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“If Trump Retaliates to Iran’s Revenge, We Will Strike Haifa, Tel Aviv And Wipe Out Israel,” Said Ex IRGC Chief

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
“If Trump Retaliates to Iran’s Revenge, We Will Strike Haifa, Tel Aviv And Wipe Out Israel,” Said Ex IRGC Chief by TZVI JOFFRE, https://www.jpost.com/ Tel Aviv a target if US responds to Soleimani retaliation: ex-IRGC chief “If [US President Donald] Trump retaliates to Iran’s revenge, we will strike Haifa, Tel Aviv and wipe out Israel,” …

Former Acting CIA Director: ‘There Will Be Dead Americans’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
Former Acting CIA Director: ‘There Will Be Dead Americans’ by https://www.presstv.com/ Former acting and deputy CIA director Michael Morell has said that US President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate of Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani will lead to “dead Americans.” – Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), …

US Soldiers, Officers Will Go Home in Coffins After Soleimani Assassination: Nasrallah

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
 US Soldiers, Officers Will Go Home in Coffins After Soleimani Assassination: Nasrallah by https://www.presstv.com/ The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has severely condemned the assassination of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Quds Force, and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units’ deputy commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, saying …

Iran Will Hit US ‘Military Sites’ in Response to Assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
 Smells like war! Will Trump back down after all his annihilation of “52 Iranian sites” threat? Does not look like it. You factor in the fact that the Synagogue of Satan, western Illuminati, wants to drag America into Albert Pike’s WW3, it does not look good for the world. – The Iranians, unlike American …

“INFINITY MONEY!” Fed Monetizing Debt! Missing $21 Trillion!…but THAT’S NOTHING!! (Bix Weir)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
RoadtoRoota “Infinity Money” is being created and HAS BEEN CREATED for over 100 years…we just had FAITH that the monetary leaders wouldn’t lie to us…HA!! EVERY country is now creating “Infinity Money” to keep up with the USA! end

Michael Pento: Reset Will be Money Printing & Debt Default

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
Michael Pento: Reset Will be Money Printing & Debt Default by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release) Money manager Michael Pento says forget about the sky high stock market because everything is being propped up with massive global money printing. Pento explains, “Let’s look at the facts. Global debt has now risen above $250 trillion. Let …

Keiser Report: Hard Money, Passive Indexation (E1484)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
RT Continuing with their look back on 2019 and their look forward to 2020, Max and Stacy look at the admissions of failure from the mainstream media at looking at stories and opinions from outside the metropolitan elite. They also look at passive indexation and how the Boomers are winning (again) at the expense of …

Israeli Forces Killed about 150 Palestinians in 2019

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
Israeli Forces Killed about 150 Palestinians in 2019 by https://www.presstv.com/ A Palestinian group has revealed that nearly 150 Palestinians, including 33 children, were killed by Israeli aerial raids, shelling and sniper gunshots across the occupied territories in 2019. – According to the National Gathering of Palestine Martyrs’ Families, of the 149 victims 112 were from …

Top Iran Official Says Revenge Will Be Against Military Site, Not Seeking War

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
Top Iran Official Says Revenge Will Be Against Military Site, Not Seeking War by TOI STAFF and AGENCIES, https://www.timesofisrael.com/ Qassem Soleimani’s daughter says Hezbollah will avenge her slain father; minister calls Trump a terrorist in a suit. – A senior Iranian military adviser on Sunday said his country will respond to the US targeted killing of top …

Flashback: Israel Lobbyist — We Need A False Flag To Start War With Iran

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
LoveCommunities September 21, 2012, Patrick Clawson of the influential neocon Washington Institute for Near East Studies openly suggests that the United States should provoke Iran into taking the first shot. This warmongering Israel Lobbyist unabashedly suggests a false flag attack to start war with Iran. Just like the false flag of 911 that was perpetrated …

Tucker Carlson Slams Iran Escalation: “They’re Liars And They Don’t Care About You”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
Tucker Carlson Slams Iran Escalation: “They’re Liars And They Don’t Care About You” by Paul Joseph Watson | www.Infowars.com Real threat from southern border being ignored as America plunges into another Middle Eastern war. – Tucker Carlson was one of few voices on the right to oppose the United States’ military escalation against Iran, warning …

Will China and Russia Step in Against the U.S? The Price of Oil Will SKYROCKET!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
The Money GPS With tensions rising, what could happen to the price of oil? Crude oil is such an important commodity and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Any disruption in the flow of oil would multiply its price. So far, it barely budged. Who knows if that will change. end

