October 26, 2020

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 […]

Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea

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ABC News AP The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Caribbean Sea during a 10-hour training mission. A pair of Tu-160 bombers arrived at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said they were escorted by Venezuelan fighter jets during part of the training mission on Wednesday […]

Afghan all-female warriors

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Watch Afghan special forces’ all-female platoon train to kick ass and take names By Jared Keller, Task & Purpose From Business Insider Within the special operations ranks of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces is a small, elite unit with a unique characteristic: It’s made up entirely of women. The Female Tactical Platoon is […]

Why Trump has such a soft spot for Russia

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By Andrew Sullivan From New York Mag It is possible, is it not, that Donald Trump simply believes what he says. I realize, of course, that this is technically impossible from moment to moment. But bear with me. The slackened jaws, widened eyes, and general shock that greeted his chuffed endorsement of the Kremlin over […]

The US Navy is returning to a Cold War submarine flash point, but the real action may be much farther north

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By Christopher Woody,  From Business Insider The US and its allies are reassessing their naval operations around Europe and in the Atlantic. These changes are driven in large part by intensifying Russian submarine activity. But changing capabilities mean NATO may have to look farther north to establish a deterrent. Units from the USS Harry S. […]

Glavin: Party time in Davos while the world burns

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By Terry Glavin, Special to Postmedia Network From owensound suntimes Against a backdrop of shuddering and implosion in the key institutions of the liberal world order, it wasn’t easy to discern anything encouraging in the 48th annual gathering of the rich, the famous and the powerful at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss village […]

Russia is testing new tech for its ICBMs that could defeat NATO missile defenses

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By Ben Brimelow From Business Insider Russia says it test fired an ICBM with technology that could defeat Western missile defense systems. The launch was the second such test Russia conducted in 2017, and the missile could have been equipped with hypersonic re-entry vehicles.  Russia has been very vocal about its disapproval of American missile […]

NATO: Climate change is a global threat that all countries must combat

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From WN In some of the strongest comments from the U.S.-European military alliance, NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation laid out the threat of President Donald Trump mulling to pull out of the Paris accord, according to Reuters. “There is a huge necessity that the U.N. continues to involve all nations and coordinate the action […]

Tillerson plans to Skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April

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From Newsmax Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs. Tillerson intends to […]

Trump’s America – episode #6 – good news, fake news

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By Arthur Piccolo From NAN News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 24, 2017: Thank you Donald Trump. Yes I did say it! It is GOOD news …  FAKE news has entered the popular lexicon. It should stay there forever. It’s about time. FAKE news is always on our minds. FAKE news has existed since […]