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Official: Mexican prison was controlled by Jalisco cartel

Mexico’s top security official has announced what many Mexicans had long suspected: the Jalisco drug cartel had long controlled the infamous “Puente Grande” federal prison where convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman staged his first escape in 2001

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Paternity ruling nudges Delphine Boel to Belgian royalty

Artist and sculptor Delphine Boel is on the cusp of officially becoming a Belgian princess after a Brussels court ruled in her favor in a decades-old royal paternity scandal pitting her against former King Albert II

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Nobel peace laureate calls for urgent justice in Congo

Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege says mass atrocities, including widespread sexual violence, continue to go unpunished in his country and an international criminal tribunal is urgently needed to prosecute those crimes

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Belgium busts big cocaine ring that relied on corrupt police

Authorities in Belgium and another three countries have dismantled a criminal drug trafficking network that allegedly relied on corrupt police officers to ship hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Western Europe

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Ukrainian wildfires kill 5, set off ammunition from war

Authorities say wildfires in eastern Ukraine have killed at least five people and detonated unexploded ordnance fired during fighting with Russia-backed separatists

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'Are we going to choose white supremacy?' Voters of color react to Trump's comments

Voters of color reacted with alarm, or sometimes shrugs, to President Trump's failure to disavow white supremacist groups during Tuesday's debate.

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Zoom, drones and virtual offerings: South Korea's ancestral rites go digital in COVID-19 times

Rites honoring ancestors during one of South Korea's most important holidays are going virtual, as the country remains on alert for a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

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Q&A: What is President Trump's relationship with far-right and white supremacist groups?

President Trump's call for the right-wing group Proud Boys to "stand by" has brought renewed attention to his relationship with the far right.

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Proud Boys organizer, celebrating Trump endorsement, says group will keep battling left-wing activists

Joe Biggs, a leader of the far-right Proud Boys celebrating President Trump's apparent endorsement, said that if left-wing lawlessness persisted, his members were prepared to return to Portland, Ore., "the main center of insurrection around the country."

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Photos: Far-right groups, feeling support from Trump, find fertile recruiting ground in the Northwest

The unrest roiling Portland, Ore., and other cities this year has been a powerful recruiting tool for organizations like the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and the Three Percenters. But not everyone who supports them is draped in camo and AR-15s.

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Court rules Edward Snowden’s book earnings should go to US gov’t

US government sued the whistle-blower over the publication of his book, Permanent Record, which it said violated NDAs.

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Diocese in NY state files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

The Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York, is facing more than 200 sexual abuse lawsuits.

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Investors fail to protect the Amazon, conservation group finds

Firms managing trillions in assets are failing to set policies to stop the damage, a forest conservation group says.

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Takeoff: Boeing to move 787 production to South Carolina in 2021

The cost-cutting move raises questions over the future of Boeing's mega Everett plant north of Seattle.

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Jobs and other economic gauges signal slowing US recovery

While this week's US presidential debate offered no discourse on economic policy, voters have a lot of data to digest.

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Delphine Boël: Belgium ex-king's love child wins royal titles

A court has ruled that Daphne Boël and her children can claim the title of Princess of Belgium.

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Coronavirus: Paris poised for maximum Covid alert

France's health minister has warned that new measures could be introduced by Monday.

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Turkey and Greece set up military hotline amid energy tensions

The two countries are locked in a row over energy resources and borders in the Mediterranean.

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Joyce Echaquan death: Canada PM Trudeau decries 'worst form of racism'

PM Justin Trudeau joins the outcry over the treatment of Joyce Echaquan in a Quebec hospital.

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Subway rolls ruled too sugary to be bread in Ireland

A court says the bread used in the firm's hot sandwiches must be taxed because of its sugar content.

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Trump to attend next two presidential debates despite opposing rule changes

Donald Trump was criticised for frequently interrupting rival Joe Biden in Tuesday’s debate.

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Sturgeon lambasts MP for using public transport despite positive Covid-19 result

Margaret Ferrier displayed symptoms of the virus yet travelled to London to speak in the House of Commons before testing positive

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DNA test finally proves artist to be a Belgian princess

Delphine Boel will receive the title 'Princess of Belgium' after an appeals court ruled former King Albert II is her father

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French chefs and café owners protest Covid-19 closures

Double Michelin-starred Philippe Etchebest pressed restaurateurs and their staff to stand on the street outside their venues on Friday and make some noise

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Paris bars could be shut as hospital beds fill with Covid patients – minister

Health minister Olivier Veran warned that the government could classify Paris and nearby suburbs as a ‘maximum alert zone’.

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Between restoration and change

In many ways, Joe Biden is a known quantity when it comes to foreign policy. He believes in American leadership, the liberal international order, democracy, alliances, treaties, and climate change. He will seek to undo much of what President Donald Trump has wrought—he will quickly rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, he will try…

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The post-Sabah era in Kuwait

Kuwait’s 91-year-old emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah passed away on September 29. He had served as the country’s foreign minister between 1963 and 2003, prime minister from 2003 to 2006, and emir since 2006, and was instrumental in formulating Kuwait’s moderate foreign policy and role in the region as a neutral mediator. He was…

Posted 9:11pm - 30 Sep 2020

Liberal order undone? Japan’s leadership role after Prime Minister Abe

The American-led international liberal order is nearing a breaking point. The rise of protectionism and atrophy of the World Trade Organization has battered the open trading system, and America’s alliances are facing growing strain. Meanwhile, China has become more assertive in using its military and economic power to advance its interests, and U.S.-China strategic competition…

Posted 6:54pm - 30 Sep 2020

No peacemakers for the new/old Caucasian war

A full-blown war erupted in the South Caucasus last Sunday, September 27, and as the two belligerents — Armenia and Azerbaijan — mobilize their forces under martial law, no international authority is trying in earnest to stop the hostilities. The conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region ignited 30 years ago as the Soviet Union was…

Posted 4:03pm - 30 Sep 2020

Global China: Examining China’s approach to global governance and norms

China’s growing activism in international rulemaking and institutions has provided a glimpse into its evolving approach to international institutions, rules, and norms. What is the scale of Beijing’s ambitions? What tools will it use to advance them? On September 21, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a webinar as part of the “Global China: Assessing…

Posted 2:00pm - 29 Sep 2020
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Startups In India Want To Build Their Own App Store To Bypass Google's

To avoid paying a 30 percent cut, Indian tech companies look for new ways to get apps in the hands of consumers.


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We Are Not Your Daughters

We do not wish to be India's daughters.


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Indian Police Forcibly Cremated A Rape Victim, Her Family Has Alleged

The victim's family had pleaded with the police to release her body.


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Posted 3:04pm - 30 Sep 2020

The Biden Campaign Slammed Facebook For Refusing To Take Down Misleading Trump Posts

“Rather than seeing progress, we have seen regression,” Biden's campaign manager wrote in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


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Posted 5:19pm - 29 Sep 2020

A Uighur Woman Who Was At Risk Of Being Forcibly Sent Back To China And Detained Has Arrived Safely In The US

Tursunay Ziyawudun is among a small number of former detainees who have left China and spoken publicly about their experiences in internment camps in the Xinjiang region.


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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend reveal 'deep pain' following loss of baby

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TV personality and model Chrissy Teigen posted to Instagram early Thursday saying she and her husband, singer-songwriter John Legend, had lost a baby.

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Hong Kong police arrest at least 60 after pro-democracy protest on Chinese holiday

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Hong Kong police arrested at least 60 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China's National Day holiday Thursday after crowds gathered on the streets of a popular shopping district chanting pro-democracy slogans.

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Facebook tightens political ad bans as U.S. election nears

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Facebook on Wednesday banned ads on its flagship website and Instagram photo and video sharing service that claim widespread voting fraud, suggest U.S. election results would be invalid, or which attack any method of voting.

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U.S., Russia, France call for ceasefire after renewed fighting in contested Caucasus region

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France, Russia and the United States on Thursday demanded an immediate ceasefire between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces around the Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, calling for a return to negotiations without delay.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Vatican officials, but not Pope Francis

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Thursday at the Vatican to meet with top Holy See officials, a day after tensions over American opposition to the Vatican's China policy spilled out in public.

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Is War Coming? China 'the Greatest External Threat' to the United States

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls China "The greatest external threat that the United States faces."

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Is War Coming? China 'the Greatest External Threat' to the United States

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls China "The greatest external threat that the United States faces."

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Pompeo Calls on Vatican to Stand Up to China's Persecution: 'Replace Pictures of Jesus with Chairman Mao'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging the Roman Catholic Church to take a greater stand against the religious persecution being seen in China. 

Posted 9:00pm - 30 Sep 2020

Christian Girl Abused, Boy Sacrificed by Muslim Shaman in Uganda Where Child Sacrifice Is Big Business

A disturbing report out of Uganda is the latest confirmation of an evil practice that CBN News first reported about years ago.

Posted 7:05pm - 30 Sep 2020

COVID Death Toll Tops 1M Worldwide, US Gov't Deploying Millions of Rapid Test Kits

The world hit a somber milestone Tuesday as the global death toll from COVID-19 has now topped one million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Posted 2:46pm - 29 Sep 2020
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Subway bread isn't bread, court says

Court rules that the bread sold by Subway contains too much sugar to be categorized as a "staple food," which is not taxed.

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Pope Francis refuses to meet with Mike Pompeo ahead of 2020 election

When asked whether the meeting would be exploited by Pompeo, the Vatican's second-ranking official said, "I have no proof to say this, but certainly it is a thought that may be made."

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Ukraine investigates death of U.S. woman found near train tracks

Police said the woman, who was wearing sports clothes and headphones, may have been assaulted

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Vietnam War ID tag found in Russia returned to U.S. soldier's widow

An American citizen traveling in Russia bought the ID from a street vendor in Moscow and brought it to the American Embassy.

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Trump administration sets refugee cap at 15,000, a record low

The Trump administration said it is planning to take in no more than 15,000 refugees in fiscal year 2021.

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Belgian king's hidden daughter wins fight to be princess

A Belgian artist has won a seven-year legal battle to be confirmed as a princess and the official daughter of former king Albert II, her lawyer said Thursday.

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Trump signals he might not accept changes to debate rules after chaotic clash

US President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled he might not accept rule changes for upcoming presidential debates which organizers have said will be needed to reign in unruly behavior.

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Kremlin says Navalny works with CIA after he accuses Putin of poisoning

The Kremlin on Thursday accused opposition politician Alexei Navalny of working with the CIA after Navalny said he believed President Vladimir Putin was behind the suspected poisoning that put him in a coma in Germany.

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Italy tops 2,000 daily COVID-19 cases for first time since April: Health ministry

Italy has registered 2,548 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday, the first time the country has exceeded 2,000 cases in a single day since the end of April.

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Paris in danger of restaurant shutdown as COVID-19 roars back

France on Thursday reported nearly 14,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, close to the record levels seen last week.

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US bans Malaysian palm oil producer over labor abuses

The palm oil industry is a supplier for major companies like Nestle and is facing increasing scrutiny. Imports of palm oil from Malaysian company FGV Holdings Berhad are now banned from the U.S. after an investigation revealed signs of labor abuses.

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Whose art? Theft case forces France to confront colonial past.

An activist from Congo is being prosecuted for removing an African artifact from its display in a French museum. The museum insists that the artwork belongs to France, but the case raises broader questions around colonial-era wrongdoings.

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World order: As the US steps back, Europe steps up

Europe’s heavyweights are asserting their independence from the U.S. even when they share Washington’s foreign policy goals. Will this last?

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At Stan the Man’s bookmobile, kids buy books with acts of kindness

Former kindergarten teacher Stan Tucker launched his Read ’n’ Roll bookmobile to promote literacy. But it’s become a vehicle for kindness too.

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At Stan the Man’s bookmobile, kids buy books with acts of kindness

Former kindergarten teacher Stan Tucker launched his Read ’n’ Roll bookmobile to promote literacy. But it’s become a vehicle for kindness too.

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Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Not once during Samsung’s Unpacked event for

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Game of Thrones creators sign $200 million Netflix deal to make exclusive shows and films

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have signed a multi-year film and

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‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to

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Every Apple, Google, and Samsung phone you can buy with a headphone jack

In the not-too-distant past, you used to be able to buy a smartphone knowing that

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AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors

AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors, mounting a big challenge

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Nikola shares surge as much as 31% after management confirms production targets

Nikola shares jumped on Thursday following comments from the embattled company's management team.

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Pelosi and Mnuchin take a last-ditch shot at a coronavirus stimulus deal

Pelosi and Mnuchin are expected to talk again as House Democrats consider voting on a coronavirus stimulus bill that will not pass the Senate.

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Jobless claims edge lower to 837,000 as slow recovery continues

First-time claims for unemployment benefits were expected to total 850,000 for the week ended Sept. 26, according to economists surveyed by Dow Jones.

