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  • Vladimir Kara-Murza Unconscious, on Life Support in Moscow Hospital, Possibly Poisoned

    Vladimir Kara-Murza is a leading opposition figure in Russia. On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, he collapsed suddenly and lost consciousness in his office at Open Russia in Moscow. He was rushed to Pervaya Gradskaya (First City Clinical) hospital where he remains on life support, unconscious with an undiagnosed illness of undetermined origins. Given the sudden, mysterious, and incapacitating nature of the illness, and the Putin regime’s appalling record with respect to the murders and mistreatment of prominent dissidents, there is widespread concern that Vladimir has been poisoned. His doctors have not ruled it out though one can imagine the pressure...
  • Russian opposition leader hospitalized after sudden illness

    05/28/2015 10:10:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2015 3:23 PM EDT
    A Russian opposition leader is in intensive care in a Moscow hospital, and a lack of clarity about the cause of his sudden illness has raised fears of foul play. The First City Hospital said 33-year-old Vladimir Kara-Murza remained in grave condition Thursday, two days after he was admitted. The Interfax news agency, citing the hospital’s chief doctor, said he appeared to be suffering from pancreatitis and double pneumonia. …
  • Putin orders all Russian military deaths be classified as state secrets

    05/28/2015 3:34:48 PM PDT · by Bubba Ho-Tep · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2015
    MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret to divulge information about peacetime losses of Russian troops in "special operations." The decree comes as evidence of Russian involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine is mounting. Ukraine last week captured two men who it said were Russian officers operating on the side of the separatists in eastern Ukraine. The Russian defense ministry said the two are no longer active...
  • Venezuela to Double Oil Output with Russian Support

    05/28/2015 2:49:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    teleSUR English ^ | May 28, 2015
    Venezuela's oil output may double in the coming years, after the government secured US$14 billion in new Russian investment Wednesday. Most of the Russian investment will go towards improving output in the Orinoco Belt: a strip of Venezuela's north east that is believed to hold the world's largest proven oil reserve. The deal is the latest in over 250 bilateral agreements between Russia and Venezuela, mostly in areas including technology, construction and oil. Earlier Wednesday, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov expressed “solidarity” with Venezuela in the face of opposition destabilization. “We have confirmed solidarity with the people of Venezuela and...
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • Emails show Clinton's interest in arming Libyan rebels despite prohibitions

    05/28/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 May 28 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    Recently released emails detail then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's interest in arming Libyan opposition groups using private security contractors before the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011 – though at the time, the opposition was not formally recognized by the U.S. or United Nations, which prohibited arming without following strict guidelines and oversight. The issue remains so sensitive that the emails recently released by the State Department redacted a key line on the matter. But the unredacted version of the same email, released to the congressional Benghazi Select Committee and first posted by The New York Times last Thursday, showed...
  • MSM: Why, This Hillary Character Seems Evasive and Flawed

    The keepers of the Beltway flame don't seem terribly impressed by Hillary Clinton's aloof, unavailable presidential campaign thus far. Meet the Press' Chuck Todd thinks she's engaged in awkward ideological "gymnastics" and failing to connect (via the Free Beacon):videos at link ... The 'Game Change' boys see the relentless drip, drip, drip of the Clintons' financial irregulaties and serial opacity as "quite threatening" to her viability (via Grabien): And what is Mrs. Clinton's favorite refuge when her family's multimillion-dollar slush fund is attracting unwanted attention, new details are emerging about her failures and dishonesty as Secretary of State, and her...
  • George Galloway announces he will run for London Mayor

    05/28/2015 9:43:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-28-2015 | BBC
    Controversial former MP George Galloway is to seek election as the next mayor of London. The Respect Party leader, who has threatened a legal challenge over his general election defeat, declared his bid on Twitter. Mr Galloway posted a picture of himself sitting on an unmade bed with his young son and the slogan "Dad, you've got to do this. I've got your back!". "I'm standing for Mayor of London 2016," he added. On 7 May, Mr Galloway lost the Bradford West Commons seat he took from Labour, his former party, in a 2012 by-election. The seat was won by...
  • Ted Cruz, charlatan

    05/27/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Milbank
    As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama’s weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own “red line” after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons. “A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” the senator said in a typical appearance, on ABC News last year. “You’d better believe that Putin sees that in Syria,” Cruz added. “Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.” This takes quite...
  • Putin denies Russian troops are in Ukraine, decrees certain deaths secret

