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  • "Vote, vote for revenge..."

    07/08/2014 8:41:35 AM PDT · by mononymous · 1 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 7/8/2014 | Mononymous1
    The historical review of this exhortation, made by Barack Obama in 2012, will some day reflect that it captured the essence of what his intentions were and what we have come to witness in his second term as President. To the millions who ignored the debacle that was his first term, congratulations on enabling and exacting your revenge. It should be clear that Mr. Obama’s current preoccupation is finishing his “transformation” of this nation. In foreign affairs, his administration appears to be either befuddled or else apathetic to what has been happening. Iraq is falling apart and Afghanistan will follow....
  • UKRAINE & BULGARIA: Bulgaria meets Lavrov on official visit [VIDEO]

    07/08/2014 4:29:57 AM PDT · by · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/7/2014 | Asen Genov
    Welcoming the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgarian citizens welcome Russia's minister of foreign affairs Mr Lavrov, thereby shouting: "Putin-huylo" and "This isn't Moscow!"
  • Soviet defector's trove of KGB secrets released

    07/06/2014 10:27:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 06, 2014 | Associated Press
    CAMBRIDGE, England – The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage. Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who's who of Soviet spying — were released Monday after being held in secret for two decades.
  • Putin at Fateful Crossroads on Ukraine, Says Illarionov

    07/05/2014 3:06:42 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 8 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 5th 2014 | Andrei Illarionov
    Putin at Fateful Crossroads on Ukraine, Says Illarionov Editor July 5, 2014 Print FriendlyAndrei Illarionov, an economist and former advisor to the Putin administration, posted this blog at Ekho Moskvy 07:49 on 5 July, possibly before the news of the fleeing of the Slavyansk separatists and Col. Strelkov’s demobilization order had reached him (see our Ukrainian Liveblog), although this news has not been confirmed. Translation by The Interpreter. Operation “Strategic Blackmail” In the last 48 hours, the Russian authorities have implemented a special operation unprecedented in scale and resources used to blackmail Western leaders, the Ukrainian leadership, and Russian society...
  • Putin Wishes Obama a Happy July 4 ‘Despite Differences’

    07/04/2014 4:13:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin congratulated US counterpart Barack Obama on America’s Independence Day Friday and expressed hope that bilateral relations would “successfully develop” despite their disagreements. Putin predicted that relations between Russia and the United States “will successfully develop on a pragmatic and equal foundation despite the difficulties and differences,” the Kremlin said. The two former Cold War adversaries “carry special responsibility for ensuring international stability and security” and “must cooperate in the interests of not just their own people, but the entire world,” Putin said.
  • The BRICs Are Morphing Into An Anti-Dollar Alliance (Obama/Putin working together to kill US dollar)

    07/03/2014 5:04:47 PM PDT · by free_life · 7 replies ^ | 07/02/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Sergey Glaziev the head of the Russian central bank in her discussion with Vladimir Putin, unveiled an elegant technical solution for this problem and left a clear hint regarding the members of the anti-dollar alliance that is being created by the efforts of Moscow and Beijing. On June 10th, Sergey Glaziev, Putin's economy advisor published an article outlining the need to establish an international alliance of countries willing to get rid of the dollar in international trade and refrain from using dollars in their currency reserves. The ultimate goal would be to break the Washington's money printing machine that is...
  • Jewish group cuts funding for Kiev office over criticism of Putin

    07/03/2014 6:55:28 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 1 replies
    JTA ^ | 7/3/2014 | News Brief
    An organization representing Russian-speaking Jews cut funding for its Kiev office because of the office head’s criticism of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, or EAJC, in February stopped funding its Kiev office, which is run by Josef Zissels, he told JTA Thursday. “I don’t know for sure why they stopped the funding, but I think it may be connected to my statements on Russia,” said Zissels, chairman of the Vaad Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, and a vice president of the World Jewish Congress. Zissels was outspoken against Russia’s actions in Ukraine, including its...
  • Russian Separatists Trick Journalists And Mothers Into The Line Of Fire

