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  • Putin warns artists against 'dangerous behaviour'

    12/02/2016 12:59:30 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    channelnewsasia.com ^ | 03 Dec 2016 | AFP/ec
    MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin on Friday (Dec 2) told artists not to confuse freedom of expression with "outrageously dangerous behaviour" and suggested the Charlie Hebdo massacre could have been avoided if the magazine had not insulted Islam. The Russian President told members of the artistic community not to "divide society" during a televised debate with theatre and screen star Yevgeny Mironov who voiced concerns about growing restrictions on artistic freedom in Russia. The Russian strongman said there was a "very subtle line between what I would call dangerously outrageous behaviour and creative freedom". "It's a very subtle thing, a very subtle...
  • Bill Targeting “Russian Propaganda” Passes in House

    12/02/2016 10:53:32 AM PST · by Jaded · 27 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 12/1/16 | Kurt Nimmo
    H.R.6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, passed in the House of Representatives on November 30. The legislation deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda. Section 501 calls for the government to counter “measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”
  • Operation in Syria only targets terror, Erdogan clarifies

    12/01/2016 8:23:09 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    Turkey’s military operation in Syria is not against any country or person but terror groups in general, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, in contrast to earlier remarks that Turkey’s objective was to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following. “The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation is no country or person but only terror organizations. No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to [misrepresent its meaning],” Erdogan said at a 30th gathering with village chiefs at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on...
  • Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting

    12/01/2016 1:57:59 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 9 replies
    Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting. Turkey-facilitated negotiations without US show how Washington could become sidelined
  • Ukraine starts missile test near Crimea, angering Russia

    12/01/2016 1:10:47 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/1/2016 | Pavel Polityuk and Andrey Ostroukh
    Ukraine began two days of missile tests near Crimea on Thursday - a move that has angered Russia. Volodymyr Kryzhanovsky, a Ukrainian military official, said the exercises, which are taking place in Ukraine's southern Kherson region bordering Crimea, had begun and that everything was going smoothly. The exercises, which will run from Dec. 1-2, were taking place at least 30 kilometres (18.64 miles) from Crimean air space, he said. Moscow has responded by putting its land-based and ship-borne air defence forces in Crimea on higher alert. Warships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet took up position off Crimea's western coastline on...
  • Ukraine prepares missile test near Crimea, angering Russia

    11/30/2016 6:58:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30th, 2016 | By Alessandra Prentice | KIEV
    Ukraine was due to start two days of missile tests on Thursday - a move that has angered Russia, prompting it to put its air defense forces on high alert on the annexed Crimea peninsula. The disagreement marks a fresh escalation in tensions between the one-time allies, whose relations collapsed in 2014 after Russia seized Crimea and backed pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine says the tests in its southern Kherson region, bordering Crimea, are legitimate and will be conducted within the framework of international obligations and treaties. "We will continue to strengthen the defense capability of our nation...
  • Russia invasion IMMINENT: Vladimir Putin mobilises 55,000 troops for ‘frightening war'

    11/30/2016 6:59:22 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 74 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Published 30th November 2016 | By Henry Holloway
    RUSSIA has massed 55,000 troops along their eastern border as they prepare to unleash a "frightening war" upon Europe. -------- Military bosses claim Vladimir Putin has sent his mighty army to disputed frontiers along Eastern Europe. Putin’s mass military deployment comes as Russian lawmakers threatened a looming “frightening war” unless their enemies back down over the annexation of Crimea. Russia has been at loggerheads with NATO ever since it seized the peninsula on the Black Sea in 2014. Shockingly earlier this year Russia withdrew from the International Criminal Court after the organisation branded its occupation illegal and said it was...
  • GREEN Snow Blankets Russia After Accident at a Chrome Factory Causes it to Change Colour

    11/30/2016 12:27:37 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-30-2016 | Will Stewart
    Freakish green snow blanketed the Russian Ural Mountains today - caused by pollution at a chrome factory. The disturbing emerald scene was caused by an 'accident' at a plant in Pervouralsk, in the industrial Chelyabinsk region, said officials. They insisted there was no danger to the health of locals. 'The accident today happened on a pipe between a pump and a cleaning station,' said a spokesman at Russian Chrome company. 'Some of the water pumped from under the ground went on the surface.'
  • SPEAK LIFE ![Charismatic Caucus]

