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.
Germany expelled two Russian diplomats due to the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old who fought against Russia in the Second Chechen War and allegedly had links with Georgian intelligence. Khangoshvili and his family made an asylum claim in Germany in 2016, under their new identities secured in Georgia. His asylum was denied in 2017 and it was under appeal at the time of his murder.
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.
Newly elected Israeli Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett believes an aggressive offense strategy needs to be executed on Iranian targets, as well as additional attacks on Syria. Bennett is an Israeli politician who led the Jewish Home party between 2012 and 2018 and currently serves as an MK for New Right. Bennett publicly shared his doctrine proposal on November 29 in the Israeli media. The doctrine received an immediate reaction from Russia.
On November 28, 2019 Russia officially refused to finance the operations of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)– an intergovernmental organization and the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on April 29, 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 member states, has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavor for the permanent and verifiable elimination of chemical weapons.
US and China tensions continue to escalate. President Donald Trump signed Hong Kong democracy legislation, which clearly angered China. The US never truly had any dealings with Hong Kong. Historically, Hong Kong was involved in the First Opium War in the mid 1800s. In 1841 Britain entered the island of Hong Kong and made it its military staging location. The island of Hong Kong became a British Colony.
Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, after discussions with US President Donald Trump, announced Bulgaria readiness to have NATO use its Black Sea port for naval coordination efforts amid growing fears of Putin’s military appetite and Russia’s growing rift with the West. According to Borisov, the military exercises in the Black Sea are much needed and the more the merrier because they have a preventative effect.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a new defense and weapons strategy will be introduced in 2020, which expected to be in force until 2033. It is expected to contain expanded military spending and a new generation of weapon systems. One of the main areas of focus is space and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
Rudy Giuliani has declared that he will release top secret files on the Bidens if he disappears. The former New York mayor is currently being investigated for his involvement in the Ukraine scandal that led to the Trump impeachment inquiry.
The Ural Science Education Center (USEC), backed by Roskosmos, has announced a new project. The USEC opened this year under a Kremlin directive and is expected to have 15 additional centers opened within the next six years across Russia. The project consists of creating a platform which will gather information about each user. It will gather each individual’s digital footprint— the trail of data you create while using the Internet. This includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services.
NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs are meeting this week at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. It is expected that NATO will acknowledge space as NATO’s new operational sphere at these meetings.
Russia’s Gosduma approved a new law regarding Russian individuals being designated as foreign agents if they are working with foreign news outlets and receive funding outside of Russia. Interestingly, besides one member of the Duma, 337 members voted in favor of the proposed law. It is expected to take effect on November 21. The State Duma, commonly abbreviated in Russian as Gosduma, is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, while the upper house is the Council of the Federation. The Duma headquarters are located in central Moscow, a few steps from Manege Square. Its members are referred to as deputies.
Wednesday was the first day of public hearings for the controversial impeachment hearing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the official inquiry after ongoing pressure from highly progressive Democratic representatives. The inquiry is in regards to the president’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, in which the Democrats claim President Trump abused his power.
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.
Roskosmos and Russian space programs have been experiencing certain difficulties for some time. The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities is a state corporation responsible for the wide range and types of space flights and cosmonautics programs for the Russian Federation. Russia is unfortunately known for corruption and theft.
Recently, construction of the new Vostochny Cosmodrome resulted in the theft of 11 billion roubles ($171.3 million). This was confirmed by Russian press secretary Dmitriy Peskov, a Russian diplomat, translator and Turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
The 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brasília, Brazil on November 13-14, 2019. This year’s BRICS slogan is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”. BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year there will be two distinct differences:
1) Hightened security measures due to the unrest in South America. During the summit, the Brazilian military will be deployed to the area.
2) The partners from other nations will not be invited. Usually, partners are invited to the summit to ink trade deals and engage in additional open dialogue.
British national James Le Mesurier was found dead in Istanbul, Turkey. He was known to be affiliated with the White Helmets, officially known as the Syria Civil Defense, a volunteer organization that operates in parts of opposition-controlled Syria and in Turkey, founded in the 2014. Le Mesurier was a former MI-6 officer, the foreign intelligence service of the government of the United Kingdom, tasked mainly with covert overseas collection and analysis of human intelligence (HUMINT) in support of the UK’s national security. NETFLIX has a documentary pertaining to The White Helmets.
Many pundits have speculated that the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may end up hurting the party and could lead to a Republican victory in 2020. After the Mueller investigation dragged on for nearly two years and failed to yield anything conclusive, many Americans have become weary of Democrat efforts to impeach Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also showed apprehension in calling for a formal impeachment inquiry. However, after increasing pressure from her colleagues in the House, she took concrete step towards impeachment.
