Brussels, Belgium—The European Union (EU) imposed a $5 billion fine to Google for violating antitrust regulations. Google is also banned from using its Android operating system because of its inherent blocking of rivals. EU Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, said, “Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine.” She went … [Read more...] about Is $5 billion EU fine a form of trade war aimed at Google?
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Xinjiang, China—A play from the Nazi playbook or an honest effort to deal with extremism? The Chinese government has just legalized the use of concentration camps for Uighur Muslims. The camps have been erected in Xinjiang, a western region in China. Human rights organizations report that detainees are forced to renounce their faith and swear loyalty to Chinese President Xi … [Read more...] about China’s concentration camps: Auschwitz 2.0 or a solution against extremism?
London, United Kingdom—Sir Craig Mackey, Scotland Yard’s Deputy Commissioner, locked himself in a car while a terrorist stabbed his colleague, Police Constable Keith Palmer, to death. The incident occurred last year outside the Houses of Parliament, in London. A radical Islamist, Khalid Masood, drove a car over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, crashed the vehicle into the … [Read more...] about Coward or rational? Police Chief stays in car while colleague stabbed to death by Jihadist
Cumbria, United Kingdom—Imagine taking your family for a lovely weekend excursion. You don’t get to do it often, being busy with work and the children slammed with schoolwork. But today is different. You get into the car and drive up to the countryside. The weather isn’t ideal, but it isn’t so bad that it will ruin your weekend. And then, as you are driving through the foggy … [Read more...] about Captured on video: SAS chopper almost collides with family
Wales, United Kingdom—Exercise Cambrian Patrol: Is this the world’s toughest military exercise? Forty-eight hours. Over 40 miles across the arduous Brecon Beacons. Weather conditions: awful. Personal loads in the excess of 80 pounds. Who will win? Did I mention that Cambrian Patrol is an unofficial race? The annual exercise is organised by the 160th Infantry Brigade … [Read more...] about Is this the world’s toughest military exercise?
Amman, Jordan—Always more comfortable in fatigues than in a suit and tie, King Abdullah spent 35 years in the military before he was crowned. As with many foreign royals, Abdullah was sent to Great Britain for his education. In 1980, he graduated from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy (the British Army’s West Point). As a newly commissioned officer, he spent his first years with … [Read more...] about The SAS train with the Warrior-King
This year, Father Christmas is arriving quite early for some. Syria, India, and Turkey will all be receiving ‘boxes’ full of Russian goodies. The first has received the S-300 surface-to-air missile system. India and Turkey, on the other hand, have signed agreements for the more advanced S-400 anti-air missile system. But the background behind each of the aforementioned three … [Read more...] about Early Christmas this year? For some nations, yes
Europe—Terrorists have simultaneously struck seven different places across Europe. What do you do? That was the scenario for the ATLAS COMMON CHALLENGE 2018. Involving over 1,000 operators, this was Europe’s largest law enforcement SOF exercise to date. It took place 9-10 October. Coordinated by the ATLAS network, which was launched after the 9/11 attacks to provide EU … [Read more...] about Watch: The best videos from EU’s largest police SOF exercise
London, United Kingdom—A new war movie celebrating the Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain is out. The movie narrates the story of RAF Squadron 303, which was comprised mostly of Polish pilots. Poland was the first victim of the German onslaught. Utilizing the novel Blitzkrieg tactics, the first modern usage of combined warfare, using aircraft, tanks, and … [Read more...] about This new WWII movie will blow you away
Madrid, Spain—Elite Spanish troops are being put on a diet. Soldiers serving with the Spanish Legion, an elite outfit and the Spanish equivalent to the French Foreign Legion, were found to be overweight and undeployable. In a recent medical and fitness evaluation, the Spanish Army found 180 legionnaires with a Body Mass Index (BMI) score of over 30. Under the BMI’s … [Read more...] about Too fat to fight? How the BMI index can be wrong
Moscow, Russia—Could U.S. sanctions be benefiting the Russian economy instead of hurting it? President Trump’s recent decision to impose yet another wave of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program has Russian energy oligarchs and government officials rubbing their hands with pleasure. This new wave of sanctions is scheduled for early November. Iran and Russia are … [Read more...] about How US sanctions against Iran might help Russia
Washington, D.C., United States—The U.S. has threatened to destroy the covert development of a banned medium-range cruise missile if Russia doesn’t immediately cease the program. According to a Cold War treaty, the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), the ground-launched missile is unlawful. The INF forbids medium-range cruise missiles that could be used to … [Read more...] about Russia is developing a new nuclear missile, and the US seems poised to destroy it