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  • THE PERILS OF BEING A BLOGGER IN BANGLADESH

    08/08/2015 9:58:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 8/7 | Aaron Goldstein
    Last May, I wrote about the hacking death of Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das by Islamists. Das was the third blogger to be executed by Islamists in 2015. Well, now make it four. Islamists have murdered 40-year old Niloy Neel. Here is what the BBC has to say about it: The BBC’s Akbar Hossain in Dhaka says Mr Neel had filed a police report expressing fear for his life, but his complaints had not been not followed up.SNIP Neel, Das along with Avijit Roy and Washiqur Rahman were on a list of 84 bloggers Islamists wanted the government to put...
  • Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

    08/07/2015 9:13:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Neel’s murder is the fourth such brutal murder in the country. Machete-wielding masked men in May hacked to death 33-year-old Ananta Bijoy Das, a secular blogger, in Sylhet city. Assailants in February had killed 45-year old Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born US national, here while his wife narrowly escaped the attack. A month after Roy’s killing, another blogger Washiqur Rahman was murdered in similar fashion in Dhaka but people in the neighbourhood nabbed two suspected killers from the scene and handed them over to police. All three killed were involved with the Ganajagaran Mancha. In May, terror group al-Qaeda in the...
  • Third secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh (by Islamist)

    05/12/2015 9:10:24 AM PDT · by BCW · 6 replies
    DHAKA: A masked gang wielding machetes hacked a secular blogger to death Tuesday in northeastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack by suspected Islamists since February. Police said that Ananta Bijoy Das had been murdered in broad daylight as he headed to work at a local bank in the city of Sylhet, an attack that fellow writers said highlighted a culture of impunity. Kamrul Hasan, commissioner of Sylhet police, said that a group of around four masked attackers had attacked Das with machetes at around 8.30am on a busy street in Bangladesh's fifth largest city. "They chased him down...
  • Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh, third this year

    05/12/2015 5:01:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ruma Paul | Reuters
    HAKA (Reuters) - A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh on Tuesday, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three months. Ananta Bijoy Das, a blogger who advocated secularism, was attacked by four masked assailants in the northeastern district of Sylhet on Tuesday morning, senior police official Mohammad Rahamatullah told Reuters. Rahamatullah said Das was a 33-year-old banker. He was also editor of science magazine "Jukti", which means "logic", and on the advisory board of "Mukto Mona" (Free Mind), a website propagating rationalism and opposing fundamentalism that...
  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

    02/27/2015 9:20:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | 2-27-2015 | JULHAS ALAM
    A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on a crowded sidewalk as he and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University. Ahmed, who is also a blogger, was seriously injured. It was the latest in a series of attacks on secular writers in Bangladesh in recent years. A previously unknown militant group, Ansar Bangla 7, claimed responsibility for the attack, Assistant Police...
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law in America

    08/27/2015 5:39:09 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | TROY SENIK
    The most disturbing aspect of the scandal around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state is not the former first lady’s penchant for secrecy. What’s truly unsettling is that it has been widely taken as read among both the media and the general public that Mrs. Clinton will likely avoid serious legal consequences for her behavior because the Justice Department is ultimately answerable to President Obama – and Democrats will not use the instruments of government to destroy one of their own. Whether that eventually proves true, the sentiment itself reveals a...
  • MAKS: Can Russia’s ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ rise again?

    08/28/2015 6:23:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 28, 2015
    The Soviet Union’s once-secretive “Caspian Sea Monster” has resurfaced at the MAKS air show, minus the stacks of short-range nuclear missiles meant to obliterate Western defences in a sea-skimming sneak attack. The Lun-class Ekranoplan – designed to travel at high speeds just 150m above the ocean on a cushion of air – was created in the mid-1960s and is arguably one of the oddest weapons to emerge during the Cold War. But as Russian seeks to revive and modernise its one mighty aerospace industry, one design bureau see great potential reproducing the Soviet ekranoplan for passenger and cargo transport purposes....
  • Sanctions Bite Massive Gas Project in Russian Arctic

