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  • Net Neutrality exposes Barack Obama’s not so well hidden inner Vladimir Putin

    03/03/2015 10:36:59 AM PST · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-03-15 | Vince
    On Thursday the FCC moved to regulate the Internet via what’s commonly called Net Neutrality – although like Obamacare before it was passed, we don’t know everything that’s included in it! Net Neutrality is beyond a doubt the single most despicable thing Barack Obama has done as president. (The FCC is ostensibly an independent agency, but under Obama it’s been anything but.) The big push for Net Neutrality came from Silicon Valley content companies who were whining that ISPs such as Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T were slowing or threatening to slow content that sucked up massive amounts of bandwidth....
  • How Much More Economic Pain Can Vladimir Putin Take?

    03/03/2015 12:52:13 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2 Feb 15 | Matthew Philips
    It’s been a little more than six months since the full brunt of Western sanctions took force against Russia. The punishment, while slow in coming, has proven devastatingly effective—especially when paired with the crash in oil prices.
  • Vladimir Putin's 'Time of Troubles' (VERY Educational and Informative)

    03/02/2015 6:09:42 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 02 March 2015 | Alexei Bayer
    Supporters of slaughtered Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov march in Moscow yesterday, Sunday 01 March 2015 (twitter) There is no need to discuss whether Vladimir Putin personally gave the order to kill Boris Nemtsov, or whether it was given by someone else in the Kremlin - either to make the boss happy or, conversely, to put yet another stain on his long-besmirched reputation. Or whether Nemtsov was shot by some "patriotic" right-wing ghoul, acting on his own. As deputy head of the Kremlin administration Vyacheslav Volodin declared last October, speaking at the Valdai discussion forum in Sochi: "Russia will endure only...
  • After Boris Nemtsov’s Assassination, ‘There Are No Longer Any Limits’ [Russia]

    03/01/2015 12:59:42 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | FEB. 28, 2015 | JULIA IOFFE
    On Friday evening, Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, went on a prominent Moscow radio station to exhort his fellow citizens to come out to protest President Vladimir Putin’s policies. There would be a rally on Sunday, a spring march, to demonstrate against the deepening economic crisis and Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. The most prominent Russian opposition leader, Aleksei Navalny, had been put in jail for 15 days, which just happened to be long enough to keep him from attending the rally. Nemtsov, who was older and, by now, less influential,...
  • Bulgarian President says Putin wants to ‘blow (up) the EU from inside’

    03/01/2015 12:00:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published: 27/02/2015 - 17:09 | Updated: 27/02/2015 - 17:51
    During a visit to Brussels, the President of Bulgaria, a country that depends on Russia for over 90 percent of its gas supplies, accused Vladimir Putin of planning to destroy the EU from the inside. Speaking at a conference organized by the Center of European Policy Studies (CEPS), Bulgaria’s Rossen Plevneliev said that Putin’s propaganda machine was attempting to split the member states of the European Union. The leaders who rule by force across the world have one thing in common—breaking the rules, Plevneliev said, as quoted by Vesselin Zhelev, the correspondent of ClubZ. “See how Mr. Putin today is...
  • Boris Nemtsov Joins a Long List of Murdered Putin Critics

    03/01/2015 9:32:01 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/01/2015 | David Pryce-Jones
    The murder of Boris Nemtsov in broad daylight just outside the Kremlin confirms the worst fears about Russia under President Vladimir Putin. For a man like him, wealth and power leave no room for scruples. He is probably the world’s richest man, and he is ruthlessly extending the territory of Russia. Nemtsov publicized the country’s endemic corruption, and accused Putin of aggression against Ukraine. A fortnight ago, he was predicting that Putin would have him murdered. That’s the logic of systems of this kind. Putin’s message to Nemtsov’s aged mother reads in full, “Please accept my deepest condolences in connection...
  • German tank battalion to be activated amid Russia crisis

    02/27/2015 2:04:57 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 117 replies
    dw.de ^ | Feb 27, 2015 | Deutsche Welle
    Germany plans to activate a tank battalion that exists only on paper as it seeks to increase the country's military capability. The defense minister spoke of a "changed security situation" amid the conflict in Ukraine. In a magazine interview published on Friday, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said the tank battalion, based in Bergen in the state of Lower Saxony, would receive more equipment and personnel as part of efforts to redress what she called "an investment bottleneck." She also told the magazine, which is published by the German Bundeswehr, that already existing units would be equipped with...
  • Putin's 'Hybrid' Great Terror (Nemtsov assassination)

