The EU’s Covert Military Satellite Program

A Soyuz ST-A rocket carrying the   Sentinel-1A satellite lifts off from Europe’s Spaceport on April 3, in Kourou, French Guiana. (JODY AMIET/AFP/Getty Images)

Original post date April 14, 2014 • From
The world’s biggest Earth-observation program gets underway in Europe.

The EU launched its Sentinel-1a satellite from French Guiana on April 3 as it began the rollout of its advanced fleet of Earth-monitoring satellites. Once the Sentinel-1a’s sister satellite, the 1b, is launched, the pair will be able to give radar images of anywhere on the Earth within three to six days.

Russia Examines Its Options for Responding to Ukraine

Geopolitical Weekly, Stratfor, By George Friedman

The fall of the Ukrainian government and its replacement with one that appears to be oriented toward the West represents a major defeat for the Russian Federation. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia accepted the reality that the former Eastern European satellite states would be absorbed into the Western economic and political systems.

Putin Triumphs in Ukraine

Andranik Migranyan, The National Interest

There is an avalanche of information demonizing both Putin and Russia and painting them as aggressors. Aside from various statements by those who apparently still live, and live happily, in the Cold War, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Fox News analysts, and neoconservatives, there are those who offer objective and balanced analysis of events in Ukraine.

New Study: Clear Majority of European Muslims Pro-Sharia Fundamentalists

From the Gatestone Institute:

The majority of Muslims in Europe believe Islamic Sharia law should take precedence over the secular constitutions and laws of their European host countries, according to a new study, which warns that Islamic fundamentalism is widespread and rising sharply in Western Europe.

David Cameron hails nuclear power plant deal as big day for Britain


 Patrick Wintour, political editor •

  Planned reactors at Hinkley will be first to begin construction since Fukushima disaster and will come online in 2023. David Cameron has hailed the UK government agreement with French-owned EDF to build the first new British nuclear power station in 20 years, saying it was a very big day for Britain and would kickstart a new generation of nuclear power in the UK.

Turkey sends message to West by choosing China for defense system

Neseibe Hicret Soy

Turkey's decision to award China the long-awaited tender for a long-range defense system sends a strong message to the Western bloc that Turkey has alternative partners other than NATO members, experts said.


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