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  • Obama Must Defend NATO's Red Lines From Putin's Aggression

    04/18/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in Eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the Ukrainian government. This week, the Ukrainian government has responded by sending in military forces to counter these actions. There has been shooting and violence. But Ukraine's military doesn't seem capable of asserting control. So Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant...
  • Putin jokes Alaska too cold to annex

    04/18/2014 6:41:03 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday jokingly implied that Alaska wasn't worth reunifying with Russia because it was too cold. At a nearly four-hour, question-and-answer event, one submitted question for Putin asked if, following the annexation of Crimea, he had designs for the largest of the United States. “Are there any plans to annex Alaska to Russia? We would be very happy [about that],” said Faina Ivanovna, drawing laughter from the crowd. “What would you need Alaska for?” Putin said with a smile. “We are a northern country … 70 percent of our territory is in the north and far...
  • NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine

    04/18/2014 1:32:13 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | kabc
    ...Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday again vigorously denied Western claims that Russian forces were operating in eastern Ukraine. But he also finally confirmed what had long been suspected and that he had repeatedly denied: that the well-armed forces with no insignia on their uniforms that took control of Crimea last month were in fact Russian troops.
  • UKRAINE: Russian special forces blocked a convoy of Ukrainian law-enforcers

    04/18/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT · by · 2 replies
    tymchuk ^ | 04-18-2014 | Dmitry. Tymchuk
    According to the information of the resistance, today, 17 April, Druzhkovka, Donetsk region, the extremists and the Russian special forces blocked a convoy of Ukrainian law-enforcers. In particular, the Group of the Ukrainian security services, peredvigavšaâsâ convoy, at 22.30 was stopped by traffic police and blocked a group of extremists of up to 500 people. As emissaries of the Informational resistance ", were in this group and the Russian military personnel. The unit was headed by Russian officer-notorious IGOR STRELKOV, who introduced himself as "Colonel of the ARMED FORCES of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION of the "special group"-"Crimea". Other members of...
  • Deschytsia [Ukraine FM]: Agreements on protesters vacating streets and squares do not concern Maidan

    04/18/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 5 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    The agreements reached between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union in Geneva on the vacation of roads, streets and squares in Ukraine do not concern the protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv, Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia has said.
  • 'Close Observers of History' Hate Ollie North

    04/18/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. For its second season, the creators of the FX series "The Americans" have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years -- one Lt. Col. Oliver North. It's a dramatic reversal from the first season, and it has infuriated some hard leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the series' heroes would be KGB agents: "We're making them the sympathetic characters. I'd go so far as to say they're the heroes." It quickly became apparent that these characters could...
  • OPINION: Russia Needn’t Be Afraid of Paper Tiger NATO

    04/18/2014 12:15:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 4-18-2014 | Lyudmila Chernova
    Russia should not be concerned about NATO expansion, as they are not going to do anything rather than some symbolic financial gestures, Jeffrey F. Addicott, Director of Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in Texas told RIA Novosti. “Putin understands that NATO is largely a paper tiger,” Addicott said, adding that the alliance is now more in a defensive mode. “The Russian leader also realizes that their signals to send out some additional ships here and there, or do some additional flights really mean nothing.” Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for almost four hours to...

    04/17/2014 10:03:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    Russia has achieved a strategic psychological victory over NATO in the Ukraine with the announcement by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva that an agreement had been reached with Ukrainian and NATO member diplomats to ease tensions in the country. Over the last few weeks, NATO has been shown to be economically unstable, fully dependent on Russian energy, and lacking a meaningful military deterrent. Russia has brutally humiliated NATO and has strategically reemerged as the dominant nation in Europe. The Geneva, Switzerland, talks were originally supposed to focus on disarming illegal militant groups in Ukraine, de-escalating tensions, and instituting the...
  • Flying Blind, Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights

    04/17/2014 8:08:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/17/14 | : Bill Gertz
    The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials. The overflight mission was scheduled for April 14 to April 16 under the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, but Russia’s government notified the State Department 72 hours before the scheduled flight that it would not be permitted. The cancelation is unusual because the sole reason for putting off such treaty-approve surveillance is flight safety, such as bad weather. Until this week, the United States and other European...
  • Why Vladimir Putin Needs to Show Alaska Some Love

    04/17/2014 4:12:07 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04-17-2014 | Alyssa Newcomb
    Tell us how you really feel, Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader, who recently annexed Crimea from Ukraine, dissed Alaska today in his annual marathon question-and-answer session. Asked by a Russian woman if the U.S. state could be his next conquest, Putin seemed disinterested in adding it to his growing empire. "What would you need Alaska for?" he asked, adding that Russia already has enough cold territory. Russia sold Alaska to the United States in the 19th century for $7.2 million in gold.
  • DONETSK UNITY OF UKRAINE: Thousands of COURAGEOUS residents rally begin with prayer for Ukraine

    04/17/2014 9:23:52 AM PDT · by · 6 replies
    CENSOR.NET.UA ^ | 04/17/14 18:39
    Thousands of residents gathered for a rally in Donetsk unity "With prayer for Ukraine." PHOTOREPORTS + Live Broadcast Rally "With prayer for Ukraine" started in Donetsk. As of 18:00 in the park near the Donetsk City Palace of children's creativity were about 1.5-2 thousand people, reports Tsenzor.NET referring to the island. People with flags of Ukraine and Ukrainian symbols keep coming . Ukrainian flags very much. Among the protesters are so many young people. Read also " Tsenzor.NET ": In Stakhanov wife policemen stood a human shield , protecting the police department of the assault. To militants reinforcements arrived -...
  • State Department Kerry reacts to report that Jews in Ukrainian city told to register

    04/17/2014 1:22:35 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | april 17, 2014
    Secretary of State John Kerry reacted to a report Thursday that Jews in one restive Ukrainian city were sent notices telling them to register, a development he called "grotesque." Kerry's comments follow a report in Israel's Ynet News that a leaflet was circulating in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that Jews register -- as well as provide a list of property they own -- or else face deportation and revocation of citizenship. Pro-Russian activists have asserted partial control over some government buildings in that city. Ynet reported that the notices, sent as the Passover holiday began, were signed...
  • Ukraine crisis talks: Diplomats urge end to violence, security for all

    04/17/2014 1:45:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2014 | By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Laura Smith-Spark,
    (CNN) -- Diplomats meeting for emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine issued a joint statement Thursday aimed at de-escalating the tensions and ensuring the security of all Ukrainians. The statement -- which appears to be the biggest step toward calming the situation in days -- followed talks lasting several hours between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his acting Ukrainian counterpart, Andriy Deshchytsia, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The pact calls for all illegal armed groups to be disarmed, all illegally seized buildings to be returned to their legitimate owners and all...
  • Kiev: Military operation in Ukraine southeast to go on despite Geneva agreement

    04/17/2014 11:10:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 4-17-2014 | RT
    Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there. Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations. According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”
  • UKRAINE: European Parliament AGREED Ukraine may submit application TO EU

    04/17/2014 9:54:56 AM PDT · by · 9 replies
    Ukraine may submit an application for membership in the EUROPEAN UNION – European Parliament
  • UKRAINE PATRIOT: 92 yearold veteran of World War II came to the headquarters for enroll of recruits

    04/17/2014 9:01:02 AM PDT · by · 7 replies
    Tsenzor.NET ^ | 17.04.14 18:49
    Photo of the day 92 -year-old veteran of World War II came to the headquarters of the National Protection enroll in recruits. Paragraphs recording volunteers into the ranks of special units to protect public order come even veterans who have more than 90 years. It is reported with reference to Ukrinform. 92 -year-old WWII veteran Nikolai Ostashevsky came to the headquarters of the National Protection Dnipropetrovsk region recruits enroll in Dnipropetrovsk, April 17, 2014," - said "volunteer ready once again to defend homeland." Source : See also " Tsenzor.NET " : Thousands of people gathered for a rally in...
  • Deal Reached On Calming Ukraine Tensions

