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  • Major Jewish Group Calls on U.S., EU to End Palestinian Authority Funding After Terror Attack

    11/18/2014 6:41:17 PM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | November 18, 2014
    A leading Jewish advocacy organization has called on the United States and the European Union to end funding of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the wake of today’s terrorist attack against a Jerusalem synagogue which resulted in the murder of four Jewish worshipers. “We speak for all 400,000 constituent families of our human rights NGO to demand that our leaders do more than offer ‘heartfelt condolences’ for such senseless attacks,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder and Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “These attacks with knives, axes, guns, and cars by Palestinians are not...
  • Small lessons of Scandinavia on link between socialism and inequality

    11/19/2014 12:52:29 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    A recent study published by Swiss Credit shows that the Scandinavian countries are the countries of Europe where most social inequality is determined. The increase in inequality is one of 15 worldwide major risks identified during the last forum of Davos. Henry Milner is researcher invited to the department of political sciences has the university of Montreal, where he is linked to the research pulpit of the canada in electoral studies. In 2004-2005, i ran the pulpit in Canadian studies to the Sorbonne. He is notably admitted for his expertise on the Scandinavian countries and runs a summer school on...
  • Ukraine crisis: Russia demands guarantees from Nato

    11/19/2014 5:02:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 November 2014 Last updated at 15:56 ET | BBC
    Russia has called for "a 100% guarantee that no-one would think about Ukraine joining Nato", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has told the BBC.
  • Why the Germans forgive the Russian behaviour

    11/16/2014 6:06:53 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    Die Welt ^ | Jacques Schuster
    In the East Ukraine the fights become more violent again. President Vladimir Putin of Russia is trying to brings down the West. Many Germans are still on his side – partly from a bad tradition. It is strange how strongly the Russian picture in the Germans is marked by the fantasy and projection and how little it deals with the reality. There the respect comes, maybe even the fear of the size of the Russian empire and the raw language of her politics. The power-deprived Germans are afraid to project power and forgot the words of the real politics. These...
  • Harper vs Putin

    The G20 thread got me thinking of this from earlier i the year... Prime Minister of Canada spoke in favour of building a monument in Canada to remember the victims of communism. "100 million died because of it"...read here
  • Muslim Gangs Continue To Terrorize 55 Neighborhoods, Police Powerless

    11/15/2014 10:34:54 PM PST · by Java4Jay · 66 replies
    The situation in the gang-controlled no-go zones of Sweden is deteriorating rapidly. Cars are torched practically every day in the ghettos, and Sweden holds the unflattering world record for the highest number of school fires. Despite being a small country of less than 10 million citizens, a 2012 study showed an average of one school being burned per day in Sweden.
  • 'Islam Is Like Nazism': Top Sweden Democrat

    11/23/2012 4:45:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    The Local ^ | 22 Nov 12
    The Sweden Democrats' new justice policy spokesman, unveiled on Thursday as part of a reshuffle in the wake of a racist video scandal, has already made headlines for his comparison of Islamism to Nazism. “We’re presenting a new team today after what happened last week,” Jimmie Ĺkesson said at a press conference, referring to the scandal after the publication of a video showing three party members in a drunken and racist tirade from 2010. Ĺkesson presented Richard Jomshof, a former high school teacher who was previously the editor in chief for the Sweden Democrat paper SD–Kuriren, as the replacement for...
  • Russian warplanes risking safety of European airliners, says Nato chief

    11/15/2014 4:02:51 PM PST · by McGruff · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Nov 2014 | David Blair
    Russia is placing civilian flights at risk by dispatching jet fighters and bombers into European airspace without following safety procedures, according to Nato’s secretary general. Jens Stoltenberg told the Telegraph that Nato fighters had intercepted Russian military aircraft over 100 times so far this year, compared with 30 such incidents in 2013.
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • Jens Stoltenberg: the new man at Nato who must stand up to Putin and his tanks

    11/15/2014 2:06:11 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 15, 2014 | David Blair
    Outside Nato’s headquarters in Brussels, the national flags of 28 member states fly in a proud circle. Even after decades of defence cuts, these countries still account for 58 per cent of global military spending, giving Nato more firepower than any other alliance on Earth. Yet if Nato is a giant, it has often seemed a sleeping one - at least since the Cold War ended in a bloodless victory over two decades ago. With Russian troops on the march in Ukraine, however, the task of reawakening the Nato giant to face a new crisis has fallen to Jens Stoltenberg,...
  • WATCH: Turkish nationalists assault US sailors in Istanbul

