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  • U.S. Was Warned of Attack on Aid Workers in Syria

    09/27/2016 9:10:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 26, 2016 | Michael Weiss
    Two days prior to devastating aerial attacks, Michael Ratney, the U.S. special envoy to Syria, was told the Assad regime was planning to hit the Aleppo facilities of the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer rescue group. Raed al-Saleh, the head of the organization, which is widely known as the White Helmets, was in Manhattan last week, where he told not only Ratney, but envoys from the Netherlands, Britain, and Canada. He said intercepted communications from military officers in the Assad regime signaled imminent plans to bomb several rescue centers, according to two sources who were in the room when al-Saleh...
  • Putin praises farmers for Russia's strong grain harvest

    09/27/2016 8:44:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2016 10:38 AM EDT
    President Vladimir Putin has praised farmers for making Russiaís grain harvest this year the highest in post-Soviet times. Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev reported to Putin on Tuesday that this yearís harvest is expected to reach 110-115 million metric tons, the largest yield in a quarter century. [Ö] Putin said Russia shouldnít hurry to boost its grain exports, but wait for global prices to rise. Ö
  • Thousands of Iran-backed fighters converge on Aleppo amid deadly Syria airstrikes

    09/27/2016 5:17:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2016
    Thousands of Iran-backed fighters converge on Aleppo amid deadly Syria airstrikes Published September 26, 2016 As deadly airstrikes pounded Aleppo, Syria over the weekend, a major foreign ground force was also converging on the region. As many as 3,000 Iranian-backed fighters have arrived in Aleppo supporting the Syrian regime in its fight to crush the rebellion, two U.S. officials confirm to Fox News. There are an estimated 250,000 Syrian civilians trapped in Aleppo facing an onslaught of Russian and Syrian bombs, according to reports. The Iranian-backed Shiite militias include fighters from neighboring Iraq as well as Afghanistan, officials say. Many...
  • EU leaders to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

    09/26/2016 11:14:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 26, 2016 | 11:09am EDT | Gabriela Baczynska
    European Union leaders will explore next month the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. But the sanctions appear likely to remain in place for now, especially those slapped over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula seized by Russia in March 2014, despite the legal and political challenges of maintaining them. A series of Reuters investigations recently showed how European companies including German retailer Metro and Franceís Auchan were doing business in Crimea despite the punitive sanctions regime there....
  • 'Barbaric': UN officials condemn Syria's Aleppo bombardment

    09/26/2016 10:58:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | September 26, 2016 | Euan McKirdy, Tim Hume and James Masters
    Top UN officials have separately described the Syrian regime's brutal offensive against areas of the besieged northern city of Aleppo as "barbaric." Following the collapse of a short-lived, US-and Russia-brokered ceasefire, Syrian forces pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and wounding more than 300 others, an activist group reported.
  • Russia accused of war crimes in Syria at UN security council session

    09/26/2016 8:05:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 26, 2016 | Julian Borger and Kareem Shaheen
    Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regimeís assault on eastern Aleppo. The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscowís accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft.
  • Hillary staffer left classified document in Russian hotel room

    09/25/2016 10:45:58 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 25, 2016 | John Smith
    When Hillary chastises Trump for supposedly being allied with Putin or claims that the Russians hacked the DNC email, she should really reflect on her own staffís actions in aiding and abetting Putinís intelligence gathering. Russian TV reports that the FBI discovered another security violation when US Diplomatic Security (DS) found a classified document from then Sec State Clintonís briefing book left behind in a Russian hotel room. Monica Hanley, one of Hillaryís former aides, was given a diplomatic pouch with the Sec Stateís briefing book and took the pouch to the suite of the Russian hotel she was sharing...
  • Syria airstrikes kill 85 people in Aleppo amid diplomatic row

