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  • How World War III became possible

    07/01/2015 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 68 replies
    Vox (Vox.com) ^ | June 29, 2015 | Max Fisher
    It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict had grown out of its control. The Russian air force began harassing the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are members of NATO. The US pledged that it would uphold its commitment to defend those countries as if they were American soil, and later staged military exercises a few hundred yards from Russia's border.Both sides came to believe that the other had more drastic intentions....
  • Russia to review 1991 decision to recognise independence of Baltic states

    07/01/2015 7:45:57 AM PDT · by annalex · 64 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | JUN. 30, 2015
    Russia to review 1991 decision to recognise independence of Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithunia were occupied by the Soviet Union for decades Russia is examining the legality of the decision to recognise the independence of the Baltic republics in 1991 by the State Council of the USSR - according to Russia's state news service Interfax. The decision to review recognition of the independence of EU-member Baltic nations follows the Russian Prosecutor General's Office ruling last year that Crimea was illegally handed to Ukraine in 1954; and is certain to alarm the small Baltic NATO-member nations of Lithuania, Latvia and...
  • ‘End Austerity Now,’ demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: it’s cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can’t you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ‘End Austerity Now’ demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkey’s 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...
  • And it's gone...Greek Banks in Macedonia can't withdraw cash - Central Bank's Bogov

    06/12/2015 7:42:44 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 39 replies
    https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/609341858045497344 https://twitter.com/TraderStef/status/609355146842275840 https://twitter.com/JAFF3/status/609343992803774464 https://twitter.com/russian_market/status/609341880623591424 The bank runs (and capital controls) begin. Macedonia Central Bank Governor Bogov states: *GREEK BANKS IN MACEDONIA CAN’T WITHDRAW CASH: BOGOV*MACEDONIAN BANKS PROTECTED IN CASE OF GREXIT: BOGOV How long before the rest of Europe follows suit and a bank holiday is declared Monday to "Cyprus" depositors? He further added: *MACEDONIAN CENTRAL BANK SEES MAJOR RISKS FROM POLITICAL CRISIS http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/macedonia-central-bank-blocks-greek-bank-withdrawals-case-grexit Macedonia Central Bank blocks Greek bank withdrawals FXStreet (Córdoba) - Macedonian Central Bank's Governor Dimitar Bogov has stated that Greek banks are not able to withdraw cash. According to Bogov, this withdrawal halt is protection against...
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, détente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • We do. Russia does not.

    05/31/2015 9:31:34 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 05/31/2015 | Massza
    Sweden rules the Baltic Sea supreme. Russia does not. We and Finland protect Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. We dispose of the means. We could **** you up very bad Mr. Putin and Stalin won't be there to aid you.
  • Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises

    05/16/2015 3:09:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    TAPA, Estonia — A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula because he said he feared NATO’s expansion. This week, U.S. tanks were cutting up the Estonian countryside just 65 miles from the Russian border in response to local fears about Russia’s expansionism. From destroyers in the Baltic Sea to paratroopers over Georgia’s skies to camouflaged reservists in Estonia’s birch forests, drills across the former Eastern Bloc this past week were a stark new sign of worries about Kremlin aggression. Estonia in recent days held its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, and...
  • Baltic countries to ask NATO for thousands of permanent troops

    05/16/2015 6:41:25 PM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    The three Baltic states have written a letter to NATO asking for hundreds of soliders to be stationed in each country. They have expressed fears of possible aggression from Moscow. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia announced on Thursday that they would petition NATO to permanently station troops throughout the Baltic region as Russia has done little to allay concerns that it may pose a threat to its three small neighbors. "Russia sees NATO as its main nemesis and this has put the Baltic countries on the front line, so to say," said Roland Murof, speaking for the Estonian defense ministry. "Hence,...
  • Harwood: Carson and Rand Too Sensitive To Questioning, Cruz Isn’t

    05/12/2015 8:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent and New York Times Political Writer John Harwood argued that GOP presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are too sensitive to tough questions, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is better at handling tough questions in an interview set to broadcast on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”Harwood discussed an interview he did with Carson during which Carson argued that Hewitt “was so gleeful about thinking that he had caught me on something,” during a questioning on the Baltic states and NATO on Hewitt’s show back in March. After hearing the exchange between Hewitt and...
  • 70th anniversary of end of World War II marked throughout Baltics

