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  • Alliance with Iran, Hezbollah a 'Serious Mistake'

    09/22/2014 6:19:24 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    CBN News online ^ | Sept. 22, 2014 | Gary Lane
    As the White House and Congress consider a shifting of U.S. alliances in the war against ISIS, a prominent Lebanese analyst warns Washington against establishing a partnership with Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, saying it would be a "very serious mistake." Walid Phares, PhD., who briefed members of Congress this week, said instead pressure should be placed on Hezbollah to abide by terms of U.N. resolution 1701 requiring the group to disarm. The resolution was approved by the world body follow ing Lebanon's 2006 war with Israel and it has yet to be honored by Hezbollah. Phares reminds U.S. government leaders...
  • Concern over US concessions as Iran seeks to leverage ISIS issue in nuke talks

    09/22/2014 11:13:10 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 3 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/22/14 | Unknown
    Republican lawmakers are raising alarm that Secretary of State John Kerry is putting too much on the table in talks over Iran's nuclear program -- as Tehran reportedly tries to leverage its cooperation in the Islamic State crisis in return for nuclear concessions from the U.S. and its allies. The White House denies that any such trade-off is in the works. "The United States will not be in a position of trading aspects of Iran's nuclear program to secure commitments to take on ISIL," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State....
  • Ukraine as Strategic Stepping-Stone

    09/22/2014 9:10:44 AM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    JR Nyquist's Website ^ | September 21, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    The Minsk Protocol, which has theoretically brought peace to Ukraine, gives the Russian leaders' time to regroup their clandestine and conventional forces for the sake of a future offensive operation. One observer, writing from Crimea, believes the Russian forces will move against Ukraine when the whether turns cold. At least one Polish journalist believes the Russians will move against Ukraine in a matter of weeks. The predictibly named People's Republic of Lugansk, and the People's Republic of Donetsk, have now been established (by the Minsk agreement) as permenant Russian enclaves inside Ukraine. Will Russia be satisfied with these gains? What...
  • Russians Just Bought America’s Most Beloved Crappy Beer

    09/22/2014 6:51:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 117 replies
    munchies.vice.com ^ | 9/22/14 | Hilary Polack
    WatchSections Russians Just Bought America’s Most Beloved Crappy Beer Written by HILARY POLLACK September 19, 2014 / 4:15 pm Say goodbye to Pabst Blue Ribbon’s status as our nation’s most iconic cheap beer. For the past 170 years, Pabst Blue Ribbon has been a staple in the diets of American college students, starving artists, and broke drunks. And it’s likely to maintain that status for years to come—but it will now be in the hands of Russians....
  • Frmr Yukos Chief Khodorkovsky Says HE Can Transform Russia Into Thriving, Modern, + Peaceful Country

    09/22/2014 3:23:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    "I would not be interested in becoming Russia's president if my country was developing normally..."  It did come as a surprise last December, when Vladimir Putin suddenly signed an early release for Mikhail Khodorvkovsky, who was the richest man in Russia ($15B) when he was jailed for 'tax evasion' (read: challenged Putin) in 2003... Hard to tell for sure what the thought process was there -perhaps feeling strong and aiming to soften his image a bit- but Putin at the time explained 'Ten years in prison is a serious punishment' and signed the form that freed Khodorkovsky from a decade of harsh detention....
  • Russia Reignites Its Rocket Industry with New Angara Booster

    08/19/2014 8:39:24 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 35 replies
    Space ^ | Leonard David
    Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union. The July 9 suborbital flight of the light-lift Angara 1.2ML rocket lifted off from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the country's northern Arkhangelsk region. (The "ML" stands for "maiden launch.") The test flight, which lasted roughly 21 minutes and was not intended to reach orbit, launched the Angara rocket over Russian territory on a ballistic trajectory. A "mass/dimensional payload simulator"...
  • Reuters Exclusive: Iraq Tells U.N. that 'Terrorist Groups' Seized Nuclear Materials

    07/09/2014 6:18:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Michelle Nichols (with Mark Hosenball)
    Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding...
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

