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#7361 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted Yesterday, 12:39 PM

Its not the finest page in the history of Empire, I would be the very first to admit. I would even go so far as to say the residents ought to get it back. Right up to the point when I know the first they they will do will be to lease it to Russia or China.

 

If its ever given up, the very first thing we should do is get a long lease on facilities, or bulldoze them first.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:18 PM

Apparently one reason why the residents of the Chagos were not asked was because they were forcibly expelled off Diego Garcia.

 

Possession is 9/10th of the law, whether that be Diego Garcia, or Crimea, or the West Bank, or...


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Posted Yesterday, 01:28 PM

Apparently one reason why the residents of the Chagos were not asked was because they were forcibly expelled off Diego Garcia.

 

Indeed, but I thought the other islands had residents? Or was Diego the sole indigenous population?


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Posted Yesterday, 01:30 PM

Luckily, there are not enough Chagossians to make a future financial settlement (on top of what they have already received) out of the question. It would be a good way to make amends, as well as possibly granting them British citizenship.

 

Yes, I'd agree that possession is king. The reality of that is always going to be a function of power as well, at least until a federated government of Earth is established.

 

All I have read is from the wiki, which is not much to go by. What is there seems to imply all islands were depopulated. The wiki also has some tough reading about tarzans and men fridays that did not age well.


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Posted Today, 02:21 AM

British Army invades Finland. Yes, it was something of a surprise to me as well.

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Recently, British troops from @3rdUKDivision deployed to Finland on Exercise Arrow 2019. This exercise was designed to test the resilience of Finnish troops and prove British interoperability! #GlobalBritain #InternationalbyDesign

 

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Posted Today, 02:34 AM

https://www.msn.com/...llow/ar-AABHnW3

 

Nuclear-capable Russian bombers flew off the coast of Alaska, prompting U.S. Air Force fighter jets to intercept them.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday in a statement that "four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces made scheduled sorties over the neutral waters of the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands." The entire flight lasted longer than 12 hours and "at certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by F-22 fighter jets of the USAF."

The ministry said "long-range pilots make regular flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Caspian seas, and Pacific Ocean" and that such flights were "carried out in strict accordance with the International Airspace Management System without violating the borders of other states."

The incident was confirmed in a separate post to social media by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which provided surveillance via an E-3 Sentry airborne early warning and control aircraft. The post additionally mentioned the presence of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, accompanying the bombers, which entered Alaska's Air Defense Identification Zone, but remained in international airspace.

"NORAD fighters intercepted Russian bombers+fighters entering Alaskan ADIZ May 20. 2x Tu-95s were intercepted by 2x F-22s; a second group of 2x Tu-95+2x Su-35 was intercepted later by 2 more F-22’s; NORAD E-3 provided overall surveillance," NORAD's official account tweeted. "The aircraft remained in int'l airspace."

"Our ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens and vital infrastructure starts with detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft our airspace. We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year," Air Force General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Commander of NORAD, was cited as saying in a follow-up tweet.

Mainland Alaska and mainland Russia are only roughly 55 miles apart and the two share a chain of islands known as the Aleutian Islands, meaning such incidents were not unprecedented. In January, two U.S. F-22s and two Canadian CF-18 intercepted a Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber off the coast of Alaska and, at least twice last year, F-22s intercepted Russian Tu-95s and other aircraft in the same region.

Russia has also scrambled its own jets toward U.S. aircraft near its own airspace, such was the case in March when two Russian Sukhoi Su-27s were sent to meet a U.S. B-52H bomber over the Baltic Sea, where both Russia and members of the U.S.-led NATO Western military alliance have coastlines. Earlier that same month, a Russian Su-27 was scrambled to intercept an RC-135 spy plane also over the Baltic Sea.


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