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  • While Russia Confirms Peaceful Intent in Ukraine, US Wants More Sanctions

    07/10/2014 10:05:23 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 17 replies
    Voice of Russia's Propaganda ^ | July 9, 2014 | David Kerans, tool
    WASHINGTON (VR)—Even though Russia has demonstrated that its intentions in Ukraine are peaceful, the US government and others are braying for an intensification of economic sanctions against Russia. The premise for harsher sanctions is the accusation of Russia giving material support to the groups in eastern Ukraine that are resisting the Kiev government. But Russia strenuously denies it is providing arms to those groups, and even after several months of making these accusations the Ukrainian government has not offered convincing proof. In a statement she made Wednesday to the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland...
  • Ukraine Rebels Call Putin a Coward After Russian Inaction [boo hoo]

    07/09/2014 4:31:42 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 14 replies
    TIME ^ | July 9, 2014 | Simon Shuster
    The change in tone is already evident on Russia’s propaganda channels, which still depict the rebel fighters as heroes and martyrs—but not a part of any Russian war. “No one is talking about sending in troops anymore. That conversation is over,” says Mikhail Leontiev, one of the leading spin doctors on state-controlled TV. “Now the people need to understand that if Russia falls into this military trap, it will be worst of all for the people of eastern Ukraine, even for the fighters...."The fighters would beg to differ. In endless missives to the Russian leadership over the past few months,...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk:Gubarev met Russian volunteers who came to fight for the "New Russia" (VIDEO)

    07/09/2014 1:32:00 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 25 replies
    In Donetsk Gubarev met a group of Russian volunteers who came to fight for the "New Russia" (VIDEO) 15:0909.07.2014 Militants do not hide what is on their side fighting Russian "volunteers". Thus, the network service YouTube correspondent so-called national militia Donbass posted video of July 8 "popular governor" Paul Gubarev meets mercenaries. At the same time the Russians do not hide the fact that "a ticket to Ukraine" they received in the Moscow military. Among those who arrived in Donetsk - the inhabitants of Astrakhan, Vladivostok and other cities.
  • Humanitarianism Can Be an Effective Disguise for Profiteering

    07/09/2014 1:10:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Billionaire Hungarian-American oligarch George Soros is an extremely concerned humanitarian who can be counted on to put his considerable bank balance where his concerns are. Lately, those concerns have included Ukraine and other former Soviet satellite states; Syria; immigration rights in America; the U.S. banking system; and the Great Lakes region of Africa, where all the mining opportunities just happen to be. Perhaps he could lay off the generosity long enough for us to recover from it all. Humanitarianism and charity can't always be taken at face value, if only because there is no better front for...
  • Testimony of Mr. Edward Lucas Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    07/09/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by Krosan · 4 replies
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee ^ | July 8, 2014 | Edward Lucas
    Testimony ofMr. Edward LucasSenior Fellow and Contributing EditorCenter for European Policy AnalysisWashington, DCJuly 8, 2014Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeSubcommittee on European AffairsGood afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. It is an honor and a privilege to give testimony to this committee and I would like to thank Chairman Murphy and Ranking Member Johnson for this opportunity. I will give a short oral version of my written testimony and then look forward to taking questions.I have been dealing with European security for more than thirty years, as an activist for freedom and democracy during the Cold War, as a foreign...
  • General Calls Border Crisis An Existential Threat

    07/09/2014 9:59:24 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 9, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Immigration: The general in charge of U.S. Southern Command says America's porous southern border poses as much a threat as any foreign power, with gangs and terrorist groups hiding among the tidal wave of illegals. If Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, keeps warning about the crisis at our southern border, he may soon join the long list of generals and admirals sacked by this administration as it decimates the military. "In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and (undocumented immigrant) flow are frequently...
  • Russian revenge: Ukrainian female officer faces court in Voronezh amid Ukrainian military's success

    07/09/2014 6:56:55 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | July 9, 2014, 1:02 p.m. | Ivan Verstyuk
    Russia is not doing a very good job lately in hiding its connections with separatists in the Donbas. Nadiya Savchenko, female officer of Ukrainian army's Aydar unit who was captured in Luhansk Oblast on June 17, was transferred to prison in Voronezh, a Russian city not far from the border with Ukraine, reported television news program TSN. Savchenko is being suspected in the murder of Russian journalists while participating in Ukraine’s antiterrorist operation, though local prosecutors have not come up with an official accusation yet, the senior lieutenant’s Russian lawyer said. However, her younger sister Vira said that the Voronezh...
  • Ukrainian army pilot charged with abetting deaths of 2 Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine

    <p>MOSCOW - Russian investigators say they have arrested and charged a Ukrainian air force pilot, whose plane was shot down during fighting, with killing two Russian journalists.</p> <p>Ukraine has been rocked by fighting between pro-Russia rebels and government forces for over three months. The two Russian state-owned TV channel employees died in June after being hit by mortar fire in the Ukrainian city of Luhansk.</p>
  • Sloviansk recaptured by the Ukrainian military, driving out Russian terrorists.

    07/08/2014 11:31:25 PM PDT · by free_life · 5 replies
    Vice News ^ | July 8, 2014
    Look what these Russian b*st*rds have done to these people and their city. On July 5, the eastern Ukrainian town of Sloviansk was recaptured by the Ukrainian military, driving out pro-Russia rebels and ending their three-month occupation. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels back to Sloviansk and visits the cell in which he was held for days by those rebels in April. The city is in shambles and residents are struggling to find food and water despite a considerable humanitarian effort. The pro-Russia rebels have retreated to Donetsk, but the Ukrainian government is determined to pursue its anti-terror operation until...
  • The US Arrested an Alleged Russian Hacker — And Russia Is Pissed

    07/08/2014 10:08:18 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Vice News ^ | July 8, 2014 | 3:39 pm | Jordan Larson
    In the latest disagreement between Russia and the US, a 30-year-old Russian national has been arrested for allegedly hacking US retailers, gaining access to credit card information, and selling it. Roman Valerevich Seleznev was arrested while vacationing with his family in the Maldives; he was subsequently transported to Guam. In a statement on its website, the Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the arrest, referring to it as a “kidnapping” and “the latest unfriendly move from Washington."
  • Vials of Smallpox Virus Found in Unapproved Maryland Lab

    07/08/2014 10:35:48 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 8, 2014 | SYDNEY LUPKIN
    The National Institutes of Health announced today that vials of the virus that causes smallpox were found in a laboratory on its Bethesda, Maryland, campus, which was unequipped and unapproved to handle the deadly pathogen. Because it’s so infectious, the smallpox virus is considered a bioterrorism threat and is only permitted in two labs in the world: One at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Atlanta headquarters and another at the VECTOR Institute in Russia. The newly discovered vials violate an international agreement reached in 1979 aimed at keeping the virus eradicated while allowing some scientists to continue...
  • China's Xi calls for stronger frontier defences

    07/08/2014 10:29:49 AM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Spacewar ^ | June 28, 2014
    China's Xi calls for stronger frontier defences: Xinhua by Staff Writers Beijing June 28, 2014 President Xi Jinping said China should strengthen its frontier defences on land and sea, state media reported Saturday amid territorial disputes with neighbouring nations which have accused Beijing of being increasingly aggressive in pressing its claims. Xi made the remarks at a "national meeting" on Friday also attended by Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, the official Xinhua news agency said. In his remarks on the defence of China's borders, Xi said the country's weakness in the past had allowed others to bully...
  • China 'won't seek hegemony' says President Xi

    07/08/2014 10:27:10 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Spacewar ^ | June 28, 2014
    China 'won't seek hegemony' says President Xi by Staff Writers Beijing June 28, 2014 Beijing June 27, 2014 - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar's leader Thein Sein held talks Friday as the relationship between the Asian giant and the longtime international pariah adapts to dramatic political changes. The two shook hands outside Beijing's Great Hall of the People and inspected an honour guard as Thein Sein -- a former general -- was given full military honours, before the pair went inside to begin their talks. Xi noted the four-day trip is Thein Sein's fifth visit to China and third...
  • Russia hits out at 'kidnapping' of MP's son by US secret service

    07/08/2014 9:35:06 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 8 2014 | Shaun Walker
    Russian authorities have reacted with anger over the "kidnapping" of the son of a Russian MP, apparently detained by US agents in the Maldives, on suspicion of hacking computer systems in order to steal the credit card details of thousands of Americans. The US department of homeland security announced on Monday that the secret service had arrested Roman Seleznev on suspicion of hacking activities carried out between 2009 and 2011. He is the son of Valery Seleznev, an MP from the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic arty, whose leader has frequently made anti-American outbursts. Russia's foreign ministry said that Seleznev was seized...
  • Putin Crushes Internet Expression

