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Fully ready to be lethal’: US-led NATO battalion to be deployed to Poland
Published time: 20 Mar, 2017 22:57
This is a mission, not a cycle of training events. The purpose is to deter aggression in the Baltics and in Poland,” US Army Lt. Col. Steven Gventer, the battle group’s commander, said.  

“We are fully ready to be lethal,” Gventer said during a press conference on Monday.
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Another of the battle group’s high-ranked officers, US Army Major Paul Rothlisberger, added that April’s deployment is “not the entirety of NATO’s response” to Moscow.

The battle group is being deployed in Poland in line with the decision to place four multinational battalions in the Baltics, agreed by NATO last year.
It will see around 4,000 NATO troops with tanks, armored vehicles, air support and high-tech intelligence centers arriving in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The three other battle groups will be headed by Britain, Canada and Germany, with other NATO members, including France, also making their contribution. They are expected to be operational by June.  

The buildup near Russian borders is explained by NATO as being due to the need to reassure the bloc’s eastern European allies in view of Russia’s reunification with Crimea, Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and what NATO calls overall “aggressive” behavior by Russia.

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North Korea downplays US war threat, stresses combat readiness Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:24AM
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North Korea has downplayed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's warning of a possible military strike against the country, stressing its full readiness to respond to any war.
The state-run television KRT on Tuesday cited the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman as saying that North Korea has the will and capability to fully respond to any war which the US wants.
"The nuclear force of (North Korea) is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence to defend the socialist motherland and the life of its people," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.
KCNA quoted the unidentified spokesman as saying the US should accept that North Korea is a nuclear-capable nation that "has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the US would like to ignite."
"If the businessmen-turned US authorities thought that they would frighten (North Korea), they would soon know that their method would not work," the official was quoted as saying

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FBI chief to testify on Russian intervention in US election
DEBKAfile March 20, 2017, 2:09 PM (IDT)
FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Michael S. Rogers are set to testify on Monday on whether the intelligence community has evidence of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence. When they face question before the House Intelligence Committee later Monday, the two intelligence directors will also be asked about President Trump’s allegation that Trump Tower was wiretapped on the orders of his predecessor.
Israeli drone crashes. Russia fails to de-escalate
DEBKAfile Special Report March 21, 2017, 8:27 AM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/25974/I ... ails-to-de-escalate
The IDF Tuesday confirmed that an Israeli miniature Skylark drone had crashed over a technical fault Sunday, March 19, in the same Quneitra area of the Golan as the attack which killed a Syrian soldier. Hizballah claimed earlier that the drone was shot down by the Syrian army and published photos of drone fragments with Hebrew writing.
debkafile’s military sources report that the publicity given by the pro-Iranian Lebanese Hizballah to the incident – beating Israel to the draw – seriously pricked Moscow’s efforts, with Damascus’ compliance, to cool the crisis that was developing after Israeli planes struck a Hizballah target near the northern Syrian town of Palmyra last Friday, March 17.
The Russian government, according to debkafile’s Moscow sources, made it clear to Bashar Assad that he had better hold back from a heated response to the Israeli air strikes. If he decided to play with Israeli fire, he was warned, he need not expect Russia to intervene in his defense.
The Syrian ruler, who is fully engaged at the moment fighting off a rebel offensive on eastern Damascus, indicated his compliance with Moscow’s advice by a face-saving comment Tuesday to the Russian Interfax: “Russia has an important role in preventing a future confrontation with Israel,” he said.
However, Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah is playing its own game. His forces are battling through Syrian rebel villages on the slopes of Mount Hermon in a headlong drive to deploy on the Golan border wit Israel. He therefore acted to force Assad’s hand and disrupt Moscow’s efforts at de-escalation by publishing the downing of an Israeli drone by Syrian anti-air fire.
It must be said that publication of this incident by Israel directly after the event Sunday would have deprived Hizballah of this initiative.
Moscow is a finds itself pushed into an awkward corner. While seeking to dampen the flames of an Israeli-Syrian crisis, the Russians are at the same time holding back from interfering to stop Hizballah’s drive for a presence at the Golan town of Quneitra. Therefore, the flames will remain high so long as Hizballah’s advance on its objective continues..

 楼主| 发表于 2017-3-22 11:06:21 | 显示全部楼层
Netanyahu to Putin: Israeli airstrikes in Syria will continue           
Published time: 22 Mar, 2017 00:12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israeli forces will continue airstrikes in Syria if they deem it necessary.
“If there is feasibility from an intelligence and military standpoint – we attack and so it will continue,” Netanyahu said during a visit to China, adding that he had informed Putin of Israel’s intentions.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli PM also dismissed reports that Russia was insisting that Israel cease its military operations on Syrian territory.

On Monday, Syrian President Bashar Assad told visiting Russian MPs that he is counting on Russia to prevent further Israeli attacks on Syrian soil and to help Damascus avoid a full-blown conflict with Tel Aviv.

Merkel ally says Erdoğan 'not welcome' in Germany
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 8&NewsCatID=351

Norway grants asylum to four Turkish NATO military officers, military attaché after coup attempt
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 6&NewsCatID=351

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China asks US to respect air defense ID zone after report of B-1 flyover         
Published time: 23 Mar, 2017 12:41
The United States has its own ADIZs. I think if this matter is true, they should respect China’s relevant ADIZ rights,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing on Thursday.
It comes after CNN reported that Chinese officials warned a US military aircraft flying near South Korea on Sunday, telling its pilots they were illegally operating in Chinese airspace and ordering the plane to leave.

The pilots reportedly told China they were carrying out routine operations in international airspace and that the plane did not deviate from its path, the news outlet reported, citing US Pacific Air Forces spokesman Maj. Phil Ventura.
Chunying admitted on Thursday that she was unaware of the reported incident, but stressed that “all countries” should respect the security concerns of other nations.
“But, generally speaking, I hope that in this region all countries' actions consider the security concerns of relevant countries and be beneficial for mutual trust, peace and stability between countries,” Hua said, as quoted by Reuters.
She deferred questions to the defense ministry, which has not yet responded to requests for comment.

