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  • ( Sunday June 7, 2015 ) Jennifer Lopez sued over racy performance in Morocco [Hitlery Advocate

    10/26/2016 6:05:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Malay Mail Online ^ | Sunday June 7, 2015
    Jennifer Lopez is being sued for her performance at the Magazine Festival in Morocco after citizens were outraged that her performance was too “sexy”. The 45-year-old’s concert at the Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival featured sexy dance moves and stage outfits that showed off the “Booty” singer’s famous assets. The group reportedly objected to Lopez’s May 29 performance because it “disturbed public order and tarnished women’s honour and respect.”
  • US Official: Russia Might Shoot Down US Aircraft In Syria

    10/26/2016 5:21:20 AM PDT · by Strategy · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 25, 2016 | Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Intelligence director James Clapper says he wouldn't put it past Russia to "to shoot down an American aircraft" if a no-fly zone is imposed over Syria.</p>

    10/25/2016 8:38:59 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 27 replies
    Authored by The Daily Sheeple's Melissa Dykes vis Unaccountable power multiplies, but this is astounding. This is a very good example of the reasons that the founders sought to limit and check power. But of course, over the years, those protections have been whittled down, and the loopholes are big enough drive tanks through. Corruption doesn’t even begin to cover it if wealthy donors – and even foreign powers – can just write checks, contribute to the Clinton Foundation, etc. – and just buy a law in return. Why is no one standing up to this tyranny? Critics have...

    10/26/2016 1:25:40 AM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 26 replies
    With just two weeks left till the presidential election, hardly a day seems to go by without the word email cropping up in another news story about Hillary Clinton. Julian Assange not an idiot. In fact, there has been a steady drip--drip-drip, much in the tradition of the Edward Snowden leaks that have slowly been released by the Intercept over the years. And that is a far more effective way to let the public and journalists process this information. Very clearly, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have decided that they are going to release these things day by day so...
  • Russia’s Carrier Was Designed To Be Heavily Armed Even Without Its Air Wing

    10/25/2016 7:03:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 60 replies
    The Drive ^ | October 25, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    During the Cold War, Russia’s navy prioritized moving huge numbers of cruise missiles around the globe, threatening the power-projection capabilities of American Carrier Battle Groups. In the 1950s and 1960s, aircraft carriers were seen by Soviet military elites as imperialist tools of aggression, and any initiative by the USSR to build one of their own was shot down by the powers that be. Eventually this began to change, but only gradually. The Kiev class that was launched in the 1970s was a puzzling cross-breed compromise between a heavy missile cruiser and a helicopter and VTOL (Yak-38) tactical jet carrier. Eventually...
  • Trump:Clinton foreign policy would lead to World War 3

    10/25/2016 2:18:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/10/16 | Gary Willig
    Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump blasted rival Hillary Clinton's policy on the conflict in Syria Tuesday, saying it would "lead to World War 3." In an interview dealing with foreign policy Trump said that defeating ISIS had to be a higher priority than removing Bashar Assad, who has been accused of massacring his own people, from power. "What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria." Trump said. "You’re going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton." Trump's concerns about the conflict escalating to take on...
  • #Podesta conspiracy 2.0: Ex-Swedish PM & Soros ally Bildt makes false RT-WikiLeaks claims

    10/25/2016 10:04:12 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    RT ^ | 25 Oct, 2016 13:18
    Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt has become the latest high profile figure to accuse RT of conspiring with WikiLeaks in the hacking and release of the #Podesta emails. Monday saw the whistleblowing website leak its 17th batch of messages from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta and, not for the first time over the last fortnight, RT broke the story prior to WikiLeaks tweeting the announcement. Bildt’s tweet claiming RT reported on the WikiLeaks releases “before they are released” drew some exasperated responses from Twitter users who pointed out the clear inaccuracy of his statement. He is far from...
  • Putin Blasts Clinton & Tells US To Stop Criticising Russia Or 'There Will Be Consequences'

