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  • Doomed Russian Spacecraft Is Falling From Space, But Where Will It Fall?

    05/06/2015 6:42:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Space.com ^ | Leonard David,
    Round and round it goes, but exactly where a failed Russian space cargo ship will fall to Earth on this week is a guessing game. On April 28, Russia's uncrewed Progress 59 supply ship streaked into orbit atop a Soyuz launcher, intended to dock with the International Space Station. But shortly after liftoff ... Russian mission control team could not command the cargo vessel packed with nearly 3 tons of supplies. Current forecasts predict that the Progress should fall to Earth in an uncontrolled, destructive nose-dive on Thursday (May 8) between 3:11 a.m. and 5:26 a.m. EDT (0711-0826 GMT). Some...
  • Finland Sends Letters To Reservists

    05/06/2015 4:52:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 04, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    T he Finnish military has begun sending letters to some 900,000 reservists amid increased tensions between the Nordic states and Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Russia and Finland share a 1,340-kilometer land border. The military said the letter campaign, which started on May 4, was prompted mainly by cuts in the defense budget. Finland's defense budget this year has shrunk to 2.7 billion euros ($2.99 billion), or 1.29 percent of GDP, down from 1.4 percent in 2012. The letters reportedly informed reservists what their role would be in a "crisis situation." Finland, with a population of 5.2 million, is one...
  • Balts Say Russian Navy Bullying Undersea Cable Crews

    05/06/2015 4:47:49 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 05, 2015 | Elisabeth Braw
    Workers laying a cable beneath the Baltic Sea are on the front line in Lithuania's struggle for energy independence from Moscow. Their adversary: the Russian Navy. No shots have been fired, but construction crews laying the NordBalt cable linking Lithuania and Sweden have received unwelcome visits in the last month from Russian warships probing into the construction area in the Baltic state's exclusive economic zone. Frustrated that its diplomatic protests have had no effect, NATO member Lithuania says it will consider legal action if the Russian moves don't stop. "We've already informed our transatlantic partners of the issue and will...
  • The Hill-Billy Cash Pump

    05/06/2015 2:03:02 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-6-15 | Janet Tassel
    Hillary Clinton: We knew her as a grim, charmless harridan; a pear-shaped harpy. Now, after reading Peter Schweizer's new book, Clinton Cash (HarperCollins, New York, May 2015), we see the ultimate Hillary, one of the world's truly scary women. Think Lady Macbeth, Messalina, Evita. Add Bill to the sordid picture and you have Bonnie and Clyde -- elected to high office, and lionized all over the world. We know about Hillary's thousands of missing e-mails and unaccountable donors. What may be less known is how the Clinton double-scam works. Take, first of all, the so-called Clinton Foundation, whose stated purpose...
  • Netanyahu, Bayit Yehudi strike coalition deal just before deadline (Bibi forms 61 seat coalition)

    05/06/2015 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/06/2015 22:25
    The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat coalition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud faction on Wednesday reached an agreement with the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi on the formation of a rightist coalition, Israel Radio reported. The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat coalition. By law, if Netanyahu failed to form a government by midnight on Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin...
  • Obama weighs offering Saudi Arabia weapons provided only to Israel

    05/05/2015 10:49:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    washington times ^ | 5/5/15 | Guy Taylor
    The Obama administration is quietly pushing Sunni Arab allies in the Persian Gulf to create an advanced missile defense system, and is preparing to ramp up sophisticated weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in an effort to ease regional fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran. With Secretary of State John F. Kerry set to visit Saudi Arabia Wednesday and Thursday, officials privately say the administration is weighing whether to offer Riyadh — already a major buyer of American and European weaponry — GBU-28 bunker buster bombs Washington has so far only been willing to provide to Israel. The discussions...
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Vladimir Putin's new tanks to be revealed at Victory Day parade

    05/05/2015 8:17:00 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5th May 2015 | Roland Oliphant
    Russia's ministry of defence has unveiled a new array of war machines that it said would revolutionise the country's army and put it in a position to outclass Western rivals for the first time since the Cold War. Photographs released on Tuesday show the T-14 Armata tank, a semi-robotic replacement for Russia's current T-90, and its sibling armoured personnel carriers, fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery models which will take pride of place at Saturday's Victory Day parade on Red Square. In earlier photographs released last month the turret was covered with fabric and only the chassis was visible. The Armata...
  • St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral Restored to Church, a Symbol of the City of the Tsars

