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Thomas Paine

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

27 January - Blogs I'm Following - 3 of 3

10:05  pm MST

Russia, Syria concerned over situation in Idlib despite Turkey’s reassurances

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – Russia and Syria are currently concerned over the current situation inside the Idlib Governorate, the Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday afternoon. “Agreements with Turkey on Idlib have not been implemented in full,” Peskov claimed, adding that the “situation there still causes concern for Damascus and Moscow. “Turkey has […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army reinforcements pour into northern Hama for new mission (PHOTOS)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent a large convoy of reinforcements to the Hama countryside this weekend in order to strengthen their front-lines around the designated demilitarized zone. According to the 1st Division, the Syrian Arab Army’s 141st Artillery Regiment was transferred to the northern Hama front, where they will […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Haftar-led Libyan Army takes control of strategic parts of Sabha

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, led by Khalifa Haftar, reportedly took control of key parts of the southwestern city of Sabha from rival armed militias, on Friday, including Sabha Castle and the city’s airport region. Footage shows LNA forces in front of Sabha Castle on Saturday. Sabha international airport was reportedly destroyed during the fighting. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army kills wanted Iranian militant northern Latakia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) killed a wanted Iranian militant in the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this week, a military communique read on Sunday. According to the communique, the Syrian Army killed a foreign jihadist rebel named Farouq Al-Kurdi after carrying out a heavy attack on Hay’at Tahrir […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian UN envoy asks Pompeo if US is ready to intervene in Venezuela

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia lashed out at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding a clear answer whether the United States plans to use military force against Venezuela in the breach of the UN Charter. Speaking on Saturday at the UN Security Council meeting on Venezuela, the Russian ambassador pointed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army launches retaliatory attack against Turkish-backed rebels in eastern Aleppo

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a retaliatory attack against the Turkish-backed rebels near the key town of Al-Bab last night. According to a military report, the Syrian Arab Army opened fire on the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) along the Al-Bab-Tadef axis; this resulted in a short overnight battle. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Developing: Iran conducts first cargo flight to Syria since Israeli attack

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Just a week after the Israeli Air Force bombed the Damascus countryside, the Iranian government has resumed their cargo flights to the Syrian capital, online flight trackers reported this morning. According to Manu Gomez (Twitter: @GDarkconrad), the Iranian cargo jet Pouya Air IL-76TD made the trip from Tehran to Damascus […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army spy films from jihadist stronghold near Turkish border (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The official media wing of the Tiger Forces released a new video this week that showed one of their operatives in jihadist-held northwestern Idlib. According to the Tiger Forces, their operative filmed from the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham town of Azmarin, which is located near the Turkish border with the Idlib […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Nasrallah says Hezbollah, Syria, Iran can strike Israel at any time

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Lebanon-based Hezbollah does not rule out that it, Iran, and Syria could retaliate against Israel if it conducts another airstrike on Syria, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said. “There’s a possibility that we will make a decision on various responsive measures over Israeli aggression since what happened the last time [in Syria] was very dangerous,” Nasrallah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Two dead after protesters storm Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Two died and at least 15 others were injured on Saturday after several Kurds protested against a Turkish military facility in Shiladze in the Duhok province of Iraqi Kurdistan, according to reports. They set fire to the base and to some military vehicle, demanding that the base be closed. Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes against […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Canada’s Ambassador to China Fired by Technocrats for Defending Reason

Matthew Ehret at The Duran - 17 hours ago
The sin of telling the truth involves not only exposing the true agenda behind the arrest of Meng Wanzhou but also showcases who is truly behind it. The post Canada’s Ambassador to China Fired by Technocrats for Defending Reason appeared first on The Duran.

McCain May Be Dead, but ‘Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran’ Still Resounds

Brian Cloughley at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Pompeo and Bolton both stand by McCain's 'Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran.' The post McCain May Be Dead, but ‘Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran’ Still Resounds appeared first on The Duran.

What Is Trump’s Motivation Behind the Recognition of Guaido as Venezuelan President?

Strategic Culture Foundation at The Duran - 17 hours ago
The current Venezuelan constitution was written during the Chavez era itself and yet is still fundamentally Western. The post What Is Trump’s Motivation Behind the Recognition of Guaido as Venezuelan President? appeared first on The Duran.