    05/10/2015 4:02:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-05-08 | The Baltic Times
    The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was commemorated throughout the Baltic countries today. In Estonia, the largest events will take place in the capital, Tallinn, where wreaths will be placed on behalf of the government at the Defence Forces Cemetery and at the memorial to the victims of Nazism at Rahumäe Jewish cemetery. Traditionally, wreaths are placed in the name of the government at the Maarjamäe Memorial Square at the monument for participants of the 1944 Estonian defence battles, graves of German soldiers and the Red Army memorial. [....] As previously reported, this year Lithuania will...
  • Treasure-Filled Wreck Found in Finland

    05/09/2015 6:42:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Discovery News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Rossella Lorenzi
    A fabulous sunken treasure may be recovered off Finland coast as archaeologist divers say they have found the wreck of a legendary 15th-century vessel. According to historic documents, the Hanneke Wrome was one of two ships that left Luebeck, Germany, for Tallinn, Estonia, on Nov. 11, 1468. Records also indicate the cargo included 10,000 gold coins and gold jewelry -- a treasure estimated to be worth more than $150 million today. Strong east winds, actually very rare in Finland, caught both vessels. While the other ship managed to get to Tallinn, the Hanneke Wrome went down in the storm with...
  • Why Is America Richer than Kazakhstan, and Why Has Estonia Surpassed Croatia?

    05/04/2015 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Even small differences in economic growth make a big difference to living standards over time. I frequently share this chart, which highlights how long it takes to double economic output based on different growth rates. I also use real-world examples to show how some nations become much richer than other nations within just a few decades because of better policy and faster growth.HereÂ’s another way to approach the issue. LetÂ’s use a hypothetical example to reinforce the importance of growth. If we went back to 1870 and assumed our economyÂ’s nominal growth rate was one percentage point slower than it...
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • Putin threat of nuclear showdown over Baltics

    04/01/2015 4:31:24 PM PDT · by free_life · 97 replies
    The Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ben Hoyle and Michael Evans
    President Putin is using the threat of a nuclear showdown over the Baltic states to force Nato to back away from Russia’s border, according to notes of a secret meeting between intelligence figures from Moscow and Washington. Western security chiefs are braced for the Kremlin to begin a series of “destabilising actions” in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that would directly challenge Nato’s mutual defence pledge. These could involve civil disturbances involving local ethnic Russians,
  • Obama's diplomatic disaster

    03/23/2015 2:29:38 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | MARCH 22, 2015 | ERIKA SIMPSON
    Around 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, about two dozen high-level U.S. diplomats, politicians and four-star generals held a discussion in a briefing room on the sixth floor of the luxury Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich. Their frank comments behind a sound-proof door were leaked, perhaps to German intelligence but certainly to the German newspapers Bild and Der Spiegel, which published reports of the discussions. They reveal a ham-handed U.S. diplomacy in Europe that has raised consternation and revulsion against the administration of President Barack Obama and by extension against NATO. Although not directly involved, Canadians can learn from the...
  • Vilnius analysts: Russia could try conventional attack against Lithuania

    02/24/2015 7:46:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-19 | Paul Goble
    Staunton, February 17 – Most analysts have become so focused on Vladimir Putin’s use of “hybrid war” that they do not take into consideration that he could choose to wage a conventional war in some places, and most of these same analysts are also guilty of evaluating the Baltic countries as if Moscow would use the same and common strategy against them. But Marius Laurinavičius, an analyst at the Vilnius Center for Research on Eastern Europe, points out that Moscow could very well employ a “hybrid” war strategy against Estonia and Latvia but use a “conventional” against Lithuania in order...
  • NATO commanders give green light to creation of rapid-response force bases in Baltics

    02/24/2015 7:54:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-05 | TBT staff and newswires
    RIGA - NATO commanders have given the green-light for the creation of rapid-response force command and control centres in the Baltics and three other countries, National Armed Forces Commander Raimonds Graube confirmed to Latvian Radio. According to the portal lsm.lv, this means that a new unit will be set up in Latvia, and this unit will man and operate the new command and control centre. The unit will be responsible for logistics and organisational exercises, as well as receiving rapid-response forces in crisis situations. NATO already has a rapid-response force model in place, however, after Russia’s aggression in Ukraine —...
  • Latvia minister cites threat from 'information war' over Russian minority

