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  • [You Tube] LIVE: Putin and Medvedev attend Orthodox Easter Liturgy Mass in Moscow

    04/30/2016 8:40:43 PM PDT · by ganeemead · 3 replies
    Youtube: Easter at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Putin and Medvedev in attendance Orthodox service at the magnificent new Moscow cathedral.
  • Al Jazeera says it has been banned from Iraq over its reporting

    04/30/2016 6:04:39 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 4 replies
    dw.com ^ | 4/28/16
    Iraqi officials have reportedly revoked the broadcaster's license, marking the third time Al Jazeera has been banned in Iraq. The news organization says it was told it had violated codes of conduct and other rules. The Qatar-based news organization on Wednesday said its bureau in Baghdad had been shut down after the government accused it of violating laws. According to the pan-Arab broadcaster, Iraq's Communications and Media Commission (CMC) accused the company of "violations of the official codes of conduct and broadcasting rules and regulations." Those rules and regulations were issued in 2014 to regulate media coverage of the "war...
  • Lawmakers reject John Wayne Day over actor's racist comments

    04/30/2016 6:09:36 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 73 replies
    dw.com ^ | 4/29/16
    California politicians have voted down a proposal to designate May 26 - the actor's birthday - as John Wayne Day. The idea was rejected after some said Wayne had made racist comments against blacks and Native Americans. The resolution for John Wayne Day was submitted by Assemblyman Matthew Harper, who described Wayne as the "prototypical American Hero, symbolizing such traits as self-reliance, grace under pressure, resolve and patriotism." But Harper's colleague Lorena Gonzalez said Wayne's movies showed a lot of Native Americans being killed and that they sanctioned the white occupation of the continent. Assemblyman Luis Alejo also complained that...
  • Great & Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

    04/30/2016 6:17:09 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | Fr. Peter Orfanakos
    Friday night, the Matins for Holy Saturday are served. This service contains the “Lamentations (also “Praises”) of the Mother of God” over her crucified Son, taken down from the Cross and laid in the tomb. Thou who art the Life wast laid in a tomb, O Christ; and the hosts of angels were amazed and glorified Thy self-abasement.O Life, how canst Thou die? How canst Thou dwell in a tomb? Yet Thou dost destroy death’s kingdom and raise the dead from hell. From the “Lamentations” Burial of Christ. Source: webphoto.ro      On Saturday Morning, The Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil...
  • Russia: US deployment violates Syria's sovereignty

    04/30/2016 6:07:05 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 11 replies
    dw.com ^ | 4/29/16
    A Russian official has criticized Washington's lack of authorization from Syria to deploy troops. The UN warned Damascus and Moscow of increased violence against civilians after a hospital was bombed, leaving 30 dead. Moscow sees the deployment of an additional 250 US military personnel in Syria as an affront to Damascus' territorial sovereignty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's state-owned TASS news agency on Friday. "If we are talking from the position of the foreign minister, we - of course - cannot not be concerned over the fact that the US carries out such actions without coordination with...
  • 'Red' Corvette: Russia Ready to Install Engines in Its New Stealth Warship

    04/30/2016 4:57:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Gremyashchy, a sophisticated new Russian naval ship, will be equipped with domestically made engines, according to the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry. The Project 20385 Gremyashchy corvette will get the engines before the end of May 2015, according to the Ministry. The Russian Navy had previously planned to equip the corvette with engines produced by the German company MTU. However, like dozens of other contracts with companies from countries which imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014, these plans were scrapped. With the four engines due to be transported to the Gremyashchy by the end of May, the...
  • At Easter services, Russian Orthodox Church aims to collect 1 million names backing abortion ban

    04/30/2016 12:34:25 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | April 27, 2016 | LifeSiteNews
    Wed Apr 27, 2016 - 6:43 pm EST At Easter services, Russian Orthodox Church aims to collect 1 million names backing abortion ban MOSCOW, April 27, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- To celebrate the holiest holiday of the year this Sunday, the Russian Orthodox Church plans to circulate a petition calling for a ban on abortions in the nation. The pro-life Easter petition drive is expected to garner more than one million signatures in Russia. With Orthodox Easter, also known as Pascha, approaching, millions of believers -- many for the only time this year -- will be packing Russia's churches, celebrating the...
  • RUSSIANS ARE BECOMING MORE RELIGIOUS: STATE POLL

