The report highlighting the government;s defense priorities was adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe;s Cabinet on Tuesday, less than a day after the Trump administration rejected outright nearly all of Beijing;s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea in a statement likely to deepen the U.S. China rift.The Abe government ''s Defense White Paper 2020 highlights what are potential Chinese and North Korean threats as Japan tries to further increase its defense capability. Under Abe, Japan has steadily increased its defense budget and capability and purchased costly American arsenals.Defense Minister Taro Kono recently scrapped the deployment of a pair of costly U.S. land based missile intercepting systems due to technical issues, and Abe quickly announced his intention to revise Japan ''s defense guidelines, possibly allowing Japan to go beyond its conventional defense only role under the Japan US security alliance, including discussing a possibility of acquiring a preemptive strike capability.The White Paper accused China of using propaganda, including spreading disinformation, about the spread of the coronavirus. "The COVID 19 pandemic may expose and intensify strategic competition among countries intending to create international and regional orders more preferable to themselves and to expand their influence, " the report said. "We need to closely watch their move with serious concern affecting the national security. " As evidence, a Japanese Defense Ministry official noted a Chinese Foreign Ministry official had posted on Twitter in March accusing US military of spreading the coronavirus in Wuhan and that Chinese media has touted herbal medicine as effective COVID 19 treatments. He spoke on the condition of anonymity citing department rules.The annual report said China has relentlessly pushed to change the status quo in the North Asian seas, including sending 3,000 ton class government vessels into Japanese waters around Japan controlled disputed East China Sea islands called Senkaku in Japanese. Beijing also claim the islands and call them the Diaoyu.The report also cited North Korea ''s continued development of its nuclear and other weapons program. The North is relentlessly pursuing increasingly complex and diverse modes of attack and is steadily strengthening and improving its attack capabilities, " the report said.It said North Korea since May 2019 has launched three types of new short range ballistic missiles that use solid fuel and fly at lower altitudes than their conventional missiles that can breach Japanese missile defense system.
This article examines Deudney;s six major threats to Earth and humanity and compares each with and without space settlements, something oddly left out of the book. This paper finds major problems with most of the six, especially the suitability of asteroids as weapons, which is poor. This article also examines five likely, relatively near term, threats to Earth and finds that without space settlements any of these threats could exterminate humanity. With space settlements most of the threats would be reduced from existential to catastrophic. In all cases space settlements could help Earth recover. It should be noted that Dark Skies is for the most part a well thought out, carefully reasoned, knowledgeable critique of space settlement. In particular, it correctly points out that space settlement advocates have not spent much time and energy examining the potential downsides of space settlement, a fault that should be remedied. However, the core conclusion, that space settlement is a serious threat to humanity that must be strangled in the crib, is simply wrong. At the simplest level, the list of survivable threats to a space settling civilization is much longer than that for a society that stays exclusively on Earth, particularly an Earth with thousands of nuclear warheads.
On July 6, the Russian shipbuilding complex Zvezda, LLC started construction on a Project 10510 (Lider) icebreaker. Upon its completion (scheduled for 2027), the first ship of this class, named the Rossiya and commissioned by the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom), will become the most powerful nuclear powered icebreaker ever produced. Reportedly, the future vessel s main task will be to guarantee uninterrupted commercial transportation along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) the maritime shipping corridor off Russia s Arctic coast that connects the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. Moscow routinely stresses the NSR s geo economic political value to the Russian Federation (Ridl.io, May 8). The icebreaker is said to have unique technical characteristics, including a 120 megawatt engine, that will allow it to cut through ice up to 4.5 meters deep and create water canals 50 meters wide (Gazeta.ru, July 6). According to Rosatom subsidiary Rosatomflot s General Director Mustafa Kashka, T he vessel has no analogues in the world. This unique icebreaker has outstanding technical characteristics that will guarantee year round operations in the eastern Arctic (RIA Novosti, July 6).The expected launch of Project 10510 icebreakers has two strategic objectives. First are Moscow s geo economic calculations. Rosatom argues that, as the only country in the world with a nuclear powered icebreaker fleet, Russia is able to maintain a year round presence in the Arctic region. And when combined with the already operating Arktika class icebreakers (Rosatom.ru, accessed July 9), Project 10510 vessels will be specifically concerned with various transportation missions to and from China, Japan and South Korea. According to Russian sources, this will raise the importance of the NSR in the surging competition for dominance in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. Specifically, the Russian side hopes to win the race against the United States in becoming the main LNG supplier to energy hungry Asian markets (Atomicexpert.com, accessed July 8). In a speech earlier this year, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin specifically highlighted the role of icebreakers as a key factor allowing Moscow to fully unravel the transportation potential of the NSR artery and increase the interest of the international business to this new corridor between Europe and Asia to guarantee Russia s supremacy in the Arctic region, which is strategically vital to us (The World News, June 15). Importantly, the Russian vision of commercializing the NSR inseparable from the development of icebreakers is premised on two pillars: 1) capitalizing on the vast natural resources concealed in the Arctic region (currently, 83 percent of natural gas and 17 percent of Russian oil are extracted there), and 2) the transformation of the NSR into an integral part of Beijing s Belt and Road Initiative linking China with Europe. According to estimates of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, by 2034, Russia plans to increase annual cargo flows via the NSR to 157 million tons (Vedomosti, November 13, 2019) primarily contingent on Chinese trade activities.