    07/02/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT · by Agog · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/02/2014 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    News services throughout the world carried dramatic video of a mortally wounded Channel One Russian journalist lying on the floor of a minibus as those around him sought in vain to save his life. Among the bus’s occupants were women, said to be mothers of the Ukrainian soldiers in the garrison outside of Donetsk, who had opened fire on the minibus. For video, see Thanks to the eyewitness account of a journalist, we learn that the Russian separatists deliberately sent reporters and mothers of soldiers into the line of fire, hoping to gain a propaganda coup from their...
  • Putin Accuses US of 'Blackmailing' France Out of Warship Sale

    07/01/2014 1:13:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies ^ | July 1, 2014
    President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Tuesday of using fines against French banks to "blackmail" Paris into calling off its sale of Mistral warships to Russia as punishment for Moscow's role in the conflict in Ukraine. U.S. authorities imposed a record fine of almost $9 billion against French bank BNP Paribas, which pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges following accusations that it had violated U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and Iran. "We know about the pressure that our American partners are putting on France to stop the sale of Mistrals to Russia," Putin told Russian ambassadors gathered...
  • Exclusive: Putin’s Pilots Set to Fly Over Iraq

    07/02/2014 12:29:19 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 07/01/14 | Josh Rogin
    Russia may not have boots on the ground in Iraq—yet. But it will have them in the sky; Russian pilots could be flying over Iraq within days. While the Obama administration struggles to speed up delivery of U.S. military assistance to the government of Iraq, Vladimir Putin has already delivered not only fighter jets but also the pilots needed to fly them, diplomatic sources told The Daily Beast. On Monday, Russian television trumpeted the arrival of the first five of 12 promised Sukhoi Su-25 combat fighter jets to the Iraqi government, saying it had also sent “trainers” to help the...
  • Kerry warns Russia as peace talks falter [White House still weighing options]

    07/02/2014 12:56:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Secretary of State John Kerry voiced his “strong concern” to Moscow on Tuesday as peace talks between pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and the government in Kiev appeared on the brink of collapse. Kerry told Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a call that he was upset by "the refusal of Russian-supported separatists to take the necessary steps and provide the kinds of assurances” to allow a ceasefire and further negotiations, according to a State Department spokesperson. "He reiterated our support for the Ukrainians and their right to defend themselves and highlighted the efforts the Ukrainian government had made to reach...
  • Pro-Russian rebel volunteers ready to take fight to Ukraine front lines

    07/02/2014 12:15:55 AM PDT · by wetphoenix
    The Japan Times ^ | Anna Malpas
    DONETSK, UKRAINE – They may not get proper uniforms or much training but from former policemen to Soviet Army veterans a growing number of volunteers in east Ukraine are signing up with insurgents to battle government troops. Vladislav, dressed in a black bulletproof vest and cradling a Kalashnikov rifle, guarded the entrance to his rebel barracks in the rebel controlled-city of Donetsk. On his chest was a sticker saying: “I’m from Donetsk and I’m proud of it.” The 25-year-old ex-cop said he had joined the pro-Russian separatist movement just two weeks previously. The self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” is actively recruiting...
  • UKRAINE: A star in honor of the Russian President named Putin Huilo (now THIS is hysterical!) VIDEOS Ukrainian astronomers, together with international colleagues at the request of Other activists have called a star in honor of the famous folk song "Putin-Hujlo!" (Putin-Huilo!). Star named within the project "PALE BLUE DOT", which is the international organization "White Dwarf Research Corporation to support astronomical research. The celestial coordinates of the Star: right ascension: 18 h 59 m 47.09 s Slope: 46 * 26 ' 44 ', ' magnitude: 11. Number the stars in the international directory: KIC 9696936: Star rozstašovana in the field of view of the telescope "Kepler" (between the constellation Lyra and Swan). Close proximity to...
  • Iraq’s Christians See Putin As Savior

