Beirut is reeling from the horrendous, tragic explosion that occurred on August 4th. Thereafter, the Prime Minister resigned amid an investigation of the blast and failure to act previously. Furthermore, civil unrest and anger followed the explosion. There are over 1,000 injured in clashes with the police and the army.
This November, the US will hold its presidential election. The election campaign has been challenging, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The US surpassed over 5 million cases, which is a quarter of all the cases reported in the world. Hence, it is highly likely the vote will be held via mail-in ballots.
There is a recession around the globe due to the Coronavirus pandemic. China essentially put this hardship on everyone due to its careless actions. Some, including French Nobel Prize winner and virologist Luc Montagnier, believe the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. Most others, however, do not.
The US visas of a group of Chinese journalists in the United States expired on Thursday. China pointed out that no one has been informed of the visa extension application result, and warned that it will retaliate against the United States. The two have recently fought many rounds since at least 2018.
China’s state-run publication Global Times reported that the fifth generation of strike fighters can include the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, as well as the Chinese J-20, but not the Russian SU-57. Last month, Russia announced a 5th generation prototype of the SU-57 fighter jet.
The European Commission and the EU Diplomatic Service launched consultations pertaining to the EU policy in the Arctic Region. The main purpose of the consultation is to identify the strengths and shortcomings of the current strategy. The consultations are expected to be completed by November 2020.
Currently, the airline industry is experiencing challenging times due to the Coronavirus. The number of infected people surpassed 15 million around the world. However, the aviation industry needs next generation technology. One of the main objectives is to have a more cost efficient fleet and also reduce the noise levels.
At present, China has a negative image on the global arena, as a result of the Coronavirus that originated there. The pandemic continues to spread, and there are over 14.8 million infected and over 600,000 deaths around the globe. China has also been heavily criticized due to its handling of Hong Kong.
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the world. Currently, there are over 14.4 million infected, and over 640,000 deaths around the globe. In the United States, the numbers continue to rise, and many US States rolled back the White House reopening plan to the initial Phase 1.
On July 15th, 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a delay of the Mars Hope Probe lunch. The UAE Space Agency (UAESA) released the information via Twitter. The delay comes after the UAESA’s discussions with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The launch was scheduled at the Tanegashima Island, Japan.
Several US and UN officials confirmed on Tuesday that the US government has officially submitted a notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, which is due to take effect on July 6, 2021. The move attracted criticism from all walks of life, but some Republican lawmakers supported Trump’s decision.
Russia announced a new patent pertaining the autonomous system that is capable of converting thermal energy in to electrical energy, including in the conditions of a lunar base. It was obtained by specialists of the Kurchatov Institute, Russia’s leading research and development institution in the field of nuclear energy.
Russia posted a new patent pertaining to defense technology and the vertical launch of a rocket. In may 2020, the US Navy tested the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER), designed to destroy enemy missile defense systems.
North Korea has threatened to destroy the United States in the event of renewed war on the Korean Peninsula. This statement came via North Korean Embassy in Moscow. “A new round of the Korean War will add a particularly sensational event to the history of mankind, which will put an end to another empire, whose name is the United States,” said representatives of Pyongyang.
The Russian military conducted exercises against the backdrop of NATO’s Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 2020) exercise in the Baltic Sea. Russia conducted a training session on conventional missile strikes with Iskander complexes. The NATO BALTOPS naval exercise will wrap up this week.
Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi was murdered in 2011. There after, Libya became a divided state. 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 with a new trajectory.
George Floyd was a man who died on May 25, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd. The death of Floyd brought back memories of the 2014 death of Eric Garner. Since then, violent protests erupted across US.
There is a race to create faster, more lethal and precise weapons around the world. As of late, China has been focusing on entering the race as well. China announced one of the largest military budgets in history this year. However, the leaders around the world continue to be US and Russia.
The Russian private company International Commercial Space announced a concept of ARGO in the Fall of 2019. The majority of the staff is from the S7 Space company, which is the first Russian commercial company providing a full service launching of spacecrafts with the use of the launch vehicles Zenit. Only now is new information pertaining to the ARGO project becaming available. ARGO will be a conjoined project between Roscosmos, Rosatom and Rostec.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia responded on May 27 to the statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry about the unwillingness of the Georgian and American sides to allow Russian representatives to check the office of medical research of the US Army-Georgia operating in the Richard Lugar Center BioLAB.
A Prosecutor investigating the case of a former US Navy officer accused of spying in Russia has requested 18 years in a maximum-security prison for the defendant, Paul Whelan. The trial wrapped up on May 25, 2020. It is expected that the verdict of the marine, who was detained in Moscow 17 months ago, will be announced by the court in June after final submissions.
Information was leaked pertaining to the F-3 sixth-generation fighter jet. Japan is expected to start development of the F-3 in 2021. Currently, Japan needs to protect themselves from China. Japan always had tumultuous relations with China. Conflicts between Beijing and Tokyo go back centuries.
