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  • Paper tiger in Syria

    01/25/2015 7:01:52 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Daily Star ^ | January 22, 2015 | Opinion Editors
    In the wake of this weekend's Israeli strike in the Golan Heights, which killed Hezbollah operatives and an Iranian general, Sunday's comments by Syria's information minister are particularly illuminating. Omran Zoubi said the "cost of maintaining regional security is much lower than that of a huge deterioration that develops in a negative way," which can be read as an appeal for the Israelis to avoid taking things further. In contrast, officials from Hezbollah and have spoken openly about retaliation, something that used to threaten after Israeli strikes in the past. This demonstrates that the Syrian regime exists on paper, but...
  • After Long Legal Fight, Inquest Is Set to Begin in Death of Putin Critic

    01/25/2015 12:51:07 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 29 replies
    NYT ^ | 24 Jan 15 | Alan Cowell
    LONDON — It has consumed more than eight years of maneuvering, obstruction and a widow’s dogged legal campaign, fought often on a shoestring. But finally, on Tuesday, a public inquiry is set to begin its quest for an answer to the question that has driven the whole process: Why did Alexander V. Litvinenko have to die? On Nov. 1, 2006, Mr. Litvinenko, a former officer of the Soviet K.G.B. in self-exile in London and a vocal critic of President Vladimir V. Putin, sipped tea from a poisoned pot, took sick and died 22 days later. Only after his death did...
  • Is this Alexander Litvinenko's beyond the grave attack on Putin?

    01/24/2015 7:24:02 PM PST · by No One Special · 10 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lyndsey Telford, Edward Malnick and Claire Newell
    A tape apparently recorded by murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko a year before he was poisoned has revealed he was digging up links between Vladimir Putin and one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. A Telegraph investigation uncovered the audio recording, in which the dissident claims from beyond the grave that Russia’s president had a “good relationship” with Semion Mogilevich - a Ukrainian crime boss who was on the FBI's most wanted list and whom Mr Litvinenko believed was selling weapons to al-Qaeda. The apparent recording of Mr Litvinenko is published for the first time ahead of a public inquiry...
  • Merkel offers Russia free-trade agreement (with EU)

    01/24/2015 4:40:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Jan 2015 08:23 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany would be prepared to negotiate a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Russia as a way out of the deadlocked Ukraine conflict, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. Merkel told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Germany was “ready” to open talks about “possibilities for cooperating in a collective trade area”, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. But she said that a precondition for the plan, suggested by Russian President Vladimir Putin several years ago but ignored by European leaders, would be a comprehensive peace agreement in Ukraine. …
  • Smolensk Crash: Evidence for Explosion

    01/23/2015 6:18:34 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    The Smolensk Crash News DOT COM ^ | January 22, 2015 | The Smolensk Crash News DOT COM
    10 April 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crashed near the city of Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board. These included President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, former president Ryszard Kaczorowski, the chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of Poland, Poland's deputy foreign minister, Polish government officials, 18 members of the Polish parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy, and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre. They were en route from Warsaw to attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre;...
  • The World Misery Index: 108 Countries [ Venezuela, Argentina ..]

    01/23/2015 3:40:49 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January 22, 2015 | Steve H. Hanke
    The five most miserable countries in the world at the end of 2014 are, in order: Venezuela, Argentina, Syria, Ukraine, and Iran. In 2014, Argentina and Ukraine moved into the top five, displacing Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe. The five least miserable are Brunei, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, and Japan. The United States ranks 95th, which makes it the 14th least miserable nation
  • Top official: Russians will 'eat less' for Putin

    01/23/2015 9:11:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    AP ^ | January 23,2015 | Carlo Piovano and Nataliya Vasilyeva
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin's support. Russia has for the past year been sliding into recession amid a slump in its energy export prices as well as Western sanctions against Moscow's role in the conflict in Ukraine that has claimed more than 5,000 lives. Questions have been raised in Russia and abroad whether the price that ordinary Russians are having to pay for the annexation of Crimea...
  • UKRAINE: These Are The Weapons That Russia Is Pouring Into Eastern Ukraine

