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  • China demands Turkish retraction

    07/14/2009 2:02:54 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 475+ views
    bbc ^ | 14 July 2009
    China has demanded that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan retract his accusation that Beijing practised genocide against ethnic Uighurs. Mr Erdogan made the comments after riots in the Muslim Uighur heartland of Xinjiang in which 184 people died. Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, is under heavy police and military control. UK-based analysts say al-Qaeda-linked militants in Algeria have called for reprisals against Chinese workers in the wake of the violence. China's rejection of Mr Erdogan's remarks came in an editorial headlined "Don't twist facts" in the English-language newspaper China Daily. It said the fact that 137 of the 184 victims of...
  • Resurgent pro-Russia rebels brim with confidence in Ukraine after gaining ground

    08/30/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT · by NUABob · 11 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 30, 2014 | Associated Press
    STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine — As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter. “Why didn’t you say before that you were alive? Why so quiet?” the rebel taunted. Minutes later, the Ukrainian soldier drew his last breath. Under the gaze of rebels, Ukrainian soldiers loaded the bodies of six other dead comrades onto trucks outside the village of Starobesheve. A couple of kilometres away, in the village itself, other rebels made wisecracks and boasted about dealing another punishing blow to Ukrainian forces....
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Editorial Board
    RESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • UKRAINE: Father of 32 children with his sons protects Mariupol from the Russian army

    08/30/2014 1:20:36 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    Liga.net ^ | August 30, 2014, 16:11
    The father of 32 children with sons protects Mariupol from Russian army Photo: liga.net A local resident, father of 32 children (29 adoptions) Gennadiy Mokhnenko — along with his sons helps build defensive structures. "Roy trenches along with his sons in Mariupol '. Somebody wake me up and let us laugh at this ridiculous dream. ..... ...... I, Russian man, along with his adoptive sons dig trenches under Mariupol, preparing to repel an attack by Russian tanks (they are only 20 km away) to ... "God, how I would like to wake up and laugh over this nightmare. But,...
  • Cruz serves up red meat to conservatives

    08/30/2014 2:28:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 30, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Less than 70 days away from the midterm election, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday urged conservatives to do everything they can to give Republicans control of the U.S. Senate. In a fiery speech delivered at Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Dallas, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful vowed that the GOP would "retake the United States Senate and retire” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) The November election would also hinge on four issues, he said, with immigration being chief among them. “Number one, no amnesty,” Cruz said to thunderous applause, noting that President Obama is...
  • Cruz: ‘Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat’

    08/30/2014 2:38:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, blasted President Obama over his foreign policy with Russia on Saturday accusing him of being a weak “kitty cat.” “The Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat,” Mr. Cruz said to a standing-room only conservative crowd at the annual Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas. “The reason Putin feels no fear to march into his neighbors, the reason our allies up and down Europe are terrified of what happens next is because our president is leading from behind,” he added, riffing at the end off a phrase the administration has itself used to defend...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Britain to spearhead 10,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force to halt Putin's 'Tsarist expansionism'

    08/30/2014 2:54:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 140 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | August 30, 2014 | Will Stewart
    Leaders of countries sharing borders with Russia led the way in demanding tougher action against what they see as blatant aggression on their doorstep. Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite bluntly called for the West to wake up, and appeared to urge Nato to give significant military aid to Kiev. ‘Russia is at war against Ukraine and that is a country which wants to be part of Europe. Russia is practically at war against Europe,’ she said. She lambasted previous sanctions as ‘a big mistake’ because they were ‘too general’. Lithuania is one of at least six states believed to have signed...
  • EU leaders pick Italian as bloc’s new top diplomat

    08/30/2014 12:13:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2014 3:06 PM EDT | Juergen Baetz
    European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc’s top diplomat for the next five years. The decision comes as the crisis at the EU’s eastern border pitting Ukraine against Russia poses one of the biggest foreign policy challenges for the bloc in decades. […] Mogherini, a 41-year-old center-left politician, has been Italy’s foreign minister only since February, drawing criticism that she lacks experience. A first attempt to secure Mogherini’s nomination in June failed amid resistance from eastern European leaders. …
  • UKRAINE: Russian paratroopers detained in Ukraine, do not want to continue in military

    08/30/2014 2:19:04 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    rosbalt.ru ^ | August 29
    Russian paratroopers who were detained in Ukraine, do not want to continue the service. They do not want to be cannon fodder Kremlin adventurers http://www.rosbalt.ru/main/2014/08/29/1309659.html KIEV, August 29. Russian paratroopers, who were detained in Ukraine, will not continue to serve in the Armed Forces, said Slon, citing an interview military channel "Rain". "After all that has happened, few people want to continue to serve. I personally reluctant to exert such pressure on their parents. Parents are always on the nerves," - said one of the soldiers. In an interview soldiers have also indicated that they were not informed in advance...
  • This Is How ISIS Is Building An Airforce

