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  • Ayatollah Khamenei praises Barack Obama’s anti-war comments

    03/09/2012 3:23:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2012
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, has welcomed comments by President Barack Obama pushing diplomacy and not war as a solution to Tehran’s nuclear ambition. Iran’s state TV reports Khamenei as praising a recent statement by the US president saying he saw a “window of opportunity” to use diplomacy to resolve the nuclear dispute. It is one of the rare cases in which Iran’s top leader praised an American leader.
  • Israel ex-spy chief urges caution on Iran strike [Agrees with Obama, smells like manipulation]

    03/09/2012 2:50:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/9/2012
    Israel's recently retired spy chief says more time and efforts are needed before considering a military strike on Iran. Meir Dagan, who served as Mossad's head from 2002 to 2010, told CBS's 60 Minutes that he believes Tehran is being "rational" and "very careful" now, and is considering the consequences of continuing the country's controversial nuclear program. Dagan also says world powers should assist opposition groups in Iran to foment regime change. He would not say if Israel supported protest groups against the regime in the past. Mossad is thought to have played a role in the assassinations of Iranian...
  • F-35B training kick-off set for early April

    03/08/2012 10:56:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/9/2012 | Flight Global
    The US Marine Corps hopes to start F-35B local area flights at Eglin AFB, Florida, in early April with operational student pilots starting to train in the autumn, a service senior official says. "We anticipate flying at Eglin to start in the next month," the official says. "And our first student pilots to start training next fall to coincide with the delivery of the operational squadron aircraft at MCAS [Marine Corps Air Station] Yuma [Arizona]." But before training operations can begin, the Marines and other services need to be confident that the F-35 is robust enough to withstand the rigors...
  • Norway F-35 decision about 4 to 5 weeks away

    03/08/2012 10:51:12 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/8/2012 | Flight Global
    Norway's defence secretary Roger Ingebrigtsen and an entourage of military officials visited the F-35 test force at Edwards AFB, California, during the last week of February. The visit to the desert base comes at a time when Norway is trying to finalise how many aircraft it will ultimately buy. "Right now we're in the process where the Norwegian government is about to make a recommendation to their parliament as far as how many F-35s we want to buy and where we should base these aircraft," says Major Eystein Kvarving, a spokesman for the Norwegian Defence Ministry on 29 February in...
  • The Looming Storm in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency

    03/08/2012 10:07:20 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 3/8/2012 | John Ty Grubbs
    Security has worsened significantly in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency this year. In the latest incident, Pakistani fighter jets responded to a series of attacks by bombing militant positions in the Kurram and Orakzai tribal agencies on March 1, killing an estimated 22 Islamist fighters (Dawn [Karachi], March 1; Central Asia Online, March 1). This rise in violence can be attributed to the area’s increasing strategic importance. Physically jutting into Afghanistan, Kurram is an attractive haven for fighters fleeing from drone strikes in North Waziristan and is the ideal entry point into Afghanistan for the Haqqani Network. Therefore, it is crucial for...
  • Gripen: Long-Term, Cost Effective Multi-role Combat Aircraft

    03/08/2012 7:08:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Bernama ^ | March 7, 2012
    Gripen: Long-Term, Cost Effective Multi-role Combat Aircraft (Source: Bernama; published March 7, 2012) BANGKOK --- As Malaysia listed the Swedish-made Gripen multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) as one of its possible choices for its new generation fighter jets, Saab, the manufacturer of the aircraft, is harping on its long-term cost effectiveness. Saab media relations manager Peter Liander said the cost of the whole life cycle of its MRCA in terms of maintenance, operations and flying was more effective as compared to other MRCA of its class. "Generally, potential buyers should not just look at the buying price only, but also the...
  • General Boykin to Beck: ‘I Believe Iran Has a Nuclear Warhead Now’

    03/08/2012 5:57:37 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/8/2012 | Mytheos Holt
    General Boykin was more pessimistic. "I have a different view, Glenn, I believe that Iran has a nuclear warhead now. Now, that's gonna shock a lot of people, but they've been working for 25 years and they've had the assistance of North Korea as well as the Russians. You don't work for 25 years without succeeding in the development of a warhead."
  • Netanyahu: Israel won’t attack Iran in days, weeks

