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  • The Soviets Had Big Plans For This Enormous Nuclear Equipped Ekranoplane

    02/06/2012 10:35:18 PM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 4, 2012 | Robert Johnson
    In the thick of the Cold War, the Soviet Union built an immense vessel to carry their troops across the seas and into Western Europe. Equipped with nuclear warheads and able to blast across the sea at 340 mph, the Lun-class Ekranoplane; part plane, part boat, and part hovercraft — is a Ground Effect Vehicle (GEV). A GEV takes advantage of an aeronautical effect that allows it to lift off with an immense amount of weight, but limits its flight to 16 feet above the waves. Its altitude can never be greater than the length of the wings. Think of...
  • Indian Army preparing for limited conflict with China: US Intel Chief

    02/01/2012 9:47:00 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 19 replies
    PTI ^ | February 1, 2012 | PTI
    WASHINGTON: Noting that India is increasingly getting concerned about China's posture on its border, a top US intelligence official on Wednesday said that the Indian Army is strengthening itself for a "limited conflict" with China. "Despite public statements intended to downplay tensions between India and China, we judge that India is increasingly concerned about China's posture along their disputed border and Beijing's perceived aggressive posture in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region," director of national intelligence James Clapper said in his prepared testimony before the Senate Select Committee on intelligence. "The Indian Army believes a major Sino-Indian conflict is not...
  • Take A Look Inside The Soviet Union's Gigantic Nuclear Equipped Ekranoplane

    01/27/2012 7:51:43 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 27,2012 | Robert Johnson
    In the thick of the Cold War, the Soviet Union built an immense vessel to carry their troops across the seas and into Western Europe. Equipped with nuclear warheads and able to blast across the sea at 340 mph, the Lun-class Ekranoplane; part plane, part boat, and part hovercraft — is a Ground Effect Vehicle (GEV). A GEV takes advantage of an aeronautical effect that allows it to lift off with an immense amount of weight, but limits its flight to 16 feet above the waves. Its altitude can never be greater than the length of the wings. Think of...
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – review

    01/07/2012 8:03:54 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1-6-12 | Xan Brooks
    Tomas Alfredson's marvellously chill adaptation of John Le Carré's cold war thriller features a delicate performance from Gary Oldman along with a first-rate supporting cast. A thunderstorm rolled into Venice overnight, flash-bulbing the sky and lancing the boil of heat that has enveloped the city these past six days. One could have sworn that the temperature dropped still further, to practically Baltic levels, during the morning screening of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a marvellously chill and acrid cold war thriller from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson. Right here, right now, it's the film to beat at this year's festival.
  • Decades later, a Cold War secret is revealed

    12/27/2011 3:55:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 9 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 12/26/2011 | HELEN O'NEILL
    "For more than a decade they toiled in the strange, boxy-looking building on the hill above the municipal airport, the building with no windows (except in the cafeteria), the building filled with secrets. They wore protective white jumpsuits, and had to walk through air-shower chambers before entering the sanitized "cleanroom" where the equipment was stored. They spoke in code...."
  • Decades Later, a Cold War Secret Is Revealed

    12/26/2011 4:55:55 PM PST · by Captain Beyond · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12-25-2011 | Helen O'Neill
    This undated image made available by the National Reconnaissance Office is a declassified image of a man standing next to a satellite control section from the Hexagon program. DANBURY, Conn. – For more than a decade they toiled in the strange, boxy-looking building on the hill above the municipal airport, the building with no windows (except in the cafeteria), the building filled with secrets. They wore protective white jumpsuits, and had to walk through air-shower chambers before entering the sanitized "cleanroom" where the equipment was stored. They spoke in code. Few knew the true identity of "the customer" they met...
  • Indian Missile Launch and US Meeting Elicits Chinese Rebuke

