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    DO you spend hours upon hours trying to get to sleep? If you're someone that struggles to switch off when it comes to bedtime, you might want to try the military technique, which claims to be able to help you fall asleep within two minutes of shutting your eyes. 3Fitness guru Justin Augustin took to TikTok to share the "mind-blowing" military technique to get to sleep in two minutesCredit: Tiktok/@justin_agustin 3It involves calming and relaxing each section of the body one at a timeCredit: Tiktok/@justin_agustin The technique was shared on TikTok by fitness guru Justin Augustin, who called it "mind-blowing". "This technique was developed in the military to allow soldiers to fall asleep at any time, any place, even on the battlefield when the environment is extremely uncomfortable and there’s a lot of noise happening - sleep for a soldier is crucial," he explained. "According to my research, this was developed mainly for fighter pilots who need 100% of their reflexes and focus, which we all know decreases with the lack of sleep." To start with,...
    CHERNIHIV, Ukraine—For years, Ukraine has been dealing with Russian aggression and preparing for an invasion on its Eastern flank where the two nations share more than 1,000 miles of sometimes disputed borders. But the recent bromance between President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart has opened up the terrifying possibility of a new line of attack. The southern border of Belarus is less than a three-hour drive from Kyiv, Ukraine’s economic and political capital. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has always had a testy relationship with Putin, until Moscow rescued him from an attempted popular revolution last year. By way of repayment, Lukashenko has signed up for the closest integration between the two countries since the collapse of the Soviet Union. “Russian tanks can be here in less than an hour.” Ukraine already believes the hackers behind a massive cyberattack launched this month were linked to Belarus intelligence acting on behalf of Moscow. The cooperation got even closer on Wednesday when Russian troops landed in Belarus to hold joint anti-Ukraine military exercises close to the southern border. Kyiv is now effectively...
    Throughout 2021, Americans were absorbed in arguments over mask mandates, school closings, and the meaning of the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Meanwhile, geopolitical hot spots were erupting across Eurasia, forming a veritable ring of fire around that vast landmass. Let’s circle that continent to visit just a few of those flashpoints, each one suffused with significance for the future of U.S. global power. On the border with Ukraine, 100,000 Russian troops were massing with tanks and rocket launchers, ready for a possible invasion. Meanwhile, Beijing signed a $400 billion agreement with Tehran to swap infrastructure-building for Iranian oil. Such an exchange might help make that country the future rail hub of Central Asia, while projecting China’s military power into the Persian Gulf. Just across the Iranian border in Afghanistan, Taliban guerrillas swept into Kabul ending a 20-year American occupation in a frantic flurry of shuttle flights for more than 100,000 defeated Afghan allies. Farther east, high in the Himalayas, Indian Army engineers were digging tunnels and positioning artillery to fend off future clashes with China. In the Bay...
    The Marine Corps granted two religious exemption requests for the coronavirus vaccine, the service announced Thursday, marking the first time any such accommodation was affirmed despite thousands of requests. Religious exemptions are hard to come by in the military. This is the first the Marines have granted in at least a decade, according to the Military Times. The lack of such accommodations as it relates to the coronavirus has also become a source of political division, a microcosm of the perpetual debate regarding whether mandating the vaccine comports with people's First Amendment rights. Even though each service branch has reached the mid-90th percentile in vaccination rate among active-duty troops, the select few who have refused, a count that is approximately in the tens of thousands, are finding allies on the political right. MARINES GRANT TWO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS, MARKING FIRST ACROSS MILITARY BRANCHES Dozens of Republican lawmakers and the America First Policy Institute, a policy group backed by former President Donald Trump, filed an amicus brief in support of a group of roughly three dozen Navy SEALs who successfully sued the...
    Last month, Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who has frustrated much of President Joe Biden’s policy agenda, released a statement confirming what he’d been hinting for weeks. He would not vote for the Build Back Better Act, the Democrats’ $2.2 trillion 10-year plan to address climate change and invest in child care, health care and education. Manchin argued it would increase inflation, harm the electricity grid and hamper national security and was simply just too “mammoth” and “sweeping” to support. “I have always said, ‘If I can’t go back home and explain it, I can’t vote for it,’” he said. I don’t doubt the political wisdom of Manchin’s pledge to support only what he can explain. I do wonder, though, how he applies his maxim to a far more mammoth, more sweeping piece of the federal budget: the nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars that we are spending this year on a military that has become the epitome of governmental dysfunction, self-dealing and overspending. Of course, I’m only kidding. I don’t actually wonder about Manchin’s stance on showering...
    A BMP-2 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle during field firing practice ahead of the 78th birthday of the guards tank army of the Western Military District at the Golovenki range outside Moscow.Sergei Bobylev | TASS | Getty Images WASHINGTON – Intelligence agencies monitoring Russian cyber operations against Ukraine believe Russia's pattern of activity could signal a ground invasion of Ukraine within the next 30 days, the White House said Friday. The new timeline is the latest sign of how imminent the Biden administration believes a Russian attack against Ukraine could be, and how urgent its effort to negotiate a peaceful settlement has become. The U.S. has pledged to respond to any military incursion with unprecedented economic sanctions on members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. But this could trigger retaliatory moves by Moscow against the West – up to and including cuts in the energy that flows from Russia to the rest of the world. Russia is the largest supplier of oil, natural gas and coal to Europe. Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, press secretary Jen...
