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  • EU: Brinkmanship as Spain warns over bail-out terms

    09/04/2012 2:55:23 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/4/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Spain has issued a veiled warning that it will not accept a full bail-out from Europe if the terms are too harsh, a move that would paralyse the European Central Bank and call the euro’s survival into question. In an escalating game of brinkmanship, Spanish finance minister Luis de Guindos said his country is not yet willing to sign a Memorandum giving up fiscal sovereignty to EU inspectors. “First of all, one must clarify the conditions,” he told German newspaper Handelsblatt. Mr de Guindos said the crisis engulfing the region is larger than any one country and warned north Europe...
  • Beirut Patriarch: EU Doesn't Care About the Fate of Christians in the Middle East

    09/04/2012 10:59:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The west's attitude to the Syrian conflict was described as "hypocrisy" and sharply criticised by the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church in Beirut, Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III. "For many governments it's merely a matter of economic interests. They don't really care about the fate of the Christians in the Middle East. Otherwise they would advocate equality before the law and the observance of human rights for all, including in those countries where the so-called Arab Spring has not taken place", the Beirut Patriarch claims in an interview with the international Catholic charity "Aid to the Church in Need". It's...
  • UN envoy Brahimi says Syria mission 'nearly impossible'

    09/03/2012 1:13:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | September 2012 | interview by Lyse Doucet
    Lakhdar Brahimi has embarked on one of the world's toughest jobs. But as one of the UN's most experienced troubleshooters, he may offer the skills needed in a conflict where both sides seem to believe they have no choice but to fight to the end. Mr Brahimi often deployed a "no victor, no vanquished" power-sharing approach in previous mediations, including the 1989 agreement that ended Lebanon's 15-year civil war. UN sources who have worked closely with Mr Brahimi over many years say he will be more involved in the minutiae of the process, engaging personally with all the key players,...
  • Rebels hit army headquarters in Damascus

    09/03/2012 1:08:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, September 2, 2012 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    Syrian rebels said they planted bombs inside the Syrian army's General Staff headquarters in central Damascus on Sunday as President Bashar al-Assad's forces bulldozed buildings to the ground in parts of the capital that have backed the uprising. Syrian state television said four people were wounded in what it called a terrorist attack on the General Staff compound in the highly guarded Abu Rummaneh district, where another bomb attack killed four of Assad's top lieutenants two months ago. "The operation targeted officers in the Assad army who have been planning and giving the go ahead for the massacres against the...
  • US companies conduct fire drills in case Greece exits euro

    09/03/2012 8:17:16 AM PDT · by John W · 7 replies
    New York Times via ^ | September 2, 2012 | Nelson D. Schwartz
    Even as Greece desperately tries to avoid defaulting on its debt, American companies are preparing for what was once unthinkable: that Greece could soon be forced to leave the euro zone. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has looked into filling trucks with cash and sending them over the Greek border so clients can continue to pay local employees and suppliers in the event money is unavailable. Ford has configured its computer systems so they will be able to immediately handle a new Greek currency. No one knows just how broad the shock waves from a Greek exit would be, but...
  • Sergei Sokolov | Ex-Soviet official, 101

    09/03/2012 8:28:22 AM PDT · by Borges · 10 replies ^ | 9/3/12
    Sergei Sokolov, 101, the Soviet defense minister fired by the Politburo after a German teenager landed his plane on Moscow's Red Square in the 1980s, died in Moscow on Friday. *** Russian television reported that his wife of 70 years, Mariya, died Wednesday and that the two will be buried together.
  • Chinese delegation visits 'next Dubai' Kurdistan

    08/31/2012 6:53:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Global Trader ^ | August 2012 | unattributed
    Dubbed by some observers as the 'next Dubai' because of its vast oil reserves, liberal business environment and political and social stability, Kurdistan played host to the Chinese ambassador to Iraq, Ni Jian, for the first time recently. The Chinese interest follows the Kurdistan Region's deals with numerous western companies, especially in the oil and gas sector, who see the region as having impressive high-growth investment potential. Mr Jian met Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and they discussed the potential of setting up a consulate in Erbil, the region's capital, and improving trade links. Ambassador Jian...
  • Gangs of Aleppo (Syria) The Arab Spring succumbs to post-state violence

