Friday, April 29, 2016

NATO Allies Preparing to Put Four Battalions at Eastern Border With Russia Friday April 29th, 2016 at 1:30 PM

NATO Allies Preparing to Put Four Battalions at Eastern Border With Russia

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Western allies are preparing to put four battalions—a force of about 4,000 troops—in the Baltic region as part of an effort by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to reinforce the alliance’s border with Russia as Moscow steps up military activity, officials said Friday.

Finnish report highlights Russian threat of NATO membership

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An expert panel is warning the Finnish government it could expect “harsh” reactions from Russia if it decided to join NATO, but would be better off doing so together with neighboring Sweden.

Puerto Rico reports first Zika-related death amid outbreak

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Puerto Rico’s health secretary says the island has recorded its first Zika-related death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus.

Protesters at Trump rally in California – video 

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Dozens of protesters bring traffic to a halt in Costa Mesa, California, just outside the venue where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a speech on Thursday evening. The anti-Trump demonstrators were waving Mexican flags in protest at Trump, who has vowed to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. Others vandalised a police car
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The Supreme Court Expands FBI Hacking Powers - The Atlantic

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The Supreme Court Expands FBI Hacking Powers
The Atlantic
The U.S. Supreme Court approved a new rule Thursday allowing federal judges to issue warrants that target computers outside their jurisdiction, setting the stage for a major expansion of surveillance and hacking powers by federal law-enforcement agencies.
Supreme Court boosts FBI hacking power; suicide at Apple headquarters; shake-up coming to business broadbandWashington Post
US Supreme Court approves search warrants for computers in any jurisdictionApple Insider
US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powersBBC News
TechCrunch -Engadget -Foreign Policy (blog) -CNET
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Helicopter Crashes Off Norway, Leaving No Signs of Survivors

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The 13 people on board were en route from the Gullfaks B oil platform in the North Sea, and a land and sea search has recovered 11 bodies.
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Pentagon Faults 16 in Hospital Strike but Calls It Unintentional

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The military found that human error, compounded by equipment failures, led to the attack on a Doctors Without Borders facility in Afghanistan that killed 42 people.

At least 20 arrested after violence erupts at Trump protest

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Strategy Room: Washington Examiner reporter Gabby Morrongiello on violent protests in Southern California

Varney: Obama denigrating Reagan is the height of arrogance

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FBN's Stuart Varney on President Obama denigrating President Reagan's economic legacy.

