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  • Russian Opposition Candidates Beaten, Cars Torched Ahead of (Regional) Elections

    09/07/2018 9:38:56 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sept 6, 2018
    Members of an opposition party running for office outside Moscow have reportedly been beaten and had their cars torched before regional elections scheduled for Sept. 9. Voters in 22 different regions across Russia, including Moscow, will elect mayors and local legislative assembly deputies on Sunday. Seven regions will also be holding special elections for seats in the State Duma. Parnas opposition party member Sergei Balabayev was beaten by a masked assailant who was allegedly plastering Parnas-branded flyers calling for an election boycott, the party said. “As soon as the deputy entered the vestibule, he was immediately kicked and punched in...
  • French energy giant Total officially pulls out of Iran

    08/20/2018 10:25:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.20.2018 | dm/jm (AFP, Reuters, AP)
    Total, France’s largest energy company, announced on Monday it was pulling out of a $4.8 billion (€4.1 billion) Iranian gas field project, after admitting it was extremely vulnerable to the threat of US penalties against those doing business with Iran. The French group was one of three major energy companies set to help supply the state-of-the-art technology needed to tap into South Pars, the world’s largest natural gas field shared by Iran and Qatar. However, after abandoning the 2015 Iran nuclear accord in May this year, the United States has said it will reimpose sanctions on Iran in two phases,...
  • U.S. blocks call for probe of Gaza violence

    05/14/2018 4:48:42 PM PDT · by familyop · 15 replies
    Israel National News (Arutz Sheva 7) ^ | May 15, 2018 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border, diplomats said, according to an AFP report. "The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest," read a draft of the statement, a copy of which was seen by the news agency.
  • US-South Korean military exercises to begin April 1

    03/19/2018 7:33:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2018 9:32 PM EDT | Robert Burns
    At a potentially pivotal moment of diplomacy with North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday that annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that had been postponed for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will begin April 1. In a brief statement, the Pentagon said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart, Song Young-moo, agreed to go forward with the maneuvers, known as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, “at a scale similar to” that of previous years. North Korea has been notified of the schedule “as well as the defensive nature” of the exercises, the Pentagon said. The timing and size of the...
  • 'No Option': Former Intelligence Chief Says US Needs To Accept North Korea's Nuclear Capability

    01/02/2018 6:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1-2-2017 | David Choi
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave sobering assessment of North Korea's efforts to advance its nuclear and missile capabilities during an interview with CNN on Tuesday. "That train left station a long time ago," Clapper said of North Korea's willingness to halt its weapons program. "The North Koreans are not going to denuclearize." Clapper's comments stood in contrast to a fiery warning from the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who said on Tuesday that the US would not take talks between South Korea and North Korea seriously after South Korea proposed holding high-level talks between...
  • Assad replaces top Syrian brass after losing military base to US- and al-Qaeda-backed fighters

    01/01/2018 6:58:13 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    SCMP ^ | 01 January, 2018
    Assad replaces top Syrian brass after losing military base to US- and al-Qaeda-backed fighters PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 January, 2018, 11:01pm UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 January, 2018, 4:20am President Bashar al-Assad reshuffled his government on Monday by replacing the ministers of defence, information and industry, while heavy fighting erupted between the military and insurgents near the capital of Damascus. State news agency SANA did not give a reason for the government reshuffle, which comes after two years of gaining ground with the help of Iran-backed fighters under the cover of Russian air strikes.
  • Loose talk about war with North Korea is irresponsible

    12/26/2017 11:53:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 25, 2017 | John R. Kasich
    With tensions continuing to build between the United States and North Korea, there’s growing talk by politicians and TV pundits that we are on the brink of war. In truth, we shouldn’t be anywhere close. This increasingly hot war of words — including loose talk about the probability of war — does nothing to bring us closer to where we need to be on North Korea, especially when military options short of war remain on the table. In fact, with millions of lives at stake, waging a war of words is a distraction from the serious task at hand. Any...
  • GOP senator: It's time for military families to leave SKorea [Linda Graham]

    12/03/2017 11:19:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2017 1:42 PM EST
    Sen. Lindsey Graham says North Korea is pushing the U.S. closer to military conflict and he believes it’s time to start moving the families of American military personnel out of South Korea. The South Carolina Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” he is also going to urge the Pentagon not to send any more dependents to South Korea. […] About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from the North. …
  • War in Syria: Assad Thanks Iran and North Korea For Help In Letters (Truncated)

    09/15/2017 12:04:27 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 9/15/17 | Tom O'Connor
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has expressed his gratitude to the supreme leaders of Iran and North Korea in two recent letters thanking them for standing behind his government, which has been accused by the West of perpetrating human rights abuses throughout a six-year war against jihadists and other insurgent groups. In a letter sent Thursday to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Assad thanked the leading Shiite Muslim cleric for providing crucial support to the Syrian military as it advanced against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) toward the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where a three-year siege by the militants was...
  • US: Sinking of SKorean warship not terrorism

    06/28/2010 11:12:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 3+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is saying that the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea was not terrorism, and not enough by itself to put the Pyongyang back on a U.S. terror blacklist. The State Department said Monday that the March sinking of the frigate Cheonan was a "provocative action" and a violation of the truce that ended the Korean war. But it added that the sinking by a reported North Korean torpedo strike was the act of one state's military against another.
  • ‘Statement from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces’