    08/31/2012 4:06:21 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 8-28-12 | William S. Lind
    Gangs are one of the most basic, and most potent, building blocks of stateless Fourth Generation war. We commonly think of gangs in connection with crime. But through most of history, the line between crime and war was blurred, often to the point of vanishing. (See Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century.) It was the state that drew the line clearly, but today in much of the Middle East and elsewhere states and the state system are collapsing. What is succeeding the state looks much like the 14th century Europe Tuchman describes: people and regions are at...
  • Syrian fighters raid military airport, destroy 5 choppers

    08/30/2012 5:26:45 AM PDT · by bert · 3 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | August 30, 2012 12:27 AM | staff
    BEiRUT – Syrian fighters said they destroyed five helicopters in a raid on a military airport between the northern cities of Aleppo and Idlib Wednesday, while state television said the attack was repelled. Abu Mossab, a rebel who said he took part in the attack, said via Skype that rebels shelled Taftanaz military airport with two tanks captured from the army and destroyed five helicopters. “We destroyed five helicopters as well as buildings in the airport,” Abu Mossab said, although the facility remained in army hands after the raid in which the rebels lost two men before pulling back. “The...
  • Update: ‘Free Pussy Riot’ wave of anti-Christian attacks sweeps Russia

    08/31/2012 2:02:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 30, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    August 30, 2012, ( - Russia and other European countries are suffering a wave of anti-Christian attacks and disruptive protests in the wake of the conviction of the Russian punk band “Pussy Riot,” including the destruction of crosses commemorating the Christian victims of communism, an attack on the Russian Patriarch, and the theft of relics from the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr in St. Petersburg. In Russia the violence seemed to have claimed two lives on Wednesday, when a mother and daughter were found stabbed to death in their apartment, with “Free! Pussy Riot” scrawled on the...
  • Russia says Iran's nuclear power plant is fully operational

    08/31/2012 1:00:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/31/12 | Staff
    Moscow - Iran's first atomic power plant, a symbol of what the Islamic Republic says is its peaceful nuclear ambition, is now operating at full capacity, Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on Friday. The Russian-built 1,000-megawatt reactor near the Gulf city of Bushehr, was plugged into Iran's national grid last September, ending years of delays and suspicions that Moscow was using the project as a diplomatic lever. Oil-rich Iran says electricity generation is the main motivation for nuclear work that its adversaries say is really aimed at getting atomic weapons capability.
  • Volunteer For Auschwitz Among Polish War Heroes Buried In Mass Grave By Poland's Communist Regime

    Man who volunteered for Auschwitz among war heroes Poland searching for in mass grave WARSAW, Poland - It could hardly have been a riskier mission: infiltrate Auschwitz to chronicle Nazi atrocities. Witold Pilecki survived nearly three years as an inmate in the death camp, managing to smuggle out word of executions before making a daring escape. But the Polish resistance hero was crushed by the post-war communist regime — tried on trumped-up charges and executed. Six decades on, Poland hopes Pilecki's remains will be identified among the entangled skeletons and shattered skulls of resistance fighters being excavated from a mass...
  • Syria's Assad says military 'needs time to win battle'

    08/29/2012 4:19:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | Barbara Plett
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the government needs more time to "win the battle" against rebel forces. In an interview with pro-government al-Dunya TV, Mr Assad also dismissed as "unrealistic" the idea of creating humanitarian buffer zones within Syria. Opposition activists say the army has launched offensives across the country to regain control of rebel-held areas. Meanwhile, rebels claimed to have seized 10 missiles from the regime's arsenal near the capital, Damascus. The rebels posted unverified footage on YouTube which purported to show a storage warehouse seized from troops. Heavy shelling has been reported in several cities, including Damascus,...
  • Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity”

    03/15/2012 7:53:37 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity” Scott Lively targeted by an international homosexualist plot By Julio Severo Two years ago, Scott Lively, author of “The Pink Swastika”, addressed members of the Ugandan Parliament, which was considering a bill criminalizing homosexuality. Lively urged an emphasis on therapy rather than punishment, and, after the bill was released he opposed the death penalty provision. Scott Lively: accused of “Crime against Humanity” Now, on March 14th a lawsuit was filed in an American court alleging that Lively committed the “Crime Against Humanity,” by speaking against homosexuality in Uganda. The plaintiffs say that his...
  • Syrian Rebels Claim to Take Over Chemical Weapons