Iraqi Lawmakers Approve Bill to Expel US Forces from Country

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
 Iraqi Lawmakers Approve Bill to Expel US Forces from Country by https://www.presstv.com/ Iraqi lawmakers have unanimously approved a bill, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country following the assassination of Iran’s top military commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization …

US Withdrawing Forces from Region Despite Contrary Claims: Military Sources

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
US Withdrawing Forces from Region Despite Contrary Claims: Military Sources by https://www.presstv.com/ Informed military sources tell Press TV that the United States has started pulling its troops out of the region since Saturday, despite claims to the contrary. – The sources said Sunday the US has withdrawn its combat troops from Kuwait while C-5 and …

The Financial Crash of All Crashes Approaches!! (Bix Weir)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 25 minutes ago
RoadtoRoota All the crashes of the last 100 years have lead up to the Final Crash that leads to the Collapse of the Global Financial System. We are currently in an “Everything Bubble” and the Next Crash will be the LAST! end

"Magical Thinking..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 37 minutes ago
"Don't think magical thinking is a substitute for detached observation and realistic assessment." - Charles Hugh Smith Magical thinking is the interpreting of two closely occurring events as though one caused the other without any concern for the causal link.

U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee Accuses President Trump Of Being A Dictator

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 43 minutes ago
This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you’re not a dictator. https://t.co/VTroMegWv0 — House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) January 5, 2020 *Politico*: *Trump spars with House panel, threatens Iraq and Iran* Democratic lawmakers have expressed frustration with the Trump administration's secrecy in striking Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani. President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that his social media posts “serve as notification... more »

Politics

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 51 minutes ago
I’ve returned to the farm and everything was as I left it apart from a covering of black silt or dust from the distant fires. Friends I stayed with list well to port, and believe in certain dogmas, but being … Continue reading →

Former intelligence officials: US drone attack on Iran motivated by Israel

contact@ifamericansknew.org at If Americans Knew Blog - 1 hour ago
“We write with a sense of urgency suggesting you avoid doubling down on catastrophe,” VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) tells Donald Trump in its latest memo to the president... "It is time to call a spade a spade. The country expecting to benefit most from hostilities between Iran and the U.S. is Israel..." The post Former intelligence officials: US drone attack on Iran motivated by Israel appeared first on If Americans Knew Blog.

OF COURSE TRUMP WOULD BOMB CULTURAL SITES IN IRAN

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 hour ago
I was going to refine this for the blog, but I think I've put it as well as I can here: Trump also, in all likelihood, assumes that all the cultural sites are Muslim (they aren't). Trump shares with his voter base a belief that the world would be a better place if all Muslims died and everything Muslim were destroyed. — Steve M. (@nomoremister) January 6, 2020 Of course it's meant to own the libs. That's the political undercurrent of everything Trump voters want and everything Trump does. And I'm sure Trump knows nothing about the World Heritage Sites in Iran. (As a *New York Tim... more »

Bushfire recovery bill starts at $2 billion but is set to grow

Jack Snape And Stephanie Dalzell at Just In - 1 hour ago
The bill for the Federal Government's response to the bushfire crisis will be at least $2 billion, with the creation of a new national bushfire recovery agency.

'Dreaming of a big drink': Tropical Cyclone Blake forms off WA

Michelle Stanley And Rebecca Nadge at Just In - 1 hour ago
Tropical Cyclone Blake is set to bring vital relief to WA's dry north, but not to fire fronts on the east coast.

Nullarbor evacuation underway after bushfires force closure of WA-SA border

Benjamin Gubana at Just In - 1 hour ago
A large-scale evacuation effort is underway along a 710-kilometre stretch of the Eyre Highway to rescue travellers and truck drivers stranded in WA's south-east by massive bushfires.

Why isn't the rain helping fight the bushfires?

Kate Doyle at Just In - 1 hour ago
It sounds counterintuitive, but a little bit of rain can make it harder to fight bushfires. So what will it take to put these megafires out?

Trains, bows and puffy sleeves: What celebrities wore on the Golden Globes red carpet

Just In - 1 hour ago
In case you missed it, here are some of the celebrity looks that graced the red carpet at this year's Golden Globes.

300 homes believed lost in Victoria's bushfires, former police chief to lead recovery

Just In - 1 hour ago
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says at least 200 homes have been confirmed lost in the state's bushfires, but that number is expected to rise to 300 when assessment teams complete their work.