    12/19/2011 8:56:18 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 9 replies
    Israel National News / Arutz Sheva ^ | 19 December, 2011 | Arutz Sheva
    The forthcoming launch of an advanced Indian missile has elicited a rebuke of India by the Chinese Communist Party daily. The Indian press fussed about an editorial in the Chinese Communist Party organ, the People's Daily, that expressed concern over the forthcoming February launch of India's new Agni-V missile. This missile with a 6000 km range has MIRV capability, meaning that it can carry multiple warheads. According to the Chinese daily, the launch reflected India's engagement in balance of power politics as well as Indian aspiration to strengthen its military and acquire a military clout commensurate with its status as...
  • For the hard-up evil genius

    12/10/2011 9:48:17 AM PST · by NakedRampage · 7 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | 12/10/11 | Craig Mackenzie
    If it's a quiet life you are after or you are worried about the end of the world, this underground bunker could be answer to your dreams. It's nuclear and biochemically bomb proof and has enough room for an army. In fact, this Cold War missile silo was once owned by the U.S. military. Today the 185-acre site which cost $18 million to build back in the Fifties is for sale at $1.72 million (£1.1m). It is owned by cousins and business partners Bruce Francisco and Gregory Gibbons who bought the base in Saranac, upstate New York, in 1991 and...
  • Walesa Unveils One More For The 'Gipper'

    11/22/2011 7:02:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Lech Walesa said that there would not be a free Poland without Ronald Reagan, during the unveiling of a statue in Warsaw of the late American president on Monday.The former Solidarity leader said that “as a participant in these events,” it was “inconceivable” that such changes would have come about without the last American president during the post-1945 cold-war era. Walesa added that thirty years ago, it seemed that the fall of the communist system would not be possible without a nuclear war. The bronze statue of Reagan has been installed not far from the American Embassy, on Ujazdowskie Avenue,...
  • Who Was Fred Ikle?

    11/17/2011 8:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2011 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- The death of Fred Ikle last week inspires me to prophesy. Thus far, only the redoubtable Wall Street Journal has remarked on Fred's passing. That he was a formidable mind during the Cold War and important to the peaceful settlement of that decades-long struggle is remembered thanks to the Journal. Yet, to the rest of the media, he is a minor figure -- perhaps a menacing figure. We shall see what they say, but I am not holding my breath. This is the way liberalism creates the Kultursmog, which is to say, the politicized culture that surrounds us....
  • A Little Hardball With Chris Matthews About John Kennedy

    11/17/2011 5:43:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2011 | Larry Elder
    I just interviewed MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews about his new book, "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero." You know things didn't go well when, a few minutes after the interview concludes, Matthews' booker emails my producer: "I wish you would've let me know that Larry was planning on attacking Chris. Chris is always up for a good, healthy debate, but that was really not professional or cool." To which my talented, hardworking producer, Jason Rose, responded: "Larry addressed historical accounts directly related to the subject matter of Mr. Matthews' book. Larry doesn't agree with the one-sidedness of the book's portrayal of...
  • DECKER & TRIPLETT: Beijing’s electronic Pearl Harbor

    11/12/2011 10:35:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2011 | Brett M. Decker and William C. Triplett II
    The following is an excerpt from “Bowing to Beijing” (Regnery Publishing, Nov. 14, 2011): In November 1997, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism that “we’re facing the possibility of an electronic Pearl Harbor. … There is going to be an electronic attack on this country some time in the future.” Two years later, he told a secret session of the House Armed Services Committee, “We are at war - right now. We are in cyberwar.” Fast-forward more than a decade, to 2011. President Obama’s choice for secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, tells the Senate...
  • KUHNER: Obama’s betrayal to China

