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Much on the ISIS collapse, Iran, Israel, and Indo-Pak conflict. DPRK covered by many reports, as is China – economic reports most interesting. In Europe the Macron open letter is probably the most significant development for many months. Some interesting US reports on defense policy, and a very turbulent week in politics.


NATO / EU / Russia Reports


Thinking About Thinking in the Royal Air Force | RealClearDefense

Thinking About Thinking in the Royal Air Force | RealClearDefense
Polish MiG-29 fighter aircraft crashes shortly after takeoff – Defence Blog
A supersonic MiG-29 fighter jet of Polish Air Force crashed near the town of Stoczek, on Monday. According to several media reports, MiG-29 fighter assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Base of the Polish Air Force shortly after taking off on a training mission. Some source reported that the pilot ejected from the fighter jet. Witnesses told that the MiG-29’s p[ilot was evacuated to a military hospital at Szaserów in Warsaw and he is a stable condition. According to Defence24.pl, the crash occurred at 13:17 in the fourth minute after the takeoff from the Mińsk Mazowiecki airport. The military plane was supposed to take a technical flight after the work carried out on it. A MiG-29 has crashed in the woods, causing a fire, that has already been extinguished, the radio station RMF FM reported. Ten fire brigades and police from neighbouring Wegrow have reportedly been sent to the place of the incident. Officials said the crash of military aircraft was under investigation.
UAWire – Latvia intends to spend additional 60 million euros on defense in 2019
Delfi reports that the Latvian government approved a state budget bill for 2019 that has been submitted for further approval to the Saeima. …
UAWire – Czech Republic denies entry to an employee of Russian Foreign Ministry
A representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry was denied entry to The Czech Republic, RBC news agency reported, citing the Russian embassy in …
UAWire – Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov passes through the English Channel
Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov and its accompanying ships have entered the English Channel, TASS reports, citing the press service of the …
Flushed With Pride? Russia Outfitting New Tank With A Toilet
War is hell — but for Russian tank crews, it’s about to get a bit more comfortable.

Russia / Russophone Reports

 


 

Safe But Out Of Sight, Homeless Pushed To Moscow’s Fringes
Moscow’s Lyublino homeless shelter provides refuge from the Russian winter and offers a thousand beds to the needy. It and five smaller shelters across the capital have helped reduce winter deaths, but some have criticized the push to keep the homeless away from the capital’s center.
UAWire – Putin’s chef Prigozhin wins multi-billion ruble government contracts
The companies connected to the Russian businessman Yevgeny “Putin’s chef” Prigozhin have acquired more than 10 billion rubles worth of new …
Russian Duma Speaker Rebukes Economy Minister In Sign Of Tension
The speaker of the Russian State Duma halted an appearance by Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin and told him to come back another time, a rare rebuke that underscored tension and rivalr…
Death Of An Eyewitness To Russian Police Abuse? ‘Strange Circumstances,’ Missing Evidence
Residents of a Siberian town were outraged when a prominent defense lawyer was found dead, one day after recording a video purportedly showing police investigators beating a detained suspect. The video has not been found.
Anniversary Of Stalin’s Death Marked With Flowers, Appeals Against ‘Glorification’
Some 500 people gathered on Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 66th anniversary of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s death.
Russia’s Putin rides horse with female police ahead of International Women’s Day | Reuters
President Vladimir Putin mounted a horse on Thursday and cantered with female police officers in footage broadcast across Russia ahead of International Women’s Day.
Russian Police Detain Teens Over Killing Of Economic Crimes Investigator
Russian authorities say two teenagers have been detained in St. Petersburg on suspicion of being involved in the killing of a top investigator of economic crimes and corruption.
Tatar Activist Released From Prison After Softening Of Criminal Code On Extremism
A Tatar activist from the Russian republic of Tatarstan has been released from prison on March 4 after the article on extremism in the Russian Criminal Code was partially decriminalized.
Russia Jails Man For 18 Years On Terrorism Charges
A court in Russia has sentenced a man from the North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria to 18 years in prison on terrorism charges.
Russian Civil Rights Activist, Family Flee Russia To Avoid ‘Persecution’
A Russian civil rights activist from the city of Samara in the Volga region says he has fled Russia with his wife and three children to avoid persecution.
Russian poet is off the hook for saying Hitler would have won over more in the USSR if he’d dropped the Antisemitism — Meduza
Anti-extremism police have determined that poet and writer Dmitry Bykov was within his civic rights last December, when he gave a lecture in St. Petersburg claiming that Adolf Hitler would have won over more Soviet anti-Communists, if the Nazi leader hadn’t sought the extermination of Jews and Roma.
Balkars In Russia’s North Caucasus Mark 75th Anniversary Of Deportation
Balkars in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria are marking the 75th anniversary of their mass deportation to Central Asia by Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
Bitter Medicine: Doctors Give Bad Marks To Russian Program To Boost Rural Health Care
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently called for an expansion of the government’s Rural Doctor program. But many doctors say the program isn’t working and are opting out, while others have clas…
‘Bring Your Corpse’: Russia To Investigate Self-Service Morgues
In one Russian town, a morgue offers self-service after closing hours.
Diabetic Activist Claims Russian Authorities Denied Him Insulin As Punishment
An activist in Russia says his life changed forever after he staged a one-person picket in Samara. Aleksandr Mulyukin says the authorities used insulin as a “lever of control,” denying him the medi…
Russian Lawmaker Says Gays Are ‘Sick,’ Must Be ‘Cured’
A Russian lawmaker who heads a parliamentary committee on family and children affairs has called gays “sick” people who “must be cured.”
Trial Of Chechen Activist Titiyev Is A Warning To Journalists, Rights Defenders, Lawyers Say
Rights defenders and lawyers for Chechen human rights activist Oyub Titiyev, who is on trial for alleged possession of marijuana, have said his case is “a warning” to all journalists and human righ…
Yury Gagarin: A Cosmonaut’s Life On Earth
Cosmonaut Yury Gagarin, the first person in space, was born 85 years ago, on March 9, 1934. As a young man, he experienced a meteoric rise from tradesman and tractor specialist to pilot, cosmonaut, and Hero of the Soviet Union.
10 most controversial people in Russian history – Big Think
Russian history is full of interesting people and stories that are either tragic, shocking, or strange. Here are ten of the most controversial, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Grigori Rasputin, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Mikhail Bakunin, Leo Tolstoy, Dmitri Mendeleev, Viktor Tikhonov, and Joseph Stalin.

