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  • Obama Stops Short of Blaming Russia For Downed Jet in Ukraine Ukraine Search [O An Embarrassment!]

    07/19/2014 3:06:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 19, 2014 | DAVID S. CLOUD, KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    Obama Stops Short of Blaming Russia For Downed Jet in Ukraine By DAVID S. CLOUD, KATHLEEN HENNESSEY President Obama on Friday condemned the missile attack that downed a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine as an "outrage of unspeakable proportions" but stopped short of blaming Russia directly for the tragedy.
  • As The West Declines, Russia Fills The Vacuum

    07/19/2014 3:19:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 19, 2014
    As The West Declines, Russia Fills The Vacuum The Coalition has no foreign policy and no solutions to offer in the growing chaos of a world without moral leadership By Janet Daley19 Jul 2014 Presumably there are at least a few politicians in the great Western capitals who have some idea of how to get a grip on the current global chaos. Perhaps at some point they will let us know what it is. At the moment, all that we are getting is banalities and obfuscation, which seem to be a cover for total panic. Apart from the obvious words...
  • Russian Approval of Putin Soars to Highest Level in Years

    07/19/2014 3:13:26 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 21 replies
    Gallup World ^ | 18 July 2014 | Julie Ray and Neli Esipova
    Ratings of U.S., European Union leadership sink to record lows, in single digits WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Vladimir Putin's popularity in Russia is now at its highest level in years, likely propelled by a groundswell of national pride with the annexation of Crimea in March on the heels of the Sochi Olympic Games in February. The 83% of Russians saying they approve of Putin's leadership in late April/early June ties his previous high rating in 2008 when he left office the first time. The 29-percentage-point increase in Putin's job approval between 2013 and 2014 suggests he has solidified his previously...
  • Kiev Losing, Sanctions Flopped, Airliner Down, War Back On?

    07/19/2014 6:30:42 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies
    Land Destroyer ^ | 7-18-2014 | Tony Cartalucci
    July 18, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - With Kiev's forces being encircled and decimated in eastern Ukraine, western Ukrainians in Kiev protesting the war, and US sanctions receiving global ridicule as feckless - the downing of a Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner with over 280 on board in eastern Ukraine - allegedly shot down over a conflict zone - will undoubtedly be exploited by NATO to vilify Kiev's opponents, particularly fighters in the east and Russia who NATO accuses of "destabilizing eastern Ukraine." Preceding the downing of Malaysian flight MH17, just hours beforehand, Ukraine claimed Russia had shot down...
  • Israel Deploys 3 Nuclear-Armed Subs Off Iran Coast; Iran Warns Of Forceful Response To "Evil Acts"

    06/28/2014 9:39:28 AM PDT · by Renfield · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5-31-2014 | Tyler Durden
    With tear-gas flying in the streets of Turkey, Ukraine's civil-war raging in the south and east, US drones based in Japan to oversee the South China Sea, and Europe's extremist parties gaining significant traction, today we get one more piece of considerably worrisome geopolitical news that global stock markets must ignore. The Sunday Times reports that Israel is to deploy three submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf that are meant to act as a deterrent, gather intelligence and potentially to land Mossad agents. Iran is not happy, warning that "anyone who wishes to do an evil...
  • Defying Russia, Ukraine Signs E.U. Trade Pact

    06/28/2014 8:56:07 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | June 27, 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Dealing a defiant blow to the Kremlin, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine signed a long-delayed trade pact with Europe on Friday that Moscow had bitterly opposed. He then declared he would like his country to one day become a full member of the European Union. In so doing, Ukraine’s new leader, a billionaire confectionary magnate, has in effect raised a risky bet on the West that has cost his country hundreds of lives and the loss of the Crimean peninsula to Russia and has set off a low-level civil war in its eastern border region. By signing the trade...
  • Russian foreign minister accuses U.S. of fueling confrontation in Ukraine

    06/28/2014 9:58:15 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    AP ^ | June 28, 2014
    Russia's foreign minister on Saturday accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow and heavily weighing in on the European Union. Speaking in televised remarks Saturday, Sergey Lavrov said that "our American colleagues still prefer to push the Ukrainian leadership toward a confrontational path." He added that chances for settling the Ukrainian crisis would have been higher if it only depended on Russia and Europe. Ukraine on Friday signed a free-trade pact with the EU, the very deal that a former Ukrainian president dumped under pressure from Moscow in November, fueling huge protests that eventually drove him from...
  • Ukraine Crisis: UN-Marked Combat Helicopters Used in Government Offensive Against Separatists

