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  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 28 replies
    The times of a Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    As of Tuesday night, despite the efforts of international intermediaries here in the region, there was no sign of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had failed to achieve the long-term humanitarian truce he planned. This despite signs Monday that Hamas might want to halt the fighting. The Al-Mayadeen satellite station, which has good contacts in the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed late Monday that Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal had reached a ceasefire deal, based on Egypt’s proposal for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Abbas’s intelligence chief Majid Faraj set...
  • EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

    07/22/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence. The official statement read: "The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields."
  • Carter calls for end to fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 2:43:55 PM PDT · by NCjim · 50 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 22, 2014 | Shelia Poole
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has called for an end to the fighting and bombing in Gaza. “Both sides must distinguish between combatants and noncombatants, and Israel must ensure that its use of force is proportionate in accordance with international humanitarian law. More immediately, all combat operations must stop, and Israeli troops should withdraw from Gaza,” Carter said in a statement released Tuesday. So far, more than 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting, according to reports. The Israeli death toll is estimated at 29, including two civilians. Humantarian groups have also called for an end to...
  • Getting Away With Murder

    07/22/2014 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mark Nuckols
    Vladimir Putin is hoping to get away with murder. Last week a civilian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a sophisticated anti-aircraft missile system, and 298 innocent people died as a result. Simple logic and all the early evidence to point to Russia as the guilty party, but Putin smugly believes that he will get off scot-free. And he has good reasons to think so. He enjoys strong support from a gullible and fiercely nationalistic Russian public that uncritically believes the Kremlin’s propaganda. The militants who almost certainly brought down Malaysian Airways Flight MH 17 with Russian support...
  • Cockpit of MH17 found 'sawn in half at spot cordoned off by pro-Russian separatists ...

    07/22/2014 2:52:40 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 65 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 22, 2014 | Tara Brady
    International monitors, who only recently gained access to the site, discovered the cockpit of the plane apparently cut in half with diesel-powered saws. Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the group of international monitors from the Organize for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told USA Today: 'The rear part of the aircraft, one of the biggest intact pieces, has definitely been hacked into'. The cockpit was found on land which was immediately cordoned off by Russian-backed separatists during the two days after the plane was blown out of the sky. However, both the separatists and Russia have denied any involvement in...
  • Cockpit of MH17 found sawed in half at crash site

    07/22/2014 2:41:24 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    USA Today | July 22, 2014 | Filip Warwick and Doug Stanglin
    usatoday.com cannot be posted due to copyright complaint http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/22/ukraine-mh17-bodies-russia/12981325/
  • US: No Link to Russian Gov't in Plane Downing

    07/22/2014 2:32:53 PM PDT · by kristinn · 108 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Ken Dilanian
    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia. The officials briefed reporters Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week's air disaster, which killed 298...
  • How rebel mourning MH17 victims was turned into looter with trophy (Video debunks media narrative)

    07/22/2014 1:43:54 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    RT ^ | July 22
    Twitter is quick, but too quick sometimes – recently it burst with photos of an evil Ukrainian militiaman who took a teddy bear from the victim of Malaysia plane crash as a trophy. But the full video shows he was just paying the tribute to the dead. “Pro Russian holds up stuffed toy like trophy. Mr @PutinRF_Eng, are you proud of your compatriots?" wrote a twitter user John Gosling. A photo signed “pro-Russian fighter holds up a toy found among the debris at the crash site of MH17” has been used by such major media outlets as the BBC and...
  • Ron Paul:"Obama" partly to blame for Malaysia Airlines disaster

    07/22/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 9 replies
    Washington Times Online ^ | 7-21-14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul said Sunday that the United States shares part of the blame in the attack on the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine last week, and that theObama administration may try and use the tragedy as an excuse to attack Russia.
  • Russians Have a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    07/22/2014 9:40:35 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 24 replies
    New Republic ^ | 7/20/2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Did you know Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam? Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk? Or that the dispatchers summoned the plane lower just before the crash? Or that the plane had been recently reinsured? Or that the Ukrainian army has air defense systems in the area? Or that it was the result of the Ukrainian military mistaking MH17 for Putin’s presidential plane, which...
  • Britain Announces Inquiry Into Killing of Ex-K.G.B. Officer[Litvinenko]

