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Sunshine, fatalism and 2 world views from 2 world leaders

By abandoning the traditional joint press conference in favor of separate events, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin accomplished their own objectives following their summit on Wednesday

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Rome tribunal backs Vatican in case against Italian broker

A Rome court has strongly backed Vatican prosecutors in their pursuit of an Italian businessman accused of bilking the Holy See of millions of euros in a London real estate deal

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Hungary: Demonstrators gather anew to protest anti-LGBT law

Several hundred demonstrators have gathered anew in Hungary’s capital against a newly adopted law that human rights groups say stigmatizes LGBT people and limits their rights

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Family left in shock by shooting of young Palestinian woman

Mai Afaneh appeared to have a happy family life and a fulfilling career

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US pledges funding to help Egypt move to solar power

The United States is planning to increase funding to Egypt to help it convert to solar energy and move away from fossil fuels

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Biden Says Chinese Leader Xi Not an ‘Old Friend,’ Questions Beijing’s Desire to Find Virus Origin

President Joe Biden holds a news conference after the U.S.-Russia summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2021. (Peter Klaunzer/ Pool via Reuters)

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Top House Republicans Demand Answers From Biden Admin on CCP Influence in Higher Education

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on March 17, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Male Rats Giving Birth Shows Need to Regulate Biotechnology

A worker holds a white rat at the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy established by the West China Medical School of Sichuan University in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, southwest China, on Aug. 3, 2005. (China Photos/Getty Images)

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‘Legendary’ Chinese Blogger Caught by Police After Preserving Anonymity for 12 Years

A person uses a computer in an Internet cafe in Shenyang, China, in this file photo. (AP Photo)

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The Strategy Behind the CCP’s Global Spending Influence Operations

Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping (front C), South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (front 3-L), Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (front L), Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (2nd row L), Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé (2nd row C), Malawi's President Arthur Peter Mutharika (2nd row R), Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio (last row L), Liberian President George Weah (last row C) and other African leaders clap during a group photo session during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 2018 Beijing Summit in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2018. (How Hwee Young /Pool/Getty Images)

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Voting rights bills are fizzling in Congress. Can Kamala Harris convince voters to care?

Vice President Kamala Harris is leading the Biden administration's push on voting rights. With little hope of significant sway in Congress, she is trying to rally voters and activists.

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Jack Weinstein, federal court judge who oversaw sensational mob trials, dies

Jack Weinstein also awarded millions to Vietnam vets who had been exposed to Agent Orange.

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Photos: Israeli ultranationalists march through East Jerusalem, stirring animosity

The march posed a test for Israel's fragile new government as well as the tenuous truce that ended last month's 11-day war between Israel and Hamas.

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Biden goes head to head with Putin as tensions rise between U.S. and Russia

The two leaders, veterans on the global political stage, meet in Geneva with the relations between their countries arguably at their worst in decades.

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Digital sex crimes can be 'murder' to South Korean women's identity, report finds

Digital sex crimes devastate women's lives in South Korea but are inadequately punished, a human rights group found

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Security & privacy risk: Apple’s Cook takes aim at EU tech rules

Tim Cook criticised the proposed Digital Markets Act, saying it threatens the security and privacy of iPhones.

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Nicaraguan banker arrested in widening crackdown

Observers accuse President Daniel Ortega of targeting opposition leaders and other figures before November elections.

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Microsoft shareholder seeks report on Gates, sexual harassment

Arjuna Capital has requested a report on the 'effectiveness of the company’s workplace sexual harassment policies'.

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Federal Reserve raises inflation expectations, mulls 2023 liftoff

The US Fed's latest projections have inflation rising to 3.4 percent in 2021, a full point higher than March's estimate.

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Abiy predicts peaceful Ethiopia vote as parties wrap up campaigns

PM hopeful about June 21 vote held despite fighting in Tigray and instability elsewhere, as well as opposition boycotts.

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Myanmar village of Kin Ma burns down after clashes

The military blames "terrorists" for the incident but locals tell the BBC troops are to blame.

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Shenzhou-12: China to launch first crew to new space station

Three astronauts are set to blast off on China's longest ever human spaceflight mission.

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Putin praises Biden as constructive at Geneva summit

However, there is little sign of any deal on key issues at the US-Russian summit in Geneva.

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Berlin squat riot leaves dozens of police wounded

Sixty police officers are hurt as squatters riot over a planned fire inspection at 94 Rigaer Straße.

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Peruvians reweave Incan 'living bridge' over river

Communities literally came together to recreate the historic rope bridge, meeting in the middle.

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Scientists discover first ‘murder hornet’ of the year in US

The two-inch-long invasive insects, first found near the US-Canadian border in December 2019, are native to Asia.

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Joe Biden says he discussed imprisoned Americans with Vladimir Putin

The Russian leader hinted at a possible prisoner swap.

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Apple's Cook says proposed EU tech rules threaten security of iPhones

Apple boss Tim Cook said he feared the draft rules would lead to more installing of apps that do not come via Apple's App Store, or "side-loading"

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Biden and Putin set ‘consultations’ on updating nuclear pact

Russian president Vladimir Putin said there was no ‘hostility’ during talks with US president Joe Biden at their summit in Switzerland.

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Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites in first such raids since ceasefire

Developments in recent days have created a test for Israel’s new government.

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Afghanistan after American withdrawal: Part 3 — Where external actors have leverage

U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan is about to usher in a new political and social dispensation in the country. Earlier in this three-part blog series, I detailed four possible scenarios for Afghanistan’s future and analyzed internal factors shaping their likelihoods. In this final piece, I analyze where external actors have leverage. There is no solution…

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Afghanistan after American withdrawal: Part 2 — Four scenarios

What are the possible developments in Afghanistan over the next three to five years, after the withdrawal of U.S. forces? In this second piece in a three-part blog series, I detail four possible scenarios, ranging from preservation of the existing political system to a prolonged civil war. In the first piece, I detailed four internal…

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Afghanistan after American withdrawal: Part 1 — Internal factors shaping developments

What are the possible developments in Afghanistan over the next three to five years after the withdrawal of U.S. forces? In this three-part blog series, I discuss possible scenarios, some of the factors that influence the likelihood of each scenario, and how external actors can shape developments. In this first piece, I focus on the…

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The future of NATO in an order transformed

As U.S. President Joe Biden continues his Europe tour, seeking to rally the leading democracies, a looming question is the future role of NATO. As the alliance contemplates the conclusion to its 20-year operation in Afghanistan, it confronts serious questions about its roles and relevance from political camps on both sides of the Atlantic. The…

Posted 4:06pm - 14 Jun 2021

America must rethink its unique and contradictory advocacy of Israel’s Jewishness

As a new Israeli government takes shape, the Biden administration must rethink its messaging about Israel and the Palestinians, especially in the absence of a clear path to ending their conflict. Beyond offering humanitarian aid to Gaza and dispatching Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Middle East to solidify the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, President Joe…

Posted 1:26pm - 11 Jun 2021
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The Biden–Putin Summit Ended Without Major Breakthroughs — And The Russian Leader Relishing The Spotlight

“Putin got exactly what he wanted” said one Russian journalist.


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The Nigerian Government Banned Its Citizens From Using Twitter, And The Consequences Are Steep

The ban has been applauded by Donald Trump while young Nigerians are being forced to find ways around the rule at great personal risk.


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Trump's State Department Officials Fought Over Whether The Coronavirus Was A Chinese Bioweapon

The department’s former senior official on nonproliferation says he intervened to prevent the US government from “embarrassing and discrediting” itself with claims that lacked strong scientific evidence.


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Trump's State Department Officials Fought Over Whether The Coronavirus Was A Chinese Bioweapon

The department’s former senior official on nonproliferation says he intervened to prevent the US government from “embarrassing and discrediting” itself with claims that lacked strong scientific evidence.


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Posted 10:46pm - 12 Jun 2021

Joe Biden Has Had His First Meeting With Queen Elizabeth As President

The Queen has met with every US president since Dwight Eisenhower, save only for Lyndon Johnson.


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Why NATO's tentative pivot to the Asia-Pacific may be a hard sell

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is reaching out to prospective security partners in the Asia-Pacific as it turns its attention to China. But some NATO members want the focus to remain where it has always been — on Russia.

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Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites in response to Palestinian fire balloons for 2nd straight day

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Israeli airstrikes hit militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, and Palestinians responded by sending a series of fire-carrying balloons back across the border for a second straight day.

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Wide disagreements, low expectations as Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin meet

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin square up on Wednesday for their first meeting since Biden took office with deep disagreements likely and expectations low for any breakthroughs.

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Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday

Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang

Nova Scotia is entering the second phase of its reopening plan on Wednesday, a move that will allow more businesses to reopen and more social gatherings.

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Israel says it carried out airstrikes on Hamas compounds after incendiary balloons launched from Gaza

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The Israeli military said its aircraft attacked Hamas armed compounds in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in response to the launching of incendiary balloons from the territory that caused fires in fields in southern Israel.

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'Verify First, and Then Trust': Biden and Putin Meet with US-Russian Relations at Low Point

The high-stakes face-off between President Biden and Russian President Putin in Geneva, Switzerland got underway Wednesday morning.  

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‘Daddy!’: Pastor’s Children Sob As Police Arrest Him for Violating COVID Orders Despite Massive Drop in Cases

The pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Southeast Calgary has been arrested for holding church services and “flouting” pandemic health orders, despite only 951 reported cases across all Canada yesterday.

Posted 4:13pm - 15 Jun 2021

PASTOR RELEASED: Boko Haram Extremists Release Nigerian Pastor Held Captive for 8 Months

Rev. Polycarp Zongo of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) has been released by his abductors after being held captive since Oct. 19, 2020.

Posted 8:08pm - 14 Jun 2021

Persecuted Iranian Christian Mary Mohammadi Votes for Truth in Her Homeland

Most Iranian Christians live quiet lives, wary of drawing unwelcome attention to themselves. And this is especially true of converts from Islam. It can be a matter of life and death. But not all Iranian Christians choose to keep a low profile, and Mary Mohammadi has decided to walk a different and more difficult path.

Posted 6:11pm - 14 Jun 2021

'Sex is a Biological Fact and Immutable': British Woman Who Lost Job Over Transgender Views Wins Appeal

A British woman, who was fired from her job after saying men cannot change into women, won her appeal case Thursday with the High Court declaring that her beliefs were protected under the Equality Act.

Posted 2:19pm - 12 Jun 2021
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Justice Department reverses Trump-era restrictions on asylum

Many of the asylum cases filed by Central American migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border cite domestic violence and gang persecution.

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Coca-Cola's market value drops $4 billion after Ronaldo's snub

By the end of Ronaldo's press conference, Coca-Cola's shares had already started falling.

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Saudis execute man convicted as teen in "deeply flawed" trial

Amnesty International calls Mustafa al-Darwish latest victim of a justice system that sentences people to die "based on confessions extracted through torture."

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Biden and Putin hold landmark summit in Geneva

It's the first time the two leaders are meeting since Biden took office in January, and while expectations have been set low, the stakes are high.

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"Diamond" rush on tiny village likely to end in disappointment

Crowds of people hoping to dig their way to a better life have poured into a tiny South African village after a man reported finding a crystal-like stone.

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Biden queries China's desire to find origin of COVID-19

US President Joe Biden said China was trying to project itself as a responsible nation in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it remained unclear whether Beijing was really trying to understand the origins of the coronavirus.

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Commentary: What the pandemic taught me about being a better father

The pandemic has provided a window into my kids’ previously opaque lives and I am all the better father for it, says the Financial Times' Joshua Chaffin.

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CureVac's COVID-19 vaccine misses efficacy goal in pivotal trial

German biotech CureVac NV said on Wednesday its COVID-19 vaccine was only 47 per cent effective in a late-stage trial, missing the study's main goal and throwing in doubt the potential delivery of hundreds of millions of doses to the European Union.

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Ex-mayor jailed for 8 years over Mexican journalist's murder

A former mayor in northern Mexico has been condemned to eight years in prison for his involvement in the 2017 murder of journalist Miroslava Breach, prosecutors said on Wednesday (Jun 16).

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China set to launch first crew to new space station

The first astronauts for China's new space station are set to blast off Thursday for the country's longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power.

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Belarus is becoming Europe’s ‘North Korea.’ What can EU do about it?

The West has dramatically failed to alter President Alexander Lukashenko’s cost-benefit analysis. The people of Belarus are paying the price.

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3-2-1: Chinese astronauts to blast off to new space station

Three astronauts are scheduled to lift off Thursday morning from China, marking its first crewed flight in five years. This journey to China's space station opens up new territory for peaceful cooperation or greater competition among world powers.

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Where Biden’s global democracy drive is vulnerable: The home front

President Biden’s bid to rally democracies against autocracies runs into skepticism over America’s own democracy, not seen as setting a good example.

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Hungary bill barring LGBTQ content for minors tests EU acceptance

The party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is taking increasingly tough stands on social policy, particularly against LGBTQ people and immigrants. But the EU is likely to impose sanctions on Hungary if the ruling party’s bill becomes law.

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Peru leftist Castillo claims election win over Fujimori

With all votes counted in Peru’s presidential election, socialist Pedro Castillo has narrowly claimed victory over conservative rival Keiko Fujimori. Ms. Fujimori has made allegations of fraud with little proof, while Mr. Castillo’s supporters have called on her to concede.

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GM expects inflation, semiconductor shortage to add $3 billion in extra costs in second half

The increased costs include a greater-than-expected impact from the parts shortage as well as rising commodity inflation costs of up to $2 billion.

Posted 1 hours ago

Africa sees 44% spike in new Covid infections, 20% increase in deaths

Studies show that lack of access to hospital beds and oxygen is contributing to mortality rates in Africa.

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Fed holds rates steady, but raises inflation expectations sharply and makes no mention of taper

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WHO says delta Covid variant has now spread to 80 countries, and it keeps mutating

The WHO is also tracking recent reports of a "delta plus" variant that has an additional mutation, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO's Covid-19 technical lead said.

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Watch live: Biden holds press conference after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Biden's presser comes on the heels of his first international trip as president, where he reaffirmed alliances with G-7 leaders and NATO allies.

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Why balloons strapped to explosives are the latest flashpoint in Israel-Hamas tensions

The Israeli military launched airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza overnight after militants floated dozens of so-called "incendiary balloons" over the border fence into Israel.

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Boris Johnson described his health secretary as 'hopeless,' according to former aide

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described his health minister as "totally f**king hopeless" during the early days of the pandemic, text messages published by his disaffected former chief adviser revealed on Wednesday.

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Zara under fire after top designer sends Palestinian model inflammatory messages

Fashion giant Zara is under fire after its head women's designer, Vanessa Perilman, sent inflammatory messages to Palestinian model Qaher Harhash on Instagram.

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Saudi Arabia executes man who allegedly committed crimes as a minor

Saudi Arabia has executed a 26-year-old man for crimes related to governmental rioting that he allegedly committed while he was a minor, rights groups Amnesty International and Reprieve said, condemning the execution.

Posted 7 hours ago

Britain's Metropolitan Police to 'review' UK allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

Britain's Metropolitan Police has confirmed it will "review" allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell brought to light in a new investigation by London-based Channel 4 News.

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Botswana unearths world's third largest diamond

A 1,098 carat diamond believed to be the third largest gem-quality stone ever to be mined, has been discovered in Botswana, according to a joint venture between Anglo American's De Beers and the government.

