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Friday, November 8, 2019

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The U.S. Needs A New 'Doomsday Plane'

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

An E-4B aircraft on the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base, California, September 11, 2017. US Air Force/Louis Briscese

Business Insider: The Air Force's 'Doomsday plane,' where the president can run a nuclear war, needs repairs for wear and tear

* The US Air Force's "Doomsday plane" is undergoing maintenance and upgrades, according to Defense One.
* The Boeing E-4B "Nightwatch" and the Navy's E-6B "Mercury" planes are built to allow the president to direct US forces in the event of a nuclear war.
* It has also served as a mobile Pentagon for defense secretaries, but it's being pulled out of that role to reduce wear on the aircraft.

The E-4B "Nightwatch" plane, which would allow the president to give military orders in the event of a nuclear war and has served as a mobile Pentagon for defense secretaries, is worn out, Defense One's Marcus Weisgerber reports.

The so-called Doomsday plane — which is the Air Force's four E-4Bs and the Navy's E-6B "Mercury" — has been in service since the 1970s, much like Air Force One, and is expected to keep flying through the 2020s. But to preserve the planes, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has had to use other military aircraft when traveling, including a C-17 Globemaster and a C-32 airliner, both smaller than the E-4B.

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Update #1: The Air Force's 'Doomsday Plane' Is in the Shop (Defense One)
Update #2: Too Old for This Stuff? Most US 'Doomsday Planes' Are in Shop Due to 'Age-Related Problems' (Sputnik)

WNU Editor: Bottom line. The U.S. needs a new "Doomsday Plane".

Saudi King Is Hosting The CIA Director

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 11:00 PM PST


Washington Examiner: CIA director meets with Saudi king a day after former Twitter employees charged with spying for Riyadh

CIA Director Gina Haspel met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, a day after the Justice Department charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of the kingdom.

The two discussed "a number of topics of mutual interest," according to state news agency SPA. The Saudi Embassy said the discussion included "the longstanding Saudi-U.S. partnership," and the two reviewed "a number of regional and international developments."

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More News On The CIA Director Being In Saudi Arabia

Saudi king hosts CIA chief after Twitter charges -- AFP
Saudi King Receives CIA Chief Haspel in Riyadh -- Haaretz/Reuters
King Salman hosts CIA chief in Riyadh -- Arab News
Saudi king hosts CIA chief Gina Haspel for talks -- Arabian News

Tweets For Today

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 10:30 PM PST













Moscow Re-Enacts Famous 1941 Military Parade on Red Square

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 10:00 PM PST

About 4,000 people marched on Red Square, including members of historical clubs, youth troops, the presidential cavalry, the Moscow military orchestra and more. Kirill Zykov / Moskva News Agency

Moscow Times: Moscow Re-Enacts Famous 1941 Military Parade on Red Square

Thousands of troops, historical re-enactors and more marched across Red Square today to mark the 78th anniversary of one of the most famous Soviet military parades.

On Nov. 7, 1941, the Soviet Union held the October Revolution Parade, its first military parade during World War II. It's best known for taking place during the Battle of Moscow. Units marched from Red Square to the front, and many of the soldiers who marched were killed in the battle.

Nearly 80 years later, Moscow's most famous square is once again hosting this march — but this time, it's just a re-enactment.

Here's a look at the highlights from this year's event:

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Update #1: Russia re-enacts legendary World War II parade in Moscow -- AP
Update #2: Russian re-enacts famous World War II parade with vintage tanks, uniforms in Moscow -- FOX News

WNU Editor: This is always an impressive event to see.

Update #3: This is an interesting read .... How the Kremlin Was Hidden From Nazi Bombs (Sputnik).

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 09:30 PM PST

Police officers fire a weapon during clashes between protesters against Bolivia's President Evo Morales and government supporters, in La Paz, Bolivia November 7, 2019. Street clashes broke out on Thursday among supporters and opponents of Bolivia's government as an opposition leader planned a march to pressure President Evo Morales to resign after disputed elections last month. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

WNU Editor: The above picture came form this photo-gallery .... Bolivians clash over election (Reuters).

Iran Is Losing Its Influence Over Lebanon And Iraq

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 09:00 PM PST

Ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, November 7. Alaa al-Marjani / Reuters

Con Coughlin, The National: Tehran finds itself in a desperate battle to maintain its influence over Lebanon and Iraq

Throughout the Arab world there is a growing resistance to Iran's attempts to meddle in their affairs.

For all Iran's efforts to establish a powerful network of allies throughout the Middle East, Tehran's attempts to achieve its long-held goal of regional domination are currently experiencing their most severe challenge in years as a result of the anti-government protests that are taking place in Lebanon and Iraq.

A definitive report published in London this week by the influential International Institute for Strategic Studies think tank sets out in detail how Iran has spent decades building what it calls "networks of influence" throughout the Middle East in an attempt to gain an advantage over its many adversaries.