    02/28/2015 10:11:07 AM PST · by kristinn · 32 replies
    Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | Brian Whitmore
    When reporters asked former world chess champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov who was behind the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, he dismissed the question as irrelevant. Whoever did the dirty work, he implied, would have done so only with President Vladimir Putin's blessing. "Who gave the order to kill Nemtsov? Who knows,” Kasparov said. ”But this was done not far from the Kremlin and it would have been done by Putin's cronies. Who ordered it? I don't care. Putin must be held responsible for the murder of Boris." Kasparov’s remark gets to the heart of the larger significance...
  • Murder, Intrigues, Confusions, CIA, Sodomy, Putin

    02/28/2015 9:15:32 AM PST · by juliosevero · 18 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Murder, Intrigues, Confusions, CIA, Sodomy, Putin By Julio Severo When the mass media side with homosexual activists against Christians, the public disagree. When the mass media side with Obama against the American people, the public disagree. When the mass media side with an anti-Putin version in a case involving a Putin opponent “mysteriously” murdered, does the public agree? According to Paul Craig Roberts, who was a Reagan official, the “mysterious” murder of a Putin opponent was a destabilizing plot by CIA in the spirit of Obama hostilities against Russia. And according to Dr. Scott Lively, the most prominent authority...
  • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

    02/27/2015 3:19:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/27/2015
    Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday. Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big opposition protest in months in the Russian capital. He was shot four times late on Friday night, not far from the Kremlin in the centre of Moscow. Police cars blocked the street where he was shot. An ambulance was also nearby. "Nemtsov B.E. died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in...
  • Putin Opponent Boris Nemtsov Assassinated in Moscow (Photos)

    02/27/2015 3:31:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit | 2/27/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    2003 photo via WikipediaBoris Nemtsov, a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Friday night while walking near the Kremlin, according to news reports. Jon Williams        ✔ @WilliamsJon Follow #Nemtsov killed in shadow of St Basil's Cathedral, just yards from Red Square. #Russia
  • Russia revives ‘KGB methods’ in Europe

    02/26/2015 10:10:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Feb 2015 12:42 GMT+01:00
    Russia is busily enlarging its spying network in Europe along the former Soviet KGB model because of the Ukraine crisis, Germany’s domestic intelligence chief warns. While Russian espionage has targeted European countries for many years, “distinct activities” of an old nature have been detected in information-gathering about Western responses to the conflict in Ukraine, media on Thursday quoted Hans-Georg Maaßen as saying. Some tactics of the now defunct Soviet KGB were being revived, such as targeted disinformation and supporting extremist groups with a view to destabilizing a given state, said Maaßen, who heads the Federal Office for the Protection of...
  • English-language translation of Russian 'road map' for annexing eastern Ukraine

    02/25/2015 7:20:05 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Feb. 25, 2015, 11:27 a.m. | Novaya Gazeta
    Editor's Note: This is an English-language translation done by the Kyiv Post of a leaked analytical note published by the Russian online newspaper Novaya Gazeta on Feb. 24. According to sources of Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia's last independent newspaeprs, this document was written and provided to the President Vladimir Putin's office for consideration between Feb. 4-12, 2014, the same month that the EuroMaidan Revolution drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power on Feb. 22, 2014. The following is the Novaya Gazeta introduction: Novaya Gazeta is publishing the plan for alienation by Russia of some territories of Ukraine, composed in the...
  • Putin Throws Wrench in Iran Nuke Talks

    02/23/2015 5:44:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    thefiscaltimes.com ^ | Mon, Feb 23, 2015, 8:39pm EST | Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
    In an announcement that seems certain to further inflame opinions about a proposed deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capacity, it was revealed today that Russia’s state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec has offered to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Related Stories Kerry Says Iran Extension Worth It Only If Deal Almost Done Bloomberg Iran leader says no nuclear deal better than bad one AFP World powers 'united', Kerry says ahead of new Iran nuclear talks AFP 'Significant gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks: Kerry AFP
  • Kharkiv bombers were trained in Russia, says Ukraine's Security Service

