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  • Back in the USSR: Belarusian leader who helped bury Soviet Union says it is making a comeback

    06/11/2014 9:55:41 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Mark Rice-Oxley
    The man who convened the meeting that buried the Soviet Union in 1991 has warned that it is being restored in his native Belarus and across the post-Soviet space. Stanislav Shushkevich – the politician who hosted the 1991 summit at which Belarus, Ukraine and Russia signed the USSR into obsolescence and paved the way for independence – said a mixture of despotic leaders, KGB-revivalism and Putin’s Ukraine interference all remind him of the worst of the Soviet Union. “What we see now is the restoration of Soviet order, in Belarus most of all,” Shushkevich said in his study in the modest central Minsk...
  • Breaking: Moscow to ban US from using Russian rocket engines for military launches

    05/13/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    RT ^ | 5-13-2014 | RT
    Moscow is banning Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines, which the US has used to deliver its military satellites into orbit, said Russia’s Deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries. According to Rogozin, Russia is also halting the operation of all American GPS stations on its territory from June 1. DETAILS TO FOLLOW
  • Russia to revive May Day workers parade on Red Square

    04/30/2014 7:53:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    AFP ^ | April 30, 2014
    Russian workers will parade on Red Square on May 1 for the first time since 1991, organisers said on Tuesday, the latest Soviet tradition to be revived as a wave of patriotism sweeps the country. "Crimea has returned to Russia and the trade unions are returning to the Red Square!" said Sergei Chernov, president of Moscow's trade union federation told a news conference. International Workers Day, or May Day, was a key date in the Soviet calendar, instituted after the Bolshevik Revolution. The celebrations became increasingly elaborate in the later years of the USSR, with party bosses presiding over ranks...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Putin Attempting to Reassemble USSR (VIDEO)

    04/30/2014 8:05:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    wsj.com ^ | April 30, 2014
    http://live.wsj.com/video/sen-ted-cruz-putin-attempting-to-reassemble-ussr/60F884E5-A709-4B39-AEF2-F9EBF51422A1.html
  • Warning: Moscow Continue with their old Soviet miss-information strategies and lies:

    04/28/2014 7:46:07 AM PDT · by Marianland · 7 replies
    Marianland ^ | 04/29/2014 | Rafael Brom
    Some naive conservatives are still in blind love with Communist KGB dictator, pretender, fake Christian and crook Putin: Warning: Moscow Continue with their old Soviet miss-information strategies and lies: Putin's KGB Long Range Plans Explained by His Communist Mentor: MIKHAIL GORBACHEV's speech at the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution (1917): "....In October 1917, we parted with the old world, rejecting it once and for all. We are moving toward a new world, a world of Communism. We shall never turn off that road." And from his speech to the Soviet Politburo, November 1987: "Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned...
  • Obama's press secretary decorates home with Soviet propaganda

    04/11/2014 3:10:09 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 62 replies
    theweek.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his family are featured in a worshipful profile in this month's Washingtonian magazine. It's the sort of adoring journalistic exercise reserved for only the most handsome of the power elite. In it you can find out details about the Carney dog (a cousin to presidential pooch Sonny!), and how much the press secretary's tie costs ($135). But keen observers may notice the kitchen decor in the photo: Soviet propaganda posters. They really are the perfect pop of color whether you are the dour and sincere Nikita Khrushchev or the cheeky press-wrangler for a...
  • Not Your Father’s Cold War

    03/19/2014 8:39:16 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 19, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The West has forgotten the foreign-policy lessons that predate 1945. Will everyone please stop talking about a new Cold War? However badly things work out between Russia and the United States and the West, a new Cold War isn’t in the cards because Russia today isn’t the Soviet Union. Sure, there are similarities. We are in a diplomatic and geostrategic conflict with Russia, which was the heart of the old Soviet Union. Also, Russia wants much of the real estate that belonged to the Soviet Union before it collapsed. And Vladimir Putin is a former KGB colonel who now waxes...
  • PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Used Middle Finger to Hit Hillary's "Reset Button"

