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Russia warns of 'new military confrontation' in Europe

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Russia-West relations took a downturn this week when Moscow warned that any stationing of military equipment along its border with Europe could have "dangerous consequences" and President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would add more than 40 ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year.
At a military and arms fair on Tuesday, Putin announced the addition of the intercontinental ballistic missiles which, he said, were able to overcome "even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," Reuters reported.
After the announcement, Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said that Putin's statement was one reason why the international military alliance was upping its deterrence measures, according to Reuters.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry issued its warning on Monday against military presence on its western border after the New York Times and other media organizations reported that the U.S. had offered to store military equipment for up to 5,000 troops—including battle tanks and heavy weapons—in allied eastern European countries.
"The emergence of such information confirms that the U.S., in cooperation with its allies, apparently has serious sights on ultimately undermining key provisions in the 'NATO Russia Founding Act' of 1997, in which the alliance pledged not to deploy substantial combat forces on the territory of the countries mentioned in the permanent basis," the ministry said in a statement on its website.
"We hope, however, that reason will prevail and that the situation in Europe will be able to keep from sliding to a new military confrontation that could have dangerous consequences."
An U.S. Pentagon official told the NYT that no decision had yet been made and that NATO, to which many European countries belong, would have to ratify such a move. 
"The U.S. military continues to review the best location to store these materials in consultation with our allies," said a Pentagon spokesman said, cited by the NYT. "At this time, we have made no decision about if or when to move to this equipment."

Propaganda and Phobia

Eastern European and Baltic states sharing a border with Russia—which include Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Ukraine—have become increasingly nervous about recent, seemingly provocative military exercises by Russia. This follows Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region last year, role in the pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine and subsequent sanctioning by the West. 
Nonetheless, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the proposed move by the U.S. to station military equipment along the border was part of a propaganda plot to turn Europe against Moscow.
"Washington says the planned measures are needed to 'increase the confidence' of European allies in the face of the 'Russian threat,'" the ministry said.
"In fact, capitals in both Washington and in Europe are aware that the 'Russian threat' is nothing more than a myth."
The countries where military equipment could be stored include Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Estonia and possible Hungary. The plans could be decided upon when defense ministers from the 28 NATO member countries meet later in June.
A Russian defense official was also quoted on Monday as saying that any U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be an "aggressive step," news agency Interfax reported.
"If heavy U.S. military equipment, including tanks, artillery batteries and other equipment really does turn up in countries in eastern Europe and the Baltics, that will be the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold War," Russian defense ministry official General Yuri Yakubov said.
He was also quoted as saying Moscow would retaliate by building up its own forces "on the Western strategic front."

All about Ukraine

With the war of words between the U.S. and Russia threatening to descend into something nastier, Ian Bremmer, president of risk consultancy Eurasia Group, said the geo-political tension was very much focused on Ukraine.
"We have seen a ceasefire in Ukraine that has not held, we have seen an escalation in Russian war material in east Ukraine, we've seen casualties in the last few weeks and expanded Russian military exercises on the border as well as more Russian troops," he told CNBC Europe's "Squawk Box."
"From the western perspective it does seem laughable that Russia would talks about the greatest escalation by the Americans potentially putting tanks in the Baltics, which still hasn't been approved by NATO as a whole, when Russia is putting tanks in countries that don't want those tanks there. This is very much about Ukraine."
Moscow has also accused the U.S. of being responsible for the political uprising in Ukraine in 2014 that preceded the annexation of Crimea, in which the pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych was ousted.
"It is convenient to use propaganda to cover up the responsibility of the U.S. for the anti-constitutional coup in Ukraine and in Kiev," said the Russian Foreign Ministry in its statement.
"The U.S. has assiduously nurtured an anti-Russian among its European allies in order to take advantage of the current difficult moment for the further expansion of its military presence."
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Drone footage shows alligator on the loose after Georgia floods - Europe - World

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Several animals have already died while they could be others still roaming the city
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As workers and volunteers help victims and try to recover some normality in the Georgian capital, Tblisi, they have to be ever vigilant of dangerous animals still on the loose after escaping the city's zoo.
14 people have died and ten are missing after a huge downpour and strong winds on 14 June turned a stream through the city into a torrent of water that destroyed homes, wrecked roads and pushed vehicles aside.
The clear up is now under way, but drone footage from near Heroes' Square shows an escaped alligator swimming menacingly along the flood waters.
Four lions, three tigers, two jaguars and two wolves were killed during the floods, either by the water or after being shot by police while on the loose. A spokeswoman for the zoo said they were still trying to find out what had happened to cause the mass escape.
It is still not known how many other animals will be found dead in the next few days, nor how many were still at large around the city.
It was not just the zoo that saw its animals affected by the floods; a private shelter nearby revealed that 350 of 500 dogs were killed in the water.
Prague Zoo, which had to deal with flooding in 2002 and 2013, has sent a team to work with their counterparts in Georgia.
"When we learned about the situation in Tbilisi Zoo, we started to work out how to help," Prague Zoo's Miroslav Bobek said. "Based on our experience with the floods, we decided to create a team of curators to travel to Georgia's zoo to help take care of the animals."

Beijing Wants Moscow to Agree to Massive Chinese Settlement in the Transbaikal

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Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 16 – Transbaikal officials are working on a deal with China that would allow Chinese firms to rent more than 300,000 acres of land in that Russian region, but a Beijing official says that the deal won’t go through unless Moscow agrees to a massive influx of Chinese workers because there are no Russians available for work there.


            According to “Nezavisimaya gazeta,” the Transbaikal kray government is ready to sign a letter of intent that would allow a Chinese company to rent the land for 49 years, but “in Beijing, they consider that such a transfer of land is insufficient” and that Moscow must allow for the entrance of Chinese citizens to work it (ng.ru/economics/2015-06-15/1_china.html).


            This new Chinese demand was presented by a senior official of the Chinese Institute of International Strategic Research last week in a Chinese newspaper. Moscow has traditionally viewed that institute as expressing the official position of China. (For a Russian translation of the article, seeinosmi.ru/fareast/20150613/228536555.html%20-%20ixzz3cu20ziwj).

            According to the Chinese writer, Beijing believes that Moscow not the Transbaikal authorities is being Russia’s new willingness to rent land to China but insists that this “progress” will not be complete until the Russian authorities agree to simplify procedures for Chinese workers to come there in large numbers.

            “So far, he wrote, “the countries have signed only an agreement on intentions, and time is needed to conclude a real contract which will have real force.” For that to happen, Moscow will have to agree to the “large scale” resettlement of Chinese citizens in the Russian Federation, something that will inevitably disturb many Russians.

            As Mikhail Sergeyev, the head of the economics section of “Nezavisimaya gazeta,” observes, the Beijing writer “considers the transfer of land in the Transbaikal kray to be only the first swallow after which must follow others” and that such transfers are not “only” about an economic profit.

            Beijing has already identified nine territories in Siberia and the Russian Far East which it would like to rent and then introduce a Chinese workforce, Sergeyev writes. And it is clear that economics is far from the most important consideration, something that will be even more of a red flag to Russians.

            He quotes Natalya Zubarevich, a specialist on Russia’s regions at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, on this point. Much of the land the Chinese want to rent, she says, is hardly good for agricultural exploitation. The fact that Beijing wants to rent so much of it thus raises questions of its intentions.

            Sergeyev does not address it, but this Chinese move is certain to provoke not only Russian nationalists in Moscow but also Siberian regionalists who may welcome Chinese investment but are unlikely to be happy about any massive influx of ethnic Chinese which would radically change the ethnic balance in a region from which Russians continue to leave.       
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Zimbabwe’s President Makes His Mark on African Politics at AU Summit

