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  • Russian Fighter Jets Practice Attacking NATO Ships

    03/04/2015 9:33:31 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Conservative Read ^ | 2015-03-04 | Chris
    Tensions over Ukraine continue to build despite ceasefire. Russian fighter jets are practicing attacking NATO ships in the Black Sea in another dramatic sign that tensions over Ukraine continue to build despite a fragile ceasefire agreed last month. “Russia’s newest Su-30 fighter jets and Su-24 attack bombers are using two NATO ships in the Black Sea to practice penetrating anti-air systems,” reports Sputnik, citing a source at the Sevastopol naval base. Asserting that the NATO ships are conducting drills based around “repelling air attacks,” Moscow is taking the opportunity to practice “maneuvering and conducting aerial reconnaissance” outside the range of...
  • Putin's Russia is a Gangster Regime

    03/05/2015 5:51:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    "I'm afraid Putin will kill me," Boris Nemtsov told a Russian website on February 10. He was dead before the month was out. The charismatic opposition leader, a former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, was assassinated in the heart of Moscow on Friday night as he walked over a bridge near Red Square, only yards from the Kremlin walls. The killing, it seems clear, was a professional hit. Nemtsov was shot four times in the back by gunmen who escaped in a precisely timed getaway car, the murder unrecorded by nearby security cameras, which were mysteriously turned off — all...
  • Putin's 'Hybrid' Great Terror (Nemtsov assassination)

    02/28/2015 10:11:07 AM PST · by kristinn · 32 replies
    Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | Brian Whitmore
    When reporters asked former world chess champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov who was behind the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, he dismissed the question as irrelevant. Whoever did the dirty work, he implied, would have done so only with President Vladimir Putin's blessing. "Who gave the order to kill Nemtsov? Who knows,” Kasparov said. ”But this was done not far from the Kremlin and it would have been done by Putin's cronies. Who ordered it? I don't care. Putin must be held responsible for the murder of Boris." Kasparov’s remark gets to the heart of the larger significance...
  • British forces head for Ukraine as David Cameron issues warning to Vladimir Putin

    02/24/2015 12:28:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | February 24, 2015 | Peter Dominiczak
    British troops will be deployed in Ukraine to train soldiers fighting Russian separatists, David Cameron has said, as he delivered an extraordinary warning to Vladimir Putin over his continued aggression in eastern Europe. The Prime Minister said that there would be "deeply damaging" consequences for all of Europe if the EU fails to stand up to Mr Putin in Ukraine, predicting that the Russian president could turn against the Baltic states or Moldova if he is not reined in now. He warned that Mr Putin has opted out of the “rules-based system” of the twenty-first century and warned that the...
  • Russia Boosts Arms, Training for Leftist Latin Militaries

    02/20/2015 6:54:15 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week to the region by Moscow’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, Pentagon officials said. Shoygu met with defense and military leaders in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua and signed several agreements on warship visits and military training during the visit, which ran from Feb. 11 to 14. It is not clear whether any new arms deals were completed during the visit. Defense officials said the Russian leader is seeking bases in the region for strategic bomber flights that Shoygu...
  • Russian Parliament Set to Request €4 Trillion in WWII Reparations From Germany

    02/04/2015 12:57:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 3, 2015 | Damien Sharkov
    Members of the Russian parliament are creating a task force to estimate the damages inflicted on Russia by Germany during WWII, in a bid to demand financial compensation from the German state almost 70 years after the end of the conflict, Russian daily newspaper Izvestia reported on Tuesday. The initiative is a direct response to trade sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and EU, for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March and continuous support of separatist fighters in Eastern Ukraine since, according to Mikhail Degyaterov, an MP from the Liberal Democrat Party of Russia, who has proposed...
  • Russian TV Outlines Scenario For Military 'Tour' Of Europe

