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22 февраля, 03:58

Russia Has Found A Partner To Build A New Lightweight Fifth-Generation Fighter

Dave Majumdar Security, Will it be stealth? Could it take on the F-35? Lots of questions--but few answers.  Russia will partner with the United Arab Emirates to jointly develop a new lightweight fifth-generation fighter in roughly the same class as the Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum. "We’ve signed an agreement on industrial cooperation in the field of military engineering,” Denis Manturov, Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, told the Moscow-based TASS news agency. “This will enable us to push ahead with the fifth-generation-jet project, in which the UAE will participate.” The joint development plan with the UAE is in its infancy, but it is clear that the Russian side will carry out most of the substantive development work. Indeed, foreign professionals perform overwhelming per bulk of high-skill work in the UAE. "Joint work on a light fifth-generation jet with the UAE is in the initial phase,” Yuri Slyusar, head of the United Aircraft Corporation told TASS. “We are working on proposals addressed to the UAE. We believe it will be a good plane. We are prepared to present the results of our R&D efforts to our counterparts.” It’s not clear what the final configuration of the new fifth-generation aircraft will look like. Indeed, Russian sources offered conflicting information about the project. While Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov told TASS’ Russian-language service that the new fighter would be developed from the Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrum, Slyusar said that no decisions had been made on the configuration of the new jet. "The more modern fifth generation aircraft will be created on the basis of the MiG-29" Chemezov told TASS. “Work on this aircraft, I think, will begin next year. It will take about seven or eight years.” Slyusar, however, said that the while both Sukhoi and Mikoyan will contribute to the project, no decision has been made on the final configuration. "We have not formulated the concept of a fifth-generation jet so far,” Slyusar said. “We are still undecided if it is going to be a single-engine or twin-engine plane. The agreement signed enables us to start that work." Read full article

22 февраля, 02:36

Judge refuses to disclose State records on Clinton’s private email system

Judicial Watch alleged the records were part of a cover-up by Hillary Clinton.

22 февраля, 01:51

Trump Says Gulf States Will Pay For Syrian Safe Zones. That's Not The Issue.