    An Army veteran turned prison guard was offered the chance to rejoin the military to avoid being jailed for sexual assault by a Kentucky judge, though Army regulations would likely stop him from ever returning to the Armed Forces.  Brandon Scott Price, 28, was convicted of sex assault on a female inmate at the Franklin County Regional Jail.  Price pleaded down a charge of sodomy to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years.  However, Judge Thomas Wingate told Price that he could stay out of jail if he re-enlisted in the Army within 30 days of his sentencing.     'If you don't enroll in 30 days, you can report to the Franklin County Regional Jail,' Wingate said. 'You are under the gun, young man. You gotta do it.' Judge Thomas D. Wingate ordered that Price had to re-enlist in the military rather than serve jail time Brandon Scott Price, 28, was convicted of sexually assaulting a female inmate at a jail where he worked RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Rare 'bionic' armour has been discovered in the tomb of a horse rider in northwest China, a new study has revealed.  Researchers say the 'light and highly efficient defensive garment' was constructed with small inter-lapping pieces of leather that resemble ‘the scales of fish'.  Due to its fish-like design, the armour shows an early example of 'bionics' – the construction of artificial systems that borrow characteristics of living things.  It was found in the tomb of an approximately 30-year-old male at the Yanghai graveyard archaeological site near the modern-day city of Turfan in Xinjiang, China.   Design and construction details of the armour indicate that it originated in the Neo-Assyrian Empire – part of the modern-day Middle East – between the 6th and 8th century BC before being brought to China.  The ancient leather shed armour with fish-like scales has been dated to the period between 786 and 543 BC The tomb in Yanghai with the remains of the male individual and the position of the leather scale armour indicated by the red circle THE YANGHAI ARMOUR In Yanghai cemetery site, Turfan, the remains of...
    PRINCE Andrew was summoned to Windsor Castle for a face-to-face showdown with the Queen where he was effectively cast out of the Firm. Her Majesty dramatically stripped the disgraced Duke of York of his royal and military titles during the hour-long summit ahead of his looming civil sexual assault lawsuit. 1The Queen held a face-to-face showdown with son Prince AndrewCredit: Getty Andrew will no longer be able to use 'His Royal Highness' - and will face his US case as a "private citizen" meaning he can't hide behind royal privileges.  And he will now likely fade from public life altogether after Virginia Giuffre accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 17, which he denies. As he gears up for a life away from the spotlight, and his court battle, here are five key moments from the significant split. 1. Castle summoning The Queen summoned her second son - widely considered her "favourite" - to Windsor Castle in a move to stop his sex assault case from further damaging the royal family. Andrew looked ashen-faced as he...
    The word “encirclement” does not appear in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Joe Biden on December 27th, or in other recent administration statements about its foreign and military policies. Nor does that classic Cold War era term “containment” ever come up. Still, America’s top leaders have reached a consensus on a strategy to encircle and contain the latest great power, China, with hostile military alliances, thereby thwarting its rise to full superpower status. The gigantic 2022 defense bill — passed with overwhelming support from both parties — provides a detailed blueprint for surrounding China with a potentially suffocating network of U.S. bases, military forces, and increasingly militarized partner states. The goal is to enable Washington to barricade that country’s military inside its own territory and potentially cripple its economy in any future crisis. For China’s leaders, who surely can’t tolerate being encircled in such a fashion, it’s an open invitation to… well, there’s no point in not being blunt… fight their way out of confinement. Like every “defense” bill before it, the $768...
    American Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Michael Carpenter said the world was facing a 'crisis in European security' after the final round of talks Thursday Talks to find a diplomatic solution to the worsening situation between Russia and Ukraine are on the brink of collapse after Thursday's meeting as a key US ambassador warned 'the drumbeat of war is sounding loud.'  Secretary of State Antony Blinken hit the airwaves on Thursday morning where he also weighed in on the crisis, claiming the 'jury is still out' on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggressive military buildup on Ukraine's border will end with an invasion. Russia's lightening fast amassment of more than 100,000 troops near eastern Ukraine prompted Western governments to seek a diplomatic solution with bilateral security talks in Geneva on Monday, a NATO-Russia meeting on Wednesday and another at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna on Thursday.  After the final round of negotiations the Kremlin's diplomats told reporters their next step would be briefing Putin on the 'very disappointing' talks, Axios...
    The United States Army reprimanded six active-duty commanders for refusing to comply with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all military ranks.   The Army did not specify the rank of the punished officers, though it included two battalion commanders who were relieved of their duties. In addition, 2,994 soldiers received written reprimands for refusing the vaccine out of the 3,611 troops who have yet to get the jab.  The Army has yet to initiate separations for soldiers refusing the vaccine. but expects further guidance this month.  Over 96 percent of of the roughly 481,000 active-duty soldiers in the largest military branch have been fully vaccinated and more than 97 percent are partially vaccinated. The Army Reserves remain at about 73 percent fully vaccinated.  There are about 57,000 officers serving at the level of captain or above in the US Army, meaning around 0.01 percent of commanding officers were punished for not getting the jab.   Over 96 percent of active-duty soldiers in the US Armed Forces have been fully vaccinated against the virus and over 97 percent partially vaccinated Secretary...
