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29 September 2016
President Barack Obama has ordered all ZOG U.S. flags on federal property to be flown at half-staff in the memory of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday.
Obama’s order covers all federal buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its territories, as well as U.S. embassies, military bases and other facilities abroad.
The order directs ZOG flags to be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday.
JERUSALEM — The United States has finalized a $38 billion package of military aid for Israel over the next 10 years, the largest of its kind ever, and the two allies plan to sign the agreement on Wednesday, American and Israeli officials said.
The State Department scheduled a ceremony to formally announce the pact, which will be signed by Jacob Nagel, the acting national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Thomas A. Shannon Jr., the under secretary of state for political affairs. Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser who handled negotiations, plans to be on hand.
The package represents a major commitment to Israel’s security in the waning months of Mr. Obama’s presidency after years of fractious relations with Mr. Netanyahu over issues like the Iran nuclear agreement. Mr. Netanyahu agreed to several concessions to cement the deal rather than gamble on winning better terms from the next president.
The package will provide an average of $3.8 billion a year over the next decade to Israel, already the largest recipient of American aid, including financing for missile defense systems that defend against rockets fired by groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. Under a previous 10-year agreement that expires in 2018, the United States provides about $3 billion a year, but lately Congress has added up to $500 million a year for missile defense.
Looking ahead to the next decade, Mr. Netanyahu initially sought as much as $45 billion, but Mr. Obama refused to go that high. Money for missile defense is included in the package, and the two sides agreed not to seek additional funds from Congress over the next decade unless both agree, such as in case of a war.
28 September 2016
Moscow city will replace Microsoft programs with domestic software on thousands of computers in answer to President Vladimir Putin's call for Russia's authorities to reduce dependence on foreign technology amid tensions with the U.S. and Europe.
The city will initially replace Microsoft's Exchange Server and Outlook on 6,000 computers with an email system installed by state-run carrier Rostelecom PJSC, Artem Yermolaev, head of information technology for Moscow, told reporters Tuesday. Moscow may expand deployment of the new software, developed by Russia's New Cloud Technologies, to as many as 600,000 computers and servers, and may also consider replacing Windows and Office, Yermolaev said.
Putin is urging state entities and local companies to go domestic amid concerns over security and reliability after U.S. firms shut down paid services in Crimea following Russia's 2014 annexation. The plan poses a challenge to the likes of Microsoft, SAP SE and Oracle Corp. in the country's $3 billion software market. Adding to pressure, Putin's Internet czar German Klimenko wants to raise taxes on U.S. technology companies to help Russian competitors such as Yandex NV and Mail.ru Group Ltd.
"We want the money of taxpayers and state-run firms to be primarily spent on local software," Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov told reporters. From 2017, government entities including the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, General Prosecutor's Office and Audit Chamber "will be tightening their grip" on state institutions that aren't switching to domestic alternatives, he said.
Microsoft declined to comment.
Government entities spend about $295 million (20 billion rubles) a year on foreign software, according Nikiforov. His ministry has produced a list of nearly 2,000 Russian software products that state-run companies should use instead of products from global vendors.
Moscow's government has already switched Cisco Systems Inc. technology for city surveillance cameras to local software, Yermolaev said. State media company Rossiya Segodnya and Moscow's regional government switched from Oracle database systems to open-code PostgreSQL software supported by local programmers, according to Digital Russia.
26 September 2016
U.S. Rep. Steve King embraces European pro-White forces in opposing "cultural suicide by demographic transformation"
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) last week wished Frauke Petry, the leader of Germany's anti-invasion Alternative for Germany party, good luck in the Berlin elections in a tweet lamenting "cultural suicide by demographic transformation."
The tweet included a photo of himself with Petry and Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician.
Petry and her pro-White party have opposed the invasion of Germany and she has recently warned about the "Islamification" of the country. Wilders, the leader of the pro-White Dutch Party for Freedom, has praised Donald Trump.
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he has decided to "cross the Rubicon" in his ties with the United States and will open trade alliances and offer long-term land leases to "the other side of the ideological barrier," China and Russia.
The U.S. State Department responded that it wouldn't stand in Manila's way of seeking deeper ties with Beijing and Moscow. But it maintained that the U.S.-Philippine alliance endures despite the barrage of negative commentary from Duterte since he took power in June.
Duterte told reporters he was "not really" breaking ties with the U.S., his country's long-time treaty ally, but will open all areas of trade and commerce to China and Russia. It would not include military alliances, he said.
He said the two countries' companies would be able to lease land in the Philippines for up to 120 years.
Duterte said he will travel to China soon to talk to President Xi Jinping, and then to Japan and Russia.
Duterte has had an uneasy relationship with the U.S., which has criticized his crackdown on illegal drugs in which more than 3,000 people have died.
During a summit of East Asian leaders in Laos earlier this month, Duterte said he told Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Mevedev that he was "about to cross the Rubicon" with the United States, at least during the six years of his presidential term.
"I would need your help in everything — trade, commerce — and I will open up," Duterte said he told Mevedev.