UK tanks arrive in Estonia, joining NATO troops to deter ‘Russian aggression’Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:26AM
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The first group of British tanks and armored vehicles has arrived in Estonia, part of a broad military deployment by the NATO military alliance to Eastern Europe to deter “Russian aggression.”
The armored convoy of 130 units, including Challenger 2 tanks and self-propelled guns, disembarked at the Paldiski seaport in northern Estonia on Wednesday and was slated to join the 200 British troops and 50 French soldiers earlier deployed to the town of Tapa.
“This is the start of one of the biggest deployment in Eastern Europe since the Cold War and by the end of next month, we will have 800 British troops, with armor, with tanks, ready to help reassure our allies and to underline our commitment to the security of Europe,” British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement.
“British troops are playing a leading role in Estonia and supporting our US allies in Poland, as part of wider efforts to defend NATO,” he added.
On Friday, Britain sent its first group of troops to Estonia. The 120 British soldiers are part of a total of 800 British troops to be stationed in the Baltic State.

Sweden preparing nuclear fallout bunkers across the country amid fear of Russian warWar preparations come as Nordic country reintroduces military conscription
21st March 2017,                                 12:03 pm                                                                  
Updated: 21st March 2017,                                 12:28 pm                        
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/31 ... russian-war-threat/
NUCLEAR war shelters are being readied in Sweden to prepare for a surprise Russian attack, according to reports.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has reportedly been ordered to carry out a review this year of bunkers the coming weeks as the Scandinavian country also reintroduces military service.

Turkey Threatens Europeans: You "Will Not Walk Safely In The Streets" If Current Attitude Persists

          by Tyler Durden        
Mar 22, 2017 1:03 PM        
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... rrent-attitude-pers

Turkey summons Russian chargé d’affairs over PYD attack on Turkey
Thursday,March 23 2017, Your time is ‎16‎:‎03‎:‎55

Turkey summoned Russia’s chargé d’affaires to the Foreign Ministry on March 22 to express Ankara’s reaction after the killing of a Turkish soldier by alleged Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) elements on the Syrian border.

Ankara said it was also Russia’s responsibility to monitor violations of the cease-fire in Syria, warning that it would retaliate in kind in the event that such attacks continue.

Ankara also conveyed Turkey’s concerns over Russia’s military presence in Syrian Kurdish-controlled areas.

“It was announced that they should do whatever necessary to prevent similar incidents from happening and that if it is experienced [again], there will be retaliation in kind… It is an attack on Turkey from a region that is said to be under YPG-PYD control. However, the Russian chargé d’affaires was summoned because Russia is responsible for monitoring violations in this region. Through the visit of Russian chargé d’affaires, our views about the involvement of Russian military elements in Afrin were repeated,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hüseyin Müftüoğlu said in a press briefing on March 23.

The ministry also hinted that Russia had not informed Turkey before deploying Russian military elements in Afrin.

Moscow said the deployment was initiated as part of cease-fire monitoring activities in line with a Dec. 30, 2016, truce deal brokered by Turkey and Russia.

“Coordination between Turkey and Russia, which are the guarantor countries of the ceasefire, will be the most effective method before any arbitration on the ground for truce-related issues,” Müftüoğlu said.

Müftüoğlu also expressed Turkey’s unease after Russian generals were photographed wearing symbols of the PYD’s armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), on their uniform and at a photograph showing them participating in Nevruz celebrations in front of pictures of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey considers those Syrian Kurdish forces as extensions of the outlawed PKK.

The spokesperson said Turkey also expected Russia to take steps to close the PYD’s Moscow office.

The Turkish military fired into the northwestern Syrian border region of Afrin on March 22 after a soldier was killed by cross-border fire. The YPG said Russian forces headed to the area.
He also said the inclusion of YPG fighters in the U.S.-led operation to take Raqqa from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was unacceptable. Turkish forces were ready to take part in collaboration with the U.S.-led coalition, he said.

Elaborating on the increasing cooperation of Syrian Kurdish militia with both Russia and the U.S., the spokesperson said the “situation on the ground might be seen differently, but the facts will be accepted by all parties.”

During a recent visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Moscow, both sides pledged to increase bilateral trade, but Russian restrictions on Turkish goods have created impediments to attaining bilateral goals, the spokesperson stated.

“Turkey is retaining its view to lifting restrictions” on the export of goods between the two countries, he said, adding that steps needed to be taken to resolve any problems.

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tian.schenkel 发表于 2017-1-14 22:01


依稀还记得圣莫里兹有个组织叫防止第三次世界大战, 好像有基辛格在里面有5-6个人,瑞士有名的不是联合国,不是WEF,好像最厉害的是这个组织,看看他们怎么说吧
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Breaking News             The US considers ramping up military intervention in Yemen war   

DEBKAfile     March 28, 2017, 12:08 PM (IDT)   
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The Pentagon is said to be considering escalating its direct intervention in support of the Saudi campaign in the Yemen war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Up until now, the US has used drones and commandos to fight Al Qaeda in Yemen (US Navy SEAL William Owens was killed in one such raid in January) as well as providing aerial refueling of the Saudi warplanes for air strikes.. Defense Secretary James Mattis is asking for Obama administration’s restrictions to be removed to enable the US military to support Saudi-led operations against the Houthis with surveillance, intelligence, refueling and operational planning and assistance.

    Breaking News           US Ambassador Haley: Israel-bashing at UN is over   

DEBKAfile     March 28, 2017, 8:57 AM (IDT)   
http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup ... shing-at-UN-is-over

The new US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, drew thunderous applause at the AIPAC annual conference Monday night after every sentence of her speech: "We said the days of Israel-bashing are over. We have a lot of things to talk about, there are a lot of threats to peace and security, but you're not going to take our number one democratic friend in the Middle East and beat up on them,” she said. “And I think what you're seeing is, they're all backing up a little bit. The Israel-bashing is not as loud."
In her brief stint as ambassador, the former South Carolina governor has achieved some remarkable successes including forcing the UN to withdraw a report accusing Israel of apartheid. Nikki Haley now announced: “For anyone who says you can't get anything done at the U.N., they need to know there is a new sheriff in town."