    04/17/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    AP/Time ^ | 4/17/14 | John Heilprin and Lara Jakes
    (GENEVA) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists during the protests to be turned back over to authorities. It also gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of committing capital crimes. Monitors with the Organization of Security...
  • Russian People, Like Noah, Urged Not to Let World Finally Sink in Sin, Archpriest Chaplin Believes

    04/17/2014 8:54:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/16/14
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax – Humanity deserves the new “Flood,” but Russia is called to be the Noah’s Ark, head of the Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. “If suddenly something like the Flood happens, it will be justified. If the Lord with human hands punishes big cities it will even more justified. But we still believe and hope that time for repentance will be prolonged and an example of spiritual resurrection and renovation of the whole nation will be shown in the history before the end of times, and thus sin will be condemned and...
  • Serbian president seeking war compensation from NATO (translation)

    04/17/2014 8:57:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 12 replies
    Commenting on the recent recognition that NATO bombed Serbia without the permission of the UN Security Council , the Serbian president said yesterday that it is reasonable to expect that Serbia should be back on her feet by and with a compensation made ​​for injustice. Marking that the NATO bombing of Serbia 1999 was uncivilized method precedent " for ever , and for ages " , something which would shame even d barbarous nations from pre-Christian period , Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in yesterday's speech on the occasion of the Day Of Army of Serbia at the central celebration in...
  • US sending helmets, other non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

    04/17/2014 10:17:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 40 replies ^ | April 17, 2014
    The U.S. is sending helmets, sleeping bags and generators to support the Ukrainian military -- but stopped short of approving other items the interim government reportedly says it needs to stand up to the might of Moscow, saber-rattling on its doorstep. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday that the U.S. will send the additional non-lethal military aid. The additional aid was announced as fighting between Ukraine's military and pro-Russian factions intensified in the eastern part of the country. Hagel, speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon with his Polish counterpart, said the approved aid would include medical supplies, helmets,...
  • WORLD AT WAR?-Watch LIVE STREAM of Russian Anti-American Rally

    04/17/2014 10:24:07 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    DIgnitas News Service ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Winters
  • Cowed by Putin, Russian Media Promotes his Menacing Message

    04/17/2014 9:39:24 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 04/17/2014 | Mark Nuckols
    <p>Russia is “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust.”</p> <p>That was the declaration made recently on a major Russian state TV channel by the popular anchorman Dmitry Kiselyov. The coarse tone in which he delivered this message was every bit as menacing as the actual words...</p>

    04/17/2014 7:16:43 AM PDT · by · 2 replies ^ | April 17, 2014 17 hrs | Dmitry Tymchuk
    According to the Information of resistance, near a military unit in Mariupol is a battle. At the moment Ukrainian soldiers repulsed two attacks using weapons to kill. Part of the storming "green men". However, according to our data, this is not Russian soldiers and fighters from local separatists in basic military training, dressed in the appropriate form but without insignia. They are the representatives of GRU HEADQUARTERS ARMED FORCES of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION.
  • Why not Gov. Mike Pence in 2016?

    04/17/2014 7:22:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2014 | AllahPundit
    If you’re wondering why this otherwise prosaic Bloomberg piece about Pence’s national future begins with a mention of the Koch brothers, it’s probably because the guy who wrote it worked for Paul Sarbanes and, briefly, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz before resuming his career as an impartial reporter.But never mind that. Is Pence the dark horse? “I have no doubt that he would make a great president,” said Steven Chancellor, the chief executive officer of Evansville, Indiana-based American Patriot Group, the parent of a company that makes ready-to-eat rations for the Pentagon. “He certainly distinguished himself in the House” and is “off...
  • Ukrainian Forces Kill 3 Pro-Russian Demonstrators

