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...
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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the text is still being translated into English, numerous analyses have already emerged, some based on apparently outdated versions of the law.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’...
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Winter Survival Tips From US Marine Corps

Despite 2015's freakishly warm holiday weather, winter is one of the worst conditions to endure. That's why the US military has courses designed to teach its people how to survive in arctic temperatures. Here are a few tips from the Winter Survival Course handbook and some items the Marine Corps consider essential to combating the cold. Here's what the Marines say to take with you if you venture deep into the cold (somewhere other than New York) this winter. Key Items: Water/Food: At ...
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Obama to Announce New Executive Action on Guns

President Barack Obama is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales, people familiar with White House planning said. Described as "imminent," the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths. Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could...
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Army Looking for Volunteers to Eat MREs for 21 days Straight

Three weeks, nothing but packaged, ready-to-eat meals.  It's not a far-flung mission, nor is it a lost wager — it's how Army researchers hope to discover how new knowledge of the digestive process could improve future Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs.) The work could even help protect soldiers from sickness while deployed. Here's what you need to know about the ongoing study, run by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's military nutrition division: 1. "Gut health" goals. ...
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China’s Anti-Terror Law Permits Troop Deployment Abroad

China on Sunday adopted its first counter-terrorism law that grants overarching powers to security agencies, allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations and requires technology firms to give sensitive data like encryption keys to the government. Much on the expected lines, 159 legislators of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee unanimously adopted the draft law earlier approved by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). The new law makes it legal...
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Stop the Putin Worship! He’s a Former KGB Thug Working for the Bankers

By Dave Hodges Being a former college basketball coach, I marvel at the skill of a good strategist who can carry out a game plan. Vladimir Putin would have been a great college basketball coach, a masterful poker player, great chess player, a top used car salesman and he is an excellent leader of his country when it comes to foreign policy. Putin has made the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and our government look amateurish. If it wasn’t for the fact that Putin has the potential to be one of...
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Iran Ships Uranium to Russia under Nuclear Deal

Iran fulfilled a key commitment under its nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers on Monday when it shipped more than 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium to Russia. Secretary of State John Kerry praised the move in a statement that also briefly alluded to new disputes over the deal, which is expected to be fully implemented sometime in January. "This removal of all this enriched material out of Iran is a significant step toward Iran meeting its commitment to have no more than 300...
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Sikhs in America Coming under Attack

The bearded man in the blue turban was attacked before dawn on Saturday morning, while waiting for a ride to work. Two white males in their 20s pulled up and began to curse at Amrik Singh Bal, according to police in Fresno, Calif. Fearing for his safety, police said, the 68-year-old Sikh man attempted to cross the street — but “the subjects in the vehicle backed up and struck the victim with their rear bumper.” The car stopped, and the two men “got out and assaulted the victim, striking hi...
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Paul Craig Roberts: Why WW3 Is On The Horizon

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 gave birth to a dangerous American ideology called neoconservativism. The Soviet Union had served as a constraint on US unilateral action. With the removal of this constraint on Washington, neoconservatives declared their agenda of US world hegemony. America was now the “sole superpower,” the “unipower,” that could act without restraint anywhere in the world. The Washington Post neoconservative journalist Charles Krauthammer summed up the “new reality”...
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US Warship Yards from Iran Rockets

Senior U.S. military commanders on Wednesday accused Iran's military of "highly provocative" actions in firing unguided rockets 1,500 yards from ships including an American aircraft carrier. The USS Harry S. Truman was crossing international waters in the Strait of Hormuz when Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRCGN) conducted a live-fire exercise right nearby, according to a statement. US aircraft carrier has 'close call' with Iranian rockets0:30 An Iranian navy atta...
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China Formally Establishes AIIB

The Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was formally established on Friday, and is expected to be operational by early next year, local media reported Friday."The AIIB is legally established as the Articles of Agreement take effect today," Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei was quoted by the Xinhua news agency as saying. The bank will become fully operational after its board of directors and executive council meet at an opening ceremony scheduled for January 16-18, Xin...
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Israel To Deploy New ‘David’s Sling’ Missile Shield

Israel plans to deploy its new medium-range missile interceptor David's Sling by mid-2016 after the U.S.-backed system passed final trials, defense officials said on Monday. David's Sling is designed to shoot down rockets held by Israeli antagonists such as Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas with ranges of 100 to 200 km (63-125 miles), as well as cruise missiles and drones. David's Sling, along with the Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, b...
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China Tests Electronic Warfare Variant Of J-16 Fighter Jet

A new electronic warfare variant of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-16 twin-seat strike fighter made its first flight on December 18, IHS Jane’s reported, citing Chinese sources. The aircraft would add significant offensive capability to the People's Liberation Army Air Force. Images of the new aircraft emerged on several Chinese military web pages, including a December 21 video report on the popular Ifeng web page. © AFP 2015/ Mark RALSTON Noteworthy modifications include...
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The Bear Goes Shirtless for New Calendar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bdBmdo1AWQ A new Russian calendar now allows its buyers to have a shirtless Vladimir Putin hanging around their homes all year long. One of the photos of the "All Year With the President of Russia," on sale in bookshops across Russia, features a picture of a shirtless Putin fishing, reports The Daily Telegraph. Other images show him working out, wearing military attire, and signing autographs for children, but the leader also shows his softer side, points...
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