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  • Snowden's temporary asylum status expires in Russia

    07/31/2014 11:16:58 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 31 July 2014
    Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden's year-long leave to stay in Russia has expired without confirmation that it will be extended. His lawyer said he could stay in the country while his application for an extension was being processed. [...]
  • Team of investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site

    07/31/2014 10:18:10 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 11 replies
    FOX ^ | July 31, 2014 | AP
    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine – As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago. Clashes along routes to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels had kept the delegation from reaching the area to retrieve bodies that have been lying in open fields. But the investigators were allowed through a checkpoint leading to the crash site at the village of Rozsypne early Thursday afternoon by a...
  • MH17 investigators finally reach crash site of the doomed jet ...

    07/31/2014 6:48:57 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    International investigators have finally reached the MH17 crash site today after Ukraine agreed to a 24 hour ceasefire so they could gain access to the area. It is the first time that the experts from the Netherlands and Australia have been able to go to the site, which appears to still be under control of pro-Russian separatists. Fighting along the route to the wreckage between government troops and the separatists had kept them away. It is expected that they will initially focus their efforts on retrieving bodies that are still on the site and collect victims' belongings. It remains unclear...
  • Britain will not start World War Three over Ukraine, David Cameron says

    07/31/2014 5:42:03 AM PDT · by McGruff · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 Jul 2014 | Christopher Hope
    The Prime Minister compared Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine to Germany’s before both break out of the First and Second world wars. Mr Cameron said then that Britain was “not about to launch a European war, we are not about to send the fleet to the Black Sea”. But Mr Cameron said the West had to draw a line or Russia would start to put similar pressure on European Union countries on the eastern fringes of the Continent like Romania.
  • Obama's War on Billionaires

    07/31/2014 5:47:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, | John Ransom
    Obama has a new get-tough policy with Russia. It’s called the War on the Billionaires. The United States is using narrow sanctions against Russian billionaires—private persons presumably-- some of whom Obama supposes supports Russia’s war in Ukraine. And the policy isn’t just bizarre; it’s Obama. He’s seen our war on millionaires here at home, and raised them a war on billionaires in Russia. “The U.S. and Europe are gearing up for a new round of sanctions expected to be announced this week that will impose travel bans and business sanctions against several Russian billionaires with ties to Russian President Vladimir...
  • Malaysian Boeing disaster – Russia’s questions to Ukraine

    07/31/2014 2:28:47 AM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    Russia Today ^ | July 25, 2014
    Russia’s Air Transport Agency has prepared a number of questions for Ukraine seeking to clarify the situation surrounding the crash of flight MH17. The following data shall be requested: 1. Video and audio recording of the air traffic control center communications. 2. Tape recordings of radio exchanges between the air traffic controller and adjacent air traffic control centers inter alia covering the entry into the Ukrainian airspace. 3. Recordings of radio exchanges and phone calls between the air traffic controllers and the military air traffic control sector or Ukraine Air Defense. 4. Tape recordings of radio exchanges between the air...
  • A Russian Soldier's Instagram Posts May Be The Clearest Indication Of Moscow's Involvement

    07/31/2014 4:33:09 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 31 Jul 14 | Paul Szoldra
    Moscow has tried to hide its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, but some social media posts from a Russian soldier may reveal even more direct involvement in the region. Over at BuzzFeed, reporter Max Seddon has the scoop on a 24-year-old soldier named Alexander Sotkin, who has been posting some very interesting photos of his military service, and the locations of the photos are rather telling. While Seddon has embedded a number of Sotkin's photos, which show him in southern Russia taking selfies, it's this one the communications specialist posted, in rebel-controlled Krasna Talycha in east Ukraine, that's...
  • Obama and the Road Not Taken

    07/31/2014 4:29:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Obama administration often denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made worse by, growing U.S. indifference and paralysis. Over the last five and a half years, America has had lots of clear choices, but the administration usually took the path of least short-term trouble, which has ensured long-term hardship. There was no need to "reset" the relatively mild punishments that the George W. Bush administration had accorded Vladimir Putin's Russia for invading Georgia in 2008. By unilaterally normalizing relations with Russia and trashing...
  • After Anti-Israeli Comments, Erdogan 'Glad' to Return Jewish Award

