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  • Syrian Air Force to Get Russian Su-24M2 Frontline Bombers

    07/27/2016 10:34:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | July 27, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency. "The Syrian Air Force has received several Su-24M2 aircraft supplied by Russia in order to beef up the Damascus’ combat capabilities to fight against international terrorism. At present, two Su-24M2 aircraft have been delivered with eight more planes to be transferred in the nearest future," the news agency said. According to AMN, Russia has supplied the aforementioned Su-24M2 frontline bombers to the Syrian governmental forces within the framework of the military-technical cooperation between...
  • Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit (And Dems Want To Tar Trump!)

    07/27/2016 10:22:46 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/28/2008 | Peter Robinson
    Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy. “On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged...
  • Paul Ryan Spox: Putin Is 'Thug' Who Should 'Stay Out Of This Election'

    07/27/2016 9:46:15 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 107 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 27, 2016 | Esme Cribb
    The top spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) had strong words in response to Donald Trump's call for Russian hackers to "find" and release the deleted emails from Hillary Clinton's private server. "Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug," Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck told The Guardian. "Putin should stay out of this election."
  • Donald Trump Challenges Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails

    07/27/2016 9:38:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 162 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 27, 2016 | ASHLEY PARKER
    DORAL, Fla. — Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” Mr. Trump’s call was an extraordinary moment at a time when Russia is being accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election. His comments came amid questions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer...
  • Flashback: When the Clintons Loved Russia Enough to Sell Them Our Uranium

    07/27/2016 4:57:23 AM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    BREITBART ^ | July 25, 2016 | John Hayward
    The Democrats’ newfound paranoia about Russian influence on American affairs was certainly nowhere to be found when Hillary Clinton was cheerfully selling them a huge chunk of America’s uranium stockpile, right after a Russian bank paid Bill Clinton $500,000 for a speech. The Uranium One story is among the incidents detailed in Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash. A quick recap: Uranium One was originally a Canadian company, bought out by Russia’s state atomic energy agency, Rosatom.
  • DNC Email Hack: Why Vladimir Putin Hates Hillary Clinton

    07/27/2016 5:21:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 60 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 27, 2016 | Mark Schone
    If Russia is indeed behind the damaging leak of Democratic Party emails on the eve of its national convention, it's not just because President Vladimir Putin likes Republican nominee Donald Trump and his pro-Russian views, former U.S. officials and experts tell NBC News.
  • How do you know Russia hacked the Hillary emails? Clinton campaign is asked. 'We saw it on CNN.' Dem

    07/26/2016 3:37:22 PM PDT · by detective · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 July 2016 | Nikki Schwab,
    Truncated title: Full title: How do you know Russia hacked the Hillary emails? Clinton campaign is asked. 'We saw it on CNN.' Democrats admit they have no evidence of Putin link to disastrous leak Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook pointed to media reports when asked for evidence that Russia was behind the embarrassing Democratic National Committee email hack. 'It's a theory that is being put forward now by CNN, by the Washington Post, by the New York Times, these are the experts speaking out on this,' Mook told the Today show's Savannah Guthrie who brought up that Republican Donald...
  • Bernie Sanders Supporters Don’t Care if Russia Hacked DNC Email

    07/26/2016 9:09:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 26, 2016 | Tim Mak
    Die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t too concerned over whether or not Russia and Vladimir Putin leaked the DNC’s emails. PHILADELPHIA — Bernie Sanders’ most ardent supporters couldn’t care less about Vladimir Putin’s alleged role in the hack of Democratic National Committee emails that suggest the primary was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton. They’re fuming over the content of the emails, but seem unconcerned about how they were released to the public—apparently through an insidious Russian information operation to influence the American elections. The revelations in the emails are a scandal, to be sure. But the broader scandal is that...
  • Clinton Campaign Manager: Prospect of More DNC Emails Being Released Was ‘Concerning’

