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IT FLIES, AND IT SNOOPS: NORWAY’S PRICEY F-35S CAUGHT SENDING ‘SENSITIVE DATA’ TO US

FILE PHOTO: The first three F-35 fighter jets ordered by Norway’s Air Force arrive in Oerland Main Air Station, near Trondheim, Norway © Norsk Telegrambyra AS / Reuters Originally appeared at RT Norway’s new F-35 fighter jets boast an impressive array of high-tech gadgetry, but Norwegian defense officials were surprised to learn of one unadvertised feature: the pricey plane relays sensitive data back to its US manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. The Royal Norwegian Air Force recently received the first three of the 40 F-35 fighter jets it ordered from Lockheed Martin. Major General Morten Klevar, the director of Norway’s F-35 program, has described the fabled fighter jet as “crucial to the continued modernization of our armed forces and our ability to preserve Norwegian and allied security and interests.” But while pouring billions of dollars into the troubled jet, the Scandinavian nation may have got more than it bargained for. Norway is the first foreign country to acquire the F-35 missi…

HEZBOLLAH – CAPABILITIES AND ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

This documentary originally appeared at southfront.org on November 18, 2017 Hezbollah is a social and political movement with a strong armed wing. It was formed in 1980s. Hezbollah’s creation was conditioned by the aspiration of the Shia population of Lebanon to meet the challenges of Israeli expansion and Western “new-style” colonialism. The Hezbollah (“Party of God”) movement was formed in 1982 in Lebanon by a segment of the Shia community displeased with the secular, in their view, nature of the Amal moderate Shia party. There were also disagreements concerning whether Israel should be confronted using new organizational forms and methods of warfare. According to its General Secretary Hasan Nasrallah, since its formation, Hezbollah was a purely intra-Lebanese creation, relying on the support and aid from the Palestinian and Lebanese parties, while the support from Iran and Syria came later. Since the very beginning, Hezbollah’s activities have been based on three principles. First, …