Military – NYPD Holy Name http://nypdholyname.com/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 21:38:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://nypdholyname.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-47-120x120.png Military – NYPD Holy Name http://nypdholyname.com/ 32 32 Lagos #EndSARS sign illegal, cannot probe police and military, says Keyamo https://nypdholyname.com/lagos-endsars-sign-illegal-cannot-probe-police-and-military-says-keyamo/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:16:30 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/lagos-endsars-sign-illegal-cannot-probe-police-and-military-says-keyamo/ Goddy Egene and Raheem Akingbolu State Minister for Labor and Employment Festus Keyamo (SAN) said yesterday that the #EndSARS panel set up by the Lagos State government was illegal. Keyamo, who appeared on Sunday Politics, a current affairs program on Channels Television monitored by THISDAY in Lagos, said it was outside the panel’s jurisdiction to […]]]>

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State Minister for Labor and Employment Festus Keyamo (SAN) said yesterday that the #EndSARS panel set up by the Lagos State government was illegal.

Keyamo, who appeared on Sunday Politics, a current affairs program on Channels Television monitored by THISDAY in Lagos, said it was outside the panel’s jurisdiction to investigate the activities of federal government institutions and officials such as the Nigerian military and the Nigerian police. .

Although the minister said he was speaking in his personal capacity as a lawyer and not as a minister of the federal government, he supported the position previously expressed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The panel said in its report that at least nine people were killed the night soldiers and police stormed the Lekki tollgate to disperse #EndSARS protesters, describing the incident as a “massacre in its context “.

But Mohammed had dismissed the panel’s report, saying it was fake news. And Keyamo said he supported his Mohammed’s submission.

When asked why President Muhammadu Buhari called for the establishment of panels across states to investigate cases of human rights violations, Keyamo said he would not answer that question as as minister in office.

“I will answer this question as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria – a member of the Inner Bar, so I am entitled to my opinion. This is not the position of the federal government. For me, this sign was an illegal sign. It was totally illegal. Any lawyer listening to me should go back and read the Lagos State Courts of Inquiry Act. He says the governor will have the power to investigate the conduct of any person – point out any person – and leadership matters and any other matter that will promote the good of the public.

“However, ‘any person’ has been defined there in Article 21 to mean public officials of the State. It is defined to mean someone within the public service of Lagos State or local government. depending on the case.

“Then the phrase was used at the end of section 1 which says ‘any matter’… they can investigate any matter. People now think that to investigate any matter it means you may just be on the run.

“However, if you look at article 21 again, it says it is to be within the legislative competence of Lagos State. In other words, it is only people over whom Lagos State has control that they can investigate their conduct. If you don’t have control over me, you can’t investigate my conduct.

“Police, Armed Forces, Military; they are not sub or officers of the State of Lagos, they are officers of the federal government. Under the Constitution, only the federal government can control the conduct of police and military personnel. Lagos State cannot be in control; nor can they legislate in police and military matters; they are on the exclusive legislative list.

Speaking on oil subsidies, the minister said that removing subsidies has become an economic necessity that should not be politicized to enable the government to provide the necessary infrastructure to Nigerian citizens.

According to him, between 2006 and 2018, the successive administration spent 10,000 billion naira, adding that between 2019 and 2020, the country spent an additional 3 trillion naira on grants.

He said, “As I speak now, we are making around 200 billion naira to 250 billion naira per month on grants. Put that next to what we have to spend on infrastructure; roads, hospitals and electricity, you will find that our wasteful spending on subsidies robs Nigerians of what should go to infrastructure.

He expressed his displeasure at the way politicians often use the subsidy cut controversy to blackmail successive governments and make governance nearly impossible.


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Why is Pakistani military land used to build wedding halls, cinemas? Supreme Court asks Defense Secretary https://nypdholyname.com/why-is-pakistani-military-land-used-to-build-wedding-halls-cinemas-supreme-court-asks-defense-secretary/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:42:00 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/why-is-pakistani-military-land-used-to-build-wedding-halls-cinemas-supreme-court-asks-defense-secretary/ Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday grilled the Defense Secretary after the mighty army was found using “strategic and defense” land for business activities such as renting weddings and cinemas. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and including Judge Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed and Judge Ijazul Ahsan, considered the issue of […]]]>
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday grilled the Defense Secretary after the mighty army was found using “strategic and defense” land for business activities such as renting weddings and cinemas.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and including Judge Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed and Judge Ijazul Ahsan, considered the issue of military land used for commercial purposes at the Registry of the Supreme Court of Karachi.

The Dawn newspaper reported that the CJP questioned Defense Secretary Retired Lieutenant-General Mohammad Hilal Hussain about the commercial use of military land, asking whether structures such as “cinemas and theaters marriage “had been built for defense purposes.

“This land was given to you for strategic and defense purposes [purposes and yet] you started commercial activities there, “he said.” Were wedding halls, cinemas and housing companies built for defense purposes? “asked the chief justice. .

He pointed out that all of the Askari housing projects, commonly referred to as the Army Housing Scheme Defense, had been built on cantonment land.

“We have decided that this will not happen again,” the defense secretary said, adding that the construction of housing companies and the commercial use of military land would be monitored and stopped.

At this, Justice Amin asked Hussain how this would be made possible and where the process would begin.

The judge asked him to provide a written explanation.