    04/30/2016 12:36:43 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 4/29/16 AT 1:36 PM | DAMIEN SHARKOV
    Russians are becoming more and more religious, according to a poll by state survey company WCIOM. More Russians claimed they relied on divine help or intervention and more believed in predetermined fate than they did 25 years ago.
  • Russia claims Syria is preparing to recapture Raqqa and Deir Ezzor from ISIS

    04/29/2016 9:01:26 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    rudaw.net ^ | 15 hours ago | Rudaw
    The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations claimed that the Syrian Army is readying to launch offensive operations against Islamic State (ISIS) in both Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. "This is what the Syrian Army is doing with support from the Russian Air Force. As a result of these actions, Palmyra has been recaptured and now they are planning to launch an operation towards Deir Ezzor and Raqqa. Fighting is taking place against groups like Al-Nusra Front in Aleppo and a few others places," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin told Russia's RIA news agency on Friday. The claim comes a...
  • Syria conflict: Body of Russian 'hero' flown home (Called in strike on position)

    04/29/2016 8:54:18 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 24 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 29 April 2016 | BBC
    Syria conflict: Body of Russian 'hero' flown home 29 April 2016 The body of a Russian officer killed near Palmyra during a battle against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants has arrived back in Moscow from Syria. Tass news agency said special forces Snr Lt Alexander Prokhorenko was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal by President Vladimir Putin. He died after calling in a Russian air strike to hit IS fighters who had surrounded him, Russian media reported. Syrian and Russian forces ousted IS from Palmyra on 27 March. Palmyra: A Russian soldier in the ancient ruins, 7 Apr 16
  • EXCLUSIVE: Assad siege of Aleppo could be 'imminent,' experts warn

    04/28/2016 7:01:05 PM PDT · by Fhios · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/28/2016 | George Russell
    ... If Syria’s largest city is surrounded by government troops, the strategic situation in Syria could change very rapidly for the worse, not only for Syrians, but also for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—and for the Obama Administration, which has banked heavily on the crumbling peace talks to end five years of civil war and an expanding presence for ISIS amid the chaos. The encirclement would also be a major strategic advance for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn his forces in Syria, but has also been helping the Assad regime conduct more focused military operations under a two-month...
  • On the Spiritual Battlefront with Ukraine’s Military Chaplains

    04/29/2016 5:57:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/27/16 | Jaroslawa Kisyk
    Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, head of the Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on the physical trials and spiritual challenges of ministering to Ukrainian soldiersIn mid-February 2016, Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, visited numerous parishes and venues in Toronto and parts of southern Ontario at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Eparch of Toronto, and of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Bishop Chmilar and the UCC had jointly organized a fundraising campaign called “Save Lives” in order to assist Ukrainian soldiers with their extensive humanitarian...
  • Vietnam To Receive the Last ‘Classic’ Flankers

    04/29/2016 3:48:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AINonline ^ | April 28, 2016 | Vladimir Karnozov
    The imminent delivery of from Russia of two Sukhoi Su-30MK2 twin-seat versions to Vietnam will make the end of production for the “classic” version of the Flanker multirole fighter. But production of advanced “generation 4++” versions—the Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35—featuring markedly different airframes and more powerful engines will continue through at least 2020. Vietnam previously took delivery of 30 out of the 32 Su-30MK2s that it ordered in three batches during 2009, 2012 and 2013. Delivery of the final pair will bring its total fleet to 48, including Su-27SKs, Su-27UBKs as well as Su-30MK2s. Indonesia and Uganda were also recent...
  • Body of senior lieutenant Prokhorenko killed in Syria delivered to Moscow