Central Asia / Caucasus Reports

 


 

Majlis Podcast: Where Is Kazakhstan Headed As Frustration Continues To Grow?
On this week’s Majlis podcast, a discussion of the whirlwind of activity in Kazakhstan in February and where it all might be leading in the coming months.
Ashgabat, The Forbidden City
It has long been difficult for foreigners to travel to Turkmenistan’s capital. But recently it has been hard for Turkmen citizens to travel to Ashgabat, too.
‘Kidnapped’ Tajik Activist Reappears In Europe
A prominent Tajik opposition activist, who resurfaced in Dushanbe last month from self-imposed exile in the Netherlands, has returned to Europe.
HRW: Tajik Activist Was Kidnapped, Tortured Before Returning To Netherlands
Human Rights Watch says a prominent Tajik opposition activist was kidnapped, beaten, and tortured in Russia and Tajikistan before he was allowed to return to the Netherlands, where he has refugee s…
Russia’s MTS To Pay $850 Million To Settle Uzbek Bribery Case
Russia’s largest cell provider, MTS, will pay $850 million to settle a bribery and corruption case tied to the daughter of Uzbekistan’s late president.
U.S. Charges Daughter Of Late Uzbek President With Bribery, Corruption
The United States has for the first time named Gulnara Karimova, the elder daughter of the late president of Uzbekistan, in a major international bribery scheme, charging her with conspiracy to vio…

Belarus Reports

 


 

Lukashenko agrees to common currency with Russia with issuing center in St. Petersburg
It is possible to create a common currency that will be “a common ruble,” not Russian ruble in the Union State, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.
Lukashenka Says Belarus Must Balance Policies Between East, West
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenka has said that his country “must overcome the cold” of a “standoff” between Russia and the European Union by “equally ” balancing its foreign policy between…
Lukashenko says Belarus-Russia Union State project implies equality – media – news world | UNIAN
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has said Belarus is absolutely committed to the idea of the Union State construction with Russia, however, the main principle of a corresponding project is creating equal conditions. The principle of equal conditions should be strictly fulfilled, Lukashenko said.
UAWire – Belarus asks Russia for loan to repay $600 million debt
Minsk has asked Moscow for a loan to refinance the debt of $600 million, said Maxim Yermolovich, Minister of Finance of Belarus, BelTA reported. …
Editor Of Belarusian News Site Fined For ‘Illegally Obtaining Data’
The editor of the largest independent news site in Belarus was sentenced to pay a hefty fine in a high-profile case that the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called “harassment of free media.”

Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports

 


 

Israel’s navy could act against Iranian oil smuggling: Netanyahu | Reuters
Israel’s navy could take action against Iranian oil smuggling, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, urging world powers to foil any effort by Tehran to evade U.S. sanctions.
Iran condemns Britain’s move to ban Lebanon’s Hezbollah | Fox News
Iran’s foreign ministry has strongly condemned the British government’s move to ban Lebanon’s Hezbollah calling it “irresponsible.”
Hezbollah: British ban an insult to Lebanese people | News | Al Jazeera
‘UK’s decision is an insult to the feelings, sympathies and will of the Lebanese people,’ Hezbollah said.
Censured by Britain, Hezbollah is bigger than ever in Beirut | World news | The Guardian
The group has been added to the UK’s terrorist list, but after Assad’s victory in Syria it plays a powerful role in the region
Iran merging military-linked banks to stabilize sector | Reuters
Iran is merging four military-linked banks and another financial institution with the country’s oldest bank to boost efficiency and help stabilize the sector, the central bank said on Saturday, as the economy reels under U.S. sanctions.
New Photo Of Detained Iranian Opposition Figures Emerges On Social Media
A new photo of prominent Iranian opposition figures Mir Hossein Musavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard — who have been held under house arrest for the past eight years — has emerged on social media…
Netherlands summons ambassador to Iran amid diplomatic spat | Iran News | Al Jazeera
Dutch foreign minister announces latest tit-for-tat move, citing Tehran’s expulsion of two Dutch diplomats last month.
Iranian lawyer defending hijab protesters convicted by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, faces years in jail | Fox News
A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has been convicted and faces years in prison after defending protesters against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarves for women.
Iran lawyer convicted after defending women protesters – ABC News
The Flame of Feminism Is Alive in Iran – Foreign Policy
While Western activists defend the right of Muslims to wear the veil, Iranian women are fighting for a bigger cause: choice.


Last of the civilians to leave ISIS areas defend the group’s radical ideology – CNN
She was covered from head to toe in black. Identifying herself only as Um Bassam, the mother of Bassam, she told me she was 25 years old, the mother of four children, a widow, and from the city of Aleppo. 
Conservative NY Times columnist: Netanyahu the ‘Nixon of Israel,’ should step down | TheHill
Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the “Richard Nixon of Israeli politics” on Friday while urging the leader to step down in the 
Netanyahu charges: Is Israel PM in more trouble now than ever before? – BBC News
The Israeli PM faces possible indictment as well as a formidable political rival in upcoming polls.
Can Trump Save Netanyahu? – POLITICO Magazine
The Israeli prime minister is in dire legal and political peril. His friend in the White House is going to try to bail him out.
Can Netanyahu survive his own Trump-style ‘witch hunt’? – CNN
The bombshell announcement Israel has been awaiting for two years has finally arrived: the Attorney General intends to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate corruption cases.
Can Israel Survive Without Netanyahu? Israelis Imagine the Future – The New York Times
Benjamin Netanyahu’s main argument for re-election is that Israel needs him. But with his campaign facing serious challenges, Israelis are asking if that’s true.
US downgrades Palestinian mission with Jerusalem consulate closure | TheHill
The U.S. consulate in Jerusalem was permanently closed over the weekend, marking the demotion of Washington’s de-facto embassy to the Palestinians, according to the Associated Press. 
US closes Jerusalem consulate, merges Palestinian mission with Israel – Business Insider
Palestinian officials have called the move “the final nail in the coffin” for the US role in peacemaking.
The Man Who Could Topple Netanyahu – Bloomberg
Former general Benny Gantz is the most formidable threat Israel’s long-serving premier has faced in a decade.
Here’s Why the U.S. Just Deployed a Powerful THAAD Anti-Missile System in Israel | Time
The U.S. has deployed a highly advanced missile defense system in Israel for the first time, the American and Israeli militaries announced.
U.S. says deployed THAAD missile defense system to Israel – Business Insider
The US military has deployed an advanced missile defense system to Israel, a spokeswoman for US European Command said Monday.


