June 1, 2019
The East Wing, White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
Presidential Announcement: Jerusalem & the Golan Heights
- In the East Wing, an expanded amount of media journalists and representatives were present after CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News last night announced that President Joe Biden would be making a major announcement for his foreign policy, primarily toward Great Israel. Walking calmly down the hallway of the East Wing toward the presidential podium, President Joe Biden would approach the podium and provide a smile to all in attendance as such an announcement would spark a major shift in US strategic foreign policy. Appearing confident, President Biden begun his statement.
President Biden: "Good morning my fellow Americans. Since the former presidency of Donald Trump, there has been a severe increase of discrimination, destruction, division, and instability that has plagued not only the United States but also the world. We have experienced a rise of populism and right-wing nationalism that pose grave threats to our civil and political institutions. Time and time again throughout history, we have experienced oppression, suppression, persecution, extrajudicial killing, and unreasonable acts of violence and war. The former President may have condoned such actions; however, my administration does not. There are particular countries that have become very comfortable and openly blatant with their discrimination, aggressive rhetoric, and intentions of occupation and expansion of influence and presence through force, covert and overt. Unfortunately, this reality has manifested in the politics and policies of two questionable allies of the United States: The Turkish-State and Great Israel. Since the foundation of the State of Israel, the United States has unconditionally supported the advancement, modernization, and militarization of the Jewish State as part of the greater strategic initiative of the United States in the Cold War against the Soviet Union and Arab Nationalism. However, with this strategic partnership, the State of Israel continues expansive policies carte blanche, without consequence, or a fear of consequence. Because of this, Palestinian Arabs have suffered and continue to suffer. Under the previous administration, Israel emboldened their ethno-religious policies to greater heights with now occupation of the Golan Heights, Gaza, and the West Bank. These three areas are Arab lands and rightfully belong to Arabs. The Israeli State has a right to exist as a sovereign nation; however, continual provocations against sovereign Arab states and Arab people whilst continually degrading and depriving the innocence from the basic necessities for human life and human development is absolutely reprehensible, illegal, and unacceptable. It is time for the United States to begin correcting the wrongs it has caused under previous administrations and this process begins with the Middle East. As the US-Arab Summit continues today, I would like to officially announce to the world that I, Joe Biden, have decided to actively and immediately reverse the decision of Donald J. Trump on two important policies toward Great Israel and the Middle East: The United States will no longer recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Jerusalem and therefore, will be ordering the shut down of the embassy in Jerusalem and have it return to the proper capital of Israel, Tel Aviv. The second reversal is the removal of the US' recognition of Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights, of which is properly within the sovereign territorial boundaries of Syria and the Arab People. The United States shall recognize the people of Palestine, their history, their plight, and their stories of survival and desires of legitimacy to be recognized as simply human. Israel does not rightfully occupy Gaza nor the West Bank. It is not theirs alone nor shall it be theirs. Just as Jews lived in that portion of the Middle East for thousands of years, so too did Palestinians. This part of human history ought not be forgotten nor shall it ever be. The Palestinians, just as any and all other groups of people have the right to self-determination and the rule of law. My decision, as President and Commander-in-Chief, becomes effective immediately. Thank you. God Bless America."
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1 июня 2019 г.
FACTORY BLAST INJURES 38 IN DZERZHINSK
A major explosion at a factory in the city of Dzerzhinsk has left 38 injured, with emergency services at the scene of the event. According to local sourcies, the factory was being used to produce and store high-explosive ordinance for the Russian Armed Forces, and an unknown reason caused one of the storage departments to explode. The JSC Kristall Research Institute has been completely destroyed by the blast, with surrounding buildings also receiving damage. A search is being conducted for any remaining survivors in the buildings, though the local Fire chief has stated that they "cannot be sure if anyone is still inside the building". In August 2018, a similar explosion killed 3, and has prompted investigation now from the authorities into safety regulations across the city, which is considered to be one of the world's most polluted cities.
AIR FORCE TO RECEIVE FIRST STEALTH FIGHTERS NEXT WEEK
The Russian Armed Forces are set to receive their first batch of 50 Su-57 aircraft by next week. The Su-57 is a fifth generation multirole stealth fighter which has been in development since the early 2000s, and is expected to replace the currently aging fleet of Su-27 and MiG-29 aircraft used by the Russian Air Force and Naval Air Force. The aircraft are expected to be delivered across the country to various bases from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant, which has been producing the aircraft since the start of the year. Deputry defence minister Alexey Krivoruchko stated: "The plant is ready for the mass production of jets. We have assessed the jet's readiness today, as well as the plant's readiness to mass manufacture of Su-57. We were fully satisfied with what we saw and hope that all plans will be fulfilled". The Su-57 has been touted as a competitor to the F-35.
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- Spain Will Fill EU Vacuum Left by U.K., Italy, Sanchez Says
- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pledged the country will boost its influence in European Union institutions and counter what he portrayed as the fading clout of the U.K. and Italy in Brussels. “With a United Kingdom that has decided to leave but doesn’t know how to leave and an Italy that’s preoccupied with its own dynamics, I think Spain has an enormous opportunity but also an enormous responsibility to drive the European project," Sanchez told a group of Spanish business leaders on Saturday. Sanchez said Madrid would push for a position on the European Commission, seizing on his Socialist Party’s strong showing in EU elections. He called on European leaders to prioritize the completion of the bloc’s banking union in the next five years. Domestically, Sanchez said that once he is able to form a government and begin his second term as prime minister, he will focus on boosting Spain’s productivity, which has floundered despite a strong economic recovery. He also pledged to take steps to chip away at the country’s substantial debt.
- The Greek National
- ND Leader Mitsotakis Slams "To be a nationalist is not too lose civility" comment
ND Leader Mitsoktakis responded to a comment made by a Turkish politician which he describes as a "weak interpretation for war", no further statement was made. This follows after the huge protests now entering it's second day of Anti-Turkish sentiments from many members of the New Democracy party affiliates which have been fueled even more now after the ND leader called for unity of all Greeks. The Anti Turkish movements have been on and off for a number of years even after the abolish of the Greek monarchy. This is due to the King's failure to preserve and protect Greeks within Cyprus, Crete, Central Macedonia, and a number of Greek historical towns dating back to ancient times. It was estimated that 20,000 people protested in Athens yesterday as many streets were closed due to this massive protest, the number of people attending today is projected to grow. Other towns such as Larissa,Tripoli, and Patras are expected to follow in Athens footsteps with these protests, calling for Greek unity. The ruling party as of now still remains silent on the growing Anti-Turkish sentiments within the country, but emphasized that local police must uphold the law if any laws are broken.
