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  • Netanyahu heads to Russia as ties with Moscow strengthen

    06/05/2016 11:48:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/16 | Ari Soffer
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu headed to Moscow this morning, for his third visit to the Kremlin in nine months, as Israel-Russia ties continues to burgeon. The meeting is the fourth one between Netanyahu and Russia President Vladimir Putin during the same period, after the pair also met at the sidelines of the recent UN climate change conference in Paris. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has also met with Putin during that time, even cancelling a trip to Australia to visit the Russian leader at the Kremlin. In an illustration of the growing alliance between their two countries, this time Netanyahu is...
  • Patriarch, Putin Recall 1000th Anniversary of St. Vladimir's Death

    07/31/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, joined by representatives of other Orthodox churches, recalled the 1000th anniversary of the death of St. Vladimir, prince of Kievan Rus' and a key figure in the evangelization of the Slavic peoples. "We do not forget that the light of the Orthodox truth came to us from the shores of Bosporus, from Constantinople," Patriarch Kirill said on July 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. "In spite of all difficult historical circumstances, this spiritual bond has never been broken. I believe that the ties existing between us will continue to strengthen the whole...
  • Barack Obama Celebrates #EarthDay By Burning Fossil Fuels

    04/22/2015 3:37:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 4.22.15 | 12:22PM | Emily Zanotti
    Having spent a significant amount of time in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I have lost almost all of my appreciation for Earth Day. Sure, I believe that we as humans have a responsibility to ensure that our planet remains clean, and to use our resources with care and consideration for future generations. But there's a big difference between environmental stewardship and whatever Earth Day is about - even if you don't consider that the co-founder of Earth Day stayed as true as possible to his commitment by composting even his ex-girlfriend. In Ann Arbor, they would celebrate it by hosting a...
  • Earth Day Heroes: Top 10 Countries With The Lowest Carbon Emissions [SLIDESHOW]

    04/22/2015 9:02:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 4/21/2015 | PG Veer
    Wednesday is Earth Day. Like Earth Hour in March, this celebration will be yet another complaint-fest about how our modern lifestyles, especially our CO2 emissions, are destroying the planet. Why not be positive, for once? Instead of blaming carbon “criminals,” maybe Earth Day should celebrate carbon heroes. Here are the 10 countries with the lowest CO2 emissions per capita, according to the World Bank.
  • Tragic Earth Day news for green propagandists: Americans believe in God than man-made global warming

    04/22/2014 5:33:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Apr 2014 | James Delingpole
    More Americans believe in God than in man-made global warming ... how remarkably resilient Americans are in the face of relentless environmental brainwashing. The schools, the universities, the government, the green NGOs, Hollywood and the MSM have invested billions of man hours and dollars trying to persuade them that climate change is the greatest threat of our age. But according to this survey, only 33 per cent are buying it - ... all the latest research suggests that the importance of CO2 and other greenhouse gases has been grossly exaggerated in the various computer models predicting catastrophic global warming, which...
  • We Need A New Earth Day To Correct The Old One

    04/22/2014 6:18:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 4/21/2014 | IBD Editorial
    The first Earth Day, in 1970, was celebrated after a wave of environmentalism swept the nation. Many give credit to Rachel Carson's 1962 book, "Silent Spring," which popularized the notion of large-scale chemical pollution, for igniting the movement. But she was really feeding off of a concept developed a few years earlier. The "precautionary principle" was conceptualized when the National Academy of Sciences proposed a radical change in the risk assessment of exposure to radiation and carcinogens. It recommended changing the regulatory paradigm from a "threshold dose" model to a linear one.
  • Earth Day: Hail Fossil Fuels, Energy Of The Future

    04/22/2014 6:04:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 4/21/2014 | MARK J. PERRY
    On Earth Day, according to various advocates, "events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment." As we observe the event Tuesday, it might be a good time to appreciate the fact that Americans get most of their plentiful, affordable energy directly from the Earth's "natural environment" in the form of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum). It's largely those energy sources that fuel our vehicles and airplanes; heat, cool and light our homes and businesses; power our nation's factories; and in the process significantly raise our standard of living. Shouldn't that be part...
  • Happy Earth Day! Mark Steyn

