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  • Finland and Sweden Inch Closer to NATO

    10/21/2015 6:34:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 20, 2015 | Kevin Knodell
    For months, Scandinavian countries have accused Russian military planes and ships of slipping into their waters without permission. Itís made many Nordic governments wary of the Kremlinís intentions in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Russiaís assertive behavior is driving Sweden and Finland ó two countries that have never been part of NATO ó closer to the alliance. At present, Norway, Denmark and Iceland make up NATOís Nordic members. According to Anna Wieslander at the Atlantic Council: Denmark has played a key role, with some support from the United Kingdom, putting Baltic Sea security and the perspective of relevant...
  • Putin denounces Soviet founder Lenin

    01/25/2016 11:12:57 AM PST · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 69 replies
    philly.com ^ | 1/25/16 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, accusing him of placing a "time bomb" under the state, and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government. The harsh criticism of Lenin, who is still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual for Putin, who in the past carefully weighed his comments about the nation's history to avoid alienating some voters. At the same time, he signaled that the government has no intention of taking Lenin's body out of his Red Square tomb, warning against "any steps that would divide the...
  • On the Spiritual Battlefront with Ukraineís Military Chaplains

    04/29/2016 5:57:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/27/16 | Jaroslawa Kisyk
    Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, head of the Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on the physical trials and spiritual challenges of ministering to Ukrainian soldiersIn mid-February 2016, Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, visited numerous parishes and venues in Toronto and parts of southern Ontario at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Eparch of Toronto, and of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Bishop Chmilar and the UCC had jointly organized a fundraising campaign called ďSave LivesĒ in order to assist Ukrainian soldiers with their extensive humanitarian...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz with Neil Cavuto

    03/25/2014 2:32:25 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Senator Ted Cruz with Cavuto speaking about the IMF in the Ukraine aid package and Hobby Lobby issue before SCOTUS.
  • NATO-Russia Council to meet for 1st time since 2014

    04/08/2016 8:44:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 9:12 AM EDT
    NATOís secretary-general says the NATO-Russia Council will meet for the first time since 2014 within the next two weeks. The announcement Friday from Jens Stoltenberg was a sign both sides might be seeking an improvement in relations, which have been in the deep freeze since Russiaís annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. NATO accuses Moscow of violating its international obligations by annexing Crimea, and of backing a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Ö
  • Russian Federation Stirring pro-Russian Separatism in the Republic of Kazakhstan

    04/04/2016 7:19:17 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 11 replies
    InformNapalm ^ | 04/04/2016 | Falcon Bjorn
    The political and military environment in Kazakhstan is deteriorating due to the efforts of pro-Russian activists. The activities of pro-Russian movements in Kazakhstan indicate a tremendous growth of the threat to the acting authority, which emerged in the last 18 months. Currently, Kazakhstan is ready for the repeat of the ďCrimean scenarioĒ. It could be triggered by domestic problems in the Russian Federation or a sudden change in the state regime of Kazakhstan. Such threats to Kazakhastan are driven both by its citizens, who are coming home having obtained combat experience in Donbas region, and the increased activities of Cossack...
  • Middle East Political Analyst Details How the Obama Admin Has Underestimated World Powers

    02/28/2016 8:25:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Golan Heights, Israel - Elliot Chodoff, a political analyst who kindly gave our Christian group a tour of the Syrian border this week on our trip to Israel, was not even fazed by the gunfire we heard in the distance. "Welcome to my world," he said casually as "Pop! Pop! Pop!" sounded behind us. He just as calmly added that there were over 50 terror organizations within our field of vision. With all these nearby threats, you would expect Israel would be able to count on her friends to be fully versed on the situation and be ready to protect...
  • Turkey‚Äôs increasingly desperate predicament poses real dangers