    11/30/2016 7:18:04 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-30-16 | Holy Spirit, Bible
    A word for the prophets of doom and gloom, Your day is coming soon, You see my spirit does "NOT" deliver fear, For I AM Salvation the Cross makes this clear! So instead speak life to these bones, For My eternal army is coming home, Continue to spread my love and Word, For there is no death in My Kingdom it is never heard, But a Life of Freedom and Hope ! My perpetual fire is what you stoke, So take up the coals of My testimony, Spread them wide for all to taste and see, I AM The True...
  • Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

    11/30/2016 5:32:40 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/30/2016 | Andrew Osborn
    The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara. In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan said: "We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror," Erdogan said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call: "It is a very serious statement and one which differs from previous ones [...] We hope that our Turkish partners...
  • We need a plan if Assad wins

    11/29/2016 2:26:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 28 November 2016
    We need a plan if Assad wins 28 November 2016 ? 9:00pm The word “unacceptable” has been used a great deal in the context of the Syrian tragedy. Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons was branded “unacceptable” but there is evidence of their continued use after Western plans to bomb arms dumps were aborted. Then, it was “unacceptable” that President Assad would ever be part of the future of Syria. No peace deal would be countenanced while he remained in power. Yet, with Russian help, he may be on the verge of a military victory. It has been apparent for...
  • Erdogan: Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad's Rule

    11/29/2016 9:59:20 AM PST · by Fennie · 61 replies
    RT News ^ | November 29, 2016
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army has entered Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands of Syrians. "We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn't enter] for any other reason," the Turkish president said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul, as quoted by Hurriyet daily. Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is...
  • The Russian MoD and the Ministry for Emergencies are to send mobile hospitals to Syria

    11/29/2016 6:11:28 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 2 replies
    The Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered the MoD and the Ministry for Emergencies to send mobile hospitals to Syria to provide medical service to the locals. The press learned it from the President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to his words, the term was set as "in shortest possible time". He also said that the MoD was to send a medical team with a multi-functional hospital for 100 beds with a paediatric therapy ward. The hospital’s capacity for treating outpatients is 420 persons per day. The Ministry for Emergencies’ mobile facility has 50 beds and outpatient capacity of 200 persons.
  • The Syrian Army has taken a large part of Aleppo

    11/28/2016 11:30:42 PM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    Vedomosti (In Russian) ^ | Novermber 29, 2016
    On the night of November, 29 the Syrian government troops were advancing on militants in neighbourhoods of Eastern Aleppo, as [Russian] Interfax reports referring to the Russian reconciliation centre in Syria. "14 neighbourhoods of Eastern Aleppo, where about 300,000 residential dwellings are situated, were freed from the terrorists yesterday." More than 8500 civilians, about 4000 of whom are children, have left the militants-controlled neighbourhoods. They receive temporary shelter, hot meals and, if needed, medical service. In the recent 24 hours more than 140 militants have given up resistance and left Aleppo. Earlier "The Washington Post"'s sources in the American administration...
  • U. K., France, Russia Want To Join Pakistan-China’s CPEC

    11/28/2016 9:26:34 PM PST · by jcon40 · 3 replies
    vakuewalk.com ^ | Nov. 28, 16 | : Polina Tikhonova
    The CPEC is apparently becoming a new association (like BRICS), as many countries are showing interest in being part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. With ambitions to even become a new union (like European Union, but not limited only to Europe), the CPEC, co-created by Pakistan and China, has already attracted big international players such as Russia, the U.K. and France. The $51 billion project has been all over the news lately, not only because it’s a game-changer for China, Pakistan and Asia as a whole, but also because there’s a theory that India could start a military conflict over...
  • Inside Kerry’s race to stop the siege of Aleppo

    11/28/2016 1:05:18 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 27 at 7:33 PM | Josh Rogin
    Our indefatigable outgoing Secretary of State John F. Kerry is engaged in a furious if implausible diplomatic effort to strike a deal with Russia to end the siege of Aleppo. He is motivated not just by the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian city but also by the prospect that the incoming president will strike a different kind of deal with Moscow, one that abandons the Syrian opposition and places the United States squarely on the side of dictator Bashar al-Assad. The State Department is not advertising Kerry’s quiet mission, following the quick collapse of the last U.S.-Russia cease-fire agreement he...
  • War with Russia? US politicians close to approving ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria

    11/27/2016 9:19:18 PM PST · by Bobalu · 57 replies
    http://theduran.com/ ^ | 11/22/16 | RICK STERLING
    Late in the day Tuesday November 15, Congress convened in a special session. With normal rules suspended, they passed House Resolution 5732 – the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”. The resolution calls for intensifying already harsh sanctions on Syria, assessing implementation of No Fly Zone in Syria and escalating efforts to press criminal charges against Syrian officials.
  • Syrian army advance threatens to cleave eastern Aleppo

    11/27/2016 11:55:21 AM PST · by fella · 10 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 27 November 2016
    Syrian army advance threatens to cleave eastern Aleppo Syrian government forces advanced deep into eastern Aleppo on Sunday amid a swift collapse of rebel defenses inside the divided northern city, threatening to cleave the opposition’s enclave between its northern and southern parts.  The advance into the city’s Sakhour neighborhood brings the military within less than .6 miles of commanding a corridor in eastern Aleppo for the first time since rebels swept into the city in 2012 at the start of the Syrian civil war
  • There is an Arrest Warrant Out for Jill Stein

    11/26/2016 10:04:55 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 56 replies
    The Nation ^ | 09-09-16 | John Nichols
    Third-party presidential candidates have participated in acts of civil disobedience, risked arrest, been arrested and been jailed with some frequency over the past 150 years. So the fact that Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein faces misdemeanor criminal charges in North Dakota stemming from a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is hardly unprecedented. But it is politically significant. https://www.thenation.com/article/there-is-an-arrest-warrant-out-for-jill-stein/
  • No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See

    11/26/2016 11:52:29 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2016 | By Mathew Ingram
    One of the themes that has emerged during the controversy over “fake news” and its role in the election of Donald Trump is the idea that Russian agents of various kinds helped hack the process by fueling this barrage of false news. But is that really true? In a recent story, the Washington Post says that this is definitely the case, based on information provided by two groups of what the paper calls “independent researchers.” But the case starts to come apart at the seams the more you look at it. One group is associated with the Foreign Policy Research...
  • India’s Stealth Fighter will be Superior to China’s J-20 and Russia’s PAK FA T-5O

    11/26/2016 6:20:28 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    China Topix ^ | Nov 20, 201 | Arthur Dominic Villasanta
    India's new fifth generation stealth fighter will be superior in key aspects to Russia's PAK FA T-50 from which it's derived, and will also have the added advantage of being able to fire the newest iteration of the fearsome BrahMos cruise missile, the BrahMos NG. And as the PAK FA is already superior to China's Chengdu J-20 low observable fighter, this means the Indian stealth jet will also be superior to the J-20. Indian media reports said India's as yet unnamed stealth fighter will include a total of 43 improvements over the PAK FA T-50, making it superior in many...
  • Russian Navy to decide on prototype Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval howitzer system production

    11/26/2016 3:15:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | 26 November 2016
    The Russian Navy has not yet made any decision on the production of a prototype of the promising Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne howitzer, the press office of Russia’s Uralvagonzavod armor producer said in an interview with Flotprom online media organization. Koalitsiya F Howitzer turret 152mm Russia Navy Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval gun system The information about the Koalitsiya-F howitzer appeared in the media back to 2006, the press office added. "Russia’s Burevestnik Central Research Institute [an Uralvagonzavod subsidiary] has worked out proposals concerning the development of the Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne system and submitted them to the Navy," the press office said. "As...
  • Report: Russian propaganda effort spread fake news [says fake news AP]

    11/25/2016 3:00:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2016 4:06 PM EST
    A new report suggests a “sophisticated” Russian propaganda campaign helped flood social media with fake news stories leading up to the presidential election. The Washington Post, citing a yet-to-be published report from independent researchers, said the goal was to punish Hillary Clinton, help Donald Trump, and undermine faith in American democracy. The report comes from a nonpartisan group of researchers called PropOrNot. The group describes itself as “concerned American citizens” with expertise in computer science, national security and public policy. The researchers say they traced the origins of posts and mapped the connections among accounts that delivered similar messages. …
  • Vladimir Putin Just Ordered 3,000 New Tanks - SIX TIMES What Britain Has In TOTAL