    07/08/2014 8:30:04 AM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 8, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    <p>Back in the days when Vladimir Putin was first launching his crackdown on Russian mainstream media, killing and arresting reporters and publishers and seizing or shutting down publications, the Russia apologists rationalized his actions by claiming that the Russian Internet was free and always would be, and would counter any state propaganda.  It’s now clear that these statements were made simply ruse to induce the defenders of free speech to drop their guard and allow Putin to take over mainstream media unchallenged. It worked like a charm. And now we can clearly see how utterly false these statements were as Putin systematically exterminates the Runet.</p>
  • Inaction in Ukraine threatens Putin’s image at home

    07/08/2014 4:37:41 AM PDT · by McGruff · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | Marc Bennetts
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s failure to come to the rescue of beleaguered pro-Moscow rebels in east Ukraine threatens to both shatter his image as a strongman leader and foment dangerous domestic discontent among nationalist groups, his supporters have warned. “We support Putin because he is strong,” Alexander Dugin, an ultranationalist thinker whose ideas are reported to have influenced recent Kremlin policy, told The Washington Times. “But many people feel cheated by his refusal to use military force [in east Ukraine]. Russian patriots are close to turning away from Putin.” The comments came as Ukrainian forces recaptured the key city of...
  • UKRAINE & BULGARIA: Bulgaria meets Lavrov on official visit [VIDEO]

    07/08/2014 4:29:57 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/7/2014 | Asen Genov
    Welcoming the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgarian citizens welcome Russia's minister of foreign affairs Mr Lavrov, thereby shouting: "Putin-huylo" and "This isn't Moscow!"
  • Ukrainian President ousts Security Service Commander

    07/07/2014 10:40:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 7-8-2014 | VOR
    Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has signed decrees of ousting General Vasily Krutov from the posts of first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and head of the SBU anti-terrorist centre. Respective papers have been posted on the Ukrainian president's web site. Vasily Krutov was appointed to these positions in the middle of April this year. The Ukrainian president has replaced Krutov with Vasily Gritsak, a Ukrainian police general-lieutenant and deputy chairman of the Ukrainian State Migration Service since April 2013. Petr Poroshenko has also dismissed Vladislav Bukharev from the position of SBU first deputy head responsible for the...
  • A Split In The Eurasian Union: Belarus Refuses To Join Russia's Trade War With Ukraine

    07/07/2014 6:46:13 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 5 replies
    Belarus ^ | 07 July 2014 | Yauheni Preiherman
    While Ukraine was preparing to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, Russia was trying to secure the support of Belarus and Kazakhstan in introducing protective measures against Ukrainian goods. Moscow failed to convince its Eurasian partners that Kyiv’s Association Agreement would pose a threat to their economies and had to resort to taking unilateral action for raising customs duties on goods from Ukraine.
  • Eduard Shevardnadze, Former Georgian President, Dies At 86

    07/07/2014 11:33:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | July 07, 2014 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Former Soviet minister and Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, who is credited with helping end the Cold War, died Monday after a long illness, his spokeswoman tells the media. To remind you of the former leader's career, NPR's Corey Flintoff has this report for our Newscast unit: "White-haired and dapper, Eduard Shevardnadze was the face of Soviet foreign policy during the era when President Mikhail Gorbachev was attempting to liberalize the Communist bloc. "He was admired by counterparts in the West — but many Russians came to blame him, along with Gorbachev, for the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. "Shevardnadze...
  • A simple solution to the crisis in Crimea: Let Russia buy it

    07/07/2014 8:15:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Quartz ^ | 07/07/2014 | Rajiv J. Chaudhri , Board of Directors of the World Policy Institute.
    There are occasions in international diplomacy when the deal-making skills of an investment banker can creatively solve problems that are beyond the tool-kit of career diplomats and politicians. The crisis created by Vladimir Putin’s unilateral annexation of the Crimea qualifies as a situation that may have had a solution if American diplomacy had been able to think out of the box. What if President Obama, in the famously long conversation he had with Putin before events escalated, had said: “We respect that Russia has legitimate security interests in the Crimea, as well as its ethnic and cultural ties to the...
  • UKRAINE: Identity of Terrorist Leader "Yakut the Sniper" Established (Trained near Rostov)

