HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Blue_Tires » Journal
Page: « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 75 Next »


Profile Information

Gender: Male
Hometown: VA
Home country: USA
Current location: VA
Member since: 2003 before July 6th
Number of posts: 40,616

About Me

Blocked on Twitter by that rat bastard fuck @ggreenwald

Journal Archives

EU warns of Russian military buildup in Crimea

The EU warned Monday of a continued Russian military build-up in Crimea as it condemned Moscow’s “illegal annexation” of the peninsula from Ukraine one year ago.

Diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the 28-nation bloc was also deeply concerned at the deterioration of human rights, demanding free access for outside monitors to investigate the situation.

“The EU reaffirms its deep concern at the continuous military build-up and deterioration of the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula, including the denial of free speech and the persecution of persons belonging to minorities,” said a statement by Mogherini approved by the EU’s foreign ministers.

The European Union, which has hit Russia with tough economic sanctions over its intervention in Ukraine, “does not recognise and continues to condemn this act of violation of international law,” the statement said.


Toe-to-Toe with Putin: Canada Is Keeping an Eye on Expanding Russian Military In the Arctic

Today, in the morning hours of Moscow time, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave orders for snap military exercises in the Russian Far North. The sudden "combat readiness" maneuvers of the Northern Fleet are just the latest military flexing in the Arctic by Putin since the Ukraine crisis began in 2013.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is quoted in Sputnik News, the English wing of the state media apparatus, explaining that the exercises are designed to test Russia's ability to defend its Arctic regions.

"New challenges and threats of military security demand the further heightening of military capabilities of the Armed Forces and special attention will be paid to the state of the newly formed strategic merging in the North," said Shoigu.

Back in January, Putin announced major spending plans for Russian military infrastructure in the Arctic as well as expanding the very Northern Fleet currently testing its mettle.


Under Pressure From State Media, Russian Liberal Paper May Go Out of Print

One of Russia’s oldest and most liberal newspapers, famous for its critical stance against the Kremlin, is likely to go out of print, having come under considerable pressure due to competition from Russia’s state-sponsored newspapers.

Novaya Gazeta’s editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov told Russian television station Dozhd that the newspaper would probably stop its print operations in May, although he did not say whether the newspaper’s website would continue to function...

“...The independent media in Russia is under enormous pressure, both politically and commercially, in its battle to publish stories that the authorities would rather are not covered,” says Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship. “Novaya Gazeta is seen as one of the last independent voices that tries to bring the Russian people objective coverage of important news.”

“Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed for her reporting, was one of the paper's most famous writers, and is emblematic of the type of reporting that is now being suppressed in Russia,” Jolley continues.


Who are the Russian dissidents on same hit list as slain Boris Nemtsov?

A Russian fashion magazine editor and daughter of the former liberal mayor of St Petersburg, Ksenia Sobchak, is to flee Russia after learning she featured on a list of Russian opposition figures targeted for assassination, the Moscow Times reported.

Sobchak, the daughter of Vladimir Putin's former political mentor Anatoly Sobchak, is a prominent media figure in Russia, and member of Russia's liberal opposition, who took part in anti-government protests in 2011 and 2012.

At a meeting of a Russian literary society on 13 March, Sobchak said: "I will leave Russia for some time," after her name appeared on a list of people targeted for assassination published by Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which also featured slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

The "kill list", reportedly compiled by a high ranking Chechen security official, has struck fear into the hearts of Russia's opposition, with some fleeing abroad and others stepping up their security.

Below, IBTimes UK profiles other Russian dissidents who reportedly featured on the list.


Russia to hold anti-racism summit over 2018 World Cup fears

MOSCOW — Russia is planning an international anti-racism summit this year to try and get on top of the problem before hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The conference is a response to a report which detailed more than 200 cases of discriminatory behavior linked to Russian soccer over two seasons, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told Russian media.

Mutko said the conference would be held jointly with one of the two organizations behind that report, the UK-based Fare network.

“We’ll be holding a congress together with this organization in Russia. Let them appear and talk about the problems of racism that they see in Russian sport,” he was quoted as saying by the R-Sport agency.

