Don’t Cross These Bridges If You’re Scared Of Heights…
 April 4, 2019 By Jason Albert

​​Bridges are a great way to get us from A to B. And while this may be a metaphor most of the time,

when it comes to bridges this is quite literally the case.

The design and construction of bridges are often overlooked: they’re actually a great way

to connect two pieces of land that need to be joined for transport.


When your country’s population is 209 million, you have a few extra folks ready to serve in the military. Brazil has an impressive 1.6 million people on reserve waiting to serve if needed. Interestingly, its active army is only 384,000 people, which is relatively small considering its size.
Despite the fairly small number of active personnel, Brazil’s armed forces have 13 helicopters, 224 fighter aircraft, and many transport vessels. A whopping $29 billion is spent on the military each year.

Japan, unfortunately, has also seen its fair share in war from over the years. Aside from armed forces, Japan also has what is known as a ‘Self-Defense Force’. This means that they have the right to fight and protect themselves from any nation on Earth.
With a massive budget of $45 billion annually, the Japanese army has 247,000 active men and women who serve, as well as an additional 63,000 in reserves. Overall, the soldiers have access to 1,590 fighter jets, 131 ships, and almost 670 tanks.

 The Tet Offensive was well-planned, and the Viet Cong occupied the U.S. Embassy.
To American soldiers on the ground and their commanders, the offensive in January 1968 must have seemed ruthlessly competent. North Vietnamese forces attacked cities all over South Vietnam, inflicting grievous losses in many places. And early press reports claimed that the Viet Cong had actually occupied the American Embassy building in Saigon itself.

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North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world, but its leader Kim Jong Un has still found the money he needs to finance a nuclear weapons program, despite the country's fundamental poverty and international economic sanctions.

This documentary looks at how, and introduces the men who have helped Kim Jong Un keep his dreams of reaching nuclear power status alive.

North Korea has not reined in its nuclear program, despite a number of UN resolutions that have tried to force it to do so.

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Every year Pyongyang sends millions of North Korean workers abroad, selling their services to over 40 countries around the world.

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The only ones who know exactly how the system works are the men who have helped the North Korean government carry through the program for years.

A film team spent years researching these men and their secrets - from bankers and diplomats to the laborers and specialists who worked abroad and whose wages flowed into the regime's coffers. Come and meet all the dictator’s men.


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U. S. military spending dwarfs the budget of the #2 country – China. 
For every dollar China spends on its military, the U.S. spends $2.77.

Military Spending in the United States


You might not think of Indonesia’s army as being so strong, but maybe that’s how they like it. The nation has an impressive 264 million people, with around 476,000 active men and women at any given time. An additional 400,000 soldiers are on call if needed.
The professions work to protect its many island borders, battle terrorism, and seek world peace. It has two submarines and 420 jets, 191 ships, and hundreds of tanks. The budget each year is just over $8 billion.

However, the idea that the North Vietnamese people were as one in their support of the communists does not bear close scrutiny. In fact, some historians believe that the North’s decision to go to war was motivated by a desire to paper over political problems on the domestic front. Land reforms had gone badly wrong, there was opposition to communist rule and North Vietnam’s economy was weak. In other words, for the communists war served as a convenient distraction from mounting domestic problems.


Singapore has a modest population of roughly 5 million people, but dedicates an impressive 3.2$ of its GDP to the Singapore Armed Forces. This means its $11.2 billion budget can be generally distributed to help its 72,000 active soldiers. 
On top of its 72,000 active personnel, the Singapore Armed Forces has an amazing 1.3 million people available for reserve duty – which totals roughly 20% of the country’s population. Military age is 16.6, whereas conscription starts at 18. 

Homeland Security Spending
Total military spending includes about $16 billion in military expenses for the Department of Homeland Security, which was established in 2002. This department also gets funds that are not designated as military spending, including funding for law enforcement, border control, and other pseudo-military expenses. Non-military Department of Homeland Security funding is expected to be an additional $43 billion in fiscal year 2015.


Colombia’s 49 million people all have a chance to serve in its armed forces. From the age of 18, citizens are committed to serving in one of its three branches. Each year, there are 470,000 active members of the army, air force, and national police force.
Overall, Colombia assigns 3.3% of its GDP to the Military Forces of Colombia. This totals more than $9.7 billion in annual costs for the branches that protect its land from invaders.

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Austria spends a surprisingly small amount of money on its military budget – just 0.7% of its GDP. Due to its population of roughly 8.7 million, this means that its budget is around $2.9 billion a year. 
The Austrian Armed Forces demands six months of mandatory conscription from young adults. At the age of 17, men and women join the military and can stay until the age of 49. Austria receives equipment from the US, Australia, France, and Germany. 

There are more than 46 million people living in Spain, giving credence to its military of 170,000 people. Even though only 50,000 people serve full time, it is still an impressive size for the European country. Spain has a relatively small air force: 151 attack and fighter jets as well as six helicopters.
The country also has four submarines due to its proximately to the water. Its strong economy allows it to spend a huge $11.4 billion each year to maintain the beast


With a population of only 4.1 million, the Republic of Croatia Armed Forces is fairly modest. Its three branches are the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force – all totaling to just 16,000 active soldiers at any given time.
Using 1.25% of its GDP, the annual budget Croatian military branches enjoy $767 million a year in spending. Conscription was abolished in 2008 and relies on voluntary service from men and women after the age of 18.


Argentina has a relatively large population, clocking in at around 44 million people. Despite this, its armed forces only have 51,000 people. In fact, it’s one of the few countries that have fewer people on reserves than in active duty – 52,000.
The government funds 86 fighter jets and a modest number of other attack aircraft. Generally, it is more concerned about its work on the ground, deploying 430 tanks, rocket projectors, and other vehicles. The budget is around $5.1 billion a year. 

This South American country has a population of 16.6 million people and annual budget of $2.3 billion. It is made up from dedicating 2.74% of its GDP – a fairly reasonable and normal percentage compared to other countries.
Generally, the Military of Ecuador abides by a mission statement to preserve the integrity and sovereignty of the national territory. The Army also frequently helps the government with social issues like illegal immigration, organized crime, and anti-narcotic operations. It receives its weapons from the US, France, UK, and Israel. 


It really is true what they say about the Swiss. The country has a fairly modest armed force, despite a population of 8.4 million people. At any given time, there are 200,000 people active military members with an additional 120,000 on reserves.
Even though it has a small airborne force, this doesn’t include any attack helicopters. Generally, the army holds 224 combat tanks and more armed vehicles since it has no need for a navy. The country is completely land-locked and has no direct access to the sea.


 Norway has a modest population of 5.2 million people, meaning its armed forces only holds 3,500 soldiers at any given time. The country keeps 46,000 on the waiting list for reserves if the country ever feels it necessary to deploy them.
Despite the small size, Norway has 57 fight jets and a few transport systems. Generally, the country focuses on its land tactics and does not spend time in the air. With its $7.2 billion budget, it collects naval equipment including submarines.

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Battle Stations - SR-71 Blackbird Stealth Plane -Full Documentary
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The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (so named for its heat-resistant black paint) first flew in 1964, and since that time it has remained the world's fastest aircraft. Tanks in the inner wings and upper fuselage carry the 80,000 pounds of special, superheated fuel. Few weapon systems have ever entered the military arena with such blinding superiority as did the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. No weapon system has ever maintained that same degree of superiority over a period of four decades. Today, the Blackbird is still the fastest, highest-flying, most-effective reconnaissance aircraft in history, even though budgetary considerations have caused it to be withdrawn from active service. Like the U-2, a product of the U.S. government's super-secret Skunk Works research & development center, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a perfect expression of Kelly Johnson's genius and his leadership of a brilliant team of fewer than 200 engineers. The USAF's SR-71 was a two-seat development of the earlier A-12 aircraft used by the Central Intelligence Agency. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird first flew on December 22, 1964, and by December 1967, all 31 of the Blackbirds had been delivered to the USAF. The Blackbird was both a miracle of design and of production, for its performance (speed of Mach 3.2, more than 90,000 feet of altitude, a 4,000-mile range) had to overcome not only the sound barrier, but also the heat barrier. Skin temperatures of the craft exceeded 1,050 degrees Fahrenheit. Special fuels, hydraulic fluids, electronics, and glass had to be developed to match the strength of the aircraft's titanium structure. A Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, flown invariably by a highly skilled crew, became an invulnerable, invaluable reconnaissance aircraft. Unlike satellites in fixed orbits, the SR-71 could be deployed within hours to anywhere in the world. The usefulness of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird went beyond military applications to diplomatic roles. During the 1973 Middle East Yom Kippur War, reconnaissance photos taken by the SR-71 determined the positions of the advancing Israeli forces, and were used during subsequent peace negotiations. And as a research instrument, the SR-71 has few peers; although officially retired, Blackbirds are rumored to be occasionally flown -- "unofficially" -- in NASA research. Blackbirds set many records for speed and altitude, the last one a transcontinental speed record of less than 68 minutes -- on the delivery flight of a retired SR-71 to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. LOCKHEED SR-71 BLACKBIRD SPECIFICATIONS Wingspan: 55 ft. 7 in. Length: 107 ft. 5 in. Height: 18 ft. 6 in. Empty Weight: 60,000 lbs Gross Weight: 170,000 lbs Top Speed: Mach 3.2-plus Service Ceiling: 90,000 ft.-plus Range: 2,600 miles Engine/Thrust: Two Pratt & Whitney J58 turbojets/32,500 lbs each Crew: 2 Equipment: Wide range of classified intelligence-gathering equipment

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Belgium is one of the rare countries to dedication less than a percent of its GDP to Armed Forces. As of 2018, 0.93% of the budget contributes to $4 billion across land, air, and naval components. 
With a population of roughly 11 million, the entire Armed Forces remain small in size and scope. Each year, there are 25,000 soldiers with an additional 1,700 people waiting in reserves. Due to harsh lessons learned in WWII, Belgium focuses more on collective security as foreign policy.

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In terms of sheer land mass, Russia is by far the largest country in the world. It has a whopping nine time zones – justifying its large military presence. Overall, there are 766,000 active Russian soldiers with a massive 2.5 million more on reserve.
Beyond its confirmed fleet of nuclear weapons, the military has more than 15,000 tanks, 350 ships, and various cyber capabilities. It’s good to know where that $66 billion budget is being spent!

The North Vietnamese held U.S. POWs after the war ended.
The Americans withdrew from Vietnam in 1973 after the Paris Peace accords that year. Part of the treaty included the return of U.S. POWS and 591 men were indeed freed. But around 1,200 American servicemen were reported as missing in action, MIA. Ever since the end of the war, activists have insisted that the North Vietnamese continued to hold some of those Americans prisoner.