    02/21/2016 11:13:33 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 20, 2016 | Liz Sly
    Turkey is confronting what amounts to a strategic nightmare as bombs explode in its cities, its enemies encroach on its borders and its allies seemingly snub its demands. As recently as four years ago, Turkey appeared poised to become one of the biggest winners of the Arab Spring, an ascendant power hailed by the West as a model and embraced by a region seeking new patrons and new forms of governance. All that has evaporated since the failure of the Arab revolts, shifts in the geopolitical landscape and the trajectory of the Syrian war. Russia, Turkey’s oldest and nearest rival,...
  • Ukrainian Spring, Part Two: War Crimes, Being Shot, Nuclear Weapons

    03/19/2014 1:50:35 PM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    Brian-Michel LaRue - Medium ^ | March 2014 | Brian-Michel LaRue
    VORONEZH MALSHEVO AIR BASE, RUSSIA Beware the Ides of March, some say. Or ďthey.Ē At the tender age of thirty-one, I still have no ****ing idea what that idiom means. Is March an inherently ****ed up month? Did the creators of the Gregorian calendar know that in the year 2014 we would be facing Mardi Gras, St. Patrickís Day, March Madness, and a small but rapidly spiraling out of control war with Russia all within the same month? The other day, the body of a Crimean Tartar was found tortured to death, with all the hallmarks of it being a...
  • Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich

    02/13/2016 8:31:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Feb 2016 11:29 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War". With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: "All that's left is an unfriendly policy of NATO against Russia". "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War," he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or...
  • ‚ÄėWe are brothers,‚Äô Pope Francis tells Patriarch Kirill

    02/12/2016 3:34:19 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 12, 2016 | Cindy Wooden
    Patriarch Kirill is overheard telling the Pope: 'Things are easier now' At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow have embraced, kissing each other three times.‚ÄúFinally,‚ÄĚ the Pope told the Patriarch as they met in a lounge at Havana‚Äôs Jos√© Mart√≠ International Airport¬†. ‚ÄúWe are brothers,‚ÄĚ he told the Patriarch.Amid the clicking of cameras and multiple flashes, Patriarch Kirill was overheard telling the Pope, ‚ÄúThings are easier now.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúIt is clearer that this is God‚Äôs will,‚ÄĚ Pope Francis told him.A flight of almost 12 hours capped months of intense negotiations and more than two decades of...
  • How Vladimir Putin lost Ukraine

    02/10/2016 11:49:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    NEW STATESMAN ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Elizabeth Pond
    Putin‚Äôs war cost Russia its centuries-long shared identity with its neighbour. Now, Kyiv risks betraying the spirit of the Maidan revolution. When the Russian inquest finally comes, the answer will be clear. It was President Vladimir Putin who lost Ukraine ‚Äď after a millennium of shared east Slav identity. When the Ukrainian inquest into who lost the ¬≠Euromaidan‚Äôs ‚ÄúRevolution of Dignity‚ÄĚ finally comes, the answer, on the present evidence, will also be clear. It was an elite core of politicians and oligarchs who first worked a miracle in fighting Russia‚Äôs military Goliath to a stalemate ‚Äď only to revert to...
  • What Russia's been doing in Ukraine since you stopped paying attention

    01/01/2016 1:21:39 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 78 replies
    THEWEEK.COM ^ | 31 Dec 15 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    It didn't take long for western media to lose focus. After Russia began its military campaign to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the world largely stopped paying attention to Ukraine. It shouldn't have. Over the last few months, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been busy trying to deepen the quagmire he created in Eastern Europe. A United Nations' report released in November detailed the degree to which his proxy war in Ukraine has turned the country into Russia's killing field. More than 9,000 people have died since the spring of 2014 after Russia-backed rebels began fighting Kiev for independence,...
  • Ukrainian Police Blame Second Crimean Power Outage On Sabotage