    04/22/2014 1:32:04 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 29 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 22 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Earth Day! April 22nd is the day when President Obama and the rest of the gang demonstrate their commitment to saving the planet by flying in to plant a tree somewhere. And say what you like but, when you're looking for fellows who know how to dig a huge hole, Obama and Harry Reid are pretty much at the top of the list. My township in New Hampshire is 90 per cent forested, but you can never have too many trees, so on Earth Day I always like to plant a couple more, get the tree cover in my...
  • Earth Day—High Holy Day of Paganism

    04/22/2014 6:44:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 4/22/2014 | J.D. Longstreet
    Today, masses of human beings around the globe will celebrate the worship of the earth ... not God ... not the creator—but the creation. Rocks will be worshiped, rivers will be worshiped, trees will be worshiped, the sun will be worshiped, fish, snails, spiders, and all sorts of creeping things will be worshiped today. Grown-up, adult, men and women will bow down to “THINGS,” to idols, in fealty to a god of their own creation. They will offer their lives in service to, well, NOTHING. And these are grown-up people, adults, human beings you would think would have the intelligence...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Palin: Vladimir Putin a 'Silly Little Man'

    04/17/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 77 replies ^ | 4-17-2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fired back against Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday calling him a "silly little man" after he said that he was not interested in invading Alaska. Putin downplayed the value of Alaska during a question-and-answer session in Moscow today, pointing out that it was a cold northern territory. “What would you need Alaska for?” he said, advising Russians "not be overenthusiastic” about the state. “Mr. Putin, such a silly little man on this matter of invading Alaska,” Palin said in a written statement to Breitbart News, pointing out that it was obvious that Russia got...
  • Done deal: US agrees to Russian terms on UN Syria deal

    09/14/2013 8:29:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 14, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    There was coverage of the prospect of this happening by the time Quotes of the day went up last night, but this morning it seems the news is official. A deal has been struck, and it’s pretty much everything Vladimir Putin was insisting on and nothing that the Obama administration wanted for insurance. ... I’ve been watching some talking heads on CNN this morning trying to spin this as some sort of a win-win, but that sounds like an awful lot of lipstick to try to paint on one rather sickly pig. On the plus side, if you weren’t interested...
  • Thousands of cars circle Moscow in anti-Putin protest

    01/29/2012 11:12:31 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    ap ^ | Jan. 29, 2012
    Thousands of cars flying white ribbons or white balloons circled central Moscow on Sunday in a show of protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The cars jammed the inner lanes all along the 16-kilometre Garden Ring, which has as many as 16 lanes of traffic at its widest points. More protesters stood along the side of the road waving white ribbons and flags as the cars passed, their horns blaring.
  • Vladimir Putin calls John McCain 'nuts' in outspoken attack

    12/15/2011 8:11:15 AM PST · by izzatzo · 59 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/15/2011 | Alex Spillius
    Vladimir Putin has launched an extraordinary attack on US Senator John McCain in which he also implicated Washington in the killing of Libyan dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi. The Russian prime minister called the former presidential candidate “nuts” in response to Twitter comment about Russia’s parliamentary elections that drew allegations of fraud and triggered large protests. Mr McCain’s tweet read: "Dear Vlad, The Arab Spring is coming to a neighbourhood near you." Mr Putin turned stony faced when asked about the tweet on his annual televised phone-in. "Mr McCain fought in Vietnam. I think that he has enough blood of peaceful...
  • Russia’s Vladimir Putin Building $1 Billion Seaside Residence

    02/15/2011 6:49:20 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    bp ^ | Feb 15th 2011 | Niccolo Machiavelli
    Proving that once again nothing pays better than government corruption, The Moscow Times reports: New documents confirm that the Kremlin property chief approved construction of a posh seaside palace rumored to be a residence for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, despite his explicit denial of any link to the project ... The first reports about “Putin’s Palace,” allegedly worth $1 billion, appeared in December, when St. Petersburg-based businessman Sergei Kolesnikov complained about the project in an open letter to President Dmitry Medvedev.
  • Putin says Russian officials must spend dark New Year's Eve

    01/01/2011 8:40:24 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec 31, 2010
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday three top Russian officials should spend New Year's Eve in the dark after failing to fulfill their promise to repair damaged power lines. "You said everything would be fine by 1800 (1500 GMT)," Russia's de facto number one said in nationally televised comments to the three. "You should not have said anything if you were not sure," he added during a meeting that included the governor of the Moscow region as well as federal energy minister and the head of the local power utility. The televised comments were followed an hour later by news...
  • Putin says Gates is 'deeply misled'

