Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Nuclear Weapons decree on June 2. The decree titled “On The Basis Of The State Policy Of The Russian Federation In The Field of Nuclear Deterrence” is a document regulating the conditions under which Russia has the right to launch a nuclear strike against an aggressor (or a pack of aggressors). The main goal is to legalize the use of nuclear weapons in limited local conflicts.
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.
One of the delegates to the 13th National People’s Congress, during the 3rd meeting held on May 27 suggested that simultaneous translation from Chinese to English should not be used during Chinese press conferences. The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, normally referred to as the National People’s Congress, is the highest organ of state power and the national legislature of the People’s Republic of China. With 2,980 members in 2018, it is the largest parliamentary body in the world.
Last week, there was a press conference in Ukraine pertaining to “New facts of the international corruption and external governance.” The event organizers were the non-factional Deputy Andrey Derkach and ex-head of the special group of prosecutors Konstantin Kulik. At the press conference, seven fragments of conversations were released between President Petro Poroshenko, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
The US officially notified the parties to the Open Skies Treaty of its withdrawal, after which they will be released from their obligations under this document six months later. The announcement came on May 22. The US government cited Russia’s alleged non-compliance with the terms of the agreement as the reason. At the same time, US President Donald Trump did not rule out that the decision may be changed if Moscow begins to follow the document. Russia has denied US accusations of violating the Treaty.
China officially opened a base in Djibouti in August 2017. Djibouti is a strategic country bordered by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. On the approach-the entrance to the base, there is a sharp turn and exit from the road. There is an automated gate on the 90 degree turn. There are additional control points. It is almost impossible to scale the wall, as the perimeter has multi-level protection.
Unlike earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions, war is a disaster created entirely by people against people. It is never an accident: making a war is always somebody’s decision. Nations spend vast amounts of money and training, arming soldiers to fight and kill. They spend even more on devising and manufacturing weapons and machinery for fighting and killing. Huge sums are also needed for dealing with the damage of war.
A new report by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons states that global spending on nuclear weapons development set a record not seen since the end of the cold war. The ICANW is a global civil society coalition working to promote adherence to and full implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is one of the three strategic bombers in the U.S. Air Force fleet as of 2020. The additional two are the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress. Nicknamed “The Bone,” the B-1B Lancer is a long-range, multi-mission, supersonic conventional bomber, which has served the United States Air Force since 1985. The Russian equivalent of the B-1 Lancer is the TU-160.
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.
On Monday May 4, Reuters published leaked information pertaining to a classified report compiled by the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s top intelligence body and key intelligence structure of the PRC. The report was told to Reuters by sources familiar with the contents of the document.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced the first stage completion of the Russian submarine forces infrastructure updpates. According to the Russian government the submarines will have their own secure bases with state of the art equipment. The new generation bases will be located at Gadzievo, Zaozersk, and Vilyuchinsk, which is building a brand new base. Construction has just begun and submarines will have storage for the missile arsenal and additional logistics equipment.
Russia announced that a Russian made medium multi-purpose helicopter will have capabilities to be used as a protected air command post (VCP) by the beginning of the next year. The helicopter that will be repurposed for such operations is the army version of the Mi-38. It will be modified to be able to collect and process information about the course of combat operations in real time, as well as to coordinate the actions of the military. The model MI-38T was delivered to the Russian military in December 2019.
An astonishing announcement was made on Russia Channel 1 on the evening of March 18 during a live show by the chief editor of Nazavisimaya Gazeta Konstantin Remchukov. He claimed to have directly received an email from China requesting a stop to any information related to coronavirus originating in China. Since the Russian government owns Russia Channel 1, it is an unprecedented comment that was made live. Especially, when Russia and China tend to collaborate on propaganda efforts against the US and the West.
US scientists from the University of California were able to substantiate how fear formulates in the brain. Both researchers discovered that in a stressful situation, the hippocampus reacts to a specific context and encodes it in memory, and the amygdala activates protective functions, including the reaction in the form of fear. Hippocampus is a complex brain structure embedded deep into temporal lobe. It plays a major role in learning and memory. It is a plastic and vulnerable structure that gets damaged by a variety of stimuli.
Russia and Turkey have been at war for awhile. However, it is a proxy war. Pro Turkish Syrian fighters supported by the Turkish military are fighting Pro-Russian Syrian fighters, who are supported by the Russian Army and the Kremlin. It is a war fought by using others to reach their objectives. Nevertheless, the war will turn into full blown conflict; at this time Turkey can’t afford blatant war with Russia.
At the request of Turkey, NATO held an emergency council meeting. The Turkish Newspaper Yeni Safak published an article titled “The NATO crisis meeting has ended. Stoltenberg: we will protect Turkey from the air-air attacks from Syria will stop.” Yeni Şafak is a conservative Turkish daily newspaper that always supports Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AK Party. Overall, it has close ties to the Turkish government and could be considered a Turkish pro-government propaganda paper.
