February 6, 2017

Donald Trump will NOT get to speak in Parliament after Commons Speaker John Bercow blocks ‘racist and sexist’ US President (but he didn’t have a problem when the President of CHINA was here)

[Editor’s Note: This is not only as flat out insult to President Trump but it is an insult to the American people.  It will not be forgotten.]

  • Speaker said he is ‘strongly opposed’ to the President speaking in Westminster
  • Bercow is one of three powerful ‘key holders’ to the historic Westminster Hall 
  • As an invited guest on a state visit Trump might have expected to make a speech
  • Bercow allowed leaders of China, Kuwait and Qatar speak to MPs and peers 

Donald Trump was branded ‘racist and sexist’ as Commons Speaker John Bercow revealed the US President will be barred from making a speech at Westminster Hall on his state visit.

In an extraordinary broadside from the Speaker’s chair, he said Mr Trump’s controversial ban on migrants from seven majority Muslim countries had left him ‘even more strongly opposed’ to a speech than he had been.

But Mr Bercow previously had no objections to leaders of controversial regimes


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China sails warships near islands Mattis vowed to defend for Japan


Report: Trump’s national security adviser will recommend Trump make a big move against Russia

Flynn has longstanding ties to Russia — most notably, he was paid to attend a gala event for Russia Today, a Russian propaganda outlet. On that occasion, he dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin.



Trump Admin Urged to Counter Iran With New Middle East Missile System

Recommendation comes with new sanctions on Iran

February 3, 2017 4:30 pm

A member of the House Armed Services Committee is urging the Trump administration to build a new ballistic missile defense system in the Middle East to counter Iranian aggression and defend U.S. allies, according to communications to the White House obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) disclosed to White House officials on Friday that plans already exist to build a missile defense system in the heart of the Middle East, providing cover against Iranian provocations in the region.


ISIS offering potential recruits protection, payments & free passage to Europe – think tank

Islamic State provides free passage to Europe to refugees willing to join the terrorist group, offering potential recruits up to $1,000 while actively infiltrating migrant communities in countries of destination, a British anti-extremism think tank warns.

A latest report by the leading British counter-extremism think tank Quilliam also says that underage asylum seekers are at increasing risk of being radicalized by Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) preachers infiltrating refugee camps and local migrant communities.

“Groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram recruit using financial incentives within refugee camps and work with smugglers and traffickers to facilitate the journey to asylum,” Quilliam’s report said. According to the think tank, IS is clearly aware of the value of migrant routes in the Eastern Mediterranean as it offers free passage and “a degree of security” to those willing to join IS.

In other instances, IS offers recruits up to $1,000, with the sum being a remarkable financial incentive for some refugees struggling to fund their journeys across the Mediterranean.


Iran: Uranium shipment will give us 60% more than pre-deal

Size of stockpile significant should Tehran keep it in storage until terms of agreement expire

Iran’s nuclear chief said it would have 60 percent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to its landmark 2015 agreement with world powers after a shipment expected later this week.

Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday as saying that Iran would receive a final batch of 149 tons of natural uranium by Tuesday, in addition to 210 tons already delivered since early 2016.

The huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia was to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats said earlier this month, in a move approved by the outgoing US administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact.


Trump agrees to meet NATO leaders in Europe in May

By Steve Holland | WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.

President Donald Trump agreed to meet alliance leaders in Europe in May in a phone call on Sunday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that also touched on the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the White House said.

Trump was elected on a pledge to push NATO members to increase their funding to the western alliance to ease the financial burden on the United States.

This proposal has drawn opposition from both his fellow Republicans as well as Democrats and the idea has worried European allies who fear Russian President Vladimir Putin might take advantage.


The Only Way to Beat Russia in a War Over the Baltics

It was more than eight years ago when a tank force from the Georgian army’s 42nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion fought its way overnight through Tskhinvali, South Ossetia.

The tanks were in trouble. They were moving too fast, outrunning their infantry support and taking losses to South Ossetian irregulars scattered throughout the city. Only hours into a war which would last five days, they had to keep moving before Russian reinforcements could arrive to bolster the pro-Russian, breakway Georgian province.

Later in the day, the tanks arrived at a crossroads near the command center of a local detachment of Russian peacekeepers. And that’s when the full force of the Russian 19th Motor Rifle Division—rushed to reinforce Tskhinvali—slammed into the battalion.