The chief justice said colonels and majors act like kings. “What the colonels and majors desire is to happen,” he said.

“Go tell all the chefs [of the armed forces] that defense land will not be used for commercial purposes. Go to all the military cantonments and tell them that the land will only be used for strategic purposes, ”CJP Ahmed ordered the Secretary of Defense.

He also said that commercial activities were ongoing at Masroor base and Faisal base in Karachi and that buildings were erected when orders were given to remove the signs.

The bench asked Hussain if he had a written report on the case, which the secretary asked for more time to submit.

The court adjourned the hearing to November 30, stating that it would take place in Islamabad and also ordered that a written report be submitted.

When hearing the case on Wednesday, the chief justice said the conversion of cantonment land to private land appeared to be in direct violation of the Cantonment Act of 1924, the Land Cantonment Rules of 1937 and of various constitutional provisions and the matter had to be heard and decided by the court.

The judiciary had expressed resentment towards the director of cantonment and military grounds of the Karachi region, Adil Rafi Siddiqui, about such activities falling within the competence of the cantonment councils and had also asked him for a report on the construction of a wall on the premises of a Defense Housing Authority park. Phase-I, according to the Dawn newspaper.


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Unlike Washington, Russia has not enshrined the goal of achieving military supremacy in outer space https://nypdholyname.com/unlike-washington-russia-has-not-enshrined-the-goal-of-achieving-military-supremacy-in-outer-space/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 07:15:00 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/unlike-washington-russia-has-not-enshrined-the-goal-of-achieving-military-supremacy-in-outer-space/ Maria zakharova November 24, 2021, 1:15 pm Last modification: November 24, 2021, 01:23 PM Maria Zakharova. Illustration: SCT “> Maria Zakharova. Illustration: SCT In light of the many media inquiries we have received, it is necessary to provide some clarification regarding the successful Defense Ministry test on November 15 of this year. The test resulted […]]]>

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In light of the many media inquiries we have received, it is necessary to provide some clarification regarding the successful Defense Ministry test on November 15 of this year. The test resulted in the destruction of the inactive Russian satellite Tselina-D which had been in orbit since 1982.

The test was conducted in strict accordance with international law, including the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, and was not directed against anyone. Considering the timing of the test and the orbital parameters, the debris it produced created no threat and posed no obstacle or difficulty to the operation of orbital stations and spacecraft, or to other space activities. This debris was recorded in the main register of the home space control system. Surveillance began instantly and will continue until the debris no longer exists.

These actions were part of the Defense Ministry’s defense capability plan to prevent sudden damage to national security in space and on Earth by current and future space technology from other states.

The inactive Russian satellite Tselina-D was destroyed. Photo: Russian Space Web

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The inactive Russian satellite Tselina-D was destroyed.  Photo: Russian Space Web

The inactive Russian satellite Tselina-D was destroyed. Photo: Russian Space Web

In this context, it should be noted that since the 1950s, the United States has consistently followed a trajectory towards the use of space for combat operations and the deployment of offensive weapons systems in order to achieve military supremacy or even total domination of space. These objectives are set out in the updated Defense Space Strategy and US Space Force doctrine.

To achieve these goals, Washington and its allies are conducting large-scale programs to develop weapon systems designed to respond to the threat or use of force in space, from space, or involving space. , including preventive actions. I’m primarily referring to the creation of a space-based missile defense group (including interceptors) and ways to illegally impact elements of orbital space infrastructure.

Washington’s activities include in-orbit testing of its latest different-type attack systems without any prior notification. This also applies to the destruction of its own space equipment. For example, on February 20, 2008, an SM-3 anti-missile destroyed a USA-193 satellite. In the 1980s, the Pentagon also tested its anti-satellite systems on the F-15A aircraft platform.

The US X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a reusable robotic spacecraft, also has the potential to arm space. It can stay in orbit for a long time, maneuver and carry a payload. We have asked our American colleagues to explain what are the specific objectives and tasks of the current X-37B mission, but our questions remain unanswered.

Unlike Washington, Russia has not enshrined the goal of achieving military supremacy in space in its doctrines. On the contrary, from the very beginning of space exploration, we have adhered to a coherent policy of preventing an arms race in space and preserving it for peaceful purposes. In this regard, we believe that it is necessary to begin, as soon as possible, to coordinate an instrument on the prevention of an arms race in outer space which is binding under international law. There is a basis for such work – the draft Russian-Chinese treaty on the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space and the threat or use of force against space objects (PPWT) .

The agreement we are proposing could include a ban on placing any kind of weapons in space, as well as on the threat or use of force in space, from space or involving space. We also call on States to assume the following obligations:

  • not to use space objects as weapons of destruction against targets on Earth, in the atmosphere or in outer space;

  • not destroy, damage or disrupt the normal operation, or alter the flight path, of space objects of other States;

  • not to create, test or deploy space weapons of any kind for the performance of any task, including missile defense, or as anti-satellite weapons, for use against targets on Earth or in the atmosphere , and eliminate systems that are already in the possession of States;

  • not to test or use manned spacecraft for military purposes, including anti-satellite activity;

  • not to assist or encourage other States, groups of States and international, intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations, including non-governmental legal entities established, registered or located in the territory under their jurisdiction and / or control, to participate to the above activities.

