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  • A Review of PolitiFact’s “Obameter:” Outdated Garbage that “Confirms” Patently False Lies

    03/30/2015 9:56:57 AM PDT · by rightistight · 5 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/30/15 | Aurelius
    ...Today, looking at the chart, there are many more “promises kept” than there are “promises broken.” Yet anyone who has been paying attention over the last few years would surely see that Mr. Obama had broken a tremendous amount of promises. So why does PolitiFact still have Mr. Obama’s promises kept at nearly twice those broken? I decided to take a look. The first thing I did was see what promises were considered broken. It’s a fairly hefty list, but some of the very largest are completely missing. The biggest, and most famous, broken promise is that “if you like...
  • Radical Chechen President Becoming Ticking Time Bomb For Putin

    03/30/2015 9:59:07 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Mary Chastain
    Analysts following what appears to be a developing political crisis in Russia suspect the growing tensions engulfing the Kremlin may be a product of the workings of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, once a loyal ally to President Vladimir Putin. On February 27, a gunman murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow just feet away from the Kremlin. Russians and international media immediately suspected it was an inside job, especially when the Kremlin revealed the security cameras were not working due to maintenance. Eyebrows raised higher when the Kremlin arrested four Chechens for the murder. One man, Zaur Dadayev, confessed to...
  • US Sending Soldiers to Train Ukraine National Guard

    03/30/2015 10:16:32 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Nolan Peterson
    MARIUPOL, Ukraine—As part of a joint Department of Defense-State Department effort to bolster Ukraine’s internal defense capabilities, the United States will be sending Army paratroopers to train Ukraine’s National Guard, a U.S. Army Europe spokesman confirmed to The Daily Signal Monday. U.S. Army Europe spokesman Donald Wrenn said paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, which is based in Vicenza, Italy, will train six Ukrainian National Guard companies on internal security and territorial defense beginning at the end April. “There will also be some training for headquarters personnel,” Wrenn said, “focusing on the continued professionalization of Ukrainian staff members.”...
  • Vladimir Putin revealed to employ 'trolls' to flood websites with pro-Russian propaganda

    03/30/2015 9:49:22 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | March 28, 2015 | LEVI WINCHESTER
    HUNDREDS of professional internet 'trolls' are PAID to flood news and social media websites with pro-Vladimir Putin propaganda, it has emerged. The army of workers are paid Ł500 a month to work exhausting 12-hour shifts, during which they must write at least 135 pro-Russian comments per day - or face immediate dismissal. The repressive system - which was described by one worker as like something from George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 - also requires that employees remain silent and face fines for being a minute late. Forging friendships with each other is also highly frowned upon. The authoritarian procedure was...
  • Angola joins Venezuela among biggest losers of oil's tumble

    03/30/2015 8:13:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | 28 March 2015 | Will Duke
    Plunging oil prices have been an economic windfall for U.S. consumers, primarily through greater savings at the pump. In energy-reliant countries around the world like Angola, however, the effect has been far less beneficial. Social and economic turmoil in countries like Venezuela and Russia—largely because of the swoon in global oil prices—has drawn attention away from Angola, an OPEC member that is Africa's second-largest oil producer. The country churns out 1.75 million barrels of oil per day, according to the Energy Information Agency (EIA). The sub-Saharan country is hugely dependent on oil production to generate revenue for its economy, which...
  • The T-14 Is a New Russian Tank —And a Whole Lot More

    03/30/2015 6:09:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 29, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    In March, a Russian motorist filmed a very unusual, camouflaged tank rolling down a street outside Moscow. Most likely, it was the mysterious T-14 — or Armata — heavy tank, which could represent a major evolution in Russian tank design. The Kremlin has largely kept the T-14 under wraps, both literally and metaphorically. But we have a pretty good idea of what it can do.
  • RUSSIANS TO PARTICIPATE IN JADE HELM 15 MARTIAL LAW DRILL/DISSIDENT ROUND UP DRILL

