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  • Russia Reignites Its Rocket Industry with New Angara Booster

    08/19/2014 8:39:24 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 19 replies
    Space ^ | Leonard David
    Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union. The July 9 suborbital flight of the light-lift Angara 1.2ML rocket lifted off from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the country's northern Arkhangelsk region. (The "ML" stands for "maiden launch.") The test flight, which lasted roughly 21 minutes and was not intended to reach orbit, launched the Angara rocket over Russian territory on a ballistic trajectory. A "mass/dimensional payload simulator"...
  • Fleeing Civilians ‘Burned Alive’ in Ukraine as Rebel Fighters Are Set to Cross the Border

    08/19/2014 3:15:10 PM PDT · by free_life · 8 replies
    Vice News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Harriet Salem
    Dozens of civilians, including women and children, were reportedly killed today after rebels hit vehicles carrying people trying to flee the ongoing fighting in the eastern Ukraine. According to military spokesperson Anatoly Proshin a "powerful artillery strike" hit a convoy, which was carrying white flags and under the escort of the Ukrainian army. "People were burned alive inside — they didn't have time to get out," he told Ukrainian news channel 112.ua. Andriy Lysenko, spokesperson for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, called the act a "bloody crime" and the work of "bandits" using weaponry given to them by the...
  • Russian patriarch: Ukrainian Catholics want to ‘eradicate Orthodoxy’

    08/19/2014 1:06:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    catholicculture.org ^ | August 19, 2014
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has again alleged that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has undertaken a campaign of hatred against Orthodoxy-- prompting a sharp official response from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the largest of the Eastern Catholic churches, which are in full communion with the Holy See. “As far back as last autumn when the present political crisis in Ukraine just began, representatives of the Greek Catholic Church and schismatic communities, who appeared in the Kiev Maidan, openly preached hatred towards the Orthodox Church, calling to seize Orthodox shrines and...
  • Advancing Ukraine troops take fight to heart of pro-Moscow rebellion

    08/19/2014 9:42:02 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 21 replies
    Reuters Canada ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 | Maria Tsvetkova and Noah Barkin
    DONETSK Ukraine/BERLIN (Reuters) - A gun battle broke out in the center of the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk and residents ran for cover from artillery fire on Tuesday, taking a government military offensive into the heart of the retreating pro-Moscow separatist rebellion. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart will meet next week for the first time in months to try to end their confrontation over the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine, their offices said. In a prelude to the talks between Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit the Ukrainian capital Kiev...
  • Russian import ban fuels food price rises

    08/19/2014 8:41:48 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/19/2014 | BBC News
    Food prices are rising in parts of Russia and experts say the state embargo on imports of Western food appears to be making things worse. Since the ban was imposed on 7 August imported pork used in processed meat in Moscow has gone up by 6%, Russian business daily Kommersant reports. In St Petersburg food prices have risen 10%. That inflation occurred even before the impact of sanctions.
  • Putin Is Replaceable

    08/19/2014 3:35:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Maria Snegovaya
    Will Russia plunge into chaos and darkness after President Vladimir Putin leaves? While it's understandable that propaganda-brainwashed Russians might truly think so, it comes as a surprise when U.S. analysts repeat the same idea. "Knowing the weakness of the liberal opposition and the strength of Putin's security apparatus, it's hard not to fear that his replacement will make us long for the days of his thuggishly predictable unpredictability," warns Julia Ioffe on The New Republic. "If the U.S. gets rid of Putin they will have no ability to control what happens next," threatens Mark Adomanis on Forbes. Such pessimistic estimates,...
  • Hungary eyes Russia's 'illiberal' model

    08/18/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 7 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 18 Aug 2014 12:41 | Kristina Jovanovski
    Hungary has increasingly courted and won favour with Russia, while rejecting the core values of the European Union. Budapest, Hungary - As the West holds its breath waiting to see if Russia will intervene in Ukraine, there is one country looking to Moscow for inspiration: Hungary. In a speech in late July, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he wanted to turn Hungary into an "illiberal state" and used Russia as a model example. "We want to build a workfare society ... which is willing to bear the odium to declare that it is not liberal in character," said Orban, adding...
  • The Russian Media Thinks a Race War Is Brewing in America