    11/25/2016 8:12:24 AM PST · by Fennie · 35 replies
    Daily Star ^ | November 25, 2016 | By Henry Holloway
    Russia is preparing to upgrade the out of service Soviet-era T-80 battle tanks to beef up its armed forces. Up to 3,000 of the decommissioned war machines will be given an up-to-date overhaul and rolled out across the Putin's military. This new cohort of armoured vehicles dwarfs alone Britain's arsenal of tanks six-fold. Russia already has 15,000 tanks in service - the most in the world - while Britain has just over 400. The "overhaul and modernisation" of the vehicles will begin next year as Putin continues to boost the military of his resurgent Russia. Around 550 T-80s are still...
  • Russian Patriarch: LGBT agenda poses ‘significant threat for the existence of the human race’

    11/24/2016 10:09:45 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | November 23, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, Russia, November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The head of the world's largest Orthodox Church says anti-discrimination laws supporting homosexuality and transgenderism are "at odds with the moral nature of human beings." Patriarch Kirill, leader of more than 200 million Russian Orthodox Christians, gave an exclusive interview to Russia Today (RT), the English-language news channel that provides a Russian view on global news. The Christian leader said Western same-sex "marriage" laws and transgender "anti-discrimination" laws are unprecedented and unnatural. "What's happening in the Western countries is that, for the first time in human history, legislation is at odds with the...
  • Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

    11/24/2016 9:32:21 PM PST · by bigbob · 111 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-24-16 | Craig Timburg
    The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation. Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to...
  • Russia Successfully Tests Stealth NUKE TRAIN: Blends In w/Locomotives (travels 1500 miles a day)

    11/23/2016 1:44:39 PM PST · by drewh · 54 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 14:59 EST, 23 November 2016
    Russia is developing a secret nuke train, which can travel 1,500 miles in a day towards Putin's enemies before launching rockets. The trains, packed with ballistic missiles, will be disguised as ordinary passenger or freight trains, making them virtually impossible to identify. Chilling test footage shows the trains can be stopped in their tracks at a moment's notice to deploy the huge rocket launchers. It sounds like something from a James Bond film, but the trains are one step closer to being put into use, following a successful test launch on missiles for the Barguzin 'railway-based combat rocket system', carried...
  • Russian Naval Aviation Cannot Gain Full-Fledged Combat Experience In Syria for Now

    11/24/2016 5:36:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | Nov 23, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Russian Naval Aviation’s planes and helicopters on board the Admiral Kuznetsov (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) aircraft carrier have been unable to learn full-fledged combat employment lessons from the military operation in Syria, expert Sergei Ishchenko writes in an article published by the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency. A week has passed since Russian carrier-borne aircraft joined the fighting in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs. The intermediate results produced by the Admiral Kuznetsov’s carrier air wing have been not what the top brass expected dispatching the huge ship and her impressive strike group to the Mediterranean...
  • Why Are We Always Wrong About Russia? (By Reagan's most trusted Cold War advisor)

    11/23/2016 12:08:06 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 38 replies
    Speech to World Affairs Council, Washington ^ | May 16, 2001 | Suzanne Massie
    I have been studying, working and going to Russia for 34 years. From the beginning I was lucky enough to meet and get to know a wide variety of Russians. During these many years whenever I went, it was always apparent that what I saw and heard was often diametrically different from both the official and the journalistic perception in the United States. I came to call it my worm’s eye view. The more I studied Russian history and culture the more I saw that the picture was always far more nuanced and complex than the judgments often characteristic of...
  • Assessing the Admiral Kuznetsov Deployment in the Syrian Conflict

    11/22/2016 4:34:04 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | November 22, 2016 | By Ben Ho Wan Beng
    On 15 November 2016, Russia joined the exclusive aircraft carrier combat club when its sole flat-top, RFNS Admiral Kuznetsov, took part in operations in the Syrian provinces of Homs and Idlib. Much has been made about the smoke-belching vessel during its voyage from Murmansk to the eastern Mediterranean; now that the Admiral Kuznetsov has had its baptism of fire, the key question is how operationally useful would the platform be for Russia’s Syria strategy in the days ahead? Not very, and this is mainly due to the modest – in terms of both capabilities and size – aircraft complement embarked...
  • Russians Blame MiG-29K Crash on Broken Arrestor Cable, Catastrophic Engine Failure

