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  • 'Real Rebound' in World Economy: Barclays' CEO

    02/29/2012 6:53:08 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies · 3+ views
    CNBC ^ | February 29, 2012 | Margo D. Beller Special to CNBC.com
    Once again the world economy has proved the naysayers wrong and there's been a "real rebound" so far this year, Barclays CEO Robert Diamond told CNBC Wednesday. "One of the lessons we’ve learned in the last couple of years is every time it’s doom and gloom ... the economy is far more resilient," he said. "We see China at 8 percent to 9 percent growth, and reduction in unemployment [cnbc explains] in the U.S. So we’ve seen a real rebound." That even extends to Europe, which was stabilized by the European Central Bank's [cnbc explains] second liquidity injection. President Mario...
  • Putin warns West over Syria, Iran

    02/27/2012 6:41:11 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/27/2012 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned against military intervention in Syria or an attack on Iran in scathing criticism of the West on Monday as he laid out his foreign policy priorities less than a week before Russia's presidential election.
  • Russian navy signs for MiG-29K fighters

    02/29/2012 6:00:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Russian navy signs for MiG-29K fighters Russia has signed a contract to acquire 20 MiG-29K carrier-based fighters and four MiG-29KUB trainers. MiG confirmed on 29 February that defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov and MiG general director Sergei Korotkov had signed the contract. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Deliveries will be made between 2013 and 2015, with the aircraft to be operated from the Russian navy's lone carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, serving with its Northern Fleet based in Murmansk. The vessel currently operates Sukhoi Su-33 naval fighters. "The signature of this contract is a real step in fulfilling our...
  • WikiLeaks: Russia Gave Israel Iranian System's Codes

    02/29/2012 4:47:44 AM PST · by edpc · 12 replies · 1+ views
    YNet ^ | 29 Feb 2012 | YNet
    WikiLeaks has released an email exchange between employees of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence company, which reveals Israel and Russia made a deal to swap access codes for defense and surveillance equipment. According to the leaked document, Israel gave Russia the "data link codes" for unmanned aerial vehicles that the Jewish state sold to Georgia, and in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Tor-M1 missile defense systems that Russia sold Iran.
  • St. Petersburg Bans Homosexual, Pedophile Propaganda

    St. Petersburg’s Legislative Assembly passed on Wednesday a law penalizing the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors. The law, passed in the third and final reading, imposes fines of up to $16,000 on individuals and up to $160,000 on legal entities for the promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors. Twenty-nine of 50 legislators voted for the law with five against and one abstention. It follows similar bans in the southern Astrakhan and central Ryazan and Kostroma regions in Russia. The new legislation effectively outlaws any Gay Pride events. The St. Petersburg LGBT group Coming Out...
  • Putin assassination plot foiled, although timing of the release of this information is questioned

    02/27/2012 12:14:59 PM PST · by Hunton Peck
    Yahoo ^ | 2/27/2012 | Laura Rozen
    Russia's security services say they've foiled a plot by Chechen separatists to assassinate Russian leader Vladimir Putin, according to Russian media reports on Monday. The alleged hit job revelation comes a week ahead of Russian presidential elections that Putin is expected to easily win. Two suspects, reportedly acting under the leadership of Chechen warlord Doku Umar, "were arrested in Ukraine's Black Sea port city of Odessa after an accidental explosion Jan. 4 while they were trying to manufacture explosives at a rented apartment," the Associated Press reported Monday, citing Russian state television channel One. They were reportedly "preparing to kill...
  • Russia, Ukraine Agents Foil Anti-Putin Plot

    02/27/2012 5:44:09 AM PST · by Daffynition · 13 replies
    AP via Time.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2012 | staff reporter
    (MOSCOW) — Russian and Ukrainian special services have arrested a group of suspects accused of attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russia's state television said Monday. The Channel One said that the suspects were plotting to kill Putin in Moscow immediately after the March 4 presidential election, in which he is all but certain to reclaim the presidency.
  • Georgia Presents its Infantry Fighting Vehicle 'Lazika'

