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  • Design of Future TKMS Built Saar 6 MEKO A100 Corvettes for Israeli Navy Unveiled

    08/23/2015 8:58:51 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    wolf78 to Crazy Jim; sukhoi-30mki

    I second that!

  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 2:10:19 PM PDT · 43 of 45
    wolf78 to dfwgator
    Which was less in size than the land that the Soviets stole from Poland.

    So go ask Russia... after all, the attacked Poland as well. (Only difference is that the Red Fascists got away with their quest for Lebensraum.)

    Sarcasm aside, I really hope you see what I'm getting at with my remarks. History is a can of worms. In the real world (i.e. not in Greek La-La-Land) it's often simply not feasible to open it up.

    Take Poland: Today the Polish economy profits from trade with its western neighbor to a degree that the Polish and German economies are more and more integrated. Poland's economy is growing at 4% a year. For Poland trade with the Eurozone is 40% of it's GDP and one third of that is with Germany alone. And both sides are better off for it. That's why talking reparations makes as little sense as returning Silesia and Pomerania.

  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 1:50:50 PM PDT · 41 of 45
    wolf78 to Regulator
    Both before and after the war my family was there in US State department roles.

    As what? Communist spies? Progagandists for Stalin?

    The thing is: Your emphasis might differ, but you simply can't argue the facts.

    A. You claimed there were NO reparations. Yet there were SOME reparations. Whether they were appropriate, sufficient or just, that's a different story.

    B. It's also true that France stuck with a policy of dismantling German factories at a time when the US and the UK already shifted towards Marshall plan thinking.

    C. You say that the US RECONSTRUCTED Europe. Yet it's also a fact that simply giving money doesn't equal success. The UK got the Marshall Fund money as a gift, and look what happened: Before Thatcher England was in horrible shape economically.

    D. Any economist will agree that trade opportunities, access to credit and patent treaties played a much more vital role than just money alone.

    E. One should also not forget the psychological aspect of U.S. support during the Berlin blockade and the normalization of diplomatic relations with the West (UN membership etc.)
  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · 39 of 45
    wolf78 to dfwgator
    If Greece gets $300 Billion Dollars , imagine what Poland could get.

    Maybe Silesia and Pomerania and everything in it? 100.000 square miles of arable land's gotta be worth something (if you do the the math: far more than 300 lousy billion dollars).

    Ah, wait, Poland already got that.

    And that's the thing with cans of worms.....
  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 12:50:35 PM PDT · 37 of 45
    wolf78 to Regulator
    Germany was given a second chance by the U.S. and Britain and no reparations were exacted because of Versailles and its role in starting the second war.

    But their modern success is due in no small part to the enlightened attitude of the Americans who used to run the United States - and who not only stopped German aggression but reconstructed Europe afterwards and shaped what would become the European Economic Community.

    You should read up on your 20th century history. Of course there were reparations after the war. Especially the French and the Russians literally took everything they could get their hands on, from machines to whole factories. The patents and intellectual property Germany lost to the United States were worth ten times what Germany got in Marshall Fund money.

    Also - other than e.g. the UK - Germany got that money as a loan, which it repaid. The idea that the US rebuilt Germany is a nice fairy tale. That doesn't mean that Germany didn't get something very, very valuable: Access to western markets and economic cooperation. That's the genius of the Marshall plan: Trade is good for peace (-> interdependence / prosperity).
  • Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane, Says Prosecutor

    03/26/2015 10:20:10 AM PDT · 267 of 387
    wolf78 to livius
    Please, every German or European I’ve ever met has wanted to go to SF and have their picture taken on or near the GG Bridge, and it has nothing to do with being gay.

    True. A bit like Neuschwanstein the other way round.

    Besides, even if he were gay, which I doubt, that wouldn’t make him crash the plane into the side of a mountain. Especially now, since gays practically rule the universe.

    I can imagine being gay being a major stressor, if you're in a conservative work environment, working for a religious organisation, family companies with traditional values, the military or law enforcement etc.. But the airline industry? That's one of those places where it really doesn't matter one way or the other.