Hollywood played its part in perpetuating the myth with the 1985 blockbuster Rambo: First Blood Part II. In the movie Sylvester Stallone as Rambo rescues forgotten POWs from Vietnam. However, back in the real world a Congressional committee completed an exhaustive investigation in 1993. It concluded that there was “no compelling evidence that proves that any American remains alive in captivity in Southeast Asia.”

However, it seems that those who actually had experience of working with the South Vietnamese soldiers in the field had a radically different view. One of those, General Creighton Abrams, described the ARVN’s response to the Tet Offensive in Saigon. “The ARVN killed more enemy than all other allied forces combined…[and] suffered more [killed in action], both actual and on the basis of the ratio of enemy to friendly killed in action” Abrams attested.



Denmark only designates 1.17% of its GDP to the military budget, but this still equals an impressive $3.8 billion USD each year. Not bad for a population of 5 million! Due to its small population, the Danish Defense only has 15,000 active soldiers. 
Time in the Army is mandatory for men and optional for women from the age of 18. In total, the Armed Forces have four branches: Royal Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Home Guard. 

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The North American country has a population of 37 million – which is a little more than 10% of its USA cousins down below. Despite this, it has a much larger land mass and needs to protect it.
There are 79,000 active military members and is ranked as one of the most powerful militaries in the world. Not bad for a country which is seen as the pacifist of North America. Its budget is roughly $20 billion a year which helps it maintain four submarines and 181 tanks, as well as tools and technologies.

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But the facts don’t support the myth. In her 2014 book Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks Penny Lewis address this very question of the relationship between support and opposition to the Vietnam War and class. Her conclusion? “Working-class people were never more likely than their middle-class counterparts to support the war, and in many instances, they were more likely to oppose it.”

Anti-war protetors spat on returning soldiers.
According to this tale, things became so tense between anti-war protestors and soldiers coming home from service in Vietnam that spitting on the vets became commonplace. That there was much angry and deep-felt opposition to the war is hardly in doubt. But were protestors prepared to express their views in so personal a way as to actually spit on individual soldiers?

The fact is that the American army was not beaten in combat except in small local battles. Even the Tet Offensive, credited with turning the war in North Vietnam’s favor, was actually a disastrous military defeat for the communists. But America as a nation had lost its appetite for the war in Vietnam. The ultimate consequence of this was that politically, the U.S. government could no longer sustain the conflict.

Wrong as it turns out. Despite the military might, the resources and technical know-how of the U.S the communist produced Ak-47 turned out to be superior to the M-16 in the field. The beauty of the AK-47, first used by Soviet soldiers in 1948, was its simplicity. The more sophisticated M-16 on the other hand was prone to jamming, a potentially fatal flaw in combat. Indeed it’s been said that the Viet Cong would loot everything from a dead enemy, but leave the M-16 behind.

This small northeast African country may only have 5 million people, but you shouldn’t underestimate its power. The Eritrean Defence Forces are one of the strongest African armies, accepting soldiers from the young age of 15. 
It dedicates a staggering 20% of its GDP for its budget, which even then only totals around $220 million. With 320,000 active personnel and more than 500,000 on reserve, Eritrea remains determined to protect itself from external aggressors, build border security, and develop national cohesion.

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Tensions have existed between North and South Korea ever since the 1960s, making them constantly on edge and ready to protect themselves. Because of the imposing threat of North Korea and its growing nuclear capabilities, North Korea has had to think big and think clever.
It has 625,000 active soldiers with an additional 2.9 million ready to fight in reserves. Not bad for a country with 50 million citizens. The South Korean army spends $39 billion a year growing its 2,300 tanks, 1,451 vehicles, and 166 ships.

American Vietnam War veterans were more likely to commit suicide than those who fought in other conflicts.
Some media reports have claimed that as many as 100,000 Vietnam veterans have taken their own lives, although others put the figure much lower at 50,000. In any case, it’s been said that those who fought in Vietnam are from six to 11 times more likely to kill themselves than members of the wider population.


The Armed Forces of Chile have three primary branches: the Army, Navy, and Air Force. With a population of around 18 million people, the South American country has 150,000 people reaching military age each year. At the moment, there are 80,000 active soldiers with 62,000 on reserve. 
Chile spends around 3% of its GDP on the military budget, totaling around $371 million each year. Interestingly, the Chilean Air Force has an airbase on King George Island, Antarctica.

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Few tourists manage to peek behind the iron curtain of North Korea's dictatorship. But the journalist Luca Faccio managed to visit Kim Jong Un's regime. Anyone venturing behind the world’s last Iron Curtain into North Korea will experience a very different country to the one we know only through the usual images of rocket launches and mass rallies. The country is ruled by the dictator Kim Jong Un, whom the people worship - or are made to worship - as a god-like father figure. Little is known about daily life in North Korea, because all images that reach the outside world have been censored by the government. Visitors rarely see evidence of oppression, enforced conformity and starvation in the rural population. Still, journalist Luca Faccio is able to offer some interesting insights into the isolated country - although, of course, government watchdogs are on his heels everywhere he goes. _______ Exciting, powerful and informative – DW Documentary is always close to current affairs and international events. Our eclectic mix of award-winning films and reports take you straight to the heart of the story. Dive into different cultures, journey across distant lands, and discover the inner workings of modern-day life. Subscribe and explore the world around you – every day, one DW Documentary at a time. Subscribe to DW Documentary: For more information visit:



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Romania’s population has actually been decreasing in the last 30 years, now reaching numbers as low as 19 million. Despite this, the Romanian Armed Forces still has 70,000 active soldiers enjoying an annual budget of $4.5 billion. 
The Romanian Armed Forces is divided between Land Forces, Air Force, and the Naval Forces. After joining NATO in 2004, Romania’s conscription laws were changed. This means that it is no longer compulsory to fight. It receives its equipment from the UK, US, and Turkey – among others. 


At its peak in the 1940s, the German army had more than 3.5 million active members. After the war, these numbers dwindled and the country has not built up its forces to the same extent since. In 1955, its most modern iteration (called Bundeswehr) was created.
Even though it’s not as big as it once was, the German army has 60,000 troops and 325,000 on reserve. The soldiers have more than 400 tanks, five submarines, and 676 aircraft. Its 82 million strong population are no longer required to register at 18, and the country spends $44 billion a year on it.

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 “We had to destroy the village to save it.”
These words, “We had to destroy the village to save it,” or something very like them, were attributed to an American commander in the field during the Vietnam War. The idea was that the only way communism could be rooted out of a particular village, thus saving the inhabitants, was to physically destroy the place. This phrase came to represent the perceived futility of the Vietnam War.

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With a population of 191 million, you would expect Nigeria to spend its resources protecting its country. Well, as of 2016, there are 200,000 people who are actively involved in the Armed Forces at any given time.
Despite its emphasis on material hardware items, the Nigerian Armed Forces are drastically underprepared for software battles. Due to the fact that many counties source its equipment, it can be almost impossible to work out how to maintain its technology. This may be one of the biggest militaries, but it isn’t one of the best. 

Jordan’s population is approaching 10 million people. Overall, the Jordanian Armed Forces receive 7% of the country’s GDP from the government to fund itself. With an annual budget of $2.5 billion, it gives them plenty to play with.
There are 110,000 active soldiers on duty at any given time with an additional 60,000 in the reserves. Apparently, the Jordanian Army is considered one of the most professional armies in the Arab region. As of 1992, all participation in the army is optional. 

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Ukraine has one of the most impressive militaries, despite its population of 44 million. The country has a massive 1.2 million military soldiers with 182,000 active at any given moment. Ukraine also has its own airborne division that has 188 jets and several helicopters.
On the ground, the Ukrainian military has a whopping 3,784 combat tanks and fighting vehicles. As for the Navy – it practically doesn’t exist. It has a few vehicles but focuses on the land and the sky. It has an annual budget of more than $6.8 billion.


Vietnam has built an impressive army with more than 5 million people on reserve at any given moment. There are 500,000 active soldiers at any given time – not bad for a population of 96 million. It seems that they’re determined to remain strong for the future.
In total, the armed forces in Vietnam have 189 jets and helicopters, as well as a further 1,829 combat tanks and fighting vehicles. For the water, it boasts eight submarines and five warships. Not bad off a budget of $7.8 billion.

However, the idea that combat in Vietnam was less intense than the fighting that WWII G.I.s experienced in a fallacy. In the Pacific for example, the averageWWII American soldier saw about 40 days of combat in the course of four years. But rapid transport by helicopter in Vietnam meant that an infantryman there could experience as many as 240 days of fighting in just one year.

Belarus may be a landlocked country with 9.5 million people, but there’s no reason to undermine its military. It has 62,000 active soldiers at any given time, but a massive 344,000 ready to go at a moment’s notice. 
Overall, its budget equates to $630 million a year – which is 1.2% of its GDP. Because the country has no access to the sea or ocean, the majority of its efforts are placed in land and sea armies. 

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In fact, like most Americans of their day, when the soldiers in Vietnam wanted to relax they were far more likely to turn to alcohol than to illicit drugs. There’s no doubt that marijuana use in a country where it grew readily was prevalent. As many as 51 percent of troops may have sampled it. But the idea that hard drugs were commonplace is untrue. And even those soldiers who smoked weed did so well away from the front lines. Pot and combat simply don’t mix.

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The World’s Strongest Militaries That Protect Their Country
 April 2, 2019 By James Spiro

If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country. The noble men and women who protect their country’s borders deserve all the necessary resources at their disposal. Governments carefully designate funds from taxpayers to make sure their militaries can protect and defend the nations they serve. Some countries need this more than others. The cost of this can sometimes rack up millions or billions of dollars – is it worth it?
Here, we outline some of the strongest militaries in the world and how they prepare to operate on the world’s stage. Hopefully, we will never have to see how powerful these entities can be.

