Sunday, May 26, 2019

Editor's Note

Blogging will be light for the next few days. I have been invited to a private business event north of San Francisco that will last for four days. Flying out right now, and I will be back Monday night. I will blog when I can.

Update May 23 - 9:00 PST: Arrived late last night. I will be busy for the entire day, but I will be putting up some posts later this evening. On a side note. Northern California is truly beautiful.

Update May 24 - 7:00 PST: To see my latest posts, scroll below.

Update May 26 - 9:00 PST: This business event/gathering is ending later today. Flying back to Montreal tonight. Blogging will return with a vengeance tomorrow!!!!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Pentagon Wants Soldier's Minds Connected To Computers

Daily Mail: US government is funding research into technology that will connect soldiers' brains to computers

* DARPA is funding an initiative to connect soldiers' minds to computers
* Technology could control UAV's, monitor security networks, and communicate
* Devices will likely take the form of a helmet that can read users' brain signals
* The agency says it is aiming to have a preliminary device ready in four years

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding research that could give a future generation of soldiers the power to control machines and weapons with their minds.

The agency said it will fund six organizations through the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program who will work to design and build interfaces for application in the U.S. military, that could be worn be soldiers and translate their brain signals into instructions.

Those instructions could be used to control swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles, wield cyber defense systems, or facilitate military communications.

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Update #1: The Government Is Serious About Creating Mind-Controlled Weapons (Live Science)
Update #2: DARPA Wants Soldiers To Control Machines With Their Minds (Popular Mechanics)

WNU editor: The goal is to establish a neural network that will speed up the response time for soldiers.

The Pentagon Has Its Own Island Off New York To Stage Cyber Attacks

Plum Island, off the coast of Long Island, serves as a testing ground for DARPA's staged cyber attack exercises. DARPA

Business Insider: The Pentagon has its own island off New York where nobody can go that it's using to run war games for a giant cyber attack on power grid

* Every six months, DARPA stages mock cyber attacks a highly restricted island off the coast of New York.
* Specialists war game a major cyber attack of the power grid on Plum Island, which people need US government clearance to set foot on.
* The exercise involves figuring out how to jumpstart a large electricity system if it gets suddenly taken offline by enemy hackers.
* A DARPA official sent Business Insider photos of the site during one of the drills.

Only a few have gone through the extensive background checks needed to access Plum Island — where a secretive branch of the US government runs exercises to prepare for all-out cyber war.

The speck of land in the Long Island Sound, owned by the Department of Homeland Security is largely deserted. The main attractions are a defunct lighthouse and a center that studies infectious animal diseases.

It is also the perfect setting for the US government to stage mock cyber attacks on the power grid.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. is not the only country getting ready to respond to cyber attacks .... Russia running ‘global campaign’ of cyber warfare to target governments, Jeremy Hunt says (The Independent).

DARPA To Merge With The Pentagon Office In Charge Of Adapting Existing Weapons To New Uses

Reuters: Pentagon eyes expanding DARPA future warfare research office

WASHINGTON, May 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense is close to expanding its legendary future warfare and technology agency DARPA by combining it with the Pentagon office in charge of adapting existing weapons to new uses, people familiar with the plans said.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency would absorb the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) and centralize more research units under the Pentagon's Chief Technology Officer Michael Griffin.

The combination would end an experiment with SCO that began as an attempt to adapt to future threats quickly and with less bureaucracy. SCO reported directly to the defense secretary, removing it from traditional bureaucratic channels at the Pentagon.

If all of SCO's $1.3 billion 2020 budget request were transferred to DARPA, DARPA would gain control over 37 percent more funding on top of its 2020 funding request of $3.5 billion.

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WNU Editor: DARPA just got a 37% boost in its budget.

China Increases Its Trade War Rhetoric Against The U.S.

Reuters: China says U.S. demand on its state-owned enterprises is 'invasion' on economic sovereignty

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States has called on China to curb the development of its state-owned enterprises (SOEs), a demand that China sees as an “invasion” on its economic sovereignty, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday.

