in-money-race-still-trails-in-rcp-national-average] Bernie Sanders is raising more money than Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden, but not as much as President Trump.

The Soleimani Assassination: The Long-Awaited Beginning of The End of America’s Imperial Ambitions

Philip Giraldi at Peace and Prosperity - 11 hours ago
[image: undefined] The United States is now at war with Iran in a conflict that could easily have been avoided and it will not end well. There will be no declaration of war coming from either side, but the assassination of Iranian Quds Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani and the head of Kata’ib Hezbollah Abu Mehdi Muhandis by virtue of a Reaper drone strike in Baghdad will shift the long-simmering conflict between the two nations into high gear. Iran cannot let the killing of a senior military officer go unanswered even though it cannot directly confront the United States milit... more »

From War Drums to Hot War with Iran

Steve Brown at Peace and Prosperity - 11 hours ago
[image: undefined] On January 2nd the United States assassinated Iran Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani on the US pretext of an anti-terror strike, killing him and his entourage by drone strike at Baghdad International Airport, just subsequent to disembarking from a flight. As head of the Iranian IRGC elite Quds Force, Soleimani commanded effective operations versus ISIS and assorted Salafi terror groups in Iraq and Syria. US Pentagon officials claimed the drone strike was authorized under section 10 U.S. Code § 127e, ‘Support for Special Operations to Combat Terrorism’. Accor... more »

State of the Empire: Reviewing 2019

Wrong Kind of Green at Wrong Kind of Green - 11 hours ago
"These reviews could be invaluable resources to researchers seeking to trace the multiple trajectories of US imperial practice... here is our Top 10 List of all other articles published online this year..." The post State of the Empire: Reviewing 2019 appeared first on Wrong Kind of Green.

The Insane Nexus of “Natural Capital” & the Rights of Nature

Wrong Kind of Green at Wrong Kind of Green - 11 hours ago
"Merely promoting Rights of Nature without at least attending to the possible threats posed by Natural Capital thinking does nothing to contest the appropriateness of measuring and managing nature into the sphere of financial interests rather than into the interests of priceless nature." The post The Insane Nexus of “Natural Capital” & the Rights of Nature appeared first on Wrong Kind of Green.

"It Is Impossible..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.” - Lily Tomlin

What next - war with Iran?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad on Friday (Jan 3) in an attack ordered by US President Donald Trump. What can we expect from Iran, Iraq and the United States following Soleimani's assassination? Middle East expert Dr James Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), explains.

Crimes And Misdemeanors Of Kataib Hezbollah During War Vs ISIS Interview With Free Lance Journalist Jonathan Lee Krohn

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
(Reuters) During the war against the Islamic State there were various reports about abuses carried out by Hashd al-Shaabi groups such as Kataib Hezbollah. They were accused of widespread property destruction after the liberation of Tikrit. During the operations to clear Anbar hundreds of men were detained and went missing. Some of these were covered in the media and by human rights groups, but the full extent of what happened is still not public knowledge. Jonathan Lee Krohn was a freelance journalist in Iraq at this time and was able to document several incidents in Salahaddin and ... more »

What Is It That Attracts Joe Biden To The Republican Party So Strongly?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*The Austerity Twins* On Tuesday, a day after the elderly Status Quo Joe, said he might pick a Republican as his running mate (he likely had fellow Social Security and Medicare hater Paul Ryan in mind, not Don, Jr.), Bernie told Fox News in Iowa: "I think it is fair to say that I will not have a Republican as a vice president on my ticket, as a vice presidential candidate. I will have somebody who shares my views. I am not aware of too many Republicans who do." Biden and Ryan both believe in Austerity-- the religion of both party establishments; Bernie does not. Stuart Stevens was ... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 3

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
1923 Administrative Inspectors Law reduced number of British advisers to Iraqi govt and limited their power 1948 Iraq’s Foreign Min Jamali said that Iraq was sensitive about the 1930 Anglo-Iraq Treaty 1948 Independence Party held meeting Decided to protest against govt and 1930 Anglo-Iraq Treaty 1963 Communists warned Gen Qasim to purge military to stop Baathist coup but ignored (Musings On Iraq book review *Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam*) (Musings On Iraq Interviewwith Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party) (Musings On Iraq intervie... more »

THE LETTERS: Times readers endorse a treasured tale!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2020Disappearing the actual problem:* The letters the New York Times chose to publish strike us as an embarrassment. For those who want to know how our discourse works, they also seem highly instructive. The letters, which were nine in number, appeared on Sunday, December 22. Eight of the letters seemed to agree with a highly familiar premise. This premise was most clearly stated in Letter 4. No one else rose to dispute it: LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (12/22/19): The stagnant results of the international PISA exam have spoken: *An extensive overhaul in the A... more »

Want to know what will happen in 2020? Look to state polls for the answer

Daniel R. Birdsong, Lecturer in Political Science, University of Dayton at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 12 hours ago
If you want to understand the American public, don't look at national poll numbers.

