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  • The Nuclear Option: Donald Trump Built A Juggernaut And Had The Media Pay For It

    02/10/2016 12:17:03 PM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Charles Hurt
    Why does the mainstream media heap such scorn and disbelief on Donald Trump over his promise to build a great wall along the border with Mexico — and make Mexico pay for it? After all, Donald Trump has built a winning presidential campaign — and made the media pay for it.
  • Pope Francis Sees Putin as 'Only Man' to Defend Christians Around the World

    02/10/2016 7:48:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill will not only be a historic religious event, but could also have major benefits to Christians around the world, the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported. In an attempt to defend Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world where they're being persecuted, Pope Francis wants to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for help. According to Pope Francis, Putin is "the only one with whom the Catholic Church can unite to defend Christians in the East." With the help of Putin, Pope Francis hopes to reach...
  • Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks

    02/10/2016 12:17:50 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC | MEE staff
    Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks MEE staff Tuesday 9 February 2016 15:40 UTC Last update: Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC King Hamad expresses hope for 'imminent victory' after presenting Russian president with sword made of Damascus steel Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a "sword of victory” made from Damascus steel during a visit to Russia that included talks with his host about the crisis in Syria. King Hamad and Putin exchanged gifts during a meeting at the Russian leader's residence in Sochi on the Black Sea...
  • How Vladimir Putin lost Ukraine

    02/10/2016 11:49:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    NEW STATESMAN ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Elizabeth Pond
    Putin’s war cost Russia its centuries-long shared identity with its neighbour. Now, Kyiv risks betraying the spirit of the Maidan revolution. When the Russian inquest finally comes, the answer will be clear. It was President Vladimir Putin who lost Ukraine – after a millennium of shared east Slav identity. When the Ukrainian inquest into who lost the ­Euromaidan’s “Revolution of Dignity” finally comes, the answer, on the present evidence, will also be clear. It was an elite core of politicians and oligarchs who first worked a miracle in fighting Russia’s military Goliath to a stalemate – only to revert to...
  • Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government

    02/08/2016 1:57:41 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | FEB. 8, 2016 | ANNE BARNARD
    Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government By ANNE BARNARDFEB. 8, 2016 KILIS, Turkey — Tens of thousands of Syrians who were running for their lives piled up near the border crossing with Turkey here on Monday. They were fleeing a crushing wave of Russian airstrikes and government ground forces advancing toward the frontier in a developing rout of insurgent forces north of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The intense and, critics say, indiscriminate Russian air attacks have shattered the latest round of peace talks, forced the regional and global players to reassess their strategies and calculations and...
  • "We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions

    02/08/2016 12:54:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/08/2016 | Tyler Durden
    If there's anything we've learned over the past twelve months it's that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to employ all manner of nefarious tactics in order to preserve his grip on power in Ankara.Following unfavorable election results last June, Erdogan plunged the country into civil war be restarting a long simmering battle with the PKK and proceeded to crack down on journalists and anyone else critical of the ruling AKP. Ultimately, new elections were called and AKP put up a stronger showing, effectively paving the way for Erdogan to rewrite Turkey's constitution and install an executive presidency.But...
  • Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website

    02/08/2016 12:34:25 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST | Michele Kambas in Athens, Orhan Coskun in Ankara and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels
    Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website BRUSSELS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened in November to flood Europe with migrants if European Union leaders did not offer him a better deal to help manage the Middle East refugee crisis, a Greek news website said on Monday. Publishing what it said were minutes of a tense meeting last November, the euro2day.gr financial news website revealed deep mutual irritation and distrust in talks between Erdogan and the EU's two top officials, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk. The EU officials were trying to...
  • Ron Paul: When Peace Breaks Out With Iran ...

