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  • Venus Is a Russian Planet ... Says Russia

    09/19/2020 8:56:15 AM PDT · by MAGA2017 · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 09/18/2020 | Jennifer Leman
    Venus Is a Russian Planet ... Says Russia Just because you get there first, that doesn't mean you own it. Russia has some strong feelings about the planet Venus. Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, spoke at the 2020 HeliRussia exhibition and declared that Venus is a "Russian planet," according to the Russian news agency TASS. (It's not.) This comes after the groundbreaking announcement on Monday that researchers have spotted potential evidence of life high in the clouds of Venus. The scientists found chemical signatures of a molecule called phosphine, which is only produced by living things...
  • President Trump says he wanted to take out Syria's Assad but Mattis opposed it

    09/15/2020 8:59:50 AM PDT · by White Lives Matter · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 15, 2020 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump on Tuesday confirmed a plan was in the works to take out Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017 and that he was supportive of it, but that former Defense Secretary James Mattis was opposed. The president's disclosure that an assassination operation was discussed came as part of a lengthy diatribe against Mattis, but it confirmed a piece of reporting from 2018 that Trump disputed at the time. “I would've rather taken him out. I had him all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general," Trump said on "Fox & Friends."
  • Sources: Trump Nominees for Afghanistan and Germany Ambassadors ’Not Confirmable’ (Col. Macgregor)

    09/13/2020 8:09:56 PM PDT · by RandFan · 16 replies
    Free Beacpn ^ | Sep 11 | Adam Kredo
    The Trump administration's ambassadorial nominees to Afghanistan and Germany will not be approved by Senate Republicans, according to three congressional aides who cite the nominees’ isolationist and anti-Israel views. The senior Republican congressional aides said that the nomination of retired U.S Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor is almost certain to fail if it comes to a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The nomination of William Ruger, a U.S. Navy reserve officer and key figure in Charles Koch's philanthropic empire, to be ambassador to Afghanistan, is unlikely to get a vote from the committee before the November election. The Fox...
  • Energy minnow Bahrain just found 80 billion barrels of oil, as much as Russia's entire reserve

    04/05/2018 7:32:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Reuters via Financial Post ^ | April 5, 2018 | Davide Barbuscia
    A new discovery off the coast of Bahrain is estimated to contain at least 80 billion barrels of tight oil, the kingdom's biggest ever find, its oil minister said on Wednesday. Independent appraisals by U.S.-based oil consultants DeGolyer and MacNaughton and oilfield services company Halliburton had confirmed Bahrain's find of "highly significant quantities of oil in place ... with tight oil amounting to at least 80 billion barrels, and deep gas reserves in the region of 10-20 trillion cubic feet," Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Khalifa said. Russia's entire oil reserve is 80 billion barrels. Tight oil is a...
  • Russian occupation forces start fires in tinder-dry steppes of Donbas

    09/03/2020 11:25:30 PM PDT · by · 14 replies
    iNFORM NAPALM ^ | 09/03/2020 | Sveta SVETIKOVA
    On September 2, 2014, Russia fired at us with all kinds of heavy fire from its territory, and today #2_September_2020, everything is on fire. It started yesterday in a gray zone behind a demolished school building (many “thanks” for the withdrawal of troops), and today there is a fire in Bolotenny and Sizom. These villages are right at the Russian border. I am not hinting at anything, but I am very interested in why does it burn exactly where the Russian snout is sticking out?! In short: we are f***ed. The photo was taken just now at the Olkhovsky dachas,...
  • U.S. troops injured after altercation with Russian military convoy in Syria: Officials

    08/26/2020 10:34:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    ktla ^ | 08/26/2020
    The official said that the injuries occurred when one of the Russian vehicles apparently deliberately collided with the American vehicle causing the crew to suffer “concussion-like injuries.” Initial reports indicate as many as four Americans may have been injured. The officials said a Russian military helicopter flew low and fast over the area in a tactic that is often used by military forces to try to disperse personnel on the ground. Despite US military leadership at the highest levels being aware of the incident within a short time of it occurring, the Pentagon has still not publicly acknowledged that Americans...
  • Russian general killed in Syria, Moscow so far silent about response

