The United Kingdom, following a number of European countries, will restrict freedom of movement for three weeks in order to combat the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The inhabitants of the UK will be able to leave their homes only for the purchase of essential goods, doctor visits, and individual exercise.
The new coronavirus pandemic continues to have a huge impact on the U.S. economy. The Federal Reserve announced on Sunday that it would lower the benchmark interest rate to the range of 0% to 0.25%. In addition, the Federal Reserve will also launch a $700 billion quantitative easing measure to reduce the impact of the new coronavirus epidemic on the economy.
Europe is gradually becoming the hardest hit by the new coronavirus epidemic, and the Spanish government has declared a two-week state of emergency nationwide to limit personal movements. Many places, such as France, have also closed down shops and entertainment establishments that have nothing to do with basic living needs.
Russian scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with other Russian institutions, completed research of the properties of a copolymer based on polyaryleneetherketones to assess the prospects of its application in space technology. The purpose of this study is to protect the electronics on a spacecraft, which is effected by the surrounding plasma. There are only three centers across the globe that have the necessary equipment and experts to successfully analyze the effects of electrification of materials for spacecraft in conditions close to its original state.
Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar has told French President Emmanuel Macron he will sign a ceasefire if militias backing the internationally recognized government respect it. The meeting was held discretely for nearly an hour at the Elysée Palace in Paris, and left off President Macron’s schedule.
The vоlumе of wоrld аrmѕ ѕаlеѕ in 2015-2019 іnсrеаѕеd bу 5.5% соmраrеd wіth thе рrеvіоuѕ fіvе-уеаr реrіоd. The Unіtеd States аnd France ѕhоwеd the mоѕt nоtісеаblе grоwth in arms exports, and Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest arms importer. Thіѕ is stated in the аnnuаl rероrt оf thе Stосkhоlm Intеrnаtіоnаl Pеасе Research Inѕtіtutе (SIPRI).
On this March 8, International Women’s Day, tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected in the streets of many cities around the world. Women’s rights activists want to make a point about intersectionality and the convergence of “feminist dynamics.” Women in France will demonstrate against the pension reform and its supposedly negative effects for women.
The total number of deaths due to the new coronavirus now exceeds 3000 worldwide. The vast majority of them have occurred in China. The latest deaths in China have all occurred in the Hubei Province, the virus epicenter, Chinese health authorities said Monday morning local time.
Russian special forces will start training in a virtual reality setting. The new developed simulation training is specifically geared towards paratroopers. The vertical reality simulator was designed by the Man & Technologies Lab. According to the company’s website Man & Technologies lab is a full cycle engineering design bureau. The company specializes in the technology. However, interestingly there is no mention of any defense speciality.
Previously, JSC Kalashnikov presented a semi-automatic sniper rifle Chukavin Sniper Rifle or SVCh. It is much more than just a rifle. The SVCh is a promising platform for the entire line of small arms. The Chukavin Sniper Rifle is expected to replace the Kalashnikov rifle. The semi-automatic Chukavin is also slated to replace the Dragunov sniper rifle, a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. (VIDEO)
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.
The new virus has been found by French and Brazilian scientists as a collaborative project. The abstract has been published in the Biorxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”), a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. The new virus is called Yaravirus. It is named after a character from the Brazilian mythology.
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.
The French Ministry of Health confirmed three cases of people infected by the Coronavirus Friday that generated an outbreak of a mysterious respiratory disease in China’s Hubei province. France’s Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn, warned that, in addition to these two cases— the first ones to be recorded in Europe— new infections were still likely to arise in the country.
On Friday, the French cabinet discussed and passed the controversial pension reform project proposed by President Emmanuel Macron. Opponents of the reform have chosen this date to organize strikes and demonstrations. The head of the General Confederation of Labor, Philippe Martinez pledged to “withstand the withdrawal” of the reform project. Once it is adopted, however, the cabinet will refer the bill to Parliament for decision.
Israel this week is in the center of the world as it is receiving guests from nations of the world to join together on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The remembrance of the six million Jews that died in the holocaust is also connected to the remembrance of the forty million people that died in World War II. Technology has brought the whole world together. The goal of every human being is united with the memory of the six million; to prevent a third world war. World leaders arrive in Israel for the country’s biggest diplomatic event.
Russia will host Fayez al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar in Moscow in an attempt to achieve peace in Libya. According to Russian news, Haftar is already in Russia. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who is a Turkish politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey since 24 November 2015, is expected to join them. Hakan Fidan is a retired Turkish army sergeant, teacher, diplomat and the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization. he is expected to attend as well. Hulusi Akar is the current Turkish Minister of Defense and a former four-star Turkish Armed Forces general who served as the 29th Chief of the General Staff. He will be arriving with al Serraj for the talks. Observers from Egypt and United Arab Emirates will be in attendance. The latest development is that Haftar left without signing any type peace resolution.
