How Does the American SLRC Cannon Compare to China and Russia?

The first open image of one of the most original, modern American weapons projects-a large-caliber Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC). It is being developed under the US Army, and is designed to shoot high-precision missiles at a range of “more than 1000 miles” (sea). In 2019, it was reported that funding for the program should start in fiscal year 2020, and that the SLRC prototype should be ready in 2023.

Turkish Death Toll Rises to 16 in Idlib

A Turkish soldier was killed in a bomb attack by the Assad regime in Syria’s Idlib area, becoming the sixteenth Turkish soldier to die in the area this month. A statement issued from the Turkish province of Gaziantep said that the deceased was a tank repairman. Turkey has sent thousands of soldiers and military equipment to areas south of its borders to resist the attack by Assad forces in order to regain control of areas controlled by opposition fighters.

German FM Discusses Regional Issues with Saudis, Presses for Reforms

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Saudi Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud met in Berlin Friday. Maas said that Germany and Saudi Arabia agreed to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear bomb. At a joint press conference with Prince Faisal, Maas said that talks between the two sides centered on conflicts in the region, including Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and Iran’s violation of the nuclear agreement.

Turkey Analysis – Will Kremlin Retaliate with a Covert Operation Against Erdogan?

The results of the new survey are available pertaining to the approval of the head of state of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The poll results were posted on Twitter by the @Metropol. The survey posed a straightforward question of whether or not the public approves of the current head of state’s activities. Thus far Erdogan is at a 41.9% approval rate.

INTERPOL Refused to Cooperate with Russia on Extradition – Will Russia Leave INTERPOL Membership?

It was announced INTERPOL refused to cooperate in extradition of the former Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko. The International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as INTERPOL, is an international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control. It was established in 1923 and is located in Lyons, France.  Anatoliy Stepanovych Hrytsenko is a Ukrainian politician, independent member of the current Ukrainian parliament, former Minister of Defence, member of the Our Ukraine political party and leader of the Civil Position party.

UK Immigration System and Work Permits Per BREXIT – Detailed Point Based System Explained

On February 19th, UK unveiled its new points based immigration system. The system is very similar to the current Canadian immigration system. The post-Brexit period will end by the end of 2020.

The new system will come into effect on January 1, 2021. This will mean controlled border access points. Unskilled labor by foreign nationals will be absolute banned. It would also mean that former Soviet Baltic republic nationals will no longer have access to such jobs. It would add additional poverty to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Even though they get aid and funding for being NATO strategic locations. It would hit their economy, due to an immediate decrease in spending.

Russian-Turkish Talks End with no Result

Thе first dау of the Ruѕѕіаn-Turkіѕh tаlkѕ on Idlіb еndеd Mоndау іn Moscow wіth no rеѕult. Ankаrа соntіnuеѕ tо transfer іtѕ mіlіtаrу еԛuірmеnt tо northern Syria аnd соntіnuеѕ to demand the іmmеdіаtе wіthdrаwаl оf the Syrian аrmу frоm its роѕіtіоnѕ. Moscow bеlіеvеѕ thаt Ankаrа fаіlеd the tаѕk of ѕераrаtіng thе tеrrоrіѕtѕ аnd the аrmеd орроѕіtіоn, but at thе same tіmе, thеу аrе tаlkіng about full undеrѕtаndіng between the Ruѕѕіаn аnd Turkіѕh mіlіtаrу.

Maas Urges Countries to Respect Arms Embargo in Libya

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference that the International Berlin Follow-up Commission on Libya agrees that the UN Security Council resolution on Libya is binding to all parties. Four weeks ago, world leaders in Berlin pledged to comply with the UN arms embargo on Libya and not support parties involved in Libya. But the negotiations were unsuccessful, because, through land, and sea, weapons entered the battlefield in Libya.

Coronavirus: Butcher’s Bill Passes 1,300, France Records First Death

The French Health Minister, Agnès Buzyn, confirmed on Saturday the death of an 80-year-old Chinese tourist due to infection from the coronavirus (Covid-19) that causes pneumonia. This was the first case of death caused by the epidemic outside Chinese borders. The outbreak has so far reached twenty-six countries, in addition to China and its autonomous territories.