    Russian tanks descending on Warsaw and Berlin? Missiles lobbed at Washington and London? Such are the scenarios aired by a Russian national television program in response to suggestions that world leaders mark the defeat of Nazi Germany somewhere other than in Moscow. In a recent segment broadcast by the St. Petersburg-based Channel 5 station, presenter Nika Strizhak and a reporter suggest sending Russian tanks, fighter jets, and nuclear missiles to Western capitals should world leaders snub Russia's celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in May. "It's a very intriguing idea to move our Victory Day parade to London...
  • Russia: Three disturbing developments in Russia

    New Stalin monument in Russia-occupied Crimea At a time when each day brings fresh evidence that Russia is headed in a very dangerous direction and many news items that leave one shaking one’s head or feeling the need to say “I’m not making this up,” there are nonetheless some “smaller” stories that must not be ignored because of the long shadows they cast on the future. Three in the last several days fall into this category and are thus mentioned here, not because they provide a comprehensive picture of what is happening but because they point to trends already well-established...
  • Russia’s War on Fracking: Threatened by low oil prices, Putin covertly supports anti-frackers

    02/03/2015 8:17:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/03/2015 | Tom Rogan
    As a senior archivist for the KGB’s foreign-intelligence directorate, Vasili Mitrokhin had access to a treasure trove of information. He unveiled those secrets after defecting to Britain in 1992. One such secret concerned the “active measures” — the lies – the KGB had used against the West during the Cold War. In the 1980s, for example, the KGB spread a couple of particularly pernicious rumors. It claimed the United States had manufactured the AIDS virus and that rich Americans were murdering children in the Third World for organ-harvesting purposes. Framed by faux science and ideologically screened “experts,” and harnessing anti-American...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev accuses United States of drawing Russia into new Cold War

    02/01/2015 8:52:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 71 replies
    AFP ^ | January 30, 1015
    Mikhail Gorbachev accuses the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War saying he fears hostilities could escalate into armed conflict. The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and said he feared hostilities could escalate into armed conflict. The United States "has already drawn us into a new Cold War, trying openly to achieve its main idea of triumphalism," Mr Gorbachev said in an interview with the Interfax news agency. "Where will that lead all of us? A Cold War is already being waged openly. What's...
  • Ireland drawn into 'new Cold War' as Vladimir Putin flexes muscles after Russian bombers

    02/01/2015 10:11:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 29 replies
    Belefast Telegraph ^ | 31 Jan 15 | Paul Melia, Ralph Riegel, Philip Ryan and Tom Brady
    The Republic found itself at the centre of the latest muscle-flexing exercise by Vladimir Putin after Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons flew past the west coast. A diplomatic spat erupted as the Irish Government warned it was “absolutely unacceptable” that the two Tupolev 95s were in Irish-controlled airspace for five hours without notifying the authorities. The planes were flying with their transponders switched off – meaning they could not be ‘seen’ by civilian aircraft as they passed through the busy airspace, where around 1,800 planes a day travel. The aircraft were tracked by RAF Typhoon jets for more...
  • Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal (i.e. West/East Germany)

    01/28/2015 3:10:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2015 15:54 GMT+01:00
    More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany’s 1990 “annexation” of East Germany as Moscow’s answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliament’s lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbor. The collapse of Socialist rule in East Germany—officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR)—heralded the end of the Cold War, and was met with jubilation...
  • Russian Spy Ship’s Arrival in Cuba Raises Eyebrows

    01/26/2015 11:16:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 21, 2015, 4:28 PM ET | Jim Avila and Serena Marshall
    The historic U.S.-Cuba talks are under way and they may have attracted a new addition to the Havana port. The Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov CCB-175 parked there Tuesday, laden with high-tech software, radar and 30-millimeter cannon and anti-aircraft guns, replacing a cruise ship that had been there the day before. Normally, the surveillance ship travels up and down the American Eastern Seaboard in international waters, with its radars pointed in the direction of the United States. On Tuesday, however, just as the Americans were due to arrive for big talks with Cuban officials—the first such high-level talks held in...
  • New Cold War Underday?

