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  • Russia Will Hate This: Ukraine Cleared to Move American Javelin Missiles to Front Lines

    07/11/2020 9:47:57 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 8 replies
    National Interest Online ^ | July 8, 2020 | Caleb Larson
    U.S-supplied anti-tank weapons could change the balance of power in favor of Ukraine. In an interview, Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief Ruslan Khomchak said that following the advice of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) advisors, Ukraine’s American-supplied Javelin anti-tank missiles would be moved up to Ukraine’s front lines in their conflict against separatists in the country’s east—though the missiles would have to be used only defensively.
  • Sir Winston Churchill - Funeral (I Vow To Thee) - The Nation's Farewell

    01/30/2020 8:20:32 AM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 77 replies
    Pathe ^ | January 30, 1965 | Sir Winston Churchill
    55 years ago today was Sir Winston's funeral. He was the greatest leader of the 20th Century. He stood alone against Hitlerism. He saved the free world alone, holding out for months until other allies joined the struggle. Note the honor guard keeping watch over his casket, their chins tucked deep into their chests, their eyes sorrowful and downcast. Sir Winston was a commoner. He was half American. Note the marching sailors escorting his casket from Westminster to Saint Paul's That was never allowed for the funeral of a commoner. This was the first state funeral for a commoner in...
  • Zelensky's Fiasko at the World Forum in Davos

    01/23/2020 5:47:10 AM PST · by NorseViking · 30 replies
    Channel 7 Israel ^ | January 22, 2020 | Ian Gold
    Davos, Switzerland hosts the annual World Forum. For the first time, its participant is a former comedian, and now President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. On Wednesday evening, January 22, Zelensky spoke to the audience. More precisely - almost in front of an empty room. At a speech by the President of Ukraine, the audience was only a few people. At that time, for example, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, who spoke to Zelensky, gathered a full house. World leaders seem to have realized that Zelensky is an empty suit as a politician and an extremely hollow person. In...
  • Merkel opposes U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    12/18/2019 9:47:35 AM PST · by NorseViking · 30 replies
    Reuters by Investing ^ | December 18, 2019
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that she opposed U.S. sanctions on companies building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline because they have extraterritorial effect. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to slap sanctions on companies building the massive underwater pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to Germany, but it was uncertain whether the measures would slow completion of the project.
  • US Congress approves Russia-Europe gas pipeline sanctions

    12/17/2019 11:36:16 AM PST · by NorseViking · 35 replies
    AFP ^ | December 17, 2019
    Washington (AFP) - The US Senate voted Tuesday to slap sanctions on companies working on Russia's Nord Stream pipeline, sending a bill to President Donald Trump that is sure to antagonize European nations counting on the project's natural gas. The measure, inserted into a huge annual defense spending bill, passed 86 to eight after easily clearing the House of Representatives last week. It aims to halt further construction of the $10.6 billion pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea and is set to double shipments of Russian natural gas to Germany. The German-Russian Chamber of Commerce said last week the...
  • The Short, Daring Life of Lilya Litvyak

    01/15/2020 5:34:47 AM PST · by NorseViking · 39 replies
    The Paris Review ^ | October 6, 2017 | Edward White
    On June 22, 1941, the Third Reich launched its ill-fated invasion of Russia. It was pestilential in scale; more than three million Axis soldiers swarmed Russia’s borders in a matter of hours, overwhelming Soviet defenses. Hitler regarded the peoples of the Soviet Union to be a subhuman rabble against whom victory was inevitable. But the supposed Untermensch turned out to be ferocious opponents, hardened by decades of deprivation and fueled by an unbending love of country. Among those supercharged patriots were eight hundred thousand women who volunteered for frontline action, in roles such as snipers, machine gunners, and tank drivers....

    12/17/2019 12:15:18 PM PST · by NorseViking · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 16, 2019 | David Brennan
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused U.S. forces of stealing the country's oil and working with terrorists to maintain their positions there, as he tries to restore his authoritarian rule over the war-torn nation. Assad—who is backed by Russia and Iran—told state news agency SANA that Syrians must unite to make America's position in the country untenable. It has been a turbulent end to 2019 for U.S. forces in Syria. There were some 2,000 soldiers stationed in the country until October, when President Donald Trump abruptly ordered American troops out of position in the northeast of the country, where they...
  • Russia Launches Into New Export Territory With TurkStream Natural-Gas Pipeline

