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  • President Obama will be giving a LIVE statement on Ukraine at 2:50P (ET)

    07/29/2014 12:09:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 115 replies
    He's already 20 minutes late....
  • Breaking news - Kerry: Kiev ready for ceasefire, talks with militia in E. Ukraine

    07/29/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-28-2014 | RT
    Tuesday, July 29 15:20 GMT: Kiev is ready for a cease-fire “now,” US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed, following a meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Washington. Kerry added that President Petro Poroshenko is also ready to start talks with the militia in the southeast of the country. 15:06 GMT: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a telephone conversation with US State Secretary John Kerry has urged Washington to influence Kiev to achieve a prompt ceasefire and to start negotiations with southeast Ukraine. Lavrov stressed the need to return to the accord achieved at Geneva on July...
  • Fighting Halts Police Visit To MH17 Site

    07/27/2014 7:15:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    Sky News ^ | 7-27-2014 | Sky
    Plans for a team of unarmed Dutch and Australian police officers to visit the site of the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster have been cancelled. Fighting around the site of the airliner downed in eastern Ukraine prevented the visit. The vast crash scene, which covers 20 square miles, mostly fields, is currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists who are battling Ukrainian government forces in a months-long conflict. A Ukrainian defence official said his troops were trying to clear the areas around the site near the village of Grabovo from rebels. There was reportedly fighting at several locations, including near the town of...
  • IMF Urges Ukraine to Honor Emergency Funding Obligations

    07/26/2014 11:28:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 7-25-2014 | Ian Talley
    The International Monetary Fund has urged Ukraine's fragile government to honor its bailout obligations, a sign the fund is concerned a breakdown in the country's coalition could jeopardize its emergency financing package. Ukraine's ruling coalition broke up on Thursday, with Prime Minister Arseniy Yansunyuk submitting his resignation, jeopardizing passage of a supplementary budget that may be needed for the IMF's executive board to approve the next tranche of financing in late August. The fund said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde discussed the implications of the political developments with President Petro Poroshenko and Mr. Yatsenyuk by telephone on Friday. (SNIP) The...
  • 5 Reasons Reparations For Slavery Are A Bad Idea

    07/25/2014 10:12:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 26, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Terrible ideas never really die on the Left; they just come back over and over again, like a gas station sandwich after a night of heavy drinking. So it is with reparations for slavery, which liberals would happily embrace en masse if they ever thought they could ram it through Congress. Here's why reparations for slavery are a bad idea. 1) How do you prove that slavery is responsible for problems black Americans are having today? If it were 1866, it would be easy to prove that black Americans who had been enslaved were hurt by the practice. They were...
  • Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

    07/24/2014 10:48:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in...
  • 18 soldiers return to Ukraine after medical treatment in Russia

    07/24/2014 1:54:54 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | July 24, 2014, 11:14 a.m.
    18 Ukrainian servicemen have returned home after undergoing medical treatment at hospitals in the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasyl Zvarych told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday, July 24.
  • Communist Party Ousted From Ukraine Parliament

    07/23/2014 8:53:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 153 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 7-23-2014 | Commies Stow
    The Communist Party of Ukraine will cease to exist on Thursday, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament announced. "We only have to tolerate this party for another day," Verkhovnaya Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchinov said on Wednesday in comments carried by online news portal Discussion of the Communist Party's dissolution began in earnest in May, after party leader Petro Simonenko said that if he were in charge of the country, he would immediately call back the troops from eastern Ukraine, referring to the military operations taking place there as acts of "war against the people," RIA Novosti reported. Turchinov, who was...
  • British Journalist for Russian TV Missing in East Ukraine

