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  • Russian troops 'fighting alongside Assad's army against Syrian rebels'

    09/03/2015 1:33:35 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/02/2015 | Foreign staff
    Syrian state TV reportedly broadcasts footage of Russian soldiers and armoured vehicle fighting alongside pro-Assad troops Russian troops are fighting alongside pro-Assad forces in Syria, state television in Damascus and several reports have claimed. The video footage claimed to show troops and a Russian armoured vehicle fighting Syrian rebels alongside President Bashar al-Assad's troops in Latakia. It is reportedly possible to hear Russian being spoken by the troops in the footage.
  • Vladimir Putin seeks to dump the dollar in regional trade

    09/02/2015 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2015 | David R. Sands
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a new target in the revived cold war with Washington — the U.S. dollar. The website Russia Today* reported Tuesday that Mr. Putin has drafted a bill to block the use of both the American greenback and the euro in trade between the bloc of countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. The measure “would help expand the use of national currencies in foreign trade payments and financial services and thus create preconditions for greater liquidity of domestic currency markets,” the Kremlin said in a...
  • Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev pump iron at summer residence

    08/31/2015 8:44:39 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/31/2015 | Fox News
    When he’s not trying to create a new Iron Curtain, Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently busy just pumping iron. Vladimir Putin works out in Russia. In a series of photographs released by the Office of the President of Russia, the 62-year-old Putin is pictured in a lavish forest mancave engaging in numerous exercises with wingman Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, 49. In a pair of photos that could be right out of a “Jersey Shore” casting call, the two are seen engaging in typical “bro” activities: lifting weights, grilling meat – and sharing tea.
  • South African Regime Embraces Chinese Communism, New World Order

    08/28/2015 7:43:31 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/27/2015 | Alex Newman
    After more than two decades of peddling disinformation and lies about its real agenda, the regime ruling South Africa, an alliance of the Communist Party (SACP) and the African National Congress (ANC), is finally dropping the mask. In a stunning policy document produced by the ANC's National General Council, the late Communist Party leader Nelson Mandela's successors praised Communist China's brutal dictatorship as a “guiding lodestar of our own struggle” toward government centralization and what the document celebrated as a “post-Western” “new world order.” The shocking document, which has been totally ignored in the Western press, also praises the regime...
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

    08/26/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 26,2015 | AP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. El-Sissi's Russian visit, his second in the past three months, highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • OBAMA TOLD UKRAINE NOT TO FIGHT RUSSIAN INVASION

    08/23/2015 5:13:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 23, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Putin was surprised at how easy Crimea went. Obama is nothing if not consistent when it comes to undermining allies and appeasing enemies. He kept on being flexible even as Russia was invading a potential NATO member. As Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces took over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in early 2014, the interim Ukrainian government was debating whether or not to fight back against the "little green men" Russia had deployed. But the message from the Barack Obama administration was clear: avoid military confrontation with Moscow. That's easier to do when you aren't being invaded by Moscow. But nonetheless, McFaul...
  • Russia Nearing Deployment of New Intermediate-Range Naval Missile

    08/22/2015 6:55:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 21, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is nearing deployment of a new missile capable of targeting all of Europe with nuclear or conventional warheads, according to defense officials. Disclosure of the new SSN-30A missile threat comes as Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday warned that Moscow under Vladmir Putin is reemerging as an existential security threat. Russia “is a very, very significant threat,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. “And I think a point that they’ve made, but I would certainly make: Russia poses an existential threat to the United States by virtue simply of the size of the nuclear arsenal that it has.” Regarding...
  • Donald Trump: Putin would return 'total traitor' Snowden if I'm president

    08/22/2015 12:23:12 AM PDT · by JediJones · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/9/2015 | David Sherfinski
    “If I’m president, Putin says ‘hey, boom — you’re gone’ — I guarantee you that,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNN. Mr. Trump called Mr. Snowden...a “total traitor” and said he “would deal with him harshly.” “And if I were president, Putin would give him over. I would get along with Putin. I’ve dealt with Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “He would never keep somebody like Snowden in Russia — he hates [President] Obama; he doesn’t respect Obama. Obama doesn’t like him either. But he has no respect for Obama, has a hatred for Obama, and Snowden is living...
  • Neo-communists in Kremlin. Moscow acts according its ideology, it is non-ideological

