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  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Allard
    Once a Constitutional Republic famed for its pragmatism, the United States has lately become a country notorious for its inconstancy, no longer recognizing that actions have finite and foreseeable consequences. In this space, for example, I recently argued that the release of the “torture report” by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came perilously close to the constitutional definition of treason by “giving Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the report’s release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • Lithuanian archbishop worried Russian will move against Baltic states

    12/16/2014 3:23:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    catholicsentinel.org ^ | December 16, 2014
    WARSAW, Poland — A top Baltic church leader voiced concern about possible Russian aggression against Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and appealed to Western Catholics to be better informed about the situation. "We're in the front line, and Russia has made its intentions clear. While we feel NATO's support, we know the front could move forward if the international community fails to stand firm," said Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius, president of the Lithuanian bishops' conference. "What isn't fully realized in the West is that the information and propaganda war which preceded the military action against Ukraine is very much underway...
  • President of Lithuania Gets Punk’d After Declaring Russia a ‘Terrorist State’

    12/15/2014 12:38:19 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 60 replies
    Copies of a highly critical book land in the private, inaccessible mailboxes of all Members of European Parliament The last time Lithuania’s leader, Dalia Grybauskaite, talked to Vladimir Putin personally was in 2010, when he was still Prime Minister of the Russian government. But Ms Grybauskaite, the president of this small Baltic country of 3 million people, has been talking about him all the time since. And now, she is in trouble. It all started with an interview she gave to the Washington Post (Sept. 24) in which Ms Grybauskaite said that Russia is allowed by “Europe and the world...
  • Putin could be finished

    12/13/2014 1:33:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | David Russell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is so easy to dislike because he really is a bad guy and there are few things more pleasurable than contemplating his fall from power. It is reasonably clear that might just happen. Even though he continues to be widely popular in his own country, there are several reasons why he could be brought down. The principle ones are the fall in oil prices and the financial crisis brought on by the sanctions imposed by the West. There are many others: a 40 percent decline in the value of Russian currency; an impending recession; the cost...
  • Russian spyplane violates Lithuania airspace, Canadian Hornets intercept it

    11/09/2014 12:34:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 13 replies
    Aviationist ^ | Nov 09 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Russian spyplane violates Lithuania airspace, Canadian Hornets intercept it Nov 09 2014 By David Cenciotti Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet jets intercepted and shadowed a Russian Air Force Il-20 Coot over Lithuania. On Nov. 8, two RCAF CF-18 (or CF-188) Hornet jets deployed to Lithuania for NATO Baltic Air Policing mission were radar-vectored to intercept and escort a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 Coot-A plane flying off the Baltic coast. According to Canadian media outlets, the CF-18s were conducting a routine training sortie out of Siauliai airbase, when they were re-tasked to visually ID the Russian ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) plane...
  • Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?

    11/03/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 3, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?Posted By Joseph Puder On November 3, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments January, 2015 does not bode well for Israel at the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council (UNSC) will officially induct five newly elected non-permanent member-states replacing outgoing Rwanda, S. Korea, Australia, Argentina and Luxembourg, representing all the global regions. Unfortunately for Israel, the incoming states, particularly Venezuela and Malaysia, are hostile to the Jewish state. The other three, Angola, New Zealand, and Spain are pondering their position on recognizing Palestine as a full member-state...
  • To Beat Russian Tanks, the Baltic States Study the Georgia War

    10/27/2014 5:58:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 24, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    It was more than six years ago when a tank force from the Georgian army’s 42nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion fought its way overnight through Tskhinvali, South Ossetia. The tanks were in trouble. They were moving too fast, outrunning their infantry support and taking losses to South Ossetian irregulars scattered throughout the city. Only hours into a war which would last five days, they had to keep moving before Russian reinforcements could arrive to bolster the pro-Russian, breakway Georgian province.
  • Nuclear War threat from Ukraine crisis threatens world, Nobel Peace Laureate warns

    10/10/2014 11:26:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    baltimorepostexaminer.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Martin Sieff
    The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week. “It’s an incredibly dangerous situation. …If there’s a nuclear war tonight, that’s the Northern Hemisphere (of the entire world) gone, Dr. Helen Caldicott told a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. She was speaking on the topic: “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?” Caldicott is an Australian...
  • Russia is starting to use the same line on Baltic countries that it used to invade Ukraine

