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  • Putin's Coup

    10/20/2014 8:23:56 AM PDT · by Agog · 1 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/19/2014 | Ben Judah
    he war in Ukraine is no longer only about Ukraine. The conflict has transformed Russia. This increasingly is what European leaders and diplomats believe: that Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow. Among those who believe that this is happening, and that Europe will be facing down a more menacing Russia for a long time to come, is Radek Sikorski, who was Poland’s foreign minister from 2007 until September. “I think psychologically the regime has been transformed by the annexation of...
  • Russian tennis official suspended for calling Williams sisters “brothers”

    10/20/2014 7:48:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/20/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Shamil Tarpischev, the head of the Russian Tennis Federation, is in trouble this morning, having received a one year suspension and a $25K fine for comments he made earlier in the week. While appearing on a talk show, Tarpischev dropped in some ill timed one liners about the highly ranked Williams sisters, Serena and Venus. Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as “brothers” were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official.Shamil Tarpischev was also fined...
  • Russia offers India 3 additional Talwar class frigates

    10/20/2014 3:55:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 20, 2014
    India is also looking to upgrade the first set of three Project 11356 frigates that were purchased in the early 2000s. Russia offered India three additional Project 11356 or Talwar class frigates, after New Delhi made a formal request, Vladimir Spiridopulo, the general director working on this project at the Northern Design Bureau, said. Negotiations have been taking place since this spring, TASS said. India to spend $3 billion for 3 more Talwar-class frigates Russia supplied India with two sets of three Project 11356 frigates, with the last one being the INS Trikand. “Negotiations on the third set of three...
  • Swedish military releases photo of mysterious ‘foreign vessel’ (Russian sub?)

    10/19/2014 9:44:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    AFP-JIJI ^ | OCT 20, 2014
    STOCKHOLM – The Swedish military has presented photographic evidence of a mysterious “foreign vessel” off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports it was on the “hunt” for a damaged submarine. Ever since the armed forces received a tip-off about a “man-made object” off the coast of Stockholm on Friday, 200 men, several stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters have been searching the sea around islands about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of the Swedish capital. “This is not ours, it’s a foreign vessel,” Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters, pointing to a grainy photo taken on Sunday morning by a...
  • These 6 Countries Will Be Screwed If Oil Prices Keep Falling

    10/19/2014 6:48:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/19/2014 | Tomas Hirst
    The collapse in oil prices is already a major cause of concern for countries heavily reliant on exports of the commodity. For some, it could be a matter of avoiding a severe recession. Here's why: For governments in oil-exporting countries to meet their spending commitments they need oil to remain above a certain price. With oil prices under $87 a barrel, countries that rely on high oil prices, including Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, may have a reason to be concerned. This chart shows the price per barrel that the six most exposed countries need to meet their national budgets....
  • Miss Hitler 2014

    10/19/2014 4:42:30 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 10/18/2014 | Jenny Awford
    A Nazi-themed beauty pageant for Russian women who hate Jews which has been dubbed 'Miss Hitler 2014' has sparked outrage on social media. Attractive female Nazis who enjoy taking steamy 'selfies' are being encouraged to apply to the competition on social media site, VKontakte. They have been asked to post a Nazi-themed selfie and write under their photo why they 'love and revere the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler' - a regime that killed more than six million people...
  • A Thousand Times More Dangerous Than ISIS

    10/19/2014 5:02:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Several years ago, the Israeli satirical series, Latma, produced this funny sketch on the Iranian mullahs’ push for a nuclear bomb. “The bomb, the bomb, I’ll get the bomb. Listen to me, Honey, it ain’t gonna be too long” sings the frolicking mullah in the online version of this humorous look at a most serious subject. The Israelis can joke about an Iranian nuclear bomb because they are on the front line. They know what it would mean. They don’t go on and on about “stability” in the Middle East the...
  • 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...
  • Russian Submarine sends SOS in swedish territorial waters. Sunk by the Swedish navy?

