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  • The Way-Back Machine: Polish Parliament Backs Pro-EU Protesters in Ukraine

    04/20/2014 3:21:07 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 1 replies
    Sofia News Agency ^ | December 3, 2013 | novinite.com
    Poland's Parliament has adopted Tuesday a declaration expressing support for the European integration of Ukraine and Ukrainians who have taken to the streets after the scrapping of an Association Agreement with the EU. In the resolution, the Sejm vows "full solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine, who with great determination show the world their desire to ensure their country's full membership in the EU." At the same time, Polish MPs have expressed "deep concern" about the exacebation of tension in Ukrainian political and social life. They called Ukrainian authorities to respect the principles of democracy, rule of law and the...
  • Russia’s Fearsome New MiGs Could Be Lemons

    04/19/2014 9:32:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/19/2014 | Thomas Newdick
    MiG-29SMT is a huge upgrade of the classic Cold War fighter—or second-hand junk in disguise Moscow has placed an order for new, highly upgraded MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters. But they actually might not be new at all. The planned acquisition of the twin-tail, twin-engine MiG-29SMTs is a window into bizarre and possibly suspect Kremlin practices that could boost Russian air power … or undermine it. Time was when foreigners referred to almost any Soviet- or Russian-built jet fighter as a “MiG.” While other design bureaus may have been making fighters for the Eastern bloc and its allies, the products of the...
  • Shell tells Putin gas project not derailed by Ukraine

    04/19/2014 7:57:00 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 9 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-18-2014 | Staff
    Royal Dutch Shell’s new CEO Ben Van Beurden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, signaling Ukraine tension has not affected investment in Russia, and that energy contracts won't be derailed by international politics. Chief executive Van Beurden met with the president at his residence outside of Moscow and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to develop Russia’s only liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant with Gazprom. "We also know that this is going to be a project that will need strong support to succeed. So one of my purposes of meeting with you, Mr. President, is to also secure support for...
  • US Communists Shill for Russia Over Ukraine

    04/19/2014 7:19:33 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 173 replies
    Trevour Loudon ^ | 04/18/14 | Trevor Loudon
    US Communists Shill for Russia Over Ukraine Submitted by Trevor on April 18, 2014 – 3:08 am EST Brian Becker Two groups have been most actively supporting “there is no such thing as an ex-Chekist,” Vladimir Putin’s naked aggression in the Ukraine. They are Western communists, who hate the West and still see Russia as a force for socialism and anti-Americanism, and some naive Western “conservatives” like commentator Pat Buchanan and actor Steven Segal, who seem to believe that Comrade Putin is a closet Christian bent on defending Western values and saving Europe from the Islamic hordes. These naifs seem...
  • Franklin Graham: Putin is right to protect children by banning homosexual propaganda

    04/19/2014 5:20:09 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 57 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 14 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Franklin Graham has taken what many will see as a ‘controversial’ stand, one that praises Putin for passing a law that protects children in Russia by penalizing those caught propagandizing children with homosexuality or pedophilia, while on the other hand criticizing our own president and his administration for pushing the gay-lesbian agenda in America which is contrary to God’s teaching.
  • The West Leaves Ukraine to Putin

    04/19/2014 2:22:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    wsj.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI 
    When Russia invaded Crimea and massed 40,000 or more troops in the east, Ukraine turned to an old friend, the United States, and asked for light arms, antitank weapons, intelligence help and nonlethal aid. The Obama administration agreed to deliver 300,000 meals-ready-to-eat. As this newspaper reported Friday, military transport planes were deemed too provocative for Russia, so the food was shipped by commercial trucks. The administration refused Kiev's requests for intelligence-sharing and other supplies, lethal or not. Boris Tarasiuk, Ukraine's former foreign minister, barely disguises his anger. He says: "We've not seen the same reaction from the U.S." as during...
  • Russia writes off 90 per cent of North Korean debt, expected to build gas pipeline (To South Korea)

    04/19/2014 4:45:20 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 30 replies
    Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state. The State Duma lower house in Moscow on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to excuse the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of September 17, 2012. The rest of the debt - $1.09 billion - would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal instalments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by...
  • In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin

    04/19/2014 4:36:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Peter Baker
    Even as the crisis in Ukraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment. Just as the United States resolved in the aftermath of World War II to counter the Soviet Union and its global ambitions, Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood and effectively making...
  • Harper: Russia Is A Grave Threat To World

