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  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • Report: Tuberculosis still raging in Eastern Europe

    03/17/2015 2:41:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17/03/2015 - 18:40 | (AFP)
    About a thousand people still contract tuberculosis daily in Europe and Central Asia, despite an overall decline of the disease, a report by the Europe Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed Tuesday (17 March). The report, co-authored with the World Health Organization (WHO), said the continent would not be free of the disease until the next century at the current low rate of eradication, particularly due to prevalence in countries to the east of the region. “Multi-resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is still ravaging the European region, making it the most affected area of the entire world,” Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO...
  • Putin lays wreath to honor Soviet Oppression in 1956 Hungary

    02/18/2015 10:48:06 AM PST · by GeronL · 36 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 2/18/2015
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has stirred controversy after paying tribute to a monument complex to Soviet soldiers killed in Hungary during the suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising. Hungary's law states that the present day freedom ‘blossomed' out of that uprising also known as the ‘1956 revolution' and anyone ‘justifying the crimes committed by the communist system is to be punished'. This means that Putin's commemoration of the soldiers violates Hungarian law. Despite government officials denying that Putin laid a wreath at the monument specifically commemorating Soviet invaders, an advance of the itinerary of Putin's visit said that he would...
  • Top Nazi Hunter: Eastern Europe Rewrote the Holocaust

    01/27/2015 11:21:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    INN ^ | 1/27/2015, 8:13 PM | Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
    Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told Arutz Sheva on Tuesday in time for International Holocaust Memorial Day that the battle over the Holocaust lives on—and is being waged on the field of public memory. According to Zuroff, aside from the widespread scourge of Holocaust denial, a new phenomenon has reared its head recently in eastern Europe, where there are attempts to minimize the genocidal horrors committed against the Jewish people and revise history. “This phenomenon should worry the state of Israel and the Foreign Ministry,” emphasized Zuroff. “In post-Communist eastern Europe, they’re trying...
  • Ukrainian President Warns Of New Cold War

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

    08/31/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | August 31, 2014 | Robert Moynihan
    Hardly any Americans will know of Hilarion Alfeyev, 48, a Russian Orthodox bishop who acts as the "foreign minister" of his Church, but it is important that they do. He is a bridge between not just the Orthodox Church and Catholicism but a bridge between Russia and America. As a Catholic American, I first saw him 15 years ago on a cold December day in Moscow. Hilarion, then 33, was already a rising star in the firmament of the Russian Orthodox Church. He had done his graduate studies in philosophy at Oxford — rather rare for Russian Orthodox Church leaders....
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • NATO puts brakes on enlargement

    07/16/2014 2:34:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.07.14 @ 08:32 | Matthew Turner
    NATO announced earlier this July that it is shelving plans to welcome any new members during its forthcoming Wales summit. The hopes of four countries—Bosnia, Macedonia, Georgia and Montenegro, which were expecting to deepen their cooperation with NATO—are now all but dashed, as senior NATO officials have hit the pause button on future enlargement. Just like the European Union, it seems that NATO is also suffering from enlargement fatigue. Unlike the Union though, NATO is shying away from even awarding the equivalent of the EU’s association agreement, namely the Membership Action Plan (MAP), to Georgia, over fears of provoking Moscow’s...
  • Eastern Europe is Pleading for American Made Energy

    03/27/2014 7:53:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/27/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    About the only good coming out of ridiculous tit-for-tat sanctions on Russia is the possibility of revised US energy policy, and Lithuania is pleading for it. The BBC reports Lithuania Pleads for US Gas Exports to Counter Russia Lithuania's energy minister has called on the US Senate to speed up the export of natural gas to Europe. Jaroslav Neverovic said that Lithuania was being forced to pay a "political price" for being entirely dependent on Russian gas supplies. In his statement to a US Senate committee, Mr Neverovic urged members to do everything within their power to release natural...
  • Obama promises to defend Poland against Russia as Reid urges caution about action

