HISTORY: SCO is an organization composed of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People of Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. The SCO was created on the basis of the Shanghai Five, which came into being after signing in 1996-97 the agreements among Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia and Tajikistan on building military confidence and mutual reduction of military forces in border areas. In January 2001 Uzbekistan requested to join the Shanghai Five as a full member. The Five's transformation into the SCO happened at a summit in Shanghai on 15 June 2001 when the heads of six countries signed the Declaration on the SCO establishment and the Shanghai Convention on combating terrorism, separatism and extremism. The Council of National Coordinators was then founded with the aim of establishing interaction among relevant ministries and departments of the SCO member states.
THE LIST OF MEMBERS: The SCO member states are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The observers are Iran, India, Pakistan, and Mongolia. Iran has also applied for full membership on March 24, 2008, and the application is under consideration. The guest attendance is Afghanistan. The United States applied for observer status in the SCO, but was rejected in 2005.
Ukraine to hold air defense drills with live firing in September
SEVASTOPOL, September 4 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine is planning to conduct large-scale air defense exercises with live firing on the Crimean peninsula at the end of September, a Ukrainian navy source said on Thursday.
The exercises are part of a practical stage of the Sea Knot-2008 command-and-staff maneuvers that began in spring and involve units from all branches of the Ukrainian armed forces.
The drills will involve about 350 air defense systems, including S-300, Buk-M1, Osa and Tunguska, and up to 30 combat aircraft.
"In addition, the troops will practice an amphibious assault landing, an air assault operation and live firing drills involving naval and ground support aircraft at the Opuk training range in the Crimea," the source said. ...
Fake Soldiers Used In RNC Video
It was a video that was supposed to elicit soaring patriotism and real emotions about the Pledge of Allegiance. But to do that, it used fake soldiers and a staged military funeral instead of the real thing. On Tuesday night, 15-year-old Victoria Blackstone, a sophomore at the St. Agnes School in St. Paul, led the crowd at the Xcel Energy Center in the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience heard her 434-word essay, “Pledging myself to the Flag of the United States of America,” an essay she’d entered in the “Wave the Stars & Stripes” essay contest and won. The RNC turned that essay into a three and a half minute video, a visually stirring montage rolling over Victoria’s words about sharing the Pledge with Americans who have stood at important moments in history. There’s the Continental Congress…A real WWII vet…Photos of workers at Ground Zero. A close-up of a folded flag presented to a grieving widow at a military funeral… profiles of soldiers swelling with pride in slo-motion. But CBS News found that the footage of the ‘funeral’ and soldiers is what is called ‘stock’ footage. The soldiers were actors and the funeral scene was from a one-day film shoot, produced in June. No real soldiers were used during production. The footage, sold by stock-film house Getty Images was produced by a commercial filmmaker in Chicago. Both Getty and the production company, Mr. Big Films, confirmed that the footage was shot on spec and sold to the Republican National Committee.
Mike Garramone to Help Define and Deliver Solutions Built on Technical and Operational Expertise
ATLANTA, Ga. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- We’ve all heard about the threat of a pandemic. Scientists say during a major disease outbreak, or even a bioterrorism attack, one of the biggest enemies could be time. Using traditional testing, it can take days -- even weeks -- to confirm a diagnosis and isolate those infected. Now, science may have found a way to speed up the clock.