    04/19/2014 2:58:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    ottawacitizen.com ^ | April 14, 2014
    OTTAWA – Russian actions against Ukraine are “aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic” and pose a grave threat to world peace, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today. Pro-Russian groups have occupied buildings in 10 cities in eastern Ukraine in recent days, prompting Harper to use his harshest words yet against what he called “Russian provocateurs sent by the Putin regime.” It’s time to rally the world against the danger posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Harper said at a hastily assembled photo-op event with ambassadors from Ukraine, Estonia, Poland and Latvia. “I know this is of great concern to our NATO allies...
  • France's Le Pen, in Moscow, Blames EU for New 'Cold War'

    04/19/2014 12:56:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    reuters.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Alessandra Prentice
    Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, blamed the European Union for declaring a new Cold War on Russia that would hurt all concerned, Russian media reported on Saturday as she paid an official visit to Moscow. Europe-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb in decades after President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea prompted the EU to impose sanctions on dozens of prominent Russian officials and lawmakers. However Le Pen, along with other Eurosceptic leaders of the far left and nationalist right, believe the original fault lies with Brussels for offering closer ties with Ukraine, a move Russia...
  • A User's Guide to Russian Propaganda

    04/19/2014 12:22:23 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 22 replies
    Trevour Loudon ^ | 4/19/2014 | Brent P
    A User’s Guide to Russian Propaganda Submitted by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton on April 19, 2014 – 3:07 pm ESTNo Comment By: Brent P. Western press and media are having trouble distinguishing facts from Russian propaganda. This is understandable – the Russian propaganda machine is a mature and venerable institution that engages in an art that, for better or for worse, the West simply does not practice as often nor as effectively. The intent of this guide is to help those less accustomed to the ways of the Russian government to discern between reporting and propaganda. There are a few simple tell-tale...
  • The Talanted Mr. Putin

    The Talented Mr. Putin. We've picked a sort of a bad time to have a "community organizer(TM)" in the white house...
  • Russia This Week: Ultranationalist Politician Urges Men to Rape Women Reporters on Good Friday

    04/19/2014 6:26:04 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    The Interpreter Mag ^ | 18 Apr 14 | Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
    “Woman reporter: Should we introduce sanctions in response? [to the prohibition on the entry of Russian males to Ukraine.] Zhirinovsky: What? Quickly then. No, we shouldn’t. You’re all blood-thirsty. There will be a film about you, ‘The Furies of Maidan,’ f**k. You all have uterine delirium, you women of Maidan. If it weren’t for this uterine delirium, there wouldn’t be any Maidan. Look at that fool Iryna Faraon. She’s spouting hatred toward Russians. You think she hates Russians? She adores them! But it’s uterine delirium. She doesn’t have a lover, she doesn’t have a husband, she doesn’t have anything, f**k....
  • Will Hillary voters hand the GOP nomination to Rand Paul? (Operation Chaos)

    04/09/2014 2:16:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | AllahPundit
    A fiendishly clever theory from Peter Beinart. Remember “Operation Chaos”? That was Rush Limbaugh’s plan to have GOP voters wreak havoc on the Democratic nominating process in 2008. With McCain’s nomination already all but assured and Obama clinging to an apparently insurmountable lead over Hillary, Rush encouraged Republicans in states with open primaries (i.e. states where you don’t have to be registered as a party member to vote in that party’s primary) to cross over and vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary instead. The idea was to drag the primary process out for Democrats as long as possible, forcing...
  • Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

    04/19/2014 1:42:36 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/18/2014 | The Daily Beast
    Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty. But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked. The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way?
  • UKRAINE: Separatists hunting down people who speak Ukrainian

    04/18/2014 2:59:54 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Euromaidan ^ | 4-18-2014 20:38
    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: "In Slovyansk a "hunt" is declared on Ukrainian speakers. Slovyansk separatists announced a hunt for people who speak Ukrainian. This was declared by the so-called leader of the separatist Slovyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev. He asked local residents to report to the "people's militia" on any suspicious individual in the city, "especially those who speak the Ukrainian language", the correspondent of "Ukrainska Pravda" reports. Ponomarev also promised that the local media will publish a phone number to report "suspicious individuals". In addition, Ponomarev said that the city banned opposition political parties - "UDAR" (Klitshchko) "Svoboda" (Tyagnybok) and "Batkivschyna" (Tymoshenko) -...
  • CRIMEAN: Tatars are being fired for refusing Russian citizenship

