Senkaku Islands, Tokyo Moves the Air Force

The Japanese air force started let flying its fighters after a Chinese intrusion into the japanese airspace. The Japanese media reported that the F-15 took off after a Chinese aircraft had been intercepted by the radar while flying over the Senkaku Islands, which Beijing calls instead Diaoyus, shortly after 11 am (local time). This would be the first violation of airspace reported from Tokyo to China. The government, said spokesman Osamu Fujimura, has mobilized the F-15 as soon as the Chinese air has been located.
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The voltage was increased as early as four hours before departure of the air force, when four Chinese vessels patrol had entered the waters of the Senkaku / Diaoyu, a move seen at least 15 other times in the last three months. A Japanese Coast Guard has ordered them to leave the area, but in response, according to the Kyodo news agency, has been told by the vessels that the waters are Chinese “since immemorial time”. Continue reading


Social Wars

A WAR fought with 140 characters and hit the “I like”. The future of the conflicts that are developing in the world passes by social networks, Twitter and Facebook for some time the channels used for military purposes. The recent case of the Israeli Army [IDF], which had become the protagonist of the first attack reported live on Twitter is the most striking.


Until now, social networks have been used as a tool to amplify the messages of the armed forces, but it is implementing a new “trend”: Twitter and Facebook are becoming more and more of the valuable sources of information able to monitor the enemy, to understand the intentions and anticipate the steps. Continue reading


Top Record in 2011 for the Greenhouse Gasses

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has reached the record in 2011, with a concentration of 473 parts per million. The warning comes the World Meteorological Organization (an offshoot of the United Nations), which quotes figures of the U.S. NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]. A good new one month before the end of the planet according to the Maya prediction, isn’t it?

By the way, the result, warns the WMO [World Metereological Organization], is that between 1990 and 2011 there was an increase of 30% of the radiative forcing, the main cause of the warming of the planet, due to the presence in the atmosphere of an increasing amount of carbon dioxide and other andidride greenhouse gases such as ozone and methane. Continue reading


Biscuits for Guns, from Turkey to Yemen With Love

On 20 October, a ship left the turkish port of Mersin and arrived in Aden, in southern Yemen. Inspected two weeks later by the local authorities, the ship turned out to be full of surprises. In the container, which officially was to transport food, Yemeni police found thousands of firearms hidden inside packets of biscuits. The appetizing goods, consisting of about 3000 guns and silencers, took it to suspect the involvement of the authorities in Ankara.

More than in the Arab state, still crossed by internal strife, controversy erupted in Turkey itself. The opposition party, the Republican People’s Party [CHP], took the opportunity to lash out at the government of Erdogan. “The government should decide clearly against the smuggling of weapons and interference in the internal affairs of other countries” said the deputy of CHP, Faruk Loğoğlu. Now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied any government support illegal trafficking of arms to Yemen, behavior defined as “unthinkable” in a country on the brink of a civil war. Continue reading


The United States will Dominate the Oil Market

The United States will become the world’s largest producer of oil by 2020, and the number one in the export of crude oil a decade later. This includes the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its World Energy Outlook Report. “Towards 2020, the United States will become the world’s largest producer of oil” thereby overcoming Saudi Arabia, says the IEA, which bases this hypothesis on the development of U.S. production of non-conventional oil and reserves of light oil (oil tight), considered too expensive and difficult to extract for much time.

The recent rise of U.S. production of oil and gas driven by the development of mining technologies at a rapid pace transforms the role of the North” on the world stage. The IEA anticipates that this increase in U.S. production combined with measures to reduce fuel consumption of the vehicles’, will drop gradually until the country’s oil imports in North America will become an exporter of crude oil around 2030. Continue reading


EU Aid to Cyprus Which Support the Russian Oligarchs

In a report of the German Intelligence Service (BND), published by the weekly Der Spiegel, it is stated that in the rescue community, to take advantage of European aid would be especially Russian oligarchs who have parked in the banks of the island near the coast of Turkey well EUR 20.3 billion of funds blacks, a figure slightly higher than the entire GDP of Cyprus.

The beards Germany also argues that Cyprus, which has asked for help in June, still offers the possibility of money laundering, despite having officially taken all the steps required to go from the black list of tax havens, which is regularly occurred . And as if that were not enough, the island has granted 80 Russian oligarchs Cypriot nationality, making them in effect for EU citizens. Continue reading


Sandy has taken also Haiti (but nobody’s telling it!)

Hurricane Sandy, before arriving in New York and in the Northeast U.S., had already been hard hit Haiti, leaving behind – in the silence almost general of the media around the world – a trail of devastation, grief, missing persons and people with nothing, even what little they had.

