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  • Kullervo: Tolkien's fascination with Finland

    08/27/2015 4:43:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    On Thursday JRR Tolkien's early story The Story of Kullervo will be published for the first time. The dark tale reveals that Tolkien's Middle Earth was inspired not only by England and Wales… but also by Finland. "Hapless Kullervo," Tolkien called him. Kullervo, an orphan boy raised into slavery, a tragic hero who commits incest in the dark forests of Karelia and hurls himself on his own blade.
  • Finnish threat leaves Greek talks on knife edge

    07/11/2015 1:59:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    .irishtimes.com ^ | Derek Scally, Fiach Kelly
    Euro group talks in Brussels have run into difficulty after signals that eurosceptic populists in Finland’s ruling coalition will bring down the two-month-old government if Helsinki backs a third aid package for Greece. Irish sources have said it was “increasingly difficult to reach common ground” as talks progressed in Brussels. Finnish opposition would prevent the euro group, meeting in Brussels, reaching a unanimous decision to open negotiations for a third Greek programe. ... The Finns party joined a three-way centre-right coalition in May but its leader Timi Soini, now foreign minister, has maintained that bailouts in general, and particularly bailouts...
  • Alice Cooper Banned from Tampere Arena on Religious Grounds

    09/02/2009 8:27:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 99 replies · 2,373+ views
    YLE UUtiset ^ | August 17, 2009
    Veteran American singer Alice Cooper's concert scheduled for Tampere in December has been shifted to Espoo because of concerns over his shock-rock image. Tampere Arena, which was to have hosted the December 11 show, cancelled it because a perceived conflict with the venue's "Christian-based policies". "The [Lutheran-based charismatic revivalist] group Nokia Mission and others use Tampere Arena for their events, so the venue's management did not want Alice Cooper appearing in the same hall. The contract which we received from Tampere Arena specifies that no artists may perform there who 'incite evil and the power of darkness'," promoter Kalle Keskinen...
  • Greek Prime Minister Tsipras Screws The Pooch

    06/28/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com, Reuters PHOTO ^ | June 28, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    <p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his party Syriza have just screwed the pooch, and royally so. Tsipras has just done something so colossally idiotic and childish that perhaps Greece deserves its impending economic collapse for having elected someone so incredibly stupid. Greeks have suffered six years of chronic recession and endless rounds of debt negotiations, but this will all seem like a walk in the park compared to the poverty and civil chaos about the engulf their country.</p>
  • Russia has rehearsed an invasion of SCANDINAVIA .. claims US security report

    06/26/2015 12:23:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/26/15 | Kate Pickles
    A mock invasion of Sweden and Norway has been carried out by 33,000 Russian troops, a US security think tank has claimed. Tens of thousands of soldiers rehearsed a military takeover of Swedish and Norwegian territory near the Baltic Sea in March, security expert Edward Lucas said in a report for the US-based Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). The exercise also simulated the invasion of other areas including the Danish island of Bornholm, Finland's Swedish-speaking Åland islands, and northern Norway, according to the report, The Coming Storm.
  • ‘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...
  • Finland: Horse manure plan to heat homes

    06/17/2015 6:33:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | June 15, 2015
    Finland's government wants the country to turn away from fossil fuels and look towards horse manure to heat its homes instead, it's reported. The new coalition's manifesto sets out plans for the large-scale use of horse dung as a renewable source of energy, the national broadcaster Yle reports. One energy company is already trying out a biofuel made by mixing horse manure with a wood-based litter, which is then burned to create power. The Fortum group says the annual waste created by three horses would be enough to heat a family home for a year. And with about 77,000 horses...
  • 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...
  • Isis-looted treasures seized en route to Russia

    06/06/2015 4:52:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    YLE ^ | 6/5/15
    The most valuable piece seized by Finnish Customs, while on its way to a collector in Russia, is a decorative ceramic plaque looted from a Syrian shrine that dates to the 1400s."There a great deal of archeological material in the Middle East related to humankind's early history that in many ways is irreplaceable," Chief Intendant Jouni Kuurne of Finland's National Board of Antiquities told Yle.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO has been deeply concerned about the destruction of Syrian's world heritage sites and the looting of art treasures for sale to private collectors.The piece from the Syrian...
  • U.N.: Nearly 1 Gun for Every American