    09/21/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 20, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
  • Engineers found Teutonic axes in the Forest District Wipsowo

    09/21/2014 12:27:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Naukaw Polsce ^ | September 2014 | tr. RL
    Three Teutonic battle axes from the late Middle Ages have been found by engineers who remove World War II artillery shells left the forests in the Forest District Wipsowo (Warmia and Mazury). Historic weapons will be donated to the museum. Engineers stumbled upon the historic axes by chance, while searching the woods metal detectors. The weapons have been initially identified by an archaeologist as late-medieval Teutonic battle axes. Iron axes were close to each other, shallow underground, among the roots of trees. "It can be assumed that this is a deposit that someone left for better times. Perhaps the person...
  • Explosion Strikes Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    09/21/2014 1:30:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Egyptian Streets ^ | September 21, 2014
    An explosion has targeted Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs injuring many, reported eye-witnesses on the scene. According to state media, at least two have been killed in the attack. .... This story is developing.
  • El-Sissi: Egypt ready to join terror fight

    09/21/2014 12:31:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    The Spokesman ^ | September 21, 2014 | Hamza Hendawi Ian Phillips And Lee Keath
    El-Sissi: Egypt ready to join terror fight President speaks on Islamic State threat Hamza Hendawi Ian Phillips And Lee Keath   CAIRO – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world’s alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East. The former army general has faced widespread international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt’s first freely elected president and his ferocious crackdown on Islamists that has killed more than 1,000 and imprisoned more than 20,000. A year later, after el-Sissi’s election as president, his critics fear he is leading his country into autocracy,...
  • BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in southern Russia

    A team of BBC journalists was beaten and their camera smashed in southern Russia, where they were looking into reports of Russian soldiers killed while on secret deployments near Ukraine, the broadcaster said Thursday. The three reporters were working in the southern city of Astrakhan when they were "assaulted by unidentified men in a coordinated attack," the BBC said in a statement. "Our staff were badly beaten, their camera destroyed and then taken," the statement said. BBC spokesman James Hardy added separately: "All are OK."
  • Russia Detains Lithuanian Fishing Vessel

    09/21/2014 3:38:17 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 19, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Lithuania says Russia has detained one of its fishing vessels. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told reporters on September 19 that the ship, called "Juros Vilkas" (Sea Wolf), was detained for entering Russia's territorial waters but that the detention itself took place in international waters.
  • Exxon Winds Down Russian Drilling Project

    09/21/2014 3:29:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Exxon Mobil said Friday that it will wind down a drilling project in Russia in compliance with U.S. sanctions, but said it received a license to keep working beyond the sanctions' deadline in order to complete the work. U.S. sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine require the removal of U.S. workers on projects in the Russian Arctic and other select locations by September 26.
  • Pabst Brewing to be sold to Russian company

    09/21/2014 3:23:47 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | September 19, 2014 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — The maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is being sold to Russian company Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum. Oasis is buying Pabst with TSG, an investment firm known for its work with consumer products companies. TSG Consumer Partners will take a minority stake in Pabst. In addition to its namesake beer, Pabst Brewing Co. makes Colt 45, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz, in addition to regional brews such as Lone Star, Rainier and Old Style. Pabst was acquired in 2010 by C. Dean Metropoulos & Co., which is known for investing in food brands, including Twinkie maker...
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga free some Christian villages occupied by jihadists

    09/17/2014 1:36:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | September 17, 2014
    US air raids fundamental. The Islamist militants mined many houses before fleeing. Syriac Christians return to the city of Alqosh, liberated days ago, and celebrate the feast of the patron saint. Erbil (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least seven Christian villages in northern Iraq have been freed after a series of clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic State jihadists.The seven villages are located west of Erbil, on the Nineveh plain. The Kurdish military commanders emphasize the fundamental contribution of the air raids carried out by the United States and report that the jihadists mined many houses before fleeing. Since early...
  • AMERICAN FIGHTERS INTERCEPTED RUSSIAN WARPLANES OVER ALASKA