    03/08/2012 4:55:04 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ori Lewis
    Israel will give sanctions on Iran a chance to work and will not attack its nuclear installations in the coming days or weeks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday after returning from talks in Washington. “I am not standing with a stopwatch in hand. It is not a matter days or weeks, but also not a matter of years. Everybody understands this,” Netanyahu told commercial Channel 10 in an excerpt from a recorded interview. Netanyahu has hinted Israel could resort to force should Tehran - which denies suspicions it is covertly trying to develop atomic bombs - continue to...
  • Constitution Flouted On War If Panetta Testimony To Congress Says Anything

    03/08/2012 5:36:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 8, 2012
    Politics: Does the Constitution matter in executive decisions to go to war, or is the U.S. military just the president's plaything, subject to his getting U.N. "permission" to use it? Unsettling testimony this week suggested the latter. As a revolt in Syria heats up with talk of U.S. intervention, Senate Armed Services Committee member Jeff Sessions stumbled upon an astounding discovery about the White House attitude toward its oath of office and putting U.S. troops in harm's way. "We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO, and too little time, my opinion, worrying about the elected...
  • EU: Legal skull-duggery in Greece may doom Portugal

    03/08/2012 5:26:58 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Europe has ring-fenced Greece's debt crisis for now but its escalating recourse to legal legerdemain has shattered the trust of global bond markets and may ultimately expose Portugal, Spain, and Italy to greater danger. "The rule of law has been treated with contempt," said Marc Ostwald from Monument Securities. "This will lead to litigation for the next ten years. It has become a massive impediment for long-term investors, and people will now be very wary about Portugal." At the start of the crisis EU leaders declared it unthinkable that any eurozone state should require debt relief, let alone default. Each...
  • O'Brien: Kony 2012 campaigns tests impact of online activism

    03/08/2012 5:11:10 PM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 17 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8 March 2012 | Chris O'Brien
    If you had any lingering doubts about the power of the Web to spread a message, consider the astonishing impact of "Kony 2012." Over the past 48 hours, it would have been all but impossible to log into Facebook or Twitter and not see someone pointing to a stirring 30-minute video about Joseph Kony, a once-obscure Ugandan rebel leader alleged to have abducted, abused and killed thousands of children for more than two decades. The goal is simple enough: Make Kony's a household name to create a groundswell of outrage that would pressure governments to demand his arrest. This is...
  • Al-Qaeda in Rebel Syria (McCain's call for airstrikes could lead to Al Qaeda-ruled Syria)

    03/08/2012 4:54:53 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | March 8, 2012 | John Rosenthal
    On Monday, in calling for airstrikes on Syria, Senator John McCain reprised much the same role he played one year ago at the outset of the Libyan war. (snip) With Senator McCain again pushing from the right, America risks yet again lending support to its old nemesis on ostensibly “humanitarian” grounds. (For perhaps the only serious attempt yet made to assess the solidity of those grounds, see Sharmine Narwani’s analysis of the Syrian casualty figures here.) If, this time, the senator is not pushing on a fully open door, the door is clearly not shut either. Apparently in an effort...
  • Pakistan charges Osama Bin Laden's widows

    03/08/2012 4:18:34 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 March 2012
    Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the women, reported to be two Saudis and a Yemeni, had been charged but did not say when the hearing took place. The wives and about 10 children were taken into custody last May when US commandos raided their safe house. The three women had been living in the compound in Abbottabad that Navy Seals attacked, killing Bin Laden.
  • White House pushes back on report of deal with Israelis over Iran strike

    03/08/2012 3:57:21 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 08, 2012 | unattributed
    The White House artfully pushed back Thursday on a report in an Israeli newspaper that claimed the U.S. offered Israel high-tech weaponry like bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes in exchange for a pledge to hold off on attacking Iran until 2013. Press Secretary Jay Carney, asked about the article at the daily briefing, said "there was no such agreement proposed or reached" in meetings President Obama held -- without appearing to comment on what other officials might have discussed. "We have ... high-level cooperation between the Israeli military and the U.S. military, at other levels with other agencies in their...
  • Obama To Give Missile Secrets To Russia With Love?

