Tuesday, March 19, 2019

U.S. And Russia Remain Split On What On How To Resolve The Crisis In Venezuela

Russian Deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov and US special envoy Elliott Abrams. L) © Reuters / Thomas Peter, (R) © AFP / Johannes Eisele

RFE: No Agreement On Maduro After U.S.-Russia Talks On Venezuela

The United States and Russia have held "useful" and “substantive” talks on Venezuela, but the two sides remain split on how to resolve the South American country’s crisis, according to the U.S. special representative Elliott Abrams.

Abrams made the comments in Rome on March 19 after meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who described the talks as "difficult" but frank.

Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in January, and was recognized by the United States, most European Union countries, and the majority of Latin American states.

Russia, along with other countries including Iran, Cuba, China, and Turkey, continues to recognize Nicolas Maduro as president.

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WNU Editor: These talks are going to go nowhere. Russia is committed to Venezuelan President Maduro, and will do everything in its power to keep him there .... Lavrov’s deputy to war-hawk Abrams: Venezuela ‘aid’ op unacceptable, Russia to protect its interests (RT). I think this is a mistake, and by giving Maduro hope will only insure more bloodshed in the future.

More News On U.S. - Russia Talks On Venezuela

U.S.-Russia talks on Venezuela stall over role of Maduro -- Reuters
US, Russia divided on Venezuela after talks in Rome -- FOX News/AP
US, Russia hold talks on situation in Venezuela -- The Hill
Russia Does Not Recognize Guaido as Venezuelan Leader – Deputy FM -- Sputnik

President Trump Meets Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro



Reuters: Trump forges bond with Brazil's Bolsonaro in White House visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil’s new far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro forged a bond over their shared brand of conservative and populist politics on Tuesday, with Trump pledging to give more U.S. support to Brazil’s global ambitions.

In a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he told Bolsonaro he would designate Brazil a major non-NATO ally and possibly go further by supporting a campaign to make Brazil “maybe a NATO ally.”

Bolsonaro, a former army captain who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump’s 2016 run, has declared himself an unabashed admirer of the U.S. president and the American way of life.

He praised Trump for changing the United States in a way he said he hopes to change Brazil.

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WNU Editor: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro knows what bottoms to press when it comes to President Trump .... See Trump's reaction when Bolsonaro uses term 'fake news' (CNN).

More News On President Trump Meeting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Trump meets with Brazil's president: Live Updates -- CNN
Trump praises Brazil’s far-right president at White House -- AP
Trump warns 'twilight hour of socialism has arrived' and threatens to slap 'tough sanctions' on Venezuela while hosting Brazilian leader who blasts 'gender ideology' and 'fake news' -- Daily Mail
Trump suggests admitting Brazil to NATO alliance -- The Hill
Jair Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting -- The Guardian
Bolsonaro in Washington: Brazil's leader on first trip abroad -- Al Jazeera
Brazil’s New President Signals Better Relations With the U.S. -- RCP

New Air Force One Costs Have Jumped Up By A Third

Air Force One on December 3, 2018, during George H.W. Bush's funeral. U.S. Army photo by Spc. James Harvey

Defense One: Air Force One: New Estimate Bumps Total Cost By Nearly One-Third

The $5.3 billion price tag is the Pentagon’s first public accounting to include the new hangars and various other costs.

The cost of buying, equipping, and preparing to operate the two Boeing 747s that will become the next Air Force One presidential transport aircraft is now pegged at $5.3 billion, nearly one-third more than the figure routinely touted by the White House, according to Air Force officials and Pentagon budget documents.

The projected price tag — included in the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal — marks the first time the Defense Department has provided a total cost estimate for the project. It includes not only the cost of the planes themselves, but also work to build a new hangar complex at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and other administrative, engineering, and development work.

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WNU Editor: The new Air Force One will be delivered in 2024 .... The new Air Force One arrives in 2024. Here's what we know so far. (Popular Science).