    Russia has warned it will resort to 'military means' if the West does not bow to its demands over Ukraine and says US sanctions against President Vladimir Putin would 'cross a line', after NATO's chief said there is 'a real risk for armed conflict.'  The Kremlin warned that by introducing sanctions against Putin, the US could see relations between the countries severed. 'Introducing sanctions against a head of state is crossing a line and comparable to a rupture of ties,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters today. Meeting senior Kremlin envoys at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Western ambassadors unanimously rejected Moscow's demands for a guarantee that Ukraine will never be admitted to the group. The Kremlin also demanded that NATO rule out allowing Finland or Georgia to join the alliance, and for NATO to pull back from the ex-Soviet states that were brought into the group in 1997 - eight years after the Berlin wall fell. Meanwhile, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Thursday that Europe had received assurances from the United States that nothing will be agreed with Russia...
    "It says there that you are full of—oh, my." Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Nick Rossi, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Republican Whip office After disrespecting military service members for the last few decades, the GOP’s most recent attempt at pretending they give a rat’s ass about Americans is to attack the federal requirement that our United States military personnel all be vaccinated against COVID-19. Military vaccines mandates are one of the oldest requirements of virtually every army in the history of the world because nothing hurts a country’s military more than unchecked disease and viruses. On Jan. 3, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction “blocking the Defense Department from taking action against a group of 35 Navy sailors who had refused to get a coronavirus vaccine.” Judge Reed O’Connor granted the injunction on the grounds that there is a chance that the pandemic did not allow the government to “abrogate” a military member’s “religious liberties.” Of course, the fact that the Department of Defense has administered 17 different vaccines since 1995, and that now, suddenly, everybody is religious about...
    “Price transported (the inmate) alone, in violation of Jail policy and industry standards and practices," the lawsuit stated, adding, “On the way back to the jail, Price turned on Big Eddy Road and stopped the van. He turned around and told (the inmate) if she performed oral sex on him, he would talk to the KDOC employee he knew about getting her released from jail earlier.” Price proceeded to get in the back of the van and assault the woman without her consent while she remained shackled. He initially denied the incident, saying he “made a stupid mistake ... I let a female inmate touch me inappropriately." But he was later arrested, charged, and eventually, convicted. “You’re getting a huge break,” the judge reportedly told Price during his sentencing. “You made a terrible mistake, which I know personally cost the county money.”What else?Task and Purpose reported that Judge Wingate’s offer "seemingly tests the boundaries of a longstanding trope of enlisting in the military: join the Army or go to jail." Though the military news outlet noted that the history behind...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO chief says the military alliance and Russia agree to try hold more meetings despite tensions over Ukraine. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    State Department spokesperson Ned Price said during a Tuesday press briefing that the U.S. is "working currently with a few dozen" American citizens and their families who have indicated that they are ready to leave Afghanistan and who possess the travel documents needed to leave the country. WATCH LIVE: State Dept. spokesperson Ned Price and Undersecretary Victoria Nuland hold news briefing youtu.be
    Fears his tanks would get stuck in the mud may have forced Vladimir Putin to postpone Russia's invasion of Ukraine, US officials believe. Around 100,000 Russian troops, tanks and armoured personnel carriers have been stationed on the border between the two countries for several weeks. The ground there is usually frozen solid in winter, which is conducive to an advance by heavy vehicles. Fears his tanks would get stuck in the mud may have forced Vladimir Putin to postpone Russia's invasion of Ukraine, US officials believe (pictured on Monday) However, a period of mild weather has melted the ice and created a muddy quagmire. The unusually clement conditions have caused the Kremlin to reconsider its military options, according to weather experts advising US President Joe Biden. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Undersea cable connecting Norway and Arctic satellite... Russia insists it has NO plans to invade Ukraine with... Share this article Share A team of White House meteorologists are convinced the changes in ground conditions have brought Russia's plans to advance to a...
    EL MONTE (KABC) -- The pandemic has also made it tough for local museums. And on top of that -- The American Military Museum in El Monte also recently had to deal with a fire.Craig Michelson's father, an officer in WWII, started the museum nearly 60 years ago. It now has more 180 displays. From military choppers, to rare buses, and a full collection of WWII tanks."A lot of the veterans will come through, they will bring their kids, they will have their grandkids, and they will go 'oh I served on this tank, this was the truck I drove,' and it brings back a lot of memories," said Michelson.That's why Craig is breathing a major sigh of relief - just last week, he almost lost everything... when a fire broke out on the neighboring property. He credits firefighters for saving him from heartbreak."There was absolutely no damage," said Michelson. "I just love LA County. They stepped up and did a wonderful job."A close call after an already difficult year, shut down due to COVID; now, the museum is back...
