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  • Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat

    08/26/2014 4:27:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Cold War Strategies Are Back in Russia's Playbook

    07/28/2014 12:15:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies ^ | July 28, 2014 | Alexander Golts
    The theory that history unfolds first as a tragedy and then repeats itself as a farce is not always true. Sometimes, history repeats its tragedy all over again, and with the same terrible consequences. Thirty years ago, a Soviet fighter jet shot down a South Korean airliner that had strayed into Soviet airspace. U.S. intelligence presented incontrovertible evidence to then-President Ronald Reagan: a recording of the conversation between the pilots. Reagan called the act a massacre. The world shuddered in horror. Prior to that, the international community considered Reagan's description of the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" a bit...
  • Sarah Palin Launches Online TV Channel

    07/27/2014 8:10:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies ^ | July 27, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Vowing to once again go around the mainstream media's filter like she did with her pioneering use Twitter and Facebook after the 2008 presidential election, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin launched her own member-supported digital TV channel on Sunday evening. .... In a "Sarah Says" video that is featured on the site, Palin says the tragic downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane has "shifted the balance of world opinion against Vladimir Putin" since "there is a lot of evidence pointing to pro-Russian separatists" as being responsible for the "thoughtless massacre." She said that Putin, though, still holds "oil and gas...
  • Former National Security Adviser: The West Is Putin’s ‘Natural Enemy’

    07/26/2014 1:55:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | July 24, 2014
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A top foreign policy adviser warns Russian President Vladimir Putin is just what he appears to be…an old KGB agent with a deep hatred and distrust of the West. General Jim Jones tells CBS News “This Morning” that Putin has been acting with the same belligerence of a Soviet leader. “There’s definitely a seismic shift, if you will, in terms of the relations between Russia and the West and the United States in particular, and it’s one that’s been brought about by Mr. Putin himself,” Jones told CBS News. “If you contrast the relationship between his...
  • New Cold War or same one that never ended

    07/24/2014 2:17:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies ^ | July 24, 2014 | Christine O’Donnell
    The term “Cold War” is traced back to George Orwell’s 1945 essay “You and the Atomic Bomb.” Like Orwell’s other works, this essay can be called prophetic. In it, he describes what the world would look like if the atomic bomb, although costly and complicated, was accessible to all regimes. He describes countries as living in a perpetual state of “cold war” with their neighbors in a time of “peace with no peace.” The Cold War started immediately after World War II, when former allies began to clash in ideology. In one corner, you had the WWII Western allies, represented...
  • Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko: The World Must Choose Sides

    07/21/2014 2:45:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    In the wake of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, "every country, including Russia," must determine whether it is "together with the terrorists or together with the civilized world," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday. In an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Poroshenko said, "Every country and every person, and every leader should find out their own place." "We know exactly" where a missile was shot that hit the plane Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, and where the flight crashed, he said. "And all this territory is firmly controlled by Russian-supported terrorists." Ukraine has "a lot of...
  • McCaul: Putin wants to relive 'glory days'

    07/20/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | July 20, 2014 | KENDALL BREITMAN
    Rep. Mike McCaul believes Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to relive Russia's "glory days." "Mr. Putin is returning to a Cold War mentality," the Texas Republican said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation." "When I was over there, you could see this nationalistic pride and sort of a resurgence to regain the glory of the old days of the Soviet Empire." "I think his long-term strategy is to bring back into the fold, if you will, the glory days of the empire," added McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. McCaul's comments come after Secretary of State John Kerry...
  • Not even MH17 will stop Putin's goal of new Soviet Union

    07/19/2014 6:41:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 55 replies ^ | July 20, 2014 | Yuri Felshtinski
    THE tragedy of MH17 will do nothing to stop Putin in his plans to re-establish a new Soviet Union. This was a tragic accident for him but his ambitions extend beyond Ukraine and this will not stop that. The world now knows he is involved with separatists connected to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. I think Putin will understand there is no going back now and he will make his move. Ukraine is only the first stage; it is the beginning of a wider campaign to increase Russia's strength. He will move to other countries, such as Moldova...
  • Putin Says Ukraine 'Bears Responsibility' for Malaysia Flight Jet Crash