    03/03/2014 5:59:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 3, 2014 | Grae Stafford
    Polish news site Thenews.pl is reporting that President Obama in a telephone call on Sunday to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski “assured him ‘unequivocally as to Poland’s security, knowing that Poland is not only a neighbor of Ukraine but Russia as well.’ Speaking Monday after a meeting of Poland’s Nations Security Council – with Poland’s Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, Prime Minister and opposition party leaders in attendance - Komorowski informed the media that he had directed Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to “request NATO consultations under Article 4 of the alliance’s founding treaty.” Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty that was...
  • Three Ukrainian lessons for the United States

    02/19/2014 6:48:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection blog ^ | February 19, 2014 | bloggeredgeofthesandbox
    The United States is not Ukraine, so, I hope, we don’t find ourselves living in interesting times. 1. Somewhat educated young people with no opportunities are a revolutionary class. Between 1990 and 2006, as Ukraine’s population declined, the number of students entering colleges shot up an unbelievable 60%. According to another source, ” The number of students enrolled in Ukrainian universities grew from 1.5 million in 2001, to 2.5 million in 2009-2011.” Towards the end of this period the student population consisted primarily of those born in the 1990′s when fertility went through the floor. At the same time, the...
  • Eastern Europe’s Christian Reawakening

    01/19/2014 5:05:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 25 replies
    First Things ^ | 1-17-14 | Filip Mazurczak
    In Hungary, Croatia, and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, a pro-family, pro-life revolution and a rediscovery of Christian roots is occurring. While few in the American media have noticed, this trend should challenge those who simply lament Europe’s moral malaise. Unnoticed in the shadow of a secularized west, religion’s public role has been growing in the east since the collapse of communism. Since taking power in 2010, Prime Minister Viktor Orban—a charismatic veteran of Hungary’s anti-Communist underground—has victoriously stood at the forefront of what Americans call the culture wars. In 2011, Orban’s government ratified a new constitution that defines marriage as...
  • EU openly blames Russia for failure to get landmark deal with Ukraine

    12/04/2013 6:37:38 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 11 replies
    Ap via Yahoo! ^ | November 29, 2013 | Raf Casert And Maria Danilova
    VILNIUS, Lithuania - European Union leaders lashed out at Russia Friday after missing a major opportunity to spread its influence deep into eastern Europe and bluntly accused Moscow of pressuring Ukraine from signing a landmark deal on closer association. Even if the EU extended its geopolitical reach eastward by initialing association agreements with Georgia and Moldova, the belated refusal of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych to sign up to a similar deal largely spoiled the two-day summit with the EU's eastern partners. Most EU leaders accused Russia of using threats and bullying to keep Ukraine in step with Moscow. "We may...
  • Chevron to Eastern Europe: We can help you with that fracking Russian-dependence problem

    07/26/2013 7:51:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Despite their misbegotten and expensive quest to forcibly restructure their energy sectors with subsidies and special treatment for what they’ve decided are so-called green energies (and they’ve got the higher electricity prices to prove it), plenty of European countries — including Germany and France, the eurozone’s two largest economies — have roundly and robustly refused to encourage energy companies to institute the practice of drilling for oil-and-gas supplies via hydraulic fracturing. Now, of course, that the evidence is mounting that both natural gas and fracking are even cleaner and safer than everyone first thought, Europe is years behind the United...
  • Russian Oppression And Chechnya: Violence Is A Choice

    05/01/2013 12:39:25 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 11 replies
    Forbe's blog ^ | April 20, 2013 | Mark Adomanis
    Due to the background of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the half-Chechen half-Avar brothers who bombed the Boston marathon, many Americans are suddenly very interested in the tortured history of the North Caucasus. I can’t credibly claim to be an expert on the multitudinous ethnic and linguistic groups that populate the area, so if you’re looking for in-depth analysis of Chechen politics, a data-driven account of the economics of Dagestan, or a blow-by-blow account of the past 20 years of the region’s history you should look somewhere else. If you’re still wondering “where in God’s name is Chechnya?” or “why are...
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro Slams Jihad Mom: Lady, You Shouldn't Be Allowed Here

    04/27/2013 9:39:29 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 36 replies
    Must See. Jeanine Pyrro Slams Chechen Jihad Mom Zuby Tsarnaeva.
  • Georgia acknowledged launching war in 2008

