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Where Nations Collude and Collide. Nuclear flashpoints and New Wars. #Crimea Iran Israel, Korea, China India, South China Sea amongst others. Curated by Vijai VIr Singh Nair
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The Stumbling Yuan Could Ignite Currency War

The Stumbling Yuan Could Ignite Currency War | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it

Wall Street Journal reported that, “China’s central bank has intervened since late February to drive down the value of the yuan against the U.S. dollar by 2.8% so far in 2014, almost erasing all of its gains last year and ushering in a rare period of weakness for a currency which has steadily appreciated over the past decade,”and “it will clearly reignite the currency manipulation charges in the Congress.” However, Chinese economists believe that the central bank’s manipulation of the decline of RMB over the past two months could eventually lead to depreciation of yuan due to the poor market caused by the manipulation. 

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WSJ added, “Signs China is using its currency to deal with economic problems would intensify tensions, said Mr. Bergsten of the Peterson Institute. “They are clearly flirting with serious new troubles,” he said.” 

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Space: Where America and Russia Are Stuck With Each Other

Space: Where America and Russia Are Stuck With Each Other | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it

There’s no #Crimea in low Earth orbit. That happy fact is one reason that, for now, at least, U.S.-Russian cooperation in space will go on, including a planned launch today from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, which will ferry two cosmonauts and one astronaut up to the International Space Station (ISS). It’s something of an irony that during the early years of the Cold War, the race to the Moon was the very soul and symbol of the rivalry between the two countries, and now space is the only place America and Russia can stand to be in each other’s company. But it’s not exploratory good-fellowship at work. It’s hard reality—not to mention hard currency.

 

Start with the currency: Capitalist Russia may be richer than the Soviet Union ever was, but its economy is still a slow, petro-dependent mess. Ever since the last shuttle stood down in the summer of 2011, the U.S. has had no way to get astronauts up to the ISS other than aboard the workhorse Soyuz rocket. Even when the shuttles were flying, our astronauts would sometimes hitch a ride aboard the Soyuz, but seats didn’t come cheap, going for $26 million each in 2006. That fare that jumped to $43 million in 2011 and now that the shuttle program is no more, it’s a tidy $71 million per. When the airlines do it, it’s called dynamic pricing; when the Russians do it, we call it highway robbery. But hey, we always wanted them to try capitalism. Well, this is what it looks like..



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No #Crimea in low Earth orbit . Two countries don't have to like each other to fly together; they just have to need each other
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Ukraine ultra-right leader killed in police shootout

Ukraine ultra-right leader killed in police shootout | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it
Watch the video Ukraine ultra-right leader killed in police shootout on Yahoo News .
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Putin opens account with Rossiya Bank

Putin opens account with Rossiya Bank | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it
President Putin opened an account in Rossiya Bank, which became an object of sanctions imposed by the United States in relation to the situation in Crimea.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he announced last week, opened an account with the Rossiya Bank on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "The president's salary will be transferred to this bank account starting next month," Peskov said. Putin said on March 21 that he would open an account with the Rossiya Bank which has found itself on the United States' sanctions list in connection with the situation in Crimea.

 

Russia's Putin orders to keep his salary at US-sanctioned Rossiya bank


Russian President Vladimir Putin will open an account at the Rossiya bank which was put on the US sanctions list due to the events in Crimea. "I have already said that I intend to open my personal account there.

 

Moreover, I have instructed the [Kremlin] Affairs Management Department to transfer my salary to it," Putin told reporters on Friday.

The bank’s clients must not suffer any losses because of the US sanctions, Putin said.

 

"Without doubt, we should not only protect but also help the bank’s clients in order to prevent any impact on either the financial institution or its clients," the president said.

 

Earlier the same day, Putin said he would open an account in Rossiya on Monday.

 

"As far as I understand, it’s a medium-size bank," Putin said after hearing Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s report about the US sanctions at a meeting of the Russian Security Council

 

"I personally don’t have an account there but will open it on Monday by all means," Putin said.

