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  • Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

    04/17/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 20 replies
    Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer. If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session. To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said. The president added he...
  • Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

    04/17/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | April 16th, 2014
    LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. “Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance,” Bild said. If correct, the newspaper report could signal the end of Berlin’s plans to become a leading military supplier to the Arab world. Many in parliament...
  • More nudists in Munich: ... introduces six Urban Naked Zones

    04/14/2014 2:43:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 05:27 EST, 14 April 2014 | By Toni Jones
    Germans are often considered to be more at one with nature than us prudish Brits. And now residents of the country's third-largest city have been given the go ahead to strip off for all over sunbathing sessions in six designated spaces. According to a report in TheAtlanticCities.com the six Urban Naked Zones are located in parkland, offering privacy, but also only minutes away from the busy city centre. The 'zones' were introduced following the expiry of statewide laws controlling nude sunbathing last year.
  • Ukraine crisis could unite US, EU: Schäuble (Germany’s foreign minister)

    04/12/2014 10:03:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Apr 2014 08:51 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Friday portrayed the Ukraine crisis as an opportunity for the European Union and the United States to revamp their relationship after the fallout of the NSA spying scandal. “I am confident that the Ukraine crisis will help us to strengthen transatlantic ties and rediscover our common interests,” Schäuble said in a speech on the sidelines of the annual IMF/World Bank spring meetings. Moscow’s “backslide into patterns from the previous century” has caused both sides of the Atlantic to move closer together, he said. “Like no two actors on the global stage, the United States...
  • Car bomb detonated outside Bank of Greece in Athens

    04/10/2014 3:38:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP/Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2014
    A booby-trapped car exploded outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens on Thursday, though no one was injured in the blast, police said, as Greece was set to return to the debt markets after a four-year absence. The car which was parked on the pavement facing the central bank building blew up around 0255 GMT. The building is close to the office of Greece's international lenders. Police said the car, a Nissan, had been stolen and was fitted with 165 pounds of explosives. Internet news website Zougla and the Efymerida ton Syndakton newspaper had been informed of the planned...
  • 101-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Surfaces

    04/09/2014 3:23:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 8, 2014 | Jaime Lutz
    A message in a bottle that was thrown into the ocean in 1913 and recently found by a fisherman off the coast of Germany was returned to the sender's granddaughter. "It was very surprising," said Angela Erdmann, 62, to The Guardian. "A man stood in front of my door and told me he had post from my grandfather. He then told me that a message in a bottle was found and that the name that was on the card was that of my grandfather."
  • US wants to destroy Ukrainian ‘bridge’ between EU and Russia – German intellectuals support Putin

    04/09/2014 11:29:53 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 60 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-09-2014 | Staff
    Members of German civil society have written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemning Russophobia in mass media and German political establishment while showing support for Moscow's actions in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. Retired German Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jochen Scholz wrote an open letter to the Russian leader in response to the speech Putin made on March 18, 2014 at the reunification of Crimea with Russia. The letter was cosigned by hundreds of Germans including lawyers, journalists, doctors, servicemen, scholars, scientists, diplomats and historians. In that letter the German intellectuals said that Putin’s speech “appealed directly to...
  • Germany bans Hezbollah-linked fundraising group

    04/08/2014 2:54:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities have banned an organization they say has raised millions of dollars for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which the European Union considers a terrorist organization. Emily Haber, a deputy interior minister, said police raided 19 locations early Tuesday in six German states used by the so-called "Orphaned Children Project - Lebanon."
  • Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

    04/08/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2014
    A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow. Conservative leader Merkel and Steinmeier, who is a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), have been at pains to stress how closely they are coordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD.
  • Germany seeks to curb union power over strikes

    04/07/2014 10:35:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Apr 2014 09:04 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    A pilots’ strike in Germany last week has highlighted the power comparatively small groups of employees have to lay low key areas of the economy in pursuit of their own interests. And the German government is looking to draw up legislation later this year to prevent this from happening again. “One company, one wage agreement” is the motto behind a proposed “Tarifeinheit” or unified wage-bargaining mechanism masterminded by Labour Minister Andrea Nahles. Over three days last week, the cockpit pilots’ union effectively grounded the country’s biggest airline Lufthansa in a dispute over pay and early retirement entitlements. …
  • Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported

    03/04/2014 4:35:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 03, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children. They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs. The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution. “The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to...
  • Why is Obama Trying to Deport This Family? (Simply over the right to homeschool)

    04/09/2013 3:40:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Fifteen-year-old Daniel Romeike loves America -- his adopted country. But if the Obama Administration has its way, Daniel, his parents and his brothers and sisters will be deported in a court battle over the right to home school. "If I had a chance to talk to President Obama, I would ask him to let us stay in this great country of freedom and opportunity," Daniel told Fox News. The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States -- where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical...
  • Why Does Obama Want to Deport This Christian Family?

