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  • U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty (RESET)

    07/28/2014 8:56:11 PM PDT · by dila813 · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Today | JIM KUHNHENN
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.' An administration official says the United States has notified Russia of its determination that it broke the agreement by testing a new ground-launched cruise missile. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.
  • Russia has violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US

    07/28/2014 6:40:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7-28-14 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON: The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior US official said late Monday. The finding comes in a 2014 report that concluded Russia was in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred it from possessing or producing cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres, the official told AFP. President Barack Obama has sent a letter to his counterpart Vladimir Putin on the issue, which the official described as a very serious matter. Washington was prepared to discuss the determination with Russia...
  • 'Ukrainian Rebels' Aren't Ukrainian or Rebels

    07/28/2014 3:31:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | July, 28 2014 | Casey Michel
    As we slowly move beyond the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, it is gradually becoming clearer that the likelihood of a proper international investigation, unimpeded by external actors, has all but evaporated. There have been numerous reports of separatists tampering with the crash site, denying international investigators access to the crash and even raiding bodies of cash and other valuables. But where the separatists have likely stolen any chance to determine for sure who destroyed MH17, they have, through their blundering exploits, allowed us to remind ourselves of who these men are, of what they want and of what...
  • CHRIST JESUS The Roar of Salvation

    07/28/2014 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 8 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-28-14 | Jedediah
    I shall rend the heavens soon in a new way for all the Earth is about to witness and taste of My glory as I (( ( Roar ) )) out salvation over the children of My creation and Now in this Valley of Decisions I shall rise up the mountains that choose Me and have chosen Me . So watch and see for The Latter Rain is about to flourish My Lilies of The Valley I AM about to dress in My Glory Isaiah 64:1-4 64 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains...
  • The Parable of America as Global Neighborhood Watch Commander

    07/28/2014 12:15:25 PM PDT · by Noremac · 4 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | July 28,2014 | Richard Cameron
    This is a parable inspired by and written in response to an editorial from Charles Krauthammer, sent over by a friend this afternoon. There was a guy who had taken on the role of the head of community security, let's call him "Mr.Zimmerman" for convenience sake.  Mr. Zimmerman purposes to coordinate and spearhead an effort to methodically go through the entire neighborhood and look for suspicious activity, unlocked doors, improper security lighting, unsavory characters malingering - and to act as the first responder to possible criminal activity.  While he is doing this, he leaves the back of his home completely...
  • Russian navy boosts ASW capability with modernised Il-38N

    07/28/2014 8:14:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 28 July, 2014 | DOMINIC PERRY
    Ilyushin has delivered the first upgraded Il-38N anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft to the Russian navy following a modernisation effort that began in 2012. Handed over on 15 July, the turboprop-powered type is the first of five examples to receive the enhancements under a Rb3.5 billion ($100 million) contract. Ilyushin The upgrades focus on the addition of a new Novella P-38 target track and search system developed by St Petersburg-based Leninets, giving the 1960s-era aircraft what the manufacturer calls “a second life”. The P-38 broadens the area a single Il-38N can cover, while allowing it to track 32 targets simultaneously. Ilyushin...
  • Russia’s Proxy War on Ukraine Becoming Open War

    07/28/2014 6:57:50 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 6 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 28 July 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    Rather than reduce its military intervention in Ukraine after the Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down, Moscow instead is contributing more firepower to pro-Russia forces.
  • UKRAINE: Saboteurs in Eastern Ukraine [VIDEO]

    Russian armored column in Lugansk: 2 anti-aircraft missile complex "Strela-10", 6 APCs, 6 120 mm mortars, antitank guns 2, 2 ZU-23, 1 APC, 5 MTLB. VIDEO Column of pro-Russian movement of terrorists in the city yesterday recorded Rovenky locals. According Tsenzor.NET in the column more than two dozen different pieces of heavy weapons. Residents Lysychansk. VIDEO
  • Sarah Palin Launches Online TV Channel

