Posts published in Day: February 5, 2019

Michael Jackson is captured in astonishing video

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Squirming in his seat, Michael Jackson is asked directly on camera whether he’s a pedophile in newly unearthed video footage obtained by DailyMailTV. The King of Pop is quizzed by lawyers about allegations of child sexual abuse in what’s understood to be the only time he was ever filmed being questioned on the subject during his life. The iconic singer, who at the time was 37, appears nervous and laughs,…

Lawmakers demand answers in wake of Navy linguist’s death in Syria

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A group of key congressional members are demanding top military officials explain how they will update a series of medical rules and a failed waiver process that led to the deployment of a Navy linguist killed in Syria. Navy Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, 35, a mother of two, was killed last month by a suicide bomber at a restaurant in the Syrian city of Manbij. She was on her…

European Defense: Time for a Higher Level of Ambition

By Alexander Vershbow on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

President Donald Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly in September 2018 was a fresh reminder of the United States’ abdication of leadership and rejection of “globalism.” On more and more issues – trade, climate change, the International Criminal Court and, most recently, the Iran nuclear deal – the United States is becoming increasingly estranged from its traditional allies and partners. So far, NATO and transatlantic security have managed to…

State Security Department presents its annual report

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lithuania’s intelligence bodies presented its annual in which it warned of increasing activity by China’s intelligence and security services in Lithuania. Nevertheless, as in previous reports, this year the report focuses on espionage activities by Russia and Belarus. In this year’s report Russia’s name was mentioned 434 times. However, the report warns that China’s intelligence and security services will expand their activities in Lithuania in the long term. Read full…

Estonian Health Board bans distribution of MMS

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Estonian Health Board has banned the distribution of chlorine dioxide, also marketed as the Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS), the A-component of an unused product, meaning the sodium chlorite solution, must be taken to a hazardous waste collection facility. Ester Opik, head of the Health Board’s North regional department, said that the banning of the distribution of the product was caused by the fact that MMS, distributed as a cosmetics products, contains chlorine,…

Desynchronisation of Baltic power grids from Russia postponed

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Because Russia is planning to desynchronise its own electric power grid in the Kaliningrad oblast in May, the grid operators of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are forced to postpone their own desynchronisation attempt, previously scheduled for June this year. The Baltic states as well as the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad between Poland and Lithuania are, as far as network frequencies are concerned, still an extension of Russia’s electricity grid. Efforts…

Foreign minister travelling to US to meet anti-terror coalition colleagues

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) is flying to the United States today Tuesday, where he will participate in a meeting discussing the state of the fight against terrorism in Syria and Iraq. Mr Mikser will meet with colleagues of the member states of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Washington, D.C. as well as with Senator Jim Risch, chair of the Senate’s foreign relations committee, and Senator…

Lithuanian intelligence report: Russia continues military build-up in Kaliningrad

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Russia is consistently building up its military capabilities in its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, but the presence of NATO forces reduces the likelihood of Moscow venturing to attack the Baltic countries, the State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said in their National Threat Assessment 2019 report released on Tuesday. “Russia consistently strengthens the military grouping based in Kaliningrad Oblast: it upgrades the old…

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen visiting Estonia on Tuesday

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ms von der Leyen will meet with her Estonian counterpart, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria), as well as with German Air Force personnel currently serving on NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. Units of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission in Estonia currently include German fighter jets stationed at Ämari Air Base and a second air detachment of the mission based at the Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, where duties…

Polar express: magnetic north pole moving ‘pretty fast’ towards Russia

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Updates on its location – essential for everything from consumer electronics to runway names – are coming thick and fast. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been drifting so fast in recent decades that scientists say that past estimates are no longer accurate enough for precise navigation. On Monday, they released an update of where magnetic north really was, nearly a year ahead of schedule. The magnetic north pole is moving…