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  • Putin Attends Easter Services in Moscow

    04/19/2014 7:25:59 PM PDT · by No One Special · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | April 20, 2014 | Youtube
    Along with Medvedev and his wife.
  • April 19, News on situation in Ukraine.

    04/19/2014 6:14:21 AM PDT · by No One Special · 1 replies
    Angelfire ^ | April 19, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    There is imitation of some negotiation with Russians, in this way Ukraine buying time. Firsts days of war showed our army is like Russian army was in 1994 when they entered first Chechen war. They were losing tanks, selling each other arms and then all together drinking this money away... at first war looked like a joke but then it start getting very real. Ukraine entering war and can't match Russian with cruelty. For instance there was fight on the beach and Ukrainians stopped shooting to let some beach goers pass by. Today they announced that "anti-terrorist" operations in the...
  • Orthodox Corruption?

    04/18/2014 5:59:50 PM PDT · by No One Special · 26 replies
    Vimeo Video ^ | February 6, 2013 | Simon Ostrovsky
    Russia's Orthodox Church has experienced a resurgence under President Vladimir Putin, but have the state's finances and Russia's dominant religion become too closely intertwined? Simon Ostrovsky reports for People & Power on Al Jazeera English. (Feb 6, 2013)
  • Lessons learned on Bay of Pigs anniversary

    04/18/2014 7:06:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Amrican Thinker ^ | April 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Fifty-three years ago, my father had a meeting on the other side of town in Havana where we lived at the time. Cuba was in turmoil and opposition to Castro was widespread as more and more people saw communists in positions of responsibility. At mid-morning, my dad called my mom and told her that something was happening in Cuba. Our phone kept ringing as friends and neighbors spread the news. Humberto Fontova recalls the events of that day: ""Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 48 years ago this week. “Cuba is...
  • Putin and the ‘Good Hitler’

    04/16/2014 4:29:08 PM PDT · by No One Special · 22 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | April 4, 2014 | Vladimir Kara-Murza
    Just when you think Vladimir Putin’s propaganda cannot sink any lower, it invariably does. Andranik Migranyan is a seasoned Kremlin hand. A former member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, a cavalier of the presidentially bestowed Order of Honor, he currently heads the New York office of the so-called Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, a Russian GONGO created on the initiative of Vladimir Putin in 2007 (it also has an office in Paris). This week, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper published Migranyan’s article attacking Professor Andrei Zubov, a prominent and well-respected Russian historian, who, in his recent op-ed in...
  • April 14, News on situation in Ukraine

    04/16/2014 2:34:37 PM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Elena Filatova [A Ukrainian national] ^ | April 14, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    KARGO-200, in Russian GRUZ-200 was code name for a zinc coffin with bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in Afganistan war. 200 because weight of coffin with body was about 200 kgs. Today first two Cargo 200 have been loaded for Russia. Among terrorists killed two Russian militants. How many Cargo 200 will go to both sides in the future? Can be many. Kiev is launching a full scale anti-terrorist operation. It will be slow because local police are total scam, in army many locals, they won't shoot separatists. Border guards too will let Russian troops in.. this is the problem...
  • ‘Shocking Note’ Apparently Penned by Justina Pelletier to Her Parents

    04/16/2014 6:53:25 AM PDT · by No One Special · 74 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 15, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    The Connecticut teen who has been in state custody for more than a year after her parents were accused of medical child abuse after disputing a diagnosis has apparently penned a note, giving a look into how she says she’s being treated. “They hurt me all the time push me all the time and more,” the purported note from Justina Pelletier says. It also says “[they] do not let me sleep vary [sic] much. “Hury [sic]!” Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, a group helping lead the Free Justina Coalition, told TheBlaze that Justina gave the note to her parents...
  • Video Interview with Estonian President Toomas Ilves

    04/16/2014 4:29:10 AM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 15, 2014 | CNN
    Excellent interview (youtube video) with Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, who grew up in New Jersey and he doesn't even have a Jersey accent. :-) Do yourself a favor and watch it.
  • Betrayal by Leaders

