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    Hong Kong (CNN)South Korea and Japan may have coronavirus numbers that would be the envy of much of Europe and the United States, but they aren't taking any chances as winter brings with it a dangerous spike in infections. Along with tighter restrictions, both east Asian countries have deployed their respective militaries to assist medical staff and help with contact tracing. In Japan, nurses from the Self-Defense Forces will assist local hospitals in Osaka and Hokkaido prefectures, as the country reported 1,518 new cases Monday -- bringing its total to 164,641, including more than 2,395 deaths. In South Korea, the military and police will help with contact tracing efforts, while testing centers will also extend their hours into the night and on weekends to encourage testing in the greater Seoul area. The country reported 594 cases Monday -- all but 28 of which were local transmissions -- bringing its total...
    Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.More than three years ago, President Donald Trump announced that he would “lift restrictions and expand authorities” for United States troops in Afghanistan—giving the military a freer hand to order airstrikes. Now the cost of that lax approach is becoming clear.  Since 2017, the United States, its international allies, and the Afghan government have killed an average of 1,134 civilians per year, a nearly 95 percent increase from the average between 2007 and 2016, according to report released Monday from Brown University and Boston University’s Costs of War Project. The bulk of that increase has come from an aggressive escalation of the Defense Department’s air war and a greater handoff of responsibilities to the Afghan Air Force.  Even as US airstrikes briefly declined earlier this...
    Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) excoriated Georgia Senate Democrat Raphael Warnock during a debate on Sunday for attempting to justify his statement that Americans cannot serve God and the military at the same time. Loeffler attacked Warnock on Sunday for citing the Bible to justify his argument that Americans cannot serve God and the military. Warnock has received strong condemnation from Georgia veterans after reports resurfaced a sermon in 2011 in which Warnock said that Americans could not serve God and the military simultaneously. “America, nobody, can serve God and the military,” Warnock said at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and Mammon at the same time.” In response, Warnock called Loeffler’s attack a “cynical political argument” that turns people off from politics. He also called it a “cheap political point.” Loeffler said that the Bible’s Matthew chapter does not justify...
    Donald Trump would dispatch the military to arrest Joe Biden and shut down Congress if he could, a journalist says. Trump has come under fire for an open attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election, calling on Georgia’s governor to convene a special session of the state legislature to place electors who would go against the will of voters and select him. Journalist Kurt Eichenwald was among those speaking out against the action, with the former New York Times and Newsweek journalist comparing the attempts to autocrats who seized power through force. “Anyone who doubts that Trump would, if he could, dispatch the military, arrest Biden, Harris, Kemp et. al., shut down Congress, and do every other act we’ve seen from autocrats throughout history, still doesn’t understand that Trump is a fascist and the GOP accepts fascism,” he tweeted. Eichenwald retweeted other messages calling his actions undemocratic and...
    Bradley Fighting Vehicle kicks up plumes of dust as it leaves Forward Operating Base MacKenzie in Iraq for a mission in October 2004. Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week Daniel Immerwahr at The Nation writes—Fort Everywhere. How did the United States become entangled in a cycle of endless war? Shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic struck the United States, a reporter asked Donald Trump if he now considered himself a wartime president. “I do. I actually do,” he replied. Swelling with purpose, he opened a press briefing by talking about it. “In a true sense, we’re at war,” he said. Yet the press and pundits rolled their eyes. “Wartime president?” scoffed The New York Times. “It’s far from clear if many voters will accept the idea of him as a wartime leader.” His “attempt to adopt the military mien raised more than a few...
    President Trump's nominee for a top Pentagon position has sent out a tweet calling for the president to impose martial law and a revote overseen by the U.S. military. Scott O'Grady, the president's pick for an assistant secretary job, also has compared the elections to a 'coup' and echoed Trump's own claim that he won in a 'landslide,' despite losing to President-elect Joe Biden by more than 7 million votes. He retweeted one post that said 'Trump won & Biden & his Comrades will now attempt a coup.' President Trump's nominee for a top Pentagon position has sent out a tweet calling for the president to impose martial law and a revote overseen by the U.S. military. He also blasted out a tweet by former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn that referenced 'limited form of martial law.' It showed Biden next to Chinese President Xi Jinping.  The petition O'Grady...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)The Trump administration is continuing to inflict damage on China's prized businesses in its final weeks, with actions that could make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to rebuild relations once he takes office. The latest move came Thursday when the US Department of Defense added China's top chipmaker SMIC, oil giant CNOOC and several other firms to a list of companies that the department claims are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. That means they're now subject to restrictions, including a ban on Americans investing in them. Analysts had been expecting the current US administration to keep lashing out at China until the very end of its term with the aim of entrenching President Donald Trump's approach to Beijing and making it harder for Biden to reverse course. Trump bans Americans from investing in Chinese firms he claims have ties to the military"The rush...
    Former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn promoted a petition this week that calls for the temporary suspension of the Constitution and a re-vote for the 2020 election. “Freedom never kneels except for God,” the recently pardoned Flynn tweeted along with the petition advertising the We The People Convention. #WeThePeople @SidneyPowell1 @LLinWood @DanScavino @LouDobbs @MariaBartiromo @marklevinshow @lofly727 Freedom never kneels except for God ????????????https://t.co/Vrn3UeyDoF— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) December 1, 2020 A letter alongside the petition urged President Trump to declare martial law to temporarily suspend the Constitution for the sole purpose of a national re-vote overseen by the military that “reflects the true will of the people.” The letter also discussed the actions that President Abraham Lincoln undertook during the Civil War when he ordered newspapers to be shut down, arrested an Ohio congressman, signed an arrest warrant for a Supreme CourtjJustice who ruled against him, and arrested...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed Wednesday that President Donald Trump was serious about vetoing the defense funding bill if it did not terminate Section 230 of the Community Decency Act. “Yes, the president is serious about it,” McEnany replied when asked by a reporter if Trump would actually refuse to fund the military over the issue. Democrats protested Trump’s demand on Wednesday saying military funding should not come under threat as a result of the president’s desire to punish platforms like Facebook and Twitter. “There are real grave concerns here and the president stands by that,” McEnany said. She said that Section 230 acted as a “shield” for big tech companies that had stepped beyond the initial category of the “public square” definition after they decided to fact check, remove, and censor individuals and even ban people from their platforms. “If you are a publisher, there are certain...
    A BBC reporter writes about a relative forced to flee Ethiopia’s Tigray region following the outbreak of conflict between federal and regional troops. A businessman and farm-owner, my uncle has become a refugee in Sudan, along with tens of thousands of others. He does not even have a pair of shoes, having lost them as he fled Tigray by foot and boat. He was not expecting a conflict to break out. So, in the beginning of November, he undertook a half-day-long journey from his home near Adwa city in central Tigray to the agricultural hub of Humera in the west, leaving his wife and two children behind. This is what he normally does at this time of the year, going to his farm in Humera to harvest his sesame and sorghum crops in order to sell them in markets around Tigray and Sudan. Then, his life – like that of...
    On Monday, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly wrote his favorite Supreme Court justice in an effort to get the entire election in his home state thrown out. And every single day of the week Sidney Powell hasn’t let a line of continuous defeats stop her from making ever more ridiculous claims.  But for some Donald Trump supporters, trying to find a court friendly enough to overrule millions of voters is just not coup-ing hard enough. Maybe it helps to have just been handed a pardon that absolves the bearer of all crimes past, present, and potentially future, because recently blessed, twice-confessed liar Michael Flynn is ready to throw out the voters, the legislatures, and the courts. Instead of the kind of political coup that Trump has been waging via Rudy Giuliani and his ever-changing legal team, Flynn is suggesting that other kind of coup. The one where the military takes over and installs...
