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  • 'Liberal' Putin could be toppled 'like the tsar', warns Russian ultra-nationalist

    03/26/2015 9:16:30 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    ibtimes.co.uk ^ | March 22, 2015 | Yasmin Kaye
    Russian ultra-nationalist Igor Strelkov has said President Vladimir Putin could be toppled "like the last tsar" if he does not fully support pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. According to the Sunday Times, the former commander of the pro-Russia rebels in the disputed region speculated about Putin's removal from power when he addressed supporters last week. Although Putin is seen as a hardliner in the West, Strelkov believes the Russian premier is too liberal, and has failed to act decisively enough in the region due to his decision not to annex Donetsk and Luhansk. "Ukraine was, is and remains a part...
  • One Professional Russian Troll Tells All

    03/26/2015 7:55:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 106 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | March 25, 2015 | Dmitry Volchek and Daisy Sindelar
    More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremlin dialogue online. There are thousands of fake accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and vKontakte, all increasingly focused on the war in Ukraine. Many emanate from Russia's most famous "troll factory," the Internet Research center, an unassuming building on St. Petersburg's Savushkina Street, which runs on a 24-hour cycle. In recent weeks, former employees have come forward to talk to RFE/RL about life inside the factory, where hundreds of people work...
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector general’s report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • Breaking: Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen: U.S. Officials

    03/25/2015 4:12:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 111 replies
    NBC News via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Richard Engel
    US officials confirm to @NBCNews that Saudi Arabia has started bombing rebel positions inside #Yemen. NO indication of troops crossing in.
  • Saudi Deploys 100 Fighter Jets, 150,000 Soldiers for Anti-Houthi Campaign (Yemen)

    03/25/2015 9:02:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 103 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Saudi deploys 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers for anti-Houthi campaign. Also from Al Arabiya: UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan Deploy Warplanes Against HouthisThe UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan have deployed fighter jets to join the Saudi air force in the ongoing air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Al Arabiya News Chanel reported. The UAE has deployed 30 fighter jets, Bahrain 15, Kuwait 15, Qatar 10 and Jordan 6 warplanes, according to the news channel. Pakistan and Egypt are also taking part in the military campaign, contribution with air and naval forces. Al Arabiya said Egypt, Pakistan and Sudan have...
  • Yemen crisis: Iran calls Saudi air strikes on Houthis 'dangerous'

    03/26/2015 2:43:04 AM PDT · by piasa · 10 replies
    Zee Media Bureau ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:20
    Tehran: In what may intensify the Yemen crisis, Iran has termed Saudi Arabia's military intervention against the Houthi rebels as “dangerous”, reports said Thursday. Saudi Arabia which had earlier warned to act in the wake of continued advance of Houthis, on Wednesday started conducting air strikes against the rebels which it considers as being supported by rival Iran. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies believe the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, are tools for Iran to seize control of Yemen and say they intend to stop the takeover. The Houthis deny they are backed by Iran. Reacting to Saudi strikes,...
  • Chechnya Speaker Vows To Arm Mexico If U.S. Gives Weapons To Ukraine

    03/26/2015 4:21:19 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 41 replies
    The head of the legislature in Russia's Chechnya region says that Russia will provide arms to Mexico if Washington supplies weapons to Ukraine. Chechen Parliament Speaker Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov said the arms would be aimed at reigniting U.S.-Mexican disputes over “territories annexed by the United States in the American states of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and part of Wyoming.”  “We will perceive arms shipments to Ukraine as a signal to respond in kind,” Abdurakhmanov said in a March 24 statement posted on the Chechen parliament’s website. Abdurakhmanov is a close associate of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed strongman who...
  • UKRAINE: The OSCE caught Russia on theft: illegal charcoal exports from Ukraine

    03/26/2015 2:38:35 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Glavred ^ | March 26, 08:25
    Dumpers with black gold pass through the checkpoint "Butane" and Donetsk. Russia steals a Ukrainian coal ukrainepress.ru Observation mission of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe, which is based on the Russian border crossings "Gukovo" and Donetsk in the Rostov region, said that continues to record the facts export to Russia of coal of Donbass. The weekly report of the Mission for the period from 18 to 25 March, UNIAN reports. "The Observer Mission has continued to monitor the dump trucks that transport coal from Luhansk oblast in the Russian Federation through the border pass" Gukovo, "the statement...
  • Gaza Palestinians Call Power Cutoff by Egypt Worse Than Israeli Policy

