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  • Armed Mexican troops question American soldiers on US side of border

    04/19/2019 5:44:37 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 118 replies
    CNN ^ | 19 April 2019 | Ryan Browne
    (CNN)"On April 13, 2019, at approximately 2 p.m. CDT, five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations in an unmarked (CBP) vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint, Texas," US Northern Command told CNN in a statement. "The US soldiers were appropriately in US territory" during the encounter, the statement added. During the incident, the Mexican soldiers pointed their weapons at the US troops, removing a soldier's sidearm and returning it to the unmarked US vehicle, the officials said. The Mexican troops were armed with what appeared to...
  • North Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon

    04/17/2019 3:25:13 PM PDT · by blueplum · 55 replies
    wbrc tv ^ | 17 Apr 2019 | sources
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced that it has test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon. The Korean Central News Agency says Chairman Kim Jong Un observed the firing of the weapon Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science. The agency reports that Kim said "the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People's Army." The agency says Kim mounted an observation post to learn about the test-fire of the new-type tactical guided weapon and guide the test-fire. The announcement came after reports of...
  • American B-52 bombers to fly into UK this week amid mounting Russia tensions

    03/17/2019 4:17:26 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 26 replies
    The Mirror ^ | March 15th, 2019 | BRUCE JONES, BEN GLAZE
    American B-52 bombers are due to fly into Britain this week amid mounting tensions between Russia and the West. Up to eight of the Stratofortress warplanes are expected to touch down at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on Friday. Support aircraft, including a giant C-17 Globemaster transport plane, have already arrived at the airfield. The anticipated arrival of the monster bombers comes ahead of a planned NATO exercise in Georgia, though it is unclear whether the B-52s will be involved.
  • War games: America ‘keeps getting its ass handed to it’ by simulated Chinese, Russian attacks

    03/10/2019 10:09:18 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 63 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 3/10/19 | Jon Dougherty
    The United States spends around $700 billion a year on its military but following a series of wargames over the past couple of years, “blue” forces continue to lose and lose big to simulated war with great powers like Russia and China. Massive aircraft carriers are modern naval wonders but they’re also massive targets for increasingly accurate precision-guided missiles. The F-22 and F-35 dominate the air when they’re in the air, but they keep getting blown up on the ground. Also, the large air bases where they are stationed often go up in smoke as well, giving them nowhere to...
  • Steps Chinese women take to secure U.S. citizenship for their babies

    03/07/2019 6:55:30 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 33 replies
    South Carolina Public Radio ^ | 6 March 2019 | Jennifer Pak
    Thousands of Chinese parents-to-be make the trip to give birth in the U.S. every year so that their kids are born American citizens, according to experts in the industry. Under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, children born on U.S. soil are granted citizenship automatically, regardless of where their parents are from. Agencies across China charge parents tens of thousands of dollars to make all the arrangements to give birth in the U.S. — everything from help with visas and booking air travel to arranging stays in apartments and postpartum care. This is the typical three-month journey that those pregnant...
  • Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

    03/05/2019 6:35:00 AM PST · by BlackAdderess · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 4, 2019 | Charlie Savage
    The National Security Agency has quietly shut down a system that analyzes logs of Americans’ domestic calls and texts, according to a senior Republican congressional aide, halting a program that has touched off disputes about privacy and the rule of law since the Sept. 11 attacks. The agency has not used the system in months, and the Trump administration might not ask Congress to renew its legal authority, which is set to expire at the end of the year, according to the aide, Luke Murry, the House minority leader’s national security adviser. “Technical irregularities” had contaminated the agency’s database with...
  • Russian choir draws criticism over performance describing nuclear attack on U.S.