    08/21/2015 4:50:14 PM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    CCDReport ^ | August 19th, 2015 | CCDReport
    "The East West conflict continues as long as there is general acceptance of the unspoken but nevertheless operational assumption that the there isn't any underlying ideology of the post Cold War Kremlin and that hardly anybody - even among the Russian ruling elite - believes in anything. This assumption leads to subsequent assumption that Kremlin rulers and their entourage had thereby changed to such an extent that it no longer subscribes to any attributes of communist system."
  • Donald Trump: Vladimir Putin Can Be Dealt With

    08/20/2015 11:17:03 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Fox Business ^ | August 20, 2015 | Julia Limitone
    In an interview with FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed who he admires most in foreign policy, military and business. “When you look at business, a guy like Jack Welch. I've always been a fan of Jack… I actually did deals with Jack when he was at General Electric. And you know somebody like Jack Welch was certainly a great example. And there are so many of them. I've met so many corporate leaders, over the years, over the last four or five years in particular and so many that are so good. And people...
  • Fakery! Russia Has Published Books I Didn’t Write!

    08/20/2015 7:32:12 AM PDT · by Krosan · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.20.15 | Edward Lucas
    Russia Has Published Books I Didn’t Write! A dodgy imprint has compiled old material by several U.S. and British analysts, without their permission. The aim is pro-Putin spin. A new foreign-language edition is normally cause for celebration in an author’s household. But in this case the news that two books have been published under my name by the Moscow publishing house “Algoritm” has prompted puzzlement mixed with consternation. One of them is called "How the West Lost to Putin". The other is "With Putin or without him: what awaits Russia in the next 10 years". I had no idea about...
  • The Fox: “Let me guard those chickens.”

    08/20/2015 6:30:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-20-2015 | MOTUS
    “Nothing in this deal is built on trust. Nothing.” – Jean Carré, June 27, 2015 Nor should they. “Because of this deal, we will, for the first time, be in a position to verify all of these commitments. That means this deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification. Inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities.” – Barack Hussein Obama, July 13, 2015 Well, he never said WHOSE inspectors did he? Oh wait, yes he did: Because of this deal, inspectors will also be able to access any suspicious location. Put simply, the...
  • Violent Patterns Emerge in Putin's War on Ukraine

    08/19/2015 7:48:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Russian dictator and shameless propagandist Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of escalating warfare in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. "I hope there won't be full-scale direct clashes," Putin said while visiting the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. Putin delivered his accusation in what I call his "Vlad, Ace of Spies and KGB Colonel" mode. This patterned shtick is Cold War tough guy by design, theatrical photo-op Viagra for aging Communists. Along with his accusation, Reuters published a photo of Putin riding in a bathyscaphe (deep-sea ocean research submersible). As the bathyscaphe's bubble capsule submerges, Vlad (wearing a relaxed open-collar shirt, circa James Bond...
  • Dirty Money and State Collapse - (Did Carly bribe Putin into Power?)

    08/16/2015 10:08:35 PM PDT · by Prospero · 13 replies
    CORRECT!V ^ | 7/24/2015 | David Crawford & Marcus Bensmann
    Dirty money from the US computer company Hewlett-Packard helped Russia’s autocrat Vladimir Putin secure his power. The Leipzig State Court will soon make a ruling on a large corruption case. The prosecution accuses the US computer company Hewlett-Packard of paying at least 7.6 million Euros in bribes to Russian officials to secure a dominant position in the Russian market. But in reality, the documents reveal a much greater scandal. It was Vladimir Putin who enabled this corruption scandal. The bribe money from HP ensured Putin the loyalty of a clique of state attorneys. And helped him take control of the...
  • Internet sees Vladimir Putin's face in flock of birds over New York City

    08/16/2015 5:26:11 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 57 replies
    CBC News ^ | 14 August 2015 | CBC News
    There is something fishy about this swarm of birds Is Big Brother Vladimir Putin watching us from above? We've seen the Russian president shirtless on a horse, calmly stroking a leopard and flooring a Judo black belt. Has Russia's king of masculine poses found a way to get a swarm of flying birds to soar into a formation of his face?
  • Russia bulldozes three banned Western frozen geese