    12/24/2014 10:39:09 AM PST · by Jumper · 13 replies
    12/24/2014 | self
    Is it possible that the world is witnessing a low threshold war that is actively being prosecuted by various actors on the international stage? Could it lead to a Political realignment as economic sanctions cripple countries hostile to the United States and other freedom loving peoples....
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    12/07/2014 3:06:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    CBN ^ | 9/19/2014
    EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev accuses US of stoking ‘new Cold War’

    12/04/2014 12:31:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 2, 2014 | Tom Parfitt and Roland Oliphant
    Mr Gorbachev said there was still time to defuse the standoff between Moscow and the West, as he and his western counterparts had done during the Perestroika period. “Now there are once again signs of a Cold War,” he said in an interview with Tass, the state-owned news agency. “This process can and must be stopped. After all, we did it in the 1980s. We opted for de-escalation, for the reunification (of Germany). And back then it was a lot tougher than now. So we could do it again.” Mr Gorbachev, 83, who has run a civil society foundation since...
  • Ted Cruz: The Most Hawkish of Them All?

    12/03/2014 5:25:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 Blog ^ | December 3, 2014 | David Catanese
    The nation’s foreign policy is “a manifest disaster.” Its approach to cutting a deal with Iran on nuclear development is “catastrophically reckless.” Its policy on assisting Ukraine in its conflict with Russia is “incoherent.” This White House is home to the “most hostile administration to Israel in modern times.” That’s Sen. Ted Cruz’s scathing assessment of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, a blistering critique that is positioning him as the most blazingly hawkish Republican to potentially run for president in 2016. He also tellingly dubbed it “the Obama-Clinton foreign policy,” a subtle hint that he’d lob much of the same...
  • Fort Carson troops will soon deploy, 'supporting Ukraine'

    11/28/2014 7:38:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 77 replies
    gazette.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Tom Roeder
    Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division will lead an American effort to bolster European allies and deter Russian aggression, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. The post just got a team of soldiers back from Germany where they led a NATO exercise, but the new mission is wider and will last longer. "This is not going to be a three-week or a month deployment," said a source at the post familiar with the new mission. The Army hasn't said how long the division troops will be overseas, leaving the deployment indefinite. U.S. European Command said that a 100-soldier team from the 16,000-soldier division...
  • Revealed: Vladimir Putin Plotting To Invade Europe

    11/28/2014 4:04:07 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    International Business Times - Australia ^ | 11/28/2014 | Athena Yenko
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a concrete plan of invading Europe, taking it under his total rule. The covert plot was exposed by Germany's well-known newspaper, the BILD, citing credible sources from the intelligence community. Mr Putin's grand plan was reportedly outlined in a supposedly classified document titled "Putin: the new leader of international conservatism." The blueprint was drafted by Moscow's Centre for Strategic Communications...
  • Hungary's Orbán admits he had "uneasy" moments with Putin

    11/28/2014 2:13:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    portfolio.hu ^ | November 24, 2014
    Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has given an interview to Germany newspaper Handelsblatt. According to an abridged version of the interview available online, the PM talked about Ukraine, saying that Hungary needs a neighbour that separates it from Russia. Kiev, however, cannot yet stand on its own feet. That is why a sovereign Ukraine is needed Orbán underlined that it is Hungary’s interest to always have something between itself and Russia and this something could be a sovereign Ukraine. "The country [Hungary] had shared a border with the Soviet Union before and it took a long time before it could...
  • The Psychopath [Out From] Under the Bed, Part 3 (the threat from Russia and China)

    11/27/2014 11:01:14 AM PST · by Thunder90 · 8 replies
    Jrnyquist.com ^ | JR Nyquist
    After the fall of the Soviet Union Moscow’s spokesmen convinced the world that Russia was weak and no longer a threat to anyone. With a disintegrated army, and a post-communist policy, Russia appeared in the guise of the West’s “partner.” When a Soviet expert on America, Georgi Arbatov, said in 1988 that the Soviet’s “major secret weapon” was to deprive America of its enemy he was perfectly serious. Openness and friendship were, quite literally, weapons in a new kind of war. Here secrecy was not guaranteed by silence or discretion, but by the West’s willingness to be deceived. Arbatov could...
  • The New Axis of Evil Waging Unconventional Warfare

