Libyan commander Haftar discussed possible Russian military aid with Lavrov

    

Libyan National Army Commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said Monday he raised the issue of Russia providing military help to Libya during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Haftar and Lavrov met earlier in the day in Moscow.

“Yes, we discussed it [the issue of military aid]. I am sure Russia remains a good friend of ours and will not refuse to help,” Haftar told reporters.

It is the third visit of the Libyan National Army commander to Moscow. He held a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in June 2016 and a meeting with Lavrov in November 2016, during which Haftar already asked Russia for military aid supplies in order to fight against the Islamists.

Libya has been in turmoil since the 2011 civil war that resulted in the overthrow of country’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The eastern part of the crisis-torn state is governed by a parliament with headquarters in the city of Tobruk. The parliament is backed by the Libyan National Army headed by Haftar. At the same time, the Government of National Accord, headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj and backed by the United Nations and the European Union, operates in the country’s west and is headquartered in Tripoli.

Moscow has been providing support for the regulation of the crisis in Libya and has repeatedly said it was ready to cooperate with all the interested Libyan parties.

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Iran aims to boost military spending in retaliation to US sanctions

The countermeasures, which were approved by 240 Iranian lawmakers on Sunday, would see more money allocated to Iran’s missile program as well as to the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards’ extraterritorial operations branch, among other measures. They would split $520 million from the budget equally between missile activities and the Revolutionary Guards, according to Press TV. 

The legislators stressed that the bill does not violate the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers, but accused Washington of attempts to “kill” the landmark agreement.

“The bill has very wisely tried not to violate the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and also give no chance to the other party to manipulate it,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said, as cited by IRNA news agency. He added that the bill will be supported by the government of President Hassan Rouhani, as it is required to pass a second reading before being submitted to the Guardian Council for final approval.

“Iran will never pay the price of violating the JCPOA,” spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hossein Naghavian said, adding that Washington “is after imposing the cost of killing the nuclear deal.” 

READ MORE: Trump admin slaps Iran with new sanctions despite nuclear deal compliance

The legislation states that the US is behind terrorist activities, and seeks to sanction US entities for providing any support to terrorists, including Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Fateh al-Sham). Any entities involved will be refused entry permits, deprived of properties in Iran and have their bank accounts blocked.

Other government bodies, including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Intelligence, as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Quds Force, and the Islamic Republic Army, will provide a comprehensive strategic plan “to counter US threats and bullying,” the bill suggests, as cited by Iranian media.

Earlier, Tehran vowed to retaliate following new sanctions signed by US President Donald Trump on August 2. Tehran believes the latest punitive measures listed in the ‘Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’ violate the terms of the P5+1+EU nuclear deal, designed to ensure Iran doesn’t make nuclear weapons.

While the Trump administration acknowledges that Tehran has not violated the nuclear agreement, in July the US still imposed new sanctions on companies and individuals allegedly supporting or involved in the country’s ballistic missile program.

The US and Iranian militaries have also been engaged in confrontations in the Persian Gulf. On August 8, an Iranian drone buzzed a US Navy fighter jet attempting to land on an aircraft carrier in the area. In July, American warships were involved in two incidents, firing warning shots at Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf. Both incidents were blasted by Tehran as “unprofessional and provocative.”

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Russia to resume training of female military pilots after numerous applications

“There are so many young women who want to become military pilots. We receive hundreds of letters [from them],” Shoigu told journalists.

“Therefore, we decided that this year we’ll recruit the first group of women to the Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation School,” he added.

Fifteen female cadets will begin their training program to become military pilots on October 1, Shoigu said.

“There will not be many of them… but given the number of applications received to the Air Force, we can’t ignore those requests,” he said.

Shoigu, who was attending the celebrations of the Russian Air Force at Patriot Park outside Moscow on Saturday, expressed hope that the female graduates “will show off their skills at a similar event” in five years’ time.

If the Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation School cadets fulfil the minister’s expectations, they’ll join a long lineage of female Russian pilots.

Lidia Zvereva became the first woman in the country to perform a solo flight and receive official papers as a pilot-aviator back in 1911, at the age of just 20.

She amazed the crowds behind the wheel of a wooden Farman biplane, survived a terrible crash that saw her thrown out of the cockpit, and later owned a factory that supplied aircraft for the World War I battlefields.