    03/30/2015 5:29:05 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 33 replies
    Christian Patriots ^ | 3/29/2015 | Daniel Crane
    I spoke with my best source and he has information that the Russians training at Ft. Carson, CO., will a part of the Jade Helm 15 drill. This is in line with the Russians being allowed to train for the highly sensitive Grid Ex II drills in November of 2013. Further, this is also consistent with the omnipresent treason of letting the Russians train in the highly secure war games drill known as RIMPAC. In the following video, my BIN colleague, Lisa Haven, links Jade Helm 15 to the FEMA camps and Civilian Inmate Labor Camps. (Watch video at link)...
  • Hoover Roundtable: Perspectives On Russia’s Hybrid War On Ukraine And US Foreign Policy

    03/29/2015 12:04:03 PM PDT · by tlozo · 10 replies
    Hoover Institute ^ | March 10, 2015 | Paul Gregory.
    On March 10, the Hoover Institution held a roundtable discussion on “Perspectives on Russia’s Hybrid War on Ukraine and US Foreign Policy."… General Mattis noted that Russia at first hoped that it could occupy East Ukraine without loss of life as it did in Crimea but was surprised by the Ukrainian forces fighting back with vigor. Russian military had to increase its logistic and military support for its rebel forces and then, in August, had to use regular troops to save the encircled Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” from defeat. With regular Russian forces involved, Ukrainian forces have been outmatched,...
  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    03/29/2015 11:28:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, March 29, 2015 | Yara Bayoumy and Mahmoud Mourad
    Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. "We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any...
  • Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall

    03/29/2015 11:11:37 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    NPR ^ | MARCH 28, 2015
    more than two weeks, public debate in South Africa has been dominated by a statue. Students at the University of Cape Town have been demonstrating to have the bronze figure of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed from its central position on campus. Rhodes bequeathed the land on which the university was built, but he also slaughtered Africans by the thousands in colonial conquest and helped lay the foundations of apartheid in South Africa.
  • Obama’s race to chaos

    03/29/2015 7:50:05 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/29/15 | Michael Goodwin
    Obama’s race to chaos By Michael Goodwin If you’re confused about the Saudi Arabia-led air attacks against Islamist rebels in Yemen and can’t tell one group of head-choppers in Iraq and Syria from another, don’t despair. All you need is imagination. Close your eyes and imagine that those countries and terrorists have nuclear weapons. Imagine their barbarism going nuclear as they blow up cities, wipe out ethnic and religious groups and turn the region into cinders. Now open your eyes and realize you’ve seen the future, thanks to President Obama’s policies. It is a future that will be defined by...
  • UKRAINE: Russian soldier, throw away your gun, go home! (CH.XIV)

    Antiwar pickets in Moscow. Moscow continues to arm terrorists in eastern Ukraine and worldwide threaten nuclear holocaust in Lent. While the "I-Putin & Co." releases to the 15th anniversary of the reign of aircraft " visiting the Kremlin "worth billions of dollars, his serfs trample each other in line for free hot dogs and eat pancakes with shovels. Here's a "spirituality" of cheap brace. But not all Russia is in lethargic sleep and propaganda has not poisoned all Russians. And Eclipse always ends with light. Most importantly, is the desire to go to the light and know the truth. Photo:...
  • Iran deal worse than Israel feared, Netanyahu says

    03/29/2015 3:51:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 29, 2015, 12:57 pm | Jonathan Beck
    PM warns of ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis'; officials say Tehran has agreed to ship out all enriched uranium to Russia Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday against the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, as Iranian and Western officials in Lausanne, Switzerland were rushing to reach a framework agreement by an end-of-month deadline. “After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is maneuvering from the south to take over the entire Middle East,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting, one of the last for his outgoing government. “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Netanyahu told ministers that he had spoken with...
  • Russia's 'troll factory'

