Sunday, May 31, 2020

Taiwan Wants Anti-Ship Harpoon Missiles To Counter Chinese Naval Power

A Taiwanese Air Force F-16A/B Viper fighter jet carrying, among other weapons, two AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Chiang Ying-ying/AP

Warzone/The Drive: Taiwan Wants Land-Based Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles To Counter Growing Chinese Naval Power

The announcement comes as both of China's aircraft carriers may be preparing to work together in a first-of-its-kind exercise.

Taiwanese authorities say that they are looking to buy ground-launched Harpoon anti-ship missiles and mobile launchers to augment the island's coastal defenses. This announcement follows reports that China's People's Liberation Army Navy might be gearing up for a first-ever naval exercise featuring both of its aircraft carriers. Chinese naval forces have been steadily and significantly growing in recent years, in general, which has already prompted the Taiwanese military to seek a variety of new and improved anti-ship capabilities.

Taiwanese Deputy Defense Minister Chang Che Ping informed lawmakers on the island about the plans to acquire the land-based Harpoons during a committee meeting on May 28, 2020. Reports had first begun to emerge earlier this month that the Taiwanese military could be looking to buy these missiles.

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WNU Editor: This will certainly get China's attention.

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This Is Priceless

Picture Of The Day

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence watch the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 30. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... NASA's historic SpaceX crewed mission launches (Reuters).

Top FBI Lawyer To Resign Following Criticism Over His Handling Of The Mike Flynn Case And The Signing Of FISA Warrants

Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana J. Boente looks on while Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a meeting with the Organized Crime Council and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Executive Committee

NBC: FBI's top lawyer, Dana Boente, ousted amid Fox News criticism for role in Flynn investigation

Boente was asked to resign on Friday and two sources familiar with the decision to dismiss him said it came from high levels of the Justice Department rather than directly from FBI Director Christopher Wray.

After a 38-year career with the Justice Department, the FBI's top lawyer Dana Boente was asked to resign on Friday. Two sources familiar with the decision to dismiss Boente said it came from high levels of the Justice Department rather than directly from FBI Director Christopher Wray.

His departure comes on the heels of recent criticism by Fox News for his role in the investigation of former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

A spokesman for the FBI confirmed to NBC News that Boente did in fact resign on Friday.

Fox News has recently criticized Boente's role in the investigation of Flynn, whose criminal charge for lying to the FBI was recently dropped by the Justice Department based in part on the argument that his lies were not material to an underlying investigation.

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WNU Editor: FOX Is not the reason why he is out of a job. Considering how the Flynn case was handled and all the abuses pertaining to FISA being disclosed. Yeah. His days were numbered.

More News On The FBI's Top Lawyer Resigning

Top FBI lawyer Dana Boente is asked to resign following criticism over his handling of the Mike Flynn case and the signing of FISA warrants -- Daily Mail
Trump justice department forces out top FBI lawyer in Flynn case – report -- The Guardian
FBI's top lawyer resigns as agency faces pressure from Trump -- Reuters
FBI General Counsel Dana Boente to retire from bureau, Wray says -- FOX News

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Is The Biden Staff Helping Suspects Arrested For Rioting In Minneapolis By Covering Their The Bail?

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is seen at War Memorial Plaza during Memorial Day, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Castle, Delaware, U.S. May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Reuters: Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Campaign staff for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are advertising their donations to a group that pays bail fees in Minneapolis after the city’s police jailed people protesting the killing of a black man by a white police officer.

At least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment. The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis.

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Reuters that the former vice president opposes the institution of cash bail as a “modern day debtors prison.”

But the campaign declined to answer questions on whether the donations were coordinated within the campaign, underscoring the politically thorny nature of the sometimes violent protests.

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WNU Editor: The intention of Biden's staff is clear. To assist suspects arrested for rioting, looting, and destroying property by paying their bail. Here is an easy prediction. Helping those who have been arrested for these crimes is not going to go over well for most people in Minnesota. Biden's staff may have just cost him the state of Minnesota.

Germany Wants To Make Europe Strong Again By Embracing China

FILE PHOTO: China's President Xi Jinping meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

Politico: Back off, Trump. Germany wants to Make Europe Strong Again.

Berlin’s EU presidency motto has echoes of MAGA.

BERLIN — Forget Make America Great Again. Here comes Make Europe Strong Again.

The German government has settled on “Gemeinsam. Europa wieder stark machen" — which translates into English as "Together. Making Europe strong again" — as its slogan for the country's upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU, which kicks off on July 1.

The official English motto is a less Trumpian "Together for Europe's recovery," however.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Friday that the motto — launched along with a Möbius strip logo and website — aims to illustrate the German presidency will have to "find compromises and solutions to tackle the challenges posed by the corona pandemic" across Europe.

The logo is meant to symbolize "joint action emerging from the EU's diversity again and again," he said.

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WNU Editor: Embracing China is definitely not the road to take if you want to make Europe "strong again".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel 'Cannot Commit' To Attending G7 Summit Hosted By President Trump Due To The Pandemic

© REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

CNN: Germany's Merkel 'cannot confirm' her attendance at G7 summit in US during coronavirus pandemic

German Chancellor Angela Merkel "cannot confirm" that she will attend a possible G7 summit of world leaders in Washington amid the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson at the Chancellery said Saturday.