    Everyone surely remembers Donald Trump's appeals to "law and order" going all the way back to his infamous full-page ad condemning the (innocent) Central Park Five titled "Bring Back the Death Penalty, Bring Back Our Police." When he ran for office he sought out law enforcement at all levels as a discrete constituency, promising to let them take the gloves off and encouraging them to not "be so nice" to suspects. During the George Floyd protests during the summer of 2020, he told federal law enforcement and military leaders he wanted them to "crack skulls" and "beat the shit out of" the protesters. At one point he said, "just shoot them." Luckily, they didn't do that. It took a devoted Trump-loving vigilante named Kyle Rittenhouse to execute that order. Until the January 6th insurrection, Trump was the nation's most vociferous defender of police. But on that day he was strangely reserved, tepidly tweeting that the rioters should be respectful but pretty much remaining hands-off for hours as his rabid followers stormed the U.S. Capitol and assaulted hundreds of police who...
    This is the shocking moment Colombian and United States authorities intercepted a speedboat as part of a raid that hauled in $166 million of cocaine. Surveillance video shows the narco watercraft idle in the Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Punta Remedios, El Salvador, as authorities zeroed in on the boat. Footage shows three of the seven suspected drug traffickers who were detained voluntarily holding their hands up as authorities pulled up to their speedboat. At least two of the suspects were identified as Ecuadorian nationals while the other five were all natives of Colombia. The National Police of Colombia said the boat and another similar vessel were busted 406 and 430 miles, respectively, off Punta Remedios, with the two found to be carrying a combined $166 million worth of the illegal drug. 
    THE West must "prepare for the worst" as conflict with Russia looms, the Defence Secretary gravely warned tonight. Russia has told the US to back off over mounting tensions with Ukraine or "endanger not only its own security but that of Europe" as World War Three fears mount. 2Russia has told the US to back off over mounting tensions with UkraineCredit: AP 2There are fears Vladimir Putin is gearing up for a 'short, sharp war'Credit: AP And in his darkest intervention yet as tensions rise in Eastern Europe, Ben Wallace vowed that Britain would "stand up to bullies" amid fears of a Russian invasion into Ukraine. Mr Wallace said distance should "not deter Britain" from seeking to "defend those who cannot defend themselves" as the West confronts Russia over its "aggression" towards its neighbour. On Monday, there appeared to be no major breakthrough during talks in Geneva between US and Russian officials as the pair locked horns over Ukraine. There has been a massive Russian military build-up of tens of thousands troops near the border with Ukraine, with...
    Australia will spend more than $3.5billion to purchase 120 tanks and other armoured vehicles from the United States. The upgrade could see the Australian Army gain up to 75 Abrams tanks, 29 assault breacher vehicles, 17 joint assault bridge vehicles, and six armoured recovery vehicles. Defence minister Peter Dutton says the tanks, teamed up with other vehicles, would provide the ADF with critical firepower for land operations. 'The new Abrams will give our soldiers the best possibility of success and protection from harm,' he said. The vehicles will are set to arrive in 2024.  More to come 
    The Pentagon has finally published its first Airpower Summary since President Biden took office nearly a year ago. These monthly reports have been published since 2007 to document the number of bombs and missiles dropped by U.S.-led air forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria since 2004. But President Trump stopped publishing them after February 2020, shrouding continued U.S. bombing in secrecy. Over the past 20 years, as documented in the table below, U.S. and allied air forces have dropped over 337,000 bombs and missiles on other countries. That is an average of 46 strikes per day for 20 years. This endless bombardment has not only been deadly and devastating for its victims but is broadly recognized as seriously undermining international peace and security and diminishing America’s standing in the world. The U.S. government and political establishment have been remarkably successful at keeping the American public in the dark about the horrific consequences of these long-term campaigns of mass destruction, allowing them to maintain the illusion of U.S. militarism as a force for good in the world in their domestic...
    The Swiss military has ruled that its use of WhatsApp and other messaging systems does not comply with security requirements. Swiss media reported this week that Swiss players should stop using WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram and use National Messenger instead. Data security was said to be the reason for this. According to the Swiss media, the commanders and staff leaders received instructions on the new rules at the end of December. Military personnel are now expected to use the nationally created Trima Ambassador for official and personal communications, including conversations between soldiers and their relatives. The instruction explicitly prohibits other applications: “All other services are no longer authorized”, Media that can access the content of the reported email. However, it is not known whether any penalties will be imposed on those who use WhatsApp or other foreign ambassadors. The military believes that “Give an example,” Like them “Encouraged to keep in touch with Trima.” Read more ‘Key source of intelligence’: urges Indian military officials to delete Facebook accounts and avoid WhatsApp due to security breaches The military will...
    Officials in Kazakhstan have denied that a controversial 'military biological laboratory' was seized in the recent unrest, which has so far claimed 160 lives since starting on January 2. It is not clear if the 164 deaths refer only to civilians or if law enforcement deaths are included, but the number - provided by the health ministry to state news channel Khabar-24 - are a significant rise from previous tallies.  Kazakh authorities said earlier on Sunday that 16 police or national guard members had been killed. Russian media highlighted claims that the US-funded facility near Almaty was compromised, resulting in a possible leak of dangerous pathogens.   The airport, mayor's office and secret services buildings fell briefly into the hands of rioters during a wave of protests backed by shadowy armed cells. Officials in Kazakhstan have denied claims that a US-funded bio-lab had fallen into the hands of protesters, who briefly took control of an airport, the mayor's office and secret service buildings Pictures have been released of Kazakh secret services operatives killed in the unrest. Pictured (left to right): Private Daulet...