    02/22/2015 2:59:34 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    kyivpost.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | Maxim Tucker
    Four terrorists that attacked a peaceful rally in Kharkiv today were trained in Russia and using Russian weapons, the Security Service of Ukraine said today. They had planned a series of further attacks following the bombing, which killed at least two and wounded 11, but were arrested before they could carry them out. "[The terrorists] were captured while attempting to attack with a flamethrower a club where soldiers and volunteers gather, as well as a shopping centre," Markiyan Lubkivskiy, a senior adviser in the Security Service of Ukraine, known as the SBU, posted on Facebook. "They had planned other sabotage...
  • Putin is pushing the Patriarch to the brink

    02/22/2015 12:30:33 PM PST · by Agog · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 02/19/2015 | Geraldine Fagan
    The Patriarch of Moscow laid the intellectual groundwork for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. But now he is paying an exceedingly heavy price Russia has done shocking things in Ukraine – but, with a display of nerve that should surprise no one, it presents its designs on that country as the legitimate resurgence of an Orthodox Christian civilisation.
  • Vladimir Putin Says Russia's Military Might Has No Match

    02/20/2015 1:11:59 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 88 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 20, 2015
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday other countries should not have the illusion that they can attain military superiority over Russia, Interfax reported. "No one should have the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia, put any kind of pressure on it. We will always have an adequate answer for any such adventures," he was quoted as saying in an address he will present next week on the Defenders' of the Fatherland Day holiday. The report of Putin's comments came the same day British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that Putin posed a "real and present danger"...
  • Russia Boosts Arms, Training for Leftist Latin Militaries

    02/20/2015 6:54:15 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week to the region by Moscow’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, Pentagon officials said. Shoygu met with defense and military leaders in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua and signed several agreements on warship visits and military training during the visit, which ran from Feb. 11 to 14. It is not clear whether any new arms deals were completed during the visit. Defense officials said the Russian leader is seeking bases in the region for strategic bomber flights that Shoygu...
  • Hey Merkel and Other Appeasers, Your Idiot 'Peace Deal' with Putin is Going Just Great...

    02/20/2015 7:16:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 February 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Perhaps we can try another once he's in Kiev... or Riga As previously noted here, thinking all at the table are negotiating in good-faith (when dealing with serially-dishonest former KGB agents who want to take things from you) is probably not a very good idea- when what we ought to be doing is arming the Ukrainians to the teeth and putting troops in Poland to exhibit (residual) NATO resolve. The Russians' completely ignoring the latest Minsk accord and continuing to slaughter Ukrainian citizens in the name of 'Novorossiya' without pause should be all the evidence any thinking person would need to...
  • Docile Washington stands aside as Russia sets up puppet state in Ukraine

    02/19/2015 8:25:16 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 43 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | Washington Post, Special to National Post
    Vladimir Putin’s latest victory in Ukraine is turning into a rout. Having already induced Western leaders to endorse a peace plan that virtually guarantees continued Russian control over parts of two provinces, the Russian ruler ordered a large Ukrainian force holding Debaltseve, a key crossroads in the region, to surrender. His forces, including regular Russian army troops, then assaulted the city in brazen violation of a cease-fire. On Wednesday morning, Ukrainian forces withdrew from Debaltseve under fire, suffering a devastating defeat that will further destabilize the shaky Kiev government of Petro Poroshenko. Mr. Putin was so pleased that he indulged...
  • Putin Is NO Friend Of The West

    02/19/2015 12:58:31 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 69 replies
    This guy isn't western. He's not modernized. He's not moderate. He doesn't care about the West. He's not compassionate. He is using GLASNOST And people in the West.. faced with such a weak leader as Obama.. are eating it up. Putin is a DICTATOR! He is NOT.. I repeat NOT our friend. He isn't a friend of the West. Every Soviet leader has used this "polishing" trick going back to Ivan the Terrible. PUTIN IS KGB.
  • ‘Putin is watching us’: MPs warn Cameron the military cannot cope with more defense cuts after…

