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  • Putin’s Leadership Qualities Outshine Obama’s

    09/01/2014 11:43:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
    It’s no accident of fate that President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating hovers around 87 percent as opposed to President Obama’s which is at an all-time low of 34 percent, according to a recent Franklin and Marshall poll, while a mere 36 percent of Americans back his foreign policy. Those heady days when the Obama received rock star welcomes in Berlin and Cairo with his message “Yes, we can” have faded into distant memory. The fact is he couldn’t and he didn’t. With the world beset by crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Ukraine, the so-called leader of the free world...
  • Kazakhs Worried After Putin Questions History of Country's Independence

    09/01/2014 10:30:52 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 3 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 01 2014 11:50 Last edited 11:51 | Anna Dolgov
    President Vladimir Putin has said Kazakhstan's history of independent statehood is scant and its people's desire for closer ties with Russia is profound — a rhetoric reminiscent of Moscow's stance on Ukraine — and inhabitants of Kazakhstan are worried. Kazakhs have taken to social networks to call for supporters to "send a history textbook to Putin" in response to the Russian leader's remarks last week that the Central Asian nation had never held any independence worth speaking of until very recently. Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has "created a state on a territory that never had a state," Putin told a...
  • I can take Kiev in two weeks, Vladimir Putin warns European leaders

    09/01/2014 7:29:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/01/14 | Ben Farmer
    Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted.
  • Russian tank unit in Donbas defects

    09/01/2014 7:07:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Monday 01 september, 2014, 16:16 | Zik TV
    According to preliminary information, a Russian tank unit deployed in Ukraine has defected and joined the Ukrainian army, ‘Kyivshchyna’ 11th battalion announced on its website in Facebook Sept. 1. Anti-Putin feelings in Russia are on the increase, with one-man protesters carrying slogans appearing on Moscow streets. Under the Russian law, more than one protesters are qualified as organized anti-government activities subject to criminal investigations.
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves ‘moderate’ while at the same time...
  • Watch 1000 Years of European Borders Change In 3 Minutes

    The whole world is watching the crisis in Crimea, and Russia faces off with the USA and European superpowers. The dispute centers around which country the territory should belong to, and it may seem shocking in today’s modern era, but the borders of Europe have never been solid. In this time-lapse video, you can see how 1000 years of European history plays havoc on the stability of the border we take for granted today. This time-lapse video has never been more relevant. As the eyes of the world are fixed on events in Ukraine and Crimea, its good to have...
  • Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

    09/01/2014 3:51:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | September 1, 2014
    GDANSK, Poland: Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday (Sep 1). "We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia)" but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations", Gauck said at a ceremony in Gdansk to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland that set off World War II. Evoking the "miracle" of post-war reconciliation between Germans and Poles, Gauck said he was disappointed with the turn of events...
  • Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

    09/01/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    National Newswatch ^ | Sept 1 2014 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week's NATO summit to spend substantially more on the military. Annual spending on the military, when compared with 2011, is slated to shrink by a total of $2.7-billion in 2015, according to a briefing note prepared for the deputy defence minister. That would be almost...
  • China May Be Biggest Winner From Ukraine Crisis

    09/01/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    voanews.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Mike Eckel
    Thousands of miles away from the Ukrainian battlefields of Donetsk and Novoazovsk sits the country that may end up being the largest beneficiary of the turmoil along Russia’s southwest border: China. With Russian President Vladimir Putin rewriting the playbook on security in post-Cold War Europe, Beijing has watched warily 3,700 miles to the east, though without protest or interference. Its abstention from a U.N. Security Council resolution vote in March that condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea was unusual, given Beijing’s traditional stance on such votes, but it comes as bilateral ties have been on the upswing for years now. Two...
  • Cameron: we will permanently damage Russia's economy

    09/01/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 78 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    David Cameron has vowed to “turn the ratchet” on Vladimir Putin, as he warned Western sanctions would “permanently” damage the Russian economy. Moscow banks are running short of funding as investors pull capital out the country, while the rouble and the Russian stock market are falling, the Prime Minister said. He was speaking ahead of a Nato summit in Wales which will discuss Ukrainian membership of the military alliance. Addressing the Commons, the Prime Minister said Britain would face the “grave danger” posed by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine with “reliance and resolve”. On Saturday, European leaders gave Russia a...
  • Ukraine Crisis: 'If I Want, I Will Take Kiev in Two Weeks', Putin Warns EU's Barroso

    09/01/2014 12:57:58 PM PDT · by babylon_times · 254 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/1/14 | Jack Moore
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to outgoing European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso that he could "take Kiev in two weeks" if he wanted, Italian media reports have said. According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the Russian leader made the belligerent statement in a phone call with the outgoing EU leader, who is set to be replaced by Luxembourg's former prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker...
  • Ukraine Crisis: Who Are the Russian Neo-Nazi Groups Fighting with Separatists?