Moscow, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Russia is capable of preventing any attempt by the United States to break the balance and impose superiority in strategic weapons, deputy foreign minister Serguei Riabkov warned on Saturday.
Lemon specifically objected to Crews #039; hashtag. After Lemon humbly informed Crews that he has skin "as tough as an armadillo, " he then lectured: "The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality. ... But that #039;s not what Black Lives Matter is about. It #039;s not ... all encompassing ... The Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that matter, not about what #039;s happening in black neighborhoods. "This, of course, is largely false. The Black Lives Matter movement did indeed begin with protests about police brutality but quickly morphed into broader debates over the validity of looting and rioting, tearing down historic statues, slavery reparations and defunding the police. And Black Lives Matter, as Crews correctly pointed out, has never restricted its mandate to the question of police violence: It has announced that its focuses also include police brutality, transgender rights, gay rights, disrupting the nuclear family and freeing Palestine, among other diverse topics.
According to a statement by the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping said in a phone call that the assistance the countries provided each other at the hight of the novel coronavirus pandemic was "a striking manifestation" of the strategic partnership between them.The leaders intend to "continue actively increasing economic cooperation based on large scale projects in the areas of hydrocarbon supplies, peaceful nuclear power, civil aircraft construction, scientific, technical and innovative cooperation," it said.
The consequences of a nuclear war would extend far beyond the blast itself, killing millions of people across the globe.
ABSTRACTPDZ and LIM domain containing protein 2 (PDLIM2) has been identified as a vital tumor associated gene that is aberrantly expressed in various types of tumors. Yet, the involvement of PDLIM2 in non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is currently undetermined. The design of the current study was to evaluate whether PDLIM2 plays a role in NSCLC. We found that PDLIM2 expression was commonly decreased in NSCLC tissues. Moreover, low expression of PDLIM2 was also detected in NSCLC cell lines and demethylation treatment restored PDLIM2 expression. The re expression of PDLIM2 impeded the proliferative, colony forming, and invasive capabilities of NCLCL cells. In contrast, depletion of PDLIM2 markedly enhanced the malignant behaviors of NSCLC cells. Notably, PDLIM2 overexpression downregulated the expression of nuclear factor (NF) kappa;B p65 subunit and repressed NF kappa;B transcription reporter activity in NSCLC cells. The overexpression of p65 significantly reversed PDLIM2 mediated antitumor effects in NSCLC cells. Additionally, the Xenograft tumor formation assay revealed that the overexpression of PDLIM2 markedly restricted the tumor growth of NSCLC in vivo. Overall, our study confirms that PDLIM2 acts as a tumor inhibitor in NSCLC through the inactivation of NF kappa;B, suggesting PDLIM2 as a candidate therapeutic target for NSCLC.
Tehran Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said, after a fire at its Natanz plant which some Iranian officials said may have been caused by cyber sabotage.
The Natanz uranium enrichment site, much of which is underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog.Iran''s top security body said Friday the cause of the incident at the nuclear site had been determined, but "due to security considerations" it would be announced at a convenient time.
PARIS: France on Tuesday accused Iran of holding French Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah only for political aims, after the judiciary upheld a five year jail sentence against her. Adelkhah, a prominent anthropologist specializing in Shia Islam, was arrested in Tehran on June 5, 2019, and has been held behind bars ever since. We condemn this decision by the Iranian authorities who persist in holding Mrs.Fariba Adelkhah only for political aims, in the absence of any serious evidence or fact, the foreign ministry said in a statement. We remain determined to secure the release of our compatriot, it added. In May Adelkhah had been ordered to serve five years in prison after being convicted on national security charges. Iran s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili confirmed Tuesday that the sentence had been upheld. She will serve five years including time served since her arrest, Esmaili told journalists. The French foreign ministry said this could only have a negative impact on relations and substantially reduces the confidence between our two countries. A France based support committee for Adelkhah denounced the ruling as a parody of justice. It called for her release, especially given the spread of COVID 19 in Iran, with Adelkhah still weak after a 49 day hunger strike she waged from December to February. Relations between Tehran and Paris have deteriorated in the past year. Both were parties to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. But last week, France was among the countries that passed a resolution at the UN s nuclear watchdog calling on Iran to clarify whether it had undertaken undeclared nuclear activities in the early 2000s a move condemned by the Islamic republic. Also Tuesday, the Iranian judiciary said that Iranian opposition activist Ruhollah Zam had been sentenced to death following his arrest last year. Zam, a refugee for several years in France, disappeared on a trip to Baghdad in October. Paris based Press rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has accused Iran of abducting him in Iraq to face trial back home. TOKYO: Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi stressed that the Japanese government has supported and will continue to support a two state solution for Israel and Palestine, effectively rejecting Israel''s annexation plans for the West Bank.