Tue Mar 28, 2017 | 6:46am EDT         
China able to deploy warplanes on artificial islands any time: U.S. think tankhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-china-spratlys-idUSKBN16Z005
The think tank cited satellite images taken this month, which its director, Greg Poling, said showed new radar antennae on Fiery Cross and Subi.
"So look for deployments in the near future," he said.
China has denied U.S. charges that it is militarizing the South China Sea, although last week Premier Li Keqiang said defense equipment had been placed on islands in the disputed waterway to maintain "freedom of navigation."
China's Defense Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday she was unaware of the details of the think tank's report, but added the Spratly Islands were China's inherent territory.
"As for China deploying or not deploying necessary territorial defensive facilities on its own territory, this is a matter that is within the scope of Chinese sovereignty," she told a daily news briefing.

The think tank said advanced surveillance and early-warning radar facilities at Fiery Cross, Subi and Cuarteron Reefs, as well as Woody Island, and smaller facilities elsewhere gave it similar radar coverage.
It said China had installed HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles at Woody Island more than a year ago and had deployed anti-ship cruise missiles there on at
least one occasion.
It had also constructed hardened shelters with retractable roofs for mobile missile launchers at Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief and enough hangars at Fiery Cross for 24 combat aircraft and three larger planes, including bombers.
U.S. officials told Reuters last month that China had finished building almost two dozen structures on Subi, Mischief and Fiery Cross that appeared designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles.
In his Senate confirmation hearing in January, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson angered China by saying it should be denied access to islands it had built up in the South China Sea.
Tillerson subsequently softened his language, saying that in the event of an unspecified "contingency," the United States and its allies "must be capable of limiting China's access to and use of" those islands to pose a threat.

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Iran, Russia lay out roadmap to enhance strategic cooperationWed Mar 29, 2017 8:49AM
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Turkey slams Kurdish decision to fly KRG flag in Kirkuk
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 11368&NewsCatID=510
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Japan party demands readiness amid Pyongyang threatWed Mar 29, 2017 12:18PM
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Japan's Liberal Democratic Party said Wednesday the government should consider developing the capability to strike enemy bases if the country is attacked, citing North Korea's missile and nuclear threats.
North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year and test-fired four ballistic missiles just this month, three of which landed off Japan's coast.
"North Korea's provocative acts are reaching levels our country can simply no longer overlook," a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) security panel said in a proposal to be submitted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as early as Thursday.
The panel called on the government immediately to study ways to strike enemy bases if attacked, including through the deployment of cruise missiles.
It also urged the government to "immediately consider" if it should introduce the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and shore-based Aegis missile systems.
"We can't waste a moment to strengthen our ballistic missile defense," it said.
The recommendations, however, do not include calls for Japan to wield a so-called first strike capability, which would entail hitting an enemy before it could launch an attack.
Erdoğan urges US secretary of state to work with ‘legitimate actors’ in anti-ISIL fight March/30/2017
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 1&NewsCatID=510
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to work with “legitimate actors” in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, in apparent reference to Washington’s plans to ally with Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara considers a terror organization.

In a meeting with Tillerson that went on for more than two hours, Erdoğan emphasized the need to intensify the anti-terror fight in Syria but underlined that this struggle should be waged with “legitimate actors,” said presidential sources after the meeting.

Both Erdoğan and Tillerson reiterated their determination to fight terrorism while strengthening joint efforts for the region’s stability and peace, they added.

The Turkish president also raised the issue of Ankara’s demand to extradite Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of being the mastermind of the July 2016 coup attempt.

Turkey can start new operation if necessary as Euphrates Shield ends: PM March/29/2017
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 1&NewsCatID=352
Turkey has successfully completed its months-long Euphrates Shield Operation in northern Syria but can launch new military movements under a different name if necessary, the Turkish prime minister has said, adding that the life has turned to normal in places cleared of jihadists.

“After this point, if we take action in the event that our security is threatened or if action is needed against DAESH [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL], then it will be as part of a new operation. That means the Euphrates Shield is over and any potential actions, if necessary, will be named differently,” Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told NTV late March 29.

Yıldırım’s words followed a statement issued by the National Security Council (MGK) meeting which announced the “successfully completion” of the Euphrates Shield Operation, which was launched on Aug. 24, 2016, in a bid to clear Turkey’s border of ISIL and stop the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) from merging its Kobane and Afrin cantons.

“Thanks to the Euphrates Shield, we have secured an area of 2,015 square kilometers under security by capturing al-Bab. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has been settled there. Syrians in Turkey have returned and life has returned to normal,” he added.