Finland, a century of independence in 90 seconds - #POSTERS

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Finland is one of the most densely forested countries on earth. It’s home to 200,000 lakes, islands and reindeers. There are also 2 million saunas, for 5.5 million people. A tiny population spread out across a vast territory.
Home to Finns, Laplanders and Father Christmas, Finland is a nation long tossed back and forth between its larger neighbors, Sweden and Russia.
For 8 centuries Finland was part of the Kingdom of Sweden – and to his day Swedish remains an official language alongside Finnish.
In the 19th century the country became a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire… But then its 1917 declaration of independence heralded a civil war. Pro-Moscow Reds fought it out with the non-socialist whites. 2 years later a republic was proclaimed.
In 1939 the so-called Winter War pitted Finland against the USSR…The Finns managed to resist invasion but lost a 1/3 landmass, Karelia, to the Soviets.
The Cold War saw a wary Finland adopt a policy of neutrality between the Eastern and Western blocs – choosing not to choose between the two sides.
By 1995 the country had entered the European Union and in 2002 became the only Nordic nation to enter the Eurozone
In 2015, Finland’s social democracy swerved to the right – for the first time members of the nationalist ‘True Finns’ party took 3 ministerial posts in government.
One more claim to fame – Finland boasts the world’s highest number per capita of heavy metal bands.
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The Early Edition: April 29, 2016 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
IRAQ and SYRIA
Syria peace talks. “Bombs hitting hospitals, doctors and rescue workers killed, civilians starving, scored of dead and injured every day – the raw, bleeding statistics of Syria’s unending war are making a nonsense of an already fragile truce and destroying the slim hopes that peace talks can even carry on.” Ian Black gives a frank assessment of the fraught situation in Syria, at the Guardian.
Moscow has charged the US with violating Syria’s sovereignty,by sending special forces to the country without coordination with Damascus. [Reuters]
A “regime of calm” is to be enforced in Syria’s Latakia and Damascus regions from 1am April 30, lasting 72 and 24 hours respectively, according to a Syrian military statement. Aleppo was not mentioned in the statement. [Reuters’ Lisa Barrington; AP]  The agreement is sponsored by the US and Russia. [Reuters]
Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Iraq yesterday, for the first time in close to five years, and at a time when “the country’s political leadership is mired in yet another crisis.” [New York Times’ Gardiner Harris; Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee and Matt Bradley]  Iraq’s political turmoil is such that some have suggested that partition may be the only way forward for the country. Tim Arango reports. [New York Times]
Biden emphasized the “serious” progress being made against the Islamic State during his visit. Nolan D. McCaskill discusses the vice president’s agenda for the trip at Politico.
Congress is attempting to use its budgetary powers to micromanage the fight against ISIS, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. [Politico]
The American-led coalition against ISIS does not have the Sunni Arab forces it needs to reclaim the militant group’s de facto capital, Raqqa, according to Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Wall Street Journal’s Paul Sonne]
US-led airstrikes continue. The US and coalition military forces carried out seven strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on April 27. Separately, partner forces conducted a further 15 strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]
“Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan: the world’s most-needed hospitals are under attack.” Julie Vitkovskaya discusses the attack on al-Quds hospital in Aleppo on Wednesday night, which killed one of the area’s last pediatricians. [Washington Post]  And Jason Beaubien asks whether the rules of war are eroding, in light of the hospital bombing. [NPR]
ISRAEL and PALESTINE