Unrest in Latin America makes authoritarianism look more appealing to some

Paula Armendariz Miranda, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 12 hours ago
All those democracy protests in South America may be having some unintended consequences.

Iraqi PM Warns of Devastating War, Sadr Orders Forces to be Ready

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 12 hours ago
Iraqi PM Warns of Devastating War, Sadr Orders Forces to be Ready by Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has condemned US assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, warning of devastating consequences for Iraq as senior Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr put all his forces on alert. – The United States confirmed early …

Missouri medical marijuana grower at odds with state over license denial

John Rebchook at Marijuana Business Daily - 12 hours ago
A judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the state of Missouri that was sought by an applicant for a medical cannabis licensee. Paul Callicoat and his family sued the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services after their application for a license was among hundreds denied by the agency. They planned […] Missouri medical marijuana grower at odds with state over license denial is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Internet: World War III Among Most Talked-about Subjects after USA Kills Irani General

Arkady Petrov at The Rio Times - 12 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The subject "World War III" is one of the most commented subjects on Twitter and searched on Google this Friday morning, January 3rd. The United States acknowledged having conducted an air strike near the Bagdad airport, that killed the commander of the Revolutionary Guard of Iran, Major General Qasem Soleimani. […] The post Internet: World War III Among Most Talked-about Subjects after USA Kills Irani General appeared first on The Rio Times.

Torrential Rain Invades Terminal 3 of Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 12 hours ago
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The area of Terminal 3 of the São Paulo International Airport (GRU), in Guarulhos, Greater São Paulo, was invaded by a 'waterfall' caused by the rain that hit the city on Thursday, January 2nd. According to GRU Airport's press office, the damage caused was repaired. "GRU Airport advises that the area of […] The post Torrential Rain Invades Terminal 3 of Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo appeared first on The Rio Times.

Holiday Reading, One Last Time

Amy Willis at Econlib - 12 hours ago
We hope you’ve enjoyed the sharing of holiday season reading from our many contributors. Maybe you’ve made that nightstand pile a little higher… I know I have! Here’s our last installment for now… So keep on reading, and we hope you’ll join us in an #EconlibReads discussion-live or online- sometime in this new year. […] The post Holiday Reading, One Last Time appeared first on Econlib.

Let us acquire the bomb or let us learn Russian

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Guest prophesy by Dr Martin Konvička, a leading Czech critic of Islam Original text was posted at New Bourgeoisie In the Unionist Northeast, Timmermans' plan runs like clockwork. Germany's New Year's Eve was traditionally marked by the ritual of groping of the native women; a few cops who were nearly killed were a novelty. But who would care about them? The young generation is enthusiastic because the Reich has gloriously entered the Climatic Decade. The power plants started to be shut down (as an appetizer, they shut down some nuclear, climatically harmless, ones but don't look for... more »

Reflections for a New Year

ROME, Jan 03 (IPS) - In a world shaken by so many problems, it is difficult to look at 2020 and not make some kind of holistic analysis. While enormous progress has been made on many fronts, it is clear that the tide has turned, and we are now entering – or have already entered – a new low point in the history of humankind.. Read the full story, “Reflections for a New Year”, on →

Child Marriages Unlikely to End by UN’s 2030 Deadline

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 03 (IPS) - "Right now, I don't want to get married. I have a long life and a dream in front of me", a 14-year-old young girl from Bangladesh told her parents as she was just not ready to get married. Read the full story, “Child Marriages Unlikely to End by UN’s 2030 Deadline”, on →

NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott labels his absence during bushfires 'inexcusable'

Just In - 13 hours ago
NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott says he should have put his "RFS family first and foremost given the current conditions", adding even his own family acknowledges it.

