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  • Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations

    05/22/2015 12:17:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 21, 2015 3:37pm EDT | Maria Tsvetkova and Eric Auchard
    Russia’s media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules. Roskomnadzor said it had sent letters this week to the three U.S.-based Internet firms asking them to comply with Internet laws which critics of President Vladimir Putin have decried as censorship. “In our letters, we regularly remind (companies) of the consequences of violating the legislation,” said Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky. He added that, because of the encryption technology used by the three firms, Russia had...
  • Russia ready to help Iraq defeat Islamic State [Ezekiel 38]

    05/22/2015 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Staff
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to supply weapons to Iraq, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, as the country struggles to halt advances by Islamic State militants. Speaking ahead of talks in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Lavrov told reporters Moscow would make every effort to help the Baghdad government push back the militants. Islamic State insurgents overran the Iraqi city of Ramadi last weekend in the most significant setback for the Baghdad government in a year, exposing the weakness of Iraq's army and the limitations of U.S. air strikes. On...
  • Britain resigns as a world power

    05/21/2015 8:09:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-21-2015 | Fareed Zakaria
    On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being reelected to his high office — once held by Pitt, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill and Thatcher. Confronting a world of challenges — including Greece’s possible exit from the euro, a massive migration crisis on Europe’s shores, Ukraine’s perilous state, Russia’s continued intransigence, the advance of the Islamic State and the continuing chaos in the Middle East — Cameron chose to talk about . . . a plan to ensure that hospitals in the United Kingdom will be better staffed on weekends. Okay,...
  • Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments

    05/21/2015 11:02:54 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 21 May 15 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
    The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups. The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign.
  • Iowa Democrats Can’t Name Hillary Clinton's Accomplishments as Secretary of State

    05/20/2015 11:07:53 AM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:11 pm, May 20th, 2015 | by Andrew Kirell
    For his With All Due Respect show on Bloomberg TV, Mark Halperin sat down with a focus group of Iowa Democratic voters to discuss Hillary Clinton‘s prospects for the 2016 presidential election. While the group fawned over the former First Lady’s personality and politics (one called her a “bad mama jama”), they were stumped when Halperin asked them to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton’s during her tenure as Secretary of State. The responses ranged from “I really can’t name anything off the top of my head” to “Give me two minutes” to “I honestly can’t say I followed...
  • Fox News Andrea Tantaros: Hillary Clinton Is the Most Corrupt Woman in World History

    05/20/2015 10:51:48 AM PDT · by drewh · 59 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:54 pm, May 20th, 2015 | by Evan McMurry
    In an all-but explicit nod to the pull quote-based internet content industry, Outnumbered host Andrea Tantaros called Hillary Clinton the “most corrupt woman in the history of the world.” There was no real context to the line, but Tantaros was primed by a discussion on the general satisfaction felt by Republican voters with their field. “People are not going to say, ‘No, I hate all the candidates and we’re going to say that we have a terrible field and we’ll lose to the most corrupt woman in the history of the world,'” Tantaros said. “What are they supposed to say?...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • Liberal Billionaire Steyer, Univision Network Also In Bed With The Clinton Foundation

    05/20/2015 11:15:42 AM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 19, 2015 | 8:26 PM EDT | By Alatheia Larsen
    The Clinton Foundation scandal continues to spread ever since the news broke that it did not disclose millions of dollars of donations from foreign governments and businessmen. It’s already infected ABC, as anchor George Stephanopoulos was forced to apologize for personal undisclosed donations to the foundation. He has yet to acknowledge or apologize for some of the other connections that have surfaced. But the connections don’t stop there, they extend to other prominent lefties and to a Spanish-language media outlet. Through its Too Small to Fail initiative, The Clinton Foundation is tied to Tom Steyer and the American Spanish language...
  • Iran's leader rejects foreign access to military sites, scientists

    05/20/2015 11:38:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders Wednesday that Iran will resist "coercion and excessive demands" from America and other world powers. Negotiators from Iran and a six nation group — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — have launched a new round of talks in Vienna focused on reaching a final deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions. The two sides reached a framework agreement in...
  • Russian Navy Future Leader Class Destroyers To Be Fully Nuclear-Powered

