January 31, 2017

Now Mexico wants to build a border wall with Central America to keep out illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala

  • Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence
  • They complain ‘hordes’ of immigrants are flooding the country on the way to the US – who then deport them back to Mexico
  • Mexican newspaper El Mañana published article:  ‘Yes to the Border Wall … but in Mexico’s South’
  • ‘Trump’s idea of a border wall is a good one but it should be on the southern border with Central America,’ the El Mañana board wrote

It seems Mexico agrees with Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants – but only on its southern border with Central America.

Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence in their own countries.

They complain ‘hordes’ of immigrants pass through on their way to the United States -who are then simply deported back to Mexico rather than their home countries by the US.


Why Yates Had to Go

Migrants at WAR: Tensions in Paris as children attacked with knives for being ‘too rich

Migrant battles in ParisDW

The streets of Paris have erupted into inter-migrant strife

Contrary to this, the long-standing Chinese community in Paris has gained a reputation for being “hard-working and managing without taxpayer help”.

In a report from German channel DW, a Chinese migrant named Woo described how a gang of North African youths attacked him in his home last November.

He said that the yobs threatened him and his wife with a knife and smashed his head, after which broke in and stole his valuables.

He added: “I am scared. I don’t feel safe anymore.”

A gang of African migrantDW

A gang of African migrants mugged these young children and threatened them with a knife

Guylain ChevrierDW

Guylain Chevrier, a French sociologist, said a pattern have quickly emerged following refugee crisis

I am scared. I don’t feel safe anymore

Woo, a local Chinese resident in Paris

Yvon Sun, who works as a liaison for the Chinese community in Paris, echoed these remarks and said among a rise of recent assaults, a gang of African migrants had robbed a pair of young children under 10 years old and threatened them with a knife.

In August last year, a Chinese man was killed in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers after being attacked during a botched robbery.

While the crime rate grows, local migrants from North Africa have been unafraid to voice their prejudices.



Why Yates Had to Go


It is a very simple proposition. Our Constitution vests all executive power — not some of it, all of it — in the president of the United States. Executive-branch officials do not have their own power. They are delegated by the president to execute his power. If they object to the president’s policies, their choice is clear: salute and enforce the president’s directives, or honorably resign. There is no third way.

No one knows this better than high-ranking officials of the Department of Justice. That is why President Trump was right to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Over the weekend, President Trump issued an executive order temporarily restricting the admission into the United States of aliens from various Muslim-majority countries, as well as aliens from Syria and elsewhere who are claiming refugee status.

Naturally, this has triggered protests by Democrats and the Left. They erroneously claim that Trump’s executive order violates the Constitution, statutory law, American tradition, and human decency.

For inexplicable reasons, the new president left Yates in place to run the Justice Department in anticipation of the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions. A faithful Obama-appointed progressive, Yates obviously knew which way the political wind was blowing in her tribe. Like most Democrats, Yates objects to the president’s executive order. Fair enough. But she is not a political operative, she was a Justice Department official — the highest such official. If her opposition to the president’s policy was as deeply held as she says, her choice was clear: enforce the president’s policy or quit.




US Jewish centers rocked by third wave of bomb threats this month

At least 11 community centers across country forced to evacuate; security official calls for resilience

At least 11 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruptions this month.

The  JCC in Albany received a bomb threat at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to Tom Wachunas, the JCC’s fitness director. More than 200 people were evacuated, and were allowed to return after an hour and a half.

The Albany JCC closed briefly due to a bomb scare, January 18, 2017. (Screenshot from Twitter via JTA)

On January 18, some 30 Jewish institutions in at least 17 states received bomb threats. On January 9, such threats were called into 16 JCCs across the Northwest and South, forcing the evacuation of hundreds.



Two sailors are killed when Yemen SUICIDE BOATS smash into Saudi warship

  • Two crew members on the vessel died in explosion caused by three boat attack
  • It was targeted by the armed Houthi movement, which is backed by Iran
  • Three sailors on board the ship were also injured in the attack
  • The Houthi movement claims the ship was struck by a guided missile 

Two crew members on a Saudi warship were killed after an attack by three ‘suicide boats’ which caused a large explosion.