    05/28/2015 10:52:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 28 May 15 | Karoun Demirjian
    MOSCOW — If there was one weak spot in Russian support for the Kremlin’s aims in Ukraine this year, it was the population’s strong aversion to sending in Russian troops — something Russia denies doing, despite mounting international evidence to the contrary. Now, Russia can ignore that evidence — as well as any questions citizens might raise — since President Vladimir Putin signed a decree classifying certain peacetime deaths of soldiers as state secrets. Putin signed an order Thursday making the deaths of Russian troops lost during “special operations” a secret, amending a previous decree that limited such secrecy to...
  • IRS 'believes' massive data theft originated in Russia

    05/28/2015 4:55:03 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/27/2015 | Chris Frates
    The IRS "believes" that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, two sources briefed on the data theft tell CNN. On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that organized crime syndicates used personal data obtained elsewhere to access tax information, which they then used to file $50 million in fraudulent tax refunds.
  • Declassified Document Proves US Created ISIS

    05/28/2015 5:07:07 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 59 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | 5/25/2015 | Joshua Krouse
    Ever since ISIS began its bloody rampage across the Middle East, many of us have been suspicious of their origins. The West seemed perfectly willing to support the rebellion against Russian backed Assad, but as soon as those supposedly “moderate” rebels formed ISIS, they turned against them (according to the media at least). But according to a recently declassified document, the US government knew more than they were letting on (gasp) in regards to the formation of ISIS. The seven page document, which was dated August 12th 2012, was attained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit. It reveals that...
  • Putin: These FIFA charges are a US plot to steal the 2018 World Cup from Russia

    05/28/2015 8:46:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/28/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    Actually, it’s the Swiss who are probing the 2018 World Cup award to Russia, and the US bid was for the 2022 World Cup that went to Qatar.  Vladimir Putin won’t let those facts get in the way of a good anti-American rant, of course. The Russian strongman publicly questioned why the US would have any interest or jurisdiction over a legal argument that doesn’t involve its own citizens, which also turns out to be … not true: Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA’s affairs and hinted that it was part of an...
  • Russia would be able to occupy Baltics in two days- Czech general

    05/28/2015 6:46:42 AM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    ceske noviny ^ | 5/27/2015
    Russia would be able to occupy the Baltic countries in two days, a period during which NATO would not be capable of reacting adequately, Czech general Petr Pavel, who will take up the post of the NATO Military Committee head in June, said at a Prague conference on security affairs today. Pavel warned that NATO´s political representation is incapable of reacting to a changed situation fast enough. He said the measures Europe has taken in face of the threats of Russia and Islamic State are "embarrassingly ineffective." "On the one hand, one of [NATO´s] disadvantages is its complex process of...
  • Biden blasts Putin, says U.S. debating sending weapons to Ukraine

    05/28/2015 4:52:48 AM PDT · by McGruff · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 27, 2015 | Kevin Liptak
    With tensions flaring between Russia and the West, Vice President Joe Biden blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday and said that the White House is still mulling sending arms and equipment to besieged Ukrainian troops. Biden criticized Putin for what he called "brutal aggression" in Ukraine, and said the Russian president was also responsible for "aggressive repression at home."
  • Putin made decision to revive production of Tu-160M strategic bomber — Air Force commander

    05/28/2015 4:46:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | 28/05/2015
    Russia’s Air Force will purchase at least 50 Tu-160M strategic bombers, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Gen.Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday. "The supreme commander [president of Russia - TASS] and the Russian defense minister have taken a decision on reviving production of the Tu-160M aircraft [NATO reporting name: Blackjack]," he stressed. The industry "has confirmed its possibilities" on restarting the production of these bombers, he said. "The production of the aircraft will be restarted. To cover all the outlay of the production, at least 50 aircraft will be purchased in course of time," Bondarev said. The decision on reviving...
  • Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine - witness

    05/28/2015 2:36:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Maria Tsvetkova
    Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments.
  • Hamas Executed Palestinians During Israel War: Amnesty

    05/27/2015 8:27:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. A report by the London-based rights group detailed the "brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of 'collaborating' with Israel" by Hamas, de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip enclave. The report details the "extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others".
  • FIORINA: ‘TITLES ARE JUST TITLES,’ HILLARY’S ‘TRACK RECORD’ IS ME COLLAPSE AND THE RUSSIAN RESET

    05/27/2015 12:23:31 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued that “titles are just titles” and Hillary Clinton’s “track record” includes the collapse of the Middle East and the failed Russian reset on Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC. Fiorina said, “I come from a world where titles are just titles, and talk is just talk. It’s only in politics where titles and words mean a lot. In the rest of the world, it’s actually about what have you done, actions speak louder than words. People want to know are your words and your actions consistent and are they consistent over time. And so,...
  • Barack Obama: A Man For The Ages!