    04/14/2014 4:27:35 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies ^ | April 14, 2014 | JR Nyqist
    In his 2008 book, The Failure Factory, Bill Gertz detailed the nuclear apostasy of Air Force general George Lee Butler, former chief of the U.S. Strategic Command. Incredibly, Gen. Butler subverted U.S. deterrence policy vis-ŕ-vis Russia and bragged about it later. When Gen. Butler retired in 1994 he confessed to being a nuclear pacifist. Rather than seeking to uphold America’s nuclear deterrent, Gen. Butler hated the “self-serving profit interests of the military-industrial complex.” As he put it, the United States had been “in a messianic pursuit of a demonized enemy.” He was not alone in this opinion. Many politicians and...
  • Russia Is an Arsonist, Pretending to Be a Fire Safety Inspector

    04/11/2014 12:44:00 PM PDT · by No One Special · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | April 10, 2014 | Michael Weiss
    For Yuriy Sergeyev, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations, the last 72 hours of Russia's stage-managed separatist ferment in Ukraine's eastern and southern regions don't remind him of Moscow's invasion and annexation of Crimea in March. That's because the diplomat's memory goes back much further than that. "The Soviet Union organized separatist movements, and these movements organized pseudo-referenda and immediately demanded military support," Sergeyev said. "It happened in all three Baltic states in the 1930s. The Soviets also tried to do the same in Finland. They failed. It's why they launched a war and tried to occupy all of...
  • Inside Vladimir Putin's Skull

    04/09/2014 1:25:36 AM PDT · by No One Special · 46 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    In the space of just a few weeks, Vladimir Putin has destroyed his entire reputation in the Western world and all the foreign and domestic policies he has struggled for more than a decade to devise and implement. What can he possibly be thinking? [...] Russia is governed by a madman, a raving nationalist with totalitarian designs, motivated by a fevered desire for revenge after his cold-war thrashing. [...] Travin describes a system of state-controlled media, rigged elections, and a rubber-stamp parliament that is nothing less than a “new and improved” USSR, with Russian nationalism replacing Communism as the motivating...
  • When Conservatives Go Wrong

    04/07/2014 10:06:03 AM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    A Website for Patriots Who Think ^ | April 7, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    Blaise Pascal wrote that man was full of error. “This error is natural,” he explained, “without grace, ineffaceable. Nothing shows him the truth; everything deceives him.” Along similar lines, Frederick the Great said, “Man is made for error; it enters his mind naturally, and he discovers a few truths only with the greatest effort.” Conservatives are especially guilty in this regard when it comes to the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Russia, and Communism. To understand the complex underlying realities, one must first discover the deceptive quality of the thing itself. A Communist is a human being with the...
  • Warning: don’t use the Kremlin’s loaded lexicon

    04/02/2014 8:17:58 PM PDT · by No One Special · 19 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | April 1, 2014 | Edward Lucas
    JOURNALISTS like nice simple categories and descriptions. So Ukraine is divided between “Ukrainian-speakers” and “Russian-speakers”. Crimea is “historically Russian” and in the recent “referendum result”, Russia’s “compatriots” on the peninsular gave an “overwhelming majority” for “reunification” with Russia. The “large Russian ethnic minorities” in the Baltic states may have similar sympathies, writes Edward Lucas for the Lithuania Tribune. Without realising it, many Westerners writing about the grim news of the past few weeks have adopted the Kremlin’s terminology. This skews their reporting, their readers’ understanding, and (quite possibly) the course of future events. For a start, nobody should accept the...
  • Ukraine's Phantom Neo-Nazi Menace

    04/02/2014 8:04:07 PM PDT · by No One Special · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 26, 2014 | David Frum
    “When was the last time you personally experienced anti-Semitism?” I asked the executive director of the organized Jewish community for the city of Kiev. He gave me a puzzled look. “You mean, called me a Zhid or something like that?” “Anything.” He thought for a moment. “Back in Soviet times.” I put the same question to a roomful of senior citizens in one of the country’s 32 Jewish social-service centers. The group, which was mostly women, laughed out loud. They faced plenty of problems: the standard old-age pension in Ukraine is only about $100 a month, pitifully little even in...
  • Who Was Right on Russia?