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Donald Trump’s rally in Florida on Saturday night drew significant media attention as he took aim at the press, railed against immigration and made a confusing statement about Sweden that he was later forced to clarify. But somewhat lost in the coverage of Trump’s speech was his assertion, once again, that the U.S. plans to build safe zones in Syria, and that other countries will pick up the tab. “We’re going to have the Gulf States pay for those safe zones,” Trump told supporters. “They have nothing but money.” Trump’s argument is that safe zones in Syria would help reduce the flood of refugees coming from that country. But there are a number of questions about how such a plan would be negotiated and implemented. Even if the U.S. were to somehow convince Gulf States to cover the huge costs of a safe zone, there is the more important issue of how the zones would be enforced. Declaring a safe zone, unlike building a border wall, does not create a physical deterrent that guards a certain area of land. Safe zones necessitate a huge military presence in order to provide protection for civilians, and there can be catastrophic consequences if those forces are unable to keep the area safe. A safe zone in northern Iraq that was briefly implemented in 1991 required 20,000 troops from a number of nations to protect. Analysts consider this safe zone a relatively successful case, but it involved a major military operation and tremendous resources, and it lasted only a few months. Syria’s conflict, meanwhile, looks unlikely to end anytime soon, and presents a far more complex situation than the Iraqi case. Any plan to implement safe zones in Syria and possibly neighboring countries would need to address threats from the Syrian regime, Russian air forces and a multitude of non-state armed groups involved in the conflict. Syrian President Bashar Assad rejected the idea of safe zones in an interview with Yahoo News earlier this month, saying that “it’s not a realistic idea at all.” You would need some forces on the ground, as well as air power. Professor Daniel Byman, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University If the U.S. doesn’t have the cooperation of the Assad government, experts say setting up safe zones in Syria with the aim of protecting internally displaced persons would be seen as a hostile act ― tantamount to carving out a piece of territory. “We can think it’s purely humanitarian, but it’s not going to be perceived as such,” said Daniel Byman, a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. “You would need some forces on the ground, as well as air power.” Operating a safe zone would require defending the borders of the territory and policing the people within, particularly against infiltration from Islamic State militants and other armed groups. It could take tens of thousands of troops to properly secure such an area, analysts say. And safe zones can become hugely vulnerable targets if the forces meant to protect them fail to do so. In the Bosnian civil war, the United Nations-designated safe area of Srebrenica became the site of a massacre after Bosnian Serb troops overran the lightly defended town. The forces killed 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, committed rape and sexual abuse and forced tens of thousands to flee. Even if the safe zones were properly protected, analysts say the commitment to enforcing the zones would bring about the potential for increased U.S. intervention in Syria’s war and the dangers associated with that. One of the reasons former President Barack Obama was reluctant to pursue Syrian safe zones was the fear of such an escalation. “There was a concern in the Obama administration that this could lead to a slippery slope,” said Melissa Dalton, a Pentagon official during the Obama administration and current senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Did the U.S. really want to embroil itself in another protracted conflict that could expose U.S. forces and interests to great risk?” Despite the various challenges that safe zones present, they’ve been floated as an option in Syria almost since the start of the country’s conflict in 2011. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) have previously called for implementing safe zones in Syria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have also promoted the idea as a means of managing the exodus of refugees out of Syria. Trump advocated for safe zones during his presidential campaign, and an early draft of his executive order on immigration that circulated in the days after his inauguration contained a provision calling for “safe zones to protect vulnerable Syrian populations.” That part was left out of the final version of the executive order, for unknown reasons. Some analysts argue that politicians support the idea of safe zones because they see them as a way to help suffering people without actually getting into a war. But the reality tends to be more complicated than that. “This sounds good to most ears because it sounds like a halfway measure, but to me it’s actually more risky than both the alternatives, because you’re still not solving the problems in any way but you bring on a lot of costs and risk,” Byman said. As for Trump’s promise that Gulf States would somehow pay for these safe zones, Byman was skeptical: “That’s not gonna happen.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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22 февраля, 01:18

Is the U.S. Becoming a Banana Republic?

David Frum is worried it will happen under President Trump. “The fancy term is authoritarian kleptocracy,” Frum says in…

22 февраля, 00:18

Can Alarm.com (ALRM) Spring a Surprise in Q4 Earnings? (revised)

Alarm.com Holdings, Inc. (ALRM) is expected to report fourth-quarter 2016 results on Feb 23. Last quarter, the company posted a massive positive earnings surprise of 60.0%.

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22 февраля, 00:10

Цена на фьючерсы на нефть марки Light с поставкой в апреле по итогам торгов на NYMEX повысилась на 55 центов до 54.

Цена на фьючерсы на нефть марки Light с поставкой в апреле сегодня по итогам торгов на NYMEX повысилась на 55 центов или 1.0% до уровня 54.33 долларов за баррель. Во вторник была завершена торговля фьючерсами на нефть с поставкой в марте при окончательной расчетной цене в 54.06 долларов за баррель, после чего наиболее активную контрактную позицию заняли апрельские фьючерсы.

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22 февраля, 00:06

Цена на фьючерсы на нефть марки Light с поставкой в апреле по итогам торгов на NYMEX повысилась на 55 центов до 54.

Цена на фьючерсы на нефть марки Light с поставкой в апреле сегодня по итогам торгов на NYMEX повысилась на 55 центов или 1.0% до уровня 54.33 долларов за баррель. Во вторник была завершена торговля фьючерсами на нефть с поставкой в марте при окончательной расчетной цене в 54.06 долларов за баррель, после чего наиболее активную контрактную позицию заняли апрельские фьючерсы.

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21 февраля, 23:44

Apple's new avatar patent looks a lot like Bitmoji

Read full story for latest details.