    07/27/2014 8:10:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Vowing to once again go around the mainstream media's filter like she did with her pioneering use Twitter and Facebook after the 2008 presidential election, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin launched her own member-supported digital TV channel on Sunday evening. .... In a "Sarah Says" video that is featured on the site, Palin says the tragic downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane has "shifted the balance of world opinion against Vladimir Putin" since "there is a lot of evidence pointing to pro-Russian separatists" as being responsible for the "thoughtless massacre." She said that Putin, though, still holds "oil and gas...
  • 'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

    07/27/2014 5:29:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular. With his voice appearing to crack with emotion, the pope broke off from his scripted remarks to make a direct appeal for fighting to end. "Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it's...
  • MH17: Why the Culprits May Never Be Caught

    07/27/2014 4:07:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Jul 2014 | Robert Mendick
    Failure of official investigators to inspect the crash site properly and the length of time it has taken to examine forensic evidence may mean that those responsible are never foundThe inquiry into the shooting down of Flight MH17 risks becoming hopelessly compromised by the failure of official investigators to inspect the crash site properly – giving rebels nine days to destroy and tamper with vital evidence. The probable launch site of the ground-to-air missile, found by a Sunday Telegraph reporting team, also remains unexplored by the Dutch officials leading the investigation. Experts fear that the inquiry has become bogged down...
  • Pushing locals aside, Russians Take Top Rebel Posts in East Ukraine

    07/27/2014 10:17:12 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 84 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:16am EDT | GABRIELA BACZYNSKA AND ALEKSANDAR VASOVIC
    As Ukrainian troops gained ground in eastern Ukraine in early July, separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, a Russian national, left for Moscow for political consultations. After what he described as successful talks with unnamed people there, he returned to the rebel stronghold of Donetsk to introduce a new senior figure in his self-proclaimed republic, a compatriot seasoned in the pro-Russian separatist movement in Moldova and a war between Russia and Georgia.
  • Real-Life 'Snakes on a Plane' Get Man Denied Entry to Russia

    07/27/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    In an incident recalling the film "Snakes on a Plane," hundreds of reptiles took to the skies after being smuggled onto a passenger flight — only this time the route was not Honolulu-Los Angeles but Düsseldorf-St. Petersburg. The press service for the regional branch of the animal health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor reported Tuesday that it had stopped a passenger, who was attempting to bring 180 exotic reptiles into Russia via St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport. The man, who had flown in from Germany's Düsseldorf, was carrying 180 live snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles in his rucksack and cabin baggage, Interfax reported, citing...
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian Army Defeated The Huge Armored Column Militants Near Torrez

    Ukrainian army defeated the huge armored column militants near Torrez According to Igor Burkut "Rovenky held column of regular troops - Concerted crews of combat vehicles, artillery calculations. From air attack column covered two ZSU-23-2 trucks. A classic militia would ride on conventional trucks, pickups, buses. Their weapons would be unsuited - from hunting rifles and museum to the PCA captured AK-74 and a variety of machine guns and mortars. Immediately visible - the same type weapons, the soldiers prepared. So they transferred from abroad, and then recently - has not had time to pull. "
  • US intel official warns against toppling Hamas

    07/27/2014 2:41:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/27/2014 | Lazar Berman
    Speaking at a high-level security conference in Aspen, Colorado, outgoing US Defense Intelligence Agency head Michael Flynn warned against the dangers of toppling Hamas, saying what may replace the Islamist group could be even worse. “If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse,” Flynn, a lieutenant general, told the conference Saturday, according to Reuters.He warned that with Hamas out of the picture, the Islamic State, or something like the brutal Islamist group ruling over parts of Syria and Iraq, could take its place.Flynn also said...
  • Policy Memo: A Good Deal Is Better Than No Deal (Is this a threat)

    07/26/2014 4:14:45 PM PDT · by mgist · 17 replies
    NIA Council ^ | 7/17/14 | parisi
    Washington, DC – Failure to reach a nuclear deal with Iran will not lead to a continuation of the current status quo, but rather a deterioration of the situation with severe military, economic and security consequences. This is the conclusion of a new NIAC Policy Memo published today analyzing the consequences of a diplomatic failure between the U.S. and Iran. The Policy Memo will be presented today at an event at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC at 2.30pm. The military consequences of not reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran have been clearly defined by the White House: “You...
  • Kerry 'Tunneling Under Egyptian Ceasefire Deal', Says Minister