More News On The Cost Of The New Air Force One

New Air Force One jets and hangars to cost 33% more than expected, Pentagon says -- New York Daily News
Air Force One Costs Jump by a Third to $5.3 Billion -- 24/7 Wall Street
White House Puts Price Tag for New Air Force One Jets, Hangars at $5.3 Billion -- Sputnik

Germany To Cut Its Defense Budget

A PzH 2000 howitzer, a Leopard 2 tank and a PUMA infantry fighting vehicle (L-R) of German army take part in an exercise in Munster on September, 28, 2018. © Reuters / Fabian Bimmer

Daily Mail: Germany says it will abandon its NATO spending commitments and invest less than promised, sparking US anger after Trump criticised European allies for expecting a free ride

* Berlin's latest budget will see defence spending drop well below two per cent
* Donald Trump has accused Germany of freeloading on U.S. military might
* Washington's ambassador in Berlin said planned cuts were a 'worrisome signal'
* But Angela Merkel said Germany would not cut aid to raise its military outlays

Germany's military spending is set to fall below its NATO targets, in the latest flashpoint in Berlin's long-running row with Washington.

The latest German budget plans, revealed on Monday, will see defence spending drop well below the two per cent of GDP expected from NATO members.

U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell said the cuts were a 'worrisome signal', while President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Germany of freeloading on U.S. military might.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the U.S. criticism, saying Germany will not cut foreign aid to raise military spending.

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WNU Editor: Europeans like German Chancellor Merkel are questioning the U.S. commitment to NATO. The real question that should be asked is .... are European leaders like German Chancellor Merkel committed to NATO. If spending money is the metric that one uses to answer this question, I will have to say that their commitment to NATO is based on their own financial and political considerations.

Update: The Germans do not like being called out on broken promises .... Call for US envoy to Germany to be sent home over NATO spending row (Politico).

More News On German Defense Budget Cuts

German military commissioner, US ambassador alarmed by budgetary restraints -- DW
Merkel rejects criticism of German defense spending -- FOX News/AP
Germany Plans to Cut Military Budget in Spite of US Calls to Reach NATO Target -- Sputnik
Germany ‘committed’ to increasing defense budget, but nowhere near US expectations -- RT
Why Germany Should Further Boost Defense Spending, and Why It Probably Won’t -- Franz-Stefan Gady, Defense One

Cyclone Idai Devastates Mozambique And Zimbabwe



The Guardian: Cyclone Idai: more than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique

President describes scale of disaster as huge, as Red Cross says most of Beira damaged or destroyed

More than 1,000 people are feared dead in a devastating cyclone that hit Mozambique on Friday, the country’s president has said.

Filipe Nyusi told Mozambican radio he had seen “many bodies” floating in the overflowing Pungwe and Busi rivers. “It appears that we can register more than 1,000 deaths,” he said, adding that more than 100,000 people were at risk because of severe flooding.

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More News On Cyclone Idai Devastating Mozambique And Zimbabwe

Cyclone Idai: 'Massive disaster' in Mozambique and Zimbabwe -- BBC
Cyclone’s huge floods leave hundreds dead in southern Africa -- AP
Over 1,000 feared dead after cyclone slams into Mozambique -- AP
Cyclone hit millions across Africa in record disaster: U.N. -- Reuters
Cyclone Idai 'might be southern hemisphere's worst such disaster' -- The Guardian
Cyclone Idai devastates Mozambique and Zimbabwe -- DW
Cyclone survivors clinging to rooftops in Mozambique as they await rescue, aid officials say -- CNN
Cyclone Idai: Death toll 'could reach 1,000' -- DW
Cyclone’s huge floods endangers the lives of more than 100,000 in southern Africa -- CNBC/AP
Zimbabwe cyclone survivors tearfully list dead relatives -- AFP
AP Explains: Why southern African cyclone is so shattering -- AP
Cyclone Idai leaves trail of destruction in southern Africa – video report -- The Guardian
Hundreds dead or missing in devastation of Cyclone Idai – in pictures -- The Guardian

Last ISIS Enclave In Syria Now Down To A Few Hundred Square Meters





Daily Mail: US-backed forces celebrate 'victory' as ISIS 'caliphate' is reduced to a few hundred square yards of bombed-out scrapyard: Tiny last stronghold is surrounded - as 'terrorists behind suicide attack that killed four Americans' are captured

* US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been seen celebrating 'victory' after seizing key ISIS encampment
* SDF say some hardened jihadists were using their children as human shields as they defended slither of land
* It comes as the SDF said it had arrested alleged terrorists over a suicide bomb that left four Americans dead in the Syrian town of Manbij in January

US-backed forces are celebrating 'victory' after they captured a key ISIS encampment and reduced the terror group's 'caliphate' to a few hundred square yards of bombed-out scrapyard in Syria.

