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  • Saab worries Korea will buy Boeing's anti-sub planes with no bids

    03/21/2018 7:44:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | MARCH 20, 2018 | Oh Young-jin
    Saab's Swordfish anti-submarine patrol aircraft / Saab Saab is in for a difficult competition in Korea. By the lie of the land, the Swedish company may not get a chance to bid for Korea's $1.7 billion purchase deal for anti-submarine aircraft. Even if it is allowed, it is widely seen as a spoiler for Korean buyers to use to get a better deal from an American defense contractor. Just for that purpose ― lower cost, greater technology transfer and bigger "offset" deals for the stalling next-generation fighter program ― it looks tempting to give Saab what it wants and pit...
  • The Best Of The USMC's Aging F/A-18 Hornets To Receive Lethal Radar Upgrade

    03/21/2018 7:40:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Drive ^ | MARCH 21, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    With a new Navy plan to retire nearly half its F/A-18A/B/C/D fleet in the near term to help boost the readiness of its youngest so called "legacy Hornets," which the USMC will inherit in the not so distant future, the Corps is now moving to upgrade seven squadrons worth of jets with new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars. The move signifies the most substantial capability upgrade in the legacy Hornet's entire history. In a posting on the government's contracting site it states that the USMC is looking to install the systems "in 4th Quarter 2020 and complete in...
  • The Nigel Farage Show: Was I right to dump fish into the Thames? LBC-21st March 2018

    03/21/2018 5:01:07 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 3/21/2018 | OrionPrime
    (Nigel Farage at :58) I got a call from "Fishing for Leave" would I come down and lend a hand? And we managed to time it all once I boarded the vessel and we were opposite the Houses of Parliament. I timed it all live on LBC's "Nick Ferrari Show" this morning. (Nick Ferrari at 1:13) Lets go back to the river and I don't think I've ever said this before, well I've said we'd go with LBC's political editor Theo Asherwood where he's preparing to dump fish, Theo.... (Theo Asherwood at 1:23) Nigel Farage has just got on...
  • Trump set for China tariff announcement on Thursday, trade war fears grow

    03/21/2018 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 21st, 2018 | David Chance, Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on Chinese imports on Thursday, a White House official said, in a move aimed at curbing theft of U.S. technology that is likely to trigger retaliation from Beijing and stoke fears of a global trade war. There was no indication of the size and the scope of tariffs, which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Wednesday would target Chinas high technology sector and which could also include restrictions on Chinese investments in the United States. Other sectors like apparel could also be hit. Tomorrow the president will announce the actions...
  • A dozen Iraq war myths that need to die

    03/21/2018 1:51:44 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 47 replies
    AEI ^ | March 20, 2018 | Michael Rubin
    Its been 15 years since President George W. Bush made the controversial decision to invade Iraq to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Alas, while Iraq has taken great strides forward, many of the pundits and policymakers not only continue to treat Iraq and Iraqis as a partisan football, but perpetuate false myths about its run-up and aftermath. Here are 12: 1. Sanctions killed 1 million Iraqis (and 500,000 children). False. Where did this claim come from? Saddam Husseins government. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Saddams government claimed that United Nations sanctions resulted in more than 1 million deaths. Baghdad refused to...
  • Nolte: Mark Zuckerbergs Fatal Error Not Leaving Everyone the Hell Alone

    03/21/2018 11:52:22 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-21-2018 | JOHN NOLTE
    Make no mistake, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are in trouble not just here in America, but all over the world. The Tech Tyrant has only himself to blame. Had he just left us alone, he would not be so alone or widely viewed as a monopoly with all the inherent risks in that. He would also not be a national pariah. When you are in charge of something, be it a Girl Scout troop or one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, the only way to stay out of trouble is with simple and clear rules...
  • Declassified: How an Israeli operation derailed Syrias nuclear weapons drive

    03/21/2018 11:35:06 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    Defense News ^ | March 21, 2018 | Barbara Opall-Rome
    Link only because of copyright: Declassified: How an Israeli operation derailed Syrias nuclear weapons drive
  • Special Briefing from Pastor John Hagee [Video report regarding 2007 strike against Syria 2:36 min]

    03/21/2018 11:05:25 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    OfficialCUFI via You Tube ^ | March 21, 2018 | Pastor John Hagee
    Special Briefing from Pastor John Hagee
  • Turkish army attacks villages of Kobane (Syria)

    03/21/2018 10:32:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018, 19:06 | ANF KOBANE
    The Turkish army has attacked Siftek and Zirav villages of Kobane Tuesday evening. The invading Turkish army has attacked Siftek and Zirav villages of Kobane soon after Newroz fire was lit Tuesday evening. Turkish soldiers rained bullets as they attacked both villages with gunfire and DShK-fire.
  • Merkel calls Turkey's invasion of Afrin "unacceptable"

    03/21/2018 10:11:28 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018, 14:17 | ANF BERLIN
    German chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's invasion of Afrin in Syria and condemned Turkish actions in the strongest terms on Wednesday. In a statement in the German parliament Chancellor Angela Merkel said that what is happening in Syria, where thousands of civilians are persecuted, killed or forced to flee, is unacceptable. "That too we condemn in the strongest terms" she said. Merkel was explaining the policy statement of the new government for the next four years when she made a statement about Turkish invasion in Afrin. Merkel has been criticized by German politicians and rights organizations for her silence on...
  • US refutes claims of a deal with Turkey over Manbij

