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  • Liberman slams EU's Ashton for remarks on Israeli measures against Palestinians

    04/18/2014 12:47:42 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 18 April 2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    [Israeli] FM chides EU foreign policy chief for finding "real dangers to world peace" after she calls on Israel to reverse recent steps in West Bank, east Jerusalem that she says are "not conducive" to climate needed for peace. Foreign Minister Avigodor Liberman chided EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday for finding the "real dangers to world peace" after she issued a statement calling on Israel to backtrack on measures taken against the Palestinians. Liberman criticized the top EU diplomat for calling on Israel to reverse recent decisions made in regard to the West Bank and east Jerusalem,...
  • Who Governs What in Ukraine?

    04/18/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Reconsidering Russia and the Former Soviet Union ^ | April 18, 2014 | Pietro Shakarian
    Self-declared peopleís provisional governments: In Eastern Ukraine, protests against the Turchynov-Yatsenyuk government have led to the declarations of ďPeopleís RepublicsĒ with ďprovisional governmentsĒ in the oblasti of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov. The Kiev-appointed governors have effectively lost authority in these regions which are practically controlled entirely by the rebels. Kiev claims that the rebels are ďagents of Moscow.Ē Moscow disavows any involvement. In truth, there are Russians who are involved in the Eastern Ukrainian unrest, but these are not ďgovernment agentsĒ but rather Russian nationalists who seek to assist their ďcompatriotsĒ from across the border.
  • Putin Isnít a Genius ó We Are Complete Idiots

    04/18/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    Vladimir Putin happily allowed the Kiev authorities to shoot a few pro-Russian demonstrators while keeping his military forces on ice across the border. I predicted (and am sticking to my story) that Russia will not seize more territory in Eastern UkraineĖnot for the time being, in any case. Russia will stand back and watch Ukraine implode, the way Egypt did during the two years following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Before the Maidan coup, Putin was willing to sit on $15 billion in arrears to Gazprom and put up $18 billion in new money. Now he wants $35 billion in...
  • Obama Stumbling in Asia, Underestimating Putin, Turning the Middle East Over to the Terrorists

    04/18/2014 12:23:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards about his foreign and domestic policies lately -- signs that America is tiring of his presidency. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy....
  • Here's Why Putin Calling Eastern Ukraine 'Novorossiya' Is Important

    04/18/2014 12:05:02 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 04/18/2014 9:47 am EDT | Nick Robins-Early
    A casual listener may have missed it, but many Ukraine-watchers raised their brow when Russian President Vladimir Putin used the weighty term "Novorossiya" or "New Russia" to refer to some regions in Ukraine on Thursday. "It's new Russia," Putin told the audience during his nearly four-hour long televised Q&A. "Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Odessa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times, they were transferred in 1920. Why? God knows."
  • Antisemitic flyer 'by Donetsk People's Republic' in Ukraine a hoax

    04/18/2014 11:58:16 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 17 replies
    City's chief rabbi states pamphlet is fake, claiming it is meant to discredit pro-Russian protesters or Jewish community The barricades outside the Donetsk regional administration building are plastered with anti-fascist posters. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images The barricades that mark the entrance to the "Donetsk People's Republic" are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including an American flag with a swastika in place of the stars. The pro-Russian protestors who have set up their own government in the occupied administration building see the new Kiev regime as dominated by intolerant Ukrainian nationalists, which is why it was more than a little ironic when...
  • Putinís 10-point plan to destroy Ukraine

    04/18/2014 11:51:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Oksana Grytsenko, Kyiv Post staff writer
    As those concerned with Ukraine waited skeptically for April 16 peace talks among Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the United States in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin heated up the conflict, suggesting that he will not stop until Ukraine is destroyed as a sovereign nation. He called Ukrainians and Russian one nation and threatened with a full-scale invasion of the Russian army. [....] An imperialistic mood was added by words the Kremlinís chief propagandist, TV host Dmitry Kiseliov, who said he felt that Russia is being ďsuffocated by NATO,Ē and Putinís joke that Russian wonít take Alaska back from...
  • Where We Are Now

