Archive for April, 2020

In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war.

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Trump Creates a New Terrorist Group Northeast of Syria to Loot the Oil

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Trump Creates a New Terrorist Group Northeast of Syria to Loot the Oil

Donald Trump has authorized the creation of a new terrorist group northeast of Syria, east of the Euphrates, to protect US mercenary forces looting Syrian oil.

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U.S. oil market crashes, hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. oil market crashes, hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt

U.S. oil market has crashed. The price of U.S. oil turned negative for the first time in history. The U.S. oil industry is facing a doomsday scenario. Hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt. Many U.S. oil companies took on too much debt during the good times. Some of them will not be able […]

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US-Iran tensions in Iraq and the effect on civil society

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on US-Iran tensions in Iraq and the effect on civil society

While Iraq’s domestic political crisis continues, the geopolitical face-off between the U.S. and Iran has broadened out, ensnaring civic actors in a mainly military (non)confrontation. Militias have launched rockets at the Green Zone in Baghdad, which houses government buildings and all international representation, seemingly in line with the wishes of their strongest political and financial […]

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Iran receives signals from military satellite, vows new surprises

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran receives signals from military satellite, vows new surprises

The Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Division has said that the country is receiving signals from its recently launched Noor satellite and that it plans to launch a future satellite in higher orbit.

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China’s Economic Rebound Unlikely to Rescue Oil Market

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Economic Rebound Unlikely to Rescue Oil Market

China’s gradual economic recovery and available infrastructure are unlikely to come to the rescue of the world oil market this year, analysts say.

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Navy takes delivery of final Block II Super Hornet, looks ahead to Block III

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Navy takes delivery of final Block II Super Hornet, looks ahead to Block III

Since 2005, F/A-18 Super Hornet Block II aircraft have been rolling off Boeing’s production line and serving as the U.S. Navy’s multi-mission capable workhorse. The service took delivery of the final Block II Super Hornet, closing out a run of 322 one-seater F/A-18Es and 286 two-seated F/A-18Fs, on April 17.

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FCC Scrutinizes Four Chinese Government-Controlled Entities Providing Telecommunications Services In The U.S.

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on FCC Scrutinizes Four Chinese Government-Controlled Entities Providing Telecommunications Services In The U.S.

Agency Issues Show Cause Orders to China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks, and ComNet Demanding Explanation of Why the FCC Should Not Initiate Proceedings to Revoke their Authorizations

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IntelBrief: The United States is Struggling to Regain Influence in Syria

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: The United States is Struggling to Regain Influence in Syria

As Syrian dictator Bashar al-Asad continues seeking to gain control over rebel-held territory and move toward claiming victory in the Syrian civil war, the United States is looking to consolidate and expand its presence in the eastern provinces of Deir al-Zour and al-Hasakah. The primary U.S. presence has remained in northeastern Syria ostensibly to prevent […]

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IntelBrief: The Wagner Group: A Russian Symphony of Profit and Politics

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: The Wagner Group: A Russian Symphony of Profit and Politics

The Wagner Group is a Russian private military company (PMC) created in 2014 by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin, also known as Putin’s chef because of a lucrative catering business that satiated Putin’s tastes, has long served as a Russian proxy to help Moscow achieve its national security objectives. […]

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IntelBrief: Saudi Missteps Destabilize Global Oil Market

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Saudi Missteps Destabilize Global Oil Market

In early 2020, the global oil market has been in free fall from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a clash between two major producers, Russia and Saudi Arabia. The oil price crash is the first such collapse since the United States has become a major oil producer, a development achieved on the strength of […]

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Finding Europe’s Hidden Conservatives

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Finding Europe’s Hidden Conservatives

Civilizationists’ top concern is not battling climate change, building the European Union, or staving off Russian and Chinese aggression; rather, they focus on preserving Europe’s historic civilization of the past two millennia. They worry about Europe becoming an extension of the Middle East or Africa.

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Planning for Post-Corona: Five proposals to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Planning for Post-Corona: Five proposals to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

COVID-19 has shaken the world. It has already led to the loss or devastation of countless lives, while many people in vital professions are working day and night to attend to the sick and stop further spread. Personal and social losses, and the fight to stop these, demand our continued respect and support. At the […]

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COVID-19 and oil at $1: Is there a way forward?

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on COVID-19 and oil at $1: Is there a way forward?

Many people are concerned today with the low price of oil. Others are concerned about slowing or stopping COVID-19. Is there any way forward? I gave a few hints regarding what is ahead in my last post, Economies won’t be able to recover after shutdowns. We live in a world with a self-organizing economy, made […]

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Coronavirus Capitalism: Entrenching Dispossession and Dependency

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus Capitalism: Entrenching Dispossession and Dependency

There is surprisingly a certain degree of optimism around at the moment, despite virtually entire populations and economies on lockdown. Although things are really bad for millions right now due to the effects of lockdown, economist Mariana Mazzucato believes that the Covid-19 crisis will shine light on societal and economic systems all across the world, […]

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China Moves to Take Over Direct Political Control of Hong Kong

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on China Moves to Take Over Direct Political Control of Hong Kong

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has ushered in an era of more direct political control over Hong Kong, with a cabinet reshuffle and a slew of statements targeting pro-democracy figures in recent days.

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German Gov’t Split Over Move to Replace Tornado Jets With US Nuclear-Capable F-18s

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on German Gov’t Split Over Move to Replace Tornado Jets With US Nuclear-Capable F-18s

The German Armed Forces have long been searching for a suitable replacement for the aging Tornado jets, which entered service with the country’s Air Force back in 1983.

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Senate Intel Releases New Report on Intel Community Assessment of Russian Interference

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Senate Intel Releases New Report on Intel Community Assessment of Russian Interference

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released a new report, titled “Review of the Intelligence Community Assessment,” the fourth and penultimate volume in the Committee’s bipartisan Russia investigation.

