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  • Armed With US Weapons, Yemen Rebels Advance On President As Saudi Arabia Prepares For War

    03/25/2015 9:39:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-25-2015 | Durden
    UPDATE: PRESIDENT OF YEMEN SAID TO HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY ON BOAT FROM ADEN, AP SAYS Previously we reported that in the latest "coup" for US foreign policy, the US had "lost" over $500 million in weapons in Yemen, until recently an Obama administration foreign policy "success story", following the abrupt evacuation of the US embassy there, all of which ended up in local rebel and al-Qaeda hands. It didn't take long for the local Houthi rebels to put all these weapons to good use. Houthi forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized a key air base on...
  • Ukraine conflict flares as government fights 'Oligarch' Crisis

    03/23/2015 1:46:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 3-23-2015 | Aliaksandr Kudrytski and Volodymyr Verbyany
    Clashes between government troops and rebels intensified in southeast Ukraine, undermining a cease-fire as the country's government vowed to prevent an "oligarch- supported political crisis." Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said his government would crack down on "total corruption and smuggling," and the Cabinet gave private security services 24 hours to disarm after a group of men seized state-controlled oil company Ukrnafta. SNIP---- Ukraine's government also vowed to tackle domestic dissent. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced tighter gun-control measures and referred specifically to Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky, who has served as a board member at Ukrnafta, Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov,...
  • Could the South Have Won the War?

    03/17/2015 8:14:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 313 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | March 16, 2015 | Terry L. Jones
    By March 1865, it was obvious to all but the most die-hard Confederates that the South was going to lose the war. Whether that loss was inevitable is an unanswerable question, but considering various “what if” scenarios has long been a popular exercise among historians, novelists and Civil War buffs... Perhaps the most common scenario centers on the actions of Gen. Robert E. Lee... What many fail to recognize is that Northerners were just as committed to winning as the Southerners. Some saw it as a war to free the slaves, while others fought to ensure that their republican form...
  • Putin's recent public reappearance is a sham — he's been out of sight for 8 days now

    03/13/2015 8:44:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/13/2015 | Amanda Macias
    The Kremlin's attempt to dispel rumors that Russian President Vladimir Putin's health had deteriorated just backfired again.On Friday, Russian state television released footage of the "perfectly healthy" 62-year-old leader meeting with Supreme Court chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev to discuss judicial reform systems — except, the world has already seen this video, in October.The video appears in a news report last year: 1TV.RU Kremlin's statement with the same video today: Kremlin/Amanda Macias/Business Insider Putin's rare absence is tallying in at eight days.
  • Putin's mysterious absence has Moscow a-buzz with rumors

    03/12/2015 8:44:11 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 12, 2015 | by Geoffrey Smith
    Chechen leader’s brazen support for murder raises fears of a bitter power struggle close to the heart of the Russian state. Is he ill? Is he too busy trying to contain a power struggle at the top of the Russian state? Is he really going to fire Igor Sechin, his strong right arm? Moscow is awash with rumors about President Vladimir Putin, who hasn’t been seen in public in nearly a week. He’s also postponed a trip to meet with the presidents of Kazakhstan and Belarus, two important neighbors, and–even more intriguingly–skipped one of his favorite diary items, an annual...
  • Ukraine crisis: Inside the Mariupol base of the controversial Azov battalion

    03/12/2015 2:27:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    ABC News Australia ^ | 3-12-2015 | Nicholas Lazaredes
    The first thing you notice as you walk through the corridors of the Azov battalion's base in Mariupol are the swastikas. There are many — painted on doors, adorning the walls and chalked onto the blackboards of this former school, now temporary headquarters for the Azov troops. It is a confronting sight and when I query the young soldier assigned to show me around he is quick to correct me, pointing out that the symbol is in fact a "modified swastika" — more like the letter N crossed with a straight line. When I point to another symbol of the...
  • Moscow Wants to Try US General Who Rallied to ‘Kill More Russians’

