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  • estonia buys up used dutch tanks (swedish ifvs)

    10/01/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    NL Times ^ | October 1 2014 | Janene Van Jaarsveldt
    The Netherlands is selling 44 combat vehicles to Estonia. Minister Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense) expects the sales contract to be signed in December. The Swedish manufactured CV90 vehicles are still relatively new. They were commissioned by the Dutch army in 2008. Due to cut backs that were agreed on last year, 44 of the 176 vehicles will be sold The Netherlands and Estonia will exchange information on the use and maintenance of the vehicles. NATO is putting more military resources in the Baltic States as they feel a threat from Russia. The Netherlands will provide 4 F-16’s to help monitor airspace.
  • the paradox of admiral gorshkov

    10/01/2014 6:28:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | October 1 2014 | JESSICA HUCKABEY
    This article is part of CIMSEC’s “Forgotten Naval Strategists Week.” It’s time to discuss the Soviet Navy, so dust off your Norman Polmar guides and your early Tom Clancy novels. Or just ask an old salt and Cold War vet if the Red Fleet used to be a big deal. You might even check with Vladimir Putin, who is well aware of this recent yet quickly forgotten chapter in Russian history. Putin would no doubt fondly recall the man responsible for the rise of the Soviet Navy and for its operational and intellectual direction in its heyday: Admiral Sergei Gorshkov....
  • Kasparov: Putin 'the most dangerous man' in the world & a bigger threat to U.S. than Islamic State

    09/30/2014 9:20:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Bianna Golodryga
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Arguably the world's best chess player ever, Garry Kasparov is on a new mission. He hopes to convince the world that the biggest threat to global unrest is not the Islamic State, al-Qaida or North Korea. Instead it is Vladimir Putin, Russia's president from 2000 to 2008 and then again from 2012 to today. In an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, Kasparov outlined his reasons for believing that Putin should be what keeps the world up at night. He chided President Barack Obama for being too late in addressing Putin's aggression in Ukraine — ultimately annexing...
  • Neville Chamberlain Would Have Been a Perfect Fit for Obama’s Foreign Policy Team

    09/30/2014 2:13:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    On this day, in 1938, the British and French Prime Ministers signed the Munich Pact with Adolf Hitler in an effort to avoid the onset of another world war… Spoiler alert: It didn’t work. Someone once said that history doesn’t always repeat itself, but that it often rhymes. Well, brace yourself for some poetry:By fall of 1938 Hitler had already managed to annex Austria into Germany, and was already trying to “stand up” for the Russian German speaking portions of Ukraine Czechoslovakia. The eventual conquest of Czechoslovakia was a part of Hitler’s grand plan to reestablish the “greatness of Germany”;...
  • North Korean foreign minister begins 10-day Russia visit

    09/30/2014 1:04:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    the Guardian ^ | Sept. 30, 2014 | Shaun Walker
    North Korea’s foreign minister has arrived in Moscow at the start of a 10-day visit, with a bilateral agenda that includes “fighting the heroisation of Nazism”, road safety and Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. Ri Su-yong will meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Wednesday before embarking on an odyssey around Russia’s far-eastern regions aimed at boosting economic cooperation between the two countries.
  • Solzhenitsyn Quotes on Why Bearing Arms is Critical!

    09/30/2014 11:57:56 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    The Gulag Archipelago ^ | 1973 | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    "And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to...
  • A Marriage Forged By The Mighty Russia

    09/30/2014 6:54:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Hungary Today ^ | 2014-09-28 | Hungary Today
    Few days ago Hungarian news portal index.hu published an interesting article about Béla Kovács’s mysterious life. The Jobbik MEP has been accused by the Hungarian authorities during the European Parliament Elections campaign, that he works for the Russian secret intelligence service. Both Jobbik and Kovács denied the claims. Although the charges may seem parts of the political campaign, index journalist was able to find telling details as a result of an intensive five-months research.
  • China's warships perfect fit for Russian navy, says magazine

