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Forum: Asia-Pacific 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 730
Views: 88,346
Posted By davidbfpo
20% of Chinese farmland is toxic

Just what drives China's expansion? Well maybe it is this, with my emphasis:

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Forum: Europe 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
Outsourcing Anglo-French nukes

There is no chance either France or the UK 'will outsource the nuclear components to the EU' for a host of reasons, not least of which is politics. Some within the EU bureaucracy may see this as a...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
What leaflets?

On Twitter from Roberty Mackey (NYT):

Link and you have to scroll down:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27081271
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
SACEUR says

From FP email:Taken from NATO website:http://aco.nato.int/saceur2013/blog/who-are-the-men-behind-the-masks.aspx

It also has four links - about to view them. One article (the 4th link) refers to a...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
Thread opened and STAY WITHIN SWC ROE

I have deleted a number of threads and lightly edited others. The thread is now open for posting - without sniping, which at times was abusive and so way beyond SWC ROE. No Infractions have been...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
Moderator locks thread

My attention has been drawn to a number of posts that are beyond SWC's rules of engagement in presenting arguments and providing information. They do not contribute to what the Council is.
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Forum: Africa 2 Days Ago
Replies: 368
Views: 47,163
Posted By davidbfpo
Fuchs, A good catch the official French...

Fuchs,

A good catch the official French post-action report, which does have an English summary.

I'd missed that what appear to be lorry-borne heavy artillery was deployed and the logistic...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
The old and the new

An interesting, short commentary by Anne Applebaum, the sub-title says it all:

As a historian, with a book on the Ukraine, she writes well:
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Forum: Law Enforcement 2 Days Ago
Replies: 231
Views: 59,891
Posted By davidbfpo
Just found, this was published in January 2014...

Just found, this was published in January 2014 and originates from the New America’s National Security Program:

Nice graphic which will not copy:http://natsec.newamerica.net/nsa/analysis
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 6,223
Posted By davidbfpo
A return to Londonistan?

A BBC News overview that starts with:

Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/27055108
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 607
Views: 49,628
Posted By davidbfpo
Aleppo fighting

Slightly different viewpoint:Link:http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/04/syria-aleppo-offensive-rebels-jabhat-nusra-regime.html
Forum: Law Enforcement 2 Days Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 4,549
Posted By davidbfpo
A questionf rom "over the pond"

Surely there are local criminal laws that apply to the man with an AR-15 and pistol, taking up position on a public road and appearing to be ready to shoot?

Elsewhere I have seen a man with what...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 3 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 3,361
Posted By davidbfpo
'Greenbirds: Measuring Importance and Influence in Syrian Foreign Fighter Networks'

ICSR @ Kings has published this research paper today:

From a short article:http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/apr/15/spiritual-leaders-biggest-following-foreign-fighters-syria?


An...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 7,183
Posted By davidbfpo
What do the Emirs & Kings need? Muscle - not their own

Logical and almost predictable for the Gulf sheikhdoms & KSA:

Link:http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140414/DEFREG04/304140018/GCC-Seeks-Form-Military-Bloc-Jordan-Morocco

Now whether the...
Forum: Training & Education 3 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 554
Posted By davidbfpo
The Diggers 2009 COIN reading list

Hat tip to Kaur for locating a working link:http://web.archive.org/web/20091122154445/http://www.defence.gov.au/army/lwsc/docs/WP_135.pdf
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Days Ago
Replies: 231
Views: 59,891
Posted By davidbfpo
NYPD changes tack on watching Muslim

A controversial NYPD programem gathering information on the local and regional Muslim communities has been stopped; citing the Mayor:
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Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 4 Days Ago
Replies: 1,026
Views: 116,616
Posted By davidbfpo
A Kings of War article with David Betz's short...

A Kings of War article with David Betz's short opening comment and then is by Mike Martin:http://kingsofwar.org.uk/2014/04/an-intimate-war-and-academic-freedom/

David Betz:
Forum: South Asia 4 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 2,483
Posted By davidbfpo
Back to 1962 Part 2

Another commentary and this startling new information - for me anyway:
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Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
In the open or a fraud?

Via Twitter:Link to YouTube (short clip):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DinMf_7dQK4#t=57

Elsewhere named as:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlLhko-CYAA9wKe.jpg
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
Kaur, Interesting video. My only take away...

Kaur,

Interesting video. My only take away is that the treatment of many of the Ukrainian military taken prisoners, handcuffed, with the odd kick, stands in marked contrast to the later reporting...
Forum: South Asia 6 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By davidbfpo
No, not to my knowledge. Hopefully the long...

No, not to my knowledge. Hopefully the long running thread 'The US & others working with Pakistan' may have an answer; it does have 685 posts so may take a while for you to...
Forum: Law Enforcement 6 Days Ago
Replies: 91
Views: 21,699
Posted By davidbfpo
SWC Member & CPD officer John Bertetto's latest...

SWC Member & CPD officer John Bertetto's latest offering 'Counter-Gang Strategy, Part 1, Creating guiding principles through lessons learned in the fight against gangs &...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 1,260
Views: 43,766
Posted By davidbfpo
Weak foundations for a Ukrainian response

Professor John Schindler tweeted earlier:

A retweet from an ex-REFL journalist Maxim Eristavi:

The official 'anti-terrorist' action yesterday in Sloviansk.
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Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 1,783
Posted By davidbfpo
UN under siege

I don't watch this situation closely and thought the faction fighting had abated. Instead I learnt this:

Link:https://medium.com/war-is-boring/119600c57b95
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 607
Views: 49,628
Posted By davidbfpo
Intervention in Syria three years ago was the...

Intervention in Syria three years ago was the subject of a debate here, IIRC it was before Bashir Assad's regime launched such a harsh response street protests were replaced by a popular rebellion...
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