Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Impeachment Witnesses Support President Trump’s View Of Corruption In Ukraine

Epoch Times: House Republicans Say Even Dems’ Impeachment Witnesses Supported Trump’s View of Corruption in Ukraine

WASHINGTON—Political corruption is so deeply embedded in all sectors of Ukraine’s government that witnesses called by Democrats in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) impeachment inquiry agreed that President Donald Trump was right to worry that U.S. aid would be wasted.

That’s according to a highly detailed, 18-page memorandum to HPSCI Republicans from their committee staff released late Nov. 11. The committee’s minority staff argued that the testimony provided behind closed doors in the past 49 days was “all unclassified, so the closed-door process is purely for information control.

“This arrangement has allowed [HPSCI Chairman Rep. Adam] Schiff—who has already publicly fabricated evidence and mislead Americans about his interactions with the anonymous whistleblower—to selectively leak cherry-picked information to help paint misleading public narratives, while at the same time, placing a gag order on the Republican members present.”

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WNU Editor: Long time readers of this blog know my views on corruption in Ukraine. Being one who has family, friends and contacts there, and who has also lived there. To say that the place is a cesspool of corruption is an understatement. And as for these Democrat impeachment witnesses agreeing with President Trump to be leery of giving aid to such a corrupt country .... no surprises there. Now will we here this in public testimony? I doubt it.

Bolivia's Senate Takes Control Of The Government. Jeanine Anez Is Now The Interim President

Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez gestures after she declared herself as Interim President of Bolivia, at the balcony of the Presidential Palace, in La Paz, Bolivia November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Marco Bello

DW: Bolivia: Senator Jeanine Anez declares herself interim president

Days after the resignation of longtime Bolivian President Evo Morales, Senator Jeanine Anez has declared herself the interim president of Bolivia. Morales fled to Mexico after weeks of violent protests.

Opposition politician Jeanine Anez on Tuesday declared herself Bolivia's interim president after the resignation of longtime President Evo Morales, who arrived in Mexico earlier in the day after fleeing the Andean nation.

With the move, Anez, the second vice president of the Senate, took temporary control of the Senate and put herself in position to become the country's president.

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More News On The Crisis In Bolivia

Bolivian Senate head assumes interim presidency; Morales' loyalists object -- Reuters
Bolivia clashes after opposition leader assumes as president -- AP
Bolivia crisis: Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president -- BBC
Jeanine Anez declares herself Bolivia interim president -- Al Jazeera
Who’s Jeanine Anez, the Woman Now in Charge of Bolivia? -- Sputnik

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 12, 2019



Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post: The West's left-right battle lines run through Brazil

"They did not jail a man," declared the released prisoner. "They tried to kill an idea, and ideas don't disappear."

The freed man was Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former left-wing Brazilian president who was jailed last year on corruption charges that his supporters believe were politically motivated. Lula left office in 2010 with a staggering 80 percent approval rating and was favored to be on course to return to power in 2018; his imprisonment paved the path to the presidency for far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro, who, both on the campaign trail and now in office, has loudly banged the drum against perceived perfidy and tyranny of leftist dogma.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 12, 2019

The End of the 'Pink Tide' Polarizes Latin America -- Angus Berwick, Reuters

Morales’ exit stymies comeback for Latin America’s left -- Joshua Goodman, AP

'Shadow of history': As Peronism returns, Argentine play explores its darker roots -- Lucila Sigal, Reuters

US arms industry flourishes amid Iran sanctions -- Jonathan Gornall, Asia Times

Why Iran Declines to Renegotiate -- Jamsheed Choksy & Carol Choksy, YaleGlobal

In Central Asia, Can China Really Compete With Russia? -- Ekaterina Zolotova, GPF

The Hong Kong Protesters Aren’t Driven by Hope. “We might as well go down fighting.” -- Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic

Philippines drug war: Do we know how many have died? -- Howard Johnson and Christopher Giles, BBC

Why Macron changed his tune on Boris -- John Keiger, The Spectator

Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on? -- Maddy Savage, BBC

What to watch as impeachment inquiry of Trump goes public -- LAurie Kellman, AP

Donald Trump impeachment drama hits prime-time TV -- Carla Bleiker, DW

Risks for all sides as Trump impeachment hearings swing open -- Lisa Mascaro, AP

A Question for Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden or Any Democrat Running for President: What's Your Foreign Policy? -- Paul R. Pillar, National Interest

World News Briefs -- November 12, 2019 (Evening Edition)



BBC: Bolivia crisis: Evo Morales says he fled to Mexico as life was at risk

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has arrived in Mexico City saying he asked for asylum because his life was in danger.

