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  • Israel's Annexation Plan of the Jordan Valley

    05/28/2020 7:25:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 28, 2020 | Joseph Puder
    Israel's Annexation Plan of the Jordan Valley European thinking, Abdullah’s reaction, and Israel’s rights. Thu May 28, 2020 Joseph Puder The new Israeli government is considering extending Israeli law and sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, which is within area C of the Oslo Accords. The Accords, which gave Israel both military and administrative control in the area, also contains a large bloc of Jewish-Israeli communities. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a short visit to Israel (April 22, 2020) told reporters: “As for annexation of the (Jordan Valley) West Bank, the Israelis will ultimately make those decisions.” He added,...
  • US set to upgrade controversial nukes stationed in Germany

    03/25/2020 6:52:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.26.2020 | Naomi Conrad
    Viewed from above, the fields surrounding Büchel air base stretch out like a greenish-brown patchwork quilt, punctuated by the small villages and woodlands that make up the Eifel region in western Germany. Take a closer look at satellite imagery, and you can make out several dozen camouflaged airplane hangars. Hidden deep below them lies a carefully guarded secret: underground vaults housing American nuclear bombs that date back to the Cold War. […] In March 2010, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, passed a cross-party resolution urging the government to “emphatically” work towards getting its American allies to withdraw all nuclear weapons from...
  • Former Senator Richard Lugar dead at 87

    04/28/2019 9:27:01 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 51 replies
    WAVE 3 ^ | April 28, 2019 | Annie Moore
    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - U. S. Senator Richard Lugar died Sunday morning, according to a release from the Lugar Center. Lugar was a senator from 1977 to 2013, before that serving as Mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1975. After his career in politics, Lugar continued work through the Lugar Center, focused on global food security and aid effectiveness. He was a professor at Indiana University and led the Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis. He held 46 honorary degrees from universities around the country, and Queen Elizabeth bestowed upon him the rank of...
  • Battle of Tendra (8/9 September 1790) - Russia vs Ottoman Empire

    12/23/2019 11:35:55 AM PST · by NorseViking · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 5, 2018
    The Battle of Tendra was a naval action fought on 8 and 9 September 1790 in the Black Sea as part of the Russo-Turkish War (1787–1792). It ended in a victory for the Russians over the Ottomans. The Russian fleet of 10 battleships, 6 frigates and small craft sailed from Sevastopol on 5 September under Fyodor Ushakov for Kherson to pick up some frigates. At 6 a.m. on 8 September it encountered the Ottoman fleet of 14 battleships, 8 frigates and 23 small crafts at anchor near Tendra. As the Ottomans formed into a battle line, the Russian fleet sailed...
  • Putin opens railway bridge connecting Russia and Crimea | DW News

    12/23/2019 7:01:08 AM PST · by NorseViking · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle by Youtube ^ | December 23, 2019
    Russia has officially launched direct passenger train service to the annexed territory of Crimea, using a rail route that bypasses mainland Ukraine. People can now travel from Saint Petersburg southward toward the Crimean city of Sevastopol. The journey lasts 44 hours and crosses the Crimean Bridge, which Moscow is accused of building illegally over the Strait of Kerch. Russian President Vladimir Putin rode along a section of the railway route on Monday to inaugurate the railway. Moscow seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that's drawn international condemnation. The new train route is seen as a fresh step to...
  • Britain needs its own Mueller report on Russian ‘interference’

    12/12/2019 10:23:29 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 13 replies
    The efforts in both countries had much in common. They were aided by a transatlantic cast of characters loosely organised around the Trump and Brexit campaigns. Many of them worked in concert and interacted with Russians close to the Kremlin. The outcome in both countries was also eerily similar. Both countries have been at war with themselves in the three years since, pulling them back from the international stage at a time when Putin has consolidated his position in Crimea, Ukraine, Syria and beyond. ***** "Glenn R Simpson and Peter Fritsch, both former journalists, are the founders of the research...
  • Germans in favor of 'reducing reliance' on US