    09/30/2014 12:24:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-30
    The August issue of Russia's National Defense Magazine has advised the country to buy warships from China to compensate for its own weakness in shipbuilding and to strengthen Russia's power in the Asia-Pacific region. China's Type 054A frigate may be an ideal option for Russia, the report said. With debate sparked by the suspension of a French delivery of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Russia, the need to bring in escort ships is all the more pressing. Even if Russia receives the two warships — the Vladivostok and the Sevastopol — and integrates them into the fleet in the...
  • Massive Arctic Oil Discovery - Rosneft Elated, XOM Adheres To Sanctions

    09/29/2014 10:54:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 48 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/28/2014 | Jeff Reed
    Rosneft and ExxonMobil have discovered oil in an area that may turn out to contain more hydrocarbons than the US Gulf of Mexico. Over a month ago, Oilpro member Jeffrey Lareau reported that ExxonMobil and Rosneft had begun drilling a $700 million well in the Kara Sea in the Arctic, despite intensified measures taken by the US and EU against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. The Universitetskaya-1 well (Russia's northernmost well) is the first of as many as 40 offshore wells Rosneft said it planned to drill in order to assess the potential of the unexplored Arctic by 2018....
  • Russia threatens Ukraine with "measures" for Association in November

    09/29/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 14:37 29.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 29 /Ukrinform/. Russia is ready to take action in response for the entry into force of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in November this year.
  • China's destroyers using underperforming Ukrainian turbines

    09/29/2014 6:31:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-29
    The modernization of China's naval fleet has stalled on yet another setback, the use of Ukrainian turbines in all six Type 052C destroyers, according to the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review. The two gas turbines in each Type 052C vessel are DN/DA-80s imported from Ukraine. Rumors from the Chinese Navy indicate that Ukrainian generators are extremely hard to maintain and overhaul. Designed to power merchant vessels, they are too heavy for destroyer-class ships. The weight alone has excluded them from the Russian and Indian navies. Naval dispatches from various nations have already indicated that Type 052C destroyers performed more slowly than...
  • World War II vet, 93, visits Russia to thank soldiers who saved him

    09/29/2014 2:49:58 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 44 replies
    Leroy Williamson, 93, has seen relations between the United States and Russia during good times and bad, and has some advice for the countries: "We have to get along," he told ABC News. "We don't need a patriotic war or a World War III." The Texan was in Russia this week to share his appreciation for the Soviet soldiers who liberated his Nazi prisoner-of-war camp on May 1, 1945. He met with a Russian general for lunch, visited with veterans, and placed a wreath at Moscow's memorial to the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is known in the...
  • Russia threatens to retaliate against U.S. military

    09/29/2014 2:18:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    WND ^ | 09/29/14 | Aaron Klein
    Russia has delivered a behind-the-scenes threat to retaliate if airstrikes carried out by the U.S. or its allies target the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle Eastern security officials told WND. The security officials said Russia complained Sunday in quiet talks with United Nations representatives that the Obama administration’s current aerial campaign against Islamic State fighters in Syria is a violation of international agreements regarding control of Syrian airspace.
  • Looks Like China’s Sending a Stealth Fighter to Sea

    09/28/2014 9:57:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 9/27/2014 | David Axe
    J-31 mock-up appears on carrier deck A full-scale model of China’s J-31 stealth fighter prototype has appeared on the flight deck of the Chinese navy’s aircraft carrier mock-up, fueling speculation that the radar-evading jet could become part of China’s carrier air wing. If so, China would enter the race alongside the United States to be the first to deploy a stealth jet on a flattop. The U.S. Navy is struggling to develop the F-35C stealth fighter to fly from the American fleet’s 10 large carriers starting no earlier than late 2018. China often builds mock-ups of its new warships on...
  • Putin’s former aide: Russia has been preparing for global war since 2003