    04/02/2014 6:48:09 AM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 2, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    Two op-ed columns, one from last week by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and one from six years ago by CNN/Newsweek pundit Fareed Zakaria, highlight the mind-boggling failure of left-wing policy on Russia during the Obama administration, and indicate that our current president has led us down a dead-end street of endless disaster and disgrace. Fareed Zakaria On April 26, 2008, just as that year’s epic presidential campaign shifted into high gear, Newsweek’s Zakaria published a vicious, scathing personal attack on John McCain. Zakaria accused McCain of being mentally ill for advocating the ouster of Russia from the...
  • Sergey Karaganov: The man behind Putin’s pugnacity

    04/02/2014 12:18:09 AM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 30, 2014 | Mark Mackinnon
    Sergey Karaganov breaks into a broad smile when asked why his two-decades-old ideas about Moscow “protecting” Russian speakers abroad are suddenly the centre of his country’s foreign policy. “Because almost everything I have said, happened,” Mr. Karaganov said in an interview in his high-ceilinged office in the historic Kitai-Gorod district of Moscow, a short walk from Red Square. It’s Vladimir Putin who has made defending the rights of Russian-speakers wherever they live into a foreign-policy principle for the Kremlin. But in setting this interventionist new course, the Russian President borrowed heavily from the ideas of Mr. Karaganov, whom Mr. Putin...
  • Ukraine crisis: Poland asks Nato to station 10,000 troops on its territory

    04/01/2014 7:53:20 PM PDT · by No One Special · 26 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | April 1, 2014 | Bruno Waterfield, Brussels and Tony Paterson in Berlin
    Poland asked Nato to station 10,000 troops on its territory on Tuesday as a visible demonstration of the Alliance's resolve to defend all its members after Russia's seizure of Crimea. Nato foreign ministers met in Brussels to consider requests for soldiers to be deployed in Poland and the Baltic States, all of which share borders with Russia. Nato generals and admirals have been ordered to devise ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Russia, and "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia. President Vladimir Putin has massed about 40,000 troops near Ukraine's eastern frontier, giving himself...
  • US, Russia fail to reach deal on Ukraine after crisis talks

    03/30/2014 9:12:35 PM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    SBS News ^ | March 30, 2014 | SBS News
    The United States and Russia have failed to reach a deal on Ukraine but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says talks in Paris with US Secretary of State John Kerry have been "constructive" and will continue. After four hours of discussions on Sunday, Lavrov said the two parties had presented their plans for a de-escalation of the crisis but did not agree on what had caused it. He reiterated Russia's belief that federalism in Ukraine would be key to finding a solution. US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to pull back its forces from the borders of...
  • Kerry & Lavrov Negotiate Ukraine’s Surrender in Paris: Were All the Rooms in Munich Booked?

    03/30/2014 6:48:10 PM PDT · by No One Special · 38 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | March 30, 2014 | The Professor
    Following up on Putin’s phone call to Obama, Kerry is making a detour to Paris to negotiate with Lavrov over the fate of Ukraine. Lavrov has laid out Russia’s terms, and intimates that Obama and Kerry have accepted the principles underlying these terms. First, Russia demands that Ukraine adopt a new constitution that establishes a federal structure that gives each region considerable autonomy. Translate this to mean that these regions would be able to pull a Crimea. Or, more accurately, that Russia would be able to pull a Crimea, slicing off pieces of Ukraine and splicing them onto Russia. Crucially,...
  • Obama Speaks. Putin Smiles.

    03/28/2014 8:59:54 AM PDT · by No One Special · 17 replies
    Streetwise Professor ^ | March 27, 2014 | The Professor
    Obama has given two major sets of remarks about Ukraine, one set on teleprompter, the other off. Like Tolstoy’s unhappy families, each was appalling in its own way. It is hard to say which is worse. The off-teleprompter remarks were delivered at a press conference. The statement that garnered the most attention, and rightly so, was Obama’s assertion that Russia was a mere regional power that is not a threat to the US, and invaded Crimea out of weakness. Where to begin? Part of the problem is the man’s preternatural pettiness. He denigrated Russia in part because he will not,...
  • Massachusetts DCF denies Pelletiers weekly visitation with Justina