    01/08/2020 10:07:38 PM PST · by NorseViking · 14 replies
    Radio Liberty ^ | January 7, 2020 | Todd Prince
    When Vladimir Putin visits Istanbul on January 8, the Russian president will be doing more than officially opening a new export pipeline -- he will be getting some more closure on his longstanding dream to end Moscow's dependence on archrival Ukraine in getting natural gas to Europe. Russia has been seeking to cut gas transit through Ukraine since the mid 2000s, and the $7.8 billion TurkStream pipeline project is a big part of that strategic goal. The pipeline, which transits the Black Sea and surfaces outside Istanbul, took five years to complete and is one of two major new natural-gas...
  • Ex-U.S. soldier, now a double murder suspect, is a hero in Ukraine

    01/02/2020 1:17:14 AM PST · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    Nbc ^ | December 28, 2019 | Kit Ramgopal
    Craig Lang, who is charged with killing a Florida couple in 2018, has become a cause célèbre in the country where he has fought as a mercenary. In the spring of 2015, former U.S. soldier Craig Lang traveled to Ukraine and joined a paramilitary group fighting the Russians. “I never noticed any fear,” said Mamuka Mamulashvili, who commanded Lang in the Georgian Legion. Four years later, Lang is under house arrest in Ukraine. His situation has nothing to do with his conduct inside the eastern European country. Lang is facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly killing a Florida couple...
  • Killing Soleimani Was the Moral Response to Genocide

    01/06/2020 1:36:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | 01/06/2020 | Shmuley Boteach
    While many Iranian officials have threatened genocide, Qassem Soleimani was actually tasked with it. As an architect of Bashar Assad’s genocidal war against the Syrian people, he was one of the most guilty men on earth. As the Godfather of Iran’s global terror network, he was also one of the most dangerous. His terror world tour was finally cut short last Friday by a precision airstrike, in what was arguably President Trump’s boldest and most presidential move thus far. Soleimani was identified only by his hand, itself identified by a red-stone ring he was known to wear. Soleimani was the...
  • Merkel to meet Putin in Moscow for talks on Mideast crises

    01/06/2020 8:14:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2020
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Moscow on Saturday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere, officials said Monday. Merkel and Putin will discuss “current international questions,” said Steffen Seibert, the chancellor’s spokesman. Those will include Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Ukraine and bilateral ties. “Russia is an important player on the world stage and as a permanent member of the (U.N.) Security Council it’s also indispensable when it comes to solving political conflicts,” Seibert said. Germany is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Germany and Russia are among...
  • Airbus topples Boeing as biggest plane maker

    01/06/2020 7:47:52 AM PST · by NorseViking · 41 replies
    Deutsche Welle by MSN ^ | January 6, 2019 | Ashutosh Pandey
    Europe's Airbus has become the world's biggest plane maker this year as its US rival Boeing struggles to get its bestselling MAX jets back in the skies. Airbus — which has trailed Boeing since 2012 — delivered a record 863 aircraft in 2019, Reuters news agency reported, citing airport and tracking sources. Boeing, on the other hand, had delivered just 345 planes by the end of November and is on course for its worst performance in more than a decade, mainly hurt by the grounding of the MAX aircraft. The US plane maker delivered 806 aircraft in 2018, slightly more...
  • A Shocked Iraq Reconsiders Its Relationship With the U.S.

    01/04/2020 10:34:16 PM PST · by NorseViking · 94 replies
    NYT by Yahoo ^ | January 4, 2020 | Falih Hassan, Tim Arango and Alissa J. Rubin
    BAGHDAD — American oil workers were fleeing Iraq on Friday, as fears grew of war between the United States and Iran. At sermons in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, worshippers chanted, “Death to America!” And in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, where anti-government protesters have gathered for months, a banner went up with a pointed message to both Iran and the U.S.: “Keep your conflicts away from Iraq.” A Shocked Iraq Reconsiders Its Relationship With the U.S. Falih Hassan, Tim Arango and Alissa J. Rubin The New York TimesJanuary 4, 2020, 8:22 PM GMT+5 Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in...
  • U.S. Embassy Move Is Escalating the Battle for Jerusalem | VICE on HBO

    12/27/2019 11:40:57 AM PST · by NorseViking · 17 replies
    VICE by YouTube ^ | December 25, 2019
    VICE's Gianna Toboni reports on the aftermath of Trump’s announcement to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
  • The Unholy Trinity: How Sex, Organized Crime, And Espionage Intersect In The Israel-Russia-Ukraine Triangle