    American fighters intercepted the Russian warplanes over Alaska United States officials have attributed the provocation in the sky with the visit of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko US fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in the area of ​​Alaska. About it on his Twitter said CNN journalist Jim Skuitto. "Russian planes stormed the US airspace larger group than usual: Two fighters, two bombers and two tanker" - wrote the correspondent. Skuitto reported that the Americans intercepted the Russians. According to him, officials of the United States associated with the arrival of a provocation President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko States. On...
  • Turkey, Azerbaijan break ground for Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline

    09/20/2014 11:43:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Turkey's energy minister has declared a gas pipeline a "peace corridor" linking the Caucasus with the Balkans. "We open the project as a peace corridor that is the result of 15 years hard work by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Through the South Caucasus pipeline and its backbone, the Trans-Anatolia pipeline, we connect the Caucasus with the Balkans. I wish every country could understand the true value of these projects and contribute with us," Taner Yıldız said while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the South Caucasus pipeline in Baku on Sept. 20. The minister said energy security "ranks as one of...
  • Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'?

    09/19/2014 11:38:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd
    Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'? By Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd September 19, 2014 ISIS has released a propaganda video aimed at English speakers U.S. intelligence is investigating one jihadist on the video who speaks perfect English The militant has what appears to be a North American accent It is not known whether he is from the West, or spent some time there (CNN) -- It's a slick production with a nefarious goal: A 55-minute video released by ISIS, praising its victories and warning the United States from getting in the way of its...
  • [Iraqi] Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani [Syria]

    09/20/2014 1:06:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Kurds from Kobani fleeing the city and head to Turkish border News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani 20.09.2014  Hawar AbdulrazaqBasNews, Erbil   Kurdish Peshmerga forces have announced that they are ready to help their brethren across Syria, who have faced fierce attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants in recent days.   In a statement, the Kurdistan Regional Government Peshmerga Ministry has said that they are willing to help their brothers in Kobani. Thousands of Syrian Kurds have fled Kobani in recent days, after IS insurgents captured a number of Kurdish villages close...
  • Panetta: U.S. In Syria Too Late, Left Iraq Too Soon [American Blood Sacrificed In Vain: Impeach!]

    09/19/2014 11:54:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    CBS60 Minutes ^ | September 19, 2014 | Scott Pelley 60 Minutes
    Panetta: U.S. In Syria Too Late, Left Iraq Too Soon ISIS seized a third of Iraq that the U.S. secured with ten years of sacrifice. In an interview for 60 Minutes, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said ISIS flourished because the U.S. got involved in Syria too late and left Iraq too soon. On the 47th season premiere Sunday, "60 Minutes" will report from Iraq and Syria on ISIS -- what it is, what it wants, and how to defeat it. Pelley: Back when you watched the stars and stripes being lowered for the last time in Baghdad, were...
  • The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State

    09/19/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 18, 2014
    TheBlaze TV The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State Sep. 18, 2014 8:45pm Erica Ritz Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement. If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you cannot fully understand the Islamic State, or why the Israelis and the Palestinians will never reach a two-state solution. Though many go back to 1948 and the creation of...
  • Netanyahu’s ISIS Moral Clarity

    09/19/2014 5:45:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Confronted with pure evil in the form of ISIS, President Barack Obama treats the jihadists as if they represented an isolated threat that can be dealt with on its own. ISIS (or ISIL as the U.S. government calls it, or the Islamic State as the jihadists now call themselves) has no relationship to Islam, according to the president and his Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • White House says training Syrian rebels to take months (Susan Rice)

    09/19/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists will take months, the White House warned Friday a day after Congress approved the plan. "We will move out as rapidly as can be done, in partnership with the countries that will host the training facilities," said Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Barack Obama. "This will be a process that takes months," she said, adding it will not "happen overnight." "This is a serious training program, and we are serious about vetting those that we will be training and equipping," Rice emphasized. "It is...
  • Kremlin Dismisses Putin Threat as a Hoax