    10/25/2016 4:54:29 AM PDT · by Strategy · 35 replies
    Daily Express ^ | October 25, 2016 | By Zoe Efstathiou
    IN A SHOCKING video, Vladimir Putin has warned the US to stop stoking tensions with Russia or "there will be consequences". The Russian president delivered the ominous threat as tensions between the West and Russia hit all-time highs over Russian airstrikes in Syria. In the clip, which was filmed at a Russian press conference, Mr. Putin claimed the US is focusing on Russia and Iran "to distract voters from the country's problems" by creating "an enemy and uniting the nation against them". He said: "Jeopardising Russian-American relations in order to gain brownie points internally - I consider this to be...
  • HUFFINGTON POST SECRETLY Advised Hillary Campaign How To Smear Trump With Phony Putin Connection

    10/24/2016 8:04:13 AM PDT · by blueyon · 10 replies ^ | 10/23/16 | By 100% FED Up
    It’s not the first time the Huffington Post was caught colluding with Hillary’s campaign to help her campaign. Former Huffington Post writer, David Seaman fears for his life, as he explains how he was shut out from the HP website, as he was writing about concerns over Hillary’s poor health. In August 2016, David Seamon claims that the Huffington Post abruptly disabled his password and deleted two articles that he authored about Hillary Clinton’s health. In a YouTube video posted late last night with the stated purpose of documenting the situation (embedded below), David Seaman insists that he successfully published...
  • Washington’s New Lock-Step March of Folly

    10/24/2016 9:23:17 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 22 October 2016 | Robert Parry
    Confident in a Hillary Clinton victory, Washington’s foreign policy elite is readying plans for more warfare in Syria and more confrontations with nuclear-armed Russia, an across-the-spectrum “group think” that risks life on the planet ___ What is perhaps most alarming about this new “group think” is that there doesn’t appear to be any significant resistance to the expectation that President Hillary Clinton will unleash these neocon/liberal-hawk forces of intervention that President Barack Obama has somewhat restrained. Assuming Donald Trump’s defeat – increasingly seen as a foregone conclusion – the Republican leadership would mostly be in sync with Clinton if she...
  • Have the Russians hacked Hillary Clinton’s eyes?

    10/24/2016 5:11:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 24, 2016 | Brian C. Joondeph
    Hillary Clinton’s health has become a campaign issue, not due to conspiracy theorists but based on troubling videos of her bizarre facial tics, difficulty ascending a set of stairs, lengthy coughing fits, and her collapse after the 9/11 anniversary commemoration in Manhattan. More recently, there is video showing Mrs. Clinton’s eyes not tracking together, crossing and misaligning. As the focus of the campaign turns to Russian hacking, rigged elections, and sketchy polls, Mrs. Clinton’s health has moved off center stage. Yet it still a legitimate concern. Although she has not stumbled or had a public coughing fit, her nontracking eye...
  • 'Error' to Think That 'America Is Invincible,' Ayatollah Tells Venezuela’s Maduro

    10/24/2016 7:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 24, 2016 | 4:23 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Two world leaders who are among Washington’s most outspoken critics met in Tehran at the weekend and discussed whether the United States is unbeatable. Also on their minds — the two candidates running for the White House. “Some people think that America is invincible, while this notion is a big error,” Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Frequent mistakes made by Americans during the past 15 years have caused them to seriously run aground in the region and be hopeless now,” he added. “Steadfastness and rational resistance combined with foresight in the face of pressures...
  • The Algerian Su-34 Is a Myth

    10/24/2016 6:50:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 24, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    Su-34. Photo via Wikipedia On Dec. 30, 2015, some Russian media outlets—this one, for example — claimed Algeria had placed an order for powerful, twin-engine Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers. Western observers concluded that the order was a given — and now it’s only a matter of time until the Algerian air force starts operating Su-34s. No so fast. In fact, the Algerian Su-34 story is mostly rumor and hyperbole. In the immediate aftermath of the Russian intervention in Syria in late September 2015, world media attention focused on the Russian air force and, in particular, Russia’s photogenic Su-34s. The reporting had a profound effect on...
  • The Kilo-Class Submarine: Why Russia's Enemies Fear "The Black Hole"