- Department of Defense Announces New Upgrades
The Minister of Defense Evangelos Apostolakis announced that Greece and the United States came to a number of agreements and has announced that the Hellenic Air Force has purchased 5 more F-16C models for 94 million U.S. Dollars. The Ministry of Defense initiative is to boost the Hellenic Armed Forces. The Minister also announced that Greece and the United States reached an agreement to build joint Greek American Naval Base on the island of Andros in the South Aegean Region. Until then the base is built, an agreement was made that all U.S. officials can use Greek military bases within the country to serve as a strategic location to protect both countries interests within the Mediterranean Sea. The base will be named after the Greek Goddess of victory Nike.
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CLUB OF FRIENDS OF DEMOCRACY MET TODAY
Club of Friends of Democracy (KPD), unofficial parliamentary committee of Democratic Party (DS), today met to discuss future politics of the party. After the elections for European Parliament, at which DS as a part of ALDE group won 4 MEPs, it is now up to the party heads to decide where would the party be lead under the period to come. Also, as economic reforms of Prime Minister Markovich goes more and more, it is questionable how strong the support is inside the party itself for the remaining in a coalition government with is SDP.
On today's meeting, not just all MPs and MEPs were present, but also party leader Martina Nastich-Stoitchich, RH Speaker of Skupština and first party leader Borivoje Milentijevich, as well as President of Serbia Lazar B. Jerkov who also comes from DS. The meeting was organized in a tavern inside basement of People's University of Kolarac, where party was originally founded in 1919 and re-founded in february of 1990, making it the oldest modern-day party in Serbia. Meeting was closed for the public, but professor Milentijevich addressed the interested journalists in front of Kolarac, making it clear that fractions still exist inside DS but that agreements were made. Fraction organizing inside DS, which often led to departures from party, is one of most recognizable marks of DS trough it's long history, and there is saying among Serbian politicians that "you're not a serious party if at least 1/3 of your leaders hasn't come from DS".
As a first party leader from 1990 to 2002 and now-serving RH Speaker of Skupština, professor dr Borivoje Milentijevich (88) addressed the press:
"I like this kind of events. It makes me happy to see my party colleagues and to express an political opinion not necessary neutral - but as a fellow party member. I serve on my position of Speaker for almost 10 years, and events like this are real pleasure from everyday routine. Here we sat, from times to times, drink and smoke and joke about old days, but also keep in mind one very important issue - the future of DS. There is no future of democracy in Serbia without a future of DS. DS is a party which gave it's core to the process of democratization in this country in the very founding days, and we're proud that we stood for those ideals when no one else did. Today, our main concern were EU Parliament elections and our position within the government. Different opinions were heard and I would like the press to know that, because this plurality of opinions within a party is also a sign of democratic practice.
All in all, we agreed upon our remaining in the governing coalition, because Serbia needs a stable Government with a clear majority in Skupština, and that is only possible with DS in Cabinet. Although we're not all happy with the course of the reforms, we tend to understand the necessity of cooperation, in order not to let the populists into the governing coalition to fulfill the empty seats left by us. On the other side, when it comes to the elections for European Parliament, we expressed the wish to remain within the ALDE group, which made a large success on this elections. We are happy with the results, although with rational concern over the future of Europe.
We also made some other decisions, like ordering the remembrance table for the house of Milan Grol, our famous party leader in 1930's and 1940's. That way, everyone who feels like a real democrat in Serbia would be able to pay a tribute to Grol's contribution to our democracy by taking off a cylinder while walking near the house where Grol lived, or some similar and more youthful way."
Asked by journalists does he have a plans to retire due to old age, professor Milentijevich shortly replied, with a smile on his face:
"Not yet." - and walked away in company of his old party colleagues.
Egypt will not stand for this oppression by the Turks. As Egyptians and Arabs, we have had to go through the horrible conditions of living under Turks as a minority and do not want the Greek people to feel the same way. The Greeks have the right to unite under their country which has historical claims to the land.
The Egyptian government is excited to work with Poland and hopes that this is a the start of a new relationship. We are looking to improve the already great but outdated design of the BMP-1 to benefit both of our armed forces and make sure we can keep our nations safe and stable.
- Australia on Jerusalem
A rise of antisemitism in the United States is clear, with American President Joe Biden taking back former President Donald Trump's decision to reconise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Australian President Scott Morrison stated that Biden 'makes [him] sick,' and has never been more ashamed of an ally. Morrison spoke out against the 'illegitimate' president this morning. Morrison also stated that Australia backs Israel '100%,' and are willing to fund Israel and give them military equipment, assistance, and training. Morrison has stated intrest in meeting Israeli leaders.
- "Socialism is the most toxic thing to ever grasp the west, and in the United States this poison has come in the form of illegitimate president Joe Biden. Biden has described populism and right-wing nationalism a threat, but it is what has made western nations like the United States and Australia. Without it, you are left with the empty shell of a nation that could have been, you will be left with an over-taxed, violent, poverty-stricken, miserable excuse of a country.
I believe Biden is uninformed on the events in Israel. I belive he has been sitting on his couch drinking bud light and eating McDonald's. I really think that, because this decision to reconise Jerusalem as the genuine real capital of Israel is not one easily reversed, or one that should be reversed. Biden is not acting on the will of the people, but on the will of his own selfish desires.
There is not an ounce of doubt in my mind that Hamas is a terrorist organisation. Accepting Palestine is not only accepting, but welcoming Hamas. Hamas. They hate the west! Hate us! And this man wants to please them? Biden hates America, he really does. He wants to make the United States a Muslim state - the Islamic State of America. I am sorry, but does it make sense to reconise a country that hates you and denouce a country that loves you? If you truely loved your country, it wouldn't. Biden hates America. Biden hates the west. The Left hate America. The Left hate the west.
I believe Biden's relations with the Middle East are not to be trusted. There are peaceful muslims, and a lot of them. Islam as a religion does not deserve to be downtroden on, this I belive. However, the culture of some muslims, especially Islamic Fundamentalists, is founded on violence and a mindset that the whole world must bow to them or die. How does a fanciful nation control the most powerful country in the world? They say great minds think alike, and it seems that the opposite is also true.
To the people of Israel, I want you to know that Australia is open to be your biggest ally. We back you 100%, and we are more than happy to fund you with military assistance and equiptment. I look forward to meeting with Israeli leaders soon."