    03/04/2014 4:50:01 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Self | March 4, 2014 | PJ-Comix
  • MSNBC stuffs up, puts Czechoslovakia back on the map

    03/03/2014 7:32:28 PM PST · by massmike · 22 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 03/03/2014 | n/a
    MSNBC should really Czech its facts. The American TV network has invited ridicule by stuffing up a map that was supposed to help explain the escalating crisis in Ukraine. Look just to the west of Ukraine on the map above and you’ll see a country labelled “Czechoslovakia”. Of course, Czechoslovakia hasn’t existed since 1993, when it split into two nations. MSNBC’s map should have included Slovakia and the Czech Republic instead.
  • 2012 (VIDEO): Obama Mocks Romney over Russia: "1980s are calling…want foreign policy back."

    02/28/2014 7:11:35 PM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 23 replies
    WashPo/ YouTube ^ | October 2012 | Obama's Big Mouth
    VIDEO: Obama: 'The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back'"
  • Top Republicans Call for Return to Cold War

    02/27/2014 1:55:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    Top lawmakers on the House and Senate Armed Services said Thursday that the world would be better off if the Cold War was still on—and if Obama wasn’t cutting the defense budget. The current crisis in the Ukraine and the looming crisis on the Korean Peninsula would be much easier to manage if the Cold War was still going strong, according to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and Senate Armed Services Ranking Republican James Inhofe. “I look back wistfully at the Cold War,” Inhofe said Thursday at a breakfast meeting with reporters. “There were two superpowers, they knew...
  • Preparing for war: Putin puts 150,000 troops on standby

    02/26/2014 5:33:53 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 February 2014 | WILL STEWART IN MOSCOW and DAVID WILLIAMS and DAN BLOOM and CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Vladimir Putin mobilised more than 150,000 troops and an armada of ships yesterday for a drill to test the combat readiness of forces in western Russia as tensions over Ukraine continue to grow. In addition to the soldiers – nearly twice the British Army’s manpower after planned cuts – 880 tanks, 210 aircraft and 80 warships will take part in the operation. The manoeuvres raised fears that the Russian president may be planning to send forces into Ukraine after the toppling of its Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych.
  • Ukraine’s Leader Flees Palace as Protesters Widen Control

    02/22/2014 7:20:44 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 110 replies
    nytimes ^ | FEB. 22, 2014 | By ANDREW HIGGINS and ANDREW E. KRAMER 4:33 AM ET
    KIEV, Ukraine — An opposition unit took control of the presidential palace outside Kiev on Saturday, as leaders in Parliament said Ukraine’s president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, had fled the capital a day after a deal was reached aimed at ending the country’s spiral of violence.
  • With reports that Yanukovych has fled Ukraine, parliament seeks to take charge today (live updates)

    02/22/2014 3:02:14 AM PST · by Trapper6012 · 49 replies
    Kievpost ^ | Feb. 22, 2014, 12:30 p.m. | Kyiv | Kyiv — by Kyiv Post
    Ukraine's parliament is seeking to take charge, appoint new leaders and schedule a new presidential election by May.
  • American's fight to expose corruption in Russia

    02/17/2014 8:27:41 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 16, 2014 | Scott Pelley
    Russia has been showing the world glistening scenes of the Winter Olympics. It's a rare opportunity to brighten a national image that often skates on the thin ice of corruption. One authority estimates that 20 percent of the Russian economy is skimmed by graft and a lot of that by government officials. It may be that no one knows more about this than American-born businessman Bill Browder. Browder tells a story of thievery, vengeance and death worthy of a Russian novel. He's a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin and he has torn a rift between Moscow and Washington....
  • 7 Reasons That Russia Is Not The Soviet Union

    01/21/2014 1:48:31 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/31/2013 | Mark Adomanis
    National Review published a rather overheated piece the other day that contained an entertaining line: “Russia has become the Soviet Union with a better suit”. The idea that Russia is fundamentally the same as the Soviet Union is a popular one, particularly on the political right where “Soviet” has for decades served as a synonym for “bad.” Barely a day goes by without someone bemoaning Putin’s “Soviet” character or the “neo-Soviet” policies that Russia pursues in its part of the world. However this idea is deeply mistaken and extremely misleading, and can only be held by deliberately ignoring a huge...
  • Is Putin's post-surgery 'get well' telegram to George W. Bush a veiled slap at Obama?