    08/30/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-31-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/30/2014The Islamic State is nothing if not ambitious. Despite no record of current 'airplane' assets in their annual reports, ISIS has begun detaining and forcing Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft. According to CNN Arabic, the pilots (and their planes and helicopters) were abducted when the terrorist group gained control of Tabqa military base. It appears that if beheadings, executions, and whippings are not enough to strike fear into the hearts of the locals, then (just as America is tryiung to do), an air assault will greatly demoralize. We can only imagine how this...
  • George Galloway taken to hospital after street attack

    08/29/2014 11:23:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 August 2014 | bbc
    George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman has said.
  • Russia Says It Will Respond To NATO Troop Rotations In East

    08/30/2014 11:00:42 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | August 27, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Moscow says it will take steps to respond if NATO begins regular troop rotations in the easternmost NATO-member countries. Russia's permanent mission to NATO said via Twitter on August 27 that Russia's reaction would be "with a view to ensure its security." The remarks come after NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the troop rotations for NATO's eastern members in an interview published on August 26 by Britain's "The Guardian" newspaper. Rasmussen said the troops rotations would be carried out at "very high frequency" so that "any potential aggressor" would know an attack on the NATO host country would...
  • Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force-report

    08/30/2014 10:44:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:41pm EDT | Reuters
    Aug 29 (Reuters) - Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
  • Exclusive: Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in single Ukraine battle - Russian rights activists

    08/30/2014 10:29:38 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:11pm EDT | Thomas Grove
    (Reuters) - More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a single battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts from eyewitnesses and relatives of the dead.
  • Russia denies its aircraft violated Finland's airspace: reports

    08/30/2014 10:25:31 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:02am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry has denied that a Russian aircraft entered Finnish airspace, local media quoted the ministry as saying on Sunday. Finland's defense ministry said a day ago it suspected a Russian state aircraft briefly entered its airspace over the Gulf of Finland without permission on Saturday afternoon.
  • Polish president warns Germany of Putin's 'empire' ambitions

    08/30/2014 10:17:08 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:36am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Polish President Bronis law Komorowski said that Vladimir Putin is trying to build a new Russian empire for Moscow and that the region now had to choose whether it wanted "a Cossack Europe or a democratic one".
  • UKRAINE: [NSDC] The advent Russian troops in direction of Novoazovsk - Mariupol SLOWED [PRAISE GOD]

    ATU forces keep busy position, reported in the National Security Council Council of National Security and Defense claims that the Ukrainian military confidently hold positions in the occupied zone of antiterrorist operation As reported by the National Security Council, on the direction Novoazovsk - Mariupol attack Russian troops bogged down. In Mariupol established and operational headquarters of the Territorial Defence. The Security Council stressed that on August 30, the Russians made another attempt to spread false information about the situation in the zone of the ATO. "In particular, in the first report said that the terrorists allegedly broke through...
  • UKRAINE Mariupol: More than a thousand lined in HUMAN CHAIN [Can NON-VIOLENT PROTEST STILL WORK?]

    Residents in the district of Mariupol East evening of August 30 lined up in a human chain The action involves more than one thousand. Persons, their number is growing, reports 0629 . Human chain comes to the checkpoint from the captured Russian troops Novoazovsk. Many brought with them the symbols of Ukraine, some protesters dressed in embroidered. Residents stood shoulder to shoulder in a line. It stretched for several kilometers. Thus Mariupol oppose military action in the city and hope to stop the Russian tanks. "We are for peace. We want to live in Ukraine. We do not want war,"...
  • War in Europe

    08/30/2014 9:30:24 AM PDT · by No One Special · 26 replies
    Slate ^ | August 29, 2014 | Anne Applebaum
    Putin has invaded Ukraine. Is it hysterical to prepare for total war with Russia? Or is it naive not to? WARSAW, Poland—Over and over again—throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels—I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next....
  • Finland plans large-scale military exercise on Russian border

    08/30/2014 8:26:52 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Uutiset ^ | 30.8.2014 16:35 | Uutiset
    Finnish defence forces announced on Saturday that they are to conduct an unusually large-scale military exercise close to the Russian border next summer. Up to 8,000 reservist troops from all regiments will take part in training in the border district of Pielinen Karelia in June 2015. Major Markku Vääntänen said military exercises on this scale are only organised in the region about once every ten years. The training will be the defence forces' principal exercise event next year.
  • Russia effectively at war with EU: Lithuanian president

