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  • Vladimir Putin, Leader of the Free World

    11/19/2015 6:28:57 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 32 replies
    Asia Times ^ | November 18, 2015 | David P. Goldman, Spengler
    Vladimir Putin, Leader of the Free World By David P. Goldman on November 18, 2015 in AT Top Writers, David P. Goldman, Spengler If Mikhail Bulgakov had come back to life and written a Levantine sequel to The Master and Margarita, he could not have devised a scenario more lurid than what we now observe in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin is now the leader of the Free World against Islamist terrorism, directing the efforts of France and Germany and setting terms for American involvement. Reeling from last week’s massacre in Paris, France lacks both the backbone and the brute...
  • Vladimir Putin is not dead, Kremlin insists

    03/12/2015 9:28:48 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 25 replies
    The New Daily ^ | 3/11/15 | 3/13/15
    “No need to worry, everything is all right” – that was the message from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, following speculation that the president was ill or even dead. Mr Putin has not been seen in public since March 5, and has reportedly cancelled a string of meetings since then. The president was due to meet his Kazakh counterpart on 5 March, but a source told Reuters the meeting was cancelled because Putin had fallen ill. Photos have since been released in an attempt to dispel fears, but those photos appear to have been taken before March 5. On...
  • REVEALED: The oil middleman between the Syrian regime and ISIS

    03/07/2015 11:25:20 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7 Mar 15 | Unknown
    A Syrian businessman described as the "middleman" for oil deals between ISIS and Bashar al-Assad's regime will be targeted for European Union sanctions on Saturday. The listing of George Haswani, the owner of HESCO engineering company, sheds more light on financial links between Syria's regime and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or Isil or Islamic State or Daiesh).
  • Putin vs Obama: The Contrast

    02/22/2014 11:00:47 AM PST · by varmintman · 17 replies
    Various people's takes on this one are starting to converge to the same picture... In pictures... Want to understand what’s happening in the Ukraine? Try Google searches on “Ukraine Soros” and/or “Ukraine Monsanto”... People with brains and talent in Ukraine know that Russia's star is rising, and that ours is falling. Only losers and Soros rent-a-rioters are on the wrong side of that one. "Pussy Riot"?? You open the history book under 'G' for "groupies", and you go through the list of guys who've ever inspired groupie or fan phenomena, and you can at least understand most of...
  • Putin's Conservative State Capitalism

    12/31/2013 5:15:55 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 10 replies ^ | December 18, 2013 | Anders Åslund
    The essence of President Vladimir Putin’s annual address to the Federal Assembly on Dec. 12 was that his enchantment with state capitalism and Soviet economics is continuing. Rather than promoting higher economic growth, he wanted to go after the remaining prominent private businessmen. Russia’s most urgent economic concern is the disappearing economic growth, but only in the middle of his speech Putin arrived at the need for the “renewal of sustainable economic growth.” This time he did not blame the euro crisis, but he admitted that “the main causes of the slowdown are not external but internal.” Liberal economists usually...
  • How Al Qaeda executioners were captured by SAS using Bisto granules

    06/17/2012 8:20:22 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th June 2012 | Mark Nicol and Ian Gallagher
    'They killed with apparent impunity, effortlessly dodging capture by the world’s deadliest special forces. Nothing, it seemed, could stop Al Qaeda’s two top Iraqi terrorists as they orchestrated a campaign of high-profile kidnappings, car bombings and executions in Baghdad and beyond. At the height of their reign, one of them, Maher Ahmed Mahmoud az-Zubeidi, better known by his alias Abu Rami, was believed to have been responsible for the murders of 200 people each month. Yet perhaps even more ferocious was his charismatic co-leader, Abu Uthman, whose exploits in two battles in Fallujah earned him the nickname Abu Nimr –...
  • Move Over, Obama Girl: Putin's Girl Army Wants To Put Him Back In The Kremlin

    07/18/2011 9:52:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jul. 18, 2011 | Gus Lubin
    Snip "Putin's Army" is a group on a Russian social networking -- -- that invites girls to "tear their clothes off" in support of the former president. Participants will also be entered in an iPad 2 raffle. Snip
  • Russia's Muslim south triples sharia bride price (Putin approved)

