The very first vertical take off and landing of the F-35. Took place May 10th 2013 at NAS Patuxent River MD.
The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. JSF development is being principally funded by the United States. The partner nations are either NATO members or close U.S. allies. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by [...]
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ITALIAN GOVT COALITION AT RISK, PM LETTA WARNS
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Italian debt mountain as of today has more than 70 billion euros – Spiegel (Buona Fortuna!)
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Italy is sitting on the biggest debt mountain which massively grew within last months – AWP
Italy PM Letta warns coalition allies as tension mounts
SARTEANO, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta warned his center-right coalition partners on Sunday that the future of the government was at risk [...]
President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials.
The officials said they are moving toward the shipment of arms but emphasized that they are still pursuing political negotiation. To that end, the administration has launched an effort to convince Russian President [...]
WASHINGTON, April 29 (Yonhap) — Top U.S. and Japanese defense officials agreed Monday to step up cooperation on two of the thorniest regional security issues — North Korea’s threats and China’s growing territorial assertiveness.
“The United States, like all of our allies in the region, as well as over 80 countries of the world, are very concerned about the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said
On conference call with stakeholders, Biden says Obama will carry the gun control fight forward on his own. Updated: The White House says it is only implementing some of the executive actions Obama announced in January.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Biden told White House allies in the gun control fight Thursday that President Obama will be announcing new executive actions on gun violence in the days after the Senate voted down a [...]
The following is a press release from the Guam Department of Homeland Security.
The Current Situation as of 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Escalating rhetoric from and tensions with North Korea have raised concerns. The U.S. military has assured that any ballistic missile aimed at the U.S., its territories, or allies will be intercepted.
Test Is Imminent
As reported, a missile test from North Korea is imminent. Admiral Samuel Locklear III, Commander of [...]
WASHINGTON — Responding to concerns that North Korea is preparing to test a medium-range missile after weeks of bellicose threats, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific sought to reassure Congress on Tuesday that the Pentagon would be able intercept a missile aimed at the United States or its East Asian allies.
Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear said Pentagon agencies would quickly recognize if a missile’s trajectory was headed into the open ocean, and [...]
A discussion on how today the world as we know it changes forever.
Specifically looking to the tensions over NK, which also tags through extension Russia/ China/ Iran/ Pakistan, but we also must take into account the on-going tensions with US/ Israel and Iran/ Syria, which also tags Russia/ China/ Pakistan, as well as underlying tensions between India/ Pakistan, which tags in US/GB/NATO/Russia/ Iran/ NK/ China.
**IF** Nk does not follow through [...]
BREAKING Iran lines up behind North Korea, warns the US of “great losses”
Tehran’s intercession in the Korean crisis on the side of its ally in Pyongyang was predictable, even though the US preferrs to ignore the close interrelations between the two allies.
And so, on Friday, April 5, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri stepped forward to point the finger at Washington:
The Second Amendment got attacked this week from three sides, leaving gun owners scrambling to find safe ground. While President Obama has lost momentum for federal gun-control laws, he has picked up victories with his allies in blue states and at the United Nations.
After Thursday, Connecticut should consider changing its state nickname from the “Constitution State” to the “Unconstitutional State” after Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an extremely restrictive gun-control law. The bill passed the [...]
by Mark Howitt, World Public Union:
(Full declaration posted below) After several threats of nuclear attack, it seems that North Korea has finally taken the next step in their offensive by declaring a “State of War” with South Korea and it’s allies, including the United States. For the last couple of weeks there has been escalating tensions on both sides of the border and these tensions have now reached a critical point where [...]
In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.
Republicans have been critical of President Obama’s decision to consider the treaty, although Obama has said he would [...]
Major banks have quickly become behind-the-scenes allies of Internet-based payday lenders that offer short-term loans with interest rates sometimes exceeding 500 percent.
With 15 states banning payday loans, a growing number of the lenders have set up online operations in more hospitable states or far-flung locales like Belize, Malta and the West Indies to more easily evade statewide caps on interest rates.
While the banks, which include giants like [...]
MOSCOW – Russia has prepared the “Guantanamo list” of U.S. officials who will be denied entry visas, officials in Moscow said Friday, the latest apparent retaliation for a U.S. law imposing sanctions on Russians over the death of an activist lawyer.
Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the foreign relations committee in the lower house of parliament, said Friday the list as drafted last month initially included 11 U.S. officials involved in running the prison at Guantanamo [...]
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, offered President Obama simple advice on the economy: “Get serious.”
Mr. McConnell’s comments followed a White House news conference Monday, during which the president said the U.S. economy was “poised for a good year,” despite the failure of Congress to so far raise the debt ceiling.
“I’m willing to compromise and find common ground over how to reduce our deficits,” Mr. Obama said, according to an ABC News report. “[But] America cannot [...]
It may not be direct involvement but.
“The establishment of a terrorist region in the middle of Africa is of grave concern to the broader international community, including Canada and our close allies,” Harper said in a statement Monday.
He said Canada will help France with logistical support for future missions designed to shut down the rebels’ advancement, though Canadian servicemen and women will not take on a combat role.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-to-send-c-17-aircraft-to-support-french-troops-in-mali-1.1113448#ixzz2HyZ038yr
This would [...]
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Business leaders are starting to make their voices heard about Britain’s role in the EU, and about time too.
As the prime minister prepares for this month’s critically important speech on the [...]