These states of the american union
June 1, 2019
The Oval Office
The White House
Washington D.C., USA
- The United States of America is deeply troubled by the aggressive rhetoric and sheer illogical statements given by the Australian administration. The Presidency of the United States is meant to be the main advocate for freedom, liberty, and acceptance. The United States was not build on right-wing white nationalism, white supremacy, discrimination and suppression of non-whites. Unfortunately, all of the above is present in the history of the United States; however, they do not represent the foundation of the US Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, nor is such rhetoric and actions of hatred and discrimination compatible with the statement on the Statue of Liberty. We are a country that is built on differences and struggle. The Biden Administration looks to stand up and defend what defenseless and rectify where the United States has gone wrong over the years. The statements provided by Australia is a prime example of what my Presidency seeks to uncover to the world and raise awareness about. If Australia seeks to become Israel's biggest ally, then that is between Israel and Australia; however, the United States cannot condone nor support the continual suppression of Palestinians, of which gives rise and legitimacy to Hamas and other organizations such as Hizbollah, Al-Nusra, ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, etc. The actions advocated for by Australia is what feeds recruitment toward radicalism. The accusations of President Joe Biden hating the United States and the American people is a fear-mongering tactic and based on simple lies. It is simply false and based on emotion rather than rational judgment and logic. For further clarification, the accusations of President Biden a socialist is unfounded as well. The White House firmly believes that Australia has spiraled into the rhetoric and beliefs of right-wing nationalism; however, if the people of Australia seek to be governed by such an administration then that is their decision per their democratic processes and procedures. The US-Arab Relations have entered into a new phase of understanding. The alliance between the United States and Israel may continue; however, the continuation of this alliance is based on the continual actions of Israel. If Israel seeks to continue their expansive attitudes and policies, then the United States will readjust its obligations toward Israel. The United States must be a representative and a leader. The United States must be an advocate. The United States still views Hamas as a terrorist organization; however, what the Australian administration must understand is that although Palestinians may comprise the structure of Hamas, not all Palestinians are part of Hamas nor condone their actions of terror and violence. The White House understands this. The United States of America is not Australia. The United States was not founded on the premise of being a location to send prisoners and the British undesirables. Although the United States and Australia share a horrendous history of discrimination and racism against natives, blacks, and non-whites, the United States will not follow the course that Australia and other countries have decided to take.
Department of Defense
Research on Creating a Tank Design Based on the T-62
As Egypt has 500 T-62 tanks, we are looking to manufacture more since we have the right to produce them and access to the technology. However, we feel that the T-62s are a bit outdated so we will be adding them to our new domestic weapons research program. This project will be separate from the joint development project that is being pursued with Poland for the BMP-1. The goal of this is to make sure that Egypt's domestic weapons industry grows and to make sure that Egypt is protect against all threats. Egypt's long term goal is to start producing and selling weapons and we are looking to do more joint weapons research with other nations and develop new technology to benefit both nations. This research will be funded by the 20% of the military budget that was put aside to focus on developing the domestic weapons industry. Egypt is however still interested in purchasing new weapons and tech from other nations.
ශ්රී ලංකාව සහ ඊජිප්තුව අතර ගිවිසුම
இலங்கைக்கும் எகிப்திற்கும் இடையிலான உடன்படிக்கை
اتفاق بين سريلانكا ومصر
Signed in the Sri Lankan Embassy of Eypt, Cairo
2nd of June 2019
_____IN AN ATTEMPT to create peace in Sri Lanka, a meeting on the second of June, 2019, between the Eyptian Foreign Affairs Minister and the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Egypt has taken place in the Sri Lankan Embassy in Cairo.
_____The Egyptian Government has agreed to sell the Sri Lankan Armed Forces the equivalent of 375 million USD worth of military equipment to update and strengthen the Army and Air Force. The contents of this trade are discussed below. The Egyptian Government will also aid the end of the current civil conflict in Sri Lanka with five thousand (5 000) troops serving in Sri Lanka as peacekeeping forces. The Egyptian Government will also protect Sri Lanka from any external threat for a minumum of five years.
_____In return, the Sri Lankan Government will lease it's southern Naval port (SLNS Dakshina) to Egypt for five years. The Sri Lankan Armed Forces will no longer work along side the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and will no longer oppress or otherwise unfairly control the wider population.
_____Sri Lanka has purchased one hundred T-62s, ten M1A1 M1 Abrams, fifteen AH-64As, and around one hundred Ural Model 4320s to further expand and modernise the Sri Lankan Army and Air Force. Egypt and Sri Lanka will meet again to further in building relations once the civil conflict has ceased. This agreement, that is, the leasing of SLNS Dakshina, will be revisited in June 2024.
ශ්රී ලංකාව තුළ සාමය ඇති කිරීමට උත්සාහයක් වශයෙන්, 2019 ජූනි මස දෙවන දින කයිරෝ නුවර ශ්රී ලංකා තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ දී එරට විදේශ කටයුතු ඇමති සහ ඊජිප්තුවේ ශ්රී ලංකා තානාපතිවරයා අතර හමුවක් පැවැත්විණි.
යුධ හමුදාව හා ගුවන් හමුදාව යාවත්කාලීන කිරීම හා ශක්තිමත් කිරීම සඳහා මිලිටරි උපකරණ මිලියනයකට සමාන මිලිටරි උපකරණ ශ්රී ලංකා හමුදාවට විකුණා දැමීමට ඊජිප්තු රජය එකඟ වී ඇත. මෙම වෙළඳාමේ අන්තර්ගතය පහත දැක්වේ. ශ්රී ලංකාවේ සාම සාධක හමුදාවන් ලෙස ශ්රී ලංකාව තුළ සේවය කරන 5,000 (5,000) භටයින් සමඟ ශ්රී ලංකාවේ වර්තමාන සිවිල් ගැටුම අවසන් කිරීම සඳහා ඊජිප්තු රජය ද සහාය වනු ඇත. ඊජිප්තු රජය වසර පහක කාල පරිච්ඡේදයක් සඳහා ඕනෑම බාහිර තර්ජනයක් සිට ශ්රී ලංකාව ආරක්ෂා කරනු ඇත.
ශ්රී ලංකා රජය විසින් එහි දකුණු නාවික වරාය (SLNS Dakshina) වසර පහක් සඳහා බදු දී ඇත. ශ්රී ලංකා සන්නද්ධ හමුදා තවදුරටත් දෙමළ ඊළාම් විමුක්ති කොටි සංවිධානයට තවදුරටත් වැඩ නොකරන අතර, තවදුරටත් ජනගහන හෝ වෙනත් ආකාරයකින් අසාධාරණ ලෙස ජනගහනය පාලනය කරනු ඇත.
ශ්රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාව හා ගුවන් හමුදාව තවදුරටත් පුළුල් කිරීමට හා නවීකරණය කිරීමට ශ්රී ලංකා ටී ටී -62, එම් 1 ආර්බ්රස්, ඒඑච් -64 සහ පහළොවක් වටා ටර් 62 ක් මිලදී ගෙන ඇත. සිවිල් ගැටුම අවසන් වූ වහාම ඊජිප්තුව හා ශ්රී ලංකාව යළිත් මුණගැසෙනු ඇත. මෙම ගිවිසුමේ, එනම්, ඩී.එස්.නන්ෂා (DNS) බද්දට බදුදීම, 2024 ජුනි මාසයේ දී යළි සලකා බලනු ලැබේ.
