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  • A Hidden History of Evil

    04/02/2011 9:26:44 AM PDT · by bronxville · 54 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2010 | Claire Berlinski
    A Hidden History of Evil Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives? In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century. The world remains...
  • Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner to take part in airshow in India

    02/08/2011 3:41:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 2/8/2010 | ITAR-TASS
    The advanced Russian passenger jet linier Sukhoi Superjet-100 has arrived in India for an airshow, the Aviation Holding Sukhoi’s press service told Itar-Tass on Tuesday. The air liner will take part in the show’s flying program. Visitors and specialists will have an opportunity to see it on the ground, too. The aircraft was successfully demonstrated at three world airshows - Le Bourget (Paris), MAKS (Russia) and Farnborough (UK). “Demonstration flights in Bangalore will show the world aviation community once again that the Russian plane meets all standards of the world market, and customers will see for themselves the ability of...
  • Russia arrests Polish reporters at plane wreckage

    10/01/2010 6:20:01 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    AP via Google ^ | October 1, 2010
    WARSAW, Poland — Poland's Foreign Ministry says Russia has arrested three Polish journalists at the site of a plane crash where President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others died in April. ... The all-news station TVN24 said one of its reporters was among those arrested, and that the group had been observing and filming the wreckage.
  • Putin Sings With Deported Russian Spies

    Vladimir Putin has revealed he met and even sang patriotic Soviet songs with a group of Russian spies deported from America. Mr Putin: 'We talked about life.' Russia's prime minister, who served as a KGB agent, said the group included the young spy Anna Chapman and predicted they would have an "interesting, bright" future. "I met with them. We talked about life. We sang. It was not karaoke but live music," Mr Putin told reporters during a visit to Ukraine. "We sang From Where the Motherland Begins," a Soviet song made famous in the 1968 USSR film The Sword and...
  • Cuban Connection to Acused Russian Spies

    07/06/2010 1:23:18 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/6/10 | Humberto Fontova
    The 11 arrests so far are the tip of iceberg. Many more to follow, many in South Florida.” “The “South American country” where Vicky Pelaez picked up her payments from Russia’s SVR was Venezuela.” “Russia’s SVR, Castro’s DGI (Directorio General de Inteligencia) and Chavez’ SEBIN, (Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia) are all linked. They all share agents and information. Castro-Cubans run Chavez’ intelligence agency practically lock, stock and barrel.” “Vicky Pelaez was frequent traveler to Cuba where she met with Castro’s DGI. Pictures exist of those meetings.”
  • Stop the New START

    06/09/2010 2:21:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 50+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2010 | Ed Feulner
    In the final season of the TV show “24,” an idealistic president finds herself sacrificing her principles one by one in an attempt to preserve a “peace process.” She eventually manages to hammer out a flawed treaty, but can’t bring herself to sign it. In the real world, the Obama administration’s overly idealistic pursuit of a reduction in American and Russian stockpiles of nuclear arms has led it to actually sign a woefully flawed treaty. The goal may be worthy. The pact is not. The first major problem with the treaty: It would definitely reduce the number of American weapons,...
  • 10th Annual May 1st March: We are all workers!(Senator Patty Murray Likes This)

    05/01/2010 11:04:02 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies · 483+ views
    Washington Community Action Network ^ | March 30, 2010 | fatima_morales
    March with fellow Washington CAN! members and hundreds of community members for IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW! Support immigrant rights and justice for ALL!
  • Video--New Report Implicates Russian Gov't In Polish Plane Crash

    04/24/2010 2:22:48 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 83 replies · 2,230+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/24/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    New information has come to light concerning the Polish plane crash that killed the main figures of Poland's government, including its President. According to investigative reporter Jane Burgermeister, the black box indicates no mechanical issues with the plane and no interference on the part of Poland's President to force a landing of the plane against the wishes of the pilot. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek). Poland mourns. In addition, there is no indication at all from the recovered record that the plane attempted several landings, as reported by Russian officials. The plane attempted to land only once. Discrepancies also exist with...
  • ABC News: Vladimir Putin to head investigation into Polish president's death

