Iran Threatens to Shoot Down US Planes

FOX NEWS Iran threatened to shoot down two US Navy surveillance aircraft flying close to Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf over the weekend, the latest in a series of recent provocations between Iran and the US military in the region, three US defense officials with knowledge of the incident told Fox News. On Sept. 10, a Navy P-8 Poseidon with a crew of nine and an EP-3 Eries with a crew of roughly 24, were flying a reconnaissance mission 13 miles off the coast of Iran, through the Per...

Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties with Iran

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia announced it will cut all diplomatic ties with Iran. Saudi Arabian officials have 48 hours to leave the country. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference that "Riyadh will not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom's security," according to Reuters. He added: "The Iranian regime has a long record of violating foreign diplomatic missions." The move comes following an attack by protestors on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran in retali...

Chinese Markets Halt Trading After Shares Plunge

An investor places her leg on a bench near an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Shanghai's stock index plunged nearly 7 percent on Monday, sparking a halt in trading of Chinese shares, after weak manufacturing data and Middle East tensions weighed on Asian markets. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Chinese stocks plunged Monday, spurring a trading halt for the rest of the session, and leading stock markets in Asia Pacific lower after feeble manufacturing surveys revived concerns over the mainland's economic slowdown. The Shanghai Composite tumbled 6.85 percent to 3296.66 and the Shenzhen Composite plunged 8.1 percent. The CSI 300 briefly plummeted 7.02 percent; when that index rises or falls 7 percent, a trading halt in China's markets is triggered for the rest of the session. ...

Russian Defense Paper: NATO & US are a Threat

A new defence appraisal has named the USA as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, signifying how much relations between Russia and the west have deteriorated in recent years. In the document, entitled 'About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation', it names the US and Nato as new threats to Russian security, due to the alliance trying to "retain [its] dominance in global affairs." According to Reuters, this is the first time that the US has ...

Oregon Militia: ‘We’re Not Looking for Bloodshed’

One of the apparent leaders of the armed occupation of an Oregon federal wildlife refuge on Monday toned down the violent rhetoric he delivered a day earlier, saying the activists are not trying to provoke a confrontation with the government. "We don't want it to end with violence," said Ryan Bundy in an interview, who with his brother Ammon has spoken for the the group occupying a group of federal buildings in Oregon’s outback. "We're not looking for bloodshed." On ...

Will China Deploy Troops to Syria?

Last week, lawmakers adopted China's first-ever dedicated anti-terrorism law. The new law's most interesting provision, as far as foreign observers are concerned, is an article authorizing the Chinese military to take part in counter-terrorism missions abroad. Will China now join the Syrian, Russian and Iranian-led anti-terror campaign in Syria? On Thursday, commenting on China's new counterterrorism law, and specifically its provision allowing the People's Liberation Army to participate in a...

Will the US Economy Collapse in 2016? Predictions and Preparations

By Eric Blair Is 2016 the year our financial system fully collapses? It seems like the alternative media always predicts that an economic collapse is coming. In many ways we’ve been right, but in many ways we’ve been wrong. Sure, mathematically, the debt-based monetary system is headed for disaster, and clearly certain parts of the economy are already experiencing major declines. However, we have to admit that our breathless annual predictions of a major economic collapse have been wrong. ...

Ad Shows Army Prepping for Martial Law

Will martial law be declared on American soil? Will economic collapse and urban riots result in the final and total loss of civil liberties right here at home? It could happen, and it is one of the “eventualities” that the military is preparing for, though they are constitutionally barred from being used domestically against the American people. Part of the U.S. Army’s latest ad campaign, broadcast frequently during football games and sporting events, and widely across many television p...

Syrian Terror Groups Now Fighting Each Other

Heavy battles have erupted between two rebel groups – Jaysh al-Islam (meaning Army of Islam) and Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham in Damascus province, as militants continue to lose ground in Syria, according to reports from the Iranian News Agency FARS. © Photo: Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation This is not the first report of infighting between the rebel groups in the country.Earlier in December, heavy fighting reportedly erupted between the Daesh (also known as ISIL/ISIS) and o...

Kim Jong Un Says Country Is Ready for War

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday that his country was ready for war if provoked by “invasive” outsiders, the Associated Press reported. Kim, while addressing the nation in his New Year’s speech, also said he was ready to hold talks with "anyone who wants peace and unification." Kim, however, refrained from talking about reports on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, the Associated Press reported. His speech was broadcast on North Korea’s state television, acc...

US Military: Robotic Pack Mules are Too Noisy

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The US military has reportedly shelved development of its robotic pack mule — the Boston Dynamics-built Legged Squad Support System or LS3. According to a report from, there are no "future experiments or upgrades planned" for the mechanical beast of burden, with the program in need of new contracts or support from senior military figures before it can be resurrected. And the reason for this parting of ways? LS3 was apparently too noisy to make a good soldier. "They took it as it ...

The Fed’s Brave New Interest Rate World

On December 17th, 2015, the FOMC raised interest rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. To be sure, it had little choice. The Fed had been signalling an interest rate rise persistently for months, and had already disappointed markets twice by delaying rate rises in September and October. It had painted itself into the same corner as the ECB did over QE earlier in the year. The ECB signalled for months that it was going to start QE, and backed off several times, to the di...

Man Drives Car at Soldiers Guarding French Mosque

A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque in the French city of Valence Friday, local officials said. The soldiers were not seriously injured and were able to open fire on the car, injuring the driver twice with bullets, Frédéric Loiseau, Secretary-General of the city prosecutors' office told NBC News. The driver, whose motive was not immediately clear, was in the hospital, he said. Valence is about 60 miles south of Lyon in southern France. The target was the sol...

China’s Anti-Terror Law Mandates Tech Firm Cooperation

China passed a new, wide ranging anti-terror law this week that includes provisions requiring telecom operators and Internet service providers to provide technical assistance, including decryption, to government authorities investigating terrorist activities. According to the report by China's official Xinhua news agency, those firms will also be called on to "prevent dissemination of information on terrorism and extremism." Li Shouwei, deputy head of the parliament's criminal law division...

What China’s Anti-Terrorism Legislation Actually Says

On December 27, China’s National People’s Congress passed the country’s much-debated anti-terrorism legislation. Although the text is still being translated into English, numerous analyses have already emerged, some based on apparently outdated versions of the law. As a service to future commentators, below is a brief analysis—based on the original Mandarin—on which portions of the legislation did, and did not, make the final cut. Foreign observers have been most concerned by Beijing’...