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New Ford CEO Farley announces operational restructuring and executive shakeup

New Ford Motor CEO Jim Farley is restructuring the company's business operations, including a shakeup in its top ranks, as he succeeds Jim Hackett in leading the automaker. 

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Google says it will pay publishers $1 billion for news in next three years

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has promised to pay news publishers $1 billion over the next three years. 

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The historic hurricane season isn't over yet

The Atlantic hurricane season has exhausted the English alphabet and now is working on the Greek alphabet.

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Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict, source says

Further evidence is emerging of rebels from Syria being recruited to fight as mercenaries in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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China contained Covid-19. Now, hundreds of millions of people there are about to go on vacation at the same time

China is on the move again. As October 1 arrives, hundreds of millions of people are expected to pack highways, trains and planes for the National Day holiday, one of the busiest times for travel in the world's most populous country.

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US restricts palm oil imports from Malaysia over alleged forced labor abuses

US Customs and Border Protection will block imports of palm oil and palm oil products from Malaysia in the latest move by the agency targeting overseas forced labor practices.

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Maldives set to become world's first country to offer a traveler loyalty program

They won't just be for airlines and hotels anymore -- Maldives is on track to become the first country in the world to have its own hospitality loyalty program.

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Armenia says it shot down Azerbaijani drone near capital

Armenia's military said its rockets shot down an Azerbaijani drone near the capital on Thursday night, as heavy fighting persisted in the conflict over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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AP: U.S. trooper's mic records talk of beating, choking Black man

In graphic, matter-of-fact chatter picked up on his body-camera mic, a Louisiana State trooper implicated in the 2019 death of a Black man can be heard talking of beating and choking him before 'all of a sudden he just went limp.'

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Paul Workman: A sure sign of a looming crisis is a return to regular briefings by the British PM

Nationwide, 80,000 of us got tested in the biggest rolling study of its kind in the U.K. The results have now been published and leave a small opening of hope, writes CTV National News' London Bureau Chief Paul Workman. The rate of infection is still going up—but seems to be slowing down.

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Belgian king's secret daughter wins legal fight to become a princess

A Belgian artist has won a seven-year legal battle to be confirmed as a princess and the official daughter of former king Albert II, her lawyer said Thursday.

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Authorities use pear to entice, capture escaped emu

An emu that was spotted roaming the streets of a city near Boston was corralled by authorities in Massachusetts.

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Melania Trump humiliated: FLOTUS confuses public in bizarre video 'The **** is happening!'



MELANIA TRUMP has been criticised for the way she greeted US President Donald Trump on stage following his live debate against Democrat candidate, Joe Biden.

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South China Sea crisis: Vietnam warns Beijing military drills could wreck negotiations



TENSIONS are threatening to boil over in the South China Sea after Vietnam warned China its wide-scale military drills across the volatile region threaten to derail negotiations on a regional maritime code of conduct for the disputed waters.

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California earthquake alert: Experts warn of more quakes as swarm ‘developing rapidly’



HUNDREDS of earthquakes have hit California with experts warning even larger quakes could devastate the state in the coming week.

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Archaeology breakthrough: Divers unearthed bombshell 'treasure' shipwreck



ARCHAEOLOGISTS were stunned when they found a shipwreck off the coast of Panama, with the vessel thought to have belonged to Captain Morgan, the 17th century British buccaneer.

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German central bank issues terrifying warning to Merkel and EU - 'A big shock is coming!'



ANGELA MERKEL is on alert after Germany's central bank - the Bundesbank - warned that a "big shock" is still to come to its economy, with the EU yet to face the "worst" of the coronavirus economic impact.

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Gruesome details of Ice Age massacre where children were among dead uncovered

Scientists from the University of Oxford discovered that victims of the attack in La Hoya in Northern Spain had been decapitated and dismembered between 350 and 200 BC

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Police clash with villagers after cremating rape victim 'without permission'

The 20-year-old woman died from her injuries at a hospital in Delhi two weeks after she was brutally attacked. Family members say they were denied the chance to say goodbye to her by officials

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'World's hottest gran' who uses freeze therapy to stay looking young turns 50

Gina Stewart, from the Gold Coast in Australia, stayed at the five-star Sheraton Grand Resort Hotel along with her daughters to celebrate the significant milestone in style

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Subway sandwiches too sweet to be described as bread, rules Irish court

The ruling by the Irish Supreme court has been made that the bread cannot be defined as a staple food because it contains too much sugar under tax laws in Ireland

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Daughter's heartbreaking reason mum found alive at sea after two years missing

Angelica Gaitan's family had no clue where she was during the two years since they lost contact with her before she was found floating in the middle of the sea

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South Korean Army awards contract to Hyundai Rotem for additional armored vehicles

The industry giant Hyundai Rotem has announced that it had a new contract for supply additional armored personnel carriers to the Republic of Korea Army. The details were given in a 29 September media release, to announce that Hyundai Rotem has signed a contract worth 407.7 billion won ($348.4 million) with the Defense Acquisition Program […]

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U.S. Army gets one step closer to laser gun system

The Stryker combat vehicle integrated with a laser weapon system is one step closer to becoming a reality. Last week, the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Acquisition, Logistics & Technology has announced that the U.S. Army is one step closer to delivering laser weapons to Soldiers with the recent arrival of two Stryker vehicles […]

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Nexter Group unveils new infantry fighting vehicle at HEMUS 2020

French Nexter Group has unveiled its new infantry fighting vehicle during the HEMUS 2020 exhibition in Bulgaria. The Nexter Group along with Belgium company John Cockerill Defense (JCD) is displaying the new version of the VBCI 8×8 armored vehicle fitted with a 30mm 3030 turret at the HEMUS 2020. The two partners share the same […]

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U.S. Marine Corps approves initial fielding of new ACV

The United States Marine Corps announced that the Program Executive Officer Land Systems approved initial fielding of the Marine Corps’ new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), which will eventually replace the Corps’ legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicles. “This is truly a significant moment, given the many years the Marine Corps has invested in trying to replace the […]

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U.S. Army taps BAE Systems for additional M88 recovery vehicles

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded BAE Systems modification contract for M88 recovery vehicles to the U.S. Army. The award, announced by the DoD on 30 September, covers the procurement of M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System vehicles. Within the contract expected that work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with […]

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COVID-19 vaccine won't immediately end the pandemic, experts say

COVID-19 vaccine won't immediately end the pandemic, experts say

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Turkish law tightening rules on social media comes into effect

Turkish law tightening rules on social media comes into effect

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In a divided Moldova, President Igor Dodon fights for four more years

In a divided Moldova, President Igor Dodon fights for four more years

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Jews in Europe face new restrictions on religious freedom, says rabbi

Jews in Europe face new restrictions on religious freedom, says rabbi

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Macron, Putin and Trump call for immediate Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

Macron, Putin and Trump call for immediate Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

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No NASA hasn’t created a new star sign, it’s just one ditched 3,000 years ago by the Babylonians

A reported new star sign was actually identified by the Babylonians more than 3,000 years ago.

Posted 3 months ago

‘Some evidence’ Madeleine McCann dead, say German authorities

German authorities have said they have “some evidence” that Madeleine McCann is dead but are appealing for more information to bring a suspect to court.

Posted 4 months ago

US singer Bill Withers dies aged 81

US soul singer Bill Withers, who was behind a string of hits in the 1970s including Lean On Me, Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine, has died from heart complications aged 81.

Posted 6 months ago

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

Posted 7 months ago

SPONSORED: 5 reasons why Yokohama brings exciting opportunities for Scottish businesses

There are a number of international opportunities for new and established businesses in Scotland in the city of Yokohama in Japan. And that's thanks to the Scottish Government and the City of Yokohama signing a joint declaration on collaborating in the areas of culture and tourism, marine industries, sports and education in 2018. A year on, we reveal five reasons why this innovative and creative city brings exciting opportunities for Scots businessmen and businesswomen looking to launch a new business there...

Posted 10 months ago
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French government rakes in €2.8 billion from 5G frequency auctions to mobile operators

France's mobile operators paid the state nearly 2.8 billion euros for the first block of 5G radio frequencies auctioned off this week, with former state monopoly Orange winning the biggest share, the Arcep telecoms regulator said Thursday.

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Exclusive: 'We would not accept US drone strikes inside Kenya,' warns President Kenyatta

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 while on an official visit to France, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta discussed the main challenges facing him. Asked about the fight against terror, the Kenyan leader denied reports that the US military has sought authorisation to carry out drone strikes inside Kenya. He stressed that if such a request were made, he would refuse it. Kenyatta also addressed the Covid-19 pandemic, Kenya's economic development, as well as a bid to dissolve parliament because of a lack of gender equality. 

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Rebuilding Beirut: Can Lebanon's capital make a fresh start?

As the French Red Cross spearheads a United for Lebanon fund drive, The France 24 Debate goes to Beirut two months after the chemical blast at the port that still has the capital reeling. 

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Paris could face new Covid-19 restrictions from Monday, health minister says

The French government could place Paris on maximum alert as soon as Monday amid a rise in Covid-19 infections, Health Minister Olivier Véran said Thursday, a move that would likely force the closure of restaurants and bars and tighten other restrictions on public life. France reported nearly 14,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, close to the record levels seen last week.

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France ready to airlift wounded journalists out of disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France is ready to airlift two journalists out of Nagorno Karabakh after they were badly wounded in fighting in the disputed region.

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Misinformation is spread as fast as coronavirus. It will ‘take a village’ to fight it

Experts say there will always be incentives for people to spread false information, but learning how to detect it now will put us in a better position in the future.

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Satanic Temple raises hell over rejected abortion billboards

The Satanic Temple is suing an advertising company for refusing to put up its pro-abortion rights billboards.

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COMMENTARY: A chaotic first debate leaves the U.S. presidential race unchanged

Despite seeing Biden’s debate performance more favourably, Americans still view the race as a toss-up, putting Trump’s chances of winning at 4.68 out of 10 and Biden’s at 4.77 out of 10.

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5,000 pets found dead in boxes at Chinese shipping depot

The animals are thought to have been left at the depot for a week.

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Canadian human smuggler allegedly charged migrants up to $65K for transport to Canada

The FBI says former Toronto resident Srikajamukan Chelliah charged between C$28,000 and C$65,000 to transport migrants on a cramped ship caught near Turks and Caicos last October.

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MP Margaret Ferrier's Covid Parliament trip 'indefensible' - BBC News

  1. MP Margaret Ferrier's Covid Parliament trip 'indefensible'  BBC News
  2. SNP MP Margaret Ferrier suspended for taking train after positive Covid test  The Guardian
  3. MP apologises after travelling to Parliament with Covid-19 symptoms before testing positive  Telegraph.co.uk
  4. Sturgeon breaks silence in furious outburst at SNP MP with Covid-19 who broke rules  Daily Express
  5. SNP MP Margaret Ferrier suspended after travelling TWICE between London & Scotland on train with coronavirus  The Sun
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Alexei Navalny Blames Russia's Putin For His Poisoning - NPR

  1. Alexei Navalny Blames Russia's Putin For His Poisoning  NPR
  2. Alexei Navalny blames Vladimir Putin for poisoning him  BBC News
  3. Russians Were Urged to Return to Normal Life. Except for Putin.  The New York Times
  4. Kremlin critic Navalny blames Putin over Novichok poisoning  ABC News
  5. Russian opposition leader Navalny directly blames Putin for poisoning  The Washington Post
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Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, source says - CNN

  1. Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, source says  CNN
  2. Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Azerbaijan president vows to fight on - BBC News  BBC News
  3. Two French journalists seriously wounded after shelling in Nagorno-Karabakh  Reuters
  4. Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan  The Guardian
  5. How and why Turkey is fueling the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict  Washington Examiner
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Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, source says - CNN

  1. Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, source says  CNN
  2. Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Azerbaijan president vows to fight on - BBC News  BBC News
  3. Nagorno-Karabakh: Deadly fighting spills into fifth day  Al Jazeera English
  4. Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan  The Guardian
  5. How and why Turkey is fueling the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict  Washington Examiner
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Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, source says - CNN

  1. Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, source says  CNN
  2. Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Azerbaijan president vows to fight on - BBC News  BBC News
  3. Two French journalists seriously wounded after shelling in Nagorno-Karabakh  Reuters
  4. The Guardian view on Nagorno-Karabakh: new interests in an old conflict  The Guardian
  5. How and why Turkey is fueling the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict  Washington Examiner
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Iran FM Holds Talks with Dutch, Austrian Counterparts

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has discussed a whole range of issues with his opposite numbers from the Netherlands and Austria.

The post Iran FM Holds Talks with Dutch, Austrian Counterparts appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 26 minutes ago

Over 460,000 Iranians Infected by COVID-19 So Far: Ministry

Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman says 461,044 patients have contracted the novel coronavirus so far, including 3,825 new cases identified in the past 24 hours.