    04/18/2014 11:41:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The news is too much with us late and soon, and watching and listening we lay waste our powers. Flashing endlessly by, the unceasing flow of BREAKING NEWS seduces and betrays, mainly by pretending to be new. Even though, as the Preacher said, what has been will be. The particulars of the story may change, but not the human condition. The names may be new, but the stories remain remarkably the same, just as weapons change but war remains the bloody same. Yet here and there in the familiar murk of the news there comes a sudden shaft of...
  • Kremlin Terrorism

    04/18/2014 11:38:41 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 18, 2014, 9:47 a.m. | Kyiv Post
    What Ukrainians and the rest of the world see as Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin sees as Novorossiya, or New Russia. That Novorossiya is Ukrainian is a historical injustice, Putin said, in his hours-long live television question-and-answer session on April 17. ďI will remind you, using the terminology of the czarist times, this is Novorossiya: Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times. These are territories that were passed on to Ukraine in the 1920s by the Soviet government.Ē Putin said. ďWhy did they do it? God only knows.Ē [....] In his speech, Putin...
  • Shooter fears he killed Pat Tillman

    04/18/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/18/2014 | Mike Fish
    For the first time, one of the three Army Ranger platoon mates who fired at Pat Tillman speaks publicly about what happened that fateful day, ten years ago this week. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he has lived for 10 years with the thought that he might have fired the fatal shots. "It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him," said Steven Elliott, who...
  • NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine

    04/18/2014 11:04:12 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Talk Radio 790 KABC ^ | Apr 17, 2014 6:14pm | Kirit Radia
    Itís a textbook example, the officials said, of the military art of deception that Russia calls ďmaskirovka,Ē or masking their appearance to blend in with local forces. The Russians have historically been very good at it and are proud of their capabilities. Last year, Russian state-run television news aired a story about the elite teams that train for exactly this kind of cloaked missions abroad.
  • Can Israel be neutral on Ukraine?

    04/18/2014 10:59:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    The Jewish state has diplomatic, geographic, economic Ė and Jewish Ė reasons to shun the international arenaís hottest flash point. Pro-Russian supporters in Ukraine attend a rally in the Crimea. Pro-Russian supporters in Ukraine attend a rally in the Crimea. Photo: REUTERS Bored by life in the opposition and missing his previous careerís action, Moshe Dayan decided to go to Vietnam, take a close look at what then was the worldís only major war, and report his impressions in several newspapers. The Americans Ė still confident of their victory Ė rolled out the red carpet for the celebrated general as...
  • NED's Chickens Come Home to Roost

    04/18/2014 10:42:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Empire an "evil empire," the phrase reflected his conviction that while the East-West struggle was indeed a global geostrategic conflict, it had a deep moral dimension. If Americans did not see the Cold War as he did, a battle between good and evil, Reagan knew that they would indefinitely sacrifice neither the wealth of the nation nor the blood of its sons to sustain it. That is in the character of Americans. Jimmy Carter had sought to remove that moral dimension by declaring, "We have gotten over our inordinate fear of communism." But with...
  • This is Ukraine today. 16/04/2014 .10 languages.

    04/18/2014 10:15:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Osokor's Blog ^ | Apr 16, 2014 at 2:43 AM | Osokor
    April 15 Ė German company RWE AG has started reverse delivery of gas through Poland to Ukraine. According to the agreement the volume of supplied gas may amount to 10 billion cubic meters per year. April 15 Ė Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has identified the leader of Russian subversive group, which is operating in Sloviansk. He is Igor Strelkov, the citizen of Russian Federation and special squad officer of Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. SSU has started criminal inquiry regarding the fact of the ordering of intentional murder by...
  • Hillary Clinton's New Book Title Has Already Been Used by a Former Secretary of State