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21 февраля, 22:38

Four Americans, Australian Pilot Killed When Plane Crashed Into Mall

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed into a suburban shopping mall and burst into flames Tuesday, shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

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21 февраля, 21:54

Trump's deputy national security adviser was once accused of violating voter registration laws

KT McFarland's dual registrations came to light in 2006.

21 февраля, 20:27

Top Stock Picks for the Week of February 20th

Two Very Strong Performers.

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21 февраля, 20:19

BELIEVE IT WHEN YOU SEE IT: Russia’s Rostec to co-develop 5th-gen fighter with UAE. Russia defens…

BELIEVE IT WHEN YOU SEE IT: Russia’s Rostec to co-develop 5th-gen fighter with UAE. Russia defense heavyweight Rostec will partner with the UAE Ministry of Defence to co-develop a fifth-generation light combat fighter, company CEO Sergey Chemezov said at IDEX in Abu Dhabi Monday. Development, which is based upon its MiG-29 twin-engine fighter aircraft, will […]

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21 февраля, 19:58

Using Reverse Mortgages In A Responsible Retirement Income Plan

Though reverse mortgages have long held a bad reputation, research and public policy in recent years are shedding new light on their potential uses in retirement.

21 февраля, 19:39

Stop Asking Me Why I Adopted From China

On Dec. 9, a stranger sent me a private message on Facebook. “Why did you adopt from China?” she wanted to know. What made this query notable was that just a month previous ― the day after the election to be precise ― I had gotten the same question from someone else, also a stranger.  Now before you say these readers were simply asking out of curiosity, let me assure you that “Why did you adopt from China” ― or Vietnam or Haiti or Nigeria or anyplace else in the world but the United States of ‘merica ― has always been code. It’s code that implies I am not a patriot because the route I took to build my family was international adoption. A code that implies that I have failed some unspoken obligation I have to “take care of America’s kids first.” America’s kids first. Gee, now who does that sound like? Yes, him.  To this adoptive mother, the question feels like less of a question and more of a judgement.  Sure, I could explain what the adoption landscape looked like at that particular time in 2001 when my husband and I began to pursue adoption from China, but why bother? These questioning readers can Google and learn all about China’s now-defunct one-child policy or the Hague Convention ― but that’s not really the conversation they want to have. What they want to know is why I “rejected” perfectly good children born in the United States. Why I instead brought home two kids born someplace else.  Only thing is, adoption is about forming families, and patriotism ― if that’s what you want to call it ― has nothing to do with adoption. I fear that this question is Trump’s agenda invading my home ― making America great again is Trump-speak for taking care of “us” first. I’d like to slam the door on that right now.  The assumptions behind the question are so parochial that it’s hard to know where to begin. I suppose I could answer “Why did you adopt from China?” with “Why do you care?” or “How is what I do any of your business?” Maybe even a simple “How do I know you again?” One adoptive mom friend likes to turn the question around on the questioner: “I’m glad you care so much about unwanted American kids. How many have you adopted?” Some adoptive parents stake claim to the divine: “Because that’s where my children were,” they say, eyes looking heavenward. I’m not a fan of that answer because it suggests that some woman halfway around the world was created to serve as my womb ― and to hell with any emotional attachments she had to her baby. All in God’s plan, right? Let’s light a candle, shall we? But what if this era of making America great again, which so far includes closing borders to immigrants Trump doesn’t like and imposing tariffs on foreign-made goods, further fuels the fires of this so-called “America-first patriotism?” Aren’t you just a little scared about what will happen when Trump pokes China and China pokes back? I know I am. My children are U.S. citizens, just like the more than 127,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry who the United States rounded up and sent to detention camps in 1942. Why did the U.S. do that? Out of fear that they would be disloyal to their adopted country. Some of those citizens who lost their homes and businesses had never even been to Japan. So while the “Why China?” question isn’t new and may not appear sinister on its surface, it is extra unsettling to hear it asked these days in a political climate where some seem to have forgotten that we all came from some place else.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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21 февраля, 19:24

Relevance-light Models Are Retail's Big Problem

Struggling retailers are closing stores and shedding assets. But the underlying problem lies in not having enough relevance, not too many assets.