    10/24/2016 6:39:15 AM PDT · by Strategy · 49 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 23, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Unlike the United States Navy, which went all-in on nuclear power, Russia maintains fleets of both diesel and nuclear-powered submarines. A land power encompassing much of Eurasia, Russian submarines are based much closer to "the action" than American submarines are. While Russia maintains nuclear submarines for distant ocean patrols, its fleet of diesel submarines is more than adequate for conflicts in Europe, the Middle East and the Russian near abroad. The mainstay of the Russian Navy's conventionally powered fleet are Project 877-class submarines, known as the Kilo class to NATO and the West. Nicknamed the "Black Hole" submarine by the...
  • Hillary Corruption Led to Syria-Russia Crisis [aw!m vanity]

    10/15/2016 5:01:16 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 34 replies
    Big bold Drudge lines [*h*] ... CIA PLANS CYBER STRIKE ON RUSSIA 'DEFCON WARNING UPGRADE' MOSCOW READY FOR WAR Obama wants to not only wag-the-dog, but who knows? A cyber-war could disrupt internet communications -- time to blind Trump supporters. And it all boils down to their bribe money to take out the Syrian government. Obama and Hillary want you to think that Bashar Assad is the very devil. In many ways he is. Worst of all is his defense of Christians and Jews so far as the Establishment thinks. ISIS is cool -- they enslave Christians and Jews for...
  • USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll: 10/24 -- Trump - .6 , Clinton + 1.0

    10/24/2016 12:10:50 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 104 replies
    USC/LA Times ^ | October 24, 2016 | USC/LA Times
    10/24 10/23 Change Trump 43.8 44.4 - . 6 Clinton 45.1 44.1 + 1.0

    10/23/2016 11:06:16 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 21 replies
    Http:// ^ | October 22, 2016 | Milo Yianopolous
    Love this short... Wear red on election day!!! We will overcome. We will overwhelm.
  • [From September 28, 2016] Feds conducting drug raids in southern Colorado

    10/23/2016 11:36:05 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 11 replies
    KOAA 5 ^ | Updated:September 28, 2016 1:36 PM PDT
    Federal authorities say a Laotian drug ring was the target of a series of raids conducted at illegal marijuana grows in five Southern Colorado Counties Wednesday. The wide spread drug bust operation is still underway however a number of people have been detained on site. So far, authorities have seized more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana that was being shipped to Texas and Arkansas.

    10/23/2016 11:38:00 PM PDT · by vikingrinn · 132 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 10/23/2016 | Don Crothers
    Beck argues that the DNC isn’t a government institution – it’s a private one, and there should be a certain expectation of privacy in turn. “Nobody has a right — that’s like breaking into IBM and Apple and just releasing all their documents. You don’t have a right to do that.”
  • How to Legally Vote More Than Once

    10/23/2016 8:07:15 PM PDT · by GilGil · 25 replies
    Dilbert. com ^ | 10/23/2016 | Scott Adams
    If you find it annoying that you only have one legal vote, here’s how you can get a few more. It’s called persuasion. You can multiply the power of your opinion by convincing people on the other side to stay home on election day. Every vote you suppress on the other side is like an extra vote for you. And there’s no limit to how many you can have! Persuasion doesn’t work every time. But you might enjoy experimenting to see how many times it works for you. For this exercise, I will assume you are a Trump supporter trying...
  • How Do I Explain My Trump Nazi Nightmare to My Mexican American Daughter?

