10:52 [Scheerpost] (E)
Consider it strange. The U.S. has been fighting in Somalia on and off (mostly on) since the early 1990s. (Who, of a certain age, doesn’t remember the “Black Hawk Down” fiasco?) Almost 30 years later, at a time when the U.N. secretary-general, supported by dozens of countries, has reasonably enough called for a global ceasefire so that humanity can refocus on “the true fight of our lives,” bringing Covid-19 under control, the U.S. is still at war there. At a time when American naval vessels are turning into pandemic hot zones and the man in the White House has repeatedly denounced this country’s “ridiculous endless wars,” the Pentagon’s war in Somalia against an insurgent terror group by the name of al-Shabaab is actually escalating. No kidding.
9:21 [Antiwar.com] (E)
President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to remove 9,500 U.S troops from Germany by September. He also set a firm cap of 25,000, instead of allowing the number to swell to 52,000 as units rotate through or deploy for training. It is a good start. But why did it take him more than three years to act on his criticism of allied cheap-riding on America? And what about the other 25,000 American military personnel in Germany?
15:30 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Finian Cunningham - Another one bites the dust. In less two years, President Donald Trump has now binned three major arms-control treaties – quite a record for undermining decades of international security architecture. First there was the nuclear accord with Iran (2018), then the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (2019), and now the Open Skies Treaty. There is growing concern that the Trump administration will let the last-remaining arms-control treaty fall – the New START (2010) which limits strategic nuclear missiles held by the U.S. and Russia. If it goes, then the world is facing an arms race not seen since the Cold War. It will be open season for nukes. Into the malign mix are the current heightened tensions between the U.S., NATO, Russia and China.
15:19 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The Trump administration is hostile to any agreement that restricts its abilities to build, test and deploy nuclear weapons. It left the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement which limited nuclear missile deployments in Europe.It did so after accusing Russia of deploying missiles that exceed the range the INF treaty allowed. It has never shown evidence that the assertion was true. Recently the administration announced that it will leave the Treaty on Open Skies which allowed for mutual reconnaissance flights for its 34 country members. It accused Russia of having limited U.S. requests for such flights over certain Russian areas. The Russian government rejected those claims. The Trump administration is intentionally running out of time to renew the New START Treaty which limits the strategic nuclear platforms deployed by the U.S. and Russia. The treaty will expire on February 5 2021. Russia has offered to renew it for five years without any conditions.The U.S. rejected that.
15:14 [Global Research] (E)
Memorial Day weekend should be a time to reflect on why a day was established to commemorate lost lives of US military men and women who were sent to wage preemptive wars against other nations threatening no one. From before the republic was established to the present day, US authorities proved time and again that America is a belligerent nation — perpetually at war against invented enemies. All wars are based on Big Lies and deception. The US is like other belligerent nations in world history except that it’s far more powerful, destructive, and operates globally. Its privileged class lets others do its fighting and dying, notably its underclass and jihadist proxies.
Its airmen terror-bomb from miles in the sky, never seeing the carnage they cause, including mangled corpses dismembered by munition.
22:37 [MintPress News] (E)
By Alan Macleod - As the U.S. military turns its attention from the Middle East to conflict with Russia and China, American war planners are advising that the United States greatly expand its own online “psychological operations” against Beijing. A new report from the Financial Times details how top brass in Washington are strategizing a new Cold War with China, describing it less as World War III and more as “kicking each other under the table.”
22:54 [The Saker] (E)
Amidst the worldwide pandemic induced scare most of us have probably lost track of all the other potential dangers which still threaten international peace and stability. Allow me to list just a few headlines which, I strongly believe, deserve much more attention than what they got so far. Here we go:...
9:57 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Christopher Black - have written several times about the continuing NATO preparations for an attack on Russia, a second Operation Barbarossa, the code name for the Nazi invasion of the USSR in 1941. Circumstances prompt me to write about it again, for as of the last week in January the Americans and their gang of lieutenant nations in NATO have commenced the biggest military exercises in 25 years to take place in Europe.
9:50 [Caitlin Johnstone.com] (E)
“The aim of this film is to break a silence: the United States and China may well be on the road to war, and nuclear war is no longer unthinkable,” Pilger says in his 2016 documentary The Coming War on China, which you can watch free on Youtube here or on Vimeo here. “In a few years China has become the world’s second-biggest economic power,” Pilger’s introduction continues. “The United States is the world’s biggest military power, with bases and missiles and ships covering every continent and every ocean. China is a threat to this dominance, says Washington. But who is the threat? This film is about shifting power, and great danger.” As we’ve been discussing for years now, the relentless quest of the US-centralized empire-like power alliance for total world domination has put it on a collision course with the surging economic powerhouse of China which refuses to be absorbed into the imperial blob.
