Russian Analyst Suggests Attack on Yellowstone

A Russian geopolitical analyst says the best way to attack the United States is to detonate nuclear weapons to trigger a supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park or along the San Andreas fault line on California's coast. The president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems based in Moscow, Konstantin Sivkov said in an article for a Russian trade newspaper on Wednesday, VPK News, that Russia needed to increase its military weapons and strategies against the "West" which was "moving to the bo...
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China’s Navy evacuates Chinese citizens from Yemen

China deployed warships to extract citizens from Yemen amid growing violence there. Updated, 6:11 a.m. ET| China evacuated nearly 600 of its citizens from conflict-torn Yemen this week in Chinese warships, in a demonstration of Beijing’s increasing ability to extract its people from dangerous places. Only a few Chinese remain in the country, the Chinese ambassador to Yemen, Tian Qi, told Xinhua, the state news agency, on Monday night. He described the operation, wh...
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Pentagon’s Jade Helm Exercise Could Be a Mock Invasion of Iran

The upcoming Jade Helm exercise, conducted by the US military across seven states has been attacked as a preparation for martial law, but could in fact be part of a much more sinister project. In the past several days, leaked plans for seven-state a US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) exercise in which states role-play as countries have made rounds across both news sites and conspiracy theorist circuits, with the latter ringing alarm, calling the drills a preparation for martial law. Howeve...
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Former Ambassador: US is Vulnerable to ICBM Attack

The United States has yet to build a reliable domestic defense system that would completely protect the country against a massive ballistic missile attack, admitted Steven Pifer, a former ambassador to Ukraine and director of the Arms Control Initiative at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. "The history of missile defense since 1983 has been one of downsizing expectations, as US programs have regularly encountered technological and budgetary limitations," Steven Pifer noted. The...
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China’s new Development Bank seen as embarrassment for Obama

China's new development bank, which was announced just five months ago, is becoming a massive headache for the US. Try as it might, the US government can't persuade its allies to stop joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The bank will be a bit like the World Bank, providing loans to developing countries in Asia for infrastructure projects. Unlike the World Bank, China will hold the reins of the AIIB. The US administration is publicly worried that the institution will...
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How Xi Jinping Took Control of China

In anticipation of New Year’s Eve, 2014, Xi Jinping, the President of China and the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, permitted a camera crew to come into his office and record a message to the people. As a teen-ager, Xi had been sent to work on a farm; he was so delicate that other laborers rated him a six on a ten-point scale, “not even as high as the women,” he said later, with some embarrassment. Now, at sixty-one, Xi was five feet eleven, taller than any Chinese leader in ne...
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Rueters Poll: Republicans see Obama as Greater Threat than Putin

A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked ...
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John Bolton Calls for Attack on Iran in New York Times Op-Ed

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton published an op-ed Thursday arguing that bombing Iran is the best method for halting its nuclear arms research. Bolton’s piece, titled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” appeared in Thursday’s edition of The New York Times. In it, he argued that neither diplomacy nor economic sanctions would prevent an atomic Tehran. “The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program,” Bolton wrote. “Nor will sanctions block i...
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Australia & Denmark apply to join China-led bank

Australia and Denmark, despite previous American objections to the move, say they will join a new Beijing-backed investment bank that some in Washington say could supplant the US-dominated International Monetary Fund. In a testament to China’s growing economic clout on the global stage, western countries are lining up to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey expressed their country’s willingness to join AIIB a...
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Russia Launches Large-scale Air Defense Drills in Siberia

The Russian Defense Minister's press service reported on Monday that large-scale air defense exercises have got under way in Russia's Eastern Military District. "The drills are taking place at special firing ranges in the Primorye Territory and Buryatia, where the servicemen will be tasked with destroying about 50 various targets," the press service said. "To implement the task, the troops will use a spate of the short-range surface-to-air missile systems, such as the Osa, the Tor and the ...
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British Royal Air Force Holds biggest Drill in 13 Years to Counter Russia

British Royal Air Force held first such large-scale air combat exercises in 13 years to prepare for any mass enemy attack on the United Kingdom, including “Russian attacks,” The Sunday Times reported. According to the newspaper, the exercises involved 20 Typhoon jet fighters and Tornado bombers that took part in “a day-long war game in the skies above northeast England.” The drills, reportedly, were held in response to "frequent" appearance of Russian fighter jets in the skies above the Un...
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Reuters Websites Shut Down in China

Web users in China can no longer access news websites of Reuters as of Friday. The international news agency noted that mainland China users started having trouble viewing both English and Chinese language sites late Thursday. “It was not immediately clear why users were hindered from using the Reuters site,” Reuters said in their story on the censor. GreatFire, a Chinese Internet freedom organization, confirmed the Reuters blocking. Reuters is committed to practicing fair and accura...
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Rich Chinese Lead Race for Ticket to Green Card

Fresh off a 14-hour flight from Shanghai, Fuxue “Frank” Gong stood smiling in front of the two-story, four-bedroom house in Bellevue’s Manor Hill neighborhood. He’d just bought it for $1.9 million. What is an EB-5 visa? Federal program: Annually allots about 10,000 permanent-residency visas to foreigners and their immediate families, if they invest in a U.S. enterprise that creates at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs. Investment: $1 million, or $500,000 in specially approved areas with ...
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