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  • The Last Laureate

    05/26/2016 7:45:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | May 25, 2016 | Paul Greenberg
    Ah, Russia! There are a million words to describe it, yet none. The latest Nobel laureate in literature, Svetlana Alexievich, boils down the mystery that is Russia into this one big question: "Why doesn't people's suffering translate into freedom?" It is too big a question to answer in this small space, but not too big to address. Which is just what she does. In the end, she puts her finger on the key to the puzzle, and why we Westerners miss it: When we demonize Vladimir Putin, we "do not understand that there is a collective Putin, consisting of some...
  • Report: Pope's Popularity Plummets;Gates,Putin,Now More Admired Than Pontiff

    05/10/2016 11:33:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies ^ | May 10,2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    The immense popularity enjoyed by Pope Francis ever since his election in 2013 has precipitated sharply during the past year, and he no longer ranks among the top ten most admired men in the world, according to a massive new study involving 31,000 interviews.
  • Mika: Trump's Not Lying—'He's Making People Think'

    04/07/2016 6:58:13 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Virtually every morning, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough vociferously reject the notion that they're in the tank for Donald Trump. And it's true that in word and print they can occasionally be critical of him. But on today's Morning Joe, Mika came up with an odd defense to the assertion that Trump often lies: "He's not just blurting out outright lies--he's kind of making people think in some ways." Um, okay. Mika's odd formulation came in response to the allegation by guest Evelyn Farkas, a former Obama Defense Department official with expertise on Russia, who has a current Politico piece...
  • Putin, Russia 'main target' of Panama Papers leaks: Kremlin

    04/04/2016 12:05:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    yahoo news ^ | April 4, 2016 | AFP
    ...The documents analysed by Russian journalists from Novaya Gazeta opposition newspaper put Putin's close friend at the top of an offshore empire worth more than $2 billion that has made his circle fabulously wealthy. The Kremlin spokesman, who himself figures in the leaked documents, said there was "nothing new or concrete" about the Russian leader in the leaks, but blamed them on a mood of rampant "Putinophobia."
  • Putin's best friend is at the heart of Panama Papers scandal

    04/04/2016 1:59:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies ^ | April 04, 2016 | Mansur Mirovalev
    Sergei Roldugin is Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest friend. They met when Putin was training to become a KGB officer at school, where Roldugin's brother was one of Putin's classmates. Roldugin introduced Putin to his future wife, Lyudmila, and the couple made him the godfather of their eldest daughter in 1985. ...Roldugin is not the only friend and confidant of Putin's mentioned in the Panama Papers. The reports mention Putin’s judo sparring partners, the wives of Putin’s spokesman and a governor, sons of economy and deputy interior ministers,...
  • Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin

    04/04/2016 5:51:42 AM PDT · by tlozo · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 3 2016 | Luke Harding
    A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members of Putin’s close circle fabulously wealthy. Though the president’s name does not appear in any of the records, the data reveals a pattern...The documents suggest Putin’s family has benefited from this money – his friends’ fortunes appear his to spend….. The Panama Papers disclose that Kovalchuk and Bank Rossiya achieved the transfer of at least $1bn to a specially created offshore entity called Sandalwood Continental. These funds came...
  • PANAMA PAPERS: The secrets of dirty money (Iceland Monetary Disaster)

    04/03/2016 11:17:33 PM PDT · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 24 replies
    Suddeutsche Zeitung (German, in English) ^ | April 2016 | Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer
    A storm is coming By Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer The interrogation room in which Iceland’s recent history was rewritten is sparse, furnished only with a table, some chairs, and a computer. A camera is fixed to the wall, and the frosted, double-glazed windows have completely blocked out the sound of the gale-force winds in Reykjavik’s Faxafloi Bay. It was in this room that some of Iceland’s most powerful bankers, executives, and investors had to answer to special investigator Olaf Hauksson. A tall man with a heavy build, Haukkson has spent the past six years investigating the transactions that brought...
  • Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption

    04/03/2016 4:58:22 PM PDT · by fision · 35 replies
    ICIJ ^ | 4/3/2016
    Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption Millions of documents show heads of state, criminals and celebrities using secret hideaways in tax havens Files reveal the offshore holdings of 140 politicians and public officials from around the world â—ľCurrent and former world leaders in the data include prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the president of Ukraine, and the king of Saudi Arabia â—ľMore than 214,000 offshore entities appear in the leak, connected to people in more than 200 countries and territories â—ľMajor banks have driven the creation of hard-to-trace companies in offshore havens...
  • Here are the famous politicos in ‘the Wikileaks of the mega-rich’

    04/03/2016 5:42:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Fusion ^ | 4/3/2016 | Fusion Investigative Unit
    It’s being called the “Panama Papers” — a trove of 11.5 million leaked internal documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, showing how hundreds of thousands of people with money to hide used anonymous shell corporations across the world. Fusion’s investigative unit was one of the more than 100 media organizations that dove into the files — and found drug dealers, arms traders, human traffickers, fraudsters. We also found no shortage of politicians or their family members. Here is a listing of current and former world leaders connected to the files. Check out Dirty Little Secrets, Fusion’s full investigation...
  • Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens

    04/03/2016 1:20:59 PM PDT · by NCjim · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | April 3, 2016 | Richard Bilton
    A huge leak of confidential documents has revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. They show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax. The company says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and has never been charged with criminal wrong-doing. The documents show links to 72 current or former heads of state in the data, including dictators accused of looting their own countries. Gerard Ryle, director of the...
  • Germany calls to 'turn up heat' on financial crimes

    04/04/2016 7:02:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies ^ | 04 Apr 2016 15:40 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The German government on Monday said it hoped the revelations from the so-called “Panama Papers” will spur global efforts to combat tax evasion and money laundering. “We hope the current debate will turn up the heat,” finance ministry spokesman Martin Jäger told a news briefing. […] The Panama Papers are a massive leak of 11.5 million documents allegedly exposing the secret offshore dealings of a host of world leaders, celebrities and sports stars, implicating figures from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Barcelona striker Lionel Messi. […] The documents, from around 214,000 offshore entities covering almost 40 years, came from Mossack...
  • Tracking Cash More Difficult As Banks Close ‘High-Risk’ Accounts; Cash Going Underground

    04/04/2016 10:21:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 02 April 2016 | Marcy Kreiter
    Skittish banks have been closing what they consider high-risk accounts, many of them held by money transfer firms and humanitarian organizations, prompting the U.S. Government Accountability Office to open an investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. This week, the Journal detailed how such organizations have been forced out of the global banking system. More than 50 nonprofits sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry accusing banks and the Treasury of playing the blame game and doing little to solve the problem. They want the U.S. Treasury to state nonprofits aren’t inherently high-risk....
  • 2017—President Hillary’s New Best Friend, Vladimir Putin

    03/07/2016 6:26:05 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/07/16 | William Kevin Stoos
    As she fantasized about higher taxes, free college for everyone, wealth redistribution, and a federal $20 per hour minimum wage, her socialist daydream was interrupted... It was January 21, 2017 and an exhausted President Hillary Clinton was basking in the afterglow of her swearing in the day before. Narrowly defeating Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, she settled into her chair in the Oval Office on her first full day at the helm. She surveyed the room and dreamed of how she planned to serve out the third and maybe fourth terms of Barack Obama—just as she had promised...
  • Tunguska, Siberia - Russian scientists claim discovery of alien spaceship

    08/11/2004 8:31:43 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 70 replies · 4,399+ views
    Discovered remains of an extraterrestrial vessel in Siberia (scientists) Russian scientists affirmed to have discovered the remains of an extraterrestrial spaceship fallen in 1908 on the site from Toungouska, in Siberia, brings back Wednesday evening the Russian agency Interfax. The scientists, who belong to the Fund of the space phenomenon of Toungouska, also on the spot found a stone of 50 kg which they sent for analysis to Krasnoyarsk, town of Siberia. The cataclysm of Toungouska, which has occurred in a desert area of Siberia, constitutes one of the greatest scientific mysteries of the 20th century. June 30, 1908,...
  • Putin denounces Soviet founder Lenin

