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  • NATO's anti-Russian rhetoric surpasses propaganda of Yugoslavia times - Russia's FM

    04/17/2014 7:37:48 AM PDT · by kronos77
    NATO's anti-Russian political rhetoric has surpassed the propaganda of the times of the aggression against Yugoslavia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. In recent time, NATO issued some publications, in which the Alliance tried to present causes of the crisis in Europe in its usual tendentious manner, traditionally shifting responsibility to Russia, the ministry noted. Russia not afraid of NATO expansion - Putin Russia never evaded cooperation with the North Atlantic Alliance, proposing to build it on the basis of equality. "Despite disagreements (NATO expansion, deployment of missile defense systems and the alliance’s non-compliance with international laws), Russia during...
  • Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

    04/17/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 12 replies
    Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer. If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session. To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said. The president added he...
  • Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about surveillance

    04/17/2014 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | April 17, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about whether Russia uses its own mass surveillance system, in a video during a question-and-answer session on Russian television.
  • PUTIN SAID "UKRAINE SECOND RATE/CLASS CITIZENS" Is this Putin justification for slavery of Ukraine?

    04/17/2014 7:07:23 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    unian.ua ^ | 17.04.2014 13:41 | Ukrainian Pravda
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukrainian component of the Russian people. He said this during a straight line, according to Ukrainian Pravda. In particular, Putin said that the desire to criticize Ukraine and Russia, "stretch the only people in fact already the subject of international politics for centuries." He turned to the ideas of "White movement". "If you look at the statements of the leaders of the " White movement" realize that, despite the conflict with the Bolsheviks, they will not allow even the thought of a possible partition between Ukraine and Russia. Because always believed that it is part...
  • Putin Asserts Right To Use Force In Eastern Ukraine

    04/17/2014 6:23:59 AM PDT · by Fennie · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 17, 2014 | By David M. Herszenhorn
    MOSCOW -- President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and also stressed Russia's historical claim to the territory, repeatedly referring to it as "new Russia" and saying that only "God knows" why it became part of Ukraine. Speaking in a televised question-and-answer show, Mr. Putin also admitted for the first time that Russian armed forces had been deployed in Crimea, the disputed peninsula that Russia annexed last month immediately after a large majority of the population voted in...
  • UKRAINE UPDATE: 48 minutes ago: Lugansk today-a rally for United Ukraine.

    04/17/2014 5:40:18 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    pravda.com.ua ^ | Photo By Peter Shuklinov
    PLEASE PRAY FOR THEIR PROTECTION... SEPARATIST THREATEN MASSACRE
  • UKRAINE: Donetsk Screen on Lenin Square Patriots SUBSTITUTED the bullets! 1 hour

    04/17/2014 5:51:26 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/ukrpravda ^ | 4-17-2014 | act.together.donetsk
    Friends! Screen on Lenin Square Friends! directs all people of Donetsk to the new location of the meeting. Many thanks to the owners! Patriots SUBSTITUTED the bullets! ** right now is sitting in the Court: 6 pro-Russian organizations want to ban the rally.
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • Turchynov Tells Defence Ministry Disestablish 25th Brigade Of Air Assault Forces

    04/17/2014 3:27:24 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada/Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has instructed the Defence Ministry to disestablish 25th separate airborne brigade of the High Mobility Assault Forces of the Armed Forces, he has told a parliament session. "25th separate airborne brigade, whose military showed cowardice and surrendered arms, will be disestablished... The Defence Ministry has received this instruction," he said. Moreover, Turchynov says this brigade's servicemen will stand trial; he says the Prosecutor-General's Office has received a corresponding order too. As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Defence Ministry refutes 25th separate airborne brigade of the High Mobility Assault Forces of the Armed...
  • China proposes to create SCO security center (Sino-Russian alliance)

    04/17/2014 3:22:37 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 9 replies
    China's minister of public security warned Thursday of new threats to member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a post-Soviet Eurasian security bloc, and proposed setting up a joint security center to deal with the challenges. The Chinese side is prepared to study, together with all the SCO member states, the possibility of establishing an SCO center to fight against challenges and threats to security, Guo Shengkun told a meeting of SCO security officials in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Chinese minister said there has been increased activity of militant Islamist groups, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and warned of...
  • Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

