AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
1,891 daily postings to this news blog as of today
Links of importance:
Latest Satellite Sea Surface Temperature for North Atlantic - Loop Current - Gulf Stream ~ link
True Believer Album by Jeff DeVillez (iTunes) ~ link ~ also see this ~ link ~ Also see: Songs from Jeff DeVillez ~ link
War on Iran & Syria: What They Are NOT Telling Us ~ link
US military drills 'Day One' after strike on Iran - Deploys F-22 Raptors to Gulf ~ link ~ According to our sources, the F-22 jets will join the F-15s of the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing which were transferred to the Al Udeid base a month ago.
This unprecedented US buildup of air might - supplementing the aircraft on the decks of the USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Enterprise, to be joined by a third carrier as soon as the offensive gets underway – shows Tehran that the Obama administration is serious about using military means as extra pressure on Iran to give way in diplomatic negotiations – both with the six powers and with the US through clandestine channels.
Russia prepares for US-Israeli strike on Iran ~ link ~ Do take the time to read all of this article at the link. We are getting close to the Third World War...get right with God folks...the time draws near. Stirling
US and Western countries after instability in Syria - with video ~ link ~ Take the time to read all of this one at the link. Stirling
The government insists that foreign-backed terrorist groups are bent on undermining the peace plan.
The latest clashes between security forces and armed groups in Syria come despite the presence of United Nations observers tasked with monitoring a ceasefire that took effect on April 12.
Since the beginning of unrest in Syria last year, scores of people, mostly security forces, have been killed in terrorist bomb attacks.
US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman left the Pakistani capital, Islamabad on Friday night without reaching any agreements with Pakistani officials, The New York Times reported on Friday. The two-day negotiations were aimed at patching up damaged relations between the two countries caused by US airstrikes last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghanistan border.
Pakistani officials say that without an apology they cannot re-open the US-led foreign forces supply routes into Afghanistan that have been closed since the November airstrike. In return, the US is withholding as much as USD 3 billion of promised military aid to Pakistan.
The statement came one day after at least 11 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in a bomb explosion, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported. The blast occurred in the central neighborhood of al-Midan, near a mosque and school, after a terrorist detonated explosives he was carrying.
The violence comes despite a UN-brokered ceasefire, part of the peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. Since the beginning of unrest in Syria last year, scores of people, mostly security forces, have been killed in terrorist bomb attacks.
Reports say several Syrian troops were killed and a number of others were injured as the Syrian military unit foiled an infiltration attempt by the armed group on Saturday.
Meanwhile, state media said three Syrian soldiers and two members of a “terrorist group” were killed in clashes between security forces and armed groups in the northwestern city of Aleppo on Saturday.
"'Peaceful rise and 'period of strategic opportunity' preclude war," said Luo, who has been described by Western media as "hawkish" for his ultranationalist views. "It is incorrect to assume that China will completely rule out military action in any event during this 'period of strategic opportunity,'" he said, referring to Beijing's dispute with Manila. "To safeguard our sovereign and territory rights, we will never hesitate to face up to any military challenge," he added.