The post Over 460,000 Iranians Infected by COVID-19 So Far: Ministry appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 4 hours ago

Rouhani Congratulates Beijing on China’s National Day

The Iranian president has congratulated the People’s Republic of China on the anniversary of its establishment.

The post Rouhani Congratulates Beijing on China’s National Day appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 6 hours ago

Iran Says Its Homegrown Flu Vaccine to Hit Market in Weeks

Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari has unveiled plans to fulfill the domestic demand for flu vaccine with the products of private companies which will be available within the next few weeks.

The post Iran Says Its Homegrown Flu Vaccine to Hit Market in Weeks appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 12 hours ago

Iranian Papers Describe Trump-Biden Debate as ‘Fight Club’

IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Thursday, October 1, 2020, and picked headlines from 11 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

The post Iranian Papers Describe Trump-Biden Debate as ‘Fight Club’ appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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JWE launches dialogue project with Beijing’s ChongYang Institute

Just World Educational is delighted to announce the launch, October 3, of a dialogue project on US-China relations it will be producing in collaboration with the ChongYang Institute for Financial ...

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Posted 2:02pm - 24 Sep 2020

Our July convo on China with Amb. Chas Freeman

Back in early July, I was lucky to have Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr. as my guest on Just World Ed’s “World After Covid” webinar series. Near the beginning of ...

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Posted 7:33pm - 21 Sep 2020

Discussing hard and soft power with Richard Falk

Back at the beginning of May, I started to look seriously on my personal Just World News blog at some of the ways in which the eruption of the Covid ...

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Posted 6:35pm - 11 Sep 2020

Interpreting the UAE/Israel Agreement on Suspending Annexation

Israel was motivated by Netanyahu’s effort to justify a delay in fulfilling his election promise to annex large portions of the occupied West Bank territory belonging to Palestine.

The post Interpreting the UAE/Israel Agreement on Suspending Annexation appeared first on Just World Educational.

Posted about 1 month ago

The pandemic’s savage political revelations, from the U.S. to Palestine

Much of the analysis of COVID-19 and Palestine examines the pandemic through a political lens.

The post The pandemic’s savage political revelations, from the U.S. to Palestine appeared first on Just World Educational.

Posted about 1 month ago
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UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Bill the spouse and I have been lucky enough to get away from Washington DC for a few days, to enjoy the relatively bucolic charms of our former stomping-grounds in Charlottesville, Va. Today, we walked over to the Memorial for Enslaved Laborers that the University of Virginia opened on its famed “Grounds” recently. It is … Continue reading UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Posted about 1 month ago

My piece “The Beirut That Was”

Last week, I was busy with a large number of things, including diving deep into  studies of Britain’s historic role in the West Indies for a biggish think-piece I’m working on. But my friends at Boston Review asked if I’d be interested in writing something about Beirut; and for some reason I said ‘Yes’. Of … Continue reading My piece “The Beirut That Was”

Posted about 1 month ago

To Zinder

Sometimes, you find a book. And sometimes, when you are ready for it, a book finds you. Such has been my experience this past week with Sven Lindqvist’s slim 1992/96 volume “Exterminate All the Brutes”: One Man’s Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide. In recent weeks, as alert readers … Continue reading To Zinder

Posted 2 months ago

The British genocides against Australian First Nations

I’ve been researching and thinking a lot about the forms of settler colonialism unleashed and maintained by “White” European nations– mainly, my own people-of-birth, the British– against people of color in many parts of the world. At times, doing this research– reading these accounts, seeing and trying to understand these pictures– makes me deeply, deeply … Continue reading The British genocides against Australian First Nations

Posted 3 months ago

“White” European domination of the world screeches to an end

Last week, I had the pleasure of conversing with Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr, on the  “World After Covid” webinar series that Just World Educational has been running. Freeman, you may remember, was the man notably removed from consideration as Barack Obama’s first Director of National Intelligence because the pro-Israel lobby wanted to ensure that … Continue reading “White” European domination of the world screeches to an end

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Donald Trump Biggest Driver Of COVID-19 Misinformation: Study

US President Donald Trump has been the world's biggest driver of Covid-19 misinformation during the pandemic, a study from Cornell University said Thursday.

Posted 3 hours ago

"All I Know Is That I Am Dying": Alexei Navalny Recounts Ordeal

Russia's most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny suddenly felt unwell on a flight over Siberia -- a frightening queasiness with cold sweat pouring down his brow. At first, the crew thought it...

Posted 4 hours ago

Second Russian Virus Vaccine Passes Early Trials: Report

Early clinical trials of a second Russian coronavirus vaccine have proved successful, its developer said Thursday after Russia boasted of approving the world's first vaccine.

Posted 7 hours ago

Russian Scientist Accused Of Passing Technology To China: Reports

A Russian scientist has been detained in Siberia for allegedly passing technology to China, Russian media reported on Thursday.

Posted 8 hours ago

Prince Harry And Meghan Tell Britain: End "Structural Racism"

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have called for an end to "structural racism", saying it holds back young people of colour, in their latest foray into politically sensitive issues usually...

Posted 9 hours ago
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News24.com | Donald Trump biggest driver of Covid-19 misinformation - study

US President Donald Trump has been the world's biggest driver of Covid-19 misinformation during the pandemic, a study from Cornell University said.

Posted 2 hours ago

News24.com | Second Russian virus vaccine passes early trials: report

Early clinical trials of a second Russian coronavirus vaccine have proved successful, its developer said after Russia boasted of approving the world's first vaccine.

Posted 3 hours ago

News24.com | 'All I know is that I am dying': Navalny recounts ordeal

Russia's most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny suddenly felt unwell on a flight over Siberia - a frightening queasiness with cold sweat pouring down his brow. At first, the crew thought it was food poisoning.

Posted 4 hours ago

News24.com | Google says to invest $1bn in deals with news partners

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai says the company has signed up almost 200 publications from several countries.

Posted 5 hours ago

News24.com | France to enroll 25 000 in Covid-19 vaccines clinical trials

France called for 25 000 adult volunteers on Thursday to enroll in a series of large-scale clinical trials aimed at evaluating the safety and efficacy of several Covid-19 vaccine candidates.

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Ooni of Ife's new Queen / Prophetess Naomi Celebrates 7 years of Ministering Video




Ooni of Ife's New Queen, Prophetess Celebrates their 7 years of Ministering.

Posted about 1 year ago

German nurse admits to killing 100 patients in his care video

 



A German has admitted to killing 100 patients who were in his care. On the first day of his trial Neils Hoegel, 41, admitted he killed patients at two hospitals in the country. He told the court that the charges against him were accurate. The charges stem from his time at two hospitals in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst from 1999 to 2005. The victims were age 34 and 96. Posted by Persist

Posted about 1 year ago

Plane carrying 188 people crashes after take-off



A passenger plane carrying 188 people has crashed into the sea off Jakarta.

Flight JT610 lost contact with the ground 13 minutes after take-off, The Guardian report.

''It has been confirmed that it has crashed'', Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the country's search and rescue agency said on Monday.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which can carry up to 200 passengers.

A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane, which departed Jarkata about 6.20am Ipcal time on Monday.

It was scheduled to land at Pangkal Pinang atb7.20am.

Wreckage has been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground. Said Mohmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency.

Posted about 1 year ago

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed dead




Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been confirmed among the dead in Saturday night helicopter crash tragedy at the King Power Stadium.

The Premier League club on Sunday officially confirmed that five people died when the helicopter lost control during take-off.

A club statement read: '' it is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crash outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.

Posted about 1 year ago

EPL: Mourinho takes another swipe at Man United's board




Man Utd manager, Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at his board, by claiming that Everton have the same 'ambition' as the Red Devil this season.

United who only spent £70M during the summer transfer window on Fred and Diogo Dalot but Mourinho was furious that his board failed to sign at least one centre back.

United's executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward overruled Mourinho's defensive choices and the Red Devil had a slow start to the season, leaning in tenth position of the premier league table.

Mourinho has made a number of digs at his board since the start of the season by praising West Ham's scouting network and Juventus's strength in depth.

However, the Portuguese claimed that his Sunday's opponents, Everton have the same 'ambition' as united do.

Posted about 1 year ago
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How one Danish energy company went from black to green in 10 years

In the last 10 years, Ørsted, one of Denmark's largest energy companies, flipped its business model from a focus on fossil fuels to renewable energy. Their success is partly thanks to the country's progressive policies that paved the way for a boom in wind energy innovation.

Posted 2 hours ago

Discussion: Will people accept a COVID-19 vaccine?

Some health experts say a vaccine for the coronavirus may be available in the next year. However, ready acceptance of such a vaccine remains unknown. As part of our series of conversations about the pandemic, The World's Elana Gordon will take your questions and moderate a discussion with Dr. Howard Koh, a professor public health leadership at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Kennedy School, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. Eastern.

Posted 2 hours ago

Explainer: Both candidates' platforms underline US struggle to confront China

With China flexing its muscles like never before, Donald Trump and Joe Biden try to convince voters that their policies will be better for trade, technology and human rights. They also promise to lessen US dependence on Beijing, a campaign pledge that may prove difficult to fulfill.

Posted 3 hours ago

One French politician fights to expose China’s Uighur concentration camps

When he won a seat in the European Parliament last year, Raphaël Glucksmann promised something different. His goal was to become "the voice of the voiceless people.”

Posted 3 hours ago

How tech reshapes our relationships

What happens when tech influences every aspect of our lives — even who we meet, and what our families look like?

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'Worrying' Paris Covid figures could mean tougher measures from Monday

France's health minister Olivier Véran declared on Thursday that if the "worrying" Covid situation in Paris does not improve over the weekend, tougher measures will be announced on Monday.

Posted 2 hours ago

PSG, Marseille and Rennes discover their Champions League rivals

Paris Saint-Germain, the runners-up in last season's Champions League final, will face Manchester United, RB Leipzig and the Turkish outfit Başakşehir at the start of their bid to add European football's most prestigious trophy to the bulging cabinet at the Parc des Princes.

Posted 4 hours ago

Podcast: gay poet polemic, French touch for The Witches, & Roland Garros the man

Catching up on the Covid-19 situation in France. The controversy around a petition to bring Rimbaud and Verlaine to the Panthéon. A French comics writer takes on a bastion of British children's literature. And the story of Roland Garros.

Posted 5 hours ago

EU summit seeks diplomatic solution to maritime dispute with Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that Europe's solidarity with member states Greece and Cyprus must be "non-negotiable" at an EU summit to address tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. 

Posted 5 hours ago

Police arrest Paris street artist on suspicion of rape, sexual assault

The Parisian artist recognisable for his signature phrase "L'amour court les rues" (Love roams the streets) has been taken into police custody for questioning over sexual assault accusations, according to French media. The 53-year-old has been questioned several times in the past in connection with similar charges.

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US-bound migrant caravan enters Guatemala: AFP

Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants bound for the United States surged across the border into Guatemala on Thursday. Carrying backpacks and plastic bags, the migrants pushed past two lines of Guatemalan soldiers at the Entre Rios border crossing and continued northwards — defying the risks and restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The soldiers handed […]

Posted about 1 hour ago

Giant black hole discovered at centre of cosmic ‘spider’s web’

Astronomers have discovered six galaxies ensnared in the cosmic “spider’s web” of a supermassive black hole soon after the Big Bang, according to research published Thursday that could help explain the development of these enigmatic monsters. Black holes that emerged early in the history of the Universe are thought to have formed from the collapse […]

Posted 4 hours ago

Canada should send ‘election observers’ to Donald Trump’s ‘fragile democracy’: columnist

A columnist who lives in America’s neighbor to the north believes that her country can help ensure a free and fair election without interference from President Donald Trump. Toronto Star columnist Susan Delacourt argues in her latest piece that “Canada has sent election observers to fragile democracies” around the world and that “Donald Trump’s America […]

Posted 5 hours ago

French institute aims to start human trials of ‘promising’ COVID-19 drug this winter

The Pasteur Institute in the northern French city of Lille has confirmed the discovery of a “very promising” drug in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, without naming it. FRANCE 24 spoke to the institute’s director-general about the potential new cure ahead of the first clinical trials. Hope in the time of Covid-19. As infection […]

Posted 9 hours ago

EU launches legal action against UK over plans to breach Brexit treaty

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen declared Thursday that Brussels has begun legal action over the British government’s attempt to overturn parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. “This morning, the Commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to the UK Government. This is the first step in an infringement procedure,” von der […]

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Caravan of more than 3,000 US-bound migrants cross illegally into Guatemala from Honduras (VIDEOS)

Preview Over 3,000 migrants have crossed illegally into Guatemala from Honduras while heading towards the United States. Some groups of migrants were able to force their way through border checkpoints, footage shows.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Posted 12 minutes ago

UK govt report claims Huawei security failings pose long-term risk, but company says defects not linked to ‘China interference’

Preview UK security officials were not convinced by China’s Huawei Technologies that the security risks of using its products in Britain can be adequately managed in the long term, a government report said.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Posted 3 hours ago

Covid-19 infecting our DREAMS, says study – and researchers claim it hints at ‘some form of SHARED MINDSCAPE’

Preview Many of us consider it a living nightmare and, now, new research proves the Covid-19 pandemic is invading our dreams too. Moreover, it concludes that the similar themes of its test subjects’ dreams point to a “shared” mindscape.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Posted 4 hours ago

Lebanon agrees ‘framework’ to negotiate on disputed maritime border with Israel – senior official

Preview Lebanon is ready for US-mediated talks with Israel to resolve a long-standing maritime border dispute, the speaker of Lebanon’s parliament, Nabih Berri, said. The two nations are technically in a state of war.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Posted 6 hours ago

Czech PM challenges EU leaders to face up to bloc’s shortfalls in handling coronavirus crisis

Preview Czech PM Andrej Babis called on the EU leadership to discuss the European Union’s lack of cooperation on the coronavirus issue, after his country faced a second wave of the pandemic and was forced to declare a state of emergency.
Read Full Article at RT.com

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Indian opposition leaders arrested as they try to visit rape and murder victim's family

Two of India's leading opposition politicians have been arrested as they tried to visit the family of a young woman who died after being gang-raped, their party has said.