    02/28/2019 5:56:36 AM PST · by tlozo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/28/2019 | Louis Casiano
    The Russian Orthodox Church expressed regret over a choir performance that featured a satirical Soviet-era song describing a nuclear attack on the United States in the midst of heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow. The Feb. 23 performance by the St. Petersburg Concert Choir at the historic St. Isaac’s Cathedral attracted widespread attention after it was posted on social media. "Choir performances are held regularly in St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the fact that appropriate music is performed is not a problem," the press office of the Petersburg metropolitan said on February 26, according to Radio Free Europe. "But this song...
  • U.S., Chinese trade negotiators will ‘speed up’ talks as Beijing agrees to buy more goods

    02/23/2019 1:21:06 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 18 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 2/23/19 | Jon Dougherty
    Full headline: Winning: U.S., Chinese trade negotiators will ‘speed up’ talks as Beijing agrees to buy $1.2 trillion worth of American goodsTrade talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators were extended for two days on Friday as both sides agreed to “speed up” talks in a bid to finalized an agreement ahead of a March 1 deadline when Washington planned to impose higher tariffs on some $200 billion worth of imported goods from China. Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He said Beijing and Washington would “redouble efforts and speed up negotiations” on trade, as talks aiming to end a tariff war between the...
  • Maduro Asks OPEC For Help As U.S. Sanctions Bite

    02/11/2019 7:43:22 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-11-2019 | Para
    Nicolas Maduro has asked OPEC to support one of its founding members—Venezuela—against the U.S. sanctions on the Latin American country’s oil industry and denounce the “shameless dispossession” of Venezuelan assets, but Maduro’s plea has fallen on deaf ears, Reuters reported on Monday.
  • Russia: US policy could lead to Israel - Lebanon war

    02/10/2019 6:10:44 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/2019, 06:37 | Ben Ariel
    Russia's Embassador to Lebanon warned on Saturday that the US policy in the region could spark a new conflict between Israel and Lebanon. Speaking with the Russian Sputnik news agency, Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin said that the United States' actions are aimed at sowing discord in the region. "As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads. Peoples are demanding the settlement of existing crises, the return to a peaceful life, the development of cooperation. A negative alternative to this is the incitement of new conflicts bt the Americans,...
  • DOJ files appeal to reverse stinging loss to Bundy clan in Nevada standoff

    02/07/2019 9:45:02 AM PST · by cowpoke · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/6/2019 | Valerie Richardson
    The Justice Department filed an appeal Wednesday of its devastating defeat against Cliven Bundy in the Nevada standoff, disputing the federal judge’s decision last year to throw out the case based on prosecutorial wrongdoing. The 88-page motion, filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenged Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro’s blistering finding of “flagrant” misconduct, which prompted her to declare a mistrial in December 2017 and dismiss the charges a month later. U.S. Attorney for Nevada Nicholas A. Trutanich, who took over last month, insisted that the government had “timely disclosed significant discovery,” refuting the judge’s...
  • Texas Finds 95,000 Non-US Citizens Registered To Vote -- 58,000 Have Actually Voted...

    01/25/2019 7:10:47 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/25/2019 | Timothy Meads
    On Friday January 25, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that 95,000 individuals registered to vote in the Lone Star State have been identified as "Non-US Citizens," meaning they are illegally registered to vote. Further evidence brought forth by Texas Secretary of State David Whitely confirms that 58,000 of these individuals have broken the law and voted in "one or more" recent elections. “Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice," AG Paxton said in a statement. "My Election Fraud Unit stands ready to investigate and prosecute crimes against the...
  • Erdogan pledges support to Maduro after U.S. backs opposition rival

    01/23/2019 3:56:44 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Ahval (Events) News ^ | Jan 23 2019 | none stated
    Erdoğan phones Maduro after U.S. backs opposition leader Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in a show of support after U.S. President Donald Trump formally recognised Maduro’s rival as the interim president of Venezuela, Spanish daily El Pais reported on Wednesday. Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president on Wednesday, a surprise move the 35-year-old said was the only way to save the country from “dictatorship” under Maduro. The United States, Canada, Brazil, Colombia and other U.S. regional allies quickly recognised Guaidó, prompting a defiant response from Maduro, who accused Washington of...
  • US reaffirms commitment to protecting Kurdish allies (US SOS Mike Pompeo)

    01/21/2019 4:39:20 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 3 hours ago | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Monday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and reiterated Washington’s insistence on protecting its allies in Syria, as it withdraws forces from that country.In a phone conversation with Cavusoglu, Pompeo emphasized “the importance that the United States places on the protection of forces that worked with the United States and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS,” according to a summary of their discussion issued by State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino.The principle US ally in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria has been the Syrian...
  • Officials in Syria’s Manbij say both Russia and US now patrolling

