Trump’s national strategy speech puts China, Russia on the defensive

U.S. President Donald Trump labeled China and Russia ‘rival powers’ to the United States in a Dec. 18 speech. / AP

 

U.S. major media gave secondary play to President Donald Trump’s national security strategy address Monday, but certain world leaders were all ears.

Russia said the U.S. strategic plan has an “imperial character,” while China decried what it called a “Cold War mentality.”

Trump’s strategy, which he unveiled in a Dec. 18 speech, says that China and Russia “challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.” Continue reading

Out of control U.S. intel leakers go from shaming President Trump to shaming U.S.

The New York Times released detailed crime scene information, and photographs from the terror attack carried out by Salman Abedi.

 

“Furious” UK investigators have stopped sharing intelligence gathered from the Manchester bombing with the United States after U.S. law enforcement sources leaked key details and photographs from the investigation to domestic journalists.

Just as angry was U.S. President Donald Trump. In a presidential statement issued while Trump was at NATO HQ, he called the Manchester leaks “deeply troubling,” vowed to “get to the bottom” of them and demanded a full investigation by U.S. agencies. Continue reading

Germany’s European Army and an Interview With the Son of Hitler’s Lawyer and Top Nazi

 

In addition to our regular This Week in Germany feature, we want to pass on an exciting announcement: Tomorrow, German journalist and author Niklas Frank will visit our Edstone campus near Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Frank is the son of Hans Frank, the man that Adolf Hitler appointed governor general of Poland during World War ii. Continue reading

“Billion-Year” Gambian President Was Installed By The CIA

 

Gambian President and dictator Yahya Jammeh, facing a combined military force composed of Senegalese army troops, the Nigerian air force, and troops from Mali, Ghana, and Togo, has agreed to relinquish the presidency of Gambia. On December 1, 2016, Jammeh was defeated for re-election in a surprise upset by his little-known rival Adama Barrow. Jammeh received only 45 percent of the vote.

During the election campaign Jammeh vowed in an interview with the BBC to «rule for one billion years». After initially conceding defeat to Barrow, Jammeh reneged on his promise to step down and announced he would remain as president. Continue reading

Marine Le Pen storms into the lead in French presidential election polls

Marine Le Pen emerged on top after the first round of voting

 

NATIONAL Front leader Marine Le Pen has emerged as a serious contender in the race to become the next French president after taking a commanding lead in the latest election polls.

Le Pen took 29 per cent of the vote, eight points ahead of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has since withdrawn from the race. Continue reading

Global terror suspect database leaked onto Internet

British cyber researcher Chris Vickery discovered that his database with details on those suspected of terrorism, money laundering and organized crime had been hacked and published on the Internet, the BBC said on Wednesday. Continue reading

Chinese Navy Threatens Plane in International Airspace

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A screen capture from the BBC “Flying close to Beijing’s new South China Sea islands.”

 

A BBC reporter is among the crew of a plane warned to leave open waters.

Journalist Rupert Wingfield-Hayes recently took flight in a civilian-piloted plane to gauge what sort of reaction his presence might invite upon flying over the Spratly Islands—a field of reefs, atolls and small land masses located off the coast of the Philippines in the South China Sea of the Pacific Ocean, through what is widely recognized as international airspace. Continue reading

Inside the Ring: Russian military flights over Iraq questioned

For more on Edward Snowden, his likely pre-scandal Russian spy links, American lives he puts in jeapardy and the havoc he’s wreaking on America’s national security, please see HERE. Thanks to him this is why the Russians can counter American moves in Europe and the Middle East before the moves are made.

 

Iraq’s government has told the United States that it will not permit Russian military forces to conduct air and missile strikes inside the country. But Baghdad is allowing Russian military aircraft to overfly its territory to resupply its forces, despite a request from the United States to deny the flights.

Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, disclosed during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday that the U.S. government asked the governments of Bulgaria and Iraq to close their airspace to Russian aircraft several weeks before Moscow’s Syria military intervention. Continue reading

NatWest and RBS customers are panicking after thousands of payments went ‘missing’ overnight

RBS has alerted customers that up to 600,000 overnight payments may be ‘missing’ from bank accounts at NatWest, Coutts and Ulster Bank due to a technical glitch, sparking a string of complaints over “yet another Natwest blunder”.