Netanyahu: Israel, Russia To Cooperate On Pullout Of Foreign Forces From Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel and Russia have agreed to establish a joint team to advance the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria.
Syria war: Chlorine likely used in Douma attack – OPCW – BBC News
The OPCW has said its data provided “reasonable grounds” an attack took place, but assigned no blame.
Ten Islamic State members executed by rival jihadists in northwest Syria | Reuters
Ten members of Islamic State were summarily executed in Syria’s Idlib province on Saturday by Tahrir al-Sham, according to Ebaa News Agency, a news outlet that supports the rival jihadist alliance.
Islamic State faces final territorial defeat in eastern Syria battle | Reuters
Islamic State faces final territorial defeat as the U.S.-backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said on Saturday it was closing in on the jihadists’ last bastion near the Iraqi border, capping four years of efforts to roll back the group.
Yazidis held captive by ISIL reunite with their families in Iraq | News | Al Jazeera
A group of Yazidis, mostly children, reunite with their families after returning from last ISIL-held pocket in Syria.
The Latest: Yazidi women, children return home to Iraq | Fox News
The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 3:45 p.m.
Germany to strip terror fighters of citizenship in future | Fox News
The German government plans to introduce legislation enabling authorities to strip Germans with dual nationality of their German citizenship if they fight for a terror group.
Germany ‘will strip ISIS fighters of their citizenship under new law change’ | Daily Mail Online
The new law will only apply to German nationals with dual citizenships taking part in future battles for ISIS, and not those who have fled its territories in recent weeks or are already imprisoned.
150 ISIS fighters surrender after fleeing final foothold in Syria
Scores of ISIS fighters surrendered to US-backed forces in Syria Monday, following a weeks-long siege of a small border town near Iraq, a war monitor reported.
Hundreds in Syria’s Baghouz ‘surrender’ amid slowdown in fighting | ISIS/ISIL News | Al Jazeera
SDF says 500 people, including ISIL fighters, leave armed group’s last enclave as US-backed forces slow down offensive.
Trump: ‘I agree 100 percent’ with keeping some US troops in Syria | USA News | Al Jazeera
Two months after announcing pull-out, Trump says in letter obtained by NBC he agrees with keeping US military in Syria.
Trump says he agrees ‘100%’ with keeping U.S. troops in Syria
“I agree 100%. ALL is being done,” Trump scrawled on a letter from members of Congress about keeping U.S. troops in Syria. He announced withdrawal in December.
‘She’s a terrorist. We don’t need people like her’: Pompeo slams ‘ISIS bride’ begging to return to US | Business Insider
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his argument against allowing the US-born “ISIS bride” Hoda Muthana to return home, telling a radio host on Monday, “we don’t need people like her who threatened the lives of Americans.”
Hundreds of Iraqi IS child suspects arrested, sentenced in ‘unfair’ trials
IRBIL, Iraq — Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
Isis child suspects being detained and tortured without evidence, human rights report reveals | The Independent
Children suspected of being affiliated with Isis are being arrested and subjected to torture in order to coerce confessions, a Human Rights Watch report has said. The Iraqi and Kurdish regional government authorities have charged at least 185 children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the terror group, the group said.
Iraq: ISIS Child Suspects Arbitrarily Arrested, Tortured | Human Rights Watch
Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government authorities have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged ISIS affiliation. The prosecutions are often based on dubious accusations and forced confessions obtained through torture.  
To the bitter end, IS militants remain organized and brutal – ABC News
Baghouz: 500 ISIS fighters surrender in group’s last Syrian enclave – CNN
Some 500 ISIS fighters surrendered to US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday, amid the final push to wrest the jihadist group from Baghouz, its last remaining enclave in Syria.
Hundreds of ISIL fighters surrender in Syria’s Baghouz: SDF | ISIS/ISIL News | Al Jazeera
US-backed SDF says hundreds of ISIL soldiers captured or surrendered while fleeing armed group’s last enclave.
IS militants ‘caught trying to escape’ last Syria enclave – BBC News
A US-backed force says the jihadists tried to slip out of Baghuz with the help of smugglers.
After The Caliphate: To Repatriate Or Not To Repatriate?
Is it safer to repatriate Islamic State fighters and their families for trial and rehabilitation? Or should they stay in jails and refugee camps run by authorities in Syria and Iraq? That’s the que…
Syria force nets 400 jihadists trying to flee enclave | Daily Mail Online
Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria captured around 400 Islamic State group jihadists as they attempted to slip out of their besieged enclave of Baghouz, a…
ISIS terrorists captured fleeing final Syrian hideout in Baghouz | World | News | Express.co.uk
FOUR hundred ISIS terrorists have been captured as they fled the group’s final Syrian pocket.
Fleeing jihadi brides say last remnants of ISIS ‘caliphate’ are a ‘catastrophic’ hell | Daily Mail Online
Fleeing jihadi brides have described the scene at Baghouz in eastern Syria as ‘catastrophic’ while another said the constant shelling meant ‘you would wake up and everything was destroyed.’
ISIS Is ‘Waiting for the Right Time to Resurge’: CENTCOM Commander – Defense One
Gen. Joseph Votel offered lawmakers warnings on Syria — and an upbeat message on Afghanistan.
Top US general warns of ‘calculated’ ISIS retreat from Syria amid ongoing battle for remaining territory – ABC News
The commander of U.S. troops in the Middle East warned against the “calculated” retreat of ISIS fighters from the last territory held by the group in eastern Syria.
Civilians Stream Out of Last IS Enclave Before Final Assault | Time
Baghouz, a Syrian town located on the border with Iraq, is the Islamic State’s last populated territory


The secretive life of Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, who waged jihad from age 12 and whose capture is worth $1 million to the US government | Business Insider
The US State Department has posted a reward of up to $US1 million for an “identification or location” that helps them capture Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, a senior al-Qaida operative.
Saudi Arabia revokes Hamza bin Laden’s citizenship: “This is an example of history rhyming” – CBS News
Osama bin Laden’s son is now believed to be around 30
Saudi Arabia strips Osama bin Laden’s son of citizenship | News | Al Jazeera
Hamza bin Laden is wanted by the United States, which has issued a reward of up to $1m for news of his whereabouts.
How Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza, was groomed for terror
He’s Osama bin Laden’s son, the husband of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta’s daughter — and now Public Enemy No. 1 to the State Department, which just put a…
U.S. Offers Up To $1 Million Reward For Information On Bin Laden Son Hamza
The United States has offered a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the “identification or location” of the son of Osama bin Laden, the deceased leader of the Al-Qaeda terror …
Saudis Prepare Trials of Women’s Rights Activists
The announcement comes after Jared Kushner visited the Saudi crown prince.
Team Trump Keeps Pushing Deal to Send Nuclear Tech to Saudis
Congress raised ‘grave concerns’ about the Trump administration’s past attempts to send nuclear technology to the Saudis. But Team Trump isn’t done trying.
Canada Set To Go Ahead With Arms Deal, Saudi Arabia Says : NPR
A senior Saudi official told journalists Monday he believes that Canada will honor its $13-billion agreement, contrary to the Canadian prime minister’s comments in December.
Pentagon awards Lockheed Martin nearly $1 billion for Saudi missile system deal
Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s top weapons supplier, THAAD is regarded as America’s crown jewel in missile defense systems.
Lockheed gets $1 billion down payment for Saudi THAAD missile system | Reuters
Lockheed Martin Corp will receive the first payment toward the installation a $15 billion missile defense system in Saudi Arabia as part of a $110 billion arms package the Trump administration said it negotiated with the Kingdom in 2017, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Worse Than Mubarak – Foreign Policy
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is bringing a new form of totalitarianism to Egypt.


Afghans Angry Over ‘Racist’ Iranian TV Series
An Iranian TV series has come under criticism for its portrayal of an Afghan migrant.
At Least 20 Killed, Hundreds Endangered In Flood-Swept Southern Afghanistan
t least 20 people have been killed, including several children, as flash floods struck Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, UN relief officials say.