Iran's Gen. Soleimani killed in U.S. airstrike at Baghdad airport
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BAGHDAD — The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.
An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran's regional security apparatus, at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that's expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests.
The Defense Department said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region." It also accused Soleimani of approving the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
A statement released late Thursday by the Pentagon said the strike on Soleimani “was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans."
The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, Iraqi officials said. The PMF media arm said the two were killed in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Citing a Revolutionary Guard statement, Iranian state television said Soleimani was “martyred” in an attack by U.S. helicopters near the airport, without elaborating.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but sent out a tweet of an American flag.
Their deaths are a potential turning point in the Middle East and if the U.S. carried them out, it represents a drastic change for American policy toward Iran after months of tensions.
Tehran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone and seized oil tankers. Meanwhile, the U.S. blames Iran for a series of attacks targeting tankers, as well as a September assault on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry that temporarily halved its production.
The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor.
A senior Iraqi politician and a high-level security official confirmed to The Associated Press that Soleimani and al-Muhandis were among those killed in the attack shortly after midnight. Two militia leaders loyal to Iran also confirmed the deaths, including an official with the Kataeb Hezbollah faction, which was involved in the New Year's Eve attack by Iran-backed militias on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
The security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said al-Muhandis had arrived to the airport in a convoy along with others to receive Soleimani, whose plane had arrived from either Lebanon or Syria. The airstrike took place near the cargo area after he left the plane to be greeted by al-Muhandis and others.

Two officials from the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces said Suleimani's body was torn to pieces in the attack while they did not find the body of al-Muhandis. Asenior politician said Soleimani's body was identified by the ring he wore.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject and because they were not authorized to give official statements.
As the head of the Quds, or Jersualem, Force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, Soleimani led all of its expeditionary forces. Quds Force members have deployed into Syria’s long war to support President Bashar Assad, as well as into Iraq in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, a longtime foe of Tehran.
Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of the embattled Assad.

U.S. officials say the Guard under Soleimani taught Iraqi militants how to manufacture and use especially deadly roadside bombs against U.S. troops after the invasion of Iraq. Iran has denied that. Soleimani himself remains popular among many Iranians, who see him as a selfless hero fighting Iran’s enemies abroad.

Soleimani had been rumored dead several times, including in a 2006 airplane crash that killed other military officials in northwestern Iran and following a 2012 bombing in Damascus that killed top aides of Assad. Rumors circulated in November 2015 that Soleimani was killed or seriously wounded leading forces loyal to Assad as they fought around Syria’s Aleppo.

Earlier Friday, an official with the Popular Mobilization Forces said seven people were killed by a missile fired at Baghdad International Airport, blaming the United States.
The official with the group known as the Popular Mobilization Forces said the dead included its airport protocol officer, identifying him as Mohammed Reda.
A security official confirmed that seven people were killed in the attack on the airport, describing it as an airstrike. Earlier, Iraq’s Security Media Cell, which releases information regarding Iraqi security, said Katyusha rockets landed near the airport's cargo hall, killing several people and setting two cars on fire.

It was not immediately clear who fired the missile or rockets or who was targeted. There was no immediate comment from the U.S.
The attack came amid tensions with the United States after a New Year's Eve attack by Iran-backed militias on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The two-day embassy attack which ended Wednesday prompted President Donald Trump to order about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East.
It also prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to postpone his trip to Ukraine and four other countries “to continue monitoring the ongoing situation in Iraq and ensure the safety and security of Americans in the Middle East,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Wednesday.

The breach at the embassy followed U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq, the Kataeb Hezbollah. The U.S. military said the strikes were in retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that the U.S. blamed on the militia.
U.S. officials have suggested they were prepared to engage in further retaliatory attacks in Iraq.
“The game has changed,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday, telling reporters that violent acts by Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq — including the rocket attack on Dec. 27 that killed one American — will be met with U.S. military force.
He said the Iraqi government has fallen short of its obligation to defend its American partner in the attack on the U.S. embassy.
The developments also represent a major downturn in Iraq-U.S. relations that could further undermine U.S. influence in the region and American troops in Iraq and weaken Washington’s hand in its pressure campaign against Iran.

Karam reported from Beirut. Associated Press writers Zeke Miller in Washington, Jon Gambrell in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed reporting.

".It is recorded fact that .AIDS is a biological weapon developed by the USA Defense Department and funded by the USA Congress ......" ...... Colonel. L. Fletcher Prouty who worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS),  CIA and Pentagon, and  served as Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President John F. Kennedy. 

As President of the United States at the beginning of the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover’s reputation hasn’t held up all too well. Viewed by some as culpable in the calamity, Hoover was largely disfavored by Americans when he left office in 1932. But 20 years after his election loss, the man himself pointed towards something else as having been responsible.

Experts Claim To Have Uncovered The Frightening Truth About The Salem Witch Trials

​A finger pointed in your direction could mean death in Salem, Massachusetts, during the town’s year-long witch hunt. Of the 200 people accused of practicing the Devil’s magic, also known as witchcraft, officials executed ten percent of them. But it may have been for nothing; now, experts point to a shocking source for all of the witchcraft accusations. Simply put, it may have had nothing to do with magic.

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan requires mandatory conscription once its citizens turn 18. Each year, it is estimated that more than 320,000 people reach military age. Despite this, Its active personnel remains at 65,000. 
Overall, the budget for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan reaches 2% of the country’s GDP. As well as the army, it has an Air Force with many planes and aircraft. Not bad, considering Uzbekistan’s population recently reached 32 million. 

The F-35 produced by Lockheed Martin


​​With a population of 60 million, Italy has had the time and resources to build an impressive army capable of protection and combat. With direct borders to four different countries, you can never be too careful. To date, its annual budget is $29.2billion.
What does it do with all that money? Well, the Italian military has 320,000 active members and an additional 42,000 ready to fight whenever there is a problem. It has 174 ships, 785 aircraft, and 586 tanks ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.

The United Kingdom
With an annual budget of $47 billion, the United Kingdom has to protect its 66 million citizens. Unlike the US, the head of the government is not the Commander-in-Chief. That honor goes to Queen Elizabeth II – the official head of state. She even has her own Secretary of State for Defense to advise her on policy.
As of 2019, the United Kingdom has 146,000 active soldiers and an additional 44,000 in reserve. In total, the soldiers have access to 66 naval vessels, 407 tanks, and 879 aircraft

B-2s Take Off From RAF Fairford -

15th June 2014
Speed To The West
Something a little different, went out with dad to RAF Fairford to capture two Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirits taking off, back to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. With radio commentary. As you may know, my aircraft knowledge is fairly limited, so any extra information is appreciated. Filmed on a Panasonic HS900 with a Pro Sound L92AA microphone. Enjoy.

 The American M-16 was superior to the Communist AK-47.
We’ve already seen myths about how the North Vietnamese military were poorly trained and ill-equipped. One of the threads of those types of myths deals specifically with the main personal infantry weapons used by the two sides. The G.I.s had the M-16 rifle, the Viet Cong fought with the AK-47. Obviously the American weapon must have been superior. Right?

United States of America​​
The US invests more in its military than any other country – and the competition isn’t even close. With a recently expanded budget of $610 billion, the 1.4 million active military members have all the resources they need. There are an additional 1.1 million waiting as reserves.
Overall, the US military has 13,444 jets, nearly 9,000 tanks, and more than 470 sea vehicles. Not bad considering its population is approaching 340 million people.

With a population of 67 million, France can afford to have armed forces with many components. In total, it is made up of the Navy, Air Force, Army, and National Guard. In total, there are more than 205,000 active soldiers with 60,000 ready to serve at a moment’s notice. 
Overall, France dedicates $57.8 billion a year to its budget – coming in at 1.81% of the entire GDP. In terms of the number of battles fought and won, France is the most successful military power in European history.

US soldiers used massive amounts of narcotics.
It’s an all-too-common stereotype, the American G.I. in Vietnam stoned out of his mind. Amphetamines, marijuana and even heroin were being regularly used by huge numbers of U.S. servicemen according to the mythology. But how true was this lurid image of drug-addled military personnel too intoxicated to do their duty?

A woman is visiting a settlement inhabited by one of China’s ethnic minorities, the Miao people, in Yunnan Province capital of Kunming. It’s a popular tourist spot and the woman has her smartphone out, filming on the edge of a pond. Suddenly, a strangely unsettling vision appears, something truly weird. If she hadn’t caught it on film, the phenomenon would be totally unbelievable.

Due to its location above Lebanon, Turkey has been the center of many conflicts over the years. Its history is rich in war as much as it is in culture – continuing today with its battle with Syrian Opposition and Iraq. Its $18 billion annual budget helps the 410,000 active members of the military.
Overall, the Turkish army has more than 1,000 aircraft, 115 ships, and almost 4,000 tanks. For a population of almost 80 million, it has its work cut out for it. Here’s hoping it stops fighting soon enough.

World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015.
 The U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the total. U.S. military expenditures are roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined. U.S. military spending dwarfs the budget of the #2 country – China.
The U.S. outpaces all other nations in military expenditures. World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the total.
U.S. military expenditures are roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.

On the night of Jackson’s inauguration – March 4, 1829 – he hosted an open reception at the White House. Thousands of people turned up, including some Frontiersmen, and mayhem ensued. They shattered the punch bowl, threw liquor pails everywhere and treated the furniture with sheer disdain. Eventually, the drunken mob forced the president to escape out the back.

One of the largest populations on the list, Mexico has a massive 129 million people. This means that the country has 183,000 active soldiers on duty at any given time. On top of this, there are many more in the reserves in case they need them.
Mexico doesn’t have any fighter or combat jets and relies on ground force. Weirdly, the country doesn’t have an aircraft carrier and solely relies on its work on the ground and in the water. With a budget of more than $5.7 billion USD, it has plenty of military assets to play with. 

Vietnamese refugees were from the country’s upper class
There was a widely held belief that the 130,000 South Vietnamese who arrived in the U.S. after fleeing from the communists were among the best educated and wealthiest people from their country. According to The Washington Post one American sociologist, Carl L. Bankston III, described the refugees as “the elite of South Vietnam.”


Morocco’s population has been steadily increasing in recent years, reaching almost 36 million as of 2017. Its military, the Royal Moroccan Army, has 175,000 active soldiers at any given moment with almost the same number of people on reserve duty, too. 
Surprisingly, the MRA works closely with the US military. Each year, the two units take part in a training exercise called ‘African Lion’. This aims to promote improved teamwork and mutual understanding of the nations’ techniques, tactics, unit readiness, and procedures.

Australia might not be a country that immediately brings a strong military to mind, but it should be far from understated. The country has 30,000 active members and an additional 14,000 ready to jump in if necessary. Overall, the army has 408 air vehicles, 59 tanks, and 52 ships.
Despite its relatively small size compared to other countries, Australia’s army succeeds in its Naval efforts and impressive $24.4 billion annual budget. Don’t underestimate the army down under.


the idea that the North Vietnamese people were as one in their support of the communists does not bear close scrutiny

But the truth was that although many in the first 1975 influx of refugees to the U.S. were well-educated and could be described as middle class, later arrivals were from a much more mixed background. Among their numbers were low-ranking South Vietnamese military personnel and those who had worked in service and clerical jobs at the American Embassy in Saigon. Others were former political detainees and the children of American servicemen.