It is not clear whether Turkey will withdraw its troops from northern Syria and when it will begin an extensive effort to create new residential areas in the region for Syrians.
US Commander Wants More Combat Troops in Europe to Fight Russia                                                                                 Seeks Armored Division, More Warships                                                         by Jason Ditz,                                                         March 28, 2017       
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/ ... pe-to-fight-russia/
Continuing to play up the possibility of fighting a land war with Russia, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of America’s European Command, today told the House Armed Services Committee that he needs a larger combat force, including an armored division and more warships.
“We need a greater force there,” Scaparrotti insisted, saying that more armored and mechanized brigades are needed in Europe along with offer appropriate artillery and air defense for a full-scale war with Russia. He also sought more anti-submarine capability.
Russia 'actively involved' in French election, warns US Senate intelligence chief2017-03-30
http://www.france24.com/en/20170 ... -intelligence-chief
The head of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee warned Wednesday that Russia is interfering in the French election just as it did in the US presidential campaign last year.
Senator Richard Burr, who has access to some of the most highly classified US intelligence, said Moscow has shown a clear will and ability to disrupt elections in Western democracies.
"What we might assess was a very covert effort in 2016 in the United States, is a very overt effort, as well as covert, in Germany and France," he told reporters.
‘They come and kill us’ – France’s Chinese community decries police brutality & racism          Published time: 30 Mar, 2017 11:06
https://www.rt.com/news/382803-c ... e-police-brutality/
Heated protests raged for a third consecutive night after French police killed a Chinese man in Paris last weekend, with police brutality and racism prompting France’s two million Chinese residents to question whether they’ve really found a second home.
Protesters gathering in Paris for the third night in a row last night in response to last weekend’s killing of a Chinese man named Shaoyo Liu. The demonstrators seek to draw attention to the police brutality and insecurity they say France’s Chinese community suffers from on a daily basis.
The incident has strained relations between China and France. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has promised to “pay close attention” to the incident, while urging French authorities to take “effective measures” to protect Chinese citizens residing in France. The French Foreign Ministry responded, saying that the security of all Chinese nationals is a “priority of the authorities.”
It’s unclear whether this will be reassuring enough to convince the demonstrators to cease their protests. France’s Chinese community, which ranges from 700,000 to two million people according to various estimates, appears determined to “find out why a policeman comes into someone’s home, breaks down the door, and pulls the trigger,” Liu’s nephew, Lulu Zheng, told RT’s Ruptly news video agency earlier.
US diplomat arrested for getting cash and gifts from Chinese intelligence agents
The case comes just days before the Xi-Trump presidential summit, but analysts say the two leaders have bigger issues to discuss in Florida

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 6:46am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 3:19pm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/a ... intelligence-agents

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Trump vows to ‘solve North Korea’ with or without China         
Published time: 3 Apr, 2017 00:24Edited time: 3 Apr, 2017 07:58
The US is ready and “totally” able to tackle the North Korean threat with or without the help of China, the US President told the Financial Times, indicating that Washington will use the “trade” lever to push Beijing into exerting greater pressure on Pyongyang.
Ahead of the US-China summit in Florida next week, where the US President is scheduled to discuss a number of issues with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Donald Trump revealed that unless Beijing influences the North Koreans to curb their nuclear research Washington will do it alone.

“China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone,” Trump told the Financial Times.
Beijing has long been frustrated by Washington’s suggestions that China is the one country that must do more to tackle the issue of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Beijing has also been irritated over the US decision to use the issue as a pretext for assembling the advanced THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.
China has repeatedly warned the US not to exacerbate tensions on its borders by beefing up its military capabilities in the vicinity of the South and East China Seas. At the same time, Beijing continues to be suspicious of Washington’s policy toward Taiwan, which China considers an inherent part of the mainland.
When asked by the Financial Times if he will consider offering Beijing a “grand bargain” like withdrawing some of US forces from the region in exchange for pacifying Pyongyang, Trump dodged the question, saying instead, “Well if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.”
Trump stated that even acting unilaterally, the US will “totally” succeed against the North, without elaborating further.
Trump's national security aides have already compiled a list of options, both economic and military, that Trump will have at his disposal against North Korea. However, according to an unnamed official who spoke with Reuters on Sunday, the recommendations currently lean more toward new sanctions and increased pressure on Beijing to influence its neighbor’s behavior.
South Korea, Japan, US start 3-day joint exercise on Korean PeninsulaMon Apr 3, 2017 3:54AM

    Seoul said the exercise was aimed at “ensuring effective response to the North’s submarine threats including the submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM).”
    The drill began a day after US President Donald Trump warned that Washington would act unilaterally to deal with Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs if China, the North’s main ally, proved unwilling to help.

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Haley vows to keep ‘beating up on Russia,’ calls Trump’s tweets ‘chatter’Sun Apr 2, 2017 7:51PM
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The administration of US President Donald Trump will continue "beating up on Russia" in the wake of Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential vote.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley appeared in television interviews broadcast Sunday to say that the commander in chief is OK with pressuring Russia over its alleged role in the election, which yielded President Trump.
“He is not stopping me from beating up on Russia,” she stated, further explaining that, “He's not stopping me from talking about the pressure that China needs to be putting on North Korea. He's not stopping me on how we're working together to defeat ISIL (Daesh).”
In a declassified report released in January, the intelligence community concluded that Russia helped with the New York billionaire’s campaign effort ahead of winning the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump.
The former South Carolina governor acknowledged Russia’s alleged role in the election, asserting that “We don't want any country involved in our elections ever.”
“Well, certainly, I think Russia was involved in the election,” said the 45-year-old. “There's no question about that. And I think when they finish with all of this process, yes, they need to address Russia, they need to act, and they need to make sure they're loud about it.”
Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... shift-gold-standard

Hezbollah’s role in Syria and Israel’s dilemma
The report produced by the commission of inquiry set up by the Israeli government to evaluate the conflict in 2006, the Winograd Commission, was damning in some of its criticisms of the country’s political and military leadership. One of the most revealing of the report’s findings confirmed the extent to which Israel considers its military superiority to be coterminous with its survival.
“Israel cannot survive in this region,” the report states, “and cannot live in it in peace or at least non-war, unless people in Israel itself and in its surroundings believe that Israel has the political and military leadership, military capabilities, and social robustness that will allow her to deter those of its neighbors who wish to harm her, and to prevent them – if necessary through the use of military force – from achieving their goal.”

Since 2006, there has been a consensus that it is only a matter of time before another war breaks out between Hezbollah and Israel. Given Israel’s recent airstrike against Hezbollah in Syria, and the intensification of tensions between them that we have witnessed over the past few weeks, it is a conflict that may arrive sooner rather than later.
In a recent Associated Press story, carried by ABC News, Aron Heller writes, “In the past month alone, Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah has […] threatened to strike Israel’s nuclear facilities if Israel were to attack, and Israel has detailed a contingency plan to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other Islamic militant groups.

