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North Korea’s Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say
North Korea’s success in testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears able to reach the United States was made possible by black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines probably from a Ukrainian factory with historical ties to Russia’s missile program, according to an expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies.
The studies may solve the mystery of how North Korea began succeeding so suddenly after a string of fiery missile failures, some of which may have been caused by American sabotage of its supply chains and cyberattacks on its launches. After those failures, the North changed designs and suppliers in the past two years, according to a new study by Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Such a degree of aid to North Korea from afar would be notable because President Trump has singled out only China as the North’s main source of economic and technological support. He has never blamed Ukraineor Russia, though his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, made an oblique reference to both China and Russia as the nation’s “principal economic enablers” after the North’s most recent ICBM launch last month.
Analysts who studied photographs of the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, inspecting the new rocket motors concluded that they derive from designs that once powered the Soviet Union’s missile fleet. The engines were so powerful that a single missile could hurl 10 thermonuclear warheads between continents.
Those engines were linked to only a few former Soviet sites. Government investigators and experts have focused their inquiries on a missile factory in Dnipro, Ukraine, on the edge of the territory where Russia is fighting a low-level war to break off part of Ukraine. During the Cold War, the factory made the deadliest missiles in the Soviet arsenal, including the giant SS-18. It remained one of Russia’s primary producers of missiles even after Ukraine gained independence.
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50 Cent Accused by Starz of Leaking 'Power' Episodes
The final three episodes of the popular Starz drama Power were leaked online and fingers are reportedly pointing at 50 Cent, the co-executive producer and actor on the show. Fif took to Instagram and said the network accused him of purposely leaking the episodes. He ended the caption with the hashtag #50Centralbet, raising more eyebrows. The tag likely refers to BET ordering 24 episodes of 50's sketch comedy/variety show 50 Central, but others have wondered if the popular show is on the move as well.
Things have been rocky between 50 Cent and Starz. On July 31, 50 insinuated Powerwasn't getting the proper platform on the premium cable network and hinted at leaving in a similar Instagram post. In December of 2016, 50 Cent said he was no longer promoting the show outside of his contractual obligations after what he perceived to be a Golden Globes snub.
Despite the leaks and issues between the showrunners, Power has gotten high ratings with its fourth season premiere drawing in 1.68 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49, according to Deadline.
NFL Star Michael Bennett Sits During National Anthem
Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett became the latest NFL star to abstain from a pre-game National Anthem ceremony on Sunday, August 13, and while discussing his reason for omitting himself from the tradition, vowed to continue doing so going into the 2017 season.
As members of both the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers lined up for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, Bennett was noticeably absent from the sidelines. Instead, the nine-year veteran sat alone on the bench far behind the players' formation. After the game, coach Pete Carroll claimed to have been aware of Bennett's plans to protest during the anthem, as did teammates who were interviewed about the move. For Bennett, who is regarded as one of the more socially active citizens in the league, the action is one he has apparently considered taking for awhile, and after factoring in the what ramifications he may face, remains steadfast on his intention to carry it through.
“I love football like any other American. But I don’t love segregation, I don’t love riots, I don’t love oppression. I don’t love gender slander. I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve and I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message and keep finding out how unselfish we can be in society, how we can continuously love one another and understand that people are different. And just because people are different doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t like them," Bennett said. He went on to admit that he is aware of the backlash he will face but asserted that he is open to making himself vulnerable to judgment from the public and media attacks, because the goal, for him, supersedes any sort of validation the sport can award him.
Irv Gotti Has The Answer For Why White Supremacy Is On The Rise: The Kardashians
For Gotti, the current socio-political climate is a direct response to the Kardashian and Jenner women's love for black men.As the nation looks for answers to understand what happened in Charlottesville this weekend, Irv Gotti believes he has the perfect reason as to why white nationalism has reached new heights in America: the Kardashians and their love for black men.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, the Murder Inc head honcho blamed the rise of white supremacists on the Kardashian and Jenner women, and their affinity for black men and hiphop. And as some of the most famous women in the world, the result is that their taste in men is influencing other young white women --which then triggers racist white men.
“Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner’s daughter. Arguably the HOTTEST CHICK ON THE PLANET!! Dated Tyga!! Now dating Travis Scott!! 2 RAP N****S!! I think when Trump says. LETS MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. I think he is saying LETS GET OUR WOMEN BACK,” Gotti wrote in the message. “Cause the Hip Hop Culture has fu**ed up the whole sh*t. F**k it. I’m gonna say it. THE KARDASHIAN CLAN AND THE TWO JENNER DAUGHTERS. Has f***ed up the whole world.”
After complimenting the family, Gotti went on to say that white men are struggling to watch their white daughters also date black men: “Please anyone. This isn’t a message bashing the Kardashians Or Kylie and Kendall. They are dope to me,” Gotti continued. “They are a part of this thing called Hip Hop CULTURE. So I love them and their success. Kris Jenner is a f**king Genius to me. I’m just stating what Racist Old White Men are mad about. It’s crystal clear.” We could not make this up ourselves. It appears that a lack of history classes and a basic understanding of today’s socio-political climate may have played key parts in influencing Gotti's sham theory.
Sources: Essence Mag