    01/01/2016 2:08:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Ukrainian police are blaming saboteurs yet again for blowing up an electricity pylon that shut down electricity for at least one-quarter of the residents of Crimea. A previous power outage in November in the peninsula annexed by Russia also was blamed on sabotage. None of the culprits were ever identified or prosecuted. Police in Ukraine's Kherson region, which borders Crimea, said on December 31 that the only functional high-voltage line providing electricity to Crimea had been cut off by a blast. They said they are setting up a commission to investigate the matter.
  • Crimea Official Says Ukraine Has Cut off Power Again - Interfax

    12/31/2015 10:15:59 PM PST · by ClayinVA · 2 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 12/31/2015 | Reuters
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  • Blaming Russia‚ĶAgain

    12/24/2015 8:17:49 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    Souloftheeast.org copied by 21stcenturywire.com copied by ZeroHedge.com ^ | December 19, 2015 by Daniel Spaulding Souloftheeast.org Seoul, South Korea | Daniel Spaulding copied by Tyler Durden on 12/24/2015 21:30 -0500
    In American politics the nation of Russia, especially as personified in its leader Vladimir Putin, becomes all things to all men.To American leftists, Russia is a neo-fascist, violently nationalist country that ruthlessly suppressed minority groups, especially homosexuals. To the American Right, Putin is the second coming of Stalin who is working to subvert good old-fashioned American values around the world.In line with the latter narrative, a certain Christian Gomez recently published an article on The New American website, the flagship of the John Birch Society, supposedly revealing that the Russian government is the real power behind the ISIS terrorist group,...
  • UKRAINE: EU extends sanctions against a defiant Russia

    12/21/2015 9:34:08 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 6 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12-21-2015 | Bryan McManus
    The EU extended damaging economic sanctions against Russia on Monday amid sharp differences over relations with Moscow which struck back with a furious tirade and its own import ban against Ukraine. Russian officials steamrollered tonnes of Western food outside the city of Novozybkov in August 2015 (AFP Photo/) [excerpted] The European Council of all 28 EU member states said it rolled over the economic sanctions because the peace accords, agreed by France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia at talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, would not be fully implemented by the end of this year as required. "Since the Minsk agreements...
  • UKRAINE: The Polish Deputy has collected 153 pages of facts of war crimes of Russia in the Donbass

    The Deputy of the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament ‚ÄĒ maŇāgorzata Gosiewska published a report on "Russian war crimes in Eastern Ukraine in 2014." As reported by "Polish radio," the document, which the Deputy of the party "Law and Justice" prepared with the support of volunteers, described the actions of the Russian soldiers and Pro-Russian militants in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In addition, the text refers to several events that took place in Crimea and in Russia, where were taken prisoners. The basis of the document laid more than 60 interviews that Polish experts held prisoners. In the...
  • Russian Military and Mercenaries Directly Implicated in Torture of Ukrainian Prisoners

    12/13/2015 5:02:41 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 65 replies
    Atlantic Council ^ | Dec. 9, 2015 | Halya Coynash
    Ukrainian human rights activists believe that over 87 percent of Ukrainian soldiers and half the civilians who have been taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed, pro-Russian militants in the Donbas have been subjected to torture or ill treatment. Additionally, in over 40 percent of the so-called "interrogations," key roles were played by mercenaries from the Russian Federation or by people who identified themselves as Russian military personnel. The coalition Justice for Peace in Donbas has just released a report entitled "Those Who Survived Hell." The study is based mainly on a survey of 165 people, both soldiers and civilians, who were held...
  • U.S., Russia Spar Over Ukraine Conflict At UN Meeting

    12/13/2015 11:37:39 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    T he United States and Russia traded accusations on December 11 over the conflict in Ukraine at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Russia delayed the meeting for an hour and a half with an attempt to block testimony by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic, prompting Washington to accuse the Kremlin of trying to suppress public discussion of facts about Ukraine's war with pro-Russian separatists in the east. In the end, Simonovic spoke at the meeting despite protests from Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who said human rights discussions should take place in Geneva at...
  • Poroshenko Takes Part In Holodomor Memorial Ceremony