    07/09/2003 5:23:47 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 153 replies · 1,167+ views
    AP ^ | 7/8/03 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS - The United States has by far the largest number of publicly owned firearms in the world and is approaching the point where there is one gun for every American, according to the Small Arms Survey 2003 released Tuesday. But in surprise findings, the survey found that Europeans are more heavily armed than commonly believed while there are far fewer small arms in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and sub-Saharan Africa than previously estimated. According to the independent survey, the crackdown on terrorism after Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States "had little effect on the size...
  • 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.
  • Syria - Archaeological Finding (80K Year Old Human Sites)

    05/29/2004 5:45:23 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 1,613+ views
    Sana.org ^ | 5-29-2004 | Ahmad F. Zahra
    Syria - Archeological Findings Palmyra- Syria 29-05 (SANA)- The Finnish archeological team working in Bashir Mount in the desert area of Palmyra ( Tadmor ) has unearthed 46 archeological sites that date back to 80,000 years B.C. Member of the team Prof. Margo Alstawt Watsing of Helsinki University said her group used sophisticated equipment to survey the mountain’s archeological traces that extend along the Euphrates River on the ancient famous Silk Road, some 180 KM east of Palmyra. She added that clay, copper, bone and granite pieces were unearthed at the scene, an indication that man had very long ago...
  • What Sanders Says Socialism Would Look Like in U.S. If He Won Presidency

    05/11/2015 8:44:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/10/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Noting that he’s “perhaps the most progressive member of the United States Senate,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) described today how, as president, he would do socialism in America. “When we talk about Democratic socialism, I think it is important to realize that there are countries around the world, like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, who have had social democratic governments on and off for many, many years. And we can learn a whole lot from some of those countries,” the 2016 Democratic presidential contender said on CBS this morning. “For example, the United States is the only major country on earth...
  • MY HEART AND WILL FOR MY CHILDREN [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/11/2015 7:25:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Foundations are being laid now in my children that have crossed the threshing floor of My heart and will for all my children of light , for to partake of my cup you must enter into me in all fullness and truth therefore obey my statutes and “ live “ my words to you given upon the foundation of my kingdom “ My heart “ , for truly as I send my sent ones and speak through my prophets , the oracles shall reveal themselves to all those that receive me in the manner I choose to come, for many...
  • 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...
  • Niinistö calls for continuity in foreign policy making

    05/07/2015 1:13:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Helsinki Times ^ | 30 Apr 2015 . | Anna-Liina Kauhanen
    The Finnish Navy acted appropriately and extremely resolutely in driving away a possible submarine from the territorial waters of Finland early on Tuesday morning, President Sauli Niinistö lauded on Wednesday after announcing the opening of the new parliamentary session. “The Navy, and captains in general, have been granted considerable powers, and I think they were used appropriately here,” Niinistö said. He underscored that all intrusions by military vessels are serious but admitted that the incident was not particularly surprising in light of growing instability in the Baltic Sea Region. “Such traffic has increased on the Baltic Sea. Whatever was under...
  • Finland Sends Letters To Reservists

    05/06/2015 4:52:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 04, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    T he Finnish military has begun sending letters to some 900,000 reservists amid increased tensions between the Nordic states and Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Russia and Finland share a 1,340-kilometer land border. The military said the letter campaign, which started on May 4, was prompted mainly by cuts in the defense budget. Finland's defense budget this year has shrunk to 2.7 billion euros ($2.99 billion), or 1.29 percent of GDP, down from 1.4 percent in 2012. The letters reportedly informed reservists what their role would be in a "crisis situation." Finland, with a population of 5.2 million, is one...
  • Finland Contacts 900,000 Military Reservists In Case Of Crisis Situation

    05/04/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The Finnish Defense Forces is preparing to inform its 900,000 military reservists of their role in the event of mobilization, all the while maintaining the communication has no connection to threats posed by Russia. However, according to journalist Peter Iiskola, this is the first time a letter of this sort has even been sent out in Finland, Newsweek reports. Finland has a small army of around 16,000. In the event of war, this number can swell up to 230,000, drawing from former conscripts. The announcement of the letter, which reservists between ages 20-60 will receive, follows on the heels of...
  • Finnish military preparing 900,000 reservists for 'crisis situation'

    05/02/2015 12:16:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 1, 2015 | Felicity Capon
    The Finnish Defence Forces are to send letters to all 900,000 of the country's reservists at the beginning of this month, informing them what their role would be in a "crisis situation", causing a row over whether such a move is necessary. Finland, with its population of 5.2 million, has a small professional army of 16,000. Yet in the event of mobilisation, Finland could call on its former conscripts to fight. Finland's wartime military strength is 230,000. According to local media reports, the decision was announced via a television advert, telling the nation's reservists "We want to have a word...
  • Finnish navy drops depth charges onto suspected submarine in its territorial waters