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Ukraine Battles to Rebuild a Depleted Military

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With Russia hovering, the country is seeking donations from its population to fund its army

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As the Kremlin began its invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea last month, a days-old government in Kiev turned to its military to stem the tide. There was an immediate problem: No car batteries for the military vehicles.

 

With coffers empty, Ukraine's fledgling government appealed to the U.S. embassy for help. The embassy said it would take weeks to get assistance, so the government had to search—among its own people—to find a regional oligarch, Ihor Kolomoisky, to kick in the funds to buy them locally.

 

According to a spokesman for the banking and oil products magnate, Mr. Kolomoisky spent "several million dollars" of his own money, but he stresses others are helping too. "There are lots of small businesses, farmers and local people who are pitching in to help the military bases," said the spokesman.

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More than 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and with Russia breathing down its neck, Ukraine's military has come down to this: a seriously, if not woefully, depleted force struggling to mount a defense against a formidable foe. The country once boasted a proud and sizable military—more than 750,000 strong—not to mention the third largest strategic nuclear arsenal in the world.

 

But stripped by years of neglect, corruption and an apparently unclear nuclear disarmament agreement with the superpowers, Ukraine's military has shrunk to a shadow of its former self, both in numbers and in working tanks, aircraft and battleships

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How has the world changed with the advent of the most recent Ukraine crisis? How realistic is Russia's isolation by the West? And are we experiencing a new g...

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North Korea test-fires 16 more missiles

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North Korea reportedly test-fires 16 more short-range rockets into the Sea of Japan.

 

A South Korean military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea fired the short-range rockets into the Sea of Japan between about 1:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. local time on Sunday (1600 GMT Saturday).

“They were rockets with a range of about 60 kilometers (37 miles),” added the South Korean official.

In a similar move on Saturday, Pyongyang test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan amid calls by Washington and Seoul to stop the so-called acts of provocation.


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North Korea has frequently announced that its missile tests are solely for the purpose of self-defense. Last week, Pyongyang said it would also strengthen its nuclear deterrence for self-defense in the face of US threats.

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Crimea re-joins Russia after US/Nazi coup in Ukraine

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In a historic moment the people of Crimea have been waiting over 20 years for the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with the Republic of Crimea officially allowing for the accession of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation. 
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As of the moment of signing the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol are now a part of the Russian Federation. The agreement is in full force but must go through the formal process of ratification. The agreement stipulates that Russian, the language of the majority of Crimeans and one that was outlawed by the junta in Kiev, Ukrainian and Crimean Tartar will be the official languages. It is a moment of joy for the now free people of Crimea and for all Russians alike.

 

The Russian Federation, forced to protect the rights of Russians and ethnic minorities in Crimea from the marauding neo-nazi junta which seized power in Kiev and was actively calling for terrorist attacks and the liquidation of all Russians and minorities, did so brilliantly without a single shot being fired, being welcomed with flowers and tears. Russia then helped the Crimean people finally make their voices heard in a historic referendum which saw the people almost unanimously vote to rejoin their country with the Russian Federation. The people have spoken and the agreement has been signed, the Republic of Crimea is now part of Russia.

 

In some of his harshest comments to date about the hypocrisy of the West the President of Russia Vladimir Putin moved away from the phrase double standards saying the West has shown primitive cynicism. During his speech to the Russian Government President Putin quoted the Kosovo decision and spoke of threats by the West to destabilize and make worse the lives of the people of Russia.

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Wow breath taking - Russian Intelligence  is out to Expose the USA. SO is Putin:

 

The following is a list of countries where the US has organized coup d’états, supported revolutions, overthrown governments, invaded, annexed, supported groups or forces who overthrew or attempted to overthrow governments or outright executed the leaders.