    05/14/2014 7:26:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 50 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Moore
    Footage has emerged of a white Mil Mi-24 helicopter allegedly being used in Ukraine's antiterror operation against pro-Russian separatists near the Donetsk Oblast city of Kramatorsk. Three further combat Mi-24 helicopters and one transport Mi-8 helicopter bearing the UN logo were spotted in the region by the Russian news outlet Life News. The UN has distanced itself from the footage below [video at URL], stating that, as Ukraine is a contributor to the organisation's forces, it must remove any UN insignia when the materials are returned. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said that any use of peacekeeping equipment,...
  • State Department says why Russia accumulating tanks on border with Ukraine

    06/21/2014 1:18:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 21.06.2014 14:16 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 21 /Ukrinform/. The United States does not rule out that Russia is accumulating tanks on the border with Ukraine in order to support separatist militants. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said this at a briefing on Friday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported. "We are confident, as we said last Friday, that Russia last week sent takes and rocket launchers from a deployment site in southwest Russia into eastern Ukraine. We have information that additional tanks have been prepared for departure from this same deployment site, and that's more recently," Psaki said. In addition, she said, the State Department has...
  • German president: don’t always rule out military

    06/14/2014 4:39:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 7:04 AM EDT
    Germany’s president says his compatriots shouldn’t always reject deploying the military to help resolve conflicts as he underlines calls for the country to take more international responsibility. […] President Joachim Gauck told Deutschlandfunk radio in an interview broadcast Saturday that he understands Germans’ longstanding reluctance to take a leading international role, but the country is now a “solid and reliable democracy.” He said that in defending human rights and innocent lives “it is sometimes necessary to take up arms.” …
  • Chris Wallace: Hillary Clinton defended Syria's Assad as a 'possible reformer'

    06/01/2014 4:26:51 PM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 1, 2014 | Staff
    Talk along the lines of Hillary, Hillary, Hillary dominated the network news shows Sunday, as hosts and their guests mulled Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, excerpts from her forthcoming memoir Hard Choices and her potential 2016 presidential bid. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace countered praise of Clinton from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., by listing some of Clinton’s troubles as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat. Wallace singled out developments in U.S. relations during Obama’s first term with Russia, Iran and Syria."She defended Syria’s President Assad as a possible reformer at the start of that country’s civil war," he...
  • Six Reasons Why Putin Seems To Have Lost In Eastern Ukraine

    05/24/2014 6:46:10 AM PDT · by Agog · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/23/2014 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    There is a growing consensus that Vladimir Putin has abandoned his campaign to take control of east Ukraine. The fog of war, such as the killing of nearly 20 Ukrainian soldiers yesterday, is obscuring the distinct turn in the tide. Putin’s goal has changed from dismantling Ukraine as a united state to destabilizing Sunday’s presidential election in the east. Ukraine has a chance for a third lease on life.
  • The Fight for Ukraine: Last Days of the Revolution [YouTube video]

    05/23/2014 10:20:52 PM PDT · by No One Special · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 23, 2014 | Vice News
    Youtube video - 26 mins. and 12 secs. February 2014, Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution against the government of Viktor Yanukovych had reached another stalemate after the violence in late January. But on the 18th, massive and fatal clashes broke out between police and protesters outside the Ukrainian parliament building, the Rada. After hours of fierce fighting, the protesters were pushed back onto their last lines of defense in Independence square and just about forced the police back after an attempt to clear the square. Once the dust had settled almost 30 police and protesters had been killed, on a day where...
  • Prince Charles is right: Similarites between Putin and Hitler are uncanny

    05/23/2014 8:18:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | May 23, 2014 | Trent Franks
    Writing in "Mein Kampf," Hitler referred to the German surrender at the end of World War I and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles as the "greatest villainy of the century," calling those responsible "miserable and degenerate criminals" who "were ready to sacrifice the whole nation, and, if necessary, to let Germany be destroyed; and in my eyes this made them ripe for hanging." He asked, "how could this deed be justified to future generations?" Putin employed similar terminology in discussing the fall of the Soviet Union: "Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a...
  • Kiev Junta joining AQ?

