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  • Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

    09/17/2014 3:29:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 4:37 AM EDT | Vanessa Gera
    It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days—that Russian aggression in Ukraine could spread, upending this NATO and European Union member’s most peaceful and prosperous era in centuries. […] Anxieties hang in the air as Poland marks the 75th anniversary Wednesday of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, one of several Russian attacks on its neighbor over the past...
  • NATO at the heart of a new Cold War, says former Ambassador

    09/15/2014 9:23:19 PM PDT · by DTA · 12 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 2014-09-09 | James Bissett
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was meant to be a purely defensive organization. When the Brussels Treaty of 1948 established the European Defence Alliance of five European countries, it was Canada’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Louis St. Laurent, who proposed the alliance be expanded to include the United States and Canada. One year later, in April 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was born. The primary purpose of the new organization was to defend member states from any attack from the Soviet Union and to act in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. NATO was born...
  • US Knew Turkey Aided Al Qaeda But Did Nothing to Stop It

    09/15/2014 6:34:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies
    Asbarez.com ^ | September 15th, 2014 | ARA KHACHATOURIAN
    When Armenian-Americans voiced their anger over Turkey’s role in the incursion into Kessab last spring, US authorities merely expressed “concern” about the well-being of Armenians and Christian minorities. Despite the community’s insistence that Turkey was directly involved in allowing the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra rebels to freely enter Kessab, the US State Department was reticent in fingering its NATO ally. Fast forward to today when the Obama Administration is leading a fragile coalition against the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria, an off shoot of Al Nusra known as ISIS, and Turkey is, once again, rejecting American access to its...
  • Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis

    09/15/2014 12:56:37 PM PDT · by DTA · 38 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 2014-09-04 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis Nicolai N. Petro September 3, 2014 According to president Vladimir Putin, Russia’s objectives in Ukraine have been the same since the beginning of civil unrest there—a stable national government that represents and respects all of its people. Why then, has there been so little willingness to work together with Russia to end this crisis? The most obvious answer is Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which many Western governments have interpreted as a rejection of the post–Cold War status quo and a possible prelude to further territorial expansion. To be fair, however, Putin addressed both of these...
  • NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

    09/14/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.
  • What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

    09/12/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires...
  • Breaking: TURKEY REFUSES OBAMA REQUEST to Use Its Airbases to Fight ISIS

    09/11/2014 11:39:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 213 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/11/14 | Jim Hoft
    Yesterday, Barack Obama stated, “Turkey needs to be involved in coalition against ISIS.” On Thursday Turkey said it will not allow the US to use its airbases to fight ISIS.
  • Turkey refuses US permission for combat missions against ISIS: official

    09/11/2014 5:10:42 AM PDT · by blueyon · 61 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 9/11/14 | Agence France Presse
    ANKARA: Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told AFP Thursday. " Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations," the official said on condition of anonymity. The decision echoes the country's refusal to allow the US to station 60,000 troops in Turkey in 2003 to invade Iraq from the north, which triggered a crisis between the two allies. Ankara then also refused Washington permission to...
  • File Obama’s Waving from Wales NATO photo under ‘Lousy Shot 101’

    09/09/2014 12:40:48 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 39 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/09/14 | Judi McLeod
    We all know by now that Obama won’t be coming up with a strategy for dealing with ISIS until Valerie Jarrett comes up with it The NATO 2014 group photo of world leaders who came to Wales to discuss finding ways to stave off ISIS is good for a much-needed world laugh. And not just because preening peacock President Barack Obama is once again the only one of the western leaders calling attention to himself with that silly signature photographed wave. Some monarchs wave to the unwashed masses from the comfort of horse-drawn carriages. Obama does his right royal wave...
  • NATO stages major military exercise in Latvia after Wales summit

    09/08/2014 3:59:21 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 6, 2014 1:22pm EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - NATO staged a major military exercise in Latvia on Saturday in a practical demonstration of NATO leaders' commitment to defend its Baltic member states in the face of an assertive Russia.
  • Russian jets buzz Canadian frigate near Ukraine

    09/08/2014 3:44:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Sep. 08 2014, 4:29 PM EDT | Steven Chase
    Sources say three Russian aircraft flew low over HMCS Toronto on Sunday. Two of the Russian planes were SU-24 fighter jets and the third was a slower AN-26 surveillance aircraft, a source said. “We expect this,” the military source said. “They’re going to play cat and mouse with us for as long as we’re there.” At least one of the Russian planes came within 300 metres of HMCS Toronto, a government source said.
  • Russia practicing nuke attacks on America from Canada