 

Afghanistan,

Albania,

Angola,

Argentina,

Bolivia,

Bosnia,

Brazil,

Cambodia,

Chile,

China,

Colombia,

Colorado,

Congo,

Cuba,

Detroit,

Dominican Republic,

Egypt,

El Salvador,

Germany,

Greece,

Grenada,

Guam,

Guatemala,

Haiti,

Hawaii,

Honduras,

Indonesia,

Iran,

Iraq,

Korea,

Kuwait,

Laos,

Lebanon,

Liberia,

Libya,

Macedonia,

Mexico,

Nicaragua,

Oman,

Pakistan,

Panama,

Philippines,

Puerto Rico,

Russia,

Samoa,

Saudi Arabia,

Somalia,

South Dakota,

Sudan, Syria,

Turkey,

Uruguay,

USSR,

Venezuela,

Vietnam,

Virgin Islands,

Yemen,

Yugoslavia

and

Zaire (Congo).

 

What they have done and are doing to Native Americans might also be added to the list and as the genocide of the indigenous peoples is the foundation of endemic “American” racism and “exceptionalism” must also be mentioned."

 

 

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Wow breath taking - Russian Intelligence  is out to Expose the USA. SO is Putin:

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The following is a list of countries where the US has organized coup d’états, supported revolutions, overthrown governments, invaded, annexed, supported groups or forces who overthrew or attempted to overthrow governments or outright executed the leaders.

 

Afghanistan,

Albania,

Angola,

Argentina,

Bolivia,

Bosnia,

Brazil,

Cambodia,

Chile,

China,

Colombia,

Colorado,

Congo,

Cuba,

Detroit,

Dominican Republic,

Egypt,

El Salvador,

Germany,

Greece,

Grenada,

Guam,

Guatemala,

Haiti,

Hawaii,

Honduras,

Indonesia,

Iran,

Iraq,

Korea,

Kuwait,

Laos,

Lebanon,

Liberia,

Libya,

Macedonia,

Mexico,

Nicaragua,

Oman,

Pakistan,

Panama,

Philippines,

Puerto Rico,

Russia,

Samoa,

Saudi Arabia,

Somalia,

South Dakota,

Sudan, Syria,

Turkey,

Uruguay,

USSR,

Venezuela,

Vietnam,

Virgin Islands,

Yemen,

Yugoslavia

and

Zaire (Congo).

 

What they have done and are doing to Native Americans might also be added to the list and as the genocide of the indigenous peoples is the foundation of endemic “American” racism and “exceptionalism” must also be mentioned."

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Seems that there are some USA States on this list too??
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South Dakota, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Hawaii, [??] We draw the line at Hawaii. No not The RED LINE.
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Black Sea Fleet in Crimea

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Infographic by ITAR TASS : http://en.itar-tass.com/infographics/7197


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Russia Warns West it May Change its Stance on Iran [ Another Obama Red Line being crossed ?]

Russia Warns West it May Change its Stance on Iran  [ Another Obama Red Line being crossed ?] | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it
(MOSCOW) — 

Russia may revise its stance in the Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the West over Ukraine, a senior diplomat warned Wednesday.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, according to the Interfax news agency, that Russia didn’t want to use the Iranian nuclear talks to “raise the stakes,” but may have to do so in response to the actions by the United States and the European Union.

 

The statement is the most serious threat of retaliation by Moscow after the U.S. and the EU announced sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

 

Ryabkov, who is Russia’s envoy to the Iranian talks, said that Russia considers the “reunification” with Crimea as far more important than the developments surrounding the Iranian nuclear program.

Russia has cooperated with the United States and other Western nations in the Iranian talks, but Ryabkov warned that its attitude may now change.

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Iran has agreed to curb its nuclear activities under the terms of a deal last November with six world powers, including Russia.

Tehran insists that its nuclear program has peaceful goals and dismisses Western fears that it could be a cover for a bid to develop nuclear weapons. It has agreed to temporarily limit its atomic work in return for some sanctions relief. In the meantime, both sides are working on a fuller deal placing long-term restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an end to all ecomomic sanctions.