    11/13/2014 6:09:30 AM PST · by kimtom · 17 replies
    JPost.com ^ | 11/13/2014 | By REUTERS
    ISTANBUL - A group of Turkish ultra-nationalists attacked three US sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting "Yankee go home" and trying to pull hoods over their heads in an assault condemned by the US embassy. Video footage posted on the website of the ultra-nationalist Turkish Youth Union showed the attackers surrounding the sailors, calling them "murderers" and throwing orange paint at the men. ..........
  • 3 US sailors attacked in Istanbul amid chants of 'Yankee go home'

    11/12/2014 9:33:43 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 59 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 12, 2014 | Stars and Stripes
    Protesters yelling “Yankee go home!” attacked three U.S. sailors in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday, while the warship USS Ross was in port. The sailors were not injured and all returned to the ship, said Capt. Greg Hicks, a spokesman for U.S. European Command.
  • Kasparov: Stop Putin now or pay the price later

    11/09/2014 10:20:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/09/14 @ 17:03 | Andrew Rettman
    Chess legend Garry Kasparov was once the pride of the Soviet Union. But 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall he lives in exile, accusing Russian leader Vladimir Putin of “strategic failure” and the EU establishment of “ignorance” in its dealings with Moscow. […] “What we are seeing in Russia is a resurgence of imperialism and nationalism in its most dangerous form,” he said, comparing Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Putin’s domestic propaganda to Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II. “Just read what Putin has been saying in his [anti-West] speeches in the past year....
  • Russian spyplane violates Lithuania airspace, Canadian Hornets intercept it

    11/09/2014 12:34:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 13 replies
    Aviationist ^ | Nov 09 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Russian spyplane violates Lithuania airspace, Canadian Hornets intercept it Nov 09 2014 By David Cenciotti Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet jets intercepted and shadowed a Russian Air Force Il-20 Coot over Lithuania. On Nov. 8, two RCAF CF-18 (or CF-188) Hornet jets deployed to Lithuania for NATO Baltic Air Policing mission were radar-vectored to intercept and escort a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 Coot-A plane flying off the Baltic coast. According to Canadian media outlets, the CF-18s were conducting a routine training sortie out of Siauliai airbase, when they were re-tasked to visually ID the Russian ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) plane...
  • German City's Answer to Europe's Border Crisis? A Four-Star Hotel

    11/07/2014 5:38:34 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 5th 2014 | CARLO ANGERER
    COLOGNE, Germany — With its wood-paneled piano bar and luxurious spa, the four-star Bonotel assures visitors paying up to $300 per night that it meets the "international standard of a first-class hotel." But starting next year, the hotel's marble-and-mirrored lobby and "quiet, peaceful ambience" will play host not to indulgent travelers but desperate asylum seekers. Germany's fourth-largest city spent almost $7 million to buy the Bonotel this summer. Its doors will soon be shut and its 93 opulent rooms filled with asylum seekers, a move underscoring how Europe's economic powerhouse has been overwhelmed by an influx of people seeking a...
  • Turkey declares protecting al-Aqsa its mission

    11/07/2014 10:14:32 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | November/07/2014
    Turkish leaders have said protecting Islamic sites in the Holy Land is a sacred mission for them, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bluntly warning any attack against the 8th-century al-Aqsa Mosque is no different than an attack on the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca. “The Israeli administration has to stop this despicableness, this barbarity; what would it say if this kind of attack had been launched against synagogues? The Masjid al-Aqsa is not only a shrine for Palestinians, but is the shrine of all Muslims,” Erdogan was quoted as saying on Nov. 7 during an official visit to...
  • Russian hackers’ ‘Trojan Horse’ malware inside U.S. critical infrastructure since 2011

    11/08/2014 3:46:00 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 7, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    A Russian hacking campaign against U.S. critical infrastructure has gone on since 2011 and puts hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk. Much of the nation’s critical infrastructure has been compromised by a “Trojan Horse” malware program, which puts everything from nuclear power plants to power grids at risk, national security sources toldABC News on Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security also released a bulletin on the “BlackEnergy” malware, which is connected to Russia’s “Sandworm Team.” In October it was revealed that Russian Sandworm hackers spied on NATO, Ukraine and the European Union since 2009 by taking advantage of a...
  • World's Most Powerful Man Threatens NATO, Ukraine