    04/16/2015 10:32:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/16/15
    Confiscated by the Bolsheviks, first used as a warehouse and more recently a concert hall, the cathedral will be restored to the Orthodox diocese. In 2010 it was reopened for worship.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, one of the symbols of the city of the Tsars and now owned by the state, will be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. This was announced April 14 by Nikolai Burov, director of the museum of the four cathedrals which also includes that of Smolny. "The decision has been made: the Smolny Cathedral will be restored to the diocese,"...
  • FEARLESSLY MADE ![Charistmatic caucus]

    05/05/2015 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, ^ | jedediah
    Perplexity in spirit comes when you question My ability to proceed in your life and it is then total surrender is not only Warranted but served for truly as your Judge and Advocate I "Declare" The Truth for your future for the past is just that. So be as Lot not his wife and take My hand into Zion for only as you believe You "Are" and I "AM" ! Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at...
  • Grande Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich, His Spouse Laid to Rest at WWII Memorial Chapel

    05/05/2015 6:23:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/5/15
    Moscow, May 5, Interfax - The remains of Grand Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich Romanov and his spouse Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolayevna have been reburied in Moscow to the sound of funeral tunes and artillery gun firings. The remains of the princely couple arrived from France on April 27 and were reburied at the Chapel of the Transfiguration at a military cemetery in the Russian capital. "The Duke and the Duchess have returned to their Homeland, their names are acquiring a worthy place in the Russian public memory," State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin, who chairs the Russian Historical Society, said at the...
  • Putin unveils first new Russian tank since the end of the Cold War [tr]

    05/05/2015 7:26:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2015 | Sara Malm
    Russia has unveiled its most powerful and sophisticated tank since the end of the Cold War in the latest warmongering exercise by Vladimir Putin. The T-14 Armata appeared in public for the first time yesterday, rumbling down a Moscow avenue on its way to Red Square as a crescendo of patriotic fervour gripped the country. The tank was taking part in final rehearsals for the Victory Day parade on Saturday, where it be the highlight of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. Some 200 pieces of military hardware and 16,500 troops will take part in...
  • The Russian Defense Ministry reveals photos of the new AFVs

    05/05/2015 1:44:21 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
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  • "Hillary is the worst option": How Moscow sees American politics

    05/04/2015 7:59:43 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 18 replies
    vox ^ | May 5, 2015 | Max Fisher
    Everyone in Moscow tells you that if you want to understand Russia's foreign policy and its view of its place the world, the person you need to talk to is Fyodor Lukyanov. Lukyanov is the chair of Russia's Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, as well as the editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, which are something like the Russian equivalents of America's Council on Foreign Relations and Foreign Affairs — though the Russian versions are considered much closer to the state and its worldview.
  • "America has a simple ideology": how one of Russia's top US experts tries to explain America

    05/04/2015 7:55:50 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 30 replies
    vox ^ | May 5, 2015 | Max Fisher
    The United States comes up constantly when you talk to Russians about their country's place in the world. But the conversations tend to go a lot differently than many Americans might expect. In the US, the common view is that Russians feel aggrieved by the loss of the Soviet Union and all the respect that came with being a global superpower. Russia's acts of aggression in Europe, in this telling, are all about challenging the American-led order as a way to prove Russia's might and importance. This aggression is wildly popular among Russians, many Americans believe, because it makes them...
  • Ukraine on the Brink

    05/04/2015 6:12:14 PM PDT · by winedarksea · 27 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | May 1st, 2015 | Christopher S. Carson
    Advocates of the Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran need look no further than Ukraine to see what the consequences of a bad deal with a rogue state can be. Back in February, the leaders of France, Germany and Russia pressured a desperate Ukrainian president into signing an agreement that made no mention of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, guaranteed a “special status” (read: Russian-controlled) eastern Ukraine, and froze in place the current front lines. This meant that all Russia’s ill-gotten gains would be held by President Putin. In return, Ukraine’s President Poroshenko got a sorely-needed $17.5 billion aid package...
  • NATO starts anti submarine exercise in North Sea as tension with Russia rise

