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  • Putin makes unplanned stopover in Nicaragua

    07/12/2014 12:58:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    itar-tass.com ^ | July 12, 2014
    MANAGUA, July 12 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has changed the schedule of his Latin American tour and arrived in Nicaragua for a brief working visit. On his way from Cuba to Argentina on Saturday, the Russian leader decided to make a stopover in Managua, where he had been officially invited earlier. At the Managua airport, he was welcomed by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. ‘Much is yet to be done to develop our relations, especially in the area of economy, but we have good base for that,” Putin said, adding that Russia and Nicaragua had long-standing good relations. “We admire...
  • Moscow protests shooting at Russian border guards from Ukrainian side

    07/12/2014 10:14:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 7-12-2014 | RT
    Moscow strongly condemns Kiev forces shooting at Russian border guards and demands that such actions cease. Otherwise, Russia reserves the right to protect its territory and citizens, the Foreign Ministry has said. At around 3 am on Saturday, a vehicle with a squad of Russian border guards, on duty at the frontier between Russia and Ukraine, came under fire from the Ukrainian side, the Russian Ministry said in a statement. As a result of the incident in the Kuibyshev district of the Rostov region, the vehicle sustained damage: eight bullet holes were found in the vehicle’s chassis. “Only by good...
  • Russia's Rosneft to explore for offshore oil in Cuba, Putin says

    07/12/2014 10:03:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-11-2014 | Reuters
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was hopeful Russian oil company Rosneft and Cuban state oil company Cupet could begin jointly exploring Cuba's potential offshore oil reserves "in the very near future."
  • Officials Say Iran Is Hamas’ ‘Enabler’ in Fight Against Israel

    07/11/2014 5:19:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Time ^ | July 11, 2014 3:39 PM ET | Michael Crowley
    In a reminder of the Middle East’s intertwined nature, the latest violence between Israel and Hamas has U.S. and Israeli officials lamenting the role of a key actor hundreds of miles east of Gaza: Iran. “Who is the enabler for Hamas? Where do they get those rockets?” asked House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce Friday morning. “It’s Iran.” […] “Iran continues to do everything it can to push rockets into Gaza,” says Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer. “Iran obviously is a supporter of Hamas. And Islamic Jihad is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iran.” (Islamic Jihad is militant group...
  • Putin urges Netanyahu to stop armed standoff in southern Israel

    07/11/2014 5:25:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    itar-tass.com ^ | July 10, 2014
    MOSCOW, July 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that armed confrontation in southern Israel and in the Gaza Strip leading to numerous victims among civilians should be stopped as soon as possible. The Kremlin press-service reported this on Thursday. The conversation was requested by the Israeli side, the Kremlin said. “Further bilateral contacts and some other issues of mutual interest were also touched upon,” it said. Israeli-Palestinian relations aggravated after June 12, 2014, when three Jewish teenagers were abducted in the West Bank. Later, the teenagers were found killed....
  • UKRAINE: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov threatens Ukraine with nuclear weapons

    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov promised that Russia will use all forces and means against Ukraine if the latter decides to go to war for Crimea. RIA NOVOSTI reports that Lavrov made this statement on Wednesday after a meeting with his Italian counterpart, Federica Mogherini. “I would not advise anyone to do that (attack Crimea – Ed.). We have a doctrine of national security; it very clearly prescribes actions that our country must take in such cases.” said Lavrov. In 2009, the National Security Concept was revised in Putin’s Russia. According to this concept, Russia has the right to “use...
  • Kiev Asks Russia to Pay $1Bln for Gas Left in Crimea Storage

    07/11/2014 8:57:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 27/05/2014 13:22 | RIA Novosti
    KIEV, May 27 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine has asked Russia to pay $1 billion for 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas stored at an underground facility belonging to Crimea's Black Sea oil and gas company Chernomorneftegaz, Acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Tuesday. [....] Until Crimea’s reunification with Russia in mid-March, Chernomorneftegaz belonged to Ukrainian energy giant Naftogaz. After the referendum on secession from Ukraine, the company was nationalized.
  • More abductions, torture seen in separatist-held eastern Ukraine

