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

    14/Oct/2016 // 446 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 // 1228 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 // 2587 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 // 1316 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 // 557 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 // 271 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 // 878 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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  • Breaking: Muslims on the run as Germany bans Islamist 'True Religion' group, launches dawn raids in mosques across country

    15/Nov/2016 // 1092 Viewers

     

    Police launched dawn raids across Germany on Tuesday on about 190 mosques, flats and offices linked to an Islamist group after the government banned the organization, accusing it of radicalising youngsters.

    Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the DWR 'True Religion' group had persuaded about 140 people to join militants in Iraq and Syria.

    DWR, also known as "READ!" made no reference to the raids on its website and did not immediately respond to a request for comment. De Maiziere said it had several hundred members.

    Pictures showed masked police officers carrying away computers and files from properties.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under pressure to harden her line on security after several attacks claimed by Islamic State across Europe, including a bombing and a knifing in Germany that wounded some 20 people in July. She is also under fire for letting in about 900,000 migrants, mostly Muslims, last year.

    Some Syrians in Germany say many mosques here are more conservative than those at home, and that they are confronted by Muslims who insist on a literal interpretation of the Koran.

    Last month, a Syrian committed suicide in prison after he was arrested on suspicion of planning to bomb an airport. His brother and friends have said he was "brainwashed" by ultra-conservatives imams in Berlin.

    The domestic intelligence agency said in June about 8,900 ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists were in Germany.

    De Maiziere said Tuesday's raids in 10 German states were the biggest crackdown on any group since the government shut down a movement known as Kalifatstaat (Caliphate State) in 2001, accusing it of extremist activities.

    He said DWR had distributed Korans and other religious material especially to young people, but this was not the reason for the ban.

    "Today's ban is rather directed against the abuse of religion by people propagating extremist ideologies and supporting terrorist organizations under the pretext of Islam."

    DWR members have tried to hand out material in German town centers to passers-by, often holding banners or wearing garments with the word "READ!" emblazoned in gold. The ban means they are now prohibited from running such campaigns.

    Fears about the number of migrants entering the country have boosted support for Alternative for Germany (AfD), a populist party that says Islam is incompatible with the constitution and has siphoned off support from Merkel's conservatives.

    A spokeswoman for the interior ministry said there was no indication that DWR was planning attacks itself. Overall, some 820 people have left Germany for war zones in Syria and Iraq, and officials fear they may pose a security threat on their return.


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  • Modern humans out of Africa sooner than thought

    15/Oct/2015 // 194 Viewers

    © Nature/AFP / by Marlowe Hood | This image provided by the journal "Nature" on October 14, 2015 shows 47 human teeth found in the Fuyan Cave, Daoxian, in southern China

     

    PARIS (AFP) - 

    Human teeth discovered in southern China provide evidence that our species left the African continent up to 70,000 years earlier than prevailing theories suggest, a study published on Wednesday said.

    Homo sapiens reached present-day China 80,000-120,000 years ago, according to the study, which could redraw the migration map for modern humans.

    "The model that is generally accepted is that modern humans left Africa only 50,000 years ago," said Maria Martinon-Torres, a researcher at University College London and a co-author of the study.

    "In this case, we are saying the H. sapiens is out of Africa much earlier," she told the peer-reviewed journal Nature, which published the study.

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    While the route they travelled remains unknown, previous research suggests the most likely path out of East Africa to east Asia was across the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.

    The findings also mean that the first truly modern humans -- thought to have emerged in east Africa some 200,000 years ago -- landed in China well before they went to Europe.

    There is no evidence to suggest that H. sapiens entered the European continent earlier than 45,000 years ago, at least 40,000 years after they showed up in present-day China.

    The 47 teeth exhumed from a knee-deep layer of grey, sandy clay inside the Fuyan Cave near the town of Daoxian closely resemble the dental gear of "contemporary humans," according to the study.

