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  • Landmark NATO Summit to begin in Warsaw

    07/07/2016 6:04:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Nato ^ | 7 July 2016 | Nato
    On Friday and Saturday (8-9 July 2016), the leaders of the 28 NATO Allies and many partner nations will meet for a landmark Warsaw Summit. Together, they will take decisions to enhance the Allianceís security by strengthening its deterrence and defence, and projecting stability beyond its borders. Allies will agree to deploy four robust and multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a rotational basis. A multinational framework brigade in Romania will provide a tailored presence in south-eastern Europe. NATO will also take further steps to improve cyber defences, civil preparedness and to defend against ballistic missile attack...
  • Did Mossad hijack Russian ship to stop Iran arms shipment? (actual title JP)

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

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

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

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

    08/20/2009 1:56:12 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 1,012+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | August 20, 2009
    The military airlifted the suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea and most of its Russian crew from Cape Verde to Moscow on Thursday, after the lumber freighter mysteriously vanished and reappeared in the Atlantic. Eleven of the 15 crew members arrived in Moscow, while the captain and three sailors remained on the ship, which was adrift about 200 nautical miles from the West African island nation of Cape Verde. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said the freighter was sailing to the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. The sailors and their suspected captors arrived in two separate Il-76 cargo jets at the...
  • Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo(NK twist)

    08/26/2009 10:35:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 08/26/09 | Tony Halpin
    Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo Tony Halpin in Moscow Russiaís top general hinted today that the ship allegedly hijacked by pirates earlier this month may have been carrying a secret cargo, as it emerged that the countryís Navy tracked the vessel throughout its journey. President Medvedev sent the Russian Navy to find the Arctic Sea after it apparently disappeared while passing through the English Channel en route to Algeria from Finland. However, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow now says that Russian and international agencies had monitored the ship throughout its strange...
  • Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

    08/26/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Irisshlass · 53 replies · 1,981+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | Monday, August 24, 2009 | By Doug Hagmann and Sean Osborne
    canít say anything about the roots of this story and I donít plan to dig furtherÖ I need to think about my own skin too. Understand that as you will.Ē óMikhail Voitenko, editor of the Russian maritime Bulletin Sovfrakht., speaking about the ďhijackingĒ of the Arctic Sea While it might seem like an unusual morphing of the movies Inside Man and The Hunt for Red October, the account of the cargo ship Arctic Sea is far stranger than either fictional account. Based on information developed through our extensive investigation, we can authoritatively state, without hyperbole, that the mysteries surrounding the...
  • Mystery ship 'could have been carrying arms, nukes'

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

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

    08/31/2009 2:36:39 PM PDT · by Shermy · 4 replies · 262+ views
    HELSINGIN SANOMAT ^ | August 31, 2009
    The Russian security service released the crew of the Arctic Sea in Moscow on Sunday. The 11 members of the crew of the hijacked ship were flown from Cape Verde to Russia nearly two weeks ago. The Russian news agency Interfax reports that the men returned to their home town of Archangelsk, where they were met by their families. On Sunday, Russian authorities gave conflicting accounts of whether or not all of the crew would be released. The online portal life.ru reported that only nine members of the crew had been released. Rabbe von Hertzen of the Finnish National Bureau...
  • Was Russia's 'Hijacked' Ship Carrying Missiles to the Mideast?

    09/01/2009 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 20 replies · 1,635+ views
    Time ^ | Monday August 31, 2009 | Simon Shuster / Moscow
    In July, the Russian-manned cargo ship the Arctic Sea disappeared on its way to take timber from Finland to Algeria, sparking reports of the first incident of piracy in European waters since the days of the buccaneers. Experts and observers weighed in with their theories: the ship had been snatched in a commercial dispute; it was being used to run drugs; it was carrying something more precious ó or dangerous ó than timber. Since then, the Russian navy has found the ship, and the alleged hijackers who boarded it on July 24 have been charged with kidnapping and piracy. The...
  • Report: Russia hijacked its own ship (Arctic Sea carrying S-300 X-500?)