    07/23/2014 11:45:37 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    NDTV ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    A Russian television channel said on Wednesday it had lost contact with a British journalist reporting from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine. RT said on its website it had been unable to reach Graham Phillips since the early hours of Wednesday after he went to cover intense fighting around Donetsk airport. The channel said it received a text message from Phillips saying "All is fine" at around 2:00am, after which contact was lost. RT's editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, posted a link to the story on her Twitter account, saying "our stringer Graham Phillips has gone missing in Ukraine." RT said it had warned...
  • Ukraine war crimes trials a step closer after Red Cross assessment

    07/23/2014 8:06:58 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-22-2014 | Tom Miles
    The Red Cross has made a confidential legal assessment that Ukraine is officially in a war, Western diplomats and officials say, opening the door to possible war crimes prosecutions, including over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH-17. "Clearly it's an international conflict and therefore this is most probably a war crime," one Western diplomat in Geneva told Reuters. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the guardian of the Geneva Conventions setting down the rules of war, and as such is considered a reference in the United Nations deciding when violence has evolved into an armed conflict. "Within...
  • Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine to fend off Putin-backed rebels

    07/23/2014 7:24:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    A team of Pentagon officials is heading to Ukraine to help the country rebuild its fractured military, a mission that lawmakers and analysts expect will result in recommendations for greater military assistance in the country’s fight against pro-Russia separatists amid international outrage over the downing of a commercial airplane. Within the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Their objective is to work with Ukrainians to “shape...
  • Donetsk Militia Agrees on Ceasefire in 25-Mile Zone Around MH17 Crash Site

    07/21/2014 4:10:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    RIaNovosti ^ | 6-21-2017 | RIA
    The Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine agreed on Monday to declare a ceasefire in clashes with pro-Kiev forces in the radius of 40 kilometers (25 miles) around the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to a leader of the self-proclaimed state. “This should help to ensure safe work of experts [at the crash site],” Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Boroday said during a news briefing. Boroday said a large group of international flight safety experts, including officials from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is expected to arrive in Donetsk soon. It was...
  • Russia dismisses accusations Ukrainian separatists shot down Flight MH17 [it's not their fault]

    07/21/2014 8:20:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 248 replies
    France 24/AFP ^ | 7-21-2014 | AFP
    Russia’s Defence Ministry dismissed accusations on Monday that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine’s east were at fault for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet last week, alleging instead that Ukrainian warplanes had been flying close to the plane. The ministry also denied accusations that Russia had supplied the separatists with SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missile systems – which are known as “Gadfly” in NATO – or “any other weapons.” “Russian air space control systems detected a Ukrainian Air Force plane, presumably an SU-25 (fighter jet), scrambling in the direction of the Malaysian Boeing,” Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev of Russia’s Air Forces told a...
  • The American Flag Daily: First Bull Run

    07/21/2014 5:41:54 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 3 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 21, 2014 | JasonZ
    On July 21, 1861, the First Battle of Bull Run (or First Manassas, as the Confederates referred to it) was fought outside of Washington D.C. in Virginia. Expecting the war to be a brief conflict to put down the rebellion, the Union Army instead was defeated at Bull Run and retreated in shambles to Washington. After the battle, both sides realized the Civil War would be a longer, bloodier conflict than most had previously expected.
  • Image found of Confederate White House housekeeper

    07/19/2014 4:15:19 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 19, 2014 | Fox News
    Mary O'Melia left Ireland for America as a young widow with three children before she was hired as housekeeper at the White House of the Confederacy. An intimate witness to history, she also has been much of a mystery. That was until this year, when a woman with a distinctive Irish lilt to her voice called The American Civil War Museum. The housekeeper, the woman said, was related to her late husband, and she had in her possession a necklace that Confederate first lady Varina Davis gave O'Melia. But there was more. "What really took my breath away is she...
  • Malaysia Airlines Crash: UN Security Council Sets Urgent Meeting on Ukraine

    07/17/2014 11:30:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 117 replies
    NDTV ^ | 6-18-2014 | NDTV
    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said yesterday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and yesterday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people over eastern Ukraine. Britain has proposed a Security Council press statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident." The statement, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated to all 15 council members, who must approve it before...
  • The American Flag Daily: The First Admiral