    04/09/2013 4:58:15 AM PDT · by TSA-Watch · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/8/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Fifteen-year-old Daniel Romeike loves America — his adopted country. But if the Obama Administration has its way, Daniel, his parents and his brothers and sisters will be deported in a court battle over the right to home school.“If I had a chance to talk to President Obama, I would ask him to let us stay in this great country of freedom and opportunity,” Daniel told Fox News.The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States – where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical Christian family...
  • US Wants to Deport Christian Family

    04/01/2013 7:52:58 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 11 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    US Wants to Deport Christian Family By Julio Severo The US government is contesting a court decision that had granted asylum to a homeschooling family from Germany. US officials argue that the German Christian family, who were suffering religious persecution from German officials, should be deported back to Germany. The Romeike family Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled Germany in 2008 after authorities fined them thousands in euros and forcibly took their children because they homeschool. In 2010, a U.S. immigration judge granted the Romeikes political asylum — the first time this status was granted based on compulsory schooling laws. The...
  • Eric Holder is Trying to Deport Christian Homeschooling Family / Gives Pass to Illegals

    03/19/2013 12:55:35 PM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies
    PT ^ | Feb. 2013 | Tory Perfetti
    Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are Christians and the parents of six children. When their kids attended the German public schools, they were bullied and harassed because of being Christians. The parents began looking into the schools and what their kids were being taught. They found a number of objectionable and inappropriate things in the textbooks that they didn’t want their kids learning. They strongly believed that their children would receive a better education grounded in biblical principles by being schooled at home rather than having their children indoctrinated by the German schools. Uwe said: “We knew that homeschooling would not...
  • 18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

    04/02/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Eighteen countries, including five of the world’s leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty’s entry into force. […] Five of the world’s top 10 arms exporters—Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain—turned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. The other 13 were Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Among the hold-outs is the United States, the world’s largest weapons exporter. The Obama administration has signed the treaty but there is strong resistance in...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Call For War

    04/02/2014 4:57:19 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | April 2, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked the United States Congress to declare war on Germany, following the publication of the Zimmerman Telegram (in which Germany offered to finance Mexico's entry into the war on their side and for Mexico to attempt to reconquer Texas, New Mexico and Arizona) and Germany's resumption of submarine attacks on American ships. Congress would declare war on April 6th.
  • Why Poland Loves Ukraine ... For Now

    04/01/2014 10:50:27 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 28, 2014 | Slawomir Sierakowski
    Why Poland Loves Ukraine ... For Now MARCH 28, 2014 Slawomir Sierakowski Eastern Europe, which beginning with Poland is celebrating its 25th anniversary of freedom from Communism, has suddenly awakened from a beautiful dream about the end of history. No less an authority than Adam Michnik, the legendary Polish anti-Communist dissident, recently announced that 2014 marks the end of the best period in Poland’s history in three centuries. We are entering uncertain times: In contrast to Eastern Europe’s foray into independence after World War I, no close intraregional alliances were formed in the aftermath of 1989; rather, each country placed...
  • NATO suspends civilian, military cooperation with Russia

    04/01/2014 10:14:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Fox ^ | 4-1-2014 | AP
    NATO's foreign ministers ordered an end to civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and told their generals and admirals to quickly figure out ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin. The 28-member alliance, the keystone of U.S. and European security since the end of World War II, was reacting to its most serious crisis in years: Russia's unilateral annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, which the U.S. and its allies have condemned as an illegal land grab. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the other ministers, meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels...
  • ZUBRIN: The folly of blocking natural-gas exports

    04/01/2014 10:39:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/31/2014 | Robert Zubrin
    The boom in American natural-gas production during the past several years, and the consequent crash of domestic natural-gas prices, has caused many to call for the liberation of U.S. natural-gas exports. The ongoing Russian invasion of the Crimea and threat to the rest of Ukraine has added still greater urgency to these calls, as the need take action to weaken Russian President Vladimir Putin’s natural-gas stranglehold over Europe has become vital. Despite these economic and national security imperatives, there are still those who maintain that allowing American natural-gas producers to export their product would damage the national interest. According to...
  • Gay activists hurl feces at German parents protesting pro-gay school curriculum: report