Trade tensions between Washington and Beijing escalated sharply earlier this month after the Trump administration accused China of having “reneged” on its previous promises to make structural changes to its economic practices.

Washington later slapped additional tariffs of up to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting Beijing to retaliate.

As trade talks stalled, both sides have appeared to be digging in. China has denied it had walked back on its promises but reiterated it would not make concessions to “matters of principles” to defend its core interests, although no full details were given.

“At the negotiating table, the U.S. government presented a number of arrogant demands to China, including restricting the development of state-owned enterprises,” Xinhua said in a commentary.

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Update #1: China ramps up war of rhetoric in trade standoff with US (AP)
Update #2: China state media accuses US of seeking to 'colonize global business' (The Hill)

WNU Editor: This trade war is already entrenched .... Risk of entrenched U.S. trade war with China is rising, economists say (CBS). And with China continuing to refuse to lower its trade deficit with the U.S. while maintaining restrictive trade barriers, this economic war is only going to continue. The only thing that I find perplexing about this entire story is China' willingness to gamble its annual $400 billion trade surplus with the U.S. by continuing to break promises to buy U.S. products and to lower barriers to American goods. I do not understand where they get their confidence that the status quo will return if they stand their ground, because from my perspective they will lose.

Should Chinese State Media Be Permitted To Cover, Interview, And Film NATO Soldiers?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to soldiers from the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force after an exercise in Munster, Germany, on Monday. Photo: dpa via AP

Bloomberg: Germany Probes China Reporters for Snooping Around Military

* Xinhua reporters covered Merkel visit to NATO unit in Germany
* They’re said to have filmed hardware and interviewed soldiers

Germany’s military is investigating what information three Chinese reporters collected while Chancellor Angela Merkel visited a NATO unit, signaling heightened mistrust of the state-run Xinhua news agency.

The Xinhua reporters raised suspicion by filming military equipment and interviewing soldiers about their daily routines, according to a person familiar with the incident who asked not to be identified discussing security matters. They were accredited along with other journalists to enter the base and report on Merkel’s visit to the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force training area at Munster, Germany, on May 20.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese rarely let foreign reporters cover President Xi when he makes a visit to a military base. Everything is scripted and planned, and foreign reporters (if permitted) are always kept at a distance.

Friday, May 24, 2019

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May To Resign As Tory Leader On June 7

Daily Mail: 'It's been the honour of my life to serve the country I love': Theresa May breaks down as she announces she will stand down on June 7 in emotional last speech and pleads for politicians to find Brexit compromise that eluded her

* PM spent the night at home in Berkshire with her husband Philip before returning to Downing Street today
* Theresa May announce plans to step aside as Tory leader on June 7 and leave No10 over the summer
* Mrs May began the day with a meeting with the Tories' backbench 1922 shop steward Sir Graham Brady
* She then address the nation from Downing Street to explain why she has decided to leave 'the job I love'

Tearful Theresa May finally bowed to the inevitable and called time on her troubled premiership today - after a massive Tory mutiny over her Brexit plans.

Watched by husband Philip, the Prime Minister was overcome by emotion on the steps of Downing Street as she admitted her desperate struggle to get the UK out of the EU will end in failure.

'I've done my best,' she said. 'I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal ... sadly I have not been able to do so.

'It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.'

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WNU Editor: She had one job, and that was to fulfill the mandate that the British people voted for in fulfilling Brexit. But because she was personally against it, she did not have the will to push forward and accomplish. For that failure in leadership, the Conservative Party has been severely damaged, and for soon to be former Prime Minister of the U.K. Theresa May a person who will not be viewed kindly by future historians. The new Tory leader will be chosen in July .... Conservative Party: New PM to be in post by end of July (BBC).