    11/07/2014 10:48:53 AM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 7, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Balance Of Power: As Vladimir Putin tops the Forbes list of powerful men, Russia targets NATO with air incursions and moves missiles toward Ukraine. As it does, Finland warns Europe is "at the gates of a new kind of cold war." President Obama may soon have more to worry about than what brand of Kentucky bourbon he'll share when he meets with new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Considering the recent actions of Russia's president, a round of vodka might be in order, a Finnish brand while it's still available. Forbes says its rankings are based on "an evaluation of...
  • Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer

    11/06/2014 5:03:27 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 36 replies
    Charter 97 ^ | 11/06/2014
    Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer Former Polish president Lech Walesa said in the European Parliament that Russian president Vladimir Putin had declared war on the world, UNN reports with a link to Polskie Radio. He raised his concerns about the situation in eastern Ukraine. “When Ukraine handed over its nuclear weapons, powerful states guaranteed Ukraine's territorial integrity, but he [Putin] violated the agreements. He declared war on the world,” the ex-president said. He is confident that Putin “uses illegal methods”. “Europe and the world bear responsibility and try to prevent confrontation, while he...
  • Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent?

    11/04/2014 6:17:33 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 45 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 4 Nov. 2014 | John R. Schindler
    Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent? John R. Schindler November 4, 2014 November 3, 2014 - Today the Ukrainian news website GORDON ran an interview with the Russian businessman and sometime politician Konstantin Borovoy. A harsh critic of Vladimir Putin — he recently said Russia’s president is “mentally unstable” while a year ago he pronounced the collapse of Putin’s corrupt dictatorship to be “inevitable” — Borovoy is something of a gadfly. A parliamentarian of independent views in the Yeltsin era, he served as an intermediary between Moscow and the rebels in the First Chechen War, and was assessed...
  • Sharia law or gay marriage critics would be branded ‘extremists’ under Tory plans, atheists and

    11/04/2014 7:15:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/31/14 | John Bingham
    Anyone who criticises Sharia law or gay marriage could be branded an “extremist” under sweeping new powers planned by the Conservatives to combat terrorism, an alliance of leading atheists and Christians fear. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission. Mrs May outlined the proposal in a speech at the Tory party conference in which she spoke about the threat from the so-called Islamic State – also known as...
  • Saudi oil-price cut takes market by surprise

    11/04/2014 4:57:33 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 119 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Nov 4, 2014 2:56 a.m. ET | Nicole Freeman
    Oil prices tumbled to their lowest point in more than two years after Saudi Arabia unexpectedly cut prices for crude sold to the U.S., likely paving the way for further declines and adding to pressure on American energy producers. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia raised the prices for its oil in other locations, including Asia, where the country had cut its prices for four consecutive months.
  • A Quiet Threat: Religious Freedom Dwindling in Europe, US

    11/04/2014 6:49:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/4/14 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Nov 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom is at risk in Europe and has been increasingly suppressed in the United States over the course of the past year, according to a new report. The findings were made in the 12th edition of the World Report on Religious Freedom, issued by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, released Nov. 4. The report is a snapshot of the state of religious freedom in 196 countries from Oct. 2012 to June 2014, collecting first-hand data and providing help wherever Christians are needing aid. Religious freedom...
  • Putin warns Europe over Iran and Kosovo at EU summit

    10/26/2007 8:06:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 38+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/26/07 | Jack Malvern and agencies
    From Times OnlineOctober 26, 2007 Putin warns Europe over Iran and Kosovo at EU summit (Miguel A Lopes//EPA) Vladimir Putin at the EU-Russia Summit at Mafra Palace, near Lisbon, today Jack Malvern and agencies Tensions between Russia and the West over sanctions against Iran will be laid bare today as President Vladimir Putin attends a summit with EU leaders in Portugal. The Russian leader described supporters of tough policies as "mad people wielding razor blades" after the US imposed economic sanctions on the Islamic republic yesterday in an attempt to curb its nuclear programme. Mr Putin, who is at the...
  • Putin deplores collapse of USSR

