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  • U.S. Allows Baltic NATO Members to Send Arms to Ukraine (Stinger missiles!!!)

    01/20/2022 12:40:34 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 77 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/20/2022 | Michael R. Gordon
    The U.S. has given approval for three Baltic NATO members to send American-made weapons to Ukraine, U.S. officials said. The decision will enable Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to send Javelin antitank weapons and Stinger air-defense systems for Ukraine’s forces. The Biden administration has also notified Congress that it intends to provide Ukraine with five Mi-17 transport helicopters, U.S. officials said. The Russian-made helicopters had been intended for Afghanistan’s military and were being repaired in Ukraine.
  • Even without war, Russia has defeated Europe already

    01/19/2022 8:46:31 AM PST · by mac_truck · 45 replies
    EUObserver ^ | 1/19/2022 | John Holslag
    Whether or not Vladimir Putin moves his troops into Ukraine, he has once again confronted Europe with a most painful reality: while being too weak to defend itself, it can no longer rely on the United States to come to its rescue. We are facing a reality in which Russia, despite its economy only having the size of Italy's, can bully and intimidate a continent thanks to its energy reserves and its readiness to project vast military power. Sure, any Russian invasion of Ukraine would cost Russia a fortune and likely degrade into a grinding war of attrition. Invasion is...
  • Russia moves troops to Belarus for joint exercises near Ukraine border

    01/17/2022 6:11:43 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 17 replies
    the guardian ^ | 1/17/2022 | Andrew Roth Moscow correspondent
    Move likely to stoke invasion fears as war games also planned near borders of Nato members Poland and Lithuania Russia has begun moving troops to Ukraine’s northern neighbour Belarus for joint military exercises, in a move likely to increase fears in the west that Moscow is preparing for an invasion. The joint military exercises, named United Resolve, are to take place as Russia also musters forces along Ukraine’s eastern border, threatening a potential invasion that could unleash the largest conflict in Europe for decades. Wendy Sherman, Jens Stoltenberg, the Russian deputy foreign minister, Alexander Grushko, and the Russian deputy defence...
  • Russia says Ukraine talks hit 'dead end', Poland warns of risk of war

    01/14/2022 5:07:01 PM PST · by McGruff · 89 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 13, 2022 | Thomas Escritt and Tom Balmforth
    Poland's foreign minister said on Thursday that Europe was at risk of plunging into war as Russia said it was not yet giving up on diplomacy but that military experts were preparing options in case tensions over Ukraine could not be defused. In Washington, the White House said the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remained high with some 100,000 Russian troops deployed and the United States would make public within 24 hours intelligence suggesting Russia might seek to invent a pretext to justify one. "The drumbeat of war is sounding loud, and the rhetoric has gotten rather shrill,"...
  • Nazi archive on Freemasonry with trove of 80,000 items amassed by Heinrich Himmler could shed light on the secret society, researchers say

    01/09/2022 5:31:39 PM PST · by Scarlett156 · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9 January 2022 | Jack Newman
    A historic archive of Freemasonry amassed by the Nazis in their wartime purge could still reveal secrets about the society, researchers say. From insight into women's Masonic lodges to the musical scores used in closed ceremonies, the trove - housed in an old university library in western Poland - has already shed light on a little known history. But more work remains to be done to fully examine all the 80,000 items that date from the 17th century to the pre-World War II period.
  • Russian gas flows east via Yamal-Europe pipeline for fifth day

    12/25/2021 12:14:09 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2021
    The Yamal-Europe pipeline that usually sends Russian gas to Western Europe was operating in a reverse mode for a fifth day on Saturday, shipping fuel from Germany to Poland, data from German network operator Gascade showed....Putin has also said that Germany was reselling Russian gas to Poland and Ukraine rather than relieving an overheated market....Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov told the NTV channel that the company was ready to supply additional gas within its long-term contracts, which would be cheaper than short-term deals concluded on European spot market.Reverse flows from Germany to Poland - and probably to Ukraine as well -...
  • Poland accuses Germany of trying to form 'Fourth Reich'

    12/25/2021 2:37:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.24.2021 | lc/aw (dpa, AFP)
    Poland’s deputy prime minister and the leader of its ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, accused Germany’s new government of wanting to turn the European Union into a federal “German Fourth Reich.” In an interview with far-right Polish daily GPC published on Friday, the head of the Law and Justice (PiS) party said that some countries “are not enthusiastic at the prospect of a German Fourth Reich being built on the basis of the EU.” […] He added that the EU’s Court of Justice was being used as an “instrument” for federalist ideas. […] The agreement forged by the three parties to...
  • Polish deputy PM says Germany wants to turn EU into ‘fourth reich’