NASA presented the basic principles on which the proposed international agreement on the development of the moon will be based, to which the US plans to involve a number of partner States. The announcement came via Twitter by the Director of the US Space Agency, James Bridenstine.
A tweet has been made by the Editor-In-Chief of The Global Times calling for China to increase its number of nuclear warheads. This is not the first tweet of this nature within the same week. The suggested increase is to 1,000 nuclear warheads. Calls for an expansion of the nuclear arsenal were also published in the article in the The Global Times.
US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control, Marshall Billingslea, stated that the strategic treaty with Russia should include new weapons systems. Trump appointed Billingslea on April 10 as Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control. In this role, Billingslea will lead arms control negotiations on behalf of the US government. Previously, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the United States Department of the Treasury.
On Thursday, the United States and China blocked a French-Tunisian draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council calling for “enhanced coordination” in the face of Coronavirus pandemic. A diplomat, who declined to be identified, summed up the situation by saying, “it’s a major stalemate, nobody’s moving.” Another said, “we’re treading water.”
A new propaganda campaign by Russia is claiming that coronavirus was created by the Deep State to hinder the chances of President Donald Trump to be re-elected. It is not surprising that Russia continues its efforts to spread propaganda and meddle into US elections via social media. In the United States, the “deep state” is a conspiracy theory which suggests that collusion and cronyism exist within the US political system and constitute a hidden government within the legitimately elected government.
WikiLeaks just did another dump of documents on April 22. Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks and is wanted in more than one country. Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in 2012, where he officially received political asylum. He was held there until April 11, 2019, when the Ecuadorean authorities denied Assange asylum and he was arrested by the London police.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on his regular scheduled program over the weekend. The program is titled Moscow, Kremlin, Putin and the main plot of the program is to provide updates to the nation by Putin himself. TV channel Russia-1 offers the program every week to viewers who care about the fate of Russia.
Cyprus is celebrating the lifting of the arms embargo by the United States. The motivation behind lifting the embargo is to prevent Turkey’s expansion in the Mediterranean. It is not a surprise, since Turkey escalated the conflict in one of the Syrian regions. Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can not be trusted by the West. Even though Turkey is a part of NATO, it is a wild card.
The world is not going to be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Government is working on quantifying the damages coronavirus caused to the economy and China’s liability. The projected number is over $10 trillion. Also, there is a discussion of US defaulting on debt to China. Even though many nations are slowly starting to reopen their economies and providing plans in phases to reopen, the virus is still here.
Hsinchan Tsai, who is the Oppenheimer postdoctoral fellow at Los Almos National Laboratory, and his team have designed perovskite material that underpins the detector prototype and that is simple and cheap to manufacture. The new work is cost effective, which entails a highly sensitive self-powered detector that can radically improve existing x-ray scanners.
Coronavirus continues to be on all the news around the world. Currently, there are over 2.2 million cases and over 150,000 deaths. Some countries such as Spain starting to ease the social distancing and reopening slowly businesses. In North America the coronavirus pandemic continues to roar.
China continues to resist providing any additional information pertaining to coronavirus vital data that would help the world be able to decipher its origin. Originally, a now deceased doctor who was voicing concern about the unknown virus in Wuhan was accused by the Chinese government of false statements and he was even given a warning. After his death, he was exonerated, because China’s social scoring system effects the whole family.
Coronavirus continues to the major issue facing the world, with Spain reopening its economy and China as well. However, China is reporting new cases of so called reinfection, but claims the virus has been reimported. At this time there are claims of three types of coronavirus roaring around the globe. The numbers of infected is close to 2 million with over 100,000 deaths reported.
Coronavirus continues to dominate all the news. As April 10th, the number of infected around the world surpassed 1.6 million and the death toll reached over 100,000. The pandemic continues to cripple global economies and quarantines around the world continue. There are also disturbing cases of possible reinfection with the virus in South Korea. However, a new research paper believes there are three types of Coronavirus around the world, so it could be plausible people are getting “reinfected” with a different strain.
Coronavirus continues to be a global pandemic, effecting global economies, while also being responsible for many deaths around the world. Currently, there are over 1.2 million cases globally. In the United States there are 336,958 cases of infection as of April 5th. There are stay at home orders across the US and Canada. This weekend has also been alarming with the number of US deaths reaching over 8,000.
There is a race around the world to create a successful vaccine against coronavirus and repurposing existing classes of drugs to use for coronavirus treatment. According to the John Hopkins live tracker the number of infected around the globe crested over one million, with rover 50,000 reported dead. How many cases were concealed by China remains unanswered.
Russia de-facto now owns Venezuela, taking advantage of the country’s extended suffering. The economy is depleted and the country is in severe turmoil. It does not help that coronavirus has effected economies around the globe.