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JOHANNESBURG —
Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is leaving an indelible stamp on the African Union (AU) as he serves as its rotating chairman. At the end of the continental body's 25th summit, he showed that yet again. In one rambling, hour-long, seemingly continuous sentence, he spoke about everything from his childhood raising cattle to his feelings about journalists, to his sentiments about women's place in society — as well as his thoughts on international politics.
Women’s empowerment
Robert Mugabe can always be relied on to say something interesting, especially at the twice-yearly summits held by the African Union. This year he was free with his thoughts on the summit’s biggest issues. They included women’s empowerment, the political crisis in Burundi and the controversy over African nations’ membership in the International Criminal Court, which he has long disagreed with.
Mugabe began his rhetorical tour de force with a bang at the summit’s opening ceremony, hitting the women’s empowerment theme by launching into a lengthy treatise on how all human beings have mothers. He has previously said that he does not think women can be equal to men.
But despite the rhetoric, his feelings on women are less than straightforward.
“By the way of elections, they don’t fare well, and people will want numbers in parliament. Then of course there is the issue of the husbands also. They may not want their wives to stand in parliament and leave them at home. But affirmative action, I think, is necessary,” he said.
That drew a sidelong glance from the seasoned politician sitting next to him, AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the ex-wife of current South African president Jacob Zuma.
Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L) smiles as she is greeted by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe next to South Africa's president Jacob Zuma ahead of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg, June 14, 2015.
Mugabe then spoke about his well-known contempt for the International Criminal Court. That issue was vaulted into the spotlight at this summit when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir defied an arrest warrant from the court to travel to South Africa, which would have been obliged as a court member to arrest him. South Africa insisted that Bashir enjoyed diplomatic immunity as an AU summit participant.
Mugabe also poked fun at the current political crisis gripping central Africa — the insistence of Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third presidential term, rationalizing that will only count as his second term because parliament chose him the first time. Mugabe himself has ruled his nation since 1980.
Some critics of Zimbabwe's leader say he is not on top of his game, and that at the age of 91 he should finally retire. But Mugabe, who struggled to not fall asleep mid-sentence during his 1 a.m. soliloquy at the end of the summit, was quick to dispute that — and blamed journalists for depicting him negatively.
Blaming journalists
“Your pens are quite dangerous," he said. "The other day, I think we were having a press conference like this one. And as I was going down the steps, I missed the last step and fell. Ho ho ho ho!  It was international news! As I say, I used to fall many times looking after cattle, my grandfather’s cattle, and so on in the bush, you’d knock against, you know, stones and things like that and fall and you get up again. What’s strange in a person falling? But ho ho, it’s the old president Mugabe, now you see, we have said this man is now useless. He is lost, He too old now. That’s why he must resign. You know, of course they want the papers to sell so we don’t arrest people for saying so, but we just say, ‘Why can’t you be truthful?’”
As he made his exit from the stage, he paused, hovering a foot tantalizingly over the stairs.
"Do you want me to fall here?" he asked the gathered media swarm.
He did not.
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Vatican to try ex-papal ambassador on child sex charges - Europe - World

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Russia demonstrates its first 'microwave gun' that can disable drones and missiles from up to six miles away at Army-2015 - Europe - World

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China and Russia Almost Definitely Have the Snowden Docs

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Last weekend, the Sunday Times published a front-page story (full text here), citing anonymous British sources claiming that both China and Russia have copies of the Snowden documents. It’s a terrible article, filled with factual inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims about both Snowden’s actions and the damage caused by his disclosure, and others have thoroughly refuted the story. I want to focus on the actual question: Do countries like China and Russia have copies of the Snowden documents?
I believe the answer is certainly yes, but that it’s almost certainly not Snowden’s fault.
Snowden has claimed that he gave nothing to China while he was in Hong Kong, and brought nothing to Russia. He has said that he encrypted the documents in such a way that even he no longer has access to them, and that he did this before the US government stranded him in Russia. I have no doubt he did as he said, because A) it’s the smart thing to do, and B) it’s easy. All he would have had to do was encrypt the file with a long random key, break the encrypted text up into a few parts and mail them to trusted friends around the world, then forget the key. He probably added some security embellishments, but—regardless—the first sentence of the Times story simply makes no sense: “Russia and China have cracked the top-secret cache of files…”
But while cryptography is strong, computer security is weak. The vulnerability is not Snowden; it’s everyone who has access to the files.
The vulnerability is not Snowden; it’s everyone who has access to the files.
First, the journalists working with the documents. I’ve handled some of the Snowden documents myself, and even though I’m a paranoid cryptographer, I know how difficult it is to maintain perfect security. It’s been open season on the computers of the journalists Snowden shared documents with since this story broke in July 2013. And while they have been taking extraordinary pains to secure those computers, it’s almost certainly not enough to keep out the world’s intelligence services.
There is a lot of evidence for this belief. We know from other top-secret NSA documents that as far back as 2008, the agency’s Tailored Access Operations group has extraordinary capabilities to hack into and “exfiltrate” data from specific computers, even if those computers are highly secured and not connected to the Internet.
These NSA capabilities are not unique, and it’s reasonable to assume both that other countries had similar capabilities in 2008 and that everyone has improved their attack techniques in the seven years since then. Last week, we learned that Israel had successfully hacked a wide variety of networks, including that of a major computer antivirus company. We also learned that Chinasuccessfully hacked US government personnel databases. And earlier this year, Russia successfully hacked the White House’s network. These sorts of stories are now routine.
I believe that both China and Russia had access to all the files that Snowden took well before Snowden took them because they've penetrated the NSA networks where those files reside.
Which brings me to the second potential source of these documents to foreign intelligence agencies: the US and UK governments themselves. I believe that both China and Russia had access to all the files that Snowden took well before Snowden took them because they’ve penetrated the NSA networks where those files reside. After all, the NSA has been a prime target for decades.
Those government hacking examples above were against unclassified networks, but the nation-state techniques we’re seeing work against classified and unconnected networks as well. In general, it’s far easier to attack a network than it is to defend the same network. This isn’t a statement about willpower or budget; it’s how computer and network security work today. A former NSA deputy director recently said that if we were to score cyber the way we score soccer, the tally would be 462–456 twenty minutes into the game. In other words, it’s all offense and no defense.
In this kind of environment, we simply have to assume that even our classified networks have been penetrated. Remember that Snowden was able to wander through the NSA’s networks with impunity, and that the agency had so few controls in place that the only way they can guess what has been taken is to extrapolate based on what has been published. Does anyone believe that Snowden was the first to take advantage of that lax security? I don’t.
We simply have to assume that even our classified networks have been penetrated.
This is why I find allegations that Snowden was working for the Russians or the Chinese simply laughable. What makes you think those countries waited for Snowden? And why do you think someone working for the Russians or the Chinese would go public with their haul?
I am reminded of a comment made to me in confidence by a US intelligence official. I asked him what he was most worried about, and he replied: “I know how deep we are in our enemies’ networks without them having any idea that we’re there. I’m worried that our networks are penetrated just as deeply.”
Seems like a reasonable worry to me.
The open question is which countries have sophisticated enough cyberespionage operations to mount a successful attack against one of the journalists or against the intelligence agencies themselves. And while I have my own mental list, the truth is that I don’t know. But certainly Russia and China are on the list, and it’s just as certain they didn’t have to wait for Snowden to get access to the files. While it might be politically convenient to blame Snowden because, as the Sunday Timesreported an anonymous source saying, “we have now seen our agents and assets being targeted,” the NSA and GCHQ should first take a look into their mirrors.
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Russia Becoming a ‘Cultural Desert’ Thus Putting Its Survival in Doubt, Pain Says

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Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 16 – “There is nothing predetermined in the history of the development of humanity,” Emil Pain says, and consequently, “the fate of Russia is not doomed.”  But the mythology Russians are being told by their leaders to accept, one of “’a besieged fortress’” cut off from others, has “an inevitable consequence: cultural desertification” and that can be fatal.


            But even if it isn’t, “the longer and more virulently it manifests itself,” Russia’s leading specialist on ethnic conflict says, “the more complicated will it be” for Russians to escape this desert, to reconstruct bridges to others, and to build a new and better future for themselves and their country (ng.ru/ng_politics/2015-06-16/9_desert.html).

            In an essay in “Nezavisimaya gazeta” today, Pain notes that many countries have faced the desertification of their natural environments because of changes in climate or poor use of resources. But he argues that it is critically important to understand that “analogous processes can take place in social life.”

            History shows that “cultural ‘desertification’ leads to decline and sometimes as in the case of multi-national empires even to the disintegration of the country.” And that process is more likely to prove fatal than any foreign action: As William James observed, “’it is impossible to conquer a great civilization from the outside until it destroys itself within.’”

            And that process occurs in a remarkably similar way across time and place. First, these regimes seek to close themselves off; then, they suffer stagnation which produces conflicts among the elites which “with time ever more remind one of the fighting of spiders within a bottle;” and finally those divisions within the elites spread to society.

            Russia in recent years has been following this trajectory, Pain says.  “Numerous signs of spreading obscurantism are clearly manifested in contemporary Russia … An “ideological turn’ has occurred, from the depoliticization of the population to the political mobilization of the masses, above all a negative one against the created image of an internal and external enemy.”

            After the protests of 2011-2012, he continues, “the Russian authorities launched a counterattack. For the first time since the 1980s began to work government agitprop, the essence of which in all times was reducible to obscurantism” and was designed to unify the population on the basis of myths and fears about “an external enemy.”

            “It is no accident,” he continues, “that the main political force is Russia is called ‘the front,’ as in time of war,” that this obscurantism trend cut Russia off from Europe, a trend “which began several years before the introduction of sanctions by the West, or that it was accompanied by talk from the leadership about Russia’s supposed “’special path’” and an inviolable Russian “cultural code,” both ideas often used and then discredited.

