Monday, March 11, 2019

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Tweets For Today

Posted: 11 Mar 2019 04:59 AM PDT

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 10:00 PM PDT

Children sit next to their injured mother near the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, March 7. Civilians are evacuating from Baghouz as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces launches a final assault to capture Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Civilians flee Islamic State's last enclave (Reuters).

Is Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Facing Defeat At The Polls When Canadians Vote Later this Year?

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 08:55 PM PDT

Michael Bociurkiw, CNN: Why Trudeau's 'Lav-Scam' scandal is snowballing in Canada

"Because it's 2015 ..." Most Canadians will recognize that statement as Justin Trudeau's simple explanation for the diversity and historic gender balance of his cabinet, sworn in November 2015 after the Liberal Party's landslide victory in the federal election.

Trudeau's gender parity move in the cabinet firmly placed the former high school teacher as the country's feminist prime minister, and on the global stage, Trudeau was a breath of fresh air, fit-for-purpose in the age of selfies, #MeToo, and squeaky clean politics. Many were entranced by his physical appearance, compassionate demeanor and seemingly insatiable appetite for photos with fans: Vanity Fair called him "the shining beacon of liberalism in North America," and images of world leaders and celebrities appearing to swoon in his presence became the internet meme "Prime Minister Steal-Your-Girl."

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WNU Editor: Prime Minister Trudeau was in trouble before this story broke out, and what has happened in the past month has only made it worse. He has damaged his "brand of ethics and doing government differently" to his loyal supporters, while deeply dividing his political party. Another problem for Prime Minister Trudeau is that he is trying to spin a story contrary to a view point that most Canadians have which is that he tried to interfere in a criminal case. Bottom line .... there is no appetite in Canada to see senior officials in government trying to influence a criminal court case in favour of a company with close ties to them. But that is what they tried to do, and according to some, are still trying to do it. The Prime Minister is also not making the case to his supporters, and worse, putting them in the awkward position of defending a view that many of them do not want to be associated with. This is not how you resolve a crisis, and worse, this is not you treat your base of support. So what is the future? Canadians go to the polls in October, and I do not see a road path for Prime Minister Trudeau to get enough votes to be re-elected Prime Minister. My prediction. Unless Prime Minister Trudeau gets his act together and/or the opposition parties implode because they are incompetent, I can easily see a conservative minority and/or slight Conservative majority government running the government at the end of this year.

More News On Prime Minister Trudeau's SNC-Lavelin Scandal

Canada's no-sex, no-money scandal could topple Trudeau -- AP
'Trudeau must let her speak': Opposition leader Scheer criticizes handling of SNC-Lavalin scandal -- National Post
Canada's Justin Trudeau is Facing a Divisive Political Scandal. Can He Survive? -- Tara Law, Time
Liberals have taken a polling hit over SNC Lavalin - but Trudeau's taken a bigger one -- CBC

Four Days Of Crippling Blackouts In Venezuela (And Counting)

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 07:46 PM PDT

The Guardian: 'A city of shadows': fear as Venezuela's crippling blackout enters day four

Power outage – that Maduro blames on foreign saboteurs – could have dramatic implications for country's political future

When night falls on Venezuela's ghostly capital, an unnerving hush grips the streets of this once-bustling South American metropolis.

"You feel a profound silence all around you," said Alejandro Guzmán, a 26-year-old lawyer and one of millions of Venezuelans left in the dark after their country was hit by an unprecedented blackout some believe could have dramatic implications for its political future. "It's like a city of shadows."

Like many Venezuelans, Guzmán has spent most of the last three days without electricity after a crippling outage – that Nicolás Maduro's beleaguered administration is blaming on foreign saboteurs – struck at about 5pm Thursday afternoon plunging virtually the entire country into the gloom.

"I feel frustrated and I feel angry about what is happening – but we saw this coming," Guzmán said on Sunday lunchtime, shortly after the lights came back on in his neighbourhood of eastern Caracas.

