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  • Ted Cruz: The Most Hawkish of Them All?

    12/03/2014 5:25:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 Blog ^ | December 3, 2014 | David Catanese
    The nation’s foreign policy is “a manifest disaster.” Its approach to cutting a deal with Iran on nuclear development is “catastrophically reckless.” Its policy on assisting Ukraine in its conflict with Russia is “incoherent.” This White House is home to the “most hostile administration to Israel in modern times.” That’s Sen. Ted Cruz’s scathing assessment of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, a blistering critique that is positioning him as the most blazingly hawkish Republican to potentially run for president in 2016. He also tellingly dubbed it “the Obama-Clinton foreign policy,” a subtle hint that he’d lob much of the same...
  • What Putin learned when the Berlin Wall fell

    11/15/2014 8:07:53 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | 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...
  • Ukraine far right battles police at parliament in Kiev

    10/14/2014 1:07:40 PM PDT · by DTA · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 2014-10-14
    Ukrainian nationalists have hurled smoke canisters and stones at riot police during clashes outside the parliament in Kiev. Violence erupted when the protesters demanded that MPs pass a law to recognise a World War Two nationalist group which opposed Soviet forces. Fifteen policemen were injured and at least 50 protesters had been arrested, the Ukrainian interior ministry said.
  • Kremlin-backed news agency rolls out controversial American ads

    10/10/2014 11:21:17 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies ^ | October 10, 2014 | JESSICA MURPHY
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Kremlin-backed Russia Today news network has rolled out a provocative ad campaign that takes a sharp poke at U.S. media and the U.S. decision to invade Iraq in 2003. The pitch is aimed at convincing Americans of the merits of Russia Today - or RT - as an alternate news source to U.S. networks. Featuring a stylized image of former U.S Secretary of State Colin Powell at the United Nations, one ad reads: "This is what happens when there is no second opinion. Iraq War: No WMDs. 141, 802 civilian deaths." The campaign includes two other...
  • For the first time, Russia has more deployed nuclear warheads than U.S.

    10/02/2014 10:52:26 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 74 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department. Russia now has 1,643 warheads deployed on intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers. The United States has 1,642, said the fact sheet released Wednesday.
  • Putin’s former aide: Russia has been preparing for global war since 2003

    09/27/2014 8:21:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 92 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014
    People in the Baltic states cannot feel secure. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan he has been working on for over a decade. So says former adviser to President Putin, Andrey Illarionov. Giving a presentation at a conference in Palanga, Lithuania, Illarionov, who advised Putin on economic policy in 2000-2005, referred to a question that was raised in the recent Riga Conference 2014: Can people in Riga sleep peacefully at night? “The same question could be raised in Tallinn, Vilnius, Palanga, Bucharest and other cities. No one in Riga could reply to it in the positive,” Illarionov said. “From...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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 ^ | April 30, 2014
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ^ | 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 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...
  • Russian Subs Patrolling Off East Coast of U.S.

    08/04/2009 3:04:17 PM PDT · by Saint Reagan · 191 replies · 9,422+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 4, 2009 | Mark Mazzetti & Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — A pair of nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines has been patrolling off the eastern seaboard of the United States over recent days, a rare mission that has raised concerns inside the Pentagon and intelligence agencies about a more assertive stance by the Russian military. The episode has echoes of the cold war era, when the United States and the Soviet Union regularly parked submarines off each other’s coasts to steal military secrets, track the movements of their underwater fleets — and be poised for war. But the collapse of the Soviet Union all but eliminated the ability of the...
  • Russian History 2.0: Kremlin Wants to 'Correct' the Record (Illegal to Compare Soviets to Nazis)

    05/21/2009 2:43:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 742+ views
    A proposed law could make comparing Soviet rule with that of the Nazis a crime. Intellectuals fear a manipulation of Russia’s past.A bitter joke from the Soviet-era has it that Russia is the world's only country with an unpredictable past. That jibe has come winging back in recent days, after the Kremlin announced the creation of a special 28-member panel tasked with examining and combating examples of "historical revisionism" that harm Russia's image. The committee, which has no legal power, is chaired by the head of President Dmitry Medvedev's administration, Sergei Naryshkin, and includes a sprinkling of historians but also...
  • 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...
  • Stalin Proves Resilient In Popularity Contest

