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Tanzania's President John Magufuli has died of heart failure, says the East African country's vice president

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has died of heart failure, says the East African country's vice president

Posted 8:54pm - 17 Mar 2021

Lawyer says authorities disregarded Huawei exec's rights

A lawyer for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is accusing officials involved in her arrest of negligence

Posted 8:49pm - 17 Mar 2021

Ex-Vatican altar boy testifies in seminary sex abuse trial

A former Vatican altar boy has testified that an older seminarian would come into his bed at night to perform a sexual act on him in the Vatican’s youth seminary

Posted 8:21pm - 17 Mar 2021

Lebanese president calls on PM to form Cabinet immediately

Lebanon’s president is calling on the prime minister-designate to form a government immediately or step aside as the country plunges deeper into economic crisis

Posted 8:12pm - 17 Mar 2021

Exit poll suggests Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party has won the most seats in general election

Exit poll suggests Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party has won the most seats in general election

Posted 8:07pm - 17 Mar 2021
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NTD Business Full Broadcast (Mar. 17)

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell listens during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Dec. 1, 2020. (SUSAN WALSH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Posted 8:55pm - 17 Mar 2021

US Military Official: ‘China and Russia May Be Collaborating’ South of US Border

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) attend a summit for the Belt and Road initiative, at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing, China, on May 15, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/AFP/Getty Images)

Posted 8:41pm - 17 Mar 2021

Migrant Children Will ‘End Up in Sex Trafficking’: Texas Lt. Governor

The border between the United States and Mexico is seen near El Paso, Texas on March 15, 2021. (Justin Hamel/AFP via Getty Images)

Posted 8:41pm - 17 Mar 2021

Super Straight: The Latest Sexual Identity

Kyle Ross, the founder of the Super Straight movement. (Screenshot/youtube)

Posted 8:25pm - 17 Mar 2021

An America-First George Soros

George Soros arrives to deliver a speech on the sideline of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 24, 2019. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)

Posted 8:18pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Read the transcript of a 911 call following the Atlanta-area spa shootings

The 21-year-old man suspected in the Atlanta spa shootings was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later.

Posted 8:35pm - 17 Mar 2021

Column: They may not admit it, but Republicans have accepted that Obamacare is here to stay

The COVID relief bill significantly expanded the Affordable Care Act — and may have moved the country a step closer to Medicare for all.

Posted 11:00am - 17 Mar 2021

Hawaii coffee farmers hope lawsuit settlements guarantee the Kona in your cup is real

Over 700 coffee growers in Hawaii are now eligible to receive settlement payments in a lawsuit alleging big retailers were selling counterfeit Kona.

Posted 10:00am - 17 Mar 2021

Police say man charged with killing Asian women and others in spas had 'sexual addiction'

Six of the dead were women of Asian descent, prompting fears that they had been targeted because of their race.

Posted 12:52am - 17 Mar 2021

Surge of migrant families and youths overwhelms Border Patrol in Texas

Churches and volunteers are coordinating the response in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, epicenter of an influx of migrants and unaccompanied children.

Posted 12:02am - 17 Mar 2021
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US asks for life in prison for brother of Honduran president

The US government wants Tony Hernandez to return $138.5m in 'blood money' and pay an additional $10m fine.

Posted 8:22pm - 17 Mar 2021

PM Mark Rutte’s party wins most seats in Dutch vote: Exit poll

Rutte's conservative party projected to win the most seats, putting him first in line to form a new ruling coalition.

Posted 8:14pm - 17 Mar 2021

Lebanon’s Aoun tells PM-designate Hariri to form government or go

President asks PM-designate either to step down or form government as soon as possible to tackle economic woes.

Posted 7:47pm - 17 Mar 2021

The Fed boosts its forecast for US economic growth this year

The Fed upgraded its forecast for US economic growth this year to 6.5 percent - a sharp rise from its December forecast.

Posted 7:23pm - 17 Mar 2021

Kenyan court upholds ban on female genital mutilation

Kenya’s high court refused to allow female circumcision for consenting adults.

Posted 7:20pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Atlanta shootings: Suspect charged with murder as victims identified

Investigators say the suspect admitted to the attack, but denied that he was motivated by racism.

Posted 8:46pm - 17 Mar 2021

Dutch election: Exit polls indicate win for Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte appears to be on course for a fourth term as Netherlands prime minister.

Posted 8:16pm - 17 Mar 2021

Covid-19: EU warns UK over vaccine exports

The EU threatens to block vaccine exports to the UK unless it "gets its fair share".

Posted 5:57pm - 17 Mar 2021

Covid: EU plans rollout of travel certificate before summer

It will permit travel by those vaccinated, or who have tested negative or recently recovered.

Posted 3:36pm - 17 Mar 2021

Brazil health service in 'worst crisis in its history'

Brazil's health service is on the brink of collapse amid a surge of coronavirus cases and deaths.

Posted 11:21am - 17 Mar 2021
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Georgia shooting suspect charged with murder and assault

Six of the victims were Asian and seven were women.

Posted 8:22pm - 17 Mar 2021

Caretaker PM Rutte wins most seats in Dutch vote, exit poll suggests

Ipsos said that uncertainty caused by voting in the Covid-19 pandemic makes the margins of error larger than in other elections.

Posted 8:12pm - 17 Mar 2021

Violent extremists pose elevated threat to US, officials say

The declassified intelligence report was released more than two months after a violent mob of insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol in Washington.

Posted 7:45pm - 17 Mar 2021

Johnny Depp’s bid to overturn ‘wife beater’ ruling reaches Court of Appeal

The Hollywood star will seek permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that he put his ex-wife Amber Heard in fear for her life on Thursday.

Posted 7:09pm - 17 Mar 2021

Man suspected of killing eight in Georgia ‘may have sexual addiction’

Police arrested a white 21-year-old Georgia man who they say has taken responsibility for the massage parlour shootings.

Posted 5:30pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Navigating Canada-China-US trilateral relations

Posted 8:12pm - 17 Mar 2021

Reforming the investment treaty regime

Summary Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)—which allows foreign investors to sue governments through international arbitration—has become increasingly controversial. Reasonable observers disagree about the value and fairness of the mechanism, but ISDS has become politically toxic even in capital-exporting states. The most important reform effort lies not with future treaties but with those already in place. Even…

Posted 4:04pm - 17 Mar 2021

بقاء الأنظمة الملكية العربية، بعد 10 سنوات على الربيع العربي

منذ عشرة أعوام، أسقطت الانتفاضات العربية أربعة "رؤساء مدى الحياة" في تونس وليبيا ومصر واليمن. ولكنّ الملوك الثمانية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا لم يواجهوا المصير ذاته، رغم أنّ العديد من دولهم شهدت اضطرابات متوسّطة أو كبيرة، من بينها البحرين والمملكة العربية السعودية والكويت وعمان والأردن والمغرب. أمّا الإمارات العربية المتّحدة وقطر، فشهدتا أدنى…

Posted 1:41pm - 16 Mar 2021

Biden builds bridges to contend with Beijing

In 1949, American strategists feared that Soviet advances were generating an intensifying threat to the free world. That August, the Soviet Union broke the United States’ nuclear monopoly by successfully detonating an atomic device. Washington worried that Moscow’s build-up of military forces could be a prelude to an offensive against western Europe and the Middle…

Posted 7:35pm - 15 Mar 2021

Southeast Asia’s post-pandemic recovery outlook

As the world looks forward with hope for recovery from the pandemic recession, what are the prospects in Southeast Asia? Will it make a swift return to reasonably robust growth in 2021, as some forecasts suggest? Even a quick return to growth would likely only mask deep economic and social scars. The latest International Monetary…

Posted 7:29pm - 15 Mar 2021
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JPMorgan Staff Said A $1.1 Billion Deal Might Be Corrupt. The Bank Sent The Money Anyway.

Before a mammoth oil deal turned into an international scandal, high-level managers inside one of the world’s biggest banks knew of serious risks.


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Posted 9:41pm - 17 Mar 2021

This British Girl Got Sent Ranch Dressing From The US Because She'd Never Heard Of It Before, And Her Reaction To Trying It Is Too Relatable

Dawn Farmer had never even heard of ranch before.


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Posted 3:25am - 17 Mar 2021

This Is What We Know So Far About AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine And Blood Clots

So far there’s no clear evidence of a safety problem. But several European countries have paused vaccinations with AstraZeneca’s shots while investigations continue.


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Posted 6:28pm - 16 Mar 2021

10 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World

Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the internet.


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Posted 8:24pm - 15 Mar 2021

Inspirational (And Adorable) Photos Of Dogs Running The Alaskan Iditarod

As the 2021 race, which goes through more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness, continues, here's a look back.


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Posted 7:37pm - 13 Mar 2021
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Trans woman of colour tops Sports Illustrated swim issue

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Sports Illustrated magazine plans to break new ground and feature its first trans woman of colour in the 2021 Swimsuit issue.

Posted 6:56pm - 17 Mar 2021

Flight PS752 shot down after being 'misidentified' as 'hostile target,' Iran's final report says

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Canadian officials and victims' family members are casting doubt on the findings of Iran's investigation into the downing of Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752 after it concluded the shootdown was caused by human error.

Posted 5:26pm - 17 Mar 2021

Suspect in Atlanta-area massage parlour shootings that left 8 dead charged with murder

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A white gunman accused of killing eight people, most of them women of Asian descent, at three Atlanta-area massage parlours has been charged with eight counts of murder Wednesday in an attack that sent terror through the Asian American community that's increasingly been targeted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted 5:07pm - 17 Mar 2021

EU proposes coronavirus passes to allow people to travel freely in region by summer

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The European Union's executive body proposed Wednesday issuing certificates that would allow EU residents to travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or recovered from the disease.

Posted 2:18pm - 17 Mar 2021

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

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A pair of key political figures in Britain and France have signalled their intent to receive the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 shot, as both seek to show confidence in a vaccine that has been suspended in some other European countries after reports of blood clots.

Posted 11:44am - 17 Mar 2021
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Government Drops Charges Against Jailed Canadian Pastor, Lawyer Says

The Canadian pastor imprisoned for violating COVID-19 mandates put in place by the government will likely be released from jail this week, his attorneys announced Wednesday.

Posted 5:58pm - 17 Mar 2021

Children Among Victims of Jihadi Rebels in Mozambique

Northern Mozambique's humanitarian crisis is growing rapidly, with nearly 670,000 people displaced by the Islamic extremist insurgency in Cabo Delgado province, international aid groups said Tuesday.

Posted 9:51am - 17 Mar 2021

Gunmen Kill at Least 58 in Attack on Civilians at Niger Market

Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a group of civilians returning from a market day in a volatile corner of Niger, leaving at least 58 people dead and then burning granaries to the ground, the government said Tuesday.

Posted 9:34pm - 16 Mar 2021

U.S. on Pace to Reach Highest Number of Migrants Crossing Southern Border in 20 years

The new Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says the U.S. is on pace to reach the highest number of people apprehended crossing the Southern Border in 20 years.  

Posted 9:26pm - 16 Mar 2021

Gunmen Abduct 39 Students From Nigerian School, Threaten Death if Ransom Not Paid

It has happened again in Nigeria. Nearly 40 students are missing after gunmen attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna on Thursday - making this the fourth school abduction in Nigeria since December.

Posted 4:53pm - 16 Mar 2021
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What happens if Obama withdraws all U.S. troops from Afghanistan?

Flash Points: CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the consequences of removing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan with no residual force left behind.

Posted 8:13pm - 17 Mar 2021

Could climate change kill snow industries?

The harsh winter has been a boon to a number of ski resorts, but a controversial new book says the ski industry is doomed and climatologists warn that disappearing snow pack globally may wreak havoc on the booming industry. Don Dahler reports.

Posted 8:10pm - 17 Mar 2021

Russian troops seize control of Ukraine airports

Three airports, two of them used by the military, are said to be closed and under the control of the Russian military. The U.S. State Department has issued a new warning urging Americans to avoid travel to Ukraine. Clarissa Ward reports.

Posted 7:59pm - 17 Mar 2021

Obama issues warning against Russian military intervention in Ukraine

Security Analyst Juan Zurate joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss President Obama's warning to Russia about military involvement in the Ukraine.

Posted 7:58pm - 17 Mar 2021

Time Lapse: Paris in Motion - Part 2

The second installment in a series of three stunning time lapse videos, displaying the breathtaking beauty of Paris. Video courtesy of Mayeul Akpovi. Become of fan of Mayeul on his Facebook fan page. Check back next weekend for Part 3.

Posted 7:55pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Brazil's incoming health minister says mission is to unify fight against COVID-19

Brazil's incoming Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Wednesday that he has been given the mission of unifying the country's fight against COVID-19 by President Jair Bolsonaro.

Posted 8:00pm - 17 Mar 2021

Poland announces nationwide COVID-19 restrictions amid coronavirus surge

Poland announced on Wednesday it was introducing nationwide restrictions as the daily tally of new coronavirus cases reached the highest level this year.

Posted 7:56pm - 17 Mar 2021

Biden says 'tough' to meet May 1 deadline for Afghanistan troop pullout

US President Joe Biden said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday (Mar 17) that it will be “tough” for him to meet a May 1 deadline to withdraw the last troops from Afghanistan, ending America's longest war.

Posted 7:29pm - 17 Mar 2021

Mars long ago was wet. You may be surprised where the water went

Mars was once a wet world, with abundant bodies of water on its surface. But this changed dramatically billions of years ago, leaving behind the desolate landscape known today. So what happened to the water? Scientists have a new hypothesis.

Posted 7:13pm - 17 Mar 2021

Syria to get first deliveries of COVAX vaccines within weeks: WHO official

Syria will take delivery within weeks of its first COVID-19 vaccines from the global vaccine sharing platform COVAX, allowing it to kick off its national inoculation programme as early as next month, the UN health agency's country head said on Wednesday (Mar 17).

Posted 6:52pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Japanese court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

Though the ruling has no immediate legal effect, lawyers and their supporters said it was “a big first step toward equality.” Japan is the only country G7 country where same-sex marriages are not legal.

Posted 4:34pm - 17 Mar 2021

Egypt's new high-tech capital: a path to better government?

Egypt’s government is decamping from crowded Cairo to the aptly named New Administrative Capital, a new city being built 28 miles to the east. Despite delays, the first civil servants are preparing to move in July.

Posted 4:32pm - 17 Mar 2021

As German lockdown leaves kids adrift, citizens step up support

The closure of schools has heightened a mental health crisis among German youth. Several private initiatives are trying to address their needs.

Posted 7:18pm - 16 Mar 2021

For this Brazilian chef, stopping world hunger starts in local kitchens

David Hertz looked at food insecurity and saw local culinary training, among other things, as a way out.

Posted 5:30pm - 16 Mar 2021

For first time in 60 years, new Dead Sea Scroll fragments found

Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of around 80 new fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in excavations in the Judean Desert. They were likely hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome between 132 and 136 A.D.

Posted 3:57pm - 16 Mar 2021
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Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Not once during Samsung’s Unpacked event for

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Posted about 1 year ago

Game of Thrones creators sign $200 million Netflix deal to make exclusive shows and films

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have signed a multi-year film and

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Posted about 1 year ago

‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to

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Posted about 1 year ago

Every Apple, Google, and Samsung phone you can buy with a headphone jack

In the not-too-distant past, you used to be able to buy a smartphone knowing that

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AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors

AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors, mounting a big challenge

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Dow climbs 189 points to close above 33,000 for the first time as Fed sticks to easy policy

The Fed said it expects benchmark interest rates to remain near zero for the next two years.

Posted 8:12pm - 17 Mar 2021

10-year Treasury yield eases from recent highs after Fed, Powell reinforce dovish stance

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield was higher on Wednesday as the Fed announced updated economic projections.

Posted 8:03pm - 17 Mar 2021

Fed sees stronger economy and higher inflation, but no rate hikes

As widely expected, the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee also voted to keep short-term borrowing rates steady near zero.

Posted 7:11pm - 17 Mar 2021

Morgan Stanley becomes the first big U.S. bank to offer its wealthy clients access to bitcoin funds

The move, a significant step for the acceptance of bitcoin as an asset class, was made by Morgan Stanley after clients demanded exposure to the cryptocurrency.

Posted 5:56pm - 17 Mar 2021

WHO recommends AstraZeneca vaccinations continue, says benefits still outweigh risks

The latest guidance from the global public health body comes after a raft of European countries announced that they would suspend use of the shot.

Posted 2:02pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Analysis: The UK doesn't just have a problem with women's safety

"Where is she going?" an officer asks, pointing to my producer as she dives into the crowd around Clapham's bandstand just moments after London's Metropolitan Police begin to move in.

Posted 5:47pm - 17 Mar 2021

Biden says he believes Putin is a killer and Moscow 'will pay a price' for meddling in the 2020 election

President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin "will pay a price" for his efforts to undermine the 2020 US election following a landmark American intelligence assessment which found that the Russian government meddled in the 2020 election with the aim of "denigrating" Biden's candidacy.

Posted 12:41pm - 17 Mar 2021

Japan's failure to recognize same-sex marriage is 'unconstitutional,' court rules

A Japanese court has ruled that not allowing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, according to Kyodo News agency, a landmark decision that could herald a new era for marriage equality in the country.

