The Washington Post has been exposed again as nothing more than a liberal propaganda machine after admitting that their own story about the alleged "Russian hacking" of a Vermont utility was a total fraud: "Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid."
In over-reacting, governments and media play into the hands of the terrorists who want to create fear and demonstrate their strength, but whose greatest gains come when they provoke an exaggerated self-destructive response. There is a dangerous disconnect in the minds of governments and news organisations between what happens in the war in Iraq and Syria and the long-term consequences this has on the streets of Europe.
Philippine President Duterte slammed U.S. ambassadors as CIA "spies", in response to a media report of an alleged American plot to overthrow his government, a job he said some envoys were appointed solely to do.
While we can understand shifting regional alliances, we - and everyone else - laughed out loud when reading that in order to show his "ideological proximity" to the Saudis, Oman’s defense minister sent a letter to Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which the small Gulf nation decided to join the... wait for it, Islamic Military Alliance Against Terrorism.
"It would have been useful, if not kind, to have a bit more information from the ECB about the criteria that led to this assessment," Italy's economy minister Pier Carlo Padoan told Il Sole 24 Ore, as he slammed the ECB. "I was a bit surprised to receive the news, out of the blue and on Christmas day."
Indian banks are fearful of running out of cash as lines queue up to withdraw money. Bankers say they cannot cope with any sudden increase in demand, and warn against lifting cash withdrawal limits. Speculation is rife that further unorthodox measures are coming...
As president-elect Trump plays Boeing and Lockheed off against each other, China flexed its military muscles once again - after sending its aircraft carrier Liaoning into the western Pacific - by testing the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter, state media reported on Monday, as it tries to end the West’s monopoly on the world’s most advanced warplanes.
"The statements that make [established] people maddest are the ones they worry might be believed... If Galileo had said that people in Padua were ten feet tall, he would have been regarded as a harmless eccentric. Saying the earth orbited the sun was another matter. The church knew this would set people thinking..."
Hardly content with his recent crucial victory when Aleppo finally fell to Assad/Russian forces, Vladimir Putin is only just getting started, and as the Daily Beast confirms reports that had previously circulated in the Russian press, dozens of highly trained "Chechen killer" Russian special military units in red berets are being transported to Syria. Their mission there is a mystery.
Taiwan warned on Tuesday that "the threat of our enemies is growing day by day... we should always be maintaining our combat alertness", as Chna's carrier group sailed towards the island province of Hainan through the South China Sea on a "routine" drill.