Posted 6 hours ago

COVID pandemic to cause 'greatest surge in child marriages in 25 years', charity warns

Around 2.5 million young girls are at risk of early marriage by 2025 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a charity has warned.

Posted 7 hours ago

Putin and Macron call for ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh as reporters badly hurt in shelling

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron have called for an immediate ceasefire between ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, as the official death toll passes 100.

Posted 8 hours ago

Alexei Navalny says Putin was behind novichok poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has alleged that Vladimir Putin was behind the poisoning attack that left him fighting for his life.

Posted 14 hours ago

Spain orders Madrid lockdown as COVID-19 cases soar

Residents in Madrid will be banned from leaving the city, except on essential trips, under strict new coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Spanish government.

Posted 17 hours ago
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10/01/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

10/01/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. FDD | Beijing Seeks to Evade U.S. Restrictions on Technology Imports

2. How to Trim the Defense Budget Without Harming U.S. Security

3. The right debate question for Trump, Biden: How do we fight our next war?

4. The Army Rolls Out a New Weapon: Strategic Napping

5. Pandemic has not flattened the 'terrorism curve'

6. China's Leaders Can't Be Trusted | by Chris Patten

7. New Policy Makes U.S. More Competitive Partner

8. Duterte's China gambit fails to deliver the goods

9. House report: U.S. intelligence agencies have failed to adapt to China threat

10. Palantir Awarded $91 Million Contract R&D for the US Army Research Laboratory

11. U.S., Taiwan to team up on infrastructure in pushback against China

12. Attacker Dwell Time: Ransomware's Most Important Metric

13. Social Media Bots: Implications for Special Operations Forces 

14. GOP Lawmakers Hammer Trump's Germany Troop Withdrawals

15. Palantir, the controversial data company, makes its Wall Street debut

16. Trump Thinks America Should Go It Alone. Americans Disagree.

17. Pentagon needs 'Gray Zone' weapons

18. After "the War that Never Was"-The Real Beginning

19. US 2020 election: Social media's nightmare scenario

20. It's Raining Blood: Air Force Tests New Way to Resupply Battlefield Medics

21.A Far-Right Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans

 

1. FDD | Beijing Seeks to Evade U.S. Restrictions on Technology Imports

fdd.org · by Craig Singleton Adjunct Fellow · September 30, 2020

 

2. How to Trim the Defense Budget Without Harming U.S. Security

Foreign Policy · by Elbridge Colby, Mackenzie Eaglen, Roger Zakheim · September 30, 2020

What does the US want its military to do? We do have an NSS and NDS.

 

3. The right debate question for Trump, Biden: How do we fight our next war?

The Hill · by Sean McFate, opinion contributor · September 28, 2020

A very important and powerful question from Sean McFate: "So how does the United States fight secretive wars without losing our democratic soul? This is the most important national security question today, not how many F-35s are needed."

My thoughts (which are focused on SOF in IW and Great Power Competition):

  • Competition equals Political Warfare
    • Most likely
  • State on state warfare less likely
    • Most dangerous
  • Consider lessons from the OSS to operate in the modern era of the Gray Zone and Political Warfare
  • Major theater war will include political warfare and the gray zone.
  • Problem
    • We face threats from political warfare strategies supported by hybrid military approaches.
  • Solution:
    • Learn to lead with influence
    • Learn to counter and conduct political warfare campaigns
    • Cultural and/or organizational change
    • Exploit lessons from the OSS (positive and negative)

 

4. The Army Rolls Out a New Weapon: Strategic Napping

The New York Times · by Dave Philipps · October 1, 2020

Hmmm....Never pass up a chance to fill your canteen or take a nap!   I think all military personnel know this.  Have you ever seen how fast a trooper can fall asleep in the back of an aircraft?  And "hurry upland wait" is translated as "hurry up and nap."

 

5. Pandemic has not flattened the 'terrorism curve'

asiatimes.com · by More by Dnyanesh Kamat · September 29, 2020

Two key points:

The factors that fuel terrorism are still very much in play worldwide. Under the guise of combating Covid-19, governments from Tanzania to Colombia and from India to Sudan are clamping down on civil liberties. This will fray the unwritten contract between societies and law-enforcement agencies, the bedrock upon which intelligence agencies rely to block terrorist incidents.

In some instances, ruling regimes have actively fed identity politics and fueled ancient tribal hatreds as a way of diverting attention away from their mishandling of the pandemic. This has damaged the social fabric in these countries and could be fertile ground for terrorists.

Pandemic has not flattened the 'terrorism curve'

Amid the fight against Covid-19, some governments have actively fed identity politics and fueled ancient tribal hatreds

 

6. China's Leaders Can't Be Trusted | by Chris Patten

project-syndicate.org · by Chris Patten · September 28, 2020

The bottom line: "One thing is clear: the world cannot trust Xi's dictatorship. The sooner we recognize this and act together, the sooner the Beijing bullies will have to behave better. The world will be safer and more prosperous for it."

 

7. New Policy Makes U.S. More Competitive Partner

defense.gov · by C. Todd Lopez

Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

 

8. Duterte's China gambit fails to deliver the goods

asiatimes.com · by Richard Javad Heydarian · September 30, 2020

I guess you cannot trust Chinese leadership.

 

9. House report: U.S. intelligence agencies have failed to adapt to China threat

Axios · by Zachary Basu

The 37 page report (with some redactions) can be downloaded here

 

10. Palantir Awarded $91 Million Contract R&D for the US Army Research Laboratory

news.clearancejobs.com · by Katie Keller · September 29, 2020

Follow the contractor information to know the direction of the US military.  Even recent reporting on Palantir and the Army's relationship with DCGS-A and Palantir there is some irony in this contract.

 

11. U.S., Taiwan to team up on infrastructure in pushback against China

Reuters · by Ben Blanchard and Jeanny Kao · September 30, 2020

Great Power Competition includes political and economic warfare.

 

12. Attacker Dwell Time: Ransomware's Most Important Metric

darkreading.com

 

13. Social Media Bots: Implications for Special Operations Forces 

96 page report here  · by Megan K. McBride, Zack Gold, and Kasey Stricklin

 

14. GOP Lawmakers Hammer Trump's Germany Troop Withdrawals

defenseone.com · by Katie Bo Williams

This is not something you want to say in a Congressional hearing: "Acting Defense Undersecretary for Policy James Anderson repeatedly told lawmakers that he was unable to answer detailed questions about the withdrawal, both because he was not involved in the initial decision-making process and because planning is ongoing and many decisions simply have not yet been made."

 

15. Palantir, the controversial data company, makes its Wall Street debut

CNN · by Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN Business

 

16. Trump Thinks America Should Go It Alone. Americans Disagree.

Bloomberg · by Hal Brands · September 30, 2020

Trust the wisdom of the American people.  But these three fault lines are troubling.  And third I think stems from a lack of understanding about what is American exceptionalism.  (And as an aside I think many proponents would be shocked to know the connection of American exceptionalism to the US Communist PArty, Stalin, and the USSR - see this article. But few of us know our history.  I also wrote an article "Putin is Afraid of American Exceptionalism" with my views on the concept.  

Key Points from Professor Brands:

And overwhelming majorities of both parties favor giving precedence to Washington's relations with its Indo-Pacific allies over its ties with China. The American public is warming up to great-power competition.

Look a bit more closely, however, and a broad consensus starts to fray. In particular, there are three partisan fault lines in how Americans view world affairs.

Trump Thinks America Should Go It Alone. Americans Disagree.

Polling shows three major fault lines between the parties on foreign policy.

 

17. Pentagon needs 'Gray Zone' weapons

washingtontimes.com · by Bill Gertz

What are "gray zone weapons?"  How about a strategy first and some campaign plans to conduct political warfare in the gray zone?

Excerpt:  "Gray Zone" warfare capabilities include better cyberweapons, information warfare capabilities, economic and commercial warfare tools and new multidomain military systems, the Pentagon advisory panel stated in an executive summary.

 

18.  After "the War that Never Was"-The Real Beginning

usni.org · September 29, 2020

Time for a little fiction to spur some creativity and critical thinking (as well as being entertaining).

 

19.  US 2020 election: Social media's nightmare scenario

BBC · by James Clayton

Be afraid.. Be very afraid.  We should all be.

 

20. It's Raining Blood: Air Force Tests New Way to Resupply Battlefield Medics

news.yahoo.com · September 29, 2020

That is an interesting title for an article with an important capability.

 

21. A Far-Right Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans

The Atlantic · by Mike Giglio

This will stir up a lot of ire on the proverbial "both sides."

 

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The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it."

- George Santayana

 

"It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth."

- John Locke

 

"A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity."

- Baltasar Gracian

DanielRiggs Thu, 10/01/2020 - 10:24am

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10/01/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

10/01/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. North Korea prepares to flex its muscle at military parade

2. New virus cases drop below 100 again, but country braces for potential flare-up during extended holiday

3. As Kim wooed Trump with ‘love letters,’ he kept building his nuclear capability, intelligence shows

4. U.S., S. Korea form 'better foundation' for declaration of war's end: S. Korean envoy

5. North Korea has tried to hack 11 officials of the UN Security Council

6. Pompeo urges religious leaders to speak up for people in N. Korea

7. An apology ricochets in the Koreas

8. Kim Jong Un statement 'not an apology.' U.N. investigator says

9. Handwriting Checks for Whole Neighborhoods After ‘Down with Party Officials’ Graffiti Appears in North Korea

10. N. Korea's spy chief demoted to colonel general

11. Defector rape case highlights widespread abuse of North Korean women

12. Coronavirus Changes South Korean’s Thanksgiving Traditions

13. The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) Launches Its Third Report Based on Satellite Imagery of North Korea’s Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jŏngŏ-ri – Update 3

14. India’s Ties to North Korea: Can New Delhi Overcome Challenges to Its Maturing Engagement?

15. North Korea admits ‘faults’ in its fight against Covid-19.

16. Donald Trump Would Continue to Try and Talk With North Korea in a Second Term

17. North Korea: If Reelected, Donald Trump Needs a Step-by-Step Deal With Kim Jong-Un

18. Kim Jong Un’s New Look Is More Man Than Superhuman

 

1. North Korea prepares to flex its muscle at military parade

DW · by Jon Shelton

And give us a fireworks show as well.  (Recall Kim Yo-jong asking for a DVD of the US independence Day celebration.  There have been reports that there will be a huge fireworks show on October 10th as well as the parade)

But of course we will be on the lookout for any unusual military activity.

 

2. New virus cases drop below 100 again, but country braces for potential flare-up during extended holiday

en.yna.co.kr · by 박보람 · October 1, 2020

 

3. As Kim wooed Trump with ‘love letters,’ he kept building his nuclear capability, intelligence shows

The Washington Post · September 30, 2020

Our good friend Chunn Yung-woo makes an important point - the regime has continued to develop nuclear weapons.  We should be under no illusion the regime intends to give them up (but we should still give him the opportunity to do so but without lifting sanctions.).

Excerpts:

“There have been a lot of efforts, but in substance, I see no progress at all,” said Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korea national security adviser who participated in nuclear talks with North Korea in the mid-2000s.

“North Korea is more dangerous. It has more nuclear warheads, or fissile materials with which to produce nuclear weapons,” Chun said. “In that regard, at least, North Korea has more capability to destroy peace on the Korean Peninsula. I wouldn’t describe that as any progress.”

 

4. U.S., S. Korea form 'better foundation' for declaration of war's end: S. Korean envoy

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · October 1, 2020

This excerpt must be fully understood.: "...declare an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which he said would provide a security guarantee the North has long sought..."  An end of war declaration is not a security guarantee (for either the north or South).  The security guarantee the regime demands is not found on a piece of paper.  The regime wants an end to the US "hostile policy" as the security guarantee. But it is the definition of the end of the US hostile policy that should concern us.  It is an end of the ROK/US alliance, removal of US troops from the peninsula, an end of extended deterrence and the nuclear umbrella over the ROK and Japan.  This is one of the main objectives of the Kim family regime's political warfare strategy.

 

5. North Korea has tried to hack 11 officials of the UN Security Council

ZDNet · by Catalin Cimpanu

The regime's "all-purpose sword" strike again. The regime's cyber capability is one of its most practical and important capabilities.  North Korean cyber capabilities (or its all-purpose sword) provide key support to the Kim family regime (North Korean leadership) and an integral part of its strategy in the gray zone (below the threshold do strategic response). The regime controls all cyber activities, there are no private entities or rogue elements conducting cyber operations. While we focus on the North Korean nuclear and missile threats and the 4th largest Army in the world, its cyber capabilities pose an immediate threat and play a key role in supporting the regime with funds, with information through espionage, subversive activities against the South, and with the capabilities that someday may be used for advanced operations during conflict or when the regime is desperate to achieve strategic effects against South Korea or the US.  Most importantly, it poses a threat to governments, international organizations, the military, banks, and businesses, the media, think tanks and academia, and individual citizens.  We all must be vigilant.

The question is what are we going to do about it?  

 

6.  Pompeo urges religious leaders to speak up for people in N. Korea

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · October 1, 2020

We must remain focused on human rights as well as security.

 

7.  An apology ricochets in the Koreas

The Christian Science Monitor · by The Christian Science Monitor · September 30, 2020

This is a non-apology apology.  No one should be duped by the regime's political warfare strategy.

 

8. Kim Jong Un statement 'not an apology.' U.N. investigator says

upi.com· by Elizabeth Shim· September 30, 2020

Correct.

 

9. Handwriting Checks for Whole Neighborhoods After ‘Down with Party Officials’ Graffiti Appears in North Korea

rfa.org· by Hyemin Son · September 30, 2020

Low level perhaps but an indicator of resistance potential.

More importantly it brings to light the answer to Dr. Jung Park's question: Who does Kim fear more, the US or the korean people living in the north?  It is the Korean people he fears the most.

Thanks to RFA for this report as this is reporting that can only come from a handful of media organizations (VOA being another one).

 

10. N. Korea's spy chief demoted to colonel general

en.yna.co.kr · by 김광태 · September 30, 2020

I wish we had a Colonel General rank!  But the point is he is still a Colonel General and does not appear to be sent to a gulag.

 

11. Defector rape case highlights widespread abuse of North Korean women

The Telegraph · by Nicola Smith

Such a tragedy.  South Korea must protect escapees from this kind of abuse.  Their human rights must be protected.

 

12. Coronavirus Changes South Korean’s Thanksgiving Traditions

learningenglish.voanews.com

This is quite a change for Korea.  One thing I know from my time in Korea is never to travel on Chuseok (or the Lunar New Year).

As an aside I am sending this to call attention to one of the many important roles of VOA and that is providing some English language exposure to target audiences.

 

13. The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) Launches Its Third Report Based on Satellite Imagery of North Korea’s Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jŏngŏ-ri – Update 3

hrnk.org

One of the many important contributions the Committee For Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) makes is research on and exposure of the north Korean prison system. Those who follow north Korea (in government, in international organizations, and in academia) benefit greatly from this research.

The 59 page report can be downloaded here and it is described in the press release.

Two key points:

“A former prisoner provided HRNK with a gruesome account of the crematory operation: ‘Every Monday, we burned the corpses at Bul-mang Mountain. There’s a place that looked like a house, and we piled up the corpses in the round tank in it.’”

“According to Bermudez, ‘This imagery report takes us another step closer to understanding the cruel system of imprisonment in North Korea and highlights a real place where we know people are suffering beyond imagination. The atrocities committed throughout North Korea’s vast system of unlawful imprisonment, including Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, require the immediate attention of the international community.’"

 

14. India’s Ties to North Korea: Can New Delhi Overcome Challenges to Its Maturing Engagement?

38north.org · by Jagannath Panda · September 30, 2020

An unusual relationship.

 

15. North Korea admits ‘faults’ in its fight against Covid-19.

The New York Times · by Choe Sang-Hun · September 30, 2020

But Kim Jong-un himself will never be blamed. Yet he is responsible.  It is his policy choices that make the people suffer.

 

16. Donald Trump Would Continue to Try and Talk With North Korea in a Second Term

The National Interest · by Miyeon Oh · September 30, 2020

I wish pundits and scholars would stop planting the seeds of a deal to trade US troops in a deal with north Korea. Such a deal would be on a scale of failure that would make Dean Acheson's statement on Korea pale in comparison.

 

17. North Korea: If Reelected, Donald Trump Needs a Step-by-Step Deal With Kim Jong-Un

The National Interest · by Patricia Schouker · September 30, 2020

How many step-by-step deals have we tried?  How many have worked?  Why have they failed?  One reason and one reason only: The nature of the Kim family regime and its strategy.

 

18. Kim Jong Un’s New Look Is More Man Than Superhuman

WSJ · by Andrew Jeong

The importance of the Propaganda and Agitation Department.  But this comment from our good friend Cheon Seong-whun is a critically important assessment.

 

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"The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.”

- George Santayana

 

"It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.”

- John Locke

 

"A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.”

- Baltasar Gracian

DanielRiggs Thu, 10/01/2020 - 8:23am

Posted 9 hours ago

9/30/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

9/30/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. FDD | Don't Trust Kim Jong Un's Unexpected Apology Over Murder of South Korean Official

2. Seoul to promote joint Olympics with North Korea

3. north Korean Speech at the UN General Assembly

4. Defense ministry verified N. Korean order to burn body of dead official: opposition leader

5. American public bucks Trump on troop withdrawals from Korea

6. North Korea on virus threat: 'Under safe and stable control'

7. Asia Today: South Korea has virus jump before holiday period

8. North Korea tells U.N. that now it has 'effective war deterrent' it will focus on economy

9. Nuclear threat against North Korea 'continues unabated', UN ambassador tells Assembly

10. A roundup of FinCEN Files reporting from North America

11. North Korea Arrests 20 Remittance Brokers for Using Illegal Chinese Mobile Phones

12. No Signs North Korea Moving Toward Denuclearization

13. N. Korean IT specialists disguise nationality to earn foreign currency, says UN report

14. Minerals, Minds, and Accommodation: U.S. Options Against China

15. N. Korea places western and eastern coast maritime patrol units on "top combat posture"

16. Kim Jong Un orders military to "rigorously" handle violations of territorial waters

17. North Korean killing of South Korean official deepens internal division

18. Top US diplomat to visit Korea next week amid Seoul's push for peace regime

19. Kim Jong-Un's Apology: Can It Spark a Diplomatic Breakthrough?

20. China Needs to Answer for Its North Korea Policy

21. Kin of South Korean killed by North rebuffs claim he tried to defect

22. Russia and China Reject U.N. Report on North Korean Sanctions Violations

23. South's military overheard order to kill fisheries official

24. Gov't says no shooting-related remarks in initial intelligence

 

1. FDD | Don't Trust Kim Jong Un's Unexpected Apology Over Murder of South Korean Official

fdd.org · by David Maxwell and Matthew Ha · September 29, 2020

The latest from Mathew Ha and me.

 

2. Seoul to promote joint Olympics with North Korea

upi.com· by Elizabeth Shim · September 29, 2020

The timing of this could not be worse.  Can you say "tone deaf?"  I do not think this will go over well with the Korean people in the South.

 

3. north Korean Speech at the UN General Assembly

Link for Speech

Here are my thoughts:

This is north Korea living up to its political warfare strategy (with Juche characteristics)

It is telling the world how benevolent a country the north is - even though it incarcerates some 200,000 political prisoners in its gulags.

It is criticizing the US and world powers for threatening nK sovereignty.

It has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons because they are key to protecting the regime (and of course they couch that in terms of defending sovereignty)

It touts peace through strength (President Reagan is turning over in his grave).

It wants all of us to shift our focus to the north's economic development and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.  Pay no attention to our continuing nuclear and missile development.

It wants to exploit international organizations for its own benefit (following in the footsteps of China).  

It wants to use the UN Charter against the US.

It appears to want to be a leader among the non-aligned rogue nations and non-state actors of the world. 

 

4. Defense ministry verified N. Korean order to burn body of dead official: opposition leader

en.yna.co.kr · by 박보람 · September 29, 2020

SIGINT confirmed?  

 

5. American public bucks Trump on troop withdrawals from Korea

Financial Times · by Edward White · September 30, 2020

Some good news (except for the 20%).  The American people get the importance of US alliances and deterring war.  The presence of US troops in Korea contributes to deterring war on the Korean peninsula which is a national interest of the US because war in Korea will have global effects.

 

6. North Korea on virus threat: 'Under safe and stable control'

AP · by Ted Anthony and Kim Tong-Hyung · September 29, 2020

north Korea doth protest too much.  It is only a matter of time before the regime cannot suppress the information about outbreaks.

 

7. Asia Today: South Korea has virus jump before holiday period

AP · September 30, 2020

So what happened 10-14 days that is causing this spike?  What will it be like in another 2 weeks after Cheusok?  (hopefully reports of limited travel will reduce the potential for spikes).

 

8. North Korea tells U.N. that now it has 'effective war deterrent' it will focus on economy

Reuters · by Michelle Nichols, David Brunnstrom · September 29, 2020

While we focus on the anti-epidemic situation regarding COVID 19 we should remember the other epidemic the regime fears: information proliferation.  That epidemic may be under control by getting the South to crack down on the escapees' (defectors) information warfare operations.

But the regime cannot focus on the economy unless it lifts the restrictions on cross border trade and allows the 400+ markets to flourish. That is the economic indicator we must observe. How well are the markets functioning?

 

 

 

 

9. Nuclear threat against North Korea 'continues unabated', UN ambassador tells Assembly

news.un.org · September 29, 2020

north Korea is a grievance based regime. Everyone is out to get them (starting with the Korean people in the north) to the south to the US.  Everybody is a threat to the Kim family regime in Kim Jong-un's mind.  Then again there is the maxim: "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you."

 

10. A roundup of FinCEN Files reporting from North America

icij.org · by Spencer Woodman · September 29, 2020

This is pretty amazing.  Who would have thought financial files could be so "entertaining:" Excerpt: North Korean cash flowing through U.S. banks, the complex schemes of Russian money launderers, adult film actors seeing their savings disappear in an offshore banking scandal - these are just a few of the revelations made by North American partners on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists FinCEN Files investigation published last week.

 

11. North Korea Arrests 20 Remittance Brokers for Using Illegal Chinese Mobile Phones

rfa.org· by Sewon Kim

Important implications here from information warfare to internal corruption.  Excerpts: "The source said that some of the arrested phone brokers are city or provincial secret intelligence agents, who were supposed to have been the "eyes and ears of the state," but acted as phone brokers themselves for years." They made money by selling internal information to South Korea or by working as remittance brokers while on duty as secret intelligence agents," the source said."

 

12. No Signs North Korea Moving Toward Denuclearization

voanews.com · By Margaret Besheer · September 29, 2020

I hate to beat the dead horse but I have to repeat my beliefs: 

The root of all problems in Korea is the existence of the mafia- like crime family cult known as the Kim family regime that has the objective of dominating the Korean Peninsula under the rule of the Guerrilla Dynasty and Gulag State.

The only way we are going to see an end to the nuclear program and security threats as well as the human rights abuses and crimes against humanity being committed against the Korean people living in the north by the mafia-like crime family cult known as the Kim family regime is through achievement of unification and the establishment of a United Republic of Korea that is secure and stable, non-nuclear, economically vibrant, and unified under a liberal constitutional form of government based on individual liberty, rule of law, and human rights as determined by the Korean people.  In short, a United Republic of Korea (UROK).

 

13. N. Korean IT specialists disguise nationality to earn foreign currency, says UN report

donga.com · September 30, 2020

There is still a lot to parse from the UN PAnel of Experts report.  But the regime's cyber capabilities and activities are critical to survival and is a domain in which we must fight the regime because it is doing damage to countries, businesses, and people around the world.

 

14. Minerals, Minds, and Accommodation: U.S. Options Against China

divergentoptions.org · by Peter Foran · September 30, 2020

Three options for consideration:

Option #1: The U.S. could attempt to carefully decouple its critical minerals relationship and defense-industrial base needs in a neo-Hamiltonian way, referring to the Secretary of State Alexander Hamilton and his belief in infant industry support and fostering research and development to build competitive industries.

