Is War in Asia Just Around the Corner?

Military tensions Rise in East and Southeast Asia. The month of March is turning out to be a “hot” one in terms of military exercises, drills and posturing. Diplomatic efforts are being overshadowed by high profile, multi-lateral military exercises in the South China Sea, and the Sea of Japan. As China attempts to deescalate tensions …

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FILE PHOTO: An Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jet © Amir Cohen / Reuters

Syria Claims Israeli Jet Shot Down After Strike Near Palmyra, IDF says All Aircraft Undamaged

The Syrian Army says Israeli military jets hit a “military target” near Palmyra in a raid overnight. In retaliation the jets were targeted by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles. https://cdn.rt.com/files/2017.03/58cba049c361886d638b45d9.mp4 According to a Syrian Army statement, a total of four Israeli jets breached Syrian airspace on Friday morning, Reuters reports. Syria's air defenses shot down one of …

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In this Feb. 3, 2017 frame grab from video, residents inspect a house that was damaged during a Jan. 29, 2017 U.S. raid on the tiny village of Yakla, in central Yemen

SEAL Team 6 Attempted a Second Yemen Raid One Month after Botched Operation

Navy SEALs attempted to conduct another raid inside Yemen earlier this month but aborted the mission at the last minute, according to a senior U.S. military official. Members of SEAL Team 6 deployed to Yemen in early March for a ground assault targeting suspected members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a group U.S. …

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More Delusional Thinking in Australian Foreign Policy

The Australian government’s selective view of history and capacity for self-delusion in its foreign policy was on full display when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered the Fullerton Lecture to the International Institute of Strategic Studies in Singapore on Monday 13 March 2017. She called on the United States to “play an even greater role as …

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Trump Slips into ‘Endless War’ Cycle

There was, during the course of the 2016 campaign, a small but vocal group of antiwar libertarians and conservatives who had convinced themselves that Donald Trump was preferable to Hillary Clinton because he, Trump, had made his (fictitious) opposition to the Iraq War a cornerstone of his candidacy. Trump, some believed, was a Republican in …

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US Prepares for More Military Operations Around the World

President Donald Trump is considering delegating more authority to the Defense Department to conduct anti-terrorist operations overseas, which at the moment require the White House approval. The commanders have the authority to take their own decisions only in declared war zones, but not outside. They must go all the way up to the president to …

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WhatsApp, Telegram ‘severe’ security flaw pinpointed following #Vault7 release © Dado Ruvic / Reuters

WhatsApp, Telegram ‘Severe’ Security Flaw Pinpointed Following #Vault7 Release

A flaw in popular messenger apps WhatsApp and Telegram, which could allow hackers to gain access to hundreds of millions of accounts using the very encryption software designed to keep them out, has been discovered by cyber security firm Check Point. A flaw in popular messenger apps WhatsApp and Telegram, which could allow hackers to …

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Watching Porn Affects the Brain, Things Will Never be the Same Again

Today, with pornography only ever a few clicks away, a multitude of attitudes to sex imagery abound. Regardless of what porn aficionados have to say, Swedish researchers maintain that excessive porn consumption affects the brain. Like every other gratifying experience, watching sexual images releases high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is often referred to as the …

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