    04/10/2010 5:49:28 AM PDT · by quesney · 282 replies · 8,427+ views
    Russia says Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will personally head the investigation into an aeroplane crash that killed Poland's president. A total of 96 people were on board the plane that crashed near the western Russian city of Smolensk, all of whom are believed to be dead. Polish president Lech Kaczynski was on board the Russian-built Tupolev 154 jet when it went down in heavy fog near a military airport. Russian authorities have already said they suspect pilot error in the crash, near Smolensk, in Western Russia. There are reports the jet made several attempted landings before the crash. Also on...
  • US Servicemen To Take Part in Russia's Largest Victory Parade Ever

    03/12/2010 12:26:09 PM PST · by ETL · 68 replies · 1,453+ views
    English.Pravda.ru ^ | March 3, 2010
    US servicemen will participate in the Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9, Alexander Vershbow, assistant defense secretary for international security affairs said. The Americans will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Victory in WWII, the official said. Vladimir Kozhin, an official spokesman for the administration of the Russian president, confirmed that Moscow had invited France, Britain and the United States for the parade. The French were the first to agree. They now decide soldiers of which troops will march in the heart of Moscow on May 9. If all is arranged as planned, it will be...
  • US troops to parade on Red Square

    03/12/2010 11:40:30 AM PST · by Jewbacca · 19 replies · 827+ views
    Voice of Russian ^ | 02/27/2010 | Editor
    US troops will take part in the May 9 Victory Day parade on Moscow's Red Square. Britain and France have also confirmed their plans to participate in the event marking the 65th anniversary of the 1945 Allied Victory over Nazi Germany. The organizers of the May 9 parade earlier said they would be happy to see US WW2 veterans also taking part in the anniversary march-past.
  • Caption these pro-Obamacare protesters

    08/09/2009 11:57:28 AM PDT · by mnehring · 56 replies · 3,544+ views
  • MI6 spy-turned-author John Le Carre reveals: 'I was tempted to defect..

    09/14/2008 2:24:15 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 12 replies · 315+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 9/14/08 | LUKE SALKELD
    Author and former spy John Le Carr was tempted to defect to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, he revealed yesterday. The 76-year-old, who wrote his first three books while working as an MI6 agent, admitted he was curious to know what it would be like working for the Russians. When Le Carre whose real name is David Cornwell, was asked if he was genuinely tempted to switch sides, he said: 'Yes, there was a time when I was, yes. 'I wasn't tempted ideologically. But when you spy intensively and get closer and closer to the border . ....
  • Russia’s Restless Muslim Republics(the cost of Georgian adventure)

    09/08/2008 8:08:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 216+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 09/08/08 | Uwe Klussmann
    Russia’s Restless Muslim Republics By Uwe Klussmann Although Russia is celebrating the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, it still has its own problems in the region as its Muslim republics are drifting toward a partisan war. Last Monday, an eerie funeral procession passed through the center of Nazran in the Russian republic of Ingushetia. Hundreds of people silently crowded around the coffin of Magomed Yevloyev. The 37-year-old lawyer and founder of a Web site ( www.ingushetiya.ru) that was critical of the government was killed in police custody. The authorities said that he was shot in a police car “inadvertently”...
  • Two Estonian farms establish 'Soviet republic,' seek recognition

    09/04/2008 5:24:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 204+ views
    rian.ru ^ | 09/03/ 2008
    ST. PETERSBURG, September 3 (RIA Novosti) - Two farms in north-east Estonia have joined forces to declare an independent "Soviet republic" and intend to seek Russia's recognition, a Russian communist organization said on Wednesday. "We no longer want to live in bourgeois Estonia, where nobody cares about the common people...with raging unemployment and corruption, and where everything depends on NATO and the Americans," Russian communists from St Petersburg, who are assisting the 'republic,' quoted its founder, Andres Tamm, as saying. Residents and founders of the 'Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic' have already formed a national 'Soviet government,' a police force, and...
  • RUSSIA: Dimitri Medvedev raises spectre of new Cold War

    08/27/2008 12:05:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies · 252+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | August 26, 2008 | James Hider in Akhalgori, Georgia
    Russia put the West on alert for a new Cold War that the Kremlin is ready to fight, its President said yesterday. President Medvedev set tensions soaring when he recognised the independence of two breakaway republics inside Georgia. “We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a Cold War,” he said. Hours earlier he had ordered his Foreign Ministry to start establishing diplomatic ties with the secessionist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The move brought instant condemnation from the United States, Britain, France, Germany and other Western countries. President Bush appealed to the Kremlin to “reconsider this...
  • Russia ready to sever NATO ties, says Medvedev

    08/25/2008 7:56:22 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 29 replies · 155+ views
    President Dmitry Medvedev made it clear that Russia is ready to sever its relations with the NATO after they got worsened over the conflict involving Georgia. According to reports, Medvedev said this during a meeting with Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin. "We are ready to take any decision, up to halting of relations altogether," he was quoted as saying Monday. However, he called on countries of the Western alliance to avert a worsening in ties so that any "difficult decision" could be avoided. Earlier in the day, Russian parliament voted for the recognition of the breakaway provinces of South...
  • The crimes of georgian's army in S. Ossetia.