    07/11/2014 8:28:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Kyiv Post ^ | July 11, 2014, 4:45 p.m. | Christopher J. Miller
    SLOVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine – Finally free from the clutches of Russian-backed separatists who abducted her, Hanna, a pro-Ukraine activist from Donetsk, tells a dispiriting tale. “My face was smashed – he punched me in the face with his fist, he was trying to beat me everywhere, I was covering myself with my hands… I was huddled in the corner, curled up in a ball with my hands around my knees. He was angry that I was trying to protect myself. He went out and came back with a knife,”[....] [....] While definitive statistics on abductions are hard to come by, the...
  • Ukraine Liveblog Day 143: Ukraine Prepares to Move on Donetsk

    07/11/2014 8:16:27 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Reports That A 9k35 Strela-10 Crossed Border From Russia 21:01 (GMT) There are reports that the 9k35 Strela-10 (also known by the NATO reporting name A-13 "Gopher") entered Lugansk via Russia on July 2nd. [....] Where Did Donetsk Separatists Get An Advanced Anti-Aircraft Battery? 20:22 (GMT) [....] Separatist Leaders Prepare To Evacuate Parts of Donetsk 15:02 (GMT) [....] Ukraine Says 6 Russian Helicopters Crossed The Border 13:51 (GMT) [....] Ukrainian Forces Suffer Losses in Attacks in South-East 09:23 (GMT)
  • Putin's Secret Weapon

    07/10/2014 11:43:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | JULY 7, 2014 | Mark Galeotti
    Russia's swashbuckling military intelligence unit is full of assassins, arms dealers, and bandits. And what they pulled off in Ukraine was just the beginning.re are two ways an espionage agency can prove its worth to the government it serves. Either it can be truly useful (think: locating a most-wanted terrorist), or it can engender fear, dislike, and vilification from its rivals (think: being named a major threat in congressional testimony). But when a spy agency does both, its worth is beyond question. Since the Ukraine crisis began, the Kremlin has few doubts about the importance of the GRU, Russia's military...
  • Erdogan to Israel: Stop Attacking Gaza or No Normalization

    07/10/2014 9:28:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/14 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Thursday that his country’s ties with Israel would not return to normal unless Israel ceases its offensive on Gaza, AFP reports. "You will first stop this oppression. If not, it is not possible to realize normalization between Turkey and Israel," Erdogan said in the central Anatolian city of Yozgat after a dinner breaking the daily Ramadan fast. .....
  • Kerry Admits: Iran Negotiations Not Working

    07/10/2014 5:24:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Majid Rafizadeh
    Kerry Admits: Iran Negotiations Not WorkingPosted By Majid Rafizadeh On July 10, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments In less than two week, the interim nuclear deal will expire, most likely without a final deal being struck between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the G5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany).The Islamic Republic has been given years to come clean and halt its ideological and regional hegemonic ambitions of obtaining nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, the Obama administration believes that we need to give the Islamic Republic another chance, trusting the...
  • Israeli Ambassador: Hamas Using Iranian Rockets to Attack Israel

    07/10/2014 8:55:41 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 10 2014 | Adam Kredo
    The terror group Hamas has begun deploying against Israel advanced long-range missiles provided to the militant group by Iran, forcing the Israeli military to specifically target these weapons caches in air strikes, according to Israel’s ambassador to the United States. The Israeli Defense Forces has begun striking Hamas missile factories that are capable of producing these long-range Iranian rockets, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer told a small crowd of leading pro-Israel officials and other insiders on Wednesday. “Hamas has a considerable arsenal, some of it has been smuggled in, [and] some of those long range rockets they’ve fired in the last...
  • Syrian-made M302 rocket fired by Hamas at Hadera

    07/08/2014 4:50:49 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/09/2014 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    The attack represents the longest-range rocket strike by Hamas on Israel to date. It came amid a heavy barrage of dozens of long-range rockets directed at greater Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The long-range projectile fired by Hamas in Gaza at Hadera is an M302 Syrian-produced rocket, according to initial analysis on Wednesday of the remains of the rocket fired at the city on Tuesday. The attack represents the longest-range rocket strike by Hamas on Israel to date. It came amid a heavy barrage of dozens of long-range rockets directed at greater Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as Ashdod, triggering...
  • Hamas firing long-range M-302 rockets at Israel, capable of 150-km distance