    03/12/2015 10:35:15 AM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mar 12, 2015 | AIJA KRUTAINE
    Latvia's security is at risk from Russian-funded advocacy groups waging "information war" that suggests the Baltic state is persecuting its Russian minority, its interior minister said in an interview. Latvia and neighboring Estonia and Lithuania, all part of the Soviet Union until 1991, are wary about their newly assertive giant neighbor Russia, which has long complained the rights of ethnic Russians are being undermined in the Baltics
  • Jews in Baltics fear creep of anti-Semitism

    03/11/2015 9:17:38 PM PDT · by duckln · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Paul Alster
    <p>Jews in the Baltics fear a series of disturbing events in the three-nation region of Eastern Europe may be signaling a revival of the Holocaust-era hatred that once nearly wiped out their numbers.</p> <p>Across the countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Jewish leaders say their communities are feeling increasingly uncomfortable as anti-Semitism once again appears to be on the rise. An Estonian museum exhibition mocking the Holocaust, a stage musical celebrating the life of a notorious Latvian Nazi mass murderer and the repatriation of the remains of a Lithuanian leader long linked to Nazis have all contributed to a climate of hate that has Jews on edge.</p>
  • U.S. military vehicles paraded 300 yards from the Russian border

    02/25/2015 12:31:16 PM PST · by McGruff · 34 replies
    the Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War. The armored personnel carriers and other U.S. Army vehicles that rolled through the streets of Narva, a border city separated by a narrow frontier from Russia, were a dramatic reminder of the new military confrontation in Eastern Europe.
  • Defence experts: snap military drills could be prelude to Russian assault on Baltics

    02/25/2015 8:14:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-25 | The Baltic Times
    Increasingly frequent snap military drills being carried out by Russia near its eastern European neighbors could be part of a strategy that will open the door for a Russian offensive on the Baltic States, according to defence expert Martin Hurt, deputy director at Estonia’s International Center for Defence and Security. The Lithuanian and Estonian defense ministries have expressed alarm at the increased military activity, and drawn comparisons to moves prior to the Russian invasion of Crimea. Commenting on Russia’s announcement last week that its armed forces will not cease holding snap military exercises, Hurt, who has previously worked for Estonia’s...
  • Russian intelligence services launching study on language localism in the Baltics

    02/25/2015 8:09:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 15:04 | news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting
    FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service, is planning to study the Russian-language skills of ethnic Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians and Ukrainians. FSB has published a tender to study the linguistics of Russian regions and the post communist countries. The study will ask ten men to read out texts in Russian, which will be recorded and analyzed. The results will be used to compile an atlas of the modern Russian language.
  • Russia conducting military drills near Estonian border

    02/25/2015 8:04:14 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 | news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting
    2,000 Russian special troops and 500 armed units are taking part of the military drills in Pskov region, near Estonia-Russia border. According to Russian Defense Ministry, the exercises are part of Russian Airborne Forces tactical drill. More than 1,500 servicemen will be airdropped during the training which is expected to last until February 27. Martin Hurt, an Estonian defense expert at the International Centre for Defense and Security, said to Newsweek magazine that the increasingly frequent snap military drills being carried out by Russia near its neighbours could be part of a strategy that will open the door for a...
  • Alzheimer's breakthrough....

    02/16/2015 10:50:49 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 38 replies
    DailyMail.Co.UK ^ | February 16, 2015 | Ben Spencer
    Scientists have discovered the key to stopping Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages. The breakthrough paves the way for a ‘statin-like’ drug that could be taken by millions to prevent dementia. Cambridge University researchers have found a naturally occurring molecule that can slow the formation of plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are closely associated with declining memory and other Alzheimer’s symptoms. The discovery raises the prospect of a treatment which could be routinely taken in middle age to stop dementia. It could even result in a pill that could be used to treat dementia in the same way that...
  • Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: Scientists Home In On Molecule Which Halts Development of Disease

    02/16/2015 7:46:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | February16, 2015 | John Bingham
    Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: Scientists Home In On Molecule Which Halts Development of Disease Cambridge scientists raise prospect of new generation of treatments after finding technique to limit development of biggest cause of dementia By John Bingham, 16 Feb 2015 Scientists have found a method which could potentially stop the growth of Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks, raising the prospect of a wave of new treatments for the condition. A team at Cambridge University, working with partners in Sweden and Estonia, has identified a molecule which can block the progress of Alzheimer’s at a crucial stage in its development. Not only is...
  • Laughing at the Holocaust in Estonia:Tale of a Travesty