    07/17/2014 6:59:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies ^ | July 17, 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday blamed the Ukrainian government for the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, saying the state bears some responsibility for fighting that may have led to the jet’s apparent downing by a surface-to-air missile. “I would like to point out in this regard, that this tragedy would not have occurred if there was peace in that land, at least, if hostilities had not resumed in the South-East of Ukraine,” Putin said. “And without question, the state over whose territory this took place, bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.”
  • Insurgent Capture Christian Colleges in Ukraine, Missionaries Urge Prayer

    07/11/2014 3:50:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies ^ | July 11, 2014 | Leah Marieann Klett
    As tensions rise in Eastern Ukraine, Pro-Russian insurgents continue to target Christians, reportedly taking over a Christian University in Donetsk to house insurgents in preparation for war. "They want to accommodate more soldiers, so that place becomes the number one target for the insurgency," Sergey Rakhuba, president of Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries and a former board member of the university told Mission Network News. "If the Ukrainian army attacks, this Christian university would be destroyed." Following a government crackdown on rebel forces, Insurgents were forced to regroup in the city of Donetsk, the regional capital, where they captured Donetsk Christian...
  • Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

    07/11/2014 3:30:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | July 11, 2014 | Alexei Anishchuk and Daniel Trotta
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island. Putin was joined in Havana by close ally and so-called Russian oil czar Igor Sechin, the chairman of state oil company Rosneft, to finalise a deal to explore for oil off Cuba's northern coast. The Russian president also promised to reinvest $3.5 billion of Cuban debt with Russia into development projects on the island, part of a deal in which Russia...
  • Russia's Putin says emerging powers must play bigger role in world affairs

    07/10/2014 6:08:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies ^ | July 11, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking on the eve of a trip to Latin America, said Brazil and other emerging powers must play a greater role in world affairs, suggesting they could do more to counter U.S. influence. In an interview published on Friday, Putin framed his tour of Brazil, Cuba and Argentina as part of an effort to build a multi-polar world at a time when he is isolated by sanctions over Ukraine and his relations with the West are at their frostiest since the Cold War. Russia sees strong relations with Brazil as "strategically important" in opposing...
  • Testimony of Mr. Edward Lucas Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    07/09/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by Krosan · 4 replies
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee ^ | July 8, 2014 | Edward Lucas
    Testimony ofMr. Edward LucasSenior Fellow and Contributing EditorCenter for European Policy AnalysisWashington, DCJuly 8, 2014Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeSubcommittee on European AffairsGood afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. It is an honor and a privilege to give testimony to this committee and I would like to thank Chairman Murphy and Ranking Member Johnson for this opportunity. I will give a short oral version of my written testimony and then look forward to taking questions.I have been dealing with European security for more than thirty years, as an activist for freedom and democracy during the Cold War, as a foreign...
  • BRICS morphing into anti-dollar alliance

    07/03/2014 4:48:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 03 July 2014
    Before the crucial visit to Beijing next week, the governor of the Russian Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina met Vladimir Putin to report on the progress of the upcoming ruble-yuan swap deal with the People's Bank of China and the Kremlin used the meeting to let the world know about the technical details of its international anti-dollar alliance. On June 10th, Sergey Glaziev, Putin's economy advisor published an article outlining the need to establish an international alliance of countries willing to get rid of the dollar in international trade and refrain from using dollars in their currency reserves. The ultimate goal...
  • NATO chief to move forces from U.S. to Europe to respond to Russia in Ukraine

    07/01/2014 2:27:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | July 1, 2014 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON -- NATO’s top military commander said Monday that American troops from the United States will be dispatched to Europe starting in October to help respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, supreme allied commander of the Western military alliance, said the U.S.-based troops will buttress American forces that have already been moved in recent months from Germany, Italy and elsewhere in Europe for stepped-up ground and air patrols in the three Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, plus Poland and Romania. “It’s a very momentous time in Europe, probably the most since the...
  • Back in the USSR: Belarusian leader who helped bury Soviet Union says it is making a comeback

    06/11/2014 9:55:41 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies ^ | June 10, 2014 | Mark Rice-Oxley
    The man who convened the meeting that buried the Soviet Union in 1991 has warned that it is being restored in his native Belarus and across the post-Soviet space. Stanislav Shushkevich – the politician who hosted the 1991 summit at which Belarus, Ukraine and Russia signed the USSR into obsolescence and paved the way for independence – said a mixture of despotic leaders, KGB-revivalism and Putin’s Ukraine interference all remind him of the worst of the Soviet Union. “What we see now is the restoration of Soviet order, in Belarus most of all,” Shushkevich said in his study in the modest central Minsk...

    06/22/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT · by · 19 replies
    Burkonews ^ | June 22, 2014 | Roman Burko
    <p>RussianFrom the middle of May to early of June 2014 the RUSSIAN FEDERATION undertook two large command-staff exercises testing the realization of a local nuclear attack. According to military experts there were never such dense and extensive testing scenarios of nuclear war even in the SOVIET UNION.</p>
  • Lithuanian president compares Putin to Hitler and Stalin-magazine

    06/22/2014 10:33:42 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies ^ | June 22, 2014 | Michelle Martin
    Lithuania's president likened the tactics of Russian President Vladimir Putin to those employed by Stalin and Hitler, and said in a magazine interview that Moscow was trying to persuade Baltic states to leave NATO in exchange for cheaper oil or gas. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in March said Putin's incursion into Crimea was akin to moves Hitler made in the years before World War Two, though she said the following day that she was not making a comparison. Asked whether such comparisons to Hitler or Stalin went too far, Dalia Grybauskaite told German news magazine Focus on...
  • Ukrainian Rebel Commander Identified As Russian GRU Military Intelligence Colonel

    06/20/2014 1:13:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | June 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A key figure in covert Russian efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine is working for Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, according to U.S. officials. Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, who is currently using the nom de guerre Igor Strelkov, has identified himself in press reports as “defense minister” of the self-proclaimed, pro-Russian “Donetsk People’s Republic. This week he called for Russia to send military aid to rebels in eastern Ukraine. U.S. officials said Strelkov is considered a leading pro-Russian rebel who is undermining stability as part of a major Russian covert action program in Ukraine. Officials said Girkin is a GRU colonel who...
  • Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast

    06/11/2014 7:05:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 60 replies ^ | June 11, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday.  “The last time we saw anything similar was two years ago on the Fourth of July,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Norad spokesman, told the Free Beacon. Davis said the latest Bear H incursions began Monday around 4:30 p.m. Pacific time when radar detected the four turbo-prop powered bombers approaching the U.S. air defense zone near the far...
  • Putin's Plan to Control Ukraine

    06/09/2014 12:10:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies ^ | June 3, 2014 | Doug Schoen
    The democratic election of Petro Poroshenko is a good sign that Ukraine is on the path toward real reform, but so far there is no reason to believe that Putin and his agents in eastern Ukraine will respect the elections and cease their efforts to destabilize Ukraine’s delicate political balance. Just days before the election, Alexandr Dugin, a Russian political theorist with many fans in the Kremlin (Putin reputedly among them), wrote a blog post titled “The Birth of New Russia” describing his vision for the region in southeastern Ukraine currently wracked by separatist violence. In his post, Dugin rails...
  • Communist Leader Wants Cities Renamed Stalingrad and Leningrad

    06/09/2014 11:02:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies ^ | June 09, 2014
    Russia's Communist leader has voiced support for a referendum to rename the city of Volgograd as Stalingrad, and has suggested that St. Petersburg readopt its Soviet-era name of Leningrad. "Only two cities have been subjected to name changes after the Great Patriotic war — Leningrad and Stalingrad" Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov told Russian News Service. "They were not awarded the title of "Hero City for nothing, the whole world knows them as Leningrad and Stalingrad" Zyuganov said, adding the people of St. Petersburg had to be called upon to back the name change. During D-Day commemorations in Normandy last...
  • Harper stands firm against ‘imperialist’ Putin

    06/08/2014 6:36:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies ^ | June 8, 2014
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russian President Vladimir Putin is an “extreme nationalist” and an “imperialist” who is threatening global peace and security. And Harper says he doesn’t mind standing alone in the stridency of his denunciations of the Russian president. Still, in an interview with Global News’ The West Block, Harper backed off comparing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea region to Nazi Germany’s occupation of Sudetenland, a prelude to the Second World War. “He’s obviously a nationalist, an extreme nationalist, and he’s obviously an imperialist,” Harper said in the interview, broadcast Sunday. “This is an individual who clearly believes...
  • Harper meets with new Ukrainian president after taking oath

    06/07/2014 10:54:47 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe ^ | June 7, 2014 | Mike Blanchfield
    KYIV — Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed Canada's unwavering support of a new, westward looking Ukraine on Saturday as he became the first world leader to meet the country's newly inaugurated president. Harper's meeting with Petro Poroshenko, who formally took the oath of office as president Saturday morning in Ukraine's capital of Kyiv, has significant political overtones in Canada. There are 1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent, and they represent an important voting block.Harper said that although Ukraine faces tough challenges, it can count on Canada's continued support. "I am here on behalf of the government of Canada to express...
  • Former advisor: Putin failed in Eastern Ukraine

    05/26/2014 8:39:43 PM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 12 replies ^ | May 24, 2014
    Andrei Illarionov is a former economic policy advisor to Vladimir Putin but presently is one of his harshest critics. sits down with him to discuss the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election, the likelihood of a new World War and to share his view on new geopolitical conflicts. (Article published May 24, 2014 in the Ukrainian weekly Tyzhden, interviewed by Alla Lazareva) Mr. Illarionov, do you think that Russia will try to disrupt the upcoming Sunday vote? I don’t think Putin will do that. Overall his position is as follows: Ukraine either has to be Putin's (be it under Yanukovych,...
  • The New Sino-Russian Alliance: We now have bigger problems than Ukraine than we realize

    05/22/2014 7:44:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/22/2014 | Spengler
    China and Russia evidently have concluded a 30-year gas deal which shifts the balance of Russian hydrocarbon exports eastwards, but that’s not the thing to focus on. Pravda reports: The central themes of the talks between the two leaders will be two projects in the field of aviation – the creation of a joint wide-body long-haul aircraft and the production of Mi-26 heavy helicopter in China, the Kommersant reports.Russia, entering into such cooperation with China, indicates that it is ready to open access to Russian aircraft technologies, despite the fact that China previously resorted to building unlicensed copies of...
  • The expansionist behind Putin

    05/21/2014 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies ^ | May 1, 2014 | ROBERT SIBLEY
    When Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian parliament in March following his annexation of Crimea — Part 1 of a “slowing-rolling conquest of Ukraine,” as one historian put it — he drew on traditionalist notions of Greater Russia, Slavic destiny and even ethnic mysticism to justify his aggressions. But behind the self-serving rhetoric were an unspoken geopolitical theory and unacknowledged ideas of a Russian intellectual by the name of Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin. Since the early 1990s, Dugin, the son of a KGB officer, has been promoting the concept of Eurasianism, an ideology under which Russia would dominate Western and Eastern Europe...
  • Russian Prime Minister: Second Cold War Coming

    05/20/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | Melanie Batley
    The United States and Russia are approaching "a second Cold War," and President Barack Obama is to blame for the deteriorating relations between the countries, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Medvedev said Russia is preparing retaliatory steps in response to the sanctions the United States imposed on the country due to the escalation of conflict in Ukraine. "We are slowly but surely moving toward a second Cold War, which no one needs," Medvedev said. "Why am I saying this? Because a competent politician knows how to make reserved, careful subtle, wise, and intelligent...
  • Ex-NATO commander: West needs to provide military aid to Ukraine

    05/19/2014 7:40:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies ^ | May 20, 2014 | Keiko Iizuka
    BOSTON—Following are excerpts of the interview on the situation in Ukraine with Admiral James Stavridis, who led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander. Currently, he is Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Q: How do you see the current situation in Ukraine? A: We all need to recognize that what Russia has done is unacceptable behavior. We can’t change borders by use of military force. NATO and the U.S. should help Ukraine economically and we also need to help them militarily. I do not advocate NATO troops going to Ukraine,...
  • Interview: Russia sees expansion of ties with China undoubted diplomatic priority: Putin

    05/18/2014 4:41:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Xinhua News ^ | May 19, 2014 | Editor: Mu Xuequan
    MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's cooperation with China has reached its all-time best and that the two sides were ready to expand ties in numerous spheres. "China is our reliable friend. To expand cooperation with China is undoubtedly Russia's diplomatic priority," Putin told Chinese reporters before attending the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) slated for Tuesday and Wednesday in Shanghai. Putin, who will also pay a state visit to China on the sidelines of the summit, said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping will review the implementation of already-signed agreements, and...
  • Haglund: Sweden and Finland closer to NATO than ever

    05/17/2014 3:58:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies ^ | May 17, 2014
    Finland’s Ministry of Defence Carl Haglund says he believes Russia’s actions in Ukraine have brought Finland and Sweden closer to NATO now than they ever were in the past. During his party’s conference in the southern coastal city of Hanko on Saturday, the Swedish People’s Party (RKP) Chair Carl Haglund spoke of the Ukraine crisis and its ramifications, defending Ukraine’s right to sovereignty and self-determination. “In a free Europe, every country is free to decide on its own development, without an army situated behind the border threatening to barge in,” said Haglund. Haglund says he is of the opinion that...
  • Elusive Muscovite with three names takes control of Ukraine rebels

    05/15/2014 7:12:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies ^ | May 15, 2014 |  Aleksandar Vasovic and Maria Tsvetkova
    SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) - He is a man with three names, sought by Ukrainian intelligence as the top Russian operative in the separatist east. He moves through the streets in a black Mercedes, his face with pencil moustache hidden behind tinted windows, and his aim is to "destroy" Ukrainian forces that venture onto his territory. In a leaflet distributed this week in the rebel Donetsk region, "Colonel Igor Strelkov" assumed command of all rebel forces there and called for Russian army help to ward off what he calls the threat from the Kiev "junta" and from NATO. To Kiev and...
  • Ideology vs. Truth

    05/12/2014 4:09:18 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    JR Nyquist Website ^ | May 12, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    There is a tendency, especially today, to reduce all political analysis to an ideological formula, and to judge everything according to this formula. Such a reduction is usually erroneous, even dangerous, when applied to a complicated world. It is, of course, easier to simplify everything in order to make it more comprehensible. But the world does not become simpler when we ideologically simplify. We become simpler – to the point of stupidity. Most people ideologically simplify because they are distracted and have no time for political studies, or historical studies, so they adopt an ideological template. This allows them to...
  • Russia Victory Day Celebrations Extol Communism

    05/10/2014 4:59:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | Christian Gomez
    On Friday, May 9, 2014, Moscow's Red Square was once again the site of massive demonstrations as Russia commemorated the 69th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. Units representing all branches of the Russian armed forces paraded down the square, as the surrounding buildings, including the Kremlin, were decorated with communist Soviet-era emblems and hammer-and-sickle insignias. Standing alongside top Russian military brass and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Russian President Vladimir Putin personally oversaw the parade. There was the stereotypical goose-stepping, as a select honor guard of Russian soldiers marched under both the modern Russian flag and the red...
  • The 'disappeared' whose voices will be silent in vote on self-rule in Ukraine's east

    05/10/2014 3:28:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | David Blair
    The men who interrogated Aleksey Bida were known only by nicknames: one was called “Bear”, another “Cossack”, a third “Citizen”. After enduring hours of beatings at the hands of these pro-Russian insurgents, Mr Bida decided to flee the Ukrainian city of Luhansk. “It’s not safe to be in Luhansk for those who oppose the pro-Russian activists,” he said. “Ordinary citizens are in danger. People who are disobedient have been taken away. Some people have been 'advised’ to give them money.” The rebels who now hold sway in a dozen towns and cities across the neighbouring regions of Donetsk and Luhansk will on...
  • Russian Strategic Bombers Flying Along California Coast

    05/05/2014 8:39:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/5/14 | Chriss W. Street
    The Associated Press reported Monday that Gen. Herbert Carlisle, Commander of United States Air Forces in the Pacific, acknowledged a significant increase in the activities by Russian long-range strategic aircraft flying along the California coast. There was no comment about whether the aircraft were nuclear capable, but it has not been since the Cold War ended in the early 1990s that Russian patrols have skirted the West Coast and California. Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle is the Commander of Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl...
  • Why Russians Long for the Soviet Union

    05/08/2014 3:19:38 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 31 2014 00:00 | Victor Davidoff
    "I was born in the Soviet Union," wrote Udaltsov on his movement's website, "and it will always be my homeland. Those who destroyed it and their supporters today will always be my political opponents. The rebirth of the Soviet Union in new forms is necessary, crucial and urgent." Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist Ulyana Skoibeda, whose claim to fame is the scandal last year when she regretted that the ancestors of today's Jewish opposition activists hadn't been killed by the Nazis, was ecstatic over the Crimean annexation. "As I listened to Putin's speech about Crimea, I hugged my child close and said,...
  • A New Cold War? Norway Security Service Warns against Russian Spies

    05/07/2014 12:44:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | May 7, 2014
    Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) chief Alana Bjørnland suggests that Ukraine crisis has led to increase of Russian intelligence activities in Norway against the petroleum sector and policy makers. In an interview with TV2, the chief of the PST warns against Russian spies in Norway. She also adds that it’s not only Russian intelligence which is active in Norway, there are other states that need information. But she avoids naming other countries than Russia. - I do not want to comment specifically on the country except for Russia, which is also a player in crisis in Ukraine. PST boss told...
  • Regionals follow Communists by walking out of Rada session

    05/06/2014 7:45:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 6, 2014, 4:37 p.m | Interfax-Ukraine
    Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada is holding its closed-doors session on May 6 afternoon without Party of Regions members, the faction leader, Mykhailo Chechetov, told reporters.
  • The Nightmare of a Defenseless America

    05/05/2014 4:26:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | May5, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Ironically, the blizzard of YJ-82X cruise missiles launched from the Chinese subs lying off the coast of Baja California crossed the beach directly over the SEAL training complex on Coronado. America had decided that its special forces were a cheap substitute for the less glamorous hardware and formations that had traditionally been the foundation of American military power. Now, those elite warriors watched helplessly as the missiles roared overhead north toward the two carriers berthed at North Island. The casualties would have been much higher if the Navy had been able to fully man the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and the...
  • Costa Rica warns Russia is arming Nicaragua

    05/04/2014 9:02:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | May 5, 2014
    Costa Rica's top diplomat voiced alarm Sunday that Nicaragua is boosting its military ties to Russia, in his view to the point of dependency. "Russia is facilitating the arming of Nicaragua -- ships -- and they have spoken about buying jets and other weapons. I fear problems are in store," Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo told La Nacion daily. The two Central American nations have border disputes before the International Court of Justice. Castillo said he believed there was cause for concern that Managua's leftist government "is being armed, and is entering into a relationship of military dependency with Russia." Last...
  • Russian Bombers, Fighter Jets 'Seen Over Crimea'

    05/04/2014 12:08:38 PM PDT · by Strategy · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | May 4, 2014
    Simferopol (Undefined) (AFP) - Several dozen Russian planes including what appeared to be strategic bombers and fighter jets have been spotted in the sky above the Moscow-controlled peninsula of Crimea, witnesses and experts said. According to Russian media, President Vladimir Putin is poised to visit Crimea on Friday after overseeing the main military parade on Red Square when Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. A local aviation expert told AFP on Sunday that he had sighted a number of planes over the peninsula's main city of Simferopol on Saturday, including supersonic heavy strategic bombers and...
  • Odessa police free 67 detained in deadly clashes

    05/04/2014 10:00:09 AM PDT · by Mariner · 69 replies
    AP ^ | 8 minutes ago | Associated Press By NICOLAE DUMITRACHE and PETER LEONARD
    ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed police headquarters in Odessa on Sunday and won the release of 67 people detained after deadly clashes in the Ukrainian port city. More than 40 people died in the riots two days earlier, some from gunshot wounds, but most in a horrific fire that tore through a trade union building. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who hinted strongly that he saw Moscow's hand in the unrest spreading through southeastern Ukraine, visited Odessa on Sunday to try to defuse the mounting tensions. Odessa is the major city between the Crimean Peninsula, which...
  • Putin’s vengeful plan to take back the old Russian empire

    05/03/2014 1:46:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies ^ | May 3, 2014 | Ralph Peters
    Putin has become a Great-Russian nationalist, a bigoted throwback to the days before the Bolsheviks arrived. His intent is to regain all the lands that once belonged to the czars. When President Obama declared in March that Putin “has no ideology,” he betrayed his ignorance of both history and Putin. Who’s briefing this guy? Putin’s ideology is nationalism, the only belief system that may have killed as many human beings as Marxism. And when a “post-modern” talk-talk America president faces a Russian leader who’s a man of action and whose concept of nationhood refers to the late 19th century, our...
  • Ukraine crisis: Western world reduced to role of spectator

    05/03/2014 2:10:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | May 3, 2014
    Western policymakers have long been in denial. One needed only to read his own pronouncements to understand Mr Putin’s intentions. A decade ago he spoke of the collapse of the USSR as “the biggest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century. Stalin is rehabilitated in schools. Dissidents are punished. Journalists go missing. Television stations, newspapers and the Internet regurgitate Kremlin propaganda. Mr Putin has played a double game with the West, with considerable success. He encouraged oligarchs to buy up blue chip investments abroad and as many properties as they wanted. He promised to leave them alone to make and spend...