            This shutting of Russia off from the world “is giving birth to stagnation and depression,” with the only beneficiaries being those in the most backward forms of economic activity. And it has meant that internal problems remain unaddressed, festering and thus becoming ever more serious.

            But this systemic shift also has consequences for individual Russians that some may not have noticed, Pain suggests. “Fears are becoming not only a resource for the mobilization of the population but also a weapon in competition for career advancement and other advantages.” That is because this is a mechanism common to all totalitarian systems.

            That in turn leads to negative selection and promotion and thus to the deterioration of elites because “servility” is all and comparisons with outsiders are precluded.  That in turn guarantees that favoritism and the sense that all officials are only temporary and accidentally in their positions, two things that leads to irresponsibility and makes the situation still worse.

            “I don’t remember who said but it was said wisely: ‘People with brains flee from Russia not because they can’t earn a living but because there isn’t enough oxygen to breathe.’” Over the last three years, a half million have, taking with them the best minds of the country and meaning that “one can count on the fingers of one hand the number of Nobel laureates in Russia.”

            Some regime politicians dismiss this as a problem. Duma deputy Milonov, for example, says it isn’t so bad that people with brains are leaving because those who are left are willing to get up at five to milk cows. “This is an example,” Pain says, “of the very irresponsibility” such people display and for which they are never punished.

            According to Pain, there is another process in Russia today familiar to those who have studied other empires and their demise: “initially, the cultural centers and capitals spread their ideas to the provinces they controlled, but in the twilight, on the contrary, there occurs a barbarization of culture, archaic forms of the provinces seize the heart of the empire and the culture of the capital created over centuries degrades.”

            That happened in Soviet times and it is happening again now, the Moscow ethnic specialist says, and in conclusion, he cites with approval the words of Terry Martin who noted that “modernization was the theory of Soviet intentions, but neo-traditionalism was the result of their unintended consequences.”  The same thing risks being true again in the future.
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Man dies after waiter accidentally serves him glass of detergent instead of wine - Europe - World

NATO and Russia Are Playing a Risky Game (Op-Ed) | News

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Both Russia and the West continue to stage all kind of major military exercises and demonstrations, even while both accuse the other of provocation and aggressive intent. Are the drums of war beating? No, they're not — but we need to understand the real point behind these martial maneuvers, and the risks.
At present, the NATO-led BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) exercise is seeing ships and men from 17 countries in the Baltic Sea, including non-NATO nations such as Georgia and Finland, wargaming joint operations such as a beach assault. This month and the next, Exercise Saber Strike sees NATO forces training in the region, too, while the Noble Jump exercise tests the capabilities of the new Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.
Meanwhile, Russia is hardly resting on its laurels. In May it held nationwide air force exercises and snap maneuvers that mobilized some 12,000 troops in its Northern and Western commands, including the new Arctic Brigade in Kola. At the same time, it is running long-range bomber patrols along and sometimes into NATO airspace.
These operations are expensive. For example, April's Frisian Flag exercise involved a dozen U.S. F-15 fighter planes; each hour a single one of them is in the air is $42,000 in operating costs. They can also be politically provocative. The brinkmanship of Russian air patrols has raised the risk of mid-air collisions or civilian air traffic control problems. So why the current flurry?
First of all, they are training activities, as forces and command staffs rehearse potential operations, get used to working together and hone their skills. This is one reason why it is so important to watch your potential enemies, as they can provide invaluable hints as to their military intents, as well as their capacities.
But they know that, too, and so exercises are also often opportunities either for disinformation or communication. There is no reason to believe that Moscow for a moment genuinely believes it can or should start a war with NATO — an alliance that can outspend, outgun and outman Russia if need be. Nor is there the faintest chance that NATO is going to pick a fight with Moscow.
After all, just look at the nature of its involvement in Ukraine. NATO countries that have shown no reluctance to deploy combat troops elsewhere, even bring down governments, are being very cautious, confining themselves to training Ukrainians and sending non-lethal aid and warm words. The risk of direct confrontation with the Russian forces in the Donbass outweighs any commitment to Kiev.
So exercises and other symbolic military deployments become demonstrations of determination. This is not just in the hope of intimidating the other side but also to reassure one's allies. The regular NATO exercises in the Baltic states, for example, as well as the proposed pre-positioning of U.S. heavy hardware, are intended to warn Moscow that whatever it might get up to in Ukraine, incursions into Western countries will be taken seriously. But they are also meant to bolster Baltic morale and prevent people beginning to think that cutting a deal with Russia is the least-worst option.
This is especially important at a time when opinion polls are showing national sentiment in many NATO countries turning against supporting their allies. In Germany, in particular, a recent Pew poll found 29 percent not blaming Moscow for the violence in Ukraine and a majority against supporting NATO allies who face a Russian threat, 58 percent against 38 percent.
The trouble is that too many people start to take the exercises, and the overt and implicit rhetoric they reflect, at face value. Moscow plans to deploy Iskander-M missiles to Kaliningrad, which can deliver nuclear warheads — so what? Theoretically, that means they could hit Berlin: but can we really foresee a plausible scenario where either side would go nuclear and, in effect, doom the earth to Armageddon?
This is not a military contest, but one of will. The question becomes whether the heavy-handed rattling of sabers works as it is intended. In part, the German opinion results may well be a product of Moscow's sometimes-subtle, sometimes-crass information warfare.
But it probably also reflects not so much intimidation by the sight of Russian bombers in the Baltic but worries that bellicose allies (and yes, to a large extent — but not exclusively — that means the United States) might push NATO into a confrontation Germans do not want.
In other words, the very language and actions intended to warn off Moscow and reassure NATO members may actually be undermining the unity that is so essential to the alliance. At the same time, Russia's aggressive postures look as if they are pushing traditionally neutral Finland and Sweden closer to NATO than ever before. Both, incidentally, are taking part in BALTOPS.
So, is the paradox that while the leaderships of both NATO and Russia enjoy the macho posturing involved in the current "phony war," the posturing is actually far more counterproductive than they might think?
Mark Galeotti is professor of global affairs at New York University.
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US Lawmakers Slam Government Officials Over Massive Cyber Attack

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WASHINGTON—
U.S. lawmakers sharply attacked government hiring and technology officials Tuesday for not preventing a cybersecurity attack that compromised personal information for millions of U.S. federal workers.
"You failed, utterly and totally," Congressman Jason Chaffetz told Katherine Archuleta, chief of the government's employment agency, the Office of Personnel Management.
"OPM's data security posture was akin to leaving all the doors and windows open in your house and expecting that nobody would walk in and nobody would take any information,” said Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee. “How wrong they were."
No encryption 
Chaffetz demanded to know why the personal information of government workers and retirees was not encrypted after the employment agency's watchdog warned last year that it was vulnerable to cyberattack. At least 4.2 million current and former federal workers, and likely millions more, are affected.
"It is not feasible in systems that are too old," Archuleta said in explaining why protections are not adequate. "I want to emphasize that cyber security issues that the Government is facing is a problem that has been decades in the making, due to a lack of investment in federal IT systems and a lack of efforts in both the public and private sectors to secure our internet infrastructure."
In the last two weeks, the U.S. identified two cyberattacks on government employee records, saying they occurred over the last several months, and perhaps began much earlier. Some officials have blamed Chinese state interests for the attack, but the attacks are said to be still under investigation.
Constant attack 
Archuleta said U.S. technology systems are under constant attack from foreign governments, criminals and business interests.
"In an average month, OPM, for example thwarts 10 million confirmed intrusion attempts targeting our network,” she said. “These adversaries are sophisticated, well-funded and focused. These attacks will not stop – if anything, they will increase."
Archuleta declined to answer some questions about the scope of the attack in the public hearing. She told the members of Congress she would discuss such issues only in a closed-door, classified setting.
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Putin says Russia beefing up nuclear arsenal, NATO denounces 'sabre-rattling'

