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  • The bones of 'Red Sonja' have been found. Where's Conan?

    08/13/2015 10:57:20 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 38 replies
    Spero News ^ | 8/13/2015 | Martin Barillas
    The remains are believed to date as far back as 200 B.C. in what was then the ancient state of Kangyuy. She is believed to be the first warrior woman discovered in modern Kazakhstan. The Kangyuy people were a nomadic and war-fighting nation who became renowned for fighting off the equally fearsome Huns.
  • Breathtaking ruins of the Soviet space shuttle program

    07/05/2015 5:09:28 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | July 3, 2015 | Sheena McKenzie
    (CNN)What was once the gleaming pride and joy of the Soviet space program now lies covered in dirt and bird droppings in a disused hangar in Kazakhstan. With their broken windows, missing tiles and ransacked interiors, these shuttles are a haunting -- and fascinating -- piece of space history, rarely seen by the outside world. Indeed, when 36-year-old Russian photographer Ralph Mirebs discovered the derelict shuttles and rocket at Baikonur Cosmodrome, he was touched by the sad end for these "wonderful winged machines."
  • Iron Age warrior lived with arrowhead in spine

    07/01/2015 7:20:54 AM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Live Science via Fox News ^ | 07.01.2015 | Laura Geggel
    A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds. "This found individual was extremely lucky to survive," said study researcher Svetlana Svyatko, a research fellow in the school of geography, archaeology and paleoecology at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. "It's hard to get a vertebral wound without damaging the main blood vessels, which would have resulted in an immediate death."
  • All we need to know about Hillary Clinton’s lies can be found in a simple Google search

    06/11/2015 10:19:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/11/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    To learn what we need to know about Hillary’s Clinton Family Foundation corruption and lies we need only do a quick Google search. Here is what a brief search revealed. Just since April 22 there have been a number of major stories outlining how Hillary sold out America to gather the $1.5 BILLION she believes will get her elected as the nation’s first female president. On April 22, Breitbart News posted a story about how she sold easy access to uranium, the main ingredient of nuclear weapons, to the Russians. To make this happen Bill Clinton made a speech to...
  • Catastrophic Collapse of Saiga Antelope Leaves 120,000 Dead in a Month

    06/07/2015 7:44:42 AM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 53 replies
    Revolution News ^ | 06/03/2015 | Jennifer Baker
    Kazakhstan – An aerial survey conducted as part of a national monitoring program earlier this year estimated that the saiga antelope population numbered approximately 250,000 animals prior to this mass die-off, which has therefore halved the total population in about one month. snip The animals die within hours of showing symptoms, which include depression, diarrhea and frothing at the mouth.
  • Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

    05/17/2015 4:09:32 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 18 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Akbar Borisov with Chris Rickleton in Bishkek
    Russia has deployed hundreds of troops for drills in Central Asia with its ex-Soviet allies in a show of force as anxiety grows over a surge in fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan. Around 2,500 personnel from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) are taking part in joint exercises due to run to Wednesday in Tajikistan. The move is seen as re-enforcing Moscow's role as the main guarantor of the fragile region's security after US troops leave Afghanistan. The Russian deployment of about 500 troops for the drills started last week, bolstered by soldiers from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus....
  • Why Is America Richer than Kazakhstan, and Why Has Estonia Surpassed Croatia?

    05/04/2015 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 4, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Even small differences in economic growth make a big difference to living standards over time. I frequently share this chart, which highlights how long it takes to double economic output based on different growth rates. I also use real-world examples to show how some nations become much richer than other nations within just a few decades because of better policy and faster growth.HereÂ’s another way to approach the issue. LetÂ’s use a hypothetical example to reinforce the importance of growth. If we went back to 1870 and assumed our economyÂ’s nominal growth rate was one percentage point slower than it...
  • 'Only a miracle can save it’ Russian spacecraft 'hurtling towards Earth' as contact lost

