China’s propaganda spreads beyond its borders via Facebook groups

Facebook groups with thousands of members are helping to build public support for China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative in English-speaking countries, including Australia. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD The groups publicise stories around China’s plan for global economic integration while criticising the Western rule-based order, sometimes using Russian-backed media. The group 21SilkRoad, which includes Australians, shares a mix of news and material linked to Russia’s global propaganda ...
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US ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran is empowering Russia in Syria

Unable to sustain its Syrian campaign, Iran is rapidly losing ground to Russia. ALJAZEERA.COM The Syrian regime is suffering from the worst economic crisis since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in 2011. The acute shortages of fuel, gas and electricity have frustrated even the staunchest loyalists who now publicly express their dissatisfaction against Bashar al-Assad's leadership. Ironically, this comes as the regime and its backers are claiming "victory" against the rebels in ...
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South Korea Urges Restraint After Recent North Korea Missile Tests

South Korea’s Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo on Saturday fended off calls to step up pressure on North Korea after it test-fired missiles last month. TIME Jeong told an annual security conference in Singapore that the tests were being investigated and a conclusion is within reach. “There are discussions whether or not it is a short-range ballistic missile. There is a perspective that it is a Russian Iskander missile, or it is a new tactical ballistic missile,” he said. “There are da...
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Australia: Chinese Lasers Forced Military Pilots to Land

Australian navy pilots claim that they were forced to land their helicopters after Chinese militia boats aimed lasers at them during a routine exercise over the South China Sea. FUTURISM The laser-induced, precautionary grounding is just the latest of many similar accounts by pilots from the U.S. and elsewhere, according to The Guardian — but now the Chinese government is denying that the incident ever took place. I’m Rubber You’re Glue A spokesman for the Chinese military told reporters o...
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Acting Defense chief Shanahan vows U.S. will no longer ‘tiptoe’ around Chinese behavior in Asia

In his first major speech on the international stage, Shanahan denounced China's efforts to steal technology from other nations and militarize man-made outposts in the South China Sea. NBC NEWS Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan blasted China in a speech to national security leaders in Singapore on Saturday. In his first major speech on the international stage, Shanahan denounced China's efforts to steal technology from other nations and militarize man-made outposts in th...
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China accuses US of ‘economic terrorism’ as trade war tensions escalate

China accused the Trump administration of committing "economic terrorism" on Thursday, escalating its war of words with the United States amid rising trade tensions between the two countries. CNN The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the White House had "brought huge damage to the economy of other countries and the US itself," spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing on Thursday. Lu described US trade policy as "typical economic terrorism, economic hegemonism, and economic unilater...
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Italy blocks Bannon’s plans for right-wing political academy

The Italian government is blocking plans by former White House adviser Steve Bannon to set up an academy for future populist political leaders in a medieval monastery in the mountains outside of Rome. NEWS957.COM On Friday, Italy’s populist government said it was revoking the rights to the property, which were given to the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, an academy affiliated with Bannon. Italy’s culture ministry says the institute has not paid concession fees and failed to do maintenance w...
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Texas Lawmakers Pass Measure to Protect Electric Grid From Cyber Attacks, Solar Storms

Cyber attacks. A solar storm. Sabotage and terrorist activity. THEHAYRIDE.COM An electromagnetic pulse of some variety. A yet-unthinkable nuclear blast from a rogue international actor. Or even just the Texas weather. The Texas electric delivery grid is vulnerable, but the Texas Legislature is close to taking the first steps to protect it. SB 475 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, which establishes the Texas Electric Grid Security Council, passed the House easily on Tuesday...
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The U.S. Military Believes People Have a Sixth Sense

In 2014, the Office of Naval Research embarked on a four-year, $3.85 million research program to explore the phenomena it calls premonition and intuition, or “Spidey sense,” for sailors and Marines. TIME “We have to understand what gives rise to this so-called ‘sixth sense,’ says Peter Squire, a program officer in ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism department. Today’s Navy scientists place less emphasis on trying to understand the phenomena theoretically and more ...
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Trump dismisses North Korean tests of ‘some small weapons’

BBC US President Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about recent North Korean missile tests, appearing to contradict his own national security adviser. In a tweet issued shortly after his arrival in Japan on Sunday, Mr Trump called the missiles "small weapons". US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Saturday that the tests violated UN resolutions on North Korea. President Trump began a state visit to Japan on Sunday by teeing off a round of golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....
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Scientists in China develop ultra-long range AI camera that can photograph subjects from 28 MILES away

DAILY MAIL According to researchers the technology has broad surveillance applications. Chinese researchers have developed a new camera technology that can render human sized-subjects as far as 28 miles away. According to a paper from researcher Zheng-Ping Li published in the open source journal ArXiv, the camera technology can cut through smog and other pollution using a mixture of laser imaging and advanced AI software. While LIDAR technology, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging...
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Second time in 2 days, Russian warplanes intercepted off coast of Alaska

KTUU.COM United States warplanes once again intercepted multiple Russian bombers and fighter jets off the coast of Alaska, making it twice in just two days that U.S. planes had such interactions with Russia so close to the state. KTUU first reported the incident on Monday, but according to officials, a similar intercept happened on Tuesday. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, confirmed the second incident occurred when two Russian bombers accompanied by two Su-3...
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Made in China 2025 Plan Still Controversial in the West

IOTWORLDTODAY.COM Chinese politicians may have scaled back references to Made in China 2025, but the initiative continues to concern Western manufacturers and governments. We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.” —John of Salisbury, 12th-century English author and philosopher ...
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Blood moon prompts fresh doomsday warnings

Next month's spectacular blood moon will not bring about the end of days, despite the usual doom-mongering. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES The striking astronomical phenomenon, which occurs when the Moon is in full eclipse, has been at the center of doomsday prophecies and end-of-the-world scenario predictions for years. The blood moon that will occur on July 27th is set to last two hours - the longest of any blood moon this century - prompting the usual spate of warnings f...
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John Bolton Flip Flops his Russia Stance after Putin Meeting

National security adviser John Bolton once said Russia's election interference was a "true act of war" against the US, and that a policy based on trusting Russia was "doomed to failure." BUSINESS INSIDER US national security adviser John Bolton once said that Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election was "an act of war" against the US and warned that the US could not trust Russia. On Wednesday, he told the Russian leader: "We are most appreciative of your courtesy and gracio...
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