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U.S. President Biden gave Putin custom aviator sunglasses during summit

U.S. President Joe Biden gifted Russian President Vladimir Putin a pair of custom aviator sunglasses made by Randolph USA during their summit on Wednesday, according to a White House official.

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In wake of Biden-Putin summit, 'unclear' if U.S.-Canadian citizen held in Russia could be released: brother

As U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva on Wednesday, the brother of a Canadian-born U.S. citizen jailed in Russia said he isn't holding out hope for his immediate release.

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10-year-old boy dies in South Dakota river after saving sister

A 10-year-old boy who died in the Big Sioux River saved one of his younger siblings who had fallen into the water, family members said.

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Spanish man jailed for killing and eating his mother

A Spanish man has been jailed for 15 years and five months for killing and eating his mother at the apartment they shared in Madrid.

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Joe Biden suffers awkward blunder as he almost calls Putin 'President TRUMP'



JOE BIDEN suffered an embarrassing blunder in a press conference today when he almost called Vladimir Putin President Trump.

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Joe Biden accused Putin of using 'every tool' to whittle away EU project



JOE BIDEN accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of using every tool in his power to "whittle away" the European Project.

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Euro 2020 'bomb' threat: Police rush to Rome stadium area ahead of Italy-Switzerland clash



POLICE in Rome are responding to a bomb scare near the Olimpico Stadium, ahead of tonight's Italy Vs Switzerland Euro 2020 match.

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Biden threatens 'devastating consequences' as he gives Putin 3-month deadline to improve



JOE BIDEN has given Vladimir Putin a three-month deadline to improve relations with Washington or face "devastating consequences".

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Horror as 30 pelicans found mutilated in ‘brutal act by humans'



A WAVE of seriously injured pelicans has led experts to conclude that they are being deliberately injured by humans.

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Women of 'childbearing age' shouldn't drink booze at all, top health experts say

The World Health Organisation's proposal has been slammed as "idiocy" for suggesting that all women of childbearing age effectively stay teetotal - regardless of their family plans

Posted about 1 hour ago

Mum who 'gave birth to 10 babies' says the 'dad' is trying to be a millionaire

Gosiame Sithole, from South Africa, said she is hurt by suggestions by her lover Teboho Tsotetsi and his family that they believe there are no 10 babies until proven otherwise

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Most cyberattacks coming from US and not from Russia, says Vladimir Putin

The first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden doesn't seem to have kicked off in the best way as the Russian leader accused the US of being responsible for most cyberattacks

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Cannibal strangled and ate his own mum before feeding bits of her to dogs

Alberto Sánchez Gómez, 28, has been sentenced to jail for 15 years and five months for the murder and dismemberment of his mother's body, parts of which he ate over two weeks

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Teen wakes up from coma after being 'head-butted' by whale that leapt onto boat

Nick Mayhill's family has said the 18-year-old has woken up from his eight-day coma which he'd been in since being crushed by a whale who leapt onto his boat

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Ukraine tests new Bogdana truck-mounted artillery

Ukraine is conducting field tests of the new 2S22 Bogdana 155mm truck-mounted artillery, according to Armyinform. The news agency has announced that the Kramatorsk Heavy Duty Machine Tool Building Plant (KZTS) and Ukrainian military are beginning testing of new 155mm artillery system. “Today, on May 27, as part of the corresponding development work, the fire […]

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Posted 5:42am - 28 May 2021

French Navy will receive more H160 helicopters

Just last week, Airbus Helicopters reported that the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has confirmed an option for two more H160s for the French Navy. As noted by the company, these aircraft will join the fleet of four H160s already contracted in 2020, the first of which is currently being assembled by Airbus Helicopters in […]

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Posted 4:51am - 28 May 2021

U.S. Army Apache helicopter makes emergency landing in Romania

A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter had to make an emergency landing in a field near Pecineaga commune in Constanța, Romania on Tuesday. According to local media, the Apache was forced to make an emergency landing during one of the phases of the annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise. “The helicopters safely landed […]

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Posted 11:46am - 27 May 2021

Singapore Air Force deploys its fighter jets and spy plane to Guam

The 36th Wing Public Affairs reported that The Republic of Singapore Air Force deployed airmen, F-16 fighters, F-15SG fighters and a G550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, May 24, 2021. This deployment provides bilateral training for aircrew and maintenance personnel to enhance interoperability and cultivate regional partnerships. “We welcome the […]

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Posted 11:22am - 27 May 2021

Raytheon secures $16,7M contract modification for mine countermeasure assets

The U.S. Department of Defense said on Wednesday that Raytheon Missiles and Defense has received $16,7 million modification to a previously awarded contract to procure production Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems.  The contract modification, from Naval Sea Systems Command, incorporates additional contract options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this action to $68,550,513. Work […]

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Posted 6:57am - 27 May 2021
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Italy secures place in final 16 after beating Switzerland 3-0

The Italian side made the knockout stages with a game to spare.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Europe must act on Hungary's anti-LGBT law. The EU's credibility is at stake.

How can the European Union call for human rights abroad when it can't even protect people inside its borders?

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European Union to investigate Hungary over anti-LGBT law

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says that the EU is assessing whether the legislation is in breach of European law.

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Ramsey goal helps Wales to a 2-0 victory over Turkey at EURO 2020

The Latest: Ramsey leads Wales over Turkey 2-0 at Euro 2020

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Why some Czechs are up in arms ova plans to drop feminised surnames

Why some Czechs are up in arms ova plans to drop feminised surnames

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Jury returns guilty verdict in trial over George Floyd’s death

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the black man’s neck.

Posted about 1 month ago

Rescuers searching for several people after lift boat capsizes in Gulf of Mexico

Rescuers are searching for several missing people after a vessel capsized in the US Gulf of Mexico during a storm yesterday afternoon.

Posted 2 months ago

Tiger Woods cut free from wreck after car overturns in LA

Fifteen-time major winner Tiger Woods has been injured in a car accident.

Posted 4 months ago

From ‘a bowling ball of bitterly cold air’ to using a blowtorch on the Eiffel Tower, here’s how the rest of the world is dealing with the cold snap

Scotland experienced its coldest temperature for 25 years on Wednesday morning, but we're not the only ones shivering at the moment.

Posted 4 months ago

Inauguration Day 2021: When will Joe Biden be sworn in? And everything else you need to know

Joe Biden will officially become the 46th president of the United States today in an unconventional inaugural ceremony.

Posted 5 months ago
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Ivory Coast awaits return of ex-president Gbagbo 10 years after arrest

Ivory Coast is preparing for the return of former President Laurent Gbagbo on Thursday, a move that his supporters and the government hope will help easetensions that have hung over the country since his arrest a decade ago. 

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‘Ferocious Kitten’: the cyberspies preying on Iranian web users

For years “Ferocious Kitten” has been harvesting information from Iranian web users, while remaining undetected by cybersecurity firms. Its espionage tools are ideally suited for domestic surveillance, according to a report by security experts.

Posted 6 hours ago

Biden, Putin hold tense talks as leaders seek to mend relations

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin sat down together for their first face-to-face talks in Geneva where the two leaders were seeking to mend US-Russia relations, which many analysts say have hit their lowest point since the Cold War.

Posted 6 hours ago

France’s golden triangle of strikers a formidable asset in Euro 2021 campaign

A trio of remarkable attacking talents – Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema (not to mention the understudy Olivier Giroud) – provide an almighty boon for France’s Euro 2021 campaign. FRANCE 24 looks at the prospects of this strike force taking Les Bleus all the way.

Posted 7 hours ago

Many Iranians plan to boycott vote for a president without power

Following the end of President Hassan Rouhani’s two terms in office, Iran goes to the polls on June 18 to elect a new president. But in a country where the Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guards hold more political, social and economic power than the president, many Iranians are boycotting the vote and demanding fundamental changes to the system.

Posted 7 hours ago
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Here’s what we know about PFAS, the toxic chemical found in Canada and U.S. cosmetics

PFAs are often added to cosmetics to increase their durability and water resistance.

Posted 1 hours ago

Bomb alert goes off near Olympic stadium in Rome: reports

A car bomb was found a few kilometers from the stadium in the Piazza Mancini area, which was then defused.

Posted 4 hours ago

Ceasefire broken: Israel-Hamas conflict reignites with airstrikes, incendiary balloons

The unrest has provided the first test of the cease-fire at a time when Egyptian mediators have been working to reach a longer-term agreement.

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U.S. authorizes 14M more J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses from Baltimore factory: report

All the J&J doses authorized from the plant to date are expected to be exported to other countries, one of the sources said.

Posted 8 hours ago

Regeneron’s COVID-19 drug cuts risk of deaths for hospitalized patients, study shows

The antibody cocktail treatment also reduced hospitalized COVID-19 patients' chances of needing a mechanical ventilator, the lead researcher said.

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Live Updates: Biden says "I did what I came to do" in Putin meeting - CBS News

  1. Live Updates: Biden says "I did what I came to do" in Putin meeting  CBS News
  2. Will Biden raise microwave directed-energy attacks on US spies and diplomats with Putin?  Fox News
  3. Biden Arrives In Geneva Ahead Of Critical Putin Summit  NBC News
  4. Biden loses to Putin at Geneva summit just by showing up | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Suzanne Lynch: Why exactly is Biden meeting Putin?  The Irish Times
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Live Updates: Biden says "I did what I came to do" in Putin meeting - CBS News

  1. Live Updates: Biden says "I did what I came to do" in Putin meeting  CBS News
  2. Biden Arrives In Geneva Ahead Of Critical Putin Summit  NBC News
  3. NATO Leaders Warn That China Is Poising A Military Threat | MSNBC  MSNBC
  4. Biden loses to Putin at Geneva summit just by showing up | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Suzanne Lynch: Why exactly is Biden meeting Putin?  The Irish Times
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  2. Defensive Putin calls Biden summit "constructive," but blames U.S. for tensions  Yahoo News
  3. Biden snaps at reporter over Putin question: 'You're in the wrong business'  Fox News
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  5. Biden-Putin summit may be limited to a meeting: Global Times editorial  Global Times
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5 takeaways from the summit between Biden and Putin - CNN

  1. 5 takeaways from the summit between Biden and Putin  CNN
  2. Biden snaps at reporter over Putin question: 'You're in the wrong business'  Fox News
  3. 'Very uncomfortable': Biden-Putin photo op gets awkward  CNN
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Live Updates: Biden says "I did what I came to do" in Putin meeting - CBS News

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  2. Will Biden raise microwave directed-energy attacks on US spies and diplomats with Putin?  Fox News
  3. In Geneva, Putin Wants Respect. Biden Might Just Give Him Some.  The New York Times
  4. Biden loses to Putin at Geneva summit just by showing up | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Three cheers for Biden not holding a joint press conference with Putin | Trudy Rubin  The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Reformist Leader Khatami Praises Mehralizadeh for Dropping Out of Election

Iran's former president Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, who is known as the leader of Iranian reformists, has praised presidential contender Mohsen Mehralizadeh's move to drop out of the race in favour of Abdolnasser Hemmati.

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Posted 7 hours ago

Iranian Reformist Presidential Contender Withdraws from Race

Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Mehralizadeh has pulled out of the race.

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Posted 11 hours ago

Bushehr Citizens Watch Iran-Iraq Football Match at Presidential Campaign Tents

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Posted 12 hours ago

Top Sunni Cleric Endorses Ebrahim Raisei for Iran’s Presidential Election

The Sunni Friday prayers leader of the city of Zahedan in the southwestern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan has expressed his support for presidential contender Ebrahim Raisei.

The post Top Sunni Cleric Endorses Ebrahim Raisei for Iran’s Presidential Election appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 15 hours ago

Iranian Intranasal COVID-19 Vaccine in Pre-Clinical Trial Stage

Iran’s Food and Drug Organization says an Iranian intranasal coronavirus vaccine is going through the final phases of pre-clinical trials.

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The Super Spreader assault on Gaza

by Alice Rothchild We are delighted to crosspost this by JWE Board Member Alice Rothchild which was originally featured on Mondoweiss It would be easy to relax a moment, to ...

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Posted 4:36pm - 27 May 2021

How Billionaire Foundations Fund NGOs to Advance US Foreign Policy Goals

by Rick Sterling We are delighter to cross-post this piece by JWE Board Member Rick Sterling. A Case Study from Nicaragua US foreign policy is increasingly promoted by billionaire funded ...

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Posted 4:33pm - 26 May 2021

JVP-HAC: Covid 19 Timeline May 16-22, 2021

by Alice Rothchild, MD We’re pleased to repost this weekly report by JWE board member Alice Rothchild, MD, which was earlier posted by the Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory ...

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Posted 6:40pm - 24 May 2021

It’s not complicated. It’s Apartheid

by Laila El-Haddad Laila El-Haddad is a Palestinian-American author and journalist from Gaza City. She currently lives in Clarksville, MD with her family. The Third Edition of the acclaimed cookbook ...

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73 Years Later: The Ongoing Palestinian Nakba Shadowed by Apartheid

by Yousef Aljamal This following piece, by Palestinian rights activist, author and translator Yousef Aljamal is crossposted from Politics Today The recently released report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which described Israel’s ...

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1687: Ottoman Sultan deposed, French Huguenots expelled, English Anglicans threatened.

These are the three main story-lines of 1687 CE of relevance to the continuing development of West European empires. I’ll deal with the Ottoman development first, then French, then English. Ottoman army defeated, Sultan deposed It had been a bad few years for the Ottoman Empire. In 1683 it had reached its greatest extent and … Continue reading 1687: Ottoman Sultan deposed, French Huguenots expelled, English Anglicans threatened.

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1686: England’s EIC starts a war. Russia loses terrain to China, wins against Ottomans.

1686 CE was the year in which a confrontation against the Mughal Empire sought by the relatively new head of English East India Company (EIC), Josiah Child, was launched in earnest, with the arrival in India of a fleet of 12 well-armed English Navy ships determined to impose the EIC’s conditions on the Mughals. (It … Continue reading 1686: England’s EIC starts a war. Russia loses terrain to China, wins against Ottomans.

Posted 7:28pm - 15 Jun 2021

1685: French introduce ‘Code Noir’. England has a succession crisis.

Two big developments in the history of Western imperialism in 1685 CE. France’s Louis XIV introduced his infamous ‘Code Noir’ to regulate treatment of the enslaved (and exclusion of Jews) from France’s colonies, in the Caribbean and elsewhere. And in England, King Charles II died; his very Catholic brother (and slave-trading) James took over, but … Continue reading 1685: French introduce ‘Code Noir’. England has a succession crisis.

Posted 5:40pm - 14 Jun 2021

1684: Not much happened

In 1684 CE, honestly not much happened that was worth recording here. Previously, during the 163 days I’ve been running this project to date and there was nothing much to report, I would scurry around my online and in-print sources to find something– anything!– I might expand on. But today I’m feeling very under the … Continue reading 1684: Not much happened

Posted 7:01pm - 13 Jun 2021

1683: Habsburgs beat Ottoman at Vienna. Mainland Chinese take Taiwan.

1683 CE saw two very events, affecting three large land-based empires of the era, that had significance for the power balance far beyond the borders of those empires. In Europe, the Habsburgs beat the Ottomans at Vienna, starting a long slow decline in Ottoman power (and giving the modern world, by some accounts, both the … Continue reading 1683: Habsburgs beat Ottoman at Vienna. Mainland Chinese take Taiwan.

