October 23, 2008

Although American intelligence and government sources are maintaining a strictly observed silence, the same does not apply to the Russians and so it is that we learn the real story of the MV Iran Deyanat. She was an enormous floating dirty bomb, intended to detonate after exiting the Suez Canal at the eastern end of the Mediterranean and in proximity to the coastal cities of Israel. The entire cargo of radioactive sand, obtained by Iran from China (the latter buys desperately needed oil from the former) and sealed in containers which, when the charges on the ship are set off after the crew took to the boats, will be blasted high into the air where prevailing winds will push the highly dangerous and radioactive cloud ashore.  >>>>>

Financial crisis: Countries at risk of bankruptcy from Pakistan to Baltics

October 12, 2008

There are mounting fears that Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Argentina could all now slide into a downward spiral towards bankruptcy, while western banks exposed to property bubble across Eastern Europe have seen their share price crushed.

The markets are pricing an 80pc risk that Ukraine will default, based on five-year credit default swaps (CDS) – an insurance policy on a country being able to pay its debts.  >>>>>

For a rational solution to this, go to the next post.

Moscow calls for anti-US alliance

October 10, 2008

In a speech delivered to European leaders at a conference hosted by the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, to discuss the international financial crisis, Mr Medvedev sought to show that the US was at the root of all the world’s problems. He blamed Washington’s “economic egotism” for the world’s financial woes and then accused the Bush Administration of taking Europe to the brink of a new cold war by pursuing a deliberately divisive foreign policy.

He also maintained that the US was once again trying to return to a policy of containing Russia. “After toppling the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the United States started a series of unilateral actions,” Mr Medvedev said. “As a result, a trend appeared in international relations towards creating dividing lines. This was in fact the revival of a policy popular in the past and known as containment.”  >>>>>

Russia’s Jerusalem land claim worries Israelis

October 7, 2008

Olmert’s cabinet agrees to hand over small tract known as Sergei’s Courtyard to Russian control. Legal Forum for the Land of Israel says deal ‘breach of Israeli sovereignty’ and may set precedent for other land claim. >>>>>

Olmert to head to Russia for talks on missiles sale to Iran

October 5, 2008

The Israeli military establishment is becoming increasingly concerned over talks between Russia and Iran about the sale of to Tehran. The deployment of these missiles would pose a major obstacle to any Israel Air Force operation against Iranian nuclear
facilities. >>>>>

Cyber Security Expert: Hackers Planning To Steal Election For McCain

September 30, 2008

In an ten part You Tube interview, Spoonamore warns that hackers are planning to steal the election on behalf of the McCain camp and even predicts the margin of victory, that McCain will make a “shocking recovery” and win 51.2 percent of the vote with three electoral votes over Obama…

Spoonamore also fingered Israel as another foreign government that was planning to attempt to hack the 2008 election.  “We don’t know who’s changing the vote now – these weird results are coming in all over,” said Spoonamore, adding that the danger of the vote being hacked by Israel, China or Russia is an even greater threat than partisan vote fraud on behalf of the Democrats and Republicans.  >>>>>

Yet we will support ‘our friends’ no matter what.

“Love your brother.  When he is right, support him.  When he is wrong, correct him.”

Police say suicide bomber attacks Ingushetia minister

September 30, 2008

Ingushetia is a poor, chiefly Muslim republic in a turbulent North Caucasus region where Moscow is struggling to contain an insurgency by Islamist militants who regularly kill officials in ambushes and bomb attacks. Last month the owner of an opposition Internet news site was shot dead while in police custody, provoking street protests against Medov and Ingushetia’s president Murat Zyazikov.  >>>>>

Rebel Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher backs Russia over Georgia

September 28, 2008

“The Russians were right; we’re wrong,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said at a hearing of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. “The Georgians started it; the Russians ended it,” he added.

It would be nice if the same types of breaks came out regarding the Republican position on Muslims in the U.S. and abroad.

Russians send warship to Somalia

September 27, 2008

A Russian warship is heading toward Somalia after pirates seized a Ukrainian freighter carrying rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft guns and 30 Russian T-72 tanks.

The frigate Neustrashimy (Fearless) was ordered to the region in response to “the rise in pirate attacks, including against Russian citizens,” Igor Dygalo, a Russian navy spokesman told AFP. As he spoke a Russian media report said the hijackers were seeking to discuss a ransom payment for the ship.

Russia-South Ossetia border may vanish

September 25, 2008

“{As far as integration is concerned, currently it will be enough if we essentially eliminate borders between the Russian Federation and South Ossetia, assisting to restore the republic’s economy, if we give people an opportunity to live quietly and bring up their children, develop their republic and communicate without restrictions, without formalities at the frontier,” Putin said. >>>>>

NATO accused of sheltering Afghan heroin trade

September 25, 2008

Within the framework of the Russia-NATO Council Russia is financing and conducting special training for Afghan police squads dealing with drug trafficking. Unfortunately, for more than a year not a single Afghan policeman came to Russia for training which is no wonder considering the fact that all actions of Afghanistan’s security services should be sanctioned by the U.S. >>>>>

Russia angers France over stance on Iran

September 25, 2008

In regards to Iran, he said, “We see no ‘fire alarm’ which would require us to put off other things in the extremely busy week of the UN General Assembly and meet in emergency (session) on the Iranian nuclear problem.”