    03/28/2015 2:29:08 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/2015 | Sam Matthew
    Vladimir Putin has an army of professional trolls running thousand of fake Twitter and Facebook accounts to flood social media with pro-Russia propaganda. Hundreds of workers are paid Ł500 a month to work exhausting 12-hour shifts bombarding the internet with comments placing Putin in a more favourable light. The trolls work under strict condition which see them banned from talking and even forging friendships with one another.
  • Odds of reaching nuke deal over 50%, Russia says

    03/28/2015 1:13:25 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 28, 2015, 8:47 pm
    Israeli minister warns of ‘worrying directions’ as negotiations intensify ahead of Tuesday deadline The chances of agreeing a nuclear deal with Iran are “more than 50/50,” Russia’s chief negotiator in six-party talks in Switzerland told Russian news agency RIA Novosti Saturday. “I think that the chances are more than 50/50,” Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying in Lausanne ahead of a Tuesday deadline to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal. Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks...
  • Montenegro-Russia abandoned after scuffle

    03/27/2015 7:15:44 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 22 replies
    Soccerway ^ | 27 March 2015 | Soccerway
    Russia's Euro 2016 qualifier in Montenegro was abandoned after multiple violent incidents in Podgorica on Friday. Just seconds in, Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck in the back of the head by a flare thrown from the stands at Stadion pod Goricom. While the teams played on, a second incident during the second half led to the abandonment. Roman Shirokov had a penalty saved by Montenegro goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic in the 66th minute. The ball went out for a throw-in, which Dmitri Kombarov went over to take – only to refuse to when he appeared to be struck by an...
  • J-Street Speaker Calls for Destruction of Israel – to Applause

    03/27/2015 9:03:58 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 42 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Friday, March 27, 2016 | Elder of Ziyon
    Here is Marcia Freedman, in a J-Street panel discussion on Liberal Zionism and sitting next to Peter Beinart, describing how she believes that the Jewish people should not have a state, and that instead they should live as a minority in an Arab Palestine as a “protected minority” – in other words, as dhimmis. I kept all the context (although I accidentally cut out the applause at the end:) Isn’t it interesting that at a conference that claims to be “pro-Israel, pro-peace” and that hammers away at how it wants a two state solution, there is no objection to this...
  • Vladimir Putin's formative German years

    03/27/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    BBC News, Dresden ^ | 2015-03-26 | Chris Bowlby
    Anyone who wants to understand Vladimir Putin today needs to know the story of what happened to him on a dramatic night in East Germany a quarter of a century ago. [....] "We cannot do anything without orders from Moscow," the voice at the other end replied. "And Moscow is silent." That phrase, "Moscow is silent" has haunted this man ever since. Defiant yet helpless as the 1989 revolution swept over him, he has now himself become "Moscow" - the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
  • Scott Walker Lands Former Senator as National Security Expert for 2016 Race

    03/27/2015 12:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    What were Talent’s first impressions?“I found him to be exactly what he appears to be: He’s very down to earth, he has an air of confidence about him but there’s no arrogance with it. I like that. He’s just a regular guy.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has added one of Washington’s leading advocates of military readiness to the ranks of advisers helping prepare him for a likely campaign for president. Jim Talent, who represented Missouri in both the House and Senate before becoming a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, confirmed Thursday that he has joined Walker’s budding national security and foreign...
  • 20 Foreign Policy Questions For the 2016 Republican Presidential Field

    03/26/2015 9:27:18 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2015-03-26 | Benjamin Weingarten
    With the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination officially under way, I thought it apt to share a set of questions on foreign policy — an area in which it is vital that each candidate distinguish himself given the size and scope of the threats we face. Below are 20 questions the next commander-in-chief will likely be grappling with, and should be able to answer cogently, consistently and comprehensively. The responses to these queries would serve to elucidate the first principles of each of the potential nominees, and create a clear contrast in terms of their goals, strategies and...
  • One Professional Russian Troll Tells All