    01/18/2016 3:31:52 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    Ron Paul Institute ^ | January 17, 2016 | Ron Paul
    This has been the most dramatic week in US/Iranian relations since 1979. Last weekend ten US Navy personnel were caught in Iranian waters, as the Pentagon kept changing its story on how they got there. It could have been a disaster for President Obama's big gamble on diplomacy over conflict with Iran. But after several rounds of telephone diplomacy between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, the Iranian leadership - which we are told by the neocons is too irrational to even talk to - did a most rational thing: weighing the costs and...
  • Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

    02/08/2016 5:30:22 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 8, 2016 8:11am EST | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. "Our whole existence is now threatened, not just losing more ground," said Abdul Rahim al-Najdawi from Liwa al-Tawheed, an insurgent group. "They are advancing and we are pulling back because in the face of such heavy aerial bombing we must minimize our losses." The Syrian military and its allies were almost five km (3 miles) from the rebel-held town of Tal Rafaat, which has brought...
  • World War III inches closer as Turkey says it may enter Syrian conflict

    02/07/2016 6:32:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/7/16 | Todd Wood
    The reason Russia is possibly building a new airbase on the Turkish border inside Syria became clearer today as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted Turkey could enter the war on the side of the anti-Assad forces who Russia has been primarily targeting. The Syrian government made major gains against the Sunni opposition in recent weeks as the Syrian city of Aleppo looked to fall from the opposition’s control. Turkey has repeatedly urged the American-led coalition against ISIS to do more to help the anti-Assad forces. “We don’t want to fall into the same mistake in Syria as in Iraq,”...
  • Aleppo siege marks dramatic upheaval on Syrian battlefield

    02/08/2016 6:26:19 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 11:33 PM ET, Sun February 7, 2016 | Tim Lister, CNN
    Since Russia began its air campaign, most of its strikes have been on cities and towns held by the rebels in western Syria. These are not areas where ISIS has much of a presence; al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham and elements of the Free Syrian Army are the main groups. In the process, senior rebel commanders have been killed in Homs, Idlib and Aleppo provinces. "Their ultimate objective is to force the world to make an unconscionable choice between Assad and ISIS," says Hokayem. For now, ISIS is waiting out the battle for Aleppo and watching its rivals get pummeled....
  • US admiral: Russia's Submarine Activity In The North Atlantic Is At Cold War Levels, Why?

    02/05/2016 2:31:52 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies
    BI ^ | 2-5-2016 | Armin Rosen
    Armin Rosen Febuary 5, 2016Russia's submarine fleet is more active than it's been in decades in a strategically vital body of water — and US military planners can't seem to figure out why. US Navy Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, also head of NATO's maritime command, told IHS Jane's that the US has seen "more activity from Russian submarines than we've seen since the days of the Cold War" in the North Atlantic. While Johnstone didn't specify which parts of the North Atlantic have seen this uptick, nearly the entirety of the area between North America, the Western European coastline, and...
  • In Blow to Ukraine’s Reform Hopes, Top Official Resigns, Citing Corruption

    02/04/2016 3:27:48 PM PST · by marvel5 · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    In a blow to hopes that Ukraine will be able to overcome a decades-long struggle with corruption and mismanagement, the country’s Western-trained economy minister resigned Wednesday, saying he had been unable to beat back corruption. Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius said that he had come under pressure from senior allies of the country’s president to make patronage appointments in state-owned companies and to appoint unqualified deputies who would have overseen the most lucrative industries in Ukraine. The resignation fed growing concerns from Ukraine’s allies that the country remains stuck in unscrupulous dealmaking almost two years after pro-Western protesters overthrew President Viktor...
  • Spetsnaz in Syria tweets

    02/04/2016 1:44:51 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    twitter.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | Twitter
    #Russian #spetsnaz troops on top of a brand new BTR-82A armored personnel carrier in #Syria#RuAF pic.twitter.com/c1FqEjAWLO— khaled g.alkhateb (@KhaledgAlkhateb) January 29, 2016 #Russia special forces soldier in #Syria IDd as belonging to 45 #Spetsnaz Brigade recon unit https://t.co/ZNYJst2Wsc pic.twitter.com/3VlGDL7L2N— big el little ease (@elemcee69) January 30, 2016 Covert operations. Politeness wins. #russia #usa #airsoft #russianlivesmatter #evike #Spetsnaz pic.twitter.com/EesVHbYhTk— East Bloc-Восток Б (@East_Bloc) January 31, 2016Spetsnaz GRU forces with Arab prisoner
  • Russia 'simulated a nuclear strike' against Sweden, Nato admits