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Romania: Putin Is Creating a Black Sea Barrier

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Romania's president said Monday that Russia has created a chain of conflicts around the Black Sea to further President Vladimir Putin's goal of rebuilding the former Soviet Union along its former border with the West.

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US 'war plans to China, Russia' revealed

US 'war plans to China, Russia' revealed | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it
Former US intelligence officials warn that Snowden might disclose US "war plans to China and Russia."

 

The Hill reported in an article on Wednesday that “US officials might not know for years whether former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden divulged war plans to China and Russia.”

Although Snowden has denied leaking US secrets, former intelligence officials believe that some tactical shifts might be apparent right away.

“We may see some things immediately that might indicate that they have things, but it will create a great deal of uncertainty for years,” former CIA assistant director of central intelligence for analysis and production Mark Lowenthal told The Hill.

Most of Snowden’s documents are related to US military capabilities and plans — documents of particular interest to Russia and China, according to former intelligence officials. 

The documents could include everything from defense budget data to information about weapons capabilities to documents about covert actions.

“This includes anything that was being moved out over their communications systems, not just about the collection of intelligence,” former CIA official Gary Berntsen said.

“We have military forces positioned around the world, they push plans back and forth, assessments, deployment information — the whole thing,” he said.

Lowenthal said one clue that Russia or China is privy to the war plans could be adjustments to the way they exercise and train.

“If you notice changes in someone’s exercises, dramatic changes that seem different to you that’s not evolutionary, you would have to think, ‘Why are they doing this? Do they have their hands on war plans; have they read the plans?’ ”

Although Washington closely tracks how other nations exercise, it would take time for other countries to change their methods.

“It depends on how fast they can get their act together. Militaries don’t exactly turn on a dime,” Lowenthal said. “It’s not proof positive, but it would be a good indicator.”

According to Lowenthal, another clue would be changes in military purchases clearly aimed at thwarting US defenses and weapons.

That could take “years and years” to notice since militaries have to buy the equipment, build it, and test it, Lowenthal said.

Last month, member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Pete King accused Snowden of revealing his documents to Russia and China.

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Snowden, who is currently staying in Russia after Moscow granted him political asylum, caused a major headache for the Obama administration when he revealed US spying programs around the world last year.

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Putin puts fear of God in NWO: Why is the whole Western foreign policy establishment so afraid of Putin?

Putin puts fear of God in NWO: Why is the whole Western foreign policy establishment so afraid of Putin? | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it

A political analyst says Russian president is standing up against West aggression, putting fear of God in New World Order- By Dr. Kevin Barrett

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In the wake of Crimea's independence referendum, Hillary Clinton says Russian President Putin is a "new Hitler."  Zbigniew Brezezinski, former National Security Advisor agrees, calling Putin not just another Hitler, but also a thug, a menace, a Mafia gangster, and a Mussolini. The Western mainstream media echoes this childish name-calling.


Why is the whole Western foreign policy establishment so afraid of Putin?

Because Putin is standing up against Western aggression – not only in Ukraine, but also in Syria and Iran. Ongoing Western attempts to destabilize these and other countries are just the most recent examples of a decades-old pattern of aggression. The long-term goal: Total destruction of traditional nations and values, and the creation of a New World Order global dictatorship.

Since the 1953 CIA-MI6 coup in Iran, the West has been using the same formula to overthrow legitimate but uncooperative leaders:  First, sabotage the country's economy. Then bribe corrupt military officers and thugs and pay rent-a-mobs to create chaos in the streets. Next (this step is optional) incite violence by paying snipers to fire into crowds – and maybe set off some bombs. Finally, send the corrupt military units and gangsters to overthrow the target nation's legitimate leader, murder or imprison his supporters, install a Western puppet in his place – and announce that "order has been restored."