    03/29/2014 5:15:43 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 75 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-28-14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    As parents in Germany have protested a new pro-homosexual “sexual diversity” curriculum in their schools, homosexual activists have attacked them by hurling feces and destroying their property, according to the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, which documents anti-Christian incidents in Europe. "Protesters were physically attacked and it was felt that the police failed to protect the parents’ basic right of assembly," said a statement from the Observatory describing incidents at recent rallies in Baden-Württemberg and Cologne. According to eyewitnesses, says the Observatory, "Christian parents were shouted at with obscenities.” "They were spit at, eggs were thrown, and little...
  • Barrasso Wants To Use Wyo. Gas As Weapon Against Russia

    03/29/2014 3:05:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    wyomingpublicmedia.org ^ | March 29, 2014 | Matt Laslo
    Lawmakers in Washington are debating whether to export more natural gas to combat Russian threats to cut off its gas supplies to Europe. Our D-C reporter Matt Laslo has a look at what that could mean for Wyoming’s economy – and environment… MATT LASLO: Wyoming's junior senator, John Barrasso, made waves when her first came to Washington. And while he's now in the Republican leadership team in the U-S Senate, he's starting to get brushed aside by many reporters and politicians because of his near singular focus on dismantling what he terms Obamacare. But this week lawmakers of all stripes...
  • Europe Begins to Rethink Cuts to Military Spending

    03/29/2014 2:44:30 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 March 14 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    LONDON — President Obama spent Wednesday in Brussels talking up the importance of the security relationship between Europe and the United States, but it is considered unlikely that Russia’s seizure of Crimea will prompt increased European military spending at a time of economic anemia and budget cuts. NATO and the European Union regard the Russian move in Ukraine as a wake-up call, a reminder that hard power can easily trump 21st-century assumptions about Europe as a sphere of trade, international law and cooperation. Despite the newly militant tone, NATO members will continue to spend paltry amounts on defense, experts say....
  • Germany in renewed push for EU treaty change

    03/29/2014 12:14:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.03.14 @ 09:50 | Valentina Pop
    German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said discussions on revising the treaty to secure the eurozone’s architecture will begin after the May EU elections. “After the EU elections, the debate about treaty change will be back on the table. The federal government will plead for institutional improvements, at least in the eurozone. The monetary union needs a joint finance- and economic policy, with corresponding institutions,” Schäuble said in an interview with Handelsblatt published on Thursday (27 March). He repeated his call for a eurozone parliament and a permanent chief of the Eurogroup, the informal gathering of eurozone finance ministers. …
  • Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership

    03/27/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/27/14 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world. Rice “Right now, there’s a vacuum,” she told a crowd of more than two thousand attending the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual dinner last night in Washington, D.C. “There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead, other things will fill that vacuum.” Citing Bashar...
  • Merkel not ready to back economic sanctions against Russia

    03/26/2014 11:41:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    RT ^ | March 27, 2014 | RT
    The West has not yet reached a stage where it will be ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, stressing that she hopes for a political solution to the stalemate over Ukraine crisis. The chancellor said she is “not interested in escalation” of tensions with Russia, speaking after Wednesday meeting with the South Korean president in Berlin. “On the contrary, I am working on de-escalation of the situation,” she added, as cited by Itar-Tass. Merkel believes that the West “has not reached a stage that implies the imposition of economic sanctions” against Russia, advocated by...
  • Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas

    03/26/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Marcg 26, 2014 1:22pm EDT | ROBIN EMMOTT AND JAN STRUPCZEWSKI
    (Additional reporting by Adrian Croft, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Paul Taylor) (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the European Union on Wednesday it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. Speaking on a visit to Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, Obama said concluding a new transatlantic trade pact, now under negotiation, would make it easier for Washington to license more gas exports. :snip: During a 65-minute lunch, European Council President...
  • German Woman, Dead Six Months ... Found in Front of TV

    03/26/2014 7:02:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 25, 2014 | Reuters
    German woman, dead six months, found in front of TV BERLIN (Reuters) - The corpse of a 66-year-old German woman who died more than six months ago was found in her apartment, in front of a television set that was still on, the Frankfurter Neue Presse newspaper reported on Tuesday. The woman, in the town of Oberursel near Frankfurt, died of natural causes in a nightgown while watching TV. There was a program guide from September nearby, the newspaper said, describing the body as "partially mummified". Police said residents in the 30-apartment block had noticed an unpleasant smell in the...
  • Russia’s actions in Crimea ‘completely understandable’ – German ex-chancellor