    07/22/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | ALAN COWELL
    Almost eight years after Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer turned whistle-blower, was poisoned in London with a radioactive isotope, the British authorities announced on Tuesday that a public inquiry would be held into his death, permitting investigators to explore whether Russian leaders ordered the killing. At a time when President Vladimir V. Putin faces mounting Western opprobrium for his support of pro-Russia separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, the announcement from Theresa May, the British home secretary, could be seen by Moscow as a further rebuke. “It is more than seven years...
  • MH17 and Moscow’s Magical Mystery Jets

    07/22/2014 8:44:08 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 25 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 22nd 2014 | Mark Galeotti
    MH17 and Moscow’s Magical Mystery Jets By Mark Galeotti After a weekend of virtual silence—while elements of the Russian media tried to fill the infospace with all kinds of lurid and rapidly-debunked rumor and conjecture—Monday saw Moscow hit back at the allegations that Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by separatist rebels with Russian government assistance. Beyond President Putin’s strangely constrained personal statement (not the body language of a man at all comfortable with the situation), a key element were the “ten questions” posed by Lt. Gen. Andrey Kartopolov, chief of the General Staff’s Main Operations Directorate and Lt....
  • The Day of the Hawk

    07/22/2014 8:41:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Gadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan's raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was mass murder in the second degree. Seeing an aircraft intrude into Russian air space, Soviet officers brutally ordered it shot down. The downing of the Malaysian airliner that took the lives of 298 men, women and children was not deliberate terrorism. No one wanted to massacre those women and children. It was a horrendous military blunder, like the U.S. shoot-down of the Iranian Airbus by the...
  • Ukrainian Su-25 fighter detected in close approach to MH17 before crash - Moscow

    07/22/2014 8:34:48 AM PDT · by McGruff · 61 replies
    “A Ukraine Air Force military jet was detected gaining height, it’s distance from the Malaysian Boeing was 3 to 5km,” said the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the HQ of Russia’s military forces, Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov speaking at a media conference in Moscow on Monday. “[We] would like to get an explanation as to why the military jet was flying along a civil aviation corridor at almost the same time and at the same level as a passenger plane,” he stated. The presence of the Ukrainian military jet can be confirmed by video shots made by the Rostov...
  • Is There a Russian Conscience? A European?

    07/22/2014 8:35:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    When I was a graduate student at Columbia University's Russian Institute, there was a great debate: Was the communist Soviet Union an organic Russian development or was it largely a cancer imposed on it? Those who held the organic view argued that the change from czar to commissar was only one of degree. Both were tyrannies, the latter more tyrannical than the former. I agreed with the second view, that communism was something radically new, not a logical, let alone inevitable, Russian path. The czars were autocrats, not genocidal totalitarians. I have to admit that in recent years, I...
  • Defying allies, France to deliver first warship to Russia

    07/22/2014 7:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | Yann Le Guernigou and Guillaume Frouin
    * Hollande confirms first warship delivery, questions second * Both domestic backers and opposition applaud move * But Russian sailors get lukewarm welcome in port town PARIS/ST NAZAIRE, July 22 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing their objections as hypocritical. Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on Monday that a first Mistral warship would...
  • Poll: Putin's Approval Rating Is at All-Time High in Russia

    07/22/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/22/2014
    While Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly a pariah on the world stage, his approval rating in Russia has never been higher. A new poll from Gallup shows that 83 percent of Russians approve of Putin's job performance, up nearly 30 points from his 2013 rating and tied with the previous all-time high from 2008.
  • What Needs Resetting

    07/22/2014 5:53:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The bodies of 298 passengers and crew of Malaysia Air Flight 17, 80 of them children, lie unburied in a Ukrainian field while Vladimir Putin's men fire their weapons into the air to keep international investigators from approaching the site. Yes, "Putin's men." Calling them "Russian separatists" unnecessarily dignifies them. They are supplied, armed and trained by the despot in the Kremlin. At the very least, Putin is responsible for arming these dangerous actors. At most, it's possible the missile wasn't fired by Ukrainians at all, but by Russians, which would answer President Barack Obama's question: "What do they...
  • Putin Channels Obama on MH17: Ukrainians Cling to Guns and Borders