The actual statistics paint a very different picture. The best estimate for the number of Vietnam vets who have taken their own lives is some 9,000. That’s still a tragedy, but a long way from the vastly over-inflated claims that have been made. And, sadly, it is true that Vietnam vets have killed themselves at a higher rate than the general population. The veterans have a suicide rate 1.7 times higher than other Americans.

20 Myths About The Vietnam War That Have Now Been DebunkedBy Staff Writer

​The Vietnam War ended for America after roughly 18 years of fighting in 1973, when all U.S. troops withdrew. As a result, North Vietnam claimed an unlikely victory and turned the whole country to communism. Now hard numbers are difficult to come by, but a U.S. estimate gave the number of Vietnamese civilian casualties as 1.4 million dead or wounded. And more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives. What’s more, since then, the war has had more than its fair share of myths blown into the public sphere. On that note, let’s examine them for ourselves

1816 Was The Year Without A Summer
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Egypt’s armed forces are some of the oldest and largest in the world. This means it should definitely be considered one of the world’s most powerful militaries, too. It has 470,000 active soldiers and an extra 800,000 ready to serve at a moment’s notice.
Overall, the army has 245 naval vehicles, 4,624 tanks, and 1,133 airplanes. It spends between $7-11 billion each year protecting its borders – with $1.6 billion of that money coming from the USA in the form of financial aid. Not bad, considering its population of 97 million people.


The Iraqi Armed Forces enjoys a massive 7.5% of the country’s GDP for its annual budget. This means that it has $17 billion each year to use for its 64,000 active members. There are three primary branches of the Armed Forces: the Amy, Air Force, and Navy. 
Under Saddam Hussein’s presidency, the Iraqi Armed Forces developed some of the world’s best military equipment. These include state-of-the-art facilities and rockets. It receives its military weapons from the US, UK, and India.

But it turns out that the assertion that less privileged Americans were more likely to end up serving in Vietnam than their wealthier and better-educated peers was simply untrue. Figures show that 79 percent of the American soldiers in Vietnam had a high school education or better. That figure is substantially higher than for those who served in both the Second World War and the Korean War.

Sweden is a famously diplomatic country and its 10 million citizens are rarely facing times of war. Therefore, its military is comprised of a little more than 43,000 people. Amazingly, only 21,000 of these are active at a time, making it a fairly peaceful nation.
Generally, they focus mostly on their aircraft, boasting 138 fighter jets. There are 160 combat tanks on the ground and self-propelled artillery. Sweden has five submarines it deploys in its waters. Overall, its annual budget is $6.2 billion.

North Vietnamese people fully supported the war and the Communist Party.
During the Vietnam War and in its aftermath, a commonly held belief was that the communist leadership in North Vietnam enjoyed almost total support from the country’s people. Communism was popular and the populace strongly supported the idea of a unified Vietnam under the rule of the Communist Party. Support for the North Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh, was nearly unanimous.

Global arms industry: US companies dominate the Top 100; Russian arms industry moves to second place

SIPRI for the media  
10 December 2018

(Stockholm, 10 December 2018) Sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $398.2 billion in 2017, according to new international arms industry data released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). 
The total for the SIPRI Top 100 in 2017 is 2.5 per cent higher than in 2016 and represents an increase of 44 per cent since 2002 (the first year for which comparable data is available; figures exclude China). This is the third consecutive year of growth in Top 100 arms sales.

US companies increase their share of total Top 100 arms sales 

With 42 companies listed in 2017, companies based in the United States continued to dominate the Top 100 in 2017. Taken together, the arms sales of US companies grew by 2.0 per cent in 2017, to $226.6 billion, which accounted for 57 per cent of total Top 100 arms sales. Five US companies were listed in the top 10 in 2017. ‘US companies directly benefit from the US Department of Defense’s ongoing demand for weapons,’ says Aude Fleurant, Director of SIPRI’s Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.
Lockheed Martin remained the world’s largest arms producer in 2017, with arms sales of $44.9 billion. ‘The gap between Lockheed Martin and Boeing—the two largest arms producers in the world—increased from $11 billion in 2016 to $18 billion in 2017,’ says Fleurant.

Russia becomes the second largest arms producer in the Top 100

The combined arms sales of Russian companies accounted for 9.5 per cent of the Top 100 total, making Russia the second largest arms producer in the Top 100 in 2017—a position that had been occupied by the United Kingdom since 2002. Taken together, the arms sales of the 10 Russian companies listed in the Top 100 increased by 8.5 per cent in 2017, to $37.7 billion. ‘Russian companies have experienced significant growth in their arms sales since 2011,’ says Siemon Wezeman, Senior Researcher with SIPRI’s Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘This is in line with Russia’s increased spending on arms procurement to modernize its armed forces.’

In 2017 a Russian company appeared in the top 10 for the first time since SIPRI started publishing its annual Top 100 list. ‘Almaz-Antey, which was already Russia’s largest arms-producing company, increased its arms sales by 17 per cent in 2017, to $8.6 billion,’ says Alexandra Kuimova, Research Assistant with SIPRI’s Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.
Along with Almaz-Antey, three other Russian companies in the Top 100 increased their arms sales by more than 15 per cent: United Engine Corporation (25 per cent), High Precision Systems (22 per cent) and Tactical Missiles Corporation (19 per cent).

The UK remains the largest arms producer in Western Europe
The combined arms sales of the 24 companies in Western Europe listed in the Top 100 increased by 3.8 per cent in 2017, to $94.9 billion, which accounted for 23.8 per cent of the Top 100 total. The UK remained the largest arms producer in the region in 2017, with total arms sales of $35.7 billion and seven companies listed in the Top 100. ‘The combined arms sales of British companies were 2.3 per cent higher than in 2016,’ says Fleurant. ‘This was largely due to increases in the arms sales of BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and GKN.’

BAE Systems, which is ranked fourth in the Top 100, is the UK’s biggest arms producer. Its arms sales rose by 3.3 per cent in 2017, to $22.9 billion.

Other notable developments

The arms sales of Turkish companies rose by 24 per cent in 2017. ‘This significant increase reflects Turkey’s ambitions to develop its arms industry to fulfil its growing demand for weapons and become less dependent on foreign suppliers,’ says Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher with SIPRI’s Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.
Taken together, the arms sales of the four Indian companies ranked in the Top 100 totalled $7.5 billion in 2017, representing a 1.9 per cent share of Top 100 arms sales.
Sales of the top 15 manufacturing companies listed in the Fortune Global 500 totalled $2311 billion in 2017. This is almost 10 times greater than the total arms sales of the top 15 arms producers ($231.6 billion) in 2017, and almost six times greater than the total combined arms sales of the Top 100 ($398.2 billion).

The SIPRI Arms Industry Database

The SIPRI Arms Industry Database was created in 1989. At that time it excluded data for companies in countries in Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union. However, the current version contains data from 2002, including data for companies in Russia. Chinese companies are not included in the database due to the lack of available data on which to make a reasonable or consistent estimate of arms sales dating back to 2002.
‘Arms sales’ are defined as sales of military goods and services to military customers domestically and abroad. Unless otherwise specified, all changes are expressed in real terms. All changes between 2016 and 2017 are based on the list of companies ranked in 2017 (i.e. the annual comparison is between the same set of companies).

The SIPRI Arms Industry Database, which presents a more detailed data set for the years 2002–17, is available on the SIPRI website.

This is the first of three major data launches in the lead-up to the publication of the 2019 edition of the SIPRI Yearbook. In the first half of 2019, SIPRI will release its international arms transfers data (details of all international transfers of major weapons in 2018) as well as its world military expenditure data (comprehensive information on global, regional and national trends in military spending). All data will feature in SIPRI Yearbook 2019, SIPRI’s flagship publication, which will be published in mid-2019.

For information and interview requests contact SIPRI Communications Officer Alexandra Manolache (, +46 766 286 133) or SIPRI Communications Director Stephanie Blenckner (, +46 8 655 97 47).

But if you actually examine the Americans that protested against the Vietnam War, although there were undoubtedly hippies among them, they never constituted anything like a majority. Opposition to the Vietnam War came from such individuals as WWII veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Commandant David M. Shoup and human rights leader Martin Luther King. Neither man could be accused of being a hippie.

North Korea


No one is quite sure just how powerful North Korea is, but we all know they keep trying to up the ante on the world’s stage. The country has a confirmed 661 jets, helicopters, and more airpower. There are 70 submarines and 13 frigates which Amazingly 22% of its entire GDP goes towards building its army – ten times the average number. Many people are aware of the country’s attempts to build nuclear weapons and increase its arsenal – let’s hope it doesn’t get to that any time soon. circle the earth undetected.

South Africa​​
The South African Army was formed in 1910 and has evolved over the years. The army itself has gone through many changes due to its political and social history. Today, it has 40,000 soldiers with an additional 12,000 on reserve.
Its annual budget is approximately $706 million, although this has been slashed in recent years due to financial strain. Despite this, it has access to many pieces of military equipment that can cause damage if necessary. 

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Iran Promises Retaliation After U.S. Kills General
Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, who led the powerful Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed in an American drone strike in Baghdad on Friday. New York Times

Jan. 3, 2020®i_id=100892575 

Here’s what you need to know:
Iran’s supreme leader is vowing ‘a forceful revenge.’
Americans are evacuating, and oil prices are soaring.
Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani led 20 years of spying and proxy warfare.
Mass protests were held in Iran, as Iraq denounced ‘a blatant violation.’

