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  • Ancient lunar polar ice reveals tilting of Moon’s axis

    03/26/2016 11:54:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | 03/23/2016 | NASA
    New NASA-funded research provides evidence that the spin axis of the Moon shifted by about five degrees roughly three billion years ago. The evidence of this motion is recorded in the distribution of ancient lunar ice, evidence of delivery of water to the early solar system. “The same face of the Moon has not always pointed towards Earth,” said Matthew Siegler of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, lead author of a paper in today’s journal Nature. “As the axis moved, so did the face of the “Man in the Moon.” He sort of turned his nose up at...
  • Japan's Asahi Offers Billions for Italy's Peroni

    02/10/2016 12:37:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Feb 2016
    Japan's Asahi Group Holdings has offered €3.1 billion for two top European lager brands from British giant SABMiller, in what would be the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese beer company, a report said on Wednesday. Board members finalised the 400 billion yen proposal on Tuesday for Peroni of Italy and the Netherlands' Grolsch, the leading Nikkei business daily said, without citing sources. The company refused to confirm the report but said in a statement it was "studying a variety of possibilities for a capital and business tie-up, including this case". Nothing has been finalised, it added. Acquiring the brands,...
  • IRAN is Nuclear Now! With Weapons and Delivery Systems!

    08/20/2015 8:55:28 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 41 replies
    The American Report ^ | August 20, 2015 | MG Paul E. Vallely & LTC Denny Haney
    By MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret) And LTC Dennis B. Haney, USAF (Ret) August 20, 2015 Since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear energy system. This cabal is mainly comprised of Russia, China, and North Korea. Since sanctions began being placed on Iran in 1979, with more added since, Iran still had enough free reign to develop its capabilities despite the sanctions regime because of this cabal. All the moving parts are in place, the material is there, and...
  • Assad Targets Civilians, Hospitals Amid Defeats in Syrian War

    06/18/2015 10:00:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is systematically targeting civilians and hospitals, often with chemical weapons, to reverse recent setbacks in the country’s civil war, witnesses told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Assad’s forces have suffered a number of battlefield defeats in recent months, with the Islamic State and the al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra gaining ground north of the capital Damascus and more moderate rebel groups achieving victories in the south. The Syrian army has also lost about half of its soldiers throughout the course of the four-year civil war and has increasingly relied on outside militant...
  • Time to Take the Russia-China Axis Seriously

    11/07/2014 12:58:35 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 4, 2014 | Ankit Panda
    If you haven’t already read it, Gilbert Rozman has an incisive essay over at Foreign Affairs that explains why the contemporary iteration of close bilateral ties between Russia and China is here to stay. Rozman argues that we’re not about to see a rehash of the Sino-Soviet split anytime soon for a variety of reasons — most related to national identity and ideology. What makes Rozman’s argument remarkably convincing in my view is the complete absence of the United States’ policy and position in Asia as a causal force in driving China and Russia together. Indeed, under Putin and Xi,...
  • Who Needs a Moon?

    05/28/2011 4:43:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    Science ^ | 27 May 2011 | Govert Schilling
    BOSTON—The number of Earth-like extrasolar planets suitable for harboring advanced life could be 10 times higher than has been assumed until now, according to a new modeling study. The finding contradicts the prevailing notion that a terrestrial planet needs a large moon to stabilize the orientation of its axis and, hence, its climate. In 1993, French mathematicians Jacques Laskar and Philippe Robutel showed that Earth’s large moon has a stabilizing effect on our planet’s climate. Without the moon, gravitational perturbations from other planets, notably nearby Venus and massive Jupiter, would greatly disturb Earth’s axial tilt, with vast consequences for the...
  • Japan quake shifted earth's axis by 25 cm. Earth’s rotation will now shift at a different speed.

    04/04/2011 7:52:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | March 2011 | Carmen Chai
    Initial results out of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology show that the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rattled Japan Friday shifted the earth’s rotation axis by about 25 centimetres. INGV’s report, which came hours after the devastating incident, is equivalent to “very, very tiny” changes that won’t be seen for centuries, though, Canadian geologists say. Only after centuries would a second be lost as each day is shortened by a millionth of a second, according to University of Toronto geology professor Andrew Miall. “Ten inches sounds like quite a lot when you hold a ruler in front of you. But...
  • Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    03/12/2011 2:04:19 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 141 replies
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2011 1:58 a.m. EST | By Kevin Voigt
    The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis. "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude...
  • NASA: Quake Shifted Earth's Axis, Shortened Day

    03/02/2010 6:51:32 AM PST · by greatdefender · 38 replies · 1,115+ views
    AOL News ^ | March 1, 2010 | David Knowles
    (March 1) -- Apart from claiming the lives of hundreds of people and wreaking enormous property damage, Chile's massive earthquake has likely altered the distribution of the Earth's overall mass, scientists from NASA say. As a result, the length of a day is now a little shorter than it was before Saturday's magnitude 8.8 earthquake. "The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds [millionths of a second]," Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told Bloomberg. "The axis about which the Earth's mass is balanced should have moved by 2.7 milliarcseconds [about 8 centimeters...
  • The Axis Of Idiots (via e-mail)

    10/29/2009 3:13:42 AM PDT · by zipper · 35 replies · 2,861+ views
    via e-mail | unknown | J.D. Pendry, Sgt Major, USMC
    The "Axis of Idiots"  From the Podium:J. D. Pendry, Retired Sergeant Major, USMC FROM THE PODIUMThis retired USMC Sgt. Major has his Stuff together. Jimmy Carter, you are the father of the Islamic Nazi movement. You threw the Shah under the bus, welcomed the Ayatollah home, and then lacked the spine to confront the terrorists when they took our embassy and our people hostage. You're the "runner-in-chief." Bill Clinton, you played ring around the Lewinsky while the terrorists were at war with us. You got us into a fight with them in Somalia and then you ran from it. Your...
  • How Turkey Was Lost

    10/20/2009 10:23:32 AM PDT · by Nuc1 · 51 replies · 1,256+ views ^ | 10/19/09 | Caroline Glick
    Once the apotheosis of a pro-Western, dependable Muslim democracy, this week Turkey officially left the Western alliance and became a full member of the Iranian axis. It isn't that Ankara's behavior changed fundamentally in recent days. There is nothing new in its massive hostility toward Israel and its effusive solicitousness toward the likes of Syria and Hamas. Since the Islamist AKP party first won control over the Turkish government in the 2002 elections, led by AKP chairman Recip Tayyip Erdogan, the Turks have incrementally and inexorably moved the formerly pro-Western Muslim democracy into the radical Islamist camp populated by the...
  • Barack Obama Starts US Talks With 'Axis of Evil': North Korea and Iran

    09/12/2009 2:49:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 746+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | September 12, 2009
    Barack Obama Starts US Talks With 'Axis of Evil': North Korea and Iran President Barack Obama has approved plans for the US to start direct talks with both North Korea and Iran, in a significant shift in policy. By Philip Sherwell in New York and David Eimer in Beijing 12 Sep 2009 Barack Obama's new approach marks a significant change in American diplomacy The State Department said it would meet one-to-one with Pyongyang negotiators in an effort to persuade the reclusive Stalinist state to return to multilateral talks on dismantling its nuclear weapons programme. Washington has also accepted a vague...
  • Obama Takes It Personally

    05/21/2008 8:21:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 45 replies · 276+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 5-21-08
    By any measure, President Bush’s speech to the Knesset last week on the occasion of Israel’s 60th birthday was nothing short of stunning. This paean to the bond between the United States and Israel, while personal in many ways, went beyond anything any U.S. president had previously said and expressed sentiments that all people of good faith and seekers of peace can relate to and embrace. The president’s message was that when it comes to Israel, the U.S. would never accommodate terrorist pressure or political importuning from any source, and those who think otherwise had better reevaluate their position. He...
  • A Chavez/Obama Axis?

    03/06/2008 7:25:15 AM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 157+ views
    Powerline ^ | March 05, 2008 | Staff
    The government of Colombia says that when it conducted a raid into Ecuador to destroy a terrorist camp there, it seized a laptop that contained a number of communications to and from the "Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia." The communications are pretty interesting; among other things, they seem to connect Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to the Communist rebel group. No surprise there. Most intriguing to an American reader are the references to Barack Obama: References to U.S. diplomatic overtures are scintillating, if vague. In a Dec. 11 message to the secretariat, Marquez [FARC's contact with Chavez, who lives in Venezuela] writes:...
  • 'Dutch Universities Rejecting Iranian Students due to Nuclear Threat'

    01/04/2008 9:32:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 204+ views
    KRSI ^ | January 3, 2007
    'Dutch Universities Rejecting Iranian Students due to Nuclear Threat' THE HAGUE, 03/01/08 - The universities of Enschede and Eindhoven are no longer admitting any students from Iran. They say they are forced to do so by the government, according to newspaper Trouw. The technical universities must state in a declaration that new Iranian students will not in any way whatsoever have access to knowledge on nuclear technology. The universities cannot and do not want to issue this statement because, as they say, their students are entitled to all information available. The third technical university, the TU Delft, does reportedly still...
  • Mourning Bhutto, and heeding the lesson

    12/28/2007 7:55:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-28-07
    The assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto illustrates the fragility of the current international order in the face of the radical Islamist threat. Pakistan is an Islamic country with nuclear weapons and security services that contain many sympathizers with the Taliban and al-Qaida. It is hardly clear that the massive US investment in the Musharraf government as a bulwark against these same jihadi groups will be sustainable. Bhutto was murdered by a suicide bomber who shot her before blowing himself up, killing some dozen of her supporters. This bombing followed two others in October from which Bhutto escaped unharmed,...
  • Huck offers olive branch to Rush, asks for him to get in touch

    12/22/2007 2:16:35 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 223 replies · 276+ views
    Huck offers olive branch to Rush, asks for him to get in touch SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The best-talking Republican politician in America has a message for the best-talking conservative voice in the country: Let's talk to one another. Mike Huckabee, taking questions from reporters after a town hall meeting here, responded to the torrent of criticism that Rush Limbaugh unleashed during his broadcast yesterday by turning the other cheek — and then heaping on the praise. "I love Rush Limbaugh; I've always loved his show," Huckabee assured. "I think he’s been great for the conservative movement." The former Arkansas...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin Named Time's 'Person of the Year'

    12/19/2007 5:06:10 AM PST · by mware · 238 replies · 961+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/19/07 | AP
    NEW YORK — Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the Time magazine "Person of the Year." Richard Stengel, Time's managing editor, said the 2007 honor went to the Russian leader "for an extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability." Others in the running for the honor included Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore and author J.K. Rowling
  • Iran Tested New Missile During Summit

    12/12/2007 5:15:21 PM PST · by america4vr · 25 replies · 430+ views
    Jerusalem Post via AP ^ | December 13, 2007 | JP Staff
    Iran tested a newly-developed ballistic missile on the day of the Annapolis conference, Channel 10 reported Wednesday. The Ashoura missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers and is capable of reaching Israel, US Army bases in the Middle East and eastern European cities, including Moscow, said the TV channel. According to the report, the new missile is an improvement on the existing Shihab-3 missile. The Ashoura uses solid fuel instead of the Shihab's liquid fuel, giving it a significantly faster launch sequence which is harder to detect. Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Mostafa Muhammad-Najjar had announced the development of the new...
  • *JOHN BOLTON* is on Japanese TV Live (Right Now) Tearing Into Bush Policy on N. Korea!

    11/24/2007 6:43:16 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 89 replies · 400+ views
    TV Asahi, Asahi News Network ^ | 25 November 2007 | AmericanInTokyo
    In Tokyo, on Channel 10, Asahi TV (also broadcast nationwide) on popular Sunday morning discussion and news analysis talk show "SUNDAY PROJECT".It is showing former US Ambassador to the U.N. conservative John Bolton make very strong statements against new Bush Adminstration approach of carrot (and no stick) on North Korea.They are splicing in footage of mealy mouth pansie State Department types making quisling-ish comments at press conference.
  • Children Of Che Guevara Meet Iran’s Culture Minister (Commie Brats Schmooze With Islamofascists)

    10/02/2007 3:10:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies · 198+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | September 27, 2007 | Tehran Times Culture Desk
    Children of Che Guevara meet Iran’s culture minister Tehran Times Culture Desk September 27, 2007 TEHRAN -- Two children of Ernesto Che Guevara met Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar Harandi here on Tuesday. Aleida and Camilo Guevara are currently visiting Iran and are scheduled to meet with high-ranking Iranian officials. The culture minister paid tribute to Che Guevara and said Iran and Cuba have one point in common, which is the fact that both have experienced U.S. hostility. Saffar Harandi added that Cuba has made good progress over the years, and congratulated Aleida and Camilo on...
  • Missile Intercept Proves Defense System Is Capable of Protecting the USA (Successful Intercept!)

    09/28/2007 2:55:07 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 41 replies · 191+ views ^ | Sept 28 | Riki Ellison
    VANDENBERG AFB, Calif., Sept 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, President of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA),, was at Vandenberg AFB to view the ground-based interceptor launch from the Ronald Reagan Missile Defense site on Vandenberg AFB, CA and got to witness the successful intercept by one of our nation's ground-based interceptor missile (GBI) deployed there against a threat-representative long range target missile launched from Kodiak, Alaska. Ellison's overall appraisal of the test was characterized as "an overwhelming success with the 7th intercept of this system gives our nation and our public great confidence that our military has the...
  • 'Dozens died in Syrian-Iranian chemical weapons experiment' (WMD Iran-Syria)

    09/18/2007 11:56:25 AM PDT · by mojito · 192 replies · 3,981+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/18/2007 | Staff
    <p>Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane's Magazine report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.</p>
  • India, Russia, China foreign ministers to meet to boost trilateral cooperation

    02/14/2007 1:10:07 AM PST · by twinself · 10 replies · 622+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | February 14, 2007
    The foreign ministers of India, Russia and China were meeting Wednesday in the Indian capital in a bid to strengthen relations and to explore cooperation on issues such as counterterrorism and energy security, Indian officials said. The meeting between India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and their Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing is part of efforts by the three countries to forge a trilateral forum to work more closely on regional security issues, the officials said. "This will be the second stand-alone meeting of its kind," said Navtej Sarna, external affairs ministry spokesman. The foreign ministers...
  • Bush approved raids on Iranians in Iraq

    01/12/2007 9:33:40 PM PST · by do the dhue · 126 replies · 5,672+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 1/12/2007 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    <p>WASHINGTON - An order from President Bush authorized a series of U.S. raids against Iranians in Iraq as part of a broad military offensive, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.</p> <p>Bush issued the order several months ago, Rice told The New York Times as she prepared to visit the Middle East. She said the president acted "after a period of time in which we saw increasing activity" among Iranians in Iraq "and increasing lethality in what they were producing."</p>
  • Report: Kim Has No Plans for Second Nuclear Test, Regrets First Test

    10/20/2006 5:08:47 AM PDT · by psychopuppy · 136 replies · 4,599+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | Friday, October 20, 2006 | AP
    BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong-il told a visiting Chinese delegation that the communist nation didn't plan to conduct additional nuclear tests, a news report said Friday. Kim told Chinese envoy Tang Jiaxuan that "we have no plans for additional nuclear tests," Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unnamed diplomatic source in Beijing. Kim also expressed regret about his country's nuclear test to the delegation and said Pyongyang would return to nuclear talks if Washington backs off from its financial sanctions, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.
  • Full Text Of North Korean Statement

    10/17/2006 11:49:53 AM PDT · by Mariner · 8 replies · 840+ views
    BBC News ^ | 17 Oct 2006 | Kim Jung Il
    Full Text: North Korea statement The following is the full text of a statement released by the foreign ministry of North Korea, which calls itself the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK): On 14 October, the United States instigated the UN Security Council to unjustly find fault with our self-defensive nuclear test as a threat to international peace and safety, and once again passed the vicious resolution on sanctions and blockade against the Republic. Our successful nuclear test is a positive defensive countermeasure to defend our country's sovereignty and the people's life and safety so as to cope with the...
  • N.Korea plans series of nuclear tests: report

    10/17/2006 5:33:07 PM PDT · by Adam-ondi-Ahman · 142 replies · 6,136+ views
    Reuters ^ | 17 Oct 2006 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials say North Korea's military has informed China it intends to carry out a series of underground nuclear tests, NBC News reported on Tuesday. No further details were provided in the report. The United States said North Korea had moved equipment into place that may indicate it plans a second nuclear test, despite international condemnation of its first underground nuclear explosion on October 9. North Korea has denounced U.N. sanctions over its nuclear test as a declaration of war.