    02/11/2015 3:48:26 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 2/10/'15 | Dr. Inna Rogatchi
    In the Tartu Art Museum, Nazi atrocities are fun and games. On February 7th, 2015, a peculiar exhibition opened at the Tartu Art Museum in Estonia, entitled: My Poland: Remembering and Forgetting. The exhibition, set to last until the end of March, is declared by the organisers to be a "Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps and the end of the Second World War". The exhibition was supported and financed by the Estonian Culture Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
  • Estonia warns of crushing defeat if West fails to provide weapons to Ukraine

    02/07/2015 12:51:28 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 88 replies
    UAToday ^ | 2/7/2015
    Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has warned that Russia will defeat Ukraine if the West does not provide military assistance to the Ukrainian military. The Estonian leader also said that the European Union should maintain unity and determination in the face of Russian aggression. Hendrik Ilves said it was also important to accelerate the delivery of assistance to eastern regions of Ukraine where a humanitarian disaster was unfolding. His comments come after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Germany would not be sending any lethal weapons to Ukraine and the Czech foreign minister said that there is 'no...
  • Five Yemeni Prisoners Released From Guantanamo Bay (New!!)

    01/15/2015 3:29:54 AM PST · by dennisw · 13 replies
    nbcnews ^ | January 8, 2015,
    Five Yemenis held at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been transferred overseas, the Department of Defense announced late Wednesday. Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad Al Yafi, Fadel Hussein Saleh Hentif, Abd Al-Rahman Abdullah Au Shabati and Mohammed Ahmed Salam were handed over to Oman and Akhmed Abdul Qadir was transferred to Estonia, it said in a statement marking the first movement of detainees so far in 2015. The move leaves 122 prisoners remaining at the Cuba facility. "The United States is grateful to the government of Oman for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the...
  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Allard
    Once a Constitutional Republic famed for its pragmatism, the United States has lately become a country notorious for its inconstancy, no longer recognizing that actions have finite and foreseeable consequences. In this space, for example, I recently argued that the release of the “torture report” by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came perilously close to the constitutional definition of treason by “giving Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the report’s release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • ANSWER's Steering Committee: Traitors, and Commies, and Jew-haters - oh my!

    03/12/2003 12:09:14 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 29 replies · 30,466+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | By Ryan Anderson O’Donnell
    ANSWER's Steering CommitteeBy Ryan Anderson O’DonnellFrontPageMagazine.com | March 12, 2003 The group at the forefront of the recent anti-war rallies, International A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is in reality a front organization designed to further the radical agenda of several extremist movements from the political Left. Despite the media’s assertions to the contrary, present incarnation of the peace movement, led by ANSWER, is anything but representative of mainstream America. ANSWER’s steering committee reads like a "Who’s Who" of radical political organizations. The most influential member of ANSWER’s steering committee, Ramsey Clark’s pet project known as the...
  • Lithuanian archbishop worried Russian will move against Baltic states

    12/16/2014 3:23:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    catholicsentinel.org ^ | December 16, 2014
    WARSAW, Poland — A top Baltic church leader voiced concern about possible Russian aggression against Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and appealed to Western Catholics to be better informed about the situation. "We're in the front line, and Russia has made its intentions clear. While we feel NATO's support, we know the front could move forward if the international community fails to stand firm," said Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius, president of the Lithuanian bishops' conference. "What isn't fully realized in the West is that the information and propaganda war which preceded the military action against Ukraine is very much underway...
  • Putin could be finished

    12/13/2014 1:33:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | David Russell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is so easy to dislike because he really is a bad guy and there are few things more pleasurable than contemplating his fall from power. It is reasonably clear that might just happen. Even though he continues to be widely popular in his own country, there are several reasons why he could be brought down. The principle ones are the fall in oil prices and the financial crisis brought on by the sanctions imposed by the West. There are many others: a 40 percent decline in the value of Russian currency; an impending recession; the cost...
  • Estonian approves purchase of infantry battle vehicles