    04/29/2016 1:55:47 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 12 replies
    Tass ^ | 04/29/2016
    MOSCOW, April 29. /TASS/. The body of senior lieutenant Alexander Prokhorenko killed when carrying out a combat task in Syria has been delivered to Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday. "Following special joint steps taken with the participation of representatives of the Syrian authorities and the Kurdish militia, the officer’s body has been delivered to Moscow," the ministry said. The farewell ceremony with military honors will be held as agreed with his relatives.
  • Angry Venezuelans take to streets, setting up barricades and raiding shops for food

    04/28/2016 3:50:03 PM PDT · by daisy12 · 72 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 28 April 2016 | Fox News Latino
    Cities across Venezuela are increasingly agitated, as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. Venezuela is among the world's most violent countries, and crime generally spikes here when the lights go out. Looting and fiery protests starting spreading Wednesday in Caracas, as hundreds of angry voters lined up to sign a petition beginning the process of recalling the deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. The socialist administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save electricity. Then, Maduro announced...
  • Russia, India Strengthen Ties With War Games

    04/28/2016 12:40:27 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    trunews.com ^ | 04/28/2016 | trunews.com
    Russia, India Strengthen Ties With War Games Russia and India have agreed to hold joint war games involving all military branches this year. The agreement was signed in Vladivostok, with further details scheduled to be discussed next month. Consultations on the biggest of the three drills, Indra-2016, will be held in May, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Eastern Military District’s press service said on Thursday. “A joint protocol was signed in Vladivostok to hold the first planning conference for the Indra-2016 joint exercises,” Captain Roman Martov said, as cited by RIA Novosti. The two sides will set the...
  • Here Comes the New Su-25: Russia's 'Flying Tank' Set for a Lethal Upgrade

    04/28/2016 1:41:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 26, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The Russian air force is set to begin operational testing of its upgraded Sukhoi Su-25SM3 Frogfoot close air support aircraft this April. Assuming the modernized jets are approved for fielding, the first operational Su-25SM3 aircraft are expected to enter service before the end of the year. The Russian air force is expected to upgrade more than forty Su-25s at the 121th Aircraft Repair Plant in Kubinka—just outside Moscow. “Comprehensive testing of Su-25SM3 will begin in April of this year,” a Russian Aerospace Forces official told the Russian-language daily Izvestia. “We expect that the first modernized attack aircraft will arrive in...
  • How Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss got space exploration wrong

    06/24/2015 9:11:48 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday piece in Motherboard, Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and political commentator, and Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and cosmologist, had a public dialogue about space exploration. Being both men of the far left, they concluded that space travel should be best left to robots and conducted by governments. The conclusions are the exact opposite of what the prevailing trends are in space policy.
  • As outrage rises over NASA Commercial Crew funding cut, time to make a deal?

    06/12/2015 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Marcus · 8 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 12, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The drama surrounding funding for NASA’s Commercial Crew program has started up once again. In the wake of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s cutting funding for the program by over $300 million, supporters have fallen back on familiar patterns of futile complaining. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden claimed that the funding shortfall would delay the restoration of American spaceflight capability by as much as two years. Bolden was mild compared to some of Commercial Crew’s supporters on the Internet.
  • Trump on foreign policy: Iran deal allowed it to become a ´great power´ at Israel´s expense

    04/27/2016 11:12:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/27/16 | Staff
    Republican front-runner Donald Trump said in his first future foreign policy speech on Wednesday that if elected president in November he would make US allies bear more of the financial burden for their defense, and be tougher on Iran, which has become a "great power" at Israel´s expense. In a major speech, Trump said that as president he would "shake the rust off America´s foreign policy" and rebuild the US military. Trump criticized the US´ relationship with its allies under the Obama administration, saying: "Our friends cannot depend on us. We have had a president who bows to our enemies...
  • Venezuela Doesn't Have Enough Money to Pay for Its Money [Bloomberg Link Only]

    04/27/2016 10:12:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | April 27, 2016 | Andrew Rosati
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  • PROTESTS AS VENEZUELA EMBRACES 2-DAY WORKWEEK TO SAVE POWER