    07/09/2014 8:55:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 9, 2014 | 12:26 PM | | Gili Cohen
    Hamas firing long-range M-302 rockets at Israel, capable of 150-km distance Rockets smuggled into Gaza before Klos-C cache discovered are considered more accurate than makeshift projectiles made in the Strip; Hadera struck by M-302, dozens are estimated to exist in Gaza arsenal. By Gili Cohen | Gaza militants have several dozen long-range M-302 rockets in their arsenal and have been using them in the current round of rocket fire, Israeli officials say. One of the rockets, which the army's intelligence division says are considered more accurate than the makeshift rockets manufactured in Gaza and can be stored more easily because...
  • BBC Warns—Gaza Photos Aren’t Really from Gaza

    07/08/2014 3:53:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 7/8/2014, 1:19 PM | Gil Ronen
    Many of the graphic images being shared on social media are really from Syria or Iraq, finds the broadcaster. […] “A #BBCtrending investigation has found that many of these images are not from the latest conflict and not even from Gaza. Some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.” …
  • Iranian Cleric Claims: Israel Uses Sorcery for Espionage

    07/08/2014 2:14:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 7/8/2014, 5:42 AM | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Israel is known for its advanced intelligence capabilities but, according to an Iranian cleric, that is because it uses sorcery. The comments by Valiollah Naghipourfar, a cleric and professor at Tehran University, were made in a recent interview he gave to Iran’s state broadcaster, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and were republished by the IranWire website. …
  • UKRAINE Donetsk:Gubarev met Russian volunteers who came to fight for the "New Russia" (VIDEO)

    07/09/2014 1:32:00 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 26 replies
    In Donetsk Gubarev met a group of Russian volunteers who came to fight for the "New Russia" (VIDEO) 15:0909.07.2014 Militants do not hide what is on their side fighting Russian "volunteers". Thus, the network service YouTube correspondent so-called national militia Donbass posted video of July 8 "popular governor" Paul Gubarev meets mercenaries. At the same time the Russians do not hide the fact that "a ticket to Ukraine" they received in the Moscow military. Among those who arrived in Donetsk - the inhabitants of Astrakhan, Vladivostok and other cities.
  • Testimony of Mr. Edward Lucas Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    07/09/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by Krosan · 4 replies
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee ^ | July 8, 2014 | Edward Lucas
    Testimony ofMr. Edward LucasSenior Fellow and Contributing EditorCenter for European Policy AnalysisWashington, DCJuly 8, 2014Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeSubcommittee on European AffairsGood afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. It is an honor and a privilege to give testimony to this committee and I would like to thank Chairman Murphy and Ranking Member Johnson for this opportunity. I will give a short oral version of my written testimony and then look forward to taking questions.I have been dealing with European security for more than thirty years, as an activist for freedom and democracy during the Cold War, as a foreign...
  • World Cup Is A Homosexual Abomination – Russian Priest

    07/09/2014 5:06:00 AM PDT · by tellw · 49 replies
    Leadership (Nigeria) ^ | 7/9/2014 | anonymous
    The World Cup is “a homosexual abomination”, according to one angry Russian priest, who says male footballers may as well wear women’s underwear and bras. Orthodox Christianity religious figure Alexander Shumsky came out with the controversial stance against the biggest single event sporting competition as it reaches the semi-final stage. Although most people might see the different types and colours of boots adorned by footballers as a good variety, Shumsky slammed the choice of footwear and claims that liberals are trying to drown traditional Christianity with football. “Wearing pink and blue shoes is like wearing women’s underwear or wearing a...
  • Sloviansk recaptured by the Ukrainian military, driving out Russian terrorists.