The vessel was targeted off the western coast of Yemen by the armed Houthi movement.

Three sailors were also injured in the attack.

Huge explosion rocks Saudi navy ship in Houthi ‘suicide attack’
Two sailors died in the explosion and a further three were injured as a result of the attack

The attacks follow weeks of combat on Yemen’s western coast between the Iran-allied Houthis and the coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

A statement on state news agency SPA from the Saudi-led coalition reported: ‘A Saudi frigate on patrol west of Hodeidah port came under attack from three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias.’

One of the boats smashed into the rear of the warship, causing an explosion and a fire that killed two crew members and wounded three others.

The Houthi movement’s al-Masira channel contradicted this account and quoted a military source saying the explosion was caused by a guided missile.



EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon believes attack on Saudi frigate meant for US warship

The Iranian-backed suicide attack targeting a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday may have been meant for an American warship, two defense officials told Fox News.

The incident in question occurred in the southern Red Sea and was carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Two Saudi sailors were killed and three were wounded. At first the ship was thought to have been struck by a missile.

But based on new analysis of a video showing the attack, American intelligence officials now believe this was, in fact, a suicide bomber whose small boat rammed the side of the Saudi vessel.

In the audio heard on the video, a voice narrating the attack shouts in Arabic, “Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to the Jews.”

U.S. defense analysts believe those behind the attack either thought the bomber was striking an American warship or that this was a “dress rehearsal” similar to the attack on the USS Cole, according to one official.

The attack, near the Bab al Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, occurred in the same area where U.S. Navy warships came under missile attack in October.

An American destroyer shot down those incoming missiles — the first successful engagement in combat using an American SM-2 missile.

USS Nitze, an American destroyer, retaliated soon after, launching Tomahawk missiles on October 13 at multiple Houthi radar sites in Yemen.


Terror alert at Farnborough Airport after two ‘suspicious’ men are spotted hiding in bushes and pointing at buildings ‘as they carried out surveillance’

  • Men of Middle Eastern appearance seen at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire
  • Witness said they were hiding in bushes and speaking foreign language 
  • After pointing at buildings – not planes – they drove off in a white ‘rattling’ BMW 
  • Hampshire Police issue an alert asking public to help trace the two men 

The suspects, described as being of Middle Eastern appearance and in their thirties, were ‘pointing at buildings’ at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire.

They were seen acting strangely in Hercules Way, Farnborough, on Wednesday January 25 between 5.15pm and 5.30pm, police have said.

One was wearing grey baggy jogging bott


US under Trump among external threats to EU – council president Tusk

[Editor’s Note: This is one of the most outrageous statements ever from a European leader since the Nazis and Mussolini, even one from the badly tarnished EU.  Tusk has done great damage that is simply not repairable.  He should do everyone a favor and resign immediately.]

European Council President Donald Tusk has called the US under President Donald Trump one of the external threats to the EU along with China, Russia and radical Islam.

The senior EU official added that the bloc must take “spectacular steps” to avoid disintegration. He said that if this did not happen, separated European nations would become dependent on the US, China and Russia.

Tusk said the EU could capitalize on Trump’s trade strategy to boost European economic ties around the world.

The remarks were made in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, where Tusk was meeting leaders of the three Baltic states. His speech mirrored an open letter to European leaders he had written earlier, ahead of a summit in Malta on Friday.


China Tests Missile With 10 Warheads

Multi-warhead weapon tested amid growing tensions with the United States



China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing’s strategic nuclear posture.

The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out earlier this month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs. The test of the inert warheads was monitored closely by U.S. intelligence agencies, said two officials familiar with reports of the missile test.


‘Foreign State’ Likely Behind Czech ForMin Computer Breach, Minister Says

In a most likely unrelated development, Russia has reportedly accused two top cyber-agents of working with the CIA.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (pictured) today said hackers have stolen large amounts of data and breached email accounts at his ministry.

Zaoralek said the attacks appear to have been conducted by a foreign state, Reuters reports, but that no confidential material was compromised.