    Personally I fear this might be one of those cases where the public probably will never really know what went on in the co-pilots head.
  • Ukraine PM to Russia: 'Get out of our land'

    02/28/2015 5:37:34 AM PST · 27 of 27
    wolf78 to 1rudeboy
    Funny to hear the Borscht Brigade whining about Nazis, probably whose jackboots are the only ones they wouldn’t lick.

    The thing is: The word "Nazi" out of the mouth of a communist / Russofascist doesn't actually mean anything. It's just a term to impress and mislead the useful idiots abroad. Red fascists (Stalinists) didn't have any problems with brown fascists (Nazis) when they carved up Europe. And today they still don't.

    Because after all, the red fascists got away with THEIR invasion of Poland.
  • Ukraine PM to Russia: 'Get out of our land'

    02/28/2015 5:32:05 AM PST · 26 of 27
    wolf78 to McGruff

    Twenty percent support for seperatism turns into 90% under the yoke of Russian fascist oppression? What a shocking surprise.

    It’s the old Nazi playbook: You can have any numbers you want, if you just intimidate, beat up or outright kill those who don’t agree with you.

    So with all due respect, spare us your KGB bullshit.

  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    02/28/2015 3:36:48 AM PST · 25 of 268
    wolf78 to elhombrelibre
    I know, I absolutely agree with you and it sickens me, too.

  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    02/28/2015 3:17:49 AM PST · 21 of 268
    wolf78 to elhombrelibre
    Yet, we have folks that fawn over Putin like creepy catamites in a county jail.

    I wouldn't say ALL of them are creepy catamites. I fully suspect a few of them are just plain whores, who get paid for their "PR" work.

    In the 60s the KGB had to pay student leaders and unionists a lot of money. Internet propaganda is so much cheaper.
  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    02/28/2015 3:11:13 AM PST · 18 of 268
    wolf78 to wolf78

    To avoid any misunderstandings:

    I’m not saying “Kill them all”.

    In fact I do weep with those Russians who just want to live their lifes freely and with basic human dignity.

    So when I say, it must be ended, preferably by Russia’s own Maidan protest movement that will sweep away the corrupt fascist filth.

    But ended it must be. Otherwise the 2010s and 20s will be the 1930s / 40s all over again and we all know the rest of that story.

  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    02/28/2015 2:58:00 AM PST · 16 of 268
    wolf78 to elhombrelibre

    I know that Putin’s paid internet trolls will immediately start their crybaby routine, but the truth is obvious:

    The mask has come off. Russia is fascist, plain and simple. The difference between brownshirts killing those who dare to speak out on the streets of Berlin and Moscow is 80 years. Otherwise there is no difference.

    Russofascism is the enemy and it must be ended.

  • Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal (i.e. West/East Germany)

    01/30/2015 8:54:24 AM PST · 35 of 36
    wolf78 to Vigilanteman
    The party favoring speedy reunification swept elections in the spring of 1990 and the reunification was blessed by both Germanys and the four occupying Allied Powers.

    Crimea had the elections, Russia won. But Ukraine didn't sign-off. This difference will, of course, be lost on the Russians.

    Actually that's not the whole difference. The whole crimea referendum was a total farce. Instead of having democratic campaigning and a transparent voting process monitored by a free press, you had violence and intimidation by Russian thugs and a result typical for communist voter fraud.

    I'm not saying that had there been a democratic process, Crimea would never have voted to join Russia. They might have, with a result in the mid-50s. But not with 90% or so. I mean, even the paid thugs today boast about how well their coup worked.

    Whereas elections in the GDR were internationally monitored and followed democratic standards. Heck, even the Commies who ran the country into the ground were allowed to take part.
  • Merkel offers Russia free-trade agreement (with EU)

    01/25/2015 2:08:20 PM PST · 7 of 8
    wolf78 to Olog-hai; GeronL
    The article leaves out a lot of context. It was Putin himself who three weeks ago suggested the EU should look eastward instead of going forward with TTIP / closer trans-atlantic cooperation.

    James Stavridis: Putin hates the TTIP

    In short: a feeble attempt at "divide and conquer".

    If a complete pull-out of a united Ukraine (and Crimea) was part of the conditions, maybe

    As the article says:

    Merkel renewed her condemnation of Russia's annexing of the Crimea, saying that they had made economic sanctions against Russia unavoidable. "Unfortunately we're not yet there" at the point when sanctions could be removed, she said.