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"Last Thing" Putin Wants Is New Cold War, Says Biden

US President Joe Biden voiced confidence Wednesday that his Russian counterpart did not want a new Cold War, and also said he had told him critical infrastructure must be "off limits" to cyber...

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Putin Says "May Be Compromises" With US On Prisoner Exchange

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he discussed a possible prisoner swap with US counterpart Joe Biden and that "compromises" may be possible.

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Putin Says "No Basis" For US Concerns Over Russian Military In Arctic

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday dismissed Washington's concerns over Moscow's growing military presence in the Arctic.

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Meeting With Biden "Constructive", Agreed Talks On Cybersecurity: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that his first face-to-face meeting with US counterpart Joe Biden was constructive and the two sides had agreed to discuss cybersecurity.

Posted 5 hours ago

US, Russia Agree To Return Ambassadors: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow and Washington agreed for their ambassadors to return, after talks in Geneva with US counterpart Joe Biden.

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News24.com | One dead, seven missing in Nepal monsoon flood

At least one person died and seven others were missing after houses and bridges were washed away when a river burst during heavy monsoon rains in Nepal.

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News24.com | WATCH | Palestinian shot dead by Israelis in West Bank after alleged attack

A Palestinian woman has been shot dead in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, with the Israeli army saying she had tried to ram soldiers with a car.

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News24.com | India accuses Twitter of ignoring new rules as row festers

India's battle with Twitter escalated with the government accusing the US firm of deliberately ignoring new IT rules.

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News24.com | Putin and Biden agree at summit to resume arms control talks

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at their first summit to resume arms control talks and to return ambassadors to each other's capitals.

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Businessinsider.co.za | To help fight Covid-19, Mexico is going to give away the mansions of 2 once-powerful drug kingpins

Mexico's latest "mega raffle" has 22 prizes valued at $12.5 million, including mansions that belonged to "El Chapo" and "the lord of the skies."

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Ooni of Ife's new Queen / Prophetess Naomi Celebrates 7 years of Ministering Video




Ooni of Ife's New Queen, Prophetess Celebrates their 7 years of Ministering.

Posted over 2 years ago

German nurse admits to killing 100 patients in his care video

 



A German has admitted to killing 100 patients who were in his care. On the first day of his trial Neils Hoegel, 41, admitted he killed patients at two hospitals in the country. He told the court that the charges against him were accurate. The charges stem from his time at two hospitals in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst from 1999 to 2005. The victims were age 34 and 96. Posted by Persist

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Plane carrying 188 people crashes after take-off



A passenger plane carrying 188 people has crashed into the sea off Jakarta.

Flight JT610 lost contact with the ground 13 minutes after take-off, The Guardian report.

''It has been confirmed that it has crashed'', Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the country's search and rescue agency said on Monday.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which can carry up to 200 passengers.

A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane, which departed Jarkata about 6.20am Ipcal time on Monday.

It was scheduled to land at Pangkal Pinang atb7.20am.

Wreckage has been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground. Said Mohmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency.

Posted over 2 years ago

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed dead




Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been confirmed among the dead in Saturday night helicopter crash tragedy at the King Power Stadium.

The Premier League club on Sunday officially confirmed that five people died when the helicopter lost control during take-off.

A club statement read: '' it is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crash outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.

Posted over 2 years ago

EPL: Mourinho takes another swipe at Man United's board




Man Utd manager, Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at his board, by claiming that Everton have the same 'ambition' as the Red Devil this season.

United who only spent £70M during the summer transfer window on Fred and Diogo Dalot but Mourinho was furious that his board failed to sign at least one centre back.

United's executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward overruled Mourinho's defensive choices and the Red Devil had a slow start to the season, leaning in tenth position of the premier league table.

Mourinho has made a number of digs at his board since the start of the season by praising West Ham's scouting network and Juventus's strength in depth.

However, the Portuguese claimed that his Sunday's opponents, Everton have the same 'ambition' as united do.

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Biden and Putin both place a ‘high priority’ on cybersecurity, says presidential adviser after Geneva summit

Despite tensions in the summit lead-up, the two leaders were overly cordial in their remarks after the meeting. Rose Gottemoeller, lead US negotiator for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), joined The World's host Marco Werman to offer insight.

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Turkey's health workers hike steep mountains to deliver vaccines in isolated villages

In rural Başkale in eastern Turkey, medical teams have spent months traveling into the mountains to deliver vaccine doses to 120 villages.

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The Netherlands hosts a new slavery exhibit, as historical debates continue 

“Slavery,” a new exhibit at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, tells the stories of 10 individuals who were involved in slavery under Dutch colonial rule.

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17-year cicadas — noisy nuisance to some, delicacy to others

Don't like the deafening sound of 17-year cicadas? Try eating one. You may fall in love.

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Biden and Putin begin face-to-face talks in Geneva

Top of The World: The summit between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin is underway in Geneva. And, Israeli planes struck the Gaza Strip overnight, in the first raid since the fragile ceasefire with Hamas began last month. Also, leftist candidate Pedro Castillo has won the most votes by a tight margin in the Peruvian presidential elections.

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Biden and Putin in "constructive" consultations agree on updating nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in a “constructive” summit Wednesday to return their nations' ambassadors to their posts and begin negotiations to replace the last remaining treaty between the two countries limiting nuclear weapons.

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Brittany Ferries to cut channel crossing time with electric seaglider

Brittany Ferries and US start-up Regent plan to develop a high-speed electric seaglider that would skim above the water to take 50 to 150 passengers between France and Britain, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Key reforms give renewed hope to Kenya's small-scale tea farmers

Smallholder tea farmers in southwestern Kenya are finally getting recognition after the government recently revised laws governing the subsector. They are now getting better returns for their crops, having a say in who represents them and are being paid on time for what is the country's primary export.

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US, EU strike Airbus-Boeing deal in the face of China aircraft challenge

US President Joe Biden and the EU officials have agreed a long-term truce in the 17-year-old Airbus-Boeing feud, putting aside their own disputes to take on China which is about to launch its first domestically manufactured airliner.

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France to end Covid curfew earlier; outdoor mask wearing no longer mandatory

France on Wednesday said it was ending the obligation to wear masks outside and would bring forward the lifting of a nighttime curfew, as Covid infections fell and the country's vaccine drive picked up.

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US bishops set collision course with Vatican over plan to press Biden not to take Communion



A rift between conservative American bishops and the Vatican could be laid bare on June 16 as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets amid talk of a growing divide in the church over Pope Francis' leadership.

During the virtual event, U.S. bishops are expected to approve a motion to begin drafting a document on “Eucharistic coherence" that would exclude Catholic political figures who support abortion rights from receiving Communion.

If they do proceed, the bishops will have opened a breach with Pope Francis and the Vatican, which has all but instructed the bishops not to go ahead with the motion.

They would also be putting the Catholic Church in the United States in unprecedented territory regarding its relationship with the wider Catholic community.

It all stems from a dilemma President Joe Biden poses for Catholic bishops. Many prominent Roman Catholics in public life – including Democrats such as Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – support abortion rights. Yet the Roman Catholic Church teaches that abortion is the taking of a human life, no different from murder, and so grave a sin that it incurs an automatic excommunication. This has led some bishops to grow concerned that a contradictory picture of Catholic faith is being presented to the public.

Their response is a pastoral statement on “Eucharistic coherence" that would instruct Catholics about when they should and should not receive Communion. The effect of that document would be to exclude Catholics like Biden and Pelosi from full participation in the church.

Communion, also known as the Eucharist, is the central act of Roman Catholic worship, in which Catholics receive bread and wine that they believe becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Church law particularly excludes from taking Communion those who are guilty of what is known as “manifest grave sin." This means no one who has committed a serious sin in a way that is publicly visible should receive Communion.

The bishops argue that in supporting abortion rights, Democrats like Joe Biden have made themselves unsuitable to take Communion.

As a scholar who studies Catholicism in political life, I argue that the proposed pastoral statement reflects existing divisions inside the Catholic Church that have been heightened by the election of Biden as president. Moreover, it will serve only to deepen the divide.

Greater authority?

Joe Biden is a devoted Catholic, attending Mass weekly and carrying a rosary everywhere he goes. He has talked many times about how important his faith is to him.

But his policy position on abortion jars with more conservative elements in the Catholic Church. In October 2019, a priest declined to give Communion to the then-presidential candidate when he presented himself at St. Anthony Church in Florence, South Carolina. The priest, who had never met Biden before, told reporters, “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of church teaching."

The picture is not as clear as that priest suggests, and the Catholic Church's history of dealing with Catholic public officials is more inconsistent. Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, for example, presided over a brutal regime of atrocities and torture known throughout the world, yet he received a Catholic burial in 1975 over which the archbishop of Toledo presided.

More pertinent to the Biden case, Pope John Paul II gave Communion in 2001 to Rome's mayor, Franceso Rutelli, who had campaigned to liberalize abortion laws. Likewise, Pope Benedict XVI gave Communion to Rudolph Giuliani, Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry – all of whom support abortion rights.

The reason the issue has come up now in the U.S. appears to be more about concerns among bishops over their waning influence.

Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and one of the main figures supporting a pastoral statement about Communion, told The Associated Press in April, “Whether intentional or not, [Biden is] trying to usurp our authority."

“He doesn't have the authority to teach what it means to be Catholic," Naumann continued; “that's our responsibility as bishops."

Naumann may have reasons to be concerned. A 2019 poll found that 63% of American Catholics have lost trust in Catholic bishops because of their handling of the ongoing crisis of sexual abuse.

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To many Catholics, Biden's presentation of Catholic faith as aligning with racial justice, economic justice, climate justice and health care justice offers a pointed contrast with bishops mired in scandal and unhappy about trends such as same-sex marriage in American culture.

Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila wrote in mid-April about what he sees as the need to establish “Eucharistic coherence" through a pastoral statement that would set out when someone like Biden should not present himself for Communion. It seems many bishops like Aquila see that as the solution to their dilemma over Biden.

But not all bishops agree. Approximately 70 of the nearly-250 bishops in the U.S. signed a letter urging the bishops conference to slow down and consider this pastoral statement and its effects more carefully. Yet the great majority of U.S. bishops are as undeterred by that letter as they have been by urgings from Rome.

Communion 'not a prize'

This proposal for a document about “Eucharistic coherence" will come before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' virtual meeting, being held June 16-18. But even if a pastoral statement is written, the conference has no authority to enforce it on any particular bishop. The result would be an incoherent patchwork allowing each individual bishop to decide. Washington's Cardinal Wilton Gregory already has indicated he will not prevent Biden from receiving Communion. As such, the pastoral statement could serve only to highlight differences among many American bishops and the pope.

It also could backfire as an attempt to wrestle back authority for U.S. bishops. A preelection debate over the sincerity of Biden's Catholicism proved divisive among the faithful. Biden, through Baptism and participation in the other sacraments, is a Catholic. There is no question about that.

Because it reflects intense divisions in the church, this effort to disqualify the president from the sacraments and the church are, I believe, a threat to church authority today. Nothing that furthers or deepens those divisions will help the bishops or the Catholics that they lead. And the growing visibility of the divide between U.S. bishops and the pope is a threat to the church itself.


This is an updated version of an article originally published on May 5, 2021.

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Steven P. Millies, Associate Professor of Public Theology and Director of The Bernardin Center, Catholic Theological Union

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Royal Caribbean delays trip after 8 crew test COVID-19 positive



Royal Caribbean is pushing back the maiden voyage of a new ship by a month after eight crew members tested positive for Covid-19, the company's chief executive said.

"Two steps forward and one step back!" Chief Executive Michael Bayley said in a Facebook post Tuesday night that announced the delay for the inaugural trip of "Odyssey of the Seas."

"During routine testing, eight crew members received a positive test result for Covid-19," Bayley said.

"The eight crew members, six of whom were asymptomatic and two with mild symptoms, were quarantined and are being closely monitored by our medical team."

All 1,400 crew members were vaccinated on June 4 and will be considered fully vaccinated on June 18.

The test results came after the staff was vaccinated but before the shots were fully effective, Bayley said.

The Odyssey voyage, is now set to depart from Port Everglades, Florida on July 31 instead of July 3.

The delay comes just days after Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Millennium trip had two cases of Covid-19.

The trip, which had departed from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten on June 5, was the first by a major cruise ship to depart North America since the pandemic.

Everyone on the cruise had been vaccinated, including all crew, the company said.

Celebrity Edge, another Royal Caribbean ship, is scheduled to undertake the first major voyage from an American port since the pandemic on June 6 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Media shut out of Biden-Putin summit amid scuffle between US, Russian journalists and security officials



When U.S. and Russian journalists flocked to the Villa La Grange for the summit between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladamir Putin, they were abruptly stopped by security personnel and government officials from both countries.

According to Politico, members of the media were told to form a single file line. Ignoring the request, journalists are said to have "screamed as a Swiss official kept urging journalists and officials to be quiet." After a period of time, a total of 9 U.S. journalists and a number of Russian were allowed to enter the area of the library where both presidents were seated. Biden was accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken while Putin's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accompanied him.

However, that did not stop the confusion and the journalists' entry was short-lived. Per the publication:

"Journalists pushed and yelled at each other to move. After just a minute or two, Russian security pulled the red rope separating the media from the leaders to try to keep the media further away from the leaders. Russian security yelled at journalists to get out of the room and began pushing journalists."

The scene reportedly escalated into more chaos as U.S. journalists clashed with Russian security. Unphased by the chaos, President Biden appeared amused. While the chaos ensued, Biden "leaned over and spoke to the interpreter and smiled."

However, the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki offered clarity about the moment as she explained the president's action.

"During a chaotic free for all with members of the press shouting questions over each other, the President gave a general head nod in the direction of the media. He wasn't responding to any question or anything other than the chaos."

The two presidents met for an hour and are expected to hold their own individual press conferences.

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Putin tells Black US reporter he would ‘prevent’ Black Lives Matter in Russia after she asks what he’s ‘afraid of’



Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared rattled by a Black American woman reporter after she asked him why he is jailing and murdering political opponents. Ultimately Putin equated the Black Lives Matter movement – created to protest police killings of mostly unarmed Black men – with the January 6 insurrection, and telling her he would "prevent" the Black Lives Matter movement were it to come to Russia.

"The list of your political opponents who are dead, imprisoned or jailed is long," ABC News' Rachel Scott told the Russian President and former KGB official, "and you have now prevented anyone who supports [Alexey Navalny] to run for office."

"So my question is, Mr. President: what are you so afraid of?"

After Putin rambled for a few minutes, he brought up Black Lives Matter.

"America, quite recently, had to deal with terrible events after the murder of, the killing of the African American, and Black Lives Matter ensued," Putin said. "I don't want to make any judgment about that but what we saw, mass violations of the law and so on so forth. We sympathize with the Americans but we do not wish that this kind of thing could happen on our territory and we will do our utmost to prevent tension," he said, referring to BLM.

He concluded by saying he didn't even want to address the "afraid of" part, calling it, "irrelevant."

"So you didn't answer my question sir, if all of your political opponents are dead, in prison, poisoned, doesn't that send a message that you do not want a fair political fight?" Scott replied.

Putin then falsely claimed the thousands of people who attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempted coup on January 6 were merely Americans with "political demands," which is false.

"We sympathize with what's happening in the States, but we do not wish that to happen in Russia," Putin concluded, equating the BLM movement with the January 6 insurrection, two extremely different and unrelated events.