    02/04/2016 1:09:05 PM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | February 4, 2016 | Roland Oliphant
    The Russian airforce conducted a mock nuclear strike against Sweden during war games less than three years ago, Nato has said. The 2013 exercise, which saw a contingent of Russian aircraft approach Swedish airspace after crossing the Gulf of Finland, was one of several examples of dummy nuclear attacks against Nato and its allies in recent years, according to a new Nato report.
  • Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle

    02/04/2016 12:03:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4,2016 | By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to proceed with peace talks. The Su-35S is Russia’s most advanced warplane, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, one official familiar with the jet said. Already, continued Russian airstrikes against Syrian opposition fighters, some backed by the CIA, were...
  • Poland's Eurosceptic conservatives triumph in vote - exit poll

    10/25/2015 1:41:44 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/25/15 | GABRIELA BACZYNSKA AND PAWEL FLORKIEWICZ
    Poland's eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS) is on course to unseat the ruling Civic Platform (PO) after eight years in power, an exit poll showed on Sunday
  • Turkey's nationalist 'Gray Wolves' enter Syrian fray

    02/04/2016 7:33:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | February 3, 2016 | Fehim Taştekin
    Turkey's nationalist 'Gray Wolves' enter Syrian fray Author Fehim Taştekin Summary: Turkish ultranationalists have joined the fight in Syria as what some observers view as their government's secret weapon, one that could backfire as the group mingles with Islamists along with the Turkmens they're defending. Posted February 3, 2016 Turkish involvement in the Syrian war has been heavily dominated by Islamist fighters, but the conflict has also drawn in an unlikely quarter -- Turkish nationalists. The far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and its youth branch, the Idealist Hearths, have recently come into the spotlight with high-profile losses on the Syrian...
  • Not many Muslims support Republicans, but those who do support Trump

    02/03/2016 10:41:13 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 17 replies
    vox.com ^ | February 3, 2016, 8:50 a.m. ET | Zack Beauchamp
    Not many Muslims support Republicans, but those who do support Trump Updated by Zack Beauchamp on February 3, 2016, 8:50 a.m. ET @zackbeauchamp zack@vox.com Donald Trump wants to ban any more Muslims from entering the United States. Yet among Muslim Americans, he's the most popular Republican candidate for president — although that may say more about the rest of the GOP field than about Trump, given that he's polling "first" among Republicans with only 7.5 percent Muslim American support. That's according to a new survey of Muslim Americans from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), conducted among 2,000 Muslims in...
  • Putin's revenge: Turkish tourist industry collapsing

    02/02/2016 2:28:48 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 2/2/2016, 12:52 PM | Gil Ronen
    Putin's revenge: Turkish tourist industry collapsing More than 1,300 hotels along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are up for sale as Russian sanctions bite. A total of 1,318 Turkish hotels along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have been put up for sale, due to Russian sanctions on Turkey and security concerns, reported Turkish and Russian media Tuesday. Today's Zaman said that 410 hotels are listed for sale at the Mediterranean resort area of Anatalya, at a total sale price of TL 30 billion (about $10 billion). The remaining 908 hotels are on sale at the provinces of Muğla, İzmir, Aydın,...
  • Russian air strikes are targeting CIVILIAN oil tankers and allowing ISIS (truncated)

    02/02/2016 7:47:35 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 17 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 2 February 2016 | By Gianluca Mezzofiore For Mailonline
    Russian warplanes in Syria are targeting civilian oil refineries and trucks while deliberately ignoring ISIS facilities to allow the extremist group to continue its oil trade with the Assad regime, local activists claim. Citizen journalists from the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently group claimed Russia's airstrikes are aimed at destroying local oil facilities which are mostly owned by the local population 'and have no direct links with ISIS'. Oil trucks that move between the ISIS-held cities of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, owned by civilians, are also targeted by Russian jets.
  • Syrian Catholic leader demands the West step up against ISIS (Thanks Russia's effort)

