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‘Most ridiculous interview ever’: Farage blasts BBC in testy live exchange on Marr show

Published time: 12 May, 2019 13:05

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on the BBC Andrew Marr show © Jeff Overs/BBC/Reuters

Nigel Farage slammed the BBC in a combative and awkward interview with host Andrew Marr on Sunday. The fiery exchange saw the Brexit leader accuse the broadcaster of being “ridiculous” and in denial about the European elections.

The interview quickly turned tetchy when Marr asked Farage about his past comment that worrying about global warming was “the stupidest thing in human history.” Farage said he thought it wasn’t “terribly intelligent” to tax the UK “to the hilt” and put people out of work, but then blasted the host for not discussing the Brexit Party and the upcoming European Parliament elections instead of his previous statements.

“Here we are with one of the biggest changes in politics that's ever occurred and you've [sic] not even interested. What is wrong with the BBC? What is wrong with the BBC?” he asked.

“What is wrong with the BBC?” he repeated as Marr ignored his comment and asked him about gun control. Neither party appeared interested in engaging in a conversation.

“This sums it up,” Farage said, pointing out he had been talking at packed rallies and that the BBC wasn’t there, “and from this line of questioning, I can see why.”

Marr continued to pepper the politician with questions about his past comments before Farage blasted his approach.

”I’ve never in my life seen a more ridiculous interview than this,” the 55-year-old said, going on to accuse the BBC of being in denial about the reality of what is going on in politics and warning they were in for a surprise when the results of the European elections are revealed.

When asked whether he still admires Vladimir Putin, Farage asked what the relevance of this was. “I’m trying to work out who you are and where the Brexit party, which wants to destroy the two-party system, is going,” a frustrated Marr responded.

R ~ Looking at the back of the man's neck I would say he's a bit stressed.
Israel vows to eliminate Syria’s S-300 system if they use it

By News Desk -2019-05-11

Israel has the full arsenal needed to take on Hezbollah in Lebanon and eliminate the Iranian threat in Syria, the outgoing IDF Northern Command chief boasted, warning Damascus against using S-300s to protect its sovereignty.

“If our freedom of movement is threatened, we will remove the threat. We know how to do that,” General Yoel Strick told Ynet News, adding that Israel will soon introduce “advanced weapons systems” to ensure it can continue to violate neighboring states’ airspace and to strike targets in Syria with impunity

If the Syrians employ Russian S-300s against our planes, and we take them out, it will be seen as a legitimate move on our part.

While acknowledging that such a drastic move might damage Tel Aviv’s relations with Moscow, Strick expressed hope that it wouldn’t come to that.
Moscow had supplied the Arab Republic with S-300 air defense systems following the downing of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane with 15 airmen on board in mid-September, during an Israeli raid.

Moscow also warned Israel that it will suppress all satellite navigation, radars and communications systems of combat planes over the Mediterranean Sea if their maneuvers threaten Russian forces.

Since then, Israel has been staging its intrusions via Lebanon, where the Jewish State is trying to keep Hezbollah in check.

Hezbollah is inseparable from Lebanon as a country, due to the militant group’s strong political presence, the general argued.

Thus, he claimed, “if it were up to me, I would recommend declaring war on Lebanon and Hezbollah” – not out of bloodlust but only to thwart the group’s alleged plot to “invade”Israel.

R ~ Couple of points here. Israel has no sovereignty. They occupied Palestine with a letter written by a jew to another, richer jew. Secondly, the S-300 is meant to repel air attacks, they are not offensive weapons. Thirdly, by threatening to destroy these weapons Israel shouts out  loud and clear that they are the aggressors and the Syrians have no right to defend their TRUE SOVEREIGNTY. Fourth - Israel IS all about bloodlust, were it not why mention it General?
Venezuelan Navy wards off US Coast Guard ship ‘close’ to territorial waters

Published time: 11 May, 2019 06:52
Edited time: 11 May, 2019 12:31

FILE PHOTO. USCGC James arriving in Boston for the commissioning ceremony © / Jameslwoodward

The USCGC James, one of the US Navy’s most technologically advanced ships, was sailing towards Venezuela’s territorial waters when a patrol boat was sent to warn it off. The US vessel backed off after radio communication.

The Venezuelan Navy released a statement on Friday, saying the incident took place on Thursday and involved a US Coast Guard vessel heading towards the Latin American country’s main port of La Guaira.

