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  • Two resignations further reduce a more than 150-year security body from The City (San Francisco)

    05/04/2014 2:11:34 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | May 4, 2014 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    Two longtime members of The City's little-known Patrol Special Police resigned in recent weeks after administrative charges were filed against them with the Police Commission, but then apparently rescinded their resignations, opting instead for a leave of absence. The resignations or leaves of absence of brothers Todd and Scott Hart brings the already dwindling number of Patrol Specials down even further. Once numbering in the hundreds, they now stand at fewer than 10. "They were brought up on administrative charges, not criminal charges," said Alan Byard, president of the Patrol Special Police Offcers Association. "They have resigned so everything is...
  • More renounce US citizenship but deny stereotype

    04/27/2014 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 34 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | April 27, 2014 | ADAM GELLER
    Inside the long-awaited package, six pages of government paperwork dryly affirmed Carol Tapanila's anxious request. But when Tapanila slipped the contents from the brown envelope, she saw there was something more. "We the people...." declared the script inside her U.S. passport — now with four holes punched through it from cover to cover. Her departure from life as an American was stamped final on the same page: "Bearer Expatriated Self." With the envelope's arrival, Tapanila, a native of upstate New York who has lived in Canada since 1969, joined a largely overlooked surge of Americans rejecting what is, to millions,...
  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

    04/15/2014 4:27:36 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 73 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | April 15, 2014 | DAN ELLIOTT (AP)
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it's coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad is embarking on a yearslong restoration project that will put No. 4014 back to work pulling special excursion trains. "It's sort of like going and finding the Titanic or something that's just very elusive, nothing that we...
  • Putin to Obama: CrimeaRiver

    04/10/2014 7:09:54 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    Christian Post, CP Opinion ^ | April 9, 2014 | Ron Hart
    It has been interesting to watch Putin gain in popularity as he outwits Obama. Since he invaded Crimea, Putin's approval ratings in Russia have gone up 10 points. In another of his historic "firsts," Obama has done what no other president has done: make Putin look better. As the Obama administration argues over which symbolic, empty gestures it plans to use next, Putin smiles (or sneers, I'm not sure which; with him, it's a creepy yet subtle distinction). Russia caught Obama off guard. Prior to the invasion of Crimea, ....
  • White House denies presence of US mercenaries in southeastern Ukraine

    04/09/2014 11:32:59 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 9, 2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    U.S. mercenaries are not involved in suppressing riots in southeastern Ukraine, the White House said on Tuesday, citing the Greystone private military organization. "I would point you to what the company [Greystone] itself has said in the past, which is that this is not true," White House press secretary Jay Carney said at a press conference.
  • Russia Returns Lend-Lease WWII Bomber Debris to US

    04/04/2014 7:04:15 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | April 3, 2014 | Andrei Marmyshev
    KRASNOYARSK, April 3 (RIA Novosti) Andrei Marmyshev - Fragments of a US bomber that crashed near the Russian city Krasnoyarsk in southern Siberia during World War II have been delivered to San Francisco, where they will form part of a memorial commemorating pilots who lost their lives in the war, a historian in Krasnoyarsk told RIA Novosti. "San Francisco is planning to set up a memorial to pilots who died during the Second World War. The fragments of the Boston bomber will also be used," said Lt. Col. Vyacheslav Filippov, an aviation officer and historian. "For example, they are going...
  • Mounting tensions: Threat aimed at SFPD linked to death of Bernal Heights man

    04/04/2014 2:45:05 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    An anonymous call to the Police Department vowing revenge for the death of Alejandro Nieto, a 28-year-old man from Bernal Heights who was shot and killed by officers recently, has prompted the department to warn its officers to be on high alert while doing their jobs, according to multiple police sources. “There had been threats made against San Francisco police officers,” Officer Albie Esparza said when asked about the phone call. “We do take any threat serious and [the matter] is being investigated.” The anonymous threat comes as tensions between the community and police are high following three officer-involved shootings...
  • Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko pulls out of presidential race