US President Donald Trump has said the event could be hosted in Washington in late June, having previously announced in March that the summit would be held virtually.

"The Chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June," Merkel's spokesperson said in a statement.

"As of today, given the overall pandemic situation, she cannot confirm her personal participation, that is, a trip to Washington," the spokesperson added.

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More News On German Chancellor Angela Merkel Not Being Able To 'Commit' To Attending G7 Summit Hosted By President Trump

Merkel won't attend Trump's G7 'unless pandemic changes' -- The Guardian/AP
Merkel rebuffs Trump invitation to G-7 summit -- Politico
Angela Merkel 'Cannot Commit' to Attending G7 Summit Hosted by Trump Due to COVID-19 -- Time
Merkel Rebuffs Trump Invite To 'Normal' In-Person G7 Summit, Citing Pandemic Fears -- Zero Hedge

U.S. Nuclear Testing Could Resume In 'Months' If Approved

Entrance to the Nevada National Security Site where it's believed future nuclear tests would be conducted.

Defense Daily: DoE Could be Ready to Go With Minimal Nuke Test in Nevada in ‘Months,’ Pentagon Official Says

It would take only a matter of months for the Department of Energy to perform an underground nuclear-explosive test with minimal diagnostics, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

Previous heads of the agency’s semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have talked “about a very quick test with limited diagnostics, though certainly diagnostics, within months,” said Drew Walter, who is performing the duties of deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters. “A fuller test, fully diagnostic, and lots of data, all the bells and whistles, so to speak, might be measured in years. But ultimately, if the President directed because of a technical issue or a geopolitical issue, a system to go test, I think it would happen relatively rapidly.”

Walter also said that he believes the NNSA has a borehole at the Nevada National Security Site that would be suitable for such a rapid test.

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Update: Live Nuclear Testing Could Resume In 'Months' At Nevada Site If Approved (Zero Hedge)

WNU Editor: I doubt such a test will be approved. Definitely not in an election year.

Minnesota Govenor Suggests Foreign Influencers, White Supremacists And Cartels Could Be Fueling Riots

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has called for full mobilization of the state's National Guard, as he suggested that foreign and extremist influences are fueling chaos

Daily Mail: Trump blames 'ANTIFA and radical left' for violent George Floyd protests after Minnesota Gov. suggested white supremacists and cartels could be fueling riots to destabilize nation and mobilizes ENTIRE National Guard

* Trump blamed antifa and radical leftists for violence in cities across the country on Friday
* Minnesota Governor Tim Walz earlier suggested that foreign and extremist influences are fueling chaos
* Walz hinted that white supremacists and drug cartels may be instigating the violence
* He said the riots resemble a 'military operation' and he is considering asking for Pentagon assistance.
* Said that widespread arson and looting made a 'mockery' of Floyd's death and is an attack on civil society
* Walz called for full mobilization of the state's National Guard for the first time in the state's history
* Protests devolved into chaos and violence in at least 30 cities across the country on Friday night
* Federal protective officer in California and protester in Detroit were shot dead overnight
* White House was besieged by hundreds of demonstrators attempting to break through Secret Service lines

President Donald Trump has blamed antifa and the 'radical left' as protests over the death of George Floyd devolved into violence nationwide, after the governor of Minnesota suggested that foreign influences, white supremacists and drug cartels are the fueling chaos.

'It's ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don't lay the blame on others!' Trump said in a tweet on Saturday, referring to the militant far-left movement, short for 'anti-fascist', that is known for violence.

On Friday night, widespread looting and arson continued in Minneapolis and nearby St. Paul, in defiance of curfews there, and protests spilled into violence in 30 cities, as a federal agent in California and a protester in Detroit were shot dead.

Echoing the president, Attorney General Bill Barr said on Saturday that 'the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by radical elements.'

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WNU Editor: Does Minnesota Governor Tim Walz provide any evidence to back his claims .... of course not. When I look at the videos that have been posted documenting the carnage in Minneapolis, there are some clips where you see some whites looting stores and attacking the police. But they are a very small minority. As to white supremacists and black rioters  joining together to destabilize the nation as the Governor is suggesting .... hmmm .... I doubt that.

Update: The evidence is contradicting the Governor .... Jail records show most arrested in Minneapolis riots have Minnesota addresses (FOX 9).

Update #2: This disaster in Minnesota does not reflect well of the Democrat leadership in Minnesota .... Standing Down: Progressive politicians watch as Minneapolis burns. (Willis L. Krumholz, City-Journal). Bottom line. The voters in Minnesota have some things to think about when they go to the polls this November.

U.S. Snipers Want This New rifle

A student of the Special Forces Sniper Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School moves quietly while avoiding detection during a stalking exercise at Fort Bragg, NC, on January 27, 2011. US Army

Business Insider: 'It's an awesome gun': US snipers are pumped to get the new rifle soldiers, Marines, and special operators all want

* In the past year, the US Army, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Command have all shown interest in the same bolt-action rifle for their snipers — the Barrett Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifle able to fire three different rounds.
* "We're excited about it because it's going to improve capabilities, it's going to improve our ability to conduct operations, and it is going to allow for a more flexible sniper element," a veteran Army sniper told Insider.
* The multi-caliber rifle known by a few different names can be chambered in 7.62X51 mm NATO, .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum, meaning snipers no longer have to choose between weapons systems capable of firing different rounds for different missions and targets.