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Generation Jihad: Ep. 6 – Hezbollah’s Main Man in Iraq

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Generation Jihad: Ep. 6 – Hezbollah’s Main Man in Iraq

Hosts Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn discuss Hezbollah’s influence in Iraq and the State Department’s decision to offer a $10 million reward for information concerning the group’s main man in the country. They also discuss: a new video from the Pakistani Taliban that illustrates how the jihadi syndicate in Afghanistan and Pakistan works, a recent […]

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Space Force Commander Says Iran’s Military Satellite Launches Will Continue

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Space Force Commander Says Iran’s Military Satellite Launches Will Continue

Amid international condemnation of Iran’s space satellite launch, a commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard (IRGC) told the state-run television there will be other military satellite launches in the future.

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II Case

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II Case

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II to provide funds for blanket order requisitions to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for an estimated cost of $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

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General Atomics Announces Dry Combat Submersible with LiFT Batteries Accepted by USSOCOM

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on General Atomics Announces Dry Combat Submersible with LiFT Batteries Accepted by USSOCOM

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the first Dry Combat Submersible (DCS) featuring GA-EMS’ Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT™) battery system as an energy source was accepted by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The DCS is a long endurance delivery vehicle capable of transporting personnel in a dry environment. GA-EMS is under contract with […]

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Taliban Rejects Afghan Truce Calls During Ramadan

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Taliban Rejects Afghan Truce Calls During Ramadan

The Taliban has turned down calls for a cease-fire in Afghanistan during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins Friday. The Afghan government and others had hoped to enable health officials to better respond to the “common threat” of the coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. Aid To Greenland Looks To Counter Russian, Chinese Influence In Arctic

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Aid To Greenland Looks To Counter Russian, Chinese Influence In Arctic

The United States will give $12 million in economic aid to Greenland and open a consulate on the island in a bid to strengthen mutual ties and counter growing Russian and Chinese interests in the Arctic.

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The Urgent Need for a U.S.-Iran Hotline

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on The Urgent Need for a U.S.-Iran Hotline

Naval incidents in the Gulf have spotlighted the danger that a U.S.-Iranian skirmish could blow up into war. The two sides have little ability to communicate at present. They should hasten to design a military-to-military channel to lower the chances of inadvertent conflagration.

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Covid-19 and the oil market crash spell the end for US hegemony and the petrodollar

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Covid-19 and the oil market crash spell the end for US hegemony and the petrodollar

The combined impact of the oil war between Russia and Saudi Arabia and the fall in demand for crude oil during the coronavirus pandemic has led to the collapse of the oil market. Prices have plunged down to unchartered territory, from $18 a barrel to as little as minus $40 a barrel according to the […]

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Saudi Arabia to hold prayers in Makkah and Madina ‘without worshippers’ during Ramadan

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia to hold prayers in Makkah and Madina ‘without worshippers’ during Ramadan

Makkah and Madina will hold the nightly Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan but only in the presence of clerics and staff who work on maintenance, the kingdom announced yesterday.

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Jihadist massacre is latest threat to £44bn Mozambique gas project

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Jihadist massacre is latest threat to £44bn Mozambique gas project

Islamist militants massacred 52 villagers who refused to join their ranks in an escalation of terrorism that is threatening Africa’s largest gas project.

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Spain Probes How Ex-Rapper IS Fighter Slipped Into Europe

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Spain Probes How Ex-Rapper IS Fighter Slipped Into Europe

Spanish police who this week arrested a former London rapper allegedly turned Islamic State fighter in Syria say they have no evidence he was planning an attack in Europe, but his illegal, undocumented entry into Spain raises suspicions about his motivation.

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Israel Warns Hezbollah to Stay Clear of its Strike Targets in Syria

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Israel Warns Hezbollah to Stay Clear of its Strike Targets in Syria

Israel had deliberately avoided killing Hezbollah members during a strike on Syria last week, reported the New York Times on Thursday.

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Revolutionary Guard Chief Orders Navy to ‘Destroy Any American Terrorist Forces’ That Threaten Iranian Vessels

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Revolutionary Guard Chief Orders Navy to ‘Destroy Any American Terrorist Forces’ That Threaten Iranian Vessels

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Thursday that Iran will destroy U.S. warships that threaten Iranian security in the Persian Gulf, a day after President Trump issued a similar threat regarding Iranian ships that “harass” U.S. vessels.

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Saudi Missteps Destabilize Global Oil Market

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Saudi Missteps Destabilize Global Oil Market

Bottom Line Up Front: The April agreement among major oil producers to reduce global oil production has failed to stabilize world oil prices.

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Egypt puts 13 people including Zyad Elelaimy on ‘terrorism’ list

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Egypt puts 13 people including Zyad Elelaimy on ‘terrorism’ list

Zyad Elelaimy, a key figure of Egypt’s 2011 popular uprising, and Ramy Shaath, a prominent activist added to list. Egypt has added 13 people, including former legislator Zyad Elelaimy, on the country’s “terrorism list” for collaborating with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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Israel Accuses Hezbollah of ‘Provocative’ Activity

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Israel Accuses Hezbollah of ‘Provocative’ Activity

Israel on Saturday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of “provocative” activity along the Lebanese-Israeli frontier and said it would complain to the U.N. Security Council.

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Iraqi warplanes kill ‘group of’ suspected ISIS members in rural Salahuddin

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi warplanes kill ‘group of’ suspected ISIS members in rural Salahuddin

The Iraqi army on Sunday said its air force carried out a series of strikes against positions held by the so-called Islamic State in rural Salahuddin province, killing a ‘group of’ fighters.

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