Officials from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were seen singing and dancing and giving 'V for victory' signs as they returned from the frontline in Baghouz in the country's east.

The extremists had retreated in to a tiny parcel of land with some reportedly having used their own children as human shields.

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More News On The Battle To Capture The Last ISIS Enclave In Syria

Islamic State loses big part of enclave, SDF sees defeat 'very soon' -- Reuters
Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria -- AP
Syria force makes gains in last IS redoubt -- AFP
Battle ongoing for Islamic state's last Syria enclave: SDF spokesman -- Reuters
US-backed Syrian fighters 'overrun IS encampment' -- BBC
ISIS Camp In Baghouz Is Captured, As U.S. Allies Declare Progress In Syria -- NPR
Last ISIS enclave a scene of ‘devastation:’ Fox News visits only remaining village ruled by terror group -- FOX News
Islamic State loses significant camp in final hold-out territory Baghouz -- DW
Doomed jihadists retreat within shrinking Syria bastion -- AFP
US-backed forces capture 'a group' of ISIS fighters tied to the suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans in January -- Daily Mail
US-backed fighters capture ISIS militants suspected of killing American troops -- The Hill
FIRST IMAGES of SDF forces in liberated ISIS camp near Baghouz, Syria -- RT

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev Resigns After 30 Years Of Power





The Guardian: Kazakhstan president Nazarbayev steps down after 30 years in power

Nursultan Nazarbayev has led oil-rich country since fall of the Soviet Union

Kazakhstan’s president has announced his retirement after nearly 30 years as leader of the central Asian nation.

Nursultan Nazarbayev has led the oil-rich country since the fall of the Soviet Union, first as its Communist leader and then as president. He made the announcement in a surprise public address on national television on Tuesday evening.

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WNU Editor: This was unexpected. His replacement will be Kazakhstan’s Senate Speaker .... Kazakhstan’s Senate Speaker Tokayev to serve as acting president (TASS). The Kremlin is surprised .... Senior Russian lawmaker says Kazakh leader's resignation is unexpected: agencies (REuters)

More News On Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev Resigning After 30 Years Of Power

Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades -- BBC
Kazakhstan’s president to step down after 30 years in power -- AP
Kazakhstan's leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power -- Reuters
Kazakhstan's long-serving President Nazarbayev will step down -- DW
Kazakhstan’s president announces resignation -- TASS
Kazakh President Nazarbayev Resigns -- Sputnik
Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev, a key Russian ally, resigns after almost 30 years in power -- RT
Kazakhstan's leader Nursultan Nazarbayev resigns -- Al Jazeera

World News Briefs -- March 19, 2019



Reuters: Cyclone hit millions across Africa in record disaster: U.N.

MAPUTO/HARARE (Reuters) - Cyclone winds and floods that swept across southeastern Africa affected more than 2.6 million people and could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters recorded in the southern hemisphere, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

Rescue crews are still struggling to reach victims five days after Cyclone Idai raced in at speeds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) from the Indian Ocean into Mozambique, then its inland neighbors Zimbabwe and Malawi.

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MIDDLE EAST

Islamic State loses significant camp in final hold-out territory Baghouz.

Syria force says it arrested jihadists behind attack on US troops.

Syria's Kurds criticise Damascus 'threats'.

Court: Germany must press US over Yemen drone strikes.

UN presents new plan for Yemen pullback from key port.

U.S. says Iran missile program detribalizing Middle East.

Gaza rights groups denounce Hamas crackdown on protests.

Turkey's Erdogan calls on New Zealand to restore death penalty over shooting.