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WNU Editor: For the past few years I have been extremely lucky to have a good contact in Caracas who has been updating me on what is happening in Venezuela. Unfortunately .... I have not heard from him for the past two weeks, which is a first. I am sure he is OK, but this cut-off in communications is telling me that even where he lives (which is in the upper-class part of Caracas) is no longer immune to the disaster that is befalling all of Venezuela. And here is an easy prediction. If this black-out continues for a few more days .... the humanitarian crisis that it will spawn and the migration crisis that it will produce will be unprecedented for this part of the Americas. For the past few years I have written in this blog that Venezuela is still far away from becoming a disaster. I cannot say that anymore. Short of a civil war and/or foreign invasion led by the U.S., this is as bad as it can get.

More News On The Crises In Venezuela

Nerves fray, tempers flare as Venezuela blackout hits fourth day -- Reuters
Electric power returns to part, but not all, of Venezuela -- FOX News/AP
Misery grows for Venezuelans hit by power cuts -- ABC News
Rotting food and endangered patients: How Venezuelans are faring during continuing nationwide power outages -- The Washington Post
Venezuela: Juan Guaido wants state of emergency amid power outage -- DW
Juan Guaido: Nicolas Maduro has 'no diagnosis' for deadly Venezuela blackout crisis -- Washington Examiner
Venezuela military members in contact with opposition, says US National Security Advisor John Bolton -- AFP
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro 'fears' order to arrest interim President Juan Guaido 'would not be obeyed': White House national security adviser John Bolton -- ABC News

Is The U.S. Aircraft Carrier And Amphibious Fleets Obsolete?

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 07:16 PM PDT

Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg

Noel Williams, War On The Rocks: Samson the Carrier and Goliath the Amphib: Twin Giants of a Compromised Fleet Architecture

The aircraft carrier fleet and the amphibious fleet are typically viewed as polar opposites: the fast nuclear carrier projecting strike aircraft from the deep blue on one side, and the plodding but versatile amphibious ship projecting Marine infantry in the littoral on the other. Despite obvious dissimilarities in speed, payload, and function, they both share a critically important place in the overall fleet architecture — they are both unaffordable anachronisms of a bygone era. The Navy does not have nor will it ever have (barring large-scale conflict) the resources to produce adequate numbers of relevant platforms while also maintaining its commitment to the super carrier and the amphibious fleet as currently designed.

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WNU Editor: These fleets do not do well in war game simulations .... U.S. Keeps Losing Simulated Wars With Russia And China (March 8, 2019).

Foreign ISIS Women Are Isolated For Assaulting 'Infidel' Refugees At The al-Hol Displacement Camp In North-East Syria

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 07:12 PM PDT

A woman looks through a chain linked fence at al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate. Foreign ISIS women at the camp have been attacking other women for not complying with the so-called caliphate's laws

Daily Mail: 'They say we are infidels for showing our faces': Refugee women are attacked by ISIS brides at Syrian camp for failing to follow caliphate's doctrine

* As ISIS nears defeat women and children have fled to al-Hol displacement camp
* But foreign jihadis have been fenced off from Syrians and Iraqis by camp guards
* They threw stones at other occupants and even their children have made threats
* Countries must decide what to do with returning fighters still loyal to ISIS
* There are 62,000 people living at al-Hol - far over capacity and supplies are low

Foreign ISIS women have tried to assault others they deem 'infidels' for defying the caliphate at the camp where they are being held in northeast Syria - even as the jihadists are facing territorial defeat.

'They yell at us that we are infidels for showing our faces,' said a Syrian woman at al-Hol camp, where women and children were transferred from the ISIS final bastion in eastern Syria. 'They tried to hit us.'

'The foreigners throw stones. They swear at the Syrians or Iraqis and at the camp officials. Even the kids make threats,' said a security official at the camp.

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WNU Editor: 62,000 in this one displacement camp with little food and water. 90% of the population being women and children. Can anyone say humanitarian disaster.