    08/14/2015 3:20:59 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 13 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 8/14/2015 | Ukraine Today
    Russia is burning and pressing Western products across the country Officials in the village of Apastovo in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan some 800 kilometres east of Moscow used a bulldozer to destroy three frozen geese from a local shop. The geese in vacuum packing weighing 3,6 kilo each were found on Wednesday (August 12) as officials from Russia's agricultural watchdog and a local prosecutor's office performed a check aimed at finding banned western food. The geese were then taken to a nearby landfill side where they were run over by a bulldozer several times and then moved to rubbish.
  • 'Flexible' Obama Ignores Russian Treaty Violations

    08/14/2015 11:26:35 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 14, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It does not bode well that an Obama administration that assures us that the nuclear deal with Iran will not be violated by the mullahs is clearly looking the other way as Iran’s ally Russia blatantly violates the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed with the former Soviet Union. The Obama White House is sitting on a Pentagon risk assessment report completed last month that states “that the breach involved a new missile that violates the limits set by the treaty. The treaty bans holding, producing, or flight-testing ground-launched ballistic or cruise missiles with ranges of between 310 miles...
  • Kerry ‘Concerned’ Over Top Iranian Commander’s Russia Visit

    08/13/2015 8:38:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 8/14/2015, 5:44 AM | Ben Ariel
    United States Secretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday to express concern about a visit to Moscow by the commander of Iran’s covert forces, a senior State Department official said, according to AFP. General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ foreign operations, reportedly visited Russia late last month despite being subject to UN-backed international sanctions. […] Soleimani is one of several Iranian officials targeted by a 2007 United Nations travel ban because of their alleged links to Iran’s nuclear or ballistic missile programs, but the sanctions against him are due to...
  • DNR Battalion Commander ‘Kozyr’ Is Captured by the Ukrainian Army

    08/13/2015 7:39:50 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 1 replies
    https://en.informnapalm.org ^ | 08.10.2015 | Roman Burko
    We already reported the radio interception data in our Twitter account on August, 5: “Drunk ‘Kozyr’ got lost and came to the Ukrainian checkpoint”. During the last two days we not just confirmed this information but also got new undeniable evidence. Kozyrenko Andrei Nikolaevich (known as ‘Kozyr’ [Trump]), born in 1969 in Torez (Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine). On August 4, he came to the Ukrainian checkpoint near the village of Myronivsky and surrendered. He gave interesting comments and, as promised, returned to Sloviansk (but under a little bit different circumstances). More details in the video (in Russian): In this video ‘battalion...
  • Iran, Russia Hold Wargames

    08/11/2015 8:02:07 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 11, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian and Russian warships team up for war drills Iranian and Russian naval forces on Tuesday staged a series of war drills in the waters near northern Iran, in another joint show of force meant to display the two nations’ control of nearby waterways.An Iranian destroyer and team of Russian warships staged a series of war drills and engaged in joint training exercises, according to reports in Iran’s state-controlled press.Two Russian warships docked over the weekend in Iran’s northern Anzali port in anticipation of the wargames.The military exercises come just weeks after Iran and global powers signed a nuclear accord...
  • The Rebirth of the Patriarch of Moscow: Putin’s politics in harmony with the Orthodox Church

    08/08/2015 7:57:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Diplomatic Intelligence ^ | 08-06-2015 | Dr Filippo Romeo
    August 07, 2015 - The Orthodox Church and the Christian tradition have always assumed a role of primary importance in Russian history and tradition. The origins of Christianity in Russia go back to 988 and coincide with the baptism of Prince Vladimir the Great. He had come to Constantinople, following which the evangelization of the Principality Kievan Rus’ started. The latter included the space currently occupied by the areas of Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus, considered the predecessor of the Russian Empire. Formed by Igor in 882, the Principality Kievan Rus’ is the first political form organised by the Oriental...
  • Exclusive: Quds Force commander visited Moscow, met Russian leaders in defiance of sanctions