Many an aviatrix followed Zvereva’s footsteps in Imperial and Soviet Russia, with several becoming heroines during World War II against the Nazis.

Lidia Litvyak is regarded as the best high-performance female pilot in WWII.

She carried out over 150 combat flights, personally downing six Nazi planes and one aerostat, as well as destroying six more enemy aircraft as part of a squadron.

Litvyak died in a dogfight in August 1943, and was posthumously decorated with the highest state honor – Hero of the Soviet Union.

Marina Raskova was the commander of an all-female bomber regiment, which instilled fear in the hearts of the Nazi invaders.

Nicknamed the ‘Night Witches’ by the enemy, the female pilots used slow- and low-flying Po-2 planes. The machines were vulnerable, but also very hard to detect in the night sky, and provided extraordinary accuracy in bombing.

Raskova and her ‘Night Witches’ made 23,672 combat sorties and dropped hundreds of tons of explosives over the Nazis.

Another Soviet World War II heroine, Ukrainian-born Ekaterina Zelenko, is remembered as the only woman to perform an aerial ram.

On September 12, 1941, she was attacked by a group of German Messerschmitt fighters during a reconnaissance mission, with aircraft accompanying Zelenko quickly shot down.

The pilot was left to confront seven enemy aircraft and managed to destroy one of them. And when she ran out of ammo, Zelenko rammed another Messerschmitt with her own plane, killing the enemy and herself in the process.

Marina Popovich enlisted in the Air Force in peaceful times to become the only Soviet first class female test pilot in 1961.

She flew 40 different planes and helicopters, being the primary tester for five of those aircraft.
Popovich broke the sound barrier in the cockpit of a MiG-21 fighter jet, repeating the feat of American pilot Jacqueline Cochran.

Svetlana Protasova managed to achieve an audience with the chief of the Russian Air Force, persuading him that she was good enough to fly supersonic military jets.

She is only woman ever to fly a MiG-29 fighter, performing her fight solo flight in 1996. Protasova retired from the Air Force with the rank of major to pursue a career in civil aviation.

Svetlana Kapanina continues the glorious traditions of Russian aviatrixes as she defends the country’s honor in air sports.

She has been called the Russian Valkyrie and Queen of Heaven after claiming seven absolute world champion’s titles, winning the World Air Games twice and being crowned world champ a further 39 times in various individual events.

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Heading for US Military Action Against Venezuela?

Heading for US Military Action Against Venezuela?



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Washington already is waging political and economic war on the country, along with months of CIA-orchestrated street violence, responsible for scores of deaths, hundreds of injuries and numerous arrests made in an attempt to restore order.



Will Trump terror-bomb or invade the country next? Is sending in the marines or other combat troops planned?



What’s going on? Venezuela never attacked its neighbors. It threatens none now, nor America.



Washington opposes its sovereign independence, its Bolivarian social democracy, the world’s best electoral system, the notion of sharing the nation’s wealth with its people, its refusal to be subservient to US interests. And it has the world’s largest proved oil reserves.



That’s what (US-orchestrated) internal turmoil is all about, falsely blamed on government efforts to restore order, Western media disinformation, Big Lies and fake news part of the problem.



When asked about his intentions for Venezuela, Trump said “(w)e have many options…The people are suffering and they’re dying. We have many options…including a possible military option if necessary.”



Trump refused a request by President Nicolas Maduro to speak by phone or meet next month in New York during the UN General Assembly’s 72nd session, press secretary Sarah Sanders saying:



“Since the start of this administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people.”



Maduro “refused to heed this call…Instead (he) has chosen the path of dictatorship…President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country.”



Fact check:



Maduro scrupulously observes the letter and spirit of Venezuelan constitutional law.



The nation’s democratic elections are the world’s best, shaming America’s money-controlled sham process, one-party rule with two right wings, independents shut out.



People are imprisoned in Venezuela for criminality, not political reasons – unlike America’s system, thousands languishing in its global gulag despite innocence of wrongdoing.



Venezuela respects human rights for all its people. America is the world’s leading human rights abuser.



Venezuelans aren’t oppressed – unlike millions at home and abroad grievously harmed by US  contempt for democratic values and rule of law principles.



Venezuela is governed democratically – unlike police state rule in America, serving its privileged class exclusively, abusing and exploiting its most vulnerable, waging war on humanity for unchallenged global dominance, raping and destroying one country after another to achieve it, threatening war and regime change on any nation it doesn’t control.



