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  • MOTRAN calls for changes in I-14 route (political fight)

    06/01/2017 10:57:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | May 7, 2017 | Trevor Hawes
    Talks have been bubbling in recent months about making major route changes to Interstate 14, but the primary organization behind the push says it’s facing resistance from a West Texas representative and the state’s senior senator. Regional transportation lobby group Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance (MOTRAN) has pushed to change the congressionally approved western route of I-14, also known as the Forts to Ports Highway and the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway System. Forts to Ports aims to connect Fort Bliss in El Paso with Fort Hood in Central Texas and Fort Polk in Louisiana. The plan also connects to military deployment ports...
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Former Georgian (Reaganite) Leader Saakashvili Gets Another Crack at the Russians...

    06/02/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 June 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Takes Ukrainian citizenship, appointed Governor of Odessa region While it was pretty painful to watch the US-and-Israeli equipped and trained Georgian Armed Forces get their asses kicked by the Russians in 2008, the truth is that the greatly-outnumbered Georgians never stood a chance once the Kremlin decided to get militarily involved, due to the fact that loyal US ally Tbilisi had all their best troops still in Iraq... The Georgian army was reduced to five brigades, nearly all light infantry, ditching practically all its armor and artillery in favor of a counterterrorism and counterinsurgency approach to warfare, which of course was what...
  • Ukraine President appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili (as Odessa) Governor

    05/30/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 5-30-2015 | Maria Tymoshchuk
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region. Poroshenko made the announcement at a televised event in the Black Sea port alongside the reformist Saakashvili, calling the ex-Georgian president a "great friend of Ukraine". "There remain a large number of problems in Odessa: preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and peace," Poroshenko said. SNIP---- Saakashvili is replacing millionaire Igor Palitsa in the post, a close ally of banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky who has been at loggerheads with Poroshenko over control of...
  • There was heroism and cruelty on both sides, the truth behind one of Ukraine's deadliest days

    05/02/2015 11:58:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 30 April 2015 | Howard Amos
    The emergency calls became increasingly desperate. “When are you coming? It’s already burning and there are people inside,” a woman told the fire brigade dispatcher. Minutes later, callers started describing how people were jumping from the upper floors. “Have you lost your minds?” one man asked, his voice breaking. “There are women and children in the building!” another man yelled. In one of the most deadly episodes in Ukraine’s turbulent 2014 power transition, 48 people were killed and hundreds injured on 2 May last year in the Black Sea port of Odessa. Street battles culminated in a fatal fire at...
  • Blast occurs near Odessa office of Ukraine’s Samopomoshch party

    03/11/2015 9:46:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    TASS ^ | 3-12-2015 | TASS
    An explosion has occurred in Odessa near a business centre where an office of the parliamentary party Samopomoshch (Self-assistance) is located, a spokesman for the Odessa region department of the Ukrainian interior ministry said on Thursday. "The explosion occurred on the ground floor near the entrance to the building. Bomb specialists are working at the site," the spokesman said, adding that the blast had been classified as a terrorist act. The blast at the Admiralteisky business centre was reported at 0:30 a.m. local time /1:30 a.m. Moscow time/. No one was hurt.
  • Palin skewers Obama, national politics, media in Midland visit

    02/12/2015 10:45:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | February 12, 2015 | Joseph Basco
    In a lecture event titled “Groundbreakers, Mavericks, and TrailBlazers: How Women are showing 21st Century Leadership,” John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute guest Sarah Palin spent her opening speech time on hitting all the key points a conservative Midland-Odessa wants to hear: American exceptionalism, attacks on President Barack Obama and foreign countries, praise of President Ronald Reagan, cleaning up the “good ol’ boys” system in Washington, D.C., and saying “screw political correctness.” Palin was the center of attention at the Wagner-Noël Performing Arts Center on Thursday evening. She spent the first half of the roughly 90-minute event speaking freely on...
  • At least 10 killed when Texas prison bus hit by train: reports

