President Ian Khama has strongly defended government’s plans to purchase fighter jets in Sweden.
The army has confirmed negotiations with a Swedish aircraft manufacturer, for the acquisition of between 8 and 12 Gripen "C" and "D" aircraft variants, to replace its ageing fleet of US-made F-5 fighter jets.
The cost of the possible contract is estimated at 17 billion Pula.
Khama during a joint press briefing with the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen yesterday, said the fighter jets will be used to police Botswana’s skies.
Khama’s visit to Sweden comes hardly days after the opposition, UDC petitioned Sweden to block Botswana’s move.
The UDC and other critics have argued that Botswana should not be spending billions of pula in military equipment when facing critical challenges such as poverty and high unemployment rate.
When asked about these issues, Khama said the opposition should raise their concerns in Parliament.
Suspected US drone strikes have killed at least three Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday in Yemen - the latest in a long list of drone attacks under Washington's counterterrorism operations in the region.
While no one claims repsonsibility for these attacks - thesehese drone missions likely originate from the America's base at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. The Washington Post's Pentagon Reporter Craig Whitlock, has analysed thousands of military records to document the sudden growth of this base and its newfound importance in Washington's counterterrorism efforts:
Speaker(s): Dr Pippa Malmgren | Economics would be better served by complementing the backward looking approach inherent in algorithms, models and data with plain English, common sense and forward looking signals. Signals can help us identify trends as they unfold in the world economy, which data only confirm after it's too late to invest or to form a policy solution. Pippa Malmgren (@DrPippaM) is a former Presidential advisor, bestselling author, robotics manufacturer, advisor to institutional investors, former Chief Currency Strategist at Bankers Trust and Deputy Head of Strategy at UBS. She was the winner of the 2015 Intelligence Squared Robotics Debate. She is an alumna of LSE. Her latest book is Signals: How Everyday Signs Can Help Us Navigate the World's Turbulent Economy. Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE. The Department of International Relations (@LSEIRDept) is now in its 88th year making it one of the oldest and largest in the world. LSE IDEAS (@LSEIDEAS) is a foreign policy think-tank within LSE's Institute for Global Affairs.
Violence is intensifying in Syria, with reports of fighter jets bombing the city of Aleppo. If these reports are confirmed, the use of jets could mark a turning point in the 17-month-long uprising.
In a speech delivered in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said insurgents attempting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad were gaining ground. She called these safe haven for “further actions by the opposition.”
On top of that, there are reports that another ambassador to Assad has fled — that’s the second defection in two weeks. Amr Al Azm is a former member of the Syrian National Council and professor of history at Shawnee State University. For more, go to: http://www.thetakeaway.org/2012/jul/25/fighter-jets-bomb-syrian-city-aleppo/
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US deploys fighter jets in Poland and Lithuania amid Ukrainian turmoil
Published time: March 10, 2014 14:13
Edited time: March 11, 2014 06:27
The US is sending a dozen F-16 fighter jets and nearly 300 service personnel to Poland by Thursday as part of a training exercise in response to the crisis in neighboring Ukraine, the Polish defense ministry confirmed.
Sochi Paralympics Day 3: Canada’s McKeever grabs eighth career gold
Published time: March 10, 2014 14:04
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Sevens sets of medals were at stake on day three of the Paralympics, which kicked off with alpine and cross country skiing iin Sochi ,Russia