    07/26/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26 July 2014 | Gil Ronen; AFP
    Israeli anger at US envoy for his attempt to forge a ceasefire with Hamas sponsors Turkey, Qatar, in Paris talks. An Israeli minister accused U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of “digging a tunnel under the the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” by accepting Hamas's conditions for a ceasefire in Paris talks Saturday, Channel 2 reported. The minister's identity was not revealed. Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East who gathered in Paris Saturday called for an extension to a temporary truce declared Saturday between Israel and Hamas. However, neither Israel, nor Egypt, nor the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud...
  • Investigators: MH17 black box data consistent with SAM shootdown

    07/26/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It took a while for EU investigators to get the black boxes from Malaysia Air 17 back fron Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, and for good reason. According to CBS News, the plane experienced “massive explosive decompression” while cruising normally at 33,000 feet — exactly what one would see in a surface-to-air missile attack: Unreleased data from a black box retrieved from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine show findings consistent with the plane’s fuselage being hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.“It did what it was designed to do,”...
  • Miscalculation. Failure. Escalation - Why Putin Shot Down MH-17

    07/26/2014 2:15:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 94 replies
    forbes.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Greg Satell
    Why would the leader of a powerful country in reasonably good standing want to risk everything by putting himself in the same league with Muammar Gaddafi? ...Since the crisis began, he has been taking on ever greater risk—not to mention serious damage to the Russian economy—with negative return. .... So it appears that Putin is not only a poor chess player, he is an exceeding bad poker player, constantly raising the stakes while facing a decreasing expected return. If he ever could return Ukraine to the fold—an exceedingly unlikely prospect—he would accomplish no more than a return to the status...
  • Fighting intensifies near MH17 crash site

    07/27/2014 9:22:52 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 27, 2014 | Associated Press
    Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. Reports of the intensifying unrest prompted a postponement of a trip to the site by a team of Dutch and Australian police officers that had planned to start searching for evidence and the remaining bodies. In Washington, the State Department released satellite images which it says show that Russia has fired rockets more than seven miles (11 kilometers) into eastern Ukraine. The images, from the U.S. Director of National...
  • Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles

    07/26/2014 4:31:53 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT
    The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said.
  • '[Person] Eating' Piranha Relative Found in Russian Pond

    07/27/2014 1:06:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 25 2014
    The Baltic Sea is not known for its flesh-stripping tropical fish, but this season, a close relative of the piranha reputed to have a fondness for nibbling on men's testicles has appeared in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic. A local fisher nabbed several South American pacu in a city pond and handed them over to marine biologists for identification, Interfax reported Friday. The pacu is a cousin of the omnivorous piranha. Unlike its fearsome relative, it mostly subsists on a pacific diet of nuts and algae, but last summer media dubbed the pacu the "ball cutter" when...
  • Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal

    07/26/2014 1:45:11 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/26/2014 | Con Coughlin
    Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive against Israel, according to Western security sources. Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled by a Lebanese-based trading company with close ties to the militant Palestinian organisation based in east Beirut. Hamas officials are believed to have already made an initial cash down payment to secure the deal, and are now hoping that North Korea will soon begin shipping extra...
  • Unguarded Comments Suggest Kerry Frustration At Civilian Toll In Gaza [Lashes At Gaza Operation]

    07/20/2014 10:08:17 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Guardian (UK)R ^ | July 20, 2014 | Dominic Rushe
    Unguarded Comments Suggest Kerry Frustration At Civilian Toll In Gaza • 'It's a hell of a pinpoint operation' captured on open microphone Dominic Rushe in New York 20 July 2014 The secretary of state, John Kerry, on Sunday appeared to criticise Israel’s claims about the targeted scope of its attacks on Gaza, as a open microphone caught him talking to an aide ahead of a TV interview. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry, who was appearing on Fox News Sunday as part of a tour of all five main US talkshows,...
  • Al-Qaeda releases video of US suicide bomber in Syria