    03/29/2014 9:54:48 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 84 replies
    CNN ^ | March 29, 2014 | Louise Gumuchian and Victoria Butenko,
    Boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko on Saturday pulled out of the race for Ukraine's president, throwing his weight instead behind a billionaire businessman.....Klitschko's withdrawal from the presidential race would set up a battle between confectionary businessman Poroshenko and Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, in the May 25 elections. After more than two years in prison, Tymoshenko was released in February following Yanukovych's ouster, her archrival.
  • Gang war bust: Sixteen indicted, four charged with capital murder (E. Palo Alto, CA)

    03/26/2014 5:48:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | March 25, 2014 | Michelle Durand
    Capping a year-long investigation into a series of murders, shootings and other crimes, 16 gangmembers were indicted by a criminal grand jury in what the district attorney called “easily the most massive case prosecuted” in his office’s history. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe announced the indictments Monday morning in front of the historic county courthouse flanked by law enforcement who spent 18 months on “Operation Sunny Day,” named for the code word used by gangmembers to indicate a completed murder. Of the 16 defendants ranging in age from 19 to 28, 11 are in custody in San Mateo County and were...
  • Why did Europe choose the chaff over the wheat?

    03/20/2014 7:03:43 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti” ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick L Young
    The poor citizens of Ukraine remain poor while the world bickers with their plight, an apparent after thought. Engagement in Ukraine by the European Parliament has been clearly apparent in recent years. Alas the transcripts provide an unfortunate reminder that the size of the EU apparatus has ultimately fed an incompetent blob as opposed to producing rational decisions. An obsession with expansion at all costs of the EU sphere of influence has dominated thought. Back on December 13, 2012, the European Parliament passed a rather chilling motion, made more acutely frightening by subsequent events: "The EU is concerned about the...
  • Putin’s sanctions on Americans unite Democrats, GOP

    03/20/2014 3:26:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Oliver Knox
    Vladimir Putin probably didn’t expect that newly announced Russian sanctions on nine Americans – three top White House aides, three Republicans and three Democrats in Congress – would spark a bipartisan love-in in Washington.But that’s exactly what happened on Thursday as Moscow retaliated for expanded U.S. sanctions by freezing the assets of a select handful of high-profile Americans and banning them from travel inside Russia.Here’s an early response from a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Twitter to Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama, for making the list...
  • 2 killed in shooting near Crimea military research center, 'sniper detained'

    03/18/2014 5:38:21 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 18, 2014 | Staff
    Two people – a self-defense member and a Ukrainian soldier – were killed after snipers opened fire from a partially inhabited building near a military research center in Simferopol. One sniper was reportedly detained, another is on the run. As RT producer Lida Vasilevskaya arrived at the scene, the perimeter of the Ukrainian military topography and navigation center was already surrounded by men in camouflage and the situation was "calm." The local Interior Ministry said in a press release that shooting came from a house under construction opposite the center and targeted Crimean self-defense units as well the military center...
  • Ukraine to Lay Claim for Soviet Heritage

    03/17/2014 4:45:01 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 20 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | March 18, 2014 | Staff
    KIEV, March 17, Ukraine is set to lay a claim to property of the Soviet Union, including about $80 billion deposited on the accounts of the USSR State Bank, Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said on Thursday. Petrenko said that Ukraine did not sign the December 9, 1994 agreement which recognized Russia as the successor state of the Soviet Union and its government has legal grounds to claim ownership of certain Soviet property located in third states. Kiev also plans to lay claim to about $80 billion deposited on accounts of the USSR State Bank, the only bank in the Soviet...
  • U.S. Navy SEALs seize fugitive oil tanker

    03/17/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 | Laura King
    CAIRO — U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces … boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory,” the statement said. The SEAL team, backed by helicopters, launched its operation late Sunday local time...
  • Ukraine Puts Troops on High Alert, Threatening War

    03/02/2014 10:58:00 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 2, 2014 | ALISON SMALE and STEVEN ERLANGER
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday in response to Russia’s move to seize control of the Crimean Peninsula, and it threatened war against Moscow if the Kremlin made further incursions into Ukrainian territory as Western powers scrambled to find a response to the crisis. “This is the red alert, this is not a threat, this is actually a declaration of war to my country,” Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, told reporters in English, a day after Russia’s parliament approved the deployment of troops to any part of Ukraine where Moscow deems Russians are in...
  • Russian lawmakers OK use of military force in Ukraine