The hacks occurred in recent weeks, the ministry said. Zaoralek gave an assurance that the ministry’s computers are now secure. His email account was among the dozens breached.

Experts at the ministry will try to determine what data was stolen and the risks that might arise, the state press agency CTK reports.

The security breach resembled last fall’s cyberattacks on the U.S. Democratic Party, Zaoralek said. The previous Barack Obama administration blamed the attacks on Russia, and the three major U.S. intelligence agencies accused Russia of trying to undermine Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Russian President Vladimir Putin and much of the mainstream Russian media welcomed Donald Trump’s victory, saying it could ease bilateral tensions.



Arrested Russian FSB agents accused of passing secret information ‘on US election hacking’ to CIA

Four face treason and illegal hacking charges after December arrests.

Two Russian FSB agents arrested as part of a treason and illegal hacking investigation allegedly passed confidential information to the CIA, sources close to the investigation have told Interfax. Sergei Mikhailov, a cyber-security specialist at the Russian domestic intelligence agency, was arrested in December 2016, according to multiple Russian media reports.

Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of investigations at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and Mikhailov’s deputy, Dmitry Dokuchaev, were also arrested.

Mikhailov and Dokuchaev are both accused of “breaking their oath and working with the CIA”, according to the source.

Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that Mikhailov is suspected of leaking information to US intelligence about King Servers, a hosting platform owned by Russian citizen Vladimir Fomenko.



UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting over Iran missile test

The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, at the request of the United States, to discuss Iran’s latest ballistic missile test.

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations said Monday it wanted the U.N.’s most powerful body to talk about Sunday’s launch of a medium-range missile, which defies U.N. sanctions. Ambassador Nikki Haley is expected to take part in the meeting.

Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Dannon called for the Security Council to “act immediately in response to these Iranian actions which endanger not only Israel, but the entire Middle East.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said earlier that he did not know the “exact nature” of the test and expected to have more information later.

Iran’s missile test, the first under Donald Trump’s presidency, occurred Sunday at a well-known test site outside Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran, Fox News was first to learn.


Arab Countries Should Turn Away From US-Made to ‘More Reliable Russian Weapons’

Arab countries should replace United States-made weapons with Russian-produced analogues, according to Iraqi military expert Qasi al Myatasim.

International Military-Technical Forum ARMY 2016, showcasing hundreds of Russian (and foreign) weapons systems, took place outside Moscow earlier this month.
In an interview with Sputnik Arabic, the expert pointed out: “American weapons are not reliable. Russia produce more advanced military equipment, but the US has better propaganda tools. Moreover, when the Americans export their weapons they take out all advanced and complicated electronics [from those systems].”

According to the expert, Russian manufacturers and exporters do not downgrade their weapons.

“Russian weapons can be operational for years. They just need to be maintained, including replacing worn-out parts. This gives much more options. We worked with Soviet-made weapons, and the results were very good,” al Myatasim noted.

The expert added that Washington has recently launched a new policy in the region, in compliance with its interests.



Germany sends tanks to Lithuania for NATO mission


Germany began sending tanks and other equipment to Lithuania on Tuesday as part of a NATO mission to beef up the defense of eastern Europe and send a signal of resolve to Russia, which has denounced the build-up as an act of aggression.

The German army command said it was sending about 200 vehicles, including 30 tanks, by train to Lithuania along with 450 troops, the first of whom arrived last week. The transports would continue until late February.


PETER KORZUN | 20.12.2016 | WORLD

US Army Deploys Tanks to Europe Ratcheting Up Tensions with Russia

On December 16, US tanks and armor vehicles arrived in the Netherlands to be deployed in a storage depot located in the province of Limburg. The facility, the former Eygelshoven military base near Kerkrade, will be used to keep and maintain tanks, armored vehicles and heavy artillery pieces for a US armored brigade combat team. In January, the US Army in Europe is due to deploy a total of 4,000 American troops and around 2,000 military vehicles on a rotational basis to Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltic nations. NATO forces will move to the Baltic States in early spring. In an overtly provocative move, an American battalion will be stationed in Poland near the border with Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic enclave.