இலங்கையில் சமாதானத்தை உருவாக்குவதற்கான முயற்சியில், ஐ.எஸ்.ஐ.யின் வெளியுறவு மந்திரி மற்றும் எகிப்தின் இலங்கைத் தூதுவர் ஆகியோருக்கு இடையேயான சந்திப்பு, 2019 ஜூன் மாதம் இரண்டாவது மாலை, கெய்ரோவிலுள்ள இலங்கை தூதரகத்தில் நடந்தது.
இராணுவம் மற்றும் விமானப்படைகளை மேம்படுத்தவும், வலுப்படுத்தவும் 375 மில்லியன் அமெரிக்க டாலர் மதிப்புள்ள இராணுவ உபகரணங்களுக்கு சமமானதாக இலங்கை ஆயுதப் படைகளை விற்க எகிப்திய அரசாங்கம் ஒப்புக் கொண்டுள்ளது. இந்த வர்த்தகத்தின் உள்ளடக்கங்கள் கீழே விவாதிக்கப்படுகின்றன. ஸ்ரீலங்காவில் தற்போதைய உள்நாட்டுப் போரின் முடிவை எகிப்திய அரசாங்கம் சமாதானப்படுத்தும் சக்தியாக ஸ்ரீலங்காவில் ஐந்தாயிரம் (5,000) துருப்புக்களுடன் சேர்ந்து உதவுகிறது. எகிப்திய அரசாங்கம் ஐந்தாண்டுகளுக்கு ஒரு மைனூமிற்காக எந்தவொரு வெளிநாட்டு அச்சுறுத்தலிலும் இருந்து இலங்கையை பாதுகாக்கும்.
பதிலாக, இலங்கை அரசாங்கம் அதன் ஐந்து வருடங்களுக்கு எகிப்தில் தெற்கு கடற்படை துறைமுகத்தை (SLNS தக்ஷிணா) குத்தகைக்கு விடுகிறது. தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகளுக்கு எதிராக சிறிலங்கா ஆயுதப்படைகள் இனி செயற்படாது மற்றும் பரந்த மக்களை அடக்குமுறை அல்லது வேறு விதமாக நியாயமற்ற முறையில் கட்டுப்படுத்தாது.
ஸ்ரீலங்கா இராணுவம் மற்றும் விமானப்படைகளை மேலும் விரிவாக்குவதற்கும் நவீனமயமாக்குவதற்கும் நூற்றுக்கும் மேற்பட்ட T-62 கள், பத்து M1 ஆப்ராம்ஸ், பதினைந்து AH-64s மற்றும் நூறு Ural டிரக்குகள் ஆகியவற்றை ஸ்ரீலங்கா வாங்கியுள்ளது. உள்நாட்டு மோதல்கள் நிறுத்தப்பட்டவுடன், எகிப்து மற்றும் ஸ்ரீலங்கா மீண்டும் உறவுகளை கட்டமைப்பதில் மீண்டும் சந்திப்போம். இந்த உடன்படிக்கை, அதாவது SLNS தக்ஷிணின் குத்தகை, ஜூன் 2024 ல் மறுஆய்வு செய்யப்படும்.
في محاولة لإحلال السلام في سري لانكا ، عُقد اجتماع في الثاني من يونيو 2019 بين وزير خارجية إبتيان وسفير سريلانكا لدى مصر في سفارة سريلانكا بالقاهرة.
وافقت الحكومة المصرية على بيع القوات المسلحة السريلانكية بما يعادل 375 مليون دولار من المعدات العسكرية لتحديث وتعزيز الجيش والقوات الجوية. وتناقش محتويات هذه التجارة أدناه. كما ستساعد الحكومة المصرية في إنهاء النزاع الأهلي الحالي في سريلانكا بخمسة آلاف (5000) جندي يعملون في سريلانكا كقوات لحفظ السلام. ستحمي الحكومة المصرية سري لانكا من أي تهديد خارجي لمدة أقل من خمس سنوات.
في المقابل ، ستستأجر الحكومة السريلانكية ميناء بحري بحري (SLNS Dakshina) إلى مصر لمدة خمس سنوات. لن تعمل القوات المسلحة السريلانكية جنبًا إلى جنب مع نمور تحرير تاميل إيلام ، ولن تقوم بعد ذلك بقمع أو السيطرة على السكان بشكل غير عادل.
اشترت سري لانكا مائة T-62s ، وعشرة M1 Abrams ، وخمس عشرة AH-64s ، وحوالي مائة شاحنة Ural لتوسيع وتحديث الجيش السريلانكي والقوات الجوية. ستجتمع مصر وسريلانكا مرة أخرى لمواصلة بناء العلاقات بمجرد توقف الصراع الأهلي. سيتم إعادة النظر في هذه الاتفاقية ، أي تأجير SLNS Dakshina ، في يونيو 2024.
The above documentation was written and signed in the Sri Lankan Embassy in Cairo in relations to the current civil uprising in Sri Lanka. The agreement grants Egypt a military presence on the island in the form of peacekeeping troops.
- IN AN ATTEMPT to create peace in Sri Lanka, a meeting on the second of June, 2019, between the Eyptian Foreign Affairs Minister and the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Egypt has taken place in the Sri Lankan Embassy in Cairo.
The Egyptian Government has agreed to sell the Sri Lankan Armed Forces the equivalent of 375 million USD worth of military equipment to update and strengthen the Army and Air Force. The contents of this trade are discussed below. The Egyptian Government will also aid the end of the current civil conflict in Sri Lanka with five thousand (5 000) troops serving in Sri Lanka as peacekeeping forces. The Egyptian Government will also protect Sri Lanka from any external threat for a minumum of five years.
In return, the Sri Lankan Government will lease it's southern Naval port (SLNS Dakshina) to Egypt for five years. The Sri Lankan Armed Forces will no longer work along side the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and will no longer oppress or otherwise unfairly control the wider population.
Sri Lanka has purchased one hundred T-62s, ten M1A1 M1 Abrams, fifteen AH-64As, and around one hundred Ural Model 4320s to further expand and modernise the Sri Lankan Army and Air Force. Egypt and Sri Lanka will meet again to further in building relations once the civil conflict has ceased. This agreement, that is, the leasing of SLNS Dakshina, will be revisited in June 2024.
- Nago TV
News from All Haiti
Haiti Reigns Dominant in Regional Again Written by Ukichi Dez
Written by Ukichi Dez
For the 3rd time in its nation’s history, a team from Haiti will be heading to the Youth Baseball World Series as Port-au-Prince North Youth Baseball from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, won the 2019 Youth Baseball Caribbean Regional Tournament.
The Port-au-Prince offense opened the tournament on fire, outscoring its opponents 12-1 over the first two games before taking home a 15-10 victory over the Dominican Republic in the semifinals. That momentum was all Haiti needed to cap off a 4-0 record with a 14-8 victory over Dorado, Puerto Rico in the championship game.