    12/01/2010 10:10:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/01/10 | MATT NEGRIN |
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is “deeply misled” to suggest that Russia is undemocratic and that its security forces are in control of the government, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in an interview to be shown Wednesday. In a State Department document unearthed in the WikiLeaks releases, Gates is quoted as saying, “Russian democracy has disappeared and the government was an oligarchy run by the security services.”
  • Biblical Apologetics for a Russian Viking King: How Genesis Changed the Course of World History

    05/02/2010 1:23:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 522+ views
    ICR ^ | 05/01/2010 | James J.S.Johnson, JD, Th.D
    Biblical apologetics, at its most basic, is the reasonable presentation of God's truth as a witness that glorifies the Creator. Such a testimony can have surprising--and long-lasting--results. A crisis in 986 A.D. changed the social and political history of Russia forever. Who would have guessed that the Russian empire's young Viking king Vladimir would be so impressed with the history of Genesis that he permanently changed Russia's course from West to East? A Pagan Ruler Vladimir, Prince of Novgorod, was not expected to rule Russia, because his older half-brother Yaropolk succeeded their father, King Svyatoslav. But after a number of...
  • Vladimir Putin to be cast in bronze for Arnold Schwarzenegger

    10/27/2009 11:34:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,015+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | October 28, 2009
    A BUST of Russia's muscle-flexing strongman Vladimir Putin is being created as a gift for ex-Hollywood bodybuilder and California's current governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bust is currently being made in Putin's home city of Saint Petersburg on an order of Russia's Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation and will be delivered to the movie star-turned-politician in March. "Putin is such a complex personality. He's left no one indifferent," Alexander Chernoshchyokov, a Saint Petersburg-based sculptor who has been working on the Putin bust since June... In 1991 the Russian artist made a sculpture of Schwarzenegger and Vladimir Dubinin, the president of the bodybuilding...
  • Bare-chested Vladimir Putin strikes a macho pose (Gay Icon?)

    08/04/2009 11:42:33 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 116 replies · 4,261+ views
    Timesonline ^ | 4 Aug 09 | Tony Halpi
    Vladimir Putin has buffed up his action-man image and raised the pin-up stakes among world leaders with another set of bare-chested holiday pictures. Photographs were published today showing the Russian Prime Minister stripped to the waist and riding a horse imperiously through rugged terrain during a brief holiday in the Siberian region of Tuva. Wearing only green fatigues, his eyes hidden behind reflective sunglasses, Mr Putin also showed his gentler side as he fed the horse from his hand after the ride. Mr Putin, who will be 57 in October, showed off a set of rippling arm muscles as he...
  • Russians close to carrying out 'perfect murder' when they poisoned Alexander Litvinenko

    07/05/2008 8:58:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 183+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | 05/07/2008 | Sean Rayment
    Russian agents came close to carrying out the perfect assassination on British soil when they killed Alexander Litvinenko... Security sources have disclosed that the former Russian spy would have died within hours had the poisoned tea he was given been served hot. Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who had become a critic of the government of Russia's then president, Vladimir Putin... Security sources say that during the meeting Litvinenko took just a few sips of the tea but left the remainder of the cup because it was cold. "If Litvinenko had drunk all the tea he would have been dead...
  • Earth Day 2008. Get Over It! [Happy Birthday Vladimir?]

    04/22/2008 6:00:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies · 195+ views ^ | 04/22/2008 | By Alan Caruba
    Of the many things most people do not know about Earth Day is that it is also the anniversary of the Alan Carubabirthday of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. Coincidence? I doubt it. These days most people know little of history. We are witnessing a new generation who know little or nothing about the Soviet Union and the Cold War it waged against America and the world for the supremacy of Communism in the latter half of the last century. These are kids who don't even known when we fought our Civil War and for whom...
  • Russian Vote Seen As Referendum on Putin