    08/15/2008 3:53:46 PM PDT · by bimmer_n_me · 58 replies · 2,079+ views
    The crimes of georgian's army in S. Ossetia.
  • Gorbachev: US could start new Cold War

    05/07/2008 10:00:34 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies · 82+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 05/07/2008 | Adrian Blomfield and Mike Smith
    Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the United States of mounting an imperialist conspiracy against Russia that could push the world into a new Cold War. With Dmitry Medvedev due to be inaugurated today as Russian president, the Soviet Union's last leader said that the White House's claims of peaceful intentions towards its former superpower rival could no longer be trusted. Delivering one of his most scathing attacks on the US, Mr Gorbachev told The Daily Telegraph that a US military build-up was under way to contain a resurgent Russia. From Nato's expansion plans in the former Soviet Union to Washington's proposals...
  • Ideology's Rude Return (Russia and China)

    05/02/2008 9:14:23 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 158+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2 May 2008 | Robert Kagan
    Ideology matters again. The big development of recent years is the rise not only of great powers but also of the great-power autocracies of Russia and China. True realism about the international scene begins with understanding how this unanticipated shift will shape our world. Many believe that when Chinese and Russian leaders stopped believing in communism, they stopped believing in anything. They had become pragmatists, pursuing their own and their nation's interests. But Chinese and Russian rulers, like past rulers of autocracies, do have a set of beliefs that guide their domestic and foreign policies. They believe in the virtues...
  • Why Does Ahmadinejad Want Russian Troops in Iran?

    04/29/2008 3:26:54 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 308+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 25/04/2008
    Why Does Ahmadinejad Want Russian Troops in Iran? 25/04/2008 By Amir Taheri Why is the leadership in Tehran anxious to give Russia the right to land troops in Iran? The question is not fanciful. The Islamic Republic is conducting a devious campaign to prepare public opinion for that eventuality. The message is relayed through deliberately vague terms that diplomats understand immediately while the general public does not. The device is to revive two treaties that most students of Iranian history thought were dead and buried long ago. The first is the 1921 Treaty that the government of Sayyed Ziauddin Tabatabai,...
  • Box of Hunting Ammo Means Jail for U.S. Pastor

    04/22/2008 5:58:14 PM PDT · by Siberian-psycho · 27 replies · 91+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 22, 2008
    A Moscow court on Monday convicted an American pastor of smuggling hunting ammunition into Russia and sentenced him to three years and two months in prison. Phillip Miles, pastor of Christ Community Church in Conway, S.C., part of an evangelical fellowship, has been in custody since his arrest Feb. 3, several days after arriving in Moscow. Miles has said he brought the .300-caliber cartridges for a friend who had recently bought a Winchester rifle -- a gun rarely found in Russia. He said he did not know bringing such ammunition into Russia was illegal. "I'm very disappointed. It's a strange...
  • Russian bombers intercepted near US Navy vessel (Tupolev 95 flew 2000ft directly over USS Nimitz)

    02/11/2008 3:45:40 PM PST · by Flavius · 334 replies · 2,097+ views
    ynet ^ | 02.12.08 | ynet
    <p>Russian bomber aircraft approached a US Aircraft carrier in the Pacific on Saturday and were intercepted by American fighter jets, a US Defense official said on Monday.</p>
  • Putin accuses U.S. of setting off 'new arms race'

    02/09/2008 5:06:32 AM PST · by Flavius · 27 replies · 139+ views
    msnbc ^ | Sat., Feb. 9, 2008 | By Peter Finn
    MOSCOW, Feb. 8 - President Vladimir Putin said Friday that "a new arms race has been unleashed in the world" as the United States moves forward with a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Russia will field new weapons in response, he said, dismissing American assurances that the missile system is not directed against Russia as nothing more than "diplomatic cover." "It's not our fault. We didn't start it ... funneling multibillions of dollars into developing weapons systems," Putin declared in what may be his final major address before he leaves the Kremlin after presidential elections March 2, to become...
  • The China-Russia-Iran Axis By Jamie Glazov