9:49 [The Rutherford Institute] (E)
“Let us resolve that never again will we send the precious young blood of this country to die trying to prop up a corrupt military dictatorship abroad. This is also the time to turn away from excessive preoccupation overseas to the rebuilding of our own nation. America must be restored to a proper role in the world. But we can do that only through the recovery of confidence in ourselves…...It’s time to bring our troops home. Bring them home from Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Bring them home from Germany, South Korea and Japan. Bring them home from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman. Bring them home from Niger, Chad and Mali. Bring them home from Turkey, the Philippines, and northern Australia.
16:31 [The Unz Review] (E)
Nearly 30,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus during the last two weeks, and by some estimates this is a substantial under-count, while the death-toll continues to rapidly mount. Meanwhile, measures to control the spread of this deadly infection have already cost 22 million Americans their jobs, an unprecedented economic collapse that has pushed our unemployment rates to Great Depression levels. Our country is facing a crisis as grave as almost any in our national history.
16:13 [Middle East Eye] (E)
China is being presented as the new existential enemy, just as Islam was 20 years ago. And by the very same people. The same newspaper columnists, the same think tanks, the same political parties and the same intelligence agencies. After Huntington’s famous essay that led the charge against Muslims - or what they often call radical Islam - now they have turned their attention to the Far East.
12:17 [Donbass Insider] (E)
Even suppressing the indignation, which in such situations is absolutely justified, we declare with all responsibility that this lawlessness of Ukrainian armed forces cannot last forever! We have a question: what is the meaning of the existence and activities of such a reputable international organization as the OSCE, which demonstrates its complete powerlessness and can in no way prevent the criminal terrorist activity of the state of Ukraine?
12:12 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war – at least a new ‘cold’, ideological war. But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed. The blind horseman, who hates China intuitively, without knowing hardly anything about it, is leading the pack, pushing his president into a confrontation with the most populous country on Earth. His name is Peter Navarro. Not that the president is ‘innocent’. Under him, the White House has become a haven of bigotry, of anti-Chinese racist sentiments. It was already converted into the global headquarters of the combat against the much more logical and humane, socialist, systems.
0:11 [Veterans Today] (E)
Who is the General that US Media Claims will be in control should the Trump team be disabled? The reportedly approved sweeping contingency plans involve everything from the evacuation of civilian authorities and their families to a secure location, all the way to schemes to circumvent the guidelines for the transfer of power set forth in the US Constitution.
15:26 [Global Research] (E)
Lobbying firms like the McKeon Group, headed by lobbyist Buck McKeon (who was the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the US Congress), represent both US defense contractors and countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who are ruthlessly bombing Yemen with US made weapons. Through lobbying firms like the McKeon Group and American Defense International, defense contractors such as Raytheon and Lockheed Martin spent millions to effectively pressure Congress members. Lobbying efforts focus on key members of committees, such as the aforementioned Armed Services Committee. This incentivizes Congress to approve legislation to sell arms to countries like Saudi Arabia and block any legislation that challenges the unethical arms sales.
7:32 [Stalker Zone] (E)
On April 23rd the US Embassy in Ukraine acknowledged that there are biological laboratories in Ukraine that are under the control of the Pentagon.
9:44 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Daniel Lazare - Imagine if countries put aside their differences in order to mount an effective international campaign against Covid-19? If they stopped shooting one another and fought the virus instead? If instead of sending aircraft carriers around the world in a show of strength, they competed to see who could supply more face masks and ventilators? Wouldn’t that be terrible? Wouldn’t it be a sign of a dangerous new threat? It would be – if you’re the kind of raging paranoid who projects his psychosis onto others. But if you’re a normal person, you’d take it as evidence that nations are capable of putting aside difference in order to focus on a mutually beneficial goal. After all, containing the disease in one country is the best way of insuring that it doesn’t hop-scotch to others such as your own. So helping others is a means of helping yourself.
23:19 [Medium.com] (E)
The Russians and the Chinese are your enemy.
Not the oligarchic class in your own country that has been exploiting, propagandizing, deceiving, oppressing and robbing you every moment of your life since you were born.
The Russians and the Chinese.
8:56 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Hybrid War 2.0 on China, a bipartisan U.S. operation, is already reaching fever pitch. Its 24/7 full spectrum infowar arm blames China for everything coronavirus-related – doubling as a diversionist tactic against any informed criticism of woeful American unpreparedness. Hysteria predictably reigns. And this is just the beginning.