Asked by a reporter what he meant by crossing the Rubicon, Duterte said it was "a point of no return." He said the problem was that the Philippines' mutual defense treaty with the U.S. does not guarantee that Washington will come to the Philippines' defense if it is attacked because the U.S. president would need the approval of Congress.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that despite Duterte's repeated criticisms of the U.S., the department has not been officially contacted by Philippine authorities regarding any of those things. He said the U.S. believes it can remain a close friend and partner of the Southeast Asian nation.
"We are not deaf. We do hear what he says. But our cooperation with the Philippine government remains strong and unabated," Toner told reporters. "He (Duterte) makes public statements. We have not, though, seen anything with regard to our relations with the Philippines that would indicate a shift, if you will, or a turning away."
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama canceled a formal meeting with Duterte at a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders after the Philippine leader used the phrase "son of a bitch" in warning that he wouldn't accept lectures from Obama on human rights. Duterte has also said he would not allow Filipino forces to conduct joint patrols with the U.S. military in the disputed South China Sea and that he wants U.S. forces out of the country's south, where he said minority Muslims resent the presence of American troops.
Duterte lashed out Monday against the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Australia for criticizing the deaths in his campaign against illegal drugs.
"They should not scare me about the extrajudicial killings, or else I will also demand that the United States of America and EU be investigated alongside with me because they have committed far more injustice and have done horrific things," he added, calling them "hypocrites."
22 September 2016
“The US Preparing to Wage War on Russia. How will Russia Respond?”
As we have already said many times, the main aspect of this political season is not elections, but war. But if elections do have importance somewhere, then this is in the US where, once again, they are closely connected to war. Two days ago, on Saturday, September 17th, the likelihood of this war was breathtakingly high. As we know, American troops, who no one ever invited to Syria, bombed the positions of the Syrian army at Deir ez-Zor. As a result of the bombing, 60 Syrian soldiers were killed.
This strike was extremely important for ISIS militants, whom the US is informally advising and arming while supposedly fighting them. This crossed the line. Bombing Syrian soldiers is one thing, but this means declaring war not only against Syria, but also Russia, which is fighting in Syria on Assad’s side. And this means that we have reached a climax.
Sure, the US leadership immediately reported that the airstrike was a mistake and warned the Russian leadership not to express any emotions. But Americans can only be lying, as modern technology allows satellite objects to be seen from a desktop. Theoretically, American bombers could not have simply confused such a strike. And what’s most important: if they had told you that they were preparing to bomb you, and you said nothing, then does that mean you agree?
It is completely obvious that the US is preparing to start a war against Russia. Border incidents represent reconnaissance operations. But how will Moscow, Putin, and the Kremlin react? The point of no return has not yet been crossed, but did Moscow’s reaction not show just how many Russians are ready for a direct, frontal confrontation with the US and NATO? This was why the airstrike was launched against Syrian army positions.
The globalist US leadership obviously cannot rule the whole world and, what’s more, the threat posed by Trump puts their control over America itself into question. Now, while the puppet Barack Obama is still in office and the globalist candidate Hillary Clinton is falling apart in front of American voters’ very eyes, is the last chance to start a war. This would allow them to postpone elections or force Trump, if he were to win, to begin his presidency in catastrophic conditions. Thus, the US neoconservatives and globalists need war. And fast, before it’s too late. If Trump gets into the White House when there will be peace, then there will be no such war, at least for the foreseeable future. And this would spell the end of the omnipotence of the maniacal globalist elites.
Thus, everything at this point is very, very serious. NATO’s ideologues and the US globalists falling into the abyss need war right now – before the American elections. War against us. Not so much for victory, but for the process itself. This is the only way for them to prolong their dominance and divert the attention of Americans and the whole world from their endless series of failures and crimes. The globalists’ game has been revealed. Soon enough, they’ll have to step down from power and appear before court. Only war can save their situation.
But what about us? We don’t need war. Not now, now tomorrow, never. Never in history have we needed war. But we have constantly fought and, in fact, we have almost never lost. The cost entailed terrible losses and colossal efforts, but we won. And we will always win. If this were not so, then today we wouldn’t have such an enormous country free from foreign control.
But in this case, we need to buy as much time as possible. The Americans have essentially attacked our positions, like the Georgians in Tskhinvali in August 2008. Russians are under fire, and this cannot be ignored. Our reaction is extremely cautious and balanced. We have expressed what we think about this American act of aggression, but in very deliberate terms.
The fatality of the situation lies in that, if Washington decides to opt for war now, then we cannot avoid it. If they will insist and repeat the September 17th situation again and again, then we will have to either accept the challenge and go to war, or knowingly admit defeat.
In this situation, the outcome of the struggle for peace which is, as always, fully in our interests, does not depend on us. We really need peace, to buy time until November 8th, and then everything will be much easier. But will the collapsing colossus allow us this time?
God forbid that this happens. But those who could pray prayed on the eve of the First and Second World War. In any case, our goal is always and only victory. Our victory.
The Americans are bombing our guys. A Third World War has never been so close.
Public Policy Polling released its monthly North Carolina poll today and, for the most part, found some stuff consistent with what we already knew: the presidential race is basically tied (Trump is up by two in a three-way with Gary Johnson, within the margin of error, and tied in a two-way), Roy Cooper is up five in the governor's race, Josh Stein is up four over Buck Newton in the AG race, and Deborah Ross and Richard Burr are deadlocked in the Senate race.