    02/19/2015 12:28:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:03 EST, 19 February 2015 | Tom McTague and Richard Spillett
    David Cameron has been warned that Britain cannot afford any more defense cuts in the wake of the growing threat posed by Vladimir Putin—despite claiming the UK military is strong enough to fend off Russian aggression. The Conservative chair of the Defense Select Committee, Rory Stewart, said Mr. Putin was watching to see if Britain was going soft on defense. He said Britain’s military could not stand another round of defense cuts after the election. Mr. Stewart’s stark warning comes after RAF fighters were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Cornwall yesterday. A...
  • Reliving the 1930s

    02/19/2015 4:17:59 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/19/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    World War II was the most destructive war in history. What caused it? The panic from the ongoing and worldwide Depression in the 1930s had empowered extremist movements the world over. Like-minded, violent dictators of otherwise quite different Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan and Communist Soviet Union all wanted to attack their neighbors. Yet World War II could have been prevented had Western Europe united to deter Germany. Instead, France, Britain and the smaller European democracies appeased Hitler. The United States turned isolationist. The Soviet Union collaborated with the Third Reich. And Italy and Japan eventually joined it. The...
  • Putin lays wreath to honor Soviet Oppression in 1956 Hungary

    02/18/2015 10:48:06 AM PST · by GeronL · 36 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 2/18/2015
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has stirred controversy after paying tribute to a monument complex to Soviet soldiers killed in Hungary during the suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising. Hungary's law states that the present day freedom ‘blossomed' out of that uprising also known as the ‘1956 revolution' and anyone ‘justifying the crimes committed by the communist system is to be punished'. This means that Putin's commemoration of the soldiers violates Hungarian law. Despite government officials denying that Putin laid a wreath at the monument specifically commemorating Soviet invaders, an advance of the itinerary of Putin's visit said that he would...
  • Russia Ready to Cooperate With Egypt in Fight Against Terrorism - Putin

    02/17/2015 6:46:13 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Sputnick News ^ | 02/16/2015 | Sputnik/ Mihail Metzel
    MOSCOW, (Sputnik) – Russia is ready to closely cooperate with Egypt in the fight against terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a letter to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Sisi Monday. The Russian leader offered his condolences over the recent execution of 21 Egyptian Christian Copts by Islamic State (IS) militants. The video of the beheading was published Sunday. “The president of Russia reiterated that the Russian side is ready for closest cooperation possible in the fight against all aspects of the terrorism threat,” the Kremlin press service said in a statement
  • UKRAINE: Hungarians protest against Putin's visit and speak in support of Ukraine

    The head of Russian Federation visits February 17 may be overshadowed by mass protests in the capitol of the Hungarian state . Budapest has witnessed great anti-Kremlin protest. Demonstrators chant anti-Russian slogans. Putin is not Europe, Putin is Rasputin, Russians go home. Also, people chanting Ukraine is Europe. According to recent reports from several hundred protestors increased to 5000. The activists have in their hands flags of European Union and Ukraine. Local opposition does not believe the promise of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to introduce "two levels of politics" addressed to both the East and the West. As the head...
  • Pig-faced Western insolence

    02/15/2015 12:35:59 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 47 replies
    Pravda.ru ^ | 09.02.2015 | Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
    The attack on President Putin by British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and the laughter and jeering during the intervention by Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov underlines the notion that the West, in general terms, is governed by cliques of incompetent, insolent upstarts who in the private sector would be unemployable. As for Philip Hammond calling President Vladimir Putin a "tyrant" then going on to speak about dictators, then there is one word in response: Resign! Whatever his personal views, which can interest nobody, the British Foreign Secretary is head of his country's diplomacy and gratuitous, unfounded quips like that...
  • Putin: Ukrainian army is a NATO legion

    02/15/2015 8:06:00 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 74 replies
    Pravda.Ru ^ | 26.01.2015 | Pravda
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Ukrainian army was a NATO legion, the goal of which was not to pursue national interests of Ukraine, but to contain Russia geopolitically. "We often say: the Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian army. In fact, who is fighting there? There are official units of the armed forces there indeed, partly, but largely, there are so-called nationalist volunteer battalions," Putin said while interacting with students at the National Mineral University in St. Petersburg. "In fact, this is not an army, but a foreign legion, in this case, a NATO foreign legion, which, of course, does...
  • Russians Say They Fear Hunger, Unemployment and Nuclear War