    08/28/2015 5:03:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | JAMES MARSON and SELINA WILLIAMS
    A $27 billion energy project is rising rapidly on this icy peninsula jutting above the Arctic Circle, but the race to shore up its finances has emerged as a test of Moscow’s ability to weather Western sanctions. U.S. restrictions on OAO Novatek, the project’s Russian leader, are squeezing the massive Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s plan for Russia to reduce its heavy dependence on natural-gas customers in Europe by increasing exports to Asia and, in turn, cementing Russian ties with China. Barred by the sanctions from raising long-term dollar loans, Novatek and its foreign partners,...
  • ‘HOKUM-B ATTACK CHOPPERS FOR EGYPT’ (More Russian weapons)

    08/28/2015 3:43:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    AIRheads Fly ^ | 2015/08/27
    Egypt is thought to have signed up for close to 50 Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters, sources say on Thursday 27 August. The news was actually leaked by a company that produces the electro-optic sensors for the Ka-52, saying 50 of such systems are to be delivered to Egypt from 2016 onwards. The Ka-52 is codenamed ‘Hokum-B’ by NATO and is the Russian counterpart of the Boeing AH-64D Apache, which incidentally is also operated by Egypt. The Hokum-B is already in service with the Russian armed forces.
  • What Six Years of ‘Reset’ with Russia Have Wrought

    08/27/2015 10:15:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    What Six Years of ‘Reset’ with Russia Have Wrought by CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER August 27, 2015 On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports the Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action. The timing of this brazen violation of NATO territory — two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize America’s commitment to its...
  • Massive Wildfire Turns Russia's Lake Baikal Into Hellish Landscape

    08/27/2015 1:00:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    weather.com ^ | Aug 25 2015 04:08 PM EDT | Sean Breslin
    In the northwestern United States, wildfire smoke has invaded major cities as millions of acres of land burn. On the other side of the world, infernos that have been burning for weeks – in a part of Siberia, no less – have turned the landscape into what resembles Hell on Earth. Near Lake Baikal, the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, large wildfires are sending huge amounts of smoke into the air, shrouding the popular vacation area in the middle of summer, Mashable said. The wildfires have been a combination of natural and man-made, the report added, and...
  • Report With Tally Of 'Russian War Casualties' Causes Stir (2,000 Russians KIA)

    08/27/2015 3:45:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 1 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 27 Aug 15 | Mike Eckel
    A Russian-language website has caused a stir with a report asserting that more than 2,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Delovaya Zhizn, which translates as Business Life, published the information online in March, as part of a larger story of how the Russian federal budget was compensating relatives of servicemen killed in the line of duty. The report went unnoticed until Ukrainian websites and Forbes magazine's online edition drew attention to it this week. Two former U.S. ambassadors to Russia and Ukraine -- Michael McFaul and Steven Pifer, respectively -- tweeted out mention of...
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

    08/26/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 70 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 26,2015 | AP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. El-Sissi's Russian visit, his second in the past three months, highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • As War Closes In, Syria’s Assad Puts Emphasis on Living a Normal Life

    08/26/2015 7:29:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    On the day in May when Islamic State militants raised their black flag above the ancient city of Palmyra, the Damascus Opera House featured a singer in a rumpled black suit belting out traditional Arabic ballads. Members of the audience were herded together so the half-empty auditorium appeared full on state television, and the crowd whistled, clapped and danced in the aisles for the benefit of the cameras. This week, as the extremist militants blew up a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, the opera house in the capital 150 miles to the west prepared to open an art exhibit. “It is...
  • Is Turkey Going Rogue?