    07/08/2014 11:31:25 PM PDT · by free_life · 5 replies
    Vice News ^ | July 8, 2014
    Look what these Russian b*st*rds have done to these people and their city. On July 5, the eastern Ukrainian town of Sloviansk was recaptured by the Ukrainian military, driving out pro-Russia rebels and ending their three-month occupation. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels back to Sloviansk and visits the cell in which he was held for days by those rebels in April. The city is in shambles and residents are struggling to find food and water despite a considerable humanitarian effort. The pro-Russia rebels have retreated to Donetsk, but the Ukrainian government is determined to pursue its anti-terror operation until...
  • Eduard Shevardnadze, Former Georgian President, Dies At 86

    07/07/2014 11:33:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | July 07, 2014 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Former Soviet minister and Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, who is credited with helping end the Cold War, died Monday after a long illness, his spokeswoman tells the media. To remind you of the former leader's career, NPR's Corey Flintoff has this report for our Newscast unit: "White-haired and dapper, Eduard Shevardnadze was the face of Soviet foreign policy during the era when President Mikhail Gorbachev was attempting to liberalize the Communist bloc. "He was admired by counterparts in the West — but many Russians came to blame him, along with Gorbachev, for the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. "Shevardnadze...
  • A simple solution to the crisis in Crimea: Let Russia buy it

    07/07/2014 8:15:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Quartz ^ | 07/07/2014 | Rajiv J. Chaudhri , Board of Directors of the World Policy Institute.
    There are occasions in international diplomacy when the deal-making skills of an investment banker can creatively solve problems that are beyond the tool-kit of career diplomats and politicians. The crisis created by Vladimir Putin’s unilateral annexation of the Crimea qualifies as a situation that may have had a solution if American diplomacy had been able to think out of the box. What if President Obama, in the famously long conversation he had with Putin before events escalated, had said: “We respect that Russia has legitimate security interests in the Crimea, as well as its ethnic and cultural ties to the...
  • Pro-Russian Donetsk Rebels Paid In Dollars? By WHOM?

    07/07/2014 3:06:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Interestingly, an AP reporter yesterday spotted a line of rebels at a Donetsk foreign-exchange shop, trading handfuls of US dollars for Ukrainian currency (as the country's legitimate armed forces approach)... Of course they 'refused to talk to reporters', but the AP guy observed that 'their mood appeared black'. Obviously changing their money over to Ukrainian bills speaks volumes on who they expect to be in charge of the Donbas' largest industrial city (Donetsk) a week from now (seeing as how the Ukrainian Army chased them out of Sloviansk and two other SE cities over the weekend).  But who paid them...
  • Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly prepare last stand in Donetsk

    07/07/2014 2:12:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 07, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine have retreated to the last major city under their control after a series of successes by the Ukrainian army earlier this week.
  • Soviet defector's trove of KGB secrets released

    07/06/2014 10:27:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 06, 2014 | Associated Press
    CAMBRIDGE, England – The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage. Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who's who of Soviet spying — were released Monday after being held in secret for two decades.
  • The Mitrokhin archive: Cambridge Five spy ring members 'hopeless drunks'

    07/06/2014 6:02:01 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 6, 2014 | None listed
    Members of the Cambridge Five spy ring were regarded by their Soviet handlers as hopeless drunks incapable of keeping secrets, newly-released files suggest. Documents from the Mitrokhin Archive have been opened to the public for the first time after being kept at a secret location for more than 20 years. But 19 out of 33 box files containing typewritten versions of his notes, all in Russian, can be viewed by visitors to the archive centre.
  • Germany Shelves Shale-Gas Drilling For Next Seven Years

    07/05/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 4, 2014 | JAN HROMADKO and HARRIET TORRY
    BERLIN—Germany plans to halt shale-gas drilling for the next seven years over concerns that exploration techniques could pollute groundwater. "There won't be [shale-gas] fracking in Germany for the foreseeable future," Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday. The planned regulations come amid a political standoff with Russia, Germany's main natural gas supplier, and following intensive lobbying from environmentalists and brewers concerned about possible drinking-water contamination. The production of shale gas requires the application of the hydraulic fracturing technology known as fracking, which involves using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to break apart rocks to release the gas. The...
  • Iranian Alert - November 28 - Teheran 'secretly trains' Chechens to fight in Russia

    11/28/2005 8:21:07 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,282+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 11.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Teheran 'secretly trains' Chechens to fight in RussiaCon Coughlin(Filed: 27/11/2005)Iran is secretly training Chechen rebels in sophisticated terror techniques to enable them to carry out more effective attacks against Russian forces, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.Teams of Chechen fighters are being trained at the Revolutionary Guards' Imam Ali training camp, located close to Tajrish Square in Teheran, according to Western intelligence reports.In addition to receiving training in the latest terror techniques, the Chechen volunteers undergo ideological and political instruction by hardline Iranian mullahs at Qom.The disclosure that Iran is training Chechen rebels will not go down...
  • Moscow supports Tehran in nuclear stand-off