'Shut up and sit on the back bench': Business lobby group frustrated with Coalition climate change sceptics

Michael Janda at Just In - 1 hour ago
The Federal Government has drawn the ire of the small business community, with a key lobby group saying its members are disappointed with the lack of preparations for what was expected to be an unusually bad bushfire season.

Christmas cyber attack spelled early holidays for council staff, nightmare for IT workers

Just In - 1 hour ago
A council in Adelaide's south is up and running again after a cyber attack in December locked down its IT systems and forced staff to start holidays earlier than planned.

Russia announces new plan to 'use the advantages' of climate change

Just In - 1 hour ago
Russia's Government announces a plan to adapt their economy and population to climate change but also to use warmer temperatures to reduce its population's vulnerability, despite President Vladimir Putin's denial of human activity as a contributing cause.

Australia's Toby Price wins first stage in Dakar Rally defence despite roadbook tearing in half

Just In - 1 hour ago
Australian motorcyclist Toby Price overcomes issues with his navigational roadbook to make a strong start to his Dakar Rally title defence by winning the first stage in Saudi Arabia.

I've studied fires for 40 years and I keep coming back to the same solution

Just In - 1 hour ago
As we contemplate a future where catastrophes like the one currently engulfing Australia become increasingly frequent, there's an idea to which I keep returning: maybe it's time to say goodbye to the typical summer Australian holiday, writes David Bowman.

Smoke haze blanketing Melbourne prompts health warnings

Just In - 1 hour ago
The bushfire smoke blanketing Melbourne and much of Victoria is expected to persist for at least the first half of the week, and air pollution in the city is forecast to worsen to "very poor" and "hazardous" levels.

And a second Ramy wins a golden globe

egyptianchronicler@gmail.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 1 hour ago
Ok Hollywood watch it for Egyptian-American men called Ramy because they got something for the Golden Globes American of Egyptian origin comedian Ramy Youssef has just won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy in the Golden Globe awards 2020. Congratulations to Ramy Youssef (@ramy) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Ramy. - #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/idWiAoA3Kk — Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 6, 2020 He won it for his role in Hulu’s comedy TV series Ramy that was aired in 2019. [image: ... more »

BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine Damaged Child Denied Life Saving Medical Care

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on Truth To Power: https://youtu.be/s0JqlS-Ylio

NZ Troops must leave Iraq

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on Auckland Peace Action: “It is imperative that New Zealand Defence Force Troops still stationed in Iraq leave the country,” said Valerie Morse, member of Auckland Peace Action. “The Iraqi Parliament has passed a resolution calling for all foreign troops to leave. NZ must respect that resolution and get the remaining 43 members…

Britain appears ready to attack Iran militarily

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on © blogfactory: The type of Royal Navy submarine which is reportedly in “striking position” of Iran Even as foreign secretary, Dominc Raab, extends support to the US over the terrorist-style assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, there are credible reports of the UK adopting a military posture near Iranian territorial waters. According to The…

Yankees go home !!

Pam Vernon at Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on © blogfactory: Easier said than done: Making US troops actually leave Iraq will take more than parliament resolution Go home message echoes around middle east as the ‘popularity’ of America’s armies wanes………

The Pattern 1914 Rifle Fired Its War Into The History Books

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Americas* This is how. *Key point: *As a sniper rifle, the P14 was markedly superior to almost any other on the front. While sniper rifles existed before World War I, they really came into their own in the trenches of the Great War. Precise rifles with telescopic sights were critical tools when it came to picking off enemy soldiers from trench to trench. But of all the sniper rifles developed during the Great War, one stands above the rest. A German design adapted by the British and built by Americans, the Enfield Pattern 1914 rifle is considered by many... more »

President Trump Threatens Iraq With Sanctions If They Expel US Troops

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 10, 2019. (Photo credit: REUTERS//TOM BRENNER) *CNBC*: *Trump threatens to slap sanctions on Iraq ‘like they’ve never seen before’* * Tensions in the Middle East spiraled last week after Trump called for a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. * “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever,” Trump said on Air Force One. “... more »

Sunday Talks: Rep. John Ratcliffe Discusses Fraudulent Impeachment and Spygate…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 1 hour ago
Congressman John Ratcliffe appears on Sunday Morning Futures to discuss several issues in DC. On the impeachment front Ratcliffe may, if called-upon, represent the interests of President Trump during a Senate trial on the fraudulent impeachment articles. On the ‘Spygate’ … Continue reading →

commander in thief wants to pardon himself by murdering allies

Brother Jonah at Not My Tribe - 2 hours ago
Trump the Draft Dodger wasn’t brave enough to fight so he had his minions do it for him. The military which invited to join right out of a Private ‘military’ Snob Factory academy just like his slumlord thief daddy and he, like Linsey Graham, dodged the draft. He is guilty of Murder and Treason and... more »