    09/25/2016 8:32:17 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 53 replies
    CNN Clinton News Network ^ | September 25, 2016 | Tim Hume, Joe Sterling and Chandrika Narayan
    Syrian forces pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and wounding more than 300 others, an activist group reported. The bombardment destroyed residential centers, overwhelmed hospitals and angered diplomats meeting at the United Nations. "Everyone in Aleppo is depressed," an activist on the ground told CNN. "They don't know what they have done to become targets for warplanes. Fear is clear in the eyes of anyone you see walking the streets of Aleppo. Yesterday I saw a woman walking on the street and crying , no clear reason, just crying."Hundreds of airstrikes have pummeled the city,...
  • US to deploy new nukes in Europe - Moscow expresses 'concern'

    09/25/2016 7:33:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 38 replies
    Fort-Russ.com ^ | 23SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    NATO continues to expand its missile potential in Europe and Moscow is concerned over the deployment of NATO infrastructure near its borders, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated. ďNATO members are continuing to expand their anti-missile capability in Europe in the framework of the so-called Ďphased adaptive approach.í We have repeatedly expressed concern over the placement of elements of strategic infrastructure in the immediate vicinity of our borders, which directly affects our interests in the field of security,Ē he said at a session of the Russian Public Council on International Cooperation and Public Diplomacy in the Public Chamber. Ryabkov added...
  • Ex-CIA director: Trump knows what he's doing with Putin

    09/25/2016 7:01:09 PM PDT · by Innovative · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 25, 2916 | Jason Kurtz
    Donald Trump's strategic approach to confronting Russia under President Vladimir Putin is more complex and nuanced than the Republican nominee's campaign trail rhetoric often indicates, his new senior adviser, former CIA Director James Woolsey, said Tuesday. "I think what Mr. Trump does is much more important than what he says," Woolsey said. "You don't succeed at something like this based just on language. Language is a tool. I don't think it is an absolute."
  • After striking murky gas deal, Ukraine bows to West

    09/25/2016 6:49:02 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | September 24, 2016 | Dmitry Zaks
    The scandal was complex but its outcome potentially simple -- Ukraine tried to fiddle with its murky gas sector and upset its EU partners enough to freeze huge sums of financial help. The fight for control over a profitable company that transports Russia's blue fuel to Europe also exposes the clan warfare and backstabbing that surrounds Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and hampers Kiev's bid to anchor its ties to the West. Ukrtransgaz is the money-making branch of the former Soviet republic's chronically struggling state oil and natural gas company. It moves about half the gas purchased by Europe from Russia...
  • UN Chief: End the nightmare in Syria

    09/25/2016 2:40:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations urged world powers on Sunday to work harder to end Syria's civil war. The conflict has taken half a million lives and created an international refugee problem since it started in March of 2011. Addressing an emergency session of the Security Council, Ban asked, "What excuse is there for anything less than determined action to stop the mayhem? How much longer will all those with influence allow such cruelty to continue? I urge all involved to work harder...
  • Russiaís westernmost ICBM unit to be armed with Yars missile ó commander

    09/25/2016 12:06:03 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Tass.com ^ | 20SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    MOSCOW - Russiaís westernmost ICBM division near Bologoye will be re-armed with the missile system Yars, the Defense Ministry has told TASS. "The westernmost strategic missile force division in the Tver region will soon begin to be rearmed with the missile system Yars. It will be a sixth strategic missile division where the newest mobile ground-based missile complexes will replace the intercontinental ballistic missile Topol," the press-service of the Strategic Missile Force quotes its commander Sergey Karakayev as saying. According to the official, this year regiments in the Irktusk and Yoshkar-Ola divisions began to be rearmed. The re-armament of the...
  • US: Russia's action in Syria is barbarism

    09/25/2016 11:31:06 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/16
    Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council on Sunday that Russia's action in Syria was barbarism, not counter-terrorism, according to Reuters. The ambassadors of Britain and France said war crimes have been committed there. .....
  • Russia: Peace in Syria almost impossible now

    09/25/2016 11:26:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/16
    ussia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was "almost an impossible task now," according to Reuters. Russia and the United States, who back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to salvage a ceasefire deal that effectively collapsed ...
  • The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

    09/25/2016 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 25 replies
    STAGE 1: INFILTRATIONMuslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle. - First migration wave to non-Muslim ďhostĒ country. - Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society. - Attempts to portray Islam as a peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a Ďraceí). - High Muslim birth rate in host country increase Muslim population. - Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture. - Calls to criminalize ďIslamophobiaĒ as a hate crime. - Threatened legal action for...
  • Syriaís Su-24 Bombers Have Become Its Most Proficient Hospital-Destroyers

