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  • 'We told you so' - Baltic jitters grow over former ruler Russia

    09/02/2014 7:01:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 1, 2014 10:27am EDT | Aija Krutaine and Andrius Sytas
    (Reuters) - Nervously eyeing Russian naval maneuvers and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flashpoint after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties. With President Barack Obama heading to Estonia on Wednesday on a visit designed to underline U.S. solidarity with the Balts ahead of a NATO summit in Wales, the three tiny republics are renewing calls for troops on the ground and military help.
  • Did US kill Al-Shabaab leader responsible for Kenya mall massacre?

    09/02/2014 6:52:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The US reportedly targeted Ahmed Abdi Godane in a military strike on Somalia overnight, but the Pentagon has kept a tight seal on the operation other than to acknowledge that one took place. Godane runs al-Shabaab, the Somalian radical Islamist terror network that took credit for the massacre in a Kenyan mall a year ago, and Godane is widely believed to have run that operation: Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said in a statement late Monday only that “we are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.” Godane...
  • Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists

    09/02/2014 6:49:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 01, 2014 | Dmitry Volchek and Farangis Najibullah
    Wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, Irina Dovgan is forced to stand at a Donetsk intersection with a sign identifying her as a spy and reading: "She kills our children." A woman berates and then kicks Dovgan as a man holding a rifle looks on. Images of the scene that unfolded in eastern Ukraine in August sparked outrage and concern for the initially unidentified woman. Dovgan's name was eventually revealed and her story told, including to RFE/RL's Russian Service in an exclusive interview.
  • Fighting terror prayer challenge (selfies OK)

    09/02/2014 6:41:18 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 2 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 9/1/14 | John David Powell
    On Sundays, our parish sings the Beatitudes, from the Sermon on the Mount. But this time, the words reached through the millennia to highlight the headlines of today: wars, beheadings, and the jihadist genocides of Christians and people of other faiths. Stories I wrote during the past couple of months seemed to attach themselves to a beatitude (https://bible.org/seriespage/beatitudes-matthew-51-12), or blessing: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of their faith, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Later on, I...
  • How to Beat an Evil Empire: Just Do It

    09/02/2014 6:33:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    As NATO meets to develop a new strategy to follow up with their Obama-led non-strategy on Russia, perhaps they should ponder what the old, successful strategy with Russia was that served NATO so well. “On the one hand,” said the blueprint that helped beat back the Russian threat during the Cold War, NSC 68, “the people of the world yearn for relief from the anxiety arising from the risk of… war. On the other hand, any substantial further extension of the area under the domination of the Kremlin would raise the possibility that no coalition adequate to confront the Kremlin...
  • Heletej: Ukraine army defeated separatist and now faces Russian troops

    09/02/2014 6:27:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Monday 01 september, 2014, 17:57 | Zik TV
    Russia has lost the hybrid war in Donbas. Ukraine army has defeated the terrorists. That is why Kremlin was forced to move its regular troops to Donbas, Ukraine Defense Minister Valery Heletej writes in Facebook Sept. 1. The regular Russian troops are already in Donbas intending to increase its ground and advance on new territories of Ukraine, he says. A big war is on our threshold. Unfortunately, in such war the number of casualties may be in thousands and even tens of thousands, he says. Citing unofficial sources, the minister says Russia has already threatened us to use tactical nuclear...
  • Jury to decide fates of former Blackwater contractors charged in Iraq shooting

    09/02/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue September 2, 2014
    The Iraq War incident has been a controversial political and diplomatic case from start. On Tuesday, a Washington jury begins deliberations on whether the four guards are guilty of murder, among other charges.
  • Video: UK takes steps to keep British jihadists from returning

    09/02/2014 5:43:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Can the UK protect itself from the danger presented by its citizens returning after fighting for ISIS — perhaps to continue the war at home? Prime Minister David Cameron believes that British security forces have the authority to take temporary steps to block their return, but wants Parliament to pass a law granting more permanent power to impose a de facto exile on British nationals who fight for ISIS and other terror groups:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday temporary enhanced powers for police designed to keep Islamist extremists in Britain from traveling...
  • Poll shows Americans favor military action against Islamic State by 4-1