Enough is Enough? Over 16 New York School Districts Oppose Mandatory Vaccines for Gardasil and the Flu

AdminM at Health Impact News - 2 hours ago
SHU Public Radio is reporting that a growing number of school districts in Long Island are opposing legislation to add more mandatory school vaccinations. "One bill requires children be immunized against the human papilloma virus, or HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cancer. Another bill mandates flu shots. Southampton schools wrote to state health committee members to kill the measures when they reconvene in January. The district says the requirements are an “erosion of parental rights.” At least 16 other Suffolk County school districts have written similar letter... more »

This Picture Shows You How a Tank Can Die

Charlie Gao at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Technology, Europe* [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/GEORGIA-EXERCISES--S1BETDYXBAAC.html] The Carl Gustav and the AT4 are a good start. *Key Point:* Newer designs are quicker and easier to launch. The Carl Gustav and the AT4 are some of the most popular anti-tank systems in the world. While the “dumb” rockets both launchers fire may seem outdated in a world full of anti-tank guided missiles, often times the additional weight and complexity a guided missile brings is unnecessary for a task. This has been proven by the effective use of the Soviet RPG-7... more »

Houthi forces fire several missiles towards Saudi Arabia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Houthi (Ansarallah) force fired several missiles towards the southern region of Saudi Arabia this evening. According to the Yemen-based Al-Masirah TV, the Houthi forces fired at least three Earthquake missiles towards Saudi Arabia’s Asir province. The report said the Houthi missiles targeted the Saudi military sites inside the Majazat […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

The Daily Brief 2020-01-04

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Egypt, Libya, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Karbala, Idlib, Tripoli, Baghdad. Categories covered in this brief: North-Africa, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Middleeast Let us know how you like this brief in the comments below. — The AMN Live Team Table of Contents […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: New Blasts heard in Baghdad’s Green Zone near US Embassy

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
Loud explosions, sirens have been reported in the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone housing foreign embassies, including the American diplomatic missions. Several rockets have hit the Green Zone not far from the American embassy, Reuters reported, citing witnesses on the ground. Loud sirens can be heard in Baghdad. There has been no information about […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkish military is on the way to Libya: Erdogan

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkish forces have embarked on a military mission to Libya for “coordination and stability”. “Our troops are gradually departing to Libya. They will coordinate [their action with the GNA] there. Our goal is to support the legitimate government”, Erdogan said, cited by CNN Turk, adding that “the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Thousands Of North Koreans 'Attend Mass Rally' In Pyongyang To Support Kim Jong Un

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Thousands of North Koreans 'attend mass rally' in Pyongyang to support Kim Jong Un after his threats to create 'new strategic weapon' in anger over stalled nuclear talks with US* * Crowds gathered on streets and bridge near the square amid police presence * During rally the local cellphone network is understood to have been switched off * Comes as Kim Jong Un said country would soon reveal new 'strategic weapon' Thousands of North Koreans gathered in a mass rally on Sunday morning expressing support for leader Kim Jong Un after his threats to create a 'new strategi... more »

Tucker Carlson and The Five on the Killing of Soleimani

SafeSpace at 'Nox & Friends - 2 hours ago
What’s your take on Tucker’s comments? From Fox News 3 Jan 2020: Now, from The Five. Same topic, same date: — Safespace —

Iran Places a $80 Million Bounty on Donald Trump’s Head

OYE NEWS at OYE Alternative News - 2 hours ago
There is currently an endless number of stories to cover on the Iran escalation at the moment, not a minute goes by without something further gets added to the cauldron of war. Iranian authorities have put a bounty on American President Donald Trump’s head during the televised funeral of General Qasem Soleimani after he was … The post Iran Places a $80 Million Bounty on Donald Trump’s Head appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

Margaret Brennan Hosts a Cocktail Conversation With General Petraeus – Clueless Duo Can’t See What’s Coming…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 3 hours ago
Good grief there’s a lot to unpack within this insufferable beltway cocktail party disguised as a high-brow TV review of the U.S-Iraq-Iran conflict. (Video Below) However, both of them are clueless about what President Trump is about to do. First, … Continue reading →

Florida Police Respond After Parrot Cries, “Let Me Out!”