Séamus Malekafzali@Seamus_Malek

After a small initial gathering early this morning in Kerman, Qassem Soleimani's hometown, there is now a massive funeral crowd lining the streets, all wearing black.
10:09 AM - Jan 3, 2020
Javad Zarif✔@JZarif

The US' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.
The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.
3:58 AM - Jan 3, 2020

The remains of a vehicle hit by missiles outside the Baghdad airport. The commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, was killed.Credit...Iraqi military's joint operations forces, via EPA 
Iran’s supreme leader is vowing ‘a forceful revenge.’
Iranian leaders issued strident calls on Friday for revenge against the United States after the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in an overnight airstrike at the Baghdad airport. The strike spurred mass displays of public mourning by Iran and its network of allies across the Middle East.
General Suleimani, a powerful strategist who represented Iran’s influence across the region, was killed by an American drone at Baghdad airport, in an attack that had been authorized by President Trump and that ratcheted up tensions between Washington and Tehran. The death threatened to tip the country’s shadow conflict with the United States and its partners across the region into a new war.
General Suleimani was the head of the powerful Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the architect of nearly every significant operation by Iranian intelligence and military forces over the past two decades.
His death is a considerable blow to Tehran, and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for retaliation on Friday and for three days of national mourning.
“His departure to God does not end his path or his mission, but a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands,” the supreme leader said in a statement.
The general’s prominent role meant that his death could have a ripple effect in any number of countries across the Middle East where Iran and the United States compete for influence.
The strike was carried out by a MQ-9 Reaper drone that fired missiles on a convoy of vehicles leaving the airport. Several other officials from Iraqi militias backed by Tehran were also killed. 
“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” the Pentagon said in a statement. The United States has long been at odds with Iran over its nuclear program and influence in Iraq and other countries in the region. Those tensions have surged under Mr. Trump after he abruptly pulled the United States out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reintroduced punishing sanctions against Tehran.

The strike on Friday was the latest escalation between the two nations after a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, believed to have been carried out by an Iran-backed militia, killed an American contractor in December.
The United States hit back with airstrikes on an Iranian-backed militia that killed 24 and prompted outrage among some who saw that attack as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. Iraqis lashed out at the United States, breaking into its embassy compound on Tuesday and setting fires inside the area. The breach prompted Mr. Trump to order roughly 750 additional American troops to be deployed to the region.

Americans are evacuating, and oil prices are soaring.

The State Department urged American citizens to leave Iraq immediately following the strike that killed General Suleimani in Baghdad, citing “heightened tensions,” and officials were braced for potential retaliatory attacks.
Oil prices jumped on Friday after the news of the general’s death: The price of Brent oil, the international benchmark, surged in the early hours of Hong Kong trading to nearly $70 a barrel — an increase of $3.
The immediate increase in the price of oil was among the largest since an attack on a critical Saudi oil installation in September that temporarily knocked out 5 percent of the world’s oil supply.
By 11 a.m. in London, the price of Brent crude oil was at a three-month high of $69.20 a barrel. International oil companies based in the southeastern Iraqi city of Basra have begun evacuating American employees, according to Al Arabiya news outlet.

Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani led 20 years of spying and proxy warfare.
As the leader of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which leads Iran’s operations abroad, General Suleimani was the country’s top security and intelligence commander.
A senior military figure with considerable powers, General Suleimani, who was 62, was behind nearly all military and intelligence operations orchestrated by Iran in the past two decades. He directed Iran-backed militias in the fight against the Islamic State.
American officials had also accused him of causing the deaths of hundreds of soldiers during the Iraq war and he was believed to have played a central role in orchestrating Iran’s support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Lately, officials in the Trump administration had claimed that he fueled anger against the American presence in Iraq that culminated in the attack on the United States Embassy in Baghdad this week.
In Iran, General Suleimani a respected political figure among hard-liners and close to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He was described by some officials as the country’s de facto second foreign minister.

To many Iranians, he was also a war hero, after becoming a commander while he was only in his 20s during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
A polished man of short stature but with considerable charisma, as the journalist Dexter Filkins wrote in a 2013 New Yorker profile, General Suleimani lived in Tehran and had several children.
In a speech in 2018, he warned Mr. Trump not to take any military action against Iran.
“We are near you, where you can’t even imagine,” the general said at the time, according to Iranian news agencies. “Come. We are ready. If you begin the war, we will end the war.”

On Friday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appointed General Suleimani’s deputy, Brig. Gen. Ismail Qaani, as the new leader for the Quds Force.
Mass protests were held in Iran, as Iraq denounced ‘a blatant violation.’
Large crowds gathered for Friday Prayer in Iran and filled public squares with mass protests, while officials met privately to plot strategy and leaders vowed to avenge General Suleimani’s death.
Images broadcast on Iranian state television showed hundreds of supporters of General Suleimani gathered in mourning outside his house in the southeastern town of Kerman, and later footage shows thousands gathered on the streets.
“The great nation of Iran will take revenge for this heinous crime,” President Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter.

Iran was working with Iraqi officials to repatriate the general’s body for a funeral service, perhaps as soon as Saturday, a number of Iranian journalists reported.
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council also held an emergency meeting. According two people with knowledge of the discussion, council members received a written order from Mr. Khamenei that ordered that Iran “strike America directly and in exact proportion to the attack.”
In Iraq, the strike appeared likely to accelerate calls for the departure of American troops. Along with General Suleimani, it killed Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, the leader of a powerful militia that is backed by Iran but technically under the umbrella of the Iraqi military.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi of Iraq praised Mr. al-Mohandis and General Suleimani as heroes in the fight against the Islamic State and condemned their killing as “a brazen violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and a blatant attack on the nation’s dignity.”
Iraq’s Parliament plans to convene an emergency session on Saturday to address the strike, which could accelerate calls to push United States forces from the country.

Iraq’s Parliament plans to convene an emergency session on Saturday to address the strike, which could accelerate calls to push United States forces from the country.

U.S. allies are warning of ‘a more dangerous world.’

The starting point of the recent escalation in tensions between the United States and Iran began with the 2018 decision by President Trump to withdraw from a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran signed in 2015 by the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany.
Many experts said on Friday that any new negotiations to save the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, were now unlikely.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the killing of General Suleimani “an adventurist step that will increase tensions throughout the region,” according to local news agencies.
“Soleimani served the cause of protecting Iran’s national interests with devotion,” the ministry added, using a different spelling for the general’s name.

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry called for restraint on all sides, “especially the United States.”
“China has always opposed the use of force in international relations,” the spokesman, Geng Shuang, said at a daily news briefing, according to news agencies.
Britain’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, called on Friday for a de-escalation in tensions and said that further conflict in the region was not in his country’s interest.
“We have always recognized the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Qasem Suleimani,” Mr. Raab said in a statement. “Following his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate.”
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, a key architect of the nuclear deal, called the American drone strike an “act of international terrorism.”
In France, President Emmanuel Macron had yet to react, but the country’s junior minister for European affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, said that she would soon consult with countries in the region.
“We have woken up to a more dangerous world,” Ms. de Montchalin told French radio, calling for “stability and de-escalation.”
Ben Hubbard, Farnaz Fassihi, Elian Peltier, Megan Specia and Catie Edmondson contributed reporting.

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called the United States drone strikes an “act of international terrorism.”Credit...Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA, via Shutterstock
Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in October. He was behind nearly all military and intelligence operations orchestrated by Iran in the past two decades.Credit...Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader, via Associated Press

The remains of a vehicle hit by missiles outside the Baghdad airport. The commander of Iran’s powerful
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South Sudan
South Sudan has roughly one quarter the population Sudan, clocking in at around 10.2 million people. The South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) has an impressive 210,000 active personnel with an additional 76,000 on reserve. The same cannot be said for its budget: with an annual amount coming to around $78 million, the costs come to a fraction of other countries. 
Regardless of this, there are many countries who supply the SSPDF with the equipment they need. This includes Israel, USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Japan, and more. 

Python vs Alligator 16 - Real Fight - Python attacks Alligator 
Website: Facebook: Google: Burmese pythons have established a permanent breeding population in South Florida and belong to the "new" apex predators of the Everglades today. Top predators like the american crocodiles and american alligators prey regularly on all kinds of reptiles, including pythons. An adult alligator will have little trouble to overpower, kill and eat any juvenile and in some cases even an adult constrictor. Nevertheless, a fully grown Burmese Python can reach over twenty feet in lengths and becomes extremely dangerous prey item for most crocodilians including the American Alligator. These large constrictors have not much to fear and will feed on most animals they come across (including alligators) when hungry. Python vs Alligator was filmed by Heiko Kiera aka Ojatro near the Everglades in 2009.

How will Russia's new hypersonic missile affect global arms race? | Inside Story
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Russia says its new hypersonic weapon is a technological breakthrough on the scale of Sputnik - the first satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. The Avangard is launched on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile. But unlike a regular missile warhead it can sverve sharply, making it much harder to intercept. That's worrying the U.S. - that's also having to contend with China's development of hypersonic arms. Beijing displayed the Dong Feng 17 at a military parade in October. The U.S. defence secretary has said developing the technology is a priority. So will the Avangard, which Russia says can fly at 27 times the speed of sound, change the balance of power? Presenter: Dareen Abughaida Guests: Pavel Felgenhauer - Defence and Military Analyst Tariq Rauf - Nuclear Arms Control Specialist Paul Schulte - Former Director of Proliferation and Arms Control at the British Ministry of Defence Subscribe to our channel Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Check our website: #Aljazeeraenglish #News #InsideStory #Russia
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Algeria’s population is 41 million but has a military of 800,000 people – more than 10 times the amount of Canada. At any given time, 420,000 of these are in active duty. The remaining members are part of the reserves and must be called up if necessary.
Most of Algeria’s armed forces focus on ground support. This means it has 1,105 combat tanks and ground-to-ground support. The budget per year comes in at just under $13 billion, which means it has far fewer financial resources despite its size.

Working-class Americans all supported the Vietnam War.
This idea states that the American working class was fervent supporters of the Vietnam War across the board. Most of the opposition to the war, according to this belief, came from the middle classes with their generally higher educational attainments. A strange kind of snobbery, a vice usually abhorrent to Americans, seems to be at work here.

Myanmar (Burma)
With a population of 53 million, Myanmar’s military is fairly small with only 406,000 soldiers in active duty. The army focuses more on air power than the naval portions, designating 128 fighter jets, 10 attack helicopters, and more support transportation services.
The overall budget is $2 billion USD per year which offers money for more combat tanks and artillery options if necessary. Generally. The armed forces work to protect the borders and support the country in times of crises. 

However, this was very far from the truth although it was an image that the North Korean communists were happy to project. Ho Chi Minh in fact was little more than a figurehead. Real political power lay in the hands of another Communist Party official, Le Duan, a name unfamiliar in the West then or now. Le Duan was the ruthless figure in the background and the main force behind North Vietnam’s efforts during the war.

With 69 million people, Thailand is one of the most populated countries in the world. It didn’t waste any time building an army that could protect its borders in case of an attack. Thailand is located in the middle of the Indochinese peninsula, which means it needs to protect its many islands.
The country has 355,000 full-time military members who control 772 tanks, 81 sea vessels, and 551 aircraft. It’s understood that Thailand spends $7.1 billion on its military budget. To date, its military has helped in a number of peacekeeping missions, such as with countries like Iraq and East Timor.