Posted 9:53am - 17 Mar 2021

Wall Street's biggest concern is no longer Covid. It's inflation

Coronavirus fears shook Wall Street to its core last March. The Dow crashed nearly 3,000 points — a stunning 13% — a year ago today.

Posted 4:10pm - 16 Mar 2021

US and Japan express concern over China's 'aggressive actions' during diplomat's first trip

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized China's threats to regional stability during bilateral talks in Tokyo on Tuesday, warning that the United States and Japan would push back if necessary.

Posted 11:54am - 16 Mar 2021
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Biden and Harris condemn deadly Atlanta spa shootings

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressed Tuesday's lethal shootings at a series of spas in the Atlanta area, expressing concerns about any violence against Asian Americans.

Posted 7:27pm - 17 Mar 2021

Bowl from 15th century found at yard sale sells for US$722,000

An exceptionally rare 15th century porcelain bowl made in China that somehow turned up at a Connecticut yard sale and sold for just US$35 was auctioned off Wednesday for nearly $722,000.

Posted 6:30pm - 17 Mar 2021

Vermont Attorney General has privacy concerns about towers at Canadian border

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he's concerned by the privacy implications of a series of surveillance towers federal officials are hoping to build along the state's border with Quebec.

Posted 6:06pm - 17 Mar 2021

Biden defends inaction against Saudi crown prince in killing

President Joe Biden defended his decision to waive any punishment for Saudi Arabia's crown prince in the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, claiming that acting against the Saudi royal would have been diplomatically unprecedented for the United States.

Posted 2:55pm - 17 Mar 2021

Two jurors dropped from trial of ex-officer in George Floyd's death after US$27M settlement

A judge on Wednesday dismissed two jurors who had been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in George Floyd's death over concerns they had been tainted by the city's announcement of a US$27 million settlement with Floyd's family.

Posted 4:52am - 17 Mar 2021
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Alabama tornado warning: Multiple twisters on the ground as rare outbreak prompts alert



ALABAMA has issued a tornado alert as ferocious storms sweep across the US state, sparking fears of widespread damage.

Posted 8:12pm - 17 Mar 2021

Dutch election result: Mark Rutte set to cling on in coalition – first exit polls released



DUTCH Prime Minister Mark Rutte is set to win a fourth term in office after after the first exit polls in the country pointed towards him clinging onto a Government coalition.

Posted 8:11pm - 17 Mar 2021

Julius Caesar's death rewritten with precise ‘location of assassination’ unearthed



ARCHAEOLOGISTS were able to pinpoint the "actual location" of Julius Caesar's assassination, rewriting his final moments for yet another time.

Posted 8:06pm - 17 Mar 2021

Brittany variant: New hard-to-detect Covid mutation found as cases in France soar



A HOSPITAL in France has discovered several cases of a Brittany variant of COVID-19 with scientists struggling to determine whether it is more transmissible or not.

Posted 7:12pm - 17 Mar 2021

Merkel's legacy on brink as German lawyer predicts election chaos after vaccine blunder



ANGELA MERKEL's legacy could be in tatters as a German lawyer has predicted election chaos for her party.

Posted 6:38pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Boy, 4, dies of 'head injuries' after fall at home as police keep 'open mind'

Mason O'Connell, of Rathbane, Co Limerick, Ireland, has died having suffered head injuries at home. Police have said they're keeping an open mind in the investigation

Posted 3:58pm - 17 Mar 2021

Man, 75, 'stabbed in throat' outside church as police hunt 'knifeman'

The victim was said to have collapsed in a pool of blood after the attack in the centre of Montpellier, France - reports say he is now in hospital in a critical condition

Posted 1:33pm - 17 Mar 2021

Barbie recruited to encourage girls to become ‘strong and feminine’ cosmonauts

Anna Kikina is set to take her first flight into space by the end of next year, with a Barbie cosmonaut doll now created in her likeness in a bid to inspire Russian girls

Posted 11:52am - 17 Mar 2021

Halting AstraZeneca jab over blood clot fear will kill more people, expert warns

Professor Jeremy Brown says the type of blood clot causing concerns is 'very, very rare and unlikely to be linked' to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and branded countries suspending its rollout 'not sensible'

Posted 11:18am - 17 Mar 2021

Female hunter with '100 kills' including baby seal 'addicted to calming feeling'

WARNING - DISTRESSING AND GRAPHIC IMAGES: Erica Egonsson, 35, insists she is killing wild animals in the most humane way possible and gives them a purpose after they have been hunted

Posted 9:53am - 17 Mar 2021
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U.S. Air Force shows footage of AH-64 helicopter loaded with Spike NLOS missiles

On 17 March, the U.S. Air Force has publicly released an image of a U.S. Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopter loaded with two Israeli-made Spike NLOS missiles. The details were given in a Wednesday media release, to announce that the U.S. Army’s new Spike missile completed a demonstration last month at Eglin Air Force Base […]

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Posted 3:40pm - 17 Mar 2021

AeroViroment gets $45M contract modification for deadly swarming drones

U.S. drone maker AeroVironment secured $44.9 million for the lethal miniature aerial missile system, according to a March. 16 announcement. Under the new agreement, AeroVironment has received a new contract modification for the Switchblade Weapon System. In addition, its notice says that Switchblade’s user will be the United Kingdom. The Switchblade is a ground-launched, miniature, […]

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Posted 3:28pm - 17 Mar 2021

U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers arrives in Portugal

The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday confirmed that its B-2 Spirit stealth bombers arrived at Lajes Field, Portugal, in support of upcoming Bomber Task Force missions. Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, landed at Lajes Field on 16 March, according to a recent service news release. Airmen from the […]

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Posted 10:16am - 17 Mar 2021

Ricardo Defense to improve safety of U.S. Army’s iconic HMMWV

Ricardo Defense was awarded a contract from the  U.S. Army for improving the safety of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), known popularly as “Humvee”. The deal, which worth almost $90 million, covers procure of anti-lock brake(ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) system retrofit kits for Humvee. The complete package developed and tested by Ricardo for […]

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Posted 10:05am - 17 Mar 2021

U.S. tells Congress of plans to sell Javelin anti-tank missiles to Norway

On March 16, 2021, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Pentagon’s top arms broker, announced that the U.S. State Department has cleared a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Norway of Javelin FGM-148 man-portable anti-tank missile systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $36 million.  The U.S. State Department has approved […]

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Posted 9:29am - 17 Mar 2021
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Dutch election: Rule change to accept wrongly sealed mail-in ballots

Elderly citizens were asked to vote by post for the first time in the elections, which led to some confusion.

Posted 7:04pm - 17 Mar 2021

Dutch election: Far-right accounts are trying to spread claims of voter fraud like Donald Trump

Unfounded claims of voter fraud have published online by far-right accounts in the Netherlands in the lead-up to the elections.

Posted 6:48pm - 17 Mar 2021

St Patrick's Day: Sobering milestone as Irish pubs closed for a second consecutive March 17

As Irish pubs reach a year of closures, English pubs say their beer gardens are already fully booked ahead of April's easing of restrictions.

Posted 6:22pm - 17 Mar 2021

Meet the anti-racist campaigner taking on the Dutch right in this week's election

The Netherlands has a reputation as a liberal country. The reality is quite different.

Posted 6:10pm - 17 Mar 2021

Sputnik V: Has Russia won the battle in global vaccine diplomacy?

As the EU has struggled to make available European-manufactured vaccines, Russia has already sent its Sputnik V to Hungary and Slovakia and offered to supply 50 million more doses to Europe.

Posted 5:29pm - 17 Mar 2021
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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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month ago

Iconic US talk show host, Larry King, dies aged 87

American talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87, Ora Media said in a statement tweeted from his account.

Posted 3 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 3 months ago

Plane reported missing in Indonesia

A plane has reported missing shortly after takeoff in Indonesia.

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Russia recalls US ambassador after Biden threatens sanctions for election-meddling

Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States to Moscow for consultations on the future of US-Russia ties on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would "pay a price" for alleged election-meddling.

Posted 5:56pm - 17 Mar 2021

On crest of third wave, EU threatens ban on Covid-19 vaccine exports to UK

The European Union threatened on Wednesday to ban exports of COVID-19 vaccines to Britain to safeguard scarce doses for its own citizens facing a third wave of the pandemic that would jeopardise plans to restart travel this summer.

Posted 5:00pm - 17 Mar 2021

Dozens of soldiers killed in attack on northern Mali army base

At least 31 soldiers were killed in an attack in northern Mali this week, an army officer said Wednesday, in one of the deadliest assaults on the military this year.

Posted 1:15pm - 17 Mar 2021

EU proposes Covid-19 'Green Certificates' to allow travel across the bloc

With summer looming and tourism-reliant countries anxiously waiting for the return of a steady influx of visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union's executive body presented a proposal Wednesday that would allow the bloc's 450 million people — vaccinated or not — to travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer.

Posted 12:41pm - 17 Mar 2021

'A French exception': Experts call for rethink of open-schools policy amid pandemic

A year ago on Tuesday, France took the extraordinary step of locking down schools nationwide starting March 16. Some stayed closed through May, others into June. But as the global pandemic ebbed and flowed in the long months since, France has stood apart – with its government taking pride in keeping schools open even while neighbouring nations closed theirs. Health and education professionals, however, say France's doctrinaire attitude towards schools needs some serious revision.

Posted 8:48am - 17 Mar 2021
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Pfizer CFO hints at raising COVID-19 vaccine price, but company says ‘too early’ to tell

So far, the COVID-19 vaccine's pricing has been driven by the pandemic and 'the needs of governments to really secure doses from the various vaccine suppliers,' Pfizer's CFO said.

Posted 8:34pm - 17 Mar 2021

Hackers targeting ‘anything that looks vulnerable’ in Microsoft Exchange attacks, official says

Hackers are being indiscriminate as they take advantage of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange servers, the head of Canada's Cyber Centre warned.

Posted 8:24pm - 17 Mar 2021

Canada has asked U.S. for COVID-19 vaccine help, White House confirms

Psaki is repeating what she's been saying for weeks: that President Joe Biden's priority is to ensure every American is vaccinated first.

Posted 8:18pm - 17 Mar 2021

U.S. Fed sees economy accelerating in 2021, but maintains near-zero rate outlook

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it foresees the economy growing at a 6.5 per cent pace this year.

Posted 6:39pm - 17 Mar 2021

U.K. to see ‘significant reduction’ in weekly COVID-19 vaccine supply next month: NHS

The European Union threatened to ban exports of COVID-19 vaccines to Britain to safeguard scarce doses for its own citizens on Wednesday.

Posted 5:43pm - 17 Mar 2021
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EU Officials Propose Digital Travel Certificates — Vaccination Not Required - NPR

  1. EU Officials Propose Digital Travel Certificates — Vaccination Not Required  NPR
  2. Europe’s Plan to Save Summer: A Covid-19 Travel Certificate  The New York Times
  3. EU sets out virus pass plan to allow free travel by summer  Associated Press
  4. EU plans rollout of travel certificate before summer - BBC News  BBC News
  5. EU proposes vaccine certificates for travel — but citizens might not need a shot  CNBC
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Posted 5:15pm - 17 Mar 2021

Dead Sea Scroll fragments with biblical text discovered by Israeli archaeologists - CBS News

  1. Dead Sea Scroll fragments with biblical text discovered by Israeli archaeologists  CBS News
  2. New Fragments Of Dead Sea Scrolls Found In Judean Desert Cave | NBC News NOW  NBC News
  3. First Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 60 years announced  Sun Sentinel
  4. Archeologists unearth tiny fragments of 2000-year-old biblical texts, The Dead Sea Scrolls  CBS This Morning
  5. Newly discovered fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls reveal hidden ancient Bible texts  Yahoo News
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Posted 2:31pm - 17 Mar 2021

Nepal expecting hundreds of mountaineers as spring climbing season begins on Everest - USA TODAY

Nepal expecting hundreds of mountaineers as spring climbing season begins on Everest  USA TODAYView Full Coverage on Google News

Posted 11:39am - 17 Mar 2021

Japan court rules not allowing same-sex marriage 'unconstitutional' in landmark verdict - NBC News

  1. Japan court rules not allowing same-sex marriage 'unconstitutional' in landmark verdict  NBC News
  2. Japan's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By District Court  NPR
  3. Court says Japan's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional  Fox News
  4. Japan's failure to recognize same-sex marriage is 'unconstitutional,' court rules  CNN
  5. Japan's Failure to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage Breaks Country's Constitution, Court Rules  The Daily Beast
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Posted 11:14am - 17 Mar 2021

Italy and France ready to restart AstraZeneca vaccinations if regulators give the green light - CNBC

  1. Italy and France ready to restart AstraZeneca vaccinations if regulators give the green light  CNBC
  2. Why Europe Suspending AstraZeneca Vaccines May Be Political  The New York Times
  3. S. Korea reports blood clot case, but likely to push ahead with AZ rollout  Arirang News
  4. Opinion: Europeans' illogical ban of AstraZeneca will prolong the pandemic and cost lives  The Globe and Mail
  5. The AstraZeneca Vaccine Crisis in Europe Isn’t About Science at All  Slate
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Posted 9:44am - 17 Mar 2021
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Trick-or-Treating in Shiraz on Fireworks Wednesday

Photos by Mohammad-Reza Dehdari, ISNA

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Posted 12:31pm - 17 Mar 2021

Iran Raps Saudi Arabia for Using Muslims’ Money to Kill Yemenis

A senior Iranian official has criticized Saudi Arabia for spending Muslims’ money on purchasing weapons and killing the Muslim people of Yemen.

The post Iran Raps Saudi Arabia for Using Muslims’ Money to Kill Yemenis appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 12:15pm - 17 Mar 2021

Iran Handled COVID-19 Pandemic Despite US Sanctions: President Rouhani

The Iranian president says the country managed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and boost its economy despite sanctions and economic pressure by the US.

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Posted 10:25am - 17 Mar 2021

No Action by US, Yet, to Make up for Past Mistakes: Rouhani

The Iranian president says the US administration still has not taken any practical steps to compensate for the mistakes of the Trump administration and make good on their commitments.

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Posted 9:14am - 17 Mar 2021

Iran Says Not to Return to Nuclear Deal Before US Does So

The Iranian government spokesman says Tehran will not return to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear dea until the United States fulfills its obligations.

The post Iran Says Not to Return to Nuclear Deal Before US Does So appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 7:01am - 17 Mar 2021
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Under Israeli Apartheid, There Are Two Different Pandemics

by Alice Rothchild, MD We’re pleased to repost this report by JWE board member ASlice Rothchild, MD, which was earlier posted at Truthout. There is growing concern regarding the inequitable ...

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Posted about 1 month ago

Great launch for book on sheroes of S. Africa’s freedom struggle!

On February 1, Just World Ed was honored to work with Just World Books to present an online launch for Women Surviving Apartheid’s Prisons, a book by Shanthini Naidoo that ...

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Posted 2 months ago

Syria: A new policy is needed, but not this one

by Peter Ford We’re happy to present this commentary by Peter Ford, the former U.K. ambassador to Syria. Ford was one of 15 panelists, representing a broad range of views, ...

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Posted 2 months ago

S. African ambassador in U.S. to discuss women’s role in her country’s freedom struggle

Just World Ed is delighted to announce that, in conjunction with our friends from the publisher Just World Books, in February and early March we’ll be presenting some breakthrough public ...

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Posted 2 months ago

Who to Believe about Venezuela’s Election? Firsthand Observation or PBS NewsHour?

by Rick Sterling We’re pleased to repost this report by JWE board member Rick Sterling of his December election-observing visit to Venezuela. It was earlier posted at Resumen. You can ...

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Posted 3 months ago
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1596: Dutch eruption onto world scene

The short version of what was happening in world politics in 1596 was that, as the English and Spanish duked it out in big sea battles in the North Sea (also, in the Caribbean), and the Ottomans and Habsburgs duked it out in big land battles in Hungary– suddenly, poof!– the wily Dutch snuck around … Continue reading 1596: Dutch eruption onto world scene

Posted 3:11pm - 17 Mar 2021

1595: São Tomé slave rebellion; Anglo-Spanish battles; Ottoman succession; Shakespeare

Lots of familiar events in 1595 CE. In Constantinople, Sultan Murad III died, being succeeded by Mehmed III, one of whose first acts was to– guess what!– kill off a record number of 19 of his brothers. (Intriguingly, at one point earlier on, Murad’s sister Ismihan had been worried he was impotent and not producing … Continue reading 1595: São Tomé slave rebellion; Anglo-Spanish battles; Ottoman succession; Shakespeare

Posted 5:48pm - 16 Mar 2021

1594: Battles in Europe & and globally

1594 CE was a great year for the military-industrial complex both in Europe and worldwide. In East Asia, the Chinese and Koreans continued to battle Japan’s invasion of Korea. In Eastern Europe, the land war between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans continued… Here were some other interesting things that were happening that year. I’ll start … Continue reading 1594: Battles in Europe & and globally

Posted 4:02pm - 15 Mar 2021

1593: The Korean War, Ottomans & Habsburgs, and more…

Happy Pi Day everyone! How fortuitous that today I write about 1593, which had a “Super-Pi” Day: 3/14, 1593. (During 1593, the Flemish mathematician Adriaan van Roomen arrived at 15 decimal places of Pi using the polygon approximation method.) Today, I’ll be brief: January 1593 was when the Ming Chinese allies came to help the … Continue reading 1593: The Korean War, Ottomans & Habsburgs, and more…

Posted 5:46pm - 14 Mar 2021

1592: Japanese invade Korea, Spain’s Empire at 100, etc

We’ll start with the Spanish Empire. Then, scroll on down to learn about two very successful English plunder-raids; about a German women printer who died in 1592; and about Japan launching a big invasion of Korea that year. It’s the centennial of Columbus’s first contact with the “New World”! How better could those rapacious, globe-girdling … Continue reading 1592: Japanese invade Korea, Spain’s Empire at 100, etc

Posted 4:35pm - 13 Mar 2021
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"Sweet" Dog Major Getting Trained After Biting: Biden

President Joe Biden said his beloved dog Major, who got into major trouble after biting someone at the White House, is undergoing training and has not been banished.

