Italy is one of the core nations of the European Union project. This week, however, its citizens rejected constitutional reforms from its pro-EU Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The referendum has shaken Europe. The EU appears to be fracturing, but Bible prophecy says that a core group of European nations will bind together to form the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry revisits some of the most troubling trends in Europe today and explains how they are leading to the fulfilment of Bible prophecy. Continue reading
ThysenKrupp, a German conglomerate that produces submarines for Israel’s Navy, announced Thursday that its computer systems were attacked in the beginning of the year and that a great amount of technical and other data was stolen. Continue reading
According to the annual report of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Chinese cyber espionage is a “major problem” for America
China has gained military benefits in recent years from stealing defense secrets through industrial and cyber espionage carried out by its intelligence services, according to a US congressional report.
“In recent years, Chinese agents have extracted data on some of the most advanced weapons and weapons systems in the US arsenal, such as jet fighters and unmanned submersible vehicles,” states the annual report of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, released on November 16.
“The loss of these and other sensitive defense technologies undermines US military superiority by accelerating China’s military modernization and giving China insight into the capabilities and operation of US weapons and weapons systems,” the report adds. Continue reading
Moscow started to deploy Chechen special operations forces units to Syria this week, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. The troops come from elite units of the Chechen military with extensive field experience in urban warfare. Some of the units fought in eastern Ukraine in the past two years and, before that. in Chechnya for suppressing radical Islamic terror organizations linked to Al Qaeda and the Salafi movement.
The soldiers called up for the deployment in Syria were ordered to report to the Khankala base east of the Chechen capital Grozny. They are being vetted by Russian officers who determine which are suitable for the Syrian mission. Continue reading
Saudi Arabia’s strategy to drive U.S. shale out of the energy market has failed.
“The new OPEC deal to cut oil output – the cartel’s first since 2008 – amounts to nothing less than Saudi Arabia’s surrender to the power of American shale,” John Hulsman wrote for UK business daily City AM on Dec. 5.
OPEC as a whole agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), with Saudi agreeing to cut 500,000 bpd. With the cut, OPEC now accounts for less than half of all energy output in the world. Continue reading
‘Trump listened to what Gore had to say at their New York City meeting and then he exercised his good judgement and did the exact opposite.’
Climate Depot’s publisher Marc Morano statement on President Elect Donald Trump’s selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt pick for EPA chief:
“President-Elect Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt is a breath of fresh air. No longer do we have to suffer under President Obama’s ridiculous EPA ‘climate’ regulations. It is also refreshing that a Republican President is not throwing the EPA over to the green activists and the media by appointing a weak administrator. Christine Todd Whitman he is not! See: Bravo! Trump appoints ‘a fierce critic of the EPA’ — to head EPA! & Cheers! Trump picks leading EPA critic to head agency & NYT: ‘Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead EPA‘ & Wash Post: Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma AG suing EPA on climate change. Continue reading
Georgia’s secretary of state has claimed the Department of Homeland Security tried to breach his office’s firewall and has issued a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation.
Brian Kemp issued a letter to Johnson on Thursday after the state’s third-party cybersecurity provider detected an IP address from the agency’s Southwest D.C. office trying to penetrate the state’s firewall. According to the letter, the attempt was unsuccessful. Continue reading
Unmanned underwater vehicle a strategic threat
Russia conducted a test of a revolutionary nuclear-capable drone submarine that poses a major strategic threat to U.S. ports and harbors.
U.S. intelligence agencies detected the test of the unmanned underwater vehicle, code-named Kanyon by the Pentagon, during its launch from a Sarov-class submarine on Nov. 27, said Pentagon officials familiar with reports of the test.
No details were available about the location or results of the test. Continue reading
The former Soviet republics are seeking to move further away from their former master Moscow
Officials said the deal had been struck on Thursday to end an internal EU dispute that had been holding up the promised measures.
Late-night talks involving EU member states and the European Parliament had reached a compromise on the terms of a mechanism which can be used to suspend the visa-free schemes in emergencies. Continue reading
Starting December 7, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will be able to deploy as many as 1,500 border guards at short notice to assist member states in emergency situations at their EU’s external borders. Continue reading
ALARMING footage of Russian soldiers skiing down snow-covered mountainsides with machine guns and rocket launchers at the ready has sparked fears Vladimir Putin is planning a winter war.
The latest display of strength from the nuclear superpower shows a terrifying fleet of soldiers performing military exercises in freezing conditions in the Republic of Tyva, in the southern part of the country.
Armed with machine guns and rocket launchers the men camouflaged in white suits are dragged behind a snowmobile before taking up positions on the ground- making them virtually invisible against the white scenery. Continue reading
I recently spent several weeks in Italy, taking the pulse of the country. The Italian referendum on December 4 turned out exactly how I predicted it would.
The “No” vote won in a landslide, with 59% of the vote versus 41% for “Yes,” with a 70% turnout.
The pro-EU Prime Minister promptly announced his resignation after the crushing defeat.
A surging populist party waits in the wings. They’re now likely a matter of months away from taking power and then holding a new referendum on whether Italy should dump the euro and go back to the lira.
If that happens, Italians will likely vote to leave. Continue reading
China despatched [sic] the first 120 troops of a 700-strong peacekeeping infantry battalion to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on 4 December, according to Xinhua news agency. Continue reading
Reports claim Iran is responsible for sealing an escape route left by US-led coalition in Western Mosul, forcing ISIS to now fight to the death.
- Original campaign called for Iraqi forces to close Mosul in a horseshoe formation, leaving an opening for ISIS forces to flee.
- Tehran lobbied for Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization fighters to be sent to the western front to seal off Mosul.
- Several thousand militants have little choice but to now fight to the death in Mosul.
- Kurdish official: “If you corner your enemy and don’t leave an escape, he will fight till the end.”
- Battle planner: “In the west, the initial idea was to have a corridor … but the Hashid (Popular Mobilization) insisted on closing this loophole to prevent them going to Syria.”
- Humanitarian worker on ‘kill box’: “Iran didn’t agree and insisted that no safe corridor be allowed to Syria. They wanted the whole region west of Mosul to be a kill box.” Continue reading