    02/27/2012 4:06:15 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Civil Georgia ^ | 25 Feb.'12
    Georgia Presents its Infantry Fighting Vehicle 'Lazika' President Saakashvili attended a presentation of first-ever Georgian produced infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Lazika, in the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi on February 25. “Lazika is equipped with remotely controlled weapon module and fire control system. It is armed with 23-mm cannon and 7.62-mm machine-gun. Its day/night thermal sighting system makes [IFV] capable to control fire, detect and locate targets in any weather conditions,” the president’s administration said in a statement. Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia told President Saakashvili that the IFV was currently undergoing “the last stage of testing.” He said that the...
  • S-500 Is Dying From Brain Drain

    02/26/2012 8:15:50 PM PST · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Strategy page ^ | 2/25/2012 | Strategy Page
    It was recently announced that the new Russian anti-aircraft/anti-missile system, the S-500, will be further delayed. Apparently the S-500 won't enter service until the end of the decade. Last year it was admitted that the S-500 was a full two years behind schedule, with prototype testing not taking place until 2015 and deliveries in 2017. It was explained that much of the delay was due to the fact that this system uses a lot of new technology. There also seems to be a problem deciding exactly what the S-500 should do. Senior government officials are apparently demanding that the S-500...
  • Backfires Burnished To Buy Time

    02/26/2012 8:10:48 PM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    Strategy page ^ | 2/25/2012 | Strategy Page
    Russia is upgrading 30 of its Tu-22M3 bombers to the Tu-22M3M standard. The first of the M3M models recently entered service. This new version has improved electronics, is able to deliver smart bombs, and has in-flight refueling capabilities restored. Other components of upgraded aircraft were refurbished as needed. This is expected to keep these 30 Tu-22M3Ms in service for another decade or more. All 30 upgrades will not be completed until the end of the decade. A decade ago Russia had over a hundred Tu-22M3 "Backfire" bombers in service. Or so it was claimed, as these aircraft didn't fly much....
  • Orthodox Church hails Putin’s approach to military issues

    The Russian Orthodox Church says it fully supports Vladimir Putin’s initiatives on military reform and also rejects the allegations that the church is an intrinsically pacifist organization. Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-placed cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church, told the press that the church was very happy that Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin intended to solve the problems of the Russian military, as stated in Putin’s recent article in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily. “I fully agree with the statement that the military force must again acquire the traditional role of the most important social elevator,” the Interfax news agency...
  • Report: U.S. May Intervene in Syria

    02/25/2012 5:04:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/12 | David Lev
    A report Saturday said that the United States was planning to intervene militarily in Syria, with or without United Nations authorization, if the killing in the country continued. A senior American official quoted in the London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said that the action would be based on the UN intervention in Kosovo several years ago: Establishment of a beachhead and carving out an area that was off-limits to forces controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, where refugees could come to flee Assad's troops, and which could be used as aforward base to reduce Assad's hold on the country, and eventually...
  • EU: German cabinet minister calls for Greek euro exit

    02/25/2012 1:44:33 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/25/2012 | Richard Blackden, in Mexico City
    Germany’s interior minister called for Greece to leave the eurozone on Saturday as hopes that the world’s richest countries would stump up more cash to help the International Monetary Fund (IMF) fight Europe’s debt crisis faded. Becoming the first member of Germany’s cabinet to openly call for a Greek exit, Hans-Peter Friedrich told Der Spiegel magazine that Greece’s chances of restoring its financial health would be greater outside the euro. “I’m not saying that Greece should be thrown out but rather to create incentives that it can’t say ‘no’ to,” he added. His comments came as eurozone leaders faced calls...
  • Chart: 'America’s Per Capita Government Debt Worse Than Greece'

    02/23/2012 2:48:30 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 23, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    The office of Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, sends along this chart, showing that 'America’s Per Capita Government Debt Worse Than Greece,' as well as Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain:
  • German showdown with IMF looms as Bundestag blocks rescue funds

    02/23/2012 3:04:52 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/23/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, and Louise Armitstead
    Germany's ruling parties are to introduce a resolution in parliament blocking any further boost to the EU’s bail-out machinery, vastly complicating Greece’s rescue package and risking a major clash with the International Monetary Fund. “European solidarity is not an end in itself and should not be a one-way street. Germany’s engagement has reached it limits,” said the text, drafted by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Free Democrat (FDP) allies. “Germany itself faces strict austerity to comply with the national debt brake,” said the declaration, which will go to the Bundestag next week. Lawmakers said there is no scope to...
  • Greece: Press Watch, Feb 23