    03/25/2015 12:02:05 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 22 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Staff
    JNS.org – Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip cities of Khan Younis and Rafah took to the streets on Tuesday after Egypt had cut off power to parts of southern Gaza. The protesters vented their anger at Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his government in light of reports that the decision to take parts of those towns off the grid was made by high-ranking officials in Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy. Egyptian media said the government resorted to that measure as a result of outstanding payments owed by a Palestinian utility company. The Hamas terrorist group’s government in...
  • Baker wants Israel excluded from regional conference

    12/06/2006 12:43:40 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 220 replies · 3,412+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | December 5, 2006
    The White House has been examining a proposal by James Baker to launch a Middle East peace effort without Israel. The peace effort would begin with a U.S.-organized conference, dubbed Madrid-2, and contain such U.S. adversaries as Iran and Syria. Officials said Madrid-2 would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. They said Israel would not be invited to the conference. “As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without...
  • Baker panel's mention of Palestinian "right of return" raises eyebrows

    12/06/2006 1:00:35 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 246 replies · 4,919+ views
    AFP ^ | December 6, 2006
    A reference to Palestinians' "right of return" in the report issued by the high-level Iraq Study Group broke a diplomatic taboo which sparked immediate concern in Israel and surprise among Middle East policy experts. The reference was buried deep inside a 160-page report that urged US President George W. Bush to renew efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks as part of a region-wide bid to end the chaos in Iraq. "This report is worrisome for Israel particularly because, for the first time, it mentions the question of the 'right of return' for the Palestinian refugees of 1948," said a senior...
  • White House: U.S. has 'succeeded' in Yemen, as President Hadi flees country

    03/25/2015 11:05:19 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 25, 2015 | Brian Hughes
    A White House spokesman said American efforts in Yemen are a "template that has succeeded," even as President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was forced to flee the country by boat. White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday said that the U.S. still had Yemeni extremists in its crosshairs. According to media reports, Hadi fled the presidential palace in Yemen as rebels attempted an armed takeover of the city of Aden. Earnest told reporters that U.S. officials were not aware of Hadi's destination but insisted that American officials still had a level of control over the chaotic situation. "We have...
  • How crashing drones are exposing secrets about U.S. war operations

    03/25/2015 10:55:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/25/15 | Craig Whitlock
    Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations. A surveillance mission was exposed last week when a Predator drone crashed in northwest Syria while spying on the home turf of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials believe the drone was shot down, but they haven’t ruled out mechanical failure. Regardless, the wreckage offered the first hard evidence of a U.S. confrontation with Assad’s forces. The mishap in Syria follows a string of crashes in Yemen, another country where the U.S. military keeps virtually all details of its drone operations classified. Yemeni tribesmen have reported three cases in the past 15...
  • Falkland Islands’ fears for Russia-backed invasion

    03/25/2015 10:57:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3-25-2015 | Catherine Boyle
    The U.K. has sent extra military support to one of its overseas colonies at the bottom of the world, the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it is facing increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia. Two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system have been sent by the U.K. to the remote islands in the South Atlantic, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina. They were the subject of a short-lived war between the U.K. and Argentina in 1982, and lie to the east of Argentina, 8,000 miles away from Britain.
  • The 12,400 mile superhighway from Britain to America: Plans proposed...

    03/25/2015 9:51:24 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 96 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 24, 2015 | Will Stewart
    Britain could be linked with America by road as part of an ambitious project to create the world's longest superhighway spanning half the circumference of the globe. Proposals have been put forward to build the mega route stretching about 12,400 miles from the western edge of Russia to the Bering Strait where the country nudges Alaska.
  • Ukraine ex-President Yanukovych's son 'drowns in lake'

    03/25/2015 1:24:20 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | March 22, 2015
    The younger son of Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych has drowned in Lake Baikal in Russia, reports say. Ukrainian MP Nestor Shufrych confirmed to the BBC the death of the ex-leader's son, who was also called Viktor. Earlier Russian and Ukrainian media reports said he died after his vehicle fell through ice on Lake Baikal in the south of the Russian region of Siberia. Reports say he had been taking part in a sporting event when the VW van plunged into the water. Five other people in the vehicle escaped, Ukrainian news website Levvy Bereg quoted sources from his inner...
  • Another Key Ally of Ukraine’s Yanukovych Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