    10/18/2014 12:48:47 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 106 replies
    Breaking news in Sweden after two days of hunt. Swedish government report that a russian submarine is sending an SOS message on a de-crypted frequency.
  • Rafale can be shot down like 'mosquitoes by Chinese-made Sukhoi': Russian envoy

    10/18/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    ANI News, India ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Ashok Dixit
    New Delhi, Oct.18 (ANI): Indirectly expressing his country's surprise over the Indian Government and its defence establishment's decision to go ahead with its reported plan to buy 126 Rafale combat aircraft from France, Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander M. Kadakin, said the Dassault Aviation-manufactured fighter aircraft could be shot down like a mosquito by a Chinese-manufactured or produced Sukhoi jet should there ever be a conflict in the neighbourhood. Ambassador Kadakin, who was attending an interaction between Russian and Indian journalists in the national capital yesterday, said, "We (Russia) are still very surprised that Rafale is being bought, because if...
  • Aum cult sought Ebola in Zaire, Has More members in Russia than Japan

    10/31/2003 11:00:01 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 7 replies · 181+ views
    Snip -------------------------------------- http://www.pnl.gov/chembio/emerge.htm In addition, naturally occurring outbreaks of disease can provide ammunition for use by biological weapons terrorists. For example, 40 members of the Aum cult are known to have traveled to Zaire during the most recent outbreak of Ebola. Although scientifically problematic, the successful culture of the hemorrhagic Ebola virus would constitute a formidable weapon in the hands of a group with a demonstrated willingness to use it. Snip -------------------------------------- Did Aum ever consider biological terrorism? Yes. According to the testimony of several cult members convicted in the 1995 attack, Aum had also experimented with biological warfare,...
  • Are Lower Oil Prices a Signal of Worldwide Economic Collapse?

    10/17/2014 9:03:36 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 37 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 18, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    Steep stock market corrections often create shrouds of pessimism that do bad things to people’s brainpower. And one of the absolutely stupidest things I have heard in recent weeks is that the recent drop in oil prices is bad. You heard me right. Serious people on financial television are saying lower oil prices are a signal of worldwide economic collapse. Here at home that translates to recession, deflation, a profits collapse and rising unemployment. I’ve been around for a while, and I’ve seldom heard such gibberish. The latest stock market scare stems from a bunch of fears — such as...
  • China likely to get Russia's newest missiles, fighters, submarines and high speed rail to Europe

    10/17/2014 7:41:29 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    Next Big Future.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Staff
    To avert a recession, Russia is turning to China for investment, granting it once restricted access to raw materials and advanced weapons. Russia is likely to sign contracts for the delivery of S-400 missile systems and Su-35 fighter jets to China as early as the first quarter of next year, says Vasily Kashin, a China expert at the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow. Russia may also supply China with its newest submarine, the Amur 1650, he says. The Amur class submarine is one of the latest Russian submarine designs. It is advertised as an export version...
  • Iran draws hard line on nukes (year of sanctions relief leads to dead end)

    10/17/2014 1:30:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 - 1:27 PM | Alireza Jafarzadeh
    The latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program took place this week, pitting the United States and its European partners against the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. It seems safe to say that if Iran and the United States can’t come to a workable compromise this week, and it certainly appears that way based on what has already transpired, there will be no basis for a final deal on Nov. 24. But there are serious outstanding questions about what a viable compromise would look like. This was made clear last week, when Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s...
  • Container Ship Adrift off British Columbia Coast

    10/17/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014
    A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its "worst fear." The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast said the ship was drifting nine nautical miles from shore, though he said it was largely maintaining that position. "It...
  • Islamic State training pilots to fly in three jets: Syria monitor

    10/17/2014 6:04:51 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/17/14 | Sylvia Westall
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.
  • ISIS training pilots to fly in captured fighter jets

    10/17/2014 7:44:02 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 27 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | Reuters
    Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air. The group, which has seized land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report and US Central Command said it was not aware of...
  • ISIS in Jets for First Time, US Reportedly Trains Rebel Pilots

    10/17/2014 10:40:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    INN ^ | 10/17/2014, 1:59 PM | Ari Yashar
    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed on Friday that the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has begun training pilots on three captured fighter jets, relying on the knowledge of Iraqi pilots who have joined the group. Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the monitoring group, said witnesses in northern Syria have seen the group flying the three MiG 21 or MiG 23 model jets above the al-Jarrah airbase east of Aleppo, in the first instance of ISIS going airborne, reports Reuters. […] ISIS has captured several fighter jets during its conquest of Syria and Iraq. In August it...
  • Greek paper: World Jewish plutocracy behind Gaza strife, global financial crisis

    12/29/2008 11:02:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 981+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 12/29/8 | Haaretz Service
    A daily newspaper in Greece has blamed Jews both for the world financial crisis and the Israeli operation in Gaza, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported this week. "After the American Jews acquired once again the world's wealth and plunged the planet into an unprecedented financial crisis, they started rehearsing for WWIII," JTA quoted the Avriani newspaper's front-page headline as reading Sunday. "Midway through the paper's story on Israel's operation in Gaza, the story, under the heading 'The Plan,' explains that a Jewish plutocracy, having made the 'wealth of the century at the expense of the economies of the world,' is...
  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad: West opposes our nukes to let Israel live on