    10/01/2014 1:24:03 PM PDT · by MeganC · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | 1 October 2014 | Max Fisher
    A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official says that Moscow has a responsibility to protect ethnic Russian citizens of other countries, "regardless of where they live," and that "we will do everything possible to defend the rights and interests" of ethnic Russian minorities in the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The comments came from Anatoly Makarov, the director of the Foreign Ministry's Department for Interaction with Compatriots Abroad. He was speaking to the Russian outlet RuBaltic, as translated by Paul Goble. "We are carrying out a line so that Russian compatriots regardless of where they live are guaranteed...
  • Putin’s former aide: Russia has been preparing for global war since 2003

    09/27/2014 8:21:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 92 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014
    People in the Baltic states cannot feel secure. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan he has been working on for over a decade. So says former adviser to President Putin, Andrey Illarionov. Giving a presentation at a conference in Palanga, Lithuania, Illarionov, who advised Putin on economic policy in 2000-2005, referred to a question that was raised in the recent Riga Conference 2014: Can people in Riga sleep peacefully at night? “The same question could be raised in Tallinn, Vilnius, Palanga, Bucharest and other cities. No one in Riga could reply to it in the positive,” Illarionov said. “From...
  • The Air Comes Out of the Climate Change Talks

    09/24/2014 7:25:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 9-24-14 | Rupert Darwell
    Tuesday's climate summit at the U.N. may well mark a turning point in the long-running talks as the reality sinks in that they are heading nowhere. For sure, the rhetoric is unchanged. Recently appointed U.N. peace messenger Leonardo DiCaprio is the show’s newest star, telling the meeting that it was "humankind’s greatest challenge." But the older acts sounded stale. Former Vice President Al Gore demonstrated his green credentials when he said that political will was "a renewable resource," recycling a line he’d first used at the 2007 Bali climate conference. For small countries, the U.N. climate change talks provide an...
  • Linkevičius dismisses reports about Baltic mercenaries in Ukraine as nonsense

    09/26/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    DELFI by the Lithuania Tribune ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | BNS
    Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas LinkeviÄŤius has dismissed reports made by an Italian daily, which were commented on by Russia's administration, about alleged fighters from the Baltic states, Finland, Sweden and France in Eastern Ukraine. Minister LinkeviÄŤius says such allegations are "nonsense".
  • BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in southern Russia

    A team of BBC journalists was beaten and their camera smashed in southern Russia, where they were looking into reports of Russian soldiers killed while on secret deployments near Ukraine, the broadcaster said Thursday. The three reporters were working in the southern city of Astrakhan when they were "assaulted by unidentified men in a coordinated attack," the BBC said in a statement. "Our staff were badly beaten, their camera destroyed and then taken," the statement said. BBC spokesman James Hardy added separately: "All are OK."
  • Russia Detains Lithuanian Fishing Vessel

    09/21/2014 3:38:17 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 19, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Lithuania says Russia has detained one of its fishing vessels. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told reporters on September 19 that the ship, called "Juros Vilkas" (Sea Wolf), was detained for entering Russia's territorial waters but that the detention itself took place in international waters.
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • Kremlin Dismisses Putin Threat as a Hoax

    09/20/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 19 2014 19:20 | Reuters
    The Kremlin has dismissed as "one more hoax" a report that cited Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as telling European officials that Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had made veiled threats about the security of EU members. [....] Earlier this month, Italy's la Repubblica quoted Putin as telling Barroso in a telephone conversation that if he wanted to, Russia could capture Kiev in two days....
  • Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/19/2014 6:14:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:39pm BST | Wiktor Szary; Writing by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Andrew Heavens
    (Reuters) - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year.
  • Russia reopens criminal cases against Lithuanians who refused to serve in Soviet army

    09/08/2014 1:54:30 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 36 replies
    DELFI ^ | BNS
    Russia has reopened 25-year-old cases that may lead to criminal charges against young people who refused to serve in the Soviet army in 1990-1991, shows a request for legal assistance received by the Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office.
  • 'We told you so' - Baltic jitters grow over former ruler Russia

    09/02/2014 7:01:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    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.
  • Russia effectively at war with EU: Lithuanian president

    08/30/2014 7:51:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 237 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:03am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment.
  • Lithuanian diplomat 'murdered in eastern Ukraine'

    08/23/2014 6:46:04 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 13 replies
    DW ^ | 08/22/2014
    Lithuanian diplomat 'murdered in eastern Ukraine' Lithiuania's honorary consul in eastern Ukraine has been murdered by rebels, according to the country's foreign minister. The diplomat was said to have been kidnapped and "brutally killed" by pro-Russian terrorists.
  • Lithuanian president: Putin behaves in Ukraine like Hitler or Stalin