    05/04/2015 3:02:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Balazs Koranyi
    NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea on Monday, inviting non-member Sweden for the first time, amid increasing tensions between Russia and its northern neighbors. More than a dozen vessels from 11 countries are participating in the "Dynamic Mongoose" exercise. NATO will simulate detecting and attacking submarines in one of the most hostile seas, with rugged but shallow underwater canyons, rapid currents and unusually high sound pollution from freshwater pouring in from Norway's fjords. Tensions have run high since Russia annexed part of Ukraine last year, with the three small Baltic states, who also rely...
  • Analysis: Syria's al-Assad regime in trouble

    05/04/2015 12:45:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | May 3, 2015 | Nick Paton Walsh
    A series of victories by Islamist rebels against the Syrian regime is raising the prospect of a sea change in the momentum of a war in which the endurance of Bashar al-Assad has for years seemed to many as a given. Substantial territorial losses by the regime in the northern city of Jisr-el-Shugur and beyond, after the city of Idlib also fell to rebels, coupled with a relatively successful series of advances around the southwest of Damascus, are the result of new levels of cooperation among rebel groups that have spent the past years fighting each other for supremacy, to...
  • Finland Contacts 900,000 Military Reservists In Case Of Crisis Situation

    05/04/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The Finnish Defense Forces is preparing to inform its 900,000 military reservists of their role in the event of mobilization, all the while maintaining the communication has no connection to threats posed by Russia. However, according to journalist Peter Iiskola, this is the first time a letter of this sort has even been sent out in Finland, Newsweek reports. Finland has a small army of around 16,000. In the event of war, this number can swell up to 230,000, drawing from former conscripts. The announcement of the letter, which reservists between ages 20-60 will receive, follows on the heels of...
  • US businessmen lining up to do business with Iran

    05/04/2015 7:54:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2015 | Rick Moran
    Capitalism is a wonderful thing - except when it isn't. Several US businessmen - oil execs for instance - are eagerly waiting for the day when "normalizing" relations with Iran would lead to exploiting the business opportunities offered by the mullahs. The Hill: Leaders from the United States’ oil industry are traveling to Iran this week to discuss potential investment opportunities, Iran’s government said. The delegation of oil company leaders and investors are visiting Iran in anticipation of sanctions being loosened against Tehran, Iran’s state-owned Mehr News Agency reported Monday. “It is forecast that by the visit of [the] American delegation...
  • A lose-lose choice for Hillary Clinton

    05/04/2015 2:30:40 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 8 replies
    The big threat to Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t coming from a competitor. It’s coming from an issue. And it’s coming now, long before the first primary. Will she be for or against giving President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals? Fast track gives a president the power to make trade deals that cannot be amended by Congress. All Congress can do is accept or reject the agreement. Other countries, say fast-track supporters, won’t negotiate with Washington if they know that Congress can amend any deal they agree to. Obama’s problem is with Democrats. They are horrified by the...
  • Is Russia Planning to Disassemble the International Space Station?

    05/04/2015 12:03:29 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 47 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | May 3, 2015 | Rich Smith
    Is Russia Planning to Disassemble the International Space Station? Goodbye, International Space Station. We hardly knew ye. For nearly two decades, since the launch of its first "module" in 1998, the International Space Station has been a symbol of global cooperation, and the site of actual cooperation among scientists from many nations. Comprised of 15 separate modules, and inhabited continuously since 2000, the International Space Station has hosted upward of 200 astronauts and cosmonauts from 15 different nations over 17 years in service. But in just a few more years, all this will come to an end. Like disassembling an...
  • Communist Leader Asks Russian Culture Minister to Open Stalin Museum

    05/03/2015 11:44:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May. 01 2015 14:20 | The Moscow Times
    Russia's Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov has appealed to the Culture Ministry to establish a "full-fledged" museum honoring Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, a news report said. Zyuganov, the head of Communist Party and its parliamentary faction, asked Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky for help in overcoming objections by a "liberal public" to create a museum in honor of Stalin, the Izvestia daily reported Friday, citing a copy of the letter.
  • Russia: Massive Capital Flight Continues