    04/18/2014 10:06:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 30 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Friday, April 18, 2014 | Matt Berman
    Political-memoir names: so cliche that they're bound to repeat. Hillary Clinton's upcoming memoir, which is expected to look back at her time as secretary of State, now has a name: Hard Choices. Which is an okay title! She no doubt had to make some tough decisions while at State, and has at least one big decision to make coming up in the next year or so. But the former Cabinet member and possible future presidential candidate may have been better served by a different titleólike, say, Tough Decisions. Because Hard Choices has already been used. By another former secretary of...
  • In Eastern Ukraine, The Hunt For A Smoking Gun -- And A Real Russian Holding It

    04/18/2014 10:01:17 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daisy Sindelar
    But it may be Andriy Parubiy, the head of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, who holds the true smoking gun. Parubiy, a former lawmaker and Euromaidan protest leader, announced on April 15 that SBU agents had detained officers from the Russian Defense Ministry's main intelligence wing, the GRU, for involvement in the eastern actions. The "Kyiv Post" later identified the main detainee as Igor Strelkov, a GRU commanding officer and the leader of the paramilitary group that has taken control in the eastern city of Slovyansk. The SBU said Strelkov arrived in Crimea at the beginning of March and...
  • How Hard Is It To Shoot Down A Small Drone? [Video](shooting range day & night w/tracers)

    04/18/2014 9:59:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 36 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 14, 2014 | Kelsey D. Atherton
    A group of hobbyists with a weirdly extensive machine gun collection decided to try a modern update to drone target practice. In this case, the targets were smaller drones ranging in size from remote-control toy airplanes to larger flying wings, about as big as the Army's hand-tossed RQ-11 Raven. Instead of special anti-air weapons, they tried a few different machine guns, which are more representative of the weapons insurgents might aim at drones. While many of the bullets fired hit the drones, it took direct hits to the tiny drone engines to make them stop flying. Verdict: It's possible to...
  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    04/18/2014 9:52:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids - that is, baby goats - that arrived last week at Pine Island Farm were the latest additions to the Vermont Goat Collaborative, a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Some dairy farmers who otherwise would discard bucklings at birth or spend valuable time finding homes...
  • UKRAINE - ECONOMIC SITUATION - APRIL 2014

    04/18/2014 9:07:43 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 4 replies
    SigmaBleyzer/The Bleyzer Foundation/US-Ukraine Business Council ^ | 4/16/2014 | Olga Pogarska, Edilberto L. Segura
    SUMMARY POINTS ----- ... (5) The implementation of economic adjustment programs will improve growth prospects over the medium term, but will have short term costs. Following zero growth in 2013, real GDP is forecast to decline by about 4% yoy in 2014 (excluding Crimea, which represents 3% of GDP) due to the fiscal austerity measures that will affect domestic demand, Russiaís trade restrictions, and higher imported energy prices. (6) The new government has already announced strong fiscal austerity measures to reduce Ukraineís public sector fiscal deficits, which had widened to about 6-7% of GDP in 2013. The fiscal consolidation plan...
  • Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies

    04/18/2014 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies By Eli Lake 12 hours ago The Daily Beast The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called ďOpen Skies Treaty.Ē And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way? As the United States and Russia face off publicly over Ukraine, behind...
  • KEENE: Familiar refrains from Britainís ĎTea Partyí

    04/18/2014 8:25:35 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | David Keene
    Americans have the Tea Party, which isnít a party at all, but British establishmentarians are worried about a similar movement that is an actual party. The UK Independence Party or UKIP (pronounced ďu-kipĒ) could have real impact on the European Union elections next month. UKIP is made up mostly, though not exclusively, of former Tory voters who regard Prime Minister David Cameron and his allies as weak-kneed leaders, who neither listen to their base nor fight for the conservative values they profess. UKIP began as a home for British voters skeptical of the value of membership in the European Union...
  • With colors cased, 40th readies for next mission

    04/18/2014 8:18:49 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra ra Herald ^ | Bill Hess
    FORT HUACHUCA ó The Renegades of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are leaving. Well at least 60 percent of the 500 soldier-strong battalion are heading to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on a nine-month deployment. The last remaining battalion of the 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade on the fort, the 40th has been deployed to global hot spots, even prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the United States. Symbolically, the battalionís commander Lt.Col. David A. Thomas and the unitís Command Sgt. Maj. John E. Reinburg cased the battalionís colors held by Spc. Edward...
  • ĎUkraine today is new Balkansí