After India Loses Dogfight to Pakistan, Questions Arise About Its ‘Vintage’ Military – The New York Times
As America strengthens its alliance with India to help counter China, critics say its military faces serious challenges, from the age of its hardware to the size of its budget.
US demands to know if Pakistan used F-16 jet to shoot down Indian warplane over Kashmir | The Independent
The United States is trying to find out if Pakistan potentially violated an international agreement by using a US-built F-16 jet to shoot down an Indian warplane.  Pakistan and India both conducted aerial bombing missions last week, including a clash which saw an Indian jet shot down over the disputed region of Kashmir. 
India Says It Will Not Share ‘Operational Details’ Of Air Strike Inside Pakistan
An Indian government minister says New Delhi will not share proof that a large number of militants were killed in a compound inside Pakistan late last month, after Islamabad raised doubts that any …
US to end preferential trade status for India, Turkey | India News | Al Jazeera
Donald Trump set to open a new front in trade wars with a plan to end preferential trade treatment for India and Turkey.
Trump targets India and Turkey in trade crackdown – BBC News
The US plans to scrap preferential status granted to exports from India and Turkey.
Trump Plans to End Key Trade Preferences for India and Turkey – Bloomberg
Trump notified Congress in letters of his “intent to terminate” trade benefits for both countries under the generalized system of preferences. The notification starts a 60-day countdown before the president can take the action on his own authority, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said in a statement.
UAWire – India to start joint production of Kalashnikov rifles with Russia
On Sunday, March 3, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launched the production of Kalashnikov rifles together with Russia. …
Satellite images show madrasa buildings still standing at scene of Indian bombing | Reuters
High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group’s training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants.
Pakistan says it intercepted an Indian submarine near its waters, a week after the dogfight over Kashmir | Business Insider
The Pakistan Navy on Tuesday said it had stopped an Indian submarine from entering its waters, just one week after tensions between the two nuclear rivals peaked in a dogfight over Kashmir.
Several dozen arrested in Pakistan over attack in Indian Kashmir | Fox News
Nearly four dozen suspects have been arrested in connection to last month’s suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry said Tuesday
America Can’t Duck the India-Pakistan Crisis – Defense One
The most recent friction between the two nuclear powers offers unpleasant lessons yet clear opportunities.
Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militants | Reuters
Pakistan intensified its crackdown against Islamist militants on Thursday, with the government announcing it had taken control of 182 religious schools and detained more than 100 people as part of its push against banned groups.
In India, a search for ‘traitors’ after conflict with Pakistan  – The Washington Post
A wave of angry nationalism has swept the country in the wake of last month’s military clash.
‘Fake news’ on India-Pakistan crisis raises fears before election | India News | Al Jazeera
Experts say India will be the biggest misinformation challenge among a host of closely-watched elections this year.
India and Pakistan Are Flirting With Nuclear Disaster – WSJ
‘Neither side wants to escalate. But both . . . have become prisoners of their own propaganda.’
Opinion | This Is Where a Nuclear Exchange Is Most Likely. (It’s Not North Korea.) – The New York Times
Tensions have cooled between India and Pakistan after a terrorist attack, but their nuclear arsenals mean unthinkable consequences are always possible.
Be worried, very worried, about what just happened in India and Pakistan | TheHill
Tensions in South Asia came close to a real nuclear conflagration, but now seem to be in de-escalation mode.

 


 

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Trump is upsetting DC’s negotiating model – and that’s a good thing | TheHill
Trump is reversing the way the U.S. approaches negotiations.
Trump wants ‘all or nothing’ deal on Kim’s weapon arsenal | World | The Times
President Trump has demanded that Kim Jong-un give up his entire nuclear arsenal and also his stocks of chemical and biological weapons — a condition that will make it harder than ever to secure a deal with North Korea.A senior US government official revealed what Mr Trump has not so far spelt out
Did Kim intentionally tank the talks? – AEI
If Kim did understand that dropping all sanctions was going to be a bridge too far, then he went into the summit intending for it to collapse.
Trump was ‘absolutely right’ in ending Vietnam summit talks, high ranking North Korea defector says | Fox News
One of the highest-ranking defectors from North Korea, Thae Yong-ho, said Trump did the right thing.
Trump’s diplomacy with North Korea has been revealed as a fantasy – The Washington Post
The diplomatic disaster ought to make clear once and for all that the U.S. strategy on North Korea won’t work.
Opinion: Trump’s Failed North Korea Talks Could Lead To Real Deal : NPR
The breakdown in talks between President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un may turn out to be a blessing in disguise, writes Gary Samore, an experienced negotiator with North Korea.
Otto Warmbier’s family rebukes Trump, says Kim Jong Un is responsible for son’s death – CNNPolitics
The family of Otto Warmbier rebuked President Donald Trump on Friday for siding with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who denied knowledge of their son’s maltreatment during his imprisonment.
Pentagon Again Suspends Large-Scale Military Exercises With South Korea – The New York Times
Even without progress this week to shut down North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the Trump administration is shelving massive military exercises that Pyongyang views as provocative.
How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos, Bad Bets – The New York Times
President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea had dramatically different visions of what “denuclearization” meant, dooming their deal.
‘Donald Trump’ and ‘Kim Jong Un’ trade jabs on ‘Watters’ World’ – YouTube
Fox News Published on Mar 2, 2019 The world leaders hash out their differences after abruptly ending denuclearization talks in Vietnam.
As Trump and Kim Met, North Korean Hackers Hit Over 100 Targets in U.S. and Ally Nations – The New York Times
McAfee researchers watched, in real time, as the North Koreans attacked the networks of companies in the United States and around the globe.
North Korea hackers targeting US ‘critical infrastructure,’ cybersecurity firm says – CNNPolitics
A group of North Korean hackers is believed to be actively targeting US businesses and “critical infrastructure,” a report released this week by cybersecurity firm McAfee said.
U.S. and South Korea to halt military exercises in interest of diplomacy with North Korea – CBS News
Smaller-scale drills will continue, but major planned war games will no longer go ahead
What North Korea’s persistent cyberattacks mean for a potential future deal with Trump
Amid the many autopsies of of the failed summit in Hanoi, there’s been plenty of speculation about what’s next for U.S. efforts to pursue denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. Almost all of those reports focus exclusively on limiting nuclear arms. There’s good reason for that. Nuclear arms are by far the most dangerous threat Kim Jong Un’s regime poses. But looking at North Korea’s other capacities, specifically cyberattacks, yields important lessons for the future of U.S.-North Korea relations.
US, South Korea cancel major war games ‘to support diplomatic efforts’ – CNN
The US and South Korea have canceled major war games that have long been a source of tensions on the Korean Peninsula in order to “support diplomatic efforts” with North Korea.
Why China Isn’t Mourning the Collapse of the Trump-Kim Summit | The Diplomat
Beijing remains upbeat even after an early end to the Hanoi summit, and for good reason.
Is Trump Giving Up on a Nuclear-Free North Korea? – Defense One
The Vietnam summit showed just how high the price of denuclearization will be.
North Korea Still Using Uranium-Enrichment Facility, U.N. Agency Says – WSJ
North Korea is still using a uranium-enrichment facility at the heart of last week’s summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the United Nations atomic agency said.
Otto Warmbier will haunt Trump forever – The Washington Post
It’s rare when the fate of a single person matters to a president’s record, but it can teach us something about the moment we live in.
The Inevitable Return of Muddling Along in North Korea – Defense One
Trump’s best option is to reduce the scope of the country’s nuclear ambitions—even if he can’t eliminate them.
RICHARD BROINOWSKI. Ambiguity in Hanoi | John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations
The Trump-Kim summit began and ended in Hanoi on 28 February with Donald Trump peremptorily terminating his discussions with Kim Jong-un. According to media reports, Trump claims Kim demanded the lifting of all US-imposed sanctions in exchange for closing the nuclear complex at Yongpyon. Kim claims he only asked for a partial lifting of sanctions in exchange for closing Yongpyon. Speculation about all this is running hot among informed commentators.
Russia Blames Dems, Cheers Kim Jong Un After Trump’s Korea Summit Fail
President Trump may be getting advice from Putin about how to handle Kim Jong Un, but Russian state media make it clear the Kremlin’s playing for Pyongyang.
North Korean Launch Site Is Being Built Back Up Again – WSJ
North Korea is restoring a missile launch site it previously claimed to be dismantling as an overture to the U.S., according to newly released commercial satellite photos and people briefed on South Korean intelligence.
North Korea Has Started Rebuilding Key Missile-Test Facilities, Analysts Say – The New York Times
The revelation comes days after the breakdown of the summit meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam.
North Korea: satellite images show activity at missile site, analysts say – CNNPolitics
Satellite images appear to show that North Korea has begun rebuilding a portion of a facility previously used to test long-range missile engines, analysts said Tuesday, raising potential questions about the future of US-North Korea negotiations.
North Korea food production lowest in more than a decade, UN says – CNN
North Korean food production in 2018 fell to its lowest level for over a decade, leaving millions without enough to eat, according to the United Nations.
UN: North Korea’s food harvest lowest in a decade | News | Al Jazeera
International sanctions remain major challenge as UN struggles to rally donors behind its North Korea programmes.
North Korea airs film glorifying summit with Trump – POLITICO
But the footage omits mention of the failed nuclear talks.
After Hanoi summit, North Korea experts propose new strategy: Contain threat, encourage change  – The Washington Post
If North Korea is not going to disarm, a new report asks, what should be U.S. policy?
Jimmy Carter offers to visit North Korea to try and break nuclear stalemate – POLITICO
The offer was described to POLITICO by Rep. Ro Khanna, who met with the former president in Atlanta on Thursday.
S. Korea, US sign deal on Seoul paying more for US military
President Donald Trump had pressured Seoul to increase its share, triggering concerns in South Korea that he might withdraw some of the 28,500 U.S. troops.
S. Korea, US sign deal on Seoul paying more for US military | Fox News
South Korea and the United States have signed a deal that would increase Seoul’s financial contribution for the deployment of U.S. troops in the Asian country.


