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  • Russian warplanes in Libya could open new phase in Middle East's biggest proxy war

    05/31/2020 11:30:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 5-31-20
    The warplanes, a mix of at least 14 MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 fighter-bombers, appear to have taken off from a base in Russia sometime in the middle of May and flown to Hmeimeem, Russia’s airbase on Syria’s Mediterranean coast. There they were repainted, their Russian Federation Air Force markings obscured, before flying more than 1,200 miles and landing in eastern Libya, in territories controlled by Russia’s ally, strongman-in-waiting Khalifa Haftar. The deployment, which the Pentagon revealed last week and Moscow denied, is the latest in a series of escalations that have seen all types of weapons — Turkish and Emirati...
  • Russia Explains How It Calculates Coronavirus Death Toll: "Those meant to die will die"

    05/30/2020 7:42:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/30/2020 | John Sexton
    Last week I wrote about some indications that Russia’s coronavirus numbers may not be accurate. Specifically, the number of health care workers who’ve died from the virus is far higher as a percentage of total deaths than anywhere else in the world. Today, Russia tried to allay suspicious that it’s numbers aren’t accurate by releasing some additional details about how it calculated deaths last month: The Russian government on Friday presented more detailed mortality figures for last month that include more deaths linked with the coronavirus, in a bid to dispel suspicions from some Russian and Western experts that...
  • Reshuffling: Oil price crash alters priorities, greases skids to new world order

    05/28/2020 8:19:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 28, 2020 | Ben Wolfgang and Guy Taylor
    The sustained plunge in global oil prices has brought deep, unexpected shifts on the geopolitical landscape, with impacts felt in the Arctic and the Middle East, and in the fortunes of the American heartland and the future of the Russian-Chinese strategic alliance. A U.S.-engineered market truce has helped energy prices rebound slightly this month after flatlining in April, but analysts say reverberations will likely be felt for years to come as they chip away at the foundational international partnerships in the post-World War II era and create new alliances and rivalries. Analysts say there is no way the U.S. and...
  • Hundreds more Russian mercenaries flee western Libya: GNA forces

    05/26/2020 4:43:55 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 32 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 5/25/20 | Khalifa Haftar
    Hundreds of Russian military contractors in Libya were evacuated on Monday after retreating from fighting on the capital's front lines, forces backing the unity government said. The claim comes after a series of setbacks for eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar's year-long offensive to seize Tripoli from the UN-supported Government of National Accord (GNA). "An Antonov 32 military cargo plane landed at Bani Walid airport to resume the evacuation of Wagner [Group] mercenaries who had fled southern Tripoli to an as-yet unconfirmed destination," pro-GNA forces wrote on Twitter. Pro-GNA forces said Monday some "1,500 to 1,600 mercenaries" had fled from the...
  • First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela

    05/25/2020 3:38:45 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | May 25, 2020 | AFP
    The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives docked in Venezuela on Monday, Caracas announced amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship between countries it sees as international pariahs. In a statement delivered on state television, Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami said the convoy was an expression of the Venezuelan people's "self-determination" and praised Tehran's friendship at a time of need.
  • Blumenthal accused of sexual harassment by former intern [Linda Flores] (Update Comment #4)

    11/17/2017 11:47:28 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 105 replies
    Twitter | 11-17-2017
    Found on twitter
  • Report: Texas Naval Base Jihadi Secured U.S. Citizenship Despite Living in Syria

    05/25/2020 11:08:06 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 25 2020 | JOHN BINDER
    An accused terrorist who allegedly opened fire on United States Navy personnel in Corpus Christi, Texas, was able to secure American citizenship through a little-known immigration loophole, a former intelligence agent states. Adam Alsahli, a 20-year-old naturalized American citizen, has been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the alleged terrorist who attempted to speed through a gate at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) on May 21. The FBI says Alsahli shot at a female sailor who was then able to prevent him from getting onto the NASCC base by raising a vehicle barrier. At that...
  • Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya U.S. Africa Command assesses that Moscow recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya

    05/26/2020 10:50:43 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 17 replies
    U.S. Africa Command assesses that Moscow recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya in order to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground there. Russian military aircraft are likely to provide close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army's (LNA) fight against the internationally recognized Government of National Accord. The Russian fighter aircraft arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where it is assessed they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin. "Russia is clearly trying to tip the scales in its...
  • Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya

    05/26/2020 10:45:58 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 19 replies
    The Russian Federation has sent MIG-29 and Su-35 fighters to Libya, as well as Su-24 bombers, from its Air Force (ICCCC) - US Air Force Command told the US Air Force. The planes were originally transferred from Russia to The Russian Federation has sent MIG-29 and Su-35 fighters to Libya, as well as Su-24 bombers, from its Air Force (ICCCC) - US Air Force Command told the US Air Force. The planes were originally transferred from Russia to Syria, where they were repainted to cover up their belonging to the Russian Air Force. According to US intelligence, planes will be...
  • US awakens to risk of China-Russia alliance in the Arctic; New navy secretary calls for a significant presence in the northern seas

    05/26/2020 10:43:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | 05/26/2020 | KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asian Review chief desk editor
    When the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee convened a hearing to confirm the new Secretary of Navy Kenneth Braithwaite, the word "Arctic" was mentioned 35 times. It topped other hot topics such as "China" and "Russia," which each received 22 mentions, and far outweighed "North Korea," which was raised just six times, reflecting the new interest in the topic in Washington. "The Chinese and the Russians are everywhere," Braithwaite told senators on May 7, referring to the Arctic region. "Especially the Chinese. You'd be alarmed at the amount of Chinese activity off the coast of Norway in the High North,...
  • Iranian Tankers To Reach Venezuela In Next 24 Hours Amid “Threat Of Imminent Military Force By US” (Sat Eve/Sun Morn)

    05/23/2020 3:11:06 PM PDT · by blam · 95 replies
    USSA News ^ | 3-23-2020
    By as early as the evening on Saturday or Sunday morning it's expected that the first among the five Iranian tankers transporting fuel to gasoline-starved Venezuela will enter the Latin American country's coastal waters. Maduro officials have issued an emergency notice to the United Nations of an illegal "threat of imminent use of military force by the United States." And with Washington threatening to block what it deems "sanctions-busting" by two "rogue states" - both under severe sanctions - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has issued his own last minute warning. Today we alerted the UN Security Council and Secretary General...
  • Education Dept. Uncovers Billions In Unreported Foreign Donations From China and Russia to US Colleges

    05/22/2020 7:42:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/22/2020 | Julio Rosas
    The Department of Education told House Republicans, during a briefing and in a letter, their investigation into Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) for foreign investments and donations has so far uncovered $6 billion of previously unreported foreign donations from known adversarial countries. The briefing and the letter are the result of House Republicans' inquiry into U.S. colleges being investigated by the Education Department for violating Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which prohibits an IHE from improperly reporting or failing to report foreign gifts of $250,000 or more, as part of their wider probe into the Chinese...
  • Damning FBI memo used to launch surveillance of Trump unveiled: ‘Scam based on absurd gossip’

    05/21/2020 9:48:33 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 21, 2020 | Samantha Chang
    The EC was obtained as a result of Judicial Watch’s FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) lawsuit against the FBI and Department of Justice. The electronic communication was dated July 31, 2016 and was written by former FBI official Peter Strzok — a Hillary superfan who hates Trump, as he expressed in countless text messages with his former mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page. The redacted document appears to prove that the illegal surveillance of Trump campaign aides was started on the basis of unsubstantiated, third-hand gossip speculating that Russia might have wanted Donald Trump to win in 2016.
  • 8 Facts About the Animals of Chernobyl Researchers thought the site of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster was unable to support life. But a bunch of wolves, deer, wild boars, bears, and foxes disagree.

