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  • Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

    04/17/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 20 replies
    Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer. If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session. To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said. The president added he...
  • Montreal mayor looks to NYC for anti-graft advice

    04/15/2014 10:01:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 11:43 PM EDT | Alexandra Olson
    Montreal’s mayor sought to convince Manhattan business leaders Tuesday that his administration is moving past the corruption scandals that brought down his two predecessors and have become the “elephant in the room” when trying to lure investment to Canada’s second-largest city. At a luncheon speech to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Denis Coderre said he is looking to New York City for inspiration. He highlighted the creation of Montreal’s Inspector General’s office, which has sweeping powers to investigate municipal contracts. The new agency is inspired partly by New York City’s Department of Investigations, created in 1873 in response to...
  • Keystone report can't have it both ways

    04/15/2014 3:51:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Sheldon Whitehouse (M-RI) and Henry A. Waxman (M-CA)
    For all the noise about the State Department's final environmental review of the Keystone XL Pipeline being a "blow" to pipeline opponents, the report contains more than enough information for Secretary of State John Kerry -- a respected environmental champion -- to conclude that the pipeline is not in the national interest. Although you have to dig a bit, the report recognizes the dangers associated with the tar sands fuel that the pipeline would transport. Kerry's obligation is to determine what is in the national interest. For all its flaws, the report acknowledges that the tar sands that would get...
  • Five killed in mass stabbing at Calgary party

    04/15/2014 7:11:20 AM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 60 replies
    CBC News via Yahoo.ca ^ | 15 April 2014 | CBC
    A suspect is in custody after five people, all youths in their teens to 20s, died following early-morning stabbings in northwest Calgary. The stabbings happened around 1:20 a.m. MT on Tuesday at an address in the 100 block of Butler Crescent N.W., police said. According to neighbours, the youths had been celebrating the last day of university classes with a fire in a home's backyard.
  • Dark side of ND's oil boom: Meth, heroin, cartels _ all part of growing drug trade

    04/14/2014 9:57:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-14-14 | Administration Propaganda
    WILLISTON, N.D. — The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town. What they uncovered was a large-scale methamphetamine ring that had found a home in a state long known for its small-town solitude, its slow pace and peaceful pastures. The members of this violent gang were all relative newcomers to Williston. They called themselves "The Family," the...
  • Oil and gas salaries average $130,000: Survey

    04/14/2014 9:41:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | APRIL 9, 2014 | DAN HEALING
    Hays finds most employers expect to pay more, hire more in 2014 Canadian oil and gas worker salaries jumped six per cent to an average of $130,000 US in 2013 and the trend is expected to continue, according to a survey released Wednesday. Furthermore, despite ongoing worries about oil transportation bottlenecks, nearly three-quarters of employers who took part in the survey by global recruiting firm Hays Oil & Gas say they expect their companies will hire more people in 2014. “This past year, the industry has taken a pause,” said John Faraguna, global managing director of oil and gas for...
  • Rangeley fire chief tells Senate subcommittee people ‘vaporized’ in Quebec rail disaster

    04/13/2014 8:40:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    bangordailynews.com ^ | April 09, 2014, at 6:25 p.m. | Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
    The explosion destroyed six city blocks. Several of the 30 burning buildings were incinerated. Many ruptured tanker cars were bunched together like folds in an accordion. Still others, intact, could detonate at any second, and Pellerin could tell that much of the 1.5 million gallons of spilled oil had ignited and poured through the small Quebec town like lava. Canadian firefighters told Pellerin that “they actually saw people step out of their homes and be vaporized by the [burning] oil,” Pellerin told the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington on Wednesday
  • Canada scraps millionaire visa scheme, ‘dumps 46,000 Chinese applications’

    04/13/2014 4:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | February 26, 2014 | Ian Young and Keith Zhai
    Tens of thousands of Chinese millionaires face an uncertain future after Canada's government moved to scrap its controversial investor visa scheme, which has allowed waves of rich Hongkongers and mainland Chinese to immigrate since 1986. The surprise announcement was made in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget, delivered to parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday. An estimated 45,500 mainland Chinese in the queue for visas in Hong Kong will have their applications "eliminated" and their fees returned. The announcement came less than a week after the South China Morning Post revealed how the scheme was overwhelmed by an influx of applications from...
  • Ukraine crisis: Canada imposes more sanctions to punish Russia

