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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...
  • Obama's second term: More Reaganesque acting or bold Nixonian action (Putin wants 0bama)

    09/29/2012 5:59:44 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    President Barack Obama will easily defeat his Republican opponent former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. There was never any doubt about the outcome. American media corporations portrayed the 2012 presidential election as a vibrant and close contest between Obama and Romney, even though the outcome in Obama's favor was certain from the outset.
  • All-Chinese jets to serve on nation's first carrier

    09/28/2012 6:48:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies ^ | September 28, 2012
    All-Chinese jets to serve on nation's first carrier China's first aircraft carrier will be equipped with aircraft developed from fighters made in China, Ministry of Defense spokesman Yang Yujun said Thursday. Chinese J-15 fighters.[File photo] Domestic military officials and analysts are predicting that Chinese J-15 fighters, instead of Russia's Su-33 fighter, will be used as many photographs had been published showing the plane on the Liaoning's deck. The current weak point of the J-15, also known as the Flying Shark, which is said to be a match for US F-18 Hornet fighters, is its Russia-made Al-31 engines which are less...
  • Russia suspends import and use of American GM corn after study revealed cancer risk

    09/26/2012 8:16:04 AM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | September 25, 2012 | Sean Poulter
    Russia has suspended the import and use of an American GM corn following a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage. Separately, the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA), has ordered its own review in to the research, which was conducted at a French university. The decision by Russia could be followed by other nations in what would be a severe blow to the take-up of the controversial technology.Historically, biotech companies have proved the safety of GM crops based on trials involving feeding rats for a period of 90 days. However, experts at the University of Caen conducted an...
  • Coming very soon: Spring of Persia

    09/25/2012 12:47:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Ashok K. Mehta
    Israeli intelligence believes that March 2013 will be the decisive moment when Israel has to act jointly with the US against Iran, as a de-coupled attack is unlikely to derail Tehran's nuclear programme The mood at the World Summit on Counter-terrorism at Herzliya, Tel Aviv, this month was sombre. Mixed feelings about the Arab Spring —which many called an ‘uprising’ — and what to do about Iran were dominant. While placards on the streets in Tel Aviv read: “Don’t Bomb. Talk”, discussions on ‘deciding on the bomb or bombing’ and ‘preparing for The Day After were plentiful’. The regional scene...
  • Russia Boasts of Huge Diamond Field

    09/25/2012 12:09:06 PM PDT · by null and void · 21 replies
    Russian scientists are claiming that a gigantic deposit of industrial diamonds found in a huge Siberian meteorite crater during Soviet times could revolutionize industry. The Siberian branch of Russian Academy of Sciences said that the Popigai crater in eastern Siberia contains "many trillions of carats" of so-called "impact diamonds" — good for technological purposes, not for jewelry, and far exceeding the currently known global deposits of conventional diamonds. Nikolai Pokhilenko, the head of the Geological and Mineralogical Institute in Novosibirsk, told RIA Novosti news agency on September 17, 2012, that the diamonds include other molecular forms of carbon. He...
  • Russian truck drivers were attacked by bandits

    09/21/2012 4:50:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/19/12 | vamptheme1
    The bandits tried to extort money from truckers.
  • Communist Boss Brands Slain U.S. Diplomat ‘Lowest Dog’

    09/19/2012 9:57:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies ^ | September 19, 2012
    Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov has angered the U.S. administration by derogatory comments on the recent killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Kommersant daily reported on Wednesday. “The American ambassador to Libya was shot like the lowest dog. He was the main expert on the Libyan ‘revolution.’ He reaped what he sowed,” Zyuganov, leader of the second largest political party in Russia, tweeted on Monday. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed along with three colleagues when rioters attacked the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on September 11, after protests about the film...
  • Arab royals profit from U.S. power project

    09/19/2012 4:22:06 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 19, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Although the Obama administration claims U.S.-funded power infrastructure projects in the nation of Georgia will boost energy security and stability in the former Soviet republic, WND has uncovered corollary beneficiaries of this foreign assistance: Arab royals. Promoting the development of the Poti Free Industrial Zone, or Poti FIZ, on the Black Sea coast is a driving force behind the Georgia Improved Transmission, or GIPT, project, according to several procurement documents that WND found during routine database research... However, the agency is not advertising the fact that one of the United Arab Emirates monarchies manages the zone. Indeed, Poti FIZ is...
  • Report: Russia writes off most of NKorea's debt