    09/25/2016 1:52:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    While Russian Su-24M/M2/SVP-24s are usually armed with only four bombs, Assadist Su-24MK2s carry much heftier loads of eight to 10 FAB-250M-62s or FAB-250¬Ė270s or five FAB-500M-62s. Photo via Y. A. In 1988, Syria placed an order for 48 Sukhoi Su-24MK fighter-bombers and expressed interest in obtaining additional examples. While 24 of these were delivered in 1990 and 1991, Moscow suspended further arms deliveries because Damascus began refusing to pay some old debts. The Su-24 thus entered service with ‚ĄĖ 819 Squadron of the Syrian Arab Air Force based at Tiyas Air Base, or T-4, while the planned second unit was...
  • Russiaís Brutal Clinton-Bashing, Trump-Loving Election Coverage

    09/24/2016 6:09:50 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 36 replies
    The Daily Bestiality ^ | September 22, 2016 | Anna Nemtsova
    If you think the American elections look ugly where you are, you should watch the coverage in Russia. News about them is all over Russiaís mainstream media, and itís brutal. When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tried to power through pneumonia and had her fainting spell on Sept. 11, the Russia 24 channel informed its audience of almost 8 million viewers that sheíd been ďreportedĒ dead. According to Russia 24, Clintonís demise had been caught on camera but allegedly edited out by the American network ABC when it broadcast the footage.
  • Putin: USSR could have been reformed, there was no need to destroy it

    09/23/2016 4:41:10 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 48 replies
    The Communist Party of the Soviet Union should have transformed the bloc into a democratic entity rather than see it collapse, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. ďYou know my attitude towards the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was no need to do it. Reforms could have been undertaken, including those of democratic nature,Ē the Russian president told the leaders of the parties which won seats in last week's general election. ďBut I want to point out that the Communist Party was in charge of our former homeland, the USSR, not any other,Ē Putin added.
  • Russia Issues New ďR.O.E.Ē in Syria: Any Aircraft Threatening the Syrian Army WILL BE SHOT DOWN

    09/23/2016 2:25:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 103 replies
    MyDailyInformer.com ^ | 21SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    After the United States and "Coalition" aircraft attacked Syrian Army positions "by mistake" Ė which killed 62 and injured over 100 Syrian Soldiers Ė Russia says the next mistake will be the pilot's last, as new Rules of Engagement are now in effect. Two days ago, on 17 September, US-led coalition jets bombed Syrian government forcesí positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 troops and "paving the way" for Islamic State militants, the Syrian Army General Command told the state television. The bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties...
  • This Is How Russia Bombed the U.N. Convoy

    09/22/2016 10:03:22 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 21, 2016 | By Pierre Vaux
    The international reaction to Monday nightís devastating attack on an aid convoy in the Syrian town of Urem al-Kubra has been swift and furious. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an unusually forthright speech at the General Assembly, described the attack as ďsavage and apparently deliberate.Ē He concluded by saying the fate of Syria could not depend on the ďfuture of one man,Ē namely Bashar al-Assad. According to a statement released Wednesday by the Free Syrian Army, 31 people in total diedó19 civilians and 12 aid workers. The director of the local branch of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), Omar...
  • Russia's Top Gay News Website Banned

    09/22/2016 12:50:43 AM PDT · by aquila48 · 9 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 19 2016
    One of Russia's most popular LGBT news sites has been blocked without warning, its administrators have announced. A court in the remote Siberian town of Parabel ruled to block BlueSystem.ru, banning the site throughout Russia. The reason for the ban has not been published on the court's website, and site administrators say that they have not received any explanation for the decision. BlueSystem.ru received no warning that the case was taking place, and were unable to defend themselves in court, the website's team wrote on their Vkontakte social media page. The site is visited by 100,000 people a day, according...
  • Watch Out, NATO: New Russian Warship Gun Second to None