    07/07/2014 6:55:02 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    censor.net ^ | 02.07.14 16:08
    Identity of Terrorist Leader "Yakut the Sniper" Is Established. Trained near Rostov, He Participated in Occupation of Crimea – Security Service of Ukraine. PHOTO The Security Service of Ukraine has established the identity of one of the leaders of the pro-Russian terrorists nicknamed Yakut the Sniper. It is reported by Censor.NET, citing the press-service of the agency. According to the report, the group of Yakut the Sniper is fighting with the ATO forces and terrorizing civilians in the Donetsk region upon instructions of the security agencies of the Russian Federation. "Yakut the Sniper is a Ukrainian citizen Siatkin Denys, born...
  • UKRAINE Separatists sent to Russian Training Camps

    07/07/2014 6:49:53 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    censor.net ^ | 07.07.14 14:37
    Security Service Detains Girkin’s Communication Agent who Sent Separatists to Russian Training Camps. PHOTO On July 6 the Counterintelligence Department together with the Kherson regional Security Service detained one of the leaders of the so-called DPR, Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Kovalchuk, born 30 April, 1967, nicknamed Sosna (Pine) who is a communication agent of head of the terrorists Girkin (Strelok). The terrorist was detained while attempting to cross the administrative border between Crimea and mainland Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the agency. Sosna is an active partner of the creation of the Donetsk People's Republic. He participated in...
  • Georgian ex-President Eduard Shevardnadze dies at 86

    07/07/2014 2:24:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 July 2014 | BBC
    Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has died aged 86, media reports say. Mr Shevardnadze became foreign minister of the Soviet Union in 1985. In 1992, he was appointed head of state of the newly independent republic of Georgia. He led the country out of instability and civil war but in November 2003 was toppled in the "Rose Revolution" sparked by opposition allegations of irregularities in parliamentary polls.
  • Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly prepare last stand in Donetsk

    07/07/2014 2:12:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 07, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine have retreated to the last major city under their control after a series of successes by the Ukrainian army earlier this week.
  • Soviet defector's trove of KGB secrets released

    07/06/2014 10:27:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 06, 2014 | Associated Press
    CAMBRIDGE, England – The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage. Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who's who of Soviet spying — were released Monday after being held in secret for two decades.
  • The Mitrokhin archive: Cambridge Five spy ring members 'hopeless drunks'

    07/06/2014 6:02:01 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 6, 2014 | None listed
    Members of the Cambridge Five spy ring were regarded by their Soviet handlers as hopeless drunks incapable of keeping secrets, newly-released files suggest. Documents from the Mitrokhin Archive have been opened to the public for the first time after being kept at a secret location for more than 20 years. But 19 out of 33 box files containing typewritten versions of his notes, all in Russian, can be viewed by visitors to the archive centre.
  • UKRAINE: Protestors Support Ukraine "Song of the fans" outside the Kremlin (VIDEO)

    07/06/2014 3:38:32 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    informator.lg.ua ^ | 07.07.2014 12:04
    On Manezh Square, Moscow police arrested nine protesters in the framework of the Strategy-6. Protest held 6 of each month in support of the accused and convicted for "Swamp case" and other political prisoners. (The website of the "Facets") Eight of the detainees had a banner with the words "Freedom for Political Prisoners." Alexander Sotnik, journalist, contributing a report about the campaign. Activist Emil Terekhin was detained for participation in the picket. It is noteworthy that the protesters sang popular Ukrainian fan song about Putin. And on one of the girls was a t-shirt with an appropriate inscription. It is...
  • Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians

    07/06/2014 1:37:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | Olesya Astakhova and Elizabeth Piper
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - When she was asked to give up a day's pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger - why should she subsidise others when struggling to make ends meet herself? Living in southern Russia close to the border with Ukraine, Tatyana was caught up in the euphoria that gripped the nation when Russia annexed Crimea in March and still welcomes "our" people back in the fold. But more than three months on, she is worried that her wage of 9,000 roubles ($260) a month is not stretching as far as it used...
  • Pro-Russian Fighters Routed From Stronghold, Ukraine Says