    05/20/2015 6:24:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 19 May 2015
    According to ITAR-TASS citing a source in the defense industry, Russia’s Defense Ministry has amended a technical assignment for developing the Leader-type missile destroyer for the Navy, which will have a nuclear power unit as the sole option. "The Navy’s command has given up the development of the Leader ship with a gas turbine power unit. In accordance with the amendments in the technical assignment approved by the Defense Ministry, the conceptual designing involves only one option with a nuclear power unit," the source said. This decision is prompted by the need to have an offshore maritime zone ship that...
  • Russia to Close Stealth Corvette Project Over Lack of Foreign Components

    05/20/2015 6:23:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first two vessels of the Project 20385 class, which is a derivative of the Steregushchy class (Project 20380) corvette featuring better electronics, air defenses and extended operational range, are the Gremyashchy and the Provorny corvettes. “Foreign-made equipment was installed on Project 20385 corvettes, and certain problems have emerged due to present-day events,” said Leonid Kuzmin, the marketing director of the Severnaya Verf shipyard. The two vessels are in various stages of completion and will be equipped with domestically-produced substitutes of foreign-made spare parts. According to earlier reports, a German contractor terminated a deal to supply engines...
  • Hillary Clinton On Her Emails: I Want Them Out, too!

    05/19/2015 1:40:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | y JOSH GERSTEIN and GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI
    Hillary Clinton and the State Department on Tuesday insisted they are not slow-walking the public release of her emails during her time as secretary of state, while a federal judge ordered up a plan for a rolling release of the hotly anticipated documents. “Nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do,” Clinton said to reporters in a rare instance of fielding press questions on the campaign trail. The 55,000 pages of emails have become the source of much heartburn, speculation and bureaucratic man-hours since news emerged earlier this year that Clinton used a private email...
  • We Now Know the Truth of Benghazi, But Hillary Clinton Stonewalled So Long, Do People Still Care?

    05/19/2015 1:08:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There's been a bunch of document dumps lately. We now know, thanks to Judicial Watch and Freedom of Information Act request, we also know the value of stonewalling. We now know everything that there practically is to know about Benghazi. We know enough to know that this country was lied to from beginning to end by Obama and Hillary. But now so much time has gone by that people have lost their emotional reservoir for that. "I mean, Benghazi? Who cares. Come on, Mr. Limbaugh, let's move on." But the fact is they knew about the Benghazi attack 10...
  • Russia Bans NATO Military Transit To Afghanistan

    05/19/2015 4:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 5-19-2015 | MINA
    Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory. According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace. The Russian Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform all the countries involved.
  • Spanish-Language News Network Failed to Disclose Clinton Donation, Lobbying Expenditures

    05/19/2015 2:27:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    A U.S. Spanish-language news network that lobbied Hillary Clinton’s State Department on U.S. policies toward Mexico reported on those policies without disclosing its lobbying expenditures and is covering the U.S. presidential election without informing views of its company’s donations to the Clinton Foundation. The network, Azteca America, has employed two Clinton confidantes since late 2008 to lobby the State Department on various initiatives affecting U.S. relations with Mexico, where its parent company is based, during and after Clinton’s tenure at the head of the agency. Mexican parent TV Azteca, a foundation associated with the company, and that foundation’s U.S. counterpart...
  • Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches (pay-to-play gets expensive)

    05/19/2015 1:37:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 5/18/15 | Matea Gold, Rosalind S. Helderman, Anu Narayanswamy
    **SNIP** Disclosure documents filed by Hillary Clinton last week revealed that the couple have earned about $25 million for delivering 104 paid speeches since January 2014. While Bill Clinton’s lucrative speaking career since leaving the White House in 2001 has been well documented, the new disclosures offer the first public accounting of Hillary Clinton’s paid addresses since she stepped down as secretary of state. And they illustrate how the Clintons have personally profited by drawing on the same network of supporters who have backed their political campaigns and philanthropic efforts — while those supporters have gained entree to a potential...
  • Hillary Clinton Paid by Jeb Bush’s Education Company