    09/02/2014 5:39:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/02/2014 | Rick Moran
    A survey conducted by YouGov.com showed that by a 4-1 margin, Americans favor military strikes against Islamic State. The poll's results are the opposite of a similar survey taken earlier this year regarding military action against President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria. Washington Examiner: Some 63 percent of Americans back a Pentagon strike against the terrorists to 16 percent who don’t. A year ago, those numbers were reversed when Americans were asked about striking Syrian troops commanded by President Bashar Assad, with 60 percent opposing military action and 20 percent supporting it. The flip-flop comes as television news is...
  • US military attacks al-Shabab network in Somalia, says Pentagon

    09/02/2014 5:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 09/02/2014
    U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the groups leader. Al-Shabab had attacked the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people a year ago this month and the U.S. had targeted planners of the bloody assault. There was no immediate comment from al-Shabab and U.S. commanders were waiting to determine the attacks outcome. U.S. military forces conducted an operation in Somalia today against the al-Shabaab network. We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide...
  • Hamas popularity surges as Palestinian rivalry flares

    09/02/2014 5:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/02/2014
    Militant group Hamas would sweep Palestinian elections if they were held today after its support soared during seven weeks of war with Israel in Gaza, an opinion poll published on Tuesday found. The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research said the poll showed Islamists clearly leading presidential and parliamentary polls for the first time since Palestinans last voted eight years ago, when Hamas won power in Gaza. Most Palestinians surveyed said they preferred Hamas's strategy of armed struggle against Israel rather than peace negotiations, which are favored by Fatah, once the dominant Palestinian political movement and one backed by...
  • The New World Disorder

    09/02/2014 4:56:54 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/2/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    To Obama, the retrenchment of the West was not only inevitable but to be welcomed. In just the last five or six years the world has been fundamentally transformed. Instead of the old accustomed Western-inspired postwar global order, crafted and ensured by the United States and its European and Japanese partners, there is now mostly chaos, from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea. Or, rather, there may be emerging new rules, given that we are still frozen in a Wild West moment, when everyone in the saloon has drawn his six-shooter, paused, and is wondering what happened to...
  • Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town: sources

    09/02/2014 4:34:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/2/14 | Lanre Ola
    Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday.
  • ISIS recruits 300 Indians, trains them in Pak, Syria: NIA dossier

    09/02/2014 4:26:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    One India News ^ | 8/30/2014 | Sandra Marina Fernandes
    While the Islamic State in Iraq> and Syria (ISIS) continues to instill fear in people in Iraq, a National Investigation Agency dossier reveals that more than 300 Indian youth have been recruited by the ISIS and Pakistan based Tehreek-e-Taliban.According to a report by Times Now, the dossier mentions that many youth are being recruited from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra and are being trained in Pakistan, Syria and Iraq.Report also suggest that the youth, who are recruited, may carry out massive attacks across the country.However this is not the first time that Indians are being recruited by the ISIS....
  • UN: Iraq Atrocities "Acts Of Inhumanity On An Unimaginable Scale"

    09/02/2014 3:49:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 2,2014 | Breitbart News
    The UN says it has received reports from Iraq that "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale". Deputy Human Rights Commissioner Flavia Pansieri said Islamic State (IS) was believed to have committed systematic and intentional attacks on civilians.
  • UKRAINE: Putin to restore Soviet Empire: Need to help Ukraine in any way possible

    Adam Michnik: "Putin wants to restore the Soviet Empire. Ukraine need to help in any way possible " Kiev should help, including arms, convinced Polish intellectual, historical leader of the Polish dissident Adam Michnik, writes Andrea Tarkuini in an article published in the newspaper La Repubblica. Putin's Proposals "dangerous and unacceptable: it is a new Brezhnev doctrine of limited sovereignty," said Adam Michnik, the censor is not with reference to Inopressu. In the same way as Ukraine has no right to dictate the laws on the structure of the Russian Federation Moscow, and Russia has no right to tell other...
  • Relatives of Slain Soldiers Storm Parliament Building in Baghdad