    02/23/2012 4:16:21 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Athens News ^ | 2/23/2012
    “180,000 real bankruptcies” reported Avyi’s headline. The paper cited a study that predicts tens of thousands of small business closures, with the loss of 240,000 jobs, in 2012. The long road of implementation of Greece’s structural reforms and of the unprecedented austerity of the bailout programme has begun with parliamentary votes on enabling bills detailing how the measures will be implemented. Dailies focused on the wage and pension cuts and the massive layoffs that lie ahead. New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras’ intention of reinstating the MPs that he expelled for voting down the new bailout garnered broad attention. It was...
  • Buchanan: Who is a bigger threat — Iran or Israel?

    02/23/2012 5:35:28 PM PST · by rdb3 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 22 FEBRUARY 2012 | Jeff Poor
    In an interview on Russia Today with Gayane Chichakyan on Tuesday, former MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan warned that some people in positions of power in Israel and the United States that would like to see the U.S. engaged in a war with Iran over its potential to build a nuclear weapon.“There are people that want a war,” he said. “I mean, do not think no one wants a war. You don’t have wars unless someone wants it. And quite clearly the Israeli government would like to see the United States smash Iran’s nuclear program, which they think is creating the...
  • Russia will deliver Su-35 fighters and “Triumph” air defense systems to China

    02/24/2012 9:07:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Russian Aviaton ^ | February 22, 2012
    Russia will deliver Su-35 fighters and “Triumph” air defense systems to China China hopes to acquire new Russian S-400 Triumph air defense system by 2015, but only the question of delivery of Su-35 fighters to this country is being discussed at the moment, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. "The Chinese party has shown interest in acquisition of a number of Su-35 jets and submitted a proposal to us in 2011. At present this problem is being elaborated by the designated institution of Russia", - said the First Deputy Director General of Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin. Speaking of prospects of...
  • Israel Chooses Italian M346 For Jet Training Duties (Italo-Russian jet)

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has selected the Alenia Aermacchi M346 as its new advanced jet trainer, in preference to the Korean Aircraft Industries (KAI) T-50. A joint venture between IAI and Elbit will acquire some 30 aircraft and provide training courses to the IAF under contract. The Israeli defense ministry said that the deal is worth about $1 billion, and that the Italian government has agreed to purchase equipment from the Israeli defense industry worth a similar amount, in offset. KAI officials attending the Singapore Airshow last week made clear their displeasure at the Israeli decision-making process. KAI had...
  • Rights Groups: Syria Ramping Up Campaign Against Journalists

    02/24/2012 3:35:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Middle East Voices ^ | February 22, 2012 | unattributed (Michael Lipin?)
    Media rights groups say the killing of two Western journalists in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday shows Damascus is escalating a violent campaign against independent news coverage of its crackdown on dissent. Veteran American Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and French freelance photographer Remi Ochlik are the latest journalists to have been killed in an 11-month uprising that has become increasingly dangerous for the profession to cover. ...The Syrian government does not permit foreign reporters to travel freely and has kept most of them out. The two journalists were staying at a makeshift media center in the rebel-held...
  • The Russians and American Progressives: Together Again

    02/23/2012 5:46:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/23/12 | Cliff Kincaid
    The Russia Today (RT) Moscow-funded propaganda channel, which is backing the murderous regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, aired a special program on Tuesday night on how progressives in the U.S. can “Take Back the American Dream” by defeating Republicans. The propaganda effort was broadcast throughout the United States and produced in collaboration with major liberal groups such as the Campaign for America’s Future, MoveOn.org and Demos, all of them Soros-funded. The host was Thom Hartmann, who regards himself as the nation’s number one progressive radio talk-show host. The “National Teach-In to Take Back the American Dream”
  • Putin praises Cold War moles for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets

    02/22/2012 10:28:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:04pm EST | Steve Gutterman
    Vladimir Putin praised Cold War-era scientists on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets so that United States would not be the world's sole atomic power, in comments reflecting his vision of Russia as a counterweight to U.S. power. Spies with suitcases full of data helped the Soviet Union build its atomic bomb, he told military commanders. "You know, when the States already had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels," Putin said, according to state-run Itar-Tass. "The were carrying the information away not on microfilm...
  • India to Buy 71 More Russian Helicopters

    02/20/2012 10:50:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 20/02/2012
    India to Buy 71 More Russian Helicopters The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to procure 71 more Mi-17 V5 helicopters, including 12 for the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Business Standard daily reported on Monday. These would be in addition to the 80 already ordered from Russia. Of the 71 helicopters to be ordered, 59 would be provided to the IAF for replacing its old Mi-8 and Mi-17IV choppers and six would go to the Border Security Force. The remaining six would be distributed among the other central armed police forces, IAF officials said. On Thursday the IAF put...
  • Fearing West, Putin pledges biggest military buildup since cold war

    02/20/2012 10:40:05 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2/20/2012 | Fred Weir
    Russia needs to launch a major military buildup to prepare for life in a dangerous world where international law is breaking down, the West feels free to intervene in sovereign countries, and rivals could invade Russia to seize its rich trove of natural resources, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned. In his fifth programmatic article detailing what he will do if he wins a new six-year presidential term in elections that are now less than two weeks off, Mr. Putin pledged, among other things, the biggest rearmament program in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over the next...
  • Russian Air Force to Receive New Attack Aircraft by 2020

    02/20/2012 8:10:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 21/02/2012
    Russian Air Force to Receive New Attack Aircraft by 2020 The deliveries of new close air support aircraft to the Russian Air Force will start by 2020, Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said. “The Air Force units will start receiving this aircraft by 2020,” Drik said on Monday. “It will gradually replace highly-reliable Su-25SM Frogfoot attack planes.” According to Drik, the new aircraft will meet the demands of modern warfare and feature elements of “stealth” technology, the whole range of tactical weaponry, modern radar and navigation equipment. Meanwhile, Russia will continue to upgrade its outdated Su-25 attack aircraft to...
  • For Syria, Reliant on Russia for Weapons and Food, Old Bonds Run Deep

    02/20/2012 5:41:38 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/18/2012 | David Herszenhorn
    As the violence in Syria worsened in recent days, amateur video showed the forces of President Bashar al-Assad rolling through the besieged city of Homs in vintage Soviet battle tanks. Other photographs, including satellite images released by the State Department, showed deployments of Soviet-designed truck-mounted rocket launchers and two models of a self-propelled howitzer whose sweet-scented names in Russian, Gvozdika and Akatsiya (Carnation and Acacia), are no reflection of their fearsome firepower. Seemingly undeterred by an international outcry, Moscow has worked frantically in recent weeks to preserve its relationship with the increasingly isolated government of Mr. Assad, even as the...
  • Iranian ships reach Syria, China warns of civil war

    02/20/2012 6:12:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 46 replies · 1+ views
    China accused Western countries of stirring civil war in Syria and two Iranian warships docked at a Syrian naval base, underscoring rising international tensions over the near year-long crisis. -excerpt- "Hama is cut off from the outside world. There are no landlines, no mobile phone network and no internet. House to house arrests take place daily and sometimes repeatedly in the same neighborhoods," an opposition statement said.
  • Putin Pledges 400 ICBMs for Russia in Ten Years

    02/19/2012 10:33:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 20/02/2012
    Putin Pledges 400 ICBMs for Russia in Ten Years Russia’s armed forces will receive over 400 modern intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), more than 100 military spacecraft and over 2,300 new tanks within the next ten years, Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin said. Earlier media voiced fears that by 2020, Russia’ ICBM arsenal could reduce by more than half as over 400 missiles would go beyond their maximum service life without timely replacement. “Within the next decade, the armed forces will receive more than 400 modern ground- and sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, eight ballistic missile submarines, about 20 general...
  • Is this true? "The State Dept is secretly negotiating to give Alasakan islands to Russia"

