From the Papers

July 2015

ayatollah_ali_khamenei There are mounting fears that a deepening power struggle in Tehran over the succession for the powerful position of Supreme Leader could derail attempts to negotiate a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme. Western diplomats involved in the negotiations believe the increasingly frail health of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the regime’s current Supreme Leader, has prompted a fierce power struggle between rival contenders as they jostle for the succession.

 

Headline: REVEALED: How nuclear bombs could actually SAVE mankind from the apocalypse Just days before an the independent celebrity-backed World Asteroid Day conference calling for more action from global governments to come up with asteroid defences, NASA has revealed it is considering using nuclear warheads. The US space agency says they could be used to destroy an incoming asteroid or comet that threatened to  cause major destruction or global annihilation.

 

NATO’s top commander said [in mid-June] that Russia’s announcement that it was adding 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal was not the kind of behaviour expected of a responsible nuclear power. President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the planned new deployments put further strain on the relations between Moscow and the West, already tense over the Ukraine crisis. “This is not a way that responsible nuclear nations behave,” said U.S. Air Force General and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Philip Breedlove during a visit to Poland. “A rhetoric which ratchets up tensions in a nuclear sense is not responsible behaviour and we seek and ask that these (nuclear) nations handle this particular type of weapon in a more responsible way.” Following Putin’s announcement, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia of nuclear sabre rattling, describing it as “destabilizing and dangerous”.