    09/22/2016 1:14:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 21.09.2016
    The Russian Navy has decided to equip all of its small missile ships and boats with a unique high-precision digital 76 mm automatic gun, the Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted a Russian navy source as saying. Designed to contain NATO warships equipped with Italian-made Oto Melara guns, the –ź–ö-176–ú–ź is equipped with an all-weather electro-optical system which shares its characteristics with a sniper rifle, according to the source. It said that the new gun's combination of high ballistic performance with an electronic management control system add to the AK-176MA's complete superiority over its main competitor, the 76-mm gun made by the...
  • The Guard at NATOís Northern Gate (Norwegian Air Force)

    09/22/2016 12:25:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | SEPTEMBER 2016 | Carl A. Posey
    Some nights, sitting at a table in a hotel restaurant 17 stories above the BodÝ quay, you may see what looks like a spark rise from the Norwegian coast and fly off into the night. Another follows, then both wink out in the distance. They are F-16s from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) stationed here in BodÝ [pronounced ďBO-dehĒ], either on a training flight or scrambled to intercept an aerial visitor, probably a Russian one, skirting Norwegian airspace. Though the conversation around the restaurant is mostly in Norwegian, you also hear diners chatting in English, a good deal of...
  • US, Russia abandon diplomatic niceties in testy Syria debate

    09/21/2016 1:20:42 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 8 replies
    AP Via Breitbart.com ^ | September 21, 2016 | AP via breitbart.com
    <p>The United States and Russia abandoned diplomatic niceties Wednesday in a fractious public debate over Syria, blaming each other for spoiling the countryís cease-fire and offering only temporary patches to stem the bloodshed. Secretary of State John Kerry called for all warplanes to halt flights over aid routes, while Russiaís chief diplomat spoke of a possible three-day pause in fighting.</p>
  • Russian MP: ĎWe will buy Bulgaria, we already bought half of the coastí

    09/20/2016 9:28:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 20, 2016 | Georgi Gotev
    A statement by a Russian parliamentarian has sent shockwaves through Bulgaria, as the country begins to realize that the many Russians who bought real estate in the country may sooner or later become a powerful political force. The MP, who is from Vladimir Putinís United Russia party, was asked on Bulgarian television if his country would pursue a benevolent policy towards Bulgaria, if his party won the Sunday elections (18 September). In fact, United Russia won with more than 50% of the votes. ďOf course,Ē Piotr Tolstoy answered, adding: ďWe will just buy out the entire [Bulgaria]. Half of its...
  • White House: Russia responsible whoever carried out Syria aid convoy strike

    09/20/2016 5:05:01 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 33 replies
    CNN Clinton News Network ^ | September 20, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    The US has reached the preliminary conclusion that Russian warplanes bombed an aid convoy and warehouse belonging to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, two US officials told CNN. "All the evidence we have points to that conclusion," one of the officials said. The White House, meanwhile, said that Russia holds responsibility for the strike regardless of whether it was their planes that attacked.
  • Get On ĎSame Planetí: Brzezinski Berates Republican For Raising Hillaryís Failed Russian Reset

    09/20/2016 6:16:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Republican congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has to be one of the best-informed, well-spoken, reasonable, fairly non-partisan Members of Congress. So when Royce appeared on todayís Morning Joe to discuss the latest atrocity in Syria, in which the Assad regime barrel-bombed an aid convoy, he was initially given respectful ďMr. ChairmanĒ treatment, until . . . Royce had the audacity, responding to Andrea Mitchell question about Donald Trumpís ďembrace of Vladimir Putin,Ē to refer to Hillary Clintonís failed ďRussian reset.Ē That set Mika Brzezinski off. After an ďoh, wowĒ of incredulity, Mika demanded ďcan we...
  • (T)HE NEXT GENERATION OF CHINA'S CARRIER BORNE FIGHTER, THE FLYING SHARK, TAKES TO THE SKIES