ASIA

Kazakhstan’s president announces resignation.

Six wounded in gunfire as Myanmar soldiers hunt insurgents in temple town.

Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody.

Pakistan tells China of 'deteriorating situation' in Indian Kashmir.

China backs Pakistan on terrorism measures.

Report: China to fortify South China Sea island with 'logistics base'.

South Korea to discuss 'video reunions' with North.

New Zealand PM vows mosque attacker will remain 'nameless'.

AFRICA

Air strike kills four people in Somalia: relatives.

Thousands demonstrate in Algiers as protest leaders tell army to stay away.

11 militias in C.Africa peace deal demand PM's ouster.

Gunmen kill five miners in Ethiopia, TV says foreigners among dead.

At least 10 migrants die when boat sinks off Libyan coast: official.

Relief reaches Zimbabwe's cyclone survivors as death toll rises.

UN calls for aid as displaced from Cyclone Idai may reach 2m.

EUROPE

EU ministers tell UK: Make up your mind over Brexit.

US, Russia divided on Venezuela after talks in Rome.


Russia's Putin signs into law bills banning 'fake news,' insults.

Italy may be ready to open up four ports to Chinese investment under ‘Belt and Road Initiative’.

Germany eligible to deport refugees to EU countries with poor living conditions.

Italy blocks NGO ship carrying rescued migrants from docking.

‘Our tolerance has limits!’ Expel US envoy for acting like ‘occupation commissioner’, says German MP.

AMERICAS

Supreme Court sides with Trump in immigrant detention dispute.

Trump to meet with Bolsonaro in boost to US-Brazil alliance.

Mueller suspected Cohen may have been secretly acting as foreign agent in 2017.

US imposes new sanctions against Venezuela - Treasury Dept.

Venezuela: Guaido loyalists seize diplomatic properties in US.

Colombia war crimes: Mass protests in support of special tribunal.

Third Canadian official resigns in scandal threatening Trudeau.

US strongly looking at NATO membership for Brazil - Trump .

Three dead in record flooding in US Midwestern states.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

France brings back IS jihadists' children from Syria camps.

'No direct links' between Utrecht suspect and victims: Police.

Letter in Utrecht getaway car may suggest terror motive.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Palladium hits record high above $1,600/oz on plans for Russia export ban.

Venezuela says it may send U.S.-bound oil To Russia.

US-China trade war could slash US$1 trillion from US economy in a decade warns Chamber of Commerce.

Facebook and YouTube defend response to Christchurch videos.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 19, 2019

Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence. The proposed spending increase comes despite President Trump’s sometimes tempestuous relationship with his intelligence agencies.CreditCreditErin Schaff for The New York Times

New York Times: Trump Administration Proposes $86 Billion Spy Budget to Take On Russia and China

WASHINGTON — American intelligence spending could rise to nearly $86 billion, a 6 percent increase that reflects the Trump administration’s proposed boost in defense and national security spending and a renewed focus on threats from Russia and China.

The director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, released the overall proposed budget for American intelligence agencies on Monday, and the Pentagon also released its proposed intelligence spending for the fiscal year starting in October.

The budget covers expenses as diverse as spy satellites, cyberweapons and the C.I.A.’s network of overseas spies and informants. But neither the administration nor Congress releases details about the so-called black budget, which is classified.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 19, 2019

Trump administration requests nearly $86B for spy budget -- The Hill

US accuses China and Russia of undermining space peace push -- SCMP

Stealth Bombers, Nuclear Attack Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The U.S. Military's Future -- National Interest

Air Force One: New Estimate Bumps Total Cost By Nearly One-Third -- Defense One

Boeing's F-15X Gets an Air Force Boost Over Lockheed's F-35 -- Bloomberg

'Afraid of Getting Your Wheels Wet?' US Doomsday Plane Redeployed Due to Flood -- Sputnik

Air Force To Turn Navy Air Defense Busting Missile Into High-Speed Critical Strike Weapon -- Warzone/The Drive

Once again, the US Navy looks to scrap its largest combatants to save money -- Defense News