    07/05/2014 11:51:01 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5 July 2014 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    KIEV, Ukraine — With a fierce onslaught of gunfire and mortar shelling, Ukrainian government forces on Saturday expelled pro-Russian insurgents from Slovyansk, a long-blockaded rebel stronghold, government officials and separatist leaders said. After rebels fled the city, the site of some of the fiercest battles throughout the insurrection, government forces raised the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian national flag above the City Council building. In retaking Slovyansk, Ukrainian forces did not necessarily deal a decisive blow to the rebels, but they were finally gaining traction and reasserting state authority in eastern Ukraine, three months after separatists seized cities and towns throughout the region,...
  • Iranian Alert - November 28 - Teheran 'secretly trains' Chechens to fight in Russia

    11/28/2005 8:21:07 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,282+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 11.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Teheran 'secretly trains' Chechens to fight in RussiaCon Coughlin(Filed: 27/11/2005)Iran is secretly training Chechen rebels in sophisticated terror techniques to enable them to carry out more effective attacks against Russian forces, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.Teams of Chechen fighters are being trained at the Revolutionary Guards' Imam Ali training camp, located close to Tajrish Square in Teheran, according to Western intelligence reports.In addition to receiving training in the latest terror techniques, the Chechen volunteers undergo ideological and political instruction by hardline Iranian mullahs at Qom.The disclosure that Iran is training Chechen rebels will not go down...
  • UNCOVERED: RUSSIAN-SYRIAN-IRANIAN AXIS

    07/23/2006 7:55:57 PM PDT · by hope · 67 replies · 3,576+ views
    The Omega Letter | 7-22-06 | Hal Lindsey
    Oracle Commentaries 7/22/2006 Urgent Intelligence Update UNCOVERED: RUSSIAN-SYRIAN-IRANIAN AXIS For students of Bible prophecy, even the title of this communiqué should set off alarm sirens. I just received some electrifying intelligence data. First, from the Debka-Net-Weekly’s briefing. And second, from some personal intelligence sources (I carefully guard) that confirm Debka’s report. Russia, Iran and Syria have entered a defense pact that is in the process of altered the balance of power in the entire Middle East. Russia’s part in the pact has been kept relatively secret for a long time. But the facts reveal a long steady Russian commitment...
  • Russia says no to sanctions against Iran

    04/19/2006 12:52:02 AM PDT · by familyop · 47 replies · 1,433+ views
    EuroNews ^ | 19APR06 | EuroNews
    Russia has insisted it is opposed to moves by the United States and its allies to impose sanctions against Iran. At a meeting in Moscow, Russian officials met delegates from the US, Britain, France, Germany and China to discuss the latest moves in Iran's disputed nuclear programme. Afterwards Russian spokesman Mikhail Kamynin insisted that neither the sanctions route nor the use of force would lead to a solution of the problem. In Washington, the Bush administration says further action is needed. White House spokesman Scott McLennan said: "Violations and failures by the regime to comply with its international obligations run...
  • Russia's Special Relationship With Iran's Mullahs

    03/26/2006 7:31:50 PM PST · by Flavius · 12 replies · 677+ views
    global politician ^ | 3/27/2006 | Natalya Hmelik
    ast November Russia signed $1bn contract for export of weapons to Iran. Under the contract Russia is to supply the Tehran regime with 29 surface-to-air missile systems Tor-M1 (SA-15 GAUNTLET) and a consignment of military boats, and to upgrade Iran's Soviet-made bombers and fighter jets, in 2006. The deal was declared to be another triumph of Russian defense firms and the Rosoboronexport arms dealer as it is worth of about one fifth of arms export revenues for 2005.Test Meanwhile the deal raised concerns in the West. Russian analysts said the main reason was the West's "military plans" over Iran. They...
  • Israel ready to help Jordan fend off Iraq insurgents if asked

    07/04/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 4, 2014
    Israel is ready to meet any Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have overrun part of neighboring Iraq, an Israeli official said on Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending itself. Asked to elaborate on the statement, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said potential Israeli assistance could include sending troops or arms, though he saw that as unlikely. "We have an interest in ensuring that Jordan does not fall to, or be penetrated by, groups like al Qaeda or Hamas or ISIS," he told Reuters. "If, God forbid, there is a need, if such a...
  • Indyk: The Peace Process is Dead