    08/18/2014 12:50:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 15, 2014 | Josh Kovensky
    he protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown are eliciting predictable glee from Russian media outlets, some of which are making it seem as if a race war is about to break out in America. An RT article, “Protests Against Police Tyranny have Spread Across the Main Cities of the USA," suggested that the nation is on the brink of chaos as the "rage of Americans ... spreads across the entire country." Sputink i Pogrom, a nationalist newsmagazine, tweeted out, "What do you think? Should Russia grant Obama asylum in Rostov after the Ferguson Maidanites...
  • Betrayal, desertion could mean execution, Ukraine rebel leaders warn fighters

    08/18/2014 12:55:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Thomas Grove
    Under growing pressure from a government offensive, the rebel leadership in Ukraine's battle-torn east warned its fighters on Monday that desertion and betrayal could be met by execution. The warning appeared to signal a growing concern by the leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) over a breakdown of discipline in the fighting ranks as Kiev's military stepped up its offensive. Apart from being worried about desertions, which the Kiev military says are now telling on rebel ranks, the separatists are also worried about widespread lawlessness. "It is no secret that we have service personnel who carry out crimes....
  • Russian oil prices fall below $100/barrel, straining budget

    08/18/2014 12:25:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 18, 2014
    Russian Urals crude weakened for an eight straight trading day on Monday due to weak European refining demand, falling well below $100 a barrel for the first time in a year in a move to increase the pain for Russian state finances amid Western sanctions. Russia has balanced its budget at $114 a barrel this year as President Vladimir Putin is ramping up social military spending amid a conflict in Ukraine, which sent relations between Moscow and the West to their worst since the end of the Cold War. Sanctions are expected to slow new Russian oil projects, compounding a...
  • RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Sanctions Hurt Putin's Hold on Power

    Many critics argue that the sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine are ineffective because they are too limited in scale and scope. Moreover, sanctions are seen as allowing President Vladimir Putin to blame the West for Russia’s internal problems. Indeed, some of Putin’s supporters within Russia welcome the sanctions as a means to compel Russian autarky — and thus strategic independence from the West. These arguments are wrong. Though the sanctions are not backed by China, they are already having a powerful effect, and the expectation that they will be tightened further is a huge concern for...
  • Ukraine factories equip Russian military despite support for rebels

    08/18/2014 6:26:10 AM PDT · by McGruff · 3 replies
    the washington Post ^ | August 15, 2014 | Michael Birnbaum
    Deep into a conflict that has sundered decades-old ties between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine is still selling military gear over the border to its neighbor, Ukrainian defense industry officials say. Kiev’s pleas for an end to trade ties have run into strong resistance from workers at companies like Motor Sich, here in Ukraine’s industrial heartland, where 27,000 employees build engines tailor-made for Russian military helicopters and planes. Most senior executives here grew up as part of the same Soviet military-industrial club as their Russian peers. “We have our own party, the party of Motor Sich,’’ company spokesman Anatoliy Malysh said.
  • RUSSIA: Opposition Held the March of Millions in Moscow. [PHOTOS]

    The march and meeting of the Opposition's March of Millions in the Russian capital yesterday. http://storage1.censor.net.ua/images/3/7/2/3/37234e2fc5bc2f746e97830922c1fa2b/640x427.jpg Well-known Russian blogger Drugoi posts pictures on his Facebook page
  • Russia may ban import of cars if West applies new sanctions - paper

    08/18/2014 12:23:40 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 5 replies
    MOSCOW, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against Western nations to include a ban on imports of cars, among other things, if the United States and the European Union impose additional sanctions on Moscow, Vedomosti daily newspaper said on Monday. Following Russia's stand off over Ukraine, Western nations imposed sanctions on Moscow including on its financial and energy sectors, and put dozens of Russians close to President Vladimir Putin on a sanctions list. Imported vehicles accounted for 27 percent of sales of passenger cars in the first half of 2014, for trucks imports accounted for 46 percent,...
  • In Another Rebel Setback, Ukraine Says Army Controls Center of Luhansk

