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It would be better if UK had started constructive dialogue with Russia

By Wyn Grant on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The UK government is expected to publish so-called technical manuals for a no-deal Brexit scenario. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Wyn Grant, professor of international politics at Warwick University, shared his views on a no-deal Brexit, UK export growth and British-Russian relations. Sputnik: The government is set to publish almost a hundred no-deal scenario papers. How huge is the impact of a no-deal outcome and what sectors of UK life could it affect? Wyn…

Lithuania: Car accident caused by NATO soldier. Child injured (Video)

By Jonas Dringelis on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A 5-year-old child and a man were injured in a two-car crash on the outskirts of Vilnius at about 8 am, August 21. The police reported that a double-vehicle collision left them with minor injuries. According to the Lrytas YouTube Channel, it is NATO soldiers from Hungary who are held responsible for the accident. Turning at the crossroads of the Moletskoe Highway and Skersines Street the military vehicle driven by…

Fighting And Winning Against US Psychological Cyber Warfare

By Lauren Smith on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Proceed with caution: the CIA, NSA, FBI and DOD are your ‘friends’ on Facebook, writes Lauren Smith. Social media and Google serve three strategic purposes for the U.S. government. First, they allow Washington to conduct espionage; second, they facilitate the spread of disinformation campaigns, and third, they serve as conduits for the transmission of social contagions. In deploying thought control against the users of social media and Google, the U.S.…

Use of ‘killer robots’ in wars would breach law, say campaigners

By Mattha Busby on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The use of fully autonomous weapons in a theatre of war would breach international law, campaigners and experts say, as longstanding calls for a ban on “killer robots” intensify. These AI-powered guns, planes, ships and tanks could fight future wars without being subject to any human control, as high-tech nations step up investment in the weapons and inch towards full autonomy. Twenty-six countries explicitly support a prohibition on fully autonomous weapons,…

Former al-Qaeda foot soldiers have been allowed into Yemen forces, admits UAE military

By Bel Trew on Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Emirati military has said it has absorbed into its local forces in Yemen former low-ranking al-Qaeda fighters left behind in the battlefield, as part of a counter-insurgency strategy, after facing backlash over its three-year battle against the terror group in the impoverished Gulf state. The United Arab Emirates has trained 30,000 Yemeni troops to fight what the US has called al-Qaeda’s most lethal franchise, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), since intervening in Yemen in early 2015. At its…

Making War Profitable Again: PMCs as Russia’s “Key” to Africa

By Jeremy Kuzmarov on Saturday, August 18, 2018

Moscow is gaining a foothold in Africa once more The employment of private and/or illegal military groups to achieve specific geopolitical and geostrategic objectives has historically been one of the key instruments of Russian foreign policy. At different times, these groups have borne various names: mercenaries (in pre-1917 Russia), “tourists”/“military advisers” (Soviet substitute for “soldiers sent by the Ministry of Defence to carry out ‘international obligations’ in regional conflicts in…

May Weighs Brexit Fix that Keeps EU Rules for Longer

By Tim Ross on Saturday, August 18, 2018

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is drawing up a plan to keep key European Union rules for longer after Brexit in order to break the deadlock in negotiations, a move that risks angering euroskeptics in her party. According to people familiar with the situation, the U.K. is working on options to avoid a hard border with Ireland, the issue that’s become the biggest obstacle to an orderly divorce. One idea…

Anti-Semitism is so bad in Britain that some Jews are planning to leave

By Laura Smith-Spark on Friday, August 17, 2018

Mark Lewis, a famed libel and privacy lawyer, is leaving Britain. Worn down by years of anti-Semitic abuse and death threats, he has decided enough is enough.The 53-year-old plans to begin a new life in Israel with his partner, Mandy Blumenthal, by year’s end. Both were born and raised in England. Both are very ready to leave.“I just want to get out of here. It’s a massive thing to do…

Stocks advance on plans for U.S.-China trade talks; Turkish lira buckles

By Tommy Wilkes on Friday, August 17, 2018

World stocks rose on Friday as news of plans for U.S.-China trade talks soothed nerves over their tariff war, while the recovery in Turkey’s lira ran out of steam.The MSCI All-Country World index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, was up 0.2 percent but set for its third straight weekly fall.A Chinese delegation led by Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen will meet U.S. representatives, China’s Ministry of Commerce said…

New U.S. training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

By James Mackenzie on Friday, August 17, 2018

Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the U.S. army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in Afghanistan for years. The 1st SFAB was formed last year as a new force of experienced advisers, to focus U.S. army training and support for Afghan troops and, in future, for other foreign…