    08/26/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlantic Community ^ | 8/26/15 | Jon Abbink
    Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdoğan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdoğan to prioritize the war against Daesh. Under the pretext of an anti-Daesh (ISIS) campaign, Turkey's government since late July 2015 is harshly repressing the Kurds, playing the ‘anti-terrorism' card towards NATO. But the...
  • Meet the Americans Flocking to Iraq and Syria to Fight the Islamic State

    08/26/2015 5:36:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 8/26/15 | Adam Rawnsley
    When a U.S. citizen going by the name “Abu Abdullah al-Amriki” blew himself up in a suicide attack in Baiji, Iraq, this month, he was the most recent example of a troubling trend: the roughly 200 Americans who have traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State.Not all of the foreigners have left for the region looking to fight for the Islamic State, however. Instead, growing numbers of Americans are heading there to fight against the extremists. The American fighters — mostly military veterans, with a strangely disproportionate share of Texans — are...
  • Palestinians want to raise flag at UN headquarters

    08/26/2015 12:13:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 08.26.15, 08:36 | (AP, Reuters)
    The Palestinians are seeking to raise their flags at UN headquarters in New York, in a resolution proposing to allow non-member observer states—the Palestinians and the Vatican—to display their flag with the 193 member states—just in time for Pope Francis’ visit next month. Supporters of the idea hope the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution on the flag-raising shortly before the pope arrives. They’re betting that the United States or other allies of Israel will not block the plan and risk offending the Holy See on Francis’ first US visit. But the Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian UN...
  • Russia Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled

    08/26/2015 3:33:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    Forbest ^ | 25 Aug 15 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers’ associations have been branded “foreign agents” for collecting data on Russian casualties. Dissident Boris Nemtsov was murdered shortly before completing his study of Russian casualties in Ukraine. Russian civil rights organizations, working against the fog of official resistance, could confirm only several hundred battlefield deaths. Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) reports on markets, finance, entrepreneurship,...
  • Desperate Russia opens doors for foreign militaries

    08/26/2015 12:11:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy stance has invited damaging economic sanctions from the US and the European Union. These have squeezed the important sectors that earn most of Russia's money -- oil, banking services and defence exports. Battering the Russian economy further are plummeting oil prices, which are blocking Putin's 2010 pledge to spend some 20 trillion roubles -- about $650 billion then -- to revamp his ageing arsenal. After years of defence spending increases, Russia's 2015 budget has hit a roadwall. Moscow has scaled back plans for buying 500 warplanes from 2011-2016, as well as the new Armata...
  • Fake pro-Israel Democrats (One by one, they fall in line to Stand With Iran)

    08/25/2015 11:00:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Tuesday August 25, 2015 | Richard Baehr
    One by one, U.S. Senate Democrats are announcing that after much deliberation ‎‎(translated as arm twisting by President Barack Obama), they have decided to support the ‎Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite serious misgivings. Each of the senators wants you to ‎know that they were personally wrestling with this decision for weeks, talking to ‎experts (provided by the Obama administration for the most part), reading the ‎agreement carefully, weighing and balancing risk versus reward. Each Senate ‎Democrat joining the charade of moving from indecision to decision, makes sure to add that they want to do everything to...
  • Sokov on Russian Cruise Missiles

    08/25/2015 10:55:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ARMS CONTROL WONK ^ | 25 AUGUST 2015 | Jeffrey Lewis
    I was discussing reports of a new Russian sea-launched cruise missile with my colleague, Nikolai Sokov. He has a number of thoughts about what is going on, so I was delighted when he offered to write them up. There are a lot of really interesting things in Nikolai’s piece. One comment — I remain undecided about the idea that the alleged Russian INF violation arises from a ground-based test of a sea-launched cruise missile. The new information, though, does seem to bolster that case, at least a bit, but my intuition is that it is a new ground-launched cruise missile....
  • Surpise: EU carbon credit scheme was used to generate cash with no carbon reductions

    08/25/2015 2:17:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    h ^ | 08/25/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The European carbon credit program, developed in conjunction with the United Nations, is working out just fabulously. Well… it’s at least working out fabulously for a few people. Similar to programs being developed here in the United States by climate warriors, it offers “flexibility” to various countries so it can be tailored to their individual needs. For example, if you are able to make big cuts in your carbon emissions, you get a lot of these “credits” applied to you. If there are other countries who are a bit fatter with cash but can’t manage the changes required to...
  • Possible Troop Movements in China?