    11/22/2016 3:04:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    A combination of faults on Russia’s carrier and an unexpected total engine shutdown led to a Russian pilot ditching his fighter in the Mediterranean Sea last week, read a translation of a Monday Russian press report. The Mikoyan MiG-29K that crashed on Nov. 13 was part of a trio of fighters sortied from Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov for operations over Syria, USNI News reported last week. Following the mission – armed reconnaissance runs over targets near Aleppo, USNI News understands — the fighters headed back to the carrier to land, read a translation of a report from Gazeta.ru. “Upon completion...
  • A GREAT SHAKING but A Beautiful OUTCOME[charismatic caucus]

    11/21/2016 1:20:45 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit, bible
    Do you see my children I am shaking all that can be shaken in order to bring forth Holiness for as My Word "Be holy as I am holy" is an eternal Truth and this is what shall remain standing only those things that are eternal for all else will fail and is failing before your eyes even now ! Do not be caught up in the landslide for as we are one I shall lift you high above the turmoil and you shall not look back as you cast your eyes upon Me your Savior and King of kings...
  • Why are Russians so optimistic about Trump?

    11/21/2016 10:24:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    russia-direct.org ^ | 11/21/2016 | Daniel Kozin
    By all accounts, the relationship over the past two years has been dreadful. The Ukraine crisis gave way to the worst period in U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, resulting in mutual sanctions, aggressive military exercises, bellicose rhetoric, the possibility of a military confrontation in Syria, and a total breakdown in communication and cooperation.... ... Trump’s pre-election position on Russia took everyone by surprise last July when he said: “Wouldn't it be a great thing if we could actually get along with Russia?” ... Trump’s overarching world view, based on national interests, is seen, paradoxically, as being...
  • Russia quits Hague Court

    11/20/2016 11:22:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/16 | Chana Roberts
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a directive on Wednesday to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague. The ICC is meant to be the world's first permanent court and works to prosecute leaders and countries for war crimes, genocide and "crimes against humanity." In 2000, Russia signed the Rome treaty establishing the ICC, but never ratified it. The ICC was established in 1998, and currently has over 100 member states. Like Russia, the US also signed the treaty but declared in 2002 that they had "no intention" of ratifying it. Last Tuesday, the UN General Assembly's Human Rights...
  • Orthodoxy And Russia Inseparable - Putin (Russia Based On Christian Values)

    11/20/2016 9:20:49 AM PST · by goldstategop · 23 replies
    TASS | 11/20/2016 | TASS
    LADIVOSTOK, November 20. /TASS/. Orthodoxy has been playing a major role in Russia’s life throughout the entire history of Russia, so it would not be an exaggeration to say that Orthodoxy and Russia are inseparable, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the film Patriarch shown on the Rossiya-1 television channel on Sunday to mark the 70th birth anniversary of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. "Orthodoxy and Russia are inseparable. And throughout our entire history, Orthodoxy has been playing a major role in the life of our state and our nation," the president said. "Our moral values rest on...
  • Senators vow to counter Trump on Russia (McCain, Graham,)

    11/20/2016 6:01:28 AM PST · by maggief · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2016 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senators are pledging to take a firm line with Russia next year, setting up a potential conflict with incoming President Donald Trump. Skeptical of Trump’s warmer relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, lawmakers in both parties are breaking with the incoming administration to carve out a tougher stance. Lawmakers would like the president-elect to rein in Russia, but they’re also signaling that Congress will act on its own. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said when it comes to Russia he’s planning to be “a bit of a hard ass.” “We cannot sit on the sidelines as a party and let allegations...
  • Russian Foreign Ministry: People from Clinton's Elections Team Visited Moscow Many Times

    11/19/2016 6:19:13 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 5 replies
    MEMRI -- transcribing Russia 1 ^ | November 13, 2016 | MEMRI - Russian TV
    Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that meetings with various personnel on the elections teams of both U.S. presidential candidates was "normal diplomatic practice," and implied that the American outrage regarding Russian contacts with President-elect Trump's team in the buildup to the elections was groundless. Asked about contacts with Hillary Clinton's team, Zakharova said: "They came to Moscow many times." She was speaking on a Russia 1 post-elections talk show on November 13.
  • On his way out, Obama cedes Arctic energy control to Russia