    09/18/2012 5:07:46 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    AP viaYahooNews ^ | September 15, 2012 | staff reporter
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian media report that the country has written off most of North Korea's $11 billion debt. The Russian finance ministry on Tuesday confirmed that it has signed a debt deal with North Korea, but refused to provide immediate details. Interfax quoted deputy finance minister Sergei Storchak as saying that Russia has written off 90 percent of the Soviet-era debt.
  • Russians Shoot (Yemeni) Fisherman in the Face

    09/18/2012 7:48:26 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 28 replies
    GCAPTAIN ^ | Sep 17, 2012 | Alan Katz
    The Nordic Fighter tanker was sailing south in the Red Sea as Mohammed Ali Quanas headed west to catch kingfish on Aug. 3, 2011. Quanas began cooking the evening meal for the seven other men in the narrow, rented skiff.They say they curved away to the northwest to keep their usual distance from merchant vessels, as did two other fishing skiffs working nearby from their home port of Hodeidah, Yemen.From 500 meters, gunshots erupted from the tanker. Two rounds pierced the water on the motorboat’s starboard side, and a third slammed into Quanas’s face.“He was killed while he was holding...
  • Citing extremism, Russia seeks to ban ‘Innocence of Muslims’

    09/18/2012 4:28:48 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | September 17, 2012
    The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has warned internet providers against the online distribution of the film, which Muslims say is blasphemous. "The Prosecutor General's Office will appeal to the courts for this film to be acknowledged as extremist in order to prevent its online distribution in Russia," Office spokesperson Marina Gridneva told Interfax on Monday. An inquiry has been held into "the online distribution of the film, which insulted religious beliefs…and incited inter-ethnic feud," she said. "Before the court makes a ruling, the Prosecutor General's Office instructed the Federal Service for Communications, Mass Media and Information Technologies to take measures...
  • US diplomats in Beirut burning classified material

    09/17/2012 9:07:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Big Story ^ | 9-17-12 | Matthew Lee
    Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution amid anti-American protests in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. A State Department status report obtained Monday by The Associated Press said the Beirut embassy had "reviewed its emergency procedures and is beginning to destroy classified holdings." It also said that local Lebanese employees were sent home early due to protests by the militant Shiite group Hezbollah over an anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S.
  • Website reports U. S. embassy in Lebanon fears attack (destroying secret codes and documents)

    09/17/2012 2:43:03 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 5 replies ^ | 9/17 |
    AGI) Beirut - The Moscow-based website 'Russia Today' reports the U.S. embassy in Lebanon has begun to destroy secret codes and classified documents. The reason given is the large demonstration against the 'Innocence of Muslims' now taking place in Beirut and organized by Hezbollah. After listening to a speech by the organization's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, about 100,000 demonstrators, segregated by gender, began marching through Beirut. 'Russia Today' intimated that, according to U.S. diplomatic sources, an assault on the embassy is feared. . .
  • Along With Russian Navy Vessels in Tribute To Am Vets, DNC Video Also Showed Turkish Fighter Jets

    09/17/2012 2:19:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 17, 2012
    Via Daily Caller: The Democratic PartyÂ’s national convention in Charlotte, N.C., may have doubled down on insulting the U.S. military community.The Democratic National Committee has already apologized for using a photo of four Soviet-era Russian warships in a giant stage backdrop intended to illustrate the partyÂ’s support for military personnel and veterans.That huge image, visible in the Time Warner Cable Arena during speeches by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and retired Admiral John B. Nathman, also depicted a synchronized formation of jet aircraft that convention-goers assumed were American fighter planes.But the F-5 fighter planes in the photo are part of the...
  • The Sino Indian Vietnamese Triangle: Old Grudges, Hydrocarbons, And Geopolitical Gamesmanship...