    03/08/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 8, 2012 | IBD staff
    Security: A deputy defense secretary tells Congress that the administration is indeed considering giving Moscow sensitive Aegis ballistic missile defense data. We've gone from "trust but verify" to "appease and surrender." Brad Roberts testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday that the Obama administration was actively considering giving Moscow classified missile defense data to allay Russian concerns about the capabilities and intent of our proposed ballistic missile defense system based in Europe to guard against missiles launched from Iran. Roberts testified that the administration believes "cooperation could be well-served by some limited sharing of classified information of a certain...
  • AFL star Liam Jurrah arrested after wild machete brawl (Aboriginal tribal war in northern Australia)

    03/08/2012 1:04:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 9th March 2012
    AFL star Liam Jurrah is in an Alice Springs jail after a machete attack that left a man with serious head injuries. Police said two 23-year-old men were arrested following an incident on Wednesday night at the nearby Little Sisters Town Camp. Jurrah, a forward for Melbourne Football Club, had been caught in the middle of a tribal war that has split the remote community of Yuendumu, 300km northwest of Alice Springs, since the murder of a family friend in 2010. Jurrah's club, the Demons, had announced on Monday that they had granted Jurrah personal leave so he could return...
  • Gilad Atzmon: Israeli Jews are the last Nazis because of their persecution of the Palestinians

    03/08/2012 12:55:39 PM PST · by pabianice · 9 replies
    Cynthis KcKinney's Blog Page ^ | feb 2012 | Atzmon
    Cynthia just gets more evil. She is urging people to attend this meeting of rabid Jew-haters. Watch the video of this character.===================================================== The American Grass Roots Tour Saturday March 10th, 2012 - 6:30 to 8:00pm Sponsored by www.VeteransToday.com - Jim W. Dean, Editor and Joining Hands for Justice in Israel and Palestine - Greater Atlanta Presbytery Villa International Atlanta 1749 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329 www.VillaInternational.org Join us for an evening with the infamous Gilad Atzmon, the man, his sax, and his social justice causes, on his current book tour - www.wanderingwho.com Gilad writes on political matters, social issues,...
  • Hostages in Nigeria killed before rescue attempt

    03/08/2012 12:53:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    A Briton and Italian held hostage for 10 months in northern Nigeria died Thursday, apparently killed by their captors before they could be rescued, the British prime minister said. Nigerian security forces, with support from Britain, launched an operation Thursday to free British citizen Chris McManus and Italian national Franco Lamolinara, Prime Minister David Cameron said. But the effort did not succeed.
  • The new authoritarians

    03/08/2012 10:05:53 AM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 1 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mindy Belz
    Through their U.S. front groups, Muslim radicals overtaking the Middle East have found support in the Obama administration The last time we saw one whole despotic region of the world come tumbling down we could name the heroes and the moments that propelled it: An electrician named Lech Walesa, jumping a wall at the Gdansk shipyard. Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in front of the Russian White House, defying the Communist old guard in 1991. Pastor Laszlo Tokes, refusing an eviction notice from his Romanian flat as crowds of demonstrators gathered. A playwright named Vaclav Havel before a joint session...
  • 'The attacks against me are working': Lars Vilks

    03/08/2012 10:04:51 AM PST · by bayouranger
    thelocal.se ^ | 07MAR12 | Not Listed
    The strategy of attacks and intimidation employed by critics of Lars Vilks is working, argues controversial Swedish artist, who has seen his lecturing activities dry up over organizers fears of riots and being labelled as "racist". * Lars Vilks egged at 'Mohammad' lecture (22 Feb 12) * Vilks murder plot suspects acquitted (20 Jan 12) * Cartoons made Scandinavia terror threat 'much bigger': experts (3 Jan 11) Just as a circle has no end, the same fate seems to have hit the national scourge which is the roundabout dog. It keeps coming back as if it was today’s news. Recently,...
  • US offered Israel advanced weaponry in exchange for delaying Iran attack: report

    03/08/2012 9:25:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/08/2012
    WASHINGTON -- The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry -- including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes -- in exchange for Israel's agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday. President Obama reportedly made the offer during Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week. Under the proposed deal, Israel would not attack Iran until 2013, after US elections in November this year. The newspaper cited unnamed Western diplomatic and intelligence sources. Netanyahu said Monday that sanctions against Iran had not worked, adding that "none of us can afford to wait much longer" in...
  • Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize criticism

    03/08/2012 7:11:54 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/08/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The Nobel Foundation, which administrates the prestigious prizes in line with the will of Alfred Nobel, on Thursday rejected criticism of recent choices for the Peace Prize. "Despite that many lively discussions have been held on whether the chosen Peace Prize laureates fulfilled the prescribed provisions, the Foundation does not consider that the prize decisions made by the Norwegian Nobel Committee have entailed any such deviation," it said in a statement. Swedish authorities had asked the foundation to look into claims from Fredrik Heffermehl, a lawyer and author of the book "The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted," that...
  • Video: CBN Interview on Iranian Jew-Hatred, and General Presentation on Islamic Antisemitism