    07/22/2014 4:25:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    The strongman of the Soviet, er, Russia is getting kind of wimpy. Caught in the act blowing up a civilian airliner, he’s pointing the finger at someone else, and condemning the world’s political calculations, all the while calculating politically. He must watch a lot of MSNBC because this is the type of thing we’ve come to expect from our own weak-willed presidents. Russia, says Putin, did not shoot down that jetliner. Listen to him very carefully. There is no inappropriate Russian relationship with that missile. It was caused by a bunch of bitter Ukrainians who cling to their guns and...
  • What the Media Won't Report About Flight MH17

    07/22/2014 3:53:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim - even before an investigation - that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council - just one day after the crash! While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event,...
  • Russian Air Massacre: What Would Reagan Do?

    07/22/2014 12:22:21 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    Leadership: President Obama's response to Russia's downing of an unarmed passenger jet is tepid compared with President Reagan's response to a similar horror in 1983. Obama called Russian-backed rebels' downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a "terrible tragedy." Reagan called the Soviets' downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007 a "crime against humanity." Despite overwhelming evidence Moscow had a hand in the civilian massacre over Ukrainian airspace, Obama refuses to rebuke Russia. Instead, he's called for an "international investigation into the incident." A defiant Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, has warned the West against using the tragedy for "selfish political ends," and is...
  • Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

    07/22/2014 12:08:29 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Jul 14 | By LAURA MILLS
    MOSCOW (AP) — An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens. Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 people. While they vary wildly in content, all point the finger at Ukraine. None admits the possibility that Russia may bear responsibility. The story of the airline tragedy that is unfolding for Russians differs starkly from the one that people are following in the West. As U.S....
  • Why Russia buys Putin’s lies

    07/21/2014 7:58:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies
    nypost.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Mark Nuckols
    MOSCOW — The outside world knows Russian-backed militants shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, using missiles supplied by Moscow, even if few leaders are yet willing to say outright that Vladimir Putin has blood on his hands (again). But the Russian public is happy to buy Putin’s lies. “It’s obvious the Ukrainians did this, the separatists don’t have the weaponry or the ability to shoot down aircraft at that altitude,” a partner at a major law firm told me. Never mind that the “separatists” had shot down at least two Ukrainian planes in the week before, or that the Ukrainians...
  • Dutch forensic team 'impressed' by work at MH17 crash site

    07/21/2014 6:56:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 7-21-2014 | BBC
    The leader of a Dutch forensics team has said he was impressed with the work done at the site of the MH17 airliner crash in Ukraine. Forensics expert Peter Van Vliet said: "I think they did a hell of a job in a hell of a place".
  • Evidence: Russia Implicated in MH17 Attack, Europe Weighs Tougher Sanctions

    07/21/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Officials at the US Embassy in Kiev took the extraordinary step of releasing to the public a great deal of intelligence on the downed airliner attack this weekend, which clearly points the finger at Moscow. The case against Russia was built in a strikingly candid and prosecutorial blog post on the embassy's official website. Damning: We assess that Flight MH17 was likely downed by a SA-11 surface-to-air missile from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We base this judgment on several factors. Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the...
  • Ukraine Separatists Release Bodies and Black Boxes

    07/21/2014 5:51:07 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | July 21, 2014 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, SABRINA TAVERNISE and KEITH BRADSHERJULY
    KIEV, Ukraine — After days of obstruction, Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine reached an agreement with Malaysia on Monday, surrendering the flight recorder boxes of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner downed by a surface-to-air missile last week, and allowing the bodies of the victims to be evacuated by train. The agreement, announced by the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, in a live television broadcast, appeared to represent a significant movement to end the standoff after the crash of Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which killed 298 people. The bodies lay for days in a wheat field in eastern...
  • Malaysia, Ukraine Rebels Reach Agreement to Allow "Safe Access" for MH17 Crash Investigators

    07/21/2014 3:32:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mic ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jared Keller
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reached a deal with the leader of the pro-Russian separatists in control of the MH17 crash site to allow "safe access" for international investigators. "Under difficult and fluid circumstances, we have been discussing the problems that have occupied us all: securing vital evidence from the aircraft, launching an independent investigation, and above all recovering the remains of those who lost their lives," Razak said in a statement. "Tonight, we have established the basis of an agreement to do just that." The remains of 282 victims of the crash, currently in Torez, will be moved by...
  • What We Know And Don't Know About The Downing Of Flight MH17 And The 'Buk' Missile System