The New Cold War’s Warm Friends – Foreign Policy
Why Chinese and Russian detente may be here to stay.
US B-52 flies over disputed islands in the South China Sea – ABC News
The U.S. has flown a B-52 bomber mission near disputed islands in the South China Sea, according to U.S. Pacific Air Forces.
US B-52 bomber flies near contested islands in South China Sea – CNNPolitics
A US B-52 bomber flew near contested islands in the South China Sea on Monday, according to US Pacific Air Forces, which oversees air operations in the region.
China’s military is going from strength to strength under Xi Jinping – CNN
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has grown and modernized rapidly since China reopened to the world in the 1980s, but under Xi that pace has accelerated with a focus on fighting and winning future wars.
Tough words from the secretary of State about China
Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea
Pompeo promises intervention if Philippines is attacked in South China Sea amid rising Chinese militarization – The Washington Post
The secretary of state seeks to reassure Manila, a long-standing ally, in light of Chinese moves in the contested waters. 
South China Sea: Philippines warns US treaty could drag it into war following B-52 flyover – CNN
The Philippines’ top defense official has questioned a key treaty with the US over fears it could drag the country into war in the South China Sea, a day after an American B-52 bomber performed a flyover of the contested region.
Philippine Official, Fearing War With China, Seeks Review of U.S. Treaty – The New York Times
The remarks came just days after the American secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, assured President Rodrigo Duterte of Washington’s support in the South China Sea.
US ally questions alliance over growing risk of war in South China Sea – INSIDER
The Philippines fears the US will end up at war with China in the South China Sea, and they really don’t want to be a part of that.


Chinese hackers targeting universities for maritime technology: report | TheHill
Chinese hackers have targeted nearly 30 universities around the world as part of an effort to steal research about maritime technology, The Wall Street Journal
Chinese Hackers Target Universities in Pursuit of Maritime Military Secrets – WSJ
Chinese hackers have targeted more than two dozen universities in the U.S. and around the globe as part of an elaborate scheme to steal research about maritime technology being developed for military use.
Chinese Hackers Targeted 27 Universities to Steal Maritime Research | Fortune
Chinese hackers are trying to get military intelligence by targeting universities where research is taking place.
Chinese hackers targeted US universities in pursuit of maritime military secrets: report | Fox News
At least 27 universities in the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia reportedly targeted by Chinese hackers looking to steal maritime military technology and secrets.
Chinese hackers reportedly targeted 27 universities for military secrets – The Verge
Chinese hackers controlled the servers of over two dozen universities in the US and around the world in a bid to gain maritime military research. The findings were uncovered by cybersecurity firm iDefense in a report that was obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
Chinese Hackers Allegedly Hacking U.S. Universities Tied To Naval Research | The Daily Caller
Chinese hackers have been targeting U.S. universities to steal research about military equipment, security experts said.
Report: Chinese hackers attacked national defense research lab at UH
Chinese officials have denied that they engage in cyberattacks.
Chinese Hackers Raid U.S. Universities for Submarine Warfare Secrets
The Chinese government has been raiding American university databases to help it develop submarine warfare technology.


China’s surprisingly frank admission at National People’s Congress: Its people are dissatisfied – Los Angeles Times
As China trims its economic growth prediction, its leadership admits that businesspeople — and ordinary folk — are unhappy with its failure to implement policies in many areas. “There is still public dissatisfaction in many areas such as education, healthcare, elderly care, housing, food and drug safety and income distribution,” Li said, in a rare admission for a senior Chinese leader. The government is juggling a slowing economy with rising public demands for better services, a clean environment and an end to corruption and wrongdoing in government and food and drug companies.
China NPC: Premier Li says ‘We must be fully prepared for a tough struggle’
China must be prepared for a “tough struggle” as the country faces a “grave and more complicated environment,” Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the annual National People’s Congress on Tuesday, the country’s annual parliamentary meeting.
China cuts taxes as it warns of ‘a hard struggle’ ahead – CNN
China is slashing business taxes as it tries to stop its economy from slowing down too sharply.
China considers legal changes on technology to placate US – ABC News
China February trade, imports, exports: Beijing economic data
China on Friday reported worse than expected trade data for the month of February, customs data showed amid Beijing’s trade dispute with the U.S.
China to endorse new technology law in bid to defuse Trump trade war – Washington Times
In an unusual step, China’s ceremonial legislature is due to endorse a law meant to help end a bruising tariff war with Washington by discouraging officials from pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology.
Trump asks China to ‘immediately remove all tariffs’ from U.S. farm products – AOL News
President Trump posted in a tweet saying he has asked China to “immediately remove all tariffs” from U.S. agricultural products.
With Streaks of Gray Hair, Xi Jinping of China Breaks with Tradition – The New York Times
Chinese leaders have long sported unnaturally black heads of hair. Mr. Xi is going gray as he builds his image as a man of the people.


Canada allows US extradition of Huawei CFO to proceed
It’s the first step in what’s likely to be a lengthy and revealing legal process.
Huawei Executive’s Extradition Hearing Can Proceed, Canada Says : NPR
The U.S. has sought Meng’s extradition since she was detained in December. The Chinese embassy in Canada called the decision “a political persecution against a Chinese high-tech enterprise.”
Huawei Executive’s Life in Detention Seems Luxurious to Some Canadians – The New York Times
Many Canadians see the case of Meng Wanzhou, who can travel relatively freely with a GPS tracker, as an example of foreign money’s influence in Vancouver.
Huawei Fails to Impress EU Officials With New Cybersecurity Center – WSJ
Huawei Technologies opened a cybersecurity center in Europe, seeking to restore credibility after the U.S. and other Western governments arrested executives from the telecommunications giant and accused it of espionage.
Huawei would have to give data to China government if asked: experts
Huawei would have to give data to the Chinese government if it was asked for it, according to experts, despite the company saying that it would refuse to do so.
Huawei Sues U.S. as a ‘Last Resort’ Over What It Calls an Unfair Ban – The New York Times
The Chinese electronics giant says that Washington is unfairly targeting it as a security threat.
Huawei is suing the US government to overturn ‘unlawful’ ban on its products – CNN
Huawei is suing the US government in its most aggressive move yet to fight back against accusations that its technology poses a global security threat.
China backs Huawei lawsuit against US
Huawei filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming that a ban on U.S. government agencies buying its telecommunication equipment is unconstitutional. Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat, said Beijing supports Huawei’s legal move.