But while the IISS's report, "Iran's Networks of Influence in the Middle East", provides worrying detail about the extent of Iran's malign meddling in the affairs of neighbouring Arab states, Tehran now finds itself in a desperate battle to maintain its influence over Lebanon and Iraq, countries which, until the recent wave of anti-government protests erupted, were key targets for Iranian attempts to consolidate its grip over vital areas of the Middle East.

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WNU Editor: This could get very bloody .... A New Arab Spring Is Unfolding in Iraq and Lebanon. But Things Could Get Bloody If Iran Gets Its Way (Bessma Momani, Time).

Report: Iran's Network Of Influence In The Middle East Is 'Growing'

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 08:00 PM PST

Study says no state has been as effective as Iran in regional conflicts during the past decade [Reuters]

BBC: Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing'

Iran is winning the strategic struggle for influence in the Middle East against its rival, Saudi Arabia, according to a study by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Iran's regional rivals have spent billions of dollars on Western weaponry, much of it from the UK.

Yet for a fraction of that cost, sanctions-bound Iran has been able to successfully embed itself across the region into a position of strategic advantage.

It has a major influence - verging on a controlling influence in some cases - over the affairs of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.

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Update: New report reveals extent of Iran's growing Middle East influence (Al Jazeera)

WNU Editor: The report is here .... "Iran's Networks of Influence in the Middle East (IISS).

Iran Now Saying That 3 Of Its Oil Tankers Have Been Attacked In The Red Sea In The Past 6 Months

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 07:00 PM PST

A damage is seen on Iranian-owned Sabiti oil tanker sailing in the Red Sea, October 13, 2019. National Iranian Oil Tanker Company via WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS/File Photo

Times of Israel: Iran says 3 tankers attacked in Red Sea in six-month period, warns route unsafe

Tehran discloses previously unreported incidents of alleged sabotage off coast of Saudi Arabia.

Iranian tankers have been targeted in the Red Sea three times in a six-month period, the Islamic Republic said last week, warning the international community the shipping route was unsafe.

Just one of the three incidents, an October 11 missile attack off Saudi Arabia's coast, had previously been reported.

The other two involved the Happiness 1 in April, which saw "engine failure and loss of control" and the Helm in August, which suffered unspecified "technical issues," the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing an Iranian government letter to the International Maritime Organization dated October 30.

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Update: Iran says 3 tankers attacked in Red Sea in six-month period, warns route unsafe (Hellenic Shipping News)

WNU Editor: The missile attack on the Iranian-owned Sabiti oil tanker in the Red Sea last month made the international news. But the Iranians are vague on the other two incidents.

South Korea Would Back Kim Jong-Un In The Event Of A War Between Japan And North Korea

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 06:25 PM PST

The results of a survey released November 6 by the Seoul-baed Korea Institute for National Unification's Lee Sang Sin shows the results of an "extreme hypothetical situation" in which South Koreans were asked if they would support North Korea or Japan in the event of a war between the two regional powers. Korea Institute of National Unification

Newsweek: If North Korea and Japan Went to War, More South Koreans Would Back Kim Jong Un, Poll Shows

If North Korea and Japan went to war, more South Koreans would back their immediate neighbor, a new poll by a state-sponsored think tank in Seoul showed.

The survey, conducted by research fellow Lee Sang Sin, was presented Wednesday as part of the Korea Institute for National Unification's 11th annual Peace Forum. Lee set out to determine the views of South Koreans at a critical juncture in Northeast Asia's power dynamics, and found they would more readily support longtime rival North Korea than fellow U.S. ally Japan should a conflict break out between the two.

"Under a rather extreme hypothetical situation in which war may break out between North Korea and Japan, 45.5 percent would choose to help North Korea, and 15.1 percent Japan," the survey, which was obtained by Newsweek, showed. "39.4 percent respond that they have no idea."

Lee also found that responses did not vary much by political party, with the right-wing Liberty Korea Party only slightly more decided on assisting either Japan or North Korea. Lee told Newsweek that the results were "not so surprising" for those following the trend in inter-Korean relations.

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WNU Editor: North Korea is a brutal Communist dictatorship where most of its citizens are destitute. Japan is a liberal democracy and one of the richest countries in the world. But if given a choice on who to support in the event of war, the mass majority in South Korea would support North Korea. Cannot say that I am surprised by this. Even though Japan left the Korean peninsula 74 years ago, the bitterness of that occupation and Japan's reluctance to acknowledge it is a major wedge issue between the two peoples.

Former New York City Mayor Bloomberg Preparing To Enter The Democratic Presidential Primary

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 05:07 PM PST



CNBC: Mike Bloomberg is preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary

* Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, is preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary, according to NBC News, which cited a Bloomberg advisor.
* "He's still not sure," a source told CNBC. This source also said these are "unprecedented times" and that Bloomberg is concerned about what he's seeing both from Democrats and President Donald Trump.
* The New York Times reported Thursday, citing people briefed on the plans, that Bloomberg was working on entering at least one Democratic presidential primary and potentially the overall race for the chance to take on Trump.

Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, is preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary, according to NBC News, which cited a Bloomberg advisor.