As an intermediate step, we consider the international initiative / political commitment of Russia not to be the first to place weapons in space, which, at present, is the only effective tool to maintain the free space of weapons. Thirty states participate fully.

We reaffirm our willingness to discuss all space security issues with all stakeholders, including the United States. We are convinced that the talks on an international agreement banning the deployment of any kind of weapons in outer space and the threat or use of force against space objects offer the right way to ease tensions and allay the concerns of people. States within the framework of ensuring the security of space activities.


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“Greek military exercises, provocative remarks pushed by other powers” https://nypdholyname.com/greek-military-exercises-provocative-remarks-pushed-by-other-powers/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 07:16:38 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/greek-military-exercises-provocative-remarks-pushed-by-other-powers/ Greece’s military exercises as well as its provocative statements are not made only by themselves, but are stimulated by certain powers, said on Monday Justice and Development Party (AK Party) vice-chairman Numan Kurtulmuş . “The main problem here is the unease felt by Turkey’s strong presence in the Mediterranean,” Kurtulmuş said during a media workshop. […]]]>

Greece’s military exercises as well as its provocative statements are not made only by themselves, but are stimulated by certain powers, said on Monday Justice and Development Party (AK Party) vice-chairman Numan Kurtulmuş .

“The main problem here is the unease felt by Turkey’s strong presence in the Mediterranean,” Kurtulmuş said during a media workshop.

More recently, Greece and the United States staged a joint military exercise in the Aegean Sea amid mounting tensions with Turkey.

The exercise comes a week after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that “Greece, as a whole, has become an American military base”.

The Turkish leader was referring to the numerous military installations of the United States in Alexandroupoli in Greece (Dedeağaç).

The two neighbors, NATO allies, disagree on a number of issues such as competing claims to jurisdiction in the Eastern Mediterranean, airspace, energy, the ethnically divided island of Cyprus and status. of the Aegean Islands.

Stressing that Turkey will not give up its rights in the region and will continue its presence, Kurtulmuş said: “Since some people are uncomfortable with Turkey’s existence, they express their dissatisfaction with of Turkey’s defense of its sovereign rights in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean, through the support they give to Greece, as they have always done for Greece.

Turkey, which has the longest continental coastline in the eastern Mediterranean, has rejected maritime border claims by Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, stressing that these excessive claims violate the sovereign rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.

However, Ankara has repeatedly stressed its support for resolving all outstanding issues in the region, including maritime disputes, through international law, good neighborly relations, dialogue and negotiations. .

Kurtulmuş said Turkey’s deal with Libya underlines that Ankara will not give up its rights to oil resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

On November 27, 2019, the internationally recognized Libyan government signed a cooperation agreement on security and maritime border demarcation with Turkey.

The agreement also confirmed that Turkey and Libya are maritime neighbors. The delimitation starts from the southwest coast of Turkey of Fethiye, Marmaris and Kaş, and extends to the Libyan coast of Derna-Tobruk-Bardia.

On the other hand, another cause of tensions is the migration crisis in the region.

Turkey has repeatedly condemned Greece’s illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers, saying it violates humanitarian values ​​and international law by endangering the lives of vulnerable migrants, including women and children .

13 irregular migrants repulsed by Greece were rescued Monday by the Turkish coastguard off the districts of Dikili (west of Izmir) and Kuşadası (Aydın province).

The rescued migrants were taken to the provincial migration directorate.

Turkey’s five Aegean provinces – Çanakkale, Balıkesir, Izmir, Muğla and Aydın – are favorite places for refugees leaving Turkey for the European Union, with the Greek islands within sight of the Turkish coast.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have made short but perilous journeys across the Aegean Sea in an attempt to reach Northern and Western Europe in search of a better life.

Hundreds of people have died at sea as a number of boats carrying refugees sank or capsized. The Turkish Coast Guard command saved thousands more.

Turkey and Greece have been key transit points for migrants wishing to enter Europe, fleeing war and persecution to start a new life. Turkey has accused Greece of large-scale refoulements, summary expulsions and denying migrants access to asylum procedures, in violation of international law. He also accuses the European Union of turning a blind eye to this flagrant violation of human rights.

Refoulements are considered contrary to international refugee protection agreements, which stipulate that people must not be expelled or returned to a country where their life and safety could be in danger because of their race, religion, nationality or affiliation. to a social or political group.

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Expanding the US military presence in the bases of Phl https://nypdholyname.com/expanding-the-us-military-presence-in-the-bases-of-phl/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 10:52:04 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/expanding-the-us-military-presence-in-the-bases-of-phl/ Yesterday, China’s continued intrusions into Philippine maritime jurisdiction in the Western Philippine Sea made headlines following a new incident that sparked strong protests and mixed responses. The title of this article read: “Chinese Ships Use Water Cannons Against Phl Supply Boats”. On Tuesday, two large Chinese Coast Guard vessels stranded two small Philippine civilian vessels […]]]>

Yesterday, China’s continued intrusions into Philippine maritime jurisdiction in the Western Philippine Sea made headlines following a new incident that sparked strong protests and mixed responses. The title of this article read: “Chinese Ships Use Water Cannons Against Phl Supply Boats”.