WATCH: SWAT Raids Man’s Home Over $100 in Pot, Fill Him With Holes, Lie About It

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: taxpayers]After a man was shot 9 times for attempting to sell $100 worth of a plant, the taxpayers will now foot the bill because the cops all walked.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Doing a business presentation right now. A complete news roundup, reaction, commentary, and analysis on the death of Qassim Soleimani will be done later in the day.

How the FBI got into this mess!

Fuzzyone at 'Nox & Friends - 13 hours ago
Have you ever wondered why the lower levels of the FBI hierarchy never opposed the lawlessness of the upper FBI ranks? FBI agents are supposed to investigate crime no matter where it happens in these United States, no matter who is suspect. If an agent of the FBI sees or finds evidence of a crime, they are required to investigate, or see that it is looked into by local law enforcement. My question is why wasn’t the FISC abuse investigated within the ranks of the FBI? Why did the rank and file FBI look the other way? You can thank … Continue reading →

How Worried Should America Be About Iran's Army?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Take a look. *Key point: *Much like China’s army in the 1980s, the Iranian Army and other ground forces are large but poorly armed. One of the most powerful and influential countries in the Middle East is undoubtedly Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran sits astride several key strategic—and often volatile—regions, including the Persian Gulf, Central Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Caucasus. Iran is primarily a land power, and has invaded and suffered invasion from other peoples and countries over the past several thousand years. As a result, Iran retai... more »

Here's How the U.S. Army Would Kill Russian, Chinese and North Korean Tanks from Far Away

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, Americas* [image: U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) train on The Javelin Close Combat Missile System during Expert Infantryman Badge training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. U.S., December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston] Bang! *Key Point:* Infantry have special advantages against tanks. The Javelin turns it up to eleven. (Washington, D.C.) A small group of maneuvering infantry soldiers will soon be able to target and destroy enemy tanks at night from distances up to 4.5 kilometers -- by firing portable, man-carried Javelin... more »

Inside the Trump Administration Push To Kill Iranian General Soleimani

Matthew Petti at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Matthew Petti* *Security, Middle East* Killing an Iranian general is the closest the United States has ever come to war with Iran. It was a long time coming. President Donald Trump ordered U.S. forces in Iraq to kill Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the top Iranian commander in the country, in an irreversible escalation against Iran on Thursday. Top administration officials had consistently pushed for more aggressive actions against the Iranian-led coalition in the Middle East, but Trump himself was reluctant to escalate. Recent clashes between U.S. and Iranian-backed forces in Iraq allo... more »

China's Snipers Are Armed and Dangerous

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Asia* [image: Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Marine Corps are seen in training at a military training base in Bayingol, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer] Watch out! *Key Point:* China is replacing old Soviet sniper tech with a sleek, modern alternative. While the U.S. Army is concerned about next-generation Russian precision rifles and tactics, China has also been making significant advances in the field. In the 1980s, the Chinese used practically the same equipment as the Soviet Union. Nowadays, they ... more »

Iran Vows ‘Harsh’ Response to US Killing of Top General

AP News at - 13 hours ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the killing a “heinous crime” and vowed his country would “take revenge.”

Now What?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
Yesterday, the American military targeted and killed Quassem Suleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Quds Force. Donald Trump has been itching for a fight with Iran. Now he'll get one. The only question is how far will the repercussions go? Daniel Byman writes: Attacks on US forces and facilities in Iraq are particularly likely. Tehran has spent over 15 years building up extensive networks among militia groups and politicians in Iraq. Earlier this week, before Suleimani’s death, Iran was able to rapidly mobilize local proxies to violently demonstrate at the US Embassy i... more »

Some Thoughts on Science Fiction Visuals

Paul Gilster at Centauri Dreams - 13 hours ago
With the conclusion of The Man in the High Castle’s TV version, I’ve been having a few conversations about the ins and outs of turning the novel into a considerably bloated series. Or maybe I should say simply that when I realized at the end of the first season that, having made their choices and […]

Join Us To Remove a Rotten Establishment in 2020

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 13 hours ago
[image: Lyndon LaRouche at a Schiller Institute Conference, "Creating a Common Future for Mankind and a Renaissance for Classical Culture." June 25, 2016 Berlin, Germany (EIRNS)] On Nov. 9, 2016, the American economist Lyndon LaRouche said that the welcome defeat of Hillary Clinton was not an American, but a truly worldwide event. Not just Americans, but the world had now rejected her, her policies and her backers. He was right. For three years we have seen this playing itself out among mass forces, not just in the United States, but in nations of every continent (except possibly ... more »