USS George Washington gets its mast, part of four-year overhaul -- UPI

Navy to Begin Large Surface Combatant Buys in 2025; Delayed From Original 2023 Start -- USNI News

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 18, 2019 -- USNI News

Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration -- The Hill

Nielsen warns US 'not prepared' for foreign cyberattacks -- The Hill

Exclusive: As Venezuela crisis deepens, U.S. sharpens focus on Colombia rebel threat -- Reuters

New Zealand attack exposes how little US, allies share intelligence on domestic terrorism threats -- Stars and Stripes/Washington Post

State Department approves sale of assault amphibious vehicles to Spain -- UPI

German military helicopters get 'mandatory' funding in budget plan -- Reuters

Norway presents evidence GPS attack on NATO exercise came from Russia -- News.com.au

British F-35s to gain Meteor, Spear missile systems -- UPI

Lack of Pilots, Operating Costs May Keep Norway's F-35 Fleet Grounded -- Sputnik

European militaries ‘will do more to counter assertive China’ in Indo-Pacific -- SCMP

Russian Aerospace Forces strengthened by over 1,000 warplanes & helicopters -- RT

Russians Use U.S. Navy’s Aegis Ashore as Excuse to Deploy Strategic Bombers to Crimea -- USNI News

Russia’s brand-new Yasen-class attack submarines -- TASS

Russian Submarine Makes Mysterious Exit From Black Sea -- USNI News

Putin says he considers Su-57 as world’s best military plane -- TASS

This Video Might Be the Future of Russia's Army: Armed Ground Robots -- National Interest

Is China’s cyberespionage a military game-changer? -- Washington Post

China, Pakistan Vow to Strengthen Counter-Terrorism Cooperation -- Bloomberg

Ukraine's New Laws Will Only Escalate The Current Ethnic Conflict



Elise Giuliano, Foreign Affairs: Is the Risk of Ethnic Conflict Growing in Ukraine?

New Laws Could Create Dangerous Divisions

The Ukrainian presidential election is only weeks away, and its outcome is highly uncertain. President Petro Poroshenko is lagging in the polls behind Volodymyr Zelensky, a television actor whose only political experience consists of playing the president of Ukraine in a sitcom. The country will head to the polls while still at war in its eastern region of Donbas, where in 2014, local separatists forcibly seized government buildings and declared people’s republics in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. Since then, the conflict has taken on elements of both a civil war and an interstate conflict, with Russia arming separatist combatants and sponsoring the breakaway regions. Violence is muted but steady: the number of deaths recently reached 13,000, one-quarter of them civilian.

Unsurprisingly, Ukraine’s leading presidential candidates are all running on platforms resisting Russia. The choice is logical given popular anger over President Vladimir Putin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and continued interference in Donbas. But Poroshenko differs from other candidates in that he couches his anti-Russian message in a national identity incorporating elements of Ukrainian ethnicity. Whereas his campaign slogan in 2014 was “A New Way of Living,” his current slogan is “Army! Language! Faith!”

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WNU Editor: Kudos to Foreign Policy for warning what I have been warning about for a long time. Ukrainian laws and policies that discriminate against the Russian-Ukrainian population is the source of the conflict in Ukraine today. Banning Russian in schools, prohibiting Russian-Ukrainians from government and public jobs, and being told that government services will only be provided in Ukrainian .... all of this is a festering issue for many Russian-Ukrainians. But the new laws that President Poroshenko is advocating for is only going to make a bad situation worse, and developments like this one is only going to guarantee a Russian-Ukrainian backlash .... Neo-Nazis and the Far Right Are On the March in Ukraine (The Nation).

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Promises To Regain Crimea

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko

Kyiv Post: Poroshenko promises to regain Crimea – after election

Five years after Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea began, President Petro Poroshenko has promised Kyiv will regain control of the peninsula if he is re-elected.

Speaking in an interview on March 17 with TV channel Ukraina, Poroshenko said that “Crimea will be returned to Ukraine, without haggling and behind-the-scenes agreements.”

“We will do everything for it to happen as soon as possible, immediately after the presidential election,” he said, adding that he doesn’t rule out the possibility that Ukraine will also see progress in the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission to the Russian-occupied parts of the Donbas – also right after the election.