    12/13/2015 11:32:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | November 28, 2015 | (RFE/RL) With reporting by Ekho Moskvy
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has taken part in ceremonies to commemorate the millions who died of famine under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Poroshenko attended a ceremony in the capital, Kyiv, at the museum dedicated to the famine, or Holodomor. A minute of silence was also held across Ukraine. November 28 has been marked in Ukraine as the day to commemorate the victims of the Holodomor since 2006. The famine took place in 1932 and 1933 as Soviet leader Stalin's police forced peasants in Ukraine to join collective farms by requisitioning their grain and other foodstuffs. It is estimated that up...
  • Russia powers up Crimea, cutting dependence on Ukraine

    12/03/2015 5:09:40 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    RT ^ | December 3, 2015 | Staff
    Mainland Russia has started supplying electricity to Crimea after the first power bridge to the peninsula was completed across the Kerch Strait. Crimea has had a partial blackout since November 22, after power lines in Ukraine were sabotaged. The energy bridge will deliver 200 MW of electricity a day from the Krasnodar region in mainland Russia starting from Thursday. Another 200 MW will be delivered by a second power cable expected to be connected by December 20.This will cover 80-90 percent of Crimea's energy needs, according to Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak. He says another 400 MW energy bridge will...
  • Russia fuming as Nato expands military alliance with invitation to ex-Soviet ally

    12/02/2015 3:29:54 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | Dec 2, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    The 28-nation US-led group agreed to start the entry process at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels this morning, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. The move will be seen as a warning to the Kremlin that its influence in the region is waning, despite a show of strength during last year's annexation of Crimea and the subsequernt bombing campaign in Syria. In retaliation, Russia has warned that Montenegro will be punished for the action.
  • Putin 'to wipe out Turkey' in nuclear war

    11/27/2015 1:53:41 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 45 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Nov. 27, 2015 | Harry Kemble
    Political hothead and Russian colonel Vladimir Zhirinovsky called for president Vladimir Putin to wipe out Turkish capital Istanbul, killing nine million people. Turkey's decision to down a SU-24 fighter jet after it entered their aerospace was branded "stupid" by Zhirinovsky. "A nuclear attack can destroy Istanbul very easily. Just one nuclear bomb in the Istanbul Strait will wash the city away," he told Moscow Speaking Radio.
  • Russians burn Erdogan's effigies, shout 'down with ISIS'

    11/27/2015 1:50:51 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, November 27, 2015 | PTI
    Activists in Moscow, belonging to a youth wing of the conservative Rodina party, put a life-size inflatable doll of Erdogan in a coffin and delivered it to the Turkish embassy. - Getty Images Moscow's fury over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border was on full display today as pro-government activists staged anti-Turkey rallies, even parading a life-size doll of its president in a coffin. In Crimea, a group of young people gathered around a hay effigy with the face of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set up on the main square of Simferopol. Videos shot at...
  • Individuals Picketed in Moscow on the 95th Anniversary of Legalization of Abortions in Russia

    11/24/2015 7:30:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/19/15
    On November 18, 2015, the 95th anniversary of legalization of abortions in the Soviet Union, individuals picketed in defense of life of pre-born children at the entrances to the Council of Federation and the State Duma in Moscow. The Pro-Life Movement activists silently witnessed the fact of legality of infanticide for past 95 years before the elected representatives of the people and representatives of the regions who were arriving to the plenary meetings. Commenting on the action, Chairman of the Synodal Department for Cooperation of the Church and Society Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said: "I am very glad that Orthodox...
  • U.S. steps up Ukrainian combat training

    11/24/2015 2:02:55 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/23/15 | Michael Crowley
    The United States began combat training for Ukrainian Army forces on Monday, expanding its effort to help Ukraine defeat Russian-backed separatists. Until now, U.S. trainers had worked only with Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, and officials say the shift to regular army training signals President Barack Obama's growing commitment to Ukraine's defense against the aggression of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Ukraine's Muslim Tartars blew up power lines to Russia's Crimea

