Current Affairs

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Suspect says MI6 tried to hire him before Litvinenko’s death

Conducted behind closed doors, the probe into Litvinenko’s death seen as being biased from the outset

European Union could unravel, leaders in Davos warn

Union threatens to fragment unless leaders agree to a common policy on migrants

Alpine mountain resort of Davos, Switzerland. Click to enlarge

A world divided: Elites descend on Swiss Alps amid rising inequality

Gathering in the Swiss alpine resort to focus on rising economic disparity across the globe.

Defense Secretary Says U.S. Sailors Made Navigational Error Into Iranian Waters

A a senior U.S. official acknowledged that the Iranians were “never provocative” in their interactions by telephone with their American counterparts

Riverine Command boats. Click to enlarge

Iran confirms detention of 10 U.S. marines, Washington hopes for prompt return

US officials say it was unclear whether the boats, used to patrol rivers and littoral waters, had strayed into Iranian waters

A jet fighter drops a mock B61 model 12 bomb that zeroes in on the target. Click to enlarge

Smaller US bombs are adding fuel to nuclear fears

US developing smaller, more accurate nuclear weapons that are less likely to be used in retaliation but are more appealing for a first strike

A riverine command boat from Riverine Detachment 23 operates with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York during a maritime air support operations center exercise. Click to enlarge

Two U.S. Navy boats in Iranian custody but crew will be returned ‘promptly’

In what looks like a repeat of a 2007 episode when British Navy personal were seized by Iran, two small U.S. Navy patrol boats are being held with their crews by Iran

Policemen secure the area after the explosion near the Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. Click to enlarge

Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul

Given the recent influx of undocumented migrants into Germany, one wonders how long it will be before Germans start seeing such incidents closer to home

Angela Merkel named TIME magazine's Person of the Year. Click to enlarge

Word From a Correspondent in Germany

Is it a coincidence that Germany is inundated with migrants, courtesy Angela Merkel’s open door migration policy, just as she’s named TIME magazine Person of the Year?

Protests in Cologne over Germany's open door policy toward migrants. Click to enlarge

Riot police break up anti-refugee protest in wake of Cologne attacks

Attitudes in Germany begin to harden in the wake of the attacks in Cologne

Latin Patriarchate urges Israel police to act on Christian cemetery vandalism

Latin Patriarchate urges Israel police to act on Christian cemetery vandalism

Desecration of Christian sites in Jerusalem gets little coverage in the Western media. Is that because it’s not the work of Muslims?

Use Of Cluster Bombs In Yemen May Be War Crime: UN Chief

Reports indicate that the Saudi-led coalition is using cluster bombs in residential and civilian areas in Yemen

Hilary Clinton. Click to enlarge

Bill Clinton rape accuser: Hillary ‘tried to silence’ me

This is the same Hillary Clinton who said in a recent campaign speech: “women who are victims of sexual assaults, should be believed until disproved”.

80 Years Ago Edgar Cayce Predicted Putin's Role in Stopping World War III

80 Years Ago Edgar Cayce Predicted Putin’s Role in Stopping World War III

Did Edgar Cayce foresee the role Russia was to play as a force of right in the global turmoil that we see unfolding before us today?

Saudi King Salman. Click to enlarge

The Quiet Crisis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Power in Saudi Arabia has now consolidated power into a single line of the House of Saud. With the war in Yemen and recent beheadings a result

North Korea carries out fourth nuclear test in ‘self-defence against US’

Speculation that N. Korea tested first hydrogen bomb after seismologists said they had detected a “manmade” earthquake in the country.

Poles hint at deal on PM’s benefit curb

Poland reported to be ready to accept British demands for curbs on migrants benefits. In return for beefed up military support and permanent NATO bases

Someone tried to kill Nigel Farage by loosening wheels of his car

This probably was an assassination attempt as Farage represents a genuine threat to the political establishment in Britain. Nor is this the first time this has happened

Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński (right) and Prime Minister Beata Szydło

Poland Part of Zionist Ukraine Gambit

Poland’s new nationalist government’s hostility to Russia may have disastrous consequences

Call to remove gender from UK passports and driving licences

As the correspondent who sent this in noted: “this is better than Monty Python”. Indeed, or it would be if it were not part of a more sinister agenda