    Less than a week after receiving a presidential pardon for lying to the FBI, Mike Flynn is pushing a call for martial law—and drawing sharp denunciation from other retired senior military officers. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Flynn, who was Trump’s first national security adviser and before that his most important military validator, circulated a petition for martial law in a Tuesday tweet. “Freedom never kneels except for God,” Flynn commented. The petition, from a Tea Party affiliate named Tom Zawistowski, implored Trump to proclaim “limited martial law” and order the military to conduct a do-over of the presidential election so as to reflect what it claims is “the true will of the people.” It explicitly envisioned “temporarily suspend[ing] the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections.” And it also reflects a recent rise in desperation from MAGA now that Trump’s efforts at overturning the election have fallen apart in...
    Days after he got a pardon from President Trump, former national security advisor Mike Flynn is calling for the president to declare martial law and have the military conduct a revote of the election he lost to President-elect Joe Biden. Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts during the transition, then sought to withdraw his plea, blasted out advertisement that the group We the People Convention printed in the Washington Times. It urges Trump, who has called the election 'rigged,' to declare a 'limited form of martial law' and have the military – who reports to him directly as commander in chief – conduct the revote.   President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who received a pardon last week, blasted out an article calling on Trump to declare martial law 'When the legislators, courts and/or Congress fail to do their duty under...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed that President Donald Trump is serious about vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) unless Section 230 — which protects Big Tech companies like Facebook and Twitter — is terminated as part of it. During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, after being asked whether Trump is “seriously considering and talking about vetoing the NDAA over Section 230,” McEnany said, “Yes, the president is serious about it.” “I noted when you have other world leaders that are making calls for genocide and Twitter not finding that worthy of flagging or blocking,” she declared, adding, “Beyond that, you look at China, who’s putting out disinformation. China tweeted out — I believe it was six days ago, I think it was November 25th — that Covid-19 did not originate in Wuhan, something that was not deemed worthy of flagging by Twitter.” “There are...
    In a major move, the South Korean parliament has passed a bill allowing music sensation BTS and other musicians to postpone their mandatory military service until the age of 30. As per the South Korean laws, all able-bodied South Korean men, aged between 18 and 28, are required to serve in the military for about two years, reported New York Times. BTS Rules Billboard Hot 100 Chart Once Again with ‘Life Goes On’ Two of the members of the group, Jin and Suga, will soon turn 28 and their with the group was under threat. According to the revised Military Service Act, “a pop culture artist who was recommended by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to have greatly enhanced the image of Korea both within the nation and throughout the world” would be allowed to postpone their military service until age of 30 if they do not have...
    Two former service members are breathing new life into debunked conspiracies that allege to prove widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election. Hide
    Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march during a parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China at Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2019 in Beijing, China.Fu Tian | China News Service | Visual China Group | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Major Chinese companies that are crucial to Beijing's global trade and infrastructure projects are under threat as U.S.-China tensions escalate — and that could mean more risks for American investors, according to research firm TS Lombard. Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order prohibiting U.S. investments into a list of Chinese companies that Washington said were owned or controlled by the Chinese military. On Monday, Reuters reported that the Trump administration will be adding China's top chipmaker SMIC and oil and gas producer CNOOC to that list. Following that report, shares of CNOOC plunged nearly 14% on Monday, while SMIC fell almost...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s army chief of staff says the military has control of the capital of the defiant Tigray region, Mekele. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHINA'S president has ordered his troops to train harder and fight to the death as he called on military to be ready for war. President Xi Jinping said his country’s two million strong armed forces should train under real combat conditions and "not fear hardship",  according to the state-run media. 8Chinese president Xi Jinping has put his forces on a war footingCredit: EPA 8The president ordered his troops to fight to the deathCredit: AFP - Getty Xi made the comments while addressing the Central Military Commission at the Jingxi Hotel in Beijing. The Communist Party leader called on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) "not fear hardship" and "not fear death". Xi said the military needed to "enhance the sense of hardship, strengthen the mission responsibility, and accelerate the transformation and upgrading of military training". It comes as China has poured billions of pounds into modernising its military as...
    A military service member was found dead on an Air Force joint base in Texas Wednesday morning, officials said.  According to a media advisory, officials at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston have launched an investigation into the death of the soldier who was found in their barracks. Officials at the base have not released the cause of death. The identity of the service member is also being withheld at this time.  A DailyMail.com request for more information to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston was not immediately returned on Wednesday afternoon.  A military service member was found dead on the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston base (file image), which is operated by the Air Force, Wednesday morning. Officials have not released the soldier's name. It's also unclear how the soldier died  JBSA officials said they did not 'assess there is a danger to JBSA residents or the community'.  Officials did not say if they believed foul...
    The vast distances of the Pacific region and the growing range of the Chinese military led the United States to look for ways to disband its forces and bases. For the U.S. Air Force, it refers to the region’s search for runways and facilities to support its aircraft. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The possibility of war with China, which has a rapidly modernizing army Can reach distances across the Pacific, US military spreads. According to General Kenneth Wilsbach, commander of the Pacific Air Force, the U.S. Air Force is looking for territory to operate new locations, but to create new bases that will work alongside those there. “What we’re doing is taking advantage of existing airports,” Wilsbach told reporters last week. “If you’re going to put up [in] An F-22 or F-15 or C-130, the airport must have certain criteria, so we have actually inspected...
    Washington (CNN)Nearly all Navy installations in the continental US are having their health protection measures against Covid-19 tightened Tuesday to protect the force and military families, according to a US Navy official. All installations with the exception of the Naval Air Station at Fallon in the remote Nevada desert will institute stronger measures at Health Protection Condition Level "Charlie," just one step below the most stringent level.While commanders can make detailed decisions about their bases, under the so-called Charlie measures schools, daycares and community activities may be canceled. It also introduces travel restrictions and more personnel may be ordered to work from home. Family activities may also be restricted to homes for a prolonged period of time under the new measures. The new measures, which some bases began instituting earlier this month, come as coronavirus cases surge across the US, including within the US military. CNN reported last week that...
    A North Korean man who defected to the South by reportedly leaping over the border fence has claimed to be a former gymnast. On November 3, the man in his 20s entered the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea shortly after 7pm local time. He was captured by South Korean border guards 14 hours later and his motivations for crossing have been under investigation ever since.  The military is making efforts to ascertain how the man could have crossed the three-metre fence without triggering an alarm.  Citing a 'Seoul official familiar with the matter', the Korea Herald reported that the man told authorities he had been able to jump the fence because of gymnastics training. Officials then reportedly made the man - who was small in stature and light in weight - jump twice to prove his claim.  South Korean soldiers patrol along barbed wired fences in the...
    New research shows why Biden's pledge to reverse the transgender military ban is more crucial than ever. New research about the effects of Donald Trump's transgender military ban shows the importance of Joe Biden's promise to reverse the damaging policy. In February, Biden promised to reinstate LGBTQ protections rolled back by Trump "on day one" of his presidency, including "ensuring transgender individuals can serve openly in the military." "It’s simple: every American who is qualified to serve, should be able to — and we should all be grateful for their service and courage," Biden said back in February, noting that reversing the trans ban was "not just the right thing to do, but it’s in our national interest."
    US President Donald Trump has abruptly replaced defence secretary Mark Esper with Christopher Miller, who he had only recently appointed as National Counterterrorism Centre director. This and other Pentagon replacements have analysts worried about US-China military relations. Some fear that Trump, enraged at losing the election, may try to hamstring Joe Biden’s China policy by provoking Beijing, particularly over the South China Sea and Taiwan. There are many reasons this is unlikely and, in any case, China is unlikely to take the bait. True, the situation is dangerous, and a breach of China’s red lines could spiral into conflict and war. China and the US have ramped up their belligerent rhetoric, military presence and posturing, greatly worrying the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. With China increasingly nationalistic, any loss of face (and...