    03/25/2015 12:48:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Malay ^ | Friday March 13, 2015
    A key ally of former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych was found dead after an apparent suicide yesterday in the third such case in two weeks. Police said Oleksandr Peklushenko, former governor of the eastern industrial region of Zaporizhzhya, was found dead in his country home after suffering a fatal gunshot wound to the neck. “A preliminary finding by investigators is suicide,” Ukraine’s home affairs ministry said in a statement. He was the second pro-Yanukovych official to apparently shoot himself this week. A third Yanukovych ally allegedly threw himself from his 17th-storey flat in Kiev two weeks ago.
  • Frmr Ukrainian Pres. Yanukovych dead (translation)

    03/25/2015 12:40:18 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 8 replies
    On Press (Ukraine) ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Igor Bohun
    Translation: Accrdning to reports by Moscow bloggers the fourth president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych got a heart attack when he heard that his youngest son died at Lake Baikal Marsch 23.
  • American Blogger Offered Money to Publish Russian Propaganda

    03/25/2015 12:19:04 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 18 replies
    Global voices ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Maria Volkova
    An American blogger turned down the offer of a lifetime this past weekend: getting paid to do nothing. The slight catch was that he had to publish articles written by someone else on his blog and claim them as his own—no big deal, right? According to the blogger, David Swanson, after giving a talk at an anti-war event in Washington DC on March 20, he was approached by a young man with a thick Russian accent who introduced himself as Alexsei G. Padalko. This man showed Swanson his business card, which identified him as an air attaché assistant for the...
  • Ukraine's latest challenge: oligarchs with private armies

    03/24/2015 11:18:22 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 13 replies
    CSM/Yahoo ^ | Fred Weir
    Gov. Igor Kolomoisky, who was given political power and the right to create a private army last year, last week used that power to seize the state oil company's headquarters in Kiev. As Ukraine struggles with near-financial meltdown and a shaky peace deal with pro-Russian rebels in the east, the last thing it needs is a showdown with a powerful oligarch with a private army. But that may be just what is brewing. Igor Kolomoisky, governor of the restive Dnipropetrovsk region of east Ukraine and a rough-and-tumble tycoon, was handed political power and the right to establish an army in...
  • Russia's newest armored vehicle swims and picks its own shots

    03/24/2015 10:24:22 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 4 replies
    Engadget ^ | Andrew Tarantola
    Russia's latest armored prototype was recently spotted rehearsing for the nation's upcoming May 9th Victory Day parade following more than half a decade of top-secret development. Dubbed the Kurganets BMP-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), this amphibious personnel carrier has been designed to replace all of Russia's existing tracked assault vehicles, which have been in service since the Cold War. The 25-ton Kurganets-25 will carry about a half-dozen troops and protect them with modular armor that can be adapted to meet specific mission requirements. It is armed with a 30mm cannon and a quartet of anti-tank guided missile launchers, all of...
  • Interview with a Russian soldier fighting in Ukraine (Part 1)

    03/24/2015 5:32:06 PM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | Mar 2, 2015
    “We all knew what we were doing and what can happen." Interview with the Russian tank gunner, who, together with his battalion, was sent to fight for Debaltseve, Ukraine(Translated from Russian by I.M.) ------------------------------------------------- Dorzhi Batomunkuev, 20 years old, 5th Tank Brigade (Ulan-Ude), military base № 46108. Conscript, called to service on November 25, 2013; in June 2014 signed a three year contract. Personal Number 200220, military ID 2609999. Face burned, wrapped a bandage, blood showing from under the bandage. Hands wrapped too. Ears burned and shriveled. I know that he was wounded in Logvinovo. Logvinovo – “neck” of the...
  • One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev

    03/24/2015 1:34:31 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 17 replies
    forbes ^ | 3/20/2015 | Kenneth Rapoza
    The U.S and European Union may want to save Crimeans from themselves. But the Crimeans are happy right where they are. One year after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula in the Black Sea, poll after poll shows that the locals there — be they Ukrainians, ethnic Russians or Tatars are mostly all in agreement: life with Russia is better than life with Ukraine. Despite huge efforts on the part of Kiev, Brussels, Washington and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the bulk of humanity living on the Black Sea peninsula believe the referendum to secede from Ukraine...
  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • Russia warns US against sending missile defence system to S. Korea

    03/24/2015 12:26:17 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 24 Mar 15 | Unknown
    Russia on Tuesday warned the United States against sending a ballistic missile defence system to South Korea, saying it could threaten regional security. Washington says it wants to deploy the system, known as THAAD, to South Korea as a deterrent to military provocation by North Korea. "Such a development cannot but cause concern about the destructive influence of the United States' global missile defence on international security," Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement.
  • Is The Obama Administration Losing The War On Terror?