    04/18/2014 8:10:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    Ukraine is on the frontline of Russia v US superpower tensions, while a major naval base there makes it the bottom line underlying this confrontation, Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent, told RT. RT: Is Crimea becoming a new battleground between East and the West? Richard Sakwa: Putin describes the things in his speech that he told about on March 18. There is a mixture of two things going on at the moment. There is the enlargement of the EU which in the past was considered fairly benign. What happened is its mixture...
  • UKRAINE: Captured TV tower Kramatorsk freed from militants. Russian broadcast channels terminated

    04/18/2014 7:27:46 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    censor.net ^ | 04/18/14 10:51
    Captured in the TV tower Kramatorsk freed from the militants. Russian broadcast channels terminated Broadcasting, radio and television (BRT Concern) in conjunction with SBU released captured gunmen radio transmission center in Kramatorsk and disabled broadcasting of Russian channels. This was announced by the spokesperson of the group Paul Bilonozhko inform Censor NO quoting UNIAN. As previously reported earlier, on April 17, gunmen infiltrated radio transmission center Concern Broadcasting, Radio and Television (BRT Concern) Kramatorsk (Donetsk region). And began to set on his property seized satellite equipment. Terrorists Kramatorsk install their own equipment in the occupied tel-tower "The armed men working...
  • Lessons learned on Bay of Pigs anniversary

    04/18/2014 7:06:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Amrican Thinker ^ | April 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Fifty-three years ago, my father had a meeting on the other side of town in Havana where we lived at the time. Cuba was in turmoil and opposition to Castro was widespread as more and more people saw communists in positions of responsibility. At mid-morning, my dad called my mom and told her that something was happening in Cuba. Our phone kept ringing as friends and neighbors spread the news. Humberto Fontova recalls the events of that day: ""Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 48 years ago this week. ďCuba is...
  • UKRAINE: Bad News Good news

    04/18/2014 7:03:01 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk ^ | 4-18-2014 9 hours ago | Dmitry Tymchuk
    Dmitry Tymchuk (Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine) Brothers and sisters, Hereís the Summary for April 17, 2014. The bad news: 1. Putin has now stepped into the astral plane. We shouldnít expect his return. Today his ďstraight lineĒ Ė is a protocol of feverish delirium. Just take his story about eastern Ukraine as ďNew Russia with roots related to RussiaĒ as an example. And his story that the Russian military in easterm Ukraine is nothing but ďnonsense?Ē This Kremlin storyteller likewise prophesied while foaming at the mouth in March that there were no Russian troops in Crimea. And...
  • Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

    04/18/2014 6:47:34 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04-18-2014 | Jungmin Jang
    The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday. He appeared to have hanged himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym in the port city of Jindo where relatives of the people missing on the ship, mostly...
  • UKRAINE: Russian special forces blocked a convoy of Ukrainian law-enforcers

    04/18/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    tymchuk ^ | 04-18-2014 | Dmitry. Tymchuk
    According to the information of the resistance, today, 17 April, Druzhkovka, Donetsk region, the extremists and the Russian special forces blocked a convoy of Ukrainian law-enforcers. In particular, the Group of the Ukrainian security services, peredvigavöa‚s‚ convoy, at 22.30 was stopped by traffic police and blocked a group of extremists of up to 500 people. As emissaries of the Informational resistance ", were in this group and the Russian military personnel. The unit was headed by Russian officer-notorious IGOR STRELKOV, who introduced himself as "Colonel of the ARMED FORCES of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION of the "special group"-"Crimea". Other members of...
  • Deschytsia [Ukraine FM]: Agreements on protesters vacating streets and squares do not concern Maidan

    04/18/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    The agreements reached between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union in Geneva on the vacation of roads, streets and squares in Ukraine do not concern the protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv, Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia has said.
  • US releases $450 million in frozen Iran funds