    The U.S. military deployed B-52 bombers to the Middle East Saturday, just days after the Trump administration announced a partial withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.  U.S. Central Command said the U.S. Air Force B-52H “Stratofortress” aircrews conducted the mission on "short notice" to "deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies." “The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression," said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force commander. "These missions help bomber aircrews gain familiarity with the region’s airspace and command, and control functions and allow them to integrate with the theater’s U.S. and partner air assets, increasing the combined force’s overall readiness.”  ACTING US DEFENSE SECRETARY CHIEF LAUDS 'STALWART AND CAPABLE ALLY' UK FOR INCREASE IN MILITARY SPENDING President Trump's new acting defense secretary Christopher Miller announced Tuesday a drawdown of troops to 2,500 in...
    Canberra, Australia (CNN)All Australians are taught the ode of remembrance, recited for the nation's fallen soldiers known lovingly as "Diggers."That nickname evokes the memory of Gallipoli, the Turkish peninsula where, in the trenches of the World War I, the young nation's soldiers helped to forge a national identity. So Australian school students are taught."They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn."Now the Australian public knows that age shall not weary the 39 Afghan civilians and non-combatants reportedly condemned by its own Diggers in Afghanistan. The Afghans were allegedly murdered, the Australian army itself detailed in its official enquiry Thursday, by elite Special Operations Forces -- the Diggers that were supposed to be the liberators and protectors, the best to wear an Australian military uniform.Those 39 lives now remind Australians that like their own country, the modern nation...
    ILHAN Omar has been blasted for misspelling book of the Bible while attempting to slam Marco Rubio on faith. The typo arose on Wednesday after Senator Rubio criticized Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock for claiming that someone could not serve both God and the military. 3Omar has been slammed for her mistakeCredit: AFP or licensors Rubio retweeted a video of Warnock, with the caption: "Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said "You cannot serve God and the military" at the same time. These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist & small dollar donor base believe." Omar then responded to his comments with a verse from the Bible. "Mathews [sic] 6:24" she tweeted, prefaced with an embarrassed face emoji. The book is in fact called the Gospel of Matthew, one of the four gospels recognized in Christian canon. 3Omar was trying...
    PRINCE Harry has said "service happens in the quiet" after he and Meghan Markle were slammed for their Remembrance Day photoshoot. The Duke of Sussex, 36, made the comments during a star-studded virtual fundraiser for army veterans called Stand Up For Heroes. 6Prince Harry spoke during a virtual fundraiser for army veterans called Stand Up For HeroesCredit: Stand Up For Heroes Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday In the message he said: "As far as I see it, service is what happens in the quiet and in the chaos. It's what happens when people aren't looking and it's about how we take care of each other every single day." Harry, wearing his military medals, also spoke about his own service, which included two frontline tours to Afghanistan. He said: "[My] experience changed my life forever and for the better. "It changed how I...
    Georgia Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock is getting slammed for comments he made in a 2011 sermon in which he said no one can serve "God and the military." Fox News contributor Johnny "Joey" Jones, a retired Marine bomb technician who is from the Peach State, told "Fox & Friends" Thursday that Georgians don't agree with the Democrat's comments or his policies as he faces off Jan. 5 against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler. "I'll take him at his word and unfortunately that means he gets very little credit with me when he's explaining away sentences like you can't serve God and the military," Jones told co-host Steve Doocy.  GEORGIA DEM SENATE CANDIDATE DEFENDED JEREMIAH WRIGHT AFTER CONTROVERSIAL SERMONS "He's essentially saying that pretty much anything pro-American and anything dealing with the American government is anti-God. He goes on to attack politicians, the political process, the collection of wealth, pretty much anything...
    Mexico allegedly pressured the Department of Justice into dropping drug trafficking and money laundering charges against former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos by threatening to expel US drug agents from the country.  Three sources with knowledge of the situation described the alleged threat to the New York Times on Wednesday after a US federal judge granted Attorney General William Barr's request to drop the case against Cienfuegos and return him to Mexico to be investigated.  Cienfuegos, 72 - nicknamed El Padrino, or 'The Godfather' - was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport last month after being accused of using his office to protect Mexico's H-2 narcotics cartel.  The Times sources said Cienfuego's arrest sparked outrage among the highest officials in the Mexican government, who had been kept in the dark about the DOJ's plans despite a long history of working closely with the US on drug cases.   Mexico lashed out...
    Republican lawmakers are taking to social media to hammer Georgia Democratic Senate candidate the Rev. Raphael Warnock over comments he made in 2011 regarding the military and religion. During a sermon Warnock delivered nearly a decade ago, the Democratic pastor paraphrased Bible verse Matthew 6:24, which states, “No one can serve two masters.” “America, nobody can serve God and the military,” he said. “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. America, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.” The video has been resurfaced as of late by various Republicans, who are now calling for Warnock to drop out of the Peach State's Senate runoff race on Jan. 5. Warnock's opponent, Republican Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia elections chief says Trump 'suppressed' GOP vote, cost himself state Georgia's elections chief caught in GOP crosshairs Loeffler and Warnock agree to December debate MORE seized...
    Donald Trump, the US president, delivering a statement after the US election – AP Photo/Evan Vucci Who or what constrains Donald Trump? That question has been asked endlessly throughout his first presidential term but in the wake of election defeat, with his hands still on the levers of power, it is once again being pondered. In the two weeks since election day, which saw US voters switch Mr Trump with Joe Biden, the US president has sacked his defence secretary, replaced senior Pentagon officials with loyalists and dismissed his top election security official. He has announced new US troop withdrawals in Afghanistan and Iraq, reportedly pondered some form of retaliatory strike on Iran for its growing nuclear program and is said to be considering further tough action on China. All the while Mr Trump has avoided the press – he has not taken a single reporter question since...
    Republicans are hitting Georgia Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock over a sermon he made in 2011 in which he said no one can serve “God and the military.”  Warnock made the remarks in a sermon in April 2011 entitled “When Truth Meets Power.” The address resurfaced Tuesday on social media.  In it, the reverend called on churchgoers, and America as a whole, to turn away from the pursuit of power and wealth in favor of a life of service. “America, nobody can serve God and the military,” Warnock said at the time. “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. America, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.” “Politicians try to keep their power. Political parties lie in order to keep their power. And church folk, yeah, you too, maneuver…in order to keep your power. And Jesus says, that’s...
    The heartbroken mother of a soldier, who killed herself after allegedly being sexually assaulted and gang raped by colleagues, said it was the military's failure to handle her daughter's case that ultimately led to her death. Army National Guard Staff Sgt Morgan Robinson died by suicide in August 2018 at the age of 29, two years after she was allegedly sexually assaulted in Kuwait.  According to a CBS investigation, Morgan had been in the Army National Guard for six years when she was sent on her first deployment to Kuwait in 2016.  Her mother, Debbie Robinson, revealed that while in Kuwait her daughter 'was sexually assaulted and continually harassed by one of her superiors'.  Debbie Robinson (left), the heartbroken mother of Army National Guard Staff Sgt Morgan Robinson (right),  who killed herself after allegedly being sexually assaulted and gang raped by colleagues, said it was the military's failure...
    The new defense pact between Australia and Japan signed Tuesday in Tokyo has been dismissed as “dangerous” by Chinese state-owned media, which warns any resistance to Beijing is futile and will come at a heavy cost. The Reciprocal Access Agreement will enable Australian warships and aircraft to operate further north and offer greater legal protection for service personnel across both countries, offering a crucial counterbalance to Beijing’s military which has expanded and advanced rapidly in recent years. It was signed during Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo. But the Global Times, official mouthpiece of the Chinese communist dictatorship, said the U.S. allies were forcing Beijing to explore deeper military co-operation with other nations by their actions. “We suggest Japan and Australia exercise restraint on the way to form a quasi military alliance against China,” it wrote on Tuesday night. “They will surely pay a...
    Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock is drawing criticism for a past comment he made during a sermon involving God and the military. “America, nobody can serve God and the military,” Warnock told a church gathering in a video labeled “When Truth Meets Power,” posted on YouTube in 2011. “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. America, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.” Warnock added: “Politicians try to keep their power. Political parties lie in order to keep their power. And church folk, yeah, you too, maneuver … in order to keep your power. And Jesus says, that’s not power. That’s paranoia.” "America, nobody can serve God and the military."@ReverendWarnock, who is running for Senate against @KLoeffler, gave a sermon in 2011 about only serving God over money and "the military." pic.twitter.com/kqchqP89W8— Washington...
    Democrat Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock has come under scrutiny for another of his past sermons, this time saying it is impossible to serve both God and the military. The Washington Free Beacon uncovered video of the 2011 sermon in which Warnock, who is senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, makes the comments, which could hurt the candidate in the state which has a strong military presence. "America, nobody can serve God and the military," Warnock said in the sermon. "You cant serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. America choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day!" Warnock faces incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., in a Jan. 5 runoff, which could determine control of the Senate. But the comments are not popular with many in that state, home to Fort Benning, one of the largest worlds...
    Georgia Senate Democrat candidate Raphael Warnock said during a 2011 sermon that Americans could not serve God and the military at the same time. “America, nobody, can serve God and the military,” Warnock said in a 2011 sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and Mammon at the same time.” Warnock served as a senior pastor at the church. The Georgia Democrat added, “America choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day!” Warnock currently hopes to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) during the January Senate runoff. Georgia hosts the fifth-largest active duty military population in the United States. The Peach State also has Fort Benning, one of the largest military installations in the country. One military veteran found Warnock’s 2011 remarks very offensive to Christians who serve in the military. Kenneth E. Brandt,...
    As commander in chief, the president has a sacred responsibility to the nation’s men and women in military uniform. Their lives and honor depend on him — they are not toys to be played with by schemers who like to draw lines on a map. Donald Trump won the White House four years ago with a message of putting our troops at risk only when there were clear and necessary strategic goals. No more endless wars. But Washington is full of unelected bureaucrats who love to play wargames with living pieces, and there is no one they won’t betray — including the president and the American people — to keep the game going. Take James Franklin Jeffrey, a career Foreign Service hack who signed a scathing NeverTrump letter in 2016, then got a post as President Trump’s “Special Representative for Syria Engagement” anyway, and went on to sabotage the president’s...
    Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock, who has faced intense scrutiny over the content of his past sermons in recent days, warned in a years-old address that America could not “serve God and the military.” Warnock made the remarks in a sermon that was uploaded to YouTube in April 2011 with the title, “When Truth Meets Power.” In the address, Warnock called on churchgoers, and America as a whole, to turn away from the pursuit of power and wealth in favor of a life of service. 2022 SENATE BATTLE ALREADY UNDERWAY, EVEN WITH 2020 RACES STILL ONGOING “America, nobody can serve God and the military,” Warnock said at the time. “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and Mammon at the same time. America, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.” “Politicians try to keep their power. Political parties lie in order...
    Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.President Donald Trump only has about two months left in office—despite his persistent claims to the contrary—and in that span of time, his administration seems intent on withdrawing a significant number of US troops from Afghanistan. Nothing is definite in Trumpworld until it happens, but on Monday night, CNN reported that the Defense Department is planning to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 5,000 total by the end of Trump’s term. That drawdown wouldn’t accomplish Trump’s stated goal of bringing all US troops in Afghanistan home by Christmas, but it would slice the total number of US personnel serving there and in Iraq by about one-third, based on a rough understanding of current deployments. The Pentagon would not confirm for me...
    ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia's military is fighting battle-hardened troops in the northern Tigray region, threatening stability around the Horn of Africa. Here are some facts on the forces: THE NATIONAL MILITARY: THE ENDF The Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) has around 140,000 active personnel, the vast majority of them in the army, according to the Janes security data group. Its troops have been tested by Islamist militants in Somalia and rebel groups in Ethiopia's border regions, as well as a two-year border war with Eritrea followed by an 18-year standoff that only ended in 2018. Between the ENDF forces and other fighters loyal to the federal government there are an estimated 40-50,000 fighters in Tigray at the moment, two diplomats following the conflict said. Its air force gives it dominance in the skies over Tigray. According to Janes, it has 15 Sukhoi Su-27SK and eight MiG-23ML fighter jets, around...
    BEIRUT — With an international arms embargo lifted, Iran is likely to start buying armed drones, air defense systems, fighter jets and tanks, according to one expert, with another analyst linking the passage of Chinese defense export legislation on Oct. 28 with the embargo’s expiration. Iran previously showed interest in Russia’s Su-30 and Yak-130 jets, T-90 tank, S-400 air defense system, but was prevented from purchasing such items under a multinational nuclear deal. “Iran’s priority is to increase the efficiency of its short- and medium-range missile capabilities; the Russian 9K720 Iskander missile will be at the top of that list,” Abdullah Al Junaid, a Bahraini strategic expert and political researcher, told Defense News. “Despite its need for an air force competitive with its neighbors, Iran realizes that the introduction of air combat systems such as the Chinese J-10 will not close the required qualitative gap with its neighborhood — Saudi...
    No matter how you feel about Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race and his touted plans to embrace science over magical thinking in fighting the coronavirus, we’re stuck with a simple reality. The incoming administration will inherit one of the most daunting challenges any president has ever faced: planning and executing a national mass-vaccination campaign in the middle of a global pandemic. Before I retired from the Army, I served as a COVID crisis planner at NORTHCOM, where we were terrified of a potential “COVICANE.” Luckily, a major hurricane did not deliver a Katrina- or Harvey-like hit to a big city facing a coronavirus outbreak this year, at least on the scale we feared. But our next biggest concern was what the virus might do to rural America. And it’s playing out in harrowing fashion right now. With cases spiking to over 10 million, the virus is everywhere,...
    (CNN)The leader of the Western Sahara's independence movement has vowed to end a 29-year-old ceasefire with Morocco, citing recent Moroccan border operations as a provocation.Brahim Ghali, leader of the independentist Polisario Front, announced the group will no longer abide by the commitment of the decades-long truce in the area, said Sahara Press Service, the group's news agency, on Saturday. Morocco, which says it continues to support the ceasefire, announced last week that it would resume military operations in the El Guergarat crossing, a buffer zone between the territory claimed by the state of Morocco and the self-declared Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. By launching the operation, Morocco "seriously undermined not only the ceasefire and related military agreements but also any chances of achieving a peaceful and lasting solution to the decolonization question of the Western Sahara," Ghali said in a letter to the UN. The Western Sahara is a long-disputed territory...
    Prince Harry made a surprise cameo on the latest episode of the BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing.”  The Duke of Sussex surprised everyone with a brief video cameo in which he cheered on fellow British military veteran JJ Chalmers, one of the show’s contestants this season. The moment on the U.K. original version of "Dancing with the Stars" marked one of Harry’s first public appearances in the U.K. since he and Meghan Markle stepped down from their senior royal duties to live in California.  Harry called into one of Chalmers' training sessions with partner Amy Dowden to congratulate him on all his success and lightly tease his old friend for some of his wardrobe choices on the dancing show.  “Nice tan JJ!” Harry joked. QUEEN ELIZABETH ONCE THREW A PAIR OF SHOES, TENNIS RACKET AT PRINCE PHILIP IN SPAT CAUGHT ON CAMERA: BOOK Chalmers' journey to the “Strictly Come Dance” stage was one...
    September 16, 2020 – A group of congressmen led by Jackie Speier and Mark Mullin presented the bill “I am Vanessa Guillén Act” in honor of the soldier who died on April 22 at Fort Hood and the many survivors of sexual violence who have bravely emerged in the wake of the disappearance and brutal murder of the 20-year-old military woman. The legislation, which has bipartisan support and could be put to a vote in a matter of weeks or by November. If passed, the law “will provide survivors with independent investigations into reports of both sexual harassment and sexual assault. It would also make sexual harassment a criminal offense in the military, helping to get to the heart of a problem that is far too far away. It often leads to violence and destroys careers and lives. The Guillén family and current and former military...