    01/23/2015 4:02:43 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 22 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2015, 5:35 PM | Jeremy Bender
    As Russian military supplies continue to enter Ukraine, it becomes harder by the day for Putin to deny that Moscow is providing arms to the separatists. In fact Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the US Army's top commander in Europe, says that Russian support for separatists has "doubled" since Ukraine and Russia reached a tentative ceasefire. "When you look at the amount of Russian equipment that the proxies were using prior to the Minsk agreements, that amount has doubled beginning in December into the hundreds," Hodges told reporters on his first visit to Ukraine. Russian support for the separatists include artillery,...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk: UKRAINE [Russia] separatists vow to take more territory

    01/23/2015 3:53:53 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2015 | MSTYSLAV CHERNOV, Associated Press
    Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine said Friday that they will continue to fight for more territory and will refuse to consider any new cease-fire proposals. Separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said rebel fighters are advancing in five directions to push back Ukrainian government forces to the limits of the eastern Donetsk region. "Attempts to talk about a cease-fire will no longer be undertaken by our side," Zakharchenko said. Any rebel advances would further undermine a tentative peace deal forged this week in Berlin at a meeting of foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany. Those negotiations concluded with an agreement...
  • UKRAINE: Russia And Ukraine Are At War

    01/23/2015 3:34:02 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    FORBES ^ | 1/22/2015 @ 9:30AM
    Moscow won’t admit it, but Russia is at war with Ukraine. It’s hard to draw any other conclusion from reports that Russian regular forces have moved into eastern Ukraine and are attacking Ukrainian military units amid a flare-up of violence this past week... eight civilians were killed after a mortar shell fell in Donetsk, mere hours after the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed on a “buffer zone”. All the while, Russia continues to insist that separatist forces in Donetsk and Luhansk are independent of Russian control and military support. But Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has...
  • NATO: Fighting in eastern Ukraine fiercer than ever

    01/22/2015 11:19:06 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 11-22-2015 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG
    Fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever in some locations, NATO's top commander in Europe said Thursday - adding that the weapons systems seen now in the region have in the past heralded a fresh incursion by Russian troops. "Violence has intensified and changed character in Ukraine," U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told a news conference at NATO headquarters. He said the fighting has re-escalated to levels seen before the Sept. 5 Minsk cease-fire agreement "and in some cases beyond." Questioned by reporters, Breedlove, the alliance's chief commander in Europe, said he couldn't confirm Ukrainian authorities' statements that...
  • Russian Labor Ministry reports natural population growth in 2014

    01/21/2015 3:35:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | December 19, 2014
    A natural population growth in Russia stood at 37,100 in January-October 2014, Labor and Social Protection Minister Maxim Topilin said. “On the whole, natural population growth amounted to 37,100 people in January-October 2014. It grew by 23,200 persons compared with the relevant period of 2013,” the ministry press service quoted Topilin as saying on Friday. Natural population growth continued in October 2014 and reached 9,900 people. “Natural population growth was recorded in 43 regions. There was natural population growth overall in the North Caucasian, Urals, Siberian and Far Eastern Federal Districts,” the minister stated. Assessing birth rates, Topilin said that...
  • Ukraine talks reach agreement on demarcation line, Steinmeier (Surrender)

    01/21/2015 6:32:16 PM PST · by dila813 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Today | Sabine Siebold and Michael Nienaber
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Diplomatic progress was made during four-way talks on the Ukraine crisis and an agreement was reached on establishing security zones between pro-Russian fighters and Kiev's forces, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. "Finally there was an agreement reached today that the demarcation line, mentioned in the Minsk protocol, will be the line from which the withdrawal of heavy weaponry should start now," Steinmeier said late on Wednesday after talks with his counterparts from France, Russia and Ukraine.
  • New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback

    01/21/2015 10:49:02 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 76 replies
    AP ^ | 21 Jan 15 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and MSTYSLAV CHERNOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine deployed large quantities of arms and manpower Wednesday to an emerging flashpoint, undermining hopes for a new peace initiative taking shape. Ukraine's president to cut short a visit to Switzerland to deal with the unfolding crisis. ----------------------------------------------------------- Moscow has denied Ukrainian and Western claims that it provides manpower and arms to the separatists but has acknowledged that some Russians have joined the insurgents. Yet the sheer amount of sophisticated heavy weaponry in insurgent hands is widely seen in the West as irrefutable evidence of Russia's direct involvement. Speaking during a visit to...
  • Russian Ruble Weakens on Renewed Fighting in Ukraine