    07/03/2014 7:13:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 7/3/14 | Elad Benari
    The Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace process is dead, according to Martin Indyk, formerly the U.S. special Middle East envoy who resigned from his post last week. Speaking to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg in his first interview since stepping down, Indyk said that there is strong dislike between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. "There is a deep loathing of each leader for the other that has built up over the years," Indyk said in the interview, which was published Thursday. "'Loathing' may be too strong [a word] for how Netanyahu feels about Abu Mazen (Abbas -ed.),"...
  • IDF Reveals Hamas in Turkey Likely Behind Kidnapping

    06/19/2014 4:40:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 6/19/2014, 8:20 PM | Ari Yashar
    A senior IDF source said Thursday that the search for the three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists last Thursday suggests that Hamas leadership abroad, and particularly in Turkey, is behind the abduction. The source told Walla! that in particular Salah al-Arouri, a Hamas leader living in Turkey, has been a key source behind terror attacks in Judea and Samaria in recent years. Reports last December revealed that Turkey has replaced Iran as the leading financial backer of Hamas since 2012; Turkey is the only NATO member to recognize Hamas. According to the reports, Ankara has hosted a Hamas presence,...
  • Costs? US Sales To Russia Hit Record High After Sanctions

    07/05/2014 11:11:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/05/2014 | Tyler Durden
    While it is all too easy to show the massive outperformance of Russian stocks (even after Carney's "sell" recommendation) as evidence that US sanctions were not 'punishing' as the mainstream media might suggest; this week's release of trade data shows the utter farce that the so-called "costs" imposed on Putin actually are. As WSJ reports, despite all the scaremongery and sanctioning, US exports to Russia in May hit $1.2 billion - a record high (up 21% from pre-sanctions). That will certainly teach them!!  As WSJ reports, U.S. efforts to penalize Russia for its actions in Ukraine appear to have done...
  • Ukraine crisis: Rebels abandon Sloviansk stronghold

    07/05/2014 7:54:40 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | July 5, 2014 | unattributed
    Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have evacuated the city of Sloviansk, a crucial eastern stronghold, amid a large-scale offensive by the military. Separatists said the "overwhelming numerical superiority" of the army had forced them to relocate to Kramatorsk. Troops have hoisted the Ukrainian flag over Sloviansk's council building, and officials said soldiers were mopping up the last outposts of rebel resistance. Two smaller towns are also reported to have been retaken by government troops. Ukrainian forces launched an offensive against the separatists this week after a 10-day ceasefire broke down. The BBC's David Stern in Kiev says the military's capture of...
  • Putin at Fateful Crossroads on Ukraine, Says Illarionov

    07/05/2014 3:06:42 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 8 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 5th 2014 | Andrei Illarionov
    Putin at Fateful Crossroads on Ukraine, Says Illarionov Editor July 5, 2014 Print FriendlyAndrei Illarionov, an economist and former advisor to the Putin administration, posted this blog at Ekho Moskvy 07:49 on 5 July, possibly before the news of the fleeing of the Slavyansk separatists and Col. Strelkov’s demobilization order had reached him (see our Ukrainian Liveblog), although this news has not been confirmed. Translation by The Interpreter. Operation “Strategic Blackmail” In the last 48 hours, the Russian authorities have implemented a special operation unprecedented in scale and resources used to blackmail Western leaders, the Ukrainian leadership, and Russian society...
  • Russia Bans Swear Words in Art, Films

    07/04/2014 5:55:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    A hugely controversial Russian law banning curse words in films, theatre, the media and arts came into force on Tuesday, part of a Kremlin-backed drive to play up traditional values and root out swearing. The legislation, wich was signed off by President Vladimir Putin in May, imposes hefty fines on offenders -- up to 2,500 rubles ($72) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles ($1,460) for businesses. Movies featuring obscenities will not be issued a distribution licence, while traders will now be obliged to warn consumers about swear words.
  • Islamic State vs. Qaeda: Declaration of Caliphate may set off dangerous competition

    07/03/2014 3:24:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | First Published: 2014-07-01 | Michel Moutot and Michael Mainvill
    Islamic State vs. Qaeda: Declaration of Caliphate may set off dangerous competition Desperate to retain its preeminent role, Qaeda may be driven to carry out fresh attacks on Western targets to prove it remains relevant. Middle East Online By Michel Moutot and Michael Mainville – PARIS Inevitable confrontation looms in the horizon The declaration of an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria is a direct challenge to Al-Qaeda and could set off a dangerous contest for the leadership of the global jihadist movement, experts say. Desperate to retain its preeminent role, the movement behind September 11 may be...
  • Putin Wishes Obama a Happy July 4 ‘Despite Differences’