    09/08/2014 7:59:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/08/14 | Judi McLeod
    Media hound “Selfies’ like Obama and Cameron should be booed off the world stage, forced back to the work they were elected to do: Protection of the people of the U.S, Britain While Selfie Supremos President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron were hosting NATO showbiz, complete with a flyover and kingly feast at Cardiff Castle, last Thursday and Friday, guess what the Russians were doing? Two Russian strategic bombers were conducting practice cruise missile attacks on the United States of America at the same time the NATO summit was being held in Wales. The Obama/Cameron NATO flyover was...
  • NATO Wales Summit , a reality TV Show Starring Western Leaders

    09/07/2014 11:27:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/07/14 | Judi McLeod
    Complete with feast & flyover: NATO Wales Summit , a reality TV Show Starring Western Leaders President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron and all go-along-to-get-along NATO nations delivered their first reality TV show on the real life terror of ISIS from Cardiff, Wales. At no other time in NATO history, has the difference between the glass-clinking global elite and the imperiled-by-their-own-governments common man been more glaring. With thousands of innocents being slaughtered by YouTube meister terrorists, last week’s NATO gathering threw a lavish feast in Cardiff Castle and posed for pictures of western leaders looking skyward at an air...
  • Read Russia’s Ominous Response to NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force

    09/06/2014 5:53:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 5, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    During today’s NATO summit, the alliance agreed to create a rapid reaction force to respond to threats to member states. That force is being formed specifically to deal with threats in eastern Europe. It is a direct response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The Russians responded swiftly. The Foreign Ministry suggests a larger NATO conspiracy is at work. The summit adopted a line towards NATO’s eastward expansion and build-up of its presence near Russia’s borders. These plans were nurtured for a long time and the Ukrainian crisis became merely an excuse for the start of their implementation. Russia also accused...
  • Putin's Nuclear Option

    09/06/2014 3:08:53 PM PDT · by Sparklite · 70 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Sept 4, 2014 | Jeffrey Taylor
    Would Putin commit suicide by letting his missiles fly against the United States? No. Rather, he would respond with a limited nuclear strike against a couple of European capitals -- not London or Paris, but smaller ones, presumably in Eastern European countries that have only recently joined NATO. Warsaw, against which Russia has already conducted a drill simulating a Russian nuclear attack, first comes to mind. Or, say, Vilnius, Lithuania's capital. The point is, Putin would bet on decision-makers in Washington, Berlin, London, and Paris not retaliating with nuclear weapons against Russia if it had "only" hit a city or...
  • Obama The Chess Playing Pigeon Struts Around the Board & Claims Victory Over Putin

    09/06/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by No One Special · 17 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | September 5, 2014 | The Professor
    Obama’s cultists often compare him to a chess master, playing the long game. There is another chess metaphor that is far more apt, however. Specifically, there is a story that has gained wide currency in which Vladimir Putin compares Obama to a chess playing pigeon. Putin supposedly said: ”Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, s**** on the board and then struts around like it won the game.” This story is almost certainly false. The chess playing pigeon meme dates to far before Obama’s time. But there is no person...
  • NATO faces 1st test, as Estonia accuses Russia of abduction

    09/06/2014 6:21:26 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 41 replies
    CBC ^ | 5 Sep 14 | Kristen Everson, Evan Solomon
    A revitalized NATO is already facing its first test of Russian aggression, on the same day it wrapped up its critical summit in Wales. Russian agents have crossed the border into Estonia, a NATO country, and detained a police officer, according to the Estonian government. "We should see it... as a demonstration on behalf of Russia that provocations have started," Estonia's ambassador to Canada told Evan Solomon on CBC Radio's The House. According to Gita Kalmet, Russian agents wearing no insignia crossed the border at Luhamaa, in southeastern Estonia, jammed communications equipment and threw smoke grenades before abducting the agent...
  • ‘Look At Meee!’ Obama Again Makes Himself Easy To Spot In A Group Photo

    09/05/2014 5:09:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 76 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | September 5, 2014 | Twitchy
    The President again makes himself easy to find in a group photo.
  • 'Knocked that off the bucket list': Obama makes surprise visit to Stonehenge following NATO summit

    09/05/2014 2:15:09 PM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9/5/14 | JChapman, DBloom
    It is one of the world's most famous ancient sites. And tonight it seemed Barack Obama could not resist a chance to see Stonehenge for himself - ordering his helicopter to make an unscheduled stop on his return home from the Nato summit. After flying out of Newport in south Wales, Marine One made an unannounced landing at Boscombe Down Airbase in Wiltshire.
  • NATO Photo Of Leaders…And The Narcissist Strikes Again! Look At Me!