    04/18/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Move comes after UN watchdog finds that Islamic Republic complied with terms of international nuclear deal
  • Jews cast doubt on origin of anti-Semitic flyers in Donetsk

    04/18/2014 5:47:58 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/18/2014 | SAM SOKOL
    Leaflets calling on Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk to register themselves with pro-Russian separatists may not be the work of the so-called Donetsk Peopleís Republic, Jewish groups have said. According to the World Jewish Congress, 17,000 Jews live in the city. The leaflets were handed out by several Balaclava clad men carrying a Russian flag earlier this week as well as being found plastered to buildings near a synagogue. They ordered all Jews aged 16 and older to register with the separatists, pay a $50 fee and report all motor vehicles and real estate in their possession....
  • Dutch-Turkish manís case linked to Amanda Todd [teenage suicide]

    04/18/2014 5:02:03 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Insp. Paulette Freill said Thursday a suspect was arrested in the Netherlands and charged with extortion, luring and criminal harassment and possession of child pornography for the purpose of distribution. Police did not release the name of the 35-year-old man and declined to release specifics of the case...
  • Vice Principal Saved From Korea Ferry Found Hanged

    04/18/2014 4:50:09 AM PDT · by South40 · 20 replies
    ABC News (AP) ^ | April 18, 2014 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree. ((snip)) A police officer says the vice principal, identified only by his surname Kang, was found dead on the island of Jindo where rescued passengers have taken shelter.
  • Obama's Diplomatic Dance with Putin is a Sad Sock Hop

    04/18/2014 4:00:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    President Obama is right. He told Major Garrett of CBS this week that "Mr. Putin's decisions aren't just bad for Ukraine. Over the long term, they're going to be bad for Russia." I believe that Putin's adventures in Russia's "near abroad" are a mistake. Indeed, they are part of a whole tapestry of wrongheadedness. It's also bad for the Kremlin to crush dissent, censor the news and hobble the economy by handing it over to oligarchs and a kleptocratic bureaucracy. Putin's scapegoating and demonizing of gays isn't only morally wrong, it's not in Russia's long-term interests either. That Putin prefers...
  • Britain's Labour Leader Conscripts Obama Architect David Axelrod for 2015 Election

    04/18/2014 3:34:17 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/18/2014 | RAHEEM KASSAM
    Britain's Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has conscripted the services of American campaigns professional David Axelrod, otherwise known as the architect behind President Barack Obama's U.S. election victory in 2008. The appointment of Axelrod to the Labour team is the latest in a long line of foreign consultants brought in to try and help Ed Miliband's team on the run up to the UK General Election in May 2015. Axelrod follows in the footsteps of 69-year-old U.S. community organiser Arnie Graf, who embarrassed Labour by claiming he was working for them, rather than consulting for them, without a UK work...
  • Obama Must Defend NATO's Red Lines From Putin's Aggression

    04/18/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in Eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the Ukrainian government. This week, the Ukrainian government has responded by sending in military forces to counter these actions. There has been shooting and violence. But Ukraine's military doesn't seem capable of asserting control. So Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant...
  • Kerry's clichťs

    04/18/2014 2:19:44 AM PDT · by Ruprecht Jamieson · 2 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 04.17.14 | Shaul Arieli
    Op-ed: US Secretary of State has failed in his mission, mainly due to the fact that both sides did not desire its success. But he also did not dare to really push them to succeed. Nothing is more fitting to illustrate and summarize the wretchedness of US Secretary of State John Kerry's mission - that some term as "negotiations" - than its final note. Among all the facts, and all the fundamental differences between the two sides, Kerry chosen to blame the crisis in talks - seemingly just to spite - on Uri Ariel's announcement of further construction in Jerusalem....
  • NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine

    04/18/2014 1:32:13 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    kabc.com ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | kabc
    ...Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday again vigorously denied Western claims that Russian forces were operating in eastern Ukraine. But he also finally confirmed what had long been suspected and that he had repeatedly denied: that the well-armed forces with no insignia on their uniforms that took control of Crimea last month were in fact Russian troops.
  • Russia cites economic fallout from Crimea annexation