    11/23/2009 8:06:06 AM PST · by MelSmith · 21 replies · 1,953+ views
    This is from a direct-mail fundraising piece from "StateDepartmentWatch.org". They say that the current congress "will decide the fate of eight strategically and economically vital islands in Alaska...and the U.S. will get nothing in return." This is the first that I've heard this claim and I don't know if it's valid.
  • Quietly, State Dept. Turns Over American Islands to Russia, Others

    06/12/2003 9:16:57 AM PDT · by Beck_isright · 87 replies · 2,570+ views
    NewsMax ^ | May 8, 2000 | Stephan Archer
    Quietly, State Dept. Turns Over American Islands to Russia, Others In recent years several U.S. islands have been ceded to Russia and other countries, without congressional approval or public debate. These islands, many uninhabited, are significant because they hold potential mineral, gas, oil and fishing rights – not to mention potential strategic military value. So where exactly are these disputed islands? The Arctic islands, which lie west of Alaska and north of Siberia, include the islands of Wrangell, Herald, Bennett, Jeannette and Henrietta. The islands in the Bering Sea make up the westernmost point in Alaska’s Aleutian chain and include...
  • Report: Obama Administration Is Giving Away 7 Strategic Islands to Russia

    02/18/2012 4:32:00 PM PST · by sushiman · 45 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/18/12 | Jim Hoff
  • Iranian naval ships enter Mediterranean via Suez

    02/17/2012 11:53:32 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 17, 2012
    (Reuters) - Two Iranian naval ships have sailed through Egypt's Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, in a move likely to be keenly watched by Israel. "Two Iranian ships crossed through the Suez Canal (on Thursday) following permission from the Egyptian armed forces," a source in the canal authority said Friday. The destroyer and a supply ship could be on their way to the Syrian coast, the source added. Iran and Syria agreed to cooperate on naval training a year ago, and Tehran has no naval agreement with any other country in the region. Two Iranian warships sailed along the strategic...
  • Adolf Eichmann's list

    03/16/2008 10:37:34 AM PDT · by Alouette · 195 replies · 3,562+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | Mar. 16, 2008 | Sarah Helm
    It is one of the enduring mysteries of the second world war. More than 800 Jews based in this hospital in the middle of Nazi Berlin survived the war, seemingly — and bizarrely — protected by Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution. So who were they and why were they saved? Russian soldiers fighting their way through the rubble of Berlin in the last days of the war turned the corner of Iranische Strasse, in the district of Wedding, and came across an elegant building almost intact. Fanning out to search the structure, the Russians ransacked the place,...
  • Operation Unthinkable (Churchills Plan for War with the Soviet Union)

    11/16/2001 1:23:50 PM PST · by tonycavanagh · 49 replies · 6,732+ views
    Within days of the defeat of Germany in World War II, Winston Churchill ordered his war cabinet to draw up contingency plans for an offensive against Stalin that would lead to ``the elimination of Russia'', according to top secret British documents. The resulting battle plan included the use of up to 100,000 German troops to back up half a million British and American soldiers attacking through northern Germany. It assumed that Stalin would invade Turkey, Greece, Norway and the oilfields of Iraq and Iran in retaliation and launch extensive sabotage operations in France and the Low Countries. A 29-page report, ...
  • The devastation of Dunkirk: Haunting images from German soldier's photo album seen for first time

    11/13/2011 10:51:23 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 20 replies
    dailymail ^ | 5:36 PM on 13th November 2011
    These photographs are part of a chilling collection of WWII photographs taken by a German soldier in the aftermath of Dunkirk. Today on Remembrance Day, they are a fitting reminder of the fields which played host to some of the bloodiest battles of World War One in which 10 million soldiers died. The pictures show the lifeless beaches of northern France littered with thousands of allied vehicles left behind following the infamous evacuation.One disturbing snap shows the rotting corpse of a British soldier lapping at the shore. Others show the devastation inflicted on the town of Dunkirk following days of...
  • Revisionism not remorse

    02/18/2012 8:10:06 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-17-12 | ALEX RYVCHIN
    Europe rewrites the Holocaust in order to revive patriotic traditions free from guilt. Nearly 70 years after the massacre of more than 27,000 Jews in Rostov, on the banks of the River Don, the Russian Ministry of Culture has announced it will replace the plaque adorning the monument to the dead. But once the text of the new inscription was revealed, it became clear that this was not merely an exhibition of the low level officialÂ’s love of new unveilings and plaque dedications. Rather it was another attempt by a European state to revise the history of the Holocaust and...
  • Islam and democracy are incompatible