    09/05/2014 12:52:41 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 39 replies
    NATO Photo Of Leaders…And The Narcissist Strikes Again! Look At Me! This isn’t the first time:
  • Obama’s latest NATO comments: 6 piles of bovine excrement

    09/05/2014 10:02:41 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 9-5-2014 | Allen B. West
    I’m listening to President Barack Hussein Obama read more empty rhetoric and here is my assessment during his NATO press conference as he shoveled it on. 1. He stated that NATO’s “combat” mission in Afghanistan will end in three months — I hope they sent the memo to the Taliban and got their consent. Obama just doesn’t seem to understand the enemy has a vote, and they are not disrupted, defeated, and certainly not destroyed – we’re just quitting again. 2. He stated we’ll defend every NATO ally — he should have expressed how, because Obama’s decision to cancel the...
  • Obama absent for start of NATO meeting

    09/05/2014 7:17:29 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    thehill.com ^ | september 4, 2014 | amie parnes
    President Obama was nowhere to be found during the beginning of a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine commission in Wales on Thursday. Obama was "noticeably absent" from the start of the meeting, according to a White House pool report, although U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute was in attendance. Obama was late to the Ukraine meeting because of other meetings on Afghanistan and a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, according to a White House official. Back at the Ukraine meeting, leaders were addressed by NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen, who urged Russia to stop the "illegal" annexation of Crimea.
  • Poroshenko: Ukrainians to decide on accession to NATO

    09/05/2014 6:21:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 11:41 05.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 5 /Ukrinform/. After the necessary reforms are conducted in Ukraine and the necessary criteria are achieved, the question of the country's joining NATO will be resolved by the Ukrainian people.
  • Some NATO countries to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons - Poroshenko

    09/05/2014 6:16:39 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 09:51 05.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 5 /Ukrinform/. Some NATO countries have agreed to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons, including precision guidance weapons.
  • That time Ukraine tried to join NATO — and NATO said no

    09/04/2014 5:10:11 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 4 at 3:37 PM | http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/adam-taylor
    ...During NATO's 2008 summit in Bucharest, Romania, the issue was discussed and, after opposition from France and Germany, a decision was made to offer neither Ukraine nor Georgia a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) — essentially a path for Ukraine to receive membership — at that moment. Vague promises of NATO membership in the future were made, but the United States later appeared to drop its support for NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia. Russia's brief war with Georgia in August 2008 helped underscore the decision's importance, but NATO and Ukraine held further talks in December. Again, however, no specific...
  • 'Hands up if you know how to spell Nato': Obama and Cameron stun Welsh primary school...

    09/04/2014 6:53:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 4, 2014 | MARK DUELL
    Pupils at a Welsh primary school were today left stunned when, of all people, Barack Obama and David Cameron walked into their classroom. Mr Obama greeted the smiling youngsters of Mount Pleasant Primary School in Welsh by saying ‘bore da’ - ‘good morning’. He then listened to a welcome message, thanking him for being the first serving US president to visit Wales. The road along Ruskin Avenue was faced by the sight of scores of police officers and the presidential convoy pulling up at the school gates. The president and Prime Minister were in Rogerstone, near Newport, ahead of the...
  • Russia: Ukraine's desire to join NATO threaten peace talks

    09/04/2014 5:24:14 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 04, 2014
    Russia's foreign minister warned Thursday that Ukraine's NATO ambitions are threatening to derail peace talks in eastern Ukraine. Undeterred, Ukraine's president began a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and other top NATO leaders in Wales.
  • Vladimir Putin’s Hitlerian Mind

    09/03/2014 10:10:51 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 3 Sep 14 | George Will
    he Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide. Putin’s serial amputations of portions of Ukraine, which began with his fait accompli in Crimea, will proceed, and succeed, until his appetite is satiated. Then the real danger will begin. Suppose Ukraine is merely his overture for the destruction of NATO, the nemesis of his Soviet memory. Then what might be his version of the Gleiwitz radio-station episode 75 years ago?
  • Tweedledum & Tweedledee Come to Wales School

    09/04/2014 7:51:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/04/14 | Judi McLeod
    Obama and Cameron Someone should have tipped off little school kids in Wales that Tweedledum and Tweedledee would walk right out of the nursery rhyme when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron made a school day visit to their classroom. With ISIS crucifying innocents, burying women and children alive and chopping off heads for sport, the entire fate of Western civilization rests on selfie masters Tweedledum (Barack Obama) and Tweedledee (David Cameron).
  • Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis

    09/04/2014 5:13:11 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 04, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Latest News -- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said ahead of a NATO summit in Wales that "Russia is attacking Ukraine" and continuing to destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine despite a cease-fire plan proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. -- The European Commission, the EU's executive, has drafted proposals for a new round of sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis. Proposals outlined in a document obtained by RFE/RL include adding Russian state-owned defense and oil companies to the state-owned banks already barred from EU capital markets, and increasing curbs on the export to Russia...
  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    09/01/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 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...
  • UKRAINE: United States and NATO allies to hold military exercises- "Rapid Trident"

    United States and NATO allies to hold military exercises in Ukraine Rapid Trident - "Rapid Trident" Autumn Lviv region will take more than a thousand of the western military for joint exercises with Ukraine. From 16 to 26 September in Ukraine will be held joint military exercises with the MAT forces of the United States, according to Tsenzor.NET citing Reuters. Hosted by the Western Ukraine, in particular - Yavorivskiy training center in Lviv region, on the border with Poland. The exercise will involve more than one thousand soldiers, including members of the United States and its allies. Teachings are called...
  • URAINE: NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don't Call Them Bases

    To blunt Russia’s aggression, the Western alliance is considering new bases, new troops, and the economic equivalent of a nuclear bomb. Will the Obama administration go along? With Russian forces entering into Ukraine, NATO is putting together a plan to place the alliance’s troops in bases behind the former Iron Curtain. One U.S. official who was not authorized to speak to the press said the presence of U.S. troops inside these bases in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia would act as a “tripwire for Russia. If Putin considers any military action in these countries, they will know that they...
  • Welsh golf resort locked down for NATO summit (why obozo will be at summit)

    09/03/2014 1:32:58 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-2-14 | unattributed
    A huge security operation involving 9,000 British police officers will secure a luxury Welsh golf resort hosting a NATO summit later this week, officials said Tuesday. Officers deployed across the golf course at the Celtic Manor Resort, in Newport, and along a 13-kilometre (eight-mile) steel fence around the site in anticipation of the arrival of 67 world leaders for crisis talks on Russia's role in the war in Ukraine. US President Barack Obama is attending the meeting of the military alliance and security is tight, not least because Britain last week raised its terrorism threat level.
  • Ukraine crisis: France halts warship delivery to Russia

    09/03/2014 9:33:48 AM PDT · by Krosan · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 September 2014 | BBC
    France has said conditions are "not right" for delivery of the first of two Mistral assault navy ships to Russia. President Francois Hollande's office blamed Moscow's recent actions in Ukraine. France had until now resisted pressure to halt the delivery. Correspondents say the EU has struggled to tighten sanctions against Russia, restricting itself to travel bans and asset freezes against individuals.
  • Most Germans fear Russian action: Poll

    09/03/2014 2:37:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Sep 2014 09:12 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A new poll shows that while most Germans fear military escalation between Russia and the Ukraine, only half want to see NATO intervene ahead of the alliance’s summit starting on Thursday in Wales. After the annexation of Crimea, Germans are worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin will take over more of the country. Two-thirds of respondents in a poll taken by German press agency DPA said they fear a Russian invasion in eastern Ukraine. However, 51 percent of people were against a strong NATO presence in the region while just one in three respondents were for it. …
  • Tallinn's First Impressions of the US President

    09/02/2014 11:14:14 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    News . ERR. EE ^ | Estonian Public Broadcasting
    Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet welcomed President Barack Obama at the airport and Obama was then driven to the Swissotel. Obama will meet with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves this morning, holding a joint press conference at 11:40. Obama will address the public at 16:10 at Nordea Concert Hall. Both the press conference and the public speech will be available live on ERR News. The early morning arrival went smoothly logistically. Led by the Police and Border Guard, the local operation to provide security for the visit is the biggest the country has seen, involving some 2,000 civilian and military personnel.
  • Fidel Castro Claims Mossad is Behind the Islamic State

    09/02/2014 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 9/2/2014, 5:42 AM | Elad Benari
    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro claimed on Monday that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was behind the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, AFP reports. Castro’s claims were made in a column published in Cuban media in which he lashed out at the United States and Europe and accused them of war-mongering. He also compared the NATO military alliance’s representatives to the Nazi SS. Castro also attacked U.S. Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him “Israel’s most unconditional ally.” He singled out McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, saying he had supported Israel’s Mossad intelligence...
  • Finland and Sweden to strengthen ties with Nato