    12/03/2019 4:28:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 101 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.03.2019 | Davis VanOpdorp
    A majority of Germans are in favor of reducing Germany’s reliance on the United States militarily, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the German news agency DPA. According to the poll, 55% of Germans believe that European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should protect themselves from an attack without US help. In addition, a majority of poll participants believe the US should partially (23%) or completely (26%) withdraw its 30,000 troops stationed in Germany. Conversely, 54% said NATO should work more closely with Russia rather than relying on deterrence. Meanwhile, 37% are for lifting sanctions against...
  • Today in European history: the Battle of Sinop (1853)

    11/30/2019 3:07:18 AM PST · by NorseViking · 14 replies ^ | November 30, 2015 | DWD
    Apart from the Charge of the Light Brigade (the actual charge, but also the poem), the Crimean War (1853-1856) is best known as the first “modern” war, in that it was during the Crimean War when later military staples like rail, telegraphs, trenches, and rifled firearms and artillery first got tested on a major battlefield. Oh, and it also led to the development of modern professional nursing, triage, and anesthetics, but who’s counting? The 1853 Battle of Sinop is perhaps most noteworthy for the way it helped pioneer another development in military technology, although it’s also important in that it...
  • Ukraine denounces Apple for calling Crimea part of Russia in apps—Update-1

    11/28/2019 8:58:34 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Yahoo! News - Reuters ^ | November 27, 2019 | By Nadezhda Tsydenova and Anton Zverev
    MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Wednesday Apple did not "give a damn" about its pain, after the U.S. tech giant began referring to the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia in its Maps and Weather apps for Russian users. Russia and Ukraine have both been highly sensitive to the way global companies identify Crimea, since Russian troops seized the territory and Moscow annexed it after a referendum that Kiev and its Western allies say was illegal. Apple appeared to have changed the way it displays locations in Crimea in its software, in a nod to Russian...
  • Ukraine's main opposition chief back in race

    10/12/2004 10:26:52 AM PDT · by lizol · 9 replies · 186+ views
    Ukraine's main opposition chief back in race Reuters Kiev : Ukraine's main opposition leader, still undergoing treatment for a mystery ailment, has rejoined a campaign to overturn the scandal-plagued legacy of outgoing President Leonid Kuchma in a presidential election this month. Viktor Yushchenko, looking haggard and flushed, flew back to Kiev on Sunday after a second stay at an Austrian clinic where doctors failed to confirm his team's suspicions that he was poisoned to knock him out of the October 31 election. His main rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanuko-vich, is backed by Kuchma, whose decade in office has been marked...
  • “But Did It Work, Mommy?”

    09/14/2019 6:08:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 19 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 9-14-19 | MOTUS
    Samantha Power, top Obama aide and UN Ambassador, tells a story in her new book, The Education of an Idealist about proudly telling her 7 year old son, Declan, how she had verbally bested her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, in a confrontation over Russian’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. “I regaled him with my best lines from earlier in the day,” Power writes of her conversation with her son. “I proudly recounted how Vitaly had seemed to stumble in our back and forth. I told Declan that I had made clear that just because Putin had big weapons...
  • Trump administration releases $250M in military aid to Ukraine

    09/12/2019 2:05:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    CBS ^ | 9/12/2019 | Associated Press
    The Trump administration has released $250 million in military aid to Ukraine that had been held up despite criticism that the money was desperately needed to deter Russian aggression and territorial expansion. As CBS News has reported, the administration had been reviewing military spending for Ukraine. "The president has made no secret when it comes to foreign assistance that U.S. interests abroad should be prioritized and other foreign countries should also be paying their fair share," a senior administration official told CBS News last month. Committee members announced the administration's move during debate on a $695 billion Pentagon funding bill.
  • US Natural Gas Will Soon Run the World

    08/03/2019 6:12:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/03/2019 | Todd Royal
    United States carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector and the broader economy have declined 61 percent between 2006 and 2014, mainly from "switching from coal-to-gas-powered generation," according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, January 2017.  These environmentally sound numbers from higher use of natural gas can also be translated globally to help with pollution in countries such as China, India, and the entire continent of Africa. The U.S. now uses natural gas converted to liquid natural gas (LNG) from shale deposits in states such as Texas, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania to...
  • Ukraine threatens Council of Europe boycott as Russia rejoins PACE five years after Crimea (short)