On Tuesday, two large Chinese Coast Guard vessels stranded two small Philippine civilian vessels en route to transport food supplies to military personnel stationed on a grounded warship (the BRP Sierra Madre) serving as Ayungin’s outpost (Second Thomas ) Shoal. A third Chinese ship detonated the two Filipino ships with a water cannon, forcing them to turn back.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has lodged strong diplomatic protests with the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Manila. The actions of the Chinese ships were illegal, he said: China “has no law enforcement rights in and around these areas …[and] must pay attention and step back. The supply of troops to Ayungin Shoal will continue, he said, adding: “We don’t need to ask permission to do what we need to do in our territory.”

But the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman defended the actions of their ships as “in accordance with the law,” saying the Philippine ships had entered Chinese waters. Locsin said he reminded China that “a public ship is covered by the Philippines-US mutual defense treaty.” He was referring to former US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s public pledge in March 2019 that any armed attack on the Philippine armed forces, public ships or planes in the South China Sea “would trigger the article IV of the MDT ”. This commitment has since been reiterated by senior US diplomatic and military officials.

While a number of senators – including Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan and Richard Gordon – supported Locsin’s diplomatic protest, they deemed it insufficient and called for stronger action.

Filing diplomatic protests against China may “not be enough anymore,” said Deputy House Minority Leader Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate. He also said President Duterte must demand justice through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and insist that China abide by the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling overturning China’s claim to the law of the sea. almost all of the South China Sea, including the WPS.

At least three presidential candidates in the May 9, 2022 elections weighed in on the issue, with various actions suggested.

• Senator Panfilo Lacson and his vice-presidential running mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, called for a stronger response from the government. Lacson cited the need to forge alliances with “militarily strong” nations, noting that given its current military capability, the country will not win over China. Sotto urged invoking the relevant provisions of the 1951 RP-United States Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).

• If he becomes president, the mayor of Manila Isko Moreno has said he will seek to strengthen defense agreements like the MDT and the visiting forces agreement of 1999. na Pilipinong of uniformed personnel ”, a- he declared.

• For her part, Vice President Leni Robredo called for a stronger position in asserting Philippine sovereignty to protect Filipino interests. “Our victory in the arbitration award is what we count on to be able to continue to protect what is ours,” she added.

Robredo revealed that she and her running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan met for three hours last Wednesday with former AFP generals, including two former chiefs of staff, to discuss key aspects of national security . “We are committed to continuing our consultation with them,” she underlined.

“The expert views of these respected generals and military strategists are greatly appreciated,” she said, “as we recognize that with both current and evolving threats we need an institutional approach, comprehensive and deliberate national security. “

Secretary Locsin’s invocation of the MDT, specific references to it by two presidential candidates – and a recent bilateral decision to expand the US military presence, US military installations and storage of war material to the inside Philippine military bases as part of the implementation of the treaty – should make the Mutual Defense Treaty a priority issue in the upcoming election campaign.

Without much ado, Filipino and US diplomatic and defense officials met in Washington DC last week (November 15-16), in what was billed as the 9th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, a biannual meeting that kicked off in 2011.

The two panels discussed cooperation in defense, economy, rule of law and regional diplomacy. They signed a joint vision statement for the 21st century U.S.-Philippines partnership that includes, among other things:

• In addition to resuming more than 300 military activities under the VFA in 2022, the Philippines allows the United States to construct facilities and pre-position defenses within Philippine military bases as part of the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

While the United States already has “facilities” at four military bases, both panels say, “We intend to continue to implement infrastructure projects at the current EDCA and d ‘explore additional sites for further development. The four existing facilities are located inside Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, Mactan-Benito Air Base in Cebu, Lumbia Air Base in Cagayan de Oro and Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija .

• Negotiate an agreement governing the modalities of intelligence sharing and the proper joint use of equipment during military operations or combined training exercises.

• Promote the interoperability of the US and Philippine armed forces, including the establishment of a coordination center, the development of a joint command and control of operations and the finalization of the maritime “framework” to enable more efficient execution. joint operations.

Looking at all of this, one can surmise the likely increase in national security risk if a militarily powerful country viewed as an enemy by the United States chooses to launch a pre-emptive attack on American facilities inside Philippine bases (a prospect that President Duterte has said he dreads). And since American soldiers are present practically all year round, the old social ills brought about by their previous presence, such as the prostitution of women near bases, are likely to worsen.

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Email: satur.ocampo@gmail.com

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Extend the US military presence in the bases of Phl https://nypdholyname.com/extend-the-us-military-presence-in-the-bases-of-phl/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/extend-the-us-military-presence-in-the-bases-of-phl/ Yesterday, China’s continued intrusions into Philippine maritime jurisdiction in the Western Philippine Sea made headlines following a new incident that sparked strong protests and mixed responses. The title of this article read: “Chinese Ships Use Water Cannons Against Phl Supply Boats”. On Tuesday, two large Chinese Coast Guard ships stranded two small Philippine civilian ships […]]]>

Yesterday, China’s continued intrusions into Philippine maritime jurisdiction in the Western Philippine Sea made headlines following a new incident that sparked strong protests and mixed responses. The title of this article read: “Chinese Ships Use Water Cannons Against Phl Supply Boats”.