    04/17/2014 1:07:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Russia is rolling out two major projects—a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port—with China, as EU countries and the US weigh options on economic sanctions. Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EUobserver on Wednesday (16 April) that work on the “Power of Siberia” pipeline and the Chinese construction of a 25-meter-deep port in Crimea are proceeding as normal despite the Ukraine crisis. Describing the pipeline as a “mega-project”, he said it will pump 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year from the Kovykta and Tchayandinskoe gas fields to Russia’s far east, with a branch...
  • Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces

    04/16/2014 11:33:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 1 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 4/16/14 | Stephanie Nebehay and Christian Lowe
    GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine, prospects of significant progress at the four-way talks appear slim. By contrast, what Putin says during his annual "hotline" session with the Russian people may have far greater influence on events in Ukraine's rebellious east. Thursday's talks will bring the ministers of Russia, Ukraine and the United States together with the European Union's...
  • EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

    04/16/2014 11:15:12 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 13 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-16-2014 | Staff
    There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region. In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. “In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say...
  • Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine Told to “Register or Have Your Property Confiscated”

    04/16/2014 10:26:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    Jews in Eastern Ukraine are being blamed for supporting the revolution that forced pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych to flee the country. Armed men handed out a leaflet on Passover eve telling Jews to register or face confiscation of their property.The Mad Jewess reported: From a commenter at The Mad Jewess: I am able to read that document. What it says is that Jews supported the Junta in Kiev (the Bandera fascists) and are hostile to the Orthodox Republic of Donetsk and it’s citizens, and therefore must register or be expelled from the Republic and have their property confiscated.
  • Pro-Russian Separatists Have Message for Obama: “America **** You”

    04/16/2014 10:21:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    So much for that reset button.The pro-Russian goons who have seiged several public buildings in Eastern Ukraine sent a message to America today. Some salty language among the separatists in Eastern Ukraine. RT @svaboda: Узброенымі людзьмі захоплены Данецкі The Ukrainians fear the Russian plan is to kill 100-200 people and then flood Eastern Ukraine with soldiers.Pravda Ukraine reported: Russian military were tasked to kill a few hundred people, and then enter troops into Ukraine.This was told at a briefing a leader of counterintelligence SBU Vitaly Naida.“The main purpose of commandos and special forces operations in the territory of Ukraine is...
  • Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

    04/16/2014 9:27:03 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 3/17/2014 | Spiegel Staff
    ... Both the Americans and the Europeans have ruled out the possibility of a military response and instead want to strike Putin where he is most vulnerable: Russia's economic dependency on the West. They want to show the Russian president that the economic damage caused by sanctions will outweigh any regional political advantage won through his actions. The main role here also continues to lie with Germany. The reason is simple: The country has very close business relations with Russia and has the greatest capacity to exert pressure. ... The consequences would be serious -- for both sides. Last year,...
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/16/2014 9:15:03 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 14 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04-17-2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. The conversation came amid escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, and as Netanyahu was trying to maneuver carefully through the Ukraine crisis, not antagonizing or alienating neither Washington or Moscow. According to the Kremlin statement, Putin provided an assessment of the processes occurring in Ukraine, and “pointed out that the sharp escalation of the crisis is the result of Kiev’s irresponsible policy, which disregards the lawful rights and interests of the country’s Russian-speaking...
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 87 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • UKRAINE: Summary bad and good news

    04/16/2014 7:42:37 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Voices of Ukraine ^ | April 16, 2014 9 minutes | Dmitry Tymchuk
    Brothers and sisters, Here’s the Summary for April 16, 2014 . The bad news: There will be only one item of bad news today. Because it already covers all the other negative news. The anti-terrorist operation (ATO) – all of the high expectations put onto it are not justified. I don’t even want to comment on the actions of the army. This is quite surreal. Our attempts to clarify the situation have gobsmacked us even more, and gave us a partial understanding of why this surrealism is happening in general. For the whole day, we, the coordinators of Information Resistance...
  • Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation

    04/16/2014 6:28:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Y Net News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Michal Margalit
    Fear replaced communal atmosphere in Donetsk's Jewish community as armed men handed out a leaflet Passover eve calling on Jews register their religion and property with the interim pro-Russian government or face deportation and loss of citizenship.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community's Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern. The leaflet demanded the city's Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportion and see their assets confiscated. Donetsk,...
  • Putin’s Propaganda Campaign

    04/16/2014 6:04:01 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    <p>The control of information is part of Putin’s strategy to rebuild post-Soviet Russia through aggression, writes Roman Zvarcyh, a legal adviser and deputy campaign manager to Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, in an e-mail. “The annexation of the Crimean peninsula and the subsequent military subterfuge that we are now witnessing in the eastern provinces of Ukraine is the culmination of an information war that Moscow has been aggressively promoting since the events of the Orange Revolution in 2004,” Zvarcyh says. “The general thrust of this propaganda campaign is to undermine any sense of Ukrainian national identity, particularly in those regions that were historically victimized by successive waves of Russification.” ...</p>
  • UKRAINE: Sixteen units of armored vehicles and more than fifty military left town

    04/16/2014 5:56:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    censor.net.ua ^ | 04/17/14 00:29
    VIDEO: http://censor.net.ua/news/281453/v_kramatorske_voennye_sdali_terroristam_zatvory_i_pokinuli_okrujenie_fotovideo In Kramatorsk military terrorists [separatists] surrendered and left the gates environment . PHOTOS + VIDEO Sixteen units of armored vehicles and more than fifty military left town Pchelkin near Kramatorsk . It is reported with reference to Tsenzor.NET RadŃ–o Freedom. On Wednesday, the day vprovovzh blocked with locals. At the end of the conflict in armored vehicles were still a few hundred people. The negotiation process involved manual 25th Dnipropetrovsk separate air - Airborne Army Brigade of Ukraine, on the other - so-called "little green men". On the uniform they had secured St. George's ribbons. These men were...
  • Putin and the ‘Good Hitler’

    04/16/2014 4:29:08 PM PDT · by No One Special · 22 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | April 4, 2014 | Vladimir Kara-Murza
    Just when you think Vladimir Putin’s propaganda cannot sink any lower, it invariably does. Andranik Migranyan is a seasoned Kremlin hand. A former member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, a cavalier of the presidentially bestowed Order of Honor, he currently heads the New York office of the so-called Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, a Russian GONGO created on the initiative of Vladimir Putin in 2007 (it also has an office in Paris). This week, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper published Migranyan’s article attacking Professor Andrei Zubov, a prominent and well-respected Russian historian, who, in his recent op-ed in...
  • UKRAINE: 44th day of prayer marathon

    04/16/2014 3:07:06 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    School teacher ^ | 4-16-2014 | Sergey Kosyak
    GOOGLE TRANSLATE: 44 day 44 day prayer Marathon, today after the prayer, I told the people that everyone must decide for themselves and take responsibility to be at prayer or not. Pro-Russian activists are in an aggressive mood and categorically, proponents of a united Ukraine is already beginning to irritate them. Taking the admin back, fear, panic, fear show their sympathy for Ukraine, impunity with which the separatists do riots, omissions or helping them power, led to a natural disturbance [indignation] of people. But, violence always begets violence. Today in prayer near us on the man on the Mazda 3...
  • Why Ukraine Crisis Has China in a Bind

    04/16/2014 1:56:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15th, 2014 | Christopher S. Chivvis and Bonny Lin
    Editor's note: Christopher S. Chivvis is a senior political scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and expert in European and Eurasian security issues. You can follow him @cchivvis. Bonny Lin is an associate political scientist at RAND and an expert on Asia-Pacific security issues. The views expressed are their own. At Sunday night's emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, Western countries denounced Russian efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine. Depending on your reading of its statement, China either refused to do the same, or refused to back Russia. Either way, the meeting was just the latest example of how the Ukraine...
  • WW3? Drudge loses it.