This will be the second straight year that Port-au-Prince makes a trip to the Youth Baseball World Series and the 2nd time a team from Haiti heads to Brooklyn. Haiti, along with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Belarus, has the distinction of being the newest nations to carry a Youth Baseball program. In 2013, two leagues were formed in the country, one in Port-au-Prince and one in Jacmel. A team from Haiti has never won the Youth Baseball World Series, but they had won 2 games last year. A 4-1 win over Venezuela and an 11-0 win over South Korea before they were eliminated 4-0 against Venezuela. They had also lost 2-1 to Osaka, Japan.
Port-au-Prince will open their 2018 Youth Baseball World Series with a second-round matchup against either the West Europe Region from Vienna, Austria or the Asia Oceanic Region from Hanoi, Vietnam on Friday, Sunday 12, at 12:45 p.m. in Empire Field. Spanning the course of 9 days, more than 32 games will be played in the 2018 Youth Baseball World Series in Brooklyn, culminating in the Championship Game, which is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Monday, August 20. For more information on the 2018 Youth Baseball World Series, visit the GC site.
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Amplifying Danish Current Events to the World
- Danish Troops Sent Abroad Again
12 x Duro IIIP 6x6 Armored Ambulance
23 x MAN 8.136 LUT
7 x MAN 13.192 MUT
16 x HMMWV (weapons completely removed)
- After a brief suspension of international deployment of Danish troops, they will be deployed once again to participate in what currently seems to be the most violent places on Earth.
Foriegn Minister Niels Andersen announced the formal initiation of Danish participation in Sri Lanka's (Izham) political conflict/civil war that had claimed the lives of several thousand and more in displaced. He expressed Denmark's position on the ongoing conflict, stating the legitimacy of the current Sri Lankan government and the importance of upholding and defending the government that was democratically elected by the people and vowed to protect the constitution, referring the LTTE as a "terrorist insurgent group". The deploying Danish mission to Sri Lanka, called "Operation Flywings" will consist of 210 medical and support personnel from the Royal Danish Armed Forces and volunteer nurses and doctors that are solely tasked to conduct different kinds of medical operations such as casualty extraction, search and rescue, and clinical duty. As agreed upon between the Danish and Sri Lankan delegation, only civilians will be attended by the contingent, prohibiting treatment of any military personnel. A minimum of 4 forward medical stations will be set up within Colombo and the Danish Chancery will be rebuilt to have a dual purpose of being an embassy and a small hospital with a bed capacity of 150 patients, a clinical capacity of 30 doctors, and with equipment that will allow doctors to perform general surgery, dentistry, and maternal delivery. Medical equipment and other essential supplies will be provided straight from Denmark, including other vehicles such as:
Operation Flywings will be headed by Brigadegeneral Nielson Obersgaard who will report directly to Chief of Defence General Kenneth Pedersen. The contingent is expected to be sent off before the end of the week, docking in the Port of Colombo and will be transported by HDMS Christian X and HDMS Frederick VII due to the lack of a proper transport vessel.
Major announcements from our Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu! - |IsraeliPM| YouTube channel.
Ladies and gentlemen. Ever since our lovely state was established by our brave Zionist forefathers, America did its best to aid the Jewish state. These states of the american union always searched for its best. Some presidents supported Israel more. Some presidents supported Israel less, but as facts speaking, the American administration and the American people are always our friends, that is until lately. The United States of America is going through several changes, one of them is the same the most world is going through. Especially Israel, where last elections have proven the Left-wing camp is near extinction, and the Right wing is on a historic rise. Europe is also going through the right-wingisation. Not for nothing the dear President Donald Trump was elected, and that is why we named our city after him. But something dangerous is happening. The power of the Democrats is decreasing, but just like in Israel, When the Left loses power in Democracy, they attempt to establish their own deep state. Trump has lost his war against his unjustified undemocratic putsch, but I did not give up to the Left as of yet. But dear Jews of mine, while the majority of Americans still loves you, but the Democrats are kicking you out, in favor of protecting Radical Islam, the alt-right is anti-semitic as well, this is your chance to fulfill your birthright!
As I said, never have an American president was as anti-semitic as our current President, and as he withdrew his ambassador, and recalled him to Tel Aviv, I proclaim this now, there is no place for him in Tel Aviv. It would be either Jerusalem or go back to America.
regarding another subject, politicians, and intellectuals, also our members of Parliament, have asked me "So now you will not make peace with anyone who you consider enemy?" I will clarify this. Under the right compromises, Israel is open to relations with ANY nation. Thank you very much.
- THE AUSTRALIAN:: Dutton’s Sri Lankan trip to stop boats
By Rosie Louis
Peter Dutton has embarked on a lightning visit to Sri Lanka to conduct meetings on people-smuggling with the country’s President and Prime Minister, amid warnings of more asylum-seeker boats heading to Australia.
Operation Sovereign Borders’ aircraft yesterday began three days of patrols over the waters near Christmas Island in a bid to find boats that might be on their way. The patrols resumed in February after a lengthy hiatus and the latest series of aerial surveillance missions is expected to continue in blocks over four weeks.
The Home Affairs Minister’s two-day visit to Sri Lanka is designed to signal Australia’s determination that there will be no let-up in a vigorous approach to border protection. He is concerned that more boats carrying asylum-seekers will travel from Sri Lanka to Australia after a vessel with 20 people on board attempted the journey last month during the election campaign, as revealed in The Australian.
Mr Dutton’s office would not confirm reports that up to six boats might have set out for Australia, with a spokeswoman refusing to comment on operational matters.
Making the first trip by an Australian federal minister to Colombo since the Easter terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists, Mr Dutton will meet President Ariyanayagam Chandranehru, Prime Minister Veerasingham Anandasangaree and his ministerial counterpart to discuss combined efforts to combat people-smuggling and terrorism.
“The purpose of the visit is to prosecute Operation Sovereign Borders’ interests and to engage Sri Lankan authorities on counter-terrorism matters,” Mr Dutton’s spokeswoman said.
“We greatly value the ongoing co-operation on regional maritime security.”
Mr Dutton blamed people-smugglers marketing a change of government for the May venture after the boat was intercepted by Border Force, sent to Christmas Island and then the passengers returned to Sri Lanka by plane.
He said suggestions they were on the island for two or three days were wrong.
One of Australian Border Force’s Dash 8 aircraft located the small wooden vessel and then directed a navy boat to its location.
While this was happening, the crew of the Dash 8 monitored and reported on the vessel and anything they could tell about the safety of those on board.
The Abbott government gifted two Bay-class patrol boats to Sri Lanka to strengthen co-operation between the two countries, while in January this year another three Port-class Stabicraft vessels were delivered to the Sri Lankan coast guard.