    04/18/2014 1:17:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    latimes.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
    MOSCOW ó Russia's economy has been hit hard by the turmoil in neighboring Ukraine, Kremlin officials said Wednesday, as pro-Russia separatists battled to take over more territory in Ukraine's east ó and potentially add to Moscow's economic burden. Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region last month and the instability it created in Russian financial markets were cited by government officials for record capital flight and sharply downgraded growth forecasts for the country. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that instead of projected 2.5% growth this year, Russia's economy might show no growth at all.
  • OPINION: Russia Neednít Be Afraid of Paper Tiger NATO

    04/18/2014 12:15:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 4-18-2014 | Lyudmila Chernova
    Russia should not be concerned about NATO expansion, as they are not going to do anything rather than some symbolic financial gestures, Jeffrey F. Addicott, Director of Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in Texas told RIA Novosti. ďPutin understands that NATO is largely a paper tiger,Ē Addicott said, adding that the alliance is now more in a defensive mode. ďThe Russian leader also realizes that their signals to send out some additional ships here and there, or do some additional flights really mean nothing.Ē Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for almost four hours to...
  • Sanctions against Russia for Ukraine actions working Ė and more may be on the way

    04/17/2014 11:53:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    cnn ^ | April 16th, 2014 | Michelle Kosinski and Elise Labott
    Sanctions imposed against Russia are working as a deterrent, President Barack Obama and other White House senior administration officials said Wednesday in a detailed defense and explanation of the U.S. response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine. And new sanctions could be imposed as early as Friday, with key Putin allies, institutions and top oligarchs among the targets, other senior administration officials said.
  • Putin vows not to push Russia behind Soviet-style Iron Curtain

    04/17/2014 11:48:35 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    The Russian leader blames American hypocrisy for the deterioration between the two nations, which have reached they lowest point since the end of the Cold War. President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust between Russia and the United States had been damaged before the crisis in Ukraine, but added that he wanted to restore their cooperation and had no interest in pushing his country behind a Soviet-style Iron Curtain. "To a certain extent trust has been lost, but we do not think we are to blame," Putin said in a televised phone-in with the nation. He said it was...
  • Gunmen kill 20 in attack on South Sudan UN base

    04/17/2014 10:51:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    indiatimes.com ^ | 18 Apr, 2014, 10.35AM IST
    UNMISS said in a statement that "the armed mob forced entry into the site and opened fire on the internally displaced persons sheltering inside the base". Its forces returned fire -- first firing warning shots and then taking part in a ferocious gun battle -- before the fighters retreated, it added. The civilians had fled into the base weeks ago amid brutal ethnic massacres in the world's newest nation. Information Minister Michael Makuei said that a "huge number" of gunmen had come seeking revenge for the rebel capture of the oil town of Bentiu two days ago hoping to kill...
  • Germany rejects call to remove Russian tanks from WWII memorial

    04/17/2014 10:27:00 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 26 replies
    Berlin (AFP) - The German government rejected Wednesday a call by two newspapers to remove Russian tanks from a World War II memorial in central Berlin in protest against spiralling tensions in Ukraine. The top-selling daily Bild and local tabloid B.Z. launched a petition drive Tuesday to urge parliament to send a message to Moscow against last month's annexation of Crimean peninsula and the military build-up on Ukraine's eastern border. However Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy spokesman Georg Streiter quashed the bid Wednesday, noting that Berlin had signed a 1990 treaty with Russia pledging to "respect, maintain and care for" the...
  • Hero's welcome for pro-Russian forces as Ukrainians decamp