    08/28/2012 6:30:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies ^ | August. 29, 2012 | Elad Benari
    The Supreme Military Council of the Syrian rebels released on a statement on Tuesday which said that the rebel forces took control of an army missile base in Damascus, in which ten ready-to-launch missiles were found. Some of the missiles, according to the statement, were converted to carry non-conventional warheads. “During the successful operation, the operatives of the Free Syrian Army found a large number of rockets ready for launching, with enormous destructive capability, and they were very surprised to find missiles that were converted to carry non-conventional warheads and which can be equipped with chemical or biological warheads,” said...
  • Russian Expert Predicts Obama Will Declare Martial Law in America by End of 2012

    08/28/2012 7:01:40 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 99 replies
    Occupy Corporatism ^ | 27 August 2012 | Susanne Posel
    Igor Panarin, dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry School for future diplomats, believes that President Obama will announce martial law by the end of 2012. He explains: “There’s a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur.” In 2009, Panarin lectured at the Diplomatic Academy where he said that he believes that the US will begin to collapse in 2010. He compared America to Nazi Germany and blamed the US for the global financial crisis that destroyed the Russian economy. Panarin said that American society is in decline, referencing school shootings like Columbine. Combined with the banker bailouts in 2008...
  • Greenpeace protestors thrown into Arctic by Gazprom oil workers

    08/28/2012 5:48:35 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 44 replies
    EAEM Magazine ^ | 28 August 2012 | David Thorpe
    . Activists protesting at Arctic oil drilling were thrown into the freezing Pechora Sea this morning by Russian sailors working for oil giant Gazprom. 14 activists from 10 countries attached themselves and their boats to the anchor chain of the Anna Akhmatova in order to prevent it from sailing out to the Prirazlomnaya oil platform. When the first officer sought orders from management in Moscow he was told to “use any means at your disposal to continue operations," according to Greenpeace. At 5am this morning, he ordered two Gazprom ships to train high-pressure water cannons onto the Greenpeace inflatable boats....
  • Germany Making Big Euros Off Greek, Eurozone Crisis

    08/27/2012 7:09:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | August 21, 2012 | A. Papapostolou
    When Greece makes a $3.98 billion loan payment this month to the European Central Bank, one of its international lenders in bailouts, Germany -- which is putting up much of the rescue monies -- will reap the biggest profit, eFXnews reported. FT Deutschland noted that by 2026, when Greece is expected to finish paying off $325 billion in two bailout packages, that Germany could realize $15.8 in gains. In the meantime, Germany has already made significant gains from the very low interest rate it paid to finance its debt as shown in the calculations of economist Jens Boysen-Hogrefe of Germany's...
  • France Urges Syrian Rebels to Form Provisional Gov't

    08/27/2012 2:21:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/12 | Chana Yaar
    The president of France formally asked the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government on Monday. "France asks the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government – inclusive and representative – that can become the legitimate representative of the new Syria, “ President Francois Hollande announced in an address at the presidential palace to a group of new French ambassadors. “We are including our Arab partners to accelerate this step. France will recognize the provisional government of Syria once it is formed.” .....
  • Opposition snipers versus Assad’s tanks in Syria’s Aleppo

    08/25/2012 4:12:31 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies ^ | Sunday, 26 August 2012 | AFP ALEPPO / SYRIA
    In Aleppo’s Mashhad neighborhood, rebels man a series of sniping positions, eyeing the government forces and their tank just 50 meters (yards) up a sniper alley from behind a short wall of sandbags. There are other tanks nearby, and when they fire the boom reverberates through otherwise quiet streets almost empty of civilians. The fighters spot a young boy carrying belongings wrapped in a blanket as he approaches the sniper alley, and call out to him. “Hey you, boy, stop right there!” one fighter shouts. The boy freezes, standing by a shouldering pile of rubbish, then dashes across the alley...
  • The Worst of the Madness

    08/25/2012 5:21:36 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 1 replies
    --snip-- n 1941, the Nazis also devised the Hunger Plan, a scheme to feed German soldiers and civilians by starving Polish and Soviet citizens. Once again, the Nazis decided, the produce of Ukraine’s collective farms would be confiscated and redistributed: “Socialism in one country would be supplanted by socialism for the German race.” Not accidentally, the fourteen million victims of these ethnic and political schemes were mostly not Russians or Germans, but the peoples who inhabited the lands in between. Stalin and Hitler shared a contempt for the very notions of Polish, Ukrainian, and Baltic independence, and jointly strove to...
  • Turkey and US plan 'intelligence shield' and Syria 'after Assad'