Mr Morales resigned on Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed presidential election result.

The Mexican jet carrying him landed at an airport in Mexico City, where he gave a brief news conference.

Mr Morales said he was forced to stand down but did so willingly "so there would be no more bloodshed".

The left-wing leader said he and the Bolivian government were "very grateful" to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whom he credited with saving his life.

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MIDDLE EAST

U.S. has no intention of ending alliance with Syrian Kurdish fighters: official.

Israel: Islamic Jihad commander killed in IDF airstrike. Israel-Gaza violence spirals after killing of top Palestinian militant.

Fear and sorrow in Gaza and Israel after another escalation.

Iraqi protesters rally as UN steps up mediation efforts.

‘Filled with hatred and lust for blood’: Turkey’s proxy army in northern Syria accused of abusing civilians.

Turkey looking to exploit European divisions on repatriation of jihadists.

Tough love and showmanship: US-Turkey tensions soar ahead of Erdogan-Trump meeting.

Saudi court convicts 38 people on terrorism-related charges.

Lebanese banks, schools go on strike as as protests continue.

Man killed as protests sweep Lebanon after Aoun interview.

ASIA

Setback for India PM's party as financial capital placed under direct rule.

Hong Kong anti-government protests: pitched battles on campuses as police say city verging on ‘brink of total breakdown’. Tear gas and fires: Hong Kong protests from morning to night.

Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives.

Australia braces for 'catastrophic fire danger'. At least 170 homes destroyed so far by Australia wildfires.

Uighur researchers say China running hundreds more camps.

Ex-Thai prime minister's lawyer, plaintiff and gunman killed in courtroom shooting.

Exiled Cambodian opposition leader calls for 'peaceful uprising'.

After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again.

AFRICA

Sudan's Bashir, aides to face charges for 'plotting' 1989 coup.

UN says G5 Sahel force needs more support in anti-jihadist fight.

President approves February vote in turbulent Guinea.

Kenyans rage against police brutality after beating video.

Mauritius PM Jugnauth takes oath after election win.

Libyan lives overturned as civilians bear the brunt of the battle for Tripoli.

Russia wants end to embargo on C.Africa diamonds.

France's Macron urged to take action in Cameroon Anglophone crisis.

Zimbabwe dollar notes issued for first time in a decade.

More than 200 elephants in Zimbabwe die as drought crisis deepens.

DR Congo doctors hope to eliminate Ebola by end of year.

EUROPE

If we don't embrace the Balkans, others will, says EU's Von der Leyen.

Polish opposition celebrates taking control of Senate.

France hosts world leaders to address global challenges.

Moldova's fledgling government felled by no-confidence vote.

Spain's Socialists and Podemos reach preliminary coalition deal.

Catalan crisis: AP-7 Spain motorway protesters face French police.

Denmark reinstates border checks at crossings to Sweden after bombings.

British Labor Party hit by cyberattack in middle of election campaign.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visits Austria.

Macron tells world leaders nationalism is 'war' at Paris summit.

Court of Justice: EU nations must label Israeli products.

AMERICAS

Trump hails economic boom, says China trade deal is 'close'.

Bloomberg calls for Trump defeat, takes new step towards 2020 run.

Bolivian Senator Anez takes office as interim president.

Evo Morales lands in Mexico after fleeing Bolivia. Evo’s odyssey: Morales endures banned airspace, unplanned pit stop during flight to political asylum in Mexico.

Bolivia seeks new leader as fallen Evo Morales reaches Mexico.


U.S. alleges Russian operatives sought to undermine U.S. election agency.

Pentagon official testifies that she was told Ukrainians were alarmed by stalled aid.

Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation.

Daca: Dreamers take fight with Trump to Supreme Court.

Chilean peso drops to historic low amid weeks-long crisis. Chile's finance minister calls for return to 'normality' as peso slides.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump says U.S. has eye on Baghdadi's third in command.

Angered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisoners.

U.S. forces say they’ll redeploy, work with Kurds to continue pressure on Islamic State.

Germany detains suspected IS members over attack plans.

American Islamic State suspect 'stranded on Turkey border'.