The move didn't necessarily mean Bloomberg, 77, was announcing a campaign, a source close to Bloomberg told NBC News. Rather, this source said, he's doing this to keep his options open. Bloomberg is "troubled" by what he has seen in the Democratic field, the source added.

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WNU Editor: He is 77 years old. Does he have the energy and stamina to run a campaign. Can he motivate voters to support him. It looks like we are going to find out very soon.

More News On Former New York City Mayor Bloomberg Preparing To Enter The Democratic Presidential Primary

Michael Bloomberg opens door to 2020 presidential campaign -- AP
Bloomberg considering jumping into 2020 Democratic presidential race -- Reuters
Former NYC mayor Bloomberg preparing presidential run: US media -- AFP
Bloomberg makes preparations for 2020 run -- Politico
Bloomberg expected to file paperwork to enter 2020 Alabama Democratic primary -- FOX News
Bloomberg signals interest in entering presidential race -- The Hill
Michael Bloomberg expected to file for Alabama 2020 primary -- CNN

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 7, 2019

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:42 PM PST

Illustration of a robot taking a 'selfie,' signifying artificial intelligence. Source: AFP

Bill Gertz, Asia Times: US and China racing to weaponize AI

US defense secretary compares artificial intelligence warfare buildup to space race

The Pentagon is racing to outpace China in building military artificial intelligence (AI) systems ranging from vehicle maintenance to advanced warfighting tools like cyber weapons and drones, according to US Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

"Whichever nation harnesses AI first will have a decisive advantage on the battlefield for many, many years," Esper said this week at a conference in Washington on artificial intelligence.

"We have to get there first. Future wars will be fought not just on the land and in the sea as they have for thousands of years, or in the air as they have for the past century, but also in outer space and cyberspace in unprecedented ways."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 7, 2019

Can Vietnam Be America's New Ally Against China? -- Anders Corr, National Interest

New generation insurgents raising hell in Thailand -- Richard S Ehrlich, Asia Times

Anger on campus: Behind the student protests that have rocked Indonesia -- Stanley Widianto and Gayatri Suroyo, Reuters

Made In America: How the U.S. Government Paid For Turkey's War in Syria -- Matthew Petti, National Interest

How Saudi Arabia monitors and intimidates its critics abroad -- Tom Allinson, DW

Trump Needs to Reestablish Deterrence with Iran -- Kaleigh Thomas, National Interest

Lebanon protests: How WhatsApp tax anger revealed a much deeper crisis -- BBC

Why There Is No Kurdish Nation -- John Broich, The Conversation

Attack on Canadian mining firm in Burkina Faso threatens gold's final frontier -- David Lewis, Helen Reid and Zandi Shabalala, Reuters

Macron, Europe's wannabe president -- Rym Momtaz, Politico.eu

It's not just Britain that's breaking up, Europe is too -- Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Catalonia challenge awaits Spain's next prime minister -- Joan Faus and Ingrid Melander, Reuters

Germans divided on unity legacy 30 years after fall of Berlin Wall -- Rebecca Staudenmaier, DW

'End of history'? 30 years on, does that idea still hold up? -- Tamer Fakahany, AP

Trump: What does the US do for Nato in Europe -- BBC

How the phrase 'OK boomer' suddenly went all over the internet -- Michael Collett, ABC News Online

World News Briefs -- November 7, 2019 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:21 PM PST

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Reuters: Dow, S&P 500 hit record closes as investors digest trade news

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow and S&P 500 notched record closing highs on Thursday as the latest signs of progress in U.S.-China trade relations relieved investors, but a report raising fresh worries about the outlook for a deal limited the day's gains.

China said it had agreed with the United States to remove tariffs in phases, while state-owned Xinhua News Agency said Beijing was also considering removing restrictions on poultry imports.

But indexes pared gains in afternoon trading after a Reuters report, citing sources, said that the White House's plan to roll back China tariffs faces internal opposition and that no final decision has been made yet.

An interim U.S.-China trade deal is expected to include a U.S. pledge to scrap tariffs scheduled for Dec. 15.

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MIDDLE EAST

Pentagon: Syria oil revenue going to Kurdish fighters.

Iraqi forces kill 10 protesters in Baghdad and Basra.

Several killed in Houthi missile, drone attack: Yemeni officials.

Internal memo faults US on Turkey 'ethnic cleansing': report.

Erdogan accuses U.S., Russia of not clearing Kurds from Syrian safe zone. Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria deal ahead of Trump talks.

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees.

UN report finds Jordan, Turkey, UAE violated Libya arms embargo.

EU, US criticise Iran over UN nuclear inspector incident. Iran alleges UN inspector tested positive for explosives.

Protests in Lebanon enter fourth week as students join manifestations.

Senior US envoy in Syria highly critical of troop withdrawal.

ASIA

China, U.S. agree to roll back tariffs as part of trade deal -officials.

Taiwan warns of possible attack if China's slowdown 'becomes serious'.

China still counting on Hong Kong to enact its own national security law 'or the city will face unbearable cost', says Beijing adviser.