More News On Foreign ISIS Women Being Isolated For Assaulting 'Infidel' Refugees At The al-Hol Dispalcement Camp In North-East Syria

'There will be blood up to your knees': Islamic State brides in Syria vow to seek vengeance --
Foreign Daesh Brides Isolated for Assaulting 'Infidel' Refugees at Syrian Camp -- Spuntik
ISIS jihadi brides attack refugees at Syrian camp for 'defying the caliphate' -- Daily Star

U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Attack The Last Islamic State Enclave

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 05:34 PM PDT

CNN: Heavy fighting reported as US-backed forces attack last ISIS stronghold in Syria

Heavy fighting erupted Sunday as US-backed forces attacked the last ISIS stronghold in Syria amid a final push to clear the jihadist group from the war-torn country.

A CNN team in Syria witnessed airstrikes, explosions and mortar fire in Baghouz after the operation by the Syrian Defense Forces began about 6 pm local time.

SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Twitter Sunday that its forces were engaged in "direct violent clashes" and that its planes were targeting weapons depots.

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WNU Editor:  This is going to end soon.

More News On U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Attacking The Last Islamic State Enclave

US-backed Syrian fighters resume attack on Islamic State -- AP
U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks Islamic State enclave -- Reuters
SDF attack Islamic State group's Syria enclave Baghuz -- BBC
US-Backed Forces Launch Final Assault to Wipe Out IS Enclave -- VOA
US-backed Syrian forces resume attacks on final ISIL enclave -- Al Jazeera
Baghouz offensive: final push begins with a firefight -- The National
With shrouded faces, Islamic State fighters stand guard over final enclave -- Reuters

Young Americans Want Socialism

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 04:27 PM PDT

Axios: Exclusive poll: Young Americans are embracing socialism

Generation Z has a more positive view of the word "socialism" than previous generations, and — along with millennials — are more likely to embrace socialistic policies and principles than past generations, according to a new Harris Poll given exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: The word "socialism" does not carry the same stigma it did in the past, now that it has been resurrected by celebrity politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Young people's political views often change as they grow older, but their support for socialistic policies is a sign that the old rules of politics are changing fast.

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WNU Editor: Being one who has lived under socialism/communism,  I can easily predict this. If America truly becomes a socialist/communist, the end result will disappoint a lot of Americans.

Russia Outfitting New T-14 Armata Tank With A Toilet

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 04:04 PM PDT

Russian T-14 tanks drive during rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Moscow REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Business Insider: Toilet-equipped tank: Russian engineers install latrines on state-of-the-art Armatas

* Russia is equipping its state-of-the-art T-14 Armata main battle tanks with toilets to make it easier for troops to take care of business in the field, Russian state media reported Thursday.
* The high cost of the new tanks coupled with repeated budget cuts led Russia to drastically reduce its planned order from more than two thousand to just 100 last year.
* Much like Russia's Su-57 fifth-generation stealth fighter, the Russians have put off mass production while putting greater emphasis on improving older systems.

It's hard to wage war when nature calls, so Russia is installing toilets in its troubled third-generation T-14 main battle tanks, Russian state media revealed Thursday.

The days of relieving themselves in fuel and ammo cans or hopping out to dig single-use latrines are apparently over for Russia's tank crews, at least those manning the T-14 Armata tanks, Ilya Baranov, a senior official at the Ural Design Bureau of Transport Machine-Building in Yekaterinburg, told TASS News Agency.

"A major hassle for [tank crews] is that they cannot relieve their natural functions," Baranov explained, "That is, water and field rations are available in the tank, but all the other conveniences are, unfortunately, absent."

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WNU Editor: It is the little things that count.

More News On Russia Outfitting Its New T-14 Armata Tank With A Toilet

Toilet-equipped tank: Russian engineers install latrines on state-of-the-art Armatas -- TASS
Flushed With Pride? Russia Outfitting New Tank With A Toilet -- RFE
Russia's New Super Tank Now Comes Equipped With a Toilet—It's Called a 'Life Support System' -- Newsweek

Editor's Note

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 05:39 AM PDT

Spending some time with the girl friend. Blogging will return later today.