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Erdoğan: EU is ‘Crusader Alliance’ lying to us
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 4&NewsCatID=338
All the leaders of the EU countries went to the Vatican and listened to the pope submissively. Do you now understand why they have not been taking Turkey into the EU for 54 years? The situation is quite loud and clear, it is a Crusader Alliance. April 16 will also be the day to evaluate this,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a rally in Ankara on April 2.

Erdoğan referred to a meeting between Francis and the leaders of all EU countries on March 24, a day before a special summit marking the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s founding treaty. Francis addressed EU leaders and delivered messages on the future of the union.

“I turned out to be right on what I have been saying [about the EU],” Erdoğan said. “They have been lying to us in a row for 14 years. And they keep on lying.”

Turkey will go to a referendum on April 16 to decide on an 18-article constitutional amendment package that will overhaul the entire governance system into an executive presidency model that abolishes the office of the prime minister.

A tension between Turkey and a number of European countries was sparked after some Turkish ministers’ attempts to stage rallies with the Turkish community in European countries was blocked. The row between the two sides was further fueled by a report issued by the Venice Commission suggesting that the proposed system will further weaken democratic order in Turkey.

Frequently giving references from Quranic verses, Erdoğan was often interrupted by chants from the public.

“You are saying ‘Europe, Europe hear our voices’ quite often. I am saying, ‘Come and see Ankara,” Erdoğan said, decrying opposition to the constitutional amendment.

“You cannot fool my nation by conducting ‘no’ campaigns on the corners of coffeeshops. With God’s will, are you ready to give the necessary answer to the European leaders, except some?” he addressed to the public.
Stating that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had been planning a shift to a presidential system prior to the 2014 presidential elections, Erdoğan argued that the plans were interrupted by “attacks.”

“We have faced such attacks since 2013 that we could not even make the agenda. With the Gezi Protests and Dec. 17 and 25 police-justice coup [both in 2013], and then the subsequent elections,” he said.
Germany opens investigation into Turkish group accused of spying on Erdogan opponents in 35 countries Leaked documents claim Turkish consulates in four continents involved in intelligence gathering
https://www.independent.co.uk/ne ... yanet-a7662096.html

  • 2 days ago
    Germany has opened an investigation into a Turkish religious organisation accused of spying on behalf of the government over an attempted coup against Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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US Navy tests new anti-ship missile, purchases sub-killer aircraftTue Apr 4, 2017 10:26AM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... eing-Poseidon-LRASM
The first time event of releasing LRASM from the F/A-18E/F is a major milestone towards meeting early operational capability in 2019,” Mike Fleming, Lockheed Martin’s LRASM program director, said in a statement. “The program is executing the integration and test contract, maturing subsystems and proving flight worthiness.”
According to Lockheed, the LRASM “is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation.”

Turkish migrants opposed to the Erdogan regime in their homeland and now living in Europe are increasingly concerned about the radicalisation of their fellow migrants, and the potential for a “civil war” in Europe. http://www.breitbart.com/london/ ... e-civil-war-europe/

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World News             |             Wed Apr 5, 2017 | 5:12am EDT         
North Korea test-fires missile into sea ahead of Trump-Xi summithttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1762XX

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, ahead of a summit between U.S. and Chinese leaders who are set to discuss Pyongyang's increasingly defiant arms program.
The missile flew about 60 km (40 miles) from its launch site at Sinpo, a port city on North Korea's east coast, the South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. Sinpo is home to a North Korean submarine base.
The launch comes just a day before the start of a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, where talks about adding pressure on the North to drop its arms development will take center stage.
"The launch took place possibly in consideration of the U.S. -China summit, while at the same time it was to check its missile capability," a South Korean official told Reuters about the military's initial assessment of the launch.
The missile was fired at a high angle and reached an altitude of 189 km (117 miles), the official said.
Threat to planes & ships’: Japan fumes as North Korea test-launches another ballistic missile          Published time: 5 Apr, 2017 05:22
Why Trump's First War Is Probably Going To Be A Conflict With North Korea
  Apr 5, 2017 3:30 AM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... onflict-north-korea
“Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,”
Tillerson told reporters during a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Friday.

“Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict,” Tillerson said.

However, he went on to say that “if they (North Korea) elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then, that option’s on the table.”

He added that a “comprehensive set of capabilities” is being developed to deal with the country.
Without China’s help, there can’t be any peaceful resolution with North Korea, because China is the closest thing to a friend that country has on the global stage. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a chance that China is going to defang this regime anytime soon. If they could they would have done so a long time ago. They may enjoy having a communist buffer state between their capital and an American ally in the south, but they don’t want to live right next door to a certifiably insane regime with nuclear weapons.
I don’t think that China could ever convince North Korea to give up its nuclear program. Kim Jong-un saw what happened to countries like Libya and Iraq after they abandoned their WMD programs. And North Korea is probably just as afraid of regime change at the hands of China as they are of America, because China would prefer a buffer state that is much more obedient and prosperous (and you know, not armed with nukes that at the command of a lunatic). Even North Korea’s closest friend is kind of an enemy, and they need capable nukes to defend themselves from China as well.

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World News             |             Wed Apr 5, 2017 | 5:34am EDT         
Russia denies Assad to blame for chemical attack, on course for collision with Trumphttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib-idUSKBN1770YU
Russia suggested on Wednesday it would publicly stand by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite outrage over a chemical weapons attack, setting Donald Trump's new U.S. administration on course for a head-on diplomatic collision with Moscow.
Condemnation will not stop Assad’s chemical war
DEBKAfile Special Report April 5, 2017, 10:15 AM (IDT)

Turkey does not attend EU’s Syria meeting
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 0&NewsCatID=352

Turkey will not attend a meeting on Syria in Brussels organized by the European Union, with diplomatic sources saying Ankara was not satisfied with an EU response over the format of the meeting and its own title.