    04/25/2005 2:25:36 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 171 replies · 3,044+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 25, 2005
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has described the collapse of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century. Mr Putin's annual state of the nation address to parliament was broadcast live on Russian television. He said the break-up of the USSR in 1991 was "a real drama" which left tens of millions of Russians outside the Russian Federation. He also said Russia must develop as a "free and democratic" country. But he stressed that Russia "will decide for itself the pace, terms and conditions of moving towards democracy". "We are a free nation and our place...
  • Putin to Take Concrete Steps to Support Turkish Cyprus

    07/19/2005 2:14:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Zaman ^ | July 20, 2005 | Mirza Cetinkaya
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said economic isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) should be ended. Putin has signaled for concrete steps to be taken in this regard. Russian President hosting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an "honorary guest" in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi noted, the "meaningless" embargo imposed on TRNC must be lifted and his country will have direct contacts with both the Turkish and Greek Cypriot societies on the island. The two leaders emphasized their opinions overlapped on many issues. "The first thing we must do is to solve the problem...
  • YUSHCHENKO SWEARS BY RUSSIAN GAS DEAL WHILE YEKHANUROV SPILLS THE BEANS

    01/13/2006 7:44:49 AM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | January 13, 2006 | Vladimir Socor
    Putin and Yushchenko met in Astana on January 11 Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is risking his political credibility by blindly defending the Russian-Ukrainian gas deal despite severe criticism of it by Western and Ukrainian experts and a majority of the Ukrainian parliament. Rather than addressing the agreement on its merits, Yushchenko ignores Western critics (some of the most prominent of whom are Orange sympathizers) and imputes political partisan motives to internal critics (whose affiliations range from the leftist opposition to the core pro-democracy community). Yushchenko's stance seems to reflect his quest for accommodation with a suddenly responsive Kremlin in the...
  • PUTIN'S GAS BLUNDER

    01/12/2006 7:57:12 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 119 replies · 1,263+ views
    Center for Defense Information ^ | Jan 11, 2006 | Peter Rutland
    The abortive interruption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine on January 1 was a humiliating diplomatic blunder. It was an unnecessary crisis, and one that Russia clumsily lost in the court of world public opinion. While Ukraine was threatened with a gas blockade, Russia was voluntarily submitting itself to a two-week information blockade. The entire country was given a holiday from January 1 to 10, with even the newspapers shuttered. The political class fled to their holidays in the sun, and none of the usual Kremlin spin-doctors were deployed to staunch the flood of Western criticism. The Russian case...
  • Russia Restores Gas Deliveries To Europe

    01/03/2006 7:41:39 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 10 replies · 374+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | January 3, 2006 | Radio Free Europe
    3 January 2006 -- Russian authorities say gas supplies to European countries have been fully restored after a disruption caused by a row with Ukraine over gas prices, while representatives of the Russian and Ukrainian monopoly gas monopolies are scheduled to meet today to discuss the standoff. Russia's state-run natural-gas monopoly Gazprom announced earlier today that it was increasing the amount of gas shipped through pipelines in Ukraine to assure full deliveries to customers in European countries. Gazprom has since said that supplies to European customers were back to normal. Austria and Hungary, which had suffered supply cuts of up...
  • Chinese Farmers Brutally Expelled from Russia Showcases Anti-Chinese Hostility

    06/12/2014 1:36:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    ChinaForbiddenNews ^ | Jun 8, 2014 | ChinaForbiddenNews
    It seems that Putin's visit to China at the end of May has brought the two countries closer. Russia will not only sell natural gas to China but provide certain military technology support. Meanwhile, China is going to invest in Russia Ironically, last autumn husbands of Chinese vegetable farmers were brutally expelled from southern Russia. Scholars pointed out that a series of anti-Chinese incidents that took place in Russia have reflected the real relationship between China and Russia. After Putin's visit to China, Russians seem very enthusiastic about China. The media keep tracking whether or not China will invest in...
  • Putin's Western Allies: Why Europe's Far Right Is on the Kremlin's Side

    03/29/2014 9:48:21 AM PDT · by annalex · 81 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 | Mitchell A. Orenstein
    Putin's Western Allies: Why Europe's Far Right Is on the Kremlin's Side Gabor Vona, president of the Hungarian radical right-wing party "Jobbik," delivers a speech at a rally in Budapest, March 15, 2014.(Bernadett Szabo / Courtesy Reuters) Given that one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stated reasons for invading Crimea was to prevent “Nazis” from coming to power in Ukraine, it is perhaps surprising that his regime is growing closer by the month to extreme right-wing parties across Europe. But, in both cases, Putin’s motives are not primarily ideological. In Ukraine, he simply wants to grab territory that he believes...
  • Russia's Jet Incursions Buzz An Alarm For Europe

