EU foreign policy chief wants Brussels military HQ

Whatever Mogherini wants to label it, be it a ‘rapid reaction force’ or some sort of defensive military aparatus, it’s still a European Army. Great Britain’s departure has left no more obstacles in the way for the Brussels-Berlin axis. If you recall, Dutch paratroopers are now under German command.

 

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Federica Mogherini

 

 

The HQ proposal is one of four “priority” proposals she will present to European Union governments in the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc, she told Italian daily La Repubblica in an interview published Thursday.

While insisting she was not proposing an EU army, Mogherini said Britain’s impending departure had left other EU governments with no excuse for not moving forward on giving the EU a defence capacity, a goal long-cherished by Euro federalists but resisted by London. Continue reading

Inside the Kremlin’s velvet grip, Russia’s civil society struggles to survive

You also see signs of this happening in America as well. New laws (environmental, etc.) are being created and used as a tactic to come down on whoever is wanted out of the way. This is why a lot of people don’t see an incoming dictatorship. As seen in this article, the government in a new form of dictatorship will wear you out through legal means and with an endless supply of taxpayer money to back it.

 

Workers at Memorial, Russia’s leading human rights monitor, live under constant, unyielding pressure from the government, which is trying to stymie dissent.

All seems perfectly normal on the busy downtown corner where Memorial, Russia’s largest grassroots human rights monitor, maintains its sprawling Moscow headquarters. On most days the building is a hub of activity: people come and go, and even police officers stroll by without so much as a sideways glance.

Yet enter the building and spend a while with the people who tend its vast archives, run seminars, and manage its campaigns, and the feeling of a grinding siege becomes palpable. Among the workers here there is a mounting mood of despair. Some say their nerves are near to snapping, and few believe Memorial can survive much longer. Continue reading

German officer to serve as U.S. Army Europe’s chief of staff

A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.

Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal, most recently the commander of Germany’s 12th Panzer Brigade in Amberg, and chief of staff of Regional Command North, International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan, will be stationed at USAREUR headquarters, Wiesbaden, Germany. He could report to duty as early as Monday. Continue reading

India to deploy 50,000 additional troops along China border

NEW DELHI: Boosting Army’s war fighting capabilities along the line of actual control (LAC), the government on Wednesday has given the go ahead to the creation of a corps including deployment of 50,000 additional troops along the China border at a cost of around Rs 65,000 crore.

The Cabinet committee on security headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cleared the proposal in its meeting, sources told PTI. Continue reading