    09/20/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 19 2014 19:20 | Reuters
    The Kremlin has dismissed as "one more hoax" a report that cited Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as telling European officials that Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had made veiled threats about the security of EU members. [....] Earlier this month, Italy's la Repubblica quoted Putin as telling Barroso in a telephone conversation that if he wanted to, Russia could capture Kiev in two days....
  • F-22 fighters intercept Russian military planes 55 miles off Alaska

    09/20/2014 6:30:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 48 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 20, 2014 | ·Associated Press
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.
  • Masked man with AMERICAN accent appears in latest ISIS propaganda film 'Flames of War'

    09/19/2014 9:45:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 21:34 GMT, 19 September 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    The latest suspected ISIS propaganda film has been uploaded to YouTube and appears to feature a jihadist with an American accent. The 55-minute 'Flames of War' video was posted online today and bears hallmarks of previous Islamic State tapes including Hollywood-style effects and bloodthirsty, call-to-arms language. The clip bears the stamp of the al-Hayat Media Centre, ISIS' English-language propaganda arm. An ISIS jihadist spoke with an American accent on the Flames of War propaganda film which was uploaded to YouTube today. In the video, the masked extremist stands before Syrian soldiers, loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad who are digging their...
  • Kurdish President Urges World to Help Syrian Kurds against IS Attacks [FSA "on the way"]

    09/19/2014 11:05:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 13 hours ago | RUDAW
    Barzani warned that inaction would lead to terrible consequences and he called on the international community to prevent another humanitarian crisis. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani called on Kurdish parties and the international community today to assist the people of Kobane against the Islamic State (IS) attacks on the town. “We appeal to all Kurdish forces to put aside their differences and unite to defend the dignity, the land and the lives of the citizens of Kobane,” Barzani said in a statement. “The defense of the land and the people of Kurdistan is the...
  • Iranian President Blasts ISIS But Says US No-Troops Strategy Is 'Ridiculous'

    09/18/2014 7:39:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/18/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke out against terror group ISIS in a recent interview, saying that the militants "want to kill humanity." He also harshly criticized American President Barack Obama's plan to fight ISIS with airstrikes but without any ground troops, calling it "ridiculous" and wondering whether Americans are not afraid to suffer casualties in the war. "They want to kill humanity," Rouhani told NBC News about ISIS, which has declared the creation of an 'Islamic State' in the territory of Iraq and Syria, but has been denounced by a number of Islamic countries. "And from the viewpoint of the...
  • Chechens a Terrorist Superpower, are Running ISIS, + Will Soon Deliver Retribution to Putin's Russia

    09/18/2014 5:42:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Be it Boston, Ukraine, Afghanistan, or the Middle East:  wherever there's some bloody mess, seems you find Chechens... While I do believe we need to go kill all of the ISIS scum we can find -probably meaning boots on the ground in Iraq/Syria (indirectly and unfortunately allying ourselves with Russian interests there)- and also think that these blood-drunk monsters are on their way to American soil, if not here already- it's the Russians who really have something to worry about. Revenge a dish best served cold: Although Chechnya seems to have been tamed by first Vladimir Putin -now maintained by his back-slapping buddy, the brutal, pro-Kremlin...
  • Why Nuclear Weapons Continue to be Central to Putin and Russia

    09/20/2014 12:58:31 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The majority of Russia’s ICBMs are reaching the end of their service life, meaning that the deployment and modernization of current and new missiles is crucial to maintaining Russia’s nuclear capabilities. Currently, a majority of Russia’s ICBM consists of older SS-18, SS-19 and SS-25 ICBMs which have been in service since the USSR. Russia is set to replace these older missiles with newer and more advanced 108 RS-24 Yars-M (SS-29), Topol-Ms (SS-27)(mobile and silo-based), as well as 30 SS-19 in nine divisions by 2016. ICBMs are not the only part of Russia’s attempts to retain its nuclear posture. ICBMs form...
  • Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/19/2014 6:14:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:39pm BST | Wiktor Szary; Writing by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Andrew Heavens
    (Reuters) - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year.
  • U.S., Canada send jets to intercept Russian aircraft