    04/27/2016 10:01:06 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    AP ^ | April 27, 2016 | HANNAH DREIER
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. The socialist administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save power. Then on Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro announced that millions of officials will now work only Monday and Tuesday.
  • Poll: Overwhelming majority of Palestinians support terror

    04/26/2016 5:09:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16
    The overwhelming majority of young Palestinians believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved through negotiations. A poll of Palestinian youth, defined as ages 16-30, published Monday by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center depicts a community that is socially conservative, supports violence against Israel, is skeptical about its leadership and opposes the Islamic State. It also shows significantly greater support for violence among Palestinians in the Gaza Strip than among those in Judea and Samaria While 47.4 percent of youths in Judea and Samaria oppose stabbing attacks, 78.6 percent of Gaza youths support them, according to the poll. In addition,...
  • In Venezuela, Former Chavistas Risk Lives Fighting over a Bag of Onions

    04/27/2016 7:55:23 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Apr 2016 | Frances Martel
    A disturbing video of a crowd physically beating each other to get at a select few bags of onions outside a supermarket in Venezuela highlights the struggle the average Venezuelan must endure to keep his or her family fed in the increasingly impoverished socialist nation.
  • Venezuela Imposes 2 Day Work Week To Save Energy

    04/27/2016 7:32:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 26, 2016 | by Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Kai
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's socialist government ordered public workers on Tuesday to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the crisis-hit South American OPEC country. President Nicolas Maduro had already given most of Venezuela's 2.8 million state employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption. Water shortages and electricity cuts have added to the hardships of Venezuela's 30 million people, already enduring a brutal recession, shortages of basics from milk to medicines, soaring prices, and long lines at shops.
  • Paris rejected Israeli software which could have stopped attack

    04/26/2016 5:24:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16
    A groundbreaking Israeli security system could have helped French authorities prevent the Paris massacre last November - but authorities balked at the deal under pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement. Speaking to Fox News, an Israeli counter-terrorism source with intimate knowledge of both the software involved and the deal itself said that after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attack the previous January an Israeli company offered to provide French authorities with special terrorist-tracking software, which could well have enabled them to flag the ISIS terrorist network operating under their noses. But although the French were initially very keen on...
  • State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch

    04/26/2016 1:17:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 49 replies
    Judical Watch ^ | 4/26/2016 | Judical Watch
    (Washington, DC) – The Obama State Department last week admitted it withheld a key Benghazi email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Judicial Watch since at least September 2014. If the State Department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton’s email server and her hidden emails would have been disclosed nearly two years ago, before Clinton authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands of emails. The developments come in a July 2014 Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records related to the drafting and use of the Benghazi talking points (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of...
  • Russia restarts bombings targeting Syrian opposition, US officer says

    04/26/2016 2:35:40 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2016 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russia has resumed bombing moderate opposition fighters in Syria, a U.S. military officer from Baghdad told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. "We have seen them begin operations again in that region," Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten, the U.S.-led coalition's deputy commander for operations and intelligence, told Fox News. President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin last week asking him to help "press" Syria to end its airstrikes, according to a White House statement. The strikes appeared to violate the ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in February. "The two leaders committed to intensify their efforts to shore...
  • THE NEXT PRESIDENT ????!!!!

    04/26/2016 11:07:30 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 9 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-26=16 | bible
    Many foresee a shadow though they look dimly through the veil, But what I AM doing and whom I have chosen I am yet to unveil, For few have truly ventured to enter in, They look for their own satisfaction and invite sin, I AM The One to lift up and remove and set down! I alone wear The Crown! A true upset is coming but to me is no surprise, So few come and enter in so I can open their eyes, For what comes next is a step of Prophecy, The next president is not chosen by men...
  • Post your own Soviet Humor (Vanity)

    04/26/2016 8:29:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 66 replies
    One Hundred Russian Jokes ^ | 4/26/2016 | Various
    How about something a little lighter!? Soviet humor, where we can all certainly use a laugh at the inhuman system of enslavement we helped defeat. Find and post your own! Happy Tuesday .... ------------------------------- This is Armenian Radio; our listeners asked us: “What will be the results of the next elections?” We’re answering: “Nobody can tell.” Somebody has stolen yesterday the exact results of the next elections from the office of the Central Committee of the USSR.” ------------------------------- This is Armenian Radio; our listeners asked us: “Will the police still exist when communism is built?” We’re answering: “Of course, not....
  • US to give Israel 'largest military aid package in history'

