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Biotechnology: An imperative to National Security?

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When we think of national security, we think of tanks, jets, missile defense systems and more recently, information space. But what about the realm of the microscopic, the biological or the genetic?

Whether you think biotechnology, genetics and microbes constitute another plane upon the modern battlefield or not is irrelevant. Someone else already does, and they have a head start on the rest of the world.

Eye 1

Saudi Arabia appears 'dangerously close' to invading Syria

The Syrian conflict is still far from reaching a resolution. The peace talks came to a standstill before they actually started. The situation in the country is precarious, and intervention of Saudi Arabia's military forces would complicate it even more, journalist Rainer Sollich wrote for Deutsche Welle.

Last week, Saudi Arabia expressed readiness to send its ground forces to Syria to fight Daesh terrorist group.

Saudi Arabia is notorious for its attempts to spread radical Islam and support its adherences all around the world. Although it does not back up Daesh in particular, it may provide assistance to other extremist groups and thus contribute to the deterioration of security in the region, journalist Rainer Sollich wrote for Deutsche Welle.

Bad Guys

NATO instructors preparing Ukrainian Army for combat

© Sputnik/ Stringer
NATO instructors continue active phase of Ukraine's military personnel training in country's western Lviv region, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.

In November 2015, the first stage of the US-Ukrainian Fearless Guardian joint military exercises ended in Lviv region. Later in the month, Ukraine's National Guard reported that five mechanized battalions and one special forces battalion would be trained by US military advisers, within the framework of the next stage of Fearless Guardian drills that would end in November 2016.

"The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre of the National Land Forces Academy hosts the active phase of training of mechanized units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Currently, the U.S., Canadian, and Lithuanian instructors conduct training," the statement said.


Western media ignores Putin's message to the World

Joseph P Farrell
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave a VERY important press conference Jan 26th, and this was followed by a visit of Henry Kissinger to Vladimir Putin. Listen for Joseph's extended comments.

Putin meets with former US State Secretary Henry Kissinger

Russia's Had Enough: No More 'Business as Usual' With US


The dollar takes another hit: Iran demands Euros for oil

Even with a number of U.S. sanctions against Iran coming to an end, the Iranian government has recently made a very important decision in regards to its oil payment system and it could spell bad news for the United States. This is because Iran has apparently decided to no longer accept U.S. dollars for payment on both its new and outstanding oil sales. Instead it will receive its payment in euros.

Reuters has cited an official from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) as stating that the new plan will apply to "newly signed deals" with France's Total, Russia's Lukoil, and Spain's Cepsa.

Reuters quotes the official as saying that "In our invoices we mention a clause that buyers of our oil will have to pay in euros, considering the exchange rate versus the dollar around the time of delivery."

Arrow Down

Children as cannon fodder: U.S. funding militias who employ child soldiers

The killing of a 10-year-old Afghan boy, Wasil Ahmad, by Taliban forces has raised serious questions about the United State's creation and backing of a militia group using of child soldiers.

Ahmad has been lionized as a national hero in Afghanistan after his death on Monday in the Uruzgan province at the hands of Taliban militants. The boy had previously gained national prominence for helping militia forces break an insurgent siege after his uncle had been wounded.

Ahmad's death, while fighting alongside his uncle, with a U.S. supported government militia called the Afghan Local Police (ALP) has thrust the grim practice of child soldiers in combat into the international spotlight once again.
"There's nothing heroic about putting a child in danger by arming him and having him fight in a war. The Taliban killed 10-year-old Wasil Ahmad, but those who encouraged him to fight bear responsibility as well," Patricia Gossman, the senior Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, told The Guardian.

Comment: The empire of chaos isn't remotely concerned about the fate of vulnerable children. Global conquest is the prime motivator and in such a conscienceless regime, everyone is disposable. The U.S. and its allies have no qualms about targeting civilian infrastructure in its wars, which has resulted in the deaths of countless numbers of women and children.


Saudi warplanes bomb Yemen reservoirs, destroy 2 dams

© yemen-news-today.org
Marib Dam before destruction by Saudi warplanes.
Saudi warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes across the war-ravaged Yemen, inflicting damage and destruction on a dam and reservoir in the Arabian Peninsula country. Saudi Arabia's fighter jets totally destroyed a reservoir in al-Nahdin district in the Yemeni capital Sana'a on Sunday evening, Yemen's Arabic-language Saba news agency reported.

According to the report, the reservoir, which supplied water to at least 30,000 people in the densely populated area, could store up to 5,000 cubic meters of water and had cost Yemenis $4 million. Since the beginning of the Saudi aggression on Yemen, the reservoir had been targeted by warplanes some 20 times and sustained partial damage but on Sunday it was completely destroyed.

The Saudi war machine conducted three airstrikes on a dam in the Sirwah district in the central Ma'rib Province and caused heavy damage to its structure. They also carried out attacks on some areas in the western province of Hudaydah.

Saudi jets also bombarded a hospital in the province and seriously wounded a physician and a nurse. The airstrike also inflicted damage to the building and some medical devices.

Yemen has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia since March 26 last year. The Saudi strikes have been meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power. Some 8,280 people, among them 2,236 children, have reportedly been killed and over 16,000 others injured. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country's infrastructure.

Comment: Saudi Arabia, by bombing the reservoirs and destroying the dams, has denied the Yemeni people one of the most basic, life-sustaining, and essential substances known to man. In a primarily eco-desert country, the effect of these wanton acts of aggression will be no less than devastating on the human population, wildlife, and eco-systems, indiscriminate of its victims.

Bad Guys

Terrorists versus extremists: Clashes break out between Daesh and al-Nusra Front

© AP
Clashes between Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists have been reported at the ad-Deb valley near the border between Syria and Lebanon.

Fierce clashes have broken out between militants of Daesh and the al-Nusra Front terrorist group near the Syrian-Lebanese border. Both sides are sustaining casualties, a source close to Hezbollah told RIA Novosti on Monday.

"Clashes resumed between Daesh and al-Nusra Front militants at the ad-Deb Valley in the mountainous region of Arsal," the source said.

Comment: Well that is certainly helpful!


Spain busts terror cell smuggling arms to Islamic State militants disguised as humanitarian aid

© Europa Press / YouTube
Seven suspected jihadist cell members have been arrested in Spain in a series of raids across southern provinces. The ring is being accused of funding terrorism as well as money laundering for Islamic State and Al-Nusra terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

The cell was also responsible for running arms, military equipment, bomb material, and electronic devices disguised as humanitarian shipments destined for the jihadist groups in the Middle East, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz announced, confirming the arrest of seven cell members on Sunday.

Snakes in Suits

Furious Erdogan asks 'how can we trust you?' after US meets Kurds

© Umit Bektas / Reuters
Riled by a meeting between a US official and members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the "terrorists."

A delegation featuring Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition it leads against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), met the YPG over the last weekend in January. The YPG took full control of Kobane late last June, in what was a powerful symbol of Kurdish resistance.