    Getty Head coach Jeff Monken of the Military Black Knights The Military Black Knights (6-1) head to Yulman Stadium in New Orleans to tackle the Tulane Inexperienced Wave (4-4) on Saturday.Word: Heavy could earn an affiliate fee in the event you enroll through a hyperlink on this web pageThe sport (Midday ET begin time) gained’t be on common TV wherever, however anybody within the US can watch Military vs Tulane stay on ESPN+ proper right here: Watch on ESPN+ ESPN+ is the digital streaming service from ESPN that has stay school soccer (choose AAC, Huge 12, Convention USA and Solar Belt video games) and dozens of different sports activities, each 30-for-30 documentary, and extra unique content material (each video and written) all for $5.99 monthly. Or, in the event you additionally need Disney+ and Hulu, you will get all three for...
    The Polisario Front said today that it has fired on four bases and two Moroccan surveillance points located in the separation wall built in the desert. . / Javier Otazu / Archive Rabuni (Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria), Nov 13 . .- The Polisario Front said today that it has fired at four bases and two Moroccan surveillance points located on the separation wall built in the desert in response to the attack that This morning the Moroccan Army launched at the Guerguerat border crossing, which separates Mauritania from the occupied territories of Western Sahara.In a statement sent to Efe, the Polisario military leadership affirmed that the offensive was concentrated on military base number 23 (Mahbes), military base number 4 (Hauza), military base number 17 (Ausred), and military base number 18, as well as lookouts numbers 71 and 172 in what he considers a declaration...
    (CNN)A new senior adviser at the Pentagon repeatedly said the United States' support for Israel was the result of "Israeli lobby" money and accused prominent officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, of becoming "very very rich," from their support for Israel. Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, who was appointed as senior adviser to newly installed acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller this week, made the comments in two media appearances in 2012 and 2019. "You have to look at the people that donate to those individuals," Macgregor said in a September 2019 interview when asked if then-national security adviser John Bolton and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wanted war with Iran. "Mr. Bolton has become very, very rich and is in the position he's in because of his unconditional support for the Israeli lobby. He is their man on the ground, in the White House." "The same thing is largely true...
    A veteran who collapsed during the Veteran Day ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday was miraculously saved by the nurse wife of the nation's top military officer, General Mark Milley.  Hollyanne Milley shared that she jumped into action to save the veteran just moments before President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their spouses arrived at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 'I just saw legs laying there,' the practicing nurse explained to NBC News, describing how she immediately ran to assist the unresponsive man.  Hollyanne Milley, wife of General Mark Milley, rushed to save the unresponsive veteran just before the president's arrival  'When I first got there, he was breathing in a very erratic way that he wasn't really taking air into his lungs as he should have been. And then he stopped breathing.'    Milley soon learned that the man had no pulse, and directed...
    (CNN)Around the fifth anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, in late spring of 2016, President Barack Obama did an interview with CNN. Obama was seated at the head of the long conference room table in the White House Situation Room and after I asked the President a number of questions about his decision to authorize that operation, I changed direction. I asked: "Donald Trump. What are your thoughts, if he was to be sitting in this chair, about how he would be handling these decisions?" Peter BergenObama replied, "Well, I don't have those thoughts. Because I don't expect that to happen." Trump wasn't yet his party's official nominee, and even after he was, a lot of folks didn't expect that to happen. And then, of course, it did. Trump hangs over Obama's moving, beautifully written memoir of his first three years in office like an onrushing...
    Netflix has sparked controversy after eagle-eyed military viewers noticed Olivia Colman's salute was 'limp' in The Crown's season trailer. In the trailer for the fourth season of the hit show, the Queen gave a salute as she watched the Red Arrows perform a flypast at Buckingham Palace in London. But General Lord Dannatt, former head of the army, told The Times Colman's 'limp-cocked wrist' would 'drive any self-respecting sergeant major mad'. He added: 'Certainly these TV studios should draft in a sergeant major or other military instructor to make sure actors learn to keep their wrist straight.' Colonel Richard Kemp, ex-commander of British forces in Afghanistan, agreed. He said the Queen always offered a 'stiff and straight salute' following her years of experience. In the trailer for the fourth season of the hit show, the Queen gave a salute as she watched the Red Arrows perform a flypast at...
    01/13/2020 French military from Operation Barkhane in Mali EUROPE POLITICS FRANCE MINISTRY OF D.NSE OF FRANCE MADRID, 13 (EUROPA PRESS) The French Defense Minister, Florence Parly, announced on Friday the death in a military operation of Ba ag Musa, military head of the jihadist coalition Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), an affiliate of Al Qaeda in the Sahel, during a military operation carried out late last Tuesday in the Malian town of Ménaka, in the north of the country. The deceased was a former colonel in the Army of Mali, also known as Bamoussa Diarra, who acted as the right hand of Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of this affiliate of Al Qaeda – an alliance that integrates Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al Murabitún, the Macina Liberation Front (LWF) and Ansar Dine – which has repeatedly attacked soldiers...
    Former Pentagon number three Michèle Flournoy, approached to lead the defense ministry of the new administration, even predicted it half-heartedly at a conference in August. Asked about this withdrawal plan during the Aspen Security Forum, she stressed that “if we have a new administration, the first thing it will do will be to re-examine the military posture in the world”. “I hope it will not be fully implemented, because I do not think it is in the strategic interest of the United States and it is very bad for our relations with the Atlantic Alliance, a- she added. The withdrawal of 12,000 troops from Germany was announced on July 29 by the former Minister of Defense Mark Esper, unceremoniously dismissed Monday by Donald Trump. Of the approximately 34,500 soldiers currently deployed in the country, around 6,400 are to be repatriated to the United States while...
    WASHINGTON (AP) – The words of the top military chief of the United States were nothing new, but they were particularly relevant in the midst of the chaotic week in the Pentagon. “We are unique among the military services,” said General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We do not pledge allegiance to a king or queen, to a tyrant or a dictator. We do not pledge allegiance to an individual. “ Milley made that statement Wednesday, at the dedication of an Army museum, in a week in which President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and installed three loyal servants in senior Pentagon positions. The abrupt changes raised concerns about what Trump may want to do in the last two months of his administration and about a possible politicization of a historically apolitical body. Milley’s comments, who in making them was...
    Kentucky is home to one of the top 25 cities in the United States for veterans to live, according to a new report. WalletHub, a personal finance website, studied the 100 largest cities across the country to find the best for helping veterans tackle the unique challenges of re-entering civilian life through things like military skill-related jobs, affordable housing and the availability of VA facilities. Lexington ranked as Kentucky’s best and landed at 21st in the nation. It ranked 12 th in employment, 36 th in economy, 47 th in quality of life and 41 st in health. Louisville came in at 55 th overall, 51 st in employment, 38 th in economy, 56 th in quality of life and 68 th in health. According to the report, there are more than 19.5 million veterans currently living in the United States. In recent years, unemployment...
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    Xbox Series X vs. Xbox Series S: whats the difference? The best player for each of the 32 NFL franchises I Can't Believe This Social Security Bonus Was So Easy Ad Microsoft Americans Are Obsessed With New Blanket That Puts You To Sleep In Minutes Ad Microsoft 23 New Gadgets That Will Sell Out Before the Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/22 SLIDES © TheWrap This Veterans Day, take a moment to honor someone who took the time out to serve our country in the military. On top of that, you can check out a film or show...
    Miss USA Asya Branch told Insider that she believes AK-47s should be "left to our military." Benjamin Askinas/Miss USA Newly-crowned Miss USA Asya Branch told Insider that she believes AK-47s and "other guns along those lines should be left to our military."  "There's no reason for civilians to have those types of weapons," Branch — who represented Mississippi — added. Branch spoke out in support of the Second Amendment during the pageant on Monday and said she doesn't believe all guns should be banned in the US.  "Where I'm from, there are a lot of guns — people like to hunt," she told Insider. "It's important that we just really enforce gun safety and make sure that people have permits."  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When it came to her final word at the Miss USA pageant, Asya Branch was asked to speak on gun laws....