    06/29/2014 9:03:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6/29/14 | Peter Schwartzstein
    Reeling from regional developments and disillusioned with the West, some Iraqi Christians are looking to Russia for support.After a decade of church bombings, targeted killings, and anti-Christian workplace discrimination, Ramy Youssef has finally tired of Iraq’s halting progress and is intent on emigrating. “I don’t want to leave. I don’t want these terrorists to do what no one’s ever done before: push Assyrians out of our historic homeland, but I can’t work like this,” said the fresh-faced IT technician, his voice rising, as he sipped tea in his cousin’s Erbil liquor store a month after death threats forced him to...
  • Target ISIS: First Batch of Russian Fighter Jets Arrives in Iraq

    06/29/2014 12:49:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 47 replies
    Russia Today ^ | June 29, 2014 | Staff
    The first delivery of Russian Sukhoi fighter jets arrived in Iraq on Saturday, the country’s Defense Ministry said. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping the jets will make a key difference in the fight against ISIS. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense on Sunday confirmed receiving five Su-25 fighter jets in accordance with the deal with Moscow. The jets were delivered by a Russian An-124 transport plane in a dismantled state, and are expected to be set up and become operational within 3-4 days. “The Sukhoi Su-25 is an air-ground support and anti-terrorism mission aircraft. In these difficult times, we...
  • Russian Patriarch Honors Communist Party Leader

    06/28/2014 8:07:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies ^ | June 27, 2014
    T he head of the Russian Orthodox Church has awarded Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov with an order for "glory and honor." Patriarch Kirill gave the order to Zyuganov in Moscow on June 27, one day after the longtime communist leader celebrated his 70th birthday. Kirill said Zyuganov -- who in 2010 called for the re-Stalinization of Russia and has called the Soviet Union "the most humane state in human history" -- deserves the award as "one of the most famous Russian politicians who has expressed interest in the welfare of the nation and the protection of traditional moral values."...
  • Churkin advises US to use $500 million better than on Syrian rebels (Russian UN Ambassador)

    06/27/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 18 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | June 27, 2014 | Staff
    THE UNITED NATIONS, June 27. /ITAR-TASS/. The US plans to spend $500 million for training and outfitting Syrian rebels is a step in the wrong direction, Russian Permanent Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday. In his words, 500 million dollars is “a very big sum of money.” “I am sure that it is possible to spend it for something more useful,” he told a news conference at the Russian Permanent Mission at the UN. “They (the United States) put the situation on the wrong track,” the diplomat said. He said with regret that the US “adds fuel...
  • Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets Will Turn Tide (Putin Punks Obama Again)

    06/26/2014 4:15:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 80 replies
    The BBC ^ | Wednesday, June 26, 2014 Last updated at 17:22 ET
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days. "God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists' dens," he said. He said that the process of buying US jets had been "long-winded" and that the militants' advance could have been avoided if air cover had been in place. Isis and its Sunni Muslim allies seized large parts of Iraq this month. Mr Maliki was speaking to the BBC's Arabic service in his first interview for...
  • Klimkin wants to block Yanukovych money for terrorists

    06/26/2014 12:02:22 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Ukrinform ^ | 26.06.2014 09:15 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 26 /Ukrinform/. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has a lot of evidence indicating that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is sponsoring terrorists in the Donbas.
  • Russia's senate revokes Putin's power to use military in Ukraine

    06/25/2014 7:45:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-25-2014 | Laura Smith-Spark and Alla Eshchenko
    Russia's upper house of parliament voted Wednesday to revoke the right of President Vladimir Putin to use Russian troops in Ukraine, as efforts to calm a separatist uprising in Ukraine's east continue. The Federation Council had approved Putin's request for a resolution allowing for the use of force on March 1. But on Tuesday, the President sent a letter to the speaker of the upper house asking it to cancel the resolution. Only one senator voted against revoking the powers Wednesday, with 153 in favor. Putin's request was made in light of ongoing talks on how to settle the crisis...
  • Does Vladimir Putin Have God on His Side Regarding Ukraine?