    03/01/2014 9:48:20 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 25 replies
    Q13 Fox.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | John White
    Russia’s upper house of parliament voted Saturday to approve the use of military force in Ukraine. The vote was unanimous. Russian President Vladimir Putin had asked the upper house of parliament for approval to send Russian troops into Ukraine’s Crimea region to normalize the political situation there, the Kremlin said Saturday. Due to the “extraordinary situation in Ukraine,” Putin said, there are threats to the lives of Russian citizens and Russian military personnel based in the southern Crimean region. It comes on the same day that the new pro-Russian leader of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, asked Putin for help in maintaining...
  • Rival groups clash in Ukraine's Crimea, 20 injured

    02/26/2014 10:26:25 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Boston Globe AP ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | AP Staff
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered major military exercises just across the border. The tests of military readiness involve most of the units in central and western Russia, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement. He said the exercise would "check the troops' readiness for action in crisis situations that threaten the nation's military security." In Kiev, opposition leaders who took charge after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled were working on forming a new government to chart a path forward...
  • Pro-Russian rally in Crimea decries Kiev ‘bandits’

    02/26/2014 10:16:00 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    AP ^ | February 26, 2014 | Yuras Karmanau
    SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Dozens of pro-Russian protesters rallied Tuesday in the Crimean Peninsula against “the bandits” in Kiev who are trying to form a new government, with some even speaking of secession, and a Russian lawmaker stoked their passions by promising that Moscow will protect them. “Russia, save us!” some chanted. An armored personnel carrier and two trucks full of Russian troops made a rare appearance on the streets of the port city where the Kremlin’s Black Sea Fleet is based. A Russian flag fluttered in front of the city council building, replacing the Ukrainian flag that demonstrators had torn...
  • How Ukraine Can Be Saved

    02/20/2014 4:13:01 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    New York Times Opinion ^ | Feburary 20, 2014 | ROMANO PRODI
    Ukraine is in the middle of a violent political crisis. Dozens of people died this week and hundreds more were injured as protesters fought police in the capital, Kiev. Lethal violence has been spreading to the rest of the country, and a truce announced early Thursday fell apart as the death toll kept growing. What began in November as a series of peaceful protests in favor of closer ties with the European Union and greater autonomy from the influence of Russia has escalated into a conflagration. To save Ukraine, the government and opposition alike must make the difficult but necessary...
  • Ukraine unrest: At least 21 protesters dead in clashes

    02/20/2014 10:33:22 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | Feburary 20, 2014 | Staff
    At least 21 protesters have been killed by security forces in Kiev following the breakdown of a truce agreed on Wednesday. Witnesses have told the BBC that some died as a result of single gunshot wounds, typical of sniper fire. Officials said that one policeman had died and that 67 police had been captured by protesters. Meanwhile, three European Union foreign ministers have held five hours of talks with President Viktor Yanukovych.
  • Russia reportedly sending mediators to Ukraine as truce falls apart

    02/20/2014 8:12:09 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feburary 20, 2014 | Staff
    Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly is sending an envoy to Ukraine to try to mediate discussions with anti-government protesters – at the request of the country’s president – after violence flared up again Thursday in Kiev, leaving 33 more people dead. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the announcement after Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych talked over the phone, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported, according to Reuters. On Thursday morning, a truce called by Yanukovych and opposition leaders fell apart as government snipers fired at protesters, who hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at lines of police in response.
  • Protesters, Police Clash in Kiev, 6 Deaths Confirmed

    02/18/2014 12:34:44 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 25 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | February 18, 2014 | Staff
    KIEV, February 18 (RIA Novosti) – Anti-government protesters and police engaged in violent street battles that left hundreds injured and at least six dead, including two police officers, in Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday. Fighting escalated in Kiev as a standoff played out inside parliament, where deputies faced off over changes to the constitution that the opposition has said could be a way out of the political paralysis gripping the country. Thousands of radical demonstrators moving toward the parliament building around midday – many of them wielding shields and sticks, and wearing masks – were confronted by police who deployed rubber...
  • Pussy Riot Detained, Released, Then Chased in Sochi