    09/21/2005 8:56:23 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 48 replies · 681+ views
    Times Online ^ | 9/22/05 | Richard Beeston
    Russia threw Iran a diplomatic lifeline yesterday by publicly defending it against the West’s demands that it be held accountable for its nuclear programme. After two days of heated debate among the 35 members of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, the Kremlin said that it was prepared to block moves by the European Union to have Iran referred to the UN Security Council for possible punitive action. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted that the issue could be resolved through diplomatic means. Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, said: “While Iran is co-operating with the IAEA, while...
  • Israel ready to help Jordan fend off Iraq insurgents if asked

    07/04/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 4, 2014
    Israel is ready to meet any Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have overrun part of neighboring Iraq, an Israeli official said on Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending itself. Asked to elaborate on the statement, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said potential Israeli assistance could include sending troops or arms, though he saw that as unlikely. "We have an interest in ensuring that Jordan does not fall to, or be penetrated by, groups like al Qaeda or Hamas or ISIS," he told Reuters. "If, God forbid, there is a need, if such a...
  • Indyk: The Peace Process is Dead

    07/03/2014 7:13:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 7/3/14 | Elad Benari
    The Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace process is dead, according to Martin Indyk, formerly the U.S. special Middle East envoy who resigned from his post last week. Speaking to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg in his first interview since stepping down, Indyk said that there is strong dislike between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. "There is a deep loathing of each leader for the other that has built up over the years," Indyk said in the interview, which was published Thursday. "'Loathing' may be too strong [a word] for how Netanyahu feels about Abu Mazen (Abbas -ed.),"...
  • IDF Reveals Hamas in Turkey Likely Behind Kidnapping

    06/19/2014 4:40:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 6/19/2014, 8:20 PM | Ari Yashar
    A senior IDF source said Thursday that the search for the three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists last Thursday suggests that Hamas leadership abroad, and particularly in Turkey, is behind the abduction. The source told Walla! that in particular Salah al-Arouri, a Hamas leader living in Turkey, has been a key source behind terror attacks in Judea and Samaria in recent years. Reports last December revealed that Turkey has replaced Iran as the leading financial backer of Hamas since 2012; Turkey is the only NATO member to recognize Hamas. According to the reports, Ankara has hosted a Hamas presence,...
  • Iraqi Isis Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'Severely Injured and Flees to Syria'

    07/05/2014 6:17:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 07/05/2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Sunni militant outfit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), is said to have been severely injured in the raging battle forcing him to flee to neighbouring Syria. According to a report in the Iraqi news network Al Sumaria, the insurgent leader was injured during a raid led by Iraq's Shiite-led security forces in the west of Anbar. "The Iraqi security forces carried out an operation in the city of Qaim on the border with Syria based on accurate intelligence and with the help of the Air Force where the leader of...
  • Costs? US Sales To Russia Hit Record High After Sanctions

    07/05/2014 11:11:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/05/2014 | Tyler Durden
    While it is all too easy to show the massive outperformance of Russian stocks (even after Carney's "sell" recommendation) as evidence that US sanctions were not 'punishing' as the mainstream media might suggest; this week's release of trade data shows the utter farce that the so-called "costs" imposed on Putin actually are. As WSJ reports, despite all the scaremongery and sanctioning, US exports to Russia in May hit $1.2 billion - a record high (up 21% from pre-sanctions). That will certainly teach them!!  As WSJ reports, U.S. efforts to penalize Russia for its actions in Ukraine appear to have done...
  • Putin at Fateful Crossroads on Ukraine, Says Illarionov

    07/05/2014 3:06:42 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 8 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 5th 2014 | Andrei Illarionov
    Putin at Fateful Crossroads on Ukraine, Says Illarionov Editor July 5, 2014 Print FriendlyAndrei Illarionov, an economist and former advisor to the Putin administration, posted this blog at Ekho Moskvy 07:49 on 5 July, possibly before the news of the fleeing of the Slavyansk separatists and Col. Strelkov’s demobilization order had reached him (see our Ukrainian Liveblog), although this news has not been confirmed. Translation by The Interpreter. Operation “Strategic Blackmail” In the last 48 hours, the Russian authorities have implemented a special operation unprecedented in scale and resources used to blackmail Western leaders, the Ukrainian leadership, and Russian society...
  • Russian Policewomen to Be Disciplined for Wearing Short Skirts