Russia announced successful testing of the Hypersonic missile Zircon from an Admiral Gorshkov class ship, the Russian Naval Fleet’s lead ship of the 22350 multi-purpose frigate project. The ship was built in St. Petersburg in 2010 and is the fourth generation of Russian missile-carrying ships. For a long time, little was known about the ship. In eight years, the Admiral Gorshkov made several training trips in the Baltic and North Sea.
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.
The United States has conducted a military exercise that simulates a retaliatory strike using nuclear weapons after Russia’s use of low-power nuclear weapons in Europe against NATO countries. This was announced on February 21, 2020 at a briefing for journalists by a high-ranking Pentagon representative stating that “We conducted a small exercise, let’s say.” The scenario included a war in Europe being waged by Russia, and Russia decides to use limited low-power nuclear weapons against an object on the territory of NATO countries.
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 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.
Russia opposes the creation of an International Tribunal to prosecute foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) operating in Syria and Iraq. The official statement was made by Vladimir Tarabrin, Director of the Department for new challenges and threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The timing of the statement is due to the conference that was held in Vienna, Austria this week at the OSCE headquarters titled “Foreign terrorist fighters – responding to modern challenges.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced proposed changes to the Russian constitution on January 15, 2020. The public vote is expected to be done by May 1, which coincides with one of the major Russian holidays. In 1918, May 1 became an important public holiday, known as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, in the Soviet Union. Most Soviet cities had parades and obligatory workers’ marches on this day until 1990. The Russian Parliament renamed the holiday as Spring and Labor Day in 1992.
The CIA declassified documents under the law that requires the exposing of Nazi war criminals. The Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence.
Historically, Russia was not strong pertaining to sea battles. Taking the example of the Battle of Tsushima in 1905. It is also known as the Battle of Tsushima Strait and the Naval Battle of the Sea of Japan (in Japan) and was a major naval battle fought between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War. It was an embarrassing loss for Russia.
Roscosmos found a way to hide classified activity within Russia and prevent foreign spy satellites from obtaining information within the region. Furthermore, Roscosmos researchers developed a system to hide classified activities in Russia from the operational surveillance being used by foreign spy satellites. The method of implementation is by completely silencing the data transmission during the use of ground-based radio stations. This information became available via Roscosmos’ website.
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.
2020 started with mass casualties of innocent lives. Iran shot down a Boeing airplane operated by Ukrainian airlines, resulting in the loss of human lives. The attack happened after the US successfully executed (via drone strike) Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. It is plausible to believe Iran was trying to murder the Iranian-Canadians on the plane, considering them traitors for leaving the regime.
Canada and UK claim to have intelligence the Boeing downing that was operated by Ukrainian airlines was done by Iran. Recent reports state that there were over 60 Canadians out of 138 people on board en route to Canada. Many innocent lives were senselessly lost in this tragedy. Canada is a home to over 210,000 Iranian Canadians. There are no direct flights to Iran from Canada. That is one of the reasons many fly to Kyiv and transfer there to reach Canada.
A report surfaced on social media among security groups pertaining to Syrian rebels use of outdated Russian weapons. Currently the most common ones are the Shpagin and Degterev style of weapons that were produced over 100 years ago and still are operational. Additionally, Mosin Nagant weapons from the Czarist Russia epoch have also been seen.
The US and Iran are embroiled in a recent escalated conflict, ever since the death of Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani. He was killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport. Iran retaliated by striking US bases in Iraq. There is talk in the Russian media of Russia supplying C-400 weapon systems to Iraq. The information came from a member of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The S-400 Triumf, previously known as the S-300PMU-3, is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.
It’s another sign of the times we live in today here in the good ole USA; ready for war? With the conservative Republicans and even liberal Democrats wanting to retain their constitutional right to “keep and bear arms,” we are faced with yet another, more serious confrontation between the far left socialists, and anyone that wants to keep and preserve their rights.
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.
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.
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said today that it would be “all-out war” if Saudi Arabia or the United States dared to carry out a military attack on Iran. The already frosty relationship between the US and Iran has escalated in recent days, following attacks on two Saudi oil plants that Washington and Riyadh have attributed to Tehran. However, Tehran has maintained its innocence in as far as the attack is concerned, and it denies any involvement in any way whatsoever.
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.
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 suicide rate among service members is an epidemic. Leon Panetta, the former Secretary of Defense agreed six years ago. Unfortunately, data regarding the veteran suicide rate is incomplete. For example, veterans who commit “suicide by cop” are not included in the tally. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made an appeal for more uniform reporting of suicide data.