    08/23/2020 6:10:42 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    JPost ^ | 8/23/2020 | Seth Frantzman
    A Russian major-general was killed in Syria last week, but the important incident has not yet led to escalation or repercussions. According to reports Russian Maj.-Gen. Vyacheslav Gladkikh was killed along with the commander of the local National Defense Forces (NDF) during a patrol. A “roadside bomb” killed him, according to footage posted online and reports at Rudaw, Al-Monitor and other channels. This is what is known about the incident. On August 18, the Russian military leader was traveling in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, apparently on the western side of the Euphrates River, when an improvised explosive device exploded. Rudaw,...
  • Nato rejects Belarus talk of border threat President Alexander Lukashenko told his officials to prepare forces on the border with Poland

    08/22/2020 5:44:50 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 12 replies ^ | 8/22/2020 | msn
    Claims by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that "foreign powers" are organising a build-up of troops on the country's border are baseless, says Nato. Dressed in military fatigues, the president said he had placed his armed forces on "high alert". Protests continued in the streets of Minsk on Saturday following a disputed election two weeks ago. Demonstrators are demanding that Mr Lukashenko stand down. The leader, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years, claimed the Nato bloc was trying to split up Belarus and install a new president in Minsk.
  • Woman in Belarus tells CNN reporter to 'Leave, Satan'

    08/22/2020 7:23:29 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/22/2020 | Fred Pleitgen
    Protests continue in Belarus as embattled President Alexander Lukashenko, who has has been in power for 26 years, is facing pressure from inside and outside the country to resign.
  • Alexei Navalny, top Putin foe, allegedly poisoned and hospitalized in a coma

    08/20/2020 8:59:50 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2020 | Edmund DeMarche
    Alexei Navalny, the man seen as one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top critics in the country, was allegedly poisoned during a flight from Siberia to Moscow and has since been hospitalized. The 44-year-old is said to be in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit after falling ill on a flight back to Moscow from Tomsk, a city in Siberia.
  • Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' phone hacked by Saudi crown prince: reports

    01/21/2020 11:08:55 PM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21 2020 | David Aaro
    The mobile phone of billionaire Jeff Bezos was reportedly hacked during a conversation between the Amazon founder and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the WhatsApp messaging service, according to reports. Bezos was allegedly hacked in May 2018 after receiving an encrypted message from the personal account of the crown prince -- which is believed to have included a hostile file containing code that led to the infiltration of his phone, a digital forensic analysis said. It was "highly probable" the infiltration was triggered by the infected file sent to The Washington Post owner, according to the Guardian. It was...
  • Why Jeff Bezos’s Claim That Saudi Arabia Hacked His Phone Is Ridiculous

    01/23/2020 12:26:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 23, 2020 | Jordan Schachtel
    Jeff Bezos, one of the world’s most powerful and richest men, is levelling severe allegations against the Saudis, and once again, he has nothing to show for them. The media has been set ablaze by an “exclusive” report in The Guardian, a United Nations report, and even a documentary film, all dropped at once, alleging that Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) of Saudi Arabia is personally responsible for “hacking” into a personal phone belonging to Jeff Bezos, one of the world’s richest men and the owner of Amazon and The Washington Post.The “bombshell” report in The Guardian, published Tuesday evening, was...
  • Saudi journalist banned from media after criticising Trump

    12/07/2016 6:50:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | Sunday 4 December 2016
    Saudi journalist banned from media after criticising Trump Jamal Khashoggi’s weekly column in Al Hayat newspaper was not published this week, after appearing every Saturday for almost 5 years Saudi authorities banned journalist Jamal Khashoggi from writing in newspapers, appearing on TV and attending conferences, the Alkhalij Aljadid reported in Arabic. This came after Khashoggi’s remarks during a presentation he made at a Washington think-tank on 10 November in which he was critical of Donald Trump’s ascension to the US presidency. Two weeks ago, an official Saudi source was cited by the Saudi News Agency as saying that Khashoggi did...
  • Gen. Keane: Russian troops likely to invade Belarus if pro-democracy president assumes power

    08/18/2020 4:30:26 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 56 replies ^ | 8/18/2020 | Talia Kaplan | Fox News
    Keane says Belarus' location is 'very strategic' to Putin who wants to increase Russia's 'sphere of influence' Belarus' location is “very strategic” to Russian President Vladimir Putin who “wants to increase the sphere of influence of Russia in the region, in Eastern Europe in particular and also in the Middle East,” Fox News senior strategic analyst and retired Army Gen. Jack Keane said on Monday. Keane made the comments on “America’s Newsroom” the weekend after thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, to protest police violence against peaceful demonstrators earlier in the week after...
  • Turkish, Qatari and German ministers in Libya for talks with GNA [as Germany's chief diplomat warns of 'deceptive calm'.]