    10/13/2006 6:40:00 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 13 replies · 751+ views ^ | October 11, 2006
    On the forefront of our country's most western state, against the backdrop of the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri, floats 4 of our major Missile Defense assets; the USS Russell (DDG-59), USS Lake Erie (CG-70), USS Port Royal (CG-73), and SBX-1. These 4 ships, in conjunction with the GBI sites in Alaska and California can neutralize North Korea's ballistic missile intentions. In the last 12 months, the United States has successfully intercepted 13 ballistic missiles during realistic operational testing. In the last 90 days, the United States intercepted 4 ballistic missiles from long range to short range and...
  • U.S. Drops Threat of Force on N. Korea (APPEASEMENT, IRAN IS LAUGHING)

    10/13/2006 6:57:01 AM PDT · by petertare · 58 replies · 1,353+ views
    FOX ^ | 13 October 2006 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS — The United States dropped the possibility of using force against North Korea over the regime's purported nuclear test, a concession to Russia and China in the hope of seeing a U.N. Security Council resolution on the standoff passed by Friday.
  • Korean test seen as only partial blast

    10/13/2006 8:10:47 AM PDT · by 1curiousmind · 40 replies · 1,155+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/13/06 | Bill Gertz
    Four days after North Korea tried to set off its first nuclear bomb, U.S. intelligence agencies think the blast detected by seismic sensors was a plutonium-fueled device that did not fully explode. "The working assumption is that what happened, more likely than not, was an attempted nuclear test that fell far short of being successful," said one U.S. official familiar with the latest intelligence assessment. There is still no confirmation that North Korea succeeded in creating a nuclear explosion, and so far no radioactive particles that would confirm a successful nuclear test have been detected. The Washington Times first reported...
  • "Red Alert for N(uke) Test" [Hint: MORE Important Than Foley]

    10/06/2006 10:24:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 95 replies · 2,127+ views
    Herald Sun, Australia (2 hours ago) ^ | 6 October 2006 | Herald Sun, Australia (2 hours ago)
    TOKYO - Japan is ready for North Korea to carry out its threatened nuclear test as soon as this weekend, officials said yesterday. Japanese Vice-Foreign Minister Shotaro Yachi, on a visit to Washington, said Pyongyang's resolve to test its first atom bomb should not be underestimated. "We discussed the possibility that the test would occur this weekend," Mr Yachi said after talks with US Deputy National Security Adviser Jack Crouch. North Korea issued a statement on Tuesday saying it would test a nuclear bomb, dramatically raising the stakes in its standoff with the US on its quest for atomic weapons....
  • "S. Korean Dollar Payments to N. Korea Illegal" (This Bank Operates 14 Branches in USA)

    09/21/2006 8:09:23 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 9 replies · 604+ views
    Chosun Ilbo News (conservative daily) Seoul, Korea ^ | 20 September 2006 | Chosun Ilbo News (conservative daily) in Seoul
    "S. Korean Dollar Payments to Kaesong (North Korea) Illegal"
  • Rumsfeld to Russia: Join plan to convert nukes

    08/28/2006 2:49:46 AM PDT · by familyop · 1 replies · 572+ views
    US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made his strongest public case for a plan, opposed by some in the US Congress and by Russia, to convert some Navy long-range missiles from a nuclear to a conventional role for potential use against terrorist targets anywhere in the world. Rumsfeld held talks Sunday with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, and they discussed the issue at a joint news conference. Opponents of the plan argue that it could create a situation in which a conventionally armed US Trident missile, launched from a submarine, would be mistaken for a nuclear launch, thus risking the...
  • Castro with newspaper, real or photoshopped?

    08/13/2006 12:39:36 PM PDT · by omega4179 · 43 replies · 2,654+ views
    apnews ^ | 8/12/2006 | APnews This is one of four photographs published Sunday Aug. 13, 2006 by Cuba's Communist Youth newspaper's online edition Juventud Rebelde proporting to show The first photographs of Fidel Castro since his illness two weeks ago. Castro holds a copy of the Saturday Aug. 12, 2006 edition of Granma, the Communist Party newspaper. The headline reads "Absolved by history." The Associated Press cannot verify the authenticity or the date when these photographs were shot. (AP Photo/HO) Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All right reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Chavez forges ties with Belarus

    07/24/2006 5:41:06 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 13 replies · 489+ views
    BBC ^ | July 24, 2006
    Mr Chavez said he wanted to conclude "a unity pact" in Minsk Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has praised Belarus "as a model social state" like the one he and his government are building. During a visit to Belarus, he called for joint efforts to counter what he described as "hegemonic" capitalism. Mr Chavez later met Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, accused in the West of crushing fundamental rights. Mr Chavez is on a world tour, partly to win support for a Venezuelan seat on the UN Security Council. From Belarus, he will travel to Russia, Qatar, Iran, Vietnam and Mali....