Then there’s this.
-By a 30/23 spread, Trump voters in North Carolina say they have a higher opinion of David Duke than they do of Hillary Clinton.
If you aren't familiar with David Duke, he is not, as some on Twitter have suggested that those polled may have believed, related to anything involving Duke basketball. He is actually a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, member of the American Nazi Party, and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives who has been outspoken in his support of Donald Trump (who reluctantly denounced Duke earlier this year after tripping over himself a bunch of times).
Duke is also running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana right now, and polling (in a crowded field) at a respectable 6 percent.
Here are some recent headlines from Duke's website:
- Hey Jared, Jews May Look White, But They Sure Don’t Act White!
- Dr. Duke and Mark Collett of the UK Chart the Path of White Revolution and Renaissance!
- Dr. David Duke Discusses the REAL RACISM and VIOLENCE promote by the Media against European Americans!
- Dr. Duke and Dr. Slattery on the left and right getting taken over by the anti-white narrative and why we need at least one voice in the Senate!
By seven points, Trump's North Carolina voters prefer this courageous white patriot to Hillary Clinton.
To close, here's a Duke-related anecdote about voting for someone you don't like at all in order to prevent an incorrigible monster, someone whose election would vindicate the white supremacist movement, from winning an election.
In 1991, former Klansman and American Nazi Party functionary David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana and made the runoff election against Democrat Edwin Edwards, the popular but scandal-plagued three-term former governor. Duke had made the runoff between the two top vote-getters since no one received a majority in the first primary. Duke had received just over 31% of the vote in the first primary, and Edwards had just over 33% in a twelve-person field.
The stage was set for a bitter, intense campaign between a Republican with a history of open advocacy of virulent racism and nativism and a deeply flawed corporate Democrat. The many different dangers that a Duke victory augured for the state provided the basis for a broad and bipartisan business-center-left electoral alliance that condensed around a least common denominator slogan that no doubt every Louisianan who was sentient at the time recalls: “Vote for the Crook: It’s Important.” Edwards won, with more than 61% of the vote, and a potential political and economic disaster for the state was avoided.
20 September 2016
As his country's northern border has become an issue in the U.S. presidential election campaign, Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto informed everyone at the United Nations Summit, that efforts to stop immigration and the mix of cultures are bound to fail.
Pena Nieto took a public opinion shellacking for hosting Republican Party candidate Donald Trump on Aug. 31 because Trump has repeatedly vowed to build a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants and said Mexico would pay for it.
"History shows that there are no barriers that can stop either the movement of people or the fusion of cultures," Pena Nieto said in his address to the summit ahead of the U.N. General Assembly.
"Neither natural nor artificial barriers hold sway. For every river there has always been a bridge. For every obstacle there has always been a way forward. Movement is an essential part of human existence," he said.Trump has infuriated Mexicans with a series of broadsides against the United States' southern neighbor. "We are a proudly mestizo, multi-cultural and diverse nation," Pena Nieto said, referring to Mexican of mixed descent. "We Mexicans firmly believe that this mestizo fusion is the future and destiny of human kind."
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate in the Nov. 8 election, has accused Trump of embracing a brand of U.S. political conservatism associated with white nationalism and nativism.
She has linked Trump's statements about immigration and religion to the rise of a political fringe movement in the U.S. known as the "alternative right", which opposes multiculturalism, immigration, and White genocide.
19 September 2016
In an aircraft hangar on the French Riviera, as thousands of supporters waved French tricolour flags, France’s far-right Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, boomed proudly from the stage: “The time of the nation state is back!”
She praised Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and said plans to build walls across the world – including one to keep out migrants and refugees at Calais — showed a return to “the time of borders”.
Complaining of the dangers of mass immigration and multiculturalism that she said the EU was forcing on France, she vowed to defend French identity and restore national sovereignty. The crowd chanted “Marine President” and “This is our home”.
With only seven months until the French presidential election, the question of who will lead France remains tantalisingly open. While France’s mainstream parties on the left and right are yet to choose their candidates, Le Pen, who will stand for the FN, calmly claims to have the upper hand.
A glitterball lit up the hangar on Saturday night as she hosted a gala dinner at the party conference to mark the preparations for her 2017 French presidential bid, at one point parading with a trained eagle on her arm.
All polls show that she will easily make it into the final round run-off in May. The tense mood in French society is seen as favourable: more than 230 people have been killed in Islamist terror attacks since January 2015; mass unemployment and economic stagnation hang over daily life; and parties on both the right and left have anxiously appropriated Le Pen’s key preoccupations of immigration, national identity and the place of Islam in France.
Crucially, Le Pen believes the international mood will work in her favour – specifically the campaign by the US Republican candidate Donald Trump and the UK’s Brexit vote, which she sees as patriotic people rising up against ruling elites. Le Pen has been alone among French political leaders in loudly backing both Brexit and Trump.
