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  • Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

    04/23/2014 11:12:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    myfoxdc.com ^ | Updated: Apr 23, 2014 9:59 AM PDT
    AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.The Dutch ministry identified the planes as two Russian TU-95 Bears, and said it had launched two F-16s from Volkel air force base to intercept them. The Russian jets were escorted by aircraft from the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark until they departed.
  • US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? (+video)

    04/23/2014 4:41:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? A contingent of 150 US troops began arriving in Poland Wednesday, the first of four such units being deployed for training exercises in Eastern Europe in a move criticized as unlikely to impress Russia. By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer / April 23, 2014 Washington The Pentagon is sending a contingent of 150 US troops to Poland this week, the first piece of what US officials describe as an effort to reassure Eastern European allies that the United States has their back in the wake of Russian aggression. The contingent,...
  • Preparing the US military for the 'threat multiplier' of climate change.

    04/22/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by machogirl · 41 replies
    Slate via Stripes.com ^ | 04-21-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. Its conclusion: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it, but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars. That finding was highlighted in last week's premiere of Showtime's climate change docu-drama...
  • The U.S. Cut Military Spending in 2013, While These Two Global Powers Did the Opposite

    04/23/2014 6:26:00 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 14 Apr 14 | Elizabeth Kreft
    Global military spending dropped by nearly two percent in 2013, led by the United States which dropped it’s spending by 7.8 percent. By contrast, the military industrial complexes in Russia and China are bustling; seeing a 4.8 and 7.4 percent increase, respectively. "For the first time since 2003, Russia spent a larger percentage of it’s Gross Domestic Product on military expenses than the United States… " The U.S. dropped spending from roughly $690 Billion in 2012, to $640 Billion in 2013, shrinking to 3.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The reduction is noted in real terms, which means the...
  • Do not hurt Russian people with sanctions: Jimmy Carter

    04/22/2014 11:16:16 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 21 replies
    Paris (AFP) - Former US president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday the West should not impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people over their leaders' actions in Ukraine. "So far, we have limited the sanctions to the leadership of Russia, and I think that is the proper approach," the Nobel peace laureate told AFP on the sidelines of a discussion in Paris on climate change. "I don't think we would go so far as to impose The statesman was taking part in a meeting with students as a member of The Elders group set up to promote human rights around...
  • Ukraine rebels brace for new assault as US troops head to region

    04/23/2014 3:11:31 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 41 replies
    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. The United States said it plans to deploy 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states to "reassure our allies and partners" after threatening Russia with more sanctions. Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov late Tuesday ordered a new "anti-terrorist" operation against separatists holding a string of eastern towns after the discovery of two "brutally tortured" bodies. One of the dead was a local...
  • US Troops Arrive in Poland for Exercises Across Eastern Europe Amid Ukraine Crisis

    04/22/2014 10:13:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last month. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday that the exercises will last about a month, and initially involve about 600 troops. An Army company of about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, will start the exercises Wednesday in Poland. Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday...
  • Lessons Learned From Obama’s Middle East ‘Peace Process’

    04/22/2014 6:44:09 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 17, 2014 | John Bolton
    Barack Obama has announced a “pause” for a “reality check” in his Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, although no one is really deceived by this euphemism. His “peace process” is verging on collapse, despite a year’s investment of U.S. diplomatic time and effort. Not only will the negotiations’ impending failure leave Israelis and Palestinians even further from resolving their disputes than before but America’s worldwide prestige will be significantly diminished. Our competence and influence are again under question, Israel has been undermined and by misallocating our diplomatic priorities, we have impaired our ability to resolve international crises and problems elsewhere, such as Russia’s...
  • Merkel Warns Russia of Economic Consequences Over Ukraine

    03/28/2014 2:04:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said Russia "can lose a lot" economically if it escalates tensions in Ukraine further and prompts Western allies to impose economic sanctions. "It's not just about concrete sanctions. Russia also needs trade and movement, today we're all connected internationally" the chancellor said in a joint news conference with her Canadian counterpart. Speaking in Berlin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged the economic risks, particularly for Europe, in slapping further sanctions on Russia and said "we should proceed quite cautiously." Mr. Harper added that the Russian economy is "quite fragile," and "when a major power...
  • Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally

    04/22/2014 7:00:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With Vladimir Putin having bloodlessly annexed Crimea and hinting that his army might cross the border to protect the Russians of East Ukraine, Washington is abuzz with talk of dispatching U.S. troops to Eastern Europe. But unless we have lost our minds, we are not going to fight Russia over territory no president ever regarded as vital to us. Indeed, should Putin annex Eastern and Southern Ukraine all the way to Odessa, he would simply be restoring to Russian rule what had belonged to her from Washington's inaugural in 1789 to George H. W. Bush's inaugural in 1989. This is...
  • Divide and Conquer

    04/21/2014 3:56:20 PM PDT · by No One Special · 3 replies
    JR Nyquist Website ^ | April 21, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    I recently asked a Polish journalist friend his ideas regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. He gave me a five point answer: (1) The Ukrainians are fighting against Russia’s corrupt version of so-called capitalism; (2) Russia is trying to portray Ukraine as a non-state; (3) Putin is rebuilding the former Soviet Union’s empire, extending Moscow’s influence over specific economic sectors; (4) Moscow’s ultimate goal is to completely push the United States out of Europe, using a new anti-American ideology; (5) Meanwhile, Moscow relies heavily on the West’s readiness to compromise on everything and anything to preserve their access to Russian...
  • Analysis: Finland and Sweden debate NATO membership

    04/21/2014 6:01:04 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | Editor
    The West’s standoff with Russia over Ukraine is triggering debate over the adequacy of defence spending and cooperation to confront a more assertive Russia across Europe. In Finland and Sweden, an important element in this debate is whether the two countries should join NATO, STRATFOR reported. While the events in Ukraine strengthen the argument for NATO membership, general support for the idea is still lacking in both countries — such a step would represent a big shift from Finland’s and Sweden’s strategy of avoiding too strong a military alignment with the West in order to prevent any conflict with Russia....
  • US to send combat troops to Poland

    04/19/2014 11:24:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Poland will breathe a little easier because at the very least, American troops in Poland will be an effective trip wire and hedge against Russia making a move to reclaim the former Warsaw Pact country. Washington Post: Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday....
  • U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

    04/18/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 107 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Fred Hiatt
    Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play...
  • 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
    It’s a textbook example, the officials said, of the military art of deception that Russia calls “maskirovka,” 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.
  • NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine

    04/18/2014 1:32:13 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 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.
  • Britain's Labour Leader Conscripts Obama Architect David Axelrod for 2015 Election

    04/18/2014 3:34:17 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 3 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...
  • OPINION: Russia Needn’t 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. “Putin understands that NATO is largely a paper tiger,” Addicott said, adding that the alliance is now more in a defensive mode. “The Russian leader also realizes that their signals to send out some additional ships here and there, or do some additional flights really mean nothing.” Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for almost four hours to...
  • 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...
  • Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

    04/17/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 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...
  • China proposes to create SCO security center (Sino-Russian alliance)

    04/17/2014 3:22:37 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    China's minister of public security warned Thursday of new threats to member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a post-Soviet Eurasian security bloc, and proposed setting up a joint security center to deal with the challenges. The Chinese side is prepared to study, together with all the SCO member states, the possibility of establishing an SCO center to fight against challenges and threats to security, Guo Shengkun told a meeting of SCO security officials in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Chinese minister said there has been increased activity of militant Islamist groups, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and warned of...
  • Separatists take armored vehicles, humiliating Ukraine forces

    04/16/2014 12:09:40 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 36 replies
    (Reuters) - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. Six armored personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of "Russia! Russia!". It was not immediately clear whether they had been captured by rebels or handed over to them by Ukrainian deserters. Another 15 armored troop carriers full of paratroops were surrounded and halted by a pro-Russian crowd at a town near an airbase. They were allowed to retreat only after the soldiers...
  • LUCAS: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

    04/16/2014 9:54:36 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/15/2014 | Edward Lucas
    Edward Lucas: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III 'Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West''We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states''Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions''If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying miltary escalation''I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war' It is about brute power. It is about whether Putin’s...
  • Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks

    04/16/2014 9:45:26 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 21 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4 16 14 | Nicolas Miletitch and Germain Moyon
    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis. A concerned NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop "destabilising" the former Soviet satellite, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of the pro-Kremlin leadership in February.
  • Doorstep Statement (NATO Sec. Gen.: NATO to increase presence in Baltics)