    02/01/2016 2:03:22 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    cruxnow.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Inés San Martín
    Anti-Christian persecution Syrian Catholic leader demands the West step up against ISIS By Inés San Martín Vatican correspondent January 29, 2016 ROME — According to one of Syria’s most prominent Catholic leaders, if the West doesn’t commit to fighting extremism in the region, violence will escalate until there are no Christians left in the Middle East. “We have to say that the morale of the Christians in Syria and Iraq is getting lower, because we see how the world powers don’t care about the survival of minority communities, but [only] about their own geopolitical interests,” Syriac Catholic Patriarch Youssef III...
  • Report: Russia suspects Turkish nationalists behind Egypt plane crash

    02/01/2016 9:14:20 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    todayszaman.com ^ | February 01, 2016, Monday/ 17:03:24 | TODAY'S ZAMAN
    Report: Russia suspects Turkish nationalists behind Egypt plane crash February 01, 2016, Monday/ 17:03:24/ TODAY'S ZAMAN | ISTANBUL A Russian newspaper has claimed that Russian intelligence believes Turkish nationalists might be behind a plane crash in Egypt that killed 224 Russian citizens in late October of last year. A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers crashed in a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31 shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh...
  • America to Investigate Russia Infiltration of EU

    02/01/2016 8:46:39 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/1/16 | Pete Foster
    The review reflects mounting concerns in Washington over Moscow’s determination to exploit European disunity in order to undermine Nato, block US missile defence programmes and revoke the punitive economic sanctions regime imposed after the annexation of Crimea. The US move came as senior British government officials told The Telegraph of growing fears that “a new cold war” was now unfolding in Europe, with Russian meddling taking on a breadth, range and depth far greater than previously thought. “It really is a new Cold War out there,” the source said, “Right across the EU we are seeing alarming evidence of Russian...
  • Turkmens escape to Turkey from Russian, al-Assad fire in Syria

    02/01/2016 6:37:47 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | January/31/2016 | hurriyetdailynews.com
    Turkmens escape to Turkey from Russian, al-Assad fire in Syria ANKARA Some 1,635 migrants, mainly women, children and elderly people, crossed into Turkey on Jan. 29 and 30 from Syria, after leaving their camp across the border due to rising security risks, as the Russian and Bashar al-Assad forces’ bombardment of Turkmen villages continued. The group had taken refuge in the Turkish-built Yamadi camp after shelling by the regime and allied Russian forces’ intensified in the Bayırbucak region of northwestern Syria, according to a statement by the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). However, they were forced...
  • Turkey says another Russian jet violated Turkey's airspace

    01/30/2016 9:20:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:12 PM EST | Suzan Fraser
    Turkey said Saturday that a Russian warplane has again violated its airspace despite several warnings - two months after Turkey's military shot down a Russian jet for crossing over its territory. The past incident seriously strained the previously close ties between the two countries, damaging a strong economic partnership. A Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday said that a Russian SU-34 crossed into Turkish airspace on Friday, ignoring several warnings that were delivered both in Russian and in English by Turkish radar units. It said Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to the ministry Friday evening to "strongly protest" the violation. The...
  • 'Moscow gives us hope', says Syrian Catholic patriarch: '...helps us stay in our country'

    01/29/2016 9:25:23 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    ansamed.info ^ | 28 January, 20:21 | ANSA
    'Moscow gives us hope', says Syrian Catholic patriarch 'We will thank anyone who helps us stay in our country' 28 January, 20:21 - ROME - Syrian Catholic Church patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan has said that he approves of Russia's actions as an attempt to resolve the Syrian conflict and defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). ''The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation,'' he said. ''Russia has helped Syria a great deal to retake and liberate cities and villages under the control of terrorist groups.'' ''Syrian Christians are grateful to Russia,'' he said. ''Since...
  • Syrian Catholic Patriarch grateful to Russia for military intervention in Syria