The nationalist, anti-immigration, anti-European Union FN, which wants to leave the euro and favours French people over immigrants in giving out state benefits, remains the most significant far-right party in western Europe and has made big electoral gains in recent years. In the past five years, it has gone from from no presence in parliament to seats in both the lower house and the senate, 11 mayors and hundreds of local councillors at different levels. It has expanded its traditional voter base to new groups, including senior public sector workers in the police, hospitals and schools.
And yet it was clear Le Pen faces major difficulties in the presidential race as party members and supporters gathered in the traditional heartlands of the Côte d’Azur for her party conference this weekend, where many sat in straw hats and boaters bearing ribbons marked “Marine 2017”.
Even if Le Pen does reach the final round, all polls show she would be defeated. Despite Le Pen’s sidelining of her father and party co-founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and her long quest to “detoxify” her party of the racist, jack-booted, antisemitic imagery of the past, a majority of French voters still question whether the party is capable of governing France.
Outside Le Pen’s heartlands there is a widespread fear of the party, which many continue to associate with the old tags of demagoguery, xenophobia or racism. The party still faces a barrage of tactical voting by the right and left to stop it winning final-round votes – described by one Lille party worker as “the onslaught of an armada”. This clubbing together of right and left parties against the FN prevented it from winning any constituencies in last year’s regional elections despite taking a historic 6.8m votes.
Smiling, Le Pen chatted to journalists backstage at her party conference, saying she was confident she could expand her electorate far enough to win. Her aim in this pre-campaign period is to present herself as credible, to move away from divisive positions and to re-position herself as a kind of calm, unifying authority. She said she would run a “joyous” campaign. Her aides said she felt her chances were better than ever. “With the designation of Trump in the US, and Brexit, analysts should be a bit more modest, there’s a global awakening,” Le Pen said.
Above all, if Le Pen makes it through to the second round, she wants to avoid the fate that befell her father when he shocked France by reaching the final round in 2002.More than a million angry demonstrators took to the streets in protest against Le Pen senior who was subsequently squarely beaten when 82% of voters from all parties opted for Jacques Chirac, in order to keep the FN at bay.
This time, if Marine Le Pen makes the second round, she is likely to seriously narrow the gap. The parliamentary elections that will follow the presidential vote could also see the FN make historic gains in the national assembly.
Le Pen feels she has already won what has been called “the battle of ideas”. Nicolas Sarkozy, the former rightwing president who is seeking his party’s nomination to run again in 2017, has lurched so far right that he has appropriated, or outdone, certain of Le Pen’s ideas on immigration, security and Islam. This serves to legitimise FN ideas, party members argue.
While Sarkozy has controversially called for the locking up of anyone suspected of radicalisation even if they have committed no crime, Le Pen has sat back and argued for protecting the rule of law, aiming to show she is less divisive than him.
David Rachline, the young FN mayor of Fréjus who will serve as Le Pen’s campaign director, said her ideas were now “majority-held views in France”.
Gilbert Collard, one of Le Pen’s MPs, said: “Who in France can say that everything’s going well, that the economy’s good, that there’s security, that terrorism has been controlled, the nation preserved? If you look at our whole diagnosis of society’s ills – you can hate us, but everyone knows that our ideas are being taken up and reproduced by everyone else.”
Nicolas Bay, the party’s secretary general, said Trump and Brexit helped Le Pen’s cause. “It shows French people that there’s a patriotic dynamic that goes well beyond France. There’s a springtime of the people.”
15 September 2016
The European Union needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force, the Commission president has told MEPs in Strasbourg.
Jean-Claude Juncker said the lack of a "permanent structure" resulted in money being wasted on missions.
Part of his annual state of the union address was devoted to the UK's unexpected vote to leave the EU.
He insisted that the bloc was not at risk but called for Brexit negotiations to take place as quickly as possible.
Modelled on the state of the union address by the US president, the Commission president's annual speech was introduced in 2010 to detail the state of the EU and future legislative plans.
Won't a common military force interfere with Nato?
The Brexit vote has given added impetus to plans for greater defence co-operation, because the UK has always objected to the potential conflict of interest with Nato.
But Mr Juncker said a common military force "should be in complement to Nato". "More defence in Europe doesn't mean less transatlantic solidarity."
A European Defence Fund would stimulate military research and development, he said.
Why a military HQ? By BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus
All EU members have military forces; most are also members of Nato; and several have extensive experience of operations abroad, from peace-keeping to war-fighting.
The real question is how to organise these component parts to get greater security. Mr Juncker insists that the EU must have a role here.
He wants to improve EU command and control facilities and appears to be suggesting that EU civil and military aspects of a given mission should be run out of the same headquarters.
He also insists that whatever the EU does it should not detract from Nato. But defence resources are finite. His critics will say nothing should be done that duplicates existing Nato activities, as that sends a signal of disarray in Western ranks to Moscow.
What sort of missions does the EU run?
Since 2003 the EU has launched some 30 civilian and military operations in Europe, Africa and Asia - under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Sixteen are still going on, including six military operations:
- Its mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina oversees the implementation of the 1995 Dayton Agreement which ended the Balkan Wars. It replaced Nato forces in 2004
- Counter-piracy operation Atalanta began off the coast of Somalia in 2008
- In 2015, Operation Sophia began targeting migrant-traffickers in the Mediterranean
- The EU also has military training programmes in Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic
On future Brexit negotiations, Mr Juncker warned that the UK could only have unlimited access to the single market if it accepted free movement of people and goods. "There can be no a la carte access to the single market," he said.