    12/07/2014 10:52:26 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 25 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2014-11-27
    The Estonian government approved on Thursday of the plan to buy infantry battle vehicles CV90 and support vehicles from the Netherlands and gave Defence Minister Sven Mikser powers to sign the purchase contract with the Netherlands, Postimees Online reports. The procurement contract will be concluded on December 9 in Holland. Its cost was not yet revealed. Estonia will acquire from the Netherlands 44 infantry battle machines CV90 and non-armed support vehicles based on the tanks Leopard 1 and jointly with the Netherlands equipment, spare parts, tools, documentation and ammunition for the vehicles. Estonian Defence Minister Sven Mikser said that this...
  • Anthrax: Source of Fishy, Shaggy Dog Stories Pleads Fifth

    12/20/2007 4:52:43 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 68 replies · 316+ views
    Blogger News ^ | 12/20/07 | Ross getman
    Anthrax: Source of Fishy, Shaggy Dog Stories Pleads Fifth December 20th, 2007 by Ross E. Getman In October 2007, the former Criminal Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Daniel Seikaly, was deposed in the civil rights action by Steve Hatfill about whether he was the source of leaks relating to Steve Hatfill in connection with Newsweek and Washington Post stories about the use of bloodhounds and the draining of ponds in Frederick, Maryland. Attorney Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination in connection with most substantive questions. Attorney Seikaly has had a very distinguished career....
  • To Beat Russian Tanks, the Baltic States Study the Georgia War

    10/27/2014 5:58:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 24, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    It was more than six years ago when a tank force from the Georgian army’s 42nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion fought its way overnight through Tskhinvali, South Ossetia. The tanks were in trouble. They were moving too fast, outrunning their infantry support and taking losses to South Ossetian irregulars scattered throughout the city. Only hours into a war which would last five days, they had to keep moving before Russian reinforcements could arrive to bolster the pro-Russian, breakway Georgian province.
  • Maddow Mocks Republican's Geography Mistake—But Recently Made One of Her Own

    10/25/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let she who is without geography sin cast the first globe! On her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow mercilessly mocked Darrell Issa for confusing Guinea with Guyana. The Republican congressman made his mistake during a discussion of the country in which the latest Ebola outbreak began. Issa said it was "Guyana," a South American country, whereas in fact it was Guinea, a West African one. Fair enough. Issa should have gotten his countries straight. But of all the hosts in the MSNBC lineup, Rachel Maddow should have been the last to have the chutzpah to highlight Issa's blooper. For...
  • Nuclear War threat from Ukraine crisis threatens world, Nobel Peace Laureate warns

    10/10/2014 11:26:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    baltimorepostexaminer.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Martin Sieff
    The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week. “It’s an incredibly dangerous situation. …If there’s a nuclear war tonight, that’s the Northern Hemisphere (of the entire world) gone, Dr. Helen Caldicott told a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. She was speaking on the topic: “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?” Caldicott is an Australian...
  • US to supply Javelin missiles to Estonia

    10/09/2014 9:22:21 AM PDT · by Krosan · 10 replies
    army-technology.com ^ | 9 October 2014
    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin missiles and associated equipment to Estonia. Under the estimated $55m sale, Estonia has requested 350 Javelin guided missiles, along with 120 command launch units with integrated day / thermal sight, 102 battery coolant units, 16 enhanced performance basic skills trainers and 102 missile simulation rounds. The package also includes spare and repair parts, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and dischargers, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, and technical and logistics support services, as well as other related logistics support....
  • U.S. Armored Forces Started to Deploy in Baltic States. PHOTOS

    10/05/2014 10:34:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Censor.NET ^ | 05.10.14 01:33 | Censor.NET
    The "Ironhorse" armored cavalry unit, with around 700 soldiers, some 20 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with Bradley and Stryker armored fighting vehicles started to deploy in the three Baltic States and Poland. Censor.NET writes about it, referring to Zn.ua. Considering the level of armament, it is one of the most formidable U.S. military forces sent onto former Soviet soil. Besides, the U.S. military says it is the first time it has had to ship armored reinforcements to Europe since the end of the Cold War On Wednesday, October 1, a ship delivering to Latvia American tanks and infantry fighting...
  • Russia is starting to use the same line on Baltic countries that it used to invade Ukraine