    04/16/2014 7:57:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 4 replies
    NATO ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | Anders Fogh Rasmussen
    Doorstep statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council Good afternoon. We have just taken further measures to respond to the crisis in Ukraine. We agree that a political solution is the only way forward. NATO fully supports the Geneva talks and all the efforts of the international community to find a political solution, which fulfils the democratic aspirations of the entire Ukrainian people and respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We call on Russia to be part of the solution. To stop destabilising Ukraine, pull back its troops from...
  • Ukrainian army defectors boost pro-Russian insurgents

    04/16/2014 4:31:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 11 replies
    Dozens of Ukrainian army defectors rode into the disputed eastern town of Slovyansk today on a column of armoured troop carriers bearing the Russian national flag. The defectors, including highly trained paratroopers. were said to have switched sides after being persuaded to defect by pro-Russian insurgents in nearby Kramatorsk, where they were part of a Ukrainian force that secured a military airfield yesterday. With Russian flags flying, the soldiers headed on a convoy of six troop carriers into Slovyansk, stopping first outside city hall, which has been occupied by pro-Russian protesters for several days, before entering the police station.
  • Video Interview with Estonian President Toomas Ilves

    04/16/2014 4:29:10 AM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 15, 2014 | CNN
    Excellent interview (youtube video) with Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, who grew up in New Jersey and he doesn't even have a Jersey accent. :-) Do yourself a favor and watch it.
  • Why Germany should stop arming the world

    04/15/2014 5:04:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Apr 2014 16:34 GMT+02:00 | Ben Knight
    Germany’s weapons industry is booming, and even the vice chancellor’s attempt to stop selling tanks to the Saudis is a minor concession for the world’s third biggest arms exporter. But the trade is destabilizing security. […] Henrik Heidenkamp, German defense industry expert at the Royal United Services Institute, told The Local the economic value was not the point, but about nurturing Germany’s defense industry so that it will be able to supply arms to the German army and its allies. “Only a commercially viable defense industry can deliver needed equipment to the armed forces in order to sustain the national...
  • Obama's Peace is Hell, Baby

    As Russia makes another move on its helpless neighbor Ukraine, I can't help but wonder what all the fuss is about. “In a scenario strikingly similar to the fast-paced developments in Crimea in February and March,” reports FoxNews, “western nations are accusing Russia of fomenting protests in Ukraine while Russia claims the protests are an organic response to Ukraine's failure to consider ‘the legitimate needs and interests’ of the Russian-speaking population.” Wasn't it for this very contingency that president Obama was being so flexible with Vladimir Putin? They’re pals aren't they? Or am I thinking Neville Chamberlain and Adolf...
  • Huge poll boost for UKIP as a fifth of voters say they will back anti-Europe party in wake of…

    04/14/2014 2:03:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:47 EST, 13 April 2014 | Chris Pleasance and Gerri Peev
    The Conservatives could be pushed into third place at the European elections after the party’s poll ratings plunged in the wake of the Maria Miller expenses scandal. A poll has put the Tories on 23 percent, behind Labour (31 percent) and UKIP (28 percent) just days after the Culture Secretary was forced to resign in an expenses row. The Liberal Democrats were on a dismal 9 percent, according to analysis of recent polling by Professor Curtice of Strathclyde University. Levels of support for UKIP are now at a record high as they were the only party to gain popularity in...
  • The Red Line and the Rat Line (Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels)

    04/13/2014 1:03:03 PM PDT · by Abiotic · 3 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 17 April 2014 | Seymour M. Hersh
    In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.​* Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the intervention. The strike was postponed as Congress prepared for hearings, and subsequently cancelled when Obama accepted Assad’s...
  • Show of Force or War Preparations?

    04/12/2014 7:47:32 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 12, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week NATO released a series of satellite images showing a Russian military buildup near it’s border with Ukraine. The forward bases are Spartan and are mainly used to disperse or deploy assets for contingencies. Most likely this is a show of Force to counter NATO’s shifting of Forces as a display of good faith to support the current government of Ukraine NATO leadership estimate at least 40,000 Russian troops have been deployed near the borders which could likely be within Ukraine in about an hour if ordered. The images show aircraft, armored vehicles, artillery, and forces deployed in positions...
  • Key General Splits With Obama Over Ukraine