The Army, the Marine Corps, and the special operations community all want the same bolt-action rifle for their snipers, and US sharpshooters are excited to get their hands on it.

"It's an awesome gun," 1st Sgt. Kevin Sipes, a seasoned Army sniper, told Insider, referring to the Barrett Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifle, known as the Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) in the Army and the Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) by Special Operations Command and the Marines.

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WNU Editor: The specs are impressive

U.S. Says It Has Disrupted Iranian Fuel Deliveries To Venezuela, But The Takers Are Still Arriving

The Fortune, an Iranian-flagged fuel tanker, is seen after it docked at El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, May 26, 2020. Photo by Economy Vice President's Office/Anadolu Agency

FOX News: US disrupts Iranian fuel deliveries to Venezuela, official says

The Trump administration halted scheduled Iranian fuel deliveries to Venezuela Wednesday by threatening sanctions on the ships carrying the cargo, according to U.S. officials.

Iran and Venezuela attempted to outmaneuver American sanctions by establishing a new oil partnership.

Two Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned ships that "were en route to Venezuela carrying Iranian fuel, scrapped their deliveries after the U.S. threatened sanctions," a senior U.S. official told Fox News.

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, the ships were expected to arrive in Venezuela as the final delivery in a previously planned five-oil-tanker shipment, an effort that the Venezuelan regime has said is a partnership to thwart the American sanctions.

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WNU Editor: It looks like the Trump administration are ahead of themselves .... Fourth Iranian tanker reaches Venezuela as US ups pressure (Al-Monitor).

The U.S. Navy Wants 10 New Heavily Armed Frigate Warships

An artist rendering of the guided-missile frigate FFG(X). (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)

FOX News: Navy builds 10 new heavily armed frigate warships

The Navy’s vision and mission scope for its emerging new combat-capable frigate includes the ability to destroy swarming small boat attacks, operate undersea and aerial drones, support carrier strike groups, conduct disaggregated operations, attack enemies with an over-the-horizon missile and engage in advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare.

These plans for the ship are taking a large step forward, following the Navy’s recent ship development award to Marinette Marine Corp. for up to 10 new Guided Missile Frigates (FFX(X)). Concepts for the ship include an advanced, heavily armed frigate with a stronger, reinforced hull, space armor, over-the-horizon missiles and a wider complement of additional high-tech weapons. Sure enough, according to Navy officials, the ship is now being designed as much more than a “toughened” Littoral Combat Ship, but a ship with an even wider combat scope to include additional air-defenses, AEGIS radar systems and major missile attack options with Mk 41 Vertical Launch Systems.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. Navy has high hopes for this warship .... the ship is now being designed as much more than a “toughened” Littoral Combat Ship, but a ship with an even wider combat scope to include additional air-defenses, AEGIS radar systems and major missile attack options with Mk 41 Vertical Launch Systems.

NASA Astronauts Ready For SpaceX Rocket Launch To The International Space Station (Live Video)





Is Chinese President Xi Jinping Risking A New Cold War?

Image: China's President Xi Jinping (C) attends the bilateral meeting with President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 31 August 2018. Roman Pilipey/Pool via Reuters

Reuters: China's 'nervous' Xi risks new Cold War, last Hong Kong governor says

LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping is so nervous about the position of the Communist Party that he is risking a new Cold War and imperilling Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s pre-eminent financial hub, the last British governor of the territory told Reuters.

Chris Patten said Xi’s ‘thuggish’ crackdown in Hong Kong risked triggering an outflow of capital and people from the city which funnels the bulk of foreign investment into mainland China.

The West, he said, should stop being naive about Xi, who has served as General Secretary of the Communist Party since 2012.

“We have long since passed the stage where, without wanting another Cold War, we have to react to the fact Xi seems to want one himself,” Patten said.

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WNU Editor: China is now only risking a Cold War with the U.S. and its allies, but China is also risking its relationships with almost every country in Asia because of its territorial demands. In the short term this may bolster the Chinese Communist Party and their legitimacy to rule China, but in the medium to long term the costs are going to be ery high.

China's Newest Aircraft Carrier Tests Weapons At Sea


Zero Hedge: China's 1st Home-Built Carrier Tests Weapons At Sea Amid 'No Off Ramp' Ratcheting US Tensions

At a moment a US Navy destroyer just rolled up on China's doorstep in the South China Sea near the contested Paracel Islands, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has taken the country's first domestically-made aircraft to sea trials.

Bloomberg noted of the sea trials that Beijing and Washington are locked in an escalating tit-for-tat on multiple fronts only set to get worse, for which "there is no off ramp".

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WNU Editor: China continues to show the region that they are the boss.

Pentagon Orders US Army To Prepare Its Military Police For Minneapolis Protest Duty

A protestor stands in the middle of the tear gas confronting tactical officers at the intersection of Young St. and S. Griffin St. in downtown Dallas on Friday

Business Insider: Pentagon orders US Army to prepare its military police for Minneapolis protest duty, according to report

* The Pentagon ordered the Army to ready military police for deployment to Minneapolis amid riots incited by the death of George Floyd, a senior Pentagon official told The Associated Press.
* The protests demanding justice for Floyd turned violent on Thursday when rioters set the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct on fire near where Floyd was detained.
* A Pentagon spokesman told the AP that Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz did not ask for military police to be deployed to Minneapolis.
* Alyssa Farah, the White House director of strategic communications, reportedly denied the claim.

