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U.S. General: Space Is Where Russia and China Are Most Dangerous

The National Interest - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 10:00

David Axe

Security,

The greatest threat that Russia and China pose to the United States is in space, Gen. David Goldfein, the U.S. Air Force’s chief of staff, said at an event in California in early December 2019.

The greatest threat that Russia and China pose to the United States is in space, Gen. David Goldfein, the U.S. Air Force’s chief of staff, said at an event in California in early December 2019.

“Russia is a rather dangerous threat because it’s an economy in decline and the demographics are challenging for [Vladimir Putin],” Goldfein said, according to Defense News. “But China is the face of the threat. China has the economy."

Goldfein’s assessment comes as U.S. lawmakers prepare to authorize a new military service for space warfare.

In addition to ground-based jammers, lasers and rockets that can mute, blind and destroy low-flying satellites, Moscow and Beijing are working on small, maneuverable satellites that can tamper with American spacecraft.

"Our adversaries are increasingly leveraging rapid advances in technology to pose new and evolving threats — particularly in the realm of space, cyberspace, computing and other emerging, disruptive technologies," the U.S. intelligence community concluded in its 2019 strategy report.

"No longer a solely U.S. domain, the democratization of space poses significant challenges for the United States and the I.C.,” the report explained. Russian and Chinese anti-satellite weapons could “reduce U.S. military effectiveness and overall security."

Between 2013 and 2015, the Russian government launched several mysterious satellites into low orbit. Zipping across orbital planes hundreds of thousands of feet above Earth, the nimble little Kosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504 spacecraft — which apparently were the size of mini-refrigerators -- were able to approach within just a few feet of other satellites.

"You can probably equip them with lasers, maybe put some explosives on them,” Anatoly Zak, a space historian, said of the Kosmos triplets. “If [one] comes very close to some military satellite, it probably can do some harm."

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Annulation des sanctions au CDP : Une bonne décision, selon les militants Alpha Yago et Césaire Ky

Lefaso.net (Burkina Faso) - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:56

Le Congrès pour la démocratie et le progrès a annulé le samedi 7 décembre 2019 à Ouagadougou, les sanctions prononcées contre les 27 militants le 22 septembre 2019. C'était au cours d'un congrès extraordinaire. C'est une décision que saluent certains sanctionnés dont Alpha Yago et Césaire Ky, même s'ils ont brillé par leur absence à la rencontre.

« Nous reconnaissons être toujours des militants du CDP », c'est par ces mots qu'a réagi Césaire Ky à la levée des sanctions contre lui et les 26 autres militants. De la tendance Mahamadi Kouanda, il a été joint au téléphone par nos soins, et a révélé que le CDP demeure leur parti. Son souhait est que les principes fondamentaux qui régissent le fonctionnement du parti soient respectés. Même son de cloche chez Alpha Yago. Joint également au téléphone, il se dit satisfait de la levée des sanctions. Il a aussi salué l'intervention du fondateur du parti Blaise Compaoré pour la sortie de crise.

Il a donc tenu à féliciter la direction et les militants pour la décision prise au cours du congrès extraordinaire. Alpha Yago a estimé que pour l'heure, la chose la plus importante est de travailler à la cohésion et à l'unité au sein du parti. C'est pourquoi, il invite les uns et les autres à dépasser leurs égos et intérêts individuels. Pour lui, la priorité est de travailler pour le retour du fondateur du parti, Blaise Compaoré. Il croit savoir que cela serait bénéfique non seulement au parti mais aussi au pays. Ceci, au regard de son expérience.

Cette décision d'annuler les sanctions est bien saluée. Seulement, aucun d'entre les sanctionnés ne s'est présenté au congrès. Pour Césaire Ky, la tendance Mahamadi Lamine Kouanda n'a pas reçu de lettres d'invitation. En plus, se présenter au congrès, estime-t-il, c'est courir le risque d'être ridiculisé.

Alpha Yago, lui, justifie son absence du fait que les sanctions couraient toujours avant la fin des travaux. Aussi, selon lui, le souci principal était d'éviter de créer des heurts ou d'avoir des propos qui pourraient contribuer à envenimer la situation. Il s'est donc abstenu de s'y rendre mais était de tout cœur avec les congressistes.

Dimitri OUEDRAOGO
Lefaso.net

Categories: Afrique

Invitation du président Macron à Pau : Réaction de Yacouba Isaac Zida

Lefaso.net (Burkina Faso) - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:55

Réaction de Yacouba Isaac Ziba, ancien Premier ministre du Burkina Faso, sur la convocation de Macron adressée aux 5 chefs d'État du G5 Sahel

La convocation des chefs d'Etat des pays du G5 Sahel par Emmanuel Macron est injuste, inamicale, protocolairement et diplomatiquement humiliante et par dessus tout irrespectueuse et insultante à l'endroit des peuples des différents pays concernés.

Répondre à cette convocation équivaut à se passer des chaînes autour du cou et accepter de vivre de nouvelles décennies de domination néocolonialiste.