    05/03/2015 11:40:01 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    EurasiaNet ^ | April 30, 2015 - 11:52am | EurasiaNet
    Amid Russia’s economic woes, billions of dollars continue to disappear in offshore havens. The net outflow of capital from Russia reached $32.6 billion during the first quarter of 2015, according to the nation’s Central Bank. The bank is now forecasting that capital flight may reach $131 billion by the end of the year. In reporting first quarter numbers, the Central Bank also upwardly revised the 2014 figure for net capital outflow to $154.1 billion from the previously reported $151.5 billion. That figure marks the highest annual total of capital flight since the Central Bank started tracking the trend back in...
  • 'We are victors': Russia fetes WWII win despite Western snub

    05/03/2015 11:32:32 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    France 24 ^ | 04 May 2015 - 08H05 | Anna Smolchenko
    Some pro-Kremlin figures have openly glorified wartime dictator Stalin, while the current patriotic fervour has drowned out unvarnished accounts of Soviet military blunders or infamous "barrier troops" who shot deserters. - 'Drowned in Russian blood' - Viktor Astafyev, a writer known for his grim WWII stories, claims that Russia's war losses were much higher than the estimated 27 million and military commanders won the war at the expense of "a huge amount of blood." "It is they who threw people in the fire like straw," the war veteran wrote in a letter recently published by the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta,...
  • Three oligarchs sell half of Latvian transport company to Russian Railways

    05/03/2015 11:17:19 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-04-13 | The Baltic Times
    According to information from the Lursoft database, Russian Railways, through an Amsterdam registered affiliate RZDL Multimodal, has purchased 50% of the shares of logistics company Liepājas Oil Transit (LNT). The remaining shares of the company, through a number of firms, are owned by former Prime Minister Andris Skeles’ family, former politician Ainārs Šlesers and Ventpils Mayor Aivars Lembergs’ representative, considered to be Ansis Sormulis’ brother, Ivars Sormulis, as well as Russia citizen, Elena Volkova.
  • Moldovans demand justice for vanishing $1 billion, lack of government action

    05/03/2015 8:53:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 4, 2015, 12:11 a.m. | Tatiana Darie
    CHISINAU, Moldova - Tens of thousands of Moldovans took to the streets on May 3 in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau to demand justice for a banking scandal that saw $1 billion vanish from three of the country’s biggest banks. They are calling for some political leaders in the ruling pro-European coalition to step down for their lack of action over the scandal and poor governance. The participants dispersed peacefully in the central square at midday, chanting slogans such as "Moldova is ours," "We are Moldova," and "The thieves must go to jail." Moldovans are looking for answers after $1...
  • Lithuania’s decision to boycott Russian Victory Day parade “in line with foreign policy”

    05/03/2015 8:22:53 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-05-02 | George East
    Lithuanian political scientist Raimundas Lopata believes Lithuania’s decision to completely boycott the Russian Victory Day military parade on May 9, is “in line with Lithuania’s declared foreign policy attitudes” towards the Vladimir Putin-led Russian government. The Victory Day parade is the Russian Federation’s equivalent of V.E. day and takes place in Moscow’s Red Square. The 2015 edition will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union’s war with Nazi Germany. As a result of Western sanctions on Russia following the MH17 disaster in July 2014, most EU and Western leaders will not attend this year’s Victory Day....
  • Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska

    05/03/2015 7:40:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Tu-95 Bear H bombers flew into the Alaska zone on April 22. But unlike most earlier incursions, no U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow them, said defense officials familiar with the latest U.S.-Russian aerial encounter. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), declined to confirm the incursion. But he said no jets were dispatched last week to intercept intruding aircraft.
  • Russian Fighting For Ukraine Refuses To 'Die With A Russian Passport'