    06/23/2014 3:53:27 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 23.06.2014 09:40 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 23 /Ukrinform/. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has compared the actions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin with tactics used by Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.
  • Russian Train Bearing Soviet Symbols Halted in Lithuania

    05/15/2014 8:17:39 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 34 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    Border guards at Lithuania’s Kybartai railway checkpoint stopped a train from Kaliningrad, Russia, from entering their nation on Monday because it was adorned with Soviet symbols. Windows in the chartered train were plastered with posters of Soviet symbols, which are illegal in Lithuania. They’re illegal because Lithuania—like the nation of Ukraine—was part of the Soviet Union for decades, and suffered under ussr oppression. “It was a terrible 50 years for us in Lithuania,” Sara Linkevičiūtė, a resident of Vilnius, told theTrumpet.com on May 14. “Citizens were deported to Siberia for genocide,” she said, explaining that she and her compatriots would...
  • Lithuania wants Gazprom to pay back $1.5 billion it has overpaid

    05/08/2014 9:14:34 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    ITAR-TASS News Agency ^ | October 04, 13:09 | Russian Press Review
    Lawyers say that Gazprom is likely to win the case Lithuania has filed a claim against Russia’s gas utility Gazprom to a sum of about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars it had overpaid for Russian gas. Lawyers say that Gazprom is likely to win the case. But if it does not, more claims from other clients unhappy with its pricing policy are to follow. [....] “Lithuania’s authorities have filed a lawsuit with the Stockholm arbitration court demanding that Gazprom should recover a sum of about 1.87 billion U.S. dollars Lithuania had overpaid for illegal changes in the contract,” writes RBC daily....
  • U.S. troops arrive in Lithuania amid Ukraine tensions

    04/26/2014 7:49:38 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/26/2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The United States deployed 150 paratroopers to Lithuania on Saturday, part of efforts by Washington to reassure its eastern European allies, worried by events in Ukraine, that NATO would offer protection if they face Russian aggression.
  • McCain in Lithuania calls Western response to Russia “laughable” and “shameful”

    04/16/2014 6:15:34 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 19 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | April 16, 2014 | BNS
    The West’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been “laughable” and “shameful”, US Republican Senator John McCain said in Vilnius on Wednesday. The former Republican presidential candidate also warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin might “feel bolder”, if Europeans and Americans did not take stronger action, and also called for arming the Ukrainian army.
  • Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia

    02/11/2005 10:56:20 AM PST · by lizol · 182 replies · 2,566+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005
    Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia AP Friday, February 11, 2005 WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Survivors marked 65 years yesterday since Soviet occupiers began sending Poles to Siberian labour camps after signing a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland. Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, at least 320,000 Poles from what is now Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania were deported between February 1940 and June 1941. Historians estimate that some 20 to 30 per cent perished from forced labour in subfreezing temperatures, disease and starvation. A wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the deportees marked...
  • Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia

    02/10/2005 3:57:35 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 9 replies · 398+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Survivors marked 65 years yesterday since Soviet occupiers began sending Poles to Siberian labour camps after signing a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland. Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, at least 320,000 Poles from what is now Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania were deported between February 1940 and June 1941. Historians estimate that some 20 to 30 per cent perished from forced labour in subfreezing temperatures, disease and starvation. A wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the deportees marked the anniversary of the first transport of Poles on February 10, 1940, and survivors talked about...
  • Latvia, Lithuania ban Russian state TV broadcasts

    04/07/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 7, 2014 | AP
    VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests. Latvian media council spokeswoman Sanita Blomniece told the AP on Monday that a three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
  • Don’t Mess With Poland: Warsaw’s military may be the only thing standing between Putin and Europe

    04/02/2014 6:55:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 2, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    Four years ago, Poland was set to become the staging ground for advanced U.S. ballistic missile interceptors. But after the plan collapsed—and seeing defense budgets in the rest of Europe on the decline—Polish political leaders decided they needed their military to fend for itself. And now with an aggressive Russia bearing down on Ukraine, Warsaw is getting even more worried—and prepared.
  • War Party Oligarch

    04/01/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion -- 8th richest man on the planet -- and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt's campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer,...
  • U.S. Intel Assessement: Greater Likelihood Russia Will Enter Eastern Ukraine (and Baltics)