    11/27/2014 8:59:54 AM PST · by harpu · 14 replies
    www.rightsidenews.com ^ | 11/26/14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    For years, we have been warned about solidifying a new Axis of Evil between Russia, China and Iran. It is now fully formed and growing in strength. Already Russia and China’s militaries have grown arguably more powerful than ours if you consider their nuclear arsenals and Obama’s rigorous gutting of our military stockpiles and forces. The purge continues daily. All the while a military/security pact has flourished among the Axis of Evil players via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Unlike the US, our enemies realize that the Cold War never ended… it shifted and put on a new face. We must...
  • Russia is a Lie

    11/21/2014 7:34:38 AM PST · by Krosan · 15 replies
    Die Zeit (translation) ^ | 1. October 2014 | Boris Schumatsky
    The greatest difficulty in dealing with Russia is this: Russia lies. This blanket assertion sounds like a slogan from the Cold War, and yet it's the only one that does justice to reality. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, when I was writing my first newspaper articles, I always avoided journalistic short-cuts such as "Moscow wants" or "the Kremlin claims". When I would read in those days that "the Russians are invading Chechnya" I would think of my friends in Moscow and such formulations seemed about as accurate to me as Ronald Reagan's "Evil Empire". Today not only do...
  • Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

    11/18/2014 7:00:21 AM PST · by C19fan
    Spiegel ^ | November 17, 2014 | Staff
    It is a fundamental principle of German foreign policy that talks are the best way to solve diplomatic problems. Such was the rationale behind Gernot Erler's recent trip to Moscow to speak with Russian parliamentarians about the ongoing Ukraine-related difficulties. Erler is the German government's Russia liaison and he has spent much of his political career working towards better relations between Germany and Russia. But his recent trip to the Russia capital was a painful one. There was no one in parliament who was willing to speak with him.
  • Lithuania fears a new Russian invasion

    11/16/2014 12:32:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    heraldsun.com.au ^ | November 17, 2014 | John Masanauskas
    FOR several years after Lithuania was annexed by the USSR in World War II, thousands of so-called “forest brothers” waged a guerilla war against the Communist invaders. Based on the fact that Lithuania remained Soviet Russian-occupied for half a century, it may be thought that the resistance, brave as it was, was ultimately futile. Yet the deeds of the forest brothers have not been forgotten as a trip through the Lithuanian countryside confirms. Every so often you come across an official sign on the road indicating that a significant battle against Soviet forces took place at a nearby site. Until...
  • What Putin learned when the Berlin Wall fell

    11/15/2014 8:07:53 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | November 14, 2014
    This year, several Russian lawmakers called for an investigation against Mr. Gorbachev, charging him with having caused the collapse of the Soviet Union. To accuse someone of having brought about the end of a state responsible for the murder of millions, the imprisonment of tens of millions and the oppression of hundreds of millions is a bit like accusing someone of having brought down Nazism. But the people who run post-Soviet Russia don’t see it that way. Mr. Putin saw a regime – the regime he served – unwilling to maintain power by force. Unlike the Chinese communists, who in...
  • Russian Bear is Roaring Again

    11/15/2014 8:35:12 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 112 replies
    texasgopvote.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Ted Poe
    While the eyes of the world are on ISIS, the Russian bear has quietly come out of hibernation. Putin is back after a brief hiatus, seeking to devour his neighbors and reclaim his kingdom while once again sending covert henchmen into eastern Ukraine. The Napoleon of Siberia is systematically trying to reestablish imperial Russia with him as the czar. According to U.S. General Phillip Breedlove, recently, “new Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems, and Russian combat troops have entered eastern Ukraine.” News reports indicate five of the trucks were towing 120-millimeter howitzer artillery pieces, and another five were...
  • Gorbachev warns world ‘on brink of new Cold War’

    11/08/2014 7:21:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2014 8:33 AM EST | Frank Jordans
    Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Saturday. The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine. “The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s...
  • Ukrainian President Warns Of New Cold War