    03/23/2015 11:32:23 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 49 replies
    Fox News Talking Points Memo ^ | Bill O'Reilly and Charles Krauthhammer
    File this under "If they had been doing their damn jobs" Go to about the 6 minute mark...the experts and the talking heads are only just beginning to figure out what they should have known Obama would do all along.
  • Vladimir Putin calls for 'Eurasia' currency union

    03/24/2015 5:42:51 AM PDT · by mykroar · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/20/2015 | Reuters
    Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics. Mr Putin made his proposal at a meeting with the Belarussian and Kazakh presidents which highlighted the challenges facing the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union following the fall in global oil prices and the decline of the Russian rouble. "The time has come to start thinking about forming a currency union," Mr Putin said after the talks in the Kazakh capital Astana with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.He gave...
  • US House of Reps. votes in favour of sending arms to Ukraine

    03/24/2015 4:26:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Euronews ^ | 24/03 07:56 CET | Euronews
    The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging president Barack Obama to send weapons to Ukraine, to bolster Kyiv’s fight against separatist rebels in the country’s east. The resolution was approved by 348 votes to 48. The vote ups the pressure on Obama, who has been facing criticism for being slow to take action.
  • Russian Deputy PM Says Country's Combat Helicopters Are the Best

    03/23/2015 6:27:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has touted the country's combat helicopters as the best such vehicles in the world. Russian-made combat helicopters are the best such vehicles in the world, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. He gave the thumbs-up after flying on board the next-generation reconnaissance and combat helicopter Ka-52, which he touted as a "flying tank". "Today I was cruising around aboard this flying tank", Rogozin tweeted, referring to the Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" copter. According to him, the helicopter "is easily controlled and it is packed full of advanced automated systems." Rogozin described the Ka-52...
  • Us Against Them: Russia's Frightening New Cult

    03/23/2015 6:06:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 22 2015 | Gleb Kuznetsov
    If you believe that the U.S. aggressors were preparing to land in Crimea in the winter of 2014 in order to help the Ukrainians kill all the Orthodox Russians there, and that only the pre-emptive military operation under the command of President Vladimir Putin saved them, then you are "one of us" — that is, a true-blue adherent of the state's cult. However, if you think that the United States was not planning a military operation in Crimea last year, that it did not "have its eye on" the peninsula and that NATO never did and still has no plans...
  • Oil Price Dips Under $55 on Saudi Output Fears

    03/23/2015 5:06:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2015 | GEORGI KANTCHEV
    ...Brent for delivery in May fell 1.1% to $54.71 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May traded at $45.64 a barrel, down 2% from last week’s close. Both contracts gained last week with U.S. crude snapping a four-week losing streak. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s influential oil minister Ali al-Naimi told a conference in Riyadh that there was no conspiracy behind the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision last fall to maintain its output target. He said the group could have lost market share if it...
  • Russia to target Denmark's warships if it joins missile shield: ambassador

    03/22/2015 10:20:53 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Mar 15 | Unknown
    (Reuters) - Danish warships will be a target for Russian nuclear weapons if the Scandinavian country joins NATO's missile defense program, Russia's ambassador to Denmark told the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Mikhail Vanin said he did not think the Danes fully understood the consequences if it went ahead with a decision to join the program. "If that happens, Danish warships will be targets for Russian nuclear missiles," Vanin said in an interview published on Saturday.
  • European far-right politicians in Russia to support Putin

    03/22/2015 7:48:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 22, 2015 9:52 AM EDT | Irina Titova
    Nationalist supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin brought together controversial far-right politicians from across Europe on Sunday in an effort to demonstrate international support for Russia and weaken European Union commitment to sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in Ukraine. Putin’s many critics pointed to the irony of St. Petersburg, his hometown, welcoming neo-Nazis as Russia prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. […] Among the approximately 200 participants were Roberto Fiore, leader of Italy’s far-right party Forza Nuova, and members of the neo-Nazi Greek party Golden Dawn....
  • Russia warns Denmark its warships could become nuclear targets

    03/22/2015 1:24:34 AM PDT · by Matt_DZ_PL · 132 replies
    Telegraph.Co.UK ^ | March 21, 2015 | Julian Isherwood
    Russia has gone on the offensive in the Baltic, warning Denmark that if it joins Nato’s missile defence shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack. “I don’t think that Danes fully understand the consequence if Denmark joins the American-led missile defence shield. If they do, then Danish warships will be targets for Russian nuclear missiles,” said Mikhail Vanin, the Russian ambassador to Denmark, to the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
  • US air defense troops train fast deployment in Poland (of Patriot missile launchers)