    03/12/2015 9:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 3-12-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against Robert Scales, a retired US major general and a Fox News military analyst, who said in a live broadcast that the only way for the US to turn the tide in Ukraine is to start killing Russians. The criminal case is launched under an article on “Public calls for unleashing an aggressive war through the mass media”, according to a statement on the official website of the committee. The investigators believe that such statements “break not only the norms of the Russian legislation but Article 20 of the International Covenant on...
  • Blast occurs near Odessa office of Ukraine’s Samopomoshch party

    03/11/2015 9:46:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    TASS ^ | 3-12-2015 | TASS
    An explosion has occurred in Odessa near a business centre where an office of the parliamentary party Samopomoshch (Self-assistance) is located, a spokesman for the Odessa region department of the Ukrainian interior ministry said on Thursday. "The explosion occurred on the ground floor near the entrance to the building. Bomb specialists are working at the site," the spokesman said, adding that the blast had been classified as a terrorist act. The blast at the Admiralteisky business centre was reported at 0:30 a.m. local time /1:30 a.m. Moscow time/. No one was hurt.
  • Nathan B Forrest's Address to the Pole Bearers

    03/07/2015 11:30:33 AM PST · by Repulican Donkey · 117 replies
    Civil War Talk ^ | 2007 | Sears
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the Southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God's earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate...
  • Lincoln’s Best Speech: A Sesquicentennial

    03/04/2015 9:24:56 PM PST · by iowamark · 44 replies
    ThePublicDiscourse.com ^ | 3/4/2015 | Matthew S. Holland
    “With malice toward none; with charity for all…” It was a civic gesture as unexpected then as it is needed now. One hundred and fifty years ago today, Abraham Lincoln stood on the eastern portico of the U.S. Capitol and delivered a few words—703, to be precise—at his Second Inaugural. The speech remains the most celebrated inaugural address in our history. Fredrick Douglass, not always an admirer of Lincoln, called it a “sacred effort.” Lincoln himself acknowledged it was filled with “lots of wisdom” and predicted it would “wear as well as—perhaps even better than—any thing I have produced.” From...
  • RUSSIA: 100000 ČELOVEK in Moscow picket in memory of Boris Nemtsov live!

    Action in memory of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. LIVE In Moscow, March 1 goes rally in memory of Boris Nemtsov, who was killed last night in the Greater Moscow River bridge, Column Proceeds from the Slavic area. Completed a march at the murder scene Policy. http://tvrain.ru/articles/aktsija_pamjati_borisa_nemtsova_v_moskve_live-383168/
  • Profile: Boris Nemtsov

    02/28/2015 7:49:21 AM PST · by McGruff · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 February 2015
    Nemtsov founded a number of opposition movements after leaving the Russian parliament in 2003 and he had served as the co-chair of the opposition Republican Party of Russia - People's Freedom Party since 2012. He was a prominent and vocal critic of Mr Putin, denouncing him for Russia's part in the Ukraine crisis, its worsening economic situation, and the alleged corruption surrounding preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.
  • Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia's security concerns over Ukraine

    02/27/2015 10:31:31 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Reuters Mobile ^ | 2-27-2015 | Sui-Lee Wee
    Western powers should take into consideration Russia's legitimate security concerns over Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in an unusually frank and open display of support for Moscow's position in the crisis. Qu Xing, China's ambassador to Belgium, was quoted by state news agency Xinhua late on Thursday as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to "abandon the zero-sum mentality" with Russia. He said the "nature and root cause" of the crisis was the "game" between Russia and Western powers, including the United States and the European Union. He said external...
  • Eight Spaniards arrested after returning from combat in Ukraine

    02/27/2015 5:27:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    El Pais ^ | 2-27-2015 | Jorge A. Rodriguez
    The National Police on Friday detained eight Spaniards suspected of fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The arrests took place in Asturias, Catalonia, Extremadura, Murcia, Navarre and Madrid. Three of the suspects are former members of the Spanish armed forces, and one is confirmed to have been on the frontline, according to anti-terrorist sources. The men are all aged between 20 and 30 years old. The eight Spaniards belong to several different communist organizations, and had received support from an unofficial pro-Russian European network. The operation was completed after three of the men returned to Spain...
  • Emergency announcement of the Head of the DPR in regard to the withdrawal of heavy armaments