    09/27/2014 8:21:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 92 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014
    People in the Baltic states cannot feel secure. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan he has been working on for over a decade. So says former adviser to President Putin, Andrey Illarionov. Giving a presentation at a conference in Palanga, Lithuania, Illarionov, who advised Putin on economic policy in 2000-2005, referred to a question that was raised in the recent Riga Conference 2014: Can people in Riga sleep peacefully at night? “The same question could be raised in Tallinn, Vilnius, Palanga, Bucharest and other cities. No one in Riga could reply to it in the positive,” Illarionov said. “From...
  • The Keyword That Unlocks The Secret Master Plan Of ISIS

    09/27/2014 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 53 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    So who is behind ISIS and what do they really want from the West and why are they so focused on Syria and Iraq and what is the key to unlock their Islamist plans and how does that pertain to western Christians? Here, the key to unlock everything ISIS wants is hidden deep in a Turkish vault which we will reveal in one word: Dabiq. Us, the x-Muslim Christians who are the collaborators with the western crusaders perhaps can explain a thing or two for you from what we know; Dabiq is what ISIS is all about, preparing the way...
  • Hezbollah squeezed out of Golan by Jabhat al-Nusra, Israel

    09/27/2014 4:30:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Al-Monitor Pulse ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jean Aziz, tr by Sami-Joe Abboud
    The infiltration of Syrian militants into Lebanon threatens Hezbollah’s presence in the strategic Golan Heights. First, Jabhat al-Nusra has taken control of the Syrian side of the border facing the Lebanese area of Shebaa, which is occupied by Israel, isolating Hezbollah from the Syrian extension in the Golan Heights. Hezbollah considers the area a strategic position in its conflict with Israel... Jabhat al-Nusra’s control of the Syrian-Lebanese-Israeli triangle has put an end to this and prevented it from being used as a multidisciplinary card in the hands of Hezbollah. Second... It isolates Hezbollah and its supporting forces in Lebanon and...
  • Poland stages major manoeuvres amid Russia tensions

    09/23/2014 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | September 23, 2014
    Poland kicks off major military exercises involving eight NATO partners on Wednesday amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War sparked by differences over the Ukraine crisis. Organised every two years since 2006, this year's Anaconda manoeuvres involve 12,500 soldiers, with 750 from NATO members the US and Britain among others, the Polish defence ministry said, adding the event "has become a permanent training element of the North Atlantic alliance". The exercises are designed to coordinate cooperation with NATO's rapid reaction forces, created at the alliance's Cardiff summit earlier this month. They also come...
  • UKRAINE: U.S. counterinsurgency operatives deployed to Ukraine

    09/27/2014 1:59:01 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 27, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    The Pentagon dispatched eight military personnel to Kiev to provide tips to Ukrainian security forces on counterinsurgency and military planning tactics. Military staff will share with Ukrainians some Pentagon’s planning tactics, techniques and procedures while collecting data on the needs of its security forces. Staff arrived in Kiev, the country’s capital, on Thursday and Friday and are beginning to assess the operations of the Ukraine Ministry of Defense, Ms. Lainez told The Washington Times. The eight military personnel have been split up into two teams One team has been told to assess the security needs of the Ukrainian government and...
  • Unrepentant Ted Cruz Calls Democrats the ‘Radical Party’

    09/27/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 26, 2014 12:30 pm ET | Beth Reinhard
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech to hundreds of conservative activists on Friday amounted to a dare to other potential Republican candidates in 2016: Just try to get to the right of me. Just try it.Mr. Cruz called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, getting rid of the Common Core educational standards and repealing the Affordable Care Act. He defined himself as staunchly anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and pro-Israel.“There are people in Washington who say Republicans to win have to abandon our values,” he said, as members of the audience shouted “No way!” and “It’s a lie!”While polls last year showed that last...
  • Video: Israel shoots down Syrian jet over Golan Heights

    09/23/2014 3:37:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The timing of this incident is rather curious, to say the least. Israel announced today that a single Syrian Su-24 fighter jet crossed over into Israeli airspace over the contested Golan Heights, prompting the IDF to shoot it down with a Patriot battery. This apparently took place while the US and its Arab partners launched air strikes elsewhere in Syria:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning — the first such downing in decades, heightening tensions in the volatile plateau.The military...
  • IAF Shoots Down Syrian Aircraft Near Golan