    01/25/2016 11:12:57 AM PST · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 69 replies ^ | 1/25/16 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, accusing him of placing a "time bomb" under the state, and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government. The harsh criticism of Lenin, who is still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual for Putin, who in the past carefully weighed his comments about the nation's history to avoid alienating some voters. At the same time, he signaled that the government has no intention of taking Lenin's body out of his Red Square tomb, warning against "any steps that would divide the...
  • Saudi v. Iran v. Bahrain v. Israel v. Syria v. Iraq v. Sunnis v. Shiites v. Putin v. Obama

    01/04/2016 5:34:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | January 4, 2015 | Rich Galen
    Welcome to the first workday of 2016 and maybe the first day of World War III.The last two World Wars started when a couple of countries got into it and everyone else began to choose up sides.Over the weekend, the Saudi Arabian government executed 47 people including one senior Shiite cleric who had been an outspoken opponent of the Saudi rulers.  The Iranians immediately set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.  The Saudis immediately emptied its embassy of diplomats, cut off diplomatic ties, and ordered the Iranian mission out of Riyadh within 48 hours. As a reminder, the royal family...
  • Christmastime in Moscow with Vladimir Putin

    12/23/2015 7:15:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 28 | Rachel Marsden
    MOSCOW -- Walking around downtown Moscow at Christmastime in the wake of a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, I was struck by a distinct feeling of deja vu from my Canadian childhood. Not since then had I heard so much English-language Christmas music infusing the cold, crisp air, or seen so many decorations everywhere that include crosses and religious symbols as well as secular reminders of the season. There is no "war on Christmas" here. Russia is moving in the opposite direction from the West in critical ways: There's a sense here that Putin is trying to preserve...
  • “Gunslinger’s gait”: a new cause of unilaterally reduced arm swing

    12/15/2015 2:44:38 PM PST · by AdmSmith · 27 replies
    British Medical Journal ^ | 14DEC2015 | Rui AraĂşjo, Joaquim J Ferreira,, Bastiaan R Bloem
    Objective To postulate a new possible cause of a unilaterally reduced arm swing in addition to the known medical conditions such as shoulder pathology, Erb’s palsy, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Methods Analysis of YouTube videos depicting the gait of highly ranked Russian officials. Results We found a similar walking pattern in President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and three other highly ranked Russian officials, all presenting with a consistently reduced right arm swing in the absence of other overt neurological abnormalities.
  • Russia, Turkey Tensions Heating Up: Putin Surrounds Turkey with Military Presence

    12/09/2015 5:30:01 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-09-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Vladimir Putin was dead serious when he warned Turkey that it would "regret more than once" shooting down a Russian fighter yet. Not only has the Russian president announced all kinds of sanctions against Turkey, but he's now also surrounding the Islamist-led country with his military. As Hurriyet Daily News reports, Putin has sent 14 helicopters to Erebuni Air Base in Armenia. Half of these helicopters are armored Mi-24 attack helicopters, while the other seven are Mi-8 model transport helicopters. Meanwhile, Putin has also sent a submarine called the 'Rostov-on-Don' to the Mediterranean. Russia has a naval base there, and...
  • TIME Announces Shortlist for 2015 Person of the Year

    12/09/2015 2:48:12 AM PST · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    Time ^ | Dec. 7, 2015 | Sarah Begley
    A shortlist of candidates chosen by TIME magazine*s editors for the 2015 Person of the Year was revealed on NBC*s TODAY show Monday morning. The eight contenders are, in alphabetical order:
  • Putin: 'We support Islam, Allah Has Decided to Punish' Turkey's Leaders

    12/07/2015 5:15:31 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-07-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Turkey's government. Tensions started flaring after Turkey shut down a Russian jet flying over Syria last week. Ankara says this step was taken because the jet violated Turkey's airspace and because its pilots ignored as many as ten warnings. Although Washington D.C. has backed the Turks, Putin tells a completely different story. According to him, the plane didn't violate Turkey's airspace at all. He also says the pilots received no warning whatsoever, arguing that it was a planned Ever since, Putin and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been at...
  • Moscow Vows Turkey Will 'Regret More Than Once' Shooting Down Russian Jet