Israeli Prime Minister has rejected a French proposal to break the deadlock in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, Netanyahu saying that the two sides should speak directly and not through a third party. [Wall Street Journal’s Rory Jones; The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont]
The Obama administration has proposed giving Israel the biggest military aid package ever provided by America to another nation – which could top $40 billion – but the deal is facing challenges due the fraught relationship between Obama and Netanyahu. [New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis]
EUROPEAN TERROR THREAT
Three men, including two British men, have been charged with funding the November Paris attacks, supplying funds to suspect Mohamed Abrini. [The Guardian’s Vikram Dodd]  The three men were originally detained almost two weeks ago as part of an investigation involving French and Belgian authorities. [Wall Street Journal’s Alexis Flynn]
Italian authorities detained four individuals on suspicion of having links to Islamic State yesterday, one of whom received instructions to carry out attacks in Rome, according to Italian prosecutors. [Wall Street Journal’s Manuela Mesco and Giovanni Legorano]
Belgian police have been aware since mid-2014 that the Abdeslam brothers planned to carry out an “irreversible act,” a report into Belgium’s response to the November Paris attacks has revealed. Brahim Abdeslam blew himself up in Paris, and Salah Abdeslam is due to stand trial for murder and membership of a terrorist organization. [Politico’s Giulia Paravicini and Laurens Cerulus]
CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY
“The fear that causes self-censorship is well beyond the realm of theory.” Glenn Greenwald discusses a newly published study that demonstrates how mass surveillance breeds “fear and conformity and stifles free expression.” [The Intercept]
The Supreme Court has approved changes to make it easier for the FBI to hack computers. Jenna McLaughlin provides the details at The Intercept.  And Sen Ron Wyden is pushing to block the Justice Department’s request, after the Supreme Court’s approval of the proposal. [The Hill]
NORTH KOREA
The UN Security Council is “preparing a response” to North Korea’s mid-range missile tests yesterday, a spokesperson reportedly calling the violations of UN sanctions “deeply troubling.” [BBC]
A US citizen has been sentenced to ten years’ hard labor by North Korea today, for spying and other offenses. [New York Times’ Choe Sang-Hun]
North Korea accused US soldiers of “hooliganism” and “disgusting” acts designed to provoke its frontline troops at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, via a military statement today. [AP’s Hyung-Jin Kim]
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
Iran has asked the UN to induce the US to stop violating state immunity following the US Supreme Court decision to use $2 billion of seized Iranian central bank assets to compensate American terror victims, Iran’s Foreign Minister calling the decision an “outrageous robbery” in a letter addressed to the UN’s Secretary General. [ReutersNew York Times’ Rick Gladstone]
Disciplinary measures have been taken against sixteen military personnel over the bombing of a Médecines Sans Frontières hospital in Afghanistan last October that left 42 dead, according to officials. The Pentagon is due to release a full report on the incident today. [BBCAP]
“Ground truth may be elusive, but it exists.” May Jeong describes the events leading up to and following the US airstrike on the Kunduz-based hospital. [The Intercept]
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in eastern Saudi Arabia this morning, which caused a “minor injury” to a policeman, Saudi officials have said. [AP]
Russian and Chinese foreign ministers expressed mutual support in the face of “outside interference” in the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula today. The ministers were speaking after talks in Beijing. [AP’s Christopher Bodeen]
“Shared Responsibility Committees.” An FBI letter discloses details of plans to create committees of community members including social workers and religious figures tasked with intervening with individuals identified by the FBI as being in danger of radicalization. [The Intercept’s Cora Currier and Murtaza Hussain]
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German nuclear power plant found to be infected with computer viruses 