    08/25/2015 12:34:19 PM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 62 replies
    http://www.foxbusiness.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | RinaseaofDs
    Watching the end of the trading day on Fox Biz when the market dropped from 300 to 103 in two minutes. Trader told Liz Claman that the rumor is going around the trading floor that there may be a coup underway in China, and troop movements are being reported in Beijing. It was funny watching a trader hand news to a journalist. Claman was caught flat-footed. Fox hasn't done anything about the rumor in the five minutes it was reported. Nothing on Drudge about China yet.
  • Syrian rebels: Turkey tipped al Qaida group to U.S.-trained fighters

    08/25/2015 7:28:41 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | MITCHELL PROTHERO
    The kidnapping of a group of U.S.-trained moderate Syrians moments after they entered Syria last month to confront the Islamic State was orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, multiple rebel sources have told McClatchy. The rebels say that the tipoff to al Qaida’s Nusra Front enabled Nusra to snatch many of the 54 graduates of the $500 million program on July 29 as soon as they entered Syria, dealing a humiliating blow to the Obama administration’s plans for confronting the Islamic State.
  • Sen. Cruz to President Obama: Release the Russian Missile Risk Assessment

    08/25/2015 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | August 24, 2015
    Cruz sends letter to the President requesting embargoed report on Russian treaty violations WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday sent a letter to President Obama calling for the release of the Department of Defense's (DoD) risk assessment of Russia's violations of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The letter explains that the White House has blocked the release of the Pentagon report and is preventing Congress from investigating Russia's noncompliance."Although the State Department formally declared Russia to be in violation of the INF Treaty in 2014, additional reports indicate that the United States has harbored doubts...
  • Putin's war on European food is facing a huge backlash in Russia's second largest city

    08/25/2015 6:04:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 4 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 24 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Kremlin stunt to destroy imports of banned European foods backfires in city that suffered starvation in World War Two It is one of the stranger witch hunts of modern times: a crusade against food that has seen Russian officials launch a feverish hunt to bulldoze Western-made produce. For the Kremlin, the decision to destroy French cheeses and Polish apples smuggled into the country is a matter of sovereignty - an attempt to wage economic war on the countries that sanctioned Russia after the annexation of Crimea. But for a great many in the city of St Petersburg, it is an...
  • Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Filmmaker To 20 Years On Terror Charges

    08/25/2015 5:52:00 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 25 Aug 15 | Unknown
    A Russian court has sentenced an acclaimed Ukrainian film director to 20 years in a maximum-security prison on multiple terrorism charges. The sentence was handed down after the North Caucasus District Military Court, located in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, on August 25 found Oleh Sentsov guilty of establishing a terrorist group, organization of two terrorist attacks and an attempted terrorist act, as well as an attempt to illegally acquire explosives. Sentsov's co-defendant, 26-year-old Oleksandr Kolchenko, was found guilty of involvement with a terrorist group and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After pronouncing the verdict and sentence, the...
  • Russia bans all of Wikipedia over an article about hashish

    08/24/2015 8:35:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    engadget ^ | August 25, 2015 - | Andrew Tarantola
    Specifically, the agency is up in arms over "charas" -- a handmade form of hash from India that even I had never heard of -- as the Wiki page reportedly constitutes "instructions" on how to make the stuff. And since Wikipedia, like Reddit, employs HTTPS, there's no way for the Russian government to censor that single page. As such, the entire Wikipedia site is completely offline for all of Russia and will remain so until the Roscomnadzor gets its way.
  • Russia’s Playing a Double Game With Islamic Terror

    Even as America touts its counterterrorism partnerships with Russia, evidence points to the FSB directly feeding Dagestanis to ISIS. It is an article of faith among the many critics of the current Russian government that, however unpleasant Vladimir Putin may be, he is still a necessary partner in one crucial field of U.S. foreign policy: cooperation in the war on Islamic terrorism. Proof, if it were needed, for how valued this cooperation is among U.S. policymakers came in the conspicuous absence of Alexander Bortnikov, the director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, from sanctions levied by...
  • Russia's ruble falls to lowest this year, market drops over 4%