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Update: Poroshenko: Ukraine's most important task to ensure restoration of territorial integrity (UNIAN)

WNU Editor: It is not going to happen.

Russia Deploys Nuclear-Capable Bombers And The Iskander Missile System To Crimea

A Tu-160 Nikolai Kuznetsov strategic missile-carrier bomber, left, and a Tu-22MZ long-range missile-carrier bomber during the rehearsal of the air part of the Victory Parade in Moscow. © Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich

RT: Russia deploys Tu-22M3 bombers & Iskanders to Crimea in response to US missile launchers in Romania

Russia has deployed strategic bombers and Iskander missile systems in Crimea to counter US anti-missile elements in Romania, a top senator said. It will allow the country to respond to any threat coming from European territory.

Editor’s note: The Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation Council later denied the deployment of Tu-22M3 strategic bombers and Iskander-M ballistic missile systems to Crimea, saying the initial statement by committee head Viktor Bondarev was erroneous.

The installation of the American MK-41 missile defense launch systems in Romania became a “serious challenge” for Russia, Viktor Bondarev, the head of the Russian Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, said.

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WNU Editor: There are a few major Russian military bases in Crimea. This deployment is not a surprise.

More News On Russia Deploying Nuclear-Capable Bombers And The Iskander Missile System To Crimea

Russia decides to deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Crimea: RIA -- Reuters
Russia sends 'squadrons' of nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea in response to U.S. missile shield in Romania -- Japan Times

Insulting Russian President Putin Can Result With You Going To Jail

Russian President Vladimir Putin. © Alexey NikolskyTASS

Moscow Times: Putin Signs 'Fake News,' 'Internet Insults' Bills Into Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial set of bills that make it a crime to “disrespect” the state and spread “fake news” online, Russian media reported on Monday.

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

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WNU Editor: Recent exposes on how rich Putin's inner circle have become in the past few years have caused a lot of embarrassment in the Kremlin. This law is their attempt to block it. In my opinion this banning will fail, but unfortunately a lot of people are going to find themselves in the courts losing time and money defending their actions.

More News On Russia Banning 'Fake News' And 'Insults' To The State

Putin signs new law BANNING 'fake news and 'insulting the state' with jail as punishment -- Daily Mail
Russia's Putin Signs Into Law Bills Banning 'Fake News,' Insults -- RFE
Putin signs bills outlawing 'fake news' -- The Hill
Russia Criminalizes The Spread Of Online News Which 'Disrespects' The Government -- NPR
With Putin’s signature, ‘fake news’ bill becomes law -- The Washington Post

French Government To Ban Yellow Vest Protests In Neighborhoods If ‘Radical Groups’ Are Spotted



Reuters: France to ban 'yellow vest' protests if violent groups take part: PM

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s prime minister said Paris’s police chief had been sacked and that the government would shut down “yellow vest” protests if violent groups were identified among the ranks of “yellow vest” protesters.

President Emmanuel Macron and his government have been forced back on the defensive after rioters ransacked luxury boutiques and torched cafes and a bank on Saturday in the latest flare-up of violence against Macron’s pro-business reforms.

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WNU Editor: This is not going to stop the protests. But what I do expect is a far harsher police response to these demonstrations, and far more injuries.

More News On The Unrest In France

France's Prime Minister sacks Paris police chief and bans Yellow Vest protests on Champs Elysees in wake of the latest wave of violence -- Daily Mail
Yellow Vest Protests Prompt France to Ban Some Demonstrations -- The New York Times
French prime minister bans 'Yellow Vest' demonstrations on Champs Elysees amid renewed violent protests -- FOX News
France To Ban Yellow Vest Protests In Neighborhoods With "Ultra" Radicals -- Zero Hedge
French PM removes police chief and vows to shut down rioters -- The Guardian
Paris police chief sacked and demos to be banned: French government moves to end rioting -- The Local

American Millenials Are A Special Breed

This chart illustrates the top 10 things that Millennials get stressed out about, according to a new survey by OnePoll on behalf of CBD company Endoca