    04/12/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 16 replies
    CBC News ^ | April 12, 2014 01:56 GMT | Thomson Reuters
    Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced additional sanctions Saturday in response to the escalating tensions in Ukraine, accusing Russia of "violating its sovereignty and territorial integrity." "We are imposing sanctions on two additional individuals and on a Crimean oil and gas company," said a statement released by Baird. Also on Saturday, the White House announced U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Kyiv on April 22 to meet with government officials and civil society groups ahead of the Ukrainian presidential election in May.
  • Why the U.S. Should Merge With Canada

    04/12/2014 9:30:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 97 replies
    Politico ^ | April 10, 2014 | Diane Francis
    The United States and Canada are far more integrated than most people think. In fact, a merger between the two countries isn't just desirable—it's inevitable. We share more than just the world's longest border. We share the same values, lifestyles and aspirations. Our societies and economies are becoming similar in significant ways.
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • I can clone John Lennon from his tooth, Canadian dentist claims

    04/11/2014 3:52:33 PM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Put this in the column of seriously strange news. A dentist in Canada who bought an old tooth that came Beatles icon John Lennon's mouth now thinks he can turn DNA from that tooth into a baby via cloning. Michael Zuk, who paid $33,000 for the tooth at an auction three years ago, told Britian's Channel 4 during an episode of "Dead Famous DNA" that he now is going to try to make a John Lennon-like baby that he can raise as his own. "If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate," Mr....
  • Cold Case Arrest: San Antonio murder suspect captured in Canada[Illegal Alien]

    04/11/2014 1:42:57 PM PDT · by Theoria · 6 replies
    Fox 29 ^ | 11 April 2014 | Fox 29
    An arrest has been made in the murder of a San Antonio woman who was killed more than a decade ago. Lillita Moke's body was found in the basement of her Monte Vista home in March of 2000, after neighbors complained of a foul odor. Friday morning, immigration officials in Canada said they caught the man police say killed her. That man is Antonio Diaz Lisenber, who was Moke's gardener. According to CTV Vancouver, the Canadian Border Services Agency says they caught Lisenber when he applied for permanent residency. At a hearing in Vancouver earlier this week, the man claimed...
  • Jim Flaherty, 64, dies at Ottawa home one month after resigning as finance minister

    04/10/2014 11:35:14 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | April 10, 2014
    Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has died at his Ottawa home, according to sources. He was 64.
  • Minister's bizarre tip in battle to tackle climate change (cut back on eating baked beans)

    04/09/2014 9:10:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 9, 2014 | Matt Chorley
    People should eat fewer baked beans to reduce flatulence which can contribute to global warming, a minister suggested today. Fears were raised about the impact of ‘smelly emissions’ caused by Brits eating more beans than any other country in the world. Climate change minister Lady Verma said it was an ‘important’ issue and urged the public to ‘moderate our behaviour’. Concerns have previously been raised about the effect of methane emissions from cows on global warming. But in the House of Lords today a Labour peer raised questions about the impact of human diet on emmisions. Viscount Simon, 73, a...
  • Liberals set to form majority Quebec government (Socialists Crushed Alert)

    04/07/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/07/2014 | BBC News
    Quebec's Liberal Party is set to form a majority provincial government, routing a bid by Quebec's main separatist party for their own majority. Liberals have won 41% of the vote, with nearly all ballots counted. Parti Quebecois (PQ) leader Pauline Marois has resigned in response to the crushing defeat, with her party only obtaining 25%. She dissolved the PQ-led minority government last month, after coalition partners blocked the party's agenda. Liberal leader Philippe Couillard will now become the province's premier. The election centred on PQ's controversial Charter of Values, which would ban public employees from wearing religious items, and a...
  • Here's Why Warren Buffett and General Electric Are Betting Big on Natural Gas

    04/07/2014 5:33:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jason Hall
    "Our confidence is justified both by our past experience and by the knowledge that society will forever need massive investments in both transportation and energy." -- Warren Buffett, 2013 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders According to the company's most recent fact sheet, Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary BNSF Railways ships enough coal every year to power 10% of America's houses, and enough crude oil to fill the gas tanks of nearly 650,000 cars every day. Transporting energy is pretty important to BNSF, and BNSF is pretty important to Berkshire, having generated some $3.8 billion in net income in 2013. At the same...
  • Lawmakers seeks to ban red light cameras, photo radar vans in Colorado