    04/29/2015 6:06:57 AM PDT · by McGruff · 26 replies
    EXPRESS ^ | 4/29/2015 | PAUL BALDWIN
    Flight controllers are unable to receive data from unmanned Progress M-27M – and the only way to regain control would be an ultra-risky ‘manual stablilisation’ carried out by the ISS crew. But a Russian space program analyst said: “Trying to stabilise it manually would be extremely risky. You could destroy the station and kill the crew.” The spacecraft is carrying more than 6,000lb of food, fuel and supplies for the ISS crew – which is currently home to Russian and American astronauts. The M-27M was launched via a standard Soyuz rocket at 8.09 a.m. GMT today (1.09 p.m. local time...
  • MUST WATCH: Fox News explains how Bill Clinton and Kazakhstan fits into uranium sale to Russians

    04/23/2015 9:41:26 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 31 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | April 23, 2015 | Right Scoop
    This is absolutely explosive. You really need to watch the Fox News video below to understand what’s really going on here, but it basically involves Bill Clinton selling his influence to help a uranium investor buy uranium mines in Kazakhstan, which eventually blossomed into the Uranium One company that the Russian government bought Hillary Clinton’s approval at the State Department. Considering the Russians send uranium to Iran, this is a really big deal. And apparently this is just the tip of the iceberg according to Bret Baier. Watch:
  • Call of beauty? Kazakhstan military unveils its 123 'prettiest soldiers' in bid to attract [tr]

    04/10/2015 6:48:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Military officials in Kazakhstan have introduced a Miss Army competition in the hope of encouraging more recruits. The Kazakhstani Ministry of Defence has chosen 123 of its prettiest female soldiers and posted their photos online where viewers can vote for their favourites. The pictures show the women in three set poses – in military uniform, with weapons and in civilian clothing – and they have already been viewed more than 30,000 times.
  • Bizarre Sleeping Disease Plagues Small Village in Kazakhstan

    03/27/2015 2:58:07 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    News Everyday ^ | 25 Mar '15 | Ashwin Subramania
    Over 120 residents in Kazakhstan's Kalachi village have been diagnosed with a strange sleeping sickness where people suddenly fall into a coma-like sleep without warning. The residents then don't wake up for days and when they do, experience severe medical symptoms, the likes of which include memory loss, dizziness, blinding headaches and nausea. The sleep inducing malady has so far affected over one fourth of the village population with many residents experiencing repeated attacks. The government of Kazakhstan combined with the help of scientists have been scrambling to find the reason behind the illness. While they are pursuing some strong...
  • Putin Will Meet Leaders Of Belarus, Kazakhstan In Astana On March 20 (Putin Resurfaces Alert)

    03/16/2015 2:32:36 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 03/16/2015 | Itar Tass
    ASTANA, March 16. /TASS/. The presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus will meet in Astana on March 20, a spokesman for the Kazakh leader said on Monday. The spokesman said Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko had already confirmed they would attend the meeting. "The heads of state will discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation," the spokesman said adding that they would also focus on global economic issues and the Ukrainian crisis.
  • MH370: Aviation Expert Jeff Wise Spells out his Theory

    03/14/2015 10:25:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    A year after Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanished, aviation expert Jeff Wise spells out his theory of what happened. Is he crazy? You decideThe unsettling oddness was there from the first moment, on March 8 last year, when Malaysia Airlines announced that a plane from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, Flight 370, had disappeared over the South China Sea in the middle of the night. There had been no bad weather, no distress call, no wreckage, no eyewitness accounts of a fireball in the sky - just a plane that said goodbye to one air traffic controller and, two minutes...
  • Obama accelerates the emptying out of Guantanamo Bay

    12/31/2014 1:29:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot ^ | December 31, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Overnight, five more Guantanamo Bay detainees were released from American custody as the process of emptying out the prison facility accelerates. That brings the total of Guantanamo detainees released just this month to nine. “The two men from Tunisia and three from Yemen — who have been at the camp for a dozen years — had been cleared for release from the prison by a government task force but could not be sent to their homelands,” Fox News reported on Wednesday.Of the approximately 800 Guantanamo prisoners who were housed in that facility during the Bush administration, only 127 now remain....
  • Central Asia Stuck Between A Sinking Russia And A Dominant China