    02/15/2015 7:15:40 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 31, 2015 (Issue # 1844) | Anna Dolgov
    A recent state poll asking Russians about their fears has laid bare a telling change in attitudes: more than double the number of respondents said they feared a nuclear war compared to two years ago. Russia's deteriorating relations with the West and the economic turmoil that followed sanctions imposed on Moscow for its meddling in Ukraine have had a significant impact on Russians' view on the likelihood of nuclear war or going hungry, the poll published Thursday by state-run VTsIOM pollster showed. The number of respondents who said they feared a nuclear war has doubled to 17 percent from only...
  • Russia Will Stick With Putin Till the Bitter End

    02/15/2015 7:24:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 18, 2015 (Issue # 1844) | Alexander Morozov
    Russia's actions in 2014 were shocking both for their scale and abruptness. Tossing aside all concern for world rankings, economic considerations and the standards of international cooperation — all of that boring baggage of today's global system — the Kremlin set sail for unchartered waters. According to philosopher Mikhail Yampolsky, "Russia moved from the post-modern world to the modern" — that is, back to the first half of the 20th century. In 2015, Russia is facing consequences that nobody in the Kremlin could have imagined in their worst nightmares just two years ago. Russia was evicted from the G8, its...
  • Putin: Will he go nuclear?

    02/15/2015 6:32:30 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    The Tribune ^ | 7:00AM GMT 15 Feb 2015 | Marc Bennetts
    The Ukraine crisis has turned into a potentially apocalyptic nuclear stand-off as President Vladimir Putin primes Russia for conflict with the West. But how scared should we really be? Earlier this month, as fighting raged in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and forces loyal to the Western-backed government in Kiev, Dmitry Kiselyov, the pugnacious, middle-aged journalist who heads Russia’s main state news agency, gazed defiantly into a TV studio camera. “What is Russia preparing for?” he asked. As if in reply, the director cut to an ominous backdrop image of an intercontinental ballistic missile emerging from an underground launch silo....
  • World War 3: Russia Ignoring Ukraine Cease Fire, Sends Tanks, Missiles To Rebels, U.S. Claims

    02/15/2015 12:26:42 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | February 14, 2015 | The Inquisitr News
    While the Ukraine conflict may not have erupted into World War 3 quite yet, the situation in the country’s bloody, 10-month long civil war grew even more alarming Saturday night, and into Sunday morning, as Russia appeared to ignore a cease-fire agreement that its own president, Vladimir Putin, signed earlier in the week. [....] On Friday, the United States said it had sent a fleet of 12 A-10 “Tankbuster” jets to the region, jets that were designed to destroy Soviet tanks during the Cold War.
  • Russian TV Outlines Scenario For Military 'Tour' Of Europe

    Russian tanks descending on Warsaw and Berlin? Missiles lobbed at Washington and London? Such are the scenarios aired by a Russian national television program in response to suggestions that world leaders mark the defeat of Nazi Germany somewhere other than in Moscow. In a recent segment broadcast by the St. Petersburg-based Channel 5 station, presenter Nika Strizhak and a reporter suggest sending Russian tanks, fighter jets, and nuclear missiles to Western capitals should world leaders snub Russia's celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in May. "It's a very intriguing idea to move our Victory Day parade to London...
  • UKRAINE: Russians directly intervening in Debaltseve area -U.S. Army Europe

    WARSAW, Feb 11 (Reuters) - U.S. Army Europe commander Ben Hodges said on Wednesday that Russian troops were intervening directly in fighting in the Debaltseve area of Ukraine, and if the offensive succeeded, they may turn their attention to the port city of Mariupol. "It's very obvious from the amount of ammunition, type of equipment, there's direct Russian military intervention in the Debaltseve area," Lieutenant General Hodges said during a visit to a NATO base at Szczecin in north-west Poland. "I do worry that if they're successful in Debaltseve they will shift their attention to Mariupol. I don't know that...
  • How Russia Plans To Retaliate For The Saudi-Driven Collapse In Oil