    04/17/2014 7:54:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/17/14 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    -snip- The operation that the government said would confront pro-Russian militants in the east unraveled Wednesday with the entire contingent of 21 armored vehicles surrendering or retreating. -snip- One of the armored columns stopped when a crowd of people, many of whom were drinking or yelling taunts, gathered on the road before them. Later in the day its commander agreed to hand over the soldiers’ assault rifles to the very separatists they were sent to fight. Another column from the same unit, the 25th Dnipropetrovsk paratrooper brigade, surrendered not only its weapons but also the tracked and armored vehicles it...
  • U.S., EU, Russia Talks Working Toward Joint Statement on Ukraine

    04/17/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/17/14 | LAURENCE NORMAN
    First Sign That Geneva Discussions are Making Progress The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and the European Union are working on a joint statement, in a sign that talks in Geneva may have made progress, according to two officials involved in the talks on Thursday. Both officials said it wasn't yet clear whether a joint statement would eventually be agreed among all four governments. No details were immediately available. Thursday's meeting, which started late morning in Geneva, is the highest-level direct talks between Moscow and Kiev since Russia's annexation of Crimea.
  • NATO's anti-Russian rhetoric surpasses propaganda of Yugoslavia times - Russia's FM

    04/17/2014 7:37:48 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    NATO's anti-Russian political rhetoric has surpassed the propaganda of the times of the aggression against Yugoslavia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. In recent time, NATO issued some publications, in which the Alliance tried to present causes of the crisis in Europe in its usual tendentious manner, traditionally shifting responsibility to Russia, the ministry noted. Russia not afraid of NATO expansion - Putin Russia never evaded cooperation with the North Atlantic Alliance, proposing to build it on the basis of equality. "Despite disagreements (NATO expansion, deployment of missile defense systems and the alliance’s non-compliance with international laws), Russia during...
  • Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

    04/17/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 20 replies
    Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer. If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session. To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said. The president added he...
  • Putin Asserts Right To Use Force In Eastern Ukraine

    04/17/2014 6:23:59 AM PDT · by Fennie · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 17, 2014 | By David M. Herszenhorn
    MOSCOW -- President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and also stressed Russia's historical claim to the territory, repeatedly referring to it as "new Russia" and saying that only "God knows" why it became part of Ukraine. Speaking in a televised question-and-answer show, Mr. Putin also admitted for the first time that Russian armed forces had been deployed in Crimea, the disputed peninsula that Russia annexed last month immediately after a large majority of the population voted in...
  • UKRAINE UPDATE: 48 minutes ago: Lugansk today-a rally for United Ukraine.

    04/17/2014 5:40:18 AM PDT · by · 1 replies ^ | Photo By Peter Shuklinov
  • UKRAINE: Donetsk Screen on Lenin Square Patriots SUBSTITUTED the bullets! 1 hour

    04/17/2014 5:51:26 AM PDT · by · 5 replies ^ | 4-17-2014 | act.together.donetsk
    Friends! Screen on Lenin Square Friends! directs all people of Donetsk to the new location of the meeting. Many thanks to the owners! Patriots SUBSTITUTED the bullets! ** right now is sitting in the Court: 6 pro-Russian organizations want to ban the rally.
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • Is Vladimir Putin Another Adolf Hitler?

    04/17/2014 3:50:14 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 116 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/16/2014 | Paul Johnson
    As Mein Kampf makes clear, Hitler sought to unite all the people of German speech and culture into one state, or Reich, preferably by peaceful negotiation, otherwise by war and conquest... Today’s drift toward war with Russia seems like a replay of the past. Putin is a Russian nationalist, who believes in a strong Stalinist state. His goal is to reverse the events of 1989–the end of the Soviet state and dissolution of its enormous empire... wield against the various weak states that were part of the U.S.S.R... All have ethnic Russian minorities, who speak the language, boast of...
  • Turchynov Tells Defence Ministry Disestablish 25th Brigade Of Air Assault Forces