Here’s where the Global War on Terror Memorial could be placed.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

S&P 500 ekes out gain after Trump trade remarks.

Trump trade war endangers 1.5 mn jobs: CA ports study.

Citi warns of a ‘War on Wall Street and Wealth’ in the 2020 election.

'You couldn't make this up!': Furious backlash after it emerges that Google has secretly amassed healthcare data on millions of people.

American Islamic State Suspect 'Stranded' On The Greece - Turkey Border


The Guardian: American Isis suspect stuck on border 'not our problem', says Erdoğan

Alleged militant deported as part of Turkey’s drive to expel foreign jihadists in its custody

An alleged American member of Islamic State, stranded for a second day on the border between Greece and Turkey after Turkey expelled him, is “not our problem”, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said.

The man, named by the Turkish news agency Demiroren as Muhammed Darwis B, is believed to be a US citizen of Jordanian descent. He was deported on Monday as part of Turkey’s controversial new policy to deport foreign jihadists in its custody.

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Update #1: American Islamic State suspect 'stranded on Turkey border' (BBC)
Update #2: Video Shows American ISIS Member Stranded In Greek-Turkish Border 'No Man's Land' (Zero Hedge)

WNU Editor:This is Turkey sending a message to Europe.

The U.S. Air Force Wants The F-35 And F-22 To Talk To The X-37B Space Plane

US Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 4 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida, May 7, 2017. US Air Force

Business Insider/Military.com: The Air Force wants the F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters to talk to the secret X-37B space plane

* The Air Force is looking for ways to connect its platforms to better share information across battlefields.
* That connectivity may mean the F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters will talk to the secretive X-37B space plane.

The US Air Force is taking its mission to connect multiple platforms and battlefields to new heights — literally.

The service's stealthiest jets and a super-secret space plane could one day share information.

That's the concept Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein teased last week, saying he's interested in seeing how the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor and X-37 space plane might talk to each other.

Audience members at an Air Force Association breakfast Wednesday at first thought the chief meant something a little more down to Earth, either the X-47B unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) or even the Kratos XQ-58 Valkyrie drone, which the service is experimenting with for its Loyal Wingman program.

But it is indeed the super secret X-37B space plane, a service official said following Goldfein's remarks.

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WNU Editor: I can understand why you want the F-22 and F-35 communicating with each other. But also with the X-37B space plane?

UN Report: UAE, Sudan And Jordan Are Breaking the Libyan Arms Embargo To Back Haftar



Al Jazeera: UAE, Sudan, Jordan, 'break arms embargo to back Haftar'

UN draft report obtained by Al Jazeera says member states gave weapons to warring parties in Libya, violating sanctions.

Al Jazeera has obtained a draft copy of a report by United Nations which reveals that member states - the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Turkey and Jordan - have violated the arms embargo imposed on Libya.

The report by the Panel of Experts of the International Sanctions Committee on Libya said that Sudan and its Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemeti, did not abide by UN sanctions to ban military support to the parties involved in the Libyan conflict, noting that 1,000 Sudanese Rapid Support Forces were sent to eastern Libya in July.

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Update #1: UN report finds Jordan, Turkey, UAE violated Libya arms embargo (France 24)
Update #2: Sudan and Jordan supplying Libya's Haftar with weapons and troops, says UN (Middle Easy Eye)

WNU Editor: There is even a Russian involvement .... 'Wherever Wagner goes destruction happens': Libya's GNA slams Russian role in conflict (Middle East Eye).

This U.S. Navy Destroyer Has A Laser Turret

HELIOS concept image. Lockheed Martin

Warzone/The Drive: Mysterious Laser Turret Appears On US Navy Destroyer USS Dewey

The system is likely the service's new "ODIN" laser dazzler that is meant to blind enemy optics on ships, boats, aircraft, and missiles.

A photo from one of our awesome commenters, James Milliken, shows the American Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) outfitted with a new turreted system installed on its forward close-in weapon system pedestal—an area usually left open on the majority of Flight IIA Arleigh Burke class destroyers. The image was taken in San Diego very recently. The use of Dewey for integrating new technologies isn't surprising. The ship has been used to test cutting edge capabilities, like the temporarily installed Laser Weapon System (LaWS) and the firing of Hyper-Velocity Projectiles, although what we are seeing in the image above is a far more permanent capability.