    12/26/2019 1:36:32 PM PST · by Norski · 22 replies
    Tsionizm ^ | December 19, 2019 | Baruch Pletner
    Russian-Israeli relations are rapidly deteriorating as both countries engage in a tit for tat on visitor screening The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had 15 “republics” and countless “autonomous regions”, but really only two republics mattered: the Russian Federation and Ukraine. The rest were window dressing. The USSR had only three capital cities that mattered, Moscow, Leningrad (St. Petersburg today), and Kiev. The rest were “provinces”. After the fall of the USSR in 1990 and the free for all that followed, Soviet Jews, those who have not emigrated to Israel or America in the 1970’s like my family had done,...
  • Gas, bonds, land, the Prime Minister and Attorney General. What are the real interests of George Soros in Ukraine?

    12/26/2019 2:35:40 AM PST · by NorseViking · 10 replies
    The Nation (of Ukraine) ^ | December 25, 2019 | Dennis Rafalsky
    The lawyer of the President of the USA Rudy Giuliani has again hit the headlines in the Ukrainian media. In an interview with New York Magazine he declared that the famous American financier and philanthropist George Soros, in which the current head of the White house Donald trump sees a consistent opponent lobbied for the appointment of several U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine. “He put all four ambassadors there,” said Giuliani in an interview, without specifying precisely which of the ambassadors he has in mind. But, apparently, he means the one who recently left the post - Marie Yovanovitch, one in...
  • Netanyahu: Putin said that if I were not PM, Israel and Russia would be at war

    12/26/2019 9:06:04 AM PST · by ransomnote · 13 replies ^ | December 25, 2019 | TOI STAFF
    In interview ahead of Likud primary, PM refuses to answer questions on whether he will seek immunity from prosecution or what he’ll do if High Court rules he can’t form government Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin told him the two countries could have found themselves at war had it not been for the close relationship between their leaders.“Putin told me that were it not for our relationship, we could have found ourselves in the midst of a military clash… Only because we meet every few months has this been avoided,” Netanyahu said in an...
  • How a Poisoning in Bulgaria Exposed Russian Assassins in Europe

    12/22/2019 7:07:49 AM PST · by karpov · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 22, 2019 | Michael Schwirtz
    SOFIA, Bulgaria — The Russian assassin used an alias, Sergei Fedotov, and slipped into Bulgaria unnoticed, checking into a hotel in Sofia near the office of a local arms manufacturer who had been selling ammunition to Ukraine. He led a team of three men. Within days, one man sneaked into a locked parking garage, smeared poison on the handle of the arms manufacturer’s car, then left, undetected, except for blurry images captured by surveillance video. Shortly after, the arms manufacturer, Emilian Gebrev, was meeting with business partners at a rooftop restaurant when he began to hallucinate and vomit. The poisoning...
  • the City of Behbahan, is the vanguard of uprising Against the Irans' Mullahs

    12/18/2019 7:20:57 AM PST · by hassan.mahmoud · 6 replies
    Dec.18,2019 | Hassan.Mahmoudi
    Iran: the City of Behbahan, is the vanguard of uprising Against the Mullahs Behbahan is an oil-rich city in western Iran and in Khuzestan province. Most of the population is Bakhtiari Lor. The people of this city are renowned for their hospitality, generosity, and courage. Their resistance and the stories of the brave and zealous soldiers confronting Alexander and then Afghans are prominent in history. The city’s 10000 years history with its 70 ancient hills, towers, walls and moats around the city portrays its unique glory and grandeur. The proximity of the Zagros Mountains alongside fields of narcissus has added...
  • Tempest wizards: why the enemies don't take forward air controllers prisoners?

    12/15/2019 4:27:06 AM PST · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    rian ^ | 12.01.2019 | Andrew Kotz
    During the years of operation in Syria, the Russian fighters, bombers and attack helicopters rained down on the heads of islamists tons of bombs, missiles and rockets. The great performance of air forces is confirmed by numerous videos and regular reports of the Ministry of Defense of the thousands of destroyed ISIS objects. However, those on the ground who at great risk to themselves helps the flyboys beat the enemy unjustly remain in the shadows. About the dangerous profession of the forward air controllers RIAN is reporting now. "The eyes of aviation" Forward air controller (PAN - Russian military slang)...