    04/16/2014 1:40:46 PM PDT · by dangus · 84 replies
    The Drudge Report always has its fun with misuse of images. But World War III is no laughing matter. In an attempt to paint Russia as hurtling us towards World War III, Drudge shows a picture of troops marching through the Ukraine, wearing Soviet-era uniforms. But the picture is out of context. The picture is, in fact, from Odessa. Yes, there are significant numbers of Russophones. Yes, many of them may favor secession. Yes, some of the secessionists may have the same kind of romanticism for the Soviets that their Ukrainian neighbors have for the Nazi Banderites. But that's not...
  • Moldova breakaway region urges Russia to recognise independence

    04/16/2014 12:50:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Global Post ^ | 04/16/2014
    Lawmakers in Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Moscow and the United Nations to recognise its independence. Transdniestr, a strip of land bordering Ukraine, broke away from Romanian-speaking Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Some analysts suspect Russia is eyeing the territory, which consists mostly of Russian speakers, in the wake of last month's annexation of Crimea. The resolution adopted unanimously by Transdniestr's self-appointed parliament on Wednesday called on the international community to recognise the region as a "sovereign independent state". "According to the universally recognised norms of international...
  • Separatists take armored vehicles, humiliating Ukraine forces

    04/16/2014 12:09:40 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 36 replies
    (Reuters) - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. Six armored personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of "Russia! Russia!". It was not immediately clear whether they had been captured by rebels or handed over to them by Ukrainian deserters. Another 15 armored troop carriers full of paratroops were surrounded and halted by a pro-Russian crowd at a town near an airbase. They were allowed to retreat only after the soldiers...
  • LUCAS: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

    04/16/2014 9:54:36 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/15/2014 | Edward Lucas
    Edward Lucas: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III 'Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West''We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states''Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions''If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying miltary escalation''I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war' It is about brute power. It is about whether Putin’s...
  • General and Former Defense Official Urge Nonlethal Military Aid for Ukraine

    04/16/2014 9:30:57 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 37 replies
    NYT ^ | APRIL 15, 2014 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s military has an urgent need for nonlethal military assistance like body armor, night-vision goggles, communications gear and aviation fuel to defend against a potential Russian attack, according to a new analysis by a former NATO commander and a former Pentagon official. But wary of provoking Russia, the Obama administration has been reluctant to provide it, they say. (snip) The new interim government in Ukraine submitted a request to NATO nations last month for military assistance, including vehicles, mine-clearing equipment, communications gear, medical supplies, fuel and the sharing of intelligence. The United States has sent 300,000 M.R.E. —...
  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 44 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • Crimea on Bumpy Road to Becoming a Russian Province

    04/16/2014 8:11:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 16 2014 17:30 | Reuters
    Natalya Rudenko's ears were still ringing from being shouted at by a father demanding that the Ukrainian-language school she has run for 17 years in Crimea's capital now teach in Russian when local officials turned up at her office to dismiss her.
  • Doorstep Statement (NATO Sec. Gen.: NATO to increase presence in Baltics)

    04/16/2014 7:57:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 4 replies
    NATO ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | Anders Fogh Rasmussen
    Doorstep statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council Good afternoon. We have just taken further measures to respond to the crisis in Ukraine. We agree that a political solution is the only way forward. NATO fully supports the Geneva talks and all the efforts of the international community to find a political solution, which fulfils the democratic aspirations of the entire Ukrainian people and respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We call on Russia to be part of the solution. To stop destabilising Ukraine, pull back its troops from...
  • UKRAINE: Mr. Putin’s Power Play

    04/16/2014 7:53:20 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 15, 2014 | THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    When President Vladimir Putin of Russia talks about what is happening in Ukraine these days, it is as if he’s looking into a mirror. He says fascists and nationalists are running amok in Kiev, even as Crimea is annexed in the name of Great Russia; he says Russians are threatened in eastern Ukraine, even as Russia directs secessionists there to seize administrative buildings and arms; he calls on President Obama to use his influence to prevent the use of force in Ukraine, even as he puts a major military force on the Ukrainian border. This ploy was a fixture of...
  • Iranian Caught Stealing Plans for DOD’s $1.5 Trillion Jet

    04/16/2014 7:00:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | January 16, 2014 | David Francis
    Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who worked for defense contractor Pratt & Whitney, was arrested last week for allegedly trying to smuggle boxes of documents related to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the plane expected to be the Pentagon’s next generation fighter jet. He was picked up in New Jersey on his way to Iran.
  • Russian Provocateurs Prepare The Ukrainian Battlefield

