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  • Terrorists rob all banks of Novoazovsk

    09/02/2014 2:40:28 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 13:58 02.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 2 /Ukrinform/. Pro-Russian terrorists seized Novoazovsk, robbed the bank branches and disrupted all social payments. Spokesman of the NSDC Information-Analytical Center Andriy Lysenko told a briefing. "In Novoazovsk, terrorists robbed the local bank branch. Due to this, social payments are suspended in the city, there is a shortage of food, the remains are sold at inflated prices," he said.
  • Sweden raises military alert level due to Ukraine crisis

    09/02/2014 1:42:05 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:16pm EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Sweden put its top military staff on higher alert on Friday as a result of the situation in Ukraine, the armed forces said. It is already participating in international maneuvers in Finland, which borders Russia, and has moved its quick-response fighter jets to the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, off Sweden's southeast coast.
  • Russia Hails Ties with Iran

    09/02/2014 1:11:48 PM PDT · by mgist · 15 replies
    Global Post ^ | 8/28/14 | Xinua
    MOSCOW, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia said Thursday that its relations with Iran have been growing, citing shared approaches on several major international and regional affairs. "The intensity of political contacts is growing and there is obviously positive dynamics in the areas of practical interaction," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary ahead of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's visit to Moscow. Positions of the two countries coincide to a large extent on such issues as the Syrian crisis, anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan as well as the disputed Iranian nuclear program, it said. In particular, Moscow sees good opportunity...
  • Live Event: Pentagon briefing

    09/02/2014 11:35:00 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | live | Reuters
    Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby holds his daily briefing, which is expected to include a range of topics including Iraq, Somalia and possibly Steven Sotloff.
  • Sex geckos die in orbit on Russian space project

    09/02/2014 7:12:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    nnc ^ | 2 September 2014 Last updated at 04:51 ET
    Experts say the geckos may have frozen to death after the heating system broke down, Russian news agencies report. They were sent into space as part of a study into the effect of weightlessness on their sex lives and development. "We can say with confidence that they died at least a week before the landing because their bodies were partly mummified," an official from Russia's Institute of Medical and Biological Problems told Itar-Tass news agency. The Russian space agency has not yet outlined the cause of death. But Interfax news agency, quoting an expert working on the mission, says preliminary...
  • Ukraine dispatch: Burnt out tanks and ashes of APCs on journey through no-man's land

    09/02/2014 8:48:04 AM PDT · by FBD · 43 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1:00PM BST 02 Sep 2014 | Roland Oliphant
    In the corridors of no-mans land between the advancing and retreating armies, writes Roland Oliphant, the evidence of a desperate, panicked, rapid retreat can be found everywhere...
  • Why These Powerful French Assault Ships Might End Up In Putin's Hands

    09/02/2014 8:04:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We have heard a lot about 'tough sanctions' on Russia following its invasion of Crimea, shoot down of an airliner full of Europeans, and the continued shadow war in Eastern Ukraine, yet apparently it's fine to sell him this 21k ton French-built amphibious assault ship. Bad move. Under a $1.7B contract between Russia and France, France would build the Russian Navy a pair of Mistral Class amphibious assault ships, after which Russia would build follow-on units under license in St. Petersburg. Russia has a least two additional ships planned. Part of the Mistral Class deal provides Russia with a quartet...
  • Official Lies Mask Russian and Chinese Aggression

    09/02/2014 7:30:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/02/14 | Cliff Kincaid
    Obama is acting like an agent of influence for the Russians, determined to obscure the reality of what is happening in front of our eyes. Even the liberal media couldn’t defend President Obama’s bizarre public statement about having no strategy to confront the Islamic State terrorist group. But many in the media went along with his failure to describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as an invasion. Asked directly if he considered the “escalation in Ukraine an invasion,” Obama said on Thursday, “I consider the actions that we’ve seen in the last week a continuation of what’s been taking place...
  • 'We told you so' - Baltic jitters grow over former ruler Russia

    09/02/2014 7:01:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 1, 2014 10:27am EDT | Aija Krutaine and Andrius Sytas
    (Reuters) - Nervously eyeing Russian naval maneuvers and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flashpoint after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties. With President Barack Obama heading to Estonia on Wednesday on a visit designed to underline U.S. solidarity with the Balts ahead of a NATO summit in Wales, the three tiny republics are renewing calls for troops on the ground and military help.
  • Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists

    09/02/2014 6:49:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 01, 2014 | Dmitry Volchek and Farangis Najibullah
    Wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, Irina Dovgan is forced to stand at a Donetsk intersection with a sign identifying her as a spy and reading: "She kills our children." A woman berates and then kicks Dovgan as a man holding a rifle looks on. Images of the scene that unfolded in eastern Ukraine in August sparked outrage and concern for the initially unidentified woman. Dovgan's name was eventually revealed and her story told, including to RFE/RL's Russian Service in an exclusive interview.
  • Heletej: Ukraine army defeated separatist and now faces Russian troops

    09/02/2014 6:27:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Monday 01 september, 2014, 17:57 | Zik TV
    Russia has lost the hybrid war in Donbas. Ukraine army has defeated the terrorists. That is why Kremlin was forced to move its regular troops to Donbas, Ukraine Defense Minister Valery Heletej writes in Facebook Sept. 1. The regular Russian troops are already in Donbas intending to increase its ground and advance on new territories of Ukraine, he says. A big war is on our threshold. Unfortunately, in such war the number of casualties may be in thousands and even tens of thousands, he says. Citing unofficial sources, the minister says Russia has already threatened us to use tactical nuclear...
  • Former Reagan Advisor Calls-Out Obama's Abandonment of FORMAL Guarantee or Ukrainian Borders

    09/02/2014 4:23:41 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Dear Mr. President: If your word (and, by extension, that of the United States) means anything, now is the time to prove it. On Sept. 4-5, you will be attending the NATO Summit in Wales. It will offer you a unique opportunity to demonstrate to the many doubters and scoffers around the world that you, personally, and the United States, as a global superpower, still stands behinds it commitments, and its policies still carry weight. Regardless of how tired we all are in meeting military challenges and aggression, we endanger world peace and the future of our children if we...
  • More Russian conscripts forced to fight in Ukraine

    09/02/2014 2:40:42 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KhPG ^ | 02.09.14 | Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KhPG
    Conscripts doing military service in the Tula oblast are reported to have been forced to sign contracts allowing them to be sent to Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers from military unit 33842 told TV Dozhd that 8 soldiers had signed themselves, while the heads of the unit had signed for the others on Aug 19. [....] His family explains that he phoned them a few days ago and said that the soldiers in his unit were being forced to sign contracts. His parents told him not to sign under any circumstances, especially since his military service was due to end on...
  • Putin’s Leadership Qualities Outshine Obama’s

    09/01/2014 11:43:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
    It’s no accident of fate that President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating hovers around 87 percent as opposed to President Obama’s which is at an all-time low of 34 percent, according to a recent Franklin and Marshall poll, while a mere 36 percent of Americans back his foreign policy. Those heady days when the Obama received rock star welcomes in Berlin and Cairo with his message “Yes, we can” have faded into distant memory. The fact is he couldn’t and he didn’t. With the world beset by crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Ukraine, the so-called leader of the free world...
  • Kazakhs Worried After Putin Questions History of Country's Independence

    09/01/2014 10:30:52 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 01 2014 11:50 Last edited 11:51 | Anna Dolgov
    President Vladimir Putin has said Kazakhstan's history of independent statehood is scant and its people's desire for closer ties with Russia is profound — a rhetoric reminiscent of Moscow's stance on Ukraine — and inhabitants of Kazakhstan are worried. Kazakhs have taken to social networks to call for supporters to "send a history textbook to Putin" in response to the Russian leader's remarks last week that the Central Asian nation had never held any independence worth speaking of until very recently. Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has "created a state on a territory that never had a state," Putin told a...
  • Russian tank unit in Donbas defects

    09/01/2014 7:07:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Monday 01 september, 2014, 16:16 | Zik TV
    According to preliminary information, a Russian tank unit deployed in Ukraine has defected and joined the Ukrainian army, ‘Kyivshchyna’ 11th battalion announced on its website in Facebook Sept. 1. Anti-Putin feelings in Russia are on the increase, with one-man protesters carrying slogans appearing on Moscow streets. Under the Russian law, more than one protesters are qualified as organized anti-government activities subject to criminal investigations.
  • Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

    09/01/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    National Newswatch ^ | Sept 1 2014 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week's NATO summit to spend substantially more on the military. Annual spending on the military, when compared with 2011, is slated to shrink by a total of $2.7-billion in 2015, according to a briefing note prepared for the deputy defence minister. That would be almost...
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

    09/01/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 1, 2014 6:11am EDT | Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt
    (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukraine's military said its forces had been ordered to pull back from a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where they had been battling a Russian tank battalion.
  • Russian fascist ideologue Dugin: Why stop with Donetsk and Luhansk?