    03/12/2015 5:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Everyone says President Obama is a feckless commander, weak in statecraft, especially compared to the great leaders of the Western world, such as Reagan and Churchill. I believe this does Obama a great injustice. It's so easy to react the way a great leader would. Sure, Obama could have left a small contingent of American troops in Iraq, preserved America's victory, and prevented the entire region from collapsing into chaos and terror. He could have refrained from issuing empty "red line" threats to Syria. He could call ISIS "Islamic." But anybody could do that -- even ISIS calls itself "Islamic."...
  • 12K Russian soldiers in Ukraine, U.S. commander says

    05/27/2015 2:08:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 26 May 15 | Douglas Ernst
    U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges said Tuesday there are roughly 12,000 Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine in support of pro-Moscow separatists. While speaking to an audience in Berlin, the officer added that 29,000 Russian soldiers were stationed in the Crimea peninsula annexed in 2014 and another 50,000 were deployed on the other side of the border as an insurance policy against Ukrainian gains, Reuters reported. The U.S. military’s charges come just weeks after the U.K. Joint Delegation to NATO said Russian SA-22 surface-to-air missile systems were operating in Ukraine.
  • How to Focus America on Hillary's Libya Failure

    05/26/2015 3:27:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let's go to Hillary and Libya. Now, we all know about Mrs. Clinton's e-mail snafus and we all know about her problems, and we all know about Hillary's genuine general incompetence as secretary of state and the fact she didn't achieve much and the fact that all the relevant e-mails have supposedly been deleted and are gone is evidence of this, we think. Okay, so how do we nevertheless tie Mrs. Clinton to the boondoggle that's Libya? Benghazi's in Libya, for those of you in Rio Linda. And that's a boondoggle. It was a disaster. Four Americans dead. An...
  • Russia plans to use PRISON labour to drive down the cost of World Cup

    05/26/2015 3:22:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 May 2015 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Lawmakers in Russia have announced plans to use prison labour to help drive down the cost of hosting the 2018 World Cup by forcing them to take jobs that ordinary Russians won't do. Politician Alexander Khinshtein, from the ruling United Russia party, has said he is drawing up proposals which would see inmates taken to work in factories producing materials for the games. Meanwhile Alexander Rudy, head of Russia's prison service, has said that he was keen to use prisoners for 'tasks that, let's say, wouldn't appeal to the ordinary citizen.'
  • Surprise: Most Clinton Foundation donors got larger weapons deals from Hillary’s State Department

    05/26/2015 10:39:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2015 | AllahPundit
    Of 20 nations that donated to the Foundation, 17 had more robust weapons transactions in the three fiscal years that State was led by Hillary than in the last three years of the previous administration. How do you convince a president who got elected in 2008 on an anti-war platform repudiating warmongering cowboy George W. Bush to ramp up arms deals to unsavory regimes in the Middle East? Slipping a fat envelope into the Clinton slush fund’s collection box couldn’t hurt. And evidently didn’t.Personally, I’m pretty excited to have every foreign-policy transaction the United States engages in through 2020,...
  • Bill Clinton has a mysterious shell company

    05/26/2015 1:07:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/25/2015 | Stephen Braun, Associated Press
    The newly released financial files on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's growing fortune omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services, but which demonstrates the complexity of the family's finances. Because the company, WJC, LLC, has no financial assets, Hillary Clinton's campaign was not obligated to report its existence in her recent financial disclosure report, officials with Bill Clinton's private office and the Clinton campaign said. They were responding to questions by The Associated Press, which reviewed corporate documents. The officials, who spoke on condition of...
  • Russia threatens Google, Facebook, and Twitter with ban