Posted 6:32pm - 17 Mar 2021

Facebook To Stop Recommending Political, Social Groups To Users Globally

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it is starting to remove the recommendations it gives global users for political and social issue Facebook groups, a move it has billed as turning down tension on the...

Posted 3:39pm - 17 Mar 2021

Benefits Outweigh The Risks Of AstraZeneca Shot As Review Continues: WHO

A World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine safety panel said on Wednesday that it considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations...

Posted 1:48pm - 17 Mar 2021

"Killer" Putin Will Pay Price For Election Meddling: Biden

The United States expanded export restrictions on Russia on Wednesday as President Joe Biden said Moscow will "pay a price" for meddling in US elections and he agrees with the assessment that his...

Posted 12:22pm - 17 Mar 2021

Covid Vaccines Can "Protect And Liberate": UK's Prince Charles

Queen Elizabeth II's oldest son and heir on Wednesday criticised opposition to coronavirus vaccines, as British ministers sought to calm public fears about safety.

Posted 11:48am - 17 Mar 2021
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News24.com | UK says all adults to get Covid-19 shot by end of July despite supply squeeze

Britain is on track to meet a target to offer first Covid-19 shots to all adults by the end of July, health minister Matt Hancock said.

Posted 9:56pm - 17 Mar 2021

News24.com | Aid to stave off devastating Yemen famine slow to reach needy

Aid agencies have so far received only $374 million of the $3.85 billion the United Nations says is needed this year for Yemen to avert what threatens to become the world's worst famine in decades, the United Nations humanitarian office said on Tuesday.

Posted 9:56pm - 17 Mar 2021

News24.com | Netanyahu fights for re-election without key ally Trump

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a re-election battle next week, he's missing an ally he could rely on during three previous votes.

Posted 9:02pm - 17 Mar 2021

Businessinsider.co.za | Trump says he may run again for president in 2024 in order to defeat Meghan Markle

Trump said he hopes Markle runs 'because if that happened I think I'd have an even stronger feeling toward running.'

Posted 8:31pm - 17 Mar 2021

News24.com | Vatican ruling on same-sex couples prompts defiance, pain, confusion

The Vatican's directive banning the blessing of same-sex unions has sparked defiance among some priests in Europe and left bishops perplexed.

Posted 7:59pm - 17 Mar 2021
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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

Posted over 2 years ago

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.

Posted over 2 years ago
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This photographer’s work shows the impact of the Syrian war on children

Syrian photographer Bassam Khabieh turned his lens on children to capture how the war impacted them. His photos are now in a book called, “Witnesses to War: The Children of Syria.”

Posted 6:00pm - 17 Mar 2021

Growing fears of anti-Asian hate crimes following Atlanta shootings

Top of The World: A series of deadly shootings in Atlanta on Tuesday evening is raising fears among Asian American communities after learning that six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent. And, a newly declassified US intelligence report found that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump during the recent presidential election.

Posted 3:00pm - 17 Mar 2021

American ginseng farmers battered by trade wars and pandemic

American ginseng demand has dried up amid the United States' ongoing trade war with China, economic impacts from the pandemic and anti-Asian rhetoric.

Posted 9:45pm - 16 Mar 2021

An increase in migration: A view from Juárez, Mexico

Along the US-Mexico border, the number of migrants trying to enter the United States is increasing dramatically. Most are being turned away by the US in the name of COVID-19 health precautions. At the same time, the Biden administration is allowing unaccompanied children to enter the United States. Host Marco Werman speaks with Enrique Valenzuela, who works for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, near the Texas border.

Posted 8:45pm - 16 Mar 2021

Putting China’s domestic violence law into practice is an uphill battle

It’s been five years since China issued its landmark national domestic violence law. Since then, the conversation still remains taboo and survivors have turned to social media to raise awareness and call for help. 

Posted 8:30pm - 16 Mar 2021
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France’s Macron hints tougher Covid measures are on the way

French President Emmanuel Macron indicated Wednesday his administration was preparing to make new announcements to counter a worsening Covid-19 situation, hinting they would target most affected regions. Government ministers were slated to announce new measures on Thursday evening.  

Posted 7:02pm - 17 Mar 2021

Top French court rejects rape charges against firefighters in child abuse case

France’s highest court has rejected a bid by a woman to have three firefighters charged with rape instead of sexual assault, after crimes committed against her when she was in her early teens in a case that campaigners say highlights the need for tougher laws against sexual relations with minors.

Posted 6:07pm - 17 Mar 2021

EU threatens to block UK vaccine exports, demands 'reciprocity'

The European Union has threatened to invoke emergency powers to block exports of Covid-19 vaccines to ensure reciprocity with other suppliers, urging Britain to send Europe more jabs. 

Posted 5:48pm - 17 Mar 2021

'Less is more': Scientists deliver blueprint for smarter ocean protection

Smarter protection of the world’s oceans – important carbon sinks that are being turned into "carbon sources" – could triple environmental returns, say scientists who have come up with a blueprint for nations.

Posted 4:00pm - 17 Mar 2021

French Senate to make final vote on bill to set age of consent at 15

The French Senate is to take a final vote next week on a bill that would set the age of sexual consent at 15, after the National Assembly unanimously approved the text on the protection of minors from sexual violence.

Posted 12:38pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Russia recalls US ambassador after Biden threatens sanctions for election-meddling



Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States to Moscow for consultations on the future of US-Russia ties on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would "pay a price" for alleged election-meddling.

Biden made his comments after a US intelligence report supported longstanding allegations that Putin likely directed efforts to try to swing the 2020 US presidential election to Donald Trump.

Russia denies the allegations.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had called its ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, back to Moscow to discuss the future of Russia's relationship with the United States. The move was designed to ensure bilateral ties did not degrade irreparably, it added.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

Posted 6:22pm - 17 Mar 2021

Netanyahu fights for re-election without key ally Trump



As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a re-election battle next week, he's missing an ally he could rely on during three previous votes over the past two years: Donald Trump.

The American former president's conservative base was avidly pro-Israel and Trump fulfilled a wishlist for the hawkish Netanyahu.

Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, blessed settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and doled out US incentives for Arab nations to normalise ties with the Jewish state.

Netanyahu cited his closeness with Trump to bolster his candidacy, printing the former president's face on his posters during past campaigns.

The prime minister "actually said to his followers: See, whenever I want, I knock on the door of the White House and the White House opens the door," Tamar Hermann, a political scientist at the Open University of Israel, told AFP.

President Joe Biden represents a dramatically different political reality for Netanyahu, who is seeking to extend his record 12 consecutive years in power on March 23.

In this vote, "the presence of the American administration is minimal," Hermann said.

- 'No alternatives'? -

Netanyahu and Biden have both affirmed a decades-long friendship, but they have sharp policy differences, especially concerning Iran.

Biden has sought a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, an agreement loathed by Netanyahu which Trump had scrapped.

The Democratic president is also expected to renew US criticism of Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank.

"There's no love for Netanyahu in this administration and among Democratic elites," said Shibley Telhami, an expert on US policy in the Middle East at the University of Maryland.

"The problem for them right now is that the practical alternatives to him are almost equally bad."

Several of Netanyahu's former allies have joined rival right-wing parties.

Polls show none of those new factions is likely to beat Netanyahu's Likud, but they have shifted Israeli politics further to the right.

Biden's ideology may align most closely with Israel's centrist Yesh Atid party led by Yair Lapid, which is predicted to finish second behind Likud.

Veteran US Democratic political consultant Mark Mellman, who is advising the challenger, said Lapid shares Biden's values and counts the president as a friend.

"Biden is for a two-state solution. There are parties running in Israel that are opposed to a two-state solution," Mellman said.

Still, "there's nothing that [Biden] has done that suggests that he wants to play a favourite here at all."

David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said even if Biden wanted to back a Netanyahu rival, any alternative coalition could face collapse under ideological divisions.

"They agree they want to get rid of Netanyahu. That gets them through the first month, but what do they agree on after that?" said Makovsky.

Moreover, he told AFP, the Biden administration's attention is elsewhere.

"The administration has got a lot on its plate with Covid, Covid, Covid, 500,000 Americans killed, all the economic implications of Covid, and it's just crowding out a lot of issues," he said.

- 'Not Mideast focused' -

Biden has signalled he will not reverse some of Trump's moves that were popular in Israel.

He does not intend to return the US embassy to Tel Aviv and his administration supports the Trump-brokered agreements that saw Israel normalise ties with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.

Washington's criticism of an International Criminal Court probe into possible Israeli war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza was also welcomed across the Israeli political spectrum.

"The US is going to work with whoever emerges," Dan Shapiro, who served as Barack Obama's ambassador to Israel, told AFP.

"But the broader picture is that President Biden's overriding priorities right now are generally not Middle East focused."

Rather than aim for a comprehensive peace deal, Biden will focus on improving daily life for Palestinians by restoring aid and renewing diplomatic missions, which Trump cut off, Shapiro predicted.

Domestically, Biden faces only limited calls from progressives to advocate harder for the Palestinian cause.

Last week Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, and four Democratic senators asked Secretary of State Tony Blinken to pressure Israel to do more to help Palestinians get coronavirus vaccines.

Israel is the world leader in Covid vaccinations per capita, but has only offered a limited quantity of doses to the Palestinians, who have yet to launch large-scale inoculations in the occupied West Bank or Israeli-blockaded Gaza.

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Posted 4:07pm - 17 Mar 2021

Biden warns US may miss deadline to exit Afghanistan



US President Joe Biden has said that it would be "tough" to meet the deadline to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by May 1, as agreed with the Taliban in a deal secured under Donald Trump.

The Taliban insurgents have largely stuck to a promise not to attack US or other foreign troops since the agreement was struck in February last year, but they say the date to end America's longest war is inflexible.

"Could happen, but it is tough," Biden said when asked about the May 1 deadline in a TV interview broadcast on Wednesday. "I'm in the process of making that decision now."

The Taliban quickly reacted to Biden's comments, with a spokesman telling AFP there would be "consequences" if the United States did not stick to the agreed timetable -- further raising pressure on the fragile peace process.

Biden also took a direct swipe at Trump's Afghanistan policy, saying it "was not a very solidly negotiated deal" that the then-president oversaw.

"The failure to have an orderly transition from the Trump presidency to my presidency... has cost me time and consequences. That's one of the issues we're talking about now, in terms of Afghanistan," he added.

The United States is supposed to pull out all its troops by May 1 in an agreement that saw the Taliban agree to peace talks with the Afghan administration of President Ashraf Ghani.

Taliban power-sharing?

The insurgents also vowed not to allow territory to be used by "terrorists" -- the original goal of the US invasion following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

But the supposed peace talks held in Qatar since September have made little progress.

Washington wants to jump-start the process and get the Taliban and Afghan government to agree to some form of power-sharing.

Major urban centers in Afghanistan are in the grip of a worsening terror campaign in the form of deadly attacks targeting politicians, civil servants, academics, rights activists and journalists.

The Taliban deny all responsibility but the government says they are to blame -- either directly, or by using proxies.

As the May deadline looms closer, Russia on Thursday hosted a conference that drew high-level delegations from the Taliban and Afghan government -- as well from the United States, Pakistan and China.

At the talks, the insurgents are led by the Taliban's co-founder and deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, while the Afghan government side is headed by former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Pakistan, which holds the most outside influence over the Taliban, is represented by veteran diplomat Mohammed Sadiq, while the US sent long-time Afghan envoy Zalmy Khalizaid.

Analysts suggest a face-saving compromise on the US withdrawal could be hashed out, with Washington saying it has met its obligations while leaving some US experts attached to Afghan forces in advisory roles.

A complete exit of US troops -- given the vital air cover provided to Afghan ground forces -- would further loosen Kabul's tenuous grip on the countryside.

Trump, who dubbed the conflict America's "endless war," cut troop numbers during his final days in office to 2,500 -- their lowest figure since the start of operations 20 years ago.

Afghanistan has been engulfed by a two-decade insurgency by the Taliban since the Islamist militants were ousted by a US-led invasion in 2001 for harboring the Al-Qaeda terror network.

Posted 3:46pm - 17 Mar 2021

COVID-19 situation 'worsening' in greater Paris region, hospital chief warns



The coronavirus situation is worsening in the greater Paris region where hospitals are under immense strain, the director general of the AP-HP Paris hospitals organization, Martin Hirsch, said on Wednesday.

Hirsch told RTL radio there were two options to contain the disease - a local weekend lockdown, already in place in other parts of the country, or a broader lockdown in the region.

"The virus is not under control. There are as many patients in intensive care units today as there were at the peak of the second wave," he said.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday the time had come for more coronavirus restrictions in the greater Paris region.

Hirsch said almost 1,100 people were in intensive care with COVID-19 in the region, and that number could reach 1,700 by the end of the month if the current trend continues.

In normal times, the greater Paris region has an intensive care bed capacity of around 1,000, Hirsch said.

In France as a whole, there were 4,239 patients in intensive care with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, close to a four-month high.

(REUTERS)

Posted 11:07am - 17 Mar 2021

Uber grants UK drivers employee status in world first



Uber on Tuesday said it is granting its UK drivers employee status, with benefits including a minimum wage -- a world first for the US ride-hailing giant.

Weeks after a top court ruling that could shake up Britain's wider "gig economy" of 5.5 million people, Uber said its drivers would also get holiday pay and a pension.

It is a massive change in the business model of a company which had argued before Britain's Supreme Court that its drivers were self-employed.

From Wednesday, "more than 70,000 drivers in the UK will be treated as workers, earning at least the national living wage when driving with Uber," the taxi app said in a statement.

"This is a floor and not a ceiling, with drivers able to earn more."

The court ruled last month that Uber's drivers are entitled to worker's rights.

The decision capped a protracted legal battle between UK drivers and the Silicon Valley taxi and delivery company.

The UK's minimum hourly wage will rise slightly from April to £8.91 ($12.37, 10.40 euros).

On average, drivers earn £17 per hour in London and £14 in the rest of the UK, according to Uber.

- 'Flexibility remains' -

Uber said its action over workers' rights "means drivers will earn with greater security, helping them to plan for their futures while maintaining the flexibility that is integral to the private-hire industry.

"Uber has consulted thousands of drivers over the last several weeks, who said they wanted these additional benefits but without any loss of flexibility," it added.

The higher costs for Uber come as it faces sliding driver bookings owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite strong demand for the Uber Eats food delivery service during national lockdowns.

Uber is meanwhile calling for companies in the sector to form a joint fund that would allow drivers who work for different apps to be able to access protections and benefits such as paid holidays.

It comes as couriers for the Deliveroo food app await a Court of Appeal ruling in London for the right to collective bargaining.

In a first for the European Union, Spain's government earlier this month announced a deal that will recognise riders working for food delivery firms such as Deliveroo and UberEats as salaried staff following complaints about their working conditions.

In Italy, prosecutors have told Uber Eats and other food delivery platforms their couriers were employees and not independent workers, fining them 733 million euros for breach of labour safety rules.

The United Nations has called for urgent international regulations ensuring fair conditions for workers paid via digital platforms such as food delivery apps.

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03/17/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/17/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

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

1. Russia, Iran sought to influence 2020 election, but no foreign government tried to change votes, U.S. says

2.  Blinken blasts 'aggressive' China; Austin reaffirms U.S. deterrence on Korean peninsula

3.  FDD | Joe Biden Shouldn’t Return to the Iran Deal

4. Opinion | What’s at stake in the first big meeting of top Biden administration and Chinese officials by John R. Bolton

5. Upgraded Iron Dome Defeats Drones & Rockets In Test

6. Top US Commander Warns 'Front Line' With China Now South of Border

7. More Americans than ever view China as greatest US enemy: Gallup

8. 'Three Warfares': U.S. pummeled by covert disinformation war waged by Russia, China

9. US should tell China: 'Legal warfare' against Taiwan will lead to real war

10. Special Operations Has Been the Easy Button For Far Too Long | SOFREP

11. U.S. Deploys Coast Guard Far From Home to Counter China

12. China's Useful Elitists: Westerners Exploited for Beijing's Domestic Image

13. A confident China seeks to insulate itself from the world

14. The Real Guardrails of Democracy Are Its Citizens

15. What Countries Will Fight Over When Green Energy Dominates

16. Guard officials say troops’ march on Republican congresswoman’s office wasn’t a political statement

17. Spc. Vanessa Guillen case could be Army CID’s ‘Tailhook scandal’

18. US special operations forces train Mozambique troops to counter ISIS threat

19. Train Small Units For Big Wars: Gen. McConville

20.  Navy won't remove ‘anti-American’ books from reading list despite House Republicans’ concerns

21. With Chevy halting production of the Camaro, junior enlisted must find purpose elsewhere

22. Operation Kingpin: 27 Minutes at Son Tay

 

1. Russia, Iran sought to influence 2020 election, but no foreign government tried to change votes, U.S. says

The Washington Post · by Ellen Nakashima  · March 16, 2021

You can read the entire ODNI 15 page report here

Why would China have to conduct election influence operations when Russia and Iran were already doing. And of course China probably looked at the election turbulence and the divisions within the US and decided to adopt the Napoleon position: never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. 

