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World catching up with US in $28.7 bln drone race PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 20:46

An X-47B pilot-less drone (Reuters / Rich-Joseph Facun)

http://rt.com/news/155676-drone-race-world-billions/

Analysts predict that in less than a decade’s time, the United States will spend less than half the global total on drone research and development. Asia in particular is expected to surge ahead, with South Korea set to produce “suicide drones.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 18:05
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I'm confused, can anyone help me? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 20:43

 

Neil Clark is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter

Published time: April 15, 2014 10:06
 
An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

I'm confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were 'pro-democracy protestors'.

The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these 'pro-democracy protestors' even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.

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The Strangelove Effect - or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Fighting a New Cold War PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 11:04
 
 
Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickins) riding the bomb in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove.
(Image: Wikimedia Commons)
see http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/23152-the-strangelove-effect-or-how-we-are-hoodwinked-into-fighting-a-new-cold-war
Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickins) riding the bomb in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove.
(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Maj

I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. "King" Kong goes "toe to toe with the Rooskies" and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it's left to General "Buck" Turgidson to reassure the president. Strike first, says the general, and "you got no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops."
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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:20

By Nick Turse

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175830/

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.  For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts.   At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the assembled reporters that the United States “has little forward presence” on that continent.  Just days earlier, however, the men building the Pentagon’s presence there were telling a very different story -- but they weren’t speaking with the media.  They were speaking to representatives of some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet.  They were planning for the future and the talk was of war.  

 

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Canada: No F-35 Buys Before 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:58

Apr. 6, 2014 - 01:33PM   |  

By DAVID PUGLIESE  

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140406/DEFREG02/304060010/Canada-No-F-35-Buys-Before-2018?odyssey=nav%7Chead

F-35 Lightning II Arrival
 
A move by Canada to postpone any F-35 buys until 2018 means decisions will wait until after the next federal election. (US Air Force)

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Canada has told the US government it won’t be in a position to purchase the F-35 fighter jet until 2018, a move that critics of the aircraft say intentionally delays the controversial procurement until after the next federal election.

The decision has a number of ramifications. It will allow the ruling Conservative Party government to claim during the 2015 election campaign that no decision has yet been made on the purchase of a new fighter jet.

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