But the Russian news agency Tass, citing a spokesman with the state nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom. said the two nuclear power plants in northwestern Russia hadn''t reported any problems.The Leningrad plant near St. Petersburg and the Kola plant near the northern city of Murmansk "operate normally, with radiation levels being within the norm," Tass said.
;Many Ukrainians still remember the good ol; days, when #Soviet Ukraine was the USSR;s breadbasket, as well as a popular health tourism destination amp; industrial center. A lot of that, and much more, is available in Russia;s Crimea today,; @Russia tweeted. The handle usually shares images from the country.The images were tweeted with a link to an article titled "What life was like in Soviet Ukraine " which spoke of the achievements in the region during Soviet rule. From the Holodomor, the great famine of 1932 33, to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, the article listed many controversial events in Ukraine but played down its impact.
The reciprocal action comes amid heightened tensions between the nuclear armed South Asian rival countries over their long running Kashmir territorial dispute.While the expulsion of diplomats is not uncommon due to the historically acrimonious relationship, the latest diplomatic dispute began late last month when India expelled two Pakistani officials for espionage, prompting Pakistan to do the same in response.
SRINAGAR, India: Indian forces have killed eight militants in restive Kashmir, including two who hid in a mosque, officials said Friday, as New Delhi escalates counter insurgency efforts in the disputed territory. The new fatalities following gunbattles on Thursday and Friday take the death toll of alleged militants over 100 this year, officials said. Indian administered Kashmir has been in turmoil since last August when New Delhi revoked its semi autonomous status and imposed a communications blackout that has not been fully lifted. One gunbattle at Neej, near the Muslim majority region s main city of Srinagar, led to the death of one militant and a night long standoff with two others who hid inside a mosque, officials said. Security forces used tear smoke shells on the mosque and later neutralized the two inside, Kashmir s inspector general of police Vijay Kumar said in a Twitter statement. There were no immediate independent accounts of the incident. Security forces also killed five militants who hid in an underground shelter in an apple orchard in Shopian district, security officials said. The shootouts have also sparked clashes between government forces and villagers who support the militants. Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the two became independent and angrily split in 1947. Both claim the whole region which has been the cause of two wars between the neighbors. Indian forces battling a decades old uprising that has cost tens of thousands of mainly civilian lives have stepped up counter insurgency operations in the region during a recent coronavirus lockdown. In recent weeks the two nuclear armed neighbors have exchanged heavy artillery fire along the unofficial Kashmir border. LONDON: British media said several people had been stabbed in the southern English town of Reading on Saturday and police in the area said they were investigating reports of an incident. Sky News said the stabbings took place at the site of Black Lives Matter protest in the town earlier in the day. Video footage posted on Twitter showed paramedics rushing to help at least three people who were bleeding on the ground in a park. Reuters was unable to verify the footage independently.
The deadly clash this week between India and China in the Himalayas is the worst crisis in their border quarrel since 1967. It may escalate to the worst since the 1962 Sino Indian War, which almost brought the United States to war with China. The COVID 19 pandemic makes the current situation worse, it s hard to be cool headed in the midst of a humanitarian disaster on both sides of the disputed border. Pakistan is also a very interested player, watching the game play out just as it did in 1962 and hoping its rival India will be humiliated.At least 20 Indian soldiers died in the clashes in the Ladakh region adjoining Kashmir on June 15. The Chinese have not provided any casualty figures. The fighting was primitive: No firearms apparently were used, just sticks and stones. Two states armed with nuclear weapons had a fist fight, with fatal consequences and an unpredictable outcome.
None were taken seriously. And now we have a nuclear power in our neighbourhood that we mostly remain clueless about on how to deal with, even as new challenges from economic to territorial continue to arise, the latest being the Ladakh incursion. So, who are these leaders who warned India about China s enormous financial and military might even as it was growing and hadn t quite reached the state it has today but were ignored at every turn?
Should India and China, both nuclear armed, keep their boundary dispute unresolved forever? Should we not, as dictated by the wisdom of our two ancient civilisations, decide to co exist peacefully by harmonising our territorial claims through mutual concessions? As critical as these questions are, there is another: Was there a time when India and China could have followed such a wise course and clinched a boundary settlement?Opinion The road from Galwan: India s response must be mature and resolute