    07/21/2014 3:07:03 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 21st 2014 | Interpreter Live Thread
    What We Know And Don't Know About The Downing Of Flight MH17 And The 'Buk' Missile System 21:12 (GMT) With all of the developments, debates, new evidence and new disinformation, let's take a look at what we know and don't know about the theory that a Buk missile system shot down Malaysian Flight MH17. What We Know - The Separatists Had The Buk The main theory is that a Buk missile system shot MH17 out of the sky. The separatist at one point admitted that they had a Buk, though that tweet has since been deleted. We have created a...
  • Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko: The World Must Choose Sides

    07/21/2014 2:45:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    In the wake of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, "every country, including Russia," must determine whether it is "together with the terrorists or together with the civilized world," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday. In an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Poroshenko said, "Every country and every person, and every leader should find out their own place." "We know exactly" where a missile was shot that hit the plane Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, and where the flight crashed, he said. "And all this territory is firmly controlled by Russian-supported terrorists." Ukraine has "a lot of...
  • Obama and Putin’s Savage World Order

    07/21/2014 2:17:07 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 8 replies
    Front Page ^ | July 21 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Whether it’s Obama sneering “Sue me” to critics of his abuses of power or Putin shrugging at yet another atrocity, we are no longer in the civilized urbane precincts of law and government. What both men have in common is a hard left background which has taught them that the only defining principle in politics is Lenin’s “Kto-Kovo”. Kto-Kovo or Who-Whom reduced all interactions to warfare. The Bolsheviks ushered in the end of rules, decency or honor. All that mattered was who would be able to destroy whom. It didn’t matter whether you had justice on your side, but what...
  • Putin Revealed

    07/21/2014 2:15:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    No amount of Kremlin propaganda can hide the fact that Putin has poured gasoline on a raging fire in Eastern Ukraine. Once seen as a smooth and effective administrator, Putin now stands exposed as a clueless bungler. And that brings us to Obama’s so-called “reset” policy with Russia, perhaps the single most odious and disastrous foreign policy since Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. Obama’s weakness and appeasement on Russia encouraged Putin to believe he was nearly omnipotent in post-Soviet space and could do as he pleased. Last week, it cost nearly 300 innocent lives. Yet Obama didn’t apologize or even acknowledge...
  • Why The Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17

    07/21/2014 1:32:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Tom Nichols
    <p>Putin, I’m sure, was briefed ahead of time and told that such an accident could never happen.</p> <p>No, Mr. President, we will sweep any Ukrainian military jets from the sky. Yes, Mr. President, we will control their airspace, and paralyze them, until they accept partition, as we did with Crimea. No, Mr. President, we are professionals and there is no chance of error or detection. We have trained to fight Americans, this will be a piece of cake.</p>
  • Biden to Putin: I don't think 'you have a soul'

    07/21/2014 1:55:51 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/21/14 | Justin Sink
    Vice President Biden told Vladimir Putin that he did not believe the Russian leader had “a soul” during a visit to the Kremlin in 2011, the vice president said in a New Yorker magazine interview published Monday. Biden said the incident occurred while he was touring Putin’s office in the Kremlin. “I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed. As I turned, I was this close to him,” Biden said, signaling that the two leaders were standing just inches apart....
  • MH17 conspiracy theories blame Ukraine for Malaysia Airlines crash

    07/21/2014 1:44:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    nationalpost.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Matthew Fisher
    Setting aside some of the wildest claims by Moscow’s yellow tabloids about how those killed in the crash were already dead before the missile struck, a good starting point is the sharp disappointment that observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have repeatedly expressed over the lack of access they have received to the crash site, which is in rebel-held territory. Russian state media have made no mention of any such difficulties or the way masked men with assault weapons were overseeing the bodies being “piled in a heap” in refrigerated railway cars, according to Britain’s...
  • John Bolton: Obama wasting time, missing the critical issue with downed Malaysian jetliner(VIDEO)

