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  • Italy-Russia submarine project suspended over Ukraine crisis - Itar-Tass

    07/25/2014 6:46:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 25 Fri Jul 25, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    (Reuters) - An Italian-Russian project to build a new generation small submarine has been suspended because of the "political situation" following Western sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Itar-Tass news agency said on Friday. The decade-old deal between Russian company Rubin and Italian shipmaker Fincantieri to build a 1,000-ton diesel submarine, the S-1000, is part of President Vladimir Putin's plans to revamp Russia's fighting force. "To our regret, due to the well-known political situation this project has been suspended," Itar-Tass quoted Igor Vilnit, the head of Rubin's Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering, as saying. Rubin declined immediate comment...
  • U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea

    07/24/2014 10:41:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-07-25
    U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea 2014-07-25 10:44 The United States said Thursday an advanced missile defense battery it plans to deploy to South Korea is not aimed at Russia, after Moscow expressed concern that the system would negatively affect the regional situation and provoke an arms race. The U.S. military plans to bring a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery into South Korea to help deter threats from North Korea. The U.S. has conducted a site survey for the system, though no decision has been announced as to where to put it. Russia's...
  • Under Putin, Russia seeing an exodus of ‘ the most educated ... most entrepreneurial people’

    07/24/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 28 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    ... “They are people who have already made money and are now scared to lose it,” Paley said.... “I don’t share the opinion of 90 percent of the country: I feel like a foreigner here now so why not leave?” said Tatiana Konkova, a Russian literature teacher and singer, giving her last concert in Moscow this month.... The number of Russians emigrating in the last two years was some five times higher than in the two before Putin began a new six-year term in May 2012, official figures show.... Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly...
  • Putin’s Power: Why Russians Adore Their Bare-Chested Reagan

    07/24/2014 7:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | Josh Weil
    The history of strongmen leaders helps fuel a passion for capitalism—even if there's a cost.There he is, the President of Russia, riding bare-back and bare-chested astride a galloping steed; spending $50 billion on a resort town most Russians will never see; seizing Crimea, instigating unrest in Ukraine; maybe even making himself indirectly responsible for the murder of nearly 300 innocents aboard a downed passenger plane: Vladimir Putin, shaking his fist in the face of a West that often seems unable to do more than avert its eyes. When we in The West do look, it can seem perplexing: How can...
  • Susan Rice Calls Out Russia for Shelling Ukraine, Threatens "Further Costs"

    07/24/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | 9:09 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 24. 2014 | Amb. Susan Rice, Nat'l Security Adv.
    Putin is doubling down on the separatists. We continue to see arms flow across border from Russia to Ukraine.Russia is also firing artillery from within Russia into Ukraine.Although our preference is a diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis, we remain ready to impose further costs on Russia as warranted
  • Hillel Neuer ..called Hamas missiles a ‘crime against humanity.’ Why won’t the UN?

    07/24/2014 1:32:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Hillel Neuer
    What follows is testimony delivered on Wednesday by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, at the UN Human Rights Council Emergency Session on Gaza, in Geneva. The Palestinian ambassador to the UNHRC, together with Iran, Syria, Egypt, Cuba and Venezuela had tried but failed to silence Mr. Neuer. As expected, the council voted 29 to 1 (USA), with 17 abstaining (EU & others), to condemn Israel for “gross violations of international human rights,” and it created a new commission of inquiry. ... An entire nation—towns, villages and cities, from the Negev Desert up to the Galilee, from the Judean hills...
  • Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets

    07/24/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Justin Fishel/AP
    Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict. “This clearly is a military escalation,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, adding there is no question that Russian military—as opposed to Russia-backed separatists—are firing the shots. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf first made the accusation during a press briefing earlier Thursday. She also claimed Moscow is boosting its military shipments to pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘The Reset Worked’ With Russia

    07/24/2014 1:15:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 41 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 24, 2014
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to trumpet the so-called 2009 “reset” of the U.S.-Russian relationship despite all evidence to the contrary that it worked. With relations over the past two years dwindling to lows not seen since the Cold War, Clinton still told National Public Radio Thursday that it was a success. She told BBC last month that it was a “brilliant stroke.” “The reset worked,” she said. “It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a...
  • 18 soldiers return to Ukraine after medical treatment in Russia

    07/24/2014 1:54:54 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | July 24, 2014, 11:14 a.m.
    18 Ukrainian servicemen have returned home after undergoing medical treatment at hospitals in the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasyl Zvarych told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday, July 24.
  • Russia, Israel Joining Efforts to Improve International Terrorism Law

