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  • Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for 'poorer, more dangerous' world and rise of China

    06/30/2020 7:24:20 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 12 replies
    https://www.abc.net.au ^ | 6/30/2020 | By political reporter Jade Macmillan and defence correspondent Andrew Greene
    Australia will build a larger and more aggressive military focused on its immediate backyard, including new long-range missiles, signalling a major shift in the nation's defence strategy. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled a greater focus on the Indo-Pacific region, warning Australia needs to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is "poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly". Mr Morrison also announced a commitment to spend $270 billion over the next decade on defence capabilities, including more potent strike weapons, cyber capabilities and a high-tech underwater surveillance system. Over the next decade the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is expected to...
  • As UN panel examines 'systemic racism' in US, some countries say America is an unfair playing field

    06/17/2020 9:03:27 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2020 | Frank Miles
    As the top human rights body of the United Nations seeks international scrutiny of systemic racism in response to the recent killings of African Americans by police, some countries are wondering if there is a double standard at play for America rather than the ways other countries are targeted for human rights violations because of dehumanizing their people. A draft resolution, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, singles out the United States and could become the centerpiece of a hastily scheduled debate by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. The text calls for a...
  • Planeloads of Cash From Russia Have Been Shipped to Venezuela

    11/01/2019 11:55:28 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 1, 2019 | Patricia Laya
    Hundreds of millions of dollars in cash has been shipped from Russia to Venezuela, providing a lifeline to the South American country as U.S. sanctions limit its access to the global financial system. A total of $315 million of U.S. dollar and euro notes were sent in six separate shipments from Moscow to Caracas from May 2018 to April 2019, according to data reviewed by Bloomberg from ImportGenius, which compiled Russian customs records it obtains through private sources. ...As a consequence of the scrutiny, the central bank is conducting more transactions in cash, sometimes offering local clients access to euro...
  • Signs From North Korea Only Raise More Questions About Absent Kim Jong Un

    04/29/2020 1:56:52 PM PDT · by Bon mots · 7 replies
    US News ^ | April 29, 2020, at 8:09 a.m. | Paul D. Shinkman
    President Donald Trump has said he knows something of the North Korean leader’s condition – but he won’t disclose it. NORTH KOREA THIS WEEK provided halting signs that leader Kim Jong Un remains in power and control as sensational reports circulated unabated across the world claiming he is grievously ill or perhaps even dead. Though their significance is disputed, a series of dispatches were reportedly issued in Kim's name to Syria, Cuba and South Africa as well as a letter of praise for local workers. But, as is historically the case when issues arise about its leader's fitness, signals from...
  • Iran summons Swiss ambassador amid warnings it will destroy US warships

    04/23/2020 5:59:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    France24 ^ | April 23, 2020
    Iran has summoned the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, who represents US interests in the country, over recent Gulf tensions, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday, according to the IRIB news agency. The ambassador was given a message to pass on to the United States that Iran will strongly defend its maritime rights in the Gulf and respond to any threats. Iran warned it will destroy US warships if its security is threatened in the Gulf, the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards told state TV on Thursday, a day after US President Donald Trump warned Tehran over...
  • US Flies Spy Plane over Korean Peninsula Following N.K.'s Missile Launch

    03/31/2020 6:55:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | Apr 1, 2020 | Yonhap
    A US surveillance aircraft has flown over South Korea, an aviation tracker said Wednesday, on an apparent mission to monitor North Korea just days after the communist nation fired what are believed to be two short-range ballistic missiles. The US Navy's EP-3E was spotted in skies above South Korea on Tuesday, Aircraft Spots tweeted. The operation came two days after North Korea fired two projectiles from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan toward the East Sea, marking the fourth major weapons test the North has conducted this year. The United States flew the same type of plane over the peninsula...
  • North Korea leader Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in new letter: report