    02/18/2014 11:44:27 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 53 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | February 18, 2014 | Alexey Eremenko
    SOCHI, February 18 (Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti) – When five masked Pussy Riot activists emerged from a Sochi police precinct, they broke into a song titled “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland.” The show did not attract much attention from the local denizens, but a loud, anxious, trampling crowd of foreign reporters chased them relentlessly as the activists began to scurry away while still singing the song. An improvised press conference in the middle of the street followed, to the mad honking of blocked traffic. After an encore of the song, the activists sprinted over...
  • Putin's Electoral Support Grows – Poll

    01/21/2014 7:25:41 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 42 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | January 20, 2014 | Staff
    MOSCOW, January 20 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s electoral rating rose in December, returning to 2000s levels, a new opinion poll by the independent Levada Center showed. Asked whom they would vote for if a presidential election took place next Sunday, 68 percent of respondents said they would vote for Putin, up 10 percent from figures in December 2012. The figures for Putin’s closest possible rival, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, were 11 percent, slightly down from the December 2012 figure of 12 percent.
  • Deputies Withdraw Bill to Label Media Firms 'Foreign Agents'

    01/21/2014 6:22:35 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | January 22, 2014 | Staff
    MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) – A bill that would have branded Russian media outlets that receive more than 50 percent of their funding from abroad as “foreign agents” was withdrawn from consideration in the State Duma on Tuesday. The bill’s authors said they had decided to reintroduce the legislation at a later date with a lower threshold for qualification as a foreign agent. The decision to withdraw the legislation was made because of the current situation in Ukraine, where violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters entered their third day Tuesday. The law's authors said the violence had been...
  • Russians Doubt Authorities Can Protect Them From Terrorists

    01/21/2014 6:10:02 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | January 22, 2014 | Staff
    MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) – After last year’s explosions in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, the majority of Russians doubt that the authorities can protect them from new terrorist attacks, an independent pollster said Tuesday. According to a poll conducted by Levada Center, only 29 percent of Russians are convinced that the authorities can protect them from terrorist threats, while 63 percent disagree. Eight percent had no answer. Two suicide bombings in Volgograd killed 32 people and injured dozens more days before the New Year. A total of 44 percent said it was impossible to avert the attacks,...
  • Demonstrators, Police in Tense Standoff in Kiev After Violence

    01/20/2014 9:40:10 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 6 replies
    RIA Nostovi ^ | January 20, 2014 | RIA Nostovi
    MOSCOW/KIEV, January 20 (RIA Novosti) – Riot police and anti-government demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital faced off Monday in the wake of some of the worst street violence the city has seen since protests began in November. Protestors erected barricades on a street running along main government buildings in Kiev in an apparent effort to extend territorial control beyond the main square demonstrators have occupied for almost two months. Torched vehicles could be seen still smoldering on a downtown street in a reminder of the unrest that ensued when a group of aggressive demonstrators broke away from a mass rally...
  • Dagestan Leader Says Parents of Extremists Must Be Punished

    01/18/2014 11:23:16 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 23 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | October 19, 2013 | Staff
    MAKHACHKALA, October 19 (RIA Novosti) – The president of the restive southern Russian republic of Dagestan said Friday that punitive measures should be introduced for parents of minors taking part in extremist militant organizations. Ramazan Abdulatipov’s press office cited him as saying that young people are being conditioned into hatred for other peoples. Abdulatipov was speaking in the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala, at the Congress of Russian Peoples, a forum for discussing relations between Russia’s numerous ethnic groups. A draft bill on the proposal put forward by Abdulatipov is to be presented by the Congress of Russian Peoples to the...
  • Billionaire bullies

    01/04/2014 6:08:24 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal (CA) ^ | January 4, 2014 | John McDowell
    The other day I saw “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which I thoroughly enjoyed. In it, the wizard Gandalf laments the growth of the “Power of the Shadow” and how the forces of good had been blind to its resurgence. That same week, Organizing for Action (President Obama’s political army) tweeted “On one side: Shadowy groups spending millions to obscure the facts.” I realized there was a connection between the two. OFA is right, the power of shadowy groups grows, and dark money spreads across our body politic. Yet many have been blind to the destructive power these groups...
  • Liberals find comfort level in 'NPR of gun clubs'