    09/20/2016 5:18:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 20, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    New imagery shows that the China's carrier borne fighter, the J-15, will receive major upgrades, which point to gains in not just China's engine making but overall carrier fleet. Chinese Military Aviation The Original Article The initial J-15s, derived from the Soviet Su-33, had lighter landing gears (see the nosewheel) and Russian made AL-31 turbofan engines. The J-15 is derived from the Russian Su-33 (itself developed from the Su-27 fighter), is currently in limited production by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. It is used by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. Chinese Internet J-15A The...
  • CCTV captures an election official stuffs a pile of voting papers in to a ballot box in Russia

    09/20/2016 1:54:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 19 September 2016 | Julian Robinson
    CCTV has emerged appearing to show an election official allegedly stuffing a pile of voting papers in to a ballot box in Russia. The ruling United Russia has cruised to an easy victory in parliamentary polls in a result that could pave the way for President Vladimir Putin to glide to a fourth term in 2018 elections. But there have been claims of vote-rigging and video has now been released showing alleged ballot stuffing.
  • Snowden is turning into a liability for Putin

    09/19/2016 10:02:04 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 23 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Sep 19, 2016 | by Leonid Bershidsky
    BERLIN Ė Edward Snowden is increasingly unhappy with the situation in Russia, where he has lived for more than three years. President Vladimir Putin once welcomed the National Security Agency contractor for his propaganda value, but he may be wondering if itís all been worth it. Snowden arrived in Moscow in June 2013. That was almost a year before the Crimea annexation, and Russia could still try to sell itself to radical leftists who admired Snowden as the lesser evil, compared with the Big Brother United States. Putin talked a lot about Snowden, showing obvious delight for thumbing his nose...
  • Russia 'to revive the KGB' after Putin wins biggest majority

    09/19/2016 8:56:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19 September 2016 ē 3:39PM | Marc Bennetts
    Russia plans effectively to revive the KGB under a massive shake-up of its security forces, a respected business daily has reported. A State Security Ministry, or MGB, would be created from the current Federal Security Service (FSB) , and would incorporate the foreign intelligence service (SVR) and the state guard service (FSO), under the plans. It would be handed all-encompassing powers once possessed by the KGB, the Kommersant newspaper said, citing security service sources. Like the much-feared KGB, it would also oversee the prosecutions of Kremlin critics, a task currently undertaken by the Investigative Committee, headed by Alexander Bastrykin, a...
  • Video of Artillery base at Deir Ezzor

    09/19/2016 3:22:40 PM PDT · by chemical_boy · 3 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwa1pxFV9hU
  • Reports: Russia gives Syria green light to shoot down Israeli planes

    09/18/2016 7:58:21 PM PDT · by Lera · 35 replies
    World Israel News ^ | September 15, 2016
    After Israel attacked the Assad regime's military positions in response to projectiles fired from Syria that exploded inside Israel, Russia called on Israel to show restraint and has allegedly given Syria permission to shoot down Israeli planes that cross into its territory. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on Israel to "show restraint" and to "avoid any provocations" in the Syrian Golan Heights. "There is the need to show restraint and not to allow any provocations in the Golan Heights," Lavrov said commenting on an airstrike carried out by the Israeli jets in Syria's Golan Heights on Tuesday, according...
  • Russia as the New Power Broker in the Mideast

    09/18/2016 7:45:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 18, 2016 | C. Hart
    The massive ten-year U.S. military aid package successfully negotiated between the White House and Israel, proves Americaís continued commitment to Israelís security. It ensures Israelís QME (Qualitative Military Edge) over its enemies. And, provides U.S President Barack Obama with an incentive that Israeli leaders are worried aboutÖ a way of leveling the Middle East playing field. The Israelis are concerned that in Obamaís last days as president, after U.S. elections in November, and before the next American president enters the White House, he will align himself with those pushing the French Initiative -- a peace plan proposed this week that...
  • U.S.-led forces strike Syrian troops, Russia calls emergency U.N. meeting

    09/17/2016 3:09:51 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 88 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2016 | Angus McDowall and Andrew Osborn
    U.S.-led coalition air strikes killed dozens of Syrian soldiers on Saturday, Russia and a monitoring group said, putting a U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire in jeopardy and prompting Moscow to seek an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting. The United States military said the coalition stopped the air strike against what it had believed to be Islamic State positions in northeast Syria after Russia informed it that Syrian military personnel and vehicles may have been hit. A U.S. military official said he was "pretty sure" targets mistakenly hit in the coalition strikes were Syrian forces. Russia called for an emergency meeting of the...
  • UK armed forces 'could not withstand attack by major power like Russia'