    05/17/2014 10:06:27 AM PDT · by varmintman · 19 replies
    New Eastern Outlook ^ | Gordon Duff
    NATO believes they are setting up a base of operations against Russia in the Ukraine. Saudi Arabia is recruiting jihadists from across Europe, with 5000 to be in Ukraine, armed and trained both in Poland and Ukraine, in a month. However, command of this force falls, not to Kiev or even Langley but to the most extreme elements fighting in Syria and Iraq. NATO and now Saudi Arabia are establishing the Ukraine as a base of operations for Al Qaeda, AQIU (Al Qaeda In Ukraine). Many of those recruited are from veterans of the Syrian war, having survived the infighting...
  • Avakov says illegal schemes...Yanukovych front man, robbed $2.2 billion from Ukraine

    05/16/2014 6:46:57 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 16, 2014, 5:53 p.m | Evan Ostryzniuk
    While visiting Ukrainian troops out east, Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that his office’s investigation of Serhiy Kurchenko, previously known as Ukraine’s youngest billionaire, revealed that his schemes with petroleum products cost the country Hr 26 billion, or $2.2 billion. Avakov said: “I told them (people in Luhansk Oblast's Svatovo) that Kurchenko’s scams with petroleum products cost the country Hr 26 billion last year alone, and that they were done with false re-export and fake invoices.”
  • Czech Republic does not envisage NATO troops on its soil

    05/15/2014 3:21:14 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 9 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-15-2014
    The Czech defense minister says his country does not want to host foreign NATO troops on its soil, as part of plans to beef up the alliance’s eastern wing in light of the Ukraine crisis in contrast to some other eastern European countries like Poland. Martin Stropinsky, the Czech defense minister, has said his country is not in favor of any foreign troops being based in his country, even though they would only come at Prague’s invitation, Reuters reports. “We know well how any permanent stationing (of troops) is still a problem. I belong to a generation that experienced the...
  • Russia: Bear Trap Alliance?

    10/08/2001 3:36:25 AM PDT · by lavaroise · 21 replies · 380+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 | Steve Montgomery & Steve Farrell
    This is Part 2 in a series on the terrorist threat out of Russia &#0150 a strange ally. Part 1. Politically Correct Butchers of the Twentieth Century Part 2. Russia: Bear Trap Alliance? Part 3. Russia: Ally of U.S. or bin Laden? Part 4. A Model Potemkin Village Part 5. Out of the Rubble - The New SOviet Union Read Part 1 of our look at Terrorist Russia. Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, in his 1835 classic, "Democracy in America," displayed remarkable insight regarding the nature and destiny of Russia, as contrasted with the nature and destiny of the United States. ...
  • Russia Today: 'Lift the skirt’ campaign urges French schoolboys to skip trousers for a day

    05/14/2014 6:03:27 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 84 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 14 May 2014
    Nantes education authorities have launched a 'Lift the Skirt' campaign to support gender equality. Under the campaign, male students and teachers of 27 public schools are invited to wear skirts on May 16, sparking controversy in the western French city. The idea to swap trousers for skirts in a stand against sexism originated from pupils themselves, and was sanctioned by the city's school authorities and therefore by the Ministry of Education, the Local reported. Those who prefer not to bare their legs have the option of wearing a sticker which says, “I am fighting against sexism, are you?” Although the...
  • OPINION: Russia Could Station Missiles in Europe in Response to NATO Moves

    05/08/2014 12:55:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    RiaNovosti ^ | 5-7-2014 | Aleksei Danichev
    Russia could deploy short-range Iskander missiles in the country’s westernmost Kaliningrad region if NATO decides to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe, Lt. Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky told RIA Novosti. “Russia is a nuclear power,” he said. “If NATO becomes more active, we will deploy a division of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad Region,” added Buzhinsky, who previously headed the department of international agreements in the Russian Defense Ministry. US Air Force General Philip Breedlove said Tuesday that NATO will consider permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe following the increased tensions over Ukraine, Reuters reported. “I think this is...
  • War Council in Moscow; CSTO Discusses Action ("Peacekeeping") in Ukraine