    04/26/2016 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 4/26/2016, 9:55 AM | David Rosenberg
    The White House is reportedly planning to accept Israeli demands for increased military aid, following pressure by the US Senate to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding laying out US support to Israel for the next decade. With the current Memorandum of Understanding set to expire in 2018, Israel has been pressuring the White House to enlarge the annual aid package from $3.1 billion to between $4-4.5 billion. Israel has stated that it must increase its military spending to cope with growing threats from ISIS and the Iranian regime following last year’s nuclear deal. …
  • It’s not Europe but America that is necessary for a Free World

    04/26/2016 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/26/16 | Judi McLeod
    There is no longer any doubt that not only America but the Free World would be safer without UN/EU shill Barack Obama President Barack Obama’s got it wrong. It’s not a strong and united Europe that is “a necessity for the world” but a strong and united America. ‘Because without America, there is no Free World’ is a truth not just proudly carried on the Canada Free Press masthead, but an irrefutable truth in saving the West. Making it to the shores of America to raise children in an atmosphere of freedom and liberty was the dream of millions long...
  • Russia honours Canadian WW2 veteran with medal, vodka

    04/25/2016 9:42:29 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies
    The London Free Press ^ | Monday, April 25, 2016 10:05:18 EDT PM | Jonathan Sher
    Russia honours veteran with medal, vodka By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press Monday, April 25, 2016 10:05:18 EDT PM When your life is the world of ­diplomacy and your boss is Vladimir Putin, you’re not easily surprised. But the head of the Russian delegation in Toronto was taken aback this month when a 95-year-old Londoner, to be honoured for heroism during the Second World War, not only walked himself into the reception area, but passed up coffee and tea for a vodka. “He was quite surprised I walked in instead of being carried,” Londoner Bob Kennedy said. Kennedy was...
  • Snowden Leaks Accelerated Encryption Technology by 7 Years, U.S. Intelligence Chief Says

    04/25/2016 6:56:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    UPI ^ | April 25, 2016 | Doug G. Ware
    "From our standpoint, it’s not a good thing," Clapper said of accelerated advancements in encryption technology. Whistle-blower Edward Snowden, by leaking classified data two years ago, contributed to the acceleration of sophisticated encryption methods that militants are using to hide their communications, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Monday. The rapid advancement of commercially available encryption software is proving to be a difficult obstacle in detecting potential threats, he said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "From our standpoint, it's not a good thing," he said of the rapidly advancing encryption, adding that the software has had...
  • Story of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in Numbers 30 Years Later

    04/25/2016 7:26:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS via Daily Sabah ^ | April 25, 2016 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they're still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: — More than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion): The amount of money being spent by an internationally funded project to build a long-term shelter over the building containing Chernobyl's exploded reactor. Once the structure is in place, work will begin to remove the reactor and the...
  • The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Killed Doha

    04/25/2016 11:46:55 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-04-2016 | Captain Hook
    Saudi Arabia single-handedly scuttled the Doha meeting, knowing all along that Iran would not participate, with a valid reason. The Russians and others agreed to proceed without Iran, planning to include them at a later date. So if everything was known beforehand, why did the Saudi’s pour cold water on the aspirations of the remaining members, risking its alienation from Russia and the OPEC community? Was it simply Saudi enmity toward Iran? Not exactly. Upon closer scrutiny, we can find the Saudi masterstroke behind Doha. It is well known that Saudi Arabia is heavily dependent on oil revenues, and that...
  • Signatures for Banning Abortions to be Collected in Russian Churches