It seems that we have realized it, but nobody else” says on the phone a volunteer cooperating with an NGO in Haiti. Continue reading


Wind Blows Off-Shore

The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) granted a lease for an offshore wind farm off the coast of Delaware to a unit of U.S. power company NRG Energy, which decided in December to put the project on hold due to financial considerations.
This was only the second offshore wind farm lease approved by the U.S. government and the first under the DOI’s “Smart from the Start” approach, the Interior Department said.

According to Wikipedia, a wind turbine “is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind, also called wind energy, into mechanical energy; a process known as wind power. If the mechanical energy is used to produce electricity, the device may be called wind turbine or wind power plant. If the mechanical energy is used to drive machinery, such as for grinding grain or pumping water, the device is called a windmill or wind pump. Similarly, it may be called wind charger when it is used to charge batteries.

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Missing Russian Vessel with 700 tons of Gold

A Russian cargo vessel, the Amurskaya, that went missing on Sunday in the Sea of Okhotsk carried 700 metric tons of gold.

The Russian Vessel Amurskaya

The bulk freighter was en route from the port Kiran to the port of Okhotsk with a cargo of gold ore weighing 700 tons. There supposedly was a crew of nine people” the Far Eastern transportation supervising department said.

The number of people on board of the missing vessel differs according to various sources as earlier media reports said there were 11 crew members, while the Emergencies Ministry puts the number at eight.

An emergency beacon sent a call of distress at 08:15 a.m. Moscow time (05:15 GMT) near the Shantar islands in the southwestern portion of the Sea of Okhotsk. The tanker Novik, which arrived at the scene of the beacon’s distress call, did not discover the vessel.

 

The Novik, accompanied by an amphibious Beriev Be-200 aircraft, continue the search operation, which is complicated by stormy weather conditions.

Here you can find a news video about the vessel.

Built in 1973, the Amurskoe was reportedly sailing from the Port Kiran, Russia’s Eastern Khabarovsk region.

Rescuers are hoping that the distress beacon was somehow washed overboard by the waves and was triggered automatically, while the ship is still navigating on its route.

Nobody has had other calls from the vessel.

More info: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121029/177006175.html

 

 


The “leaflets” affair and the endless Korea situation

North Korea has threatened to launch a “merciless military strike” if the activists of the South will complete their plan to spread propaganda leaflets from balloons across the border, an operation scheduled for this week.

The moment just a flyer will be caught, will be launched a ruthless attack on the military western front without notice” said in a statement the Korean Central News Agency, alerting residents of the area from where the activists will go to launch the balls: “evacuate” in order to “prevent damage”.
In turn, South Korea said it will respond to any military attack on North Korea: “If that happens, we will respond by hitting the base missile launch” said the South Korean Minister of Defense Kim Kwan-jin. Continue reading


Ivanishvili, the new Russian friend

Bidzina Ivanishvili is the leader of “Georgian Dream”, electoral bloc that – combining diverse political forces – won the parliamentary elections in Georgia on October 2, defeating the party of President Mikheil Saakashvili. Ivanishvili is something like an enigma; an enigma to political observers: its program is vague, contradictory, and its alliance includes nationalists, Russian-speaking, liberal and old men of the Soviet nomenclature. An enigma to many Georgians who have not voted and are wondering how will be Georgia post-Saakashvili.

It ‘an enigma even to those who try to give an accurate biography. In the autumn of last year, before the announcement of his descent into the field, of Ivanishvili was known only that he was the richest man in Georgia, who had company in the banking  and metallurgical sector, and had accumulated much of his wealth in the period of privatization in post-Soviet Russia.
An oligarch, unlike its counterparts in Russia and Ukraine (the various Abramovich, Akhmetov, Pinchuk) profile so confidential that the Russian press had called the most mysterious billionaire in the world. Continue reading


“Oil from the air”, miracle for the future

CAPTURING carbon dioxide from the air we breathe every day, and turn it into fuel, while eliminating one of the main greenhouse gases produced by combustion of fossil fuels. Too good to be true? The coup, which could solve the energy crisis and help reduce global warming, has been managed by a small British company.

The Air Fuel Synthesis logo

In a small pilot refinery, the Air Fuel Synthesis situed in Stockton-on-Tees, in August has actually produced five gallons of gas using carbon dioxide and water vapor, demonstrating its feasibility. And in the next two years is believed to be able to expand on a commercial scale, reaching to produce one ton per day. The Independent in an exclusive service, which the newspaper and the website dedicated to open, speaks of “milestone” on the path to clean energy race, “holy Graal of green economy.” Continue reading


Royal Marines arrested in murder inquiry

The arrests by the Royal Military Police related to an incident in Afghanistan last year, when 3 Commando Brigade was based in Helmand. The MoD [Ministry of Defence] said the incident followed an “engagement with an insurgent” and no civilians were involved.

The Afghan Defence Ministry welcomed the announcement and spokesman General Zahir Azimi said it was important British and Nato forces respect the laws of war. Continue reading


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