    10/23/2016 8:25:53 PM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 176 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | October 21, 2016 | Anna Keller
    I have a terrible recurring dream. I’m hiding in the attic with Anne Frank and she’s calling me “Kitty.” I tell her that I have to go, I don’t know where my daughter is, and she turns to me and tells me that we can’t go anywhere. We are in hiding and we must stay this way until the war is over. All of a sudden, I hear boots on the stairs and the door swings open and it’s Donald J. Trump — only he’s naked, wearing a swastika sweatband on his head, and he says, “I think Islam hates...
  • ‘Make a wish list’: Russian ambassador says Moscow ready to provide assistance to Philippines

    10/23/2016 12:31:35 PM PDT · by mr_griz · 21 replies
    After the president of the Philippines announced a separation from the US – a statement which his government has since walked back – Russia’s ambassador to the country said Moscow is ready to provide assistance to and fully cooperate with Manila. “Formulate your wish list. What kind of assistance do you expect from Russia and we will be ready to sit down with you and discuss what can and should be done,” Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev told GMA News on Friday. He went on to state that Russia is open to working with the Philippines in “any area, any field...
  • Nuclear war 'IMMINENT' as Russia tells citizens to find out where the closest bunkers are

    10/23/2016 10:53:30 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 156 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | 02:09, Sat, Oct 15, 2016 | UPDATED: 09:18, Sat, Oct 15, 2016 | PATRICK CHRISTYS
    Russia told its citizens to find their nearest nuclear bunker amid WW3 fears A terrifying Russian television broadcast explicitly told civilians to find out where their nearest bomb shelter is and repeatedly asked viewers if they were ready for nuclear war. One apocalyptic broadcast told viewers on Moscow's state-owned TV channel NTV: "If it should one day happen, every one of you should know where the nearest bomb shelter is. It’s best to find out now."
  • America Has Stashed Thousands Of Tanks, Artillery In Secret Caves In Norway For War With Russia

    10/23/2016 6:28:31 AM PDT · by Strategy · 39 replies
    The Sun ^ | October 20, 2016 | By Danny Collins
    US MILITARY chiefs have hoarded masses of military gear in underground Norwegian caves to ward off Vladimir Putin, it is claimed. The US has already announced the deployment of 300 Marines to the Scandinavian country that shares a 120-mile border with Russia. The US military is understood to be hoarding equipment in Norwegian storage centres in the event war breaks out with Russia. The method is similar to the ones used by Nato powers during the Cold War. It comes amid deteriorating relations between Moscow and the US over the former's role supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the country's...
  • Oklahoma, Louisiana Decline Russian Request to Monitor Polling Stations on Election Day

    10/23/2016 12:16:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Louisiana and Oklahoma have declined a Russian request to send its diplomats to monitor polling stations on Election Day, according to letters from state officials provided to CNN. In turning down the request from the Russian consulate in Houston, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler wrote that recent flooding had left his office extremely short-staffed trying to deal with the damage and prepare adequately for the vote on November 8.
  • Texas Denies Russian Consulate Request to Observe Voting

    10/22/2016 11:26:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Oct 21, 2016 | Julie Fine
    Similar requests were denied by Oklahoma and LouisianaThe state of Texas has denied a request to have Russian officials be present at polling stations during the Nov. 8 general election, according to a letter obtained by NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. The Texas secretary of state's office said it received a letter from Russia's consulate general in Houston seeking to have one of its officers present at a voting precinct to study the "US experience in organization of voting process." Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos said no, adding that "only persons authorized by law may be inside of a polling location...
  • Russian Rustbucket (Carrier) Bumbling Along Channel 'Has Tow Boat In Case It Breaks Down'

    10/22/2016 4:23:38 AM PDT · by Strategy · 93 replies
    Daily Express ^ | October 22, 2016 | By Vincent Wood
    THE RUSSIAN aircraft carrier floating through the Channel in a show of Putin's naval might is a Soviet antique plagued by technical problems, it has been revealed. The Admiral Kuznetsov, part of a fleet destined for Syria, was seen belching black smoke off the coast of Dover. But while it looks daunting, the vast vessel is a relic of the Soviet era -- with the port side still bearing it's communist name - "Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov". The ship even has a tow boat running alongside waiting for it to grind to a stuttering halt....
  • China's biggest ever stealth warship takes shape: New pictures reveal progress '