    01/02/2014 8:10:59 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 61 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) ^ | January 2, 2014 | Carla Marinucci
    Marlene Hoeber is feisty, tattooed, transgender, a self-described feminist, a queer activist - and a crack shot with her favorite "toys," guns of just about every kind. One thing she's not - and proud of it - is a member of the National Rifle Association. "We make ourselves a special place where we don't have to hear about the 'Kenyan Muslim socialist' in the White House," said Hoeber, a biotech equipment mechanic who says she's politically "somewhere around Emma Goldman," the turn-of-the-20th century anarchist. Instead, Hoeber - whose array of firearms includes an M1 carbine rifle from World War II...
  • Putin Named International Person of Year by Times

    12/30/2013 5:34:43 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 129 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | December 30, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, December 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been named International Person of the Year by Britain's The Times newspaper for succeeding in his ambition of bringing Moscow back to the international top table. The paper said Putin, 61, a judo black belt, has hip-flipped US President Barack Obama on the Syrian crisis, wrestled the EU to the ground on Ukraine, tripped up the opposition at home and rescued weaker team players such as President Assad of Syria and Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, who was given asylum in Russia. Also this year, Putin, who served two...
  • LAPD to pay $10 million in traffic ticket quota controversy

    12/11/2013 4:43:51 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 11, 2013 | Joel Rubin and Catherine Saillant
    The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay nearly $6 million to a group of police officers who accused their superiors of imposing a secret traffic ticket quota system on the Westside. The settlement, approved unanimously, brings to more than $10 million the amount of taxpayer money spent on payouts and legal fees from the ticket quota cases. But that number could grow because one more officer's case is still pending. The ticket controversy has been a black eye for the Los Angeles Police Department. Ticket quotas are against state law. After the officers’ allegations were made public,...
  • Customers claim they did leave tip, did not leave note for server (Gay false witness)

    11/26/2013 9:22:17 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 26, 2013 | Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
    When Dayna Morales, a restaurant server in New Jersey and former U.S. Marine, claimed a family wrote her a hateful note on a receipt, outrage ensued. "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life," read the note. Morales, who is gay, posted a photo of the receipt on Facebook. Morales went on news programs and showed off the receipt with the message. But now, a family has come forward saying it left no note and did leave the waitress a tip. The note, it claims, is a fake,...
  • Ukraine Ditches Plans for EU Deal, Turns to Russia

    11/21/2013 4:01:17 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 21, 2013 | Staff
    KIEV, November 21 (RIA Novosti) — Ukraine’s government decided Thursday to call off the planned signing of landmark agreements with the EU that could have weakened the former Soviet nation’s bonds with Russia. The Cabinet said in a decree that the decision was motivated by the need to consolidate economic ties with Russia and members of the Kremlin-led Customs Union trade bloc. The stunning reversal will be greeted with dismay in the European Union, which had been hoping to steer Kiev toward closer economic integration with Europe. Earlier in the day, Ukraine’s parliament rejected draft laws aimed at allowing jailed...
  • Bail Granted for More Jailed Greenpeace Activists in Russia

    11/19/2013 1:49:29 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 19, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, November 19 (RIA Novosti) – Two district courts in St. Petersburg granted bail Tuesday to several more Greenpeace activists awaiting trial, signaling a possible softening in the authorities’ stance over the case. Nine activists, including nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand and Poland, can leave their detention facilities after they have posted bail of 2 million rubles ($61,500) each, the courts ruled. A group of 28 Greenpeace activists and two reporters was initially charged with piracy for attempting in September to scale an Arctic Sea oil platform owned by an affiliate of energy giant Gazprom...
  • Russia, Serbia Ink Military Cooperation Agreement

    11/13/2013 1:30:07 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 13, 2013 | Staff
    BELGRADE, November 13 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Serbia signed an agreement Wednesday on military cooperation as part of further development of the strategic partnership between the two countries. The deal was overseen in Belgrade by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, whose visit is being seen as a prelude to a possibly imminent deal on the sale of Russian fighter jets to Serbia. Shoigu said contacts between the countries had recently reached new heights. The agreements reached Wednesday included provisions, among other things, for collaboration in peacekeeping operations under the aegis of the United Nations. Russia and Serbia have agreed...
  • US Cancels Russian Helicopter Deal Amid Syria Standoff – Senator