Many countries have issued statements urging calm and restraint among all parties, since the U.S. launched a rocket attack on Baghdad International Airport early Friday, killing Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian general was the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. At least eight other people have died in this and other subsequent American airstrikes.
There has been a tug of war for geopolitical influence and attempts to disrupt the already established balance throughout 2019. We also saw the formation of interesting and very invasive social media polices around the globe. Hence, there were ramifications and changes to the social media landscape:
- France implementing new measures to track and monitor the social media of its citizens.
- Russia is working to complete their digital iron curtain.
- China implementing draconian verification process impacting social credit and privacy.
- UK to ruthlessly start collecting DNA.
- We’ve also seen the rise of deep fake technology that could have a great impact on the US 2020 Presidential elections as well as on the global scale.
Let’s look at the world’s main players and regions:
The French government announced additional measures to curb tax evaders. France’s constitutional council ruled the government has a right to expand its powers to monitor the social media of its citizens in order to collect information pertaining to tax evasion. The Constitutional Council is the highest constitutional authority in France. It was established by the Constitution of the Fifth Republic in 1958 to ensure that constitutional principles and rules are upheld. It is housed in the Palais-Royal, Paris.
A rise in the attacks by terrorists in West Africa has raised concerns over French military involvement in the region. The current French operation has been on-going since 2014, coordinating security related issues with Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Chad. Currently, over 4,500 French troops are in the region. Despite the challenge, the French President, Emmanuel Macron vows to give a new force to the fight armed groups in the Sahel states in West Africa.
An ambush by suspected Islamic militants in a military base in western Niger has left more than 70 soldiers dead. Twelve soldiers were injured in the attack that is said to be the deadliest in the region in living memory. Niger’s Defense Minister, Issoufou Katambe, said that there was a fierce battle after around 700 militants attacked the military base in Inates, near the border with Mali. “Sadly, we regret to announce the following toll: 71 military personnel killed, 12 injured. Other missing,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement aired on national television.
The Normandy Format talks started on December 9, 2019 in Paris. The countries present are Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The main goal is to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The group was created in 2014 but the talks have been stalled until now. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated peace with Russia is his top priority.
The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Rifaat al-Assad, is on trial in France in a case of “unlawful enrichment.” The trial began Monday in the French capital, Paris. Assad is accused of building a real estate empire in France from Syrian public funds. Rifaat al-Assad was one of the former pillars of the Assad regime, and the commander of the “Defense Brigades,” a special force that was instrumental in the devastating attack on the city of Hama in central Syria in 1982.
French President Emanuel Macron has not been a strong leader. France is experiencing a negative pattern and the next election will be held in 2022. France reached its zenith in global influence in 1812. Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France in 1804. The title was created for Napoleon to preserve the appearance of the French Republic and show that after the French Revolution, the feudal system was abandoned and a nation state was created.
Germany refused Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for a moratorium on missile deployment in Europe. Putin had sent a proposal to the leaders of several countries this fall to introduce a moratorium on deploying intermediate-and shorter-range missiles in Europe. The intermediate-range missile is defined as ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBM) or GLCM having a range between 1,000 km to 5,500 km. The shorter-range missile was defined as GLBMs or GLCMs with a range between 500 km and 1,000 km.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced a budget increase to $15.866 billion. The expansion of the budget was finalized on November 28. The ESA is an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris. The national bodies who sit on ESA’s governing council are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
On November 14, the NASA Inspector General Office of Audits published a report entitled NASA’s Management of Crew Transportation to the International Space Station. The audit data was collected from February 2019 to November 2019 as per the audit standards. One of the main goals of the audit is to compare the piloted programs by Boeing, Space X and Soyuz.
On November 7, professor Oleg Sokolov murdered his live-in girlfriend Anastasia Yeshchenko in St. Petersburg. She was only 24 years old. Sokolov is a Russian historian of the Napoleonic era. He is a Candidate of Historical Sciences and was a Docent of the Department of Modern History, and Faculty of History of Saint Petersburg State University. His scientific and social activities were acknowledged by the Legion of Honour in 2003 by French President Jacques Chirac. The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and retained by all later French governments and régimes.
In rеѕроnѕе tо a ѕtаtеmеnt bу thе Eurореаn Unіоn, urging Iran to stick to their commitments under the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Foreign Minister ассuѕеd France, Britain, and Germany оf fаіlіng tо соmрlу wіth their оblіgаtіоnѕ. Mоhаmmаd Jаvаd Zаrіf ассuѕеd them оf “kіllіng tіmе,” аnd оf fаіlіng tо meet thеіr оblіgаtіоnѕ undеr thе ѕо-саllеd nuсlеаr dеаl.
French President Emmanuel Mасrоn, whо vіѕіtеd Bеіjіng, аnd Chinese President Xі Jіnріng jоіntlу rеlеаѕеd thе “Bеіjіng-Chіnа Biodiversity Cоnѕеrvаtіоn аnd Clіmаtе Change Initiative” оn Wednesday, ѕауіng thаt thеу “ѕtrоnglу ѕuрроrt” the Pаrіѕ Agreement.