The Pentagon ordered the US Army to ready its active-duty military police to deploy to Minneapolis where the death of George Floyd incited protests across the US, The Associated Press reported late Friday night.

Roughly 800 US soldiers would deploy to the city if called to the ready, AP reported.

The orders were sent Friday after President Donald Trump looked to Defense Secretary Mark Esper for immediate deployment options as tensions escalated between protesters and police officers in Minneapolis, according to the AP.

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More News On The Pentagon Ordering The US Army To Prepare Its Military Police For Minneapolis Protest Duty

Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis -- AP
Pentagon puts elite military police units on standby as Donald Trump prepares to deploy the Army to the streets to quash domestic unrest for the first time since LA riots in 1992 -- Daily Mail
Military police prepared for deployment in Minneapolis as protesters ignore curfew -- NYPost

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U.S. College Football Hall of Fame In Atlanta Has Been Destroyed And Looted


WNU Editor: The mob now rules.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Picture Of The Day

An Atlanta Police car burns as people protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, near CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dustin Chambers

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Protests across America after Minneapolis police killing (Reuters).

F-35C Sinks To Just Above The Waves After Taking A Low-Power Catapult Shot (Video)


Business Insider/Military Times: Watch an F-35 nearly plummet into the ocean during a test launch from an aircraft carrier

* Video shared on Instagram shows a hair-raising test of the carrier-variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
* One of the stealth jets can be seen launching from a carrier and taking a dramatic dip toward the ocean in what was likely a test to see the minimum power needed to take off.

Eighties pop musician and lion mane hair connoisseur Paul Engemann once instructed listeners to "Push it to the limit, walk along the razor's edge. But don't look down, just keep your head, or you'll be finished."

And while the words were originally penned to coincide with Tony Montana's relentless pursuit of a South Florida cocaine empire, their sentiment is no less applicable to a couple harrowing videos of a recent Navy F-35C Joint Strike Fighter test flight.

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Update: Code Brown As This F-35C Sinks To Just Above The Waves After Taking A Low-Power Catapult Shot (Warzone/The Drive)

WNU Editor:  These pilots are not paid enough to do this.

Su-27 And Su-30 Warplanes 'Intercept' U.S. B1-B Lancer Bombers Over The Black Sea (Video)



Daily Mail: Russian jets 'intercept' American bombers over the Black Sea - days after SU-27 fighters came within feet of a US spy plane over Mediterranean

* Video purports to show Russian Su-27 and Su-30 planes and 2 US B1-B Lancers
* American planes 'changed the direction of flight from the state border' of Russia
* Comes after Russian jets accused of flying unsafely when intercepting US plane

Russian jets intercepted American strategic bombers as they flew over the neutral waters of the Black Sea today, reports claim.

Video circulating online purports to show a Russian fighter plane approaching one of two US B1-B Lancer aircraft.

Russian Su-27 and Su-30 planes were used in the mission according to Moscow officials.

After the Russian aircraft approached, the American planes 'changed the direction of flight from the state border of the Russian Federation,' the Russian Defense Ministry claimed. The US military has yet to respond to the claims.

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WNU Editor: Remarkable footage. The B-1B Lancers are in the region to conduct exercises with the Ukraine air force .... B-1B Bombers Fly With Ukrainian Flankers and MiGs Over The Black Sea For First Time Ever (Warzone/The Drive).

More News On Su-27 And Su-30 Warplanes 'Intercepting' U.S. B1-B Lancer Bombers Over The Black Sea

An interesting video showing the somehow unusual “close encounter” has emerged. In this case, the Su-27 remained at “safe distance”. -- The Aviationist
Russian jets 'intercept' American bombers over the Black Sea - days after SU-27 fighters came within feet of a US spy plane over Mediterranean -- Daily Mail
Russian Jets Intercept Two U.S. Bombers Over Black, Baltic Seas -- Bloomberg
Russian Jets Intercept US B-1B Bombers -- Defense World
Russian fighter jets scrambled to intercept US bombers over Black Sea -- TASS
Russia Scrambles Su-27, Su-30 Fighters to Intercept US Strategic Bombers Over Black, Baltic Seas -- Sputnik
WATCH Russian jets chase US nuclear bombers away from country’s borders -- RT

CNN Center In Atlanta Scene Of Violent Protests Friday Evening





CNN: CNN Center in Atlanta damaged during protests

(CNN)The front of CNN Center in Atlanta was the scene of violent protests on Friday evening that resulted in damage to the front of the building and inside.

The protests had started as peaceful earlier in the afternoon when crowds gathered in the city's famed Centennial Park. The protests were in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis.

At around 6 p.m. ET, protesters began moving toward the front of the CNN Center, where police had gathered. Over the next few hours, the crowd swelled as SWAT was called in to help with crowd control.

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Update: CNN Center heavily vandalized during Atlanta protest against death of George Floyd (FOX News).