    09/23/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 28 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 9/23/2014 | Tova Dvorin
    Israel shot down a Syrian aircraft on Tuesday as it attempted to fly over the ceasefire line into the Golan Heights, according to IDF Radio. "This Syrian aircraft, apparently a MiG-21 (fighter jet), which was approaching the Israeli side of the Golan, was shot down by a surface-to-air Patriot missile," the radio said. The wreckage of the aircraft landed on the Syrian-controlled side of the strategic plateau, it added.
  • Syrian fighter jet shot down by Israel over the Golan Heights

    09/23/2014 10:07:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Euronews ^ | 09/23/14
    Israel has shot down a Syrian fighter jet over the Golan Heights, in the first such incident in almost 30 years. Syria has described the shooting as an “act of aggression”.
  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • Obama's Use of ISIL, Not ISIS, Tells Another Story (two-months old, but informative)

    08/24/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | June 23, 2014 | Liz Peek
    here has been little notice of the president’s insistent use of the acronym “ISIL” to describe the Sunni forces currently rampaging across Iraq, executing Iraqi military and creating a new massive refugee population in an already unstable area. With the exception of Reuters and now the Associated Press, most news organizations have not referred to ISIL until President Obama began using the term, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But when Obama used the term 5 times on June13, and 16 times in his commencement speech at West Point on June 19th, he was using his...
  • Everyone else calls them “ISIS.” Obama calls them “ISIL.” Is there a reason? Yep!

    09/03/2014 6:51:17 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 67 replies
    Three Percenter Nation ^ | September 3, 2014 | Thomas Madison
    ISIS or ISIL? There is a BIG difference! By Thomas Madison I posted this peculiarity last week. It has become increasingly conspicuous, annoying even, that while the rest of the world refers to the cockroaches beheading innocent people, including children, across Syria and Iraq, as ISIS, or IS, King Hussein, and the rest of his administration insist on referring to the lice-ridden scumbags as ISIL. “Tomaytoes/tomahtoes?” Hmmmmmm, I don’t think so. If you look closely at the literal, geographical difference between the two acronyms, it appears that there is much more to the story. ISIS is an acronym for the...
  • Networks Heap Praise on Obama’s “Tough” Response to ISIL

    09/03/2014 7:35:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    free beacon ^ | 9/3/14 | Stephen Gutowski
    President Obama has refused to commit American soldiers to the fight against the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), saying “we don’t have a strategy” to defeat the terrorists. Network newscasts have praised the president’s statements against ISIL, labeling them “tough.” They also praised the expediency of his “fighting words.” Newsbusters reports: After President Obama admitted on Thursday that he had “no strategy” for dealing with the ISIS terrorist network, on Wednesday, the network morning shows rushed to portray the aimless commander-in-chief as a tough-talking leader ready to “destroy” the radical killers. At the top...
  • Obama likely to hit ISIL in Syria without Congress’s formal OK

    08/27/2014 5:59:17 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/26/14 | Oliver Knox
    What do Syrian President Bashar Assad and the U.S. Congress have in common? President Obama is unlikely to ask either for a formal green light to expand the American air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from Iraq into Syria. White House aides underline that the debate remains academic for now because the president has yet to decide whether he will order strikes on the brutal Islamist movement’s strongholds in Syria. “We have not speculated about what sort of authority would be required from Congress if the president were to make a decision to authorize...
  • Obama’s half-hearted war on terror

    09/21/2014 7:07:43 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    <p>Military types say his big goal and his puny tools are a mismatch, which could mean he has been too clever by half. It’s likely he is ­underestimating the terrorists’ lust for blood and overestimating his ability to fool voters into thinking he is resolute.</p>
  • Obama Praises Muslim Cleric Who Backed Fatwa on Killing of U.S. Soldiers

    09/26/2014 9:41:55 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 9 replies
    President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Obama in his remarks offered praise to controversial cleric Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and referred to him as a moderate Muslim leader who can help combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) radical ideology. However, Bin Bayyah himself has long been engulfed in controversy for many of his views, including the reported backing of...
  • Al Nusrah front spearheads capture of Syrian dam, claims suicide assault