    10/21/2016 8:15:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 21 October 2016 | STACY LIBERATORE
    Asia's most powerful warship has been shrouded in mystery since construction began last year at the Jiangnan Changxing shipyards. Known as a Type 005 destroyer, the vessel is said to be armed with electromagnetic railguns that can shoot down missiles and attack land targets. Now, leaked images give a glimpse of the battle ship's progress - there appears to be four portals on the stern for sensors and weapons - along with up to 128 vertical launch system cells for missiles. Construction of this 175 meter long ship began in 2015, but officials have been very careful not to reveal...
  • Syrian army says it will 'bring down' any Turkish war planes in its airspace

    10/21/2016 6:45:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2016
    Syrian army says it will 'bring down' any Turkish war planes in its airspace The Syrian military said on Oct. 20 that it would bring down any Turkish war planes entering Syrian air space, a response to air strikes carried out by Turkey overnight in northern Syria. "Any attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace by Turkish war planes will be dealt with and they will be brought down by all means available," the Syrian army general command said in a statement. Turkish air strikes hit a group of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the...
  • Texas rejects Russian request to watch voters on Election Day

    10/21/2016 4:37:05 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 28 replies
    Texas' secretary of state, Carlos H. Cascos, wrote that "only persons authorized by law may be inside of a polling location during voting." "We are unable to accommodate your request to visit a polling station; however, our office is available to discuss generally the election process or perhaps facilitate a meeting with local election officials," he wrote.
  • Russian women’s national futsal team on hijabs: ‘Our girls are already used to it’

    10/21/2016 4:30:50 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    The hijab has often split opinion in the sporting world, but the Russian women’s mini-football (futsal) team have fully embraced the traditional Muslim garment – by wearing it during a friendly tour of Iran, where it is compulsory for women. “Our girls say that they are already used to [wearing the hijab],” says Aleksandr Kochetkov, executive director of the futsal club Dina. “Russia’s women’s mini-football team played two friendly matches in Iran, and both teams had to play in hijabs.”
  • [VIDEO] Putin warns Americans: You're being distracted!

    10/21/2016 4:13:26 PM PDT · by Talisker · 154 replies
    Putin warns Americans: You're being distracted!
  • U.S. vote authorities warned to be alert to Russian hacks faking fraud - officials

    10/21/2016 8:01:24 AM PDT · by GregNH · 29 replies
    Rueters Africa ^ | 10/21/2016 | David Rohde and Mark Hosenball
    U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials are warning that hackers with ties to Russia's intelligence services could try to undermine the credibility of the presidential election by posting documents online purporting to show evidence of voter fraud.
  • Russia Orders Moscow World Cup Stadium To Immediately Convert To Wartime Bomb Shelter

    10/21/2016 6:20:49 AM PDT · by Strategy · 29 replies
    News Prepper ^ | October 18, 2016
    Managers of the Zenit Arena, a giant half-built stadium in St. Petersburg, received an official letter from the Ministry of Emergency Situations last week demanding that they immediately create shelter facilities for wartime. The stadium, under construction for the upcoming World Cup 2018, is located outside the city boundaries, the letter said, but in case of nuclear attack it is in the potential "zone of war destruction and radiation fallout."
  • Putin's warships sail past the White Cliffs of Dover: Russian attack fleet [tr]

    10/21/2016 6:28:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 119 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2016 | Darren Boyle and Richard Spillett
    A Russian carrier fleet which passed through the English Channel today deployed heavily-armed guards to deter anyone approaching the warships. A number of guards, equipped with AK-74 assault rifles and heavy machine guns were spotted on the flight deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov as it passed by the White Cliffs of Dover. The powerful fleet was ordered to pass through the Channel, which is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, in single file.
  • Best of the worst: Here are the most shocking WikiLeaks Podesta emails so far