RBS said in a statement that the issue, which “resulted in a delay to payments and Direct Debits being applied to some customer accounts”, was now resolved, but it could take days to clear up.

It said: “We have fixed the underlying issue, we apologise for the inconvenience caused and we are working flat out to get these payments updated for our customers no later than Saturday. Continue reading

Ukraine President Poroshenko Talks of ‘Real War’ With Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes his country is now in a “real war” with Russia, he told the bbc in an interview published yesterday. Continue reading

Deutsche Bank may leave Britain in event of ‘Brexit’ – reports

Bank reported to be investigating how it would move operations back to Germany if referendum results in split from European Union

Deutsche Bank would consider whether to relocate some of its UK operations if Britain left the EU, according to reports.

The German lender is said to have established a working group to assess the consequences of a possible “Brexit” following an in/out referendum that David Cameron has pledged to hold by 2017. Continue reading

From Račak to Maidan

KIEV/BELGRADE/BERLIN (Own report) – A year after Berlin helped instigate the putsch in Ukraine, new information is coming to light about the February 20, 2014 Kiev Massacre. That bloodbath, of more than 50 people killed, accelerated the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych and was also used – even in Germany – to justify the putsch. As has now been confirmed by witnesses, armed demonstrators were the first to open fire on police, and only then, did repressive forces return fire, when they were caught in a hail of bullets while retreating. If this proves to be true, it could not have been a government-planned massacre. Furthermore, evidence indicates that also the snipers, who had shot to kill, were on the side of the government’s opponents. Today, the responsibility for that bloodbath is as unsolved as that for the deaths of more than 40 Kosovo Albanians in Račak in mid-January 1999, which the West labeled a mass execution – in spite of all contradicting evidence. Račak served as a decisive justification for the military aggression on Yugoslavia. The political and media establishments’ other forgeries and lies preceding and during the war on Yugoslavia demonstrate that manipulations, such as the ones we are currently seeing in the Ukraine conflict, are nothing new. They are rather consistent props in the German establishment’s standard repertoire for escalating conflicts.

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North Sea oil industry ‘close to collapse’

This is exactly what was mentioned was going happen when it was said the West was shooting itself in the foot to punish Russia. The neo-Soviets are laughing themselves to the bank because they know they will endure longer as they are more shielded from the repercussions. Their turning to China and Turkey as new customers are evidence enough.

 

The UK’s oil industry is in “crisis” as prices drop, a senior industry leader has told the BBC.

Oil companies and service providers are cutting staff and investment to save money.

Robin Allan, chairman of the independent explorers’ association Brindex, told the BBC that the industry was “close to collapse”.

Almost no new projects in the North Sea are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel, he claims.

‘Everyone is retreating’ Continue reading

Iranian Drones May Soon Fly Over Mexican Skies?

At least that’s according to Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the influential chairman of the Foreign Policy and National Security Committee in Iran’s parliament, who recently led a delegation of Iranian lawmakers on a 4-day trip to Mexico. The trip, which reportedly was the first of its kind since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, came at the invitation of Gabriela Cuevas Barrón, head of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Mexican Senate, who herself visited Iran on a couple of occasions this year.

The most concrete result of the trip was the signing of a memorandum of understanding promoting stronger economic, cultural and political ties between Iran and Mexico. The two sides also reportedly agreed to expand their cooperation in the oil sector.

Upon returning, however, Boroujerdi also said that Mexican officials had expressed interest in purchasing drones from Iran to use in its war against drug cartels. Continue reading

ISIS Battles to Encircle Syrian Kurds in Kobane – Ready for the Kill

ISIS has nearly encircled Kurdish fighters in Kobane, Syria. The Kurdish fighters are battling to remain control of the border crossing with Turkey. If ISIS takes the area the Kurds will be trapped inside Kobane. The US airstrikes have failed. Continue reading

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