    09/03/2009 10:59:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 919+ views
    Ynetnews (Israel) ^ | 09/02/09 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    Report: Russia hijacked its own ship Ynet probe reveals Russian intel used secret agents to arrest the Arctic Sea vessel, thought to have been hijacked by Israel, after getting tip it was violating international accord by carrying 'destabilizing' arms to Syria or Iran Ron Ben-Yishai Published: 09.02.09, 19:03 / Israel News A Ynet investigation revealed Wednesday that the hijacking of the Russian vessel 'Arctic Sea' was ordered by the Russian government. News agencies around the world published reports tying Israel to the hijacking, as the vessel was said to have been carrying arms to the Middle East, and possibly Iran....
  • Arctic Sea Captain Phones Boss After Weeks of Silence

    09/04/2009 3:27:02 PM PDT · by Shermy · 3 replies · 583+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | September 4, 2009 | Alexandra Odynova
    The captain of the Arctic Sea freighter contacted the shipís operating company Thursday for the first time since the ship mysteriously disappeared in July. The captain made a brief call to Solchart Arkhangelsk Ltd.ís office on his cell phone, a company spokesman said. ďHe said the rest of the crew on the ship is all fine,Ē the spokesman told Interfax. Eleven of the 15-member crew have returned to their families in Arkhangelsk, while the other four are on the ship sailing to Novorossiisk. The 11 were not allowed to contact their families for more than a week after they flew...
  • How Feminism Destroyed Europe | Iben Thranholm and Stefan Molyneux

    05/31/2016 3:29:13 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 17 replies
    YouTube/PeaceFreedomProsperity.com ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | Stefan Molyneux
    The massive feminization of culture has had a major impact on European politics and the decisions which have lead to the European Migrant Crisis. Iben Thranholm joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss the deficiency of masculinity in European culture, how feminism has programmed women to see men as the enemy and the future of western civilization. "As the refugee crisis erupted and overwhelmed Europe, its political leaders - spearheaded by German Chancellor Angela Merkel - acted like timid mother hens, not as strong men responsible for guarding their country from an invasion." - Iben Thranholm Iben Thranholm is one of Denmarkís...
  • If Russia Started a War in the Baltics, NATO Would Lose ‚ÄĒ Quickly

    02/03/2016 12:11:55 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 84 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | February 3, 2016 | Dan De Luce
    If Russia Started a War in the Baltics, NATO Would Lose ‚ÄĒ Quickly War games show NATO‚Äôs eastern flank is vulnerable. To deter Moscow, the United States will need to deploy heavy armor on a large scale, a new study says. By Dan De Luce February 3, 2016 If Russian tanks and troops rolled into the Baltics tomorrow, outgunned and outnumbered NATO forces would be overrun in under three days. That‚Äôs the sobering conclusion of war games carried out by a think tank with American military officers and civilian officials. ‚ÄúThe games‚Äô findings are unambiguous: As currently postured, NATO cannot...
  • Our Inescapable God "JESUS" [Charismatic Caucus]

    12/25/2015 3:38:10 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My children , do you SEE This Day before you I have created for you as my Beloved and I adore your presence with me for I AM your Presence as I surround you every where you look and in everything you touch. Yeah you breathe Me in for I am your living breath and promise your true love and voice of truth and it is My Spirit that is your counselor and guide. So listen to My words of life for my spirit is speaking to you in an eternal manner each and every day! Jonah 1:3 But Jonah...
  • Latvia An Islamic State In 50 Years, Boast Muslim [ ] Leaders ‚ÄėIntegration Will Not Take Place‚Äô

    11/01/2015 10:15:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Oct 2015 | Oliver Lane
    Islam will replace Christianity in Europe just as Christianity replaced Paganism centuries ago, and it will conquer by womb rather than the sword to make Latvia an Islamic State, claim Muslim community leaders in the Baltic country. Speaking in an interview with Latvia's Morning Independent newspaper, the chairman and head spokesman of the Islamic Cultural Centre, better known as Riga Mosque, said while they both had three children with their wives each "we are working to have more" in an effort to colonise the country faster. Asked "what are the chances that Latvia will become part of the Caliphate?" white...
  • Gadhafi armed al-Qaida with bio-chem weapons

    12/28/2003 4:07:24 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 33 replies · 201+ views
    Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin (by way of WorldNetDaily.com) ^ | December 28, 2003 | Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin
    Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi provided al-Qaida with chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction before changing heart and agreeing to destroy his arms program, Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin has learned. Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kussa told U.S. and UK spy agencies that tens of thousands of weapons had been produced at 10 secret sites in the country. Kussa has named hundreds of what he termed "sleeper" al-Qaida agents in Britain and the U.S. Gadhafi's dramatic turnaround has earned him a future meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush. He was welcomed back on to the world stage...
  • Gadhafi (Libya)armed al-Qaeda with germ bombs (bioterror): report

    12/28/2003 12:08:47 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 108 replies · 366+ views
    Hindu News ^ | Dec. 28, 2003 | PTI
    London, Dec 28. (PTI): Libyan leader Maommar Gadhafi, who recently abandoned his country's weapons of mass destruction programme, had armed al-Qaeda terror network with germ bombs, a report claimed today. Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kusa told British secret service agency Mi5 that tens of thousands of weapons had been produced at 10 secret sites in the country, the Sunday Express said. Kusa has named 500 al-Qaeda terrorists in Britain and the information he gave is being checked, it said. Libya was closer than Syria, Iran and Iraq to producing a nuclear bomb but last week Gadhafi surrendered his weapons of...
  • Belarusian protesters decry planned Russian air base

    10/04/2015 3:49:48 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | October 4, 2015 | Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press
    MINSK, Belarus (AP) ó About 1,000 opposition activists on Sunday protested Russia's plans to establish a military air base in Belarus, saying it would turn the former Soviet republic into a Kremlin "vassal." They claim the base would add to regional tensions already heightened by the conflict in Ukraine, and make it impossible for Belarus to maintain neutrality between Russia and the West. Belarus borders Russia, Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has refrained from commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's initiative to establish the base. Analysts say...
  • Putin moves to establish Russian military base in Belarus

    09/19/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2015 12:26 PM EDT | Yuras Karmanau
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signaled his intention to establish a Russian military air base in neighboring Belarusóa move sure to unnerve Poland and the Baltic nations. Belarus has made clear it would not welcome a Russian base, but the former Soviet republic remains dependent on Moscow for credit and energy. [Ö] Belarus is a desirable location for Russia because it borders Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Ö
  • U.S. heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015

    09/19/2015 6:55:13 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-07-31 | BNS/TBT Staff/RIGA
    Latviaís Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube confirmed on July 31, 2015, the deployment of heavy weaponry from the United States to Latvia will begin in autumn this year.
  • Honor the Victims of Communism and Nazism On Black Ribbon Day

    08/24/2015 11:45:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2015 | Gabriella Hoffman
    The Soviet Union may have collapsed, but its decadesí long reign of terror shall not be forgotten. The 20th century was marked by intense tragedy due to the pernicious ideologies of National Socialism and global communism that killed over 100 million people. Millions suffered and died under the tyrannical rule of both Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany and Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, respectively. While the former usually receives resounding condemnation, the latter Ė particularly the Soviet variant Ė is wholly ignored by many today. That is why it is imperative to celebrate Black Ribbon Day on August 23rd,...
  • How World War III became possible

    07/01/2015 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 68 replies
    Vox (Vox.com) ^ | June 29, 2015 | Max Fisher
    It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict had grown out of its control. The Russian air force began harassing the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are members of NATO. The US pledged that it would uphold its commitment to defend those countries as if they were American soil, and later staged military exercises a few hundred yards from Russia's border.Both sides came to believe that the other had more drastic intentions....
  • Russia to review 1991 decision to recognise independence of Baltic states

    07/01/2015 7:45:57 AM PDT · by annalex · 64 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | JUN. 30, 2015
    Russia to review 1991 decision to recognise independence of Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithunia were occupied by the Soviet Union for decades Russia is examining the legality of the decision to recognise the independence of the Baltic republics in 1991 by the State Council of the USSR - according to Russia's state news service Interfax. The decision to review recognition of the independence of EU-member Baltic nations follows the Russian Prosecutor General's Office ruling last year that Crimea was illegally handed to Ukraine in 1954; and is certain to alarm the small Baltic NATO-member nations of Lithuania, Latvia and...
  • ĎEnd Austerity Now,í demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: itís cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why canít you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ĎEnd Austerity Nowí demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkeyís 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...
  • And it's gone...Greek Banks in Macedonia can't withdraw cash - Central Bank's Bogov

    06/12/2015 7:42:44 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 39 replies
    https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/609341858045497344 https://twitter.com/TraderStef/status/609355146842275840 https://twitter.com/JAFF3/status/609343992803774464 https://twitter.com/russian_market/status/609341880623591424 The bank runs (and capital controls) begin. Macedonia Central Bank Governor Bogov states: *GREEK BANKS IN MACEDONIA CANíT WITHDRAW CASH: BOGOV*MACEDONIAN BANKS PROTECTED IN CASE OF GREXIT: BOGOV How long before the rest of Europe follows suit and a bank holiday is declared Monday to "Cyprus" depositors? He further added: *MACEDONIAN CENTRAL BANK SEES MAJOR RISKS FROM POLITICAL CRISIS http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/macedonia-central-bank-blocks-greek-bank-withdrawals-case-grexit Macedonia Central Bank blocks Greek bank withdrawals FXStreet (Cůrdoba) - Macedonian Central Bank's Governor Dimitar Bogov has stated that Greek banks are not able to withdraw cash. According to Bogov, this withdrawal halt is protection against...
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, dťtente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • We do. Russia does not.

    05/31/2015 9:31:34 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 05/31/2015 | Massza
    Sweden rules the Baltic Sea supreme. Russia does not. We and Finland protect Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. We dispose of the means. We could **** you up very bad Mr. Putin and Stalin won't be there to aid you.
  • NATO breaks treaty with Russia deploying troops in Latvia

    05/29/2015 2:52:39 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 12 replies
    Source: Pravda.Ru ^ | 29.05.2015
    The special request has been already approved by the Latvian government. Latvian Prime Minister, Laimota Straujuma confirmed the permanent presence of the NATO military force in the country. Generals from Lithuania and Estonia are also reported to request NATO deploy several thousand ground troops in their countries. As Lithuanian military spokesman Captain Mindaugas Neimontas said: "We are seeking a brigade-size unit so that every Baltic nation would have a battalion." However, the deployment of permanent forces flies in the face of the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation which was signed in...
  • Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises

    05/16/2015 3:09:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    TAPA, Estonia ó A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Ukraineís Crimean Peninsula because he said he feared NATOís expansion. This week, U.S. tanks were cutting up the Estonian countryside just 65 miles from the Russian border in response to local fears about Russiaís expansionism. From destroyers in the Baltic Sea to paratroopers over Georgiaís skies to camouflaged reservists in Estoniaís birch forests, drills across the former Eastern Bloc this past week were a stark new sign of worries about Kremlin aggression. Estonia in recent days held its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, and...
  • Baltic countries to ask NATO for thousands of permanent troops

    05/16/2015 6:41:25 PM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    The three Baltic states have written a letter to NATO asking for hundreds of soliders to be stationed in each country. They have expressed fears of possible aggression from Moscow. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia announced on Thursday that they would petition NATO to permanently station troops throughout the Baltic region as Russia has done little to allay concerns that it may pose a threat to its three small neighbors. "Russia sees NATO as its main nemesis and this has put the Baltic countries on the front line, so to say," said Roland Murof, speaking for the Estonian defense ministry. "Hence,...
  • Harwood: Carson and Rand Too Sensitive To Questioning, Cruz Isnít

    05/12/2015 8:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent and New York Times Political Writer John Harwood argued that GOP presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are too sensitive to tough questions, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is better at handling tough questions in an interview set to broadcast on Tuesdayís ďHugh Hewitt Show.ĒHarwood discussed an interview he did with Carson during which Carson argued that Hewitt ďwas so gleeful about thinking that he had caught me on something,Ē during a questioning on the Baltic states and NATO on Hewittís show back in March. After hearing the exchange between Hewitt and...
  • 70th anniversary of end of World War II marked throughout Baltics

    05/10/2015 4:02:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-05-08 | The Baltic Times
    The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was commemorated throughout the Baltic countries today. In Estonia, the largest events will take place in the capital, Tallinn, where wreaths will be placed on behalf of the government at the Defence Forces Cemetery and at the memorial to the victims of Nazism at Rahumše Jewish cemetery. Traditionally, wreaths are placed in the name of the government at the Maarjamše Memorial Square at the monument for participants of the 1944 Estonian defence battles, graves of German soldiers and the Red Army memorial. [....] As previously reported, this year Lithuania will...
  • Russian media fall for Latvia warship April Fool

    04/09/2015 4:17:06 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-04-02 | from wire reports and TBT staff
    Various Russian media outlets on Wednesday fell for an April Fools' joke news story published by the EUObserver, which stated that France has decided to deliver a Mistral-class warship originally meant for Russia to Latvia instead.
  • Baltics in front line of Information War

    04/07/2015 3:50:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-04-04 | Richard Martyn-Hemphill and Etienne Morisseau
    When visiting NATOís Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence ó which was established earlier this year in Riga ó you will be told, in no uncertain terms, that photography is not allowed. It is easy to assume this is for security purposes. But as you are ushered through the back of the Latvian Ministry of Defence, across a grey courtyard, into a shabby old Soviet building in desperate need of a lick of paint ó and then made to wait patiently for a battered, rusty lift to arrive ó it is possible to assume that there is another motive for not...
  • Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

    04/07/2015 1:59:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 06, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    WARSAW, Poland Ė NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies and American armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they're safe from Russian aggression. But these days, ordinary people aren't taking any chances. In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training in case of an invasion. Neighboring Lithuania is restoring the draft and teaching citizens what to do in case of war. Nearby Latvia has plans to give university students military training next year. The drive to teach ordinary people how to use weapons and...
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • Putin threat of nuclear showdown over Baltics

    04/01/2015 4:31:24 PM PDT · by free_life · 97 replies
    The Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ben Hoyle and Michael Evans
    President Putin is using the threat of a nuclear showdown over the Baltic states to force Nato to back away from Russiaís border, according to notes of a secret meeting between intelligence figures from Moscow and Washington. Western security chiefs are braced for the Kremlin to begin a series of ďdestabilising actionsĒ in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that would directly challenge Natoís mutual defence pledge. These could involve civil disturbances involving local ethnic Russians,
  • Obama's diplomatic disaster

    03/23/2015 2:29:38 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | MARCH 22, 2015 | ERIKA SIMPSON
    Around 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, about two dozen high-level U.S. diplomats, politicians and four-star generals held a discussion in a briefing room on the sixth floor of the luxury Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich. Their frank comments behind a sound-proof door were leaked, perhaps to German intelligence but certainly to the German newspapers Bild and Der Spiegel, which published reports of the discussions. They reveal a ham-handed U.S. diplomacy in Europe that has raised consternation and revulsion against the administration of President Barack Obama and by extension against NATO. Although not directly involved, Canadians can learn from the...
  • Vilnius analysts: Russia could try conventional attack against Lithuania