    08/24/2015 3:32:11 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | 24 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's battered ruble dropped Monday to its lowest point this year as Asian and European stock markets nose-dived over concerns about the Chinese economy. Russia's dollar-denominated RTS index fell 4.21 percent at opening as the ruble tumbled to 70.92 against the dollar, its weakest against the greenback since December 2014. The ruble-denominated Micex meanwhile dropped by 1.76 percent. The plunge in oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis have pummelled the Russian economy in recent months, with the ruble collapsing in value. Russia's recession worsened in the second quarter as the gross...
  • OBAMA TOLD UKRAINE NOT TO FIGHT RUSSIAN INVASION

    08/23/2015 5:13:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 23, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Putin was surprised at how easy Crimea went. Obama is nothing if not consistent when it comes to undermining allies and appeasing enemies. He kept on being flexible even as Russia was invading a potential NATO member. As Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces took over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in early 2014, the interim Ukrainian government was debating whether or not to fight back against the "little green men" Russia had deployed. But the message from the Barack Obama administration was clear: avoid military confrontation with Moscow. That's easier to do when you aren't being invaded by Moscow. But nonetheless, McFaul...
  • Russian media: U.S. 'economic apocalypse' in September Alignment of 'ominous events' prompts frenzy

    08/23/2015 5:04:19 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 49 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | August 23, 2015
    Friday’s American stock market provided further evidence of instability in the nation’s economy, and even as financiers fear a possible fiscal disaster in September, there has been little coverage among U.S. media. But the state-run media of Russia is warning of what it calls America’s “economic apocalypse.” The Russian news service Sputnik, an agency launched by Russia’s state-owned Rossiya Segodnya in 2014 to “target global audiences with its non-mainstream take on world events,” predicts doom for the American economy next month. In a recent article, Sputnik cites several economists warning of catastrophe. It continues: “Most of the experts agree...
  • Glenn Beck calls Donald Trump a false conservative

    08/22/2015 8:28:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 144 replies
    Iranian Press TV ^ | August 23, 2015
    Conservative American talk show host Glenn Beck has slammed frontrunner Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying he is a false conservative.Beck, a former member of the Republican Party, said in an interview on Saturday, “I haven’t heard him talk about the Constitution or small government.” “It’s hard to say you espouse conservative principles and small-government principles when you are saying that you think [the] Canadian health care system works and is wonderful,” he added. “I look for a man of integrity, humility, who is rooted in the Constitution,” Beck stated, “because if you root yourself in the Constitution, we...
  • George Will: Trump’s immigration plan could spell doom for the GOP

    08/22/2015 7:13:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 145 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/22/2015 | George Will
    It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings. To will an end is to will the means for the end, so the Republican clamors are also for the requisite expansion of government’s size and coercive powers. Most of Donald Trump’s normally loquacious rivals are swaggeringly eager to confront Vladimir Putin but are too invertebrate — Lindsey Graham is an honorable exception — to voice robust disgust with Trump and the spirit...
  • Russia Nearing Deployment of New Intermediate-Range Naval Missile

    08/22/2015 6:55:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 21, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is nearing deployment of a new missile capable of targeting all of Europe with nuclear or conventional warheads, according to defense officials. Disclosure of the new SSN-30A missile threat comes as Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday warned that Moscow under Vladmir Putin is reemerging as an existential security threat. Russia “is a very, very significant threat,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. “And I think a point that they’ve made, but I would certainly make: Russia poses an existential threat to the United States by virtue simply of the size of the nuclear arsenal that it has.” Regarding...
  • Email timeline suggests second server may exist (Hillary may be in a lot more trouble alert)

    08/22/2015 4:51:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 97 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 22, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Conflicting accounts of when data was removed from Hillary Clinton's private server indicate copies of emails known to contain classified information may reside on a device other than the one presently in FBI custody. She may have printed 55,000 pages of emails for submission to the State Department from a different device than the one presently in FBI custody.
  • Non-Interventionism is America’s Best Policy