    08/24/2012 5:48:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies ^ | Friday, August 24, 2012 | unattributed (probably agencies)
    Washington and Ankara have agreed to create an "intelligence shield" to prevent militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party from freely entering and operating on the Turkish territory from Syria as they discussed "after Assad" future. The format of the Turkish-American anti-terrorist cooperation anticipates joint collection and sharing of intelligence data on militants' activities on the Syrian territory and Turkish border districts, including possible rotation of chemical weapons on Syrian territory. According to the Turkish NTV channel the "intelligence shield" is to be directed by CIA operatives that have been previously working in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The shield's creation is the...
  • As UN Head Travels to Iran, Abbas Pledges No Jews In Jerusalem

    08/24/2012 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/24/12 | Ronn Torossian
    One simply has to watch the words of the leaders in the Middle East to understand why there won’t be peace anytime soon. “Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian city, and there will be neither peace nor security until the Israeli occupation, settlements, and settlers leave the city,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday. “Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats.” He added that Israeli excavation work in Jerusalem and in the Western Wall tunnels beneath the mosque “will not undermine the fact that the city will forever be...
  • Greenpeace raids Russian Arctic oil platform

    08/24/2012 4:15:38 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 25 replies
    France 24 ^ | 8/24/2012
    Greenpeace activists on Friday scaled the sides of an Arctic oil platform owned by Russian group Gazprom to draw attention to the dangers of drilling in one of the world's last pristine reserves. Two Gazprom helicopters hovered over the group and periodically sprayed them with pressurised streams of ice water as they hung down on ropes from the side of Gazprom's huge red Prirazlomnaya platform, due to start commercial operations next year. Greenpeace activists board Gazprom's 'Prirazlomnaya' Arctic oil platform "They're hosing us," Greenpeace International's Executive Director Kumi Naidoo tweeted, while the team held up bright yellow signs reading "Save...
  • Report: State Dept. Considers Eliminating US Nuclear Arsenal

    08/24/2012 5:33:24 AM PDT · by opentalk · 64 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | August 24, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Although President Obama's current defense cuts are so drastic that even Rep. Nancy Pelosi is scared they might cost Democrats more seats in the House, State Dept. advisers are reportedly encouraging further cuts and even the all-out elimination of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. A State Dept. report addressing this issue justifies the suggestion on the grounds that possessing nuclear weapons drives other nations to "acquisition and/or use of nuclear weapons." In other words, as long as nations like the U.S., Israel, and Russia have nukes but rogue nations like Iran and North Korea don't Iran and North Korea will continually...
  • Mystery Surrounding 1.2 Billion Rounds Of Ammo Solved

    08/23/2012 9:45:14 PM PDT · by djf · 147 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | Aug 23, 2012
    Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul: The mystery surrounding the purpose for the U.S. government’s procurement of 1.2 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition just got a boost Tuesday. On the heels of an article penned by Major General Jerry Curry (Ret.), titled, Who Does The Government Intend to Shoot?, a piece written by a retired U.S. general who questions the bizarre series of monstrous ammunition by unlikely agencies of the federal government, host Rick Wiles of TruNews Radio (Aug. 22) revealed to his listeners the answer to the mystery of the billion bullets. After years warning of the out-of-the-blue presidential candidacy...
  • Countdowns in Tehran and Jerusalem

    08/23/2012 5:03:42 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | August 22, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    If Israel jets show up in Iranian airspace, it will most likely happen while Obama is too busy accusing Mitt Romney of secretly storing all his money in a giant cave in the Rocky Mountains to do more than dispatch a flunky to chew out Netanyahu over the phone. The election is the perfect window for a strike on Iran's nuclear program, because Team Obama will be too tied down on the Romney Front to do much damage to Israel. Despite the signs being brandished at your local Anarchists for Peace rally, accusing the United States of being a puppet...
  • Madonna Sued for Promoting Homosexuality During Concert in Russia