    03/15/2006 12:03:31 PM PST · by anotherview · 85 replies · 1,132+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 15 March 2006
    Iran’s Ahmadinejad: West opposes our nukes to let Israel live on Wed. 15 Mar 2006 Iran Focus Tehran, Iran, Mar. 15 – Iran’s radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the circumstances were ripe for the “collapse of the Zionist regime” and that the West was highlighting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in the world arena in order to “divert attention away from the issue of Palestine”. “The regime occupying Qods (Jerusalem) was set up to create insecurity and confrontation in our region. If one day tranquillity came about, it would mean the death of this regime”, Ahmadinejad said...
  • A Short History of the (Eventually) Awesome Hind Helicopter (Mi-24 had a lot of problems early on)

    10/16/2014 11:05:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 10/16/2014 | Thomas Newdick
    Russia’s Mi-24 attack helicopter is 45 years old. It’s high time we busted some of the more widespread myths regarding the gunship that has gone by many names. Crocodile. Drinking Glass. Devil’s Chariot. Hind. In a celebratory press release in September, Russian Helicopters—part of the state-owned Rostec corporation, which is now responsible for production of the latest Mi-35M version of the Hind—explained that the helicopter “was conceived and built in record time, with development starting in 1968.” That’s not quite true, as we’ll see. Nor is altogether accurate that the Hind has always boasted “high levels of efficiency and reliability...
  • Smugglers Galore--How Iran arms its allies (Hamas)

    12/27/2012 9:44:56 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 31 - January 7, 2013 | Lee Smith
    An explosion in southern Lebanon last week destroyed what is believed to have been a Hezbollah weapons depot. This latest in a series of mysterious “accidents” in Hezbollah-controlled precincts proved, as one Israeli official wryly remarked, that those who “sleep with rockets and amass large stockpiles of weapons are in a very unsafe place.” With the Party of God’s overland supply route through Syria choked off by the 22-month-long uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and Israel virtually in total control of the maritime route, Hezbollah’s stockpile is being systematically degraded.Yet the arsenal of Iran’s other regional proxy force, Hamas,...
  • Russian Scientists Dismiss US Company's Statement On Thermonuclear Fusion Breakthrough

    10/16/2014 8:16:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 30 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 10/16/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russian physicists dismissed as a promotional action on Thursday the statement by the US company Lockheed Martin about its technological breakthrough in the thermonuclear fusion field. Skunk Works (a subsidiary of the Lockheed Martinweapons producer) on Wednesday reported a breakthrough in the field of practical use of controlled thermonuclear fusion. The company claims that in the next decade it would present a commercial sample of a compact thermonuclear reactor. President of the National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Academician Yevgeny Velikhov told TASS in an interview that first it was necessary to develop such a project and...
  • Recession in Russia, revolt in Venezuela? The knock-on effects of tumbling oil prices

    10/16/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 15 October 2017 | Alberto Nardelli, bunch of other people
    The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the world’s great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists. Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 – its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom in shale production. The rise has contributed to the global glut of crude and allowed the US to import...
  • Putin Guest Of Honour At Serbia Military Parade (70th Anniversary Of Liberation Of Belgrade)

    10/16/2014 1:34:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/2014 | BBC News
    The Russian and Serbian leaders watched as jets, including a Russian aerobatic team, flew in formation over Belgrade to applause from the crowd. More than 3,000 Serbian soldiers took part in the parade, marching in heavy rain, with tanks, rockets and boats all featuring.... The event is likely to play well among Serbs and Russians nostalgic for Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. In another nod to the two countries' historic relations, a statue of Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II, was erected this week in Belgrade.
  • Republicans Are Pressing the ISIS Fear Button Hard for Midterm Votes

    10/15/2014 6:58:11 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 15, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    Republicans Are Pressing the ISIS Fear Button Hard for Midterm Votes Jihadis pouring across the border. Obama powerless to respond to the chaos. Democrats out to lunch. That’s the picture GOP campaigns and political groups are painting—and it’s working . As the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria flails, Republican congressional candidates and political action groups are spending at breakneck speeds to attach the calamity to Democratic incumbents in vulnerable seats, and the worse it gets overseas, the worse it gets for those Democrats.
  • Nyquist: American Politics and Psychology