    12/02/2007 5:17:22 AM PST · by period end of story · 5 replies · 120+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 2, 2007 | Jim Heintz
    Russians voted Sunday in a parliamentary election where the only question was whether President Vladimir Putin's party would win a strong majority of seats or a crushing share. The election follows months of increasingly acidic rhetoric aimed against the West and efforts, by law and by truncheon, to stifle opponents. A huge win for Putin's United Russia party could pave the way for him to stay at the country's helm once his presidential term expires in the spring. The party casts the election as essentially a referendum on Putin's nearly eight years in office. Many of its campaign banners that...
  • Mr. Chávez's Friends

    07/04/2007 11:30:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 459+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 4, 2007
    The Venezuelan president bonds with regimes that the rest of the world -- and his own compatriots -- shun. THE LATEST Global Attitudes survey by the Pew Foundation contains a lot of bad news for the United States, but there was one relative bright spot in Latin America: Venezuela. According to Pew, 56 percent of Venezuelans say they have a favorable view of the United States, a higher number than in Britain or Canada. Seventy-one percent say they like U.S. television and movies and a stratospheric 84 percent feel positively about Americans. Though only 23 percent say they have confidence...
  • Hugging Russian bear may lead to a mauling for EU

    01/14/2007 5:45:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 577+ views ^ | January 14, 2007 | Irwin Stelzer
    ADAM SMITH never met Vladimir Putin, but, as with so many other things, he anticipated his appearance. Nobody can accuse the great Scot of protectionist proclivities, but he did warn that there are times when free trade takes second place to national defence. He proposed laying “some burden” on foreign commerce “when some particular sort of industry is necessary for the defence of the country ... (since) defence is of much more importance than opulence”. America, Britain and other free-trading countries have long welcomed foreign investment on the ground that it enriches the nation by bringing capital, jobs and foreign...
  • Outspoken Putin critic shot dead in Moscow

    10/07/2006 2:01:00 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 103 replies · 2,010+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-7-06 | James Kilner
    Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on Saturday at her apartment block in central Moscow, police said. "According to initial information she was killed by two shots when leaving the lift. Neighbors found her body," a police source told Reuters. Police found a pistol and four rounds in the lift. Politkovskaya, a 48-year-old mother of two, won international fame and numerous prizes for her dogged pursuit of rights abuses by Putin's government, particularly in the violent southern province of Chechnya. "The first thing that comes to mind is that Anna was killed...
  • Kremlin 'Bullying' Leaves Western Energy Companies Furious

    09/22/2006 6:04:17 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 745+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-23-2006 | Adrian Blomfield
    Kremlin 'bullying' leaves western energy companies furious By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow (Filed: 23/09/2006) In the past few years, mention of Vladimir Putin at the dinner table of some western leaders could have brought on a case of indigestion. In the past week, though, the Russian president has been causing ulcers. Sakhalin Energy extracts oil and gas from one of the world's most inhospitable regions On Monday, Russia suspended an environmental permit for an oil and gas project led by Royal Dutch Shell on Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean. The international community has watched with queasiness as democracy in...
  • Russia's Putin wishes Castro a happy 80th birthday

    08/14/2006 1:54:26 AM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies · 534+ views
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday congratulated Cuban leader Fidel Castro on his 80th birthday, praising him as one of the world's most outstanding politicians, the Kremlin said. The Russian president also wished Castro, who was forced to step aside as president two weeks ago because of illness, a speedy recovery. "You are well known in Russia as one of the most authoritative and outstanding political leaders today,'' Putin said in a telegram. He added that Russia and Communist Cuba would continue to be "active partners, with the aim of developing ties in various spheres in the...
  • Did Russian Ambassador Give Saddam the U.S. War Plan?

    03/23/2006 7:21:27 PM PST · by Starman417 · 96 replies · 2,437+ views
    ABC News ^ | 03/23/2006 | Unknown
    March 23, 2006 — Following are the ABC News Investigative Unit's summaries of five documents from Saddam Hussein's government, which the U.S. government has released. The documents discuss Osama bin Laden, weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda and more. The full documents can be found on the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Office Web site: Note: Document titles were added by ABC News. "U.S. War Plan Leaked to Iraqis by Russian Ambassador" Documents dated March 5-8, 2003 Two Iraqi documents dated in March 2003 — on the eve of the U.S.-led invasion — and addressed to the secretary of...
  • Friends of Hamas-Democracy must be respected, but that doesn't make the terror group respectable.