    08/09/2013 7:42:14 AM PDT · by Justaham · 91 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 8/9/13 | David Martosko
    A day after the White House announced that it would scrap a planned bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president sent well-wishes to former President George W. Bush via telegram following his heart surgery. Russian media outlets were told about it promptly, and the news quickly spread. The move is already being seen as a veiled slap at Obama, whose frosty posture toward the Kremlin is a marked contrast from the congenial reception Putin received from the Bush administration. 'It may have been coincidence that the Kremlin released details of the telegram a day after Barack Obama pulled out...
  • Newspaper in Russia Calls “Weak Obama” Ruler of Sodom & Gomorrah

    Obama promised to “reset” the U.S. relationship with Russia, and he succeeded: Russia went from disliking, but respecting, America and President Bush, to loathing, and looking down upon, America and, especially, her president. The photograph of Obama and Russian President Putin sitting side-by-side radiating hatred spells it all out. One of the reasons given for Putin’s hostility, in addition to Obama’s decision to aid Syria’s Al Qaeda rebels, while Russia is aiding Bashar al Assad’s Iranian and Hezbollah fighters, is Edward Snowden’s revelation that the US is spying on Russia. That, of course, is ridiculous. The US has been spying...
  • Clinton vows to thwart new Soviet Union

    12/07/2012 12:17:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Financial Times ^ | December 6, 2012 | Charles Clover in Moscow
    The US is trying to prevent Russia from recreating a new version of the Soviet Union under the ruse of economic integration, Hillary Clinton warned on Thursday. “There is a move to re-Sovietise the region,” the US secretary of state told a news conference in Dublin hours before going into a meeting with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. “It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a customs union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that,” she said, referring to various iterations of a Moscow-backed plan to deepen economic ties with its neighbours....
  • How the Russian ‘Reset’ Explains Obama’s Foreign Policy

    10/16/2012 10:29:41 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | October 16, 2012 | DOUGLAS J. FEITH, SETH CROPSEY
    As violent mobs shouting Islamist slogans rampaged against U.S. diplomats across the Middle East and Southeast Asia in the weeks following the fatal Sept. 11, 2012 attack on U.S. officials in Libya, Russian President Vladimir Putin saw a chance to kick the United States when it was down. He did it by expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development, whose work -- advising private groups on democracy, as it has done since the 1990s -- he evidently resented. For good measure, he just cancelled the longstanding Nunn-Lugar program of cooperation on destroying and securing old Soviet weapons of mass destruction....
  • Russia says it will not renew arms agreement with U.S.

    10/10/2012 6:38:29 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 90 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 10, 2012 | Staff
    (Reuters) - Russia will not renew a decades-old agreement with Washington on dismantling nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The death of the 1991 agreement, which had been renewed twice, is the latest in a series of hitches in relations between the United States and Russia and casts doubt on the future of the much-vaunted "reset" in relations between the Cold War-era foes. "The basis of the program is an agreement of 1991 which, by virtue of the time when it was conceived, the way it...
  • Russian fans declare Poland theirs, fight hosts in the streets

    06/12/2012 3:39:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | By Brooks Peck
    Russia and Poland played out a 1-1 draw in perhaps the most feared match of Euro 2012 from a security standpoint. The two countries have a long history of military invasions and occupations and supporters from both sides seemed intent on continuing those hostile relations. Prior to the match, approximately 100 fans from both sides were involved in various fights around Warsaw, resulting in 56 arrests and 10 injuries.
  • Obama Groveling Before Russians Fulfills 2008 Promise

    03/28/2012 4:50:12 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Security: The president insists he wasn't trying to "hide the ball" until after the election, but the man who as candidate pledged to "end misguided defense policies" such as missile defense is fulfilling that campaign promise. Despite the administration's rap-dancing with the help of the usual suspects in the mainstream media, it's clear that the recent meeting between President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul, South Korea, couldn't be more different in tone and meaning from the one President Ronald Reagan had with Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986. President Obama has tried to...
  • Obama asks Russia for 'space' through election [Disgusting: Obama caught on audio selling out USA]