On Tuesday, two large Chinese Coast Guard ships stranded two small Philippine civilian ships en route to carry supplies to military personnel stationed on a grounded warship (the BRP Sierra Madre) serving as Ayungin’s outpost (Second Thomas ) Shoal. A third Chinese ship detonated the two Filipino ships with a water cannon, forcing them to turn back.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has lodged strong diplomatic protests with the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Manila. The actions of the Chinese ships were illegal, he said: China “has no law enforcement rights in and around these areas …[and] must pay attention and step back. The supply of troops to Ayungin Shoal will continue, he said, adding: “We don’t need to ask permission to do what we need to do in our territory.”

But the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman defended the actions of their ships as “in accordance with the law,” saying the Philippine ships had entered Chinese waters. Locsin said he reminded China that “a public ship is covered by the Philippines-US mutual defense treaty.” He was referring to former US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s public pledge in March 2019 that any armed attack on the Philippine armed forces, public ships or planes in the South China Sea “would trigger the article IV of the MDT ”. This commitment has since been reiterated by senior US diplomatic and military officials.

While a number of senators – including Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan and Richard Gordon – supported Locsin’s diplomatic protest, they deemed it insufficient and called for stronger action.

Filing diplomatic protests against China may “not be enough anymore,” said Deputy House Minority Leader Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate. He also said President Duterte must demand justice through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and insist that China abide by the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling overturning China’s claim to the law of the sea. almost all of the South China Sea, including the WPS.

At least three presidential candidates in the May 9, 2022 elections weighed in on the issue, with various actions suggested.

• Senator Panfilo Lacson and his vice-presidential running mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, called for a stronger response from the government. Lacson cited the need to forge alliances with “militarily strong” nations, noting that given its current military capability, the country will not win over China. Sotto urged invoking the relevant provisions of the 1951 RP-United States Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).

• If he becomes president, the mayor of Manila Isko Moreno has said he will seek to strengthen defense agreements like the MDT and the visiting forces agreement of 1999. na Pilipinong of uniformed personnel ”, a- he declared.

• For her part, Vice President Leni Robredo called for a stronger position in asserting Philippine sovereignty to protect Filipino interests. “Our victory in the arbitration award is what we count on to be able to continue to protect what is ours,” she added.

Robredo revealed that she and her running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan met for three hours last Wednesday with former AFP generals, including two former chiefs of staff, to discuss key aspects of national security . “We are committed to continuing our consultation with them,” she underlined.

“The expert views of these respected generals and military strategists are greatly appreciated,” she said, “as we recognize that with both current and evolving threats we need an institutional approach, comprehensive and deliberate national security. “

Secretary Locsin’s invocation of the MDT, specific references to it by two presidential candidates – and a recent bilateral decision to expand the US military presence, US military installations and storage of war material to the inside Philippine military bases as part of the implementation of the treaty – should make the Mutual Defense Treaty a major issue in the next election campaign.

Without much ado, Filipino and US diplomatic and defense officials met in Washington DC last week (November 15-16), in what has been billed as the 9th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, a biannual meeting that kicked off in 2011.

The two panels discussed cooperation in defense, economy, rule of law and regional diplomacy. They signed a joint vision statement for the 21st century U.S.-Philippines partnership that includes, among other things:

• In addition to resuming more than 300 military activities under the VFA in 2022, the Philippines allows the United States to construct facilities and pre-position defenses within Philippine military bases as part of the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

While the United States already has “facilities” at four military bases, both panels say, “We intend to continue to implement infrastructure projects at the current EDCA and DC sites. ‘explore additional sites for further development. The four existing facilities are located inside Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, Mactan-Benito Air Base in Cebu, Lumbia Air Base in Cagayan de Oro and Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija .

• Negotiate an agreement governing the modalities of intelligence sharing and the good joint use of equipment during combined military operations or training exercises.

• Promote the interoperability of the US and Philippine armed forces, including the establishment of a coordination center, the development of a joint command and control of operations and the finalization of the maritime “framework” to enable more efficient execution. joint operations.

Looking at all of this, one can surmise the likely increase in national security risk if a militarily powerful country viewed as an enemy by the United States chooses to launch a pre-emptive attack on American facilities inside Philippine bases (a prospect that President Duterte has said he dreads). And since American soldiers are present practically all year round, the old social ills brought about by their previous presence, such as the prostitution of women near bases, are likely to worsen.

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United States and Greece hold joint military exercises in Aegean Sea https://nypdholyname.com/united-states-and-greece-hold-joint-military-exercises-in-aegean-sea/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 09:05:00 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/united-states-and-greece-hold-joint-military-exercises-in-aegean-sea/ Greece and the United States held a joint military exercise in the Aegean Sea on Tuesday amid mounting tensions with Turkey. In the statement released by the Greek General Staff, it was stated that the two countries had organized a joint training exercise in the Aegean Sea, and the Greek Chief of Staff Konstandinos Floros […]]]>

Greece and the United States held a joint military exercise in the Aegean Sea on Tuesday amid mounting tensions with Turkey.

In the statement released by the Greek General Staff, it was stated that the two countries had organized a joint training exercise in the Aegean Sea, and the Greek Chief of Staff Konstandinos Floros and the US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt visited the United States warship USS Mount Whitney. 6th Fleet, which participated in the exercise.

In the statement, it was noted that communication and maneuver exercises were carried out as part of the PASSEX-type exercise, which also involved ships of the Greek naval forces and warplanes of the Army of look Greek.

The exercise comes a week after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that “Greece, as a whole, has become an American military base”.