    07/21/2014 1:18:20 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 21 2014 | Right Scoop
    John Bolton says that Obama is wasting time and missing an opportunity to make a strong presidential statement by focusing on the downed Malaysian jetliner as if it were a ‘New York City police homicide investigation.’ Bolton says the critical issue is the fact that Russia has used military force on the continent of Europe in aiding these separatists and that’s what Obama needs to confront. (VIDEO)
  • Russian Media on Downed Airliner: The CIA Did It

    07/21/2014 1:16:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 75 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | July 21, 2014
    Just one day after the horrific tragedy that left 298 people dead, Russia's Channel One ran a package telling its audience that the entire incident was orchestrated by the United States, specifically by the CIA. A document was broadcast purportedly showing that the U.S. was planning to do the same thing during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Viewers learned that the "U.S. orchestrated this because Ukrainian government is not sophisticated enough to orchestrate this," according to the broadcast, which was translated from the original Russian by CNBC. According to Channel One, Russia's swift economic growth has inspired the United States...
  • Sowell: Bordering on Madness (Good Read)

    07/21/2014 12:11:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 22, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!" One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing...
  • Rep. Kline Calls Russian Behavior ‘Way Beyond The Pale’

    07/21/2014 12:54:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | July 20, 2014
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – U.S. Rep. John Kline talked about the Malaysian Airlines disaster, school lunches and more with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning. The downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane happened the day after President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia to punish the Russians for their support of the Rebels. For many, the question now remains what more the U.S. should do. “Clearly this is behavior way beyond the pale,” Kline said. “There is no question the Russians are backing the rebels, the separatists. We cannot tolerate that kind of behavior.” Kline said that he supports providing the...
  • Lindsey Graham: Obama Has 'No Stick' in Dealing With Russia

    07/21/2014 12:58:18 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 15 replies
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed President Barack Obama's handling of foreign affairs, saying he "has no situational awareness regarding the adversaries he faces." Graham took to Twitter soon after Obama spoke from the White House on Monday morning to provide an update of events in Ukraine and the Middle East. "President Obama continues to pursue diplomatic solutions while Russia and their separatist allies continue to dismember the Ukraine," he tweeted. "The people who appreciated President Obama's speech the most were the Russians. Talks loud. No stick." During his Monday remarks, Obama said his preference "continues to be finding a...
  • [Russian] Defense Ministry Claim on Buk in Billboard Video Doesn’t Add Up

    07/21/2014 12:48:59 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 2 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 21st 2014 | Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
    Russia This Week: Defense Ministry Claim on Buk in Billboard Video Doesn’t Add Up By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick July 20, 2014 1753GMT: The Russian Defense Ministry gave a briefing today for the press in which they claimed that information released by the Ukrainian government on Friday about Russian-backed separatists’ possession of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system likely used in the shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner was a hoax. Among the items addressed at the briefing was a short video released by the Ukrainians showing what appears to be a Buk anti-aircraft system on a truck escaping for the Russian border....
  • Bodies leave Ukraine crash site for return to Netherlands

    07/21/2014 12:36:37 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff/ Reuters
    A train carrying the remains of most of the almost 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site on Monday, after the Malaysian Prime Minister reached a deal with the leader of pro-Russian separatists controlling the area. The aircraft's black boxes, which could hold information about the crash in rebel-held eastern Ukraine but will not pinpoint who did it, would be given to the Malaysian authorities, Prime Minister Najib Razak said, indicating he had bypassed Kiev, which has lost control of much of the east. The expected handover of the bodies and the black boxes,...
  • Russians Scramble To Edit Wikipedia So The Kremlin's Claims Make Sense

    07/21/2014 12:07:24 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 21st 2014 | Interpreter Live Thread
    Russians Scramble To Edit Wikipedia So The Kremlin's Claims Make Sense 16:24 (GMT) As we reported earlier, the Kremlin now says that flight MH17 was "tailed" by a Ukrainian military Su-25 aircraft during much of its flight over Ukraine. As we pointed out, this claim may be physically impossible since Russia says that the Su-25 was consistently between 3 and 5 kilometers away from MH17, but the Su-25 can't fly high enough to have this claim make any sense. Well, today the Su-25 has been given some significant upgrades -- at least on Wikipedia. Several IP addresses that track back...
  • Romanian president: Russia is "partner for terrorists," to blame for downing Malaysian plane

