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  • Opinion: The End Game in Afghanistan is Beginning

    11/13/2018 8:29:17 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/13/18 | Lawrence Sellin, Retired Colonel, US Army Reserve
    Other than a “presence” in Afghanistan, the United States has no strategic cards to play. There is no military solution in Afghanistan, at least from the standpoint of the manner in which we have conducted the war. After an initial small-footprint victory in late 2001, driving the Taliban out of Afghanistan, the U.S. chose to mount an exhaustive and expensive counterinsurgency campaign with its nation-building component. At the same time, Pakistan, sustaining the Taliban, waged a proxy war in Afghanistan, much like Pakistan’s and, indirectly, China’s reported support and use of the Islamic extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and its affiliates against...
  • Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Sea Mines During Vietnam War

    11/11/2018 10:55:54 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Discovery Magazine ^ | 11/9/18 | Brett Carter
    Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Sea Mines During Vietnam War By Brett Carter | November 9, 2018 3:46 pm Solar flares captured on sun. (Credit: NASA/SDO)On Aug. 4, 1972, the crew of a U.S. Task Force 77 aircraft flying near a naval minefield in the waters off Hon La observed 20 to 25 explosions over about 30 seconds. They also witnessed an additional 25 to 30 mud spots in the waters nearby.Destructor sea mines had been deployed here during Operation Pocket Money, a mining campaign launched in 1972 against principal North Vietnamese ports.There was no obvious reason why the mines...
  • Artists, intellectuals call for ‘European Republic’

    11/10/2018 7:44:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 10, 2018
    Artists and intellectuals across Europe are calling for the founding of a continentwide republic to replace its many nation states. […] The event is being organized by a group calling itself the European Balcony Project. […] A manifesto on the group’s website declares that “the sovereignty of states is hereby replaced by the sovereignty of citizens.” …
  • Tens of thousands of people bring London to a halt to see tribute to Brits killed in the First [tr]

    11/10/2018 5:25:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Faith Ridler and Leigh Mcmanus
    Tens of thousands of people gathered at the Tower of London tonight as time runs out to view the 10,000 torches installed in memory of those killed in the First Word War. Queues stretched more than 50 yards back from the '90 minutes wait' sign at Tower Bridge as crowds waited to view the touching tribute. The installation, Beyond the Deepening Shadow, will be open to the public until Remembrance Sunday on November 11. The Queen and senior members of the Royal Family are due to attend the Festival of Remembrance at London's Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night as...
  • The Great War’s final tragedy? 2,738 men died on the Armistice morning – [tr]

    11/10/2018 5:13:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Jonathan Mayo
    As they awaken on the morning of November 11 1918, along the 400-mile Western Front from Switzerland in the south to the Belgian coast in the north, nearly 10 million men on both sides know from developments over recent days that an armistice is imminent. They are praying for a swift end to the war. What they are not aware of yet is that at 5.20am in the Compiegne Forest just north of Paris, on the private train of Marshal Foch, commander-in-chief of the Allied armies, the Armistice agreement was signed after three days of negotiation. The war is entering...
  • Opinion: What Are The Chances That America’s Disunion Turns Into Civil War?

    11/08/2018 8:39:26 PM PST · by blam · 253 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 11-8-2018 | Ian Morris
    Strong rhetoric and violence on both sides of the political spectrum are reaching a fever pitchIs the United States on the brink of a new civil war? According to Newsweek magazine’s polling, a third of all Americans think such a conflict could break out within the next five years, with 10% thinking it “very likely to happen.” Plenty of experts agree. Back in March, State Department official Keith Mines told Foreign Policy magazine: “It is like 1859, everyone is mad about something and everyone has a gun.” He rated the odds of a second American Civil War breaking out within...
  • Iran's Powerful Hardline Cleric Threatens To “Instantly” Create $400 Oil By Seizing Tankers