Joint US-Chinese operations against fentanyl led to trafficking gang's downfall.

Cambodian troops deployed as exiled opposition leaders plan Thai border crossing. Malaysia detains Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua.

North Korea slams door on Japan PM Abe visit, calls him an 'idiot'.

N. Korea slams Japan's Abe as 'idiot' over missile criticism.

Two fisherman accused of killing 16 crew members are deported to North Korea.

Vietnam to repatriate 39 nationals found dead in UK truck.

AFRICA

Dozens feared missing day after deadly ambush near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso.

South Sudan president, ex-rebel leader agree to delay unity government: Uganda.

I.Coast ex-political leader Ble Goude faces Ivorian trial.

Ten Nigerian troops killed in jihadist ambush: military sources.

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian mine convoy in Burkina Faso.

Mauritians vote in first election since PM succeeded father.

Egypt-Ethiopia row over River Nile dam. Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan commit to resolving Nile dam dispute. Ethiopian dam agreement 'by January 2020'.

Protesters take to streets in tense Guinea capital.

Congolese warlord given International Criminal Court's longest-ever sentence at 30 years.

More World Bank loans and grants on the cards for Africa.

Malaria cases in Burundi surge by 1.5m in two months.

Africa's southern drought is killing Zimbabwe's elephants and other vulnerable wildlife.

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger.

EUROPE

Long festering charges of anti-Semitism hit Labour's Corbyn.

Russia re-enacts legendary World War II parade in Moscow.

Macron claims NATO is suffering 'brain death'.

Citing U.S.-China trade and Brexit, EU downgrades fall economic forecast.

Brexit stalemate taking a toll on UK business investment.

PM gives 'cast-iron' pledge to refuse second Scottish independence vote.

Merkel's CDU could 'tear itself apart' after call for AfD coalition.

Mike Pompeo tours Germany amid tense relations.

Paris authorities clear large migrant camps on edge of city.

Cyprus strips 'golden' passports from 26 investors.

AMERICAS

Mike Bloomberg is preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary.

US diplomat: Trump pressure on Ukraine harmful to rule of law.

Bolton a no-show at impeachment panel; Pence aide appears.

Trump says the Bidens should testify.

Trump impeachment inquiry: Public hearing schedule.

Trump to meet with Turkey's Erdo─čan at White House following tensions.

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba.

Mexican officials' theory on ambush that killed 9 Americans disputed by family.

Mourners of Mexican cartel massacre victims, escorted by military, arrive for first funerals.

Bolivia protests: Student dies after violent clashes.

Protests in Chile spread into wealthy Santiago neighbourhoods. Chile's Pinera fends off police abuse claims amid fresh clashes.

In Venezuela, special police force wreaks havoc in slums.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US places radical Mali preacher on terrorism blacklist.

US targets al-Qaida leaders in West Africa and Mideast.

Captured al-Baghdadi wife revealed lots of information about ISIS, source says.

British army reject to be sentenced for training to fight ISIL.

Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing'.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Stocks stumble to more records on conflicting trade reports.


Global debt surges to record high $188 tn: IMF chief.

Twitter employees face US charges of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

Bill Gates criticises Elizabeth Warren's plan for tax on super-rich.

China agrees to phase out U.S. tariffs amid new hope for trade deal.

Taiwan Foreign Minister: China May Attack If Their Economy Slows Down

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 02:56 PM PST

Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu said that people in Taiwan do not want the same situation that is happening in Hong Kong under the so-called 'one country, two systems' model [Fabian Hamacher/Reuters]

Reuters: Taiwan warns of possible attack if China's slowdown 'becomes serious'

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Beijing could resort to military conflict with self-ruled Taiwan to divert domestic pressure if a slowdown in the world's second largest economy amid trade war threatens the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, the island's foreign minister has said.

As Taiwan's presidential elections approach in January, China has stepped up a campaign to "reunify" with what it considers a wayward province, wooing away the island's few diplomatic allies and flying regular bomber patrols around it.

In an interview with Reuters, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu drew attention to China's slowing economy amid its bitter trade war with the United States.

"If the internal stability is a very serious issue, or economic slowdown has become a very serious issue for the top leaders to deal with, that is the occasion that we need to be very careful," Wu said on Wednesday.

"We need to prepare ourselves for the worst situation to come...military conflict."

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Update: Taiwan warns of possible attack if China's economy slows down (Al Jazeera)

WNU Editor: Chinese leaders and top Chinese military officials have been saying for years that they have a right to invade Taiwan. The Taiwanese foreign minister is expressing his opinion on what he feels will be the conditions and reasons that China will use to do so.