    09/17/2016 11:36:27 AM PDT · by NRx · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09-17-2016 | Jamie Grierson
    The UKís armed forces would not be able to protect the country from a full-scale attack by Russia or another major military power, the recently retired commander of joint forces command has said. Gen Sir Richard Barrons, who stepped down in April, delivered a scathing assessment of the UK military in a 10-page private memorandum to the defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon. It comes despite the governmentís decision to increase defence spending by nearly £5bn by 2020/21 and to meet Natoís target of 2% of GDP for the rest of the decade. In his memo, Barrons said: ďCapability that is...
  • Russian and Turkish Military Chiefs Meet in Ankara

    09/17/2016 10:39:22 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | 15 September 2016
    The chief of the Russian military's general staff visited Turkey Thursday for talks with his counterpart about the situation in Syria. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, and Turkish Gen. Hulusi Akar met at the Turkish General Staff headquarters in Ankara. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday night that the negotiations allowed the two military leaders "to bring the parties' assessments of the current situation in Syria and the measures necessary for upholding the cease-fire closer." Russia and the United States brokered a...
  • Bibi Backs Trump - on Putin

    09/17/2016 8:23:29 AM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 09/16/2016 | Patrick Buchanan
    Since Donald Trump said that if Vladimir Putin praises him, he would return the compliment, Republican outrage has not abated. Arriving on Capitol Hill to repair ties between Trump and party elites, Gov. Mike Pence was taken straight to the woodshed. John McCain told Pence that Putin was a "thug and a butcher," and Trump's embrace of him intolerable. Said Lindsey Graham: "Vladimir Putin is a thug, a dictator...who has his opposition killed in the streets," and Trump's views bring to mind Munich. Putin is an "authoritarian thug," added "Little Marco" Rubio. What causes the Republican Party to lose it...
  • Russia is seriously running out of cash

    09/16/2016 7:20:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    cnn.com ^ | September 16, 2016 | Ivana Kottasova
    After almost two years in recession, the country's rainy day fund has shrunk to just $32.2 billion this month, according to the Russian Finance Ministry. It was $91.7 billion in September 2014, just before oil prices started to collapse. And it's getting worse. Analysts expect the fund will shrink to just $15 billion by the end of this year and dry up completely soon after that.
  • Putin could have poisoned Hillary says world renowned doctor ...

    09/14/2016 5:41:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | September 14, 2016 | Chris Summers
    Original Headline: Putin could have poisoned Hillary says world renowned doctor who exposed NFL concussion crisis and was played by Will Smith in Hollywood movie A world-renowned doctor has made the far-fetched suggestion Russia's President Vladimir Putin could be responsible for poisoning Hillary Clinton, who was diagnosed earlier this week with pneumonia. The 68-year-old Democratic candidate for the White House collapsed into the arms of her Secret Service agents on Sunday after being rushed from the 9/11 memorial service at the World Trade Centre. Dr Bennet Omalu, the doctor who exposed the NFL concussion crisis, tweeted: 'I must advice (sic)...
  • Can Putinís Aircraft Carrier Stay Afloat on Its Syria Mission?

    09/14/2016 2:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 13, 2016 | Paul McLeary
    The last time Russiaís sole aircraft carrier sailed into the Mediterranean Sea, five years ago, the U.S. Navyís 6th Fleet kept a close eye on its progress. The concern among American officers wasnít the shipís contingent of fighter planes; instead, it was the very real worry it would sink and necessitate a potentially risky rescue operation. The 26-year-old Admiral Kuznetsov made it through that 2011 deployment without sinking and is now headed back to the eastern Mediterranean this fall as part of Russian President Vladimir Putinís effort to use Syria as a showcase for his new model military. But the...
  • Unlike Obama, Putin Is a Patriot