Watch:

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Putin ripped by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt for comparing his jailed political rivals to pro-Trump rioters



Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday deflected criticism over the jailing of political rival Alexei Navalny by pointing out that many Trump supporters who rioted at the United States Capitol building on January 6th were also facing jail time.

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt responded incredulously to Putin's effort to draw equivalency between the Russian government and the American government by saying that jailing political opponents is the same as jailing rioters who violently disrupted the certification of the 2020 election in Congress.

"The January 6th answer was in response to a question about him jailing his political rivals, jailing them, killing them, trying to poison them," she said. "And he turns around and says, 'Well the police shot someone at the U.S. Capitol who is trying to express political beliefs.'"

Ashli Babbitt, the protester in question, was fatally shot by Capitol police as she was trying to force her way into the congressional chamber where lawmakers were sheltering.

"Putin has created his own version of reality and is throwing it out there," Hunt concluded.

Watch the video below.



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Brussels to assess if Hungary’s new ban on sharing LGBT content with under-18s breaches EU law – von der Leyen

Preview The president of the European Commission has announced the body is looking into whether Hungary’s ban on the sharing of homosexual and transgender content to those under 18 years of age is a breach of EU law.
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Most Germans say freedom of speech is in jeopardy, many name Islam and patriotism among topics they cannot speak freely about

Preview A majority of German citizens believe that freedom of expression is in danger, the latest poll shows. ‘Patriotism’ and Islam were named among topics one should be particularly careful about.
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Bomb found in Italian official’s car close to Euro 2020 host stadium in Rome

Preview Italian police have diffused a car bomb near the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, which was discovered ahead of the Euro 2020 football match between Italy and Switzerland. The city’s mayor said the device was found in an official’s car.
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WATCH: Squatters and left-wing radicals clash with German police in Berlin, 60 officers injured

Preview A routine fire inspection has led to massive riots in the German capital as left-wing radicals protested a fire inspector’s visit to a Berlin squat. At least 60 police officers have been injured in the violent confrontation.
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In Iran nuclear talks ‘time not on anyone’s side,’ France says as ‘significant disagreements’ remain

Preview Negotiators at talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna have still not come to an agreement on the trickiest issues, the French Foreign Ministry has said, warning that time to reach a deal is running out.
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Why it's no bad thing that Biden-Putin summit was a little dull

There are moments when dull is good. This was one of them.

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Talks between US and Russian presidents at summit in Switzerland have concluded

Talks between US President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a summit in Switzerland have concluded after about four hours.

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Israel-Gaza violence: First flare-up since ceasefire is a reminder of its fragility

After twelve days of conflict and almost four weeks of ceasefire, the tit-for-tat exchanges in Gaza and Israel last night would appear worrying on the face of it.

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Malaysia court rules open verdict in death of Nora Quoirin

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Airstrikes launched against Hamas after incendiary devices are sent into Israel

Israel has launched airstrikes in Gaza less than a month after a ceasefire agreement was reached.

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06/16/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

06/16/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1.  Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

2.  FACT SHEET: National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

3. Biden administration unveils new strategy to counter domestic terrorism

4. Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense on 2020 Unified Command Plan

5. FOLLOW-UP Comments Fixing Oversight of Special Operations Forces

6. How I learned to stop worrying and to love the Afghanistan withdrawal plan | Opinion

7. Biden nominates 9 to high-profile ambassador postings

8. Part 1: What the budget reveals — and leaves unclear — about the cost of JADC2

9. Part 2: Congress dealt ABMS a blow, but experts see progress

10. Part 3: Proposed modernization increases show Army sees joint operations as ‘top priority’

11. Part 4: Classified Navy JADC2 budget plan has a few spending hints

12. Biden’s Hair Should Be ‘On Fire’ Over Afghan Translators Being Left Behind, Senator Says

13. Pentagon considering permanent naval task force to counter China in the Pacific

14. Next National Defense Strategy Should Return to Two-War Force Construct

15. US military’s elite commando forces look to expand diversity

16. An alliance of democracies is essential

17. US signals flexibility and pragmatism to China

18. The real B3W-NATO agenda

19. How Biden Should Deal With Putin

20. China Repackages Its History in Support of Xi’s National Vision

21. Clausewitz and Centres of Gravity: Turning the Esoteric into Practical Outcomes

22. Developing a Combatant Command Campaign Plan: Lessons Learned at US Central Command

 

1. Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

White House · June 15, 2021

Excerpt: "This is a project that should unite all Americans."

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

 

2. FACT SHEET: National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

White House · June 15, 2021

The 32 page strategy document can be downloaded here: 

The four pillars:

PILLAR 1: UNDERSTAND AND SHARE DOMESTIC TERRORISM-RELATED INFORMATION

PILLAR 2: PREVENT DOMESTIC TERRORISM RECRUITMENT AND MOBILIZATION TO VIOLENCE

PILLAR 3: DISRUPT AND DETER DOMESTIC TERRORISM ACTIVITY

PILLAR 4: CONFRONT LONG-TERM CONTRIBUTORS TO DOMESTIC TERRORISM

​The 5th pillar should be: Do so without violating civil rights, the US Constitution, and American values.​

​From the strategy: "while safeguarding bedrock American civil rights and civil liberties – values that​ ​make us who we are as a nation.​"​​

 

3. Biden administration unveils new strategy to counter domestic terrorism

NBC News · by Ken Dilanian · June 15, 2021

 

4. Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense on 2020 Unified Command Plan

White House · June 04, 2021

I missed this two weeks ago. Does this mean the Pentagon's global force posture review is complete and is it now time to update the UCP?  

I have received a number of comments to this article. They are all over the map.

First, my follow-up comment:

“Actually the more I think about this the more I think the article was a good idea. Note I said the article was a good idea. Changes to SOF will only come through Congressional action. Congress will not be at all happy with the proposal in the article as it will undo too much SOF goodness that has been developed since 1987, it will not fix the SOF issues, and will only create more. Therefore, perhaps this article will spur Congress to take another bold step forward (where are the 21st Century Nunn and Cohen?) and actually implement substantive SOF improvements beyond what they tried in Sec 922. Again, we do not need SOF as a separate service because there is a lot of goodness with the connections SOF elements have with their parent service and that was one of the smart aspects of Nunn-Cohen. But SOF needs the requisite service authorities and resources to properly manage and oversee SOF. This is what Congress must follow through with. They provided their intent with Sec 922 but only offered half measures and f steps to solve the problems. It is time for bold congressional action. Will it happen?

 

Comments received and observed:

1.

Barno makes a strong argument but history tells us that his suggested arrangement will diminish SO and SOF. His example of the Navy-Marine relationship is interesting but it is very different from a potential Army-SOF relationship. History!

I also find the fixation on SOF problems curious considering the very serious issues with conventional forces and their leaders. SOF certainly does need to clean up its messes. 

We also should not lose sight of the fact that our military, under predominantly conventional leaders, has proven to be incapable of winning wars against 4th rate opponents (I am categorizing Rangers as other direct action leaders in the conventionally, attrition-minded category). This includes the article’s author.

Contrary to Mulholland’s view, a separate service with global operational responsibilities is necessary. 

2. 

 

Tiring. You will note it is about the domains. The DA side of SOF is indeed more closely related to the Land. Special Warfare is a Human domain martial activity. 

3.

Well, how about them apples. 

Just maybe the discussion is getting down to the fundamentals of our strategic national security deficiency. Go under the Army’s civilian leadership (Navy -Marine) or acknowledge the emergence of a human domain and structure accordingly.

The millstone around our SOF neck is the inclusion of elite infantry into the community. We hue to our Army root out of nostalgia and romance. The Army then mandates subservience and corrupts in the process who we are and perverts in its control what we are meant to do.

4.

Dave,

You are exactly right. Placing SOF under the Army will particularly undo the SOF RD&A authority and the speed with which it is accomplished. Back to layers of slow moving oversight, unnecessary and ill informed and probably prejudiced challenges and denials. I served in USSOCOM from 1988-1994 in the early days and the ability to finally get things done for SOF by SOF which was extremely rewarding and satisfying. 

Placing SOF under the Army is a solution looking for a problem.  

5.

I think this a half measure. The Sec Army has a great deal on his plate and limited bandwidth with staff, time and resources. SOCOM and its forces are essentially the Marine Corps of SOF. Its forces are greatly dependent upon the respective Services largesse and it has a limited seat at the table. There is also the issue of Not Invented Here in regard to an Army Sec dictating to USAF, USN and USMC forces.

I think it best to do what Congress actually intended and give the ASD SOLIC near-Secretarial authority and an expanded staff to manage. He/She can focus exclusively on SOF and insure its interests are spoken for with equality/authority at the table. Most importantly, the position would direct resources without competition eg Do we support procurement of an exclusive Army item or fund a SOF initiative? etc.

 

Gen Barno's suggestion reduces the bureaucratic battle to keep SOF at bay, but it does not fix the inherant problem-The Services do not want SOF to have an equal voice or authorities regarding rice bowl issues.

My experience indicates that only a forced Congressional statute will resolve the issue. The Services will hate it but, in time, it will demonstrate the value as did Nunn-Cohen, Goldwater-Nichols and MFP 11.   

6.

the Army is barely able to direct the behavior and provide oversight of special operations forces wearing army uniforms. The idea the army secretary is going to provide oversight of units from other services is…let’s just say the idea is underdeveloped in this thin article. 

Sorta reads like Jake Blues wrote it to stop the mystery woman from killing him

7.

I hate to be the contrarian, but what Dave Barno and Nora Bensahel are proposing would be a creative and effective solution, particularly in the short run. One could even take it a step further and consider breaking up the ASD SOLIC and putting its various directorates under other ASDs within OUSD (P). At a minimum, DoD should fund a study to determine how effective it has been in terms of providing civilian oversight throughout its own history. With a constantly revolving door of political appointees it's tough to make an argument that they can oversee their own organization, let alone a Combatant Command. I'm not convinced throwing more money at the problem will solve their problems either. Last, if one assumes a status quo budget for the foreseeable future (best case), where are these additional funds going to come from? Thoughts, ctrarguments?

8.

I think there are several deep seated issues that mitigate against a half measure on this issue:

The Office of Sec Army is overwhelmed by just Army issues, asking them to supervise/manage SOF-especially other services will never work

The Services and the DOD bureaucracy absolutely hate the idea of SOF having a major voice at the table or authorities that detract from their own rice bowls. They will do everything in their power-civil service bureaucrats to political appointees to contain the authorities with every tool at their disposal-Recall all the Service Chiefs telling Congress post Grenada that everything was fine and only minor tweaking was necessary.

This proposal is an attempt to stall the direction of a strong ASD SO/LIC and hope the Hill buys it.

As with most reform/change within DOD, it takes legislative statutes to fix issues.

9.

Much like Trey Goudy said that the Squad is best preserved as a means to insure a GOP majority in the future..............

10.

What about putting them back under their respective services? Yes, there could be some standards for interoperability, but let them focus on Service missions.

We treat SOF as a strategic asset but that is only true in some very limited contexts. And it has contributed to where we are today. A lot of folks who grew up in SOF think only SOF can do certain things and restricted conventional forces as a consequence. This is particularly galling when those supposedly SOF capabilities are little more than basic combat tasks done by specialized troops. And SOF does not seize and hold terrain. At least not for very long.

 

11. FOLLOW-UP Comments Fixing Oversight of Special Operations Forces

warontherocks.com · by David Barno · June 15, 2021

So let’s place oversight for SOF with the service secretary facing the greatest challenge in articulating its role (and justifying its budgetary requirements) in the foreseeable future?

Seems like a high likelihood of a conflict of priorities, if not interests.

 

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From: David Maxwell <david.maxwell161@gmail.com>

Date: Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Subject: Fixing Oversight of Special Operations Forces

To:

The authors have said the quiet part out loud.  There are many senior officials who likely support this and this will put us right back in 1986. The answer is not to give SOF oversight to the Army but it is to provide SOF with service authorities along with responsibilities (and the resources to execute them) as Congress intends. Rather than go back to the future and undo Nunn-Cohen of Goldwater-Nichols, SOF needs to continue to evolve to improve (to reach an enlightened state).

 

6. How I learned to stop worrying and to love the Afghanistan withdrawal plan | Opinion

Newsweek · by Frank Sobchak· June 11, 2021

Excerpts: “When thinking of our vital interests, the U.S. should focus on areas that matter to us strategically and the enemies that can threaten those interests. While we squandered our finances in Afghanistan, the forces of authoritarianism have been on the march. Russia and China present complicated global threats to the existing liberal order that the U.S spent decades building and maintaining. Iran, a nation that has pledged the destruction of both Israel and the United States, presents a regional threat to that order and is on the cusp of becoming a nuclear power—a grave danger that could ignite an arms race and further destabilize a crucial region. Afghanistan is a costly distraction from those much bigger threats.

Even if a vestige of the terrorist threat does rise again in Afghanistan, it is unlikely to be significant enough to require another large-scale, prolonged intervention. The vast majority of the current fighters are domestic combatants engaged in the struggle for Afghanistan's future. There are some al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, but those organizations spread across the world long ago in order to survive. It would require a willful suspension of reality to pretend the senior leaders of those organizations would return to set up terrorist training camps or operate overtly in Afghanistan, as this would put them in the crosshairs of American and coalition aircraft. If anything, it is the continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan that provides fodder for recruitment of the global jihadist network. Ending our involvement in the Afghan conflict will hurt the terrorists' recruitment efforts.

As John Quincy Adams once noted, we should not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. The world is full of monsters who wish us ill. If we continuously go hunting for all of them, as we have for the last two decades, we will find ourselves financially insolvent and collectively exhausted. It is time for us to rest up and prepare, so that we will be ready when the big monsters do come for us.

 

7. Biden nominates 9 to high-profile ambassador postings

AP · by Aamer Madhani · June 15, 2021

 

8. Part 1: What the budget reveals — and leaves unclear — about the cost of JADC2

c4isrnet.com · by Nathan Strout · June 15, 2021

A four part series on JADC2 - Joint All-Domain Command and Control.

 

10. Part 3: Proposed modernization increases show Army sees joint operations as ‘top priority’

c4isrnet.com · by Andrew Eversden · June 15, 2021

 

11. Part 4: Classified Navy JADC2 budget plan has a few spending hints

c4isrnet.com · by Mark Pomerleau · June 15, 2021

 

12. Biden’s Hair Should Be ‘On Fire’ Over Afghan Translators Being Left Behind, Senator Says

defenseone.com · by Jacqueline Feldscher

 

13. Pentagon considering permanent naval task force to counter China in the Pacific

Politico

Excerpts: “It’s not yet clear whether the task force would involve only U.S. ships, or include other nations’ militaries as well, the people said.

Officials working on China policy at the Pentagon are also considering establishing a named military operation for the Pacific, which would create a formal planning process for the defense secretary and provide additional budget authority and resources for the effort, the people said.

The Pentagon has not yet briefed Capitol Hill on the plans, one of the people said.

Based on the work of Ratner’s task force, Austin issued a directive last week initiating several department-wide efforts to better address the security challenges posed by China as the United States’ “number one pacing challenge.” But officials declined to provide any details, saying that many of the initiatives are classified.

 

14. Next National Defense Strategy Should Return to Two-War Force Construct

airforcemag.com · by John A. Tirpak · June 15, 2021

There are only so many concepts: 2 Major Regional Contingencies and 2 lesser regional contingencies, Win-Hold-Win. We have probably seen them all since the ended of the Cold War.

