Russian Defense Ministry: Reckless US spy plane flying near Russia could have collided with passenger aircraft
Wed, 25 May 2016 15:46 UTC
US spy planes conduct flights along the Russian frontier in the east almost on a daily basis, according to Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov.
"However, this time while maneuvering along the international air route, the US spy plane created a real threat of collision for passenger aircraft, which could lead to catastrophic consequences," the spokesman said.
On May 22, a US RC-135 spy plane launched from the Kadena Air Base carried out a reconnaissance flight over the Sea of Japan at an altitude of 10,000 meters with a switched-off transponder, a device responsible for emitting an identifying signal, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported earlier.
Wed, 25 May 2016 15:06 UTC
The 28 classified pages, which Paul (R-KY) seeks to have released under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would make public information that may reveal collusion between the Saudi government and al-Qaeda.
"Information revealed over the years does raise questions about [Saudi Arabia's] support, or whether their support might have been supportive to these al-Qaeda terrorists," Paul told journalists on Capitol Hill in June of last year.
"We can not let page after page of blanked-out documents be obscured behind a veil, leading these families to wonder if there is additional information surrounding these horrible acts," he stated.
Comment: See also:
- Saudis complicit in 9/11 attacks (unless they kowtow to USA and get Russia)
- 60 Minutes, 28 pages and the limited hangout: The truth about the Saudi connection to 9/11
- Saudi Arabia threatens to liquidate US assets if its role in 9/11 is exposed
- Former Senator Bob Graham: White House will declassify 9/11 report pages showing Saudis supported terrorists
- Obama worries 'if we let Americans sue Saudis for 9/11, foreigners will begin suing US non-stop'
Wed, 25 May 2016 14:59 UTC
Tackır Kobani, a representative of the SDF spoke to Sputnik Turkey about the large-scale three-pronged offensive, which was launched on Tuesday to liberate Syria's third-largest city Raqqa, which has been the de facto 'capital' city of Daesh for over 2.5 years.
"Our forces continue to advance to the north of Raqqa under the aerial coverage of the US-led anti-terrorist coalition forces, which are conducting massive air strikes on Daesh positions in the region," he said.
"A number of settlements and villages in the area have been liberated from the jihadists. We have also taken under control the large settlement of Kirtaca in the Raqqa neighborhood," he added.
Thu, 26 May 2016 14:31 UTC
The so-called Host Nation Support Agreement (HNSA) was passed by the MPs on Wednesday as opponents of the deal vocally protested from the public galleries. Speaker asked security guards to stop the disturbance and escort the activists out.
Sweden's Left Party, which initially intended to stall the ratification in an unlikely alliance with the far-right Sweden Democrats, dropped the notion when their political rivals withdrew their support. Sweden Democrats said even together with the Left Party they would not be able to push back the deal for more than a couple of weeks, The Local reported.
Thu, 26 May 2016 13:36 UTC
The overview of how the US government continues to use archaic technologies in some vital areas was given in a report released on Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report said that the budget for IT modernization has fallen by $7.3 billion since 2010 while operations costs continued to grow. Of approximately 7,000 IT investments reviewed, the majority (5,223) do not spend a penny on upgrading their systems.
One of the legacy technologies identified by GAO is 8-inch floppy disks, which are used by the DoD to operate the functions of American nuclear forces. A computer system, on which deployment of ICBMs, nuclear bombers and tanker aircraft depends, runs on 1970s computers that use the floppy disks. The Pentagon plans to get rid of them by 2017, the report said.
Thu, 26 May 2016 13:08 UTC
A notice to airmen (NOTAM) was issued by the Greek authorities on Wednesday, which bans Libyan flights from entering Flight Information Region Athens starting Thursday, the Greek media reported. Similar restrictions were reportedly imposed by Malta and Italy, although they will last till August.
according to the Kathimerini daily. The newspaper says the decision was made ahead of EU and NATO joint training in the Mediterranean. The Phoenix Express 2016 exercise is scheduled for the summer off the island of Crete.
Comment: Phoenix Express 2016 seems to be ending tomorrow so it is interesting that the NOTAM lasts through September 8 (August 8 for Italy and Malta).
Wed, 25 May 2016 13:12 UTC
Wed, 25 May 2016 13:12 UTC
The latest cliffhanger was the leak of a conversation between one of the key operators involved in the oil giant Petrobras corruption scandal and a senator and short-lived Minister of Planning in the usurper interim government currently replacing President Dilma Rousseff while she is undergoing an impeachment trial by the Senate.
Call the leak a short autopsy of what from the beginning should have been defined as golpeachment; a mix of coup ("golpe", in Portuguese) and impeachment, which took place in a one/two sequential vote in the Brazilian Congress and Senate, as a notorious congregation of crooks investigated for myriad offenses and crimes seized power in Brasilia in a full-fledged Buffon's Opera. I call their scam Provisional Banana Scoundrel Republic (PBSR).
Thu, 26 May 2016 13:30 UTC
By imposing financial sanctions on Russia and threatening China's sea lanes, as well as encircling the two Eurasian giants with numerous NATO bases, Washington is only accelerating Sino-Russian rapprochement and cementing their partnership.
"The result is that both Russia and China are forging deep long-term economic ties across Eurasia that ultimately will become the focal point for world economic growth as the China New Silk Road - the One Belt, One Road project - links Russia, China, Iran and the vast regions across Eurasia with a new network of high-speed rail and port links, energy links, pipelines, electricity infrastructure," American author, researcher and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl writes in his article for New Eastern Outlook.
Comment: The problem is, the Anglo-American reality creators will stop at nothing in their quest for unipolarity and hegemony across the globe. The result of their hubris, self-focus and wishful thinking has been Mephistophelian - I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good - working like a chess player who only thinks of their own moves and forgets about their opponent's possible counters.
Cooperation just isn't in their nature.
Thu, 26 May 2016 09:03 UTC
Thu, 26 May 2016 09:03 UTC
Both heads of state announced the series of cross-border initiatives in energy, security, and commerce on Monday from St Ann's, Trinidad and Tobago, where Maduro met with Prime-Minister Keith Rowley during a whirlwind trip to the Caribbean.
"We just signed some agreements of a historic nature for the mutual benefit of our peoples, through the common gas fields that we have in our countries," said Maduro.
The Venezuelan president explained that both governments intended to invest in the creation of a joint natural gas venture that would "give fast results and enrichment for the benefit of both of our peoples".
Wed, 25 May 2016 03:19 UTC
"The ISIL, who have lost key territories in the Southern side of the town of Ein Issa under the heavy large-scale operation of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the last 24 hours, burnt the farms and destroyed building in the village of Qartaj and in the small town of al-Fateseh before fleeing the battlefronts," the sources said.
"The ISIL did the same while pulling its forces back from the village of Namroudiyeh," the sources added.
Reports said earlier today that the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), mainly Kurdish fighters, continued to drive the ISIL terrorists back from more positions in the Southern side of the town of Ein Issa and took full control over one more key village in the region, Kurdish sources said minutes ago.