    01/21/2015 6:09:44 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    MOSCOW TIMES ^ | 21 Jan 15 | Unknown
    The Russian ruble fell on Wednesday, ignoring a firmer oil price, as markets reacted to a surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine and speculation that Russia may soon cut interest rates. At 11:15 a.m. in Moscow the ruble was down 1 percent against the dollar to trade at 65.86 and 1.1 percent weaker versus the euro at 76.17. The slide came despite a firming of the oil price, typically the most important driver of Russian assets, with Brent up over a percent to $48.50. Fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine between government forces and separatist rebels backed by Russia, complicating...
  • Israeli Security Source: We Didn't Know Iranian General Was At Site Of Syria Strike

    01/20/2015 12:42:36 PM PST · by edpc · 22 replies
    Reuters via Haaretz ^ | 20 Jan 2015 | Reuters
    An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior Israeli security source told Reuters on Tuesday. The source declined to be identified because Israel will not confirm or deny whether it carried out the strike. Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Allahdadi was killed along with a Hezbollah commander and the son of the group's late military leader, Imad Muughniyeh, in Sunday's attack on a Hezbollah convoy near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • Russia Hits Back At Obama Over State Of Union Speech

    01/21/2015 5:52:59 AM PST · by edpc · 8 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 21 Jan 2015 | Gabriela Baczynska
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit back on Wednesday at U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, saying it showed the United States believes it is "number one" and seeks world domination.
  • Oil falls again as IMF cuts forecast; Iran hints at $25 oil

    01/20/2015 2:46:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Jan 20, 2015 | Barani Krishnan
    Oil fell as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast and key producer Iran hinted prices could drop to $25 a barrel without supportive OPEC action.
  • Strategist Putin Strikes An Ominous Deal With Iran

    01/21/2015 12:44:16 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 21 Jan 15 | Austin Bay
    Russian president Vladimir Putin made dangerous history in 2014. His invasion of Crimea and subsequent annexation of the peninsula shredded the diplomatic agreements stabilizing post-Cold War Eastern Europe. Then Putin ignited a low-level war in Eastern Ukraine. Despite a September 2014 ceasefire agreement, Putin's overt covert war-making continues in Eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin has concluded that Western leaders, European and American, are weak and indecisive. Putin, unfortunately, knows how to use specific tactics in operations designed to achieve his strategic goals.
  • Ukraine says its forces attacked by Russian troops

    01/21/2015 12:10:42 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 Jan 15 | Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was cutting short a foreign trip on Wednesday after Kiev accused Russian regular forces of attacking its troops in the country's east. The accusation against Moscow on Tuesday was one of the boldest assertions yet by Ukraine of direct Russian military involvement since the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government forces began more than nine months ago. "In spite of preliminary agreements, Ukrainian military units were attacked in the north of the anti-terrorist operational zone by regular military formations of the armed forces of Russia," the spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said. Roman Turovets, a spokesman for the...
  • Expert: China's J-10B Fighter Superior to Main Fighters of Neighbors

    01/20/2015 7:42:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    BEIJING --- Pictures showed that 14 J-10B fighters painted with the mark of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) were on the parking apron at the airport of the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co., Ltd. under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), meaning that this type of modified fighter will possibly be deployed to the aviation troops of the PLAAF, according to a recent report on the website of the Jane's Defense Weekly. Zhang Zhaozhong, a military expert at the National Defense University (NDU), said in an interview with reporters from the China Central Television (CCTV)...
  • Russia and Iran sign military cooperation deal

    01/20/2015 7:20:54 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 20 Jan 15 | NASSER KARIMI
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and Russia signed an agreement Tuesday to expand military ties in a visit to Tehran by the Russian defense minister. Sergei Shoigu, in remarks carried by Russian news agencies, said Moscow wants to develop a "long-term and multifaceted" military relationship with Iran. He said that the new agreement includes expanded counter-terrorism cooperation, exchanges of military personnel for training purposes and an understanding for each country's navy to more frequently use the other's ports. Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan urged greater cooperation as a means of opposing American ambitions in the region. Moscow and Tehran have...
  • Five Russians Held In France On Suspicion Of Plotting Attack