    03/21/2015 6:17:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/21/15 | Monica Scislowska - AP
    SOCHACZEW, Poland (AP) — U.S. air defense troops are training rapid deployment of Patriot missile launchers in Poland amid concerns that the conflict between Russia-backed rebels and government forces in Ukraine is threatening the security in the region. On Saturday, at a test range in Sochaczew near Warsaw, two U.S. soldiers demonstrated for reporters the procedure of emplacement of a Patriot launching station of 16 missiles, as part of their week-long exercise.
  • Center "e" [Saratov Regional Center combat extremism] talked teenagers wearing yellow/blue ribbons

    The second day in the schools of Saratov regional center officers combating extremism RESEARCH AFFAIRS conduct preventive talks with teenagers, who came to the meeting in honor of the Crimea to Russia with ribbons of colors of the flag of Ukraine. On Friday, 20 March, informs the Agency "svobodnye Novosti". In Saratov detained youth with the yellow-and-blue ribbons. Photo Gallery The interviews are conducted. Parents are present. And with the rest of the interview will be conducted. We need to understand what people want. Maybe they had misunderstood something, may require some explanation of something. Maybe they have issues there,...
  • 08/28/2009: Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit

    03/17/2015 6:07:58 AM PDT · by President_Cotton · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/28/2009 | Peter Robinson
    Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.
  • Poles Steel for Battle, Fearing Russia Will March on Them Next

    03/19/2015 6:14:57 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 104 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/14/2015 | Rick Lyman
    KALISZ, Poland — For evidence of how much President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has jangled nerves and provoked anxiety across Eastern Europe, look no farther than the drill held the other day by the Shooters Association. The paramilitary group, like more than 100 others in Poland, has experienced a sharp spike in membership since Mr. Putin’s forces began meddling in neighboring Ukraine last year. Thirty students took an oath to defend Poland at all costs, joining nearly 200 other regional members of the association — young men and women, boys and girls — marching in formation around the perimeter...
  • Why Putin Misses the Soviet Union So Much

    03/18/2015 7:50:53 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 45 replies
    The Globalist ^ | February 17, 2015 | Michael Vlahos
    On April 26, 2005, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, proclaimed that the fall of the Soviet Union was indeed, the catastrophe of the century. From a post-Soviet perspective, rooted in Russian identity, why would he make such a claim? To him, it is about more than power politics. The Soviet Union was Russia’s most inspired and inspiring bid for both national and world historical identity. Like the United States, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics offered a universal vision that all humanity would supposedly one day joyously embrace.
  • Dick Cheney calls Obama the 'worst president of my lifetime'

    03/18/2015 10:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    The Week ^ | 03/18/2015 | Catherine Garcia via James Rosen, From PLAYBOY interview with Dick Cheney
    In a new interview with Playboy, former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of "playing the race card" and said that he could "go on for hours" about all of the ways Obama has "undone" the work of President George W. Bush.Although the article claims that Cheney's "preoccupations revolve around the books in his study and the purchase of just the right gifts for his grandchildren," it sounds more like he's kind of obsessed with Obama. Calling him "the worst president in my lifetime," Cheney said his criticism of Obama and Holder has nothing...
  • Russia to send new missiles to Baltic exclave on maneuvers

    03/18/2015 6:43:09 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    AP ^ | Mar. 17, 2015 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Russia plans to station state-of-the art missiles in its westernmost Baltic exclave and deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea as part of massive war games to showcase its resurgent military power amid bitter tensions with the West over Ukraine. The Iskander missiles will be sent to the Kaliningrad region that borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania as part of the maneuvers, said a Defense Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to comment publicly.
  • Russia's Vladimir Putin brandishes the nuclear option

    03/18/2015 6:39:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    CBC News ^ | Mar 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Mar 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET | Don Murray
    Fresh from low-grade rebel war in Ukraine, Putin bolstering his nuclear arsenal [....] The Kremlin has hardly been secretive about its overall strategy. Two years ago it unveiled a new military doctrine of what it called asymmetrical warfare, in effect high-tech guerrilla fighting alongside unrelenting technological and propaganda offensives against smaller, less militarily able neighbours. [....] Along with the doctrine came a vast increase in Russia's military budget. According to the World Bank, it stood at over four per cent of Russia's gross domestic product in 2014 and was due to climb by almost 25 per cent in 2015. When...
  • Moscow Wants to Try US General Who Rallied to ‘Kill More Russians’