    12/29/2014 9:46:22 AM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Paul Coyer
    Central Asia, stuck between Russia, the dominant power of yesterday, whose cultural influence in the region remains strong even as its economy implodes and its political clout increasingly plays second fiddle to China, and China, the dominant power of tomorrow, whose targeted economic power is increasingly shaping the choices of Central Asian leaders and reshaping the region as a whole, is seeking other options. A story that is being lost in the attention paid to the new “Great Game” between Russia and China for dominance in Central Asia is how the Central Asian governments themselves don’t wish to be dominated,...
  • Russia cancels trains to Ukraine

    12/08/2014 10:05:19 AM PST · by free_life · 19 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Dec 8/2014
    Russia's railway authorities have announced the cancellation of all passenger rail services to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan for 2015. All international passenger rail services to these countries will cease to run on 14 December, with the cancellation of services set to last for at least one year - TASS reports. Officials have said the decision to cancel these rail routes was taken due to their low profitability. Passenger services between Russia and Belarus, Moldova and Uzbekistan will reportedly continue.
  • Al-Qaeda’s Network: Iran to the Balkans, via Turkey

    08/05/2004 10:14:15 PM PDT · by Darko · 279+ views
    TERRORISM-Global Network of Islamic Fundamentalist’s – Part II -Modus operandi- | August 06, 2004 | Darko Trifunovic
    Al-Qaeda’s Network: Iran to the Balkans, via Turkey
  • The New Axis of Evil Waging Unconventional Warfare

    11/27/2014 8:59:54 AM PST · by harpu · 14 replies ^ | 11/26/14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    For years, we have been warned about solidifying a new Axis of Evil between Russia, China and Iran. It is now fully formed and growing in strength. Already Russia and China’s militaries have grown arguably more powerful than ours if you consider their nuclear arsenals and Obama’s rigorous gutting of our military stockpiles and forces. The purge continues daily. All the while a military/security pact has flourished among the Axis of Evil players via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Unlike the US, our enemies realize that the Cold War never ended… it shifted and put on a new face. We must...
  • Anthrax: Source of Fishy, Shaggy Dog Stories Pleads Fifth

    12/20/2007 4:52:43 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 68 replies · 316+ views
    Blogger News ^ | 12/20/07 | Ross getman
    Anthrax: Source of Fishy, Shaggy Dog Stories Pleads Fifth December 20th, 2007 by Ross E. Getman In October 2007, the former Criminal Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Daniel Seikaly, was deposed in the civil rights action by Steve Hatfill about whether he was the source of leaks relating to Steve Hatfill in connection with Newsweek and Washington Post stories about the use of bloodhounds and the draining of ponds in Frederick, Maryland. Attorney Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination in connection with most substantive questions. Attorney Seikaly has had a very distinguished career....
  • Tsarnaev pal Robel Phillipos convicted of lying to FBI (Pothead defense; Dukakis testified)

    10/28/2014 7:32:48 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/28/14 | Laurel Sweet
    Robel Phillipos, a friend of terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been convicted of lying to authorities investigating last year’s Boston Marathon bombings that killed three spectators, including an 8-year-old Dorchester boy. Phillipos was accused of lying about being in Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the bombing, when two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence, including a laptop. Phillipos' lawyers argued he couldn’t clearly remember what happened because he had smoked marijuana heavily that day. The fate of Phillipos, 19 when he was arrested and who turned 21 this month during his trial at U.S....
  • Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Winter Olympics — One Example From A College Prof. Tells You Why