    05/08/2014 6:01:27 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    The Interpreter-(Ukraine live blog) ^ | 5-8-2014 | The Interpreter
    On Thursday evening, an informal meeting took place of of the Moscow-led Collective Treaty Security Organization, Lenta.ru reports. President Vladimir Putin and his fellow heads of state from Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan visited a training session on management of the Russian armed forces. The situation in Ukraine was the main topic of the evening. Observers have speculated that Moscow could use the CSTO in some fashion to run a "peace-keeping operation" in the south of Ukraine with the support of allies in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Interpreter has translated an excerpt and will add the rest...
  • Russia orders Ukraine to pre-pay for gas

    05/08/2014 6:29:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Russia ordered crisis-hit Ukraine on Thursday to pay upfront for all its future natural gas deliveries because of billions of dollars in outstanding debts. The largely-anticipated announcement imperils supplies to a large swathe of the European Union because nearly 15 percent of all Russian gas consumed by the 28-nation bloc transits through Ukraine. Ukraine has refused to meet the deadline in protest over Russia's decision to nearly double the price it charges its neighbour for gas imports following the February overthrow of a Kremlin-backed regime in Kiev.
  • Ukrainian Crisis is about Taxes

    05/09/2014 4:04:00 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 9. 2014 | Chriss Street
    The bloody crisis between the pro-Western two thirds of Ukraine and pro-Russian third of the country is about taxes. The recent $17 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan required Ukraine on May 1st to raise taxes and increase natural gas prices by 50%. With about 58% of the Ukraine’s industry in the eastern zone and workers there making about 50% higher wages, the east is paying the majority of the tax increase. Although residential users will not feel pain from the natural gas price increase until fall, eastern heavy industry is feeling the pain immediately. With the corrupt west raising...
  • Pro-Russian Civilians Killed in Mariupol (Ukraine)

    05/09/2014 4:23:17 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 26 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 05/09/2014 | Video
    ***WARNING GRAPHIC VIOLENCE*** Ignore propaganda from both sides. Watch video at link and make up your own opinion. Two more videos from different angles at bottom of post.
  • Russian official delivers petition from Moldova region to join Russia

    05/11/2014 11:55:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Rueters ^ | 5-11-2014 | Gabriela Baczynska
    A senior Russian politician said on Sunday he had brought to Moscow a petition by residents of Moldova's Russian-speaking, breakaway region of Transdniestria backing union with Russia. Dmitry Rogozin's comments will further rattle Moldova, an impoverished former Soviet republic which, like neighboring Ukraine, is seeking closer ties with Europe but faces stiff resistance from Moscow. Transdniestria, which broke from Moldova in 1990, has long sought to join Russia and the West fears the narrow sliver of land on the Dniestr river will be Moscow's next target following its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in March and its support for pro-Russian...
  • Insurgents say Ukraine region opts for sovereignty

    05/11/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 194 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 05-11-2014 | Peter Leonard
    DONETSK, Ukraine -- Ninety percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian insurgents said in announcing preliminary results of a twin referendum that is certain to deepen the turmoil in the country. Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, said around 75 percent of the Donetsk region's 3 million or so eligible voters cast ballots, and the vast majority backed self-rule.
  • Breaking: Gazprom to cut supplies to Ukraine from June (3rd) if no prepayment

    05/12/2014 8:48:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 5-12-2014 | RT
    If Kiev does not pay its gas bills by June 2, exports to Ukraine will be halted the next day, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said. Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev meanwhile urged demanding advanced payment from Kiev as early as Tuesday. Miller told Medvedev on Monday that Gazprom will issue a preliminary June bill to Ukraine’s Naftogaz on May 13. According to Miller, Kiev already owes the company more than $3.5 billion, which compares to Gazprom’s annual gas supply to Poland. “In case Ukraine does not pay for the June supplies, Gazprom will notify the Ukrainian side, before 10am on June...
  • Despite pressure, France won't cancel warship deal with Russia

    05/12/2014 11:17:45 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/2014 | John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau
    PARIS/BAKU (Reuters) - France will press ahead with a 1.2 billion-euro ($1.66 billion) contract to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia because cancelling the deal would do more damage to Paris than to Moscow, French diplomatic sources said on Monday. France's move illustrates the limitations of European Union sanctions meant to punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea and dissuade Moscow from intervening in east Ukraine. The United States has been pressing France, Germany and Britain to take a tougher line against Russia. For France, this would mean at least delaying the Mistral contract. For Britain, closing its mansions and...
  • Anger, confusion in Donetsk after rebel vote