    Cities say organizers didnt get permit for Christian music festivals In poll watcher affidavits, Trump campaign offers no evidence of fraud in Detroit ballot-counting What Veterans Day means to three USMNT players and the recent history of the program Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad For three members of the revamped USMNT currently training in Wales ahead of Thursday’s friendly [2:30 p.m. ET, FS1], this Veterans Day is a little extra special. Not only will the trio — defenders John Brooks and Sergiño Dest and midfielder Weston McKennie — be playing their first international match in over a year one day after the holiday, they are the only players on coach Gregg Berhalter’s 24-man squad with parents who served in the American military. “Today obviously I sent my dad a text and told him Happy Veterans Day,” McKennie told reporters Wednesday on a Zoom call...
    A new study shows how veterans are uniquely equipped to handle the risks and obstacles that face small business owners. November 11, 2020 1 min read According to statistics gathered by SCORE, veteran small business owners say that the training they received while serving gave them the discipline, perseverance, leadership skills and the ability to get things done required to be successful in business. Related: The Secret Business of Training Navy Seals Whether leading a small business or being part of a team, the men and women who have bravely served our nation have life experience that no business school or accelerator can replicate. “A veteran is a person who has proven themselves in an uncontrolled, unstable environment. That’s the kind of person I want on my team,” Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer told Entrepreneur.com. Check out SCORE’s stats on the...
    The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans this week wrote a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr claiming to have names of slightly over 3000 people “who appear to have improperly cast” their mail-in ballots in the election. Ric Grenell said One problem with that, according to multiple news reports, is that the list they included “contains hundreds of overseas military post office boxes and more than 1,000 locations where military personnel are stationed” but can still legally vote in the state. CNN’s Brianna Keilar, who has talked openly before about being a military spouse, went off on the Trump team for this stunning oversight. Keilar showed off the list of supposed fraud to her viewers and explained there are some key abbreviations on the list that every military family would recognize.” “APO” is short for “Army Post Office” and “FPO” is “Fleet Post Office,” and as Keilar explained,...
    Assholes The Trump campaign released a 234-page stack of affidavits from poll watchers in Detroit alleging  supposed intimidation. This Twitter thread highlights many of the absurd claims, such as complaining that independent poll watchers were too liberal, or this one complaining about “a very large man in ‘Count the Vote’ gear,” or this one about people being mean to him. But one stood out to me, because it says so much about the sorry state of the Republican Party and the conservative movement today. Let’s take a look.  xOne Republican poll watcher found it suspicious that members of the military would vote for Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/xnFqBluLRS— Brad Heath (@bradheath) November 11, 2020 A Republican poll watcher found it suspicious that Joe Biden would get military votes. As the affidavit states, “I did find it odd that, throughout the day/night, I saw a few dozen military ballots be counted. Although I cannot...
    (Photo: Adobe Stock) Earlier this week, the morning sun gleamed on Sean Worsely as he exited the front doors of Alabama’s Draper Correctional Facility. Met by the embrace of his wife, Eboni and supporters who’d long fought for his release, his 11-months of incarceration — the beginning of what was supposed to be a five-year sentence, had come to an abrupt end. Sean’s story gained national attention in the wake of racial strife and protest that consumed the public imagination in the months following the death of George Floyd. A chance encounter with Alabama deputies in the fall of 2016 would unravel Sean’s life, leaving the Army veteran — deemed totally and permanently disabled by our nation’s military and whose PTSD overtook an otherwise promising career — to fight for his freedom in an Alabama prison cell. Read More: Trump calls fallen US veterans ‘losers,’ ‘suckers’: report...
    Russia is building a nuclear command post where Vladimir Putin could control the country's doomsday weapons in the event of World War III, he announced today.  Putin said the 'absolutely secure facility' is 'nearing completion' and would keep the Kremlin in control of its atomic weapons 'even in the event of a nuclear strike'.  The Russian president told his defence chiefs to keep upgrading their control systems 'no matter how modern and advanced they may be today'.  Moscow has an estimated stockpile of 6,375 nuclear warheads, compared to 5,800 for the US, and Putin has called for a 'new security equation' amid fears of a new arms race with Washington.  Vladimir Putin, pictured, says Russia is 'nearing completion' of a new nuclear command post which could control the country's doomsday weapons 'even in the event of a nuclear strike' Putin told a meeting of senior defence officials that 'the...
    ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz questioned whether President Trump is "planning a military operation" amid a flurry of Pentagon resignations. "No one has seen anything like this. There is concern about what this means," Gaddatz told ABC's David Muir on World News Tonight. "Is the president planning a military operation or the use of federal troops which [Defense Secretary Mark] Esper opposed?" The resignations came Tuesday from the Pentagon's top policy official James Anderson, the agency's top intelligence official Joseph Kernan, and Jen Stewart, chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperTop Republicans signal support for CIA director amid talk of her possible ouster Overnight Defense: Pentagon faces leadership shakeup after Trump fires Esper | Trump approves UAE weapons package | Senate panel proposes 6B spending bill CIA director meets with McConnell amid speculation over possible firing MORE before Trump fired him Monday. Raddatz echoed sentiments expressed...
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    Bea Arthur. Lennox McLendon/AP Photo Women have been serving in the military in some capacity, officially or unofficially, since the Revolutionary War. Just as there are famous men who are veterans, there are famous women vets as well. Gal Gadot served in the Israel Defense Forces, as is compulsory in Israel. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. While there are many notable male celebrities who served, less focus seems to be on the women — of both today and throughout history — who have fought for their countries.  "Golden Girl" Bea Arthur was a staff sergeant for the Marines, and Gal Gadot was in the Israel Defense Forces for two years, which actually led to her big break in Hollywood. Keep scrolling to see other famous females who have served — and learn how it helped them succeed in the long run.  Melina Glusac contributed to a previous version of...
    Lindsay Hartmann, pictured with her sons, is married to an active-duty Marine. The family moved to Florida in June and she's still trying to find a full-time job.Source: Lindsay Hartmann In the last eight months, Lindsay Hartmann has endured a bout with Covid-19, a job loss and a cross-country move. Uncertainty has long been a part of her life as the spouse of a military member. Yet this year has been different. "It has been really challenging," said Hartmann, 38, who now resides in Pensacola, Florida, with her active-duty Marine husband and her two children, ages 4 and 2. It all began in mid-March, when she, her husband and her mother were diagnosed with the coronavirus. They recovered after about two weeks and she returned to work as the director of development for a small theatre in San Diego, only to be let go a short time later. Meanwhile, her...
    November 11, 2020 | 8:30am | Updated 1 of 20 Veterans Day celebrates those who served our country, and some of Hollywood’s biggest names are among them. Take a look at the surprising famous faces who served in the military. Ice-T turned to the Army after high school. “When I had my daughter I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to go to jail, I got to do something,’ and I went to an enlistment office. Next thing you know, I’m in the military, four years infantry.” He later deployed to Hawaii before returning to the civilian world to start his rap career. Getty Images 2 of 20 Bob Ross made a complete 180 after his stint as a first sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He told the Orlando Sentinel, “I was the guy who...
    The Air Force has charged a two-star Major General with sexual assault in what could be the first court-martial of a general in its 73-year history. Major General William Cooley is accused of forcibly kissing and touching a civilian woman in August 2018. The father-of-three faces a preliminary hearing on January 27, where a senior military judge could decide to send the case to a court-martial. 'If Maj. Gen. Cooley actually is tried by a court-martial, it will mark the first time in the Air Force's 73-year history that it has prosecuted a general officer,' Don Christensen, a former top prosecutor for the Air Force, told USA Today.  Major General William Cooley (pictured) is accused of forcibly kissing and touching a civilian woman in August 2018. Cooley faces a preliminary hearing on January 27, where a senior military judge could decide to send the case to a court-martial...