    12/04/2015 3:16:01 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-04-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    After requesting meetings with Russian government officials for a week -- and being rebuffed each time -- Turkey finally got what it wanted yesterday: Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, met with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. If Turkey hoped the meeting would ease the crisis resulting from its shootdown of a Russian plane last plane, it was sorely disappointed: Putin stressed Russia is not planning to engage in military saber-rattling. “But if anyone thinks that having committed this awful war crime, the murder of our people, that they are going to get away with some measures concerning their tomatoes or...
  • Putin Pouts

    12/03/2015 9:26:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | December 3, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Truth be told, I once rather admired Vladimir Putin, as George W. Bush rather admired him. I cannot say, as Bush can, that I looked into his eyes and "was able to get a sense of his soul." But his nation has suffered through a long century, when the Western world had achieved so much. True, the Russian despots put the Western world through dreadful travail, but in terms of wealth and happiness, we did OK. The 20th century has been the best, by far, for the West -- at least in material terms. Meanwhile, the Russian despots were veritable...
  • Vladimir Putin Is Morally and Intellectually Destroying the New World Order

    12/01/2015 9:53:32 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    The Voice Of Idaho ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | Becky
    Putin continues to drop political explosives in the New World Order by saying that its agents are liars, and NWO agents continue to be stunned largely because Putin has rendered them virtually powerless, helpless, and hopeless. The political tectonic shift is already in place.
  • Are Trump and Putin Right?

    12/01/2015 11:46:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | December 1, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Monday, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosted a spirited discussion with Donald Trump on whether he was right in asserting that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the towers came down on 9/11. About Muslim celebrations in Berlin, however, there appears to be no doubt. In my chapter "Eurabia," in "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America," [2006] is this quote from The New York Times Magazine, exactly 10 years ago. "Parallel to the declarations of 'unconditional solidarity' with Americans by the German majority, rallies of another sort were taking place in Neukolln and Kreuzberg. Bottle rockets were...
  • In Search of a New Free-World Leader

    11/17/2015 7:20:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | November 17, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Is Vladimir Putin the new leader of the free world? All we currently know is that the job seems open, and that Putin has seemingly sent in his resume, showing openness to the idea of an anti-Islamic State alliance with British Prime Minister David Cameron. For contrast, see Barack Obama's demeanor while talking to the press at the end of an international summit meeting in Turkey on Monday. "Mr. Obama sounded weary and defensive as he repeatedly rejected criticism of his yearlong strategy ... to combat the Islamic State," reported The New York Times. Criticism of his strategy has intensified...
  • Putin, the Most Powerful Man in the World

    11/09/2015 3:45:36 PM PST · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Putin, the Most Powerful Man in the World By Julio Severo Forbes has named Vladimir Putin (Russia), Angela Merkel (Germany), Barack Obama (U.S.) and Pope Francis (the Vatican) in its latest “World’s Most Powerful People” list. According to WND (WorldNetDaily), “Putin was named the world’s most powerful last year, and the year before as well. To compile the list, Forbes considered four areas: whether the person had power over lots of people; the level of financial resources the person controlled; whether the person was powerful in more than one area; and whether the person actively used his or her...
  • The Decline of Modern Germany

    10/29/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Germany's political stability and economic sway have until recently earned Chancellor Angela Merkel unprecedented global influence and power. Postwar Germany has become the financial powerhouse of Europe and a model nation. Give credit to German hard work and competency for the country's continuing economic miracle. Less appreciated is how Germany also brilliantly exploited the lucrative in-house trade framework of the European Union market -- along with nearly seven decades of subsidized defense from an American-led NATO. The result is that Germany alone now determines the fiscal future of the nearly insolvent southern European Union nations on the Mediterranean. Germany was...
  • Is Vladimir Putin’s Conservatism False?

