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USA – WWW

A Wide World of War: Donald Trump’s First Year Sets Record for US Special Operations   Elite Commandos Deployed to 149 Countries in 2017   Nick Turse Nov. 16, 2017   “We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world, militarily, and what we’re doing,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October. That was in the wake of the combat deaths of four members of the Special Operations forces in the West African nation of Niger. Graham and other senators expressed shock about the deployment, but the global sweep of America’s most elite forces is, at best, an open secret. Earlier this year before that same Senate committee — though Graham was not in attendance — General Raymond Thomas, the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), offered some clues about the planetwide reach of America’s most elite troops. “We operate and fight in every corner of the world,” he boasted. “Rather than a mere ‘break-glass-in-case-of-war’ force, we are now proactively engaged across the ‘battle space’ of the Geographic Combatant Commands… providing key integrating and enabling capabilities to support their campaigns and operations.” In 2017, U.S. Special Operations forces, including Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, deployed to 149 countries around the world, according to figures provided to TomDispatch by U.S. Special Operations Command.  That’s about 75% of the nations on the planet and represents a...

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Bering Strait Bridge/Tunnel

The China-Russia-Canada-America Train / Tunnel Link?   Paul Goncharoff Nov. 10, 2017   One of the great American sagas was the pioneering and building of railroads to connect the country from the east coast to the west coast, with branched lines covering points north and south. The population and industry of America blossomed in those regions touched by King Rail, and the many junction points along the lines.   A similar story took place in Russia at about the same time along the vast trans-Siberia line and its many branches between Vladivostok to St. Petersburg. Today the story is repeating with the One Belt, One road effort to interconnect Eurasia that I wrote about last week. Today, we are chugging along blithely through what can only be called politically schizophrenic times. The loud accusatory bluster and proxy threats we use are serving us as well as shooting ourselves in the foot. With all the conflicting noise, it has become hard to see into the economic crystal ball, and the once cherished dreams for unencumbered trade between nations. Hope and visions for future opportunities may be among the first casualties, and one I want to touch on through this story.   It is about a project that has risen several times, and been quashed for political rather than economic reasons. It is the rail link connecting Alaska and Russia through...

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Polícia Federal

‘Assessorar alguns políticos é mais comprometedor do que se associar à boca de fumo’   Fausto Macedo, Julia Affonso e Luiz Vassallo 13 Novembro 2017 Após 30 anos de PF, primeiro como agente federal, depois como delegado, Pontes leva no currículo passagens por setores estratégicos da corporação e investigações complexas numa época em que os recursos eram escassos. Por exemplo, ele descobriu a farsa do célebre ‘Dossiê Cayman’, um punhado de papeis montados por estelionatários que pretendiam vender a opositores informações forjadas contra o ex-presidente Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995/2002). O País vive um momento de apreensão com relação à corporação que, nos últimos anos, se notabilizou no combate sem tréguas à corrupção, culminando na Operação Lava Jato, a maior de todas as missões já desfechadas contra fraudadores do Tesouro. A incerteza ganhou força com a troca de comando da PF. Sai Leandro Daiello, que dirigiu a instituição durante 6 anos e dez meses – desde 2011 -, entra o delegado Fernando Segóvia, que traz consigo o rótulo de um policial ligado ao ex-presidente José Sarney, por isso acabou escolhido pelo presidente Temer. Em entrevista ao Estadão, Jorge Pontes diz que ‘uma nuvem sombria tomou o céu e a sociedade está paralisada, estática, sem reação’. “Estamos vivendo um momento extremamente delicado, em que as forças do crime institucionalizado estão se reagrupando para contra-atacar a Lava Jato e evitar de todas...

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Middle East

Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions for War with Hezbollah   The Saker Nov. 17, 2017   SouthFront has just released a very interesting video analysis warning about the possibility of a war involving Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and, possibility, Syria, Iran, and Israel. That, of course, also means that Russia and the US would be involved. First, please see the video here: https://southfront.org/israel-saudi-arabia-setting-preconditions-for-war-with-hezbollah/ What I propose to do is go over the implications of such a scenario. The context: a total AngloZionist failure on all fronts To understand the context for these developments we first need to quickly summarize what has taken place in Syria and the rest of the Middle-East in the past few years. The initial AngloZionist plan was to overthrow Assad and replace him with the Takfiri crazies (Daesh, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS – call them whatever you want). Doing this would achieve the following goals: Bring down a strong secular Arab state along with its political structure, armed forces and security services. Create total chaos and horror in Syria justifying the creation of a “security zone” by Israel not only in the Golan, but further north. Trigger a civil war in Lebanon by unleashing the Takfiri crazies against Hezbollah. Let the Takfiris and Hezbollah bleed each other to death, then create a “security zone”, but this time in Lebanon. Prevent the creation of a Shia axis Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon. Breakup...

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NATO

A Dangerous Paper-Tiger   Patrick Armstrong Nov. 15, 2017   The Chinese have a genius for pithy expressions and few are more packed with meaning, while immediately understandable, than “paper tiger”. NATO is one, but paper tigers that overestimate their powers can be dangerous. Some Russians are concerned that there are today more hostile troops at the Russian border than at any time since 1941. While this is true, it is not, at the moment, very significant. The Germans invaded the USSR with nearly 150 divisions in 1941. Which, as it turned out, were not enough. Today NATO has – or claims to have – a battle group in each of the three Baltic countries and one in Poland: pompously titled Enhanced Forward Presence. The USA has a brigade and talks of another. A certain amount of heavy weaponry has been moved to Europe. These constitute the bulk of the land forces at the border. They amount to, at the most optimistic assessment, assuming everything is there and ready to go, one division. Or, actually, one division equivalent (a very different thing) from 16 (!) countries with different languages, military practices and equipment sets and their soldiers ever rotating through. And, in a war, the three in the Baltics would be bypassed and become either a new Dunkirk or a new Cannae. All for the purpose, we are solemnly told, of sending “a clear...

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