Unrest In Bolivia Continues To Escalate

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST

Young men carrying batons and wearing masks chanted, 'Murderess, murderess,' as they marched Arce to a platform where they cut her hair before the baying mob

Daily Mail: Bolivian mayor is dragged through the streets, covered in red paint and has her hair hacked off by furious mob who blamed her for the deaths of two opposition protesters

* Mayor Patricia Arce was dragged from the town hall in Vinto on Wednesday
* Furious masked men chanted 'Murderess, murderess' and cut off her hair
* Arce was released after four hours of degradation, the town hall was incinerated
* Bolivia has been gripped by violence since Evo Morales re-election on Oct. 20

A Bolivian mayor has been doused in red paint and had her hair hacked off by protesters who blamed her for the deaths of two opposition protesters.

Patricia Arce, of the governing Mas party, was dragged out of Vinto town hall on Wednesday and subjected to four hours of degradation in which she was made to kneel and sign her resignation.

Young men carrying batons and wearing masks chanted, 'Murderess, murderess,' as they marched Arce to a platform where they cut her hair before the baying mob.

Bolivia has been gripped by deadly protests following President Evo Morales' election victory on October 20 over claims it was rigged.

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WNU Editor: This unrest is not going to end anytime soon.



More News On The Unrest In Bolivia

Bolivia mayor has hair forcibly cut by crowd of protesters -- BBC
Bolivia protest leader to decide timing for march to government palace -- Reuters
Bolivia protests: Student killed in clashes as pressure mounts on president to resign -- News24/AFP
Bolivia protests: Student dies after violent clashes -- DW
Bitter divides in Bolivia over president's re-election -- Al Jazeera

French President Macron: Closing Off Dialogue With Russia A 'Huge Mistake'

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 12:00 PM PST

Kremlin.ru

Moscow Times: Closing Off Dialogue With Russia a 'Huge Mistake,' France's Macron Says

Europe shouldn't make the "huge mistake" of avoiding dialogue with Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron told The Economist, continuing his recent overtures to the country that the West has shunned over its annexation of Crimea.

Macron previously attempted to bridge the European Union's differences with Moscow this summer, warning against the "strategic error" of isolating Russia and describing Russia as "deeply European." The EU, the United States and other Western allies have imposed a series of economic sanctions on Russia after it annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

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WNU Editor: The French President is right. But that "dialogue" is not going to start until Russian President Putin is gone and/or the crisis and war in Ukraine is resolved.

French President Macron: NATO Is Experiencing 'Brain Death'

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 11:36 AM PST


ABC News Online: NATO is suffering from a 'brain death' — the EU is the cure, says Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron says Washington's antipathy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) alliance is causing its "brain death", which should prompt the European Union (EU) to step up as a world power.

"What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO," Mr Macron told The Economist magazine.

He said the United States under President Donald Trump appeared to be turning its back on Europe, notably by pulling troops out of North–East Syria without notice.

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WNU Editor: Some are not happy with Macron's remarks .... Angela Merkel condemns Macron's 'drastic words' on NATO (DW). More here .... Macron criticised by US and Germany over Nato 'brain death' claims (The Guardian). The NATO chief is also chiming in .... Merkel, NATO chief reject Macron's view NATO is dying (Reuters). As to what is my take. NATO needs a new mission. Most of the member states are not meeting their commitments, and Russia is not the threat that it use to be when it was the Soviet Union.

More News On French President Macron's Remarks That NATO Is Experiencing 'Brain Death'

Emmanuel Macron warns Europe: NATO is becoming brain-dead -- The Economist
Macron claims NATO is suffering 'brain death' -- France 24
French leader laments NATO's 'brain death' due to US absence -- AP
France's Macron says NATO suffering 'brain death', questions U.S. commitment -- Reuters
Macron: NATO experiencing 'brain death' -- The Hill
Nato alliance experiencing brain death, says Macron -- BBC
Macron says Europe is facing the 'brain death of NATO' -- CNN
French president says NATO is brain-dead — magazine -- TASS

Attack On Canadian Mine Convoy In Burkina Faso Kills 37, over 60 Wounded, And Dozens Are Still Missing

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 11:24 AM PST




NBC/Reuters: At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian mine convoy in Burkina Faso

The attack is the deadliest in recent years as the military struggles to contain Islamist violence that has overrun parts of Burkina Faso.

NAIROBI — Thirty-seven civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said on Wednesday.

The attack is the deadliest in recent years as the military struggles to contain Islamist violence that has overrun parts of Burkina Faso, in west Africa. Semafo tightened security last year following armed incidents near two of its mines in the country.

Semafo said in a statement earlier that the attack on a convoy of five buses with military escort took place on the road to its Boungou mine in the eastern region of Est, about 40 kilometres from Boungou, and that there were several fatalities and injuries.