Observations on the Covington High School incident, Part I

Seraphim Hanisch at The Duran - 17 hours ago
There are many story threads about the Covington incident. Part I of this series focuses on how out of control the public reaction became. The post Observations on the Covington High School incident, Part I appeared first on The Duran.

NY Governor defies God with abortion as constitutional right

Seraphim Hanisch at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Andrew Cuomo made abortion legal to a degree not seen before, but the leading Christian communities have been strangely silent. The post NY Governor defies God with abortion as constitutional right appeared first on The Duran.

The End Of Russia’s “Democratic Illusions” About America

Stephen Cohen at The Duran - 17 hours ago
How Russiagate has impacted a vital struggle in Russia. The post The End Of Russia’s “Democratic Illusions” About America appeared first on The Duran.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 17 hours ago
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Over at Crooks and Liars, I linked two pieces. First, at the Conversation, "The 1938 Kindertransport saved 10,000 children but it’s hard to describe it as purely a success": One of the UK’s most significant child rescue efforts began on December 1, 1938: the Kindertransport. Following the November pogrom of the same year – when SA paramilitary

Leadership, Democracy & Twitter

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 18 hours ago
Recently I read an *opinion piece in The Hill Times* decrying the 'Lack of Leadership' in both the U.S. and GB given the current Cluster Fk in both countries. It goes on to say 'The answer is fairly simply: lack of leadership.' and that 'Unbridled populism fails unless it is given direction, order and coherence from good leadership. Without such leadership, both our nations appear destined to continue their saunter towards this form of government by self-inflicted anarchy, a truly unfortunate state. Whilst it is unclear exactly how this writer proposes to 'fix' this 'lack of leaders... more »

How the Longbow Changed Warfare Forever

Warfare History Network at Test Feed Using Fields - 18 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *Technology, Europe* [image: By Sémhur, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3151504] English King Edward III’s longbowmen shattered multiple charges by French King Philip VI’s mounted French knights at Crécy in 1346. At the age of 50, John of Bohemia was already old for a warrior and completely blind. He not only was the Count of Luxembourg and King of Bohemia, but also claimant to the thrones of Poland and Hungary. On August 26, 1346, he found himself just south of Calais in northern France, fighting for the French against the... more »

Army vs. Marines: Which Service Had the Better Bullet?

Charlie Gao at Test Feed Using Fields - 18 hours ago
*Charlie Gao* *Security, Americas* [image: (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ray Lewis)] We take a look. In Mark Bowden’s book, Black Hawk Down, he describes an incident where a soldier’s CAR-15 5.56mm carbine failed to put down an enemy combatant despite multiple hits to center mass. The ammunition used by the soldier was the M855 “green-tip” projectile, adopted by the U.S. Army and Marines in the 1980s. Further reports of M855 underperforming lead the U.S. military on a hunt for a new cartridge that would be more effective. Surprisingly, the Army and Marines diverged in their a... more »

Sunday morning music

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 19 hours ago
As regular readers are aware, I've been a fan of Mike Oldfield's music since his first album, *Tubular Bells*, which came out in 1973. To date, he's released 26 studio albums, and is a giant in the field of progressive rock and many other genres. He's also given plenty of attention to more traditional forms. His 17th album, *Voyager,* released in 1996, celebrated Celtic music in a wonderful combination of acoustic and orchestral performances. It remains one of my favorites. The final track on that album, Mont St. Michel, is a musical homage to the island monastery off the co... more »

Relive this year's Hottest 100 top 10 countdown

Just In - 19 hours ago
Ocean Alley wins triple j's Hottest 100 countdown with their song Confidence. Relive the countdown with our playlist of the top 10 songs.

Djokovic breaks Aus Open title record in emphatic fashion

Andrew McGarry And James Maasdorp at Just In - 19 hours ago
Novak Djokovic wins a record seventh Australian Open title in emphatic fashion, putting on a sheer masterclass to outplay Rafael Nadal from first game to last.

Justin Trudeau fires Canadian ambassador to China over Meng Wanzhou mishaps

Just In - 19 hours ago
It comes after John McCallum, a former academic, made two gaffes amid heightened tensions between Ottowa and Beijing, with his second ending his 20 years of public service.

Giants ?