Chers présidents je vous en conjure exigez au moins le respect de la forme qui sauve votre honneur et celui de vos peuples. Sur le fond, il y a beaucoup à dire dont je peux résumer en ceci : la sécurité de la région ne peut être garantie par un système dont la télécommande se trouve à 6000 kilomètres à l'Élysée.

Une seule force multinationale en collaboration avec les armées nationales le tout bien coordonné par un état-major conjoint est largement suffisant pour relever le défi sécuritaire dans la zone. Si la force Barkane n'est pas nuisible elle est tout au moins inefficace...

Que Dieu bénisse le Burkina Faso !!!
Que Dieu bénisse l'Afrique !!!"

Categories: Afrique

Valladolid Hails Mohammed Salisu For Impressive Display Against Real Sociedad

ModernGhana News - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:52
Real Valladolid coach, Sergio Gonz aacute;lez has heaped praises on Ghana defender, Mohammed Salisu after a stalemate against Real Sociedad over the weekend. The enterprising centre back who has been linked to Manchester United put up another solid display which caught the attention of the fans. Speaking to the press after the game, th ...
Categories: Africa

« Malheur à lui d'avoir choisi Pau », poème d'un citoyen sur la rencontre entre Macron et les chefs d'Etats du G5-Sahel

Lefaso.net (Burkina Faso) - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:30

La réunion de « clarification » entre le président français et les présidents des pays du G5-Sahel le lundi 16 décembre 2019 à Pau, en France, a inspiré à ce citoyen burkinabè le poème ci-après.

Si les auteurs du 17Mai ont été mis KO,
Une fois de plus sera déjoué le complot
La terre des ancêtres ne se pointe pas avec un mégot,
Grace à Maiga, Compaoré avait regagné Po,
Mort à l'impérialisme avait criés les para commandos,
Comme Lingani, et Sankara, Kaboré et Issoufou l'ont déjà dit haut,
Ni la méditerranée ni la seine ne vont intimider l'enfant de Zorgho

Malheur à lui d'avoir choisi, Pau
L'abcès sera crevé, celui qui nous colle depuis toujours à la peau
L'explosion de la soute avait donné le chrono
Cette fois ci c'est la tragédie des hélicos
Si Kidal a été bradé, ni pense même pas pour Djibo.
Marcel avait remplacé Gabriel, après François qui fera le saut ?
Ne t'inquiète pas il est déjà connu d'avance ton scenario
Cette fois, il n'a pas été difficile de découvrir le pot

Malheur à lui d'avoir choisi Pau
Il nous prend pour des cons crie-t-on depuis Castelnau
Il nous prend pour sa colonie entend -on à Bobo
On ne pourrait espérer meilleur cadeau pour nous après Tenkodogo.
Si la chaleur du sahel lui provoque des mirages, on a de quoi soigner ses maux
Ça tombe bien, puisqu'il a déjà pris ses constances dans un amphi ici à l'UO
Sera-t-il aussi sage comme le médecin commandant Ouédraogo ?
En tout cas c'est ce que l'on souhaite pour lui depuis le kadiogo

Malheur à lui d'avoir choisi Pau
Ici en Afrique on respecte les ainés, on s'en fou sils ne sont pas beaux
Les jeunes de Dano en feront de même avec les anciens de Bordeaux
Car pour nous les hommes ont plus de valeurs que les coraux
Les Zaghawa ont toujours été des guerriers, ce n'est pas toi qui vas faillir Itno
Soundjata a vaincu soumagourou, à ton tour de porter le flambeau au-delà de Bamako

Car ici on un vent nouveau soufflera, c'est l'assurance qu'à donner le moogho
Au grand jamais on ne verra des coqs grimper sur le dos des chevaux
Malheur à lui d'avoir choisi Pau

Bahan Cheick Innocent

Categories: Afrique

Guns blaze in Ukraine as leaders meet in Paris

Euobserver.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:26
Hundreds of explosions and bursts of small arms fire were reported on the contact line in east Ukraine, as France prepares to host the first peace summit on the war in three years.
Categories: European Union

Des véhicules d’orpailleurs mauritaniens immobilisés par des éléments du Polisario

CRIDEM (Mauritanie) - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:26
Saharamédias - Le front Polisario a intercepté et immobilisé 16 véhicules tous terrains appartenant à des orpailleurs dans une zone sous son...
Categories: Afrique

AC Milan Fan Stabbed In Fight Over Players' Shorts

ModernGhana News - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:25
An AC Milan supporter was stabbed outside Bologna stadium on Sunday in a fight over who had caught a players 39; shorts, according to media reports in Italy. The dispute broke out between the two visiting fans after Milan players threw shirts and shorts into the stands after the final whistle following their 3-2 away win. It continued ...
Categories: Africa

Analysis: How Anthony Joshua Masterminded His Redemption In Saudi Arabia

ModernGhana News - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:23
Six months ago Anthony Joshua walked out of the Madison Square Garden a defeated man. Losing wasn rsquo;t the main talking point, it was who he lost to and how he lost that had the world looking for answers. Andy Ruiz Jnr was a relatively unknown name in the boxing world despite impressing in a world title fight against Joshua rsquo;s for ...
Categories: Africa