The CIA did it to Iran's democratically-elected Prime Minister Mossadegh in 1953, to Indonesia's President Sukarno in 1965, and to Chile's Prime Minister Allende on September 11th, 1973. They did the same thing to Ukraine's legitimate president, Viktor Yanukovych, a few weeks ago. Neocon regime-change apparatchik Victoria Nuland (The assistant US secretary of state,) got caught admitting that the US had spent five billion dollars to overthrow Ukraine's democratically-elected government; and EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton was heard on tape discussing the "news" that the Maidan Square snipers were part of the US-sponsored coup.

The people of Ukraine should be worried. US-sponsored coups can turn very bloody very quickly.



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" The people of Ukraine should be worried. US-sponsored coups can turn very bloody very quickly." 


Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America's best-known critics of the War on Terror. Dr. Barrett has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He is the co-founder of the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Alliance, and author of the books Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (2007) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (2009). His website is www.truthjihad.com


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Obama’s Nuclear Summit Aimed to Stop Terrorists. Now Putin’s the Issue.

Obama’s Nuclear Summit Aimed to Stop Terrorists. Now Putin’s the Issue. | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it

"But deterrence of some sort is still needed in dealing with Russia, and the West has yet to discover what that might be. " !!


Yet the most obvious measure taken against Putin, telegraphed long in advance, was to blackball Russia from the G8 group of most industrialized democracies. The G7, as it’s being called once again, will not meet in Sochi this summer as planned, but in Brussels. And so on.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, standing in for Putin at The Hague,literally shrugged. The G8 “is an informal club, with no membership cards,” he said. “No one can expel anyone from that club by definition.”

 

Lavrov said the G8 has been superseded by the G20, a bigger club. Then, just to underscore how important Russia remains on the diplomatic front, Lavrov said that to the extent the G8 served any purpose, it “maintained its raison d’être primarily as a forum for dialogue between the leading Western nations and Russia, where we would discuss issues such as Iran’s nuclear program, the nuclear status of the Korean Peninsula, the crisis in Syria, the situation in the Balkans, and a few other things.” But there are plenty of talking shops around for those issues, Lavrov suggested. “So, if our Western partners believe the G8 has become irrelevant, so be it. For our part, we do not cling to this format, and we wouldn’t see it as a tragedy if it were to cease to exist.”



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"But deterrence of some sort is still needed in dealing with Russia, and the West has yet to discover what that might be. " !!

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Budget Cuts Could Limit Military's #Pacific Pivot

Budget Cuts Could Limit Military's #Pacific Pivot | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it

Budget constraints and force requirements in other regions will likely stall the Pentagon's plans to beef up the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific and send more high-tech weaponry to deter a rising China, officials and analysts say. 

DoD released its $496 billion fiscal 2015 budget request earlier this month. Due to caps imposed by Congress' bipartisan budget deal in December, the Pentagon is requesting $45 billion less than what it anticipated it would need to carry out the national defense strategy when it submitted last year's budget request. DoD also released its Future Years Defense Program, which calls for $115 billion more in military spending than current law allows over the course of the next five years. 

"Right now, the pivot [to the Pacific] is being looked at again, because candidly it can't happen [due to budget pressures]," Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, said at an Aviation Week conference in Arlington, Va. on March 4, according to multiple news reports

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DoD released its $496 billion fiscal 2015 budget request earlier this month. Due to caps imposed by Congress' bipartisan budget deal in December, the Pentagon is requesting $45 billion less than what it anticipated it would need to carry out the national defense strategy when it submitted last year's budget request. DoD also released its Future Years Defense Program, which calls for $115 billion more in military spending than current law allows over the course of the next five years. 

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North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles as Barack Obama holds Japan-South Korea summit - Telegraph

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles as Barack Obama holds Japan-South Korea summit  - Telegraph | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it
Over the past four weeks, North Korea has conducted multiple launches of short-range Scud missiles and rockets to coincide with the annual joint military drills South Korea is conducting with the United States

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North Korea has test-fired two ballistic missiles, as US President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit and pledged "unwavering commitment" to Tokyo and Seoul's security concerns in the face of Pyongyang's nuclear threat.