The US Army is implementing the annual defense authorization act which approved a $3.4 billion spending plan to boost NATO forces, including reopening or creating five equipment-storage sites in the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and two locations in Germany. In September, the US Army began to assemble more Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS) for permanent storage in Europe. The additional combat equipment will give the Army the option for another heavy armored brigade. Presently, it has only two light brigades in Europe: 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment.

The US military has over 62,000 permanently assigned service members in Europe.


Alarming arms race among Pakistan, India and China

The ballistic missile defense (BMD) – a country’s ability to shoot down an incoming projectile – in Asia is challenging the deterrence equilibrium not only between India and Pakistan but also with China.

With Delhi being pivotal in Washington’s long-term policy of containing domination of Beijing, the calculus of threat-perception has become awfully complex. Former US President Barack Obama not only anomalously amplified China as a threat while submitting to Russia’s advances but also authorised development of space-based weapon systems known as Strategic Defence Initiative (or Star Wars) in Reagan years. For a layman, Strategic Defence Initiative is an interplay of a series of satellites and ground-based missiles that were then meant to shoot down incoming missiles from the Soviet Union and other nations. The nuclearisation of space aims to undermine the ballistic missile defence. China, which may surpass America in space research by 2030, will soon follow the suit. India will react too, prompting Pakistan to consider its options.


Syrian Kurds Welcome Russia’s Proposed Draft Constitution for Syria

© Sputnik/ Iliya Pitalev
In an interview with Sputnik, Halit İsa, a representative of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in France, revealed the details of his Friday meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“Mr. Lavrov familiarized us with the draft constitution for Syria prepared by Russia. He said that the text was not final and that we could feel free to make any amends we deemed fit,” Halit Isa told Sputnik Arabic.

Describing the meeting as “positive,” Isa said that Russia was inviting all Syrian opposition forces and representatives of “democratic autonomies” to the negotiating table.

“The Russian-prepared draft proposes deleting the word ‘Arab’ from the country’s official name, which reads as the ‘Syrian Arab Republic,’  because there are many ethnic groups living in Syria, including Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Circassians and others.”

Halit İsa also praised the Russian draft for underscoring Syria’s status as a secular state as compared to the old constitution, which contained articles based on Sharia law.


Germany Says the Human Rights Situation in Libya is ‘Catastrophic’

Jan 30, 2017

(BERLIN) — The human rights situation in Libya is “catastrophic,” with migrants heading for Europe bearing the brunt of abuse, the German government said Monday.

A report Sunday by German weekly Welt am Sonntag quoted an internal Foreign Ministry memo describing how migrants face torture and execution at detention camps in Libya. The country has become a key departure point for migrants from Africa trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Thousands of people died last year when their rickety boats sank en route.

A separate Foreign Ministry memo obtained by The Associated Press described the camps as “terrible.”

“Europe mustn’t look away but try to make the living conditions bearable now,” the memo said. “Our credibility is on the line here.”


Netanyahu’s road to Iran runs through North Korea

Al Monitor

Forget for a moment about moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, US recognition of the settlement blocs, a closed-eye policy on the pace of construction in the territories and the way the United States has been inspired, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, by the separation barriers that Israel built in the West Bank and along its southern border. The one truly important story is North Korea. The most senior sources in Israel claim that this is where US President Donald Trump will be tested. Once the dust settles, the eyes of the world will be watching Trump’s steps to deal with North Korea’s accelerated nuclear armaments program. Top Israeli Cabinet members believe that the outcome of Trump’s dealing with the North Koreans will determine whether international efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities will be a success or whether they will be a resounding failure.

“If Trump succeeds in stopping North Korea, it would be reasonable to assume that the Iranians will get the hint,” one senior Israeli official told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “On the other hand, if Trump repeats the Obama administration’s failures in handling North Korea, the Iranians will take this as a signal that the world will have to concede to them too at some point. It would make no sense if the North Koreans can have a nuclear arsenal and intercontinental missiles that can strike the United States, while the Iranians cannot.”


