Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:54 UTC
After overrunning Al Qaeda positions in Hama on Friday, the Syrian Army captured some intriguing spoils of war: Turkish flour bags full of explosives.
While it's unclear whether the bags were emptied of their original contents before being stuffed with C4, unfortunately Turkey has a well-documented habit of using humanitarian assistance as a pretext for smuggling weapons into Syria.
UN report: Risk of nuclear weapon detonation event at its highest level since the end of the Cold War
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:53 UTC
With over 15,000 nuclear weapons possessed by nine states, the world now appears "full of potential for catastrophe," warns a comprehensive study from the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).
"The threat of a nuclear weapon detonation event in 2017 is arguably at its highest in the 26 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union," said the research paper composed by several reputed scholars and disarmament experts.
Nuclear deterrence was, and still is, the backbone of the military strategies of many world powers. Overall, nine states - the US, Russia, China, the UK, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel - possess more than 15,000 warheads, and global investment in the modernization and development of new, more capable and mobile nuclear weapons continues to rise.
Comment: The US, at least, is preparing for a nuclear event: False flag alert: Operation Gotham Shield will simulate nuke detonation over Manhattan
The Corbett Report
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:52 UTC
Comment: The Eyeopener Report Corbett mentions in the above update:
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:52 UTC
The post said: "The terrorist attack in France a few days before the election! How strange! Ask, for example, a few questions to Mr. Putin."
The sentence was almost immediately deleted, but some Twitter users managed to make a screen shot and immediately responded to the move: "There is no point in deleting your tweets, we've seen them."
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:44 UTC
"We truly believe that, as our allies in the region and China bring that pressure to bear, there is a chance that we can achieve a historic objective of a nuclear-free Korean peninsula by peaceful means," Pence said at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, as cited by Reuters.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:29 UTC
The Decline of the West; the destiny of Western civilization; the unraveling of the EU; the future of democracy itself. All stops are pulled when it comes to how the French presidential elections will shape the geopolitics of a young and turbulent 21st century.
And it's about to come down to the fate of three men and one woman - not exactly rising to the occasion, rather overwhelmed by it.
The run-up to the first round this coming Sunday turned out to be an immensely entertaining Gallic House of Cards.
Comment: For more on the French election, see Joe Quinn's interview on PressTV: Joe Quinn on PressTV: Paris Terror Attack - Just In Time For Election
The "extraordinary" mobilization of bomber aircraft was reportedly acknowledged by China's foreign ministry, giving no further details.
The general assumption is that China is taking a defensive position in case the US administration of President Donald Trump follows through on its repeated threats of carrying out pre-emptive strikes on North Korea's nuclear facilities.
Traditionally an ally of the communist government in Pyongyang, Beijing is widely assumed to be protecting its junior partner by flexing a deterrence force against the US. China has openly urged the US to not take unilateral military action against North Korea over the latter's controversial nuclear program.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:17 UTC
Citing eyewitnesses, experts and studied data, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic said on Friday that "nerve gas" was released in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April.
"Between 6:40 and 7:00am on April 4, a series of airstrikes [hit] the town of Khan Shaykhun. This is a consensus. These airstrikes coincided with the release of a chemical agent, likely sarin or a sarin-like [substance]," the commission's chair, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, told journalists during a Friday press briefing. Pinheiro was presenting preliminary results of the investigation in the chemical incident at a closed UN Security Council meeting.
However, the commission has neither been able to confirm who exactly was behind the alleged chemical attack, nor "what Air Forces were able to do that" as regards to the airstrikes.
Libyan War The Truth
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:04 UTC
This group who originally named themselves "Libya Dawn", are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths by torture in their secret prisons where they still hold men, women and children to this day. They are the same group that used Sarin gas against the city of Bani Walid because this city would not capitulate to their criminal demands. They are the armed gangs that walk through the streets of Tripoli and Sirte, holding people at gun point, stealing and raping without conscience. They are the same group that destroyed the Tripoli International Airport. They are the same group that robbed all the banks in Libya to the tune of 600 million dollars and continue to do so to this day.
The list of their crimes grows daily. The truth is they are slowly losing their hold on Libya because their benefactors (Clinton/Obama) are not in power any longer (they are still receiving support from Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia via Sudan and the Mitigia airport in Tripoli).
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:58 UTC
The US offered to send money to help Mexico in their fight against heroin, William Brownfield of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), part of the State Department, told Reuters in an interview published Friday.
"We would be prepared to support [opium eradication efforts] should we reach a basic agreement in terms of how they would do more and better eradication in the future," Brownfield said.
"That is on the table, but I don't want you to conclude that it's a done deal, because we still have to work through the details," he added.