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  • A Deal With Two Devils - Russia and Iran

    11/18/2014 8:31:10 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    usnews.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Lawrence J. Haas
    Nothing better showcases Washington’s confusion over foreign policy than the idea that – as part of a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal – Iran would ship much or all of its enriched uranium to Russia, and Russia would then process it for Iranian civilian usage. Were the U.S.-led “P5+1” negotiators (the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany) to reach a deal with Iran with this provision, the United States would subjugate its national security and that of its allies to two U.S. adversaries, both of which are undermining U.S. interests around the world. In addition, Washington would further legitimize Tehran...
  • Ukraine is preparing for military assault on the east, Russian foreign minister says

    11/19/2014 1:53:17 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 19 Nov 2014
    A new axis has formed. It is so colossal, the world really could almost spin on it. The Trumpet magazine and its predecessor have forecast it for more than five decades, but now the world is catching on to this undeniable trend—and realizing the huge implications. The types of headlines that would have seemed strange 50 or 15 or even five years ago have now become commonplace: “Time to Take the Russia-China Axis Seriously” (Diplomat, November 4), “Putin Accelerates Turn to China” (Courcy’s Intelligence, November 7), “Why Chinese-Russian Friendship Is Here to Stay” (Foreign Affairs, October 29). We’ve been looking for...
  • The Russia-China Axis is Here and It's Changing the World

    11/19/2014 1:53:17 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 4 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 19 Nov 2014
    A new axis has formed. It is so colossal, the world really could almost spin on it. The Trumpet magazine and its predecessor have forecast it for more than five decades, but now the world is catching on to this undeniable trend—and realizing the huge implications. The types of headlines that would have seemed strange 50 or 15 or even five years ago have now become commonplace: “Time to Take the Russia-China Axis Seriously” (Diplomat, November 4), “Putin Accelerates Turn to China” (Courcy’s Intelligence, November 7), “Why Chinese-Russian Friendship Is Here to Stay” (Foreign Affairs, October 29). We’ve been looking for...
  • Is Hungary The Next Ukraine? Protests Show Country Ripe For Conflict Between Russia And Europe

    11/19/2014 12:15:10 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 15 replies
    IBT ^ | November 18 2014 4:40 PM | Dennis Lynch
    A protest movement in Hungary over corruption and an increasingly pro-Russian leadership broke out this week,raising questions about whether the former communist nation is on the verge of becoming the next Ukraine. Hungary is more stable than Ukraine, which has been besieged by sectarian conflict for months, and seems less likely to fall into violent conflict,but growing anti-government demonstrations could become another battleground between Europe and Russia. The wave of Hungarian protests is focused on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s increasingly pro-Russian governance. Many shouted “Europe,Europe!” at Monday’s “Public Outrage Day” protest and one protester told AFP demonstrators "don’t want...
  • I Just Spent 7 Days Watching Only Russian News And Reading Pravda — Here's What I Learned

    11/19/2014 1:40:41 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 41 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Nov. 18, 2014 | Vitaliy Katsenelson
    <p>I grew up hating America. I lived in the Soviet Union and was a child of the cold war. That hate went away in 1989, though, when the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war ended. By the time I left Russia in 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed, America was a country that Russians looked up to and wanted to emulate.</p>
  • Mogherini makes light of leaked EU paper on Israel sanctions

    11/18/2014 8:32:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    EUObserver ^ | Today @ 09:28 | http://euobserver.com/foreign/126558
    BRUSSELS - Europe’s new foreign relations chief has denied the EU is in talks on Israel sanctions, despite a leaked paper on the issue. Federica Mogherini, who chaired her first foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday (17 November), told press the leaked paper is a “technical working hypothesis” which “member states requested” when her predecessor was in office. She added: “It is not at the heart of today’s discussions on how to start a positive process with the Israelis and Palestinians. There’s currently no question of sanctioning anybody. The question is rather how to motivate people to … restart...
  • Russia says in talks with Venezuela over countering oil price falls

