• Former Italian Prime Minister, SilvioBerlusconi, opens up about Trump, Putin and the failure of political correctness

    14/Nov/2016 // 997 Viewers

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, left, and President-elect Donald Trump. (Tiziana Fabi, Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

     

    The similarities between former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and President-elect Donald Trump run the gamut, including their fake tans and their brash talk. During the U.S. election season, however, Berlusconi remained quiet about the man many view as his American counterpart. But with the election wrapped up, he was more forthcoming, saying in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the parallels between him and Trump are “obvious.”

    “He, too, is an entrepreneur that at a point in his life decided to devote his skills and energies to his own country. And he was voted by all the Americans that are tired of old politics, shut in themselves, that have grown unable to listen and understand,” Berlusconi said “A policy that made the same mistake typical of the left all over the world: thinking that being 'politically correct' is the way to be close to people’s needs, without understanding that the actual weak are the citizens oppressed by the state, taxes, bureaucracy, uncontrolled immigration, unemployment, the terrorist threat.”

    Berlusconi held Italy's highest office for about nine years, in four stints — the longest of any Italian leader since World War II. Before entering politics, he presided over a vast media empire and amassed wealth greater than Trump's, according to calculations by Forbes magazine. In 2012, a year after losing elections, he was convicted of tax fraud. The next year, he was convicted of paying an underage prostitute for sex, though the conviction was overturned on appeal a year later.

    Both men have been accused of grossly and criminally abusing women yet have openly bragged about their sexual exploits. Both claim that their independent wealth means they have no stake in using political power to enrich themselves. Hailing from the business elite, they have railed against political elites of all ideologies, and voters have loved them for it. Berlusconi told Corriere della Sera that it would be incorrect to see Trump or him as part of a right-wing movement. Rather, he said, they are part of a populist center.

    “I don’t represent ‘the right’, I represent a liberal middle of the people in which the best political traditions of our country came together: from the Catholic one to reformative socialism, liberalism and a democratic, responsible right,” he said. “As far as these political definitions go, and I think they're less significant by the day, my role has been and will always be this. About Trump’s economic policy, there are many similarities and some differences between [his] program and ours: [His] tax policies can be appreciated, as well as his focus on controlling migration . . . I don’t agree with his protectionist choices and the isolationist tendencies he expressed. But politics taught me that leaders must not be judged on their programs but on their actions. We’ll watch him at work.”

    One foreign leader for whom both Berlusconi and Trump have expressed admiration is Russian President Vladimir Putin, who shares many of their traits, including populism and alleged womanizing. Recent reports suggest that Trump's presidential campaign was in touch with members of Putin's government, and Democrats repeatedly alleged that Putin's intelligence agencies were meddling in the U.S. electoral process to Trump's benefit. Berlusconi and Putin are close friends, and they often go on vacation and throw parties together.

    “Trump understood something of fundamental importance: the Russian Federation needs be considered a full-fledged Western country,” said Berlusconi, echoing sentiments that Putin has voiced repeatedly. “We need Russia to face — together — the dramatic problems of the international arena: from Islamist extremism to the wave of migrants. Up until now President Putin has shown himself capable of facing the challenges of our time before and better than the other international leaders.”

    Berlusconi, 80, is hoping to return to political relevance in Italy after his tax fraud conviction and health problems have kept him out of the limelight. On Dec. 4, Italy will hold a referendum on constitutional reform that is being seen as a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has threatened to resign if he loses the vote. Berlusconi's Forza Italia political party has recently been polling at about 12 percent.

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  • Breaking News: Watch as fistfight breaks out in Ukraine parliament on Monday - Washington Post reports

    14/Nov/2016 // 437 Viewers

    Opposition Party leader Yuriy Boyko (L) and leader of Radical Party Oleh Lyashko scuffle during a meeting of parliament faction leaders in Kiev, Ukraine, November 14, 2016. (REUTERS Photo)

     

    PARIS, November 14, 2016. 10:01 AM EST  (DGW) - A brawl broke out between two Ukrainian MPs on Monday during a meeting of parliament faction leaders in Kiev, as one party leader accused another of working with the Kremlin and calling for him to be jailed, The Washington post has reported.