The single market has dominated the Brexit debate in the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May distanced herself last week from remarks by Brexit minister David Davis, when he said remaining in the single market would be "very improbable" if it meant giving up control of British borders.
What was Juncker's main message? By BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler
Jean-Claude Juncker and his team agonised over the wording of Wednesday's speech.
The UK's vote to leave the EU is undoubtedly one of the biggest crises the bloc has ever faced but Mr Juncker was determined not to dwell on it.
There were few words on Brexit. His main message: "The European project continues. Let's choose to look forward. Be positive."
Applause resounded around the chamber of the European Parliament but how will the voters outside react?
Are they even listening? The drumbeat of nationalist, Eurosceptic populism reverberates around the continent.
Public trust in the establishment is low - whether traditional politicians, bankers or EU bureaucrats - and Mr Juncker is an unelected president.
What else did he say?
Mr Juncker admitted the EU was facing an "existential crisis", and he also warned that splits in the union had left space for "galloping populism".
In a blunt criticism of recent attacks on immigrants in the UK, he said he would "never accept Polish workers being beaten up, harassed or even murdered on the streets of Essex".
Mr Juncker said the EU had to deliver "concrete results" including:
- Maintaining stability and sharing the burden of economic downturn, such as doubling investment in the EU to €500bn (£425bn; $560bn) in the next five years and creating an investment fund for Africa
- Creating solidarity in the Union - such as protecting unaccompanied minors migrating to the EU - but Mr Juncker said this must "come from the heart" and could not "be forced or imposed"
- Promoting security including strengthening the EU's borders and promoting greater security co-operation between member states, as well as greater military centralisation.
How did MEPs react?
Anti-EU MEPs lined up to criticise Mr Juncker's rallying cry:
- UKIP leader Nigel Farage said it was "the usual recipe: more Europe, in this particular case, more military Europe''
- Peter Lundgren of the anti-migrant Sweden Democrats said his country had always been neutral militarily. "We don't want to be forced into this type of military co-operation," he said
- But Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's lead negotiator on Brexit, said the EU still offered the "cure" for "the cancer of nationalism"
U.S., Israel sign $38 billion military aid package
The United States will give Israel $38 billion in military assistance over the next decade, the largest such aid package in U.S. history, under a landmark agreement signed on Wednesday.
The deal, whose details were reported by Reuters earlier, will allow Washington's chief Middle East ally to upgrade most of its fighter aircraft, improve its ground forces' mobility and strengthen its missile defense systems, a senior U.S. official said.
While the package constitutes the most U.S. military aid ever given to any country, it entails concessions by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to officials on both sides.
Those include Israel’s promise not to seek additional funds from Congress beyond what will be guaranteed annually in the new package, and to phase out a special arrangement that has allowed Israel to spend part of its U.S. aid on its own defense industry instead of on American-made weapons, the officials said.
Nearly 10 months of drawn-out aid negotiations underscored continuing friction between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu over last year's U.S.-led nuclear deal with Israel's arch-foe Iran, an accord the Israeli leader opposed. The United States and Israel have also been at odds over the Palestinians.
But the right-wing Netanyahu decided it would be best to forge a new arrangement with Obama, who leaves office in January, rather than hoping for better terms from the next U.S. administration, according to officials on both sides.
A new pact now allows him to avoid uncertainties surrounding the next president, whether Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump, and to give Israel’s defense establishment the ability to plan ahead.
Obama's aides wanted a new deal before his presidency ends, seeing it as an important part of his legacy. Republican critics accuse him of not being attentive enough to Israel's security, which the White House strongly denies, and of taking too hard of a line with the Israeli leader.
The $38 billion memorandum of understanding covers U.S. fiscal years 2019-2028 and succeeds the current $30 billion MOU signed in 2007, which expires at the end of fiscal 2018.
"Prime Minister Netanyahu and I are confident that the new MOU will make a significant contribution to Israel’s security in what remains a dangerous neighborhood," Obama said in a written statement.
The agreement was signed at the State Department by U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon and by Jacob Nagel, acting head of Netanyahu’s national security council.
According to a White House "fact sheet," the deal includes:
-annual payments of $3.3 billion in so-called foreign military financing
-$500 million a year for Israeli missile defense funding, the first time this has been formally built into the aid pact.
-A phasing-out of a special arrangement that for decades has allowed Israel to use 26.3 percent of the U.S. aid on its own defense industry instead of on American-made weapons.
-Elimination of a longstanding provision that has allowed Israel to use about 13 percent of the U.S. aid to buy military fuel.
-The funding will allow Israel to update "the lion's share" of its fighter aircraft, including purchasing additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Israel is scheduled to receive 33 F-35 aircraft, the first two of which will be delivered in December.
10 September 2016
New York (CNN)Hillary Clinton told an audience of donors Friday night that half of Donald Trump's supporters fall into "the basket of deplorables," meaning
people who are racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic straight White patriotic people.