    07/16/2014 5:45:52 AM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 16, 2014 | JasonZ
    On July 16, 1862, David Farragut became the first man in American history to be promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, in recognition of his actions in helping to capture New Orleans earlier in the year during the Civil War. He would later be promoted to vice admiral and then admiral prior to his death in 1870, the first man to hold those ranks in the Navy as well.
  • America: No longer 1 nation, 1 people

    07/15/2014 6:16:29 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    WND ^ | 15 July 14 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate Mexico from the United States.” Bush succeeded. And during his tenure, millions from Mexico exploited his magnanimity to violate our laws, trample upon our sovereignty, walk into our country and remain here. In 2007, supported by John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Teddy Kennedy and Barack Obama, Bush backed amnesty for the 12 million people who had entered America illegally. The nation thundered...
  • Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling

    07/13/2014 9:41:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 150 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 7-13-2014 | Karoun Demirjian and Michael Birnbaum
    <p>Russia is warning Ukraine of “irreversible consequences” after cross-border shelling from the battle-worn east struck Russian territory Sunday, reportedly killing one Russian citizen and injuring two others.</p> <p>“This incident highlights the extremely dangerous escalation of tensions in the Russian-Ukrainian border and may have irreversible consequences, the responsibility for which lies on the Ukrainian side,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday, calling the incident an “aggressive action.”</p>
  • Moscow protests shooting at Russian border guards from Ukrainian side

    07/12/2014 10:14:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 7-12-2014 | RT
    Moscow strongly condemns Kiev forces shooting at Russian border guards and demands that such actions cease. Otherwise, Russia reserves the right to protect its territory and citizens, the Foreign Ministry has said. At around 3 am on Saturday, a vehicle with a squad of Russian border guards, on duty at the frontier between Russia and Ukraine, came under fire from the Ukrainian side, the Russian Ministry said in a statement. As a result of the incident in the Kuibyshev district of the Rostov region, the vehicle sustained damage: eight bullet holes were found in the vehicle’s chassis. “Only by good...
  • At least 30 civilians killed by artillery attack by Kiev troops in Donetsk region - DPR

    07/12/2014 9:21:12 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 12 July 2014 | VOR
    About 30 civilians have been killed in an artillery attack on Maryinka, a suburb of Donetsk, Igor Strelkov (Girkin), the defense minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said at a press conference on Saturday. "We know about 30 dead people. But not all ruins have yet been cleared. So there might be more of them. Militia sites have not been affected by the shelling. There are no losses among our fighters," Strelkov said at a press conference on Saturday. DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai, who also attended the press conference, said the evacuation of civilians from Maryinka and other...
  • Report: At least 30 Ukraine troops dead in attack

    07/11/2014 10:05:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-11-2014 | PETER LEONARD
    A Ukrainian Interior Ministry official said at least 30 servicemen were killed Friday after pro-Russia rebels fired on them with missiles. Zoryan Shkiryak, an adviser to the interior minister, said authorities would react swiftly to punish the perpetrators. "They will be destroyed or captured and be made answerable to Ukrainian law," Shkiryak said. Defense Ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said the attack was on a forward base in a village near the Russian border and confirmed there had been heavy casualties, but did not give any specific figure. The base was located near one of three border crossings whose closure Russian...
  • Washington and Lee University to remove Confederate flags following protests

    07/09/2014 12:56:01 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2014 | T. Rees Shapiro
    Washington and Lee University expressed regret Tuesday for the school’s past ownership of slaves and promised to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities. President Kenneth P. Ruscio’s announcement was a surprising move for the small, private liberal arts college in Lexington, which has long celebrated its Southern heritage. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee served as the university’s president after the Civil War, his crypt is beneath the chapel, and the school has gingerly addressed its ties to the Confederacy...
  • Ukrainian President ousts Security Service Commander