Egypt has imposed a limit of £6,000 for people wishing to take money out of the country
Egypt has imposed a limit on the amount of money people can take out of the country, amid fears of an impending run on the banks.
The move to ban leaving with more than £6,000 came as thousands of Egyptians withdrew savings from banks to hoard cash at home.
Anxiety about a deepening political and economic [...]
A petition to ban Sen.Dianne Feinstein and others with values, beliefs, tendencies and sympathies that are Un-American.
This petition is filed with the understanding that America has many enemys abroad but also here at home within the very halls of government it’s self. This petition seeks to bar those who have demonstrated through their voice and action their hatered of American values from holding or continuing to hold any public office [...]
US backed “Free Syrian Army” has “Crossed the Line”: Threatens to Kill Russians and Ukrainians in Syria
This report confirms that the US and its allies have given the “green light” to their proxy Free Syria Army (FSA) foot-soldiers to threaten and target Russian and Ukrainian nationals.
The decision did not emanate from the “opposition” rebel forces, but directly from Washington.
It is a deliberate act of provocation directed against the Russian government [...]
In a speech introducing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday at the New York League of Conservation Voters, former Vice President Al Gore took President Barack Obama to task for his handling of the environment.
Gore also blamed global warming for Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of New Jersey and New York. (RELATED: Gore writes that Sandy was a ‘disturbing sign of things to come’)
“On a national level, to use a [...]
BRUSSELS November 21, 2012 (AP)-Turkey’s government requested the deployment of NATO’s Patriot surface-to-air missiles Wednesday to bolster its defenses along its border with Syria.
Any deployment of NATO forces needs the approval of the alliance’s governing body, the North Atlantic Council. But this is seen as a formality since NATO has already said it has plans in place to protect Turkey from a spillover of Syria’s civil war.
“Allies will discuss this [...]
A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray.
After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of [...]
General: We’re Staying in Afghanistan, No Matter What Obama Said
Remember how President Obama said on the campaign trail that he would “responsibly end the war” in Afghanistan in 2014? Or when Vice President Biden said the president’s plan was “to end the war in 2014?” The general they want to lead that war is singing a much different tune.
“It’s a question of confidence in the Afghan people that we will [...]
There’s all kinds of spin out there regarding early voters, especially from Team Obama and their allies in the CorruptMedia, but I don’t believe in tea leaves; I believe in numbers. Gallup provided numbers, and those numbers (with a huge 3,300 sample) show Romney winning early voters by a margin of 52-47%. And now we have hard numbers out of Florida showing Democrats well behind their early vote lead when compared to this [...]
October 29, 2012
On Monday, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that pits a major textbook publisher against Supap Kirtsaeng, a student-entrepreneur who built a small business importing and selling textbooks.
Like many Supreme Court cases, though, there’s more than meets the eye. It’s not merely a question of whether the Thai-born Kirtsaeng will have to cough up his profits as a copyright infringer; the case is [...]
October 16, 2012
Most of the arms funneled to Syrian rebels reportedly end up in the hands of hardline Islamist extremists, including those affiliated with Al-Qaeda. There is no way of vetting rebel groups to bolster only those with more secular views.
The Syrian armed opposition is supplied with small arms from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while their other foreign allies like the US provide logistical help for the transactions. However according [...]
Education Secretary has told friends that he would vote to leave if there was a referendum today on whether the UK should cut its ties with Brussels
He wants Britain to give other EU nations an ultimatum: ‘Give us back our sovereignty or we will walk out’
Mr Gove insists the UK could thrive as a free trading nation on its own like Norway and Switzerland
He has discussed his views in detail with David [...]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost another high-profile supporter as Anonymous, the hacking collective, said the whistleblowing site had been “ruined by egos”.
Anonymous, a loose group of internet “hacktivists”, has been one of WikiLeaks’ closest allies during the past two years, launching cyber attacks against the site’s opponents and, some claim, becoming a source of its material.
Don’t expect any ads for President Obama across the top of Prospect.org, the online incarnation of liberal monthly magazine the American Prospect. However warmly editors there may feel about him, it is blocking ads from his campaign as part of a pricing dispute that has pitted many political Web sites — on both the left and right — against their ideological allies.
The standoff is an unintended consequence of a broad [...]
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed his bike into a joint Afghan-American patrol on Monday morning in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people including three U.S. troops and their translator, officials said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which came a day after the U.S. death toll in the war in Afghanistan reached 2,000 troops. Such joint patrols are considered key [...]
The presidential contest is far from over, but House Democrats are already readying their legislative wish-lists in hopes that President Obama is reelected.
The lawmakers are floating a broad array of issues they’d like Obama to tackle immediately in a second term, placing a focus on jobs and the economy, but also thorny discretionary issues like immigration, climate change, housing – even a return to healthcare reform.
An Obama victory in November [...]
Rep. Peter King called for the resignation Friday of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for initially saying that the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was spontaneous.
“I believe that this was such a failure of foreign policy messag[ing] and leadership, such a misstatement of facts as was known at the time … for her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our [...]
Afghan security forces, our supposed allies, are slaughtering American troops. Thirty-three soldiers have been killed by “green on blue” attacks this year alone. The situation is so bad that the training of Afghan forces has been temporarily suspended.
How has the Pentagon responded?
By blaming our troops.
Top officials believe culturally offensive behavior is the motivation behind the killings, so it’s stepped up Islamic sensitivity training for our troops.
If you don’t want to [...]