    07/26/2016 7:11:20 PM PDT · by Mariner · 54 replies
    ABC via Yahoo ^ | July 26th, 2016 | Unattributed
    Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook said on "Good Morning America" that he was concerned an "aggressive regime" like Russian President Vladimir Putin's could be trying to "infiltrate the system of the Democratic Party" and also "influence the outcome of the election." Mook was responding to a question this morning regarding the email hack from WikiLeaks that showed that several staff members of the Democratic National Committee were biased against Sen. Bernie Sanders during the campaign primary. Michael Buratowski, a cyber analyst with the firm that investigated the hack, told ABC News on Monday he's "very confident" that Russian actors...
  • (Flashback From October 17, 2002) Carter, Democrats Asked Soviets to Stop Reagan

    07/26/2016 6:26:18 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    Newsmax.com frontpagemag.com ^ | Thursday, October 17, 2002 | frontpagemag.comnewsman
    Peter Schweizer, a Hoover Institution research fellow, has just written a new book, "Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism." Schweizer, after scouring once-classified KGB, East German Stasi and Soviet Communist Party files, discovered incontrovertible evidence that the Soviets not only played footsie with high-ranking Democrats, they also worked behind the scenes to influence American elections. Soviet diplomatic accounts and material from the archives show that in January 1984 former President Jimmy Carter dropped by Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin's residence for a private meeting. Carter expressed his concern about and opposition to Reagan's...
  • Obama says it is possible Russia would try to sway U.S. election

    Politics | Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:51pm EDT Obama says it is possible Russia would try to sway U.S. election U.S. President Barack Obama said it was possible that Russia would try to influence the U.S. presidential election, after a leak of Democratic National Committee emails that experts have attributed to Russian hackers. "Anything is possible," Obama told NBC News in an interview broadcast on Tuesday when asked if the Russians would try to influence the Nov. 8 election. Obama said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating the leak on Friday of more than 19,000 DNC emails, which showed...
  • Is the DNC leak Putin’s payback for State Department’s involvement in Russia’s elections?

    07/26/2016 10:55:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    Hot air ^ | July 26, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    Former U.S. officials who worked on Russia policy with Clinton say that Putin was personally stung by Clinton’s December 2011 condemnation of Russia’s parliamentary elections, and had his anger communicated directly to President Barack Obama. They say Putin and his advisers are also keenly aware that, even as she executed Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia, Clinton took a harder line toward Moscow than others in the administration. And they say Putin sees Clinton as a forceful proponent of “regime change” policies that the Russian leader considers a grave threat to his own survival. “He was very upset [with Clinton] and...
  • Kerry discusses DNC email hack with Russia's top diplomat

    07/26/2016 7:39:32 AM PDT · by McGruff · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 26, 2016
    Secretary of State John Kerry says he raised the email hack of the Democratic National Committee with Russia's top diplomat but stopped short of making any allegation about who might be responsible. Kerry told reporters Tuesday he brought the matter up with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting in Laos and explained that the FBI was investigating. He did not, however, repeat allegations or echo suspicions that Russia was responsible for the hack and said he would not draw conclusions until the probe is complete. "I raised the question and we will continue to work to see precisely...
  • Clinton practically handed her email password to the Russians

    07/26/2016 8:52:52 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 62 replies
    NY POST ^ | July 25, 2016 | John Crudele
    The Russians didn’t hack into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, as others have reported, according to a very reliable source of mine who has connections with US intelligence agencies. They didn’t have to. Clinton was so careless when using her BlackBerry that the Russians stole her password. All Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gang had to do was log into Clinton’s account and read whatever they wanted. They had to be laughing their butts off. So you can add the Russians to the list of people who know bad and personal things about Clinton that the Democrats will wish remain hidden....
  • Kremlin dismisses US Democratic email hack claims as 'absurd'

    07/26/2016 7:01:23 AM PDT · by Mariner · 42 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | July 26th, 2016 | Unattributed
    Moscow (AFP) - The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed allegations that Russia was behind a hack of the Democratic National Committee's emails as absurd, mocking what it called obsessive references to Russia in the US presidential campaign. "This absurd news was immediately refuted by the family of the well-known presidential candidate," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, referring to Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. "We are still seeing attempts to obsessively use the topic of Russia during the US electoral campaign," Peskov complained. "Unfortunately Russia is being used in the electoral campaign in the US. Unfortunately this traditional game is...
  • Photos: Soviet Flags Fly Proudly atDNC Convention March in Philly

