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Jack Abramoff Is Back — As A Registered Lobbyist

Felonious former lobbyist Jack Abramoff is officially a lobbyist again. Or, at least, Abramoff was for several months during late 2016 and early 2017, as he attempted to schedule a meeting between Donald Trump and the controversial president of the Republic of Congo, according to Department of Justice records obtained by the Center for Public […]

China’s Navy Secures Its Global Network

Could China finally be getting its long-anticipated “string of pearls”? For years, people have been predicting that China will acquire a network of access – bases, ports, and even airfields – stretching from the South China Sea, through the Singapore-Malacca Straits, across the Indian Ocean and to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. If […]

Thai-Russian Cooperation Seeks Thai Alternatives to Facebook, Google – Editorial

Russian and Thai telecom interests have begun preliminary discussions toward creating local alternatives to social network and Internet search giants Facebook and Google in Thailand. The move, if successful, would represent another step toward breaking Facebook and Google’s monopoly over international information space and set further precedent for nation-states to take responsibility for their own […]

The Weaponization of Information in the War of Terror – Video

If terrorist incidents are always tied back to shadowy groups linked to Al Qaeda or ISIS, an online, independent media might connect those dots to show how Al Qaeda and ISIS were literally created, fostered, funded, trained and equipped by the UK government, the US government and their allies across the world as a tool […]

Israel’s Slow Creep Into The Syrian Civil War

“We’re working productively with Jordan, as we are working with Israel, and I’m not hiding anything from you,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu told his country’s parliament late last month. Shoygu even noted his “productive talks” with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, with whom he speaks on the phone regularly. Arab media outlets report on continuous […]

Kurds Reaching Critical Juncture In US Partnership

US President Donald Trump is wavering between members of his team who want to expand the war in Syria by also targeting Iranian-linked elements and those who say such a step would mean endless conflict in the region. This internal US disarray further complicates already-complex field developments in the Syrian civil war and the battle […]

Florida Cops Shut Down Secret Spy Plane Plan After Backlash By Locals

The Miami-Dade Police Department has decided to drop its wide-area surveillance plan in the face of public backlash. The MDPD tried to slip it past residents and the county government by claiming the acquisition of a secret spy plane was too important to be done properly. Documents submitted by the commission, first reported by New […]

Global Opium Production On Rise And Cocaine Market Thriving – Analysis

Global opium production increased by one-third in 2016 compared with the previous year, primarily due to higher opium poppy yields in Afghanistan, and coca bush cultivation increased by 30 percent mainly as a result of increased cultivation in Colombia. Following a period of decline, there are also signs that cocaine use is increasing in the […]

Russia Warships And Sub Fire Cruise Missiles At Syria: Moscow

Two Russian warships and a submarine in the Mediterranean have fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in Syria, the defence ministry said Friday. It said that Turkish and Israeli military “were informed in a timely manner of the missile launches through communication channels,” but it did not mention the United States. Russia suspended its […]

The Hidden Motives Of The Chinese Silk Road

China’s Belt and Road Forum, hosted with great fanfare, signals the priority of this flagship connectivity initiative while also underlining its credentials as the new “shaper” of global trends and norms. Exhorting all countries to participate, Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested that “what we hope to create is a big family of harmonious co-existence.” But […]

Blow For EU As Czech’s REJECT Eurozone Entry: ‘Just 30% Want It’

While financial experts say they country could sign up as the general conditions are right, leader Milos Zeman has said that the people are against the move. He said: “We have been fulfilling the Maastricht criteria, but there is a mental barrier to its adoption. A mere 30 per cent of Czechs are in favour […]

The EPA Quietly Approved Monsanto’s New Genetic-Engineering Technology

DvSnf7 dsRNA is an unusual insecticide. You don’t spray it on crops. Instead, you encode instructions for manufacturing it in the DNA of the crop itself. If a pesky western corn rootworm comes munching, the plant’s self-made DvSnf7 dsRNA disrupts a critical rootworm gene and kills the pest. This last step is called RNA interference, […]

Russia Sees No Obstacles to Arms Deliveries to Turkey – Deputy Prime Minister

There are no obstacles for signing a deal between Turkey and Russia on deliveries of Russian arms and other military equipment, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Sputnik on Sunday. BELGRADE (Sputnik) — The negotiations on possible deliveries of the Russian S-400 air defense systems to Turkey have taken place since 2016. In March […]

One Man, One Job: Win The Pentagon’s Next Big Contract

At the Paris Air Show this week, Bill Lynn, the very tall former deputy defense secretary from President Barack Obama’s first term, stood out among average-sized Italian and American businessmen. The Italians hired Lynn in 2012 to land big U.S. government contracts. Capturing the prized, multibillion-dollar deal for 350 new Air Force pilot training planes […]

Pakistan Deploys 15,000 Soldiers To Protect Chinese Nationals, Investments

Pakistan has deployed a 15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese nationals working on energy and infrastructure projects in the country, the president said Sunday, after the abduction of a Chinese couple raised safety concerns. President Mamnoon Hussain told visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad that the protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan […]