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In This Info-War, The Problem Is Not Only Russia
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Much has been written in recent weeks regarding the readiness of Western democracies to fight disinformation in the “information war” led by the Russian intelligence services.
While it is true that disinformation and active measures remain disciplines in which Russian services still excel, their goal, especially in Germany, would have been more difficult to achieve had the other side not revealed to be not only unprofessional but also downright clumsy. It begs the question: Was this a coincidence?
The years duringGerhard Schröder‘s chancellorship, Angela Merkel’s predecessor,  were a blessing for the Russian services. Experts such as Edward Lucas allege that although espionage indeed occurred, the Schroeder administration had a tendency to cover up breaches, handling Russian operations on German territory in a very accommodating manner – if at all. Indeed, the usual level of industrial espionage aside, no major disruption of German-Russian relations was registered between 1999 and 2005.
Since 2005, however, not only industrial espionage has been skyrocketing, but the last five reports of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, show that Russian Federation intelligence has significantly raised its level of activity in all areas on German soil.
As we now know, another entity which had been following closely the impact of Russian activities has been US counter-intelligence.
US counter-intelligence (CI) has a long history of monitoring Soviet and later Russian activities in Germany. Such monitoring can be viewed as helicopter-parenting at best and as necessary micromanagement at worst.
The case of the arrest of Georges Trofimoff, the highest ranking US military intelligence officer ever convicted of treason, demonstrates Germany’s relevance in this context. It also explains the interest – indeed, absolute necessity – for US counterintelligence to monitor Russian activities on German territory. Trofimoff had been recruited by a clergyman, a hierarch of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church in Bavaria. Although tipped off by their American counterparts in 1994, German authorities were impeded by legal restrictions. They were unable to tackle the case efficiently against either Trofimoff or his handler, Bishop Irenaeus. Russian defector Oleg Kalugin helped the US investigation which eventually led to the arrest of Trofimoff in 2000.
Given the evidence they had apparently gathered during the Schroeder years, it appeared clear to US CI specialists that Russian intelligence was leading a relentless effort in terms of political warfare and that this effort would continue during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration. In a battle for hearts and minds, the Kremlin made a frenetic quest for potential new assets in Germany in the last decade, and it is highly likely that a reassessment of German vulnerability ensued.
To make things worse, the Russian services periodically scored painfully-remarkable results in reactivating former KGB allies and infiltrating them into sensitive political areas.
Old-School Tradecraft
There was no secret recipe for the success of Russian operations. They were conducted according to Soviet old-school textbooks and took advantage of the sudden abundance of bi-lateral initiatives, cultural exchanges and “new-face conferences” as recruiting grounds. So they came as no surprise to CI experts.
A top discipline of Russian handlers is spotting preferably narcissistic personalities, ideally with an exploitable potential for split loyalties. And their results in Germany have been quite astounding, not only when it comes to the collection of information but also enabling agents of influence. The invasion of Ukraine has clearly shown how multipliers have been carefully selected not only to defend the Kremlin perspective but, alternatively, to attack its “enemies,” steering or fueling debates. This has also taken institutionalized form.
Associations have been created and existing ones co-opted to optimize the efficiency of the Kremlin penetration of all key areas of German civil society. These bodies can then come forward, deliberately silencing critical voices in their ranks while introducing convenient narratives into the debate as required by the Kremlin agenda. Specific narratives were later to be picked up by the press creating recurring topics. During the latest Russian intervention in Ukraine, a wide range of such narratives were introduced in this fashion by entities deliberately serving Russian disinformation goals.
False stories such as the alleged organized persecution of Russian minorities in Ukraine and the “coup” against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych were promoted. But there were also two especially significant issues for German sensitivities: there were claims that “Nazis” were behind Maidan and Jews were being persecuted by the new government. Recently, in a troubling synchronicity with press releases from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Matthias Platzeck, the head of the German-Russian Forum, openly pleaded the case for the Russian occupation of Crimea, only to retract it shortly after his attempt backfired. He was supported by Gabriele Krone-Schmalz, a prominent TV journalist and former Moscow correspondent, who even argued using word-for-word Kremlin narratives that the Crimean case constituted de jure “not an annexation.”
Clearly, the emergence of certain topics is not a mere coincidence and the convergence of narratives with the Kremlin is in no way fortuitous. How these mechanisms function has been explained by Yuri Bezmenov who had a long career of recruiting agents of influence and multipliers before he defected to Canada in 1970. That these techniques remain in place was confirmed by another defector, the late Sergey Tretyakov, who used to not only recruit but also handle several organizations and networks of agents of influence while posted as a diplomat in New York. Incidentally, Tretyakov also explained already in 2008 in his book
titled Comrade J. how he used to send groups of young
“activists” to libraries throughout the US to write online commentaries favorable to the Kremlin.
Veteran US experts and teachers in the field of both information warfare and Russian affairs –such as John LenczowskiTodd Leventhal or Paul Goble — immediately recognize the signature of Russian disinformation in the political arena, media, business or academia. They unanimously note that Western reaction to Russian information warfare has been dangerously weak. They have also been sounding the alarm in the last decade, underlining the lack of adequate countermeasures in the US and in Europe.
As Lenczowski has pointed out, analyzing the Western decline of the ability to counter Kremlin propaganda, if the Russians won’t forget the lessons of Sun Tzu, is it wise for us to do so?
While the US still potentially has more than enough expertise and resources at its disposal to counter the Kremlin’s aggressive propaganda, for reasons difficult to fathom, it has been reluctant to fully use them. Germany, by contrast, seems to have no such expertise or resources.
One of the reasons advanced by German counterintelligence specialists is the lack of scholarship. After the end of the cold war, the relevance of Russian and Eastern European studies decreased. Furthermore, German authorities dropped their guard and focused on Middle Eastern studies after 9/11. Middle East experts rather than Russia and Eastern-Europe specialists were recruited.
Yet this explanation misses the point in Germany’s case. Indeed, sufficient Russia and Eastern Europe experts have been trained in the last fifteen years; it’s just that they have been systematically scouted by organizations in which the Russian government has been heavily involved, right under the nose of the German authorities.Alexander Rahr, a former adviser to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs who has been accused of havingdisturbingly close relations to the Kremlin, had a special interest in the “new generation” during his time at the German Council on Foreign Affairs (DGAP). Only recently, he was involved in almost every relevant German-Russian event, including for young professionals.
A Well-Tilled Field
The latest developments in the war against Ukraine fell on fertile ground in terms of the info-war in Germany. As we have seen, Russia had been engaging in co-option of German elites in politics, academia, media, business and culture for the last ten years with stunning success. Almost in every area, networks of support for Russian interests have garnered sensational results.
But if the Kremlin could rely on a steady group of helpers, it had also spotted its main opponent: the shrinking species of strong advocates of genuine transatlantic ties who were horrified by the talk of German equidistance between Russia and the US. These “last of the Mohicans” would soon be replaced by a new generation which the Kremlin decided to court. The new brand of self-declared fervent Atlanticists ended up becoming one of the most decisive pawns on the chessboard of Russian operations in Germany. It is no coincidence that Russian deep-cover agent Andreas Anschlag made a point of joining Atlanticist organizations and had completed a thorough social mapping, keeping contacts with dozens of multipliers.
A New Generation Indeed
Once again, old-school Soviet know-how worked perfectly. In this campaign, the valorization of assets was key. After they are scouted, the narcissism of these new players has been bluntly cultivated. They have been showered with lavish invitations and honors in an unprecedented flying circus of conferences with Kremlin representatives in praise of German-Russian cooperation. Some gathering sponsored by German businesses displayed participants’ lists that read like a “Who’s Who” of Russian intelligence services, as a former CI officer noted. Even semi-official political talks were held between the young Christian Democrats (the CDU, Merkel’s party) and Putin’s youth organization Nashi (“Ours”). It suddenly put this class of a “new generation of leaders” in the position of “preferred interlocutors,” dubbed by the Kremlin as less “dogmatic,” more able to build bridges and address a “common security architecture, from Lisbon to Vladivostok” as the Kremlin appeasement narrative goes. In 2008, three months after the Russian invasion of Georgia, German Atlanticists organized a general assembly with an event at the embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin, among other venues. Discussions were moderated by none other than Alexander Rahr. Incredibly, in 2011, the German chapter of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Organization held part of their yearly assembly at the Russian embassy.
This new generation provided good services not only as networkers but also, deliberately or not – which is perhaps even more worrisome – as propagandists. In the debate about the Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Georgia prior to the NATO Summit in Bucharest in 2008, German “Atlanticists” such as Jan Techau, formerly of the NATO Defence College, openly and prolifically defended the Russian position, warning against Georgian membership. After the Russian aggression against Georgia in 2008, he reiterated the same position. In another context, he recently criticized a favorite Kremlin target, the Baltic countries, as having an “unhealthy obsession about Russia” while praising Central-Eastern Europe, a region he – by his own admission as a NATO specialist – did not know until recently. These singular lobbying activities – always wrapped in pseudo Atlanticist fervor – must have made Dmitry Trenin, now his colleague at the Carnegie Moscow Center and equally known for his remarkable political ubiquity (and also for his interesting military background), profoundly envious.
Carlo Masala is another German Atlanticist, a former NATO Defence College scholar, and currently a professor at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich. Masala is a regular guest of German Russian events as a non-Russia specialist; recently he declared NATO maneuvers in Ukraine were “absurd.” He also pleaded, without openly sharing them of course, for more understanding for the positions of Russia, a country that “in the last 20 years has seen NATO advancing towards its borders” and questioned whether Obama would really want to risk the nuclear destruction of New York City to save Tallinn.
Contributors with former NATO affiliation but with no specific Russia expertise such as Masala were not only heard giving clumsy interviews to German media, leaving the impression that the newcomers of the Alliance were somewhat second-class allies; they also appeared, like Jan Techau, on Voice of Russia and Russia Today (RT.com) at the height of the Snowden affair. Needless to say, none of these people managed to score points in these debates and interviews. Even so, the Russian propaganda organs welcomed these occasions as proof that these propaganda channels were really “objective media sources “which gave “everyone,” even those who disagree, a sufficient platform. A stamp of respectability, courtesy of the German Atlanticists.
What concretely defines this new type of revisited Atlanticism is the complete lack of expertise on Russia and the systematic ignorance of anything remotely related to historical contingencies, let alone political timing. How else would you explain that some of these occasional bedfellows of the Kremlin traveled to an obscure trilateral conference in Moscow in 2013 with highly questionable Russian participation to discuss how to engage Russia, two weeks after the first massive raids against NGOs had seen activists being arrested?
The German Atlanticists’ reflex of hiding behind the school of realism as an alibi for their position on Russia (or lack thereof) is quite astounding. They organize soul-searching sessions, waxing eloquent about divergent interests. They will explain to you how Ukraine is not of vital interest to Europe, let alone to the US. They also never fail to underline how the West allegedly bears responsibility for Russia’s reaction both in Georgia and Ukraine. The crux of the narrative consists in construing a mutual-beneficial dependency in the West’s relations with Russia while accepting the notion of a Russian sphere of influence or as recently, in advocating “patience” one week after Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine. Adding insult to injury – and this apparently explains it all – they like to cite the sacrosanct gospel of John Mearsheimer. This makes Paul Goble – who knows a thing or two about political realism and was himself a student of Morgenthau in Chicago – cringe: “Morgenthau would argue exactly the opposite! Marek Chodakiewicz agrees with his colleague and calls these narratives: “a canard repeated by generations of agents of influence and useful idiots in Western academia and now it apparently resurfaces in Mearsheimer’s fairy tale.
Needless to say, these people gladden the Kremlin operatives and deserve every sign of gratitude they have received from them. If they haven’t, it’s all the more tragic.
The Kremlin Rejoices
The biggest Russian propaganda stunt has undoubtedly been Atlanticism as practiced by Philipp Missfelder, a
Christian-Democrat MP, in his short-lived position of transatlantic coordinator of the German government. Missfelder had a long history of troubling convergence of his views with the Kremlin’s. The oddity of his political and geographic wanderings was long ignored in Berlin, although it might have been noted elsewhere. This foreign policy heavy-weight was the rising star of the CDU until his whereabouts were pounced on and spelled out for a German readership by the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in a memorable article titled: “Missfelder, the Man Who Wants to Go East”. In the past, Missfelder had never tired of conveying the main elements of language known to any expert on Kremlin diplomacy: appeasement, engagement and defense of mutual business interests. So when former Stasi officer Matthias Warnig,
now head of Gazprom Switzerland, and Missfelder,himself no less than a former transatlantic
coordinator, celebrated Gerhard Schroeder’s 70th birthday in St. Petersburg with Vladimir Putin, none of these experts could have possibly misread the mocking thank-you note from the Kremlin agitprop department.
This St. Petersburg extravaganza created a huge scandal especially because of another specificity of German Atlanticists, the awkwardness of their actions aside: the total lack of political timing. His visit to Putin occurred just as German OSCE observers were kidnapped by rebels in Ukraine. Philipp Missfelder who had not been tasked with any mission for their release had no plausible professional explanation for the trip. He is still spokesperson for Foreign Affairs for the CDU, Merkel’s party – but no longer transatlantic coordinator.
Looking back on those chapters of Russian operations, longtime US specialists of Russian active measures can clearly see the Russian side rejoicing. The Russian services have not only schooled Germany in terms of disruption but scored high in terms of penetration of key areas in decision- making circles. Even better, they have even fostered a new generation of willing executioners of their propaganda right behind enemy lines. The message is now clear: we are everywhere, watch your back.
The most blatant episode of subversion occurred during the Snowden Operation. This was an occasion to measure the immense know-how of Russian services. The massive disruption caused in US-German relations was a masterpiece in term of deception and active measures. And in good Sun Tzu manner, the Kremlin manipulated the “self-declared” allies of the US into turning on the US.
Bereft of any technological or intelligence knowledge, many alleged German advocates of strong transatlantic ties with the US started whining about having been betrayed and claiming everywhere on social media the US had gone “too far.” They put much energy in discrediting what they should have immediately defended: a better mutual understanding among allies and a necessary cooperation for the benefit of both nations. But they did exactly the opposite.
First, they flip-flopped on
PRISM, criticizing a program they did not understand in a context that eluded them completely, then claimed the alleged scandal was a great opportunity for political emancipation, whatever that concept meant. When in a second part of the active measure, the news was leaked that Chancellor Merkel’s phone had been tapped, these Monday-morning quarterbacks actually did everything to exacerbate tensions. So, when new information emerged one year later that made their position ridiculous, eventually unmasking them as incompetent and opportunists, they went …silent.
It was a total victory for the Kremlin, once again, on all levels.
Will the real Atlanticists please stand up?
Long observation of these alleged allies leaves the impression of a disoriented lot with no political compass whatsoever, jumping on the band-wagon when it suits their hardly-defined agenda, and adopting a neutral position otherwise. Scared of taking a stance or even articulating what they really stand for, they are God’s gift to Russian intelligence services. The Kremlin’s experts on disinformation can now celebrate, mission accomplished.
Especially in times of info-war, it is crucial to be able to mobilize resources, rely on people and organizations which clearly and without hesitation can make the difference between a non-allied and an allied country. These people need the expertise of recognizing agitprop, and active measures, they have to be proactive and address the disinformation of the Kremlin with not only knowledge but determination. Monday-morning quarterbacking and “fair-weather Atlanticists” are of no use.

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Cat Eats $1,000 Worth of Seafood at Russian Gift Shop
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An amateur video taken at Russia's Vladivostok international airport revealed the culprit behind about $1,000 worth of stolen or damaged seafood from a shop there: A stray cat. The video, taken by an airport staffer, showed the red furry cat sampling a variety of expensive seafood ranging from dried flounder to smoked squid. Airport police conducted a search to find the little thief but could not track it down. Workers at other airport shops and cafes reported to local media that that cat has been seen coming and going for some time in search of food.   Meanwhile, the video was turned over to TV station RIA Prima Media and ended up on the Internet where it has gone viral, earning more than 500,000 views in two days. RIA Prima Media reported that workers of the airport cafes said  the cat comes from time to time in search for food and disappears with whatever he can find. His visits become more frequent in winter. The video has prompted several people inquire as to how they can find the cat so they can adopt it.

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» Палестинец плеснул кислотой в израильтян с детьми - Утро.Ru
12/12/14 11:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Утро.Ru Палестинец плеснул кислотой в израильтян с детьми Утро.Ru Кислотная атака произошла возле армейского блокпоста в Гуш-Эционе на Западном берегу реки Иордан рядом с городами ...
» Ethnic Tatar From Kazan Standing Trial On Charges Of Fighting In Syria
12/12/14 11:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. An ethnic Tatar man from Kazan in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan is standing trial on charges of fighting with a militant group in Syria.
» IS Retakes Area In Anbar, After Iraqi Forces Fail To Retake Hit
12/12/14 11:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Islamic State (IS) militant group has made gains in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, retaking control of an area west of the city of Hit and besieging tribal figh...
» Poll: Millionaires Want Jeb or Hillary in White House–and Amnesty
12/12/14 10:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Breitbart Feed. America's millionaires want either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush to win the White House in 2016, perhaps because both potential candidates support comprehensive amnesty legislation.  CNB...
» Obama Implies He Knows Tech Industry BS-ing about Lack of American Workers
12/12/14 10:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Breitbart Feed. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama implied that the high-tech industry is not telling the truth when it claims that there are not enough American high-tech workers to fill jobs.  "I'm ...
» ISIS Guide to Female Slaves Permits Pedophilia, Rape, Beatings in Name of Allah
12/12/14 10:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Breitbart Feed. A new manual, allegedly published by the Islamic State's official publishing house (the Al-Himma Library), provides graphic details on how to properly beat, rape, and fail to impregnate fem...
» Almost Half of Country Now Suing Obama Over Immigration
12/12/14 10:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Breitbart Feed. With four additional states joining " a Texas-led coalition suing the Obama administration over executive action on immigration," almost half of the nation is now suing the federal governme...
» Jerry Brown, not Clinton or Warren, is 'Nation's Leading Democrat'
12/12/14 10:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Breitbart Feed. As the Washington, D.C. media focused on the fiscal maneuverings of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), whose opposition to the omnibus spending bill was thought to set up a 2016 presidential run...
» America is at war, EIT's work
12/12/14 10:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Breitbart Feed. All the political theater and partisan proclamations of belief will not change this fact. To Sen. Diane Feinstein, Sen. John McCain and others who wish to weaken America with self-righteous...
» Сенат США одобрил военную помощь для Украины
12/12/14 00:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ПОДРОБНОСТИ: Все новости. Верхняя палата Конгресса США ...
» Chechen ‘death’ unit fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine
12/12/14 00:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from euronews. Hundreds of fighters from the Russian republic of Chechnya have joined the insurgents in East Ukraine. The so-called “death unit” has made a former tourist camp on the outskirts of th...
» Putin Modi India New Deals
11/12/14 23:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Finance. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood Putin and Modi at the World Diamond Conference in New Delhi, Dec. 11, 2014. It seems Russian President Vladimir Putin  just found an ally. On Thursday, Putin and Indian P...
» Pentagon Threatens Russia With Nuclear Missile Deployment in Europe / Sputnik US
11/12/14 23:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . US (updated 17:39 11.12.2014) 2419 15 3 Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian P. McKeon made his threats during a joint hearing in Congress, marking what may be the most forcef...
» Pentagon Considering Deployment of Nuclear Missiles in Europe
11/12/14 23:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Russian President Vladimir Putin / AP BY: Bill Gertz The Pentagon is considering the re-deployment of nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in response to a new Russian cruise missile t...
» Pentagon to Press Russia on Arms Pact Violation
11/12/14 23:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has developed a range of military options to pressure Russia to correct its violation of a landmark arms control agreement, a senior Defense Department official told Congress o...
» John Brennan’s Tortured Defense of the CIA’s Torture Program - The Daily Beast
11/12/14 23:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Jim Watson Some of the CIA’s harshest interrogation techniques were “abhorrent” and “regrettable,” but future presidents must decide whether to use them again, according to CIA D...
» john brennan - Google Search
11/12/14 23:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . John O. Brennan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ John _O._ Brennan Cached Similar Wikipedia Loading... John Owen Brennan (born September 22, 1955) is an American government official w...
» CIA Director John Brennan Interrogation Report | Video
11/12/14 19:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . 00:00:37 Unidentified Speaker BY AN AIRCRAFT COMMANDEERED BY TERRORISTS. 17 MINUTES LATER, THE CLEAR BLUE SKIES OVER MANHATTAN WERE PIERCED AGAIN BY ANOTHER HIJACKED AIRCRAFT, THIS ONE TEARING INTO THE ADJACE...
» Russia’s Ideology: There Is No Truth
11/12/14 19:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . LONDON — IMAGINE if you grew up lying. Not a little bit, for convenience, but during every public moment of your life: at school, at work, at social events. You had to lie to survive, because the punish...
» Op-Ed Contributor: Russia’s Ideology: There Is No Truth
11/12/14 19:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Europe. The Kremlin’s strategy is to turn all politics into a cynical farce.
» Russia’s Political Prisoners: The Updated List
11/12/14 19:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Home - Institute of Modern Russia. The Institute of Modern Russia publishes the updated list of persons recognized as political prisoners by Russia’s Memorial Human Rights Center, as it stands on October 3...
» Russia's Prime Minister Urges Faith in Ruble, Criticizes West
11/12/14 19:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has urged the Russian people not to buy foreign currency as a safe investment despite the Russian ruble's continued slide and the economy heading in...
» Russia's Prime Minister Urges Faith in Ruble, Criticizes West - Voice of America
11/12/14 19:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Voice of America Russia's Prime Minister Urges Faith in Ruble, Criticizes West Voice of America MOSCOW—. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has urged the Russian people not to buy...
» Uzbek President Asks Putin to Help Fight Radical Islam
11/12/14 19:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Uzbekistan urged Russia on Wednesday to help protect Central Asia against what it said would be a rising threat from militant Islam as U.S. forces draw down their numbers in Afghanistan. ...
» The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War
11/12/14 19:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Latest From the Wilson Center. In CWIHP Working Paper No. 73, " The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War: Cooperation and Conflict ," Merle Pribbenow explores the role played ...
» No appeasement toward Russia - Washington Post
11/12/14 19:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. RT No appeasement toward Russia Washington Post In their Dec. 7 op-ed, “A win for Russia , Ukraine and the West ,” Michael O'Hanlon and Jeremy Shapiro ignored the motivation for Russi...
» Russia India: Putin on visit to broker energy deals - BBC News
11/12/14 19:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. BBC News Russia India: Putin on visit to broker energy deals BBC News Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun a visit to India, where he is due to seek lucrative energy deals. He s...
» US Weighs Steps Against Russia for Violation - ABC News
11/12/14 19:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty US Weighs Steps Against Russia for Violation ABC News The U.S. is considering taking economic and other countermeasures against Russia for violating a key...
» Poroshenko Tells Russia To Pull Out
11/12/14 19:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on Russia to end its support for separatists in the east of his country, including withdrawing any Russian forces on Ukrai...
» Австралия предоставит помощь ВС Украины на сумму более $2 млн - Газета.Ru
11/12/14 19:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Зеркало недели Австралия предоставит помощь ВС Украины на сумму более $2 млн Газета.Ru Австралия предоставит помощь вооруженным силам Украины в размере более $2 млн, сообщается на ...
» Putin Meets Karimov; Russia To Write Off Uzbek Debt - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
11/12/14 19:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Putin Meets Karimov; Russia To Write Off Uzbek Debt RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty The deal was signed by Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Uzbek ...
» Pentagon to Press Russia on Arms Pact Violation - New York Times
11/12/14 19:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Pentagon to Press Russia on Arms Pact Violation New York Times WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has developed a range of military options to pressure Russia to c...
» Ukraine urges Russia to remove troops - Fox News
11/12/14 19:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Fox News Ukraine urges Russia to remove troops Fox News SYDNEY – Australia pledged its support for Ukraine during a visit by the nation's president on Thursday, with Australia's prime...
» U.S.: Russia In Violation Of Two Arms-Control Treaties
11/12/14 19:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The United States has accused Russia of violating two key arms-control treaties. arms control treaties.
» Mikhail Khodorkovsky: “Our Goal Is to Demonstrate We Have an Alternative to the Regime”
11/12/14 19:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Home - Institute of Modern Russia. On December 7, Open Russia launched a series of monthly discussions to be held in various Russian regions. The first such discussion took place in St. Petersburg and focu...
» Ukraine President Urges Russia to Withdraw Troops
11/12/14 19:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is pleading with Russia to remove its troops from war-torn eastern Ukraine. President Poroshenko made his comments Thursday at the outset of a three-d...
» Uzbekistan Urges Russian Presence in Central Asia to Guard Against Islamic State
11/12/14 19:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. Uzbekistan urged Russia on Wednesday to help protect Central Asia against what it said would be a rising threat from militant Islam as U.S. forces draw down their numbers in A...
» Even Russia's Oligarchs Suffer Under Its Flailing Economy
11/12/14 19:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. Russia's oligarchs are no strangers to misfortune, asset grabs, forced investments and financial crises.
» - Флот США испытал лазерную пушку - 33LIVE.RU
11/12/14 19:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. - Флот США испытал лазерную пушку 33LIVE.RU ... - Как вы относитесь к деньгам? - Я к ним не отношусь! - ответила ГРИВНА гордо. еще анекдот! Поставьте вижет новостей 33 региона на г...
» US: Russia In Violation Of Two Arms-Control Treaties - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
11/12/14 19:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty US: Russia In Violation Of Two Arms-Control Treaties RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoe...
» Google shuts news service in Spain
11/12/14 19:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Europe News. Technology giant blames law imposing fees for linking to stories legal environment in Europe
» Crimean Leader in New Delhi During Putin Visit
11/12/14 19:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, arrived for unofficial talks in New Delhi on Thursday as President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...
» Russia, India To Sign Deal For 12 More Reactors
11/12/14 19:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The head of Russia's state nuclear company said a deal would be signed on December 11 for the construction of at least 12 more reactors for Indian nuclear power plants.
» Google News to close down in Spain
11/12/14 19:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from - Europe RSS Feed. Google News will no longer operate in Spain - ahead of a new law requiring the internet search company to pay Spanish news organisations for linked content or snippets of news.
» Rouble hits record low ahead of Russian interest rate decision – business live - The Guardian
11/12/14 19:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. The Guardian Rouble hits record low ahead of Russian interest rate decision – business live The Guardian Rouble hits record low ahead of Russian interest rate decision – business live...
» Кошачий обед обошелся магазину во Владивостоке в 60 тысяч рублей - Московский комсомолец
11/12/14 19:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Московский комсомолец Кошачий обед обошелся магазину во Владивостоке в 60 тысяч рублей Московский комсомолец Рыжий кот-ворюга пробрался в охлаждающую витрину магазина с морскими де...
» Russia Says Four Dead In Fighting In Kabardino-Balkaria
11/12/14 19:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian authorities say security forces have killed at least four militants in the restive North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria
» 'Putin's Tiger' Kuzya Back in Russia, For Now
11/12/14 19:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. An Amur tiger released into the wild by President Vladimir Putin has returned to Russia, but Chinese officials have predicted it is likely to be lured across the border again ...
» США пригрозили России санкциями за разработку крылатой ракеты - Коммерсантъ
11/12/14 19:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Коммерсантъ США пригрозили России санкциями за разработку крылатой ракеты Коммерсантъ США намерены добиваться от России соблюдения Договора о ликвидации ракет средней и малой дальн...
» Четверо боевиков уничтожены во время спецоперации в Нальчике - РИА Новости
11/12/14 19:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РИА Новости Четверо боевиков уничтожены во время спецоперации в Нальчике РИА Новости Боевики забаррикадировались в квартире одной из многоэтажек в Нальчике. Они открыли стрельбу, и...
» Russia Denounces US Over Torture Report - New York Times
11/12/14 19:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Russia Denounces US Over Torture Report New York Times MOSCOW — Often castigated by the United States over its record on human rights, democracy and civil liberties, Russia on Thursda...
» Лукашенко: причина продовольственного спора с РФ находится не в Белоруссии - Московский комсомолец
11/12/14 19:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РИА Новости Лукашенко: причина продовольственного спора с РФ находится не в Белоруссии Московский комсомолец Президент Белоруссии Александр Лукашенко заявляет, что причину белорусс...
» Former US VP Cheney Defends CIA Interrogations
11/12/14 19:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney said the Central Intelligence Agency did exactly what the White House wanted in setting up an interrogation program for terror suspects following th...
» Chechen Republic Head Implicates Human Rights Defender In Grozny Attack
11/12/14 19:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov has indirectly implicated Igor Kalyapin, head of Russia's Committee to Prevent Torture, in organizing last week's attack by insurgent...
» Russia Raises Key Lending Rate - New York Times
11/12/14 19:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. BBC News Russia Raises Key Lending Rate New York Times MOSCOW — Russia's central bank raised its main lending rate to 10.5 percent from 9.5 percent on Thursday, in line with analysts'...
» Russia fights ruble crash with 5th rate rise - CNNMoney
11/12/14 19:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. CNNMoney Russia fights ruble crash with 5th rate rise CNNMoney Russia's economic crisis just keeps on getting worse. The central bank hiked interest rates for a fifth time this year o...
» В аэропорту Владивостока кот съел черной икры на 60 тысяч рублей - ДВ-РОСС
11/12/14 19:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. В аэропорту Владивостока кот съел черной икры на 60 тысяч рублей ДВ-РОСС В Международном аэропорту Владивостока уличный кот забрался в один из популярных магазинов рыбной продукции...
» ЕС запретит инвестировать в Крым - Век - ежедневная газета
11/12/14 19:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Век - ежедневная газета ЕС запретит инвестировать в Крым Век - ежедневная газета Европейский союз планирует расширить санкции для Крыма. Они могут затронуть инвестиции, включая фин...
» Edward Snowden on the CIA's secret torture report – video
11/12/14 19:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia | The Guardian. Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor, comments on the US Senate's CIA torture report. At an Amnesty International event in Paris, Snowden asks why no one...
» Snowden Living 'Ordinary' Life in Moscow
11/12/14 19:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that he was leading an ordinary life in Moscow, where he has lived for over a year.   Snowden caused an in...
» Russian Ruble Continues Its Slide in Value
11/12/14 19:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The value of the Russian ruble has sunk to new lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro, even as Moscow's central bank raised its key interest rate again in an effort to bolster the coun...
» Russia's central bank hikes rate as ruble plummets
11/12/14 19:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by AFP news agency. Russia's central bank hikes rate as ruble plummets Russia's central bank jacks up its key lending rate again, in a bid to stem the ruble's rapid slide and slow rising prices, bu...
» WorldViews: Chart: Who doesn’t like Pope Francis?
11/12/14 19:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. Everyone, well almost everyone, seems to love Pope Francis. The Roman Catholic Church's first Latin American pontiff has char...
» Sons of Anarchy Actor Dimitri Diatchenko Arrested, Accused of Killing and Eating ... - E! Online
11/12/14 19:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. E! Online Sons of Anarchy Actor Dimitri Diatchenko Arrested, Accused of Killing and Eating ... E! Online Actor Dimitri Diatchenko, who appeared on shows such as Sons of Anarchy a...
» Pelosi 'enormously disappointed' in Obama - The Hill
11/12/14 18:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Getty Images Pelosi 'enormously disappointed' in Obama The Hill In a rare break from President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted the White House on Thursday for putting...
» US Senate Panel Approves Authorization for Fight Against Islamic State
11/12/14 18:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. lawmakers have taken the first step toward giving formal permission for the ongoing campaign against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.  A Senate panel approved an authorizati...
» CIA director John Brennan reacts to the Senate torture report – video
11/12/14 18:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. Brennan delivers remarks two days after the release of the US torture report. Brennan says that the CIA believes that the information gained from detainees who who were s...
» CIA Director Defends Agency After Torture Report
11/12/14 18:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. CIA Director John Brennan has said unauthorized and in some cases abhorrent methods were used against terrorist suspects.
» Poland sees 'unprecedented' Russian military activity in Baltic
11/12/14 18:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalPost - Home. Poland and the Baltics — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — have been on edge since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. read more
» Poland Reports 'Unprecedented' Russian Maneuvers in Baltic
11/12/14 18:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Russia's military is engaging in an unprecedented amount of activity around the Baltic Sea, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said Thursday. The minister said that Poland, a member...
» DOJ says tribes can decide whether to legalize pot
11/12/14 18:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 5 p.m. EST. GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday Indian tribes can decide to grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federa...
» Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants
11/12/14 18:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.
» Kadryov Supporters Throw Eggs At Russian Rights Activists
11/12/14 18:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Supporters of Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, disrupted a human rights group’s press conference in Moscow on December 11 by pelting the group's leader w...
» Is This the ISIS Executioner Who Beheaded Western Hostages?
11/12/14 18:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. A fighter in Syria tweeted a photo on Wednesday which appears to give the clearest image yet of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executioner believed to be responsible for killing several h...
» Thieves walk out of Madrid gallery with 70 paintings
11/12/14 18:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Theft from Robbers target Puerta de Alcalá art gallery happened overnight, with perpetrators at night, apparently propping their haul against trees before loading it into a va...
» Gay life in Northern Ireland is under threat – time to act
11/12/14 18:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. I was a scared teenager and don’t want a regression in human rights at Stormont to mean LGBT people there feel the same A few days ago, after rereading my diary from the age o...
» Saudi Arabia Builds Start-Up Culture With State Oil Money
11/12/14 18:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Abdulaziz al-Jouf is in many ways a typical Web entrepreneur - the 34-year-old Saudi talks fast, works late and has big plans for his online payments system. But in one aspect he's unusua...
» Torture Fight Set Back by U.S. Failure to Prosecute, U.N. Official Says
11/12/14 18:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Juan E. Méndez, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, said those responsible for C.I.A. abuses need to be punished.
» Poland Attributes Purchase Of U.S. Missiles To Regional Tensions
11/12/14 18:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has said that long-range missiles Warsaw is buying from the United States are especially needed by Poland because of current tens...
» NATO Reviewing Baghdad's Request For Help Build Up Iraqi Military
11/12/14 18:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. NATO says it is reviewing a request from the Iraqi government for help building up its military.
» Ex-CIA Director Says He Opposed Torture
11/12/14 18:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Petraeus, who quit as director of the CIA in 2012, said he opposed torture of detainees and hopes the Senate report closes “a painful chapter” for the U.S.
» ISIS foreign recruits are all smiles as they dropped off to militants in Iraq before heading to terror camp
11/12/14 18:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Dressed in tracksuits and trainers, the foreign fighters were reportedly being dropped off at an ISIS base in the Iraqi stronghold of Fallujah.
» Russia is engaged in aggressive military activity in Baltic airspace and waters
11/12/14 18:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Canadian Defense Minister Robert D. Nicholson and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak , left, review an honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday,...
» Life is as good as Scandinavia: Britain rises to fourth in EU league table of living standards
11/12/14 18:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Average spending power per person is now only behind Luxembourg, Germany and Austria, according the Europe’s official statistics watchdog.
» Registered sex offender wins millions from lottery - Florida Courier
11/12/14 18:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Registered sex offender wins millions from lottery Florida Courier ORLANDO – At the Florida Lottery headquarters, Timothy Poole, 43, posed for a photo with an oversized check aft...
» Gay Advocates Can Shift Same-Sex Marriage Views
11/12/14 18:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Gay political canvassers can soften the opinions of voters opposed to same-sex marriage by having a brief, face-to-face discussion about the issue, researchers reported on Thursday. The findings could have im...
» It’s Cruel. It’s Useless. It’s the C.I.A.
11/12/14 18:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . We learned a lot from that big Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. interrogation tactics after 9/11. It was what may be the first time in American history that the term “rectal hydration̶...
» After Report on C.I.A. Torture, No More Disclosure
11/12/14 18:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . We have not always agreed with Senator Dianne Feinstein on national security issues like wiretapping, but the California Democrat who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee has displayed commitment and coura...
» Russia Denounces U.S. Over C.I.A. Torture Report
11/12/14 16:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . MOSCOW — Often castigated by the United States over its record on human rights, democracy and civil liberties, Russia on Thursday seized on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of torture...
» C.I.A. Director, Admitting Agency Mistakes, Calls for End to Interrogation Debate
11/12/14 16:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON — John O. Brennan , the director of the Central Intelligence Agency , on Thursday acknowledged problems and misstatements during the agency’s former interrogation program as he called f...
» C.I.A. Director Forcefully Defends Agency in Rare Public Speech
11/12/14 16:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. John O. Brennan made is expected to make a case that the detention program provided valuable intelligence in the hunt for senior Qaeda leaders.
» CIA torture report: British spy agencies discussed redactions
11/12/14 16:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. David Cameron says UK intelligence only discussed influencing the talked to US counterparts about influencing Senate report on the grounds of national security Britain’s spyin...
» Pope Francis snubs the Dalai Lama at Nobel Peace Prize event - Telegraph.co.uk
11/12/14 16:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Telegraph.co.uk Pope Francis snubs the Dalai Lama at Nobel Peace Prize event Telegraph.co.uk They are two of the most admired religious leaders in the world but Pope Francis has ...
» Obama Cautious on More Russia Sanctions Unless Europe Agrees
11/12/14 16:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. President Barack Obama expressed caution on Thursday about the possibility of the United States adding more sanctions against Russia for its incursion into Ukraine because it could cause ...
» Ukraine Premier Raises Risk of Default
11/12/14 16:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Lawmakers gave initial approval to the early outlines of an economic overhaul aimed at stabilizing the country’s finances, as Western backers prepare a new aid package
» Live Updates: CIA Director Faces The Media
11/12/14 16:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. John Brennan defends the CIA after a damning report criticised the agency's use of torture during the interrogation of detainees.
» CIA Spymaster Responds To Interrogation Report
11/12/14 16:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The CIA's spymaster is holding a rare news conference to confront the controversy surrounding his agency's interrogation of terrorism susp...
» Russia's Putin visits India to boost energy, trade ties
11/12/14 16:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by AFP news agency. Russia's Putin visits India to boost energy, trade ties Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds talks with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi as sanctions-hit Moscow seeks to s...
» Gay marriage doesn’t equal equality. Here are 5 things still to fight for
11/12/14 16:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Ditching the word ‘tolerance’ and challenging the problems of marriage would be a good start if we are to end discrimination The legalisation of gay marriage and this week’s c...
» Kim Jong-un back on duty – in pictures
11/12/14 16:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. North Korean leader has been making up for lost time since emerging from an unexplained absence in October. Here he is on a selection of outings in undated photographs release...
» Russia-Turkey Pipeline Has Economic, Strategic Motives
11/12/14 16:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Russia's decision to cancel a gas pipeline to Bulgaria in preference to Turkey is being heralded as an important victory for Ankara in its ambitions to become a regional energy hub. But t...
» The Myth of the Russian Oligarchs
11/12/14 13:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Continue reading the main story Moscow’s most popular joke today is unfunny: “Next year Putin, the ruble, and a barrel of oil will converge at just over 63.” Allow me to translate: The ruble...
» Sony Hack Reveals Email Crossfire Over Angelina Jolie and Steve Jobs Movie
11/12/14 13:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . LOS ANGELES — Salaries of its top executives. Unpublished scripts. Sensitive contracts. Aliases that stars use to check into hotels.  Those are just some of the disclosures from a devastating hacki...
» Putin and Modi Reaffirm Bond Between Russia and India
11/12/14 13:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . NEW DELHI — As expected, the longtime allies Russia and India signed a raft of agreements here at their leaders’ annual summit meeting on Thursday, expanding their usual set of projects to an ambi...
» Suicide bomber strikes school attached to French cultural centre in Kabul
11/12/14 13:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. At least one person was killed and 15 others wounded in the attack in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital city A suicide bomber has struck a high school attached to the French...
» California utility: Tens of thousands lack power
11/12/14 13:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 11:14 a.m. EST. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pacific Gas & Electric is reporting tens of thousands of power outages in San Francisco Bay Area as one of the windiest and rainiest storms in ...
» Column: US Falls Short on Human Rights
11/12/14 13:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. On the same day that the Senate Intelligence Committee released its blockbuster report on CIA interrogation practices after 9-11, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring De...
» US Navy Tests New Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf
11/12/14 13:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The U.S. Navy says it has, for the first time, successfully tested an experimental laser weapon aboard a ship deployed in the Persian Gulf. The Office of Naval Research has released a vid...
» Guantanamo Bay Detainee Details ‘Sadistic’ Abuse
11/12/14 13:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. A man detained in Guantanamo Bay for nearly 13 years has said he was subjected to “dirty and sadistic” abuse at the prison, days after a Senate report revealed the extent of the CIA’...
» chechen 'death battalion' - Google Search
11/12/14 13:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . In the news Chechen 'Death Battalion' fighting with Ukraine's rebels Daily Mail ‎ - 1 day ago Hundreds of fighters from the Russian republic of Chechnya have formed their own ' Death  ... Chechen '...
» Russian 'Death Battalion' Camp Found Training In East Ukraine - YouTube
11/12/14 13:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Dec 10, 2014 Russian 'Death Battalion' Camp Found Training In East Ukraine Russian 'Death Battalion' Camp Found Training In East Ukraine Russian 'Death Battalion' Camp Found Training In East Ukra...
» Internal affairs questions officer in Eric Garner chokehold death for two hours as NYPD begins its own investigation
11/12/14 12:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The NYPD Internal Affair Bureau has began its own investigation into whether Daniel Pantaleo broke department protocol Investigation could take weeks Pantaleo says he didn't use a choke...
» Chechen 'Death Battalion' fighting with Ukraine's rebels
11/12/14 12:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Deputy commander says he has about 300 men in his volunteer battalion They have made a former tourist camp outside Donetsk into their base Most are former state security troops from the...
» U.S. Watchdog Warns $104 Billion Could Be Wasted In Afghanistan
10/12/14 16:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A U.S. watchdog has warned that much of the $104 billion committed to Afghan reconstruction projects could be wasted because the Afghan government cannot sustain the inve...
» This New Political Partnership Could Shake Up Israel’s Election
10/12/14 16:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. Israel’s former justice minister is expected to join her centrist party with the country’s center-left opposition, in a move that could significantly raise the stakes in the upcoming Marc...
» FBI Considers Money-Laundering Probe Of Russian Media Boss
10/12/14 16:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. U.S. federal authorities are considering a request to investigate whether a powerful Russian state media boss, Mikhail Lesin, violated U.S. anti-money-laundering laws by ...
» CIA ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques undermine US moral authority, says White House - video
10/12/14 16:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. White House press secretary Josh Earnest answers questions over the Senate CIA torture report on Wednesday. Earnest says that harsh questioning tactics used on terrorism ...
» US Officials: Respecting Human Rights Boosts National Security
10/12/14 16:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. officials say respecting human rights contributes to U.S. national security. On International Human Rights Day, VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on some of th...
» Moscow will look less like Mordor thanks to the Russian Orthodox Church
10/12/14 16:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalPost - Home. MOSCOW — An art group’s plans to create an image of J.R.R. Tolkien’s evil Eye of Sauron on a Moscow skyscraper have offended Russia’s religious sensibilities. rea...
» Siberian Tiger, Freed to Roam by Putin, Returns From China Sojourn
10/12/14 16:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Russian and Chinese conservationists said Kuzya, one of three rescued cubs that President Vladimir V. Putin had released, had crossed a frozen river between the two countries.
» Torture report: Jihadists call for retaliation but no sign of feared protests - Telegraph.co.uk
10/12/14 16:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Telegraph.co.uk Torture report: Jihadists call for retaliation but no sign of feared protests Telegraph.co.uk Jihadists have called on Muslims around the world to "rise up" a...
» Afghan president condemns 'inhumane torture' described in CIA report - The Guardian
10/12/14 16:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Guardian Afghan president condemns 'inhumane torture' described in CIA report The Guardian Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at the presiden...
» Ukraine, Separatists Fail To Agree On New Round Of Peace Talks
10/12/14 16:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists have failed to agree on a new round of peace talks, but Ukraine's military says it will prolong a 24-hour cease-fire agre...
» Radical Uzbek Imam Shot Dead In Istanbul
10/12/14 16:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Reports from Turkey say a prominent Uzbek imam – a critic of Uzbekistan’s government who was considered a radical Islamist -- has been shot dead in Istanbul.
» Panel Faults CIA Over Brutality and Deceit in Interrogations - New York Times
10/12/14 16:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from world - Google News. Al Jazeera America Panel Faults CIA Over Brutality and Deceit in Interrogations New York Times ... said was a need to reckon with the excesses of this war, found that C.I.A. officials ...
» Read in full: Senate Intelligence Committee's summary report on
10/12/14 16:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News | Breaking US News and International News Headlines - GlobalPost. Read in full: Senate Intelligence Committee's summary report on torture Dec 9, 2014 News Desk Need to Know United States This po...
» Kerry to Congress: Don't limit ISIS war or block ground troops - RT
10/12/14 16:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. RT Kerry to Congress: Don't limit ISIS war or block ground troops RT Secretary of State John Kerry testifies about a congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force aga...
» Congress strikes $1.1tn budget deal
10/12/14 16:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Government shutdown avoided as leaders agree omnibus spending bill with watered-down Republican conditions With barely 48 hours left to avert another government shutdown, US c...
» Republican Senator Defends Release of CIA Interrogation Report
10/12/14 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Republican Senator John McCain was one of the few members of his party to applaud the release of a report on the CIA's brutal interrogation practices after the September 11, 2001 attacks ...
» World Briefing: The Netherlands: Dutch Refuse Call to Hand Malaysia Jet Inquiry to U.N.
10/12/14 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Hunks of wreckage from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 arrived Tuesday in the Netherlands as the Dutch government rejected a call to hand over the investigation of the disaster.
» Economic Scene: In Latin America, Growth Trumps Climate
10/12/14 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Schoolchildren on a beach near an oil platform in Brazil. As the country’s economy has stalled, so have its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
» US Couple Formerly Held in Qatar Sues Husband's Ex-employer
10/12/14 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. An American couple convicted and later cleared in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar has sued the husband's former employer, saying the engineering company essentia...
» CIA torture report: China and North Korea quick to settle accounts
10/12/14 16:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Asian neighbours regularly criticised by the US over human rights say Senate findings prove Washington should not lecture China and North Korea, two of the nations most often ...
» Man who stabbed, wounded Israeli student in synagogue is killed by police - The Age
10/12/14 16:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Age Man who stabbed, wounded Israeli student in synagogue is killed by police The Age A member of the Chabad community walks through crime scene tape at the movement's headqu...
» Senate report: Harsh tactics didn't net bin Laden
10/12/14 16:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 2:40 p.m. EST. WASHINGTON (AP) -- After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin laden in Pakistan in May 2011, top CIA officials secretly told lawmakers that information gleaned from brutal interro...
» Security stepped up after Jewish center stabbing - U.S. News & World Report
10/12/14 16:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. U.S. News & World Report Security stepped up after Jewish center stabbing U.S. News & World Report A member of the Lubavitch community, center, leaves the Chabad-Lubavitc...
» Putin To Discuss Debt, Food Imports, Weapons In Uzbekistan
10/12/14 15:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Uzbekistan on a rare visit to the most populous Central Asian nation.
» Pussy Riot reportedly collaborating with members of Le Tigre
10/12/14 15:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova says the Russian punks have been creating original songs and videos with JD Samson Pussy Riot are reportedly collaborating in the studio with members of...
» Rights Advocates Urge Punishment After Report on CIA Terror Interrogations
10/12/14 15:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Human rights activists are calling for the prosecution of officials involved in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's use of extreme interrogation methods on suspected terrorists. Ben Em...
» Russian President to Visit India For 1-Day Summit
10/12/14 15:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting India for a one-day annual summit Thursday that will seek to reinvigorate a once-close relationship that has lost some of its spark in recent ...
» Homes Of Alleged Militants' Families Torched In Chechnya
10/12/14 15:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Residents of Russia's Chechnya region say the authorities are carrying out Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov's orders to destroy the homes of relatives of alleged mili...
» Chechens loyal to Russia fight alongside east Ukraine rebels
10/12/14 15:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. OUTSIDE OF DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp...
» Azerbaijani, Georgian, Turkish Foreign Ministers Meet In Kars
10/12/14 15:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey are meeting in the eastern Turkish city of Kars on December 10.
» Ya'alon: Obama administration 'won't be around forever' - Ynetnews
10/12/14 15:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Haaretz Ya'alon: Obama administration 'won't be around forever' Ynetnews Defense minister caught recording saying that after Obama, Israel will resume settlement building; US env...
» Azerbaijani Lawyer May Be Disbarred For Defending Rights Activists
10/12/14 15:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A well-known Azerbaijani lawyer says he could be disbarred for defending prominent human rights activists and oppositionists.
» Russian PM Medvedev says sanctions harmful for both Russia and West
10/12/14 15:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that Western sanctions over Ukraine were harmful for the Russian economy, but that Western economies were also affec...
» CIA Interrogations Report Triggers Prosecution Calls
10/12/14 15:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. ​A top UN human rights envoy and human rights groups are calling for the prosecution of U.S. officials involved in what a Senate report called the "brutal" CIA interrogat...
» Pirate Bay Goes Offline After a Raid in Sweden - TIME
10/12/14 15:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. TIME Pirate Bay Goes Offline After a Raid in Sweden TIME Neij and Sunde, the two co-founders of the file-sharing website, A file picture of Fredrik Neij (C) and Peter Sunde (2nd ...
» How Ebola attacks the body
10/12/14 15:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by AFP news agency. How Ebola attacks the body More than 6300 people have now died from Ebola in the three hardest hit nations in west Africa, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Wor...
» Medvedev Enlists Russian Companies in Bid to Halt Ruble Drop
10/12/14 15:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the government is urging large companies to even out their sales of foreign revenue as officials try to stem the ruble’s slide to a record and the central ban...
» Rouble fall, sanctions hurt Russia's economy: Medvedev
10/12/14 15:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . By Katya Golubkova and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:07am EST MOSCOW (Reuters) - The weakness of the rouble is hurting Russia , which has lost tens of billions of dollars because of sanctions i...
» Medvedev To Russians: Don't 'Panic' Over Ruble's Fall
10/12/14 15:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called on Russians "not to panic" and to keep their savings in rubles despite of the Russian currency's sharp decline.
» A Top Target of China’s Antigraft Campaign Gets Life in Prison
10/12/14 15:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Liu Tienan was one of the first and most visible targets of the push by President Xi Jinping to take down both “tigers” and “flies” — powerful and minor officials.
» World media react to CIA torture report - USA TODAY
10/12/14 15:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from world - Google News. USA TODAY World media react to CIA torture report USA TODAY Newspapers around the world led their front pages with the explosive story Wednesday, with British publications The Guardian...
» Shrien Dewani arrives back in the UK after murder trial collapses - video
10/12/14 15:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. Shrien Dewani arrives at Gatwick Airport from Cape Town on Wednesday morning. He is thought to be heading back to his family home in Bristol after his trial for arranging...
» Ebola virus
10/12/14 15:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by AFP news agency. Ebola virus The United Nations' coordinator on Ebola has hailed widespread progress in the fight against the deadly virus, but warned the outbreak was still surging in western S...
» Britain presses Turkey over detention of suspected British jihadis
10/12/14 15:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. David Cameron asks for closer cooperation over intelligence on UK citizens suspected of trying to join Islamic State in Syria Britain is requesting that its intelligence agenc...
» Israel's defense minister behind closed doors: Obama administration won't last ... - Haaretz
10/12/14 15:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Haaretz Israel's defense minister behind closed doors: Obama administration won't last ... Haaretz Moshe Ya'alon tells Yeshiva students U.S. blocking new settlement plans but boa...
» Suicide attack on Iraqi military base kills 9
10/12/14 15:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. A suicide attack outside a military base in Samarra, north of Baghdad, killed nine people and wounded 15 others Wednesday, security officials said.
» Im Ready for Hillary - Politico
10/12/14 15:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Politico Im Ready for Hillary Politico Most Popular. Top Stories, Videos & Photos. Michael Hayden Is Not Sorry · Budget bill shows GOP's new muscle · Gruber: I'...
» Belarusian Journalist Alesin Released But Must Stay In Minsk
10/12/14 15:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A Belarusian journalist arrested on suspicion of treason and espionage has been released from custody but ordered not to leave Minsk.
» Pope urges global war on human trafficking - The Daily Star
10/12/14 15:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. The Daily Star Pope urges global war on human trafficking The Daily Star Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on December 10, 2014 at the Va...
» Airlines body calls for U.N. to regulate anti-aircraft weaponry
10/12/14 15:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. GENEVA (Reuters) - Global airlines body IATA has called on the UN to regulate anti-aircraft weaponry in a similar way to chemical weapons following the shooting down of a commercial ai...
» Russian FSB Chief: Islamic State Is A 'Terrorist International'
10/12/14 15:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russia's Federal Security Service head Aleksandr Bortnikov mentioned the threat of Islamic State alongside the threat of the Caucasus Emirate -- which he did not name spe...
» Ukrainian troops to continue observing truce: Kiev military
10/12/14 15:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian government forces will continue to observe a truce in the country's east after a significant reduction in shelling by separatists on Tuesday's "Day of Silenc...
» Britain calls on NATO help in submarine hunt: media
10/12/14 15:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. LONDON (Reuters) - NATO patrol planes helped Britain scour the waters off its western Scottish coast after a submarine's periscope was spotted, in a search reminiscent of the Cold War,...
» Prince William, Kate wrap up NYC visit with black-tie gala, Sept. 11 museum visit - CTV News
10/12/14 15:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. CTV News Prince William, Kate wrap up NYC visit with black-tie gala, Sept. 11 museum visit CTV News NEW YORK -- Prince William and his wife, Kate, wrapped up their first visit to...
» This Billionaire Just Paid $4 million for a Nobel Medal Only to Give It Back to the Seller
10/12/14 15:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. One of the richest men in Russia, Alisher Usmanov, has come forward as the anonymous buyer of James Watson’s Nobel medal, which was sold for more than $4 million at an auction at Christie’s in New Yo...
» For Modi, Putin’s visit a sign of India’s potential during U.S.-Russia tensions
10/12/14 15:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. NEW DELHI — Just over a year ago, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was hailed as a statesman for his role brokering a Syrian...
» Ukraine Cease-Fire Holds for 2nd Day
10/12/14 15:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian rebels are largely honoring a declared halt in hostilities for a second consecutive day in eastern Ukraine. Only sporadic gunfire was reported early Wed...
» The CIA torture report: what you need to know – video
10/12/14 15:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. A landmark report released on Tuesday shows the full extent of the CIA's interrogation and detention programs enacted after 9/11. The Guardian's Spencer Ackerman and Trev...
» Russian Opposition Activist Mokhnatkin Sentenced Again
10/12/14 15:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A Russian opposition activist has been convicted in absentia of assaulting police and sentenced to four years and six months in prison.
» World facing Armageddon unless Obama and Putin 'defrost' icy relationship - Daily Mail
10/12/14 15:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Daily Mail World facing Armageddon unless Obama and Putin 'defrost' icy relationship Daily Mail Russian elder statesman Mikhail Gorbachev today warned of the threat of Armageddon...
» Obama on 'The Colbert Report': The President Steals the Show from Stephen ... - Crossmap
10/12/14 15:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Crossmap Obama on 'The Colbert Report': The President Steals the Show from Stephen ... Crossmap Perhaps what is, or what possibly will be as well in the future, most talked about...
» Rectal rehydration and standing on broken limbs: the CIA torture report's grisliest findings
10/12/14 15:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Parts of the CIA interrogation programme were known, but the catalogue of abuse is nightmarish, especially knowing much more will never be revealed CIA’s brutal and ineffectiv...
» Russia says small military mission in east Ukraine at Kiev's request: RIA
10/12/14 14:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian general said on Wednesday a small Russian military mission in eastern Ukraine is there at the invitation of Kiev and is assisting the OSCE security group i...
» Torture report: Harsh reality for U.S.
10/12/14 14:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. The senate report leaves little doubt that some CIA practices would -- by any international standard -- be defined as torture, writes CNN's Tim Lister. So has the U.S. lost the moral high ...
» Tajik Man Accused Of Recruiting Militants For Syria Released With Fine
10/12/14 14:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A Tajik man accused of being a member of a gang that recruited young men to fight in Syria was released on December 10 after being ordered to pay a fine, RFE/RL's Tajik S...
» Russia scraps plan for Eye of Sauron art installation
10/12/14 14:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Eye of Sauron will not now gaze over Moscow after opposition from the Russian Orthodox Church thwarted project The Eye of Sauron will not, after all, gaze out over Moscow this...
» Brooklyn: moment synagogue knife attacker is shot by police - video
10/12/14 14:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. Police shoot and kill a man they say stabbed a rabbinical student in the head in a Brooklyn synagogue on Tuesday. An exchange can be heard between the man and police, who...
» Obama Avoids Taking Sides on Effectiveness of C.I.A. Techniques
10/12/14 14:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The debate over interrogation techniques has left President Obama facing an uncomfortable choice between two allies: the C.I.A. director versus Democrats on the committee that produced the ...
» Analysts Weigh Nigeria/Russia Arms Deal
10/12/14 14:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Nigeria has turned to Russia to buy heavier weapons following a recent strain in relations with the United States. After the U.S. rejected a request for Cobra attack helicopters, Nigeria ...
» The Ebola epidemic
10/12/14 14:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever, health officials say.
» If homosexuality isn’t illegal, why is there a gay crackdown in Egypt?
10/12/14 14:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. A bath house raid instigated by complicit media looks like a bid to distract attention from bigger economic and political issues The arrest of at least 25 men during a massive...
» ISIS release images of execution after man found guilty of sodomy
10/12/14 14:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Jihadists From the Islamic State (ISIS) Have Killed a Man Found Guilty of the Crime of Homosexuality. ISIS Military Gather To Execute Man Found Guilty Of Being Homosexual The accused ma...
» Royal Couple Wraps New York Visit
10/12/14 14:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine enjoyed a gala dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Tuesday night, ending their three-day trip to the United States. The event was to m...
» Dogs, elephants, chimps and parrots use natural remedies to treat digestive problems
10/12/14 14:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The theory, known as zoopharmacognosy, has been spotted in macaws in Brazil, elephants in Kenya and even dogs and cats in the UK and US.
» Venezuela's Poor Sour on Maduro as Prices, Shortages Sting
10/12/14 14:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Packing potatoes at his vegetable stand on a sun-baked street in Caracas's hillside Catia slum, Jesus Jimenez fondly recounts voting for late president Hugo Chavez. Like millions in Venez...
» CIA chiefs accuse Senate of 'cherry-picking' evidence in inquiry
10/12/14 14:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. In a 2,500 word rebuttal ex-CIA leaders, including George Tenet and Porter Goss, argued the CIA's interrogation program saved lives by leading to the capture of top Al Qaeda militants.
» NATO fighter jets intercept Russian military aircraft
10/12/14 14:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by ODN. NATO fighter jets intercept Russian military aircraft A new video has emerged of NATO fighter jets intercepting a number of Russian military planes over the Baltic Sea. . Report by Sarah Ke...
» Peru to Charge Greenpeace Activists for Stunt at Ancient Nazca Drawings
10/12/14 14:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. Peru is planning to criminally charge Greenpeace activists who are said to have damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines by leaving footprints in the desert nearby during a publicity stunt. Peru’...
» Protests continue for fourth night in Berkeley and Oakland
10/12/14 14:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Demonstrators protest against police killings of unarmed black men, in the wake of grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers For the fourth night in a row, prot...
» U.S. launches 20 airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq
10/12/14 14:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States launched 20 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in recent days, military officials said in a statement on Wednesday.
» Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ain dead after being hit with tear gas
10/12/14 14:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Ziad Abu Ain died shortly after the incident on Wednesday near the West Bank village of Turmus Aya.
» Malala Yousafzai accepts Nobel peace prize with attack on arms spending
10/12/14 14:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Pakistani education activist was jointly awarded prize with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi The Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has used her Nob...
» Turkmenistan: Desperately Seeking Diversification
10/12/14 14:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. RFE/RL's Turkmen Service had a roundtable to discuss whether the recent decision to suspend Russia's proposed South Stream gas pipeline could mean Turkmen gas would final...
» Senate report on CIA torture could lead to prosecutions of Americans abroad
10/12/14 14:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Human rights groups say actions on foreign soil could fall under legal jurisdictions of those countries those countries’ legal jurisdictions or the ICC in The Hague US officia...
» Protesters in Georgia, Moldova Demand Release Of Ismayilova
10/12/14 14:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. About 50 protesters have demonstrated outside Azerbaijan's embassy in Tbilisi, demanding that Azerbaijan's government release Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journal...
» Revisiting the First Chechen War
10/12/14 14:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. RFE/RL's North Caucasus service chief talks about the 'personal apocalypse' that was the First Chechen War.
» How Effective Is Screening for Ebola at Airports?
10/12/14 14:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa escalated over the summer, the World Health Organization recommended airport screening as a way to contain spread of the disease. WHO advised that all people leav...
» Iran's Supreme Leader Criticizes U.S. After Torture Report
10/12/14 14:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A Twitter account associated with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has posted a message that said the U.S. Senate report into CIA torture showed the U.S. gov...
» Drug violence, climate change create ceaseless wave of Latin American refugees
10/12/14 14:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drug-fueled gang violence and extreme weather linked to climate change are forcing tens of thousands of people in Latin America to flee their home...
» Report Unleashes Global Criticism Of CIA Interrogation Methods
10/12/14 14:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The release of a U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques has resulted in widespread criticism about the actions of CIA agents and contractors in the years afte...
» Britain has 'masses of space' and without migrants the NHS would be in 'dire straits'
10/12/14 14:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Stephen Nickell, a board member of the Office for Budget Responsibility, said just 10 per cent of the country has been 'urbanised' and played down concerns about immigration.
» Overseas, Torture Report Prompts Calls for Prosecution
10/12/14 14:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Jihadist web postings called for retaliation, and the United States warned citizens in Thailand and Afghanistan about hostile reactions.
» World facing Armageddon unless Obama and Putin 'defrost' icy relationship
10/12/14 14:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Former President of the Soviet Union Mikahil Gorbachev enjoys the view of Brandenburger Gate before attending a symposium on security in Europe 25 years after the fall of the "Wall" in ...
» OPEC slashes oil production estimate - USA TODAY
10/12/14 14:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. USA TODAY OPEC slashes oil production estimate USA TODAY The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, slashed its estimate of how much crude oil it will need to pr...
» Gorbachev on U.S.-Russia Relations: ‘We May Not Live Through These Days’
10/12/14 14:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, called Wednesday has called for a U.S.-Russia summit to thaw relations between the two countries in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. Gorbachev, ...
» Under pressure to give commercial drones greater access to US skies, FAA ... - U.S. News & World Report
10/12/14 14:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Under pressure to give commercial drones greater access to US skies, FAA ... U.S. News & World Report WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says it is granting four companies permissi...
» David Cameron pays first visit to Auschwitz with warning
10/12/14 14:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Prime Minister David Cameron is shown the Birkenau extermination camp in Poland, during a personal visit that he made to the former concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau for the...
» Cornwall man left fighting for life after acid is thrown in his face in his home
10/12/14 14:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The victim, named locally as father-of-one Andreas Christopheros, 29, suffered life-threatening injuries after the corrosive substance was thrown in his face at his home in Truro, Cornw...
» Putin's visit to India: Don't focus on the rhetoric
10/12/14 14:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - Asia. By Ravi Agrawal, CNN updated 10:36 AM EST, Wed December 10, 2014 India's PM Narendra Modi meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the BRICS group leaders summit in Brazil, on July 16, 20...

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