    Veterans Day 2020 is here! It’s the time of year when we can all thank military personnel, veterans and their family members for everything they do and sacrifice for us. To help celebrate the brave men and women who keep us safe every day, many retailers are participating in Veterans Day sales — offering great deals on furniture, mattresses, appliances, technology and clothing. To help you spend less time researching and more time shopping, we rounded up the best sales happening Nov. 11 and beyond for you to take advantage of. Retailers featured are Amazon, Old Navy, Home Depot and more. To shop this article by category, simply click on the links below: Furniture and Home Sales 1. Overstock Take up to 70% off thousands of items including holiday home decor, dining sets, beds and more. 2. Nest Bedding Until Nov. 15, enjoy 20% off sitewide (with no minimum...
    Getty Today is Veterans Day 2020, where we honor military veterans and active-duty personnel. In May every year, we also honor veterans on Memorial Day. So what exactly is the difference between the two holidays? Veterans Day honors and celebrates all veterans and active-duty personnel, while Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who have died. For this reason, while it’s appropriate to say Happy Veterans Day, it’s not appropriate to say Happy Memorial Day.Veterans Day Honors All Veterans & Active Duty PersonnelVeterans Day focuses on all active-duty personnel and military veterans. It’s a day of celebrating those who have served to protect us. The holiday started out celebrating the anniversary of the end of World War I. It was originally called Armistice Day, but the name was replaced by Veterans Day in 1954. Today, it honors all veterans who have served in the U.S. military (or who...
    Reddit, Instagram Big Brother contestants David Lane and Cody Nickson both served in the armed forces. For Veterans Day this year, be sure to thank any veterans in your life for their service. As Big Brother fans, here are a few cast members who served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces — the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. We would like to recognize them. David Lane, Big Brother 4 Reddit Lane was a former Army Ranger, but that is all the information we can find on him. He really dropped off the map after Big Brother 4.Parker Somerville, Big Brother 9Big Brother 9 Parker and James go at itBig Brother 9 Parker is livid again over a rumor2008-02-14T23:47:29Z This Big Brother 9 houseguest served in the Air Force from 1999 to 2002 and received a general discharge. Jacob Heald, Big...
    Twitter, Instagram Richard Hatch and Sandra Diaz-Twine are both veterans of the United States Army. There are no shortage of Survivor castaways who served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces — the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. This Veterans Day, we’d like to recognize them and thank them for their service. The list is organized chronologically based on the first season each castaway appeared on. Rudy Boesch, Season 1 Rudolph Ernest “Rudy” Boesch 20 January 1928 – 1 November 2019 – Navy SEAL (44 years)RIP Rudy – Fair winds and Calm seas pic.twitter.com/ehxLF71pHq — Joe Del Campo (@excalintel1) November 6, 2019 This two-time Survivor player enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17 in the 1940s. He was chosen as one of the first Navy SEALs in the 1960s and later completed two deployments in the Vietnam War,...
    BAKU / TIFLIS – Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed on Tuesday under the mediation of Russia, to end the war in Nagorno Karabakh after more than 40 days of fighting that left hundreds of civilian and military deaths, a step that in Yerevan has been received as a “betrayal” of the prime minister, Nikol Pashinián. The Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliev, and the head of the Armenian government, together with the leader of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed a declaration in which they “declare a complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities” in the Nagorno Karabakh area. starting at 01.00 local time, as reported in parallel from their respective capitals by the three leaders. The agreement was sealed after the Azerbaijani Army liberated in the last hours Shushi – or Shusha for the Azeris – the second most important city in the territory, which is internationally recognized...
    DAVIT GHAHRAMANYAN/AFP via Getty Images MOSCOW—Heavy Russian military trucks rolled toward the border with the disputed, ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday, just a few hours after President Vladimir Putin announced a Russian-brokered peace deal to end a six-week war in the Caucasus. Russia planned to deploy more than 1600 soldiers to keep the peace but left in place military gains by Azerbaijan and its ally Turkey. The shifting military situation in the south Caucasus, all while the United States is distracted by the aftermath of the presidential election, made many in both in Moscow and Yerevan wonder why Putin would tolerate Turkey sharing Russian influence in the region, a crossroads for the Middle East and Europe. The Gravedigger Who Fears Digging His Own Son’s Grave in Nagorno-Karabakh The peace that Putin insisted should be “useful for all” sides obliged Russia’s strategic partner, Armenia, to return to Azerbaijan...
    MOSCOW—Heavy Russian military trucks rolled toward the border with the disputed, ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday, just a few hours after President Vladimir Putin announced a Russian-brokered peace deal to end a six-week war in the Caucasus. Russia planned to deploy more than 1600 soldiers to keep the peace but left in place military gains by Azerbaijan and its ally Turkey. The shifting military situation in the south Caucasus, all while the United States is distracted by the aftermath of the presidential election, made many in both in Moscow and Yerevan wonder why Putin would tolerate Turkey sharing Russian influence in the region, a crossroads for the Middle East and Europe. The peace that Putin insisted should be “useful for all” sides obliged Russia’s strategic partner, Armenia, to return to Azerbaijan much of the territories of a so-called “security belt” around Nagorno-Karabakh captured in the early 1990s....
    BAKU / TIFLIS – Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed on Tuesday under the mediation of Russia, to end the war in Nagorno Karabakh after more than 40 days of fighting that left hundreds of civilian and military deaths, a step that in Yerevan has been received as a “betrayal” of the prime minister, Nikol Pashinián. The Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliev, and the head of the Armenian government, together with the leader of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed a declaration in which they “declare a complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities” in the Nagorno Karabakh area. starting at 01.00 local time, as reported in parallel from their respective capitals by the three leaders. The agreement was sealed after the Azerbaijani Army liberated in the last hours Shushi – or Shusha for the Azeris – the second most important city in the territory, which is internationally recognized...
    BAKU / TIFLIS – Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed on Tuesday under the mediation of Russia, to end the war in Nagorno Karabakh after more than 40 days of fighting that left hundreds of civilian and military deaths, a step that in Yerevan has been received as a “betrayal” of the prime minister, Nikol Pashinián. The Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliev, and the head of the Armenian government, together with the leader of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed a declaration in which they “declare a complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities” in the Nagorno Karabakh area. starting at 01.00 local time, as reported in parallel from their respective capitals by the three leaders. The agreement was sealed after the Azerbaijani Army liberated in the last hours Shushi – or Shusha for the Azeris – the second most important city in the territory, which is internationally recognized...
    “Mark Esper is sacked. I thank him for his work,” tweeted the US president, two days after the media announced his loss to Joe Biden in the US presidential election. A former classmate at West Point military academy of influential foreign minister Mike Pompeo, 56-year-old Mark Esper was not the first choice of the US president after Jim Mattis’ shattering resignation in late 2018. It is to a former Boeing, Patrick Shanahan, that the president turns to lead the world’s first army. But a family scandal made him give up the post and President Trump then chose the Secretary of the Army to succeed him in July 2019. But this manager is struggling to resist the hot Donald Trump, to the point that elected Congressmen will end up giving him the nickname “Yesper” (Oui-sper). When the US president undermines the authority of military justice in...
    By W. Thomas Smith Jr. As the 245th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps comes upon us, I was thinking about why annual November 10 birthday celebrations and simply being a Marine are so important to those of us who have worn the eagle, globe, and anchor. Some might say it has much to do with what it takes to become a Marine. Perhaps. But I would argue it has less to do with boot camp or officer candidate school rites of passage – which really have more to do with determining a recruit or candidate’s suitability to be a Marine – and everything to do with post-boot experiences, shared hardships, and an unusual stretch of time in our lives, whether four years or 40, that largely define who we are and will forever be. That’s also why the cultural degradation of the Corps since 2008 is so disheartening to Marines, especially for those of us...