    04/15/2013 12:51:46 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Pravda ^ | 15.04.2013 | Anton Krivenyuk
    Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili admitted responsibility of Georgia for the outbreak of the war in August of 2008. He stated that the actions of the authorities of the country before crossing the border of Georgia by Russian forces were inadequate. This statement will have tangible consequences, first of all, for President Mikhail Saakashvili. "The political noose" around the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's neck is getting tighter. He is not yet being investigated, but the new authorities have already talked about the possibility of his interrogation about the events of 2008. The country may begin a new investigation into...
  • Lame Duck Georgian President Saakashvili Just Got Plucked

    03/27/2013 12:53:07 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 17 replies
    The Georgian Times ^ | March 26, 2013
    On March 21, the Georgian Parliament passed constitution amendment limiting presidential powers with the vast majority of votes. Georgian President Mikhael Saakashvili will no longer be able to sack the Georgian Parliament with one swift stroke now that the amendment was passed with 135 votes. People have been wondering who was going to win the big showdown in the Georgian Parliament on March 21, 2013. Well, it depends on who you ask and still there are those who think Saakashvili's ability to land on his feet is like a cat. No doubt Saakashvili will try to make a big thing...
  • 121 Bravely Stand In Opposition To The Global Gay Agenda

    08/18/2012 12:09:45 AM PDT · by ElIguana · 5 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 08/16/2012 | America's Conservative News
    The Obama State Department is once again flexing its muscle in what has become an ongoing and unrelenting effort to aggressively promote the radical gay agenda across the globe, and the latest target is the Czech Republic, where the Obama administration has joined with other "outside pressure groups" to push the radical gay agenda in the Czech Republic, in direct opposition to the will of the overwhelming majority of the Czech people. This latest action has prompte  121 other national and international pro-family organizations, under the umbrella of The World Congress of Families, to officially protest the State Department's participation...
  • Will Obama Abandon Eastern Europe?

    04/19/2012 3:06:47 PM PDT · by kathsua · 6 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 4/19/12 | reasonmclucus
    President Barack Obama's recent statement to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, for incoming President Vladimir Putin, that he would be more willing to give into Russian demands after the election indicates re-election of Obama could be a disaster for the United States. Obama's statement is particularly disturbing because it comes on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred because Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev thought President John Kennedy's mishandling of the Bay of Pigs and weak response to the Berlin Crisis of 1961 indicated Kennedy was indecisive and weak. Khrushchev thought the Soviet Union could take...
  • 'Topless' Ukrainians may face jail for insulting Indian flag [in Ukraine]

    02/18/2012 9:53:10 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 29 replies
    PTI ^ | February 18, 2012 | PTI
    MOSCOW: The Ukrainian women activists who tore up the Indian flag in a topless act in Kiev last month to protest India's reported tightening of visa rules for young women from Ukraine may land in jail for up to four years. Carrying placards that read "Ukraine is not brothel" and "I am not prostitute", the women had climbed up to the balcony of the Indian ambassador's residence in the Ukrainian capital, after stripping up to the waist braving sub-zero temperatures to lodge a novel protest. They were enraged over the Indian Foreign Ministry's reported instructions to carry out detailed checks...
  • Poland Requests F-16 Support and Additional Weapons Munitions

    02/07/2012 9:55:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 2/7/2012 | US Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Feb. 2 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of F-16 support and munitions, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $447 million. The Government of Poland has requested a possible sale of 93 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II Tactical Missiles, 4 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles, 65 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, 42 GBU-49 Enhanced PAVEWAY II 500 lb Bombs, 200 GBU-54 (2000 lb) Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Bombs, 642 BLU-111 (500 lb) General Purpose Bombs, 127 MK-82 (500 lb) General...
  • The SSPX Harvest is Large in Eastern Europe

    01/06/2012 3:42:15 PM PST · by mas cerveza por favor · 14 replies
    Teh Eponymous Flower ^ | JANUARY 5, 2012 | Tancred
    While the neo-conservative Polish Bishops lead the country slowly into the abyss, the apostolate of the SSPX blooms in the land. (kreuz.net) The apostlate of the Society of St. Pius X is growing "surprisingly fast" even for the conditions of the Society. This was written by the District Superior for East Europe, Fr. Karl Stehlin in his Christmas letter. The Society can only devote twelve priests in eastern Europe. Actually, the present pastoral work would require thirty priests -- so says Father Stehlin. In Warsaw the Fathers will be shortly leading a third old Mass on Sunday. Every week there...
  • Reagan and Soviet Union