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KUBINKA, Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to its nuclear arsenal this year, prompting NATO's chief to accuse Moscow of dangerous "sabre-rattling".
Putin made his announcement a day after Russian officials denounced a U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO member states on Russia's border as the most aggressive act by Washington since the Cold War a generation ago.
Tension has flared anew between Russia and Western powers over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, in which pro-Russian separatist forces have seized a large part of the country's east after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in early 2014.
The European Union and United States imposed economic sanctions on Russia. But Washington and Moscow are still bound by a 2010 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that caps deployed strategic nuclear warheads at 1,550 each and limits the numbers of strategic nuclear missile launchers to 800 by 2018.
"More than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems will be added to the make-up of the nuclear arsenal this year," Putin, flanked by army officers, said in a speech at an arms fair west of Moscow.
ICBMs have a minimum range of more than 5,500 km (3,400 miles). Putin gave no more details of which missiles were being added to the nuclear arsenal.
He has repeatedly urged Russia to maintain its nuclear deterrence to counter what he sees as growing security threats. Moscow also reserves the right to deploy nuclear arms in Crimea.
Such comments have helped whip up anti-Western sentiment and rally support behind Putin but have caused disquiet in the West, particularly countries on or near Russia's borders that were under Soviet domination during the Cold War.
Responding quickly to Putin's remarks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia of unwarranted "sabre rattling" and said this was "destabilizing and dangerous".
At a news briefing in Brussels, Stoltenberg said such rhetoric from Moscow explained the Western alliance's increased preparedness on the part of its forces to defend its member states closest to Russia.
"This nuclear sabre-rattling of Russia is unjustified. This is something we are addressing, and it’s also one of the reasons we are now increasing the readiness and preparedness of our forces," Stoltenberg said.
"We are responding by making sure that NATO also in the future is an alliance which provides deterrence and protection for all allies against any threat."
FEARS OF A NEW ARMS RACE
Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said the planned deployment of U.S. military equipment in eastern Europe, including his country, was a key step to ensure the region's defensibility against growing Russian military capabilities.
"We have no other possibilities. If we did nothing, we would be provoking Russia for aggression, like it was in... Ukraine," Olekas told Reuters.
Russian officials warned on Monday that Moscow would retaliate if the United States carried out its plan to store heavy military equipment in eastern Europe, including in the Baltic states that were once in the Soviet Union.
"The feeling is that our colleagues from NATO countries are pushing us into an arms race," RIA news agency quoted Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov as saying during "Army 2015", a fair at which arms and other military equipment are on show.
Putin has said Moscow will not be drawn into a new arms race although Russia is modernizing its armed forces. Putin said in his speech that 70 percent of the military equipment in use would by 2020 be the most up-to-date and top-quality.
Putin had said last year that Russia would add more than 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015.
Military expert Ivan Konovalov, head of the Moscow-based Center for Strategic Trends Studies, said Russia is now replacing outdated ICBMs that had been serviced and co-produced by Ukraine, also a former Soviet republic.
No such cooperation is taking place anymore and Moscow is putting in place other types of ICBMs it produces on its own.
The fair that opened on Tuesday to exhibit more than 330 units of Russian arms and military equipment was the latest example of Moscow showcasing its modernized armed forces.
But lavish military spending is burdening Russia's national budget at a time when the economy is sliding towards recession, hammered by low oil prices and Western sanctions.
The Kremlin portrays spending on the Russian arms sector as a driver of economic growth, but Putin's critics say it is excessive and comes at the expense of social needs.
(This story has been refiled to correct Stoltenberg quote, paragraph 12)
(Additional reporting by Gabriela Baczynska in Moscow and Andrius Sytas in Vilnius, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Mark Heinrich)
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    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A monitoring group says Kurdish forces have seized almost full control of the Syrian border of Tal Abyad from the Islamic State (IS) group after forcing most of the milit...
    » МИД Украины возмущен визитом Дмитрия Медведева в Крым - Коммерсантъ
    15/06/15 18:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Дни.Ру МИД Украины возмущен визитом Дмитрия Медведева в Крым Коммерсантъ МИД Украины выражает протест в связи с поездкой премьер-министра России Дмитрия Медведева в Крым, сообщает ...
    » 2015-06-15Fate of jihadi Mokhtar Belmokhtar unclear after US air strike
    15/06/15 18:10 from Mike Nova - Google+
    2015-06-15 Fate of jihadi Mokhtar Belmokhtar unclear after US air strike in Libya | » Jeb Bush promises optimism, consistency in 2016 bid 15/06/15 18:54 from Home - CBSNews.com - World News Review | » Kurds and Syrian Rebels Push to Evic...
    » Fate of jihadi Mokhtar Belmokhtar unclear after US air strike in Libya
    15/06/15 16:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. US says enormous care taken to avoid harming civilians, as Libyan media says strike left 33 dead and many wounded The US air force has said it targeted a notorious jihadi lead...
    » California Court Rules for City in Affordable Housing Fight
    15/06/15 16:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. California Supreme Court rules cities can require affordable housing in building projects
    » Syrian Kurds cut supply line to Raqqa from Tel Abyad border town near Turkey
    15/06/15 16:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. A Kurdish YPG spokesman said the militia had surrounded the town by the Turkish border, cutting the vital supply route to the ISIS capital Raqqa, which the militants have held for two y...
    » Exclusive: How children are trafficked into Europe
    15/06/15 16:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. The 13-year old boy looks off into the distance. He is slight of build with pale, almost yellowy eyes. When you see him you feel as if he has seen far too much already.
    » Saudi Arabia carries out 100th beheading this year as murderer and smuggler are killed
    15/06/15 16:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Syrian Ismael al-Tawm 'smuggled amphetamine pills' into the kingdom and Rami al-Khaldi was convicted of stabbing another Saudi to death. The kingdom put 87 people to death all of last y...
    » Study: Nazi Propaganda Left Life-Long Mark on German Kids
    15/06/15 16:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Study: Nazi propaganda left life-long mark on Germans exposed to anti-Semitic ideas in school
    » Prince, Stevie Wonder headline 'private' Obama soiree - USA TODAY
    15/06/15 16:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. USA TODAY Prince, Stevie Wonder headline 'private' Obama soiree USA TODAY WASHINGTON — White House officials refused to discuss a Saturday night party at the White House, saying ...
    » White House Won't Confirm Prince Performed for Obama
    15/06/15 16:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. White House refuses to confirm Prince performance for Obama despite guests' tweets about party
    » Kurdish forces seize most of Islamic State-controlled border town: monitor
    15/06/15 16:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, aided by U.S.-led air strikes, have seized most of the town of Tel Abyad from Islamic State militants and pushed them back towards the...
    » Jeb Bush promises optimism, consistency in 2016 bid
    15/06/15 16:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Home - CBSNews.com. The former Florida governor formally jumped into the race for the White House Monday
    » Putin’s Risky Game of Chicken
    15/06/15 15:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > Russia. As Russian warplanes bait the West, the danger of inadvertent conflict rises. We need military-to-military talks.
    » U.S.-Led Forces Launch Air Strikes Against IS In Iraq
    15/06/15 15:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The U.S. military says American and coalition forces launched 16 air strikes targeting IS militants in nine Iraqi cities on June 14.
    » Kurdish Forces Seize IS Supply Route in Syria
    15/06/15 15:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Militias fighting Islamic State militants in northern Syria say they have seized a main road linking the border town of Tal Abyad to IS headquarters in Raqqa. The days-long campaign to ou...
    » Russia-China Alliance Could Launch New World Order
    15/06/15 15:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. Amid the fanfare of Russia's Victory Day celebrations in May, President Putin held a round of talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, signing 32 deals aimed at further ...
    » Remittances From European Migrants Top $100 Billion
    15/06/15 15:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A new report says migrant workers in Europe sent $109.4 billion back to their home countries last year -- supporting an estimated 150 million people around the world.
    » Islamic State Suffering Setbacks in Libya
    15/06/15 15:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A few days ago fighters with Islamic State’s affiliate in Libya were gloating about recent battlefield successes and appeared poised to launch an offensive on oil fields near Sirte, the c...
    » Paris Conference Focuses on Fighting Radicalization on the Internet
    15/06/15 15:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The fight against the so-called Islamic State group and other extremist organizations is not just taking place on the ground, but also in cyberspace. There is no silver bullet to winning ...
    » Russia Embraces Yuan in Move Against U.S. Dollar Hegemony
    15/06/15 15:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. Russian financial authorities, energy companies and state-controlled banks are stepping up their use of China's yuan currency as Western sanctions spur diversification away fr...
    » AP Top News at 12:04 a.m. EDT
    15/06/15 15:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 12:04 a.m. EDT US airstrike targets al-Qaida-linked militant in Libya WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S military launched weekend airstrikes targeting and likely k...
    » AP Top News at 4:16 a.m. EDT
    15/06/15 15:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 4:16 a.m. EDT Libyan Islamist says US strike missed al-Qaida-linked leader BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - The U.S military says it launched weekend airstrikes targ...
    » AP Top News at 8:33 a.m. EDT
    15/06/15 15:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 8:33 a.m. EDT US targets al-Qaida-linked leader in Libya; unclear if hit CAIRO (AP) - The U.S military says it launched weekend airstrikes targeting and li...