The 60 page report can be downloaded here. 

 

15. US military’s elite commando forces look to expand diversity

militarytimes.com · by Lolita Baldor · June 15, 2021

Excerpts: “The effort comes as the military — and the nation — struggles with racism, extremism and hate crimes. Leaders see greater diversity as a way to combat extremism in the ranks, even as they increase other training and education programs.

Commando forces — particularly the officers — tend to be far less diverse than the military as a whole. While only a small percentage of those who try out eventually pass the grueling, years-long training for special operations, leaders hope that bringing in a wider array of recruits will lead to a more diverse force.

As of March 2021, a full 95% of all SEAL and combatant-craft crew (SWCC) officers were white and just 2% were Black, according to Naval Special Warfare statistics provided to the AP. The officers corps of Army Special Forces is 87% white, and also 2% Black.

The enlisted ranks are only slightly more diverse. About 84% of the Navy SEAL and SWCC enlisted troops are white, and 2% are Black. The greater diversity comes in the number of American Indian, Alaskan Native and those who say they are “multiple” races. The Army’s enlisted special forces are also 84% white, but the percentage of Blacks goes up to 4.

When all members of Naval Special Warfare and Army Special Operations Command are included — which would add combat support, civil affairs and psychological operations personnel — the diversity grows slightly. But it still doesn’t match the overall Army and Navy statistics. For example, 40% of the Navy’s enlisted force and 24% of it’s officers are non-white.

 

16. An alliance of democracies is essential

lowyinstitute.org · by Michael J Green

Excerpts: “For years surveys have shown that thought-leaders across the Indo-Pacific greatly prefer democracy to authoritarianism. While the world’s leading democracies have rightly imposed sanctions in the cases of Xinjiang or Myanmar, the main theme of the recent Cornwall G7 Summit was about making the investments needed to demonstrate that democracy works. Thus, rather than pressuring countries to reject China’s Belt and Road projects, the United States, Australia and Japan (now joined by the other G7 countries) are offering high quality infrastructure financing alternatives.

But for that strategy to work, recipient countries will need to make borrowing decisions based on accountability, transparency and anti-corruption. A game of geopolitical influence absent efforts to strengthen democratic governance – even one backed by more lending – would end in failure as Beijing bribes its way across the region. It is only logical that the leading democracies should be coordinating strategies on this front. American and Australian taxpayers should demand no less.

Finally, solidarity among democracies matters to deterrence and regional stability. If Beijing or Moscow think that US alliances in Europe and Asia can be divided against each other, then the cost of aggression goes down. It does not require an explicit security guarantee for like-minded democracies to signal that there will be global consequences for coercion or aggression against vulnerable states even outside their own regions – the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “Quad”, is one such example. In that regard the Cornwall G7 summit’s first ever mention of Taiwan also had real significance.

 

17. US signals flexibility and pragmatism to China

asiatimes.com · by MK Bhadrakumar · June 16, 2021

Huh? We were really trying to get the G7 to "slander" China?

Excerpts: “Evidently, while a collective tone against China was possible at the G7, Washington failed to get the group to slander China. In sum, the final communiqué turned out to be a product dominated by the US with compromise by all.

All empirical evidence is stacked against a Western coordinated move, leave alone unified hostile action against China. The bottom line is that while European countries may have “systemic” differences with Beijing, their economic relations with China are competitive but they also have strategic needs for cooperation.

Interestingly, according to China Central Television, Blinken too acknowledged during his phone call with Yang on Friday on the eve of the Cornwall summit that the series of contacts between the US and China in the most recent weeks are beneficial to bilateral relations and the US is looking forward to increasing contact and exchanges with China at all levels.

Blinken reportedly said that the US adheres to the one-China principle and abides by the three China-US joint communiqués and hopes to maintain communication and coordination with China on major international and regional issues.

The G7 communiqué’s formulation on the Taiwan question confirms that the US wants to maintain flexibility in its handling of the China-US relationship. That is a very important indicator.

 

18. The real B3W-NATO agenda

asiatimes.com · by Pepe Escobar · June 16, 2021

Escobar provides quite an interpretation of B3W, the G7 and NATO summits,

Excerpts: The initial “catalytic investments” for BW3 were estimated at $100 billion. No one knows how these funds will be coming from the “development institutions.”

Seasoned Global South observers already bet they will be essentially provided by IMF/World Bank “green” loans tied to private sector investment in selected emerging markets, with an eye on profit.

The White House is adamant that “B3W will be global in scope, from Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa and the Indo-Pacific.” Note the blatant attempt to match Belt and Road’s reach.

All these “green” resources and new logistic chains, financed by what will be a variant of central banks showering helicopter money, would ultimately benefit G7 members – certainly not China.

And the “protector” of these new “green” geostrategic corridors will be – who else? – NATO. That’s the natural consequence of the “global reach” emphasized on the NATO 2030 agenda.

 

19. How Biden Should Deal With Putin

Foreign Affairs · by Michael McFaul · June 14, 2021

Conclusion: “Biden is right to test whether Putin might embrace a more stable, predictable relationship with the United States. Should the Russian president opt instead to continue invading countries, mounting hacking and disinformation campaigns, and arresting innocent Russians and Americans, it will be clear that he, not Biden, is responsible for confrontation with the United States. Biden is also right to try to work with the Kremlin on a limited agenda of mutual interest, particularly on arms control. Even during tense moments of the Cold War, U.S. presidents saw the wisdom in cooperating with their Soviet counterparts to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

At the same time, the Biden administration must swiftly develop the other dimensions of its strategy for containing and deterring Putin’s belligerent behavior while also supporting democratic forces in Russia,

 

20. China Repackages Its History in Support of Xi’s National Vision

WSJ · by Chun Han Wong and Keith Zhai

It is easy to be reminded of George Orwell here:“Orwell believed that the status of history itself had been radically challenged by totalitarianism. In his essay Looking Back on the Spanish War, written in 1942, he recalled telling Arthur Koestler that: “History stopped in 1936.” By this he meant that the Spanish Civil War, as the first conflict of the totalitarian era, was the first time that rival propaganda machines made an accurate account of events impossible. “I know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway,” he wrote. “I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and biased, but what is peculiar to our own age is the abandonment of the idea that history could be truthfully written.”

​Excerpts:​ “The history academy’s revisionism hasn’t always gone over well with the public. In December, its Weibo account drew wide criticism for an essay, since taken down, that challenged popular condemnation of Mao’s “Down to the Countryside Movement,” which forced millions of urban young people to live and work in rural villages.

The essay described the movement as “a great achievement that advanced the development of society,” according to copies that have been republished online. In that respect, it echoed official portrayals of the seven years Mr. Xi spent as a “rusticated youth” in the countryside as a transformative experience that taught him to serve the people.

Some Chinese historians say the academy is twisting history to serve politics. “They aren’t following an academic path,” said a prominent history professor in Beijing, who said he declined the academy’s invitation to collaborate on a project. “These people are doing this to suck up and win promotion.”

In April, Mr. Xi visited a memorial to a 1934 battle that took place during the “Long March,” a military retreat over thousands of miles by Communist Party troops that was later celebrated as a strategic triumph that helped Mao secure power. Mr. Xi urged his compatriots to emulate the undying faith and self-sacrifice shown by the Red Army.

When confronting challenges, domestic and foreign, in pursuit of China’s rejuvenation, he said, “We must have such conviction in our inevitable victory.”

 

21. Clausewitz and Centres of Gravity: Turning the Esoteric into Practical Outcomes

groundedcuriosity.com · by Michael G Krause · June 12, 2021

An admonishment that we must read Books Six and Eight of On War to begin to think about center of gravity. 

Conclusion: “I admire and am at the same time frustrated by Clausewitz: I like the genius he applies to a most difficult topic and yet am frustrated how difficult he is to penetrate sometimes. It is not a case of sorting the wheat from the chaff – his writing is so dense that every word has to be studied and thought about. It takes hard work; whole pages swim before my eyes sometimes. His work is poetry and seductively out of reach at times. If only he had lived long enough for one more read-through and tidy-up. Damn that cholera.

While many have not gone past the First Book in On War to discuss Clausewitz’s theories on war, strategy and states, the military professional interested in his work on Centre of Gravity has to wade through to Book Six and Book Eight before the ideas are mentioned. They form, however, a central idea to understand how forces generate strength. By understanding how forces generate strength one can understand the seeds of defeat in an enemy and protect one’s own. Planning is about understanding and understanding starts with the realm of the practical and the possible. By combining theory with practical understanding and the desire for practical outcomes, Clausewitz provides a useful and timeless start point for the modern military professional. Of course, he requires interpretation and judgement in application, but he makes one think and realise how much there is always still to learn.

 

22. Developing a Combatant Command Campaign Plan: Lessons Learned at US Central Command

mwi.usma.edu · by Chad Pillai · June 16, 2021

Theory does not always equal practice.

Some excellent advice in this piece including this conclusion: “Additionally, no matter how involved you are in the project, you should never take the product you worked on personally. If you do, you will face a lot of difficulty trying to defend everything you put into the CCP. I lived by the rule of thumb that I will be satisfied with the final product as long as the key concepts or ideas remain. Finally, while developing a CCP is a complex undertaking, gaining an appreciation for how the process works beyond what is taught will help future planners better navigate managing OPTs and develop products that are both useful and executable.

 

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"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." 

- Maya Angelou

 

"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile." 

- Roger Staubach

 

 "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." 

- Rosa Parks

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06/16/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

06/16/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. Both sanctions and diplomacy critical to denuclearizing N. Korea: Kritenbrink

2. N.K. leader opens key party meeting to discuss how to cope with 'current international situation'

3. North Korea Has Been Importing Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Since Early May

4. A reunified Korea could be a formidable power in East Asia – Responsible Statecraft

5. Why is hunger getting worse in June? This is the worst in the Kim Jong-un era.

6.  <Breaking News Inside N. Korea> Soaring Food Prices Cause Market Confusion. 2.4 times the price of corn: "The market is screaming in pain.”

7. North Korea Has Been Importing Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Since Early May

8. U.S. supports provision of COVID-19 vaccine to N. Korea

9. Police deployed at South Korea THAAD base as U.S. seeks upgrades

10. Kim warns of ‘tense’ food situation, longer COVID lockdown

11. Kritenbrink pledges efforts to strengthen alliance, denuclearize Korean Peninsula

12. Vice FM stresses human rights-based approach to new digital technologies

13. JCS chairman visits military units on western border island

14. NATO calls for ‘complete, verifiable, irreversible’ denuclearization of N. Korea

15. Ruling party chief proposes small modular reactors as energy aid to North Korea

16. North Korea's economic desperation

17. Korea’s ‘innotech’ economy maddens analog Japan

18. List of assets owned by Japan in Korea is ordered

19. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un isn’t a K-pop fan anymore

20. Ministry of State Security continues to conduct random arrests of illegal cell phone users near border

21. New research center formed to develop "personal security equipment" to protect Kim Jong Un during on-the-spot inspections

 

1. Both sanctions and diplomacy critical to denuclearizing N. Korea: Kritenbrink

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · June 16, 2021

Ambassador Kritenbrink has effectively outlined some of the key elements the Administration's Korean policy:

  • Denuclearization in accordance with all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions
  • Practical diplomacy and deterrence ( or as President Biden said "stern deterrence")
  • Enforcement of sanctions
  • An alliance approach

 

2. N.K. leader opens key party meeting to discuss how to cope with 'current international situation'

en.yna.co.kr · by 고병준 · June 16, 2021

Again, does the "current international situation" mean that Kim is laying the groundwork and preparing the narrative to support Kim's "externalization" of his domestic problems? Are we going to see increased tensions, threats, and possible provocations?

 

3. North Korea Has Been Importing Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Since Early May

rfa.org · by Hyemin Son, Jeongeun Ji and Myungchul Lee

An interesting development.

 

4. A reunified Korea could be a formidable power in East Asia – Responsible Statecraft

responsiblestatecraft.org · by Christopher Mott · June 15, 2021

The author does not share with us the paths to unification. What is the path" Reconciliation and merging to systems? A new nK leadership that seeks unification? War? Regime instability and collapse?

Frankly, the author does not seem to present an understanding of the nature, objectives, and strategy of the Kim family regime and embarks magical mystery tour to get to unification.

While I agree unification will make Korea formidable it has to be a United Republic of Korea (UROK) The solution to all the problems on the Korean peninsula is to achieve the only acceptable durable political arrangement: A secure, stable, economically vibrant, non-nuclear Korean peninsula unified under a liberal constitutional form of government with respect for individual liberty, the rule of law, and human rights, determined by the Korean people. In short, a United Republic of Korea (UROK).

But I think the essence or the basic intent of this article is to provide supporting fires to the position that there should be an end of war declaration. He wants to make it seem that if there is an end of war and denuclearzation we can then proceed down the path of unification that will result in a Switzerland like unification Korea (perhaps with a small amount of nuclear weapons).

Not only is this fantasy it requires appeasement of the Kim family regime and we should know where that will take us.

 

5. Why is hunger getting worse in June? This is the worst in the Kim Jong-un era.

asiapress.org

Reporting from inside north Korea. More indicators that we must pay attention to observe for potential instability.

 

6. <Breaking News Inside N. Korea> Soaring Food Prices Cause Market Confusion. 2.4 times the price of corn: "The market is screaming in pain.”

asiapress.org

More reporting and indicators from north Korea.

 

7. North Korea Has Been Importing Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Since Early May

rfa.org · by Hyemin Son, Jeongeun Ji and Myungchul Lee

An interesting development.

 

8. U.S. supports provision of COVID-19 vaccine to N. Korea

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · June 15, 2021

 

9.  Police deployed at South Korea THAAD base as U.S. seeks upgrades

UPI · by Elizabeth Shim · June 16, 2021

The ROK government has been unable to separate the professional agitators from the local population.

This problem will persist as long as these professional agitators are allowed to conduct their subversive activities (which consists of duping the local population).

 

10. Kim warns of ‘tense’ food situation, longer COVID lockdown

AP News · by Kim Tong-Hyung · June 16, 2021

And to continue to beat the dead horse: the suffering is caused by Ki Jong-un’s deliberate policy decisions to prioritize nuclear and missile development, military modernization, and support to the elite over the welfare of the Korean people living in the north.

We can expect the regime to exploit the suffering as rationale for demands for sanctions relief. Paradoxically Kim knows we are more concerned with the welfare of the Korean people living in the north than he is. He will try to play on our humanitarian nature as part of his political warfare strategy.

 

11. Kritenbrink pledges efforts to strengthen alliance, denuclearize Korean Peninsula

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · June 15, 2021

There should be no doubt that the Biden administration prioritizes alliance as a main effort in our foreign policy.

 

12. Vice FM stresses human rights-based approach to new digital technologies

en.yna.co.kr · by 송상호 · June 16, 2021

No mention of north Korea? Why not? Think of what digital technologies would do for the Korean people in the north. South Korea should be leading the change to make the regime open up north Korea 'digitally." To follow the Vice FM's arguments the Korean people in the north have a right to digital access.

 

13. JCS chairman visits military units on western border island

en.yna.co.kr · by 오석민 · June 16, 2021

This is the traditional period for the "crab wars" of north-South confrontation in the West Sea.