    04/06/2014 9:16:02 AM PDT · by cutty · 22 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Apr 4, 2014 | Lance Hernandez
    Scott Renfroe's proposal has bipartisan support. Red light cameras and photo radar vans are hot button issues in Colorado. Police say they make intersections and roadways safer, but many motorists insist that the cameras and radar vans are used mainly to generate revenue. Today, Republican Senator Scott Refroe, of Greeley, introduced a bill to ban red light cameras and photo radar vans in Colorado. It’s his second attempt. The first one in 2012 went nowhere. This time, he has the backing of several prominent Democratic lawmakers ... Refroe’s bill will be heard next week in the Senate State, Veterans and...
  • Entire city goes with online-only voting

    04/06/2014 8:04:11 PM PDT · by null and void · 31 replies
    WND ^ | 4/6/14 | Aaron Klein
    It’s finally happening. An entire municipality will utilize online-only voting in the next election with all balloting to be run via Scytl, the tech company based in Barcelona, Spain. The controversial rollout is being deployed not in the U.S., where Scytl two years ago acquired 100 percent of SOE Software, the leading software provider of election management solutions in the United States. The online-only vote will take place Oct. 27 in Canada, when Leamington, Ontario, will become the first Canadian municipality to cast all ballots via an Internet-only voting process. Every registered voter in Leamington, with a population of about...
  • Pierre man protests paying perpetual child support (South Dakota & Canada)

    04/05/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by cutty · 57 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | April 5, 2014 | Joe O'Sullivan
    Both of Haraldson's children are in their 20s. South Dakota's child support laws only require child support payments up to age 18 in most cases, and 19 in one other instance. But Haraldson, born and raised in South Dakota, was living in Canada at the time of his divorce. There, child support laws can go on indefinitely, unless he hires a lawyer and fights. "I was told it was going to be $20,000 to $30,000 to litigate, and I'd have a 50-50 chance," Haraldson said by phone from Pierre. "I just went, 'Oh, my God.'" Haraldson, a 52-year-old computer support...
  • Toronto rapper Murda Marz dead after bullet-riddled Chevy Malibu found in Cabbagetown in ‘brazen...'

    04/05/2014 2:05:50 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 42 replies
    National Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Canadian Press
    A Toronto rapper is dead after being shot numerous times in his car in what police are calling a “brazen attack” in downtown Toronto. Det. Sgt. Steve Ryan says the victim — identified as Shmar Parris, 25, who social media messages of condolence said also went by the name Murda Marz, a rapper who several videos posted on YouTube — was known to police and the overnight shooting is believed to be a targeted attack. Ryan says a light-coloured SUV was seen driving erratically away from the scene but there are no details on any suspects or how many may...
  • Canada: Physician Knowingly Funded Jihad, Says Prosecutor

    04/05/2014 9:39:33 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 5 April 14 | Unknown
    Accused terrorist conspirator Khurram Sher knew his money was going to fund terrorism and far from being an innocent caught in a web of terrorist intrigue was an active participant. Sher, a 31-year-old Montreal-born pathologist, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with two others to facilitate a terrorist conspiracy. Key to the case against Sher is a 70-minute conversation secretly recorded at an Ottawa apartment by RCMP anti-terrorist officers in July, 2010.
  • Ottawa monument to commemorate ‘victims of communism’

    04/04/2014 6:44:55 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 9 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | April 4, 2014 | Ishmael N. Daro
    The Canadian Memorial to the Victims of Communism is one step closer to completion, with the federal government this week soliciting design ideas for the monument to be built near Parliament perhaps as soon as late 2014. Memorials for the victims of communist regimes exist elsewhere in the world, such as the ones in Prague and Washington, D.C., and since 2008 the non-profit group Tribute to Liberty has been gathering support for a similar project in Ottawa. The group says its board of directors represents “key ethno-cultural comunities in Canada affected by communism” and now has backing from the leaders...
  • Yulia Marushevska @ Toronto City Hall: "I Am a Ukrainian" - Toronto.