However, Fare head Piara Powar told The Associated Press his organization had yet to confirm its participation following an approach from the Russian Football Union for an event that would be held either this month or next.

Powar said Russia was “free to do an event,” but that talk of a partnership with Fare was “very premature,” especially given that the event had been offered at short notice.

He added: “A quick event like this can only work if there are some clear outcomes, and some planning that involves the whole of Russian football to deal with the issues that they have in terms of discrimination and exclusion.”


Germany's Goal: Restoring Russia-Annexed Crimea to Ukraine

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's goal remains to restore the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, a year after Crimea's annexation by Russian forces.

Speaking after talks in Berlin with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Merkel said the March 19, 2014, annexation of the peninsula was a violation of international law that "called the peaceful order in Europe into question."

"It's important despite, or because of, this to work for a peaceful solution and not rest until the full sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored, and of course this includes Crimea," she said.

Merkel said if necessary, the European Union was prepared to bring more sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.


Russian state TV reported Putin met with the Kyrgyz president — but the meeting isn't until Monday

Russian state TV just published news from the future.

On Friday, Rossiya 24 reported a meeting between Russian president Vladminir Putin and Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev — even though the meeting is on Monday.

"The Kremlin also reports that Vladimir Putin met with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev in St. Petersburg on Monday," the Rossiya 24 journalist said, according to a translation by Business Insider.

"They talked about cooperation in investment and humanitarian spheres and the energy sector," the report went on. "They also discussed the possibility of Kyrgyzstan joining the Eurasion Union."


Nobody in Russia Is Buying Putin’s Nemtsov Lie

When Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in Moscow on February 27, he was two days away from appearing on one of Russia’s state-controlled television networks the only way he could: as the target of a hit piece against the opposition. NTV, which specializes in especially crude and sleazy propaganda smears, was set to broadcast a prime-time “investigative report” titled “The Anatomy of Protest 3.”

The first two specials, shown in 2012, used blurry hidden-camera video, dubious audio and voice-overs, and spliced footage to paint that year’s mass protests as orchestrated by paid agents of anti-Russian foreign interests.

“The Anatomy of Protest 3” was scheduled for Sunday, March 1—not coincidentally, the day Nemtsov was to lead a rally billed as the start of a springtime revival.

The promo on NTV’s website offered a taste of the latest installment, starring Nemtsov, exiled ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny: “How is the ‘Russian Maidan’ being prepared? Why do our revolutionaries make trips to Switzerland? What are they learning from their instructors in Kiev, and why do they meet with foreign diplomats in strictest secrecy?”


Has a pretty familiar scent...

Putin is engaged in 'an existential struggle' with the West

Vladimir Putin sees Russia and the West as being locked in "an existential struggle," reports USNI News, citing an expert at a Heritage Foundation event on Tuesday.

Eugene Rumer, the director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Russia and Eurasia Program, told the audience at the event that the rising tensions between Russia and the NATO-orientated West was a cause for concern. Particularly at stake in any ramping up of hostilities are the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Both Latvia and Estonia have large ethnic Russian populations which Rumer believes Putin "is not adverse to using ... to make domestic trouble."

If Putin starts using ethnic Russians to stir up trouble in those countries as he has done in Ukraine, then war just may be NATO's only possible response, predicted Rumer. As Moscow becomes more assertive, this likelihood increases.


Poland: Stronger Ukraine army can decrease conflict

WARSAW, Poland — Strengthening Ukraine’s army and supplying it with weapons could prevent an escalation of the conflict and would serve Europe’s interests, a top Polish security official said Thursday.

Stanislaw Koziej, the head of Poland’s National Security Office, met with Oleksandr Turchynov, the chairman of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council, to discuss cooperation between the neighboring countries.

He said they agreed that it would be in the “interest of Europe, of Poland and of Ukraine to strengthen Ukraine’s army and to supply it with weapons.” He did not specify what kind of weapons might be supplied.

Poland has offered Ukraine non-lethal military supplies like food, first aid kits, blankets and helmets. And it is to help train Ukrainian troops, who have been fighting Russia-backed separatists since April. So far, Poland’s government has indicated it would not supply weapons to Ukraine, but said Kiev was free to make commercial purchases from Polish arms producers.

Go to Page: « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 75 Next »