    The whole thing is more or less a way of calling Putin's bluff: Well, yes, we'd love to, but unfortunately we can't.
  • Could Russian economic turmoil lead to Putin's downfall

    12/15/2014 10:35:13 AM PST · 18 of 23
    wolf78 to elhombrelibre
    Thursday, I exchange dollars for rubles and get a rate of 54.20. By Saturday it's 57 rubles to the dollar.

    Isn't it like 80 right now?
  • Ukrainian Jews Say Anti-Semitism Being Overhyped by Moscow

    11/14/2014 12:11:28 PM PST · 8 of 8
    wolf78 to free_life
    "Overhyped" ???

    Why not call it what it is: KGB propaganda manufactured for the полезные дураки (*) serving Russofascist interests in the west.

    (*) useful idiots.
  • Suggestions needed for Germany Sightseeing

    10/26/2014 2:46:17 PM PDT · 35 of 43
    wolf78 to CodeToad; Gay State Conservative
    I don’t know about you but one thing on *my* bucket list is to someday rent a BMW or Audi and do 120 on the Autobahn.

    ...and get run over going so slow.

    To be fair, 120 isn't that slow for the autobahn, unless you're talking kph, then yes, it is. However it isn't very fast either. If you are talking about unrestricted (many heavily used autobahns - especially when you're getting close to a major city - are restricted to 75 mph), three-lane (major autobahns have 4 in one direction, 2 is the minimum) autobahns: The right-most lane is usually for trucks, the leisurely and elderly, going about 65 mph. The middle lane is for overtaking those at about 85 mph. The left lane (also known as the BMW-Mercedes-Porsche-lane) is where you usually go round about 120 mph.

    Always remember: The left lanes are for overtaking, you only use them if you are reasonably faster than the traffic in front of you on the right lane. If there are no cars in front of you, you stay right (chances are, someone much faster is already approaching you from behind). On the other hand, overtaking someone on the right is strictly VERBOTEN. Right lane - slow, left lane - fast.

    As a funny aside: Almost every German driver has done 120-150 mph on the autobahn. That sentence coming from a German would sound like that (cue melancholy sigh): "Someday I'd like to do 200 on the autobahn". (Or rather he'd say: "Ich wuerde gerne mal 300 fahren" as in 300 kph, approx 190 mph).
  • Suggestions needed for Germany Sightseeing

    10/26/2014 2:14:15 PM PDT · 34 of 43
    wolf78 to Gaffer; equaviator; Oshkalaboomboom
    If you’re close enough to go to Frankfurt, change that to Wiesbaden.


    Mainz and Wiesbaden are almost like one big city. It's literally a ten minute drive from one town center to the other. If you want, you can do both in one day. Mainz with its narrow streets in the historical city center has more of a medieval vibe to it, whereas Wiesbaden - as pepsionice said - is a spa town with imperial architecture.

    Both more or less form the gate to the Rhine valley, Germany's major wine growing region. Just follow the River a few miles and there are many very picturesque little towns like Eltville, which is also just a 15-minute drive away (Remember the monestary from "The name of the Rose"? You can visit the real Eberbach monestary there). Germany is known for beer, but the Rhineland has a wine tradition, too. During harvest season, you should try some Federweisser (must) with Zwiebelkuchen (onion pie / onion quiche).

    Depending on what kind of activities / sightseeing you like, you can always pick and choose frome what Mainz/Wiesbaden and the surrounding towns have to offer and spend a really nice day.
  • Germany gives Israel deep discount on missile boats

    10/20/2014 12:50:48 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    wolf78 to Mariner

    Thanks, that makes sense to me.

  • Germany gives Israel deep discount on missile boats

    10/19/2014 11:46:53 AM PDT · 15 of 18
    wolf78 to Mariner
    I'm not sure who the ignoramus is who wrote this, but at 2,000 tons and 330ft, this is a ship.

    And the USA would do well to buy 50 of them.

    It's a Frigate. And a nice one too.

    I think it has something to do with German naming conventions, which are supposed to make the ships sound small and inconspicuous.