    07/04/2014 4:13:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin congratulated US counterpart Barack Obama on America’s Independence Day Friday and expressed hope that bilateral relations would “successfully develop” despite their disagreements. Putin predicted that relations between Russia and the United States “will successfully develop on a pragmatic and equal foundation despite the difficulties and differences,” the Kremlin said. The two former Cold War adversaries “carry special responsibility for ensuring international stability and security” and “must cooperate in the interests of not just their own people, but the entire world,” Putin said.
  • PEOPLING OF THE AMERICAS: Late Date for Siberian Site Challenges Bering Pathway

    07/25/2003 6:40:03 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 33 replies · 4,547+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2003-07-25 | Richard Stone
    As elusive as the Cheshire Cat, the first people to arrive in the Americas have tended to appear and vanish with each new twist in the archaeological record. The latest disappearing act may be taking place on page 501, where new evidence, some claim, casts another shadow over a once-cherished idea: that Asian big-game hunters crossed the Bering Land Bridge to give rise to the Clovis people, who were considered the first Americans. New dates show that a crucial Siberian site, thought to be a way station along the Bering road, wasn't occupied until after the Clovis had begun killing...
  • Discovery casts doubt on Bering land bridge theory

    08/04/2003 12:50:12 PM PDT · by NukeMan · 55 replies · 4,044+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | July 30, 2003 | Allison Heinrichs
    <p>An archaeological site in Siberia, long thought to be the original jumping-off point for crossing the Bering land bridge into North America, is actually much younger than previously believed, shaking the theory that the first Americans migrated overland during the final cold snap of the last great ice age.</p>
  • blog: Russian border guards shoot group of 300 terrorists trying to get out of Ukraine

    07/04/2014 2:20:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | July 4, 2014, 9:20 a.m. | Dmitry Tymchuk
    Last night, Russian border guards shot a group of 300 terrorists who tried to break into the Russian Federation from Donbas. Putin, as always, plays on multiple fronts. For terrorists, such reprisals are a signal that there is no way back to Russia, and the mercenaries will have to fight to the end on Ukrainian soil.
  • Russia passes law to force websites onto Russian servers

    07/04/2014 12:59:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-4-2014 | Alexei Anishchuk
    Russia's parliament passed a law on Friday to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see an attack on social networks. The law will mean that from 2016, all Internet companies will have to move Russian data onto servers based in Russia or face being blocked from the web. That would likely affect U.S.-based social networks such as Facebook, analysts say. Coming after new rules requiring blogs attracting more than 3,000 daily visits to register with a communications...
  • How Russia’s Rebound Could be Good for Investors

    07/04/2014 10:16:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Doug Fabian
    Russia’s developed economy is the eighth largest in the world, with a rich array of natural resources: timber, precious metals and fossil fuels. The country’s workforce is highly educated, and its economy is largely privatized. However, many people regard Russia as an unstable market with poor or even punitive business regulations, so Russian stocks tend to trade at a discount. If you want to take advantage of this disparity, you can consider investing in the Market Vectors Russia ETF (SX). RSX seeks to replicate, before fees and expenses, the performance of an index of the largest and most liquid Russian...
  • Stasi, KGB were child’s play compared to today

    11/03/2013 8:56:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.01.2013 | Andreas Illmer
    It seems that every day brings new claims and counter-claims about who’s spying on whom. Governments are trying to limit the damage, but that damage is not limited to governments, expert Jeremie Zimmermann told DW.… It’s something of historical amplitude and we still need to take some distance to be able to understand what is exactly going on. What we see is the unraveling of the very infrastructure for a total surveillance society that we are realizing, day by day, is already deployed all around the world under our feet. The infrastructure for surveilling everything about everybody all the time....
  • Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

    07/03/2014 6:49:50 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 7-3-14 | unattributed
    New Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey has promised that the army would retake Crimea, restoring the country's territorial integrity. Addressing parliament in Kiev, he said: "There will be a victory parade... in Ukraine's Sevastopol." Lt Gen Heletey, 46, was approved by MPs in Kiev after being recommended by Mr Poroshenko as someone who would work day and night to restore the military capability of the country's armed forces. His remark about Sevastopol was applauded by the chamber.