19:50 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
This is an excerpt of The Daily Wrap Up 4/15.
7:45 [Mint Press News] (E)
A confluence of factors suggests that such a Panama-style invasion of Venezuela is not only a possibility, but increasingly likely.
8:35 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Despite its charter proclaiming mutual defense and security, the NATO military alliance is showing a rather unbecoming dog-eat-dog individualistic reaction in coping with the coronavirus pandemic. The United States, the top dog in the 30-member pack of nations, is accused of “modern piracy” after it nabbed consignments of face masks which were bound for allies Canada, France and Germany to help those nations fight against soaring epidemics of the disease. To think too that only last year, NATO celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1949 with lots of fanfare and vain self-congratulations of how noble the alliance is. Skeptics, though, see the bloc as a Cold War relic whose security claims are but empty Orwellian excuses for warmongering and propping up obscenely wasteful corporate militarism.
8:49 [Antiwar.com] (E)
April 10, 2020/Jason Ditz - With a growing number of reports showing the Pentagon absolutely getting pounded by coronavirus, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley issued a statement warning that US readiness remains intact, and that no nation should test the US. At a time when coronavirus is creating all sorts of opportunities for cooperation and peace-making, the US military is going in the opposite direction, growling like a wounded beast at a time when it is struggling with the virus.
14:35 [Press TV] (E)
The US Navy has fired the commander of an aircraft carrier who had warned American sailors aboard the vessel would die unless the coronavirus-hit ship was evacuated.
9:08 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Brian Cloughley - In 2015 Bill Gates gave a talk titled “We’re Not Ready for the Next Epidemic” in which, in a remarkable exhibition of understated and uncannily accurate prescience, he reflected on the outbreak of Ebola virus and forecast worse to come. This amazing man told us that “As awful as this epidemic has been, the next one could be much worse. The world is simply not prepared to deal with a disease — an especially virulent flu, for example — that infects large numbers of people very quickly. Of all the things that could kill 10 million people or more, by far the most likely is an epidemic. But I believe we can prevent such a catastrophe by building a global warning and response system for epidemics. It would apply the kind of planning that goes into national defence — systems for recruiting, training, and equipping health workers; investments in new tools; etc — to the effort to prevent and contain outbreaks.”
16:55 [IPB – International Peace Bureau] (E)
The world’s oldest peace NGO and Nobel Peace Laureate, the International Peace Bureau, regrets that the G20 missed an opportunity to support the call for an ‘immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world’ and that this failure constitutes ‘the missing link’ from the G20’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The G20 statement recognizes that ‘Global action, solidarity and international cooperation are more than ever necessary to address this pandemic,’ that it is a ‘powerful reminder of our interconnectedness and vulnerabilities’ and yet fails to apply this thinking to the need for peace. In the world today there are over 200 wars and military conflicts which bring misery to people and are a handicap to any meaningful local attempts to deal with the pandemic.
22:49 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
The majority of the articles dealing with this are focusing on the decision to jettison the three Abrams tank battalions. The Marines will also drop three infantry battalions and exchange most of its tube artillery for rocket artillery (perhaps MLRS) as well as a good chunk of its vertical lift capability and even some of its assault amphibian capabilities. They also plan to greatly increase the UAV capability and reduce the manpower of the remaining 21 active infantry battalions by 200.
6:46 [Internationalist 360° - Ann Garrison] (E)
The Pentagon insisted on going ahead with provocative NATO war games near Russia’s borders, despite the coronavirus epidemic, but Germany pulled its forces out and closed its roads to troop movements. ... The AFP news agency reported that further transfer of American soldiers from the US through German airports has also been stopped, so the military drills near Russia’s European borders are effectively over for now. ... I spoke to Bruce Gagnon, coordinator and co-founder of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, about the NATO shutdown.
18:55 [trunews] (E)
Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli ‘self-monitoring’; several staff members have also been exposed.
9:12 [World Beyond War] (E)
World BEYOND War Organizing Director Greta Zarro released the following statement:.“Defender 20 is another example of NATO’s massive war preparations right up on the border of Russia, exacerbating tensions and increasing the risk of an all-out nuclear war. NATO now accounts for three-quarters of military spending and weapons dealing on the globe. While claiming to “preserve peace,” NATO has violated international law and bombed Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya. Meanwhile, Russia has been reducing its military spending each year, while the United States has been increasing its military spending. U.S. annual increases have sometimes exceeded Russia’s entire military budget. The United States has troops in 175 nations, Russia in 3.