    09/15/2019 6:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WTVB-FM ^ | September 15, 2019 | Jack Kim, Reuters
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. The letter, the second Trump received from Kim last month amid stalled denuclearization talks between the two countries, pre-dated North Korea's latest launch of short-range projectiles a week ago. In the second letter, which was passed to Trump in the third week of August, Kim spoke of his willingness to meet Trump for another summit, one source reportedly told the Joongang Ilbo newspaper. The White House, the U.S. State Department...
  • North Korean leader in grave danger after surgery

    04/20/2020 6:51:52 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 193 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/20/20 | Jim Sciutto
    The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after a surgery, according to a US official with direct knowledge.
  • Foreign powers test US defenses amid coronavirus pandemic

    04/19/2020 10:05:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/19/20 08:00 AM EDT | ELLEN MITCHELL
    Foreign powers test US defenses amid coronavirus pandemic BY ELLEN MITCHELL - 04/19/20 08:00 AM EDT U.S. adversaries are probing America's defenses as the world is preoccupied with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In the past two weeks, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea have all moved to test Washington in the sea, in the air and on land as U.S. forces have become more restricted in movement amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. “Exactly how distracted is the U.S. military? They want to know,” said Susanna Blume, the director of the defense program at the Center for...
  • China's first bio-safety level 4 lab put into operation [From Jan 2018]

    01/30/2020 9:02:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | January 4, 2018 | Editor: Xiang Bo
    BEIJING -- China has opened its first bio-safety level four laboratory, capable of conducting experiments with highly pathogenic microorganisms, according to the national health authority on Thursday. Wuhan national bio-safety level four lab of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Wuhan P4 lab) is part of Sino-French cooperation in prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, said the Department of Health Science, Technology and Education with the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Level four is the highest bio-safety level, used for diagnostic work and research on easily transmitted pathogens which can cause fatal disease, including Ebola virus. The Wuhan P4...
  • Report Claims China Knew About Coronavirus a Full Month Before They Admitted It

    03/16/2020 5:38:24 PM PDT · by Steve1999 · 17 replies
    NewsPushed ^ | 03-16-20 | David Lindfield
    A new report claims that the first people infected with the virus took sick more than a month before China ever admitted the virus existed, according to The Western Journal. Based on Chinese government documents to which it had access, the South China Morning Post reported that a 55-year-old in the Hubei province, which contains the city of Wuhan, contracted the disease on Nov. 17.
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Surge' of coronavirus lies from adversaries seeking to blame U.S. floods web

    03/15/2020 7:12:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Updated: 9:07 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020 | Guy Taylor
    China, Russia and Iran are flooding the global information space with false claims about the new coronavirus, according to U.S. officials, who say one of the biggest lies — that the virus that causes COVID-19 is a U.S. bioweapon and was brought to China by U.S. Army personnel — is just the latest in a “surge of propaganda” aimed at undermining America’s image on the world stage. Beijing, Moscow and Tehran are using a vast web of social media accounts, fake news outlets and state-controlled global satellite media to promote false claims by academics and, at times, government officials to...
  • Witness In Iran Sanctions Case Says Turkey's Erdogan Aided Evasion Scheme

    12/13/2017 2:35:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | December 12, 2017 | With reporting by Bloomberg, Newsday, and Reuters
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the targets of an investigation in Turkey into suspected bribery and money laundering in connection with a scheme to help Iran evade sanctions, a former Istanbul police officer has testified. The officer, Huseyin Korkmaz, told a New York court on December 11 that the Turkish investigation that he led in 2012-2013 initially focused on Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who U.S. prosecutors have said was the mastermind behind the Iran sanctions evasion scheme, but later grew to include dozens of others. He called Erdogan the "No. 1" target in a group that also included...
  • Pompeo Stands Up For America, Calls out Europeans for False Claims Against the United States

    02/15/2020 11:24:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2020 | Katie Pavlich
    MUNICH - Speaking during the Munich Security Conference Saturday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out European leaders and others for claiming the West is “westless,” pushed back on allegations that the United States “rejects the international community” and explained that the NATO alliance has been bolstered, not weakened, by President Trump’s demands on allied countries to properly budget for defense.  "I saw the topic for this weekend’s gathering, this idea of 'westlessness' as the core theme for this year’s conference. And I am sure, too, there are many of you who would call yourself here realists, but let me...
  • US diplomat: Russian-controlled forces risking conflict with American troops in Syria