    » AP Top News at 12:35 p.m. EDT
    15/06/15 15:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 12:35 p.m. EDT Libya: Unclear if US strikes killed al-Qaida leader CAIRO (AP) - The military spokesman of the internationally-recognized Libyan government ...
    » China’s Spies Hit the Blackmail Jackpot
    15/06/15 15:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The XX Committee. With each passing day the U.S. government’s big hacking scandal gets worse. Just what did hackers steal from the Office of Personnel Management? Having initially assured the public that t...
    » Snowden is a Fraud
    15/06/15 15:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The XX Committee. In the two years since the Edward Snowden saga went public, a handful of people who actually understand the Western signals intelligence system have tried to explain the many ways that th...
    » OPM Hack Is Serious Breach Of Worker Trust
    15/06/15 15:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The XX Committee. “We cannot undo this damage. What’s done is done, and it will take decades to fix.” This morning National Public Radio had me on to discuss the impact of the mega-hacks of OPM, which I’ve...
    » China’s Hack Just Wrecked American Espionage
    15/06/15 15:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The XX Committee. The mega-hack of the Office of Personnel Management continues to get worse for Washington. Revelations of a second, even deeper intrusion into OPM servers bring distressing news that Pent...
    » The Snowden Story Slowly Unravels
    15/06/15 15:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The XX Committee. I am grateful to the German newspaper BILD for running this piece as “Wie Snowdens schöne Geschichte langsam zerfällt” For the benefit of readers who don’t know German, I’m providing the ...
    » The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst — and Filled with Falsehoods
    15/06/15 15:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The Intercept. (updated below) Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it’s hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journal...
    » Former Army researcher pleads guilty in $750K fraud
    15/06/15 15:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. A former Army researcher at Aberdeen Proving Ground pleaded guilty Monday to steering millions of dollars of contracts to companies that he secretly controlled, netting himself and his a...
    » U.S. Airstrike in Libya Targets Planner of 2013 Algeria Attack
    15/06/15 15:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces. Libyan officials said the strike killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a former Al Qaeda leader and the mastermind of a 2013 terrorist seizure of an Algerian gas pl...
    » Success of Kurdish Forces Is a Rare Bright Spot for U.S. Policy in Iraq
    15/06/15 15:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The ability of pesh merga forces to retake and defend territory has offered a glimmer of hope for the Obama administration’s policy of coordinating wi...
    » Thousands Flee Syria as Kurds Gain on ISIS
    15/06/15 15:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Refugees who had been gathering on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey broke through the crossing, passing babies and their belongings through a barbe...
    » Kurds and Syrian Rebels Push to Evict ISIS From Border Town
    15/06/15 15:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). If the Islamic State loses Tal Abyad, a Syrian town on the Turkish border, it will lose its primary lifeline to Raqqa, a city it has ruled for more than a y...
    » 2,954,5062,954,506Obama’s Justice Dept. Wants Names of Internet Commenters Who Trashed
    15/06/15 15:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2,954,506 2,954,506 Obama’s Justice Dept. Wants Names of Internet Commenters Who Trashed Judge: Increasingly in America, it's not what you say that gets you in trouble, but who you are...
    » 2015-06-12» Does Obama Know There's a Cyberwar Going On? - Investor's Business
    15/06/15 15:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-06-12 » Does Obama Know There's a Cyberwar Going On? - Investor's Business Daily 12/06/15 19:01 from cyber warfare - Google News - U.S. National Security and Military News Review ...
    » 2,959,5042,959,504New questions arise about House Democratic caucus’s loyalty to
    15/06/15 15:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2,959,504 2,959,504 New questions arise about House Democratic caucus’s loyalty to Obama | » Democrats Stymie Obama on Trade 12/06/15 22:13 from WSJ.com: World News - World News Review...
    » 2,967,8042,967,8042015-06-13» Hillary Clinton Outlines Populist Message at First Big Campaign
    15/06/15 15:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2,967,804 2,967,804 2015-06-13 » Hillary Clinton Outlines Populist Message at First Big Campaign Rally 13/06/15 15:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks | U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weapo...
    » 2015-06-14Headlines - 6.14.15
    15/06/15 15:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-06-14 Headlines - 6.14.15 »   UK spies 'moved over Snowden files' 14/06/15 07:55 from  BBC News - World UK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China have inform...
    » 2,972,3552,972,3552015-06-14Jason Amerine, Green Beret aiming to free U.S. hostages, caught in
    15/06/15 15:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2,972,355 2,972,355 2015-06-14 Jason Amerine, Green Beret aiming to free U.S. hostages, caught in FBI web | CIA Reorganizes to Target Islamic State | » U.S. Airstrike Targets Qaeda Ope...
    » 2015-06-15Headlines - 6.15.15
    15/06/15 15:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-06-15 Headlines - 6.15.15 »   South Africa argues in court against Bashir's arrest - Reuters 15/06/15 06:15 from  Google News - Top Stories Reuters South Africa argues in court ag...
    » 2015-06-15"I was FBI informant, shouldn't be charged" | "The investigation into
    15/06/15 15:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-06-15 "I was FBI informant, shouldn't be charged" | "The investigation into Hillman has revealed that his then girlfriend, Angela Russell, had been allowed to work with the task f...
    » National Security-Related Congressional Hearings, June 15–19
    15/06/15 15:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Megan Graham Below is a calendar of Congressional hearings on national security matters for this week. Monday, June 15, 2015 5:00pm – Senate Foreign Relations – Lifting Sanctions on Iran: Pr...
    » In surprise move, US Congress may slash funding for CIA ops in Syria
    15/06/15 15:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from intelNews.org. American Congressional lawmakers have voted to cut funding for the Central Intelligence Agency's secret operations in Syria, in a surprise move that indicates growing concern on Capitol Hill...
    » China has taken up Russia's deepest fear - Business Insider
    15/06/15 15:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Business Insider China has taken up Russia's deepest fear Business Insider China has been systematically shutting out Western ideals from think tanks, school curriculums and hi...
    » The hack on the U.S. government was not a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’ (but it was a very big deal)
    15/06/15 15:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . The U.S. government has suffered a hacking attack  that has potentially revealed highly sensitive information about millions of government employees. Some commentators are claiming that this is the ...
    » Spies, Medics, and Hackers: A Guide to the Reorganized CIA - Washington Wire
    15/06/15 15:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Washington Wire. By Damian Paletta CONNECT The Central Intelligence Agency is realigning its workforce into a matrix of spies, analysts, scientists, economists, religious experts and others to eliminate bl...
    » David Petraeus On Why Cybersecurity Is A 'Big, Big Challenge' For The U.S.
    15/06/15 15:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Considering the pace that hack attacks have taken place in the last few months, not only has cybersecurity become an important issue for the general public, but for the administration as well. Retired U.S. Ar...
    » What the US Should Do About ISIS Now
    15/06/15 15:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Defense One - All Content. By using this service you agree not to post material that is obscene, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable. Although <a href="http://Defenseone.com" rel="nofollow...
    » Taxpayers Billed $128,781 for Michelle Obama to See Cultural Sites in Venice
    15/06/15 15:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Michelle Obama / AP BY: Elizabeth Harrington Hotel costs for First Lady Michelle Obama to see cultural sites in Venice during the last leg of her trip overseas is costing taxpayers ...
    » Bureau of Prisons Puts CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling in Prison Around 900 Miles from Wife & Family
    15/06/15 15:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Firedoglake. CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling was notified at the end of last week that he will serve his prison sentence of three and a half years at Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, a medium...
    » Iran Steps Up Cyber Attacks Across the Globe
    15/06/15 15:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. AP BY: Adam Kredo Iran has significantly stepped up efforts to launch cyber attacks and hack into the critical systems of multiple Middle East governments, including those of I...
    » Challenges in Intelligence Analysis | Intelligence Analysis and Reporting
    15/06/15 15:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Intelligence Analysis and Reporting. Title:                      Challenges in Intelligence Analysis Auth...
    » FBI Spent One-Third Of Aviation Budget On Executive Travel, New Report Finds
    15/06/15 14:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from International Business Times. A government investigation has found that one-third of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s entire aviation budget between 2008 and 2012 was spent on executive transpor...
    » Obama Legacy on Nuclear Arms Under Threat
    15/06/15 14:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON—As international talks over Iran’s nuclear program enter their critical final stage this month, a key goal of President Barack Obama ’s presidency—curtailing the world-wide ...
    » The FBI owes the public answers about its planes
    15/06/15 13:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The Edmond Sun - news/lifestyles,news/lifestyles/. Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 4:42 pm The FBI owes the public answers about its planes SPECIAL TO THE SUN <a href="http://edmondsun.com" rel="nofollo...
    » Merging ATF into FBI is a formula for disaster
    15/06/15 13:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . The idea of merging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) into the FBI has reared its ugly head once again. This idea is wrong in so many ways. As a former chairman of the old Treasury...
    » I was FBI informant, shouldn't be charged
    15/06/15 13:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Associated Press 7:02 a.m. CDT June 15, 2015 BILOXI — The former head of Harrison county utilities says charges against him should be dismissed because he was promised immunity as an FBI informant in a ...