    05/26/2015 1:16:01 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Jose AlvarezPublished
    Social media has given a voice to many all over the globe -- and the government of Russia may silence them by threatening to ban social media sites such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Roskomnadzor, a government agency that supervises communications, information technology and mass media (including social media) in the country, late last week asked the three tech companies to comply with Russian laws that many outsiders believe amount to censorship. "In our letters we regularly remind companies of the consequences of violating the legislation," Vadim Ampelonsky, a spokesperson for Roskomnadzor, told Reuters.
  • Putin is going to extreme lengths to hide Russian soldiers who are dying while fighting in Ukraine

    05/26/2015 12:22:21 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 26 May 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is using crematoriums on wheels to burn the bodies of its soldiers who die fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, Bloomberg's Josh Rogin reports. “The Russians are trying to hide their casualties by taking mobile crematoriums with them,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told Rogin. “They are trying to hide not only from the world but from the Russian people their involvement.” The mobile crematoriums — which burn about eight to 10 bodies a day, according to Ukraine security service chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko — reveal how far Russia is willing to go to hide its military...
  • In show of muscle, Russia conducts military exercise in country's northwest

    05/26/2015 10:32:00 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/26/2015 | Don Melvin
    You flex your muscles and I'll flex mine. Or so it seems to go in international relations these days. Russia has deployed 12,000 troops along with numerous aircraft and weapons in a surprise military exercise in the country's northwest -- a show of strength that may be a response to a long-planned European military exercise led by Norway.
  • French National Front leader Marine Le Pen visits Moscow

    05/26/2015 9:26:18 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 2 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | May. 26, 2015 | Agence France Presse
    MOSCOW: The leader of France's far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, visited Moscow Tuesday for talks with the speaker of the lower house that were closed to press. Le Pen previously met the speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Russia's fourth most important official and a member of the ruling United Russia party, in April last year. Le Pen's party in November came under fire for taking out a 9 million euro loan with a Russian bank. Russia has sought to cosy up to European politicians who have criticized the European Union for imposing sanctions on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, including...
  • ABC spox in Stephanopoulos flap worked in Clinton White House (the Clinton Coven at ABC)

    05/26/2015 8:50:58 AM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/23/15 | FOX NEWS
    The ABC News spox who slow-walked The Washington Free Beacon’s request for comment on ABC's Stephanopoulos’ undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation also worked in the Clinton admin. Heather Riley -- spox for ABC News programs helmed by Stephanopoulous, “GMA” and “This Week” -- worked in the White House press office 1997-2000, according to LinkedIn, and is a member of the Facebook group “Clinton Admin Alumni.” Fox reports The Free Beacon contacted ABC News on the afternoon of May 13 to request comment. “I was just forwarded your email about George. I’m going to send you something,” Riley emailed TFB...
  • Putin just signed a blank check for ­repression

    05/26/2015 8:41:07 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    BusinessInsider ^ | 26 May 15 | Editorial Board, The Washington Post
    Russia has just taken another step toward pernicious use of the law to buttress the authoritarian whims of its leader. Both houses of parliament recently passed legislation that would allow the government to label as "undesirable" — in effect, to outlaw — any foreign or international organizations deemed a threat to the "defensive capabilities or security of the state, to the public order, or to the health of the population."
  • Why Aren't Those $26.4M Speech Fees Taxable To Bill & Hillary Clinton?

    05/26/2015 6:21:38 AM PDT · by dila813 · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | Today | Robert W. Wood
    The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has admitted collecting $26.4 million in previously unreported fees from foreign governments and foreign and U.S. corporations for speeches. For tax purposes, who should be treated as the recipient of that money? We’ll come back to the question. As with all things Clinton, the control of the story has been impressive. Sure, the Foundation should have been clearer about this, says the narrative. But it does such incredibly important work on HIV AIDS and other global initiatives.
  • Ukraine Tries Adapting to Life Without Lenin

    05/26/2015 7:42:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Laura Mills
    [subtitle: New law bans Soviet street names, statues and other reminders of communist past, as some question priorities.] In a country where at least 4,000 localities had a main thoroughfare named after Lenin, outlawing remnants of the Soviet era like street names and statues was bound to cause problems... The phenomenon is so common now that it has its own name -- "Leninopad" or "Lenin-fall," a phrase that echoes the Ukrainian word for snowfall...
  • Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