    09/01/2014 12:17:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    ibtimes.co.uk ^ | September 1, 2014 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    The leader of Ukraine's Jewish communities has warned that Russian neo-Nazi organisations are increasingly active in the pro-Russian insurgency in east Ukraine. Iosif Zisels, head of Vaad Ukraine, the Association of Jewish Organisations and Communities of Ukraine, has said that that Russia is "infected with the ideas of revanchism and that is very closely linked to fascism". According to Zisels, neo-Nazi organisations – which have prospered in Russia for over 20 years, and fuel tensions in the country after the fall of the Soviet Union – are now operating in Ukraine after being active in Moldova and Georgia. Zisels says...
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

    09/01/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 1, 2014 6:11am EDT | Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt
    (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukraine's military said its forces had been ordered to pull back from a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where they had been battling a Russian tank battalion.
  • Russian fascist ideologue Dugin: Why stop with Donetsk and Luhansk?

    09/01/2014 10:59:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 59 replies
    A number of fascists and neo-Nazis descended on Yalta this weekend, with members of prominent fascist parties like Hungary’s Jobbik due to attend. They joined Sergei Glazyev, senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Maxim Shevchenko a member of Putin’s human rights council, Kremlin-backed militants and their Russian comrades from various far-right and neo-Nazi parties in discussing the fight against the ‘fascist junta in Kyiv’. A star attraction was surely the proposed formation of a Russian ‘Anti-fascist Council’. It is unclear at present how many of the invited members of Belgium’s neo-Nazi Parti Communautaire National-Européen’; fascist Jobbik; far-right British National...
  • Arm Ukraine or Surrender

    09/01/2014 8:04:33 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 128 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 31, 2014 | BEN JUDAH
    Russia would have triumphed over the world order imposed by the West after the Soviet Union lost the Cold War. This would mean the destruction of American geopolitical deterrence. America’s enemies, from China to Iran, would see this as an invitation to establish their own spheres of influence amid the wreckage. Russia would not stop there. Mr. Putin wants to undermine NATO, and the smell of weakness would tempt him further. It would be merely a matter of time before Moscow exploited the Russians in the Baltic States to manufacture new “frozen conflicts.” Poland would feel compelled to act as...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev: No Winners In A World War

    09/01/2014 6:18:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
    A century ago, the First World War began. On 28 July 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, then on 1 August, Germany declared war on Russia, and over the course of a few short days, several more world powers joined the conflict either on their own initiative or by needs. Over the next three years, more and more countries joined both warring sides, dragged into the quicksand of fighting that was growing to encompass the European continent and far beyond it.
  • Ukraine conflict: Russian families look for soldier sons

    09/01/2014 4:38:09 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Ukraine conflict: Russian families look for soldier sons
    Accusations of Russian involvement in the fighting in eastern Ukraine are nothing new, but now they are accompanied by a growing concern from relatives of Russian servicemen unable to locate them or, in the worst cases, having to receive their bodies. In Kostroma, north of Moscow, relatives of those serving with the elite 98th Airborne division headed to their base on Thursday trying to find out where their relatives were. The soldiers were last known to be flying on manoeuvres. This is the same unit from which 10 Russian soldiers were captured in Ukraine earlier this week.
  • Russians shot their own POWs

    08/31/2014 10:54:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 42 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 20:22 | Zik TV
    Despite the agreement and the officer’s word from the Russian commander, there was no withdrawal corridor for the Ukrainian troops encircled near Ilovajsk. As the Ukrainians started the withdrawal, the Russian troops opened fire regardless of the fact that there were Russian POWs in the column, deputy Dnipropetrovsk governor Boris Filatov wrote in Facebook, referring to those Ukrainian soldiers who managed to escape.
  • Kremlin 'modus operandi' origins in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Georgia invasions

    Renowned expert on Communism, the man who knew everything, Herbert Romerstein would always focus attention of his young friends trying to understand the logic of the current Russia's regime into its Bolshevik and Soviet history. He would teach the correct approach to the black and white Moscow's propaganda and encourage to study diligently the NKVD files in its full historical context. Despite the fact that Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Empire in 1991, there have been persistent efforts to reuse the USSR's intelligence and the military tactics by the post-Soviet, Russian politicians to restore the power...
  • Ahead Of Brazil's Presidential Elections, Newcomer Silva Rises In Polls Against Rousseff

    08/31/2014 10:49:20 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two punch of bad news. With just over a month to go before the Oct. 5 vote, President Dilma Rousseff awoke to newspaper headlines Saturday announcing that Brazil's long-sputtering economy had officially entered recession for the first time in more than five years.
  • UKRAINE: Crystal bridge Russian-Ukrainian friendship burned and cannot be restored