The biggest losers from the Suleimani strike may be America’s Gulf allies

Peter Henne at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Depending on your Twitter addiction, you either went to sleep or woke up with the news that America had assassinated Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds force. Suleimani was one of the most powerful men in Iran, and the driver of its activities in the Middle East, so this is a big deal. People […]

Stop U.S. & Israeli war on Iran!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*US Senate Candidate Lisa Savage Condemns Airstrike Against Iran, Calls For Restoration of Congressional Authority Over US Military* US Senate Candidate Lisa Savage of the Maine Green Independent Party strongly condemned Thursday’s airstrike near the Baghdad, Iraq, airport. At least five individuals were killed in the drone attack, including Major General Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard and Chief of the elite Quds Force Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, pro-Iranian chief of an umbrella group for Iraqi militias. The Pentagon confirmed they had acted on Presiden... more »

BWorld 399, Top 10 economic stories of 2019

Bienvenido Oplas Jr at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
* My column in BusinessWorld last January 2, 2020. Here is my modest list of the major economic events this year, from international, to regional, to national news. 1. Global investments expand. After the global economic and trade slowdown in 2015-2017, foreign direct investments (FDIs) resumed expansion in 2018. The US remains the No. 1 most attractive investment area for many multinationals and individuals from around the world, followed by Hong Kong, China, and Singapore. The Philippines remains a laggard here. 2. Merchandise exports also recovered. Before the creation of the Wo... more »

MUST WATCH: Gregory Mannarino, "WAR! Crude Skyrockets; Stock Futures Dive"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
Gregory Mannarino, "*WAR! Crude Skyrockets; Stock Futures Dive"* - Critically important, and posted below as well. "Iran Deploys F-14 Fighter Jets, Places Ballistic Missile Bases On 'High Alert'" The world is in uncharted waters. "CapEcon: If Iran Closes The Strait Of Hormuz, Crude Would Jump To $150" They can, easily, and will... It's anyone's guess what Iran will do next...

Happy New Year! Over 11,000 Pardoned for Cannabis Crimes as Illinois Legalizes Marijuana

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Elias Marat* - Illinois just became the 11th state to comprehensively legalize cannabis.

Nullify Government Tyranny: In 2020, Harness the Power of Your Discontent

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - Let’s not take the mistakes, carnage, toxicity and abuse of this past decade into 2020.

Chemtrails Exposed: The Common Roots of the New Manhattan Project and the Theory of Man-Made Global Warming

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
Peter A. Kirby - As it turns out, both the New Manhattan Project and the theory of man-made global warming share many important, early historical roots.

New Border Wall Construction Threatens 8 Species With Extinction

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Jordan Davidson* - A new report shows that groundwater needed to construct a border wall will increase the likelihood of extinction for eight species.

Fire Devastation In Australia -- News Updates January 3, 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Sydney Morning Herald*:* As the day unfolded: State of emergency declared as South Coast evacuations continue* * NSW is again in a state of emergency as it braces for a "very dangerous day" of searing temperatures and strong winds on Saturday. * An area stretching hundreds of kilometres from Nowra to the Victorian border and west to Kosciuszko has been declared "leave zones". * There have been eight deaths since Monday. They include: volunteer firefighter Samuel McPaul, Patrick Salway, 29, and his 63-year-old father Robert died at Cobargo. * There is a total fireban across NSW on... more »

A Message to the Ayatollah

LL at Virtual Mirage - 14 hours ago
*THE LATE QASSEM SULEIMANI* Good bye Qassem. I wonder if the lesson will be learned in Iran? Likely not. But the sanctions will continue with more vigor now and the trashed Iranian economy won't be getting any better. There will be a lot of coverage of reciprocity with the elimination of Qassem Suleimani and his entourage at the Baghdad Airport. Suleimani was a big figure in the world of international terrorism. More here from Foreign Policy. (*NY Times*) The commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, who led the powerful Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed ... more »

WATCH: Insane Cop Gets Job Back After Jumping On Hood of a Man’s Car, Murdering Him

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: jump]Despite graphic video showing a cop jump on the hood of an unarmed man's car and murder him, he will stay a police officer.