    10/01/2014 1:24:03 PM PDT · by MeganC · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | 1 October 2014 | Max Fisher
    A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official says that Moscow has a responsibility to protect ethnic Russian citizens of other countries, "regardless of where they live," and that "we will do everything possible to defend the rights and interests" of ethnic Russian minorities in the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The comments came from Anatoly Makarov, the director of the Foreign Ministry's Department for Interaction with Compatriots Abroad. He was speaking to the Russian outlet RuBaltic, as translated by Paul Goble. "We are carrying out a line so that Russian compatriots regardless of where they live are guaranteed...
  • estonia buys up used dutch tanks (swedish ifvs)

    10/01/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    NL Times ^ | October 1 2014 | Janene Van Jaarsveldt
    The Netherlands is selling 44 combat vehicles to Estonia. Minister Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense) expects the sales contract to be signed in December. The Swedish manufactured CV90 vehicles are still relatively new. They were commissioned by the Dutch army in 2008. Due to cut backs that were agreed on last year, 44 of the 176 vehicles will be sold The Netherlands and Estonia will exchange information on the use and maintenance of the vehicles. NATO is putting more military resources in the Baltic States as they feel a threat from Russia. The Netherlands will provide 4 F-16’s to help monitor airspace.
  • Putin’s former aide: Russia has been preparing for global war since 2003

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

    09/24/2014 7:25:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 9-24-14 | Rupert Darwell
    Tuesday's climate summit at the U.N. may well mark a turning point in the long-running talks as the reality sinks in that they are heading nowhere. For sure, the rhetoric is unchanged. Recently appointed U.N. peace messenger Leonardo DiCaprio is the show’s newest star, telling the meeting that it was "humankind’s greatest challenge." But the older acts sounded stale. Former Vice President Al Gore demonstrated his green credentials when he said that political will was "a renewable resource," recycling a line he’d first used at the 2007 Bali climate conference. For small countries, the U.N. climate change talks provide an...
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • Eyes on Estonia

    09/19/2014 1:05:15 PM PDT · by fishtank · 10 replies
    WORLD magazine ^ | 9-19-14 | Marvin Olasky
    Eyes on Estonia ESTONIA | A desperate Goliath may soon take on a super-secular David By MARVIN OLASKY Issue: "Is the world falling apart?," Oct. 4, 2014 Posted Sept. 19, 2014, 01:00 a.m. President Barack Obama on Sept. 3 journeyed to Estonia, a New Jersey–sized nation with 1.3 million persons, and gave a speech, as is his custom. Estonians were wondering how much they should fear their 400-times-larger-by-area neighbor, Russia, home to 144 million humans including one inhumane dictator, Vladimir Putin. Obama said don’t worry: “We’ll be here for Estonia. You lost your independence once before. With NATO, you’ll never...
  • Bluster and Bluff in the Baltic

    09/09/2014 6:00:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    "I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty alliance. ... Article 5 is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if ... you ever ask again, 'who'll come to help,' you'll know the answer -- the NATO alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America." That was Barack Obama in Tallinn, Estonia, last week, reissuing a U.S. war guarantee to the tiniest of the Baltic republics -- which his Cold War predecessors would have regarded as certifiable madness. From 1945...
  • Obama The Chess Playing Pigeon Struts Around the Board & Claims Victory Over Putin

    09/06/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by No One Special · 17 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | September 5, 2014 | The Professor
    Obama’s cultists often compare him to a chess master, playing the long game. There is another chess metaphor that is far more apt, however. Specifically, there is a story that has gained wide currency in which Vladimir Putin compares Obama to a chess playing pigeon. Putin supposedly said: ”Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, s**** on the board and then struts around like it won the game.” This story is almost certainly false. The chess playing pigeon meme dates to far before Obama’s time. But there is no person...
  • NATO faces 1st test, as Estonia accuses Russia of abduction

    09/06/2014 6:21:26 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 41 replies
    CBC ^ | 5 Sep 14 | Kristen Everson, Evan Solomon
    A revitalized NATO is already facing its first test of Russian aggression, on the same day it wrapped up its critical summit in Wales. Russian agents have crossed the border into Estonia, a NATO country, and detained a police officer, according to the Estonian government. "We should see it... as a demonstration on behalf of Russia that provocations have started," Estonia's ambassador to Canada told Evan Solomon on CBC Radio's The House. According to Gita Kalmet, Russian agents wearing no insignia crossed the border at Luhamaa, in southeastern Estonia, jammed communications equipment and threw smoke grenades before abducting the agent...