In response to Trump’s threat, Constituent Assembly president Delcy Rodriguez tweeted:



“We reject the cowardly, insolent and infamous threats of the United States PDT @realDonaldTrump against the sacred sovereignty of Venezuela.”



Defense Minister Padrino Lopez blasted Trump’s “madness (and) supreme extremism,” adding “an extremist elite…rules the United States.”



Communication and Information Minister Ernesto Villegas tweeted: “Trump is the most…insolent threat ever made against the Bolivar homeland…”



Chile, a US ally, rejected military action, its Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz tweeting: “Reiterating all the terms of the Lima Declaration on Venezuela, Chile rejects the threat of military intervention in Venezuela.”



Former Mexican President Vincente Fox tweeted only an “imbecile would wage war” in the hemisphere.



US presidents learned long ago that tough talk against a vilified nation is a good way to boost public support.        



How Americans would react to one or more additional wars could be something else entirely – already sick and tired about ongoing endless ones, along with disapproving of Trump by a two-to-one margin in recent polls.



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Trump Threatens Venezuela with Unspecified ‘Military Option’






Trump Threatens Venezuela with Unspecified ‘Military Option’


August 11th, 2017

Via: Reuters:

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis.

Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces looting weapons from a military base after a new legislative body usurped the authority of the opposition-controlled congress

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” Trump told reporters.















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Transgender Service Members Sue Trump Over Military Ban

WASHINGTON — Five transgender people serving in the United States military sued President Trump and top Pentagon officials on Wednesday, asking that transgender troops be allowed to stay in the military.

The lawsuit was filed in response to Mr. Trump’s ban abruptly announcedlast month on Twitter.

The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit under pseudonyms — “Jane Doe” Nos. 1-5 — in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The case was organized by two rights groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD.

Other rights groups — like Lambda, Outserve and the American Civil Liberties Union — have also said they are preparing lawsuits but are holding off until the Trump administration takes a step to put the ban into effect, such as issuing formal guidance to the military or beginning the process of changing military rules.

But Shannon Minter, the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said he believed the case was already ripe for a lawsuit because active transgender service members — such as those deciding whether to re-enlist — were already being harmed by the uncertainty created by Mr. Trump’s statements on Twitter.

“It is critical to act now because the harms are happening now,” Mr. Minter said. “These service members deserve to know where they stand.”

A 2014 study by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, estimated that about 8,800 transgender people were serving on active duty, with thousands more in the National Guard and reserve; a 2016 study by the RAND Corporation estimated that there were about 2,450 such active-duty troops.

Barack Obama’s “transgender ex-nanny”
In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 photo, Evie, also known as Turdi, the former nanny of U.S. pResident Barack Obama, stands at the doorway of her room at a boarding house in a slum in Jakarta, Indonesia. Evie, who was born a man but believes she is really a woman.

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In 2016, the Obama administration, after extensive study, lifted a prior ban on transgender troops. That permitted transgender members currently serving to come out openly; openly transgender people are set to be allowed to join the military starting next year.

But on July 26, without warning, Mr. Trump stated on Twitter that the government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The announcement caught the military off guard, and there was no plan for what to do about those now serving openly.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responded to Mr. Trump’s Twitter statements by saying the current policy about who was allowed to serve had not changed and would remain in placeuntil the White House sent the Defense Department new rules and Jim Mattis, the defense secretary, issued new guidelines.

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect,” General Dunford said in a letter to the military service chiefs.

On Aug. 4, The Blade, a newspaper for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, reported, citing unnamed sources, that a policy guidance for reinstating the ban had been approved by the White House counsel’s office and by Mr. Trump and was expected to be delivered to Mr. Mattis.

Mr. Minter said that based on that report, “We wanted to move as quickly as possible to nip that in the bud.” The lawsuit’s complaint stated that “upon information and belief, the White House turned that decision into official guidance, approved by the White House counsel’s office, to be communicated to the Department of Defense.”

Still, as of Wednesday, the White House had yet to send any specific policy directive to the Pentagon, said Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick, a military spokesman. He said General Dunford’s statement from two weeks ago remained in effect.

“There is no change,” he said. “We are still waiting for more guidance from the White House.”