In an effort to explain the support behind Trump, Clinton went on to describe the rest of Trump supporters as people who are looking for change in any form because of economic anxiety and urged her supporters to empathize with them.
"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said. "Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it."
She added, "And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric."
Clinton went on to say that some of these people were "irredeemable" and "not America."
Trump's campaign quickly pounced on the remarks.
Jason Miller, a Trump spokesman, said in a statement that Clinton "ripped off her mask and revealed her true contempt for everyday Americans."
Clinton acknowledges desire for (((change)))
Shifting to the other half of Trump supporters, Clinton said many of those people feel like the government doesn't care about them and who just want change in any form.
"That other basket of people are people who feel that government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures. They are just desperate for change. Doesn't really even matter where it comes from."
She continued, "They won't wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they're in a dead end. Those are people who we have to understand and empathize with as well."
Clinton made the comments before introducing Barbra Streisand at an LGBT fundraiser in downtown New York.
According to average ticket prices and attendance figures provided by the campaign, Clinton raised around $6 million at the fundraiser, only the sixth she has opened to press. While she has headlined more than 330 fundraisers as a candidate, her campaign has kept most of these events closed from reporters.
'Prejudice and paranoia'
Clinton's comments amount to startlingly blunt talk for a candidate that is usually measured in her assessment of the Republican nominee.
Although Clinton has accused Trump of racism before, she has never explicitly called him a racist. Last month, she delivered a major speech in which she accused Trump of aligning himself with far-right extremists and saying he "built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia."
"He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party," Clinton said in Reno, Nevada. "His disregard for the (((values))) that make (((our))) country (((great))) is profoundly dangerous."
Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton's campaign, cited the speech in attempting to clarify the Democratic nominee's comments Friday night.
"Obviously not everyone supporting Trump is part of the alt right, but alt right leaders are with Trump," Merrill tweeted, adding, "And their supporters appear to make up half his crowd when you observe the tone of his events."
On Thursday, Clinton slammed Trump for kicking off his political career by questioning whether President Barack Obama was actually born in the United States.
"We are facing a candidate with a long history of racial discrimination in his business, who traffics in toxic conspiracy theories like the lie that President Obama is not a true American," Clinton said. "If he doesn't respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?"
Clinton also echoed her campaign on Friday when she urged her supporters -- some of whom paid $50,000 to attend the fundraiser with Streisand -- to not get complacent.
"We can't take anyone or any place for granted and therefore I am asking you to volunteer for a phone bank or a canvass. At the very least, if you know anybody who's even thinking of voting for Trump, stage an intervention," Clinton said. "That may be one conversion therapy I endorse. Just remember: friends don't let friends vote for Trump."
09 September 2016
Astronomers continue to find that black holes, once thought to be rare anomalies in the Universe, can be found just about anywhere. The most recent discovery, detailed in a study published today by the Royal Astronomical Society, provides strong evidence that there are hundreds of black holes hiding in the globular cluster NGC 6101, which sits about 50,000 light years across the galaxy from Earth.
A globular cluster is a group of stars gravitationally bound to one another that orbit the center of the galaxy as a single unit. We have observed many of these clusters. British astronomers from the University of Surrey decided to take a closer look at NGC 6101 because it has a bizarre structure. Specifically, the individual stars in NGC 6101 are much older than researchers would assume given how young the cluster itself is. Also, there are surprisingly few stars in the center of the cluster, making it seem "inflated."
The answer to this mystery? Hundreds of black holes a few times larger than the Sun are inside the cluster, something that was previously thought to be impossible.
"Due to their nature, black holes are impossible to see with a telescope, because no photons can escape," explains Miklos Peuten of the University of Surrey in a press release. "In order to find them we look for their gravitational effect on their surroundings. Using observations and simulations we are able to spot the distinctive clues to their whereabouts and therefore effectively 'see' the un-seeable."
A computer simulation that modeled the formation of NGC 6101 over billions of years revealed that the presence of a large number of black holes could explain the strange structure of the cluster. The find calls into question some of the existing theories regarding how black holes form after the supernova of a massive star. It also suggests that a number of other globular clusters around the galaxy could be hiding large numbers of black holes, which would add a new piece to the puzzle of how the entire Milky Way formed.
Another globular cluster was recently revealed to be a "fossil" from the time of galactic formation—a ball of gas and dust that should have been absorbed by the violent center of the Milky Way, but escaped and is preserved to this day. With more discoveries like these, we might eventually unravel the mystery of how galaxies form across the Universe.
(((Traditional))) parties are starting to get nervous about the upcoming Berlin state parliament election as the upstart, far-right AfD party has been gaining support.
The AfD's support in Berlin has been hovering around 15 percent in the Infratest dimap polls since April.
The current reigning Social Democrats (SPD) got just 21 percent in the poll, followed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU (Christian Democratic Union) on 19 percent. The pro-environmental Greens came in as the third most popular party with 16 percent support.
The AfD was founded in 2013 and therefore was not in the last Berlin elections in 2011.
But in other recent local elections, the party has been gaining seats in state parliaments, winning more than 20 percent of the vote most recently in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania last weekend and more than 24 percent of the vote in Saxony-Anhalt’s election in March.