    08/17/2014 4:07:01 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 10 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | 08/17/2014 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    <p>"The army has tightened its siege on Donetsk in recent weeks, and inside, a breakdown in discipline among the hard-pressed rebel fighters had locals on edge. Residents said rebel fighters had taken to carousing drunkenly at night and wearing civilian clothes at checkpoints, a change of clothes that would allow them, at a moment’s notice, to throw down their weapons and blend in with the population.</p>
  • Rick Perry And The Democrats’ Pattern Of “Lawfare” Against Rising Republicans

    08/17/2014 2:10:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 16, 2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    John and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for the national office. Invocation of the legal process against Christie may well be warranted. (So too with Bob McDonnell, whom I didn’t include in my list because, although once vaguely...
  • NYTimes Reporter: Obama ‘Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation’

    08/17/2014 11:10:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 17, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    President Barack Obama is no friend of press freedom, says a New York Times reporter who may be sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin,” reporter James Risen told his own paper in a profile about his plight published Saturday. “They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” Risen’s troubles stem from the 2006 publication of his book “State of War,”...
  • UKRAINE: "Will soon find out whether Putin is ready for a new world war," Tymchuk

    Focal correspondent met with Dmitry Tymchuk in Mariinsky Park. Shortly after the start of the conversation to our reporter a passing young guy: walked over, shook hands and warmly thanked for his work. During the Russian aggression in Ukraine Tymchuk has become the most quoted military expert in the country. Coordinator of the "Information resistance" guardedly optimistic, after the removal of certain separatist groups from the Russian supplies, their defeat may be a matter of a few days. Of course, if Vladimir Putin decides on a direct invasion, the conflict will be very different in magnitude, but in the meantime,...
  • UKRAINE: "Interview: I Was A Separatist Fighter In Ukraine" [VIDEO]

    08/17/2014 7:05:36 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 19 replies
    Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014
    Sunday, August 17, 2014 Artur Gasparyan, a 24-year-old native of Spitak, Armenia, was recruited in Moscow in May to fight in eastern Ukraine. Now back in the Russian capital, he spoke with Mumin Shakirov of RFE/RL's Russian Service (see original in Russian here) in detail about his experiences. RFE/RL: You expressed interest in going to Ukraine on a forum on Vkontakte after you read about the fire in the Odesa Trade Union Building in which 42 pro-Moscow separatists died. What happened next? Artur Gasparyan: About 10 guys showed up at a meeting somewhere near VDNKh [the All-Russian Exhibition Center in...
  • Ukraine Says Troops Entered Rebel-Held City

    08/17/2014 7:07:44 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    AP/ABC NEWS ^ | 17 Aug 14 | Peter Leonard
    Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday. However, the military acknowledged that one of its fighter planes was shot down by the separatists, who have been bullish about their ability to continue the battle and have bragged about receiving support from Russia. Ukraine's national security council said government forces captured a district police station in Luhansk on Saturday after bitter clashes in the Velika Vergunka neighborhood.
  • Ukrainians Lviv station: greeted soldiers who came from the front with ovation. awesome VIDEO

    08/17/2014 4:52:57 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Ukrainians in Lviv station ovation greeted the soldiers who came from the front. awesome VIDEO This is not an advertisement, is met by border guards in Lviv area of ATO [Anti Terrorist Operation] A;so fond at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da54oztCDM0#t=12
  • Pro-Russian Forces Are Starting To Unravel In Ukraine

    08/16/2014 11:30:52 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 32 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 15 Aug 14 | Anna Malpas and Anais Llobet
    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have sustained dramatic setbacks after top military chiefs quit and Kiev's forces pummeled their strongholds, cutting off a key rebel-held city from the Russian border. Kiev's advance came as the Russian "humanitarian" convoy parked up close to the frontier, with doubts still swirling over what the trucks contained and whether they would be allowed to cross. According to reports in two British newspapers, a smaller group of Russian vehicles, including armored cars, did cross the border into Ukraine late Thursday. The Daily Telegraph "witnessed a column of vehicles including both armoured personal carriers and soft-skinned...
  • Russia and Iran attack ISIS Jihadists