    03/26/2012 4:42:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 173 replies · 82+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/26/2012 | Jennifer Epstein
    President Barack Obama offered a private request Monday to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for some “space” on missile defense ahead of November’s elections. “On all these issues, particularly on missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama said, referring to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a TV pool reporter who heard audio recorded by a Russian reporter who was in the room moments before the two leaders spoke to reporters after their 90-minute meeting. “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you,” Medvedev responded. A...
  • Bachmann in radio interview: Americans fear rise of "Soviet Union"

    08/18/2011 7:31:47 PM PDT · by jeltz25 · 104 replies
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | Aug 18 2011 | wire
    GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said today that Americans "fear the rise of the Soviet Union" during an appearance on a conservative radio talk show. The Soviet Union broke up into 15 separate republics 20 years ago. Boris Yeltsin was the first freely elected leader of Russia, the largest of those republics. "What people recognize is that there's a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward," Bachmann said on Jay Sekulow's radio show. Bachmann, a...
  • Top Russian spy defects after betraying ring in U.S.

    11/11/2010 4:32:14 PM PST · by combat_boots · 16 replies
    Al-Reuters (Link Only....Yahoo) ^ | 12 Nov 2010 | Thomas Grove
    (Link only.) Perhaps the biggest catch since the Cold War, or so the article says. Head of US deep cover.
  • Spy swap puts halt to fact finding

    07/14/2010 7:37:04 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | By Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration's rapid release of 10 Russian intelligence officers removed the prospect of a public trial revealing embarrassing facts about Russian influence operations, like the targeting of a key Democratic Party financier close to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Current and former national security officials critical of the speedy exchange with Moscow also said trading the 10 spies for four Russians less than two weeks after their arrest also limited U.S. counterspies from learning important details of Russian espionage and influence operations. Questions about the handling of the case were raised Tuesday during a closed-door briefing of the...
  • 'Russian spy' has British links

    06/30/2010 6:52:25 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/30/2010 | Staff
    ( A defendant known as 'Anna Chapman' allegedly communicated with a Russian official in Manhattan in January Photo: Facebook)) Anna Chapman, the woman at the centre of a transatlantic probe into spy allegations previously worked in Britain and was married to a British citizen. Ms Chapman was one of 10 people arrested in the US by the FBI for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia's intelligence service. Ms Chapman appears to have lived in Britain for around four years from 2003 and private plane hire firm NetJets Europe said she had been employed at its London office...
  • Analysis: Arrests show U.S.-Russia spies' covert war lives on

    06/29/2010 6:47:20 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    reuters.com ^ | June 29, 2010
    "In Moscow, they will be angry," former KGB Colonel and British double agent Oleg Gordievsky told Reuters. "'How much of the information we got was planted by the FBI -- that's what they'll be wondering in Moscow Center," said Robert Ayers, a former U.S. intelligence officer. Saying the alleged spy group had recruited political sources and gathered information for the Russian government, U.S. authorities have charged 11 individuals with carrying out deep-cover work to learn about U.S. economic and foreign policy and intelligence and the world gold market. Russia's Foreign Ministry called the allegations baseless and said it was regrettable...
  • DOJ: 10 alleged Russian intel officers arrested

    06/28/2010 1:14:47 PM PDT · by Justaham · 167 replies
    <p>WASHINGTON — Ten Russian intelligence officers have been arrested for allegedly serving as illegal agents of the Russian government in the United States, the Justice Department announced Monday.</p>
  • US Says It Has 5,113 Nuclear Warheads

    05/03/2010 2:18:51 PM PDT · by FarRightFanatic · 96 replies · 1,547+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | May 3, 2010 | Anne Gearan
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says the U.S. maintains 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and "several thousand" more retired nukes that await dismantling. Monday's announcement marked the first time the Pentagon has officially disclosed the number. The U.S. has previously regarded such details as top secret. A senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, says the size of the stockpile represents a 75 percent reduction since 1989.
  • Kremlin wants resignations after Olympic pride dented