    03/26/2014 6:00:27 PM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    A new classified intelligence assessment concludes it is more likely than previously thought that Russian forces will enter eastern Ukraine, CNN has learned. Two administration officials described the assessment but declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information. The officials emphasized that nothing is certain, but there have been several worrying signs in the past three to four days. “This has shifted our thinking that the likelihood of a further Russian incursion is more probable than it was previously thought to be,” one official said. The buildup is seen to be reminiscent of Moscow’s military moves...
  • Poland Calls Home Expat Reserves, Seeks New Anti-Russian Military Block in Eastern Europe

    03/26/2014 2:40:00 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
     Forgive them for thinking they HAD ALREADY joined an anti-Russian alliance upon entering NATO...  While Poland may be a formal and full member of both NATO and the European Union, they have all but given up on any timely, effective support from these 'allies' in the wake of shocking weakness displayed by the West throughout the recent Crimean land-grab. With Obama a disinterested putz and the EU heavily dependent on Russian gas/oil, the Poles have clearly been shocked by events in Ukraine, and can see that they might be on their own should Putin decide to turn their way. With good reason: the Russians have taken their...
  • Strange Creature filmed in a pond in Lithuania - Mar 6, 2014

    03/25/2014 6:22:13 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 64 replies
    UFO Sighting Hotspot ^ | March 6, 2014 | unknown
    The story before footage. Witness report: So I was walking with my dog in the evening just before sunset, we were travelling into vast fields of nature to escape common modern view. By accident I found a pond. It catched my interest since i saw a waterhole in the middle of it. Usually people drills waterholes in their ponds where fish lives, at winter time, so fish can breathe. I thought I will see some fishes and stuff... But as soon as i came closer, I noticed that it was evaporating. You can't see this in the video since I...
  • 'The Russian world is uniting' (WARNING: HOT PICS ALERT)

    03/24/2014 11:48:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Da ^ | 03/23/2014 | Will Stewart
    Inflammatory language: Nina Shtanski, foreign minister of Transdniestria The glamorous foreign minister of a breakaway region of Moldova is calling on Vladimir Putin to make her country his next conquest in eastern Europe. Few may have heard of Transdniestria, the unofficial and fictitious-sounding statelet whose head of international relations is 36-year-old Nina Shtanski. However, senior Western figures are alarmed that following the annexation of Crimea it is step two in a Kremlin masterplan to redraw the frontiers of Europe. This top diplomat in staunchly pro-Russian Transdniestria, who has a penchant for revealing black dresses, is gushing in her praise of...
  • Poland Is Quietly Mobilizing Its Army Reservists

    03/24/2014 7:58:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/24/14 | tyler durden
    It seems the words of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warning that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen... Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation," are a little more real than some (US equity buyers) might suspect. As The Week's Crispin Black reports, at least 7,000 Polish workers in Europe have received call-up papers as army reservists in the last few weeks. Polish authorities dismiss it as "routine" but the men note this has never happened before. As The Week's Crispin Black goes on to note, At least 7,000...
  • Lithuania Unearths Liquor Pipeline from Belarus (Hold mah beer alert)

    12/12/2004 8:22:45 AM PST · by sully777 · 14 replies · 553+ views
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 12-10-04
    VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuanian border guards have unearthed a three-kilometer (2-mile) pipeline for smuggling in moonshine liquor from neighboring Belarus, the guards said on Friday. The thin plastic pipeline, buried a few centimeters underground, ran under several roads, along a riverbed and ended next to the home of a Lithuanian citizen... It was the fourth such pipeline discovered in the last two years but by far the longest. Moonshine vodka from Belarus is sold on the black market in Lithuania, undercutting prices of legitimate alcohol that have risen sharply since the Baltic nation joined the European Union in May.
  • Biden Heading to Europe Amid Ukraine Tensions

    03/14/2014 5:05:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Friday, March 14, 2014 | Josh Lederman
    The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel next week to Poland and Lithuania amid tensions in nearby Ukraine. The trip is part of a U.S. effort to pressure Russia over a military intervention in Crimea that has the entire region on edge.
  • Obama continues telephone outreach on Ukraine

    Vacationing in Florida, President Barack Obama continued his telephone consultations with world leaders on Ukraine, speaking one on one Saturday with the leaders of three European powers and collectively with the heads of the three Baltic states, White House said. Obama held individual conversations with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande. He also held a conference call with Latvian President Andris Berzins, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. On the conference call, Obama reaffirmed the United States' "unwavering commitment" to its collective defense commitments under NATO and...
  • US deploys fighter jets to Poland, Lithuania (a massive force of 12 F-16s!!!)