    08/16/2014 9:09:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2014 | Dr. Michael Evans
    President Barack Obama has announced that the United States launched air strikes on the terrorist organization ISIS to assist Kurdistan. It is likely you have not seen a headline that says, “US Strikes help Kurds retake towns.” That is because it never happened. The air support came from Russian and Iranian planes. The only problem is that’s not entirely true. My contacts in Kurdistan are now saying that many of these attacks are being launched by the Iraqi air force. The only problem is that the US government has not sold airplanes to Iraq, but Russia has armed them with...
  • Jason Carter’s delicate dance on his grandfather’s Hamas position

    08/11/2014 7:43:11 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    AJC.com ^ | Monday, August 11th, 2014 | Greg Bluestein
    You could almost hear the groans from Democrat Jason Carter’s camp last week when his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, co-authored an op-ed arguing that Hamas should be recognized as a legitimate political actor. Gov. Nathan Deal has since tried to tie his November opponent to his grandpa’s views of Hamas, the militant faction which the U.S. considers a terrorist group. Others, including some Democratic supporters, have questioned why Carter didn’t come out strongly against his grandfather’s position. Carter’s strategists don’t want the campaign to answer for his grandfather every time he says something controversial. They also recognize Deal and...
  • iran Sanction Revised?

    08/16/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    US Treasury ^ | 7-19-2016 | Valerie Jarret?
    On July 19, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton) and Iran affirmed that they will continue to implement the commitments described in the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and the U.S. government has extended through November 24, 2014, the sanctions relief provided for in the JPOA. This extended relief comes into effect on July 21, 2014. The following documents are key components of the implementation of the JPOA as extended. Guidance Relating to the Provision Of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint...
  • State Dept's Jen Psaki Cries Sexism: Russians "Targeted" Me Because Of My Outfits (video)

    06/13/2014 6:32:53 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 12, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says she has become a Twitter meme in Russian circles because she is a woman, claiming they "have a bit of a tendency to focus on the outfits I’m wearing and the colors I’m wearing." Psaki accused Russian outlets like Russia Today of sexism and spreading false rumors that she was fired from the State Department because she has not been at the podium lately. (Psaki's deputy Marie Harf conducted the State Department daily press briefing all last week.) Russia Today responded, saying the shots fired at Psaki on Twitter from Russians are for the...
  • Will Erdogan's Presidency End NATO As We Know It?

    08/11/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Allies: With all the disconcerting things going on in the Mideast, you could be forgiven for missing an event critically important to America's long-term interests: Recep Erdogan's election as president of Turkey. Erdogan's 52% victory over the weekend in a stage-managed election, making him the nation's first directly elected president, heralds a new era of conflict in the Mideast and perhaps the end of NATO as we know it. Turkey has for decades been a key ally to the U.S. and NATO in the Mideast, an anchor in the Cold War against the USSR and friendly toward Israel as the...
  • This time, Iraq should be broken up

    08/12/2014 6:15:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08/12/2014 | Andrew Lilico
    We must go back into Iraq. Then when we leave, we must not leave an Iraq. In the immediate aftermath of the 2003 invasion, there were two strategic errors. The first was when the Americans took down the US flag in Baghdad. In some American stores the sign says: "If you break it, you own it." We broke Iraq, but then we refused to own it – we refused to raise our flag and say: "It's our responsibility now if your power doesn't work or someone tries to rob you." The second great error is the one that's really coming...
  • Ukraine separatist leader says rebels getting tanks and reinforcements

    08/16/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 Aug 14 | Thomas Grove
    Reuters) - Ukrainian rebels are receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, with which they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said in a video released on Saturday. The four-month conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached a critical phase, with Kiev and Western governments watching nervously to see if Russia will intervene in support of the increasingly besieged rebels - an intention Moscow denies. Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said the rebels were in the process of receiving some 150 armoured vehicles, including 30 tanks, and 1,200...
  • Obama Will Visit Baltics To Deter Another Putin Invasion