Citing diplomatic sources, state-run Anadolu Agency said Turkey would not attend the Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region to be held on April 4-5 under the auspices of the EU, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

Sources said Ankara could not obtain a satisfactory response from the EU in regards to its expectations for a format and status in which Turkey could contribute the utmost to the conference, during which the political aspects of the six-year-old war will be discussed.

The conference participants will “also consider the prospects for post-agreement assistance once a genuinely inclusive political transition is firmly under way,” the European Council of member countries said on its website.

Sources said the situation was an effective reason for Ankara’s decision to not attend the conference, adding that Turkey, as the country which hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees, will attend the technical sections of the conference in order to contribute to the activities of the welfare of Syrian refugees.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-6 11:02:32 | 显示全部楼层
World News             |             Thu Apr 6, 2017 | 4:18am EDT         
Trump says chemical attack in Syria crossed many lineshttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib-idUSKBN1770YU
U.S. President Donald Trump accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government of going "beyond a red line" with a poison gas attack on civilians and said his attitude toward Syria and Assad had changed, but gave no indication of how he would respond.
Trump said the attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, "crosses many, many lines", an allusion to his predecessor Barack Obama's threat to topple Assad with air strikes if he used such weapons. His accusations against Assad put him directly at odds with Moscow, the Syrian's president principal backer.
"I will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me," Trump told reporters at a news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah on Wednesday.
"And I will tell you, it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much," though when asked at an earlier meeting whether he was formulating a new policy on Syria, Trump said: "You'll see."
Vice President Mike Pence, when asked whether it was time to renew the call for Assad to be ousted and safe zones be established, told Fox News: "But let me be clear, all options are on the table," without elaborating.
U.S. officials rejected Russia's assertion that Syrian rebels were to blame for the attack.
Trump's comments, which came just a few days after Washington said it was no longer focused on making Assad leave power, suggested a clash between the Kremlin and Trump's White House after initial signals of warmer ties. Trump did not mention Russia in his comments on Wednesday but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it was time for Russia to think carefully about its support for Assad.
Pence said the time had come for Moscow to "keep the word that they made to see to the elimination of chemical weapons so that they no longer threaten the people in that country."
Western countries, including the United States, blamed Assad's armed forces for the worst chemical attack in Syria for more than four years.
U.S. intelligence officials, based on a preliminary assessment, said the deaths were most likely caused by sarin nerve gas dropped by Syrian aircraft on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday. A senior State Department official said Washington had not yet ascertained it was sarin.
Moscow offered an alternative explanation that would shield Assad: that the poison gas belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian bombs.
A senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Russian explanation was not credible. "We don't believe it," the official said.
‘It crossed a lot of lines’: Trump on alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria
Pressed by reporters to reveal what he intended to do in response, Trump declined.
“Militarily, I don’t like to say when I’m going and what I’m doing,” he added. “I’m not saying I won’t do anything one way or another, but I certainly won’t be telling you [the media].”
Jordan's King Abdullah praised Trump’s “realistic approach to the challenges in the region," adding that Syria requiresa political solution "that ends the conflict with the country preserving its unity and territorial integrity."
At least 58 people, including 11 children, reportedly died and scores were injured after a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun was targeted in a suspected gas attack on Tuesday morning, Reuters reported, citing medics and rebel activists. Soon after a missile allegedly hit the facility, people started showing symptoms of chemical poisoning, such as choking and fainting.
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Rebel warehouse with chem weapons hit by Syrian airstrike in Idlib – Russian MOD
The victims were reportedly also seen with foam coming out of their mouths. While the major Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, and other pro-rebel groups put the blame on the attack onto President Bashar Assad’s government, the Syrian military dismissed all allegations as propaganda by the rebels.
"We deny completely the use of any chemical or toxic material in Khan Sheikhoun town today and the army has not used nor will use in any place or time, neither in past or in future," the Syrian army said in a statement.
The Russian military said in a statement that it did not conduct any airstrikes in the Idlib Governorate either.
According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, the Syrian Air Force destroyed a warehouse in Idlib province where chemical weapons were being produced and stockpiled by rebels before being shipped to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq.
The warehouse was used to both produce and store shells containing toxic gas, Major-General Igor Konashenkov said. The same chemical munitions were used by militants in Aleppo, where Russian military experts took samples in late 2016, Konashenkov said.
Haley threatens to bypass Security Council in dealing with SyriaWed Apr 5, 2017 9:49PM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... own-action-on-Syria

US, Russia debate limit of US strike against Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report April 6, 2017, 11:07 AM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/25997/U ... trike-against-Assad