    05/12/2014 6:35:01 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Marion THIBAUT and Max DELANY
    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A day after the people of Donetsk apparently voted overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine, an eerie calm reigned on the streets as people wondered what country they had woken up in. Unlike a similar referendum in the peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, there were no wild celebrations, no sense of joy -- just slight confusion about the future and a lingering anger towards the leaders in Kiev. Taxi driver Dmytro Boyko told AFP as he waited to collect his daughter from school that many in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk were "frightened...
  • White House sidesteps question about French-Russian warship deal

    05/12/2014 7:58:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-12-2014 | Susan Crabtree
    White House spokesman Jay Carney avoided responding directly to a question about France's decision to honor its $1.66 billion contract with Russia for Mistral helicopter carriers and reject pressure from the U.S. and other European leaders to punish Moscow by canceling the deal. Carney on Monday said he didn't have “a specific reaction” to the news of France's decision and continued to emphasize U.S. efforts to work with European partners on a coordinated approach to “escalating the costs to Russia for its approach to the challenges in Ukraine.” SNIP---- In making its decision to follow through with the 2011 deal...
  • Hunter Biden [son of US VP Joe Biden] joins the team of Burisma Holdings [Ukraine gas producer]

    05/12/2014 8:45:51 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 37 replies
    Burisma website ^ | May 12, 2014 | media@burisma.com
    Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, has expand edits Board of Directors by bringing on Mr. R Hunter Biden as a new director. R. Hunter Biden will be in charge of the Holdings’ legal unit and will provide support for the Company among international organizations. On his new appointment, he commented: “Burisma’s track record of innovations and industry leadership in the field of natural gas means that it can be a strong driver of a strong economy in Ukraine. As a new member of the Board, I believe that my assistance in consulting the Company on matters of transparency,...
  • In One Eastern City, Ukrainians Find Battle Hits Too Close to Home

    05/13/2014 2:50:27 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 5 replies
    NYT ^ | May 12, 2014 | C. J. CHIVERS and NOAH SNEIDER
    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Roughly midway through an hourlong gunfight that began just after midnight Sunday, six high-explosive mortar rounds narrowly missed the home of Yevgeny Kharkovsky and his wife, exploding around them on Yuzhnaya Street. One hit a few feet from their home’s east side. Another hit near the south side of the wall of their shed. A third landed on the shed roof. A fourth hit beside a row of beehives. Two more landed in their neighbor’s yard, blasting out windows there and at the next house down. Continue reading the main story Related Coverage Russia Keeps Its Distance...
  • 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
  • The Farce Is Complete: Joe Biden's Son Joins Board Of Largest Ukraine Gas Producer

    05/13/2014 8:54:50 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 5/13/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The farce is complete... "Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, has expanded its Board of Directors by bringing on Mr. R Hunter Biden as a new director. R. Hunter Biden will be in charge of the Holdings’ legal unit and will provide support for the Company among international organizations. On his new appointment, he commented: “Burisma’s track record of innovations and industry leadership in the field of natural gas means that it can be a strong driver of a strong economy in Ukraine. As a new member of the Board, I believe that my assistance in consulting the Company...
  • Moscow to suspend American GPS sites on Russian territory from June

    05/13/2014 3:31:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 20 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-13-2014
    Russia is going to suspend the operation of all American GPS sites on its territory, starting from June 1, said Russia’s deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries. "Starting June 1, we will halt the work of those stations on Russian territory,” Rogozin said. Rogozin pointed out that American GPS ground stations are located in Russia under an agreement that dates back to 1993 and 2001. “Under this agreement there are 11 GPS stations on the territories of 10 [Russian federal] subjects,” he said.
  • RIA Novosti says: Secret Cable Reveals Russia Warned US in 2008 Meddling in Ukraine Could Split Coun