    Egypt, a country called typically Russian resort, is grasped by the so-called "date revolution." Interfax-Religion correspondent Yelena Verevkina asked renowned expert in Islam Alexander Ignatenko what is the role of Islamists in undermining foundations of this "beach paradise." Alexander Alexandrovich, what is the role of Islamist underground in organizing disorders in Egypt? - I think their role is not too significant as the things happening in Egypt, can be called revolution "two in one." On the one hand, it is a revolt of people who have been oppressed by gerontocratic corruption regimen, but on the other hand, it is so...
  • Russia must stay “combat ready” – Orthodox Church

    Speaking on matters beyond the realm of the spiritual, a top Orthodox Church cleric said Russia must play a greater role in responding to ongoing global events that could deteriorate into a world war. "There are many processes occurring in the world in which Russia should play a much more active role,” Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-placed cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church, said in an interview with the Svobodnaya Pressa ('Free Press') publishing house. “The economic and social contradictions that have cropped up in the world are so powerful that they are sure to blow up into serious military operations."...
  • Air Force Special Operations Command eyes Russian security software for iPads

    When the Air Force Special Operations Command decided to buy 2,861 made-in-China Apple iPad tablet computers in January to provide flight crews with electronic navigation charts and technical manuals, it specified mission security software developed, maintained and updated in Russia. The command followed in the path of Alaska Airlines, which in May 2011 became the first domestic carrier to drop paper charts and manuals in exchange for electronic flight bags. Alaska chose the same software, GoodReader, developed by Moscow-based Good.iware, to display charts in a PDF format on iPads. Delta Air Lines kicked off a test in August for electronic...
  • Russian forces kill Islamist rebel leader

    02/17/2012 8:42:03 AM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    defenceweb.co.za ^ | 16FEB12 | Written by Reuters
    Russian security forces have killed a leader of an Islamist rebel group in the North Caucasus who was accused of plotting a botched suicide attack in Moscow and calling for more bombings. Ibragimkhalil Daudov was found dead in a forest on Tuesday after being wounded at the weekend in a shootout when police stormed a nearby house where he was hiding in the mainly Muslim region of Dagestan, Kommersant newspaper reported. Daudov escaped after the shootout, in which four gunmen were killed, but lost a lot of blood and froze to death, Kommersant quoted security officers as saying, Reuters reports....
  • Russia Must Build Two Variants of 5G Fighter - Rogozin

    02/16/2012 8:24:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 16/02/2012
    Russia Must Build Two Variants of 5G Fighter - Rogozin Russian aircraft manufacturers must develop at least two competitive prototypes of a fifth-generation fighter jet, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday. “Two variants of the future fighter jet must be developed to encourage competition,” Rogozin said at a meeting with Russian lawmakers. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the future fighter must possess all technical characteristics of a fifth-generation fighter, including elements of stealth technology, supersonic cruising speed, highly-integrated avionics, electronics and fire-control systems. The existing T-50 prototype, developed under the program PAK FA (Future Aviation System for...
  • Syria crisis: UN assembly approves Arab-backed resolution

    02/16/2012 6:47:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | unattributed
    The UN General Assembly has voted in favour of a resolution condemning human rights violations in Syria and calling for an end to the violence. The Arab-backed initiative, which also calls on President Bashar al-Assad to resign, is the latest of several attempts to bring an end to the crisis. Syria said the move would only worsen the crisis and encourage "terrorists". Earlier, China said it was sending a senior envoy to Damascus to negotiate a "peaceful and proper" solution. The non-binding resolution adopted by the General Assembly backs an Arab League plan aimed at stopping the killings. It was...
  • Fire on the (Russian) nuclear submarine Ekaterinburg

