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  • Putin's Plan for Overturning the European Order

    04/17/2014 5:32:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Real Clear Wordl ^ | April 16, 2014 | Ivan Krastev
    Russia's willingness to violate Ukraine's territorial sovereignty is the gravest challenge to the European order in over half a century. The conflict pits a vast nuclear power against a state equal in size to France, an autocratic regime against a revolutionary government. The Russian intervention in Ukraine raises questions about the security guarantees that the West made to Ukraine after the country gave up its nuclear weapons in 1994, and it flies in the face of many Europeans' belief that, in recent years, a continental war has become all but impossible. The end result may be the emergence of a...
  • Jordanian air strike destroyed Al Qaeda raider force heading for US military base

    04/17/2014 5:25:03 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 6 replies
    Debka ^ | April 17, 2014 | Debka
    The Royal Jordanian Air force strike Wednesday, April 16, against a combat vehicle convoy from Syria destroyed an Al Qaeda raider force on its way to attack US military targets in the kingdom, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. Jordan’s first assault on a target outside the country took place on the Syrian side of the border opposite the eastern town of Ruwaished. This episode brought to the fore how dramatically the threat al Qaeda-Iraq poses to Jordan, the US forces based their and Israel has escalated. Amman has not disclosed where the air strike took place, who rode in the destroyed...
  • UKRAINE: 45 day prayer marathon in Donetsk, the same with a peaceful rally Ukrainian patriots

    45 day prayer Marathon in Donetsk, the peaceful rally took place today Ukrainian Patriots "prayer for Ukraine". There were many calls do not go to this action, because the contemplation of provocation and beatings by the separatists, who were armed, anger control almost all of the major Admin executive agencies. People went to the rally, knowing full well that it might have been expected anything. But still came, there were about 5 thousand people. We do not get to the beginning of this meeting, as it coincided with the beginning of the beginning of our prayers in Constitution Square, but...
  • ACLU sues over delays for immigrants seeking U.S. protection

    04/17/2014 3:47:15 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Kate Linthicum | Kate Linthicum
    Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the ACLU and other groups. The lawsuit accuses the government of violating the law and says tens of millions of taxpayer dollars have been needlessly spent on detention. Claire Nicholson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said she could not comment on pending litigation. The case, which was filed in the...
  • Nigeria: Another Forgotten–Or Ignored–Jihad

    04/17/2014 3:15:24 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 17 April 2014 | Unattributed
    There is an unfortunate tendency in the West to downplay the threat from Jihad. This is especially true when the acts of Jihad occur in the Third World and especially when the victims are non-white and poor. This week has provided us with prime examples of this in Nigeria, where Boko Haram has continued its Jihadist terror with horrific attacks which have been little more than an afterthought in US and other Western media. 72 killed, 133 wounded, 129 young schoolgirls kidnapped, all since Monday...had this happened in Europe or the US, it would have stopped all activity. But it's...
  • Ukraine’s ‘Jew Register’ Either a Hoax or a Crude Extortion Scheme [John F'n Kerry Hoaxed]

    04/17/2014 3:09:42 PM PDT · by The Bat Ladys Husband · 35 replies
    Time ^ | 04/17/2014 | The Bat Ladys Husband
    A few anti-Semitic fliers in eastern Ukraine made global news after the U.S. Secretary of State spoke out against them. But on the evidence on display in Donetsk, the Jews of eastern Ukraine are in little danger
  • Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

    04/17/2014 11:32:05 AM PDT · by matt04 · 124 replies
    Jews in one Ukrainian city were sent notes “indicating that they have to identify themselves as Jews,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. “In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque,” Kerry said. “It is beyond unacceptable. And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that.”
  • Ukraine crisis talks: Diplomats urge end to violence, security for all