    07/30/2014 2:40:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/30/2014 | Abe Katsman
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be "glad" to return an award given to him in 2004 by a prominent American Jewish group, Turkey's embassy in the US said Tuesday, amid a growing controversy over the premier's anti-Israel remarks.According to Israel National News, the American Jewish Congress had given Erdogan the Profile of Courage award in recognition of his efforts at that time to seek peace in the Middle East. But the AJC now wants the award to be returned following Erdogan’s repeated verbal assaults against Israel, most recently over the Gaza conflict.Erdogan has slammed Israel's attacks on Gaza as "genocide" of...
  • Hamas Calls on Hezbollah to Join 'Resistance' Against Israel

    07/30/2014 7:38:42 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 30, 2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Hamas has urged Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel, according to multiple sources, after Israel's self-defense operation against the terror organization in Gaza has expanded further. “We hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel],” deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. “There’s no arguing that Lebanese resistance could mean a lot,” Abu Marzouk stressed. The remarks surface just minutes after Hamas rejected yet another humanitarian ceasefire from Israel, which had expanded its operation in Gaza earlier Wednesday. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has expressed...
  • Iran Releases Video Of Israel Under Nuclear Attack As 10,000 Riot In Judea and Samaria

    07/28/2014 10:07:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/28/14 | Pamela Geller
    Obama just released $2.8 billion to these savages. And he has sanctioned their nuclear weapons program. Mankind will always be plagued with evil annihilationists. But America funding them? And sanctioning their nuclear weapons program? That’s a whole new vicious reality for the free world to deal with. That’s new.
  • Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s

    07/30/2014 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Goble
    Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s Staunton, July 30 – Commentators in Moscow and the West ever more frequently draw parallels between Vladimir Putin’s ideas and actions and those of fascist regimes in the first part of the 20th century, but few have focused on the fact that one of the Kremlin leader’s most-cherished ideas, that of the ‘Russian Spring,’ was invented by a Russian fascist in the 1920s. In a blog post, Pavel Pryannikov corrects that gap, pointing out that “the ‘Russian Spring’ in fact is not an invention of the present time” but...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • The West Has Cornered Putin—and That's When He's Most Dangerous

    07/30/2014 1:58:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 07/30/2014 | By Julia Ioffe
    Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, and there’s word that it’s on the verge of splitting the rebel-held territory in two and that two major rebel leaders have fled. Putin's supporting these guys because of a position he staked out months ago, even though they’ve just gotten him into a whole lot of trouble by mistakenly shooting down a plane full of Dutch people....
  • Ukraine's pipelines will lose 50% of value when South Stream starts - Naftogaz head

    07/30/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    RT ^ | 29 July 2014
    The South Stream gas pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine, may halve the value of Ukraine’s gas transportation system (GTS), according to Andrey Kobolev, head of Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz. After the Russian–led South Stream project is complete and working at full capacity, the value of Ukraine’s GTS may fall as much 50 percent from the present estimate of $25-$35 billion, RIA Novosti quotes the head of the company. “We have no wish to lose it, and it’s unreasonable," Kobolev said on a Ukrainian local TV channel. Construction of the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria and Serbia was suspended...
  • From Andropov to Putin: The Last Spasm of a Decrepit Dictatorship

    07/30/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Vladimir Tismaneanu
    Years ago, the Soviet dissident Yuri Glazov, one of the most lucid interpreters of the Soviet experience, diagnosed Andropov’s neo-Stalinism, more sophisticated but no less repressive than Leonid Brezhnev’s, as the last gasp of the nomenklatura’s squalid rule. The same can be said about Putinism, this latter-day incarnation of the Andropov model. .... Putinism meant imposing a disguised dictatorship of the KGB’s successor, the new/old secret police known as the FSB. The FSB’s “ethos” is deeply rooted in the tradition which began with the Cheka and the entranced Polish-Russian Bolshevik, Feliks Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. .... Putin’s propaganda has gone once more...
  • Ted Cruz Channels Reagan: 'Mr. Putin, Give Back Crimea'

    07/30/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 70 replies
    businessinsider.in ^ | July 30, 2014 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed Ronald Reagan's famous challenge to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday when he officially called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to return territory Russia annexed earlier this year back to Ukraine. "Mr. Putin, give back Crimea," Cruz said at the Young America's Foundation in Washington. "Why is it so unimaginable for President Obama to utter those words?" Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential contender, has made foreign policy hawkishness a key part of his political brand. Speaking before the group of conservative college students Tuesday, he repeatedly accused Obama of being unwilling to aggressively challenge...
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • New poll finds many Russians believe Ukraine shot down MH17