    10/15/2014 1:59:56 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/12/2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    American Politics and Psychology Commentary for 12 October 2014Perception of the truth about the real environment, especially an understanding of the human personality and its values, ceases to be a virtue during the so-called ‘happy’ times; thoughtful doubters are decried…. This, in turn, leads to an impoverishment of psychological knowledge, the capacity of differentiating the properties of human nature and personality, and the ability to mold minds creatively. The cult of power thus supplants those mental values so essential for maintaining law and order by peaceful means. A nation’s enrichment or involution regarding its psychological world view could be considered...
  • god hates mini-hitlers: tanking oil price a catastrophe for the putin regime

    10/15/2014 7:03:07 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    With oil barely holding on to the $80s, the Kremlin's current leadership faces the same problem they did in the (19)80s: budget revenue half-derived from oil exports, and their backwards, inefficient economy still doesn't produce anything that anybody outside of Mother Russia is willing to spend money on- except perhaps mediocre vodka... And when the self-deluded Russians start babbling about 'greatness' while bullying poor, semi-defenseless countries on the borders of their shabby empire, they tend to get a little caught-up in things... and put the pedal-to-the-medal until they are defeated -i.e. Afghanistan- or simply go-broke, i.e. 1991. Yes, compared...
  • The Burp Gun Was Ugly—But Damn Did It Spray Lead (Soviet PPSh-41)

    10/15/2014 6:54:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 15, 2014 | Paul Huard
    For nearly 30 years, soldiers heard an unforgettable sound coming from a weapon firing from behind the rubble in Stalingrad. Or echoing in the frozen hills of the Korean Peninsula during human-wave attacks. Or even rattling the jungles of Vietnam during firefights with the Viet Cong. BRRAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP! Before the AK-47 became the symbol of Soviet armed forces, there was the “burp gun”—officially, the PPSh-41. It’s an ugly gun that makes an ugly sound during extended fire. Looks aside, the burp gun sure did work.
  • New Russian drone-carrying corvette advances to keel-laying

    10/15/2014 5:43:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    TASS, Russian News Agency ^ | October 15,2014
    Helicopter-type Gorizont drone © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin (archive) MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Ship designers are advancing the blueprint for a new-generation, multi-purpose warship to join Russia’s navy. Features of the planned corvette are still under wraps but the vessel is thought likely to carry a helicopter-type Gorizont drone within its armory. Planners at Russia’s Central Marine Engineering Design Bureau Almaz and United Shipbuilding Corporation expect the keel to be laid next year, possibly at St. Petersburg’s Severny shipyard though it is still unconfirmed. “As technical design is in progress I will not reveal the features of this new vessel but it...
  • 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.
  • Ukraine far right battles police at parliament in Kiev

    10/14/2014 1:07:40 PM PDT · by DTA · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 2014-10-14
    Ukrainian nationalists have hurled smoke canisters and stones at riot police during clashes outside the parliament in Kiev. Violence erupted when the protesters demanded that MPs pass a law to recognise a World War Two nationalist group which opposed Soviet forces. Fifteen policemen were injured and at least 50 protesters had been arrested, the Ukrainian interior ministry said.
  • New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine

    10/14/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine 18:37 (GMT) There have been several polls which show that prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea there was never a strong separatist sentiment among Ukrainians in any region. Another poll by IRI confirms this result: An excerpt from the summary: Strong Majority in Every Region Opposes Russia’s Military Aggression Despite continued claims to the contrary from Moscow and pro-Russian separatists, 89 percent of respondents oppose Russia sending troops to protect Russian-speaking citizens. The opposition to Russia’s actions is seen across all regions –...
  • Russia’s economy is tanking. But will it make Putin change course?

    10/13/2014 2:09:40 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13 Oct 14 | Unknown
    MOSCOW — Deep into the worst conflict between Russia and the West since the Cold War, investors are fleeing, food prices are soaring and there are rumbles from Russia’s Westernized business elite that the nation needs to avoid repeating the economic mismanagement that broke apart the Soviet Union. Western sanctions have choked off financing to some of Russia’s economic juggernauts and denied crucial technology to the nation’s energy sector. But there is little evidence that the mounting economic pressures since the March annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula will soften Putin’s policies toward Ukraine and other nations in the former Soviet...
  • Now a brunette! Crimean prosecutor Poklonskaya parades new haircut & color