    11/13/2013 1:15:58 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 39 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 13, 2013 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, November 13 (RIA Novosti) – The United States has scrapped plans to purchase additional helicopters from state-run Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport amid pressure from federal lawmakers over Russian arms deliveries to Syria, a top US senator said Wednesday. “I applaud the [US] Defense Department’s decision to cancel its plan to buy 15 additional Mi-17 helicopters from Rosoboronexport,” US Sen. John Cornyn said in statement, The Associated Press (AP) reported. Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, has been leading a push in Congress to oppose the Pentagon’s purchase of Russian helicopters for deployment in Afghanistan due to Moscow’s weapons shipments to...
  • Greenpeace activists face new charges in Arctic Sunrise trial

    11/13/2013 6:16:38 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    RAPSI Russian Legal News ^ | November 7, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, November 7 (RAPSI) – Some participants of the Greenpeace raid on a Gazprom drilling platform, dubbed the “Arctic 30”, may face new charges in the ongoing trial, the Investigative Committee’s official spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Thursday. “Some of the raiders, in addition to the hooliganism charges, will be charged with resisting law enforcement officials," Markin said in an online interview to Gazeta.ru. The Arctic Sunrise ship was seized by Russian border guards on September 19 in international waters, within Russia's exclusive economic zone, a day after two Greenpeace activists scaled the Prirazlomnaya drilling rig in the Pechora Sea,...
  • Forbes Releases 2013 Ranking Of The World's Most Powerful People

    10/30/2013 7:56:03 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 30, 2013 | Forbes
    RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN TOPS FORBES’ 2013 RANKING OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE
  • Report: Aldon Smith got favorable treatment from Santa Clara cops

    10/23/2013 7:53:43 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 22, 2013 | Will Brinson
    Though 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith is hardly having an easy time of things these days -- he's still away indefinitely from football -- a report claims that the Santa Clara police provided the defensive lineman with favorable treatment when he was arrested. NBC Bay Area uncovered records that show Smith, after being booked on suspicion of driving under the influence at 9:40 a.m. PT, was released at 11:20 a.m. PT, a mere 1.5 hours later. Smith enjoyed an expedited trip through the Santa Clara County Jail, according to court records and information uncovered by the NBC Bay Area Investigative...
  • Russia dismisses Dutch legal action as Greenpeace protests continue

    10/06/2013 7:04:00 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    NZTV New Zealand ^ | October 6, 2013 | Staff Rooters
    Russia has shrugged off Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy as protesters took to the streets internationally to call for the 30 detainees to be freed. The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained activists and others on the Dutch-registered ship last month as it protested against drilling in the Arctic. Two Dutch citizens were among 30 people on board the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized by Russian authorities near the Prirazlomnaya offshore oil platform. Also onboard were Kiwis David Haussmann and Jonathan Beauchamp.
  • US 'blackmailing' Russia over Syria resolution: Lavrov

    09/22/2013 9:11:14 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 22, 2013 | AFP
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused the United States of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in the war-torn country. "Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us: if Russia won't support a resolution under Chapter VII in the UN Security Council, then we will stop the work in the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," Lavrov said in a Channel One interview, according to Russian agencies. He said the OPCW is "about to make a decision" on Syria but the process is...
  • Senator McCain attacks Putin on Russian website

    09/19/2013 11:09:52 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    Rooters ^ | September 19, 2013 | Thomas Grove
    Senator John McCain accused Vladimir Putin on Thursday of allying himself with tyrants and ruling through violence and repression, in a retort to a New York Times editorial by the Russian President earlier this month. In an editorial published on the news website Pravda.ru, McCain criticized the Russian leader's policies at home and in Syria where he has protected President Bashar al-Assad. "(Putin) is not enhancing Russia's global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and...
  • Russia Moves Up, US Falls in World Economic Freedom Ranking