    08/16/2014 11:54:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-16-14 | Neal Munro
    The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama will jet out to the small Eastern European country of Estonia in early September, before attending a NATO meeting in Wales. The trip is likely intended to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from grabbing parts of Estonia and its two small neighbors, all of whom contain populations of ethnic Russians. All three countries are member of NATO, and are too small to block a determined Russian invasion. “In light of recent developments in Ukraine, the United States has taken steps to reassure allies in Central and Eastern Europe, and this trip...
  • Video: Hillary: When I’m ‘President Again’

    11/08/2007 8:29:18 AM PST · by rwa265 · 65 replies · 247+ views
    CNN "Situation Room" ^ | 11/7/7 | ianschwartz
    Slip of the tongue? Yesterday on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Hillary Clinton spoke about what she would do about licensing illegal immigrants when she is president again. Watch:
  • U.N. Security Council blacklists ISIS [EU Vote Unanimous For Arming Kurds]

    08/15/2014 12:35:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya (With AFP and Reuters) ^ | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Staff writer, Al Arabiya News
    The United Nations Security Council took aim at Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, blacklisting six people including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) spokesman and threatening sanctions against those who finance, recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken ISIS and al Qaeda's Syrian wing Nusra Front, Reuters reported. ISIS has long been blacklisted by the Security Council, while Nusra Front was added earlier this year. Both groups are designated under the U.N. al Qaeda sanctions regime. EU ministers agreed Friday to back the arming...
  • Ukraine crisis: Rebel fighters 'trained in Russia' [rebel leader]

    08/16/2014 10:21:33 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | August 16, 2014
    The new rebel leader in east Ukraine's Donetsk region has said his forces include 1,200 fighters who underwent military training in Russia. Addressing a meeting, Alexander Zakharchenko said the fighters had trained "four months on the territory of the Russian Federation". The rebels, he said, had reserves of 150 combat vehicles, including tanks. An earlier mistranslation of his words suggested Mr Zakharchenko had said the vehicles were on their way from Russia. Russia has denied claims by Ukraine and Western reporters that military aid to the rebels has been crossing the border.[] Mr Zakharchenko, who became the prime minister of...
  • Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: Let's hug it out

    08/12/2014 3:36:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/12/2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman. The statement comes amid tension between the Clinton and Obama camps in the wake of the interview. It also comes as Obama and Clinton, his former secretary of state, are due to cross paths at a social gathering Wednesday night in Martha’s Vineyard. In the interview, Clinton dismissed the Obama administration’s self-described foreign policy...
  • A plan to save Iraq from ISIS and Iran

    08/12/2014 11:48:56 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 9 replies
    American Enterprise Institute (byline WSJ) ^ | June 17, 2014 | Jack Keane, Danielle Pletka
    The Middle East is in a downward spiral. More than 160,000 have died in Syria's civil war, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, aka ISIS, has captured key Iraqi cities and is marching on Baghdad, and the security investments made by the U.S. over the past decade—like them or not—are being frittered away. It is still possible to reverse the recent gains of ISIS, an outgrowth of what was once al Qaeda in Iraq. The group's fighters number only in the thousands, and while well-armed, they lack the accoutrements of a serious military. But only the United States can...
  • Fidel Castro Denounces 'Fascist' Israel’s 'Genocide' of Palestinians

    08/15/2014 3:01:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    “I think that a new, repugnant form of fascism is emerging with notable strength…The Nazi genocide of Jews outraged all the earth’s peoples. Why does this (Israeli) government believe that the world will be insensitive to the macabre genocide which today is being perpetuated against the Palestinian people?” (Fidel Castro, August, 5, 2014) “Who cares, what that senile ZOMBIE Castro says!” strikes me as a reasonable retort from many readers. “Unfortunately,” I’m forced to answer. “Many otherwise reasonable care very much what Fidel Castro says.” Take Israeli Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu: “The remarks attributed to Castro demonstrate his deep understanding...
  • West faces tough choices if Russia, Ukraine fight

    08/16/2014 7:34:51 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 8/16/2014 | Peter Apps
    If Russia and Ukraine slide into outright war, the United States and allies will face tough choices on how to support a friendly state they have no intention of making a full NATO member. If Moscow ever took any such action against a NATO member, that would inevitably trigger the alliance's Chapter 5 mutual defense clause, essentially committing it to war. Ukraine, however, is not a member and Western officials say is unlikely to become one any time soon.
  • The Outlook For Germany In One Word: 'Grim'

    08/12/2014 12:59:21 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12 August 2014 | Sam Ro
    Confidence in Germany is crumbling. The ZEW investor confidence survey index plunged to 44.3 in August from 61.8 a month ago. This was much worse than the 54.0 expected by economists. To make things worse, the expectations index crashed to 8.6 from 27.1. This was the lowest reading since December 2012. Economists were expecting 17.0. "In one line: Grim, as slump in investor sentiment deepens," said Pantheon Economics' Claus Vistesen. "Given the recent sharp drawdown in equities, a drop in sentiment was expected, but the decline was larger than anticipated, reinforcing downside risk to the economy." Some of this deterioration...
  • Dual Threat Has Mainstream Syrian Rebels Fearing Demise Facing Both ISIS Militants and Assad

    08/16/2014 3:42:02 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | 15 Aug 14 | Anne Barnard
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Far from being depleted by its recent sweep into Iraq, the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is pressing deeper into Syria, regaining territory it had lost to the mainstream Syrian insurgents just as the Syrian Army has come within five miles of encircling the insurgent-held section of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The dual advance is on the verge of dealing a potentially fatal blow to the mainstream insurgents, leaving them besieged in the city while ISIS, a group deemed too extreme even by Al Qaeda, faces the Syrian government across a crucial front line at...
  • Lying Obama Lying About Halting Ammunition Shipments To Israel

    08/15/2014 7:27:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/15/2014 | Ben Barrack
    Through his State Department ventriloquist dummy, Barack Obama is denying that there is any truth to a Wall Street Journal article that Obama put a halt to ammunition shipments to Israel. The problem for Obama is that his credibility has long been shot so nothing he or any of his underlings asserts can be believed.At some point, credibility matters and the lack of it can reach a point so low that the default position of those you’re trying to convince is justifiably that you’re lying.Advantage, Netanyahu. White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in...
  • US drones strike Iraq militant mortar team

    08/16/2014 6:08:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 12, 2014 | AFP
    US drones fired on an Islamic extremist mortar position in northern Iraq on Tuesday to protect Kurdish forces battling to rescue a group of Yazidi civilian refugees, the military said. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the region's most powerful Sunni jihadist group, has driven thousands of members of the Yazidi minority from their homes and is besieging the refugees on an exposed mountain. Last week, the United States launched an air campaign to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, bring humanitarian relief to the Yazidis and support Kurdish troops protecting their capital Arbil. "US military...
  • FLASHBACK 2002: Sharon: Iraq transferred chemical and biological weapons to Syria; Damascus denies

    08/15/2014 2:07:54 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Albawaba News ^ | December 25th, 2002 - 03:00 GMT
    Iraq may be transferring chemical and biological weapons to Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in a TV interview on Tuesday night. Sharon said that Israel has information that "weapons he (Saddam Hussein) wanted to hide, chemical weapons, biological weapons, were indeed transferred to Syria." According to Sharon, Israel is currently trying to verify reports it has obtained on the issue. "We have some information to that effect. We are now working to confirm the information." He noted that he is unaware of other states to which Saddam Hussein transferred weapons. Sharon said that Israel knows that Iraqi scientists...
  • From Jock to Jihadist: Meet Isil's New Recruit

    08/14/2014 11:12:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Ramadan Al Sherbini
    Egyptian Islam Yakin calls himself Abu Salma Bin Yakin and has tweeted photos of himself fighting in SyriaA gym freak, a fan of rap music and a philanderer, Islam Yakin, 22, has recently raised many eyebrows in his homeland Egypt after joining the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), an Al Qaida splinter group in control of vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. Yakin studied high school at the French Lycee la Liberte in the eastern Cairo quarter of Heliopolis and earned a law degree at Ain Shams University in the Egyptian capital. Months after his graduation in...
  • Iraq militants changing tactics, complicating US airstrike mission

    08/12/2014 5:12:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Griffin
    According to officials, until now the Islamic State (IS) was behaving like a well-organized army, moving with strategic intent and pursuing military objectives. Now, officials are seeing at least a partial shift to classic insurgency tactics, as militants begin to blend in among the population, making targeting more difficult. “One of the things that we have seen with the [IS] forces is that where they have been in the open, they are now starting to dissipate and to hide amongst the people,” Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr., director for operations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. “The targeting in...
  • Create a New Kurdistan and Destabilize Iran (Part I)

    08/15/2014 4:05:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Larry Kelley
    In 627, Mohammad’s earliest biographer, Ibn Ishaq, records that his army held off a twenty-five day siege by Mecca’s ruling tribe, the Quraysh, at his redoubt near Medina. When the prophet learned that the Meccan army included some of the city’s Jews, he ordered the attack of a nearby largely defenseless Jewish settlement and tribe, the Banu Qurayza. While the prophet was overseeing the decapitations, “He caught a glimpse of Rihanna, a beautiful Jewish woman, whose husband and father were beheaded before her eyes just hours earlier. Muhammad asked her to become his wife. She refused. So he took her...
  • Ukraine forces destroy most of a column of Russian military vehicles, president says

    08/16/2014 4:52:59 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 234 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Aug 14 | Michael Birnbaum
    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukrainian forces had attacked and destroyed part of a column of Russian military vehicles on Ukrainian territory, a step that, if confirmed, would represent a significant escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia. Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron that “the majority” of a column of Russian military vehicles “had been destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery at night,” his office said in a statement. The announcement came as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that the defense alliance had seen an “incursion” into Ukraine the previous night.
  • Ferguson riots play big in Russia

    08/15/2014 4:54:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post's World Views ^ | August 15, 2014 | Karoun Demirjian
    <p>Scenes from Ferguson, Mo., shown during a prime-time news broadcast on Russia's state television.</p> <p>MOSCOW — In the United States, days of rioting in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting of African American teenager Michael Brown are a troubling reminder of how deeply racial tensions still divide the country.</p>
  • Crimea wants out of Russian food sanctions

    08/15/2014 3:10:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    channelnewsasia.com ^ | August 15, 2014
    MOSCOW: Crimea has asked Moscow for an exception to Russian sanctions blocking food imports from Ukraine, a senior regional official said on Friday (Aug 15). The request was handed over as Russian ministers gathered on Thursday (Aug 14) to discuss the problems faced on the peninsula five months after Moscow annexed it from Ukraine, Crimean Agriculture Minister Nikolai Polyushkin said according to local media. "We requested that Crimea be excluded from the general economic sanctions that Russia has introduced given that we are in a transition period and that we are still like Siamese twins with mainland Ukraine, especially concerning...
  • Ukraine Says It Destroyed Russian Armored Vehicles Seen Crossing Border

    08/15/2014 2:09:58 PM PDT · by docbnj · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | James Marson
    MOSCOW—Ukrainian artillery destroyed a large part of a column of armored vehicles that had been seen entering Ukraine from Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday. The reported episode was near where Russian trucks loaded with what Moscow says are relief supplies destined for eastern Ukraine had stopped for the night, adding to fears that the convoy was a prelude to a Russian military intervention. Russia has denied sending men and weapons into eastern Ukraine.
  • Putin no-show dashes Crimean hopes

    08/15/2014 1:51:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    euronews.com ^ | August 15, 2014
    The leader visiting a region ahead of elections on September 14 to boost his party’s chances is no unusual thing, but this is Crimea, and Vladimir Putin was scheduled to begin his second day of a visit to Russia’s latest outpost with an expected major policy statement on Crimea and infrastructure projects. This is shorthand for the billions it is going to cost Russia to improve Crimea’s current drip-feed of supplies via over-extended and inadequate transport links. Yet at the last minute press agencies pulled their coverage, and Moscow then confirmed the speech was cancelled along with an extensive list...