    06/30/2019 5:22:05 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 7 replies
    Telegraph by Yahoo ^ | June 25, 2019 | Roland Oliphant
    Ukraine threatened to boycott a "discredited" Council of Europe after the body's parliamentary assembly voted to lift a five year restrictions imposed on Russia's delegation over the annexation of Crimea. The PACE assembly in Strasbourg voted by 118 to 62 in favour of a motion to limit the sanctions mechanism that had stripped the Russian delegation of voting rights following a late-night debate on Monday. There were ten abstentions. The vote followed a plan signed off by foreign ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe in May and paves the way for the Russian delegation to present its credentials and...
  • Ancient Europeans lived alongside a half-ton bird nearly 12 feet tall

    06/26/2019 6:08:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    cnn ^ | June 26, 2019 | Ashley Strickland,
    Inside a Crimean cave was a gigantic ancient mystery just waiting to be uncovered: a bird so large that it weighed nearly as much as an adult polar bear. Giant birds once roamed Madagascar, New Zealand and Australia. The latest fossil find, an intriguing fossilized femur, was recently found in Taurida Cave on the northern coast of the Black Sea. It was discovered along with other fossils, including bison bones, that helped researchers date the now-extinct giant bird to between 1.5 million and 2 million years ago. When the first early human ancestors arrived in Europe, they might have encountered...
  • Trump: US to send 1,000 troops to Poland in new deal

    06/13/2019 4:20:26 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 June 2019 | Johnathan Marcus
    What have the US and Poland agreed to? The two leaders have signed a joint declaration affirming the countries' co-operation on defence. The agreement includes provisions for Poland to provide "basing and infrastructure for 1,000 American troops", who would be temporarily stationed on a rotational basis. When later questioned reporters, however, Mr Trump said "they're talking about 2,000 troops". Around 5,000 troops already rotate in and out of Poland. This is part of a 2016 Nato agreement, made in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. In a separate deal, Poland has ordered 32 F-35 fighter jets,...
  • Russia Claims John Kerry Secretly Approved of Crimea Invasion

    06/07/2019 6:43:44 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Jun 2019 | Hayward
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russian media on Thursday that former Secretary of State John Kerry approved of Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, believing the residents were overwhelmingly in favor of “reuniting” with Russia. According to Lavrov, Kerry’s main criticism of Russia’s actions was to suggest holding another referendum to reinforce the legitimacy of annexation. Russia’s summarized Lavrov’s comments to the RBK news service: I won’t reveal a big secret if I say that John Kerry was telling me in April 2014: ‘Everything is clear. Everything happened the way the Crimean people...
  • Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source

    06/06/2019 6:16:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/06/19 | John Solomon
    In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is tied to Russian intelligence. But hundreds of pages of government documents — which Mueller possessed since 2018 — describe Kilimnik as a “sensitive” intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters. Why special counsel Robert Mueller’s team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from their report and related court filings is not known. But the revelation of it comes as the accuracy of Mueller’s Russia conclusions face increased scrutiny. The incomplete portrayal...
  • Ukraine Elections: What's Going On and Why It Matters

    03/08/2019 4:14:28 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | Mar 2019 | Holly Ellyat
    Ukraine is holding presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of March and the race is too close to call. Ukraine is a country sandwiched between Russia and Europe and is often tugged both ways by its neighbors. While Ukraine’s current government firmly sides with Europe and the West, Ukrainian politics and politicians can have deep ties to Russia, giving the vote a deeper geopolitical significance. Opinion polls show the election is too close to call and, as it stands, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko could be usurped by an actor who once played the president of Ukraine in a hit...
  • Trump Extends U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Over Crimea

    03/06/2019 12:39:44 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Mar 5, 2019
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday extended sanctions against Russia by another year, prolonging punitive measures that were first imposed over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. In Monday’s announcement, the Trump administration stressed the “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” posed by Russia as the basis for renewing the sanctions.