    A Baden-Wuerttemberg-class ship ( is also officially called a frigate at almost 500ft and more than 7,000 tons, while many say it's more of a destroyer.

    You are more of an expert: What (in your opinion) would be the appropriate lengths / displacements for a corvette, frigate, destroyer, cruiser, battleship etc.? And when exactly is a boat a ship?
  • Germany gives Israel deep discount on missile boats

    10/19/2014 11:27:48 AM PDT · 14 of 18
    wolf78 to sukhoi-30mki
    Thanks for the post!

    It would be interesting to know what exactly Israel will get for 300 million per ship (before discounts). A fully equipped MEKO A100 corvette (2000 tons, 95m / 310ft) sounds about right, maybe even a MEKO CSL light frigate (3000 tons, 110m / 360ft)?

    Is there any more info?
  • Priorities: Germany bans Uber, ride-sharing services

    09/06/2014 9:17:13 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    wolf78 to Buckeye McFrog
    The fact that a court thinks it can ban a mobile phone app as a practical matter is just hilarious!

    Just to provide some context: The legal problem is not the app, but the contract everyone who offers his services on Uber has to sign. Oversimplified; German law says that if you want to work as a chauffeur, you have to register it as a business and have the necessary insurance. Uber's contracts ignore these requirements, as they let un(der)insured (as in the US, standard car insurance doesn't cover Uber activities), unregistered drivers work for them. If Uber didn't take 20% or so of the transportation fees, i.e. if they just provided a platform, things might be different, but they are the ones collecting the money.
  • Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' (Putin Toughens Position)

    08/31/2014 10:24:14 AM PDT · 42 of 204
    wolf78 to dfwgator

    We’ve got to say it like it is:


    And we must do everything (well, short of nuclear war) to stop Putler and his thugs.

  • Ukraine Today, Ukraine's first international TV news network launched today

    08/24/2014 1:52:45 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    wolf78 to Verginius Rufus
    I was going by the figures in the 2012 World Almanac, which predates Putin's seizure of Crimea. It gives France's land area as 247,126 square miles (640,053 square kilometers), and Ukraine's as 223,681 square miles (579,330 square kilometers).

    If you go by total area rather than land area, France is still larger than Ukraine (248,573 sq. mi. vs. 233,032 sq. mi.).

    I think the operative word is "Europe". France still has colonies, so parts of France are actually not IN Europe (France métropolitaine vs. France d'outre-mer, i.e. overseas France). AFAIK metropolitan France is only around 550,000 sq km / 210,000 sq mi.
  • Ukraine demands that rebels in Donetsk surrender

    08/10/2014 9:46:38 AM PDT · 9 of 28
    wolf78 to tcrlaf
    Ukrainian Nazi's are just a figment of "Russian" imagination, right?

    I get it, you must mean the pro-Russian separatists?

    So I guess you're right, there are Nazis on Ukrainian soil. Hopefully not for long.

  • Moscow may force European airlines to fly around Russia

    08/06/2014 2:53:22 AM PDT · 43 of 49
    wolf78 to tcrlaf
    For European airlines, this could crush their most profitable routes, add billions in costs, and give their Asian competitors an advantage lasting years. And it would be very visible to Europe's wealthiest and most politically active.

    Political posturing. Not likely to happen. Yes, it would cost BA and Lufthansa countless millions to use different routes. But it would hurt Aeroflot as well, as they a.) get money from European carriers for using Russian aerospace and b.) are even more dependent on using European airspace (which would be closed to them in retaliation) for their business model.

    Right now this is an information war, where the KGB supplies the talking points in order to sow discord in the west. It's a game of "Look what I COULD do!". I'm not saying that Putin would never be stupid enough to actually go through with it. But it would only happen if Russia decides on a completely isolationist course, basically cementing its second-rate status as a technological and economical power and hurting itself in the long run.

    Until it gets cold....

