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13.07.2018 - 16:49 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Trumps dine with UK Prime Minister after Trump made false claims about NATO spending

The President and first lady Melania Trump attend a formal dinner hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May. At an earlier unscheduled press conference in Belgium, Trump declared that all NATO members had „agreed to substantially up their commitment,“ adding „They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before.“ French President Emmanuel Macron rejected that claim.

12.07.2018 - 14:30 [ CBS News ]

Trump declares victory at NATO, says U.S. now „treated fairly“

Less than an hour before Mr. Trump addressed reporters in the hastily called news conference, NATO leaders reportedly declared an emergency session over the U.S. leader’s hammering of America’s allies over their defense spending. In a series of tweets from the Belgian capital before Thursday’s meetings, Mr. Trump complained the United States „pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe“ and demanded that members of the military alliance meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which „must ultimately go to 4%!“

11.07.2018 - 13:35 [ CNN ]

Trump opens NATO summit with blistering criticism of Germany

President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO’s annual summit, accusing a close US ally of being „a captive of Russia“ and all-but ordering members of the alliance to increase their defense spending „immediately.“

08.07.2018 - 17:04 [ Yonhap ]

Army likely to delay plans to launch special command amid improving ties with North

The conciliatory mood opened up high-level military discussion between the two Koreas last month, where they restored the two militaries‘ communication lines that were severed for years. In continuing military talks, the two sides are likely to discuss further measures to allay military tension, including a withdrawal of North Korea’s menacing long-range artillery forces along the border with the South.

07.07.2018 - 18:52 [ Yonhap ]

Military had plans to mobilize tanks, troops to quell candlelight protests last year: civic group

„The plan for armed crackdown on candlelight protests has been confirmed to be true,“ the group said. „This is clearly a self-coup d’etat plan and all involved in this are believed to have committed the crime of conspiracy to commit rebellion.“

The martial law plan, which calls for seizing regions with tanks and armored vehicles and crackdowns on civilians with paratroopers, is similar to the military’s bloody crackdown of the 1980 pro-democracy uprising in the southwestern city of Gwangju, the group said.

24.06.2018 - 07:39 [ Yonhap ]

Koreas to hold military talks on restoring communication lines

South and North Korea will hold working-level military talks next week on fully reconnecting bilateral communication lines, Seoul’s defense ministry said Saturday.

The meeting will open at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) office in Paju, just south of the inter-Korean border, at 10 a.m. on Monday to follow up on an agreement at their general-grade negotiations last week.

23.06.2018 - 11:27 [ Marxist.com ]

La Manada affair reveals the rotten character of the Spanish state

(30.4.2018) Significantly, one of the men belonged to the Civil Guard, a militarised police unit with a long history of repression and abuse, the latest episode being the violent crackdown on the Catalan 1 October referendum. Incredibly, this individual was part of a division dealing with violence against women. Another member of the group belonged to the Spanish military. During the two-year criminal proceedings, and until this very day, both continue to be on the public payroll and receive 75 percent of their wages.

22.06.2018 - 14:19 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Prepares Housing Up to 20,000 Migrants on Military Bases

The 20,000 beds at bases in Texas and Arkansas would house “unaccompanied alien children,” said a Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Michael Andrews, although other federal agencies provided conflicting explanations about how the shelters would be used and who would be housed there. There were reports of widespread confusion on the border.

14.06.2018 - 11:22 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Trump admin. expected to cancel August military drills with S. Korea: U.S. media

Citing officials from the administration,… multiple U.S. media reports say that the Pentagon will formally announce the cancellation in a press release on Thursday local time. South Korea’s defense ministry says the two sides are in close coordination on the issue.

05.06.2018 - 12:42 [ War is Boring ]

The Trillion-Dollar Military Budget: The hidden costs of ’national security‘

(26.7.2017) You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.

Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting. Adjusted for inflation, that means it’s higher than at the height of Pres. Ronald Reagan’s massive buildup of the 1980s and is now nearing the post-World War II funding peak.

And yet that’s barely half the story. There are hundreds of billions of dollars in “defense” spending that aren’t even counted in the Pentagon budget.