    Oleh Lyashko, the leader of Radical Party, was on the receiving end of several punches thrown by Opposition Party leader Yuriy Boyko after he accused Boyko of traveling to Moscow to receive orders from the government there.

    "Instructions must be received from your own people, from Ukrainians," Lyashko said.

    "By the way, I also want to ask the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) why they visit Moscow and are not yet in jail?" he added before Boyko jumped to his feet and aimed a punch at Lyashko's face.

    Other lawmakers were quick to intervene and end the scuffle. But Lyashko continued his tirade, leading to a second fistfight.

    This is not the first time Lyashko, known for his populist views, has been a part of violent scuffles in parliament, where brawls happen on a regular basis.

    The Opposition Bloc mainly unites lawmakers from the now defunct Party of Regions, the party of Viktor Yanukovich, the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian leader who fled the country for Russia after mass protests and shootings in 2014.


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  • JUST IN: Putin, Trump agree to "partner-like" dialogue to normalize Russian-American relations - Kremlin

    14/Nov/2016 // 422 Viewers

     

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump spoke on the phone on Monday evening and agreed on the need to normalize ties between Washington and Moscow, the Kremlin said.

    The Kremlin said that Putin expressed readiness to establish a "partner-like" dialogue with Trump's administration as they noted "the extremely unsatisfactory state of Russian-US relations at present" and "declared the need for active joint work to normalize them."

    In the U.S., Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway declined comment to reporters when she was asked about any calls from world leaders that Trump has received.

    The Kremlin says that Putin and Trump agreed that U.S.-Russian ties are "unsatisfactory" and spoke for joint efforts to normalize them and engage in a "constructive cooperation on a broad range of issues."

    The Kremlin adds that they also agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against the No. 1 enemy — international terrorism and extremism." The Kremlin says they discussed the settlement of the Syrian crisis in that context.


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  • World War111: Heavy tension as ex-general says NATO-Russia nuclear war ‘possible within a year’

    14/Oct/2016 // 486 Viewers

     

    NATO’s former deputy military chief in Europe says his book, a fictional story which describes a nuclear war with Russia over the Baltic nations taking place in 2017, is based on an “entirely plausible” scenario.
    General Sir Richard Shirreff, from Britain, served at the second-highest NATO military office in Europe between 2011 and 2014. He says his experience acquired in the alliance of war-gaming future conflicts helped him model the narrative for the book.

    According to his scenario, starting next year Russia would first occupy Ukraine to secure a land route to Crimea and then invade the three Baltic nations, all of which are members of NATO. The move, Shirreff argued, would be driven by the perception of NATO’s weakness and Russia’s opposition to what it sees as the alliance’s attempts to encircle it.

    We need to judge President [Vladimir] Putin by his deeds not his words,” the retired general told BBC Radio 4’s Today program. “He has invaded Georgia, he has invaded the Crimea, he has invaded Ukraine. He has used force and got away with it.”

    The supposed invasion of Georgia in 2008 was Russia’s response to a Georgian attack on its breakaway region of South Ossetia, which started with the killings of Russian peacekeepers stationed there to prevent such hostilities. Russia responded by defeating the NATO-trained Georgian Army and withdrew. Moscow later recognized South Ossetia as a sovereign state, formalizing its de facto independence from Georgia that had been in place since the 1990s.

    The supposed invasion of Ukraine in 2014 was Russia’s use of its troops, which were legally deployed in Crimea under a treaty with Ukraine, to prevent hostilities after an armed coup in Kiev. The Crimean people, who overwhelmingly opposed the new Ukrainian government and its nationalistic leanings, voted in a referendum to part ways with Ukraine and rejoin Russia.