    05/18/2015 7:49:42 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 5/18/15 | Lee Fang
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received nearly a quarter of a million dollars last year for a speaking engagement on behalf of Academic Partnerships, a for-profit education company in which Jeb Bush held an ownership stake and on whose board he served. Clinton’s newly filed personal financial disclosure shows that she was paid $225,500 on March 24, 2014 by Academic Partnerships. At the invitation-only event in Dallas, Texas, Clinton reportedly said, “today a student doesn’t need to travel to Cambridge, Mass., or Cambridge, England, to get a world-class education.”
  • Liberal Academic Says America’s Founding Document Outmoded

    05/19/2015 7:18:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 77 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 19, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Top Vatican adviser Jeffrey Sachs says that when Pope Francis visits the United States in September, he will directly challenge the “American idea” of God-given rights embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Sachs, a special advisor to the United Nations and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is a media superstar who can always be counted on to pontificate endlessly on such topics as income inequality and global health. This time, writing in a Catholic publication, he may have gone off his rocker, revealing the real global game plan. The United States, Sachs writes in the Jesuit publication,...
  • In Ukraine, Corruption Concerns Linger a Year After a Revolution

    05/18/2015 10:49:00 AM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | MAY 17, 2015 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    The country is on the cliff of bankruptcy. A spate of politically motivated killings and mysterious suicides of former government officials has sown fear in the capital. Infighting has begun to splinter the pro-European majority coalition in Parliament. And a constant threat of war lingers along the Russian border. A year after the election of Petro O. Poroshenko as president to replace the ousted Viktor F. Yanukovych, and six months after the swearing in of a new legislature, Ukraine remains deeply mired in political and economic chaos.
  • Unions Pour Millions into Clinton Foundation (over 2 million in workers' dues money)

    05/18/2015 11:07:42 AM PDT · by drewh · 11 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 18, 2015 5:00 am | Bill McMorris
    Big labor funneled millions of dollars in dues money to the Clinton Foundation, according to a new report. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR), a union watchdog group, traced at least $2 million in donations from multiple union organizations and affiliates. “U.S. Department of Labor’s union financial disclosure reports reveal that Big Labor gave at least $2,034,500 in union general treasury funds to Clinton Foundations. Union treasuries are funded mostly by compulsory union dues or fees collected from workers who would be fired for refusing to pay,” the NILRR report says. “As Mrs. Clinton became closer to her...
  • Admiral: Russia Blackmailed Bill Clinton Over Lewinsky (Adm Ace Lyons)

    05/18/2015 4:30:20 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Sierra Rayne
    At the Iowa National Security Action Summit on Saturday, co-hosted by the Center for Security Policy and the Family Leader Foundation, Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (U.S. Navy, Ret.) -- a four-star admiral and former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Senior U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations -- was speaking in the context of Hillary Clinton’s infamous e-mails when he made the following statement about Russia potentially blackmailing Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky: One more thing I want to cover. Hillary's e-mails. Hillary, the pathological liar. Now, you...
  • China's MIRVs: Sign of a Cold War to Come?

    05/18/2015 6:19:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/18/2015 | Robert Farley
    Big news hit the front page of the New York Times on Saturday, in the form of a long article on China’s efforts to miniaturize its nuclear arsenal. The article, using the annual Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities as its primary source, noted that the decision to tackle the technical problems associated with miniaturization suggest (but only suggest) a larger shift in nuclear weapons doctrine. As the Times article notes, China has long had the latent capacity to MIRV its nuclear missiles, a step that the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and the United Kingdom took long ago....
  • Exclusive: Mother Of Boston Marathon Bomber Says US Will Burn

    05/18/2015 1:19:34 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 50 replies
    vocativ.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | Sarah Kaufman
    Family friend tells Vocativ that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s mother sent a distraught message after her son was given the death penalty. With her terrorist son sentenced to death, the mother of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent raging messages to his supporters saying the United States will burn “in the flames of an eternal and terrifying fire,” her close friend told Vocativ. “They think that they are killing us and they celebrate this, but we are the ones who will rejoice when Allah grants us the chance to behold them in the flames of an eternal and terrifying fire, an otherworldly...
  • Vladimir Putin Stars In Gala Hockey Match