    07/25/2016 4:51:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/25/16 | Jim Hoft
    The Democratic Convention kicked off today in complete chaos. The Bernie supporters silenced Chairwoman Marcia Fudge. Soviet Union flags were proudly displayed. Soviet flags fly proudly for #DemsInPhilly #FeelTheBern March. pic.twitter.com/LhgfkddO5q — RebelPundit™ (@RebelPundit) July 25, 2016 Photos via Rebel Pundit. The march was infested with Soviet flags. #FeelTheBern March infested with red communist flags. #DemsInPhilly #OccupyTheDNC #TrumpPence16 pic.twitter.com/cOpyDdlTWk — RebelPundit™ (@RebelPundit) July 25, 2016 #FeelTheBern communist march on #DemsInPhilly pic.twitter.com/hXp7dE1w78 — RebelPundit™ (@RebelPundit) July 25, 2016
  • The Hitlery camp is accusing Vladimir Putin of leaking the hacked DNC emails to help Trump

    07/25/2016 3:12:22 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 77 replies
    powderedywigysociety ^ | July 25, 2016 | Thomas Madison
    This is REALLY interesting! The Hitlery camp is blaming Vladimir Putin of leaking the DNC emails which sent Debbie Wasserman Schultz into her current crash and burn. Hitlery Campaign Manager, Robby Mook, is claiming that Putin is leaking the emails in an effort to help Donald Trump win the election. Is that any worse than the DNC conspiring to screw Bernie Sanders out of the nomination? I think not, pardon my digression. Of course, Putin denies it, and the Trump campaign, in the person of Paul Manafort, labels the charge "absurd." But is it? There is no question that Putin...
  • Trump's secret backer? Clinton campaign claims Putin's government has links to email hackers

    07/25/2016 2:07:04 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 83 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 25, 2016 | By Francesca Chambers
    Trump's secret backer? Clinton campaign claims Putin's government has links to email hackers who have turned Hillary's coronation into total chaos Hillary Clinton's campaign claims Russians hackers attacked Democratic National Committee computers to help elect Donald trump Campaign manager Robby Mook claims the 19,252 leaked emails were released on eve of convention to divide Democrats They wouldn't blame Russian President Vladimir Putin specifically - 'we can't know for certain' Hillary Clinton's campaign is insisting that hackers linked to the Russian government leaked embarrassing emails from Democratic officials on the eve of the party's convention to influence the presidential election. Clinton...
  • Russia Bombed Base in Syria Used by U.S

    07/25/2016 1:36:02 PM PDT · by keat · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 21, 2016 | Adam Entous
    An outpost near the Jordanian border that is used by U.S. and British special forces was hit by the airstrikes last month. When Russian aircraft bombed a remote garrison in southeastern Syria last month, alarm bells sounded at the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense in London. The Russians weren’t bombarding a run-of-the-mill rebel outpost, according to U.S. officials. Their target was a secret base of operations for elite American and British forces. In fact, a contingent of about 20 British special forces had pulled out of the garrison 24 hours earlier. British officials declined to comment. U.S. military and...
  • Exclusive: Suspected Russian hack of DNC widens — includes personal email of staffer researching Man

    07/25/2016 11:56:05 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 128 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 7/25/16 | Michael Isikoff
    full title.....Exclusive: Suspected Russian hack of DNC widens — includes personal email of staffer researching ManafortJust weeks after she started preparing opposition research files on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort last spring, Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa got an alarming message when she logged into her personal Yahoo email account. “Important action required,” read a pop-up box from a Yahoo security team that is informally known as “the Paranoids.” “We strongly suspect that your account has been the target of state-sponsored actors.” Chalupa — who had been drafting memos and writing emails about Manafort’s connection to pro-Russian political...
  • Clinton Cash movie (if you missed it)

    07/25/2016 9:15:24 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/23/16 | Peter Schweizer
    This is the documentary form of the book, Clinton Cash
  • Al Nusra Front officially splits from Al Qaida