    10/16/2014 2:51:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/16/2014 | Tony Manfred
    The bidding process for the 2022 Olympics was a disaster for the International Olympic Committee. Democratic nations are no longer buying the argument that hosting the games is a wise investment. Every potential 2022 host city with a democratic government eventually pulled out of the bidding, many over economic concerns, leaving Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan as the IOC's only two options. Academics have been saying for years that hosting the Olympics doesn't make economic sense. The costs are typically larger than expected, the infrastructure needed for a big sporting event isn't the same as the infrastructure needed for daily life,...
  • Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics — And One Example From A College Professor Tells You Why

    10/19/2014 6:52:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/19/2014 | Yahoo
    The bidding process for the 2022 Olympics was a disaster for the International Olympic Committee. Democratic nations are no longer buying the argument that hosting the games is a wise investment. Every potential 2022 host city with a democratic government eventually pulled out of the bidding, many over economic concerns, leaving Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the IOC's only two options. Academics have been saying for years that hosting the Olympics doesn't make economic sense. The costs are typically larger than expected, the infrastructure needed for a big sporting event isn't the same as the infrastructure needed for daily life,...
  • Who wants to host 2022 Winter Olympics? Only 2 cities left in the race

    10/02/2014 7:50:28 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 1, 2014 | Liu Jin
    OSLO, Norway -- Oslo said it has dropped its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after the Norwegian government declined Wednesday to provide financial backing, a move which leaves just two cities in a race that has been decimated by withdrawals. After Oslo's withdrawal, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan are the only two cities left vying to host the 2022 Games. Members of the ruling Conservative party members voted against giving financial guarantees to the bid amid concerns the games would be too costly. The junior partner in the minority coalition voted against the bid four months ago, and polls have...
  • Kazakhs Worried After Putin Questions History of Country's Independence

    09/01/2014 10:30:52 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 01 2014 11:50 Last edited 11:51 | Anna Dolgov
    President Vladimir Putin has said Kazakhstan's history of independent statehood is scant and its people's desire for closer ties with Russia is profound — a rhetoric reminiscent of Moscow's stance on Ukraine — and inhabitants of Kazakhstan are worried. Kazakhs have taken to social networks to call for supporters to "send a history textbook to Putin" in response to the Russian leader's remarks last week that the Central Asian nation had never held any independence worth speaking of until very recently. Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has "created a state on a territory that never had a state," Putin told a...
  • Kazakhstan threatens to withdraw from Eurasian Union

    08/31/2014 6:46:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 08:11 | Zik TV
    Kazakhstan has the right to leave the Russia-led Eurasian Union if its interests are violated, Kazakh Pres Nazarbajev said, speaking to Khabar TV, Tengri News reported Aug. 30. Kazakhstan will not be a part of organizations that endanger its independence, Nazarbajev said. [....] Recall also that Pres Putin declared at the youth Seliger forum that Kazakhstan had never been an independent country in the past.
  • Putin: You’re next, Kazakhstan

    08/29/2014 2:19:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    When Russian President Vladimir Putin began referring to portions of Ukraine by their Tsarist-era name, Novorossiya, Russia hands expressed alarm. Novorossiya, or “New Russia,” incorporates the area of Southern Ukraine from Donbass to the present day border with Moldova. Some suggested that Putin’s brazen invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a prelude to a much more significant land grab. They noted that Putin could have designs on the entirety of Southern Ukraine, linking Russia to the portion of Moldova known as Transnistria, an area which has been under Russian occupation for years and is already a de...
  • ‘Nazca Lines’ discovered in Kazakhstan

    09/27/2009 4:56:31 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 2,272+ views
    discoveryon ^ | September 24, 2009
    Media outlets as well as the official government website in Kazakhstan are reporting the surprise discovery of local geoglyphs or ‘Nazca Lines’. Geoglyphs are drawings created on the ground by arranging stones or removing the top layers of earth. These designs typically cover large areas. The most famous geoglyphs are those found in the Nazca desert in Peru. These show hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, llamas, and lizards. The Kazakhstan Geoglyphs (photo above, thanks to photojournalist N. Dorogov) appear to depict a humanoid figure wedged between two unusual structures. The drawings are located in the remote Karatau Mountains in South...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan set up new alliance