    09/13/2016 5:44:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 13, 2016 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    Donald Trumpís praise of Vladimir Putin during the recent televised commander-in-chief forum has come in for widespread scorn, especially on the left, but also from some conservatives. The comments were perhaps politically ill-advised as they distracted attention from Hillary Clintonís weaknesses and Trumpís better messages. But objectively, Trumpís observations, particularly his comparison of the relative effectiveness of Putinís leadership to Barack Obama, are not obviously incorrect. Putin may be a ruthless, autocratic dictator, but he acts in ways that are clearly intended to promote Russiaís national interests. Obama on the other hand has consistently acted, and continues to act, in...
  • Russian Cyber Group Hack World Anti-Doping Agency In Revenge For The Country's Olympic Ban

    09/13/2016 12:05:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 5 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | 13:45 EST, 13 September 2016 | By RORY TINGLE FOR MAILONLINE
    A group of Russian hackers claim to have found files showing the Williams sisters and gymnast Simone Biles were allowed to take banned substances by anti-doping bosses. Hacktivists Fancy Bears leaked documents that allegedly demonstrate both Venus and Serena Williams took substances that were on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) banned list. However, the International Tennis Federation said the Williams sisters had been given permission to use the drugs for 'therapeutic use'. Fancy Bears claimed American gymnast Simone Biles tested positive for another banned substance in August but also had special dispensation to use it. Both the International Federation of...
  • Trump attacks U.S. foreign policy, political press corps on state-owned Russian television network

    09/10/2016 12:01:01 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 8, 2016 | Jose DeReal
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized U.S. foreign policy and the American political press corps Thursday during an interview on RT America, a state-owned Russian television network. In a wide-ranging interview that aired Thursday evening, Trump spoke with journalist Larry King about the presidential race, American intervention in Iraq and the Middle East, and the potential intrusion by Russian hackers into Democratic Party databases. RT, which airs in several countries in English and Russian, is funded by the Russian government; though it characterizes itself as independent, the network has been regularly accused of pro-Kremlin bias. The interview came as Trump...
  • Obama hands Syria over to Putin

    09/10/2016 7:52:27 AM PDT · by kindred · 19 replies
    The Syrian cease-fire agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Friday night, September 9, in Geneva hands Syrian affairs over to Russiaís President Vladimir Putin and the countryís military. The accord marked a sharp reversal for Washington. In his meeting with Putin in China last week, US President Barack Obama did not agree to those steps for the simple reason that such an agreement would be in line with the policy and stance of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, not those of the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump suggested several months ago...
  • US and Russia agree Syria peace plan

    09/09/2016 4:43:05 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 September 2016∑
    Russia and the US have agreed to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria from sunset on 12 September after intensive talks in Geneva. Under the plan, the Syrian government will end combat missions in specified areas held by the opposition. Russia and the US will establish a joint centre to combat so-called Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters. The plan follows a day of talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
  • Syrian ceasefire deal between US and Russia could come 'very soon'

    Kerry working closely with Russia to work together for a ceasefire in Syria.... Sounds like what Trump was talking about only to be attacked for his remarks about Russia and Putin.
  • Russia Spends 18% Of Reserve Fund In August Alone

    09/09/2016 3:34:58 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 11 replies
    Russia spent 18.4 percent of its reserve fund in a single month to plug deficits in the federal budget, Finance Ministry figures released Tuesday have revealed. The countryís reserve fund fell from $38.18 billion to $32.2 billion during the course of August 2016, shrinking to just over a third of pre-crisis levels, reports The Moscow Times. The fund stood at $90 billion in late 2014, but has come under increasing strain as Russiaís oil-dependent economy has suffered under falling energy prices. Russia has been somewhat cushioned to the fall in oil prices as the commodity is sold in dollars and...
  • FBI Director Comey: Russia Canít Hack U.S. Election System Because Itís So ĎClunkyí

    09/09/2016 2:13:22 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 9/9/16 | Eric Lieberman
    ďThe beauty of the American voting system is that it is dispersed among the 50 states, and it is clunky as heck,íí Comey said, according to The Wall Street Journal. ďA lot of people have found that challenging over the years, but the beauty of that is itís not exactly a swift part of the internet of things, and so it is hard for an actor to reach our voting process.íí