    05/26/2015 6:27:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 26, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    During the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis (1995–96), United States naval dominance was demonstrated through the deployment of two carrier battle groups as a show of force within 100 miles of the Chinese mainland. Then-Secretary of Defense William Perry could state that while the Chinese “are a great military power, the premier—the strongest—military power in the Western Pacific is the United States.” Since then, there has been a steady encroachment on the U.S. Navy’s maritime dominance through the development of technologically advanced and increasingly effective anti- ship cruise missiles (ASCM). While American forces have been focused on irregular warfare operations over...
  • Iran Declares 'Successful' End Of Negotiations With Russia On S-300 System

    05/26/2015 1:43:04 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    AFP via Ynetnews ^ | 25 May 2015 | AFP
    Moscow and Tehran have concluded negotiations on the delivery of the Russia's long-range S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran, which should take place "within a short period," said Iranian Deputy Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, on a visit in Moscow on Monday. "The negotiations were completed successfully. I believe that the delivery of the S-300 will take place in a relatively short time", the Iranian deputy minister was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
  • Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State near Ramadi

    05/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by ISIS fighters, were the militant group's biggest successes since a US-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year. The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the...
  • Is the 'World’s Deadliest Tank' Bankrupting Russia?

    05/25/2015 5:46:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/25/2015 | By Franz-Stefan Gady
    Russia is expected to spend more money on its military in 2015 than in any previous year in its entire post-Soviet history. According to an analysis conducted by Forbes Magazine, Russia will spend an estimated 5.34 percent of its economic output on defense in 2015. This estimate is based on the assumption that the Russian economy will contract by 3 percent and a 15 percent hike in the real value of the military budget. However, another estimate quoted in the Wall Street Journal based on Russian government data notes that country’s GDP may even decrease by 4.6 percent largely due...
  • Eurosceptic Andrzej Duda Will Become New Polish President, Signaling Conservative, Populist Shift

    05/25/2015 12:30:17 PM PDT · by annalex · 66 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 24 2015 | Angelo Young
    <p>Poland is getting a new and more conservative president. Andrzej Duda, 43, won the European Union member’s presidential runoff election Sunday by an unofficial 6 percentage-point margin, Agence France-Presse reported.</p> <p>"I congratulate my competitor Andrzej Duda and wish him a successful presidency," President Bronisław Komorowski was quoted by the Associated Press as saying in a concession speech late Sunday in Warsaw. A TVP public broadcaster exit poll indicated Duda was comfortably ahead at 53 percent to Komorowski’s 47 percent.</p>
  • Syria after Lebanon: Hooked on Lebanon

    10/03/2005 11:31:22 PM PDT · by Hunden · 1 replies · 390+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Fall 2005 | Gary C. Gambill
    Although Syrian troops have withdrawn from Lebanon, their departure is little more than a symbolic acknowledgment of Lebanese sovereignty, extracted under enormous pressure from the international community. They had not been directly involved in policing the country for nearly a decade, and their number had already dwindled in recent years from a peak of over 40,000 down to 14,000. The backbone of Syria's power in Lebanon — its intelligence apparatus — has merely gone underground. The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February and the murders of prominent dissidents Samir Kassir and George Hawi in June suggest that Syria remains as capable as ever...
  • Russia's Landmark $2Bln Deal With Egypt for MiG Fighter Jets

    05/25/2015 6:31:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Russia has agreed to deliver 46 MiG-29 air superiority fighters to Egypt and is soon expected to sign a deal worth approximately $2 billion, what might become the largest order since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s business daily Vedomosti reports, quoting a source close to the aviation industry. Russia has agreed on a contract with Egypt to deliver 46 Mikoyan MiG-29 air superiority fighters (NATO reporting name "Fulcrum"). The deal is slated to be signed in the nearest future and is expected to be worth as much as $2 billion, the newspaper quotes an aviation industry source as...
  • Belarus Turns to Pro-Western Nations in the Middle East

    05/24/2015 9:48:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Belarus Digest ^ | May 5 2015 | Siarhei Bohdan
    Belarus's recent leaning towards pro-Western nations in the Middle East follows fast on the heels of rapprochement with the West. On 6-7 May, Joint Belarus-Saudi Committee on Cooperation will meet in Riyadh. On 15 April, Belarus opened an embassy in Qatar. Establishing closer links with the very centres of conservative Arab bloc allied with the West is a milestone in Belarusian foreign policy. In the past, Minsk enjoyed amicable relations primarily with the so-called radical republican regimes in the Middle East. Saddam's Iraq, Qadhafi's Libya, Assad's Syria, as well as Ahmadinejad's Iran figured among Belarus's main partners. The shift towards...
  • Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challenger