    07/23/2014 9:20:04 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | July 23, 2014 | Grigoriy Sisoev
    Russia, Israel Joining Efforts to Improve International Terrorism Law RIA Novosti July 23, 2014 MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) - At meetings in Jerusalem Russia’s Federation Council members, led by the council’s foreign affairs committee chairman Mikhail Margelov, raised the proposal for a unified approach to terrorism. “As lawmakers we could propose to the international organizations, first of all the UN, to finally define this term and the approach to eliminating terrorists,” Vladimir Kulakov, first deputy chairman of procedures committee and head of Russia’s delegation to the OSCE Parliamentarian Assembly, was quoted as saying by the statement. Russia’s Israeli counterparts...
  • Russian soldiers VK-page (Russian Facebook) shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery

    07/23/2014 6:01:58 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 17 replies
    Ukraine@War ^ | 7/23/2014 | Ukraine@War
    Valdimir Petrov found evidence of a Russian artillery unit shelling Ukrainian positions from Russian territory, because a soldier from this unit is posting photos on his VKontakte page (the Russian Facebook). Or course immediately after discovering this, his page has been deleted. But the info is still here:
  • Russian Inmates to Build Bridge to Crimea

    07/23/2014 5:40:04 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 7/23/2014 | Moscow Times
    Russia's Federal Penal Service said that the country's inmates would soon be contributing to public works including the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge to Crimea and a cleanup operation in the Sochi region, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
  • Hamas Refuses International Cease-Fire Efforts - Again

    07/23/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 7/14/14 | Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin
    Hamas continues to be uncompromising in its position regarding an international cease-fire, AFP reports Wednesday. "We reject today and will reject in the future," Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal insisted, in a public speech in Qatar. Meshaal insisted that Israel must accept his list of unprecedented conditions for a cease-fire - which included lifting several security measures, such as the naval blockade and border control, designed to prevent terrorists entering into Israel, as well as re-releasing terrorists arrested earlier this month - and only then will Hamas deliberate with Israel on a date for a cease-fire. Meshaal claimed that the terms...
  • No One Wants Russia To Host the 2018 World Cup

    07/23/2014 1:11:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thewire.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | POLLY MOSENDZ
    Last Thursday, Malaysian Airlines Fight 17 was shot down, allegedly by the Donetsk People's Republic, a pro-Russian separatist group which currently controls much of eastern Ukraine. U.S. intelligence believes that Russia provided the separatists with missiles. Yet, even as evidence mounts implicating Russia in the MH17 shooting, no new economic sanctions have been issued. Instead, the global community is going after Russia's role as the host of the 2018 World Cup. Peter Beuth, interior minister of the German state of Hesse, has said, "If Putin doesn’t actively cooperate on clearing up the plane crash, the soccer World Cup in Russia...
  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 1:12:00 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 49 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 23 July 2014 | Right Scoop Staff
    FULL TITLE: Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT on Israel…//// Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the president today for using a federal agency, the FAA, to launch an economic boycott on Israel in order to force them to comply with his demands. He pointed out that this economic boycott aids Hamas while simultaneously hurting Israel. What Cruz is calling for is the Obama administration to answer the following questions: Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Obama to the Rescue--of Hamas

    07/23/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Realclear Politics ^ | July 23,"2014 | Caroline Glick
    Qatar hosts three major US military bases on its territory. And it is becoming one of the most important clients for US military contractors. Earlier this year Qatar signed an $11.4 billion dollar arms agreement with the US. At the same time, according to the Calacalist report, Qatar is the major bankroller of ISIS and al Nusra in Syria and Iraq. It gives $50 million a month to jihadists in Libya. It gives Hamas $100m. in annual aid. And in the past two years Doha has provided Hamas with an additional $620m. dollars, including $250m. it transferred to Hamas leader...
  • Obama Talks Tough, But Putin Doesn't Look Scared

    07/23/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Just three days after President Obama delivered his "get tough" speech on Ukraine aimed squarely at Vladimir Putin, Russia's president has responded — not with words, but deeds. Obama has been lauded for his speech on Monday regarding Russia's role in downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people. "Russia has extraordinary influence over these (Russian) separatists," the commander-in-chief said sternly. "No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them. We know that Russia has armed them with military equipment and weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons. Key separatist leaders are Russian citizens." Sounds like he was...
  • Putin signals total disregard for the West as rebels take down two more Ukrainian planes

    07/23/2014 2:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 23, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Vladimir Putin just showed the world exactly what he thinks of the President of the United State and NATO allies calls for him to rein in the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Less than a week after rebels took down a Malaysian passenger plane carrying nearly 300 civilians, the militants loyal to Moscow are not laying low. “Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern regions of the country that are controlled by Russian-backed separatists, according to Ukraine’s defense ministry,” USA Today reported on Wednesday. It was the first reported shoot down of a plane over eastern Ukraine...
  • Russian Airlines Still Serving Tel Aviv

    07/23/2014 11:27:55 AM PDT · by keat · 10 replies
    planefinder | 07/23/14 | ^self
    Aeroflot A330, landed and took off from Ben Gurion, destination unknown.
  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama’s Behind

    07/23/2014 9:13:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/23/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin’s minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: “Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them.” Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none. Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would “only...
  • Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?