    06/25/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 13 replies ^ | 25 June 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    “In principle, Ukraine does not independently exist,” said Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill i during a June 18 address. Ukraine is instead part of “the historical territory of Russia,” the patriarch said, according to a report by the Kiev-based Espreso tv. Such a stance on Ukraine mirrors that of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2005, Mr. Putin said the demise of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Ever since, his prime objective has been the rebuilding of Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery—especially in Ukraine. Although Putin never tried to hide what he...
  • The Merger of the Party and the State

    06/25/2014 5:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Here at SteynOnline every cutting-edge pop culture reference has to be at least three-quarters of a century old. So, watching the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, I found him a dead ringer for Guy Kibbee, the beaming befuddled sugar daddy who was a mainstay at Warner Brothers in the early Thirties. Mr Koskinen is a Democrat sugar daddy who has given generously to his party since the Seventies: He's not the kind of sober civil servant you'd appoint if you were looking to signal to America that King Barack's revenue collectors are cleaning house and returning, chastened, to their previous role...
  • Our Ruling Class

    06/25/2014 12:59:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | June 24, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    There are two sorts of stock human dramas that play out in every age of history. The first concerns people who were once rich but are now discovering they are poor. The second is their opposite; people who were once poor who suddenly realize they are rich. Years ago there were riveting accounts in a Manila newspaper about a man, whose surname was a byword for inherited wealth, pathetically resisting eviction from his ancestral home. The man — who gave his occupation as artist — sat disconsolate in the driveway of his former home, surrounded by his books, records and...
  • With Putin in Vienna, Gazprom signs Austria pipeline deal

    ienna (AFP) - Coinciding with a visit to Vienna by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian energy giant Gazprom on Tuesday signed a deal with Austria's OMV approving the EU country's section of the controversial South Stream pipeline. The crisis in Ukraine has made the planned pipeline bringing Siberian gas to the European Union -- bypassing Ukraine -- a new focus of tensions between Moscow, Brussels and Washington. EU member Bulgaria earlier this month said it was suspending work on building its section of the multi-billion-euro (-dollar) project following pressure from the EU and the United States. The European Commission has...
  • Putin says US trying to derail gas pipeline plan

    <p>VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. is trying to derail a project to build a gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine to supply Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after Russian and Austrian energy firms agreed to build the pipeline's western end.</p>
  • Are We Still One Nation Under God?

    06/24/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 18 replies
    Eagle Forum Blog ^ | 6/18/14 | Phyllis Schlafly
    It certainly was a shock when the president of Russia lectured Americans that we are “becoming godless.” In his last “state of the nation” speech, Vladimir Putin told Russia that the United States was moving away from Christian values. Back in the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan was making similar comments about Russia! So is the United States still one nation under God? In a recent article, Dr. Ben Carson says yes. Americans still live in a culture that operates under many of Christianity’s basic assumptions about life. But with increasing numbers of Americans becoming reluctant to mention God in public, we...
  • Interview: In Crimea, Putin Has 'Lost His Mind'

    06/23/2014 5:12:43 AM PDT · by annalex · 11 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | March 03, 2014 | Andrei Zubov
    Interview: In Crimea, Putin Has 'Lost His Mind' Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to deploy troops across the strategic Ukrainian region of Crimea has sparked an international outcry. Many Russians, too, are indignant. One of the most stinging attacks so far has come from Andrei Zubov, a noted political commentator who has compared Putin to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Zubov, a 62-year-old historian and professor of philosophy at the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO), spoke to RFE/RL's Claire Bigg. RFE/RL: On March 1, you published a column in Russia's "Vedomosti" daily in which you compare Russian...
  • 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.
  • Back in the USSR: Belarusian leader who helped bury Soviet Union says it is making a comeback

    06/11/2014 9:55:41 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies ^ | June 10, 2014 | Mark Rice-Oxley
    The man who convened the meeting that buried the Soviet Union in 1991 has warned that it is being restored in his native Belarus and across the post-Soviet space. Stanislav Shushkevich – the politician who hosted the 1991 summit at which Belarus, Ukraine and Russia signed the USSR into obsolescence and paved the way for independence – said a mixture of despotic leaders, KGB-revivalism and Putin’s Ukraine interference all remind him of the worst of the Soviet Union. “What we see now is the restoration of Soviet order, in Belarus most of all,” Shushkevich said in his study in the modest central Minsk...
  • Report: Polish minister says US ties worthless

