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  • The west risks collateral damage by punishing Russia

    07/29/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 27 July 2014 | Wolfgang Münchau
    When I read last week’s revision in the International Monetary Fund’s forecasts, I was reminded of William Gilmore Simms, a 19th century US historian, who said: “I believe that economists put decimal points in their forecasts to show that they have a sense of humour.” If only that were true. The latest update of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook puzzled me in two decimal-point respects, neither of them humorous. The sanctions to be decided this week are known in EU jargon as “tier three”; the red-alert stage. As reported by Peter Spiegel, the Financial Times Brussels bureau chief, the European...
  • Ukraine’s Yatsenyuk Says Resigns in Protest at Parliament’s Decisions

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

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

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

    07/29/2014 10:02:54 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 24 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 29 Jul 14 | FOX NEWS
    Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly have suffered their biggest battlefield setbacks in months as the U.S. and European countries prepare to ramp up pressure on Russian leader Vladimir Putin by imposing more sanctions against Moscow later this week. The Wall Street Journal reported that Ukraine army forces had made rapid gains near the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed July 17 and were apparently trying to split the territory held by the rebels into two parts between the major cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. Officials on both sides of the fighting also told the Journal that the Ukraine...
  • MH17 tragedy: Beating drums for war in Ukraine

    07/29/2014 9:57:41 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 14 replies
    Russia Propaganda Today ^ | July 29, 2014 | Brian Hanley, tool
    The shooting down of MH17 in Ukraine’s civil war is a terrible event. However, the American media and government grossly misrepresent the USA’s role in creating the current situation, and coverage of Ukraine does credit to ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Reporting is dominated by the usual suspects from the Brookings Institution, etc. spouting jingoistic nonsense. Yes, there is significant history there, including a murky, amateurish, attempt to poison former President Victor Yushchenko with TCDD (a dioxin) in 2004 by unidentified parties. This sort of thing is a sign of the overall situation. Let’s start with how all US media refer to...
  • Russia’s Bunker-Smashing Rockets Have Arrived in Iraq

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

    07/29/2014 6:59:33 AM PDT · by aardwolf46 · 48 replies
    Something I noticed on youtube and was about a month old when MH17 was shot down, this account seems to be severely at odds with much of what we see in the MSM.... Report from Slaviansk This makes several claims I've seen of Ukrainian fighter-bombers hiding behind airliners and then peeling off to bomb separatist targets. The basic bottom line wrt MH17 seems to be that Ukrainian air traffic controllers routed it into a war zone and ordered it to drop altitude, i.e. set it up like a skeet target. The question of who actually shot it down seems fairly...
  • U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty [Obama Huffs and Puffs]

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

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

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

    07/28/2014 8:56:11 PM PDT · by dila813 · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Today | JIM KUHNHENN
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.' An administration official says the United States has notified Russia of its determination that it broke the agreement by testing a new ground-launched cruise missile. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.
  • Russia has violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    07/27/2014 5:29:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular. With his voice appearing to crack with emotion, the pope broke off from his scripted remarks to make a direct appeal for fighting to end. "Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it's...
  • British Lawyers Preparing Multi-Million Pound Suit Against Putin for MH17 Crash

    07/27/2014 5:01:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Malay Mail Online ^ | July 27, 2014
    British lawyers are getting ready to hit Russian President Vladimir Putin with a multi-million pound class action suit for his alleged role in the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine this month, an English daily reported. According to British daily The Sunday Telegraph, senior Russian military commanders and politicians closely-linked to Putin will likely be also included in the suit, set to take place in American courts. “There has been talk of civil suits against Malaysia Airlines, but those immediately responsible are not only the separatists who are alleged to have fired the rocket at Flight MH17,...
  • Hillary Clinton: Despite Russia "Reset," I Was "Skeptical" of Putin

    07/27/2014 4:29:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jake Miller
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her handling of the U.S.-Russia relationship on Sunday, saying she remained "skeptical" of Russian President Vladimir Putin during her time as the top U.S. diplomat, despite a high-profile effort to "reset" relations between the two countries. Clinton and other U.S. officials also urged the Europeans to step up their economic sanctions against Russia, stressing the need to exact a price from the Russians for their interference in Ukraine and their alleged involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Critics have said Clinton's "reset" initiative was naive because Russia was never...
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian Army Defeated The Huge Armored Column Militants Near Torrez