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 19 hours ago
Many cultures have narratives concerning the existence of giant humans during the past, and the web channel Mystery History, has uploaded a short video on the topic. The presence of enormous quarried stone megaliths as well as megalithic structures and … Continue reading →


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Here's an update to an earlier post:

W.O.O.D. 26 January 2019

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 20 hours ago
W.O.O.D. - Weekly Occasional Open Discussion for 22 January 2019 Continue reading →

Dine' Jean Whitehorse tells personal story in new documentary : US Sterilization of Native Americans

Brenda Norrell at CENSORED NEWS - 20 hours ago
Photo copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News New docmentary 'Ama' tells the story of Jean Whitehorse Dine' Jean Whitehorse tells her story in a new documentary 'Ama'.Here is the video that I recorded of Jean telling her life story at the annual AIM West conference, in November 2013. -- Brenda Norrell, Censored Newshttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=26-QlIGhXcE&fbclid=

Richard in the Lion's Den

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
What's it like being 'the conservative Christian' in the lion's den of *The Big Questions?* Well, this fascinating nearly-year-old YouTube video from Richard Lucas of the Scottish Family Party gives us some idea. It's well worth watching, if you haven't already seen it.

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*by Noah* Two top Republicans in one! Will Rudy Coulter be the next Republican presidential candidate? And you thought cloning humans wasn't possible and Republicans hate science! Think of the possibilities! Mitchyanne Conway? Sarah Huckabee Bigfoot? Adolf Pence? Donald Putin? Oh, wait, we already have that one. Kim Jong Hannity?

'The law will give them no mercy': Duterte responds to deadly cathedral bombing

Just In - 21 hours ago
The attack leaves 20 people dead and 111 wounded, days after a new autonomous region in the southern Philippines was endorsed in the hopes of ending nearly five decades of a deadly separatist rebellion.

Bernard Tomic may play Davis Cup again, Tennis Australia says

Alister Nicholson And Luke Pentony at Just In - 21 hours ago
Tennis Australia wants Bernard Tomic to be considered for Davis Cup selection again, despite Lleyton Hewitt declaring he will never be selected while he is captain.

'Don't mistreat your people': Maduro loses top US military envoy as he backs down on US purge

Just In - 21 hours ago
The embattled South American leader loses a key ally in Washington, while Caracas has softened its demands on expelling all US consular officials.

Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Saturday 26th January 2019

By Anton Lang ~ This Post details the daily power consumption data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link. Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click on […]

New York Expands Culture of Death

The Empire State is set to move most restrictions on abortion in the state. ~ By Jordan Candler ~ Thanks to legislative approval of the deceptively titled Reproductive Health Act, Tuesday marked another dark period for children in New York, some of whom will be legally terminated days, hours, or even minutes before they would […]

The NFL Recovers From Kneeling Frenzy

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham ~ The National Football League is back on top of the ratings heap after both conference championship games were so competitive they spilled into overtime. Sunday’s New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game drew 53.9 million viewers to CBS — a shocking 27 percent increase and the most watched NFL […]

3 Ways Economic Freedom Improves Quality Of Life

By Patrick Tyrrell and Miguel Pontifis ~ The Heritage Foundation’s 2019 Index of Economic Freedom has just been released, and once again, greater economic freedom has been shown to increase individual and societal well-being in terms of health outcomes, educational achievement, and clean natural environments. Economic Freedom Means aGreater Life Expectancy Life expectancy is an important […]

Memes In Winter

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 22 hours ago
Another meme page. Continue reading →

O Brother, Where Art Thou

cefrith@hotmail.com at Charles Frith - 22 hours ago
I'm unable to type much, as I have a partially paralysed hand. The accompanying pain has diminished but full movement has yet to return. I've spent my convalescence re-viewing Coen Brother movies and... Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced

The Daily Brief 2019-01-26

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 22 hours ago
This is a summary of 29 AMN articles on the following subjects: Syria, Turkey, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Nasrallah, Dohuk, Kurds, Saudi, Israeli, Palestinian, Shot Dead, Hamas, Palestine, Qatar, FSA, ISIS, Israel, Netanyahu, Trump, Russia, US, Venezuela, Houthi, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kurdistan, Tunisia, Deir_Ezzor, Adana, Maduro, Iran, Tanf, Euphrates, Hama. We have changed our format from posting […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Letter From The Editor: Food safety’s haphazard structure may have helped during shutdown

Dan Flynn at Food Safety News - 22 hours ago
Opinion If you had a nickel for every study recommending consolidation of all federal food safety agencies into a single independent entity, you would have a lot of nickels. Think tanks and academic studies, and legislative auditors and White House staffs have all come to that conclusion. I think of it as the “European solution”... Continue Reading