    11/04/2018 6:35:41 PM PST · by blam · 94 replies
    Just ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran set to snap back on Monday targeting primarily the energy, shipbuilding, shipping, and banking sectors, Iran’s most prominent conservative cleric has announced that if oil exports are halted, Saudi tankers will be confiscated and Gulf countries attacked. Powerful Shia cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda is the Friday Prayer leader in Mashhad, considered Iran’s spiritual capital and among the holiest places in Shia Islam, and sits on the government’s “Assembly of Experts” but has no formal government role or decision-making ability. However, he’s a powerful leader and chief spiritual force behind Iran’s conservative faction who...
  • The soldier who fired the first British shot in 1914: Prince Charles and Camilla pay tribute [tr]

    11/03/2018 7:13:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 2, 2018 | Neil Sears
    n all the many histories of the Great War, it’s safe to say that Alhaji Grunshi rarely makes much of an appearance. But he should. For the little-known lance corporal in the Gold Coast Regiment has the distinction of being the first member of His Majesty’s forces to fire a shot in 1914. And last night the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall helped commemorate the occasion far from the poppy fields of Flanders.
  • The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia's War

    11/02/2018 8:26:36 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/26/18 | Declan Walsh, Tyler Hicks
    One hope for Yemenis is that the international fallout from the death of the Saudi dissident, Jamal Khashoggi, which has damaged Prince Mohammed’s international standing, might force him to relent in his unyielding prosecution of the war. Peter Salisbury, a Yemen specialist at Chatham House, said that was unlikely. “I think the Saudis have learned what they can get away with in Yemen — that western tolerance for pretty bad behavior is quite high,” he said. “If the Khashoggi murder tells us anything, it’s just how reluctant people are to rein the Saudis in.”
  • 4 Days And A Wake Up…

    11/02/2018 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/02/18 | Fredy Lowe
    This is our WAR! We cannot allow them to cheat, lie and steal to fraudulently win this election My title is taken from old military jargon which is used, to this day, in my beloved Maine Corps to mean you are being transferred or your tour in Afghanistan will soon be up - as an example - making you a ‘short timer’. Happily, most short timers are counting the hours, sometimes even minutes, until that ‘wake up’ day comes, as they prepare to board that plane for their flight home, home to their family, home to safety, just away from...
  • Wreck of the first US ship to defeat the Royal Navy in home waters before she sank in 1779 [tr]

    11/01/2018 6:28:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2018 | James Wood
    British satellite historians claim to have discovered the true location of an iconic American revolutionary ship which defeated the Royal Navy off the Yorkshire coast. The famous vessel, the USS Bonhomme Richard, was the first US ship to beat the Royal Navy in British waters before she sank on September 24, 1779. The location of the wreck has long been a mystery, but now a British satellite historian from Harrogate claims to have found it. Tim Akers, 60, used pioneering satellite radar techniques alongside British satellite firm Merlin Burrows to track down the buried vessel.
  • CIVIL WAR ON THE LEFT, PART 63: MCCASKILL AGONISTES (Maria Chappelle-Nadal goes off)

    11/01/2018 2:22:35 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10/31/18 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    **SNIP** “Claire McCaskill is desperate. She’s a piece of shit. Instead of knowing why people of color are angered by this administration, she chooses to put us [and] our families in harm’s way,” Chappelle-Nadal wrote in a tweet on Monday. “If my family is harmed, blame it on Claire McCaskill. She deserves to lose. She is not a Democrat,” the state senator added. “Claire McCaskill and her racist democratic friends continue to alienate the base,” Chappelle-Nadal wrote in a Tuesday morning tweet. In another she referred to McCaskill as “Dixie Claire.”
  • Warner Bros Acquires Peter Jackson’s WWI Documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ [tr]

    10/30/2018 6:51:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | October 29, 2018 | Mike Fleming Jr
    Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired global distribution rights to They Shall Not Grow Old, the Peter Jackson-directed World War I documentary that premiered October 16 at the London Film Festival to rave reviews. The deal was made after the film was screened for Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich; New Line president/Chief Content Officer Carolyn Blackwood; Global Marketing Chief Blair Rich; domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein; and Tom Molter, president of international theatrical distribution.
  • China's President Orders Military To “Prepare For War”