    09/14/2012 11:00:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Energy Tribune ^ | Sep. 12, 2012 | Tim Daiss
    The Sino Indian Vietnamese Triangle: Old Grudges, Hydrocarbons, And Geopolitical Gamesmanship Part Two Along with Vietnam, India also has strained relations with China albeit even more complicated. The world’s two most populous countries also share a common border of 3,380 kilometers (2,100 miles) – an area that has seen plenty of conflict and bloodshed. The two have had three major military clashes along this common border since 1962 and India still accuses China of crossing into disputed areas, with a recent incident occurring in July when the Chinese army allegedly stopped work on an Indian government irrigation project in the...
  • 'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

    After days of protests over an anti-Islam film, American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa were braced for further violence after Friday prayers. The US put its overseas missions on high alert. Germany has closed its embassies in a number of Muslim-majority countries in fear of attacks. "We are observing how the security situation develops with great attentiveness and we have increased security precautions at a number of foreign missions," a spokesman for the German Foreign Office told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Embassies in North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan are believed to be among those affected.
  • Russian Supreme Court Says 'Neutral' Gay Information Is Legal

    09/14/2012 11:23:25 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 3 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | Sep 14 2012 | Staff
    Russia's Supreme Court has ruled that a controversial ban on gay propaganda does not extend to public demonstrations and discussions of gay rights. In an August 15 ruling posted on the court's website on September 14, the court upheld a regional ban on gay propaganda targeting minors, but said that providing minors with "general" and "neutral" information about gay rights did not fall under the ban. The ruling follows an appeal by gay-rights activists of a recent ban by lawmakers in Russia's northwest Arkhangelsk Oblast of gay propaganda to minors. Gay-rights groups have welcomed the ruling, which they say excludes...
  • After APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Moscow Declares War on EU

    09/13/2012 5:40:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/13/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit last week in Vladivostok has been declared to have been a resounding success in Moscow. The Kremlin has been criticized by the Russian press for spending well over $20 billion on hosting the APEC forum to show off to foreigners. At the same time, local authorities have been accused of massive misappropriations of funds to build roads, bridges, hotels and a brand new local university campus on Russky Island opposite of Vladivostok, used to accommodate delegations and journalists during the forum (Vedomosti, September 3). At a press conference after the APEC summit in...
  • Clegg brands those seeking to reform the EU 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues'

    11/15/2011 11:34:28 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Nick Clegg clashed with the Prime Minister today after criticising plans to claw back powers from the EU. The Deputy Prime Minister said that only 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues' could benefit from a treaty negotiation, even though David Cameron yesterday re-affirmed his intention to repatriate powers. Mr Clegg warned that European politicians should focus on 'jobs and growth' rather than attempting to reform EU institutions. Read more:
  • New ships give China's navy a stronger punch

    09/11/2012 11:58:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Japan Times Online ^ | Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012 | MICHAEL RICHARDSON
    New ships give China's navy a stronger punch By MICHAEL RICHARDSON SINGAPORE — In the latest step in its naval modernization and expansion, China recently announced that it is accelerating serial production of an advanced destroyer. This will tilt the regional balance of power at sea in its favor and put it in a stronger position to enforce its sovereignty claims over Taiwan and in the South and East China Seas. Yet the significance of this development and earlier moves to re-shape the Chinese Navy has tended to be overshadowed by seemingly more dramatic news about China's refurbished Soviet-era aircraft...
  • US opposes penalty for Russia over historic books

    09/11/2012 3:41:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 9-11-12 | FREDERIC J. FROMMER
    The Obama administration is opposing a Jewish group’s bid to have civil fines levied against Russia for failing to obey a court order to return its historic books and documents — a dispute that has halted the loan of Russian art works for exhibit in the United States. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is opposing a Jewish group’s bid to have civil fines levied against Russia for failing to obey a court order to return its historic books and documents — a dispute that has halted the loan of Russian art works for exhibit in the United States. In a...
  • St Petersburg holds gay culture festival despite ban [Russia]

    09/11/2012 9:08:52 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 32 replies
    Gay Star News ^ | Sep 11 2012 | Tris Reid-Smith
    Russian campaigners want fourth Queer Fest to be ‘twice as big’ in face of law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ The Russian city of St Petersburg is pressing ahead with its annual Queer Fest despite a law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’. The law was introduced in March this year and officially is about stopping children from hearing information about homosexuality, although activists say it is an excuse to silence debate and campaigning on LGBT issues.
  • Memos suggest US hid evidence of Soviet massacre during WWII (Katyn forrest massacre)

