Hugo Chavez: “I’m in Love with China”

Just as the US hit foreign companies with sanctions such as Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA oil company, Hugo Chavez was over in China meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping praising China’s investment’s in Venezuela.

“Viva China!” Chavez exclaimed during a televised meeting with business leaders from Beijing, thanking them for helping set up mobile phone factories and build railways and public housing in Venezuela. He gushed: “I’m in love with China.”

The relationship is driven in part by Chavez’s eagerness to form alliances that exclude the U.S. But it’s also good business for Chinese companies: Venezuela says it has been exporting to China about 460,000 barrels a day, about 20 percent of its oil exports, according to official figures. It hopes to double that soon.

“Venezuela has what we need,” said Chen Ping, political counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Caracas. “And we also have what they need, for example technology … Therefore we can help each other mutually.”

Birds of a feather

Indian Navy Receives More MiG’s

Five more Russian MiG-29K/KUB carrier based fighters have been delivered to the Indian Navy.  Still think they should have gone with Super Hornet.

What Goes on In North Korea?

Charlie Crane had the opportunity to travel the world’s most isolated country and photograph what life is really like on the other side of the 38th parallel….Well, what Kim Jong Il wants you to see.

Middle East Unrest Update

YEMEN

Yemeni warplanes carry out airstrikes on a southern town seized by hundreds of Islamic militants over the weekend as the political crisis surrounding the embattled president descends into more bloodshed. Military units loyal to him mount a fierce assault on the southern city of Taiz, which has been a hotbed of anti-government protests since the start of the uprising in early February. A doctor at a field hospital set up in the city’s main protest camp said at least 20 demonstrators were killed. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has clung to power despite months of daily protests, defections by key allies and international pressure to go, has repeatedly warned that Islamic militants and al-Qaida would seize control of the country if he steps down. At the same time, he has intensified a crackdown on protesters.

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SYRIA

Residents use automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades to repel advancing government troops in central Syria Monday, putting up a fierce fight for the first time in their two-month old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime. The armed resistance adds a new element to an already blurry situation and raises the possibility that the popular uprising that had so far taken the form of peaceful protests by unarmed demonstrators may escalate into a Libya-style armed conflict. Authorites claim dozens of soldiers and security officers have been killed during the 10-week protest. The death toll among demonstrators has topped 1,000.

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LIBYA

Moammar Gadhafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in his country, visiting South African president says after meeting the Libyan ruler, but he lists familiar Gadhafi conditions that have scuttled previous cease-fire efforts. The South African president. Jacob Zuma, says Gadhafi is ready to accept an African Union initiative for a cease-fire that would stop all hostilities, including NATO airstrikes in support of rebel forces. “He is ready to implement the road map,” Zuma says, and Gadhafi insists that “all Libyan be given a chance tp talk among themselves” to determine the country’s future. He does not say Gadhafi is ready to step down, which is the central demand of the rebels. Five Libyan army generals who defected from Moammar Gadhafi’s regime are appealing to fellow officers to join them in backing the rebels.

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EGYPT

A prominent Egyptian activist says he has been summoned for questioning by the country’s military rulers over comments criticizing their human rights record. Hossam el-Hamalawy, 33, says he was asked to appear before military prosecutors a day later over his remarks on a popular television program. On the program Thursday, el-Hamalawy said the head of the military police was responsible for reported human rights abuses. He says the TV presenter, Reem Maged, was also summoned for questioning. El-Hamalawy is among the best-known activists and bloggers in Egypt in recent years. He has kept a record of alleged human rights abuses by authorities. He was among the public faces of the popular revolution that forced former President Hosni Mubarak to step down on Feb.11.