More News On U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Resigning As Tory Leader On June 7

Theresa May resignation: Tories to choose new prime minister by July – live news -- The Guardian
Theresa May Resigns: Live Updates -- The New York Times
UK’s May says she’ll quit as Conservative leader June 7 -- AP
Tearful Theresa May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EU -- Reuters
Theresa May announces resignation, sparking leadership race -- France 24
Theresa May announces she will resign on 7 June -- The Guardian
UK Prime Minister Theresa May announces departure date of June 7 -- DW
Theresa May resigns as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party -- Yahoo News U.K.
UK PM Theresa May announces resignation amid fury over Brexit handling -- FOX News
Brexit failure forces British Prime Minister Theresa May to announce resignation -- CNN
UK PM Theresa May announces resignation, will quit on June 7 -- RT
Theresa May: A prime minister defined and defeated by Brexit -- AP
Timeline: Theresa May - three tumultuous Downing Street years -- Reuters
Factbox: How will Britain's Conservative Party choose PM May's successor? -- Reuters

China's Navy Now Has More Warships The The U.S. Navy

Chinese sailors watch a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warship pull into Djibouti. Xinhua Photo

Popular Mechanics: China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.

But sometimes quantity doesn't trump quality.

China now has more warships than the United States Navy. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), informally known as the Chinese Navy, recently hit a landmark number of 300 ships—thirteen more than the U.S. Navy.

Although admittedly imposing, the number doesn’t tell the whole story. America’s fleet is much larger on a ship-by-ship basis, including eleven nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and an almost equal number of amphibious assault ships.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese Navy may not have the quality, but they are getting better .... Former Navy Intel Officer: Chinese Navy ‘Very Competent,’ Getting Better (USNI News).

Two U.S. Navy Ships Pass Through The Taiwan Strait

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) transits the Indian Ocean March 29, 2018. Picture taken March 29, 2018. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Morgan K. Nall/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: U.S. Navy again sails through Taiwan Strait, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its latest transit through the sensitive waterway, angering China at a time of tense relations between the world’s two biggest economies.

Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a bitter trade war, U.S. sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.

The voyage will be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing, which views the island as a breakaway province.

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WNU Editor: This is becoming a regular occurrence.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Trump - Pelosi Feud Continues

The Hill: Trump, Pelosi exchange insults as feud intensifies

President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) traded barbs throughout the day on Thursday, intensifying the bitter back-and-forth that led the president just a day earlier to threaten he'd no longer work with the Democrats on their top legislative priorities.

Trump launched the skirmish early, saying the Democrats were pursuing “fake work” with their ongoing investigations into the administration — including those related to special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference — and renewing his vow to eschew collaboration until the probes cease. That was all before 8 a.m.

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More News On Washington Politics

Insults flying, Pelosi hits Trump’s fitness, he fires back -- AP
Trump and Nancy Pelosi trade barbs on mental stability -- BBC
Trump, Pelosi trade barbs as impeachment talk stirs anger -- AFP
'I'm an extremely stable genius' and Pelosi is 'a mess!' Trump fires back at 'Crazy Nancy' after she calls him 'villainous' and demands his family stage an 'intervention' -- Daily Mail
Trump on Pelosi: 'She's lost it' -- The Hill
Pelosi tells colleagues Trump is 'villainous' — and that he wants to be impeached -- NBC
Pelosi: Trump 'crying out' for impeachment -- UPI
‘We’re not at that place’: Pelosi gets breathing oom on impeachment -- Politico
Donald Trump threw 'temper tantrum', needs an intervention, says US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- ABC News Online
Pelosi: Move to impeach Trump now would be premature, 'divisive' -- Al Jazeera

China Says Trade Talks Can’t Continue Unless U.S. Reverses Recent Trade Decisions

CNBC: China says trade talks can’t continue unless US addresses its ‘wrong actions’

* President Trump announced earlier this month that tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would increase to 25% from 10% on May 10.
* In the last two weeks, his administration also put Chinese telecom giant Huawei on a blacklist that prevents it from buying from American companies without U.S. government permission.
* Nearly three-fourths of respondents to a joint survey by the American Chambers of Commerce in Shanghai and Beijing said the latest round of U.S. tariffs and planned counter-tariffs from China are negatively affecting their businesses.