    03/08/2012 7:01:35 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    andrewbostom.org ^ | 06MAR12 | Andrew Bostom
    Watch this week’s episode of the Stakelbeck on Terror show below. CBN News examines the roots of the Islamic world’s animosity toward the Jewish people. Watch as author Andrew Bostom discusses the history of Muslim Antisemitism and shows how Islam’s core texts promote these beliefs, which have been made official state policy by the Iranian regime today.
  • Afghan president backs strict guidelines for women (Karzai panders to Taliban. Back to square one)

    03/08/2012 6:59:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/08/2012
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president on Tuesday endorsed a "code of conduct" issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women's rights in the country. President Hamid Karzai's Tuesday remarks backing the Ulema Council's document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban. Both the U.S. and Karzai hope that the Taliban can be brought into negotiations to end the country's decade-long war. But activists say they're worried that gains made by women...
  • Pakistani Hindus seek safety in India

    03/08/2012 6:28:36 AM PST · by Cronos · 41 replies
    Daily Time ^ | 5th March 2012 | Daily Times
    KARACHI: Preetam Das is a good doctor with a hospital job and a thriving private clinic, yet all he thinks about is leaving Pakistan, terrified about a rise in killings and kidnappings targeting Hindus. A successful professional, he lives in Karachi with his wife and two children, but comes from Kashmore, a district in north of Sindh. His family has lived there for centuries, and in 1947, when the sub-continent split between India, a majority Hindu state, and Pakistan, a homeland for Muslims, Das’ grandparents chose to stay with the Muslims. They fervently believed the promise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali...
  • On Iran and Entitlements, Obama Kicks the Can Down the Road

    03/08/2012 6:26:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Kicking the can down the road. That's been the Obama administration's response on issues from Iran's nuclear weapons program to America's entitlement systems. Start with Iran. In a statement in the Oval Office before his meeting with President Obama on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted that Obama had "reiterated yesterday" the principle that "when it comes to Israel's security, Israel has the right, the sovereign right, to make its own decisions." That evening, speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Netanyahu said: "Israel has waited patiently for the international community to resolve this issue. We've waited for...
  • President Sarkozy says France has “Too many foreigners,” and Plans Changes

    03/08/2012 5:26:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies · 1+ views
    JD Journal ^ | 3-8-12
    France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has stirred some controversy just in time for France’s presidential campaign; to close the narrow gap between him and Francoise Hollande, who is outshining him in the polls, he has reached out to the Right: “Today, we have a problem,” Sarkozy said on a televised speech Tuesday night, “Our system of integration is working worse and worse, because we have too many foreigners on our territory and we can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school.” Such words were sure to push some buttons with this hot topic on the French scene,...
  • Sick and Tired of the Middle East

    03/08/2012 5:09:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Americans -- left, right, Democrats and Republicans -- are all sick of thankless nation-building in the Middle East. Yet democratization was not our first choice, but rather a last resort after prior failures. The United States had long ago supplied Afghan insurgents, who expelled the Soviets after a decade of fighting. Then we left. The country descended into even worse medievalism under the Taliban. So after removing the Taliban, who had hosted the perpetrators of 9/11, we promised in 2001 to stay on. We won the first Gulf War in 1991. Then most of our forces left the region. The...
  • Azerbaijan’s Arms Deal with Israel Raises Caucasus Tensions

    03/08/2012 12:27:33 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Already in 2012, two Iranian terrorist plots against Azerbaijan have been exposed, Moscow has substantially reinforced its garrisons in the Caucasus in expectation of a war involving Iran by this summer, and Russia has also warned Georgia against hosting US troops there for purposes of conducting such a war. These extraordinary moves testify to the importance the Caucasus has in conjunction with the possibility of a war against Iran. Therefore the recent announcement of a large-scale Israeli arms sale to Azerbaijan only adds to the high degree of tensions there. Israeli Hermes 450 Drone In late February, Israeli officials confirmed...
  • China cyber capability puts U.S. forces at risk: report