    09/25/2008 5:11:09 AM PDT · by workerbee · 14 replies · 367+ views
    WSJ ^ | 9.25.08 | Andrew Osborn
    MOSCOW -- No matter how powerful the Russian government may appear nowadays, it hasn't been able to quell nostalgia for some of the country's most brutal leaders. Dictator Josef Stalin made the final cut Wednesday in a Kremlin-backed contest to identify Russia's most significant historical figure, though he was stripped of almost one million votes organizers called "illegal." The "Name of Russia" contest is part of a broad effort by the Kremlin and state media to strengthen national pride, drawing on Russia's Soviet and Czarist past. But the campaign has turned into a political minefield.
  • Lib Logic: US Invasion Bad -- Russian Invasion OK

    08/11/2008 8:16:28 AM PDT · by foutsc · 14 replies · 269+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 11 Aug 08 | foutsc
    I remember back a few years seeing Free Tibet bumper stickers on progressive Saabs and hippie VWs. Tibet is still in China's clutches, Russia is busy slapping around it's former vassal states, but the world is focused on the supposed crimes of George Bush. I can understand the argument that we never should have invaded Iraq, although I think that point is now moot. I can also understand those who think war is wrong and who insist that might doesn't make right. What I can't understand is those on the left who criminalize the Iraq invasion but see nothing wrong...
  • Gorbachev Decries Presidential Candidates' 'Cold War'-Style Military Spending Plans

    07/10/2008 10:20:14 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 114+ views ^ | July 8, 2008 | Glenn Kessler
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev today called on U.S. presidential candidates to develop alternatives to the use of military power, decrying what he called "increasingly visible signs of the militarization of politics and thinking in the modern world ... even though the military route again and again leads to a dead-end." Writing in the the Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Gorbachev said the Bush administration has shown a tendency to "seek to address these problems primarily through threats and pressure. Will the candidates develop an alternative approach to these most crucial problems? This is now the main question." RIA Novosti,...
  • Russia's Putin tightens grip on power

    05/16/2008 3:54:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 68+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 16, 2008 | Oleg Shchedrov
    MOSCOW - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has created an inner cabinet of key ministers that will meet weekly, further strengthening his grip over Russia's levers of power. The new forum mimics a format used by Putin as president before he handed over the Kremlin to his close ally Dmitry Medvedev last week. "The full government is a rather big body," Putin's chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. "That is why it was decided to set up a managerial staff that can handle certain issues without the need to summon the full cabinet." Medvedev could in theory choose to attend...
  • The Trouble with Russia

    03/06/2008 8:53:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 269+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 06, 2008 | Herbert E. Meyer
    Each year a group of KGB Commissars would get together for a weekend of bear hunting.  A helicopter would fly them to a clearing deep in the forest, leave them with their guns and camping gear, then pick them up two days later. Now the hunting weekend has ended, and the Commissars are waiting in the clearing with their equipment and with the carcasses of three bears. The helicopter swoops in and lands, the pilot steps out and takes one look at the waiting cargo. "Comrade Commissars," the pilot says.  "I'm sorry, but I cannot take all three bears on...

    03/04/2008 12:04:49 PM PST · by OESY · 16 replies · 165+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 4, 2008 | Ralph Peters
    ...Vaclav Havel, one of the very few truly great men of our time,... [a] lifelong advocate of nonviolent resistance, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, is a very old 71, a frail survivor of cancer and years in Communist cells. But he's as passionate as ever about freedom. The climax of his speech to NATO's military and civilian leaders was a stark warning about Russia: "A dictatorship of a fairly new type is coming into existence to the east of the area under NATO protection. All basic human and civic freedoms are gradually...
  • An electoral sham that shames Russia

    02/29/2008 2:32:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 41+ views ^ | February 29 2008
    Russians deserve better than the parody of an election in which they will be asked to choose President Vladimir Putin’s successor. The Kremlin has done everything to ensure that Dmitry Medvedev, Mr Putin’s nominee, will be elected by an overwhelming margin on Sunday. The ex-KGB men who dominate the administration have squeezed effective opposition from the political scene. Parliament, the courts, business and the media have all been bent to the president’s will. Only three candidates are allowed to run against Mr Medvedev: Gennady Zyuganov, the veteran Communist party chief, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the ultra-nationalist leader, and an unknown former public...
  • Putin sees no need to hang successor's portrait

    02/14/2008 9:59:11 AM PST · by Ivan the Terrible · 3 replies · 30+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 14, 2008
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he saw no need to hang his successor's portrait in his office once he steps down as Russia's president. It is accepted etiquette in Russia for all officials to hang up a portrait of the head of state. But Putin's protege Dmitry Medvedev is expected to win next month's election while he stays on as a very influential prime minister. "In order to establish my relationship with Dmitry Anatolyevich (Medvedev) I won't need to hang his portrait on my wall if he is elected president," Putin said. "As for my relations with...
  • Breaking: Putin dissolves Russian government.