AP News at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
Deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued.

Trump Doubles Down on Striking Cultural Sites in Iran

AP News at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
President Donald Trump insisted that Iranian cultural sites were fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so would constitute a war crime under international law.

Manic Monday Musings

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 3 hours ago
Manic seems to be the word for the new decade. I crave having boringly competent leadership who do their jobs with a focus on real problems. I crave a world in which problems are not caused by the people in … Continue reading →

Trump’s Biggest Gamble Yet May Set the Entire Middle East Alight

Geopolitics101 at Covert Geopolitics - 3 hours ago
The assassination of Iran’s top general is not only going to wreak havoc on America’s allies in the region. It is also going to divide the Arab world just at the very time when diplomacy was working. Was that the real aim of the hit? Much will be written in the coming days and weeks … Continue reading Trump’s Biggest Gamble Yet May Set the Entire Middle East Alight →

U.S. Kick Starts Raging ’20s Declaring War on Iran

Geopolitics101 at Covert Geopolitics - 3 hours ago
It does not matter where the green light for the U.S. targeted assassination in Baghdad of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani and the Hashd al-Shaabi second-in-command Abu Madhi al-Muhandis came from. This is an act of war. Unilateral, unprovoked and illegal. by Pepe Escobar President Donald Trump may have issued the order. The U.S. Deep … Continue reading U.S. Kick Starts Raging ’20s Declaring War on Iran →

America Will Be Facing Serious Issues in 2020. Here Are the Top Four.

Kay Coles James at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Kay Coles James* *Politics, Americas* [image: A supporter wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat attends U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S., December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis?] Can you guess where China lands? As we head into the new year and the kickoff to the Roaring Twenties 2.0 (and they will roar), policymakers will be faced with some incredibly important decisions. Several issues will take center stage, ones with the potential to significantly shape our future, from immigration reform to college-loan debt. Certainly... more »

The French Town Of Mortain Was Where Hitler's Grand Offensive Died

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* The Germans paid the price. A column of German Mark V Panther tanks advanced through a thick fog north of the French town of Mortain, blindly firing their machine guns. Suddenly, the lead panzer took a hit from an unseen American antitank round, penetrating the frontal armor and stopping it. A tank retriever approached the smoking tank only to come under fire. Then, crews of three tanks dismounted and gathered to discuss options. As they spoke, an American bazooka man fired a round into the group, killing some and scattering the rest. ... more »

Is North Korea's Air Force a "Kamikaze' Force?

TNI Staff at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*TNI Staff* *Security, Asia* Their older planes just became a lot more intimidating. *Key Point:* Are North Korean pilots as fanatical as their Japanese counterparts in World War II? North Korea’s Korean People's Army Air Force (KPAAF)—referred to as the Air and Anti-Air Force Command in South Korean documents—is not in the top ranks of the world’s air forces. However, the North Korean forces are fanatically devoted to Kim Jong-Un and the Kim regime—which more resembles a Confucian monarchy with Stalinist stylings than Soviet-style communism. The regime’s survival is their surv... more »

A Second Korean War Would Be Unlike Anything

Harry J. Kazianis at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Harry J. Kazianis* *Security, * Truly hell on Earth. *Key point: *Deterrence has been key to the North's survival. Would the Trump administration actually consider invading North Korea? First of all, it goes without saying I hope this never happens. However, history tells us we must plan for the worst. So what would military action against the DPRK look like? While there are no certainties in modern warfare, one thing is certain: an attack on North Korea to rid the world of what can only be described as the most vile regime on the planet could be an unmitigated disaster. As I... more »

Forget F-22 and F-35s: The KC-46 Might Be the Most Crucial Plane in the Air Force

Dan Goure at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dan Goure* *Security, * [image: https://pictures.reuters.com/archive/BOEING-PENTAGON--RC1571DE2760.html] Planes that can't refuel can't fight. *Key Point:* Advancements like the KC-46 will be crucial in U.S. power projection. Last week, the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft passed one of its two final milestones prior to entering service with the U.S. Air Force. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the platform a supplemental type certificate. The KC-46 had previously received the FAA’s amended type certificate which addressed its basic airworthiness and pe... more »

Taiwan Must Not Give Tsai Ing-wen Four More Years

Kent Wang at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Kent Wang* *Security, Asia* Tsai’s plan to use political force for reducing the reliance of Taiwan's economy on China can never succeed. The pragmatic approach is to handle cross-Strait relations properly, never allowing the economy to be impacted by negative cross-Strait ties. In January 2020, Taiwan will hold elections for its president and legislature. Campaigning for the presidency has long since commenced, and the prosperity of Taiwan's economy and the continuance of democratic freedoms might depend on whether voters will give President Tsai Ing-wen another four years or e... more »

