There is brouhaha in the media these days about the Russian invasion of the Crimea and the subsequent referendum in that territory. Western governments call the invasion unjust, and the subsequent referendum invalid; Putin is labelled a blackguard - a throwback to Hitler, they say. By whose standards are these incursions into sovereign territories judged? By whose standards are referendums that are put together with obscure questions that deliver confused answers considered just?
I’m going to flip the coin to other “invasions”; Iraq by the USA and its allies on the hunt for mythical... Read More
The troops will be part of a group of about 1,300 troops, mostly American, who are taking part in Rapid Trident, a previously planned exercise. US officers cancelled a military exercise in Russia in the light of current events but confirmed the exercise in Ukraine would go ahead. British officials said they had yet to decide the UK’s level of participation in Ukraine but confirmed planning for Rapid Trident 2014 in Lviv, near the Polish border, was ongoing. The US has already sent 12 warplanes and 300 personnel to Poland in the wake of Russia’s takeover of Crimea. On Tuesday, vice president... Read More
Russia now has more than 30,000 troops in Ukraine’s disputed Crimea peninsular, according to reports. The estimate is nearly twice the previous figure given by Ukraine’s new government in Kiev. A spokesman for Serhiy Astakhov, head of the Ukrainian border guards, told Reuters the figure included both troops that had arrived over the last week and Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, based in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol. Moscow’s forces now have complete control of Crimea,... Read More
Turkey has scrambled jets after Russian surveillance plane flew along Turkey's Black Sea Coast, shortly after a US destroyer deployed in the area. The report comes amid heightened tension over the crisis in Ukraine. The USS Truxtun passed the Dardanelles strait earlier today on its way to the Black Sea, amid reports that Russia has now 30,000 troops in Crimea. The US Navy said in a statement that the Truxtun would conduct training with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces.
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Once upon a time, I lived in a country that was emerging from socialism into capitalism. Locals were highly educated and poorly paid, essential goods were rationed, industry was inefficient, bureaucracy bloated, tourists were awarded a higher rate of exchange, and the black market outperformed the official one.
Times in the old country were historical and hysterical: bullock carts, traffic-less streets, antique vehicles belching noxious black fumes, shared food, material envy, assistance from friends and relatives living abroad who gave a few scraps and achieved hero status.
Then... Read More
“In Britain’s interests” he says..How about the Ukrainians Mr Eton Boy?
Barack Obama has ordered a freezing of US assets and visa restrictions on those involved in Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, as Britain’s David Cameron warned President Vladimir Putin “it cannot be business as usual”. Mr Obama signed an executive order aimed at punishing Russians and Ukrainians responsible for “threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”. The visa ban does not apply to the Russian President, a US official said. The White House’s rebuke came as the European Union also... Read More
The World today holds it's breath as several nations, the most powerful ones are at the edge of War that could take us all to our greatest fear. EVERYONE on Earth is effected as the USA, Russia, China the UK and France have war ports all over Earth from Australia, all over Europe and the Middle East and also South America. Ukraine has been taken over by Russia, now the BIG one has raised it's head. The World truly stands on the brink, people must step back and talk. Anyone alive during the Cuban missile crisis will know this fear, this is now on two fronts. Pray, everyone, Man know I research... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!
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