    Ukrainian army defeated the huge armored column militants near Torrez According to Igor Burkut "Rovenky held column of regular troops - Concerted crews of combat vehicles, artillery calculations. From air attack column covered two ZSU-23-2 trucks. A classic militia would ride on conventional trucks, pickups, buses. Their weapons would be unsuited - from hunting rifles and museum to the PCA captured AK-74 and a variety of machine guns and mortars. Immediately visible - the same type weapons, the soldiers prepared. So they transferred from abroad, and then recently - has not had time to pull. "
  • How Nicky and Willy could have prevented World War I

    07/27/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-27-14 | Graham Allison
    One hundred years ago this week, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany exchanged a series of telegrams to try to stop the rush to a war that neither of them wanted. They signed their notes “Nicky” and “Willy.” Cousins who vacationed together, hunted together and enjoyed dressing up in the uniforms of each other’s military officers when sailing on their yachts, these two great-great-grandsons of Paul I of Russia wrote to each other in English, affirming their mutual interests and outlining an agreement that would have resolved the crisis on terms acceptable to both rulers. Yet...
  • US intel official warns against toppling Hamas

    07/27/2014 2:41:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/27/2014 | Lazar Berman
    Speaking at a high-level security conference in Aspen, Colorado, outgoing US Defense Intelligence Agency head Michael Flynn warned against the dangers of toppling Hamas, saying what may replace the Islamist group could be even worse. “If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse,” Flynn, a lieutenant general, told the conference Saturday, according to Reuters.He warned that with Hamas out of the picture, the Islamic State, or something like the brutal Islamist group ruling over parts of Syria and Iraq, could take its place.Flynn also said...
  • Is Obama To Blame for the World's Crises?

    07/27/2014 12:12:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The world is a hot mess. Pro-Russian separatists shot down a passenger jet over Ukraine. Iraq is under siege from Islamic radicals, the Taliban is rebounding in Afghanistan and civil war grinds on in Syria. Israel is fighting in Gaza. Negotiations on Iran's nuclear program have come up empty. China is bullying its neighbors. When trouble flares up around the world, U.S. presidents get blamed. The latest polls show that only about 36 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama's handling of foreign affairs -- down from 51 percent in May, 2011, after the death of Osama bin Laden. Republicans...
  • Pushing locals aside, Russians Take Top Rebel Posts in East Ukraine

    07/27/2014 10:17:12 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 84 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:16am EDT | GABRIELA BACZYNSKA AND ALEKSANDAR VASOVIC
    As Ukrainian troops gained ground in eastern Ukraine in early July, separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, a Russian national, left for Moscow for political consultations. After what he described as successful talks with unnamed people there, he returned to the rebel stronghold of Donetsk to introduce a new senior figure in his self-proclaimed republic, a compatriot seasoned in the pro-Russian separatist movement in Moldova and a war between Russia and Georgia.
  • Policy Memo: A Good Deal Is Better Than No Deal (Is this a threat)

    07/26/2014 4:14:45 PM PDT · by mgist · 17 replies
    NIA Council ^ | 7/17/14 | parisi
    Washington, DC – Failure to reach a nuclear deal with Iran will not lead to a continuation of the current status quo, but rather a deterioration of the situation with severe military, economic and security consequences. This is the conclusion of a new NIAC Policy Memo published today analyzing the consequences of a diplomatic failure between the U.S. and Iran. The Policy Memo will be presented today at an event at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC at 2.30pm. The military consequences of not reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran have been clearly defined by the White House: “You...
  • Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles

    07/27/2014 11:46:17 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 34 replies
    NYT ^ | 26 Jul 14 | DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT
    The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said. But the proposal has not yet been debated in the White House, a senior administration official said. It is unclear whether President Obama, who has already approved limited intelligence sharing with Ukraine, will agree to give more precise information about potential military targets, a step that would involve the United States more deeply in the conflict.
  • Kerry 'Tunneling Under Egyptian Ceasefire Deal', Says Minister

    07/26/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26 July 2014 | Gil Ronen; AFP
    Israeli anger at US envoy for his attempt to forge a ceasefire with Hamas sponsors Turkey, Qatar, in Paris talks. An Israeli minister accused U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of “digging a tunnel under the the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” by accepting Hamas's conditions for a ceasefire in Paris talks Saturday, Channel 2 reported. The minister's identity was not revealed. Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East who gathered in Paris Saturday called for an extension to a temporary truce declared Saturday between Israel and Hamas. However, neither Israel, nor Egypt, nor the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud...
  • Oh Brother… Hillary Clinton Now Says She Was “Most Skeptical” of Reset With Russia (Video)

    07/27/2014 8:32:09 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    On Thursday July 24, Hillary Clinton told NPR “the reset worked” with Russia. But that was Thursday… On Sunday Hillary Clinton told Fareed Zakaria on CNN she was the “most skeptical” of the Russian ‘Reset’ policy. Really?
  • Russia accuses US of lying about Moscow, contributing to Ukraine's turmoil