    07/07/2014 10:40:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 7-8-2014 | VOR
    Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has signed decrees of ousting General Vasily Krutov from the posts of first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and head of the SBU anti-terrorist centre. Respective papers have been posted on the Ukrainian president's web site. Vasily Krutov was appointed to these positions in the middle of April this year. The Ukrainian president has replaced Krutov with Vasily Gritsak, a Ukrainian police general-lieutenant and deputy chairman of the Ukrainian State Migration Service since April 2013. Petr Poroshenko has also dismissed Vladislav Bukharev from the position of SBU first deputy head responsible for the...
  • The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Salmon P. Chase

    07/07/2014 2:31:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | July 2, 2014 | RICK BEARD
    On July 4, 1864, four days after President Abraham Lincoln had surprised him by accepting his resignation, Treasury secretary Salmon P. Chase confided to his diary, “I am too earnest, too antislavery … [and] too radical.” Chase surely possessed each of these attributes – in excess – but they had little to do with his unexpected exit from Lincoln’s “team of rivals.” Rather, it was much more personal. Chase’s oft-repeated threat to quit had tested the forbearance of a beleaguered president once too often. Out of patience, Lincoln ended his tenure with the observation that “you and I have reached...
  • Birth Of Admiral David Farragut

    07/05/2014 6:15:27 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 5, 2014 | JasonZ
    July 5th is the birthday of Admiral James Farragut, the first man to hold the ranks of rear admiral, vice admiral and admiral in the United States Navy. Farragut is notable particularly for his actions during the Civil War, including the capture of New Orleans in 1862. He continued to be on active duty until his death in 1870.
  • Leaked:US think-tank plan on E.Ukraine suggests internment camps, executions, nationalizing property

    07/04/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-4-2014 | RT
    A leaked memorandum from the RAND corporation think tank suggests that Kiev should engage in an all-out war in the eastern regions, including shutting down all communications, putting citizens in internment camps and killing all who resist. The RAND Corporation is non-profit global think tank which offers research and analysis to the US armed forces. In the shocking letter, which has been leaked by the media, the advice offers a step by step brutal guide in how to deal with the population in eastern Ukraine. ‘Military op’s advantages overweigh disadvantage’ In the first line the memorandum notes that the peace...
  • Ukraine Crisis | Luhansk residential area bombed

    07/02/2014 5:08:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-2-2014 | Daily News
    This video shows a residential area on the north side of Lugansk being shelled. When it zooms in, you can see people standing in the streets, just watching the shells fall. The area is just north of the Train Station (Large building with a circular road), across the river. The video was taken from the same area where the Lugansk live traffic cams are, that I found and posted this morning.
  • Live Webcam-Fire,Explosions near Lugansk Airport

    07/02/2014 2:18:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    TCRLAF ^ | 7-2-2014 | TCRLAF
    From the live traffic/weather cams for rebel-controlled Lugansk. Smoke and explosions at 515EST. There must be some kind of a fight going on there, again. Latest Tweets say the airport is still in Kiev hands, but it is surrounded, and all the approaches are mined with IED's.
  • Germany to mediate Ukraine conflict as US warns Russia (U.S./John Kerry NOT Invited)

    07/02/2014 1:02:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Deutche Welle ^ | 7-2-2014 | bk/jr (AFP, Reuters, dpa)
    Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is hoping to establish a new ceasefire between Kyiv and pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine, as he hosts Ukrainian, Russian, and French diplomats in Berlin on Wednesday. A German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had been invited to the afternoon meeting. Lavrov reportedly welcomed the initiative.
  • Hackers Claim Attack on Largest Commercial Bank in Ukraine (Green Dragon vs PrivatBank)

    06/30/2014 8:51:29 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7-1-2014 | Ionut Ilascu
    A group of hackers called Green Dragon Crew announced on Twitter that the recent cyber-attack on the Privatbank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine was their doing. The attack appears to be a distributed denial-of-service since on June 30, for a few hours, the bank’s pages either would not load or offered sporadic access to the customers. However, the group also claims that they managed to breach the bank’s systems and that they have access to customer bank accounts. In order to do this, they would have to access different systems because payment service and the website are not part...
  • 20 Minutes Until Ceasefire Deadline - Ukraine Armor On the Move