    03/07/2012 11:27:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 8, 2012 12:11am EST | Jim Wolf
    Chinese cyberwarfare would pose a "genuine risk" to the U.S. military in a conflict, for instance over Taiwan or disputes in the South China Sea, according to a report prepared for the U.S. Congress. Operations against computer networks have become fundamental to Beijing's military and national development strategies over the past decade, said the 136-page analysis by Northrop Grumman Corp released on Thursday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Chinese commercial firms, bolstered by foreign partners, are giving the military access to cutting-edge research and technology, the analysis said. The Chinese military's close ties to large Chinese telecommunications...
  • China parliament unveils dissident detention powers

    03/07/2012 10:56:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 8, 2012 1:03am EST | Chris Buckley
    China's parliament unveiled legislation on Thursday solidifying police powers to hold dissidents in secret criminal detention, prompting an outcry from artist Ai Weiwei and rights advocates caught in a surge of clandestine detentions last year. Others said, however, the ruling Communist Party had retreated from the most draconian part of new rules for another kind of secretive detention, called "residential surveillance", which were proposed last year. Police powers to hold suspects facing subversion and other state security charges are set out in revisions to China's Criminal Procedure Law sent to the annual parliament, the National People's Congress, for approval. "Detainees'...
  • Syrian deputy oil minister announces resignation [defects]

    03/07/2012 10:25:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2012 | Amy Willis
    Syria’s deputy oil minister has announced his resignation, saying he is instead joining the anti-government revolt against President Bashar Assad in a video posted on YouTube overnight. Abdo Hussameddin Abdo Hussameddin, 58, one of the highest ranking Syrian officials to defect since the uprising began one year ago, said he did not want to die “serving a criminal regime”. Mr Hussameddin, who served in the Syrian government for 33 years, also denounced Russia and China for backing the regime saying they were not "friends of the Syrian people but partners in the killing of the Syrian people". The resignation came...
  • Biden drug talk with Lobo (Pres. Honduras)

    03/07/2012 10:08:52 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    La Prensa (Honduras) ^ | March 2, 2012 | Redaccion
    Vice President (Biden) began a tour of Mexico and Honduras. Tegucigalpa, Honduras U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, takes a trip on Sunday in Mexico and Honduras to protect the region's leaders that his country is willing to do more against organized crime and drug trafficking, which have no mercy against the region. But the trip comes at a time of fiscal constraints in the U.S. and a growing frustration among the Central American leaders for the violence. Biden, who on Tuesday in Honduras will meet with Central American Presidents also seek to prepare the Summit of the Americas in mid-April...
  • Southern Exposure: Iran, Terror Groups Setting Up Shop in South America

    03/07/2012 8:50:53 PM PST · by U-238 · 1 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | 3/7/2012 | U.S. News and World Report
    Iran and Middle East-based extremist groups are stepping up their activities in South America, aiming to make friends and score cash, a senior U.S. military official says. Tehran intends to build military drones in Washington's backyard for the Venezuelan military led by Hugo Chavez, U.S. Southern Command chief Gen. Douglas Fraser told reporters Wednesday during a breakfast meeting in Washington "I would put it in the Scan Eagle class of UAV," Fraser said. "It's not up into the Predator class." The Southern Command chief was referring to two U.S.-made drone aircraft used by the American military. The Scan Eagle is...
  • Air Force Contradicts Itself in Blame for F-22 Fighter Crash

    03/07/2012 8:42:57 PM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/7/2012 | Lee Ferran
    Three months after the Air Force placed blame squarely on an F-22 fighter pilot who died when he crashed in the service's most expensive plane after his oxygen system failed in mid-air, a top Air Force official is apparently backtracking -- saying that the pilot was not blamed and that he did the best he could in the situation he was in. "We did not assign blame to the pilot," U.S. Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said before a House subcommittee Tuesday when asked about the crash and the troubled F-22 program by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.,...
  • Putin’s Military: Let the Good Times Roll

    03/07/2012 8:37:54 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    In the aftermath of the long-anticipated presidential election victory secured by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on March 4, Russian media coverage of issues related to the future of the Armed Forces emphasize a bright future for the country’s conventional military power. However, as the country awaits some level of reshuffling or recalibrating “team Putin,” there are signs that the Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff may be sacrificed in the impending ministerial spring cleaning. Yet, beyond the personality clashes, the Kremlin’s information machinery is struggling to maintain the mirror tricks involved in supporting the complex mythology surrounding...
  • Ballistic missiles: a unique instrument for Russia's long-range aviation