    04/18/2014 3:07:31 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 37 replies
    Euromaidan PR Euromaidan in English ^ | 4-18-2014 22:50 2 hours ago
    22:50 Crimean Tatars are being fired for refusing Russian citizenship The Crimean Tatars living in the Autonomous Republic, who refuse Russian citizenship, are being fired from their jobs. This was stated live on “Hromadske.tv” by MP Mustafa Dzhemilev. “The situation in the Crimea is oppressive. They are checking documents at every corner. The people don’t know what to do. The Crimean Tatars who don’t want to become Russian citizens, are essentially being forced to do so, as if they do not receive Russian passports, they will not be able to get employment,” he said. “Those who refuse to take the...
  • Putin bans Mozilla products in Russian government offices

    04/18/2014 7:23:57 PM PDT · by steve86 · 15 replies
    24 TV - Ukrainian TV live broadcast | Early 19 April, 2014 GMT time | 24 TV Staff
    ...and also Russian Orthodox church offices. Firefox, Thunderbird, WebMaker, etc.
  • Orthodox Corruption?

    04/18/2014 5:59:50 PM PDT · by No One Special · 24 replies
    Vimeo Video ^ | February 6, 2013 | Simon Ostrovsky
    Russia's Orthodox Church has experienced a resurgence under President Vladimir Putin, but have the state's finances and Russia's dominant religion become too closely intertwined? Simon Ostrovsky reports for People & Power on Al Jazeera English. (Feb 6, 2013)
  • Ukraine government promises reforms as insurgents refuse to vacate buildings

    04/18/2014 5:41:48 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/18/2014
    Armed pro-Russian insurgents occupying government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities refuse to leave them until the country's interim government resigns, despite Thursday’s diplomatic deal in Geneva. Ukraine and Russia agreed in Geneva to take tentative steps toward calming tensions along their shared border after weeks of conflict since Ukraine's former leader fled to Russia in February and Russia annexed Crimea in March. The deal -- brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union-- calls for disarming all paramilitary groups and the immediate return of all government buildings seized across the country. But Denis Pushilin—a leader...
  • 'Complete lie': Pro-Russian official denies role in mysterious leaflets to Ukrainian Jews

    04/18/2014 6:01:29 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/1/2014
    A pro-Russian official initially thought to be behind fliers telling Ukrainian Jews to register vehemently denied any involvement on Friday, telling Fox News the leaflets were a "complete lie." The leaflets were first reported in Israel's Ynet News. The news site said the notices were circulated in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that Jews register -- as well as provide a list of property they own -- or else face deportation and revocation of citizenship. Pro-Russian activists have asserted partial control over some government buildings in that city. Ynet reported that the notices, sent as the Passover holiday...
  • Dmitry Tymchuk's military blog: More Putin lies

    04/18/2014 6:38:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Dmitry Tymchuk Blog, Kyiv Post ^ | April 18, 2014, 9 a.m. | Dmitry Tymchuk
    2. Extremist acts continue in eastern Ukraine. There is unrest in Stakhanov [Luhansk Oblast] – which by the way, is the homeland of Yuriy Karyn, one of our IR [Information Resistance] coordinators. Pro-Russian mongrels are going berserk in Donetsk. However, the situation is uneasy in other regions, as well. Today, the representatives of local authorities in Zaporizhya oblast [region] spoke about possible extremist activity. We have our own information about this. According to our data, airplanes with “Putin’s tourists” on board landed at the Saky airfield in Crimea. They were loaded into vans with Zaporizhya plates. Nothing good can come...
  • Museum of U.S.-Nato Aggression Opens in Vladikavkaz

    04/18/2014 6:05:18 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 26 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 17 2014 19:48 | The Moscow Times
    A museum dedicated to the victims of U.S. and NATO military aggression has opened in the North Caucasus city of Vladikavkaz. The exhibition, which is housed at the National Scientific Library of North Ossetia, opened Thursday to visitors over the age of 16, and displays artifacts "attesting" to "the state terrorism" of Western nations, organizer Vyacheslav Lagkuyev said, Interfax reported. Among the themes of the exhibition are the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan — each of which has its own display in the museum. The U.S. war in Vietnam and the NATO bombing of Serbia are also detailed in...
  • Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry responds to Putin

