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The Pentagon is Planning War with China and Russia

Over the last decade, there has been an escalation in the tensions between the United States and Russia. 
Those who care have begged their peers to pay attention to this fact however, there is a paradox that suggests if there is no time frame that is guaranteed for such a crisis to happen, it might as well not exist. 
This paradox has applied to those who have ringed alarm bells about the threat of war.

Russia and China Facing War from Pentagon

Anti-climactic Cries of War over Past Few Decades Leads to Lack of Attention
Over the last five years or so there have been many anticlimactic cries from people who have warned that war is heading our way, yet the threat has never materialized, thankfully. 
However, war is a real threat, and it is an evil threat. 
This has been seen in what happened to the people living in Syria and Libya. 
Those who live in the US and Russia have suffered few consequences for governments claiming to have ruled them and used Syria as the ground for battle.
There are act…
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All 65 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

All 65 passengers and crew were feared dead in a plane crash in central Iran on Sunday after the domestic flight came down in bad weather in a mountainous region.
A spokesman for Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines had told state television everyone was killed, but the airline then issued a statement saying it could not reach the crash site and could not “accurately and definitely confirm” everyone died.
The airline had also initially said 60 passengers and six crew were on board the twin-engined turboprop ATR 72 that was flying to the southwestern city of Yasuj. 
But it later said there were a total of 65 people on board, as one passenger had missed the flight.
The Aseman-operated plane crashed near the town of Semirom after taking off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport, emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi told ISNA news agency.
As night approached, bad weather prevented helicopters searching the probable crash site but emergency workers were scouring the mountainous area by land, the te…

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's 'empire'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation.
Iran mocked Netanyahu’s tough words, saying Israel’s reputation for “invincibility” had crumbled after one of its jets was shot down following a bombing run in Syria.
In his first address to the annual Munich Security Conference, which draws security and defense officials and diplomats from across Europe and the United States, Netanyahu held up a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone that flew into Israeli airspace this month.
“Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck,” he said. “We will act if necessary not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself.”
For his part, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called Netanyahu’s presentation “a cartoonish circus, which does not even deserve a response”.
“What has happene…

Stunned by massacre, U.S. students demand tighter gun controls

Stunned by last week’s bloodiest high school shooting in U.S. history, students across the country were mobilizing on Sunday for stronger gun laws, while Florida officials contemplated when to reopen their badly shaken school.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people on Wednesday, joined others on social media to plan rallies, a Washington march and a national walk-out aimed at getting the attention of an adult population many say has failed to protect them.
“I felt like it was our time to take a stand, because, you know, we’re the ones in these schools, we’re the ones who are having shooters come into our classrooms and our spaces,” said Lane Murdock of Ridgefield High School in Connecticut.
Murdock, a 15-old sophomore who lives 20 miles (32 km) from Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six adults were shot dead five years ago, drew more than 36,000 signatures on an online petition Sunday morning calling o…

Japan January export growth points to continued economic recovery

Japan’s exports grew in January for a 14th straight month led by brisk shipments of China-bound hybrid cars and electronics parts, a sign solid global demand for Japanese goods continued to underpin growth in the world’s third largest economy.
Monday’s trade data showed exports to China, Japan’s biggest trading partner, jumped 30.8 percent year-on-year in January led by semiconductor production equipment, car engines and hybrid cars.
Shipments to Asia as a whole, which account for more than half of Japan’s exports, grew 16.0 percent in the year to January.
U.S.-bound shipments rose 1.2 percent in the year to January, led by steel, batteries and medicines, while car shipments declined 3.9 percent. 
The small rise in U.S.-bound exports followed a 3.0 percent gain in the previous month.
Japan’s trade surplus with the United States fell an annual 12.3 percent in January to 349.6 billion yen, a second declining month. 
Overall imports rose 7.9 percent in the year to January, versus the media…

Mexican opposition candidates slam Trump wall ahead of campaign

Two Mexican opposition candidates on Sunday vowed to take a tougher line against U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall, at events where they were selected by their parties to seek the presidency in a July 1 election.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 64, of the leftist Morena party holds a double-digit lead in recent polls although right-left coalition leader Ricardo Anaya has recently gained traction.
Former finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, 48, nominated on Sunday by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), trails behind Lopez Obrador by as much as 20 points.
Lopez Obrador told several hundred Morena supporters gathered at a Mexico City hotel that Trump’s plan for a U.S.-Mexico border wall is unnecessary and bound to leave problems unresolved.
“If he insists on building the wall, we’re going to turn to the United Nations to defend the rights of Mexicans,” he said. 
“I‘m conscious of my historic responsibility.”
The former Mexico City mayor who has run twice for the presidency…

Syrian Kurdish official: deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin

Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday.
Badran Jia Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria, told Reuters army troops would deploy along some border positions and could enter the region within the next two days.
The deal underscores the increasingly tangled battlefield in northern Syria, driven by a web of rivalries and alliances among Kurdish forces, the Syrian government, rebel factions, Turkey, the United States and Russia.
The complex relationship between the Damascus government and Syrian Kurdish forces, which each holds more territory than any other side in the war, will be pivotal in how the conflict unfolds.
Ankara launched an air and ground offensive on Afrin last month targeting the Kurdish YPG militia, which it views as a terrorist group with links to an armed insurrection in Turkey.
Turkey’s NA…