Additionally, the US unsealed indictments against 14 officials and government-connected parties. Currently, there is a reward offered of $55 million for Nicolas Maduro and four others according to US Attorney General William Barr. He called the regime “corrupt.” One of the indictments is out of New York, where prosecutors allege Maduro and socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello (the head of the constitutional assembly) of conspiring with Colombian rebels and members of the military to support the drug trade including cocaine trafficking into the US. Sixty nations including the US do not recognize Maduro as the President of Venezuela. At this time the US only recognizes Juan Guaidó as the Venezuelan leader.
Coronavirus is a global pandemic. Every news outlet is reporting that a majority of nations are effected around the world. The pandemic has negatively impacted global economies and caused many countries to close their borders and issue “shelter in place” orders. The virus rapidly spreading across the US and Italy has a horrid death toll from this. The world is reeling from the pandemic.
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the new coronavirus epidemic, stressing that he was somewhat dissatisfied with China. On the same day, after the governors of many states in the United States asked the federal government for more medical protective equipment, Trump announced that he would declare a state of emergency in New York, California, and Washington.
Many US States and Cities issued closure orders in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The list of state and city orders according to USA Today:
- Missouri’s two largest cities issued stay-at-home orders Saturday. The St. Louis mandate, which also applies to St. Louis County, begins Monday, and the one for Kansas City and its metro area goes into effect Tuesday.
- New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell directed residents to stay at home.
- San Miguel County, Colorado, is under a shelter-in-place order until April 3.
- Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, is under a shelter-in-place order until April 7.
- Blaine County, Idaho, is under a shelter-in-place order.
- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced that all New York residents must stay home “to the maximum extent possible.”
- The State of California is under a stay at home order.
- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a “stay-at-home” that will last until at least April 7.
- In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday announced an executive order directing all nonessential businesses and not-for-profit entities to close.
- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday told residents to stay home, calling the directive “both an order and a public awareness campaign.”
- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Saturday that he would be ordering residents to stay at home.
- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close.
Since March 16, Russian Channel 1 has been actively spreading the false narrative of the coronavirus being brought to China by the US. Channel One has a viewer base of over 250 million worldwide. It is the first television channel to broadcast in the Russian Federation. Its headquarters are located at the Ostankino Technical Center near the Ostankino Tower in Moscow. It is Kremlin owned and the main channel.
US scientists from Columbia University used mathematical modeling based on data from reported cases of COVID-19 in China. They also collected the data pertaining to the people’s movement from 375 Chinese cities. Scientists analyzed the data proving that 86% of cases in China were undocumented prior to introduction of restrictions on the the entry into and exit from the Wuhan region, which contributed to the rapid global spread of the coronavirus.
Chinese molecular biologists from the Air Force Military University and the Institute of Biotechnology in Beijing claim the COVID19 coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) can enter human cells not only through the ACE2 receptor, like a number of other viruses, but also through another protein.
The scientists state:
“We are well aware that the virus uses the ACE2 receptor to enter the body. However, since it is often found in the cells of the heart, kidneys, and genitals, fighting the virus through this protein can negatively affect these organs. We have isolated another receptor whose molecules are attacked by the virus. This expands the possible Arsenal of tools for suppressing infection.“
On March 13th, the Chinese government released a report pertaining to so called “abuse of human rights” in the US. Seven chapters of this disingenuous report contain claims of human rights violations in the sphere of civil, political, social and economic rights, issues of discrimination against minorities, violence against women, violations of the rights of migrants etc. The report is meant to create a divide and try to meddle into the upcoming US elections. The trajectory has been in line with Russia’s agenda. The Kremlin has been actively trying to cause divide within the US Democratic Party and to stir up racial tensions.
The United States has begun to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. According to a statement by US Forces Afghanistan spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett, over the next 135 days, the number of US troops will be reduced to 8,600. At the same time, according to the statement, US forces will continue to participate in anti-terrorist operations against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as provide support to the Afghan security forces.
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On February 7, 2020 the National Interest published an article, sourcing US Military reports, pertaining to Russian electronic warfare equipment deployed in Syria that caused serious damage to two of the most expensive US fighter jets – the F-35 and F-22. The systems of the latter came under powerful electronic influence and, most likely, became completely unusable, since they could not accurately determine the location in the airspace over Syria.
US nuclear power startup Oklo based out of Idaho became the first in the world to get access to the reserves of processed uranium fuel. The testing of the reactor was given a green light by the US Department of Energy according to Wired. The reactor generates 1.5 megawatts and is dubbed “Aurora.” It uses low enriched uranium, which gives more energy from a smaller volume.
As fears of the continued global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to drive financial markets to new lows, savvy investors should take note of the excellent opportunities that this massive global sell-off is creating.
The World Health Organization on Coronaviruses:
“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”