    05/29/2014 4:30:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 7:16 AM EDT | Vladimir Isachenkov
    The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on Thursday created an economic union that intends to boost cooperation between the ex-Soviet neighbors, a pact which was at the source of the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Eurasian Economic Union—which Moscow had pushed Ukraine to join, helping spark the worst crisis in relations between Russia and the West since the Cold War—takes the countries’ cooperation to a “new level” while respecting their sovereignty. “We are creating a powerful and attractive center of economic development, a major regional market bringing together over 170 million people,” Putin said during...
  • In Kazakhstan, Homophobes Build Wall Around Gay Nightclub

    05/19/2014 4:23:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Gay rights activists march with a banner during a May Day rally in St. Petersburg May 1, 2014. Russians celebrate the coming of Spring and since communist times, Labour Day on the first day of May. The banner reads, These gay rights activists in St. Petersburg, like their peers in Central Asia, are fighting an uphill battle. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters) In Almaty, Kazakhstan's biggest city, dozens of antigay activists set about building a wall around a gay nightclub, reports Radio Free Europe. It's unclear whether the brick wall, set up as a protest against gay marriage, was designed to prevent people...
  • Kazakhstan May Be the Next Ukraine

    05/07/2014 6:07:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May. 04 2014 | Richard Lourie
    After a lapse of more than a century, the Great Game has begun again — in Kiev of all places. In the 19th century, the Great Game was the rivalry between the British and Russian empires for Central Asia. England was wary that Russia's relentless expansion would one day threaten the jewel in the imperial crown, India. Both sides vied to dominate Central Asia's markets. Seizing their "rightful" portion of Kazakhstan would bring Russia great riches and enormous geopolitical advantages. The game went into a state of suspension during Soviet times. Some commentators spoke of a new Great Game after...
  • The List: The World’s Largest Untapped Oil Fields

    12/01/2008 4:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 2,878+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 2008 Issue | Jerome Chen
    In a world running low on oil, several countries are still sitting on massive supplies. If only they could get to them. The Ferdows, Mound, and Zageh Fields Location: The Persian Gulf, off the coast of southern Iran Estimated Reserves: 38 billion barrels Details: Discovered in 2003, these three interconnected fields are among the largest oil deposits ever found. Ferdows is the largest, with 30.6 billion barrels. This figure may seem astounding, but it’s usually not possible to extract all the oil from a field due to technological and financial constraints. Plus, assessing how much oil these deposits can actually...
  • A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

    04/16/2014 4:39:12 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    Most children, Asher Svidensky says, are a little intimidated by golden eagles. Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on their undeveloped arms. Svidensky, a photographer and travel writer, shot five boys learning the skill - and he also photographed Ashol-Pan
  • Native Americans actually came from a tiny mountain region in Siberia, DNA research reveals

    01/27/2012 8:32:48 AM PST · by Theoria · 98 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 Jan 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Altai in southern Siberia sits right at the centre of Russia. But the tiny, mountainous republic has a claim to fame unknown until now - Native Americans can trace their origins to the remote region. DNA research revealed that genetic markers linking people living in the Russian republic of Altai, southern Siberia, with indigenous populations in North America. A study of the mutations indicated a lineage shift between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago - when people are thought to have walked across the ice from Russia to America. This roughly coincides with the period when humans from Siberia are thought...
  • Mixing oil and terrorism: Apparent Moscow-Riyadh rapprochement is paper thin

    09/27/2003 2:10:53 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Russia challenging Saudi Arabia’s dominance in world energy market Oil will be high on the agenda at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s weekend summit meeting with George W. Bush at Camp David ­ Russian oil for US consumers, to reduce dependence on Saudi Arabia. Across the globe in Beijing, Putin’s prime minister, Mikhail Kasyanov, this week haggled with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jaibao, on building a 2,400-kilometer, $2.5 billion oil pipeline from Siberia to China, which is crying out for energy to fuel its burgeoning economy. Saudi oil may be far cheaper to produce, but a steady supply from Russia is...
  • White House Warns Russia