    07/25/2016 7:52:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Gulf News ^ | July 25, 2016 | Sami Moubayed
    Al Nusra Front officially splits from Al Qaida Group hopes to evade a new cooperation pact between the US and Russia, aimed at annihilating Al Qaida Published: 15:35 July 25, 2016 Gulf News Sami Moubayed, Correspondent Beirut: Abu Mohammad Al Golani, commander of Al Nusra Front, will make a public statement later today announcing his departure from Al Qaida. His new group will be named Jabhat Fateh Al Sham (Sham Liberation Front). By doing so the group hopes to evade a new cooperation pact between the US and Russia, aimed at annihilating Al Qaida operatives on the Syrian battlefield. Originally...
  • NY Times: As Democrats Gather, a Russian Subplot Raises Intrigue (new DNC talking points alert)

    07/24/2016 11:00:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 78 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 24, 2016 | David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth
    An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Vladimir V. Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election? Until Friday, that charge, with its eerie suggestion of a Kremlin conspiracy to aid Donald J. Trump, has been only whispered. But the release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, many of them embarrassing to Democratic leaders, has intensified discussion of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.
  • Democrats Accuse Russia Of Hacking DNC Server To Help Donald Trump [IMPORTANT INFO]

    07/25/2016 1:12:36 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 88 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | July 24, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In the aftermath of the fallout from the DNC server hack, the Democrats have been scrambling how to redirect public anger (especially among Bernie Sanders supporters) from the revelations that not only did the Democratic party try everything in its power to sabotage Bernie Sanders presidential bid, but also colluded with various "impartial" media outlets as well as breach fundraising rules in the process. And, as of this morning, it appears that the solution they have decided upon is not to explain or even justify the scandalous actions, but to simply blame Russia for the hack. [SNIP] Except... there is...
  • Newly Built PLAN Type 052D Destroyers Getting Fitted with Larger H/PJ-11 CIWS

    07/25/2016 3:30:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 25 July 2016
    Based on pictures that have been just released by Chinese spotters, it appears that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) next in-line Type 052D Destroyers (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) will be fitted with the H/PJ-11 close-in weapon system (CIWS) instead of the smaller H/PJ-12 currently fitted on existing vessels of the class. The H/PJ-12 seven-barreled 30mm CIWS (sometimes referred as Type 730 which is the export designation.) is present on the first four destroyers in the series already commissioned (as well as on a few other hulls currently at various stages of completion). It is...
  • Paul Craig Roberts Warns "Armageddon Approaches" After German Leak

    07/24/2016 9:48:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/24/16 | Tyler Druden
    The Western public doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany. According to a report issued on June 6th in German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the German government is preparing to go to war against Russia, and has in draft-form a Bundeswehr report declaring Russia to be an enemy nation. DWN says: “The Russian secret services have apparently thoroughly studied the paper.   In advance...
  • Mook Spooked: Hillary Campaign Manager Claims Russians Hacked Into DNC to Help Trump (VIDEO)

    07/24/2016 11:03:42 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 81 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/24/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Wow! Hillary Campaign Manager Robby Mook blamed the Russians for leaking the DNC emails the week before the Democrat Convention. Mook said the Russians were trying to help Donald Trump. The Examiner reported: Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager said Russian hackers stole tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee as a means of helping Donald Trump in the election.Robby Mook, during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” told host George Stephanopoulos that although Russians had claimed responsibility for hacking the party’s internal servers and stealing the information, their motive may not have been just to help their...
  • Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump

    07/24/2016 6:56:33 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | Eric Bradner
    Hillary Clinton's campaign manager is alleging that Russian hackers are leaking Democratic National Committee emails critical of Bernie Sanders in an effort to help Donald Trump win the election in November. It comes on the heels of "changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian," Robby Mook told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday. "I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that's disturbing," he said. The DNC has previously had its files hacked by an individual named "Guccifer 2.0" that may have...
  • Russia's New Conservative Allies in the US: The 'Alt-Right' Phenomenon