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WNU Editor: Many are still missing .... Dozens still missing after deadly attack near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso (CBC/Reuters)

More News On Yesterday's Attack On A Canadian Mine Convoy In Burkina Faso

At least 37 dead in attack on Canadian mining convoy in Burkina Faso -- DW
Dozens killed, more than 60 wounded in attack on mine convoy in Burkina Faso -- France 24
Dozens killed in ambush on Canadian gold mine convoy in Burkina Faso -- The Guardian/Reuters
Burkina Faso: Gunmen kill 37 in ambush on mining firm convoy -- BBC
Burkina Faso: 37 killed in attack on Canadian mining convoy -- Al Jazeera
Dozens killed & injured in attack on Canadian gold miner convoy in Burkina Faso -- RT
Canadian company suspends operations at Burkina Faso mine after 37 killed in attack -- Global News/AP

Global Debt Hits An All-Time High Of $188 Trillion

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 11:15 AM PST

IMF

AFP: Global debt hits an all-time high of $188 TRILLION – more than DOUBLE the world's economic output – the IMF warns

* IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva warned global debt has surged to a all-time high
* Debt is at $188 trillion - which is around 230 per cent of world's economic output
* Kristalina Georgieva said high debt burdens left many governments vulnerable

Global debt has hit an all-time high of $188 trillion, which is more than double the output of the global economy, the IMF warned today.

The global debt load has surged to a new record of around 230 per cent of world's output, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said.

While private sector borrowing accounts for the vast majority of the total, the rise puts governments and individuals at risk if the economy slows, she said.

'Global debt - both public and private - has reached an all-time high of $188 trillion. This amounts to about 230 per cent of world output,' Georgieva said in a speech to open a two-day conference on debt.

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Update: Global debt surges to record high $188 tn: IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva (Money Control)

WNU Editor: This is up from the previous record of $164 trillion in 2016.

Whistleblower's Attorney In 2017: 'Coup Has Started'

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 12:13 PM PST


FOX News: 'Coup has started,' whistleblower's attorney said in 2017 posts calling for impeachment

Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the intelligence community whistleblower at the center of the Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry, tweeted conspicuously in January 2017 that a "coup has started" and that "impeachment will follow ultimately."

Then, in July 2017, Zaid remarked, "I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president." Also that month, Zaid tweeted, "We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters."

Amid a slew of impeachment-related posts, Zaid assured his Twitter followers that "as one falls, two more will take their place," apparently referring to Trump administration employees who defy the White House. Zaid promised that the "coup" would occur in "many steps."

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Update #1: Whistleblower attorney tweeted of Trump 'coup,' rebellion (Washington Times)
Update #2: Anti-Trump Whistleblower's Attorney: 'Coup Has Started,' 'We Will Get Rid' Of Trump (Federalist)

WNU Editor: President Trump is definitely living rent-free in Mark Zaid's head.

Update #3: As a CIA officer Mark Zaid's admission that he wants to start a coup can be interpreted as a act of sedition. But I am not there yet. I am just wondering why he has not been fired.

Did President Trump Want Attorney General William P. Barr To Say Publicly The President Broke No Laws With Ukraine

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 10:49 AM PST



Washington Post: Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying the president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader

President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, though Barr ultimately declined to do so, people familiar with the matter said.

The request from Trump traveled from the president to other White House officials and eventually to the Justice Department. The president has mentioned Barr's demurral to associates in recent weeks, saying he wished Barr would have held the news conference, Trump advisers say.

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WNU Editor: President Trump is denying these reports .... Trump pushes back on report that he wanted Barr to clear him on Ukraine in news conference: 'Totally untrue' (The Hill). More here .... Trump denies asking attorney general to clear him on Ukraine (BBC).

More News On Reports That President Trump Wanted Attorney General William P. Barr To Say Publicly The President Broke No Laws With Ukraine

Attorney General William Barr declined Trump's request to defend Ukraine call in a news conference, report says -- CNBC
Trump wanted Barr to say publicly that the Ukraine phone call was not illegal: report -- The Hill
Trump asked for Barr to host news conference clearing him on Ukraine -- CNN

World News Briefs -- November 7, 2019

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 03:42 PM PST


Al Jazeera: US warns Iran is preparing a 'nuclear breakout'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounces Iranian 'extortion' and demands world powers act on nuclear deal breaches.

The United States has accused Iran of preparing "a rapid nuclear breakout" after it began pumping uranium gas into hundreds of centrifuges, another step that violates the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the comments on Thursday, after Iran stepped up activity at its underground Fordow nuclear plant. He warned against Tehran's "violence and terror" and urged the international community to take immediate action.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iraq: 4 protesters killed in Baghdad; key south port closed again.

Several killed in Houthi missile, drone attack: Yemeni officials.

Erdogan accuses U.S., Russia of not clearing Kurds from Syrian safe zone. Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria deal ahead of Trump talks.

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees.

UN report finds Jordan, Turkey, UAE violated Libya arms embargo.

EU, US criticise Iran over UN nuclear inspector incident. Iran alleges UN inspector tested positive for explosives.

Protests in Lebanon enter fourth week as students join manifestations.

ASIA

Taiwan warns of possible attack if China's slowdown 'becomes serious'.

China still counting on Hong Kong to enact its own national security law 'or the city will face unbearable cost', says Beijing adviser.

Joint US-Chinese operations against fentanyl led to trafficking gang's downfall.

Cambodian troops deployed as exiled opposition leaders plan Thai border crossing. Malaysia detains Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua.

N. Korea slams Japan's Abe as 'idiot' over missile criticism.

Two fisherman accused of killing 16 crew members are deported to North Korea.

