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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"We are facing nuclear dangers today that are in fact more likely to erupt into a nuclear conflict than during the Cold War," Perry said in a recent speech. - Crusading Former Pentagon Chief Says Nuke Danger Is Growing | "We have quietly returned to Stalinist sentencing for 'thought crimes'..." - Russian court jails blogger for five years for 'extremist' posts

For Ukraine’s rebel east, 2016 promises more tension 





"Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a New Year’s message to U.S. President Barack Obama, has called for cooperation between their countries to respond to international challenges." 
Putin calls for cooperation with US in message to Obama
Президент Российской Федерации поздравил с Рождеством и наступающим Новым годом Президента Соединённых Штатов Америки Барака Обаму. «Прошедший год подтвердил, что отношения между Россией и США являются одним из ключевых факторов обеспечения международной безопасности», – говорится в послании. Глава Российского государства выразил также убеждённость в том, что, выстраивая конструктивный диалог и сотрудничество с учётом интересов друг друга, Россия и США могли бы эффективно противостоять новым вызовам и угрозам, содействовать урегулированию кризисов в различных регионах. 

"The upshot, according to World Order: Putin considers possible a renewed relationship with Europe, but sees no such likelihood with the United States. This is one area where the views from Washington and Moscow aren’t so different—and that is bad news." 

The World According to Russia


A documentary on state television gives a glimpse of Vladimir Putin’s philosophy. 



With Ukraine, Russia drives wedge between EU, US | Washington Examiner

putin wants to drive wedge between europe and us - Google Search


"We are facing nuclear dangers today that are in fact more likely to erupt into a nuclear conflict than during the Cold War," Perry said in a recent speech." 
Crusading Former Pentagon Chief Says Nuke Danger Is Growing 


"Recently the Russian strategic missile forces’ commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said Russia’s new missiles will have the capability to neutralize any future U.S. missile defense system.
For now, Karakayev is right – not because the missiles are invincible – but because the Obama administration is deliberately limiting the United States’ ballistic missile defense program.
This must change.... 
Given the spread of ballistic missiles – their increasing sophistication, range, and lethality – it is time to put U.S. missile defense policy on a sound track.
Additionally, Russia’s aggressive behavior and a desire to use its nuclear and ballistic missile leverage to blackmail the U.S. and its allies, the United States should plan in a comprehensive-layered ballistic missile defense system capable of shooting down all ballistic missiles.

To do so, the United States will have to pursue a space-based ballistic missile defense layer as well as continue to work on future technologies, for example directed energy." 

How the Obama Administration Changed Our Missile Defense Strategy



"The Memorial human rights group said the jail sentence was "outrageous" and called for the verdict to be overturned. 
Pavel Pryanikov, a prominent Russian blogger, said the verdict recalled the excesses of the Stalin era and such behavior should not be a criminal offense. "We have quietly returned to Stalinist sentencing for 'thought crimes'," he wrote." 

"The French love to cook fish by poaching it in a flavored liquid, usually a combination of white wine and water, leeks or onions, and some herbs. It's a notably lean way to roll because there's no fat involved. And the finished product is reliably tender because it has been cooked at a low temperature.
So, it's lean, tender and... quite boring. I crave more flavor and texture. So here's a recipe for poached salmon that adds the missing elements... 
How do you know when the salmon is finished cooking? If you slide a knife into it and the blade sails through the fillet with no resistance, it's done. And be sure to pull it off the heat when there's still a tiny bit of resistance left, which will allow for carry-over cooking time."

Tomatillo Salsa Offers a Fresh Approach to Poaching Salmon


"You've got to be able to read people. Whether you're looking into an investment opportunity on behalf of a client or investigating a fraud, it's about analysing people and their motivations.
"That's very much what Sherlock Holmes does; the methods are different but the intellectual challenge is the same."

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Europe

The year of terror in Europe | Europe | DW.COM | 30.12.2015
Hate crimes against Muslims and Jews soar in France - Telegraph
Serbian president accuses Turkey of provoking NATO-Russia confrontations - Cihan World News
Belgium, Netherlands to exchange territory — without a fight - The Washington Post