Climate Change In Australia

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 14 hours ago
Eighty years ago, massive fires in Victoria forced people to flee to the beach. 01 Feb 1939 – BUSHFIRE DAMAGE. – Trove But the climate has changed over the past 80 years. Climate Terrorism perhaps? It seems way too coordinated … Continue reading →

As Brazil readies new cannabis regulatory framework, individual imports still growing strong

Alfredo Pascual at Marijuana Business Daily - 14 hours ago
The cumulative number of authorizations for individual patients in Brazil to import nonregistered medical cannabis products exceeded 13,000 at the end of September 2019, according to data the country’s health regulator shared with Marijuana Business Daily. The data shows growing demand despite the current restrictive program that allows only individual imports. With rules set to change in […] As Brazil readies new cannabis regulatory framework, individual imports still growing strong is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entre... more »

U.S. and China Strike Phase One Trade Agreement; Washington Steps up Efforts to Block Chinese Tech Amidst Mounting Opposition

raltieri at Lawfare - 14 hours ago
President Donald J. Trump greets the Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Oct. 11, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House (Source: Flickr/Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) *U.S. and China Announce Agreement on Phase One Trade Deal* On Dec. 13, President Trump announced that the U.S. and China had agreed to a “Phase One” trade deal. Under the agreement, the U.S. will roll back tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for more U.S. goods purchases and structural reforms from the Chinese side. According to Trump, he will sign the deal on Jan. 15 with Chinese representatives a... more »

Des accords commerciaux qui crispent - 15 hours ago
03-Jan-2020 Les traités de libre-échange avec le Canada et les pays du Mercosur ont miné le moral de la profession, inquiète de subir une concurrence déloyale.

Cabinet lines up FTAs with Bangladesh, Turkey - 15 hours ago
03-Jan-2020 Thailand and Bangladesh will kick off talks to establish a free trade agreement. The Thai cabinet has also approved a proposal to sign an FTA with Turkey.

Accord de libre-échange: les négociations Maurice-Inde complétées - 15 hours ago
03-Jan-2020 Les négociations entourant l'accord de libre-échange entre Maurice et l'Inde ont été bouclées.

Phase two of US-China trade deal will be more challenging and less transparent than phase one - 15 hours ago
03-Jan-2020 The hard part of the trade dispute will cover long-standing issues relating to intellectual property violations and forced technology transfer by China, as well as subsidization of Chinese industries.

The European Commission is urging Canada to adopt stricter piracy rules - 15 hours ago
03-Jan-2020 Canada's intellectual protection rights system was also slammed for being too clement.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
They tell me that the president is a new kind of Republican, but right now he's George W. Trump -- he's launched an attack in Iraq (albeit on an Iranian general the original George W. chose not to target), and he's unlikely to have a solid plan for dealing with the aftermath. The original Bushes tended to go to war only after cranking up the propaganda -- babies tossed out of incubators, smoking guns they didn't want to be mushroom clouds. Trump hasn't laid the messaging groundwork for a war, but I'm sure his team is primed to treat whatever Iran does in retaliation for the killing ... more »

Australia Burns: Fireworks, Bush Fires And Denial

Binoy KAMPMARK at - 15 hours ago
As 2020 approached, the sense that the barbarians were not only at the gates but had breached the walls of indifference had come to the fore. But these were not conventional human forms; rather, they were the agents of conflagration, driving people to the sea, forcing them from homes and […]

2020: Top Geopolitical Trends To Watch By Region

Andrew KORYBKO at - 15 hours ago
The New Year is a perfect occasion for drawing attention to three of the most important geopolitical trends to watch by region which could greatly shape the course of events there across the next 12 months. North America The Democrats Tempting (Entrapping?) Trump Into Another War Presidential election seasons are […]

Does Russia Really Have Hypersonic Weapons That Are 'Operational'?

David Axe at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * Sometimes being first isn't always best. The Russian defense ministry claimed it has deployed the Avangard surface-to-surface hypersonic missile, possibly making Russia one of the first countries to field an operational guided missile capable of traveling faster than five times the speed of sound. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Pres. Vladimir Putin that the first Avangard unit was ready for combat, the Kremlin announced on Dec. 27, 2019. TASS news agency, which is controlled by the government, called the deployment a "remarkable event.” “No ex... more »

The Big Takeaway from Kim Jong-un's Speech: The Status-Quo Remains

Robert E. Kelly at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Robert E. Kelly* *Security, Asia* The U.S.-North Korean peace process of the last few years is still stalemated, and the North Koreans still are not testing nukes or ICBMs. That is, the recent status quo is unchanged. At the beginning of each year, North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un gives an annual address to ostensibly layout policy direction for the coming year. This year Kim forewent the address for a meeting of the leading Korean Worker’s Party. From that plenum has come what appears to be the core takeaway statement: “we will never allow the impudent U.S. to abuse the... more »