French Prеѕіdеnt Emmаnuеl Macron, сіtіng Irаn’ѕ аnnоunсеmеnt tо іnjесt urаnіum іntо thе Fоrdоw еnrісhmеnt fасіlіtу, ѕаіd thіѕ wаѕ thе first tіmе thаt Iran hаd еxрlісіtlу tаkеn асtіоn thаt was a ѕіgn оf іtѕ intention to lеаvе the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Iran’s first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri Kouhshahi attended an annual meeting organized by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). An 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of Member States of the SCO was held Saturday in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The SCO, or Shanghai Pact, is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai. Iran is not an official member of the SCO but very interested in joining. He was observed having great interest in reciprocal agreements with Uzbekistan.
Frеnсh Prеѕіdеnt Mасrоn аrrіvеd in Shаnghаі оn Monday, hоріng to promote France-China economic аnd trаdе соореrаtіоn. However, Chіnа аlѕо wаrnеd him nоt tо tаlk аbоut sensitive topics, such аѕ Hоng Kong dеmоnѕtrаtіоnѕ. Thіѕ is the ѕесоnd tіmе thаt Mасrоn has paid a state vіѕіt to Chіnа ѕіnсе he tооk оffісе. Mасrоn wіll also раrtісіраtе іn thе Intеrnаtіоnаl Import Expo. This іѕ the ѕесоnd tіmе thаt Chіnа hаѕ hоѕtеd thіѕ іmроrt fair since thе Chіnа-US trаdе wаr brоkе оut.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed in 1949. It was one of the first defense unions. The main reason for the creation of NATO was a need for a western unified alliance against the threat of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1991, NATO integrated some former communist block Eastern European nations into the alliance.
Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi was murdered 8 years ago. Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. Shortly after his death, it was announced that the war in Libya was over. In reality, the war mutated into a new trajectory. Even the worst pessimists could not have predicted the ramifications. Former US President Barack Obama scarcely admitted it was a mistake.
The French Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday that another French researcher, Roland Marshall, had been arrested in Iran several months ago. A French research group said Wednesday that he was arrested along with Fariba Adelkhah in June. The Sciences Po university in Paris, both of which Marshall and Adelkhah are members, published the news of Mr. Marshall’s arrest on its website.
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering announced on October 14th their intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth.
In reaction to the Turkish offensive in Syria, both France and Germany have decided to immediately halt the selling any military equipment that Ankara may use in its ongoing invasion. Notably, Turkey is the largest buyer of German weapons.
A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry has described his French counterpart’s remarks regarding the situation of Fariba Adelkhah, a jailed dual national, “intrusive and unacceptable.” At the same time, the French foreign minister expressed concern that Iran’s decision to continue reducing its binding commitments was stressful.
On Thursday, a police officer stabbed four of his fellow workers at a police station in central Paris and was eventually shot dead by police. It is unclear whether the murder by their co-worker was a terrorist act or personal. The investigation into the killer’s residential home and interrogation of his wife did not reveal his motive for killing his colleagues.
Four people are dead after an employee at police headquarters in Paris stabbed his colleagues Thursday. The attacker was later killed by police. His name has not been released and there is no official statement about the incident yet. Meanwhile, the Ila de la Cite area, situated in central Paris, is under siege by the police.
Dozens of world leaders, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian President Vladimir Putin, attended the funeral of former French Present Jacques Chirac, which began on Monday. His body arrived at the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. The archbishop of Paris, Michel Obetit, leaned in front of the coffin of Chirac, wrapped in a French flag, before being moved from the hall outside the church, where he was greeted by a large crowd of citizens.
Dozens of “Yellow Vest” protesters were arrested in Paris on Saturday. Several hundred activists gathered at various points in the French capital, and police detained at least 40 people. Concerns were expressed that the participants in these demonstrations would disrupt a climate protest march in the capital on Saturday.
The wave of protests against the French President, Emmanuel Macron, opened this Friday with a strike on public transport in Paris. The reason is pension reform, which can lead to an extension of working time and a loss of benefits for some professions. Ten of the 16 subway lines in the capital stopped working, as well as two-thirds of buses and a good part of the suburban trains. Macron and his Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, hope to diffuse this and other protests through a broad social dialogue before the approval of the reform next summer.
Brexit continues to dominate world news. If there is a strategy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s next move will shape the future of the world’s fifth-largest economy. The fate of the Brexit endeavor is at stake, which both sides cast as the United Kingdom’s most significant decision in a century. Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union after the referendum held on June 23, 2016 in which 51.9% of those voting supported leaving the EU. They voted for full independence from all EU mandates and laws across the board. The UK Parliament is now closed for five weeks and the recent political turmoil has caused more questions than answers.
Abbas Arakchi, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, will visit Paris on Monday to discuss a new proposal given by the French president. The announcement was made by Mahmoud Vaezi, the head of the Iranian president’s office, who said his goal was to “review the new Macron proposal.”