    01/14/2015 9:15:17 AM PST · by bgill · 42 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Reuters
    A Texas prison bus carrying 15 people veered off a road and was hit by train on Wednesday, prison officials said, with local media saying at least 10 people were killed in the accident. The bus with 12 inmates and three corrections officers was traveling from Abilene to El Paso when it skidded off a highway and ended up on railroad tracks, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said based on preliminary reports. The accident took place near the western Texas city of Odessa.
  • Odessa "Massacre" Propaganda vs. the Facts

    08/10/2014 12:36:44 PM PDT · by WildSnail · 48 replies
    Human Rights in Ukraine ^ | 8/10/2014 | Halya Coynash
    http://khpg.org.index.php?id=1407453894Odessa "Massacre" Propaganda vs. the FactsHalya Coynash The tragic events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, are rapidly being transformed into a propaganda campaign for Moscow. The facts are now available and need to be widely known. By allowing outrageous claims of a fascist ‘massacre’ to go unrefuted, we risk proving yet again how very little human beings learn from history.While the horrific reality of MH17 was so vivid in people’s minds, the alternative reality presented in the Russian media was widely recognized as grotesque. Denial may seem comical now, it will not necessarily in a few months or in...
  • Yarosh: Right Sector to guard voting sections in eastern Ukraine during elections

    05/23/2014 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 5/23/2014 (7:25 AM, EST) | Interfax-Ukraine
    Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh has said that representatives of his organization will contribute to ensuring security at voting stations in eastern Ukraine. ...
  • Victoria Nuland [Obama Administration] Accused of Meeting With Neofascists in Washington

    05/19/2014 12:02:00 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 89 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 5/19/2014 | DSWright
    In an interview with Bloomberg News [URL at link], Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland had meetings with the Ukrainian neofascist group Right Sector in Washington DC. The Right Sector has been involved in numerous killings including the burning of pro-Russian supporters in Odessa. ... Whether Nuland met with Artyomenko or any other representative of the Right Sector to help with fundraising and support is unknown. What is known is that the US is supporting the gang in Kiev's "interim government" which includes Svoboda an openly neofascist party...
  • How About neither for Putin, nor Obama's foreign policy, nor Right Sector, Nor Svoboda, nor Commies?

    05/16/2014 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    5/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    That might very well be the best position to take: Don't support Putin, but realize that Obama has the fecal touch on foreign policy issues. Libya (Benghazi). Syria (he thought about arming Syrian "rebels"). Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood came to power and before that the WH said they were "largely secular"). Ergo - no interventionism of any kind in Ukraine, be it NGO's, mercs, etc. Don't support the Commies in Ukraine, but don't support Right Sector, or Svoboda, either. Angela Merkel and Hollande have both said that unlawful acts were carried out against those who were burned up in Odessa,...
  • Did Putin Plan the Odessa Massacre?

    05/13/2014 11:02:27 AM PDT · by AU72 · 109 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 13, 2014 | Robert Zubrin
    In 1943, having murdered most of the Jewish population of the occupied portions of the Soviet Union, the Nazis launched a campaign to exterminate the Slavs as well. As part of this effort, Nazi SS units under the command of Himmler protégé Jochem Peiper (who later achieved infamy in the West as well for his massacre of captured GIs at Malmedy during the Battle of the Bulge) systematically rounded up Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarussian villagers, herded them into their churches, blocked the doors, and set them ablaze. Over a thousand such massacres were perpetrated, and the memory of these horrific...
  • Merkel and Hollande Urge Kiev to Start Dialog with Ukraine's Regions Before [May 25th] Elections

    05/13/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 33 replies
    NSNBC International ^ | 5/10/2014 | Christoff Lehmann
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urged authorities in Kiev to begin a national dialogue with the rebellious regions in southeastern Ukraine before the presidential elections scheduled for May 25th. The development reveals a growing rift between the US/UK "Atlantic Axis"...
  • Ukrainians form militias to defend nation against chaos

    05/07/2014 6:21:31 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 118 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 7, 2014, 11:13 p.m. | Mark Rachkevych
    In the absence of effective military forces or law enforcement, Ukrainians are taking the defense of the nation in their own hands through loosely organized militias. One of them popped up in a YouTube video on May 2. Although the group was unidentified, the clip was posted by a pro-Ukrainian group of former military and law enforcement officers, calling themselves the Donbass Volunteer Battalion. The video shows men armed with Kalashnikov rifles and clad in black ninja outfits dismantling a Kremlin-backed roadblock near Krasnoarmiysk in western Donetsk Oblast. The national warriors also claim that 15 pro-Russian rebels were handed over...
  • Two Odessa fire survivors, both in the anti-government camp, tell their stories

    05/08/2014 2:08:10 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 8, 2014, 7:46 p.m. | Lily Hyde
    Editor's Note: The investigation into the fights and fires that killed 46 people in Odessa on May 2 is still ongoing. There are conflicting claims. Here are the stories of two women who say they were part of the anti-Ukrainian government camp. ODESSA, Ukraine - As citizens of Odessa come to terms with the tragedy of May 2, more accounts are emerging of the fatal events that killed 46 people. At a funeral on May 7 for an anti-government activist killed in the fire that destroyed local Trade Unions House, several other protesters who had been trapped in the burning...
  • Odessa: Who is to blame for 46 Odessa deaths?

    05/08/2014 7:47:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    ODESSA, Ukraine – In the bloodiest day in Ukraine since government snipers claimed more than 50 lives during the EuroMaidan Revolution on Feb. 20, 46 people were killed in Odessa on May 2. The violence started when an armed group of pro-Russian activists attacked a peaceful pro-Ukrainian rally, whose participants, uncharacteristically, fought back. But nearly a week later, many questions remain about who died, how they died, why so many perished and who is responsible for their deaths amid accusations from Ukraine’s leading presidential candidate, Petro Poroshenko, that a toxic chemical was used in the building where most lost their...
  • What Russian TV won’t show about the events in Odessa

    05/06/2014 4:22:11 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    khpg ^ | 06.05.2014 17:09 | Halya Coynash
    A lot has been reported about the events in Odessa on May 2, and the following is no attempt to repeat reliable chronicles of witnesses, just to add certain points – and certain images - that either get forgotten or which Russian TV channels are assiduously muffling or distorting. Viewers of Russia Today can easily switch channels – to BBC, CNN, others - and find a markedly different version of events. This is not the case for the majority of television viewers in Russia and, at present, in some parts of Ukraine, including the Crimea.
  • Who makes up the ranks of Kiev's "elite National Guard" being sent to Odessa and Slavyansk?

    05/06/2014 6:59:44 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    5/6/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Fox News reported yesterday that Kiev is sending an "elite National Guard" to Odessa, and today the International Business Times reported that Kiev is sending an "elite National Guard" to Slavyansk. Who makes up the ranks of this elite National Guard when Vice News reported on March 19, 2014 - in their article "A look Inside Ukraine's Volunteer National Guard" - and in it said then that Ukraine had - by its own admission - only 6,000 combat-ready troops? Looks like Kiev didn't/doesn't have a pot to even... much less an "elite National Guard." BTW, Vice News was the news...
  • Pro-Russian groups go online with death threats against Odessa residents

    05/06/2014 7:02:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 5, 2014, 9:47 p.m. | Olga Rudenko
    Their opponents went even further. Several pro-Russian, AntiMaidan Vkontakte group have been posting photos, names and personal data of EuroMaidan supporters from Odessa, as well as local members of the militantly nationalist Right Sector who allegedly participated in the violence on May 2. The photos are often accompanied with the calls to “find and destroy” the person. [....] At least three of the similar groups were blocked by Vkontakte administration in the past days for extremism and direct calls for murders. The same aggressive pro-Russian groups have been sharing fake quotes of Ukrainian politicians, including interim President Oleksandr Turchynov saying...