    05/13/2014 9:22:01 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    RIA novosti copied onto Russia List.org Blog ^ | 5-13-2014 | RIA novosti copied onto Russia List.org Blog
    A secret cable released by Wikileaks on Tuesday revealed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Washington as far back as 2008 that US-EU-NATO meddling in Ukraine could split the country in two. “Following a muted first reaction to Ukraine’s intent to seek a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) at the Bucharest summit (ref A), Foreign Minister Lavrov and other senior officials have reiterated strong opposition, stressing that Russia would view further eastward expansion as a potential military threat,” said the 2008 cable classified by William Burns, than US Ambassador to Moscow and currently the US Deputy Secretary of State....
  • China, Russia outrank U.S. when it comes to corporate transparency

    05/14/2014 12:37:49 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 6 replies
    Center for Public Integrity via Yahoo News ^ | May 12, 2014 | Margot Williams
    For journalists and researchers pursuing cross-border and global investigations, access to information on companies is a basic need, but one that is not always easy to fulfill. Unsurprisingly, different jurisdictions have substantially different rules, methods, and levels of public availability of corporate data. But what may be surprising is that countries like China and Russia provide better access to corporate information than the United States and Canada, according to a new report. The Open Data Compass report (and website) was released earlier this month by the UK-based Arachnys Information Services. The report analyzed and ranked 215 countries and territories for...
  • Ankara to Black Sea Turkey and Russia's Age-Old Struggle for Regional Supremacy

    05/14/2014 11:38:58 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | May 12, 2014 | Akin Unver
    The Ottoman Empire’s loss of Crimea to the Russian Empire in 1783 was a turning point in both civilizations’ histories. For the Ottomans, it was the first permanent loss of a major Muslim territory to a Christian power, in this case Catherine the Great’s Russia, which, like President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, had intervened in a Crimean civil war and eventually annexed the peninsula. For the Russians, it was the beginning of their country’s transformation into a global power; through the Black Sea, Russia could sail on the West. From 1783 onward, Moscow used its sea presence to bedevil the Ottomans,...
  • German N-TV Phone Poll Shows 89% Back Putin’s Ukraine Policy

    05/14/2014 8:38:26 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 15 replies
    RIAN ^ | May 13, 2014
    MOSCOW, May 13 (RIA Novosti) – A phone opinion poll conducted by the German TV channel N-TV has yielded a surprise finding that 89 percent of its viewers sympathize with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy on Ukraine. A poll on Russia’s handling of the Ukraine crisis by the Berlin-based N-TV went spectacularly wrong in the channel’s opinion, when the majority of its audience said “yes” to the question “Do you have understanding for Putin’s policy?” The response was indeed so baffling that the poll was wiped off the N-TV home page the same day, but not before some people managed...
  • French Foreign Minister: '500 Days to Avoid Climate Chaos'

    05/14/2014 9:50:22 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 14 May 14 | Jeryl Bier
    Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change. Or, in the words of the foreign minister, "climate chaos." Kerry and Fabius made a joint appearance before their meeting, and the foreign minister warned that only 500 days remained to avoid "climate chaos"[emphasis added]...
  • Iran Adds Flying Boats and Small Copters to Its Aerial Swarms

    04/16/2014 5:59:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    Two thousand years ago, a Roman legion led by Marcus Licinius Crassus was marching toward Persian lands. Iran, ruled by the Partian Empire, was in no position to defeat this massive attack. Ten thousand soldiers under Iranian general Sourena faced an army of 43,000 well-trained, well-equipped and experienced Roman legionnaires. ............................................................ Taking a lesson from history, they plot asymmetric tactics to hit the Americans where they’re most vulnerable. Iran is prepared to send swarms of cheap, disposable craft to confuse and overwhelm the Pentagon’s much more monolithic naval forces.
  • Huntsman a 2016 wild card vs. Hillary?

    04/13/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    All Voices ^ | April 7, 2014 | Bob Brennan, Anchor/Reporter
    The 2,500-seat Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sold out March 31 for an appearance by Jon Huntsman as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. Two days later, Huntsman filled Boston Symphony Hall. Another Huntsman appearance at UCLA later this month is sold out. Without the benefit of incessant media attention some early 2016 prospects have been receiving, Huntsman’s visions and his authentic, inspiring way of conveying them has been attracting, and resonating with, capacity audiences. At the Kimmel Center, Huntsman drew laughs in lowering his hand slowly to the floor, a metaphor for the impact on his 2012 primary...
  • Satellite images reveal Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border