    12/24/2021 10:54:54 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 22 replies ^ | Fri 24 Dec 2021 | Agence France-Presse in Warsaw
    Polish deputy PM says Germany wants to turn EU into ‘fourth reich’ Jarosław Kaczyński’s remarks in far-right newspaper are latest episode in Poland’s lengthy standoff with EU Kaczyński during a meeting with French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen Kaczyński during a meeting with French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen this month. Photograph: Alain Robert/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock Agence France-Presse in Warsaw Fri 24 Dec 2021 10.32 EST The head of Poland’s ruling party, Jarosław Kaczyński, has said Germany is trying to turn the EU into a federal “German fourth reich”. Speaking to the far-right Polish newspaper GPC, the head of the...
  • CCP Stuns Biden, Blasts U.S. Military ‘War Crimes’ In Middle East.

    12/19/2021 10:49:10 AM PST · by · 20 replies ^ | December 19, 2021 | Raheem J. Kassam Natalie Winters
    Justice may be delayed, but it will not be denied,” is the strap-line of a video from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that now has millions of views from across the world. The startling speech in the clip attached (below) is part of a new Chinese Communist Party effort to undermine the United States on the world stage, taking advantage of an increasingly weak Biden regime. No such wild sabre-rattling came from China during the Trump administration. They didn’t dare. But with Biden and Harris at the helm for less than a year, the world is now witnessing a rush...
  • Showdown over Ukraine looms as Russia, NATO unlikely to reach deal

    12/19/2021 9:48:17 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 16 replies ^ | 12/20/2021 | Global Times
    If US-led bloc refuses Moscow's proposal, 'regional conflicts would increase' By Yang Sheng Published: Dec 19, 2021 10:29 PM Updated: Dec 19, 2021 10:37 PM The intense situation around Ukraine between Russia and NATO is unlikely to ease, as it is almost impossible that NATO will accept the security guarantee proposed by Moscow due to entrenched hostility to Russia, Chinese analysts said, adding that the US-led bloc will not give up expansion to the east, and Russia will definitely take action to retaliate. They noted that although China hopes the two sides can resolve the situation peacefully, the two sides...
  • Poland plans to bolster military amid threats from Belarus, Russia

    12/16/2021 8:49:22 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 37 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10/26/2021 | Deutsche Welle
    The Polish government revealed a homeland defense bill on Tuesday, which could see a massive boost to the country's military. The leader of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is also deputy prime minister, said the bill comes as a response to current global trends and Poland's political geography. Speaking at a news conference in Warsaw, Kaczynski cited "Russia's imperial ambitions" and the migrant challenge on its eastern border with Belarus as top security challenges. "If we want to avoid the worst, that is war, we have to act according to the old rule: 'If you...
  • US says Russia will be making a 'serious mistake' as it warns it is 'looking at ways of dealing' with Lukashenko as UK sends soldiers to Poland after Putin provokes West by deploying troops in Belarus and sending bombers over North Sea

    11/14/2021 4:29:01 PM PST · by blueplum · 35 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 13 November 2021 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Antony Blinken said Belarus is using migration as a weapon and said US is 'looking at tools it has' to respond Kamala Harris condemned Lukashenko's 'troubling actions' on the border and warned 'world is watching' But Belarus hit back, as defence minister said West is trying to 'initiate conflict' and he will 'respond harshly' Came after Belarus and Russia held military drills near border, with UK troops deployed to beef up defences Russia also flew two nuclear-capable bombers close to the UK with RAF Typhoons deployed to escort them US also warned that Russia is preparing to invade eastern Ukraine...
  • Poland MPs approve Belarus 'border wall' amid tensions with EU over migrants..... (mostly from the Middle East and Africa)

    10/30/2021 9:05:28 AM PDT · by caww · 21 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/29/2021 | Text by News Wires
    The wall will cost an estimated 353 million euros ($407 million) and is planned to stretch over more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) on the European Union's eastern border. Polish President Andrzej Duda vowed to sign the emergency legislation within the coming days. Thousands of migrants and refugees -- mostly from the Middle East and Africa -- have tried to cross the Polish border from Belarus since August. Poland has responded to the unprecedented influx by sending thousands of soldiers to the border and implementing a state of emergency there, as well as hastily building a razor-wire fence.
  • Poland becomes haven for Belarusians fleeing crackdown