    03/26/2015 7:55:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 234 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | March 25, 2015 | Dmitry Volchek and Daisy Sindelar
    More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremlin dialogue online. There are thousands of fake accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and vKontakte, all increasingly focused on the war in Ukraine. Many emanate from Russia's most famous "troll factory," the Internet Research center, an unassuming building on St. Petersburg's Savushkina Street, which runs on a 24-hour cycle. In recent weeks, former employees have come forward to talk to RFE/RL about life inside the factory, where hundreds of people work...
  • Zuma's Anti-Black Remarks Reflect Racist Mentality - EFF

    03/25/2015 10:33:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    news24 ^ | 2015-03-25
    The EFF on Wednesday condemned President Jacob Zuma's alleged "anti-black" remarks made in a speech to the SA Local Government Association. "The Economic Freedom Fighters condemns the racist anti-black and self-hating remarks of President Zuma that poor South Africans are lazy particularly because whites are not in control," spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said. Speaking in Midrand on Tuesday, Zuma related an anecdote of a visit to an unnamed African country during the liberation struggle. "I got there and people were working very slowly, they were not in a rush, and I asked the comrade who was taking me, 'What's happening?' "He...
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector general’s report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • Chechnya Speaker Vows To Arm Mexico If U.S. Gives Weapons To Ukraine

    03/26/2015 4:21:19 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 42 replies
    The head of the legislature in Russia's Chechnya region says that Russia will provide arms to Mexico if Washington supplies weapons to Ukraine. Chechen Parliament Speaker Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov said the arms would be aimed at reigniting U.S.-Mexican disputes over “territories annexed by the United States in the American states of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and part of Wyoming.”  “We will perceive arms shipments to Ukraine as a signal to respond in kind,” Abdurakhmanov said in a March 24 statement posted on the Chechen parliament’s website. Abdurakhmanov is a close associate of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed strongman who...
  • UKRAINE: The OSCE caught Russia on theft: illegal charcoal exports from Ukraine

    03/26/2015 2:38:35 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Glavred ^ | March 26, 08:25
    Dumpers with black gold pass through the checkpoint "Butane" and Donetsk. Russia steals a Ukrainian coal ukrainepress.ru Observation mission of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe, which is based on the Russian border crossings "Gukovo" and Donetsk in the Rostov region, said that continues to record the facts export to Russia of coal of Donbass. The weekly report of the Mission for the period from 18 to 25 March, UNIAN reports. "The Observer Mission has continued to monitor the dump trucks that transport coal from Luhansk oblast in the Russian Federation through the border pass" Gukovo, "the statement...
  • Breaking: Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen: U.S. Officials

    03/25/2015 4:12:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 111 replies
    NBC News via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Richard Engel
    US officials confirm to @NBCNews that Saudi Arabia has started bombing rebel positions inside #Yemen. NO indication of troops crossing in.
  • Yemen crisis: Iran calls Saudi air strikes on Houthis 'dangerous'

    03/26/2015 2:43:04 AM PDT · by piasa · 14 replies
    Zee Media Bureau ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:20
    Tehran: In what may intensify the Yemen crisis, Iran has termed Saudi Arabia's military intervention against the Houthi rebels as “dangerous”, reports said Thursday. Saudi Arabia which had earlier warned to act in the wake of continued advance of Houthis, on Wednesday started conducting air strikes against the rebels which it considers as being supported by rival Iran. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies believe the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, are tools for Iran to seize control of Yemen and say they intend to stop the takeover. The Houthis deny they are backed by Iran. Reacting to Saudi strikes,...
  • Gaza Palestinians Call Power Cutoff by Egypt Worse Than Israeli Policy

    03/25/2015 12:02:05 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 22 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Staff
    JNS.org – Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip cities of Khan Younis and Rafah took to the streets on Tuesday after Egypt had cut off power to parts of southern Gaza. The protesters vented their anger at Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his government in light of reports that the decision to take parts of those towns off the grid was made by high-ranking officials in Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy. Egyptian media said the government resorted to that measure as a result of outstanding payments owed by a Palestinian utility company. The Hamas terrorist group’s government in...
  • Baker wants Israel excluded from regional conference

