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  • Ill fame of the aircraft-carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

    10/11/2012 8:08:11 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    English Russia ^ | March 30, 2012 | Ok4u2bu
    Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov (“Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov”) is an aircraft cruiser serving as the flagship of the Russian Navy. She was originally commissioned in the Soviet Navy, and was intended to be the lead ship of her class, but the only other ship of her class, Varyag, was never completed. The ship has ill fame and the phrase “If you misbehave, you’ll be sent to the Kuznetsov” is a norm. Read below to find out why. To begin with, the ship has no heating because an auxiliary boiler is missing. So it’s not bad...
  • The Obama Tapes that Can Bring Romney Victory

    10/10/2012 11:58:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 11, 2012 | Edward Olshaker
    Elections are less likely to be decided by debates than by a handful of images engraved in voters' minds. The possibility persists that President Obama might win this battle of images -- and thus the election -- by relentlessly depicting Mitt Romney as rich, out of touch, and uncaring, a caricature amplified by endless repetition of Romney's "47 percent" tape by the Obama campaign, with ample help from his devoted media. On September 25, for example, long after it was news, all three networks reported on how the damaging video simply won't go away (no doubt because they won't stop...
  • Russia Won’t Renew Pact on Weapons With U.S.

    10/10/2012 11:01:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 10, 2012 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    The Russian government said Wednesday that it would not renew a hugely successful 20-year partnership with the United States to safeguard and dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union when the program expires next spring, a potentially grave setback in the already fraying relationship between the former cold war enemies. The Kremlin’s refusal to renew the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program would put an end to a multibillion-dollar effort, financed largely by American taxpayers, that is widely credited with removing all nuclear weapons from the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus; deactivating more than 7,600...
  • Russia says it will not renew arms agreement with U.S.

    10/10/2012 6:38:29 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 90 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 10, 2012 | Staff
    (Reuters) - Russia will not renew a decades-old agreement with Washington on dismantling nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The death of the 1991 agreement, which had been renewed twice, is the latest in a series of hitches in relations between the United States and Russia and casts doubt on the future of the much-vaunted "reset" in relations between the Cold War-era foes. "The basis of the program is an agreement of 1991 which, by virtue of the time when it was conceived, the way it...
  • China Defends Its Bricks (Indian carrier delayed for year, possible counterfeit Chinese parts)

    10/10/2012 7:22:55 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 23 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | October 9, 2012
    China and Russia are arguing over the quality of Chinese firebricks. That's because last month Russia told India that delivery of the refurbished Russian carrier Admiral Gorshkov (since renamed the INS Vikramaditya) would be delayed another ten months. The problem was that seven of eight steam boilers in the carrier power plant failed during recent high-speed trials. The Russians blame India for this, as the Indians refused to allow the Russians to use asbestos to insulate nearby engine components from the intense heat generated by the steam boilers. Instead the Russians had to use firebrick which, as some engineers suspected,...
  • Turkish jets intercept Syrian plane (Missile parts from Russia on board.)

    10/10/2012 7:06:32 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 4 replies
    UKPA ^ | Oct 10, 2012 | Staff
    Turkish military jets have forced a Syrian passenger plane to land at Ankara airport on suspicion that it might be carrying weapons or other military equipment. The incident came amid heightened tensions between Turkey and Syria which have sparked fears of a wider regional conflict. The Syrian Air airliner was travelling from Moscow when it was intercepted by F16 jets as it entered Turkish air space and was escorted to the capital's Esenboga Airport, state-run TRT television reported.
  • Turkish Jets Force Syrian Plane (after departing Moscow) to Land over Suspicious Cargo (Weapons)

    10/10/2012 12:39:58 PM PDT · by silentknight · 97 replies
    Turkish state TV: Turkish fighter jets have forced a Syrian passenger plane coming from Moscow to land at the Ankara airport. 2 hours ago
  • Iran's Tumbling Rial Undermines Its Support of Syria's Economy

    10/09/2012 4:59:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    al Monitor ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Ibrahim Saif, translated by Rani Geha
    Last week, the Iranian rial continued its historic slide, falling to a record low against the U.S. dollar. Over the course of the week, the price of one dollar in Tehran rose from 34,200 rials to 37,500 -- a 10% drop in the rial's value. In fact, the currency has lost 75% of its value in one year. In late 2011, the price of the dollar was 13,000 rials. The latest slide in the value of the rial may well have been expected given recent trends, but the severity and speed of the drop surprised many... prices in Iran have...
  • [Iraqi PM] Maliki in Russia for huge arms deal, Syria agreement

    10/09/2012 5:06:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Sri Lankan Daily News ^ | Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | unattributed
    Russia eyes a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria on Tuesday when it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the first time in almost four years. Maliki arrived in Moscow for three days of discussions Monday that media reports speculated would conclude with the signing of a $4.3 billion arms deal that makes Russia Iraq's biggest supplier after the United States. But that contract and talks about new energy tie-ups were likely to create only the background to a strong common stance against any form of outside pressure on Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad to leave power. "The...
  • My 5 cents: Thoughts from a Russian immigrant

    10/09/2012 12:39:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | october 9, 2012 | Luba Wold
    These past 20 years in the United States proved that the fairy tale land I've heard about is still the land of opportunity. This is the country where everyone has a chance for a good living, if they work at it. In the country I came from we worked hard, but to no avail. The system did not reward the hard work, it favored those who sought well-being by becoming a part of the system, manipulating the system, or becoming Communist Party members. When I came to the United States in 1991 I couldn't wait to get my "green card"...
  • Europe’s Richer Regions Want Out