    08/30/2014 7:51:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 176 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:03am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment.
  • War in Europe is not a hysterical idea

    08/29/2014 9:38:35 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 29 at 12:20 PM | Anne Applebaum
    Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next. September 1939 brought invasion from both east and west, occupation, chaos, destruction, genocide. Most of the people...
  • EU suggests Russia, Ukraine sign interim gas agreement

    08/29/2014 7:42:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 27 August 2014
    The E.U. has suggested an interim agreement on the gas supplies between Russia and Ukraine without waiting for a Stockholm arbitrary court decision, E.U. Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said in a news conference following his meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko late Tuesday. Two cases are before the Stockholm court, but the hearings will take 12-15 months, which is too long, while Europe needs an interim solution for this winter, Oettinger said. In June, Russian gas giant Gazprom switched Ukraine off gas over the unpaid debt and filed a $4.5 billion suit to the Stockholm arbitration court. Later, Kiev reciprocated...
  • Inside Putinworld, where few risk speaking truth to power

    08/29/2014 7:11:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Shaun Walker
    Putin's Ukraine actions this year have turned him once again into arguably the world's most fascinating leader. But just as Kremlinology comes back into vogue, the walls of Putin's central Moscow redoubt are becoming as opaque as they were during the time of Brezhnev. .... The majority of those in the Russian government, exasperated by the sharp western response to the six-month crisis, approve of Putin's actions in Ukraine. But those who disapprove have no forum in which to voice their doubts. .... Former employees say the level of infighting is remarkable because of the extraordinary array of people working...
  • Ex-US Navy officer who spied for Soviets dies in prison

    08/29/2014 7:08:10 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77. Retired Navy Warrant Officer John Walker Jr was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing codes and other sensitive data to the USSR. He had recruited his son, his brother and friend to continue spying after he retired. All were convicted.
  • Ukraine 'Slipping Out of Control', Germany Warns [Obama Lost Iraq; Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine?]

    08/29/2014 7:05:09 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 29, 2014
    Ukraine 'Slipping Out of Control', Germany Warns The crisis in eastern Ukraine is "slipping out of control" and needs to be reined in to avoid direct military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia, Germany has warned. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke as the EU is poised to consider more sanctions on Russia. Russia has denied claims by Nato that its forces illegally crossed into Ukraine to support separatists there. Some 2,600 people have died in fighting between rebels and Ukrainian troops. The conflict in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk erupted in April following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's southern Crimea...
  • WHITE HOUSE TO PUTIN: Don't 'Even Think About Messing Around' With The Baltics

    08/29/2014 5:56:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 104 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/29/14 | Brett LoGiurato
    President Barack Obama's message to Russian President Vladimir Putin when traveling to Europe next week is to not "even think about messing around" with the Baltic states, the White House said Friday. Obama is traveling to Europe next week for a meeting in Wales with other NATO leaders. He'll also make a stop in Estonia, where he will meet with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in an attempt to reassure allies amid burgeoning Russian aggression in Ukraine. "The two stops are essentially part of the same effort to send a message to the Russians that their behavior is...
  • Putin: You’re next, Kazakhstan

    08/29/2014 2:19:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    When Russian President Vladimir Putin began referring to portions of Ukraine by their Tsarist-era name, Novorossiya, Russia hands expressed alarm. Novorossiya, or “New Russia,” incorporates the area of Southern Ukraine from Donbass to the present day border with Moldova. Some suggested that Putin’s brazen invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a prelude to a much more significant land grab. They noted that Putin could have designs on the entirety of Southern Ukraine, linking Russia to the portion of Moldova known as Transnistria, an area which has been under Russian occupation for years and is already a de...
  • Ukraine to seek Nato membership, says PM Yatsenyuk

    08/29/2014 2:18:05 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 August 2014 | -
    Ukraine's prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine's non-bloc status be cancelled. The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The West has stepped up its accusations of direct Russian involvement in the conflict, following advances by pro-Russian rebels. On Thursday Nato released satellite images it said showed Russian forces inside Ukraine. and said more than 1,000 troops were operating there.
  • Eastern Ukraine rebel leader agrees to let encircled Ukraine troops leave

    08/29/2014 2:11:33 PM PDT · by NUABob · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A leader of pro-Moscow rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, Alexander Zakharchenko, said on Friday he had agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine troops after Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement.
  • Russian rouble falls to new low on sanctions threat