Mr Dutton said Australia would help Sri Lanka rebuild after the terrorist attacks on three churches and four hotels, and singled out its tourism industry for support. “There’s a very special bond between Sri Lanka and Australia and that’s been longstanding,” Mr Dutton said.
Speaking to priest Shamira Rodrigo at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo yesterday, Mr Dutton offered Australia’s condolences to those affected by the Easter bombings, which killed 258 people. Two Australians, Manik Suriaaratchi and her daughter Alexendria, were killed in the church Mr Dutton visited. The attacks were carried out by little-known Muslim organisations but were believed to have been inspired by Islamic State. Almost all the victims were Sri Lankan, many of them Christians attending mass.
“It’s a very solemn place and obviously a beautiful structure, and for it to have been marred in this way is a tragedy,” Mr Dutton said of the church. “We are as horrified as anybody with the attack that’s taken place in this place of worship.
“All of us condemn any act of violence, regardless of the perpetrator’s religion, regardless of their background. To commit an evil act, particularly in a place of worship, has a special level of indecency about it.”
Laborhome affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally said her party stood with the government in keeping Australia’s borders secure. She said that “every time that Peter Dutton says otherwise he is simply lying”. “He is simply doing the people-smuggler’s work,” Senator Keneally said. “Peter Dutton only has one setting and that’s attack, and right now he’s attacking me because he knows that his department is a mess.”
As of mid-January, Operation Sovereign Borders had disrupted 80 people-smuggling ventures since its inception in September 2013. The 20 people on board the boat from Sri Lanka are the only known boat arrivals in 2019. There were 17 last year, but none between 2015 and 2017.
June 3, 2019
Department of State
- Per the wishes of President Benjamin Netanyahu and per the direction of President Joe Biden, the American embassy within Israel has been officially closed and therefore, all embassy staff, diplomatic staff, consulate staff, ambassador, and American detail in Tel Aviv have been called home permanently. The United States would like to remind Israel that Tel Aviv does not provide nor demand the United States with ultimatums that goes against established policy and procedures nor does Israel dictate the actions and thought processes of the Oval Office. The Jewish State of Israel has every right to continue their relations and policies as they see it as a sovereign nation; however, Israel will not bully nor demand the United States to validate nor justify continual aggression and hostilities. That is unacceptable. The American embassy will be officially closing immediately and all American diplomatic staff and personnel shall be returning to Washington DC.
Duterte Welcomes President Bukele to Manila
President Nayib Bukele of the Central American Federation has arrived in Manila and was welcomed by a line of honour guards and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Eko Ali. President Bukele was immediately driven to the Malacañang Palace to meet with Prime Minister Rodrigo Duterte, where the two are set to discuss the affairs of the first APA summit to be held in the Central American Federation. Duterte is also set to bring up the military modernisation of the Central American navy to President Bukele, in efforts of eradicating the cartel than run rampant in Latin America.
Prime Minister Duterte has said that he has been looking forward to talking to President Nayib Bukele as one of the leaders of Latin America. Duterte hopes to open more opportunities for both countries to exchange in culture and cooperate in economics, diplomacy and military; Further strengthening the relations of Luvindanao and the Central American Federation.
- "I'm happy to work with our brothers across the Pacific. The Central American Federation is one of the leaders of Latin America, and we must maintain good relations with a nation that shares history and traditions with us. I'm excited to meet President Bukele, he seems to be a well rounded and intelligent man.
Capital of Luvindanao to be moved
As Manila has acted as the administrative center of Luvindanao for the entirety of its independence, it is theoretically the heart of Luvindanaon culture and traditions. Though this is far from the truth. Manila is Luvindanaos largest city, and second most economically powerful only behind Singapore. Though it is not representative of the countries vast cultures and traditions. Those on the Malay Peninsula have complained over Manilas dominance over the entire kingdom. Even those located in Eastern Luvindanao feel Manila's over representation in power, dubbing Manila as imperialistic in nature. The country has been most divided, with full content from the Malay Peninsula to Palau, as many saw the understanding in that the volatility of Asia during the Cold War required a strong unified state.
Luvindanao today has been the most divided it has ever been, culturally the West dominates, with many films, and academia being dominant in the Malay peninsula, while in terms of administration what is known as Greater Manila has dominated the field. The Peninsula has no intentions of separation, in fact only 1.2% of Peninsular Luvindanaons want to seperate, stating that the power that is provided by Manila is sufficient in keeping the Peninsula happy. There is also a great nationalistic sentiment within the Peninsula of reaching great power status, which is believed to only be seen with a fully united Luvindanao. Though many are still unhappy with Manilas position as the center of power.
Manila is the seat of the monarchy, an institution originally created to establish a unifying national identity. A monarch recognised by all others in the realm. Peninsular proposals have stated the moving of the capital to a neutral location where neither Greater Manila or the Malay peninsula could hold too much dominance. Cebu City, Bandar Seri Begawan, Kuching, Sandakan and Puerto Princesa have all been nominated; While another proposal is to build a completely new city, with Sebau, Brunei, Sabah, Bohol and Palawan being prime candidates for the location of the new Capital.
- UNIAN news
5,000 people commemorate the June 4th Movement in Kyiv
4th June 2019
- Nearly 5000 people gathered at Independence Square in Kyiv to commemorate the deaths of students who killed in the June 4th Incident
30 years ago, the Chinese government violently suppress the students who ask for freedom and democracy with military action. Its 30 years already since the famous June 4th Incident happened, and the Chinese government continues to heavily suppress the freedom of speech, news and politics by using censorships and secret police.
Yesterday, nearly 5,000 people gathered at the Kyiv Independence Square, to commemorate the deaths of nearly 10000 people, who were killed by the Chinese government at that time. Apart from the local citizens, some 100 Chinese also participated in the event. The participants put flowers in front of the previous-made Goddess of Democracy, which made by the students at Kyiv University.
President Arseniy Yatsentuk and some political parties members had participated the event, including former president Oleh Tyahnybok, had also participated in this event, "This is the worst day for democracy, and martyrs who sacrifice for freedom." President Yatsenyuk said, "The June 4th Incident will not happen in Ukraine, and me as the leader of Ukraine, I will definitely do my best to protect the democracy from being affected."
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- Fall of Colombo part 1
Asanka Nandasiri and the Militant Order of the Sinhalese Lions invaded the city of Colombo last night, driving through barriers in tanks and armoured vehicles, driving through crowds and firing at passers-by. MOSL leader Asanka Nandasiri claims that his plan for the "Fall of Colombo" was inspired by Tiananmen Square 30 years ago.