    01/29/2016 9:22:45 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 1 replies
    catholicculture.org ^ | January 29, 2016 | Catholic World News
    Catholic World News Patriarch grateful to Russia for military intervention in Syria January 29, 2016 The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, welcomed the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War. In the four months since Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, began its air strikes against rebel forces and the Islamic State, “many things have changed on the ground,” said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. “The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation,”...
  • Murdered Former KGB Spy Had Accused Putin of Pedophilia

    01/22/2016 1:45:13 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    americasurvival.org ^ | January 22, 2016 | Alexander Litvinenko
    Read the article that may have gotten Alexander Litvinenko Killed
  • Clashes in Iraq continue as U.S., Russia expand Syria air bases

    01/26/2016 8:29:36 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    upi.com ^ | Jan. 25, 2016 at 5:00 AM | Fred Lambert
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Last week, fighting between security forces and Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar province continued alongside clashes across the border in neighboring Syria -- where the United States and Russia could be setting up new air bases. Syria Russia is reportedly establishing a presence in more air bases across Syria besides the currently used Hmeimim air base in Latakia province. Russian forces are also expanding the al-Shayrat air base, located in the countryside southeast of the capital of Homs province, according to SOHR. The facility will reportedly by used by Russian warplanes in operations around...
  • Soros No Longer Views Russia as Enemy in Attempt to ‘Save EU From Collapse'

    01/23/2016 8:53:55 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 36 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | January 22, 2016 | Sputnik News
    American business magnate and investor George Soros no longer views Russia as an enemy of the EU and is now openly calling on Brussels to cooperate with Moscow, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) wrote. According to him, the European Union may soon collapse due to the refugee crisis and the lack of leadership. In order to survive, European leaders need a "new Marshall Plan" in which Russia should play a key role, the investor stressed. Soros has always been a supporter of the idea of the EU's existence, but now he sees that the EU is "falling apart". In...
  • George Soros says the EU is ‘on the verge of collapse’

    01/21/2016 11:39:05 AM PST · by RummyChick · 39 replies
    Mr Top Step ^ | 1/21 | Mr Top Step
    Billionaire prophet of doom George Soros said the European Union is on the “verge of collapse” as it faces five or six crises at once. “The Greek crisis taught the European authorities the art of muddling through one crisis after another. This practice is popularly known as kicking the can down the road, although it would be more accurate to describe it as kicking a ball uphill so that it keeps rolling back down,” Soros said in an interview with The New York Review of Books.
  • Lenin watches on over increasingly indifferent Russians

    01/24/2016 9:50:21 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 32 replies
    AFP ^ | January 24, 2016 | Nicolas Miletitch
    Moscow (AFP) - To reach the gigantic statue of Vladimir Lenin that overlooks Moscow's October Square, pedestrians can stroll down streets named after the Bolshevik revolutionary's wife or mother, or cross Lenin Avenue that intersects with a road named after his brother. More than a quarter of a century has passed since the fall of Communism but reminders of the Soviet Union's founding father Lenin -- who died on January 21, 1924 -- are still easy to find. Yet the man himself seems increasingly to mean little to many people in Russia, the cradle of his revolution.
  • U.S. says prepared for military solution against Islamic State in Syria

    01/23/2016 9:12:57 PM PST · by Mariner · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 23rd, 2016 | By David Dolan and Asli Kandemir
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution against Islamic State in Syria should the Syrian government and rebels fail to reach a political settlement. The latest round of Syria peace talks are planned to begin on Monday in Geneva but were at risk of being delayed partly because of a dispute over who will comprise the opposition delegation. Syrian armed rebel groups said on Saturday they held the Syrian government and Russia responsible for any failure of peace talks to end the country's civil...
  • Turkey alarmed by 'Russian build-up' on Syria border

    01/22/2016 8:52:04 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 22 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 01/22/2016 | Dilay Gundogan and Burak Akinci in Ankara
    Turkey alarmed by 'Russian build-up' on Syria border AFP By Dilay Gundogan and Burak Akinci in Ankara 42 minutes ago Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday expressed alarm over reports of a build-up of Russian troops in northern Syria near the Turkish border, saying such movements would not be tolerated. "We have said this from the beginning: we won't tolerate such formations (in northern Syria) along the area stretching from the Iraqi border up to the Mediterranean," Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul. Britain-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had said that...
  • Polish ruling party leader shrugs off EU probe over court and media