    06/30/2014 11:51:12 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    The Interpreter Live Blog ^ | 6-30-2014 | Interpreter Mag
    Ukraine's President has just under 20 minutes to extend the ceasefire agreement. Poroshenko is under heavy pressure from Moscow to do just that. But there is no sign that the ceasefire has worked, and as the deadline approaches, Ukraine's troops are on the move: The news website Obozrevatel reports that Poroshenko has declared martial law in Donetsk and Lugansk. It's not official yet, but it seems that the ceasefire is over and a new phase of the anti-terror operation (ATO) is just beginning.
  • Cameraman for Russia's top broadcaster killed in E. Ukraine

    06/29/2014 4:51:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-29-2014 | RT
    A cameraman for Russia's Channel One TV station died from injuries after being shot by Ukrainian troops in Donetsk, the head of the press service for the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said, as quoted by RIA Novosti. “The cameraman was injured in the stomach and died of the wounds,” Klavdia Kulbatskaya said. SNIP--- The cameraman Anatoly Klyan, along with a few other journalists, boarded a bus full of women – mostly mothers – who were traveling to a military base in Donetsk to demand that their sons be dismissed from the unit and allowed to go home, Kulbatskaya added. When...
  • Combat will intensify after end of truce on Monday - Lugansk People's Republic head

    06/29/2014 4:44:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf
    Voice of Russia ^ | 6-29-2014 | VOR
    Combat actions in east Ukraine will only intensify after the truce comes to an end on Monday, TASS cites head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic Valery Bolotov as saying on Sunday. Kiev’s unilaterally-proclaimed seven-day ceasefire regime expired at 23:00 Moscow time on Friday, June 27. President Petr Poroshenko extended it until 22:00 local time (23:00 Moscow time) on Monday, June 30. Nevertheless, armed clashes between Ukraine’s military and local self-defense forces in east Ukraine have continued, despite the declared ceasefire. SNIP--- The head of the Lugansk People’s Republic also mentioned an armed clash between fighters of the National Guard...
  • What it would look like if the Syria war were happening in America

    06/27/2014 3:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Vox ^ | June 27, 2014 | Zack Beauchamp
    The entire city of Syracuse killed. The entire population of New York City displaced. That's what it would be like if Syria's war was happening in the United States, according to non-profit group If We Were Syrian. In attempt to hammer home the horrific human cost of the Syrian civil war, If We Were Syrian calculated what it would be like if 160,000 people were killed and 9.3 million people evicted from their homes in the United States and the other six G7 countries. The results are horrifying: If you wanted to make it proportional to the size of America's...
  • Russia "Not Optimistic" After EU Peace Talks; Threatens To Limit Reselling Gas To Ukraine

    06/27/2014 2:19:29 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 6-27-2014 | Durden
    With Petroshenko agreeing to extend today's cease-fire deadline for 3 days, the Russians, unfortunately, are not optimistic after the 'expert-level' talks in Europe. Given this, it appears Russia is preparing its retaliation for possible further sanctions that are being waved by Europe and the US. As AP reports, Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, says it could limit supplies to European customers that intend to re-sell the natural gas on to Ukraine. Whil enot naming specific countries, the Gazprom CEO explained he needed to clamp down on the so-called reverse-flow supplies the the cut-off Ukraine as they were "half-fraudulent schemes." Russia...
  • Sunni Militants Advance Toward Large Iraqi Dam

