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  • UAE Navy Orders Two Gowind Corvettes from France

    11/09/2017 7:30:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 09 November 2017
    French President Emmanuel Macron announced today that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered two Gowind corvettes from French shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS). President Macron made the announcement during a press conference in Dubai. The deal includes an option for two more vessels (for a possible total of four corvettes). The corvettes will be built by Naval Group in cooperation with local shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB). Contacted by Navy Recognition, an industry source explained that the corvettes would have quite a unique configuration: They are set to be fitted with the Tacticos combat management system (instead of Naval Group's...
  • Germany Says the F-35 is the "Preferred Choice" to Replace its Tornados

    11/09/2017 7:25:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Despite a plan to jointly develop its own fifth generation fighter jet with France, Germany is still very interested in joining the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The German Air Force, or Luftwaffe, is looking hard at the American jet as it presses for purchases of an already in production or development design to replace its aging Panavia Tornado swing-wing combat aircraft. The F-35 is the “preferred choice” on a shortlist of aircraft the Luftwaffe is looking at to replace its approximately 85 Tornados, a “senior service official” speaking anonymously under the Chatham House Rule, told Jane’s 360, according to...
  • Minnesota terror convict released to family

    11/09/2017 7:21:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2017 5:23 PM EST
    A Minnesota man serving 20 years of supervised release for conspiring to join the Islamic State has been released from his federal halfway house. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis granted 21-year-old Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf’s release to his family Thursday. While at the halfway house, Yusuf received counseling, mentoring and an award for being a role model to other residents. […] Yusuf was among nine Minnesota men sentenced last year for conspiring to join the militant group in Syria. …
  • An alternative history of the year since Election Day 2016 (Hillary wins - Democrat fantasy)

    11/09/2017 7:14:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2017 | Rachel Sklar
    The year since the 2016 election has been dizzying. But would it have been just as dizzying if Hillary Clinton had won? A year into the scariest experiment the American Experiment has ever experimented with, here’s a glimpse at the alternate timeline that we just barely missed out on. Nov. 8, 2016: Madam President! The first female president of the United States, Hillary Clinton, wins the popular vote by 3 million votes and ekes out a narrow electoral college victory by winning Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, just like the polls all said! On Etsy, a million “Madam President” onesies go...
  • Trump Bodyguard Keith Schiller Testifies Russian Offered Trump Women, Was Turned Down

    11/09/2017 6:28:18 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    After a business meeting before the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013, a Russian participant offered to "send five women" to Donald Trump's hotel room in Moscow, his longtime bodyguard told Congress this week, according to three sources who were present for the interview. Two of the sources said the bodyguard, Keith Schiller, viewed the offer as a joke, and immediately responded, "We don't do that type of stuff." The two sources said Schiller's comments came in the context of him adamantly disputing the allegations made in the Trump dossier, written by a former British intelligence operative, which describes Trump having...
  • Ex-Trump security chief testifies he rejected 2013 Russian offer of women for Trump in Moscow

    11/09/2017 4:00:00 PM PST · by Magnatron · 29 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | November 9, 2017 | Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb
    President Donald Trump's long-time confidant Keith Schiller privately testified that he rejected a Russian offer to send five women to then private-citizen Trump's hotel room during their 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, according to multiple sources from both political parties with direct knowledge of the testimony. Schiller, Trump's former bodyguard and personal aide, testified that he took the offer as a joke, two of the sources said. On their way up to Trump's hotel room that night, Schiller told the billionaire businessman about the offer and Trump laughed it off, Schiller told the House intelligence committee...
  • China Energy to invest $83.7 billion in West Virginia

    11/09/2017 12:31:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WSAZ-TV ^ | November 9, 2017 | Staff
    BEIJING, China (WSAZ) -- China Energy Investment Corporation Limited has signed an agreement with the West Virginia Dept. of Commerce on an $83.7 billion plan to invest in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing projects in West Virginia. The Memoradum of Understanding was signed Thursday in Beijing, witnessed by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. West Virginia Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher and China Energy President Ling Wen signed the MOU. "This is a great day for the state of West Virginia," Gov. Jim Justice said. "I’ve been saying for the last couple months that the tides...
  • Venezuela teeters on brink of default

    11/09/2017 11:50:52 AM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 8, 2017 | Maria Isabel SANCHEZ
    Longstanding fears of a Venezuela debt default crystallized Wednesday, as the political crisis engulfing the sinking OPEC state deepened with a meeting set at the UN Security Council and the EU eyeing an arms embargo. Investors were bracing for what looked to be an inevitable "credit event" that analysts said could arrive within days -- before a "refinancing and restructuring" of the debt called for by President Nicolas Maduro.
  • Kuwait Orders Citizens To Leave Lebanon Immediately

    11/09/2017 10:13:22 AM PST · by JP1201 · 100 replies
    According to the Kuwait News Agency, citing a foreign ministry statement, Kuwait citizens currently in Lebanon are urged to leave the country immediately. The statement said the order is due to the "circumstances experienced by Lebanon at the moment, as well as a precautionary measure against any negative impact that might take place."
  • Justice for Asia’s Climate Refugees

    11/09/2017 10:08:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 9, 2017 | By Theiva Lingam
    We all have a climate story to tell. As I head for the latest round of UN climate talks (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, relatives in Malaysia tell me that our home state, Penang, has been almost completely submerged by floods, killing seven people and displacing thousands. As with most disasters and shocks, the poorest are the worst hit. Climate-related migration is already hurting some of the most vulnerable communities. Clearly, the impacts these people are suffering are not their own fault, but the symptom of a crisis for which developed nations and multinational corporations are primarily responsible by relentlessly extracting...
  • Trump slams forced abortion, infanticide in North Korea