    11/19/2016 5:39:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 19, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    This isn’t really the same as prying the W’s off the keyboards in the Oval Office, but Barack Obama seems determined to leave some unpleasant going away presents for his successor on the domestic energy front. Before leaving office, the President has modified the agreement for future oil exploration leases to eliminate nearly all Arctic sites. Needless to say, the energy industry isn’t exactly ecstatic over this. (Politico) President Barack Obama is throwing up roadblocks to Donald Trump’s pledges to expand offshore drilling, with a new plan that will declare parts of the Arctic off-limits. Obama’s Interior Department on Friday...
  • Rand Paul: Will Donald Trump betray voters by hiring John Bolton?

    11/19/2016 11:20:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 126 replies
    Rare.us ^ | November 15, 2016 | Senator Rand Paul
    Rumors are that Donald Trump might pick John Bolton for Secretary of State. Heaven forbid.One of the things I occasionally liked about the President-elect was his opposition to the Iraq war and regime change. He not only grasped the mistake of that war early, but also seemed to fully understand how it disrupted the balance of power in the Middle East and even emboldened Iran.We liberated Iraq, but today their best friend is Iran, their second greatest ally is Russia, and their third strongest alliance is with Syria. Trump really seems to get the lesson. Hillary Clinton never did.Most importantly...
  • Sweden Re-introducing Truck-Based RBS15 Coastal Defence Batteries

    11/18/2016 10:04:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 18 November 2016
    The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) announced today that land-based coastal defence batteries are on their way back. By reintroducing them, the Swedish Navy will be able to launch Saab-made RBS15 anti-ship missiles from the country's coastlines against targets at sea at great distances. The Swedish Navy test firing a RBS15 anti-ship missile from the re-introduced coastal battery The coastal batteries will be deployed by the Swedish Navy. They are being re-created through the use of former decommissioned coastal missile batteries (launcher vehicles) as well as from missiles and launchers taken from decommissioned missile boats and corvettes. The system is based...
  • Russia's 'Night Hunter': from maiden flight to fighting ISIS

    11/18/2016 5:54:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Tass ^ | November 17, 2016
    Russia’s Mil Mi-28N “Night Hunter” (NATO reporting name: Havoc or Havoc-B) attack helicopter took to the skies for the first time on November 14, 1996. Nineteen years later, the attack helicopter joined the Russian air task force in Syria, which is fighting militants of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra organizations (outlawed in Russia) on the invitation of Syrian authorities. In particular, the Russian Defense Ministry posted a video on its official channel in the YouTube, showing a Night Hunter helicopter destroying terrorists’ armor. Russia is currently developing the helicopter’s new modification, Mi-28NM, taking into account the Syrian experience. As...
  • Russian Brigades to Receive Koalitsiya-SV Self-Propelled Gun Soon

    11/18/2016 5:47:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Sputnik news ^ | Nov 18, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Russian Land Force's artillery brigades will begin receiving state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled guns in the near future, chief of missile and artillery troops Maj. Gen. Mikhail Matveevsky said Friday. "The planned purchase and supply of these complexes into the artillery brigades will begin in the near future," Matveevsky said. Koalitsiya-SV was first unveiled at the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015, in Red Square, Moscow. Matveevsky underscored the automated weapon's innovative multi-round simultaneous impact firing capabilities, delivering several volleys at various trajectories to engage a target at the same time. "The combat capabilities of the complex are...
  • Russia’s First Pro-Trump Rally To Be Held In Kaluga Region

    11/18/2016 12:49:36 AM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    TASS ^ | 11/18/2016 | TASS
    KALUGA, November 18. /TASS/. The first Russian rally in support of US President-Elect Donald Trump will take place on November 19 in the city of Obninsk, Kaluga region, the city administration told TASS on Friday. According to the rally organizers, the event aims "to express hope for improving Russia-US relations." "The rally will be held on November 19 on the Privokzalnaya Square in Obninsk. The organizers received the appropriate permits in advance. It is planned that around 40 people would participate in the two-hour rally," a source in the city administration said. Billionaire Donald Trump was elected the 45th President...
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama Never Met With His Defense Intelligence Chief