 

14. NATO calls for ‘complete, verifiable, irreversible’ denuclearization of N. Korea

donga.com · June 15, 2021

I cannot recall any past NATO statements that include north Korea. The Biden administration has done a good job marshalling the international community to address Korean security issues.

 

15.  Ruling party chief proposes small modular reactors as energy aid to North Korea

The Korea Times · June 16, 2021

Is this a new variation on the 1994 Agreed Framework? Do we think this will entice Kim Jong-un?

 

16. North Korea's economic desperation

The Korea Times · by Sandip Kumar Mishra  · June 16, 2021

The responsibility for all suffering lies on Kim's shoulders.

Key point: “It is important to underscore that the economic performance of North Korea will have significant bearings on its strategic choices. The new U.S. administration of President Joe Biden has been in the process of unveiling its North Korea policy, and the moribund North Korean economy will restrict Kim Jong-un's negotiating positions.

 

17. Korea’s ‘innotech’ economy maddens analog Japan

asiatimes.com · by William Pesek · June 16, 2021

Excerpts: “Winnie Tang at the University of Hong Kong notes that the pivotal role of Pangyo Techno Valley, Korea’s answer to Silicon Valley, in morphing the nation into an “innotech” hub – a combination of innovation and technology development – deserves more attention.

First, she argues, Korea rebounded from the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis faster than its peers. Over the next two decades, Tang argues, GDP per capita doubled, K-Pop and Korea’s innotech “gained global renown,” while sectors from cosmetics to home appliances to mobile phones to food to clothing to automobiles made the nation a top player in global trade.

Now, though, things are going full circle, as innovative energy spreads far and wide afield of Pangyo Techno Valley sitting 21 kilometers from Seoul. Japan, by comparison, spent most of the last eight years obsessing over hosting the Tokyo Olympics, not relocating and reviving the economic mojo on display in 1964.

The worst news for Japan in the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business index is not that Tokyo came in 24 places behind Seoul. It’s that at 29th Japan lags Russia, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Mauritius. In 2013, by the way, Japan was 24th. Since then, Korea has only enhanced its reputation as an economy on the move as Japan walks in place and falls further behind.

 

18. List of assets owned by Japan in Korea is ordered

koreajoongangdaily.joins.com· by Sarah Kim · June 16, 2021

I imagine this will upset Japan.

 

19. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un isn’t a K-pop fan anymore

koreajoongangdaily.joins.com· by Sarah Kim and Jeong Yong-Soo · June 16, 2021

Who does Kim fear more: the US or the Korean people? This is another indicator that he fears the Korean people more.

Excerpts:  “The war against K-pop has spread since the collapse of a second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February 2019

 Last December, North Korea enacted a new law that called for up to 15 years in labor camps for people who watch or possess South Korean entertainment, according to Seoul lawmakers briefed by government intelligence officials.

 "The phenomenon of capitalist culture spreading among North Korean youth has been around for a long time,” said Jeon Young-sun, a unification studies professor at Konkuk University. “North Korea's leadership is aware of it, but when there is a difficult external environment, there are more efforts to crack down on it in order to strengthen internal solidarity.”

 

20. Ministry of State Security continues to conduct random arrests of illegal cell phone users near border

dailynk.com · by Ha Yoon Ah · June 16, 2021

External information is an existential threat to the regime.

 

21. New research center formed to develop "personal security equipment" to protect Kim Jong Un during on-the-spot inspections

dailynk.com · June 16, 2021

Kim is afraid of the Korean people.

 

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"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." 

- Maya Angelou

 

"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile." 

- Roger Staubach

 

 "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." 

- Rosa Parks

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Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violation / Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela: Cleptocracia, nepotismo y violación de derechos humanos

Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violation / Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela: Cleptocracia, nepotismo y violación de derechos humanos

Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violation / Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela: Cleptocracia, nepotismo y violación de derechos humanos

Small Wars Journal-El Centro Fellows Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay-Salamanca recently released a comprehensive Vortex Foundation (Fundación Vortex) study of corruption in Venezuela.  The study relies on social network analysis (SNA) derived from official and media open source materials. The study compares and contrasts Venezuela's corruption networks with the Brazilian Lava Jato (Car Wash) case.

SRC

The English version is: Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay-Salamanca, Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violation. Tampa: Scientific Vortex LLC and Fundación Vortex, 2021. [ISBN: 979-8739921147. Paper, 135 pages]

The Spanish version is: Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay-Salamanca,  Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela: Cleptocracia, nepotismo y violación de derechos humanos. Bogotá: Fundación Vortex, 2021.

SWJ-El Centro Associate Daniel Weisz looked at the English version, Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela in a long-form review and commentary: "SWJ El Centro Review Essay – Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violation."  SWJ

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Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela / Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela

Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela / Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela

Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violation / Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela: Cleptocracia, nepotismo y violación de derechos humanos

Small Wars Journal-El Centro Fellows Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay-Salamanca recently released a comprehensive Vortex Foundation (Fundación Vortex) study of corruption in Venezuela.  The study relies on social network analysis (SNA) derived from official and media open source materials. The study compares and contrasts Venezuela's corruption networks with the Brazilian Lava Jato (Car Wash) case.

SRC

The English version is: Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay-Salamanca, Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violation. Tampa: Scientific Vortex LLC and Fundación Vortex, 2021. [ISBN: 979-8739921147. Paper, 135 pages]

The Spanish version is: Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay-Salamanca,  Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela: Cleptocracia, nepotismo y violación de derechos humanos. Bogotá: Fundación Vortex, 2021.

SWJ-El Centro Associate Daniel Weisz looked at the English version, Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela in a long-form review and commentary: "SWJ El Centro Review Essay – Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violation."  SWJ

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06/15/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

06/15/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: Early June

2. Leaving Afghan Allies Behind: Abandoning translators to the Taliban is a moral and strategic mistake.

3. Taiwan says will be ‘force for good’ after unprecedented G7 support

4. Win or Lose, U.S. War Against China or Russia Won’t Be Short

5. Top military officer says U.S. capable of defending Taiwan

6. Fixing Oversight of Special Operations Forces

7. An Alternative to the Afghan Pullout By James Inhofe

8. We Ignore the Human Domain at Our Own Peril

9. Sending in the Troops: The Kerner Report, Civil Unrest, and the US Military

10. The Anti-Quad, The PRIC and The Clash of Values

11. Opinion | We Cannot Afford to Turn Our Backs on Afghanistan

12. F-35 pilot: Forget drones, the skies still belong to fighter pilots

13. G7 more divided than united on countering China

14. Shifting Focus, NATO Views China as a Global Security Challenge

15. Disagreements flare among NATO allies despite relief at Biden’s arrival

16. The enduring triumph of Chimerica

17. Air Force would contribute bulk of new cyber mission force teams

18. FBI warns lawmakers that QAnon 'digital soldiers' may become more violent

19. Biden’s Kinder, Gentler Trumpism

20. China hits back at ‘slanderous’ Nato claim it poses threat to west

21. Saving America From the Counterrevolution

22. Is China Backtracking On Its Wolf Warrior Diplomatic Style?

 

1. Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: Early June

June 14, 2021 | FDD Tracker: June 4 – 14, 2021

FDD Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: Early June

David Adesnik

Welcome back to the Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker, where FDD’s experts and scholars assess the administration’s foreign policy every two weeks. As always, they provide trendlines of very positive, positive, neutral, negative, or very negative for the areas they study. With President Joe Biden on his first overseas trip, foreign policy has taken center stage. At the G7 summit in the United Kingdom, Biden announced the United States will purchase and donate half a billion doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to low-income nations, “with no strings attached.” Today the president is in Brussels for his first NATO summit, while the Taliban surges across Afghanistan. On the gathering’s sidelines, Biden will have his first in-person meeting with his Turkish counterpart, whose conduct consistently undermines the transatlantic alliance. The sternest test for Biden will come on Wednesday when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva. Will Putin dial back his provocations after the summit, or will he only emerge emboldened? Check back in two weeks to see if Biden capitalized on these opportunities.

 

2. Leaving Afghan Allies Behind: Abandoning translators to the Taliban is a moral and strategic mistake.

WSJ · by the Editorial Board · June 14, 2021

Excerpts: “Even a functioning visa program is insufficient at this point. President Biden can save lives by doing more, such as the evacuation of applicants to a temporary third country as the process plays out. Or he could provide them with humanitarian parole, which grants temporary permission to enter the U.S.

The Afghan translators risked their lives helping the U.S.—following the rules and earning a chance at the American dream. Abandoning them now is unconscionable.

 

3. Taiwan says will be ‘force for good’ after unprecedented G7 support

Reuters 

Excerpts: “Taiwan will continue to deepen its partnership with G7 states and other like-minded countries and strive for greater support from the international community, he said.

Taiwan will also "firmly contribute the greatest force for good" for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Chang added.

China has stepped up its pressure against democratically-run Taiwan in recent months, with regular military drills near the island as it tries to assert Beijing's sovereignty.

While most countries, including G7 members, have no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the grouping along with other Western allies have been bolstering their backing for the island.

That includes calling for Taiwan to be given proper access to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic. Taiwan is not a member due to Chinese objections, which considers it merely one of its provinces with no right to the trappings of a state.

 

4. Win or Lose, U.S. War Against China or Russia Won’t Be Short

Bloomberg · by Hal Brands · June 14, 2021

Nor would one be short with north Korea, Iran, or Russia. And the subtitle is an important question: what comes next? 

Conclusion: It doesn’t take much skill or foresight to start a big war. It may take a lot of endurance and creativity to end a great-power conflict somewhere short of disaster.

 

5. Top military officer says U.S. capable of defending Taiwan

Focus Taiwan ·  by David Barno · June 12, 2021

I have not seen this in the US press but I am not surprised that the Taiwan media noticed his testimony. 

 

6. Fixing Oversight of Special Operations Forces

warontherocks.com · by David Barno · June 15, 2021

The authors have said the quiet part out loud.  There are many senior officials who likely support this and this will put us right back in 1986. The answer is not to give SOF oversight to the Army but it is to provide SOF with service authorities along with responsibilities (and the resources to execute them) as Congress intends. Rather than go back to the future and undo Nunn-Cohen of Goldwater-Nichols, SOF needs to continue to evolve to improve (to reach an enlightened state).

 

7. An Alternative to the Afghan Pullout By James Inhofe

WSJ · by James Inhofe · June 13, 2021

Excerpts: “Preventing terrorist attacks from coming to American shores is why we have troops in Syria, Iraq and Somalia. Maintaining peace and preventing aggression is why we’ve had troops in Kosovo for more than two decades, on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt for almost five decades and in South Korea for more than seven decades. It is also why our troops are standing sentry in Europe and the Indo-Pacific today.

Two years ago, a bipartisan majority of the Senate warned President Trump against removing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan without establishing the proper conditions on the ground. Mr. Trump listened. Mr. Biden didn’t. Reconsidering pivotal decisions is a sign of wisdom, not weakness, and I urge Mr. Biden to reconsider his choice on Afghanistan.

 

8. We Ignore the Human Domain at Our Own Peril

mwi.usma.edu · by Austin Branch · June 14, 2021

It is good to see LTG Cleveland credited with the human domain which I think has long been overlooked or forgotten.

Excerpts: “Below are a series of recommended actions to improve the US government’s human domain capabilities and prowess in the context of great power competition.

Leadership and Accountability

Better Integration of Social and Behavioral Sciences Across the Defense Enterprise

Human Feedback Loops are Essential

Change the Way We Train and Exercise for the Human Domain

Learn to Leverage the Space

Take a Hard Look at Authorities

Build a Nimble and Proactive Force

The human domain problem is more than academic—the domain is where great power competition is playing out, and in ways that seem both familiar and unprecedented. Indeed, most engagements are now won or lost in the competition phase—before conflict, much less kinetic activity, are even in play. Importantly, the defense enterprise is unprepared for persistent engagement in the human domain. Moreover, since the current competition space does not include a large-scale kinetic conflict, conventional capabilities are not an effective deterrent or response to adversary operations in the information environment. To secure our democracy against authoritarian adversaries who currently operate freely within the human domain, the United States must embrace the new information paradigm and begin to orient capabilities toward developing agile processes and tactics to effectively operate in a contested and uncertain environment. Ultimately, we need to remember that the secret to getting ahead is to get started.

 

9. Sending in the Troops: The Kerner Report, Civil Unrest, and the US Military

mwi.usma.edu · by Laura Keenan · June 15, 2021

Conclusion: “The precedent of how the National Guard handled previous unrest is not a prescription for the future but offers essential reference points. The National Guard can add to or minimize the chaos, and the level at which the National Guard prepares in advance likely determines the role it plays. The lessons on inequality and police brutality learned from the Kerner Report are still timely, and understanding the root cause of unrest can accelerate the National Guard’s response. The National Guard’s role in civil unrest missions is vital to national security. The National Guard’s readiness for civil unrest reduces the potential strain for the active-duty military. It also sends a clear national security message to adversaries that even in moments of domestic crisis, the National Guard is prepared to provide a ready and resilient force to secure the homeland.“

 

10. The Anti-Quad, The PRIC and The Clash of Values

boloji.com

Yes this new acronym for authoritarian regimes should really catch on (note sarcasm). Pakistan, Russia, Iran, China. Form the acronym and say it out loud. I guess the author had to substitute Pakistan for north Korea since it might form a useful acronym.

Conclusion: “Since the acronym BRIC was coined conceptually by the Goldman Sachs global economist James O’Neil in 2001, BRIC actually emerged in real in 2009 followed by the BRICS in 2011. There are internal contradictions in the BRICS grouping but it is still relevant. The fact of the matter is that the economic grouping emerged eight years after the acronym was coined and conceptualized. We see a parallel here. An Anti-Quad grouping is taking shape and form in a strategic counter-reaction to the reincarnation of Quad 3.0 as an alliance of democracies. This Anti-Quad is an alliance of authoritarians and its raison d’etre is the Quad 3.0. We witness a serious clash of values, democratic versus authoritarian, between the Quad and the Anti-Quad. Whether this grouping will actually take a concrete shape in the form of an alliance is yet to be seen. The four countries that constitute this Anti-Quad are Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran. In the now famous tradition of BRIC, for conceptual clarity, we coin a new acronym PRIC that denotes the four authoritarian nations. The PRIC is an acronym for Pakistan, Russia, Iran and China depicting a de facto emerging strategic alliance of authoritarian regimes as a counter reaction to the Quad 3.0. There is a visible clash of values, democracy versus autocracy! The PRIC represents the autocrats of the world who are resisting democratic values world-wide.

 

11. Opinion | We Cannot Afford to Turn Our Backs on Afghanistan

The New York Times · by Robert M. Gates · June 13, 2021

Conclusion: The outcome in Afghanistan still matters in terms of American interests. We turned our backs on Afghanistan after Soviet troops withdrew in 1989; we must not do so again after the last of our troops depart. We must assure the Afghans of our continuing support — and sustain that support — through every means available short of ground troops. The consequences of another Taliban takeover in Kabul would not be limited to the people of Afghanistan.

 

12. F-35 pilot: Forget drones, the skies still belong to fighter pilots

sandboxx.us · by Hasard Lee · June 14, 2021

Excerpt: “As a fighter pilot, my job is to not fall in love with the aircraft I fly, but to use it as a tool to accomplish a mission. We are constantly looking for ways to optimize our lethality while minimizing risk. If there is a better way to accomplish a mission, then it is our duty to use it. While I agree with Elon Musk that the future is drone warfare, I think we’re a lifetime away from seeing a fully autonomous Air Force.”