    11/09/2017 9:58:10 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 8, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    SOUTH KOREA, November 8, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump blasted the forced abortions and infanticide that are regularly committed in North Korea, asking why China would “feel an obligation” to help a country that kills Chinese babies for being “inferior.” “North Korean women are forced to abort babies that are considered ethnically inferior,” Trump told South Korea’s National Assembly. “And if these babies are born, the newborns are murdered.” “One woman's baby born to a Chinese father was taken away in a bucket,” Trump recalled. “The guard said it did not deserve to live because it was impure.”
  • In harsh corner of Uganda, herders fight climate change

    11/09/2017 9:57:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | November 9, 2017 | By ADELLE KALAKOUTI
    The sun is setting over Karamoja. Time for the nomadic herders to return their cattle to thorn-ringed enclosures. They've roamed since first light, searching for pasture in Uganda's poorest region where water and grazing land are scarce. Now the changing climate has brought hunger and bewilderment as traditional coping methods for the harsh environment fail. As the first major global climate conference convenes in Germany since President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of the 2015 Paris accord, many in Africa fear they will be hit harder than most. Historically, the rainy season runs from April to...
  • One year later: Trump takes a grand tour of Asia as Clinton visits Wisconsin, finally

    11/09/2017 9:50:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 9, 2017 | David Smith in Milwaukee
    Donald Trump had the red carpet rolled out for him on Thursday in Beijing, where he aspires to the role of global statesman weighing the fate of billions of people. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton is heading to downtown Milwaukee, promoting her book at an old vaudeville show house tucked between Mo’s Irish Pub, Planet Fitness, Potbelly, Subway and Uhle’s Finest Cigars and Tobacco. Yes, elections have consequences. A year to the day after he was declared US president-elect and responded with an unusually gracious victory speech, Trump was being feted by Chinese president Xi Jinping with a military parade and flag-waving...
  • Trump Tightens Rules on Immigrants with Terrorism Ties

    11/09/2017 8:44:23 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 9 replies
    LifeZette ^ | Nov. 8, 2017 | Brendan Kirby
    In a little-noticed move recently, President Donald Trump’s administration reversed a policy adopted by his predecessor that made it easier for foreigners with terrorism ties to get into the United States. Former President Barack Obama’s administration had instructed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers to withhold decisions — and give the Homeland Security secretary an opportunity to grant a waiver — regarding certain foreigners who otherwise would be inadmissible under U.S. law. [snip] A policy memo issued in 2009 instructed USCIS officers to withhold decisions in four categories of foreigners to give the secretary of the Department of Homeland...
  • ISIS chased out of last stronghold in Syria

    11/09/2017 8:23:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/09/2017
    BEIRUT -- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants withdrew Thursday from their last stronghold in Syria, a strategic town near the border with Iraq, following a government offensive that has effectively left the extremist group's fighters dispersed in villages and small towns in the desert. The Syrian military declared the town liberated after intense battles that killed a large number of militants, including leaders. The military said they were still chasing other ISIS militants in different directions in the desert. "The liberation of Boukamal is of great importance because it is a declaration of the fall of this...
  • 'Rapid loss' of US diplomats under Trump Administration prompts fears of weakened influence [barf]

    11/09/2017 8:19:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.09.2017 | Ajit Niranjan
    The ranks of top US diplomats are being depleted at a “dizzying” speed, the head of America’s diplomatic trade union has warned. Since January, the number of “two-star” minister counselors has dropped by 42% and “three-star” career ministers by 14%, according to Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) and former ambassador to Panama. At the highest ranks of the State Department, the number of career ambassadors has dropped from five to two, after the retirement of three top diplomats. “These numbers are hard to square with the stated agenda of making State and the Foreign Service...
  • Trump to become first foreign leader to dine in Forbidden City since founding of modern China

    11/09/2017 8:07:20 AM PST · by advance_copy · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/7/2017 | James Griffiths
    Hong Kong (CNN)Donald Trump will receive an honor in Beijing not granted to any US President since the founding of the People's Republic of China: official dinner inside the Forbidden City. When Trump and his wife Melania land in the Chinese capital Wednesday, they will join President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, for a tour of the Forbidden City, the historic palace that housed Chinese emperors and their families for almost 500 years. Trump is expected to dine with Xi inside the Jianfu Palace, although the exact location of the dinner hasn't been confirmed. The building dates back...
  • Saudi Arabia Orders Its Citizens To Leave Lebanon Immediately

    11/09/2017 7:02:51 AM PST · by JP1201 · 64 replies
    Riyadh, Safar 20, 1439, November 09, 2017, SPA -- Due to the situations in the Republic of Lebanon, the official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Saudi nationals visiting or residing in Lebanon are asked to leave the country as soon as possible. The Kingdom advised all citizens not to travel to Lebanon from any other international destinations. --SPA 17:24 LOCAL TIME 14:24 GMT
  • We see Hezbollah's mischief all over the Middle East: Saudi minister

    Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of foreign affairs, says that "the world has to make sure that we designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization."
  • UNESCO has a new communist head, same as the old communist head

    11/09/2017 5:58:27 AM PST · by WWII_Historian · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 9, 2017 | Gary Gindler
    The U.N. legalized the radical new principle of the world economy – a global redistribution of wealth from developed countries to third-world countries. Hence the name "Globalism."No one dares to mention this after the collapse of the Soviet Union, although the idea is undoubtedly alive. Its reincarnation occurred in the 1990s under the name of "global warming." Don't confuse "global warming" with scientific research. The term "global warming" has nothing to do with the temperature on the planet Earth. Instead, the U.N. talks about the political legalization of the global wealth redistribution. The term "New International Cultural Order" was once...