    07/18/2006 5:29:46 AM PDT · by seasoned traditionalist · 19 replies · 617+ views
    Front Page/Townhall ^ | July 18, 2006 | Jeff Jacoby
    Opening a security conference in Tehran on July 8, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exhorted the Islamic world to mobilize against Israel and "remove the Zionist regime." Four days later, Hezbollah terrorists staged a raid across Israel's northern border, kidnapping two Israeli soldiers and killing eight more. It was Iran that supplied Hezbollah with its immense arsenal of artillery rockets. When Hezbollah launches them at Israel, it is doing the bidding of its patron. The same is true of Hamas, which is likewise financed by Iran. Israel may be able to inflict a punishing defeat on Hezbollah, but regime change in...
  • Scientists say Arctic once was tropical

    05/31/2006 11:52:30 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 101 replies · 2,744+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2006 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON - Scientists have found what might have been the ideal ancient vacation hotspot with a 74-degree Fahrenheit average temperature, alligator ancestors and palm trees. It's smack in the middle of the Arctic. First-of-its-kind core samples dug up from deep beneath the Arctic Ocean floor show that 55 million years ago an area near the North Pole was practically a subtropical paradise, three new studies show. The scientists say their findings are a glimpse backward into a much warmer-than-thought polar region heated by run-amok greenhouse gases that came about naturally. Skeptics of man-made causes of global warming have nothing to...
  • Russia rejects US call, says will help Iran make N-plant

    04/21/2006 12:05:41 AM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies · 822+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 20APR06 | The Times of India
    MOSCOW: Russia on Thursday rejected a US call for Moscow to end its cooperation with Iran in constructing the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Foreign ministry spokes-man Mikhail Kamynin said that the plant had no relation to Iran's work in uranium enrichment. "The adoption of a commitment on ending cooperation with this or that state in some sphere lies exclusively in the competence of the UNSC," he said in a statement. "Up to now, the Security Council has taken no decision on ending cooperation with Iran in nuclear energy." Every country "has the right to decide with whom and how it...
  • Russia says no to sanctions against Iran

    04/19/2006 12:52:02 AM PDT · by familyop · 47 replies · 1,433+ views
    EuroNews ^ | 19APR06 | EuroNews
    Russia has insisted it is opposed to moves by the United States and its allies to impose sanctions against Iran. At a meeting in Moscow, Russian officials met delegates from the US, Britain, France, Germany and China to discuss the latest moves in Iran's disputed nuclear programme. Afterwards Russian spokesman Mikhail Kamynin insisted that neither the sanctions route nor the use of force would lead to a solution of the problem. In Washington, the Bush administration says further action is needed. White House spokesman Scott McLennan said: "Violations and failures by the regime to comply with its international obligations run...
  • The Rise of the Islamist Axis

    04/18/2006 2:50:09 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 15 replies · 681+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7 April 2006 | Caroline B. Glick
    Not meant to scare, rather to serve as a wake-up call. This Monday Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that part of Ukraine's Soviet-era nuclear arsenal may well have found its way to Iran. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainians agreed to transfer the Soviet nuclear arsenal that remained in Ukraine after independence to Russia. According to Novaya Gazeta, some 250 nuclear warheads never made it to Russia and are thought to have been sent to Iran instead. The report further noted that the warheads in question will remain operational until 2010. ............................ Iran's recent financial maneuverings also...
  • Hollywood's New Axis of Evil

    12/05/2005 3:20:23 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 890+ views
    Slate ^ | 12/5/05 | Edward Jay Epstein
    Not only were neither Saddam Hussein nor Iraq mentioned in a film about the Iraq-Kuwait war, but the Manchurian corporation's technicians rewire the brains of the abducted U.S. soldiers with false memories of al-Qaida-type jihadists so that they will lay the blame for their terrorist acts on an innocent Muslim jihadist. Why don't the movies have plausible, real-world villains anymore? One reason is that a plethora of stereotype-sensitive advocacy groups, representing everyone from hyphenated ethnic minorities and the physically handicapped to Army and CIA veterans, now maintain liaisons in Hollywood to protect their images. The studios themselves often have "outreach...
  • A new phase in the "Plot against Syria"

    11/10/2005 10:16:36 AM PST · by syberghost · 1 replies · 364+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | 11/10/2005 | unknown
    In his first State of the Nation address during his first term, Bush lumped Syria along with Iran and North Korea as the so-called the world's "axis of evil."
  • US spy drones 'crashed in Iran'