    02/20/2006 8:14:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies · 434+ views
    The government of Hugo Chavez will receive representatives of Hamas "with pleasure" should they visit Venezuela on a forthcoming tour of South America. Vladimir Putin has announced he will host a meeting with the Palestinian terrorist group/political party next month in Moscow. "We have never considered Hamas a terrorist organization," says the Russian president. The ostensible reason Russia and Venezuela give for meeting with Hamas is its victory in last month's legislative elections, which gave it a majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament. We agree that the results of those elections must be "respected," in the narrow sense that...
  • Vladimir Villegas: Chávez’s Chess Piece in Mexico

    11/19/2005 12:04:45 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 5 replies · 971+ views
    El Universal (Mexico), translated by VCrisis ^ | Nov. 19, 2005 | Raúl Tortolero
    The Embassy of Venezuela in Mexico has been shown, by very different sectors in that country and in Mexico, to be an instrument of the ideological propaganda and political expansion of the personal interests of Hugo Chávez. Observations of interventionism include giving electoral support to the PRD [Democratic Revolutionary Party of Mexico], even "espionage," as well as a presumed importation of high caliber weapons and contacts with the FARC, ETA and Al Qaeda. Mexico City | Tuesday, 15 November 2005 | Vladimir Villegas is a person of Euro-African heritage showing a good sense of humor and charisma. Tall, robust, sporting...
  • Vladimir Putin Justifies His Trust in Islam Karimov [Barf! ...very anti-American speech.]

    06/29/2005 11:45:29 PM PDT · by familyop · 16 replies · 527+ views
    Kommersant ^ | 30JUN05 | Aleksandr Gabuev
    All day yesterday, Russian officials and President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, who was in Moscow, talked about what actually happened in Andijan. Karimov was convinced that the events in Andijan were the West's revenge on Uzbekistan for its independent foreign policy. According to the Russian leadership, they were the machinations of international terrorism. At the end, the leaders of Russia and Uzbekistan agreed that, in any case, Karimov's actions merited strong approval and support. Islam Karimov decided to tell the press the whole truth about the Andijan shootings and hastened to what he called the “big, weighty points”. Since the...
  • Russia wants to continue nuclear cooperation, Putin tells new Iranian leader

    06/25/2005 1:07:49 PM PDT · by familyop · 8 replies · 322+ views
    ITAR-TASS by way of Monsters and Critics (UK News Co.) ^ | 25JUN05 | ITAR-TASS (Russian News Agency)
    Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Moscow, 25 June: Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message of congratulations to Mahmud Ahmadinezhad, who has won the presidential election in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian president's press service said today. "I am confident that now that you have been elected [president] as a result of the Iranian people expressing their will, continuity in the development of long-term multi-faceted partnership and cooperation between our states will be secured," the message says. "These relations have been developing vigorously of late. The volume of trade has for the first time...
  • Mexican president wants Putin to give him military boots

    06/23/2005 1:25:44 PM PDT · by familyop · 22 replies · 762+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 22JUN05 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - Mexican President Vicente Fox wants an early Christmas present from Russian President Vladimir Putin. He wants a pair of boots. "When I arrived in Moscow the day before yesterday, I was met by the guards of honor who represented three branches of the armed forces. My eye caught the wonderful boots they were wearing," Vicente Fox said at a news conference here Wednesday. He said he assumed the boots were typically worn by Russian Cossacks, the mobile Russian and Ukrainian military units famous for being the vanguards of exploration and conquest in all the...
  • Chaos on Demand [Information and population control in Russia.]

    06/18/2005 1:09:25 AM PDT · by familyop · 9 replies · 677+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 17JUN05 | Alexei Sitnikov
    While President Vladimir Putin steadily builds his vertical of power, his constituents seem to be experiencing a major shift in attitude away from a sense of stability and order toward feelings of anarchy and turmoil. According to an opinion poll conducted last month by the Levada Center, 43 percent of Russians think the country is headed toward anarchy. In 2004, only 2 percent shared similar feelings. This dramatic shift has occurred in the course of a single year. It appears to have very little to do with ordinary Russians' reactions to social and economic factors, and a lot to do...
  • Homeless in Vladimir