    07/23/2016 2:07:07 PM PDT · by orchestra · 75 replies
    Russia-Insider ^ | 7/23/2016 | Vincent DeLarge
    For those that have been paying attention, the rise of the Alt-Right is as surprising, as it is entirely expected What is the Alt-Right? If you listen to the mainstream media, the Alt-Right is the birth of an American far right Frankenstein that was mid-wifed by Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric in this election cycle. But what we are seeing now is bigger than even Donald Trump. It is part of a massive paradigm shift that has been underway for some time now. For those that have been paying attention, it is clear that nationalist, patriotic movements are everywhere ascendant in...
  • Warning: This Is Not Cheese. In Russia, Watch What You Eat

    07/23/2016 2:05:04 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 62 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | July, 22 2016 | Peter Hobson
    If you live in Russia, you may already be worried about what you’re eating. If you’re not worried, maybe you should be. Watchdogs say dairy producers routinely added starch, chalk and soap to their milk. One-fifth of caviar brands contained bacteria linked to E. coli. Bread bakers were discovered to use “fifth-grade” wheat, the sort usually intended for cattle. More than half the sliced salmon on shop shelves has been judged unsafe. And those are only the most recent revelations. Quality control in Russia’s food sector appears to have broken down. Products are plentiful. But behind the glossy labels, their...
  • Two Walruses Die at Vladimir Putin-backed Oceanarium

    07/22/2016 1:36:44 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2016 | Roland Oliphant
    Two walruses have died at a Russian oceanarium backed by Vladimir Putin, in the latest of a series of tragedies to hit the complex. Fanya and Mira the walruses did not wake up from anaesthesia after undergoing an operation to remove their tusks earlier this week, the complex said. “After an operation to remove tusks the animals did not emerge from anaesthesia. The dose was standard. The operation was performed by one of the best vets in the world,” spokeswoman Elena Molchanova told a local news site.
  • Germany stresses defense of Baltics after Trump comments

    07/22/2016 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2016 15:39 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Friday stressed its promise to protect its NATO allies after White House hopeful Donald Trump called the commitment into question. “The German government is fundamentally committed to Article Five of the NATO treaty. That is the central promise of solidarity within the alliance,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters when asked about Trump’s remarks. “Collective defense according to Article Five is and remains the main duty of NATO,” Seibert added, noting that the pledge had once again been renewed at a NATO summit this month in Warsaw. …
  • Russian warplanes reportedly bombed US base in Syria [last month]

    07/22/2016 7:37:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    fo.com ^ | 07/22/2016
    Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said. Despite the fact that some forces could have been killed and the bombing dampened relations between Russia and the Pentagon and CIA, the White House and State Department still persued a compromise. The U.S. and Russia agreed to a pact...
  • Thiel urges Republicans to back off 'culture wars

    07/21/2016 8:25:51 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 260 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 21, 2016 | Tony Romm
    Technology investor Peter Thiel implored Republicans from the convention stage on Thursday against waging "culture wars" on lesbian, gay and transgender communities, mere days after the GOP approved a national platform that defines marriage as between “one man and one woman.” Thiel, who himself is gay, stressed that "every American has a unique identity." He said attempts to require transgender Americans to use particular bathrooms is a "distraction from our real problem." And in a first for a GOP convention, the Facebook board member and PayPal co-founder drew attention to his own sexuality: "I am proud to be gay, I...
  • Russia to test new ship-based helicopters in Syria

    07/21/2016 11:49:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | JULY 18, 2016 | NIKOLAI LITOVKIN, ALEXANDRA YELFACHEVA
    The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is getting ready for a voyage to the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean. The goal of the deployment is to check the combat capabilities of the ship and its strike group, including Russia's state-of-the-art KA-52K Katran helicopters. The cruiser's deck-based aircraft will join the Syrian campaign from October 2016 to January 2017. The air group's tasks The deployment of the Admiral Kuznetsov amounts to a planned inspection of Russian arms, Viktor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the Arsenal Otechestva (Arsenal of the Fatherland) magazine, told RBTH. "Sending the Admiral to Syria is a test of the...
  • NATO allies respond to Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. might not protect them from Russia