At 10:00pm, 15 T-69 tanks rolled through Aluthmawatha Road in the city's north. Upon entering Sammanthranapura, Colombo's northernmost suburb, Colombo police, LTTE, and the Sri Lankan Army attempted to stop MOSL, although all attempts failed. As they entered the city, Mattakkuliya Bridge, Japan Friendship Bridge, New Kalani Bridge, and Senevirthnarama Road Bridge were bombed down, meaning that any attempt at entering Colombo from the north (where a majority of LTTE/Sri Lankan Army troops are stationed) will need to make a 35 minute detour.
Public protests have been squashed by the MOSL, with Nandasiri saying he will 'not retreat until a victory for the lions.' More infomation still to come.
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4 юни 2019 г.
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE SECURES MAIN BATTLE TANKS
The Armed Forces have secured a tender for 150 M1A2 SEPv2 tanks from the United States, in a deal reportedly worth over $1 bn. The deal came after tender was released to replace existing stocks of T-72M2 vehicles currently in use by the Bulgarian Armed Forces. Defence Minister Dragomir Stoyanov stated "The arrival of this deal bodes well for Bulgarian military capabilities in the future. We are finally taking the correct steps to advance ourselves as a European nation, and we believe these new vehicles will be a welcome addition to our country, as well as our work within the European Union." It has been reported that the tanks will be arriving in batches, due to the financial restrictions of the Defence Budget. The first batch is expected to arrive within 3 months, with the rest coming at regular intervals. This choice was made to acclimatise existing tank crews to the new vehicles gradually to improve combat effectiveness. The current 700 T-72 vehicles will be sent into reserve, and will be used as training vehicles for the reserve and conscript battalions, whilst the new vehicles will for the new backbone of the Bulgarian armoured force.
BELENE NPP 'NEAR COMPLETION', ACCORDING TO ENERGY MINISTER
Energy Minister Krasimir Dimitrov has announced today that the Belene Nuclear Power Plant will soon be fully operational, and will join the Kozludoy plant in providing for a majority of Bulgarian electric consumption, as well as potentially exporting to other surrounding nations. The 4 available reactors have been heavily modified and upgraded from their previous state, with regional inspectors declaring them safe for operation. Previously, the project had been cancelled due to the instability and obsolete designs of the reactor buildings. Since the previous government, heavy investment from the government and BulGas have brought the powerplants up to European standards. Despite this, large protests remain in Sofia from university students and members of Extinction Rebellion against the opening of the plant, stating the environmental risks and citing the dangers of nuclear energy. A majority of the National Assembly have shown support for the program, with little dissent, as it is viewed as an logical economic step to the improvement of the Bulgarian state.
Luvindanao Navy on high alert
After the fall of Colombo to the the Militant Organisation of the Sinhalese Lions the Luvindanaon navy has began monitoring of the Bay of Bengal near the island of Sri Lanka. Sitting on the opening of the Straits of Malacca, the stability of Sri Lanka is vital to the operations of sea routes in the area. We ask for many of our regional partners to heed the conflict, to ensure the it is contained as much as possible. The Sipag carrier group will be dispatched to monitor the region and we hope to see many other countries in the region to do so.
The Sipag Carrier group will be composed of the Invincible-class carrier, the RLS Sipag; the Del Pilar-class frigates, RLS Kitanglad, RLS Dulang-Dulang; the Sovremenny-class destroyer, RLS Legarda; and the Challenger-class submarines the LRS Tagahamon and LRS Manlulupig.
Though there are no intentions of engagement, if provoked the navy will react accordingly.
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Amplifying Danish Current Events to the World
- Operation Flywings - Update
- Despite the looming MOSL fighters in the capital city of Colombo, the Danish medical contingent continues to stay strong in their mission to provide medical aid and attention.
The destroyers HDMS Chrisrian IX and HDMS Frderick VII that were carrying the 210 medical and support personnel and other essential equipment have finally docked in the Port of Colombo almost a week and a half later when they left Copenhagen. Danish Consulate-General to Sri Lanka Harold Stassen Jayawardena was present in the unloading of equipment and the first formation of personnel after disembarking the ships, where an accompanying journalist took a photo of the Consulate-General having a good discourse with Generalbridgade Obersgaard. The arrival and deployment process was quick as the personnel and equipment were already divided according to their assigned locations. After that, a mile-long convoy of military vehicles left the port area before slowly breaking off to five locations: the Consulate in the World Trade Center and the four forward operating stations (FOS) in Jinthupitiya, Dematagoda, Maradana, and Kollupitiya. A strong communication network had been established among the five operating stations and between the Consulate and the Foreign Office in Copenhagen who will be closely monitoring the situation.
Even though news reports have reached the Consulate about the arrival of MOSL fighters in Colombo, with the forward operating station in Jinthupitiya being the nearest to the possible location of the fighters, Generalbrigade Obersgaard was keen in not changing the location of the FOS in Jinthupitiya.
- Darwin shooting witness hid from gunman wearing only his underpants as friend killed
ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Company)
A Darwin man has described how he came face-to-face with a gunman and then ran, wearing only his underpants, and warned neighbours as his friend was killed.
Four men in four locations across the city were killed by a lone gunman on Tuesday evening, while a woman was injured.
Police have a suspect in custody at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
One victim has been identified as Hassan Baydoun, 33.
John Reid said he was rolling a cigarette outside his house on Jolly Street in Woolner when the gunman appeared.
"Thank to god I did not walk outside, I stayed where I was hidden," he told the ABC.
"It frightened the hell out of me, because I was kind of semi-naked, with my jocks on."
"I've taken off and I hid behind a couple of pods that we've got down the back, and I thought, 'bugger that', and I hid down the other side of the house."
He said as the gunman vanished one of his friends emerged.
"The next minute the other friend appeared out of nowhere, old mate, and he popped his head outside and he thought it was fireworks," he said.
"I turned around, 'it's not bloody fireworks, mate', I said, 'he's got a shotgun, bloke, get the hell out of here'.
"And he said, 'eh, sh*t that', and he jumped over the fence that quick.
"Now I'm a bit of a heavier guy, but I couldn't make it over the fence."
Mr Reid said he then saw the gunman come around the corner.
"He kind of looked at me, I looked at him, and he didn't raise the gun," he said.
"And then I looked at him again and then I just went 'see ya', and I was gone."
Mr Reid said he escaped under the fence of the property.
"By the time I made it underneath the fence I heard three shots and took off straight down the road, straight to the building down on the corner," he said.
"[A] family was outside. I told the lady outside, 'just get your kids inside, there's a guy down the road there with a bloody shotgun'."
He said he hid behind a car, all the while wearing only his underpants.
"Then [my friend] came outside and said, 'here, put some shorts on, can't have you walking around with your jocks on'."
Mr Reid said the tactical response group from NT Police arrived not long afterwards.
"They kind of frightened me because they had bloody machine guns, and I was just about scared of guns at that time, after seeing the gunshots happening over there at the bloody house," he said.
"I said, 'somebody go in there and check the house because my mate's inside there and he's dead'. I knew he was dead."