    10/13/2014 11:57:31 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 10/12/2014 | Russia Today
    Crimea’s prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya, whose anime-style images became an internet sensation, has caused a great stir among her fans as she appeared at the State Council meeting with a new haircut and her hair dyed dark. As usual, Poklonskaya attracted the audience’s attention not only with her looks – the head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Aksenov, said: “A special thanks to the Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya who took up the things that are beyond the scope of most men.” 34-year-old Poklonskaya was appointed Crimea’s chief prosecutor in May. She became world famous after a video from her press...
  • Top General Worries U.S. Army Getting Too Small

    10/13/2014 10:17:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog ^ | October 13, 2014 | Julian E. Barnes
    The Army’s top general said Monday that an increase in threats around the world requires that the U.S. rethink plans to cut the size of the American military’s ground force. The Army agreed – reluctantly — to cut the size of its force to 490,000 under the budget reductions originally approved in 2011. But as a result of subsequent White House-Congress spending battles and military budget reviews, Pentagon leaders said the Army has had to make plans to shrink even further, to 450,000 or even 420,000. But Gen. Ray Odierno, the chief of staff of the Army, said Monday that...
  • China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin

    10/13/2014 6:08:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/13/14 | Tyler Durden
    While it is beyond a doubt that the primary catalyst for Europe's triple-dip recession has been the nearly two quarters and counting of escalating Russian sanctions that were supposed to solely harm Putin (because who could have possibly foreseen that plunging German exports to Russia would have a far greater impact on the export-driven German economy), the truth is that the Kremlin itself is starting to hurt, if not so much as a result of the European trade embargo but mostly due to crashing oil prices, which have been driven lower almost exclusively by Saudi Arabia as part of its...
  • Russian sanctions could be eased soon if Ukraine progress made: U.S. adviser

    10/12/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2014 | Reuters
    Talks on easing sanctions against Russia imposed over the conflict in Ukraine could begin in the next few weeks, but more measures are possible if there is no progress over a ceasefire deal, the U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser said on Friday. The European Union and the United States have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, with the West accusing Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine with troops and weapons. Russia denies the accusation. Last month, envoys from Ukraine, Russia, and the separatists negotiated a ceasefire in Minsk, and U.S. adviser Tony Blinken said sanctions could start to be...
  • To confront US allies China needs 1,200 J-10B fighters: Russian media

    10/12/2014 3:18:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-12
    China will need to produce about 1,200 fourth-generation fighters to be able to confront the air forces of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, if the three nations are successful in their bids to acquire advanced American fighters, in any potential conflict, according to the Moscow-based Russian Military Analysis on Oct. 9. Even though Taiwan maintains close economic ties with mainland China, the Russian-language newspaper said that the Taiwanese government under the leadership of Ma Ying-jeou has not given up its intention of purchasing advanced fighters from the United States such as the F-16C/D and even the F-35. Japan and South...
  • The Reign of the Fantasists

    06/02/2012 5:31:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak has done it again. Speaking on Wednesday at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Barak warned that if Israel can't cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, it should consider surrendering Judea and Samaria in exchange for nothing. Even the diehard leftists in the media had a hard time swallowing his words. After all, when Barak was premier, he oversaw Israel's unilateral surrender of south Lebanon in 2000. Barak promised that by giving Hezbollah south Lebanon, Israel would force the Iranian proxy army to disarm and behave like a Western political party. Whoopsie....
  • World Terrorism: News, History and Research Of A Changing World #10 Security Watch

    08/25/2007 2:26:58 PM PDT · by DAVEY CROCKETT · 4,988 replies · 20,818+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 08/25/2007 | Rich Lowry
    Lowry: The CIA's record leading up to Sept. 11 was one of failure By Rich Lowry Article Last Updated: 08/25/2007 09:07:06 AM MDT The new report from the CIA's inspector general about the spy agency's pre-9/11 failings could be titled, ''What We Did During Our Holiday From History.'' The stretch between the end of the Cold War and the Sept. 11 attacks was supposed to be a shiny new era of globalized peace and prosperity, to which an intelligence service was considered quaintly irrelevant. The CIA conformed to the zeitgeist by remaining quaintly irrelevant. George Tenet presided over the agency,...
  • Iranian Alert - September 24, 2004 [EST]- IRAN LIVE THREAD - "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    09/23/2004 10:52:11 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 31 replies · 1,981+ views
    The US media still largely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” As a result, most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. In fact they were one of the first countries to have spontaneous candlelight vigils after the 911 tragedy (see photo). There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in...
  • Iranian Alert - September 11, 2004 [EST]- IRAN LIVE THREAD - "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    09/10/2004 9:54:43 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 20 replies · 1,599+ views
    The US media still largely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” As a result, most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. In fact they were one of the first countries to have spontaneous candlelight vigils after the 911 tragedy (see photo). There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in...
  • U.S. does not believe Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb

    02/24/2012 7:35:14 AM PST · by gandalftb · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ken Dilanian
    U.S. intelligence agencies don't believe Iran is actively trying to build an atomic bomb. A highly classified U.S. intelligence assessment circulated to policymakers early last year largely affirms that view, originally made in 2007. Both reports, known as national intelligence estimates, conclude that Tehran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear warhead in 2003. The most recent report, which represents the consensus of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, indicates that Iran is pursuing research that could put it in a position to build a weapon, but that it has not sought to do so. Senior U.S. officials say Israel does...
  • Iran NIE Is Not A Typical Intel NIE

    12/04/2007 8:31:53 PM PST · by jrooney · 92 replies · 131+ views
    The Strata-Sphere ^ | 12-04-07 | AJ Strata
    Wild Speculation Alert: I have listed a lot of coincidental and circumstantial evidence in this post folks. I feel compelled to warn everyone when I see links to this NIE and Valerie Plame! It seems the NIE was NOT a consensus view of the US Intelligence Community but a hack job by some folks with possible political aspirations (wonder what CNN debate these folks will turn up in): A highly controversial, 150 page National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear programs was coordinated and written by former State Department political and intelligence analysts — not by more seasoned members of...
  • Iranian Alert - September 17, 2004 [EST]- IRAN LIVE THREAD - "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    09/16/2004 10:15:07 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,644+ views
    The US media still largely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” As a result, most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. In fact they were one of the first countries to have spontaneous candlelight vigils after the 911 tragedy (see photo). There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in...
  • Iran, Nuclear Weapons, and the NIE

    12/05/2007 5:19:38 PM PST · by lesser_satan · 19 replies · 150+ views
    Fred08.com ^ | December 5th, 2007 | Fred Thompson
    The new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities doesn’t change my view of that we need to restrain Iran. The NIE confirms that as recently as the fall of 2003, Iran was covertly working to develop nuclear weapons. Perhaps they have since halted their covert nuclear weapons work, but meanwhile they continue to aggressively pursue a uranium enrichment capability, despite the fact that it makes no economic sense as a civilian program. This program was begun secretly as part of their larger nuclear weapons program and could be converted to bomb-making in short order. The knowledge...
  • Editor's Notes: A losing battle, so far (The Secret War with Iran)

    09/06/2008 10:10:18 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies · 596+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/7/2008 | David Horovitz
    In August 2007, because certain intelligence agencies were not convinced of Israeli claims that President Bashar Assad was engaged in the construction of a nuclear weapons facility, Israel sent sent 12 members of the Sayeret Matkal commando unit into Syria in two helicopters to collect soil samples outside the site in question. Needless to say, this was a highly dangerous operation. And it very nearly went wrong. The commandos were almost exposed when a Syrian patrol drove past the landing site where the helicopters were parked. But it was well worth it. The results provided "clear-cut proof" of the nuclear...
  • Iran report fuels worries

    01/22/2005 11:04:01 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 32 replies · 979+ views
    F.A.Z. Weekly, Germany ^ | 21. Januar 2005
    21. Januar 2005 F.A.Z. Weekly. The week of President George W. Bush's second inauguration began with a report that disturbed German politicians inside and outside the national government. The story, written by the prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh for the New Yorker magazine, said on Monday that the Bush administration had been conducting secret spying missions inside Iran since mid-2004. The story said the missions were designed to gather intelligence on declared and suspected nuclear, chemical and missile sites. These targets ”could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids,” Hersh wrote. In Germany, the report triggered criticism from politicians...
  • Iran’s expanding nuclear program: the pink tarp that spells trouble

    08/26/2012 8:32:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    cnn ^ | August 24th, 2012 | Tim Lister
    The satellite image shows large pink tarpaulins pulled across two buildings. Close by, it appears that topsoil has been moved and a security fence taken down. The image, taken earlier this week and provided to CNN by DigitalGlobe, is of an Iranian military facility at Parchin, one widely suspected by Western diplomats as a secret part of the country’s nuclear program. It’s one of several developments on Iran’s nuclear program that worry experts - others being: the failure of another round of talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iranian officials; reports that Iran has increased the number...