    04/18/2014 3:23:39 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    Euromaidan in English ^ | April 18, 2014 | Andrii Deshchytsia
    Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry responds to Putin Posted on April 18, 2014 by marquepro Response of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to certain statements of the Russian President Vladimir Putin during his “Direct Line” telecast on April 17: In Ukraine we regard several statements made by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during his “Direct Line” telecast on April 17 with disappointment and concern. Many statements are in direct contradiction to the assurances given by the Russian side during the Geneva negotiations regarding its interest in deescalating the situation in Ukraine and Ukrainian-Russian relations. Contradictory statements...
  • U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

    04/18/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 92 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Fred Hiatt
    Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play...
  • Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West

    04/18/2014 1:33:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 68 replies
    AFP ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Maria Antonova
    Moscow (AFP) - The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. At the end of four hours of questions Thursday in his annual call-in, President Vladimir Putin waxed philosophical on what it means to be Russian.
  • Who Governs What in Ukraine?

    04/18/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Reconsidering Russia and the Former Soviet Union ^ | April 18, 2014 | Pietro Shakarian
    Self-declared people’s provisional governments: In Eastern Ukraine, protests against the Turchynov-Yatsenyuk government have led to the declarations of “People’s Republics” with “provisional governments” in the oblasti of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov. The Kiev-appointed governors have effectively lost authority in these regions which are practically controlled entirely by the rebels. Kiev claims that the rebels are “agents of Moscow.” Moscow disavows any involvement. In truth, there are Russians who are involved in the Eastern Ukrainian unrest, but these are not “government agents” but rather Russian nationalists who seek to assist their “compatriots” from across the border.
  • Here's Why Putin Calling Eastern Ukraine 'Novorossiya' Is Important

    04/18/2014 12:05:02 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 04/18/2014 9:47 am EDT | Nick Robins-Early
    A casual listener may have missed it, but many Ukraine-watchers raised their brow when Russian President Vladimir Putin used the weighty term "Novorossiya" or "New Russia" to refer to some regions in Ukraine on Thursday. "It's new Russia," Putin told the audience during his nearly four-hour long televised Q&A. "Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Odessa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times, they were transferred in 1920. Why? God knows."
  • Antisemitic flyer 'by Donetsk People's Republic' in Ukraine a hoax

    04/18/2014 11:58:16 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 19 replies
    City's chief rabbi states pamphlet is fake, claiming it is meant to discredit pro-Russian protesters or Jewish community The barricades outside the Donetsk regional administration building are plastered with anti-fascist posters. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images The barricades that mark the entrance to the "Donetsk People's Republic" are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including an American flag with a swastika in place of the stars. The pro-Russian protestors who have set up their own government in the occupied administration building see the new Kiev regime as dominated by intolerant Ukrainian nationalists, which is why it was more than a little ironic when...
  • Putin’s 10-point plan to destroy Ukraine

    04/18/2014 11:51:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Oksana Grytsenko, Kyiv Post staff writer
    As those concerned with Ukraine waited skeptically for April 16 peace talks among Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the United States in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin heated up the conflict, suggesting that he will not stop until Ukraine is destroyed as a sovereign nation. He called Ukrainians and Russian one nation and threatened with a full-scale invasion of the Russian army. [....] An imperialistic mood was added by words the Kremlin’s chief propagandist, TV host Dmitry Kiseliov, who said he felt that Russia is being “suffocated by NATO,” and Putin’s joke that Russian won’t take Alaska back from...
  • Kremlin Terrorism

    04/18/2014 11:38:41 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 18, 2014, 9:47 a.m. | Kyiv Post
    What Ukrainians and the rest of the world see as Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin sees as Novorossiya, or New Russia. That Novorossiya is Ukrainian is a historical injustice, Putin said, in his hours-long live television question-and-answer session on April 17. “I will remind you, using the terminology of the czarist times, this is Novorossiya: Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times. These are territories that were passed on to Ukraine in the 1920s by the Soviet government.” Putin said. “Why did they do it? God only knows.” [....] In his speech, Putin...
  • NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine

    04/18/2014 11:04:12 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Talk Radio 790 KABC ^ | Apr 17, 2014 6:14pm | Kirit Radia
    It’s a textbook example, the officials said, of the military art of deception that Russia calls “maskirovka,” or masking their appearance to blend in with local forces. The Russians have historically been very good at it and are proud of their capabilities. Last year, Russian state-run television news aired a story about the elite teams that train for exactly this kind of cloaked missions abroad.
  • In Eastern Ukraine, The Hunt For A Smoking Gun -- And A Real Russian Holding It

