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  • Fearing Russian invasion Estonia's civilians heed their country's call to arms

    05/13/2024 8:49:46 AM PDT · by MeganC · 52 replies
    Euronews ^ | 13 May 2024 | Hans von der Brelie
    EU member Estonia feels threatened by neighbour Russia. This year, the small NATO country will invest over 3% of its GDP to beef up its defence capabilities. It has also been hosting NATO exercises and training civilians in trench warfare, as EuronewsWitness reporter Hans von der Brelie discovered. Indrek Jurtšenko is a trained opera singer. But today he takes me to a military manoeuvre in the Estonian forests. Armed civilians, part of the “Estonian Defence League” (EDL), are war-gaming together with professional soldiers: “In our exercise there are 500 people from Estonia, Lithuania and France participating”, he says. The drill...
  • (VIDEO) Russian state TV claims the West lost WWII

    05/13/2024 8:25:47 AM PDT · by MeganC · 57 replies
    Russia 1 state television via Russia Media Monitor ^ | 13 May 2024 | Russia Media Monitor
    Synopsis: Russian state media talking heads claim that the Western Allies actually lost World War Two and that the war was won solely by Russia.
  • Anti-Israel activists behind Columbia University protests trained in Cuba for years

    05/11/2024 7:23:51 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    ADN America ^ | May 7, 2024 | Gelet Martínez Fragela
    Some of the anti-Israel protests taking place at U.S. college campuses, including the recent demonstrations at Columbia University, have been supported by organizations that traveled to communist Cuba to receive resistance training, an ADN investigation has uncovered. ADN’s investigation coincides with a recent Sunday report published by the New York Post that revealed a radical NYC based organization known as The People’s Forum familiarized anti-Israel activists with Black Lives Matter protest techniques just hours before they stormed Hamilton Hall at Columbia University, and that the group was incited by Manolo De Los Santos–a radical activist organizer with deep ties to...
  • All 5 Central Asian Leaders To Attend Victory Day Parade In Moscow

    05/07/2024 12:58:37 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 12 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 5/7/2024 | Staff
    All five Central Asian presidents are scheduled to attend a parade on Red Square on May 9 to commemorate the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, while the majority of the world's leaders continue to condemn Russia's ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine launched in February 2022. Yury Ushakov, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, on May 7 said Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov, and Turkmen President Serdar Berdymukhammedov will attend the event in the Russian capital’s Red Square. Ushakov added that President Miguel Diaz-Canel of...
  • Cuba's Puppet President Lands in Russia for WWII Victory Parade

    05/08/2024 4:14:22 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/8/2024 | Christian K. Caruzo
    The figurehead president of the Cuban communist Castro regime, Miguel Díaz-Canel, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for a two-day official visit that will include a meeting with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, who has been recently inaugurated for a new six-year term as president. According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Díaz-Canel will “address bilateral agenda priorities” following Putin’s inauguration, meeting with other representatives of the Russian government before meeting with Putin on Thursday. Díaz-Canel will also participate in Wednesday’s meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, representing Cuba in its capacity as an observer member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU)....
  • Russia celebrates victory in World War II as Putin accuses the West of fueling global conflicts

    05/09/2024 3:26:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 37 replies
    AP ^ | May 9, 2024
    Russia on Thursday wrapped itself in patriotic pageantry for Victory Day, as President Vladimir Putin celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II by hailing his forces fighting in Ukraine and blasting the West for fueling conflicts around the world. Even though few veterans of what Russia calls the Great Patriotic War are still alive 79 years after Berlin fell to the Red Army, the victory remains the most important and widely revered symbol of Russia’s prowess and a key element of national identity. Even though few veterans of what Russia calls the Great Patriotic War are still...
  • Russian state TV covers Putin's inauguration

    05/08/2024 9:07:19 AM PDT · by MeganC · 23 replies
    Synopsis: The diminutive Russian dictator is inaugurated for the fifth term of his permanent presidency. Russia 1 state television covers the event. State media has also anointed Putin as "Vladimir the Terrible", an imperial title.
  • Key statements by Vladimir Putin at his inauguration speech:

    05/07/2024 4:44:37 AM PDT · by hardspunned · 91 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 5/7/24 | Putin
    🔺Russia itself and only itself will determine its own fate; 🔺Russia will pass through the difficult, milestone period with dignity and become even stronger, it must be self-sufficient and competitive; 🔺The key priority for Russia is the people's safeguarding, preservation of age-old values and traditions; 🔺Russia is ready to strengthen good relations with all countries, with the world majority; 🔺Russia will continue to work with partners on the formation of a multipolar world order;
  • How Stalin enlisted the Orthodox Church to help control Ukraine

    05/07/2024 11:26:04 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Aeon Journal ^ | Kathryn David
    In September 1943, as the tide of the Second World War was turning in the Soviet Union’s favour, the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin called a meeting at the Kremlin. Alongside the foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov and the head of the secret police Vsevolod Merkulov were three men in Stalin’s office for the first time: Metropolitan Sergius, Metropolitan Aleksey, and Metropolitan Nikolay, three of the few Orthodox Church hierarchs left in the Soviet Union. The fact of such a meeting taking place is naturally surprising. Even those who know little about the Soviet Union are familiar with its anti-religious policies, especially...
  • Vladimir Putin sworn in for fifth term as president in front of hand-picked guests including Steven Seagal after destroying his political opponents

    05/07/2024 4:46:05 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/7/2024 | Elena Salvoni
    Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for his fifth term as Russia's president in front of dignitaries, celebrities and friends, including US actor Steven Seagal and a biker gang leader known as 'The Surgeon'. -snip- Also in attendance was Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, a crony of Putin's who has been the subject of claims that he is terminally ill in recent weeks. The Head of the Chechen Republic appeared to struggle up the stairs into the hall as he arrived flanked by his aides, who helped him to pull off his jacket when they reached the top.
  • Nothing ‘gentlemanly’ in Chinese diplomacy

    05/05/2024 2:11:48 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, May 4, 2024 | Bhopinder Singh
    OPINION China’s recent outcry over the alleged breach of ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ with the Philippines reveals a profound irony, given the history of its coercion and deceit There is a huge amount of insincerity and gall involved in the Chinese complaint that the Philippines had torn up the bilateral ‘Gentleman’s Agreement,’ between Beijing and Manila. While the term ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ has an implicit assumption of ‘trust’ as a fundamental tenet besting a relationship, which may otherwise not be legally binding -- to even imagine that there has been any element of ‘trust’ between these two sparing countries, is to put oneself...
  • Putin parades Yars nuclear missile launchers, tanks & gun-touting soldiers ahead of annual Victory Day celebrations

    05/05/2024 12:09:47 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 56 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 5/5/2024 | Iona Cleave
    May 9 parades across other regions in Russia have been cancelled this year over 'security concerns'. VLADIMIR Putin paraded nuclear missile launchers, tanks and thousands of war-ready troops this morning ahead of his triumphant Victory Day event. -snip- Ahead of the patriotic event, Russia's fearsome intercontinental nuclear missiles were pulled through the capital's streets in a show of force to the West. Huge columns of troops marched towards the Red Square and even children in oversized battledress joined in the military festivities. The real events will be held on Thursday under intense security, with reports suggesting that Moscow's centrepiece show...
  • How Reagan and Thatcher would have defeated Putin in Ukraine

    05/03/2024 7:35:04 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/3/2024 | ROBERT PITTENGER AND OLEG DUNDA
    A bipartisan majority in the U.S. Congress recently took the noble and necessary action of devoting a fresh round of aid worth $61 billion to Ukraine. Now that the U.S. has stepped up militarily, the West needs to ramp up a line of effort that has been lacking in its Ukraine strategy: intensifying economic warfare. It’s a tactic that President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would have embraced — and one that will undermine the Russian military and the Vladimir Putin’s regime’s stability. Reagan came into office perceiving the Soviet Union’s economic weakness, and resolved early in...
  • Ukraine's Energy Plants Seek Air Defenses