    » FBI special agent Ken Hillman - Google Search
    15/06/15 13:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Lead public defender says district attorney still stalling in FBI task ... The Catoosa County News - 1 hour ago The task force was headed up by FBI special agent Ken Hillman , who ... With the FBI still inves...
    » Lead public defender says district attorney still stalling in FBI task force cases
    15/06/15 13:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . The ongoing series of cases in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit known as the “Craigslist Cases” have reached another interesting fork in the road as the circuit’s lead public defender h...
    » Snowden’s Gift to Russia and China
    15/06/15 12:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Edward Snowden and his apologists have been lobbying President Obama to let the intelligence thief return from Russia with a slap on the wrist. But they’ll now have to explain the news that his stolen f...
    » A strongman’s empty promise - The Washington Post
    15/06/15 12:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . By Editorial Board June 14 at 6:32 PM THE PRINCIPAL pitch of Egyptian strongman Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to his sponsors in the Obama administration is that only he and his military-backed regime can end the thre...
    » Hillary Clinton sides with critics of trade deal, says Obama should listen
    15/06/15 12:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Hillary Clinton sides with critics of trade deal, says Obama should listen - Los Angeles Times. Hillary Rodham Clinton waded into the increasingly intense fight among Democrats over trade on Sunday, saying...
    » Obama wants to reengineer your neighborhood
    15/06/15 12:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Julian Castro addresses the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) By Marc A. Thiessen June 15 at 10:49 AM This is what you get ...
    » Obamanomics, sidetracked - The Washington Post
    15/06/15 12:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Fred Hiatt: Most Recent Articles and Archives. President Obama (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) By Fred Hiatt Editorial page editor June 14 at 7:44 PM It’s not only on trade that President Obama see...
    » Obama’s Favors for the Mullahs
    15/06/15 12:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . The Obama Administration has long insisted that any nuclear deal will have no effect on U.S. determination to stop Iran’s regional ambitions or support for terrorism. As the political desire for a deal ...
    » US Data Hack Potentially Exposed Sex, Lies, Debt
    15/06/15 12:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. WASHINGTON— When a retired 51-year-old military man disclosed in a U.S. security clearance application that he had a 20-year affair with his former college roommate's wife, it was s...
    » Kurds and Israel - Google Search
    15/06/15 10:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Iraqi Kurdistan–Israel relations - Wikipedia, the free ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_ Kurdistan – Israel _relations Cached Similar Wikipedia Loading... The Iraqi Kurdistan – Israel relatio...
    » Emerging Kurdish State - Google Search
    15/06/15 09:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Postelection High in Turkey's Kurdish Regions Fades Amid Violence Wall Street Journal - Jun 10, 2015 The violence has magnified another emerging Kurdish worry following ... the formation of a new government, ...
    » turkey russia intelligence cooperation - Google Search
    15/06/15 09:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Defense Chief: Subversion, 'Big Lie' Are in Russia's Arsenal Wall Street Journal - Jun 6, 2015 He favors more military exercises, better intelligence sharing among ... to Turkey , Germany, France, Estonia, It...
    » isis turkey russia connection - Google Search
    15/06/15 09:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Turkey Arrests Russians, Westerners Who Tried to Enter ... <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/.../" rel="nofollow">www.breitbart.com/.../</a> turkey -arrests- russians -westerners-who-tri... Cached...
    » isis and turkey connection - Google Search
    15/06/15 09:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Kurdish-Led Forces Advance On Key ISIS -Held Town In Syria ... International Business Times - Jun 14, 2015 Thousands of people crossed from Syria into Turkey on Wednesday to ... prospect of cutting off ISIS '...
    » Workers Betrayed by Visa Loopholes
    15/06/15 07:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . It hardly needs saying that immigration policy should not undermine Americans’ jobs, wages or working conditions. The problem is that what some companies want — cheap, exploitable, disposable labo...
    » Jason Amerine, Green Beret aiming to free U.S. hostages, caught in FBI web
    14/06/15 23:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . When Lt. Col. Jason Amerine , a decorated Green Beret, took the big step last summer of contacting a member of Congress on the gnawing question of freeing American hostages, he never suspected the bureaucrati...
    » CIA Reorganizes to Target Islamic State
    14/06/15 22:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . McLEAN, Va.—Top Central Intelligence Agency officials are pressing spies, analysts, scientists and even economists into new teams as they broaden their efforts against Islamic State militants and other ...
    » U.S. Airstrike Targets Qaeda Operative in Libya
    14/06/15 21:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The Pentagon provided few details about the strike, the first American aerial operation in Libya since the NATO operation in 2011.
    » US Airstrike Targets Qaeda Operative in Libya - New York Times
    14/06/15 21:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The News International NDTV US Airstrike Targets Qaeda Operative in Libya New York Times WASHINGTON — In a significant escalation of American counterterrorism operations, the Uni...
    » New York Prison Escape: What Has Developed Since Matt and Sweat Broke Free? - NBCNews.com
    14/06/15 21:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Herald Sun New York Prison Escape: What Has Developed Since Matt and Sweat Broke Free? NBCNews.com After nine days of searching, investigators are no closer to finding their men — but ...
    » Algeria Gas Plant Terrorist Killed By Airstrike
    14/06/15 21:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. A militant who launched a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant has been killed by a US airstrike, Libya's government has said.
    » Op-Ed Contributor: Talking With the Wrong Libyans
    14/06/15 21:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Western diplomacy is mistakenly focused on who we want to have in power rather than who actually wields it.
    » US Launched Airstrike on Al-Qaida Operative in Libya Charged in Leading Attack on Gas Plant
    14/06/15 21:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. US launched airstrike on al-Qaida operative in Libya charged in leading attack on gas plant
    » US conducts 'counterterrorism strike' against al-Qaida target in Libya
    14/06/15 21:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Pentagon says Saturday strike was against ‘al-Qaida-associated militant’ Libyan government says Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed Related: How Isis crippled al-Qaida...
    » US hits 'al-Qaeda' militant in Libya
    14/06/15 21:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. The US military says it has successfully targeted an "al-Qaeda operative" with an air strike in Libya.
    » Shots Fired at Cleveland Police in Foot Chase of Suspect
    14/06/15 21:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Shots fired at police in chase of suspect near site of boy's fatal encounter with cops in 2014
    » What is the future of US manufacturing?
    14/06/15 21:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Will Americans carry on making things?
    » New York's rent regulation fight
    14/06/15 21:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. New York's rent regulation fight
    » Video shows Kentucky police officer killing flagpole-wielding man - Washington Post
    14/06/15 21:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Washington Post Video shows Kentucky police officer killing flagpole-wielding man Washington Post Updated with officer's identity. Louisville cop shot & killed #DengManyoun f...
    » Magna Carta, Still Posing a Challenge at 800
    14/06/15 21:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Presented by 40 indignant English barons to their treacherous king in 1215, it has endured as perhaps the world’s first and best declaration of the rule of law. But some say that theory is ...
    » U.S. Airstrike Targets al Qaeda Leader in Libya
    14/06/15 21:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The U.S. military launched airstrikes targeting and likely killing an al Qaeda leader in eastern Libya charged with leading a deadly attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013.
    » AP Top News at 7:45 p.m. EDT
    14/06/15 21:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 7:45 p.m. EDT US airstrike targets al-Qaida militant in Libya WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S military launched airstrikes Saturday targeting and likely killing ...
    » Houthi Rebels in Yemen Seize a Capital
    14/06/15 21:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Houthi rebel fighters seized Hazm, capital of Jawf Province, tightening their control of the country despite a monthslong, Saudi-led bombing campaign.
    » Al Qaeda commander behind attack on Algerian gas plant that left 40 workers dead - including six Britons - killed by US airstrike in Libya
    14/06/15 21:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, 43, and several others were probably killed after being targeted in an airstrike in eastern Libya, according to the country's government and US officials.
    » Swedish Air Chief Denounces Russian Provocations
    14/06/15 21:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. Sweden's Air Force chief denounced provocative tactics used by Russian pilots in the Baltic region as "very dangerous" and said Swedish Air Force countermeasures, including scrambles a...
    » U.S. conducts 'counter terrorism strike' against al Qaeda-linked target in Libya
    14/06/15 16:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military conducted a "counter terrorism strike" on Saturday night against an al Qaeda-associated militant in Libya, the Pentagon said on Sunday.
    » Hillary Clinton snubs Obama on trade deal
    14/06/15 16:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Home - CBSNews.com. While campaigning in Iowa, the former secretary of state sided with Democrats that bucked the president on a desire to fast-track the controversial deal
    » Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has flogging delayed
    14/06/15 16:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Saudi Arabia news, all the latest and breaking Saudi Arabia news. However, the second round of punishment was halted the following week without official explanation, and has since been pushed back several ...
    » Russian fighter jet flies within 10ft of US plane