    If Russia used military force against any NATO members, the entire alliance would be obliged to declare war on Russia. The US is the most powerful member of NATO and has the world’s biggest military force. According to Shirreff, Russia would use its nuclear arsenal to counter NATO’s response.

    “Be under no illusion whatsoever – Russian use of nuclear weapons is hardwired into Moscow’s military strategy,” he said, omitting the fact that NATO’s nuclear nations – the US, Britain and France – have always kept a pre-emptive nuclear strike as a possible option. Russia dropped its pledge not to use nuclear weapons first in 1993.

    A scenario of conflict between Russia and NATO members over one of the Baltic states was earlier explored by the BBC in a film, which focused on decision-making at a British advisory body responding to the crisis. In the film, the stand-off escalated into a full-scale nuclear conflict and the advisers contemplating an option to destroy Russia’s biggest cities with Trident missiles.


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  • UK ill-equipped to face Russia, Putin could wipe out UK in 24 hours - UK military expert, Andrew Foxall, warns

    14/Sep/2016 // 1269 Viewers

     

    A top military expert has warned that the UK is ill equipped and not prepared for a nuclear war if Russia decides to engage them, hence the region will be wiped out if Putin decides at any point in time to go on the offensive against them.

    Britain and Russia don't have the best of International relationships right now and reports indicate that Russia's military have the capacity and strength to walk over NATO's forces in the event of an agression.

    Dr Andrew Foxall, director of Russian studies at influential think-tank The Henry Jackson Society told Daily Star Online: "As things stand, the UK is ill-equipped to deal with Russia.

    "There is an urgent need to strengthen not only the UK’s defences, but those of NATO members as a whole.

    "The alliance simply isn’t doing enough to build up the range of capabilities necessary to deter an aggressive and resurgent Russia."

    Dr Foxall believes that the West's shift to focus on terrorism and conflicts in the Middle East over recent years has meant our traditional military capabilities have suffered.

    He added: "For almost two decades, the UK, with its NATO partners, has focused on counterinsurgency warfare.

    "The military has been up against lightly armed insurgent forces, rather than conventional state-on-state warfare.


    "This very different form of war has introduced logistics systems, training, exercises, equipment, and priorities quite different from those required to respond to a Russian threat."

    Russian forays in Georgia, Ukraine and now Syria have proved that they could decide to provocate UK by foraying into British territory too, Dr Foxall says.

    "Russia’s Air Force bombers are frequently intercepted by RAF jets in close proximity of UK airspace.

    "Russia’s warships often sail near British waters.

    "And Russia’s submarines have attempted to record the ‘acoustic signature’ made by the Vanguard submarines that carry Trident nuclear missiles."

    "More alarmingly, in 2008, a Russian Tu-160 “Blackjack” bomber carried out a dummy nuclear attack on northern England", he said.

    "Flying towards Hull, the bomber came within 20 miles of British airspace before turning away.

    "While the chances of war between Russia and the UK seem rather low, it remains a possibility Russia will prepare for it – and Moscow has been doing so for some time."

     


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  • BIAFRA: IPOB members' protest in Geneva, Switzerland

    15/Feb/2016 // 2664 Viewers

     

    Pierre Fleur reports from Geneva

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 15, 2016: (DGW) - The Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) on Monday  staged a peaceful protest march in Geneva, Switzerland calling for the immediate and unconditional  release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and a referendum for independence from Nigeria.

    The IPOB members condemned in its entirety the ongoing massacre of unarmed Biafran agitators and called the attention of world leaders to prevail on the Nigeria government to stop the provocative killings of Igbos in the south-east.

    The agitators insisted on a referendum, a course of action, said one of the agitators, to free Biafrans from the  oppressive yoke of the Nigerian government. 

    His words, ''We are irrevocably committed to our call for a referendum to free our people from Nigeria. We are a people that have been marginalized, a people which the Nigerian government has committed several crimes against humanity on and this time around we have made up our mind to secede from Nigeria and there is no turning back''

    ''We shall carry this protest to the 27 countries that make up the EU and indeed the rest of the world until they heed our pleas and prevail on the evil government in Nigeria to free our people'', one of the visibly  angry agitators also  told our reporter in Geneva.