    03/01/2010 12:17:32 PM PST · by cajuncow · 23 replies · 561+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-1-10 | Conor Sweeney, Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev ordered Russian Olympic officials to quit or be fired on Monday and demanded drastic changes to training procedures after a poor showing at the Winter Games dented national pride. Once mighty Russia limped in 11th in the medals table with just three golds, its worst ever tally. The result was especially embarrassing because Russia is due to host the next Winter Olympics in 2014 at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. "Those responsible should take the brave decision and sign a letter (of resignation)," Medvedev said in televised comments. "If they can't we will...
  • U.S. to stop counting new missiles in Russia

    12/01/2009 11:55:46 AM PST · by Thunder90 · 24 replies · 1,436+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/1/2009 | Nicholas Kralev
    The United States is about to lose a key arms-control tool from the closing days of the Cold War -- the right to station American observers in Russia to count the long-range missiles leaving its assembly line. The end of full-time, on-site access will likely ignite complaints in Congress, with insiders from both parties arguing over whether the George W. Bush or the Obama administration is responsible.
  • Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine

    09/22/2009 7:35:18 PM PDT · by justlurking · 48 replies · 5,856+ views
    2009-09-21 | Nicholas Thompson
    Link only, due to Wired's copyright complaints. Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday MachineI'm posting this without any text, because I think it's important. The "Doomsday" machine is apparently real, and still operational. Read the article for more details.
  • COLD WAR II: What happened to the fall of communism?

    09/10/2009 1:02:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 1,682+ views
    renewamerica.com ^ | September 9, 2009 | Toby Westerman
    Events were not supposed to have turned out this way: Stalin is making a comeback in Russia, the Chinese Communist Party controls capitalism in China, Venezuela — once a friend of the United States — is now a neo-Marxist state, and Latin America itself is dominated by communist or far left regimes. When the Berlin Wall was destroyed by jubilant West Berlin youth, the nightmare was believed to be over. The communist true believers, however, are again a threat to humanity — even within the U.S. government. It is a story gets little coverage in the centralized media. Instead of...
  • Obama: We have reset U.S.-Russia relations

    07/06/2009 9:32:59 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies · 1,892+ views
    Obama: We have reset U.S.-Russia relations @ 12:18 pm by Jeremy P. Jacobs President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev touted the results of the first day of their summit in Moscow at a press conference on Monday. Both presidents complimented the others' "business-like" approach to the summit and both appeared pleased with the agreements that came out of the first day. Obama said at the beginning at that shortly after taking office they "resolved to reset U.S.-Russian relations." "Today, after less than six months," he went on, "we have done exactly that." In particular, Obama touted the summit's agreements...
  • Russia: Famine that killed millions not genocide

    02/25/2009 1:06:48 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 64 replies · 1,373+ views
    AP (via Yahoo) ^ | 2/25/09 | STEVE GUTTERMAN
    MOSCOW – Russia issued a DVD and a thick book of historical documents on Wednesday to dispute claims that the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s amounted to genocide. Russian archivists and historians pressed the Kremlin's case that the Stalin-era famine — which killed millions of people — was a common tragedy across Soviet farmlands, countering efforts by Ukraine's pro-Western president to convince the world that Ukrainians were targeted for starvation. "Not a single document exists that even indirectly shows that the strategy and tactics chosen for Ukraine differed from those applied to other regions, not to mention tactics or strategy...
  • Czech President Compares EU to Soviet Union

    02/19/2009 11:29:14 AM PST · by mrmeyer · 9 replies · 325+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/19/09 | CONSTANT BRAND
    "Not so long ago, in our part of Europe we lived in a political system that permitted no alternatives and therefore also no parliamentary opposition," said Klaus. "We learned the bitter lesson that with no opposition, there is no freedom."
  • More Moscow Murder Two critics of Vladimir Putin take bullets in the head.