Notes from Caracas (Sunday Sermonette)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 22 hours ago
Context and Precedence BBC News here. Venezuela has a new president according to thirty-one (maybe more as I type) countries who recognize Juan Gerardo Guaidó Márquez (35 yrs old), Leader of the Venezuelan Popular Will Party and President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since 5 January 2019. "I swear to formally assume the national executive powers as acting president," Juan Guaidó told cheering crowds of protesters last Wednesday. Minutes later, US President Donald Trump recognised the 35-year-old as the country's interim leader. It's as if President Trump knew the announc... more »

January 27th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #738

sundance at The Last Refuge - 22 hours ago
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and … Continue reading →

Sunday January 27th – Open Thread

sundance at The Last Refuge - 22 hours ago
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those … Continue reading →

Tweets For today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. calls on world to 'pick a side' on Venezuela; Europeans set to recognize Guaido https://t.co/A2jezzNLlp pic.twitter.com/iQ3FVxF1it — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 27, 2019 Taliban talks: US envoy says significant progress made in Qatar https://t.co/D6g1Xxz47b — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 26, 2019 VIDEO: "Do you think I can live on 421 euros per month?": hundreds of "yellow vest" protesters take to the streets of Paris pic.twitter.com/KTszmrD2GH — AFP news agency (@AFP) January 27, 2019 If North Korea employs chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons or conve... more »

The Socialist Approach to Reducing Climate Change Is Even More of the Same Failing Approach

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 23 hours ago
The Democratic Party has taken control of the US House of Representatives as a result of the 2018 election. This has resulted in a number of left of center policy proposals with regard to climate change and other economic policies. Perhaps the most prominent of these proposals is called the “Green New Deal” (GND). This […]

'I am deeply sorry': Prince Philip apologises to passenger injured in car crash

Just In - 23 hours ago
The Duke of Edinburgh issues a written apology to a woman involved in a collision with his Land Rover near the Royal family's Sandringham Estate.

16 people hospitalised after suspected drug-taking at music festivals

Charlotte King And Paige Cockburn at Just In - 23 hours ago
There have been six suspected drug overdoses at the Rainbow Serpent music festival in regional Victoria, while 10 people were taken to hospital from two Sydney events for "likely" drug-related reasons.

'A sad time for Niue': Tiny island's solitary duck Trevor dies

Alan Weedon at Just In - 23 hours ago
A Facebook page dedicated to the lone mallard who showed up on the Pacific island of Niue after a storm had confirms he was been killed by a dog.

Socceroo's sister was killed at dangerous driving hotspot, councillor says

Just In - 23 hours ago
A local councillor says dangerous driving is a regular occurrence along the road where 19-year-old Bor Mabil was killed, and is calling for tougher penalties as well as extra police.

Sacking Matildas coach Stajcic 'the right decision' says FFA boss

Tracey Holmes at Just In - 23 hours ago
FFA boss Chris Nikou says he believes the "unanimous" board decision to sack Matildas coach Alen Stajcic was the right one, and will help the playing group both now and in the future.

Michael Jackson doco detailing abuse allegations gets standing ovation at Sundance

Just In - 23 hours ago
Michael Jackson's estate blasts the documentary, which tells the stories of two men who claim they were sexually molested by the popstar as young boys, as a "tabloid character assassination".

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Swiss police officer observes the surrounding area from atop the roof of the Davos Congress Hotel, January 21. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann *WNU Editor*: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... *Inside Davos* (Reuters).

Iran Accuses Russia Of Not Activating Syria's S-300 Defense Systems During Last Week's Israeli Attacks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Photo : Russian Defence Ministry *Jerusalem Post:* *Iran angrily blames Russia for disrupting S-300 system amid Israeli attack* The Russian-made S-300 system could have thwarted Israeli's retaliatory actions following a missile strike toward northern Israel. Official news sources in Iran publicly attacked the Russian government, blaming them for deliberately disrupting the S-300 air defense systems during the recent flare-up between their forces in Syria and Israel. Meanwhile, Russia announced that the S-300 air defense systems in Syria are not ready for operation. Israel hit... more »