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Update: Check Out This New Laser Cannon on a U.S. Navy Destroyer (National Interest)

WNU Editor: A definite vote of confidence from the U.S. Navy on the future of lasers.

Report: U.S. Senate Impeachment Vote Could Be Taken By Secret Ballot

A view from the U.S. Senate side shows the U.S. Capitol Dome (L) in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Politico: There’s a Surprisingly Plausible Path to Removing Trump From Office

It would take just three Republican senators to turn the impeachment vote into a secret ballot. It’s not hard to imagine what would happen then.

By most everyone’s judgment, the Senate will not vote to remove President Donald Trump from office if the House impeaches him. But what if senators could vote on impeachment by secret ballot? If they didn’t have to face backlash from constituents or the media or the president himself, who knows how many Republican senators would vote to remove?

A secret impeachment ballot might sound crazy, but it’s actually quite possible. In fact, it would take only three senators to allow for that possibility.

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Update: Impeachment Vote Could Be Taken by Secret Ballot (Newsmax)

WNU Editor: The author of the above post is Juleanna Glover who has worked as an adviser for several Republican politicians that include George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft and Rudy Giuliani, and the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Jeb Bush. Can anyone say "Never Trumper". But she does lay out a possible way for a U.S. Senate impeachment vote to be held by secret ballot. The question that remains unanswered is ... will the Republican Party (or at least some of them) go down this path?

President Trump's Decision To Shrink The NSC Staff Draws Opposition

U.S. President Donald Trump faces reporters with U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien after he named O'Brien as his fourth White House national security adviser at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Politico: Trump’s plan to shrink NSC staff draws fire

The changes have long been in the works, but they're happening amid an impeachment probe that has deepened the president's distrust of his staff.

White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien is moving quickly to shrink and reshape his staff – rattling some nerves already frayed by the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The changes at the National Security Council are both sweeping and minute: several dozen policy roles will be eliminated as staffers return to their home agencies or leave government in the coming two months; at least two NSC divisions are being phased out completely; a third, meanwhile, has been handed off to a separate White House-based group.

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WNU Editor: There were too many leaks coming out of the administration on foreign policy decisions and telephone calls that only stopped when President Trump started to limit the access that the NSC had to his decisions and discussions. It looks like the NSC undermined itself.

European Union Governments Have Agreed To Develop More Weapons Independently Of U.S.

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

Reuters: Europe agrees to develop more weapons independently of U.S.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments gave the green light on Tuesday for 13 new defence projects in a step to develop more firepower independently of the United States.

Under plans agreed by EU defence ministers in Brussels, work will begin on a new patrol vessel, an electronic jamming weapon for aircraft and technology to track ballistic missiles.

The projects took months to negotiate but French President Emmanuel Macron underlined the desire for deeper EU defence collaboration last week when he said the U.S.-led NATO defence alliance was dying.

Some 47 joint EU defence projects are now in the works following the signing of a pact by France, Germany and 23 other EU governments in late 2017 to fund, develop and deploy armed forces following Britain’s decision to quit the bloc.

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WNU Editor: 25 European governments deciding on who will do what in developing new weapons. I see the arguments already.

More News On European Union Governments Agreeing To Develop More Weapons Independently Of U.S.

EU launches 13 new PESCO defense cooperation projects -- Defense Post
EU expands military cooperation with 13 new joint projects -- Euractiv
The EU just agreed on 13 more weapons projects to develop more firepower independently of the US -- Business Insider/Reuters

Afghanistan Releases Three Top Taliban Commanders To Free Two Western Kidnap Victims

Kevin King (left), from Pennsylvania, and Timothy Weekes, an English teacher from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, who were abducted three years ago from outside Kabul’s American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.

The Guardian: Taliban prisoners released in attempt to free western kidnap victims

Afghan president Ghani hopes move will help secure release of American and Australian

Afghanistan’s president says he has ordered the release of three Taliban fighters in an effort to persuade the insurgent group to free a kidnapped American and Australian professor.

Timothy Weekes, an English teacher from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, and Kevin King, from Pennsylvania, were abducted three years ago from outside American University of Afghanistan in Kabul by fighters in military uniform.

Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan president, said in a televised address on Tuesday that the three prisoners, from the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, would be released “conditionally in exchange” for the academics.