Here it is, a little over two weeks after the recording was released by Michael Quinn Sullivan, and yet all anyone is talking about is Dennis Bonnen and how he should resign his seat, even after announcing he would not run for reelection in 2020 for HD25. A recent poll has suggested many Texans do not even know about this quid pro quo, or even about the recording. The main thing is that the ones that do know about it, they seem to have forgotten HD 83 Representative Dustin Burrows’ (R-Lubbock) role in this scandal.
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.
Russia is testing new weapons systems using the nuclear-powered submarines B-534 Nizhny Novgorod and B-336 Pskov. These two submarines are classified by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) as 945A Condor (Sierra-II). The Sierra class (Soviet designations Project 945 Barrakuda and Project 945A Kondor) are a series of nuclear-powered attack submarines intended for the Soviet Navy and currently in service with the Russian Navy.
The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and the European Union developed genetic information privacy regulations to protect the public. A majority of experts have agreed for the need for genetic information privacy. In 2014 the HUGO Committee on Ethics, Law and Society (CELS) presented a human rights approach to an international code of conduct for genomic and clinical data sharing. The code of conduct is supposed to prevent human rights violations during the research of genomes, allowing enough protection to allow scientific research in the genome field.
Defense ministers from Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia singed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) creating a regional command of special operations. The signing of the MOU took place in the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. There is a possibility Austria can join in the future. Austria is not a NATO member. There are five countries which declared their non-alignment with NATO, including Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Malta. Although Austria is not a NATO member and a neutral country, they have a robust strategic military budget, and they share a physical border between Russia and NATO.
German news outlet zdf.de published an article pertaining to nuclear waste going to Russia. The European subsidiary of URENCO signed a contract with Rosatom to export nuclear waste to Russia. URENCO group is a nuclear fuel company operating several uranium enrichment plants in Germany, the Netherlands, United States, and the United Kingdom.
Hillary Clinton, who has stated on multiple occasions that she won the 2016 presidential election, has recently made hints at the possibility of a 2020 run. The two time presidential candidate is hesitant to make any direct statements one way or the other, but now seems to be leaning towards throwing her hat in the ring.
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.
President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw approximately 1,000 US troops from Syria has been attacked from both sides of the aisle. Both Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized the decision on the basis that it is unfair to the Kurds, an Iranian ethnic group and ally of the United States. The argument centers on the fact that a US withdrawal puts the Kurds at risk, specifically from Turkey, who has vocally threatened violence against the Kurdish fighters, who they consider to be terrorists.
This is the miracle of Africa. Botswana has been hailed as Africa’s biggest diamond producer and among the most economically stable countries on the continent. However, it remains the world’s third most unequal country, with the richest 20% of the population owning a 65% share of the national income, while the poorest 20% only scant 2.8 percent share of the national economy.
This week Russia will host a Russia-Africa summit from October 23-24. The purpose of the summit is to promote Russian initiatives in Africa. There are 54 countries on the African continent and 47 of the nations confirmed their attendance. Russian’s official strategy pertaining to Africa will be unveiled at the summit.
Russian military officials are voicing concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Syria due to Turkish involvement. Turkey started an operation against the Kurds on October 9, 2019 under the guise of “counterterrorism.” The Kurdish population of Syria is that country’s largest ethnic minority, comprising between 7% and 10% of the population. Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what is now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia.
On the third day of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Delhi Sunday, Hasina inaugurated a drinking water project which will be supplied to Sabruma town in Tripura from Feni river water. However, the issues that many have been pressing in Bangladesh— such as India’s greater support for the Teesta river water sharing or Rohingya repatriation— have not seen signs of significant progress.
The UK citizen Charlie Rowley, who is a victim of the Novichok poisoning revealed he plans to sue Russia for £1m ($1.25 million). Rowley spent two weeks in a coma due to the neuro-paralizing Russian poison. His girlfriend Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to the nerve agent.
During the last Democratic debate we got two very different takes on what the American healthcare system should look like. The two leading progressive candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, strongly advocated for a universal healthcare system, while Joe Biden, the leading moderate candidate, proposed an expansion and improvement of Obamacare.
Recently, discussion has increased in Russia about creating an anti-Putin coalition. The real politics is the fight for power. The Kremlin is in control, allowing some opposition. Once the opposing individual becomes inconvenient, the raids come in tow. The prime example would be recent raids of Alexei Navalny’s party offices across Russia under the guise of a “money laundering” investigation. As it stands there is no true opposition in Russia. None of the protests on the weekends matter and elections are a sham.
In 2019, the import of Molybdenum to Russia reached 28 tonnes, 77% higher vs 2018 according to the metallurgy bulletin data. The volume of exports from China reached over 12 tonnes. German exports of Molybdenum doubled to over 14 tonnes.
