China and 20 other countries sign MOU on regional bank

BEIJING, China, Oct 24 – China and 20 other countries moved forward on Friday towards setting up an Asian infrastructure lender seen as a counterweight to Western-backed international development banks.

The signatories put their names to a memorandum of understanding to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The institution, whose development has been driven by China and which is widely expected to have initial capital of $50 billion, it intended to address the region’s burgeoning demand for transportation, dams, ports and other facilities, officials say.

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U.S., allies scramble jets almost daily to repel Russian incursions

Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense assets on a nearly daily basis in response to air, sea and land incursions by Vladimir Putin’s forces.

Not only is Moscow continuing to foment unrest in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials and regional security experts say Russian fighter jets are testing U.S. reaction times over Alaska and Japan’s ability to scramble planes over its northern islands — all while haunting Sweden’s navy and antagonizing Estonia’s tiny national security force.

The White House months ago leveled economic sanctions on several Russian businesses and political players, and recent weeks have seen President Obama intensify his rhetoric toward Moscow. But many in Washington’s national security community say the response is simply not firm enough and that, as a result, Mr. Putin actually feels emboldened to push the envelope — Cold War-style.

“What’s going on is a radical escalation of aggressive Russian muscle flexing and posturing designed to demonstrate that Russia is no longer a defeated power of the Cold War era,” says Ariel Cohen, who heads the Center for Energy, National Resources and Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security in Washington.

“The more we retreat, the more we are encouraging Russia to behave in a more aggressive way,” Mr. Cohen said. “We need to be engaging more deeply with our Central Asian allies, but instead we are in the process of abandoning turf to Russia, and it’s wrong — it’s against our interests geopolitically to let Russia feel that they all of a sudden have won all the turf without firing a shot.” Continue reading

Russia is Creating Underwater Combat Robots to Protect its Arctic Territories

Russia has been reported to be creating underwater combat robots that are geared to protect its oilrigs and transportation networks as it expands its hold over in the Arctic region.

Vitaly Davydov, deputy general director of the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects, and chairman of the foundation’s Scientific and Technological Board, told Interfax-AVN the underwater gadgets will be designed as capable of protecting Russian infrastructure as well as controlling the waters around the region. It will also be equipped for detecting, tracking and, “if necessary, destroying a potential enemy.” He added the machinery will be deployed on the sea bottom and aboard specialised submersibles. Continue reading

China to be UAV market leader in 10 years: Russian report

China will become the world’s largest manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles within the next decade, according to a report from Russia’s Military-Industrial Courier.

Citing industry analysts, the report also said Chinese arms dealers will account for about half the world’s UAV market by that time as well. Continue reading

PLA’s CJ-10 cruise missile more advanced than Indian counterpart

After India tested its subsonic Nirbhay cruise missile–which is capable of carrying nuclear warheads–on Oct. 17, the Sina Military Network based in Beijing said that China’s CJ-10 cruise missile is much more powerful than its Indian counterpart. Continue reading

China seeks stronger military ties with Iran

Beijing extends invitation after two countries partake in unprecedented military exercise in Persian Gulf

China’s defense minister said Thursday the world’s most populous country is “ready to enhance” military ties with Iran.

Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan was meeting in Beijing with Iranian Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of Iran’s navy. Wanquan told his Iranian counterpart the two countries have had “good cooperation on mutual visits, personnel training and other fields in recent years,” China’s official Xinhua news agency reported, according to Reuters.

Sayyari said Iran was “ready to enhance bilateral exchanges to push forward cooperation between the two armed forces, especially in naval cooperation.” Continue reading

US official: ‘Islamic State’ a petrostate

The “Islamic State” has amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace, according to a US Treasury official. IS earns about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone.

David Cohen, US treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the “Islamic State” (IS) pulls in 790,000 euros daily, selling up to 50,000 barrels produced in captured refineries.

Speaking to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, Thursday, Cohen said the group took in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. He said IS gets several million dollars a month from wealthy donors, extortion rackets and other criminal activities, such as robbing banks. Continue reading

How would NYC handle a nuclear explosion?

For those that question whether it would be possible, you might be interested in the following articles:

Inhofe: ISIS strategizing to ‘blow up’ U.S. city

Were the Russians Hiding a Nuke in D.C.?

New Years Eve shouldn’t be the only time of the year of concern. Try ‘Black Friday’, for example, where millions from the American shopping mall regime go out throughout the country and squabble over goods made in China.

 

NEW YORK — The voice over the speakers at New York City’s emergency command center calmly stated the unthinkable: a nuclear explosion had gone off in Times Square.

More than 100,000 people are feared to have died instantly. A massive radiation cloud is being blown north by the wind, toward Westchester County and Connecticut. The city’s subway system has been shut down and the region’s cellphone service has largely failed.