The Russians quickly destroyed four of the Georgian tanks—not with tanks of their own, but with anti-tank guided missiles launched from lighter armored vehicles. Demoralized, the surviving Georgian armor retreated.

Fast forward to today, and the armed forces of the Baltic states are studying what happened during that battle, in the event they might one day find themselves in the same situation as Georgia. …



Israel Targets Hamas Sites After Gaza Rocket Attack

Israel’s military fired on Hamas installations in Gaza after a rocket launched from the territory exploded inside Israel on Monday, with no reports of casualties on either side.

Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, has largely adhered to a cease-fire that ended a 50-day war with Israel in 2014, but other militant groups occasionally fire rockets or mortar rounds over the frontier. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all incoming fire.

Sirens wailed in parts of southern Israel warning of incoming rockets early Monday. The military said one exploded in an open field. Soon after the attack, it said a tank fired at a Hamas position near the frontier.


Louvre attack suspect refuses to talk during police grilling


Paris (AFP) – The suspected Louvre Museum attacker refused to talk to French police during two rounds of questioning, a judicial source said.

The man, believed to be an Egyptian national, was shot in the stomach and seriously wounded after lunging at soldiers with two machetes on Friday.

The attack was the latest in a string of assaults in France and thrust the issue of security back into the headlines three months ahead of the presidential election.

Investigators questioned him twice at his hospital bed where he is receiving treatment after his condition improved but he “still refuses to speak”, the judicial source said.

The suspect has been held at a Paris hospital since the attack near the museum on Friday morning.


Finland & Sweden mull joining UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force

Finland and Sweden are contemplating joining an elite UK-led military group capable of mobilizing tens of thousands of soldiers to respond to a variety of threats anywhere in the world. Both Nordic non-NATO states received invitations over the weekend.

The 10,000-strong British-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), which began formation in December of 2012, is designed to operate alone or jointly in support of NATO, European Union, or United Nations missions anywhere in the world.

The force will incorporate air and naval units, as well as ground troops, and will be led by British commanders, with other participating nations contributing a range of specialist troops and units.

A letter of intent signed with partners from Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Norway aims to develop JEF to become fully operational before 2018, but the force can already be used if needed.


Turkey transfers state assets to sovereign wealth fund

ISTANBUL: The Turkish government has ordered the transfer of tens of billions of dollars worth of state assets to a sovereign wealth fund, in a huge shake-up of its holdings aimed at financing ambitious infrastructure projects.


Japan resumes work on controversial US base on Okinawa

The Japanese government resumed on Monday work on building a controversial US airbase on Okinawa island, sparking angry protests and scuffles with police.

The Japanese and US governments want the Futenma airbase located in a crowded city on the island moved to a sparsely populated area in the north for safety reasons. But many Okinawans want it off the island altogether.

Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga had tried to block efforts to reclaim land for the new offshore facility and he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe filed rival lawsuits to try to settle the issue.


China tests ballistic missile that can target India, Japan

Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times, Beijing
China’s newly formed Rocket Force has tested an advanced ballistic missile with a range of more than 1,000 km that can hit targets across the neighbourhood, including in India, Japan and Taiwan.

A video released by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) showed its Rocket Force personnel testing the DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile at an unknown location.

State media reports didn’t say when the drill was held but the video was released within a day of James Mattis, US President Donald Trump’s new defence secretary, visiting Tokyo.

On Monday, Japan said Chinese coast guard vessels sailed inside its territorial waters around the disputed Diaoyu islands (Senkaku in Japanese) in the East China Sea, soon after Mattis said the US would defend Tokyo’s control over them.




 Japan Will Build Coal Power Plants

Japanese companies are planning to develop about 45 additional coal power plants in the next decade, as the country gradually ramps up its nuclear power generation following the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the US Energy Information Administration said Thursday.

“The country is installing new, clean coal plant technologies, such as ultra-supercritical units or integrated gasification combined-cycle technology, to meet environmental targets and to replace some of the decades-old coal power plants,” EIA said, Platts reported.

While no significant coal-fired capacity is expected to come online before 2020, the 45 new coal power plants are expected to add more than 20 GW of capacity in the next decade, it said.


Urgent arms deals of Rs 20,000 crore inked to keep forces ready


  • India has inked a flurry of emergency deals for ammunition
  • Over the last two to three months, deals worth around Rs 20,000 crore have been inked
  • The aim is to guarantee the armed forces can undertake at least 10 days of “intense fighting” without worrying
NEW DELHI: India is finally taking steps to make its armed forces fighting fit. The country has inked a flurry of emergency deals for ammunition and spares worth around Rs 20,000 crore over the last two to three months to ensure its fighters and tanks, infantry and warships, are all ready to go to battle at short notice.

Defence ministry sources said the aim was to guarantee the armed forces can undertake at least 10 days of “intense fighting” without worrying about ammunition, spares and other reserves. The pace for concluding the new contracts, primarily with Russia, Israel and France, was set in motion after the terror attack in Uri on September 18.

US Heavy Vehicles Arrive in Estonia as Part of Atlantic Resolve

A new company with four M1A2 Abrams tanks and 15 Bradley fighting vehicles will replace the company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s 503rd Infantry Regiment, which arrived in Estonia in September 2016.

TALLINN (Sputnik) – US heavy vehicles of the infantry company of the 68th Armored Regiment’s 1st Battalion arrived on Monday in Estonia as part of the Atlantic Resolve operation, the Estonian Defense Forces said in a statement.

“The infantry company’s heavy equipment with tanks and armored fighting vehicles arrived at Estonia’s Tapa station … The company’s personnel arrived last Friday,” the statement said.

The company with four M1A2 Abrams tanks and 15 Bradley fighting vehicles will replace the company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s 503rd Infantry Regiment that arrived in Estonia in September 2016.


Egyptian army kills 14 militants in central Sinai raid: spokesman

Egyptian soldiers killed 14 militants and arrested ten others in a raid in central Sinai, the military said on Monday.

The operation over the past five days destroyed three car bombs and 10 other explosive devices and seized weapons, communication devices and military clothing, the army spokesman added.

An Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula has gained pace since the military toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement, in 2013 following mass protests against him.


The Russian Air Force won’t rush with its first stealth fighter jet

The Russian Defense Ministry said it won’t hurry with the purchase of the expensive T-50 stealth fighter, and in the meantime the Air Force will rely on the Su-35S jet fighters.uTube
The 5th-generation T-50 (PAK FA) jet fighters will be delivered to the Russian Air Force after 2018, said Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov.

“Most likely this will be part of the next State Armament Program for the 2018-2025,” said Borisov, adding that the fighter still needs to be perfected and the military will not rush to buy the new expensive planes. For now their functions will be performed by the 4++ generation Su-35S fighters.

“We bought a small number of the T-50s, and we’re watching how they perform in tests,” said Borisov. “We’re looking for defects and will make the necessary improvements so that it will eventually be the best fighter plane possible.”




Missile yemenita colpisce Riyadh

“Un successo” il test: avrebbe centrato una base militare a poca distanza dalla capitale saudita. Non hi al momento notizia di vittime

Un missile Borkan come quell oche sarebbe stato lanciato dallo Yemen verso Riyadh (Fonte YemenPress)

Un missile superficie-superficie lanciato dall’esercito yemenita ha colpito la capitale saudita, Riyadh. Il missile è stato lanciato nella serata di domenica, e le fonti hanno descritto il test come “un successo”. Secondo le prime indiscrezioni, dovrebbe trattarsi di uno Scud Russo, noto come “Borkan”, che avrebbe colpito la base militare di Mazahimiyah, circa 50 km a ovest di Riyadh.

Al momento non si sa se ci sono vittime; sui social media, c’è chi descrive il suono dell’esplosione come un terremoto o lo schianto di un meteorite.


Japan’s troubled ‘space junk’ mission fails

Tokyo (AFP) – An experimental Japanese mission to clear ‘space junk’ or rubbish from the Earth’s orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Over 100 million pieces of garbage are thought to be whizzing around the planet, including cast-off equipment from old satellites and bits of rocket, which experts say could pose risks for future space exploration.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were trying to test an electrodynamic ‘tether’ — created with the help of a fishing net company — to slow down the orbiting rubbish and bring it into a lower orbit.

The hope was that the clutter — built up after more than five decades of human space exploration — would eventually enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up harmlessly before it had a chance to crash into the planet.


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