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Rattled by Russia, Sweden to Bring Back Conscription

Sweden plans to bring back military conscription to counter Russia’s military buildup in the Baltic Sea, in a move that underscores how tensions are mounting along Europe’s borders with the nuclear superpower.  Via: bloomberg.com The decision by the government in Stockholm means that some 13,000 young men and women born from 1999 onward will be called for enrollment from July 1, ...

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Russia Became the Middle East’s New Power Broker

On the morning of January 11, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar climbed up the companionway of an aircraft carrier floating off the Mediterranean port of Tobruk. As a Marine band played and an honor guard presented arms, an admiral in a white full-dress uniform greeted the Libyan strongman, who was a senior commander in the U.S.-backed rebel forces that ousted the ...

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Mexico Threatens to Leave NAFTA If U.S. Proposes Tariffs on Products

Mexico’s economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo warned that his country will break off negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if the United States were to propose tariffs on products from Mexico, Bloomberg reported on Monday.  Via: fortune.com  “The moment that they say, ‘We’re going to put a 20% tariff on cars,’ I get up from the table,” Guajardo told ...

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China overtakes US and France as Germany’s biggest trading partner

China for the first time became Germany’s most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday. Via: reuters  German imports from and exports to China rose to 170 billion euros ($180 billion) last year, Federal Statistics Office figures reviewed by Reuters showed. The development is likely to ...

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Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped NSA Spy On The Whole World

DONALD TRUMP HAS inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised. How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand the sprawling American spy apparatus, already vulnerable to abuse, is disturbing enough on its own. Via: theintercept.com  But the outlook is even worse considering Trump’s vast preference for private sector expertise and new strategic friendship with Silicon Valley billionaire investor Peter ...

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Muslim Professor at Georgetown University Defends Slavery and Rape when Done in Islam

This is the new standard of measure that everyone should get used to… some things are morally reprehensible UNLESS you do them as a Muslim in the Muslim way. Via: constitution.com That is basically what Georgetown Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim convert Jonathan Brown is teaching in his University these days. During a recent lecture at the International Institute of ...

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Sweden to consider military partnership with UK

The Swedish Armed Forces is looking into the possibility of joining a military partnership led by the United Kingdom. Via: thelocal.se  As well as the UK, six other Nato countries – Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands – are Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) members. “We have also held discussions with Finland and will undertake a joint analysis of potential ...

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High Tension In Eastern Ukraine As Kremlin, Kyiv Trade Blame

Tension is high in eastern Ukraine, where fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists has flared over the past three days. Via: rferl.org The sides traded blame on January 31 for a surge in hostilities around the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka that has led to the highest casualty toll since mid-December. The European Union called for “the fighting to stop immediately,” ...

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Iran Warns U.S. not to ‘Create New Tensions’ over Missiles

Iran on Tuesday warned the United States against fuelling tensions over its ballistic missile tests as the UN Security Council prepared for urgent talks on the issue at Washington’s request.  Via: .yahoo.com The row comes against a backdrop of already-strained relations over US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries. The European Union, which ...

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The Eight Great Powers of 2017

In 2016, Russia surpassed Germany, and Israel joined the list for the first time.  Via: american-interest.com 1. The United States of America No surprise here: as it has for the last century, the United States remains the most powerful country on earth. America’s dynamic economy, its constitutional stability (even as we watch the Age of Trump unfold), its deep bench of strong ...

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