Vietnam to repatriate 39 nationals found dead in UK truck.

AFRICA

Ten Nigerian troops killed in jihadist ambush: military sources.

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian mine convoy in Burkina Faso.

Mauritians vote in first election since PM succeeded father.

Egypt-Ethiopia row over River Nile dam. Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan commit to resolving Nile dam dispute. Ethiopian dam agreement 'by January 2020'.

Protesters take to streets in tense Guinea capital.

Congolese warlord given International Criminal Court's longest-ever sentence at 30 years.

More World Bank loans and grants on the cards for Africa.

Malaria cases in Burundi surge by 1.5m in two months.

Africa's southern drought is killing Zimbabwe's elephants and other vulnerable wildlife.

EUROPE

Macron claims NATO is suffering 'brain death'.

Citing U.S.-China trade and Brexit, EU downgrades fall economic forecast.

Brexit stalemate taking a toll on UK business investment.

PM gives 'cast-iron' pledge to refuse second Scottish independence vote.

Merkel's CDU could 'tear itself apart' after call for AfD coalition.

Mike Pompeo tours Germany amid tense relations.

Paris authorities clear large migrant camps on edge of city.

Cyprus strips 'golden' passports from 26 investors.

AMERICAS

Trump says the Bidens should testify.

Trump impeachment inquiry: Public hearing schedule.

Trump to meet with Turkey's Erdo─čan at White House following tensions.

Mexican officials' theory on ambush that killed 9 Americans disputed by family.

Mourners of Mexican cartel massacre victims, escorted by military, arrive for first funerals.

Bolivia protests: Student dies after violent clashes.

Protests in Chile spread into wealthy Santiago neighbourhoods. Chile's Pinera fends off police abuse claims amid fresh clashes.

In Venezuela, special police force wreaks havoc in slums.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Captured al-Baghdadi wife revealed lots of information about ISIS, source says.

British army reject to be sentenced for training to fight ISIL.

Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing'.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Global debt surges to record high $188 tn: IMF chief.

Twitter employees face US charges of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

Bill Gates criticises Elizabeth Warren's plan for tax on super-rich.

China agrees to phase out U.S. tariffs amid new hope for trade deal.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 7, 2019

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 09:03 AM PST





US News and World Report: North Korea Threatens to Upend Nuclear Talks Due to U.S. 'Reckless Military Frenzy'

North Korea threatened Wednesday to walk away from upcoming talks with the U.S. if it doesn't further curtail planned military exercises with South Korea in December.

In a statement published through its state news service, Kwon Jong Gun with North Korea's Foreign Ministry said upcoming air force exercises between the allies amounts "to a declaration of confrontation with the DPRK," using the country's preferred acronym for itself.

The ambassador described the Pentagon's intentions to proceed with already pared down exercises as "reckless military frenzy" that is "extremely provocative and dangerous." Continuing with the exercises will "compel us to reconsider the crucial measures we have already taken."

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 7, 2019

North Korean hackers suspected in India space agency cyberattack -- UPI

Destroyers return to Norfolk from deployment, aircraft carrier Lincoln remains at sea -- Navy Times

Airmen, F-35s return to Hill Air Force Base from Mideast deployment -- Air Force Times/AP

Oops, I Did it Again: US F-16 Jet Accidentally Drops Dummy Bomb in Japan -- Sputnik

The Air Force's 'Doomsday Plane' Is in the Shop -- Defense One

Too Old for This Stuff? Most US 'Doomsday Planes' Are in Shop Due to 'Age-Related Problems' -- Sputnik

Delayed Spending Bill Could Hurt F-15EX, Major Fighter Jet Upgrades -- Military.com

Dead at 1968 Feet: Meet the Newest Sniper Rifle for the Army -- National Interest

Google Wants More Work from the Defense Department -- Defense One

Elon Musk speaks at Air Force 'Pitch Day' as military seeks to deepen ties to commercial space -- CNN

Army Recruiters Still Using TikTok Amid National Security Probe -- Military.com

GOP senator: House Democrats using Space Force as leverage in border wall fight -- The Hill

5 Marines receive Purple Hearts after an October Taliban rocket attack in Afghanistan -- Marine Times

Lone living Medal of Honor recipient from Iraq wants more recognition for the heroes of that fight -- Military Times

Top military appeals court to review Bergdahl case for interference by Trump and McCain -- Military Times

Esper: 'Robust' conversation with Trump about proposed pardons for SEAL, two soldiers -- Military Times

President Trump Could Intervene in Military War Zone Crime Cases. But Should He? -- Military.com

Trump to attend New York City's massive Veterans Day parade -- Military Times

Deeper Partnership With Israel Can Help U.S. Solve Defense Dilemma. -- Bradley Bowman & Andrew Gabel, RCD

Macron: NATO experiencing 'brain death' -- The Hill

German military forces must take a lead role in the world's security, defense minister says -- CNBC