    03/21/2018 9:58:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018, 11:55 | ANF WASHINGTON
    US State Department refuted claims of a deal with Turkish government over Northern Syrian town on Manbij. In today’s daily press briefing U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was asked about Turkish Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin’s claims about a deal between the US and Turkey over Manbij “Well that’s funny because no agreement has been reached” she said. Nauert said her department did not have anything to announce in response to a Turkish statement. Yesterday Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Kalın said that the U.S. and Turkey have reached an agreement over Manbij and he said the implementation of Manbij deal would...
  • Amazon Web Services (to provide) (Defense Department) Secret Commercial Cloud Services

    03/21/2018 9:51:18 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 11 replies
    US Transportation Command ^ | January 3, 2018 | Pamela S Hall, Contracting Officer
    The United States Transportation Command intends to contract on an Other than Full and Open Basis with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Seattle WA for Secret Commercial Cloud Services. AWS will provide virtual machines, storage, network bandwidth, and IP management. In November 2017, AWS launched a Secret Region which is the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve Government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret and Top Secret.
  • Boris Johnson likens Putin's 2018 World Cup to Hitler's 1936 Olympics

    03/21/2018 9:17:45 AM PDT · by McGruff · 20 replies
    AXIOS ^ | 3/21/2018 | Dave Lawler
    At a parliamentary committee meeting Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson agreed with a member of Parliament who said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would use the 2018 World Cup in Russia "like Hitler used the 1936 Olympics" to "gloss over the brutal regime for which he is responsible." Yes, I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right. I think its an emetic prospect, frankly, to think of Putin glorying in this sporting event. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
  • Reality Check: How many attacks did Turkey face from Afrin?

    03/21/2018 9:15:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20 March 2018 | Irem Koker
    The claim: Soon after the Turkish military launched an offensive into the Afrin region of northern Syria, the Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote: "Over the last year alone, more than 700 attacks have been launched from the Afrin area under PYD/YPG [the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units] control against Turkish cities." Reality Check verdict: The number of incidents publicly reported in that area and period, checked against multiple sources, appears to be far lower than 700 - Reality Check could find only 26. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) told Reality...
  • The Philippines Is Moving Toward Allowing Divorce. One of Only 2 Countries Where It's Still Illegal

    03/21/2018 8:49:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    TIME ^ | 03/21/2018 | By ELI MEIXLER
    The Philippines took its closest step yet to legalizing divorce this week, despite opposition from President Rodrigo Duterte and religious groups. The countrys lower house of Congress voted Monday to pass a bill allowing couples to dissolve irreparable marriages and remarry, with 134 lawmakers voting for and 57 against, with two abstentions, Reuters reports. The only other country where divorce is illegal is the Vatican City. Congresswoman Emmi de Jesus said the bill sought to address the clamour of women trapped in abusive relationships, the BBC reports. The bill, which passed with support across the political aisle, offers Filipinos a...
  • Trump furious over leak of warning to not congratulate Putin

    03/21/2018 8:27:42 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 85 replies
    President Donald Trump was infuriated after it quickly leaked that he had been directly instructed by his national security advisers in briefing materials not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent election victory during their call Tuesday morning,
  • Climate Exit

    03/21/2018 7:31:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 3/21/2018 | John Stossel
    President Trump's pick to be the new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is not a fan of the Paris climate agreement, the treaty that claims it will slow global warning by reducing the world's carbon dioxide emissions. Politicians from most of the world's nations signed the deal, and President Obama said "we may see this as the moment that we finally decided to save our planet." That's dubious. Trump wisely said he will pull America out of the deal. He called it a "massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries." I'll bet Al Gore and most of the...
  • Canada appears to be turning right (Fed up with Trudeau?)

    03/21/2018 7:09:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/21/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Canadians seem just about as fed up with their leftist elites as Americans were in the 2016 elections.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is polling far worse than President Trump, and voters in Ontario and Quebec, the two most populous provinces, are poised to throw out their left-leaning governments in elections the spring. Chris Tomlinson ofBreitbarthas the story. Datafrom polling firm Angus Reid shows that 56 per cent of Canadians now disapprove of Prime Minister Trudeau while only 40 per cent approve, while polling firm Rassmussen [sic] shows U.S. President Donald Trump with a47 per cent approvalrating. Source: Angus Reid Institute....
  • Abbas Calls U.S. Ambassador to Israel a Settler, Son of a Dog

    03/21/2018 5:57:42 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 21 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 20, 2018 | Conor Beck
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday attacked U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman as a "son of a dog" and a "settler." Abbas' attack on Friedman came during a Palestinian leadership meeting where Abbas once again criticized President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Times of Israel reports. Abbas added that Trump "views the settlements as legitimate," a reference to Israeli settlements on areas of land considered by Palestinians to be their own. Abbas used the point on settlements, which the PA views as illegal, as a segway to attack Friedman. "More than one...
  • CNN Repeatedly Raises Trump Tweet Misspellings

    03/21/2018 5:44:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Remember how the liberal media mercilessly mocked President Obama for his numerous gaffes? From 57 states, to the Austrian language, to corpse-man and many others, the MSM was relentless in pointing out Obamas mistakes. Oh, wait: no. The MSM buried those Obama bloopers. But let President Trump misspell a couple of words, and watch out! The liberal media is all over it. Thus CNN this morning repeatedly raised the fact that in a recent tweet, Trump misspelled counsel as council and whether as wether. Get the rest of the story and view the video here.