Ending Hezbollah's Stranglehold Over Lebanon

Daniel Cohen, Liron Shilo at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Daniel Cohen, Liron Shilo* *Security, Middle East* Current circumstances present a significant opportunity to rehabilitate Lebanon by isolating Hezbollah. Since Mid-October, Lebanese protesters have been calling for a political reform to deal with the economic crisis. Recently the protests turned violent, with clashes between security forces and protesters and attacks by Hezbollah and Amal affiliates on the protesters. Lebanon has designated a new prime minister, Hassan Diab, whose candidacy was proposed by Hezbollah. Having been chosen by Hezbollah, Diab’s appointment reveals ... more »

America Can Unleash Central Europe's True Potential

Ian Brzezinski, James Jay Carafano at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Ian Brzezinski, James Jay Carafano* *Security, Europe* The Trump administration should support the Three Seas Initiative. In the three decades since the end of the Cold War, Central Europe’s democracies have made remarkable progress. Eleven have joined the European Union and the NATO Alliance, and including North Macedonia are on track to membership. The region today is a driving force of European economic growth. Despite this progress, a legacy of Soviet occupation continues to restrain Central Europe’s potential and undercut its security—a dearth of cross border infrastructure... more »

China's Belt And Road Is Not About Going Green

Daniel Wagner at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Daniel Wagner* *Security, World* President Xi Jinping stated in 2019 that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) must be green and sustainable, but much of what Beijing is providing to the countries that form part of the BRI is just the opposite. President Xi Jinping stated in 2019 that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) must be green and sustainable, but much of what Beijing is providing to the countries that form part of the BRI is just the opposite. The China Development Bank and China Export-Import Bank have financed power plants in thirty-eight countries since 2013, nearly half... more »

Turkish President Erdogan Has Ordered The Immediate Deployment Of Soldiers To Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Erdogan said Turkey’s objective was to support the government in Tripoli. (Reuters) *The Guardian:* *Turkish troops deploy to Libya to prop up embattled government* Move follows deadly air strikes in Tripoli by war lord in bid to oust UN-backed government Turkish troops have begun deploying to Libya in a bid to prop up the UN-recognised government in Tripoli, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has announced. The move followed a vote in the Turkish parliament backing deployment and further deadly attacks in Tripoli by an airforce under the control of Marshal Khalifa Ha... more »

Presidential Primaries... 2024

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Friday, *Washington Post* reporter Bob Costa noted that Bernie, now ascendant, is turning his focus on Status Quo Joe, who still leads him nationally, though not in the early state polls. “Sanders,” he wrote, “said that Biden brings ‘a lot of baggage’ with his record and ties to the political establishment. And he argued that Biden is ill-suited to defeat President Trump. A possible long and bruising race against Biden has become central to Sanders’s planning, in part because his advisers see a fight for many of the same working-class voters.” The 4th quarter numbers are mostly in... more »

Smoke haze blanketing Melbourne prompts health warnings

Just In - 4 hours ago
The bushfire smoke blanketing Melbourne and much of Victoria is expected to persist for at least the first half of the week, and air pollution in the city is forecast to worsen to "very poor" and "hazardous" levels.

Bushfire smoke in Melbourne has Djokovic and Barty thinking of delaying Australian Open

Just In - 4 hours ago
Tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty both say the Australian Open could consider a delay to the start of the year's first grand slam due to bushfire smoke in Melbourne.

Military in seven-day race to bury hundreds of thousands of dead animals

Jack Snape at Just In - 4 hours ago
Australia's Defence Force will dig mass graves for the country's burned livestock, as the Agriculture Minister starts the clock to avoid a biosecurity emergency.

Comedian Celeste Barber's bushfire appeal raises more than $30 million

Just In - 4 hours ago
An online fundraiser launched by Celeste Barber has so far amassed more than 1,000 times its original target of $30,000 for bushfire victims and firefighters, thanks to her massive following on social media.

SeaChange actor Tom Long remembered as 'a beautiful human being' by co-stars

Just In - 4 hours ago
Sam Neill and David Wenham pay tribute to Australian actor Tom Long, who has died of a brain virus aged 51, seven years after he was given a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Firies say mega-blaze in WA underscores need for more firefighting resources

Kit Mochan And Mark Bennett at Just In - 4 hours ago
WA firefighters are taking stock of the disaster that could have been after a mega-blaze tore through a third of the popular Stirling Range National Park.

