Biden predicts Russia will attack Ukraine but warns Putin of a ‘stiff price’

Joe Biden has said he thinks Russia will make a move on Ukraine, warning Moscow it would face a “stiff price” for an attack yet suggesting that a “minor incursion” might be treated differently by the US and its allies. The US president’s comments at a White House news conference on Wednesday January 19, injected… Read More Biden predicts Russia will attack Ukraine but warns Putin of a ‘stiff price’

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Kingdom of Tonga – Undersea volcanic eruption with tsunami

As reported in the news recently, the Kingdom of Tonga has once again experienced volcanic activity (undersea) in the area, but this time the volcanic eruption and resultant tsunami was significant – Saturday 15 January, late afternoon. There was much flooding on the northern coastal margin of the mainland (swamped residential areas) and some of… Read More Kingdom of Tonga – Undersea volcanic eruption with tsunami

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Nuclear-War Risk Minimized in Rare Statement by Weapon States

January 2, 2022 The world’s leading nuclear-weapons states — China, France, Russia, the U.S. and U.K. — banded together on Monday to issue a rare joint statement pledging to dial down the risk that an unwinnable nuclear war might ever break out. “We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be… Read More Nuclear-War Risk Minimized in Rare Statement by Weapon States

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Iran shows off rocket launch to raise pressure in nuclear deal talks

At the end of 2021 Iran’s reinvigorated space programme showed off a new rocket launch, sending a message to western powers in negotiations with Tehran over the future of its nuclear programme. State television showed what it said was the successful launch of a Simorgh (which translates as Phoenix) rocket, carrying three satellites. It took… Read More Iran shows off rocket launch to raise pressure in nuclear deal talks

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Israeli prime minister makes historic UAE visit, stressing ‘new reality’ for region

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett touched down in the United Arab Emirates Monday December 13, in a historic visit, marking the first time an Israeli leader has publicly met the UAE’s de-facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Bennett took the opportunity to emphasize what he saw and, indeed, what… Read More Israeli prime minister makes historic UAE visit, stressing ‘new reality’ for region

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First joint naval exercise by Israel and Gulf states signals Iran worries

In a move almost unthinkable only three years ago, Gulf Arab navies have held their first joint military exercise with Israeli warships, co-ordinated by the US Navy. The five-day drill in the Red Sea involved warships from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel and the US. It began Wednesday November 10, and included boarding, search… Read More First joint naval exercise by Israel and Gulf states signals Iran worries

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Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies

On November 11, new satellite photos showed that Russia is once again massing troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine. The United States has warned European allies that Russia could be plotting to invade Ukraine in a repeat of the 2014 annexation of Crimea. US officials have privately briefed their EU counterparts on… Read More Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies

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Towards a Third World War or not

Global Climate Change issues, political polarisation like pandemic issues and vaccine inequity globally are things which make The Shambling Apocalypse wonder where we are in a time going up to a Third World War. The author Michael Kane looks at the intensifiers which create opportunities for times to come. They exacerbate the problems that already… Read More Towards a Third World War or not

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Hezbollah claims more soldiers than Lebanese army

The Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah has 100,000 trained fighters, its leader has said, sending a warning to rival groups and to its current political ally President Aoun. That figure, if accurate, would put the group ahead of the official Lebanese army in numbers — and even ahead of the British army. Hassan Nasrallah made the… Read More Hezbollah claims more soldiers than Lebanese army

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Israel holding a national war exercise

Israel will hold a national war exercise to test emergency response on the home front during a large military conflict. The drill will simulate rocket attacks by Hezbollah and Hamas as well as an eruption of nationwide violence by Israeli Arabs. Scenarios on the domestic front will including wide-scale rioting and blocking of major roads,… Read More Israel holding a national war exercise

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Coming weeks are decisive for Iran nuclear deal, Merkel says

The coming weeks are decisive for the future of the nuclear deal with Iran, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday the 10th of October, adding that every day that passes without Tehran responding to U.S. overtures will result in Iran enriching more uranium. Speaking during a visit to Israel, the outgoing chancellor said that… Read More Coming weeks are decisive for Iran nuclear deal, Merkel says

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Signs of the Times – Afghanistan: a defeat for the West?

After twenty years of conflict, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan has brought the curtain down on Nato’s military mission there. BBC News reported: “Under a deal with the militant group, the US and its Nato allies agreed to withdraw all troops in return for a commitment by the Taliban not to allow al-Qaeda or any… Read More Signs of the Times – Afghanistan: a defeat for the West?

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Afghanistan 2020-21 report – 9/11 – 20 Years on – A land in shambles

The landlocked multiethnic country located in the heart of south-central Asia that got in the news every day for twenty years, got special attention when America decided to leave that region of a continuous endless war. For millennia great armies have attempted to subdue Afghanistan, officially Islamic State of Afghanistan. Its significant mineral resources remain largely… Read More Afghanistan 2020-21 report – 9/11 – 20 Years on – A land in shambles

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