    04/07/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 7, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against moving "overtly or covertly" into eastern Ukraine and said there was strong evidence that pro-Russian demonstrators in the region were being paid.
  • Putin's Russia caught in US and Chinese double-pincer

    04/03/2014 5:42:29 AM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 26 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Russia's Vladimir Putin has committed a grave strategic blunder by tearing up the international rule book without a green light from China. Any hope of recruiting Beijing as an ally to blunt Western sanctions looks doomed, and with it the Kremlin's chances of a painless victory, or any worthwhile victory at all. Mr Putin was careful to thank China's Politburo for its alleged support in his victory speech on Crimea. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has been claiming with his usual elasticity that “Russia and China have coinciding views on the situation in Ukraine.” This is of course a desperate lie....
  • Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds

    04/05/2014 8:57:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 1, 2014 | Gerry Everding
    Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the early spread of domesticated crops throughout a mountainous east-west corridor along the historic Silk Road... "Ancient wheat and broomcorn millet, recovered in nomadic campsites in Kazakhstan, show that prehistoric herders in Central Eurasia had incorporated both regional crops into their economy and rituals nearly 5,000 years ago, pushing back the chronology of interaction along the territory of the 'Silk Road' more than 2,000 years," Frachetti said... ...several strains of...
  • NASA suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis

    04/02/2014 1:27:13 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 49 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-02-2014
    The United States has suspended contact between NASA and its Russian counterpart over the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Only ongoing International Space Station cooperation will continue through the freeze in relations. NASA associate administrator Michael O’Brien said in a memo sent Wednesday that all missions with Russia’s Roscosmos are on hold indefinitely, UPI reports.
  • In a surprise, Kazakhstan gets new prime minister

    04/02/2014 10:47:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 2014 10:08 AM EDT
    The prime minister of Kazakhstan unexpectedly announced his resignation Wednesday and was swiftly replaced by his influential predecessor. All three parties in the oil-rich Central Asian nation’s parliament voted to approve Karim Masimov, 49, as the new head of government. …
  • Kazakhstan's prime minister, whole cabinet resign

    04/02/2014 9:10:22 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | April/02/2014
    Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Akhmetov, who had managed Central Asia's largest economy since September 2012, said on April 2, 2014 that he had resigned. REUTERS Photo Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov and his entire government resigned Wednesday, the authorities in the Central Asian country said. Akhmetov told a cabinet meeting that his resignation had been granted by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the government of the oil-exporting country said. No reason was given for Akhmetov's abrupt dismissal, but President Nazarbayev has broad powers to change prime ministers at his choosing. His press-service said on Twitter that the Kazakh leader has already proposed...
  • Soyuz TMA-12M docking delayed following problematic burn

    03/26/2014 7:04:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | March 25, 2014 by | Chris Bergin and Pete Harding
    Following the launch of the reliable Soyuz FG rocket – along with a successful orbital insertion shortly thereafter – the Soyuz TMA-12M was immediately tasked with performing the first two engine burns on its first orbit of the Earth, which were pre-programmed into the Soyuz’s on-board computer prior to launch. ... While the crew were expected to dock to the station’s Poisk module less than six hours later at 11:04 pm, a problem during the “Dv3″ burn resulted in mission controllers opting to move to a new flight profile that will allow for Soyuz to arrive in two days time....
  • Transnational Transgressions: In Kosovo and Honduras, Obama-ite foreign policy gave Putin...