The USCGC James was 14 nautical miles (16 miles) off Venezuela’s coast when Caracas sent a patrol vessel to intercept it. In the course of subsequent radio communications, the USCGC James agreed to turn away.

“The USCGC James was encouraged to change its course and leave our jurisdictional waters. The instruction was obeyed,” the Venezuelan Navy said in a statement.

The Navy had already spotted the vessel a day before when it was transiting through Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone, and sent a patrol vessel to start monitoring its maneuvers.

A state’s territorial waters reaches up to 12 nautical miles, while a “contiguous zone” in which a state can enforce limited control for the purpose of preventing “infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations” can be set to up to 24 nautical miles. An exclusive economic zone extends up to 200 nautical miles.

Venezuela’s UN envoy, Samuel Moncada, slammed the US ship’s actions as a clear provocation aimed at inciting unrest.

“War traffickers get excited because they see a US Coast Guard very close to Venezuelan territorial waters. It’s a typical provocation to ramp up tensions,” Moncada tweeted.

The USCGC James, described as the most technologically advanced ship in the US Coast Guard fleet, is fitted with modern surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.

According to the US Navy, it can also serve as command post for “complex law enforcement and national security missions involving the Coast Guard and numerous partner agencies.”

The ship’s voyage follows an attempt by US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido to remove Maduro from power. Before and after the failed coup attempt, Washington issued a flurry of unambiguous threats against Venezuela, including refusing to rule out the military option for the crisis-hit country.

Just last week, Washington reiterated that “any action we took in Venezuela would be lawful,” also urging Venezuelan service members to defect. Maduro has ordered forces loyal to him to brace for a possible US intervention, saying earlier that if it happens, it would be a new ‘Vietnam’ for the US.
The World Below / Unguided Bombs And Indiscriminate Strikes
« Last post by Rudi Jan on May 10, 2019, 06:48:19 AM »
Unguided Bombs And Indiscriminate Strikes: Russian Aerial Campaign In Syria


A recent series of Russian strikes on positions of militant groups in the Syrian province of Idlib has once again caused a wave of mainstream media reports regarding civilian casualties caused by Russian bombings. According to “local activists” quoted by media, the Idlib strikes led to tens of civilian casualties. There are no MSM reports about casualties among members of militant groups or destruction of their infrastructure.

Since the very start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Russia has been under fire over its usage of unguided weapons – missiles and bombs – as a main mean of engagement. The key idea repeated by Western diplomats, military officials and media in various formats is the following:

While the US-led coalition carries out pinpoint strikes with precision weaponry, the Russian Aerospace Forces employ indiscriminate strikes with unguided bombs, which are often being dropped from high altitudes.

Both the US and Russia accuse each other in causing civilian casualties and humanitarian crises in Syria on a constant basis. Besides this, Washington and its allies have a much wider understanding of the term “moderate opposition” than Moscow has ever had.

A significant difference can also be observed on the level of employed weapon systems and munitions.

A guided bomb or a “smart bomb” is the type of bombs with guidance and control systems. Some versions even have small rocket engines increasing their range and control over their flight.

Guided weapons cost much more than their unguided counterparts, but supposedly allow to put fewer air crews at risk, spent less ordnance and reduce collateral damage. The creation of precision-guided munitions resulted in the retroactive renaming of older bombs as unguided bombs or “dumb bombs”; with these “dumb bombs” actively being used by Russia.

In August 2017, Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Lieutenant General Igor Makushev revealed that 50% of basic missions for wiping out militant facilities by airstrikes in Syria were performed by Su-24M bombers and Su-25SM attack aircraft. These aircrafts were designed to provide a fire support for ground forces and were using unguided weapons massively. Besides them, 250kg and 500kg unguided munitions were actively employed against infrastructure belonging to ISIS in eastern Syria by Tu-22M3 strategic bombers.

What mainstream media does not cover is that while the Russian Aerospace Forces massively used “dumb bombs”, the strikes themselves were “smart”. Russian warplanes employ specialized computer sub-system SVP-24 Gefest, which allows the use of unguided munitions as high-precision weapons.

Prior SVP-24 modernization of guidance systems were focused on the targets positioning. This is a road to the further increase the complexity and cost of employed weapons. The system incorporates a difference concept; it focused on the positioning of weapon carriers.