    11/23/2015 7:01:47 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 19 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 11/23/2015 | Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets
    Pro-Ukraine activists block repair of sabotaged power lines to Crimea . Reuters By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets 1 hour ago KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Ukrainian activists prevented repairs to sabotaged power lines leading to Crimea on Monday, keeping the Russian-annexed peninsula starved of electricity for a second day and tensions between Moscow and Kiev high. Ethnic Tatars and members of Ukrainian nationalist battalions largely blocked access for engineers to four pylons in Kherson, a region of the Ukrainian mainland controlled by Kiev, which unknown attackers blew up over the weekend "Teams are ready to fix the consequences of the blasts...
  • Crimea without power from Ukraine after electricity pylons 'blown up'

    11/22/2015 11:06:15 AM PST · by amorphous · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Nov 2015 | Jason Bush and Alessandra Prentice
    Crimea was left without electricity supplies from Ukraine on Sunday after pylons carrying power lines to the Russia-annexed peninsula were blown up overnight. It was not immediately clear who had damaged the pylons, but a Russian senator described the move as an "act of terrorism" and implied that Ukrainian nationalists were to blame. Crimea receives the bulk of its electricity from the Ukrainian mainland and its seizure by Russia last year prompted fury in Kiev and the West, which then imposed economic sanctions on Russian companies and individuals. Russia's Energy Ministry said emergency electricity supplies had been turned on for...
  • The ancient Greeks in Ukraine

    11/16/2015 12:17:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland ^ | November 13, 2015 | unattributed
    By using aerial photographs and geophysical surveys, Warsaw archaeologists not only confirmed the location of settlement dating back more than two thousand years in Respublikaniec (Kherson Oblast), but also discovered previously unknown structures in its area... Archaeologists determined that the settlement was probably founded in the 2nd century BC. Researchers also discovered the exact outline of its fortifications -- defensive walls and ditches. In addition to defensive functions, the place also served as a venue of trade between residents of the Dnieper steppes and the ancient world, represented by the nearby Greek colony -- Olbia. The settlement could also have...
  • Putin tells Western leaders: Let's bury our differences and jointly strike at 'barbarian' ISIS

    11/15/2015 12:20:55 AM PST · by GonzoII · 191 replies
    christiantoday.com ^ | Published 15 November 2015 | Hazel Torres
    Russian President Vladimir Putin appealed to Western leaders to bury their differences with Russia and jointly strike at the "barbarian" Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria, saying Friday's Paris terrorist attack underscored the need for such concerted action. In a condolences telegram sent to French President Francois Hollande, Putin said, "This tragedy is another proof of the barbarian nature of terrorism, which challenges the human civilisation. Clearly, for effective fighting this evil, the entire international community should unite efforts," Tass news agency reported. "I would like to confirm the Russian side is ready for most close cooperation with the French...
  • Hillary Clinton: Iím Not Comparing Putin To Hitler, Iím Just Saying Heís Acting Like Hitler

    03/05/2014 7:18:39 PM PST · by lbryce · 65 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | March 5, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred Wednesday to Russian President Vladimir Putin as ďa tough guy with a thin skin.Ē Clinton was speaking at UCLA where she added she supported the Obama administrationís efforts to reach a diplomatic solution in Ukraine. Clinton reiterated comments she made at a fundraiser in California on Tuesday afternoon, where she compared Russiaís decision to issue passports in the Crimean region to the ďpopulation transfersĒ carried out by Nazi Germany before World War II. ďThe claims by President Putin and other Russians that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into Eastern...
  • 'Communists will be hanging': Nationalist march commemorates Poland's Independence Day