    02/26/2015 11:55:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Novorossiya Today ^ | 2-27-2015 | DPR
    Head of the DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko made an emergency announcement in Donetsk on February 26 in regard to the withdrawal of heavy armaments from the line of contact. He recited to the journalists the text of the document submitted to the Head of the OSCE mission in the DPR. “In pursuance of the Declaration of 12.02.2015 and the “Package of measures concerning implementation of the Minsk Agreement” the Donetsk People’s Republic has withdrawn heavy armament to the agreed upon and registered by the given document distance”, the document claims. Aleksandr Zakharchenko remarked that the DPR has withdrawn 90% of artillery,...
  • Ukraine Enters The Endgame

    02/25/2015 6:06:04 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-25-2015 | Durden
    Back in March 2014 we forecast that it in the aftermath of the US State Department-sponsored coup in Kiev, it was only a matter of time before Ukraine (all of its sovereign gold having since "vaporized") succumbed to full blown hyperinflation and economic implosion. Less than a year later, precisely this outcome has finally played out, and as a result, the entire nation has finally entered its economic endgame, which has two conclusions: either it joins Greece in becoming a ward of Europe and the IMF (thank you Joe Q taxpayer), or it quietly fades away into insolvent "failed state"...
  • Ukraine Enters Hyperinflation: Currency Trading Halted

    02/25/2015 9:42:33 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 2-25-2015 | durden
    Yesterday we summarized the most recent economic, political and social situation in Ukraine as follows: "A year or so on from the last coup in Ukraine, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Sergey Arbuzov told TASS, with growing popular discontent, "another state coup can’t be ruled out in Ukraine." As the cease-fire deal hangs torn and tattered in the Debaltseve winds, the nation is a mess, a new gas dispute looms as Gazprom demands upfront payments, capital controls have been tightened as the $17.5bn IMF loan may not be enough; and the central bank governor faces prosecution as the economy craters. All...
  • 60 Percent of Ukrainian Casualties Due to Friendly Fire and Incompetence

    02/24/2015 6:51:00 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-22-2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    More than half of the Ukrainian casualties in the battle against Russian-backed separatists are killed by friendly fire and lack of training, a British army veteran who volunteered with the Ukrainian forces has revealed. The soldier, known only as “Saffron”, confirmed that the Ukrainian forces were in complete disarray, lacking basic equipment and having no concept of military strategy. Last week Ukrainian forces suffered defeat at Debaltseve. But Saffron, a 40 year old naturalised Briton of Ukrainian descent, told the Sunday Times that the defeat was inevitable thanks to incompetent leadership and lack of training. “Six out of 10 casualties...
  • Early Concealed Carry Before Permits (photo)

    02/24/2015 6:10:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Many have speculated on the reason for the hand inside the coat pose of officers during Civil War photographs.   Perhaps it was to render access to a concealed weapon.  These, after all, were military officers. Is that the bulge of a Smith & Wesson #1 under his left arm?  It is about the right size.   The number one was one of the first easily concealable cartridge pistols.  It was first produced in 1857 and was in great demand by officers in the Civil War. As a .22 short, we might not think of it as having much stopping power. ...
  • To Obama, From Russia With Love... And 20 Megatons

    02/23/2015 11:28:10 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-23-2015 | Durden
    As Russia celebrates 'Defender Of The Fatherland' Day, they had an interesting message on the side of the parade's missiles: "To be personally delivered to Obama."
  • Ukraine ceasefire not holding, OSCE says

    02/23/2015 8:22:17 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    France24 ^ | 2-23-2015 | F24
    Monitors from the OSCE, which is monitoring the ceasefire between Kiev and separatist rebels in east Ukraine, told FRANCE 24 on Monday that the truce is not being respected in critical areas nor with regard to the withdrawal of heavy weapons. Alexander Hug, the deputy chief monitor of the special mission to Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), warned that fighting had continued over the weekend and urged both Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels to disclose information about the current positions of the heavy artillery that is to be pulled back from the front line...
  • Heroes of the Euromaidan Revolution are Leaving Ukraine