SVP-24 analyzes data of the GLONASS satellite navigation grouping on the mutual location of the aircraft and the target, takes into account the level of atmospheric pressure, air humidity, wind speed, the flight velocity, and some other factors to calculate the route, speed and altitude of dropping air-launched munitions, after which the warplane reaches a pre-determined position and conducts the strike in almost an automatic mode.

SVP-24 receives additional data from airborne early warning and control aircraft, like the A-50, other warplanes, and ground detection stations.

According to the Russian military, the usage of the SVP-24 ensured the efficiency of striking enemy installations with unguided bombs comparable with the accuracy of using smart bombs. The bombing accuracy is 4-7m from the altitude of 5-6km. Furthermore, aircraft with SVP-24 are capable of conducting strikes in free maneuver, out of the range of enemy’s local air defense.

Besides the obvious economic advantage of this approach, the SV-24 became one of the factors which allowed the Russian air group in Syria to increase the number of combat sorties per aircraft.

In one of the hottest years of the conflict – 2016, the Russians had about 70 aircraft deployed for operations (46-48 at Hmeimim and 32-36 from Admiral Kuznetsov). This group was conducting approximately 70-80 combat sorties per day. Therefore, one Russian combat aircraft was involved in at least one combat sortie per day.

At the same time, according to the Pentagon’s data, aircraft of the US-led coalition made about 19.68 combat sorties per day. Taking into account that the coalition had about 180 aircraft deployed for operations, one coalition aircraft was involved in 0.1 combat sortie per day.

These numbers lead to expected questions: Who was really fighting terrorists in Syria? And who was making money and perceiving its own political interests?
Russia Wants Answers From NASA About ALCOHOL SMELL on ISS After Dragon Docking

5:45 10.05.2019(updated 16:06 10.05.2019)


Last month, outside observers marked concerns with SpaceX's Dragon 2 programme after one of the crew capsules unexpectedly exploded during a static fire test.

Russia has sent NASA observations and questions regarding the release of isopropyl alcohol into the International Space Station (ISS) after a Dragon 2 spacecraft docked there in March, Pavel Vlasov, chief of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, has told Sputnik.

"Yes, as far as I understand, this spacecraft caused the emission of isopropyl alcohol into the atmosphere aboard the ISS. Observations have been made and questions asked," Vlasov said, adding that the Russia directed the questions to NASA, rather than to SpaceX itself.

On 3 March, an unusually high concentration of isopropyl alcohol was registered in the air circulating within the ISS after the arrival of an unmanned Dragon 2 capsule. The colourless liquid, commonly used in cosmetics, household chemicals and medicine, can cause headaches and eye and respiratory irritation through long-term contact, and damage to equipment.

A Russian rocket and space industry source told Sputnik that the higher than normal concentration of the chemical was the result of the Dragon 2 capsule, with normal levels recorded before the craft docked. The smell began to dissipate after the test capsule undocked from the station and returned to Earth, with the crew turning on air purification systems to deal with the chemical buildup.

Speaking to Russian media, veteran cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov said there were several possible sources which may have caused the smell, including chemicals which may have been used to disinfect the ship back on Earth, or the materials used in its construction.

One problem, according to Vinogradov, was that isopropyl alcohol itself is "quite ambiguous" as a chemical. "It may seem that there is isopropyl alcohol, when in reality these are other compounds," he said.

SpaceX has faced a litany of problems with the development of its Dragon 2 spacecraft in recent months, with reports emerging earlier this week that the company experienced problems with parachute testing last month after testing failed to adequately respond to a contingency where one of the four parachutes had failed, resulting in damage once the craft hit the ground.

Earlier, a Dragon 2 crew capsule was completely destroyed after unexpectedly bursting into flames during a routine ground test. The company only confirmed the loss of the capsule last week, saying it was "not great news" given its plans to launch astronauts into space aboard the craft later this year.


Prior to confirming the loss of the capsule last week, the private space company described the test failure merely as an "anomaly," with NASA employees reportedly told that they could be fired for sharing photos and videos of the explosion after footage of the event was circulated online.

NASA Workers Banned From Sharing Images After SpaceX Capsule Explosion Leak - Reports
The Dragon 2, also known as the Dragon Crew, is a reusable spacecraft designed as a manned successor to the Dragon space freighter, which successfully delivered cargo to the ISS earlier this week following multiple delays.

