Weekly World Roundup

January 28, 2007

This is my weekly news dump. Here we go.

First, we get news that India is buying jet fighters from Russia:

“We have known about the top-class MiG warplanes for a long time, but the MiG-29KUB that was developed by Russia and India is even better,” said Cdr. Jasvinder Chauhan, India’s Air Force attache in Moscow.

This is no exaggeration because Indian experts helped develop this fighter along with MiG engineers and designers, listing all the required specifications. MiG held up its part of the bargain, coming up with an advanced aircraft whose specifications are probably better than those of any similar warplane.

Indian experts helped integrate foreign computers into the MiG-29KUB’s avionics, took part in developing aircraft simulators and also chose its weaponry. Nikolai Buntin, who supervised the MiG-29K/MiG-29KUB project, said Russia’s air force and navy still lack any similar aircraft.

This is an important feature of Russian-Indian military-technical cooperation. Moscow supplies only the most sophisticated military equipment to New Delhi and actively involves Indian experts in research and production projects. It also sells production licenses enabling India to assemble T-90S main battle tanks, Sukhoi Su-30MKI multi-role fighters and other weapons at its own companies.

BrahMos, a well-known Russian-Indian joint venture, turns out its eponymous supersonic anti-ship missiles for the Indian navy, air force and coastal-defense units.

Moscow and New Delhi have signed defense contracts worth $9 billion to date. Last year, Russian arms sales to India accounted for about 40% of its total arms exports of $5.2 billion.

Next, it seems the Chinese decided to fess up:

HENZHEN, China — China sought to reassure the world Tuesday that its test of a new anti-satellite missile does not signal a “space race,” but the announcement did little to ease tensions about an uncertain new phase in China’s space program.

Political and military aftershocks from what appears to be any nation’s first successful destruction of a satellite in orbit in more than 20 years could affect security ties, technology sales and broader relations with the U.S. and other powers.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao offered the first official comment on the test nearly two weeks after China used a medium-range ballistic missile to destroy one of its aging weather satellites 535 miles above Earth.

“This test was not directed at any country and does not constitute a threat to any country,” he said.

Liu said China briefed the U.S., Japan, and other nations and that he had no knowledge of further tests.

I love it when the US gets on the high horse about other country’s weapons programs. Especially when we are developing things like this:

The US military has given the first public display of what it says is a revolutionary heat-ray weapon to repel enemies or disperse hostile crowds.

Called the Active Denial System, it projects an invisible high energy beam that produces a sudden burning feeling.

Military officials, who say the gun is harmless, believe it could be used as a non-lethal way of making enemies surrender their weapons.

Officials said there was wide-ranging military interest in the technology.

The US drives the world wide arms race. We are pushing for a missile defense shield to surround the old communist nations even though the curtain fell. I wonder if this is just left over attitudes from the cold war or fear of the SCO.

MOSCOW: Russia on Friday harshly criticized U.S. plans to build missile defense sites in central Europe, shrugging off U.S. assurances that the installations would be meant to deal with a potential threat from Iran and calling them an effort to strengthen America’s military might in the region.

A statement from Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin provided a detailed account of Russia’s opposition to U.S. proposals to establish elements of its missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic — former Soviet satellites that are now NATO members.

“We believe that plans for the creation of a U.S. missile defense in Europe are a mistaken step with negative consequences for international security,” Kamynin said. He suggested Russia could seek to prevent it from happening through talks, saying it would be “a subject of serious analysis and discussion with the United States and its partners.”

Placing U.S. sites in the region “cannot be seen other than as a significant reconfiguration the American military presence in Europe,” Kamynin said. Despite U.S. insistence that the plans pose no threat to Russia, he said that “we cannot fail to see the fact of a consistent imparting of a strategic component to American military forces in this region.”

We are also pushing Japan to amend its constitution to allow for missile defense there.

Oh, and the EU has acknowledged the secret prisons.

On 23 January 2007, MEPs adopted a report that examines claims that EU member states allowed covert CIA flights to stop in or fly over their territories and also hosted secret US detention centres.

The report, slightly less damning than its November 2006 predecessor, comes after a year of investigations by a special parliamentary committee. The committee was established following allegations, in late 2005, that the CIA had secretly held al Qaeda suspects in EU member states and transferred them to countries known to practice torture.

The report says that the UK, Poland, Italy, Germany and seven other countries knew that the US was using Europe as a transit zone for illegally detaining and transporting terror suspects, in possible violation of EU human-rights law, and urges the Council to initiate an independent investigation and “where necessary, impose sanctions”.

These were not spelt out, but EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini said in November 2005 that if reports of secret CIA jails were true, states would face serious consequences, including suspension of their EU voting rights.

According to the report, at least 1,245 covert CIA flights crossed European airspace or stopped at European airports between 2001 and 2005, with the highest density flying over the UK, Germany and Ireland.

Terror suspects being transported – and in some cases detained – in Europe, were tortured during interrogations, states the report.

But, in a crucial last-minute amendment passed by just one vote, the text states that “it is not possible to acknowledge” that the CIA had secret prisons based in Poland.

Gotta love the USA or we will kidnap you and torture you with our freedoms!

So, what else is going on out there?


One Response to “Weekly World Roundup”

  1. Please be sure to watch Aaron Russo’s “America: Freedom to Facism”. I got the privilage of talking with Russo today and had the chance to introduce him to Rivera’s book. Rivera’s book has been sabotaged by the NWO just as Russo’s hard hitting movie. Just how long before they shake Ken Olbermann into submission?

    And please read:

    David Allen Rivera’s “Final Warning – History of the New World Order”

    The global banks have big plans, and your view on the United Nations/World Bank system will change forever. Viewing the world playground understanding this powerfull book’s research will explain your concerns and these matters become predictable, like bombing Iran.

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