Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Peru Still Waiting For Presidential Election Results. Socialist Candidate Leads With 50.14 % Of The Vote

Supporters of presidential candidate Pedro Castillo gather in front of the National Jury of Elections building in Lima, Peru on June 9, 2021. Gian MASKO AFP  

France 24: A divided Peru waits for election results as vote count nears completion 

Peruvians were still waiting on Monday for their next president to be confirmed, more than a week after a polarising run-off vote, with socialist Pedro Castillo clinging to a narrow lead that would tilt the country firmly to the left. 

The election count, which has increased by less than 0.02% since Saturday and stands at 99.953% tallied, showed the former teacher with 50.14% of the vote, fewer than 50,000 votes ahead of right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori.  

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Update: UN rights chief urges ‘calm’ as Peru still waits for vote results (Al Jazeera)  

WNU Editor: I would not be stashing my cash. I would be converting it into foreign currencies and precious metals, and then stashing it .... Stashing cash, Peru's urban elite panics as a socialist looks set to clinch presidency (Reuters).

Nicaragua's Goverment Arrests Key Opposition Presidential Candidates And Political Leaders


Miami Herald: Nicaragua spirals deeper into repression as Ortega jails rivals and former allies  

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega stepped up attacks on his political opponents over the weekend by arresting five leading critics, including three former allies who fought alongside him during the Sandinista revolution, as he continues to suppress the opposition ahead of presidential elections in November. 

Defying U.S. demands for the immediate release of four presidential candidates arrested over the past two weeks, Ortega ordered the arrest of Dora María Telléz, 65, a well known revolutionary and former leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, and detained a retired Sandinista general, a former foreign minister and two opposition party leaders. 

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More News On The Government Crackdown On Opposition Parties In Nicaragua  

Nicaragua stages unprecedented roundup of opposition leaders -- NBC/AP  

Nicaragua rounds up president’s critics in sweeping pre-election crackdown -- The Guardian  

Nicaragua: Five more opposition figures detained ahead of election -- The Independent  

Nicaragua detains 5 more Ortega critics ahead of elections -- Axios  

Nicaragua’s government has arrested a dozen opposition leaders. Their relatives don’t know where they are. --- Washington Post

Former CIA Officer Details The Impact That "Havana Syndrome" Has Had On His Life


 Daily Mail: CIA officer forced to retire after suffering mysterious Havana Syndrome that has left him with permanent headache says it's an 'act of war' by Russia against the US 

* A former CIA officer was forced into retirement after suffering from 'Havana Syndrome' while on assignment in Russia 

* Marc Polymeropolous was in Moscow in 2017 when he noticed he was being watched by 'guys in black trench coats,' likely Russian intelligence members 

* In his Moscow hotel room one night, the now-retired US intelligence officer told CBS that the debilitating symptoms began to take hold 

* 'I had spent years in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. I put my life on the line. This was the most terrifying experience of my life. I had no control' he said 

* 'Havana Syndrome' is described as a mysterious neurological condition which was first brought to the State Department's attention five years ago in Cuba 

* There have been at least 130 suspected cases of the mysterious illness as of this year, which Polymeropolous describes as 'an act of war against U.S. officials' 

A CIA officer who was forced to take early retirement after suffering from 'Havana Syndrome' feared to have been caused by a secret Russian microwave weapon claims the condition is an 'act of war' against the US. 

Marc Polymeropolous claims he was zapped with the frequency while visiting a Moscow hotel room back in 2017, and blames it for destroying his career, as well as debilitating headaches he continues to suffer from this day. 

Recalling that trip, he said: 'Even in my hotel room, I'd go to the gym, and a guy in a black trench coat comes down and, you know, checks on me down there,' he told CBS News' Catherine Herridge. 'Not unexpected. Part of the job.'  

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Update: Former CIA officer details "Havana Syndrome" he says he suffered in Moscow: "An act of war" -- CBS  

WNU Editor: WNU has been following this story for the past few years. There are too many cases that cannot be ignored. Former CIA officer Marc Polymeropolous' case being one of them.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Warplanes Conduct A Rehearsal Over Beijing For The CPC 100 Year Anniversary Celebration


Global Times: J-20 stealth fighters, new helicopters to perform at CPC centenary celebrations: reports 

Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes are expected to deliver an aerial performance for the celebration activities of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), with a large number of the country’s most advanced stealth fighter jets, the J-20, and a type of newly developed helicopter, informally known as the Z-8L, participating, a rehearsal of the event on Sunday indicated. 