    01/20/2015 6:53:54 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 36 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | jan 20, 2014 | Staff
    Prosecutors in southern France say five Russians from the Chechnya region have been detained on suspicion of preparing an attack. Local prosecutor Yvon Calvet said the suspects were detained January 19 in the town of Beziers near the Mediterranean coast, around 70 kilometers from Montpellier. French media reports say the five are also suspected of hiding a cache of explosives that was found near a stadium in Beziers
  • Exxon begins production from Russian field

    01/20/2015 5:33:28 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 19, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    Exxon Mobil Corp. said Monday it has begun producing from the third and final field of its Russian Sakhalin-1 project. The Sakhalin-1 project is a joint venture with several Russian oil and gas companies and is operated by Exxon Neftegas Ltd. The third field, Arkutun-Dagi, is expected to reach a peak production of 90,000 barrels per day, Exxon Mobil said in its announcement. Exxon Neftegas owns a 30 percent interest in the field and Japan’s Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co. Ltd. holds another 30 percent interest. India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd. also holds a 20 percent interest and several affiliates...
  • Russian forces, equipment enter Ukraine, PM says

    01/20/2015 1:25:52 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 20 Jan 15 | Victoria Butenk
    Kiev, Ukraine (CNN)Russian military forces and equipment have entered Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says, according to a report from Ukraine's state-run media on Monday. "I have just spoken with the national defense and security council secretary. Ukrainian military intelligence confirm the fact military personnel and equipment have been transferred from Russia to Ukraine," the prime minister is quoted as saying. He continued: "Tanks, GRAD multiple rocket systems, BUK and SMERCH systems, radio electronic intelligence systems are not sold at local Donetsk street markets. Only the Russian army and Defense Ministry have them." The prime minister's spokeswoman, Olga Lappo, confirmed...
  • Analysts Predict a Russian Descent Into Madness

    01/20/2015 12:01:10 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    (PLUS: a Bloomberg article) The Moscow Times ^ | 18 Jan 15 | Ivan Nechepurenko
    President Vladimir Putin cannot afford at this point to reform the political system he has built up, as doing so would undermine his grip on power, a panel of political analysts said at the Gaidar Forum on Friday. They went on to warn that without fundamental change, Russia risks an eventual descent into "revolutionary chaos." The panel, which consisted of several analysts known for their vocal criticism of Russian government policy, spoke before a packed audience. Such heated political rhetoric may seem out of place at a high-level economic policy conference co-organized by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy...
  • Thousands mourn Hezbollah fighter killed in Israeli attack

    01/19/2015 10:34:13 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 19, 2015 | Tom Perry
    Hezbollah supporters turned out in force on Monday to bury the son of the group's late commander, one of six fighters who died in an Israeli air strike in neighboring Syria that also killed an Iranian general. The killings raised the possibility of a retaliatory attack, with a senior Iranian official suggesting that Israel would be hit at "the right time and right place". An Israeli defense official said escalation was possible. Jihad Mughniyeh was buried in Beirut alongside his father Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008. Though it was unclear what role Mughniyeh, who was in...
  • Syria: Israel kills Iran's Revolutionary Guard general Mohammed Allahdadi in Golan Heights strike

    01/19/2015 11:59:23 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 19, 2015 12:24 GMT | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Iran's revolutionary guards' corps (IRGC) has confirmed that one of its senior commanders, general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi (or Dadi), has been killed by an Israeli strike on the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights. The air raid, which also killed six members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group, occurred near Syria's Quneitra border crossing with Israel. "Following the Zionist aggressions against the resistance in Syria, General Mohammad Allahdadi, a former commander of the Sarollah Brigade of the Revolutionary Guard, was martyred along with Jihad Moughniyah and three others in the same car," the Dana news website said. The senior commander was...
  • Israel killed Iranian general in strike on Hezbollah terrorists in Syria