    09/18/2013 6:31:34 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | September 18, 2013 | Karin Zeitvogel
    Russia has climbed 10 places since 1995 in a global ranking of economic freedom, while the United States has fallen 13 spots over the same period, according to a report from a Canadian public policy think-tank released Wednesday. Russia ranked 101st out of 151 nations, up 10 places from 1995 and 12 places better than its ranking in 2000, in the “Economic Freedom of the World” report, compiled by Canada’s Fraser Institute. After ranking as the world’s third freest economy behind Hong Kong and Singapore for most of the two decades from 1980-2000, the United States began to lose ground...
  • US Senators Target Top Russian Banks Over Syria

    09/18/2013 6:17:13 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | September 18, 2013 | Staff
    US lawmakers are calling for a crackdown against leading Russian lenders VTB, Vnesheconombank (VEB) and Gazprombank for allegedly helping Syrian President Bashar Assad circumvent sanctions, accusations the state-owned banks sharply denied Wednesday. “The Syrians could not conduct this war without Russian financing,” US Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said Tuesday at a policy discussion in Washington, Politico reported. Blumenthal was one of four senators who sent a letter to US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew last week calling for sanctions against the three banks, accusing the lenders of enabling Assad to finance a war against rebel forces. The senators...
  • Half Of Syrian Rebels Are Jihadists Fighting For Al Qaeda-Linked Groups, British Defense Study Finds

    09/18/2013 1:05:40 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | September 16, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Until now, there was mostly speculation and conjecture that among the Syrian "rebel" parties assisted by the Obama administration and the west in their attempt to overthrow Assad, are various groups either supported or comprising of factions consisting of Al Qaeda, Jihadists and other extremist Islamic group. That speculation is now fact according to extracts from a British defense study published in Monday's Daily Telegraph, according to which Jihadists and members of hardline Islamist groups make up almost half of forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As AFP reported, the analysis by defense consultancy IHS Jane's, due to be...
  • Russian TV Host Invites McCain to Speak on Syria

    09/15/2013 12:34:07 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | September 15, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, September 15 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian state TV host has invited US Senator John McCain to take part in his show and discuss his stance on Syria. Popular Russian TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov said Sunday that the Republican senator known for his critical views on Russia’s leadership can appear in his show to respond to President Vladimir Putin’s recent article in the New York Times on Syria. “On our behalf, the broadcaster and myself invite Senator McCain, who wanted to respond to Putin’s letter … to the Sunday Night program,” Solovyov said on Sunday. McCain said earlier that...
  • Russian Paper Offers US Senator McCain Op-Ed Opportunity

    09/14/2013 2:58:15 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | September 14, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, September 14 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Communist Party newspaper, the Pravda, has tentatively agreed to publish an op-ed penned by US Senator John McCain, well-known for his vociferous criticism of the Russian leadership, the US publication Foreign Policy reported. The agreement has been prompted by McCain’s interview with CNN on Thursday where the senior Republican senator slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times criticizing Washington’s push for military action in Syria. McCain, who had earlier called Putin’s piece “an insult to the intelligence of every American,” joked “I would love to have a commentary in...
  • Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi to stand trial for 'acts of violence'

    09/01/2013 1:25:12 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 17 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | September 1, 2013 | Rooters
    Deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi is to stand trial on charges of committing and inciting violence, a state prosecutor decided on Sunday, an escalation of the army-backed authorities’ crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood. The prosecutor, Hesham Barakat, referred Morsi and 14 other Brotherhood members to a Cairo criminal court on charges of “committing acts of violence, and inciting killing and thuggery”, the state news agency reported.
  • Syrian rebels manufactured chemical weapons outside Damascus

    08/24/2013 4:43:27 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 49 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | August 24, 2013 | Staff -Yara Saleh
    The Syrian military have discovered a warehouse with chemical agents in a suburb of Damascus. Correspondent of the Al-Ihbariya Syrian information channel Yara Saleh who was among the journalists who inspected the site of the scary find has given an exclusive interview to The Voice of Russia. She says that the discovered warehouse was at the same time a laboratory where shells were stuffed with poisonous chemicals. The Syrian military found chemical weapons in the rebels’ tunnel located in the Jobar suburb of Damascus. Later the Syrian state TV showed the discovered poisonous agents and medical drugs. Journalist Yara Saleh...