    12/06/2006 12:43:40 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 221 replies · 3,412+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | December 5, 2006
    The White House has been examining a proposal by James Baker to launch a Middle East peace effort without Israel. The peace effort would begin with a U.S.-organized conference, dubbed Madrid-2, and contain such U.S. adversaries as Iran and Syria. Officials said Madrid-2 would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. They said Israel would not be invited to the conference. “As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without...
  • Baker panel's mention of Palestinian "right of return" raises eyebrows

    12/06/2006 1:00:35 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 246 replies · 4,919+ views
    AFP ^ | December 6, 2006
    A reference to Palestinians' "right of return" in the report issued by the high-level Iraq Study Group broke a diplomatic taboo which sparked immediate concern in Israel and surprise among Middle East policy experts. The reference was buried deep inside a 160-page report that urged US President George W. Bush to renew efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks as part of a region-wide bid to end the chaos in Iraq. "This report is worrisome for Israel particularly because, for the first time, it mentions the question of the 'right of return' for the Palestinian refugees of 1948," said a senior...
  • US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

    03/25/2015 11:02:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
    In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear capabilities, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But in the declassified document from 1987, which can be viewed here, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. The timing of the revelation is highly...
  • White House: U.S. has 'succeeded' in Yemen, as President Hadi flees country

    03/25/2015 11:05:19 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 25, 2015 | Brian Hughes
    A White House spokesman said American efforts in Yemen are a "template that has succeeded," even as President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was forced to flee the country by boat. White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday said that the U.S. still had Yemeni extremists in its crosshairs. According to media reports, Hadi fled the presidential palace in Yemen as rebels attempted an armed takeover of the city of Aden. Earnest told reporters that U.S. officials were not aware of Hadi's destination but insisted that American officials still had a level of control over the chaotic situation. "We have...
  • How crashing drones are exposing secrets about U.S. war operations

    03/25/2015 10:55:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/25/15 | Craig Whitlock
    Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations. A surveillance mission was exposed last week when a Predator drone crashed in northwest Syria while spying on the home turf of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials believe the drone was shot down, but they haven’t ruled out mechanical failure. Regardless, the wreckage offered the first hard evidence of a U.S. confrontation with Assad’s forces. The mishap in Syria follows a string of crashes in Yemen, another country where the U.S. military keeps virtually all details of its drone operations classified. Yemeni tribesmen have reported three cases in the past 15...
  • Falkland Islands’ fears for Russia-backed invasion

    03/25/2015 10:57:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3-25-2015 | Catherine Boyle
    The U.K. has sent extra military support to one of its overseas colonies at the bottom of the world, the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it is facing increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia. Two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system have been sent by the U.K. to the remote islands in the South Atlantic, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina. They were the subject of a short-lived war between the U.K. and Argentina in 1982, and lie to the east of Argentina, 8,000 miles away from Britain.
  • Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar

    03/25/2015 7:37:32 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 18 replies
    Calvisano (Italy) (AFP) - With pools 85 times the size of the nearby pitches where Rugby Calvisano plays, the company Agro Ittica Lombarda is putting this northern Italian town on the map again -- as the world's top caviar producer. The story began in the late 1970s, when the town's steel mill teamed up with a Californian biologist to use the heat generated by the mill to warm pools to raise sturgeons, whose eggs are used to make the salty delicacy. The world's most prized caviar comes from wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. Agro Ittica was the first sturgeon...
  • Ukraine's latest challenge: oligarchs with private armies

    03/24/2015 11:18:22 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 15 replies
    CSM/Yahoo ^ | Fred Weir
    Gov. Igor Kolomoisky, who was given political power and the right to create a private army last year, last week used that power to seize the state oil company's headquarters in Kiev. As Ukraine struggles with near-financial meltdown and a shaky peace deal with pro-Russian rebels in the east, the last thing it needs is a showdown with a powerful oligarch with a private army. But that may be just what is brewing. Igor Kolomoisky, governor of the restive Dnipropetrovsk region of east Ukraine and a rough-and-tumble tycoon, was handed political power and the right to establish an army in...
  • Another Key Ally of Ukraine’s Yanukovych Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