    02/11/2013 8:56:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | February 11, 2013 | BILL ROGGIO
    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria, led an assault today that resulted in the takeover of a major dam on the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Additionally, the terror group claimed credit for a suicide assault on an intelligence headquarters in the city of Palmyra. The Al Nusrah Front spearheaded today's assault on the "strategic" dam in Thawra in Raqqa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Nusrah Front led "other factions" of the insurgency to take control of Thawra, which "is considered one of the...
  • CURL: Obama’s breathtaking naivete at the United Nations

    09/24/2014 3:22:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | Joe Curl
    President Obama on Wednesday delivered a speech at the United Nations filled with his usual soaring rhetoric of global collectivism and the importance of “international norms.” But the president also displayed a shocking naivete about global affairs, religion, Islam — a Pollyannaish interpretation on the state of the world and America’s role in it. Although Mr. Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize just eight months into office, the president made his annual trip to the ineffectual world council to deliver a call to war. “Ladies and gentlemen, we come together at a crossroads between war and peace, between disorder and...
  • Liberal Activist: Anti-War Left Giving Obama a Pass Because He's Black

    09/25/2014 9:51:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 25, 2014 | Tony Lee
    As President Barack Obama launches air strikes in Syria, anti-war activists are frustrated that he is getting a pass from groups traditionally opposed to military intervention. According to the Washington Post, only 22 anti-war activists protested near the White House this week, and "it was the latest display of how Obama has neutralized the left." Left-wing activist David Swanson, "who voted for Obama in 2008 before switching to the Green Party," told the Post that "if George W. Bush were launching wars with Congress out of town, oh, it would be flooded." But he said liberals give Obama a pass...
  • Shep to State Dep’t spox: You guys've basically adopted Cheney’s theory of preventive war now, huh?

    09/24/2014 6:59:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 24, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Mediaite, indeed they have — and this isn’t the first time that point has been made by a reporter to a State Department mouthpiece. Shep is correct in the precision of his terms, too. Although lazy people like me refer to the Bush/Cheney approach as “preemptive” war, preemption really describes a case where you have reason to believe your enemy’s about to land a punch on you. You’re preempting the blow by hitting him first; the imminence of his attack is key. The Bush/Cheney approach vis-a-vis Saddam was really one of preventive war. It wasn’t a matter of Saddam...
  • Cruz on Iraq: "We Stayed Too Long And Got Far Too Involved In Nation-Building"

    09/24/2014 7:15:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | September 24, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)SEN. TED CRUZ: Now, the president has been advocating arming the so-called moderate Syrian rebels for some time. And throughout the course of the discussion, what I have endeavored to ask, repeatedly, both publicly and in classified situations, is how do you distinguish the good guys from the bad guys? Last summer, when the president was urging a unilateral attack on Syria, at the time in June of last summer, out of the 9 major rebel groups, 7 of them had significant alliances or connections to al Qaeda or al Nusra or to other radical Islamic groups like ISIS. Consistently...
  • In defense of Ted Cruz's 'militaristic pessimism'

    09/24/2014 6:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | September 24, 2014 | By Matt K. Lewis
    No U.S. lawmaker has better learned the lessons of both the Obama and Bush failures. Reaganesque? America has been screwing up on the foreign policy front for a long time. George W. Bush's efforts to spread democracy were laudable — but quixotic and ill-fated. And Barack Obama's "leading from behind" and"don't do stupid stuff" strategies, which supposedly learned all the right lessons from Bush-era misadventures? These also did not work. So as we head toward a critical presidential election in 2016, what should we be looking for when it comes to foreign policy? The answer is Ted Cruz. Don't laugh...
  • What if everything we've done in Iraq has been a mistake?