    04/16/2014 7:30:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Austin Bay
    For the past month, the Russian government, with Vladimir Putin its spotlight propagandist, has repeatedly declared that brutal anti-Russian ethnic violence as a prelude to ethnic-based civil war is imminent in Eastern Ukraine. That's a lie. What Eastern Ukraine really faces is a Russian military invasion -- and more on that in a moment. Kremlin claims of anti-Russian ethnic violence in Eastern Ukraine reprise the false accusations Putin made in February to provide media camouflage for the Russian seizure of the Crimean peninsula. Given the dire life-or-death threat, the Kremlin had to take all necessary military and humanitarian actions required...
  • Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles crossing from Syria

    04/16/2014 6:43:49 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 2 replies
    Ammon news ^ | 04/16/2014
    Jordan’s air force has destroyed military vehicles trying to cross from Syria, Jordanian state television said Wednesday
  • Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear Capability

    04/16/2014 5:34:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear CapabilityPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm In The Point | No Comments Sometimes a choice of words can be extremely revealing. That was the case with Kerry’s contentious testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Under pressure, Kerry tends to slip and say revealing things. That was how the infamous, “for it and against it” clip was born. Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything,...
  • Why the Left Doesn’t Understand the Arab War Against Israel

    04/16/2014 5:52:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 14, 2014 | Lee Bender, Jerome Verlin
    Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz likes to say that if you are for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, minority rights, basic freedoms of speech, press, association, open democracy, and an independent judiciary, there is only one country in the Middle East that espouses those values you support: Israel. And he is absolutely correct. But there appears to be a major disconnect among American Jews. Today, too many Jewish Americans are ambivalent about Israel, or even openly hostile towards it, believing erroneously that Israel acts in ways that contradict their “progressive” or “liberal” ideals. Jews are even at the forefront...
  • Dozens wounded in Temple Mount riot

    04/16/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount after the site was opened to Jewish visitors. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that Palestinians threw “stones and firecrackers” at police when they opened the walled compound’s gates. Police responded with stun grenades, Rosenfeld said, and closed the complex to the Jewish visitors after a small number had toured the site. An AFP correspondent at the scene said dozens of Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated bullets and stun grenade canisters, and were staying inside the Al-Aqsa mosque out of fear they would be...
  • UKRAINE: Counterintelligence- Russia is going to kill 100-200 people and put troops in Ukraine

    04/16/2014 5:41:12 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 27 replies
    Pravda ^ | 4-16-2014 13 minutes ago | EuroMaydan
    Counterintelligence: Russia is going to kill 100-200 people and enter into Ukraine of Russian military troops have the task to kill several hundred people, and after that to enter the army on the territory of Ukraine. It told at the briefing, one of the leaders of the Counterintelligence SECURITY Vitaly Naida. "The main purpose of the action diversantìv and special forces on the territory of Ukraine is the maximum the destabilization of the situation," he said. "Moreover, the intercepted conversations suggest-and I was sad to hear about it-that a country that declared themselves to brotherly, puts before his specpriznačencâmi goal...
  • Ukrainian army defectors boost pro-Russian insurgents

    04/16/2014 4:31:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 11 replies
    Dozens of Ukrainian army defectors rode into the disputed eastern town of Slovyansk today on a column of armoured troop carriers bearing the Russian national flag. The defectors, including highly trained paratroopers. were said to have switched sides after being persuaded to defect by pro-Russian insurgents in nearby Kramatorsk, where they were part of a Ukrainian force that secured a military airfield yesterday. With Russian flags flying, the soldiers headed on a convoy of six troop carriers into Slovyansk, stopping first outside city hall, which has been occupied by pro-Russian protesters for several days, before entering the police station.
  • EU countries to boost defense budgets in light of Ukraine

    04/16/2014 1:21:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.04.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Military chiefs have said the Ukraine crisis is a “wake-up call” for EU countries’ defense spending, as the US backed Ukraine’s use of force in eastern regions. Speaking to press after a regular meeting of EU defense ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday (15 April), the deputy chief of the EU’s external action service, Maciej Popowski, said: “We’ve had 70 years of peace now [in Europe], but we see that power politics is back with a vengeance, so it’s a wake-up call and now we need to get serious about defense.” He noted that “this was the feeling around the table”...
  • VIDEO: Ukrainian Army Armored Column Defects To Pro-Russians In Kramatorsk