Molybdenum is essential for the aviation and defense industries due to its properties: the high-temperature stability, density and tensile strength, excellent material machinability, and radiation protection. It is a refractory metallic element that readily forms hard, stable carbides, enhancing hardenability, strength, toughness and resistance to wear and corrosion.
Russia is trying to re-establish allies from the Soviet Era in Latin America. The current focus on Nicaragua is largely due to the president José Daniel Ortega Saavedra. He has been a Nicaraguan leader since 2007. Ortega is serving his third consecutive term as president. The constitution had to be changed to allow Ortega to run for the past two terms. Ortega was also the president of Nicaragua during the Soviet Era from 1985 to 1990.
Recent Russian elections show stable results for Putin. All of Putin’s governors won but the St. Petersburg race was a tough one to win for his party. The Moscow City Duma (Russian regional parliament) is a puppet entity, and unlike other cities does not even pass its own budget. This year pro Navalny supporters entered races on the municipal level. Alexey Navlany is an opposition leader and has fled Russia. Russian state security services have carried out nationwide raids on the Kremlin critic’s regional headquarters four days after the elections claiming they’re investigating “money laundering.” Navalny got lucky and used a drone to keep the sensitive hard drive information safe from the Russian State forces.
This week the US State Department re-activated military aid to Ukraine in the amount of $140 million. The purpose of the aid is for Ukraine to be able to maintain its independence and sovereignty. However, the conflict within the Donbas region continues and has entered a slow phase without any resolutions.
China continues its anti-US propaganda using media, including the topic of the possibility of a US-Russia war and a blatant overstatement of Russian defense arsenal superiority in comparison to the US. In an article posted on SOHU (one of the largest internet companies in China) they claim Russia can overpower the US in the defense sector and that Russia is the only country globally who can successfully rebuff the US.
Ever since President Obama signed DACA, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it has received constant beratement from Republicans and conservative activists. One of the most common criticisms of DACA is that President Obama did not have the legal right to sign it.
Russian media continues to run pro-China propaganda and justifications for the use of force against demonstrators in Hong Kong. The unrest in the former British colony has been ongoing for the past four months. Demonstrators wearing black face masks became the new heroes and modern day revolutionaries, protesting against China’s brutal arrest and prosecution system.
Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist, has been constantly and consistently attacking the American medical industry. The Presidential hopeful has long championed Medicare for all and has criticized the healthcare industry as being “insane and cruel.” Many economists fear that the staggering cost of Sanders’ single payer healthcare plan could cripple the economy.
Up to this point the Trump presidency has been marked with controversy, uncertainty, disapproval, and excitement. Of All of the president’s policies none embody these characteristics as well as his tariffing of Chinese imports, and the subsequent trade-war with China. This trade war has caused volatility in the stock market, increased costs to American manufacturers, and has threatened US imports into China. It has also has also helped to protect American industry and to give the US leverage against China to renegotiate trade agreements.
Last Friday, August 23, the murder of a Georgian national occurred in Germany’s Kleiner Tiergarten Park. The central district of Tiergarten is known for many public attractions, including the Berlin Zoo. The shooting took place at approximately 12 p.m. and the shots were fired at close range. Witnesses described an assailant shooting a victim twice in the head from behind before fleeing on a bicycle.
The majority of all global conflicts are connected to oil. The map below provides the current oil resources available globally. The power of the Black Gold and greed has been overriding human lives for close to 100 years. The first large scale demand for petroleum was documented in the 1880s due to kerosene been derived from petroleum.
The 45th G7 (Group of Seven) Summit is being held from August 24–26, 2019, in Biarritz, France. The Group of Seven consists of the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. France has identified the following main objectives for the 2019 Summit:
Politics can be religious political like in theocracy. Politics can be secular like in democracy. Israel today is a democracy but in the past the biblical nation of Israel was a monarchy a theocracy. The religion of Judaism is based on the Law of Moses for building a theocracy. Theocracy mixes religion and politics.
In an incredible twist on the Jeffrey Epstein mystery, the host of a YouTube channel predicted his death one week before it actually happened. In the video, it was speculated that Epstein would be murdered in jail and the crime would be covered up to look like a suicide.
Shaun Attwood, a former wealthy UK financier who got tangled up in the Arizona drug culture of the 1990’s, hosts a demonitized YouTube channel which has still managed to attract more than 200,000 subscribers and totals more than 40 million views.
Hong Kong is presently experiencing a political crisis. Large scale use of law enforcement and military is being used to disperse the protesters. However, the system itself is failing and it will lead to additional protests. Historically, an achievement of the Freudo-Marxists was the quantum leap through the rationalistic outlook which had dominated in the Marxist tradition. Furthermore, the escalation of the crisis in Hong Kong is inevitable due to the bygone times and political reality of the Chinese territory.