The Turkish leader was referring to the numerous military installations of the United States in Alexandroupoli in Greece (Dedeağaç).

The two neighbors, NATO allies, disagree on a number of issues such as competing claims to jurisdiction in the eastern Mediterranean, airspace, energy, the ethnically divided island of Cyprus and status of the Aegean Islands.

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President Biden Extends National Emergency Banning Investments in PRC-Linked Military Firms – Corporate / Commercial Law https://nypdholyname.com/president-biden-extends-national-emergency-banning-investments-in-prc-linked-military-firms-corporate-commercial-law/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 07:58:45 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/president-biden-extends-national-emergency-banning-investments-in-prc-linked-military-firms-corporate-commercial-law/ United States: President Biden extends investments banning national emergency in PRC-linked military enterprises November 16, 2021 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP To print this article, simply register or connect to Mondaq.com. President Joseph R. Biden extended the state of national emergency declared in Executive Order 13959 and extended in Executive Order 14032 for one year, […]]]>

United States: President Biden extends investments banning national emergency in PRC-linked military enterprises

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President Joseph R. Biden extended the state of national emergency declared in Executive Order 13959 and extended in Executive Order 14032 for one year, involving investments related to the People’s Republic of China military. Both orders prohibit US nationals, including financial institutions, from trading in the securities of Chinese companies identified as supporting the PRC’s military, intelligence and security services.

The EO 13959 was signed by former President Donald J. Trump and came into effect on January 11, 2021. As previously stated, the EO prohibited not only “any transaction in publicly traded securities”, but also “Any securities derived from, or are designed to provide investment exposure to, such securities. “

On June 3, 2021, President Biden signed EO 14032, replacing and expanding the scope of the prohibitions in EO 13959 and prohibiting U.S. nationals from engaging in securities transactions with Chinese companies that (i) are identified as operating in the defense of China and related materiel or surveillance technology sector, or (ii) own or control, or are owned or controlled by, such companies.

Extending the national emergency underlying these sanctions, President Biden said the threat of these securities investments which, among other things, fund certain Chinese surveillance technologies, remains “an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security. , foreign policy and the economy of the United States. . “

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Following the release of the 2021 Treasury Sanctions Review, covered here, the sanctions policy is under review for evidence that Treasury recommendations are being put into practice. By this extension, it appears that the Biden administration has concluded that sanctions are the “right tool” to deal with the threats identified. Bans on trading in the securities of certain Chinese companies are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

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Defenders call for ‘urgent’ action to end food insecurity for military and veterans https://nypdholyname.com/defenders-call-for-urgent-action-to-end-food-insecurity-for-military-and-veterans/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 00:49:26 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/defenders-call-for-urgent-action-to-end-food-insecurity-for-military-and-veterans/ Homeless and foraging for food, Navy veteran Tim Keefe said his condition “turned to that of a caveman” when he fell through hard times due to an injury from work after leaving the service. Each month he hitchhiked 25 miles each way to a food bank, where he could fill his backpack with enough food […]]]>

Homeless and foraging for food, Navy veteran Tim Keefe said his condition “turned to that of a caveman” when he fell through hard times due to an injury from work after leaving the service. Each month he hitchhiked 25 miles each way to a food bank, where he could fill his backpack with enough food for two weeks.

“When you’ve gone a few days without food, your whole being screams it out in desperation that I can’t explain,” he said the day before Veterans Day, testifying at a hearing on the hunger among the military and veterans before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Surveillance and Departmental Operations. Due to work requirement rules, he was only qualified for three months of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Advocates have urged lawmakers to take action to address food insecurity issues in military and veteran communities.

“Your leadership and that of administration and agency officials are urgently needed to chart a different course,” said Mia Hubbard, vice president of programs at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. “Military and Veteran families have been allowed to go hungry under your watch.

“Your inaction has allowed this situation to persist for years and to worsen during the pandemic.”

MAZON has led efforts for nearly a decade to address these hunger issues and has often been criticized or ignored, she said.

The subcommittee heard from a variety of witnesses, “to seek solutions to ensure that no veteran or military feels the sting of hunger,” said subcommittee chair Rep. Jahana Hayes. , D-Conn. The Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over food-related policies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Hayes said statistics from the Department of Agriculture indicate that an average of 1.2 million veterans participate in SNAP each year, but some estimates indicate that up to 60% of eligible veterans do not participate in the SNAP. program. Food insecurity particularly affects former combatants who have recently left the service, are of lower rank or are in rural areas that have limited access to food, she said. “Their hunger can also be exacerbated by physical and mental health issues, including service-related disabilities. “

She noted that according to the USDA, 22,000 SNAP households included service members in 2019, and it is likely that this is only the tip of the iceberg, as many military families face barriers to access SNAP.

“No one should ever go hungry in America. However, it is particularly infuriating to see those who have dedicated their lives in the service of our nation struggling to put food on the table, ”said Hayes.

The problem is complicated, with many contributing factors including the financial strain caused by the military lifestyle which can impact life after service, and reluctance on the part of military and veteran families to admit that they need help feeding themselves because of a perceived stigma. The issues are different for serving military personnel than they are for veterans. As lawmakers discussed solutions to ensure that no military or veteran family had to struggle to put food on the table, they also discussed the continuing lack of data on the scale of the problem, and views were divergent.