    03/07/2012 8:30:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | Mar 7, 2012 | Ilya Kramnik
    Ballistic missiles: a unique instrument for Russia's long-range aviation Russia is developing the air force component of its strategic forces. The Air Force will receive modernized bomber aircraft with new armament. Modern missiles broaden the capabilities of long-range aviation by facilitating its use in various types of combat. From Bludgeon to Sward/Rapier In February 2012 the Russian Air Force received the first upgraded bomber plane Tu-22M3M. With the new armament and equipment these planes will become an important element of the combat power of the Russian military aviation of the 2020-30s. Along with the TU-22M planes Russia is upgrading its...
  • USAF criticised over Global Hawk cuts

    03/07/2012 7:22:09 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/7/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Members of Congress on 6 March harshly criticised the US Air Force's decision to place its recently acquired fleet of Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned high altitude reconnaissance aircraft into storage. The air force has 14 aircraft in service, while four more are being built by Northrop. All 18 would be retired in the fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. Among the most vocal critics was Congressman Norman Dicks, but almost every member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee present voiced their dismay at the perceived waste of taxpayer dollars. Testifying before the committee, USAF chief of staff...
  • Loose wire caused Afghanistan Global Hawk crash

    03/07/2012 7:16:58 PM PST · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/7/2012 | Zach Rosenberg
    In-flight electrical failure caused a Northrop Grumman EQ-4 to crash in Afghanistan on 20 August, says a newly-released accident investigation report. The aircraft crashed approximately 195km (120 miles) northwest of Kandahar. Specificlly, an electrical connector to an unidentified line replacement unit partially separated. This caused electrical damage inside the LRU, which cut power to the actuators that controlled ailerons and spoilers. Within 1min of the power failure, the aircraft lost control after hitting minor turbulence. "The Board President also found, by a preponderance of the evidence, that LRU installation methods were a contributing factor in the mishap," continues the report....
  • USAF seeks to bypass aircraft engine manufacturers

    03/07/2012 7:13:34 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/7/2012 | Flight Global
    The US Air Force is considering buying engine parts for some of its aircraft from third-party manufacturers, the service's top officials told the US Congress on 6 March. "We have taken a look at competing some aspects of engine components and have seen potential for significant [cost] reductions," said air force secretary Michael Donley, during his testimony before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. "We forecast a saving of $40 million," he added. In recent years, several companies have received regulatory approval under the parts manufacturing approval (PMA) category to sell reverse-engineered parts for popular commercial engines, such as the CFM...
  • Maddie Pulver collar accused Paul Douglas Peters pleads guilty (collar bomb extortion attempt)

    03/07/2012 5:05:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    news.com.au ^ | 8th March 2012
    PAUL Douglas Peters has admitted to attaching a fake collar bomb around the neck of Sydney schoolgirl Madeleine Pulver. Peters appeared briefly in Sydney's Central Local Court today via audio-visual link and pleaded guilty to aggravated break enter and commit serious indictable offence. The charge specifies he knowingly detained Ms Pulver for his own advantage. Peters, 50, appeared in prison greens and did not express emotion when his lawyer entered the plea on his behalf. Outside court, his lawyer Kathy Crittenden said Peters was "profoundly sorry" to the Pulver family. Peters was arrested in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, in...
  • Greece on brink of default as bond deal falters

    03/07/2012 3:17:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/7/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    Less than half of Greece’s international creditors had agreed to a vital €206bn (£172bn) bond swap on Wednesday night, leaving Athens dangerously exposed to default. The Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC joined 30 European banks and institutions in declaring their acceptance of the deal - but the tally was still far short of the 95pc needed to avoid being officially declared in default. The International Institute of Finance (IIF), the body that has negotiated with the Greek government on behalf of bondholders, put out several announcements on Wednesday, counting the proportion of the vote as it inched up....
  • What Netanyahu May Have Added...