    08/23/2012 2:30:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/23/2012 | By Myles Collier
    Madonna is being sued for millions in Russia after she performed in Moscow and advocated homosexuality. There are strict laws in Russia related to the promotion or advocacy of homosexuality with those found in violation of such acts facing stiff punishment. A new law that was passed in February makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors and that is that basis for the lawsuit against the singer. The plaintiffs alleged that there were children as young as 12 at Madonna's concert on Aug. 9 and that her remarks made during the show are in violation of the law. Alexander...
  • Russia’s NGO conundrum

    08/23/2012 4:05:08 AM PDT · by Sir Francis Dashwood · 1 replies
    Rissia & India Report ^ | July 10, 2012 | Ajay Kamalakaran
    Russia’s NGO conundrum July 10, 2012 Ajay Kamalakaran Not all NGOs receiving funds from overseas are indulging in malpractices but the Russian Government has every right to ask questions. Foreign governments that want to use the NGO route as a means for a coup d’état or to meet other political ends will have to find another way to advance their agenda. Source: Julian Hibbard There seems to be a particular feeling of discomfort in the West over Russia’s new bill that calls for certain categories of NGOs receiving foreign funding to register with the Justice Ministry. The main aim of...
  • Russian Policy on Iran and Syria in State of Disarray

    08/22/2012 8:46:38 PM PDT · by Rabin
    Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 9 Issue: 157 ^ | August 16, 2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Last month, the Russia Navy announced it was assembling a task force in the Mediterranean: a frigate, two corvettes, five landing craft (with, 3 reinforced Marines companys ) and a tanker. “to defend Russian shipping in the event of a naval blockade" of Syria by NATO naval forces. By the end of July, the two landing ships from the Black Sea fleet returned to Sevastopol. This month, the three landing craft from the North Fleet remaining “are planned to dock in Tartus” – the Russian naval base in Syria. After docking in Tartus, the Russian military command planned to send...
  • Anger as Iran bans women from universities

    08/21/2012 10:39:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 20 Aug 2012 | Robert Tait
    Female students in Iran have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women's rights. In a move that has prompted a demand for a UN investigation byIran's most celebrated human rights campaigner, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, 36 universities have announced that 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year will be "single gender" and effectively exclusive to men. ... Mrs Ebadi, a human rights lawyer exiled in the UK, said the real agenda was to reduce the proportion...
  • Iran's supreme leader orders fresh terror attacks on West

    08/21/2012 11:24:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:00AM BST 22 Aug 2012 | Con Coughlin
    Iran's Supreme Leader has ordered the country's Revolutionary Guards to intensify its campaign of terror attacks against the West and its allies in retaliation for supporting the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. According to Western intelligence officials, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to the elite Quds Force unit following a recent emergency meeting of Iran's National Security Council in Tehran held to discuss a specially-commissioned report into the implications for Iran of the Assad regime's overthrow. Damascus is Iran's most important regional ally, and the survival of the Assad regime is regarded as vital to sustaining the...
  • Chilling

    08/22/2012 8:16:58 AM PDT · by george123 · 30 replies
    Vanity | 8/22/12 | gesully
    I read on Drudge and other places (certainly not the MSM) that Israel is going to attack Iran before the election. I couldn’t figure out why they would do that until I listened to Mark Taylor sitting in for Dennis Prager yesterday. He says the reason they want to do it is to force Obama to back them which they figure he would do because of the election. If they wait until after the election they are afraid he will not…will probably condemn them. And they can’t take the chance that Obama will lose because their country is at stake....
  • Russian Church Considering Security Measures After Pussy Riot-Related Vandalism

    08/22/2012 7:47:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/22/12
    Moscow, August 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church's liaison officer for the armed forces and law enforcement agencies said on Tuesday that he planned to officially propose stronger security measures for church buildings after various churches have been vandalized in an apparent protest against the conviction of three members of the Pussy Riot punk band. "I think that the hierarchy will react to it positively, I have no doubt about this," Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov told the Interfax-Religion in reference to a report that he said he planned to write. He was not overly optimistic, however, about the effectiveness of...
  • French Bankers Are Moving To London To Escape Steep Taxes