    07/30/2014 9:23:05 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 8 replies
    WP ^ | July 30, 2014 | Adam Taylor
    A poll released by the independent Russian pollster Levada on Wednesday has found that a large number of Russians believe that Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with 46 percent saying they think it was brought down by a Ukrainian army antiaircraft missile and 36 percent saying a Ukrainian military plane shot it down (multiple answers were allowed, meaning the percentages do not add up to a hundred and people may have chosen more than one answer).The results appear to show the gap between Western and Russian perceptions of the Malaysia Airlines crash, which the United States and other nations believe...
  • American Voices

    07/30/2014 8:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    Barack Obama's foreign policy disasters are about what one might expect from a leftist community organizer elected to be leader of the free world. So many of the countries this administration has touched -- Ukraine, Libya, Iraq -- have descended into acute civil war on Obama's watch. It's worth asking why, exactly, this has been the case. It's not quite as simple as "the left sucks at war." French Socialist President Francois Hollande, for example, isn't too bad at it. He's been successfully running a series of ongoing foreign interventions in Africa. So what does a French Socialist have that...
  • As Sanctions Pile Up, Russians’ Alarm Grows Over Putin’s Tactics

    07/30/2014 8:14:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/30/2014 | By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    MOSCOW — Russia, facing the toughest round of Western sanctions imposed since the Ukraine crisis erupted, has adopted a nonchalant public stance, with President Vladimir V. Putin emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and a new poll released Tuesday indicating a “What, me worry?” attitude among the bulk of the population. But beneath that calm facade, there is growing alarm in Russia that the festering turmoil in Ukraine and the new round of far more punitive sanctions — announced Tuesday by both European nations and the United States — will have an impact on Russia’s relations with the West for years...
  • After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

    07/30/2014 6:36:01 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies
    AFP ^ | Oleksandr Savochenko
    When Ukraine's military offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels from the restive east began in mid-April with humiliated soldiers meekly surrendering their armoured vehicles it looked doomed to failure. But after more than three months of brutal fighting that has claimed some 1,100 lives, a sudden advance by battle-hardened government forces in recent weeks has seen them snatch back a string of key towns and left the once confident insurgents scrambling.
  • Steven Seagal's Estonia gig nixed over pro-Russia stance

    07/30/2014 6:20:38 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | 29 Jul 14 | Unknown
    Hollywood tough guy Steven Seagal has had his blues gig cancelled at a festival in Estonia following an uproar in this formerly-Soviet ruled Baltic state over the star's pro-Russia views, the authorities said Tuesday. Seagal is reported to back Russian President Vladimir Putin's March annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and regards him as a personal friend.
  • MH17: The full story of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight

    07/29/2014 11:22:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper
    heraldsun.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | PATRICK CARLYON
    “Ready for home. Boarding shortly.”
  • Cash for Russian Clunkers

    07/30/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Something stinks here. And it’s more than just wastewater from the marshy ground in and around Washington, DC. When a commercial airline is shot out of the sky it immediately triggers a number of questions. What kind of projectile? Where did it come from? Who fired it? All of these questions are answered by spy satellites. But getting one of these expensive satellites into orbit requires we launch a rocket. At present, the United States is buying rocket engines from Russia for these critical national security launches . That is right. Even while a domestic supply of launch vehicles is...
  • Moscow may walk out of nuclear treaty after US accusations of breach

    07/30/2014 2:12:56 AM PDT · by blueplum · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | July 29, 2014 07:38 EDT | Alec Luhn in Moscow and Julian Borger
    Russia may be on the point of walking out of a major cold war era arms-control treaty, Russian analysts have said, after President Obama accused Moscow of violating the accord by testing a cruise missile. There has been evidence at least since 2011 of Russian missile tests in violation of the 1987 intermediate range nuclear forces (INF) treaty, which banned US or Russian ground-launched cruise missiles with a 500 to 5,500-mile (805 to 8,851km) range. But the Obama administration has been hesitant until now of accusing Moscow of a violation in the hope that it could persuade Vladimir Putin, the...
  • Ukraine rebel chief Igor Bezler threatens to execute interviewer