    On inquiry whether they will resort to armed struggle to actualize an independent Biafran State, they said they are in no move to disclose their next line of action to anyone for security reasons.

      

     

     

     

     

     


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  • 73 killed, over 100 injured in terror-linked attack in Nice, France [Photos]

    15/Jul/2016 // 1362 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JULY 15, 2016: (DGW) At least 73 were killed  and 100 mortally injured as a lorry crashes into crowd of revellers celebrating in France ‘terror attack’

    Witnesses describe an exchange of gunfire between the driver and police as terror fears grow after the  incident in Nice. The gunfire, an aftermath of the incident happened shortly after 10.30pm on the Promenade des Anglais

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    Joel Fenster, a 23-year-old law student from north London who is in Nice for a language course, told newsmen  how he and friend ran for cover after hearing gunshots.

    “We went to watch the fireworks on the beach and then after we knew there was meant to be a concert so we were walking round to the promenade. It was a perfectly normal night,” he said, speaking from his apartment in Nice.

    Police officers and rescued workers stand near a van that ploughed into a crowd in Nice.

    “Suddenly everyone started running in the opposite direction to us, and ducking down. It seemed like there was someone coming - there was a strong sense that we needed to get away. So we started running away from the beach, inland towards the old town.  We heard the gunshots - initially one, then later two more."

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  • Police evacuate Manchester stadium, dismantle fake bomb

    15/May/2016 // 594 Viewers

     


    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Police evacuated Manchester United's home stadium on the final day of the English Premier League season and dismantled a fake bomb Sunday just days after Britain raised its terror alert against Irish extremism.

    Police initially described the device as "incredibly lifelike" as Manchester United's planned match with Bournemouth was cancelled, to the boos of some fans. Four hours later, bomb technicians reported that the device was a hoax.

    The security alert reflects increased security at Premier League stadiums following last year's Paris attacks that targeted the Stade de France sports stadium as well as cafes, bars and a concert hall. It followed the British government's announcement Wednesday that it was raising the nation's threat level due to intelligence indicating the "strong possibility" of attacks in Britain by factions of the outlawed Irish Republican Army.

    Local media reported there were no telephoned warnings in advance of Sunday's alert, and no group claimed immediate responsibility for causing the disruption at Old Trafford stadium. IRA factions typically issue telephone warnings when placing bombs or hoax devices in civilian areas.

    It was the first Premier League match to be postponed because of a bomb threat. An exhibition soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled in November after police said they received a bomb threat. No explosives were found.

    On Sunday, security staff escorted fans from the stadium about a half hour before the scheduled 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) kickoff. Soldiers were deployed as part of the security sweep of the 75,635-seat stadium.

    Nearly four hours later, Greater Manchester Police announced that the suspect item was not a "viable device."

    "Full assessment now concluded and found device wasn't viable," the Greater Manchester Police said on its Twitter page. "A full search of the stadium is ongoing."

    Players from both teams were taken off the pitch during the warm-up and kept in the changing rooms. Some fans booed as a stadium announcer instructed them to exit the building.

    "We are doing everything we can to investigate this item as quickly as possible, however our priority is obviously to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium and surrounding area," said John O'Hare, assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police.

    United said the package was found on the northwest end of Old Trafford. Fans sitting in other stands initially had been allowed to stay inside the stadium.

    Police maintained a strong presence outside Old Trafford as fire engines attended the scene. Sniffer dogs were also seen inside the stadium.

    Greater Manchester Police said on its Twitter page that people should "avoid the area if possible."

    The match was one of 10 taking place on the final day of the Premier League season. The other nine matches went ahead.

    United was vying with Manchester City to finish in fourth place in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League. City drew 1-1 at Swansea, effectively ending United's top-four chances.