Under the circumstances, laying all this out in grisly detail — and believe me, when you dive into the figures, they couldn’t be grislier — is the only way to offer a better sense of the true costs of our wars past, present and future, and of the funding that is the lifeblood of the national security state.

04.06.2018 - 10:15 [ Korea Herald ]

N. Korea’s ruling party member appointed to head of military’s political bureau

(26.5.2018) A member of the Workers‘ Party of Korea (WPK) has been appointed to the head of the powerful General Political Bureau of North Korea’s armed forces, raising speculation that it might be aimed at strengthening the ruling party’s grip on the military.

23.05.2018 - 12:06 [ Korea Herald ]

Prime minister warns of ‚judgment of truth‘ for those distorting 1980 democracy uprising

Chun, 87, was sued for allegedly defaming Gwangju citizens with his memoir published last year in which he claimed that North Korean troops were involved in the uprising, that he was not involved in the crackdown, and that the movement was quelled without the use of violence, including firing from helicopters.

Chun insisted in the book that the witnesses who say they saw helicopters shooting protesters have faked the photos capturing the scenes, calling a late pastor who had testified about the choppers firing „Satan wearing a mask.“

16.05.2018 - 11:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’

(12.September 2014) We take advantage of the capabilities that we have over these people in order to put ourselves at ease. We take advantage of the impact that we have on their lives. Sometimes it involves truly harming a person’s life, or their soul. I mean extortion whereby they must hide things from people around them. It can really screw up their lives. It made me feel omnipotent.

07.05.2018 - 09:17 [ New Yorker ]

Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials

The campaign was first reported, on Saturday, by the British newspaper the Observer. However, sources familiar with the effort and pages of documents obtained by The New Yorker reveal that there is more to understand. Two of those sources told me on Sunday that the operation was carried out by Black Cube—a firm that was also employed by Harvey Weinstein and that offers its clients access to operatives from “Israel’s élite military and governmental intelligence units,” including the Mossad.

02.05.2018 - 17:22 [ Microsoft - Military Affairs ]

Learning to lead: Microsoft director’s success started in the Army

“You interact with high-level leaders in the military earlier in your career than you would in the corporate world,” Cutler says. “I’m used to briefing colonels and, in some cases, generals on courses of action. So I’m very comfortable presenting an idea and explaining my recommendations to senior-level executives now.”

25.04.2018 - 08:54 [ Saeid Golkar / Al Jazeera ]

Is a military coup possible in Iran?

If the situation gets worse and the stability of the clerical regime is endangered, Ayatollah Khamenei has the power to overthrow Rouhani’s administration. Hardliners in the Iranian regime believe that self-reliance and resistance against the hegemonic powers of the West can solve Iran’s problems. Ayatollah Khamenei could decide that the best plan of action at this time is to remove moderates from power and install hardliners.

23.04.2018 - 19:11 [ Japan Today ]

Protest rally marks one year since start of seawall work for U.S. base

In Monday’s sit-in protest outside the gates of Camp Schwab in Henoko, over 300 people including lawmakers took part. The protest will last for six straight days through Saturday.

Forced out by riot police officers, protestors rallied, saying they would never allow the building of new bases in Henoko, either at sea or on land.

Among them, a 50-year-old local resident vowed to „never give up.“

16.04.2018 - 16:51 [ Ron Jacobs / CounterPunch ]

War is Just F**kin’ Wrong

Unfortunately, this lack of historical memory means many of those residents can be manipulated into supporting not only an attack on Syria, but a greater conflict with other forces the US war machine considers the enemy, if only because they are not supplicant to Washington’s foreign ambitions. Some will support it simply because they see themselves as patriots who must support the military no matter what. Others, many of them liberals and even leftist, will support it (if only tacitly) in the name of human rights.

05.04.2018 - 12:29 [ telesur ]

Brazil: Military Chief Accused of Intimidating Judges into Ruling Against Lula

“We cannot definitively destroy the fragile democracy that remains for us. It’s necessary that everybody maintains their responsibility and respect the Constitution and the presumption of innocence. It’s unacceptable that Globo insists on repeating the past and incite a coup,“ said former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in response to Villas-Boas comments.