    03/26/2014 6:35:52 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 7 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 03-26-2014 | Staff
    Moscow’s actions in the Crimea are comprehensible, former German chancellor, Helmut Schmidt said, criticizing the Western reaction to the peninsula’s reunification with Russia. President Vladimir Putin’s approach to the Crimean issue is “completely understandable,” Schmidt wrote in Die Zeit newspaper where he’s employed as an editor. While the sanctions, which target individual Russian politicians and businessmen, employed by the EU and the US against Russia are “a stupid idea,” he added. The current restrictive measures are of symbolic nature, but if more serious economic sanctions are introduced “they’ll hit the West as hard as Russia,” Schmidt warned. He also believes...
  • German defense chief von der Leyen calls for stronger NATO backing in Ukraine crisis

    03/26/2014 8:59:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 23.03.2014 | [kms/msh (AFP, Reuters, dpa)]
    Germany’s defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Sunday that NATO should show greater support for member countries who could face military aggression from Russia. However, the comments were met with sharp criticism from some German parliamentarians, who accused her of contributing to the escalation of tension around Russia’s actions in Crimea. In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, the defense chief dismissed those critics and stood by her position. “It’s important to make clear that NATO isn’t just something on paper, but that we are there for each other,” von der Leyen said in comments that were...
  • Ex-generals: Bring back conscription (Germany)

    03/26/2014 9:05:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Mar 2014 10:29 GMT+01:00
    Mounting tension in the Crimea is prompting calls for compulsory military service to be reintroduced in Germany. A number of German ex-generals have raised fears over the nation’s military strength should it be drawn into a NATO-led conflict. “We need compulsory military service. There is no other way for Germany to guarantee national defense within the [NATO] mutual defense alliance,” retired NATO general Egon Ramms told Bild newspaper. “[It certainly can’t be done] on a voluntary basis.” Ramms was commander of the Allied Joint Forces Command between 2007 and 2010, one of the highest-ranking positions in the NATO alliance. …
  • City Of Bremen Calls For A Green Police – To Enter Private Homes And Eliminate Electric Heaters

    03/26/2014 9:08:40 AM PDT · by null and void · 35 replies
    NoTricksZone ^ | 21. März 2014 | P Gosselin
    Most of us already suspect that environmentalists are dictatorial wolves dressed in the democracy sheepskin. Despite all the lip service they pay to justice and liberty, they are really all about state power and regulation. So it is with Germany’s authoritarian statists and greens, who not long ago called for the enactment of a nationwide “Veggie Day” once a week in order to start weaning people off climate-killing diets containing meat. Fortunately the citizens roundly rejected the nonsense, sending the wackos off – to return another day. Electric heater German city of Bremen attempts to form a green police to...
  • Yet Another Press Misreading of Vatican News

    03/25/2014 4:39:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 25, 2014 | JOHN PAUL SHIMEK
    Both England’s Tablet and the United States’ Commonweal incited debate last week with their accounts of an exclusive interview Archbishop Georg Gänswein granted the German television network ZDF. While the Tablet took more editorial liberties than Commonweal, Commonweal signaled tacit approval of the Tablet’s editorial stance.The bottom line: Gänswein’s interview indicates the Prefect of the Papal Household has come “unbound,” that he doesn’t much care for his new boss; and so, it is time for him to go, according to the Tablet. Perhaps, he should pack his bags and vacate Rome.The first round of comments came from the Tablet’s...
  • Beyond the Crimea Crisis: Comprehensive Next Steps in U.S.–Russian Relations

    03/25/2014 11:16:45 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 16 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 25, 2014 | Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Jack Spencer, Luke Coffey and Nicolas Loris
    AbstractOn February 28, Russian troops, aided by pro-Russian local militia, occupied important sites across the Crimean Peninsula under the pretext of “protecting Russian people.” Now Crimea is under Moscow’s de facto control and the Russian parliament has voted to annex the region into the Russian Federation. The failure of the Obama Administration’s Russian “reset,” the unilateral disarming of Europe, and the U.S. reduction of forces and disengagement from Europe have led Russia to calculate that the West will not respond in any significant way. The Administration can demonstrate America’s commitment to its NATO allies and support for the Ukrainian...
  • Merkel miffed at Barack Obama and David Cameron 'nuclear war game'

