Posts published in Day: May 4, 2018

U.S. to double cyber defense aid to Ukraine

Friday, May 4, 2018

The U.S. State Department will double the cyber defense aid it pledged to Ukraine last year to $10 million in an effort to bolster the security of an ally in the crosshairs of alleged Russian hackers, according to department spokesperson. Wess Mitchell, the assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, made the announcement earlier this week after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert…

Orbán: No EU money should go to migrants

Friday, May 4, 2018

Budapest will use veto if not happy with bloc’s budget, prime minister says. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán raised the prospect on Friday of blocking the EU’s long-term budget and said none of the bloc’s cash should go to migrants. Orbán said Budapest would not approve the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) if Budapest was not satisfied with its contents. The Commission unveiled its proposal for the budget on Wednesday…

How were people born?

Friday, May 4, 2018

A child asked his father, “How were people born?” So his father said, “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.” The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.” The child ran back to his father and said, “You lied to me!”…

Political scandal in Lithuania

Friday, May 4, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has assumed this week a role that is downright uncharacteristic to her – that of defence. A set of screenshots of the correspondence between her and Eligijus Masiulis, the former Liberals leader, who is now fighting corruption, bribe and influence peddling charges, has everyone talking in the country about her. The Lithuanian head-of-state, who is dubbed in the foreign media the tough Magnolia, has chosen the…

The Globalization of War

By Paul Hellyer on Friday, May 4, 2018

The Globalization of War is an extraordinarily important book. It tags the origin of a long series of wars and conflicts, from the end of World War II to the present, as being direct products of U.S.  Foreign Policy. Nothing happens by accident. U.S. provocateurs, usually agents of the CIA, incite one conflict after another in what Michel Chossudovsky labels America’s “Long War” against Humanity. It comprises a war on…

Lithuania marks constitutional anniversary

Friday, May 4, 2018

Lithuania on Thursday stressed the importance of defending Ukraine from Russian aggression as the Baltic country marks the 227th anniversary of the Constitution of 3 May, 1791. “Ukraine’s aspiration to defend itself from the aggressor and to regain control of the occupied lands as well as to create a safe, prospering and European state, approaching NATO and the European Union, is also Lithuania’s strategic aspiration. Lithuania is inviting Poland and…

Estonian cyber security company among the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Estonian cyber security company, CybExer Technologies, has been selected as one of the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge. In its third annual iteration, the NATO agency’s contest highlights new technologies that strengthen the alliance’s cyber capabilities and serve as a reference point for defence companies around the world. Small and medium-sized businesses as well as academics from 29 NATO member states participated in this year’s contest that…

Syrian military uncovers large quantity of NATO-made weapons in Douma

Friday, May 4, 2018

A mine-clearing operation saw hundreds of explosives being laid out in Douma on Wednesday, following the city’s liberation from Jaysh al-Islam militants. According to the Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria, Syrian sappers have so far detected and defused a total of 1.2 thousand mines, 1.5 tonnes of explosive material and four thousand home-made explosive devices. The centre also reported that an arsenal left behind by militants included landmines with the…

Saeima bans Latvian children’s participation in paramilitary camps in Russia

Friday, May 4, 2018

Amendments to the Law on the Protection of Children’s Rights, proposed by MP Karlis Serzants (Greens/Farmers) to ban Latvian children from participating in paramilitary camps in Russia and a few other countries, were passed in the final reading by Saeima today. The legislation stipulates that children from Latvia may not participate in military activities or events in other countries, except in Latvia’s partner countries – NATO and European Union members.…

Trump orders Pentagon to consider reducing U.S. troops in South Korea

Friday, May 4, 2018

President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of U.S. troops in South Korea, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing several people briefed on the deliberations. Reduced U.S. troop levels are not intended to be a bargaining chip in Trump’s planned summit in late May or early June with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, the Times…