    The Interior Ministry has launched a crackdown to combat the trend toward shrinking hemlines witnessed among Russia's female police officers, Izvestia reported Monday. The ministry imposed a ban against all uniform modifications in response to the growing number of shortened skirts worn by women, and the tendency of their male counterparts to hack off their shirt sleeves. In addition to modifications, police are now prohibited from mixing their uniforms with civilian clothing, and from wearing wrinkled items, Izvestia reported, citing a decree handed down by Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Gerasimov to all heads of departments. Gerasimov warned that such liberties...
  • Russia Bans Swear Words in Art, Films

    07/04/2014 5:55:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    A hugely controversial Russian law banning curse words in films, theatre, the media and arts came into force on Tuesday, part of a Kremlin-backed drive to play up traditional values and root out swearing. The legislation, wich was signed off by President Vladimir Putin in May, imposes hefty fines on offenders -- up to 2,500 rubles ($72) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles ($1,460) for businesses. Movies featuring obscenities will not be issued a distribution licence, while traders will now be obliged to warn consumers about swear words.
  • Is U.S. Being Duped Into Funding Jihadist Startup?

    07/02/2014 3:47:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    The Islamic terrorist army often referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has made a faster womb-to-superstardom ascension than Justin Bieber. Largely unheard of just a few weeks ago, the group is now the self-proclaimed new ruler of an Islamic caliphate, or republic, extending across Iraq and Syria. These countries currently have internationally recognized heads of state -- but, you know, whatever, man. It's not like U.S. President Barack Obama is going to stop ISIL. In fact, he's asking Congress to give it $500 million, under the guise of funding the "Syrian opposition." Recipients...
  • Islamic State vs. Qaeda: Declaration of Caliphate may set off dangerous competition

    07/03/2014 3:24:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | First Published: 2014-07-01 | Michel Moutot and Michael Mainvill
    Islamic State vs. Qaeda: Declaration of Caliphate may set off dangerous competition Desperate to retain its preeminent role, Qaeda may be driven to carry out fresh attacks on Western targets to prove it remains relevant. Middle East Online By Michel Moutot and Michael Mainville – PARIS Inevitable confrontation looms in the horizon The declaration of an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria is a direct challenge to Al-Qaeda and could set off a dangerous contest for the leadership of the global jihadist movement, experts say. Desperate to retain its preeminent role, the movement behind September 11 may be...
  • Putin Wishes Obama a Happy July 4 ‘Despite Differences’

    07/04/2014 4:13:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin congratulated US counterpart Barack Obama on America’s Independence Day Friday and expressed hope that bilateral relations would “successfully develop” despite their disagreements. Putin predicted that relations between Russia and the United States “will successfully develop on a pragmatic and equal foundation despite the difficulties and differences,” the Kremlin said. The two former Cold War adversaries “carry special responsibility for ensuring international stability and security” and “must cooperate in the interests of not just their own people, but the entire world,” Putin said.
  • PEOPLING OF THE AMERICAS: Late Date for Siberian Site Challenges Bering Pathway

    07/25/2003 6:40:03 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 33 replies · 4,547+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2003-07-25 | Richard Stone
    As elusive as the Cheshire Cat, the first people to arrive in the Americas have tended to appear and vanish with each new twist in the archaeological record. The latest disappearing act may be taking place on page 501, where new evidence, some claim, casts another shadow over a once-cherished idea: that Asian big-game hunters crossed the Bering Land Bridge to give rise to the Clovis people, who were considered the first Americans. New dates show that a crucial Siberian site, thought to be a way station along the Bering road, wasn't occupied until after the Clovis had begun killing...
  • Discovery casts doubt on Bering land bridge theory

