January 18, 2017

Russia Snaps, Accuses UK, Germany And France Of “Grossly Interfering” In The US Election

Having listened stoically for the past two months to accusations without evidence that Moscow “hacked the US election”, and that Hillary’s loss was indirectly due to Putin’s alleged meddling, which resulted in Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, on Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finally snapped, and lashed out at the ongoing US election scapegoating fiasco, saying that leaders and top officials from the UK, Germany, and France have “grossly interfered” in US internal affairs, “campaigned” for Hillary Clinton, and openly “demonized” Donald Trump.

Unlike US accusations of Russian interference, at least Lavrov’s claim can be substantiated with a simple google search of news event in mid to late 2016.

Speaking during a press conference following a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, Lavrov said his angry outburst was because Moscow “is tired” of accusations it meddled in the US election. In fact, Lavrov said, it is time to “acknowledge the fact” that it was the other way around.“US allies have grossly interfered in America’s internal affairs, in the election campaign,” Lavrov said, quoted by RT

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-18/russia-snaps-accuses-uk-germany-and-france-grossly-interfering-us-electionIsrael deploys ‘Star Wars’ missile killer system

ISIS cut off Deir ez-Zor airbase, threaten 120,000 civilians – RT reporter

A large group of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants have been making massive advances in Deir ez-Zor province, cutting off a key air base supplying both anti-jihadist fighters and civilians in the region, RT’s Lizzie Phelan reported from Syria.

Frightening developments” is how Phelan has described the situation unfolding in the eastern Syrian province near the Iraqi border over the last few days. She said the terrorists had succeeded in cutting the last government-held patch of the Deir ez-Zor city in two, and severed a government-held military base from the rest of the city.

The airbase had been used by the Syrian government to deliver supplies to an estimated 120,000 civilians trapped in the city, which has been under the siege by the militants who had blocked all other delivery routes. Helicopters, which have been the only source of aid deliveries, including food and medical supplies, are now unable to land at the base, the RT crew reported.

https://www.rt.com/news/374011-deir-ezzor-offensive-airbase/

Israel deploys ‘Star Wars’ missile killer system

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a “Star Wars”-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.

The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. firm Boeing Co. , was handed over the Israeli Air Force.

The Arrow 3, together with the Arrow 2, which has been operational since 2000, would “significantly reduce the possibilities of ballistic missiles” hitting Israel, the ministry said in a statement.

The Arrow 2 is designed to intercept projectiles high and low within the atmosphere. Arrow 3 missiles will fly into space, where their warheads detach to become “kamikaze” satellites that track and slam into their targets.

Such high-altitude shoot-downs are meant to safely destroy incoming nuclear, biological or chemical missiles. Israel has frequently voiced concern about a ballistic missile threat posed by its arch-foe, Iran.

https://bryensblognews.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/january-18-2017/

Obama Lifts Sudan Sanctions

While President Bashir perpetrates Jihad.

January 18, 2017
Add to the list of foreign policy failures by the departing Obama Administration is his last minute executive order partially lifting sanctions on agricultural and transportation trade. It also unfreezes assets in the US of the corrupt regime of indicted war criminal President Omar Bashir.  The sanctions for Darfur will remain with the only condition left to the incoming Trump Administration a so-called 180 day  ‘look back’ provision that might ‘snap back’ sanctions.  The move by the Obama administration was “welcomed” by the Arab League in a Qatar Tribune report.    This was a dramatic   ‘sea change’ from President Obama who campaigned during his 2008 election on “ending the slaughter in Darfur.”

Brandeis Hires Anti-Semitic Islamist With Al-Qaeda Links

In 2016, Brandeis University hired an anti-Semitic Islamist formerly linked to al-Qaeda to teach students about Islam.

Brandeis offered Boston-based cleric Suheil Laher a job in its Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department despite his long history of involvement with extremist causes. That history includes his leadership of a now-defunct charity that raised funds for jihadist causes in Bosnia, Chechnya, and Afghanistan.