 

13. G7 more divided than united on countering China

asiatimes.com · by Andrew Salmon · June 14, 2021

I am not so sure. Every joint statement or communique is a compromise document. It may seem weak to some but I think it was a pretty strong statement because the community of democracies was able to compromise to reach it. There had been questions prior to the summit whether they would address China at all so this would seem to have been beyond expectations.

 

14. Shifting Focus, NATO Views China as a Global Security Challenge

The New York Times · by Steven Erlanger and Michael D. Shear · June 14, 2021

Excerpts: “Some NATO members, especially those nearest to Russia in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic nations, are anxious that the shift in focus to China does not divert resources and attention from the Russian threat.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia with Chinese and Russian military officials during joint military exercises in Siberia in 2018.Credit...Pool photo by Alexei Nikolsky

Mr. Biden made a point of meeting the leaders of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in Brussels before his meeting with Mr. Putin. NATO troops are deployed in all four countries.

But even Britain, probably Washington’s closest ally, expressed some wariness about confrontation with China. Asked at the NATO meeting about China, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned against a “new Cold War,” while acknowledging that China’s rise was a “gigantic fact in our lives.”

Similarly, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said after the meeting: “If you look at the cyberthreats and the hybrid threats, if you look at the cooperation between Russia and China, you cannot simply ignore China.’’ But she also said: “One must not overrate it, either — we need to find the right balance.”

 

15. Disagreements flare among NATO allies despite relief at Biden’s arrival

The Washington Post · June 14, 2021

Excerpts: ““China is increasing its expansion, its influence around the world, and it’s increasingly running up against NATO,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday at a forum organized by the German Marshall Fund that ran alongside the summit. “We need to make sure that as an alliance, even though we’re much more Atlantic than Pacific, we are aware of the global influences the Chinese have.”

But not every NATO country is on board with confronting China more forcefully. Some such as Hungary have friendly relations with China and seek investments from Beijing. Others such as Germany and other big European powers fall in the middle, believing there is a balance between the need to work with Beijing to fight climate change and the need to rein in its global ambitions.

At the G-7 summit, too, the question of how vigorously to call out China remained a point of division, with Germany, Italy and Japan expressing some reluctance to go as far as the Biden administration hoped.

And NATO’s front-line countries, the ones that border Russia, have been concerned in the past that focusing elsewhere could distract from what they see as the alliance’s central mission of defending against Russia, although many are increasingly coming around to the necessity of responding to both.

 

16. The enduring triumph of Chimerica

asiatimes.com · by David P. Goldman · June 14, 2021

Excerpts: “I would be surprised to learn that the US Treasury and the PBOC have worked this out in some kind of tacit policy agreement. The current is so strong that the US is being caught up in a Sinocentric vortex of trade and capital flows whether it likes it or not.

Eventually, US-China policy will adjust to the misery of America’s present circumstances.

 

17.  Air Force would contribute bulk of new cyber mission force teams

Defense News · by Mark Pomerleau · June 14, 2021

 

18. FBI warns lawmakers that QAnon 'digital soldiers' may become more violent

CNN · by Zachary Cohen and Whitney Wild

 

19. Biden’s Kinder, Gentler Trumpism

Bloomberg · by Karl W. Smith · June 14, 2021

Excerpts: “No issue was more fundamental to Trump’s break with the past than his view of China as a rival rather than a partner. Not only were there the constant rhetorical attacks, but there was an often overlooked admission in a 2019 speech that he had always intended to spend the economic dividends from his tax cut on a trade war with China, but that it was worth the price.

Biden has been more restrained. But his advisers have made it clear there will be no return to the Obama-era paradigm of engagement, some of which those same advisers had worked to foster.

Crucially, the Biden administration has coupled this objective with the goal of broadly shared prosperity and declining inequality. This is the keystone that Trump, with his base in the Republican Party, simply could not set in place.

Ideologically, Trump’s policies of tax cuts for multinational corporations and “Buy American” provisions weren’t very compatible. With his supply-chain initiative, however, Biden is taking a crucial step forward in defining an economic paradigm that puts neoliberalism in the rear-view mirror. Whether the shift is wise is doubtful. But there can be little doubt that it is upon us.

 

20. China hits back at ‘slanderous’ Nato claim it poses threat to west

The Guardian · by Helen Davidson · June 15, 2021

Excerpts: “China’s embassy in London said it was resolutely opposed to mentions of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, which it said distorted the facts and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States”.

China is under increasing pressure over its human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and other regions, a draconian intervention in Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy, and threats towards Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province to be reclaimed, by force if necessary.

The G7 had called on China to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang and those rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law”. It also underscored “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”, and said it encouraged “the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues”.

 

21. Saving America From the Counterrevolution

aier.org · by Ethan Yang · June 14, 2021

Some interesting food for thought.

Excerpts: “The founder of the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), Colonel Edward C. Harwood, wrote a little-known manifesto titled The Counterrevolution, which recounts this lesson not just for America but for the entirety of Western Civilization and its allies. The book may have been written in 1951, but it is just as relevant today, if not more so given where we are. During Harwood’s time, he saw a world greatly coming undone. Communism and Fascism were on the rise in Europe. Here at home, he observed a much milder but still highly troubling embrace of authoritarianism and reckless economics. It was obvious after reading Harwood’s book that he founded AIER to be the vanguard of not only sound economics and good government but ultimately a free and open society.

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The socialists are very much still around today and their influence is growing. There is also the far-right and the new-right that seem to have abandoned the traditional Conservative commitment to the Constitution as well as free markets. On the left, you have the aforementioned socialists but also the emergence of intersectionality and critical race theory that combine economic ignorance with an utter disregard for individual dignity. Harwood explains that counterrevolutionary ideologies are based on legitimate complaints about society but have terrible solutions.

The best way to deal with them is to eliminate the problems that give them strength, whether it be providing economic opportunities for the marginalized or ensuring communities that were left behind can modernize. This, of course, requires more economic and civil freedom, not less. Harwood would recommend beating back the regulatory state, restoring the constitutional order, continuing to foster inclusive values pertaining to individuality, and reinvigorating our faith in private enterprise. They helped Western Civilization get this far; embracing these ideas again will certainly take it farther.

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Defenders of the great revolution of enlightenment values and modernity have our work cut out for us. Harwood’s book is just as relevant today as it was in 1951 and at less than 100 pages, it is a manifesto for those who are up to the task of standing watch over the well-being of our society. Those who wish to dismantle the institutions of liberty that have made the West and its affiliates the richest and most advanced in human history pose a real threat. Abroad they must be held back with bayonets and sound foreign policy. Domestically they must be defeated in the realm of ideas and thoroughly discredited by addressing our shortcomings that give them credibility. Ultimately, this all requires restoring confidence in our civilization. That is because long before any rival power declares victory over the West, the West will have already given up on itself.

 

22. Is China Backtracking On Its Wolf Warrior Diplomatic Style?

eurasiareview.com · by Harsh V. Pant · June 15, 2021

Excerpt: “But beyond the style, what is key is action. And here it is highly unlikely that CCP will give up its regional and global aspirations, which have resulted in an aggressive foreign policy posture. Even if Chinese diplomats tone down their rhetoric, Beijing’s expansive foreign policy ambitions will continue to bring it into confrontation with its neighbours and other major powers.

Reflecting on his engagement with China, Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state, wrote that “Beijing’s diplomacy was so subtle and indirect that it largely went over our heads in Washington.” None of that subtlety exists today as China redefines its global role and agenda. While the Chinese leadership may now be realising that its diplomatic style needs a revamp, there is no indication that there is a rethink on Chinese policies. Stylistic shift without a substantive rethink won’t lead to a significant change in perceptions. But what recent developments underscore is that the costs are rising for China when it comes to its bullying tactics and for all the talk, there is hardly any plan to deal with it.

 

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“Grand strategy is about marrying ends to means, about doing what you can, consistent with the nation's capabilities and resources.”

- Robert D. Kaplan, Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World

 

"Every revolution has its counterrevolution that is a sign the revolution is for real. And every revolution must defend itself against this counterrevolution, or the revolution will fail."

- C. Wright Mills,  Listen Yankee (1960), pp. 54.

 

"A boxer derives the greatest advantage from his sparring partner – and my accuser is my sparring partner. He trains me in patience, civility and even temper."

- Marcus Aurelius 

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A Family’s Journey from Cologne to the Islamic State

Their sons moved from Cologne to the war in Syria. They kept slaves and rose up the ranks of Islamic State leadership. Their parents would send them care packages with popcorn and Kalashnikov magazines.

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A Visit to the Belarus Opposition: The Courageous Women of Minsk

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The Telegram Billionaire and His Dark Empire

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Biometric Data: How I Lost Control Over My Own Face

A company called Clearview AI secretly scrapes the internet for photos, thus producing a gigantic database for government agencies and police. Is it possible to remove yourself from the collection?

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Hillary Clinton: Americans Contesting 2020 US Election Results Are 'Doing Putin's Work'

As Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden met in Switzerland for their summit on Wednesday, former US Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hopped on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to declare that Biden has to clean up the former administration's "disaster" that ultimately "emboldened Putin."

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New York Woman Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison For Terror Bomb Plot

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A woman living in New York City has been sentenced to 16 and a half years behind bars for plotting to build and detonate a massive bomb to kill law enforcement officers, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

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Nearly 60 German Police Officers Injured in Clashes With Left-Wing Radicals in Berlin

BERLIN (Sputnik) - Nearly 60 police officers in Berlin were injured during an attempt to evict an abandoned house occupied by left-wing radicals, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing the city's law enforcement.

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Crystal Bison, Handshakes and Flashcards: What Was Unique About the Biden-Putin Summit?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden met on Wednesday in the western Swiss city of Geneva for their first summit since Biden became president in January. While the political outcomes of their meeting will continue to be analyzed, there were a number of unique circumstances about the meeting itself, too.

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Putin-Biden Cybersecurity Talk May Mark End of 'Wild West' Era in Cyberspace, Expert Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Ekaterina Chukaeva - The agreement between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden to start consultations on cybersecurity could be an important step to improve global safety, and lead to guidelines in the cybersector which, up to now, remains unregulated, Chuck Easttom, an American computer scientist told Sputnik.

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No One Seems To Feel Bad About Nigel Farage Getting Hit With A Milkshake

Far-right British politician Nigel Farage received a sticky cold shower on Monday, much to the internet's collective glee.

Posted over 2 years ago

Egged Australian Senator Who Blamed Muslims For NZ Shootings Loses Election

Fraser Anning, the far-right Australian senator who blamed Muslim immigrants for the New Zealand mosque shootings, was voted out of office during Australia's elections this weekend.

Posted over 2 years ago

Sri Lanka’s Top Security Officials Asked To Resign After Failure To Prevent Bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the president's office said Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear who would be replacing them, but President Maithripala Sirisena said during a televised speech Tuesday that he planned to change the head of the defense forces within 24 hours. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which struck Christians worshipping in three churches and people at three luxury hotels. Authorities remain unsure of its involvement, though many suspect experienced foreign militants were advising, funding or guiding the attackers. Sri Lanka's junior defense minister has blamed breakaway members of two obscure local extremist Muslim groups, and said many of the suicide bombers were highly educated and came from well-off families. "Their thinking is that Islam can be the only religion in this country," Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters. "They are quite well-educated people," he said, adding that at least one had a law degree and some may have studied in the UK and Australia. Leaders have vowed to overhaul the country's security apparatus after acknowledging that some intelligence units were aware of possible attacks before the Easter bombings. U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz told reporters that "clearly there was some failure in the system," but said the U.S. had no prior knowledge of a threat before the attacks, the worst violence in the South Asian island nation since its civil war ended a decade ago. Teplitz called that breakdown in communication "incredibly tragic." Government statements about the attacks have been confused and sometimes contradictory, with police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara telling reporters Wednesday that there were nine suicide bombers — two more than officials said one day earlier. One of the additional suicide bombers was the wife of another bomber, Gunasekara said. The woman, two children and three policemen died in an explosion as authorities closed in on her late Sunday, hours after attacks were launched against three churches and three hotels. The ninth suicide bomber has not been identified, though two more suspects were killed in a later explosion on the outskirts of Colombo. Gunasekara said 60 people have been arrested so far. A team of FBI agents and U.S. military officials were helping in the investigation, Teplitz said. Officials say all of the main suicide bombers were Sri Lankan. "We are conducting investigations at the moment to see if there is any direct link to any international organizations," Wijewardene said. The Islamic State group's Aamaq news agency released an image it said showed the attackers' leader standing amid seven others with covered faces. It provided no other evidence for its claim. The group, which has lost all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, has made a series of unsupported claims of responsibility for various attacks around the world. Sri Lankan authorities had earlier blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaar, whose leader, alternately named Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his incendiary online speeches. On Wednesday, Wijewardene said the attackers had broken away from National Towheed Jamaar and another group, which he identified only as "JMI." Teplitz declined to discuss whether U.S. officials knew about National Towheed Jamaar or its leader before the attack. "If we had heard something, we would have tried to do something about this," Teplitz said. The country has been on heightened alert since the attacks, with police setting off a series of controlled explosions of suspicious objects. No more bombs were found Wednesday. On Tuesday, in an address to Parliament, Wijewardene said "weakness" within Sri Lanka's security system had led to the failure to prevent the bombings. "By now it has been established that the intelligence units were aware of this attack and a group of responsible people were informed about the impending attack," Wijewardene said. "However, this information has been circulated among only a few officials." In a live address to the nation late Tuesday, President Maithripala Sirisena said he also was kept in the dark on the intelligence about the planned attacks and vowed to "take stern action" against officials who failed to share the information. He also pledged "a complete restructuring" of the security forces. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Wijewardene also edged away from Tuesday comments that the bombings were retaliation for the March 15 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 people. He told reporters Wednesday that the mosque attack may have been a motivation for the bombings, but that there was no direct evidence of that. An Australian white supremacist was arrested in the Christchurch shootings. While Sri Lanka's recent history has been rife with ethnic and sectarian conflict, the Easter Sunday attacks came as a shock. Sri Lanka is dominated by Sinhalese Buddhists, but the country of 21 million also has a significant Tamil minority, most of whom are Hindu, Muslim or Christian. Tamil Tiger rebels were known for staging suicide bombings during their 26-year civil war for independence, but religion had little role in that fighting. The Tigers were crushed by the government in 2009. Anti-Muslim bigotry fed by Buddhist nationalists has swept the country since the war ended but Sri Lanka has no history of Islamic militancy. Its small Christian community has seen only scattered incidents of harassment. ___ Associated Press journalists Bharatha Mallawarachi and Jon Gambrell contributed to this report.

Posted over 2 years ago

Netanyahu Wants To Name A New Golan Heights Settlement After Trump

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump out of gratitude for the White House's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.