    09/02/2014 4:27:46 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 08/27/2014 | Associated Press in Helsinki/The Guardian
    Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with Nato by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said on Wednesday. The move comes as Nato prepares for a summit next week in Wales amid heightened tensions with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. Finland shares a 1,300km (800-mile) border with Russia. The Finnish government said the host nation support agreement applies to situations which include "disasters, disruptions and threats to security". It also enables joint training exercises and military cooperation. Finnish defence ministry senior adviser Mika Varvikko said Finland...
  • President Says Estonia Wants Permanent NATO Bases

    09/02/2014 1:23:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 02, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    E stonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves says his country wants NATO to set up permanent bases on its territory to protect it against potential threats from Russia. Ilves said on September 2, "We should not have NATO with two-tier countries: with NATO permanent bases and without. This is the wrong signal to send to the potential aggressor." The Baltic countries in NATO - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania - have grown increasingly concerned about potential threats from neighboring Russia as the crisis has escalated in Ukraine, where the West says Russia has sent troops and military equipment to help separatists fighting...
  • How to Beat an Evil Empire: Just Do It

    09/02/2014 6:33:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 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...
  • 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...
  • Cameron: we will permanently damage Russia's economy

    09/01/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 81 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    David Cameron has vowed to “turn the ratchet” on Vladimir Putin, as he warned Western sanctions would “permanently” damage the Russian economy. Moscow banks are running short of funding as investors pull capital out the country, while the rouble and the Russian stock market are falling, the Prime Minister said. He was speaking ahead of a Nato summit in Wales which will discuss Ukrainian membership of the military alliance. Addressing the Commons, the Prime Minister said Britain would face the “grave danger” posed by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine with “reliance and resolve”. On Saturday, European leaders gave Russia a...
  • Ukraine Crisis: 'If I Want, I Will Take Kiev in Two Weeks', Putin Warns EU's Barroso

    09/01/2014 12:57:58 PM PDT · by babylon_times · 277 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/1/14 | Jack Moore
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to outgoing European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso that he could "take Kiev in two weeks" if he wanted, Italian media reports have said. According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the Russian leader made the belligerent statement in a phone call with the outgoing EU leader, who is set to be replaced by Luxembourg's former prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker...
  • Gunmen Seize Government Ministries As Libya Spirals Further Into Chaos [Leading From Behind!]

    09/01/2014 11:32:50 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 1, 2014 | LAURA KING
    Gunmen Seize Government Ministries As Libya Spirals Further Into Chaos By LAURA KING Armed militiamen take over most government ministries in Tripoli as Libya continues to devolve into chaos Libyan government admits that 'most of the ministries and institutions' in Tripoli are out of its control Armed militiamen have seized control of most Libyan government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the transitional government acknowledged early Monday, in the latest sign of a dramatic deterioration of Libya’s trappings of statehood. Energy-rich Libya has slipped ever deeper into chaos since the toppling of longtime dictator Moammar Kadafi in 2011. The armed groups...
  • The Collapse of Libya and the Failure of 'Smart Power'

    09/01/2014 10:35:30 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 01, 2014 | Guy Benson
    When conservatives criticize the Obama administration over the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks, much of the attention is trained on the security failures preceding the raid, the dishonest public spin campaign after the fact, the lack of accountability nearly two years later, and the still-unanswered questions on a host of fronts. But that lethal event was merely a symptom of the White House's broader, unraveling foreign policy. The president intervened in Libya in 2011, deploying US military resources to help a rebel fighting force depose and dispatch murderous dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The Libya conflict was paradigmatic of Obama's approach to war:...
  • Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' (Putin Toughens Position)

    08/31/2014 4:31:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 203 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/31/2014 | BBC News
    President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report. He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld". His comments came after the EU gave Russian a one-week ultimatum to reverse course in Ukraine or face sanctions.
  • Islamic militia groups says it has 'secured' US compound in Libya

    08/31/2014 8:10:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    An Islamic militant group said Sunday it has “secured” a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli. American personnel evacuated the area roughly a month ago amid ongoing fighting in the country. An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • China demands Turkish retraction

    07/14/2009 2:02:54 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 475+ views
    bbc ^ | 14 July 2009
    China has demanded that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan retract his accusation that Beijing practised genocide against ethnic Uighurs. Mr Erdogan made the comments after riots in the Muslim Uighur heartland of Xinjiang in which 184 people died. Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, is under heavy police and military control. UK-based analysts say al-Qaeda-linked militants in Algeria have called for reprisals against Chinese workers in the wake of the violence. China's rejection of Mr Erdogan's remarks came in an editorial headlined "Don't twist facts" in the English-language newspaper China Daily. It said the fact that 137 of the 184 victims of...