The election in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania shook Merkel’s CDU after her party fell to third place behind the AfD in second.
The results have stirred Merkel and her party allies to rethink their strategy with voters, especially with the national elections a year away. The Chancellor herself said that she had to take responsibility for the declining popularity of the CDU amid the AfD’s rise, and stressed that the party must focus on “how we can win back trust and move forward”.
But the Berlin poll results are perhaps most concerning for the SPD, which has been the city-state’s major party for 15 years. The Social Democrats won more than 28 percent of the vote in the 2011 election, but they reached 21 percent support in the ARD poll.
When asked which party should lead the Berlin parliament, 41 percent said the SPD, which was a drop of 13 percentage points from the same poll in 2011. Another 17 percent said they did not know.
The CDU also showed a less drastic drop in popularity with 19 percent in the ARD poll, compared to the 23.3 percent they won in the last election.
ARD noted that the low levels of support in the poll for the traditional parties would not make it possible to continue the current SPD-CDU coalition in Berlin - though another coalition would also not be possible.
Other parties, besides the AfD, did see some positive news in the survey. Die Linke (Left Party) came neck-and-neck with the AfD at 15 percent, which was an improvement over the 11.7 percent they won in 2011.
The FDP (Free Democratic Party) failed to make it into the parliament in 2011 with 1.8 percent, but the ARD poll showed they could actually get back into the senate with five percent support.
05 September 2016
"If that is the case, I believe the formation biochemical processes we can call life is rather an inevitability than a once-in-a-blue-moon rare event."
In late August, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced the discovery of Proxima b, the closest exoplanet to Earth. The news fueled hopes of finding an Earth-like planet that could support life. Now, Mikko Tuomi of the University of Hertfordshire, U.K., confirms that the newly found alien world could be one of the best currently known extrasolar places to search for microbial organisms.
Proxima b, located some four light years away, has a mass about 30 percent greater than Earth's, and orbits its parent red dwarf star Proxima Centauri every 11.2 days. While the planet's precise radius and density is still undetermined, the astronomers revealed that it lies within the 'habitable' zone of its host star and has an equilibrium temperature in the range suitable for liquid water on its surface.
"Everything we know about Proxima b suggests that, although it is different, it shares similar features with the Earth such that it could be a life-friendly planet," Tuomi told Astrowatch.net.
The exoplanet's similar mass to Earth means there is hardly any doubt about the fact that the planet has a rocky surface, with comparable composition. According to Tuomi, that in turn implies that the planet's radius is likely only slightly larger than Earth's radius. However, this is theoretical guesswork, as currently the researchers have no observational information about the exoworld's radius and cannot therefore estimate its density.
While many physical parameters of Proxima b are still uncertain, it is known that the radiation flux on the planet's surface is some 70 percent of the flux on Earth, making the exoplanet's surface temperature somewhat lower than on our planet. Moreover, slightly larger mass suggests that a denser atmosphere is possible, enabling a stronger greenhouse effect than on Earth and thus similar conditions.
But could Proxima b really host alien lifeforms? It is important to note that when geochemical processes turn into biochemical ones and become then identifiable as life, only three basic ingredients are needed. Does our neighboring exoplanet have what it takes to harbor microbial organisms?
"First, we need rock, and Proxima b indeed is a planet that certainly has a rocky surface. Second, the most common molecule in the universe, water, has to be present. We have no evidence of this, but water can be found everywhere in space and there are no reasons why it would not exist on the surface of Proxima b—and the temperatures on its surface likely allow the water to be liquid and for oceans as well. Third, there needs to be carbon dioxide, but that is simply a common primitive atmospheric molecule on all the Earth-sized planets in the solar system," Tuomi said.
Thus, he concluded that this means all the ingredients for life are the most likely there.
"If that is the case, I believe the formation biochemical processes we can call life is rather an inevitability than a once-in-a-blue-moon rare event," Tuomi noted.
However, much work still needs to be done to confirm Proxima b's ability to support life. The proximity of the newly detected planet means that it can be studied with near-future space telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope. Therefore, scientists hope to obtain more information regarding the planet's properties and also about the existence of additional planets in the system by conducting further observations over the coming years. The exoplanet could even be within reach of interstellar missions within our lifetime.
"This is not the case for the majority of known 'Earth-like' exoplanets found by the Kepler spacecraft, because they are hundreds of light years away," Tuomi said.
Stinging defeat for Angela Merkel’s conservatives in state election points to further political tumult across continent
BERLIN—Growing populist forces shook Europe’s pillar of stability this weekend, as an unprecedented defeat for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in Germany signaled more political tumult across the continent.
For the first time in postwar history, Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats finished behind a populist challenger to their political right in a state election. Riding a wave of discontent with her migration policy, the Alternative for Germany—a three-year-old anti-immigrant party—beat the chancellor’s party in her home state, spurring her allies to debate Monday whether she should change course.
Beyond Germany, more political crossroads are approaching that could jolt Europe—as the migrant influx, terrorism fears, and antiestablishment sentiment complicate the recovery from years of economic problems.
