Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:
April 16, 2014
Polish FM: ‘Ukraine has the right to defend itself’
[Radoslaw Sikorski, married to American Anne Applebaum, was a resident and citizen of Great Britain in the 1980s (and a member of an elite club that included David Cameron and Boris Johnson), adviser to Rupert Murdoch from 1988-1992, resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., from 2002-2005 and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative.]
Poland’s foreign minister has said “Ukraine has the right to use force” as troops are sent in to the eastern Donetsk region to clear areas occupied by pro-Russian groups since the weekend.
Interim president Oleksander Turchinov in Kiev declared that a military airport in the eastern city of Kramatorsk had been “liberated” late Tuesday night after Ukrainian troops disembarked from two helicopters where reporters earlier heard gunfire.
President Turchinov said earlier yesterday that Ukraine was launching…
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Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:
April 15, 2014
U.S., NATO Remain Concerned About Situation in Ukraine
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON: The United States is concerned about reports of increased violence in Ukraine, and continues to call on Russia to de-escalate the situation, Pentagon officials said today.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen echoed the U.S. concern during a media availability in Luxembourg today.
There has been no substantial change in the number or composition of the Russian forces on Ukraine’s eastern and southern borders, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters at the Pentagon.
“The Russians continue to have tens of thousands of troops arrayed along the Ukrainian border,” he said, “and again I would like to reiterate that we have repeatedly called on the Russians to withdraw those troops from the border and help de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.”
Ukrainian troops are…
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Originally posted on TechCrunch:
OverBlog co-founder and CEO Frédéric Montagnon wrote on his blog that it’s been a long and winding road for OverBlog.
OverBlog was created ten years ago. As a reminder, the web was very different back then in 2004: Twitter and Tumblr didn’t exist, Facebook just opened for Harvard students. The Motorola Razr was the most popular phone. The year before that, Google acquired Blogger, which was also the year that the open source project called WordPress started.
In other words, it made a lot of sense to start a better blogging platform. But a couple of years after its inception, OverBlog became something slightly different and turned into a media company. Television network TF1 invested in OverBlog. Then the startup merged with Ebuzzing, Wikio and Nomao in 2010…
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The Onion: Video: Landmark Supreme Court Decisions Lets Politicians Cram Cash Down Politicians ThroatApril 14, 2014
Originally posted on The New Democrat on WordPress:
What the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance did last week was, essentially, to make bribery legal so that members of Congress will no longer have to feel guilty about taking money for voting for this or voting for that. Or in the case of the U.S. Senate, voting to not vote, if you are familiar with the Senate cloture rule. If you are familiar with the Senate cloture rule, you are probably qualified to teach Greek or ancient Mongolian history because the cloture rule is just as complicated.
Free speech? Give me a break, we are now talking about paid speech. The people with the most money have the most influence, which has always been the case in Congress. The only thing…
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Originally posted on VentureBeat:
In an initial foray two months ago, UCP took on VKontakte’s other shareholders — which then included Mail.ru Group, an LSE-listed Russian Internet giant, and Ivan Tavrin, the chief executive of mobile operator Megafon and a member of the Mail.ru Group board.
UCP chastised Mail.ru Group and Tavrin for “blocking the company’s development” and “taking decisions…
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Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:
So I have finally fought off the squirrel flu that infected me for several days. It was touch and go there for a bit, but I pulled through. I am very thankful for all the prayers worldwide and will of course be sending thank you cards to each of the major religious establishments on every continent. All except Scientology… because you didn’t invite me to the Christmas party.
Now that I am feeling better hopefully I can again entertain the world with my wit that I know the internet loves. It is ok world… we all need heroes.
I am happy to step in.
Originally posted on Tales from the World:
April 10, 2014
Somewhere between these two quotes lies the future:
“And I would like to emphasize that nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.”
“The Judeo-Christian worldview is that man is at the center of the universe; nature was therefore created for man. Nature has no intrinsic worth other than man’s appreciation and moral use of it.”
The first quote is from Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, summing up the dire and much-discussed findings of its recent report: Human civilization — its technology, its war games, its helpless short-sightedness and addiction…
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Originally posted on News that matters:
This was the Popes Message to the International Catholic Child Bureau during a meeting at the Vatican.
“I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests – large in number, but not in proportion to the total – have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they’ve done with the sexual abuse of children,” Pope Francis has said.
“The Church is aware of this damage” and is committed to strengthening child protection programs and punishing offenders, he told members of the International Catholic Child Bureau during a meeting today at the Vatican.
The remarks appeared to be the Pope’s first apology for the sex abuse scandal, following earlier statements affirming the Vatican’s work investigating and punishing perpetrators…
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Originally posted on In Moscow's Shadows:
Successful guerrillas master the art of asymmetric warfare, making sure that the other side has to play the game by their rules and doesn’t get the opportunity to take advantage of its probably superiority in raw firepower. Appreciating the massive military, political and economic preponderance of the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin is demonstrating that he is a master of asymmetric politics.
In this new Great Game, spies and political operators will be every bit as crucial as tanks and helicopters. More to the point, it demands flexibility, ruthlessness and clarity of…
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