    U.S. President Joe Biden holds virtual talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin amid Western fears that Moscow plans to attack Ukraine, during a secure video call from the Situation Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2021.The White House via Reuters Europe has faced such ugly moments too often before, where matters of life and death – and of war and peace -- depended on the balance of power and test of wills between despots and more benevolent forces. The Cold War's peaceful end 30 years ago was meant to alter that bloody history and usher in a period that President George H.W. Bush in 1989 hoped would bring a "Europe whole and free," where Russia would find its rightful and peaceful place.   "For 40 years, the seeds of democracy in Eastern Europe lay dormant, buried under the frozen tundra of the Cold War," said President Bush on May 31, 1989, in Mainz, Germany, six months before the Berlin Wall's fall and more than two years ahead of Soviet dissolution. "And decade after decade, time after...
    Finland and Sweden are 'closer than ever' to joing Nato after Russian threats backfired. Vladimir Putin's demands that the US ban the Nordic nations from the alliance has made their joining more likely in the wake of heightened tensions around Russian troops along the border with Ukraine. Sweden and Finland have been unaligned with a major military power since the Cold War but Russian rhetoric over an invasion of Ukraine has pushed them closer to Nato. A Finnish MP told the Telegraph that the country - which borders Russia - was closer to joining the alliance after Russian aggression. Nato is an alliance of 27 nations formed in 1947 in the wake of fears over a potential war with the Soviet Union in the wake of the Second World War. Vladimir Putin's demands over Nato membership has backfired in a time of heightened tensions over a potential invasion of Ukraine Nato officials believe that the countries admission to the alliance would be relatively straightforward due to the Nordic nations already meeting many of the criteria for membership.  US secretary of...
    The former commanding officer of one of Prince Andrew's Army regiments has called on him to give up his honorary military titles. Colonel Tim Collins, an Iraq War veteran, said the Duke of York should 'jump before he is pushed' out of the roles, potentially by The Queen. He is believed to be the most senior military figure so far to urge Andrew to step down. 'The publicity surrounding [Prince Andrew] is embarrassing for everyone, Col Collins, 61, told the Mirror, referring to his links to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell. 'I don't think he'll ever ride the storm out. That is the bottom line because I think that the damage has been done. The former commanding officer of one of Prince Andrew's Army regiments has called on him to give up his honorary military titles Colonel Tim Collins, an Iraq War veteran, said the Duke of York should 'jump before he is pushed' out of the roles, potentially by The Queen Col Collins, famed for a speech he gave to his battalion on the eve of war in...
    A Canadian military officer who fears he was at the 'Ground Zero' of Covid two months before China officially acknowledged the virus has demanded an investigation into the suspicious outbreak of illness there. The long-serving officer, who cannot be named as he is still in the forces, was among the scores of athletes who fell sick with a debilitating illness after attending the World Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019. He said foreign competitors found the city of 11 million people 'like a ghost town', and so many cases of a mysterious virus afflicted the Canadian team that a quarantine section was set up on their military flight back home. The officer, who is still suffering from the effects of his illness despite previous high levels of fitness, said a military-appointed doctor later said he almost certainly caught Covid. His revelations fuel concerns the Chinese government covered up the outbreak – with devastating consequences. The Beijing regime says the first confirmed case was December 8, three weeks before the World Health Organisation was tipped off by sources in Taiwan....
    Elected officials criticized U.S. military leadership without maintaining accountability through challenges to the budget of the Department of Defense (DOD), former Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller said on Thursday’s edition of the Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Scheller was discharged from the Marine Corps after publicly critiquing military leaders’ conduct related to the Biden administration’s stated “withdrawal” from Afghanistan in a viral video. “No one’s been held accountable,” he said. “Congress took turns with their sound bites of anger directed towards the generals, but then nothing happened. The real influence within Congress is the DOD budget, and none of them had the courage to challenge the DOD budget. They approved it unanimously, actually, six days before they all stood in front of the generals and told them how angry they were.” He added, “It takes someone with actual leadership abilities — and to understand foreign diplomacy — to do some of the things that we need to do, and right now, actions have demonstrated that we don’t have that.” Corrupt and incompetent military brass are beneficiaries of reflexive...
    A retired military general is urging the United States to be prepared for the possibility of yet another insurrection in 2024. Speaking to NPR.org, Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton noted that while "the idea of a military-backed coup was 'low probability, high impact,'" he insisted that “it's an eventuality that we need to prepare for." Eaton went on to explain how mass confusion could contribute to a chaotic presidential election aftermath similar to what occurred when former President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to undermine the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. Trump's attacks on the country's voting system created a massive divide with many factions of Americans refusing to acknowledge President Joe Biden's victory. “The real question is: Does everybody understand who the duly elected president is?" Eaton asked. "If that is not a clear-cut understanding, that can infect the rank and file or at any level in the U.S. military.” Eaton noted how imperative it is for members of the military to have a clear understanding of the U.S. Constitution. “Civics...
    CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in the capital of Khartoum and other cities once again on Thursday to protest the October military coup, while security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Activists have posted live videos on the social media showing protesters waving the Sudanese flag in several cities and chanting: “Power to the people!” and “The military belongs in the barracks!” Social media also swarmed with images showing tear gas clouding rallies in the capital, and protesters hurling stones and throwing back empty gas canisters at security forces. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded many rallies since the Oct. 25 coup, called earlier on protesters to march to the presidential palace, the seat of the ruling military government in Khartoum. Since the Oct. 25 coup, at least 60 people have been killed and hundreds have been wounded in clashes with security forces as they sought to thwart protests. Thursday’s protests come less than a week after Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok...
    (CNN)Dozens of protesters were killed and hundreds injured during clashes in Kazakhstan, a police official from the largest city Almaty said Thursday, as troops from a Russian-led military alliance of post-Soviet states begin their operations in the Central Asian country to help quell the unrest. At least 13 law enforcement officials died in Almaty and 353 people were injured, state-run Khabar 24 TV reported. More than 1,000 people in different regions were injured as a result of the turmoil. Of these, almost 400 were hospitalized, with 62 people in intensive care, the Ministry of Health said, according to Khabar 24.There were overnight attempts to storm administrative buildings, Almaty's police department and the district directorates, and "dozens of attackers were liquidated," Almaty police department representative, Saltanat Azirbek, told Khabar 24. Azirbek urged people to stay at home as an "anti-terrorist operation" was carried out on Thursday "in the square of Masanchi, Karasai Batyr-Zhambyl and Baitursynov streets, at the location of three administrative buildings." Read MoreProtesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Almaty on January 5,...
    VLADIMIR Putin is allegedly planning a "blitzkrieg" against Ukraine and "nuclear blackmail" on the West as part of a plot to re-create the USSR, a leaked dossier claims. It's alleged the papers from Ukraine intelligence warn Moscow will attempt to use peace talks with the US as a façade for "large scale military preparations around Ukraine's border. 2Vladimir Putin is 'planning a blitzkrieg of Ukraine, according to reported leaked papers 2It comes as Russian forces complete drills and edge closer to the Ukraine border The dossier, which the Daily Mirror says were leaked to it, reportedly claim trying to "pacify" Putin during talks "could lead from the growth of Russian regional aggression to a real world war and is a real threat of western democracy destruction”. It's reported the papers - which analyse Russian military training - say there is "preparation for a modern blitzkrieg against Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries by strike units, airborne and special forces." And according to the Mirror, Ukraine intelligence believe Moscow has "chosen a strategy of nuclear blackmail, spreading local armed conflicts with elements...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sued President Biden over the administration's military vaccine mandate, citing the governor's authority 'as Commander in Chief and on Texas's sovereignty.' Abbott filed suit Tuesday in Texas, asking a federal judge to overturn Biden's vaccine requirement, in a filing that repeatedly invokes Abbott's own authority as commander of chief of the guard, which is subject to complex jurisdiction. Under overlapping statutes, state national guards remain under the command of governors except when they are called up for federal by the president. Title 10 of the U.S. Code applies to active duty military, while Title 32 applies to the Guard.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott sued President Biden and Pentagon officials over the military vaccine mandate 'Defendants’ intrusion into the discretion and scope of Title 32 commanders is contrary to the balance of power between federal and state officials set out by the U.S. Constitution and federal law,' Abbott argues in the suit, which names Biden in his professional capacity. 'It is unlawful for Defendants to attempt to override the Governor's authority to govern his troops, and...
    North Korea test-fired a missile tonight, while Japan and South Korea failed to identify the missile type by its neighbors, while Tokyo condemned Pyongyang’s missile and said it would further strengthen its surveillance systems. The South Korean military and the Japanese government announced tonight (Tuesday-Wednesday) that North Korea had fired an unidentified missile into the sea. This is Pyongyang’s first military test in 2022. The Japanese Coast Guard, which first reported the launch, said it could be a ballistic missile. Tokyo condemned Pyongyang’s launch and promised to further strengthen its surveillance systems. “We regret that North Korea has continued to launch missiles since last year. The government will further strengthen surveillance,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told a news conference on Wednesday. “Japan is collecting information on what happened and we are currently analyzing the incident in detail to inform the public,” the Japanese president said. This was reported by the Reuters news agency. Both the South Korean military and Japanese authorities consider the “unidentified missile” to be a ballistic missile. The South Korean military says the missile was fired...
    Predicting the breakout actors of 2022 6 Homebuying Lessons We Learned in 2021 After a fan favorite was ruled out Tuesday, which of the remaining choices should Washington pick for its impending rebrand? View the original article to see embedded media.Tuesday’s announcement that the Washington Football Team will launch their rebrand on February 2 came with a distressing caveat: Their name will not be the Red Wolves, which was unquestionably the best of the bandied about nicknames. The name was popular enough among fans to warrant an explanation (that, like everything else in life, the coolest things are smothered in a vat of legal documents). Online crowdsourced mockups had the team looking like the product of our children-of-the-1990s New World Order fever dreams. Finally, we’d all have a place to wear our Kevin Nash-inspired cutoff t-shirts again and blast this theme song in our cars (maybe I still do anyway). We’re headed to some potentially grim times with the remaining potential options out there and, I fear, the end result could end up looking like some kind of...
