November 21, 2019

The return of the Cold War in the Caribbean

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By Scott B. MacDonald From Global Americans The Cold War is back in the Caribbean, but this not your father’s Cold War. While many of the actors are the same, the roles and motivations have changed. China has filled the void left by the Soviet Union as the main challenger to U.S. hegemony. Beijing’s goals […]

George HW Bush to lie in state in the US Capitol

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From BBC The body of former US President George HW Bush is to lie in state next week ahead of a day of national mourning. An arrival ceremony will be held for Bush Snr on Monday evening at the US Capitol. The public will be invited to pay their respects. Bush served as the 41st […]

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. […]

The Trump-Kim Summit was a great photo op, and maybe nothing more

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By Jonah Shepp From New York Mag The 24-hour, by-the-minute news cycle never fares quite so poorly as it does in an event that is significant to the historical record but that produces very little actual news. The summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore Tuesday morning was […]

Russia vows to retaliate as US, Europe order diplomats out Read Newsmax Article: Russia Vows to Retaliate as US, Europe Order Diplomats Out | Newsmax.com

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Russia vowed to retaliate in kind for the decisions by the U.S. and 14 of its European allies to expel scores of Moscow’s diplomats in the wake of the nerve-agent attack on a former spy in the U.K. “This unfriendly step by this group of countries won’t pass without impact and we will respond,” Russia’s […]

The doomsday clock hasn’t been this close to midnight since the first H-bomb test

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By Chris Smith From BGR You might not agree with them, but doomsday experts say we’re the closest to a disaster since 1953. That’s when the first hydrogen bomb was tested, prompting the Doomsday Clock scientists to change the time of the symbolic clock to two minutes to midnight. The clock moved one minute closer […]

Chinese booster rocket nearly smashes into a small town

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By Jon Fingas From engadget And unlike many incidents, it was caught on camera. Space agencies prefer to launch near the sea or over empty land when given the choice, and China just got a reminder as to why. A booster from a Long March 3B rocket dropped and exploded near the small southwestern town […]

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77

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From BBC A former Soviet military officer credited with averting a possible nuclear disaster at the peak of the Cold War has died at the age of 77. Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian nuclear early warning centre in 1983 when computers wrongly detected incoming missiles from the US. He took the decision […]

A former KGB spy explains how Americans have been historically naive about the Russians

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By Noah Friedman and Alana Kakoyiannis From Business Insider Jack Barsky, a former KGB spy and author of “Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America,” explains how Americans have historically been naive about the Russians. Following is a transcript of the video. This is a much more complex world […]

Peter Polack’s new book: “Jamaica Land of Film”

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing has acquired the rights to publish the definitive reference book Jamaica Land of Film by Jamaican author Peter Polack. Jamaica Land of Film will provide a historical record for a century of film production in Jamaica starting with the epic 1916 production, A Daughter of the Gods. The Jamaica Land of Film […]