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With a massive 2.3 million active soldiers, you don’t want to pick a fight with the Chinese. What’s more, they have an additional 1.2 million people on reserve, so you’d be going up potentially millions of armed generals in the event of a war. The army has 9,150 tanks, 673 naval boats, and nearly 3,000 aircraft.
Amazingly, their military budget is a whopping $228 billion a year. This is more than most other countries combined. It is estimated that they have 260 nuclear warheads, although this is unconfirmed.

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called the United States drone strikes an “act of international terrorism.”Credit...Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA, via Shutterstock


Israel has had to overcome multiple adversaries ever since its creation 70 years ago. The tiny country has been determined to protect its borders and citizens since 1948. Its 8.7 million citizens each serve in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) which boasts an impressive $21 billion annual budget.
Overall, this accounts for roughly 5.1% of the country’s GDP. Despite its small size in population and geography, the IDF has 170,000 active personnel and a whopping 465,000 people on reserve

US Military on Guam​​

Guam, which has been a US territory since 1898, sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and it of extreme significance to the US military. Due to its location, it provides the US with a unique opportunity to protect itself from any missile strikes from Asia.
In fact, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has expressed how he is threatened by US presence nearby. Whenever he attempts to practice his missile training out of North Korea, he is quickly reminded that powerful US retaliation is not too far away.

Ho Chi Minh was an absolute dictator with complete control over North Vietnam.
From the outside, Vietnam certainly looked like a country entirely in the grip of the Communist leader Ho Chi Minh. It was easy to compare him with other communist dictators who enjoyed absolute power such as Mao in China and Stalin in the Soviet Union. Ho Chi Minh, it seemed, was an unchallenged strongman at the head of his nation.

The Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces enforce a 2-year obligation from men and women to serve in one of its branches. Between the ages of 17-28, citizens will spend up to 24 months at one of Cuba’s ground, air, or naval bases. 
Cuba dedicates more than 3% of its GDP to the Armed Forces. In total, there are 90,000 active soldiers and a further 1.5 million ready to serve in reserves if necessary. As of 2012, Cuba has been deepening military cooperation with China. 

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The Daily Mirror revealed the power of the Trilateral Commission ... as part of a group of global manipulators... The Trilateral Commission has strong power. priviledge. for influence in the way the world is run and organised... 
Every year 120 of the most powerful and influential men come together and lock themselves away for three days and decide what policies the democratic nations of the West should follow. They are the members of the Builderberger Group, and their meetings are always kept a closely guard secret.
But I can name that this year they will meet of Archen, just 40 miles from the German Capital, Berlin, from April the 18th to 26th Inclusive.
I can also reveal that the German President, Walter        Has been invited to replace the aging..... a chairman of the Builderberger Group ...  the German President, Walter has accepted. On top of the agenda will be world poliics and economics following the American Invasion of Afghanastan...
Buildergers represent the elite and wealthy establishment of every Western Country. They include bankers, politicians, diplomats, snd leaders of the various western nations. Aming British politicians who have attended the Builderberg Meetings are Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, James Callahan, Margaret Thatcher, Denis Horgan, Enock Powell.
Other members of the British Establishment include Lord Full of merchant banking, 
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Dean Henerson is an Author and Researcher
The Question is asked of Dean Henderson
Who Controls The World?
I did a Master Thesis in 1991 when the the USA was planning the Gulf War..
Called "
A Political Economy of Middle East Oil .. The GCC Original Resreach Security System... for the Regume of International Capital Accumulation"
It was one of these long accademic titles ... a 144 page thesis..
I wanted to find out who owned the oli companies in that were in volved in the oil in the Middle East ..and everyone knew Iraq was about oil..
So I went on the Compact Disclosure which was a research tool that used to exist .. it was on CD Rom ...back in the days when everything wa son those CD Roms... and it allowed me to find out the who the shareholders were of all the publiclly listed companies in the Fortune 500 ... so i research it and found out ... and it turns out that all these big oil companies ... what I call "The Four Horsemen" ...  which EXell, Shell Mobil- Royal Dutch Shell - EP Amaco - and Shell Texaco ... were owned by the same banks ... so I thought .... we we better ... find out who owns the banks .... because whoever owns the banks own the oil companies .... so the I filed and sent letters to the Treasury Department ... The Controller of Currency - The Federal Reserve - etc ... and I got all these letters back stating that this information was classified under the Freedom of Information Act ... and I was denied access to the information on the ownership of banks based on National Security .... 
I completed this 144 page thesis and I and I graduated .. and I kept going .. and I studied another 15 years really ... and travelled over 50 countries ... read a lot of newspapers ... read over 100 books on the subject ... and I came to the concolusion that ... these bank holding companies are owned by 8 families ... that own 52% of our New York Federal Reserve ... the Federal Reserve in the private Banking Cartel that issues currency .. that is not really  US Dollars .. it is Federal Reserve Issued Money ... so the New York Federal Reserve is the only bank that really matters ..and these families actually have over 52% ownership ... of the New York Federal Reserve .. and those eighrt families ... include .. The Rothchilds -- Rokerfella - Goldman Sachs - Koon Low - Warburg - Lisard - Isreal- Zied- Leman - ( which have now kind of merged with the Leaman and Oppinhiemer Families) .... then there are other families of course ...  who are prominent .. but these are the main families... 
Question 2:
Dean .. What is the brief history of these families and their background?
Well ... my research on these families traces their liniage al the way back to ... Samaria ... the Samarian Clay Tablets ... which have been unearthed aling the Tigris and the Euphraties River Delta down by Bosera and Iraq...  .... at first they were just taken as these metaphors and kin dof crazy talk the Samarias ... but ... Zacharia Zitchen came along and started transcribing these Samarian Tablets for their literal meaning... and they told about ... the Ananarchy that came to earth and occupied them and herded them into agriculture and began the citiesof Er and Babalon ... and apparently some of these blood lines are from these families were part of this .... they then moved to Egypt .... and ursurped the pyramids from the Moores who probably built them ... the Spinks for example was already there ... they topped them off .. these were probably free energy devices .... that actually people before were using .... they went onto the City and London .. but before that they stopped at the Roman Empiere ....
They were run out by the Moors out of Egypt .....
Before they were run out of Egypt .. they started the Grand Lodge of Cyro .. they fled to Spain and battled with the Moors again... 
 They started the Slave Trade ...eventually they went to London . they started the Knights Templar... the Knights of St John ... meanwhile the Roman Empire was financing  the Knights Templar... the Knights of St John and these different crusadors who really started the concept of banking.... when they had the fleets of ships ... they charged Pilgrims to the Middle East Holy Lands ... exorberant fees to go there ... got them in debt ... they created the whole concept of debt ....really up till that time ... even the Christians banned usery... so they started the banking system ... then they went around the world .... and the pilfered all the indigenous cultures .. all the gold, the diamonds, all the treasures ... along with all their spiritual knowledeg of reality ... and they used that wealth to build up the Roman Empire .... and they became known as "The Black Nobility"... and these were the Genosie and Venetian Bankers ... from the old days... the Safaric Jews .... that moved into London .... that inter-married with what they call "The Crown" ...  and this whole entity is really known as "The Crown" now ... and that's The Black Nobility, along with the Safaric Jews ... who began they careers as Hoff Judians .. Court Jews to The Crown ... but they ended up financing the Crown when the got into debt ... they did get inti debt .... so these families that I just named are even more wealthy than the black nobility now .... but the Black Nobility are also very wealthy .... 

Question 3:
Dean .. how are these families able to obtain the web of power that you just mentioned and described?
The primary mechanism is the notion of Central Banking ...
Again ... our entire history as human kind ... the Samarian Tablets tell how we were forced into agriculture .. before that we were all just hunters and gatherers ... there was no class system .... there were  certainly no bankers .... what happens when you go into agriculture ... one farmer has a good crop ... the other has a bad crop ... so we borrow some wheat from the other farmer .. thus we have the rise of this banker realationship to the masses .... theu used Babylon and Ers as testing grounds for this.... because the Samarians were feeding these cities ... so they realised that if they could become the owners of the banks ... that they could do pretty well .. and they would have this money starting a long time ago .. so it has built up over the years ....  and this private banking system works with this fiat currency ... where they ( the banks) are allowed to issue ten times what they have on deposit ... so they basically loan out money .... and get countries, entire regions and individuals in debt ... and they use the money that comes in and they lend it out again 10 times .. they have leant that issuing money ... pretty well out of nothing .... and not only that ,, they have in the United States with the Federal Reserve Private Banking Cartel .. the Treasury and Beareau Engraving and Printing ... even pay for the paper and coinage .. they do no even payt for that ... they litterally get this free right ... to issue money into the ether and then building up the debt is how they keep control over the whole thing ... the United States has a 24 $Tillion dollar debt .... at this point ... and a lot of people think it is to the Chinese, the Japanese , or Sardis, the Quaties, etc... some of it i s... maybe a Billion or so to each but ... most of the $24 Trillion Dollars is actually owed to these banking families ... and they have done that to every country in the world .... and by doing that they can impose austerity measures .... and most of these auserity measures involves the handing over of real assets .... base don this phoney debt .... like land ... like industries ... example the 1995 Mexico Debt Crisis ... that debt equity swap worked ... the bankers forgaave the debt ...the whole thing negotiated by JP Morgam Chase ... which as a Rockefella Bank ..and then we go in and get the cement company ...we go in and get the entire railroad of the State of Mexico ...... which was state owned... which is now privatised and owned ...a company owned by Warren Buffet and the same people.... Bullenton Northern Santafay ... so they learned that if they could control the central bank ... they could control the world ... Mayer De Rothschild said ... " I car enot who controls each country ... so long as I control its currency ... and that's another thing they do .. they manipulate the value of currencies ... according to what they need and from where .... so its interesting to note that the Bristish Pound is worth more than the US Dollar ... the Kwati Denare is worth more than the US Dollar ...even though ... we all know that Britain doe snot have many natural resources  left .. they have use them all up ... Britain does not have much industry left ... but the British Pound is worth more ... you know... worth more than any other currency ... so you have to asked yourself  why ... people often think that the US is the Super Power ... but there is a hidden agenda  behind the US .. that is using the United States for its own purposes .... is usimg Isreal for its purposes ... and so on .... 
Question 4:
Dean, but how are these families able to sustain their control?
Yeh sure... what happens is that out of that ... private banking cartel ... that monopoly over the printing of money .. omes the ownership of i say ... of real assets ... so in the late 19th century ... they realised that oil would be the way that they would run this economy ... to keep people ... you know ... under their thumb ... and the main reasons is that oil is deep in the ground ... and it requires a lot of capital to get to it ... a lot of technology ... a lot of information ... a lot of pipe ... and the average person does not have the $1 million plus that it requires to drill a single oil well ... so they realised that if they could get us hooked and dependent on this energy that was buried deep in the ground ... instead of on the sun ... or the wind .... which everyone has access to ... which I grandfather used wind mills on his pastures to run the waters for the cows and the wells .... so its old technology .. it is now new technology ... that had been around for ever ... but they sort of his this stuff ... they brought out a lot of patents on public trolleys in the United States ...  and they brought out patents on motors that run on water etc... which is entirely possible ... they  just brought up all those alternative technologies ... which are actually old technologies ... so they go us on the oil train .... that's the primary thing ...  and then from there .... when they got us on the oil train ... they were able to use that as a reason to go to war ... and guess what .. they ended up owning all the arms companies as well ... Lauchie Martin - British Aero Space -  Northwood Bromwin ... these are all companies that are held closely by these powerfull well off families .... and in fact Lauchie Martin is part of the Crown Agency Trust ... so they realised that this is another thing we can milk .... and make money off ... and all the while sinking the United States into debt .... also ... al the while ruining the countries that are enemies of this banking cartel ... the family banking cartel ... like Iraq... like Seria .. like Ucslavia, Veneswala ... all the countries that have fought against this control ... by the West through this banking cartel ... so they deomise these countries .. then they go ahead and wreck these countries ... they wreck the infrusture of these counties ... what else ... oh ...  then they come and get the contracts to rebuild these countries .... all these insane familes own the companies like Haleberton ... like Bectell .... like Flor Daniel ... that go into these areas ... then they clean up the mess and build new infrastructure ...  and get big contracts again from the US Government ... again sinking us another Trillion or So into debt ... you know it is no in our interest as to what's going on here.... it is not in the US interest ... but it is in the US Family Banking Cartel interests ... and the other thing is ... the family banking cartel's control over the drug trade ... which was as at about 5 years ago was a $500 billion a year trade ... I think its probably double that now .... i mean that the reason that there is an opium and opiate epademic in the United States and in many parts of the developed Western World ... and the so called developed Western World is the war in Afghanastan ... so the drugs .. the oil ... the guns... and also gold ... also precious metals ... things they stole from indigenous people ... that never had any real worth ...but they has assigned worth to it ... and actually till 2007 they actually fixed the price of gold ... you can ran in the Wall Street Journal and the Fiancial Times who they would fix the price of Gold .... and they did it at the NRM RothschildBank in London .... so they have total control of the most valuable commodities as it were .... oil- gold- drugs- diamonds- precious stones - and they use that to help keep control of their monopoly cartel ... 
Question 5:
Dean .. according to your research ... if these families control the banks ... and  oli etc ... how much of the world to they actually control?
To answer your last qustion first .. there is an escape ...but the only way we can escape this is to know about it ... so that's what I have dedicated my life to .... ever since i got onto this ... 25 to 30 years ago .... instead of battling these single issue problems like the war in Seria .. the destruction of the environment ... the climate change ... or any social injustice.. such as access to education ....   student loan debt care ... are all the social issues that need to try and straighten out ...  but we can not straighten thesew out until we expose this family banking cartel ...  because they are really are the root of all this evil .. because all of the debt that they impose on countries ... that enforces those countries .... to privatise their assets .. hand them over to the bank cartel ... and staarve the basic services of a county .. heath care- education - infraastructure ... which are things that people need .... so the whole economy as we know is increasingly  in control of thre hands of these 1% ... but is reallyh not 1% but 0.000001% .. and it is really a Alice In Wonderland ... the reason why people have such a hard time ... wrapping their arms around it .. besides from the lies coming from the corporate media arm of this powerful family banking cartel .... is the fact that it is so unreal ...  its stranger than fiction ... so the biggest thing we have to do is shake off this vitual reality .... and I do not mean the part that came with computers ..
 I mean the century old lie that their perception managers .. because their job as bankers ... instead of putting down riots with sticks and clubs and invading countries .. the best thing they can do is keep u sin the dark from understanding what is going on ...keeep  telling us these more and more intense lies ... these more and more far out versions of reality ... suich with 5 g's take us to a more and more fake reality .... of cause their the fake news ... their corporate main stream controlled media with their fake news ... well that's the sign of an empire that's on its knees ... and they are on their knees.... and the reason is because the awareness is coming around .... so the answer to the first question ... yes they pretty much do control most of the world ... at the time i di dmy thesis .... in 1991 .... so a long time ago .. if you checked these Fortune 500 publicly traded companies ... you would literally find the same ten banks the same biggest stock holders .... with different fronts and different covers .... it wasn't just in the oli patch ... you have to realise that pharacuticals for example ... are oil based... its all oil based ... so the Rockefella Family according to Nexus Magazine ... for example owns 50% of the pharacutical industry ... and that's why we see ... mega mergers haping there ... Bears are going to buy Monsanto now .... and Bear comes out of the EK Farban Nazi conglomerate ... which Hitler untilised ... which US corporations like Ford and General Motors helped .... during that world war two event .. by the way ... Hitler was created by these cartel bankers .. then was sunk by them .. so they could create the state of Israel .... the Nazis and the Zionists are exactly the same people .... as it turns out .. then Hitler did turn against them at the end ... because he realised what was going on ... that's when they took Hitler out... just like Moriago ... just like Sadam ... and just like the United States right now is being targetted by these people ... for destruction ... beacsue thr city knows that we are waking up .. and they do not like this fact ... so in France ... France is an very aware country .... they revolt .. they strike .. why are they being targeted with all these false flag terror aattacks .. so they attack the centres of awareness such as Seria and Iran .. its the same in the Western World when counties start to wake up ... it makes them nervous ... we almost had Bernie Sanders elected as the president of the USA ... yes these powerful banking cartels do control almost everything ... but yes .. there is also hope .... the hope relies on our awareness... no necessarily in a political movement .. or a group .. a partition .. or a particular campaign ... that awareness has to come before any of this other stuff .. then this other stuff ... can file the movement or what ever for it takes ... obviously the more decentralised the better ... but right now we have to get people up to speak on how crazy and how bifg this thing is ... an donce we do that and once people accept that this is the truth ... instead of accepting it as fairing tales .... that the virtual reality that they hav ebeen fed by the perception managers working for the powerful banking family cartlels for centuries ... then we have a chance ... I think that we have a really good chance ... because we have the numbers .... there's something like 7 billion of us ... the rest is them .. against 7 billion people on this earth ... so we have a really good chance .... and they want us to believe that we don't have a good chance against them .... once we know this information .. we must not be scared of it or scared of them ... its just the principle of warfare ... this is a war ... do not be under any illusion  that is not a war ... they have declared the war against us .... so what are we going to do .... are we going to simply bury our heads in the sand .... and pretend that all this does not exist .. like the grisly bears not attacking you .. no ... you are going to have to do something ... so the furst thing is to see the grisly bear ... to see that the grisly bear exists ... see and understand that this family banking cartel exists ... and then we can do something about it .. and I think we willl... 
Thank you so much Dean Henderson for being on Zain Khann Live .. it was pleasure having you ...Thanks for having me Zain... 
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14. Mostly underprivileged Americans fought in the Vietnam War.
Myth has it that most of the American soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War were from low-income backgrounds and had only basic levels of education. Middle-class Americans found ways to avoid service in Vietnam either by college deferments or through diagnosis of various medical issues such as bone spurs in the feet.

Angola’s population has been steadily increasing in recent years, reaching 30 million people. This is almost triple the number of people who lived there in 1986. The Angolan Armed Forces is growing with it – today it has 90,000 active personnel with 30,000 more on reserve.
Its growing population all experience life in the armed forces, since all citizens are required to join for at least two years. With an annual budget of $6.8 billion – 5.25% of GDP – The African country will only grow stronger over time.

The Portuguese Armed Forces currently has 32,000 active personnel from a population of 10 million. Interestingly, 88% of all citizens serving in the military are male. This is because the country only allowed women to serve from the early 1990s.
Portugal dedicates 1.1% of its GDP for a $2 billion annual budget. This goes towards the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy. While conscription was once a vital part of Portuguese culture, this was abandoned in 2004. 

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What Venezuela lacks in food, water, or toiletries, it makes up for in military strength. The National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela uses only 0.5% of the country’s GDP to account for its $1.1 billion annual budget. As of 2018, there are 350,000 active soldiers all enjoying food and shelter. There are an additional two million on the waiting list.
Venezuela used to get equipment from the US and EU, but has pivoted to accepting arms from Russia and China.

Happily the truth is that however divisive the Vietnam War became within U.S. society, people did not stoop to the level of spitting on returning G.I.s. Indeed you could say the opposite was true. A Harris Poll conducted in 1971 found that 94 percent of U.S. troops said they had received a warm welcome from their peers when they’d returned to their home country.

However, subsequent investigation seemed to cast doubt on the source of this famous quotation. The U.S. Army officer supposed to have given the quote to a journalist later claimed he’d actually said “It was a shame the town was destroyed.” And the Vietnamese place in question, Ben Tre, was actually a medium-sized city rather than a village.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has a population of nearly 33 million, Saudia Arabia has a relatively small military. There are 231,000 active soldiers out of an overall military of 256,000 people. It maintains its presence in the middle east by operating a massive 287 combat fighter aircraft, many of which have been bought from the US.
On top of that, the country has 1,055 combat tanks and more ground force vehicles. Overall, it spends a massive $69.2 billion on its defense each year. 

The assertion that the majority of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam were draftees is well wide of the mark. From 1964 to 1973, four out of five Americans serving in Vietnam were actually volunteers, an overwhelming majority. In the case of African Americans and the number who died, it was not out of proportion to the number who served.

 Andrew Jackson hosted a wild inauguration party
Numerous commentators have drawn parallels between the seventh and 45th presidents of the United States. Even Donald Trump himself called back to Andrew Jackson’s tenure in a speech shortly after winning the 2016 election. At the same time, reports emerged that the president-elect was intending to base his inaugural reception on that of Jackson’s. In the end, though, Trump didn’t quite stretch to the full debacle that was his predecessor’s inauguration reception.

 You might not think the Netherlands needs such a strong military, but you’d be woefully mistaken. The country has 17 million people with 42,000 people currently serving in its forces. It is fairly small compared to others, but it has an impressive amount of fighter jets, helicopters, 144 battle tanks, and self-propelled artillery.
The country designates $12.6 billion a year to protecting itself, which is an impressive number considering its size. While it doesn’t operate an aircraft carrier, there are plenty of warships and submarines.