    01/22/2008 9:50:14 AM PST · by K-oneTexas · 5 replies · 111+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 22 January 2008 | Jamie Glazov
    The China-Russia-Iran Axis   By Jamie Glazov FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Frontpage Interview's guest today is Steve Schippert, co-founder of the Center for Threat Awareness and managing editor for ThreatsWatch.org.FP: Steve Schippert, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Schippert: As always, my pleasure, Dr. Glazov. FP: We've gathered here today to discuss the Iran-Russia-China alignment. I think a good place to start is with Russia sending nuclear fuel to Iran. What do you make of this development? Schippert: The 11-shipment Russian supply underway of 80 tons of enriched uranium nuclear fuel for the Russian-built 1,000 megawatt light water reactor...
  • Putin's party: Russian election marred by allegations of fraud, coercion (going back to USSR)

    11/29/2007 10:32:37 PM PST · by Wiz · 11 replies · 218+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2007 Nov 30 | Fred Weir
    MOSCOW - Though more than a dozen parties are on the ballot for Russia's parliamentary election Sunday, one would hardly know it. The pro-Kremlin United Russia (UR) party, whose standing has jumped more than 25 percent since President Vladimir Putin announced he would head its candidate list last month, could fairly win up to two-thirds of votes for the 450-seat State Duma, according to most polls. But in what some experts say may be the least democratic election since the USSR collapsed, boycotted by Europe's election-monitoring body, the campaign has been marred by complaints from opposition parties of official interference,...
  • Efforts Continue to De-Mine Afghanistan (EOD NEWS and MWD Woof! Woof! News)

    09/24/2007 5:00:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 89+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Jim Wilt
    Ben, a mine dog with the 49th Mine Dog Detachment and his handler, Army Pfc. Thomas Martin, also of the 49th, clear a path to a “wounded” soldier during a training exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 14. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt Efforts Continue to De-Mine Afghanistan Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, and removing them is no easy task. By Sgt. Jim Wilt Combined Joint Task Force-82 BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Sept. 24, 2007 — For most people, running over a land mine equates to a bad day. For contractors...
  • Breaking: Putin dissolves Russian government.

    09/12/2007 3:59:24 AM PDT · by Pistolshot · 202 replies · 9,833+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/07 | Foxnews
    Nothing but an announcement on Fox at this time.
  • The Hugo Chavez-Iran-Russia pact

    07/29/2007 11:15:37 AM PDT · by exposing_the_left · 7 replies · 605+ views
    Various
    Just a reminder for some, vital info for others: "Chavez pledged that his country would 'stay by Iran at any time and under any condition,' state television reported. Ahmadinejad said he saw in Chavez a kindred spirit." "'We do not have any limitation in cooperation,' Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. 'Iran and Venezuela are next to each other and supporters of each other. Chavez is a source of a progressive and revolutionary current in South America and his stance in restricting imperialism is tangible.'":http://www.worldthreats.com/latin_america/Iran-Chavez%20Alliance.htmFrom National Public Radio (NPR):"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and...
  • Sex for the motherland: Russian youths encouraged to procreate at camp

    07/28/2007 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 83 replies · 2,719+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 27th July 2007 | Edward Lucas
    Remember the mammoths, say the clean-cut organisers at the youth camp's mass wedding. "They became extinct because they did not have enough sex. That must not happen to Russia". Obediently, couples move to a special section of dormitory tents arranged in a heart-shape and called the Love Oasis, where they can start procreating for the motherland. With its relentlessly upbeat tone, bizarre ideas and tight control, it sounds like a weird indoctrination session for a phoney religious cult. But this organisation - known as "Nashi", meaning "Ours" - is youth movement run by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin that has become a...
  • Remember Lenin's lessons, Chávez tells Russians

    07/01/2007 3:45:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 763+ views
    AP ^ | Jun. 28, 2007 | JIM HEINTZ
    MOSCOW -- Russia may have turned its back on Vladimir Lenin's revolutionary ideology, but Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Thursday told Russians they should revere and revive the ideas of the Soviet Union's founder. ''We should remember Vladimir Lenin and come back to his ideas, especially when it comes to anti-imperialism,'' Chávez told the audience at the opening of a Moscow cultural center named for the South American revolutionary hero Simon Bolivar. The rhetoric was vintage Chávez -- mainly aimed at portraying Venezuela as a bastion of defiance of the United States. Chávez's comments emphasized Venezuela's solidarity with the Kremlin...
  • VANITY-Here is your Problem (Venezuela-USSR/RUSSIA connection)