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The computers of a nuclear power plant in southern Germany have been found to be infected with computer viruses that are designed to steal files and provide attackers with remote control of the system. 
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The Early Edition: April 29, 2016 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
IRAQ and SYRIA
Syria peace talks. “Bombs hitting hospitals, doctors and rescue workers killed, civilians starving, scored of dead and injured every day – the raw, bleeding statistics of Syria’s unending war are making a nonsense of an already fragile truce and destroying the slim hopes that peace talks can even carry on.” Ian Black gives a frank assessment of the fraught situation in Syria, at the Guardian.
Moscow has charged the US with violating Syria’s sovereignty,by sending special forces to the country without coordination with Damascus. [Reuters]
A “regime of calm” is to be enforced in Syria’s Latakia and Damascus regions from 1am April 30, lasting 72 and 24 hours respectively, according to a Syrian military statement. Aleppo was not mentioned in the statement. [Reuters’ Lisa Barrington; AP]  The agreement is sponsored by the US and Russia. [Reuters]
Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Iraq yesterday, for the first time in close to five years, and at a time when “the country’s political leadership is mired in yet another crisis.” [New York Times’ Gardiner Harris; Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee and Matt Bradley]  Iraq’s political turmoil is such that some have suggested that partition may be the only way forward for the country. Tim Arango reports. [New York Times]
Biden emphasized the “serious” progress being made against the Islamic State during his visit. Nolan D. McCaskill discusses the vice president’s agenda for the trip at Politico.
Congress is attempting to use its budgetary powers to micromanage the fight against ISIS, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. [Politico]
The American-led coalition against ISIS does not have the Sunni Arab forces it needs to reclaim the militant group’s de facto capital, Raqqa, according to Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Wall Street Journal’s Paul Sonne]
US-led airstrikes continue. The US and coalition military forces carried out seven strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on April 27. Separately, partner forces conducted a further 15 strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]
“Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan: the world’s most-needed hospitals are under attack.” Julie Vitkovskaya discusses the attack on al-Quds hospital in Aleppo on Wednesday night, which killed one of the area’s last pediatricians. [Washington Post]  And Jason Beaubien asks whether the rules of war are eroding, in light of the hospital bombing. [NPR]
ISRAEL and PALESTINE
Israeli Prime Minister has rejected a French proposal to break the deadlock in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, Netanyahu saying that the two sides should speak directly and not through a third party. [Wall Street Journal’s Rory Jones; The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont]
The Obama administration has proposed giving Israel the biggest military aid package ever provided by America to another nation – which could top $40 billion – but the deal is facing challenges due the fraught relationship between Obama and Netanyahu. [New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis]
EUROPEAN TERROR THREAT
Three men, including two British men, have been charged with funding the November Paris attacks, supplying funds to suspect Mohamed Abrini. [The Guardian’s Vikram Dodd]  The three men were originally detained almost two weeks ago as part of an investigation involving French and Belgian authorities. [Wall Street Journal’s Alexis Flynn]
Italian authorities detained four individuals on suspicion of having links to Islamic State yesterday, one of whom received instructions to carry out attacks in Rome, according to Italian prosecutors. [Wall Street Journal’s Manuela Mesco and Giovanni Legorano]
Belgian police have been aware since mid-2014 that the Abdeslam brothers planned to carry out an “irreversible act,” a report into Belgium’s response to the November Paris attacks has revealed. Brahim Abdeslam blew himself up in Paris, and Salah Abdeslam is due to stand trial for murder and membership of a terrorist organization. [Politico’s Giulia Paravicini and Laurens Cerulus]
CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY
“The fear that causes self-censorship is well beyond the realm of theory.” Glenn Greenwald discusses a newly published study that demonstrates how mass surveillance breeds “fear and conformity and stifles free expression.” [The Intercept]
The Supreme Court has approved changes to make it easier for the FBI to hack computers. Jenna McLaughlin provides the details at The Intercept.  And Sen Ron Wyden is pushing to block the Justice Department’s request, after the Supreme Court’s approval of the proposal. [The Hill]
NORTH KOREA
The UN Security Council is “preparing a response” to North Korea’s mid-range missile tests yesterday, a spokesperson reportedly calling the violations of UN sanctions “deeply troubling.” [BBC]
A US citizen has been sentenced to ten years’ hard labor by North Korea today, for spying and other offenses. [New York Times’ Choe Sang-Hun]
North Korea accused US soldiers of “hooliganism” and “disgusting” acts designed to provoke its frontline troops at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, via a military statement today. [AP’s Hyung-Jin Kim]
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
Iran has asked the UN to induce the US to stop violating state immunity following the US Supreme Court decision to use $2 billion of seized Iranian central bank assets to compensate American terror victims, Iran’s Foreign Minister calling the decision an “outrageous robbery” in a letter addressed to the UN’s Secretary General. [ReutersNew York Times’ Rick Gladstone]
Disciplinary measures have been taken against sixteen military personnel over the bombing of a Médecines Sans Frontières hospital in Afghanistan last October that left 42 dead, according to officials. The Pentagon is due to release a full report on the incident today. [BBCAP]
“Ground truth may be elusive, but it exists.” May Jeong describes the events leading up to and following the US airstrike on the Kunduz-based hospital. [The Intercept]
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in eastern Saudi Arabia this morning, which caused a “minor injury” to a policeman, Saudi officials have said. [AP]
Russian and Chinese foreign ministers expressed mutual support in the face of “outside interference” in the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula today. The ministers were speaking after talks in Beijing. [AP’s Christopher Bodeen]
“Shared Responsibility Committees.” An FBI letter discloses details of plans to create committees of community members including social workers and religious figures tasked with intervening with individuals identified by the FBI as being in danger of radicalization. [The Intercept’s Cora Currier and Murtaza Hussain]
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German nuclear power plant found to be infected with computer viruses 

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The computers of a nuclear power plant in southern Germany have been found to be infected with computer viruses that are designed to steal files and provide attackers with remote control of the system. 

Violence follows California Trump rally, about 20 arrested

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Trump rally: Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump violently confronted each other in California leading to some 20 arrests.

Planned Parenthood Gunman Mentally Unfit for Trial, Experts Testify 

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Psychologists told a Colorado court on Thursday that Robert L. Dear Jr., on trial for the Nov. 27 clinic attack, is delusional. The judge delayed his ruling.

DIA Welcomes New Senior Enlisted Leader 

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CMSgt Arleen Heath, DIA’s 19th senior enlisted leader (SEL), passed her responsibilities to MGySgt Scott Stalker, the agency’s new senior enlisted leader, during a ceremony at DIA Headquarters April 19.



'Regime of silence' to go into effect in three Syrian cities tonight: sources

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April 29, 2016, 3:24 PM (IDT)
Sources in Moscow reported Friday that the US and Russia have reached an agreement on a "regime of silence", starting at midnight, in the areas of Damascus and Latakia in Syria. Western sources said the deal includes Aleppo where heavy fighting has been raging for the past few days.
No further details on the nature of the "regime of silence" were given. Official sources in Moscow and Washington did not confirm the report. 
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Italian-British force ambushed by IS in Libya

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April 29, 2016, 5:27 PM (IDT)
A convoy of Italian marines, British special forces and Libyan troops traveling from the city of Misrata toward the ISIS stronghold of Sirte was ambushed and hit hard by ISIS forces.    

Incidents of Ransomware on the Rise 

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FBI offers tips to protect yourself and your organization from this growing threat.

4,500 ISIS Militants Now in Central Asia, Russia’s GRU Says

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General Sergey Afanasyev, deputy chief of the GRU, the Russian military’s intelligence service, says that approximately 4,500 people in Central Asia have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State.

Swedes want answers from Russia after Nato warning - The Local.se

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The Local.se

Swedes want answers from Russia after Nato warning
The Local.se
“It's every country's right to decide what form its security should take, but one must understand that if military infrastructure approaches Russia's borders, we would of course have to take the necessary military-technical action. There's nothing ...
Russia to boost military force if Sweden allies with NATO - senatorRT
Russia threatens Sweden over NATO membershipUkraine Today
Russia Finalizing Next-Gen Missiles to Deploy in North if Sweden Joins NATOSputnik International

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Russia, China warn US over perceived Asia meddling - CBS News

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CBS News

Russia, China warn US over perceived Asia meddling
CBS News
BEIJING -- Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies ...
China and Russia Urge US to Abandon Korea Missile Defense PlansNewsweek
Russia Backs China's Challenges to U.S. Over Asian FlashpointsBloomberg 

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Joint Russia-China Computerized Missile Defense Drills to Be Held in MaySputnik International
Press TV-Russia Beyond the Headlines
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Russia jails manager over Vostochny space centre fraud - BBC News

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BBC News

Russia jails manager over Vostochny space centre fraud
BBC News
A court has jailed a construction manager at Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome, a day after the first rocket was launched from the site. Igor Nesterenko was sentenced to three years and three months in a labour camp for embezzlement. He stole nearly ...
Russia warns time ticking away on businesses tax amnestyRT
Russia: Charting Capital FlightEurasiaNet
Putin's Decade-Old Dream Realized as Russia to Price Its Own OilBloomberg
Daily News & Analysis -Washington Post -TASS
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Russia's Lavrov Warns Sweden Against NATO Membership - Newsweek

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Newsweek

Russia's Lavrov Warns Sweden Against NATO Membership
Newsweek
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that Russia will implement new military measures in its northern territories should Sweden opt to join NATO. Currently, Sweden is an EU member but has chosen not to be a NATO member, opting to instead ...
Finnish NATO membership would lead to crisis with Russia: government reportReuters
Swedes want answers from Russia after Nato warningThe Local.se
Russia to deploy missiles invulnerable to NATO missile defencePravda
RT -Toronto Star -Sputnik International
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Russia lambasts Poland over bikers ban - BBC News

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BBC News

Russia lambasts Poland over bikers ban
BBC News
Russia has summoned the Polish envoy in Moscow to protest against a ban on Russian bikers from entering Poland as part of World War Two commemorations. Russia's foreign ministry said it was a "cynical" move aimed at deliberately harming bilateral ties.