WNU Editor: Protests and riots are breaking out throughout the U.S. tonight .... Protests, some violent, spread in wake of George Floyd death (AP). More here .... Nationwide Chaos: NYPD Precinct Attacked, CNN Vandalized, Treasury Breached As Mayors Beg For Calm (Zero Hedge).

Michael Flynn's Calls With Former Russian Ambassador Have Been Declassified



CNBC: Michael Flynn transcripts released, calls with Russian diplomat detailed

* Transcripts of calls between former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States weeks before President Donald Trump’s inauguration were publicly released Friday.
* Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. at the time, Sergey Kislyak.
* Earlier this month, the Department of Justice moved to drop its case against Flynn.

Transcripts of calls between former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States weeks before President Donald Trump’s inauguration were publicly released Friday.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. at the time, Sergey Kislyak.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice moved to drop its case against Flynn.

Trump’s new director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, released the transcripts to Congress on Friday after lawmakers of both parties requested them.

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WNU Editor: The Russian focus on the release of this transcript is different from the U.S. media's focus .... EXPLOSIVE transcripts show Flynn wanted to work with Russia against ISIS, Kislyak warned Trump ‘Russiagate’ was targeting HIM (RT).

More News On Michael Flynn's Calls With Former Russian Ambassador Being Declassified

Mike Flynn's call with Russia's ambassador which he was convicted of lying to the FBI about is revealed and shows he DID discuss sanctions repeatedly - asking Moscow not to 'escalate' into 'tough-guy situation' - then told agents he DIDN'T -- Daily Mail
READ: Declassified summaries of Michael Flynn's calls with former Russian ambassador -- CNN
Flynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show -- The Hill
Flynn urged Russian ambassador to take 'reciprocal' actions, transcripts show -- Politico
Intel chief Ratcliffe declassifies transcripts of Flynn calls -- The Hill

White House Went Into Lockdown After Protesters Battle With Police Outside Earlier Today



Daily Mail: White House goes into lockdown as protesters battle with police and burn American flags outside amid countrywide demonstrations over the death of George Floyd

* White House has gone into lockdown as protests over George Floyd's death spread to the seat of government
* One protester was detained by Secret Service after he tried to scale the walls into the grounds
* Public demanded a medic for the man after he was seen with blood on his face amid fears of more brutality
* Minnesota Gov. Walz signed an emergency order to implement a curfew across the whole state
* This came after Minneapolis has been left in tatters after three nights of protests with one shot dead and a police precinct stormed and set alight by rioters
* Protests ramped up in Floyd's hometown of Houston where residents said the cop's arrest is not enough
* In Brooklyn, New York, protesters headed towards the 88th police precinct

The White House has gone into lockdown as protesters tried to scale the walls, battled with Secret Service and burned American flags during protests over George Floyd's death.

Violence has erupted across the US for a fourth night Friday, with protesters gathering where Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, his hometown of Houston and the home of US democracy Washington DC.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an emergency order to implement a curfew across the whole state, following three nights of carnage in Minneapolis that have seen one suspected looter shot dead, cops forced to flee a police precinct as it was stormed and set alight by rioters and the city left in tatters.

The protests have now reached the seat of the US government, with protesters marching to the White House, sending it into lockdown.

Secret Service officers have stopped anyone entering the White House grounds, where President Trump is currently in residence, after a demonstrator tried to scale the fence in Lafayette Park to get inside.

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More News On The White House Going Into Lockdown Earlier Today

White House goes on brief lockdown after protest erupts nearby -- The Hill
White House partially locked down as nationwide George Floyd protests spread to D.C. -- Politico
White House on LOCKDOWN as George Floyd protests break out in capital and across US for fourth night of rage -- The SUN

U.S. Terminating Its Relationship With The World Health Organization





Daily Mail: Donald Trump 'terminates relationship' with the World Health Organisation and blames it for spread of 'Wuhan virus' as he accuses it of failing to make reforms

* President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the United States was terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization
* Trump is laying down the gauntlet to China
* We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds to worldwide and deserving, urgent global public health needs,' he said in the White House Rose Garden
* Trump has criticized WHO for not pushing China to be more transparent on the coronavirus, which was first detected in the country's Wuhan province
* 'China's cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives,' he said

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the United States was terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization as he laid down the gauntlet against China.

'We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds to worldwide and deserving, urgent global public health needs,' he said during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

He blamed the move on China not being transparent enough about the 'Wuhan' virus, which is what he has called the coronavirus, and slammed Beijing's over reach in Hong Kong.

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WNU Editor: The WHO's decision to examine the decisions and actions it made pertaining to the Covid-19 coronavirus until after the pandemic is over was the final nail in the coffin for the White House. Hundreds of thousands have died, and the global economy has been wrecked. Someone has to be held accountable, but the institutions that are suppose to keep us safe are not going to go down that path. Not now, and definitely not later.