    01/16/2016 7:37:50 PM PST · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16th, 2016 | by Agnieszka Barteczko
    aroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), played down a European Union investigation into recent legislation, saying Poland has to go its own way and not yield to any pressures. The EU began an unprecedented inquiry on Wednesday into whether Poland's new conservative, Eurosceptic government has breached the EU's democratic standards by taking more control of the judiciary and public media. Kaczynski, who holds no formal government post, but is widely believed to be in overall charge of the EU's largest eastern member state, said "there is no sense in being concerned about this". "We have...
  • Former MSNBC host Ed Schultz lands job at Russia Today's American channel

    Ed Schultz, the progressive talk radio host and former MSNBC personality, has landed at RT America -- the Kremlin-backed cable news channel that has been criticized for advocating a pro-Russian agenda.
  • Resurgent Russia's Demographic Renaissance Continued Throughout 2015

    Below are the key figures for Russian Federation population in 2015: 1,932,227 live births 1,907,361 deaths Natural increase: 24 866 people Net migration: 76 060 people
  • Guardian Pushes Preposterous Litvinenko Case Whopper on Gullible Readers

    01/14/2016 4:05:00 PM PST · by marvel5 · 4 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | January 14, 2016 | Wiilliam Dunkerley
    It's said that some people will believe anything. And that's what Guardian editors must be thinking, based on their latest story on the Litvinenko affair. It's titled "Fresh Evidence Suggests Litvinenko Was Killed to Keep Him Quiet." Here's what the Guardian wants its readers to believe: 1. Some bad actor (widely expected to be the Russian state according to the Guardian) wanted to "prevent [Litvinenko] from testifying about Vladimir Putin’s links with Russian organized crime." 2. That there is now added "credence to the theory that eliminating Litvinenko was a matter of utmost urgency for the Kremlin." 3. "Amateur killers"...
  • Narcissist in Chief? How Trump's Ego Reflects US Culture

    01/12/2016 11:00:42 PM PST · by kik5150 · 46 replies
    Live Science ^ | 01/08/15 | Stephanie Pappas
    With less than a month to go before Iowa's Republican primary caucus, Donald Trump remains atop the presidential candidate polls. His popularity appears unblemished despite brash statements, personal insults thrown at his opponents and rampant speculation over his perceived narcissistic tendencies. Trump surely displays enormous self-regard; in June, for example, he boasted that he'd be "the greatest jobs president that God has ever created." In September, he promised, "We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning." Egoism is a trait Trump seems proud of, in fact. In 2013, he wrote in...
  • Top US Admiral Fired For Questioning Obama Purchase Of Mansion In Dubai (Russian propaganda)

    01/10/2016 4:25:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 161 replies
    A stunning new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that one of the United States Navy’s top commanders was relieved of his command a few hours ago after he sent out an “email/posting” revealing that President Barack Obama was in the process of purchasing a multi-million dollar seaside luxury villa in the United Arab Emirates city (UAE) of Dubai. According to this report, the Commander of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 15, Rear Admiral Rick Williams, posted a “pointed” query on 8 January [since deleted] to the US Naval Institute’s “Readiness Kill Chain” “recipients/responders”...
  • 5 killed in missile strike on Medicins Sans Frontieres clinic in Yemen

    01/10/2016 5:07:19 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    RT ^ | January 10, 2016 | Staff
    At least five people have been killed in a missile strike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres medical facility in Yemen. The organization 'strongly condemns this', while adding that 10 people have been injured in the attack. 'We can confirm five dead people; we have transferred several injured to our other hospital in Sanaa, some of them are in critical condition,' MSF director of operations Raquel Ayora told RT. "The hospital is no longer functioning. It's been decreasing its services to the civilian population over the last months, only running life-saving and essential services. And right now there is no capacity...
  • Empires (Like the U.S.) Fall When Corruption Becomes Rampant