    07/21/2014 11:37:31 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    AP ^ | July 21, 2014
    BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania's president says Russia is acting as a "partner for terrorists" in eastern Ukraine and responsible for the downing of a Malaysian jetliner. In the strongest comments to date from a Romanian official, the pro-US leader Traian Basescu said "the responsibility for the aviation tragedy in Ukraine belongs to groups of terrorists in Ukraine and in equal measure to Russia which made weapons available." He said Monday that "Russia is part of the terrorist act," referring to the crash in which 298 people died.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutality should not come as any surprise

    07/21/2014 11:02:08 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    heraldsun.com.au ^ | July 22, 2014 | ALAN HOWE
    AMONG the daft things uttered by George W Bush while he was president of the United States — and there were plenty — his 2001 assessment of Russia’s then new leader, Vladimir Putin, was the dumbest. Mastering that familiar expression of simian incomprehension, Bush said that he “liked the look of the man”. “I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy, and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul.” Bush said he saw in Putin a man committed to his country and its best interests. But before him that day...
  • Ron Paul is Putin's New Best Friend

    07/21/2014 11:32:01 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Lucia Graves
    It used to be that blaming America for crisis abroad was largely the province of liberals. That folk wisdom appears to be changing—just ask Ron Paul. In the days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the former House member has been quick to attack the West and President Obama for pointing any fingers in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Conspiracy theories and the useful idiots who are happy to believe Putin's lies

    07/21/2014 11:28:26 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 21, 2014 | DOMINIC LAWSON
    On Saturday, the English language online version of this still Communist party-owned publication published an editorial entitled ‘MH17: some conclusions — did Nato try to murder Putin?’ Note the use of the word ‘conclusions’ even as Russia tells the rest of the world not to jump to any. The article cites unidentified ‘eyewitnesses’ who saw Ukrainian airforce jets ‘accompanying MH17’ and ‘rumours that President Putin was believed to be flying over the same route at the same time’. It continues: ‘Sources who have asked not to be named have claimed that the Russian President’s aircraft has very similar contours and...
  • Ron Paul Defends Russia After Malaysian Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Nusiness Insider ^ | 7/21/14 | Colin Campbell
    Former Congressman Ron Paul defended the Russian government on Sunday and slammed Western leaders for spreading "propaganda" after a Malaysian Airlines plane was allegedly shot down by Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine. "Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said," the former presidential candidate wrote. "While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report." One of those unreported things, Paul claimed in his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" column, was the...
  • Indian PM says India won’t take sides as Gaza toll rises to 518

    07/21/2014 7:50:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Times of India ^ | 21 July 2014 | PTI
    Asserting that India's policy on Palestine issue remains unchanged, government on Monday refused to take sides over the Gaza conflict as it said Israel and Palestine should have peace talks and forestalled a resolution in Rajya Sabha which was demanded by the opposition. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the House should not be divided but send out a joint message that wherever there is violence, it is condemnable and both Israel and Palestine should accept Egypt's offer of peace talks. She was replying to a short-duration debate on Gaza situation during which opposition condemned the violence in Gaza, pressed...
  • Obama to Russia: Stop supporting rebels or … you’ll be really isolated, or something

    07/21/2014 9:52:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama gave a short speech today on the attack on Malaysia Air Flight 17, in which he warned Russia to start using its influence with separatists more positively. His statement, delivered 25 minutes late, included plenty of warnings about isolation for Vladimir Putin, but zero mention of any specific consequences for the shootdown and for the obstruction of the investigation into the explosion that killed 295 people:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “Now is the time for Russia and Putin to pivot away from the strategy he been taking and get serious about” about resolving the conflict in...
  • Russia dismisses accusations Ukrainian separatists shot down Flight MH17 [it's not their fault]

    07/21/2014 8:20:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 248 replies
    France 24/AFP ^ | 7-21-2014 | AFP
    Russia’s Defence Ministry dismissed accusations on Monday that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine’s east were at fault for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet last week, alleging instead that Ukrainian warplanes had been flying close to the plane. The ministry also denied accusations that Russia had supplied the separatists with SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missile systems – which are known as “Gadfly” in NATO – or “any other weapons.” “Russian air space control systems detected a Ukrainian Air Force plane, presumably an SU-25 (fighter jet), scrambling in the direction of the Malaysian Boeing,” Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev of Russia’s Air Forces told a...