    06/22/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2014 8:26 AM EDT | Vanessa Gera
    A Polish magazine said Sunday it has obtained recordings of a conversation in which Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski says the country’s strong alliance with the U.S. “isn’t worth anything” and is “even harmful because it creates a false sense of security.” In a short transcript of the conversation, a person identified as Sikorski by the magazine Wprost tells former finance minister, Jacek Rostowski, that Poles naïvely believe the U.S. bolsters their security. Using vulgar language, the person argues that such beliefs are nonsense, and that the Polish-U.S. alliance alienates the Russians and Germans. There has been no official confirmation that...
  • Russia Reignites The Proxy War: Putin Offers "Complete Support" To Iraq PM Scorned By Obama

    06/21/2014 7:50:30 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 34 replies ^ | 06/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Two days ago, before it was formalized that the US tacitly, if not explicitly, now supports the removal of the Iraqi Prime Minister whom it itself had helped elect, we summarized the geopolitical tensions and "national interests" in Iraq, which is shaping up to be a proxy war that makes last year's Syrian escapade pale by comparison, as follows: ...
  • State Department says why Russia accumulating tanks on border with Ukraine

    06/21/2014 1:18:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 21.06.2014 14:16 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 21 /Ukrinform/. The United States does not rule out that Russia is accumulating tanks on the border with Ukraine in order to support separatist militants. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said this at a briefing on Friday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported. "We are confident, as we said last Friday, that Russia last week sent takes and rocket launchers from a deployment site in southwest Russia into eastern Ukraine. We have information that additional tanks have been prepared for departure from this same deployment site, and that's more recently," Psaki said. In addition, she said, the State Department has...
  • Putin Orders Central Russian Troops On 'Full Combat Alert'

    06/21/2014 8:23:05 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 21 2014 | Hunter Walker
    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops in central Russia to be on "full combat alert" Saturday as a new wave of attacks by rebels supportive of his regime placed pressure on a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine. According to Agence France-Presse, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies the order took effect Saturday morning. "In accordance with his (Putin's) order, from 11:00 am Moscow time (0700 GMT) the troops of the central military district ... have been put on full combat alert," Shoigu was quoted as saying. Putin's order came about 13 hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered...
  • Vladimir Putin orders Russian troops onto 'combat alert' as Ukraine fighting spills across border

    06/21/2014 8:03:03 AM PDT · by mykroar · 4 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 6/21/14 | By Roland Oliphant, Moscow
    Vladimir Putin has ordered troops in central Russia onto “combat alert” in snap military drills a day after confirming the country is beefing up its presence on the Ukrainian border. The move, which will not affect troops stationed on the Ukrainian border, follows a series of reports of fighting in eastern Ukraine spilling over the frontier into Russia. Announcing the move on Saturday morning Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defence minister, said the drills would run from June 21 to June 28. “In accordance with [Mr Putin’s] order, from 11.00am Moscow time the troops of the central military district as well...
  • Russia puts forces in central part of the country on combat alert

    06/21/2014 5:23:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 35 replies ^ | June 21, 2014 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered military forces in central Russia on combat alert as well as a drill of airborne troops, a day after Ukraine ordered a cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. [....] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week, the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the fighting that has killed hundreds. The Kremlin dismissed the plan, saying it sounded like an ultimatum and lacked any firm offer to open talks with insurgents.
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels

    06/21/2014 5:19:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:05pm EDT | Richard Balmforth
    (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns. In Moscow, the Kremlin, whose support Poroshenko needs for his plan to end the insurgency in the rebellious east, denounced the ceasefire as an ultimatum to separatists rather than a peace offering.
  • Putin speaks to Iraqi PM, expresses support

    06/20/2014 12:28:44 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | AP
    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken by phone to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, expressing Moscow’s support for his action against the militant offensive. Putin confirmed Russia’s “full support for the Iraqi government’s action to quickly free the territory of the republic from terrorists,” the Kremlin said, adding that Putin and al-Maliki also discussed bilateral cooperation.
  • Russia’s top 40 lies about Ukraine