    10/06/2012 1:51:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    CATALONIA may be the catalyst for a renewed wave of separatism in the European Union, with Scotland and Flanders not far behind. The great paradox of the European Union, which is built on the concept of shared sovereignty, is that it lowers the stakes for regions to push for independence. While a post-national European Union may be emerging out of the euro zone crisis, with a drive for more fiscal union and more centralized control over national budgets and banks, the crisis has accelerated calls for independence from member countries’ richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors. Artur...
  • EU preparing to ban gas imports from Iran

    10/06/2012 9:56:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 05 October 2012 | ( with Reuters)
    The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas into Europe as part of its efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. … The moves come as European governments and the United States are searching for new ways to pressure Tehran into scaling back its nuclear work after diplomacy foundered earlier this year. Tehran denies its work has any military intentions. …
  • How the Europeans Saved Islam

    10/05/2012 12:08:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 3, 2012 | Mike Konrad
    A study of Western History shows that on many occasions Islam was on its deathbed only to be rescued by Western intervention. The civilizational struggle we now face is one of our own making. The enormity of this abysmal lunacy becomes apparent when one realizes that by the mid-nineteenth century so complete was Islam's collapse that at every point where it survived, it did so only because of imprudent Western assistance. The monster we now face is a resuscitated corpse, and like that of Frankenstein, it has consistently turned on the creator who gave it life. In 1492, the Muslims...
  • The Downside of Obama’s Foreign Policy

    10/04/2012 11:09:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 2, 2012 | John Cornyn
    Addressing the Democratic National Convention on September 6, President Obama proudly highlighted his foreign-policy achievements, boasting that “al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat” and affirming that “our longest war” — the war in Afghanistan — would be over by 2014. Then he drew laughter by painting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as diplomatic lightweights: “My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy.”Talk about bad timing. Less than a week after the president’s speech, on the anniversary of 9/11, four American officials were killed in a terrorist attack at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, and...
  • Lithuania suing Russian energy giant Gazprom

    10/04/2012 7:04:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.10.12 @ 09:25 (October 4) | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Lithuania has highlighted that Russian energy giant Gazprom is facing a series of billion-euro lawsuits on alleged price-fixing, as well as the recently-opened European Commission probe. Vilnius is prosecuting a €1.4 billion legal action against it at the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal for alleged distortion of gas prices in Lithuania between 2004 and 2012. Lithuania's Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius on Wednesday (3 October) said in a statement that German and Polish companies have also filed Gazprom cases. "In this respect, Lithuania is following suit," said Kubilius. Lithuania is entirely dependent on Gazprom for its gas supplies and imports more than 80...
  • Russian Agent & 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military & Intelligence...

    10/04/2012 12:13:15 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Russian Agent and 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military and Intelligence Operating in the U.S. and Russia Indicted in New York Defendants Also Include Texas- and Russia-Based Corporations; 165 Persons and Companies ‘Designated’ by Commerce Department U.S. Attorney’s Office October 03, 2012 BROOKLYN, NY—An indictment was unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging 11 members of a Russian military procurement network operating in the United States and Russia, as well as a Texas-based export company and a Russia-based procurement firm, with illegally...
  • North Caucasus Muftis back ban on anti-Muslim film

    10/02/2012 1:34:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | October 02, 2012
    Moscow, October 2, Interfax - The Coordinating Center of the North Caucasus Muslim Board has supported the ban imposed on the Innocence of Muslims film by a court in Moscow, as well as its declaration as extremist. "I would like to thank the court for passing such a ruling. It is a positive step to protect believers' rights," the representative of the North Caucasus Muslim Board in Moscow and chairman of the Islamic Culture Foundation, Mufti Shafig Pshikhachev, told Interfax-Religion on Monday. He also backed the bill that would make persons insulting religious people's feelings and profaning religious values criminally...
  • Putin against the double standards in believers` rights protection

    10/02/2012 1:16:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | October 02, 2012
    Moscow, October 2, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin does not quite understand the double standards, which exist in some countries as to the believers` rights protection. At the press conference after his talks with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker Putin remarked that such problems exist not only in Russia, but also in many other states. In particular, the president reminded of the protests against "the well-known anti-Islamic movie" meaning Innocence of Muslims. "I did not hear somebody was punished for it," Putin said. According to him "there are always some contradictions in the issue where the human...
  • 'Ex-Stasi agent' heads Russia's Rusal board

    10/02/2012 1:05:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | October 1, 2012
    The world's largest aluminium producer Rusal on Monday appointed Russian President Vladimir Putin's old KGB friend and former member of East Germany's Stasi security service as its chairman. Matthias Warnig's promotion marks only the latest step up the ladder of major Russian business for the former Dresdner Bank Group member. The 57-year-old already serves as managing director of the Nord Stream AG operator of Russia's new Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline to Germany that was unveiled last year. .... Warnig has long been reputed to have special personal ties to Putin despite his refusal to go into the subject in...
  • EU: Germany told to 'come clean’ over Greece

    09/30/2012 3:23:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/30/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel must “come clean at long last” and admit that Greece will need help for another seven or eight years, the German opposition leader said over the weekend. “The Greeks must stand by their commitment, but we must give them time. We cannot tighten the screws any futher,” said Peer Steinbruck, the Social Democrat candidate for chancellor. He said the political and economic fall-out from Greek ejection from the euro would be devastating and must be avoided. The plea came amid reports that Berlin is so worried that a Greek crisis would spin out of control that...