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More News On  Afghanistan Releasing Three Top Taliban Commanders To Free Two Western Kidnap Victims

Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives -- Reuters
Afghanistan announces Taliban prisoner swap to free hostages -- BBC
Afghanistan to release Taliban prisoners in swap -- DW
Afghan President: 3 Taliban Released for Held US, Australian -- Military.com/AP
Afghanistan reaches deal with Taliban to secure release of American prisoner -- The Hill
Afghanistan exchanges Taliban members for abducted U.S. professors -- UPI
Afghanistan to release Taliban fighters in prisoner swap -- Al Jazeera

World News Briefs -- November 12, 2019



ABC News Online: Israel kills Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Ata in Gaza, prompting rocket fire

Israel's military has killed one of the most senior commanders of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip, prompting retaliatory rocket fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence.

The Islamic Jihad group said their 42-year-old commander Baha Abu Al-Ata and his wife were killed in their home in Gaza City in a targeted attack.

In the most serious escalation in months, an Israeli missile attack also targeted the home of Islamic Jihad official Akram Ajouri in Damascus, killing two people including one of his sons, Syrian state media said.

Israel declined any comment on that incident.

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MIDDLE EAST

Israel: Islamic Jihad commander killed in IDF airstrike. Israel-Gaza violence spirals after killing of top Palestinian militant.

Fear and sorrow in Gaza and Israel after another escalation.

Iraqi protesters rally as UN steps up mediation efforts.

‘Filled with hatred and lust for blood’: Turkey’s proxy army in northern Syria accused of abusing civilians.

Turkey looking to exploit European divisions on repatriation of jihadists.

Tough love and showmanship: US-Turkey tensions soar ahead of Erdogan-Trump meeting.

Saudi court convicts 38 people on terrorism-related charges.

Lebanese banks, schools go on strike as as protests continue.

ASIA

Hong Kong anti-government protests: pitched battles on campuses as police say city verging on ‘brink of total breakdown’. Tear gas and fires: Hong Kong protests from morning to night.

Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives.

Australia braces for 'catastrophic fire danger'. At least 170 homes destroyed so far by Australia wildfires.

Uighur researchers say China running hundreds more camps.

Ex-Thai prime minister's lawyer, plaintiff and gunman killed in courtroom shooting.

Exiled Cambodian opposition leader calls for 'peaceful uprising'.

After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again.

AFRICA

President approves February vote in turbulent Guinea.

Kenyans rage against police brutality after beating video.

Mauritius PM Jugnauth takes oath after election win.

Libyan lives overturned as civilians bear the brunt of the battle for Tripoli.

Russia wants end to embargo on C.Africa diamonds.

France's Macron urged to take action in Cameroon Anglophone crisis.

Zimbabwe dollar notes issued for first time in a decade.

More than 200 elephants in Zimbabwe die as drought crisis deepens.

DR Congo doctors hope to eliminate Ebola by end of year.

EUROPE

Moldova's fledgling government felled by no-confidence vote.

Spain's Socialists and Podemos reach preliminary coalition deal.

Catalan crisis: AP-7 Spain motorway protesters face French police.

Denmark reinstates border checks at crossings to Sweden after bombings.

British Labor Party hit by cyberattack in middle of election campaign.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visits Austria.

Macron tells world leaders nationalism is 'war' at Paris summit.

Court of Justice: EU nations must label Israeli products.

AMERICAS

Evo Morales lands in Mexico after fleeing Bolivia. Evo’s odyssey: Morales endures banned airspace, unplanned pit stop during flight to political asylum in Mexico.

Bolivia seeks new leader as fallen Evo Morales reaches Mexico.


U.S. alleges Russian operatives sought to undermine U.S. election agency.

Pentagon official testifies that she was told Ukrainians were alarmed by stalled aid.

Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation.

Daca: Dreamers take fight with Trump to Supreme Court.

Chilean peso drops to historic low amid weeks-long crisis.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

U.S. forces say they’ll redeploy, work with Kurds to continue pressure on Islamic State.

Germany detains suspected IS members over attack plans.

American Islamic State suspect 'stranded on Turkey border'.

Here’s where the Global War on Terror Memorial could be placed.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Trump trade war endangers 1.5 mn jobs: CA ports study.

Citi warns of a ‘War on Wall Street and Wealth’ in the 2020 election.

'You couldn't make this up!': Furious backlash after it emerges that Google has secretly amassed healthcare data on millions of people.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 12, 2019

Image: DVIDShub.