    05/03/2024 6:54:21 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 3, 2024 | Associated Presstitu
    Ukrainian energy workers are struggling to repair the damage from intensifying airstrikes aimed at pulverizing Ukraine’s energy grid, hobbling the economy and sapping the public’s morale. Staff worry they will lose the race to prepare for winter unless allies come up with air-defense systems like the U.S.-made Patriots to stop Russian attacks inflicting more destruction on already damaged plants. "Rockets hit fast. Fixing takes long," Oleh said in limited but forceful English. DTEK says it has lost 80% of its electricity-generating capacity in almost 180 aerial attacks since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022. It estimates that repairing...
  • (VIDEO) Russian TV promotes the return of punitive psychiatry

    05/02/2024 10:56:06 AM PDT · by MeganC · 24 replies
    Russia 1 state television commentators propose a resumption of Soviet-era psychiatric practices in which anyone opposed to the regime would be subjected to psychiatric torture.
  • Ukraine forced to withdraw from more villages as Russia intensifies pressure

    04/29/2024 8:49:52 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/29/2024 | BRAD DRESS
    Ukrainian troops have made a tactical retreat from three more villages as Russian forces press forward across the eastern front line and take advantage of Kyiv’s exhausted military, which is desperately awaiting the arrival of new U.S. assistance. Ukraine’s commander in chief, Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, said in a Telegram post Sunday that the “situation at the front has worsened” and described some of the toughest fighting west of Avdiivka, the city that fell to Russian forces in February. In that direction, Ukrainian troops withdrew from the villages of Berdychi, Semenivka and Novomykhailivka. “Trying to seize the strategic initiative and...
  • Does China have designs on Siberia?

    04/22/2024 9:22:10 AM PDT · by Vendome · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/22/22 | DIANE FRANCIS
    Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is tarnished as a result of Russia’s unprovoked invasion and occupation of Ukraine. Xi has been distancing China from Putin’s predations gradually — out of deference to his two biggest customers, the United States and European Union. But on Sept. 15 his displeasure about the war became public. Putin himself admitted at a press conference following a meeting with Xi that China had “concerns” about his war in Ukraine. So did India. But there is one more elephant in the room: Siberia, a region bigger and richer than any place...
  • Europe—but Not NATO—Should Send Troops to Ukraine

    04/22/2024 7:17:29 AM PDT · by hardspunned · 83 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 4/22/24 | Alex Crowther, Phillips O’Brien
    taboo has been broken in Europe. Only a few months ago, it would have been inconceivable for European leaders to propose sending European troops to Ukraine. But on February 26, French President Emmanuel Macron said the deployment of European forces to Ukraine could not be “ruled out.” Since then, other European officials have joined the chorus; the Finnish defense minister and Polish foreign minister have both suggested that their countries’ forces could end up in Ukraine. These comments, combined with existing support for such measures in the Baltic states, show that there is a growing bloc of countries open to...
  • Donald Trump says Ukraine's survival is important to US

    04/18/2024 3:40:00 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 18, 2024 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - Donald Trump said on Thursday the survival of Ukraine is important to the United States, a shift in tone days before the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives is due to vote on a $61 billion aid package.
  • Would Israel Go Nuclear Against Iran? And will the U.S. be dragged along for the ride?

    04/17/2024 3:27:52 PM PDT · by hardspunned · 44 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 4/15/24 | Douglas Macgregor
    In August 1961, during a period when tensions between Washington and Moscow were at a high point, Admiral Konstantin I. Derevyanko penned a letter to Premier Krushchev. His purpose was to alert Krushchev to what the Admiral called the “nuclear romanticism” of the Soviet General Staff. The Admiral’s words still carry the force of logic and common sense and are still worthy of our attention today: Which planet do these people [the Soviet General Staff] intend to live on in the future, and to which Earth do they plan to send their troops to conquer territories?... By this indiscriminately massive...