Contrary to the findings of the UN nuclear watchdog, the US, Israel and their European allies accuse Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of seeking nuclear weapons. >>>>>

Abkhazia to host two Russian military bases – Bagapsh

September 24, 2008

SUKHUMI, September 23 (RIA Novosti) – Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh confirmed Tuesday that two Russian military bases are to be stationed in the republic, recognized as an independent state by Moscow on August 26. >>>>>

Vladimir Putin set to bait US with nuclear aid for Tehran

September 7, 2008

Vladimir Putin, the prime minister of Russia, who has been the driving force during the crisis, has declared he will take unspecified action in response.

“Everything has changed since the war in Georgia,” said one source. “What seemed impossible before, is more than possible now when our friends become our enemies and our enemies our friends. What are American ships doing off our coast? Do you see Russian warships off the coast of America?

“Russia will respond. A number of possibilities are being considered, including hitting America there where it hurts most – Iran.”  >>>>>

COMMENTARY: Israel of the Caucasus?

September 4, 2008

Israel began selling arms to Georgia seven years ago. U.S. grants facilitated these purchases. From Israel came former minister and former mayor of Tel Aviv Roni Milo, representing Elbit Systems, and his brother Shlomo, former director-general of Military Industries. Israeli UAV spy drones, made by Elbit Maarahot Systems, conducted recon flights over southern Russia, as well as into nearby Iran.

In a secret agreement between Israel and Georgia, two military airfields in southern Georgia had been earmarked for the use of Israeli fighter bombers in the event of preemptive attacks against Iranian nuclear installations. This would sharply reduce the distance Israeli fighter bombers would have to fly to hit targets in Iran. And to reach Georgian airstrips, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) would fly over Turkey. >>>>>

Anti-radical Islam reporter killed in south Russia

September 3, 2008

Unknown assailants shot Alishayev – an editor at an Islamic television station who made a documentary countering the radical Wahabist form of Islam – as he drove through Dagestan’s capital last night. He died today.

Analysts say predominantly Muslim Dagestan is fertile ground for radical Islam to attract disenfranchised young men, a trend they say could spread further through Russia’s north Caucasus.  >>>>>

There is a lot of speculation in this article.  First of all, the title speaks of what is radical.  Radical is of what is furthest from your point of view.  To some, anyone who prays to God, and calls him Allah, this is radical.  To others, prayer in any religion is radical behavior.  Who’s to say the man wasn’t killed over a robbery, or a personal beef?  We simply don’t know, yet we use this as an opportunity to attempt to further divide Islam in order to help ease tensions of those people and nations who have it in their hearts to kill Muslims, for greed or pure hate-filled nationalism, or just thirst for blood.

Russia: US still looking for WMDs in Iraq?

August 29, 2008

“I would like to ask the distinguished representative of the United States about….Weapons of Mass Destruction. Have you found them in Iraq yet or are you still looking for them”? Churkin said. >>>>>

Supreme Mufti of Russia calls on Muslim world to recognize sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

August 29, 2008

”From the beginning, the Central Muslim Board of Russia condemned the treacherous aggression against South Ossetia performed by the Georgian authorities, who unleashed a full-scale war against the long-suffered Ossetian people,” Tajuddin said. ”The blood of Russian peacekeepers is shed there, of hundreds and thousands of peaceful residents, children, women, defenseless old people. Tskhinval and peaceful villages were ruined. In fact, a genocide of a whole nation was performed.”   >>>>>

With all due respect to his statements, I can’t help but think of Russia’s position, past and present, with the Chechens.

Russia trifles with genocide

August 28, 2008

Of Russia’s many excuses for invading Georgia, its claim of preventing genocide has set back a new idea in human history. In 2005, the UN said the international community must intervene in countries suffering mass atrocities – putting mercy before sovereignty. Russia abused this idea in Georgia. The world now needs to save this humanitarian impulse to prevent real genocides. >>>>>

Thanks for the tip, CNS. Does this mandate apply to all the countries Muslims are dying in by the thousands?

Jerusalem Watch: Syria Seeks Missiles from Russia

August 22, 2008

JERUSALEM—Israeli policymakers in Jerusalem were rocked this week by the news that their newest “peace” partner might be seeking advanced weaponry from Russia. Syrian President Bashar Assad met with Russia President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a weapons agreement. The timing of the visit, writes the Los Angeles Times, is very important.  >>>>>