    03/28/2014 6:01:56 AM PDT · by No One Special · 22 replies
    Personhood USA ^ | March 28, 2014 | Personhood USA
    For the past several months, the Pelletiers have met face-to-face with Justina once weekly in supervised visits of no more than one hour. Now, Massachusetts DCF is denying the Pelletiers visitation with Justina in another blatant act of vindictive punishment. This new act demonstrates DCF's unwillingness to reunite the family and exposes the agency's lack of interest in the welfare of Justina or the Pelletier family. Instead, DCF is concerned with getting back at a family that spoke out against their heavy-handed custody grab. By prohibiting Justina from seeing her family, DCF is treating her differently than all other minors...
  • Man's Inhumanity to Man: Cannibalism in China

    03/25/2014 10:27:36 PM PDT · by No One Special · 16 replies
    Romanian Conservative ^ | March 25, 2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I remember the story of the Uruguayan air force flight 571 that crashed in the Andes in 1972 with 45 people on board and the 16 survivors who cannibalized the snow-preserved dead in order to survive. Humanity recoiled in horror. During the 1932-1933 Russian engineered famine called Holomodor (extermination by hunger) in Ukraine, millions of Ukrainians died of starvation while some relatives, friends, and neighbors engaged in cannibalism to survive. Survivor Olena Goncharuk felt the terror: “We were afraid to go out in the village, because people were starving and they hunted children. My neighbor had a daughter, who disappeared....
  • Rationed Food and Purposeful Starvation

    03/25/2014 10:02:17 PM PDT · by No One Special · 73 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 28, 2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I remember our daily food always coming from a long, long line at the end of which was a loaf of bread, a liter of milk, a stick of butter, a bottle of murky cooking oil, or a kilo of bones with traces of meat and fat on them. [...] If we wanted to eat, we learned at a very young age that we had to stand in long lines every day, often in bitter cold at 4 a.m. in hopes that the store would not run out of bread or milk by the time we made it to the...
  • Ukraine’s enduring Holodomor horror, when millions starved in the 1930s

    03/25/2014 9:48:05 PM PDT · by No One Special · 33 replies
    euronews ^ | November 22, 2013 | euronews
    Ukraine, a fertile provider of food, almost died 80 years ago – of starvation. In the village of Targan, 120 kilometres south of the Ukrainian capital Kiev [Kyiv], half the people died from hunger in 1932-1933. Oleksandra Ovdiyuk, 92 today, survived what Ukrainians call the “Hunger-extermination” – not insufficient food, but deliberate policy imposed by the Soviet dictator Stalin. She said: “The Bolsheviks had special brigades of seven men that would sweep through the villages in wagons and confiscate any hidden beans, grain or other food from the farmers’ homes.” Opinion has remained divided for many decades whether the mass...
  • "Crimea is Only the First Step": Former Putin Adviser

    03/25/2014 3:02:28 PM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    The XX Committee ^ | March 22, 2014 | Wiener Zeitung Interview
    The Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung has published an illuminating interview about Ukraine and the Kremlin with Andrei Illarionov, a prominent Russian economist who served as Vladimir Putin’s top economic adviser from 2000 to 2005, as well as the Kremlin’s representative to the G-8. Illarionov’s comments are important, given his direct knowledge of Putin’s Kremlin, and deserve a wide audience. The interview, which includes troubling truths about Russia now, follows in toto. “Crimea is Only the First Step” Q: What are Putin’s intentions with regard to Crimea? A: The Russian Black Sea Fleet has its bases in Sevastopol in Crimea and...
  • Ukraine: Activists Detained and Beaten, One Tortured

    03/25/2014 2:45:27 PM PDT · by No One Special · 3 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | March 25, 2014 | HRW Release
    (Berlin) – Armed groups in Crimea abducted two political activists, held them for 11 days in secret detention along with several other detainees, ill-treated both, and badly tortured one of them. The activists gave Human Rights Watch detailed accounts of what happened to them in captivity. Local authorities in Crimea should fully investigate the abduction of the two men, Andriy Schekun and Anatoly Kovalsky, Schekun’s allegations of torture, and other arbitrary detentions by armed groups, Human Rights Watch said. The investigation should include the alleged involvement of officers from Berkut, the Ukrainian riot police force, which was dissolved by Ukraine’s...
  • G7 Boots Russia from G8 -- What a relief