 

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Afghans say NATO air strikes kill 52: link

Naval base attack: Experts see insiders’ role: link

India, Pakistan Hold Talks on Strategic Glacier: link

India again denounces US military aid to Pakistan: link

Libyan rebel: Offensive against Gadhafi near: link

As many as 120 defect from Gadhafi?s armed forces: link

Defence says helicopters risky in Libya but needed: link

EU warns of ‘alarming’ situation at Libya-Chad border: link

US House wants sailors back from Libya after 207 years: link

Rebels Claim Top Libyan Officers Defecting: link

Al-Jazeera footage captures ‘western troops on the ground’ in Libya: link

Zuma and Libya hold talks after officers defect: link

Osama bin Laden Raid Avenged CIA Deaths: link

Afghan official: NATO airstrike kills 14: link

Amid bombings, Pakistan turns to conspiracies: link

U.S., U.K. helo forces collaborate in an Afghanistan of their own: link

Libya’s Misrata rebels face tough new fight: link

Libyan opposition’s treasury almost empty: link

India forges new bonding with Libya: link

Israel braces for border clashes in coming days: link

Six killed as Yemeni forces fire at protesters in Taiz: link

Syria to end nuclear secrecy: link

Syrian Tanks Attack Towns That Held Protests: link

Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills top police commander: link

Stratfor: The Bin Laden operation – tapping humint: link

Bomb Kills 8 in Tribal Pakistan: link

Downing Street approves deployment of WAH-64 to Libya: link

On board France’s flagship aircraft carrier off Libya: link

Hundreds of women report rapes by Gadhafi forces: link

Libyan Rebels Offer Amnesty to Pro-Gadhafi Soldiers: link

NATO strikes command center at Gadhafi compound: link

Pakistani Airmen Sabotaged Their Own Missions

With all fingers being pointed directly at Pakistani officials as if they were a young pup who has just urinated on the living room carpet, it appears the mounting evidence of their direct sympathy for Islamic extremists within their borders just keeps on growing.  It’s not just the lowly ranking enlisted soldier, or the top clearance ISI agent, but also officers in their Air Force.  A leaked cable from Wikileaks shows that in 2006, airmen deliberatly sabotaged their aircraft so they would not have to conduct operations against insurgents in the tribal areas.

More bungled mayhem within Pakistan over the weekend;

Pakistan: Troops end attack on Karachi naval air base: link 

Attack Inflicts Severe Blow on Pakistani Naval Aviation: link 

P-3C was destroyed in attack

Implications of the Karachi attack: link 

As the public rift between Islamabad and Washington widens, this Saturday Pakistani officials confirmed that they wish for the Chinese to construct a Naval base at the deep water port of Gwadar to continue.  China initially invested $200 million into the project in 2007.  The military ties with China are only going to grow tighter.  China will expedite the delivery of 50 more JF-17 fighters.  After the bin Laden mission on May 2nd, maybe they realized the rotted air defense network they have.  This activity obviously has Pakistan’s rival, India, anxious.  India is China’s future rival for naval dominance in the regions waterways.  India now wants to accelerate it’s search for a future fighter, it has already denied the F/A-18 and F-16.  It expects a decision within the next year.

Source: Russian Soldiers Fed Dog Food

The Russian military's secret recipe

Like most military’s in today’s Europe, defense budgets have been cut back.  Some are downsizing, some are cutting procurement plans, others well, have cut back in the dining hall.  Apparently in Russia, they saw the effectiveness of Cairo, the dog who aided in the bin Laden raid, and went on it’s diet.  Joking aside, it is reported by a Russian Army ex-Major that in eastern Russia, soldiers were being served just that.  And no, it wasn’t some sort of initiation.

“It’s embarrassing to say but soldiers here were fed dog food. It was fed to them as stew,” Matveyev said in an interview with Reuters, adding that dog food labels were covered up with labels reading ‘premium quality beef’.

Yummy!  Look on the bright side, if it was Pedigree, they would be at least getting the ‘premium quality beef’.  My dogs liked it.

Pakistan to Return ‘Stealth’ Black Hawk

I guess if they really wanted to get back at the US, they could have sold the wreckage to China.  But it is apparent they will finally agree to give the remaining tail on the ‘stealth’ Black Hawk back to the United States.  John Kerry must of worked his magic.  But that’s really not to say that it will all be in one piece.  Parts could have been stripped off.  Initially there were TV images of local children walking around with pieces of fabric that had coated the tail section.  That could have been a key component in helping maintain it’s stealthiness.

What I am not sure of at this point is where the tail section was held for the last two weeks.  Certainly in that amount of time studying the wreckage and material, military technologists could get a general idea of what it’s made of.  If the Pakistani’s wanted, and what I believe is the case, Chinese military were brought into Pakistan, or personel that were already there to observe and test the materials.  They would gather as much information on it as they could, then give the Pakistani’s the “OK” to give it back.