According to scientific thought, our planet is now 4.5 billion years of age. Since the first humans began to roam the earth millions of years ago, their first instinct was to find food and defend themselves– violently when necessary. We are still functioning in this primitive, violent way these many millions of years later, not taking into account that the world is no longer the same and human beings are no longer cave dwellers.
Friday morning was an unusual one for observers of the United States Senate. The longest vote in the chamber’s history, in which several of the deliberative body’s sacrosanct rules and traditions were bent, resulted in a somewhat foregone conclusion, and with it, another abdication of congressional responsibility. An amendment requiring the president receive explicit congressional approval before attacking Iran got 50 votes after more than 10 hours of open-house voting. It needed 60, and failed.
After a short period of peace enjoyed by Israeli and Palestinians living in Gaza the war has started up again. The Cease Fire took affect on May 6 after a two day war where 700 missiles were fired from Gaza to Israel mostly intercepted by the Israel Iron dome, but several missiles did succeed to do damage and kill or injure Israelis.
Israel retaliated, striking military and political targets in Gaza, killing 23 Palestinians and injuring others. Egypt and Qatar succeeded to bring the two sides to a cease fire.
The world is in turmoil. The threat of war is becoming real. Tensions in Venezuela between Madura and Guerra have created tension between United States and Russia two of the greatest nuclear powers in the world. North Korea refuses to subdue before USA and continues to develop its nuclear capacity. Tensions in the Middle East are rising over oil interests in Libya. Saudi is applying pressure on the government of Libya in the same way it is pressuring the world accepted government in Yemen. Sanctions on Iran from America have made tensions between China a nuclear power who depends on Iran for oil and America. Iran is also protected by Russia one of the clients of Iran oil. Russia is also behind the ruling government in Libya.
Another flare up between Israel and Hamas began unexpectedly over the weekend. While Jews in the south were praying in the Synagogue on Saturday morning (the day of the Sabbath) suddenly there were sirens. The people interrupted their prayers and ran into bomb shelters. Officially another battle began between Israel and Gaza. The war continued until 4:30 on Monday morning.
Nearly 700 rockets were fired from Gaza and four Israelis were killed. Most of the missiles aimed at Israel population centers were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Very few made clean hits into Israeli populated areas in the south including Beer Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Ashkelon, Sederot, Nitivot, Ofakim and Israel settlements in the south.
Jesus said in Mathew 10:34-36, Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. In other places in scripture Jesus is described as a man of peace which seems to contradict this passage.
In War’s on Foreign Shore
What will you tell, those who fell
in war’s on foreign land?
In pride they died, a nation cried,
now in grandeur stands.
Could you say, it was the way,
of freedom to repent?
To weep and cry, for those who die:
friend’s in battle spent.
Through muck and mire, they tire
then fall upon their face;
with mud caked grin, get up again;
march on to set the pace.
- World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. More than 17 million people, military and civilian, lost their lives in World War I, mostly in Europe.
- President Trump and 60 world leaders are gathering in Paris for the opening of the Paris Peace Forum, an initiative to improve international cooperation and governance. They will also be commemorating the 100 year anniversary of a war that remains deeply controversial, but that set the course for every significant political event of the 20th Century that followed.
- At the Thiepval Memorial in France, British Prime Minster Theresa May laid a wreath and left a card with an extract from poem A Soldier’s Cemetery by Sergeant John William Streets, reading: “There lie the flower of youth, the men who scorn’d to live (so died) when languished liberty.“
- In England, one local historical society is placing a postcard at the home of hundreds who died. “Time passes but we need to remember those who have died because of the sacrifice.” Even English football (soccer) players are pitching in to help remembrance efforts. “It’s amazing to think, when you are in this bubble and the world we live in now, that those guys went off from playing football and went off to war.”
- It is estimated that 1.5 million Indian troops fought to defend Britain. Of those, 400,000 were Muslim soldiers.
- Mark Rogers will march on Sunday for his grandfather Lewis Rogers, a gunner who survived the war, but whose brother Bertie did not. Bertie was one of three of Rogers’s great-uncles who died in the war. “All were young men. As Lewis said: ‘There was no old men there.’”
- The United States joined the war in 1917, at cost in lives of 50,585 Americans and wounded 205,690. A century after World War I ended, discarded munitions from that and other wars continue to make their way onto beaches around the country.
- The most famous American soldier, Alvin C. York, charged a hill where Germans were entrenched, killing 25. He captured 132 more of the enemy. His bravery earned him a promotion to sergeant and the Medal of Honor for valor.
- OPINION: For the United States to have stood aside in 1917, looking only to her own defenses, while the whole European continent fell under the domination of a militarist, aggressive, proto-Fascist Imperial Germany, would only have postponed the final day of reckoning for America itself.
- OPINION: The intervention led to big changes in America, as well as the world. It began the creation of a political order most citizens now take for granted, even as some protest against it: a state equipped to fight war after war abroad while keeping a close watch on allegedly subversive activities at home.