    03/25/2015 12:48:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Malay ^ | Friday March 13, 2015
    A key ally of former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych was found dead after an apparent suicide yesterday in the third such case in two weeks. Police said Oleksandr Peklushenko, former governor of the eastern industrial region of Zaporizhzhya, was found dead in his country home after suffering a fatal gunshot wound to the neck. “A preliminary finding by investigators is suicide,” Ukraine’s home affairs ministry said in a statement. He was the second pro-Yanukovych official to apparently shoot himself this week. A third Yanukovych ally allegedly threw himself from his 17th-storey flat in Kiev two weeks ago.
  • Frmr Ukrainian Pres. Yanukovych dead (translation)

    03/25/2015 12:40:18 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 8 replies
    On Press (Ukraine) ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Igor Bohun
    Translation: Accrdning to reports by Moscow bloggers the fourth president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych got a heart attack when he heard that his youngest son died at Lake Baikal Marsch 23.
  • American Blogger Offered Money to Publish Russian Propaganda

    03/25/2015 12:19:04 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 18 replies
    Global voices ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Maria Volkova
    An American blogger turned down the offer of a lifetime this past weekend: getting paid to do nothing. The slight catch was that he had to publish articles written by someone else on his blog and claim them as his own—no big deal, right? According to the blogger, David Swanson, after giving a talk at an anti-war event in Washington DC on March 20, he was approached by a young man with a thick Russian accent who introduced himself as Alexsei G. Padalko. This man showed Swanson his business card, which identified him as an air attaché assistant for the...
  • Russia's newest armored vehicle swims and picks its own shots

    03/24/2015 10:24:22 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 4 replies
    Engadget ^ | Andrew Tarantola
    Russia's latest armored prototype was recently spotted rehearsing for the nation's upcoming May 9th Victory Day parade following more than half a decade of top-secret development. Dubbed the Kurganets BMP-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), this amphibious personnel carrier has been designed to replace all of Russia's existing tracked assault vehicles, which have been in service since the Cold War. The 25-ton Kurganets-25 will carry about a half-dozen troops and protect them with modular armor that can be adapted to meet specific mission requirements. It is armed with a 30mm cannon and a quartet of anti-tank guided missile launchers, all of...
  • Krauthhammer--Obama’s Betraying Our Allies – to Partner With Iran

    03/24/2015 6:04:37 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 40 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sara Noble
    “He thinks he is going to do a Nixon to China. He is the man who is going to develop the entente, the understanding, the condominium with Iran to run the Middle East. We will join with them. We are going to recognize their presence, their dominance in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, and now in Yemen as that will be the reward for having cut a deal with us on nuclear weapons.” “That’s impossible, O’Reilly said, “because if that ever were to come true, we would alienate all of the Sunni nations. Saudi Arabia, the Emirates…” “But that’s exactly...
  • Russian Vid shows Stealthy Shipping Containerization of Missiles, UAV's, Command Modules

    03/24/2015 5:37:26 PM PDT · by gaijin · 17 replies
    Some five years ago Russia marketed a disturbing new missile product; the modularized "klub" missile in 3 variants; anti-ship, anti-sub and land attack. Fair enough, but the scary part was the innovative packaging --they were presented in the form of ready-to-fire units fully integrated into common shipping containers, complete with vertical launch system, booster unit with thrust vectoring, etc. Conceivably a totally innocuous-looking transport ship could be packing Armageddon, or close, and make it's hostile intentions detectable only at the last possible moment as it approached an unwitting target --the dream scenario of any bad actor. The Russians appear to...
  • Russia and Jordan sign agreement on nuclear plant construction