Incompetence, cronyism hurts US military in online fight against ISIS, report says

Known as “WebOps,” the program was launched several years ago by a small group of civilian contractors and military officers assigned to the information operations division at U.S. Central Command’s headquarters in Tampa.

But internal documents and interviews with more than a dozen people knowledgeable about WebOps suggest a program that appears aimed more at enriching contractors than thwarting terrorism. The people interviewed by AP requested anonymity because they are prohibited from speaking publicly about WebOps due to the sensitive nature of the work and they fear professional repercussions.

WebOps relies on dozens of Arabic-speaking analysts who scour Twitter and other social media platforms for people whose postings suggest they are vulnerable to the Islamic State’s siren call. Using fictitious identities, the civilian analysts then reach out to these potential recruits and urge them not to join the extremists.


Pentagon Creating List of Iraqis Who Have Worked With US Troops

Major Mark Fuller, 2nd Team Commander, 2nd Detachment, 5th Civil Affairs Group talks through an interpreter to men at the local medical facility.( U. S. Marine Corps/ Lance Cpl. Athanasios L. Genos)
Major Mark Fuller, 2nd Team Commander, 2nd Detachment, 5th Civil Affairs Group talks through an interpreter to men at the local medical facility.( U. S. Marine Corps/ Lance Cpl. Athanasios L. Genos)

The U.S. military is drawing up a list of Iraqis who have helped U.S. forces to avoid having them caught up in the red tape of President Donald Trump’s restrictions on entry to the U.S., the Pentagon said Monday.

“We have been provided the opportunity by the White House to submit names,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, for possible exemptions from the 90-day travel ban against those from Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Iran.

Davis also said the Defense Department is considering drawing up a separate list of non-citizen, active-duty members of the military holding green cards for distribution to other agencies to ease their entry into the U.S. from overseas.

About 5,000 non-citizens enlist in the military annually, and the average number of non-citizens serving in the total force each year is about 18,000, Davis said. The DoD had no immediate count of the number of active-duty non-citizens who are from the seven countries affected by the travel ban.

As for the Iraqis, Davis said, “We are ensuring that those who have demonstrated their commitment tangibly to fight alongside us and support us — that those names are known in whatever process there is going forward.


Military situation in eastern Ukraine worsens

The Ukrainian foreign ministry expressed deep concern on Monday night (30 January) over the “intensification of the Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas”. Other reports, however, speak of a “creeping offensive” of Ukrainian forces in an attempt to create “new facts on the ground”.

According to a statement, for the last two days, Russian forces carried out massive attacks across the contact line using all available weapons, including Grad rockets, 122 mm and 152 mm artillery, 82 and 120mm mortars, and tanks, all of which are prohibited by the Minsk agreements. The Russian weapons killed 8 Ukrainian soldiers and have left 26 wounded, the statement adds.

Civilians threatened

Reports indicate that residential areas have been shelled.

“Two civilians have been wounded. The cities of Yasinovata and Avdiyivka were fully cut off from electricity by shelling. More than 400,000 peaceful civilians in the region have no access to water, electricity and heating. Given the harsh weather conditions and the continuing shelling by the militants, the humanitarian situation in the area continues to deteriorate,” the statement says.

According to the Ukrainian foreign ministry, “such actions of the Kremlin may qualify as a war crime, a gross violation of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, an unlawful, wanton and extensive destruction of property not justified by military necessity”.


Turkey and UK agree to develop new fighter aircraft

30 January 2017
Turkey and the United Kingdom signed a heads of agreement to collaborate on the development of Turkey’s indigenous fifth-generation fighter project on 28 January.

The agreement was signed in Ankara by BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in the presence of the Turkish prime minister, Binali Yildirim, and the visiting UK prime minister, Theresa May.

The non-binding agreement paves the way for the signature of a contract between the two companies that could be worth over GBP100 million and pave the way for even deeper co-operation over the lifetime of the project.

Known as the Milli Muharebe Uçagi (MMU) project locally and overseas as the Turkish Fighter Experimental (TF-X) project, the programme aims to build a modern air superiority aircraft to replace Turkey’s F-16s. Turkey selected BAE Systems as its first choice international partner for the project in late 2015.


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