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  • How World War III became possible

    07/01/2015 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 67 replies
    Vox ( ^ | June 29, 2015 | Max Fisher
    It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict had grown out of its control. The Russian air force began harassing the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are members of NATO. The US pledged that it would uphold its commitment to defend those countries as if they were American soil, and later staged military exercises a few hundred yards from Russia's border.Both sides came to believe that the other had more drastic intentions....
  • Fox News Poll: Voters distrust government, say Obama not most transparent

    06/30/2015 6:23:53 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    The nation’s upcoming birthday party could be awkward -- as our relationship with Uncle Sam is on the rocks. Most American voters distrust their government, are unsure their president is honest, and feel Barack Obama has made false claims about transparency in his administration. The latest Fox News national poll finds that 61 percent don’t trust the federal government. That’s just one percentage point below the record high of 62 percent distrust in both 2013 and 2011. And it’s a reversal from 2002, soon after the 9/11 attacks, when a 54-percent majority trusted Uncle Sam and only 36 percent didn’t...
  • Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to PR Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora

    06/30/2015 11:27:12 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    The World Post (Huf Po) ^ | June 29, 2015 | Nikolas Kozloff
    For Kiev, winning the public relations war against Vladimir Putin would seem to be a no-brainer. For a year now, the Kremlin has conducted a thinly-disguised war of aggression in eastern Ukraine resulting in the deaths of thousands. Yet Kiev seems intent on squandering any international public support it might have had amidst a bizarre crackdown on free speech and censorship of controversial historical debates. Through its crackdown, Ukraine has actually played into Putin's propaganda war and facilitated Russia's PR efforts. At issue is Ukraine's contentious World War II past, some of which isn't particularly flattering. With the support of...
  • LA weighs rules to lock up handguns, police union wants exemptions

    06/29/2015 4:55:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 36 replies
    Fox News (Politics) ^ | June 29, 2015 | Fox News Staff
    Los Angeles city council members are debating controversial new gun law changes aimed at locking up handguns when they're not in use. According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal would require city residents to either lock up handguns not being used or apply trigger locks to them. The proposal was authored by Councilman Paul Krekorian and is meant to protect children from gun accidents. But the plan has faced resistance from the local police officers union – the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The proposed rules exempted active duty and reserve officers, but the union wants retired officers and...
  • China likely to get Russia's newest missiles, fighters, submarines and high speed rail to Europe

    10/17/2014 7:41:29 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    Next Big ^ | October 16, 2014 | Staff
    To avert a recession, Russia is turning to China for investment, granting it once restricted access to raw materials and advanced weapons. Russia is likely to sign contracts for the delivery of S-400 missile systems and Su-35 fighter jets to China as early as the first quarter of next year, says Vasily Kashin, a China expert at the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow. Russia may also supply China with its newest submarine, the Amur 1650, he says. The Amur class submarine is one of the latest Russian submarine designs. It is advertised as an export version...
  • Black and Blue

    10/15/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | October 13, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    (Snip) In the aftermath of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown—a black teenager—was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, we learned that Ferguson Police Department was nearly 95 percent white in a town where blacks were the large majority. Residents wanted change. “We want answers, we want justice in our community, we want diversity,” said Rev. Derrick Robinson in one of the early protests. On the last point, at least, Ferguson city leaders agreed. “We hire everyone that we can get,” said Mayor James Knowles when asked about police diversity. “There's also the problem that a...
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian Closed by San Francisco Media Company

    Employees of San Francisco Print Media Company, the parent company of the Examiner, SF Weekly, and San Francisco Bay Guardian were this morning informed that the latter paper will be shuttered after 48 years. The paper was founded by husband and wife Jean Dibble and Bruce Brugmann — whose visage, urging locals to "Read my paper, dammit" — grew ubiquitous over the years. Its founding mission was to "print the news and raise hell," and, as an independent paper, it ostensibly did just that for 46 years. In 2012 Brugmann and Dibble sold the Guardian to the San Francisco Media...
  • Why America's Navy Is So Concerned About These Russian Missiles

    10/09/2014 8:32:08 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | October 9, 2014 | Andrew Tarantola
    Some folks question why the U.S. Navy would need such exotic weapons as the Phalanx and SeaRAM systems, or even electromagnetic rail guns. These Russian-made, radar-guided anti-ship missiles are two such reasons. The P-270 Moskit and P-800 Oniks have caused so much consternation that the Navy has begun developing a helicopter-based electronic warfare system—the Advanced Offboard Electronic Warfare (AOEW)—to defend against the threat. Both are ramjet-propelled cruise missiles, both carry 550 to 710 pounds of high explosive in their warheads, and neither is one you want to see streaking towards your ship.
  • Serbia struggles to decide course under Western and Russian pressure over Ukraine

    10/09/2014 6:08:42 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 8, 2014 | AP Associated Presstitutes
    NOVI SAD, Serbia – Radivoje Miljanic, the owner of "Putin Cafe," has no dilemma over the course Serbia should take over Ukraine: turn off the pro-Western path and forge a strong alliance with Slavic ally Russia. "Our government cannot sit on two chairs," Miljanic, said sipping vodka in his smoky joint under a poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin, featuring Russian and Serbian flags and an onion-domed Christian Orthodox church. Serbia finds itself caught in the middle of Moscow's row with the West over Ukraine and is suddenly being confronted with a hard choice: continue down its path toward EU...
  • Gov. Brown signs Martin’s Beach law