    02/10/2015 9:53:05 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | February 10, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    A week ago we explained that yet another conspiracy theory, one involving virtually every geopolitical hotzone, from Saudi Arabia, to Russia, the United States, Qatar, Syria, ISIS, and Ukraine, has become fact when our speculation from last September, namely that the plunge in oil was an choreographed move between the US and the Saudis (even if Kerry realized - we hope - that it meant a recession for the US energy producing states and a collapse in the only vibrant US industry of the past decade: shale), one seeking to dislodge Russian control over the Syrian government and to facilitate...
  • PUTIN BLAMES WEST;NATO EXPANSION, WEAK CONTRIBUTIONS, ECONOMIC WARFARE FUELING WW3--(Vanity)

    02/09/2015 11:24:10 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 26 replies
    BBC News, Myself ^ | 02/10/2015 | Stayfrosty
    Western countries had broken pledges not to expand Nato and forced countries to choose between them and Russia, Mr Putin told an Egyptian newspaper.
  • Vladimir Putin's Egypt visit sends message to US

    02/09/2015 10:42:13 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/09/2015 | Patrick Kingsley
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has flown to Cairo for a two-day visit, in a move nominally aimed at bolstering bilateral ties with Egypt that also allows both countries to send pointed messages to the US. As Russian and western diplomats struggle to reach a peace deal over the conflict in Ukraine, Putin will spend Monday evening at Cairo’s opera house. In meetings on Tuesday, the day before the resumption of Ukraine peace talks, Putin is expected to hold discussions about ending the use of the US dollar in bilateral trade between Egypt and Russia. Collaboration between a Russian and Egyptian...
  • Russia: Three disturbing developments in Russia

    New Stalin monument in Russia-occupied Crimea At a time when each day brings fresh evidence that Russia is headed in a very dangerous direction and many news items that leave one shaking one’s head or feeling the need to say “I’m not making this up,” there are nonetheless some “smaller” stories that must not be ignored because of the long shadows they cast on the future. Three in the last several days fall into this category and are thus mentioned here, not because they provide a comprehensive picture of what is happening but because they point to trends already well-established...
  • Madman McCain Blows His Stack Over Ukraine Peace Talks

    02/08/2015 12:45:48 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Downtrend ^ | 2/7/15
    A last ditch effort by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to try to negotiate a cease fire in civil war torn Ukraine has sent Senator John McCain into orbit. After he and his butt-buddy, South Carolina Senator and possible presidential candidate Lindsey Graham had practically sealed the deal for a massive transfer of U.S. military weaponry to Kiev, Frau Merkel has dared to throw a monkey wrench into things. The two European leaders traveled to Moscow to meet with the hated Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to try to prevent what could be the beginning...
  • UKRAINE: Putin could attack Baltic states warns former Nato chief [2 VIDEOS]

    02/07/2015 9:09:50 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 13 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Vladimir Putin has dangerous ambitions beyond Ukraine and aims to test Western resolve in the Baltic states. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former secretary-general, said the Kremlin’s true goal is to shatter NATO solidarity and reassert Russian dominance over Eastern Europe. “This is not about Ukraine. Putin wants to restore Russia to its former position as a great power,” he said. “There is a high probability that he will intervene in the Baltics to test Nato’s Article 5,” he said, referring to the collective solidarity clause. “Putin knows that if he crosses the red line and attacks a NATO ally, he will...
  • On Russia's Babylonian Captivity Under Vladimir Putin

    02/06/2015 6:10:32 AM PST · by Teófilo · 13 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 6 February 2015 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    News Analysis Brethren, Peace be with you. I was listening with great interest to this news item at NPR, titled In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia. It is an interview of William Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital Management, a company he started in Russia in 1996. That, he says, drew the attention and machinations of a corrupt group of Russian officials. It's also about Browder's new book, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, in which he tells the story of how it happened. Brothers and sisters, I...
  • Vladimir Putin's war chiefs 'could go nuclear' defence bosses have warned

    02/06/2015 12:22:08 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 139 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 2-6-2015 | Jason Beattie
    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has warned that Russia was increasingly trigger happy about using its nuclear weapons. Mr Fallon spoke out as Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande arrived in Moscow for crunch talks on the crisis in Ukraine. The Defence Secretary said Britain must update its nuclear arsenal in response to Russia’s war-mongering. ******** Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, he said the Kremlin’s military planners may have “lowered the threshold” for the use of nuclear weapons. ******** His comments came as David Cameron was slammed for failing to be at the table for the talks between the German Chancellor,...
  • Russians advised to pull their money out of banks and prepare for 'black market in cash'