    04/02/2014 4:47:58 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 31, 2014 | Yulia Marushevska
    Yulia Marushevska, the Kyiv Ph.D. student who won over millions of people with her YouTube video "I am a Ukrainian" at a decisive moment during the EuroMaidan Revolution, is on a tour of Canada to help generate support for Ukraine's struggle against Russian aggression in Crimea. Original vieo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6kJf552QaM
  • The deadly mixture of guns and class in Toronto

    04/01/2014 1:17:26 PM PDT · by docbnj · 8 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 1 Apr 2014 | Richard Florida
    Toronto’s gun murder rate is about on par with large U.S. cities like Austin (1.5) and just a little better than San Jose (1.9) or Portland (2.2). And it is not all than much better than New York City’s record low of 3.8 murders per 100,000 recorded last year.
  • WestJet converts to metric time

    04/01/2014 4:24:50 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 55 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 1, 2014
    Effective today, WestJet is changing the way we display our flight schedules, switching from our current system of "a.m." and "p.m." to metric time. For more information visit http://fly.ws/Metric-time.
  • U.S. now producing more than 10 percent of the world’s crude oil

    03/28/2014 10:27:30 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28,2014 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    Currently, the United States and Canada are the only major producers of tight oil in the world (although Russia has lately been making moves to try and get in on the action, ahem), and that spectacular acceleration of production growth now has us sitting pretty at 10 percent of the world’s total crude oil production. Via the Energy Information Administration: U.S. tight oil production averaged 3.22 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in the fourth quarter of 2013, In February 2014, 63% of U.S. tight oil production came from two basins: the Eagle Ford in South Texas (1.21 MMbbl/d, or 36%...
  • Mistrust overshadows Obama's Saudi trip

    03/28/2014 9:38:15 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/28/14 | Assad ABBOUD
    Riyadh (AFP) - US President Barack Obama meets Saudi King Abdullah Friday as mistrust fuelled by differences over Iran and Syria overshadows a decades-long alliance between their countries. Obama, who is due to arrive in Saudi Arabia late in the afternoon on a flight from Italy, is expected to hold evening talks with the monarch on a royal estate outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has strong reservations about efforts by Washington and other major world powers to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme.
  • White House eyes new regulations to cut methane from oil, gas sector (In REGS Ve TRvst)

    03/28/2014 9:23:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/14 | Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. Regulators will start by proposing new rules later this year to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas wells on public lands, one way to begin slashing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, said Dan Utech, Obama's top energy and climate aide. Most oil and gas production takes place on privately owned land. The Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Data security earns BlackBerry a boost from the Pentagon

    03/27/2014 11:26:13 PM PDT · by deks · 1 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 27, 2014 | The Canadian Press
    BlackBerry has earned a “full operational capability” designation from the U.S. Defense Department for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones and enterprise service, the smartphone company said Thursday. BlackBerry said the security certification will allow U.S. government employees to securely access email, data, apps and other department network resources using the company’s latest smartphones. On Wednesday, BlackBerry received certification for U.S. government employees to use its secure work space enterprise software on iPhones and devices that use the Android operating system. The technology is among products that became available through the rollout of the company’s BlackBerry 10 operating system. The software helps...
  • Chinese Citizens May Sue the Canadian Government After Slashing IIP

    03/27/2014 12:33:12 PM PDT · by ND23 · 7 replies
    All those Chinese citizens, who were eagerly waiting to come to Canada and were eyeing for visas, may now consider suing the Canadian government. After an abrupt termination of Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) in February, Chinese citizens were returned their fees or we would call it that their roads were blocked to Canada! So, after scrapping IIP in February with more than 65,000 people waiting for visas, we may witness a good chunk of affected citizens suing the government.
  • Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

    03/26/2014 9:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Power Line ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Post’s story of March 20. The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in...
  • Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas

    03/26/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Marcg 26, 2014 1:22pm EDT | ROBIN EMMOTT AND JAN STRUPCZEWSKI
    (Additional reporting by Adrian Croft, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Paul Taylor) (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the European Union on Wednesday it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. Speaking on a visit to Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, Obama said concluding a new transatlantic trade pact, now under negotiation, would make it easier for Washington to license more gas exports. :snip: During a 65-minute lunch, European Council President...
  • Obama says Russia's energy sector could be target of new sanctions

    03/26/2014 2:40:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 26, 2014
    President Obama threatened a new round of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, this time aimed at the country’s energy sector. Obama, speaking at a news conference at the Council of the European Union, said the crisis in Ukraine underscored Europe’s need to become less dependent on Russia’s rich energy sources. He also acknowledged that additional sanctions could affect Russia’s neighboring countries but said the United States was committed to helping those nations find energy alternatives. Obama said coordination between the U.S. and Europe on economic sanctions against Russia has been excellent and warned that if Russia continues on its current...
  • How Russia is rousing a sleeping energy bear