    04/17/2014 3:27:24 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada/Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has instructed the Defence Ministry to disestablish 25th separate airborne brigade of the High Mobility Assault Forces of the Armed Forces, he has told a parliament session. "25th separate airborne brigade, whose military showed cowardice and surrendered arms, will be disestablished... The Defence Ministry has received this instruction," he said. Moreover, Turchynov says this brigade's servicemen will stand trial; he says the Prosecutor-General's Office has received a corresponding order too. As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Defence Ministry refutes 25th separate airborne brigade of the High Mobility Assault Forces of the Armed...
  • China proposes to create SCO security center (Sino-Russian alliance)

    04/17/2014 3:22:37 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    China's minister of public security warned Thursday of new threats to member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a post-Soviet Eurasian security bloc, and proposed setting up a joint security center to deal with the challenges. The Chinese side is prepared to study, together with all the SCO member states, the possibility of establishing an SCO center to fight against challenges and threats to security, Guo Shengkun told a meeting of SCO security officials in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Chinese minister said there has been increased activity of militant Islamist groups, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and warned of...
  • Ukrainian military base comes under attack in the southeast

    04/16/2014 11:52:00 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 04-17-2014 | Radina Gigovaj
    (CNN) -- An estimated 300 people attacked a Ukrainian military base in the country's southeast on Thursday, the nation's interior minister said on his Facebook page. According to Arsen Avakov, three of the attackers have been killed, 13 wounded and 63 others detained. Clashes are ongoing.
  • EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

    04/16/2014 11:15:12 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 24 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-16-2014 | Staff
    There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region. In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. “In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say...
  • Netanyahu discusses mutual interests with Russia's Putin

    04/16/2014 10:35:28 PM PDT · by Ruprecht Jamieson · 7 replies
    Netanyahu discusses mutual interests with Russia's Putin Putin tells Netanyahu that Kiev regime is to blame for escalations in eastern Ukraine; both agree to cooperation on issues of mutual interest. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone Tuesday, and discussed issue like Iran, Ukraine, and additional communications. Reportedly on Netanyahu's request, the two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine, which Israeli politicians have been steering clear of, concerned possible security threats could arise if relations with Moscow were to suffer.
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/16/2014 9:15:03 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 14 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04-17-2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. The conversation came amid escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, and as Netanyahu was trying to maneuver carefully through the Ukraine crisis, not antagonizing or alienating neither Washington or Moscow. According to the Kremlin statement, Putin provided an assessment of the processes occurring in Ukraine, and “pointed out that the sharp escalation of the crisis is the result of Kiev’s irresponsible policy, which disregards the lawful rights and interests of the country’s Russian-speaking...
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 95 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • UKRAINE: Summary bad and good news

    04/16/2014 7:42:37 PM PDT · by · 1 replies
    Voices of Ukraine ^ | April 16, 2014 9 minutes | Dmitry Tymchuk
    Brothers and sisters, Here’s the Summary for April 16, 2014 . The bad news: There will be only one item of bad news today. Because it already covers all the other negative news. The anti-terrorist operation (ATO) – all of the high expectations put onto it are not justified. I don’t even want to comment on the actions of the army. This is quite surreal. Our attempts to clarify the situation have gobsmacked us even more, and gave us a partial understanding of why this surrealism is happening in general. For the whole day, we, the coordinators of Information Resistance...
  • In Defence Of Putin

    04/14/2014 3:49:54 AM PDT · by idov · 9 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | Aug. 14, 2014 | Dov Ivry
    Far be it from me to defend Putin’s annexation of Crimea, which had been part of another country, the Ukraine. And most of reasons Putin and his gang trot out in defence of the heist is hogwash. But the Americans brought this on themselves and not just Obama, the most incompetent president in the history of that country, and as far as foreign policy goes, the most untrustworthy Israel should pay attention, not so much to Russia, but to the Americans, because they are stuck in our craw as well. When the Soviet Union fell, the Ukraine was a nuclear...
  • In Early 2014 Russia's Demography Continues To Improve