He said he'd spent a sleepless night at a friend's house.
"I tried to go to sleep, and it's not funny when you hear gunshots like that. It frightens the hell out of you," Mr Reid said.
When asked if he'd feared for his own life, Mr Reid said: "I'll give you three guesses, but you're only going to need one.
"I managed to get away, me other friend managed to get away, unfortunately old mate here, he didn't make it. It's very sad."
- Police Raid 'an Attack on Press Freedom'
The Morrison government has been accused of intimidating journalists and undermining press freedom, after the home of senior reporter Annika Smethurst was raided over a 2018 leak that authorities said could threaten national sercurity.
Hours after the AFP raid, 2GB radio host Bed Fordham revealed live on air that he was now involved in a Home Affairs Department inquiry for reporting on Monday that six asylum-seeker boats were headed for Australia.
In April last year, Smethurst, a political editor of News CorpSunday newspapers, reported on having a secret plan that would have allowed the Australian Singnals Directorate to spy on Australian citizens for the first time and gain access to their emails, bank records and text messages. The story included images of top-secret letters between Home Affairs secretary Mike Pezzullo and Defence secretary Greg Moriarty.
The two cases come more that a year after the government was forced to add a public-interest defence to its epsionage and foreign-interference laws that riled news organisations. Questions yesterday resurfaced over Scott Morrison's commitment to press freedom.
The AFP executed a warrant to search Smethurst's Canberra home, computer and mobile phone, just as she was leaving for work. It was said the raid took place under the Crimes Act 1914 in order to investigate an "extremely serious matter" that could undermine national sercurity.
"The activity is in regard to an investigation into the alleged unauthorised disclosure of national sercurity infomation that was reffered to the AFP," it said.
News Corp Australian - also publisher of The Australian - said the seven-hour AFP raid would "chill public interest reporting" and was a "clear and dangerous" signal to those trying to cover intelligence and national sercurity matters. This raid demonstrates a dangerous act of intimidation towards those committed to telling uncomfortable truths," a News Corp spokeswoman said. "The riad was outrageous and heavy-handed."
Asked last night in London about the raid, the President said he believed very strongly in the freedom of the press but that "it never troubles me our laws are being upheld." Asked if journalists had the right to report on national sercurity issues, he responded: "Australia believes strongly in the freedom of the press and we have clear rules and protections for freedom of the press and also clear rules protecting Australia's national sercurity. And everybody should operate in accordance with those laws. I support the powers that agencies have under our laws.""
Fordham said there was "no hopes in hell" he would give up any sources, even though he was not the target of the investigation into his asylum-seeker boats reports. "I don't know how concerned I should be, because I haven't been in a situation like this before," he said. "I'll co-operate with them as much as I can, but I;m not able to reveal my sources. Never have, never will. Agencies like Home Affairs are free to investigate leaks, just as I'm free to decided not to reveal my sources."
Law Council of Australia president Athur Moses said Smethurst and her editors could be open to prececution for publishing documents considered to be offical secrets. "It is possible for a journalist to be charged with inauthorised disclosure offence," Mr Moses said. "For example, a journalist could be charged under Section 122.4A of the Criminal Code Act 1995, were a person can commit an offence relating to communicating and dealing with infomation, which can include unauthorised disclosure.
"However, there is a public-interest defence under subsection 122.5(6) for this offence for a person reporting news, which would depend on the individual circumstances of the case. Press freedom is a cornerstone of a western democracy such as ours in Australia... Any chilling effect on this role would be contrary to the governmental transparency and integrity Australians expect.
Press gallery president David Crowe said the raid on Smethurst was "alarming for all Australians" and "an outrageous move."
"Democracy suffers when journalists are raided for reporting on governments," Crowe said. "The police raid is an attack on press freedom and a danger for he wider freedoms of all Australians."
The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance labelled the raid an "outrageous attack" on press freedom. "Yet again, we have an example of a government aiming to punish those who have brought to light vital infomation. Australians are entitled to know what their governments do in their name," MEAA president March Strom said.
In her April 2018 story, Smethurst reported that both Home Affairs minister Petter Dutton and then-defence minister Marise Payne had seen the proposal to moniter Australian citizens but no formal proposal for legislative amendments had been presented to the government. It was also reported then-President Oliver Wilson and other cabinet moderates quickly rejected the proposal.
Present laws do not allow the ASD to spy on Australian citizens.
In February 2018, Attorney-General Christian Porter was forced to amend government espionage laws, adding a public interest defence for journalists, but not exempting them.
Mr Porter did not respond to questions yesterday on what the government would do to protect journalists under current laws governing the unauthorised disclosure of government secrets.
- Government rolls out anti-people smuggler campaign as it reveals asylum seekers rescue
SBS News (Special Broadcasting Service)
Australian surveillance planes have helped save 41 asylum seekers from drowning at sea in the Indian Ocean.
Australian pilots have helped save dozens of asylum seekers from drowning at sea, Operation Sovereign Border's commander Major General Craig Furini has revealed, as the government announce a new campaign aimed at deterring people smugglers and illegal asylum seekers.
The 41 asylum seekers were sailing from Sri Lanka to Australia 10 days ago when their vessel started to sink in the Indian Ocean.
An Australian surveillance aircraft assisted members of the Sri Lankan Navy to rescue those on board.
Major General Furini, who is in Sri Lanka with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, praised the country's navy for pulling off the rescue.
"Australia remains committed to protecting its borders, stamping out people smuggling and preventing people from rising their lives at sea," he said in a statement.
"As these events show, Australia cooperates closely with partner countries to end the dangerous crime of maritime people smuggling - both before and after boats actually take to the water."
It is the second vessel to attempt to reach Australia in the past month, and the third since March.
Several other boats are believed to have been detected in recent weeks.
The announcement coincides with the government launching its new "Zero Chance" campaign, aimed at deterring people from using people smugglers to gain entry to Australia.
New material, obtained by SBS Sinhalese, urge illegals immigrants to not try and make the trip in a variety of languages.
"The election has not changed Australia's tough border laws," the material states.
Other material describes the 29 May interception of the illegal immigrants heading to Australia from Sri Lanka, going on to claim that every people smuggling boat attempting to reach Australia in the past five years has failed.
Operation Sovereign Borders was initially rolled out in 2013 and according to government material has returned 847 people from 35 separate people smuggling ventures to their country of departure or origin.
Earlier this week Democrat's new Home Affairs spokesperson Kristina Keneally has criticised Mr Dutton for allowing the number of asylum seekers arriving by plane to blow out as she defends her credentials on border security.
But Mr Dutton was quick to respond by attacking Democrat's record on people smugglers.
"Because, when you look at all that she has said over a number of years, there couldn't be anyone less qualified in the Democratic Socialist party to be the Home Affairs shadow minister," Mr Dutton told reporters on Sunday.