    A federal judge has blocked the firing of 35 members of the US Navy who refused to comply with the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate on religious grounds, as the military branches began axing non-compliant soldiers and officers. On Monday, US District Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction saying there is 'no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment' and that the pandemic doesn't give the government the license to 'abrogate those freedoms.' The troops sued the Department of Defense - along with President Joe Biden and top military officials - in November.  They argued that getting injected with vaccines developed 'with aborted fetal cell lines would force them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs by causing them to participate in the abortion enterprise,' according to the lawsuit. O'Connor, 56, a Republican, was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007.   Pentagon spokesman Charlie Dietz told DailyMail.com that they are 'studying the decision.' A judge has blocked the firing of 35 members of the Navy, including Navy SEALs, who did not want to get...
    As the Biden administration nears the end of its first year, the focus of its Department of Defense appears not to be on meeting our military’s ability to defeat real and potential foes. Instead, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin continues his high-priority campaign to chase “extremism” within the ranks. Austin relentlessly pursues this boogeyman notwithstanding that the most recent Defense Department report on “extremism,” published just last month, conceded that over the course of its nearly year-long study, it could find “less than 100” incidents of such behavior among active duty and reserve personnel (which totals some 2,145,900 men and women across all military branches). The current administration’s apparent obsession with ferreting out “extremism” among active duty and reserve personnel, including civilian military contract personnel and the many more millions of veterans, comes even as recent evaluations of America’s military readiness shows serious deficiencies. Despite this, non-governmental groups to which Austin’s Defense Department continues to turn for data and approval – including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) – lament that even more is not being done to ensure a fully...
    Small fragments of a Russian military satellite and rocket stage could come crashing down to Earth this week, after the craft 'suffered a malfunction' in low Earth orbit.  The new-generation Angara A-5 heavy carrier rocket was launched on December 27 from Plesetsk spaceport carrying a dummy payload. It was supposed to reach an orbit 22,000 miles above the Earth's surface, but a failure in firing of the upper stage of the rocket, left it in low Earth orbit.   Experts predict that most of the 20 tonne payload will burn up in the atmosphere on Thursday morning, plus or minus 14 hours, with tiny fragments hitting the Earth. The most likely scenario, according to experts tracking the rocket, is that it will land in the Pacific Ocean, but it is too early to predict exactly where it will come down.  Small fragments of a Russian military satellite and rocket stage could come crashing down to Earth this week, after the craft 'suffered a malfunction' in low Earth orbit The new-generation Angara A-5 heavy carrier rocket was launched on December 27 from...
    The deal Virginia Roberts Giuffre made with her abuser Jeffrey Epstein won't hamper her ability to sue Prince Andrew, it was claimed today. This settlement struck with the billionaire paedophile in 2009 will be unsealed in New York this afternoon before the Duke of York's lawyers will use it to urge a judge to throw out the case tomorrow. Andrew B Brettler, who represents the duke, had argued at a previous hearing that Ms Giuffre, who is suing the Queen's son for unspecified damages, had entered into a 'settlement agreement' that would end her lawsuit against Epstein. But David Boies, who represents Ms Giuffre, has described the deal with Epstein as 'irrelevant' to the case, which could go to trial in the Autumn. The Telegraph reports that the the Epstein/Giuffre settlement 'does not name the Duke and contains only broad references to Epstein's associates'. MailOnline has asked Prince Andrew's spokesman to comment.  A remote hearing with US District Judge Lewis A Kaplan, who is presiding over the civil case in New York, will be held tomorrow when a request by the duke's...
    (The Conversation)On November 15, 2021, Russia destroyed one of its own old satellites using a missile launched from the surface of Earth, creating a massive debris cloud that threatens many space assets, including astronauts onboard the International Space Station. This happened only two weeks after the United Nations General Assembly First Committee formally recognized the vital role that space and space assets play in international efforts to better the human experience -- and the risks military activities in space pose to those goals.The U.N. First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community. On Nov. 1, it approved a resolution that creates an open-ended working group. The goals of the group are to assess current and future threats to space operations, determine when behavior may be considered irresponsible, "make recommendations on possible norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviors," and "contribute to the negotiation of legally binding instruments" -- including a treaty to prevent "an arms race in space." READ MORE: Russian anti-satellite weapon test: What happened and what are the risks?Read MoreWe...
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN)An unidentified person has crossed the heavily militarized border from South Korea into North Korea, the South Korean military said on Sunday.The unidentified person was spotted by the South Korean military at the eastern front of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at around 9:20 p.m. local time on Saturday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The person was detected with the use of a thermal observation device.The JCS said troops were dispatched but they were unable to find the person, who crossed the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea at around 10:40 p.m. Didnt the Korean War end in 1953? The short answer is no A military official said security cameras had earlier captured the person climbing a barbed wire fence at around 6:40 p.m. Saturday, but the guard on CCTV duty had missed it.The unidentified person was spotted by South Korean military at the east front of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at around 9:20 p.m. local time on Saturday, the JCS said. The person was seen with the use of a thermal observation device.Read MoreThe...