    08/06/2015 1:40:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/06/2015 | By Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    The shadowy Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani recently visited Moscow to meet with senior Russian leaders, according to two Western intelligence sources, despite a travel ban and U.N. Security Council resolutions barring him from leaving Iran. On July 24, one week before State Secretary John Kerry testified to Senate Armed Services Committee and faced questions about the newly struck nuclear deal, Soleimani arrived in Moscow for meetings with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and President Vladimir Putin. It was not immediately clear what the Iranian leader discussed, but the revelation comes as the United Nations and European Union arms...
  • Russia submits Arctic claim to UN in move to seize oil and gas rights

    08/05/2015 10:00:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 05, 2015
    Russia's Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday that it had submitted a bid for vast Arctic territories that could contain large quantities of oil and gas to the United Nations. The ministry said in a statement that Moscow was claiming over 463,000 square miles of Artic sea shelf extending more than 350 nautical miles from the shore. The Arctic is believed to hold up to 25 percent of the planet's untapped oil and gas supplies, and Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the territory. The competition has intensified in recent years...
  • Robert Conquest, Historian Who Documented Soviet Horrors, Dies at 98

    08/05/2015 7:10:00 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4th August 2015 | William Grimes
    'Robert Conquest, a historian whose landmark studies of the Stalinist purges and the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s documented the horrors perpetrated by the Soviet regime against its own citizens, died on Monday in Stanford, Calif. He was 98. His wife, the former Elizabeth Neece, said the cause was pneumonia. Mr. Conquest, a poet and science-fiction buff, turned to the study of the Soviet Union in the mid-1950s out of dissatisfaction with the quality of analysis he saw at the British Foreign Office, where he worked after World War II in the Information Research Department, a semi-secret office responsible for...
  • Russia Ready To Send Paratroopers To Syria

    08/04/2015 9:13:40 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 08-04-2015 | Durden
    As Syria’s civil war enters its fourth year, it’s become something of an open secret that ISIS, for all their bluster and Hollywood-level video editing capabilities, are at best an unhappy side effect of efforts to train and arm the Syrian resistance and at worst, are a "strategic asset" funded and supported by coalition governments. In other words, there is indeed a geopolitical chess match going on here that will have far-reaching consequences when the blood and dust settle, but it has nothing to do with ISIS’ far-fetched quest to establish a Medieval caliphate and everything to do with installing...
  • Donald Trump: Crimea is Europe's problem

    07/31/2015 8:08:00 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31 3015 | Tom LoBianco
    Washington (CNN)Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. should only step in on Crimea if European countries ask for help and, until then, it remains "Europe's problem." "Let me explain first of all — this is Europe's problem much more than ours, OK?" Trump told CNN during a trip to Scotland. "And Europe isn't complaining as much as we are. But this is more of a Europe problem," Trump continued. "And when Europe comes to us and says, 'We want your help, we want your help,' but they're not really doing that. They're dealing with Russia, they're taking...
  • Russia prepares to seize Western assets

    07/27/2015 11:33:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 Jul 2015 13:36 | updated: 08:47 | (EurActiv with agencies, by Georgi Gotev)
    The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms. According to the new draft bill, Russia will be able to seize foreign state assets from countries which infringe on Russia’s jurisdictional immunity, according to the Russian press. The Ministry of Justice said the new law is meant to bring parity to the existing "jurisdictional imbalance" between Russia and other countries. In other words, Russia will now seize the state assets of other countries in proportion...
  • Vladimir Putin just fired more than 100,000 people

    07/27/2015 8:19:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/27/2015 | Elena Holodny
    Vladimir Putin has fired 110,000 people. The Russian president signed a decree two weeks ago that reduced the number of full-time employees in the interior ministry of Russia by about 10% — or 110,000 people. Most of the cuts will be to administrative staff. It will bring the total number of employees in the agency down to just above 1 million, according to CNN Money. The interior ministry is in charge of the Russian police, paramilitary security forces, and road-traffic safety. The interior ministry's press service also told RIA Novosti that these reduction plans would affect the management structure at...
  • Under Kremlin Pressure, 'Undesirable' U.S. charity Pulls Out Of Russia