“Is Washington on the phone?” said one worker outside the center’s situation room. “Has the mayor arrived?” asked another.

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Canadian Shooter Was Recent Muslim Convert

Canadian authorities have identified the shooter who killed a soldier in Ottawa Wednesday as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — a recent convert to Islam.

Zehaf-Bibeau shot a soldier, 24-year-old Corporal Nathan Cirillo, at Ottawa’s National War Memorial, then entered the Canadian Parliament and fired several more rounds before the House of Commons Sergeant-At-Arms, Kevin Vickers, shot and killed him. (RELATED: Footage Of Shots Fired In Canadian Parliament [VIDEO]) Continue reading

‘Drunk’ snow-plough driver blamed for crash that killed Total oil boss claims he is being FRAMED and says he doesn’t drink because he suffers from a heart condition

Just as General Patton’s life was cut short during recovery in the hospital after an ‘accident’.

Just as the Polish plane flying into Moscow to land crashed, decapitating the entire staunch anti-Communist leadership of Poland (See complete list here). The random person who moments after the crash filmed the aftermath with gunfire audio in the background supposedly wound up hospitalized, was recovering, then all of a sudden died. Explosive traces were even found on the plane after further investigation.

Although foul play is not certain, ‘accidents’ do happen between governments and intelligence circles. Christophe de Margerie, could very well have had enemies within the EU, which is scrambling to be free from Russian energy. He could’ve also shunned (or had been told to) a deal from Putin. Or, it was simply an accident due to incompetence. Take your pick.

 

  • Christophe de Margerie, 63, was only passenger on Falcon 50 at Vnukovo
  • Plane is thought to have had three crew members on board who also died
  • Aircraft collided with clearing machine on take-off and was going to Paris
  • Married father-of-three Mr De Margerie was Total chief executive for 7 years
  • Snow plough driver was injured and is being questioned by police

The snowplough driver blamed for the air crash which killed the chief executive of oil giant Total has denied being drunk at the wheel of his vehicle.

Vladimir Martynenkov’s lawyer insisted his client was not guilty of causing the air crash which killed Christophe de Margerie and three others and totally denied the ‘groundless’ accusation that Mr Martynenkov was drunk.

The denials seem to imply Mr Martynenkov believes he is being framed. After 24 hours in detention so far, he is today expected to be formally arrested, allowing investigators to question him over a longer period. Continue reading

Special report: America’s perpetual state of emergency

WASHINGTON — The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency.

Thirty separate emergencies, in fact.

An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later.

A post-9/11 state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush — and renewed six times by President Obama — forms the legal basis for much of the war on terror.

Tuesday, President Obama informed Congress he was extending another Bush-era emergency for another year, saying “widespread violence and atrocities” in the Democratic Republic of Congo “pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States.”

Those emergencies, declared by the president by proclamation or executive order, give the president extraordinary powers — to seize property, call up the National Guard and hire and fire military officers at will.

“What the National Emergencies Act does is like a toggle switch, and when the president flips it, he gets new powers. It’s like a magic wand. and there are very few constraints about how he turns it on,” said Kim Lane Scheppele, a professor at Princeton University. Continue reading

NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea as Sweden continues search for a suspected damaged submarine

NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

Lt. Col. Robert Gericke said the Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and had not violated the territory of alliance members.

Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said. Continue reading

What Were Police Snipers Doing at a Pumpkin Festival?

To casual observers, the annual pumpkin festival in the small college town of Keene, New Hampshire, would seem like a harmless bit of seasonal fun. But to the local police, the event is apparently so threatening, it has to be monitored by military-style sniper units.

Photos and videos taken by partygoers at last weekend’s event—some of which were shot with the help of a private drone—show what appear to be teams of plainclothes officers stationed on rooftops, scanning the crowds below with binoculars and military-grade sniper rifles. The Keene Police Department refused to confirm whether it had dispatched the snipers or explain why the tactical units were necessary. Continue reading

‘Plunge protection’ behind market’s sudden recovery

Mysterious forces were trying their best, but they couldn’t keep the stock market from swooning Wednesday.

They failed in the morning, despite massive purchases of stock index futures contracts. Within minutes of the market’s opening, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 350 points. Later in the day — after a lot of shocking ebb and flow — the Dow bottomed out with a decline of 460 points.

It was only in the last hour of trading that the market saviors managed to trim the Dow loss to just 173 points. And they succeeded only after Janet Yellen’s private, upbeat remarks about the economy were leaked.

Welcome to a new kind of stock market — one that the average investor should refuse to be invested in. Continue reading

Sweden May Use Military Force Against Alleged Submarine: Armed Forces Chief

STOCKHOLM, October 21 (RIA Novosti) – Sweden may resort to the use of force against the alleged foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago, Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Sverker Goranson said on Tuesday. Continue reading