    03/12/2015 9:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 3-12-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against Robert Scales, a retired US major general and a Fox News military analyst, who said in a live broadcast that the only way for the US to turn the tide in Ukraine is to start killing Russians. The criminal case is launched under an article on “Public calls for unleashing an aggressive war through the mass media”, according to a statement on the official website of the committee. The investigators believe that such statements “break not only the norms of the Russian legislation but Article 20 of the International Covenant on...
  • OSCE official suggests finding fine line between free speech, countering Russian propaganda

    03/18/2015 3:07:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | March 18, 2015, 9:36 a.m. | Kyiv Post; Oleg Sukhov
    The Ukrainian government needs to find a “fine line” that would allow it to both protect free speech and fight Kremlin propaganda, a top official of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe said in an interview with the Kyiv Post. There has been a debate in Ukraine on whether pro-Kremlin media, which are inciting Russia’s war against Ukraine and fabricating lies, should be banned. While some argue that they are a threat to national security, others condemn such measures as an attack on free speech. “The Ukrainian government needs to find a very fine line with the help...
  • Greek PM hastens Russia visit amid cash crunch

    03/17/2015 3:25:37 PM PDT · by familyop · 15 replies
    AFP by way of Yahoo News ^ | 17MAR15 | John Hadoulis
    "The prime minister will visit the Kremlin following an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin," a government source said without giving reasons for the change of date. Tsipras, a former Communist, has made no secret of seeking closer ties to Russia at a time when Moscow is at loggerheads with the European Union over the conflict in Ukraine. A number of Greek officials have openly broached the prospect of Athens turning to Russia or China for financial assistance if loan talks with the EU end in failure.
  • Mass Militarization and Collective Psychosis

    03/17/2015 3:35:58 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 35 replies
    Interpreter Magazine ^ | 3/17/2015 | Stephen Blank
    Last week Russia formally walked out of another arms control treaty, the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty. This treaty was widely regarded as one of the building blocks of post-Cold War European security but it now appears to be formally dead and buried. Indeed, Moscow announced it would not renegotiate this treaty though it might possibly discuss a new one. These steps actually embody the continuing disregard for international law that Moscow’s behavior, as opposed to its rhetoric, has regularly expressed. Despite a torrent of rhetoric about the need for states to observe international law, in fact Moscow unilaterally...
  • Syria claims to shoot down US reconnaissance aircraft (Predator Drone)

    03/17/2015 1:42:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    <p>Syria's state news agency says the country's air defense forces have shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft.</p> <p>SANA says the aircraft was downed Tuesday north of the coastal city of Latakia. It provided no further details.</p> <p>State television broadcast footage of what it said was the wreckage, including a wheel and electronic parts. Soldiers in camouflage could be seen loading some of the debris into the back of a truck.</p>
  • Greek PM To Meet With Putin Amid Cash Crunch

    03/17/2015 12:23:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-16-2015 | Durden
    With Greece digging around in the couch cushions to try and scrape up €2 billion by Friday in order to make payments to the IMF, the ECB, and Goldman, and with celebrity FinMin Yanis Varoufakis doing his absolute best to sink the entire ship with a series of epic PR faux pas, one is left to wonder just where Athens will turn when Berlin and Brussels finally reach the end of their ropes with what increasingly looks like gross incompetence in the Aegean. We may have gotten the answer to that question today via Reuters: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...
  • Wow, China Has a Lot of Different Early-Warning Planes

    03/17/2015 6:37:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 16, 2015
    New photos recently emerged of China’s KJ-500 airborne early-warning and control plane. It’s Beijing’s fifth unique fixed-wing AEW&C aircraft. Which is kind of a big deal. While hardly glamorous, these all-seeing planes are incredibly important to any modern air force. They transmit instructions and data — such as the presence of enemy fighters — with their powerful radars and sensors. If an air-to-air battle was an office, AEW&C planes would be the managers. An air force with one of these planes in the air can see far more — and at much longer ranges — than an enemy without one. But by any measure, five different types of...
  • Putin surfaces after mysterious 10-day absence

    03/17/2015 2:29:38 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Mar 15 | Michael Birnbaum and Brian Murphy
    MOSCOW — Russia’s leader is back. More than 10 days after President Vladimir Putin dropped from public sight without an explanation, he reappeared Monday relaxed, smiling and joking — although perhaps with a touch of the sniffles. His long absence from public view spurred furious speculation in Russia that he had suffered acute health issues or that there had been a serious bout of Kremlin infighting.