    04/17/2014 10:07:53 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 16 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Nicolas Miletitch, Germain Moyon
    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - It's a welcome more suited for rock stars and matinee idols, not necessarily black-masked soldiers in camouflage here to protect a rebellion. "You're our heroes! We love you!" the crowd clamours, smartphones in hand to capture history in this eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk with a population of 140,000, pro-Moscow Russian speakers in their vast majority. Slavyansk is now part of a Kiev-ruled Ukraine in name only. Since Saturday, pro-Russian insurgents have controlled every political lever in town: the town hall, the police station and even the secret service headquarters, taking any weapons still left for...
  • RUSSIA DECLARES PEACE WITH NATO HUMILIATION

    04/17/2014 10:03:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    Russia has achieved a strategic psychological victory over NATO in the Ukraine with the announcement by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva that an agreement had been reached with Ukrainian and NATO member diplomats to ease tensions in the country. Over the last few weeks, NATO has been shown to be economically unstable, fully dependent on Russian energy, and lacking a meaningful military deterrent. Russia has brutally humiliated NATO and has strategically reemerged as the dominant nation in Europe. The Geneva, Switzerland, talks were originally supposed to focus on disarming illegal militant groups in Ukraine, de-escalating tensions, and instituting the...
  • USA Today Stealth-Edits on the Ukraine Leaflets Story

    04/17/2014 9:45:25 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ace
    I quoted the story as it was written some hours ago. But they've changed it, without acknowledging the change. WAS: Pushilin acknowledged the flyers were distributed by his organization but he disavowed their content, according to the web site Jews of Kiev, Ynet reportedÖ NOW IS: Pushilin acknowledged that fliers were distributed under his organization's name in Donetsk but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported in Hebrew. This is a major change in reporting -- from Pushilin admitting his men to handing them out, to a mere acknowledgement that he's aware of leaftlets purporting to come from his organization....
  • UKRAINE: Revolution of dignity - film by ICTV channel about Euromaidan (english subtitles)

    Published on Mar 8, 2014 This film is the first attempt to analyze the events of the past three months, which taking place in Ukraine. Famous people who unrelated to politics, tell about the events in the country. Speakers: Oksana Zabuzhko, writer Oleksandr Sydorenko ("Fozzi"), writer, musician Andriy Kurkov, writer Nina Matvienko, singer, Hero of Ukraine Olha Bohomolets, doctor, public activist Andriy Kuzmenko ("Skryabin"), writer, musician Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Head of Ukrainian Greco-–°atholic Church Filaret, Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchy) Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, musician, public activist Myron Markevych, Football coach Oleksiy Mochanov, racer "–†–Ķ–≤–ĺ–Ľ—é—Ü—Ė—Ź –≥—Ė–ī–Ĺ–ĺ—Ā—ā—Ė", –ĺ—Ä–ł–≥—Ė–Ĺ–į–Ľ—Ć–Ĺ–į –≤–Ķ—Ä—Ā—Ė—Ź —É–ļ—Ä–į—ó–Ĺ—Ā—Ć–ļ–ĺ—é –ľ–ĺ–≤–ĺ—é: http://youtu.be/qukYAlUHX6k...
  • Obama taps woman who denied access to war vets from memorial for ObamaCare

    04/17/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Judi McLeod
    It seems that the woman who denied war vets access to their Memorial is the same one who will get to deny them their health care. But donít worry the mainstream media reminds us Sylvia has a smiling face. Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius replacement Sylvia Mathews Burwell, handpicked by Barack Obama on March 4, 2013 as new director of the Office Management and Budget, is coming to the HHS portfolio under a stench. Itís not just the usual stench wafting from epic fail ObamaCare, nor even the stench from sorting through the garbage looking for clues on...
  • Hillary leans on Bill and Barack to sell presidency

    04/17/2014 6:28:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Union ^ | April 15, 2014 | Byron York
    Recently Hillary Clinton gave what appeared at first to be a rambling and unfocused answer when asked to name the proudest achievement of her four years as secretary of state. The short version is, she doesnít have one. But Clintonís words make a lot more sense when seen not as a nonanswer to a specific question but as an effort to lay the foundation and establish a theme for a presidential campaign. The occasion was her appearance on a panel discussion at the Women in the World meeting in Manhattan. It was pretty easy going; the moderator, New York Times...