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/01/17/brandeis-hires-anti-semitic-islamist-with-al-qaeda-links/

Rome metro evacuated as powerful earthquakes rock Italy

5.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Italy 01:57

Rome (CNN)The metro system and some schools in Italy’s capital, Rome, were being evacuated Wednesday following a series of powerful earthquakes that struck the heart of the country.

An initial 5.3-magnitude quake hit central Italy 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) west-northwest of Amatrice, a town devastated by powerful temblors last year, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

While the epicenter was 90 kilometers northeast of Rome, the quake was felt strongly in the capital, sending people running from buildings in a panic.
While the epicenter was 90 kilometers northeast of Rome, the quake was felt strongly in the capital, sending people running from buildings in a panic.
It struck at 10:25 am (4:25 am ET) at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers and has been followed by eight aftershocks in the same area, including one as strong as 5.7, the USGS reported.
There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage but firefighters told CNN that heavy snow blocking roads has hampered their initial assessment.

Mosul battle: Iraqi army prepares offensive on west of city

The Iraqi army says it is preparing military operations to retake western Mosul, the last urban stronghold in Iraq of so-called Islamic State.

The preparations follow a recent offensive which officials said on Wednesday had recaptured nearly all of the city’s east.

Counter-terror chief Talib Shaghati said special forces had retaken all eastern districts assigned to them.

Some IS fighters remain holed up in north-eastern districts, he added.

Earlier reports suggested the army had retaken all of the city’s east.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38664607

Why Russia — a country with less money than Canada and fewer people than Nigeria — runs the world now

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his New Year's address to the nation in Moscow's Kremlin, December 31, 2016.

AFP PHOTO / Sputnik / Mikhail KlimentievRussian President Vladimir Putin delivers his New Year’s address to the nation in Moscow’s Kremlin, December 31, 2016.
  • Russia makes less money per year than Canada. For 2016, its $1.3 trillion GDP was roughly on par with Australia, a country with one-sixth the population and less than half the square footage.

The country’s 147 million population isn’t all that impressive either; Nigeria, Bangladesh and Brazil all have more citizens.

And yet, between hacking the U.S. election and intervening in Syria, Russia is utterly dominating foreign affairs.

Why Russia — a country with less money than Canada and fewer people than Nigeria — runs the world now

Russia’s Lethal Su-35 Was Just Spotted Armed with a New Missile NATO Should Fear

Video footage shot by a U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet squadron over Syria shows a pair of Russian Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E fighters armed with a pair of older R-27 air-to-air missiles but what appears to be a single R-77-1 RVV-SD active radar-guided missile.

The R-77-1 is the latest and most capable medium range air-to-air missile it in the Kremlin’s inventory, but the Russian Air Force has only a limited stock of the weapons. Russians are actively working on saving airframe life on their newest missiles while using as many of their older weapons as possible because they believe the chances of an air-to-air confrontation with allied airpower to be fairly remote.

“They’re probably flying with R-77-1 to show us they have them, but realistically don’t expect to be doing air to air combat with Western forces,” Michael Kofman, a research scientist specializing in Russian military affairs at the CNA Corporation told me.

Russian analysts also agree that the R-77-1 is being used primarily for show.

“In the Syria RVV-SD missiles are used on Russian AF planes, but again, due to resource savings, not always. Rather, they are hung to show others—the USA and Turkey—that they have them,” Mikhail Barabanov, editor-in-chief of the Moscow Defense Brief, which is published by the Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) told me last year. “Why do they not hang them permanently? The Russian AF obviously does not believe in the possibility of confrontation with the United States in the air. So why waste resources on bogus threats?”

 http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russias-lethal-su-35-was-just-spotted-armed-new-missile-nato-19080