    10/07/2014 5:51:25 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 34 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | October 1, 2014 | Samantha Weigel
    The public’s love affair with Martin’s Beach and efforts to reopen the contested property earned another supporter Tuesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring the wealthy owner to negotiate open access or potentially face a piece of his land being seized by the state. Just hours before the deadline Tuesday, Brown signed state Sen. Jerry Hill’s Senate Bill 968 to force Vinod Khosla and the State Lands Commission to iron out a compromise that will reinstate access to the crescent shaped strip of coast south of Half Moon Bay. If negotiations fail by Jan. 1, 2016, the SLC...
  • Russia Halts Student Exchange Program With US

    10/02/2014 5:54:59 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 1, 2014 | AP
    he U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program. U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program has brought more than 8,000 Russian high school students to the United States to live with American families, attend high school and experience community life. Tefft added "we deeply regret this decision by the Russian government to end a program that for 21 years has built deep and strong connections between the people of Russia and the United States." Russia said...
  • Judge rules against billionaire in Martin’s Beach dispute

    09/25/2014 9:01:29 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 18 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | September 25, 2014 | The Associated Press
    A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Barbara Mallach ruled that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla would have to obtain permission from the California Coastal Commission if he wished to close off Martin's Beach, a secluded stretch of coast south of Half Moon Bay. The case, brought by the surfer and environmental group Surfrider Foundation, had been seen as a test of 1970s laws ensuring public access...
  • Ukraine Picks Motley Group to Exchange for Prisoners

    09/25/2014 6:41:56 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | September 24, 2014 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    DONETSK, Ukraine — At first glance, the prisoner swap between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists appeared fair enough: On a deserted stretch of highway along the front line, each side released 28 captives, observing a principle of numerical parity. Under the watchful eyes of mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the prisoners walked past one another to freedom. Then the questions started to pop up. The pro-Russian separatists — who with the aid of the Russian Army routed the Ukrainians in battles in August, taking many captives — released men appearing to be actual prisoners...
  • Ukraine needs more financial help, IIF says

    09/23/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Rooters ^ | September 23, 2014 | Staff
    Ukraine will likely need to extend its IMF program to help the government pay its bills and also will require more support from other donors, especially the European Union, a global financial industry group said on Tuesday. Despite a recent ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Kiev will suffer a double-digit recession this year, given the destruction of factories and other infrastructure and an increase in banks' capital needs, the Institute of International Finance said. Lubomir Mitov, the IIF's chief economist for emerging Europe, said Kiev would also likely need to restructure its debt to lengthen the maturities on...
  • Russia sanctions and the EU: What went wrong?

    09/23/2014 11:28:25 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | September 23, 2014 | Dan Steinbock
    NEW YORK - Last March – after months of escalation in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine – President Obama initiated sanctions against Russia in financial services, energy, defense and related materials sectors.New sanctions ensued in July when Washington launched unilateral restrictions targeting powerful interests in Russia’s financial, energy, and military technology sectors. After Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in Ukraine and 300 people perished, the EU also took a much tougher stance. In mid-September, the Obama administration and its European allies went further still with their sanctions. Now Washington, Brussels and Moscow are stuck in a vicious circle,...
  • Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    09/23/2014 9:46:11 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | September 23, 2014 | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE
    DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming.SnipThe United States has ruled out any coordination with Assad's government.
  • Red light cameras shut down: South SF downs devices four years after controversy over admin errors

    09/22/2014 2:20:41 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | September 10, 2014 | Angela Swartz
    After pleas to remove red light cameras back in 2010, they are finally coming down in South San Francisco. Although the South San Francisco City Council voted 4-1 back in March to not continue its red light camera program, the cameras didn’t become inoperable until early August. In 2010, the city fronted $1.5 million in refunds for the almost $500 tickets after an administrative error nullified tickets generated from cameras at two locations. The dismantling of the cameras should happen very shortly, said Mayor Karyl Matsumoto. Matsumoto was the one vote in favor of keeping the cameras.SnipI personally think they...
  • How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF (San Francisco)

    09/22/2014 1:27:57 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 73 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | September 22, 2014 | Jessica Kwong
    Two San Francisco residents, one of whom is disabled, are furious with what they see as an unjust parking ticket, and they have taken their complaint to federal court. The lawsuit -- which was served Sept. 12 to The City, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and one of its citation review officers, and the Police Department, its chief and the officer who issued the citation -- claims the Feb. 16 parking ticket was unlawful. Although the fine has been greatly reduced, the plaintiffs have decided to press on with their complaint.
  • Ukraine must stop ongoing abuses and war crimes by pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces

    09/10/2014 9:20:56 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Amnesty International ^ | September 8, 2014 | Staff
    (Kyiv) In a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk today, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty urged the Ukrainian government to stop abuses and war crimes by volunteer battalions operating alongside regular Ukrainian armed forces.The failure to stop abuses and possible war crimes by volunteer battalions risks significantly aggravating tensions in the east of the country and undermining the proclaimed intentions of the new Ukrainian authorities to strengthen and uphold the rule of law more broadly.
  • Mountain lion attacks boy, 6, on trail near Cupertino (CA)

    09/08/2014 11:59:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 37 replies
    SF Gate (SF Chronicle) ^ | September 8, 2014 | Stephanie M. Lee
    Authorities were searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy on a hiking trail near Cupertino on Sunday afternoon. Hiking trails were closed after the agency received reports around 1 p.m. that the child was attacked about 2 miles from the Picchetti Winery at 13100 Montebello Road, said Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. The boy, who was not identified, did not have life-threatening injuries. The boy was attacked "in an aggressive manner," then dragged through brush before family members came to his aid and fought off the mountain lion, said a...
  • 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 ^ | 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...