    10/26/2015 3:13:47 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 39 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Is Vladimir Putin’s Conservatism False? By Julio Severo Russian conservatism, under the influence of the Orthodox Church, has distinguished itself by strong Christian stances against the gay agenda and abortion, especially in the United Nations. This conservative prescription turned out fine for the conservative Protestant president Ronald Reagan and for the Vatican. Could it turn out fine for Russians? If you think that the conservatism advocated by President Vladimir Putin in Russia is true, a Brazilian apologist wants help you change your mind. In his recent article “O falso conservadorismo de Vladimir Putin” (Vladimir Putin’s False Conservatism), published in...
  • Putin Will Find Appearances Can Deceive

    10/15/2015 10:41:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 15, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    It's now a tenet of conventional wisdom that our policy in Syria is an embarrassment as well as a flop. Washington insiders place great importance on "optics," and the sight of Russian President Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles is making their eyes sting. "Current and former Obama officials say the president's reluctance to respond more assertively against Putin is signaling U.S. weakness and indecision," reports Politico. One current aide lamented anonymously that "we act like we're totally impotent." Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under George W. Bush, and Robert Gates, secretary of defense under Bush and Barack Obama, couldn't agree...
  • Vladimir Putin Scores Seven Goals in Birthday Hockey Game

    10/11/2015 5:35:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 11, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Vladimir Putin turned 63 on Wednesday, and he celebrated in a rather unorthodox manner: by partaking in an all-star hockey game with former NHL stars and Russian cabinet members. The leader, famous for posing shirtless on horseback and in other unashamedly macho situations, played in a hockey game Wednesday night alongside former NHL stars. As you'd expect, Putin's team won. And the man himself scored seven goals. The President's teammates included former Vancouver Canucks player Pavel Bure, as well as Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who earlier in the day had been briefing Putin on Russia's latest round of military strikes...
  • Russia's Threat

    10/09/2015 12:44:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he predicted that the occasion would be remembered as "the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth." Some seven years later, America is weaker, and the world is a far more dangerous place. President Obama did not end the war in Iraq. His precipitous withdrawal of American troops allowed the Islamic State group to take control of major cities and Iran to become the puppet master in Iraq. His decision to announce when the U.S. would...
  • Beware Putin and His 'Anti-Hitler Coalition'

    10/08/2015 3:58:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to "help" monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 -- and soon abandoned.</p>
  • Reckless Lunacy (Oliver North on Obama & disarmament)

    08/23/2012 4:55:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 24, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Americans following this year's presidential campaign would never know it from mainstream media coverage, but the commander in chief we hired four years ago has set the United States on a course for unilateral disarmament. The following people hope you won't notice until after Nov. 6: Vladimir Putin, Liang Guanglie, Kim Jong-un, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, A.Q. Khan and of course, Barack Obama. The 10 individuals above share a common fascination: nuclear weapons. Vladimir Putin, Russia's modern czar; Liang Guanglie, minister of national defense for...
  • All Talk, No Action

    10/06/2015 9:10:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    By Monday, interestingly enough, the Russian invasion of Syria was receding as a topic of public concern. Apparently there no longer seemed anything explosive in the tidings of Vladimir Putin's slam-bang entry into that remote theater of conflict. This was notwithstanding those Russian airstrikes against the anti-Assad rebels whom the United States, supposedly, has been encouraging. When President Obama went before the TV cameras late last week, it was chiefly to flog anyone unable to fall in with the Absolute Necessity of Common-Sense Gun Control. "Russian planes, what Russian planes?" our Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader might as well have said....
  • US Foreign Policy Blunder: Iran Readies Syrian Ground Invasion

    10/03/2015 12:33:20 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 29 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    (Original title too lengthy: The Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam Is Complete: Iran Readies Massive Syrian Ground Invasion) On Thursday, in “Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic”, we attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscow’s involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize what’s taking shape in the Middle East: Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand...
  • The Mind of Mr. Putin