    11/18/2014 11:19:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 18, 2014 | by Denis Dyomkin
    Russia and Venezuela discussed joint action to combat falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez the day before. Asked if the two discussed joint moves to counteract the oil price falls, Novak told reporters: "Yes, there is such an initiative. We discussed this theme and now we are working out those proposals on our side."
  • Ukraine crisis: Russia demands guarantees from Nato

    11/19/2014 5:02:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 November 2014 Last updated at 15:56 ET | BBC
    Russia has called for "a 100% guarantee that no-one would think about Ukraine joining Nato", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has told the BBC.
  • Ukraine Admits Its Gold Is Gone: "There Is Almost No Gold Left In The Central Bank Vault"

    11/18/2014 9:38:20 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-18-2014 | Durden
    We reported of a strange incident that took place just after the Ukraine presidential coup, namely that .... "in a mysterious operation under the cover of night, Ukraine's gold reserves were promptly loaded onboard an unmarked plane, which subsequently took the gold to the US." "at 2:00 am, a transport plane took off took off from Boryspil airport. According to Boryspil staff, prior to the plane's appearance, four trucks and two cargo minibuses arrived at the airport all with their license plates missing. Fifteen people .... stepped out, some armed with machine guns. These people loaded the plane with more...
  • Zhirinovsky: Kiev regime is repeating Serbia’s steps

    11/17/2014 1:33:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    inserbia.info ^ | November 17, 2014
    MOSCOW – The head of the populist-nationalist Russian LDPR party has warned that the Kiev regime is repeating Serbia’s steps of 1914 and could lead Europe to the start of a new World War. “Serbia’s moves against Austro-Hungary provoked the First World War and today history is repeating itself,” Vladimir Zhirinovsky said in a statement published on the LDPR website on Monday. “Through its current actions Ukraine is leading Europe towards a Third World War. Unfortunately, it is going to happen, and Ukraine is an instigator of this Third World War,” he added. According to the Russian nationalist leader Poland...
  • Coal takes the spotlight in Ukraine’s energy woes

    11/17/2014 11:14:13 AM PST · by mac_truck · 2 replies
    InterFax Natural Gas Daily ^ | Nov17 2014 | WildCat
    Ukraine’s troubles with Russian gas imports have been grabbing headlines for years, but a new area of concern has come to the fore in the country’s energy sector following the cancellation of imports of South African coal. UK-registered Steel Mont Trading (SML) has said it will stop supplying coal from South Africa to Ukrinterenergo, Ukraine’s state energy trading company, according to an announcement by Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Prodan at a cabinet meeting in Kiev on 12 November. Rajesh Kumar Saraiya, a member of SML’s board of directors, told Bloomberg it was because the company did not...
  • Moscow’s Many Misdirections

    11/17/2014 10:34:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | John Thompson
    Nature of a regime that is heir to a tradition of misdirection and deception When Putin met Harper at the G-20 this week, it is said that the Russian leader insisted to the Canadian Prime Minister that there were no Russian troops in the Ukraine. Last week also saw a Moscow television station insisting they had dramatic footage proving that the MH-17 flight downed over the Ukraine last July was actually shot down by a Ukrainian fighter plane; and not by a drunken Cossack in command of a Russian SAM battery. Ah, Russia… some things just never change. Russia is...
  • Canada’s Harper to Putin: ‘I guess I’ll shake your hand, but you need to get out of Ukraine’

    11/17/2014 10:32:52 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | Dan Calabrese
    O Canada! Canada's Harper to Putin: 'I guess I'll shake your hand, but you need to get out of Ukraine' Quite the contrast from when Obama ran into him in China last week, Canada’s Stephen Harper apparently has no hesitation about letting it be known what he and his country think of Vladimir Putin’s aggression toward Ukraine: Harper spokesman Jason MacDonald told Canadian reporters Harper had been chatting with a handful of other leaders when Putin entered the room. Putin approached Harper and stuck out his hand to shake the Canadian prime minister’s, said MacDonald.
  • Kadyrov's Photo of Islamic State Militant's Corpse Revealed as Fake

