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Carlos Ghosn: Japan ask US to extradite ex-Green Beret and son over Japan escape | BBC News

Although Ghosn denies the charges made against him, Japan is on the hunt to prosecute him along with those who helped him escape. Some of those wanted include former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter. Ghosn claims that he was being held hostage in Japan and that he would not be given a fair trial.   Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53273702  Read More »

Venezuela security operations leave over 1,300 dead in five months, U.N. rights office says | WTVB News

The United Nations High Commissioner for human rights released in a statement in Geneva that the number of killings call for concern. He believes that the violence is targeting young people who resisted authorities. However, Jorge Valero Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations believes these claims are unfounded in an effort to push more aggression against the country.  Source: https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2020/jul/02/venezuela-security-operations-leave-over-1300-dead-in-five-months-un-rights-office-says/1035758/?refer-section=world  Read More »

Italy arrests dozens of suspected Mafia members in two operations | OCCRP

Police in Sicily raided over 60 homes and arrested 45 people in relation to the Mafia. In Germany the clan leader was arrested. Costra Nostra is responsible for drug trafficking and the use of firearms as well as corruption. This was all done in a two-part operation during the second phase called operation Ultra. This was led out by the Italian Special Operation Department of the Carabinieri and the German Bundeskriminalamt along with the Landeskriminalamt of Niedersachasen.    Source: https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/12687-italy-arrests-dozens-of-suspected-mafia-members-in-two-operations  Read More »

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 | NPR News

As a result of recent heavy rains, a landslide occurred in Myanmar near an active mine. Twelve hours later rescue teams found over 100 bodies. This would hit the mining industry as one of the deadliest days with 162 deaths in 54 people left injured. Witnesses captured videos and photos of the tragedy and posted them on Twitter.  Source: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/02/886963705/landslide-at-myanmar-jade-mine-kills-at-least-162?sc=18&f=1001  Read More »

Asia Today: Kim urges North Koreans to keep up virus fight | AP News

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues to urge his public health officials to stay proactive in guarding against the virus. Many people assume that North Korea having no cases is false because of how close the country is to China where the virus originally broke out in the poor health infrastructure within the country. They would be the only country to have zero cases if this is true.   Source: https://apnews.com/1c358aee25e062246e810bcbb20275be  Read More »

What does China’s national security law for Hong Kong say? | Aljazeera

Despite pro-democracy protest that had broken out within the country, China continued to pass a law making it hard for anyone to speak out against the Chinese government without being considered a terrorist or a national security threat. This new security law will make it easier for a sentence is to be longer and harsher on those who are seen as a traitor to the country.  Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/china-national-security-law-hong-kong-200701024705923.html  Read More »

The growing need for a modern aircraft platform for special forces | The Hill

The article talks about aircrafts used in the past and their pros and their defaults. The article analyzes what exactly is needed in an aircraft and what makes the perfect one. They analyze current situation that we have with our modern aircrafts and compare affordability, the ability to defeat modern militaries and access to different kinds of fuel and how that just might play a part in getting the US the perfect aircraft.  Source: https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/505757-the-growing-need-for-a-modern-aircraft-platform-for-special  Read More »

The military we have vs. the military we need | Defense One

The National Defense Strategy is viewed by some as disruptive change. This author believes that President Trump has refocused the military’s efforts on frivolous efforts and nonexistent threats. Now, the U.S. is at risk for losing their spot as one of the best militaries in the world. In order to properly prepare for the near future, the military needs to see drastic change and overhaul.   ... Read More »

The National Guard: The perfect space partner | Military Times

Major General James Eifert discusses what the perfect Space Force would look like in an article put out by the Military Times. He talks about General John Hyten, who is the authority on military space operations, and his comment about the National Guard Space Force. Eifert believes that we should create a space National Guard and doing so would not affect the chain of command and would employ the perfect people for the position.  Source: https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2020/07/03/the-national-guard-the-perfect-space-partner/  Read More »

Libya: 200 Yemen mercenaries arrive to fight on behalf of Turkey | Middle East Monitor

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) now has the support of over 200 mercenaries from Yemen. These mercenaries are a part of the Islah party. It is predicted that this effort is to help deepen their alliance with Turkey while keeping in mind of the predicted Turkish invasion in Yemen. Source: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200629-libya-200-yemen-mercenaries-arrive-to-fight-on-behalf-of-turkey/ Read More »

Green Beret sharpshooters can kill you from over two miles away | National Interest

Green Berets lived up to their expectations at the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition. This competition takes some of the most skilled military’s and special operation teams from across the U.S. and armed forces and even some foreign militaries to test and see who has the most sniper talent. Master Sgt. David and Sgt. 1st Class ... Read More »

Russia’s Putin wins referendum on constitutional reforms | DW News

One amendment in particular was pushed into the spotlight. The amendment in question would alter term limits to be longer allowing Putin to continue being president. 65% of those eligible voted and 78% of those who voted supported changing the constitution. It was originally planned for April 22nd but then was rescheduled and altered due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Source: ... Read More »

Israel signals occupied West Bank annexation move not imminent | Aljazeera

A statement by Gahi Ashkanazi revealed that the government discussion with the United States is going to be held after the self-imposed target date of July 1st. While many are eager for this discussion to start, Benny Gantz the alternative prime minister stated that this conversation should be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/israel-signals-occupied-west-bank-annexation-move-imminent-200701072958427.html Read More »