    10/21/2016 6:06:36 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 21 Oct, 2016 09:06
    As WikiLeaks continues to release emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, RT brings you a round-up of the most scandalous details released so far. Those Wall St speeches A January 2016 email detailed how Clinton boasted of her “great” relations with bankers in an October 2013 speech. She spoke of how “more thought has to be given to the process and transactions and regulations so that we don’t kill or maim what works, but we concentrate on the most effective way of moving forward with the brainpower and the financial power that exists here [on Wall Street].” Meanwhile,...
  • Milwaukee police officer charged with sexual assaulting a man the night after fatal shooting

    10/20/2016 6:00:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    CBS News/Associated Press ^ | October 20, 2016
    MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot a black man in August, sparking several nights of unrest, has been charged with sexually assaulting a man the night after the shooting, after they watched coverage of the riots on television at a bar, authorities said Thursday. Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, 24, was arrested Wednesday. The alleged victim, unidentified in a criminal complaint, told police on Aug. 15 that Heaggan-Brown had sexually assaulted him while off duty.
  • UK sends warships to watch Russian ships in English Channel

    10/20/2016 4:03:33 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 30 replies
    seattle timesAP via ^ | October 20, 2016 | staff reporter
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  • Russian Hacker Sought by US Arrested in Prague

    10/20/2016 10:55:54 AM PDT · by 1curiousmind · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/19/2016
    PRAGUE – Czech police have arrested a Russian hacker suspected of cyberattacks in the United States, officials said on Wednesday. Police said an international warrant for the man, who was not named, was issued by Interpol and that officers cooperated with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case. Hours after the arrest was made public, the professional networking service LinkedIn suggested that the arrest was tied to a 2012 breach of member information. A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department declined to confirm that or comment on a possible connection. "Following the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information,...
  • "America Has Lost" - Duterte Announces "Separation" From United States, Alligns With China; (TR)

    10/20/2016 8:28:02 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | October 20. 2016 | Tyler Durden
    After the relentless barrage of verbal abuse and negative sentiment aimed at Barack Obama and the US, coupled with increasingly complimentary statements toward Beijing, it was only a matter of time before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte put an end to the speculation if and when he would officially pivot the country's long-held diplomatic alliance away from the US and toward China. He did so today when, during a visit to China's capital, Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte...
  • The Russians ARE coming! Putin's armed fleet heads for Dover as Moscow moves ships [tr]

    10/20/2016 6:40:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2016 | Darren Boyle, Matt Dathan, and Larisa Brown
    The Russian aircraft carrier fleet is on its way to pass through the English Channel on its way to join Bashar al-Assad's bombing campaign in Syrian city Aleppo, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The eight-strong flotilla, led by the Admiral Kuzentsov, has completed training its pilots for bombing missions while it has been tracked by the Royal Navy's HMS Richmond and several NATO vessels. And Vladimir Putin's admirals are keen to ramp up the pressure on Britain's warships by calling in extra assets from the Mediterranean in a mission dubbed 'Operation Sea Fist' by the Russian media. A MOD...
  • Putin Sends Largest Fleet Of Russian Ships Since Cold War To Syria

    10/20/2016 6:03:37 AM PDT · by Strategy · 47 replies
    Daily Express ^ | October 19, 2016 | By Katie Mansfield
    Mr Putin has sent Russia's only aircraft carrier alongside an arsenal of heavily armed ships including a battlecruiser and two destroyers. The fleet, which is making its way into British waters, is carrying fighter bombers that are likely to reinforce a final assault on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in two weeks. A senior NATO diplomat said: "They are deploying all of the Northern fleet and much of the Baltic fleet in the largest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War. "This is not a friendly port call. In two weeks, we will see a crescendo of...
  • Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit

    10/19/2016 7:58:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2016 | Carlo Muńoz and Guy Taylor
    Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit By Carlo Muńoz and Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Updated: 10:43 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will be walking into diplomatic buzz saw Thursday when he arrives in Turkey a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a blistering critique of the U.S.-backed campaign to oust the Islamic State group from neighboring Iraq, demanded a bigger role for Turkish military forces. Mr. Erdogan’s remarkable outburst was the latest sign of difficulties the Obama administration faces in keeping the various members...
  • PUTIN’S WARNING – Now Russia tells the US ‘if you want a war you will get one EVERYWHERE’