    03/25/2014 2:42:33 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    New Republic ^ | March 24, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Today, the G8 minus 1 met in the Hague and, rather than kick out Russia outright, simply reformed as the G7, thereby punishing (in their minds) Russia for annexing part of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. ("Countries of the G7 end their membership in the G8," read the headline of the Soviet-era wire agency ITAR-TASS.)Really, though, it was the organization--and Russia--returning to a more natural state: The G8 just went back to being the organization it was until 1998, when Bill Clinton invited Russia in, hammering what he hoped would be the final nail in the Cold War coffin. Since then, Russia underwent...
  • Righteous and Unrighteous Power

    03/24/2014 3:50:20 PM PDT · by No One Special · 1 replies
    JR ^ | March 24, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    India in 1962 offers a distant mirror of the present time. Think of Crimea today as if it were Tibet in 1959. A conflict arises after the invasion and annexation of territory. The aggressor’s position is subjected to active subversion, yet the aggressor’s ongoing military buildup is not taken seriously. His aggression is not matched with equal force. A military clash follows in which the aggressor defeats and punishes the interference of democracy.     The recently revealed “TOP SECRET” Indian Defense Review of the 1962 Chinese military attack on India begins, appropriately, with a quote from Sun Tzu about knowing yourself and...
  • The Crimea 'Referendum': Russia Revealed

    03/24/2014 12:09:24 AM PDT · by No One Special · 9 replies
    The Americn Thinker ^ | March 21, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    It’s shocking how quickly Russia has been revealed before the eyes of the world by its actions in Ukraine as a neo-Soviet dictatorship ruled by a pathologically violent and dishonest maniac. And it’s equally shocking to see how slowly, despite their recent history with dictators, the NATO allies have moved to confront this horrifying reality, reminding one inevitably of European dithering during the rise of the Nazis. On March 4, 2014, Russian “president” Vladimir Putin appeared at a news conference. A journalist asked him: “How do you see the future of Crimea? Do you consider the possibility of it joining...
  • When Presidents Stand Firm

    03/23/2014 11:44:25 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 23, 2014 | Karl Ushanka
    Leadership comes in many forms and with many levels of risk, but history gives us a few moments when leaders stood alone and were proven right. [...] In late June 1948 the Soviets cut all road, rail and water access to Berlin, a city controlled by the Western Allies yet surrounded by Soviet-controlled territories. The Soviet’s goal: take Berlin from the Allies by forcing the US-UK-French alliance into one of two options: try to protect a city of 2.1 million starving Germans, or war. The Soviets expected the West to surrender the city quickly. [...] The US was in the...
  • The New Apologists for Vladimir Putin — on the Right and the Left

    03/22/2014 2:58:38 AM PDT · by No One Special · 50 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 15th, 2014 | Ron Radosh
    We live in strange times. The Cold War is over, yet when it comes to Russia seeking to maintain its control of Ukraine, a new group of apologists for Vladimir Putin has emerged. Once again, the group in the West supporting the hegemonic attempts of control of Ukraine by the authoritarian Putin regime is made up of stalwarts on both the Right and the Left. Support for Putin on the Right comes from the paleoconservatives led by Pat Buchanan, the editors of The American Conservative, and the writers for the website The entire group comes from the precincts of...
  • It’s time to stop Putin

    03/21/2014 3:08:38 AM PDT · by No One Special · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2014 | Garry Kasparov
    When Vladi­mir Putin formally annexed Crimea this week, he acted in defiance of the predictions of many pundits, politicians and so-called experts. Perhaps Putin was not impressed by their sound reasoning and elegant discourse on how his invasion and annexation threatened Russia’s interests. But the main problem with the West’s “Putin would never” arguments is that they assume Putin and his ruling elite care about Russian national interests. They do not, [...] The next obstacle to stopping Putin is the self-imposed paralysis of the leaders of Europe and the Group of Seven. It is easier for them to say that...
  • These Sanctions Against Russia Will Hurt, and It's the Russian Liberals Who Will Suffer

