Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:53 UTC
Speaking with journalists in Moscow on Monday, Lavrov pointed out that the OPCW has taken more than four months to 'analyze' chemical samples from Aleppo, which would likely implicate Syrian 'opposition' forces in war crimes. And surprise, surprise — the OPCW needs even more time before it can release a report.
Meanwhile, it took this prestigious organization only four days to declare that Sarin was used in the April 4 attack in Khan Sheikhun.
Comment: So, it takes more than four months to analyse evidence of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian 'opposition forces', but it takes less than 24 hours to make a determination that Assad 'gassed his people'.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:23 UTC
Twitter will impede police and the intelligence service attempts to gather user data to identify terrorist plots. Government ministers have slammed the company over the move, but their criticism seems to have been in vain. Twitter allows the government to access profiles as freely as any other user, but opposes any attempt to pull data for the purpose of surveillance.
In a post in November, Twitter's Vice-President Chris Moody expressed the company's commitment to "social justice."
Comment: Sounds more like a PR stunt. Everyone already knows state intelligence agencies doesn't need official agreements to obtain the data they want to have.
Corbyn has just embarked on a campaign to be elected Britain's next prime minister - following the decision of the current occupant of 10 Downing Street, Theresa May, to call an early general election on June 8. Andrew Marr was attempting to apply pressure to what is widely considered one of Corbyn's major weaknesses regarding his suitability to lead the country - namely defense.
However the most revealing aspect of the attempt to put Corbyn on the spot over defense was not the answer he gave to Andrew Marr's question, it was the question itself. Here it is worth making the point that Marr is one of the most senior of the BBC's political journalists, and certainly one of the most highly remunerated. By way of a reminder, the question he asked Corbyn was, "Are there any circumstance in which you would authorize a nuclear strike?" It is a question that instantly begs another question: "Are these people insane?"
It seems that the answer is a resounding yes.
Comment: UK seems ready for a preemptive strike: Fallon proudly declares Tory government would launch preemptive nuclear strike
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:00 UTC
issued an order for appearance to the lawyers representing the DNC and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the plaintiffs representing Bernie Sanders supporters, Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck. The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on April 25, when the judge is expected to announce the court's decision in response to the DNC's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was initially filed in June 2016 in response to the mounting evidence that Wasserman Schultz used the DNC to tip the scales in Hillary Clinton's favor during the Democratic primaries. Wasserman Schultz and her staff overtly violated article four, section 5 of the DNC Charter, which stipulates, "The Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness between the Presidential candidates and campaigns. The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and evenhandedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process."
Comment: More information on the DNC's machinations against the Sanders campaign:
- Wiki-Leaked emails confirm anti-Sanders conspiracy among top DNC
- What "nomination"? Hillary cheated
- DNC emails released by Wikileaks show org plotted against Bernie Sanders and pro-Killary collusion
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:45 UTC
"The number of terrorist units has decreased, which allowed us to withdraw almost half of the aircraft based at the Hmeymim airbase," chief of the Main Operational Directorate Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security.
Rudskoi revealed that the Russian air group never exceeded 35 aircraft between November 10, 2016 and January 10, 2017. As for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), now Russia is operating about 80 drones in Syria, he added.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:52 UTC
The 80-year-old pontiff delivered a modern message of hope via videolink from Vatican City to the annual TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, Canada, Tuesday.
The surprise TED Talk was organized in secret and marks the first time his holiness has spoken at an international conference.
The pope first remarked on the theme of the conference, 'The Future You,' noting that "we can only build a future by standing together, including everyone."
"Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number. We all need each other."
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:48 UTC
"The actions of the Russian group allowed Syrian troops to reverse the situation completely. As of today, terrorist formations have been totally decimated in Hama and Homs... Government troops have also strengthened their footing in the Damascus province and on the capital's outskirts," the chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operational Directorate Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:41 UTC
"In a month and a half, the [Syrian] government forces <...> completely destroyed a Daesh terror group, advanced more than 60 kilometers and established complete control over Palmyra. The terrorists suffered serious damage," Rudskoy said.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:27 UTC
"Having realized that they are being threatened with total destruction in the zone of their former domination, leaders of the largest international terrorist groups, such as Islamic State, Al-Nusra Front and the remnants of the pre-existing Al-Qaeda structures, began changing their tactics. In particular, they stepped up transfer of militants over to Afghanistan, Yemen and deep into Africa, and started building support points and bases there," Aleksandr Bortnikov told participants of the VI Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.
"We're talking about development of a new large-scale terrorist network," the FSB director said. "There are also reports of ongoing negotiations between Islamic State and other [terrorist] groups about a possible merger."
Turkish FM claims Ankara notified US 'weeks' before airstrikes on Kurdish-held areas in Syria and Iraq
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:50 UTC
The Turkish Air Force hit the respective areas on Tuesday, claiming that dozens of "terrorists" were killed. The targeted territories had been allegedly infiltrated by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group, according to Turkish Army statement. Local Kurdish militias the People's Protection Units (YPG) and Peshmerga, however, said the strikes had hit them instead, giving of a lower number of dead and wounded among fighters and civilians.
Comment: For more on this story: Turkish airstrikes on Kurds complicates US operations in Iraq and Syria