    07/21/2016 6:44:45 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2016 | Composters Adam Taylor, Michael Birnbaum
    Donald Trump has long suggested that he takes a skeptical view of the United States' alliances. However, in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday evening, the Republican presidential nominee went further than before, appearing to suggest that the United States should not be required to automatically defend NATO allies if they are attacked. Trump specifically pointed to the Baltic states that sit near Russia's borders and often complain of belligerence from Moscow. He said they would be helped only if they had "fulfilled their obligations to us." For some in those in the Baltic states — Estonia,...
  • Second Hand Time: The Last of the Soviets (An Oral History)

    07/21/2016 8:46:41 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 7 replies
    Random House ^ | 2016 (as Translated) | Svetlana Alexievich
    In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it’s like to live in the new Russia left in its wake. Through interviews spanning 1991 to 2012, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres—but also of pride in their country, hope for the future, and a belief that everyone was working and fighting together to...
  • Trump: U.S. wouldn’t necessarily defend NATO countries attacked by Russia

    07/20/2016 9:52:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 20, 2016 | Victor Morton
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. wouldn’t necessarily defend other NATO countries if they were attacked by Russia. In an interview with the New York Times, Mr. Trump essentially said the U.S. would not abide by the military alliance, one provision of which declares an attack on one to be an attack on all.
  • Mi-28NM Prototype Delivered to Flight-Test Center In Moscow Region (attack helo)

    07/20/2016 11:19:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | July 20, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The prototype of the newest Mi-28NM (M stands for upgraded, Modernizirovanny) combat helicopter has been delivered to the Lyubertsy-based flight-test center of the Moscow Helicopter Plant named after M. Mil (a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding), according to open sources. Hence, the flight trials of the rotor-wing aircraft will likely take place in the Moscow Region. The Rostov Helicopter Plant (Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding) produced the demonstrator in 2015. Mi-28NM is known to be equipped with new above rotor-based N025 radar and advanced rotor blades to increase the helicopter’s maximum flight speed. The chin-mounted weapon...
  • Who is Russia Secretly Supplying with MiGs?

    07/20/2016 10:28:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 20 2016 | Matthew Bodner
    After years languishing behind competitors at home and abroad, Russia's iconic MiG aircraft manufacturer has been thrown a lifeline. The company is now building 46 brand-new MiG-29M fighter jets in a contract reported to be worth at least $2 billion dollars. Yet despite the hints which have appeared in the Russian press over the past year, official confirmation remains elusive. The jets are being built for an unspecified buyer. Only a shareholder’s report released by a MiG component supplier has confirmed that the order is real. The document outlines a deal for 92 engines used in the MiG-29. With two...
  • Turkey's power cutoff to Incirlik Air Base a problem for Pentagon

    07/19/2016 11:50:43 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 75 replies
    cnn ^ | July 19, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    The US military is doing "prudent planning" in case it needs to move its anti-ISIS operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey following the country's failed coup, several US defense officials told CNN Tuesday. The Turkish government cut off the power to the base after the coup attempt took place Friday, leaving it without a commercial power supply for four days and counting. The Pentagon has been able to fully operate the base through generator power but said it would be difficult to continue indefinitely. The Turks still have not given a clear explanation about why they cut...
  • Russia doping in Sochi was state-dictated with secret service backing, WADA report finds

    07/19/2016 12:40:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/18/2016
    The Moscow laboratory operated a scheme for the false reporting of positive samples which Richard McClaren called the Disappearing Positive Methodology The Ministry of Sport, the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the main heir to the Soviet-era KGB, were all involved Russia's Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh was advised of every positive test from 2011 onwards and decided "who would benefit from a cover-up and who would not be protected" Mr Nagornykh used the code word "save" when he wanted an athlete who had tested positive to be protected and "quarantine" for the...
  • Donbas death toll rises: Ukraine reports 7 KIA, 14 WIA in 24 hours

    07/19/2016 7:39:17 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 11 replies
    UNIAN ^ | 19 July 2016 78
    Photo from UNIAN Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another 14 were injured in the Donbas conflict zone over the past 24 hours, according to the Presidential Administration's spokesman for ATO. "Over the past day, seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 14 were injured in the fighting," Andriy Lysenko, ATO spokesman for the president's staff, said at a briefing in Kyiv Tuesday. Lysenko expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims. ATO REPORT: 78 militant attacks in last 24 hrs Over the past day, Russian occupation forces opened fire, including from the weapons BANNED by the Minsk agreements,...
  • UKRAINE UPDATE: Russian terrorists in the service of the Moscow Patriarchate