Russia

Putin calls for cooperation with US in message to Obama - The Washington Post
Поздравление главам государств и правительств зарубежных стран с Новым годом • Президент России
The World According to Vladimir Putin - The Atlantic
New Documentary Delves Into Dark Side Of Putin's Rise
Russian court jails blogger for five years for 'extremist' posts | Reuters
US blasts Russian "indiscriminate attacks" in Syria - CNNPolitics.com
US: Russian Airstrikes on Syrian Civilians 'Disturbing'
For Ukraine’s rebel east, 2016 promises more tension - The Washington Post
Ukraine: Leaders focus on elections, cease-fire in east - The Washington Post
Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany Back Extension of Ukraine Peace Deal
Shooting in Dagestan, Focus of ISIS Recruiters, Leaves One Dead - The New York Times
Shooting at Unesco tourist site in Russia's Dagestan - Telegraph
One killed, 11 injured in gun attack at fortress in southern Russia: RIA cites official | Reuters
Russia’s ruble reaching record lows - The Washington Post
Russian economy faces another difficult year — FT.com
Russian Currency Hits Lowest Level In A Year
So You Wanna Be A Mafia Accountant
Our World in 2015: The role of Russia - CNN Video
Analysts: More Problems Ahead for Russian Space Agency
Europe and Russia
With Ukraine, Russia drives wedge between EU, US | Washington Examiner
putin wants to drive wedge between europe and us - Google Search
putin strategy dividing europe and america - Google Search
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putin on europe press conference 2015 - Google Search
Putin to Europe come to us - Google Search

Middle East

Syrian Refugees in Turkey Are Facing the Same Terror They Once Fled - Defense One
Iraqi PM says Turkey not respecting agreement to withdraw troops | Reuters
Baghdad Demands Turkey Withdraw Troops From Northern Iraq
Iraqi PM says Turkey not respecting agreement to withdraw troops | Reuters
Iraq tells Turkey to pull out of north, threatens action - The Washington Post

World

Pinochet Dictatorship Pacts of Silence Unraveling in Chile - ABC News
Venezuela top court blocks four lawmakers-elect from taking office | Reuters
Nephew of accused ex-Panama president arrested in Colombia | Reuters
Brussels Police Investigate Reports of Police Orgy Amid Terror Alert - NYTimes.com
This El Niño is probably getting stronger in 2016 - AOL
Powerful Solar Storm to Hit Earth Before New Year's Eve - ABC News

Security

Crusading Former Pentagon Chief Says Nuke Danger Is Growing - ABC News
How the Obama Administration Changed Our Missile Defense Strategy
Iran Fires Rockets Near U.S. and French Vessels in Strait of Hormuz - The New York Times
US says Iran launched 'provocative' rocket test near ships - CSMonitor.com
U.S. Accuses Iran of Conducting Rocket Tests Near American Warships | TIME
‘Highly Provocative’: Iran Fired Unguided Rockets Near U.S. Aircraft Carrier and Destroyer | TheBlaze.com
U.S. preparing sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile program: sources | Reuters
Iran accused of conducting rocket test near warships, civilian vessels - U.S. - Stripes
Top aide to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un dies in car crash: KCNA | Reuters
A Look at Past Car Accidents Involving N. Korean Officials - NYTimes.com
A look at past car accidents involving N. Korean officials - The Washington Post
TSA to increase security checks for airport employees | Fox News Video
House intel committee opens probe of eavesdropping on Congress - POLITICO
2016ers react to report of NSA spying on Israel, Congress - CNNPolitics.com

PHOTO: Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Gulf of Oman on Dec. 25, 2015.
US Navy Fighters Fly 1st Missions Against ISIS From USS Truman - ABC News

Some Senior U.S. Officials Not Comfortable With Obama’s Curbs on NSA Spying on Leaders - WSJ
CIA deflects Congress' request for more information on high-ranking employees
Airports To Reject Some State's Driver's Licenses
Israeli missile defence director dismissed over security breach - MyTechBits
DHS: 'Virtual Fence' at US-Mexico Border is Working
NATO Positions Itself Against Russia in Baltics and Turkey, but Hits Deployment Snags
Turkish anti-terror raid averts New Year's Eve suicide bombing
The B-1 bomber: The underappreciated workhorse of America’s air wars - The Washington Post
Cold War CIA Failures: Duped by Double Agents
FBI — Joshua Skule Named Assistant Director of the Directorate of Intelligence
FBI and DEA to train Guerrero investigative police

These are the Navy jets that just started striking the Islamic State - The Washington Post

Opposing Political Views Emerge in Face of Real, Imagined Threats - Defense One
Obama's promise of ending U.S. wars broken by Islamic State terrorism - Washington Times