    03/07/2012 2:46:39 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Stonegate Institute ^ | March 7, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    "We do not 'go' to war; war comes to us." "Mr. President, you live in a big country: wide and long with friendly neighbors and oceans. The distance of your journey from Honolulu to Washington, DC is 4,835 miles – 25% farther than the distance from Tel Aviv to Tehran. Even from Los Angeles to Washington is 2,308 miles. From our southern tip in Eilat to Metullah in the north is 298 miles – just about Washington, DC to New York. Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is 37 miles – although it feels longer in traffic. From Gaza City to Sderot...
  • China Rushes To Fill America's Military Vacuum

    03/07/2012 2:11:00 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 7, 2012 | IBD staff
    Defense: Beijing announces another double-digit jump in military spending as the U.S. disarms and sacrifices its defense budget on the altar of entitlement spending. We have many duties; the Chinese have but one target. China announced this week that its military budget this year would rise 11.2% on top of a 12.7% increase last year. This does not bode well as the U.S. defense budget and force levels decline as a result of cuts mandated by our failure to come to grips with runaway spending. As China ramps up military spending, President Obama's budget contains $487 billion in cuts that,...
  • Merkel Gets Beer Shower

    03/07/2012 12:34:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Feb 12
    An unremarkable party meeting for German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week has turned into an internet sensation after a waiter dropped five glasses of beer down her back – and the whole thing was caught on video. Nuke shutdown costs energy giant €1 billion (6 Mar 12) The waiter, identified by the German press as Martin D., said he could not stop himself shouting out a profanity as the glasses slipped off his tray, pouring beer down the back of the country’s leader. “A colleague should have brought her the beer. But she was so nervous, she asked me to...
  • Sorry, Mr Smith, you're the stupid one (On Australia's Defence Minister and incompetence)

    03/07/2012 11:53:10 AM PST · by naturalman1975
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 8th March 2012 | Andrew Bolt
    DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith should have crawled to an officer and a gentleman yesterday and apologised for dragging his name in the dirt. But he gave no apology to Bruce Kafer, head of the Australian Defence Forces Academy. ..... Last April some low-life at ADFA had sex with another cadet - 18-year-old Kate - and got six mates to secretly watch via Skype. ADFA called the police. In the meantime, widely admired Kafer punished Kate for two earlier breaches of his academy's rules - drinking alcohol and being absent without leave. He asked if she wanted to delay the hearing,...
  • Three aircraft in one (Russian SU-34)

    03/07/2012 10:05:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | March 6, 2012 | Victor Litovkin
    Three aircraft in one In late February, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Sukhoi Company General Director Igor Ozar signed a contract to deliver 92 Su-34 frontline fighter-bombers to the Air Force. This is quite a remarkable event not only because of its sheer scope (according to unofficial sources, the contract is worth an estimated 100 billion roubles), but also because of the high technologies used in producing the domestic aircraft procured. The export cost of the Su-34 frontline fighter-bomber is said to be at least $50 million. Source: ru.wikipedia.org In late February, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Sukhoi...
  • Canadian Muslim youth group tied to al-Qaeda stripped of charitable status

    03/07/2012 9:00:04 AM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    nationalpost.com ^ | 06MAR12 | Sarah Boesveld
    A Canadian Muslim youth organization has been stripped of its charitable status after a Canada Revenue Agency investigation linked it to a Saudi-based group that allegedly financed Islamist terror campaigns. An audit of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth revealed the charity had developed ties to a number of organizations that allegedly helped fund al-Qaeda operations around the world and failed to comply with a number of standards required for charities to maintain their status. In a warning letter to the Toronto-area organization last summer, CRA director-general Cathy Hawara said “our analysis of the Organization’s operations has led the CRA...
  • Will There Always Be an England?

    03/07/2012 8:13:43 AM PST · by bayouranger · 27 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 07MAR12 | Bruce Bawer
    It’s always refreshing when mainstream-media bigwigs are actually honest about the prejudices that guide their institutions. So one could only applaud when Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, admitted the other day something that is already obvious to anyone who watches or listens to the Beeb – namely, that the folks who run the shop are as quick to broadcast works that mock Christianity as they are to forbid the mockery of, shall we say, certain other faiths, and that the main reason is, quite simply, fear. Thompson actually gave three reasons for the BBC’s all-religions-are-not-created-equal policy. First, he said...
  • Geert Wilders: Change Jordan's name to Palestine

    03/07/2012 7:53:29 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 23 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 06.20.10
    Geert Wilders, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) in Holland, said last week he believes Jordan should be renamed Palestine. The Jordanian government responded by saying Wilders' speech was reminiscent of the Israeli right wing. Wilders added that Israel deserved a special status in the Dutch government because it was fighting for Jerusalem in its name. "If Jerusalem falls into the hands of the Muslims, Athens and Rome will be next. Thus, Jerusalem is the main front protecting the West. It is not a conflict over territory but rather an ideological battle, between the mentality of the liberated...