    11/15/2014 8:38:19 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | November 14, 2014
    A day after proclaiming the death of Islamic State commander Tarkhan Batirashvili on his Instagram account, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has apparently backtracked, having deleted both the claim and the photograph used to substantiate it. The news of the death of Batirashvili, better known as Omar "the Chechen" al-Shishani, was taken with a grain of salt by many observers, who said Kadyrov had been known for making such claims in the past with other Islamic extremists only to be proven wrong. In 2013, Kadyrov had repeatedly proclaimed the death of Doku Umarov, the leader of the Caucasus Emirate — announcements...
  • Crimea, Chechnya and Putin's Double Standards

    11/16/2014 12:22:43 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | Andrew Foxall
    In his speech at last month's annual Valdai Club meeting, President Vladimir Putin accused the West of "double standards" in Ukraine. This is nothing new. Putin has habitually spoken of the West's double standards since he first came to power. Those wishing to understand Putin's linguistic gymnastics should look up "whataboutism." The term emerged at the height of the Cold War and described a favorite tactic of Soviet propagandists — the tendency to deflect any criticism of the Soviet Union by saying "what about" a different situation or problem in the West. As Putin's language suggests, the practice is alive...
  • On anniversary of toppling Moscow's rule, Czechs fear back-sliding

    11/16/2014 5:48:26 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:06am GMT | Jan Lopatka
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs who helped bring about the "Velvet Revolution" that overthrew Kremlin-backed Communist rule are marking the 25th anniversary this week by accusing the country's present-day leaders of once again cosying up to Russia.
  • Poles, Russians expel diplomats in spying scandal

    11/17/2014 6:49:50 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | November 17, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    WARSAW, Poland – Russia says it has expelled several Polish diplomats in response to Poland's recent expulsion of Russians suspected of espionage. The tit-for-tat moves come as Poland and the Czech Republic say they have detected intensified efforts by Moscow's intelligence services to extend their influence in their countries.
  • UKRAINE: The first territory of "LC" began to separate from the "republic" back to Ukraine!

    11/16/2014 12:15:57 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    http://elise.com.ua/?p=56682 ^ | November 16, 2014
    First territory of the "LNR" started moving away from the "Republic" back to the Ukraine! KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA of Sverdlovsk and Chervonopartyzansk are not subject to the LNR. Such a statement at today's meeting of the inhabitants of ÄŚervonopartizanska (Sverdlovsk region) made by "Commandant" of Denis Ponizovnyj. According to him, the Sverdlovsk militia do not obey "neither LNR or the New Russia," writes informator.lg.ua. As previously reported, on November 16 in Chervonopartyzansk resident of the city was organized by the People's Assembly, which discussed the current situation in the city. Recall also that the most active speaker "Commandant" of...
  • Kiev Effectively Cedes East Ukraine to Separatists;...

    11/17/2014 7:08:05 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 2 replies
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 11/16/2014 | Mish Shedlock
    Last week, the government in Ukraine cut off pensions benefits to residents of rebel-held areas until such time as these areas return to Ukrainian control. Yesterday, in yet another scorched-earth policy move, president Petro Poroshenko announced Ukraine Rebel Areas to Lose State Services. Ukraine's president has ordered the withdrawal of all state services, including funding for hospitals and schools, from rebel-held areas. Mr Poroshenko's ruling says all state companies and institutions should end their work in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions within a week. It also says Ukraine's central bank is to close down all banking services - including card...
  • Vladimir Putin’s plan: He took Crimea. He’s taunting NATO. What will Russia’s president do next?

    11/16/2014 7:37:22 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    nationalpost.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | Joseph Brean
    In September a Russian plane buzzed a Canadian warship in the Black Sea during Russian combat training near the Crimean port of Sevastopol, coming within 300 metres and causing the HMCS Toronto to lock its radar on the plane in anticipation of firing in self defence. Russia has denied the flight was provocative, and said it was routine. Other airspace incursions have been noted over the Arctic, where Russia and Canada have disputed claims to energy resources. These are not merely exercises in international airspace or waters, but rather they are provocations, “almost an invitation to an accident,” said Aurel...
  • Ukraine crisis: Petro Poroshenko says country is 'ready for total war' with Russia