Window on Eurasia — New Series: Social Media Arabizing, Unifying and Radicalizing Uyghurs, New Study Says
Paul Goble Staunton, March 6 – Social media have played a major role in Arabizing, unifying and radicalizing Uyghurs in China, a new study by two London-based scholars finds whose conclusions apply to Muslim nations in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle Volga as well, according to a summary provided by the Fergana portal. Its author, Artem Kosmarsky, says that the rebirth of Islam in China’s Xinjiang occurred at roughly the same time and in roughly the same way as in the adjacent republics of Central Asia; but he notes that there has been little attention to the ways in which social media have shaped and intensified this process (fergana.agency/articles/105628/). That gap has now been partially but significantly filled by Rachel Harris of SOAS and independent scholar Aziz Isa who surveyed how Uyghurs have used social media and reported the results in a 5500-word article in the latest issue of Central Asian Survey entitled “Islam by Smartphone: Reading the Uyghur Islamic Revival on WeChat.” In many ways, the Chinese government unwittingly created the conditions for the transformation of the Uyghur movement from a largely peaceful one based on traditional values to one drawing on the Islam practiced in the Arab world and committed to more radical change than Beijing could ever tolerate. By 2013, the two scholars say, the WeChat social network had 500 million users and the Uyghurs had their own messenger within it called Undidar. That became “the key means of communications” among the Uyghurs; and as Chinese repression increased, it became in many ways the last remaining space that was both Uyghur and Islamic. Until the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, Harris and Aziz say, the Chinese government “looked through its fingers” at what was happening on Undidar. In their view, “this gave a unique window to the feelings and thoughts of Uyghur Muslims” and especially the role of middle-aged women in the radicalization of others. Such women took the lead in using WeChat to propagandize “the ideal way of Islamic femininity” by showing “beautiful Muslim women in hijabs with happy and rosy-cheeked infants in their arms” or providing guidance on how to live in ways that promoted a particular vision of an Islamic future for Uyghurs. These women were especially effective in reaching Uyghurs in rural areas because they used videos and audio texts more than they used written texts; and for many of the less well-educated Muslims, that meant that they were more affected by pictures and by sound than by texts. Before the end of 2014, Beijing realized it had a monster on its hands. But by that point, the Uyghurs had become so accustomed to using social media that when Beijing blocked one kind they shifted to others, including WhatsApp. That kind of adaptability was something the Uyghurs learned from the social media, yet another way the Internet transformed the movement. The Harris-Isa article provides both a wealth of detail on the Uyghurs and also a model of how to study the impact of social media on Muslim communities elsewhere including first and foremost in the post-Soviet states.
Kazakhs Won’t Be Silenced on China’s Internment Camps – Foreign Policy
Activists are speaking out for those imprisoned in Xinjiang—even if their own government doesn’t like it.
Has the ‘Free Tibet‘ Movement Fizzled Due to China’s Rise? | The Diplomat
Tibetan separatists may see a new wave of enthusiasm amid great power competition.


Taiwan seeks new fighter jets from US as tension with China mounts – CBS News
U.S. is bound to help Taiwan defend itself, but China’s leader warned in January he wouldn’t rule out force to stop independence activities
Taiwan applies to buy new fighter jets from US – ABC News
Chinese General Offers 10 Things in Exchange for Taking Back Taiwan
Chinese General Wang Weixing argued that if reunited with Beijing, Taiwan would retain significant political, economic and diplomatic independence.
The message to China behind Singapore’s US F-35 jet plan – CNN
They are at the cutting-edge of America’s elite stealth jet technology, capable of seamlessly connecting pilots for co-ordinated missions.
Trump Trade War: US-India dispute on medical device pricing – INSIDER
The dispute centres around the provision of two types of medical devices — knee implants and stents.
Vietnam Wants Western Politicians, Not Western Politics – Foreign Policy
As Hanoi welcomes Trump, it shuts down a key reformist think tank.
Australia planning to import LNG: What’s next? Coals to Newcastle? | Reuters
Australia is on the verge of becoming the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, with dozens of tankers a week carrying fuel to North Asia. It could also soon be importing LNG as supply sources in its southern states run out.

 


 

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Emmanuel Macron: Dear Europe, Brexit is a lesson for all of us: it’s time for renewal | Opinion | The Guardian
We can’t let nationalists exploit public anger. I want an ambitious project that lets the people really take back control, writes the president of France, Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron pushes European ‘renewal’ to counter nationalism – The Washington Post
The French president released a soaring statement ahead of E.U. elections.
France’s Macron Urges ‘European Renaissance’ to Counter Nationalism – WSJ
French President Emmanuel Macron called for new rules and institutions to strengthen the EU and stave off the challenge of rising nationalism in a manifesto that marked the opening salvo of his party’s campaign for the European Parliament elections in May.
EU’s Tusk Warns Of ‘Hostile’ Meddling In European Elections in May
European Council President Donald Tusk has warned about hostile foreign meddling in European Parliament elections that are scheduled for May.
How to Protect Liberal Democracy | The National Interest
U.S. interests neither totally agree nor totally conflict with those of other states.
Fukuyama calls emergence of populism greatest challenge to democratic world
Francis Fukuyama, a well-known U.S. philosopher, political scientist, professor at the Stanford University, has explained the types and sources of populism, which is the greatest threat to the liberal-democratic world. — Ukrinform.
Europe Isn’t Realistic. It’s Weak. – Foreign Policy
The EU has committed to outsourcing its dirty work to authoritarians in the Middle East and Africa—and to confusing dependence for maturity.
This Is Your Brain on Nationalism
Robert Sapolsky asks whether humans can overcome the neurological, hormonal, and developmental bases of their tribalism and us-versus-them thinking. He offers a rather depressing take on the cognitive foundations of nationalism. Research on implicit racial and gender biases and on the role of hormones like oxytocin suggests that people are comfortable with the familiar and
How Trump Killed the Atlantic Alliance
The Atlantic alliance is dead; long live the Atlantic alliance.
The US-China Tech War Is Being Fought in Central Europe – Defense One
The Czech Republic’s complicated relationship with the Chinese giant Huawei offers a lesson in the benefits and pitfalls of courting Beijing.
UAWire – Pompeo and the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will meet in Israel to discuss gas pipeline to Europe
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis will arrive in Israel in the near future to discuss the construction of the world’s longest underwater EastMed gas pipeline from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the Jewish state stated on Wednesday. “In a few days, the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will come here together with US Secretary of State Pompeo to advance the construction of a pipeline from Israel to Europe through these countries. The Navy will protect this gas pipeline,” the prime minister said during his visit to the Israeli naval base in Haifa. Deputy Head of the State Department’s press service, Robert Palladino, said that Pompeo will visit Israel, Kuwait and Lebanon next week as part of a strategic dialogue with these countries. During a tour in January, the chief of American diplomacy had visited Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia. On December 20, 2018, following the summit with Tsipras and Anastasiadis in the city of Beersheba in southern Israel, Netanyahu said that an agreement on the construction of EastMed could be signed in a few months. The length of this pipeline, which will connect Cyprus, Greece and Israel with Italy and the rest of Europe, should be about 2 thousand km. Investments for construction of the pipeline are estimated at € 6 billion. The pipeline route will pass through the Leviathan gas field in Israel and will reach Greece and Italy. The capacity of the pipeline will be 12-16 billion cubic meters of gas annually.