    They could only have come from a population that migrated from Africa, rather than one that evolved from an another species of early man such as the extinct Homo erectus, the authors said.

    The scientists also unearthed the remains of some 38 mammals, including specimens of five extinct species, one of them a giant panda larger than those in existence today.

    No tools were found.

    "Judging by the cave environment, it may not have been a living place for humans," lead author Wu Liu from the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing told AFP.

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    The study, published in the journal Nature, also rewrites the timeline of early man in China.

    Up to now, the earliest proof of H. sapiens east of the Arabian Peninsula came from the Tianyuan Cave near Beijing, and dated from no more than 40,000 years ago.

    The new discovery raises questions about why it took so long for H. sapiens to find their way to nearby Europe.

    "Why is it that modern humans -- who were already at the gates -- didn't really get into Europe?", Martinon-Torres asked.

    Wu and colleagues propose two explanations.

    The first is the intimidating presence of Neanderthal man. While this species of early human eventually died out, they were spread across the European continent up until at least some 50,000 years ago.

    "The classic idea is that H. sapiens... took over the Neanderthal empire, but maybe Neanderthals were a kind of ecological barrier, and Europe was too small a place" for both, Martinon-Torres said.

    Another impediment might have been the cold.

    Up until the Ice Age ended 12,000 years ago, ice sheets stretched across a good part of the European continent, a forbidding environment for a new species emerging from the relative warmth of East Africa.

    "H. sapiens originated in or near the tropics, so it makes sense that the species' initial dispersal was eastwards rather than northwards, where winter temperatures rapidly fell below freezing," Robin Dennell of the University of Exeter said in a commentary, also in Nature.

    Martinon-Torres laid out some of the questions to be addressed in future research, using both genetics and fossil records.

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    "What are the origins of these populations, and what was their fate? Did they vanish? Could they be the ancestors of later and current populations that entered Europe?"

    She also suggested there might have been "different movements and migrations" out of Africa, not just one.

    Besides the prehistoric panda, called Ailuropoda baconi, the scientists found an extinct species of a giant spotted hyaena.

    An elephant-like creature called Stegodon orientalis and a giant tapir, also present, were species that may have survived into the era when the Chinese had developed writing, some 3500 years ago.

    The cache of teeth nearly went unnoticed, Wu told AFP.

    He and his Chinese colleagues discovered the cave -- and its menagerie of long-deceased animals -- in the 1980s, but had no inkling that it also contained human remains.

    But 25 years later, while revisiting the site, Wu had a hunch.

    "By thinking about the cave environment, we realised that human fossils might be found there," he told AFP by email. "So we started a five-year excavation."

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  • Italy begins debating same-sex unions bill

    15/Oct/2015 // 214 Viewers

    ROME (AFP) - 

    Italy's parliament began debating a civil union bill for gay couples on Wednesday, kicking off a hotly-awaited rights battle championed by Premier Matteo Renzi but expected to drag on for months.

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    The country is the last major state in western Europe not to legally recognise and protect homosexual couples, and Renzi had promised a law would be passed by the end of the year -- a deadline now looking a bit tight.

    While attempts by previous administrations to change the law have been thwarted by parties with deep ties to the powerful Catholic Church, this time the majority of opposition parties have said they support the bill.

    But Renzi's coalition partner, the small New Centre Right (NCD) party, fiercely opposes parts of it.

    The proposed law offers some of the benefits of marriage, such as being able to receive part of a deceased partner's pension, automatic inheritance and being able to adopt the child of a partner if it only has one legal parent.

    In July, the European Court of Human Rights upheld discrimination complaints filed by three Italian couples, saying Rome should introduce some form of civil union -- an embarrassing ruling which helped pro-civil unionists.

    While 74 percent of Italians support the idea according to a recent poll, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Rome in June to protest a change to the law.

    A Senate vote on the bill is expected before the end of the year, after which it will move to the lower house of parliament.


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