    07/22/2015 10:00:45 AM PDT · by LRoggy · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/22/15 | Tom Esslemont
    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A U.S.-based non-governmental organization has become the latest casualty in what campaigners say is a global tightening of restrictions on charitable activity by authoritarian governments, by deciding to close its operations in Russia. The MacArthur Foundation, which has operated in Moscow for more than 20 years - financing higher education, human rights and anti-nuclear proliferation campaigns - said new laws had made it "impossible to continue," by placing the charity on a list of "undesirable" organizations - a criticism it said was baseless. "We are entirely independent of the United States government and receive no...
  • Russian Bombers Flew Within 40 Miles of N. California Coast

    07/22/2015 5:53:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/22/15 | Bill Gertz
    Tu-95 Bear bombers intercepted off Mendocino on day Putin calls Obama Two Russian nuclear bombers flew within 40 miles of the California coast and one of the pilots relayed a veiled threat during the Fourth of July aerial incident, defense officials said. “Good morning American pilots, we are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day,” a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber crew member stated over the emergency aircraft channel. Defense officials and the Colorado-based U.S. Northern Command said this week that two U.S. F-15 jets intercepted the Russian bombers on July 4 as they flew as close...
  • Vladimir Putin Rebukes U.S. for Abandoning God and Christian Values by Promoting Homosexuality

    07/20/2015 10:49:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Black Christian News Network 1 ^ | June 2015 | Marc Bennetts
    President Vladimir Putin, former KGB agent of a once-atheist nation, rebukes America, a once-Christian nation by saying that by forsaking traditional Christian values and putting same-sex marriage on the same level as traditional marriage with a man, woman, and children, the nation is forsaking God and believing in Satan and will be led into degradation and chaotic darkness. At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.” More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian...
  • Ukraine traded for Iran

    07/16/2015 9:47:00 PM PDT · by annalex · 11 replies
    Rabbi Shmulevich's Blog ^ | 7/15/2015 | Avraham Shmulevich
    Ukraine traded for Iran by Rabbi Avraham Shmulevich. For the suppression of the revolution in Ukraine, Putin was ready to pay any price, and Obama offered it to him. For 13 years, negotiations were held on Iran's nuclear program. Although Iran has never said directly about the desire to have a nuclear bomb, he began a program of nuclear power and the amount of plutonium, centrifuges and equipment that have been made is many times greater than the needs of the peaceful atom. This is clearly a military program. And most importantly - in parallel Iran has created ballistic missiles...
  • Barack Obama praises Putin for help clinching Iran deal

    07/16/2015 6:44:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 15, 2015 | Roland Oliphant
    Russian-American cooperation on the Iran nuclear deal could pave the way for an agreement on Syria, Barack Obama has said, despite the current confrontation between Moscow and the West over Ukraine. Mr Obama praised Vladimir Putin for his role in the agreement and said there could now be an “opening” for further detente in the worst crisis in American-Russian relations since the Cold War. Speaking shortly after a historic agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programme was signed in Vienna, Mr Obama said that there was now an opportunity for a "serious conversation" with Mr Putin about the fate of Bashar...
  • Russia: ‘The World Heaved a Sigh of Relief’ over Iran Deal

    07/14/2015 8:12:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 7/14/2015, 5:04 PM | Gil Ronen
    Russia said Tuesday that it welcomes the agreement reached in Vienna concerning Iran’s nuclear program. “We are certain that the world heaved a sigh of relief today,” an official statement said. “The negotiations supported by the UN Security Council and involving Russia, China, the USA, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran and the European Union went on for many years. We are satisfied that the solution found is based on the principle of phasing and mutuality which our country has been consistently supporting at every stage of these complicated negotiations. “The IAEA will carefully monitor the implementation of the agreed steps...
  • Joint Chiefs nominee: Russia greatest threat to U.S.