    03/25/2014 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Bruno Waterfield, and Peter Dominiczak in The Hague and Nick Squires in Rome
    World leaders played an interactive nuclear war game designed to test their responses to a terrorist atomic "dirty bomb" attack that threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. David Cameron joined Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping and other world leaders to play a "nukes on the loose" war game to see how they would cope with a terrorist nuclear attack. The German chancellor grumbled at being asked to play games and take tests with the Prime Minister, US and Chinese presidents around a table with dozens of heads of state at a nuclear summit in The...
  • Obama In Europe Is Oblivious To NATO's New Impotence

    03/25/2014 7:45:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    investors.com ^ | 3/25/2014 | editorial
    Checking out Rembrandts and checking in with European allies, President Obama seems blind to the rubble around him. The U.S. leadership vacuum has left NATO as ravaged as a post-World War II battlefield. In May 1945, a sizable force of Allied bombers flew photographers over European cities to document the destruction of what was then, and remains, the worst war in history. Their images of urban craters and flattened buildings are permanent reminders of the evils of totalitarianism. One can't help wondering, if Barack Obama had been on board, whether he would have looked down and remarked on the day's...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • G7 Boots Russia from G8 -- What a relief

    03/25/2014 2:42:33 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    New Republic ^ | March 24, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Today, the G8 minus 1 met in the Hague and, rather than kick out Russia outright, simply reformed as the G7, thereby punishing (in their minds) Russia for annexing part of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. ("Countries of the G7 end their membership in the G8," read the headline of the Soviet-era wire agency ITAR-TASS.)Really, though, it was the organization--and Russia--returning to a more natural state: The G8 just went back to being the organization it was until 1998, when Bill Clinton invited Russia in, hammering what he hoped would be the final nail in the Cold War coffin. Since then, Russia underwent...
  • Far left set for big gains in European Parliament elections

    03/24/2014 10:05:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.03.14 @ 11:44 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Europe’s far left is set to almost double its deputies in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May. Poll predictions indicate that the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group is set to become the parliament’s third or fourth largest group, with the number of deputies rising from the current 35 to around 60. At third place, it would replace the liberals (ALDE), behind the center-left S&D and center-right EPP. […] The parties are against what they describe as neo-liberal policy-making at the EU level, want more funding for social programs, and want to create what they describe as “another...
  • Why President Obama's mealymouthed response to Ukraine only invites Putin's aggression.

    03/11/2014 12:45:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 4, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    Vladimir Putin running rampant in Ukraine showcases how the Obama administration's abdication of global leadership is making the world a more dangerous place. Instead of providing clarity to our nation and our allies, the Obama administration offers tortured semantics. "Kinetic action" glamorizes the failed policy of leading from behind in Libya. A "spontaneous protest" explains the coordinated al Qaeda attack on American officials in Benghazi. The interim agreement over Iran's nuclear program -- described by one of our closest allies as a "historic mistake" -- is in this universe referred to as a display of "international unity." And on Friday,...
  • McCain: Here’s How to Punish Putin

    03/01/2014 10:03:52 PM PST · by kingattax · 55 replies
    Yahoo/Daily Beast ^ | 3-1-14 | Josh Rogin
    President Obama promised Friday there would be “costs” if Russia moved troops into Ukraine, but he didn’t specify what those costs might be. Sen. John McCain has several suggestions for Obama, including the sanctioning of high-level Russian officials; restarting missile defense plans in Eastern Europe; and bringing Georgia, a former Soviet republic, into NATO. McCain said he plans to push from the Congressional side, he told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview Saturday evening. McCain wants the administration to expand its threat to pull out of the G8 Summit in Sochi scheduled for June. That limited move is unlikely...
  • Russia Suspended From G8, France Says (That will show em!)

    03/18/2014 7:19:07 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 18 2014 14:57
    The leaders of the Group of Eight have suspended Russia's participation in the body over Moscow's activities in Ukraine, the French foreign minister said Tuesday. In an interview with Europe-1 radio, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that "it is envisaged that all the other countries, the seven leading countries, will unite without Russia," The Associated Press reported. The other seven members had already pulled out of preparations for a G8 summit set to be held in June in the Russian city of Sochi. Fabius and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian earlier postponed a trip to Moscow to meet with...
  • US, Allies Kick Russia Out of G-8