18:47 [Covert Geopolitics] (E)
There are multiple terror factions operating in Syria, as there are multiple parties that have contributed to the efforts to bring down the Assad government since 2011, e.g. MOSSAD, CIA, Saudi, Turkey, US and UK. Turkey has provided the exit route for the smuggling of Syrian oil in 2011 onwards, and the subsequent escape of ISIS terrorists back to the UK, Canada and Europe, over the last 2 years.
14:50 [RT] (E)
Having been hit by the Syrian Air Force in Idlib, Turkey has called on NATO’s protection, but as much as the alliance would like a fight with Assad and his ally Russia, it’s refused to back Ankara’s questionable adventure.
7:33 [World Beyond War] (E)
By Wolfgang Lieberknecht - Because networking for peace needs places for personal encounters, we are building the Wanfried Peace Factory in the middle of Germany. Not only from Eschwege, Eisenach, Assbach and Kassel, but also from Düren, Goch and Menden, people come to the peace factory in Wanfried.
12:49 [Global Research] (E)
It should be apparent that the launching of bio-warfare, as with conventional warfare, is considerably eased by locating military bases, offensive weapons and delivery systems as physically close as possible to one’s potential enemies. This is one reason the US has established its nearly 1,000 foreign military bases – to ensure the capability of putting an enemy under attack within 30 minutes anywhere in the world.
14:14 [Sputnik News] (E)
Norway plays an important role in space exploration for key military space facilities used by the US, including the Globus II radar in Finnmark County, sometimes referred to as the world`s most advanced radar for tracking satellites...To place Norway`s concerns into a broader picture, the Scandinavian nation plays a key role in space exploration owing to important military space facilities used by the US, including the radar Globus II in Finnmark County, which is often labelled the world`s most advanced radar for tracking satellites and has become the bone of contention in Norway`s relations with Russia, who sees it as a spying tool. The radar is now being upgraded.
17:07 [Antiwar.com] (E)
In early March, an estimated 7,500 American combat troops will travel to Norway to join thousands of soldiers from other NATO countries in a massive mock battle with imagined invading forces from Russia. In this futuristic simulated engagement – it goes by the name of Exercise Cold Response 2020 – allied forces will "conduct multinational joint exercises with a high-intensity combat scenario in demanding winter conditions," or so claims the Norwegian military anyway. At first glance, this may look like any other NATO training exercise, but think again. There’s nothing ordinary about Cold Response 2020. As a start, it’s being staged above the Arctic Circle, far from any previous traditional NATO battlefield, and it raises to a new level the possibility of a great-power conflict that might end in a nuclear exchange and mutual annihilation. Welcome, in other words, to World War III’s newest battlefield.
7:31 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The deputy of the Latvian Saeima Nikolajs Kabanovs spoke about the plans of the government of the republic to allocate territory in the suburbs of Riga for a US military base. According to the deputy, the parliament will be excluded from the decision-making process, reports bb.lv. The deputy said that on February 4th the Cabinet of Latvia “will take into account” the document of the Defence Ministry containing amendments to the agreement on cooperation between the republic and the US, as well as concerning the defence sphere. The document will then be transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for safekeeping.
7:29 [Stalker Zone] (E)
Ukraine demands that the United States return the $30 million it paid under at least six weapons contracts that were not fulfilled by the United States side. This was reported by BuzzFeed with reference to sources in the leadership of Ukraine and a former American official. According to the publication, American companies postponed the implementation of five contracts for a year and one for more than a year. US President Donald Trump’s administration refuses to approve deals without explanation.
13:57 [Activist Post] (E)
DARPA recently spent millions on research involving bats and coronaviruses, as well as gene editing “bioweapons” prior to the recent coronavirus outbreak. Now, “strategic allies” of the agency have been chosen to develop a genetic material-based vaccine to halt the potential epidemic.
18:18 [Stalker Zone] (E)
Throughout all their history, the Americans fought exclusively against many of the weakest opponents. Accordingly, it was not difficult for the Yankees to create an overwhelming advantage in forces and means not only in the main operational directions, but also in the secondary ones and literally suffocate the opponent, as a boa constrictor does with its victim. Therefore, many American military plans bore the name “Anaconda”
14:53 [Tass] (E)
NATO’s military drills on the eastern flank are increasingly more reminiscent of purposeful preparations for a large-scale military conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a response on its website following Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov`s press conference on summing up the results of Russian diplomacy in 2019.
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