    03/20/2014 9:37:00 PM PDT · by No One Special · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | March 20, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Today, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on sixteen high-ranking Russian officials as well as four of Putin's best friends who, magically, have become multi-billionaires in the last decade. This, with a few notable people missing from the list, is the most inner of inner circles. These sanctions are going to sting, because these people aren't just multi-billionaires, but men who, because of their closeness to Putin, control much of the Russian economy: railroads, banks, construction, media. One of the men, Yury Kovalchuk, even had his bank, Rossiya, sanctioned.These sanctions will not just ban travel to the U.S. or freeze assets (most of which these...
  • Married to the Ukrainian Mob

    03/20/2014 9:01:00 PM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 19, 2014 | Michael Weiss
    Buried in the news of Russia's invasion, and now annexation, of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea was the second most important event to affect the new Ukrainian government last week -- and it happened in Austria. On the evening of March 12, one of the most notorious Ukrainian oligarchs, Dmytro Firtash, whose fortune has been estimated at anywhere from $673 million to the tens of billions, was arrested in Vienna, right outside of one of his offices in the Margareten district. Neither he nor his bodyguards put up a struggle, according to press reports, although Group DF, the massive...
  • Obama Sanctions Timchenko: Will FUD Kill Gunvor?

    03/20/2014 5:08:53 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | March 20, 2014 | The Professor
    Obama finally did something halfway serious about Putin. The Treasury Department added several prominent names in Putin’s inner circle to the sanctions list. Prominently featured were several judo buddies, the Rotenberg brothers and Gennady Timchenko of Gunvor and Novatek. Also sanctioned were Ivanov and Yakunin. Timchenko is of particular interest. The Treasury Department specifically alleged that Putin is a part owner of Gunvor, and might have access to Gunvor funds. I don’t know, but would love to know, whether this is based on information that UST has developed, or is just a repeat of the allegations from Milov and others...
  • Still My Tongue Tied

    03/19/2014 10:51:41 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | March 19, 2014 | frithguild
    Meet the new Prosecutor General of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya. She said, "What happened in Kiev was, first and foremost, an anti-constitutional coup and an armed seizure of power." Guilty! She said her office received petitions from the Berkut police officers who had been brutalized during the Ukrainian revolt. Guilty! She said a Crimean EuroMaidan won’t happen. Guilty! She said the actions of a sniper that opened fire in the Crimean capital Simferopol on Tuesday were similar to those of snipers who earlier shot people on Maidan in Kiev. Dude, you are so, so guilty!! Look,...
  • Ukrainian Spring, Part Two: War Crimes, Being Shot, Nuclear Weapons

    03/19/2014 1:50:35 PM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    Brian-Michel LaRue - Medium ^ | March 2014 | Brian-Michel LaRue
    VORONEZH MALSHEVO AIR BASE, RUSSIA Beware the Ides of March, some say. Or “they.” At the tender age of thirty-one, I still have no ****ing idea what that idiom means. Is March an inherently ****ed up month? Did the creators of the Gregorian calendar know that in the year 2014 we would be facing Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, and a small but rapidly spiraling out of control war with Russia all within the same month? The other day, the body of a Crimean Tartar was found tortured to death, with all the hallmarks of it being a...
  • Thoughts of People's Cube Owner (Ukrainian born) re Ukraine, Russia, EU, and Ameica

    03/19/2014 12:39:50 PM PDT · by No One Special · 2 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | March 18, 2014 | Oleg Atbashian
    Here are some thought of my own, from my correspondence with people: I noticed there's a tendency in the academic circles to blame America for everything that goes bad in the world, and it borders on the irrational. The US is not perfect, and has a share of stupid politicians, but often times other countries are much worse. There was little that the US could have done with Putin's idea to unite the country by stirring up jingoistic nationalism inside Russia and creating the image of the West as the evil conniving enemy, which is the easiest road that all...
  • Russian Spetsnaz arrested in Ukraine