    06/21/2021 11:18:42 PM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2021 | Reuters
    Thousands of Belarusians escaping a political crackdown by President Alexander Lukashenko have fled to neighbouring Poland in the past year, but their long-term future there is uncertain. ..As turmoil shook Belarus, Poland proclaimed itself a European leader in supporting Belarusian opposition politicians, calling for more European Union funding, launching a special aid program for 50 million zlotys ($13 million)and easing visa procedures for Belarusians. According to the Polish foreign ministry and Poland's Office for Foreigners, nearly 10,000 Belarusians have applied for humanitarian visas or asylum in the past year.
  • Pope calls for Poland to protect life amid protests over abortion law {Catholic/Orthodox Caucus}

    10/29/2020 2:43:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Crux Now ^ | 28 October 2020 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    As protests against a near-total ban on abortions gripped Poland, Pope Francis urged the people of the country to defend life. Addressing Polish pilgrims during his weekly general audience Oct. 28, the pope invoked the memory of St. John Paul II, who “always urged a privileged love for the least and the defenseless and for the protection of every human being, from conception to natural death.” The pope prayed, through the intercession of Mary and of St. John Paul, that God would “arouse in everyone’s hearts respect for the life of our brothers and sisters, especially of the most fragile...
  • Poland’s top court rules abortion due to foetal defects unconstitutional

    10/23/2020 2:33:03 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Polskie Radio ^ | 23 October 2020 | polskie radio
    Poland already has one of the toughest abortion laws in the European Union. After the new decision goes into effect, abortions will only be allowed if the pregnancy is the result of a crime such as incest or rape, or threatens the life or health of the woman. The ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal came after a group of conservative MPs from various parties last year urged tighter abortion rules. "The mere fact of a fetal impairment or an incurable disease cannot decide on the termination of pregnancy from the constitutional perspective", Constitutional Tribunal judge Justyn Piskorski said after the...
  • Poland plans ‘radical’ strengthening of its military (“more than double the size of the military to 250,000 soldiers”)

    12/18/2021 7:23:35 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 12 replies
    PBS ^ | Oct 26, 2021 | By — Vanessa Gera, Associated Press
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader presented plans Tuesday for a bill to "defend the fatherland," legislation he said is aimed at "radically" strengthening the military as the country faces migration pressure from its eastern neighbor Belarus. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who holds the position of deputy prime minister but is undisputedly the most powerful politician in Poland, said the bill is needed due to a deteriorating international situation and also to Poland's geopolitical location. Examples he gave included neighboring "Russia's imperial ambitions" and the hybrid warfare being waged by Belarus against Poland and other European Union nations using migrants....
  • Will Poland Have to Defend Europe from Islam Again?

    12/18/2021 3:39:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    American ^ | December 18, 2021 | Gunnar Heinsohn
    In 1621, the city of Chocim in today's western Ukraine witnessed a mighty battle between the Polish-Lithuanian Empire and an invading Ottoman army. Chocim is rightly remembered by Poland as a victory, although the conflict ended in a political draw. But this stalemate was fought by only about 50,000 men against three times as many Turks and Mongols. After the death of the Polish commander-in-chief, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, it was Stanisław Lubomirski (1583–1649), not yet forty years old, who turned the tide in favor of Warsaw. Chocim was not the first battle in this war against Muslim aggression. Already in...
  • Poland angers US by rushing through media law amid concerns over press freedom

    12/18/2021 1:03:35 AM PST · by Cronos · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 18 December 2021 | Reuters
    Poland’s parliament passed a media bill that detractors say aims to silence a news channel critical of the government, in an unexpected move that will stoke concern over media freedom and reopen a diplomatic dispute with the US. Critics say the legislation will affect the ability of news channel TVN24, owned by US media company Discovery Inc, to operate because it tightens the rules around foreign ownership of media in Poland. The vote sours relations with the US, Poland’s most powerful ally, at a time of heightened tension in eastern Europe over an increasingly assertive Russia. Lawmakers had not been...
  • Russia threatens war unless US abandons eastern NATO allies

    12/18/2021 5:40:44 AM PST · by tlozo · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2021 | Joel Gehrke
    That stark warning followed the release of a “draft treaty” proposal from Moscow that Russian officials portray as a resolution to the standoff, which has intensified as Russian forces amass near Ukraine's borders. Yet the Russian document demands not only that NATO promise never to admit Ukraine to the alliance, but it also goes so far as to demand the removal of U.S. and Western European forces from Central and Eastern Europe — a rollback that would amount to a practical breakup of NATO. “It’s not even valid to consider it,” a Baltic official told the Washington Examiner on condition...