    11/14/2017 11:25:28 PM PST · by aquila48 · 61 replies
    GOOD MORNING/AFTERNOON Fellow Zimbabweans, following the address we made on 13 November 2017 which we believe our main broadcaster, ZBC and The Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in our country has moved to another level. Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency, The President, of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G Mugabe and his fa,ily are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and...
  • North Korea Says It May Give Up Nuclear Weapons If U.S. Abandons Them First

    11/15/2017 10:09:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 15, 2017 | Tom O’Connor, Newsweek
    North Korea suggested Wednesday it may be open to giving up its nuclear weapons, but only if the U.S. did so first. Ruling Korean Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a commentary Wednesday in which the country's authoritarian leadership challenged President Donald Trump to reverse his support for a bigger, stronger U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal and adopt a non-proliferation policy. North Korea has argued its weapons of mass destruction stockpile was necessary only to prevent the U.S. from overthrowing the government of Kim Jong Un, which the U.S. has threatened to do by force if he did not abandon his...
  • After Branding Christianity a ‘National Security’ Threat, China Moves to ‘Sinicize’ Religion

    10/25/2017 8:22:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 24 Oct 2017 | FRANCES MARTEL
    snip While the Chinese government has branded all religion a national security threat, of paramount concern is Christianity. Christianity has seen such a dramatic surge in popularity that Christians reportedly outnumber Communist Party members in the country. In response to this phenomenon, the Chinese government announced the imposition of new regulations imposing onerous fines and jail time on Christians who participate in “unauthorized” travel to religious conferences, engage in “unregistered” Christian activities like house prayer, or refuse to abide by laws demanding the removal of any public displays of Christianity. The law also bans members of the Communist Party from...
  • NK will not resume six party talks without change in US policies

    10/22/2017 7:47:05 AM PDT · by topher · 20 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 22-Oct-2017 | by Choi He-suk
    North Korea will not return to the six party talks unless issues with the US are resolved, a high level North Korean diplomat said Saturday. According to reports citing participants of the Moscow Nonproliferation Conference, North Korean Foreign Ministry’s Director General of North America Affairs Choi Sun-hee said that Pyongyang will not return to six party talks, and that the country will only negotiate with the US. “Suggestions from various countries are welcome, but as the US is the country that is trying to pressure and to bring about the collapse of North Korea, the issue must be resolved with...
  • John Kerry says Trump is "creating an international crisis" over Iran deal

    10/13/2017 3:11:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 78 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 13, 2017 | By KATHRYN WATSON
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday blasted President Trump's decision not to re-certify Iran's compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, accusing Mr. Trump of jumpstarting an "international crisis." "President Trump's decision today is dangerous," Kerry said in a lengthy statement he posted to Twitter. "He's creating an international crisis. It endangers America's national security interests and those of our closest allies. "The president has polluted the negotiating waters and made it easier for legitimate concerns to be distinguished from back-door efforts to kill the deal," Kerry added. "What we've seen today lacks common sense and strategic thinking to...
  • Nancy Pelosi: Trump's Policies Are Violent to America and the World

    10/13/2017 3:03:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | October 13, 2017 | by Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
    The House Democratic Leader explains, "The president is just saying, 'Stop the world.' He wants to get off, because he doesn't know how to deal." What the president is doing, it's violent. His actions are violent. He does violence to what we want to do in health care. He does violence to the national debt by what he is adding to it. He does violence to the world, in terms of nuclear proliferation and the environment and our standing in the world, with his frivolity. What we want him to do is to calm down, get used to the job...
  • Germany warns Donald Trump against decertifying Iran deal

    10/13/2017 5:57:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 132 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.12.2017 | amp, dm/bk (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    The German government has warned the US against withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement. US President Donald Trump is expected to decertify Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 deal in a White House speech at 12:45 p.m. (16:45 UTC) on Friday. “We believe this agreement is an important instrument to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday. “If … an important country like the United States comes to a different conclusion as appears to be the case, we will work even harder with other partners to maintain this cohesion,” he said. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel...
  • Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III

    10/08/2017 6:41:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 77 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | October 8, 2017 | Jonathan Martin and Mark Landler
    WASHINGTON — Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”Mr. Corker’s comments capped a remarkable day of...
  • Thornberry claims UK would STOP dealing with Trump over aggressive handling of North Korea

    10/08/2017 5:20:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Sunday Express ^ | October 8, 2017 | Oli Smith
    Emily Thornberry has insisted that the UK can talk to the US without working with Donald Trump. In a shocking attack on the elected leader of the US, the shadow foreign secretary said that Mr Trump's rhetoric on North Korea was intemperate, inappropriate and dangerous. This comes as the US leader tweeted last night that "only one thing will work with North Korea" in response to failed diplomatic efforts. Tensions between the Trump administration and Kim Jong-Un has dramatically escalated in recent weeks. Speaking to Sky News, Mrs Thornberry said: "I wouldn’t ever change my tone with Trump. "I would...
  • Is Trump All Talk on North Korea? The Uncertainty Sends a Shiver

    09/24/2017 4:35:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 24, 2017 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    When President Trump gave a fiery campaign speech in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday evening, he drew a rapturous roar by ridiculing Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as “Little Rocket Man.” Among diplomats and national security specialists, the reaction was decidedly different. After Mr. Trump repeated his taunt in a tweet late Saturday and threatened that Mr. Kim and his foreign minister “won’t be around much longer” if they continue their invective against the United States, reactions ranged from nervous disbelief to sheer terror. Mr. Trump’s willingness to casually threaten to annihilate a nuclear-armed foe was yet another reminder of...