    04/16/2014 12:58:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 144 replies
    Youtube/Twitter ^ | 4-16-2014 | TCRLAF
    Seen several tweets of this over the last hour, and now this vid of the defection is posted on YouTube. The column had apparently been surrounded by several hundred pro-Russian civilians inside of Kramatorsk, with several older women linked arm-in-arm to prevent it's passing At about 8:50, you can see the commander arguing with someone on the phone..
  • Russian Air Force to Receive 16 New MiG Fighters

    04/15/2014 11:24:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/04/2014
    MOSCOW, April 15 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a $470 million contract with the MiG corporation for the delivery of 16 advanced MiG-29 SMT fighters, the ministry said Tuesday. The company had earlier confirmed the deal in an interview with RIA Novosti, but did not specify its value. "The value of the contract, including the ground support and test equipment, is more than 17 billion rubles. The contract is a strategic measure for maintaining the combat readiness of the lightweight fighter fleet," the Defense Ministry said in the statement. As of last year, the Russian Air...
  • PUTIN WARNS MERKEL: UKRAINE 'ON VERGE OF CIVIL WAR'

    04/15/2014 11:18:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 7 replies
    Breitbart/AFP ^ | 15 Apr 2014 | BREITBART NEWS
    (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine was now on the verge of civil war after the Kiev government sent in the army against separatists in the east of the country, the Kremlin said Wednesday. "The Russian president remarked that the sharp escalation of the conflict has placed the country, in effect, on the verge of civil war," the Kremlin said in a statement on telephone talks between the two leaders. But the leaders both "emphasised the importance" of the planned four-way talks on Ukraine on April 17. "The hope was expressed that the meeting...
  • Russia Spends More of Its GDP on Defence Than U.S. or European Powers

    04/15/2014 11:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | April 15, 2014 | Nick Hallett
    Russia now spends more on its military, relative to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), than both the United States and Europe respectively. According to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Moscow spent 4.1 percent of its GDP on defence in 2013, an increase of 0.6 percent over the past 10 years. By contrast, the United States spent 3.8 percent of GDP on defence and Britain spent just 2.3 percent, with further defence cuts expected. The only neighbouring country that spends more is Azerbaijan, with 4.7 percent. Defence spending in Ukraine has also rocketed by 16 percent in the...
  • Syria: US, Turkey, Israel behind chemical weapons attacks

    04/15/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.16.14, 01:06
    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the United States, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the rebels fighting to overthrow it, of being responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the country, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. In letters to the UN Security Council as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Assad regime cited “reports, studies and documented researches” that allegedly implicate the US and Turkish administrations, as well as several other countries, “whether directly or indirectly in these appalling carnage in Syria, including Khad al-Assal on March 15, 2013.” …
  • EU’s Crimea sanctions modeled on occupied Palestinian territories

    04/15/2014 10:56:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15/04/2014 - 17:03
    The Commission is close to finalizing proposals for economic and trade sanctions regarding Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia. A final decision by member states is expected soon, diplomats told EurActiv. At their meeting held yesterday (14 April), EU ministers said they were looking forward to the Commission’s evaluation of the legal consequences of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and to the related proposals for economic, trade and financial restrictions regarding the peninsula. According to EU diplomats, Crimea is “occupied territory” comparable to the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. …
  • UKRAINE MILITARY RECAPTURES EASTERN AIRPORT

    04/15/2014 5:30:29 PM PDT · by kingattax · 3 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 15 Apr 2014 | BREITBART NEWS
    KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president says army troops have restored control over a small airport in eastern Ukraine that had been occupied by pro-Russian militiamen. It was the first military action taken by the government after acting President Oleksandr Turchynov announced an "anti-terrorist operation" against the separatists who have seized control of numerous buildings in the east of the country. Heavy gunfire rang out at the airport near Kramatorsk on Tuesday, but there was no immediate confirmation of any casualties.