    07/22/2014 7:44:17 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | July 19, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else? The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose...
  • Exclusive: Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to Counter Russia's Jet-Killers

    07/23/2014 7:50:35 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Last month, Ukraine quietly asked the United States and NATO for sensitive equipment to jam the radars that Russian anti-aircraft systems use to lock their missiles on planes. As the United States and NATO last month began to publicly acknowledge the sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft systems moving into rebel held areas of eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev asked for gear that might be used to counter those weapons. According to a former senior U.S. defense official who has worked closely with Ukraine’s military and a former head of state who has consulted with the government there, Kiev last month requested...
  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama's Behind

    07/23/2014 5:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them." Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none. Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would "only...
  • Russia may ask rich to help foot bill for Crimea with 'solidarity tax'

    07/22/2014 9:27:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Lidia Kelly
    Russia could ask its richest citizens to help foot the bill for the annexation of Crimea by paying a "solidarity tax" proposed by a group of lawmakers. Deputies from the State Duma lower house of parliament, which is dominated by backers of President Vladimir Putin, have drawn up a draft law that would increase income tax for people earning more than more than 1 million roubles ($28,700) a month. It would affect less than 2 percent of the working population but the amounts could be huge for some individuals because the daft proposes they pay up to 30 percent of...
  • Mystery Behind Giant Hole in Siberia Clearer as 2nd Discovered

    07/22/2014 4:57:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 22 2014
    The craters, believed to be formed by an underground explosion, are now filled with snow and ice. Reindeer herders in Russia's Far North have discovered yet another mysterious giant hole about 30 kilometers away from a similar one found days earlier. Located in the permafrost of the subarctic Siberian region of Yamal, which means "end of the earth" in the local Nenets language, both craters appear to have been formed in recent years and have icy lakes at their bases. Scientists who examined the first hole theorized that it could have been created when a mixture of water, salt and...
  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 32 replies
    The times of a Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    As of Tuesday night, despite the efforts of international intermediaries here in the region, there was no sign of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had failed to achieve the long-term humanitarian truce he planned. This despite signs Monday that Hamas might want to halt the fighting. The Al-Mayadeen satellite station, which has good contacts in the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed late Monday that Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal had reached a ceasefire deal, based on Egypt’s proposal for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Abbas’s intelligence chief Majid Faraj set...
  • Limbaugh Takes Opportunity To Jibe Birchers/Larry McDonald During MH17 Monologue...

    07/22/2014 1:41:41 PM PDT · by vikingrinn · 19 replies
    07/21/2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    "So the conspiracy theorists, the Birchers thought that the Russians, the Soviets, shot it down 'cause the guy was right and he was hot on the trail of the global conspiracy and the New World Order and -- (interruption) Larry McDonald was his name, that's exactly right."
  • EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

    07/22/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence. The official statement read: "The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields."
  • Carter calls for end to fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 2:43:55 PM PDT · by NCjim · 59 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 22, 2014 | Shelia Poole
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has called for an end to the fighting and bombing in Gaza. “Both sides must distinguish between combatants and noncombatants, and Israel must ensure that its use of force is proportionate in accordance with international humanitarian law. More immediately, all combat operations must stop, and Israeli troops should withdraw from Gaza,” Carter said in a statement released Tuesday. So far, more than 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting, according to reports. The Israeli death toll is estimated at 29, including two civilians. Humantarian groups have also called for an end to...
  • Cockpit of MH17 found 'sawn in half at spot cordoned off by pro-Russian separatists ...