    06/20/2014 10:35:39 AM PDT · by Agog · 15 replies ^ | 06/18/2014 | Julia Davis
    Russia’s aggressive propaganda machine keeps churning out falsehoods, provocations and outright lies about the situation in Ukraine. In spite of being repeatedly exposed, it shows no signs of slowing down. Disinformation is being laid on thick and poured out in a variety of forums: streaming down from the Kremlin, to Russia’s mainstream media, on to bloggers, down to useful idiots and hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine and spread vitriol, hatred and blatant lies all over the social media.
  • Interesting times

    06/20/2014 10:21:58 AM PDT · by cuban leaf · 22 replies
    Vanity | 6/20/2014 | Cuban Leaf
    May you live in interesting times – Chinese curse As a student of WWII, I was always amazed at how people could watch what happened to Poland (and to a lesser degree, Austria) and allow Germany to become a serious threat to the world. I now understand, because the same scenario is unfolding today as I pen these words, and little is being done about it, nor will it be until world powers reach a “now or never” point regarding their perception of the risk as they did, eventually, after the fall of Poland. But it takes a leader, conspicuously...
  • Westerners Say He’s Out of Touch, But Putin’s Popularity Is Soaring High Over Ukraine

    06/19/2014 1:54:34 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 12 replies ^ | June 19, 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and his toughened stance toward Ukraine unleashed a flurry of international outrage. It even prompted some Westerners to question Mr. Putin’s awareness and sanity. “It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century,” United States Secretary of State John Kerry said. Putin is “in another world,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Putin has lost it,” the New Republic wrote. These statements paint a picture of a lunatic czar stuck in a bygone era. A man who is rapidly losing his marbles on the streets of Moscow, and inadvertently kindling wars in the process. But...
  • Blowback! U.S. trained ISIS at secret Jordan base

    06/17/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by detective · 108 replies
    WND ^ | 6/16/2014 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any...
  • The Bankers Want Putin’s Head

    06/18/2014 10:37:05 AM PDT · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Fig Trees and Vineyards ^ | 5-24-2014 | Ariadna Theokopoulos
    The international bankers want Putin’s head and they have $20,000,000,000 painful reasons. A recent revelation by a French source details Putin’s incredible double coup that made Russia gain $20 billion in a few days and recover most of the shares owned by West European and American investors in Russia’s largest energy companies. The foreign (American and European) ownership of a large portion of shares in the energy industry meant that almost half of the revenues of the gas and oil industry did not go into the coffers of the Russian Federation, but into the pockets of Western financial ‘sharks,’ as...
  • This Will Be the Primary Reason for World War III

    06/17/2014 12:31:56 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 26 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | June 17 2014 | Dave Hodges
    The Bank of International Settlements Even if Putin and Obama fail to realize the obvious, they are playing for the same team in a script that has been written for them to play out, the script will culminate in World War III. The grand master controlling the world’s central banks needs World War III to happen. They need a war to unify the planet, socially, politically, economically and religiously. We are soon to learn the meaning of the popular NWO phrase, “Out of chaos comes order”.The Death of the Dollar Is the Motivating Force Behind WW III Russia is...
  • Meet the Anti-Semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree

    06/17/2014 10:47:36 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | JUne 17, 2014 | James Kirchik
    Alternate Title:The US Politicians Kissing up To Russia's Putin Washington’s celebration of U.S.-Russian relations quickly turned into a pity party for the Kremlin’s die-hard American apologists. “Ukrainian and Russian women have good genes. Unlike Jewish.” I was standing in a high-ceilinged reception room at the Russian Embassy in Washington when Alex, an “attorney” of Russian-Ukrainian origin living in New York, offered this observation. We had only been making small talk for a few minutes when he aired his views on the relative attractiveness of Semitic females. At this point, I decided it would be a good idea to make a...
  • Russia’s Gazprom cuts gas to Ukraine in a new phase of their conflict

