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Month: May 2019

US Alerts Airliners To “Misidentification” Risk If They Fly Over Persian Gulf

The United States has issued a formal warning to commercial airliners operating over the broader Gulf region of the risk of being “misidentified” as heightened US-Iran tensions and American warships are positioned in the Persian Gulf.  Embassies in the region reportedly relayed the message issued from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) highlighting the risk of travel in and over the region after a week that’s witnessed an alleged “sabotage” attack against four vessels near the vital Strait of Hormuz and threats and counter-threats hurled between Tehran and Washington. File photo via Picture Alliance Lloyd’s of London has also issued an alert over the increased risk to maritime shipping in the Persian Gulf area.  The FAA’s warning specifically said commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf could be targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” even as the White House appeared to soften its tone late in the week.  “Although Iran likely has no intention to target civil aircraft, the presence of multiple long-range, advanced anti-aircraft-capable weapons in a tense environment poses a possible risk of miscalculation or misidentification, especially during periods of heightened political tension and rhetoric,” the warning said. It also suggested the possibility than an aircraft’s navigation, communications, and electronic systems could be jammed “with little to no warning.” According to ABC News: The order relayed Saturday by U.S. diplomats in Kuwait and the UAE came from an FAA Notice to Airmen published...

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Trump Slams “Loser Lightweight” Amash Who Called For Impeachment

Update (10 am ET): Just as we anticipated, President Trump has responded to Amash’s comments by calling him a “total lightweight” and  somebody who has regularly opposed Republican policies. Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy. If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, “composed” by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump,…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019 Trump also accused Amash of playing into the Democrats’ hands. ….he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION…Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019 We look forward to watching Amash walk this one back. * * * Despite supporting President Trump’s legislative agenda roughly two-thirds of the time (though he recently made a show of opposing the president’s border-emergency order), Michigan Rep. Justin Amash tweeted Saturday that he believes the president should be impeached, a position that will undoubtedly alienate him from his Republican peers, becoming the first elected Republican to endorse that position. Not only did the Mueller Report show that Trump...

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Watch Air Taxi Aimed At Revolutionizing City Travel Lift Off For First Time

German air taxi startup Lilium revealed the world’s first all-electric jet-powered five-seater air taxi for the first time. The unveiling of the aircraft came as it completed its maiden flight earlier this month, read a Lilium press release. The jet, powered by 36 all-electric engines, will be able take-off and land like a helicopter while achieving horizontal flight like a plane. The aircraft design has no propellers, no rudder, no tail, and the only moving parts are blades within the engine. With five seats, including the pilot, it will transport small groups or small families across cities, offering an alternative to congested highways. Remo Gerber, the chief commercial officer of Lilium, told the Financial Times that the air taxi service would be similar in price to a regular taxi ride in NYC. He said to fly from JFK airport to Manhattan would cost between $70-$80 with a flight time of six minutes. Gerber said they’re already in talks with major metropolitan areas across the US for commercial use. He declined to give an exact launch date but said: “We believe that by 2025 we will be in a number of cities around the world”. Uber is expected to launch their electric-powered flying taxi service in the next five years, while major aerospace companies, including Boeing and Airbus, are already experimenting with hybrid-electric propulsion systems. Last year, Morgan Stanley told...

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Ilargi: Is Julian Assange Today’s Martin Luther King?

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop… And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, one day before he was murdered What Martin Luther King King won through many hard-fought battles, and in the end through sacrificing his own life, has to be won all over again: freedom, truth, justice. And this time it’s Julian Assange who stands in the frontline. With Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden by his side. But I know you’re not very likely to agree with that assessment. For one thing, I picked the kind of headline that will probably make many people not read an essay. But I’m not kidding, and I’m not saying this for effect. Julian Assange is like Martin Luther King in many ways, and he deserves for people to recognize that. Assange and Dr. King were born in different times, the former 3 years after the latter was murdered. But when anyone wants to talk King’s legacy, then Assange very much IS that legacy. It would be nice if...

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Russia Announces Delivery Of More Supplies To Venezuela’s Military

Even after repeat threats issued to Moscow from President Trump himself — including recently saying bluntly “Russia has to get out” — the Russian military now appears so unconcerned by such warnings that it’s simply announcing its Maduro support actions ahead of time via state media.  Russian news agency TASS said Friday, citing a military-diplomatic source, that Russia plans to supply Venezuela’s army with more than 16,000 field rations. This after a large Russian state-run arms exporter published a contract related to the re-supply deal.  In late March two Russian military planes landed outside Caracas and offloaded equipment and troops to assist the embattled Maduro regime, via the AFP No doubt the very open publication of the supply deal is aimed at showing Washington that the Kremlin is not going anywhere in terms of its longtime military alliance with Caracas, which was controversially on full display last December when Russian two nuclear-capable “Blackjack” strategic bombers flew to Caracas, and departed soon after amid White House threats and demands.  Russia also likely now feels emboldened given the embarrassing Guaido opposition led failed coup attempt launched but just as quickly fizzling out at the end of April. The White House, especially through statements of John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave the full backing of the United States to the called for military uprising. Thus Moscow realizes the US simply doesn’t have leverage on the ground in Venezuela, and boldly...

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