    07/10/2010 9:14:41 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The price tag on a bride in Russia's Ingushetia province has been tripled by the regional government, in a sign the Muslim North Caucasus region is slipping out of Kremlin control as sharia law eclipses Russian. Against the backdrop of a bubbling Islamist insurgency, the revival of Islam in the North Caucasus following the break-up of the Soviet Union almost 20 years ago has brought sharia law to the region, revered by both rebels and ordinary citizens alike. The issue of the 'kalym', a price paid by a groom to the family of the woman he chooses...
  • Macho Putin in yet ANOTHER display of masculinity

    10/07/2008 10:30:11 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 24 replies · 1,037+ views ^ | 07th October 2008 | Mail Foreign Service
    Macho Putin in yet ANOTHER display of masculinity as he releases 'Let's learn judo with Vladimir' DVD By Mail Foreign Service Last updated at 5:51 PM on 07th October 2008 First we saw him shirtless while fishing. Then he was pictured at the wheel of a massive racing truck and shooting a tiger in the Siberian forest with a tranquiliser. He has also appeared operating a train, sailing on a submarine and co-piloting a fighter jet. Now Vladimir Putin - the world's most manly leader - has released yet another display of his own masculinity: a DVD entitled 'Let's learn...
  • Lawmaker claims as many as 60 Russian agents spying inside Britain

    11/29/2006 9:50:02 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 476+ views
    International herald Tribune ^ | Published: November 29, 2006 | The Associated Press
    LONDON: As many as 60 Russian spies are operating in Britain, virtually unchallenged by a domestic intelligence service preoccupied by the threat from Islamic extremism, a lawmaker told a debate Wednesday on relations between Moscow and London.Chris Bryant, a legislator with Tony Blair's governing Labour party who convened and led the session, said Russian authorities had shown a "casual disregard" for the deaths of journalists critical of the Kremlin.Outside analysts said Bryant's figure seemed high, though British intelligence officials have expressed concern about espionage.Lawmakers held the debate at the House of Commons ancillary chamber Westminster Hall following the poisoning death...
  • Russia is legally free to deliver nuclear fuel to Iran - official

    10/03/2006 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Flavius · 12 replies · 415+ views
    itar-tass ^ | 5/3/06 | na
    WASHINGTON, October 4 (Itar-Tass) – As for to day Russia “has no Iegal obstacles to deliver nuclear fuel to Iran,” Nikolai Spassky, deputy head of the Russian Rosatom nuclear agency told reporters on Tuesday. “We normally work in the framework of international law which is international agreements signed by Russia and resolutions of the UN Security Council,” Spassky said noting that today there are no such resolutions limiting nuclear fuel deliveries to Iran. However if the United States adopts a law limiting partnership relations with countries cooperating with Iran and if this law affects relations between the two countries in...
  • Russia Reweaponizes Psychiatry

    10/03/2006 5:13:26 AM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies · 811+ views
    Publius Pundit ^ | 10-02-06 | Kim Zigfeld
    If chills did not run down your spine when you heard the tune for the Soviet national anthem, written to glorify the mass-murdering dictator Joseph Stalin, playing for Russia at the Winter Olympics this year in Italy, if you do not shiver every time you hear about Russian people favoring Vladimir Putin, a proud KGB spy, with 70%-plus approval in opinion polls, then perhaps you are ready for this: Russia is re-weaponizing psychiatry as a method of dealing with anti-Kremlin dissent, just as in Soviet times. Two major articles from leading newspapers have documented the early stages of the phenomenon....
  • Russia Is Not a Friend of the United States

    08/23/2006 12:11:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies · 1,055+ views
    Magic City Morning Star ^ | Aug 23, 2006 | Jim Kouri
    During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union embarked on the most massive military buildups in history. Part of President Reagan's strategy for winning was to entice the Soviets into a competition it could never even hope to win. A communist economy by its very nature is ill-equipped to compete with a free-market, capitalist system whether it's foreign trade or weapons technology. And so, slowly the Soviet economy became a basket case due to the communists desire to exceed America in an enormously expensive arms race. After the Cold War, with the Soviet threat gone and with...
  • People killed in Moscow market blast: reports