    09/22/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Eastern Europe: Addressing a rare joint session of the U.S. Congress, Ukraine's leader warns, like Churchill before him, of a growing and resurgent menace that has committed crimes in his country and threatens the West. Back in 2009, after the Russian invasion of Georgia, we asked in the editorial recently reprised on the opposite page, "Is the Ukraine Next?" Well, it was. As President Reagan famously put it in a campaign commercial, there was once again a bear in the woods. Only this time we ignored it. On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave a 40-minute speech to a rare...
  • Abbott says Putin compensating for failing economy with military aggression

    11/13/2014 7:43:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 14, 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Vladmir Putin of a "regrettable pattern" of military aggression which has culminated in warships off northern Australia. At a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron today, Mr Abbott linked the decline of Russia's economy with an increase in that nation's assertiveness. "It is part of a regrettable pattern, whether it's the bullying of Ukraine, whether it’s the increasing Russian military aircraft flying into the airspace of Japan, European countries, or whether it’s the naval task group which is now in the South Pacific, Russia is being much more assertive now than...
  • Russia to Open Arctic Military Drone Base 420 Miles off the Alaskan Coast

    11/13/2014 12:51:40 PM PST · by McGruff · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/13/14 | Damien Sharkov
    Russia has announced plans to build a drone base for military reconnaissance in a town just 420 miles off mainland Alaska and just over 300 miles off the US state’s St Lawrence Island, Russia’s state news agency reported on Thursday. "The command of the eastern military district in charge of the military development of the Arctic zone has moved forward with plans to form an unmanned aerial vehicle division,” Alexandr Gordeev, spokesperson for the district said.
  • Russian Lawmaker Proposes Mailing Putin Sperm to Impregnate Russian Women

    11/07/2014 9:19:52 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 61 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | 11/06/14 | By Kevin B. Sanders
    'Each female citizen of Russia will be able to receive by mail the genetic material of the President' “The essence of my proposition is simple”, says the Chairwoman Of Parliamentary Commission on Women’s affairs, Children and Family, Yelena Borisovna Mizoulina. “Each female citizen of Russia will be able to receive by mail the genetic material of the President, get pregnant from him and have a baby. These mothers will be receiving special allowances from the government.” “And after the birth of the child, he will have to be given to be raised into the special institutions that resemble Souvorov Schools...
  • Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer

    11/06/2014 5:03:27 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 36 replies
    Charter 97 ^ | 11/06/2014
    Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer Former Polish president Lech Walesa said in the European Parliament that Russian president Vladimir Putin had declared war on the world, UNN reports with a link to Polskie Radio. He raised his concerns about the situation in eastern Ukraine. “When Ukraine handed over its nuclear weapons, powerful states guaranteed Ukraine's territorial integrity, but he [Putin] violated the agreements. He declared war on the world,” the ex-president said. He is confident that Putin “uses illegal methods”. “Europe and the world bear responsibility and try to prevent confrontation, while he...
  • Nyquist: American Politics and Psychology

    10/15/2014 1:59:56 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/12/2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    American Politics and Psychology Commentary for 12 October 2014Perception of the truth about the real environment, especially an understanding of the human personality and its values, ceases to be a virtue during the so-called ‘happy’ times; thoughtful doubters are decried…. This, in turn, leads to an impoverishment of psychological knowledge, the capacity of differentiating the properties of human nature and personality, and the ability to mold minds creatively. The cult of power thus supplants those mental values so essential for maintaining law and order by peaceful means. A nation’s enrichment or involution regarding its psychological world view could be considered...
  • Rebels in Eastern Ukraine Dream of Reviving Soviet Heyday

    10/06/2014 7:27:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 4, 2014 | Andrew E. Kramer
    In the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, the Supreme Soviet, as its separatist legislature is known, is nationalizing coal mines and reviving collective farms. At parades, people wave hammer-and-sickle flags; school officials talk of revising the curriculum to celebrate the triumphs of the Soviet Union. There is now a secret police force called the M.G.B., reminiscent of the K.G.B. Some rebels call it, only half-jokingly, the N.K.V.D., the notorious Stalin-era secret police force. The unrecognized separatist mini-states in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, were rescued from a near-death experience last month, when a Russian military incursion routed...
  • For the first time, Russia has more deployed nuclear warheads than U.S.