    08/20/2012 7:25:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2012 | Reuters
    PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - The City of London financial district, though diminished by scandals and job cuts, is proving irresistible to fed-up Parisian bankers fleeing France's rising taxes and the feeling that they're not best loved at home. French financial groups big and small, from advisory firms and private equity houses to big banks like Societe Generale, are looking at London as a possible shelter from a new 75 percent tax rate on top French earners, bankers say. Take Bertrand Meunier, who recently agreed to move to London to take a job at private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, leaving a...
  • Putin Turns Russia into a Medieval State

    08/20/2012 9:43:37 PM PDT · by No One Special · 38 replies
    Dying Russia ^ | August 20, 2012 | larussophobe
    Here is Victor Davidoff’s view of the Pussy Riot atrocity, writing in the Moscow Times. He says it has discredited Russia’s public image, the Orthodox Church, its judicial system and its citizens. This is, of course, exactly what we’ve been saying Putin would do for the past five years. * * * For many years, the Darwin Awards have been given to people who self-select out of the gene pool by voluntarily and unnecessarily placing themselves in danger. It has been bestowed only on individuals, but if it could be granted to institutions, the Kremlin would surely be awarded it...
  • Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10

    08/20/2012 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies ^ | August. 20, 2012 | Times of Israel staff
    <p>The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”</p>
  • Americans Are Snatching Up Russian AK-47s In record Numbers

    08/15/2012 10:48:31 AM PDT · by blam · 120 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-15-2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Americans Are Snatching Up Russian AK-47s In record Numbers Geoffrey Ingersoll Aug. 15, 2012, 1:17 PM I'll never forget the first thing my ex-wife's father said to me: "Wanna go shoot an AK?" I obliged. It turns out Americans are turning to AK 's in droves to fill their home armories. Russia doesn't mind, and neither do it's arms companies, like Izhmash, which are quickly shifting from military to civilian fabrication in order to fill all the orders. Overall it's been a good deal for American enthusiasts, and for Russian investors, since existing laws banning Chinese imports essentially subsidizes Russian...
  • Europe starts stockpiling oil as Iran conflict looms

    08/20/2012 5:52:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 August 2012
    European governments are rushing to boost stockpiles of crude oil and fuel, anxious to comply with new EU rules and amid reports that Israel is preparing to launch an attack on Iran. Belgium and the Netherlands have issued tenders to import a total of around 250,000 tonnes of diesel and gasoline for delivery in September and October, their agencies said. France has also bought diesel and awarded a crude oil tender this week while Belgium is increasing its crude stocks. "This is yet another unexpected source of support for oil demand… [It] shows how the geopolitical concerns about Iran and...
  • Assange: How a cosy chat with the president of Ecuador turned into a diplomatic headache for Britain

    08/19/2012 12:15:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | August 19, 2012 | Harriet Alexander, Philip Sherwell in New York and Hugo Carro in Quito
    One was an Australian computer hacker; the other a head of state. They did not speak each other’s language; and their first encounter was a videolink conversation across 6,000miles. ....“Welcome to the club of the persecuted!” a beaming Mr Correa[President of Ecuador]told the grinning Australian. ...on Mr Assange’s Russian television chat show in May, the Ecuadorean discussed at great length his resentment of American“imperialism”, and his vehement dislike of big business, media barons and “elites”. ..........Mr Assange nodded knowingly....... The two men laughed and joked as they congratulated each other on their pariah status. ......On Thursday, Mr Correa’s government announced...
  • India and Russia going to sign biggest-ever defence deal worth $ 35 billion

    08/18/2012 11:19:47 PM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 47 replies
    NEW DELHI: India's quest for a futuristic stealth fifth-generation fighter, which will see the country spend around $35 billion over the next 20 years in its biggest-ever defence project, has zoomed into the decisive phase now. India and Russia are getting all set to ink the full and final design or R&D phase contract for the 5th Gen fighter by this year-end or early-2013, say sources. It will again underline India's firm rejection of the US offer of its Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) or the F-35 'Lightning-II'. Ahead of the R&D contract, under which India wants to induct over 200...
  • State Dept.: Russia should 'review' Pussy Riot case

    08/17/2012 2:06:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    politico ^ | 8/17/12 | BYRON TAU
    Reuters The State Department expressed its concern over the two-year jail sentence given to a Russian punk band over an anti-government stunt. "The United States is concerned about both the verdict and the disproportionate sentences handed down by a Moscow court in the case against the members of the band Pussy Riot and the negative impact on freedom of expression in Russia," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. "We urge Russian authorities to review this case and ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld," Nuland said.
  • Provoking Putin (Times Square Rally)