    10/30/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    IBD ^ | October 30,2014 | IBD
    This should be a wake-up call to Europe, long accustomed to living under the U.S. defense umbrella, to take more responsibility for its own defense. So far this year, NATO jets have had to scramble 100 times to intercept these airspace intruders just to show that the West's perimeters are still protected. That's three times as many as intercepted in 2013. It also coincides with a strange submarine incursion in Swedish waters, believed to have been Russian. There's no doubt about it, Russia wants its Cold War empire back, and a complacent, "Finlandized" Europe. Vladimir Putin continues in his quest...
  • Europe Is Rising against Islamisation

    10/31/2014 4:23:06 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 14 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 31 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You can watch a video related to this article by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above Maybe the tide really is turning. I remember when, in the late '60s and the '70s, hardline socialist and communist groups were still struggling to get their message accepted in Europe and the West generally. They were a tiny minority then, and their agenda seemed very far-fetched and out-of-synch with ordinary people and mainstream views. It also looked liked it was going to remain that way. When, later on, I heard them screaming "Free Nelson Mandela", I didn't think it was going...
  • As ISIS Take Kobane, NATO's Second Largest Army Sits on the Sidelines

    10/07/2014 9:39:51 AM PDT · by McGruff · 27 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/7/14 | Alexander Christie-Miller
    As the black flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) rose above the Syrian town of Kobane on Monday, the soldiers of NATO’s second largest army stood and watched only a few hundred metres away. “We will do everything possible to help the people of Kobane because they are our brothers and sisters,” Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told CNN as the town was close to falling on Monday.
  • Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

    10/21/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATED: Sweden's military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface "with weapons if necessary". Battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops are scouring an area about 30 to 60 kilometres from the Swedish capital after a "man-made" and foreign object was spotted in the waters. "The most important value of the operation - regardless of whether we find something -- is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we think...
  • Red-faced Swedish Navy calls off hunt for mystery vessel in Baltic Sea

    10/24/2014 6:17:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 24, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Swedish military has called off the search for a 'Russian underwater vessel' thought to have been lurking in the Stockholm archipelago, after admitting that it was 'definitely not' a submarine. Navy top brass has today been forced to concede that although 'underwater activity' is confirmed, the military has ruled out the possibility that it could have been a Russian sub. This comes after Moscow blasted the hunt as 'groundless actions by the Swedish military, based on a Cold War-rhetoric'.
  • After recognizing Palestine, Swedish legislators spar

    10/31/2014 12:09:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 31/10/2014 - 17:01 | Henriette Jacobsen
    One day after the Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine, members of the Parliament, Riksdagen, disagreed on whether this decision was right or “immature”. The leftist government, which took office only a month ago after winning national elections in September, on Thursday (30 October) became the first European country to recognize the state of Palestine. This prompted Israel to recall its ambassador to Sweden to Jerusalem on the same day. The country also threatened that further cuts to the two countries’ diplomatic relations can be expected. Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sweden “needs to understand that relations...
  • For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

    10/30/2014 11:05:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Liz Sly
    he increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all. Turkey’s refusal to allow the United States to use its bases to launch attacks against the Islamic State, quarrels over how to manage the battle raging in the Syrian border town of Kobane and the harsh tone of the anti-American rhetoric used by top Turkish officials to denounce U.S. policy have served to illuminate the vast gulf that...
  • NATO tracks large-scale Russian air activity in Europe

    10/31/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    NATO ^ | 30 Oct. 2014
    NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014. These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace Eight Russian Aircraft Intercepted over North Sea / Atlantic Ocean on 29 October 2014 At approximately 3:00 a.m. CET on 29 October, NATO radars detected and tracked eight Russian aircraft flying in formation over the North Sea. F-16 aircraft from the Royal Norwegian Air Force were scrambled, intercepted and identified the Russian aircraft,...
  • NATO Intercepts at Least 19 Russian Military Planes in 1 Day

    10/29/2014 8:33:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-29-2014 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia's airspace today, worrying the organization's officials. "These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said in a statement released this afternoon. The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden. The North Sea and Atlantic Ocean had the largest fleet of Russian aircraft activity, with eight planes detected by NATO radar flying in formation from Russian airspace...
  • Poland plans to strengthen military presence along eastern border