    07/22/2014 2:52:40 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 75 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 22, 2014 | Tara Brady
    International monitors, who only recently gained access to the site, discovered the cockpit of the plane apparently cut in half with diesel-powered saws. Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the group of international monitors from the Organize for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told USA Today: 'The rear part of the aircraft, one of the biggest intact pieces, has definitely been hacked into'. The cockpit was found on land which was immediately cordoned off by Russian-backed separatists during the two days after the plane was blown out of the sky. However, both the separatists and Russia have denied any involvement in...
  • US: No Link to Russian Gov't in Plane Downing

    07/22/2014 2:32:53 PM PDT · by kristinn · 128 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Ken Dilanian
    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia. The officials briefed reporters Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week's air disaster, which killed 298...
  • Ron Paul:"Obama" partly to blame for Malaysia Airlines disaster

    07/22/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 9 replies
    Washington Times Online ^ | 7-21-14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul said Sunday that the United States shares part of the blame in the attack on the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine last week, and that theObama administration may try and use the tragedy as an excuse to attack Russia.
  • The Day of the Hawk

    07/22/2014 8:41:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Gadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan's raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was mass murder in the second degree. Seeing an aircraft intrude into Russian air space, Soviet officers brutally ordered it shot down. The downing of the Malaysian airliner that took the lives of 298 men, women and children was not deliberate terrorism. No one wanted to massacre those women and children. It was a horrendous military blunder, like the U.S. shoot-down of the Iranian Airbus by the...
  • Here's The Insane Russian Theory That MH17 And MH370 Are The Same Plane

    07/22/2014 9:45:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | ELLEN KILLORAN, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
    One of the more outrageous conspiracy theories about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 surfaced in the days following the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week. The theory, which originated in Russia, holds that MH17 and MH370 are actually the same plane and that the U.S. military arranged for the second flight, filled with corpses, to be blown up over eastern Ukraine. This theory was described in a widely read account in the New Republic on Sunday by Russian-American Jessica Ioffe, which argued that Russian civilians were being fed a uniformly skewed interpretation of the events that brought...
  • Britain Announces Inquiry Into Killing of Ex-K.G.B. Officer[Litvinenko]

    07/22/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | ALAN COWELL
    Almost eight years after Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer turned whistle-blower, was poisoned in London with a radioactive isotope, the British authorities announced on Tuesday that a public inquiry would be held into his death, permitting investigators to explore whether Russian leaders ordered the killing. At a time when President Vladimir V. Putin faces mounting Western opprobrium for his support of pro-Russia separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, the announcement from Theresa May, the British home secretary, could be seen by Moscow as a further rebuke. “It is more than seven years...
  • Defying allies, France to deliver first warship to Russia

    07/22/2014 7:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | Yann Le Guernigou and Guillaume Frouin
    * Hollande confirms first warship delivery, questions second * Both domestic backers and opposition applaud move * But Russian sailors get lukewarm welcome in port town PARIS/ST NAZAIRE, July 22 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing their objections as hypocritical. Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on Monday that a first Mistral warship would...
  • Poll: Putin's Approval Rating Is at All-Time High in Russia

    07/22/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/22/2014
    While Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly a pariah on the world stage, his approval rating in Russia has never been higher. A new poll from Gallup shows that 83 percent of Russians approve of Putin's job performance, up nearly 30 points from his 2013 rating and tied with the previous all-time high from 2008.
  • Why The Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17

    07/22/2014 4:41:54 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 21, 2014 | Tom Nichols
    The one emotion most of us who study Russia never associate with the men of the Kremlin is panic. They’re not the type. They’re more like mobsters, prone to say “we have a problem” rather than to freak out. They think everything has a solution, although sometimes that solution might mean someone has to take nine grams of lead behind the ear. They do not raise their voices—my experience is that most Russian tough-guys are mumblers, not yellers—and they get things done, even if the final outcome might lack a certain, say, elegance. That’s why it’s unusual to see the...
  • MH17: Pinning Everything on Putin Is Too Easy

    07/22/2014 2:04:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | July 21, 2014 | M.E. Synon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The British newspapers, like the British government, are pinning the blame for the Malaysian Airlines disaster on Putin. Most Americans, whether Democrats or Republicans, would see things the way these UK headlines do: "Putin is a pariah – he must be treated as such" "Britain and America implicate Russia in Flight MH17 missile attack" "Two British families killed by 'Putin the terrorist'" And over a column written by Prime Minister David Cameron, this headline: "This is an outrage made in Moscow" However, some well-informed conservatives in Britain are pointing the finger for the war in Ukraine not at Putin, but...
  • Why The Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17

    07/21/2014 1:32:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Tom Nichols
    <p>Putin, I’m sure, was briefed ahead of time and told that such an accident could never happen.</p> <p>No, Mr. President, we will sweep any Ukrainian military jets from the sky. Yes, Mr. President, we will control their airspace, and paralyze them, until they accept partition, as we did with Crimea. No, Mr. President, we are professionals and there is no chance of error or detection. We have trained to fight Americans, this will be a piece of cake.</p>
  • Malaysia, Ukraine Rebels Reach Agreement to Allow "Safe Access" for MH17 Crash Investigators