Kris Osborn, National Interest: What Would Happen If Russia and NATO Went to War?

No one would "win."

Key point: Moscow could not win, but if nuclear weapons were used everyone would lose.

How much of a threat do Russia's emerging 5th-generation stealth fighter, nuclear arsenal, high-tech air defenses, anti-satellite weapons, conventional army and submarines pose to NATO and the U.S.?

Current tensions between Russia and NATO are leading many to carefully assess this question and examine the current state of weaponry and technological sophistication of the Russian military -- with a mind to better understanding the extent of the kinds of threats they may pose.

Naturally, Russia’s military maneuvers and annexation of the Crimean peninsula have many Pentagon analysts likely wondering about and assessing the pace of Russia's current military modernization and the relative condition of the former Cold War military giant’s forces, platforms and weaponry.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 12, 2019

The United States’ Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapons Are Dangerously Entangled -- James M. Acton and Nick Blanchette, Foreign Policy

Here’s how a CR could hurt America’s nuclear weapons modernization -- Defense News

Maintainers under pressure to keep ‘Doomsday plane’ flying after flood wreaks havoc -- Defense News

Air Force puts Lockheed Martin laser weapon to the test -- CNet

Check Out This New Laser Cannon on a U.S. Navy Destroyer -- National Interest

GenDyn nets $783M for next-gen Navy communications system operation -- UPI

All U.S. Navy Submarines are Nuclear Powered (But That Could Change) -- National Interest

Air Force identifies combat controller lost in Gulf of Mexico -- Air Force Times

Autopsy reports reveal why two recruits died at boot camp -- Navy Times

This study seeks to find out why recruits get injured and what can the Army do about it -- Army Times

Here are the 15 leaders companies need to know to do business with Army Futures Command, a $30 billion operation -- Business Insider

Pentagon announces agreement with Lockheed Martin for hi-tech planes -- Federal News Network

New Pentagon technology can detect enemy nuclear attacks faster -- FOX News/Warrior Maven

Google looks past Project Maven to work anew with the Pentagon -- Roll Call

Don’t Rush Quantum-Proof Encryption, Warns NSA Research Director -- NextGov

Schumer raises concerns about the Army using TikTok to recruit in a letter to Secretary McCarthy -- CNBC

Vindman should not fear retaliation over Ukraine testimony -Pentagon's Esper -- Reuters

SecDef: Expect ‘Trimming, Reducing, Some Eliminations’ in 2021 Budget -- Defense One

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chair raises GSOMIA during Japan meeting -- UPI

Is the US Bracing for a Space War With Russia and China? -- Sputnik

Troops Will Keep Guarding Syrian Oil, But US Won't Keep Profits, Pentagon Says -- Military.com

Germany Won't Enlist in Macron's European Army -- Bloomberg

Delivery of the CAnadian navy's first Arctic and offshore patrol ship delayed until 2020 -- CTV

Safety report slams the Norwegian Navy for training, safety shortfalls in the run-up to frigate sinking -- Defense News

Japanese Navy May Have Gained Tactical Edge With New Submarine -- Forbes

British Army officer is fired as Jordan's military adviser after he was accused of becoming 'too close' to the king and wielding too much political influence -- Daily Mail

Turkey’s S-400 buy may have spoiled Gulf nations’ chances of flying the F-35 -- Defense News

Russia Is Trying to Jam the Air Force's F-35 Radar in Syria -- National Interest

Kalashnikov delivers AK-12 assault rifles to Russian special forces -- Army Technology

Russian Knights aerobatic group receives four latest Su-35S fighter jets -- TASS

South Korea developing its own nukes one solution to U.S. cost-sharing demands, ex-top diplomat says -- Japan Times

Australian guided missile destroyer Sydney completes sea trials -- UPI

Iran’s Top Commander Reveals How Country Was Able to Become Region’s ‘Number One Missile Power’ -- Sputnik

Is China About To Intervene In Hong Kong?



Bloomberg: Worsening Hong Kong Violence Could Embolden Hawks in Xi’s China

For two nights last weekend, Hong Kong lawmaker Lam Cheuk-Ting slept on a fold-out mattress on the floor of his office in the Legislative Council and ate congee delivered by his staff.

