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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...