The latest U.S. actions on trade are preventing negotiations with Beijing from proceeding, China’s Commerce Ministry said Thursday.

“If the U.S. would like to keep on negotiating it should, with sincerity, adjust its wrong actions. Only then can talks continue,” Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng said Thursday in Mandarin, according to a CNBC translation.

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More News On The Trade War

Trade tensions slam Wall St. as global growth worries mount -- Reuters
Global markets rocked as US-China trade and tech rift deepens -- The Guardian
IMF warns US-China trade war will 'jeopardize' 2019 global growth -- AFP
'We'll fight to the end': China's media ramps up rhetoric in US trade war -- The Guardian
Here's the worst-case scenario for the US-China trade war -- Christine Romans, CNN Business

American Taliban John Walker Lindh Released From Jail

Daily Mail: John Walker Lindh is released from prison amid outrage at decision to free American Taliban after 17 years

* John Walker Lindh, 38, has been released from the Terre Haute federal prison in Indiana and appears to have walked free just after midnight on Thursday
* He served 17 years of a 20 year sentence for supplying services to a terrorist organization and carrying an explosive device
* The convicted terrorist is now thought to be traveling to Virginia where he is expected to live while serving a three-year probation term
* The Federal Bureau of Prisons has not confirmed Lindh's release but his inmate locator release date was altered shortly after midnight
* He was captured with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2001 and failed to warn U.S. forces of a planned uprising at the Qala-i-Jangi jail where he was held
* CIA operative Johnny 'Mike' Spann was killed during the uprising while Lindh himself was injured
* U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Lindh's release 'unexplainable and unconscionable'

'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh was released from an Indiana prison Thursday after serving 17 years of a 20 year sentence for supplying services to a terrorist organization and carrying an explosive device.

Lindh, 38, is believed to have walked free from the medium security federal prison FCI Terre Haute just after midnight local time and was met by his mother Marilyn Walker, 68.

The convicted terrorist is now thought to be traveling to Virginia where he is expected to live while serving a three-year probation term. He adopted the name Abu Sulayman al-Irlandi while in prison. Al-Irlandi means the Irish man.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Lindh's release and his attorney told the Washington Post that the terrorist was free.

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More News On American Taliban John Walker Lindh Being Released From Jail

'American Taliban' Lindh released as Afghan war still boils -- AFP
'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh gets early release from prison, Donald Trump 'doesn't like it at all' -- ABC News Online
'American Taliban' Lindh released from US prison: US media -- Al Jazeera
'I don't like it at all': Trump claims he tried to stop release of American Taliban John Walker Lindh but was told he is powerless and says: 'We'll be watching him closely.' -- Daily Mail
John Walker Lindh: Anger as 'American Taliban' freed -- BBC
Prison Letters From 'American Taliban' Underscore Concerns Over His Supervised Release -- NBC Los Angeles
Daughter and father of CIA agent who was killed after interrogating 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh in Afghanistan say his early release from prison is a 'slap in the face' -- Daily Mail

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Charged With Violating Espionage Act

Daily Mail: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is hit with 17 new charges in America under the Espionage Act for conspiring with Chelsea Manning to disclose national defense information - and now faces 170 YEARS in prison

* Assange was hit with 18 counts on Thursday by a grand jury in Virginia
* Seventeen are new and are violations of the Espionage Act which is ordinarily reserved for government officials
* They indictment alleges he and Manning conspired to disseminate classified information in 2009 and 2010
* They used her access to defense department computers to harvest the information and publish it
* He has always argued he was right to publish it on WikiLeaks as a 'journalist'
* It's the first time in history that anyone operating in a journalistic capacity has been charged under the Espionage Act
* WikiLeaks on Twitter called Assange's prosecution 'the end of national security journalism and the First Amendment'
* US authorities now have until June 11 to submit their extradition case to the UK
* Assange is in London, completing a 50 week jail term, for violating the conditions of his bail from a 2012 sex assault arrest in Sweden
* He was arrested in April after being thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy
* He spent seven years hiding there from both US and Swedish authorities

Julian Assange has been charged in the US with 17 violations of the Espionage Act for conspiring with Chelsea Manning.