The capsule was expected to carry out its first manned test flight in July. NASA contracted SpaceX and Boeing (with its Starliner crew capsule design) to ferry astronauts to and fro the ISS, but for now, relies on Russian rockets to fly to the station.
Trump Peeved by Bolton's Attempt to Pull Him 'INTO A WAR' in Venezuela

18:10 09.05.2019(updated 18:22 09.05.2019)

Report © AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Earlier, Vice President Mike Pence urged Venezuelan officials to follow a former intelligence chief in breaking ranks with Caracas and joining the opposition, saying that the ex-official has had all previously imposed sanctions against him lifted.

US President Donald Trump has expressed frustration with his senior officials over how difficult a task removing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has proven, anonymous senior administration officials and advisers to the White House have told the Washington Post.

According to one senior official, Trump recently joked that National Security Adviser John Bolton wanted to pull him "into a war" in Venezuela, with the joke reportedly revealing more senior concerns. He also complained about Bolton's attempt to box him 'into a corner' and go 'beyond where he felt comfortable' on Venezuela policy, another official familiar with US Venezuela policy said.

Furthermore, White House officials said that although the president had an affinity for Juan Guaido, he has also 'wondered aloud' about how much the US really knows about him, and questioned whether he is really ready to take over governing the country.

Three other officials also told WP that the president has complained openly about Bolton and others underestimating the strength of President Maduro, who Trump has reportedly referred to as a "tough cookie."

Officials said that the failure of last Tuesday's military coup have 'effectively shelved serious discussion' of major US military action in Venezuela, with the White House now hoping to wait Maduro out. Two officials and an outside adviser said that Trump is now disinterested in approving any kind of direct military intervention against the Latin American country. Options now reportedly include sending troops to neighbouring countries and/or the Navy to Venezuela's shores as a show of force, ramping up aid to Venezuela's neighbours, and providing more aid to Venezuelans who fled their home country during the crisis.

Nevertheless, despite his irritation with Bolton on Venezuela, Trump has no plans to fire him and told him to continue focusing on the country, two senior administration officials told WP.

The long-running political crisis that was sparked in January when opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself 'interim president' entered a new phase on April 30, when Guiado and other opposition figures called on military personnel to join the opposition and take to the streets of Caracas to depose the government. The situation, which Caracas called as a coup attempt, turned violent, with some 240 people suffering injured, according to the UN. Venezuelan officials have begun a formal investigation into the circumstances of last week's violence.

R ~ 'although the president had an affinity for Juan Guaido' - I rather think that is a rather excessive description of their relationship, unless they visited the same Island together.
Russia’s Khmeimim airbase shelled by DOZENS of rockets, attack repelled – MOD

Published time: 6 May, 2019 17:21
Edited time: 6 May, 2019 18:18

A Russian Su-24 strike aircraft takes off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. © Sputnik / Dmitriy Vinogradov

Syrian militants fired 36 rockets at Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in two attacks on Monday, but both were repelled by the air defenses with no damage dealt, the Russian military said, adding that jets launched strikes in response.

The shelling came from the Idlib de-escalation zone, controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, said.

The militants used a drone to direct their fire, but the attacks were repelled by Khmeimim’s air defense systems.

Russian warplanes and Syrian artillery then flattened the positions from which the rockets were launched, Kupchishin added.

The shelling of the Russian base occurred on the same day as the Syrian forces carried out their largest offensive against the last major militant stronghold in the country since the start of the year. The operation saw the village of al-Bani and the nearby strategic Othman hill in north-western Hama Province retaken by Damascus.

Khmeimim has been a frequent target of attempted attacks by terrorist groups, who used rockets and explosive-laden drones to target the base. None of the attacks have been successful, but the Russian military have sounded alarms over the jihadists being in possession of advanced technology, saying they may use them against less-protected targets in Syria and elsewhere.
Syrian Army Launches Long-Awaited Operation Against Militants In Greater Idlib


In the morning of May 6, the Syrian Army and its allies started an offensive operation to crack down on militants in the northwestern part of Hama province.

According to local sources, army troops liberated the villages of al-Bana, al-Janabira and Tell Ottman and clashed with militants in Mughayr.

The main militant strongpoint in the area is Kafr Nabudah.

On May 3, the army deployed at least 2 TOS-1A thermobaric rocket launchers near the contact line.

On May 4, the Russian military released a statement saying that militant groups led by Hayat Tahir al-Sham are working to create a strike force in southern Idlib.