    02/05/2020 9:29:40 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 77 replies
    Washington examiner ^ | 2/5/2020 | Joel gehrke
    Russian-controlled forces in Syria have been roaming deeper into U.S.-held territory, raising the risk of conflict in an apparent effort “to challenge our presence in the northeast,” according to a senior State Department official. “These are not daily occurrences, but they have been increasing in number,” James Jeffrey, the State Department’s lead negotiator for the Syria crisis, told reporter
  • Dear Free Republic Compatriots: Lets Get C-SPAN to cover this TIMELY EVENT!

    02/06/2004 2:37:58 PM PST · by faludeh_shirazi · 6 replies · 123+ views
    ActivistChat.com ^ | Feb 6 | ActivistChat.com
    Dear FreeRepublic Compatriots: There is a SPECIAL EVENT on Iran that is going to be held on February 11th in California. The program is called "From a Great Civilization ... IRAN .. To the Axis of Evil?" and the speakers will be LARRY ELDER, KENNETH TIMMERMAN, and BIJAN KIAN. Because most of us won't be able to attend we are urging everyone interested to email C-SPAN at events@c-span.org and see if we can't get them to give coverage to this program! Let C-SPAN know that this is a very important and timely event and will get MANY viewers! Lets see...
  • China and Russia declare “solidarity” with Iran after Gulf tanker attacks

    06/16/2019 5:04:47 PM PDT · by robowombat · 66 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | JUN 15, 2019 1:47 PM | CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
    China and Russia declare “solidarity” with Iran after Gulf tanker attacks “Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed solidarity with Iran…even as the U.S. Navy revealed evidence the Iranians were behind the terrorist attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.” The two oil tankers were Japanese and Norwegian. The U.S. military released a video it says “shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard taking an unexploded mine from the hull of one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman.” Tehran’s usual response was denial, and it also accused the U.S. of “waging...
  • Looks like Iran still has the EU on their side

    05/13/2019 2:22:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | May 13, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is a busy man these days. He’s logging enough frequent flyer miles book free vacations for the rest of his life. Today he’s in Brussels to push back on the European Union as they prepare to try to salvage the Iran nuclear deal without America’s support. By the way… remind me again why we’re so worried about offending the EU anymore? It’s not as if they’re really coming down on the right side of history in a lot of current debates. (Washington Post) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday arrived Brussels in an unplanned...
  • As B-52 bombers arrive in region, defiant Iran says U.S. "will not dare" attack

    05/10/2019 12:01:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 78 replies
    cbs ^ | May 10, 2019 | Tucker Reals
    Martin said U.S. officials started noticing more "heated rhetoric" from Tehran in April, when the U.S. declared the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, but it escalated after the Trump administration said it intended to bring Iranian oil exports down to zero by ending waivers that allowed a few countries to keep buying their petroleum products. Officials told Martin that U.S. intelligence began picking up "chatter" about Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq attacking Americans in the country, where there are still about 5,200 U.S. troops deployed. On Friday, the U.S. Maritime Administration issued a fresh warning to commercial shipping companies,...
  • New Middle East Alliance Shakes World Powers

    03/31/2019 9:40:11 AM PDT · by amorphous · 63 replies
    Oil Price dot Com ^ | 28 March 2019 | By Yossef Bodansky
    A new bloc is emerging in the greater Middle East with the declared objectives of dominating the entire Arab world, confronting and containing the US and its allies; and controlling and benefiting from the entire hydro-carbon economy, from production to transportation. The leading members of the new bloc are Turkey, Iran, and Qatar; with Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan submitting to the new bloc. Russian experts call the new bloc “the Middle Eastern Entente”. The key to the success of the bloc is the emerging correlation of influence of the great powers in the af-termath of the wars in Syria...