A federal grand jury returned the indictment against him in Virginia on Thursday afternoon. Now, the 47-year-old WikiLeaks founder faces 170 years behind bars.

Seventeen of the 18 charges are violations of the Espionage Act.

They are; one count of conspiracy to receive national defense information, eight counts of obtaining national defense information, eight counts of disclosure of national defense information.

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More News On Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Charged With Violating The Espionage Act

Julian Assange: US charges WikiLeaks founder with violating Espionage Act – live -- The Guardian
U.S. charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage -- Reuters
US charges Julian Assange with violating Espionage Act -- AFP
US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info -- AP
DOJ accuses Assange of violating Espionage Act -- Politico
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange facing 18 charges of receiving and publishing classified information -- ABC News Online
New US charges against Julian Assange could spell decades behind bars -- The Guardian
Julian Assange, Wikileaks co-founder, faces 17 new charges in US -- BBC
US charges WikiLeaks' Julian Assange over classified info -- DW
Julian Assange indicted on 17 new counts related to Espionage Act -- UPI
US charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage -- Al Jazeera
Up to 175 yrs in prison: US slaps Julian Assange with 17 more charges under Espionage Act -- RT

White House Is Considering Deploying 5,000 - 10,000 Troops To The Middle East

US News and World Report: U.S., Iran Conflict Intensifies Amid Talk of Troop Deployment

New threats from Tehran follow reports the White House is considering sending 10,000 troops to the region.

"Our hands are on the trigger and we are firmly prepared to annihilate any aggressor and greedy eyes against the Islamic Iran," Chief of Staff to the Iranian Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri said Thursday, according to the country's state news service. "The new conditions of countering the U.S. arrogant and pharaonic threat invite all the Iranians to enter the fields of jihad, full alert, and mobilization of more power."

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WNU Editor: President Trump is poring cold water on this deployment .... Trump doubts U.S. needs to send more troops to Middle East (Reuters).

More News On Reports That The White House Is Considering Deploying 5,000 - 10,000 Troops To The Middle East

Pentagon mulling military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officials -- Reuters
Pentagon briefs White House on plan to send 10,000 more troops to the Middle East and deploy more ships to the Gulf over tensions with Iran -- Daily Mail/AP
Trump defense chief: US may send more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions -- The Hill
US could send more troops to Mideast: Pentagon chief -- AFP
US may deploy thousands more troops amid Iran tension -- DW
Pentagon 'mulls sending thousands more troops' to Middle East -- Al Jazeera
'I would certainly send troops if we need them': Trump is open to beefed-up Middle East military deployment of 10,000 to counter 'nation of terror' Iran – but insists the U.S. shouldn't have been there in the first place -- Daily Mail

U.K. Prime Minister May To Announce That She Will Step Down As Prime Minister Next Month

Daily Mail: Theresa May will address the nation TODAY after disastrous Euro election to pledge Britain will have a new PM by summer – but she wants to DELAY Tory leadership vote for Trump’s state visit

* Allies said – barring a last-minute change of heart – Mrs May will announce plans this morning to step aside
* Mrs May will begin the day with a meeting with the Tories' backbench 1922 shop steward Sir Graham Brady
* She is then expected to address the nation from Downing Street to explain why she is leaving 'the job I love'

Theresa May will today clear the way for Britain to have a new prime minister by the summer.

Allies said that – barring a last-minute change of heart – she will announce plans this morning to step aside as Conservative Party leader next month.

Mrs May will begin the day with a meeting with the Tories' backbench shop steward Sir Graham Brady to discuss the exact timetable for her departure.

She is then expected to address the nation from Downing Street to explain why she is leaving 'the job I love' before she has realised her ambition of leading Britain out of the European Union.

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WNU Editor:
I will have to see it to believe it.