    02/21/2015 1:07:21 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 39 replies
    VICE ^ | 2-21-2015 | Isaac Webb
    One year ago, Dasha Oratovska and Sasha Zakhovaieva fled from Kyiv's Independence Square as riot police launched an assault on anti-government protesters, firing flares and rubber bullets into the crowd. Sasha lost consciousness and was dragged by a friend to a makeshift hospital in the nearby Trade Unions building. The building soon caught fire, forcing doctors and wounded protesters to evacuate. As the Euromaidan Revolution reached its bloody crescendo, Dasha found Sasha sitting, dazed, on St. Sophia Square, a short distance from Independence Square. Six months later, Dasha left Ukraine, likely permanently. Sasha remains in Kyiv but has begun formulating...
  • Need Help Identifying A US Military System

    02/19/2015 5:46:56 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 61 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2-19-2015 | TCRLAF
    LifeNews is showing a video of a system in 3 transport crates, with lettering in English, that was found in a wrecked Kiev encampment in Debaltseve. I believe it was the 40th Regiment's HQ. Start at4:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjf95WiAo3g#t=254 They don't really show it well, but my guess is that it could be a Sat Communications System. Others on another website are saying it's likely a US Counter-Mortar Radar. I thought the wealth of knowledge on FR might be able to answer this question?
  • Lslamist faction in Libya repairs Russian-made MIGs, conducts first airstrike

    02/18/2015 11:26:31 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2-18-2015 | Douglas Ernst
    Russian-made MIGs from deposed Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi were used by an Islamist faction vying for control of the nation’s affairs. A spokesman for the Libya Dawn coalition said Tuesday that “two or three” jets were used to attack an airstrip occupied by a rival militia in the town of Zintan, The New York Times reported.
  • A Bloody Retreat From Debaltseve as Ukrainian Forces Suddenly Withdraw

    02/18/2015 10:25:36 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 2-18-2015 | ANDREW E. KRAMER and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Ukrainian forces fought their way out of the embattled town of Debaltseve in the early hours of Wednesday, choosing a risky overnight breakout rather than surrender as they abandoned the town to Russian-backed militants. President Petro O. Poroshenko said in a televised statement that he had ordered the retreat from Debaltseve, a strategic transportation hub where intense fighting raged in recent days despite a cease-fire agreement signed last week in Minsk, Belarus. Mr. Poroshenko sought to cast the retreat in a positive light, but the loss of the town was clearly a devastating setback for the army at the hands...
  • General Staff gave the soldiers a Debaltseve destroy all machinery and exit paths

    02/17/2015 1:48:50 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    UAPress ^ | 2-17-2015 | Elena Yarmolyuk
    General Staff ordered the militias, which are surrounded by Debaltseve, the destruction of heavy machinery and departure. However, out of the new boiler in a fight almost not possible. It is reported online volunteer "Fund Peace and Order" Vsevolod Kozhemeyko, news reports "Press Ukraine". "Our part in the area Debaltseve no longer be able to enter the engineering and lossless. Order of destruction technology has received. Next to wade explored paths "- says volunteer. "What is it again? How long can you tolerate errors Viti Muzhenko war and lose people, equipment and grounds. Can this be enough dense unprofessional and...
  • Rebel commander says separatists control 80 pct of Debaltseve in east Ukraine

    02/17/2015 9:22:37 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-17-2015 | Reuters
    Senior rebel commander Eduard Basurin said on Tuesday pro-Russian separatists had gained control of more than 80 percent of the east Ukrainian transport hub of Debaltseve, which has been gripped by fighting despite a ceasefire deal.
  • Kiev Forces Fire Mortars, Shell LPR, DPR Targets – Donbas Militia