    04/25/2016 5:31:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/25/16
    Moscow, April 25, Interfax - Signatures for the legal protection of life from the moment of conception and for banning abortions to be held on April 30, on the Easter eve, in churches of Russia. "Signatures will be collected with the blessing of the spiritual guide of His Holiness the patriarch elder Eli (Nozdrin)," press service of the For Life Movement told Interfax-Religion. Organizers expect to collect several thousand signatures at each parish: on the Easter eve churches will be full of believers who come to bless Easter cakes and eggs. "By now, we have collected 200,000 signatures, our objective...
  • Israelis optimistic Obama's successor will be more pro-Israel

    04/25/2016 7:55:26 AM PDT · by Lera · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/25/2016 | David Rosenberg
    Poll shows Israelis give mixed marks on Trump and Hillary, believe next president will be better for Israel than Obama. While neither party has settled on a nominee, and with the Republican nomination process still very much in the air, Israelis are certain about one thing - the next President of the United States cannot be worse than Barack Obama. According to a TNS Teleseker poll publicized on Sunday, Israelis are generally optimistic that President Obama's successor will be better for Israel than the incumbent, whose pursuit of the Iran nuclear deal and diplomatic dust-ups with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin...
  • Russian Jets Buzzing American Ships May Be Met by Force, General Says

    04/25/2016 2:38:58 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 33 replies
    military.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Richard Sisk
    Russia should be warned that its dangerous flybys of U.S. ships and planes could be met by force, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next NATO and U.S. European Command commander said Thursday. "Sir, I believe that should be known -- yes," Army Gen. Curtis M. "Mike" Scaparrotti said when asked by Sen. John McCain whether Russia should be told that the U.S. would take action if American lives were endangered.
  • OUTNUMBERED, OUTRANGED, AND OUTGUNNED: HOW RUSSIA DEFEATS NATO

    04/24/2016 5:28:26 PM PDT · by 4FreeSpeach · 44 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | April 21, 2016 | David A. Shlapak, Michael W. Johnson
    When asked two weeks ago in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee whether the Army was “outranged” by any adversary, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley said: “Yes … the ones in Europe, really Russia. We don’t like it, we don’t want it, but yes, technically [we are] outranged, outgunned on the ground.” Given Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, this is sobering testimony. But is it accurate? Unfortunately, yes: Nearly two years of extensive wargaming and analysis shows that if Russia were to conduct a short-warning attack against the Baltic States, Moscow’s forces could roll to the outskirts...
  • The Coming Islamic Revolution (1987)

    04/24/2016 11:21:39 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American | November 9, 1987 | Lea Rehimi
    The Coming Islamic Revolution The Soviet Infidels live in daily fear of a Muslim holy war Lea Rehimi | The New American November 9, 1987 In Eastern Europe, what has been called a "cultural genocide" is being waged against Bulgaria's largest national minority, the Muslim Turks. Amnesty International has estimated the number killed as a result of this "Bulgarization" campaign at between 300 and 1,500. Bulgaria's regime has outlawed such practices as speaking Turkish, wearing Turkish clothes, practicing Turkish/Muslim customs, and using Turkish names. Fathers who have their sons circumcised, an Islamic rite, face heavy fines or imprisonment; Turkish boys...
  • Turkey seizes all Christian churches in Diyarbakir [Our NATO "ally"]

    04/24/2016 6:59:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s a less than sunny story to start off your Sunday, but since it involves churches I suppose it’s appropriate. We only recently discussed the rather difficult position Barack Obama finds himself in when dealing with the provocative nature of our supposed ally Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. His track record as a positive force for change has been questionable at best, and this week he adds another negative mark to his tally. In the war torn city of Diyarbakir, the state has seized control of all the non-Muslim churches, including some iconic properties which date back more than...
  • Calls grow to scrap law on insulting foreign leaders [Germany]

    04/13/2016 9:49:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Apr 2016 12:41 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The center-left Social Democratic Party said on Tuesday that Germany should scrap a law against insulting foreign leaders — which has been used by the Turkish President to target a German comedian. “The honor of a head of state is just as important as the honor of a normal citizen,” SPD leader in the Bundestag (German parliament) Thomas Oppermann said in Berlin. SPD MPs are ready to repeal the paragraph banning insults against foreign leaders, Oppermann went on, calling it an “antiquated rule” that should not be updated but simply abolished. Changing the law would also allow the federal government...
  • German comedian could face jail for insulting Erdogan