    08/22/2015 11:35:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2015 | Paige Lewis
    Americans do well with moderation. It is in our national DNA. It is also a by-product of the freedom of expression and allowing different perspectives in the public forum. In foreign policy, non-interventionism is the moderate stance, and it has served Americans well in her four hundred or so years. As British subjects, American colonists were compelled to fight for the British crown, until they felt compelled to defend themselves against the king’s army. After centuries of European conflicts dragging Americans into war, national independence yielded a non-interventionist foreign policy for the infant nation. George Washington advised in his farewell...
  • Morocco to Buy Russian Amur-1650 Superquiet Submarine

    08/22/2015 5:21:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Morocco and Russia are close to reaching a deal on the delivery of a Russian-made Amur-1650 (project 677E) submarine which would be the kingdom’s first submarine, World Tribune reported. The contract is expected to be signed during King Mohammed VI’s trip to Moscow later this year. The two countries have been in talks on the issue in several stages since 2013, according to the media outlet. The sum of the deal may be €300 million ($342 million), Afrik.com reported. During the DSA-2014 international arms forum in Malaysia, the Malaysian navy also expressed interest for the submarine. "Malaysian navy commander visited...
  • Donald Trump: Putin would return 'total traitor' Snowden if I'm president

    08/22/2015 12:23:12 AM PDT · by JediJones · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/9/2015 | David Sherfinski
    “If I’m president, Putin says ‘hey, boom — you’re gone’ — I guarantee you that,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNN. Mr. Trump called Mr. Snowden...a “total traitor” and said he “would deal with him harshly.” “And if I were president, Putin would give him over. I would get along with Putin. I’ve dealt with Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “He would never keep somebody like Snowden in Russia — he hates [President] Obama; he doesn’t respect Obama. Obama doesn’t like him either. But he has no respect for Obama, has a hatred for Obama, and Snowden is living...
  • Neo-communists in Kremlin. Moscow acts according its ideology, it is non-ideological

    08/21/2015 4:50:14 PM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    CCDReport ^ | August 19th, 2015 | CCDReport
    "The East West conflict continues as long as there is general acceptance of the unspoken but nevertheless operational assumption that the there isn't any underlying ideology of the post Cold War Kremlin and that hardly anybody - even among the Russian ruling elite - believes in anything. This assumption leads to subsequent assumption that Kremlin rulers and their entourage had thereby changed to such an extent that it no longer subscribes to any attributes of communist system."
  • Time for open Israel-Saudi relations

    08/21/2015 1:59:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-20-2015 | AARON KLEIN
    The Iran nuclear deal has dramatically shifted Middle Eastern geopolitical tectonic plates, and has heralded a new reality in which Sunni Arabs need Israel more than ever. One of many misleading lines in President Obama’s address earlier this month heralding the Iran nuclear deal came when the statecraft salesman declared that “because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support.” The clear implication is that Israel stands alone and isolated in the international community in opposing détente and rapprochement with Iran. The American...
  • Macedonian police fire tear gas to drive back migrants and refugees on border

    08/21/2015 3:11:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15
    Riot police in Macedonia fired tear gas on Friday to disperse thousands of migrants and refugees trying to enter the Balkan country from Greece, a Reuters reporter on the border said. Several thousand people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, many Syrian refugees, spent a cold night in no-man's land after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and effectively sealed its southern frontier to migrants and refugees. Riot police behind barbed wire fired tear gas to drive back an angry crowd demanding passage into Macedonia and north to Hungary and the European Union's borderless Schengen zone. Greece...
  • The Lowdown on Russia's Revolutionary New Tank Gun

    08/21/2015 5:20:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Discussing the tremendous combat potential for the new AU-220M 57 mm automatic gun, experts speaking for Russian Ministry of Defense television network Zvezda have described the new weapon as being one of the best initiatives to be implemented by the Russian military in over a decade. The channel recalled that in Russia, the idea of large-caliber guns for use by armor and artillery first emerged at the very outset of the Great Patriotic War, with Soviet engineers demonstrating the potential of the then-unprecedented 57-mm anti-tank gun, the 52-P-271, in the difficult first months of the war, in 1941. The revolutionary...
  • Russia’s Got a Mysterious New Submarine