    01/23/2009 10:53:54 AM PST · by Crazieman · 23 replies · 345+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2009
    ANOTHER RUSSIAN fighting for human rights and the rule of law has been murdered in Vladimir Putin's Moscow. Stanislav Markelov, a lawyer who defended Chechens brutalized by Russian troops and journalists who wrote about the abuses, was shot in the head yesterday by a masked man carrying a silencer-equipped pistol. An opposition journalist who tried to intervene, Anastasia Baburova, was also fatally shot in the head. This occurred in broad daylight, on a busy street in central Moscow less than half a mile from the Kremlin. It was another demonstration that assassinations are a dominating feature of political life under...
  • Putin’s Authoritarian Steamroll in Russia

    12/28/2008 12:44:09 PM PST · by AJKauf · 10 replies · 497+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 28 | Bridget Johnson
    All Vladimir Putin wanted for Christmas was power eternal. And all he needed were 142 elves — who bear a striking resemblance to dutiful federation council senators — to bring that gift closer to reality. Last Monday, the entire upper house of parliament voted to extend the Russian presidential term from four years to six years, a move recommended by President Dmitry Medvedev in his annual November address. But really, you didn’t think the “reform” was meant for Medvedev, did you? Or that anything occurring behind the walls of the Kremlin is intended to extend the reign of this Putin-anointed...
  • A New Cold War? - Western-hemispheric maneuvers.

    12/08/2008 6:54:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 530+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 08, 2008 | An NRO Symposium
    December 08, 2008, 4:00 a.m. A New Cold War?Western-hemispheric maneuvers. An NRO Symposium What does Russia docking in the Panama Canal this weekend mean? What should the Obama administration be thinking about it? National Review Online asked a group of Russian experts. David Satter The visits of Russian ships to Venezuela and the Panama Canal are part of a campaign of escalating Russian pressure — a campaign designed to prevent Ukraine and Georgia from being admitted into NATO. The inclusion of these two former Soviet republics in NATO does not threaten Russia militarily, but in the eyes of Russian...
  • Santa Claus is an 'illegal immigrant' declares top Kremlin official in Christmas 'Cold War'

    12/04/2008 9:58:11 AM PST · by HollyButler · 12 replies · 597+ views
    Daily Mail, ^ | 04th December 2008 | By Will Stewart
    A new Cold War has erupted after a top Kremlin official claimed that Santa Claus was 'not genuine' and an 'imposter'. Speaker of the Russian Parliament Boris Gryzlov insisted that the only authentic figure was Ded Moroz - translated as Grandfather Frost, who has traditionally brought presents to children across Moscow's sprawling empire. Worse, he dubbed Father Christmas as an 'illegal immigrant' whose unhealthy Western influence was not welcome in Russia. The politician - a close ally of prime minister Vladimir Putin - made his icy blast during a visit to Velikiy Ustyug, traditional home of Grandfather Frost in the...
  • Obama and the Bear

    11/26/2008 10:37:50 AM PST · by AngryCapitalist · 13 replies · 491+ views
    The Hostile Opposition ^ | 11-26-08 | The Angry Capitalist
    A disaster awaits us, one more devastating and detrimental to our existence than anything we have before encountered. While Obama sits in Chicago picking over the rancid carcass of the Clinton administration in hopes of finding another stooge to fill his cabinet, to our south a storm is brewing. The Russian Bear, now fully awakened from its decades long hibernation, is once again seeking to extend its influence and military might into the western hemisphere. The danger we face from the sinful alliance between the Russians and that criminal Chaves poses a threat not only to US hegemony in our...
  • Putin: US image damaged forever over economy woes

    10/09/2008 1:49:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 51 replies · 1,125+ views
    AP ^ | October 09, 2008
    MOSCOW (AP) — The financial crisis has irreparably damaged the image of the U.S. as the leader of the free world and the global economy, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Putin's remarks during a Communist Party meeting were the latest Russian attack singling out the U.S. as the chief culprit in the global financial turmoil. "Trust in the United States as the leader of the free world and the free economy, and confidence in Wall Street as the center of that trust, has been damaged, I believe, forever," Putin said. "There will be no return to the previous...
  • Russian strategic bombers patrol skies over eastern coast of South America