    07/10/2015 1:02:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | July 10, 2015 | By Jamie Crawford
    Washington (CNN)Russia currently poses the greatest global threat to the United States, according to the man slated to be President Barack Obama's top military adviser. "Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security," Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services committee during his confirmation hearing to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With its large nuclear arsenal, destabilizing role in Ukraine and threat to NATO nations on its borders, Russia presents a significant challenge to the U.S., even as it faces threats like that of ISIS. "If you want to talk about a nation...
  • UKRAINE: Bloomberg Published Security Service of Ukraine Report on Russian Presence

    07/10/2015 3:25:23 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Bloomberg Published Security Service of Ukraine Report on Russian Presence Recently, most of the Ukrainian media reported with reference to the document published by Bloomberg that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) revealed information about Russian generals and military officers that command mercenaries of the DPR and LPR in Donbas. This information was confirmed by US intelligence after they had received the SBU report on June 16. The report identified five Russian generals and a colonel in command of combat operations in the east of Ukraine. According the Ukrainian Security Service, the pro-Russian terrorists are commanded by: Major General Oleg...
  • Putin: Russia and China can overcome any difficulty together

    07/08/2015 12:40:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2015 2:14 PM EDT
    Welcoming China’s leader to two summits in a Russian city, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia and China can overcome their countries’ difficulties by working together. Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping both arrived Wednesday in the Russian city of Ufa for summits of the BRICS trade group and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The BRICS group also includes Brazil, India and South Africa, while the SCO, which also focuses on regional security and political issues as well as economics, includes the former Soviet Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran, India and Pakistan are observer SCO...
  • How Putin Ignited a Civil War in Ukraine

    07/05/2015 3:24:27 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 12 replies
    NEWSWEEK ^ | 4 Jul 15 | Alina Polyakova
    The war in eastern Ukraine is a Kremlin-manufactured conflict. The arrival of "little green men" in Crimea in February 2014 transformed the conflict from a domestic altercation between citizens and their government to an international crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly acknowledged in a government-sponsored documentary that he carefully planned and orchestrated the military takeover of the Crimean peninsula. No such admissions have been made about the war in the Donbas. From the outbreak of fighting in the east, the official Kremlin narrative has framed the Ukrainian crisis as a civil war between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists. In...
  • Putin: America Is Godless, Has Turned Away from Christian Values

    06/30/2015 8:10:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 190 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/29/15
    Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the West, including the United States, for eschewing Christian values and opting instead for a “path to degradation.” In his State of the Nation speech last month, Putin asserted that, “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values… Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.” Russia has adopted new laws that ban homosexual propaganda and criminalizes the insulting of religious sensibilities. The law on religious sensibilities was approved in the wake of...
  • POLAND/ROMANIA: Russian Security Council names Poland and Romania assigned targets

    The Russian Security Council made a statement, according to which the elements of the missile defense systems that will be deployed in Poland and Romania pose potential threat to Russia, and therefore will become the targets for the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The Russian Security Council made a statement, according to which the elements of the missile defense systems that will be deployed in Poland and Romania pose potential threat to Russia, and therefore will become targets for the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. It was stated by the Deputy Security Council Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov on Wednesday,...
  • My father was killed by Russian propaganda, says Nemtsov's daughter - Russian propaganda kills.

    06/20/2015 10:02:37 AM PDT · by free_life · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 19, 2015 | Zhanna Nemtsova
    Russian propaganda kills. It kills reason and common sense but it also kills human beings. The tragic death of my father on 27 February was an act of political violence for which Russia’s state TV channels, among others, bear responsibility. For years, they stoked hatred towards him and other opposition figures, casting them as “national traitors”. Propaganda is not a crime, in and of itself: it is part of the furniture of the modern world. What is a crime is to use propaganda to incite people to break the law, employ violence or wage war. It was for these crimes...
  • US official: Russian bombers threaten commercial air safety

    06/19/2015 7:08:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 9:48 AM EDT
    A senior U.S. Air Force officer says Russian bombers’ increasing probes of skies near Europe pose a risk to commercial air safety. Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson said Friday that Russian bombers are not following international norms when flying near Britain, the Baltics or Scandinavia. He said Russian bombers that have approached European airspace as tensions have risen in the last year are not filing flight plans, using their transponders or communicating with air traffic controllers. …
  • Putin promises 40 new nuclear missiles in 2015

    06/17/2015 2:04:08 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 30 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM | By Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia's nuclear arsenal would be would increase by 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015. Speaking at Army-2015 Expo, an international military trade show near Moscow, Putin said the new missiles could "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," adding a new long-range early-warning radar "to monitor in the western direction" was also being prepared. It was a reference to plans by NATO to permanently place troops and heavy armaments in Poland, a Russian neighbor and former Warsaw Pact country. In reference to apparent plans to reinforce NATO's...
  • 'Edward Snowden has blood on his hands': MI6 is forced to pull spies out of hostile countries