    11/16/2014 1:47:56 PM PST · by McGruff · 71 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | 11/16/2014
    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko claimed his country was "prepared for total war" as fighting continued around the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Fresh volleys of artillery fire were heard across many parts of Donetsk yesterday (local time), fuelling fears of a military build-up amongst rebel forces
  • UKRAINE Lugansk: idiot * wake up. ... The first riots in Lugansk of a hungry "Russian world"

    11/16/2014 11:45:46 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    1411545456_1Glavar′ in Červonopartizanske (Sverdlovsk region) afraid of awkward questions from residents of the city. "Commandant" of Denis Ponizovnyj during today's procedure, called town meetings to "reassure" the most active speaker. The infomator.lg.ua reported by eyewitnesses. "A woman came up to the microphone, said that her name is Irina Bondarenko, a machinist at the mine "Červonopartizanskoj" (JSC "dtek is sverdlovanthracite. — Ed.) Asked to remember her name, if its something were to happen and ask questions," recalls one eyewitness. According to him, she asked about the militants promised soup kitchens for the poor residents of the city, moreover, specifically when will...
  • Why the Germans forgive the Russian behaviour

    11/16/2014 6:06:53 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    Die Welt ^ | Jacques Schuster
    In the East Ukraine the fights become more violent again. President Vladimir Putin of Russia is trying to brings down the West. Many Germans are still on his side – partly from a bad tradition. It is strange how strongly the Russian picture in the Germans is marked by the fantasy and projection and how little it deals with the reality. There the respect comes, maybe even the fear of the size of the Russian empire and the raw language of her politics. The power-deprived Germans are afraid to project power and forgot the words of the real politics. These...
  • Harper vs Putin

    The G20 thread got me thinking of this from earlier i the year... Prime Minister of Canada spoke in favour of building a monument in Canada to remember the victims of communism. "100 million died because of it"...read here
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 5:59:10 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 14. Nov 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Russian state TV has broadcast what it claimed to be a photo of the moment Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. But many commentators dismissed the image as a "crude fake". Late on 14 November, Russia's state-controlled Channel One TV broadcast what appeared to be a satellite photo of a passenger plane and a jet fighter in the skies above Donetsk, a separatist stronghold in Ukraine. It was, the report said, the moment the Ukrainian jet fired a missile at MH17.
  • Canada's Stephen Harper to Putin at G20 Meeting: Get out of Ukraine

    11/15/2014 5:35:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Glenn Reynolds refers to this as “smart diplomacy – the real thing,” but it’s based on the very dumb diplomacy rolled out by Vladimir Putin over the past year. Brisbane, Australia hosts the G-20 meeting this week, and Putin decided to make a point by sending a war flotilla of the Russian navy to the waters north of Australia, in order to make the point that, er … he’s a reasonable guy, or something: But it was clear that Putin’s actions over the past few days were top of mind for the leaders.Abbott lashed out at the Russian leader...
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • Jens Stoltenberg: the new man at Nato who must stand up to Putin and his tanks

    11/15/2014 2:06:11 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 15, 2014 | David Blair
    Outside Nato’s headquarters in Brussels, the national flags of 28 member states fly in a proud circle. Even after decades of defence cuts, these countries still account for 58 per cent of global military spending, giving Nato more firepower than any other alliance on Earth. Yet if Nato is a giant, it has often seemed a sleeping one - at least since the Cold War ended in a bloodless victory over two decades ago. With Russian troops on the march in Ukraine, however, the task of reawakening the Nato giant to face a new crisis has fallen to Jens Stoltenberg,...
  • Hillary Clinton seeks third-party opponent

    11/15/2014 6:33:51 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 87 replies
    NY Post ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | Richard Johnson
    Hillary Clinton has a sneaky plan to become the next president — get a conservative third-party candidate in the race to draw votes away from the Republican nominee. Clinton campaign strategists have concluded Hillary will easily be nominated in 2016, but cannot win the general election in a head-to-head matchup, Richard Turley reports on orbmagazine.com. “They are reaching out to Wall Street allies to do ‘black-ops’ funding for a run by Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum or Herman Cain,” a source told Orb. Hillary’s approval rating is stuck at 43 percent, not enough to win a two-person race for president.
  • MH17: Source of the Separatists' Buk; A Bellingcat Investigation