    After an eventful 2021, things are unlikely to calm down in the new year. Here are a few issues that will be high priorities for the Department of Defense going forward. China and Taiwan The United States and China had a bumpy relationship in 2021 that shows no sign of smoothing out in the new year. The Chinese military took aggressive actions in their missile testing as well as in their posture toward Taiwan, the island nation that claims its independence from the mainland, which the Chinese Communist Party doesn't recognize. THE SEVEN BIGGEST MILITARY STORIES OF 2021 The Chinese military conducted a hypersonic missile test that got the attention of the international community, and a DOD report released in November reveals that they have accelerated the pace of their nuclear expansion program to the point where they could “have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads” within roughly five years. Gen. John Hyten, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who called the pace of China’s military development “stunning," acknowledged that the Chinese military has conducted "hundreds"...
    Retired General Steven M. Anderson warned of Donald Trump supporters in the military while calling them a threat from within, and advised them to stop listening to 'The Pillow Guy' - Trump ally and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.  Gen. Anderson, who spoke to CNN about the upcoming 2024 elections and the threat of another possible insurrection, called Lindell a major source of misinformation while adding that Trump supporters must get educated on civics and political discourse.    'There's a threat within,' the retired general told the network.  'We've got some people that just haven’t been educated. They haven't been found out, and they've grown in power, through perhaps inaction on the parts of some of our key leaders.' 'What we can do now, identify those people, get them out of our ranks, and train the rest of the force on civics 101, about how our country is supposed to work, how elections work,' he said.  SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  Retired Gen. Steven M Anderson, pictured, warned of Donald Trump supporters in the military while calling them a threat from within, and...
    Retired Gen. Steven M. Anderson spoke to CNN’s Pamela Brown about 2024 and blasted Donald Trump supporters in the military as a threat from within, and advised they stop listening to “the pillow guy” and get educated on civics. Anderson, along with fellow retired Gens. Paul Eaton and Antonio Taguba, authored an oped earlier this month warning of the potential for a “Trumpian” coup attempt in 2024. On CNN, he talked about the subject, saying the big problem is where allegiances lie, and the potential for a “cult-like” figure to sway even military members into insurrection. And he mentioned MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell as a major source of misinformation. “There’s a threat within,” said the retired general. “We’ve got some people that just haven’t been educated. They haven’t been found out, and they’ve grown in power, through perhaps inaction on the parts of some of our key leaders.” “What we can do now, identify those people, get them out of our ranks, and train the rest of the force on civics 101, about how our country is supposed to work,...
    2021 was a year of mounting apprehension about the next great power conflict – perhaps triggered by a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, or a Russian invasion of Ukraine – coupled with uncertainty about what the “next war” will look like. Has the next generation of missiles made existing defense systems obsolete? Is conventional force projection via aircraft carriers and long-distance warplanes still possible? Will autonomous weapons cause the next war to spiral out of control? Will cyber combat swiftly bring the war into the homes of every civilian? Both Russia and China aggressively tested hypersonic missiles in 2021. Russian leader Vladimir Putin claimed his forces conducted three successful hypersonic launches in the final weekend of the year. China’s test of a low-orbit missile with global range and a hypersonic delivery system became an embarrassing intelligence failure for the Biden administration in October, with stunned intelligence officials calling China’s progress “astounding” and admitting they had “no idea” how such an advanced system could be created in total secrecy. Hypersonic missiles are a game-changer because they can, in theory, evade existing missile...
    While an invasion may not be imminent, tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border and between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders appear to be escalating rather than diminishing. Putin and President Joe Biden shared their second phone call of December on Thursday, after which each side issued strong statements about what they expect going forward. BIDEN TELLS PUTIN US 'WILL RESPOND DECISIVELY' IF RUSSIA FURTHER INVADES UKRAINE A release from White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the United States and its allies "will respond decisively" if the Kremlin further invades Ukraine, while Putin adviser Yuri Ushakov said new sanctions against Russia would be a "colossal mistake" that would risk a "complete rupture of relations" between the two countries. Russia has amassed a significant military presence on its border with Ukraine in recent months, stirring up both rhetoric and fears of a possible invasion by an estimated 100,000 troops. The Kremlin has also test-fired hypersonic missiles as a show of force. A series of diplomatic meetings is scheduled for the week of Jan. 10, and...
    In a sobering op-ed published by the Washington Post on December 17, three retired U.S. Army generals — Paul D. Eaton, Antonio M. Taguba and Steven M. Anderson — warned that that if Republicans make another coup attempt following the 2024 presidential election, there could be a “potential for lethal chaos inside our military, which would put all Americans at severe risk.” Eaton discussed his worries with National Public Radio’s Mary Louise Kelly in an interview aired in late December. Kelly reports, “As the anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol approaches, three retired U.S. generals have warned that another insurrection could occur after the 2024 presidential election, and the military could instigate it.” The retired generals, in their Post op-ed, wrote, “We are chilled to our bones at the thought of a coup succeeding next time.” And Eaton didn’t sound any less worried when he spoke to Kelly for NPR. Kelly asked Eaton how a “coup” could “play out in 2024,” to which he responded, “The real question is, does everybody understand who the duly elected president is?...