    06/25/2014 6:34:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6-25-14 | ALISSA J. RUBIN and ROD NORDLAND
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi security officials said Wednesday that fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were advancing on the Haditha Dam, the second-largest in Iraq, raising the possibility of catastrophic damage and flooding. Worries about the dam came as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki criticized his political rivals but did not reject entreaties by Western leaders, including a personal visit by Secretary of State John Kerry, to help defuse the crisis by forming a new government with more equitable power sharing among competing groups. The ISIS militants advancing on the Euphrates River dam, about 120 miles northwest of...
  • Russia's senate revokes Putin's power to use military in Ukraine

    06/25/2014 7:45:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-25-2014 | Laura Smith-Spark and Alla Eshchenko
    Russia's upper house of parliament voted Wednesday to revoke the right of President Vladimir Putin to use Russian troops in Ukraine, as efforts to calm a separatist uprising in Ukraine's east continue. The Federation Council had approved Putin's request for a resolution allowing for the use of force on March 1. But on Tuesday, the President sent a letter to the speaker of the upper house asking it to cancel the resolution. Only one senator voted against revoking the powers Wednesday, with 153 in favor. Putin's request was made in light of ongoing talks on how to settle the crisis...
  • The Education Establishment's Success

    06/25/2014 5:17:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 25, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Many view America's education as a failure, but in at least one important way, it's been a success -- a success in dumbing down the nation so that we fall easy prey to charlatans, hustlers and quacks. You say, "Williams, that's insulting! Explain yourself." OK, let's start with a question or two. Are you for or against global warming, later renamed climate change and more recently renamed climate disruption? Environmentalists have renamed it because they don't want to look silly in the face of cooling temperatures. About 650 million years ago, the Earth was frozen from pole to pole,...
  • Militia down chopper near Slavyansk, 9 feared dead – military spokesman

    06/24/2014 2:36:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-24-2001 | RT
    Nine people are feared dead after self-defense forces in the Donetsk region shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter, which was used for transporting military cargo, a Kiev spokesman said. The Mi-8 helicopter was downed “at about 5 pm local time at Karachun Mountain near Slavyansk by a rocket fired from a portable air defense system,” eastern Ukraine military operation spokesman, Vladislav Seleznyov, wrote on his Facebook page. “There were nine people aboard the helicopter. According to preliminary information, all those aboard died in the crash,” he said, adding that the helicopter was returning to a Ukrainian checkpoint after a cargo...
  • Donetsk self-defense forces agree to ceasefire until 0700 GMT Friday

    06/23/2014 9:52:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RT ^ | 6-23-2014 | RT
    DETAILS TO FOLLOW Borodai, the "Prime Minister" of the Donetsk Republic went on Television to announce this, which is apparently a result of the first talks between the rebels and Kiev, today in Donetsk.
  • How I Learned to Hate Robert E. Lee (Compares Tea Party to pro-slavery expansion CSA fire-eaters)

    06/22/2014 1:52:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 140 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | January 21, 2014 | Christopher Dickey
    All the time I was growing up in Atlanta, the face of Robert E. Lee was taking shape on the side of an enormous granite mountain just outside town. He loomed like a god above us, as much a presence as any deity, and God knows he was accepted as such. It was only much later that I began to question his sanctity, and then to hate what he stood for. When I was in elementary school, the face of Lee on Stone Mountain was a rough-cut thing, weathering and wasting as the generation that began it in 1912—a generation...
  • Enough is enough: Bring them home, period.

    06/17/2014 10:46:42 PM PDT · by TBP · 50 replies
    I want to the start in a different place. The media keeps saying we are a nation that is being torn apart at the seams. In some ways, I agree with them, only because we are not looking for the things that bring us together. The left and right, we can’t agree on anything, right? The only place we can find common ground is in the hatred of one another. That’s the narrative that everybody is giving you. Unfortunately, there is some truth to that, unless we decide to look for more. We have been greatly divided. When the President...
  • Russia threatens to cut off gas to Ukraine