 

2. Blinken blasts 'aggressive' China; Austin reaffirms U.S. deterrence on Korean peninsula

Reuters · by Humeyra Pamuk and Hyonhee Shin · March 17, 2021

I am optimistic that we are seeing the best synergy between a SECSTATE and SECDEF than possibly we have ever seen.  There appears to be a new Satte-DOD relationship at least at the highest levels. There have been great relationships in the past but they have been more private and behind the scenes. This is a public demonstration of the importance of the 3D's - diplomacy, development, and defense. Yes this is the first major Biden cabinet level trip but I am optimistic that it is indicative of how State and DOD are going to work together in a very public and positive manner.

 

3. FDD | Joe Biden Shouldn’t Return to the Iran Deal

fdd.org · by Reuel Marc Gerecht · March 16, 2021

Conclusion:

“President Trump never really tried to effect a containment policy against the Islamic Republic, where Washington doggedly tries to roll back the clerical regime’s influence throughout the Middle East, patiently aggravating the theocracy’s internal weaknesses. And he unwisely premised his sanctions regime on obtaining a new, more comprehensive, A-bomb-foreclosing agreement — a fantasy while Iran remains the Islamic Republic. But containment would draw redlines. Billions of dollars wouldn’t be transferred for a short, weak, and narrow nuclear deal. Mass slaughter and terrorism wouldn’t be rewarded.

And the president of the United States could reply to the supreme leader: “I don’t need to return to the JCPOA, either.” In the Middle East’s endless hard-power contests, that would be a momentous next step.”

 

4. Opinion | What’s at stake in the first big meeting of top Biden administration and Chinese officials by John R. Bolton

The Washington Post · by  John R. Bolton · March 15, 2021

Conclusion:  “This first high-level Washington-Beijing encounter will not resolve any major issues, and no one expects it to. If Blinken and Sullivan emphasize that Biden is developing a coherent strategy to resolutely oppose China’s objectionable behavior, that alone would be a vital difference from the past 12 years. If not, however, the China question will become an increasingly important focus of America’s domestic political debate, and one where Biden is unlikely to fare well.”

 

5. Upgraded Iron Dome Defeats Drones & Rockets In Test

breakingdefense.com · by Arie Egozi

This could be very helpful and hopefully a game changer.

 

6. Top US Commander Warns 'Front Line' With China Now South of Border

voanews.com · by Jamie Dettmer · March 16, 2021

Excerpts:

“U.S. military officials likewise expressed concern about the growing relationship between Chinese operations in Central and South America and transnational crime, described by SOUTHCOM's Faller as the second biggest threat to the U.S. in the Americas."

They market in drugs, and people and guns and illegal mining," Faller said of the various crime organizations that have secured a foothold across the region. "And one of the prime sources that underwrites their efforts is Chinese money laundering."

To counter China, Faller urged lawmakers to help ensure a continued U.S. presence and partnership."It's important that we remain engaged in this hemisphere," he said. "It's our neighborhood, That proximity matters."

"What I hear from my partners is … 'We want to partner with you, but when you're drowning, you need a life ring — you're going to take the life ring from whoever throws it," Faller said.

 

7. More Americans than ever view China as greatest US enemy: Gallup

The Hill · by Dominick Mastrangelo · March 16, 2021

 

8. 'Three Warfares': U.S. pummeled by covert disinformation war waged by Russia, China

washingtontimes.com · by Bill Gertz

This "revelation" about the 1st Special Forces Command is not new (except to those just not paying attention). I am glad to see the focus on CHina's three warfares (and unrestricted warfare).

“During the hearing, it was revealed that the 1st Special Operations Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, recently created an information warfare center and has plans to create “influence artillery rounds” for its operations.

“I think it’s indicative of what we’re trying to do across the force, which is really elevate this issue,” said Christopher Maier, acting assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict.

“I wouldn’t want to articulate or even speculate on what they mean by an ‘information artillery round,’ but I think it speaks to the idea that information is a part of our war-fighting concept,” he said.

Special Operations Command is the main military unit in charge of “military information support operations,” or MISO.

The Pentagon’s Defense Science Board concluded in a recent study that military activities in “gray zone” warfare are disjointed and unsuccessful. The military needs to build up its soft-power capabilities in areas such as cybersecurity, intelligence and influence operations.

The U.S. military “needs to be more aggressive in the Gray Zone and treat every action as a campaign to deter competitors from behavior counter to U.S. objectives,” the board concluded.

Mr. Sullivan said all nations wage information warfare to a certain degree, but none is engaged in the style of warfare employed by Moscow using both information and disinformation.

Access the 1st Special Forces Command's vision statement here

 INFORMATION WARFARE CENTER (IWC) The IWC is a CONUS-based, operationally-focused standing task force designed to support GCCs, TSOCs, and JIIM partners to identify, expose, exploit, and disrupt adversary influence campaigns. The IWC integrates cross functional capabilities from Psychological Operations, Intelligence, Cyber, Information Operations, and other Information-Related Capabilities to mass effects against global competitors in the Information Environment. 

I would argue this is a model that should be considered at the national level

9. US should tell China: 'Legal warfare' against Taiwan will lead to real war

The Hill · by Joseph Bosco · March 16, 2021

Excerpts:

“Legal warfare — the ASL and the proposed national unification law — is meant to place the legal imprimatur on the project. One authorizes the use of force; the other mandates it. They counter Washington’s legal position that the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) obligates the U.S. to help Taiwan defend itself.

China’s laws also are intended to preempt the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act (TIPA), which would formally authorize the president to take military action to defend Taiwan. The bill died in the last Congress without active Trump administration support and, reintroduced, it now languishes in Congress under Biden.

After playing active diplomatic defense in Anchorage against the Wang/Yang tag team, Blinken and Sullivan need to urge the president to go on offense with America’s own legal warfare before his administration finds itself on kinetic defense in the Indo-Pacific.”

 

10. Special Operations Has Been the Easy Button For Far Too Long | SOFREP

sofrep.com · John Black · March 11, 2021

Ugh... Take this with a grain of salt. There are some truths but also some misunderstandings. I might use this in my class in "Unconventional Warfare and Special Operations for Policy Makers and Strategists" and have students critique this.

 

11. U.S. Deploys Coast Guard Far From Home to Counter China

WSJ · by Lucy Craymer and Ben Kesling

The fifth (and unsung) service.

 

12. China's Useful Elitists: Westerners Exploited for Beijing's Domestic Image

realclearinvestigations.com · by Richard Bernstein

I will just leave this one here for food for thought.

 

13. A confident China seeks to insulate itself from the world

The Economist · March 13, 2021

Really? Is insulate the right word for self-sufficiency?

Conclusion: “State media hail five-year plans as evidence that China has far-sighted leaders, who bravely chart new paths for the future. But the documents really summarise where the country is already heading. The pursuit of self-sufficiency is well under way, however costly it may prove.”

 

14. The Real Guardrails of Democracy Are Its Citizens

Foreign Affairs · by Jonathan Schlefer · March 15, 2021

Damn elites.

Conclusion:  “Strengthening democracy and countering destructive elite power struggles requires letting the people shape policy proposals, not just choose between prepackaged partisan offerings. When politicians in predominately Catholic Ireland failed to resolve the toxic issue of abortion, they resorted to convoking an assembly of 99 randomly selected citizens to discuss the issue and propose a solution. One who participated told The Guardian, “The Citizens’ Assembly took the debate out of this realm of fearful self-interested calculation and into a forum where evidence and experience could take centre stage.” The assembly recommended revoking the constitutional prohibition on abortion and proposed a law to replace it. In a referendum, voters approved the change by 66.6 percent. Such assemblies are now a mainstay of Irish political life; and the name of the organization that started it all? We the Citizens.”

 

15. What Countries Will Fight Over When Green Energy Dominates

Bloomberg · by Marc Champion · March 16, 2021

Conclusion: As renewables expand, jobs and revenues in the U.S. and other hybrid nations will become increasingly dependent on decisions that other countries make about whether to go on importing their fossil fuels, according to Rand’s Preston. That’s unlikely to fast-track a more peaceful renewable future. The trick, he says, will be to “enable safe landings for all the countries that have this kind of dependency on existing fossil fuels, but without shutting down the transition altogether.”

 

16. Guard officials say troops’ march on Republican congresswoman’s office wasn’t a political statement

militarytimes.com · by Leo Shane III · March 16, 2021

Civil-military relations. Lets get it right.

 

17. Spc. Vanessa Guillen case could be Army CID’s ‘Tailhook scandal’

armytimes.com · by Kyle Rempfer · March 16, 2021

We have to do better.

 

18.  US special operations forces train Mozambique troops to counter ISIS threat

Stars and Stripes· by John Vandiver · by March 16, 2021

 

19. Train Small Units For Big Wars: Gen. McConville

breakingdefense.com · by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

I recall preparing for our battalion ARTEPS in Korea. Our battalion commander (then LTC Micthell Zais) was not pleased with our preparations and decided to scrap the training plan and focus only on squad and platoon training rather than collective company and battalion training. We spent a month just working on shoot, move, and communicate skills at the squad and platoon levels. With no training above platoon level we took the ARTEP and passed with flying colors. The commander's rational was if our squads and platoons perform to standard we will be successful.

Small units are key.

 

20. Navy won't remove ‘anti-American’ books from reading list despite House Republicans’ concerns

militarytimes.com · by J.D. Simkins · March 16, 2021

We have to stop this censorship, cancel culture, culture wars, false patriotism, etc. I side with the CNO.

 

21. With Chevy halting production of the Camaro, junior enlisted must find purpose elsewhere

militarytimes.com · by J.D. Simkins · March 16, 2021

Oh no. At least Ford will still have the Mustang (which I understand will have an all electric version!)

 

22. Operation Kingpin: 27 Minutes at Son Tay

operationkingpin.com

Great initiative. I was sorry to learn we just lost CSM Jack Joplin (my first Bn CSM when I was a young SF team leader). We need to honor these great Americans.

Go to the link to see the renderings and to donate to the cause

 

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"I don't mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I've had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way: In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test."

-John McCain

 

"I have sacrificed not only my favorite scheme of life, but the softer affections of the heart, and my prospects of domestic happiness, and I am ready to sacrifice my life also, with cheerfulness, if that forfeiture could restore peace and good will among mankind."

- John Paul Jones

 

"Leadership means firmness, not harshness or bullying; understanding, not weakness; justice, not irresponsible freedom; humaneness, not intolerance; generosity, not selfishness; pride, not egotism"

- Omar N. Bradley

DanielRiggs Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:40am

Posted 2:40pm - 17 Mar 2021

03/17/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/17/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

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

1. South Korea's ruling party objects to cost-sharing deal for U.S. troops

2. US has assessed North Korea could be preparing to carry out first weapons test since Biden took office

3. U.S. general says North Korea might flight test new ICBM design 'in the near future'

4. N.K. propaganda outlet carries poster depicting S. Korea-U.S. alliance crushed

5. Pro-N.K. paper stresses Cabinet's role as control tower for economic policy

6. US warns North Korea could be planning ICBM test 'in near future' in test for Biden

7. Discussion of nuclearizing S. Korea may help denuclearize N. Korea: U.S. lawmaker

8. S. Korean, U.S. defense chiefs to hold talks on N. Korea, OPCON transition

9. Siding with North Korea (warning to the Moon administration)

10. North Korea holds lecture in border region highlighting need to eliminate anti-socialist acts

11. Blinken says 'authoritarian' N.K. regime continues to commit 'systemic and widespread' abuses

12. Biden's North Korea Problem: Not Just About Nukes or Missiles Anymore

13. Kim Yo Jong Breaks the Silence, but What Does It Mean?

14. [Interview] Former Moon advisor says US should focus on NK nuclear issue, not human rights when it comes to NK

15. Joe Biden's contradictory stance on North Korea promises trouble ahead

16. Privatized War with Tim Shorrock (including COIN and Korea)

 

1. South Korea's ruling party objects to cost-sharing deal for U.S. troops

upi.com · by Elizabeth Shim · March 16, 2021

As was our concern. People told me that there is nothing to worry about because Moon's party is the majority in the national assembly and they would approve the SMA.  But it is his own party members who are objecting.

The SMA is not a done deal and Moon will have to expend some political capital to get it approved.  There are those in Moon's party who have a decidedly anti-American, anti-Alliance sentiment and they are now demonstrating public opposition and it is likely more will follow.  

This is an inflection point for the alliance.  

 

2. US has assessed North Korea could be preparing to carry out first weapons test since Biden took office

CNN · by Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

Never say never.  But to do so now could remove any near term opportunities for negotiations.

What the regime may be hoping for is that the raising of tension by Kim Yo-jong will be sufficient for the ROK and international community as well as the US to want to increase calls for negotiations.  Of course we are going to call for negotiations, I am sure that will be part of the Biden administration policy review.  However, the regime may be setting the conditions to say its blackmail diplomacy line of effort works in support of its political warfare strategy. Blackmail diplomacy = the use of threats, tension, and provocations to gain political and economic concessions.  If the regime agrees to negotiations, it will assess it can do so because the call for negotiations by the US is in response to the regime's position of strength.  Yes, we should negotiate but we should not be afraid to expose the north Korean political warfare strategy. Exposing their strategy allows us to operate from a position of greater strength than the regime.

 

3. U.S. general says North Korea might flight test new ICBM design 'in the near future'

Reuters · by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali · March 17, 2021

There must be intelligence indicators. The general is inoculating us to the next test. It will not be a surprise and it can allow the Biden administration to take a measured response to demonstrate strategic reassurance and strategic resolve without take part in a rhetorical exchange with the regime.  The Biden administration would do well to adopt a Teddy Roosevelt approach - talk softly and carry a big stick.

 

4. N.K. propaganda outlet carries poster depicting S. Korea-U.S. alliance crushed

en.yna.co.kr · by 고병준 · March 17, 2021

We should not mock north Korean propaganda for its over the top visuals and rhetoric.  It often communicates the regime's true intentions.  And of course this type of propaganda is important for controlling the attitudes of the Korean people living in the north.

 

5. Pro-N.K. paper stresses Cabinet's role as control tower for economic policy

en.yna.co.kr · by 고병준 · March 17, 2021

Actually as Robert Collins teaches us, it is the Organization and Guidance Department (OGD) that is the control tower for everything, especially for the denial of human rights of the Korean people living in the north. 

 

6. US warns North Korea could be planning ICBM test 'in near future' in test for Biden

The Guardian · by Justin McCurry · March 17, 2021

We must be ready but this also could play a role in deterring such a test because our exposure of the possibility takes away the north's form of "shock and awe." We can say: "Nothing to see here" - "happened as expected" "The regime is simply testing to advance its capabilities" "It has no intention of reducing or halting its missile and nuclear development". "But make no mistake the US will defend the security of the US and its allies and here are some of the strategic capabilities that can crush the Kim family regime" - (deploy some B-1s, B-2s, B-52s, F-35s to the region).

 

7. Discussion of nuclearizing S. Korea may help denuclearize N. Korea: U.S. lawmaker

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · March 17, 2021

This is unhelpful.  But I guess this is why the ROK and US agreed to the statement of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula at Panmunjom and Singapore. 

I also doubt very much China is "scared" of a nuclear South Korea or Japan.

 

8. S. Korean, U.S. defense chiefs to hold talks on N. Korea, OPCON transition

en.yna.co.kr · by 오석민 · March 17, 2021

OPCON transition will be a critical friction point for the alliance as will be the different strategic assumptions about the nature and objectives of the Kim family regime.

 

9. Siding with North Korea (warning to the Moon administration)

koreajoongangdaily.joins.com

An important OpEd from the Joongang Ilbo's editorial board warning the Moon administration over the exercises and training rhetoric.

However, this excerpt is not accurate. It was not the ROK that "scaled down" the training and replaced it with computer simulation.  It was always a computer simulation and the exercise was planned by ROK/US CFC planners - ROK and US officers.  It was not scaled back by the ROK.

Excerpt: "We urge our government and military authorities to declare their clear position on joint military exercises. The Moon Jae-in administration not only scaled down the joint drill, which began earlier this month, but also replaced it with a computer-simulated command post training instead of mobilizing troops. The government may have pinned hopes on the possibility that North Korea will accept its proposal for dialogue as long as the annual drill could pass quietly."