    The Premier League said in a statement it would reschedule the Manchester United-Bournemouth match as quickly as possible.

    "It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures and while we apologize for the inconvenience caused to fans, we are sure, in the circumstances, they will appreciate the need to do so," the Premier League said.

    United is scheduled to play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.

    Sunday's security scare rekindled memories of April 1997, when the dominant Provisional faction of the IRA used a telephoned bomb warning to force the evacuation of the Grand National horse race in Liverpool being attended by 60,000 fans, many of them Irish. That disrupted race eventually went ahead two days late in front of relatively few fans.

    Manchester United also enjoys a huge following in Ireland.

    The Provisional IRA has observed a cease-fire since July 1997 and renounced violence in 2005, but several rival factions continue to plot attacks in the British territory of Northern Ireland.

    On Wednesday, Home Secretary Theresa May told lawmakers in the House of Commons that the domestic intelligence agency MI5 had decided to raise its threat level of an IRA attack in Britain to "substantial," the third-highest level. That means MI5 — responsible for monitoring IRA splinter groups in Northern Ireland — considers an IRA attack in Britain a "strong possibility."


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  • At G20, Obama vows renewed effort to eliminate Islamic State

    15/Nov/2015 // 295 Viewers

    U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State in Syria and prevent it from carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists.

    Speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Turkey, Obama described the killings in Paris claimed by Islamic State as an attack on the civilized world and said the United States would work with France to hunt down those responsible.

    The two-day summit brings Obama and fellow world leaders just 500 km (310 miles) from Syria, where a 4-1/2-year conflict has transformed Islamic State into a global security threat and spawned Europe's largest migration flows since World War Two.

    "The skies have been darkened by the horrific attacks that took place in Paris just a day and a half ago," Obama said after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

    "We will redouble our efforts, working with other members of the coalition, to bring about a peaceful transition in Syria and to eliminate Daesh as a force that can create so much pain and suffering for people in Paris, in Ankara, and in other parts of the globe," he added, using an alternative name for Islamic State.

    Obama and his Western allies now face the question of how the West should respond after Islamic State again demonstrated it posed a threat far beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

    Washington already expects France to retaliate by taking on a larger role in the U.S.-led coalition's bombing campaign against Islamic State (ISIL).

    "We're confident that in the coming days and weeks, working with the French, we will be able intensify our strikes against ISIL in both Syria and Iraq to make clear there is no safe haven for these terrorists," U.S. Deputy National security adviser Ben Rhodes said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press".

    But European Council President Donald Tusk said Russia too should focus its military operations on Islamic State, rather than on the Syrian opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad, urging cooperation between Washington and Moscow.

    "It should be our common aim to coordinate our actions against Daesh and for sure the cooperation between the United States and Russia is a crucial one," he said.

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    Russia joined the conflict a month and a half ago with air strikes in Syria, but has been targeting mainly areas where foreign-backed fighters are battling Assad, its ally, rather than Islamic State, its critics say.

    Turkey and Western allies, by contrast, want Assad out.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he welcomed the renewed sense of urgency to find a solution to the war in Syria after the Paris attacks, adding the world had a "rare moment" of diplomatic opportunity to end the violence.


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  • Breaking News: France Begins Revenge Mission, Pounds IS targets in Raqa, Syria

    15/Nov/2015 // 908 Viewers

    France has commenced a revenge mission as its warplanes pound IS group targets in Raqqa, Sky24, satellite television news  monitored in Rome  is reporting. 

    No fewer than 12 warplanes including 10 fighter-bombers are taking part in this operation targeting IS group positions.

    Among the places targeted and being destroyed are the jihadist recruitment centre, ammunition depot, and a command post. The fighter planes, DailyGlobeWatch learnt, departed from The Emirates and Jordan for the combat operations in coordination with US forces.

    This is in the wake of the Paris shootings and bombings on Saturday night  that killed 129 people, left 300 people injured and 80 mortally wounded. 

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