    04/10/2014 10:40:28 AM PDT · by McGruff · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 April 2014 | Leo Cendrowicz
    Nato has released satellite images of the Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s eastern border: a powerful concentration of fighter planes, helicopters, artillery, infantry and special forces which officials say could be ready to move with just 12 hours notice. The images appear to undermine official suggestions from Moscow that there is nothing unusual about the troop movements, nor any reason to be alarmed.
  • Key General Splits With Obama Over Ukraine

    04/11/2014 7:51:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04.11.14 | Hazir Reka
    The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans. Late last month, as the world was still reeling from Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO was warning Congress that Moscow was preparing to make another move. During classified briefings on March 26 and March 27, Gen. Philip Breedlove painted for members of the House Armed Services Committee a bleak picture of Russia’s actions—and warned that the United States was not taking steps it could to help Ukraine better defend...
  • Kiev backpedals on referendums after deadline to stop protest expires

    04/11/2014 9:32:51 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 61 replies
    RT ^ | 4-112014 | RT
    Just after a deadline set by Kiev for protesters in eastern Ukraine to vacate seized buildings expired, Parliament-appointed PM Arseny Yatsenyuk pledged to push through a law allowing regional referendums in the country. Holding referendums on the status of their respective regions was among the main demands posed by anti-Maidan activists, who have taken over a number of governmental buildings in eastern Ukraine this week. Ukrainian law currently does not allow regions to hold referendums separately from the rest of the country. It was one of the main arguments Kiev voiced in declaring illegal last month’s referendum in Crimea, which...
  • Pro-Kremlin viral video portrays Ukraine invading Russia

    04/10/2014 12:48:26 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | April 09, 2014 | Cristina Corbin
    A propaganda video that has gone viral through Russian social media appears to turn reality on its head -- painting Russians as rag-tag insurgents fending off an invasion from a fascist Ukrainian Army. The unusually slick video, which has more than 500,000 YouTube views, appears to show exactly the opposite of what the world has witnessed in recent weeks.
  • DEVELOPING: Possible Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

    04/11/2014 1:47:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 4-11-2014 | James Miller
    There are reports of a possible chemical weapons attack in at least one area of Syria, but possibly more. Below we will be analyzing the information as it comes in. 2034 GMT: A potentially very important video. This claims to have been taken this evening in Kafr Zita, and it is uploaded by a channel that has posted videos nearly exclusively from Kafr Zita. It claims to show a helicopter dropping a barrel bomb filled with the chemical weapons. SNIP- Just today, the Local Coordination Committees reported that five people were killed in Harasta and several more were injured in...
  • Putin's Brave New Russia

    04/10/2014 8:33:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | Mar. 17 2014 | Victor Davidoff
    Trouble, even when expected, can come at unexpected times. For many months, Russians have expected that authorities would begin to block Internet sites that publish opinions from opposition leaders, activists and supporters. But when a number of sites were blocked on Thursday morning, it was like a bolt out of the blue. The Federal Mass Media Inspection Service blocked access to the website of the Ekho Moskvy radio, the online publications Ej.ru, Grani.ru and Kasparov.ru, the homepage of world chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov. The legal justification was the so-called Lugovoi law, named after its author, State Duma Deputy Andrei Lugovoi....
  • Russian channels caught lying

    04/11/2014 6:00:17 AM PDT · by Agog · 36 replies
    Human Rights in Ukraine ^ | 04/11/2014 | Halya Coynash
    Despite the vast amounts Russia is spending on anti-Ukrainian propaganda, the TV channels Rossiya 1 and NTV skimped on actors – and got caught. Rossiya 1 shows a person they call Andriy Petkov and call him a supporter of federalism who was beaten up by “radicals”. NTV shows the same man, even adds a caption with the same name, yet has a quite different story, Petkov, they claim, was certainly injured, but is himself a “mercenary” who has made a “sensational confession” – that he, a resident of Germany brought 50 people, “all residents of Western Europe” to Ukraine to...
  • White House denies presence of US mercenaries in southeastern Ukraine

    04/09/2014 11:32:59 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 9, 2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    U.S. mercenaries are not involved in suppressing riots in southeastern Ukraine, the White House said on Tuesday, citing the Greystone private military organization. "I would point you to what the company [Greystone] itself has said in the past, which is that this is not true," White House press secretary Jay Carney said at a press conference.