    09/01/2014 10:59:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 59 replies
    A number of fascists and neo-Nazis descended on Yalta this weekend, with members of prominent fascist parties like Hungary’s Jobbik due to attend. They joined Sergei Glazyev, senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Maxim Shevchenko a member of Putin’s human rights council, Kremlin-backed militants and their Russian comrades from various far-right and neo-Nazi parties in discussing the fight against the ‘fascist junta in Kyiv’. A star attraction was surely the proposed formation of a Russian ‘Anti-fascist Council’. It is unclear at present how many of the invited members of Belgium’s neo-Nazi Parti Communautaire National-Européen’; fascist Jobbik; far-right British National...
  • Russians shot their own POWs

    08/31/2014 10:54:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 44 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 20:22 | Zik TV
    Despite the agreement and the officer’s word from the Russian commander, there was no withdrawal corridor for the Ukrainian troops encircled near Ilovajsk. As the Ukrainians started the withdrawal, the Russian troops opened fire regardless of the fact that there were Russian POWs in the column, deputy Dnipropetrovsk governor Boris Filatov wrote in Facebook, referring to those Ukrainian soldiers who managed to escape.
  • Who Is the Man Who Fears We Could Be on the Eve of 'World War III'?

    08/31/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | August 31, 2014 | Robert Moynihan
    Hardly any Americans will know of Hilarion Alfeyev, 48, a Russian Orthodox bishop who acts as the "foreign minister" of his Church, but it is important that they do. He is a bridge between not just the Orthodox Church and Catholicism but a bridge between Russia and America. As a Catholic American, I first saw him 15 years ago on a cold December day in Moscow. Hilarion, then 33, was already a rising star in the firmament of the Russian Orthodox Church. He had done his graduate studies in philosophy at Oxford — rather rare for Russian Orthodox Church leaders....
  • Ahead Of Brazil's Presidential Elections, Newcomer Silva Rises In Polls Against Rousseff

    08/31/2014 10:49:20 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two punch of bad news. With just over a month to go before the Oct. 5 vote, President Dilma Rousseff awoke to newspaper headlines Saturday announcing that Brazil's long-sputtering economy had officially entered recession for the first time in more than five years.
  • Rogers: Obama’s inertia on Syria-Islamic State part of foreign policy plan empowering rivals

    08/31/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that President Obama’s inertia on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is part of an overall foreign policy failure that is empowering China, North Korea, Russia and other rival nations. “It’s all related,” Rogers, R-Mich., told “Fox News Sunday." “The world sees the United States as withdrawn.” Rogers said the president’s apparent disengagement or slow response is the reason China has engaged U.S. pilots and Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved into eastern Ukraine without fear of consequence. “U.S. foreign policy is...
  • UKRAINE: Crystal bridge Russian-Ukrainian friendship burned and cannot be restored

    Relations between Russia and Ukraine - as the two countries, two states, two nations, two ethnic groups, the two cultural systems will never be the same again- the brotherly-intimate. (However, there are the two brothers of the state - Cain and Abel.) But it's not only about the states, but also about the people. In Ukraine, the popular idea will fix - say, dear Russian! We love you and will love you forever! Now is to blame the Kremlin, Putin, the Russian television and forced on you by the Imperial virus. And Crimea you have taken against their will...
  • Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy

    08/31/2014 2:14:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/14 | Andrea Shalal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama's comment on Thursday when he said, "We don't have a strategy yet" for confronting the Islamic State militant group, saying it suggested indecisiveness. On Sunday, influential Democrats chimed in with their own critiques of Obama's foreign policy, chiding him for being "too cautious" on Syria, and urging him to do more to help Ukraine resist Russian advances.
  • UKRAINE: A Radical Way for Ukraine to Fight and Defeat Russia

    08/31/2014 12:47:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 44 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | August 29, 2014 9:30 AM | Andrew L. Peek
    Russian tanks advancing through southeastern Ukraine should be deeply embarrassing to Americans. NOT because Ukraine is of such vital national interest; NOT because the fate of liberty at home hinges on Luhansk or Donetsk; BUT because it is VERY CLEAR that Putin and virtually every other major world leader simply does NOT REALLY CARE what the President of the United States thinks. In his press conference, President OBAMA REFUSED TO CALL THE RUSSIAN INVASION an invasion. “Invasion” presumably implies action; instead, it was a “CONTINUATION of what’s been taking place for MONTHS now,” which is actually MORE embarrassing than delineating...
  • UKRAINE: Russian aircraft attacked with four cluster bombs Happiness city of Luhansk region.