The lawsuit complaint argued that banning transgender people from serving in the military would be unconstitutional discrimination, violating their rights to equal protection and due process. It also argued that the Pentagon could not end people’s military careers for coming out openly as transgender because they did so in relying on the Pentagon itself saying they would be permitted to serve.

Colonel Haverstick said the military was “aware of the lawsuit; however, we are not able to comment due to the pending litigation.”

Other rights groups preparing similar legal challenges said on Wednesday that they were still holding off. Among them are both Outserve and Lambda, which have said they are recruiting plaintiffs for a joint lawsuit when the matter is ripe, a legal term meaning the facts of a case have developed enough for a decision.

“We have not yet filed suit, although we stand ready to do so,” Jon Davidson, the Lambda legal director, said on Wednesday. “We have been awaiting confirmation that the White House has transmitted a final guidance, directive or other instructions to the Department of Defense, which, to the best of our knowledge, has not yet occurred.”

James D. Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project, said that his group was also holding back, but noted that it had sent a letter to the White House asking it to preserve all documents related to the matter in anticipation of future litigation.

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Even if the administration has not yet transformed Mr. Trump’s Twitter announcement into policy, it remains possible that it will do so by the time a judge has to decide whether the new lawsuit is ripe for adjudication or should be dismissed, experts said.

Regardless, Mr. Minter expressed confidence that the suit had not been filed too quickly. He noted that defending against the case would force the White House to talk about the status of plans to reinstate the ban, and he argued that there was “no downside” to a strategy of moving ahead now.

“I don’t think we will get dismissed on ripeness because people are being harmed now,” he said. “But if we do, we will be right back as soon as there is any additional movement.”

New York Times

Admiral Mullen. Insisted on queers in the military.

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Coincidence? Military Industrial Complex Hit Highest Stock Prices Ever as Govt Hypes N. Korea War

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Feckless boasts of military might and icy vows to annihilate one another might not necessarily prove war between the U.S., North Korea, and their allies is nigh, but the monumental increase in stocks of weapons and defense manufacturers — the economic fingerprints a preparation for a colossal military endeavor — just might.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” President Trump railed yesterday. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

If, as legendary author John Steinbeck posited, “all war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal,” than the altogether avoidable rush for violent, physical confrontation with North Korea — currently unfolding by the hour — could easily be deemed foolishness of the highest order.

After all, when nations resort to verbal sparring over the size and force of one another’s … militaries, it’s difficult not to picture world leaders as children hurling insults in a sandbox — a disturbing mental image only worsened by the fact Trump and perhaps Kim hold keys to arsenals with nuclear capabilities never before seen on Earth.

Horrifying recollections of bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in World War II precisely 72 years ago — the latter, to the day — paint a cold if prescient portent of the need for defense.

Keen to shore up defenses amid the latest iterations of political tumult between the cloistered totalitarian regime and the supposed Land of the Free, a number of Lockheed Martin’s customer nations are snatching up missile defense systems in preparation for what some analysts contend may be the next world war.

Fear has infected the planet — so the fraught business of national defense is booming.

“The level of dialogue around missile defense is now at the prime minister and minister of defense level,” vice president of Lockheed’s Air and Missile Defense business, Tom Cahill, noted in an interview with Reuters, which added,

“Some countries are putting missile defense at the top of their list of desired capabilities, Cahill said. Interest has increased over the last 12 to 18 months, as have threats, he said.

“Shares of Lockheed are up nearly 8 percent, to $300.10, since North Korea’s first long-range missile test on July 4. The stock is up 20 percent year-to-date.”

Of course, that was yesterday. Today, Lockheed Martin stocks continue to rise — just prior to publication, stocks hovered around $305 per share — and show no indications of falling to levels typical of a less charged global atmosphere.

U.S. government business comprised 70 percent of Lockheed Martin’s total revenue last year; international clientele, 27 percent — a figure the company seeks to grow.

Indeed, while North Korean President Kim Jong-Un certainly tends toward the hyperbolic, Pyonyang’s repeated missile tests have frayed the nerves of neighbors — particularly those of U.S. allies, South Korea and Japan.

Recent long-range missile tests from obdurately belligerent North Korea shocked the United Nations Security Council into a unanimous vote to impose severe sanctions — an action putatively slated to evaporate a breathtaking $1 billion annually in losses on the nation’s most lucrative exports.