    07/27/2014 7:58:10 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 14 replies
    FOX ^ | July 26, 2014
    Russia on Saturday accused the United States of contributing to the Ukraine crisis and suggested that Obama administration “lies” about Moscow’s involvement in the downed Malaysian jetliner led European nations to impose new sanctions. The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the U.S. is conducting "an unrelenting campaign of slander against Russia, ever more relying on open lies." The administration has said since the passenger jet carrying 298 people was downed over Ukraine July 17 that it has evidence suggesting Moscow supplied the rocketry and training to the pro-Russian military forces, or separatists, opposed to the Ukraine government and believed...
  • Putin facing multi-million pound legal action over alleged role in MH17 crash

    07/27/2014 7:41:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 53 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 27 Jul 14 | Robert Mendick, Ben Farmer and Tim Ross
    Vladimir Putin is facing a multi-million-pound legal action for his alleged role in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. British lawyers are preparing a class action against the Russian president through the American courts. Senior Russian military commanders and politicians close to Mr Putin are also likely to become embroiled in the legal claim. The case would further damage relations between Mr Putin and the West, but politicians would be powerless to prevent it. Last week, lawyers from McCue & Partners, the London law firm, flew to Ukraine for...
  • Ukraine: Sbu Urged Ukrainians To Get Out Of Russian Social Networks

    07/26/2014 8:01:09 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    tech.obozrevatel.com ^ | July 26, 2014, 16:39
    On August 1, the Russian Federation comes into force a new anti-terrorism law, which is fully entitled to receive the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation almost all the personal data of users of Internet resources registered in the Russian Federation. Thus the FSB at the legislative level has full right to interfere in the personal lives of not only Russian citizens, but also foreigners, according to "The Press of Ukraine". Data for all logins and e-mail addresses of its users, their lists of contacts, information on the quantity, volume and recipients of messages transmitted owners mail servers, blog...
  • Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles

    07/26/2014 4:31:53 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT
    The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said.
  • Miscalculation. Failure. Escalation - Why Putin Shot Down MH-17

    07/26/2014 2:15:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 94 replies
    forbes.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Greg Satell
    Why would the leader of a powerful country in reasonably good standing want to risk everything by putting himself in the same league with Muammar Gaddafi? ...Since the crisis began, he has been taking on ever greater risk—not to mention serious damage to the Russian economy—with negative return. .... So it appears that Putin is not only a poor chess player, he is an exceeding bad poker player, constantly raising the stakes while facing a decreasing expected return. If he ever could return Ukraine to the fold—an exceedingly unlikely prospect—he would accomplish no more than a return to the status...
  • U.S. Military Chief Compares Putin’s Ukraine Move to Stalin’s Invasion of Poland

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new use of Russian military force inside Ukraine harkens back to 1939 when Joseph Stalin led a Russian invasion of Poland, and Dempsey predicted Putin was far from finished. The latest development represents a dangerous escalation of the crisis on the part of Putin, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis is now a global problem, he said. “It does change the situation. You’ve got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives....
  • Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal

    07/26/2014 1:45:11 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/26/2014 | Con Coughlin
    Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive against Israel, according to Western security sources. Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled by a Lebanese-based trading company with close ties to the militant Palestinian organisation based in east Beirut. Hamas officials are believed to have already made an initial cash down payment to secure the deal, and are now hoping that North Korea will soon begin shipping extra...
  • Chechen leader blasts Israel’s ‘unjustified cruelty’ towards Palestinians

    07/26/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    rt.com ^ | July 22, 2014
    Ramzan Kadyrov has expressed condolences to the victims of Israeli attacks on Palestinians and emphasized that the USA and Europe were turning a blind eye on this policy of “state terrorism.” The head of the Chechen Republic published an extensive statement on latest political events on his social media of choice – the Instagram. Kadyrov spoke out after Israel stepped up its ‘Protective Edge’ ground operation in Gaza Strip on Sunday. According to Gaza Health Ministry’s official release, a t least 425 Palestinians, including 111 children, have been killed and over 3,000 have been wounded since the beginning of the...
  • Al-Qaeda releases video of US suicide bomber in Syria

    07/26/2014 12:24:29 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | July 26, 2014 | AFP
    The parents of "the Florida boy" own a grocery store, with his father from Jordan and mother a convert to Islam, US newspapers reported.
  • Unguarded Comments Suggest Kerry Frustration At Civilian Toll In Gaza [Lashes At Gaza Operation]