    10/02/2015 3:19:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 2, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "Do you realize now what you have done?" So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us. Fourteen years after we invaded Afghanistan, Afghan troops are once again fighting Taliban forces for control of Kunduz. Only 10,000 U.S. troops still in that ravaged country prevent the Taliban's triumphal return to power. A dozen years after George W. Bush invaded Iraq, ISIS occupies its second city, Mosul, controls its largest province, Anbar,...
  • Putin’s Progress

    09/30/2015 1:04:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | Cliff May
    Not long after the implosion of the Soviet Union, I attended a conference in Moscow. The topic: how Russia would evolve in the post-communist era about to begin. Most participants were confident and optimistic. A few of us Americans — not so much. I pointed out that in libraries around the world are hundreds of books on the transition from capitalism to socialism. But a treatise on how to move in the other direction? That would be like finding a cookbook instructing how to make eggs out of omelets. You know happened after that: A small group of former Soviet...
  • Josh Earnest Excuses Putin's Obama Snub: 'Chaos' Inside UN Building

    09/29/2015 6:59:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Vladimir Putin probably had to wait 20 minutes for an elevator. Yeah, that's the ticket . . . Josh Earnest, Barack Obama's spokesman, has excused Vladimir Putin's snub of the President of the United States, in which the Russian strongman turned up 20 minutes late for their lunch at the UN yesterday. On today's Morning Joe, Earnest lamely defended Vlad's tardiness: "anybody that's been around the UN during the General Assembly knows it's total chaos inside that building, so people ae running late quite frequently. " Right. And if you believe that, we've got an oceanfront condo in Moscow to...
  • Obama at UN: Iran Deal Ensures Iran's Nuclear Program Will be 'Peaceful' He's Delusional)

    09/28/2015 10:06:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    In his address to the United Nations in New York City Monday morning, President Obama defended his administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran in the vein of 'international togetherness.' The president said he is “mindful” of the dangers we face because they cross his desk every morning. “I will never hesitate to protect our country, unilaterally or by force when necessary,” he said. Yet, these dangers, he insisted, cannot be faced alone. “But I believe in my core, we cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion. We cannot look backwards. We cannot turn back those forces of integration.”...

    04/01/2015 8:25:03 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    The Hillary Clinton confidant who was caught running a clandestine intelligence service for her may have also illegally lobbied for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally in the nation of Georgia. According to a Gawker report, Sidney Blumenthal, the top Clinton confidant, and “another former official from Bill Clinton’s administration were secretly lobbying the secretary of state on behalf of a billionaire in the former Soviet state of Georgia who was seeking closer ties with Putin’s Russia—seemingly in violation of a federal law designed to prevent foreign powers from covertly wielding influence within the United States.” Blumenthal “passed along a note...
  • Violent Patterns Emerge in Putin's War on Ukraine

    08/19/2015 7:48:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 19, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Russian dictator and shameless propagandist Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of escalating warfare in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. "I hope there won't be full-scale direct clashes," Putin said while visiting the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. Putin delivered his accusation in what I call his "Vlad, Ace of Spies and KGB Colonel" mode. This patterned shtick is Cold War tough guy by design, theatrical photo-op Viagra for aging Communists. Along with his accusation, Reuters published a photo of Putin riding in a bathyscaphe (deep-sea ocean research submersible). As the bathyscaphe's bubble capsule submerges, Vlad (wearing a relaxed open-collar shirt, circa James Bond...
  • NATO-Russia Collision Ahead?

    06/23/2015 8:23:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | june 23, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe: A Message to Russia," ran the headline in The New York Times. "In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries," said the Times. The sources cited were "American and allied officials." The Pentagon's message received a reply June 16. Russian Gen. Yuri Yakubov called the U.S. move "the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold...
  • Putin and Buffett’s War on U.S. Pipelines