 

South Korea's defence ministry said both missiles flew 650 kilometres (400 miles) into the Sea of Japan, upping the ante after a series of short-range missile and rocket launches by the North in recent weeks.

A ministry spokesman said the missiles were believed to be Rodong variants, which are considered medium-range at their maximum reach of between 1,000 and 1,500 kilometres.

 

UN Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from conducting any ballistic missile tests.

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Most analysts believe the subsequent missile and rocket tests reflect Pyongyang's need to flex its muscles in the wake of the reunion compromise.

 

Pyongyang had initially insisted that the joint exercises be postponed until after the reunions finished. But Seoul refused and - in a rare concession - the North allowed the family gatherings on its territory to go ahead as scheduled.

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Russian politician proposes new divisions of Ukraine

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MOSCOW, March 24 (Reuters) - A prominent Russian politicianhas proposed dividing Ukraine along the lines of an infamousNazi-Soviet pact and suggested that regions in Western Ukrainehold referendums

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In a letter sent to the governments of Poland, Romania and Hungary, Vladimir Zhirinovsky also suggested those countries hold referendums on incorporating the regions into their territory.

 

Zhirinovsky, whose nationalist Liberal Democratic party largely backs President Vladimir Putin in the Russian parliament, sent the letter as Russia annexed the Crimea region of southern Ukraine last week.

He is deputy speaker at the Duma and his party holds a minority in the parliament. But his ideas and language resonate with a large part of the Russian population and the Kremlin's increasingly pro-nationalist rhetoric.

 

His letter, seen by Reuters, suggested Poland, Hungary and Romania, who are now in the European Union, might wish to take back regions which he said were in the past their territories.

 

The regions were incorporated into Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union at the end of World War Two and featured in a secret annex of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact under which the Soviet and Nazi German foreign ministers carved up the area.

 

"It's never too late to correct historical errors," Zhirinovsky wrote.

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"But Zhirinovsky often is the voice of Putin," said Sergei Sobolev, head of Ukraine's largest parliamentary faction, the Fatherland party.

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The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces :: Daniel Pipes

The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces :: Daniel Pipes | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it
I just had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a Council on Foreign Relations group at the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Its commander, the famed Admiral William H. McRaven, started the

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Taking the teeth out of our bite, the Obummer administration changes the effectiveness of our best Special Operations people into foreign partnerships building trust.  Afghanistan target practice all over again.  "Operating through the Global SOF Network in support of our Geographic Combatant Commanders and Chiefs of Mission, SOF now have the opportunity to achieve strategic outcomes by working with and through interagency and foreign partners to understand and influence relevant populations."

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The new Cold War "shield"

The new Cold War "shield" | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it
Washington is making hay of its defeat in Ukraine: it is getting the Europeans to cut themselves off economically from Russia and is (...) [Voltaire Network]

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Russian Aggression Puts NATO in Spotlight

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Russia’s moves in Ukraine have revived the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s role as a counterweight to Moscow, even as it wrestles with its response.

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Russia’s annexation of Crimea has suddenly revived the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s central role as a counterweight to Moscow, and with it questions about the alliance’s options and ability to act.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. swept into Poland and the Baltic nations on Tuesday with a message of reassurance that their membership in NATO carries the protection of the United States. But given deep Western reluctance to use military force in response to Russia’s aggression, it remains unclear what the alliance’s commitment to collective security means for Ukraine and other nonmembers should President Vladimir V. Putin continue to try to expand Moscow’s influence in the former Soviet bloc.

 

Ian Bond, the director of foreign policy at the Center for European Reform, a London-based research group, said that “Putin has just given NATO something to do, but the question is whether NATO is up to it.” It is now crucial to deter further moves by Mr. Putin, he said. “If Russian forces move into eastern Ukraine,” he said, “what would NATO do?”