    10/29/2018 7:50:06 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    China’s President Xi Jinping ordered the military region responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan to “assess the situation it is facing and boost its capabilities so it can handle any emergency” as tensions continue to mount over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan, while diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing hit rock bottom. The Southern Theatre Command has had to bear a “heavy military responsibility” in recent years, state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying during an inspection tour made on Thursday as part of his visit to Guangdong province. “It’s necessary to strengthen...
  • These Are The Forgotten Sex Workers Of The First World War Who Played An Important Role [tr]

    10/29/2018 5:49:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | October 27, 2018 | Hannah Al-Othman
    They worked in brothels frequented by troops serving on the front line in northern France, but their role has been virtually erased from the history books. Thanks to a new Roundhouse art project, Cause and Effect, to mark the centenary of the end of the conflict, the wartime sex workers have been immortalised in a film with poet Hollie McNish. McNish worked with historian Clare Makepeace from Birkbeck, University of London, to create War’s Whores, which details the “significant minority” of men paying for sex on the front line.
  • Russia says it is ‘preparing for war’ following U.S. withdrawal from missile treaty

    10/28/2018 3:13:39 PM PDT · by TBP · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 28, 2018 | Breck Dumas
    A top Russian official has declared that the country is preparing for war, following President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would be withdrawing from a Cold War-era disarmament treaty. According to the U.K.’s Sunday Express, the First Committee of the U.N. General Assembly voted Friday against Russia’s proposal to save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) between its country and the U.S., following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would be unilaterally withdrawing from the 1987 agreement. In response, Deputy head of the Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Minister, Andrei Belousov, told the U.N.,...
  • Tiny Pakistan village which sent EVERY able-bodied man to fight in World War One [tr]

    10/26/2018 6:32:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2018 | Cait Kelly
    A nineteenth century cannon sits at the entrance of a Pakistani village, the huge monument casts a striking silhouette against the dust and cobble alleyways of the small agricultural village. Nestled in the rocky hills of Punjab's salt ranges, blasted by heat in the summer, the village of Dulmial is a far cry from the freezing mud of the Flanders trenches. Locally, Dulmial is now known simply as the 'village with the gun' but when the man who uncovered the horrors, and heroics that the cannon symbolized, first saw it, it meant nothing to him, The Telegraph reports.
  • Obama left a crisis in North Korea that Trump just might be able to clean up

    10/21/2018 1:50:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2018 | Claudia Rosett
    Whatever comes next with North Korea, President Donald Trump can hardly be accused of having neglected diplomacy. At the Singapore Summit with Kim Jong Un this past June, Trump became the first sitting American president to meet with a North Korean tyrant. He has received an envoy from Kim in the Oval Office, dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on multiple trips to Pyongyang and is talking about holding a second summit with Kim. And, with a trademark rhetorical flourish that no one should take literally, Tump recently described how Kim wrote him "beautiful letters," with the result that "we...
  • BRIAN VINER reviews Peter Jackson's colourised WW1 documentary They Shall Not Grow Old [tr]

    10/17/2018 6:37:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2018 | Brian Viner
    There have been many harrowing dramas about the Great War, but Peter Jackson’s extraordinary documentary, which had its world premiere last night as part of the London Film Festival, is as close as we can come now to seeing it as it was lived, as it was endured. I watched it next to my son, a young adult who has known no existential horror greater than double maths on a Monday morning, and I confess to shedding a tear at the thought of what, a century ago, might have been. There is one particular moment that is both profoundly moving...
  • Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories

    10/14/2018 11:53:42 PM PDT · by robowombat · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 20, 2018 | MICHAEL E. RUANE
    <p>The bullet probably hit the Union soldier as he was fleeing. It may have struck his cartridge box first, which sent it tumbling through the muscle of his right buttock, broke his right leg and buried itself sideways in his thigh bone just below the hip.</p>