    06/06/2015 6:52:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | June 6, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Abundant, reliable, affordable oil and natural gas empower people. They support job creation, mobility, modern agriculture, homes and hospitals, computers and communications, lights and refrigerators, life and study after sundown, indoor plumbing, safe drinking water, less disease and longer lives. Hydrocarbons make plastics, pharmaceuticals and synthetic clothing. They create fertilizers and pesticides, to improve crop yields, reduce food prices and improve nutrition. But Sierra Club, and other radicals want to keep America’s oil and natural gas bounties in the ground. They block leasing, drilling and fracking. They block pipelines that transport oil and gas to refineries, power plants, factories...
  • Confessions of a NATO Trip Wire: Why Poles and Balts Want US Trip Wire Forces

    06/03/2015 11:43:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 3, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Occasionally referred to as The Three Musketeers Clause, the NATO treaty's Article 5 exemplifies the hard diplomacy that won the Cold War. The daring French musketeers promised one for all and all for one. Article 5 made a similar serious commitment. Unfortunately, in 2015, as Vladimir Putin's Kremlin attacks Ukraine, NATO's Eastern European members --particularly Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia -- are no longer certain Article 5's pledge is iron-clad. In Article 5, NATO members agreed, "that an armed attack against one or more of them ... shall be considered an attack against them all." Each member would then take...
  • Putin and the Neoconservatives

    05/24/2015 7:05:24 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 26 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Putin and the Neoconservatives By William Pfaff Comment by Julio Severo: This article was kindly sent and recommended to me by a Pentecostal minister in the U.S. Its author, William Pfaff, said, “The resemblance of President Putin’s ambitions for his Russia to those of the neoconservatives in the contemporary United States bear a striking formal resemblance in the wish of both to recall a romanticized past.” For pro-family Christians, the important point is whether a president supports a pro-family agenda or anti-family agenda. We supported George W. Bush because of his generally pro-life stances, even though his neocon decision...
  • Highest Ranking Cold War Defector: The KGB Invented ‘Liberation Theology’

    05/02/2015 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 53 replies ^ | 2 May 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a startling new interview, a 3-star general and former head of Communist Romania’s secret police who defected to the United States in 1978, claims that the Theology of Liberation was the creation of the KGB, who exported it to Latin America as a way of introducing Marxism into the continent. Ion Mihai Pacepa has been called “the Cold War’s most important defector,” and after his defection, the Romanian government under Nicolae Ceausescu placed two death sentences and a $2 million bounty on his head. During the more than ten years that Pacepa worked with the CIA, he made what...
  • Russian Reporter Assaulted and Robbed in Baltimore (Boo-Hoo)

    05/01/2015 3:27:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | May 1, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    “Give it BACK! …GEEVE EET BACK!” shrieked Russian reporter Paulina Leonovich as black thugs ran off with her purse in Baltimore last week. This reporter works for Vladimir Putin’s RT (Russia Today) TV network, which specializes in featuring the “terrible oppression” of “innocent blacks in racist America.” Am I the only person who laughed at the poor woman’s brief discomfiture? (Turns out she wasn’t hurt and the cops quickly ran down the thugs and retrieved her purse.) “Just desserts” some might say. “Mugged by reality,” say others. But her desserts are much juster than some think. It’s not Paulina Leonovich’s...
  • Not Enough is Being Done to Protect Christians in Middle East - Putin

    04/17/2015 6:27:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/16/15
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in the Middle East for Christians is terrible and the international community is not taking enough steps to protect them. "As to the Middle East and Christians, the situation is terrible. We have spoken about it many times and we believe that the international community is not doing enough to protect the Christian population of the Middle East," Putin told reporters. He reiterated that Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries and the place is the birthplace of Christianity. "It is sad that the international community...
  • Rachel Marsden: America Is Under Threat From Reactive Foreign Policy

    04/08/2015 2:44:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 8, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- We're witnessing arguably the most unfocused and undisciplined U.S. foreign policy in history under President Barack Obama. If I'm seeing it and you're seeing it, then it's a safe bet that America's opponents are seeing it -- and attempting to exploit it for long-term gain. What might that exploitation look like? Take a dog to a park and toss some sticks around, one after another and in different directions. Watch Fido zigzag around, bark at all the sticks in frustration, fail to retrieve one in favor of running after another. Agence France Presse reported concerns last week over...