    09/12/2007 3:59:24 AM PDT · by Pistolshot · 202 replies · 9,833+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/07 | Foxnews
    Nothing but an announcement on Fox at this time.
  • The One-Day War That Changed the World

    06/29/2007 6:50:08 PM PDT · by rmlew · 25 replies · 1,508+ views
    National Review ^ | June 29, 2007 | John O'Sullivan
    In the stable and prosperous bi-polar world of 2030 in which we live today, it is hard to recall how close the multi-polar world of 2020 came to limited nuclear war and even to wholesale Armageddon. Still harder to grasp is how remote from the 2020 conflicts were their cause — and how beneficial that cause seemed when it occurred in 2015. But the discovery of a vast oil field in northern Canada that year set in motion a series of events that eventually led to . . . well, let’s trace its extraordinary impact. Canada was already an energy...
  • From Moscow, a New Chill

    05/27/2007 3:24:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 807+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 27, 2007 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    FROM the day Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer, died of polonium poisoning in London last November, officials in Russia treated the investigation of his death as if it were simply a matter of bad public relations. They dismissed accusations of Russian involvement as nonsense fabricated by President Vladimir V. Putin’s enemies. Britain last week punctured Russia’s strategy. A decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to accuse another former K.G.B. officer of the murder and demand his extradition pushed Russia out of the international court of public opinion and into the international court of law. If recent history is...
  • US deflates Putin 'unipolar' speech (BBC Analysis--Day 2).

    02/12/2007 3:14:32 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 717+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, February 12, 2007 | Rob Watson
    Mr Putin and Mr Gates are both former spies So will the 43rd Munich Security Conference be remembered as the start of a new Cold War? That is probably the single most important question to emerge from this long weekend of speeches and private chats among the world's most powerful. Certainly Russian President Vladimir Putin's strident speech stands out from the crowd. In it, to recap, he strongly criticised the US and its European allies, with his harshest criticism reserved for Washington. The US had, he said, overstepped its borders in every way, seeking to impose its will on...

    11/30/2006 9:03:43 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 30 replies · 1,070+ views
    deutsche presse via email, no url | 11/30/6
    London (dpa) - Former Russian prime minister Yegor Gaidar, who was hospitalized after falling ill at a conference in Ireland, was poisoned, his daughter claimed Thursday. ``It was a political poisoning,'' Maria Gaidar told the BBC's News 24 channel. Doctors see ``no other grounds'' for the mystery illness, she said. The 50-year-old was initially hospitalized in Ireland and has since returned to Moscow where he remains in hospital but is said to be improving. Gaidar was acting prime minister in 1992, though Russia's legislature ultimately vetoed his candidacy. In the 1990s, he served as economics and finance minister and as...
  • Seoul, Moscow call missile launch major success for N. Korea (I'm super-serial here guys)

    07/13/2006 3:01:29 PM PDT · by FreedomNeocon · 11 replies · 516+ views
    World Tribune ^ | Thursday, July 13, 2006 | World Tribune
    SEOUL — Contrary to the reaction from Washington and Tokyo, experts in Seoul and Moscow believe that North Korea’s launch of Scud, Rodong and Taepodong-2 missiles was a major success both technically and politically. Meanwhile, Russia has revealed its eagerness to sell information and technology to North Korea for use in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Alexei Grigoriev, deputy director of Russia’s Federal Information Technologies Agency, told the Russian news agency Itar-Tass that Moscow was interested in “establishing contacts with the Korean side and discussing future cooperation." Grigoriev cited as an example the sale of sophisticated gear to store and transport...
  • Putin subverting US Government! (HOT)

    04/21/2006 6:38:28 AM PDT · by b2stealth · 41 replies · 9,172+ views
    National PR-ity // Moscow drafts a plan to influence the United States The Kremlin has taken up the promotion of Russian interests in the United States head-on. The key role will be given to the Russian-U.S. Council for Business Cooperation (RUCBC) whose supervisory board will include high-ranking officials from the Russian president’s administration, ministers and prominent public figures. The Russian government asked the Finance Ministry to find sources to finance the NGO. However, it has already been suggested that big business contribute for the council’s activities. The first donation is expected to amount to $50 million. Work has in progress...
  • Ukraine and the Second Cold War

    03/30/2006 9:51:16 AM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 22 replies · 627+ views
    Keiv Post ^ | Mar 29 2006 | Roman Kupchinsky
    Ignore the broad smiles, firm handshakes, cheerful backslapping and toasts raised to "everlasting friendship" between well-dressed, smiling Russians, intense Germans, glib Americans and deceptive Brits. The Second Cold War has already begun. If forced to be perfectly frank, every diplomat, spy or banker from Boston to Baku would acknowledge this. Anyone who reads the press or watches television must have noticed by now that the most dynamic, aggressive and self-assured force in the world today is Russia. Daily reports in the media announce that Russian state-controlled gas giant Gazprom is buying a pipeline network here or a European gas company...
  • A fatal desire for order (Russia)

    02/24/2006 11:20:48 AM PST · by lizol · 4 replies · 341+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2006 | Nina L. Khrushcheva
    A fatal desire for order Nina L. Khrushcheva International Herald Tribune FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2006 NEW YORK The 50th anniversary of the 20th Communist Party Congress in 1956, at which Nikita Khrushchev delivered his so-called "secret speech" against Joseph Stalin, is being ignored in Vladimir Putin's Russia. Only last year, there were many phone calls to my family asking for their participation in commemorative events. But those plans were drawn up before May 2005, when Russia celebrated the 60th anniversary of World War II with the sort of Stalinist "brutalist" pomposity reminiscent of Cold War days. Indeed, portraits of Stalin...
  • One Step Away from Catastrophe (US-Russian Relations)

    12/15/2005 2:18:59 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 61 replies · 1,184+ views
    Center for Defense Information ^ | December 15, 2005 | Dmitry Sidorov
    Against the backdrop of rapidly deteriorating U.S.-Russian relations - prompted by revelations of Moscow’s missiles sale to Iran and the State Duma’s passage of dubious legislation restricting nongovernmental Organizations - (NGO) activities - Aleksandr Voloshin’s surprise trip to Washington last week seemed more than mere coincidence. Aleksandr Voloshin, former head of the Yeltsin and Putin administrations, spent almost three days on a private visit in Washington and New York. In the U.S. capital, he clarified the Kremlin’s grievances vis-à-vis the White House to a small group of nonplussed Russia experts, who sought to understand the country’s latest erratic behavior. He...
  • Russia Developing New Generation Of Super Missiles

    12/10/2005 2:05:33 AM PST · by RusIvan · 101 replies · 1,918+ views ^ | Dec 05, 2005 | Martin Sieff
    MISSILE DEFENSE Russia Developing New Generation Of Super Missiles By Martin Sieff UPI Senior News Analyst Washington (UPI) Dec 05, 2005 Almost ignored by the mainstream U.S. media, the strategic nuclear arms race between the United States and Russia has revived -- with spending and weapons development at an intensity unseen since the days of the SS-18 and Pershing II deployments a quarter of a century ago. On Nov. 17, as reported by United Press International, the U.S. Navy successfully carried out its most ambitious and successful test yet of an anti-ballistic missile interceptor launched from an Aegis class cruiser...
  • The Big Four Alliance (The New Bush Strategy)

    12/04/2005 12:34:48 PM PST · by Gengis Khan · 39 replies · 1,308+ views
    AEI ^ | Friday, December 2, 2005 | Thomas Donnelly
    The Big Four Alliance The New Bush Strategy By Thomas Donnelly Posted: Friday, December 2, 2005 NATIONAL SECURITY OUTLOOK AEI Online   Publication Date: December 2, 2005   December 2005Over the past six months, the Bush administration has upgraded its budding “strategic partnerships” with India and Japan. Along with the steady "special relationship” with Great Britain, what is beginning to emerge is a global coalition system--it is too soon to call it a true alliance--for the post-Cold War world. Much work remains to be done to translate the expressions of similar political interests and values into usable military strength. Still,...
  • U.S. Presence in Asia Concerns Moscow

    12/01/2005 3:18:25 PM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 428+ views
    Newsday ^ | December 1, 2005 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    U.S. Presence in Asia Concerns Moscow By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer December 1, 2005, 4:39 PM EST MOSCOW -- The chief of the Russian military general staff said Thursday that Moscow was concerned about U.S. interference in the political affairs of other ex-Soviet nations. Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky also said that Russia's relations with the United States and other NATO nations were clouded by Western efforts to expand their military presence on ex-Soviet territory.
  • Putin Stands By Tough NGO Bill [Russia - Crackdown on NGOs]

    11/25/2005 7:48:29 PM PST · by REactor · 6 replies · 379+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | November 25, 2005 | Anatoly Medetsky
    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday responded to worries of a looming crackdown on nongovernmental organizations by insisting that foreign funding of any political activity in Russia must come under state control. But Putin, making his first public remarks about a contentious NGO bill that the State Duma approved in a first reading Wednesday, also stressed that the legislation must not damage civil society. The bill in its current version would, among other things, require NGOs to reregister with the Justice Ministry and empower authorities to check that NGOs do not use foreign grants to finance political activities. Foreign NGOs have...
  • US would lose vs China

    11/23/2005 3:45:38 AM PST · by armydawg1 · 310 replies · 6,391+ views ^ | 23 Nov 05 |
    East Asia allies comment on potential US ground war with China, compare it to Iraq war
  • China's Stealth War on the U.S.