    03/24/2015 5:17:53 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    AMMAN, March 24. /TASS/. Jordan and Russia on Tuesday signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Jordan. According to a TASS correspondent, the document was signed by chief of Russia’s state-run corporation Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko and Jordan Atomic Energy Commission Chariman Khaled Toukan. "I would like to stress that Rosatom and the entire Russian nuclear sector take Jordan’s invitation to build its first nuclear plant as big trust," Kiriyenko said. He pledged that the Russian side would use "its entire experience to build the most state-of-the-art and safest nuclear plant." Apart from...
  • Interview with a Russian soldier fighting in Ukraine (Part 1)

    03/24/2015 5:32:06 PM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 7 replies
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | Mar 2, 2015
    “We all knew what we were doing and what can happen." Interview with the Russian tank gunner, who, together with his battalion, was sent to fight for Debaltseve, Ukraine(Translated from Russian by I.M.) ------------------------------------------------- Dorzhi Batomunkuev, 20 years old, 5th Tank Brigade (Ulan-Ude), military base № 46108. Conscript, called to service on November 25, 2013; in June 2014 signed a three year contract. Personal Number 200220, military ID 2609999. Face burned, wrapped a bandage, blood showing from under the bandage. Hands wrapped too. Ears burned and shriveled. I know that he was wounded in Logvinovo. Logvinovo – “neck” of the...
  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • The KEY to your daily life in Christ Jesus[Charismatic caucus]

    03/24/2015 8:48:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-24-15 | Jedediah ,bible
    Certain situations coming up now will not be explainable or even understandable without first coming to the Shepherd of your ways for truly as "THE" WORD(Eternal) now my children of light "will see" that to step out into unfamiliar ground will be utter futility and that inquiring first of Me before they take a step or speak a word will bring the correct illumination, judgment and the eventual decision or action to take . Here are the Keys to The Kingdom seek Me first in all you do and the other keys will reveal themselves to you . Matthew 26:40...
  • All-New Russian Tank Caught on Dash Camera.

    03/24/2015 7:31:35 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 7 replies
    Video at link. Said to be a new Armata T-14 , unrelated to T-72(90) and other previous designs. Rumored to have radar to engage both aerial and ground targets, active countermeasured to intercept incoming rounds, and there is unmanned turret for enhanced protection.
  • Forbidden Area 1956; Playhouse 90: Season 1, Episode 1

    03/24/2015 8:00:00 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | CBS Television Network Production
    Forbidden Area 1956 Charlton Heston, Vincent Price , Playhouse 90: Season 1, Episode 1 Directed by John Frankenheimer Produced by Martin Manulis Associate Producer Julian Claman Based On The Novel By Pat Frank Adapted for PLAYHOUSE 90 by ROD SERLING Starring CHARLTON HESTON as COLONEL PRICE TAB HUNTER as STANLEY SMITH DIANA LYNN as CATHERINE HUME VINCENT PRICE as CLARK SIMMONS VICTOR JORY as REAR ADMIRAL BATT AND CHARLES BICKFORD as GENERAL KEATON JACKIE COOGAN.........The Cook TYLER McVEY.....Brig. Gen. Cragey DAVID LEWIS.......Felix Fromberg et al
  • Russian hopes of money, glory die on Ukraine battlefields

    03/24/2015 3:27:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    latimes.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Carol J. Williams
    When Alexander Zhitinev left in November to fight with the pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, winter had just begun unleashing its fury on the wind-lashed steppe of this impoverished 18th century frontier town. Zhitinev's work as a mechanic had dried up because laid-off metalworkers could no longer afford their cars. His family was surviving on about $250 a month from his wife's job as a hospital cook. Zhitinev, 39, and a friend, Ilya Borisov, left their families behind, lured more by the promise of $2,600 a month than by the vision of their recruiters for a return of Russia's czarist...
  • US House of Reps. votes in favour of sending arms to Ukraine

    03/24/2015 4:26:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Euronews ^ | 24/03 07:56 CET | Euronews
    The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging president Barack Obama to send weapons to Ukraine, to bolster Kyiv’s fight against separatist rebels in the country’s east. The resolution was approved by 348 votes to 48. The vote ups the pressure on Obama, who has been facing criticism for being slow to take action.