Cybersecurity

Millions of Voter Records Posted, and Some Fear Hacker Field Day - The New York Times
5 cyber security predictions for 2016 | IT PRO
Even More Cybersecurity Predictions for 2016 - Tech Trends on CIO Today
Train Systems Are Vulnerable To Hacking | Popular Science
L. TODD WOOD: Ukraine: Russia hacking power plants, highlighting U.S. weakness - Washington Times
Asia Times: China’s Armed Drones Appear Built from Stolen Data from US Cyber Intrusions - Washington Free Beacon
How to Update Your Digital Footprint for the New Year - ABC News

Markets and Oil

Global Stocks Slide as Oil Price Turns Lower Once Again - ABC News
Oil ending 2015 how it began - on the skids | Reuters
U.S. pending home sales fall in November | Reuters
US Pending Home Sales Slip in November - ABC News

Accidents

Three Dead in Mexico's Xalapa State; Drug Violence Blamed
Drug trafficking in Mexico: Two Mexican marines gunned down as they hunt for ‘El Chapo’ | In English | EL PAÍS
5 killed in wrong-way crash on I-95 near Miami - CBS News
Dozens of skiers rappel to ground after chairlift breaks | Fox News Video
Man dead after head-on crash with Secret Service agents in New Hampshire - The Washington Post
Motorist Dies in Collision With 4 Secret Service Agents - ABC News
Clinton sends condolences to 4 Secret Service agents injured in fatal car crash - POLITICO
Fake Cop Pulls Over Real Cop in New Jersey, Police Say - ABC News
United Flight From Seattle Slides off Runway in Chicago - ABC News
Magnitude-4.8 earthquake widely felt across Washington state - The Washington Post
Earthquake hits near Victoria | The Columbian
India-bound flight sent back to Toronto; passenger arrested - The Washington Post
The Latest: Flooding Threaten Historic Illinois River Town - ABC News
Nearly two dozen people injured due to turbulence on Air Canada flight | Fox News

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby arrives at court

Cosby On $1m Bail Over Sex Assault Charge

Arrest warrant issued for Bill Cosby over 2004 sexual assault charge - Telegraph
Bill Cosby: New Details of Alleged Sexual Assault Revealed in Complaint : People.com
Bill Cosby charged in 2004 Pa. sexual assault
Bill Cosby Charged With Aggravated Indecent Assault - ABC News
Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania - CNN.com
Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault: A Look Back at the Andrea Constand Case - ABC News
Bill Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting a woman - TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com
Bill Cosby Charged With Sexually Assaulting Woman in Pennsylvania More Than a Decade Ago - ABC News
Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault - BBC News
Bill Cosby Charged With Sex Assault On Woman
Why the Bill Cosby case is a game-changer | Fox News Video

"Affluenza" teen

‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch wins three-day stay of deportation | The Sacramento Bee
Texas 'affluenza' teen and his mother block extradition from Mexico | Reuters
Mexican official says that mother of fugitive Ethan Couch has been deported to US - The Washington Post
Officials: 'Affluenza' Teen, Mom Tracked to Mexico by Phone - ABC News
TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico to Default on $37 Million Bond Payments Due Jan. 1 - Bloomberg Business
Puerto Rico to default on some debts, will pay GO debt | Reuters

Other News

Thomas: Fear of anti-Americanism -- in America - Opinion - Mobile
'It's Because I'm Black, Isn't It?': Obama Misunderstands the Country, Not the Other Way Around - Fox Nation
The Daily 202: Will the GOP establishment candidates kill each other? - The Washington Post
Chicago mayor plots changes to police policy after deadly shootings | Reuters
Community trust in police is broken, Emanuel says | Chicago Sun-Times
At St. Patrick’s, Sending Off a Fallen Detective, Soldier and Friend - The New York Times
Funeral for Soldier and NYPD Officer Killed in Afghanistan - ABC News
The Latest: Woman Held in Vegas Crash Had Pot in Her System - ABC News
Prosecutors: Ex-Police Chief Took out Insurance on Victim - ABC News
Real-life Sherlock Holmes: How to earn a living as a private detective - BBC News
Emerging From Shadows, Pot Industry Tries to Build Brands - ABC News
Cameron Adviser Apologizes for Racist Comments Made in 1985
Zhou Enlai: Was Communist China's first premier gay? - BBC News
Swiss hand over evidence to US authorities in FIFA case - The Washington Post
KaloBios Pharmaceuticals files for bankruptcy in wake of Shkreli arrest | Reuters
KaloBios Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - NYTimes.com

14 quirky things to do on New Year's Eve - CNN.com

Tomatillo Salsa Offers a Fresh Approach to Poaching Salmon - ABC News
Online Animals of the Year: Cute Faces and a Rat's Resolve - ABC News
French Actor Depardieu To Play Stalin In New Film