    04/17/2014 1:45:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2014 | By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Laura Smith-Spark,
    (CNN) -- Diplomats meeting for emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine issued a joint statement Thursday aimed at de-escalating the tensions and ensuring the security of all Ukrainians. The statement -- which appears to be the biggest step toward calming the situation in days -- followed talks lasting several hours between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his acting Ukrainian counterpart, Andriy Deshchytsia, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The pact calls for all illegal armed groups to be disarmed, all illegally seized buildings to be returned to their legitimate owners and all...
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/17/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. ... Netanyahu does speak to Putin by phone from time to time, so Tuesday night's conversation - though not a regular occurence - is by no means unprecedented. Russia is a major player in three areas of major concern to Israel: Iran, Syria and arms sales to the Middle East. ... On Monday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied a Haaretz report last week...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Palin: Vladimir Putin a 'Silly Little Man'

    04/17/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 69 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 4-17-2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fired back against Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday calling him a "silly little man" after he said that he was not interested in invading Alaska. Putin downplayed the value of Alaska during a question-and-answer session in Moscow today, pointing out that it was a cold northern territory. “What would you need Alaska for?” he said, advising Russians "not be overenthusiastic” about the state. “Mr. Putin, such a silly little man on this matter of invading Alaska,” Palin said in a written statement to Breitbart News, pointing out that it was obvious that Russia got...
  • Kiev: Military operation in Ukraine southeast to go on despite Geneva agreement

    04/17/2014 11:10:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 4-17-2014 | RT
    Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there. Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations. According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”
  • Deal Reached On Calming Ukraine Tensions

    04/17/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    AP/Time ^ | 4/17/14 | John Heilprin and Lara Jakes
    (GENEVA) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists during the protests to be turned back over to authorities. It also gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of committing capital crimes. Monitors with the Organization of Security...
  • World Journal: Shooting of Chinese-American Family Related to Security Official

    04/17/2014 9:57:35 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 2 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 1, 2014 | Lu Chen
    The apparent murder of a Chinese-American man, along with three family members, at his home in Houston, Texas, this January was recently said by an established overseas Chinese newspaper to have some connection to the former Chinese security official Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of an intense corruption investigation.
  • UKRAINE: European Parliament AGREED Ukraine may submit application TO EU

    04/17/2014 9:54:56 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    Ukraine may submit an application for membership in the EUROPEAN UNION – European Parliament
  • Cowed by Putin, Russian Media Promotes his Menacing Message

    04/17/2014 9:39:24 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 04/17/2014 | Mark Nuckols
    <p>Russia is “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust.”</p> <p>That was the declaration made recently on a major Russian state TV channel by the popular anchorman Dmitry Kiselyov. The coarse tone in which he delivered this message was every bit as menacing as the actual words...</p>
  • DONETSK UNITY OF UKRAINE: Thousands of COURAGEOUS residents rally begin with prayer for Ukraine

    04/17/2014 9:23:52 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 6 replies
    CENSOR.NET.UA ^ | 04/17/14 18:39
    Thousands of residents gathered for a rally in Donetsk unity "With prayer for Ukraine." PHOTOREPORTS + Live Broadcast Rally "With prayer for Ukraine" started in Donetsk. As of 18:00 in the park near the Donetsk City Palace of children's creativity were about 1.5-2 thousand people, reports Tsenzor.NET referring to the island. People with flags of Ukraine and Ukrainian symbols keep coming . Ukrainian flags very much. Among the protesters are so many young people. Read also " Tsenzor.NET ": In Stakhanov wife policemen stood a human shield , protecting the police department of the assault. To militants reinforcements arrived -...
  • UKRAINE PATRIOT: 92 yearold veteran of World War II came to the headquarters for enroll of recruits

    04/17/2014 9:01:02 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 6 replies
    Tsenzor.NET ^ | 17.04.14 18:49
    Photo of the day 92 -year-old veteran of World War II came to the headquarters of the National Protection enroll in recruits. Paragraphs recording volunteers into the ranks of special units to protect public order come even veterans who have more than 90 years. It is reported with reference to Ukrinform. 92 -year-old WWII veteran Nikolai Ostashevsky came to the headquarters of the National Protection Dnipropetrovsk region recruits enroll in Dnipropetrovsk, April 17, 2014," - said "volunteer ready once again to defend homeland." Source : http://censor.net.ua/p281605 See also " Tsenzor.NET " : Thousands of people gathered for a rally in...
  • Serbian president seeking war compensation from NATO (translation)

