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  • Ocean floor search for missing Malaysia plane cut short again

    04/16/2014 2:16:32 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Apr 16, 2014 3:17am EDT | BYRON KAYE
    (Reuters) - The search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner deep in the Indian Ocean was again cut short on Wednesday when technical problems forced a U.S. Navy underwater drone to surface without finding anything, officials said. :snip: A unspecified technical problem meant the Bluefin resurfaced early on Wednesday and analysis of the sonar data downloaded showed no significant detections, the Australian agency leading the search said. It has subsequently been relaunched to continue its search. The drone was forced to end its first deployment early on Monday after it exceeded its 4.5 km (14,750 feet) depth limit in the remote...
  • EU countries to boost defense budgets in light of Ukraine

    04/16/2014 1:21:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.04.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Military chiefs have said the Ukraine crisis is a “wake-up call” for EU countries’ defense spending, as the US backed Ukraine’s use of force in eastern regions. Speaking to press after a regular meeting of EU defense ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday (15 April), the deputy chief of the EU’s external action service, Maciej Popowski, said: “We’ve had 70 years of peace now [in Europe], but we see that power politics is back with a vengeance, so it’s a wake-up call and now we need to get serious about defense.” He noted that “this was the feeling around the table”...
  • EU parliament gives final nod to banking union

    04/16/2014 1:15:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.04.14 @ 09:21 | Valentina Pop
    MEPs on Tuesday (15 April) overwhelmingly approved the creation of a new authority and fund for failing banks—a missing element to the so-called banking union aimed at minimizing the public cost of future financial crises. The final vote on the creation of a €55 billion fund financed by the banks themselves passed with 570 MEPs in favor, 88 against and 13 abstentions, while new rules in cases where public money needs to be used for winding down banks also gathered a similar majority: 584 votes in favor, 80 against and 10 abstentions. One key concession won by MEPs from governments...
  • VIDEO: Ukrainian Army Armored Column Defects To Pro-Russians In Kramatorsk

    04/16/2014 12:58:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Youtube/Twitter ^ | 4-16-2014 | TCRLAF
    Seen several tweets of this over the last hour, and now this vid of the defection is posted on YouTube. The column had apparently been surrounded by several hundred pro-Russian civilians inside of Kramatorsk, with several older women linked arm-in-arm to prevent it's passing At about 8:50, you can see the commander arguing with someone on the phone..
  • RAAF overlooks Saab Gripen for more expensive, controversial Joint Srike Fighter

    04/16/2014 12:53:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | APRIL 09, 2014
    Saab Gripen ... a single engine, two-crew, multi-role fighter made in Sweden. Source: News Corp Australia THIS is the low-cost, high performance fighter jet that Australia overlooked when the RAAF spent more than $6 billion to fill a capability gap between its retiring F-111 and Hornet fleets and the controversial stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Saab Gripen is a single engine, two-crew, multi-role fighter made in Sweden and according to the builder it costs about $US7000 an hour to run compared to $US11,000 for the Boeing Super Hornet operated by the Royal Australian Air Force and $21,000 an hour...
  • Israel set to launch production of wing assemblies for F-35

    04/16/2014 12:19:30 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    worldtribune.com ^ | April 14th, 2014 | World Tribune
    TEL AVIV — Israel has been preparing to produce the first components for the U.S.-origin Joint Strike Fighter. The state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries is working on production lines for the wing assembly of the F-35 fighter-jet. The wing assembly was awarded by Lockheed Martin as part of Israel’s order of 19 fifth-generation combat aircraft over the next four years. “This new and advanced production line represents an important milestone for IAI and ensures its involvement in the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft,” IAI president Joseph Weiss said.
  • Swedish firm Saab bids to design new Royal Australian Navy submarines

    04/15/2014 11:35:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | APRIL 12, 2014 | By IAN MCPHEDRAN
    SWEDISH defence giant Saab is making a bold, secret play for a slice of Australia’s $30 billion future submarine project. As Federal Government placed all options for the navy’s future submarine back on the table this week, News Corp Australia can reveal that Saab and the Swedish Government have been engaged in secret talks with the Defence Department about the design of the new boats. A Swedish delegation travelled to Canberra in March for first round talks. Sweden has along history in submarines but it moved away from the business about 15 years ago when its shipbuilder Kockums — the...
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries showcases its Ballistic Missile Defense ship based on LPD 17 class

    04/15/2014 11:30:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 09 April 2014
    At the Sea-Air-Space 2014 Exposition, Huntington Ingalls Industries has on display its Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) concept ship. Based on the "Flight II" variant of the San Antonio LPD class, the BMD ship is Ingalls Industries vision of a surface platform dedicated to BMD missions. A single BMD ship could replace and accomplish ballistic missile defense missions of several Burke class destroyers allowing them to conduct their "traditional" missions. HII's BMD ship at Sea-Air-Space 2014 Speaking to Navy Recognition during Sea-Air-Space 2014, Mike Duthu (Director of LPD Program at Ingals Shipbuilding) explained the growth potential for a BMD configured LPD...
  • Russian Air Force to Receive 16 New MiG Fighters

    04/15/2014 11:24:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/04/2014
    MOSCOW, April 15 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a $470 million contract with the MiG corporation for the delivery of 16 advanced MiG-29 SMT fighters, the ministry said Tuesday. The company had earlier confirmed the deal in an interview with RIA Novosti, but did not specify its value. "The value of the contract, including the ground support and test equipment, is more than 17 billion rubles. The contract is a strategic measure for maintaining the combat readiness of the lightweight fighter fleet," the Defense Ministry said in the statement. As of last year, the Russian Air...
  • Russia Spends More of Its GDP on Defence Than U.S. or European Powers

    04/15/2014 11:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | April 15, 2014 | Nick Hallett
    Russia now spends more on its military, relative to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), than both the United States and Europe respectively. According to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Moscow spent 4.1 percent of its GDP on defence in 2013, an increase of 0.6 percent over the past 10 years. By contrast, the United States spent 3.8 percent of GDP on defence and Britain spent just 2.3 percent, with further defence cuts expected. The only neighbouring country that spends more is Azerbaijan, with 4.7 percent. Defence spending in Ukraine has also rocketed by 16 percent in the...
  • EU’s Crimea sanctions modeled on occupied Palestinian territories

    04/15/2014 10:56:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15/04/2014 - 17:03
    The Commission is close to finalizing proposals for economic and trade sanctions regarding Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia. A final decision by member states is expected soon, diplomats told EurActiv. At their meeting held yesterday (14 April), EU ministers said they were looking forward to the Commission’s evaluation of the legal consequences of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and to the related proposals for economic, trade and financial restrictions regarding the peninsula. According to EU diplomats, Crimea is “occupied territory” comparable to the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. …
  • Ukraine troops land in eastern town, then pull back to base (after hostile reception)

    04/15/2014 10:30:53 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04-15-2014 | Gabriela Baczynska
    KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15 (Reuters) - Ukrainian airborne troops landed in a town in the east of the country on Tuesday apparently at the start of a crackdown to root out pro-Russian separatists - but they pulled back into base after meeting a hostile reception from local civilians. The town of Kramatorsk is one of 10 localities in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east where separatist rebellions have broken out. The move suggested Ukraine's authorities were going ahead with a plan for a broad military crackdown to end the unrest which began 10 days ago. Separately, the state security service announced a similar...
  • American Legion shoots down idea to tie immigration to military service

    04/15/2014 8:51:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 24 replies
    The American Legion says it is opposed to trying to tie immigration into the annual defense policy debate, calling it an unacceptable “amnesty” and dealing a serious blow to Republicans desperate to pass some sort of legalization of illegal immigrants ahead of November’s elections. Several Republicans say they want to attach a small legalization that would grant an explicit chance at citizenship to young illegal immigrants willing to join the military.
  • China Property Collapse Has Begun

    04/15/2014 8:03:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 13, 2014 | by Gordon B. Chang
    Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment. Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China. Thanks to the world’s largest retailer, another large block of space in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will go on the market at a time when there is generally too much supply. The problem is especially pronounced in the city’s premium office market. Hangzhou’s Grade A office buildings at the end of 2013 had, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, an average...
  • Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Head Of Saudi Intelligence, Has Been Sacked

    04/15/2014 8:01:09 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 27 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 4/15/2014 | Tyler Durden
    In the aftermath of the disastrous, for both the US and Saudi Arabia, false flag campaign to replace the Syrian regime with one which would be amenable to allowing a Qatari gas pipeline to pass underneath the Al-Qaeda rebel infested country, there were numerous rumors that the reign of Saudi's infamous former ambassador to the US and current intelligence chief, Prince Bandar "Bush" bin Sultan - the man who we suggested was the puppetmaster behind the entire failed operation - had come to an end. Some two months ago, Shia Post reported that "News sources announced that the chief of...
  • Challenger to Walter Jones on immigration: "I don't want to put myself in boxes"

    04/15/2014 6:56:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Laura Ingraham hosted Taylor Griffin challenging Walter Jones in North Carolina. Griffin said that while Jones, after being a Democrat, became a Republican but has worked since with the Democrats. Griffin said he is against amnesty as the GOP should be for the rule of law. He is for continuing deportations.
  • Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’

    04/15/2014 6:37:37 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | April 14, 2014 | Robert Zubrin
    On April 6, Eurasianist storm troopers operating under Kremlin coordination launched assaults, seizing government buildings in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Lugansk, and several smaller cities in eastern Ukraine; declared themselves to be the assemblies of independent governments; and immediately invited Russian troops to invade and annex their respective fictional statelets. There can be no doubt that many of the thousands of invaders involved were in fact Eurasianist storm troopers, and not, as reported by some media outlets, “pro-Russian protesters.” They carried the outward-radiating eight-arrowed flag of Putinist ideologue Aleksandr Dugin’s fascist Eurasianist movement and shouted and displayed its slogan for the operation,...
  • IMF Announces Staff Level Agreement with Ukraine on US$14-18 Billion Stand-By Arrangement

    04/15/2014 5:37:05 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    ... At the conclusion of the visit, Nikolay Gueorguiev, Mission Chief for Ukraine, issued the following statement today in Kyiv: “The mission has reached a staff-level agreement with the authorities of Ukraine on an economic reform program that can be supported by a two-year Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the IMF. ... The agreement reached with the authorities is subject to approval by IMF Management and the Executive Board. ... Ukraine’s macroeconomic imbalances became unsustainable over the past year. ... Measures implemented in February and March helped stabilize financial markets and ensured that critical budget payments have been met. Nonetheless, the...
  • EBRD to step up engagement in Ukraine

    04/15/2014 5:26:07 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is planning an increase in its investments in Ukraine, including a return to sovereign lending for public sector projects, as part of an international economic support package for Ukraine. ... The EBRD has a portfolio of investments in Ukraine of around €4.7 billion. While the EBRD's emphasis on private sector projects will continue, the Bank will also return to sovereign lending for public sector investments after abstaining from pursuing them over the last 12 months. To underpin its investments in Ukraine, the EBRD will reinvigorate its Anti-Corruption Initiative, which should help to address...
  • Why Germany should stop arming the world

    04/15/2014 5:04:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Apr 2014 16:34 GMT+02:00 | Ben Knight
    Germany’s weapons industry is booming, and even the vice chancellor’s attempt to stop selling tanks to the Saudis is a minor concession for the world’s third biggest arms exporter. But the trade is destabilizing security. […] Henrik Heidenkamp, German defense industry expert at the Royal United Services Institute, told The Local the economic value was not the point, but about nurturing Germany’s defense industry so that it will be able to supply arms to the German army and its allies. “Only a commercially viable defense industry can deliver needed equipment to the armed forces in order to sustain the national...
  • Will’s Take: Obama’s Foreign Policy Comes From ‘Monty Python’

    04/15/2014 4:56:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    April 15, 2014 7:13 PM Will's Take: Obama's Foreign Policy Comes From 'Monty Python' By NRO Staff George Will thinks Vladimir Putin is aiming to “do in the alliance that did in the Soviet Union” — NATO. Will said Putin doesn’t believe President Obama’s will abide by Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO), which says that any attack on Europe or North America will be considered an attack on them all, and that all parties will provide military support to those attacked. “This crisis began with Secretary of State Kerry saying, ‘Nothing we are saying should be a...
  • Ukraine pushes tanks and troops into separatist east

    04/15/2014 4:37:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Nicolas Miletitch and Dmitry Zaks
    IZYUM (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine pushed tanks toward a flashpoint eastern city on Tuesday to quash a separatist surge backed by Moscow -- a high-risk operation that was sharply condemned by the Kremlin but won Washington's support. Related Stories Obama urges Putin to rein in Ukraine insurgents AFP Ukraine leader says Russia wants to set southeast 'on fire' AFP Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak Associated Press Putin denies interfering in Ukraine as insurgents gain ground AFP Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation, action limited Reuters The 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were the most forceful response yet by...
  • The DREAM Act in the NDAA: Wrong for National and Homeland Security

    04/15/2014 4:28:26 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | David Inserra and Charles Stimson
    Under current law, lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to volunteer to serve in the United States military. If they pass the strict qualification requirements applicable to all who seek to serve, they can serve in the armed forces of the United States, and once they are in the armed forces, they may apply for expedited consideration for U.S. citizenship, which is granted on a routine basis. Now, however, some in Congress are looking to provide a backdoor to instant citizenship for unlawful immigrants who are brought to the U.S. as minors—also known as “DREAMers,” after the Development, Relief, and...
  • London hairdresser visited by North Korean agents

    04/15/2014 3:33:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:56PM BST 15 Apr 2014 | Alice Philipson
    A London hairdresser, who used a photo of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to attract customers having a “bad hair day”, was visited by embassy officials who demanded its removal because it was "disrespectful" to their supreme leader. Mo Nabbach, the manager of M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, had to call in police after the two North Korean agents took photographs of his shop window and made notes. Beneath a picture of Kim Jong-un, the advert said: “Bad hair day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April. Tuesday–Thursday.” The diplomats, who are based at the...
  • Known Terrorist Killers Free From GITMO While We Have Soldiers Locked Up In Leavenworth!

    04/15/2014 3:04:00 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 10 replies
    Beverly Perlson Of The Band Of Mothers | April 15, 2014 | SeekTheTruth
    Thanking you in advance for reading and helping our soldiers! Below is a beautiful email sent by Michael Behenna. He is finally home and thank you to all who helped him through calls you made and letters you wrote on his behalf. Michael is right, the fight is not over. We still have Sons locked up in Leavenworth who need our help. I had the good fortune to visit with Sgt Derrick Miller at Leavenworth this past weekend. I am astounded, after meeting this truly good man, that anyone in their right mind can justify keeping him locked away. I...
  • India's Supreme Court creates official third sex for eunuchs and transgenders

    04/15/2014 2:43:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | April 15, 2014 | Dean Nelson in New Delhi
    India's Supreme Court has created an official third sex for its transgender eunuchs and announced they will have a quota of government jobs and college places to help them overcome discrimination. The decision was met with jubilation by transgender charities who said it was a milestone in their fight against marginalisation in Indian society. "We are elated and thankful to the court," said Kalki Subramanium, a leading transgender rights activist. "The decision has come after a century of suppression and marginalisation by the legal and social systems. "This verdict is certainly landmark and a new beginning. The biggest challenge is...
  • Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White to receive Medal of Honor

    04/15/2014 2:41:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White will be awarded the Medal of Honor on May 13, 2014, the White House announced late Tuesday afternoon. White will receive the nation's highest military award for his actions during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2007. He was then serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. White, who now works as an investment analyst in Charlotte, N.C., will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions...
  • UKRAINE: political cartoon

    04/15/2014 2:39:12 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
  • Killing of environmental activists rises globally

    04/15/2014 2:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 15, 2014 | By DENIS D. GRAY
    --snip-- BANGKOK (AP) - A survey released Tuesday -- the first comprehensive one of its kind - says that only 10 killers of 908 environmental activists slain around the world over the past decade have been convicted. The report by the London-based Global Witness, a group that seeks to shed light on the links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses, says murders of those protecting land rights and the environment have soared dramatically.
  • Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

    04/15/2014 2:24:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 5:20 PM EDT | Ian Deitch
    The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the week-long Jewish holiday. Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians. […] “We tell the...
  • FSB starts living in tomorrow

    04/15/2014 2:12:50 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Pravda.Ru ^ | 27.07.2002 | Pravda.Ru
    It is not ruled out that newly-appointed FSB deputy director Alexander Borodai will seriously take up the apartment bombings in Moscow and Volgodonsk The Russian Federal Security Service (known by the initials FSB) is experiencing a reshuffling. Alexander Borodai was appointed FSB deputy director, responsible for the information policy and special projects; the newly-appointed deputy director will organize the FSB’s most delicate operations in the political sphere. [....] It is rather interesting, but, until recently, Alexander Borodai worked in the editorial office of a Russian patriotic newspaper Zavtra, whose editor-in-chief Alexander Prokhanov is famous for his rather complicated relations with...
  • Putin: Ukraine’s radical escalation puts it on edge of civil war

    04/15/2014 2:07:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    RT ^ | 4-11-2014 | RT
    The sharp escalation of the Ukraine crisis virtually puts the country on the brink of civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone call. Putin and Merkel discussed the upcoming Ukrainian crisis talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the US, scheduled to be held on Thursday in Geneva. Merkel’s press office noted that, despite some differences of opinion, the upcoming talks were the main focus of the telephone conversation.
  • Tapped Calls Show Russian Servicemen Active in Ukraine, Security Service Says

    04/15/2014 1:58:45 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 15 2014 12:14 | Anna Dolgov
    In another of the phone calls, the SBU video cited a Moscow phone number for one of the callers, identified only as "Alexander" in the video. Ukrainska Pravda reported that the number belonged to a pro-Kremlin publicist Alexander Borodai, and cited unidentified sources as saying that the man had been entrusted with the "Crimea question" and now is handling the "Donetsk question" in eastern Ukraine. In February, Borodai published a YouTube video, titled: "How to Divide Ukraine." The SBU said in a statement that Russia had begun "large-scale military aggression" in eastern Ukraine by deploying "subversive groups" of servicemen from...
  • International Renaissance Foundation/ Open Society Foundations (OSF) [Ukraine] (George Soros...

    04/15/2014 1:35:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 6 replies
    The International Renaissance Foundation's mission is to foster an open, participatory, plaurlist society based on democratic values in Ukraine...
  • U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants

    04/15/2014 1:31:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | by Dave Boyer
    U.S. military assets in the Black Sea are on high alert amid reports Ukraine troops traded gunfire Tuesday with pro-Russian militants. A journalist with Associated Press reported intense gunfire at an airport in eastern Ukraine after the government sent in army troops to retake control from militiamen loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Gun rights activists promise tough response to rejection of self-defense initiative (Russia)

    04/15/2014 1:23:46 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 1 replies
    A public petition asking to broaden the legislative limits of self-defense has been rejected by the Interior and Justice Ministries, but activists intend to continue the campaign and promise pickets near the government HQ and rallies across the country. The petition entitled “My home is my fortress” has collected over 100,000 signatures of Russian citizens on a dedicated web-site which officially gave it legislative legs. If the draft was passed any action of a citizen inside his or her home against an intruder would be qualified as necessary self-defense, which, in turn, could lead to the withdrawal of murder charges...
  • The True Role of the FSB in the Ukrainian Crisis

    04/15/2014 1:16:08 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 15 2014 18:02 | Andrei Soldatov
    The intrigue is growing over the Federal Security Service's involvement in Ukraine. On April 11, Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General said there was no evidence implicating the FSB in events on Maidan Square. At the same time, it is officially confirmed that FSB generals visited Kiev on Feb. 20 to 21. Recall that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent a note to Moscow on April 4 demanding to know why FSB Colonel General Sergei Beseda visited Kiev on Feb. 20 and 21, and that the very next day Interfax cited a source in Russian intelligence confirming that visit. The answer as to...
  • MH370 hunt: Submarine dives for 2nd attempt

    04/15/2014 12:59:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 04/15/2014
    A mini-sub hunting for Malaysian jet MH370 was Tuesday set for a second sweep of the remote Indian Ocean seabed, after aborting its first search when it encountered water deeper than its operating limits. The unmanned submarine loaded with sonar deployed Monday night from the Australian ship Ocean Shield which has spearheaded the hunt for the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8. "After completing around six hours of its mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its operating depth limit of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet) and its built in safety feature returned it to the surface," Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre said. "The...
  • Baghdad buttresses defenses ready for wholesale Al Qaeda assault on city

    04/15/2014 12:27:55 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Debka file ^ | April 15, 2014, 10:24 AM (IDT)
    The Iraqi army began buttressing its defense lines on April 12 to save parts of the capital city of Baghdad from the approaching danger of falling to al Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Iraqi intelligence reports that terrorist forces have broken through into the city’s western outskirts and preparing to head out to other parts of the city of more than seven million and the Green Zone government headquarters. In addition to the lethal bombings and shootings which have reduced the country to misery, Debkafile’s counter-terrorism sources describe a more insidious ISIS tactic of conquest: Armed...
  • Former Boston Mayor Menino says city "will always be strong" at marathon bombing tribute

    04/15/2014 11:56:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Foxnews.Com
    Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies. The city's former Mayor Tom Menino, who has been battling health issues, told the audience Tuesday afternoon that, "When the lights are dim and cameras go away, know our support for you will never waver."
  • Ukraine Launches 'Special Operation' Against Separatists

    04/15/2014 11:54:39 AM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Reuters Via Yahoo ^ | Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska
    Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists. Gunfire could be heard from the airfield at the town of Kramatorsk after a fighter jet swooped low over the area. Ukrainian troops were seen disembarking from helicopters.
  • Ukrainian troops in control of Donetsk Oblast's Kramatorsk airfield, surround Sloviansk; (Etc.)

    04/15/2014 11:51:51 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 15, 2014
    6:30 p.m. – Interfax Ukraine reports that Interim President Oleksander Turchynov has announced that Ukrainian troops have successfully freed the Kramatorsk airfield. According to the AP, "The mayor of Kramatorsk said Ukrainian troops have now occupied the military airport and are blocking its entrance." The freeing of the airfield is part of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's "anti-terrorist operation," which is being conducted throughout eastern Ukraine to quell Russian-backed separatist movements. Rossiya 24 reports that four Russian-sponsored terrorists were killed as a result of the operation. Further, according to Interfax Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense...
  • In Defense of Empire

    04/15/2014 11:38:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 2014 | Robet D. Kaplan
    It can ensure stability and protect minorities better than any other form of order. The case for a tempered American imperialism. ___ Throughout history, governance and relative safety have most often been provided by empires, Western or Eastern. Anarchy reigned in the interregnums. To wit, the British may have failed in Baghdad, Palestine, and elsewhere, but the larger history of the British Empire is one of providing a vast armature of stability, fostered by sea and rail communications, where before there had been demonstrably less stability. In fact, as the Harvard historian Niall Ferguson has argued, the British Empire enabled...
  • Suspected Islamic militants abduct 100 female students from school in northeast Nigeria

    04/15/2014 11:15:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    AP ^ | ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ | HARUNA UMAR
    Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, ... Islamic extremists have been abducting girls to use as cooks and sex slaves. Insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist network are blamed for attacks that have killed more than 1,500 people this year alone. The group — whose name means "Western education is forbidden" — has targeted schools, mosques, churches, villages and agricultural centers in increasingly indiscriminate attacks. They have also made daring raids on military barracks and...
  • US angry with Israel's 'neutrality' over Ukrainian crisis

    04/15/2014 11:05:28 AM PDT · by Altenkrug · 42 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | April 13, 2014
    US officials expressed anger over Israel's policy of "non-interference" with the Russian annexation of the Crimea; Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported. A US official told the paper that the White House was disappointed with Israel's absence from the UN General Assembly meeting two weeks ago to vote on condemning Russia's military invasion of the Crimea and call to maintain Ukraine's territorial integrity. "We have been consulting closely on Ukraine not only with our partners and allies around the world. Obviously we are looking to the entire international community to condemn Russia's actions and to support Ukraine, so we were surprised to...
  • China's President Xi urges greater military use of space

    04/15/2014 10:40:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:25pm EDT
    (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others. While Beijing insists its space program is for peaceful purposes, a Pentagon report last year highlighted China's increasing space capabilities and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis.
  • New Ukrainian government pulls a Cyprus and seeks to tax bank accounts

    04/15/2014 10:23:18 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 9 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 3/20/2014 | Kenneth Schortgen, Jr.
    When the Ukrainian people overthrew the duly elected President in late February, the office of Prime Minister was quickly filled by a technocrat, and member of the European banking establishment. Thus it is not surprising when on March 20, the interim Ukrainian government is going ahead with plans that follow the path of Cyprus, and are instituting a tax on bank depositors and account holders, and are bringing the program of bail-ins to the Eastern European country. ... It is not coincidence that the 'Ukrainian Winter' uprising occurred after the government chose to bypass the IMF and the EU, and...
  • Fighter jet shot down near Ukraine’s city of Kramatorsk, witnesses say

    04/15/2014 9:54:44 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    ITAR/TASS ^ | 4/15/2014 | ITAR/TASS
    KIEV, April 15. /ITAR-TASS/. Shots are being fired at the airdrome near the city of Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast, and one fighter plane has been shot down, witnesses report from the scene. As follows from what the people say four fighter planes, presumably Sukhoi-27 were hovering over Kramatorsk. At a certain point they opened fire at the local airdrome. Who commanded the planes and who downed the fighter remains unclear.
  • US Gave $232,000 to Group Providing “Non-Violence” Training to Hamas

    04/15/2014 9:40:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    http://www.frontpagemag.com ^ | april 15, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    In a recent report, NGO Monitor revealed that the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a non-profit funded largely by the U.S. Congress (i.e. American taxpayers), gave approximately $232,000 to the Holy Land Trust (HLT) between 2006 and 2012.  A search of NED’s website confirms that it has given multiple grants to the organization. HLT is a Bethlehem-based “peacemaking” organization whose leader, Sami Awad, has stated publicly that his organization has given training in non-violence to Hamas and other militant groups in Palestinian society. He did it in a speech he gave at the National Leadership Conference for the Vinyard Church in Galveston,...
  • Is India about to elect its Reagan?

    04/15/2014 8:42:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 14, 2014 | David Cohen, fmr dep asst Secretary of the Interior
    India, the world’s largest democracy, is in the midst of a marathon five-week election that will result in the selection of its next prime minister. Although Nate Silver has yet to make it official, most pundits and prognosticators predict that Narendra Modi will be India’s next leader. Modi bears striking similarities to a celebrated American president: one Ronald Wilson Reagan. Both men rose from humble origins. Modi, in particular, worked from childhood hawking tea in railway stations. Both were popular and successful state governors: Modi is the chief minister (equivalent to a governor) of Gujarat, an Indian state whose gift...