    10/02/2014 10:52:26 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 74 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department. Russia now has 1,643 warheads deployed on intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers. The United States has 1,642, said the fact sheet released Wednesday.
  • Putin’s former aide: Russia has been preparing for global war since 2003

    09/27/2014 8:21:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 92 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014
    People in the Baltic states cannot feel secure. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan he has been working on for over a decade. So says former adviser to President Putin, Andrey Illarionov. Giving a presentation at a conference in Palanga, Lithuania, Illarionov, who advised Putin on economic policy in 2000-2005, referred to a question that was raised in the recent Riga Conference 2014: Can people in Riga sleep peacefully at night? “The same question could be raised in Tallinn, Vilnius, Palanga, Bucharest and other cities. No one in Riga could reply to it in the positive,” Illarionov said. “From...
  • Russian Influence Operations Target Americans

    09/24/2014 8:38:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    aim.org ^ | September 24, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    A major case of what intelligence experts call “influence operations” emanating from Moscow is this week’s “Rhodes Forum,” which is sponsored by Vladimir Putin’s close associate and former KGB official Vladimir Yakunin. The objective is to divert attention from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, blame the U.S. for global turmoil and problems, and insist on a Russian role in the Middle East and a new Europe. Also known as the “World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations,” this year’s event is titled, “Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity. 100 Years On.” It proclaims, “the unfolding new Cold War” may give rise to...
  • Ukraine as Strategic Stepping-Stone

    09/22/2014 9:10:44 AM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    JR Nyquist's Website ^ | September 21, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    The Minsk Protocol, which has theoretically brought peace to Ukraine, gives the Russian leaders' time to regroup their clandestine and conventional forces for the sake of a future offensive operation. One observer, writing from Crimea, believes the Russian forces will move against Ukraine when the whether turns cold. At least one Polish journalist believes the Russians will move against Ukraine in a matter of weeks. The predictibly named People's Republic of Lugansk, and the People's Republic of Donetsk, have now been established (by the Minsk agreement) as permenant Russian enclaves inside Ukraine. Will Russia be satisfied with these gains? What...
  • Putin 'privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states'

    09/18/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 18, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    President Vladimir Putin privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, according to a record of a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart. "If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest," Mr Putin allegedly told President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, reported Süddeustche Zeitung, a German newspaper. If true, this would be the first time that Mr Putin has threatened to invade Nato or EU members. Any threat to send Russian troops into the capitals of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Romania would cause...
  • New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System

    09/16/2014 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 32 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 9/16/2014
    New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System 23:31 (GMT) snip.. The new "United Army of Novorossiya" Gen. Korsun recently gave an interview to a local news site, news-portal.dn.ua from which we get a definite impression of a determined hardliner. snip Asked to be more specific on plans for the industrial rebirth of the Donbass, the general said exports would go to Russia. He said Novorossiya would be run as a socialist system. "Despite Western propaganda, there is nothing bad in socialism. Moreover, the most advertised Western countries are proud precisely of their social orientation. Sweden, Switzerland, and...
  • Russians open new front after Estonian official is captured in 'cross-border raid'

    09/08/2014 12:00:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Julian Borger
    The Estonian-Russia border at Luhamaa does not look like a new Checkpoint Charlie. Set among the wooded plains that mark Nato and the European Union's eastern-most territory, the crossing is more likely to be the site of long lines of idling lorries than machine-gun nests and prisoner exchanges. But that era of post-cold war calm may have come to an end on Friday morning, when, according to several Estonian accounts, smoke grenades detonated at an Estonian customs post, and all radio and telephone signals were jammed as armed Russian men suddenly materialised and dragged away a local official.
  • Polish president warns in Berlin of rebirth of 1930s nationalism