“I’m also concerned that veterans … are struggling to make ends meet,” said Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., Citing the need to help them make the transition. For food insecurity among the military, he said he wanted to hear from the military, including senior officials, about the extent of the problem among those currently serving. If it’s an endemic problem, he said, Congress can adjust pay levels. He said he tried to invite a Defense Ministry official to the hearing, but they did not accept the invitation.

Representative Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Said hunger among the military and veterans “is not a new problem,” and added that “the powers that be have done nothing about it. The Pentagon has known this for years, and yet they haven’t come to the Hill to ask that we not count housing allowance in total income so that people in difficulty can actually get SNAP. … And they did not shake the trees for better compensation for the enlisted men and women.

“We know there is a problem. Anyone who suggests there is no problem ignores the reality “about hunger among veterans and the military,” McGovern said. “This is not a new revelation. We’ve known this for a long, long time. The question is, are we going to do something about it? …

“… As Veterans Day approaches, let’s all decide that by next year we will have done something. … We can really help improve people’s lives.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Said he is “taking a little problem” with Hubbard’s criticism that no one has tried to fix the problem, noting that lawmakers have tried to include a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill that would exclude BAH $ 500 from the income calculations used to determine eligibility. Because MAZON and others opposed it, it was abandoned. “Maybe it wasn’t enough, but it was something. … We certainly want to solve this problem. I commit to working with [other committees] to find a way to alleviate this problem.

He noted that a Congress-mandated report on food insecurity in the military has been delayed by the DoD and is now expected for March 31, 2022.

Other lawmakers, including Rep. Jim Baird, R-Ind., Have also expressed concern that little data is available on the extent of the problem. MAZON’s Hubbard said the issue of data is important and that the federal government has not collected it, although it has the capacity to do so. Families can’t wait for more data, she said. “Families can’t eat another hunger study,” she said.

Congress should work with the administration to study and document the full extent of military hunger, and release comprehensive data, Hubbard said, and Congress should reconsider military pay levels, she said. declared.

Needs of populations currently in service in relation to ex-combatants

Hubbard said MAZON’s proposal for a Basic Needs Allowance to help low-income currently serving military families now enjoys broad support in the House and Senate. “We need your support to cross the finish line,” she told lawmakers.

Hubbard also said the administration must take executive action to ensure that the basic shelter allowance is not counted as income when determining eligibility for federal food programs such as SNAP.

For military families, there are some root causes that contribute to financial insecurity, said Denise Hollywood, community and program manager for Blue Star Families.

These root causes include issues such as spousal unemployment, which is exacerbated by the lack of affordable child care; moving expenses not reimbursed; and housing costs. These can contribute to food insecurity, Hollywood said. “Financial stress and the stigma of seeking help can often be compounded” when the military leaves the military, she said.

Solutions for the financial resilience of military families and for de-stigmatizing the need for assistance can help prevent veteran hunger downstream, she said.

A nurse who works for the Veterans Health Administration urged lawmakers to strike a balance between the need to address immediate food shortages and the need to address the factors that contribute to food insecurity. Discussions with veterans indicate that the first six to 12 months after separation is the high risk time for food insecurity, said Nipa Kamdar, who has conducted several studies on food insecurity affecting veterans. She testified as a private citizen, not on behalf of the VHA.

She suggested that as the army transitions, officials could help veterans enroll in the VHA so that they have access to health care and other support services such as social workers. Veterans should also receive information on SNAP and be encouraged to seek help, she said.

But there are also issues with the SNAP rules, Keefe said.

After leaving the Navy, Keefe suffered an injury on the job and underwent two years of surgery and therapy. His worker’s compensation from the Ministry of Labor was exhausted and he sought help from SNAP. He received three months of SNAP benefits, for $ 194 per month, but his benefits were later cut, he said, due to work restrictions, although the Labor Department said he was medically unable to work.

SNAP’s work restrictions have unintended consequences for ex-combatants, he said. “I felt like there was a crack that I fell through, a catch-22 that opened up in front of me and engulfed me.

“Is risking your life enough work?” “

Within a year of ending his SNAP benefits, Keefe filed appeal after appeal and his health suffered as he lost weight. “I had to add seven holes to the belt I was wearing to keep my pants in place,” he said.

SNAP benefits would have greatly improved his health, he said. After about a year of appealing the decision, he turned 50, aging outside of SNAP’s work restrictions, and began receiving SNAP’s $ 194 monthly benefit, or about $ 6.45 per day. Since he was able to eat, it didn’t take long for his health and energy to improve, he said, and he started to tackle other areas of his life and returned to work. .

“We need to educate other veterans who are not disabled but who come back into society with the unique experience of having to adapt from a combat zone to everyday life,” Keefe said. “We can certainly feed them.

“When I was sworn in in the Navy in Boston, I was ready and willing to give my life for this country. It seemed that during this time I couldn’t even get them a sandwich. “

Karen has covered military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times for over 30 years, and is co-author of a chapter on media coverage of military families in the book “A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families “. She previously worked for newspapers in Guam, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Florida, and Athens, Georgia.