Option #2: The United States creates a sister channel to Radio Free Asia that exclusively highlights the horrors of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Option #3: A perhaps counterintuitive option involves the U.S. could taking a long-term accommodation strategy

 

15. N. Korea places western and eastern coast maritime patrol units on "top combat posture"

dailynk.com· by Jeong Tae Joo · September 29, 2020

Remember that it was an innocent South Korean civil servant who was brutally murdered by the nKPA.  But it is the regime that is raising tensions with the intention to place the blame on the South.

 

16.  Kim Jong Un orders military to "rigorously" handle violations of territorial waters

dailynk.com · by Jang Seul Gi· September 29, 2020

A not so veiled threat to the South.

 

17. North Korean killing of South Korean official deepens internal division

The Korea Times · September 29, 2020

We should remember that a key part of the regime's strategy is subversion of the ROK.  The murder of an innocent South Korean civil servant is contributing to the regime's subversion line of effort.

What is subversion? The undermining of the power and authority of an established system or institution.
As in: "the ruthless subversion of democracy"

 

The Kim family regime engages in active subversion of the ROK as well as the ROK/US Alliance.

 

18. Top US diplomat to visit Korea next week amid Seoul's push for peace regime

The Korea Times · September 30, 2020

I hope there is a frank discussion about the strategic assumptions on which alliance policy and strategy is based.  Does Kim Jong-un seek peace in line with President Moon's vision?  This assumption must be examined and it if is proven to false then the alliance policy and strategy must be adjusted.

 

19. Kim Jong-Un's Apology: Can It Spark a Diplomatic Breakthrough?

The National Interest · by Daniel R. DePetris · September 29, 2020

Diplomatic breakthrough based on murder?  Do not be duped by the regime's non-apology apology.

This is quite a conclusion: "In the end, the U.S. possesses more than enough military power to live with a nuclear-armed North Korea. What it can't afford is an environment where tension is considered normal along the most militarized border in the world."

 

20. China Needs to Answer for Its North Korea Policy

WSJ · by John Bolton· September 29, 2020

Ambassador Bolton's warning to China and challenge to the US: "North Korea hasn't pursued nuclear weapons in a vacuum. China knows it, and it needs to understand that the U.S. knows it too."

 

21. Kin of South Korean killed by North rebuffs claim he tried to defect

NBC News · by Reuters · September 29, 2020

One of the tragedies surrounding this murder is the denigration of the victim.

 

22. Russia and China Reject U.N. Report on North Korean Sanctions Violations

freebeacon.com · by Jack Beyrer · September 29, 2020

But booth countries have representatives on the Panel of. Experts.  They helped water down the report.  But even with their obstructionist efforts the report still shows Russian and Chinese complicity in north Korean sanctions evasion.

 

23. South's military overheard order to kill fisheries official

 koreajoongangdaily.joins.com · by Han Youngik and Ser My-Ja

Again, the military confirmed SIGINT capabilities.

 

24. Gov't says no shooting-related remarks in initial intelligence

en.yna.co.kr · by 김광태 · September 30, 2020

You do not need a specific order to kill if the rules of engagement, standing orders and SOPs are to

shoot infiltrators.  To the ROKG, please do not water down this murder.

 

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"Unconventional Warfare (UW) ... remains uniquely Special Forces'. It is the soul of Special Forces: the willingness to accept its isolation and hardships defines the Special Forces Soldier. Its training is both the keystone and standard of Special Forces Training: it has long been an article of faith, confirmed in over forty years of worldwide operations, that "If you can do the UW missions, you can do all others." The objective of UW and Special Forces' dedication to it is expressed in Special Forces' motto: De Oppresso Liber (to free the oppressed)"

- Robert M. Gates, Remarks at dedication
of OSS Memorial, 12 June 1992


 

"And where is the Prince who can afford to so cover his country with troops for its defense, as that ten thousand men descending from the clouds, might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief, before a force could be brought together to repel them?"
- Benjamin Franklin

 

"We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

DanielRiggs Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:59pm

Posted 4:59pm - 30 Sep 2020

9/30/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

9/30/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. How China Is Taking Over International Organizations, One Vote at a Time

2. Defense Experts Throw Warning Flags As Congress Mulls Tighter Buy-American Rules

3. Out: 'information warfare.' In: 'information advantage'

4. How the US Army Fits into America's Indo-Pacific Strategy

5. McMaster: Strategic competitors probably view the US as 'weak'

6. Deepfake Putin is here to warn Americans about their self-inflicted doom

7. Opinion | China's Xi is doubling down on genocide

8. Thinking Strategically About Sino-American Crisis Management Mechanisms

9. 'Deepfake' Political Ads Banned At Last Minute By Local Fox, CNN and MSNBC Affiliates

10. Vaccine Chaos Is Looming

11. Chinese Communist party asserts greater control over private enterprise

12. A Potentially Deadly Blow to NATO

13. How new network tools can help find paratroopers faster and improve situational awareness

14. QAnon, Blood Libel, and the Satanic Panic

15. The Façade of Chinese Foreign Policy Coherence

16. The Navy has updated the SEAL ethos with gender-neutral language

17. New book recreates harrowing siege of Green Beret camp in 1965 Vietnam

18. Air Force to Reduce Tuition Assistance for Troops

19. The Dumbass Chronicles: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Idiocy

20. Why Men Love the Story of the Great Escape

 

1. How China Is Taking Over International Organizations, One Vote at a Time

WSJ · by Yaroslav Trofimov, Drew Hinshaw and Kate O'Keeffe· September 29, 2020

The international organization space is a domain of Chinese political warfare.  It is key terrain for its strategy.   My assessment of Chinese political warfare strategy: China seeks to export its authoritarian political system around the world in order to dominate regions, co-opt or coerce international organizations, create economic conditions favorable to China alone, and displace democratic institutions.

 

2. Defense Experts Throw Warning Flags As Congress Mulls Tighter Buy-American Rules

defenseone.com · by Marcus Weisgerber

 

3. Out: 'information warfare.' In: 'information advantage'

c4isrnet.com · by Mark Pomerleau · September 29, 2020

More definition and terminology paralysis?  Rearranging the deckchairs?  One thing we are very good at is coming up with new names.

My thoughts: Carl von Clausewitz, the Prussian philosopher of war so often cited here at War on the Rocks, wisely counseled that before you embark on war you must first understand it. In American military circles, we have flipped that on its head and instead first rush to brand it with an acronym-friendly term to fight it before we truly grasp the characteristics of the conflict. The great strategic thinker, Colin Gray once wrote "The American defense community is especially prone to capture by the latest catchphrase, the new-sounding spin on an ancient idea which as jargon separates those who are truly expert from the lesser breeds without the jargon." 

 

4. How the US Army Fits into America's Indo-Pacific Strategy

thediplomat.com· by Francis P Sempa · September 29, 2020

Excerpt: "Finkelstein's article should dispel the commonplace notion that American power and credibility in the Indo-Pacific wrests exclusively on U.S. naval and air power. The geography of the Indo-Pacific certainly requires a strong U.S. naval and air presence to project power and protect its security interests in the region. The series of island chains and marginal seas running along Asia's east coast from Siberia to Indochina highlight the geopolitical importance of sea and air power. But Finkelstein contends that future deployments to the region should adhere closely to the "multi-domain operations concept."

 

5. McMaster: Strategic competitors probably view the US as 'weak'

militarytimes.com · by Diana Stancy Correll · September 29, 2020

We should reflect on LTG McMaster's thoughts here.

 

6. Deepfake Putin is here to warn Americans about their self-inflicted doom

Technology Review · by Karen Hao

Video at the link

 

7. Opinion | China's Xi is doubling down on genocide

The Washington Post · by Editorial Board · September 29, 2020

The true nature of the CCP in China.

 

8. Thinking Strategically About Sino-American Crisis Management Mechanisms

warontherocks.com · by Jacob Stokes and Zach Cooper · September 30, 2020

Key point: "We agree with the need for better communications between the United States and China. The question that remains unclear, however, is which types of mechanisms would actually decrease the likelihood of conflict and avoid inadvertent escalation. Answering this question requires assessing what mechanisms already exist, explaining where they fall short, and asking whether new mechanisms would work better. This article starts to address these issues, providing some recommendations for improving crisis management along with a healthy dose of practical caution about what it will take for these efforts to succeed in their overarching goal of preventing conflict."

 

9. 'Deepfake' Political Ads Banned At Last Minute By Local Fox, CNN and MSNBC Affiliates

mediapost.com · by Larissa Faw· September 29, 2020

Interesting. The videos are fascinating and well done.

 

10. Vaccine Chaos Is Looming

defenseone.com · by Sarah Zhang

A sober warning: "The good news is that more deployable vaccines are moving fast through the pipeline too. The race to a vaccine has dominated hopes for an end to the pandemic. But the first COVID-19 vaccine may not ultimately be the most important COVID-19 vaccine."

 

11. Chinese Communist party asserts greater control over private enterprise

Financial Times · by Tom Mitchell · September 28, 2020

One key point: "Under the new guidelines, party committees that previously wielded little power at private companies are supposed to play a role in personnel appointments and other important decisions."

 

12. A Potentially Deadly Blow to NATO

defenseone.com · by R.D. Hooker, Jr.

 

13.  How new network tools can help find paratroopers faster and improve situational awareness

c4isrnet.com · by Andrew Eversden · September 29, 2020

Find paratroopers?  Technology is great but we should never forget the rule of LGOP - Little Groups of Paratroopers

Use the technology but do not forget these rules and do not lose this spirit.

This effect is known as the Rule of LGOPs. This is, in its purest form, small groups of 19- year old American Paratroopers. They are well-trained, armed-to-the-teeth and lack serious adult supervision. 

They collectively remember the Commander's intent as "March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you..." ...or something like that. Happily they go about the day's work...

The Rule of LGOPs is instructive:

- They shared a common vision

- The vision was simple, easy to understand, and unambiguous

- They were trained to improvise and take the initiative

- They need to be told what to do; not how to do it

 

14. QAnon, Blood Libel, and the Satanic Panic

New Republic · by Talia Lavin · September 29, 2020

More on this sick conspiracy.

 

15. The Façade of Chinese Foreign Policy Coherence

thestrategybridge.org · September 29, 2020

Recommendation:

To be more effective, U.S. foreign policy responses to China's rise need to recognize the fragmentation of and sometimes contradictory actions of Chinese foreign policy entities. Antagonistic zero-sum competition with China only serves to limit its options, pushing it to act in the aggressive manner of the belligerent rising power American policymakers fear it already is.

China's Belt and Road Initiative projects may increase some states' dependency on Beijing, but they are not designed to create long-lasting, deep ties between Chinese actors and their counterparts. Conversely, many Indo-Pacific states are seeking greater balancing cooperation in response to recent aggression from Beijing. Recognizing the problems with its current blinders, the U.S. should begin developing a new strategy focused on enhanced regional engagement to dampen China's latent hegemonic capacities in Asia, without the overt confrontation that would force Beijing to play the role of a hostile rising power its grand strategy narrative of strength and power demands.

 

16. The Navy has updated the SEAL ethos with gender-neutral language

Business Insider · by Paul Szoldra

 

17. New book recreates harrowing siege of Green Beret camp in 1965 Vietnam

taskandpurpose.com · by Matt Soergel

 

18. Air Force to Reduce Tuition Assistance for Troops

airforcemag.com · by Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory · September 29, 2020

This is probably a tweet away from being overruled and fixed.

 

19. The Dumbass Chronicles: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Idiocy

soflete.com · by September 29, 2020

Some humble self criticism.  We should all be self-reflective.

 

20. Why Men Love the Story of the Great Escape

The Art of Manliness · by Brett and Kate McKay · September 24, 2020

Now I understand why I loved the great Escape. From my childhood there are four movies that influenced me.  My father took me to each of them:

Lawrence of Arabia

Von Ryan's Express

The Great Escape

The Green Berets

 

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“Unconventional Warfare (UW) ... remains uniquely Special Forces'. It is the soul of Special Forces: the willingness to accept its isolation and hardships defines the Special Forces Soldier. Its training is both the keystone and standard of Special Forces Training: it has long been an article of faith, confirmed in over forty years of worldwide operations, that "If you can do the UW missions, you can do all others." The objective of UW and Special Forces' dedication to it is expressed in Special Forces' motto: De Oppresso Liber (to free the oppressed)"

- Robert M. Gates, Remarks at dedication
of OSS Memorial, 12 June 1992


 

"And where is the Prince who can afford to so cover his country with troops for its defense, as that ten thousand men descending from the clouds, might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief, before a force could be brought together to repel them?"
- Benjamin Franklin

 

"We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

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9/29/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

9/29/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore.