    08/21/2006 12:27:00 AM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 121 replies · 5,896+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Aug 21, 2006 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - An unknown number of people were killed in an explosion at a Moscow market, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, quoting an eyewitness.
  • Policy Watch: Putin and Ahmadinejad

    08/13/2006 8:53:12 PM PDT · by Flavius · 7 replies · 571+ views
    upi ^ | Aug. 13 2006 | MARK N. KATZ
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the June 2005 election of the staunchly anti-American Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran. Ahmadinejad, though, has proven to be a difficult partner for Putin -- especially regarding the Iranian nuclear issue. At the end of Sept. 2005, Putin and Ahmadinejad (who had just taken office the previous month) met in New York where they both had come to attend the annual opening of the U.N. General Assembly. According to a Russian press account, the meeting did not go well: Putin "tried to persuade him to back away from the...
  • IRRESISTABLE RISE OF THE DICTATORS' ("SCO is a born-again Warsaw pact")

    07/28/2006 9:47:18 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 631+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | June 6, 2006 | Simon Tisdall
    World briefing Irresistible rise of the dictators' club Simon Tisdall Tuesday June 6, 2006 Guardian Tony Blair's promotion of shared global values and inclusive institutions in his Georgetown speech last month took little account of the rise and rise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Few may yet have heard of it. But out of the east comes a radically different paradigm for 21st-century international organisation, short on idealism and long on hard-headed self-interest. The "universal" principles of "liberty, democracy and justice" lauded by Mr Blair are hardly its driving force. Founded by China, the five-year-old SCO groups together like-minded authoritarian...
  • Venezuela's Chavez Thanks Russia for Arms

    07/27/2006 10:33:07 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 43 replies · 6,128+ views
    AP ^ | 06/27/06
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that Russia had helped his country break a U.S.-imposed "blockade" by agreeing to sell Caracas fighter planes and helicopters worth billions of dollars. Neither Chavez nor Russian leader Vladimir Putin gave details about any new deals signed Thursday, but Russia's defense minister said last week that Moscow had agreed to sell the oil-rich South American nation about 30 Su-30 fighter jets and some 30 military helicopters. Putin said Thursday that Moscow and Caracas would prove "reliable partners" and - in comments clearly aimed at Washington - said their cooperation should not be viewed as...
  • Chavez, Ex-USSR: A New Axis?

    07/26/2006 1:17:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 51 replies · 1,367+ views
    IBD ^ | 7/25/2006
    Moscow's $1 billion sale of top-flight military aircraft to Venezuela's erratic dictator isn't just business. It's unfriendly to the U.S. and a sign of a revived Cold War. ... His latest recruit was Belarus, where he signed an "anti-U.S. pact" Monday with this Russian satellite, praising Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, who admits to having a soft spot for Stalin. "Our countries must keep their hands at the ready on the sword," Chavez said. ... There isn't any doubt Russia's $1 billion contract to sell Venezuela 30 Sukhoi jet aircraft and 33 helicopters will be trouble. ... All are perfect for...
  • Chavez forges ties with Belarus

    07/24/2006 5:41:06 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 13 replies · 489+ views
    BBC ^ | July 24, 2006
    Mr Chavez said he wanted to conclude "a unity pact" in Minsk Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has praised Belarus "as a model social state" like the one he and his government are building. During a visit to Belarus, he called for joint efforts to counter what he described as "hegemonic" capitalism. Mr Chavez later met Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, accused in the West of crushing fundamental rights. Mr Chavez is on a world tour, partly to win support for a Venezuelan seat on the UN Security Council. From Belarus, he will travel to Russia, Qatar, Iran, Vietnam and Mali....