    05/20/2020 9:16:09 PM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    getpocket.com ^ | 6/1/2019 | Claudia Dimuro
    Three decades after the Chernobyl disaster—the world’s worst nuclear accident—signs of life are returning to the exclusion zone. Wild animals in Chernobyl are flourishing within the contaminated region; puppies roaming the area are capturing the hearts of thousands. Tourists who have watched the critically acclaimed HBO series Chernobyl are taking selfies with the ruins. Once thought to be forever uninhabitable, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has become a haven for flora and fauna that prove that life, as they say in Jurassic Park, finds a way.
  • The Chinese Oil Grab (China is working hard to win oil reserves, you need to overweight on oil)

    10/03/2009 8:48:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 926+ views
    Forbes ^ | 10/3/2009 | Robert Lenzner
    The Chinese government is in a massive resource grab in Africa, which has huge ramifications for natural resource prices, not the least of which will be the cost of imported oil to the U.S., and ultimately the stock market and economy. Beijing's latest foray is trying to buy 6 billion barrels of oil that is already spoken for via leases to Exxon, Chevron , Royal Dutch Shell, and Total SA. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. presently leases 16 oil blocks on what remains of the oil industry's dominant Seven Sisters. It's a monster development, and a dramatic signal of how...
  • China's Drilling for Oil in America's Backyard, Republicans Say

    06/11/2008 9:37:46 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 56 replies · 297+ views
    Cybercast News Network ^ | 6/11/08 | Susan Jones
    House Republicans want the American people to know that right now -- around 60 miles off the coast of Key West, Fla. -- China is drilling for oil, thanks to a lease issued by Cuba. But 1,200 miles north of Key West, Democrats in Washington are blocking the United States from conducting its own environmentally-safe oil and gas exploration in similar U.S. coastal areas, said a news release from House Republican leader John Boehner's office. "By prohibiting the United States from taking part in the same type of energy exploration that the Chinese are conducting just miles off our shores,...
  • Putin Orders Russian Army to Contain COVID...At Largest Russian Gold Mine

    05/20/2020 12:47:55 PM PDT · by Migraine · 14 replies
    Kitco.com ^ | 5/20/2020 | Anna Golubova
    The Russian army and its medical personnel are being dispatched to Russia’s largest gold mine, Olimpiada, to help contain a coronavirus outbreak. Located in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk Krai, Olimpiada employed around 6,000 people. The mine is run by Russia’s largest gold producer, Polyus. Polyus said that so far 866 peopled tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,790 tested negative. Majority of those who tested positive are not showing any symptoms, according to Russian media reports. Polyus is the only company in the region that will be testing all of its workers for the coronavirus infection, the reports said. To help the mining...
  • Decisive COVID model the 'most devastating software mistake of all time'

    05/19/2020 7:25:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/18/2020 | WND staff
    The coronavirus death-forecast model that apparently convinced President Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to shift to a policy featuring unprecedented lockdowns of the healthy "could go down in history as the most devastating software mistake of all time, in terms of economic costs and lives lost." That's according to two software company executives writing in the Daily Telegraph newspaper of London. David Richards, CEO of the British-American software firm WANdisco, and Konstantin Boudnik, the company's vice president of open source development, were referring to the Imperial College of London report March 16 forecasting 2.2 million deaths in the...
  • Qatar Waging Stealth Influence Operations Across U.S. Academic System, Documents Show

    05/18/2020 5:05:34 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 7 replies
    freebeacon ^ | MAY 15, 2020 | Adam Kredo
    Group urges Trump admin to investigate Doha's funding of propaganda Qatar is spending billions of dollars to infiltrate the American education system as part of a propaganda effort that legal advocates say violates federal statutes and warrants a full-scale investigation, according to a nonpublic memorandum sent from an investigative group to the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The Qatar Foundation (QF), a state-controlled entity tasked with promoting the country's interests, has spent at least $1.5 billion since 2012 to fund a range of educational initiatives at 28 universities across America, making it one of the education...
  • Adam Schiff: Wall Street Journal editorial board has 'no credibility'

    05/18/2020 6:02:11 AM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 18, 2020 | Daniel Chaitin
    Rep. Adam Schiff said the Wall Street Journal editorial board, which has been heavily critical of his work as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has "no credibility." The California Democrat told the Daily Beast in a podcast last week that the Wall Street Journal has become a "Trumpist" newspaper when asked to respond to an editorial that urged people to not trust him anymore because of how he "spread falsehoods shamelessly" for three years with his repeated claims of there being evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.