Critics of Trump’s needless provocation of the Korean regime and Washington’s apparent insistence the public believe Pyongyang somehow acquired a veritable stockpile of nuclear warheads conjure the specter of President George W. Bush’s storied, nonexistent Weapons of Mass Destruction — and the resulting entanglement the U.S. still fights there, despite the claim having been proven false.

It was U.S. sanctions and missile defense system presence just inside the South Korean border which have groused Kim into a sharply bellicose tone, some say, and any threat from the North comes courtesy of Western provocation.

Given North Korea’s extreme isolationism, proving nukes sit ready to destroy the West — oddly, an admonition used by both parties — would be a Herculean task.

But not everyone in the Trump administration is willing to paint Pyongyang as formidable as it paints itself. Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka scoffed in an interview Tuesday morning with FOX Business, terming North Korea a “Lilliputian flea.”

“North Korea is a Stalinist regime,” Gorka noted, “but it can’t even feed its own people.”

No matter the facts, apparently, the military-industrial machine’s cogs won’t rest until international customers have their weapons of mass destruction — cementing a bright future for Lockheed Martin and its ilk, alone — particularly when the latest Number One Threat constitutes little more than a phantom menace.

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Coincidence? Military industrial complex hit highest stock prices ever as US hypes N. Korea war

    

Feckless boasts of military might and icy vows to annihilate one another might not necessarily prove war between the U.S., North Korea, and their allies is nigh, but the monumental increase in stocks of weapons and defense manufacturers – the economic fingerprints a preparation for a colossal military endeavor – just might.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” President Trump railed yesterday. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

If, as legendary author John Steinbeck posited, “all war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal,” than the altogether avoidable rush for violent, physical confrontation with North Korea – currently unfolding by the hour – could easily be deemed foolishness of the highest order.

After all, when nations resort to verbal sparring over the size and force of one another’s … militaries, it’s difficult not to picture world leaders as children hurling insults in a sandbox – a disturbing mental image only worsened by the fact Trump and perhaps Kim hold keys to arsenals with nuclear capabilities never before seen on Earth.

Horrifying recollections of bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in World War II precisely 72 years ago – the latter, to the day – paint a cold if prescient portent of the need for defense.

Keen to shore up defenses amid the latest iterations of political tumult between the cloistered totalitarian regime and the supposed Land of the Free, a number of Lockheed Martin’s customer nations are snatching up missile defense systems in preparation for what some analysts contend may be the next world war.

Fear has infected the planet – so the fraught business of national defense is booming.

“The level of dialogue around missile defense is now at the prime minister and minister of defense level,” vice president of Lockheed’s Air and Missile Defense business, Tom Cahill, noted in an interview with Reuters, which added,

“Some countries are putting missile defense at the top of their list of desired capabilities, Cahill said. Interest has increased over the last 12 to 18 months, as have threats, he said.

“Shares of Lockheed are up nearly 8 percent, to $300.10, since North Korea’s first long-range missile test on July 4. The stock is up 20 percent year-to-date.”

Of course, that was yesterday. Today, Lockheed Martin stocks continue to rise – just prior to publication, stocks hovered around $305 per share – and show no indications of falling to levels typical of a less charged global atmosphere.

    

U.S. government business comprised 70 percent of Lockheed Martin’s total revenue last year; international clientele, 27 percent – a figure the company seeks to grow.

Indeed, while North Korean President Kim Jong-Un certainly tends toward the hyperbolic, Pyonyang’s repeated missile tests have frayed the nerves of neighbors – particularly those of U.S. allies, South Korea and Japan.

Recent long-range missile tests from obdurately belligerent North Korea shocked the United Nations Security Council into a unanimous vote to impose severe sanctions – an action putatively slated to evaporate a breathtaking $1 billion annually in losses on the nation’s most lucrative exports.

Critics of Trump’s needless provocation of the Korean regime and Washington’s apparent insistence the public believe Pyongyang somehow acquired a veritable stockpile of nuclear warheads conjure the specter of President George W. Bush’s storied, nonexistent Weapons of Mass Destruction – and the resulting entanglement the U.S. still fights there, despite the claim having been proven false.

It was U.S. sanctions and missile defense system presence just inside the South Korean border which have groused Kim into a sharply bellicose tone, some say, and any threat from the North comes courtesy of Western provocation.

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