    06/28/2007 4:49:48 PM PDT · by Flavius · 11 replies · 441+ views
    ap ^ | 6/28/07 | ap
    Former commander in chief of the Soviet Ground Forces Gen. Valentin Varennikov, left, presents a saber to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, during the opening of Venezuela's cultural center in Moscow, Thursday, June 28, 2007. Chavez arrived in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart as Russian news media speculated about a major weapons deal. As deputy head of the Soviet General Staff from 1979-84, Varennikov was a key planner of the Soviet Union's strategy in Afghanistan Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, 2nd from left, and Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov share a joke while opening Venezuela's cultural center in Moscow, Thursday,...
  • Bush: Russians have derailed reforms (Bush waking up from Vampire's spell?)

    06/05/2007 9:57:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 711+ views
    AP ^ | 06/05/07 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    Bush: Russians have derailed reforms By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 2 minutes ago President Bush risked further stoking a testy dispute with Russia over a new U.S. missile defense system on Tuesday, saying Moscow has "derailed" once-promising democratic reforms. In a speech celebrating democracy's progress around the globe — and calling out places where its reach is either incomplete or lacking — Bush said that free societies emerge "at different speeds in different places" and have to reflect local customs. But he said certain values are universal to all democracies, and rapped several countries for not embracing...
  • Putin calls for timeline of military presence in Iraq

    03/29/2007 3:56:19 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 19 replies · 325+ views
    Itar-Tass ^ | March 29 2007
    MOSCOW, March 29 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter to participants in the Arab summit in Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Kremlin press service said on Thursday. “The development of the situation in Iraq causes concern. In order to hold country from sliding to a full-scale civil war and disintegration, a speedy achievement of real national reconciliation and accord is necessary. A way to the realization of this priority task lies through the development of a broad dialogue with the participation of all leading Iraqi political forces and ethic-confessional groups with the clear determination of a timeline...
  • Putin Combats "Russiaphobia": Soviet-Style Propaganda Launched To Clear Up "Misunderstandings"

    03/08/2007 8:41:51 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 43 replies · 1,406+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 8, 2007 | Fred Weir
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his aides at the Kremlin say they feel surrounded, and they're not going to take it anymore. Russian corporations are being foiled abroad; the Russian state is being unfairly blamed for volatility in global energy markets; and suggestions that the state is eliminating its critics are just preposterous. Why all the bad press? Because of "Russophobia" — an unreasoning Western hostility toward Russia — according to the Kremlin. "I see a campaign here," Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said in a TV interview last week. Amid all the allegations that the Kremlin — in a...
  • Russia fears NATO more than terrorism-"to replace its military doctrine with a more hawkish version"

    03/07/2007 6:51:39 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 45 replies · 918+ views
    Syney Morning Herald ^ | March 8, 2007 | Luke Harding
    RUSSIA is to replace its military doctrine with a more hawkish version that boldly identifies NATO and the West as its greatest danger. In a statement posted on its website, Russia's powerful Security Council said it no longer considered global terrorism to be its biggest danger. Instead, Russia was developing a new national security strategy that reflected changing "geo-political" realities, and the fact that rival military alliances were becoming "stronger" - "especially NATO". "There have been changes in the character of the threat to the military security of Russia. More and more leading world states are seeking to upgrade their...
  • New Russian Missiles Aid China, Iran -- May Spark New Arms Race

    02/24/2007 9:34:27 PM PST · by Fennie · 16 replies · 1,197+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, Feb. 12, 2001 | Charles R. Smith
    While U.S. weapons development stalled almost completely during the 1990s - both Russia and China have continued to field a new generation of missiles for which the west has no equal nor defense. A popular new weapon is the Russian long range air-to-air Vympel R-77 missile, NATO code named AA-12 Adder. The R-77 is designed to destroy other aircraft beyond visual range and reported to be equal to or better than the U.S. made AIM-120 AMRAAM missile...
  • New chill between U.S., Russia freezes Boeing out of jet order.