    07/30/2014 1:59:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 29, 2014 | Shawn Walker
    ...As we talked, guards came for Budik and took him up to the main courtyard. A van had arrived, serving as an impromptu hearse, carrying the body of a rebel fighter who had died in combat. The Demon and the other fighters crowded round the open doors of the van to glance at the open coffin and pay their respects. Budik was also emotional. “I knew him well, since he was eight years old,” he said. “My wife and I would bring in homeless kids or orphans and try to give them a decent upbringing. I taught him boxing, tried...
  • MH17 Likely shot down with guns, not missiles

    07/29/2014 9:13:26 PM PDT · by aardwolf46 · 139 replies
    This has been on various news sites today, but I don't see it on FR or Drudge. Any sort of a Google search on "MH17 bullet holes" will turn up multiple versions. German investigators are claiming that the forward part of MH17 is riddled with bullet holes, apparently 30mm, which is the main armament of the Ukrainian jets which were tailing the airliner. There is zero possibility of anybody shooting down an airliner with a 30mm gun from the ground. Typical version of the story
  • A GOP Ultimatum to Vlad [Pat Buchanan warns against US involvement in Ukraine and Eastern Europe]

    07/29/2014 5:48:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/29/2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November. But before traditional conservatives cheer that prospect, they might take a closer look at the foreign policy that a Republican Senate would seek to impose upon the nation. Specifically, they should spend time reading S. 2277, the "Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014," introduced by Sen. Bob Corker on May 1, and endorsed by half of the Senate's GOP caucus. As ranking Republican on the foreign relations committee, Corker is in line to...
  • Kiev intensifies combat operations in MH17 crash zone to evade exposure

    07/29/2014 5:44:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 27 May 2014 | Zurab Jhavahadze
    Kiev is seeking to evade exposure of truth over a Malaysian MH17 crash near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine by intensifying combat operations around the crash site, the press centre of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said on Sunday, citing DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai. Donetsk People’s Republic hopes for objective investigation of Malaysian Boeing crash Earlier, the mass media reported that the Ukrainian military planned to take control over the Malaysian jet crash area, for which ends they were shelling Gorlovka and other settlements controlled by the DPR forces. Intensified combat operations “are irrefutable evidence proving that Kiev is...
  • The west risks collateral damage by punishing Russia

    07/29/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 27 July 2014 | Wolfgang Münchau
    When I read last week’s revision in the International Monetary Fund’s forecasts, I was reminded of William Gilmore Simms, a 19th century US historian, who said: “I believe that economists put decimal points in their forecasts to show that they have a sense of humour.” If only that were true. The latest update of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook puzzled me in two decimal-point respects, neither of them humorous. The sanctions to be decided this week are known in EU jargon as “tier three”; the red-alert stage. As reported by Peter Spiegel, the Financial Times Brussels bureau chief, the European...
  • Ukraine’s Yatsenyuk Says Resigns in Protest at Parliament’s Decisions

    07/29/2014 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 26 July 2010
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Friday he has announced his resignation amid the Verkhovna Rada’s refusal to vote in favor of increasing the funding of troops involved in the special operation in the country’s east. “My decision to resign has one motive: I want the whole country to see that the parliament refuses to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the parliament refuses to fight for the east and impose taxes on those who need to pay taxes,” Yatsenyuk said in a Shuster LIVE Ukrainian talk show. Yatsenyuk said the country’s parliament needs a “reset” and also called to carry...
  • U.S. sales to Russia have only risen since sanctions imposed

    07/29/2014 12:02:26 PM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | July 28, 2014 | John Moritz
    In the months since the United States imposed sanctions on Russian businesses and close associates of President Vladimir Putin’s, an odd thing has happened: U.S. exports to Russia have risen. U.S. Census Bureau foreign trade data show that exports rose 17 percent from March through May _ the most recent months for which the data is available _ compared with the previous three months, before sanctions were imposed. The value of exports has risen in each consecutive month this year, an unusual trend in a trade relationship that historically fluctuates on a monthly basis.
  • European Union slaps new, stronger sanctions on Russia

    07/29/2014 12:39:31 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 69 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 29 Jul 14 | HENRY CHU
    <p>As expected, the sanctions -- to be outlined in detail Wednesday -- will target selected sectors of the Russian economy, including energy, finance and defense. New arms deals, exports of energy and oil-drilling technologies, and sales of items with both civilian and military applications will be forbidden.</p>
  • Double blow for Putin as Ukraine rebels suffer setbacks, West prepares to levy more sanctions