    05/17/2015 9:44:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    BBCNews ^ | May 17, 2015
    Vladimir Putin Stars In Gala Hockey Match 16 May 2015 The Russian president scored eight goals for his team, as Tom Spender reports Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken to the ice aged 62 to score goal after goal in a gala hockey match with retired NHL players in Sochi. The famously macho leader scored eight goals - with a little help from stars like Pavel Bure and Valeri Kamensky - and his team won 18-6. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sat out the friendly in the stands. Mr Putin, better known for his love of judo, only recently took up...
  • Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan: report

    05/17/2015 5:52:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 112 replies
    New York Post ^ | may 17/2015 | bill sanderson
    Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying “off the shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.
  • The nuclear deal will empower Iran’s hardliners (Arab media joins Israel in opposing "deal")

    05/17/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Al-Aribaya ^ | Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Abdulrahman al-Rashed
    There is an illusion that the promised agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program will push it toward moderation, as well as economic and political openness. What will probably happen is the complete opposite. The agreement will empower Tehran’s hawks, who are currently being marketed in Iran and who are bragging that most of the nuclear program has been accomplished and that the West has finally submitted and abandoned sanctions. During the past few months of international negotiations, Iran’s security fist tightened against state rivals, voicing the regime’s self-confidence. The Kurdish rebellion a week ago in the city of Mahabad,...
  • About 600 US and Georgian troops hold joint exercises

    05/17/2015 1:22:09 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | ap
    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — About 600 U.S. and Georgian troops are conducting joint exercises aimed at training the armed forces of the former Soviet republic for participation in the NATO Response Force. Col. Michael Foster, commander of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade, said the exercises are "an absolutely unique opportunity for us" and "the way we are going to be fighting in the future."
  • Iraqi premier: Don't abandon Anbar to Islamic State group

    05/17/2015 9:49:46 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 5-17-2015 | Samir Yakoub
    Iraqi state television is reporting the country's prime minister has ordered security forces not to abandon their positions in Anbar province to the Islamic State group. The order Sunday by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came as some Iraqi forces retreated from Ramadi, the provincial capital. It wasn't clear whether Iraq still maintained any control of the city, which the Islamic State group seized much of in recent days. Already Sunday, coordinated suicide bomb attacks targeted Iraqi forces in Ramadi. Some Iraqi forces apparently left behind their weapons and vehicles. Earlier, al-Abadi ordered Shiite militias to prepare for going into the...
  • UKRAINE: Uk.Forces captured Russian Federation Togliatti captain & sergeant [R.F.special forces?]

    The captured soldiers near area of Happiness Settlement Togliatti GRU Yesterday, during fierce fighting with the Russian DRG, imbued in the area of ​​the settlement Happiness, were captured two Russian servicemen - soldiers Togliatti GRU, the captain and the sergeant Armed Forces. Both were injured and the severity of injuries is currently unknown. Total losses from the attackers are specified, from the Ukrainian security forces killed two and three wounded. For information about these events on his page on facebook informed volunteer team InformNapalm Roman Burco: And also: Today, May 17, the headquarters of ATO also confirmed the Russian prisoners...
  • FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF US DEBT RISES; CHINA RECLAIMS TOP SPOT

    05/16/2015 5:28:04 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 16 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 4:26 PM EDT | BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign holdings of U.S. debt rose in March as China ramped up its purchases and displaced Japan as the leading owner of U.S. Treasury securities. The Treasury Department says overseas ownership of U.S. debt rose 2.1 percent in March to $6.18 trillion. That is below January's record of $6.22 trillion. China added $37.3 billion ... bringing its stockpile to $1.26 trillion... ahead of Japan, which added just $2.5 billion...to $1.23 trillion. ... The U.S. deficit topped $1 trillion from 2009 through 2012. Foreign governments...account for two-thirds of the foreign holdings...rose 1 percent from the previous month to...
  • China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt

    05/16/2015 7:45:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | May 16, 2015 | IAN TALLEY
    China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt By IAN TALLEY It was a short-lived domination. After just a month of being the top holder of U.S. Treasury debt, Japan has once again been pushed into the No.2 slot as China bulked up on Uncle Sam’s bonds and notes. As we noted last month – and several times before that – Treasury’s data is a rough guesstimate. That makes it hard for analysts sifting through the obscure sheaves of digital data to glean anything but rough trends. It also makes it difficult to draw precise conclusions....
  • Jeb Bush and Others Learned Nothing from Iraq (Tha Author shows his ignorance)

    05/17/2015 7:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Jeb Bush began a talk the other day by addressing the issue of his brother George, noted architect of the Iraq war, and he did not shrink from the challenge. "I can't deny the fact that I love my family," announced Jeb. So if you suspected that the Bush Thanksgivings in Kennebunkport resemble "August: Osage County" -- with lots of screaming, sobbing and clawing -- you probably feel pretty silly right now. On a more pertinent question -- whether the war was a wise idea -- the answer is not so clear. The former governor of Florida first said that,...
  • The Right Aims at Democrats on Social Media to Hit Clinton

    05/17/2015 6:14:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/16/15 | ASHLEY PARKER, NICK CORASANITI
    WASHINGTON — A Twitter post recently caught the eye of Bill McKibben, the environmental advocate and godfather of the Keystone XL pipeline protests. It included an image from “The Simpsons” showing Homer and his family basking in mountains of cash in their living room, followed by a report on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s appearing at a fund-raiser with a lobbyist from the Keystone fight. Mr. McKibben’s environmental organization, 350.org, has been trying to raise awareness about the ties it sees between lobbyists for the oil pipeline and former aides to Mrs. Clinton. He promptly shared the post with his 150,000 Twitter...
  • Ronald Reagan doesn’t live here anymore: Why it’s high time liberals stop tiptoeing around race

    05/17/2015 2:22:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elias Isquith, staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics.
    http://media.salon.com/2015/05/hillary_warren_de_blasio.jpgEarlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a gaggle of bored reporters and some boldfaced names in the progressive movement, unveiled a “Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.” Much like the media event that accompanied its unveiling, the agenda is supposed to be understood as a kind of 21st-century, liberal version of the storied “Contract with America,” the PR stunt that, as legend (erroneously) has it, rocketed Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party to power after the 1994 midterm elections. As my colleague Joan Walsh reported on Thursday, this backward-looking attempt to lay out a...
  • Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

    05/17/2015 4:09:32 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 18 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Akbar Borisov with Chris Rickleton in Bishkek
    Russia has deployed hundreds of troops for drills in Central Asia with its ex-Soviet allies in a show of force as anxiety grows over a surge in fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan. Around 2,500 personnel from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) are taking part in joint exercises due to run to Wednesday in Tajikistan. The move is seen as re-enforcing Moscow's role as the main guarantor of the fragile region's security after US troops leave Afghanistan. The Russian deployment of about 500 troops for the drills started last week, bolstered by soldiers from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus....
  • Ted Cruz, the only Republican arrogant enough to be president

    05/16/2015 10:20:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | May 16, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Ted Cruz is intellectually arrogant, like Ronald Reagan. The difference is that Reagan masked his arrogance with self-deprecating humor. Sen. Cruz does a Reagan impression that would do a nightclub comedian proud, but he doesn’t have Reagan’s easy and spontaneous humor. One doesn’t think of Reagan as arrogant, but he was in fact the most arrogant leader we have had since Lincoln. He ignored the whole of the foreign policy establishment in his conviction that America stood to win the Cold War and bring down Communism. Then as now, the foreign policy establishment resembled Jonathan Swift’s scientists on the floating...
  • Baltic countries to ask NATO for thousands of permanent troops