    07/21/2014 3:32:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mic ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jared Keller
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reached a deal with the leader of the pro-Russian separatists in control of the MH17 crash site to allow "safe access" for international investigators. "Under difficult and fluid circumstances, we have been discussing the problems that have occupied us all: securing vital evidence from the aircraft, launching an independent investigation, and above all recovering the remains of those who lost their lives," Razak said in a statement. "Tonight, we have established the basis of an agreement to do just that." The remains of 282 victims of the crash, currently in Torez, will be moved by...
  • Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko: The World Must Choose Sides

    07/21/2014 2:45:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    In the wake of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, "every country, including Russia," must determine whether it is "together with the terrorists or together with the civilized world," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday. In an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Poroshenko said, "Every country and every person, and every leader should find out their own place." "We know exactly" where a missile was shot that hit the plane Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, and where the flight crashed, he said. "And all this territory is firmly controlled by Russian-supported terrorists." Ukraine has "a lot of...
  • Ukrainian Separatists or Putin's masked aggressors?

    07/21/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 1 replies
    self | 7/21/2014 | self
    It is sickening to see media calling “Ukrainian separatists” bunch of Russian masked military thugs executing Putin’s order to annex Ukrainian territory. When Yanukovych “thing” did not work out, Ukrainians froze at Maidan to put end to “joining Putin's great mother Russia”, Putin mobilized his army at Ukrainian border, took over Crimea and now is biting more pieces of Ukraine. Ukrainian people, even Russian speaking and especially Crimean Tatars do not want to be part of the Putin’s great Russian empire again or ever. Masked spetznatz and Russian military personnel with modern armaments, no markings, are not Ukrainian separatists!!!!!! If...
  • Ron Paul Defends Russia After Malaysian Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Nusiness Insider ^ | 7/21/14 | Colin Campbell
    Former Congressman Ron Paul defended the Russian government on Sunday and slammed Western leaders for spreading "propaganda" after a Malaysian Airlines plane was allegedly shot down by Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine. "Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said," the former presidential candidate wrote. "While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report." One of those unreported things, Paul claimed in his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" column, was the...
  • Indian PM says India won’t take sides as Gaza toll rises to 518

    07/21/2014 7:50:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Times of India ^ | 21 July 2014 | PTI
    Asserting that India's policy on Palestine issue remains unchanged, government on Monday refused to take sides over the Gaza conflict as it said Israel and Palestine should have peace talks and forestalled a resolution in Rajya Sabha which was demanded by the opposition. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the House should not be divided but send out a joint message that wherever there is violence, it is condemnable and both Israel and Palestine should accept Egypt's offer of peace talks. She was replying to a short-duration debate on Gaza situation during which opposition condemned the violence in Gaza, pressed...
  • Obama to Russia: Stop supporting rebels or … you’ll be really isolated, or something

    07/21/2014 9:52:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama gave a short speech today on the attack on Malaysia Air Flight 17, in which he warned Russia to start using its influence with separatists more positively. His statement, delivered 25 minutes late, included plenty of warnings about isolation for Vladimir Putin, but zero mention of any specific consequences for the shootdown and for the obstruction of the investigation into the explosion that killed 295 people:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “Now is the time for Russia and Putin to pivot away from the strategy he been taking and get serious about” about resolving the conflict in...
  • Russia dismisses accusations Ukrainian separatists shot down Flight MH17 [it's not their fault]

    07/21/2014 8:20:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 248 replies
    France 24/AFP ^ | 7-21-2014 | AFP
    Russia’s Defence Ministry dismissed accusations on Monday that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine’s east were at fault for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet last week, alleging instead that Ukrainian warplanes had been flying close to the plane. The ministry also denied accusations that Russia had supplied the separatists with SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missile systems – which are known as “Gadfly” in NATO – or “any other weapons.” “Russian air space control systems detected a Ukrainian Air Force plane, presumably an SU-25 (fighter jet), scrambling in the direction of the Malaysian Boeing,” Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev of Russia’s Air Forces told a...
  • The Russian Public Has a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to MH17

    07/21/2014 7:45:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    TNR ^ | 07/21/2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Did you know Malaysia Air Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam? Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk? Or that the dispatchers summoned the plane lower just before the crash? Or that the plane had been recently reinsured? Or that the Ukrainian army has air defense systems in the area? Or that it was the result of the Ukrainian military mistaking MH17 for PutinÂ’s presidential plane,...