    01/19/2015 7:29:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Israelis live under the constant threat of terrorist attacks. Just overnight, Israel rolled up a six-member cell linked to the Islamic State with the alleged orders to execute strikes against Israeli targets inside the Jewish stateÂ’s territory. On IsraelÂ’s borders, Hamas to the south and Hezbollah to the north represent a constant terrorist threat. IsraelÂ’s ability to defend its borders by executing strikes on terrorist targets is further complicated by the fact that any one of those strikes could ignite an international incident by accidently killing a high-ranking military officer from one of those terror groupsÂ’ state sponsors. That...
  • Mission impossible: How one man bought China its first aircraft carrier

    01/19/2015 9:20:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 19 January, 2015 | Minnie Chan
    It was a mission like no other. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse, one businessman armed with cash and a casino cover story scooped the world to buy the unfinished hulk of a Ukrainian aircraft carrier that would become the centrepiece of the PLA Navy. Speaking to the media for the first time, the Hong Kong-based businessman at the heart of the undertaking reveals in a two-part series the details of the little-known, behind-the-scenes odyssey to realise China's long-held dream of owning such a warship. Xu Zengping disclosed that the militarily sensitive original engines of the carrier were...
  • Russian Activists Ask Putin to Send Troops Into Armenia

    01/19/2015 7:40:08 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    The MOSCOW TIMES ^ | 19 Jan 15 | Anna Dolgov
    Online activists have leapt to the defense of a Russian soldier who has reportedly confessed to killing six members of an Armenian family, calling on President Vladimir Putin to "send in the troops" to protect all Russian-speakers in the Transcaucasian country. The activists, commenting through their social media group "Anti-Maidan — Armenia," declared soldier Valery Permyakov to be "under Russia's protection" and called for the use of force to combat Armenians who want him to face trial in their country. Of note, the group's name recalls the political protests on Kiev's Maidan Square that led to the overthrow of Ukraine's...
  • UKRAINE: Volunteer "Army SOS" We need a reserve army

    01/19/2015 6:58:34 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    CENSOR.NET ^ | 01/19/15 10:02
    I am often accused of pessimism. I write about the little victories, rarely about heroes, not waving flags, and shouting "Putin - huylo!". They say that I read the bad - give up, run out of money, and do not want to go to war. They say, the truth about the war takes away hope, faith kills and undermines national security ... Faith can not be killed; distrust - easily. Faith becomes only stronger in difficult times. And there is always hope. And let my posts after most discouraged - the fate of the country today solves stubborn minority. Glamorous...
  • Why Russia’s Evangelicals Thank God for Putin

    01/19/2015 6:40:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 1/19/15 | Mark R Elliot
    Despite the Crimea takeover and Ukraine conflict, many church leaders are grateful for Putin's leadership. Evangelicals in Russia have become ardent fans of President Vladimir Putin because of Russia’s efforts to maintain its influence in Ukraine, its takeover of Crimea in 2014, and the widespread Russian belief that the West is to blame for the present economic woes on the home front. ...Originally, I suspected backroom state pressure must have been at play. But after conversations with more than a dozen Protestant and Orthodox believers in Moscow, I have to admit that no outside interference was necessary to generate such...
  • Europe Offers Israel the Peace of the Dead

    01/19/2015 5:16:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 19, 2015 | Kenneth Levin
    As parliaments in more and more European nations vote to recognize “Palestine,” European politicians insist they are doing so to promote the objective of an independent Palestinian state living in peace beside a secure Israel. But both the declared aims of Palestinian leaders and the pattern of European policy vis-a-vis Israel and the Palestinians give the lie to European averments of benign intent. Neither party of the divided Palestinian leadership has, to say the least, demonstrated an interest in peace with Israel. Hamas, now controlling Gaza and enjoying extensive popularity in the West Bank, openly trumpets its objective not only...
  • Ukraine Between Two Narcissists

    01/19/2015 4:32:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | John Ransom
    If you think that Vladimir Putin would be dissuaded from his territorial ambitions by a few billionaires more or less being punished in Moscow, then you probably deserve to condemned to a Purgatory that resembles Obama’s White House. Despite assurances that Russia was on the ropes via economic sanctions imposed by the West after the Bear stirred up ethnic conflict in Ukraine, there are no signs but that Russia under Putin is restless. And hungry. New fighting has erupted near Donetsk with Russian supported separatists firing shells resulting in the death of 11 people. Since so-called “peace-talks” are underway between...
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • UKRAINE: Identified another base cluster of Russian military equipment