    09/24/2014 10:08:04 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 134 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 2, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    What if Iraq is not a country of people with common cultures and interests and generally accepted borders, but rather an amalgam of warring groups cobbled together by British and American diplomats? What if only a strongman like Hussein — however evil and ill suited for government by Western standards — can keep peace and stability in an artificial country like Iraq?
  • The Air Comes Out of the Climate Change Talks

    09/24/2014 7:25:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 9-24-14 | Rupert Darwell
    Tuesday's climate summit at the U.N. may well mark a turning point in the long-running talks as the reality sinks in that they are heading nowhere. For sure, the rhetoric is unchanged. Recently appointed U.N. peace messenger Leonardo DiCaprio is the show’s newest star, telling the meeting that it was "humankind’s greatest challenge." But the older acts sounded stale. Former Vice President Al Gore demonstrated his green credentials when he said that political will was "a renewable resource," recycling a line he’d first used at the 2007 Bali climate conference. For small countries, the U.N. climate change talks provide an...
  • European fruit growers bruised by Russian sanctions

    09/26/2014 8:14:34 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 3 replies
    The UK Guardian ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jennifer Rankin
    Moscow's tit-for-tat ban on imports of fruits and vegetables over Ukraine crisis leaves EU producers facing bleak autumn When Russia banned imports of Polish apples in July, politicians and the public laughed off the move by posing with the forbidden fruit on Twitter. Everyone from the head of the national security bureau to TV presenters posted gleeful photos, making the "Eat apples to annoy Putin" campaign a social media hit. Six weeks later, after the Kremlin extended its ban to all European fresh produce, from Greek peaches to German gherkins and Lithuanian cauliflowers, eating apples as a political statement is...
  • Cultural War during the Cold War 2.0

    09/26/2014 6:14:55 PM PDT · by se99tp · 7 replies
    CCD Report ^ | September 26th, 2014 | B.G.
    When American political nymphomaniacs and masochists marched in New York, the Russian freedom defenders walked in a peaceful protest against the current policy of Kremlin on Ukraine and in other neighboring states. They wanted to speak their thoughts above the cameras of the regime-controlled media. Supporters of opposition or apolitical citizens declared on the streets of Moscow, Sankt-Petersburg, Saratov, Novosibirsk, Rostov, Tomsk, Yekaterinburg, Barnaul “We do not want a war!” Some put this slogan into even more telling one: “It is better to be active today, then to be radioactive tomorrow!” (…) Last Thursday, September 25th, 2014, President of Lithuania...
  • Linkevi&#269;ius dismisses reports about Baltic mercenaries in Ukraine as nonsense

    09/26/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    DELFI by the Lithuania Tribune ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | BNS
    Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas LinkeviÄŤius has dismissed reports made by an Italian daily, which were commented on by Russia's administration, about alleged fighters from the Baltic states, Finland, Sweden and France in Eastern Ukraine. Minister LinkeviÄŤius says such allegations are "nonsense".
  • Poland launches major military exercise with international allies

    09/26/2014 9:54:55 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Warsaw Voice ^ | September 25, 2014 | Warsaw Voice
    Poland launched on Wednesday the largest ever exercise of the Polish Armed Forces, "Anaconda", involving 12,500 soldiers, including 750 from NATO members, in response to security concerns over situation in neighboring Ukraine. This year's "Anaconda" includes soldiers from the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Hungary, Britain, Canada and, for the first time in history, the United States – namely, the U.S. Army’s 18th Military Police Brigade.
  • Russia Asks Facebook, Gmail, Twitter To Register As Information Distributors

    09/26/2014 9:17:21 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 26, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Russia's mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has officially asked social network Facebook, e-mail service Gmail, and microblogging site Twitter to register in Russia as "organizers of information distribution." Media reports in Russia quoted Roskomnadzor's deputy chairman, Maksim Ksenzov, as telling the "Izvestia" newspaper that the move had been made in accordance with a new law on Internet companies and bloggers. In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law binding mail services and social networks to place personal data about Russian users only on servers in Russia as of September 2016. The law also requires bloggers with more than 3,000 daily...
  • US, Poland accelerate F-16’s Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles deal amid Russia tensions

    09/26/2014 8:43:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 26 2014 | Jacek Siminski
    In August last year we analyzed the reasons for the possible Polish purchase of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles (JASSM). Now, in the light of the Ukrainian crisis, a contextual change has occurred and the deal seems to be closed-up soon.Nevertheless, there are still some unaswered questions. The latest development about the Polish air-launched cruise missiles deal started with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA) and the US State Department giving consent for the Polish procurement of the JASSMs in their AGM-158A variant, along with a modernization bundle for the Polish Air ForceÂ’s F-16C/D Block 52+ jet...
  • Russia to join coalition against ISIS in Iraq?