    03/09/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/9/2014
    The United States is sending a dozen F-16 fighter jets to Poland as a part of a training exercise, amid continuing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Polish defence ministry said on Sunday. Three hundred US service personnel will also be sent to Poland as part of the exercise. The deployment will be completed by Thursday. Chuck Hagel, the US Secretary of State for Defence, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak agreed the deployment during a phone call, according to a statement from the Polish ministry. "The unit will be composed of 12 F-16 planes and will transport 300 soldiers,"...
  • Russian legislator slams Obama for 'direct threat' to Russia

    03/01/2014 11:14:27 AM PST · by kronos77 · 39 replies
    US President Barack Obama's warning that Russia would have to pay for a planned military intervention in Crimea is "a direct threat," a deputy head of Russia's upper house of parliament said on Saturday, saying Obama has "crossed the red line and insulted the Russian people." "Yesterday we heard from various media sources that the US president, Obama, had said Russia would pay dearly for its policy. We know that Maidan militants who were active in Kiev, and not only there, had been trained in Lithuania and Poland. Now they want to spread their influence with their activities to eastern...
  • Lithuania confirms torture of Ukrainian activist, urges probe

    02/04/2014 4:02:03 PM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb 4, 2014
    Lithuania on Tuesday confirmed signs of torture on a prominent Ukrainian anti-government activist and urged an independent probe into the crime which could breach a related United Nations convention. "Dmytro Bulatov...has clear signs of long term torture and cruel treatment on his body," a Lithuanian foreign ministry said in a statement. Bulatov, who alleges he was "crucified" and tortured for days by unknown assailants in his homeland, is one of three injured Ukrainian protesters receiving free medical care in Lithuania. (...) The leader of the "Automaidan" movement, he organised motorcade protests outside President Viktor Yanukovych's sprawling country estate near Kiev...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • 'Miss Lithuania 2013' is Ruta Elzbieta Mazureviciute

    12/13/2013 9:24:21 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 13 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Try saying that name 3x fast with a mouth full of peanut butter... More at Reaganite Republican  (sfw, just a couple bikini shots)
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Silent Sentinels at Center of Lithuanian Debate on Bygone Era [Commie statues]

    11/16/2013 10:31:23 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | November 11, 2013 | James Kanter
    VILNIUS, Lithuania — Watching over one of this city’s busiest thoroughfares are the sentinels of a loathed regime. The statues of Red Army soldiers, workers, farmers and young scientists on Green Bridge, spanning the Neris River in the center of the city, are the last major monuments on public display here that still trumpet Communism, an ideology rejected by Lithuania more than two decades ago when it became the first part of the Soviet Union to declare independence. With their shirts pushed against their broad torsos, and coats and skirts billowing around muscular legs, the statues in the mode of...
  • IRS Sent 343 Refunds Worth $156K to 1 Address—in Shanghai, China

    11/07/2013 8:51:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 7, 2013 - 4:27 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    A new audit-report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) shows that the IRS sent at least 343 potentially fraudulent tax returns in 2011 to the same, single address in Shanghai, China, for a total of $156,533 in tax refunds. The same report also shows that 655 potentially fraudulent tax refunds totaling $220,489 were sent to the same address in Kaunas, Lithuania. Other potentially fraudulent refunds, 580 of them, were sent to the same address in Orlando, Fla.; 355 to the same address in Lakewood, Colo; and another 291 to another single address in Orlando, Fla. In total,...
  • EU launches antitrust case against Gazprom

    10/05/2013 11:31:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 10/04/2013 @ 08:18 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU has started legal action against Russian energy giant Gazprom, the bloc’s competition chief said on Thursday (3 October). … The anti-Gazprom claims say it is abusing its dominant market position to demand extortionate prices for gas and preventing countries from diversifying their energy supply. Lithuania says it pays 35 percent more than Germany for gas under its contract with Gazprom. …
  • Lithuania threatens to take Russian region hostage, demands changes in foreign policy

    10/02/2013 9:26:41 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 47 replies
    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country could block land transport to Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad if Russia maintains its opposition to stronger trade ties between Ukraine and the European Union. "As you know, the Kaliningrad region is isolated, geographically isolated, so we could apply some measures also to cut something," the Reuters news agency quoted Linas Linkevicius as saying on Wednesday. "Transport, we could cut off trains, but not only trains, also the supply of goods, whatever. It is theoretically possible," the official added. The reporters raised the topic as Lithuania, which currently holds the rotating presidency in...
  • Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

    09/08/2013 8:10:52 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/8/2013 | Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond
    ... President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders against opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported, citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. ...