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NATO Allies Preparing to Put Four Battalions at Eastern Border With Russia - Wall Street Journal

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Wall Street Journal

NATO Allies Preparing to Put Four Battalions at Eastern Border With Russia
Wall Street Journal
Western allies are preparing to put four battalions—a force of about 4,000 troops—in the Baltic region as part of an effort by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to reinforce the alliance's border with Russia as Moscow steps up military activity ...
Russia's nuclear strategy: It's a trap!The Hill (blog)
Why Russia has NATO on the ropesThe Week Magazine
The Big Chill Putin Has Heralded Between Russians and GermansNewsweek

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Sergey Aleksashenko: There Will Be No Reforms

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In his latest article on key developments impacting the Russian economy, Sergey Aleksashenko, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former deputy chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, analyzes the latest official data and public statements, as well as manifestations of the ongoing economic crisis.

Русский след в Сан-Бернардино - YouTube

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Published on Apr 29, 2016
Расследование теракта в Сан-Бернардино вновь преподнесло сюрприз – матримониальный.

Русский след в Сан-Бернардино 

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From: golosamerikius
Duration: 01:38

Расследование теракта в Сан-Бернардино вновь преподнесло сюрприз – матримониальный.
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Soviet-Era Nuclear Submarine Catches Fire During Disassembly

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Russia’s Defense Ministry says a decommissioned Soviet-era nuclear submarine that was being disassembled in Russia’s Far East has caught fire.

Potemkin Villages Assume New Content in Age of Putin

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Paul Goble

            Staunton, April 29 – At least since Prince Grigory Potemkin came up with the idea of a portal and beautiful village that could be moved in advance of the travels of his tsarina, Catherine the Great, in 1787, Russian officials have been cleaning up their villages and towns or covering up their shortcomings as best they could.

            That process is continuing to this day, but as “Novaya gazeta” commentator Boris Bronshteyn notes, it has been transformed in the age of Vladimir Putin, with today’s regional officials more concerned less about making their home towns look prosperous than about ensuring that there is no sign of civic discontent (novayagazeta.ru/columns/72912.html).

            In one sense, this reflects the fact that unlike in Soviet times, most stores even outside of Moscow aren’t empty, and in contrast to tsarist ones, poverty does not invariably follow regional lines. But in another, it reflects what the current occupant of the Kremlin is most concerned about: not the well-being of the population but its political passivity.

            Bronshteyn recalls his first experience with a leadership visit, that of Nikita Khrushchev to Kazan where the journalist was a student in 1964.  At that time, the Tatarstan leadership did everything it could to make the republic capital look flourishing, including stocking the stores with goods that were rarely seen on their shelves at other times.

            But now, he says, regional and local officials have other concerns when they learn the president is coming for a visit. Yes, they clean up the streets and make sure that there are no obvious potholes along Putin’s route. But they worry far more about ensuring that he doesn’t see any demonstrators that could call into question the image of a peaceful city or town.

            Sometimes that requires the arrest of potential demonstrators. Other times, it is enough for the officials to disperse them far enough from the presidential route.  But at others, things are more difficult: some officials even want to make protests as was the case in Ioshkar-Ola – and in that case, republic officials go to great lengths to prevent such things from happening.

            There, a KPRF deputy wanted to complain about the republic head, Leonid Markelov. To prevent that from happening, police stopped her car and told her that they had “anonymous reports” that terrorists were using her vehicle to bring a bomb to attack Putin. The police then took their time in examining the car, and by the time they were finished, Putin was gone.

            Of course, no bombs were found; and after spending three hours in the Mari El capital, “Putin thanked everyone for their hospitality.”  “We are in Ioshkar-Ola, which means ‘Red City’ in Russian, that is, beautiful,” the president said, largely because he wasn’t exposed to complaints about corruption or any other problems there.
              