    Putins promise of "stability" to the russian people requires a constant flow of money to keep the feudal system of Putinism afloat. Plus the added tens of billions for infrastructure if Russia wants to keep its Sudetenland. Where else should it come from? China? Not for some years. Tax revenue? With the current laughable state of the Russian economy? Right now, a cold winter in Europe equals a hot one in Moscow. Russo-Maidan anyone?
  • Hundreds for a one [Google translated: German view on Ukrainian crisis]

    07/17/2014 1:31:40 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    wolf78 to 1rudeboy; wetphoenix; FlyingEagle

    Junge Welt: marxist newspaper, formerly published by the communist GDR regime, insignificant since 1990, today still an outlet for Russian / KGB propaganda.

  • 38 people die after radicals set Trade Unions House on fire in Ukraine's Odessa

    05/03/2014 12:26:19 AM PDT · 20 of 20
    wolf78 to jimbo123
    John Kerry and John McCain were bashing RT a couple days ago for providing an alternative view to the events of Ukraine, too.

    Broken clock comes to mind. If Obama called Hitler a Nazi or if Carter called the North Korean regime insane, I wouldn't contradict them, either. And you should keep in mind that - other than RT - I myself didn't assign any blame.

    RT is a propaganda tool on a mission to spread disinformation and do Moscow's bidding. And it is necessary to point that out. There is nothing wrong with trying to find the truth and discussing alternative viewpoints. There is something wrong if Americans bend over backwards to spread the KGB's message.
  • 38 people die after radicals set Trade Unions House on fire in Ukraine's Odessa

    05/02/2014 3:13:08 PM PDT · 11 of 20
    wolf78 to jimbo123
    It was the Banderists that torched the building and prevented rescuers from entering the building. Why are you mad at RT for reporting who torched the building?

    The thing is: according to independent sources, shortly before the fire the separatist were throwing molotov cocktails from the building onto the pro-Ukrainian crowd outside.

    Assigning blame without trying to find the truth or taking into account what actually happened in Odessa, is the mark of propaganda. RT is a Russian propaganda tool and this is their version of the Reichstag fire.

    And it's shameful to see how many FReepers just repeat KGB-written press releases without trying to get the real picture.
  • Russia's Achilles Heels (Plural)

    04/27/2014 8:21:45 AM PDT · 3 of 29
    wolf78 to No One Special
    Aslund writes: “One month ago, the Western discussion on possible sanctions against Russia focused on whether they could be effective. During the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington April 12 to 13, the question was turned around: Do we really want to destroy Russia that fast?”

    Yes. The time has come.
  • ANALYSIS: Ukraine crisis: Can a weakened NATO stand up to Putin?

    03/28/2014 1:20:03 PM PDT · 27 of 30
    wolf78 to Mariner
    I continue to ask myself: If Germany, France, Italy and Poland will not spend at a reasonable level to defend themselves and Europe, why should we?

    AFAIK France is over 2%. As a interesting side-note: If you take France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the UK together, they spend twice as much as Russia, and that's probably even at PPP (purchasing power parity).
  • Massive anti-Maidan rallies grip eastern Ukraine as residents demand referendum

    03/25/2014 6:21:33 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    wolf78 to PaulCruz2016

    Russia Today = KGB propaganda

  • Russia Wants Much More Than Crimea

    03/12/2014 3:35:50 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    wolf78 to 2ndDivisionVet
  • 4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine (Oh, brother)

    03/04/2014 4:14:54 AM PST · 13 of 29
    wolf78 to 2ndDivisionVet
    Remind me if Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, Tojo or Mussolini gave a rat's rear-end about polls.

    I think there are two sides to this coin. Is Putin's Russia dangerous? Absolutely.

    But many here on FR make the mistake of interpreting Putin's actions as sign of strength (because it makes for a nice juxtapposition: Strong Putin, weak Obama). Yet I believe there is some truth to the TIME article. In many ways Russia is weak.

    Putin was so very afraid of a simply trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine, so very afraid of western market economies that he is willing to kill and go to war over it.

    If it wasn't blatantly obvious before, it should be now: Putinism is morally bankrupt. Who would want to ally oneself with such a pathetic system? Didn't someone say with regard to Ukraine: "I'd boycott Russian goods if I could think of a single thing they made besides the rest of the world depressed."?

    I'm not saying that Russian military isn't to be feared. It is. But at the same time the ruble is going down the toilet. I'm just saying that one should probably see Russia as it really is: morally weak and technologically outdated.