Australian stars share highlight bushfire plight aid at Golden Globes

Just In - 4 hours ago
As Hollywood celebrates the 2020 Golden Globes, Australian stars Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman ensure the bushfire crisis at home takes centre stage.

Live: Russell Crowe sends message to world about Australia's bushfire crisis after Golden Globes win

Emily Sakzewski And Yasmin Jeffery at Just In - 4 hours ago
The actor calls out the bushfire "tragedy unfolding in Australia" in a statement read on his behalf by Jennifer Aniston after his award win. Follow live.

Live: People trapped in Mallacoota forced to wait as evacuations called off

Peter Marsh And Joseph Dunstan at Just In - 4 hours ago
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says a plan to fly 300 people out of the East Gippsland town of Mallacoota has been abandoned for the day because of smoke from the bushfires. Follow live.

Live: Australia has declared, setting Kiwis 416 runs to win

Luke Pentony And Simon Smale at Just In - 4 hours ago
Australia declares after David Warner recorded his 24th Test match century, setting New Zealand a monumental target to avoid defeat at the SCG. Follow all the day four action in our live blog.

Three Americans killed in militant attack on Kenyan military base

Just In - 4 hours ago
Somalia's Al Shabaab militant group kills one US military service member and two contractors during an attack on a military base in Kenya.

Tales of survival emerge from the deadly Kangaroo Island bushfire

Just In - 4 hours ago
With embers raining down and the fire almost on top of him, Jonny Gloyne jumped in his car and had to drive "through a wall of flame" to safety.

Diver was taken by suspected great white shark just moments after entering water

James Carmody at Just In - 4 hours ago
Police resume searching for the body of Gary Johnson, who was taken by a suspected great white shark yesterday while scuba diving near Esperance off Western Australia's south coast.

Don't believe Democrat lies about who is responsible for terrorist acts after the Soleimani was killed

trinko at Conversations about the obvious - 4 hours ago
Democrats are likely to try and blame every terrorist attack that occurs after Trump had the mass murdering terrorist Soleimani killed on Trump. It makes no sense but it's what the Democrats will probably do since their entire focus is attacking Trump and nullifying the 2016 election and winning the 2020 election. After all instead of celebrating the killing of a fascist who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and who plotted to set off a bomb in a DC restaurant Democrats are attacking Trump. Trump has a red line and he's shown that he will enforce it; unlike Oba... more »

Did Adam Schiff Pay Witnesses Over $40 Million to Testify Against Trump?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
A routine review of content labeled satire.

Venezuelan Security Forces Block Opposition Leader Juan Guaido And His Supporters From Entering Congress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and his supporters are blocked from country's congress building as President Maduro backs bid to axe him as Speaker amid accusations of 'parliamentary coup'* * Juan Guaido had been expected to be re-elected parliament speaker in a vote * However, police blocked him and his allies from attending the vote on Sunday * Guaido attempted to climb a fence to get access to Congress but was denied * US and Colombia have both slammed Sunday's vote against Guaido as a farce Venezuela's opposition denounced a 'parliamentary coup' on S... more »

Liberal and “Conservative” Columnists Blame Racism and Anti-Semitism on Trump and Republicans

Steve Byas at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: liberal-and-conservative-columnists-blame-racism-and-anti-semitism-on-trump-and-republicans] Columnists Dana Milbank and Donald Lambro, to cite just two examples, owe Trump and their own readers an apology for the distortions in their columns.

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 4 – 2020

Hifast at Climate Collections - 5 hours ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: South / North

The US Government Lies Constantly, And The Burden Of Proof Is On The Accuser

Caitlin Johnstone at 5 hours ago
[image: undefined] Over the last 48 hours I’ve been splitting my free time between (A) learning as much as I possibly can about the US assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and (B) arguing with people online who are uncritically swallowing US government claims about why that assassination was necessary. I always engage such political debates because they’re a valuable source of information on what propaganda narratives people are buying into, and therefore which propaganda narratives need to be addressed. What has been made abundantly clear from this particular eng... more »