    10/29/2014 10:38:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 28.10.2014 | Deutsche Welle
    Poland is planning to overhaul its military structure, including potentially shifting thousands of troops to its eastern regions. The country's defense minister cites a need for reform in light of the Ukraine conflict. A symbolic image of Polish air force planes flying over Polish flags Most of Poland's army is based along its western border, a throwback to the country's past as a member of the Soviet bloc, but its defense minister Tomasz Siemoniak has signaled a shift eastwards - closer to its borders with Ukraine and Russia. "The geopolitical situation has changed. We have the biggest crisis of security...
  • 2nd Russian Hacker Group Accused of Targeting NATO

    10/28/2014 8:40:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Oct. 28 2014 14:56 | Matthew Bodner
    A U.S. security firm has claimed that a sophisticated, Russia-based hacker group is spying on NATO and former Soviet member states, most likely on the orders of the Russian government. In a report issued Tuesday, security firm FireEye said the group, which the firm dubbed APT28, has since 2007 conducted “long-standing, focused operations that indicate a government sponsor — specifically, a government based in Moscow.”
  • SAS named heroes of Kobane in fight against IS

    10/26/2014 7:40:28 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    Daily Star UK ^ | 10/26/2014 | Neil Chandler
    A team of British special forces were dispatched to the Turkish- Syrian border to help brave Kurdish fighters battle against Islamic State (IS) gunmen. The British troops called in several air strikes, killing dozens of IS fighters and halting their advance towards Kobane, just inside the Syrian border. In one attack, SAS guided warplanes into an area where IS fi ghters were massing for an attack The US jets dropped several 500lb bombs into the area, killing and injuring dozens of fighters.
  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to “strengthen cooperation” against the jihadists. “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • Oil price drop threatens to hit Russia, Iran harder than sanctions

    10/14/2014 11:30:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    latimes.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Paul Richter
    A drop in global oil prices, driven in part by a boom in U.S. shale oil production, is threatening to hit the economies of energy-exporting Russia and Iran harder than Western economic sanctions have done.
  • Turkey 'bombs Kurdish rebels' as tensions rise over Isil advance

    10/14/2014 5:23:37 AM PDT · by McGruff · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Oct 2014
    Turkish jets bombed targets in the southeast of Turkey where members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are based, the first strikes on the outlawed group since a 2013 ceasefire, a security source said.
  • Turkish Soldiers Pose with Islamic State Slaughterers in Kobani

    10/12/2014 3:37:36 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Obama said his “most trusted,” “favorite ally” in the world is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — the man responsible for throwing off the modern era of Ataturk and returning Turkey to the backward savage system of the oppression and subjugation of Islamic rule. “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.” Turkish PM Recip Erdogan Turkish President and former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thinks of himself as a caliph, and is looking at Syria with imperial ambitions (more). President Assad of Syria said, “[Erdoğan] personally thinks that he...
  • As deadline looms, Kerry to attend talks on Iran nuke deal (trying to stall past another election?)

    10/08/2014 11:49:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 8, 2014, 8:43 pm | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    With Washington pressure rising, secretary of state heads to Vienna next week as target date for agreement on curbing Tehran atomic program nears America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks, keeping one eye on the longtime US adversary and the other on political developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic Republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash with a late-November deadline approaching for an agreement. Kerry, European Union negotiator Catherine...
  • New 'feminist' government with a Green tinge in Sweden

    10/10/2014 7:14:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    afp ^ | 03 Oct 2014
    Sweden's new Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Loefven unveiled what he called a "feminist" government including Green Party ministers for the first time in the Nordic country. ... Sweden is in a serious situation -- unemployment has become entrenched at high levels, school results have collapsed and the welfare system has major shortcomings ...
  • US to supply Javelin missiles to Estonia

    10/09/2014 9:22:21 AM PDT · by Krosan · 10 replies
    army-technology.com ^ | 9 October 2014
    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin missiles and associated equipment to Estonia. Under the estimated $55m sale, Estonia has requested 350 Javelin guided missiles, along with 120 command launch units with integrated day / thermal sight, 102 battery coolant units, 16 enhanced performance basic skills trainers and 102 missile simulation rounds. The package also includes spare and repair parts, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and dischargers, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, and technical and logistics support services, as well as other related logistics support....