    06/10/2005 9:13:52 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 10 replies · 415+ views
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | June 9th, 2005 | Olga BOBROVA
    Original title: A TRASH-LEVEL SOLUTION (Note: A play on words, 'trash' being Russian slang for police) Vladimir chief of police hauled the homeless to the dump. Local city council gave the chief a standing ovation.                    Before the approach of 'Russia Day', homeless people in the city of Vladimir are sounding the alarm. They hide from the police, and expect a mass deportation from the city. A new city initiative has destroyed the way of life for this undercounted category of citizens. On April 28th, on the threshold of the approaching holidays a month and a half ago, the...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (5/8/05): photos

    05/08/2005 8:32:27 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 103 replies · 2,258+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: Continuing his trip to eastern Europe and Russia to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, President Bush met today with Russian President Vladimir Putin. QUOTE OF THE DAY: Excerpts from the President's remarks at the American Cemetary, Margraten, The Netherlands, May 8, 2005. Today we join them at this hallowed ground. We come first to remember the young Americans who did not live to comb gray hair. Each man or woman buried here is more than a headstone and a serial number; each person here has a name that is precious to some...
  • Ukraine: Left is Right, Right is Left, Left is Left,...

    11/28/2004 2:42:09 PM PST · by forty_years · 22 replies · 1,593+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | 11/28/04 | Andrew Jaffee
    I’d love to have a talk about the current situation in the Ukraine with my left-wing friends, but I don’t think they would be interested, and probably not even capable of an intelligent discussion. Not only is the Ukraine so far off and seemingly unimportant to them, the intricacies of its politics defy the usual “left” vs. “right” stereotypes. I truly believe that many long-time lefties pine for the days of the Soviet Union. It gave them a glimmer of hope for world-wide socialism in their otherwise very comfortable, cushy, American lives. Too much guilt about living in the midst...
  • Russia Rejects U.S. Criticism of Planned Reforms

    09/15/2004 12:15:42 AM PDT · by familyop · 31 replies · 451+ views
    Reuters ^ | 15SEP04 | Reuters
    ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia rejected on Wednesday U.S. criticism of sweeping political changes proposed by President Vladimir Putin, saying this was strictly Moscow's business. "First of all, the processes that are under way in Russia are our internal affair," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, referring to comments by Secretary of State Colin Powell. Lavrov, speaking in Kazakhstan on the sidelines of a meeting of ex-Soviet states, said Washington had no right to impose its own model of democracy on anyone else. "And it is at least strange that, while talking about a certain 'pulling back', as he (Powell) put it,...
  • Critics Say Putin Must Address Security Corruption

    09/14/2004 8:16:56 PM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies · 218+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 15SEP04 | Peter Baker
    MOSCOW, Sept. 14 -- President Vladimir Putin's move to enhance his power in response to a wave of terrorism does not take on the real problem: the corrupt and unreformed security services that produced Putin in the first place, according to many politicians and analysts.
  • Putin uses war on terrorism to tighten grip on democracy [No more elections for governors.]

    09/13/2004 6:55:28 PM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies · 759+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 14SEP04 | Julius Strauss
    President Vladimir Putin announced radical changes to Russia's democratic institutions yesterday that will give the Kremlin greater power than at any time since the fall of the Soviet Union.In what critics say amounts to a serious setback for Russian democracy, Mr Putin effectively negated the right of citizens to elect a regional representative. Instead, the country's 89 regional governors will be proposed by the president.   President Putin: it will 'make Russia safer and easier to govern' The former KGB spy also announced that seats in the Duma allocated to single-member constituencies will be scrapped in favour of a fully...
  • Israel Tries to "Win Russia Over": Report [Intel Barf from Islam Barf: One man's terrorist...]