    07/23/2006 7:55:57 PM PDT · by hope · 67 replies · 3,576+ views
    The Omega Letter | 7-22-06 | Hal Lindsey
    Oracle Commentaries 7/22/2006 Urgent Intelligence Update UNCOVERED: RUSSIAN-SYRIAN-IRANIAN AXIS For students of Bible prophecy, even the title of this communiqué should set off alarm sirens. I just received some electrifying intelligence data. First, from the Debka-Net-Weekly’s briefing. And second, from some personal intelligence sources (I carefully guard) that confirm Debka’s report. Russia, Iran and Syria have entered a defense pact that is in the process of altered the balance of power in the entire Middle East. Russia’s part in the pact has been kept relatively secret for a long time. But the facts reveal a long steady Russian commitment...
  • Russia says Israel offensive goes too far

    07/20/2006 1:16:41 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 65 replies · 1,234+ views
    Reuters ^ | 20 Jul 2006
    MOSCOW, July 20 (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday that the Israeli offensive on Lebanon had gone "far beyond" the anti-terrorist operation Israel says it is conducting against the Hizbollah militia. "The unprecedented scale of victims and destruction bear witness to the fact that the actions that were announced to (free captured Israeli servicemen) have gone far beyond the bounds of an anti-terrorist operation," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Israeli warplanes and artillery have been pounding Lebanon for more than a week. Israel says it is retaliating for the capture of two of its soldiers in a...
  • Venezuela may purchase upto 24 Sukhoi Su 30 fighters (from Russia)

    07/19/2006 11:58:22 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 28 replies · 1,481+ views
    London: The head of state-owned Sukhoi aircraft manufacturing holding said Tuesday he hoped the talks on the possible sales of Su aircraft to Venezuela would yield positive results. "We will be speaking later about any concrete results but I believe that they [the results] will be positive," Mikhail Pogosyan said at the 2006 Farnborough International Airshow. A source in the talks said the two countries had been negotiating the sales of 24 Su-30MK Flanker C air superiority fighters to replace Venezuelan contingent of U.S. F-16 multi-role fighters after Washington imposed an embargo on arms sales to the country. Venezuelan President...
  • Gorbachev: 'Americans Have a Severe Disease' ("It's called the winner's complex," he said.)

    07/12/2006 2:46:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies · 2,096+ views
    ABC News Internet Ventures ^ | July 12, 2006 | CLAIRE SHIPMAN
    15 Years After Being Deposed From Power, Former Leader Discusses Russia, U.S. Mikhail Gorbachev is generally regarded as the man who broke down the "iron curtain" that separated the communist world from the West and thawed the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Now, 15 years after a coup removed him from power and the Soviet Union dissolved, he has some stern words for the United States, whose relationship with Russia has soured lately. "We have made some mistakes," he said, referring to recent attacks on Russia's democracy. "So what? Please don't put even more obstacles...
  • Make China Pay for Not Helping with North Korea

    07/08/2006 2:57:31 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 63 replies · 1,159+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/08/06 | Human Events Editorial
    the People’s Republic of China won’t help the U.S. rein in the rogue regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il -- which this week conducted a failed test of a missile designed to reach American cities -- then the U.S. should stop helping China with its own economic and technological development. China must support the U.S. position on North Korea in the U.N. Security Council or pay a price for not doing so. In response to North Korea’s missile tests, Japan has sponsored a resolution in the Security Council that would bar nations from giving North Korea money, material...
  • US outflanked in Eurasia energy politics

    06/19/2006 7:59:21 AM PDT · by Frank T · 22 replies · 591+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | June 10, 2006 | F William Engdahl
    The United States' global energy-control strategy, it's now clear to most, was the actual reason for the highly costly regime change in Iraq, euphemistically dubbed "democracy" by Washington. But while it is preoccupied with implanting democracy in the Middle East, the United States is quietly being outflanked in the rush to secure and control major energy sources of the Persian Gulf, the Central Asian Caspian Basin, Africa and beyond. The quest for energy control has informed Washington's support for high-risk "color revolutions" in Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan in recent months. It lies behind US activity in West Africa,...
  • Russian Geopolitik