More News On Reports That U.K. Prime Minister May Will Make An Announcement That She Will Step Down As Prime Minister Next Month

Theresa May expected to name exit date on Friday -- BBC
UK’s May delays Brexit bill, faces showdown on resignation -- AP
Doomed May could cling on for two more weeks and quit after Trump visit as she faces final showdown tomorrow -- The SUN
UK's May hangs on after Brexit gambit backfires -- Reuters
Amid rising conflict, May won't unveil 4th Brexit pitch as planned -- UPI
Theresa May under pressure to resign over Brexit as key Cabinet minister quits -- ABC News Online
Brexit: Time running out for UK's Theresa May -- Al Jazeera

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wins In An Election Landslide

BBC: India election 2019: Narendra Modi thanks voters for 'historic mandate'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the people of India for giving him a "historic mandate" of five more years in office, after a landslide victory in the general election.

"We all want a new India. I want to bow down my head and say thank you," he said in a victory address to supporters of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP is projected to get about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament.

It is likely to take a larger share of the vote than in the 2014 elections.

The main opposition alliance, which is headed by Rahul Gandhi's Congress party, has admitted defeat.

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WNU Editor: He has won a clear mandate.

More News On The Election Win Of Indian Prime Minister Modi

India elections 2019: All the latest updates -- Al Jazeera
Indian PM Modi wins landslide victory in world's largest election -- France 24
Indian PM Narendra Modi stuns opposition with massive election win -- ABC News Online
India PM Narendra Modi wins another term in landslide victory -- UPI
India votes Modi back with landmark mandate -- Al Jazeera
Modi promises 'inclusive' India after decisive win in general elections -- France 24
Rahul Gandhi loses his seat in Congress party landslide defeat -- The Guardian
India election: Narendra Modi faces big challenges after victory -- DW
Narendra Modi's stunning election victory in India shows nationalism trumped policy for voters -- Siobhan Heanue, ABC News Online

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Russian Media Is Reporting A Massive Milliant Attack On Their Forces In Syria

FILE PHOTO. Pantsir-S anti-aircraft system seen at Khmeimim airbase. © Sputnik / Dmitriy Vinogradov

RT: Missiles fired at Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria amid massive militant offensive – MoD

Al-Nusra terrorists on Wednesday fired 17 missiles at Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria, all of which were either intercepted or fell short. The attack came as the Syrian Army faced a mass militant offensive in the Idlib province.

Nine missiles were intercepted by the Khmeimim’s air defense, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, while eight others hit the ground before reaching the base. The attack, carried out with the use of multiple rocket launcher systems, originated from a terrorist held area in the Idlib province.

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WNU Editor: Militant attacks on Russia's Khmeimim airbase in Syria are now becoming routine. See here .... Russia’s Khmeimim airbase shelled by DOZENS of rockets, attack repelled – MOD (May 7, 2019), here .... Russian military repels 12 rockets fired in NEW attack on Khmeimim airbase in Syria – MOD (April 9, 2019), and here .... Russian Defense Ministry reports shelling of Khmeimim military base in Syria (May 20, 2019).

China Compares U.S. Foreign Policy To 'Don Quixote'

A nuclear-powered Type 094A Jin-class ballistic missile submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is seen during a military display in the South China Sea April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Reuters: China: U.S. resembles "Don Quixote" in seeing other powers as threats

GENEVA (Reuters) - China told the world’s main disarmament forum on Wednesday that U.S. foreign policy was destabilizing, baffling and redolent of Don Quixote, the Spanish fictional hero whose misplaced determination leads him on a series of doomed endeavors.

“The Cold War mentality has come back to drive the security strategy and policy of a major power,” China’s disarmament ambassador Li Song told the Conference on Disarmament, a long-stalemated arena for arms talks at the United Nations in Geneva.

“In particular the U.S. keeps saying other countries make it feel unsafe – this is truly baffling,” he said.

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WNU Editor: I am impressed that someone in China ractually ead Miguel De Cervantes' 1500 page book "Don Quixote" to make such a claim. As to those who never read "Don Quixote", you can download a free ebook version from here (Miguel De Cervantes, "Don Quixote").