    03/19/2014 12:29:18 PM PDT · by No One Special · 17 replies ^ | March 17, 2014 | Kevin Brent
    The Security Service of Ukraine confirmed March 16 the arrest of a group of Russians in the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine. The men were armed with firearms, explosives and unspecified 'special technical means'. This follows the March 14 arrest near Kherson, Ukraine of several Russians dressed black uniforms with no insignia, armed with AKS-74 assault rifles and in possession of numerous ID cards under various names. One of which was an ID card of Military Intelligence Directorate of the Russian armed forces; commonly known as 'Spetsnaz'. These men were being guided by an ethnic Russian Ukrainian in what appears to...
  • Her powerful message, viewed 7.8 million times (VIDEO)

    03/19/2014 12:12:29 PM PDT · by No One Special · 32 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | March 14, 2014 | Brian Bonner
    If she ever makes another YouTube video or movie, Yulia Marushevska wants the next on to be a happy one with a good ending. Before the Feb. 22 fall of Viktor Yanukovych as Ukraine’s fourth president, the 24-year-old Ph.D. student of Ukrainian literature at Taras Shevchenko National University was known mostly – if at all -- as “the girl” on a riveting video that’s been seen more than 7.7 million times. It’s hard for her or anybody else to explain why her two-minute message went viral, but some of the reasons include her beauty, sincerity and passion. She also...
  • Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base'

    03/18/2014 6:01:58 PM PDT · by No One Special · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | March 18, 2014 | Ben Brown
    Ukraine's military says an officer has been killed in an attack on a base in Crimea, the first such death since pro-Russia forces took control in February. Ukraine has now authorised its troops to fire in self-defence. The attack came shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Crimea signed a bill to absorb the peninsula into Russia. Western powers condemned the treaty and a G7 and EU crisis meeting has been called for next week in The Hague. The Ukrainian crisis began in November last year after pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych abandoned an EU deal in favour...
  • Turkey Threatens to Close Bosphorus for Russian Ships [also will not recognize Crimean vote]

    03/18/2014 5:46:15 PM PDT · by No One Special · 69 replies
    Sofia News Agency ^ | March 18, 2014 | Sofia News Agency
    Turkey will close the Bosphorus for Russian ships, if there is violence against the Crimean Tatars, said Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan. In a phone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin, quoted by a diplomatic source, Erdogan also said that Turkey will not recognize the referendum in Crimea in which 97% of the voters cast their ballots in favour of joining the Russian Federation. “Turkey wants Ukraine to keep its territorial integrity,” Erdogan said. “If NATO takes a decision on the matter, we will certainly stick with it.” Earlier Erdogan had a phone conversation with the leader of the Crimean...
  • Address by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk to residents of southern and eastern regions

    03/18/2014 5:37:58 PM PDT · by No One Special · 15 replies
    Ukrainian Government portal ^ | March 18, 2014 | Arsenii Yatseniuk (Prime Minister of Ukraine)
    Dear compatriots! In these difficult days, let me appeal to you to preserve the unity of Ukraine, its territorial integrity, peace and tranquility in our country. First of all I would like to openly communicate with the citizens of Ukraine who live in the southern and eastern regions of our country, to respond to those specific issues that concern them. Unfortunately, the Crimea is not the only region of united and indivisible Ukraine, where the external forces are trying to destabilize the situation, spark artificial conflicts, organize riots and provoke armed aggression from outside, under the pretext of protection of...
  • Crimean P.M. mocks Obama in faked Russian uniform on Twitter

    03/18/2014 1:20:50 AM PDT · by No One Special · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    So the prime minister of Crimea has a sense of humor — and he unleashed it at the White House on Monday, sending out a mocking Photoshopped photograph of President Obama wearing a Russian military uniform. And the accompanying translated text — take or leave a couple of pronouns — that’s attributed from Sergey Aksyonov, as reported by The Huffington Post: “Interestingly, after the success of the company in returning Crimea, Barack is getting the rank of colonel?” The mocking comes as the vast majority of Crimeans voted to join Russia. The White House, which is in strong opposition of...
  • How the Russian Media Are Treating Putin and Crimea