    11/29/2011 7:16:18 PM PST · by gabriellah · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times Communities ^ | November 29, 2011 | Gabriella Hoffman
    SAN DIEGO, November 29, 2011— During his time as President of the United States, Ronald Reagan became a leading anti-Communist champion alongside Great Britain’s Lady Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. He famously described the former Soviet Union as “the Evil Empire,” inspiring individuals in that troubled country to seek an alternative to Marxist-Leninism. It is undeniable that he was a champion for freedom here and aboard. People from all walks of life, political persuasions, and dispositions revered Reagan as a man. More importantly, people around the world continue to embrace this conservative stalwart’s message.
  • Czechs, Disliking Role, Pull Out of U.S. Missile Defense Project (good job O!)

    06/16/2011 7:32:50 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | JUDY DEMPSEY and DAN BILEFSKY
    The Czech Republic announced Wednesday that it was withdrawing from plans to participate in the United States missile defense program out of frustration at its diminished role in the system... The administration of President George W. Bush had initially proposed stationing 10 ground-based interceptors in Poland and a radar facility in the Czech Republic. But in September 2009, the Obama administration scrapped those plans and proposed a revamped program with an unspecified role for the Czechs. Two months later, it offered the Czech Republic the possibility of hosting a separate early warning system. The shift prompted accusations from Republican critics...
  • Horrific Real-Life Russian Gladiators (disturbing video)

    01/07/2011 9:21:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    LiveLeak.com ^ | January 6, 2011 | uploaded by Rubicon_Cube
    EASTERN EUROPE: A new game is in town, it's called "300" like the movie and is being practiced in the forests of Poland,Byloruss,Latvia,Russia,Romania and other eastern european countries.
  • The Forgotten Evil behind the Iron Curtain

    10/08/2010 2:53:34 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 08, 2010 | Richard Baehr
    Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir by Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky, Oxford University Press, 2010 The Firm: This Inside Story of the Stasi by Gary Bruce, Oxford University Press, 2010 An entire American generation has come of age since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe. The new threat is Islamic radicalism, and only North Korea, a nation that has developed a nuclear weapons program and missile delivery systems, which it sells to other rogue regimes, gets much attention as a holdover of the "second world" -- the Communist nations that were for...
  • How Kosovo Is Ripping Europe Apart

    09/05/2010 8:00:06 PM PDT · by shield · 6 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 3rd September, 2010
    Bosnian Serbs in the Republika Srpska are glad that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled the Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence was legal. The Bosnian Serbs have wanted to exit Bosnia and join Serbia for quite some time. The Bosnian government officially says its borders are fixed, but then, Serbia's are not. One Bosnian Serb official made the interesting argument that the ICJ's ruling supersedes the Dayton Accords which ended the Bosnian War and established Bosnia's current government. In August several other Balkan countries also indicated they are very interested in the ICJ's July 22 decision. The court declared...
  • Regulators shut big Chicago-based bank ["a big community bank... known for its social activism"]

    08/20/2010 5:20:54 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | August 20, 2010 | Marcy Gordon
    Regulators on Friday shut down a big community bank based in Chicago that has been known for its social activism but racked by financial troubles in recent months. It was the 114th U.S. bank to fail this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over ShoreBank, with $2.16 billion in assets and $1.54 billion in deposits. Urban Partnership Bank, a new institution comprised of several big Wall Street banks and a private foundation, agreed to assume ShoreBank's deposits and nearly all its assets... In an unusual move, the FDIC allowed some of ShoreBank's executives to continue running the restructured bank......
  • Poland foresees U.S. interceptors in place by 2018

    07/02/2010 9:28:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/2/2010 | Reuters
    <p>The United States will deploy SM-3 interceptor missiles in Poland between 2015 and 2018 under its plan to defend NATO allies in Europe from possible Iranian attack, a Polish official said on Thursday.</p> <p>The interceptors, which target short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, are part of President Barack Obama's revamped missile defence system.</p>
  • Romania cannot afford buying F-16 jets