    02/14/2015 4:21:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 2-15-2015 | Sputnik
    The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko has called an emergency meeting Sunday regarding the violation of silence regime in Donbas by Kiev forces, the deputy head of DPR militia said. "The head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko has called an emergency meeting at which the current situation is being discussed," Eduard Basurin said. Eduard Basurin said that at 02:00 (February 14, 23:00 GMT) armed groups of Kiev militants in the town of Debaltseve have opened fire targeting the positions of LPR and DPR. “In order to avoid civilian casualties, the units of DPR...
  • Ukrainians Rage Against Military Draft: "We're Sick Of This War"

    02/10/2015 10:04:10 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-10-2015 | Durden
    When Ukrainian army officers came to the Ukrainian village of Velikaya Znamenka to tell the men to prepare to be drafted, they weren’t prepared for what happened next. As the commanding officer was speaking, a woman seized the microphone and proceeded to tell him off: "We’re sick of this war! Our husbands and sons aren’t going anywhere!" She then launched into a passionate speech, denouncing the war, and the coup leaders in Kiev, to the cheers of the crowd. What she did is now a crime in Ukraine: the only reason she wasn’t arrested on the spot is that the...
  • Europe Fractures:France Pivots To Putin, Germany-US Splinter On Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:52:44 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-8-2015 | Durden
    Following yesterday's summary of the utter farce that the Minsk Summit/Ukraine "peace" deal talks have become, the various parties involved appear to be fracturing even faster today. The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry's denial of any split between Germany and US over arms deliveries to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier slammed Washington's strategy for being "not just risky but counterproductive." But perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia. Following Francois Hollande's call for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French Pres Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in...
  • The Birth of a Nation: The most racist movie ever made?

    02/08/2015 8:25:02 AM PST · by Borges · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/8/2015 | Tom Brook
    D.W. Griffith’s film was released on 8 February 1915. One hundred years after it was made The Birth of a Nation still has the power to both enthrall and appall. The film is as confounding as ever, both brilliant and repugnant. Groundbreaking in its use of innovative cinematic techniques, it remains tainted by its brazen racism. The Birth of a Nation was the creation of DW Griffith, who had tried his hand as an actor and playwright but whose real genius lay in film-making. Nothing on its scale had even been attempted before. It was the epic story of the...
  • US threats to arm Ukraine a 'bluff', say EU diplomats

    02/06/2015 2:36:13 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-6-2015 | Bruno Waterfield
    American threats to arm Ukraine are a "bluff" aimed at making Russia blink as the crisis in east Ukraine deepens, according to senior EU diplomats. Angela Merkel and François Hollande’s mission to Moscow comes following a “radical deterioration” and Western intelligence showing “beyond doubt” that thousands of Russian are fighting in Ukraine, senior diplomats said. The general consensus among Western diplomats, including Nato, is that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis although attitudes are hardening in Washington as fears grow that Kiev is on the edge of military and economic collapse. One European diplomat said that reports...
  • Merkel and Hollande on mission to avert 'total war’

    02/06/2015 10:36:05 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-5-2015 | Colin Freeman, Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent, Tom Parfitt in Moscow
    Europe's leaders were in last-ditch talks to broker a peace deal in Ukraine on Thursday night, as threats by America to send arms to Kiev raised fears of a direct confrontation between Russia and the West. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and François Hollande, the French president, began a two-day visit to Kiev and Moscow in an attempt to get both governments to sign a new ceasefire deal. The talks, which come amid an escalation in the fighting in eastern Ukraine, were an attempt by European capitals to head off moves by Washington to begin arming Ukrainian forces, who have...
  • U.S., Germany, and France to Putin: The World Is Too Weak to Stop You

    02/05/2015 2:26:31 PM PST · by goldstategop · 47 replies
    Commentary ^ | 02/05/2015 | Seth Mandel
    So here’s Obama’s opinion: Ukraine should not get military aid from the West because even with American help, Russia would still mop the floor with them. And this, according to the Times, is what Obama thinks will intimidate Putin into signing a peace treaty. I’ll offer the president some free advice: telling Putin the world is too weak to stop him isn’t very intimidating. Yet even if the West got Putin to sign on to a new agreement, nothing will have been accomplished. Putin has been violating the last ceasefire agreement, because there’s no one to enforce it. What Obama,...
  • The Civil War in color: A world in black and white brought to life