Britain’s Abandoned Black Soldiers – Foreign Policy
More than 600,000 Africans fought for Britain in World War II. Now they want a fair deal.
US gives the UK a taste of life after Brexit – CNN
The United States is giving the United Kingdom a preview of what it can expect from take-no-prisoners trade negotiations after Brexit.
Brexit extension could draw legal challenge: German parliament report | Reuters
Britain could face an EU legal challenge if it seeks to delay Brexit because of the impact on EU legislative elections, a legal opinion produced for Germany’s Bundestag said, potentially making it difficult for Berlin to back anything but a short extension.
Jeremy Corbyn egged outside North London Mosque – CNN
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is unharmed after he was pelted with an egg during a visit to a North London mosque Sunday, a Labour Party source confirmed to CNN.
Brexit: Labour will whip MPs to back second referendum, says McDonnell | Politics | The Guardian
Shadow chancellor rules out giving free vote to Labour MPs in pro-Brexit constituencies
UK opposition leader Corbyn hit by egg: media | Reuters
A man was arrested after British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was hit by an egg while on a visit in his north London constituency on Sunday, media reported.
Watchdog could investigate Labour antisemitism claims | News | The Times
Labour may have discriminated against Jewish people and could face investigation and a fine, the equality watchdog said today. The Equality and Human Rights Commission was responding to complaints about antisemitism in the party. It said that the party may have “unlawfully discriminated against peop


Criminalising anti-Zionism in France | France | Al Jazeera
If France indeed has high standards of freedom of expression, it should not be criminalising a political opinion.
French yellow vests protest for 16th straight weekend | Daily Mail Online
Protesters set fire to bins and threw smoke bombs as in the ant-government protest as French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated a call for calm on Friday.
Sickening moment French police pepper spray disabled protestor in latest round of gilet jaune demos | Daily Mail Online
A video taken during protests in Toulouse on Saturday shows the disabled man approaching a riot officer before being sprayed in the face at close range.


EU executive hits back at Hungary’s Orban ahead of elections | Reuters
The European Union executive accused Hungary’s nationalist government on Monday of distorting the truth about immigration into the bloc, marking a further deterioration in their troubled relationship ahead of European Parliament elections in May.
Hungary’s Orban: European party opponents ‘useful idiots’ | Fox News
Hungary’s populist prime minister says members of a European Parliament group calling for his party’s expulsion are playing into the hands of left-wing opponents.
Hungary’s leader calls EU parliament critics ‘useful idiots’ – ABC News
Ajax’s ‘Super Jews’ keep on singing amid rising anti-Semitism – CNN
It takes less than a minute to walk from Amsterdam’s beautiful Portuguese Synagogue to the “De Dokwerker” statue.
Italy May Split With Allies and Open Its Ports to China’s Building Push – The New York Times
In a move certain to upset American and European Union leaders, Italy appears poised to cooperate in an infrastructure initiative meant to advance China’s global interests and influence.
Italy to join China Belt and Road Initiative, biggest economy yet – INSIDER
Italy is due to sign a memorandum of understanding with China to take part in the Belt and Road Initiative, the Financial Times reported.
What John Stuart Mill Got Wrong about Freedom of Speech | Boston Review
What John Stuart Mill Got Wrong about Freedom of Speech from Boston Review. Fascist politics exploits freedom of speech for authoritarian ends.

 


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Researcher: The West Isn’t Ready for the Coming Wave of Chinese Misinformation – Defense One
Beijing’s social-media operations are larger and more effective than many realize.
US Army: Putting a Spotlight on Information – To Inform is to Influence
March 1, 2019 By Kimberly Underwood The Army is working to integrate information functions into its multidomain operations. As the U.S. Army continues to evolve its newest warfighting domain, the cyber domain, information plays a key role. The service is working to incorporate information capabilities along with intelligence, electronic warfare, cyber and space, as well…
Foreign trolls are targeting service members — and we’re not doing enough to stop them
Congress and federal agencies need to recognize that the military and veterans community is being targeted by foreign adversaries and to take immediate action to protect it.
Feds most worried about ‘accidents’ in cyberspace
At government agencies, employees that accidentally expose federal data are seen as larger threats than hackers.
Exclusive: Ex-NSA cyberspies reveal how they helped hack foes of UAE
Reuters reveals how a UAE surveillance operation, staffed by former U.S. cyber-agents, spied on dissidents, rivals and Americans. Inside ‘Project Raven.’
‘Karma’: Inside the hack used by the UAE to break into iPhones of foes
A spying squad based in Abu Dhabi used a hacking tool called Karma to spy on iPhones of opponents. Reuters explains how the exploit worked.
Australia’s anti-encryption laws ridiculed on world stage – Security – iTnews
‘Not going to end well for anyone’.
Two Case Studies of Successful Strategic Communication Campaigns – To Inform is to Influence
Authored by Dr. Thomas P. Galvin. Added March 05, 2019 Type: Book 241 Pages Download Format: PDF Cost: Free Brief Synopsis View the Executive Summary Strategic communication has come to be a popular term to describe the process by which U.S. military organizations managed and unified their planned communications efforts. Unfortunately, joint doctrine leaves many of the…
Vox Sentences: Facebook tries to pivot to privacy – Vox
Facebook turns to privacy; the UN focuses on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
MILNEWS.ca Highlights + #UKR Update – March 5, 2019 – To Inform is to Influence
by milnews.ca #CHN/Pacific Rim “China arrests its chief of submarine research because he ‘obtained Canadian nationality’ ” “China says detained Canadians were spies” “Canadians Kovrig and Spavor Worked Together to ‘Steal State Secrets’: China” “China lowers defense budget growth to 7.5% in 2019” (CHN mil media) “China poses no threat to any country” (CHN Communist Party…

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Exclusive: U.S. Air Force Secretary Wilson to resign, leaving new vacancy | Reuters
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who was considered a top candidate to become the next secretary of defense, has decided to resign after almost two years to return to academia, U.S. officials told Reuters, leaving another vacant post at the top level of the Pentagon.
Pentagon Sends Space Force Proposal to Congress | Newsmax.com
The Pentagon has sent Congress a legislative proposal to create a Space Force branch of the United States military at a cost of $2 billion over five years, CNN reports.
The US Army is preparing for major changes to force structure
There are major changes expected — within the near future — when it comes to how the Army’s force structure is organized, according to the Army’s Futures and Concepts Center director.
The Security Clearance Process Is About to Get Its Biggest Overhaul in 50 Years – Defense One
Intelligence and human capital officials are about to make the rounds to show off Trusted Workforce 2.0, a framework to completely change how the …
How Many Civilians Die in Covert US Drone Strikes? It Just Got Harder to Say – Defense One
Trump has revoked an Obama-era reporting requirement even as the CIA has resumed lethal strikes.
Arizona GOP Sen. Martha McSally says she was ‘preyed upon and then raped’ in Air Force by superior officer | Fox News
Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, disclosed during an emotional Senate hearing on Wednesday she was “preyed upon and then raped” in the Air Force by a superior officer.