    03/25/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    The Globe And Mail (Canada) ^ | March 25, 2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation with energy powerhouse Russia has refocused North American political debates – including the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – on the need for global energy security. Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation...
  • Canadian Judge Awards $7 Million in Iranian Bank Assets to Victims of HAMAS and Hezbollah Terrorism

    03/25/2014 2:55:42 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 25 March 14 | Unknown
    Sheriffs have been ordered to sell Iran’s properties, empty its bank accounts and divide the proceeds between several terror victims. This groundbreaking verdict brought to an end four lawsuits filed in Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia by terror victims seeking damages from Iran for training, arming and financing Hamas and Hezbollah.
  • Mom of transgender child wants ID rules changed

    03/25/2014 3:44:18 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 49 replies
    CBC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | Bonnie Allen
    The mother of a transgender child wants the Saskatchewan government to remove any record of a person's sex on birth certificates. Fran Forsberg has filed a complaint to Saskatchewan's Human Rights Commission on behalf of her six-year-old child, Renn, after the province's Vital Statistics Agency refused to change Renn's sex designation from "Male" to "Female" on the youngster's birth records. Renn was born with male genitalia but has identified as a girl since the age of three. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children establish their gender identity between 18 to 30 months. When Forsberg sought to change Renn's birth...
  • Beyond the Crimea Crisis: Comprehensive Next Steps in U.S.–Russian Relations

    03/25/2014 11:16:45 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 16 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 25, 2014 | Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Jack Spencer, Luke Coffey and Nicolas Loris
    AbstractOn February 28, Russian troops, aided by pro-Russian local militia, occupied important sites across the Crimean Peninsula under the pretext of “protecting Russian people.” Now Crimea is under Moscow’s de facto control and the Russian parliament has voted to annex the region into the Russian Federation. The failure of the Obama Administration’s Russian “reset,” the unilateral disarming of Europe, and the U.S. reduction of forces and disengagement from Europe have led Russia to calculate that the West will not respond in any significant way. The Administration can demonstrate America’s commitment to its NATO allies and support for the Ukrainian...
  • Canada patient tests negative for Ebola

    03/25/2014 9:38:02 AM PDT · by Errant · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 25 March 2014 | Dana Ford
    A man in Canada who was suspected of having Ebola has tested negative for viral hemorrhagic fevers, according to the World Health Organization and Canadian health officials. Viral hemorrhagic fevers is a generic term that refers to a number of diseases found in Africa, including Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and yellow fever, according to Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Testing on the man continues, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a tweet. "May be malaria. Will know today."
  • Justin Trudeau to publish ‘candid’ memoir charting journey .... this fall

    03/25/2014 9:22:50 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | March 25, 2014 | Mark Kennedy
    Justin Trudeau will tell his “life’s story” in a memoir to be published this fall — one year before he goes to the polls asking Canadian voters to make him prime minister. The Liberal leader’s book will be published by HarperCollins Canada, the publisher announced Tuesday. The “personal memoir” will appear in both English and French. “Mr. Trudeau’s candid memoir will reveal to its readers the experiences that have shaped him over the course of his life and show how his passion for Canada and its people took root,” the publisher said in a news release. “Covering the years from...
  • Canada, the Rahn Curve, and the Size of Government

    03/25/2014 8:25:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last month, I shared a very interesting video from Canada’s Fraser Institute that explored the link between economic performance and the burden of government spending. There’s now an article in the American Enterprise Institute’s online magazine about this research. The first half of the article unveils the overall findings, explaining that there is a growth-maximizing size of government (which, when put onto a graph, is shaped like a hump, sort of a spending version of the Laffer Curve). One recent addition to the mounting evidence against large government is a study published by Canada’s Fraser Institute, entitled “Measuring Government in...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz Leads GOP's Fight Against IMF Expansion in Ukraine Aid Package

    03/24/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Heritage "The Foundry" ^ | March 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Rob Bluey
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is facing a revolt among Republicans for adding controversial language to an aid package for Ukraine.The Senate is expected to vote on the Ukraine measure next week. The controversial provisions, which have support of the Obama administration and liberals from both parties, would increase U.S. financial support to the International Monetary Fund.A growing number of Republicans warn that attaching the IMF language would reduce U.S. power while expanding Russia’s influence on the global stage in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.>>> Q&A: Why Do Conservatives Oppose the IMF Reform Package?Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Why President Obama's mealymouthed response to Ukraine only invites Putin's aggression.