    10/18/2016 10:33:02 AM PDT · by wtd · 45 replies
    UK Express ^ | 10/18/2016
    UKExpress: PUTIN’S WARNING – Now Russia tells the US ‘if you want a war you will get one EVERYWHERE’ RUSSIA has warned the US it will give America a war if it wants one after Joe Biden called for an all-out cyber assault on Kremlin emails.
  • Putin coming to Berlin for first time since start of Ukraine war

    10/18/2016 5:38:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai ^ | 18 Oct 2016 11:08 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/DPA/The Local)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is to arrive in Berlin on Wednesday as part of a summit hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Ukraine conflict. Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert announced on Tuesday that Putin would arrive for the summit alongside President François Hollande of France and Petro Poroshenko, the leader of Ukraine. It will be Putin’s first visit to Berlin since Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, leading to EU sanctions against Moscow. Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine will hold the summit in Berlin on Wednesday to “evaluate the implementation” of the Minsk peace accords for Ukraine, the...
  • Biden: ‘We’re Sending a Message’ to the Russians, Hopefully American Public Won’t Know About It

    10/18/2016 5:23:13 AM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 16, 2016 | David Rutz
    “Why haven’t we sent a message yet to [Vladimir] Putin?” Meet The Press host Chuck Todd asked in an interview airing on Sunday. Biden smiled and paused before answering. “We’re sending a message,” he said. “We have the capacity to do it, and the message will be sent—he’ll know it, and it’ll be at the time of our choosing and under the circumstances that have the greatest impact.” . . . “So a message is going to be sent. Will the public know it?” Todd asked. “Hope not,” Biden said.
  • Russia and the West: Where did it all go wrong?

    10/17/2016 7:59:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    bbc ^ | 10/17/2016 | Jonathan Marcus
    It is hard to imagine a period since the end of the Cold War when relations between Russia and the United States have been quite so bad. ... The Russian president has spoken explicitly about the worsening climate between Washington and Moscow, insisting that what the Obama administration wants is "diktat" rather than dialogue. For all that, the US and Russia are still in contact over Syria. For all the harsh rhetoric and accusations, they both realise that they have a vital role to play in any eventual settlement of the Syrian drama. Whatever its immediate strategic intentions, a permanent...
  • NatWest[UK Bank] to close Russian channel's UK bank accounts

    10/17/2016 9:02:58 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 October 2016
    NatWest bank has frozen the accounts of Russia's state-run broadcaster RT, its editor-in-chief says. Margarita Simonyan tweeted: "They've closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. 'The decision is not subject to review.' Praise be to freedom of speech!" An MP from Russia's ruling party has said the country's Parliament will "demand an explanation" from the UK. RT says the bank gave no explanation for its decision. It said the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is part, was refusing to service RT.
  • Bank accounts of Russian state broadcaster Russia Today frozen in UK; All of RBS cut off to RT

    10/17/2016 8:46:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    RT ^ | 10/17/16
    RT UK’s bank accounts have been blocked, RT’s editor-in-chief reported. The National Westminster Bank has informed RT UK that it will no longer have the broadcaster among its clients. The bank provided no explanation for the decision. “We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities,” NatWest said in a letter to RT’s London office. The bank said that the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is part of, would refuse to service RT. More in link Bank accounts of Russian state...
  • RT: NatWest 'freezes Russian channel's UK bank accounts'

    10/17/2016 4:20:06 AM PDT · by oblomov · 52 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 Oct 2016 | BBC
    he UK has frozen all bank accounts owned by Russia's state-run broadcaster, Russia Today (RT), its editor-in-chief has claimed. Margarita Simonyan tweeted: "They've closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. 'The decision is not subject to review.' Praise be to freedom of speech!" RT has previously been sanctioned by Ofcom for biased reporting on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.