UN climate talks failing to address urgency of crisis, says top scientist

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:18
Urgent UN talks on tackling the climate emergency are still not addressing the true scale of the crisis, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has warned, as high-ranking ministers from governments around the world began to arrive in Madrid for the final days of negotiations. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Categories: European Union

Joshua Had 'Health Issue' Before First Fight With Ruiz

ModernGhana News - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:13
Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua said a health issue left him tired and drained in the build-up to his June defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua, 30, reclaimed his world titles in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, dominating the Mexican over 12 rounds. Conspiracy theories had circulated after his initial defeat, one of the bigge ...
Categories: Africa

Energy treaty 'undermines success of Green Deal'

Euobserver.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:10
Over 250 civil society organisations and trade unions say that the Energy Charter Treaty is incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement and the new Green Deal - becoming an obstacle to the clean-energy transition.
Categories: European Union

China's 3 Greatest Dynasties

The National Interest - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 09:00

Akhilesh Pillalamarri

Security, Asia

What can Chinese history tell us about China today?

Key Point: China has a long, proud history going back thousands of years.

Chinese civilization is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations. Indeed, unlike Western, Islamic, and Indian civilizations, China has managed to remain politically unified for much of its history.

Contrary to the common perception of China being historically isolated and weak, many Chinese dynasties were very powerful and have had a profound impact on global history. Yes, it is true that during the Ming Dynasty, China ships conducted multiple voyages of exploration (1405-1433) before abruptly stopping. But this hardly dented the enormous economic and political influence China wielded for most of its history in East, Southeast, and Central Asia. Although the people of these regions pursued their own interests as best as they could, China was always the major power to be dealt with.

Nonetheless, not all Chinese dynasties were created, and these three stood above the rest.

The Han Dynasty

The Han Dynasty ruled China for a solid four centuries, from 206 B.C.E. to 220 C.E. Although the preceding Qin Dynasty unified China, it was the Han Dynasty that kept it together and developed the institutions that characterized most of Chinese history since.

The Han Dynasty was able to maintain its bureaucracy and military through a more efficient and thorough system of taxation than many contemporary empires. Additionally, to gain increased revenue, the Han created monopolies on iron and salt. The salt monopoly has been a traditional source of revenue for Chinese states since, one that apparently lasted until 2014.

The Han’s large coffers allowed it to expand China’s boundaries outwards from its traditional heartland in the Yellow River valley toward what is today southern China. Southern China would prove to be very important to China in the future since it can support a large population through the rice crop. Thanks in part to southern China’s wealth, China’s sociopolitical development was usually greater than its neighbors, allowing China to easily incorporate or defeat them.

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Salvini’s U-turn on Nutella exposes flaws in his ‘nationalist’ food policy

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:58
Lega leader Matteo Salvini's recent scolding of the iconic hazelnut spread 'Nutella' has exposed flaws in the 'Italian first' formula that has led the Italian to past electoral successes.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Luxembourg pushes EU to recognise Palestine

Euobserver.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:57
Luxembourg's foreign minister Jean Asselborn is trying to convince his EU counterparts to recognise Palestine, Axios reports. In a letter to his colleagues and to EU high representative Josep Borrell he writes: "it is time to start a debate within the European Union on the opportunity of a recognition of the state of Palestine by all its member states," adding "in no way would it be directed against Israel."
Categories: European Union

Inflation, climate, jargon: ECB launches major review

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:57
The European Central Bank's new president Christine Lagarde has announced that the Frankfurt-based institute will soon undertake a strategic review, its first since 2003.
Categories: European Union

Germany’s grand coalition to continue, for now, in fragile modus vivendi

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:56
For the time being, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) will continue being part of Germany's grand coalition with conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU).
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Minister: 'All Brussels kids should be trilingual at 18'

Euobserver.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:56
Brussels' minister for the promotion of multilingualism, Sven Gatz, presents a plan at the Brussels regional parliament on Monday to ensure everyone graduating from school at 18 in Brussels speaks French, Dutch and English. "The Brussels government has made of multilingualism a priority to make better function the cosmopolitan city, to stimulate social cohesion between its citizens and prepare them better for the labour market, Gatz said.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Macron pushes pension reform despite protests

Euobserver.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:54
French president Emmanuel Macron and prime minister Edouard Philippe decided to go ahead with their pension reforms plans despite four-day long protests and strikes that brought national transport to a standstill. The government wants to unite 42 different pension plans into one plan and give financial incentives to work longer without changing the retirement age of 62. The three railway unions called for another general strike and protests on Tuesday.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Marin becomes Finland's youngest prime minister

Euobserver.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:52
Sanna Marin, Finland's current transport minister, has become the country's next prime minister. Selected by the Social Democrats, she will be the youngest prime minister in Finland's history, and the third female prime minister. At 34 years she is possibly the youngest prime minister in the world. The previous Finnish prime minister lost the confidence from his coalition partners following his handling of a postal strike.
Categories: European Union

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