More News On The U.S. Terminating Its Relationship With The World Health Organization

Coronavirus: Trump terminates US relationship with WHO -- BBC
Trump announces US to sever all ties with WHO -- The Guardian
Trump says U.S. terminating relationship with WHO as rift with China grows -- CBC/AP
Trump: US 'terminating' relationship with WHO -- The Hill
Trump says the U.S. will cut ties with World Health Organization -- CNBC
Trump announces end of US relationship with World Health Organization -- CNN

President Trump Begins To Revoke Hong Kong Trade Privileges





CNBC: Trump taking action to eliminate special treatment for Hong Kong

* President Donald Trump announced he would begin taking steps to revoke Hong Kong’s favored trade status with the United States.
* “My announcement today will affect the full range of agreements that we have with Hong Kong, from our extradition treaty, to our export controls and technologies,” Trump said.
* Financial markets reacted positively to Trump’s announcement, reflecting overall relief that Trump did not announce more drastic and punitive measures.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday announced he would begin taking steps to revoke Hong Kong’s favored trade status with the United States, in response to a controversial new security law passed by China’s parliament that would effectively bar political protest in Hong Kong.

“I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment,” Trump said during a Rose Garden event at the White House.

“My announcement today will affect the full range of agreements that we have with Hong Kong, from our extradition treaty, to our export controls and technologies,” Trump said. “We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China.”

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WNU Editor: This is going to hurt Hong Kong .... and China. This is what this means .... Imaging Hong Kong Without Its U.S. Special Status Deal (Forbes).

More News On President Trump Starting The Process To Revoke Hong Kong Trade Privileges

Trump to end special treatment for Hong Kong -- The Hill
To punish China, Trump begins to revoke Hong Kong trade privileges -- Politico
Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas -- AP
U.S. businesses awake to 'sad day' in Hong Kong as Trump moves to squeeze economic ties -- Reuters

Chinese Army Training Ground Has Full-Scale Model of Taiwan’s Presidential Palace

Satellite photo of a mockup of Taiwan's Presidential Office Building and environs at China's Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base. Planet Labs Inc.

Satellite photo of downtown Taipei, Taiwan, rotated to show similarities to the Zhurihe training ground mockup
Google Earth

Sputnik: Photos: Chinese Army Training Ground Has Full-Scale Model of Taiwan’s Presidential Palace

At China’s Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers can practice storming Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building, the seat of government for the autonomous island that has long evaded Beijing’s attempts to bring it under communist control.

Soldiers practicing urban warfare in mock towns is nothing new, but at Zhurihe in Inner Mongolia, the PLA has given some of its drill sites a distinctly nationalistic twist, none more so than the rough recreation of downtown Taipei, including the distinct red and white facade of the Presidential Office Building, from which Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen runs the autonomous island.

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WNU Editor: A reminder on China's seriousness to wage war against its neighbours.

China Now Threatening To Attack Taiwan

General Li Zuocheng, chief of the PLA Joint Staff Department, said “we do not promise to abandon the use of force”. Photo: Handout

Daily Mail: China threatens to ATTACK Taiwan: One of Beijing's most senior generals warns the military will use force if there is no other way to stop island becoming independent

* Li Zuocheng told Beijing's Great Hall of People today: 'The people's armed forces will take all necessary steps to resolutely smash any separatist plots or actions'
* It is very rare for such a senior figure to make such a public threat against Taiwan
* Beijing claims Taiwan, but the island democracy refutes it is part of China
* It comes as China is cracking down on Hong Kong's democratic powers

China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country's most senior generals said today.

Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department and member of the Central Military Commission told Beijing's Great Hall of the People: 'If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the people's armed forces will, with the whole nation, including the people of Taiwan, take all necessary steps to resolutely smash any separatist plots or actions.'

He added: 'We do not promise to abandon the use of force, and reserve the option to take all necessary measures, to stabilise and control the situation in the Taiwan Strait.'

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WNU Editor: General Li Zuocheng was not alone. At the same event, Li Zhanshu, the third most senior leader of the ruling Communist Party, said using force was an option.



More News On China Threatening To Attack Taiwan

Chinese general says Beijing will ‘resolutely smash’ any separatist moves by Taiwan -- SCMP
Chinese general threatens attack on Taiwan to stop independence -- Sydney Morning Herald
Attack on Taiwan an option to stop independence, top China general says -- Reuters
China Says It Will Use Military Force to Take Control of Taiwan If Diplomacy Fails -- Newsweek
Chinese general says an attack on Taiwan necessary last resort -- Taipei Times/Reuters

For China The Target Has Always Been Taiwan

Charu Sudan Kasturi, OZY: China’s Real Target Is Taiwan

For Xi Jinping, the new controversial law for Hong Kong is part of a bigger plan to restore his credibility at home and send a message to Taiwan and the West.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said Hong Kong is effectively “no longer autonomous” from mainland China. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has said Washington might impose sanctions on China. And Beijing says American threats are signs of a “new Cold War.”

All of this rhetoric is rooted in a proposal for a controversial law, unveiled last week at China’s National People’s Congress. The proposal bill, which will now be drafted by a smaller committee, would bypass Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous legislature in allowing the mainland to use military force to crush “subversive activity” and “terrorism” on the island. It comes months after pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong successfully blocked an extradition law.

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WNU Editor: A good review on what are China's motives in the current situation.

China's State Media Compares Rioters In Minneapolis And St. Paul To Protesters In Hong Kong


Protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Hong Kong © REUTERS/Carlos Barria and REUTERS/Leah Millis

RT: Minneapolis ‘thugs’ vs Hong Kong ‘protesters’: Chinese paper accuses Trump of hypocrisy over riots

President Donald Trump has threatened to stamp out looting and riots in Minnesota with the military. However, his administration’s support for rioters in Hong Kong has drawn criticism from China’s most influential newspaper.