    07/29/2014 10:02:54 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 29 Jul 14 | FOX NEWS
    Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly have suffered their biggest battlefield setbacks in months as the U.S. and European countries prepare to ramp up pressure on Russian leader Vladimir Putin by imposing more sanctions against Moscow later this week. The Wall Street Journal reported that Ukraine army forces had made rapid gains near the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed July 17 and were apparently trying to split the territory held by the rebels into two parts between the major cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. Officials on both sides of the fighting also told the Journal that the Ukraine...
  • MH17 tragedy: Beating drums for war in Ukraine

    07/29/2014 9:57:41 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 18 replies
    Russia Propaganda Today ^ | July 29, 2014 | Brian Hanley, tool
    The shooting down of MH17 in Ukraine’s civil war is a terrible event. However, the American media and government grossly misrepresent the USA’s role in creating the current situation, and coverage of Ukraine does credit to ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Reporting is dominated by the usual suspects from the Brookings Institution, etc. spouting jingoistic nonsense. Yes, there is significant history there, including a murky, amateurish, attempt to poison former President Victor Yushchenko with TCDD (a dioxin) in 2004 by unidentified parties. This sort of thing is a sign of the overall situation. Let’s start with how all US media refer to...
  • Russia’s Bunker-Smashing Rockets Have Arrived in Iraq

    07/29/2014 7:39:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 29, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    Photos have appears on Iraqi social media depicting Russian-made rocket artillery arriving in Baghdad. The snapshots, published on July 25, show TOS-1A systems unloading from giant An-124 cargo planes. The rockets could help Baghdad battle Islamic militants. TOS-1 was the Soviet army’s secret hammer during the last decade of the Cold War. It fires powerful rockets to smash enemy trenches, fortifications and buildings, cracking defensive lines to allow tanks and infantry to punch through.
  • Report from Slaviansk

    07/29/2014 6:59:33 AM PDT · by aardwolf46 · 49 replies
    Something I noticed on youtube and was about a month old when MH17 was shot down, this account seems to be severely at odds with much of what we see in the MSM.... Report from Slaviansk This makes several claims I've seen of Ukrainian fighter-bombers hiding behind airliners and then peeling off to bomb separatist targets. The basic bottom line wrt MH17 seems to be that Ukrainian air traffic controllers routed it into a war zone and ordered it to drop altitude, i.e. set it up like a skeet target. The question of who actually shot it down seems fairly...
  • U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty [Obama Huffs and Puffs]

    07/29/2014 6:18:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 7/28/14
    The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a letter on Monday.
  • PM of Australia Reganesque politician?

    07/29/2014 4:04:30 AM PDT · by se99tp
    CCD Report ^ | July 27, 2014 | B.G.
    Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbot said words, which convey truth that was until that day rejected in West and censored in East. Like Reagan over thirty years ago, Prime Minister Abbott reminded about the boundary between the good and evil in a public life:...
  • China's navy no longer so inferior to Japan's, experts say

    07/29/2014 3:54:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 27 July, 2014
    China's loss of the first Sino-Japanese war has been attributed to a disorganised navy. Although the northern fleet equalled, some say exceeded, the Meiji navy in terms of firepower, it was annihilated because it lacked coordination among its military units. Today while Japan's navy may have a qualitative advantage over China's, the People's Liberation Army is catching up, analysts say. In sheer manpower, China has the upper hand, with Beijing putting the PLA Navy's strength at 235,000, or more than five times the number in the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. But the Japanese navy has being training with modern warfare...
  • U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty (RESET)

    07/28/2014 8:56:11 PM PDT · by dila813 · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Today | JIM KUHNHENN
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.' An administration official says the United States has notified Russia of its determination that it broke the agreement by testing a new ground-launched cruise missile. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.
  • Russia has violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US

    07/28/2014 6:40:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7-28-14 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON: The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior US official said late Monday. The finding comes in a 2014 report that concluded Russia was in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred it from possessing or producing cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres, the official told AFP. President Barack Obama has sent a letter to his counterpart Vladimir Putin on the issue, which the official described as a very serious matter. Washington was prepared to discuss the determination with Russia...
  • Putin may be winning, but Russia is losing

    07/28/2014 3:48:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    nationalpost.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Kelly McParland
    Vladimir Putin seems to be doing everything he can to turn Russia into an ugly country: disliked, distrusted, unreliable, unattractive, aggressive, warlike and avoided at all cost. Among Russians it has made him popular for the moment, but that may change when people realize what he’s done. Russia is becoming one of those countries, like Iran or North Korea, that rails away from the fringes, isolated and disdained, that spends its days shaking its fist and ranting irrationally about the world’s inability to appreciate its greatness. .... Mr. Putin’s strongest weapon is not his army, but his control of the...
  • Ukrainian Separatists or Putin's masked aggressors?