    06/06/2006 4:17:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 354+ views
    Stanford Review ^ | June 2, 2006 | Tucker Herbert and Diane Raub
    Today’s Russia is a strange political animal. It emerged from decades-long Soviet isolation in 1991 with the prospect of beginning a new era. Many hoped that Russia would finally join the ranks of the G8 as a Western-style democracy. The yoke of authoritarianism, however, is not easily broken. Democracies are not created overnight, and the Russian Federation is no exception. Over the past fifteen years, both Boris Yeltsin and his successor Vladimir Putin have made a great show of some democratic reforms, and the world has seen Russia undergo considerable changes. But the Russia that is emerging is not a...
  • Russia: 'Phallic' Case Threatens Internet Freedom

    06/02/2006 11:19:10 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 67 replies · 1,172+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | June 2, 2006 | Brian Whitmore
    When Russian prosecutors opened a criminal case against journalist Vladimir Rakhmanov for writing a satirical Internet article calling President Vladimir Putin the nation's "phallic symbol," it raised eyebrows. But a case that began as an odd curiosity in Russia's Ivanovo Oblast is quickly becoming an international cause. Reporters Without Borders has taken up Rakhmankov's case as part of what it calls a campaign to preserve Internet press freedom in Russia and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union. With print and broadcast journalism already subject to heavy-handed state control, free-press advocates are increasingly looking to save the Internet as the region's...
  • Russia seeks thaw in frosty rhetoric

    05/17/2006 1:38:51 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 389+ views
    The Times ^ | May 17, 2006 | Richard Beeston
    The Kremlin chief of staff puts a positive spin on disagreements with the WestTHE Kremlin has launched a diplomatic offensive to repair frayed relations between Russia and the West and rescue preparations for a key summit that President Putin will host in St Petersburg this summer. Amid fears of a return to Cold War suspicion, the Russian presidential chief of staff made an unprecedented visit to Downing Street this week to defuse tensions that could undermine the annual G8 meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders. Sergei Sobyanin, who held talks with Jonathan Powell, his British counterpart, said that he...
  • Mismatch of the Century

    05/12/2006 1:24:04 PM PDT · by lizol · 31 replies · 749+ views
    Transitions Online ^ | 11 May 2006 | Justin Burke
    Mismatch of the Century by Justin Burke 11 May 2006 As the United States enters a potential Cold War II with Russia, it has one hand tied behind its back. From EurasiaNet. It was just about five years ago when President George W. Bush said he looked into the soul of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and pronounced that their meeting was “the beginning of a very constructive relationship.” Now, amid sharp geopolitical maneuvering in the Caucasus and Central Asia, the United States and Russia seem to be girding for Cold War II. Unlike the epic conflict during the last...
  • Putin’s New Deal

    05/11/2006 11:48:50 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 503+ views ^ | May 11, 2006 | Vladimir Frolov
    President Vladimir Putin gave his annual address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday, and there are several things that make this year’s presidential address notable. One is that it comes very close to outlining the contours of Putin’s desired political legacy, which could be described as the New Deal and the Great Society mixed together in one strategy for securing a more just and effective distribution of Russia’s new wealth among its people. It is no coincidence that Putin opened his speech with a strongly worded quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt: “We have stepped on toes, and we will continue...
  • Putin takes swipe at hungry America's 'Comrade Wolf'

    05/10/2006 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies · 2,102+ views
    London Times ^ | May 10, 2006 | Philippe Naughton
    President Vladimir Putin took a swipe at the hungry "wolf" of America today in a strident state-of-the-nation address in which he said that post-Soviet Russia should build up its economic and military might. In his seventh annual address as president, Mr Putin also promised to tackle Russia's falling birthrate, saying that falling population levels were Russia's "most pressing problem". But the main thrust of his speech was on the need to bolster security. Mr Putin said that Russia needed a strong military not only to guard against potential attackers but also to resist foreign political pressure. His comments betray increased...
  • Putin: arms race with US is not over

    05/10/2006 1:03:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 60 replies · 29,119+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 10/05/2006
    Vladimir Putin has pledged to build up Russia's military to rival "fortress" America, and insisted the Cold War arms race is far from over. In an unexpectedly belligerent state of the nation address on Russian TV, the Russian president accused the US of putting its own interests before its democratic ideals, and compared the country to a voracious wolf. "We are aware what is going on in the world," he said. "Comrade wolf knows whom to eat, he eats without listening, and he's clearly not going to listen to anyone." He added: "It is premature to speak of the end...
  • ¿Y tu, Evo? : [Willy Sutton Theory of Government ?]