    08/29/2014 1:30:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    bbc.com ^ | August 29, 2014
    The Russian rouble fell to a record low against the dollar as investors fear further sanctions against the nation. The rouble fell to 37.03 per dollar on Friday, its worst valuation since the currency was restructured in 1998. The tumble comes weeks after Russia's central bank pledged to intervene less in the currency's valuation. It also follows peace talks in Minsk between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk. The market may have found the talks "disappointing" and renewed its concern over sanctions, said Manik Narain, emerging market strategist at UBS. .... Russian stocks also fell....
  • Russia will not risk entanglement in southeast Ukraine

    08/29/2014 12:23:45 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 12 replies
    Russia in Global Affairs ^ | 8 May 2014 | Vassily Kashin
    It appears that the Russian leadership has taken a decision to refrain in principle from an open military intervention in southeast Ukraine. That much follows from the reported details of a telephone conversation between the Russian and U.S. defense ministers and the alleged subsequent withdrawal of Russian troops from the border with Ukraine. That, in turn, served as a starting point for a new and more active phase of the military operation against pro-autonomy gunmen by Ukrainian government forces.
  • No, Russia Will Not Intervene in Ukraine

    08/29/2014 12:04:05 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    TIME ^ | 25 Feb 14 | Simon Shuster
    Moscow will be content to watch Ukraine's new revolutionary leaders succumb to factional infighting and the pressures of the country's basket-case economy ========================================================= Vladimir Putin has been here before. A decade ago, when he was starting his second term as Russia’s President, a popular uprising broke out in Ukraine. It took no more than a few weeks to break the bond of centuries between the two biggest countries in Eastern Europe. The current revolution in Ukraine looks very different. Unlike the peaceful Orange Revolution, this one has been violent and has dragged on for months. But the questions it has...
  • 'It's better not to mess with Russia': Putin issues veiled threat to the West (TITLE SHORTENED)

    08/29/2014 11:27:05 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 168 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Published: 03:50 EST, 29 August 2014 | Updated: 13:12 EST, 29 August 2014 | By Matthew Blake and Will Stewart for MailOnline
    Vladimir Putin warned the world not to cross him today as he reminded the West of Russia's vast nuclear arsenal and declared: 'It is better not to mess with Russia.' The Russian president issued the thinly-veiled threat hours after Nato launched a blistering attack on Russia, accusing the former Soviet state of a 'blatant violation' of Ukraine's sovereignty by deploying heavily-armed troops to help rebels. Putin responded by comparing Ukraine's siege of two cities held by separatists, Donetsk and Luhansk, to the siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany in World War Two And he flexed his country's muscles further by...
  • Russia's move to sell S-400 missiles to China may rile India

    08/29/2014 10:10:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | August 29, 2014
    The deal between Beijing and Moscow can dramatically alter the balance of power in South Asia Russia's reported plan to sell advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to China may rile wary neighbours, especially India, as Moscow and Beijing moved closer in the backdrop of deepening Ukrainian crisis, according to a media report. A recent comment by Kremlin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, "the chances that China may be the first foreign buyer of S-400s are high," cited by official Voice of Russia, has sparked off speculation that the two countries have moved closer to clinch the deal that was dragged...
  • Notorious Navy spy John Walker dies in NC federal prison

    08/29/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT · by fredhead · 52 replies
    WTKR ^ | 8/29/2014 | Becca Mitchell
    The man responsible for what the military called the Navy’s biggest betrayal is dead. John Anthony Walker, the former Senior Warrant Officer from Norfolk who supplied the Soviets with damaging tactical and military data, died in federal prison on Thursday in Butner, North Carolina. 29 years ago, Walker’s career as a spy came to an end in Norfolk Federal Court.
  • Putin hails Ukraine separatists; Kiev raises prospect of joining NATO

    08/29/2014 9:02:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 29 Aug 14 | Karoun Demirjian and William Branigin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine as “insurgents” battling an army that he likened to Nazi invaders during World War II, and the Ukrainian government raised the prospect of joining NATO as it seeks help in repelling what it calls an outright Russian military invasion of its territory.
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Putin's Plan? Or Kremlin Chaos?