People Are Getting Angry-- And Directing That Anger Towards Trump And McConnell

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
On Thursday McConnell finally allowed a clean bill to open the government to be voted on, but first he presented Trump's frankenstein version of a bill that included nearly $6 billion for a small piece of his vanity wall, a vanity wall that will make many of his criminal cronies much wealthier. The only Democrat to vote for the Trump/McConnell bill was, predictably, Joe Manchin. On the other hand 6 Republicans (+ Manchin) voted for the Democratic bill-- Lamar Alexander (TN), Susan Collins (ME), Cory Gardner (CO), Johnny Isakson (GA), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Mitt Romney (UT). 36 d... more »

Progressives Helped Pave The Way For These ‘Russian Asset’ Bernie Smears

Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone - 1 day ago
The other day I published an article saying we can expect to see more and more smear campaigns painting progressives as Kremlin agents and useful idiots of Putin as the 2020 election draws closer. Since the publication of that piece two things have happened: a […]

Please sign petition to help famous naturopath being silenced by NSW government

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
Please click the video below by Barbara O’Neill’s husband who describes how she’s been under fire from the New South Wales government. You can also sign the petition below the video, if you feel so inclined. I know I did. You can sign the petition here: Stay strong Barbara! Erin Elizabeth The post Please sign petition to help famous naturopath being silenced by NSW government appeared first on Health Nut News.

Woman almost killed by vaccine injury, says she still pushes vaccinations

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
In light of a new report that 2 out of 5 people are reading about wide spread vaccine injuries, people are sharing one woman’s story of how she was nearly killed from developing a condition as a result of a vaccine she received. But despite the vaccine nearly taking her life, she still urges others […] The post Woman almost killed by vaccine injury, says she still pushes vaccinations appeared first on Health Nut News.

This Is How Israel And Iran's Secret War In Syria Became Public

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Time:* *Israel and Iran Are Waging a Secret War in Syria. Here’s How It Finally Went Public* The video shows a skier in a blue jacket slaloming down a slope before the camera pans upward, an ominous score playing in the background. “This is what families skiing on Mount Hermon in northern Israel saw when they looked up,” reads the on-screen caption on a 37-second clip the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) posted to Twitter Monday, as two vapor trails cut across a dusky sky. “An Iranian rocket fired towards them from Syrian soil.” *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: Truth be told. The confl... more »

No, Trump Should Not Be Given Increased Trade Authority

Daniel Griswold at Test Feed Using Fields - 1 day ago
*Daniel Griswold* *economy, Americas* [image: Reuters] Americans would suffer from an escalating trade war. Not satisfied with the tariff-imposing powers he’s already flexed against imported steel and goods made in China, President Trump will reportedly ask Congress in his upcoming State of the Union message for sweeping new powers. As if on cue, Rep. Sean Duffy plans to introduce legislation likely early next week to grant them. The White House wants reciprocal (or “mirror”) tariffs on imported goods where the foreign duty rate is significantly higher than the U.S. rate. Econom... more »

Afghanistan’s Impossible Task: Talking and Fighting While Holding Elections

Arif Rafiq at Test Feed Using Fields - 1 day ago
*Arif Rafiq* *Security, Middle East* [image: Reuters] In a time in which Afghanistan needs its elite to unite and build consensus, it is holding elections, which are divisive winner-takes-all affairs. It has been an eventful month or so for the Afghanistan war. President Donald Trump indicated in mid-December that he may soon order a drawdown of U.S. forces there. Talks between the United States and the Taliban talks gained momentum only to reach an impasse in mid-January. The deadlock, it appears, has since been overcome. Around the same time the candidate filing period for Afg... more »

Russian Blackjack Strategic Bombers 'Buzz' The North American Coastline

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An E-3 AWACS, 2x F-22, 2x CF-18 fighter jets from NORAD positively identified 2x Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers entering the Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone on January 26, 2019. Bombers remained in international airspace and did not enter sovereign territory pic.twitter.com/utKe26SRBB — NORAD & USNORTHCOM (@Norad_Northcom) January 26, 2019 *Daily Mail:* *US and Canadian Air Force scramble four fighter jets to intercept two Russian bombers closing in on North American airspace off coast of Alaska* * Two US Air Force F-22 fighter jets and two Canadian CF-18 jet... more »

Stoinis first-choice allrounder after horror summer for Mitch Marsh

Just In - 1 day ago
Marcus Stoinis's inclusion in the extended Test squad ends Mitch Marsh's reign as Australia's go-to allrounder in five day cricket.