The Trump administration is clearly on the brink of military action against the Assad regime judging by the thunderous rhetoric of its highest officials Wednesday night, April 5. President Donald Trump said the horrific chemical attack had “crossed many, many lines” for him. “It is now my responsibility to respond to the crisis. My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
Vice President Mike Pence said later that “all options are on the table,” while US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned the UN Security Council emergency meeting that countries could be "compelled to act individually if the world body does not take collective action after a deadly poison gas attack in Syria. The ambassador spoke in expectation of a Russian veto against the US-UK-French draft resolution condemning Syria for the use of chemical weapons.
Israel lined up behind Washington on this issue when Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke of proof Thursday that the order to launch the sarin bombs against the town of Khan Sheikhun came directly from the Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part is firing big guns both to defeat a UN condemnation of the Syrian ruler, by claiming the bomb hit a rebel toxic weapons store, and trying to head off an American military strike to punish him.
President Trump himself was still wrestling Thursday morning with three major decisions.
1. Determining the scale of a military operation in the complicated Syrian arena. Should it aim for a regime or a military target, or also extend the attack to the Iranian and Hizballah presence? The thinking behind the latter option is that if weakening Assad is the goal, why not go all the way and hit the foreign forces propping him up as well?
2. A clash with Russian forces must be avoided. However, Russia could agree to stay out of action in the Assad regime’s defense, but would certainly demand in return to be informed in advance of the precise limits of such mililtary operation.
debkafile’s military and intelligence sources reported Thursday that Washington and Moscow have been locked in intense negotiations for hours regarding the possible attack. The outcome is still awaited.
3. The arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday for two days of talks with Trump at his Florida residence is a seriously complicating factor. A decision by the US president to go for military action against Syria it would need to be powerful enough to impress his visitor of America's determination not only to cut Assad down but also the North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, unless China steps in to curb its bellicose neighbor’s nuclear aspirations.
Russia, West trade barbs over Syria attack in UNSC meetingWed Apr 5, 2017 1:51PM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... ttack-UN-resolution
Representatives from Russia and Western countries have been engaged in a war of words during an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) concerning a recent suspected chemical attack in Syria.
They clashed on Wednesday over a resolution drafted by Britain, France and the US, which condemned the suspected toxic gas attack in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province and demanded a full investigation into Tuesday’s incident.
Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov said such attacks were provoked by ex-US President Barack Obama's threat of military action if a "red line" was crossed and chemical weapons were used in Syria.
"That decision served as a starting point for future provocations by terrorists and extremist structures with the use of chemical weapons, they sought to discredit… Damascus… and to create a pretext for the use of military force against a sovereign state," he said.
Five permanent members of the Security Council, among them Russia, have the power to veto UN resolutions that need nine positive votes and no vetoes to pass.
Russia has on several occasions blocked anti-Damascus motions at the Security Council.
Western-proposed motion ‘unacceptable’
Separately on Wednesday, Russia denounced as “unacceptable” the Western-proposed draft resolution.
"We do not believe it is expedient to pass a resolution on the chemical weapons attack in its present form," Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying on Wednesday.

Elsewhere in her comments, Zakharova questioned the data on which the latest proposed UN resolution was based, stressing that the motion would exacerbate tensions in Syria and the region.
“Unfortunately, based on totally fake information, the United States, France and Great Britain have once again planted - one cannot put it any other way - into the UN Security Council a draft resolution which has a completely anti-Syrian character," she said.
The motion "pre-empts the results of an investigation and just immediately designates the guilty,” she added.
The suspected chemical attack targeted the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province on Tuesday. It was followed by alleged air raids that hit a hospital where victims of the assault were being treated.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 72.
Syria’s opposition accused the Syrian government of bombing Khan Shaykhun with chemical munitions.
However, the Syrian army categorically denied the accusation about its involvement in the deadly attack, emphasizing that it "has never used them, anytime, anywhere, and will not do so in the future."
Russia’s Defense Ministry said the deaths were caused when a Syrian air strike struck a "terrorist warehouse" used for making bombs containing "toxic substances.”

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-6 11:06:41 | 显示全部楼层
Thu Apr 6, 2017 | 3:20am EDT         
Little progress reining in North Korea, U.S. commander says before Trump-Xi summithttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN17808S
"Up to this point I think it is fair to say ... that economic and diplomatic efforts have not supported the progress people have been anticipating and looking forward to," U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said in Tokyo, where he was meeting Japanese Self Defence Force commanders and foreign ministry officials.
North Korea's nuclear and missile programs will be high on the agenda when Trump and Xi meet at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida later on Thursday, with anger in Beijing simmering over the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.
Analysts have said Wednesday's launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea's east coast probably took place with the Trump-Xi summit in mind as the reclusive state presses ahead in defiance of United Nations resolutions and sanctions.
In a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, Trump again said that all options were on the table when it came to North Korea's continued missile tests.
Swift said a military response remained among those options.
"That decision would be up to the president," he told reporters. "The military was always an option."
Tensions on the Korean peninsula and the Trump-Xi summit began to worry markets on Thursday, with the dollar and Wall Street shares slipping.
"The market is only starting to factor in recent developments regarding North Korea, and it now wants to figure out the geopolitical implications of the U.S.-China summit," said Shusuke Yamada, a senior strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-7 10:13:28 | 显示全部楼层
Turkey calls for no-fly zone over Syria – president’s spokesman         
Published time: 7 Apr, 2017 07:45Edited time: 7 Apr, 2017 07:57

US fires dozens of Tomahawks at Syria military base near Homs, Trump cites ’Assad’s chem attack’         
Published time: 7 Apr, 2017 01:26
Calling it a “targeted military strike,” Trump said the Homs airfield was where the chemical gas attack earlier this week originated from.
Trump described the attack as defending a "vital national security interest" and called upon "civilized nations" to help end the "slaughter and bloodshed in Syria."
"There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the UN security council," Trump said. "Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behaviour have all failed and failed very dramatically."
Fifty-nine US Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles were launched from the US warships USS Porter and USS Ross from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement. Davis added that "extraordinary measures" were taken "to avoid civilian casualties," and that "every precaution was taken" to minimize the "risk to personnel at the airfield."
Putin believes US attack on Syria violates international law – spokesman          Published time: 7 Apr, 2017 05:57Edited time: 7 Apr, 2017 06:14

'US was not attacked': Strike on Syria divides US lawmakers in both parties          Published time: 7 Apr, 2017 03:52Edited time: 7 Apr, 2017 06:24
https://www.rt.com/usa/383800-us ... -lawmakers-divided/

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-7 10:19:11 | 显示全部楼层
Turkey: US missile attack an important step against Syria’s war crimes, no-fly zone needed
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 7&NewsCatID=510
Turkey to give full support to steps that ensure accountability: MFA

In a separate written statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry also welcomed the U.S. airstrike.

“We welcome the operation very positively ... Steps to be taken to ensure that similar offenses do not go unpunished and to guarantee accountability will have the full support of Turkey,” read the statement.

Turkey will continue to work with the international community in order to “prevent the regime from terrorist and collective punishment against its population and to advance a process that will open the way for a political solution in Syria,” said the ministry.
Russia suspends air safety deal with US
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 6&NewsCatID=352
Russia says it’s suspending a deal with the U.S. to prevent mid-air collisions over Syria in response to the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in statement that Moscow is suspending a memorandum with the U.S. to prevent incidents and ensure flight safety.