    11/12/2011 10:38:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2011 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    President Obama is creating a post-American world - one that is ushering in the dominance of China. Mr. Obama is fostering U.S. economic and military decline while simultaneously empowering Beijing’s rise to superpower status. China’s communists are on the march. Unless Americans wake up to the growing threat, both internal and external, our victory in the Cold War will have been useless. This is the disturbing theme of “Bowing to Beijing: How Barack Obama Is Hastening America’s Decline and Ushering a Century of Chinese Domination,” by Brett M. Decker, editorial page editor of The Washington Times, and William C. Triplett...
  • Operation Urgent Fury (October 25, 1983)

    10/25/2011 1:28:54 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 3 replies
    Operation Urgent Fury Grenada President Reagan orders U.S. Marines, Army Rangers, Navy Special Warfare teams, and other military forces to invade Grenada, citing a takeover of the tiny Caribbean Island by "a brutal group of leftist thugs." U.S. troops, along with a small force from six Caribbean nations, overcome surprisingly strong resistance from Cubans, who support the island's new regime. A day after the invasion, the troops begin evacuating 1,100 U.S. citizens on the island.
  • US's Most Powerful Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled

    10/25/2011 7:48:27 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 123 replies · 1+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | October 25, 2011 | BETSY BLANEY
    "The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War. The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama's goal...
  • East German Stasi Considered Ratzinger a Fierce Foe (How Secret Police Spied on Future Pope)

    09/17/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/15/11 | Edward Pentin
    In 1974, a Trabant -- an old East German car -- was chugging through the Thuringian countryside, a province in the communist German Democratic Republic.In its passenger seat sat Professor Joseph Ratzinger and at the wheel was Father Joachim Wanke, then an assistant at a local seminary -- the only one in the GDR.The two priests, writes Rainer Erice, a journalist for the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk Thüringen (MDR), were on a harmless sightseeing tour, taking in the historic cities of Jena and Weimar. It was a moment of relaxation during Father Ratzinger's short visit to East Germany, the...
  • Germany marks 50 years since Berlin Wall.

    08/13/2011 2:01:36 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/13/11 | BBC
    Addressing the ceremony on Bernauer Street, famously divided by the Wall and now site of a memorial, Mayor Wowereit said the capital was remembering the "saddest day in its recent history". "It is our common responsibility to keep alive the memories and pass them on to the next generation, to maintain freedom and democracy and to do everything so that such injustices may never happen again," he said. At a ceremony at a former crossing-point, President Wulff said the wall had been "an expression of fear" of those who created it.
  • Ronald Reagan, champion of freedom

    07/01/2011 10:30:12 PM PDT · by Clairity · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2011 | Edward Meese III
    Today, with a statue in the appropriately named Freedom Square in Budapest, Hungarians will honor the man who helped secure their freedom at last from Communist rule. It is just one of four celebrations being held this week across Europe to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan organized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. The Czech Republic, Poland and Great Britain will also hold events in honor of the 40th president and his legacy in bringing down the Iron Curtain. Reagan pursued his three-pronged strategy to win the Cold War. The first two prongs of this...
  • South Korean troops shoot at civilian airliner by mistake

    06/18/2011 10:37:28 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 10 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Sat Jun 18, 5:20 am ET | Sung-won Shim
    South Korean Marines fired rifles at a South Korean commercial aircraft flying near the sea border with North Korea, thinking it was one of the communist North's jet fighters, but they never hit their target, military sources said on Saturday. The shooting illustrates the level of tension between the two Koreas, still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty, which came close to all-out war last year. A Marine Corps spokesman said two soldiers guarding an island on the waters off the South's western city of Incheon fired their K-2...
  • Voice of Russia Radio Launches New U.S. Stations, Delivering Russian News & Perspective to Americans

    WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Voice of Russia (VOR) Radio announces the launch of two U.S. stations in New York and Washington, D.C. The new stations will air live programming with the Russian perspective on international news, culture, arts and events over 1430 AM and 1390 AM frequency, respectively. The stations mark the first time VOR will produce programming directly from the United States rather than broadcasting news from the Moscow-based radio program. "This is a very significant move for Voice of Russia because it is the first time in the history of the station that material being...