    06/15/2014 7:29:24 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | 6-16-2014 | Al Jazeera
    Ukraine faces the threat of Russia cutting off gas supplies when a 06:00 GMT deadline passes on Monday after talks on a long-running gas pricing dispute failed. Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said it was not extending the deadline for Ukraine to start paying off its gas debts after the discussions ended in the early hours of the morning in Kiev, raising the prospect of disruptions to gas flows to the European Union via Ukraine. The breakdown of the talks is likely to increase political tensions that have mounted in the past few days between Kiev and Moscow as Ukrainian...
  • Military jet downed by anti-Kiev forces in Lugansk - Ukraine's defense ministry

    06/13/2014 8:23:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-14-2014 | Russian Times
    Anti-Kiev forces took down a Ukrainian military Il-76 jet as it was landing in Lugansk, the country’s Defense Ministry said. It did not provide details on casualties. news website earlier cited an army source as saying that around 30 paratroopers were killed as self-defense forces hit the jet with a rocket early on Saturday. The plane was transporting rotating military personnel and had “troops, machinery, equipment and food,” the ministry said in a statement. The Il-76 is a heavy military transport aircraft that usually has a crew of seven and can transport up to 167 soldiers with weapons. Meanwhile...
  • How Growing Partisanship Is Splitting the U.S. in Two (Another Obama "accomplishment")

    06/12/2014 10:59:40 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 11 replies
    Yahoo News (The Fiscal Times) ^ | JUne 12, 2014 | Eric Pianin
    Democrats and Republicans are more deeply divided along ideological lines – and partisan rage and antipathy runs much higher than at any time in the past two decades, the report by the Pew Research Center concludes.
  • Ukraine to Shut Down Border With Russia: Does Not Rule Out Planting Land Mines

    06/11/2014 1:40:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    IBT ^ | 6-11-2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Ukraine is believed to be considering shutting down its border with Russia in its eastern region as tensions between the two countries continue unabated. "We have to take all the necessary measures. Of course we are going to close the border immediately. We are now preparing for such a move," Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the interior minister, told the Ukrainian TV Channel Five. Ukrainian authorities have been alleging that pro-Russian separatists and extremists are constantly penetrating the bordering regions to enter Ukraine escalating the conflict. Russian officials have not yet confirmed the claims. When asked if there were plans to...
  • Mary Frances Berry: We Need a ‘Reparations Superfund’

    06/08/2014 11:05:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | Professor Mary Frances Berry, former chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    In 1887, ex-slaves began petitioning the federal government for pensions and compensation for the years they had labored without wages before abolition. When Congress ignored their thousands of petitions, they tried to sue for wage theft but were told they could not. At the very least, the descendants of the tens of thousands of members of the Ex-Slave Pension and Bounty movement – whose membership forms stated the number of years they had been working as slaves, along with the names of their slave owners and the plantations on which they lived – should be eligible for reparations. Other individuals...
  • Russia and Ukraine discuss Ceasefire (Obama meets Putin)

    06/06/2014 3:11:25 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 6-6-2014 | Al Jazeera
    The American, Russian and incoming Ukrainian leaders have discussed, in separate meetings in France, a ceasefire and other possible steps to de-escalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, reports said. Russian President Vladimir Putin held brief one-on-one talks on Friday with his US counterpart Barack Obama and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, in a possible diplomatic breakthrough that played out amid continuing violence in eastern Ukraine. In remarks to reporters, Putin said the meetings with Poroshenko and other Western leaders were positive, and described talks with Obama as "substantial". "I think the exchange of views was very positive," he said after attending the...
  • U.S. sending advisers, military gear to Ukraine

    06/06/2014 10:06:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | 6-6-2014 | Marina Koren
    U.S. military advisers are heading to Ukraine, the Air Force Times reports. The small team will be there to assess "mid- and long-term needs for defense reform," a Pentagon official tells Chuck Vinch. The White House has slowly been rolling out its assistance to Ukraine since early March, including a $1 billion aid package. Back then, interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with President Obama at the White House and appealed for military aid, including arms, ammunition, and intelligence support.