    14/06/15 16:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from US News. The US plane was intercepted a second time on the same flight, but that was deemed to have been done appropriately, Warren said. Russian and US planes routinely monitor each other's movements in i...
    » Chinese hackers seized 'gold mine' of information about US spies and army personnel
    14/06/15 16:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from US News. In a statement, the White House said that on June 8, investigators concluded there was "a high degree of confidence that ... systems containing information related to the background investigations...
    » Britain pulls out spies from 'hostile countries' after Russia, China crack Snowden ... - ABC Online
    14/06/15 16:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. ABC Online Britain pulls out spies from 'hostile countries' after Russia, China crack Snowden ... ABC Online Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in "hostile c...
    » AP Top News at 3:19 a.m. EDT
    14/06/15 16:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 3:19 a.m. EDT Suspect only death in attack on Dallas police building DALLAS (AP) - A man who authorities say opened fire outside Dallas police headquarters...
    » Italy's Renzi warns EU on refugees as neighbors block border crossings
    14/06/15 16:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a change to European asylum rules on Sunday as neighboring states tightened border controls, turning back African migran...
    » Russia’s ‘new normal’ proves workable
    14/06/15 16:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World News. For US and European companies, operating in the context of sanctions is complex but manageable
    » Hippopotamus and other zoo animals escape after flooding in Tbilisi - video
    14/06/15 16:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. A hippopotamus walks along a flooded street in Tbilisi on Sunday after zoo animals escaped their enclosures following heavy flooding in the Georgian capital. Tigers, lion...
    » Flash Flood Ravages Georgian Capital
    14/06/15 16:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Georgian authorities say heavy rainfall and floods overnight left at least eight people dead and several others missing in the capital, Tbilisi. Heavy rains started late ...
    » Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 21 Wounded As Attacks Intensify In Eastern Ukraine
    14/06/15 16:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Ukrainian military said one of its servicemen was killed and 21 were wounded in separatist attacks over the past 24 hours as both sides accused the other of violating...
    » Tareq Aziz, voice of Saddam's regime, buried in Jordan
    14/06/15 16:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from AFP's YouTube Videos. From: AFP Duration: 00:42 Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe Iraq's former foreign minister Tareq Aziz, who used his mastery of Engl...
    » In Peru, gay couples kiss to protest media censorship
    14/06/15 16:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from AFP's YouTube Videos. From: AFP Duration: 01:00 Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe Gay couples in Lima staged a protest kissing in front of a Peruvian TV ...
    » Michelle Obama to visit Tower Hamlets and drink tea with Prince Harry on London visit
    14/06/15 16:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from - News RSS Feed. The last time Michelle Obama visited a London school, she was greeted like a rock star and brought to the verge of tears. Few would bet against a similar performance when her cavalcade arr...
    » Police 'Don't Know' Where Escaped Killers Have Gone, Gov Says
    14/06/15 16:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Prison employee has been charged with assisting them in their escape.
    » Report: Britain pulls out spies as Russia, China crack Snowden files
    14/06/15 16:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . The headquarters of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in central London. (Michael Crabtree/Reuters) By Reuters June 14 at 2:11 PM LONDON — Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in...
    » Netanyahu Warns of 'Accelerating Concessions' with Iran
    14/06/15 16:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. World powers attempting to broker a nuclear deal are "accelerating concessions" with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday. Facing a self-imposed deadline at the end...
    » Joseph Goebbels speech played over radio by German police at G7 summit
    14/06/15 16:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Two officers have been suspended for playing the speech by the propaganda chief (pictured) at the gathering in Bavaria. It is not immediately clear if they are neo-Nazis but Bonn police...
    » The Guardian view on the international criminal court: no turning back on Omar al-Bashir | Editorial
    14/06/15 16:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Surprise moves to detain Sudan’s leader in South Africa make this a test case for international law which the ICC cannot afford to lose As surprises go, this was one for the d...
    » With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Effectively Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
    14/06/15 16:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The Supreme Court of Mexico has said laws on the books in most of the country’s states are discriminatory, but gay couples still need costly injunctions from lower courts in order to wed.
    » Global cybercrime has infected the very soul of capitalism with evil
    14/06/15 16:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. The global financial system could have been designed to make life easy for tech-savvy crooks and criminals. And the damage they are causing is incalculable As we lug our heavy...
    » How We Can Prevent ISIS From Pillaging Palmyra
    14/06/15 16:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from International News, Opinion and Analysis - Newsweek World. How We Can Prevent ISIS From Pillaging Palmyra The U.S. must not be idle bystanders to a fire sale of Near Eastern civilization. Tbilisi Flooding ...
    » US and Venezuela in high-level talks
    14/06/15 16:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. US and Venezuelan officials meet in Haiti as both sides work to address strained relations between the two ideological opponents.
    » AP Top News at 3:41 p.m. EDT
    14/06/15 16:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 3:41 p.m. EDT Thousands of Syrians flee into Turkey amid intense fighting AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) - Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and cross...
    » Waldorf shooting: man faces assault charges after accidentally firing gun
    14/06/15 16:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Vladimir Gotlibovsky had gun in his pocket, authorities say Four people were injured and another man has been arrested A man who was arrested after police said a gun in his po...
    » AP Top News at 11:19 a.m. EDT
    14/06/15 16:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 11:19 a.m. EDT Zoo animals roam free in Georgia's capital after flooding TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - Tigers, lions, a hippopotamus and other animals escaped fr...
    » Noam Chomsky: Obama is 'an opportunist'
    13/06/15 19:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Liberal academic and author Noam Chomsky on Thursday said President Obama is “an opportunist” and Hillary Clinton would follow his lead should she win the White House next year. “I wrote abo...
    » Clinton distances herself from Obama’s style, if not his substance
    13/06/15 19:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off the second phase of her presidential campaign here on Saturday, and it was clear that, as much as she might broadly embrace President Obama on policy, she wi...
    » Hillary Clinton launches her campaign’s latest phase
    13/06/15 19:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . During a speech on Roosevelt Island, she melds personal biography with message of policy changes for the nation. Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton greets the crowd at the official launch for he...
    » U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe
    13/06/15 16:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in ...
    » Flickering Greatness
    13/06/15 16:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The president learns the wages of neglect, in Congress and in Iraq.
    » Lavish Pricetag Fans More Flames Over Baku's European Games
    13/06/15 16:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Azerbaijani Sports Minister Azad Rahimov has said the spectacular June 12 opening ceremony in Baku of the first-ever European Games cost some 100 million manat ($95 milli...
    » Hillary Clinton Outlines Populist Message at First Big Campaign Rally
    13/06/15 15:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Hillary Clinton held the first major rally of her 2016 run for the White House, delivering a fiesty, humorous and personal speech in which she promised to promote equal opportunity and fi...
    » US, China to Establish Military Dialogue
    13/06/15 15:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The United States and China signed an agreement Friday to establish an army-to-army dialogue mechanism to better coordinate humanitarian assistance and disaster response practices. U.S. o...
    » AP Top News at 10:00 p.m. EDT
    13/06/15 15:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 10:00 p.m. EDT DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) - A worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison has been arrested on charges she helped two convicted killers...
    » AP Top News at 6:32 a.m. EDT
    13/06/15 15:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 6:32 a.m. EDT Suspects open fire on officers outside Dallas Police HQ DALLAS (AP) - Multiple gunmen toting automatic weapons opened fire on officers outsid...
    » AP Top News at 10:50 a.m. EDT
    13/06/15 15:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 10:50 a.m. EDT Suspect shot after attack on Dallas police headquarters DALLAS (AP) - A police sniper shot a cornered suspect in an overnight attack on the ...
    » Rules of Engagement
    13/06/15 15:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces. American instructors offer some timely tips to warring Iraqis.
    » ISIS Is Winning Message War, U.S. Concludes
    13/06/15 15:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). An internal State Department assessment says the Islamic State’s social message machine is trumping efforts by the Obama administration and its foreig...
    » Flesh-eating bacteria found on Florida's coastlines kill two people - Americas - World
    13/06/15 14:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Activated by warm salt water, Florida’s beaches provide the perfect environment for the rare and deadly germs to thrive and are capable of eating the flesh from humans. “People can get infected wi...
    » Shaped by War, Dempsey Doubts Wisdom of Deep US Role in Iraq
    13/06/15 14:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . LONDON — In the homestretch of a 41-year U.S. Army career shaped by war and the scars of war, Gen. Martin Dempsey sounds unconvinced that Iraq has found its path to lasting victory over the Islamic Stat...
    » White House Weighs Sanctions After Second Breach of a Computer System
    13/06/15 13:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday revealed that hackers had breached a second computer system at the Office of Personnel Management, and said that President Obama was considering financial sanction...