The Democrats’ Dilemma – POLITICO Magazine
What Ilhan Omar and Dean Phillips tell us about the future of the Democratic Party.
House Foreign Affairs Chairman: Omar should apologize for implying pro-Israel groups push foreign allegiance – CNNPolitics
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee called Friday for freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar to apologize after insinuating that pro-Israel groups are pushing “allegiance to a foreign country.”
Top Foreign Affairs Dem rebukes Ilhan Omar for ‘vile anti-Semitic slur’ – POLITICO
Rep. Eliot Engel called on the Minnesota Democrat to apologize for her comments about Israel.
Omar, Tlaib say critics charge ‘anti-Semitism’ against them as way to end debate over Israel’s policies | Fox News
Two outspoken freshmen congressional Democrats appeared at a progressive town hall this week, where they accused some of their Jewish colleagues of leveling anti-Semitism charges following their criticisms of Israel in order to shut down any debate over that U.S. ally’s policies. 
Unrepentant Ilhan Omar suggests Jews who criticize her anti-Semitic statements are doing so because she’s Muslim, revives dual-loyalty smear
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D.-Minn., who earlier this month was forced into a hostage tape style fake apology for anti-Semitic tweets, is unrepentant. Speaking at a liberal event in Washington, she accused Jews who have criticized her anti-Semitic statements as holding her to a different standard because she’s Muslim, while again peddling a classic anti-Semitic dual loyalty smear.
Ilhan Omar says she does not recognize Venezuelan interim president, defying Dem leadership, Western governments | Fox News
Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar said she “absolutely not” recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim Venezuelan president, defying consensus among Western leaders and her own party.
CPAC 2019: Trump vows to sign an executive order requiring colleges to ‘support free speech’ – CNNPolitics
The President said in his speech on Saturday that he require campuses to “support free speech” in order to be eligible for federal funding.
Rep. Ilhan Omar comment was ‘vile anti-Semitic slur,’ top foreign-affairs Dem says | Fox News
The top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Friday that a recent comment by freshman U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who also serves on the panel, represented a “vile anti-Semitic slur,” according to reports.  
Rep. Eliot Engel demands apology from Rep. Ilhan Omar, accusing her of ‘a vile anti-Semitic slur’ – The Washington Post
Engel rebukes Omar for a new comment alleging that pro-Israel groups in the United States “push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
Eliot Engel rips Ilhan Omar for ‘vile anti-Semitic slur’
Rep. Ilhan Omar on Wednesday suggested that lawmakers and activists who support Israel hold “allegiance to a foreign country” — her latest inflammatory statement about Jewish people and Israel.
Centrist Democrats push back against party’s liberal surge – The Washington Post
Moderates warn that left-leaning proposals could prompt a backlash among voters.
Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff might have broken campaign finance laws
The most powerful person in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office is tech millionaire Saikat Chakrabarti and he might be in hot water soon for skirting campaign finance law.
Greenpeace co-founder tears into Ocasio-Cortez, Green New Deal: ‘Pompous little twit’ | Fox News
Patrick Moore, the co-founder of the environmentalist group Greenpeace, ripped into New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over the weekend as a “pompous little twit,” saying the Green New Deal plan she’s advocating is “completely crazy.”
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel pumps brakes on punishing Ilhan Omar for remarks seen as anti-Semitic | Fox News
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said Tuesday he’s not poised to punish Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for her latest controversial remarks, which have spurred new allegations of anti-Semitism.
House to vote to condemn anti-Semitism in indirect rebuke of Rep. Ilhan Omar – ABC News
Congress could act as soon as Wednesday on anti-Semitism resolution.
How a public feud over anti-Semitism dealt House Democrats their first real setback – CNNPolitics
Democrats have had the majority in the House of Representatives for just two months, but they’ve already been sidetracked by an ugly divide over anti-Semitism and other bigotry.
Tensions flare as Dems struggle to calm furor over Omar – POLITICO
Lawmakers clashed behind closed doors, with some complaining that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team had failed to handle the escalating political crisis.
2020 Democrats normalize anti-Semitism by defending Ilhan Omar
Democrats seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination are starting to come out in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar, and in the process, they are normalizing anti-Semitism.
Meghan McCain Breaks Down in Tears Over Ilhan Omar’s ‘Scary’ Israel Comments
‘I probably verge on being a Zionist,’ the ‘View’ co-host claimed.
Meghan McCain gets emotional over anti-Semitism: ‘It’s very scary’
Meghan McCain got emotional Thursday on “The View” as the hosts discussed Rep. Ilhan Omar being accused of anti-Semitic comments.


The National Debt Dilemma | Council on Foreign Relations
With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $15 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.
Pence at CPAC: Dems, Candidates Embracing Socialism | Newsmax.com
Democrats and their 2020 presidential candidates are embracing the same tired economic theories of socialism that have impoverished nations worldwide and want to trade away Americans’ freedoms, Vice President Mike Pence said Friday during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Trump slams Mueller, mocks critics in fiery two-hour speech | Reuters
President Donald Trump on Saturday attacked U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller ahead of his report on alleged Russia collusion by the Trump campaign in 2016 and said his political opponents were “trying to take me out with bullshit.”
Trump fires up CPAC with expletive-laden description of Mueller probe: ‘They’re trying to take you out with bulls—‘ | Fox News
President Trump, in a mischievous, expletive-laden speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, accused FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of trying to take him out with “bulls—” and accused a top Clinton aide of not having recovered “from getting his a– kicked.”
House Dems to bring resolution next week to make Mueller report public – POLITICO
Democrats were alarmed when Attorney General William Barr, during his Senate confirmation hearings, would not commit to making Mueller’s full report public.
Trump blames Cohen hearing for possibly contributing to summit result | Fox News
President Trump late Sunday tweeted that the call to have his former attorney Michael Cohen testify Wednesday in front of the House Oversight Committee may have contributed to the “walk” that resulted in his second nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Christopher Steele cancels remarks on disinformation at conference: report | TheHill
Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele has reportedly canceled a scheduled appearance at a conference in Baltimore next week.
Trump dossier’s Christopher Steele abruptly cancels public appearance – INSIDER
The British ex-spy was scheduled to speak via video link at a Baltimore conference next week, but got “cold feet” according to the event’s moderator.
Steele Dossier: ‘Corroborated’ Claims Were Old News | National Review
Steele’s project was not intelligence-gathering. It was the crafting of a campaign narrative about a traitorous Trump–Russia espionage conspiracy.
British ex-spy Christopher Steele gets ‘cold feet,’ backs out of conference: report | Fox News
Christopher Steele, the British ex-spy who authored an unverified Trump-Russia dossier, has reportedly backed out of a scheduled appearance at a “pro-democracy” conference in Baltimore next week, according to its organizers.  
Hacking Lawsuit Targets Russian-Born Trump Associate
The lawsuit against Felix Sater comes just days before he is scheduled to testify before a congressional committee about Trump efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow.
White House Blasts Congressional Democrats Seeking Files From Trump Associates
The White House has lashed out at congressional Democrats, calling a sweeping request by a House of Representative committee for files from dozens of President Donald Trump associates “disgraceful …
U.S. Lawmakers Demand Files From Dozens of Тrump-Linked Associates
A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives says it has sent document requests to 81 entities and individuals as part of a new investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other abuse…
Why DNC barring Fox News from debates hurts party candidates | TheHill
If you’re a Democratic White House hopeful, the bottom line is all exposure is a good thing.
The Navy fighter pilot judge who shot down Mueller
A federal judge known for his impatience in court sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Thursday to less than four years behind bars, defying a requested prison term of 19 to 24 years by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Manafort sentencing marks rare reprieve for Trump world in Mueller probe – CNNPolitics
Donald Trump has rarely caught a break since special counsel Robert Mueller clamped a vise around his White House two years ago.
Mike Huckabee: Manafort sentencing has zero, zilch, nada, nothing to do with Russian ‘collusion’ | Fox News
Paul Manafort, plain and simple, is going to prison for things completely outside the original scope of Mueller’s investigation. All of his convictions stem from the shady lobbying businesses he ran with his associate Rick Gates long before joining the Trump campaign in 2016.

 

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