    05/01/2015 10:02:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | April 28, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    HELSINKI – The Finnish military says it has dropped depth charges onto a suspected submarine in the sea outside Helsinki after twice detecting the presence of a foreign object in the area.
  • Man Gets $58,000 Speeding Ticket For Going 14 mph Above Limit

    04/29/2015 5:50:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4-28-15 | Robert W. Wood
    In most countries, taxes are progressive, so the more you make, the higher your taxes. In contrast, most parking and speeding tickets are about what you did, not about how much you earn. But in Finland, you might pay for speeding based on the size of your fortune. That is what happened to Mr. Reima Kuisla, a Finnish businessman who was fined 54,024 euros (about $58,000) for speeding. He wasn’t even going terribly fast, although his clocked 64 miles per hour did exceed the posted 50 mph limit. The whole idea of a progressive fine based on one’s income may...
  • Finland drops depth charge on suspected Russian sub

    04/28/2015 5:22:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    Finland’s navy dropped depth charges this morning as a warning to a suspected submarine in waters near Helsinki, raising tensions with neighbouring Russia. The navy said that it had detected an underwater target on Monday and again today and fired warning charges the size of grenades. Carl Haglund, the defence minister, did not say whether Russian involvement was suspected.
  • Finland election: anti-EU right marches onto centre stage

    04/25/2015 7:44:45 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 9 replies
    Scroll In ^ | 4/23/2015 | Nicolas Prindiville
    A right wing anti-EU party has enjoyed success in Finland’s election that saw the governing National Coalition suffer a dramatic defeat. After a campaign dominated by domestic issues, the opposition Centre party won 49 seats of the 200 up for election, while the anti-EU Finns Party won 38 and the governing National Coalition won 37. As a party of the populist right, the Finns latches on to voter discontent wherever it can be found. It did so spectacularly in the 2011 elections, where the party (previously known as the True Finns) expanded its vote share by an historic 14.9% vote...
  • 11 Ways Finland’s Education System Shows Us that “Less is More”.

    04/25/2015 6:27:38 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 27 replies
    When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons. I expected to have great new ideas on how to teach my mathematics curriculum and I would revamp my lessons so that I could include more curriculum, more math and get students to think more, talk more and do more math. This drive to do more and More and MORE is a state of existence for most teachers in the US….it is engrained in us from day one. There is...
  • Election strains Finland's diplomatic balancing act with Russia

    04/16/2015 12:36:43 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 3 replies
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - From closer NATO ties to rumors of Kremlin-backed land deals on its border, Finland's diplomatic balancing act with Russia has come under the spotlight before Sunday's parliamentary election as politicians debate how far to challenge the Kremlin.The vote sees centrist opposition front-runner Juha Sipila, who favors military non-alignment along with two other major parties, battling center-right incumbent Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, who advocates joining NATO. The debate was mirrored regionally after an unprecedented hawkish joint statement last week by Nordic countries - Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland - that directly cited the Russian "challenge" as grounds...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sentinels of the Arctic

    04/12/2015 1:22:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | April 12, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Who guards the north? Judging from the above photograph, possibly giant trees covered in snow and ice. The featured picture was taken a few winters ago in Finnish Lapland where weather can include sub-freezing temperatures and driving snow. Surreal landscapes sometimes result, where common trees become cloaked in white and so appear, to some, as watchful aliens. Far in the distance, behind this uncommon Earthly vista, is a more common sight -- a Belt of Venus that divided a darkened from sunlit sky as the Sun rose behind the photographer. Of course, in the spring, the trees thaw and...
  • Arctic Sea Captain Phones Boss After Weeks of Silence

    09/04/2009 3:27:02 PM PDT · by Shermy · 3 replies · 583+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | September 4, 2009 | Alexandra Odynova
    The captain of the Arctic Sea freighter contacted the ship’s operating company Thursday for the first time since the ship mysteriously disappeared in July. The captain made a brief call to Solchart Arkhangelsk Ltd.’s office on his cell phone, a company spokesman said. “He said the rest of the crew on the ship is all fine,” the spokesman told Interfax. Eleven of the 15-member crew have returned to their families in Arkhangelsk, while the other four are on the ship sailing to Novorossiisk. The 11 were not allowed to contact their families for more than a week after they flew...
  • Steinitz: Iran deal won’t provide insurance for even a year unless loopholes closed