    08/29/2014 6:11:56 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | August 29, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
    Is that all just part of the plan? Or is Putin himself becoming erratic? And is the collective Putin coming unglued?
  • Russia Lies About Invading Ukraine as It Invades Ukraine

    08/29/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 54 replies
    TDB ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Anna Nemtsova 
    As Russia troops and tanks make an apparent bid to open the land route to annexed Crimea, discontent is growing in the motherland about the obvious but oft-denied war in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Russia – Where U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have failed to make Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledge his ever-more-overt invasion of Ukraine and think about pulling back, Valentina Melnikova, the head of Russia’s famous Soldiers’ Mothers Committee, might just have a chance. Early Thursday morning, Melnikova started getting phone calls from Russian army bosses. All of them, from the deputy defense minister to the...
  • Kremlin 'modus operandi' origins in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Georgia invasions

    08/29/2014 1:26:50 AM PDT · by se99tp · 7 replies
    CCDreport ^ | August 29th, 2014
    The Kremlin regime continues to misinform the Western audience trying to convince that that Ukrainian war is its internal issue. How successful it will be? It depends when the Western media will decide to finally report the bigger picture of this war.
  • Petro-dollar era is officially over as Gazprom begins sales in Yuan and Rouble

    08/29/2014 12:43:49 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    Exeminer ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Aug. 27 will officially go down as a red letter day in the history of reserve currencies and dollar hegemony in how oil and gas are purchased throughout the world. In a new announcement from the Russian business media source, Kommersant, Gazprom has conducted the first sale of oil in a currency other than the dollar, and will henceforth open their purchase window to accept both Roubles and Yuan for the exchange of oil and gas products. Beginning today with an 80000 ton oil shipment from their Arctic fields, Gazprom Neft agreed to new terms on the sale and transfer...
  • Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

    08/27/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via BI ^ | Aug. 27, 2014, 9:33 AM | Marwan Ibrahim
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin province,...
  • U.S. Official Says 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine ["Full-Scale Invasion"!] Re-Set Button?

    08/28/2014 8:49:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | August 28, 2014 | Victoria Butenko, Laura Smith-Spark and Diana Magnay
    U.S. Official Says 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine By Victoria Butenko, Laura Smith-Spark and Diana Magnay, CNN August 28, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was under way Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels. U.S. officials said Russian troops were directly involved in the latest fighting, despite Moscow's denials. Russian Combat Forces Inside the Territory of Ukraine Russian Combat Forces Inside the Territory of Ukraine Rebels backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel...
  • Western Sanctions And Rising Debts Are Already Strangling The Russian Economy

    08/28/2014 8:43:36 PM PDT · by Tau Food · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 28, 2014 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    As Russia scrambles to refinance maturing debt, stabilize the ruble, and battles to halt the collapse of investment in new plant and equipment, Russia will draw down its official reserves and rainy-day funds, capital flight will accelerate, perhaps to unsustainable levels, and economic growth will collapse, perhaps as much as during the financial crisis of 2009. The longer the sanctions stay in place, the worse the consequences. . . . Vladimir Putin has maintained his hold on power via an implicit bargain that he will produce rising standards of living and ensure that pensions and wages are paid on time....
  • Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West

    08/27/2014 6:02:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/27/2014 | MICHELLE MOGHTADER AND FREDRIK DAHL
    Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme. Iran's development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials. It could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it produces low-enriched uranium only to make fuel for a planned network of atomic energy plants. If processed to a high fissile concentration,...
  • Russia Sends Tanks And Troops Into Ukraine, Seizes A Strategic Town [Obama Freezes!]

    08/28/2014 8:20:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 28, 2014 | VICTORIA BUTENKO, CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Russia Sends Tanks And Troops Into Ukraine, Seizes A Strategic Town By VICTORIA BUTENKO, CAROL J. WILLIAMS NATO confirms major incursion of Russian troops and armor into eastern Ukraine Russia's goal is to permanently destabilize Ukraine, NATO official says Ukrainian president cancels trip abroad, convenes emergency security meeting on Russian incursion Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town on the road to the heavily militarized Crimean peninsula in a brazen display of support for pro-Russia separatists fighting Ukrainian government troops. Defense officials in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, said two...
  • Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 6:57:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Anna Smolchenko
    Kostroma (Russia) (AFP) - Several dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine. The women -- mostly in their 20s, a few with small children -- huddled outside a base that houses paratroopers in Kostroma, around 300 kilometres (200 miles) north of Moscow. Some 350 soldiers from the city were this month sent on military drills to the border with Ukraine and then went incommunicado, said one of the women, 26-year-old Valeria Sokolova....
  • #BBCTrending: Canada and Russia in Twitter fight over map

    08/28/2014 6:24:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    bbc ^ | 28 August 2014
    Russia posted this map in response to Canada's Twitter That's the message the Canadian Nato delegation tweeted, in map form, to Russian soldiers "who keep getting lost and 'accidentally' entering Ukraine". "Geography can be tough," it notes snarkily. On Tuesday Ukraine released video of Russian paratroopers it says it captured within its eastern border. In response, Russian military sources said the men had crossed an unmarked portion of the border "by accident". Canadian officials, it seems, aren't buying the story. Since the tweet went live, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has alleged that Russian troops have been "deployed" in eastern Ukraine...