    11/12/2015 10:23:17 AM PST · by Jack Black · 27 replies
    A nationalist march is underway in Warsaw to commemorate Poland's Independence Day, with authorities bracing themselves for a crowd of around 50,000. Marches in recent years have turned violent, with police using rubber bullets and water cannons. The Independence March, an annual event marking the anniversary of the country gaining autonomy from Russia, Prussia, and Austria in 1918, following 123 years of partitions, is organized by the National Front Group. It is seen as a showcase for anti-EU politicians who are seeking to revive Polish nationalism. Such politicians accuse the EU of being the biggest threat to the country's sovereignty....
  • Likud MK proposes: Boycott the boycotters

    11/08/2015 4:35:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/11/15 | Shimon Cohen
    In response to the European Union’s plan to label Israeli products manufactured in Judea and Samaria, MK Miki Zohar (Likud) has submitted a bill to the Knesset that would see products from countries that label Israeli products being labeled themselves. “We will label every product which comes from a country which is boycotting us. I think it would be appropriate if the public knows that the country that sends the product to us is daring to boycott us," Zohar told Arutz Sheva about his initiative on Sunday. .....
  • RUSSIA: Russian Internet Law Could Threaten Security of Americans‚Äô Personal Data

    11/08/2015 6:15:51 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | November 6, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    Moscow requires major companies to move information to servers in Russia by start of next year A Russian law could place the personal data of millions of Internet users, including Americans, at risk if international digital companies comply by the start of next year, analysts say. The law, enacted last year, requires digital companies to store the personal information of Russians in servers on Russian soil. While officials in Moscow have cited concerns that Russians’ information could be vulnerable to foreign intelligence services such as the National Security Agency (NSA) if it is located outside the country’s borders, critics of...
  • UKRAINE: History, Identity and Holodomor Denial: Russia‚Äôs continued assault on Ukraine

    History, Identity and Holodomor Denial: Russia‚Äôs continued assault on Ukraine Holodomor Memorial in Washington D.C. as final touches are made in preparation for its official opening on November 7. (State Dept./D.A. Peterson) 2015/11/07 ‚ÄĘ Analysis & Opinion, History, News, Op-ed On Saturday November 7, a long-awaited memorial to a little-known modern genocide will be dedicated in Washington D.C. It will be accompanied by an exhibit at Union Station aimed at raising awareness among Americans of what Ukrainians call the Holodomor, literally ‚Äúdeath by hunger,‚ÄĚ an engineered famine which took the lives of anywhere from 4 to 10 million Ukrainians in...
  • Welcome to the camp that trained 7-year-olds to be defenders of the Russian homeland

    10/28/2015 8:56:14 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Oct. 23, 2015, 1:13 PM | Jack Sommer and Harrison Jacobs
    Welcome to the camp that trained 7-year-olds to be defenders of the Russian homeland Jack Sommer and Harrison Jacobs Oct. 23, 2015, 1:13 PM There was once a military training camp for the young in Europe, known as the Crimea Sich, that took place every year in August for two weeks. It was located in Crimea, a peninsula right below Ukraine and Russia. The Cossacks ó an ethnic minority of East Slavic people who in 2014 helped Russia annex Crimea from Ukraine ó would send kids as young as 7 to military training camps to learn how to become "defenders...
  • How Putinís Ukrainian Dream Turned Into a Nightmare

    10/21/2015 5:54:35 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    FP ^ | 20 Oct 15 | Adrian KaratnyckyAdrian Karatnycky is Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council., Alexander J. Motyl
    "Whatever the larger goal of Russian President Vladimir Putinís armed intervention in Syria, it has succeeded in distracting the worldís attention from his ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine. In his half-hour speech at the United Nations earlier this month timed to reach a prime-time Russian audience, he spent only a minute on the Ukrainian conflict, focusing instead on Russiaís constructive role in the Middle East. Putinís rhetorical redirection is not surprising. The Kremlinís war in Ukraine is turning into a quagmire. Militarily, it is a stalemate ó which, given the vast imbalance between Russian and Ukrainian capabilities, amounts to a...
  • NATO: Russia More Interested in Shocking, Intimidating

    10/20/2015 11:35:42 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 20 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Oct 16, 2015, 2:29 PM ET | The Associated Press
    NATO: Russia More Interested in Shocking, Intimidating By The Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania ó Oct 16, 2015, 2:29 PM ET A senior NATO official says Russia would prefer to shock and intimidate rather than have a predictable relationship with the military alliance. NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said Friday that the alliance would assess its relationship with Russia to find ways to "restore predictability and transparency," at NATO's summit in Warsaw next year. Vershbow, a U.S. diplomat, said Russia appeared to be "more interested in shocking, surprising and intimidating than in calming and building confidence."
  • Here's one surprising reason Russia might not want to pick a fight with US planes over Syria

    10/17/2015 1:39:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Business Insider Via Yahoo Fiance ^ | October 17, 2015 | Armin Rosen
    Frame grab shows Russian fighter-bomber dropping bomb over Syria. The skies over Syria are dangerously crowded these days with the US, Russia, and the Assad regime all bombing various actors on vaguely opposite sides of the country's multidimensional conflict. In both Iraq and Syria, the reality of overlapping aerial operations among countries with little geopolitical fondness toward one another has already led to claims that British aircraft have been authorized to engage Russian aircraft over Iraq if threatened. The British government denied these reports, but they still underscore the possibility of confrontation between allied and Russian military aircraft. Several presidential...
  • Why Turkey should fear itself

    10/17/2015 9:58:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat October 10, 2015 | Soner Cagaptay
    Saturday's attack in the Turkish capital is as close to Turkey's 9/11 as the country has gotten. Twin bombings in downtown Ankara, across from the city's busy central train station and only minutes from key government buildings, killed at least 95 people and injured hundreds more. It is, in short, the worst terror attack in the country's history. The massacre is saddening and shocking, all the more so because it runs counter to the perception of Turkey as relatively stable and peaceful. Although it borders the tumultuous Middle East, Turkey has a vibrant economy, a large middle class and democratic...
  • Russia abandons hope of oil price recovery and turns to the plough

    10/14/2015 11:49:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 13 October 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Kremlin has launched an incredible volte-face in economic policy and turned to traditional industries like farming in the face of tumbling oil prices ___ Russia has abandoned hopes for a lasting recovery in oil prices, bracing for a new era of abundant crude as US shale production transforms the global energy market. The Kremlin has launched a radical shift in strategy, rationing funds for the once-sacrosanct oil and gas industry and relying instead on a revival of manufacturing and farming, driven by a much more competitive rouble. "We have to have prudent forecasts. Our budget is based very conservative...
  • Natural gas pipelines under construction will move gas from Azerbaijan to southern Europe

    10/14/2015 9:41:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Construction or preliminary work has begun on three new pipelines designed to flow new supplies of natural gas from Azerbaijan to consumers in Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy. For more than a decade, companies have been announcing proposals to build new natural gas pipelines to connect natural gas resources in Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East with consumers in southern Europe. In contrast to the three new pipelines considered in this article, most of these projects have failed to advance. These three new or expanded pipelines would reach from Azerbaijan's eastern edge on the Caspian Sea to Italy's southeastern...
  • UK should 'enforce Syria no-fly zone even if Russia vetoes UN resolution'

    10/12/2015 9:54:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 October 2015 | Patrick Wintour
    Britain and its western allies should be prepared to enforce a no-fly zone inside Syria to protect refugees even if Russia vetoes a UN resolution, the Labour co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Syria has said. Jo Cox, working in conjunction with the former Conservative international development secretary Andrew Mitchell, is pressing the British government to develop a new comprehensive diplomatic political and military strategy focused on protecting Syrian civilians against attacks both by Isis and Syriaís president, Bashar al-Assad.
  • Obama wants Saudi Arabia to destroy Russian economy