    05/03/2015 7:32:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Cristian Jereghi is a Russian citizen. For a few more days, at any rate. A born and bred Muscovite, he is about to receive Ukrainian citizenship as a reward for fighting pro-Russian separatists in the county's east. Jereghi, 25, says he decided to break ties with his native country after witnessing firsthand what he describes as Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine. "I'm renouncing my Russian citizenship," he says. "I will send my passport back to the Russian Consulate in a pretty envelope." While a number of Russian citizens are known to have joined the insurgency in eastern Ukraine, reports of...
  • Schweizer: I’m Skeptical of Wealth Accumulation of All Elected Officials

    05/03/2015 12:44:53 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 May 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz,” “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said he is motivated by making sure the “wealth accumulation by elected officials” is legitimate. When asked if he felt the mainstream media was giving him a harder time because he is going after the Clintons? Schweizer said, “I think there’s a certain element of that, yes. I think part of it is because there have been a lot of scandal books, so-called scandal books in the past. But I also think there’s this sense that they’re looking for political motivation in what I’m doing. And, you know, I...
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ a blistering indictment (how they got rich off liberal "tolerance and compassion")

    05/03/2015 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Liz · 28 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | KYLE SMITH
    Schweizer’s book painstakingly follows the money to such characters as Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra, a $31.3M donor to the Clinton Foundation, who chauffeured Bill on his private jet. The details of the sordid Clinton operation vary, but the M.O. is fairly consistent: One: Dodgy rich businessman, often a foreigner with a mega-deal in some corrupt country, possibly run by a dictator, writes a check that buys him the status of friend of Bill Clinton (FOB). The check is payable to the Clinton Foundation, or to Bill himself, as an honorarium for a meaningless idealistic speech that is essentially Bill...
  • Musician Moby Attacks ‘Racist, Xenophobic, Ignorant, Armed’ Republicans

    05/03/2015 12:32:11 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-05-03 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Electronic music pioneer Moby (real name Richard Melville Hall) went on quite the Twitter tirade on Saturday, railing against “racist, xenophobic, ignorant” Republicans who “support war” and “hate immigrants.” The musician, who has campaigned for and written open letters to President Obama, began his rant in standard fashion, calling Republicans “loathsome” and linking to a Los Angeles Times article about NASA funding:
  • Greek talks stall over 'red lines' as country fights to remain in eurozone

    05/03/2015 12:13:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2015 | Szu Ping Chan, and agencies
    Reports claimed the government was prepared to reduce at least three different VAT rates to one, and limit exemptions. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras had opposed the move, claiming that the change would hit poorer people. The country will also press-on with privatisations it had also previously vowed to block, according to reports. However, Syriza has said that demands by creditors to reverse an increase in the minimum wage and cut pensions remain "red lines" that the leftist leadership is unwilling to cross... Mr Sakellaridis said that failure to reach an "honest compromise" with creditors would most likely lead to a...
  • Doubts About Hillary Clinton’s Honesty After Emails: Poll

    05/02/2015 3:28:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | AP
    Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Is she strong and decisive? Yes, say a majority of people. But inspiring and likable? Only a minority think so. Clinton’s struggles to explain her email practices while in government, along with questions about the Clinton Foundation and Republican criticism of her openness, wealth and trustworthiness seem to have struck a nerve in the public’s perception of the dominant Democratic figure in the 2016 campaign. In the survey, 61 percent said “honest”...
  • Why Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Ron Paul — and why he isn’t

    05/02/2015 7:51:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5-1-2015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Similarities: Devoted online followings. Popularity. Both were opposed to TARP. Both want to legalize marijuana. Both have expressed views on foreign policy of less involvement. Both cautious of the country's surveillance apparatus. Both say police officers should scale back. Both okay with same-sex marriage. Differences: Basic beliefs about the role of government Sanders doesn't necessarily have a problem with the government getting involved in things — hence "socialist" — and Paul generally does — hence "libertarian." Conspiracy theories Paul has floated several conspiracy theories, including that 9/11 was an inside job and that the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was connected to Russia. Sanders isn't known for such...
  • Ex-US president Carter urges Palestinian elections