    07/12/2016 9:51:05 PM PDT · by blueyon · 47 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 7/12/16 | Jack Flash
    Bombshell yes, surprising no. Excerpted from The Daily Caller: President Barack Obama twice appointed former Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to key national security jobs in his administration, including as deputy director of national intelligence and later as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, yet he never once met with Flynn face to face. The general, who spent 33 years in the intelligence field, told The Daily Caller News Foundation he was never called in for a face-to-face meeting with Obama to offer his assessment of ISIS as it rampaged through the Middle East, or during the political meltdown of...
  • Soyuz Rocket Blessed Before Launch, Cygnus Prepped for Departure

    11/17/2016 7:06:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 11/17/16
    The Soyuz rocket that will launch three new Expedition 50 crew members to space Thursday was blessed at its launch pad today. Back in space, the Canadarm2 grappled the Cygnus cargo craft ahead of its release early next week.An Orthodox priest performed the traditional blessing of the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft today before its launch to the International Space Station. Peggy Whitson of NASA, Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA are in quarantine at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Kazakhstan and are scheduled to liftoff Thursday at 3:20 p.m. EST on a two-day trip to their new home in...
  • Latest Russian Navy Frigate & Corvette Classes to Be Upgraded with RAM Radar Absorbing Coating

    11/17/2016 10:35:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 17 November 2016
    The Russian-built Project 29380 (NATO reporting name: Steregushchy-class) and Project 20385 corvettes and Project 22350 (Gorshkov-class) frigates will receive radar absorbing coating as part of their upgrade, says the press office of defense contractor Ruselectronics (a subsidiary of Rostec). The first ship of the new Russian Navy frigate project 22350 class "Admiral Gorshkov" at full speed "The characteristics of the [radar absorbing] materials [RAM] developed by the Ferrit-Domen Research Institute [a subsidiary of Ruselectronics] in St. Petersburg allow their use in the vessels of all classes, be it light, medium or heavy. Ferrit-Domen also is taking part in the governmental...
  • 'Russia Is NO Match For Us' Top Trump Ally's Astonishing Putdown Of Putin's Military Might

    11/17/2016 6:10:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 42 replies
    Daily Express ^ | November 16, 2016 | By Tom Batchelor
    DONALD Trump's closest politial ally has rubbished Russia's claims of military might as he angles for a top job in the Republican new administration. Former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani said the Kremlin's aggressive rhetoric was all bluster, suggesting Moscow did not pose a threat to the West. Mr Giuliani, who is being lined up for the job of Secretary of State - America's equivalent of foreign secretary - blasted: "Russia thinks it's a military competitor - it really isn't." But the senior Republican also attacked Barack Obama for allowing Vladimir Putin to seize on instability around the world...
  • Trump: Europe’s Wake-Up Call?

    11/16/2016 8:19:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 16 November 2016 | Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
    It should not be controversial to observe that the EU is in a bit of a mess. It has been one slow-motion disaster ever since the 2008 financial crisis. That was initially because one of the pillars of European unity is the Euro currency, yet the European Union does not have the effective political integration to make a currency union work. Though Europe’s economies, for example, are more similar between themselves than the richest and the poorest states of the US, the United States has an adequate level of political and financial integration to make their monetary union work. Europe...
  • Russia refuses to ratify Rome Statute as ICC ‘failed to become truly independent’

    11/16/2016 8:06:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    RT ^ | 16 Nov, 2016 11:31
    The Rome Statute, which entered into effect in 2002, is the basis of the activities of the ICC. It established four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. Moscow signed the treaty in 2000, but has not ratified it. ICC jurisdiction therefore does not apply to Russia, as well as the United States, China, Israel, Ukraine and a number of other countries. The United States is not a party to the Rome Statute and does not plan to ratify it. However, the court recently published a report regarding its probe into alleged war...
  • Rebuking the World

    11/15/2016 3:59:16 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah . . . condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith" (Heb 11:7). Your actions and words should rebuke our godless society. Genesis 6:5 says, "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Before moving in judgment against the most evil and corrupt society in history, God appointed Noah to build an ark, which became a symbol of life and salvation to all who believed God. For those who disbelieved, it...