    07/19/2016 7:19:59 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    Inform Napalm ^ | 2016-07-11
    Moscow Patriarchate takes to the service of militants who fought in the Donbas. The so-called Ukrainian Easter procession, organized by the Moscow Patriarchate, is already in full swing and will continue until July 27, 2016, culminating in Kiev on the eve of the Day of Baptism of Kyivan Rus. The event brings together nearly a thousand people. During the monitoring profiles of social networks Russian fighters and war criminals of the international community volunteers InformNapalm found identity of a Russian citizen Eduard Anatolyevich Vazhentseva issued Yekaterinburg diocesan control of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church of the...
  • In 1971, the U.S. Navy Almost Fought the Soviets Over Bangladesh

    07/19/2016 6:49:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 19, 2016 | SEBASTIEN ROBLIN
    In 2016, the United States backed India’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group — but didn’t support Pakistan’s. This marked an extraordinary turning point in the United States’ relationship with these historical adversaries. In 1971, the United States sent part of its Seventh Fleet to threaten war with India on Pakistan’s behalf. The reasoning behind the deployment is stranger still — it was supposedly to befriend China. The convoluted Cold War schemes of Pres. Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger help to explain why the United States threatened war with the second most populous country on Earth while also seeking to...
  • Trump Campaign Guts GOP’s anti-Russia Stance on Ukraine

    07/18/2016 12:34:40 PM PDT · by cassiusking · 186 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/18/16 | Josh Rogin
    The Trump campaign worked behind the scenes last week to make sure the new Republican platform won’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces, contradicting the view of almost all Republican foreign policy leaders in Washington.
  • With Friends Like Turkey, the U.S. Needs Russia in Syria

    07/18/2016 9:46:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    World Politics Review ^ | July 18, 2016 | Richard Gowan
    With Friends Like Turkey, the U.S. Needs Russia in Syria Richard Gowan |Monday, July 18, 2016 Winston Churchill once quipped that the only thing worse than fighting a war with allies is fighting one without them. Looking at the Middle East, U.S. President Barack Obama might wish he could get rid of his regional allies anyway. His efforts to stabilize the region have been persistently weakened or derailed by America’s supposed friends. Israel tried hard to block last year’s Iranian nuclear deal. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states have deliberately stirred up the Syrian war, even as Washington has been...
  • Beijing sends nuclear capable H-6K bomber over Scarborough Shoal in new South China Sea escalation

    07/18/2016 6:05:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | JULY 18, 2016 | Jamie Seidel
    BEIJING has sent the US a message in the skies above the South China Sea: Anything you can do, we can do too. It’s just flown a nuclear-capable bomber over Scarborough Shoal. The United States has conducted several B-52 bomber ‘freedom of navigation’ flights over the contested waterway in recent months, along with flights by surveillance and patrol aircraft. Beijing on Friday returned the favour. The People’s Liberation air force (PLAAF) at the weekend released photographs of one of its newest H-6K long-range nuclear-capable bombers overflying Scarborough Shoal on China’s Weibo social media service. The aircraft, based on a 1950s...
  • Congress releases secret '28 pages' on alleged Saudi 9/11 ties

    A long-classified U.S. report released Friday found that some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with and received support from individuals likely connected to the Saudi government. Known as the "28 pages," the secret document was part of a 2002 congressional investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report's completion, despite repeated calls for its release. The document actually contains 29 pages of material plus a letter from then-CIA Director George Tenet. "While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals...
  • Congress to release 28 redacted pages on '9/11 Saudi connection' as early as Friday

    07/14/2016 1:41:13 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 7/14/16 | Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com
    The public is set to receive a cache of documents on the 9/11 attacks this week, that have been classified for 14 years. In 2002, Congress published the results of their investigation into the terrorist attacks, but left 28 pages of the report redacted. These pages are said to be related to a possible connection between the hijackers and the Saudi Arabian government. The long-held rumor has been that the classified part of the report remained secret so as not to anger Saudi allies.