    04/07/2015 10:29:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 4/7/15 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The framework deal with Iran doesn’t even provide safety for a year, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday. He was reacting to a media blitz by US President Barack Obama assuring the public that the agreement would curb Tehran’s nuclear program for over a decade. Obama “says we have insurance here for 10 years, but I say we don’t have insurance here for even one or two years unless the loopholes are closed, and only then could it become a more reasonable agreement,” Steinitz said, adding that “I wouldn’t trust this [deal] if it was home insurance, and...
  • Hunt on for 'hijacked cargo ship'

    08/12/2009 2:14:01 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 33 replies · 2,276+ views
    A search is under way for a cargo ship which may have travelled through the English Channel after apparently being hijacked by pirates. Coastguards fear the Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea, carrying 15 Russian crew, was hijacked in the Baltic sea. UK authorities made contact before it entered the Strait of Dover but the Russian navy told the Itar-Tass agency it was now looking for the ship. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the situation was "bizarre". Spokesman Mark Clark said: "Who would think that a hijacked ship could pass through one of the most policed and concentrated waters in the world?...
  • Did Mossad hijack Russian ship to stop Iran arms shipment? (actual title JP)

    08/23/2009 8:59:25 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 31 replies · 1,758+ views
    ... mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Russian freighter in July has taken a new twist with reports claiming the pirates were acting in league with the Israeli Mossad secret service in order to halt a shipment of modern weapon systems hidden on board and destined for Iran. ...The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported over the weekend that the vessel Arctic Sea had been carrying x-55 cruise missiles and S300 anti-aircraft rockets hidden in secret compartments among its cargo of timber and sawdust.
  • Did Mossad Hijack Russian Ship To Stop Iran Arms Shipment?

    08/23/2009 7:34:28 AM PDT · by Fennie · 10 replies · 1,822+ views
    The Media Line ^ | August 23, 2009 | By Arieh O'Sullivan
    Was Israel's secret service behind the mysterious hijacking of a Russian freighter to foil a secret attempt to ship cruise missiles to Iran? The mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Russian freighter in July has taken a new twist with reports claiming the pirates were acting in league with the Israeli Mossad secret service in order to halt a shipment of modern weapon systems hidden on board and destined for Iran. While Israeli and Russian officials dismissed the reports, accounts published in the Russian media sounded more like a spy thriller than a commercial hijacking.
  • Mossad behind "Artic Sea" hijacking says Russian press

    08/22/2009 3:37:02 PM PDT · by drzz · 54 replies · 5,610+ views
    Indian press agency ^ | 08 23 2009 | drzz
    Moscow, Aug 21 (DPA) A Russian newspaper claimed Friday that suspected pirates who boarded the freighter Arctic Sea were actually agents of the Israeli secret service trying to stop it from smuggling arms into Iran. According to Russian media, the Arctic Sea may have been carrying illegal X-55 cruise missiles destined for Iran hidden among its cargo of lumber. Men acting on behalf of the Israeli Mossad secret service commandeered the ship to divert the weapons away from Israel's regional enemy, the daily Novaya Gazeta said. Citing Moscow publicist Yulia Latynina, the daily pointed to the surprise visit of Israeli...
  • Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

    08/26/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Irisshlass · 53 replies · 1,981+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | Monday, August 24, 2009 | By Doug Hagmann and Sean Osborne
    can’t say anything about the roots of this story and I don’t plan to dig further… I need to think about my own skin too. Understand that as you will.” —Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the Russian maritime Bulletin Sovfrakht., speaking about the “hijacking” of the Arctic Sea While it might seem like an unusual morphing of the movies Inside Man and The Hunt for Red October, the account of the cargo ship Arctic Sea is far stranger than either fictional account. Based on information developed through our extensive investigation, we can authoritatively state, without hyperbole, that the mysteries surrounding the...
  • Mystery ship 'could have been carrying arms, nukes'

    08/20/2009 4:07:52 AM PDT · by decimon · 30 replies · 1,231+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 20, 2009 | Unknown
    The hijackers of a cargo ship that disappeared off the coast of France threatened to blow it up if their ransom demands were not met, Russian news agencies said.Russia has arrested eight people on suspicion of hijacking the Arctic Sea off the Swedish coast and sailing it to the Atlantic Ocean, ending weeks of silence about the fate of a ship which has intrigued European maritime authorities. Limited information from Russian officials has failed to satisfy sceptics who voiced doubts about whether the piracy actually took place or was a convenient cover story to conceal a possible secret cargo of...
  • Russian Military Says to Check Arctic Sea Cargo

    08/27/2009 12:02:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 652+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2009 4:12 a.m. ET | Dmitry Solovyov
    ULAN BATOR (Reuters) - Russia's top general said on Wednesday the military would search the Arctic Sea merchant ship for a possible secret cargo when it returns to Russia from a maritime odyssey that has made headlines around the world.Russia says the Maltese-registered Arctic Sea, officially carrying timber from Finland to Algeria, was hijacked by eight men off the coast of Sweden on July 24. This month Russian warships intercepted the vessel off the coast of Cape Verde."We do not know yet what it is carrying, we only know it is timber. But what else it is actually transporting. It...
  • Was Russia's 'Hijacked' Ship Carrying Missiles to the Mideast?

    09/01/2009 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 20 replies · 1,635+ views
    Time ^ | Monday August 31, 2009 | Simon Shuster / Moscow
    In July, the Russian-manned cargo ship the Arctic Sea disappeared on its way to take timber from Finland to Algeria, sparking reports of the first incident of piracy in European waters since the days of the buccaneers. Experts and observers weighed in with their theories: the ship had been snatched in a commercial dispute; it was being used to run drugs; it was carrying something more precious — or dangerous — than timber. Since then, the Russian navy has found the ship, and the alleged hijackers who boarded it on July 24 have been charged with kidnapping and piracy. The...
  • FINNISH HORNETS: “TO BE REPLACED BY GRIPEN OR RAFALE”

    04/07/2015 6:32:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIRheads FLY ^ | 2015/04/06
    The odds are in favour of the SAAB JAS 39E/F Gripen to become the next multirole fighter of the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat), with the French Dassault Rafale in very close range, according to Scandinavian sources on 6 April 2015. Finland has slowly started with looking for a replacement for its 55 McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F/A-18C Hornet single-seat and 7 F/A-18D two-seat multirole fighters. With the race officially starting coming Autumn, the participants are already warming up their engines. With both Helsinki and Stockholm having agreed to increased cooperation between their defence organisations, a combined Finnish-Swedish combat jet fleet with...
  • 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.
  • The Return of the Jolly Roger (Hillary's Private Intel Network)

    03/28/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/27/2015 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Hillary’s private email server acted as portal to a private intelligence network that included retired members of special operations, former CIA clandestine personnel and foreign informers. Acting in some indeterminate capacity over it was Sidney Blumenthal, former aide to president Bill Clinton and now apparently a retainer to the family dynasty. It was the compromise of Blumenthal’s emails by the Romanian hacker Guccifer that in part led to journalists to discover Hillary’s private email account. Publicly available sources describe Guccifer as a taxi driver who penetrated the email accounts of the Bush family, Colin Powell and of course Sidney Blumenthal...
  • Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket: Could such a system work in the U.S.?

    03/13/2015 7:13:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/13/2015 | Joe Pinsker
    Reima Kuisla, a Finnish businessman, was recently caught going 65 miles per hour in a 50 zone in his home country—an offense that would typically come with a fine of a couple hundred dollars, at most, in the U.S. But after Finnish police pulled Kuisla over, they pinged a federal taxpayer database to determine his income, consulted their handbook, and arrived at the amount that he was required to pay: €54,000. The fine was so extreme because in Finland, some traffic fines, as well as fines for shoplifting and violating securities-exchange laws, are assessed based on earnings—and Kuisla's declared income...
  • Secretary General visit to Finland stresses strong partnership

    03/07/2015 7:07:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    NATO ^ | 05 Mar. 2015 Last updated: 05 Mar. 2015 13:39 | NATO
    NATO is determined to strengthen its partnership with Finland to better address security challenges to the east and south, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during his visit to Helsinki on Thursday (5 March, 2015). Mr. Stoltenberg thanked Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb for his nation’s close cooperation with the Alliance, calling Finland “one of our most active and closest partners." The Secretary General stressed the vital role partnerships with countries like Finland play in building peace and stability. He commended Finland's commitment and contribution to NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as exercises such as the ongoing...
  • The Love Of The Father Part 2 [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/06/2015 10:18:33 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-6-15 | Jedediah
    My Love for you is immense and in its abilities of Divine and "Eternal Forgiveness" lies the wisdom of " Eternal Freedom " for Each of My Children willing to receive it and walk in it . These "ARE" ~ Rules of Engagement ~ for your lives ARE full of Choices but these choices effect your Eternity not just your day. "Choose the Life" of " Eternal Freedom " for I AM your "In" Heritance of your very Heart "in" Me. "Choose Life" for UN-Forgiveness of your Self and others leads to Death . . . Deuteronomy 30:15-20 15 See,...
  • Millionaire in Finland Gets $60,000 Speeding Ticket [But at least they have free healthcare]

    03/06/2015 9:07:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/06/2015 | The Tatler
    In Finland, traffic violation fees are on a “sliding-scale” basis, according to the seriousness of the traffic offense and how much the offender makes. Which is bad news for rich people with bad driving habits because authorities check your tax returns should you surface on their radar. Meet businessman Reima Kuisla. The BBC reported poor, or rather rich, Mr. Kuisla was driving 14 mph over the speed limit and was stopped by a police officer. After perusing his 2013 tax return, he was issued a ticket for almost $60,000. His tax returns revealed he brought in $7.2M in 2013. But,...
  • Man in Finland gets $60,000 speeding ticket

    03/05/2015 1:37:43 PM PST · by xp38 · 71 replies
    AOL News ^ | 2015 March 4 | AOL
    Breaking the law in Finland will cost you, but exactly how much depends on a couple of things. One is the severity of the crime committed, and the other is the lawbreaker's income. The latter factor is in place to ensure that punishments are equally felt by all be they rich or poor. Due to his millionaire status, Reima Kuisla was handed a roughly 60 thousand dollar ticket for traveling 14 miles per hour over the posted limit. Before issuing the citation, authorities looked up the man's 2013 tax return and calculated the amount accordingly.Though the ticket value is based...
  • Finland and Sweden lay groundwork for crisis co-operation

    03/05/2015 2:22:42 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Helsinki Times ^ | 18 Feb. 2015 | Elina Kervinen, Kari Huhta
    The Finnish Defence Forces and the Swedish Armed Forces have proposed that Finland and Sweden expand the scope of their military co-operation to include crises and conflicts. The proposal would lay the groundwork for a possible defence pact or military alliance if the necessary political will is forthcoming, Carl Haglund (SFP), the Minister of Defence, estimated in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat on Tuesday.
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • Frequent saunas may boost survival, Finnish study suggests

    02/23/2015 2:27:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/23/15 | Lindsey Tanner - AP
    CHICAGO (AP) — Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. It would be welcome news if proven true — in Finland where hot, dry saunas are commonplace, and for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter. Previous research suggested that saunas might improve blood vessel function and exercise capacity, and lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. The new study links long, hot sauna baths with even more benefits, including fewer deaths from heart attacks, strokes, various heart-related conditions and other causes.
  • (Texan) Terrorism links under investigation

    12/10/2002 8:47:34 PM PST · by JohnathanRGalt · 37 replies · 1,726+ views
    Daily Texan ^ | December 10, 2002 | Jonathan York
    Terrorism links under investigationFBI spokesman says 24 Texas suspects came from watch list By Jonathan York (Daily Texan Staff) December 10, 2002 Massive and oblique, the investigation into Texas terrorism connections has continued, but its traces remain in an FBI "watch list" dating from immediately after Sept. 11, 2001. The connections spread into Houston, where links to a foreign airline and two addresses are unexplained. They haunt Dallas, where a tangle of odd business involving an Internet service provider caused the United States to shut down its largest Islamic charity. Of about 370 suspects on the list, 24 are...
  • On keeping up good relations with the U.S.

    05/16/2006 8:59:24 AM PDT · by kddid · 4 replies · 227+ views
    Helsingin Sanomat ^ | 14.5.2006 | Janne Virkkunen
    The former President of the United States Bill Clinton was at a seminar in Tampere last Tuesday, delivering a keynote address on global security issues and the future. Clinton is spending his retirement in the familiar pursuit of elder statesmen, namely speaking at events such as this, and collecting a handsome paycheck for doing so. One thing that can be said for Clinton is that he does know Finland, since he made his first landfall here as a Rhodes scholar and tourist in 1969, and was in Helsinki again in March 1997, meeting Russian leader Boris Yeltsin. This time around...