How Coronavirus is Affecting the German Economy

German companies with factories in China are facing major headwinds as Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the nation. Ziehl-Abegg, a machine manufacturer with a facility in Shanghai, has lamented the current state of affairs. Less than half of its employees are allowed to work at the plant following a new directive by Chinese authorities driven by health fears. Uncertainty has gripped the company which is incurring weekly loses of about €2 million.

Belarus Changing Coat of Arms – Are They Ready to Join the European Union?

Belarus is planning on changing its coat of arms. The official announcement has not been made, however the new changes are already circulating on Vkontakte, a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages, but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.

Low Cost / Discount Freelance Gig Platforms are Here – Has the Time Past for the Gouging High-priced Gig Platform?

First you need to understand gig platforms are a different category from freelance jobs. The whole concept, structure and solutions are uniquely different.  So today we are only reviewing gig platforms.

The first thing you need to review and measure is the total cost of a gig platform. When you look at the total costs of the leading gig platforms today, it definitely has a price-shocking feel to it. For example the leading platform charges sellers 20%, then often adds on 5% more to the buyers, and then possibly an additional 2-3% for service fees. The total costs come in as high as 27-28%! That leaves only 73 cents of every dollar for the gig provider doing the actual work. That is just gut-wrenchingly high.

Italian Senate Authorizes Salvini Trial for Kidnapping Migrants

The Italian Senate voted on Wednesday to authorize the opening of a lawsuit against Matteo Salvini, leader of the extreme right-wing Liga party and former Interior Minister, for blocking more than 100 migrants in the Mediterranean. Salvini is accused of “abuse of power and kidnapping of people,” a crime punishable by up to fifteen years in prison, and which would bar him from holding public office.

Britain Prepares for Brexit Fishing Rights Tussle

The United Kingdom and the European Union negotiators will be locked in dialogue until the end of the year to iron out delicate Brexit divorce nuances. Britain is already drawing up plans to reinforce its coastal defenses. This is in line with anticipated changes to the existing fishing rights accord. The United Kingdom is looking to take back control of its waters and restrict E.U. members’ access.

Coronavirus: Death Toll Exceeds SARS, New Cases in Britain and Spain

British authorities announced Sunday the registration of a fourth case of the emerging coronavirus. British news sources said that a fourth citizen was confirmed to be infected with the virus in Britain after he was infected by another British citizen in France. Health authorities are now trying to track down people who have contacted the four patients to confirm whether they have contracted the virus or not.

Russia Pushes Ukraine to Sign Water Deal in Crimea

Ukrainian media is reporting that in Simferopol, in occupied Crimea, authorities are drafting a schedule of hourly water supplies to the city residents due to lack of water in the Crimean reservoirs. There are water shortages on the peninsula. In cities, they are preparing to give hot water only on weekends. Reserves in the reservoirs are not enough to ensure uninterrupted supplies. In general, the main reservoirs in the region are one-third full— and this may be enough until June.

Macron Calls on Europeans to Act in Face of “Arms Race”

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged Europeans to play a more direct role in the face of global turmoil by participating fully in upcoming negotiations on arms control. Macron also invited European partners to engage in a “strategic dialogue” on the deterrent role of France’s nuclear capacity as the country embarks on a costly modernization of its arsenal.

Germany in Shock, Berlin Takes Action, Against Far-Right Backed State Leader

The federal government in Berlin canceled a conference that was scheduled today in the state of Thuringia, due to the election of Thomas Kemmerich, a member of the (liberal) Free Democratic Party, as head of the state government, with the support of the votes of the right-wing Alternative for Germany Party. A discussion with Bodo Ramelow, who was Minister-President of the state until yesterday, was scheduled to be held before this afternoon, as part of the “German Sustainability Strategy Conference.”

Macron Courts Poland, Criticizes Poland’s Courts

Emmanuel Macron wants to find a new friend in Poland, but he is not going to abandon his ties with Russia. The French President tried to accomplish this difficult task during his two-day visit to Warsaw, where he showed caution and did not criticize the country’s government for a rollback from democracy. Macron also tried to recruit Poland as a military ally, but emphasized the need to maintain relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Report: U.S. May Introduce New Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

Russian state media is reporting that the United States Congress is ready to pass another bill imposing sanctions on Nord Stream 2 if Russia tries to complete the gas pipeline. Sanctions may affect European companies investing in the project, or companies that will receive gas from Russia, unnamed interlocutors from diplomatic circles in Washington, familiar with the situation, told news reporters. Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-January did not rule out that construction would be completed by the end of this year or in the first quarter of 2021.