    P.S.: Even the Russian government prefers foreign cars over Ladas:
  • ‘Russian forces in Ukraine could be a stabilizing factor in a country with no legitimate govt’

    03/02/2014 2:42:33 PM PST · 54 of 58
    wolf78 to 1rudeboy

    In other news from 1939: “German forces in Poland could be a stabilizing factor in a country with no legitimate govt - Says von Ribbentrop: Poland? What’s a Poland? Wasn’t here 25 years ago.” [/sarcasm]

  • Tea, sandwiches, music, photos with self-defense forces mark peaceful Sunday in Simferopol

    03/02/2014 2:35:19 PM PST · 31 of 37
    wolf78 to jimbo123

    Same old propaganda shit, it's all just history repeating itself. Sad.

    Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1976-033-20 / CC-BY-SA
  • Ukrainian troops dispatched in Crimea switch to region’s side – sources (Defects to pro-Russians)

    03/02/2014 8:45:10 AM PST · 42 of 72
    wolf78 to Marguerite
    Russia Today is a source of information more trustworthy than CNN and NBC. I often counter-checked their news and RT won always, hands down. Get over it. The Soviet Union ceased to exist 23 years ago, one whole generation.

    Someone should tell Putin that. As to RT: It's bad. Not as bad as Voice of Russia, but nonetheless it's just an outlet for the Kremlin.
  • Putin requests senators’ approval to send troops to Crimea

    03/01/2014 6:30:56 AM PST · 11 of 51
    wolf78 to xzins
    The only threat that will stop it is nuclear, I suppose.

    If the west were to impose strict sanctions on Russia, Putin would run into a lot of problems. Noone buys Ladas and Ilyushins, the only thing they have is oil and gas. Without that stream of money to buy e.g. food products on the international market, prices would go up in Russia, social unrest could end up being a real problem for Vlad.

    But it would hurt the West as well (to a lesser degree, but still).

    IMHO the immediate question would be: Is the west able and willing to start an all-out economic war?
  • Viktor Yanukovych: I'm still Ukraine's President, will fight for its future

    02/28/2014 10:59:23 AM PST · 18 of 18
    wolf78 to 1rudeboy
    Viktor Yanukovych gave a defiant delusional performance

    ... there, fixed it.
  • Ukraine parliament names acting president, seeks government

    02/23/2014 8:30:10 AM PST · 18 of 28
    wolf78 to Paladin2

    Swiss chateau meets east-bloc brutalism meets Disneyland.

  • Protesters enter the former president of Ukraine house, here's what they found...

    02/23/2014 3:05:18 AM PST · 61 of 69
    wolf78 to Dallas59
    Those pictures of the old soviet limousines were just his car museum. Here's footage of his garage:
  • Will Venezuela Follow Ukraine?

    02/22/2014 3:44:39 PM PST · 4 of 36
    wolf78 to SeekAndFind

    Will Venezuela Follow Ukraine?.... Hopefully!

  • Ukrainian Protesters Tear Down Statues of Socialist Leader Lenin & Smash Them to Bits

    02/22/2014 2:45:01 PM PST · 13 of 61
    wolf78 to Enterprise

    It’s raining Lenin - Hallelujah
    It’s raining Lenin - Amen
    I’m gonna go out - I’m gonna let myself get
    Absolutely soaking wet

  • With reports that Yanukovych has fled Ukraine, parliament seeks to take charge today (live updates)

    02/22/2014 5:45:23 AM PST · 11 of 50
    wolf78 to Trapper6012
  • Tymoshenko, ex-Ukraine PM, to go free after 30 months in prison

    02/21/2014 2:03:56 PM PST · 27 of 39
    wolf78 to Vigilanteman; BlueMoose
    According to EuroMaidan's Twitter account, Yanukovych is fleeing Kiev, headed for Kharkiv, then onwards to Russia:
  • Tymoshenko, ex-Ukraine PM, to go free after 30 months in prison

    02/21/2014 11:24:59 AM PST · 22 of 39
    wolf78 to Vigilanteman
    Do you think Yanukovych’s days are numbered? Or is he just going to muddle through his term as a lame duck?