    07/26/2014 12:24:29 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | July 26, 2014 | AFP
    The parents of "the Florida boy" own a grocery store, with his father from Jordan and mother a convert to Islam, US newspapers reported.
  • Barack Obama Banned From Entering Chechnya

    07/26/2014 11:44:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 26 July 2014
    Although Russia has not responded to US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there is one part of the country he is now barred from entering: Chechnya. On Saturday Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the small Russian republic that has been the scene of two devastating separatist wars in the past 20 years, said he was placing Obama on a list of people banned from visiting. The list also includes European Union figures José Manuel Barroso, Herbert van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton. Kadyrov, wrote on his Instagram account that the ban was...
  • Terror havens in Syria and Iraq: Five reasons the West should worry

    07/26/2014 4:22:45 AM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Cruickshank,
    Events in Iraq and Syria have alarmed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Extremists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria control vast swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its members may be mingling with Yemeni bomb makers who have a track record of getting devices on Western planes. And thousands of Europeans have gone to Syria ready to give up their lives. Holder has voiced "extreme concern" that the volatile mix could spread to Western shores.
  • Russia Is Sick

    07/26/2014 2:36:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 26. 2014 | George Weigel
    Thirty-three years ago, on September 6, 1981, Father Józef Tischner preached one of the great sermons of the 20th century at a Mass opening the second day of the inaugural Solidarity Congress in Gdań​sk. Tischner, an old friend of John Paul II and the pope’s fellow philosopher, combined the rugged good humor and patriotism of a Polish highlander with a first-class intellect. So he began his sermon with some essential truth-telling to the men and women about to deliberate the future of the Communist world’s first independent, self-governing trade union. Father Tischner didn’t tell the thousands assembled in Gdansk that...
  • Motyl: Putin, Just Evil Enough

    07/25/2014 7:11:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    cnn ^ | July 25, 2014 | Alexander Motyl
    Vice President Joe Biden recently confided a sensational bit of news to the New Yorker magazine: In a 2011 meeting with Vladimir Putin, he had actually told Russia's then-prime minister that he had no "soul." Even more remarkable was Putin's response. "And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, 'We understand one another.' " Many people -- in Ukraine, Europe, America and even Russia -- probably share Biden and Putin's estimation of the Russian president's spiritual condition. In saying Putin has no soul, it means he seems to lack both the capacity to feel emotions and...
  • US Military Dusts Off Decades-Old 'Readiness' Plans for Russia

    07/25/2014 6:33:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 186 replies
    Yahoo News/ABC ^ | 7-25-2014 | Lee Ferran
    As American officials fire off diplomatic salvos at Russia in response to that nation’s purported actual artillery salvos into Ukraine, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently that among other actions, the U.S. military is dusting off decades-old plans, just in case. “We’re looking inside our own readiness models to look at things that we haven’t had to look at for 20 years, frankly, about basing and lines of communication and sea lanes,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, America’s top military officer, said at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday evening. “What the military does when faced with these crises...
  • Russia: McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

    07/25/2014 4:43:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 5:26 PM EDT
    Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald’s startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company’s now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations. McDonald’s did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The suit comes amid especially high tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine crisis; the United States has slapped an array of sanctions on Russia over...
  • Russian 'space sex geckos' struggle to survive as satellite spirals out of control in Earth orbit

    07/25/2014 1:42:41 PM PDT · by Veto! · 26 replies
    Mail Online UK ^ | July 25, 2014 | Jonathon O'Callaghan
    They were intended to be among the first animals to join the 350-mile-high club, but now a group of geckos sent into space to reproduce may be at risk. The five lizards - four male and one female - launched on a research satellite on 19 July to study the effects of weightlessness on their sex lives.
  • Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?