    11/10/2014 4:03:27 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Bellingcat ^ | N.D. | Bellingcat MH17 Investigation Team
    It is the opinion of the Bellingcat MH17 investigation team that there is undeniable evidence that separatists in Ukraine were in control of a Buk missile launcher on July 17th and transported it from Donetsk to Snizhne on a transporter. The Buk missile launcher was unloaded in Snizhne approximately three hours before the downing of MH17 and was later filmed minus one missile driving through separatist-controlled Luhansk. The Bellingcat MH17 investigation team also believes the same Buk was part of a convoy travelling from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade in Kursk to near the Ukrainian border as part of a...
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 7:09:12 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Several commentators pointed out that the "Malaysia" logo on the plane from the photograph was in the wrong place. Maksim Kats, a Russian blogger, said the plane in the picture looked like a slightly altered version of the one that tops the search results if you Google "Boeing view from above" in Russian. It also happens to be a publicity photo of a Boeing 767, not a 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in July. Others noted that the fighter jet looked different from an Su-25 - the type which the Russian media had consistently claimed shot down MH17....
  • Russia: Putin Is Hoarding Gold and Rattling Sabers--What’s He Up to Now?

    11/15/2014 7:47:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Rob Garver
    Putin Is Hoarding Gold and Rattling Sabers--What’s He Up to Now? By Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times November 14, 2014 The Russian government has spent the last few days giving the world a lot more to worry about. From moving more tanks into Ukraine, to transferring nuclear weapons-capable units to Crimea, to announcing that it will start flying long-range bombers over the Gulf of Mexico, the Kremlin hasn’t exactly been a stabilizing force in global affairs for the past few days. Then, there’s this: It turns out that in addition to invading neighbors and taking an increasingly belligerent global posture,...
  • Stephen Harper at G20 tells Vladimir Putin to 'get out of Ukraine'

    11/15/2014 6:17:07 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | November 15, 2014
    Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to "get out of Ukraine" in a dustup at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper's spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders' retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: "I guess I'll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine." According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively. He didn't provide...
  • Harper tells Putin to ‘get out of Ukraine’ at G20 in Australia

    11/15/2014 4:50:34 AM PST · by xp38 · 21 replies
    680 News ^ | November 15 2014 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to “get out of Ukraine” in a dust-up at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders’ retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.” According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively. He didn’t provide...
  • Abandon democracy, supporter tells Putin

    11/14/2014 9:18:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 15, 2014
    A man accused of travelling to Ukraine to recruit support for pro-Russian rebels has led a G20 rally calling for the end of democracy in Russia. About 30 Australian Cossacks, surrounded by almost as many police, marched through Brisbane's South Bank on Saturday, declaring their support for their "steel ruler", Russian President Vladimir Putin. The group's leader, Simeon Boikov, reportedly travelled to the Ukraine this year in support of pro-Russian rebels and bragged on his Facebook page about entering the war zone. Mr Boikov denied the media reports and said he was seeking defamation action. "They've blamed everybody on the...
  • Putin wages information war in Ukraine worthy of George Orwell

    11/14/2014 8:58:19 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Lucian Kim
    President Vladimir Putin sees his country in an “information war” with the West. The underlying assumption is that Western media organizations are linked in a vast conspiracy to defame and undermine Russia, so the Kremlin has no choice but to reply in kind. Since the beginning of the month, Russia’s state media holding Rossiya Segodnya has launched an international news agency, called Sputnik, as well as RT Deutsch, a German-language version of broadcaster Russia Today. U.S. General Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe attends official welcoming ceremony in SofiaThe purpose of the media offensive isn’t so much to present...
  • Ukraine and Russia: The present and the future