    05/24/2015 5:45:07 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/2015 | Pawel Sobczak and Agnieszka Barteczko
    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday's presidential election, a result that will set alarm bells ringing for the government, which faces its own election race later this year. Komorowski had originally been seen as a shoo-in for another term in office, and his defeat reflected a desire among voters for new faces, and a sense that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being shared out equally. The outgoing president, an ally of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, announced he was conceding defeat after an exit poll showed he had won 47 percent to 53 percent...
  • Report claims U.S. Government created the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

    05/24/2015 5:20:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    NJ Today ^ | 05/24/2015
    In an episode of Truth in Media, Ben Swann investigates the origins of the militant group referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and lays blame for the terrorist organization on the United State government.CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “The name ISIS is one that every American knows,” said Swann, an independent investigative journalist who earned two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. “The biggest threat to our national security since Al-Qaeda, right? They are a brutal, savage group known for public beheadings and mass executions. They are the face of the new...
  • Clinton Email Dump: Hillary Fixer Cheryl Mills Got Colleagues ‘On Board’ Before Benghazi Hearings

    05/24/2015 11:14:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 22, 2015 | Debra Heine
    Cheryl Mills, who was the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff during the entirety of Hillary Clinton’s tenure, said in an email on November 13, 2012, that her colleagues were “on board” after a “come to” (Jesus?) meeting, in reference to classified congressional hearings that would be taking place later that week. Her correspondent was Philippe Reines, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton who had asked how the “hearings”were going (perhaps meaning “briefings”?) The classified hearings were on the 15th and 16th. Of the newly released batch of Hillary Clinton emails, this one seems to be the most significant.
  • Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

    05/24/2015 11:33:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | May 23, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which...
  • Trump donations to Clinton Foundation add to gun owner concerns

    05/24/2015 9:47:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his daughter have donated “at least $105,000 to the Clinton Foundation,” The Hill reported Thursday. Contributions, per the Foundation website, “advance the work of any part of the Clinton Foundation, including the Clinton Global Initiative.”That would be the same group behind the Clinton Global Citizen Award, presented to anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg by Vice President Joe Biden for being the “most fierce and most effective advocate that we have on the matter of gun sanity.” And it’s hardly the first time Trump has come across as effectively bipolar on guns.“I love the NRA,...
  • Obama: No, Iran Won’t Be More Dangerous with $150 Billion Dollars

    05/23/2015 5:33:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/23/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]The Goldberg interview with Obama reads like a conversation with an idiot. Actually make that two idiots, both of whom are also compulsive liars.One of the highlights of their insane exchange is when Obama tries to insist that Iran won’t be more dangerous if it gets another $150 billion. Obama: The question is, if Iran has $150 billion parked outside the country, does the IRGC automatically get $150 billion? Does that $150 billion then translate by orders of magnitude into their capacity to project power throughout the region? So Obama brings out the math, and by math, I mean...
  • ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    05/24/2015 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/23/15 | John Podhoretz
    Deep into the seventh year of his tenure, Barack Obama is thinking about his post-presidential legacy. We know this because he’s telling us so. In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our...
  • How Politicians From Hillary Clinton To David Cameron Reacted To Ireland's Same-Sex Marriage Vote

    05/23/2015 3:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Ireland became Saturday the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages by popular vote. Within the U.S., Maine, Maryland and Washington in 2012 were the first states to legalize such unions through popular votes. Meanwhile, 37 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A measure to legalize such unions via popular votes could be added to the ballots in the 13 other states during the 2016 general elections, when it conceivably could have the support of at least one presidential candidate, as IrelandÂ’s action motivated one White House...
  • The next narrative: “no smoking gun” in emails Hillary Clinton decided to release

    05/24/2015 6:27:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Ed Morrisey already highlighted some of the early news coming out of the first round of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department and there will no doubt be plenty more to come. But as the media covers these new “revelations” (such as they are) there seems to be a fresh narrative emerging. I noticed a few examples of this in the last 24 hours, one of them being the early morning show on CNN today, where weekend anchor Christie Paul was asking yet another guest for commentary about some of the Benghazi news which was showing up...