    07/21/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 1 replies
    self | 7/21/2014 | self
    It is sickening to see media calling “Ukrainian separatists” bunch of Russian masked military thugs executing Putin’s order to annex Ukrainian territory. When Yanukovych “thing” did not work out, Ukrainians froze at Maidan to put end to “joining Putin's great mother Russia”, Putin mobilized his army at Ukrainian border, took over Crimea and now is biting more pieces of Ukraine. Ukrainian people, even Russian speaking and especially Crimean Tatars do not want to be part of the Putin’s great Russian empire again or ever. Masked spetznatz and Russian military personnel with modern armaments, no markings, are not Ukrainian separatists!!!!!! If...
  • Vladimir Putin is a thug and liar, says top British envoy

    07/28/2014 2:49:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 28, 2014 | Ben Farmer
    Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, is a “thug” and a “liar”, one of Britain’s most senior ambassadors has said, as the EU prepares today to approve tough new sanctions against Moscow. Sir Peter Westmacott said the West’s increasingly firm response to Russia was beginning to have an impact on the Kremlin. The British ambassador to the United States said Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine was starting to look like “the wrong call”. He spoke as the Ministry of Defence announced that a battle group of 1,350 troops and armoured vehicles, including Challenger tanks, would join Nato exercises in Poland. The Government said...
  • Our duty is to stand firm in the face of Russian aggression

    07/28/2014 12:10:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 48 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Stephen Harper
    The world is saddened and rightfully outraged by images of the charred remnants of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and by the loss of almost 300 people from 11 countries, strewn across fields in eastern Ukraine. While the grim work of identifying victims’ remains and tracking down the perpetrators of this appalling crime is just beginning, the world can be certain of one thing: There can be no weakening of our resolve to punish the Putin regime for threatening the peace and security of eastern and central Europe. Although we may refer to militants in eastern Ukraine as “pro-Russian separatists,” we...
  • British tanks join Poland exercises to reassure allies against Putin

    07/28/2014 12:33:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 28, 2014 | Ben Farmer
    Britain will send an armoured battle group of tanks and 1,350 troops to Poland for Nato war games designed to sure up the alliance’s eastern members against fears of Russian aggression. The deployment will see British troops backed by Challenger tanks and Warrior armoured fighting vehicles join other Nato forces for a two-month exercise in eastern Europe. The manoeuvres come as the Kremlin is accused of continuing to stoke the conflict in Ukraine by shelling across the border and increasing the flow of weapons and supplies to Moscow-backed separatists. The Ministry of Defence in London said the UK would send...
  • Cold War Strategies Are Back in Russia's Playbook

    07/28/2014 12:15:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Alexander Golts
    The theory that history unfolds first as a tragedy and then repeats itself as a farce is not always true. Sometimes, history repeats its tragedy all over again, and with the same terrible consequences. Thirty years ago, a Soviet fighter jet shot down a South Korean airliner that had strayed into Soviet airspace. U.S. intelligence presented incontrovertible evidence to then-President Ronald Reagan: a recording of the conversation between the pilots. Reagan called the act a massacre. The world shuddered in horror. Prior to that, the international community considered Reagan's description of the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" a bit...
  • Russian navy boosts ASW capability with modernised Il-38N

    07/28/2014 8:14:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 28 July, 2014 | DOMINIC PERRY
    Ilyushin has delivered the first upgraded Il-38N anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft to the Russian navy following a modernisation effort that began in 2012. Handed over on 15 July, the turboprop-powered type is the first of five examples to receive the enhancements under a Rb3.5 billion ($100 million) contract. Ilyushin The upgrades focus on the addition of a new Novella P-38 target track and search system developed by St Petersburg-based Leninets, giving the 1960s-era aircraft what the manufacturer calls “a second life”. The P-38 broadens the area a single Il-38N can cover, while allowing it to track 32 targets simultaneously. Ilyushin...