    03/17/2014 1:21:10 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2014 | Sergey Maidukov
    Before starting to write this article, I sat in front of the TV and began to switch back and forth between Channel One, TVC, RTR and NTV, which are the main television stations in Russia, with a combined audience of 98 per cent of the country’s population. That means they are state controlled, of course. The same news, the same views. Putin is striving for peace, Obama is a hypocrite, the Western media are misinformed, Crimean locals are giving out sandwiches to Russian forces. Tired of the kaleidoscope of events, I fell asleep sitting in front of the TV with...
  • The Russian Empire Strikes Back

    03/17/2014 12:41:21 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 17, 2014 | Sergey Maidukov
    Vladimir Putin’s strategic and private ambitions extend far beyond the rocky and waterless Crimean peninsula reaching out into the Black Sea. These days, he is often described as an aggressive revanchist, seeking to restore the former glory of the Soviet Union. It is true -- to a certain extent. The area within the former USSR borders is too narrow for Mother Russia. Her main goal is global supremacy. [...] Of course, Mr. Putin and a great many of his retinue had once been communists. But at present they are inveterate capitalists. ...well-versed in tricky business and shady financial schemes. [...]...
  • Russian Nationalists Riot, Maim and Kill Pro-Ukrainian Demonstrators in Donetsk

    03/16/2014 3:35:06 PM PDT · by No One Special · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 14, 2014 | Oleg Atbashian
    A mob of pro-Russian protesters savagely attacked a pro-Ukrainian rally with clubs, metal rods, rocks, tear gas, and smoke bombs, killing a 22-year-old local man and seriously injuring scores of others Thursday in Lenin Square in Donetsk, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine. According to witnesses, the pro-Ukrainian rally consisted mostly of local men and women, some with children, who came there after work to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine against Russia’s attempts to split the country. This angered a pro-Russian rally nearby, which held Russian flags and demanded that the coal-mining region be separated from Ukraine and joined...
  • Pro-Russian demonstrators burn books, storm buildings in eastern Ukraine

    03/16/2014 2:38:00 PM PDT · by No One Special · 131 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 16, 2014 | Lina Kushch
    Pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine smashed their way into public buildings and burned Ukrainian-language books on Sunday in further protests following two deadly clashes in the region last week. Protests, some several thousand strong, spread to Russian-speaking southern districts as Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, under the control of the Russian military for two weeks, voted in a referendum on joining Russia. [...] In Kharkiv, Reuters Television footage showed pro-Russian activists scaling an iron gate, smashing a van and breaking into the offices of a Ukrainian cultural center. Two policemen stood nearby, examining the van. The footage then showed young men seizing...
  • Top 10 Achievements of Putin in Ukraine

    03/15/2014 10:48:32 PM PDT · by No One Special · 73 replies
    Dying Russia ^ | March 14, 2014 | larussophobe
    Here are the top ten achievements of Vladimir Putin so far in Ukraine, following close on the heels of his invaluable assistance in helping Victor Yanukovich out of power: 10. Kremlin websites downed in DDOS cyber attacks. 9. Putin exposed before the world as maniacal mental case. 8. Precedent set for autonomous regions to vote themselves out of Russia. 7. Ukraine shows the world what patriotism really means. 6. Russia stock market a smoking ruin, reserves and ruble plummeting, inflation soaring. 5. Russophobia permanently and totally validated. 4. John McCain in the Maidan. 3. Prospects for NATO membership of Georgia...
  • While the West Watches Crimea, Putin Cleans House in Moscow

    03/14/2014 4:18:38 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The New Republic ^ | March 14, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    While the world awaits Sunday's referendum in Crimea and nervously watches the Russian troops massing on Ukraine's eastern border, the world is missing that, in Moscow, Vladimir Putin is busily cleaning house.Yesterday, Russian journalist Leonid Ragozin wrote here about Putin's renewed crackdown on the media: What began just days before the Olympics with a Kremlin attack on Dozhd, the last independent television station in Russia, has now extended to, arguably the best news site in Russia. On Wednesday, the site's editor-in-chief was fired and replaced with a Kremlin loyalist, and the whole staff quit in protest. Yesterday, the Kremlin...