    03/11/2014 12:45:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 4, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    Vladimir Putin running rampant in Ukraine showcases how the Obama administration's abdication of global leadership is making the world a more dangerous place. Instead of providing clarity to our nation and our allies, the Obama administration offers tortured semantics. "Kinetic action" glamorizes the failed policy of leading from behind in Libya. A "spontaneous protest" explains the coordinated al Qaeda attack on American officials in Benghazi. The interim agreement over Iran's nuclear program -- described by one of our closest allies as a "historic mistake" -- is in this universe referred to as a display of "international unity." And on Friday,...
  • McCain: Here’s How to Punish Putin

    03/01/2014 10:03:52 PM PST · by kingattax · 55 replies
    Yahoo/Daily Beast ^ | 3-1-14 | Josh Rogin
    President Obama promised Friday there would be “costs” if Russia moved troops into Ukraine, but he didn’t specify what those costs might be. Sen. John McCain has several suggestions for Obama, including the sanctioning of high-level Russian officials; restarting missile defense plans in Eastern Europe; and bringing Georgia, a former Soviet republic, into NATO. McCain said he plans to push from the Congressional side, he told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview Saturday evening. McCain wants the administration to expand its threat to pull out of the G8 Summit in Sochi scheduled for June. That limited move is unlikely...
  • Russia Suspended From G8, France Says (That will show em!)

    03/18/2014 7:19:07 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 18 2014 14:57
    The leaders of the Group of Eight have suspended Russia's participation in the body over Moscow's activities in Ukraine, the French foreign minister said Tuesday. In an interview with Europe-1 radio, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that "it is envisaged that all the other countries, the seven leading countries, will unite without Russia," The Associated Press reported. The other seven members had already pulled out of preparations for a G8 summit set to be held in June in the Russian city of Sochi. Fabius and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian earlier postponed a trip to Moscow to meet with...
  • US, Allies Kick Russia Out of G-8

    03/24/2014 5:19:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Match 24, 2014 | Staff
    The world's leading industrial powers threatened further sanctions to deter the Kremlin from invading other parts of Ukraine and boycotted what was to be a Group of Eight summit hosted by President Vladimir Putin. Meeting for the first time since last week's annexation of Crimea by Russia, Group of Seven leaders said they won't attend the planned G-8 meeting which was to have to been held in Sochi, site of the Winter Olympics, and will instead hold their own summit in June in Brussels. "We remain ready to intensify actions including coordinated sectoral sanctions that will have an increasingly significant...
  • U..S., Allies Throw Russia Out of G-8 (McFaul: Putin prepping for war w/ Nato)

    03/24/2014 5:38:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Lesley Clark
    President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s largest industrialized countries expelled Russia from the group until it “changes course” in Ukraine and formally canceled plans to attend an economic summit in Russia in June. The move was aimed at Russian President Vladmir Putin’s plan to host the G-8 group of economic powers at Sochi, Russia, which would have been its second starring role on the world stage after this winter’s Olympics. Instead, the G-7 leaders will meet in Brussels without Putin. At the same time, the group said it would not send its foreign ministers to a planned G-8...
  • Ron Fournier: Excluding Russia From G8 ‘Like Suspending a Vegan From a Steakhouse’

    03/24/2014 6:53:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    A “Special Report” panel today discussed how G7 leaders met today in The Hague and announced that they would be excluding Russia from the G8 and boycotting a planned summit in Sochi. Jason Riley, of the Wall Street Journal, said Russian President Vladimir Putin is rebuilding the Russian empire while President Barack Obama and our allies in Europe are sitting around discussing international law and “kicking Putin out of clubs he doesn’t care about in the first place.” Riley said Putin knows that the administration doesn’t have the stomach for confrontation and will continue to take advantage of that.
  • Angela Merkel declares G8 defunct; Europe scrambles to replace Russian gas

    03/20/2014 7:18:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/20/2013 | Bruce McQuain
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared the G8 to be dead, thanks to Russia’s take over of the Crimea: German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the Group of Eight leading nations defunct given the current crisis in Ukraine, in a clear message to Russia that the world’s seven other major industrialized countries consider its actions in Ukraine unacceptable. “As long as there is no political environment for such an important political format as the G-8, the G-8 doesn’t exist anymore, not the summit nor the format,” said Ms. Merkel, in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. “Russia is widely isolated in all international...