Syria: UN Reports Half-Million Displaced by Fighting in Idlib

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs, David Swanson, reported that more than half a million people have been forced to flee their homes in Idlib over the last two months. “Since 1 December, some 520,000 people have been displaced from their homes, the vast majority – 80 percent – of them women and children,” he said. Swanson noted that their movement in winter exacerbated the already “terrible humanitarian situation in the region.”

Bulgarian President Withdraws Confidence in Government

In an appeal to the people, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Tuesday officially announced that he had withdrawn confidence in the government, since it does not act in the interests of citizens. Stressing that for three years he had been urging the government to work responsibly, Radev said that he was doing this not as a political opponent, but as the head of state, concerned about the future of Bulgaria.

Lavrov Goes to Latin America to Strengthen Influence in the Region

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Latin America in the coming days in order to deepen relations with his nation’s allies. Lavrov will visit Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela shortly after his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tour of four former republics of the Soviet Union, which became the main arena of competition for influence.

Idlib: Clashes Test Relations Between Russia and Turkey

The bloodshed between Turkey and Syrian government forces in the northwestern province of Idlib created an opportunity for an open confrontation between two neighboring states. The death of eight Turkish troops during the Syrian bombardment also posed a threat to good relations between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is the main supporter of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Iran Ready to Cooperate with EU, Rouhani Says

The European Union’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, met his counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday in Tehran. Borrell also met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Larijani, and President Hassan Rouhani. In a meeting with the EU foreign policy coordinator, the Iranian president emphasized his country’s “full adherence” to its commitments in JCPOA and criticized “non-compliance” by other parties to the treaty.

Fight for Worldwide Digital Tax in Crucial Phase

At a conference of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, more than 130 countries reached an important agreement, to develop, by the end of 2020, new tax rules for Internet companies, the so-called “digital tax.” This is considered one of the main problems in the modern economy, because American Internet companies receive multibillion-dollar revenues in the European market, paying almost nothing to the local treasury.

NATO: Maneuvers in Eastern Europe Not Targeting Russia

The NATO Defender 2020 maneuvers, due to begin in February, will become the alliance’s largest exercises in 25 years. Their goal is to work out the prompt deployment of American troops to Poland and the Baltic countries. As part of the exercises, up to 20,000 US soldiers and officers, as well as 13,000 units of military equipment, will be delivered to Europe by sea and air.

After Brexit: Boris Johnson Intention to Comply with EU Standards

In a speech, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell what he intends to achieve to entrepreneurs, in negotiations with the EU on relations after the expiration of the Brexit transition period. After leaving the EU, the UK will no longer comply with EU standards in the field of environmental protection, workers’ rights, and state economic subsidies. Such conclusions can be drawn by reading some passages in the speech of the British PM on the topic, Brexit, with which he intends to address entrepreneurs on Monday.

What Brexit Supporters Expect after Leaving the European Union

After a series of lengthy debates at the European Union level, and in the British House of Commons, a whole series of votes and early elections, Brexit is now in its transition period, which will last another eleven months. On the night of January 31, the treaty came into effect, and Britain exited the E.U. as a member state. There is a lot of discussion and speculation about the changes to expect, and the possible adverse effects. But what advantages do Brexit supporters see?

How European Gun Manufacturers are Promoting the Bloody Drug War In Mexico

In October 2019, the Mexican National Guard launched an operation to incarcerate the son of the imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman. They took Ovidio Guzmán López into custody and thought they had made a big catch. Instead, the arrest of López resulted in the Sinaloa Cartel demonstrating its immense firepower and propensity for violence. Hundreds of hitmen working for the criminal organization ambushed authorities on the streets of Culiacan.

Key Republican Senators to Vote Against Witnesses, Assuring Trump’s Acquittal

In the final stretch of the Senate trial of US President Donald Trump, it is less and less likely that the Democratic opposition will be able to approve the summons of witnesses to testify against the Republican. After the conclusion of the questioning stage of the senators for the prosecution and defense, one of the Republican senators who had been courted by the Democrats, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), announced on Thursday that he will vote against the call of witnesses.

WHO Declares Coronavirus a Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, declared the coronavirus an international public health emergency following the outbreak of the disease, first reported in the city of Wuhan, China, in December 2019. “We don’t know what sort of damage this virus could do if it were spread in a country with a weaker health system,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.