    08/18/2020 2:44:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 17, 2020 | Al Jazeera and news agencies
    Turkey and Qatar have reiterated their support for Libya's internationally recognised government during a trip by their defence chiefs to the capital, Tripoli, where Germany's foreign minister also paid an unexpected visit... The country has been split since 2014 between factions based in the east and west, and regional powers have aligned themselves with the competing sides. While Turkey and its regional ally Qatar support the GNA, forces in the east led by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar have received backing from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia. "We believe that we will achieve the wanted results by supporting...
  • As rumours swirl of Yemenis fighting in Libya, mercenaries enlist to join the war

    08/02/2020 11:02:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | 31 July 2020 | MEE correspondent in Sanaa
    The Popular Resistance is a militia linked to Yemen's Islah party, a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate that has good relations with both Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Turkey. Part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement, the party and the militia have enemies within the alliance battling on behalf of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi's government - particularly groups allied with the United Arab Emirates, which is a major backer of eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar. Recent reports by anti-Islah media in Yemen have accused the party of sending Yemenis to Turkey under the guise of receiving medical treatment,...
  • Major Development: Jordan bans the radical Islamist “Muslim Brotherhood”.......

    08/01/2020 6:12:52 AM PDT · by caww · 23 replies
    Epicenter ^ | 7/31/2020 | JOEL ROSENBERG
    (Washington, D.C.) — The extremist and often violent global movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood has been dealt a severe blow as five judges in a top court in the Kingdom of Jordan decreed the organization illegal. The Brotherhood is now being dissolved and will not be permitted to compete in Jordan’s upcoming November 10th parliamentary elections that were just announced. A growing number of Arab countries Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have banned the radical organization and branded them as terrorists......Turkey and Qatar, by contrast, actively support the Brotherhood, both financially and politically. Senior Jordanian...
  • Russia flexes 'growing power' of its Navy with huge parade involving 200 warships in St Petersburg as Vladimir Putin promises 40 new vessels equipped with hypersonic weapons

    07/26/2020 9:29:11 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/26/2020 | Amelia Wynne
    President Vladimir Putin said the Russian navy will get 40 new ships this year, as he attended a naval parade in St Petersburg on Sunday marking the country's Navy Day. The parade in the port city and the nearby town of Kronshtadt featured 200 ships and vessels and over 4,000 troops and aimed to 'demonstrate the growing power of our navy,' Putin said on Friday. He said 40 ships of different classes will enter service this year, and that the Russian navy will be equipped with hypersonic weapons to boost its combat capabilities. Opening the parade, he said that 'six...
  • Ukrainian jet victim ran company suspected by UN of violating Libyan arms embargo

    01/24/2020 11:33:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 1-24-20
    One of the passengers on the Ukrainian jet downed by Iranian missiles earlier this month was a businesswoman who was the boss of two companies cited in a UN report for links to the shadowy arms trade supplying the protracted civil war in Libya. Olena Malakhova, 38, had been allocated a place in the second row of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 from Tehran to Kiev, according to a seating plan of the aircraft seen by CNN. She was one of only two Ukrainian passengers on the plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff from the Iranian capital on January 8,...
  • Biden and Obama were Putin's best enablers.

    07/20/2020 10:23:54 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-20-20 | DrJohn
    For the last four years democrats, led by Sadam Schiff, have conducted a devious and dishonest smear campaign against Donald Trump. They did their best to falsely convince the country that Trump was colluding with the Russians and to this day continue to lie to the country. In fact, Trump was never colluding with the Russians. Also in fact, as I noted five years ago, Barack Obama was Putin's bitch for Obama's entire tenure. American adversaries sense Obama’s weakness and are flexing their muscles. Look at the headlines95,000 Russian troops in massive military drill…Flights Over Iraq and Iran Defy Obama Objections…Russia...