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Outside The Wire: Explanation Of Netflix’s Military Sci-Fi Movie https://nypdholyname.com/outside-the-wire-explanation-of-netflixs-military-sci-fi-movie/ Mon, 08 Nov 2021 11:47:20 +0000 https://nypdholyname.com/outside-the-wire-explanation-of-netflixs-military-sci-fi-movie/ Outside the wire is now available on Netflix, as well as the sci-fi military action ends on a sudden, to say the least. Since its release on January 15, the photo, which features Anthony mackie and Damson idris, has received mixed reviews. Part of the reason for the lackluster reception is a confusing final act […]]]>

Outside the wire is now available on Netflix, as well as the sci-fi military action ends on a sudden, to say the least. Since its release on January 15, the photo, which features Anthony mackie and Damson idris, has received mixed reviews. Part of the reason for the lackluster reception is a confusing final act filled with twists and turns, shifting alliances, and weird thematic messages.

The general plot of Outside the Wire is quite normal for the genre. Lieutenant Harp, played by Damson Idris, is an American drone pilot who transfers from his remote US station to a military outpost in Ukraine. Fighting between Russian-backed warlords competing for dominance, a group of rebel soldiers, and the US “peacekeeping” army stationed in the demilitarized zone tore Ukraine apart in 2036. Harp joins Captain Leo (Mackie), a prototype AI / cyborg soldier, on a secret mission to take down a warlord in search of nuclear weapons.

The majority of the movie unfolds, but the final act features several betrayals and unexpected twists and turns. Outside the Wire tries to express a lot in a short time about the current American war machine and its influence in other parts of the world, but gunfire and explosions choke much of the message. Here’s what happens at the end of Outside the Wire.

Out of the wire: fine

Outside the Wire is not holding back. At the beginning, Leo informed Harp that their job is to locate the nuclear launch codes before the warlord Victor Koval (Pilou Asbk) launches an attack on the United States. However, once the codes are obtained, Leo admits he had ulterior goals from the start. He tricks Harp into disconnecting his trackers and controlling the microchip so he can operate outside the jurisdiction of the US Army, then knocks Harp down and takes him to meet Koval.

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After a short failed negotiation, Leo executes Koval, learns the location of the secret missile silos, and plans his own attack on America with the nuclear weapons he now has access to. Meanwhile, Harp is kidnapped by Sofia (Emily Beecham), a local orphanage administrator who turns out to be the commander of the rebel movement. Sofiya gives a short tirade on the evils of the US military-industrial complex before releasing Harp, claiming that Leo is right to teach the US a lesson.

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Harp returns to base, alerts Colonel Eckhart (Michael Kelly), and walks in to stop Leo. Harp confronts Leo in the missile silo, wondering why he wants to bomb the United States before ordering a drone strike to destroy the launch control center and save the day. Harp is informed that Leo is dead and that he will be transferred home.

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Outside The Wire: Did Leo Betray the US Army?

Leo’s betrayal comes so quickly and in such a muddled montage that his true intentions are hard to pin down. Sofiya claims that Leo “can’t lie to himself,” that he feels guilty for being a tool in America’s ruthless war machine, and that his planned strike is a justifiable response to the suffering inflicted by troops like Harp. However, Leo’s renegade goal isn’t just driven by this.

Leo tells Harp in his final moments that his goal was to persuade America to end the AI ​​/ cyborg program that produced him. He doesn’t go into details, but it looks like if he kills millions of people, the US military will be forced to stop producing new troops like him because of the threat they pose.

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His reasoning behind this choice is unclear, but it seems either he sees himself (and others like him) as a legitimate outgrowth of the war machine he is trying to stop, or that ‘he understood something more devilish about himself and the abilities of his kind.

In the same speech, Leo says the strike aims to teach the United States a lesson about the consequences of its repeated conflicts. This indicates that his intention to end the Android program is linked to his general dissatisfaction with the military-industrial complex. In essence, he thinks warriors like him will only add to the pain of the world, and he wants them stopped. However, the title streak appears to represent many more cyborgs in development, implying a bleak future.

Off the wire: anti-war message

Outside the Wire seeks to critique the current state of war and the military-industrial complex, in the same vein as anti-war films like Platoon and Full Metal Jacket. Unfortunately, he is not keeping his promise by not delivering a clear message. Leo and Sofiya provide a nuanced view of US military engagement in international affairs, which they say is almost always driven by power grabbing that rejects hapless foreigners as civilian victims. However, that’s about as far as the movie is set to go.

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Leo and Sofiya’s determination to destroy America comes at a significant and inevitable cost (millions of deaths, as the film repeatedly points out), which sadly makes their beliefs appear just as irrational. It’s an unusual approach: If Sofiya wasn’t okay with the war machine but opposed Leo’s tougher efforts to stop it, the movie might have had a more intriguing discussion of how to solve the problem. Instead, the overall message seems to be simply that the war is terrible, with few attempts made in the last act to resolve the film’s more complicated issues. Ultimately, despite some intriguing concepts, it falls short of its potential.

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Off the Wire: Conclusion

The conclusion of Outside the Wire is a warning about the influence of technology on combat. Harp’s flying drone, Leo’s “gump” combat robots fighting alongside real soldiers all offer a terrifying vision of a near future where conflicts unfold indefinitely since the humans who lead them are not the ones at risk.

Supposedly, Leo wants the Android program to be over because he believes that if troops like him were to become the common warriors of the future, humanity would be subjected to even more ruthless brutality from the strongest. That seems to be the point of the finale, and while Outside the Wire frequently avoids hammering the argument in favor of a broad philosophy, that’s definitely the question.

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