    07/25/2014 11:10:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine. After the "kulaks," the independent farmers, had been liquidated in the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, a genocidal famine was imposed on Ukraine through seizure of her food production. Estimates of the dead range from two to nine million souls. Walter Duranty of the New York Times, who called reports of the famine "malignant propaganda," won a Pulitzer for his mendacity. In November 1933, during the Holodomor, the greatest liberal of them all, FDR, invited Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov to receive official U.S. recognition of his master Stalin's murderous regime....
  • Italy-Russia submarine project suspended over Ukraine crisis - Itar-Tass

    07/25/2014 6:46:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 25 Fri Jul 25, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    (Reuters) - An Italian-Russian project to build a new generation small submarine has been suspended because of the "political situation" following Western sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Itar-Tass news agency said on Friday. The decade-old deal between Russian company Rubin and Italian shipmaker Fincantieri to build a 1,000-ton diesel submarine, the S-1000, is part of President Vladimir Putin's plans to revamp Russia's fighting force. "To our regret, due to the well-known political situation this project has been suspended," Itar-Tass quoted Igor Vilnit, the head of Rubin's Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering, as saying. Rubin declined immediate comment...
  • U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea

    07/24/2014 10:41:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-07-25
    U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea 2014-07-25 10:44 The United States said Thursday an advanced missile defense battery it plans to deploy to South Korea is not aimed at Russia, after Moscow expressed concern that the system would negatively affect the regional situation and provoke an arms race. The U.S. military plans to bring a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery into South Korea to help deter threats from North Korea. The U.S. has conducted a site survey for the system, though no decision has been announced as to where to put it. Russia's...
  • Under Putin, Russia seeing an exodus of ‘ the most educated ... most entrepreneurial people’

    07/24/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 29 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    ... “They are people who have already made money and are now scared to lose it,” Paley said.... “I don’t share the opinion of 90 percent of the country: I feel like a foreigner here now so why not leave?” said Tatiana Konkova, a Russian literature teacher and singer, giving her last concert in Moscow this month.... The number of Russians emigrating in the last two years was some five times higher than in the two before Putin began a new six-year term in May 2012, official figures show.... Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly...
  • Putin’s Power: Why Russians Adore Their Bare-Chested Reagan

    07/24/2014 7:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | Josh Weil
    The history of strongmen leaders helps fuel a passion for capitalism—even if there's a cost.There he is, the President of Russia, riding bare-back and bare-chested astride a galloping steed; spending $50 billion on a resort town most Russians will never see; seizing Crimea, instigating unrest in Ukraine; maybe even making himself indirectly responsible for the murder of nearly 300 innocents aboard a downed passenger plane: Vladimir Putin, shaking his fist in the face of a West that often seems unable to do more than avert its eyes. When we in The West do look, it can seem perplexing: How can...
  • Susan Rice Calls Out Russia for Shelling Ukraine, Threatens "Further Costs"

    07/24/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | 9:09 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 24. 2014 | Amb. Susan Rice, Nat'l Security Adv.
    Putin is doubling down on the separatists. We continue to see arms flow across border from Russia to Ukraine.Russia is also firing artillery from within Russia into Ukraine.Although our preference is a diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis, we remain ready to impose further costs on Russia as warranted
  • Hillel Neuer ..called Hamas missiles a ‘crime against humanity.’ Why won’t the UN?

    07/24/2014 1:32:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Hillel Neuer
    What follows is testimony delivered on Wednesday by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, at the UN Human Rights Council Emergency Session on Gaza, in Geneva. The Palestinian ambassador to the UNHRC, together with Iran, Syria, Egypt, Cuba and Venezuela had tried but failed to silence Mr. Neuer. As expected, the council voted 29 to 1 (USA), with 17 abstaining (EU & others), to condemn Israel for “gross violations of international human rights,” and it created a new commission of inquiry. ... An entire nation—towns, villages and cities, from the Negev Desert up to the Galilee, from the Judean hills...
  • Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets

    07/24/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Justin Fishel/AP
    Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict. “This clearly is a military escalation,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, adding there is no question that Russian military—as opposed to Russia-backed separatists—are firing the shots. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf first made the accusation during a press briefing earlier Thursday. She also claimed Moscow is boosting its military shipments to pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘The Reset Worked’ With Russia