    09/26/2014 5:50:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    So they say… kind of. According to state-run TASS, Sergei Lavrov met with new Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi during the UN General Assembly currently taking place in New York, and pledged to support them against ISIS: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed Russia is ready to support Iraq in its efforts to fight the terrorist threat, first of all the one from the Islamic State (IS). Lavrov had meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. …“During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty,” the ministry said....
  • Hungary suspends gas supplies to Ukraine

    09/26/2014 5:49:53 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 05:28 ET | BBC
    Hungary's gas pipeline operator, FGSZ, says it has suspended delivery of gas to neighbouring Ukraine "indefinitely". Ukraine has been receiving gas from Hungary, Poland and Slovakia since Russia cut off supplies to Ukraine in June in a dispute over unpaid bills. Ukraine's state-owned gas firm, Naftogaz, confirmed the stoppage. It called the move "unexpected and unexplained". FGSZ said it cut deliveries to Ukraine to raise the flow of gas to Hungary.
  • Wanted: Grownups

    09/26/2014 1:20:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    The United States had a cold war to win against the Soviet Union. For several decades, students were taught to dive under their desks should a nuclear bomb go off. People built bomb shelters. Americans got so tired of the containment strategy, they took a gamble on a guy from California whose strategy was simple: "We win. They lose." President Reagan did win the Cold War. His Vice President, George H. W. Bush, swept into office promising to finish what Reagan started. The Berlin Wall fell. Then a threat sparked in the Middle East. Bush stormed into Iraq, freed Kuwait...
  • Draft Law Allows Russia to Seize Foreign Assets in Response to Sanctions

    09/25/2014 2:08:22 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Reuters via Moscow times ^ | 9-25-14 | Yevgeny Razumny
    Russian courts could get the green light to seize foreign assets on Russian territory under a draft law intended as a response to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. The draft, which was submitted to parliament on Wednesday by a pro-Kremlin deputy, would also allow state compensation for an individual whose property is seized in foreign jurisdictions. Italian authorities this week seized property worth about 30 million euros ($40 million) belonging to companies controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, an ally of President Vladimir Putin targeted by the U.S. and European Union sanctions. The draft law, published on a parliamentary database, would...
  • Russian TV sees US plot behind Ukraine and IS militants

    09/25/2014 12:17:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Stephen Ennis
    Russia is the target of a global plot orchestrated by the United States and involving fighters from the self-styled Islamic State (IS) and nationalist Ukrainian troops - that is the latest conspiracy theory broadcast on Russian state TV. "America is everywhere, the West is everywhere, Nato is everywhere. Everything is organised against Russia," the veteran Russian nationalist MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky railed during a talk show on Channel One, Russia's most popular TV station. There was a "certain link", he hinted, between Ukrainian troops "raiding our western regions" and IS, which he said was being armed by the US. Joining the...
  • Interview with Don Hank: Interpreting What is Happening in the U.S., Europe and Russia today

    09/24/2014 6:15:12 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 18 replies
    Julio Severo ^ | Julio Severo
    Interview with Don Hank: Interpreting What is Happening in the U.S., Europe and Russia today By Julio Severo As an American conservative evangelical who speaks and reads Russian and several European and Asian languages, Don Hank is uniquely able to explain the major challenges and dangers to the U.S., Europe and Russia. In this interview, he will help international and especially Brazilian readers to understand what is happening to these cultures that have Christian traditions. Don has a special concern for Christians being persecuted, raped and slaughtered as a result of misguided and malevolent geopolitical policies from the Western...