One of seven pro-democracy lawmakers who faced arrest for disrupting a legislative meeting in May to stop a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China, Lam challenged police to enter the complex and arrest him. They never did, and he voluntarily attended a court hearing on Monday without being detained like the others.

He took the drastic measure to resist what democracy advocates in Hong Kong see as a growing crackdown on elected leaders, one he fears could get even worse as the protests become more violent. Many are worried that Beijing may exert its authority over the city to postpone district council elections set for Nov. 24 or even bypass Hong Kong’s legislature to pass controversial national security legislation.

Beijing’s “strategies are very clear,” Lam, a former corruption investigator, said at his Legco office after his court hearing. “They’re trying to adopt the hard line approach.”

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WNU Editor: As long as the Hong Kong government stays loyal to China (which they are), and the Hong Kong police do not abandon their posts (they are still there), Beijing will not intervene in the foreseeable future.

Hong Kong Police: City On 'Brink Of Total Breakdown'



BBC: Hong Kong protests: Rule of law on 'brink of collapse', police say

Hong Kong's rule of law has been pushed to the "brink of total collapse" after more than five months of protests, police have warned.

The warning came a day after the territory saw a marked escalation in violence, with police shooting one activist in the torso.

A pro-Beijing supporter was later set on fire by anti-government protesters.

Protesters continued to clash with police on Tuesday in the central business district and at universities.

According to news agency AFP, hundreds of masked protesters were seen throwing bricks and other objects, while police used tear gas to force them back.

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More News On The Unrest In Hong Kong

Causeway Bay shop engulfed in flames with flats above, as protests erupt across Hong Kong and police under attack draw guns: Live -- SCMP
Hong Kong on 'brink of total breakdown', police warn after more violence -- ABC News Online
Protesters are pushing Hong Kong to brink of collapse, say police -- The Guardian
Violence brings Hong Kong to 'brink of total breakdown': police -- Reuters
Hong Kong plunged into commuter chaos as protesters block roads and target rail services – with turmoil expected to continue for another day -- SCMP
Hong Kong riot police on edge, fire tear gas -- DW
Activists clash with police for second day of violence in Hong Kong -- UPI
Hong Kong clashes rage on university campus and business district -- AFP
Schools shut, riot police out as Hong Kong sees yet another day of unrest -- CNN
Campus clashes as universities become new battleground in Hong Kong anti-government unrest -- SCMP
US expresses 'grave concern' about escalating Hong Kong violence -- Al Jazeera
Washington voices ‘grave concern’ over Hong Kong clashes, calls for restraint on all sides -- SCMP

Can There Be A Bolivia Repeat In Venezuela?

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a solidarity conference in Havana, Cuba November 3, 2019. Picture taken November 3, 2019. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Maduro's military stands in the way of a Bolivia repeat in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leaders looking to oust their country’s socialist government can perhaps take some hope from the resignation of its leftist ally in Bolivia, President Evo Morales, on Sunday after weeks of street protests.

But one key factor makes the Bolivia playbook a difficult one to carry out against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: Venezuela’s armed forces have consistently refused to take the side of protesters as Bolivia’s military did on Sunday.

Venezuela’s barracks have stood by the ruling Socialist Party despite a crippling economic meltdown, two waves of major protests in 2014 and 2017 and broad condemnation of Maduro’s 2018 re-election that was widely described as fraudulent.

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WNU Editor: Unlike Bolivia where the military made the decision to not intervene, Venezuela's military and paramilitary forces are not neutral.

Evo Morales Leaves Bolivia For Asylum In Mexico



Daily Mail/AFP: Bolivian president flees to Mexico: Evo Morales holds up Mexican flag on board air force jet as he flies to the country after they offered him asylum when he was forced to quit

* Evo Morales was spirited out of Bolivia last night after Mexico granted asylum
* The socialist leader had feared arrest after his abrupt resignation as President
* Morales quit under pressure from the military after weeks of protests in Bolivia

Bolivia's former leader Evo Morales has fled to Mexico, leaving behind a country in turmoil after his resignation two days ago.

Morales posed with a Mexican flag as he was spirited away into exile on an air force jet last night.

'His life and integrity are safe,' Mexico's foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard announced as he revealed the plane had taken off.

Mexico had yesterday offered asylum to the socialist leader amid fears he would be arrested following his abrupt resignation.

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WNU Editor: This is now going to get interesting .... Bolivia seeks new leader as Morales heads to Mexico for refuge (Reuters).

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