    11/05/2005 10:53:11 AM PST · by montana233 · 33 replies · 1,380+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 20, 2005 | Max Boot
    China's Stealth War on the U.S. July 20, 2005 Los Angeles Times Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu of the Chinese People's Liberation Army caused quite a stir last week when he threatened to nuke "hundreds" of American cities if the U.S. dared to interfere with a Chinese attempt to conquer Taiwan. In 1998, an official People's Liberation Army publishing house brought out a treatise called "Unrestricted Warfare," written by two senior army colonels, Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui. This book, which is available in English translation, is well known to the U.S. national security establishment but remains practically unheard of among...
  • Victor: Hugo (Chavez's communism may spread throught Latin America)

    11/03/2005 10:57:20 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 10 replies · 1,128+ views
    NBC/Newsweek ^ | 10/31/2005 | Joseph Contreras and Phil Gunson
    Excerpt 1: "Inside a dank warehouse in the working-class Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca last week, young Argentines were standing cheek to cheek and swaying to the danceable rhythms of a live band. But the violins and bandoneones of a tango orchestra had been replaced by the acoustic guitars and percussion instruments of a Venezuelan folk group called Mestizo. The sweat shirts and windbreakers worn by the musicians featured the logo of Venezuela's Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, and the warehouse walls were festooned with fliers that read, toward the construction of 21st-century socialism. Mestizo was in the final...
  • Russia says new Topol RS-12 mobile ICBM can evade U.S. missile defense

    11/01/2005 11:32:56 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 97 replies · 4,119+ views via translation ^ | November 2, 2005
    New Russian rockets are capable to overcome American ABOUT The Russian militarians approve, that have received the nuclear warhead, capable to overcome antimissile defense of the USA. Results of the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile lead yesterday "Poplar-th" testify to it with a new head part, informs a today's issue of the edition "Businessman". Yesterday's rocket firing ?N-12I1 "Poplar-th" from a mobile launcher was already the sixth within the limits of test of the system created for overcoming of the American antimissile defense. However for the first time start-up has been made not from Plesetsk, and from proving...
  • "All of Them With Shield and Helmet" (Iran, Russia, and Israel)

    10/28/2005 1:53:57 PM PDT · by txgirl4Bush · 47 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Omegaletter ^ | Oct. 28, 2005 | Jack Kinsella
    Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed international criticism of his call for Israel's annihilation, saying, "They [Israelis] are cheeky humans and they think that the entire world should obey them. They destroy Palestinian families and expect nobody to object to them," Ahmadinejad said, asserting his comments "are the exact words of the Iranian people". It was the first time since early in the days of the Islamic Revolution that such a high-ranking Iranian official has openly called for the destruction of Israel. Ahmadinejad made his comments during Iran's annual hatefest called 'Jerusalem Day.' Iran's 'Jerusalem Day' is a carnival-like event during...
  • An Iran-Russia-China axis? (Axis of dictatorship)

    10/27/2005 8:40:51 AM PDT · by Wiz · 40 replies · 1,056+ views
    The decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to refer Iran's nuclear programme to the UN Security Council has thrown into sharp focus relations between Iran and Russia. Moscow may soon have to choose whether to back Iran or align itself with the US and the European Union (EU) in reining in Iran's nuclear intentions. Russia appears ready to co-operate with both the USA and Iran in order to boost its trade relations with the two countries. Although Russia is also a leading oil exporter and therefore unlikely to be intimidated by Iranian threats to reduce oil sales, the...
  • Back In The USSR? (Russian Proliferation)

    10/18/2005 3:33:39 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 42 replies · 672+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 18, 2005 | The Editors
    Arms Proliferation: Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, who recently visited Iran, reportedly is seeking nuclear weapons. Will they come from Russia with love?Maybe — if Russia continues to run a weapons bazaar where rogue nations are given special-shopper privileges.Already, it appears Russia has acted as a broker by greasing the way for North Korea to transfer technology that will let Iran build missiles with a 2,200-mile reach. That puts several European capitals, including Athens, Rome and Berlin, within Tehran's range.Russia also is supporting Iran's "nuclear power" program, having sold it a reactor. Which is to say Russia supports Iran's nuclear-weapons program.All...