    When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Lindsay Martin/Unsplash With its military-inspired styling, the field jacket is a solid statement piece that's perfect for autumn through spring. Our favorite men's field jackets come from both outdoor and fashion brands like Madwell, Fjallraven, Orvis, and Filson. Wear these everywhere from an actual field to the city streets and be confident that you look as cool as you feel.  Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals. While many of us won't be out in the field using these jackets in the way they were originally intended, you can still enjoy the utility and old-school military flair of one menswear's most versatile pieces of outerwear. The field jacket was originally created at the start of World War II as an alternative to the wool, four-pocket...
    President Trump appointed longtime national security official Christopher C. Miller as acting defense secretary on Monday following his surprise firing via tweet of Mark Esper. Miller, 55, takes over Esper’s role after serving as director of the National Counterterrorism Center since last August. Prior to that position, Miller was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism. “I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately,” Trump wrote on Twitter. VideoTrump added, “Chris will do a great job” and noted that Esper “has been terminated.” The president did not provide an explanation for Esper’s termination, though rumors that his exit was imminent have circulated in recent weeks. Miller served in the military from 1983 to 2014 and participated in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2001...
    YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar’s ruling party led by Aung San Suu Kyi claimed victory on Monday after a general election seen as a referendum on the first democratic government to lead the country since the end of decades of military rule. The spokesman for her National League for Democracy Party (NLD) said its unofficial count showed it had won the 322 seats needed to form a new government, though results from the election commission had not been released. While the reputation of the Nobel laureate has collapsed internationally over disputed allegations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, she remains beloved at home and massive crowds queued from dawn on Sunday to vote despite fears the coronavirus would dampen the turnout. Many spoke of the importance of retaining the NLD’s grip on power to counterbalance the influence of the military in politics after half a century of direct rule ended...
    Indiana wasn’t allowed to wear special uniforms honoring the military during their Saturday win over Michigan. The Hoosiers had been planning on wearing special uniforms to honor the men of the USS Indiana, which was a famous battleship in WWII. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) We are proud to represent the USS Indiana this weekend!! #LEO @adidasFballUS pic.twitter.com/5lIzTVXdKG — Coach Tom Allen (@CoachAllenIU) November 5, 2020 Indiana will wear these “Salute to Service” uniforms for Saturday’s game with Michigan pic.twitter.com/q0VhfaAWkw — Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 5, 2020 However, the B1G stopped Indiana from honoring the brave men who fought in WWII. According to Sports Illustrated, the Hoosiers released a statement letting fans know the uniforms weren’t allowed after talking with the B1G because of “a lack of contrast with the Michigan uniforms.” What an embarrassing and sad decision by the...
    Entertainment : Ferran torres he is living one of the best moments in his career. Just landed in Manchester City, the player is a fundamental piece in the citizen team where he already has several goals in the Champions League. Discover the military training of Ferran that has impressed Guardiola and has made him a fixture of Luis Enrique. The name of Ferran torres He appeared again in the last call given by Luis Enrique last Friday for the next matches in Spain. The former Valencia player has become a regular in the coach’s plans since his first call-up and debut as a starter in the senior team against Germany. A dream come true for the 20-year-old Valencian, behind whose success there is a lot of work. The winger became a new Manchester City player last summer. Aware of the opportunity to take a...
    (CNN)If you've been glued to coverage of the US presidential election this week, you might have missed what else is going on in the world. So while you wait for those final ballots to be tallied in the remaining states, here's a few other stories to get you up to speed. Israeli forces razed homes in a Palestinian community The remains of a Palestinian village in Khirbet Humsa in the West Bank on November 4. The Israeli military demolished a large portion of a Palestinian community in the West Bank, leaving 73 people, including 41 children, homeless.The United Nations described Tuesday's demolition in the community of Khirbet Humsa as "the largest forced displacement incident in over four years."Read MoreIsrael's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which administers the occupied West Bank, said seven tents and eight pens were destroyed because they were built illegally in a firing zone in the Jordan...
    Nevada Republicans are upset that service members stationed abroad participated in the 2020 election. A legal complaint filed by the Nevada Republican Party alleges that members of the military committed voter fraud by voting legally. The criminal referral, sent by the party to the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday, baselessly alleges "at least 3,062 instances of voter fraud" in Tuesday's elections in the state. "Thousands of individuals have been identified who appear to have violated the law by casting ballots after they moved from NV," the party claimed. But according to the Washington Post, Nevada law allows many people temporarily residing out of state to continue to participate in elections. This includes Nevadans serving in the military and their spouses as well as those attending colleges outside of Nevada.
    The Trump campaign blew the wind out of its boat on election night, with Joe Biden advancing in Arizona, while Fox News called on the government in advance to support the Democratic challenge. But some on Trump’s team have repeatedly warned the president that he’s there in the thin ice after vicious attacks on the late senator and Vietnamese war veteran John McCain, one of Arizona’s most respected sons. For years, Mr Trump has been attacking Senator McCain and continuing to throw insults after his death in 2018.read moreMr Trump, who has skipped the military draft five times, was outraged after the senator’s military record was tarnished. “He is not a warrior. He is a warrior because he was captured. I want people who are not captured, ”the president said. A naval pilot, sen. McCain was shot dead in 1967 in North Vietnam. He was captured, beaten, and imprisoned for...
    RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA) — Louis Ramos does not always fly a flag showcasing his support of President Donald Trump in the back of his truck, because he is worried that it will be vandalized. A Rancho Cucamonga voter flies a flag in support of President Donald Trump from the back of his truck. (CBSLA) “I know that someone’s gonna try to destroy my truck,” he said. “I’ve been called so many things just because I support our president.” But on Thursday night, Ramos was proudly standing by the president in what has turned into a legal fight for reelection as Trump continues to claim, without evidence, that Democrats are casting illegal votes to steal the election. “I think there is, there’s some illegal stuff going on,” Leo Vignadiceo, a voter, said. “The whole Sharpie-gate thing.” A self-described military brat, Vignadiceo said he hopes Trump still has a shot at winning...
    Of all the differences Defense Secretary Mark Esper has with his commander in chief, one of the most profound is over the value of allies. Like his immediate predecessor Jim Mattis, Esper (who, according to one report, is preparing his resignation) sees allies as a vital force multiplier giving the United States military “an asymmetric advantage our adversaries cannot match.” “They have nearly none, and we have many,” Esper said at a RAND forum in September, referring to China and Russia. “When China has to think about a potential conflict with the United States, it just can't think about the United States. It has to think about the United States and Japan and Australia and Korea, Singapore, and whoever else.” Or, as Mattis put it more colorfully, “When you’re going to a gunfight, bring all your friends with guns.” President Trump, on the other hand, sees allies as consumers of...
    After a long career is forgotten, there is one thing for which Sec. of Defense Mark Esper will be long remembered: how he eagerly advocated meeting peaceful protests against police violence with a huge increase in violence. On a phone call with Trump, it was Esper who instructed governors and state officials: “I think the sooner that you mass and dominate the battlespace, the quicker this dissipates and we can get back to the right normal." Here, “back to normal” is apparently the official term for when Black people are beaten down and authoritarian forces can go about their business. No. Strike that. There are two things for which Esper will be remembered, because it was also Esper who, when a U.S. Naval commander had the gall to warn that the members of his crew were getting sick from an outbreak of COVID-19, defended the choice to remove that commander rather than reward his honesty and concern. After the...
    VIDEO4:3204:32China and the election: CFR on how the outcome could shape foreign policyTrading Nation China remains the biggest foreign policy risk facing the U.S., according to Liz Economy, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations. Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden acknowledge the risk that China poses to the U.S. – from an economic and national security standpoint. However, the two candidates have competing views on how to confront Beijing. "I think if Trump earns another four years, he is going to double down on China, and it's going to mean more resources — military, economic and political — dedicated towards pushing back against China at multiple levels. It will be economic, it'll be military, and it'll be political," Economy, author of "The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State," said Tuesday on CNBC's "Trading Nation." As...