Daily Mail: Dead phones and zero Instagram likes: The small headaches that have 58% of Millennials saying life is more stressful now than ever before

* One-third of Millennials believe their lives are more stressful than average
* Americans ages 22-37 cite a myriad of small problems that add up to big stress
* For example, 40% of Millennials stress out over having a dead phone battery
* Nearly 20% of Millennials said getting zero likes on a social media post would cause them more stress than having an argument with their significant other
* Their biggest source of stress (50%) is from losing a wallet or credit card

A majority (58 percent) of Millennials feel that life is more stressful now than ever before, according to a new survey.

In addition, one-third of Millennials believe their lives are more stressful than the average person's, according to the survey by OnePoll on behalf of Endoca, a CBD oil company.

For Millennials, the source of tension is typically a myriad of small stressors – phone batteries dying, being stuck in traffic or long waits for appointments – that add up to big anxiety over time, according to the survey of 2,000 Americans ages 22-37.

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WNU Editor: When I was in my early 20s, my biggest worries were .... doing well in school, getting a good job, pleasing my parents, finding that special someone who would be with me for the rest of my life, and living in a good home. Other worries were nuclear war, economic hard times, and political turmoil. Aside from showing up late for work, I cannot relate to what American Millenials are thinking about today. As to Millenials in Russia, I think they share some of the same worries that Americans are concerned about. But political, national security, and economic worries would be in their top ten.

Are American Nuclear Missiles On Hair-Trigger Alert?

In the real world, it is important to remember what President John F. Kennedy said about America's newly built Minuteman missiles: that they were his "ace in the hole" and prevented the Cuban missile crisis from ending in Armageddon. Pictured: An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test on August 2, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (Image source: U.S. Air Force)

Peter Huessy, Gatestone Institute: "Dangerous Nuclear Schemes"

The proposed policies, if adopted by the new leadership in the House, would certainly fracture whatever consensus exists today to modernize America's strategic nuclear deterrent -- and at a time when both Russia and China are charging ahead militarily, and Iran and North Korea are racing toward a deliverable nuclear weapons capability.

If the United States chooses to eliminate its land-based missiles, as arms control advocates have proposed, it would dramatically and dangerously simplify an adversary's targeting calculus. The US would be reducing more than 500 distinct American-based nuclear-related targets -- including 450 Minuteman silos and 48 launch control centers spread across five American states -- down to only five continental US targets -- three USAF bomber bases, and two submarines bases -- and only roughly 10 targets if US submarines at sea were included.

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WNU Editor: U.S. nuclear forces have always been on alert, but they are constrained from firing because they need the President's codes to launch. But the debate on what to do with America's nuclear forces is now heating up. Modernization of the force will cost a trillion dollars, and in response Congress is entertaining the idea that maintaining the nuclear triad is too expensive, and that maybe a sea and air nuclear deterrent with a unilateral cutback in nuclear weapons is all that is needed. I think this is a mistake. If it works, don't fix it. But America is a different country, and we now exist in an environment where even the issue of border security has become a bipartisan affair.

Why Is The Mainstream Media Ignoring The Mass Killings Of Christians Across The Globe?



Zero Hedge: Why Does The Mainstream Media Purposely Ignore Mass Killings Of Christians Across The Globe?

Last week, when a deranged lunatic gunned down dozens of Muslims at two mosques in New Zealand it suddenly became the biggest news story in the world, and rightly so.

It was a major news event, and it needed to be reported. But shouldn’t mass killings of Christians be given the same sort of media coverage? Sadly, we all know that doesn’t happen. Whenever there is a mass killing of Christians, it is usually entirely ignored by the mainstream media in the United States, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this is happening. Those that control the mainstream media consider Christians to be one of the main obstacles to “progress” in this country, and so any story that would put Christians in a positive or sympathetic light simply does not fit any of the narratives that they are pushing.

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WNU Editor: My sentiments exactly. In my opinion one of the most under-reported stories of the past decade has been the industrial scale extermination of the Christian population and its culture in the Middle East. And it is a lack of coverage that still continues.

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