    04/16/2014 6:31:45 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/04/2014 | Mark Adamonis
    Rosstat just recently its latest batch of statistics and Russia’s most basic population trends have continued to improve in the first two months of 2014. Through the end of February, births were stable at their 2013 level while the mortality rate decreased by about 3.5%. While all the normal caveats apply (monthly data is variable, January-February is a limited sample size, things could change substantially later in the year) Russia is currently on track to record its largest natural population growth since 1991.
  • Putin: Russia’s great propagandist

    04/16/2014 6:50:38 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 1 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 04/16/2014 | Kathrin Hille
    Putin: Russia’s great propagandist Standing proudly against the entire world had revived the essence of the Soviet Union, she wrote. “It is not Crimea that has returned. We have returned. Home. To the USSR.” Since the Crimea annexation, there have been frequent moves that symbolize a Soviet revival... In March Mr. Putin announced the re-establishment of “Prepared for Labor and Defense”, a Soviet-era system under which students, officials and workers took part in nationwide sports competitions. The same week, the government said it would restore the Stalin-era All-Russian Exhibition Centre to its former glory... Even members of the Duma, Russia’s...
  • Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation

    04/16/2014 6:28:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Y Net News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Michal Margalit
    Fear replaced communal atmosphere in Donetsk's Jewish community as armed men handed out a leaflet Passover eve calling on Jews register their religion and property with the interim pro-Russian government or face deportation and loss of citizenship.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community's Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern. The leaflet demanded the city's Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportion and see their assets confiscated. Donetsk,...
  • An Inconveniet Truth

    04/16/2014 4:35:44 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 3 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    We're better than those damned Russians and their Putin; we have democracy! Well, maybe not. Quote: Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism. Lots of big words in that paragraph. Let's distill it down -- the argument presented is that America is really no different than...
  • Putin and the ‘Good Hitler’

    04/16/2014 4:29:08 PM PDT · by No One Special · 22 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | April 4, 2014 | Vladimir Kara-Murza
    Just when you think Vladimir Putin’s propaganda cannot sink any lower, it invariably does. Andranik Migranyan is a seasoned Kremlin hand. A former member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, a cavalier of the presidentially bestowed Order of Honor, he currently heads the New York office of the so-called Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, a Russian GONGO created on the initiative of Vladimir Putin in 2007 (it also has an office in Paris). This week, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper published Migranyan’s article attacking Professor Andrei Zubov, a prominent and well-respected Russian historian, who, in his recent op-ed in...
  • How We're Finding Asteroids Before They Find Us

    04/16/2014 3:20:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 11, 2014 | James Vlahos
    Chelyabinsk, a large city in western Russia, was best known for producing tractors and professional hockey players until the morning of February 15, 2013, when a 19-meter-wide meteor screamed through the sky and exploded with the force of 500 kilotons of TNT. The meteor generated a fireball many times brighter than the sun, so powerful it even caused sunburns. The shock wave blew out windows and knocked residents off of their feet, injuring more than 1,200. The object was the largest to strike Earth in more than a century... Asteroids that come within 28 million miles of our planet are...
  • Breaking: Canada and Estonia Call For Emergency OSCE Meeting

    04/16/2014 2:27:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Interpreter Live Blog ^ | 4-16-2014 | The Interpreter
    Chapter 3 of the Vienna Document is designed to reduce risk of international conflicts through "exchanging information on defense policy, force planning, budgets, procurements, and calendars." In other words, OSCE members now believe that the movement and position of Russian troops in eastern Europe constitutes an unusual situation, and one of which the international community has not been properly informed.
  • Four anti-govt protesters shot while rallying near Ukrainian military base - reports

    04/16/2014 2:04:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    RT ^ | 4-16-2014 | RT
    Four people have reportedly been injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-Maidan protesters and soldiers stationed at an Interior Ministry base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. A group of several dozen protesters arrived at the base, located in the turbulent Donetsk region, on Wednesday evening. They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said. Instead, the troops opened fire at the protesters, injuring at least four people. One of them took a bullet in his chest and is in serious condition, according to protesters. Some local media claimed the protesters...