    11/07/2005 7:17:15 PM PST · by markedmannerf · 44 replies · 1,028+ views
    ABC ^ | 11-8-05
    Iran says it has found the wreckage of two US unmanned spy planes on its territory in recent months, accusing the US of violating its sovereignty through illegal overflights. The Foreign Ministry says Iran "strongly protests against such unlawful acts and emphasises the necessity to observe the principles of international law concerning the sanctity of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states". The Pentagon has no immediate comment to the protest, which came in letters to the US Government written months ago but only made public at the United Nations on Monday. They described the crash of a Shadow 200...
  • UN demands co-operation from Syria in Hariri probe

    10/31/2005 10:49:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 53 replies · 1,638+ views
    CBC News ^ | Mon, 31 Oct 2005 13:22:45 EST | staff
    The UN Security Council approved a resolution Monday demanding Syria co-operate with a UN investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, threatening further action against Damascus if it continues to stonewall. Syrian border police keep watch. INDEPTH: Syria The resolution was unanimously approved by the 15-member council after the threat of economic sanctions was dropped from a previous resolution, co-sponsored by the U.S., France and Britain. Russia and China had objected to the initial text which called for the threat of economic sanctions unless Syria co-operated with an investigation into the bombing that killed Rafik Hariri and 20...
  • Pat Buchanan: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Christian Morality

    08/10/2005 6:32:47 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 45 replies · 1,399+ views ^ | August 10, 2005 | Pat Buchanan
    On the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of D-Day, Presidents Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush traveled to Normandy to lead us in tribute to the bravery of the Greatest Generation of Americans, who had liberated Europe. Always a deeply moving occasion. The 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, were not times of celebration or warm remembrance. Angry arguments for and against the dropping of the bombs roil the airwaves and fill the press. And the reason is obvious. While World War II was a just war against enemies...
  • Iranian Nuclear Team in Moscow Seeking New Partnerships

    07/13/2005 5:43:02 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 237+ views
    Senior Iranian officials have indicated that Russia could become a partner in lucrative projects to build 20 nuclear power stations in Iran. "A plan has been approved in parliament obliging the government to study the possibility of building 20 nuclear power stations. Many countries, including Russia, could participate," Kazem Jalali, head of the Iranian parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, announced in Moscow. Jalali, heading the Iran-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group on an official visit to Russia, made the remarks at a meeting with Alexander Rumyantsev, head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom). Jalali told Russian officials that Iran still intends...
  • China, Russia to hold joint military exercises next month

    07/06/2005 9:26:18 PM PDT · by Srirangan · 8 replies · 593+ views
    BEIJING: China and Russia are to hold rare joint military exercises involving up to 8,000 service personnel from Aug 18-26, the Global Times reported, citing Russian media reports. 'Peace Mission 2005' will involve China's army, navy and air force, while Russia will dispatch its navy and air force, it said. China's Defense Ministry has not announced the exercises. But Russian President Vladimir Putin said last Thursday during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao that joint exercises will take place later this year. According to the Global Times, which is run by the official People's Daily, final arrangements for...
  • China knocking on Russia's door

    07/05/2005 10:40:39 PM PDT · by Srirangan · 6 replies · 452+ views
    MOSCOW - With Russia and China pledging to develop their partnership, investment and energy issues topped the agenda of their bilateral summit in the Russian capital. The countries also lashed out at perceived US unilateralism by issuing a declaration demanding a curb on outside interference in nations' internal affairs. During his visit to Russia from June 30 to July 3, Chinese President Hu Jintao discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation, including investment and the energy sector, and signed a declaration with President Vladimir Putin denouncing "monopoly and domination in international affairs" and calling for an end to "attempts to divide...
  • Russia will preserve its positions in Iran under any president

    06/25/2005 2:08:26 AM PDT · by familyop · 46 replies · 712+ views
    RIA Novosti - Russian News and Information Agency ^ | June 25, 2005 | Pyotr Goncharov
    MOSCOW (RIA Novosti commentator Pyotr Goncharov) - Russia will not lose no matter who wins the second round of the presidential election in Iran. It has a fair chance of preserving its priority standing in Iran's foreign policy under any president - Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, technocrat and pragmatist, or his rival, the ultraconservative Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, who produced a furore with his surprise success at the election. This is the unanimous opinion of most Russian experts. Unlike Washington, which said the election in Iran was undemocratic and would not create a legitimate...