    01/08/2016 10:50:43 AM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 8, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Widespread corruption destroys empires. By way of example, corruption was one of the main causes of the collapse of the Roman Empire: The Praetorian Guard—the emperor’s personal bodyguards—assassinated and installed new sovereigns at will, and once even auctioned the spot off to the highest bidder [and see this]. The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership. The Ottoman Empire started its decline when the sale of...
  • Islamic State militant 'executes own mother' in Raqqa

    01/08/2016 5:02:56 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | January 8, 2016 | Staff
    An Islamic State militant carried out a public "execution" of his mother because she asked him to leave the group, activists say. Ali Saqr, 21, killed his mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, outside the post office in Raqqa, Syria, eyewitnesses said.
  • Mein Kampf reprinted in Germany for first time since WW2

    01/08/2016 9:29:00 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | January 8, 2016 | Damian McGuinness
    Mein Kampf is being reprinted and sold in Germany for the first time since World War Two. The copyright on Adolf Hitler's book expired at the beginning of this year.
  • Islamic State claims Libyan police center bombing

    01/08/2016 1:39:33 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Jan 8, 2016 2:20pm EST | li Abdelatti in Cairo, Aziz El Yaakoubi in Rabat and Aidan Lewis in Tunis; writing by Patrick Markey
    Fri Jan 8, 2016 2:20pm EST Islamic State claims Libyan police center bombing Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide truck bombing on a Libyan police training center on Thursday that killed at least 47 people, in the worst such attack since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Islamic State fighters have expanded their presence in the North African state, taking advantage of turmoil to control the city of Sirte and launch attacks on oilfields and key oil ports. "This operation is one in a series of the battle of Abu al-Mughira al-Qahtani, which will not stop until...
  • Top Turk Kurd Opens Office in Moscow. Backs Putin. Turkey Calls him Traitor.

    01/08/2016 1:25:42 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    http://gulfnews.com ^ | 16:53 December 24, 2015 | Reuters
    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused the head of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party of treason on Friday for using a trip to Moscow to condemn Ankara’s shooting down of a Russian warplane over Syria. Selahattin Demirtas, co-head of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), met foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday and criticised Ankara for shooting down the warplane near the border with Syria last month. Moscow denies it had entered Turkish airspace.
  • Russia helps shift balance against rebels in southern Syria (Nearing Israeli border)

    01/07/2016 11:48:46 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 26 replies
    ft.com ^ | January 7, 2016 5:55 pm | Erika Solomon in Beirut and John Reed in Jerusalem
    <p>President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are making a new push in southern Syria with the help of Russian air cover in a move that could not only weaken one of the country’s remaining rebel strongholds, but also threaten the balance of power on a combustible border with Israel.</p>
  • The Establishment Needs To Pick Rubio

    01/07/2016 1:47:11 AM PST · by iowamark · 65 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 1/7/2016 | Erick Erickson
    Donald Trump has not faded. Worse for the Republican establishment, Ted Cruz is rising. The Field poll in California has Cruz now in the lead. With polling in Iowa and California showing Cruz has skyrocketed in a few months, it is only a matter of time before national polls reflect the trend. Meanwhile, among the establishment's favorite candidates, there is no consensus. Chris Christie is gaining so much in New Hampshire that the Rubio super PAC has begun attack ads against Christie. Christie, meanwhile, is beating up Jeb Bush and Rubio. Bush is attacking Rubio. In South Carolina, the Jeb...
  • Controlled by shadow government

    01/06/2016 6:31:03 PM PST · by American Faith Today · 4 replies
    Salon ^ | January 6,2016 | Elias Isquith
    One of the predominant themes of the 2016 presidential campaign thus far — and one that is unlikely to lose significance once the primaries give way to the general election — is the American people’s exasperation with a political system they see as corrupt, self-serving, disingenuous and out of touch. Advertisement Advertisement It is not an especially partisan or ideological sentiment; you can just as easily find it among supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders as among fans of Donald Trump. You can even find those who support paragons of the status quo, like Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, making similar...