This conclusion provides the warning to the Moon administration and a correct description of the Biden administration as well as the prescription for a strong alliance:

“The Moon administration must immediately stop flattering North Korea. If not, it will fall into a vicious cycle of emboldening it. For instance, the government hurriedly enacted a law aimed at punishing the act of sending anti-North leaflets and other materials cross the border shortly after Kim Yo-jong condemned the practice. Such submissive attitudes send the wrong message to North Korea.

Kim Yo-jong warned the United States not to engage in any provocative acts in the next four years if it wants its people to sleep at night. The Kim regime is closely monitoring the Biden administration’s new North Korea policy. But if Pyongyang believes such a threat can help change the new U.S. administration, that’s a serious miscalculation. On their trip to Seoul Wednesday, the two U.S. secretaries have a two-plus-two meeting with their counterparts. Seoul and Washington must speak in the same voice to prevent North Korea’s provocations and encourage policy changes from Pyongyang.”

 

10. North Korea holds lecture in border region highlighting need to eliminate anti-socialist acts

dailynk.com · March 17, 2021

The regime is defending against its existential threat: information and knowledge among the Korean people living in the north.  The "criminal behavior" is listening to outside information.

This excerpt explains the nature of north Korea and rule by the Kim family regime.  But I know there are those who think "anti-reactionary thought laws" might be a good thing for some partisan agendas.

 

11. Blinken says 'authoritarian' N.K. regime continues to commit 'systemic and widespread' abuses

en.yna.co.kr · by 송상호 · March 17, 2021

Good words from the SECSTATE. We must take a human rights upfront approach and we must never be afraid to call out the mafia-like crime family cult for its documented crimes against humanity.

 

12. Biden's North Korea Problem: Not Just About Nukes or Missiles Anymore

19fortyfive.com · by Eric Gomez · March 16, 2021

This assessment, while possibly having some truth to it, is troubling.  This is not a good sign for the ROK/US alliance and hopefully the SECSATTE and SECDEF will be able to prevent this perception:

“Washington’s review of its North Korea policy is still ongoing but based on these recent statements it seems likely that the Biden administration will adopt a policy that is more closely aligned with Japan’s rather than South Korea’s preferences. This would be bad news for the Moon administration, which has consistently stressed the need for greater U.S. engagement with North Korea despite Kim going to ground after the Hanoi summit.

A tougher U.S. policy that brings Washington and Tokyo into closer alignment would help Biden differentiate himself from Trump, but it is unlikely to nudge North Korea closer to either denuclearization or arms control. Instead of trying to make allies happy, the Biden administration should focus on looking out for the best interests of the United States.”

 

13. Kim Yo Jong Breaks the Silence, but What Does It Mean?

38 NORTH · March 16, 2021
A very optimistic assessment.

But let me state the real meaning of the action described in this excerpt. It is correct that the regime does not want Moon to align too closely with Biden:

“Kim Yo Jong’s statement is transparently aimed at South Korea in advance of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Seoul. The bottom line is pretty clear: President Moon Jae-in might still make some sort of progress in inter-Korean relations before the end of his term—which is fast approaching at the beginning of next year—but only IF he presses the US and doesn’t line up 100 percent with a new US policy should it call for more pressure against the North.

But the true intent is to drive a wedge in the ROK/US alliance.  That is a key line of effort (Divide to conquer - divide the alliance to conquer the ROK) and the key condition to be able to ensure the survival of the regime by bringing the entire peninsula under the rule of the Guerrilla Dynasty and Gulag State.”

 

14. [Interview] Former Moon advisor says US should focus on NK nuclear issue, not human rights when it comes to NK

Hani · by Lee Je-hun · March 10, 2021

Dangerous, troubling, and immoral thinking and comments from Moon Chung-in.  This is the type of advice Moon Jae-in is receiving from one of his closest advisors.

 

15. Joe Biden's contradictory stance on North Korea promises trouble ahead

The Telegraph · by Mark Almond

This is a great description of the Kim family regime:

“Perhaps the best way to understand North Korea’s peculiar tactics – courtship by insult and threat – is to imagine them with a David Attenborough voiceover in the background: “The Kim is a ferocious beast, known to devour its closest relatives, but it emits a radioactive glow and sharp barks when trying to lure a mate from the wider world.”

 

16. Privatized War with Tim Shorrock (including COIN and Korea)

historicly.substack.com · by Robert Granniss

It is nice of the publisher to provide the time hacks and the bullet points.  But anyone who follows Korea will note the huge inaccuracies (and outlandish ideas) of some of the statements.

The podcast can be accessd here:

 

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"I don't mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I've had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way: In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test."

-John McCain

 

"I have sacrificed not only my favorite scheme of life, but the softer affections of the heart, and my prospects of domestic happiness, and I am ready to sacrifice my life also, with cheerfulness, if that forfeiture could restore peace and good will among mankind."

- John Paul Jones

 

"Leadership means firmness, not harshness or bullying; understanding, not weakness; justice, not irresponsible freedom; humaneness, not intolerance; generosity, not selfishness; pride, not egotism"

- Omar N. Bradley

DanielRiggs Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:04am

Posted 2:04pm - 17 Mar 2021

03/16/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/16/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

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

1. Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobua Kishi Before Their Meeting

2. Surprise Attack: How China Could Start a War Against Taiwan

3. INDOPACOM Drafts Regional Strategy For All-Domain Ops

4. A story for Quad

5. Quad heads welcome cooperation from other countries

6. FDD | After a decade of despair, Syria needs our help

7. History Can Teach Joe Biden How to Outcompete China

8. Report - Cyber Fundamentals for SOF | SOF News

9. The Military Could Soon Face a Flag Officer Talent Crisis

10. ‘Just not going to happen’: US warns China over Australian trade stoush

11. A New Step Forward in PLA Professionalization

12. Air Force squadron in South Korea replaces pit bull morale patch linked to white supremacy

13. After the Insurrection, America’s Far-Right Groups Get More Extreme

14. Op-Ed: Look to the Reagan administration for the answer to the China challenge

15. Cornell Faculty Revolt Against China Partnership

16. IOC under fire after ‘dismissing’ claims of genocide against Uighurs in China

17. The disinformation tactics used by China

18. New US Army doctrine coming summer of 2022

19. Why the U.S. Won’t Leave the Indo-Pacific

20. America’s Coronavirus Catastrophe Began With Data

21. Even Tucker Carlson Has a Right to Bash the Military

22. Five Strategies for the New 'Civil' War

23. DOD Officials Describe Conditions in Indo-Pacific

 

1. Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobua Kishi Before Their Meeting

state.gov · by Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

 

2. Surprise Attack: How China Could Start a War Against Taiwan

19fortyfive.com · by Daniel Davis · March 15, 2021

Davis advocates for sustaining strategic ambiguity regarding Taiwan.

 

3. INDOPACOM Drafts Regional Strategy For All-Domain Ops

breakingdefense.com · by Theresa Hitchens

Excerpts:

JADC2 is the emerging strategy for how the Joint Force will command the highly automated, fast paced and globalized battlefields of the future, now also sitting on Milley’s desk.

“We’ve been intimately involved in all things related to Joint All Domain Command and Control,” he said. As you know, each of the services are pursuing various command and control constructs. You’re very familiar, I think, with Project Convergence in the US Army, Project Overmatch with the US Navy. The Air Force, I think, has really been a driving force behind the JADC2 in the way of CONOPS, or concept of operations development, and some of the tactics, techniques and procedures that will go into that as well. And they’re doing that materially through their ABMS [Advanced Battle Management System] program — so we’re tied in directly with all of these efforts.”

INDOPACOM already has been working on some experimental tech to implement JADC2 with DARPA, Ka’iliwai said, although neither he nor a DARPA spokesperson would go into any detail citing the sensitive nature of the efforts.

“We also have a very robust experimentation program when it comes to JADC2,” Ka’iliwai said. “We’ve actually exercised some of those constructs during our recent exercise Valiant Shield in the fall of last year.”

 

4.  A story for Quad

indianexpress.com · March 15, 2021

A view from India.

Conclusion: “This broad-based practical agenda of the Quad also counters a second Chinese narrative on the forum. When it was not demonising the Quad as “Asian Nato”, the Chinese leadership dismissed it as transient “sea-foam”. The repurposing of the Quad to deal with shared challenges in the Indo-Pacific ensures the forum’s political sustainability over the longer term. It has taken quite a while for the Quad to arrive at this balanced framework; but the summit has gotten it just right. As the Quad finds a new credibility, China might be unwise to continue with its dual policy of condemnation and condescension. All four capitals — Delhi, Canberra, Tokyo and Washington — have huge stakes in a productive, peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship with China that has risen to become the world’s second largest economic and military power. It is up to Beijing now to rethink its current aggressive policies and seek cooperative relations with its Asian neighbours and the US. But if China continues to pursue hegemony, the Quad is bound to become an inevitable balancing force.”

 

5. Quad heads welcome cooperation from other countries

donga.com · March 16, 2021

Excerpt: “Recalling that the Quad was initially created to respond to the tsunami that devastated parts of Indonesia in 2004, the leaders said they are again summoned to act together in support of a region in need in this new age of interconnection and opportunity throughout the Indo-Pacific. The Quad leaders also gave a detailed explanation on what they discussed at the Quad summit, such as response to the pandemic and cooperation on climate change.”

 

6. FDD | After a decade of despair, Syria needs our help

fdd.org · by David Adesnik · March 15, 2021

Conclusion: “There have been few major battles in Syria since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, yet the war is far from over. The U.S. may not be able to end that war, but a well-crafted policy, including sanctions, can shape its course and alleviate suffering while imposing a measure of accountability on Assad and his enablers.”

 

7. History Can Teach Joe Biden How to Outcompete China

19fortyfive.com · by James Holmes · March 14, 2021

Conclusion: 

“That the balance of folly favors the United States and its friends is no cause for complacency, though. Carl von Clausewitz counsels that failure is always an option in strategic competition or warfare. Clausewitz would concur with King Archidamus: it’s natural to hope an antagonist will blunder, and to welcome and exploit such blunders when they occur. It is unsafe to depend on an opponent to defeat itself.

Let’s up our game—and be safe.”

 

8. Report - Cyber Fundamentals for SOF | SOF News

sof.news · by SOF News · March 16, 2021

The four page paper can be accessed here

 

9. The Military Could Soon Face a Flag Officer Talent Crisis

defenseone.com · by Col. Charles Luke

I did not expect this argument:

“At a minimum, Congress should delink the pay cap for retirement pay. This would provide a retirement equivalent to the pay scale for all service members, while not paying them more than members of Congress. Additionally, military pay caps should be adjusted based on the annual increase in the Employment Cost Index.

Another possible solution with historical precedent would be to selectively remove the cap for certain positions based on the level of responsibility, such as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the service chiefs, and the combatant commanders. Finally, the military should adopt an innovative retirement system commensurate with the inherent risks, responsibilities and commitment of a senior military leader.

It’s time for Congress and the Pentagon to begin serious consideration of how to address senior leader pay. Delinking military pay from the civilian Executive Schedule is an important start.”

 

10. ‘Just not going to happen’: US warns China over Australian trade stoush

The Sydney Morning Herald · by Peter Hartcher · March 16, 2021

We should pay close attention to this. This is one line of effort for the Quad. Coming to the defense of a member against Chinese economic warfare. South Korea should understand this is the kind of defense the Quad can offer if China again conducts economic warfare against the South as it did during the THAAD deployment.

 

11. A New Step Forward in PLA Professionalization

realcleardefense.com · by Joel Wuthnow and Phillip C. Saunders

A New Step Forward in PLA Professionalization

 

12. Air Force squadron in South Korea replaces pit bull morale patch linked to white supremacy

Stripes · by  Matthew Keller · March 16, 2001

 

13. After the Insurrection, America’s Far-Right Groups Get More Extreme

defenseone.com · by Matthew Valasik

Excerpts:

“But that approach has ended. Merrick Garland’s appointment as Biden’s attorney general is a big signal: In his career at the Department of Justice before becoming a federal judge, Garland supervised the investigations of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

These were two of the most noteworthy acts of far-right domestic terrorism in the nation’s history. Garland has said that he will make fighting right-wing violence and attacks on democracy major priorities of his tenure at the head of the Justice Department.

In January, Canada designated the Proud Boys and other right-wing groups as terrorist organizations, which puts pressure on U.S. law enforcement to reconsider how they evaluate, investigate and prosecute these extremist groups. Beyond law enforcement’s treating these far-right groups like street gangs, there are also laws in place to combat violence associated with domestic terrorism.

It appears that U.S. prosecutors may finally begin to take seriously the violent actions of Proud Boys, especially as more and more members are being charged with coordinating the breach of the U.S. Capitol Building.

But as police power comes to bear on these violent right-wing groups, many of their members remain at least as radicalized as they were on Jan. 6 – if not more so. Some may feel that more extreme measures are needed to resist the Biden administration. “

 

14. Op-Ed: Look to the Reagan administration for the answer to the China challenge

Los Angeles Times · by H.R. McMaster and Jonathan D.T. Ward · March 15, 2021

The 10-page declassified NSDD 75 can be accessed here.  

I like to read the Reagan national security documents because there are a lot of brilliant ideas in them. We can learn a lot from them.

 

15.  Cornell Faculty Revolt Against China Partnership

freebeacon.com · by Yuichiro Kakutani · March 15, 2021

Good for the professors. Bottom line versus values.

Conclusion:

“The senate will hold a nonbinding vote on the issue on March 17. Administrators can push ahead with the plan even if professors disapprove, but the stakes are high. If faculty members vote against the joint degree program, they might also oppose Cornell's many other programs in China.

Abandoning those partnerships would be disastrous to the university's bottom line, something Fiskesjö says may be its only choice.

"If you carry on business as usual, you end up legitimizing and endorsing what they're doing," he said. "You can run a genocide … and it doesn't matter, we'll keep opening new exchange programs with you."

 

16. IOC under fire after ‘dismissing’ claims of genocide against Uighurs in China

The Guardian · by Sean Ingle · March 12, 2021

As it should be. Can anyone be neutral when genocide is being committed?

 

17. The disinformation tactics used by China

BBC · by Krassi Twigg and Kerry Allen · March 16, 2021

 

18. New US Army doctrine coming summer of 2022

Defense News · by Jen Judson · March 15, 2021

 

19.  Why the U.S. Won’t Leave the Indo-Pacific

WSJ · by Walter Russell Mead

Excerpts:

“The picture wasn’t always a beautiful one. Racist attitudes and the U.S. colonial venture in the Philippines left a complicated and sometimes bitter legacy. But if Americans haven’t always been noble or wise in their Pacific policies, they have always been engaged.

That is unlikely to change today. The region is more central to U.S. prosperity and security than ever. Seeking a balanced and secure regional order—without war traps, Thucydidean or otherwise—is a challenging task. America and its allies are sure to make some mistakes.

But if allies sometimes doubt U.S. wisdom, the American commitment to the region is so deeply grounded in history and the structure of U.S. interests that walking away from the region is the one thing Washington is least likely to do.”

 

20. America’s Coronavirus Catastrophe Began With Data

defenseone.com · by Robinson Meyer and Alexis C. Madrigal

Excerpts:

To avoid another data calamity, our public-health system must expend as much energy on understanding the present as it does on modeling the future. Governing through a pandemic—or any emergency—is about making the least-bad decisions with the best information available. That information can take many forms; it doesn’t have to be data. But if you do look at the data, then you must understand how each point, each cell, was made; otherwise, you’re likely to be misled.

Our leaders should also put some faith in the capabilities of those whom they govern. The COVID Tracking Project clung to one principle: We told people the truth as we could discern it. We didn’t say what we wanted to be true, nor what we hoped would engender a specific public response.

Working on the COVID Tracking Project has been the honor of our lives. For a year, every day, dozens of volunteers—programmers, librarians, high schoolers, a former hotel manager—came together to make an honest account of one of the most horrifying ordeals that any of us had ever experienced. This team of former strangers, united by concern and curiosity, salvaged something useful from the din. We held fast to one another, and we made sense of the world as we could.

 

21. Even Tucker Carlson Has a Right to Bash the Military

The Daily Beast · by Matt Lewis · March 15, 2021

As I have previously written: What @TuckerCarlson said is reprehensible & indefensible. But there is only one response to it from any US military service member who believes in his or her oath:

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - S.G. Tallentyre

 

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"Debate is never finished; it can't be, lest democracy be no longer democratic and society be stripped of or forfeit its autonomy. Democracy means that the citizen's task is never complete. Democracy exists through persevering and unyielding citizens' concern. Once that concern is put to sleep, democracy expires."

-Zygmunt Bauman

 

"The sides are being divided now. It’s very obvious. So if you’re on the other side of the fence, you’re suddenly anti-American. Its breeding fear of being on the wrong side. Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it’s no longer democracy, is it? It’s something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism."