A week from Sunday, an election in the city-state of Berlin is likely to deliver Ms. Merkel another setback, according to opinion polls. Two weeks after that, polls show voters in Austria’s second-round presidential election could crown postwar Western Europe’s first right-wing, populist head of state.
Later in the fall, Italy faces a constitutional referendum seen as an up-or-down vote on Premier Matteo Renzi’s pro-European government. And in December, Spain could face its third parliamentary elections in a year if its troubles in forming a government persist—a symptom of the same political fragmentation and antiestablishment sentiment dogging much of Europe.
Every populist success in one European country appears to be emboldening the populists in the next. “That which was impossible yesterday has become possible,” French nationalist leader Marine Le Pen wrote in a Twitter post late Sunday after the initial results of the populist Alternative for Germany, or AfD, came in. “The patriots of the AfD have swept away the party of Ms. Merkel. All my congratulations!” Polls show Ms. Le Pen is likely to make it into the second round when France votes for a president in the spring.
The political turbulence has added to the challenges weighing on Europe’s economies, which, to the exception of Germany’s, remain anemic despite the European Central Bank’s years of ultra-easy monetary policy. In turn, the bank’s strategy, including large-scale bond purchases and negative interest rates, has sparked mounting complaints in Germany, in part because of its ill effects for the country’s millions of savers.
In an example of political and economic uncertainty feeding on each other, Germany’s finance minister said earlier this year that the ECB had contributed to the Alternative for Germany’s rise.
Amid the drama, European politicians will be closely watching events across the English Channel in Britain as a barometer of the consequences of turning away from the EU. It was in the U.K. that antiestablishment populists have scored their biggest success so far this year, winning the referendum to quit the European bloc.
A string of data there suggests the British economy appears to be regaining its footing following the Brexit vote—including a survey published Monday showing the U.K.’s powerhouse services sector bounced back to growth in August following a July slump.
The precise contours of the political debate differ across Europe, but the mounting disaffection with the establishment's policies of open borders, political centralization, and globalization—echoes from country to country.
Another major point of contention—refugee policy—has put Germany at the debate’s epicenter, after the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers since early last year. The three-year-old AfD has made opposition to Ms. Merkel’s acceptance of refugees the centerpiece of its campaigns, riding public disaffection with the chancellor to the biggest electoral gains by an upstart right-wing party in Germany in decades.
Its second-place finish behind the incumbent Social Democrats in the sparsely populated eastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania on Sunday marked one of the AfD’s most striking advances yet.
With slogans such as “Politics for our own people!” the AfD finished with 20.8% of the vote, ahead of the 19% won by Ms. Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats, traditionally the big-tent home for conservatives in a country long wary of nationalist populism. The AfD will now hold seats in nine of Germany’s 16 powerful state parliaments, building momentum ahead of the Berlin election later this month and the national election in September 2017.
In response to the regional defeat, the chancellor acknowledged the need to give Germans more confidence that the government had things under control, but said her migration policy remained on track. “I believe the fundamental decisions we made in the past months were right, but we have much to do to win back trust,” she said on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting of economic powers in Hangzhou, China.
In recent months, her government has sought to speed deportations of rejected asylum applicants and negotiated with Turkey to successfully stem the flow of Middle Eastern migrants across the Aegean Sea. Nevertheless, exit polls showed that the AfD drew voters from across the political spectrum in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania who were mainly motivated by the refugee issue and who wanted to send a message of discontent to the established parties.
“People have a diffuse feeling that the state no longer has this challenge under control,” said Mike Mohring, the Christian Democrats’ party chairman in the state of Thuringia. “More than anything, it’s a question of emotions and of rhetoric.”
AfD leaders, meanwhile, sounded emboldened. National co-chairman Jörg Meuthen said the party’s long-term goal was “to govern in this country.” AfD officials promised that Sunday’s vote spelled the beginning of the end of her chancellorship. Ms. Merkel has yet to announce whether she will seek a fourth term in Germany’s national elections next year, but a strong AfD showing in the national vote would likely complicate her efforts to form a new governing coalition.
“One cannot act in politics against the people, against the will of the people,” lawmaker Hans Michelbach, a conservative ally of Ms. Merkel, said Monday, urging her to be more responsive to public criticism of her refugee policy. “One must of course also take the concerns and fears of the people seriously.”
A tumultuous political season is in store for the rest of Europe as well: Austria’s October runoff election for president, a largely symbolic post, could be won for the first time by a right-wing populist, Norbert Hofer, according to polls.
In November, Italy is expected to hold a plebiscite on a constitutional reform aimed at creating more stable governments that has emerged as a referendum on Mr. Renzi, who has tried to rally support for the EU. The likely beneficiary if the referendum fails and Mr. Renzi resigns: the populist 5 Star Movement, founded by comic Beppe Grillo, which has surged to about 30% in the polls and whose left-right politics reflect the breadth of anger among Italians at their political class.
Meanwhile, Spain is struggling to form a government, despite two parliamentary elections since last December. The problem: two upstarts, including left-wing populists Podemos, have fragmented the political landscape and blocked efforts by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to negotiate a governing coalition. If the quagmire drags on, Spain faces yet another election this December.