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Russia Warns NATO: Will Deploy New Generation Missiles In Northern Territories If Sweden Joins Alliance - International Business Times

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International Business Times

Russia Warns NATO: Will Deploy New Generation Missiles In Northern Territories If Sweden Joins Alliance
International Business Times
Russia is finalizing the development of new generation missiles that are likely to be deployed in the country's northern territories if Sweden joins NATO, the deputy chair of the Russian upper house's Arms Committee said Friday. The statement comes ...
Swedes want answers from Russia after Nato warningThe Local.se
Russia to boost military force if Sweden allies with NATO - senatorRT
Russia Finalizing Next-Gen Missiles to Deploy in North if Sweden Joins NATOSputnik International

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Putin Sells Everything from Coffee To Carpets 

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From: rferlonline
Duration: 02:52

Despite massive economic problems and alleged corruption, Putin remains wildly popular with rank-and-file Russians.
One cafe in Siberia has gone as far as wrapping itself in all things Putin, along with a few jokes aimed at his perceived enemies.
Originally published at - http://www.rferl.org/media/video/russia-krasnoyarsk-putin-cafe/27706437.html

Vladimir Bukovsky: 'I'm on hunger strike for the British public'

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Russian dissident, who was a close friend of Litvinenko, is protesting at ‘Kafkaesque’ judicial system in UK 
The Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky has been on hunger strike at his home in Cambridge for more than a week in protest at what he calls the “Kafkaesque” British judicial system.
Bukovsky was charged last year with child pornography offences. He strenuously denies the allegations. In August he took the unusual step of suing the Crown Prosecution Service for libel : heis seeking £100,000 in damages and claims the CPS has “falsely and maliciously” hurt his reputation.
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Poroshenko Dismisses Lugansk Governor Tuka And Head Of Foreign Intelligence Service 

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Russia's nuclear strategy: It's a trap! - The Hill (blog)

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The Week Magazine

Russia's nuclear strategy: It's a trap!
The Hill (blog)
Of late, Russia has not been a particularly good neighbor. Since Vladimir Putin reclaimed the presidency in 2012, Russia has annexed Crimea, invaded eastern Ukraine, and sent a steady stream of its warplanes to probe NATO airspace. Just last week, a ... 
Why Russia has NATO on the ropesThe Week Magazine
The Big Chill Putin Has Heralded Between Russians and GermansNewsweek

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Норвегия установит забор на границе с Россией из-за потока мигрантов - РБК

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Норвегия установит забор на границе с Россией из-за потока мигрантов
РБК
​Норвегия установит барьерные заграждения на границе с Россией для того, что пресечь поток мигрантов, идущий с российской территории. Об этом сообщила начальник полиции провинции Финнмарк, граничащей с Мурманской областью, Эллен Катрине Хэтта телеканалу NRK.
Норвегия построит забор на границе с РоссиейLenta.ru
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Strikes on Aleppo Continue from Both Sides

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Airstrikes continued Friday on Syria’s second city, Aleppo, where a clinic was hit one day after a strike destroyed a hospital, civil defense officials said. The clinic, which had been providing treatment for chronic illness and dental services for about five years, was badly damaged. A nurse was among several wounded. State media reports that rebels have shelled an Aleppo mosque in the Bab al-Faraj neighborhood, killing at least 15 and wounding 30. “The planes didn’t sleep and didn’t let us sleep either,” a resident told the AFP news service. “The earth is shaking beneath our feet.” Friday prayers were suspended at city mosques in rebel-held neighborhoods in fear of more violence. Heavy casualties Thursday was the deadliest day in Aleppo since violence flared last week when The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 54 people were killed. At least 200 civilians died in Aleppo this week as rebels hit government-controlled neighborhoods with rocket and artillery fire and the regime continued air raids on rebel areas. U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement Friday that the renewed violence in Syria this week showed a “monstrous disregard for civilians’ lives by all parties to the conflict.” Aleppo is Syria's largest city. Both the Syrian government and rebels control different parts of the city, while numerous groups, including al-Qaida and Islamic State, control parts of the surrounding province. Syria and the opposition agreed on a cease-fire in February aimed at setting the stage for peace talks. Islamist militants were not part of the truce and the government assault against them continues. IN PICTURES: Deadly Airstrikes Hit Aleppo Hospital, Dozens Killed

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Topic: Fifth Moscow Conference on International Security, MCIS - April 27-28, 2016


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