    11/14/2014 3:27:13 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    http://ukropnews.com ^ | 14 November 2014
    The RUSSIAN FEDERATION has organized local conflicts and separatist riots in the territories of neighbouring States, contributed to the formation of the "rebels" territories "psevdogosudarstvennyh formations", areas under its control, in Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia... In 2014, Russia decided to direct aggression was illegally annexed part of the territory of Ukraine, joined to the Crimea, and organized a separatist military rebellions in Eastern Ukraine. And while neither the Russian Federation nor the leadership of Ukraine has not officially called these acts of war, however, the Ukrainian society, in contrast to state their husbands are, in fact, for participation in hostilities,...
  • Ukraine's Economy: Worse to Come

    11/15/2014 10:31:05 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    The Economist ^ | Nov 15th 2014
    The swooning economy is in desperate need of investment NINA KULIKOVA hid in her bathtub and cried when the war neared her home this summer in Sloviansk, a city in eastern Ukraine. A shell hit a neighbouring stairwell, shattering her windows and punching a crater in the middle of her apartment block. No one has come to rebuild 4 Bulvarnaya Street. Ms Kulikova has nowhere to go. Meanwhile, the prices of food, medicine and utilities have all spiked. Her husband collects bottles and cartons for recycling to make ends meet. A year of revolution and war has taken a grim...
  • David Cameron compares Russia to Nazi Germany on eve of Putin meeting

    11/14/2014 11:59:36 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 14, 2014 | Steven Swinford
    David Cameron has compared Russia to Nazi Germany because of its actions in Ukraine on the eve of a tense meeting with Vladimir Putin. Mr Cameron will on Saturday night challenge Mr Putin about Russia’s continued acts of aggression in Ukraine as it supplies heavy weapons and tanks to the separatists. In a reference to World War II, Mr Cameron said that the world must “learn the lessons of history” and intervene to stop “a larger state bullying a smaller state”. He said: "Russian action in Ukraine is unacceptable. We have to be clear about what we are dealing with....
  • Russian Bear is Roaring Again

    11/15/2014 8:35:12 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 112 replies
    texasgopvote.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Ted Poe
    While the eyes of the world are on ISIS, the Russian bear has quietly come out of hibernation. Putin is back after a brief hiatus, seeking to devour his neighbors and reclaim his kingdom while once again sending covert henchmen into eastern Ukraine. The Napoleon of Siberia is systematically trying to reestablish imperial Russia with him as the czar. According to U.S. General Phillip Breedlove, recently, “new Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems, and Russian combat troops have entered eastern Ukraine.” News reports indicate five of the trucks were towing 120-millimeter howitzer artillery pieces, and another five were...
  • What Putin learned when the Berlin Wall fell

    11/15/2014 8:07:53 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | November 14, 2014
    This year, several Russian lawmakers called for an investigation against Mr. Gorbachev, charging him with having caused the collapse of the Soviet Union. To accuse someone of having brought about the end of a state responsible for the murder of millions, the imprisonment of tens of millions and the oppression of hundreds of millions is a bit like accusing someone of having brought down Nazism. But the people who run post-Soviet Russia don’t see it that way. Mr. Putin saw a regime – the regime he served – unwilling to maintain power by force. Unlike the Chinese communists, who in...
  • Is this the moment MH17 was shot down as it flew over Ukraine? Russia state broadcaster produces

    11/14/2014 11:55:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 14, 2014 | Will Stewart
    Russian experts have claimed Malaysian Boeing MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian warplane and not a ground to air missile. This follows the release of 'leaked' satellite images which show a missile streaking towards the passenger plane, produced tonight by Russia's main state broadcaster. It was claimed that the space pictures were from a British or US satellite.
  • Ukrainian Jews Say Anti-Semitism Being Overhyped by Moscow

    11/14/2014 1:37:12 AM PST · by free_life · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Ukrainian Jewish leaders claim anti-Semitism is much worse in France and even UK, suggest Russia playing it up as a political ploy. Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Ukraine, Russian officials have insisted over the past several months - but local Jewish leaders say that life for Ukrainian Jewry is actually "safer and easier" than in the West. Shmuel Kaminetsky, a rabbi in Dnipropetrovsk, noted that anti-Semitism in Ukraine is much lighter than in Britain or France, where the threat of radical Islam is palpable. The VAAD has stepped up its public campaign to dismiss rumors of rampant anti-Semitism in...
  • Specter of 'Russian Taliban' Looms in Ukraine