    02/02/2015 7:36:34 PM PST · by rockrr · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2015 | Staff
    Some 150 years since Abraham Lincoln outlawed slavery in the U.S., a collection of rare Civil War-era photographs have been brought to life through painstaking colorization. February 1 marks National Freedom Day, honoring the signing by President Lincoln of a resolution which became the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and abolished slavery.
  • Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

    01/31/2015 5:54:39 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    History Channel ^ | 1/30/2015 | Christopher Klein
    On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery in the United States. On the 150th anniversary of the vote, look back at the evolution of President Abraham Lincoln’s support for the 13th Amendment and his behind-the-scenes dealings to ensure its continued path to ratification. Although he believed slavery to be immoral, Abraham Lincoln was not an abolitionist when the Civil War broke out in 1861. The president’s stated goal in the early years of the war was strictly the preservation of the Union. Granting freedom from bondage to the nearly 4 million...
  • Has the mystery of Confederate submarine that sank Union ship then vanished finally been solved afte

    01/30/2015 12:59:21 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 71 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | January 30, 2015 | Sadie Whitelocks
    After 15 years of painstaking restoration, scientists say they are on the brink of solving what sank the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley - the first sub in history to wreck an enemy warship. Considered the Confederacy's stealth weapon during the Civil War, the hand-cranked Hunley sank the Union warship Housatonic in winter 1864 and then disappeared with all eight Confederate sailors inside. Its remains were discovered in 1995 in waters off South Carolina and five later it was raised to a conservation lab. Now with about 70per cent of the hull cleaned of heavy rust, Paul Mardikian, a senior conservator...
  • After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed

    01/30/2015 11:13:54 AM PST · by Kartographer · 146 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/30/15 | BRUCE SMITH
    A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. What they find may finally solve the mystery of why the hand-cranked submarine sank during the Civil War. "It's like unwrapping a Christmas gift after 15 years. We have been wanting to do this for many years now," said Paul Mardikian, senior conservator on the Hunley project.
  • PACE(Council Of Europe) Deprives Russia of voting rights until April over Ukraine, Russia quits

    01/28/2015 1:16:51 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 1-28-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia has suspended work in the PACE for a year following the adoption of a resolution depriving the Russian delegation of its voting rights in the organization until the April session. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on Wednesday a resolution depriving the Russian delegation of its voting rights in the organization until at least the April session. The resolution stresses that the revision of the decision and other sanctions against Russia could be held during opening meetings of the April session if Moscow demonstrates substantial progress in meeting the PACE demands over Russia's alleged role...
  • Son of ex-slave who served in Union army during Civil War dies 179 years after father's birth

    01/27/2015 7:40:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/27/2015 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. – Luke Martin Jr., whose father was an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in New Bern, North Carolina.. ..lived in the house where he was born — a house his father built in the 1890s. Martin had little memory of his father, Luke Martin Sr., who died at age 84 in 1920 when the son was just a few years old, according to Martin-Williams. The elder Martin, who was born in 1836, was married twice, the second...
  • Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive against Ukrainian govt troops

    01/23/2015 11:24:25 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    WashPost ^ | Jan 23 | AP
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  • NATO: Fighting in eastern Ukraine fiercer than ever

    01/22/2015 11:19:06 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 11-22-2015 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG
    Fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever in some locations, NATO's top commander in Europe said Thursday - adding that the weapons systems seen now in the region have in the past heralded a fresh incursion by Russian troops. "Violence has intensified and changed character in Ukraine," U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told a news conference at NATO headquarters. He said the fighting has re-escalated to levels seen before the Sept. 5 Minsk cease-fire agreement "and in some cases beyond." Questioned by reporters, Breedlove, the alliance's chief commander in Europe, said he couldn't confirm Ukrainian authorities' statements that...
  • Pat Buchanan: 'Civil war' in Democratic Party