1. As repression mounts, China under Xi Jinping feels increasingly like North Korea

2. Trump administration orders assessment on bolstering nuclear warheads as talks with Russia stall

3.  Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Australian law professors for doctrine against endless wars

4. Techie Software Soldier Spy

5. Were they lost students or inept spies for China?

6. The Joint Force – SOF relationship: support roles in the resurgence of great power competition

7. Why special operations? A risk-based theory

8. Xi and Modi: the psychological duel between Asia's strongmen

9. America’s military deserves timely funding from Congress

10. US considers moving base from Turkey to Greece: the Times

11. Cyber warfare: China is helping Pakistani hackers launch cyber attacks on India

12. Zhenhua data leak exposes China's new 'hybrid warfare'

13. Joe Biden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, joining Trump, Putin

14. Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history

15. Washington’s arms control delusions and bluffs

16. Assessing how countries can compete with Chinese hybrid tactics below the threshold of armed conflict

17. Falling into the adaptation gap

18. FBI & CISA issue another warning about 2020 U.S. election disinformation

19. Cyberattack could trigger Article 5 response, NATO deputy secretary warns

20. Marine head warns Americans 'not sensitized' to likely high US casualties of a WWII-like future war

21. Obituary: CSM Parry Leonard Baer

 

1. As repression mounts, China under Xi Jinping feels increasingly like North Korea

Washington Post · Anna Fifield · September 28, 2020

Oh, the irony. For years, everyone (including China) has been calling for North Korea to make Chinese style reforms. In reality China has been adopting North Korean population and resources control measures.

 

2. Trump administration orders assessment on bolstering nuclear warheads as talks with Russia stall

Politico · Daniel Lippman, Bryan Bender, & Lara Seligman · September 28, 2020

Negotiating hardball?

 

3. Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Australian law professors for doctrine against endless wars

Newsweek · by Matthew Impelli · September 28, 2020

I did not know we had such a doctrine.

 

4. Techie Software Soldier Spy

New York Magazine · by Sharon Weinberger · September 28, 2020

This is quite an expose. As I recall, the DCGS-A versus Palantir debate was that the comparison was apples and oranges and Palantir could not do what DCGS-A was supposed to do. Of course, as it turned out, it seems DCGS-A could not do what it was touted to do either. I also recall that Palantir could have been integrated into DCSGS-A, but the Army supposedly did not want to pay the price of the contract Palantir demanded.

 

5. Were They Lost Students or Inept Spies for China?

Foreign Policy · by Eric Fish · September 28, 2020

I think one of the concepts of the thousand grains of sand is that the grains of sand are not professionally trained. That is supposed to allow them to exploit a "lost student" defense.

 

6. The Joint Force–SOF relationship: support roles in the resurgence of great power competition

Marine Corps Gazette · by LtCol Brandon Turner & Maj Paul Bailey · January, 2020

 

7. Why special operations? A risk-based theory

CNA · by Jonathan Schroden · September, 2020

We have wrestled with this for a long time. The DOD definition is probably the best there is (or is at least sufficient to describe Special Operations).

But the US use of special operations is very broad and, in fact may, be too broad for a single overarching theory. This paper focuses on risk in special operations, which is a useful method and is critically important, but I am not sure if it is sufficient for a special operations theory. As an aside, I consider three areas of risk versus John's two: risk to the mission, risk to the force, and political risk.

My criticism is that this report pays insufficient attention to unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, psychological operations, and civil affairs (though he correctly notes missions and activities can change over time and are insufficient for establishing an overarching theory).

It uses the standard of the Bin Laden for assessing the theory.

The report analyzes Admiral McRaven's theory of special operations, which he rightly calls a theory of direct action (or, as some would say, the hyper conventional direct action raid), as well as those of Roger Spulak, Harry Yarger,  Richard Rubright, and Thomas Searle (a common theme here is that the Joint Special Operations University is doing some of the leading research and publication on theories of special operations). He does devote nearly three pages to William “Dave” Driver's and Bruce E. DeFeyter's NPS thesis on a theory of unconventional warfare ,which is described as an attempt to mirror Admiral McRaven's theories.

I would have recommended he include Mark Boyatt's work on SF and UW and "through, with, and by."  (of which COL Boyatt is the father). 

My thinking somewhat parallels that of Schroden, though I have not put forth a theory of special operations. The difference between us is that, while he focuses on the hyper conventional direct raid as the foundation for a special operation theory (or at least the standard with which to assess it),  I focus on UW as the foundational aspect of special operations.

My description of special operations includes the two SOF "trinities" and the no fail mission requirement with the foundation for the trinities being "UW thinking."

UW thinking informs everything SF/SOF should do.

UW is fundamentally problem solving; using unique, non-doctrinal and non-conventional methods, techniques, people, equipment to solve (or assist in solving) complex political-military problems.

UW is fundamentally about influencing behavior of target audiences (which can include a population, a segment of the population, a political structure, or a military force); therefore, it includes an integral action arm of IO/PSYOP/CA.

The Two SOF "Trinities":

1. Irregular Warfare

2. Unconventional Warfare

3. Support to Political Warfare

The Comparative advantage of SOF:

1. Governance

2. Influence

3. Support to indigenous forces and populations

With exquisite capabilities for the no fail CT and CP national missions

My recommendation for a follow-on report would be to compare Jonathan's risk construct to selected UW and FID focused operations. I think his risk analysis is an important contribution to thinking about SOF theory.

 

8. Xi and Modi: the psychological duel between Asia's strongmen

World Crunch · by Ajai Shukla · by September 28, 2020

 

9. America’s military deserves timely funding from Congress

Defense News · by Bradley Bowman & Maj. Scott Adamson · September 28, 2020

Another continuing resolution to defend America. I would quibble with the title and say it is America that deserves timely funding of the military from Congress.

 

10. US considers moving base from Turkey to Greece: the Times

AMN · by News Desk · September 29, 2020

Will the Greeks allow nuclear weapons on their soil? This will be quite a move. I have not heard anything about this.

 

11. Cyber warfare: China is helping Pakistani hackers launch cyber attacks on India

News 18 · by Shouvik Das · September 29, 2020

Though not surprising, we should be very concerned with China providing cyber capabilities to hostile countries (and perhaps to non-state actors as well).

 

12. Zhenhua data leak exposes China's new 'hybrid warfare'

DW · by Deutsche Well · September 29, 2020

Another way I think we can describe the security challenge of the 21st century: we face threats from political warfare strategies supported by hybrid military approaches.

 

13. Joe Biden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, joining Trump, Putin

Newsweek · by Jacob Jarvis · September 29, 2020

What is this? A competition? Trump's three nominations to Biden's one? I am afraid the Nobel Peace Prize may be losing its legitimacy.

 

14. Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history

NBC News · by Kevin Collier · September 28, 2020

No attribution but North Korea's past ransomware acts are mentioned in the article.

 

15. Washington’s arms control delusions and bluffs

Defense One · by Steven Pifer · September 28, 2020

The title says it all. A scathing critique of the administration's arms control efforts.

 

16. Assessing how countries can compete with Chinese hybrid tactics below the threshold of armed conflict

Divergent Options · by William Freer · September 28, 2020

Again, the challenge we face in the 21st century: we face threats from political warfare strategies supported by hybrid military approaches.

 

17. Falling into the Adaptation Gap

War On the Rocks · by David Barno and Nora Bensahel · September 29, 2020

 

18. FBI & CISA Issue Another Warning About 2020 U.S. Election Disinformation

Lawfare · by Tia Sewell · September 28, 2020

Here is a link to yesterday's new PSA form the FBI and CISA.

There should be no question how our adversaries are trying to undermine our democratic republic and the legitimacy of our election process. That should unify us but instead it plays right into their hands because we remain divided on this issue.

 

19. Cyberattack could trigger Article 5 response, NATO deputy secretary warns

UPI · by Ed Adamczyk · September 28, 2020

An important question.

 

20. Marine head warns Americans 'not sensitized' to likely high US casualties of a WWII-like future war

American Military News · by Ryan Morgan · September 28, 2020

 

21. Obituary: CSM Parry Leonard Baer

Gettysburg Times · September 28, 2020

The loss of another great American. I was proud to serve with him at USASOC.

 

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!"

- Pericles

"Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.”

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"The door for intelligence work opened for me when I undertook my first secret mission while on my honeymoon in Japan in 1919. The United States Government asked me to take a two-month trip to Siberia to report on the anti-Bolshevik movement in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. Well, it wasn't your usual honeymoon, but Mrs. Donovan was very understanding. The mission was successful and opened doors to many more missions for the government. I was heading down the intelligence path and I was loving it” 

- Wild Bill Donovan

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India Staggers Under the Coronavirus Burden

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Three Belgian Cops Caught in Narcotics Dragnet That Seized Tons of Cocaine

A series of 54 coordinated raids across four European countries this week resulted in 29 arrests and the seizure of 3.5 tonnes of cocaine, €2 million in cash and bank deposits and around 40 vehicles.

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No One Seems To Feel Bad About Nigel Farage Getting Hit With A Milkshake

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Cyber Lessons in the Year of COVID: A Conversation with FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia

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What the Intelligence Community Doesn’t Know is Hurting the US

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Elton John accused of breaking mask rules on Italian island

Consumer association files complaint after singer seen without face covering on Capri

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Covid crisis could force extra 2.5m girls into child marriage – charity

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Covid-19 vaccine alone won't defeat spread of virus, report warns

Issues over production, efficacy and public trust mean restrictions may be needed for some time

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Human rights lawyers sue Trump administration for 'silencing' them

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What's in a name? Maybe a seat on a Detroit-area court

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John Turner, Briefly Its Leader but Long a Force in Canada, Dies at 91

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Madeleine McCann detectives ‘hired prisoner to get confession from prime suspect Christian B’ behind bars

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10th CD draws two Democratic women in race for open seat

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WikiLeaks' Assange won't get US extradition ruling this year

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Universal Health Services says its network is being restored after malware incident

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Understanding America’s Declining Global Influence

Why is America’s global influence in decline? And what can be done to get it back? In a recent study, the RAND Corporation’s James Dobbins, Gabrielle Tarini, and Ali Wyne, trace the former unipolar power’s struggles to several factors, but point chiefly to “the classic cycle of hubris followed by nemesis.” A sequence of “success, […]

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What If Sherman Kent Was Wrong? Revisiting the Intelligence Debate of 1949

There’s little the United States intelligence community holds more sacred than the teachings of Sherman Kent. Widely considered the “father” of American intelligence, his stamp upon the profession is indelible. His name is practically synonymous with both the craft of analysis and the standard model of intelligence-policy relations. His book Strategic Intelligence for American World […]

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A Solarium for Presidential Transition Teams

In the next 100 days, America will go through a transition. Regardless of who wins the U.S. presidential election, thousands of political operatives, pundits, think tankers, and other court whisperers will start staffing the next administration. The transition teams that orchestrate the process would benefit from a strategic assessment exercise that helps them visualize, describe, […]

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Thinking Strategically About Sino-American Crisis Management Mechanisms

For the last few months, U.S.-Chinese relations have seemed to plumb new depths almost daily. In one recent incident, Beijing fired anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea while U.S. aircraft watched. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper then warned that the United States “won’t cede an inch.” Tensions are growing around the typical maritime […]

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Posted 7:55am - 30 Sep 2020

‘Blue Homeland’ and the Irredentist Future of Turkish Foreign Policy

Turkey and Greece, two NATO allies, nearly experienced a full-fledged military conflict in August. Two of their warships collided during a naval standoff over hydrocarbon exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. This follows a similar naval incident in June between three Turkish vessels and the frigate of another NATO ally, France, prompting an inquiry that the […]

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Posted 7:45am - 30 Sep 2020
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Migration, in reverse: Coronavirus forces migrant workers to return home

Nearly 400,000 people have already returned to the Indian state of Kerala from the gulf since May.

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Arrests and torture of gays, lesbians in Egypt are ‘systematic,’ rights report says

Human Rights Watch said Egyptian authorities continue to target LGBT people, meting out beatings and “virginity tests.”

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Russian opposition leader Navalny directly blames Putin for poisoning

After Navalny’s first interview since the attack, the Kremlin accused Navalny of working with the CIA.

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Europe moves to sue Britain over breaching Brexit withdrawal deal

Boris Johnson is breaking one deal even as negotiations with Europe are ongoing over the next one.

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Heavy police presence on Hong Kong streets strangles pro-democracy protests set for China’s National Day

People on the streets were warned against even shouting slogans in a city once known for its free expression.

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U.S. threatens to close embassy in Baghdad

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said on Wednesday if the United States shutters its diplomatic mission in the country, other nations might follow. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi that the Trump administration would close the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad if they didn’t take steps to stop recurring attacks.