- Sam Shepard

 

"Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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03/16/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/16/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

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

1. FDD | Ahead of U.S.-ROK Meeting, Unresolved Policy Disputes Still Trouble the Alliance

2. It Will Be Hard to See Again Spring Days Three Years Ago (Kim Yo Jong's Statement about ROK/US Training)

3. Biden aides bristled when Justice official called North Korea a 'criminal syndicate,' say officials

4. Troubles ahead for the US–South Korea alliance

5. S. Korea, U.S. to hold 'two plus two' meeting on alliance, N. Korea, China issues

6. Blinken says U.S. is looking at pressure measures, diplomatic paths, in N.K. policy review

7. Enforcing Sanctions on North Korea Is an Opportunity for Cooperation at Sea

8. While North Korean Missiles Sit in Storage, Their Hackers Go Rampant

9. 1/3 of Vaccine Recipients Have Adverse Reaction (South Korea)

10. Defense minister expresses regret over N. Korea's criticism of military exercises

11. Defense ministry calls for N. Korea's 'flexible' stance, full implementation of military pact

12. With Biden envoys in Asia, Kim’s sister warns US, SK

13. U.S. Pushes for Closer Ties Between Korea and Japan

14. Strategic clarity in 2+2, 2021

15. Blinken and Austin's visit to Seoul

16. N Korea warns US not to 'cause a stink' before Seoul meeting

17. Israel, South Korea to co-operate on unmanned airborne ISTAR

18. U.S. will work on denuclearization of North Korea with allies: Blinken

19. They left behind children to find freedom. The choice haunts North Korean refugee women

 

1. FDD | Ahead of U.S.-ROK Meeting, Unresolved Policy Disputes Still Trouble the Alliance

fdd.org · by Mathew Ha Research Analyst · March 15, 2021

Excellent analysis from my colleague, Mathew Ha.

 

2. It Will Be Hard to See Again Spring Days Three Years Ago (Kim Yo Jong's Statement about ROK/US Training)

kcnawatch.org · March 15, 2021

This is the statement that has everyone spun up. There is a lot of press reporting on this as everyone is trying to read the tea leaves.

She is referring to the Panmunjom Declaration in April 2018 (Spring days three years ago)

The first most obvious point of this message is to simply drive a wedge in the ROK/US alliance. That is one of the most critically important lines of effort in the regime's strategy. It must break the alliance to successfully dominate the Korean peninsula. The timing of this is perfect with th 2+2 ministerial talks about to take place in Seoul. It is also attempting to explicate the rhetoric coming out of Seoul, in particular from the Minister of Unification but others as well who are opposed to combined ROK/US training. I think this is the number one purpose of the message.

Another aspect of this message is the possibility of the continued good cop/bad cop relationship of Kim Yo-jong and her brother. Her statements (again attributed directly to her and published in her voice which is rare) can give KJU the ability to walk this back in the future if he chooses to. They have been testing this out since Kim Yo-jong-'s first public statement last March and what we saw happen in June.

In addition, this both serves to reinforce Kim Yo-jong's legitimacy as a senior member of the Kim Family regime (the importance of the lack party titles notwithstanding not bestowed during the 8th Party Congress) as well as the strength of the Paektu bloodline. This could contribute to the legitimacy of eventual succession should something happen to Kim.

This is also the continuation of a new play in the Kim family regime playbook that was first executed this past June when Kim Yo-jong made threats against the South over escapee/defector information operations, and then acted on the threat by destroying the ROK Liaison office at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The result of this action was South Korean appeasement and the passing of the anti-leaflet amendment in December which actually contributes to the protection of the Kim family regime because of the existential threat caused by information flow to the Korean people living in the north. The intent, at a minimum is for the ROK to pressure the US to halt training (which I do not believe it will agree to) and if the US does not agree to halt training the regime hopes for some catastrophic break in the alliance such as the ROK halting participation. I think that is unlikely to happen but the regime sees evidence of ROK appeasement of the north due to the Moon administration failure to recognize and understand the true nature and objectives of the Kim family regime.

It is critically important for the alliance not to bow down to Kim Yo-jong's threats. The talks this week must result in a renewed commitment to the alliance and a recognition that this statement illustrates not only the true nature of the regime but also its growing playbook and the strategy the playbook is designed to support - namely domination of the Korean peninsula to ensure survival of the Kim family regime.

 

3. Biden aides bristled when Justice official called North Korea a 'criminal syndicate,' say officials

NBC News · by Carol E. Lee and Ken Dilanian · March 16, 2021

Three points. First, the Kim family regime is a mafia-like crime family cult that is conducting illicit activities around the world. Department or Office 39 is a global crime syndicate. 

Second, our rhetoric will not influence the Kim regime either positively or negatively. We need to realize that Kim is executing his playbook and he is not reacting to our rhetoric. Sure, the Propaganda and Agitation Department will spin our words for propaganda purposes but our rhetoric will not have any influence over Kim Jong-un decision making. Unfortunately, when the regime blames its actions on our rhetoric (a convenient excuse for doing or not doing something as it already planned) we go into a round of self criticism and blame. 

Third, the journalists have missed the point on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. They must not have got the memo or they did not read Sung Kim's statement closely enough. He specifically said denuclearization of north Korea, as have most all administration officials.  Moon and Trump were duped at Panmunjom and Singapore into agreeing to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula which has a very specific meaning for north Korea. Although there have been no nuclear weapons in South Korea since we unilaterally removed them in 1991-1992 in the regime's calculus it is the presence of US troops that provide access to nuclear weapons and the continued deployment of US strategic assets reinforces that. Denuclearization of the Korean peninsula plays right into the regime's hands to negotiate the end of the US hostile policy by ending the alliance, removing US troops and ending extended deterrence over the ROK and Japan. It is good for the Biden Administration to correct tis error. The press needs to get on board.

Also the UN Security Council has demanded an end to the regime's nuclear program (not denuclearization of the Korean peninsula) since 2016 and the passage of UNSCR 1718. Denuclearization of north Korea is the correct statement and everyone needs to get on board and not fall for regime rhetorical traps.

Security Council Resolution 1718

Resolution 1718 was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council on October 14, 2006, shortly after North Korea’s first nuclear test on October 9. The full text of Resolution 1718 is available here.

Resolution 1718’s Principal Provisions

Resolution 1718:

  • Demands North Korea refrain from further nuclear or missile tests.
  • Demands North Korea return to the NPT.
  • Decides North Korea shall suspend all ballistic missile activities.
  • Decides North Korea shall abandon its nuclear program in a “complete, verifiable, and irreversible” manner.
  • Decides North Korea shall abandon all WMD activities.
  • Calls upon North Korea to return to the Six-Party Talks.

Resolution 1718’s Principal Sanctions

Member states are prohibited from the “direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer” to North Korea, of:

  • Heavy weaponry, such as tanks, armored vehicles, large caliber artillery, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships and missile systems
  • Spare parts for the above mentioned heavy weaponry
  • Materials and technologies that could contribute to North Korea’s WMD programs and ballistic missile related activities, as set out in prior Security Council documents
  • Luxury goods

Member states are also required to:

  • Freeze the funds or financial assets of entities designated by the Security Council as providing support for North Korea’s nuclear, missile, and other WMD programs

 

4. Troubles ahead for the US–South Korea alliance

lowyinstitute.org · by Khang Vu

No. The Moon administration's peace at any cost vision is dangerous to the security of the ROK and the ROK/US alliance. The problem is in the subtitle - we cannot "indulge" the Moon administration's "hopes."

But the author does point out a number of thorny points of friction (such as the Japanese abductee issues).

 

5. S. Korea, U.S. to hold 'two plus two' meeting on alliance, N. Korea, China issues

en.yna.co.kr · by 송상호 · March 16, 2021

Excerpts:

“The meeting comes as the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden seeks to leverage what it calls America's "greatest strategic asset" -- alliances with South Korea, Japan and others -- to uphold a "free and open" Indo-Pacific region being challenged by a rising China.

The high-profile gathering was instituted in 2010 to stress the robustness of the alliance after the North's deadly torpedo attack on the South's corvette Cheonan. Though it started as a regular dialogue platform, it has not been held since the last and fourth session in Washington in October 2016.”

 

6. Blinken says U.S. is looking at pressure measures, diplomatic paths, in N.K. policy review

en.yna.co.kr · by 송상호 · March 16, 2021

Key points:

"We're looking at whether various additional pressure measures could be effective, whether there are diplomatic paths that make sense, all of that is under review," Blinken said at the press conference following the so-called two plus two meeting with the Japanese ministers.

"Going forward we have a shared determination to deal with the challenge posed by North Korea, particularly when it comes to its nuclear missile programs, as well of course as its abuse of human rights," he added.

 

7. Enforcing Sanctions on North Korea Is an Opportunity for Cooperation at Sea

warontherocks.com · by Artem Sherbinin · March 16, 2021

Excellent essay from a LTG. He provides information about coalition coordination we do not often see.

Conclusions:

“The coalition generates strategic outcomes for the United States beyond the scope of stopping petroleum imports to North Korea. Cooperation at sea improves the United States’ ability to surveil China’s near seas, increases interoperability between the U.S. Navy and partner states’ militaries, eases the operational burden on the U.S. Seventh Fleet, offers an avenue for cooperation with China, and improves the strategic and military relationship between South Korea and Japan. So why has the United States not taken the steps outlined above since the cell was established in 2018?

Chinese uncooperativeness and mistrust of the U.S. alliance system — as well as the Donald Trump administration’s erratic policy shifts regarding China and North Korea and transactional and bilateral approach to international affairs — impeded maritime collaboration in East Asia over the past four years. As a result, American security cooperation initiatives throughout the region have been limited to foreign military sales and financing, and a series of disparate bilateral naval and military exercises. Similarly, naval cooperation with China dwindled after its navy was uninvited from the region’s largest multinational naval exercise, Rim of the Pacific, in 2018.

Biden has stated that he willing to “work with China” and that he will place alliances and multinational cooperation at the forefront of his foreign policy. Such an approach creates the opportunity to bring new life to fledgling organizations such as the Enforcement Coordination Cell. But, in order to leverage the enforcement group to achieve greater strategic ends, the Biden administration and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command will first need to align primary and secondary political objectives with existing and potential member states, demonstrate the benefits of cooperation to China, and resolve naval interoperability challenges that have plagued East Asia for decades.”

 

8. While North Korean Missiles Sit in Storage, Their Hackers Go Rampant

Foreign Policy · by Morten Soendergaard Larsen · March 15, 2021

The all-purpose sword is critically important to the survival of the Kim family regime. Unlike the treasured sword of nuclear weapons, it has immediate, practical application and can be employed with little fear of a significant response (yet!)

 

9. 1/3 of Vaccine Recipients Have Adverse Reaction (South Korea)

english.chosun.com · March 16, 2021

And there are many cases in Europe as well. It is interesting the US FDA has not approved the AstraZeneca vaccine.

 

10.  Defense minister expresses regret over N. Korea's criticism of military exercises

en.yna.co.kr · by 유지호 · March 16, 2021

Kim Yo-jong's statement may also be in response to Minister Suh's misguided and ill-timed statement that ROK/US combined exercises should be negotiated with the north. The regime probably believes Kim Yo-jong's statement helps establish the conditions for such negotiations.

Note the comment on the 2018 Comprehensive Military Agreement. We should note that the north has not implemented the terms of the agreement to any significant extent except for changes to procedures in the JSA and the removal of a handful of guard posts.

 

11. Defense ministry calls for N. Korea's 'flexible' stance, full implementation of military pact

en.yna.co.kr · by 오석민 · March 16, 2021

For nearly three years we have been testing the CMA and the idea we can cancel, postpone, and/or scale back exercises and that it will engender a positive response from north Korea. Kim Jong-un has proven that is not the case.

 

12. With Biden envoys in Asia, Kim’s sister warns US, SK

asiatimes.com · by Sunghee Hwang · March 16, 2021

This rhetoric conforms with the historical patterns of north Korean propaganda. 

 

13. U.S. Pushes for Closer Ties Between Korea and Japan

english.chosun.com · March 16, 2021

Trilateral cooperation will be a key element of the Biden Administration policy. And none of the three countries can be successful toward north Korea and China without strong and effective trilateral cooperation. And a trilateral alliance would be even better but I know that is a pipe dream for the next 3 or 10 generation)

 

14. Strategic clarity in 2+2, 2021

The Korea Times  · by Ahn Ho-young  · March 16, 2021

From our good friend Ambassador Ahn. He makes an important recommendation that I think we should consider.

 

15.  Blinken and Austin's visit to Seoul

The Korea Times · by Lee Seong-hyon · March 16, 2021

Very interesting analysis.

Excerpts:

“So, Alaska is the destination. Tokyo and Seoul are stopovers.

The Alaska meeting will not be successful, but it is important. It will be an occasion for both sides to exchange their respective bottom lines, to define what will be perceived as "violations" that will provoke strong reactions, including kinetic ones. The U.S. is concerned that an overconfident China may become more adventurous with its military actions, miscalculating Washington's will to react. Beijing will also reiterate its so-called "core interests." The meeting, after all, is to manage conflict between the two competing powers so that things don't get out of control.

Finally, there is one thing that both Blinken and Austin must demonstrate during this trip. They should emit calm confidence and mature leadership that can gain back the trust of their Asian allies that have been bullied by China and were belittled by Trump. Restoring their trust must come first. And there is the old maxim by John F. Kennedy: Ask not what your ally can do for you ― ask what you can do for your ally. It's a reminder for both Seoul and Washington.”

 

16.  N Korea warns US not to 'cause a stink' before Seoul meeting

AP · by Kim Tong-Hyung · March 16, 2021

We should not be distracted by the colorful rhetoric. This is a serious statement designed to drive a wedge in the ROK//US alliance.

 

17. Israel, South Korea to co-operate on unmanned airborne ISTAR

janes.com  ·  by Gareth Jennings · March 15, 2021

 

18. U.S. will work on denuclearization of North Korea with allies: Blinken

Reuters · by Reuters Staff · March 16, 2021

The press must pay attention to the SECSTATE words. We must purge the words denuclearization of the Korean peninsula from the reporting. It is denuclearization of north Korea.

 

19. They left behind children to find freedom. The choice haunts North Korean refugee women

Los Angeles Times · by Victoria Kim · March 16, 2021

Such tragic stories. But all blame for this rests on the shoulders of the Kim family regime and the system and situation and conditions it has created in north Korea. It is a human tragedy on a scale we find difficult to comprehend. And China is complicit in north Korean human rights abuses.

 

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"Debate is never finished; it can't be, lest democracy be no longer democratic and society be stripped of or forfeit its autonomy. Democracy means that the citizen's task is never complete. Democracy exists through persevering and unyielding citizens' concern. Once that concern is put to sleep, democracy expires."

-Zygmunt Bauman

 

"The sides are being divided now. It’s very obvious. So if you’re on the other side of the fence, you’re suddenly anti-American. Its breeding fear of being on the wrong side. Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it’s no longer democracy, is it? It’s something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism."

- Sam Shepard

 

"Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Posted 2:49pm - 16 Mar 2021

03/15/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/15/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

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

1. Opinion | America’s partnerships are ‘force multipliers’ in the world (SECSTATE and SECDEF)

2. Quad Summit 2021: Why is China Rattled?

3. Taiwan’s cabinet reshuffle a response to China’s ‘unrestricted warfare’

4. White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

5. 'We are human and we messed up': U.S. Marine account apologizes for comments defending female service members

6. Satellite maps show China building helicopter base facing Taiwan Strait

7. Biden builds bridges to contend with Beijing

8. Why Britain is tilting to the Indo-Pacific region

9. China has brought its repressive surveillance tools to Hong Kong

10. China's Deep Strike

11. U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed

12. Covid-style virus 'could be used as a terror weapon to bring new pandemic', expert warns

13. Biden Goals Converge in Asia: Rebuilding Alliances and Countering China

14. Biden Team Engaged in ‘Rigorous’ Debate Over Ending Forever War

15. Incorporating the Cyberspace Domain: How Russia and China Exploit Asymmetric Advantages in Great Power Competition

16. Redefine Readiness or Lose (USAF and USMC)

17. Special Operations News Update - Monday, March 15, 2021 | SOF News

18. Police Shrugged Off the Proud Boys, Until They Attacked the Capitol

 

1. Opinion | America’s partnerships are ‘force multipliers’ in the world (SECSTATE and SECDEF)

The Washington Post · by Antony J. Blinken and Lloyd J. Austin III · March 14, 2021

A very strong essay from the two Secretaries (kudos to their action officers/speechwriters).

They are talking to the American people to explain why alliances are important to all of us.

Excerpts:

“Ahead of that journey, we want to take the opportunity to lay out why alliances are vital to our national security and how they deliver for the American people.

...

A fundamental debate is underway about the future — and whether democracy or autocracy offers the best path forward. It’s up to us and other democracies to come together and show the world that we can deliver — for our people and for each other.

...

All that work is tied directly to the safety, well-being and economic security of the American people.”

 

2. Quad Summit 2021: Why is China Rattled?

financialexpress.com · by Major General S B Asthana · March 14, 2021

Excerpt:

“The agenda seems benign, but Beijing did not miss the connection of freedom of navigation, overflight and the concerns over “aggression” and “coercion” against members of Quad by China in its first summit meeting. No-one during the Summit called out China directly, but China knows that it challenged rule-based order by junking PCA’s decision in South China Sea (SCS) and continues to coerce countries in Indo-Pacific region. Chinese response of calling Quad meeting as ‘selective multilateralism’ and ‘covid politics’ shows its frustration due to emergence of an alternate global vaccination collaboration, something which China had unilaterally reserved for itself for profiteering.”

 

3. Taiwan’s cabinet reshuffle a response to China’s ‘unrestricted warfare’

aspistrategist.org.au · by Corey Lee Bell · March 12, 2021

There should be no doubt that the PRC is conducting unrestricted warfare.

Excerpts:

“But that’s just one way to look at it. An alternative theory is that the reshuffle reflects the administration’s attempts to confront the growing challenges posed by China’s model of ‘unrestricted warfare’, which replaces a narrow focus on kinetic warfare with a wider array of options, including ‘grey zone’ tactics, lawfare, political warfare and economic leverage.

To understand why this may be the case, it’s useful to examine the personnel changes in more detail.”

 

4. White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The New York Times · by David E. Sanger, Julian E. Barnes and Nicole Perlroth  · March 14, 2021

Excerpts:

“When not one but two cyberhacks have gone undetected by the federal government in such a short period of time, it’s hard to say that we don’t have a problem,” said Representative Mike Gallagher, Republican of Wisconsin and a co-chairman of a congressionally mandated cyberspace commission. “The system is blinking red.”

The failures have prompted the White House to begin assessing options for overhauling the nation’s cyberdefenses even as the government investigates the hacks. Some former officials believe the hacks show Congress needs to give the government additional powers.

But briefing reporters on Friday about the progress of the investigations, senior administration officials said the White House had no plans to urge Congress to rewrite the laws that prevent American intelligence agencies from operating inside America’s borders.

One senior adviser to President Biden said, however, that a new structure was needed, one that combined traditional intelligence collection with the talents of private-sector firms.

 

5. 'We are human and we messed up': U.S. Marine account apologizes for comments defending female service members

USA Today · by Matthew Brown, USA TODAY

 

6. Satellite maps show China building helicopter base facing Taiwan Strait

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7. Biden builds bridges to contend with Beijing

eastasiaforum.org · by Ryan Hass · March 15, 2021

Excerpts:

“The United States must simultaneously allay concerns among partners about being ‘forced to choose’ between the United States and China. The inescapable reality is that China’s importance to other countries is growing. It is the world’s largest trading power and the leading engine of global economic growth.

Given this reality, the United States will need to give allies space to pursue their own interests with China, even while they partner with the United States on priority issues. Washington will also need to demonstrate — through its own words and actions — that it supports developing a constructive relationship with China, even as it prepares to push back strongly against problematic Chinese behaviour.

Somewhat counterintuitively, the more Washington is seen as responsibly working to develop durable relations with Beijing, the more diplomatic space it opens for cooperation with others on China. Washington’s partners will feel more comfortable working with the United States on issues relating to China when doing so is not perceived as an expression of hostility towards China.

The Biden administration’s approach to China reflects a subtle but significant departure from the Trump administration’s more direct approach of confronting China. President Biden and his team recognise that the results of their strategy may not be visible for some time and do not harbour illusions of changing China overnight. They intend to play a long game. If their approach bears fruit, the United States will fortify its capacity to compete with China from a position of strength.”

 

8. Why Britain is tilting to the Indo-Pacific region

The Guardian · by Patrick Wintour · March 15, 2021

The old saying: Europe is the continent of the past, America is the continent of the present, and Asia is the continent of the future.

 

9.  China has brought its repressive surveillance tools to Hong Kong

asia.nikkei.com · by  Dan McDevitt · March 15, 2021

Does Hong Kong provide a glimpse of the future of authoritarian states?

Excerpts:

“But recent events have made plain the Chinese government's intention to transform Hong Kong's digital spaces just as it has the city's offline environment and, last week, its electoral system.

In January, Hong Kong authorities used the security law as grounds for blocking a website for the first time, compelling mobile providers to disrupt access to HKChronicles, which compiled information on anti-government protests and personal data on police and their supporters.

...

Contrary to the predictions of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Chinese government has effectively "nailed Jell-O to the wall" with its effective controls over online information flows, so we should not be surprised that they would try to do it again in Hong Kong.

But we can also be sure that just as in China, dissident groups and voices will continue to operate, even at great personal risk. At this critical moment, it is important that the world support these voices and not cast a blind eye to what is happening in Hong Kong, online and off.”

 

10. China's Deep Strike

spytalk.co · by Matthew Brazil

Excerpts:

“Now it seems to be applying the same strategy in the West’s rear area, causing disruptions to online systems and simultaneously benefitting the Chinese economy with viruses and worms used to steal information from computer systems worldwide.

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Bad actors in China and beyond, whether working on behalf of intelligence services or criminal organizations, are expected to rapidly develop HAFNIUM “proof of concept exploits,” i.e. to show that they can use the vulnerability to burrow into a target system by performing benign tasks like opening up the calculator, or moving the cursor. From there, it is a short step to weaponizing the exploit with malware.

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It is no surprise that the multi-stage, malicious HAFNIUM operation from China against Microsoft Exchange servers bears some operational resemblance to the Solar Winds attack from Russia. Both rely on widespread use of a targeted system, i.e. Solar Winds and Microsoft Exchange, as the vector to reach the real objective: the tens of thousands of users who possess sensitive information like U.S. defense production data, weapons systems designs, trade secrets useful to China’s latest Five-Year Plan, and the emails of Beijing’s perceived political enemies.

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Once an exploit is posted on Github, anyone can use it. Criminals then go after low hanging fruit, including the vast number of people who don’t bother with software updates and patches. That especially includes those using pirated software. Previously a cheap alternative, pirated software has become the Typhoid Mary of the digital space.”

 

11. U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed

The New York Times · by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt · March 14, 2021

It is always about the headcount - the troop numbers. I feel for the poor personnel officers who have to account for the numbers using arcane systems and different defined categories for accounting. 

But here is the issue:

“The cloudy accounting around the troop numbers results from some Special Operations forces having been put “off the books,” according to a senior U.S. official, as well as the presence of some temporary and transitioning units. These troops, according to a second U.S. official, include Joint Special Operations Command units, some of them elite Army Rangers, who work under both the Pentagon and the CIA while deployed to Afghanistan.

Having more troops in a country than the Defense Department officially acknowledges is common practice. From Syria to Yemen to Mali, the United States often details military troops to the CIA or other agencies, declares that information “classified” and refuses to publicly acknowledge their presence.”

 

12. Covid-style virus 'could be used as a terror weapon to bring new pandemic', expert warns

Mirror · by William Walker · March 15, 2021

The sky is falling or a prudent warning?

 

13. Biden Goals Converge in Asia: Rebuilding Alliances and Countering China

The New York Times · by Lara Jakes, John Ismay and Steven Lee Myers · March 14, 2021

Yes, this is going to be quite a week of diplomacy.

Excerpt: After the meetings in Tokyo and Seoul, Mr. Austin will travel to India, which is at its lowest point in relations with China in decades after a deadly border incursion last summer. Mr. Blinken will arrive in Alaska on Thursday for the meeting with the Chinese envoys.

 

14.  Biden Team Engaged in ‘Rigorous’ Debate Over Ending Forever War

Foreign Policy · by Michael Hirsh · March 12, 2021

Excerpts:

“As Obama’s vice president, Biden was a first-hand witness to the frustration his predecessor felt. “Obama really wanted to end the forever wars,” Johnson said. “But sometimes events get in the way of that. We wanted to get out of Iraq completely, but [the civil war] in Syria complicated that. Then along came the Islamic State in about 2014.”

Even so, there can be an endpoint. In a series of speeches, Johnson and other officials in the Obama administration sought to distinguish between al Qaeda and more regional actors, like what would become the Islamic State. As the Pentagon’s general counsel in 2012, Johnson mapped out just how the never-ending war might end. “[T]here will come a tipping point … at which so many of the leaders and operatives of al Qaeda and its affiliates have been killed or captured and the group is no longer able to attempt or launch a strategic attack against the United States, such that al Qaeda as we know it, the organization that our Congress authorized the military to pursue in 2001, has been effectively destroyed.”

That tipping point, Johnson said this week, has been reached. “When the conflict that Congress authorized in 2001 comes to an end, then we should have the political courage to say it,” he said.

 

15. Incorporating the Cyberspace Domain: How Russia and China Exploit Asymmetric Advantages in Great Power Competition

mwi.usma.edu · by Mark Gzrgorzewski · March 15, 2021

Conclusion: “In short, Russia and China view information and cyberspace operations differently than the United States does, and they are designing their operations and cyberinfrastructure to engage the United States asymmetrically. As previously noted and despite persistent claims to the contrary, both states see themselves currently engaged in information warfare against the United States. The military application of information as an instrument of war—in isolation and in conjunction with other tools—is a central component of these states’ modern approach to warfare, both today and into the foreseeable future. Recognition of this reality must undergird America’s cyberspace and information warfare policies and doctrine.”

 

16. Redefine Readiness or Lose (USAF and USMC)

warontherocks.com · by Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. and Gen. David H. Berger· March 15, 2021

Conclusion: “We have done this before, and together we can do it again while avoiding perceptions of creating winners and losers. Today’s Air Force and Marine Corps, and our assumed dominance of the air and littorals, were shaped by innovative and courageous individuals throughout our storied histories. Seeing the need for change when others did not, our forebears overcame the traditionalist opposition of their day, forged new technologically advanced capabilities, and developed novel operational concepts that paved the way for the many successes to which our shared history bears witness. We can do it again. If we are bold enough and committed to providing the military advice needed to overcome our present orientation, we can shape our future proactively. The alternative, as various military institutions have discovered to their sorrow in the past, is being forced to re-shape ourselves reactively, after experiencing catastrophic loss and potential defeat. To do this, we cannot let our focus on near-term availability consume the resources necessary to generate truly relevant future readiness through adaptive modernization. We have a unique, but limited, window of opportunity. The time to act is now.”

 

17. Special Operations News Update - Monday, March 15, 2021 | SOF News

sof.news · by SOF News · March 15, 2021

 

18. Police Shrugged Off the Proud Boys, Until They Attacked the Capitol

The New York Times · by David D. Kirkpatrick and Alan Feuer · March 14, 2021

 

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What @TuckerCarlson said is reprehensible & indefensible. But there is only one response to it from any US military service member who believes in his or her oath:

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - S.G. Tallentyre

 

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

- George Washington

 

"In the U.S., the country that has always been lecturing the world about the value of freedoms - of freedom of speech, of everyone's right to speak up - the U.S. has now become a beacon, a leader, in this movement to shut everyone up. That's so disappointing."

- Margarita Simonyan

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Syria - Ten Years of War: Looking Back at a Decade of Violence

It has been 10 years since the beginning of the civil war in Syria. What began as a popular uprising against dictator Bashar Assad has transformed into a proxy conflict with no end in sight. Dozens of trips to the country in the last decade have born witness to the destruction.

Posted 1:44pm - 17 Mar 2021

Chronicler of Horrors: An Ethiopian Doctor Records the Destruction of His Homeland

Dr. Tewodros Tefera treats men, women and children who, like him, escaped the increasingly brutal violence in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. He records their stories in his little black notebook – and sometimes wishes he were dead.

Posted 4:58pm - 15 Mar 2021

Fall from Grace: Merkel's Conservatives Mired in Scandal and Incompetence

Shameless deals for medical equipment, dubious foreign contacts and corona crisis mismanagement: Angela Merkel's conservatives are in bad shape as the election campaign looms. How did they lose their way?

Posted 4:33pm - 15 Mar 2021

WhatsApp CEO on the Controversy Surrounding Proposed German Communications Laws

Is WhatsApp reading along as you write messages and saving your chats? In an interview, company CEO Will Cathcart explains what happens with user data and why he is concerned about proposed changes to German surveillance laws.

Posted 5:56pm - 12 Mar 2021

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury: "Planes Are Safe Places, Even in Corona Times"

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury is critical of Europe's management of the pandemic. He argues that airplanes are safe and that passengers and business travelers will eventually be flying again.

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli Dies from Coronavirus at Age 61, Vice President Confirms

Posted 8:53pm - 17 Mar 2021

Turkish Forces Prevent Return of Residents to 3 Villages in Northern Syria, Russian Military Says

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Turkish troops have blocked three settlements in Syria's northern province of Raqqah to prevent the return of locals who left their homes due to combat, Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said on Wednesday.

Posted 8:31pm - 17 Mar 2021

US Senate Unanimously Confirms Vocal Beijing Critic Katherine Tai as US Trade Representative

Prior to being nominated and confirmed as the US trade representative, Katherine Tai served as chief counsel for the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). Tai, a 46-year-old daughter of Chinese immigrants, is fluent in Mandarin, and is the first woman of color to serve in the cabinet-level position.

Posted 8:17pm - 17 Mar 2021

UN Chief Must Not Allow Staff to Promote One-Sided Information on Crimea, Russian Envoy Says

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia on Wednesday called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to not allow his employees to disseminate one-sided information on Crimea, following a statement on the situation by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Posted 8:08pm - 17 Mar 2021

Jeffrey Epstein’s Posh New York Mansion Purchased by Ex-Goldman Sachs Executive

The seven-storey, 40-room luxury property at the heart of the Big Apple had been put on the market for $88 million, but the price was ultimately halved.

Posted 7:45pm - 17 Mar 2021
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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 about 1 year 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.

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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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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.

Posted over 2 years ago
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And One More Thing: Further Thoughts on How the IC Can do Better

Carmen Medina, Former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence Cipher Brief Expert Carmen Medina is a former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. A 32-year veteran of the Intelligence Community, she is also the author of Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within. EXPERT OPINION — Last week, Zachery Tyson and I published The Declining …

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How Can Blinken’s Bold Plan for Afghanistan Succeed?

Tim Willasey-Wilsey, Cipher Brief Expert Tim Willasey-Wilsey is a Cipher Brief Expert on Afghanistan and a visiting Professor of War Studies at King’s College, London and a former senior British diplomat. The views expressed in this article are the author’s and do not represent those of any institution. EXPERT PERSPECTIVE — The US plan for Afghanistan …

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Russia’s Climate Problem and Opportunity

Temperatures in Russia are increasing at more than double the global average, according to scientists, proving that climate change and extreme weather doesn’t just affect U.S. national security as outlined in Cipher Brief Expert Admiral Jim Stavridis’ overview here.  It also affects U.S. allies and adversaries, creating new areas of instability and shifting power dynamics. …

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The Robot, the Targeter and the Future of U.S. National Security

Eric Washabaugh, Former CIA Targeting & Technology Manager Eric Washabaugh served as a targeting and technology manager at the CIA, where he served from 2006 – 2019, leading multiple inter-agency and multi-disciplinary targeting teams focused on al-Qa’ida, ISIS, and al-Shabaab at CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC). He is currently the Vice President of Mission Success at …

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Exclusive: Spy Chief Gets Welcome Endorsement

In a letter obtained by The Cipher Brief this week, former CIA Directors and Acting Directors, including former Director Gina Haspel, endorsed CIA Director Bill Burns in his new role as DCIA. The letter (below) was originally submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversaw Burns’ confirmation hearing last week, in a glowing show of endorsement. …

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Atlanta spa shootings: suspect charged with murder after eight people killed – latest updates

There is “no question” that the Trump administration’s rhetoric towards Asian Americans has increased violence against the community, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

“There’s no question that some of the damaging rhetoric we saw during the prior administration – calling Covid the Wuhan virus or other things – led to perceptions of the Asian American community that are inaccurate, unfair, [and] has elevated threats to Asian Americans. we’re seeing that around the country,” Psaki said.

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The man suspected of killing eight people at a series of Atlanta-area spas has been charged with an additional four counts of murder.

The Atlanta police department said its homicide unit has charged Robert Aaron Long, 21. Three people were killed at Gold Spa and one person at the Aromatherapy Spa on Tuesday.

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Posted 8:35pm - 17 Mar 2021

Coronavirus live news: UK foreign secretary says EU threat to block vaccine exports needs explaining

Dominic Raab warns Ursula von der Leyen ‘the world’s watching’ after threat to block supplies to countries that are not reciprocating or with high vaccination rates

Labour has thrown its weight behind calls for a full-blown public inquiry to learn the lessons of the Covid pandemic in the UK.

Rachel Reeves, who shadows the Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, told the Guardian the government should start preparing now, to allow an inquiry to begin in earnest over the summer.

Related: Labour calls for full Covid public inquiry starting in June

Pfizer Inc said it was on track to meet its delivery targets for Covid-19 vaccines in the UK in line with an agreed monthly schedule, after Britain warned of a significant reduction in its available supplies of vaccines.

Reuters reports:

We can confirm that Q1 deliveries remain on track and continue to progress in line with the monthly schedule,” a spokeswoman for Pfizer said.

Britain is rolling out Pfizer’s vaccine along with one made by AstraZeneca.

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Posted 8:30pm - 17 Mar 2021

Biden brands Putin a 'killer' and says he will pay for Russian election interference – live

After six women of Asian descent and two others were killed in attacks on massage parlors around Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday that local authorities have hesitated to label a hate crime, Joe Biden has called a surge of “brutality against Asian Americans” “troubling”.

Politico has this video from the Oval Office:

President Joe Biden acknowledged the concern expressed by the AAPI community.