India is the seventh largest country in the world with the second-highest population. It makes sense that the country would work towards reinforcing its armed services ever since its independence in 1947. With a massive one billion people at its disposal, the active army is 1.3 million.
Overall, the country has 2,100 planes, 6,500 tanks, and more than 200 ships. The budget for this huge operation comes to a relatively modest $43 billion per year. Let’s hope they never have to fight too much.

South Vietnamese soldiers suffered from low morale and were unwilling to fight.
Some have asserted that the South Vietnamese defense forces, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), consistently suffered from low morale resulting in poor performance on the battlefield. The Washington Times quoted one academic as saying that “they [the ARVN] were [unwilling] to engage in combat with their guerrilla counterparts and were more interested in surviving than winning.”

12. The US Army was defeated in Vietnam.
It would be difficult to argue against the idea that the U.S. government lost the Vietnam War. After all it ordered American troops to abandon their defense of South Vietnam. Subsequently, the communist forces from the North soon overran their neighbors. But does that mean that the U.S. Army was defeated in the field.


Pakistan has one of the biggest militaries in the Middle East, making it a worthy opponent. With 654,000 active personnel and a further 550,000 on reserve, the country is always ready to fight and protect itself. It is estimated that the country’s armed forces have 74 ships, 923 aircraft, and almost 2,200 tanks.
Oddly enough, Pakistan’s army operates independently from the country’s government or citizens. This means, in theory, it acts as its own force and does not answer to politicians. Its budget is $10 billion a year.

However, taking a look at actual figures rebuts this extreme youthfulness as a myth. It seems that the average age of soldiers in the Vietnam War was 22 years. That’s still young , but not as young. Nevertheless, it is true that G.I.s fighting in Vietnam were on average younger than soldiers who served in WWII. Their average age was 26.

Despite its small population size of only 5 million people, you shouldn’t underestimate the size of the Finnish Defence Forces. Conscription is mandatory for all men once they turn 18, and young soldiers serve for 165, 255, or 347 days. 
Its annual budget is approximately $3.5 billion. It may sound like a lot, but they enjoy fairly low GDP costs coming in at less than 1.3%. Its armed forces are supplied by the US, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Israel. 

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Peru has a population of 32 million people – with 78,000 active personnel at their disposal. 168,000 people wait as part of the reserves who are called if necessary. These brave men and women are prepared to stand up and serve at a moment’s notice.
Peru also has an air force including attack helicopters, fighter jets, and air support. On the ground, there are an additional 300 combat tanks, vehicles fully armed, and rockets. Overall, the budget stands at around $775 million per year. 

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Greece’s population is a little less than 11 million but has a surprisingly large military. Overall, there are 413,000 members of the armed forces with 161,000 active soldiers at all times. The country boasts 308 fighter and attack aircraft, with an additional 1,244 battle tanks.
Due to the waters surrounding its islands, the military also invested in 11 submarines to help protect its coastal borders. Overall, the government spends around $4.5 billion a year on its services.

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The Vietnamese monk who burned himself to death was protesting U.S involvement in Vietnam.
In 1963 a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, set himself alight at a crossroads in downtown Saigon. He died in a ball of flame and the resulting dramatic news pictures were splashed on front pages around the world. Many assumed that the monk must have been making a protest against U.S. involvement in his country and the Vietnam War.



WWII reminds us that Poland was the first country to be invaded by Germany. Since those dark days, the country has been intent not to repeat any of its history. Fast forward a few years, and Poland has built one of the strongest militaries in the world.
It has 12,000 active soldiers full-time with more than 500,000 reservists. In total, the armed forces have 1,009 tanks, 83 naval vessels, and 461 aircraft. It’s $11.6 billion annual budget is impressive, considering its population of 38 million people.

This African nation has built up an impressive army with its 40 million citizens. As of 2018, the Sudanese Armed Forces had 109,300 active military members with an additional 85,000 on reserve. With its annual budget of $4 billion, the Sudanese government affords it 3% of the country’s entire GDP.
With this budget, the SAF buys most of its military equipment from China and Russia. It even has its own weapons production company called the Military Industry Corporation. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of these folks. 



Citizens in Syria are required to join the army for at least one year. Usually, conscription lasts three years but it is on a case-by-case basis. Every year, Syria as more than 250,000 16-year-olds who are suitable to join the army.
Despite a population of only 18 million people, the Syrian army has 304,000 active personnel. However, in recent years reports have suggested that this number has dropped to around 150,000. It receives its weapons from China, North Korea, and Russia. 

In fiscal year 2015, military spending is projected to account for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending, a total of $598.5 billion. Military spending includes: all regular activities of the Department of Defense; war spending; nuclear weapons spending; international military assistance; and other Pentagon-related spending.
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Military vs. Non-Military Spending
 In the decade following Sept. 11, 2001, military spending increased 50 percent, adjusted for inflation. In comparison, spending on every other non-military
program – things like education, health care, public transit, and science –grew by only 13.5 percent over the same time period.​

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Fighting in Vietnam was much less intense than WW II combat.
When people think if the Second World War they tend to envisage the brutal carnage of the D-Day landings in Normandy or the intense combat on the islands of the Pacific. Certainly the invasion of France was a bloody affair, as was the ensuing push across Europe into Germany. And the fighting against the fanatical Japanese on the Pacific islands was ferocious.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a fairly modest country with 21 million citizens – but that doesn’t mean you should underestimate its armed forces. Overall, 2.2% of the country’s GDP goes towards its annual budget, totaling a $2.4 billion budget. 
In total, the Sri Lankan military is made up of three branches: the army, the navy, and the air force. Altogether, there are 346,000 active soldiers on duty with more on reserve. Sri Lanka has help from foreign suppliers such as India, Pakistan, China, Israel, and the US.

Czech Republic
 The Czech Republic has a modest population of 10.5 million people, with a little less than 25,000 active soldiers. 2,800 additional people are on the reserves. The military features a small number of helicopters, fighter jets, and support vehicles that include 24 helicopters.
The country is landlocked between Germany and Slovakia so doesn’t rely on naval services. Therefore, it builds strong artillery with 123 combat tanks and armored cars.  The budget from the government is $2.9 billion per year. 

19. The Viet Cong were poorly equipped.
The Viet Cong were the guerrilla fighters who fought for the communist cause in South Vietnam. The myth says that they were a rag-tag band of peasants with sub-standard equipment, much of it obsolete. The Viet Cong were no match for the well-armed and lavishly funded efficiency of the U.S. and South Vietnamese troops

Opposition to the Vietnam War came from hippies.
According to this particular theory, the opposition from within American society to the Vietnam War came mostly from hippies. The underground counterculture was spawned in the 1960s in an explosion of free love, psychedelic drugs and rock music. And it was the hippies who created this new culture that were responsible for most of the opposition to the war in South-east Asia.

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Another European country with a modest population, Hungary’s Armed Forces aren’t as big as some of its neighbors. This time around, 1.2% of its GDP only equates to an annual budget of $1.8 billion. 
The Hungarian Defence Forces has 36,000 active personnel and an additional 58,000 on hold for reserve duty. The Armed Forces are dedicated to Ground and Air Forces due to the landlocked nature of the country. It is open to citizens from the age of 18. 

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Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Congo has 134,000 active soldiers on duty, but amazingly has no one held for reserves. This is a fairly small military considering its population of more than 81 million people. Interestingly, 20,000 of the active soldiers are over the age of 60.
It’s annual budget is a tiny $93 million, costing just 1.3% of the country’s GDP. The majority of its armed forces are dedicated to its army, although Congo can boast a small air force and navy, too. 


Slovakia is another landlocked European country with a modest military. Founded in 1993, the Slovak Armed Forces has 17,000 active soldiers and 4,800 available for reserve duty. Due to its small population of 5 million people and its low GDP, the budget comes to $1.8 billion a year.
Slovakia has three branches of the military: the Army, Air Force, and ‘Special Forces’. The 5th Special Forces Regiment is dedicated to counter-terrorism and special operations. Not bad for a population of 5 million.

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The White House has been standing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW since its completion over 200 years ago. In that time, it’s seen dozens of presidents come and go, been expanded multiple times, and even partially burned down. Indeed, multitudes of fascinating and outrageous stories have involved America’s most famous mansion – from haunting, ghostly apparitions to some decidedly brazen presidential nudity.

Most U.S. soldiers were draftees and a disportionate number of African-Americans were killed.
Many believe that the majority of those Americans who fought in Vietnam were conscripted into the military. Only a minority of those who served during the Vietnam War volunteered for military duty. Another myth says that when it came to casualties during the fighting, a disproportionate number of African-Americans were among them.

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Iran’s population is 81 million, which means it has a few extra heads to help with its growing military. Today, there are 934,000 soldiers in the armed forces with more than 534,000 actively serving at any given time.
In the last few years, Iran has steadily built its military to include 407 fighter planes, 100 helicopters, and a trainer aircraft. Its ground force is quite spectacular: almost 2,900 combat tanks roam its floor with an additional 28 submarines in its surrounding waters. The country spends $19.6 billion USD a year on its military.

It was mostly youngsters who fought in the Vietnam War.
One idea that has apparently gripped the public imagination is that the American force in Vietnam was a teenage army. According to the myth, soldiers were very young with an average age of just 19 years when they arrived for war service. Of course, if the average truly was 19, that meant that there were soldiers even younger than that fighting in the war.


Even though it has a quarter of the population, Malaysia’s army is a little less than half the size of Mexico’s. There are roughly 110,000 active members from a population of 31 million, with an additional 310,000 in the reserves.Malaysia has a small fleet of 44 fighter jets and a few helicopters. Overall, the country focuses most of its military on combat tanks and rocket projectors. There are no aircraft but is protected by submarines and corvettes. 

In fact, the Viet Cong had a generous selection of modern armaments supplied by their deep-pocketed allies in China and the Soviet Union. Their weaponry included rocket launchers, AK-47 automatic rifles and effective grenades. By contrast, until quite late in the conflict, soldiers in the South Vietnamese Army had to make do with surplus U.S. weaponry, much of it dating back to the Second World War.

Taiwan needs to maintain its military strength, considering the looming threat of China and other nations. It has 300,000 active personnel with an additional 1.6 million in reserve. Not bad for a country with only 23 million people. Just some of the machines it operates include 102 naval ships, 815 air vehicles, and 2,005 tanks.
Each trainee goes through many physical and mental tests before being welcomed into the military. This can include crawling through jagged coral and rocks. The budget is $10.2 billion per year.