    03/24/2014 5:19:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Match 24, 2014 | Staff
    The world's leading industrial powers threatened further sanctions to deter the Kremlin from invading other parts of Ukraine and boycotted what was to be a Group of Eight summit hosted by President Vladimir Putin. Meeting for the first time since last week's annexation of Crimea by Russia, Group of Seven leaders said they won't attend the planned G-8 meeting which was to have to been held in Sochi, site of the Winter Olympics, and will instead hold their own summit in June in Brussels. "We remain ready to intensify actions including coordinated sectoral sanctions that will have an increasingly significant...
  • Ron Fournier: Excluding Russia From G8 ‘Like Suspending a Vegan From a Steakhouse’

    03/24/2014 6:53:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    A “Special Report” panel today discussed how G7 leaders met today in The Hague and announced that they would be excluding Russia from the G8 and boycotting a planned summit in Sochi. Jason Riley, of the Wall Street Journal, said Russian President Vladimir Putin is rebuilding the Russian empire while President Barack Obama and our allies in Europe are sitting around discussing international law and “kicking Putin out of clubs he doesn’t care about in the first place.” Riley said Putin knows that the administration doesn’t have the stomach for confrontation and will continue to take advantage of that.
  • U..S., Allies Throw Russia Out of G-8 (McFaul: Putin prepping for war w/ Nato)

    03/24/2014 5:38:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Lesley Clark
    President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s largest industrialized countries expelled Russia from the group until it “changes course” in Ukraine and formally canceled plans to attend an economic summit in Russia in June. The move was aimed at Russian President Vladmir Putin’s plan to host the G-8 group of economic powers at Sochi, Russia, which would have been its second starring role on the world stage after this winter’s Olympics. Instead, the G-7 leaders will meet in Brussels without Putin. At the same time, the group said it would not send its foreign ministers to a planned G-8...
  • Ted Cruz’s Ukraine plan: Have the market handle it [trade not aid]

    03/06/2014 12:43:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | March 5, 2014 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) preferred plan for Ukraine: let the market fix it. The Texas Republican wouldn’t commit to voting for aid for the country fending off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army — or say whether there would need to be a financial offset to get his support — but argued that neither this nor conservative calls for military exercises are the right approach. Instead, Cruz argued for immediately passing a new free trade treaty with Ukraine and “looking at existing treaties between the United States and Russia, and considering abrogating those treaties.” “More important than aid is expanding economic...
  • G-7 Agrees to Exclude Russia, Increase Sanctions

    03/24/2014 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    wsj.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Carol E. Lee
    THE HAGUE—Leaders of the world's largest economies agreed Monday to effectively remove Russia from the Group of Eight nations in response to Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine. The leaders, meeting in emergency session, also agreed that they would begin to exert punitive sanctions on Russia's energy, banking, finance and arms industries unless Moscow dialed back plans to seize the region of Crimea from Ukraine. "This group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia's actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them," the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Canada, Japan and Italy said in a joint statement. "We...
  • Why Germany and Poland Are Winners in the Ukraine Crisis

    03/24/2014 12:45:09 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 12 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 3/24/14 | Andrew L. Peek
    Russia is winning the Ukraine crisis. While Moscow may have suffered some economic sanctions, the world saw a disobedient Russian neighbor being forcibly brought to heel. The land grab was no doubt designed to encourage the others—Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Georgia – all those unfortunates who live nearby. And it will. There are other winners, even on the side of the somewhat hapless angels. Like Germany, which is currently less an angel, and Poland, which is currently more. Before taking a mildly more aggressive position on sanctions Friday, Germany had been the least enthusiastic major European power about aggressively confronting Russia....
  • William Hague: Russia faces 'isolation' over Ukraine

    03/24/2014 8:38:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 23 March 2014 | BBC
    William Hague has warned Russia that it faces long-term "isolation and stagnation" over the crisis in Ukraine. The foreign secretary said it was time to consider a "new state of relations" different to that of the past 20 years. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, he said the UK and its European allies would not "run scared".
  • When Presidents Stand Firm

    03/23/2014 11:44:25 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 23, 2014 | Karl Ushanka
    Leadership comes in many forms and with many levels of risk, but history gives us a few moments when leaders stood alone and were proven right. [...] In late June 1948 the Soviets cut all road, rail and water access to Berlin, a city controlled by the Western Allies yet surrounded by Soviet-controlled territories. The Soviet’s goal: take Berlin from the Allies by forcing the US-UK-French alliance into one of two options: try to protect a city of 2.1 million starving Germans, or war. The Soviets expected the West to surrender the city quickly. [...] The US was in the...