    05/03/2015 2:12:44 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/2/2015 | AFP via Yahoo! News
    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Former US president Jimmy Carter on Saturday urged Palestinians to hold elections to end the de facto division of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Islamist-run Gaza Strip. He was speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the Palestinian political capital Ramallah in the West Bank. "We hope that sometime we'll see elections all over the Palestinian area and east Jerusalem and Gaza and also in the West Bank," said Carter, a member of the independent Elders Group of global leaders. No election has been held in the occupied territories...
  • Washington - On Hillary Clinton's Age, Republican Rivals Imply -- But Never Say -- She's Old

    05/03/2015 4:23:00 AM PDT · by lbryce · 39 replies
    REuters ^ | may 1, 2015 | Staff
    Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family’s charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street. But her rivals, and the political action committees that support them, are treading more carefully on one incendiary subject: her age . If elected in November 2016, Clinton would be, at 69, the second-oldest person to take the presidential oath for the first time, behind only Ronald Reagan, who turned 70 weeks after being sworn into office in 1981. Questions of health and fitness...
  • Oops: Bill Clinton 'Mistakenly' Misreports Taxable Income as Tax-Free Donations

    05/02/2015 6:37:35 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 1, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Once again, mistakes -- passive voice -- were made: Clinton Foundation mistakenly listed payments to Bill from Chinese developer & US-Islamic Conference as donations. http://t.co/UNAP89ipu9 — Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 30, 2015 The foundation has also come under scrutiny for failing to clear all foreign government donations through an agreed-upon State Department vetting process when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, and for failing to identify foreign government donations on tax returns. Fact-checkers this week challenged the foundation’s claims that it’s barred by Canadian privacy laws from revealing the names of more than 1,000 mostly foreign donors to a...
  • Soviet-Nazi Collaboration and World War II

    05/03/2015 3:27:19 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    World Affairs ^ | 30 April 2015 | Alexander J. Motyl
    As May 9th, Victory Day in many post-Soviet states, approaches, decency demands that we celebrate the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Germany and honor the millions of soldiers and civilians who gave their lives to rid the world of the scourge of Nazism. At the same time, if we truly want to honor the dead, we must take heed of the historical lies that the Kremlin, both in its Soviet and post-Soviet hypostases, promotes about the USSR’s relationship with Nazi Germany. For starters, the Moscow-controlled Communist International, and its sidekick, the Communist Party of Germany, made Hitler’s rise to power possible,...
  • Russian spacecraft Progress M-27M 'out of control'

    05/03/2015 12:52:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 April 2015 | BBC
    A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) is out of control and will fall back to Earth, officials say. The unmanned cargo ship was launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday, but contact was lost with it soon afterwards. Russia's space agency says Progress M-27M is now orbiting in an uncontrolled spin. It cannot reach the ISS and is likely to break up on re-entering Earth's atmosphere. The craft carried on to a higher orbit after contact was lost. Igor Komarov, the head of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, said: "The craft's continued flight and its docking with the...
  • In New TV Spots, Ukraine Accuses Russia Of 'Misappropriating' Victory Day

    05/03/2015 12:30:53 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | April 28, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    With Russia pushing hard to monopolize the remembrance of the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, activists in Ukraine have decided to push back. The Information Resistance group, with assistance from the Ukrainian military and the National Military History Museum, has produced two emotionally charged public-service advertisements that emphasize Ukraine's tremendous sacrifices and contributions to victory in 1945. The Kremlin considers the current government of Ukraine to be fascists that revere controversial World War II-era Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera, who Moscow views as a Nazi collaborator. "The dialogues [in the advertisements] show better than any political rhetoric the true...
  • Flood of Bad News for Hillary Dampens Campaign

    05/02/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 51 replies
    WND ^ | May 1, 2015 | Staff
    It’s been a tough week for Hillary Clinton, with a flurry of bad news that is casting further doubt on her prospects for winning the Democratic Party nomination, let alone the White House. She did receive a celebrity endorsement, but, alas, it came from pornographer Larry Flynt, and as Bloomberg’s John Heilemann observes, it “beggars belief that she and her team will be issuing any press releases touting the latest bold-faced name to clamber aboard her bandwagon.” A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans suspicious of Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy. Her...
  • Highest Ranking Cold War Defector: The KGB Invented ‘Liberation Theology’