21 февраля, 19:01

Plane with 5 people hits mall in Australia

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne,

21 февраля, 19:01

Palestinian outrage as soldier gets off lightly

A YOUNG Israeli soldier who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment yesterday, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage after one of

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21 февраля, 18:16

How America's M1 Abrams Tanks Will Defeat One of Its Greatest Foes

Kris Osborn Security, Rocket-propelled grenades.  Army Abrams tanks, Bradleys and Strykers are being outfitted with high-tech, vehicle-mounted systems which can detect, track and destroy approaching enemy RPG fire within milliseconds. The Army is fast-tracking an emerging technology for Abrams tanks designed to give combat vehicles an opportunity identify, track and destroy approaching enemy rocket-propelled grenades in a matter of milliseconds, service officials said. Called Active Protection Systems, or APS, the technology uses sensors and radar, computer processing, fire control technology and interceptors to find, target and knock down or intercept incoming enemy fire such as RPGs and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, or ATGMs. Systems of this kind have been in development for many years, however the rapid technological progress of enemy tank rounds, missiles and RPGs is leading the Army to more rapidly test and develop APS for its fleet of Abrams tanks.  “The Army is looking at a range of domestically produced and allied international solutions from companies participating in the Army's Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) program,” an Army official told Scout Warrior. The idea is to arm armored combat vehicles and tactical wheeled vehicles with additional protective technology to secure platforms and soldiers from enemy fire; vehicles slated for use of APS systems are infantry fighting vehicles such as Bradleys along with Stykers, Abrams tanks and even tactical vehicles such as transport trucks and the emerging Humvee replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. “The Army's expedited APS effort is being managed by a coordinated team of Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center engineers, acquisition professionals, and industry; and is intended to assess current APS state-of-the art by installing and characterizing some existing non-developmental APS systems on Army combat vehicles,” the Army official said. General Dynamics Land Systems, maker of Abrams tanks, is working with the Army to better integrate APS into the subsystems of the Abrams tank, as opposed to merely using an applique system, Mike Peck, Business Development Manager, General Dynamics Land Systems, told Scout Warrior in an interview.  Peck said General Dynamics plans to test an APS system called Trophy on the Abrams tank next year.  Read full article

21 февраля, 18:14

The NASA Rocket Scientist Leaving Mars for Politics

After 13 years at her dream job at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tracy Van Houten feels newly called to run for office.

04 декабря 2014, 15:20

Саудовская Аравия с января 2015 года снижает поставочные цены на нефть для США и Азии

ЛОНДОН, 4 декабря. /ТАСС/. Саудовская Аравия с января 2015 года снизит поставочные цены на нефть для США и Азии. Об этом сообщает агентство Bloomberg. Стоимость нефти Arab Light снижена на $2 за баррель. Как ранее сообщал Wall Street Journal со ссылкой на источники, Саудовская Аравия не намерена сокращать объемы добычи нефти и рассматривает в качестве допустимой для себя цену барреля Brent в $60. Крупнейший производитель нефти в рядах ОПЕК Саудовская Аравия считает, что нефтяные цены способны стабилизироваться в районе $60 за баррель. Эр-Рияд и другие страны Персидского залива уверены, что способны выдержать этот ценовой уровень", - пишет издание. Страны Персидского залива не установили для себя определенную целевую цену барреля, и если она упадет ниже $60, то длительное время на данном уровне не продержится, говорит источник WSJ. По мнению источников газеты, нынешний подход Саудовской Аравии означает, что в ближайшей перспективе она не пойдет на сокращение добычи, даже если цены на нефть продолжат падение. Глава "Роснефти" Игорь Сечин также допускает, что цена нефти может упасть до $60 за баррель и ниже в первой половине 2015 года. В интервью австрийской Die Presse, опубликованном 27 ноября, он отметил, что у "Роснефти" достаточно запасов и места для маневра.