    06/12/2010 8:37:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Dalje.com ^ | 6/11/2010 | Dalje.com
    Crisis-hit Romania cannot afford to purchase second-hand F-16 combat aircraft this year, Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu said. - There is no money for the F-16s, I can't see where we could get one percent of GDP (gross domestic product) in order to buy military equipment - Vladescu told Money Channel TV station. - Such an expense is downright impossible at this moment - he added. Romania had announced in March its decision to purchase 24 F-16 aircraft currently used by the US air forces, at a cost of 1.3 billion dollars (1.1 billion dollars), in order to replace its ageing,...
  • Patriot missile battery arrives in Poland

    05/24/2010 9:53:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 313+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/2010 | Reuters
    A U.S. Patriot missile battery has arrived in Poland as part of an agreement to upgrade the NATO ally's air defenses, the U.S. embassy said on Monday, in a deployment likely to irritate neighboring Russia.The battery, manned by up to 150 U.S. troops, will be stationed for about one month four times a year in Morag, northern Poland, close to Russia's exclave of Kaliningrad. Its main mission is to train Polish military personnel. U.S. troops were unloading 37 railway cars of equipment on Monday, the embassy said. U.S. and Polish officials are due to visit the site on Wednesday and...
  • Russia Invites Ukraine to Join Ex - Soviet Security Bloc

    05/18/2010 11:09:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 314+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/18/2010 | Reuters via NY Times
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday invited Ukraine to join a security bloc of former Soviet republics, a step that would draw Ukraine closer into Moscow's embrace. Ukraine has forged warm ties with its former Soviet masters since the February election of President Viktor Yanukovich as president. Yanukovich, an ex-mechanic from the Russian-leaning east of the country, frequently speaks Russian at public events. Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko shunned Russia and attempted to take his country into NATO, despite considerable public opposition. NATO members put Ukrainian membership on the back burner in 2008. Medvedev, on his first state visit to...
  • Poland to unveil US Patriots missile batteries on May 26

    05/18/2010 4:55:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 201+ views
    Focus News ^ | 5/17/2010 | AFP via Focus News
    Poland will unveil its first US Patriot-type missiles battery at a military base in the northern town of Morag on May 26, a Polish defence ministry spokesman said Tuesday, AFP reports. "Ceremonies associated with the first rotation of the Patriot missile battery will be held Wednesday, May 26, in Morag", spokesman Janusz Sejmej said in a statement. Asked by AFP, the defence ministry's press service declined Tuesday to provide further details. The Polish military base at Morag, in the Mazurian Lakes region, is some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Warsaw and just 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the border...
  • Romanian Fighter Debate Rages On

    05/16/2010 2:27:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 527+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/14/2010 | Andy Nativi
    The saga of the Romanian air force’s selection of a “new” fighter to replace its MiG-21bis Lancer is becoming a heated political, industrial and economic battle that is not likely to be solved anytime soon. A buy of 24 secondhand U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters was originally announced in March by Defense Minister Gabriel Opera, without a formal competition. The F-16s — old Block 25 airframes in service with the U.S. Air National Guard — were expected to be free, but the price tag eventually reached $1.3 billion (€1 billion) when training, weapons, aircraft modification and infrastructure requirements...
  • Western troops to meet Russian missiles on Red Square

    05/06/2010 9:39:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 603+ views
    Zeenews.com ^ | 5/06/2010 | Zeenews.com
    Troops from four NATO states will march through Red Square for the first time Sunday as Russia marks the 65th anniversary of the World War II victory with its biggest parade since the Soviet collapse. In a moment of huge symbolism, soldiers from Britain, France, Poland and the United States will step onto the square's famed cobbles while Russia proudly displays nuclear-capable missiles that once threatened Western targets. With Russia seeking to trumpet its post-Soviet resurgence, 10,000 Russian troops and military hardware including nuclear-capable Topol-M missiles will take part in a finely choreographed parade that has been months in rehearsal....
  • Poland to receive first US missiles in May

    05/02/2010 9:40:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/21/2010 | Space Daily
    The first-ever battery of US Patriot missiles to be deployed in Poland will arrive in late May, defence ministry spokesman Janusz Sejmej told AFP on Wednesday. "Following preparations and consultations, the first deployment of a battery of anti-missile Patriots will start around May 24 in Morag," Sejmej said. The Polish military base at Morag, in the Mazurian Lakes region, is some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Warsaw and just 60 kilometres (40 kilometres) from the border with Russia's Kaliningrad territory. Sejmej refused to say how long the deployment would last, but said it was "temporary". In February, Poland ratified...
  • Air Contingents on the NATO Baltic Air-policing mission rotate

    05/02/2010 8:29:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 240+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 05/03/2010 | Defense Professionals
    April 30, military contingents conducting the QRA Baltic Air-policing mission will change during a ceremony at the LAF Siauliai Air Base: Polish Air Contingent with four MiG-29 will replace French soldiers. Polish forces are deploying air assets for the Baltic Air-policing mission for the third time (after service on January-March 2006 and March-June 2008 with MiG-29 fighter-jets). The majority of the present shift come from the 23rd Air Base and the 1st Tactical Squadron of the Polish Air Force based in Minsk Mazowiecki near Warsaw. The third Polish rotation named „Eagle 3" will comprise 100 troops, 8 of them pilots....
  • Eastern Europe After The Tragedy In Smolensk

    04/25/2010 2:48:56 PM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 424+ views
    GovMonitor ^ | 25th April 2010 | Andrew Wilson
    Eastern Europe After The Tragedy In Smolensk Source: by Andrew Wilson, European Council on Foreign Relations Posted on: 25th April 2010 Last week I was one of the legions of the stranded. First I was trapped by the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Ukraine and then I found a car to Warsaw on the Monday after the service to commemorate the victims of the Smolensk crash in Kraków. There were still so many people to bury, with thousands watching the funeral of Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last president on the wartime government-in-exile, on a giant TV screen in the main square. But what...
  • Poland's agony

    04/13/2010 2:51:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 218+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 13, 2010 | Editorial
    The plane crash Saturday that wiped out much of Poland's political and military leadership -- including President Lech Kaczynski -- was a staggering blow to a nation that's struggled, successfully, to rebuild in the post- Communist era. It also offers the world, especially Washington, a chance to reflect on the Eastern European nation's strategic value as Russia seeks to reclaim a dominant role in global affairs. Democracy and capitalism have borne fruit in Poland, where Soviet hegemony -- and international communism -- began to unravel 30 years ago. Last year, Poland's GDP swelled by nearly 2 percent, even as much...
  • A Pole Apart

    04/12/2010 4:52:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 446+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    An ally who feared U.S. indifference. Tragedy In Smolensk: Lech Kaczynski was a Polish patriot and a friend of the West who believed in the defense of freedom and democracy. We don't have many friends like him, and we treated him shabbily. Numerologists might note the number 70 figured prominently in both the life and death of Poland's president. Kaczynski, 60, his wife Maria, an economist, and 95 others who died Saturday on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massacre of 22,000 Polish prisoners in the Katyn Forest in western Russia in 1940 by Stalin's secret...
  • Albania struggles to deal with Communist past

    04/02/2010 5:04:15 AM PDT · by decimon · 4 replies · 359+ views
    BBC ^ | Apr 2, 2010 | Unknown
    Since the collapse of Communist rule in Eastern Europe in 1989, the countries involved have explored different ways of dealing with the past. Albania took a different path to many, something which is still affecting it today, says the BBC's Iain MacInnes.> We met Ramiz Alia, the former leader of the Communist Party of Albania and, later, the first president of the post-communist Republic of Albania. Enver Hoxha, who led Albania from World War II until his death in 1985, designated Mr Alia as his successor as party leader. Mr Alia, who remained in power until 1992, has some regrets...
  • Pennsylvania Woman Charged With Recruiting Violent Jihadist Fighters

    03/09/2010 12:56:58 PM PST · by Doogle · 152 replies · 3,304+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 030910 | FOX NEWS
    A Pennsylvania woman known to authorities as "Jihad Jane" was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft. The indictment, unsealed Monday, charges that Colleen R. LaRose, and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.
  • Romania in talks to host 20 US interceptor missiles

    02/26/2010 8:05:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 309+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/26/2010 | Reuters
    Romania is holding talks with Washington to deploy about 20 interceptor missiles as part of a U.S. missile shield, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said on Feb. 25. Earlier this month, the Balkan country's top defence body approved a U.S. proposal to include Romania in a system it said aimed at providing defence against attack by ballistic missile or mid-range rockets. The move angered Russia, eastern Europe's former Cold War master. "The talks will probably take a year and a half. They concern deploying 20 interceptor devices at different locations in Romania," Baconschi told a news conference in Sofia after...
  • US missile shield not targeting Russia, Bulgaria says

    02/17/2010 6:40:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 187+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/17/2010 | Space War
    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov on Wednesday played down Russian protests over Sofia's plans to join a United States missile shield in Europe. "This shield is not directed against threats coming from Russia. On the contrary, the threats that exist for us equally exist for our Russian friends," Mladenov told bTV television. "We have to find a way to protect us all," he added. Bulgaria said last week that it favoured new US plans for a shield in Europe to counter missile threat from Iran and the Middle East. But the announcement angered Russia, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov demanding...
  • Moldova Trans-Dniester region in Russia missile offer

    02/15/2010 5:49:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 157+ views
    BBC ^ | 2/15/2010 | 2/15/2010
    Moldova's breakaway region of Trans-Dniester has reacted to US plans for a missile defence shield by offering to host new Russian missiles. The US wants to base elements of its missile defence shield in neighbouring Romania and Bulgaria - much to Russia's concern. Trans-Dniester leader Igor Smirnov said Russia had not yet asked it to be a host but any request would be approved. Trans-Dniester is already home to Russian troops and an arms dump. The Trans-Dniester region declared independence from Moldova in 1991. Sharp criticism Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has already asked for an explanation from the US...
  • Yanukovych opens door to Russian navy keeping base in Ukraine

    02/13/2010 4:24:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 320+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 02/13/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Viktor Yanukovych, the expected next Ukrainian president, says he cannot rule out Russia's Black Sea Fleet remaining in Ukraine after its lease on the Sevastopol naval base expires in 2017. Preliminary results showed Yanukovych narrowly winning Ukraine's presidential election, and although the official count has not been released he has been congratulated by world leaders including the Russian and U.S. presidents. The Party of Regions leader is expected to move Ukraine away from the determinedly pro-Western stance of President Viktor Yushchenko, who vowed that Russia would have to find a new main base for its Black Sea Fleet once the...
  • Bulgaria wants to participate in US missile defence shield

    02/12/2010 8:33:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/12/2010 | AFP via Space War
    Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said Friday he favoured taking part in a new US missile defence system in Europe and a US ambassador indicated that talks have already started. Neighbouring Romania has angered Russia by announcing it wants to host medium-range ballistic missile interceptors as part of a US missile defence system expected to be operational by 2015. Asked about Bulgaria's stance on the system, Borisov said: "As a NATO member, we take into consideration everything that concerns Europe's security and will undertake the respective measures." "In my view, we have to show solidarity (with US plans) but Bulgaria's...
  • Czechs in talks to host missile command center

    02/11/2010 6:32:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 161+ views
    The Prague Post ^ | 1/10/2010 | Benjamin Cunningham
    A high-level defense policy expert with ties to Washington, D.C. said the Czech Republic is in discussions with the Obama administration to host a command center for the United States' altered missile-defense plan. The official, who requested anonymity because discussions are ongoing, said, "The Czech Republic is not out of the picture." "There are strategic dialogues going on between the United States and the Czech Republic," said Jiří Beneš, a Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman. "No concrete proposal has been mentioned yet." In recent days, the Obama administration's altered missile-defense plans have begun to take shape as Romanian President Traian Basescu...
  • Romania ready to start talks on becoming part of US BMD shield in Europe

    02/09/2010 3:44:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 179+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 01/09/2010 | Luca Bonsignore
    Romanian President Traian Basescu announced last week that his country would accept an US offer to base medium-range interceptor missiles (the proposed land-based version of the SM3 system) as part of the revamped missile defence plans formulated by the Obama Administration in 2009. "Romania has been officially invited by US President Barack Obama to be part of the [new] missile defence system," Basescu said after a meeting of the country's Supreme Defence Council. He stated that talks between Washington and Bucharest on the issue should start in the near future and any agreement will be submitted to Romanian parliament for...