    08/18/2012 12:18:08 AM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | August 18, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    The conviction of and two year prison sentence leveled against anti-clerical, anti-authoritarian riot grrl punk rock band Pussy Riot should not have come as a surprise to those who have been following the periodic show trials initiated by the Putin regime in order to quell swelling domestic discontent and internal protests. In spite of the inevitability of this verdict, dozens of sympathizers and rock enthusiasts-such as the person seen above-decided to show up in Times Square for yesterday’s Global Day Of Action, which was intended to demonstrate solidarity with the three women prosecuted for standing up to Vladimir Putin and...
  • Obama 'disappointed' by Russia band verdict

    08/17/2012 11:47:31 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 17, 2012
    WASHINGTON -- A White House spokesman says President Barack Obama is disappointed by the two-year prison sentence imposed on a punk band in Russia for protesting president Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn). The sentence handed down to the provocative band Pussy Riot follows a trial seen around the world as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.
  • Madonna shows support for jailed Russian punk band

    08/08/2012 1:59:35 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    CBS ^ | 08/08/2012 | CBS
    MOSCOW — Madonna has expressed her support for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot by donning a black ski mask and scrawling the group's name on her back. ~snip~ Madonna voiced support for Pussy Riot at a Tuesday night concert in Moscow, saying she'd "pray for them."
  • Chess Champ Garry Kasparov: ‘They Were Trying to Break My Leg’

    08/17/2012 5:32:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 8/17/2012 | Eli Lake
    When chess grand champion and Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov showed up Friday at the sentencing of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, he didn’t expect to spend the next five hours in the custody of the Moscow police, recovering from a severe beating. Now, he says, after being punched in the genitals, thrown in a van and beaten by several police, Kasparov says the police have accused him of biting one of them—an allegation he denies. “They act like animals and they accuse me of biting them,” Kasparov told the Daily Beast in his first interview since being arrested. “Can...
  • Pussy Riot and Russia's surreal 'justice'

    08/17/2012 4:22:14 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/17/12 | Rachel Denber
    Moscow (CNN) -- There is no basic human right to barge into a church to make a political statement, jump around near the altar, and shout obscenities. But there is most certainly the right not to lose your liberty for doing so, even if the act is offensive. But that is exactly what happened Friday. A court in Moscow sentenced the three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison. In my two decades monitoring human rights in Russia I've never seen anything like the Pussy Riot case -- the media attention, the outpouring of...
  • Gay Parades Banned in Moscow for 100 Years

    08/17/2012 6:22:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/17/12
    Moscow's top court has upheld a ban on gay pride marches in the Russian capital for the next 100 years. Earlier Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner, Nikolay Alexeyev, had gone to court hoping to overturn the city council's ban on gay parades. He had asked for the right to stage such parades for the next 100 years. He also opposes St Petersburg's ban on spreading "homosexual propaganda". The European Court of Human Rights has told Russia to pay him damages. On Friday he said he would go back to the European Court in Strasbourg to push for a recognition that...
  • What did Obama promise the Kremlin, and why isn't it a topic in the campaign debate?

    08/17/2012 7:31:37 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/17/2012 | Clifford D. May
    National security and foreign policy have received short shrift in the 2012 presidential-election campaign. Mitt Romney made a quick swing through Britain, Israel, and Poland to suggest he would repair strained relations with America’s closest allies. President Obama has repeatedly reminded voters that he gave the order to kill Osama bin Laden. That’s about it. For the most part, each campaign has sung a single note: Romney has tried to convince voters he can fix the broken economy. Obama has tried to convince voters that Romney is a heartless, plutocratic tax cheat and, possibly, a murderer to boot. Consequential international...
  • Russian female punk band Pussy Riot found guilty of hooliganism over Putin protest at church site

    08/17/2012 6:17:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    CBS ^ | 08/17/12
    August 17, 2012 7:47 AM Russian female punk band Pussy Riot found guilty of hooliganism over Putin protest at church site Updated at 8:53 a.m. ET (CBS/AP) MOSCOW - A Russian judge found three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in one of the most closely watched cases in recent Russian history. The judge said the three band members committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers. The three were arrested in March after a guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral in February calling for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia...