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  • Ukraine: Obama Accuses Putin Of Defying Accord

    04/24/2014 12:23:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Sky NewsSky News – 25 minutes ago ^ | – 25 minutes ago | Sky NewsSky News
    Barack Obama has warned Russia could face "consequences" after accusing the Kremlin of not honouring an international agreement aimed at defusing the Ukraine crisis. The Geneva accord between Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU called for an end to violence in eastern Ukraine and compelled armed groups to surrender weapons and leave official buildings. But a week on, the US President said he was ready to "ramp up further sanctions" if Russia continued to disregard the spirit of the agreement.
  • CORRECTED: Russia says conducting military drill near Ukraine--

    04/23/2014 11:58:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies ^ | Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:30pm GMT
    (Corrects to show Rostov region in south-west, not south-east)****************************************** MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) - Russia on Wednesday conducted military exercises in its south-western Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, a spokesman for Russia's southern military district said.
  • Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

    04/23/2014 11:12:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies ^ | Updated: Apr 23, 2014 9:59 AM PDT
    AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.The Dutch ministry identified the planes as two Russian TU-95 Bears, and said it had launched two F-16s from Volkel air force base to intercept them. The Russian jets were escorted by aircraft from the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark until they departed.
  • East Ukraine’s Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk

    04/23/2014 10:26:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    DONETSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leadership of the recently self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic plans to hold a referendum simultaneously with east Ukraine’s Luhansk region, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic presidium Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS. “A referendum will be held no later than on May 11 and it is highly probable that Luhansk will also hold it with us no later than on May 11. Ludansk just has to confirm similar wording of the question. Our question is as follows, “Do you support the independence of Donetsk people’s republic?” Pushilin said. In his words, sovereignty gives the right and opportunity...
  • Japanese MP angry Michelle didn't join prez, claims Obama CHEATS, looming divorce 'open secret'

    04/23/2014 9:28:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 23, 2014 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it's an 'open secret' that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs. Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan's parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America's economy and foreign policy. In 2009 he also joined the ranks of the so-called 'birthers,' arguing in a book titled 'Who...
  • Judge grants name change to Chelsea Manning, convicted in WikiLeaks case

    04/23/2014 9:04:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | April 23, 2014 | Shawn Nottingham
    Bradley Edward Manning is no more. A Kansas judge on Wednesday granted the former Army intelligence analyst's request to formally be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. "I've been working for months for this change, and waiting for years," she said in a statement applauding the order. "It's worth noting that in both mail and in-person, I've often been asked, 'Why are you changing your name?' The answer couldn't be simpler: because it's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been -- a woman named Chelsea." Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence...
  • Ukraine coal miners on strike, refuse to pay Kiev coup damages bill

    04/23/2014 8:45:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    RT ^ | 4-24-2014 | RT
    Over 2,000 coal miners in Lugansk region have been on strike for the second day running, demanding higher wages and refusing to accept a pay cut to fund the restoration of Kiev, which suffered damage during the coup that overthrew the government. Some 80 percent of miners from five coal mines belonging to "Krasnodonugol" enterprise in the city of Krasnodon have not shown up to work. The mines are all owned by one of Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Akhmetov of the mining and metallurgical "Metinvest" corporation. Angry miners are pressing for wage increases to match region's average pay, better social...
  • CIA 'Tortures' Muslims with 'Barney the Dinosaur', Bee Gees 'Saturday Night Fever', Meow Mix Theme

    04/23/2014 7:33:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 69 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | April 22, 2014 | Tom Barnes
    11 Popular Songs the CIA Used to Torture Prisoners in the War on Terror Imagine you are chained with your hands between your legs, crouching. You're isolated in a small, dark room with earphones you can't take off. Queen's "We Are the Champions" has been playing on repeat for 30 hours now at full volume, and you've lost your ability to think. It could go on for months. Music torture has been common practice for the CIA ever since it began its "enhanced interrogation program" in the early 2000s. The process is designed to "create fear, disorient … and prolong...
  • Weapon of Last Resort: ECB Considers Possible Deflation Measures (European Central Bank)

    04/23/2014 7:01:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 23, 2014 – 06:18 PM | Christian Reiermann and Anne Seith
    One of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s most important duties is watching his mouth. One ill-considered utterance is enough to sow panic on the financial markets. But during a press conference earlier this month, Draghi allowed himself a telling slip. Speaking to gathered journalists at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Draghi twice almost uttered a word he has been at pains to avoid. “Defla…”, Draghi began, before stopping himself and continuing with the term “low inflation.”Yet despite Draghi’s efforts, the specter of deflation was omnipresent in Washington during the meetings. And it...
  • Moscow orders Kiev to withdraw troops from Ukraine's Donbass region

    04/23/2014 6:37:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-23-2014 | MARK MacKINNON
    <p>Russia has warned the Ukrainian government to pull its military from the restive southeast of its own territory, saying it could invade to “protect” pro-Russian separatists there – just as it did in Georgia, another former Soviet republic that Moscow invaded six years ago.</p>
  • A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish and Die on a VA Hospital's Secret List

    04/23/2014 6:21:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    CNN AC360 ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources. For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting...
  • UKRAINE: Putin’s Men in Ukraine Seize U.S. Journalist

    04/23/2014 6:11:34 PM PDT · by · 14 replies
    Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been DETAINED by a PRO-RUSSIAN FACTION as part of a campaign to intimidate journalists. SLOVYANSK, Ukraine—Russian-backed insurgents in this eastern Ukraine town, a flashpoint in the tug of war between Moscow and Kiev, seized American journalist Simon Ostrovsky on Tuesday, claiming that under the “laws of war” they had the right. “He was not reporting in a correct way,” said Stella Khoraeva, a former journalist and spokeswoman for the separatist leader Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the pro-Russian militant leader in Slovyansk, a rust belt industrial town on a tributary of the Donets River an hour’s drive from...
  • Keystone XL’s Continued Delay is Absurd (WaPo: Obama embarrassing U.S.)

    04/23/2014 6:00:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Editorial Board
    IF FOOT-DRAGGING were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements they hope no one will notice, the State Department declared that it is putting off a decision on Keystone XL indefinitely — or at least, it seems, well past November’s midterm elections. This time, the excuse is litigation in Nebraska over the proposed route, because that might lead to a change in the project that various federal agencies will want to consider. The State...
  • US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? (+video)

    04/23/2014 4:41:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? A contingent of 150 US troops began arriving in Poland Wednesday, the first of four such units being deployed for training exercises in Eastern Europe in a move criticized as unlikely to impress Russia. By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer / April 23, 2014 Washington The Pentagon is sending a contingent of 150 US troops to Poland this week, the first piece of what US officials describe as an effort to reassure Eastern European allies that the United States has their back in the wake of Russian aggression. The contingent,...
  • Hillary Clinton Again Calls Benghazi ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary of State

    04/23/2014 4:10:20 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies
    April 23, 2014, 6:43 PM ET Hillary Clinton Again Calls Benghazi ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary of State BOSTON – Hillary Clinton reiterated Wednesday that her darkest time as secretary of state was the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Mrs. Clinton, in a speech to more than 3,000 people at a women’s leadership conference here, called the attack and loss of lives “very, very painful” and “certainly the biggest regret that I have as secretary of state.” She noted that she had taken responsibility for security at the diplomatic outpost, where Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three...
  • Ukraine restarts military campaign in east after politician ‘killed’

    04/23/2014 3:21:52 PM PDT · by · 7 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:14 PM EDT | Tanya Talaga
    Ukraine has restarted a military offensive in the eastern part of the country after two brutally beaten bodies were discovered in the Donetsk region — one is thought to be a local politician. Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said the politician’s name is Vladimir Rybak, reports the BBC. “The terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region hostage have now gone too far,” the BBC reported Turchynov saying. Two “brutally tortured individuals” have been found near Sloviansk, in the Donetsk region where pro-Russian separatists have been strategically taking over key government buildings, Turchynov said in a statement reported by...
  • Photos Prove Putin a Liar

    04/23/2014 2:21:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Video at the link Vladimir Putin has insisted that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine - just like he insisted there were no Russian troops in Crimea until he admitted it last week. Now, the New York Times reports there are photos that clearly show known Russian military and intelligence people mixed in with pro-Russian militias, fomenting strife in Eastern Ukraine. For two weeks, the mysteriously well-armed, professional gunmen known as “green men” have seized Ukrainian government sites in town after town, igniting a brush fire of separatist unrest across eastern Ukraine. Strenuous denials from the Kremlin have...
  • Poll: Should the United States deport people for entering the country illegally?

    04/23/2014 1:42:42 PM PDT · by South40 · 65 replies
    Should the United States deport people for entering the country illegally? A stupid question, and one that should not have to be asked. But there it is. Poll Here
  • UKRAINE: Slav separatists promise torturing hostages to thwart elections

    Ponomariov promises to steal and kill people/Reuters TRANSLATION "The self-proclaimed "mayor" Slavic Vyacheslav Ponomarev promises to prevent presidential elections in Ukraine at any cost. He said in an interview with Russian newspaper "We will take all necessary measures to election in the southeast did not take place" - he said, referring not only captured terrorists Slovyansk, but the entire Ukraine. "Take someone in captivity and pìdvìsimo for I * I. realistically, you understand?", answered questions on the journalist utočnûval′ne Ponomarev. He also has promised to purge dissenters, calling it "a harsh truth of life." But beyond that, Ponomarev...
  • Ukrainian mafia steps up to avenge rape victim

    04/23/2014 1:02:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | 4-23-2014 | Hurriyet
    Ukrainian mafia leaders have formed an alliance to take retribution on three high-profile men accused of raping, attempting to strangle and burning a young woman alive in the Ukrainian town of Nikolayev, daily Hürriyet reported. The leaders reportedly ordered their contacts in every prison in Ukraine to "take care" of the three men and do make them "worse than [the victim]" in revenge for their alleged attack on Oxana Makar. Makar, 18, remains in critical condition. Her parents, meanwhile, have been attempting to remind the public of her suffering; her mother recently uploaded a video that shows the girl struggling...
  • Ukraine court seizes Odessa refinery -ministry

    04/23/2014 12:55:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-23-2014 | Reuters
    A Ukrainian court has seized an oil refinery in Odessa, the country's third largest, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. It cited an investigation into fuel duty fraud but gave few details. The plant has also been at risk of being drawn into the bitter confrontation between Ukraine and Russia. Ownership of the refinery is in question after a report it had been acquired by a Russian bank and the Ukrainian government which took power following the overthrow of the Kremlin-backed president in February has said it wants control of the refinery. The Interior Ministry said in a statement...
  • Russia May Halt Oil Supplies On Ukraine Theft

    04/23/2014 12:51:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-23-2014 | Durden
    First it was concerns over whether Ukraine would 'steal' gas supplies bound for Europe as it passed through pipelines in the country and now, as bills remain unpaid, a Transneft unit is threatening to halt Ukraine oil products supply due to pipeline theft. •*TRANSNEFT COMMENTS ON OIL PRODUCTS PIPELINE IN UKRAINE •*TRANSNEFT MAY STOP WORK OF PRIKARPATZAPADTRANS PIPELINE SYSTEM •*TRANSNEFT: $62.7M IN OIL STOLEN FROM UKRAINE PIPE OVER 5 YRS As Bloomberg reports, 57.9k tons of oil products have been lost from theft in Ukraine and "Transneft expresses hope that the Ukrainian authorities can evaluate the risks of the current...
  • Brazil: No nation has right to rule Internet

    04/23/2014 12:50:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | April 23, 2014/
    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said at a gathering here Wednesday that no country can have "more weight than another" in governing cyberspace. She made her remarks at the opening of the NETMundial international conference, where delegations from more than 85 countries will debate Internet regulation issues and try to reach agreement on a new oversight model. The push to reformulate Internet governance gained momentum in Brazil after documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden showed the U.S. National Security Agency had spied on the phone calls and e-mails of Brazilian citizens and companies and the president herself.
  • Patriarch holds memorial service for Jasenovac victims

    04/23/2014 12:43:03 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    B92 ^ | April 22, 2014 | Tanjug
    MLAKA -- Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) on Tuesday held a memorial service in Mlaka near Jasenovac, the site of Croatia's WW2 death camp.(Photo: Tanjug, file) April 22 is the anniversary of the Jasenovac breakthrough staged by the camp's prisoners. The day is also marked in Serbia as Holocaust Remembrance Day. After liturgy services lead by Patriarch Irinej, Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Bishop Jovan of Lipljan and other clerical dignitaries, a commemoration was held to honor the Jasenovac victims. "The church in Mlaka is built on the land of the sufferers where hundreds...
  • Palestinian Factions (Hamas and Fatah) Announce Deal on Unity Government

    04/23/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Wissam Nasar
    The two main Palestinian factions announced an agreement on Wednesday to heal a seven-year schism and form a unity government within five weeks that would prepare for Palestinian elections six months later. The two groups — the Palestine Liberation Organization, which runs the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip — have reached similar accords before that were never carried out. But the latest deal comes as the fragile American-brokered peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel are approaching an April 29 deadline without a resolution in sight. People familiar...
  • Amid Politics, Obama Drifted Away From Kin

    04/23/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2014 | JASON HOROWITZ
    After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall. Weeping before a polished wood coffin at her wake this past Saturday, they described Ms. Onyango, the half sister of the president’s father, as “the spirit of the Obama family” and talked about raising money to send her body back to Kenya. Mr. Obama helped pay funeral expenses and sent a condolence note, Ms. Onyango’s family members said, but the...
  • ‘Intoxicated’ 18-year-old girl Reportedly Rushed to Hospital From PM's Residence

    04/23/2014 12:01:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Glenn MacGregor
    24 Sussex medical call won't be investigated by RCMP The RCMP have confirmed that Ottawa EMS was called to the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive last Saturday night as media reports said an 18-year-old girl needed to be taken to hospital for severe intoxication. RCMP would not confirm who the call was for, only that it was not Stephen Harper or one of his family members. “This was a medical call and not a police matter. It did not involve any of our protectees,” said a statement from the RCMP. The PMO said it would not be commenting...
  • Kidnapped: Pro-Russian Gunmen Are Holding This U.S. Journalist Hostage

    04/23/2014 11:00:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 45 replies
    Heritage ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rob Bluey
    <p>An American journalist for Vice News is being held captive by pro-Russian gunmen following his reporting on the turmoil in Ukraine.</p> <p>Simon Ostrovsky had covered the conflict over Crimea for weeks and went missing Tuesday. His disappearance is the latest example of a crackdown on journalists by Russia and its supporters, prompting a warning from the U.S. State Department.</p>
  • State Dept spokesman can't name Hillary Clinton's diplomatic achievements--nor can Hillary Clinton!

    04/23/2014 10:44:19 AM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies
    .dailymail. ^ | 23 April 2014 | David Martosko
    State Department spokeswoman can't name Hillary Clinton's diplomatic achievements ... and neither can Hillary Clinton! Jen Psaki, the State Department's chief spokesperson, seemed blindsided by a question about Clinton's accomplishments A CNN panel erupted into laughter when Psaki's gaffe was shown Clinton herself couldn't articulate what she was 'most proud of' during her time as America's top diplomat when asked just weeks ago A former White House counsel from the Bill Clinton presidency defended Hillary on radio as 'the most popular woman in the world' She's likely to run for president in 2016 but faces an 'achievement gap' from her...
  • Israel Is 'Destroying' Al-Aqsa Mosque For 'Alleged' Temple

    04/23/2014 10:12:27 AM PDT · by Fennie · 58 replies
    INN ^ | April 22, 2014
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been stepping up its libel that Israel is "destroying" the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the temple mount in Jerusalem, in order to build the "alleged" Temple. The highest PA religious authority, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, asserted in late March that Israel was making an "attempt... at laying hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque... and in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins."
  • Kiev must immediately deescalate east Ukraine crisis, call back troops - Moscow

    04/23/2014 9:45:52 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies
    Kiev authorities must “immediately” deescalate the situation in southeast Ukraine by withdrawing its troops from the region, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said, adding that Kiev must start nationwide talks and stop “distorting” the Geneva agreement. Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on military operation in eastern Ukraine “The Russian side once again insists on an immediate deescalation of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine, the withdrawal of divisions of the Ukrainian Army and the start of a real inter-Ukrainian dialogue including all the regions and political entities of the country,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. Moscow...
  • Obama Is Eating At The Legendary 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' Restaurant

    04/23/2014 9:40:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/23/14 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    [Obama] and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dined at a legendary sushi restaurant... Chef Jiro Ono, 87, is considered to be one of the top sushi chefs in the world. Ono prepares the sushi himself. His recommended special course — which features a rare, endangered species of bluefin tuna — starts at about $300. It includes more than a dozen courses served in about 20 minutes.
  • No Reason to Doubt US Running the Show in Ukraine – Lavrov

    04/23/2014 9:35:04 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    RiaNovosti ^ | 4-23-2014 | Vitaly Belousov
    The visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden to Kiev this week and the subsequent restart of a military operation against protesters is evidence the US is controlling the actions of Ukrainian authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Segei Lavrov said Wednesday. “Now that Joe Biden visited Kiev this counterterrorist operation was declared in the active phase again,” Lavrov said during an English-language interview with the RT news channel. “It’s quite telling that they chose the moment of the Vice President of the United States to announce the resumption of this operation, because the launching of this operation happened immediately after [CIA...
  • 'Obama Not Welcome': Filipinos Protest Presidential Visit [Blasted With Firehoses]

    04/23/2014 9:34:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/23/14
    Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: "Obama not welcome."
  • Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

    04/23/2014 9:28:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda. A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants... In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used...
  • Obama goes stag to Asia, and Japanese don't like it (+video)

    04/23/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 22, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China. ... Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China. The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to...
  • As China and Japan Prepare for War, American Forces Battle over Turf

    04/23/2014 9:01:30 AM PDT · by AU72 · 8 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2014 | David Archibald
    Many readers of American Thinker may be thinking that a war between China and Japan, with or without the US being involved, is precluded by the fact that it would be stupid and destructive. Nevertheless, the people who are actually going to fight that war are continuing to prepare for it. Chinese shaping of the psychological battle-space continues. The latest development is the seizure of a Japanese cargo ship in China with the excuse being compensation for two Chinese ships leased by Japan in 1936. The Japanese have announced the building of a radar station on the farthest of the...
  • Obama says Japan's disputed islands with China is within scope of U.S.-Japan security treaty

    04/23/2014 7:45:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/23/2014
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said that islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan security treaty, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said on Wednesday. Obama, who arrives in Japan later on Wednesday on the first step of a four-nation Asian visit, made the remarks in written replies to questions.
  • Has al-Qaeda taken over a secret US base in Libya?

    04/23/2014 7:38:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When losing ground in a war, it’s not unusual to see an enemy make use of one’s facilities and equipment. The report from Eli Lake at the Daily Beast only surprises because the US has insisted that we are not losing ground in the war against al-Qaeda, and still insists that the decapitation of the Moammar Qaddafi regime was sound policy: A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media...
  • FM (Lavrov) vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

    04/23/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-23-2014 | YURAS KARMANAU
    Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east. Although Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops. Large contingents of Russian troops — tens of thousands, NATO says — are in place near the Ukrainian border. "Russian citizens being attacked...
  • UNITED UKRAINE: Square and AntImaydan Odessa UNITED against Pro Russian saboteurs VIDEO

    04/23/2014 7:36:00 AM PDT · by ^ | April 23 , 13:05
    Unexpected understanding in Odessa: Square and Antymaydan UNITED AGAINST pro russian saboteurs. Activists from both sides settled for resettlement of roadblocks at the entrances to the city They say that the greatest threat to peace in Odessa - is imported by provocateurs from other regions. The initiator of this unexpected collaboration became 'Odessa Yevromaydan' ideological opponents also agreed to equip checkpoints together. Both camps have developed an information communication and inform each other about possible provocations.
  • Tally of persons kidnapped by Russian-backed insurgents in Ukraine’s east grows to 13 (UPDATE)

    04/23/2014 7:28:16 AM PDT · by Agog · 11 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 04/23/2014 | Kyiv Post
    Thirteeen persons, including journalists, have been kidnapped over the past week in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Sloviansk and Horlivka, according to Kyiv Post reporting and that of Donetsk-based news website Novosti Donbassa. Some have been released while two have been found dead.
  • Reinaldo Arenas on Gabo: Gabriel García Márquez: żEsbirro o es burro? (Tool or fool?)

    04/23/2014 6:32:09 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 1 replies
    Babalublog ^ | Alberto nde la Cruz
    Reinaldo Arenas on Gabo: Gabriel García Márquez: żEsbirro o es burro? (Tool or fool?) By Alberto de la Cruz, on April 21, 2014 The following is a translation by Asombra of a text by the highly acclaimed Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas. It was initially written in 1981 in New York City and published in Mexico (Kosmos; 1986) and in Miami (Ediciones Universal; 2001) as part of the book Necesidad de libertad--Grito luego existo. A special thanks to our good friend Zoé Valdés for finding this gem. _____________________ GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ: żESBIRRO O ES bURRO? (Toll or Fool? Reinaldo Arenas...
  • Under Russia, Life in Crimea Grows Chaotic

    04/23/2014 6:16:03 AM PDT · by No One Special · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2014 | Neil MacFarquhar
    SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — After Russia annexed Crimea practically overnight, the Russian bureaucrats handling passports and residence permits inhabited the building of their Ukrainian predecessors, where Roman Nikolayev now waits daily with a seemingly mundane question. His daughter and granddaughter were newly arrived from Ukraine when they suddenly found themselves in a different country, so he wonders if they can become legal residents. But he cannot get inside to ask because he is No. 4,475 on the waiting list for passports. At most, 200 people are admitted each day from the crowd churning around the tall, rusty iron gate. “They set...
  • Russia threatens response if interests attacked in Ukraine

    04/23/2014 4:55:48 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    Russia issued a blunt warning Wednesday it would respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as pro-Kremlin rebels in the restive east of the country braced for a new military offensive by Kiev. The threat by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, recalling the 2008 war with Georgia over breakaway South Ossetia, came as US troops were headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow of new sanctions over the escalating crisis. "If we are attacked, we would certainly respond," Lavrov told state-controlled RT television. "If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians...
  • UKRAINE: U.S. to Move Troops to Allies Near Russia as Tensions Flare in Eastern Ukraine

    04/23/2014 4:45:52 AM PDT · by · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 22, 2014 10:03 p.m. ET | Julian Barnes DC, Carol Lee, Kiev, Ukraine & Philip Shishkin Slovyansk, Ukr
    Pentagon Seeks to Reassure NATO Allies as Kiev Accuses Pro-Russian Forces of Killings Hundreds of U.S. troops are headed for maneuvers in Eastern Europe through year's end, the Pentagon announced, new deployments intended to reassure allies on Russia's borders as violence took a sinister turn Tuesday in embattled Ukraine. Vice President Joe Biden, in a visit to Kiev, warned Russia to pull back its troops and abide by last week's international agreement or face the certainty of swift new sanctions. Mr. Biden also urged Ukraine's leaders to adhere to democratic principles and respect cultural differences, reassuring them, "You will not...
  • Ukraine's leaders say have U.S. backing to take on "aggressors"

    04/23/2014 4:42:39 AM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Apr 23, 2014 | Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald
    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's government said on Wednesday the United States had promised to stand by it in the face of aggression, and announced that it would press ahead with a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups.
  • Ukraine crisis: What the 'Russian soldier' photos say

    04/23/2014 3:30:35 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    Do they prove anything? What comes across from the photos is that at least one unit of heavily armed, well-equipped, pro-Russian paramilitaries has been operating in the Donetsk region. But it cannot be said for sure that they are actual Russian special forces, as the Ukrainians argue. At the same time, the idea that they might be a local militia from Donetsk is belied by their apparent military professionalism. Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week there were "no Russian units, special services or instructors in the east of Ukraine" but such denials of military involvement ring hollow for many...
  • Firefighters v arsonists: US confirms $5bn spent on 'Ukraine democracy'

    04/23/2014 3:27:07 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies
    People holding illegal arms and occupying government buildings are perfectly OK, as long as they are permitted to do so, believes Washington’s top diplomat in Europe. But doing exactly the same thing without permission is bad. This piece of infallible logic came from the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, as she refused to equate the situation in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in February with the present one in eastern Ukraine. In both cases armed militias have seized buildings and refused to leave. “You can’t compare the situation in Kiev, where now everything that is still being held by protesters...
  • Ukraine rebels brace for new assault as US troops head to region

    04/23/2014 3:11:31 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 41 replies
    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. The United States said it plans to deploy 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states to "reassure our allies and partners" after threatening Russia with more sanctions. Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov late Tuesday ordered a new "anti-terrorist" operation against separatists holding a string of eastern towns after the discovery of two "brutally tortured" bodies. One of the dead was a local...