    11/13/2014 8:56:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 41 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | November 05 2014 | Alexey Eremenko
    Women in Ukraine's separatist-held Luhansk region will be arrested if they are seen in cafes, an insurgent warlord has said. "A woman should be the keeper of the hearth, a mother," Wraith Brigade commander Alexei Mozgovoi says in a video recently posted on YouTube. "If you want to be true and faithful to your husband, stay home and do your stitching." This and other radical activity by the separatists have stoked fears that they are on track to becoming "Russia's Taliban." Such a transformation would spell further trouble for the rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine, which is teetering on the...
  • Serheyev: Russia Deployed 200 Tanks And 190 Aircraft On Border With Ukraine

    11/13/2014 6:57:38 AM PST · by Fennie · 44 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | November 13, 2014
    Russia has deployed 200 tanks, 1,600 vehicles, 640 artillery units, 191 aircraft and 121 combat helicopters on the border with Ukraine. Ukraine's envoy to the UN Yuriy Serheyev said this at an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, ukr. media reported.
  • White Widow terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite who was married to 7/7 bomber is 'killed by sniper in

    11/12/2014 9:39:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 12, 2014 | Will Stewart
    A British woman terrorist suspect dubbed the 'White Widow' has been killed in Ukraine, it was claimed on Wednesday. Samantha Lewthwaite, 30, was gunned down by a Russian sniper two weeks ago, alleged Regnum news agency in Moscow. One of Britain's most wanted people, she was reported last month as fighting for the Islamic State's terrorists in Syria. The extraordinary Russian claim could not be verified last night.
  • Hard Ukraine bargaining leaves sour taste for some in EU

    11/10/2014 12:31:32 PM PST · by McGruff · 9 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Nov 9, 2014 | Alastair Macdonald
    Seeing its gold-spangled blue flag flown on the barricades of Kiev thrilled the European Union, reviving its self-image as a beacon of democracy at a time of growing doubt and economic gloom. But nearly a year on from the first "EuroMaidan" protests that would topple the pro-Moscow president who had spurned an EU trade deal, some in Brussels are disillusioned by the experience of helping Ukraine. EU generosity in waiving import duties and funding gas supplies from Russia may be being abused, they say.
  • The Kremlin's Troll Army

    11/08/2014 6:31:17 AM PST · by kulthur
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | August 11, 2014 | Daisy Sindelar
    The “most expensive election in history.” Our democracy is being “bought and sold.” This election, “debased by money, shames us all.” These are some of the recent expressions of outrage about what the Center for Responsive Politicsestimates to have been $3.67 billion spent for federal offices during the 2014 midterms. Two days before the election on “Face the Nation,” CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked viewers to name one item whose costs have gone up as much over time as campaigns. That’s easy. While campaign spending soared to $3.67 billion this year from $1.6 billion in 1998, federal government spending rose 5%...
  • Russian hackers’ ‘Trojan Horse’ malware inside U.S. critical infrastructure since 2011

    11/08/2014 3:46:00 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 7, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    A Russian hacking campaign against U.S. critical infrastructure has gone on since 2011 and puts hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk. Much of the nation’s critical infrastructure has been compromised by a “Trojan Horse” malware program, which puts everything from nuclear power plants to power grids at risk, national security sources toldABC News on Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security also released a bulletin on the “BlackEnergy” malware, which is connected to Russia’s “Sandworm Team.” In October it was revealed that Russian Sandworm hackers spied on NATO, Ukraine and the European Union since 2009 by taking advantage of a...
  • Ukrainian Artist Updates WWII 'Pin-up Girl' Poster Art Theme for Today's War with Kremlin...

    11/08/2014 3:27:52 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 November 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Russia has now directly invaded Ukraine-  yet underdog Kiev remains spirited in defiance  As the battle in the east rages, a Ukrainian artist -who's conveniently from a country blessed with some of the most beautiful models in the world- has gone to the  tried-and-true method of buoying soldiers' morale, the pin-up girl...  'SEPARATISM is Bad for Your Health'