    10/10/2015 7:46:54 PM PDT · by 100American · 15 replies
    Pravda ^ | 03.04.2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama tried to convince the King of Saudi Arabia to coordinate actions in the oil market to reduce world oil prices, the main source of Russia's export revenues, and "punish its behavior" in Crimea. Experts estimate that if the prices are reduced by as little as 12 dollars per barrel, the Russian Federation will lose $40 billion in revenue. There has been a precedent, because this is precisely how the USSR collapsed. Before Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. media was discussing options of "punishment" for Russia with sanctions for its "behavior in Crimea." The first...
  • Obama Gets ĎFeistyí as Reporter Grills Him on Putin: ĎHeís Challenging Your Leadership

    10/10/2015 5:30:13 PM PDT · by McGruff · 66 replies
    THE BLAZE ^ | Oct. 9, 2015 | Jon Street
    President Barack Obama got ďfeistyĒ during an interview about Russian President Vladimir Putin, as one CBS News anchor put it. In the interview, set to air Sunday on ď60 Minutes,Ē Obama immediately pushed back from reporter Steve Kroftís line of questioning about Americaís leadership around the world, particularly in the Middle East. ďA year ago, when we did this interview, there was some saber-rattling between the United States and Russia on the Ukrainian border,Ē Kroft said. ďNow itís also going on in Syria. You said a year ago that the United States, America leads, that we are the indispensable nation....
  • House Of Bribes: How The United States Led The Way To A Nuclear Iran

    10/01/2015 10:53:25 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 20 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | October 2, 2015 | New Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    Executive Summary The Iranian nuclear deal is a full capitulation to Iranís terrorist mastermind Mullahs, and the latest in a series of betrayals of the American people and allies by the Obama administration. At the highest level of the administration, Barack Obamaís Senior Advisor, the Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, prioritized rapprochement with the terror state. Throughout the process and negotiations, she had the backing of billionaire investor (and Obama-backer) George Soros, and his multi-headed network of tax-exempt foundations. Their efforts were driven by deep-rooted anti-Semitism and personal greed. Meanwhile, since the mid-1990s, a small but very connected Iranian lobby (funded, in...
  • Putin Crushes BBC Smartass - Must Watch, much more than this...

    10/10/2015 11:14:50 AM PDT · by 100American · 85 replies
    From comments to video "Putin has stepped in to put everyone in their place. To maintain Assad in power in Syria, remove the US sphere of influence in ME and Ukraine and to stop the US Israel alliance's plan to destroy ME nations and send millions of refugees into Europe. Putin is so smart and so smooth. He is stopping the one world order boys in their tracks."
  • $2 gas will be back after Iran nuclear deal

    07/31/2015 10:32:58 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 52 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 14 2015 | Chris Isidore
    U.S. drivers can look forward to $2 gas later this year, thanks in part to the Iran nuclear deal announced Tuesday. Gas may only dip a few cents when the Iranian oil first starts to flow again, but by September drivers could see big savings. "Once we get past Labor Day, we should see gas falling by 10 to 15 cents a month," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. "By December a lot of places are going to see gasoline at $2 or less." Iran hasn't been able to sell oil to the United...
  • 'Winter on Fire' tracks the 93 days Ukraine fought for its identity

    10/09/2015 10:38:37 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 3 replies
    The Los Angeles Time ^ | October 9, 2015 | Jeffrey Fleishman
    Streets are scattered with stones and shell casings. Winter fog mixes with the last wisps of tear gas. The wounded and the dead have been carried away, and those who are left hunker at the barricades. Police advance. Snipers take to rooftops. Bodies fall and the Ukrainian revolution, as brutal as it is cinematic, enters a new day in the battered capital of Kiev. Evgeny Afineevsky's "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom" is a documentary from the front lines, a visceral portrait of a nation's battle for its identity. The film tracks the 93 days ó between November 2013...