    07/20/2014 10:08:17 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Guardian (UK)R ^ | July 20, 2014 | Dominic Rushe
    Unguarded Comments Suggest Kerry Frustration At Civilian Toll In Gaza • 'It's a hell of a pinpoint operation' captured on open microphone Dominic Rushe in New York 20 July 2014 The secretary of state, John Kerry, on Sunday appeared to criticise Israel’s claims about the targeted scope of its attacks on Gaza, as a open microphone caught him talking to an aide ahead of a TV interview. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry, who was appearing on Fox News Sunday as part of a tour of all five main US talkshows,...
  • Investigators: MH17 black box data consistent with SAM shootdown

    07/26/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It took a while for EU investigators to get the black boxes from Malaysia Air 17 back fron Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, and for good reason. According to CBS News, the plane experienced “massive explosive decompression” while cruising normally at 33,000 feet — exactly what one would see in a surface-to-air missile attack: Unreleased data from a black box retrieved from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine show findings consistent with the plane’s fuselage being hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.“It did what it was designed to do,”...
  • Barack Obama Banned From Entering Chechnya

    07/26/2014 11:44:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 26 July 2014
    Although Russia has not responded to US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there is one part of the country he is now barred from entering: Chechnya. On Saturday Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the small Russian republic that has been the scene of two devastating separatist wars in the past 20 years, said he was placing Obama on a list of people banned from visiting. The list also includes European Union figures José Manuel Barroso, Herbert van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton. Kadyrov, wrote on his Instagram account that the ban was...
  • Terror havens in Syria and Iraq: Five reasons the West should worry

    07/26/2014 4:22:45 AM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Cruickshank,
    Events in Iraq and Syria have alarmed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Extremists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria control vast swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its members may be mingling with Yemeni bomb makers who have a track record of getting devices on Western planes. And thousands of Europeans have gone to Syria ready to give up their lives. Holder has voiced "extreme concern" that the volatile mix could spread to Western shores.
  • Putin, Obama and Flight 17

    07/26/2014 9:49:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Herb London
    Against mounting evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin supplied the SA11 missile system that shot Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the skies, the world is drawing inevitable comparisons between the former KGB operative in Moscow and his counterpart, the ex-community organizer in the Oval Office in Washington. The contrast is anything but reassuring to a world in turmoil. Russia provided both the SA11 missiles and the training or the personnel to deploy them. The blood on Putin’s hands is that of 298 innocent people (including 80 children) whose lives were snuffed out while traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur....
  • NATO to expand Polish base in response to Russian threat

    07/26/2014 7:10:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25/07/2014 - 08:55
    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander in Europe, has proposed that the Polish city of Szczecin expand its existing base to help the military alliance respond faster to any threat posed by Russia. According to the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank close to NATO, Britain and other NATO allies backing the general’s plans to place supplies—weapons, ammunition and ration packs—at a new headquarters in eastern Europe, to enable a sudden influx of thousands of NATO troops to be ready for action in the event of a crisis. …
  • Like a Hotel Burglar . . .

    07/26/2014 5:16:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Our president and his crew of Great Minds have managed to "reset" relations with Russia, all right -- all the way back to Cold War times. With an America sick of all those entangling alliances once known as the Free World, and turning its back on old friends and the world in general, the stage was set for Moscow to start grabbing pieces of other countries again. First came a nibble of Georgia, then the whole Crimean peninsula, and now the swath of eastern Ukraine just across what used to be an international border. Emerging from hibernation, the Russian bear's...
  • US Military Dusts Off Decades-Old 'Readiness' Plans for Russia

    07/25/2014 6:33:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 186 replies
    Yahoo News/ABC ^ | 7-25-2014 | Lee Ferran
    As American officials fire off diplomatic salvos at Russia in response to that nation’s purported actual artillery salvos into Ukraine, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently that among other actions, the U.S. military is dusting off decades-old plans, just in case. “We’re looking inside our own readiness models to look at things that we haven’t had to look at for 20 years, frankly, about basing and lines of communication and sea lanes,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, America’s top military officer, said at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday evening. “What the military does when faced with these crises...
  • Ukrainian Causes Social Media Storm by ‘Posing in Make-Up Looted from Malaysian Airlines Crash Site’

    07/25/2014 9:39:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 25 Jul 2014
    A young Ukrainian has prompted widespread outrage after posing in make-up apparently looted from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Ekaterina Parkhomenko, who describes herself as a ‘separatist’ from the eastern region of the country, posted images of herself on Instagram along with the claim that she was wearing make-up ‘from the field’ – hinting the products were taken from the same area where the bodies of victims of the plane crash lay. ‘Mascara from Amsterdam, or rather from the field. Well, I think you know what I mean,’ she reportedly wrote on her social media page, before...