Jeff Sessions Suggests He’s Steering The DOJ Towards Prosecuting More Journalists

Jeff Sessions and the DOJ are back to threatening leakers again. It seems counterproductive, considering each new threat of leak investigations does little to stem the steady flow of leaks. But the new DOJ boss seems ready to go further than his predecessors. Having already expressed an interest in taking care of Obama’s unfinished business […]

South Korea spy agency admits trying to rig 2012 presidential election

South Korea’s spy agency has admitted it conducted an illicit campaign to influence the country’s 2012 presidential election, mobilising teams of experts in psychological warfare to ensure that the conservative candidate, Park Geun-hye, beat her liberal rival. An internal investigation by the powerful National Intelligence Service also revealed attempts by its former director and other […]

Erdogan And Putin Expand Military, Economic And Energy Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an met with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, at the G20 summit, held in Hamburg, Germany, on July 8. Their conversation during the meeting encompassed two main themes: First, the two leaders discussed issues related to the economy, military and energy, and the second major topic pertained to negotiations on […]

US Military Eyes New Mini-Nukes for 21st-Century Deterrence

The Joint Chiefs’ vice chair says smaller-yield weapons are needed to deter the use of same. The future of nuclear weapons might not be huge and mega destructive but smaller, tactical, and frighteningly, more common. The U.S. Air Force is investigating more options for “variable yield” bombs  — nukes that can be dialed down to […]

Editorial – Is the Expanding U.S. Military Presence In Syria Legal?

In July, the White House and Pentagon requested authority from Congress to build further “temporary intermediate staging facilities” inside Syria in order to combat ISIS more effectively. This request, it must be noted, comes in the wake of devastating ISIS defeats in Syria, mostly by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allied forces. Shortly […]

Balfour’s Shadow – A Book Review

The Balfour Declaration, currently accepted by many as the founding legal statement for the establishment of Israel is really nothing more than a letter. It was a letter of policy between government personnel and became a major part of foreign policy then, and its shadow effects have continued on rather effectively to now. Balfour’s Shadow […]

Army Tells Troops to Stop Using DJI Drones Immediately, Because Cyber

The US military has a lot of drones—and an unending demand from troops in the field for more. As a result, the Army has for some time allowed units to purchase hundreds of off-the-shelf drones made by DJI, the Chinese consumer drone maker. The Army Aviation Directorate has provided “airworthiness releases” for DJI drones over […]

Iraqi Shiite Leader Demands Govt Dismantle Paramilitary Groups

BAGHDAD: Influential Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday called on the Baghdad government to dismantle the paramilitary Hashed al-Shaabi umbrella organisation dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias. Sadr was speaking to thousands of supporters in the Iraqi capital after a rare visit at the weekend to Sunni-ruled regional kingpin Saudi Arabia, a staunch rival of […]

EU Blacklists 3 Russian Nationals, 3 Companies Over Siemens Turbines to Crimea

The European Commission has decided to broaden sanctions against Moscow on Friday. More Russian individuals and firms accused of delivering Siemens gas turbines to the Crimea have been blacklisted. An employee prepares to lift the rotor coil of a Siemens AG Gas Turbine class H is seen at the German industrial giant Siemens historic construction […]

Djibouti Military Base Highlights China’s African Ambitions

China hasn’t been known for establishing military bases in Africa – or even beyond its immediate sphere of influence. This is changing following its decision to build a military base in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. The base will be next door to the United States Africa Command. China will be able to use […]

Voting Machine Hackers Have 5 Tips to Save the Next Election

American democracy depends on the sanctity of the vote. In the wake of the 2016 election, that inviolability is increasingly in question, but given that there are 66 weeks until midterm elections, and 14 weeks until local 2017 elections, there’s plenty of time to fix the poor state of voting technology, right? Wrong. To secure […]

China Ups Rhetoric In Border Row With India

China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling “genuinely troubling,” AFP reports. For more than a month, Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff on a remote but strategically important Himalayan […]

Saakashvili Goes to Poland, but How?

Mikheil Saakashvili has long had a reputation for pulling off the unexpected, and, this time, he’s done it again, with a trip from the US to Poland shortly after having lost his Ukrainian citizenship, his only form of citizenship and the basis for his passport. The former Georgian president made the trip to take part […]

US Puts Boots On the Ground In Yemen to Attack AQAP

WASHINGTON – U.S. warplanes and a small number of ground troops are assisting in a “major operation” in central Yemen against the al-Qaida faction there, the Pentagon confirmed Friday. The joint United Arab Emirates-U.S. operation is led by the government of Yemen, according to a statement released by UAE’s embassy in Washington. The forces are […]

This Mysterious Military Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

A very unique USAF surveillance aircraft has been flying highly defined circles over Seattle and its various suburbs for nine days now. Nobody at the DoD seems to know who the aircraft belongs to or what exactly it is doing flying so many missions over the Seattle area. But based on its visibly exotic configuration, […]