    09/02/2014 3:31:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 9/2/2014
    Relatives of Iraqi soldiers killed by the Islamic State (IS) in June stormed the parliament building in Baghdad today, demanding information on the fate of the victims. Shortly after the protesting began, the relatives entered the parliament building, said Rudaw correspondent in Baghdad. The members of parliament have been taken to a safe location. After defeating the Iraqi army in Mosul in June, Islamist militants overran Camp Speicher outside Tikrit where they claimed to have killed scores of pilots and military personnel. It was later reported that the IS had killed 1,700 cadets. According to our correspondent, 15 family members...
  • More Russian conscripts forced to fight in Ukraine

    09/02/2014 2:40:42 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KhPG ^ | 02.09.14 | Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KhPG
    Conscripts doing military service in the Tula oblast are reported to have been forced to sign contracts allowing them to be sent to Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers from military unit 33842 told TV Dozhd that 8 soldiers had signed themselves, while the heads of the unit had signed for the others on Aug 19. [....] His family explains that he phoned them a few days ago and said that the soldiers in his unit were being forced to sign contracts. His parents told him not to sign under any circumstances, especially since his military service was due to end on...
  • Iraq crisis: Shia and Kurdish forces move against IS

    09/01/2014 8:11:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 September 2014
    Iraqi Shia militias and Kurdish forces are continuing their advance against Islamic State militants after breaking the siege of Amerli in northern Iraq. A BBC team entered the town on Monday, finding residents who had endured more than two months under siege. The joint forces have also seized the militant stronghold of Suleiman Beg. Meanwhile Amnesty International says that it has uncovered new evidence that Islamic State have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing in the north.
  • The Covert Origins of ISIS

    09/02/2014 1:45:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/29/14
    Evidence exposing who put ISIS in power, and how it was done.
  • Putins aide confirms 2 weeks to Kiev remark

    09/02/2014 1:42:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2014 4:10 AM EDT
    A Russian official is complaining that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished. Yuri Ushakov, a presidential aide, told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday that Putins statement was quoted out of context and carried a completely different meaning. Ushakov says it was unworthy of Barroso to speak publicly about a private conversation.
  • Jihad Comes To Europe

    09/02/2014 12:29:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Belgian security services have estimated that the number of European jihadists in Syria may be over 4000. European leaders have directed their nastiest comments against the Jewish state, none of them has asked why Palestinian organizations in Gaza put their stockpiles of weapons in hospitals, homes, schools and mosques, or their command and control centers at the bottom of large apartment buildings or underneath hospitals. None of them has even said that Hamas is a terrorist organization despite its genocidal charter. The majority of them are wedded to the idea of redistribution. Their policies are anti-growth, do not afford people...
  • Putins Leadership Qualities Outshine Obamas

    09/01/2014 11:43:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
    Its no accident of fate that President Vladimir Putins approval rating hovers around 87 percent as opposed to President Obamas which is at an all-time low of 34 percent, according to a recent Franklin and Marshall poll, while a mere 36 percent of Americans back his foreign policy. Those heady days when the Obama received rock star welcomes in Berlin and Cairo with his message Yes, we can have faded into distant memory. The fact is he couldnt and he didnt. With the world beset by crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Ukraine, the so-called leader of the free world...
  • Australia: Extreme Force Justified Against ISIS

    09/01/2014 11:39:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday said "extreme force" was justified in battling Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants as he played down reports that an Australian plane delivering humanitarian aid in Iraq came under fire. Australia will "in coming days" join ally the United States in an international effort to transport weapons to Kurdish forces fighting IS extremists in northern Iraq. It has also been conducting humanitarian air drops to the besieged town of Amerli.
  • Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap

    09/01/2014 11:04:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    telegraph ^ | 01 Sep 2014 | Press Association
    Support for Scottish independence has risen eight points in a month, according to a new poll. The No camp are now six points ahead of the Yes campaign, down from 14 points in mid-August and 22 points early last month, excluding undecided voters. The latest YouGov poll found that, excluding ''don't knows'', 53% of those questioned planned to vote No, while 47% would back Yes. This compares to 57% for Yes and 43% for No in mid August and 61% for Yes and 39% for No at the beginning of last month.
  • Kazakhs Worried After Putin Questions History of Country's Independence

    09/01/2014 10:30:52 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 6 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 01 2014 11:50 Last edited 11:51 | Anna Dolgov
    President Vladimir Putin has said Kazakhstan's history of independent statehood is scant and its people's desire for closer ties with Russia is profound a rhetoric reminiscent of Moscow's stance on Ukraine and inhabitants of Kazakhstan are worried. Kazakhs have taken to social networks to call for supporters to "send a history textbook to Putin" in response to the Russian leader's remarks last week that the Central Asian nation had never held any independence worth speaking of until very recently. Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has "created a state on a territory that never had a state," Putin told a...
  • Obama warned Isis terrorists 'will target US cities and kill with abandon'

    09/01/2014 9:40:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The London Independent | September 1, 2014 | Stuart Henderson
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/obama-warned-isis-terrorists-will-target-us-cities-and-kill-with-abandon-9702900.html
  • Ukraine rebels pull back from independence demands at cease-fire talks

    09/01/2014 9:05:35 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 02, 2014 | Associated Press
    Ukraine rebels pull back from independence demands at cease-fire talks MOSCOW Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy -- a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant change in their vision for the future of Ukraine's eastern, mainly Russian-speaking region. It remains unclear, however, whether the talks can reach a compromise amid the brutal fighting that has continued in eastern...
  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    09/01/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | September 2, 2014
    HAVANA: Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday (Sep 1), accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally." "The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle...
  • I can take Kiev in two weeks, Vladimir Putin warns European leaders

    09/01/2014 7:29:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/01/14 | Ben Farmer
    Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted.
  • Got room for one more crisis? In Pakistan, protesters threaten governments stability

    09/01/2014 7:12:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    With international crises boiling on three continents, it is easy to think that things could not possibly get any worse. But, of course, they can, and that proposition is being tested presently in Pakistan where anti-government protests area growing more aggressive.300 were injured in overnight battles with government forces on Saturday night into Sunday morning. Demonstrations by Pakistanis loyal to opposition politician Imran Khan and cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri that began two weeks ago became more violent this weekend as police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds. The protest movement has been camped outside of Pakistans parliament...
  • Russian tank unit in Donbas defects

    09/01/2014 7:07:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Monday 01 september, 2014, 16:16 | Zik TV
    According to preliminary information, a Russian tank unit deployed in Ukraine has defected and joined the Ukrainian army, Kyivshchyna 11th battalion announced on its website in Facebook Sept. 1. Anti-Putin feelings in Russia are on the increase, with one-man protesters carrying slogans appearing on Moscow streets. Under the Russian law, more than one protesters are qualified as organized anti-government activities subject to criminal investigations.
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves moderate while at the same time...
  • USS Germantown, Sasebo 'in a much better place' after leadership changes

    09/01/2014 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew M. Burke
    Faced with rampant reports of sexual harassment and mistrust of the chain of command on the USS Germantown, Navy leaders turned to Cmdr. Jason Leach for help. Sailors applauded when Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander of the Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, gave Leach command of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship in May 2013, after the departure of the previous captain, Cmdr. Carol McKenzie, who could be so harsh that her behavior bordered on verbal abuse, according to a half-dozen sailors who served with both skippers. It turns out, he was the wrong man for the job, according to the...
  • Pakistan crisis: Parliament to hold emergency meeting

    09/01/2014 6:29:44 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/1/2014 | BBC
    A joint session of parliament is to be held in Pakistan as PM Nawaz Sharif seeks to rally support against protestors calling for his resignation. Clashes between security forces and demonstrators continued for a third day on Monday in the capital Islamabad. The army has denied suggestions it is backing anti-government groups, insisting it is "apolitical". Mr. Sharif-who was elected last year-has said he is determined to protect democracy and will not resign. Opposition cleric Tahir ul-Qadri has insisted that Mr. Sharif should step down to face murder charges and a terrorism probe. Mr. Quadri is supported by another opposition...
  • Muslim cleric reveals the truth behind 'moderate' Muslims