    04/06/2016 10:47:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Apr 2016 12:17 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s hippest young comedian faces a jail sentence of up to five years if Turkey decides to press charges over a poem he wrote insulting its head of state. Jan Böhmermann knew what he was doing when he read out a self-penned poem insulting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan live on his late night show on Thursday evening. He introduced the piece by speaking directly to the Turkish president. “What I’m about to read is not allowed. If it were to be read in public — that would be forbidden in Germany,” Böhmermann said, before proceeding to perform his “smear...
  • Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president

    04/15/2016 7:41:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 15 at 9:30 AM | Rick Noack
    Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president By Rick Noack April 15 at 9:30 AM German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan Böhmermann, whose poem mocking Turkey's president has become the centerpiece of a clash between Germany's free-speech traditions and the government's efforts to safeguard its important relations with Turkey. In a news conference Friday, Merkel emphasized that it will now be up to German courts to decide whether Böhmermann is guilty of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But critics — including members of her own government —...
  • German Comic In Turkish President Erdogan's Satire Row Suspends TV Show

    04/17/2016 7:24:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    | Agence France-Presse ^ | April 17, 2016
    A German comedian whose satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unleashed a bitter row about freedom of speech has decided to suspend his own TV show, he announced on his Facebook page on Saturday. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday authorised criminal proceedings sought by Turkey against the popular comic Jan Boehmermann who could be convicted under the rarely-enforced section 103 of the criminal code -- insulting organs or representatives of foreign states. Merkel's decision has appalled rights bodies such as Human Rights Watch which on Saturday called on the German authorities to defend freedom of speech "even...
  • Germany bows to 'emerging Adolf Hitler of the Middle East'

    04/24/2016 6:33:52 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 4/23/2016 | Joel Richardson
    Erdogan Germany has a well-known period in its history where it gave in to a dictator. Things didn’t work out so well for a lot of people. Now there’s another dictator exerting his influence, apparently. This time, the dictator is from Turkey. New York Times bestselling author and Christian evangelist Joel Richardson blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for approving a criminal probe against German comedian Jan Böhmermann. The satirist’s supposed crime is reading a satirical poem about Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Richardson, who highlights the plight of Middle Eastern Christians in his new documentary “Global Jesus Revolution,” said...
  • Want More F-22s? Here’s What That Would Take

    04/23/2016 9:50:19 PM PDT · by cba123 · 39 replies
    Defense One ^ | April 22, 2016 | Marcus Weisgerber
    U.S. lawmakers have asked the Air Force about the possibility of restarting production of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, an endeavor that would be far more complicated than signing a check and flipping the lights back on. In its review of the 2017 defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services Committee asked service leaders to look into what it would take to build 194 new Raptors, enough to finally meet the Air Force's long-stated requirement of 381 jets. HASC chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and others say the world has changed since 2009, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates halted the...
  • UNREAL: Russia FIRES on Israel…

    04/23/2016 6:32:30 PM PDT · by Lera · 17 replies
    AllenBWest.com ^ | April 23, 2016 | Allen West
    Back in August 2011, I was part of a Congressional delegation weeklong visit to Israel. One of the special parts of this visit, which included our spouses, was to sit with Prime Minister Netanyahu in his cabinet room and discuss Middle East security policy. It was there -- and I will never forget -- that PM Netanyahu very presciently warned we should not consent to a complete withdrawal of our military footprint from Iraq. He strenuously conveyed to us there would be a vacuum created and who -- or what -- would fill that void could be very dangerous. And...
  • North Korea launches missile from submarine, South Korea says [Obama Partying It Up]

    04/23/2016 1:21:53 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/23/16 | Don Melvin and Jim Sciutto
    North Korea has fired what is believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday. The missile was fired at 6:30 p.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET), South Korean officials said, and appears to have flown for about 30 km (about 19 miles) -- well short of the 300 km (roughly 186 miles) that would be considered a successful test.