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But NATO is a farce .Seems the days of Gunboat Diplomacy are Over . What Says you President Obama ?

 

 

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Russian Black Sea Fleet - Complete information

Russian Black Sea Fleet - Complete information | The New Cold Wars. "Hotting Up" ? | Scoop.it

The Black Sea Fleet (BSF) is an operational-strategic association of the Navy of Russia in the Black Sea. The Russian Black Sea Fleet, as a part of the Navy, is a means of ensuring Russia's military security in the south. To perform the tasks the Black Sea Fleet has in its composition diesel-driven submarines, surface ships for operations in oceanic and near-sea areas, naval missile-carrying aviation, anti-submarine and fighter aviation, units of coastal troops.

Currently, the main tasks of Russian Black Sea Fleet are as follows:
- Protection of the economic zone and areas of productive activities, suppression of illegal productive activities;
- ensuring safety of navigation;
- implementation of foreign policy actions of the Government in economically important areas of the oceans (visits, routine entries, joint exercises, actions as a part of peacekeeping forces, etc.)

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GRKR - Gvardeysky Raketnyy Kreyser (Missile Cruiser)
BPK - Bol'shoy Protivolodochnyy Korabl' (Large Antisubmarine Ship)
SKR - Storozhevoy Korabl' (Patrol Ship)
BDK - Bol'shoy Dasantnyy Korabl' (Large Landing Ship)
DPL - Dizel'naya Podvodnaya Lodka (Diesel-Electric Submarine)
RKVP - Raketnyy Korabl` Na Vozdushnoy Podushke (Surface-Effect Warfare Corvette)
MRK - Malyy Raketnyy Korabl' (Small Missile Ship)
RKA - Raketnyy Kater (Missile Boat)
MPK - Malyy Protivolodochnyy Korabl' (Small Antisubmarine Ship)
MTSch - Morskoy Tral'shchick (Seagoing Minesweeper)
BTSch - Bazovyy Tral'shchik (Base Minesweeper)
RTSch - Reydovyy Tral'shchik (Harbour Minesweeper) 
DKA - Desantnyy Kater (Small Landing Ship) 
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The Moskva: Flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet

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Infographic by ITAR TASS :http://en.itar-tass.com/infographics/7196

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Ukraine 'planning Crimea withdrawal'

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Ukraine is drawing up plans to withdraw its soldiers and their families from Crimea, Kiev's security chief says.

 

Andriy Parubiy said they wanted to move them "quickly and efficiently" to mainland Ukraine.

 

Earlier, pro-Russian forces seized two naval bases - including Ukraine navy's HQ - in Crimea. Kiev says its navy chief has been detained.

It comes a day after Crimean leaders signed a treaty with Moscow absorbing the peninsula into Russia.

 

A referendum in Crimea on Sunday, approving its split from Ukraine, came nearly a month after Kiev's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was replaced by Western-leaning interim authorities.

 

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called the crisis in Crimea "the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War".

 

There were charged exchanges in a session of the UN Security Council, during which US envoy Samantha Power said her Russian counterpart Vitaly Churkin "showed more imagination than Tolstoy or Chekhov".

 

"Russia it seems has re-written its borders but it cannot rewrite the facts," said Ms Power, who was then accused by Mr Churkin of dropping "to the level of the tabloid press".

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▶ Putin: Crimea similar to Kosovo, West is rewriting its own rule book (FULL SPEECH) - YouTube

Crimea's secession from Ukraine was just like Kosovo's secession from Serbia, and any arguments otherwise are just attempts to bend the West-advocated rules ...

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Redstone celebrates unmanned aircraft milestone

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The way the US Army fights is changing. Tuesday, officials at Redstone Arsenal celebrated 2-million flight hours from unmanned aircraft systems. Army leaders said they are excited about the UAS systems.

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