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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has voiced concern over the acquisition of Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft by India and said it would counter the threat by inducting 500 American Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles.
Ecuadorian Defense Minister Javier Ponce Cevallos says his country is going beyond the Cold War rules and seeking defense ties with Iran.
In a snub to US complaints, Ponce said, "we have our own policies, our own geostrategic positions, and what interests us, with Iran for instance, is boosting information technology and our national defense strategies," he told a radio channel in Ecuador.
The US is removing its military capacity from Ecuador to Colombia after Quito refused to renew a deal to let US forces remain in the country.
US Ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield made no secret on Monday that his country was considering to base its Ecuador Manta forces in a new location in Colombia.
“I am not going to deny that we are talking about this possibility,” Brownfield said adding the move will secure Washington-Bogota cooperation.
US and Russian warships line up in dispute over Georgia
US and Russian warships took up positions in the Black Sea today in a risky war of nerves on opposing sides of the Georgia conflict.
With the Russians effectively controlling Georgia's main naval base of Poti, Moscow also dispatched the Moskva missile cruiser and two smaller craft on "peacekeeping" duties at the port of Sukhumi on the coast of Abkhazia, the breakaway region that the Kremlin recognised as independent yesterday.
The Americans, wary of escalating an already fraught situation, cancelled the scheduled docking in Poti of the US Coast Guard vessel, the Dallas, and instead sent it to the southern Georgian-controlled port of Batumi, 200km (124 miles) from the Russian ships, where it delivered humanitarian aid.
"Let's hope we don't see any direct confrontation," said Dmitri Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, as the Russians challenged the US policy of using military aircraft and ships to deliver relief supplies
"Let's hope we don't see any direct confrontation,"
Originally posted by mike dangerously
Interesting articles and news today it seems that many of these nations are massing against The US and China and forming alliances of their own.I don't think this speaks well for all those one-world believers when you have various factions going at each other it sets the stage for a return to feudalism.
Iran official accuses US over mosque bomb
Jalal Sayah, deputy governor of Sistan-Baluchestan province, said three people had been arrested following the attack. "According to the information we obtained they were hired by America and the agents of arrogance," he said.
It is a common accusation from the Iranians, the BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran says, and the facts of this case may never be known.
But it is an open secret that former US President George W Bush directed large amounts of money to try to destabilise Iran and there is no sign the policy is any different under President Barack Obama, our correspondent adds.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a problem.
Something has changed in Washington. This new US President, Barack Obama, is unlike any that an Israeli leader has faced before.
Certainly he shares Washington's traditional concerns for Israel's security. But his election victory marked a defeat for the neo-conservative Right and the Christian fundamentalists, the ideological camps that have provided the backbone of uncritical support for Israel over recent years.
Originally posted by mike dangerously
As I have posted in another thread I think someone is employing a strategy of tension against Iran perhaps in the entire region.The game is truly afoot
Israel has launched its largest-ever military exercise to test its capabilities against potential missile attacks, bombings and riots.
Over the past few months, Israel has been busy making plans for fresh confrontation in the Middle East. The drill is widely believed to be in line with the regime's preparation for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities which they admit can ignite an all-out war in the region.
Abbas told reporters that the United States maintained that every party, both Palestinians and Israelis, has to carry out what the first clause of the Road Map asks them to do, in order to pave the way for launching the peace process.
He affirmed that Palestinians would carry out their part of the bargain, but the Israelis should also live up to their obligations, mainly halting settlement expansion, including natural growth
In his address to Europe, published on his official website, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned, that Kiev might not be able to cope with the financial difficulties it is facing until June 7, the final date for the payment of Ukraine’s gas debt.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) follows the instructions from President Dmitry Medvedev, who ordered to increase the military constituent and develop the coalition force development. A strong military group, which may appear in Central Asia in the nearest future, will make the CSTO become an analogue of NATO.
To win their minds, skeptical after a "war on terror" waged by his predecessor George W. Bush that many saw as an assault on Islam, Obama must follow his speech to the Muslim world this week with evidence of real change in U.S. policy and outlook.
Iran Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani holds the US responsible for the deadly bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Zahedan, which killed 25 people.
Larijani said that the US has long had contacts with Jundullah, the terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for the Thursday attack, reported Fars News Agency.
The language was already biblical; now the scale of what is happening matches it. The exodus of people forced from their homes in Pakistan's Swat Valley and elsewhere in the country's north-west may be as high as 2.4 million, aid officials say. Around the world, only a handful of war-spoiled countries – Sudan, Iraq, Colombia – have larger numbers of internal refugees. The speed of the displacement at its height – up to 85,000 people a day – was matched only during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. This is now one of the biggest sudden refugee crises the world has ever seen.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A government report released Thursday paints an alarming picture of an unstable future for international relations defined by waning American influence, a fragmentation of political power and intensifying struggles for increasingly scarce natural resources.
The report aims to better inform policymakers, starting with the administration of President-elect Barack Obama .
The report, "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World," was drafted by the National Intelligence Council to better inform U.S. policymakers -- starting with the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama -- about the factors most likely to shape major international trends and conflicts through the year 2025.
"Although the United States is likely to remain the single most powerful actor, the United States' relative strength -- even in the military realm -- will decline and U.S. leverage will become more constrained," says the report, which is the fourth in a series from the Intelligence Council.