A rehearsal was held from 9 pm Saturday to the early hours of Sunday morning in the Tiananmen area, Beijing, with more than 14,000 people involved in the rehearsal and related supporting services, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.  

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Update: Chinese Stealth Fighters Buzz Beijing In Fly Over Rehearsal Ahead Of Centenary Parade (Zero Hedge)  

WNU Editor: China's way of sending a message to the West.

Unlike Former President Trump, This Topic Was Not Brought Up By President Biden At Yesterday's NATO Summit

Zero Hedge: Spot The Odd One Out - NATO 'Defense' Expenditure 

As world leaders descended on Brussels for the first in-person NATO summit since the start of the pandemic, plenty of topics were on the agenda in the Belgian capital but the focus was firmly set to be on President Biden. 

As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, Biden's most important task was to reassure NATO allies after his predecessor lambasted several members for not paying their fair share on defense, even going as far as threatening to pull the United States out of the alliance.

Biden also had serious discussions with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, with both leaders attempting to repair a growing rift as a result of the White House recognizing the Armenian genocide as well as due to Washington kicking Turkey out of the F-35 program in the wake of Ankara's decision to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles.  

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WNU Editor: The media narrative is that Europe overwhelming supports President Biden. Of course they do. He is giving them everything that they want, not only defense spending, but on the removal of tariffs .... EU-US ties: Undoing Donald Trump's trade war (DW).

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Blasts President Biden In 'Scorched Earth' Departure Speech


Daily Mail: Netanyahu blasts Biden in 'scorched earth' departure speech and says Iran will be 'celebrating' his defeat because Israel will be 'weak' 

* Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal on Sunday 

* He said the agreement 'threatens Israel's existence' in a scathing departure speech after 12 years in office * Vowed 'fight daily' to 'topple' the new coalition government which he branded 'terrible' and 'dangerous' 

* Reiterated the remarks, saying it would be 'sooner than you think', minutes after giving up power on Monday 

* Knesset voted 60-59 for the new coalition government and Naftali Bennett was sworn in as prime minister 

* Bennett will now preside over a diverse and fragile coalition comprised of eight ideologically different parties 

* Will be prime minister until September 2023 before handing power over to Yair Lapid in a power-sharing deal 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted US President Joe Biden in a 'scorched earth' speech on his last day in office before officially handing over power on Monday, warning Iran will be 'celebrating' his defeat because Israel will be 'weak'. 

In a scathing speech that was meant to last 15 minutes but ran for more than half an hour, Netanyahu said the Islamic Republic would celebrate his loss because 'they understand that starting today there will be a weak and unstable government that will align with the dictates of the international community.' 

He then turned on his replacement, and former ally, Naftali Bennett, in the rambling speech, branding the new government 'terrible' and 'dangerous' and vowing he would soon return to the top of Israeli politics.  

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Update: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blasts Biden on his way out of office (NYPost)  

WNU Editor:  This animosity works both ways. This sums up what the Biden administration feels about Israeli PM Netanyahu .... It took Biden a month to call Netanyahu, two hours to call Bennett (Haaretx).

Canada's Vice-Chief Of Defence Staff Resigns After Playing Golf With Retired Top General Under Investigation For Sexual Misconduct


CBC: Navy commander apologizes for golfing with former chief of defence staff under military police investigation 

The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy has publicly apologized for golfing with former top soldier, retired general Jonathan Vance, who is under a military police investigation over allegations of inappropriate behaviour with female subordinates. 

Vice-Admiral Craig Baines issued a written statement Sunday night addressed to all military members and national defence public servants saying he was sorry for his conduct.

Baines confirmed he golfed with Vance and military's second-in-command, Lt.-Gen Mike Rouleau, on June 2 in Ottawa. 

"I fully accept responsibility and accountability for not understanding how such a public display of support sends the wrong signal as to my commitment to lead in resolving our systemic cultural and misconduct issues," Baines wrote. "For this, I sincerely apologize."  

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WNU Editor: This is why this golf game is a problem, and why this general had to resign .... Senior officer who golfed with Vance has power over military police investigations (Canadian Press). 