    09/16/2008 2:44:12 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 21 replies · 2,781+ views
    Interfax.com (excerpt) ^ | September 16, 2008
    Excerpt - MOSCOW. Sept 16 (Interfax-AVN) - Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers have patrolled the eastern coast of South America, aide to Russian Air Force commander Col. Lieut. Vladimir Drik told Interfax-AVN. "The aircraft took off from the Libertador military airfield in Venezuela at 4.30 p.m. Moscow time [on September 15]. They flew over neutral waters along the eastern coast of South America in the direction of Brazil. They landed at an airfield in Venezuela at 10 p.m.," Drik said. The Alexander Molodchy and Vasily Senko bombers were in air for about six hours. The crewmembers practiced synchronization and...
  • Russia may hit USA very hard below the belt

    08/25/2008 1:54:18 PM PDT · by lizol · 30 replies · 153+ views
    pravda.ru ^ | 25.08.2008
    Russia may hit USA very hard below the belt 25.08.2008 Source: Pravda.Ru US leading experts analyzed punishing opportunities of both Russia and the West after the recent armed conflict in Georgia. Specialists came to conclusion that the list of potential Western sanctions pales in comparison with what Moscow could do in response. However, the US administration hopes that Russia will not resort to radical measures not to harm its own financial and security interests. The US administration has issued yet another warning to Moscow recently claiming that Russia’s actions in Georgia would question the future of its WTO bid, as...
  • It’s Not a Cold War -- It just sounds like one.

    08/21/2008 4:59:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 125+ views
    National Review ^ | August 20, 2008 8:00 AM | Frederick W. Kagan
    The most grotesque aspect of Russia’s aggression in Georgia is the repeated Russian claim that Georgia poses a threat to Russia and its citizens. In language harking back to the Orwellian rhetoric of the Cold War, all Russian troops are “peacekeepers” and all Georgian forces are “diversionaries” and “terrorists.” Russian troops are now openly occupying Georgian territory on the grounds that law and order in Georgia has collapsed. Of course it has. Russian tanks and airplanes crushed it underfoot. Moscow bemoans the absence of “legitimate political leadership” in Georgian territories like Gori even as its troops occupy Gori without the...
  • Don't Barack for Georgia .... (blaming the victim)

    08/12/2008 9:27:32 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 13 replies · 247+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | Andrew Bolt | August 13, 2008
    WE have just had a lesson in how the next president of the US would react to a real menace to the world's peace. Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain were set a test with Russia's invasion of Georgia. The results? Be terrified that Obama leads in the polls. Russia has driven deep into Georgia on the excuse of defending separatists in the Georgian territory of South Ossetia - a pro-Russian statelet that Georgia has tried to bring back under its control. But the truth is Georgia is being punished for its sins against Russian pride and power. Those...
  • Where Are the Marchers for Peace?

    08/12/2008 9:22:43 AM PDT · by Milhous · 10 replies · 154+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 2008-08-10 | Martin Helme
    I wonder is there the slimmest of chance to see millions of exalted young people passionately marching for peace in Georgia… It shouldn't be too much of an effort. All they have to do is brush the dust off from the "not in our name", "no blood for oil", "war is not the answer", etc placards, paste Vladimir Putin’s and Dmitri Medvedev’s faces over Bush’s or Blair’s on the "worst ever", "mass murderer" and "real terrorist" placards and voila! ready to march for peace. Preferably in millions, preferably in Moscow, to ram the message through to Putin and Medvedev. I...
  • Georgia: The First Shot in a New Cold War

    08/11/2008 11:23:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 174+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 12, 2008 | Lance Fairchok
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. In a replay of classic Soviet interventions from the cold war, using the flimsiest of contrived pretexts, Russia came to the rescue of a supposedly beleaguered minority in South Ossetia, a sparsely populated mountainous region and unimportant to Russian national security. Unimportant, but for the fact that Georgia, in which this afflicted minority resides, is a West-leaning democratic nation and US ally with aspirations of joining NATO. It is also a strategic conduit for oil from the surrounding region to the Black Sea and Europe. In this larger context, we...