    04/17/2014 8:57:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    Commenting on the recent recognition that NATO bombed Serbia without the permission of the UN Security Council , the Serbian president said yesterday that it is reasonable to expect that Serbia should be back on her feet by and with a compensation made ​​for injustice. Marking that the NATO bombing of Serbia 1999 was uncivilized method precedent " for ever , and for ages " , something which would shame even d barbarous nations from pre-Christian period , Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in yesterday's speech on the occasion of the Day Of Army of Serbia at the central celebration in...
  • Slaughter in Nigeria — Where Is the State Department?

    04/17/2014 8:35:02 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 15 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4/16/2014 | Faith J.H. McDonnell
    Slaughter in Nigeria — Where Is the State Department? Posted By Faith J. H. McDonnell On April 16, 2014 In Daily Mailer,FrontPage An explosion devastated a busy bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Monday, April 14, 2014. It was the latest in a series of terrorist attacks on Africa’s most populous nation. No group had claimed credit for the attack as of Monday, but Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan laid the blame at the feet of Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist group seeking the eradication of Christians and the Islamization of Nigeria. The blast took...
  • Putin Tells Edward Snowden He Doesn't Spy on Russians Like the NSA

    04/17/2014 7:48:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 17, 2014 | Chris Welch
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden is currently living under asylum in Russia, so it makes sense that he would want to know about the country's own surveillance practices. He managed to take his inquiry straight to the top and pose the question to none other than President Vladimir Putin during a live, state-run television broadcast. "I've seen little public discussion of Russia's own involvement in the policies of mass surveillance," he said. "So I'd like to ask you: Does Russia intercept, store or analyze, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?" The show's host claimed that Snowden "revolutionized the...
  • Rand Paul clarifies: No containment on Iran

    04/17/2014 7:40:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 16 at 1:29 pm | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is out with another clarification of his foreign policy positions, saying unequivocally in a Washington Post op-ed that he is against a strategy of containment when it comes to Iran.Asked Sunday about his 2012 vote against a bill that would have prevented a policy of containment -- that is, allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons programs but keeping tabs on them -- Paul said all options should be left on the table. (Paul was the lone vote against the legislation.)That led some to say that the potential 2016 presidential candidate was open to...
  • NATO's anti-Russian rhetoric surpasses propaganda of Yugoslavia times - Russia's FM

    04/17/2014 7:37:48 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    NATO's anti-Russian political rhetoric has surpassed the propaganda of the times of the aggression against Yugoslavia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. In recent time, NATO issued some publications, in which the Alliance tried to present causes of the crisis in Europe in its usual tendentious manner, traditionally shifting responsibility to Russia, the ministry noted. Russia not afraid of NATO expansion - Putin Russia never evaded cooperation with the North Atlantic Alliance, proposing to build it on the basis of equality. "Despite disagreements (NATO expansion, deployment of missile defense systems and the alliance’s non-compliance with international laws), Russia during...
  • Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

    04/17/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 20 replies
    Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer. If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session. To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said. The president added he...
  • Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about surveillance

    04/17/2014 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | April 17, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about whether Russia uses its own mass surveillance system, in a video during a question-and-answer session on Russian television.
  • Nancy Pelosi Works To Enlist Republicans In Amnesty Push

    04/17/2014 7:23:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Apr 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is working to to enlist 30 specific House Republicans on a mission to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. In a memorandum from the chief cosponsors of the Democratic House comprehensive immigration bill to “interested parties” published on Pelosi’s House website and pushed to press by her communications team, Pelosi specifically targets 30 Republicans she says aren’t working hard enough for amnesty. “It’s Time for [Insert name of GOP House member here] to Walk the Walk on Immigration Reform,” the memo, from Democrat Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Judy Chu (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Joe Garcia (D-FL)...
  • PRAY UKRAINE: Mariupol is in battle against GRU HEADQUARTERS ARMED FORCES of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION

    04/17/2014 7:16:43 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk ^ | April 17, 2014 17 hrs | Dmitry Tymchuk
    According to the Information of resistance, near a military unit in Mariupol is a battle. At the moment Ukrainian soldiers repulsed two attacks using weapons to kill. Part of the storming "green men". However, according to our data, this is not Russian soldiers and fighters from local separatists in basic military training, dressed in the appropriate form but without insignia. They are the representatives of GRU HEADQUARTERS ARMED FORCES of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION.
  • Rand Paul: Let’s get this straight — I’m not for containing Iran

    04/17/2014 7:15:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2014 | AllahPundit
    A new op-ed prompted by his interview with ABC over the weekend, which generated headlines like, “Rand Paul: Don’t dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran.”He’s not for containment, he now says, but nor is he irrevocably against it. What he’s for is strategic ambiguity, not telegraphing your intentions towards a bad actor lest you inadvertently limit your options later. Does America have any recent experience with that? I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran.I am also not for announcing that the...
  • ‘Decimated’ Al Qaeda Holds Largest Meeting in Years…In Broad Daylight

    04/17/2014 7:12:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://www.ijreview.com ^ | april 16, 2014 | mike miller
    For years, Barack Obama has called al Qaeda “decimated, “defeated,” and “on the run.” Recently in Yemen, the so-called “decimated” terrorist organization held its largest gathering in years – in broad daylight. So, either the CIA and the Pentagon didn’t know about it – or couldn’t get a drone there fast enough to strike. Video of the meeting has started showing up on jihadist websites. Via CNN:
  • PUTIN SAID "UKRAINE SECOND RATE/CLASS CITIZENS" Is this Putin justification for slavery of Ukraine?

    04/17/2014 7:07:23 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 10 replies
    unian.ua ^ | 17.04.2014 13:41 | Ukrainian Pravda
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukrainian component of the Russian people. He said this during a straight line, according to Ukrainian Pravda. In particular, Putin said that the desire to criticize Ukraine and Russia, "stretch the only people in fact already the subject of international politics for centuries." He turned to the ideas of "White movement". "If you look at the statements of the leaders of the " White movement" realize that, despite the conflict with the Bolsheviks, they will not allow even the thought of a possible partition between Ukraine and Russia. Because always believed that it is part...
  • UKRAINE: The European Parliament confirmed the right of Ukraine to protect the power of the East

    04/17/2014 6:52:11 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    TSN.UA ^ | Strasburg, 4-17-2014, 13:51 | tsn.ua
    The European Parliament confirmed the right of Ukraine to protect the power of the East - Resolution Strasbourg , Today , 13:51 The European Parliament supported the government of Ukraine in realization of the right to self-defense and warned Russia against invasion during the escalation of the situation created by pro-Russian separatists armed . This is stated in the corresponding EP resolution , voted on Thursday 17 April, in Strasbourg during the plenary session. European Parliament supports restrained actions of the authorities in the occupied cities of eastern Ukraine . In this regard, the European Parliament has warned Russia on...
  • UKRAINE: Lugansk today-a rally for United Ukraine.

    04/17/2014 6:37:50 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    pravda.com.ua ^ | 4-17-2014
  • Putin Asserts Right To Use Force In Eastern Ukraine

    04/17/2014 6:23:59 AM PDT · by Fennie · 60 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 17, 2014 | By David M. Herszenhorn
    MOSCOW -- President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and also stressed Russia's historical claim to the territory, repeatedly referring to it as "new Russia" and saying that only "God knows" why it became part of Ukraine. Speaking in a televised question-and-answer show, Mr. Putin also admitted for the first time that Russian armed forces had been deployed in Crimea, the disputed peninsula that Russia annexed last month immediately after a large majority of the population voted in...
  • New Spotlight on North Korea’s Horrors (Operation Squirrel)

    04/17/2014 6:09:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | April 17, 2014 | Marco Rubio
    This week, Australian justice Michael Kirby, who led the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, is briefing members of the U.N. Security Council regarding the widespread atrocities being committed on a daily basis against innocent people by one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Given Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine and other global challenges, the report of this U.N. commission has not received the attention it deserves.
  • UKRAINE: Donetsk Screen on Lenin Square Patriots SUBSTITUTED the bullets! 1 hour

    04/17/2014 5:51:26 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/ukrpravda ^ | 4-17-2014 | act.together.donetsk
    Friends! Screen on Lenin Square Friends! directs all people of Donetsk to the new location of the meeting. Many thanks to the owners! Patriots SUBSTITUTED the bullets! ** right now is sitting in the Court: 6 pro-Russian organizations want to ban the rally.
  • UKRAINE UPDATE: 48 minutes ago: Lugansk today-a rally for United Ukraine.

    04/17/2014 5:40:18 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    pravda.com.ua ^ | Photo By Peter Shuklinov
    PLEASE PRAY FOR THEIR PROTECTION... SEPARATIST THREATEN MASSACRE
  • Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

    04/17/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | April 16th, 2014
    LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. “Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance,” Bild said. If correct, the newspaper report could signal the end of Berlin’s plans to become a leading military supplier to the Arab world. Many in parliament...
  • Japan's indigenous stealth fighter to fly this year amid arms race worries

    04/17/2014 5:22:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Development of ATD-X jet part of Tokyo's effort to upgrade its defence capabilities; analysts warn it could spark claims of arms race in Asia The ATD-X's engines produce 5,000kg of thrust. Photo: SCMP A prototype of Japan's first domestically produced stealth fighter will get airborne before the end of the year, a significant development in Tokyo's efforts to improve its defence capabilities. Known as the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter, the aircraft is being developed by the defence ministry's research institute and a number of private companies, primarily Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told the Diet's defence committee...
  • MH370: Oil slick not linked to missing jet, Australians say

    04/17/2014 5:14:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | Julie Makinen
    Australian authorities coordinating the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said Thursday that lab tests have shown an oil slick found in the search area last Sunday is not aircraft engine fuel or hydraulic fluid. Searchers are now using a robotic submarine, the Bluefin-21, to look for wreckage on the floor of the Indian Ocean more than 1,000 miles northwest of Perth, Australia. The Bluefin-21 has a rated depth of 4,500 meters, or 2.8 miles, and shortly after it was deployed on its first run this week, it returned to the surface several hours later because it reached that depth...
  • North Sea Boats (PT. Lundin) and SAAB working on an improved 63m FMPV Trimaran

    04/17/2014 4:45:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 16 April 2014
    At DSA 2014, the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference currently held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Indonesian shipyard North Sea Boats (PT. Lundin) and SAAB are showing an updated model of the 63m FMPV Trimaran design ordered by the Indonesian Navy. The new design of North Sea Boat's 63m FMPV Trimaran as shown on SAAB booth during DSA 2014 Talking to Navy Recognition during DSA 2014, a SAAB representative explained that the Swedish company is planning to fit its new Sea Giraffe 1X 3D radar higher up in the mast for better radar coverage and less limitation because of...
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • Turchynov Tells Defence Ministry Disestablish 25th Brigade Of Air Assault Forces

    04/17/2014 3:27:24 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada/Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has instructed the Defence Ministry to disestablish 25th separate airborne brigade of the High Mobility Assault Forces of the Armed Forces, he has told a parliament session. "25th separate airborne brigade, whose military showed cowardice and surrendered arms, will be disestablished... The Defence Ministry has received this instruction," he said. Moreover, Turchynov says this brigade's servicemen will stand trial; he says the Prosecutor-General's Office has received a corresponding order too. As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Defence Ministry refutes 25th separate airborne brigade of the High Mobility Assault Forces of the Armed...
  • China proposes to create SCO security center (Sino-Russian alliance)

    04/17/2014 3:22:37 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    China's minister of public security warned Thursday of new threats to member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a post-Soviet Eurasian security bloc, and proposed setting up a joint security center to deal with the challenges. The Chinese side is prepared to study, together with all the SCO member states, the possibility of establishing an SCO center to fight against challenges and threats to security, Guo Shengkun told a meeting of SCO security officials in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Chinese minister said there has been increased activity of militant Islamist groups, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and warned of...
  • North Korea orders Japan to resume international ferry services

    04/17/2014 2:13:37 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    japandailypress.com ^ | Apr 16, 2014 | Maan Pamintuan-Lamorena
    As Japan has sought North Korea to re-open investigations on abducted Japanese nationals from decades ago, it seems that the communist state is intent on milking the request with their own set of demands. Aside from allowing a direct charter flight between the countries and removal of sanctions by Japan, a ferry for travel between the two countries is among the recent demands made by North Korea.
  • Europe faces worst human rights ‘crisis’ in decades

    04/17/2014 1:11:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (CoE). The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday (16), says corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe. […] CoE secretary general Thorbjřrn Jagland—in a statement entitled “Europe in biggest human rights crisis since Cold War”—said the lack of democratic checks and balances, free media and an independent judiciary is the cause of widespread corruption and misuse of power. He is calling for a “new pan-European security agenda” to help stem the abuse. …
  • Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

    04/17/2014 1:07:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Russia is rolling out two major projects—a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port—with China, as EU countries and the US weigh options on economic sanctions. Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EUobserver on Wednesday (16 April) that work on the “Power of Siberia” pipeline and the Chinese construction of a 25-meter-deep port in Crimea are proceeding as normal despite the Ukraine crisis. Describing the pipeline as a “mega-project”, he said it will pump 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year from the Kovykta and Tchayandinskoe gas fields to Russia’s far east, with a branch...
  • Ukrainian military base comes under attack in the southeast

    04/16/2014 11:52:00 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 04-17-2014 | Radina Gigovaj
    (CNN) -- An estimated 300 people attacked a Ukrainian military base in the country's southeast on Thursday, the nation's interior minister said on his Facebook page. According to Arsen Avakov, three of the attackers have been killed, 13 wounded and 63 others detained. Clashes are ongoing.
  • EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

    04/16/2014 11:15:12 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 22 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-16-2014 | Staff
    There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region. In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. “In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say...
  • Australian Navy acts over breaches of Indonesian waters

    04/16/2014 10:47:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th April 2014
    THE Chief of Navy has decided to strip a commanding officer of his command and administratively sanctioned another, after investigating how Australian crews entered Indonesian waters during asylum seeker operations. Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has considered the actions of the seven RAN ship commanding officers involved in the six breaches between December last year and January 2014, with each given the chance to put their case directly to the chief. He accepted that none of them deliberately contravened orders, but there were lapses in professional conduct. As a result, one will be removed from his command and another will be...
  • Netanyahu discusses mutual interests with Russia's Putin

    04/16/2014 10:35:28 PM PDT · by Ruprecht Jamieson · 7 replies
    Netanyahu discusses mutual interests with Russia's Putin Putin tells Netanyahu that Kiev regime is to blame for escalations in eastern Ukraine; both agree to cooperation on issues of mutual interest. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone Tuesday, and discussed issue like Iran, Ukraine, and additional communications. Reportedly on Netanyahu's request, the two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine, which Israeli politicians have been steering clear of, concerned possible security threats could arise if relations with Moscow were to suffer.
  • Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

    04/16/2014 9:27:03 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 3/17/2014 | Spiegel Staff
    ... Both the Americans and the Europeans have ruled out the possibility of a military response and instead want to strike Putin where he is most vulnerable: Russia's economic dependency on the West. They want to show the Russian president that the economic damage caused by sanctions will outweigh any regional political advantage won through his actions. The main role here also continues to lie with Germany. The reason is simple: The country has very close business relations with Russia and has the greatest capacity to exert pressure. ... The consequences would be serious -- for both sides. Last year,...