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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Indian air chief has said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is still flying over four decades old aircraft when no one even drives cars that old. Questions have been raised about the four-decade-old fighter planes that remain the core of India's defence fleet since the February 27 dogfight in which an IAF pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets shot down two Indian jets after they intruded into its territory. He was handed over to Indian authorities at Wagah border on March 1. read more

Modi made a 33 minute long phone call to Trump complaining about Pakistan and it's Prime Minister MarkyMark (older version). So now we know the man has a habit of complaining, begging, cajoling, whining. Trump then called Prime Minister Markymark... Imran Khan.. and asked him to tone it down a little because the little man next door is freaking out. read more

President Trump's China strategy is failing. His tougher approach has yielded no meaningful Chinese concessions but is increasingly damaging the U.S. economy. Today China is more integrated with the rest of the world while the U.S. is more isolated. To combat China's unfair, statist economic practices effectively, the U.S. must change its approach, enlisting allies and international institutions to advance a more focused set of demands. read more

Monday, August 19, 2019

A decade of "delayed and unpredictable funding" for the U.S. military's budget has seen America lose its primacy in the Western Pacific, giving the edge to an increasingly sophisticated China, a Sydney-based think tank warned. read more

A majority of economists expect a US recession in the next two years, but have pushed back the onset amid Federal Reserve actions, according to a survey released on Monday. The survey came out after President Donald Trump pushed back against talk of a looming recession as a raft of US data reports last week showed a mixed picture on the economy. read more


Meanwhile Trump again offers to mediate:


US President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again offered to mediate the "explosive" situation in Kashmir.

Trump said he would raise the matter over the weekend with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the pair are set to meet at the G-7 Summit in France which kicks off on August 24.

He said that Washington has urged to act to ease tensions in the Himalayan valley.

"Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have Hindus and you have the Muslims and I wouldn't say they get along so great," Trump told reporters.

"I will do the best I can to mediate," he said. (Gawd help the world... the part in bold worries me a bit.. LOL)


Even more plastic.


Plastic bags need to end worldwide.


Plastic, plastic and more plastic....



The United States called on India Tuesday to quickly release detainees and restore basic liberties in Indian Occupied Kashmir to ease tensions between Pakistan and India.

"We continue to be very concerned by reports of detentions, and continued restrictions on the residents of the region," a senior State Department official said.

"We urge respect for individual rights, compliance with legal procedures and an inclusive dialogue," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity after returning from a visit to the region.

We all said, Trump lied when he said "Modi asked me to solve Kashmir" and the Indian govt (not Modi homself) denied it.

Well it looks like Trump wasn't lying this time at all.

Meanwhile in other news:


China moves Army units and Airforce units much closer to India and Kashmir.


"Recent sat images of China's Hotan air base show signs of increased surveillance/ELINT presence + J11 (sukhoi), J8 & J7 .At 1300 meters it's one of the more hospitable bases to provide air support to the Tibet plateau & CPEC running through the Karakoram range into Pakistan.

PLA's 76th group army heavy combined arms brigade held live-fire ground attack drill at an altitude of 4000m in the hinterland of the Kunlun Mountains: High mobility artillery rocket system strike, Precision strike, Air defence system fire interception."

So they are going to get nailed from the West and from the North and from the Ocean if they (india/Modi) tries anything funny.

I guess Trump will be up nights taking his phone calls. LOL

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