    01/11/2019 10:57:05 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 5 hours ago | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    ERBIL– Senior local officials in the northern Syrian city of Manbij said that both the US-led coalition and the Russian military police are operating in the area, including conducting regular patrols.Manbij Military Council (MMC) Commander Mohammed Abu Adel told Kurdistan 24 that there have been no changes on the ground regarding coordination with US forces and joint patrols, both of which continue.“We also have contact with Russian troops in Manbij. But there is only the internal security forces and Manbij Military Council forces that are deployed on the ground in Manbij,” Adel said.Since Monday, Russian military police units have been patrolling a 5...
  • U.S. withdrawal from Syria presents opportunity and risk for Turkey - Haaretz

    12/29/2018 1:03:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | December 29, 2018 | none stated
    U.S. President Donald Trump reshaped U.S. policy in the Middle East by handing Ankara the job of finishing off Islamic State, in Syria in a move that poses both a risk/opportunity for Turkey, Israeli Haaretz newspaper wrote. Trump was expected to warn the Turkish president over his plan to launch a third crossborder attack targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, namely the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northeast Syria, during a phone call 2-weeks ago. However, something unexpected happened, Haaretz said.Trump is reported to have asked if Ankara can ‘’clean up ISIS?’’ if the U.S. withdraws, with Turkey’s strongman responding  Turkish forces were...
  • THE LOYALIST DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE OF 1776

    12/20/2018 8:31:50 AM PST · by Sopater · 9 replies
    Journal of the American Revolution ^ | December 20, 2018 | Sandra McNamara
    Our ancestors often believed in fate, and so do I. It was fate one day that brought me to the Fraunces Tavern in New York City. Fate that day that the waiter overheard me talking to my daughter. Fate that that same waiter told me of the museum on the top floor of the Fraunces Tavern. Fate that allowed me fifteen minutes prior to closing to view the museum.In those fifteen minutes I scanned the exhibits and discovered a small posting regarding a declaration signed by 547 Loyalists in late November 1776 which declared their loyalty to the Crown and...
  • Major Drug Bust at U.S./Mexico Border: $7 Million Worth of Cocaine, Meth & Heroin Seized

    12/13/2018 6:29:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    MRCTV ^ | 12/13/2018 | Nick Kangadis
    Seven million dollars might not seem like a lot when you consider that the illegal drug business generates hundreds of billions of dollars of revenue for organized crime all over the world. But, at least there’s $7 million worth of hard drugs off the streets. A major drug bust occurred earlier this week at the U.S./Mexico border in Texas. Border officials said that an estimated $6,998,000 worth of methamphetamine, cocaine and what is believed to be heroin were discovered. Border agents at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility were alerted to a commercial shipment of stone blocks on Monday. Officers...
  • Family breakdown explains social unrest

    12/12/2018 11:55:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Star Parker ^ | December 11, 2018 | Star Parker
    Weakening of the family generally occurs in an environment of weakening of religion. As France is gripped by civil disorder, many commentators identify, quite correctly, as the culprit the outsized burden that France's bloated welfare state places on its citizens. According a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the highest tax burden in the industrialized world is in France — 46.1 percent of GDP. In the United States, it is 27 percent, which includes taxes paid at all levels of government — federal, state and local. Welfare state spending in France is 32 percent of GDP,...
  • Meng Wanzhou, Chinese telecom exec facing possible extradition to US

    12/12/2018 6:37:38 AM PST · by Patrick1979 · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | 2018-12-12 21:00 | Frank Miles
    A Canadian judge on Tuesday granted bail to Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese telecom executive facing possible extradition to the U.S. after she was detained in Vancouver earlier this month. Justice William Ehrcke announced his decision after three days of hearings. He granted bail of $10 million Canadian (US$7.5 million) to Meng, but required her to wear an ankle bracelet, surrender her passports, stay in Vancouver and its suburbs, and confine herself to one of her two Vancouver homes from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.