    09/08/2004 5:26:09 PM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies · 725+ views
    IslamOnline & News Agencies ^ | 7SEP04 | IslamOnline & News Agencies Israel Tries to "Win Russia Over": Report Lavrov, right, made a distinction between occupied Palestine and Chechnya (AFP) OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, September 7 ( & News Agencies) –Showing appreciation for Israel's sympathy and offers of security assistance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov however drew a line between Chechnya and Palestine, making it clear Arab countries could not be excluded from any alliance against terror. "Chechnya is a part of Russia. But the Palestinian territories are declared by UN resolutions and international legitimacy as occupied lands," Lavrov said during a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart Silvan Shalom, according...
  • Russia confirms further delays to Iran`s nuke plant

    09/08/2004 2:03:15 PM PDT · by familyop · 25 replies · 1,098+ views
    GatewayToRussia ^ | 8SEP04 | GatewayToRussia
    A senior Russian nuclear official said on Wednesday that an atomic reactor Moscow is building for Iran, long a stumbling block in Russian-U.S. relations faced further delays. Diplomatic sources and experts in Moscow have said President Vladimir Putin's growing recognition of Washington's concerns over Iran's nuclear programme have pressured the Kremlin into delaying until a United Nations body declares Iran clean. But the Russian official, speaking just days before U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meets in Vienna to discuss Iran, said the delay was of a technical nature and had nothing to do with U.S. pressure...
  • Iran recruits 'human shield' for nuclear reactor

    09/08/2004 1:58:49 PM PDT · by familyop · 30 replies · 1,440+ views
    Jerusalem Post with AP ^ | 8SEP04 | JPOST.COM STAFF, AP
    Iran is seeking volunteers to act as a massive human shield around Iran's nuclear reactor in case of a military attack against the facility. About two weeks ago Iran announced its plans build more nuclear power plants with Russian help the in southern port city of Bushehr, ignoring US and Israeli concerns that by-products from the plants could be used to manufacture atomic bombs. The US and Israel strongly suspect Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, but Iran has consistently denied the charges. The Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign is organizing the human shield campaign...
  • Russians Respect Reason For Terrorism

    09/08/2004 1:26:02 PM PDT · by familyop · 7 replies · 1,509+ views
    TruthNews ^ | 6SEP04 | Gary Fitleberg
    According to the Associated Press, a Russian foreign minister says Moscow respects Lebanese sovereignty. In a veiled swipe at the United States and its United States allies such as Israel, Russia's foreign minister said Sunday his country opposed a Security Council resolution demanding free presidential elections here and a Syrian troop withdrawal out of Moscow's respect for Lebanese sovereignty. Sergey Lavrov made his comments after meeting Lebanese President Emile Lahoud in Beirut, marking his latest high level meeting during a Middle East tour that has included talks with the leaders of Egypt and Syria. He is expected to arrive in...
  • Lack of intelligence means Putin's security promises are unlikely to be fulfilled

    09/07/2004 9:22:43 PM PDT · by familyop · 2 replies · 368+ views
    AFP , MOSCOW, via Taipei Times ^ | 8SEP04 | AFP , MOSCOW
    The Beslan massacre illuminates Russia's weaknesses in the face of a campaign of Chechen terrorism Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a security overhaul sparked by the school hostage crisis, but experts are skeptical that authorities can prevent more terrorism by Chechen separatists.With a death toll of at least 340 in Russia's worst-ever hostage crisis, Putin went on television to admit official failings and vowed to bolster his shaken nation's security.The region's top police official resigned after the three-day hostage siege in Beslan but analysts warned that the series of audacious militant attacks point to a widespread failure of intelligence."The...
  • Speech: Shaken President Putin: "We showed weakness, and weak people are beaten."

    09/05/2004 1:16:11 AM PDT · by N. Beaujon · 118 replies · 3,879+ views
    My Way News ^ | Sep 4, 8:21 PM (ET) | By MIKE ECKEL
    BESLAN, Russia (AP) - A shaken President Vladimir Putin made a rare and candid admission of Russian weakness Saturday in the face of an "all-out war" by terrorists after more than 340 people - nearly half of them children - were killed in a hostage-taking at a southern school. Putin went on national television to tell Russians they must mobilize against terrorism. He promised wide-ranging reforms to toughen security forces and purge corruption. "We showed weakness, and weak people are beaten," he said in a speech aimed at addressing the grief, shock and anger felt by many after a string...
  • "Putin tells America: da!" CARTOON... Saddam, bin Laden terrorist connection.

    06/18/2004 12:41:31 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 16 replies · 496+ views ^ | 6/18/2004 | IPWGOP
    Regarding a Osama bin Laden & Saddam Hussein terrorist connection, Russian President Vladimir Putin tells America: da!His country passed intelligence to America (Bush) in 2002 regarding Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein having a terrorist pact to destroy the USA.Hello, 9/11 Commission.... doh!