    Relations between Russia and Ukraine - as the two countries, two states, two nations, two ethnic groups, the two cultural systems will never be the same again- the brotherly-intimate. (However, there are the two brothers of the state - Cain and Abel.) But it's not only about the states, but also about the people. In Ukraine, the popular idea will fix - say, dear Russian! We love you and will love you forever! Now is to blame the Kremlin, Putin, the Russian television and forced on you by the Imperial virus. And Crimea you have taken against their will...
  • UKRAINE: A Radical Way for Ukraine to Fight and Defeat Russia

    08/31/2014 12:47:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 43 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | August 29, 2014 9:30 AM | Andrew L. Peek
    Russian tanks advancing through southeastern Ukraine should be deeply embarrassing to Americans. NOT because Ukraine is of such vital national interest; NOT because the fate of liberty at home hinges on Luhansk or Donetsk; BUT because it is VERY CLEAR that Putin and virtually every other major world leader simply does NOT REALLY CARE what the President of the United States thinks. In his press conference, President OBAMA REFUSED TO CALL THE RUSSIAN INVASION an invasion. “Invasion” presumably implies action; instead, it was a “CONTINUATION of what’s been taking place for MONTHS now,” which is actually MORE embarrassing than delineating...
  • UKRAINE: Russian aircraft attacked with four cluster bombs Happiness city of Luhansk region.

    08/31/2014 1:32:06 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    The journalist Nastya Stanko Twitter reported that Russian aircraft had attacked four cluster bombs the city of Happiness, Luhansk oblast. "In the direction of Happiness came four times Russian aircraft and bombed. Dropped cluster bombs. Burning forest, all in smoke. People are leaving, "she wrote.
  • UKRAINE: Naval Ship In Flames After Attack By Rebels

    A Ukrainian naval vessel was in flames in the Azov Sea after being attacked by artillery from pro-Russian separatists along the shore. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said an emergency operation is under way to help rescue crew members. Lysenko said the vessel is a naval cutter but it is not known how many people were onboard. Pro-Russian insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack on social media websites. Igor Strelkov, a former separatist military commander, said on VKontakte that the separatists have "dealt the enemy their first naval defeat." Rebels backed by Russian forces seized the Ukrainian town of Novoazovsk...
  • Rogers: Russian troops not on 'sightseeing tour'

    08/31/2014 2:29:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Sunday disagreed with the Obama administration’s refusal to call Russia’s military action in Ukraine an invasion. “I don’t think they’re there on a sightseeing tour,” Rogers, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said of Russia’s incursions into Ukraine. “It’s hard to argue that Russian troops with Russian armor crossing the border into Ukraine doesn’t fit the definition of an invasion,” he said. Rogers’s comments match those of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that Russia is clearly carrying out an invasion. Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, argued...
  • Kazakhstan threatens to withdraw from Eurasian Union

    08/31/2014 6:46:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 08:11 | Zik TV
    Kazakhstan has the right to leave the Russia-led Eurasian Union if its interests are violated, Kazakh Pres Nazarbajev said, speaking to Khabar TV, Tengri News reported Aug. 30. Kazakhstan will not be a part of organizations that endanger its independence, Nazarbajev said. [....] Recall also that Pres Putin declared at the youth Seliger forum that Kazakhstan had never been an independent country in the past.
  • Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' (Putin Toughens Position)

    08/31/2014 4:31:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 202 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/31/2014 | BBC News
    President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report. He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld". His comments came after the EU gave Russian a one-week ultimatum to reverse course in Ukraine or face sanctions.
  • EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, ready Russian sanctions

    08/31/2014 2:06:54 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2014 7:28pm EDT | Adrian Croft and Jan Strupczewski
    (Reuters) - European Union leaders on Saturday chose Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair their Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc's foreign relations, as the EU prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. A summit in Brussels shared the two coveted EU posts between a Kremlin critic from ex-communist Eastern Europe and the foreign minister of one of Moscow's biggest customers for gas. EU officials gave Ukraine's embattled President Petro Poroshenko a warm welcome and assurances of further support. But divisions among the 28 EU nations have hampered action against Moscow, and a...
  • UK Germany say urgent action needed to avoid all-out war with Russia

    08/31/2014 1:51:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 48 replies
    Arizona State News.Net ^ | August 30, 2014 | Staff
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Amid significant gains being made by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and denies by Russia of a military intervention in the country, the European Union has issued a one week ultimatum for Moscow to remove its alleged forces from the country. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that Russia had a week to withdraw its soldiers from eastern Ukraine or face further severe sanctions, while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was "close to a point of no return - full scale-war" with Russia. The Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite went one step further, calling Russia's...
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • Garry Kasparov: It’s a War, Stupid!

    08/30/2014 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 69 replies
    Time ^ | 8-30-2014 | Garry Kasparov
    As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and...
  • 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...
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 37 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 · 14 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 · 44 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 · 65 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 · 208 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 · 61 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 · 5 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 · 5 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]

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    08/30/2014 9:30:24 AM PDT · by No One Special · 40 replies
    Slate ^ | August 29, 2014 | Anne Applebaum
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