    02/24/2015 7:46:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-19 | Paul Goble
    Staunton, February 17 ¬Ė Most analysts have become so focused on Vladimir Putin¬ís use of ¬ďhybrid war¬Ē that they do not take into consideration that he could choose to wage a conventional war in some places, and most of these same analysts are also guilty of evaluating the Baltic countries as if Moscow would use the same and common strategy against them. But Marius Laurinavińćius, an analyst at the Vilnius Center for Research on Eastern Europe, points out that Moscow could very well employ a ¬ďhybrid¬Ē war strategy against Estonia and Latvia but use a ¬ďconventional¬Ē against Lithuania in order...
  • Russia conducting military drills near Estonian border

    02/25/2015 8:04:14 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 | news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting
    2,000 Russian special troops and 500 armed units are taking part of the military drills in Pskov region, near Estonia-Russia border. According to Russian Defense Ministry, the exercises are part of Russian Airborne Forces tactical drill. More than 1,500 servicemen will be airdropped during the training which is expected to last until February 27. Martin Hurt, an Estonian defense expert at the International Centre for Defense and Security, said to Newsweek magazine that the increasingly frequent snap military drills being carried out by Russia near its neighbours could be part of a strategy that will open the door for a...
  • Russian intelligence services launching study on language localism in the Baltics

    02/25/2015 8:09:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 15:04 | news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting
    FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service, is planning to study the Russian-language skills of ethnic Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians and Ukrainians. FSB has published a tender to study the linguistics of Russian regions and the post communist countries. The study will ask ten men to read out texts in Russian, which will be recorded and analyzed. The results will be used to compile an atlas of the modern Russian language.
  • Latvia minister cites threat from 'information war' over Russian minority

    03/12/2015 10:35:15 AM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mar 12, 2015 | AIJA KRUTAINE
    Latvia's security is at risk from Russian-funded advocacy groups waging "information war" that suggests the Baltic state is persecuting its Russian minority, its interior minister said in an interview. Latvia and neighboring Estonia and Lithuania, all part of the Soviet Union until 1991, are wary about their newly assertive giant neighbor Russia, which has long complained the rights of ethnic Russians are being undermined in the Baltics
  • Jews in Baltics fear creep of anti-Semitism

    03/11/2015 9:17:38 PM PDT · by duckln · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Paul Alster
    <p>Jews in the Baltics fear a series of disturbing events in the three-nation region of Eastern Europe may be signaling a revival of the Holocaust-era hatred that once nearly wiped out their numbers.</p> <p>Across the countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Jewish leaders say their communities are feeling increasingly uncomfortable as anti-Semitism once again appears to be on the rise. An Estonian museum exhibition mocking the Holocaust, a stage musical celebrating the life of a notorious Latvian Nazi mass murderer and the repatriation of the remains of a Lithuanian leader long linked to Nazis have all contributed to a climate of hate that has Jews on edge.</p>
  • Boris Nemtsov funeral: Russia restricts foreign mourners

    03/03/2015 4:28:30 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 March 2015 Last updated at 06:34 ET | Sarah Rainsford
    Several EU politicians and Russia's opposition leader have been barred from attending the funeral of murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. A Polish politician was denied a visa and a Latvian MEP turned back at a Moscow airport, while Alexei Navalny was denied permission to leave jail.
  • Lukashenko seeks unbiased cooperation with Latvia and other EU states

    02/25/2015 8:30:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Belarus.by ^ | 20 Feb 2015 | Belarus.by
    MINSK, 20 February (BelTA) Ė Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko would like to expand cooperation with Latvia and other European Union member states without any prejudices. The Belarusian head of state made this statement as he met with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics on 20 February, BelTA has learned. ďThere are issues that we have to keep in mind all the time, discuss them and, if possible, find acceptable solutions. I have never had and hopefully will never have any prejudices against Latvia. We have always managed to find common ground with our partners, in particular, in trade and economy. I...