    08/31/2014 1:32:06 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    The journalist Nastya Stanko Twitter reported that Russian aircraft had attacked four cluster bombs the city of Happiness, Luhansk oblast. "In the direction of Happiness came four times Russian aircraft and bombed. Dropped cluster bombs. Burning forest, all in smoke. People are leaving, "she wrote.
  • UKRAINE: Naval Ship In Flames After Attack By Rebels

    A Ukrainian naval vessel was in flames in the Azov Sea after being attacked by artillery from pro-Russian separatists along the shore. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said an emergency operation is under way to help rescue crew members. Lysenko said the vessel is a naval cutter but it is not known how many people were onboard. Pro-Russian insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack on social media websites. Igor Strelkov, a former separatist military commander, said on VKontakte that the separatists have "dealt the enemy their first naval defeat." Rebels backed by Russian forces seized the Ukrainian town of Novoazovsk...
  • History Repeating Itself in Europe

    08/31/2014 11:54:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    Watching history repeat itself in Europe is truly unsettling. Just as occurred not once but twice with Germany, Europe is now allowing Russia to go wilding across the continent scant years after having done the same with the USSR. Will these people ever learn? Within the past few days, two events neatly capture the bloodthirsty Russian bear in action. First, Europe found Russia repeatedly violating the airspace of Finland – not just flying attack aircraft near the border, as Russia has repeatedly done, for example, with Norway, but actually crossing it in a naked act of intimidation and war. Then,...
  • Kazakhstan threatens to withdraw from Eurasian Union

    08/31/2014 6:46:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 08:11 | Zik TV
    Kazakhstan has the right to leave the Russia-led Eurasian Union if its interests are violated, Kazakh Pres Nazarbajev said, speaking to Khabar TV, Tengri News reported Aug. 30. Kazakhstan will not be a part of organizations that endanger its independence, Nazarbajev said. [....] Recall also that Pres Putin declared at the youth Seliger forum that Kazakhstan had never been an independent country in the past.
  • Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' (Putin Toughens Position)

    08/31/2014 4:31:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 202 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/31/2014 | BBC News
    President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report. He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld". His comments came after the EU gave Russian a one-week ultimatum to reverse course in Ukraine or face sanctions.
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • Garry Kasparov: It’s a War, Stupid!

    08/30/2014 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 69 replies
    Time ^ | 8-30-2014 | Garry Kasparov
    As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • China demands Turkish retraction

    07/14/2009 2:02:54 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 475+ views
    bbc ^ | 14 July 2009
    China has demanded that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan retract his accusation that Beijing practised genocide against ethnic Uighurs. Mr Erdogan made the comments after riots in the Muslim Uighur heartland of Xinjiang in which 184 people died. Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, is under heavy police and military control. UK-based analysts say al-Qaeda-linked militants in Algeria have called for reprisals against Chinese workers in the wake of the violence. China's rejection of Mr Erdogan's remarks came in an editorial headlined "Don't twist facts" in the English-language newspaper China Daily. It said the fact that 137 of the 184 victims of...
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Editorial Board
    RESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • UKRAINE: Father of 32 children with his sons protects Mariupol from the Russian army

    08/30/2014 1:20:36 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 14 replies
    Liga.net ^ | August 30, 2014, 16:11
    The father of 32 children with sons protects Mariupol from Russian army Photo: liga.net A local resident, father of 32 children (29 adoptions) Gennadiy Mokhnenko — along with his sons helps build defensive structures. "Roy trenches along with his sons in Mariupol '. Somebody wake me up and let us laugh at this ridiculous dream. ..... ...... I, Russian man, along with his adoptive sons dig trenches under Mariupol, preparing to repel an attack by Russian tanks (they are only 20 km away) to ... "God, how I would like to wake up and laugh over this nightmare. But,...
  • UKRAINE: Russian paratroopers detained in Ukraine, do not want to continue in military

    08/30/2014 2:19:04 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    rosbalt.ru ^ | August 29
    Russian paratroopers who were detained in Ukraine, do not want to continue the service. They do not want to be cannon fodder Kremlin adventurers http://www.rosbalt.ru/main/2014/08/29/1309659.html KIEV, August 29. Russian paratroopers, who were detained in Ukraine, will not continue to serve in the Armed Forces, said Slon, citing an interview military channel "Rain". "After all that has happened, few people want to continue to serve. I personally reluctant to exert such pressure on their parents. Parents are always on the nerves," - said one of the soldiers. In an interview soldiers have also indicated that they were not informed in advance...
  • Cruz serves up red meat to conservatives

    08/30/2014 2:28:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 30, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Less than 70 days away from the midterm election, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday urged conservatives to do everything they can to give Republicans control of the U.S. Senate. In a fiery speech delivered at Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Dallas, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful vowed that the GOP would "retake the United States Senate and retire” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) The November election would also hinge on four issues, he said, with immigration being chief among them. “Number one, no amnesty,” Cruz said to thunderous applause, noting that President Obama is...
  • Britain to spearhead 10,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force to halt Putin's 'Tsarist expansionism'

    08/30/2014 2:54:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 208 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | August 30, 2014 | Will Stewart
    Leaders of countries sharing borders with Russia led the way in demanding tougher action against what they see as blatant aggression on their doorstep. Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite bluntly called for the West to wake up, and appeared to urge Nato to give significant military aid to Kiev. ‘Russia is at war against Ukraine and that is a country which wants to be part of Europe. Russia is practically at war against Europe,’ she said. She lambasted previous sanctions as ‘a big mistake’ because they were ‘too general’. Lithuania is one of at least six states believed to have signed...
  • Cruz: ‘Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat’

    08/30/2014 2:38:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 65 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, blasted President Obama over his foreign policy with Russia on Saturday accusing him of being a weak “kitty cat.” “The Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat,” Mr. Cruz said to a standing-room only conservative crowd at the annual Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas. “The reason Putin feels no fear to march into his neighbors, the reason our allies up and down Europe are terrified of what happens next is because our president is leading from behind,” he added, riffing at the end off a phrase the administration has itself used to defend...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • EU leaders pick Italian as bloc’s new top diplomat

    08/30/2014 12:13:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2014 3:06 PM EDT | Juergen Baetz
    European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc’s top diplomat for the next five years. The decision comes as the crisis at the EU’s eastern border pitting Ukraine against Russia poses one of the biggest foreign policy challenges for the bloc in decades. […] Mogherini, a 41-year-old center-left politician, has been Italy’s foreign minister only since February, drawing criticism that she lacks experience. A first attempt to secure Mogherini’s nomination in June failed amid resistance from eastern European leaders. …
  • Does ISIS Have Black-op Backers?

    08/30/2014 6:16:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/30/2014 | By James Lewis
    The bloody-handed butchers of ISIS behave like the worst Islamofascist gang we have seen so far -- worse than the Taliban, worse than Hamas and Hezb’allah, worse than Al Nusra, worse than the Muslim Brotherhood, worse than all the little maniac gangs of cutthroats who have been practicing Jihad on innocent men, women and children for decades. In addition to which, ISIS has better PR, spreading its graphic images of human butchery of Christians, Yazidis, and Shi’ites, and other “infidels” around the world with amazing speed. On top of that, ISIS has engaged in Blitzkrieg warfare, overwhelming the defenses of...
  • War in Europe

    08/30/2014 9:30:24 AM PDT · by No One Special · 40 replies
    Slate ^ | August 29, 2014 | Anne Applebaum
    Putin has invaded Ukraine. Is it hysterical to prepare for total war with Russia? Or is it naive not to? WARSAW, Poland—Over and over again—throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels—I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next....
  • This Is How ISIS Is Building An Airforce

    08/30/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-31-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/30/2014The Islamic State is nothing if not ambitious. Despite no record of current 'airplane' assets in their annual reports, ISIS has begun detaining and forcing Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft. According to CNN Arabic, the pilots (and their planes and helicopters) were abducted when the terrorist group gained control of Tabqa military base. It appears that if beheadings, executions, and whippings are not enough to strike fear into the hearts of the locals, then (just as America is tryiung to do), an air assault will greatly demoralize. We can only imagine how this...
  • George Galloway taken to hospital after street attack

    08/29/2014 11:23:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 August 2014 | bbc
    George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman has said.
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Russia Lies About Invading Ukraine as It Invades Ukraine

    08/29/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies
    TDB ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Anna Nemtsova 
    As Russia troops and tanks make an apparent bid to open the land route to annexed Crimea, discontent is growing in the motherland about the obvious but oft-denied war in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Russia – Where U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have failed to make Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledge his ever-more-overt invasion of Ukraine and think about pulling back, Valentina Melnikova, the head of Russia’s famous Soldiers’ Mothers Committee, might just have a chance. Early Thursday morning, Melnikova started getting phone calls from Russian army bosses. All of them, from the deputy defense minister to the...
  • Russia Says It Will Respond To NATO Troop Rotations In East

    08/30/2014 11:00:42 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | August 27, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Moscow says it will take steps to respond if NATO begins regular troop rotations in the easternmost NATO-member countries. Russia's permanent mission to NATO said via Twitter on August 27 that Russia's reaction would be "with a view to ensure its security." The remarks come after NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the troop rotations for NATO's eastern members in an interview published on August 26 by Britain's "The Guardian" newspaper. Rasmussen said the troops rotations would be carried out at "very high frequency" so that "any potential aggressor" would know an attack on the NATO host country would...