    07/24/2014 1:15:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 24, 2014
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to trumpet the so-called 2009 “reset” of the U.S.-Russian relationship despite all evidence to the contrary that it worked. With relations over the past two years dwindling to lows not seen since the Cold War, Clinton still told National Public Radio Thursday that it was a success. She told BBC last month that it was a “brilliant stroke.” “The reset worked,” she said. “It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a...
  • 18 soldiers return to Ukraine after medical treatment in Russia

    07/24/2014 1:54:54 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | July 24, 2014, 11:14 a.m.
    18 Ukrainian servicemen have returned home after undergoing medical treatment at hospitals in the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasyl Zvarych told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday, July 24.
  • Russia, Israel Joining Efforts to Improve International Terrorism Law

    07/23/2014 9:20:04 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | July 23, 2014 | Grigoriy Sisoev
    Russia, Israel Joining Efforts to Improve International Terrorism Law RIA Novosti July 23, 2014 MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) - At meetings in Jerusalem Russia’s Federation Council members, led by the council’s foreign affairs committee chairman Mikhail Margelov, raised the proposal for a unified approach to terrorism. “As lawmakers we could propose to the international organizations, first of all the UN, to finally define this term and the approach to eliminating terrorists,” Vladimir Kulakov, first deputy chairman of procedures committee and head of Russia’s delegation to the OSCE Parliamentarian Assembly, was quoted as saying by the statement. Russia’s Israeli counterparts...
  • Russian soldiers VK-page (Russian Facebook) shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery

    07/23/2014 6:01:58 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 17 replies
    Ukraine@War ^ | 7/23/2014 | Ukraine@War
    Valdimir Petrov found evidence of a Russian artillery unit shelling Ukrainian positions from Russian territory, because a soldier from this unit is posting photos on his VKontakte page (the Russian Facebook). Or course immediately after discovering this, his page has been deleted. But the info is still here:
  • Russian Inmates to Build Bridge to Crimea

    07/23/2014 5:40:04 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 7/23/2014 | Moscow Times
    Russia's Federal Penal Service said that the country's inmates would soon be contributing to public works including the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge to Crimea and a cleanup operation in the Sochi region, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
  • Hamas Refuses International Cease-Fire Efforts - Again

    07/23/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 7/14/14 | Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin
    Hamas continues to be uncompromising in its position regarding an international cease-fire, AFP reports Wednesday. "We reject today and will reject in the future," Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal insisted, in a public speech in Qatar. Meshaal insisted that Israel must accept his list of unprecedented conditions for a cease-fire - which included lifting several security measures, such as the naval blockade and border control, designed to prevent terrorists entering into Israel, as well as re-releasing terrorists arrested earlier this month - and only then will Hamas deliberate with Israel on a date for a cease-fire. Meshaal claimed that the terms...
  • No One Wants Russia To Host the 2018 World Cup

    07/23/2014 1:11:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thewire.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | POLLY MOSENDZ
    Last Thursday, Malaysian Airlines Fight 17 was shot down, allegedly by the Donetsk People's Republic, a pro-Russian separatist group which currently controls much of eastern Ukraine. U.S. intelligence believes that Russia provided the separatists with missiles. Yet, even as evidence mounts implicating Russia in the MH17 shooting, no new economic sanctions have been issued. Instead, the global community is going after Russia's role as the host of the 2018 World Cup. Peter Beuth, interior minister of the German state of Hesse, has said, "If Putin doesn’t actively cooperate on clearing up the plane crash, the soccer World Cup in Russia...
  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 1:12:00 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 49 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 23 July 2014 | Right Scoop Staff
    FULL TITLE: Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT on Israel…//// Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the president today for using a federal agency, the FAA, to launch an economic boycott on Israel in order to force them to comply with his demands. He pointed out that this economic boycott aids Hamas while simultaneously hurting Israel. What Cruz is calling for is the Obama administration to answer the following questions: Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...