Europe and The UK

Chicago Summit: NATO To Announce Activation Of European Missile Shield

On April 30 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’ s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen informed the Associated Press that the military bloc he leads will announce initial operational capability for the joint U.S.-NATO interceptor missile system in Europe at the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21.

Identifying the progression from European theater interceptor missile systems like NATO’s Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) and the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) and the U.S. Patriot Advanced Capability-3 battery deployed to Poland two years ago to current continent-wide territorial coverage with the integration of those systems with Washington’s European Phased Adaptive Approach, the alliance chief said, “As far as NATO is concerned, we have tested the systems and they work.”

Memo to NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: it is painfully obvious, sir, that you did NOT get the memo that Russia has threatened a pre-emptive strike if NATO builds a Missile Defense Shield, such as the one you are about to announce at the NATO summit in Chicago, which will be characterized as having “initial operational capability.”

Russia’s top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike if Washington goes ahead with its plan to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. The Obama administration has been pushing for a deal to build missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe through the NATO alliance, over the strong objections of the Russians. Washington claims its purpose would be to protect from any Iranian missile threat. But Moscow believes it would undermine their nuclear deterrent. Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov on Thursday at a international conference attended by U.S. and NATO officials said, “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens.”

As an American who does care strongly about her country, and the future of the world itself, the spectre of a thermonuclear war with Russia is NOT, I assure you, helping me sleep at night.

Kosovo Terror Training Camps Re-Open for Syrian Rebels

A delegation of Syrian rebels has made a deal with Pristina authorities to exchange experience of partisan warfare. Syrian opposition is sending militants to Kosovo for adopting tactics and being trained to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime.

On April 26, a delegation of Syrian opposition members made a stop in Pristina on their way from the US to hold talks on how to make use of the experience of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in Syria, reports Associated Press.

Unflipping believable.

World War II scoop reporter receives AP apology

The Associated Press news agency has apologised for sacking a reporter who broke the news that World War II had ended a day before the agreed embargo.

London 2012 Olympics: HMS Ocean moors on the Thames for security operation (28Pics)

Royal Navy helicopter carrier HMS Ocean – the Navy’s largest ship – sails up the river, past the Thames Barrier, en route to Greenwich

UBS On The Greek Elections: ‘Be Worried, Be Very Worried’

Be Worried, Be Very Worried is not a typical title for a Wall Street research report, so you have to take note when that’s what UBS is saying about tomorrow’s Greek election.

Now to understand the stakes of the Greek election, you basically have to understand one thing: There’s been a big austerity/reform/bailout package agreed to, but full implementation is a long way off.There’s still a big risk, if Greece doesn’t implement reforms fast that the IMF will walk away, and refuse to disburse more aide.
If funding doesn’t happen, Greece would run out of cash. Expect social turmoil.
If that happens, you may see Greece introduce its own “quasi-money” — IOUs of some sort.
And a Greek exit can’t be totally discounted.

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