    06/14/2015 8:43:28 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 153 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 13 June 2015 | Jay Akbar For Mailonline
    MI6 has pulled its spies out of 'hostile countries' and America's intelligence agencies are on high alert after Russia and China cracked encrypted files leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden. The top-secret documents contain information that could lead to the identification of British and American spies, according to senior officials in Downing Street, the Home Office and the security services. A senior Home Office official accused Snowden - the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor responsible for the biggest confidential information leak in US history - of having 'blood on his hands' after they gained access to over one million...
  • That troll posting those fake news stories could be . . . Vladimir Putin?

    06/11/2015 5:19:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/15 | Dan Calabrese
    So be aware when you see troll activity that those non-sensical posts might be influenced by a little Vodka or a lot of money. It's almost as bad as believing the propaganda emanating from the Obama Admin Last September 11, residents of Louisiana experienced a brief and minor panic when a news story started going around that a major explosion had occurred in the city of Centerville, at the site of a facility run by Columbian Chemicals. It was quite the story. Links on social media included stories that appeared to have been reported by CNN, and there was even...
  • Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope's discussion with Putin

    06/10/2015 1:32:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | June 10, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the papal household, greets Russian president Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Vatican, June 10, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion focused on the current crises in both Ukraine and the Middle East. Under Putin, Russia has annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine; and according to the Ukrainian government and Western nations, Russian arms and soldiers are fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in the east of the...
  • The Agency

    06/07/2015 3:07:19 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | Adrian Chen
    Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, got a call from a resident who had just received a disturbing text message. “Toxic fume hazard warning in this area until 1:30 PM,” the message read. “Take Shelter. Check Local Media and columbiachemical.com.” St. Mary Parish is home to many processing plants for chemicals and natural gas, and keeping track of dangerous accidents at those plants is Arthur’s job. But he hadn’t heard of any chemical release that morning. In fact, he hadn’t even...
  • The Putin Syndicate (Russia's mafia state)

    06/09/2015 12:58:51 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 44 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | 6/9/2015 | Brian Whitmore
    When Russia annexed Crimea, the Kremlin installed a reputed gangster known as "the Goblin" to run the peninsula. When Moscow's agents abducted Estonian law enforcement officer Eston Kohver, they used a mafia-run smuggling ring to set him up. And of course, organized crime groups have played a prominent role in the Moscow-instigated conflicts in Transdniester, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Donbas. It has become something of a cliche to call Vladimir Putin's Russia a "mafia state." But cliche or not, the term actually fits. Not just because the Kremlin and organized crime groups are closely linked. And not just because Moscow...
  • Putin: “Publish A World Map And Mark All The U.S. Military Bases On It. You Will See The Difference

    06/09/2015 8:13:50 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 16 replies
    Mint Press News ^ | June 8th, 2015 | Corriere della Sera
    Luciano Fontana: I would like to start with a question concerning Russian-Italian relations. This relationship has always been close and privileged, both in the economic and political spheres. However, it has been somewhat marred by the crisis in Ukraine and the sanctions. Could the recent visit by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Russia and your upcoming visit to Milan somehow change this trend, and if so, what is needed for that? Vladimir Putin: First, I firmly believe that Russia was not responsible for the deterioration in relations between our country and the EU states. This was not our choice;...
  • Edward Snowden:A Post-Terror Generation is Finally Standing Up for the Right to Privacy’

    06/05/2015 6:45:19 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media Blog ^ | June 5, 2015 | Michael van der Galien
    The famous (and in some circles infamous) former CIA infrastructure analyst Edward Snowden has written an op-ed for the New York Times about what he calls “a post-terror generation” that’s ”finally standing up for the right to privacy.” Snowden first explains that when he sounded the alarm about the NSA’s ridiculously broad spying program he was persecuted and deemed a traitor (which is why he had to flee to Russia). In the years since, though, a lot has changed: "Two years on, the difference is profound. In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the...