    09/01/2014 6:23:38 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    Muslim cleric reveals the truth behind 'moderate' Muslims Speaking to a group of so-called "moderate" Muslims, it's revealed that the majority of Muslims support the barbaric tactics employed by ISIS Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=98e_1409583391#6LJEMLQIrCg4usou.99
  • The Return of the Arab Spring

    09/01/2014 6:20:02 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 1, 2014 | Joe Herring & Dr. Mark Christian
    The Return of the Arab Spring By Joe Herring & Dr. Mark Christian The Arab Spring changed seasons with Benghazi. In the eyes of many Americans, the media-hyped chimera of democratic forces seeking freedom from dictatorships vanished with the reported sodomy and murder of our ambassador to Libya. The reality is, the impetus behind the Arab Spring was never really a desire for self-rule as we understand it, but rather a desire for Islamic rule. Each country that fell to that faux-organic sweep of protest shared a trait in common: aside from being brutal dictatorships, they were also secular governments....
  • Kenya: President Kenyatta Witnesses Destruction of Kshs 1b Heroin Haul

    09/01/2014 6:14:47 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    all Africa ^ | 8/29/2014 | chai
    Photo: Mombasa County Government Drug ship destroyed at Mombasa. By Kazungu Chai Mombasa President Uhuru Kenyatta today sent a clear signal to drug traffickers that they will not be allowed to continue the illegal trade at the expense of the dreams of the Kenyan youth. He personally led an operation to blow up a ship and destroy heroin worth over Kshs 1 billion. The President - aboard a Kenya Air Force chopper and the Kenya Navy in their modern warship KNS Jasiri - led journalists, security personnel and anti-narcotic officials as the ship and the drugs were blown off...
  • Benghazi coming back with a vengeance in September

    09/01/2014 5:35:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1 Sep 2014 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    After several mercifully Benghazi-free months, the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya is about to be thrust back into the spotlight around its September 11 anniversary. The special House committee investigating Benghazi is finally expected to begin its work, in earnest, with its first hearing the week Congress returns from August recess. Meanwhile, two books promising explosive new allegations about the terror attack will hit shelves in September, and Fox News plans to air a new, one-hour documentary on the attack this week, featuring exclusive interviews with Americans who fought in the onslaught. Add that to the usual...
  • Watch 1000 Years of European Borders Change In 3 Minutes

    The whole world is watching the crisis in Crimea, and Russia faces off with the USA and European superpowers. The dispute centers around which country the territory should belong to, and it may seem shocking in todays modern era, but the borders of Europe have never been solid. In this time-lapse video, you can see how 1000 years of European history plays havoc on the stability of the border we take for granted today. This time-lapse video has never been more relevant. As the eyes of the world are fixed on events in Ukraine and Crimea, its good to have...
  • U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia

    09/01/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | Barbara Starr
    Breaking News U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia By Barbara Starr September 1, 2014 (CNN) -- U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he said.
  • Congress Hates Military-Base Closings, but Can Chuck Hagel Do It Without Their Approval? [From 3-'14

    09/01/2014 4:36:52 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    Government Executive and National Journal ^ | March 6, 2014 | By Jordain Carney
    The Pentagon's budget sets up an uphill battle with Congress by requesting further domestic base closures and realignment, but the Defense Department's top official could try to give members the slip. As part of the department's fiscal 2015 budget request, the Pentagon wants a round of base closures and realignmentknown as BRACfor U.S. bases in 2017. "We think BRAC is a smart position to have, as you know we have called for it again, we're going to continue work through all this," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at an Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday. "I've got some options...
  • Obama on Labor Day touts economic gains under his leadership, is mum on pressing world concerns

    09/01/2014 4:06:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 1, 2014
    President Obama used Labor Day to tout the countrys economic gains under his leadership and make an election-year case that higher wages and other progress for workers can only be achieved through a Democrat-controlled Congress. American workers and the American economy are better off since I took office, Obama told a crowd filled with union supporters at the annual Laborfest event in Milwaukee. Im not asking for the moon. Im asking for policies that help folks get ahead. Republicans running Congress are opposed to them. At one point in the speech, Obama enthusiastically told the crowd: If I were...
  • Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

    09/01/2014 3:51:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | September 1, 2014
    GDANSK, Poland: Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday (Sep 1). "We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia)" but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations", Gauck said at a ceremony in Gdansk to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland that set off World War II. Evoking the "miracle" of post-war reconciliation between Germans and Poles, Gauck said he was disappointed with the turn of events...
  • Australia to be NATO partner, 200 troops may return to Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 2:14:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    AUSTRALIA will enter a historic partnership with NATO at the groups summit in Wales this week, giving the Australian Defence Force greater access to the planning and decision-making of the worlds most powerful military alliance. US President Barack Obama will officially name Australia an enhanced partner of the organisation, recognising the nations contribution to NATO operations, particularly Afghanistan, over the past decade. The Australian can also reveal the Abbott government is considering increasing Australias long-term presence in Afghanistan with the potential deployment of 200 special forces troops amid worldwide concern about the collapse of security in Iraq after the withdrawal...
  • ISIS rebels shoot at RAAF C-130 Hercules with Australians on board

    09/01/2014 1:50:47 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 1st September 2014
    AN AUSTRALIAN C-130 Hercules transport aircraft came under fire from Islamic militants during a humanitarian mission over Iraq. News Corp Australia can reveal the aircraft was lucky not to be hit when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked it as it swooped in low to drop aid packages to civilians in the town of Amirli in northern Iraq with heavy machine guns and small arms last weekend. The drop took place at night so the rebels would have been firing by noise rather than sight as the darkened planes flew below 300 metres...
  • China May Be Biggest Winner From Ukraine Crisis

    09/01/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    voanews.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Mike Eckel
    Thousands of miles away from the Ukrainian battlefields of Donetsk and Novoazovsk sits the country that may end up being the largest beneficiary of the turmoil along Russias southwest border: China. With Russian President Vladimir Putin rewriting the playbook on security in post-Cold War Europe, Beijing has watched warily 3,700 miles to the east, though without protest or interference. Its abstention from a U.N. Security Council resolution vote in March that condemned Russias annexation of Crimea was unusual, given Beijings traditional stance on such votes, but it comes as bilateral ties have been on the upswing for years now. Two...
  • Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

    09/01/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    National Newswatch ^ | Sept 1 2014 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week's NATO summit to spend substantially more on the military. Annual spending on the military, when compared with 2011, is slated to shrink by a total of $2.7-billion in 2015, according to a briefing note prepared for the deputy defence minister. That would be almost...
  • Let bygones be bygones

    09/01/2014 1:26:57 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 24 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 1, 2014 | John Robson
    You burn one White House and some people completely lose their sense of humour. We should be proud that we can look back and laugh. When the British embassy in Washington tweeted a photo of a cake with the White House plus British and American flags and joked Only sparklers this time! the Internet burst into flames. As usual. But the embassy, upper lip quivering, then bleated We meant to mark an event in history and celebrate our strong friendship today. Personally I cant think of a better way of doing so than making light of what an earlier embassy...
  • uk special forces move into london as govt fears 'mumbai-style' terrorist spectacular

    09/01/2014 1:25:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 74 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 1, 2014 | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    London could be the scene of a Mumbai-style terrorist "spectacular" if Islamist jihadists get their way, British security chiefs have warned. There is growing concern that a list of "soft" targets is being drawn up, and that weapons and explosives have already been smuggled into the country. The Sun is reporting that the SAS has moved part of its anti-terror team to a forward base near London, amid concerns that a prolonged attack may be staged in that city. MI5 also referred to the Mumbai atrocity of 2008 as a comparison, in which coordinated bombings and shootings took place over...