    09/19/2014 6:10:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:43am BST | Reuters
    (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near U.S. and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said on Friday.
  • Sweden: Russian Military Jets Violate Air Space

    09/19/2014 5:54:09 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014, 1:47 P.M. E.D.T. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    STOCKHOLM — Sweden says it has summoned the Russian ambassador over an air space violation by two Russian military aircraft.
  • Putin: Russian army may enter Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania in few days

    09/19/2014 5:48:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 83 replies
    FOCUS News Agency ^ | 18 September 2014 | FOCUS News Agency
    <p>Putin made this statement[....]“If I want, the Russian troops may enter not only in Kiev but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest,” the German newspaper cited Putin’s words. According to the newspaper, the Russian President advised Poroshenko “not to count on the EU too much” because if he wished, he could “influence and block the decisions made in the EU”.</p>
  • Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

    09/19/2014 5:40:57 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 33 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 09/20/2014 | Steve Brusk and Ralph Ellis
    Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro-Russian militants. The Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline and about 40 nautical miles of the...
  • Poland looks to arm F-16 fleet with missiles under $500 million deal with Lockheed

    09/19/2014 12:43:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | Jill R. Aitoro
    The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $500 million foreign military sale to deliver Lockheed Martin Corp. missiles for Poland’s fleet of F-16 fighters. Poland is asking for 40 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, which are designed to cruise autonomously using an infrared seeker and anti-jam GPS to find and destroy targets, keeping aircrews well out of danger from air defense systems. Also part of the contract would be upgrades to the F-16 aircraft for JASSM integration and support. Poland continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Central Europe, and the sale would improve...
  • UKRAINE Crimea: Massive Searches Announced: Looking for "Subversive" Books to Destroy Them

    09/19/2014 8:19:35 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 92 replies
    censor.net ^ | 19.09.14 16:31
    All peninsula schools will be ransacked for the extremist literature. In the self-proclaimed Ministry of Education of Crimea stated that the local education departments in the cities and regions of the peninsula are authorized to conduct an inspection visits with respect to keeping of extremist matter and banned literature, Censor.NET reports citing Hromadske Radio. The list consists of 2,442 items, including books, articles, pamphlets, and even texts of some songs. The law enforcement officials together with experts from the Department of Education shall hold the upcoming revision at schools. In case of banned literature detection, members of the inspection will...
  • Pabst Is Sold to Russian Beverage Company

    09/18/2014 11:38:14 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 119 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/18/2014 | David Gelles
    A Russian beverage company said on Thursday that it was acquiring the Pabst Brewing Company, which makes the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer popular with barflies and hipsters alike and other brands like Colt 45 and Old Milwaukee. [snip] The buyer is Oasis Beverages, a Russian brewer and beverages distributor. Backing Oasis is TSG Consumer Partners, an American private equity firm focused on consumer goods, which will take a minority stake. “Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand – it represents individualism, egalitarianism and freedom of expression – all the things that make this country great,” Eugene Kashper, the chairman...
  • Moscow troops could be in five NATO capitals in two days, boasts Putin

    09/18/2014 2:05:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 117 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 18th, 2014 | By Will Stewart for MailOnline
    Shockwaves reverberated through Eastern Europe tonight after Vladimir Putin boasted he could invade five NATO capitals inside two days. This came amid new reports that almost 4,000 Russia troops are massing in Crimea close to Ukraine's mainland. 'If I wanted, Russian troops could not only be in Kiev in two days, but in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest, too,' Putin was quoted as threatening, according to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. All are former USSR or Soviet-bloc cities and apart from Ukraine their countries are now NATO and EU members.
  • At least 34 Syrian children die from contaminated measles vaccine

    09/17/2014 3:53:11 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 September 2014 | Mowaffaq Safadi
    At least 34 children have died in rebel-held Syria after being injected with contaminated measles vaccines, the rebel government said on Tuesday, warning that the deaths might be caused by saboteurs linked to the Assad regime. The death toll is expected to rise, with many children from eight towns in Idlib province, north-west Syria, still in intensive care on Tuesday night. ...
  • Poland Plans Gas Hub to Kill Reliance on Russian Energy

    09/18/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by Blackyce · 17 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 09/08/2014 | Reuters
    Poland Plans Gas Hub to Kill Reliance on Russian Energy ReutersSep. 18 2014 14:41 Last edited 14:41 Poland is taking steps towards creating a gas trading and transit hub in Central and Eastern Europe aimed at accomplishing what much of the region has failed to do: shake off almost complete reliance on Russian gas imports. Poland will open a liquefied natural gas terminal in 2015 and build new pipelines — including a planned north-south corridor stretching to Croatia — to help ease the grip of Russia's Gazprom over former Soviet bloc nations. Central Europe's biggest economy, which also intends to upgrade gas links to Lithuania to allow the re-export of gas to the Baltics, has said it plans to build 2,000 kilometers of pipelines criss-crossing the country...
  • $30 Million Bounty Offered for MH17 Attackers as Ukraine Turmoil Continues

    09/18/2014 12:07:32 AM PDT · by free_life · 28 replies
    Vicenews ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | Olivia Crellin
    A German company is offering a $30 million bounty for the identities of the individuals responsible for downing Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine this summer. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are suspected of firing surface-to-air missiles at the civilian aircraft, which crashed July 17 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board. A preliminary report carried out by Dutch investigators said that the crash was the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that struck the Boeing plane from the outside. Wifka, an independent German fraud investigation company, said...
  • Fatah Exposes Hamas’s Trafficking Network to Europe

    09/17/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2014, 9:36 AM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person. The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio). Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels,...
  • Q&A: Ukraine’s Donbas Battalion Commander Seeks US Support

    09/17/2014 2:36:43 PM PDT · by Krosan · 14 replies
    VOA ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mark Snowiss
    WASHINGTON— The commander of Ukraine’s famed Donbas Battalion, Semen Semenchenko, is in Washington this week to lobby U.S. officials for stepped-up non-lethal aid and possible West Point training for his men. Semenchenko, who was recently wounded during an attack on the eastern city of Ilovaysk and walks with a cane, arrived just ahead of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s Thursday visit to the U.S. capital, where he will speak to a joint session of Congress and meet with his counterpart, Barack Obama. The Ukrainian leader will make the case to lawmakers and the president to expedite assistance for his badly outgunned...
  • Factory gives fighter jet to head of Russian Orthodox Church

    09/17/2014 12:13:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Sep 17, 2014
    A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris, June 23, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/PASCAL ROSSIGNOL (Reuters) - Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east - a single-seater fighter jet SU-35. Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday. The patriarch,...
  • UKRAINE: 'Stranger among his own'search for missing Russian troops in eastern Ukraine

    09/17/2014 4:33:03 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    http://www.svoboda.org/content/article/26589626.html ^ | September 17, 2014 | Andrey Korolev
    Relatives of Russian soldiers involved in the fighting in the east of Ukraine, continue to search for the dead and missing soldiers and officers. Meanwhile, in Ukraine itself unfolds a broad campaign to provide information support to parents of Russian military. Twenty-six-Corporal Andrew Dokuchaev contractor assigned to the reconnaissance regiment of 331, based in Kostroma. The mother of a Russian military Olga Bazakina claims that on August 18, her son with a company was suddenly sent to the so-called business trip to the border with the Tambov region. August 20 Andrew left a note on his page on the social...
  • New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System

    09/16/2014 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 32 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 9/16/2014
    New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System 23:31 (GMT) snip.. The new "United Army of Novorossiya" Gen. Korsun recently gave an interview to a local news site, news-portal.dn.ua from which we get a definite impression of a determined hardliner. snip Asked to be more specific on plans for the industrial rebirth of the Donbass, the general said exports would go to Russia. He said Novorossiya would be run as a socialist system. "Despite Western propaganda, there is nothing bad in socialism. Moreover, the most advertised Western countries are proud precisely of their social orientation. Sweden, Switzerland, and...