Sydney's desalination plant is turned on — so what does that mean?

Paige Cockburn at Just In - 1 day ago
With dam levels dropping, the desalination plant in Kurnell is fully operational for the first time. So how does it work, what will it cost and most importantly how will the water taste?

Record snowfall in Northern Maine

Robert at Ice Age Now - 1 day ago
Snowiest January (so far) and snowiest season to date, according to the National Weather Service. Caribou is at its snowiest January (50.1″ so far) and snowiest season-to-date (101.9″) on record. Concern rising for snow load on roof hazard. “Don’t be aloof, clear the snow off your roof!” #MEwx With two snow events expected by the ... Read moreRecord snowfall in Northern Maine The post Record snowfall in Northern Maine appeared first on Ice Age Now.

Munich Conference: Leading Danish Astrophysicist Says Solar Activity Has Significant Impact On Global Climate

Russ Steele at The Next Grand Minimum - 1 day ago
By P Gosselin Danish Professor Henrik Svensmark is a leading physicist of cosmic radiation. At the end of last year he made a presentation at the 12th International Climate Conference in Munich, where he demonstrated that the climate is indeed… Continue reading →

U.S. Navy Holds Commissioning Ceremony For USS Michael Monsoor

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Orange County Register:* *Navy holds commissioning ceremony for USS Michael Monsoor, named for local hero who died to save others* Michael Monsoor, who grew up in Garden Grove, died in Iraq in 2006 “The USS Michael Monsoor is manned and ready and reports for duty.” With those words, the Navy’s newest destroyer, amed for a Garden Grove High School graduate and posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, was commissioned into service, her new crew lining the bow and standing at attention. Monsoor’s final brave act – diving onto a grenade to save his fellow SEALS and soldiers while providi... more »

Anthony de Jasay (1925-2019)

Pierre Lemieux at Econlib - 1 day ago
Anthony de Jasay died yesterday in Normandie (France), where he was living. In a recent Econlib “Liberty Classics” review of his book The State (1985), I wrote: When the dust settles, Anthony de Jasay’s The State will probably be recognized as one of the great books of the 20th century. It may be the most serious and subversive […] The post Anthony de Jasay (1925-2019) appeared first on Econlib.

Italian PM: France And Germany Are Taking Us 'For A Ride' In The EU. France Responds By Saying 'Mind Your Own Business'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to the media during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann *Euronews:* *Italy: stop messing in other countries' affairs. France: mind your own business* After top Italian politicians launched a string of attacks on France, including criticising it for interfering in the affairs of African nations, a French minister has responded with a diplomatic request for Rome to mind its own business. Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who serves as secretary of state in the French economic... more »

UNSC Video: Watch as the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Wipes the Floor with CIA Pompeo

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Flag of Venezuela* *UPDATE*: Read Stephen Lendman's post on the UNSC meeting re Venezuela lol. Watch the video at this Saker Link at 1.56 on the video for the start of the speech to the *UNSC by the young Venezuelan Foreign Minister at the UN. I predict that this guy will be the President of Venezuela some day.* ******************* *From Associated Press* "...The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said that if there is no announcement of a new election in the next days, the 28-nation bloc “will take further actions, including on the issue of recognit... more »

Climate Is a State of Mind

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 1 day ago
A recent survey by Yale and George Mason activists is another reminder that “climate change” is actually a branch of environmental psychology. Consider that “climate” is an human construct, defined as the pattern of weather we remember in our living space over seasons and years. And “climate change” is therefore an added belief that our […]

France And Germany Say They Are Committed To A European Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. *Soeren Kern, The Gatestone Institute:* *France and Germany: "We Are Committed to the Emergence of a European Army"* * "Populism and nationalism are increasing in all our countries. For the first time, a country — Great Britain — is leaving the European Union. Worldwide, multilateralism is under pressure...." – German Chancellor Angela Merkel. * "Converging this much with Germany is an abandonment of sovereignty — a betrayal. If we had not alerted the public, this text would have been signed on the sly. The text... more »

US, Russia trade attacks at UN over Venezuela (video)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Envoy to the United Nations Security Council Vasily Nebenzya traded barbs on the political situation of Venezuela during an emergency meeting of the Council in New York City on Saturday. Pompeo accused Russia of supporting an “illegitimate mafia state” in order to further their own economic interests, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

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