    01/18/2015 7:05:32 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    During OSINT-page exploration of the Russian military and mercenaries in social networks were able to identify the location of the base of Russian military equipment, located in the "Remmehzavod, traffic police" in the city of Krasny Luch. The photos posted in the profile of one of the natives of the city of St. Petersburg, Russian citizen who came to Ukraine to defend "the ideals of the Russian world", allowed to reveal the location of a large cluster of Russian military equipment.
  • UKRAINE: On the Brink of the Invasion. Russian MVD Procurement in January 2014

    01/18/2015 7:17:30 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 19 replies
    inform napalm ^ | January 13, 2015
    From the very beginning of the War in Donbas the Russian propaganda rhetoric worked to ensure that this conflict is ‘purely internal’, that this is a ‘civil war’ in which “the people of Donbass rebelled against Kiev junta” and that this was a result of a “military coup, created via the Maidan”. Such a cliché is used to brainwash population of the Russian Federation, as well as the people living in the occupied Crimea and the Donbas. Yet, this neat theory collapses as the facts of thoughtful and strategic preparation of the Russian aggression against Ukraine emerge. The preparation of...
  • Putin Cuts Off Gas Supply To Six European Countries Without Warning

    01/18/2015 2:50:54 PM PST · by dila813 · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/18/2015 @ 4:03PM | Paul Gregory
    On January 14, Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s natural gas monopoly, Gazprom, to cut back by 60% the natural gas delivered to Europe through Ukraine. His ostensible reason: Ukraine was illegally siphoning off gas for its own use—a charge Ukraine denies. Overall Europe depends on Russia for 30% of its gas supplies, and some 80% of Europe’s Russian natural gas comes via Ukraine. Putin’s order would leave six countries in eastern and southeastern Europe totally without gas.
  • Apple Cuts Off Developers In Crimea Following U.S. Sanctions

    01/18/2015 1:28:47 PM PST · by dila813 · 14 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | Today | Ingrid Lunden (@ingridlunden)
    Tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Crimea are spilling into the world of tech: developers are reporting that Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea, citing sanctions that the U.S. has ordered against the region as a response to Russia annexing it earlier in 2014. This means the developers cannot create nor publish apps in Apple’s App Store. The move follows Valve apparently also terminating access to its Steam games distribution platform in Crimea, too.
  • Assad’s Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 – 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria’s nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. […] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the site—a development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • Obama Eases Sanctions on Nuclear Iran as part of Syria "deal"

    09/13/2013 1:27:47 PM PDT · by pabianice · 39 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 9/13/13 | Rouhani
    Iran, and not just Russia and Syria, is taking advantage of President Barack Obama's decision to refrain from military force against Syria to collect a shower of diplomatic and political dividends. The new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani announced Tuesday that the coming meeting of the General Assembly opening in New York later this month "may prove the perfect setting to reignite talks about the nation's nuclear program." The US Treasury Department accordingly lifted a string of sanctions restricting humanitarian and athletic exchanges between US and Iranian NGOs and environmental projects, as a counter-gesture of good will. Washington was not put...
  • Turkish PM: If Europe persists in its ‘Holy Roman attitude’, it is over

    01/17/2015 10:00:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 16/01/2015 - 09:38 | Georgi Gotev
    As a consequence of the Eurozone crisis, racism is on the rise, in the same way that the 1929 crisis inspired anti-Semitism. But this time the scapegoats are Muslims, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told a Brussels audience on Thursday (15 January). […] One important message was that the EU, and the West in general, had missed the opportunity provided by the Arab revolutions. The West didn’t mobilize, as it did for Eastern Europe, after the end of the Cold War, Davutoğlu argued. More concretely, he blamed the West for not having supported the “moderate young generation” in Syria, the...
  • Ukrainian troops say they retake most of Donetsk airport from rebels