    04/18/2014 10:01:17 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daisy Sindelar
    But it may be Andriy Parubiy, the head of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, who holds the true smoking gun. Parubiy, a former lawmaker and Euromaidan protest leader, announced on April 15 that SBU agents had detained officers from the Russian Defense Ministry's main intelligence wing, the GRU, for involvement in the eastern actions. The "Kyiv Post" later identified the main detainee as Igor Strelkov, a GRU commanding officer and the leader of the paramilitary group that has taken control in the eastern city of Slovyansk. The SBU said Strelkov arrived in Crimea at the beginning of March and...
  • Russia cites economic fallout from Crimea annexation

    04/18/2014 1:17:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    latimes.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
    MOSCOW — Russia's economy has been hit hard by the turmoil in neighboring Ukraine, Kremlin officials said Wednesday, as pro-Russia separatists battled to take over more territory in Ukraine's east — and potentially add to Moscow's economic burden. Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region last month and the instability it created in Russian financial markets were cited by government officials for record capital flight and sharply downgraded growth forecasts for the country. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that instead of projected 2.5% growth this year, Russia's economy might show no growth at all.
  • Sanctions against Russia for Ukraine actions working – and more may be on the way

    04/17/2014 11:53:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    cnn ^ | April 16th, 2014 | Michelle Kosinski and Elise Labott
    Sanctions imposed against Russia are working as a deterrent, President Barack Obama and other White House senior administration officials said Wednesday in a detailed defense and explanation of the U.S. response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine. And new sanctions could be imposed as early as Friday, with key Putin allies, institutions and top oligarchs among the targets, other senior administration officials said.
  • Putin vows not to push Russia behind Soviet-style Iron Curtain

    04/17/2014 11:48:35 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    The Russian leader blames American hypocrisy for the deterioration between the two nations, which have reached they lowest point since the end of the Cold War. President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust between Russia and the United States had been damaged before the crisis in Ukraine, but added that he wanted to restore their cooperation and had no interest in pushing his country behind a Soviet-style Iron Curtain. "To a certain extent trust has been lost, but we do not think we are to blame," Putin said in a televised phone-in with the nation. He said it was...
  • UKRAINE: Bad News Good news

    04/18/2014 7:03:01 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk ^ | 4-18-2014 9 hours ago | Dmitry Tymchuk
    Dmitry Tymchuk (Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine) Brothers and sisters, Here’s the Summary for April 17, 2014. The bad news: 1. Putin has now stepped into the astral plane. We shouldn’t expect his return. Today his “straight line” – is a protocol of feverish delirium. Just take his story about eastern Ukraine as “New Russia with roots related to Russia” as an example. And his story that the Russian military in easterm Ukraine is nothing but “nonsense?” This Kremlin storyteller likewise prophesied while foaming at the mouth in March that there were no Russian troops in Crimea. And...
  • Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies

    04/18/2014 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies
    Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies By Eli Lake 12 hours ago The Daily Beast The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way? As the United States and Russia face off publicly over Ukraine, behind...
  • The Disappearance of US Will

    04/18/2014 6:15:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • ‘Ukraine today is new Balkans’

    04/18/2014 8:10:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    Ukraine is on the frontline of Russia v US superpower tensions, while a major naval base there makes it the bottom line underlying this confrontation, Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent, told RT. RT: Is Crimea becoming a new battleground between East and the West? Richard Sakwa: Putin describes the things in his speech that he told about on March 18. There is a mixture of two things going on at the moment. There is the enlargement of the EU which in the past was considered fairly benign. What happened is its mixture...
  • UKRAINE: Captured TV tower Kramatorsk freed from militants. Russian broadcast channels terminated

    04/18/2014 7:27:46 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    censor.net ^ | 04/18/14 10:51
    Captured in the TV tower Kramatorsk freed from the militants. Russian broadcast channels terminated Broadcasting, radio and television (BRT Concern) in conjunction with SBU released captured gunmen radio transmission center in Kramatorsk and disabled broadcasting of Russian channels. This was announced by the spokesperson of the group Paul Bilonozhko inform Censor NO quoting UNIAN. As previously reported earlier, on April 17, gunmen infiltrated radio transmission center Concern Broadcasting, Radio and Television (BRT Concern) Kramatorsk (Donetsk region). And began to set on his property seized satellite equipment. Terrorists Kramatorsk install their own equipment in the occupied tel-tower "The armed men working...
  • Obama Must Defend NATO's Red Lines From Putin's Aggression

    04/18/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in Eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the Ukrainian government. This week, the Ukrainian government has responded by sending in military forces to counter these actions. There has been shooting and violence. But Ukraine's military doesn't seem capable of asserting control. So Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant...
  • Putin jokes Alaska too cold to annex

    04/18/2014 6:41:03 AM PDT · by McGruff · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday jokingly implied that Alaska wasn't worth reunifying with Russia because it was too cold. At a nearly four-hour, question-and-answer event, one submitted question for Putin asked if, following the annexation of Crimea, he had designs for the largest of the United States. “Are there any plans to annex Alaska to Russia? We would be very happy [about that],” said Faina Ivanovna, drawing laughter from the crowd. “What would you need Alaska for?” Putin said with a smile. “We are a northern country … 70 percent of our territory is in the north and far...
  • NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine

    04/18/2014 1:32:13 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 38 replies
    kabc.com ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | kabc
    ...Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday again vigorously denied Western claims that Russian forces were operating in eastern Ukraine. But he also finally confirmed what had long been suspected and that he had repeatedly denied: that the well-armed forces with no insignia on their uniforms that took control of Crimea last month were in fact Russian troops.
  • UKRAINE: Russian special forces blocked a convoy of Ukrainian law-enforcers

    04/18/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    tymchuk ^ | 04-18-2014 | Dmitry. Tymchuk
    According to the information of the resistance, today, 17 April, Druzhkovka, Donetsk region, the extremists and the Russian special forces blocked a convoy of Ukrainian law-enforcers. In particular, the Group of the Ukrainian security services, peredvigavšaâsâ convoy, at 22.30 was stopped by traffic police and blocked a group of extremists of up to 500 people. As emissaries of the Informational resistance ", were in this group and the Russian military personnel. The unit was headed by Russian officer-notorious IGOR STRELKOV, who introduced himself as "Colonel of the ARMED FORCES of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION of the "special group"-"Crimea". Other members of...
  • Deschytsia [Ukraine FM]: Agreements on protesters vacating streets and squares do not concern Maidan

    04/18/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    The agreements reached between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union in Geneva on the vacation of roads, streets and squares in Ukraine do not concern the protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv, Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia has said.
  • 'Close Observers of History' Hate Ollie North

    04/18/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. For its second season, the creators of the FX series "The Americans" have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years -- one Lt. Col. Oliver North. It's a dramatic reversal from the first season, and it has infuriated some hard leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the series' heroes would be KGB agents: "We're making them the sympathetic characters. I'd go so far as to say they're the heroes." It quickly became apparent that these characters could...
  • OPINION: Russia Needn’t Be Afraid of Paper Tiger NATO

    04/18/2014 12:15:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 4-18-2014 | Lyudmila Chernova
    Russia should not be concerned about NATO expansion, as they are not going to do anything rather than some symbolic financial gestures, Jeffrey F. Addicott, Director of Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in Texas told RIA Novosti. “Putin understands that NATO is largely a paper tiger,” Addicott said, adding that the alliance is now more in a defensive mode. “The Russian leader also realizes that their signals to send out some additional ships here and there, or do some additional flights really mean nothing.” Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for almost four hours to...
  • RUSSIA DECLARES PEACE WITH NATO HUMILIATION

    04/17/2014 10:03:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    Russia has achieved a strategic psychological victory over NATO in the Ukraine with the announcement by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva that an agreement had been reached with Ukrainian and NATO member diplomats to ease tensions in the country. Over the last few weeks, NATO has been shown to be economically unstable, fully dependent on Russian energy, and lacking a meaningful military deterrent. Russia has brutally humiliated NATO and has strategically reemerged as the dominant nation in Europe. The Geneva, Switzerland, talks were originally supposed to focus on disarming illegal militant groups in Ukraine, de-escalating tensions, and instituting the...
  • Flying Blind, Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights

    04/17/2014 8:08:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/17/14 | : Bill Gertz
    The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials. The overflight mission was scheduled for April 14 to April 16 under the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, but Russia’s government notified the State Department 72 hours before the scheduled flight that it would not be permitted. The cancelation is unusual because the sole reason for putting off such treaty-approve surveillance is flight safety, such as bad weather. Until this week, the United States and other European...