    09/11/2012 6:08:38 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published September 10, 2012 | Associated Press
    The most dramatic revelation so far is the evidence of the secret codes sent by the two American POWs — something historians were unaware of and which adds to evidence that the Roosevelt administration knew of the Soviet atrocity relatively early on. The declassified documents also show the United States maintaining that it couldn't conclusively determine guilt until a Russian admission in 1990 — a statement that looks improbable given the huge body of evidence of Soviet guilt that had already emerged decades earlier. Historians say the new material helps to flesh out the story of what the U.S. knew...
  • US 'hushed up' Soviet guilt over Katyn

    09/11/2012 5:22:25 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | September 11, 2012 | BBC News Europe
    New evidence appears to back the idea that the Roosevelt administration helped cover up Soviet guilt for the 1940 Katyn massacre of Polish soldiers. Historians said documents, released by the US National Archives, supported the suspicion that the US did not want to anger its wartime ally, Joseph Stalin. They showed the US was sent coded messages suggesting the Soviets, not the Nazis, carried out the massacre. More than 22,000 Poles were killed by the Soviets on Stalin's orders. Soviet Russia only admitted to the atrocity in 1990 after blaming the Nazis for five decades. According to a review of...
  • AP Exclusive: Memos show US hushed up Soviet crime

    09/10/2012 10:55:04 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 | RANDY HERSCHAFT and VANESSA GERA |
    , WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: In 1943 they saw rows of corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest, on the western edge of Russia, proof that the killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area. The testimony about the infamous massacre of Polish officers might have lessened the tragic fate that befell Poland under the Soviets, some scholars believe. Instead, it mysteriously vanished into the heart of American power. The long-held suspicion is that President...
  • Iceland Shows Other Europeans How to Survive Bankruptcy

    09/10/2012 4:41:42 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 2 replies ^ | 7 Sep 2012 | Matthew Feeney
    Small Atlantic nation enjoys growth and employment gains after failing to rescue its banks. Mainland Europe remains stuck with stagnation, decline, and ruinous "rescue" packages.
  • AP Exclusive: Memos Show US Hushed up Soviet Crime

    09/10/2012 10:25:03 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 143 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2012 | RANDY HERSCHAFT and VANESSA GERA
    The American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: In 1943 they saw rows of corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest, on the western edge of Russia, proof that the killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area.
  • UPDATE 1-German media, lawmakers decry ECB 'blank cheque'

    09/08/2012 7:52:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/07/12
    UPDATE 1-German media, lawmakers decry ECB 'blank cheque' Fri Sep 7, 2012 7:37am EDT * Conservative media, some Merkel MPs slam ECB bond-buying plans * Eurosceptic lawmakers mull fresh legal action * Merkel allies say ECB acting within mandate * German public wants to halt bailouts - opinion poll By Gareth Jones and Stephen Brown BERLIN, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Germany's conservative press accused the European Central Bank on Friday of writing a "blank cheque" to indebted euro zone states by agreeing to buy their bonds, and some pro-government lawmakers threatened legal action to stop the purchases. ECB President Mario...
  • Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, seeks Belgian passport

    09/08/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07 September 2012 | Pierre Verdy
    A Belgian newspaper says Bernard Arnault, France’s wealthiest businessman and boss of the LVMH luxury house, has applied for Belgian citizenship. La Libre Belgique newspaper reported Saturday that Arnault’s citizenship application was confirmed by the head of Belgium’s naturalization office. French media drew a connection to French President Francois Hollande’s plan to raise the tax rate on France’s highest earners to 75 percent. But tax experts said obtaining Belgian citizenship would not change Arnault’s tax situation, which is determined by residence, not citizenship.
  • Portugal PM Sets New Austerity Measures

    09/08/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 9/7/2012
    --PM says measures will help tackle high unemployment --Portugal must cut budget deficit to 4.5% this year, 3% next --Opposition parties criticize more austerity LISBON--Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced late Friday new measures he will impose next year to meet budget-deficit targets and tackle a sharp rise in unemployment. In a televised statement, Mr. Passos Coelho said he will increase the social-security contribution from employees to 18% from 11%, while cutting the same payment companies make to the state to 18% from 23.75%. "We will reduce substantially the costs of labor, providing incentives to investment and job creation,"...