    02/06/2015 8:26:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 06, 2015 | Tomas Hirst
    A columnist for Russia's Vedomosti newspaper, a joint venture between the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, has advised readers to pull their savings out of banks and convert them into physical dollars. The ruble has tanked over the past year, falling over 50% from 33 rubles to the dollar to 67 rubles at market open Friday. The collapse in the currency's value has helped drive up prices in the country, which is heavily reliant on imports, with inflation surging to 15% in January. Now, it seems, it is affecting sentiment on the streets. Andrey Panov, a freelance columnist...
  • UKRAINE: Former Pres. of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili speaks about Ukraine [largest European nation]

    02/06/2015 4:31:28 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6, 2014
    Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili speaks about Russian President Vladimir Putin http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/02/06/nr-sot-mikheil-saakashvili-russia-ukraine-putin.cnn
  • UKRAINE: Evacuation of Vuhlehirsk

    People lined up to a length of 100 meters in front of the "Ural" militias. Those with cars bear all they can, but on the way out of the city on foot are all those who did not have enough space in a car. Most people have no idea where they will spend the next night. And many simply have nowhere to go, but you cannot stay longer in the city- remains an hour before the end of the evacuation remained one hour. At the crossroads of the broken ground are MAT/APU, all over the field stick shells from the...
  • Obama Might Give Guantanamo to Russians

    02/05/2015 11:23:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Voxxi ^ | February 5, 2015 | Jaime Suchlicki
    President Barack Obama’s eagerness to cut deals with Cuba at almost any cost could yield a “strategic disaster” in which the Russian military winds up controlling Guantanamo Bay, Cuba scholar Jaime Suchlicki told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV. The historic re-start of diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba ordered by Obama does not alter the fact that the communist nation’s rulers neither want nor feel they need improved relations with the United States, said Suchlicki, director of the Cuban Institute at the University of Miami. Just look at all the demands issued by Cuban leader Raul Castro, said...
  • ‘No military solution to Ukraine’ says Biden

    02/05/2015 6:04:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2015 09:19 GMT+01:00
    In an interview with Munich-based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung published on Thursday, American Vice President Joe Biden discussed possible solutions to the Ukraine-Russia conflict ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s U.S. visit. Biden’s interview left no doubt that the U.S. would not be answering Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s request for weapons aid from NATO countries against Russia’s advances in the country’s eastern regions. “We’ve said from the beginning that for this crisis, there is no military solution,” he said in the written interview with Süddeutsche and its European news partners. …
  • Another Sign Moscow Preparing Massive Invasion of Ukraine – and Facing Problems Doing So

    02/05/2015 1:58:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | February 5, 2015 | Paul Goble
    The Russian government has introduced draft legislation that would make it easier for Moscow to sign up professional soldiers and for commanders to force draftees to convert to that status and thus be available for dispatch to Ukraine, yet another indication Moscow is preparing for a massive invasion and facing difficulties finding men for it. Under current law, the only place where young men can sign up to become professional soldiers is at their local military commissariat. Indeed, Russian officials over the past year have frequently reassured the Committees of Soldiers Mothers that commanders are not allowed to change the...
  • The most expensive Olympics ever is now a major headache for Putin

    02/05/2015 7:03:29 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 5 Feb 15 | NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    The ski jump sits shrouded in mist, its coat of snow undisturbed by any athletes hurtling down to take off into the air. A year ago, the jump bustled with activity at the Sochi Olympics. But it made unwanted history as well, becoming a symbol of how some of the plans for President Vladimir Putin's $51 billion Winter Games went terribly wrong. The cost of the facility soared from $40 million to nearly $300 million — an overrun that caused the businessman involved to flee a corruption investigation. Russia had vowed to pay for what became the most expensive Olympics...
  • A 2008 Pentagon think-tank study claimed Putin has Asperger's syndrome

    02/04/2015 6:41:50 PM PST · by free_life · 40 replies
    Buisness Insider ^ | 2/4/15 | Elena Holodny and Lauren F Friedman
    A Pentagon think tank conducted a study that claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions," according to a report. Putin's "neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy," wrote Brenda Connors, an expert in movement-pattern analysis at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She added that movements reveal "the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality."