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Nato to step up presence near Russian borders

Air patrols and warships in Baltic and eastern Mediterranean will be increased to reassure Nato members in eastern Europe.

The Guardian, By Julian Borger, & Paul Lewis, April 16

Washington – Nato has announced it is stepping up its presence around Russian borders to reassure eastern European member states, in an effort also aimed at [...]

The “Purple Wedding” of Geo-Politics

Sorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without needing to give a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.


Ukraine prepares armed response as city seized by pro-Russia forces

The Globe & Mail / Reuters, By Pavel Polityuk & Thomas Grove, April 12

Kiev/Moscow – Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an “act of aggression by Russia”.

Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk [...]

US Neocons in Irons, Tacking towards Goal: Misery for All

Vlad-the-Invader has been decisive in his reaction to NATO’s attempt to push the borders of Russia west of the Urals and to lose Russia’s only warm water port.

With Russia’s history that decisiveness should have been expected, and we wonder if the US neocons had a plan which included contingencies for that action and the [...]

“It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine”

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov pens a “Comment is free”…

The Guardian – The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. [...]

Ukraine crisis: US-Russia deadlock despite ‘frank’ talks

BBC, March 30

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced no breakthrough on Ukraine, following four hours of “frank” talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Mr Kerry said he told Mr Lavrov that the US still considered Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region to be “illegal and illegitimate”.

He said he had stressed that [...]

Has Putin blinked?

Returning weapons according to and Putin calling Obama. It’s all about sanctions and credit cards.

100,000 Russian troops on Ukraine border

Reports from al arabiya seems legit.. USA claims 30,000 however. verifies Hillary’s Claim

The toppling of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych and the takeover of the Crimean region by Russia has captured headlines around the world. Western nations including Australia have condemned Russia’s moves. At a function on March 4, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton told the audience that “if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler [...]

Russian forces storm Ukrainian air base in Crimea

Washington Post, By Carol Morello, Will Englund & Griff Witte, March 22

Belbek, Crimea — Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea.

After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions [...]

Obama’s Presidential Library Announced: Details

The White House announced today that the site for the Obama Presidential Library will be built in multiple cities, with multiple wings to the library, to continue the momentum of bipartisanship started under the Obama Administration.

A White House spokesman said :

We’re providing the list of cities and wings we can identify. In keeping [...]

We Don’t Even Have to Lift a Finger

Someone buy this poor destitute man a shirt, please!

The morons in Conservativeville have been braying their lust for President Putin, the overweight exhibitionist who shoots sedated tigers and calls himself a hunter (no wonder rightwingers love him: he shoots guns at defenseless animals then calls himself a man). In turn, they call Obama [...]

Population Wars

What country has a lower birthrate than London or Paris? Answer after the break.


Putin signs decree for Crimean annexation, blasts West

Putin: ‘In our hearts we know Crimea has always been an inalienable part of Russia’

Al Jazeera, March 18

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders Tuesday signed a decree on the annexation of the strategically located peninsula by the Russian Federation, and the measure will be sent to parliament later in the day for [...]

Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion in north Crimea

Deadly clashes continue in Ukraine for second day

The Hindu, By Vladimir Radyuhin, March 15

Ukraine accused Russian forces of invading a village in Crimea on Saturday and vowed to use “all necessary measures” to stop the attack.

The Ukraine foreign ministry said about 80 Russian troops, backed by four helicopter gunships and three armoured [...]