Iran Ceases Tearing Down Nuclear Centrifuges


Iran has stopped dismantling centrifuges in two uranium enrichment plants, state media reported on Tuesday, days after conservative lawmakers complained to President Hassan Rouhani that the process was too rushed.

Last week, Iran announced it had begun shutting down inactive centrifuges at the Natanz and Fordow plants under the terms of a deal struck


Russian Suicide Satellites

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Moscow’s latest satellites might be bashing into other orbiting things — on purpose.

The world’s major powers follow an unwritten rule when it comes to space exploration: no weapons in orbit. But lately the three leading space nations—the US, China, and Russia—have been accused of ignoring this gentlemen’s agreement. Russia, especially.



U.S., Russia, Israel: Airspace Tested, Signals Jammed (Video)


Israeli Intelligence Concludes Foul Play in Russian Crash


Israeli intelligence sources reportedly provided critical communications intercepts to the US and UK that indicate foul play.

Israeli intelligence intercepts were reportedly being used by American and British intelligence agencies in order to assess the fate of the Russian jetliner that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last week, CNN


Will the World’s Strangest Reactor Save Fusion?

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If you’ve heard of fusion energy, you’ve probably heard of tokamaks. These doughnut-shaped devices are meant to cage ionized gases called plasmas in magnetic fields while heating them to the outlandish temperatures needed for hydrogen nuclei to fuse. Tokamaks are the workhorses of fusion—solid, symmetrical, and relatively straightforward to engineer—but progress with them has


NASA Has Discovered How Mars Transitioned from “Earth-Like” to its Current State

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NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment that might have supported surface life to the cold, arid planet Mars is today.

MAVEN data have enabled researchers to


Drone Piloting Schools Opening Across China


New aviation schools are opening across China to meet a growing demand for commercial pilots to fly small, remote-controlled aircraft, or drones.

It is estimated the country’s maintenance, mapping, filming and agricultural industries will need more than 10,000 drone pilots this year.

There are currently less than 1,000 people licensed to


Kim Dotcom: A Private Impenetrable Internet?

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom is building his own private internet, allegedly safe from the prying eyes of surveillance authorities.

Kim Dotcom hopes to build his own “impenetrable” internet

MegaNet will rely on people’s unused processing power on their phones and laptops, and allow them to donate bandwidth to the service.

“The more people that install the


Next Generation Stingray (Cell Snooper)


Stingrays—devices used by government agencies to intercept or disrupt mobile communications and track people through their phones—are more popular than ever with law enforcement and government agencies. Just yesterday, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted it uses such equipment as part of its criminal investigations.

Stingray Cell Snooper


Only in the Middle East: Rape Victims Being Imprisoned


Hundreds of women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — including domestic workers who are victims of rape — are routinely imprisoned under laws that forbid sex outside marriage, a BBC investigation has found.

Women from the United Arab Emirates

Under the UAE Penal Code, which is based on Sharia law, those


Guatemala Elects Comedian as President


This Sunday, Guatemala held the final round of its presidential election. Jimmy Morales, a television comedian with no political experience and no real policy platform, won with 70 percent. Just six months ago, Morales was commanding less than 1 percent in polls.

Morales’s simple campaign slogan — “not corrupt, not


China Pissed Over Close U.S. Destroyer Pass


China said it warned and tracked a U.S. Navy warship as it came close to one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea’s contested waters.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that the vessel “illegally entered into the waters of China’s Spratly Islands.”

“The action taken by the U.S.


Exxon Spent Millions on Climate Change Disinformation Campaign


A new investigation shows the oil company understood the science before it became a public issue and spent millions to promote misinformation.

The company’s knowledge of climate change dates back to July 1977, when its senior scientist James Black delivered a sobering message on the topic.

Exxon was aware of climate change, as early


Insanity….. U.S. Decides to Send Destroyer to Patrol Disputed Chinese Islands!


Patrol marks most serious US challenge yet to territorial limit China claims around the islands in South China Sea, and follows months of deliberation

This aerial photo taken through a glass window of a military plane shows China’s alleged ongoing reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.


Russia Has Apparently Taken the Lead in Controlling Syrian and Iraqi Airspace

Typhoon launches operationally for the first time

Russia reportedly has completely taken over the airspace in Syria and Iraq which means that without its knowing neither US nor Israel can carry out any missions in the region.

Most recently, Baghdad agreed to allow Russia to use its airbase in Al Taqaddum and with this the Putin forces wrested major control of airspace


Obama Decides Death Penalty “Deeply Troubling”


Amid new scrutiny of American capital punishment practices, President Barack Obama said in an interview released Friday he was disturbed by the practical effects of the death penalty.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Breyer Re-Thinking the Death Penalty

While Obama said he wasn’t opposed “in theory” to killing criminals convicted of heinous


Saudi Prince Busted for Dealing Drugs, Possessed Tons!

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Saudi Arabian Prince and four others detained after fenethylline pills were confiscated before they were loaded into a private jet in Beirut.

Beirut Airport

A Lebanese official says Beirut airport authorities have foiled one of the country’s largest drug smuggling attempts, seizing two tonnes of the amphetamine fenethylline before they were loaded on to


U.S. Officials Highly Concerned Over Russian Intentions on U.S. Undersea Cables

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Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some U.S. military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.



Believe it!, Saudi Arabia Facing Impending Bankruptcy

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Not even the mighty Middle East can survive cheap oil forever. If oil stays around $50 a barrel, most countries in the region will run out of cash in five years or less, warned a dire report from the International Monetary Fund this week. That includes OPEC leader Saudi Arabia as well as Oman and


Did the NSA “Pose” as Google to Spy?

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If a recently leaked document is any indication, the US National Security Agency — or its UK counterpart — appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence.

NSA Headquarters, Maryland

Here’s one of the latest tidbits on the NSA surveillance scandal (which seems to be generating nearly as many blog items


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