    02/22/2007 1:18:26 PM PST · by Proud_USA_Republican · 23 replies · 790+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/22/2007 | Dominic Gates
    Boeing has lost a huge potential order from Russian state-owned airline Aeroflot for 22 787 Dreamliners, company sources said. The deal was all but sealed last June, requiring only the approval of the Russian government. Worth $3.2 billion at list prices, it would have been about $2.2 billion with standard discounts as estimated by aircraft-valuation firm Avitas. But steadily worsening political relations between the U.S. and Russia have killed it and given Airbus a big, though still-unannounced, win for its A350 rival to the 787. In an August interview, Sergei Koltovich, Aeroflot's head of fleet planning, said "both Boeing and...
  • Russia warns U.S. on Iran moves

    02/22/2007 10:43:36 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies · 1,056+ views
    upi.com ^ | Feb. 21, 2007
    Russia's foreign minister Wednesday warned the United States not to take military action against Iran. "The Russian foreign minister said Wednesday U.S.-led multinational foreign forces in Iraq must not conduct military operations outside the country, including against Iran," the RIA Novosti news agency reported. "The multinational force in Iraq should abide strictly by the UN Security Council's mandate, which does not provide for any operations outside the country," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Lebanese magazine Al-Watan Al-Arabi in an interview. "The escalation of the conflict and its possible spread beyond the Iraqi borders will inevitably result in catastrophic consequences...
  • Putin's speech: Back to cold war? (BBC Analysis).

    02/11/2007 12:46:06 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 18 replies · 1,140+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Rob Watson
    Mr Putin said the US "has overstepped its borders" The Munich security conference was born in the 1960s - the height of the Cold War. Forty years on, there been talk of a new chill. Given the tone and content of Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the gathered defence ministers, parliamentarians and pundits, it is not, perhaps, hard to see why. Warming quickly to his task after only the briefest of greetings, President Putin accused the US of establishing, or trying to establish, a "uni-polar" world. "What is a uni-polar world? No matter how we beautify this term,...
  • The Bear Goes Walkabout

    02/08/2007 6:29:29 PM PST · by Dajjal · 32 replies · 1,746+ views
    National Review / Steyn Online ^ | 12/18/06 | Mark Steyn
    THE BEAR GOES WALKABOUTby Mark Steyn You gotta love these alternative theories for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the late “Russian dissident” (and there’s a phrase one hadn’t expected to make a comeback quite so soon). Relax, say the Kremlinologists (and there’s another), it wasn’t Putin who had the guy whacked. It was rogue elements within the state apparatus who gained access to supposedly secure facilities and then contaminated five international jets and dozens of joints all over London in order to pull off the world’s first radiological assassination. Oh, well, that’s okay then. Nothing to worry about. The late...
  • Pentagon prepares for possible war with Russia

    02/08/2007 11:21:22 AM PST · by lizol · 41 replies · 1,990+ views
    PanARMENIAN ^ | 08.02.2007
    Pentagon prepares for possible war with Russia 08.02.2007 /PanARMENIAN.Net/ U.S. Defense Secretary thinks that American armed forces must be ready for a large-scale war, the Associated Press reports. “We need a full set of measures to conduct a war, including both special military units necessary for war against terrorists and infantry troops to be able to fight against large regular armies. We do not know what changes can take place in such countries as Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and others,” Robert Gates stated. He made this statement February 7 during hearings in the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services,...
  • Anti-Sovietchik No. 1 [Christopher Hitchens interviews Robert Conquest]

    02/03/2007 8:25:25 AM PST · by aculeus · 24 replies · 771+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | February 3, 2007 | BY CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS
    PALO ALTO, Calif.--Those who were born in Year One of the Russian Revolution are now entering their 10th decade. Of the intellectual class that got its vintage laid down in 1917, a class which includes Eric Hobsbawm, Conor Cruise O'Brien and precious few others, the pre-eminent Anglo-American veteran must be Robert Conquest. He must also be the one who takes the greatest satisfaction in having outlived the Soviet "experiment." Over the years, I have very often knocked respectfully at the door of his modest apartment ("book-lined" would be the other standard word for it) on the outskirts of Stanford University,...
  • History of Jihad against the Russians (1444-1918)