What happened? Iran-backed militias and rogue groups in recent weeks have targeted Baghdad’s Green Zone, where several embassies and the Iraqi government are based. A rocket attack intended for the Baghdad airport killed six Iraqi civilians, all women and children, when it hit a house on Monday night. The next day, a roadside bomb targeted a U.S.-led coalition envoy south of the capital.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report on the effect of hostility between Iran and the United States on Iraqi Christians.

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Human rights concerns lead to palm oil blockade

WASHINGTON—Plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia practice forced child labor, physical and sexual violence, and abusive living conditions, U.S. investigators found. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Trade said Wednesday it would detain all palm oil–related products from Malaysian giant FGV Holdings Berhad. “The use of forced labor in the production of such a ubiquitous product allows companies to profit from the abuse of vulnerable workers,” said Brenda Smith, executive assistant commissioner at the Office of Trade.

What products contain palm oil? Manufacturers use it in cosmetics, plywood, animal feed, and many common food items, from Oreos to pizza dough. The World Wildlife Fund estimates more than half of all packaged consumable products in the United States include it. Palm oil plantations cover huge swaths of Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s two largest producers.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Daniel James Devine’s report on the environmental problems with palm oil harvesting.

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Nagorno-Karabakh, again

AZERBAIJAN: Dozens are dead as a border conflict with Armenia dating to 1990 has revived in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is located inside mostly Muslim Azerbaijan but is home to mostly Christian Armenians. Both countries have declared martial law and declined talks, as Armenia claims Turkey shot down one of its fighter jets.

Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of Britain’s House of Lords (and a WORLD Daniel of the Year) has made 86 trips to the region since the conflict began, and this year reported on the rise in state rhetoric targeting the Armenian population. Turkey threatens to widen the conflict, aiding Azerbaijan and this week permitting a demonstration by Azerbaijanis near the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul.

CHINA: Night images show the government is expanding, not contracting as it has said, detention facilities for Uighurs in Xinjiang Province. Here’s the full report.

GLOBAL: Belgium’s coronavirus death toll passed 10,000, as the country continues to lead most per capita death rate lists, and COVID-19 deaths in the world topped 1 million this week.

  • With pandemic restrictions, children are staying home from school and in some countries going to work to help support their families, forced sometimes into work that is arduous and illegal.
  • About 1 million Brits are testing a new tracing app alerting those who’ve come in contact with the coronavirus to self-isolate.

INDIA: Amnesty International is ending human-rights monitoring in India following the freezing of bank assets and interrogation of its executives. Indian authorities are cracking down on foreign non-governmental organizations, with thousands losing licenses and a 40 percent drop in NGO-driven revenue.

LAOS: A largely unnoticed 2019 law offers potential protection to persecuted Lao evangelical Christians, now one of six groups covered in what I’m told are more like by-laws. Designed to protect freedom of communities in worship, they may not necessarily offer new protection to individual converts from Buddhism to Christianity.

CYPRUS: turned away six boats with Lebanese passengers, saying they are economic migrants, not refugees. The Trump administration appears likely to not issue a refugee cap for the coming fiscal year, due Thursday, which would leave refugee admissions frozen at zero. Last year, the president slashed the refugee cap to 18,000—from 110,000 when he took office—and with pandemic restrictions has resettled in the United States just under 11,000, adding to a swelling backlog. Refugee resettlement groups, joined this week by Bethany Christian Services, are recommending the cap be reinstated to 95,000 refugees.

FRANCE: Three-time French Open champ Serena Williams is out of the tournament—and perhaps the season—with an Achilles’ tendon injury.

TAIWAN: There’s a baby boom at the Taipei Zoo you don’t want to miss.

NOTE: Globe Trot is now once a week on Wednesdays, with a more in-depth format in progress. It’s a good time to send feedback about what you like and don’t like and to subscribe to the email version using the button below. Thanks to all who contribute already with questions and comments, and special thanks to research assistant Michelle Schlavin.

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Two people stabbed near site of terror attack in Paris

Police in Paris arrested two suspects in a knifing outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo while a trial in the 2015 terrorist attack at the satirical newspaper occurred across town. Officers said they found a meat cleaver or a machete near the crime scene. The attack wounded a man and a woman who work for a documentary film company.

Is the stabbing connected to the trial? It could be. French authorities are investigating it as a possible terror attack. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said the suspect who carried out the assault did not know the victims. “My first thought was, this will never end. I am devastated, angry,” said Caty Richard, an attorney for Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people died in the attack on the newspaper five years ago.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Nick Eicher’s interview with John Stonestreet on the Christian response to the 2015 attacks.

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Posted 9:45pm - 25 Sep 2020

Not-so-peaceful peace talks

When an Afghan airstrike hit a Taliban fighter’s home and set fire to a nearby house with a family inside, neighbors gathered at the scene to help. Then came a second airstrike.

“I yelled at people and told them not to go because maybe there would be another bombing, but they ran to help and to put out the fire,” said Latif Rahmani, a resident who witnessed the incident Saturday in the northern village of Sayed Ramazan. The Afghan Defense Ministry claimed the strikes killed 30 Taliban fighters and said it is investigating reports of 24 civilian casualties.

Meanwhile, Taliban representatives and Afghan government officials start the second week of peace talks in Doha, Qatar. The United States has hailed the talks as “historic” even as the Taliban fails to keep promises it made as a pre-condition to the talks and violence increases throughout the country.

The day after the airstrike in Sayed Ramazan, a Taliban attack on security checkpoints in central Afghanistan left 24 government troops dead. Monir Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told Reuters that insurgents abducted three members of the National Directorate of Security, the nation’s spy organization. Officials reported more clashes and deaths over the weekend across the country.

Both sides blame each other for the rising violence, which has killed more than 98 civilians and injured 230 others in the past two weeks, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian.

Sher Jan Ahmadzai, director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said he expected the Taliban to increase attacks as a negotiation tactic during peace talks: “The only means they have is violence to show their strength of hand.”

The United States brokered a deal with the Taliban six months ago to launch the talks, reduce violence and reach an eventual cease-fire, withdraw all foreign troops from the country, and end support for other terror groups.

Ahmadzai, who is tracking progress on the agreement, said the Taliban has failed to follow through on parts of the deal, including cutting ties with al-Qaeda. He said the United States made significant concessions to push the process forward ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November: “It’s a deal of desperation by the U.S. side. That’s why it gave a lot of things to the Taliban and left the Afghan government to deal with it itself.”

Abdullah Abdullah, who leads Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, said some Taliban insurgents released as part of the deal have already returned to the battlefield. “Unfortunately, so far, the level of violence is very high,” he said during an online conference on Tuesday with the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.

The Taliban and the Afghan government have vastly different visions for the nation’s future. The government wants to preserve civil and democratic rights, while the insurgent group could push for strict implementation of Islamic rule.

Andrew Watkins, the International Crisis Group’s senior Afghanistan analyst, urged negotiators to push for an immediate decrease of violence: “Such a reduction is more likely to be achieved incrementally, with agreements on restricting the use of specific tactics or weaponry that each side perceives as particularly harmful to civilians.”

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Report slams international banks

Several global banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Standard Chartered Bank, carried out more than $2 trillion worth of questionable transactions between 1999 and 2017 despite previous penalties for similar behavior, according to a report released Sunday.

The International Consortium for Investigative Journalism formed a partnership with more than 400 reporters from 88 countries for the 16-month investigation. The team searched files from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and more than 17,600 records from insiders, whistleblowers, court files, and other sources. Banks must file suspicious activity reports with FinCen, but aren’t required to respond to them. Some of the largest flagged transactions included one by Deutsche Bank for $1.3 trillion and by JP Morgan Chase for $514 billion.

According to the report, JP Morgan Chase moved more than $1 billion for former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who orchestrated a multibillion-dollar investment fund scam. The bank shuttled at least $6.9 million for Paul Manafort in the 14 months after he resigned from President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign staff. Bank of America, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, American Express, and others processed millions of dollars for the family of Viktor Khrapunov, the former mayor of Kazakhstan’s most populous city, even after Interpol issued a notice for his arrest.

When the U.S. government does crack down on banks, it usually settles on deferred prosecution deals and fines, the report said. After London-based HSBC admitted in 2012 to laundering at least $881 million for Latin American drug cartels, the bank paid a $1.9 billion fine and agreed to refrain from questionable transactions for at least five years. But it continued to move money for suspected Russian traffickers and a Ponzi scheme that was under investigation. —O.O.

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Troop accountability in Cameroon

Four Cameroonian soldiers received 10-year prison sentences on Monday for the 2015 murder of two women and two children.

In 2018, a video emerged of the soldiers accusing the women of involvement with the Boko Haram extremist group. They led the blindfolded women, one with a baby on her back, down a dusty road and shot them 22 times.

The government initially dismissed the video as “fake news” but later arrested the soldiers after the case drew international attention. Cameroonian forces have faced accusations of abuse and war crimes as they battle Boko Haram in the North and a separatist movement in the West.

The military court acquitted two other soldiers and handed down a two-year sentence for the soldier who filmed and shared the video. —O.O.

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Chinese officials jail government critic

A Chinese businessman and one-time Communist Party member who criticized President Xi Jinping’s response to COVID-19 received an 18-year prison sentence on Tuesday. Beijing’s No. 2 Intermediate Court convicted Ren Zhiqiang, 69, of corruption, bribery, embezzlement of public funds, and abuse of power and fined him $620,000.

Ren, the former chairman of a state-owned real estate company, disappeared in March after he published an essay online saying Xi's pandemic response unveiled a “crisis of governance” and calling him “a clown who had stripped off his clothes and insisted on being an emperor.”

“This type of propaganda to hush a scandal will probably only deceive those who are willing to be deceived it can’t work on those who believe in truth and facts,” he wrote.

In 2016, the Communist Party placed Ren on one-year probation and shut down his social media accounts after he criticized Xi’s call for state media to stay loyal to the party. —O.O.

Kidnappers target Nigerian Christian family

Late on Sept. 18, kidnappers abducted teenage twin sisters Hassana and Hussaina Garba from their home in a north-central Nigerian village. The abductors shot the girls’ father, Ibrahim Garba, who is an elder at the Evangelical Church Winning All.

Kidnappings are increasingly frequent in the region, Charles Yahaya, a resident of the village, told Morning Star News. he said another teenage girl was kidnapped last month from a nearby state and forced to convert to Islam.

“Christian girls, many of whom are minors, go missing on their way to or from school or church,” Yahaya said. “Something is going on in our country that needs to be addressed systematically and collectively by all well-meaning citizens.” —O.O.

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AP: Trooper's mic records talk of beating, choking Black man

AP: Trooper's mic records talk of beating, choking Black manIn graphic, matter-of-fact chatter picked up on his body-camera mic, a Louisiana State trooper implicated in the death of a Black man can be heard talking of beating and choking him before “all of a sudden he just went limp.” It is the most direct evidence to emerge yet in the death last year of Ronald Greene, which troopers initially blamed on injuries from a car crash at the end of a chase. Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who himself died last week in a single-car crash, is heard recounting the May 2019 arrest of Greene in rural north Louisiana on audio provided to the AP through an intermediary who asked not to be identified because the case remains under investigation.


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Potty training: NASA tests new $23M titanium space toilet

Potty training: NASA tests new $23M titanium space toiletNASA’s first new space potty in decades — a $23 million titanium toilet better suited for women — is getting a not-so-dry run at the International Space Station before eventually flying to the moon. It's more camper-size to fit into the NASA Orion capsules that will carry astronauts to the moon in a few years. If the shakedown goes well, the toilet will be open for regular business.


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Inside the church at the heart of the Louisville protests

Inside the church at the heart of the Louisville protestsThe story of how the First Unitarian Church of Louisville flung open its doors to protesters who marched for justice for Breonna Taylor began years before the helicopters swirled overhead, before police in riot gear began marching up the alley. It began with much quieter moments, in the hearts of congregants like Pam Middleton. In the 1960s, she’d fought for women’s rights.


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Lebanon asks Interpol to detain 2 Russians over port blast

Lebanon asks Interpol to detain 2 Russians over port blastThe lead investigator into the August blast at Beirut’s port that killed and wounded many people issued two arrest warrants Thursday for the captain and owner of a ship that carried thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate to Beirut seven years ago, the state-run National News Agency said. The news agency said judge Fadi Sawwan referred the case to the state prosecution that asked Interpol to detain the two Russian citizens. NNA did not give the names of the two men but Boris Prokoshev was the captain who sailed the MV Rhosus from Turkey to Beirut in 2013.


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US says 'can't tolerate' attacks by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

US says 'can't tolerate' attacks by Iranian-backed militias in IraqWashington warned Thursday that it would not tolerate attacks on US interests in Iraq by Iran-backed militias, as Baghdad worries about a possible US withdrawal.


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