    04/11/2014 7:51:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04.11.14 | Hazir Reka
    The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans. Late last month, as the world was still reeling from Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO was warning Congress that Moscow was preparing to make another move. During classified briefings on March 26 and March 27, Gen. Philip Breedlove painted for members of the House Armed Services Committee a bleak picture of Russia’s actions—and warned that the United States was not taking steps it could to help Ukraine better defend...
  • Help For Ukraine Would Be Equal To Helping Syrian "Rebels" When Obama Waited Too Long

    04/11/2014 7:30:32 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    4/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Obama waited too long to help the Syrian FSA against the monstrous Assad regime. When some sort of intervention was talked about: (bombing, indirect support, arms, etc) it was TOO late to help, and it would most likely have helped (either directly or indirectly) terroristic elements and possibly Al Qaeda elements which had taken the lead in Syria against Assad. NO WAY ON DOING THAT. PERIOD. And, once again, it is too late to help the Ukrainians against the thug Putin. (strike one against helping them). And as long as the Ukrainian gov't hasn't ran Svoboda and Right Sector and...
  • Ukraine crisis: Is Russia ready to move into eastern Ukraine?

    04/10/2014 1:16:29 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    BBC Europe ^ | April 8, 2014 | Jonathan Marcus
    With Nato assessments that there are some 40,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border ready to move at a few hours' notice, the heightening war of words between Moscow and Kiev raises a genuine prospect of conflict. If Russia requires a pretext to move into eastern Ukraine, then many of the elements of that narrative are already in place. But what of the Russian military's capabilities? What can be deduced from what we have seen so far of Russian operations in Crimea? Keir Giles, director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group specialising in Russian military affairs,...
  • NATO to triple Baltic air patrol from next month

    04/09/2014 11:23:21 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | April 8, 2014 | Adrian Croft
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO will triple its usual number of fighter jets patrolling over the Baltics next month to beef up its eastern European defenses due to tension with Russia over Ukraine, a NATO military official said on Tuesday. Four NATO fighters are usually based in the Baltics but the United States, which currently has responsibility for patrolling the skies there, increased that to 10 F-15s to reassure those states following Russia's occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region. The number of fighters assigned to the Baltic "air policing" mission is now set to increase further to 12, three times the normal...
  • A Nightmare Presidency

    04/09/2014 2:26:35 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 53 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/9/2014 | Ben Stein
    This is a bad morning. I was greeted by a headline in the New York Times that said Defense Secretary “Chuck Mullet” Hagel was planning to submit a budget to Congress to cut the size of the military to a level not seen since 1940, before the U.S. entered World War II. The article went on to say that the Pentagon realized that this would be an inadequate force for even very small wars and certainly would not allow the U.S. to police the world and keep control of contingencies like a North Korean attack on the South or a...
  • Eli Lake Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine

    04/08/2014 5:19:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Monday, April 8, 2014 | Eli Lake
    American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine. Why won’t they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border? U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia has amassed the kind of forces needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But the Obama administration hasn’t shared with Ukraine the imagery, intercepts, and analysis that pinpont (sic) the location of the Russian troops ready to seize more Ukrainian land, The Daily Beast has learned. President Obama has repeatedly and publicly expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people—and warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there...
  • Russia, Ukraine Reach Agreement On Crimea Forces Return

    04/08/2014 2:05:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Interpretermag Ukraine Live Blog ^ | 4-8-2014 | Interpreter mag
    UkrInform.ua reports that the deputy head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration, Andriy Senchenko, has announced that an agreement has been reached on the return of Ukraine’s ships from Russian-held Crimea. The first ships to return will be the corvette Ternopil, the missile boat Priluki and the tanker, Fastov, all of which are currently in Sevastopol. Simultaneously, the head of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Crimean media centre, Vladislav Seleznev, announced that an agreement had been made on the return of Ukrainian aircraft from Crimea, adding that: One plane will fly home under its own power following maintenance, several more will be transported...
  • 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.
  • Should America Fight World War Three in Order to Defend Estonia?