More News On Canada's Vice-Chief Of Defence Staff Resigning After Playing Golf With Retired Top General Under Investigation For Sexual Misconduct 

Rouleau stepping aside as defence vice-chief following golf game with Vance -- CTV News  

Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau steps aside after controversial golf game with Vance -- Ottawa Citizen 

Liberal cabinet ministers criticize senior military officers who golfed with Vance -- National Post  

Senior military leaders golfing with Vance raises concerns about ‘fairness’ in probes: Freeland -- Global News  

Canada military's second-in-command resigns over golf game -- BBC

China Denounces NATO's ‘China Threat Theory’

Global Times: China fires back at NATO's claims, says it won't sit back in face of systemic challenges 

China fired back on Tuesday over allegations against China from a communiqué released after the conclusion of the NATO summit and warned that it would not sit back if any others pose systemic challenges to it, and it will closely watch NATO's strategic adjustments toward China. 

Responding to NATO leaders' tough stance on China in a communiqué, the Chinese Mission to the European Union (EU) spokesperson said on Tuesday that China will not present "systemic challenges" to others. 

NATO's claims have slandered China's peaceful development, misjudged the international situation and its own role, and continued the Cold War mentality mixed with group politics, said the Mission, firing back at the remarks in the communiqué signed off in Brussels by leaders from the 30 members in the alliance at the urging of the new Biden administration. 

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WNU Editor: Not everyone in Europe is onboard against China .... Biden pushes China threat at G7 and NATO, but European leaders tread carefully (CNN).  More here .... G7 more divided than united on countering China (Asia Times).

More News On China Warning NATO To Stop Exaggerating ‘China Threat Theory’  

China denounces NATO statement, defends defense policy -- AP 

Expect China to be furious at being cast as a threat to the west -- The Guardian  

China tells NATO to stop exaggerating ‘China threat theory’ -- Al Jazeera  

We Won't "Sit Back": NATO's New 'Counter China' Focus Met With Fierce Warning From Beijing -- Zero Hedge

Taiwan Reports 28 Chinese Warplanes In Its ADIZ The Largest Daily Incursion Yet By The Chinese Air Force

Straits Times/Bloomberg: China sends 28 warplanes near Taiwan in year's largest exercise 

TAIPEI (BLOOMBERG) - China's air force sent 28 aircraft close to Taiwan, the largest sortie this year, further ratcheting up military pressure on the government in Taipei as it seeks to strengthen ties with the US. 

The 28 People's Liberation Army aircraft, including 14 J-16 and six J-11 fighters, were detected in Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday (June 15), Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement. 

Taipei's military sent patrol aircraft, issued radio warnings and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor the activity.  

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More News On China Sending 28 Warplanes Into Taiwan's ADIZ  

China sends record 28 fighter jets toward Taiwan -- AP  

Taiwan reports largest daily incursion yet by Chinese air force -- CNN 

Taiwan reports incursion by dozens of Chinese warplanes -- The Hill  

28 Chinese warplanes intrude on Taiwan's ADIZ -- Taiwan News  

Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force -- Nikkei Asia 

China Warplanes Swarm Around Taiwan After G7, NATO Talk up Threat -- Newsweek

U.S., Russian Leaders And Their 'Nuclear Suitcases'

Acting Russian President Vladimir Putin receives the nuclear briefcases (lower right) in the Kremlin late on December 31, 1999.  

RFE: Packed For The Apocalypse: U.S., Russian Leaders And Their 'Nuclear Suitcases' 

A historical look at the "nuclear suitcases" that accompany the Russian and U.S. leaders wherever they go, including this week when Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are in Geneva for a summit. 

This leather satchel is known as the United States' "nuclear football." 

And these hardcase containers carried by Russian servicemen are known as the "Cheget" system. The nuclear briefcases are named after a mountain in Russia's Caucasus region. 

Both countries' doomsday devices will be somewhere close at hand when U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, meet in Geneva on June 16. 

The frightening hand luggage enables its owner to destroy much of civilization by ordering nuclear missile strikes from anywhere on Earth.  

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WNU Editor: It is moments like this that I wonder if other world leaders with nuclear weapons have a person in the background carrying a nuclear briefcase. Time to do some research for a future post.