BRICS New Development Bank Gains Traction Quietly

While Beijing's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has won overwhelming support (to the surprise of many, including China itself), another bank headquartered in China seems to be flying under the world's radar. Few people have heard of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). This was the strong impression I got after visiting Washington, Sydney and Canberra over the last couple of months. The NDB idea was proposed in 2011 by the Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and it initially encou...
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Pentagon Prepares for Space War with China, Russia

The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday at the GEOINT symposium, an annual intelligence conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. “[W]e are going to devel...
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US to Arm NATO’s ‘Rapid Reaction Force’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday said the United States will supply weapons, aircraft and soldiers for NATO's rapid reaction force to help European states defend against what Washington imagines to be "security threats." Under the plan, the US will contribute intelligence and surveillance capabilities, special operations forces, logistics, transport aircraft, and a range of weapons support that could include bombers, fighters and ship-based missiles, the Associated Press reported. ...
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US Fears Losing Greece to Russia

Throughout the prolonged showdown between Greece and its creditors, the Obama administration has largely sat on the sidelines, issuing the occasional warning about the potential economic impact of a default. But with Greece now on the verge of bankruptcy, the US is also beginning to worry about the political fallout from a deeper crisis and the potential for Russia to gain increased influence over a Nato member. As Washington tries to maintain a united western front in support of sanctions on ...
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EU Extends Sanctions On Russia Until 2016

European Union foreign ministers on Monday extended economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2016. Permanent envoys from the European Union agreed to extend the sanctions against Russia during a meeting on June 17 and forwarded their decision to EU foreign ministers for their approval. The EU foreign ministers approved the extension in Luxembourg during an EU Council meeting. Since 2014, the European Union, as well as its allies, imposed several rounds of sanctions against Ru...
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Russian Security Czar: Over 1000 Russians Joined ISIS

Russia's Security Council chief says more than 1,000 Russian nationals have joined the Islamic State group and they could pose a major threat when they return. Nikolai Patrushev told the business daily Kommersant in an interview published Monday that they could form "sleeper cells" upon their return and mount terror attacks in the future on orders from their bosses. He said IS recruiters have been active in Russia and ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, particularly focusing on young people and m...
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Russia Wants To Know If the US Really Landed On Moon

The increasingly tense relationship between the United States and Russia might be about to face a new challenge: a Russian investigation into American moon landings. In an op-ed published by Russian newspaper Izvestia, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the government's official Investigative Committee, argued that such an investigation could reveal new insights into the historical space journeys. According to a translation by the Moscow Times, Markin would support an inquiry int...
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US Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend Cities From Russia

The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles. The plan calls for buying radars that would enable National Guard F-16 fighter jets to spot and shoot down fast and low-flying missiles. Top generals want to network those radars with sensor-laden aerostat balloons hovering over U.S. cities and with coastal warships equipped with sensors and interceptor missiles of their own. One of those generals...
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Moscow Fires Back at Hillary’s Tough Talk

US Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton said Russia, North Korea and Iran are traditional security threats to the United States during her first major campaign speech on Saturday in New York. "No other country on earth is better positioned to thrive in a XXI century. No other country is better equipped to meet traditional threats from countries like Russia, North Korea and Iran, and to deal with the rise of new powers like China," ex-US State Secretary Clinton said. Democrats ...
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NATO Shows Its Teeth To Russia

Dozens of Nato landing craft churned through the Baltic’s grey waters. Further out at sea, huge warships – the US’s San Antonio, Britain’s Ocean and Poland’s Lublin – filled the horizon. On the beach, DVs – short for distinguished visitors – including the UK defence secretary, Michael Fallon, were watching. The landing craft, especially the mega hovercraft of the Americans, were monstrous, on a scale that would have awed D-day veterans. Eurofighter Typhoons flew overhead. Marines raced out to...
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U.S. May be Positioning for a War with Russia

On Saturday, June 13th, The New York Times bannered, “U.S. Is Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe,” and Russia’s response to the announcement wasn’t long in coming. The Russian equivalent of America’s Wall Street Journal and Britain’s Financial Times, which isKommersant (or Businessperson), headlined on June 15th, “US may redeploy heavy weapons to the borders of the Russian Federation,” and reported that, “According to sources in the Russian Government, the implementation of this pla...
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Pentagon To Use Robots To Fight Eurasian War

Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work expounded upon the US’ military strategy in Eurasia during a speech at the Army War College Strategy Conference on 8 April, revealing critical insight into the Pentagon’s formal approach to forthcoming conflicts. Work’s words should be read in full by any strategist endeavoring to understand the imperatives that guide the world’s most armed forces. He elaborates on the theoretical foundations of American military might, including how the Penta...
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Russia to Add 40 missiles to Nuclear Arsenal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNn19Sf3giI President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service this year. It is part of a wide-reaching programme to modernise the country's military. The move comes after the US proposed increasing its military presence in Nato states in Eastern Europe. Nato has condemned the Russian announcement, saying the move amounted to "nuclear sabre-rattling" and was "unjustified" and "dangerous". ...
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US Sent $140 Million In Arms To Ukraine

The United States has provided $140 million in "defensive" military equipment to Ukraine as Washington continues to debate whether or not to supply lethal weapons to Kiev, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said Monday. The Ukrainian government has been fighting independence supporters in the country's southeast since April 2014. Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of providing lethal aid and manpower to pro-independence militias."We provided $1...
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Russia Develops Super-High Frequency Cannon to take out Drones, Missiles

Russia’s Rostech Corporation is to unveil a super-high frequency weapon capable of taking down all kinds of drones, missiles and other high precision weapons. The presentation will be made at the Army-2015 military expo. The Mosow Radio Engineering Institute has developed a super-high frequency (SHF) ‘cannon’. It’s designed to knock out aircraft, drones, guided missiles and any airborne high precision weapons using electronics. The cannon creates an air-exclusion zone within a reported rad...
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