Posted over 2 years ago

Police Identify ‘New Breed’ Of Terrorists In Northern Ireland After Reporter Fatally Shot

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland arrested two teenagers Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry and warned of a "new breed" of terrorists threatening the peace. The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. The men have not been identified or charged. Authorities believe one man pulled the trigger during the chaotic rioting that began Thursday night but had organizational support. Lyra McKee, 29, a rising star of investigative journalism, was shot and killed, police say probably by a stray bullet aimed at police, during the rioting. Police said the New IRA dissident group was most likely responsible and called it a "terrorist act." The use of a firearm apparently aimed at police marks a dangerous escalation in sporadic violence that continues to plague Northern Ireland 21 years after the Good Friday peace agreement was signed. The New IRA group rejects the peace agreement. Chief detective Jason Murphy warned Saturday that the situation on the ground has become more dangerous, even though community attitudes have changed since the peace agreement and the use of violence is viewed as abhorrent by the vast majority. "What we are seeing is a new breed of terrorist coming through the ranks and that for me is a very worrying situation," he said. The riot followed a pattern familiar to those who lived through the worst years of violence in Northern Ireland. Police arrived in the city's Creggan neighborhood to search for weapons and dissidents. They were barraged with gasoline bombs and other flying objects, then someone wearing a black mask appeared, fired some shots and fled. No police were struck by the bullets, but McKee — who had been trying to film the riot on her phone — was hit. The journalist was rushed to a nearby hospital in a police car but still died. Police on Friday night released closed-circuit TV footage showing the man suspected of firing the shots that killed McKee and appealed for help from the public in identifying him. The killing was condemned by all the major political parties as well as the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland. The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the killing was "a reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland" and called for work to preserve the Good Friday peace agreement. Some politicians believe uncertainty over Britain's impending departure from the EU and the possible re-introduction of a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are stoking tensions in the region. The victim was mourned by friends and the wider community. She rose to prominence in 2014 with a moving blog post — "Letter to my 14 year old self" — describing the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. She also had recently signed a contract to write two books. Shortly before her death, McKee tweeted a photo of the rioting with the words: "Derry tonight. Absolute madness." Her partner, Sara Canning, told a vigil Friday that McKee's amazing potential had been snuffed out. Canning said the senseless murder "has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with." Catholic priest Joseph Gormley, who administered the last rites to McKee, told the BBC that the rioting was "clearly orchestrated" by a "small group of people who want to play political games with our lives." He said he and other community leaders had tried to talk to the dissidents without success. The New IRA is a small group that rejects the 1998 Good Friday agreement that marked the Irish Republican Army's embrace of a political solution to the long-running violence known as "The Troubles" that had claimed more than 3,700 lives. The group is also blamed for a Londonderry car bombing in January and has been linked to several other killings in the past decade.

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Why the China – Russia Relationship Should Worry You – Part Two

When the PRC decides to move on Taiwan, it is unlikely to move in a manner that makes a US decision on intervention clear cut.  Should China decide, initially at least, against a full-scale invasion of that island nation, it could instead opt to try to “win without fighting.” Beijing might do so by using …

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Posted 12:20pm - 9 Jun 2021

Why the China – Russia Relationship Should Worry You – Part One

In 1937, Winston Churchill contrasted the “two rival religions” of Nazism and Communism then afflicting the world.  Those fascist and communist “infernal twins”, he wrote, “imagine themselves as exact opposites” but are, in fact “similar in all essentials”, breeding in reaction to each other.  Today’s ‘infernal twins’ – China and Russia – are ostensible great …

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Posted 4:01am - 8 Jun 2021

Mapping China by the Numbers: The Role of International Cooperation

As part of a week-long series focused on Mapping China’s Ambitions, The Cipher Brief is partnering with Harvard Research Fellow and former British diplomat Jamie Burnham to explore China’s threat vectors, how it is organizing to win, what a government ecosystem looks like and the impact that international collaboration will have in the future. Today, Burnham …

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Posted 1:43pm - 4 Jun 2021

Mapping China by the Numbers: Toward a Government Data Ecosystem

As part of a week-long series focused on Mapping China’s Ambitions, The Cipher Brief is partnering with Harvard Research Fellow and former British diplomat Jamie Burnham to explore China’s threat vectors, how it is organizing to win, what a government ecosystem looks like and the impact that international collaboration will have in the future. Today, Burnham …

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Posted 4:01am - 3 Jun 2021

Mapping China by the Numbers: Organizing to Win

As part of a week-long series focused on Mapping China’s Ambitions, The Cipher Brief is partnering with Harvard Research Fellow and former British diplomat Jamie Burnham to explore China’s threat vectors, how it is organizing to win, what a government ecosystem looks like and the impact that international collaboration will have in the future. Yesterday in …

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Posted 1:42pm - 2 Jun 2021
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White couple that got vaccines meant for First Nation are fined but not jailed

White River First Nation had sought six months in jail for Canadian millionaires Rodney and Ekaterina Baker

The millionaire Canadian couple who chartered a private plane to a remote community and jumped the coronavirus vaccine queue to receive doses intended for elderly Indigenous people have been fined C$2,300 but were not sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to breaking public health rules.

The size of the fine imposed on the former casino executive Rodney Baker and his wife, the actor Ekaterina Baker, on Wednesday prompted frustration amid members of the White River First Nation, many of whom wanted the couple to face stiffer repercussions.

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Italy v Switzerland: Euro 2020 – live!

“I honestly feel like Italy might crash and burn in the latter stages,” says Nigel Nganina. “They are being hyped up after a win over a sorry Turkish side, with a relatively easy group. I look forward to being proven utterly wrong though.”

You may of course be right, but I’m excited by their potential. A is one of the groups that it’s probably better not to win, but I certainly expect them to reach the no-disgrace-to-lose-to-them stage of the tournament, and quite possibly the frankly-I-didn’t-think-they’d-get-this-far stage.

With Wales winning against an again rubbish Turkey this afternoon, Italy know they will be guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds if they win either of their remaining games or draw both. Here’s a report on that one:

Related: Ramsey and Roberts sink Turkey to put Wales on verge of Euro 2020 progress

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Heavily armed awol Belgian soldier flagged as threat in February

Jürgen Conings has not been seen since vanishing with submachine gun and missile launchers on 17 May

The Belgian government is facing a crisis after it emerged that a heavily armed soldier who made threats to a high-profile virologist then went on the run was flagged as a “serious threat” by the security services three months before he went awol.

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Von der Leyen signs off first of EU’s Covid recovery fund plans

Portugal is first country to get green light for €16.6bn investment under EU’s €800bn fund

Ursula von der Leyen has signed off on the first plans by EU member states to spend Brussels’ €800bn (£687bn) Covid recovery fund, as she sought to reverse the reputational damage inflicted on the bloc by the pandemic during a a visit to Portugal and Spain.

Speaking in Lisbon, the European Commission president said she believed the Next Generation EU fund, which has been weighed to prioritise digital and green projects, would be a “European success”.

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Turkey v Wales: Euro 2020 – live!

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Royal Caribbean delays one of its first post-pandemic cruises after eight crew members test positive for Covid

‘While disappointing, this is the right decision for the health and well-being of our crew and guests’

Posted 21 minutes ago

Conservative Newsmax host Greg Kelly is being investigated over racist tweets

A Newsmax spokesperson says it is investigating the posts

Posted about 1 hour ago

Man arrested in Capitol riot asks to travel to car swap meet

An Arkansas man arrested for sitting with his feet on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot has asked a federal judge to allow him to travel for a classic-car swap meet

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Giuliani gets first shot at excluding materials from raids

Rudy Giuliani and his lawyers will get to designate which materials seized from him will be reviewed by a court-appointed expert reviewer to determine what should never be seen by federal prosecutors

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Juneteenth: Will it become a federal holiday and who will have the day off?

Commemorated annually since 1866, event recognising freedom from slavery set to become nation’s 11th legal public holiday

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N.Y.C. to Move 8,000 Homeless People From Hotels Back Into Shelters

With economic recovery highly dependent on tourism, the city is eager to use the hotels for visitors. But many homeless people don’t want to return to shelters.

Posted 19 minutes ago

CureVac’s Covid-19 Vaccine Disappoints in Clinical Trial

A preliminary analysis showed that CureVac’s mRNA vaccine had an efficacy of just 47 percent. “This is pretty devastating for them,” one expert said.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Israelis Wonder When or Whether Netanyahu Will Exit Official Residence

Even after the new government took over on Sunday, the outgoing prime minister vowed to be back in office soon and hosted at least one former dignitary as if he were still running the show.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Why The WHO is Urging Wealthy Nations to Give Latin America Priority for Vaccine Donations

With high death rates and sluggish vaccination campaigns, countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean should be at the front of the line, the W.H.O. says.

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Your Thursday Briefing

Progress and tensions in Biden-Putin meeting.

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Italian cable car crash: New harrowing footage show moment car shoots down mountain before killing 14 on board

HORRIFIC new footage has emerged of the Italian cable car tragedy, showing the moment the car shoots down the mountain. The footage show just how close the 15 passengers inside the car were to safety, before the cabin shot down a mountain to its demise. It was thrown 500m down a mountain by Lake Maggiore, […]

Posted about 1 hour ago

Whale watchers look opposite way as monster mammal looms a foot behind tiny boat

WHALE watchers look the opposite way as a monster mammal looms a foot behind their tiny boat. Luckily they were Moby quick to turn around when alerted by another vessel. One raised arms in triumph as they captured the moment of a lifetime off Mexico. Snapper Eric Smith, 49, said: “She slowly and silently stuck […]

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Biden warns Russia to end cyberattacks on ‘off limits’ infrastructure after Putin claims ‘US is behind most hacks’

JOE Biden warned Russia to end cyberattacks on “off limits” infrastructure after Joe Putin claimed the “US is behind most hacks.” Biden also said they will have additional talks on the pursuit of criminals carrying out ransomware attacks. Biden told reporters in Geneva that 16 types of critical infrastructure should be off limits to cyberattacks, […]

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Boy, 3, found drifting alone in a dinghy more than 24 hours after his parents fell overboard in a storm and drowned

A THREE year old boy was found drifting alone in a dinghy after his parents had fallen overboard and drowned in a storm. The little boy had been floating on his own for over 24 hours when he was discovered in the far-eastern Russian region of Primorsky Krai. He had drifted close to shore on Lake Khanka and […]

Posted 4 hours ago

Covid emerged in America and France BEFORE Wuhan and should be probed as a bioweapon, claim Chinese scientists

CHINESE scientists have claimed that the coronavirus emerged in parts of America and France way before it was found in Wuhan and have called for the outbreak to be probed as a bioweapon. It comes after a number of scientific supports have reportedly suggested that the virus was circulating in countries such as the US […]

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Putin outpoints Biden in taking on the global press corps

In their willingness to face a free press in an unscripted, potentially hostile environment, score one surprising victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin over President Biden in their dueling press conferences following their one-day Geneva summit Wednesday.

Not only did the Russian leader spend far more time taking questions from ...

Posted about 1 hour ago

Biden gifts Putin crystal Buffalo sculpture, Aviator glasses

President Biden gifted Russian President Vladimir Putin a crystal sculpture of an American bison and a pair of custom-made Aviator sunglasses Wednesday during their historic summit in Geneva.

The crystal statue was crafted by Steuben Glass of New York. It is symbolic of the U.S., which named bison its national ...

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Biden says comparing Jan. 6 to racial justice protests 'ridiculous'

President Biden said Wednesday it is “ridiculous” to compare the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol to last summer’s racial justice protests that looted American cities.

“It is one thing for literally criminals to break through the cordoned window of the Capitol, kill a police officer and be held ...

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G-7 leaders back Taiwan for first time

A statement of support by the G-7 leaders at their summit this week set off the Chinese government, which responded with stepped-up vitriol and provocative military flights in response to strong language in the group's final communique.

"We reiterate the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is ...

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Biden gives Putin a list of U.S. infrastructure off-limits to cyberattacks

President Biden said he told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Moscow must abide by international “rules of the road” and gave the Russian leader a list of 16 critical U.S. infrastructure systems that must be off-limits from cyber and ransomware attacks.

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Lawyer: US drops lawsuit, grand jury probe over John Bolton book

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Ohio House expels former Republican speaker in historic vote

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Scottish man who faked death in California jailed for rape

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China seeking to control bodies like WHO, Interpol: UK parliament panel

Autocratic nations like China are seeking to manipulate, undermine, or even break up multilateral organisations, such as the WHO and Interpol, set up in the wake of World War II to establish an international system based on shared values of peace, prosperity and freedom, a new report has found.

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Man who drove at Minneapolis protesters charged with murder

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U.S. lawmakers urge EPA to reject exempting refiners from biofuel mandates

17 min 17 sec agoNEW YORK -Democratic U.S.

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Macron bemoans nonsense innovation, takes aim at Chinese and U.S. tech bonanza

35 min 26 sec agoPARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron called out on Wednesday what he describe

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Pushing against China, U.S. lawmakers plan pro-Taiwan bill

55 min 13 sec agoWASHINGTON - Democratic and Republican members of the U.S.

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Myanmar village burned after fighting; residents blame security forces

16 min 49 sec agoSecurity forces set ablaze a village in central Myanmar after clashing there with opp

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Biden says of China's Xi: 'We know each other well, we're not old friends'

40 min 20 sec agoGENEVA - U.S.

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Think Small: Why the Intelligence Community Should Do Less about New Threats

A week into his administration, President Joe Biden announced that he was “putting the climate crisis at the center of United States foreign policy and national security,” and directed the intelligence community to draft a national intelligence estimate on the implications of climate change. In so doing, the president injected new urgency into an old […]

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Posted 14 hours ago

The Cold Comfort of Mutually Assured Destruction

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from “Book Review Roundtable: The Revolution that Failed” from our sister publication, the Texas National Security Review. Be sure to check out the full roundtable. Brendan Rittenhouse Green, The Revolution that Failed: Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020)   Beating up on […]

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Fixing Oversight of Special Operations Forces

U.S. Special Operations Forces have leapt out of the shadows during the last 20 years of war. They have become the best known and most acclaimed part of the U.S. military, and their capabilities will remain crucial in an era of great-power competition and strategic uncertainty. Yet their growth in prestige, size, and importance has […]

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Posted 7:55am - 15 Jun 2021

‘Bombing to Win’ at 25

The Air Force sometimes has a bad reputation due to its preference for independent, strategic bombardment operations. Before joining the faculty of Air Command and Staff College as historians of the Marine Corps and the Army, respectively, we both believed it deserved this reputation. The curriculum, we assumed, would be fixated on its preferred mode […]

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Posted 7:45am - 15 Jun 2021

Look to the 1980s to Inform the Fleet of Today

When I was a naval officer, my ships always had a plan when we left port for where we were going, how we would get there, and what we would do when we arrived. While that remains true of individual ships in the Navy, it’s not true of the Navy as a whole today. The […]

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Posted 7:55am - 14 Jun 2021
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With election fraud claims, Peru’s Keiko Fujimori takes a page from the Trump playbook. She’s not alone.

Fujimori’s approach, following Trump’s effort to discredit the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election over false fraud claims, could signal the emergence of a trend.

Posted 5 hours ago

Who is Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic in a Russian penal colony?

Days after he ended a hunger strike, a Russian court ordered Navalny's organization to suspend activities while it considered a proposed ban.

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An unmarked gravesite drags a not-so-distant horror back into the spotlight. Is this a real reckoning?

The discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School draws new attention to Canada's treatment of First Nations people — for now, at least.

Posted 12 hours ago

What offenses did Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, commit in Britain? New report forces police to review claims.

Scotland Yard said it would "review" allegations of serious sexual assault and trafficking of girls and women in Britain.

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Live updates: Biden meets with Putin in Geneva amid post-Cold War low in U.S.-Russia relations

No major breakthroughs are expected for the four hour meeting but there are hopes that at least ambassadors will be returned to their posts.

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