Posts published in Day: June 4, 2018

Germany risks losing credibility in defense, US ambassador says

By David Martin on Monday, June 4, 2018

In an interview with Breitbart, the US’s Berlin envoy Richard Grenell accused the Bundeswehr of being unable to step up when called upon by NATO allies. Grenell also said he hopes to “empower” Europe’s conservatives. In an interview with ultra-conservative US news website Breitbart, US President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, heavily criticized Berlin’s defense spending, saying Germany is losing credibility. The US’s envoy in Berlin also tasked himself…

Leaks Connected to Edward Snowden Are Still Trickling Out — 5 Years After His NSA Document Dump

By Deb Riechmann on Monday, June 4, 2018

Whistleblower or traitor, leaker or public hero? Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out. That includes recent reporting on a mass surveillance program run by close U.S. ally Japan, and on how the NSA targeted bitcoin users to gather intelligence to…

North Korea Replaces Its Top Military Officials Ahead of the Summit with President Trump

Monday, June 4, 2018

North Korea has replaced its top three military officials ahead of a planned summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports. Citing an intelligence source, Yonhap named the outgoing officials as defense minister Pak Yong Sik, Ri Myong Su, the Korean People’s Army’s (KPA) chief of the general staff, and Kim Jong Gak, director of the KPA’s General Political Bureau and former defense minister. The…

Germany’s Left Party co-leader calls for returning Russia to G7

Monday, June 4, 2018

Co-leader of the German Left Party (Die Linke) Sahra Wagenknecht called for returning Russia into the G7 to counterbalance the United States in the group. Germany’s Left Party Co-leader Calls for Returning Russia to G7. “We expelled Russia from G8. The problem is that the United States is conducting there its own policy, which is not desirable for other six [states]. Maybe the Russian return to the G8 would be…

Israel takes part in NATO’s Saber Strike drill for first time

Monday, June 4, 2018

Several dozen soldiers from IDF’s Paratroopers Brigade said participating in major combat exercise near EU’s border with Russia. A major US-led military exercise with 18,000 soldiers from 19 primarily NATO countries has kicked off in the alliance’s eastern flank involving Poland and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Non-NATO member Israel will be taking part in Saber Strike for the first time. Several dozen combat soldiers from the…

Latvia interested in closer transport cooperation with Kazakhstan

Monday, June 4, 2018

Latvia is interested in closer cooperation with Kazakhstan in transit, logistics and transport, the Latvian parliament’s deputy secretary, MP Gunars Kutris, told the Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Roman Vassilenko, during the meeting in Riga on June 1st, the Latvian parliament’s press service said. Kazakhstan is Latvia’s strategic partner in container transportation in Europe and we are interested in building even closer cooperation with Kazakhstan in transit, logistics and transport,…

Massive NATO exercise starts in Poland and the Baltics

Monday, June 4, 2018

A massive US-led military exercise involving 18,000 soldiers from 19 nations, primarily NATO members, kicked off along the alliance’s eastern border Sunday. Saber Strike 18 will take place until June 15 in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The annual multinational exercise, which is being held for the eighth time, “is the platform to validate our collective capability to rapidly respond to and reinforce allies in a time of crisis,” said…

Several hundred people protest transition to Latvian language at Russian schools in Latvia

Monday, June 4, 2018

At least 500 people on Saturday participated in the yet another demonstration in Riga organized by Latvia’s Russian Union to protest gradual transition to Latvian as the sole language of instruction at schools but few of the protesters were youngsters. Before the meeting the leaders of Latvia’s Russian Union, Tatjana Zdanoka and Miroslavs Mitrofanovs, were handing out to the protesters sheets of paper, apparently children’s drawings, with the slogan Our…

Estonia celebrates Flag Day – short history

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Estonian Students’ Society adopted blue, black and white as the colours of their student fraternity on 4 June 1884; the date is now celebrated as the Flag Day in Estonia.* The origins of the Estonian flag lie within the national movement – the Estonian Students’ Society adopted blue, black and white as the colours of their student fraternity on 4 June 1884. In 1918 the flag officially became the…

Salaries to 50% Latvian doctors increased in 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

In 2018, salaries increased to 50% Latvian doctors, according to a survey about the e-health system and the health care reform conducted among physicians by SKDS pollster for the Latvian Medical Association. As regards the pay rise, 50% of respondents said their salaries had increased this year but comparatively few physicians (less than 11%) saw any noticeable rise (by more than 10%) in their salaries. The survey showed that 29%…