    06/16/2014 12:33:37 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | MICHAEL BIRNBAUM AND CAROL MORELLO
    Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday, a move that will inflict immediate pain on its turbulent neighbor and could eventually affect other gas-dependent European nations. The cutoff intensifies pressure on Ukraine, which is contending with an increasingly violent pro-Russian insurgency in its east and with economic challenges that were crippling even before the upheaval sparked by the ouster of Kremlin-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych in February. And if the gas flow is halted for a long time, winter stockpiles across Europe could be depleted, causing problems across the continent, particularly in eastern European countries that depend solely on...
  • Rebels Down Ukrainian Jet Killing 49; Last Ditch Negotiations to Prevent Ukraine Gas Shutoff

    06/16/2014 12:45:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | June 16, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    There are a couple of significant news items in Ukraine today, and both of them will hike tensions in the region. Earlier today Pro-Russia Rebels Down Ukraine Jet as Fighting Escalates. Pro-Russian rebels shot down a transport plane in eastern Ukraine, killing 49 servicemen and threatening to ratchet up east-west tensions over suspicions President Vladimir Putin is backing the uprising. The killing of the 40 soldiers and nine crew was the deadliest strike on Ukrainian forces since separatists seized government buildings on April 6. The IL-76 aircraft went down as it approached Luhansk airport at 1:10 a.m. local time under...
  • Russia to stop gas to Ukraine, rejects EU proposal

    06/16/2014 1:58:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.06.14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    Russian firm Gazprom is stopping gas supplies to Ukraine after talks on a new price broke down in the small hours of Monday (16 June). It said in a statement published at 10 am Moscow time—its deadline for Ukraine to pay almost $2 billion of old debt—that it is switching to “prepayment for gas supplies … Starting today, the Ukrainian company will only get the Russian gas it has paid for”. It added that Ukraine has not made prepayments for June. The situation does not mean immediate shortages for Ukraine or for EU countries which get Russian gas via Ukraine,...
  • Ukraine minister under fire for swearing about Putin

    06/15/2014 6:02:20 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 15, 2014 | Timothy Heritage and Alissa de Carbonnel
    Senior Russian parliamentarians urged Ukraine on Sunday to sack its foreign minister for calling President Vladimir Putin a "dickhead" during a violent protest outside Russia's embassy in Kiev. Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia tried to persuade protesters not to use violence at the rally on Saturday evening, during which the Russian flag was ripped up, vehicles overturned and stones and eggs thrown at the embassy. "We must fulfill our international obligations, including defending the right of Russia to have an embassy in Ukraine," he told the protesters, angered by pro-Russian separatists shooting down a military cargo plane in east Ukraine,...
  • Russia Courts Crimea’s Muslims

    06/14/2014 11:52:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    VOA ^ | June 09, 2014 7:08 PM | James Brooke
    Three months after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea, the Russian ruble is now the currency of the peninsula, and half of Crimea’s 2.3 million residents have applied for Russian passports. But there is one cloud on this Black Sea landscape—Crimea’s Muslim minority, the Tatars. A Moscow show of paintings by Crimean Tatars brings out Russia’s elite. Ravil Gainutdin, Russia’s Grand Mufti, or supreme Muslim leader, visited Crimea right after Russia’s annexation. He welcomes Crimea’s 250,000 Tatars into the family of Russia’s 20 million Muslims. “I hope that Crimean Tatars will gain decent living conditions and political representation as Russian citizens,” said...
  • Modern-Day Russian “Dupes”

    06/14/2014 11:16:42 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 115 replies ^ | April 4, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    There is absolutely no evidence, aside from rhetoric, to suggest that Russia in general and Putin in particular have been converted to Christianity. Instead, what we are witnessing is a massive Russian “active measures” campaign that has ensnared many American conservatives, convincing them that Putin is somehow a legitimate alternative to President Obama’s decadent worldview. It is troubling to see some of these conservatives endorse Russia’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine. The term “active measures” refers to influence operations that use agents of influence, disinformation and propaganda. .... Rather than embrace Christianity, the evidence shows Russia has embraced the Russian...