Germany commits to NATO spending goal by 2031 for first time -- Reuters

General Dynamics is missing $1.5 billion due to a Canadian-Saudi spat -- Defense News

UK Drones Much More Likely to Be Used to Kill Individuals Than Conventional Bombers, NGO Claims -- Sputnik

Russian, Egyptian troops hold air defense drills near Cairo -- TASS

Russia, India to maintain defense cooperation despite US pressure — minister -- TASS

China's amphibious force emerges. -- Asia Times

Are banned Chinese cameras watching the US military? -- Joe Gould, Defense News

Japan launches second Soryu-class submarine equipped with lithium-ion batteries -- Janes 360

Activists in Japan lose lawsuit against self-defense legislation -- UPI

UAE launches 'Edge' conglomerate to address its 'antiquated military industry' -- Defense News

Book Claim: White House Aides Believed That Vice President Pence Would Support The 25th Amendment To Remove President Trump

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 06:57 AM PST

Photo: Revelations: The cover of 'A Warning', a new book by the same anonymous Trump official who wrote last year's New York Times op-ed

Daily Mail: Senior White House aides claim Mike Pence would support the 25th amendment to remove Donald Trump as president and take the job himself, anonymous new book alleges

* Anonymous official behind NYT op-ed has written a book called 'The Warning'
* It claims White House aides made a 'tally' of possible plotters against Trump
* They allegedly had 'no doubt' that Pence would sign off on using the procedure
* Pence's camp immediately denied the claim, labeling it 'fake news' last night

White House aides believed Mike Pence would support using the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump, a new book has claimed.

The bombshell claim - immediately denied by the Vice President's camp - has emerged in a book by an anonymous Trump official entitled 'The Warning'.

The official is the same one who wrote a New York Times op-ed in 2018 claiming to be 'part of the resistance' inside the Trump White House.

In the book, the author claims that White House staff made a 'back-of-the-envelope tally' in 2017 of who would be willing to plot against Trump.

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Update #1: Exclusive: Book Claims Senior Officials Believed Pence Would Support Use Of 25th Amendment -- Huffington Post
Update #2: White House aides were certain Pence would support invoking 25th amendment to force Trump from office, anonymous official writes in upcoming book -- Business Insider

WNU Editor: The Pence team is denying these reports .... 'FAKE NEWS': Pence team denies anonymous op-ed author claim about 25th Amendment (Washington Examiner). More denials here .... Pence team denies anonymous author's claim that he would have backed removal of Trump (The Hill). As to what is my take on this claim. I am super skeptical. Vice President Pence has always backed the President, and for him to go behind his back and do this does not fit into his character. But the book is claiming that some White House aides believed that he would. There are a lot of people working in the White House, so unless the author behind this claim start naming names, I will treat this as fake news.

New START & Open Skies Treaties On The Verge Of Collapsing

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 06:39 AM PST

Sergei Kiselyov / Moskva News Agency

Zero Hedge: Nuclear Superpowers Unleashed: New START & Open Skies Pacts With Russia Fast Collapsing

It's not just the 'Open Skies' treaty with Russia that's on the chopping block, but more significantly the two Cold War rivals' last major arms control treaty, New START, which is the landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty signed by the two superpowers in 1991 and took effect in 1994. It is set to expire in February 2021.

That would be a mere weeks after the next presidential inauguration. As NPR alarmingly put it this week: "The world's two nuclear superpowers have never unleashed their atomic arsenals against one another, but two longstanding agreements that have helped keep the United States and Russia from doing so now appear to be on the verge of collapse."

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WNU Editor:  Russia is preparing for the demise of these two treaties .... Russia Has Retaliation Ready if U.S. Quits Open Skies Treaty (Moscow Times/Reuters).

U.S. Air Force Has A Plan To Beam Solar Power Down To Remote Military Bases

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 11:05 AM PST

The Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstration and Research project will develop a network of satellites with enormous solar panels to harvest energy from the sun and beam it down to earth in the form of radio waves

Daily Mail: Air Force develops new system to harvest solar energy IN SPACE and then beam it down to military bases in remote parts of the world

* The new $100million project will develop a network of solar satellites into orbit
* Energy from the sun will be collected by giant 10,000 square-meter solar panels
* The solar energy will be converted to radio frequencies and then sent to Earth

The Air Force has announced a radical new plan to deliver power to military bases in remote locations or areas that lack stable power sources.

Through a new $100million partnership between with defense contractor Northrop Grumman, the Air Force Research Laboratory will develop a system of satellites with solar panels to harvest solar energy while in orbit around the Earth.

The energy gathered by the satellites will then be converted into radio waves and transmitted to the surface of the Earth where they will be converted back into usable energy.

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Update #1: The Air Force Wants To Beam Solar Power From Space Back to Earth (Popular Mechanics)
Update #2: The Air Force Is Trying to Beam Solar Power Down to Earth (Futurism)

WNU Editor: This technology is actually very old. I knew someone who was involved in researching this 25 years ago. The problem is that you lose a lot of energy when you transmit it thereby making it economically not feasible. Maybe they have overcome that hurdle?