    02/15/2012 4:46:08 PM PST · by gandalftb · 28 replies
    Kommersant ^ | 2/13/12 | Mikhail Lukin, Ivan Safronov
    Three days before the New Year at the shipyard N82, which is the Kola Peninsula, there was a state of emergency - on fire standing in the dock, the submarine. In reality, Russia almost a day on the verge of the largest man-made disaster since Chernobyl, 6 km from Murmansk with a bright flame burning nuclear strategic missile submarine K-84 "Yekaterinburg", which was carrying nuclear missiles, torpedoes and two nuclear reactors. And all the efforts of fire fighters during the long hours did not give the result. In early December K-84 was set for the inspection of the floating dock...
  • U.S. considers sharp cuts to nuclear force

    (AP) WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, The Associated Press has learned. Even the most modest option now under consideration would be an historic and politically bold disarmament step in a presidential election year, although the plan is in line with President Barack Obama's 2009 pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons. No final decision has been made, but the administration is considering at least three options for lower total numbers of deployed strategic...
  • Russia, Vietnam to Jointly Manufacture Anti-Ship Missiles

    02/15/2012 5:21:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/02/2012
    Russia, Vietnam to Jointly Manufacture Anti-Ship Missiles 16:45 15/02/2012MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Vietnam are planning to start in 2012 joint production of a modified anti-ship missile, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Mikhail Dmitriyev said on Wednesday. “We are planning to build facilities in Vietnam for the production of a version of the Russian Uran [SS-N-25 Switchblade] missile in a project that is similar to joint Russian-Indian production of the BrahMos missile,” Dmitriyev said. The Uran subsonic anti-ship missile can be launched from helicopters, surface ships and coastal defense batteries. It has a range...
  • U.S. Turkey Seek Peaceful Resolution To Syrian Crisis

    02/15/2012 4:29:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Bernama ^ | Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | unattributed
    The U.S. and Turkish foreign ministers vowed on Monday to work toward a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the escalating violence across Syria 'deplorable', saying that the government was using "artillery and tank fire against innocent civilians." ... She said the United States is looking forward to joining the Arab League initiative for the Friends of Syria group, which will have its first meeting in Tunisia on Feb 24. "Certainly, Minister Davutoglu and myself will play a very active role in trying to search for solutions," the top U.S. envoy said. ......
  • Russia, China Gave Syria ‘License To Kill,’ White House Says

    02/14/2012 3:42:32 PM PST · by edpc · 10 replies
    The Ticket - Yahoo ^ | 14 Feb 2012 | Olivier Knox
    Even as visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping got the red-carpet treatment from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, the White House on Tuesday accused China and Russia of effectively giving Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a "license to kill" the critics of his regime by vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at ending bloodshed in Syria. Obama press secretary Jay Carney did not use the incendiary phrase, which Norah O'Donnell of CBS News put in the mouth of an anonymous administration official, in a TV report Monday and in a question to Carney at his daily...
  • Russia faced major nuclear disaster in 2011: report

    02/14/2012 10:36:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 2/14/12 | Guy Faulconbridge | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia came close to nuclear disaster in late December when a blaze engulfed a nuclear-powered submarine carrying atomic weapons, a leading Russian magazine reported, contradicting official assurances that it was not armed. Russian officials said at the time that all nuclear weapons aboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine had been unloaded well before a fire engulfed the 167-metre (550 feet) vessel and there had been no risk of a radiation leak. But the respected Vlast weekly magazine quoted several sources in the Russian navy as saying that throughout the fire on December 29 the submarine was carrying 16...
  • Russia Grounds Su-24 Bomber Fleet after Urals Crash

    02/14/2012 4:28:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 14/02/2012
    Russia Grounds Su-24 Bomber Fleet after Urals Crash Russia has postponed indefinitely all flights of Su-24 Fencer tactical bombers after one of them crashed in Russia’s Urals, a source in the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. The Su-24 combat aircraft crashed in the woods of the Kurgan region during a routine flight on Monday. Both pilots ejected safely. “The Air Force commander has cancelled all flights of this type of aircraft until the cause of the crash is established,” the source said but did not specify how long it could take. Monday’s crash was the third of a Su-24 in...
  • Athens By Night

    02/12/2012 7:14:07 PM PST · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2/12/12 | Tyler Durden
    The Troika went to bail out Europe's banks (for the nth time) and all we got was this postcard of night time Athens...