The death of an unarmed black man at the hands of two police officers in Minneapolis sparked a wave of rioting in the Minnesota city when a video of the incident was made public this week. Now, after three days of violence, looting and arson, President Trump has threatened to send in the military, warning the “thugs” involved that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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WNU Editor: That did not take too long.

Twitter Targets President Trump's Tweets Again


Daily Mail: Twitter flags Donald Trump's 'when the looting starts the shooting starts' threat for 'inciting violence' AGAIN after he repeats it on White House account amid furious attacks at platform for 'targeting' him

* President Trump lashed out at Twitter Friday morning for covering up his tweet with a warning label saying that it was 'glorifying violence'
* 'They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States,' the president complained
* At 1 a.m. Friday, Trump responded to the Minneapolis riots that broke out after the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white police officer
* He labeled protesters 'THUGS' and said 'when the looting starts, the shootings starts,' as he threatened to take federal control of the city
* Several hours later, Twitter slapped a warning label over the tweet saying that it 'violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence'
* The tweet is still accessible to the American public, but it has to be clicked into after users read the warning label
* The move comes one day after the president signed an executive order, which was a direct response to Twitter fact-checking two of his tweets about voting

Twitter flagged President Trump's tweet saying it was 'glorifying violence' for a second time after the official White House account reposted it Friday morning.

'These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!' the tweet read.

There's been chaos in the Minnesota city since a white police officer took the life of a black man, George Floyd, by kneeing him in the neck until he stopped breathing.

Trump initially posted it from his @realDonaldTrump account at 1 a.m. Friday.

The company attached a warning label to the tweet saying that it violated the rules.

When the president woke up Friday morning, he began angrily attacking Twitter.

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WNU Editor: Twitter is targeting President Trump again, and you have to wonder if a double-standard is at play. There were many riots when President Obama was in the White House, and his language against the rioters were also at times very tough and uncompromising .... Twitter Accuses Trump of 'Glorifying Violence' in Tweet That Sounds a Lot Like Obama in 2015 (PJ Media).

More News On Twitter Targeting President Trump's Tweets Again

Twitter warns about Trump tweet ‘glorifying violence’ -- AP
Twitter hides Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' -- Reuters
Twitter hides Trump tweet on Minneapolis unrest for ‘glorifying violence’ -- France 24
Donald Trump: Twitter hides tweet for 'glorifying violence' -- DW
Twitter hides Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' -- BBC
Twitter blocks WHITE HOUSE tweet for ‘glorifying violence’ after it reposts Trump warning from official government account -- RT
Trump calls Minneapolis protesters ‘thugs,’ vows action -- AP
Donald Trump threatens to send in troops amid Minneapolis riots sparked by death of George Floyd -- ABC News Online
Twitter has more tools to use against Trump, if it chooses -- France 24

The Economic And Social Costs From The Destruction Of Properties And Businesses In Minneapolis And St. Paul


WNU Editor: Here is a list (with some video) of 130 businesses that have been looted and destroyed in Minneapolis and St. Paul .... A list of the buildings damaged, looted in Minneapolis and St. Paul (Bring Me The News). Some of the media are trying to sugarcoat all of this as protesters.

On a personal note. I live in Montreal and we had a number of riots a few years back. One image that I will never forget is a young woman crying beside her car that had been overturned and torched. The media at that time were calling these rioters protesters .... but I was accidentally there in the wrong place and at the wrong time, and these thugs were certainly not protesters.

Riots In Minneapolis -- News Roundup May 29, 2020



Daily Mail: Minneapolis looks like a war zone after third night of protests over George Floyd's death with 170 businesses destroyed and Trump tweeting that he 'will not have died in vain' after blasting 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts'

* Minneapolis was left in ruins Friday morning following third night of riots and protests over Floyd's death
* Trump took to Twitter last night to blast Minneapolis' mayor as 'radical left' and warned he would intervene
* Chaotic scenes and protests also unfolded across several states including New York, Colorado and Ohio
* Flames billowed out of the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct as protesters stormed and torched the building
* 500 National Guard troops arrived at Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul to quell the unrest
* NYPD officers were seen brawling on the ground with protesters and at least 70 people were arrested
* In Denver, shots were fired at the Colorado State Capitol where hundreds had marched to demand justice
* In Kentucky, seven were shot in protests over the death of black Breonna Taylor - shot dead by cops in March
* Ohio protesters breached the statehouse in downtown Columbus
* Demonstrators damaged a police cruiser in downtown Los Angeles, where a protest first started Wednesday

Minneapolis was left in ruins on Friday with dozens of businesses looted or destroyed after rioting broke out for the third consecutive night in the city and protests erupted across America over the death of George Floyd.

Shocking photos show devastating aftermath of Thursday night's riots where cheering demonstrators torched the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct demanding justice over the 46-year-old black man's killing by cops.

Thick smoke was seen rising into the sky as firefighters worked to contain a number of blazes early this morning and National Guard troops blocked access to streets where businesses had been damaged.

They marched side by side and block by block as they expanded a perimeter around a heavily damaged area.