Lies, the Bethlehem Doctrine, and the Illegal Murder of Soleimani

Craig Murray at 5 hours ago
[image: undefined] In one of the series of blatant lies the USA has told to justify the assassination of Soleimani, Mike Pompeo said that Soleimani was killed because he was planning “Imminent attacks” on US citizens. It is a careful choice of word. Pompeo is specifically referring to the Bethlehem Doctrine of Pre-Emptive Self Defence. Developed by Daniel Bethlehem when Legal Adviser to first Netanyahu’s government and then Blair’s, the Bethlehem Doctrine is that states have a right of “pre-emptive self-defence” against “imminent” attack. That is something most people, and most int... more »

Sunday Talks: Rep. Doug Collins Discusses Speaker Pelosi’s “Stalled” Impeachment Strategy…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 5 hours ago
Representative Doug Collins appears on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the status of the ‘stalled’ impeachment articles and the lack of congressional curiosity toward the DOJ and FBI outcome in the Horowitz investigation.

Sunday Talks: Senator Lindsey Graham -vs- Maria Bartiromo…

sundance at The Last Refuge - 5 hours ago
Something is ‘off‘ with Senator Graham’s demeanor in this interview segment; there’s a visible lack of confidence. Perhaps, and this is only a guess, Graham is wondering if President Trump has out-maneuvered the neocon position toward ultimate mid-east failure by … Continue reading →

Soleimani Funeral Procession Eulogist Puts An $80 Million Bounty On President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Al Arabiya:* *Soleimani funeral procession eulogist puts prize on Trump’s head* The eulogist at the funeral procession of prominent Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iran put an 80-million-dollar prize on US President Donald Trump’s head on live state TV. “We are 80 million Iranians, if each one of us puts aside one American dollar, we will have 80 million American dollars, and we will reward anyone who brings us [Trump]’s head with that amount,” he said, addressing a large crowd in Iran’s north-eastern city of Mashhad. The funeral procession was being broadcast liv... more »

Gregory Mannarino, "Markets: A Look Ahead, Special Report"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Gregory Mannarino, "Markets: A Look Ahead, Special Report" - https://www.traderschoice.net/

Juan Guaidó Loses the Presidency of Venezuela’s National Assembly

Juan Martinez at The Rio Times - 5 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Accused of corruption and relations with paramilitary groups in Colombia, the opponent Juan Guaidó failed to secure his re-election as president of the National Assembly of Venezuela in a vote held on Sunday, January 5th. Luis Eduardo Parra, from the First Justice party - part of the Democratic Unity Table […] The post Juan Guaidó Loses the Presidency of Venezuela’s National Assembly appeared first on The Rio Times.

America's TOW Missiles Were Critical To Destroying Russian Armor In Syria

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* Wielded by Syrian rebels. *Key point:* While these tanks could have benefited from specific defensive upgrades in some cases, the real lesson to be drawn was less about technical deficiencies and more about crew training, competent morale, and sound tactical employment matter more even than “invulnerable” armor. The interconnected conflicts raging across the Middle East today have amounted to a dreadful human catastrophe with spiraling global consequence. One of their lesser effects has been to deflate the reputations of Western main ba... more »

Why America's So-So World War II Sherman Tank Was a Killer

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Technology, Americas* [image: By Hutchinson (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit - http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//168/media-168437/large.jpgThis is photograph B 15145 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.ph] Here's what we know. *Key Point:* It was good enough. American tanks in World War II were generally inferior to their German counterparts. German tanks boasted better armor protection and more firepower. But armor and lethality don’t tell the whole story. The same American tanks... more »

OMG...gotta see the latest from Iraq & Iran

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
*The blowback has begun* By The Saker First, let’s begin by a quick summary of what has taken place (note: this info is still coming in, so there might be corrections once the official sources make their official statements). - Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdl Mahdi has now officially revealed that the US had asked him to mediate between the US and Iran and that General Qassem Soleimani to come and talk to him and give him the answer to his mediation efforts. Thus, Soleimani was on an OFFICIAL DIPLOMATIC MISSION as part of a diplomatic initiative INITIATED BY THE U... more »

Greg Hunter, "No Escape from Massive Global Debt Monetization"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"No Escape from Massive Global Debt Monetization"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Money manager Michael Pento says forget about the sky high stock market because everything is being propped up with massive global money printing. Pento explains, “Let’s look at the facts. Global debt has now risen above $250 trillion. Let that sink in for a second, and it is a record percentage, 330% of GDP. So, we have never seen debt like this before in nominal terms. Even as a percentage of the phony GDP that is engendered by free money, it is at a record. So, the central bankers have realized ... more »

Does This Photo Show Wedding Rings Taken from Holocaust Victims?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
“Every wedding ring here represents a home broken and a human murdered by the Germans."

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