    01/18/2015 6:30:42 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 January 2015 | Natalia Zinets and Lina Kushch
    KIEV, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Ukrainian troops launched a "mass operation" overnight, retaking almost all the territory of Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine lost to separatists in recent weeks, even as thousands gathered in Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march on Sunday. The army's offensive at the airport brought the fighting close to the big industrial city of Donetsk itself, centre of a pro-Russian separatist rebellion. Residents reported intensified outgoing shelling including from residential areas in central parts of the separatist-held city. With attempts to restart peace talks stalled, pro-Russian rebels have stepped up attacks in the past week and...
  • Fugitive Ukrainian Official To Work Under Putin Associate

    01/18/2015 7:50:12 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | 17 Jan 15 | Unknown
    A fugitive former Ukrainian interior minister accused of unleashing deadly force against antigovernment protesters last year says he will work for a Russian state-owned technology conglomerate led by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s longtime associate. Vitaliy Zakharchenko, whom Ukrainian officials accuse of "crimes against humanity" allegedly committed during the crackdown on Euromaidan protesters, said January 16 that he has been offered a job as a senior consultant with Russian Technologies. The company, which oversees the Russia's high-tech industries, is controlled by Sergei Chemezov, who is widely seen as close to Putin. Chemezov was slapped with U.S. and EU sanctions last year...
  • UKRAINE: The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Ukraine.

    01/17/2015 7:17:07 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    European truth ^ | Thursday, January 15, 2015, 13:30
    On Thursday, January 15, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Ukraine. The document has been very tough and uncompromising with regard to Russia, even with the traditional support of Ukraine by the European Parliament. It refers to the European Parliament the EU Council with a proposal to not only maintain but also to strengthen the sanctions, and the member states - to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons. The document also contains a number of other very important point. Although this decision is not legally binding, it will be a significant element of pressure on other governments of the European...
  • Shortages Undermine Venezuela's Teetering Socialism

    01/17/2015 8:30:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2015
    Socialism: Venezuelans are being arrested for posting Internet photos of shortages in stores. So let's get this straight: Murder and mayhem are de facto legal in that crime pit, but posting evidence of socialism's failure merits jailing. As socialism plays out to its logical conclusion in Venezuela, the specters of long lines, rationing, troop enforcers, bizarre edicts and desperate statements are now the order of the day. Not only have more than a dozen Venezuelans been arrested for posting photographs of empty store shelves on social media, three governors have responded to long lines by — prohibiting them; ordering the...
  • U.S. Wild Boar aircraft inspires terror in ISIS ranks in Mosul

    01/17/2015 5:58:44 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 111 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | January 15, 2015 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    (IraqiNews.com) On Thursday, a local source in Nineveh province said, that the ‘Wild Boar’ aircraft which belongs to the U.S. Air Force has carried out four air strikes that killed and wounded dozens of ISIS elements, adding that the aircraft sparked panic in the ranks of ISIS. The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “The U.S. aircraft A-10 Warthog (Wild Boar) carried out, at dawn today, four air strikes on gatherings of ISIS elements in the village of Sultan Abdullah in Makhmour district, southeast Mosul,” adding that, “The raids resulted in the death and injury of dozens of ISIS...
  • Syria: Isis crucifixion frenzy in revenge for wave of assassinations

    01/17/2015 12:07:09 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    IBT ^ | 1-16-2015 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    The Islamic State (Isis) have crucified 17 young men in 48 hours in retaliation for a wave of assassinations targeting their fighters. The executions carried out by the jihadist group, which controls vast swathes of land straddling Syria and Iraq, took place in the eastern and northern Syrian cities of Deir Ezzor (or Deir al-Zor) and Raqqa "to send a message to all their opponents after recent assassinations of 12 Syrian, Iraqi and Algerian jihadists," said London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The men, who were shot dead and then crucified for three days, were accused of fighting against Islamic...
  • Russia may lift food import ban from Greece if it quits EU - Russian agriculture minister

    01/17/2015 7:25:48 AM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    itar-tass.com ^ | 1-17-15 | itar-tass
    Russia may lift its ban on food imports from Greece in the event it quits the European Union, Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov told a news conference in Berlin on Friday. Fyodorov is leading an official Russian delegation to the International Green Week public exhibition for the food, agriculture, and gardening industry. “If Greece has to leave the European Union, we will build our own relations with it, the food ban will not be applicable to it,” he said. He said that European Union countries, which felt discomfort from the slump in proceeds from exports of foods to Russia,...