Daily Archive: September 23, 2016

Billions Down the Afghanistan Drain

India is reported as being “one of the largest donors of civilian aid to Afghanistan” and has recently undertaken to give the Kabul government another billion dollars, which is extremely generous of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, because, as CNN points out, there is in India “a stark picture of widespread rural poverty and deprivation“. According to the site Poverties “70 per cent of Indians don’t...

No-Fly Zone would ‘Require War with Syria and Russia’ – Top US General

Speaking to the US Senate, the Pentagon’s leaders blamed Russia for the Aleppo aid convoy attack, but admitted they “had no facts.” Only US coalition planes should be allowed over Syria, they said, though that would require war against both Syria and Russia. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced the...

Russian Troops Arrive in Pakistan for First Druzhba-2016 Joint Drills

Russian troops with the Southern Military District have arrived in Pakistan for the first Druzhba-2016 (“Friendship-2016”) exercises in the country, the district’s press service said Friday. “The Southern Military District troops arrived in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan aboard an Il-76 military transport aircraft today to participate in the first joint Russian-Pakistani ‘Druzhba-2016’ tactical exercises,” the district said. The tactical...

India Signs $8.8bn Deal to Buy 36 Rafale Fighter Jets from France

India has signed one of its biggest defense deals in decades, committing to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from French aviation company Dassault. The agreement will set Delhi back $8.8 billion. The agreement was signed on Friday by India’s defense minister, Manohar Parrikar, and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. The deal follows four years of negotiations, delays and obstacles....

Russia: Let’s Improve Baltic Air Safety! NATO: No Thanks, We’ll Pass

NATO has rejected air-safety proposals made by Russia which would have ensured all military planes flying in the Baltic region would operate with their transponders switched on. This makes no sense. According to the Wall Street Journal, NATO officials said the proposals “would do little to improve” air safety — a strange response, given that NATO has repeatedly scolded Russia...

Burger King, Jack in the Box Among Fast Food Giants Slammed for Antibiotics in Food

Burger King, Jack in the Box, Dunkin’ Donuts, Arby’s, and a number of other fast food companies and restaurants are failing to reduce antibiotics in their animal livestock, according to a new joint analysis conducted by leading environmental and consumers groups. “Chain Reaction II” (pdf) was released this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Earth, the...