    01/05/2015 9:18:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 5, 2015 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York. The first time was when Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at Woodhull Hospital where mortally wounded officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been taken on Dec. 20. The second was when the mayor spoke at Ramos’ funeral. The third was at Liu’s service on Sunday. Detestation of de Blasio among the NYPD and the cops who came from across the country to stand in solidarity with their slain brothers is broad and deep. And, in a way, de Blasio served...
  • With #BlackBrunch, activists try new way of drawing attention to racial issues

    01/05/2015 8:20:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 5, 2015 | Daniel Wood
    On weekends, activists dressed in black are entering restaurant after restaurant, chanting and singing. The idea behind #BlackBrunch is to disrupt business as usual at upscale locations.A half century after Huey Newton and Bobby Seale formed the Black Panthers in Oakland, Calif., to carry guns and follow police around to record brutality, a new activism tactic has been launched in the same city to address racial injustice – albeit the weapons are different. On Sunday, activists dressed in black entered restaurant after restaurant in Oakland. Drawing out megaphones, 36 African-Americans chanted, sang, and filed out. Known as #BlackBrunch, the idea...
  • A new South rises and America wins – The beginning

    12/27/2014 9:15:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kevin Fobbs
    WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014 — For tens of millions of southerners the December 6 runoff loss of Louisiana U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to Rep. Bill Cassidy represented the epic opening of a new age in America. This region is now a solid conservative south for the first time since Democrats seized control just after the end of the Civil War. For a region of the nation that stretches from the Carolinas to Texas, this is massive and so is the impact of this new Red, White and Blue American Wave. Here a New South Rises. How the new south...
  • U.S. colonel’s wife calls abortion a “fearfully frequent National crime” in 1871

    12/22/2014 7:55:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Amanda Read
    In the 20th century, we dealt with the disgrace of human abortion becoming sanctified by national law, and this continues today. But abortion has for ages been a dark struggle for humanity, especially deep in the hearts of women. The correspondence of a Civil War Army wife sheds some light on this. In December 1871, Alice Kirk Grierson wrote to her husband, Colonel Benjamin Henry Grierson, a letter in which she reflected upon the challenges of childbearing during the war years. “I think it is desirable that the parents of every unborn human being, should, from the first hour of...
  • Divest the West (Saturbray)

    12/20/2014 8:28:57 AM PST · by bray · 3 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 12/20/14 | bray
    Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:7 While the world was caught up in a cheesy movie and the race war, there was a major event happening in Salt Lake City. No it was not the declaration of Romney's 10th run at the presidency, there was a convention of Western States discussing how to finally get their land turned...
  • `Flame and Blame` uncovers Sherman's strategy of war on civilians

    12/05/2014 1:01:20 PM PST · by aomagrat · 203 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Dec 05, 2014 | Renee Standera
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS-TV) - At this time in December 150 years ago, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and his army were advancing on Savannah, leaving a wake of destruction behind. But the true wrath of Sherman's army was being reserved for South Carolina. "He wanted to cripple the Confederacy," said retired University of South Carolina journalism professor Patricia McNeely. Since the campus survived the burning of Columbia, the Horseshoe was an appropriate place for our interview. "He wanted them to give up fighting. He wanted them to lose faith in their leadership in the Confederacy. But most people have overlooked...
  • The Real Civil War: It's Not Within the Republican Party

    12/05/2014 7:41:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle. I grant that there’s a lot of shouting today among Republicans. But it’s a ritual skirmish over whether a government shutdown would force the president to withdraw a signature measure — last time, Obamacare; this time, executive amnesty. And it will likely be resolved with the obvious expedient of funding the government through next year, except for a...
  • 150 years on, Sherman's March to Sea still vivid

    12/05/2014 5:44:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 354 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-15-14 | Christopher Sullivan
    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — At the heart of this well-preserved antebellum city, sunbeams stream through the arched windows of a grand public meeting room that mirrors the whole Civil War — including its death throes, unfolding 150 years ago this week when Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman launched his scorching March to the Sea. The first major objective along Sherman's route, Milledgeville was Georgia's capital at the time, and this room was the legislative chamber. Crossing its gleaming floor, Amy Wright couldn't help recalling family stories of the hated "foragers" who swept through then. "They were just called 'Sherman's men,'"...