    » European Games: Bus driver held over injured athletes
    13/06/15 12:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - Home. The Azerbaijani authorities have arrested a bus driver whose vehicle injured three teenage Austrian swimmers ahead of Baku's European Games. Veli Ahmadov has been accused of a breach of ro...
    » cyberwar - Google Search
    13/06/15 11:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Fast Company Does Obama Know There's a Cyberwar Going On? Investor's Business Daily - 16 hours ago Like it or not, there is a cyberwar against the U.S. under way. It would be good if President Obama and his t...
    » We are in early years of international cyber war arms race, says security expert Bruce Schneier
    13/06/15 11:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ComputerWeekly: IT security. Cyber attacks – such as that on Sony Pictures in 2014 – suggest the world is in the early stages of a cyber war arms race. So said Bruce Schneier, chief technology ...
    » Cyber threats expanding, new US intelligence assessment says
    13/06/15 11:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has elevated its appraisal of the cyber threat from Russia, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday, as he delivered the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the to...
    » James Clapper, intel chief: Cyber ranks highest on worldwide threats to U.S.
    13/06/15 11:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . President Obama’s top intelligence official pointed to a range of threats facing America Thursday, from the surge by Sunni Muslim extremist groups in the Middle East, to the pursuit of nuclear weapons b...
    » BIG READ: Russia leading the way in the cyber arms race
    13/06/15 11:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from IrishExaminer.com - World. Russia is leading the way, as new technology is combined with old spying techniques, says Owen Matthews ADVERTISEMENT IN hacker jargon, a ‘cyber-to-physical effect’ i...
    » New questions arise about House Democratic caucus’s loyalty to Obama
    12/06/15 22:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . President Obama, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at his side, leaves a meeting where he made a last-ditch appeal to House Democrats for his trade agenda on Friday in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuter...
    » Feds Eye Link to Private Contractor in Massive Government Hack
    12/06/15 22:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ABC News: U.S.. The hackers who recently launched a massive cyber-attack on the U.S. government, exposing sensitive information of millions of federal workers and millions of others, may have used informat...
    » Newly disclosed hack got ‘crown jewels’ - David Perera and Joseph Marks
    12/06/15 22:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from POLITICO - TOP Stories. AP Photo Cybersecurity “This is not the end of American human intelligence, but it’s a significant blow,” a former NSA official says. By David Perera and Joseph Ma...
    » Costs Rise for US in Battle Against IS
    12/06/15 22:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. PENTAGON— U.S. officials have used many words to describe the terror group known as Islamic State, including "brutal," "nimble" and "resilient." As the United States approaches the ...
    » Documents show bitter CIA dispute over pre-9/11 performance
    12/06/15 22:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON Top CIA officials fought bitterly in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks over whether U.S. intelligence agencies could have done more to stop the deadliest terrorist strikes in American hist...
    » Clinton Prison Worker Close to Escaped Convicts Is Arrested
    12/06/15 22:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . CADYVILLE, N.Y. — A prison worker who befriended two killers before they escaped from a maximum-security prison in far northern New York State was arrested on Friday for providing them with “mater...
    » Lame duck: Democrats clip Obama's wings
    12/06/15 21:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Story highlights Trade deal is vital to the fruition of President Barack Obama's signature Asia rebalancing policy. White House engages in intensive lobbying that only yielded a strong rebuke from Democrats. ...
    » CDC Finds Live Anthrax In All Test Samples Shipped By Military, Orders Labs to Destroy Remaining Lots
    12/06/15 21:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Politics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now believes that there was live anthrax in all of the samples mistakenly sent by the U.S. military to 69 laboratories in 19 states, the D...
    » Saudi air chief killed in Yemeni rebel Scud attack on Khamis Mushayt air base
    12/06/15 20:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . The Saudi Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Shaalan was killed in a Scud missile cross-border attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on the big King Khalid Air Base at Khamis Mushayt in the southwest...
    » Clinton administration bankrupted CIA ahead of 9/11, ex-director says
    12/06/15 20:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . The Clinton administration had bankrupted the intelligence community and refused to let the CIA prioritize anti-terrorism over other major priorities in the late 1990s, leaving the agency stretched too thin i...
    » CIA Declassifies Report On 9/11, Blanks Out Saudi Section
    12/06/15 20:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BuzzFeed - Hayes Brown. President Bush meets with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in 2005 Eric Draper / ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A newly released report from the CIA blocked out all but a few senten...
    » Second OPM Hack Exposed Information About Military, Intelligence Workers
    12/06/15 20:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Defense One - All Content. A second breach of the Office of Personnel Management by hackers believed to be associated with China exposed sensitive security-clearance information of intelligence and militar...
    » Does Obama Know There's a Cyberwar Going On?
    12/06/15 20:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Investors.com. H acking: Chinese hackers apparently stole far more data on more federal employees than first suspected, creating a huge national security problem. Worse, the Obama administration knew this ...
    » AP Top News at 6:26 p.m. EDT
    12/06/15 19:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 6:26 p.m. EDT House rejects Obama's appeals and imperils his trade bill WASHINGTON (AP) - Led by union-backed Democrats, the House delivered a stinging blo...
    » AP Top News at 2:20 p.m. EDT
    12/06/15 19:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 2:20 p.m. EDT House rejects Obama on trade authority WASHINGTON (AP) - The House derailed a high-profile White House-backed trade bill on Friday, a humilia...
    » Congressional Democrats Move to Institute New Jersey Style Gun Control
    12/06/15 19:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Bill comes less than a week after woman was murdered while waiting for gun under similar restrictions Woman with gun / AP BY: Stephen Gutowski Congressional Democrats introduce...
    » Chinese hack compromised security-clearance database
    12/06/15 19:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Union: Government data breach worse than disclosed (0:57) The massive data breach into the records of current and former federal employees is believed to be worse than first thought. (Reuters) The Chinese bre...
    » Here's the CIA's Just-Released Top Secret File on Saudi Ties to 9/11
    12/06/15 19:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Gawker. True to form, the CIA waited until 4:16 p.m. EDT this afternoon to release a trove of documents related to the September 11 attacks . Deep within one of those documents is a section on everything t...
    » Judiciary chairman presses FBI for details on remote cyber spying
    12/06/15 19:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is pressing the FBI for more information about its attempts to expand remote electronic spying powers. “Publicly available information on the ...
    » CIA releases secret report identifying errors before 9/11
    12/06/15 19:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . After a decade of secrecy, the CIA on Friday released a  n early 500-page inspector general report  outlining multiple “systemic problems” in the nation's spy agencies ahead of the terro...
    » Isis's dirty bomb: Jihadists have seized 'enough radioactive material to build their first WMD' - Middle East - World
    12/06/15 16:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Isis declared its ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in the most recent edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq , and Indian defence officials have previously warned of the possibility the milit...
    » Russia in Review - Harvard
    12/06/15 16:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Latest Publications. I. U.S. and Russian priorities for the bilateral agenda. II. Russia news. Back issues of Russia in Review are available here. If y...
    » More Records Compromised in OPM Hack Than Estimates Suggested
    12/06/15 16:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. AP BY: Robert Davis Edelman The hackers responsible for breaching the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) database have potentially acquired more than double the four ...
    » Iran Nuclear Talks ‘Virtually Stalled’, Deadline May Be Missed
    12/06/15 16:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna / Reuters BY: Reuters MOSCOW (Reuters) – Nuclear ...
    » A mockery of human rights in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan
    12/06/15 16:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Demonstrators protest the verdict of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for Saudi blogger Raif Badawi in Berlin. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images) By Editorial Board June 11 at 6:47 PM RECENT EVENTS in Azerbaijan...
    » Drug war thuggery - The Washington Post
    12/06/15 16:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . From the OC Weekly : The Weekly has received footage from a recent marijuana dispensary raid that appears to show Santa Ana police officers eating pot candy and throwing darts after destroying–or so the...
    » U.S., Europe ready new Ukraine sanctions to deter Putin
    12/06/15 15:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Washington (CNN) The United States and the European Union are finalizing further sanctions against Russia that could be imposed if Moscow takes additional military action in Ukraine, senior U.S. administratio...
    » US, Russian aircraft came within 10 feet over Black Sea - CNN
    12/06/15 14:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. CNN US, Russian aircraft came within 10 feet over Black Sea CNN The close call comes weeks after another incident between the U.S. and Russia over the skies of Europe, when a U.S. RC-...
    » Moscow's suburbs may look monolithic, but the stories they tell are not
    12/06/15 14:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia | The Guardian. At the end of the 1950s, the Soviet Union began the largest experiment in industrialised housing in history. Owen Hatherley visits three of Moscow’s resulting mikrorayons , where the...


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