Protesters' fury over the death of Floyd - who was seen in video pleading for breath as white officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against him - intensified late Thursday night when rioters broke in and set fire to the police station, roaming through its corridors with baseball bats, axes and torches.

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WNU Editor: I am surprised that more videos have not surfaced .... New George Floyd video shows the man begging to be allowed to stand so that he can catch his breath as THREE police officers kneel on him (Daily Mail).

Update: Oh oh. It appears there is more to this story than what is being reported .... Prosecutors warn there is 'evidence that does not support criminal charge' in case of four cops accused of killing George Floyd (Daily Mail). But Minnesota's Attorney General still wants charges .... Minnesota Attorney General expects 'there WILL be charges' against the four cops in George Floyd's death - but officers say they will NOT cooperate and are pleading the fifth (Daily Mail).

Update #2: This is not helpful .... 'Trump knows nothing of Minneapolis': mayor hits back at president's tweets (The Guardian). His city is burning and the police are not defending its citizens. To me it seems that the person who knows nothing of Minneapolis is the mayor himself.


Riots In Minneapolis -- News Roundup May 29, 2020

The Latest: Floyd, officer both worked at popular nightclub -- AP
Obama speaks out on George Floyd's death: ‘This shouldn’t be normal in 2020 America’ – live -- The Guardian
Protesters torch Minneapolis police station in violent night -- AP
Minnesota governor calls for end to violence, expects 'swift' justice in Floyd case -- Reuters
Minnesota governor pleads for order after protests over George Floyd's death -- CNN
Hundreds of troops deployed as angry US anti-racism protests spread -- AFP
George Floyd killing: National Guard deployed after Minneapolis clashes -- DW
George Floyd killing: fires erupt in Minneapolis as US rocked by third night of protests -- The Guardian
George Floyd: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze -- BBC
Minneapolis ‘WAR ZONE’: Rioters take over POLICE STATION amid clashes, fires & tear gas (VIDEOS) -- RT
Protests over George Floyd’s death spread across the nation -- AP
Police release 911 call to arrest George Floyd which claims he 'was awfully drunk and not in control of himself when he tried to pay with a counterfeit $20bill' -- Daily Mail
Black CNN reporter, crew released after live arrest covering Minneapolis riots -- France 24
What it's like on the ground during riots in Minneapolis over African-American man George Floyd's death -- ABC News Online

Were These The F-15E Strike Eagle Warplanes That Bombed ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi's Compound During The Raid That Killed Him?

The drawings and markings on the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet of the 389th Fighter Squadron seen in Suffolk, United Kingdom, on Wednesday suggest they were one of the aircraft which took part in last October's raid that killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria

Daily Mail: Stealth missile markings on US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle jets suggest they bombed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's compound during raid which killed terror chief

* Jets are flying to Mountain Home base in Idaho after flying Middle East missions
* Elite warplanes stopped off in RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk earlier this week
* Markings on planes makes it likely they took part in raid on ISIS founder
* Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a raid by US special forces last October in northwestern Syria
* F-15E Strike Eagle warplanes used stealth JASSM missiles during raid

Missile markings on the nose of US Air Force jets returning home from the Middle East suggest they took part in the raid that killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last fall.

US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle warplanes stopped off at RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom on Wednesday on their way back to the US after flying missions over Syria and Iraq.

Close-up images of the planes published by The Drive show markings on their noses of the aircraft which indicate that they used stealth AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM).

According to The Drive, there have only been two known instances in which JASSMs have been used in combat, with the most recent being the one that leveled al-Baghdadi's compund after he was killed by US special forces.

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Update: Stealth Missile Marks On F-15Es All But Prove They Dealt Final Blow To Al Baghdadi's Compound (Warzone/The Drive)

WNU Editor: No one is confirming this story. But I am sure that even if these planes were not involved in the bombing of al-Baghdadi's compound, according to their markings they have been involved in a lot of missions.

China Calls For Closer Trade Relations With The U.S.

File image of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping holding talks. By Erin Schaff © 2020 The New York Times

First Post/New York Times: China hardens resolve to defy US, even as it speaks of cooperation; Li Keqiang calls for close trade relations

Beijing: Ignoring threats from Washington, China stripped another layer of autonomy from Hong Kong on Thursday, ploughing ahead with a plan that would ban any form of dissent deemed subversive in the territory reclaimed from Britain more than two decades ago.

But even as the plan was approved by China’s top legislative body, and Chinese officials taunted the United States as an imperious meddler, Premier Li Keqiang struck a conciliatory tone. While offering no concessions to US demands, he called for close trade relations between the two countries.

The clash over Hong Kong and other issues points to the quandary facing China as it grows in power and contends with an increasingly aggressive Trump administration. The Chinese leadership does not want to incinerate the relationship with the US, given the enormous economic benefits. Nor is it willing to back down, reflecting divisions in Beijing between hawks and more moderating forces.

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WNU Editor: Another example on how tone-deaf China has become when it comes to the U.S.. After deceiving the world at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic that has resulted in the deaths of over 100,000 Americans and the destruction of the American economy .... they are now calling for reconciliation with the U.S., while at the same time blaming the U.S. for this pandemic. It is not China that is hardening its resolve to defy the U.S., it is the other war around, it is the U.S. hardening its resolve against the China.