    01/28/2007 3:24:51 AM PST · by Islamwatch · 17 replies · 1,200+ views
    islam-watch ^ | 27 Jan, 2007 | History of Jihad
    Russia has suffered terribly at the hands of Islamic terrorism over the centuries and continues suffer today. Yet, Russia is the best friend of the terrorism-exporting Muslim countries. Russia is actively helping Iran towards its ambition to extiprate Israel. Will Russia learn a lesson?
  • Return of the Bear rise of the Dragon

    01/17/2007 12:12:31 PM PST · by inpajamas · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Rantz and Reckonings ^ | 1/17/2007 | Metro-Redneck
    In an article of their own MEMRI has brought to light two articles published in December of 2006 from the Syrian government daily: Teshreen, and the Iranian government daily: Tehran Times. The articles give evidence to Russia's global ambitions to re-establish Russia's international power by increasing Russian presence, influence, and participation in the oil rich Middle-East. The article posted at MEMRI is from January 12, 2007 and entitled: Iranian and Syrian Government Papers on Renewed Superpower Role for Russia to Counter U.S. in Middle EastThe following are selected excerpts from the two articles cited by MERMI: "We must acknowledge that...
  • Putin's Oil Grab — An Ominous Sign?

    12/14/2006 2:14:34 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies · 842+ views
    investors.com ^ | 12/12/2006
    President Vladimir Putin insists he wants Russia to be a respected member of the community of nations. Why, then, does he keep doing things that remind us of the bad old days of the USSR? Russia talks a good game about wanting more trade and investment with the West. But then it goes and does something crazy: seizing the assets of Shell Oil off Sakhalin Island. ... Russia never had the technology to fully exploit its oil and gas reserves; it needed outside expertise. Which explains why Shell was in Sakhalin, one of Russia's most promising offshore oil sites. But...
  • No Mystery Here...(Opponents of Putin have been falling like flies)

    12/08/2006 4:30:51 AM PST · by IrishMike · 17 replies · 934+ views
    NRO ^ | December 8, 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    No Mystery Here. You don’t need a convoluted device to explain Alexander Litvinenko’s demise. The poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, renegade Russian spy and fierce critic of Vladimir Putin’s government, is everywhere being called a mystery. There is dark speculation about unnamed “rogue elements” either in the Russian secret services or among ultra-nationalists acting independently of the government. There are whispers about the indeterminacy of things in the shadowy netherworld of Russian exile politics, crime and espionage. Well, you can believe in indeterminacy. Or you can believe the testimony delivered on the only reliable lie detector ever invented — the deathbed...
  • Don't Play Dead for Putin

    12/07/2006 2:05:07 PM PST · by khnyny · 21 replies · 550+ views
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | 12-06-06 | Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
    Don't play dead for Putin Author: Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies December 6, 2006 Los Angeles Times There are a lot of ways to make a man’s death look like an accident, suicide or a street crime. That wasn’t the intent of whoever murdered former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London. By using such an exotic murder weapon—a radioactive isotope known as polonium-210—his killers sent a message: Don’t mess with the powers that be in Russia. The identity of his murderers is likely to remain unknown, but in all probability Litvinenko was poisoned because of his campaign...
  • A RUSSIAN AGENT AT THE RIGHT HAND OF BIN LADEN?

    02/10/2005 4:54:46 PM PST · by TapTheSource · 80 replies · 2,318+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | Jamuary 15, 2004 | Evgenii Novikov
    TERRORISM MONITOR Volume 2 Issue 1 (January 15, 2004) A RUSSIAN AGENT AT THE RIGHT HAND OF BIN LADEN? By Evgenii Novikov The Arabic television channel Al Jazeera broadcast an audiotape on December 19, 2003, that was said to be from Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the right hand man of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In it, Zawahiri claimed that his group was chasing Americans everywhere, including in the United States. This claim helped raise the terror threat level. But where is Zawahiri, whose head now carries a price of US$25 million? Recent media reports have said that he is...
  • Dictatorship is Back in the USSR

    11/28/2006 6:45:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 940+ views
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 27, 2006 | Rush Limbaugh
    "Oh, come on, Rush! It's much ado about nothing. It's just one spy wiping out another spy." It's Russians wiping out a spy. Now you've got Putin sending air defense systems to Iran who's going to bail us out of Iraq, threatening Israel. You've got Putin sending missiles and rockets and warheads and helping Iran with its nuclear program, and all of this combined, then you've got the Baker report, the Iraq study group report and Chuck Hagel and a bunch of courageous, brave American Democrats and Republicans saying, "We gotta honorably pull out of there. We gotta get out...