    04/08/2014 8:57:52 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 173 replies
    Estonia is a little nation of 1.3 million people, which was made a member of NATO in 2004. Estonia was once a province of the Soviet Union. It has a Russian minority that is 25 percent of the population, and Russia has vowed to protect ethnic Russians if they are subjected to mass violence by the Estonian majority. Did NATO make a wise decision to bring in itty-bitty baltic nations that were once part of the Soviet Union? I can understand the importance of preventing the Soviet Union from being brought back into existence. But the lives of American troops...
  • Ukraine crisis: Nato warns Russia against further intervention

    04/08/2014 8:18:50 AM PDT · by McGruff · 85 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 April 2014
    Nato has warned Russia that further intervention in Ukraine would be a "historic mistake" with grave consequences.
  • Latvia, Lithuania ban Russian state TV broadcasts

    04/07/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 7, 2014 | AP
    VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests. Latvian media council spokeswoman Sanita Blomniece told the AP on Monday that a three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
  • Czech leader says NATO could offer troops to Ukraine if Russia goes beyond Crimea

    The West should take strong action, possibly including sending NATO forces to Ukraine, if Russia tries to annex the eastern part of the country, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Sunday. "The moment Russia decides to widen its territorial expansion to the eastern part of Ukraine, that is where the fun ends," Zeman said in a broadcast on Czech public radio. "There I would plead not only for the strictest EU sanctions, but even for military readiness of the North Atlantic Alliance, like for example NATO forces entering Ukrainian territory," Zeman said. Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east...
  • Nigel Farage: Here It Comes Your 19th Euro Breakdown

    07/04/2012 9:49:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The always humorous Nigel Farage blasted European council president Herman Van Rompuy along with José Barroso in European parliament today, mocking the alleged "breakthrough". Link if video does not play: Nigel Farage on Euro Breakdown Select Quotes: ESM is doomed before it starts Legal Challenges in Ireland and Germany Estonia Justice Says it will not fit their constitution Finns and Dutch have broken agreement made in the middle of the night Perhaps the little countries do not have a say at all anymore Crisis is insolvable Euro Crisis Breakthrough Breakdown - Nigel FarageFarage sarcastically commented to Herman Van Rompuy ......
  • 'Muslim Brotherhood in UK warns of attacks in response to government probe'

    04/06/2014 9:16:39 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/06/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
    Speaking to The Sunday Times, Ibrahim Mounir, the Brotherhood’s most senior official in the UK, said that the government’s designation of his organization as a terrorist entity could be interpreted by its followers that violence was an option. Related: • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group • Egyptian court sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death, lawyer says “If this [ban] happened, this would make a lot of people in Muslim communities think that [peaceful] Muslim Brotherhood values . . . didn’t work and now they are designated a terrorist group, which would make the doors open for...
  • Village of Stilton BANNED from making cheese which bears its name…officials refuse to bend EU rules

    10/22/2013 9:31:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:59 EST, 22 October 2013 | Mia De Graaf
    The village of Stilton has been banned from making its namesake cheese after EU officials ruled it originated in another part of England. Under European law, the renowned blue cheese can only be produced in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Controversy arose when the Bells Inn in Stilton, Cambridgeshire, announced it wished to name their own blue-veined cheese after the village—rather than “Bells Blue”, which they have been forced to do. However, in a landmark decision that the pub has branded unfair, an application submitted by the Original Cheese Company to amend the EU Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) ruling has...
  • Video: Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Obama with … Sarah Palin?

    04/03/2014 8:35:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Maybe Jimmy Fallon really does want to follow Jay Leno’s tradition of full-political-spectrum comedy. Earlier this week, Fallon ripped Barack Obama for his victory lap on ObamaCare, and last night he invited Sarah Palin to join him in this four-minute mockfest of Obama’s foreign-policy acumen. Palin is a good sport here, joking about the unusual names of her children at one point, but the subtext throughout this is that Palin was smart enough to see through Vladimir Putin — and Obama wasn’t. Watch for a cameo from “Obama” near the end (via Katie Pavlich): CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE...
  • An American Ally in Putin's Line of Fire

    04/06/2014 5:26:52 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    WSJ: (link @ NRO) ^ | 4/4/2014 | Matthew Kaminski
    Tallinn, Estonia From the pinkish presidential palace here, the Russia border lies 130 miles due east across a flat coastal Baltic plain. Toomas Hendrik Ilves took up residence in 2006, two years after his small Baltic state joined the European Union and NATO. At the time, most people assumed that any Russian threat had been buried with Peter the Great, who first brought Estonia into Russia's empire. Not so fast. "Everything has changed," President Ilves says almost as soon as we sit down for a Thursday afternoon coffee. "The post-Cold War order. Peace, love, Woodstock. Everyone gets along—sure we have...