According to the Russians, there was a real threat that militants may use this strike force to attack government positions. The May 6 operation may be a response to this threat.

The situation is developing.
Farage calls Tory-Labour deal 'final betrayal' to Brexit voters

Sun May 5, 2019 06:01PM [Updated: Sun May 5, 2019 06:07PM ]

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures during a rally with the Brexit Party's candidates in Fylde, north west England
on May 4, 2019, in the build up to the European elections. (AFP photo)

Leader of the newly-established Brexit party Nigel Farage says Prime Minister Theresa may and her ruling Conservative Party would commit their "final betrayal" to a nation who voted to leave the European Union if they strike a deal with the opposition Labour party and accept its conditions for closer ties to the bloc after the divorce.

“If they push forward with this, it will be seen as a coalition of politicians against the people and I think millions of people will give up on both Labour and the Conservatives,” said Farage in a Sunday interview to the Sky News.

The comments came amid intensified efforts by May’s government to have Labour agree to a deal that could guarantee Britain’s smooth withdrawal from the EU. The talks came after May failed on three occasions to gain the approval of the parliament for the Brexit agreement she signed with the EU in November.

Reports earlier on Sunday said May had pressed Labour to agree to a deal, especially after results of the Friday elections for local councils showed that the two mainstream parties had suffered significant losses, mainly due to their inability to deliver on Brexit.

PressTV-‘UK Labour to stick to referendum position’
UK’s Labour party will stick to its position a second referendum on Brexit, a source reveals.

Farage, who is widely seen as the one who made Brexit referendum in 2016 possible through his years of campaigning as head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), said a deal between May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be a further betrayal to the voters who have been waiting for three years for the UK to eventually leave the EU.

“This would be the final betrayal. If May signs up to this, I don’t see the point of a Conservative Party even existing. What’s it for?,” asked Farage, adding, “If May and Corbyn put together a deal where we leave in name only but we’re stuck inside all of the European Union’s structures, then I think the realignment of British politics will happen even more quickly."

Farage’s Brexit Party has a high chance of winning the upcoming European Parliament elections in late May.

He has consistently advocated a clean break from the EU, a scenario which economists and politicians say would have dire consequences for the UK.

“What the public wants is to leave the European Union,” he said.

R ~ The public is only a concern when there is an election. In between the public no longer exists and their wishes forgotten.
The World Below / US unbridled support behind Israel’s crimes in Gaza: Iran
« Last post by Rudi Jan on May 05, 2019, 01:34:12 PM »
US unbridled support behind Israel’s crimes in Gaza: Iran

Sun May 5, 2019 03:22PM [Updated: Sun May 5, 2019 06:21PM ]

Mourners carry the shrouded body of Palestinian baby, Saba Abu Arar, during her funeral in Gaza City on May 5, 2019.
The baby and her pregnant relative were killed by an Israeli airstrike a day earlier. (Photo by AFP)

Iran has slammed Israel's "brutal" airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, where at least 21 people, including women and children, have been killed since May 3, saying Washington's unbridled support is behind the Tel Aviv regime's crimes against humanity in the besieged Palestinian territory.

"In light of the unlimited US support for this regime [Israel] and the shameful silence of certain Muslim countries, there will be no end to the Zionist crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Moussavi said on Sunday.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry official hailed the legitimate struggle and resistance of the oppressed Palestinians against the Israeli regime and reiterated their right of self-defense in the face of Israel's crimes.

Tensions erupted in Gaza on Friday following the killing of four Palestinians, two in an Israeli air raid on southern Gaza and two during the regime’s live fire at anti-occupation protesters near a fence separating the blockaded coastal enclave from the occupied territories.

At least 21 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and a 14-month-old baby girl, have so far lost their lives since the beginning of the Israeli regime's brutal attacks.

PressTV-Palestinian death toll at 12 as Israel’s Gaza raids go on
Five more Palestinians are killed on the third day of Israeli strikes against the besieged Gaza Strip, bringing the total Palestinian death toll since Friday to 12.

The Tel Aviv regime claims about 450 rockets have been fired at the occupied lands over the past days. The Israeli army says its warplanes have targeted some 180 sites in the Gaza Strip.

The latest rocket fire from Gaza killed a 60-year-old Israeli man. A total of some 83 Israelis have also been wounded.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian coastal sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014.
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