The “Peace Conference”: An Outright Admission of Failure

by Shoshana Bryen  •  January 17, 2017 at 4:30 am

  • After 23 years and billions of dollars, the Palestinians still lack “infrastructure for a viable… economy.” They cannot manage “service delivery.” And there is no “civil society” in Palestinian Authority (PA) areas able to express dissent or disapproval of Mahmoud Abbas’s 12-year power grab of a 4-year presidential term. Gaza under Hamas is worse.
  • Even the Europeans and John Kerry acknowledge that the Palestinians have no capacity for self-government. This is, in part, because there has been no demand by the donor countries for such things as budgetary accountability and transparency, or a free press and civil society in PA areas to demand more and better of its leaders.
  • The PA also pays terrorists and their families with foreign donations. And then there’s the matter of Palestinian corruption and outright stealing.
  • The Trump Administration will have a lot on its plate beginning this week. But if it really wants to help the cause of Israel’s security, legitimacy and acknowledged permanence in the region, it would do well to insist that U.S. taxpayer dollars be spent accountably or not at all, until the Palestinians get their financial, as well as political, house in order.https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/

Russia successfully tests its new ‘Sickle’ intercontinental ballistic missile, sending it the entire length of the country to strike a target

  • Topol-M blasted off from Plesetsk’s launch site in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia
  • It reportedly hit a target in Kamchatka peninsula some 3,750 miles to the east
  • Launch comes amid heightened tensions between Vladimir Putin and the West

Russia has successfully tested its new ‘Sickle’ intercontinental ballistic missile, sending it the entire length of the country to strike a target, it has emerged.

The Topol-M rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk’s launch site in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, 500 miles north east of Moscow before reaching its target in the Kamchatka peninsula – some 3,750 miles to the east.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4131526/Russia-tests-new-Sickle-intercontinental-missile.html#ixzz4W7g4cgmQ

JedEye: Watching Out for Baltimore and Beyond

By: BJLife/Margie Pensak

Utilizing Oheb Shalom and Ohr Chadash many indoor and outdoor cameras, JedEye allows you to, for example, tightly monitor classrooms and hallways. I was even able to see the tiniest of details, such as occasional litter on the floor.

Baltimore, MD January 11, 2017 – The timing was uncanny; the subject, ironic. I had initially proposed to meet Israeli-born physical security software entrepreneur Eran Jedwab at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC on Monday, January 9, shortly before noon, when a bomb threat was called in to the facility. It was one of among fifteen to nineteen Jewish community centers in at least six states that were targeted by bomb threats that day. Fortunately, four days before our meeting, I had postponed it to later that day.

After Eran, founder of Jedvice, demonstrated his JedEye security solution on his tablet, I couldn’t help but think that had those threats been real—as real as the shooting rampage that murdered five people and wounded six others in the crowded Florida Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport just three days before, lo aleinu—neutralizing the offender and evacuating the victims would have taken a different course.

On Eran’s screen was JedEye’s real-time, highly automated 3-D image of Temple Oheb Shalom and its adjoining neighbor, Ohr Chadash Academy.

Utilizing the facility’s many indoor and outdoor cameras, JedEye allows you to, for example, tightly monitor classrooms and hallways. I was even able to see the tiniest of details, such as occasional litter on the floor. These facilities happened to have cameras already; for them, JedEye was a ”bolt-on” solution, enhancing an existing security system. BaltimoreJewishLife.com was most impressed with Eran’s demonstration!

A friend in need – India’s arms sales to Vietnam make sense

The growing relationship between New Delhi and Hanoi is one that offers strategic advantages to both sides. How China reacts remains to be seen.

An Indian soldier salutes as he rides an Akash air defence system during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2016. Photo: AFP / Roberto SCHMIDT

An Indian soldier salutes as he rides an Akash air defence system during India’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2016. Photo: AFP / Roberto SCHMIDT

India is poised to sell its sophisticated Akash missile defense system to Vietnam, the latest development in a broad strategic relationship that has grown rapidly in recent years and added a new twist to the spiraling power contest in the South China Sea. The talks, consistent with India’s ambition to be a major arms supplier, were first reported this week by the Times of India.

The medium range surface-to-air missile, produced by New Delhi’s Ministry of Defense, can target aircraft, helicopters and drones up to 25 kilometers away at a time when China is building up aerial defenses over fixtures it claims in the contested maritime area. India has also offered to sell its Varunastra anti-submarine torpedoes to Vietnam amid heightened tensions with China.

http://www.atimes.com/article/friend-need-indias-arms-sales-vietnam-make-sense/

 

 

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