    08/21/2015 5:06:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.21.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Aug. 11 at the port of Severodvinsk in northern Russia, a huge and imposing black shape emerged from a dry-dock, observed by ranks of uniformed dignitaries. The Russian navy’s latest submarine is 574 feet long, displaces no fewer than 18,000 tons of water and packs two nuclear reactors. Named Moscow, she’s actually a refurbished, 1980s-vintage ballistic-missile sub that once prowled underneath the Arctic ice, cradling nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, awaiting Armageddon. Today, as best as any outside observer can tell, the Moscow has a new mission. She appears to be part science vessel, part spy ship, part commando transport, and...
  • Russian ruble hits 75 to the euro as slide worsens

    08/21/2015 1:00:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | 20 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's battered ruble fell Thursday on the back of weaker oil prices to more than 75 to the euro for the first time in over six months, deepening its recent decline. The ruble also tumbled against the dollar to near 67.44, its weakest against the greenback since February. Russia's currency has fallen more than 20 percent against the dollar in the past two months, sparking fears of more instability after a period of relative recovery. Russia's economy has slumped into recession amid lower oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
  • Russian Orthodox Church Lends Weight To Putin patriotism

    08/21/2015 12:59:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/20/2015 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    A raid by Russian Orthodox vigilantes on "blasphemous" artworks in central Moscow has highlighted the influence of traditional, ultra-conservative values in President Vladimir Putin's Russia. The Orthodox Church has long had close links to the Kremlin. And during Russia's stand-off with the West over Ukraine that relationship has only grown stronger. On 14 August a radical group called God's Will raided an exhibition of Soviet-era underground art at the Manezh hall, near the Kremlin. They especially objected to avant-garde depictions of Jesus Christ and Orthodox saints - a video posted online showed them throwing exhibits onto the floor and shouting...
  • Report: Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin Abuse Secret Service Agents

    08/20/2015 6:44:51 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/20/2015 | William Bigelow
    Ronald Kessler, writing for The Daily Mail, testifies that Hillary Clinton and her long-time aide Huma Abedin were detested by members of the Secret Service because the two women arrogantly treated the Secret Service agents like dirt. Kessler, the author of The Secrets of the FBI and The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, dismisses claims by members of the media that the current FBI investigation of Clinton is restricted to a “security investigation.” He attests that the investigation of Clinton means that she violated criminal laws, as the FBI will not launch an investigation...
  • This Is How the Russian Military Plans To Fight Future Wars

    08/20/2015 5:36:37 PM PDT · by edpc · 15 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 20 Aug 2015 | Dmitry Gorenburg
    Given the amount of attention paid over the last year to the capabilities of the Russian military, it is worth considering how the evolving character of warfare over the next 10-20 years is likely to affect Russia’s military capabilities when compared to leading Western states. The trend toward greater automation, including the use of remote control weapons and AI-driven autonomous warfare, will increasingly put the Russian military at a disadvantage. Russia does not have the technology to match Western automated systems and lacks the capabilities to develop such systems on its own in the foreseeable future. Russia’s defense industry is...
  • Russia S300 Deal Confirms Iran On Road To Nukes

    08/20/2015 10:05:24 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Confirmation of Iran’s intention to develop nuclear weapons comes in the form of the announcement that the sale of Russia’s sophisticated and state-of-the-art S300 air and missile defense missile system has now reached the delivery stage. One does not need such weaponry to defend reactors generating nothing but electricity. In touting his deal with Iran over its nuclear program, which at best merely kicks the can past the end of his presidency so others can be blamed when it fails, President Obama has said that if Iran breaks the agreement we will know it. That sale and delivery of the...
  • While Obama Sleeps, Russia Gobbles Up Ukraine

    08/20/2015 9:58:56 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    President Obama ridiculed Mitt Romney in the 2012 debates for saying that Russia was our greatest geopolitical threat. Now, as Russia continues to gobble up pieces of Ukraine under the cover of a phony cease-fire, President Obama’s outgoing Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Roy Odierno, said exactly the same thing on Wednesday: Outgoing Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said Wednesday that Russia is the most dangerous to the United States. “I believe Russia is the most dangerous because of a couple