    09/10/2014 6:46:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    reuters.com ^ | September 10, 2014
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski has compared Russia's incursions into Ukraine with 1930s-style nationalism in a speech in Berlin commemorating the beginning of World War Two, in which he urged the West to stand up to Moscow. "We are witnessing the rebirth of nationalist ideology which violates human rights and international law under the cover of humanitarian slogans about protecting minorities," Komorowski told the Bundestag lower house of parliament on Wednesday. "We recognize this all too well from the 1930s," said the president, using a speech to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the war following...
  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    09/01/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | September 2, 2014
    HAVANA: Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday (Sep 1), accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally." "The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle...
  • Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat

    08/26/2014 4:27:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Ian Traynor
    Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organisations's summit in Cardiff next week would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia's borders – a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow. He also outlined moves to boost Ukraine's security, "modernise" its armed forces and help the country counter the threat from...
  • Sevastopol's Olympic-Sized Take On Ukraine: Bikers, Ballet, And Swastikas

    08/12/2014 1:50:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    rferl.org ^ | August 11, 2014 | Glenn Kates
    What's a biker show without interpretive dance? In what can perhaps be seen as a darker continuation of the generally well-reviewed Sochi Olympic opening ceremony in February, Russia's most famed biker gang provided its own take on the conflict in Ukraine. The show, broadcast live on August 9 from annexed Crimea in front of an estimated 100,000 people and on Russian state TV, used a choreographed mix of nationalist rock, pyrotechnics, Nazi and Illuminati imagery, and interpretive dance to portray Ukraine as a state overrun by fascists. The Sevastopol show begins with children playing merrily on a playground until they...
  • Russia Prepares for War

    08/11/2014 2:27:29 PM PDT · by No One Special · 15 replies
    J.R. Nyquist's Website ^ | August 11, 2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    By J.R. Nyquist  “We have to strike Poland and the Baltic States, where there are NATO rockets and aircraft. Since we cannot allow one plane to take off and strike Russia – we will have to strike first – half an hour before takeoff. And to be sure, we will be carpet bombing.  America is not a threat, but the small midget states of Europe will cease to exist. They will be wiped out. Then NATO will have to beg us for negotiations. Otherwise we will give them again a May ’45.”                           – Vladimir Zhirinovsky, August 2014 (Television interview, 8.08.2014.)“In...
  • Group uses anniversary of atomic warfare to push for peaceful future

    08/10/2014 12:01:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    columbiatribune.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | ALEX SCHIFFER
    Around 50 members of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks gathered at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday night to mark the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Food, music and speeches were part of the occasion, but the solemn centerpiece of the ceremony was sending homemade Japanese lanterns into the lake as a way to honor the 200,000 lives lost from the bombings. Even though the lanterns were sent off as a way of honoring the dead, Peaceworks also looks at the lanterns floating into the darkness as a way of promoting a brighter future, one without nuclear warfare. “We...
  • As a new Cold War looms, it's time to stand up to Russian provocations

    07/31/2014 12:15:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Darrell Issa
    Recently, Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated relations between the U.S. and Russia have reached Cold War levels. Are we seeing the potential start of a new Cold War with an aggressive and resurgent Russia? Recent events should put the world on notice. The takedown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine is yet another escalation in this already tense standoff between a group of Russian-backed separatists being supplied with heavy arms and training and the rightfully elected government of Ukraine. These types of attacks happen when a powerful country with defunct moral leadership gives modern...
  • Frozen in the Cold War - The roots of Obama’s weakness abroad

    07/28/2014 1:24:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | MATTHEW CONTINETTI
    In 1983, Barack Obama was a senior at Columbia University. He was not well known. He lived off-campus, had a few close friends, and spent a lot of time reading. He went to some meetings of the Black Students Association, but no one remembers seeing him there. He majored in political science, with a concentration in international relations, and classmates and professors say he was an attentive and intelligent student. But he was not an active participant in student life. He was not a student radical. He did not go on a hunger strike. He did not storm any administration...