    Members of his own party are deserting. The parliament almost unanimouly approved a return to the old constitution which limits the president's powers. They voted to free Timochenko with a solid majority. There are talks about impeaching Yanokovich, with a motion being introduced in parliament tomorrow.

    So I'd say, it's far from over, but there's a good chance his days are numbered.
  • Germany to assist Israelis in states where they have no embassy

    02/21/2014 9:46:56 AM PST · 1 of 8
    As a funny side note: 1.5 (or so) percent of all Israelis also have German passports (dual citizenship, as is their birthright if they have ancestors from Germany), so they'd probably already use that one for travel to Indonesia or Malaysia.
  • Why Play Cold War Games in Ukraine?

    02/21/2014 8:41:39 AM PST · 12 of 45
    wolf78 to DManA
    Based on the lie that he would pursue closer ties to the West. Once elected he did a 180.

    Correct. Last year I saw some footage of members of his OWN party planning a celebration for the day of the EU-Ukraine deal, with a blue and yellow flag theme (the colours of both Ukraine and the European Union):

    A few days later these young party activists were stunned and disappointed with the sudden reversal.

    Not to mention that Yanukovych is utterly and totally corrupt.

    To quote the Kyiv Post: "Ukraine is in the midst of a financial as well as a political crisis, one that is essentially caused by embezzlement from the Ukrainian state by its rulers to the tune of $8 billion to $10 billion a year.". The level of corruption is mind-blowing.
  • Why Play Cold War Games in Ukraine?

    02/21/2014 8:29:40 AM PST · 8 of 45
    wolf78 to LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
    Pat is right once again.

    With all due respect, no, he really isn't.

    Second, high among the reasons Yanukovych chose Russia’s offer to join its custom union over the EU is that Putin put a better deal on the table.

    Wrong. To quote Kostiantyn Yelisieiev: "Accession to the Customs Union may grant Ukraine only short-term dividends: a few billion dollars, about which Moscow says, are just a payment in exchange for the loss of sovereignty of Ukraine in the context of its own trade policy and rejection of integration into the EU.

    However, the Association Agreement with the EU provides explicit legal and political guarantees of sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state.

    [...] The accession to the Customs Union will reduce the welfare of Ukraine by 0.5% in the medium term and by 3.7% in the long term, while the DCFTA with the EU will increase this indicator by 4.3% in the medium term and by 11.8% in the long term.

    As for the “protesters” who came to Maidan Square in November, not all came simply to protest. Many set up tents and shacks, threw up barricades, seized government buildings, burned the headquarters of the ruling party, battled police and demanded the overthrow of the regime.

    So that's why they protested peacefully for months?

    How many Western countries would permit a planned putsch in their capital city?

    How many western countries would permit their president selling them out into serfdom? Would the US accept if Obama behaved like Yanukovich?

    Yanukovych then had parliament repeal the tough laws against protests he had had enacted... What kind of democracy is it where a democratically elected president can be forced out of office by mobs?

    Hitler was democratically elected and then did away with democracy bit by bit. Yanukovych tried the same, but failed with his version of the Reichstag Fire Decree. Repealing them was merely realizing that his attempt had failed, but not cause for applause.

    But, to be candid, what happens in Ukraine has always been more critical to Moscow than it has ever been to us.
    Only if one doesn't care about western values like liberty.

    In conclusion: Buchanan might be right that the US certainly shouldn't sent troops to Kiev. But standing for something instead of appeasing Putin isn't wrong.
  • Ukraine deal promises early elections to end conflict. Still tentative as both sides seek support

    02/21/2014 6:31:22 AM PST · 8 of 13
    wolf78 to rawhide; All

    From BBC news’ live coverage:

    The German Foreign Ministry has also posted the terms of the agreement, which say:

    A law restoring the 2004 constitution will be passed within 48 hours
    The formation of a coalition and national unity government will occur within 10 days
    Constitutional reform, balancing the power between the president, government and parliament, will begin now and be completed in September
    Presidential elections will be held as soon as the constitution is adopted but no later than December 2014
    An investigation into the recent acts of violence will be conducted by the authorities, opposition and Council of Europe
    The authorities will not impose a state of emergency and both the opposition and authorities will refrain from use of violence