    05/16/2015 6:41:25 PM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    The three Baltic states have written a letter to NATO asking for hundreds of soliders to be stationed in each country. They have expressed fears of possible aggression from Moscow. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia announced on Thursday that they would petition NATO to permanently station troops throughout the Baltic region as Russia has done little to allay concerns that it may pose a threat to its three small neighbors. "Russia sees NATO as its main nemesis and this has put the Baltic countries on the front line, so to say," said Roland Murof, speaking for the Estonian defense ministry. "Hence,...
  • HILLARY CLINTON AND THE SUPREME COURT

    05/16/2015 3:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | May 15, 2015 | CARSON HOLLOWAY
    According to the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton told a group of her fundraisers that she will have a litmus test for her nominees to the Supreme Court (if she should win the presidency): they will have to agree with her that the 2010 Citizens United ruling must be overturned.  In that ruling the Supreme Court held that corporations have First Amendment rights to engage in political speech and to spend money on such speech.  In making her pledge, Mrs. Clinton follows Bernie Sanders, who is also running for president.If Republican critics of Mrs. Clinton wanted to be demagogues about it,...
  • 'Egypt Is Turning Back Into Ancient Egypt'

    05/16/2015 5:53:29 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 29 replies
    The Atlantic/Yahoo! ^ | Matt Schiavenza
    Just under three years ago, Mohammed Morsi assumed office as Egypt’s first freely elected head of state, a milestone in the “Arab Spring” struggle for democracy. On Saturday, the same Egyptian state condemned him to die. A court in Cairo has sentenced the former president to death for conspiring with foreign militants during a prison escape in 2011. The ruling comes one month after Morsi received a separate 20-year sentence for inciting violence against protesters while in office. Egyptian authorities have detained Morsi since his overthrow in July 2013.
  • Edward Snowden: “I work a lot more now than I did at the NSA”

    05/16/2015 5:25:58 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 23 replies
    BI ^ | Biz Carson
    Even though Edward Snowden is in exile in Moscow, he's still hard at work — although he won't reveal what exactly he is working on quite yet because he believes in being judged on the results. Whatever he's working on, the former NSA contractor who exposed controversial US surveillance practices, says it's much tougher than his last gig. "The fact is I was getting paid an extraordinary amount of money for very little work with very little in the way of qualifications. That's changed significantly," Snowden said in an event at Stanford University on Friday, via teleconference from Moscow. "I...
  • Snowden just scored a big victory

    05/16/2015 5:00:54 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 106 replies
    A US appeals court has ruled that the NSA's dragnet of millions of Americans' phone calls is illegal, and Edward Snowden served as the catalyst for the decision. "Americans first learned about the telephone metadata program that appellants now challenge on June 5, 2013, when the British newspaper The Guardian published a FISC order leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden," the court noted.
  • Key Iraqi town of Ramadi falls to ISIS (80 Americans Killed taking Ramadi in 2006)

    05/16/2015 3:41:56 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    IsraPundit ^ | 16 May 15 | Israpundit
    Ramadi, the provincial capital of western Iraqi Anbar, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, May 15 after its inhabitants were put to mass flight. The town, 110 km west of Baghdad, controls the traffic on the Euphrates River. Small pockets of Iraqi troops are still stranded there after taking hundreds of casualties. The jihadists are in mid-momentum of a fresh multi-pronged offensive, which they launched shortly after they lost Tikrit last month to the biggest counter-offensive they had faced since seizing large tracts of land in Iraq nearly a year ago. This momentum has carried...
  • Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises

    05/16/2015 3:09:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    TAPA, Estonia — A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula because he said he feared NATO’s expansion. This week, U.S. tanks were cutting up the Estonian countryside just 65 miles from the Russian border in response to local fears about Russia’s expansionism. From destroyers in the Baltic Sea to paratroopers over Georgia’s skies to camouflaged reservists in Estonia’s birch forests, drills across the former Eastern Bloc this past week were a stark new sign of worries about Kremlin aggression. Estonia in recent days held its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, and...
  • Ukraine accuses Facebook of pro-Russia bias