Under the memorandum, signed after Russia launched an air campaign in Syria in September 2015, Russia and the U.S. had exchanged information about their flights to avoid incidents in the crowded skies over Syria.

Russia has several dozen warplanes and batteries of air-defense missiles at its base in Syria.


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Russia develops hypersonic Zircon missile which can reach speeds of 7,400km/hApril 3, 20171:31pm
http://www.news.com.au/technolog ... b76dccdb1e445d6e332

Donald Trump hails friendship with China's Xi as missiles head to Syria US president talks of ‘great relationship’ with China but timing of Syria attack likely to create anger and fear, say experts
https://www.theguardian.com/us-n ... siles-head-to-syria
Donald Trump has hailed the start of “a very, very great relationship” with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, after months of Twitter attacks and tension culminated in a candle-lit steak dinner at the billionaire’s palm-dotted Mar-a-Lago resort.
When Xi came to the US two years ago, Trump attacked Barack Obama’s red-carpet welcome, claiming he would have offered a Big Mac rather than a state dinner to a leader whose country he has accused of “raping” the American economy.
Live Donald Trump's Syrian airstrike 'significant blow to US-Russia relations', says Kremlin – live
American military strike hits airbase in Syria in retaliation for what US president called ‘horrible chemical weapons attack’ in Idlib
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But pan-seared Dover sole, New York strip steak and Sonoma chardonnay were on the menu after the Communist party chief touched down in Florida with his wife, the chart-topping singer, Peng Liyuan on Thursday afternoon for two days of talks.
“It is a great honour to have the president of China and his incredibly talented wife – a great, great celebrity in China and a great singer … in the United States,” Trump told his guests.
“We’ve had a long discussion already and so far I have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing,” he joked. “But we have developed a friendship – I can see that – and I think in the long term we’re going to have a very, very great relationship and I look very much forward to it.”
Before the summit, trade disputes and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs were tipped to top the list of discussions between Trump and Xi, who returns to China on Friday afternoon.

But as the leaders of the world’s two largest economies retired from their first evening together, a rapidly escalating crisis in Syria threatened to overshadow their long-awaited meeting as Trump ordered cruise missile strikes in response to the deadly chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun.
China, which alongside Russia has repeatedly opposed UN resolutions against Assad, did not immediately respond to Trump’s move but experts said it was likely to be both angered and impressed by the strikes.
“This is probably not a welcome development for Xi and the Chinese in terms of optics,” said Paul Haenle, a veteran US diplomat who advised George W Bush and Barack Obama on China policy.
“It somewhat weakens the image of Xi as a strong statesman on the world stage. It will distract from coverage of the summit in US media. But more importantly, I think it says a lot about the US power and preeminent leadership role. It’s hard to imagine any other country in the world making that kind of unilateral strike – certainly not China.”
Bonnie Glaser, an expert in Chinese foreign policy, said Beijing would view Trump’s strikes as proof he was not afraid of taking bold military action, a reality that had potential implications both in North Korea and the South China Sea.

“The fact that he did this while Xi Jinping is in Mar-a-Lago is quite telling. None of this is planned, in my view. But I do think it necessarily sends a signal to Xi Jinping that this is a president that means business. That he is not going to sit around and spend and enormous amount of time weighing through things. He is just going act very decisively … I think they will view him with respect.”
During their dinner on Thursday night, Trump and Xi exchanged highly choreographed smiles and a brief handshake before the cameras. Xi politely applauded Trump’s prediction of friendship. It was not immediately clear if the Chinese president had been given advance warning of the strikes on Syria.
But experts say the public enthusiasm masks profound suspicions and even animosity and believe the behind-the-scenes conversations have the potential to be far less cordial.

“The Trump administration is deeply distrustful of China,” said Ashley Townshend, a University of Sydney academic who wrote a recent report on the billionaire’s plans for Asia. “They view China as a strategic competitor that needs to be checked with American power because it is taking advantage of the United States. These views run deep in the administration, they run deep among key advisers.”
Chinese internet users claimed their leader had come out on top from the initial exchange with Trump. “I could tell how nervous Trump was from the way his lips were quivering as he waited for Xi’s arrival,” wrote one user of Weibo, China’s Twitter.
Others celebrated how the US president had extended an unusually sedate handshake to the Chinese leader. “Finally, Trump has learned how to shake hands,” one Weibo user wrote.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-7 10:36:56 | 显示全部楼层
The next step in europes negative-interest-rate experiment
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... est-rate-experiment

"Nuclear War Much More Likely" Paul Craig Roberts: In Dangerous World, Putin Will Not Trust America
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... utin-will-not-trust
Dr. Roberts, formerly a top editor at the Wall Street Journal, says nuclear war is the most dire problem Americans face. This comes at a time when trust between Russia and America is at all-time lows.  Dr. Roberts says, “The danger is both warning systems, ours and the Soviets (Russians).  During the period of the cold war, there were many false alarms of incoming missiles.  Both sides would see incoming missiles, and yet no one believed it, and the reason they didn’t believe it was that the governments were working together to defuse tensions.”

“You had Kennedy with Khrushchev.  You had Nixon who gave us SALT-1, an anti-ballistic missile treaty.  You had Carter who gave us SALT-2.  You had Reagan and Gorbachev who ended the cold war.  So, all during these periods when false information of incoming missiles came in, no one believed it, but if you have distrust between the two powers as we now have, and Putin has said on a number of occasions we can no longer trust the Americans, if you can’t trust and you get incoming missile alerts, you are much more inclined to believe it.  So, the prospect of nuclear war is more likely.  Washington and the media . . . are creating distrust among their populations with Russia with this constant anti-Russian propaganda.  With all this bogus and false allegations about Russia. . . . the chances of all this going poof are very high.”

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