    05/06/2006 7:10:56 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 16 replies · 692+ views
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | May 5, 2006 | Bill Bonner
    If Willy Sutton were alive today, he’d be eyeing the oil industry. Sutton, you’ll remember, was once asked why he robbed banks. “‘Cause that’s where the money is,” he replied. According to our sources, Evo Morales may be doing a Willy Sutton number. As candidate for President, he promised the Bolivian peasants a big pay increase. Then, when he got into office, the mean people at the national treasury had a little talk with him. “Where was the money going to come from?” they wanted to know. Evo looked around. He was losing popularity fast. What did the country have...
  • Many Fear Russia Slipping Into Secrecy

    04/22/2006 5:26:24 PM PDT · by mazack · 53 replies · 656+ views
    AP (via Yahoo News) ^ | 4/22/2006 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer
    MOSCOW - For the Soviet Union, Chernobyl was a catalyst that forced the government into an unprecedented show of openness that paved the way for reforms leading to the Soviet collapse. But 20 years after the nuclear disaster, many fear Russia is slipping back into its old, secretive ways. The Kremlin didn't publicly admit the accident until two days after the April 26, 1986, explosion and then only in vague terms and after officials in Sweden, some 700 miles away, raised worldwide alarm about sharply increased levels of radiation apparently coming from the Soviet Union. Soviet authorities long had failed...
  • China, Russia welcome Iran into the fold

    04/19/2006 6:46:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies · 1,618+ views
    Asia Times ^ | April 18, 2006
    China, Russia welcome Iran into the fold M K Bhadrakumar April 18, 2006 The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which maintained it had no plans for expansion, is now changing course. Mongolia, Iran, India and Pakistan, which previously had observer status, will become full members. SCO's decision to welcome Iran into its fold constitutes a political statement. Conceivably, SCO would now proceed to adopt a common position on the Iran nuclear issue at its summit meeting June 15. Speaking in Beijing as recently as January 16, the organization's secretary general Zhang Deguang had been quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying:...
  • Anonymous Iraqi provides details of Russian and Syrian assistance

    04/13/2006 9:36:59 AM PDT · by jrooney · 10 replies · 685+ views
    Ray Robison ^ | 04-13-06 | Ray Robison
    Ray: Sammi provides a partial translation of a notebook that appears to be from an Iraqi connected with the former SSO. The Center for Non-Proliferation Studies describes the SSO: If authentic, this document helps to establish the role that Syria played with Iraq as an arms provider. A lot of people may not realize this but Syria provided Iraq with many conventional munitions before the Gulf War and after. It is a little easier to accept the "Mission Impossible" sounding plot that Saddam moved remaining WMD to Syria if you realize they were sneaking weapons across the border all the...
  • SCO Secretariat to be reorganized, renamed

    04/12/2006 10:38:44 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 379+ views
    Interfax (RU) ^ | August 13, 2006
    BEIJING. April 13 (Interfax-China) - The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's summit, due to be held on June 15 2006, will discuss the issue of renaming and reforming the organization's secretariat, said the SCO's Executive Secretary Zhang Deguang. "The Secretariat was set up at the organization's onset. The SCO has gone through significant change and development, which requires that the Secretariat be reorganized and renamed," Zhang said. The upcoming summit will also address the issue of granting the status of permanent members to individual observer states, at their request, he said. Regarding talks between the SCO defense ministers, set for the...
  • Putin Accused of Plagiarizing Thesis

    03/27/2006 5:48:45 AM PST · by Mazepa · 22 replies · 483+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | March 27, 2006
    Large parts of an economics thesis written by President Vladimir Putin in the mid-1990s were lifted straight out of a U.S. management textbook published 20 years earlier, The Washington Times reported Saturday, citing researchers at the Brookings Institution. It was unclear, however, whether Putin had even read the thesis, which might have been intended to impress the Western investors who were flooding into St. Petersburg in the mid-1990s, the report said. Putin oversaw the city's foreign economic relations at the time. Clifford Gaddy, a senior fellow at Brookings, said 16 of the 20 pages that open the thesis' key second...
  • Russian Spy Agency Denies Pentagon Report ~

    03/25/2006 4:34:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 110 replies · 2,849+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 25, 2006 at 11:41:26 PST | JUDITH INGRAM ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's foreign spy agency denied Saturday that Moscow gave Saddam Hussein information on U.S. troop movements and plans during the invasion of Iraq, while analysts speculated the Pentagon claim was tied to a growing rift between the West and the Kremlin. A Pentagon report Friday cited two captured Iraqi documents as saying Russia obtained information from sources "inside the American Central Command" in Qatar and passed battlefield intelligence to Saddam through the former Russian ambassador in Baghdad, Vladimir Titorenko. The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service dismissed the claims. "Similar, baseless accusations concerning Russia's intelligence have been made more...
  • Putin accused of plagiarising his PhD thesis

    03/25/2006 10:19:43 PM PST · by ncountylee · 40 replies · 1,211+ views
    timesonline ^ | March 26, 2006 | Tony Allen-Mills
    THE career of President Vladimir Putin of Russia was built at least in part on a lie, according to US researchers. A new study of an economics thesis written by Putin in the mid-1990s has revealed that large chunks of it were copied from an American text. Putin was labelled a plagiarist yesterday after a pair of researchers at the Brookings Institution, a Washington DC think tank, established that the Russian president’s academic credentials were based on a dissertation he had lifted in part verbatim from the Russian translation of a management study written by two professors at the University...
  • Moscow on the fence

    03/16/2006 11:29:52 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 322+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2006
    Russia is the lead supplier for Iranian civilian nuclear efforts, having sold Tehran a $1.2 billion nuclear reactor at Bushehr, which is scheduled to be completed this year. Also, Moscow plans to supply Iran with up to five more reactors at a cost of up to $10 billion, which can be used to produce fissile material. In December, Russia announced its intention to sell Iran $700 million worth of short-range surface-to-air missiles, and is reportedly negotiating a sale of long-range SA-10 anti-aircraft missiles. These weapons could be deployed in an air-defense system that could make it extremely difficult for the...

    03/11/2006 6:58:31 PM PST · by strategofr · 29 replies · 977+ views
    financial ^ | 03.10.2006 | by J. R. Nyquist (or was it Elvis?)
    Russian generals and anti-American propagandists would like you to believe that George W. Bush was behind 9/11, or else it was “the Jews.” Anti-Semitism is alive and well today, from the “historical revisionists” who say the holocaust never happened to the obnoxious conspiracy nuts who believe that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are authentic. Anti-American and anti-Jewish propaganda are of a piece. The one set of lies is related to the other, as the fate of the Jewish people in World War II foreshadows the fate of the American people in World War III. Extermination of the hated...
  • US human rights report hurts bilateral ties, says Russia

    03/11/2006 5:09:36 AM PST · by Flavius · 13 replies · 267+ views
    jang ^ | March 11, 2006 | na
    MOSCOW: Moscow denounced on Friday an official US report criticizing the state of human rights in Russia, saying it smacked of double standards and could damage relations between the states. The annual report released on Wednesday by the US State Department was "not objective" and posed a threat to "the normal development" of relations between the governments, the foreign ministry said here in a statement. Its spokesman, Mikhail Kamynin, pointedly mentioned allegations of US rights abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. The government of President Vladimir Putin came in for stinging criticism in the Washington report, which singled out the "continued...
  • U.S. Should Warn Russia Over Its "Soviet" Middle East Policy

    03/07/2006 11:21:20 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 318+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | March 6, 2006 | Ariel Cohen
    In recent weeks, Russia has distanced itself from positions on the Middle East that it once held in common with the U.S. and the European Union. In February, Russia negotiated with Iran to establish a joint uranium-enrichment venture to supply nuclear reactor fuel to the Islamic Republic. As well, it is selling anti-aircraft missiles to Syria. And on March 3, a high ranking delegation of the Hamas terrorist organization visited Moscow at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visits Washington to discuss the Middle East on March 6-7, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice should inform...
  • Gorbachev chides US for 'superiority'

    03/02/2006 2:44:52 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 72 replies · 3,456+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3 March 2006 | Marina Lapenkova
    FORMER Soviet leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Mikhail Gorbachev has turned 75, bitter that the end of the Cold War has left the United States with what he called a "superiority complex". "It would be in everyone's interest if that big country America recovered from that disease," he said. Mr Gorbachev, who launched the democratic and economic reforms that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, described the end of the Cold War as a gift that the United States has squandered. He also denounced growing Russophobia, saying "some in the West would like to...
  • Italian Panel: Soviets Behind Pope Attack

    03/02/2006 7:20:10 AM PST · by Vaquero · 38 replies · 867+ views
    AP/YAHOO ^ | 03-02-06 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    Italian Panel: Soviets Behind Pope Attack By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 31 minutes ago ROME - An Italian parliamentary commission concluded "beyond any reasonable doubt" that the Soviet Union was behind the 1981 attempt to kill Pope John Paul II — a theory long alleged but never proved, according to a draft report made available Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT The commission held that the pope was a danger to the Soviet bloc because of his support for the Solidarity labor movement in his native Poland. Solidarity was the first free trade union in communist eastern Europe. "This commission...
  • The Devil Comes Back From Georgia (Stalin's resurgence in Russia - God help us!)

    02/28/2006 9:47:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 89 replies · 3,688+ views
    Reason ^ | February 28, 2006 | Cathy Young
    Stalin's resurgence in Russia Two events last week starkly illustrate the dilemmas of countries grappling with a terrible past. In Austria, Holocaust denier David Irving received a three-year jail sentence for his public assertions that the Nazis did not carry out a systematic extermination of the Jews during World War II. Meanwhile, in Russia, as the country marked the 50th anniversary of its official turn away from Stalinism under Nikita Khrushchev, many people regard the late dictator's legacy as mostly positive—and a new museum celebrating that legacy is about to open. Irving's sentence reflects Europe's hard-line approach to its Nazi...
  • The Iraqi WMDs and the Russian Military Strategyin the Middle East

    02/27/2006 10:29:29 AM PST · by inpajamas · 37 replies · 1,151+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | 02/27/2006 | David Dastych
    In the 1970s and 1980s there were several indications about Saddam Hussein’s development of the WMD programs (biological, chemical and nuclear). The Israeli attack on the Iraqi French-made Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 slowed down the progress of the Iraq’s nuclear weapons program but the biological and chemical WMDs were highly developed, due to the Soviet assistance, Iraqi scientists and a sophisticated system of procurement, organized by the Iraqi Intelligence in Western Europe and in other parts of the World. The nuclear weapons program was never abandoned by the regime, and before the first Gulf War (1991) Iraq was very...
  • The speech Russia wants to forget

    02/24/2006 3:18:28 PM PST · by lizol · 18 replies · 1,066+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 23 February 2006 | Tim Whewell
    The speech Russia wants to forget By Tim Whewell BBC News It was a speech so shocking that even 50 years on, Nikolai Baibakov refuses point-blank to describe what he heard that day - a devastating attack on the man he worshipped above all others. The retired Communist Party official, now 91, can reel off scores of statistics of industrial production and oil extraction in the 1950s. But he tries every stratagem to avoid recalling the cataclysmic event to which he is one of the very few surviving witnesses. It was the secret final session of the 20th party congress...
  • Venezuela Receives First Shipment of Russian Military Helicopters

    02/22/2006 6:50:01 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 108 replies · 7,032+ views
    VOA news ^ | 2/22/2006 | By VOA News
    Venezuela has received the first three of at least 10 military helicopters purchased from Russia. Military officials say the three MI-17 helicopters arrived Tuesday in Caracas. Venezuela bought the helicopters as part of a $120 million deal signed last March. Caracas also agreed last year to buy 100,000 Russian-made Kalashnikov assault rifles. U.S. officials have criticized the deals, saying they could trigger an arms race, destabilizing the region. MI-17s can be used in an assault role or as a transport craft. Venezuelan military officials say the helicopters will be used to patrol the border with neighboring Colombia. The remaining helicopters...