    05/16/2015 4:17:27 PM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 15 May 2015
    A senior aide to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday accused Facebook of political bias, ahead of a question-and-answer session with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. "There is pro-Russian influence and pressure on the Facebook office in Russia," said deputy head of the presidential administration Dmytro Shymkiv, who is negotiating with the global social network to solve the problem. He claimed Russian moderators are overseeing Ukrainian users and are swayed by the Kremlin's political agenda in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Facebook users in Ukraine have flooded the social network with allegations of pro-Russian political bias. Poroshenko this week made a personal...
  • Bill Looking Forward to Moving Back to the White House… If Only Hillary Will Let Him

    05/13/2015 12:32:27 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-13-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Ah. It looks like Bill Clinton is in da house: 'Bill Clinton hopes to be Hillary Clinton’s First Man in the White House, but there’s a big ‘if” … if she invites him to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. ”If she wins the election, the chances are 100 percent that I’ll move back,” the former president told David Letterman Tuesday night on “The Late Show.” ”By the way, if I’m asked!” he added with a smile.' Ha-ha! Cracking jokes about cheating on your wife (because that’s what this all refers to of course): hilarious! Oh man, I can’t stop laughing....
  • Russian rocket pieces may crash on land after launch goes awry

    05/16/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/15 | Ben Brumfield and Brian Walker
    A glitch in a Russian space launch may have sent part of a rocket and its payload -- a satellite -- plummeting down onto southeastern Siberia, according to Russian state-run media reports. It is the second space mission failure for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, in less than a month. And the mishap occurs on the anniversary of a similar loss in 2014.
  • Hamas Wants Reparations from UK for Israel

    05/16/2015 9:10:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/16/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]Also Hitler’s corpse would like reparations for not being allowed to conquer London.Considering that British rule helped bring in Muslim illegal aliens into the historical Jewish homeland, who then refused to leave and began killing people, Israel can then demand reparations from the UK for Hamas.Or maybe the UK can just resettle Hamas in Tower Hamlets. No one would notice the difference [2]. Hamas official Essam Adwan stated Friday that Britain “paved the way” for a “Zionist takeover” by preventing Palestinians from establishing an armed resistance against Jews in 1947 and by weakening the local economy and education system.The...
  • Russia to Unveil Aircraft Super-Carrier Design Amid Navy Buildup

    05/15/2015 9:11:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 65 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May. 15 2015
    A Russian naval design bureau will unveil a new design for a massive aircraft carrier at an upcoming maritime defense industry show in St. Petersburg amid a major Russian arms buildup, magazine IHS Jane's reported Friday. Known as the Project 23000E, or Shtorm-class, super-carrier, the design by the Krylov State Research Center appears similar to one teased by Russian Defense Ministry television channel TV Zvezda earlier this year. The unveiling, which is planned for the International Maritime Defense Show 2015 in early July according to IHS Jane's, will come as Russia pushes forward with a 20 trillion ruble ($400 billion)...
  • Chinese Aerospace Industry Started Research on a STOVL Naval Jet

    05/15/2015 7:38:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 15 May 2015
    According to China Daily, China's aviation industry is working on the development of aircraft with short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities needed for an important role in the Chinese navy's future operations, military experts said. "Research and development on components of STOVL aircraft, such as the engine, have started," Wang Ya'nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told China Daily. Artist Impression ("Fan Art") of a J-26 STOVL Aircraft of the PLAN "The aircraft's principles are not new. They have been known for more than 40 years, so our aircraft designers should be able to develop the plane on their...
  • Eye on China, Modi government clears funds for India's largest-ever warship

    05/15/2015 7:34:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 15, 2015 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: India has finally set the ball rolling for the eventual construction of its largest-ever warship, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier INS Vishal. The defence acquisitions council (DAC) has sanctioned an initial Rs 30 crore as seed money for the project. Just before PM Narendra Modi left for China on Wednesday night, the Manohar Parrikar-led DAC cleared a flurry of long-pending projects for ultra-light howitzers, medium-transport aircraft, light utility helicopters and the like worth over Rs 25,000 crore, as reported by TOI. But tucked away in the approvals was the relatively minor amount of Rs 30 crore for the indigenous...