    05/02/2015 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 53 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2 May 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a startling new interview, a 3-star general and former head of Communist Romania’s secret police who defected to the United States in 1978, claims that the Theology of Liberation was the creation of the KGB, who exported it to Latin America as a way of introducing Marxism into the continent. Ion Mihai Pacepa has been called “the Cold War’s most important defector,” and after his defection, the Romanian government under Nicolae Ceausescu placed two death sentences and a $2 million bounty on his head. During the more than ten years that Pacepa worked with the CIA, he made what...
  • 'Hacktivists' from around the world take to social media to stir Baltimore unrest

    05/02/2015 4:37:26 PM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 2, 2015 | Scott Dance
    What they found was that much of the activity was coming from well outside of Baltimore, in some cases from Russia, China, India and the Middle East. "I just killed a pig," wrote one tweet, showing a bloodied police officer slumped on the ground. Not only was the photo of an officer in South America, but the account sharing it was not in Baltimore. Another tweet, which appeared to be coming from the Baltimore police, asked, "Why are we even tweeting?" and suggested that the protesters couldn't read. It also referred to them with a racial slur.
  • There was heroism and cruelty on both sides, the truth behind one of Ukraine's deadliest days

    05/02/2015 11:58:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 30 April 2015 | Howard Amos
    The emergency calls became increasingly desperate. “When are you coming? It’s already burning and there are people inside,” a woman told the fire brigade dispatcher. Minutes later, callers started describing how people were jumping from the upper floors. “Have you lost your minds?” one man asked, his voice breaking. “There are women and children in the building!” another man yelled. In one of the most deadly episodes in Ukraine’s turbulent 2014 power transition, 48 people were killed and hundreds injured on 2 May last year in the Black Sea port of Odessa. Street battles culminated in a fatal fire at...
  • Finnish military preparing 900,000 reservists for 'crisis situation'

    05/02/2015 12:16:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 1, 2015 | Felicity Capon
    The Finnish Defence Forces are to send letters to all 900,000 of the country's reservists at the beginning of this month, informing them what their role would be in a "crisis situation", causing a row over whether such a move is necessary. Finland, with its population of 5.2 million, has a small professional army of 16,000. Yet in the event of mobilisation, Finland could call on its former conscripts to fight. Finland's wartime military strength is 230,000. According to local media reports, the decision was announced via a television advert, telling the nation's reservists "We want to have a word...
  • Doomed Russian Spaceship May Re-Enter Next Week

    05/01/2015 12:44:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Irene Klotz
    An out-of-control Russian Progress capsule, loaded with more than 3 tons of cargo for the International Space Station, may burn up in the atmosphere as early as next week, NASA said on Friday. Ground controllers lost contact with the ship shortly after its launch on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Engineers tried for more than a day to rescue the craft, to no avail ... An investigation in the botched mission is underway. Preliminary findings indicate a problem with the capsule’s separation from its Soyuz launcher. Among the evidence: debris orbiting near the tumbling Progress capsule, the Air...
  • Now Boeing Refuses to Release Email Exchange Between Them and Hillary Clinton

    05/02/2015 9:41:50 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    RedStatements.co ^ | 5/01/15 | Steven Ahle
    David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research showed up at a stockholder’s meeting for Boeing. He asked Boeing CEO W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr to turn over email correspondence between Hillary Clinton and her State Department and Boeing. McNerney turned him down flat. This is the second time in a week that a CEO has refused a request from a member of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Last week, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt also refused to release emails between GE and Hillary Clinton. GE received favorable treatment from the Algerian government because of...
  • Russians Training 50,000-Strong Militant Army In Donbas - Ukraine's Presidential Spokesman

    05/02/2015 4:12:16 AM PDT · by Fennie · 2 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | May 1, 2015
    The remarks were made by Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Andriy Taranov. Russian army specialists are training a militant army of 50,000 men in the parts of Ukraine's Donbas territories where the government has lost control, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Andriy Taranov said on Friday, Radio Liberty reports. "According to information we have, on the uncontrolled territories of almost 50,000 armed men, which is being formed into military units and trained by Russian specialists," Taranov said.