Yes, A Deal Between North Korea and America Is Still Possible

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Asia* Kim has made the first move. Rather than act, he merely indicated his willingness to do so. Thus, he left Washington room to respond by shifting in the other direction. The administration should take advantage of this opportunity for restraint. President Donald Trump wanted to reach an agreement with North Korea. After all, he believes in making deals. But in practice, he isn’t very good at concluding them. At least good ones. He sets unrealistic expectations, exaggerates supposed problems and solutions, fixates on the wrong issues, personalizes po... more »

How Iran Could Strike Back at Donald Trump: Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Middle East* Is this possible? *Key Point:* It seems unlikely, but for how long? Iran has invested considerable resources in its ballistic missile forces over the past forty years, for the same reason China and North Korea did: military aviation is an expensive proposition, and developing and maintaining an air force to rival the United States is very expensive indeed. Ballistic missiles offer a relatively inexpensive way to launch conventional, chemical, biological, and even nuclear payloads long distances. As an added bonus intercepting such missil... more »

Trump’s Reckless Iran Strike Could Be A Sarajevo Moment

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Security, Middle East* Trump ran as the candidate in 2016 who would extricate America from the misbegotten wars of the Middle East. Now he is starting a new one, performing the equivalent of stepping on a landmine to cure a headache. The sinister Suleimani, who functioned as the enforcer of the mullahs ruling Tehran, will not be missed. Tehran’s despotic rule is a cancer in the Middle East. But why use a blowtorch to eradicate those malignant cells? Talleyrand remarked that Napoleon’s assassination of the Duke of Enghien was worse than a crime. It was a mistake... more »

You're So Dead: Iranian Troops Aren't Safe As Long As Israel Owns Syria's Skies

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* With F-35s and more. *Key point:* Syrian air defenses have not been enough. On November 19, four unguided artillery rockets arced out from Syrian territory into Israeli airspace in northern Galilee in the Golan Heights. These were detected and promptly destroyed by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. What prompted this ineffectual attack from Iranian forces? Like the Ouroboros, the snake that is forever preoccupied devouring its own tail, the side-show war between Israel and Iranian forces in Syria seemingly stretches out into an in... more »


Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 15 hours ago
*Globalist controlled media are pushing the notion that Iran and Iraq terrorist cells may strike back on US soil, but this narrative may be cover for Globalist false flags to roll out martial law, disarmament and other control measures on US and European soil.* ** *If any retalitory strikes are strategic, aimed at victory for Iran, Iraq and China, for example, securing or blocking the Strait of Hormuz and oil supplies or missile strikes against key targets US bases, aircraft carrier like Israeli's e... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
U.S. citizens have been urged to leave Iraq after a U.S. airstrike there killed Qassem Soleimani, a key Iranian military leader. Iran’s foreign minister called the attack an “act of state terrorism.” #WSJWhatsNow — The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 3, 2020 What to know about the US airstrike in Baghdad: ■ Trump ordered the airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani ■ Pompeo says the attack saved US lives ■ Iran vows 'harsh revenge' ■ US tells citizens to get out of Iraq ■ Democrats warn of consequences — CNN (@CNN) January 3, 20... more »

From War Drums to Hot War with Iran

Steve Brown at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Iran has promised some response to the United States after three days of mourning, signifying the gravity of the situation -- not just for Iran, but also for the rest of the region. More The post From War Drums to Hot War with Iran appeared first on The Duran.

Dangerous Turkish military escalation in Libya (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 420. More The post Dangerous Turkish military escalation in Libya (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

The limitations of sequential thinking

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 15 hours ago
What does sequential thinking mean, you might be asking? Many of us think in a sequential order. Basically, it means I cannot think about a certain thing, because it comes after what I need to do next. Sequential thinking is … Continue reading →

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Burning debris is seen on a road near Baghdad International Airport. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed in a U.S. air strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport. Iraqi Security Media Cell via REUTERS *WNU Editor*: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... *Editor's Choice Pictures* (Reuters).

Hit Against Qasem Soleimani & the Trump-Giuliani Connections to Major Iranian Sanctions Evasion Scheme

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
Trump reportedly had Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s al Quds Force, killed, near the Baghdad International Airport. Is this hit … Continue reading →

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