August 20, 2019

Britain confirms it’s developing drone swarms, joining arms race with Russia, U.S. and India

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From WN Britain’s Royal Air Force has revealed that it is joining Russia, the United States and India in the race to develop drone swarm technology to be deployed alongside its F-35 and Typhoon squadrons, Russia Today reports. The Ministry of Defense is hoping to provide pilots with increased protection and survivability while also feeding them additional […]

US: Pentagon to stop use of commercial satellites launched by Russia starting in 2023

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By Todd Prince From Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will stop utilizing commercial satellites launched with Russian rockets beginning in 2023 as relations between the two countries deteriorate. The order, published on May 31 in the U.S. Federal Register, could deal a blow to Russia’s industry while […]

Trump slams Russia probe architects for ‘Treasonous’ and ‘Evil’ acts

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From Newsmax President Donald Trump, cleared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of conspiring with Russia in the 2016 U.S. election, on Monday vented his anger at the inquiry and vowed investigations into unnamed political enemies who did “evil” and “treasonous things.” The Republican president and his allies in Congress went on the offensive a day […]

New Pirates of the Caribbean: Growing instability in Venezuela

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By Nathan Paul Southern from Global Risk Insight We often associate pirates with Blackbeard’s cutlass or a Somali fisherman’s Kalashnikov. However, their next hotspot could well be the turbulent coast of Venezuela. Globally, the threat of piracy, particularly that posed by armed groups from Somalia in the Indian Ocean, has been tackled with impressive and effectivejoint […]

Trump-Kim summit breaks down after North Korea demands end to sanctions

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From BBC A summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended with no agreement after the US refused North Korean demands for sanctions relief, the US president has said. “It was all about the sanctions,” Mr Trump told reporters. “They wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do […]

US: Cohen attacks Trump over WikiLeaks, calls him ‘Racist’ and ‘Con Man’

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From Newsmax President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told the U.S. Congress on Wednesday that Trump is a “racist,” a “con man” and a “cheat” who knew in advance about a release of emails by the WikiLeaks website aimed at hurting his 2016 Democratic presidential rival. Cohen, Trump’s onetime “fixer,” said Trump directed […]

Ukraine bans its Eurovision entrant over Russia row

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By Mark Savage From BBC Ukraine’s entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest, Maruv, has been dropped in a row related to tensions between her country and Russia. Maruv’s song, Siren Song, won a public vote on Saturday, but the singer later fell out with the country’s national broadcaster. She was given 24 hours to sign […]

The View From Europe: PetroCaribe, sanctions and collateral damage

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate AS this is being written, an uneasy calm prevails in Haiti following nearly two weeks of widespread demonstrations against the Government of President Jovenal Moïse. Protesters had been demanding his resignation, blocking roads, burning vehicles and attacking government buildings and businesses in many parts of the country including the […]

DOJ Official: Mueller won’t submit Report next week

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From Newsmax Special Counsel Robert Mueller will not deliver his long-awaited report next week on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, said a senior U.S. Justice Department official on Friday, amid expectations that Mueller’s report was imminent. “Any reports that the Special Counsel’s report will be delivered to the DOJ (Department of Justice) during […]

David Jessop | Private sector needs unified, external voice

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner Caribbean private sector organisations are important. They like the media, academia and non-governmental organisations are central to the retention of plurality in the region. Until quite recently, such business associations in addition to their national, regional and sectoral role, regularly lobbied legislators and officials in Europe and North America […]