    03/22/2014 1:45:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | MARCH 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In Kosovo and Honduras, Obama-ite foreign policy gave Putin effective precedent.‘Your independence is irreversible, absolutely irreversible.” So declared Vice President Joe Biden, thrilling a parliamentary assembly in Pristina, Kosovo. These were still the early months of the Obama administration, and the vice president was touring the Balkans to take a victory lap in the breakaway Serbian territory whose independence he’d done so much to champion as an influential senator. As Vladimir Putin tucks away Crimea, just as he clawed South Ossetia and Abkhazia back from Georgia five years ago, Kosovo is worth remembering. So is President Obama’s staunch support of...
  • These Countries With Large Russian Populations Should Fear What Putin Might Do Next

    03/21/2014 2:44:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/21/2014 | Jeremy Bender
    Citing the right to intervene wherever Russians are deemed to be in trouble, Vladimir Putin has set a possible precedent for future Russian intervention across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.This map, from Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, highlights the regions in neighboring countries that have the highest concentrations of Russian citizens, ethnic Russians, and native Russian speakers. Kazakhstan and Belarus, both countries with large Russian populations, are already within Russia's sphere of influence. Both countries are members of the Eurasian Economic Community and have strong ties to Russia.Still, according to Wikistrat senior analyst Mark Galeotti, Russia could take advantage...
  • China Splits With Russia Over Ukraine

    03/19/2014 1:00:55 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies ^ | March 18, 2014 | Scott Stearns
    STATE DEPARTMENT — With Russia's most vocal critics imposing economic sanctions over Crimea, some of Moscow's allies are also questioning its actions in Ukraine. In Syria's civil war, China and Russia have together blocked tougher action against President Bashar al-Assad, denouncing foreign support for the rebels as a breach of Syrian sovereignty. Now, China has quietly split from Russia over Crimea -- on the same issue of sovereignty. "China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order. We call on all sides to remain...
  • Missing MH370: Search Extended Up to Kazakhstan, Down to Indian Ocean

    03/15/2014 1:55:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | 3/15 | Michelle Tam
    The search for MH370 enters a new phase based on new satellite data received, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He told a press conference on Saturday that the search and rescue operations at the South China Sea has ended and all assets will be focussed on two new corridors. “A northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, or a southern corridor from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean,” he said. Najib said based on satellite data, MH370’s last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors. Najib said the...
  • Developing: Crimea Nationalizes Energy Companies

    03/17/2014 9:59:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 3/17/2014 | Jeff Reed
    Ukraine's Crimean parliament voted Monday to nationalize energy companies Ukrtransgaz and Chornomornaftohaz, according to a statement on the Parliament's website. A Crimean official said last week that the local authorities may sell the oil and gas company Chornomornaftohaz to a Russian firm "such as Gazprom" once the region assumes control of it. On Sunday, a Russia-backed referendum in Crimea demonstrated overwhelming support for joining the Russian federation. The US and its European allies are expected to announced sanctions against Russia on Monday after Crimea announced that just under 97% of voters in the region supported leaving Ukraine and becoming a...
  • Panty Protest: Kazakhstan Women Outraged by Lace Underwear Ban

    02/17/2014 7:02:42 AM PST · by workerbee · 37 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/17/14 | Alexander Smith
    Women took to the streets wearing panties on their heads Sunday as they protested new laws banning lace underwear in Kazakhstan. The legislation - which includes provisions covering the required level of moisture absorbtion in the garments - will come into force this summer in Kazakhstan as well as Russia and Belarus, according to the Moscow Times. This sparked the so-called "Panties for the President" demonstrations in the Kazakh capital, Almaty, on Sunday. "It irritates me the most that the authorities want to decide what I should wear," Iryna Davydenko, a bank manager who travels regularly between Kazakhstan, Russia and...
  • Lithuania threatens to take Russian region hostage, demands changes in foreign policy

    10/02/2013 9:26:41 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 47 replies
    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country could block land transport to Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad if Russia maintains its opposition to stronger trade ties between Ukraine and the European Union. "As you know, the Kaliningrad region is isolated, geographically isolated, so we could apply some measures also to cut something," the Reuters news agency quoted Linas Linkevicius as saying on Wednesday. "Transport, we could cut off trains, but not only trains, also the supply of goods, whatever. It is theoretically possible," the official added. The reporters raised the topic as Lithuania, which currently holds the rotating presidency in...