    08/04/2003 12:50:12 PM PDT · by NukeMan · 55 replies · 4,044+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | July 30, 2003 | Allison Heinrichs
    <p>An archaeological site in Siberia, long thought to be the original jumping-off point for crossing the Bering land bridge into North America, is actually much younger than previously believed, shaking the theory that the first Americans migrated overland during the final cold snap of the last great ice age.</p>
  • Russia-Alaska link: A Bering Strait tunnel

    04/21/2007 8:28:57 PM PDT · by chemical_boy · 33 replies · 1,411+ views
    Anchorgae Daily News ^ | April 21, 2007 | SABRA AYRES
    JUNEAU -- A proposal for another big construction project is gathering headlines across the world. No, we're not talking about a $30 billion pipeline to send natural gas to the Lower 48. This is bigger: A $10 billion to $12 billion tunnel under the Bering Strait linking Alaska and Russia. And another $50 billion to lay railways to make the tunnel usable.
  • blog: Russian border guards shoot group of 300 terrorists trying to get out of Ukraine

    07/04/2014 2:20:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | July 4, 2014, 9:20 a.m. | Dmitry Tymchuk
    Last night, Russian border guards shot a group of 300 terrorists who tried to break into the Russian Federation from Donbas. Putin, as always, plays on multiple fronts. For terrorists, such reprisals are a signal that there is no way back to Russia, and the mercenaries will have to fight to the end on Ukrainian soil.
  • US and Germany want gas hub in Ukraine

    07/03/2014 5:56:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne
    Russia Today ^ | 02 July 2014
    German and US companies want to start using Ukraine as a gas hub, according to Aleksandr Todiychuk, Deputy Chairman of the country’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz. “For them [Germany and the US] it’s an opportunity to gain a foothold in the region. Our underground gas storage is interesting for both sellers and buyers of gas. This is why potentially everybody who’s interested in creating a hub, are talking about our high potential in this field,” Todiychuk said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant. Gazprom, the world’s largest producer of natural gas, has stopped using Ukraine as...
  • Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

    07/03/2014 6:49:50 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 7-3-14 | unattributed
    New Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey has promised that the army would retake Crimea, restoring the country's territorial integrity. Addressing parliament in Kiev, he said: "There will be a victory parade... in Ukraine's Sevastopol." Lt Gen Heletey, 46, was approved by MPs in Kiev after being recommended by Mr Poroshenko as someone who would work day and night to restore the military capability of the country's armed forces. His remark about Sevastopol was applauded by the chamber.
  • ISIS Chief Confirms Indians Could Be Part of Insurgent Group

    07/02/2014 9:58:14 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | July 3, 2014 04:44 GMT | Sanjib Kr Baruah
    In a revelation that is sure to raise worries in India's security establishment, the first-ever audio message of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS, has confirmed suspicions that Indians could well be part of his organisation's ranks. While enumerating the nationalities of fighters who constitute ISIS, Al-Baghdadi's 20-second-long audio titled 'A message to the Mujahideen and the Muslim Ummah in the month of Ramadan' that was released on Tuesday mentions that Indians, among a host of other nationalities including Chinese, American, French, German, Australian, etc. figure in the ISIS squad. According to intelligence sources, on January 22, a...
  • They Lost China, and Iran, and Iraq, and Libya, and Afghanistan and Pakistan and...

    07/02/2014 1:25:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | John Ransom
    A victory beyond the wildest dreams of Osama bin Laden is within reach of fighters from ISIL, a group of which he would likely approve regardless of what current Al Qaeda leadership says about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. And it's all Obama's fault. “Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit on Monday,” reports the Hindustan Times, “after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swathe of Iraq and Syria.” The caliphate claims worldwide authority over all Muslims, and...
  • Russian Separatists Trick Journalists And Mothers Into The Line Of Fire

    07/02/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT · by Agog · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/02/2014 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    News services throughout the world carried dramatic video of a mortally wounded Channel One Russian journalist lying on the floor of a minibus as those around him sought in vain to save his life. Among the bus’s occupants were women, said to be mothers of the Ukrainian soldiers in the garrison outside of Donetsk, who had opened fire on the minibus. For video, see http://rt.com/news/169304-russian-cameraman-last-video/. Thanks to the eyewitness account of a Forbes.ru journalist, we learn that the Russian separatists deliberately sent reporters and mothers of soldiers into the line of fire, hoping to gain a propaganda coup from their...