"I have been speaking about the brutality against Asian-Americans, and it's troubling," Biden said today from the Oval Office. https://t.co/fODhw5efHd pic.twitter.com/3M7LNFKqVq

Distribution of white supremacist propaganda nearly doubled across America in 2020, with 5,125 incidents of racist, antisemitic and other hateful messages being reported by an advocacy group.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Wednesday that 2020 had the “highest level” of cases of such propaganda since it started monitoring the phenomenon – an average of about 14 cases daily. There were 2,724 instances reported in 2019, ADL said.

Related: White supremacist propaganda nearly doubled in US in 2020

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Posted 7:50pm - 17 Mar 2021

Canada: top female soldier quits over military's failures on sexual misconduct

Lt Col Eleanor Taylor says in resignation letter: ‘On the issue of addressing harmful sexual behaviour, we have lost all credibility’

One of the most senior female soldiers in Canada has resigned after a string of allegations of sexual misconduct among top brass, saying she was “sickened” by the military’s repeated failures to tackle the abuse.

In a letter sent to her superiors, Lt Col Eleanor Taylor announced her resignation late on Tuesday, in the latestblow to an institution already in crisis.

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Posted 6:10pm - 17 Mar 2021

Denmark plans to limit 'non-western' residents in disadvantaged areas

Interior ministry’s proposed limit of 30% part of bill to crack down further on poor neighbourhoods

Denmark has announced plans to crack down further on disadvantaged neighbourhoods by reducing the number of “non-western” residents, scrapping the controversial term “ghetto” in its proposed legislation.

In the bill – a review of existing legislation on combatting “parallel societies” – the interior ministry proposed that the share of residents of “non-western” origin in each neighbourhood be limited to a maximum of 30% within 10 years.

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Posted 5:20pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Andrew Cuomo appears to play down Joe Biden’s comments about stepping down as NY governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared to play down President Joe Biden’s comments about the allegations against him and if he should step down while on a phone call with reporters on Wednesday.

Posted 8:42pm - 17 Mar 2021

Former NBA player Shawn Bradley paralyzed in biking accident

The former Mavericks center was hit by a car while riding his bike on 20 January

Posted 8:34pm - 17 Mar 2021

Racist and militia violence ‘most lethal’ domestic threat, US intelligence reports in national security report

White supremacy, Capitol riot and false election narratives ‘will almost certainly spur’ more attempts to commit violence in 2021, officials report

Posted 8:33pm - 17 Mar 2021

Robert Aaron Long: Atlanta massage parlor gunman’s parents used tracker on his car to help police catch him

Police said without the tracker it may have taken much longer to apprehend the shooter

Posted 8:31pm - 17 Mar 2021

Walz quarantines after staff member tests positive for virus

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is quarantining for 10 days after being exposed to a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19

Posted 8:15pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Scientists Grow Mouse Embryos in a Mechanical Womb

Biologists have long held that a fetus needs a living uterus to develop. Maybe not anymore.

Posted 7:09pm - 17 Mar 2021

Some Long Covid-19 Patients Feel Better After Vaccine Doses

It is too soon to tell whether the shots have a broad beneficial effect on patients with continuing issues, but scientists are intrigued and beginning to study the phenomenon.

Posted 6:04pm - 17 Mar 2021

'Quo Vadis, Aida?': Jasmila Zbanic on Dramatizing Genocide

For years, Jasmila Zbanic hoped someone else would dramatize the worst atrocity of the Balkan wars. Instead, she did so with “Quo Vadis, Aida?” and it has been nominated for an Oscar.

Posted 5:33pm - 17 Mar 2021

Amazon Versus Unions

We explain why the union election at Amazon has become such a big deal.

Posted 1:18pm - 17 Mar 2021

This Endangered Bird Lost Its Song in Australia

New generations of a critically endangered species of songbird are failing to learn the tunes they need for courtship. It could lead to extinction.

Posted 10:14am - 17 Mar 2021
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Toddler, 3, left to starve to death in empty home after her ‘mum’ abandoned her to run off with another man

A TODDLER was left to starve to death in an empty home after her “mum” abandoned her to run off with another man. The three-year-old girl was found dead at the home in Gumi city, South Korea, and police have arrested the tot’s biological mother and sister. The remains of the youngster were found on […]

Posted 7:17pm - 17 Mar 2021

Sabine Schmitz dead – Top Gear star and racing legend dubbed ‘Queen of Nürburgring’ dies aged 51 after cancer battle

RACING driver and Top Gear favourite Sabine Schmitz has died at the age of 51. The Nürburgring’s most famous female driver – widely known as Queen of the Ring – lost her battle with cancer after more than three years with the disease. Paying tribute, a statement from the legendary German race track said: “The […]

Posted 6:11pm - 17 Mar 2021

Now Poland plunges into another lockdown & Czech deaths spiral as Covid rips through jab-shambles Europe

POLAND will plunge into a new national lockdown this week as the Covid vaccine chaos leaves Europe in crisis. The neighbouring Czech Republic is also seeing a devastating fourth wave and now has the highest infection rate in the world. 🦠 Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates… Italy entered a new national […]

Posted 5:30pm - 17 Mar 2021

Mystery as samba star who sparked fury for dancing naked at Rio carnival is found dead at home with head injury

A BRAZILIAN samba dancer who caused controversy by dancing naked on the streets of Rio de Janeiro has been found dead at home. Tuane Rocha, who was just 38, was discovered lifeless in her bath in Jacarepagua, a neighbourhood in Rio’s West Zone in Brazil. Police said the body of the mum-of-one was found on […]

Posted 5:07pm - 17 Mar 2021

Chef’s despair & empty streets as Italy endures MORE lockdown misery weeks after coffee shops and restaurants reopened

A HEARTBREAKING image of a young restaurant owner with her head in her hands has been adopted as a symbol of Italy’s anger at another lockdown. Camilla Moccia, 22, was forced to close her trattoria just outside Rome on Sunday night amid Italy’s third wave of Covid. After being locked down over Christmas and New […]

Posted 4:20pm - 17 Mar 2021
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Seagate chip sales to China's Huawei investigated

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, the agency in charge of monitoring compliance with export controls, is investigating the hard-drive maker Seagate Technology over a possible breach of sanctions imposed on China.

According to two people familiar with the probe, California-based Seagate is suspected of improperly selling hard ...

Posted 7:45pm - 17 Mar 2021

Lawmakers exert influence in deciding uses for pandemic aid

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Republican lawmakers have doubled down on demanding that the Democratic governor obtain their approval before spending the massive federal pandemic relief headed to the state.

The lawmakers also started signaling their own priorities for allocating Kentucky's share of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief ...

Posted 6:55pm - 17 Mar 2021

Joe Biden meets with Irish prime minister in modified St. Patrick's Day event

President Biden on Wednesday told Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Ireland’s prime minister, that he looks forward to collaboration between the countries as the two leaders huddled in a modified bilateral meeting on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Ireland and the United States have a robust agenda that we got to deal with on ...

Posted 6:19pm - 17 Mar 2021

Russia recalls its ambassador to the U.S. for consultations

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia is recalling its ambassador to the United States for consultations, the foreign ministry said Wednesday without citing a specific reason.

The move to bring Anatoly Antonov to Moscow comes amid rising tensions with President Joe Biden's administration, which has imposed sanctions over the poisoning of opposition ...

Posted 6:12pm - 17 Mar 2021

McAfee cybersecurity researchers find likely Chinese espionage campaign aimed at telecom companies

Researchers from the cybersecurity company McAfee said they discovered a likely Chinese espionage campaign targeting telecommunication companies.

The McAfee Advanced Threat Research Strategic Intelligence team said the tactics, techniques and procedures used by the hackers to spy on companies related to 5G technology have the hallmarks of China-based and China-backed ...

Posted 5:33pm - 17 Mar 2021
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J&J jab effective in countries with variants: WHO experts

The WHO's expert vaccine advisers on Wednesday recommended Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 jab for use in countries where coronavirus variants of concern are circulating. ​​​The World Health Organization gave its seal of approval on Friday to the vaccine, which has the advantages of being a single-shot jab that can be stored at regular refrigeration rather than ultra-cold temperatures.

Posted 5:51pm - 17 Mar 2021

WHO reviewing data, recommends AstraZeneca jabs continue

A World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine safety panel said on Wednesday that it considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue. Once that review is completed, WHO will immediately communicate the findings to the public," it said in a statement a day after experts held a closed-door meeting.

Posted 5:38pm - 17 Mar 2021

Pak body reopens money laundering case against Maryam

Posted 1:47pm - 17 Mar 2021

Sri Lanka to continue with Oxford vaccine: Govt

Some nations, mostly European, suspended the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which also has a tie-up with the Serum Institute of India, after some reports of blood clotting.

Posted 10:52am - 17 Mar 2021

Trump encourages supporters to end vaccine resistance

"I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly," Trump said during an interview. This was Trump's most explicit endorsement for the national mass vaccination campaign since he left office in January.

Posted 8:54am - 17 Mar 2021
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Honda says will suspend production in Mexico from March 18

1 hour 15 min agoMEXICO CITY - Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co will temporarily suspend productio

Posted 8:10pm - 17 Mar 2021

Robinhood appoints former Google executive as first chief product officer

1 hour 10 min agoRobinhood Markets Inc has appointed former Google executive Aparna Chennapragada as i

Posted 7:40pm - 17 Mar 2021

As final votes cast, Dutch PM Rutte expected to stay in office after pandemic election

6 hours 18 min agoAMSTERDAM - Dutch citizens cast the final votes on Wednesday in a national electi

Posted 8:00am - 17 Mar 2021

U.S. agency criticizes Hong Kong air carrier quarantine rules

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Posted 3:40am - 17 Mar 2021

Dollar flat to slightly up ahead of Fed guidance

5 hours 44 min agoNEW YORK - The U.S.

Posted 1:20am - 16 Mar 2021
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Simulating War: Three Enduring Lessons from the Louisiana Maneuvers

This article is the third and final in a series on digital defense. The first article looked at how the United States should bring tech experts and the innovative ideas they develop into the Department of Defense at an accelerated rate, and why those innovations should be shared with allies. The second essay explored how safety […]

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Posted 7:55am - 17 Mar 2021

Warfighting in Cyberspace

Since the Gulf War, the U.S. military has followed an operational script that exploits technological advantages to fight and win quickly. It starts with blinding strikes against intelligence and command and control systems. Such attacks leave the enemy unable to organize a coherent defense, giving U.S. forces time to mobilize overwhelming forces and control the […]

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Posted 7:50am - 17 Mar 2021

Humility in American Grand Strategy

In his Senate confirmation testimony, Secretary of State Tony Blinken remarked, “Humility and confidence should be the flip sides of America’s leadership.” Why? “Because we have a great deal of work to do at home to enhance our standing abroad.” Indeed, sifting through the Trump legacy, the cumulative social, political, and cultural decay, humility would […]

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Posted 7:45am - 17 Mar 2021

The Mythical War Scare of 1983

The war began in Yemen. Soviet proxies and their American-backed foes gradually dragged their superpower patrons into direct hostilities. So too did similar groups doing battle in Syria and Iran. As 1983 progressed, Moscow looked to consolidate its gains: Yugoslavia, Finland, and Norway all fell as the Kremlin went on the offensive. On Nov. 4, […]

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Posted 7:55am - 16 Mar 2021

How New is the New Extremist Threat? Preliminary Conclusions from the U.S. Capitol Arrests Data

The United States needs to face a hard truth about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol: The faces, motivations, and actions of those involved are more complex than many may be comfortable in acknowledging. FBI Director Christopher Wray described Jan. 6 as an act of “domestic terrorism.” Despite this label, currently available arrest […]

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Posted 7:50am - 16 Mar 2021
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E.U. unveils vaccine passport plan to enable summer travel

Initially, the passes would only cover E.U citizens and residents.

Posted 4:35pm - 17 Mar 2021

As Myanmar protesters torch Chinese factories, workers are caught in spiraling crisis

Foreign businesses are ensnared in the conflict as anti-coup demonstrators resist the military takeover and security forces crack down.

Posted 12:02pm - 17 Mar 2021

Covid-19 live updates: CDC shares new workplace testing guidance; E.U. leaders balance vaccine hopes with AstraZeneca concerns

The CDC advised testing as a screening strategy rather than simply a diagnostic one in an effort to help identify and isolate asymptomatic clusters in workplaces, schools and group settings.

Posted 8:23am - 17 Mar 2021

Atlanta shootings put focus on year of heightened violence against Asian communities in the West

The U.N. Human Rights Council in October released a report warning of an “alarming level” of attacks against people of Asian descent since the coronavirus began to spread.

Posted 7:35am - 17 Mar 2021

Funerals of slain migrants bring an explosion of grief to Guatemalan village

Sixteen people were slain, allegedly by Mexican police, near the Texas border in January. Their bodies were returned home this month.

Posted 5:05am - 17 Mar 2021
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Japan court rules for same-sex marriage

Three same-sex couples claimed a victory in their lawsuit seeking damages from the Japanese government for not allowing them to get married. Judge Tomoko Takebe on Wednesday declared Article 14 of the Japanese Constitution, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, means the country should give homosexual couples the right to marry. This is the first of five gay marriage lawsuits—four with almost identical wording—to receive a ruling.

What happens now? The decision does not redefine marriage in Japan, but activists see it as a step in that direction. Public support for such a change is lukewarm, and the legislature likely will not alter the law anytime soon, Japan Times reported. Taiwan passed a law in 2019 making it the only Asian country that allows same-sex marriage.

Dig Deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in The Sift on Taiwan’s decision to legalize same sex marriage despite strong voter opposition.

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Posted 7:22pm - 17 Mar 2021

EU health officials urge use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The European Medicines Agency plans to release a recommendation on Thursday on the safety of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shots. But in the meantime, the drug regulator said there is “no indication” the vaccine causes blood clots. AstraZeneca said the 37 reports of blood clots among more than 17 million recipients is a lower rate than experts would expect among the general population.

Have more countries paused use of the shot? Sweden on Tuesday became the latest to temporarily halt distribution. Only a handful of European nations, including Britain, have decided to press on with the vaccine. The decision to hold off on using the cheaper and lower maintenance AstraZeneca vaccine is weightier in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo that rely on it more heavily. Thailand had paused distribution but changed its mind on Tuesday when Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha received a dose.

Dig deeper: Listen to Sarah Schweinsberg’s report on The World and Everything in It on the increasing demand for vaccine doses in the United States.

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Posted 8:26pm - 16 Mar 2021

Syrians mark 10 years of violence

Thousands of Syrians in Idlib, the last opposition-held region, marched through the streets Monday chanting “no retreat, no surrender.” Monday marked 10 years since protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government grew into a full-scale civil war. The decade of violence has killed about 500,000 people and displaced about half of the country’s pre-war population of 23 million.

How are the civilians faring now? The conflict has left millions of people living amid the rubble and battling hunger. The United Nations estimates more than 80 percent of Syrians live in poverty, while 60 percent are at risk of hunger. Assad will run for a fourth seven-year presidential term this spring. Geir Pedersen, the U.N. special envoy for Syria, said a new approach to international diplomacy that includes other countries involved in the war is crucial to ending the violence. “The key for me is that it is now necessary for all these actors to seriously sit down and develop a Syrian policy based on the understanding that none of them can dictate the outcome on the Syrian conflict,” he said.

Dig deeper: View a photo story by several Syrian photographers who captured the impact of the war on civilians.

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Posted 7:18am - 16 Mar 2021

More countries pause AstraZeneca vaccine

Germany reversed course on Monday just days after saying it would continue distributing the COVID-19 shot from AstraZeneca. France, Italy, Spain, and Thailand are also among the dozen or so countries that have halted use of the vaccine following reports of some recipients experiencing dangerous blood clots. Britain and Canada are still distributing it.

What do we know? AstraZeneca has insisted the shot is safe, saying there have only been 37 reports of clots out of 17 million recipients. The European Union’s drug regulatory agency plans to meet Thursday to review the data. The World Health Organization joined the European Medicines Agency in saying there was no evidence the vaccine caused the clots. AstraZeneca will likely apply for emergency use authorization in the United States in the next few weeks.

Dig deeper: Read John Dawson’s report in Beginnings about the three vaccines available in the United States.

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Posted 9:30pm - 15 Mar 2021

Myanmar military imposes martial law in parts of Yangon

State-run media said the restrictions will cover six townships in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, after security forces killed at least 38 people Sunday in the ongoing anti-coup protests. The military said the martial law would give the state’s regional commander more power to enhance security and restore law and order. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has faced a nationwide state of emergency since the military seized power on Feb. 1.

What is the extent of the military crackdown? Sunday was the deadliest day of the protests, pushing the death toll to more than 120 people, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. The military has also cut mobile internet services, which is how most people access the internet and post photos and videos of the deadly crackdown. In a Saturday video, the civilian leader of the deposed government pledged to continue supporting the revolution. “This is the darkest moment of the nation and the moment that the dawn is close,” Mahn Win Khaing Than said.

Dig deeper: Read June Cheng’s report in China Snapshot comparing the Myanmar and Hong Kong protests.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Posted 7:48am - 15 Mar 2021
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